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Vol. 20 No. 15 • August 2, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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STAR PARKER<br />

Chris Christie’s<br />

grade B candidacy<br />

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie<br />

is getting a lot of media – way out of<br />

proportion to the impact he has made as a<br />

candidate, measured by his low standing in<br />

the polls and the very modest amount of<br />

money he has raised.<br />

The explanation for this seems clear. The<br />

media loves his sharp and aggressive animosity<br />

to and criticism of former President<br />

Donald Trump.<br />

But the American people are looking for<br />

a leader. Could Chris Christie be that man?<br />

If Christie wants to be that man, he is<br />

going to have to do a better job showing<br />

how America gets back in the race and<br />

focus less on what’s wrong with other candidates.<br />

The Cato Institute publishes a biannual<br />

fiscal policy report on the nation’s governors.<br />

It rates each governor according<br />

to success in cutting taxes and spending.<br />

Governors are scored and ranked A, B, C,<br />

D or F.<br />

Christie was rated three times during his<br />

two terms as governor of New Jersey. Each<br />

time he came in with a solid B.<br />

But Americans are looking for, Americans<br />

need, an A leader.<br />

When asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation”<br />

about the new Black history curriculum in<br />

Florida, which teaches “how slaves developed<br />

some skills which, in some instances,<br />

could be applied for their personal benefit,”<br />

Christie replied as a politician and not as<br />

a leader.<br />

With little knowledge of the full thrust<br />

of this curriculum, Christie immediately<br />

attacked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis,<br />

including calling the Stop Woke Act as<br />

“micromanaging curricula in schools.”<br />

Regarding Black history in particular,<br />

the passage quoted above is taken<br />

totally out of context and in no way can<br />

be construed as justifying slavery. The<br />

point is to show that despite the evil and<br />

oppression, the spirit of those enslaved<br />

prevailed.<br />

Moreover, included in the curriculum<br />

is the directive to “analyze the contribution<br />

of founding principles of liberty,<br />

justice and equality in the quest to end<br />

slavery.”<br />

Of course, the real answer is competition,<br />

and DeSantis has been superlative in<br />

making school choice available throughout<br />

the State of Florida.<br />

But as long as many kids are still in<br />

public schools, responsible leadership<br />

means pushing back against woke content<br />

and making sure truth about American history<br />

and culture are taught. The Stop Woke<br />

Act signed by DeSantis accomplishes this<br />

important objective.<br />

Christie deserves credit for saying we<br />

need to reform our entitlements – Social<br />

Security, Medicare, Medicaid.<br />

In this regard, he distinguishes himself<br />

from Trump, who somehow does not think<br />

he needs to address this huge problem<br />

facing the nation.<br />

What does Christie say? “We need to<br />

make sure we preserve the systems, but we<br />

have to do it honestly.”<br />

But this itself is not honest, because we<br />

cannot preserve the systems as they are.<br />

Regarding Social Security, he wants to<br />

means test so that higher-earning Americans<br />

do not get benefits and he wants to<br />

raise the retirement age for younger Americans.<br />

However, if we remove Social Security<br />

benefits for high earners, Christie surely<br />

doesn’t mean they also stop paying payroll<br />

taxes. So, he proposes to transform Social<br />

Security into a welfare program, where<br />

higher earners pay in and only lower earners<br />

get benefits.<br />

Regarding raising the retirement age,<br />

can we tell someone 40 years old that has<br />

been paying taxes for 20 years, under the<br />

assumption of a certain benefit structure,<br />

that suddenly we are changing the rules?<br />

If Christie means only raising the retirement<br />

age for those who will be entering the<br />

workforce after the change is made, this<br />

won’t work because the current projection<br />

from Social Security trustees shows insufficient<br />

funds beginning in 2034, just 11<br />

years from now.<br />

Chris Christie is energetic and provocative.<br />

But he needs to move from grade B<br />

ideas to grade A ideas – or soon the Sunday<br />

morning talk shows will no longer have<br />

him around.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center<br />

for Urban Renewal and Education and<br />

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

America with Star Parker.”<br />

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August 2, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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Law Matters<br />

Some stories<br />

start off sad and<br />

have a happy<br />

ending. This is<br />

not one of those.<br />

I got a call<br />

from Joe. Joe is<br />

the father of a<br />

friend of mine.<br />

He had seen a report on the news<br />

about a woman who had died in a<br />

house fire. Although it took several<br />

weeks for a positive identification, Joe<br />

knew immediately that it was his<br />

estranged sister, Laurie. Although she<br />

had never been diagnosed, everyone<br />

felt pretty sure that Laurie had had<br />

some kind of mental health issues, but<br />

she refused help and pushed all of her<br />

family away.<br />

Although their parents had left<br />

money in trust for Laurie, in<br />

violation of the trust instrument (in<br />

our opinion) she had taken the money<br />

out and put it in a joint account with<br />

a friend. A lawsuit followed.<br />

But Laurie's house and some other<br />

assets were in Laurie's name alone<br />

without any designated beneficiaries.<br />

As I mentioned in my last column,<br />

when that happens, the State of<br />

Missouri has written a plan of distribution<br />

for you, the law of intestate<br />

succession. Everything has to go<br />

through probate, and that costs<br />

money and takes time. That is not a<br />

good result, but in this case, it gets<br />

even worse.<br />

Laurie did not have any children.<br />

She had siblings, but one of her brothers<br />

had predeceased her leaving<br />

descendants. So, under the law,<br />

Laurie's estate gets divided into<br />

enough shares to provide one share<br />

for each living sibling and one share<br />

for the deceased brother which is<br />

then divided into equal shares for<br />

each of his descendants. Since Laurie<br />

didn't do any planning, all of these<br />

shares will get distributed outright.<br />

And therein lies the problem.<br />

One of Joe's nieces, a daughter of<br />

the deceased brother, is a drug<br />

addict. If the money is distributed<br />

outright to her, Joe is certain that she<br />

will end up killing herself in pursuit<br />

of that high. I had another case like<br />

this before, and the son ended up<br />

dead from an overdose.<br />

Joe does not want to distribute the<br />

inheritance to his niece. The problem<br />

though is that the niece has a<br />

right to that money. He doesn't have<br />

a lot of options.<br />

This could have been avoided<br />

with some planning. The family has<br />

known about the niece's drug<br />

problem for a while, and Laurie<br />

could have done something. But<br />

hindsight is always 20/20.<br />

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August 2, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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EDITORIAL<br />

Talking UFOs<br />

Sure, let’s talk about UFOs. Why not?<br />

Nothing else is going on and David Grusch<br />

says there are aliens among us.<br />

Grusch, an Air Force officer and former<br />

intelligence official, told Congress that he<br />

“was informed in the course of my official<br />

duties of a multidecade UAP crash retrieval<br />

and reverse engineering program to which<br />

I was denied access.”<br />

UAP stands for “Unidentified Aerial<br />

Phenomena.” He’s saying that we have<br />

UFOs. He also says we have “dead pilots.”<br />

He also says he has “personal knowledge<br />

of people who’ve been harmed or injured<br />

in efforts to cover up or conceal” the program,<br />

but could only talk about it in a more<br />

private setting. People have been killed to<br />

protect our UFO secrets.<br />

Spicy stuff.<br />

Much spicier than the 81-year-old<br />

Senate GOP leader going completely blank<br />

for half a minute at a lectern, mid-sentence.<br />

Mitch McConnell’s health has been questionable<br />

since March when he suffered a<br />

concussion after a fall. His Senate brethren<br />

were astonishingly adept at moving in to<br />

help the stalwart Senator, and McConnell<br />

returned shortly to say he was fine. Nothing<br />

to see here.<br />

But man, those aliens. Whoo-hoo. Hearings<br />

were held last week. Nothing was actually<br />

said, but gavels were pounded. Pounding<br />

gavels leads to progress every time.<br />

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It’s not like any gavels were pounded in<br />

court last week when a judge suspended a<br />

plea deal for the president’s son.<br />

“I have concerns about the constitutionality<br />

of this provision, so I have concerns<br />

about the constitutionality of this agreement,”<br />

said Judge Maryellen Noreika.<br />

For the record, yes, it is very rare for the<br />

constitutionality of a plea agreement to be<br />

called into question. It’s not as rare as a<br />

presidential contest between two octogenarians<br />

with criminal prosecutions hanging<br />

over their heads, but it is quite rare.<br />

Of course, it is far more rare than a UFO<br />

sighting, which is pretty ho-hum ordinary.<br />

“These sightings are not rare or isolated,”<br />

said U.S. Navy fighter pilot Ryan Graves.<br />

“Military aircrews and commercial pilots,<br />

trained observers whose lives depend on<br />

accurate identification, are frequently witnessing<br />

these phenomena.”<br />

Not rare. Not isolated. Frequent. All<br />

pretty bad descriptors for situations that<br />

involve our military personnel having no<br />

earthly idea what is happening or what<br />

they are seeing.<br />

That must be the worst thing happening<br />

in the sky these days. Certainly, it is worse<br />

than last week’s reports that Russian fighter<br />

jets had attacked U.S. drones over Syria.<br />

Russian fighter jets. U.S. Drones. Syria.<br />

None of those phrases used in any combination<br />

can lead to bad outcomes, right?<br />

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That problem, of course, is pretty much<br />

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saying they do not have any “verifiable<br />

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or reverse-engineering of extraterrestrial<br />

materials have existed in the past or exist<br />

currently.” There you go. That pretty much<br />

puts the whole UFO thing behind us now.<br />

Not so fast though. According to Rep.<br />

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Shoot. If people are traveling from Denmark<br />

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It is most assuredly bigger than the idea<br />

that one out of five young people in China<br />

are jobless. In the course of history, an<br />

entire generation of disillusioned youth<br />

caught in a near dictatorship has never led<br />

to problems. Leader Xi Jinping has pretty<br />

much solved the problem anyway. He has<br />

told the highly educated, highly agitated<br />

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the factory lines. Clap-clap. Problem solved.<br />

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August 2, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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Officers Charles Pleasant and Bryan Shepard recently received<br />

O’Fallon’s high five award for performing life saving measures on a<br />

citizen having a medical emergency.<br />

NEWS<br />

BRIEFS<br />

O’FALLON<br />

Federal lawsuit appeal<br />

denied again<br />

Katie Gatewood’s latest appeal in federal<br />

court has been denied. The only remaining<br />

next step would be to ask the U.S. Supreme<br />

Court to review her case.<br />

In January 2022, O’Fallon City Council<br />

member Katie Gatewood was impeached<br />

by fellow council members and removed<br />

from her elected position on the council.<br />

Gatewood and her attorney, David Roland,<br />

filed a lawsuit in the United States District<br />

Court for the Eastern District of Missouri,<br />

against the city of O’Fallon and other city<br />

officials. The case was assigned to Judge<br />

Audrey Fleissig.<br />

The federal court lawsuit alleged that<br />

during impeachment proceedings, the<br />

defendants had violated Gatewood’s freedom<br />

of expression and her right to have a<br />

fair trial before an impartial tribunal.<br />

In June 2022, Fleissig dismissed Gatewood’s<br />

lawsuit.<br />

Roland and Gatewood then filed an<br />

appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of<br />

Appeals, to be heard by a three-judge panel.<br />

On June 14, 20<strong>23</strong>, they received a decision<br />

from the panel that their appeal was<br />

denied on procedural grounds.<br />

The pair then filed an “en banc” appeal<br />

of the three-judge panel’s decision, where<br />

all 11 of the Eighth Circuit Court judges<br />

would hear the case.<br />

On July 24, Roland said, “The Eighth<br />

Circuit has denied our motion for rehearing.<br />

We are currently evaluating the possibility<br />

of asking the U.S. Supreme Court<br />

to review the case. We have roughly three<br />

months to make that decision.”<br />

SAINT CHARLES<br />

Riverpointe construction<br />

continues<br />

Anyone looking south from the I-70<br />

bridge across the Missouri River or looking<br />

east from Arena Parkway can see significant<br />

changes to the west bank of the<br />

Missouri River. Land has been cleared,<br />

trees have been removed, a new roadway<br />

is taking shape, and new buildings are<br />

under construction. That is Riverpointe.<br />

Riverpointe will be a mixed-use development<br />

that, according to the city of<br />

St. Charles, will include parking, retail,<br />

restaurants, office space, entertainment<br />

and multifamily dwellings. The city has<br />

predicted that once the development is<br />

completed it will “provide roughly 4,000<br />

jobs, increase the annual visitors by a<br />

million people, and produce an annual<br />

revenue of an estimated $1.5 billion.”<br />

Getting started took a while, including<br />

the need to get past COVID-19 shutdowns<br />

and delays, and plan refinements<br />

needed to accommodate ecological conservation<br />

concerns. But now, the development<br />

is much more visible.<br />

A new access road is being built into<br />

the development area, connecting to<br />

the first business expected to open in<br />

Riverpointe this October: Chicken N<br />

Pickle. The Kansas City-based company<br />

currently has six locations in Missouri,<br />

Kansas and Texas and anticipates opening<br />

three more venues soon, including<br />

this new facility.<br />

Chicken N Pickle Saint Charles will<br />

be equipped with bars, pavilions, multiple<br />

dining areas on the main floor and<br />

a rooftop dining experience, along with<br />

outdoor tables for guests to enjoy. The<br />

venue will feature numerous indoor and<br />

outdoor pickleball courts, shuffleboard<br />

and Bocce ball courts, and a variety of<br />

lawn games.<br />

ST. CHARLES COUNTY<br />

Police Department adds to<br />

its technological toolkit<br />

The St. Charles County Police Department’s<br />

newest technological upgrades<br />

are a cooperative, multi-agency drone<br />

unit and the upcoming installation of<br />

license plate reader cameras on public<br />

roadways.<br />

“Technology won’t ever replace the hard<br />

work and dedication of our police officers,<br />

but these new tools help us operate more<br />

effectively, efficiently and safely, all of<br />

which benefits community safety,” said<br />

Police Chief Kurt Frisz. He described<br />

the county’s drone unit, a collaboration<br />

with St. Charles County Ambulance District,<br />

as a force multiplier that expands<br />

the capabilities of first responders during<br />

emergencies.<br />

“If we need to search for a missing<br />

person, locate a fleeing suspect, or survey<br />

damage in a natural disaster, a drone can<br />

observe a much larger area than a single<br />

person, and provides thermal sensors to<br />

operate at night. Those tools allow us to<br />

more rapidly deploy manpower where it’s<br />

needed most,” Frisz explained.<br />

Drones also assist on SWAT deployments,<br />

he adds, allowing officers to<br />

search building interiors for dangerous<br />

suspects without putting themselves in<br />

harm’s way.<br />

License plate reader (LPR) cameras are<br />

another emerging technology helping to<br />

combat crime. LPR cameras identify the<br />

license number and physical description<br />

of passing vehicles, which can help investigators<br />

locate vehicles associated with<br />

felonies, kidnappings and other crimes.<br />

The county is installing LPR cameras at<br />

43 locations along major roadways after<br />

similar cameras installed at county parks<br />

proved to be a useful tool.<br />

“When a vehicle is stolen or is associated<br />

with a crime, investigators can search<br />

the LPR system for where else that vehicle<br />

has been or set up automated alerts if<br />

an LPR camera spots that vehicle,” Frisz<br />

explained. “These systems have helped<br />

law enforcement agencies solve serious<br />

crimes in the region. Those include a<br />

home invasion and assault in O’Fallon, as<br />

well as a series of vehicle break-ins in the<br />

county parks involving five individuals<br />

from Florida.”<br />

Health department to<br />

offer prenatal vitamins<br />

The St. Charles County Department of<br />

Public Health’s Health Services Division<br />

now offers a free supply of prenatal vitamin<br />

supplements for pregnant and postpartum<br />

women who are clients of the Women,<br />

Infants and Children (WIC) program. These<br />

vitamin supplements, provided through<br />

a grant, support a healthy pregnancy and<br />

early childhood, said WIC Coordinator and<br />

Nutritionist Megan Hickey.<br />

“Prenatal vitamins play a crucial role in<br />

the healthy development of the unborn<br />

baby, preventing neural tube birth defects,<br />

improving birth weight, and ensuring<br />

proper development of the placenta,”<br />

Hickey explained.<br />

WIC clients who are pregnant or postpartum<br />

can receive a bottle containing a sixmonth<br />

supply of prenatal vitamin capsules<br />

when they visit for a nutritional counseling<br />

appointment at the Health Services Clinic,<br />

located at 1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St.<br />

Charles. Each capsule contains a combination<br />

of 15 essential vitamins and minerals<br />

that support the increased nutritional needs<br />

of pregnant women and the developmental<br />

needs of their babies, said Hickey.<br />

Approximately 750 bottles of prenatal<br />

vitamins were provided to the WIC program<br />

by Vitamin Angels, a nonprofit organization<br />

dedicated to improving nutritional<br />

health for underserved women and children<br />

who are at risk of malnutrition.<br />

“We’re grateful that this partnership<br />

helps us offer even more support for vulnerable<br />

families in our community who<br />

lack the resources for proper nutrition,”<br />

said Hickey. “We encourage any expecting<br />

mothers who qualify for WIC to take<br />

advantage of these free prenatal vitamins,<br />

as well as all the other health services and<br />

nutritional support that WIC offers.”<br />

The WIC program provides health<br />

screenings, nutrition counseling, health care<br />

referrals, and food support for low-income<br />

women and children up to 5 years old.<br />

Mothers who participate in WIC services<br />

tend to see fewer concerns from low birth<br />

weight or early childhood malnutrition.<br />

For more information about the WIC<br />

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August 2, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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The great-great-granddaughter of the<br />

settler whose property is involved in a<br />

major development dispute in St. Charles<br />

County claims the people already living<br />

around the site ruined it for her and her<br />

family.<br />

Residents of the subdivisions surrounding<br />

a proposed 452-home development<br />

along Hwy. DD and bordered by the August<br />

A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area<br />

have turned out en mass for St. Charles<br />

County Planning & Zoning (P&Z) and<br />

County Council meetings over the last few<br />

months. Those meetings had to be moved<br />

from the County Administration Building<br />

to the Family Arena to accommodate the<br />

crowds. In public comments, the residents<br />

voiced concerns about housing density,<br />

traffic, light pollution and the impact of the<br />

development on the environment.<br />

Joni Zwyers Johnson, whose family<br />

owns the approximately 150 acres on both<br />

sides of Hwy. DD and on which the development<br />

would sit, said their complaints are<br />

a clear-cut example of the ‘NIMBY,’ or the<br />

“Not In My Backyard,” phenomenon.<br />

“Tall Tree Farms has been in our<br />

family for nearly 200 years,” Johnson<br />

said. “My family came here from Germany<br />

and built the farm by the sweat<br />

of their brows – with blood, sweat and<br />

tears. We were there way before anyone<br />

even at the meeting has been.”<br />

Johnson’s great-great-grandfather,<br />

Henry Schierbaum, and his two brothers<br />

immigrated from Germany in the<br />

19th century and settled the property<br />

that today is owned by Johnson, her<br />

two brothers and their mother.<br />

“These people come out there on a<br />

Sunday drive or whatever and think it’s<br />

so beautiful,” Johnson said. “Do they<br />

really believe that it’s going to stay<br />

that way if they build here? I want to ask<br />

them: ‘Imagine what it looked like before<br />

you built.’”<br />

Johnson said her grandfather, Dorris<br />

Schierbaum, was part of the reason the<br />

family named its LLC Tall Tree Farms.<br />

“He was tall, tall, tall, and strong as an ox,”<br />

she said. “And his hands were twice the<br />

size of my father’s. He was a gentle giant.”<br />

Dorris raised cattle and hogs and grew hay,<br />

corn and beans on the property until the<br />

early 2000s.<br />

In 1982, Johnson’s grandmother, Clara<br />

Schierbaum, was murdered in the trailer<br />

she and Dorris lived in on the farm. Johnson<br />

recalls her father, Jim Zwyers, coming<br />

home May 26, 1982, with Dorris and<br />

then-St. Charles County Sheriff Edward J.<br />

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Uebinger and telling the family that<br />

Clara had been murdered.<br />

Willis Louis Baxter Jr., of Wentzville,<br />

had just gotten out of jail when<br />

he attempted to rob the Schierbaums.<br />

Clara surprised him and attempted to<br />

call the police.<br />

“Grandpa was out checking on the<br />

crops. Grandma saw [Baxter] standing<br />

in her living room. She ran to the<br />

back bedroom and dialed ‘0’ for the<br />

cops. This was before 911,” Johnson<br />

said. “He grabbed the phone wire<br />

and put a bedspread over her head<br />

and strangled her. Grandpa came<br />

back. The man grabbed some jewelry<br />

and ran out. Grandpa ran after him.<br />

Grandma was still alive at that point.<br />

The paramedics thought she had a heart<br />

attack but an autopsy later showed that her<br />

trachea had been slowly swelling from the<br />

strangulation. She died from strangulation<br />

resulting from a broken larynx.”<br />

Baxter was later sentenced to 20 years<br />

for the murder.<br />

See TALL TREE FARMS, page 31<br />

Governor signs seniors tax freeze bill but relief may not come<br />

By LAURA SAGGAR<br />

The Missouri state legislature’s attempt<br />

to bring property tax relief to senior citizens<br />

failed to receive approval from the<br />

St. Louis County Council at its meeting<br />

on July 18. The vote was a 4-3 split down<br />

party lines, but even council members who<br />

voted in favor of the property tax freeze<br />

had issues with the legislation.<br />

Had St. Louis County voted to join Senate<br />

Bill 190 it would have meant that anyone old<br />

enough to be eligible for Social Security benefits,<br />

currently age 62, would have their real<br />

estate taxes ‘frozen’ for as long as they live<br />

in their home. Although Gov. Mike Parson<br />

signed SB190 into law, each of the state’s<br />

114 counties must vote to join the program.<br />

Baring that action, constituents can petition<br />

to put the issue on a ballot for a vote.<br />

After two committee-of-the-whole meetings<br />

in July, the St. Louis County Council<br />

voted on the ordinance sponsored by council<br />

member Mark Harder (R-District 7) to<br />

join SB190.<br />

While the bill passed with a veto-proof<br />

majority in the state legislature, county<br />

leaders say its wording is too vague, leaving<br />

too much open to interpretation and<br />

potential lawsuits.<br />

“We have to choose between two things,<br />

both of which are difficult,” council member<br />

Ernie Trakas (R-District 6) said prior to<br />

his vote in favor of the bill. “We’re in this<br />

situation because it’s poorly written, bad legislation<br />

passed by the state legislature in Jefferson<br />

City. Because of the way SB190 was<br />

passed, it is restrictive in what we can do.”<br />

He pointed to concerns on both sides of<br />

the law.<br />

“There are issues concerning eligibility …<br />

helping seniors who desperately need it in<br />

many situations. (There are) concerns for<br />

lost revenue and the impact that will have.<br />

The thing about being impaled on the horns<br />

of a dilemma, you don’t get to pass. You<br />

have to choose.”<br />

He laid responsibility for SB190’s problems<br />

with elected officials in Jefferson City.<br />

The council debated about whether<br />

SB190 is taking money away taxing districts,<br />

such as school districts, fire protection<br />

districts and police, versus simply<br />

slowing the growth of county revenue. It<br />

was pointed out in the debate that seniors<br />

would still have to pay property taxes, they<br />

would just be exempt from increases.<br />

As Trakas eluded, other questions centered<br />

on who is actually eligible for the tax freeze.<br />

The St. Charles County Council has not<br />

brought a bill forward on SB190 precisely<br />

because of those questions.<br />

“Everything is on hold at the moment,”<br />

St. Charles County Council member Mike<br />

Elam (District 3) said. “We’ve been talking<br />

with the state, and other stakeholders in this,<br />

and there are an awful lot of questions about<br />

implementation. Depending on who you<br />

talk to, you get a different answer, which is<br />

problematic. When you have your own attorneys<br />

who can’t agree on the wording, I think<br />

everybody’s playing the wait and see game.”<br />

Elam said it’s not clear if the bill is retroactive<br />

or is only in effect moving forward.<br />

“If you’re 90 and living in the same house<br />

since you were 62, does (your tax rate) go<br />

back to what it was when you (turned) 62?”<br />

Elam asked. “Some (attorneys) would say<br />

yes, some would say no.<br />

“You need to go back and put out all of<br />

those clarifying things in the bill.”<br />

Elam also wondered whether counties<br />

are allowed to discount tax rates for other<br />

taxing districts, such as school districts.<br />

Teachers and railroad workers don’t qualify<br />

for social security, so their eligibility<br />

is also in question.<br />

He questioned how this law would apply<br />

to primary residences that are in the name<br />

of a trust, and who will monitor when the<br />

qualifying senior citizen doesn’t live in the<br />

home anymore, but the property remains in<br />

the same trust.<br />

“My analogy to this right now is that the<br />

state handed us a half-baked pie and we<br />

don’t have clear instructions on how to<br />

finish baking it,” Elam said. “We want to<br />

understand this bill before we put it forward<br />

and pass it, because right now there<br />

are too many questions.”<br />

According to Elam, the state legislature<br />

might work on a clarifying procedural bill<br />

when they are back in session next year to<br />

hopefully answer the counties’ questions.<br />

“My guess would be that if the state<br />

legislature doesn’t take it up, then you’re<br />

going to have courts weigh in,” Elam said.<br />

“The questions have to be sorted out one<br />

way or another.”<br />

However, St. Louis County Council<br />

member Rita Heard Days (D-District 1)<br />

said she would not bank on the state legislature<br />

picking up SB190 next year.<br />

“This is an election year. They sent this<br />

bill down here to kick the can off of them<br />

to send it to us,” Days said.<br />

Prior to her time on the council, Days<br />

served in the Missouri House and Senate<br />

for 15 years.<br />

“As far as they’re concerned they’ve<br />

done everything that they need to do and<br />

they have put the responsibility on counties,”<br />

Days said. “There are more questions<br />

than answers. And until we get definitive<br />

answers, I can’t do that.”<br />

St. Louis County Council member<br />

See SENIOR TAX, page 15


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August 2, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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I NEWS I 11<br />

By ROBIN SEATON JEFFERSON<br />

The Francis Howell School District<br />

Board of Education voted 5-2 on Thursday,<br />

July 20 to approve a new policy that would<br />

“sunset” all resolutions adopted by prior<br />

boards, or allow them to expire. While the<br />

move affects resolutions going back over<br />

a century, the vote was seen by some as<br />

an attempt to rescind a specific resolution<br />

implemented by the board in 2020 during<br />

the Black Lives Matter riots that resulted<br />

from the police killing of George Floyd.<br />

The former board titled that document,<br />

“Resolution in Response to Racism and<br />

Discrimination.” It was displayed in classrooms<br />

and throughout school buildings. It<br />

committed the district and board to “speak<br />

firmly against any racism, discrimination<br />

and senseless violence against people<br />

regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality,<br />

immigration status, religion, sexual orientation,<br />

gender identity, or ability.”<br />

With that resolution, the former board<br />

members promised to “promote racial<br />

healing, especially for our Black and<br />

brown students and families.”<br />

“We will no longer be silent. We are<br />

committed to creating an equitable and<br />

anti-racist system that honors and elevates<br />

all, but one that also specifically acknowledges<br />

the challenges faced by our Black<br />

and brown students and families,” the<br />

resolution states.<br />

Thursday’s action will prompt the<br />

removal of the pledge from all district<br />

buildings.<br />

The resolution was adopted on Aug. 20,<br />

2020, by then-board members Mary Lange,<br />

Mike Hoehn, Janet Stiglich, Chad Lange,<br />

Patrick Lane, Michelle Walker and Doug<br />

Ziegemeier. Only two of those individuals<br />

still serve on the board, including Janet Stiglich<br />

and Chad Lange, and were the only<br />

ones to vote no on the new policy.<br />

Board Vice President Randy Cook, said<br />

the new policy basically “rescinds any resolution<br />

not legally binding or celebratory<br />

in nature.” These would include all resolutions<br />

implemented by the board going back<br />

125 years, he said.<br />

“It is my opinion that all of them are political<br />

in nature and only serve to divide the<br />

school further,” Cook said. “I just prefer<br />

the school district to stay out of national<br />

politics.”<br />

But not everyone agreed. In fact, district<br />

parents and others packed the board<br />

room at the district’s headquarters at 801<br />

Corporate Centre Drive in O’Fallon, many<br />

Concerned parents turned out in force on July 20 for the Francis Howell Board of<br />

Education meeting.<br />

(Robin Seaton Jefferson photo)<br />

holding up signs reading, “Forward, not<br />

backward.” Shouts of “shame on you” followed<br />

the board’s vote.<br />

Cook, who sponsored the new policy,<br />

along with board members Adam Bertrand,<br />

Jane Puszkar, Ron Harmon and Mark<br />

Ponder voted in favor of the board’s action.<br />

Opponents argued that a “yes” vote<br />

would send the wrong message that “Black<br />

and brown families are not safe.” Advocates<br />

of sunsetting the resolution argued<br />

that it is redundant, ineffective and divisive.<br />

They said the district already has policies<br />

in place that address issues of racism<br />

and discrimination.<br />

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Dardenne Prairie Mayor John Gotway<br />

received mixed reviews of his choice of<br />

appointees for the Town Square Vision<br />

Steering Committee.<br />

At the July 19 Board of Aldermen work<br />

session, Gotway read from a brief bio of<br />

appointees that was handed out to board<br />

members and resident attendees. He noted<br />

that the board had previously stated its<br />

desire to have broad representation on the<br />

committee “with residents and stakeholders<br />

representing a diverse set of perspectives<br />

who are open-minded and not seeking<br />

people with predisposed opinions.”<br />

“After reviewing these applications along<br />

with input from the city administrator, I<br />

feel that I have chosen not only a group<br />

of citizens with a diverse background and<br />

set of experiences but also open-minded to<br />

having a thoughtful, thorough and transparent<br />

process that will hopefully lead to a<br />

community consensus on the vision for the<br />

Town Square area,” Gotway said. “I have<br />

not received one communication from the<br />

board about representatives they wish to put<br />

on, except from Mark (Johnson, Ward 3).”<br />

Alderman Mike Costlow (Ward 2) interjected,<br />

“That’s absolutely 100% false.”<br />

Costlow said he had sent an email with<br />

a list of recommendations. Gotway argued<br />

that Costlow never stated that the applicants<br />

forwarded to him were recommendations.<br />

Costlow pointed out that for months they<br />

have agreed upon the need to work together<br />

and discuss the nominations outside of an<br />

open session in order to avoid arguing and<br />

smearing anyone publicly.<br />

“The first time that I see the nominations<br />

is when it shows up in this packet,” Costlow<br />

said.<br />

City Administrator James Knowles III<br />

pointed out that having private discussions<br />

about the appointees would be “walking the<br />

line with violating the open record law by<br />

having that conversation outside of a public<br />

meeting.”<br />

Alderman Laura Gittemeier mentioned<br />

that she had made her picks known. After<br />

which, Alderman Dave Wandling (Ward 1)<br />

asked Gotway if he had contacted any aldermen<br />

to see what their picks were.<br />

“You put it on me?” Gotway asked before<br />

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unbiased,” Costlow said. He suggested<br />

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Knowles admitted it would be a good<br />

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roads, which Wandling opposed). You think<br />

that I’m going to vote for them?”<br />

In reply, Gottway questioned Wandling’s<br />

opposition to including supporters of the<br />

Prairie Encore development on the vision<br />

committee.<br />

“So you think that the people who are<br />

against Prairie Encore represent the whole<br />

city?” Gotway asked.<br />

Waddling said he did, and many in the<br />

audience clapped and shouted their support<br />

of his declaration.<br />

Gottaway said the people who voted for<br />

him approved of the controversial development.<br />

Alderman Keith Widaman (Ward 3) also<br />

voiced concerns regarding the mayor’s list.<br />

“There was no background or understanding<br />

other than an email on Friday and the<br />

rest of the packet,” Widaman said. “It said<br />

take it or leave it, it’s all or nothing, and<br />

nobody except apparently you and one other<br />

alderman had an understanding of who was<br />

going to be on that list.”<br />

Costlow ended the argument by moving<br />

to close the workshop with the matter unresolved.<br />

During the board meeting that followed,<br />

multiple residents expressed their<br />

concerns over the vision committee appointee<br />

selection.<br />

“It’s laughable,” Cheryl Bratton said.<br />

“The city failed to make residents aware of<br />

any pre-existing criteria for selection, nor<br />

has there been any measure of transparency<br />

as to how applicants were actually selected.”<br />

Other community members expressed<br />

concerns over the lack of diversity in the<br />

vision committee appointee list and the fact<br />

that most of the individuals selected have<br />

already sat on the board or the Planning and<br />

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Dardenne Prairie aldermen establish new meeting procedures<br />

By JESSICA MARIE BAUMGARTNER<br />

The Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen<br />

passed a bill at its July 19 meeting that<br />

amends chapter 110 of the municipal city<br />

code and creates new procedural rules for<br />

its meetings.<br />

Much has been discussed and debated<br />

at recent meetings regarding free speech<br />

rights and the board’s ability to ensure that<br />

meetings are conducted in a professional<br />

and transparent manner without added conflict.<br />

The new ordinance (No. 2263) states<br />

that the board will follow “Robert’s Rules<br />

of Order Newly Revised (12 Ed., PublicAffairs<br />

2020) or any subsequent edition<br />

thereof.” Roberts Rules of Order is a customary<br />

meeting structure.<br />

Regarding motions to reconsider, the<br />

ordinance states that “any member who<br />

voted with the prevailing side may move<br />

for a reconsideration of the matter at the<br />

same or the next succeeding regular meeting<br />

of the Board of Aldermen” so long as<br />

it is an open, public meeting. Exceptions<br />

would include cases where authorization of<br />

a contract has been fully executed, a bill is<br />

already passed, a subject has already been<br />

passed and partially carried out, an action<br />

cannot be undone, or a vote intervenes in<br />

the rights of a third party.<br />

The ordinance further notes that bills<br />

may be introduced in the board meeting<br />

agenda at the request of the mayor or any<br />

board member so long as the requests are<br />

submitted through city administrator forms<br />

and offer a clear description, supporting<br />

documents, budgetary information, and the<br />

names of those requesting the action.<br />

In regard to public comments, residents<br />

will need to fill out a public comment card<br />

that must be provided to the city clerk prior<br />

to the public comments portion of the meeting.<br />

Each speaker will be allowed 3 minutes<br />

to speak and must address the board as a<br />

whole without singling out specific members.<br />

Public hearings offer similar standards<br />

with 15 minutes allotted for petitioners to<br />

present their requests. If questions are asked<br />

of the petitioner, the mayor or board members<br />

may, in their sole discretion, extend the<br />

time for the applicant or the petitioner to<br />

make their presentation.<br />

The most debated section of the policy<br />

TOWN SQUARE, from previous<br />

Zoning Commission.<br />

During the meeting, Costlow moved<br />

to postpone the resolution related to the<br />

mayoral appointment of Town Square<br />

Vision Steering Committee members. This<br />

was seconded and the postponement was<br />

approved.<br />

offers standards of decorum for public meetings.<br />

Section E. lays out standards regarding<br />

unacceptable behavior due to the nature of<br />

certain comments and the tension it builds<br />

between the public and the board. It also<br />

allows for “any member of the public who<br />

becomes an annoyance or becomes belligerent”<br />

to be warned to refrain from continuing<br />

the behavior. If the offending member of<br />

the public does not abide by the rules after<br />

a warning, they may be asked to leave the<br />

meeting by the attending police officer. If<br />

an officer is not present, the meeting can be<br />

suspended in order for board members to<br />

seek out assistance.<br />

Residents have expressed concerns<br />

regarding what is considered an “annoyance”<br />

and for how long the person conducting<br />

themselves in such a manner would<br />

be removed. Due to the tension displayed<br />

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elected to the new board, though they did<br />

not speak at the meeting.<br />

Per its website, the “Francis Howell<br />

Families PAC recruits, supports, and educates<br />

candidates for the school board who<br />

support academic excellence, transparent<br />

accountability and fiscal responsibility<br />

while encouraging in students a strong<br />

work ethic, good character and respect for<br />

our Nation’s founding principles. We reject<br />

attempts to divide people by race, gender,<br />

or other immutable characteristics or to<br />

teach that those characteristics determine<br />

their destiny. Instead, we work to create a<br />

district that provides high-quality, knowledge-based<br />

education for all students so<br />

they can be fully prepared to participate in<br />

civil society.”<br />

During the patron comment section of<br />

the meeting, district resident and parent<br />

Jennifer Clark reminded board members<br />

that they had “campaigned on focusing<br />

more on the basics of education, such as<br />

reading, writing, math and science.”<br />

“This resolution does not in any way take<br />

away from focusing on the basics of education,”<br />

she said. “It is simply a commitment<br />

to ensuring that racism does not get<br />

in the way of any student’s education.”<br />

Clark cited statistics that showed disparities<br />

between Black, Asian and white<br />

students with regard to having access to<br />

higher-level courses and being “collegeready.”<br />

“There is a severe lack of Black teachers,<br />

with only 18% of public-school teachers<br />

being teachers of color, and only 2% being<br />

Black male teachers,” Clark said. “When<br />

we avoid conversations about race and<br />

racism, we silence unheard voices and tell<br />

students that their experiences don’t matter.<br />

It’s essential to acknowledge racial injustice<br />

and America’s history with racism.”<br />

Kimberly Thompson, a resident and<br />

graduate of the district, said the 2020<br />

resolution “means hope to me.” She said<br />

she was one of only a handful of Black<br />

students when she attended the district in<br />

the 80s.<br />

“Clearly, I survived, but there were times<br />

when I did not thrive … I experienced<br />

needless and senseless wounds … simply<br />

because of the color of my skin,” she said.<br />

“Precious little fourth grade Kimberly<br />

at Fairmount Elementary back in 1979,<br />

her momma was at that school probably<br />

weekly demanding … basic respect for her<br />

daughter.”<br />

She said the resolution “set standards<br />

and expectations for students and staff<br />

regardless of their personal opinions.”<br />

But Cook said the truth is it did not.<br />

“Resolutions do not have any teeth,” he<br />

said. “They are not legally binding.”<br />

Board member and treasurer Puszkar<br />

(Robin Seaton Jefferson photo)<br />

asked her fellow board members to “provide<br />

me with any detail or proof that this<br />

resolution has really done anything …. In<br />

all of the communications and emails that<br />

I got, not one of them said that this resolution<br />

prevented their child from harm, not<br />

one.”<br />

Puszkar said she remembered a case<br />

of religious discrimination against a student,<br />

and that the board was unable to do<br />

anything until the district’s policies – not<br />

resolutions – were utilized, and that the<br />

district already has policies on racism and<br />

discrimination.<br />

“We have a policy against racism and<br />

discrimination. My thought on [the resolution]<br />

is what has it really done? How effective<br />

has it really been? Show me proof.<br />

I’ve not gotten any. All I’ve gotten is a lot<br />

of hateful email and vitriol,” Puszkar said.<br />

To which someone from the audience<br />

hollered, “It gives us hope.”<br />

Retired Francis Howell teacher Annette<br />

Sieve said posting a non-binding resolution<br />

throughout the district’s schools sends<br />

the wrong message to young people.<br />

“It’s further dividing our students. We<br />

want them to be able to work together, to<br />

get along. We already have policies covering<br />

racism and religion in this school district,”<br />

Sieve said.<br />

She referred to the 2006 “60 Minutes”<br />

interview, when Oscar-winning actor<br />

Morgan Freeman, was asked by Journalist<br />

Mike Wallace how he thought America<br />

could get rid of racism. Freeman answered,<br />

“Stop talking about it.”<br />

“That resolution was posted in each<br />

school, and kids are seeing it every day,”<br />

Sieve said. “I think it makes kids look<br />

for racism. It’s all part of it. It continues<br />

to divide us as Americans. People have to<br />

stop that. We are all Americans. They’re<br />

not looking for truth. They’re looking to<br />

divide us, and I simply won’t have it. I<br />

think Morgan Freeman was right. If you<br />

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By SHELBI SIGMUND<br />

At first glance, Moxie may seem like any<br />

other four-legged friend–loyal, energetic,<br />

and undeniably adorable<br />

– but a lot is riding on her<br />

furry little shoulders.<br />

Moxie, a 5-year-old<br />

Goldendoodle, is a finalist<br />

for the 20<strong>23</strong> Hero Dog<br />

Award in the Service and<br />

Guide Dog Category. This<br />

competition, hosted by<br />

the American Humane<br />

Society, honors pets from<br />

various backgrounds that<br />

have demonstrated heroic<br />

acts. Under categories<br />

such as law enforcement,<br />

therapy, shelter, service<br />

and military, canines<br />

across the country compete against each<br />

other to secure this highly prestigious title.<br />

To help Moxie claim her place in the<br />

national spotlight, you can vote once each<br />

day through Aug. 24 on herodogawards.org.<br />

Here’s why Moxie deserves this award.<br />

Moxie has been assisting her owner,<br />

Katie Harris, for four years with everyday<br />

tasks that include retrieving and carrying<br />

belongings, opening and closing doors,<br />

getting bottled water from the refrigerator,<br />

and providing support and companionship.<br />

Harris has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a rare<br />

congenital disease of the connective tissue<br />

that causes overly-flexible joints, easilybruised<br />

skin and fragile organs.<br />

“I named her Moxie because it means to<br />

SENIOR TAX, from page 10<br />

Katie Harris and Moxie<br />

Shlonda Webb (D-District 4) agreed.<br />

“Being a person who works in analytical<br />

thinking, I don’t know how much thought<br />

went into this,” Webb said. “I learned that<br />

we had no authority to make any changes<br />

in the implementation or application of this<br />

legislation, all we can do is vote in or out. I<br />

don’t want to be in this mess. I don’t want<br />

our seniors to get some undue consequences<br />

because due diligence wasn’t served.”<br />

However, Dennis Ganahl, Ph.D.,<br />

founder of the grass roots organization<br />

Missouri Tax Relief Now, is in support of<br />

the bill. He said with property assessments<br />

skyrocketing this year, seniors need assistance<br />

now more than ever.<br />

“It was discouraging to see this come down<br />

as a partisan vote,” Ganahl said of the vote<br />

in St. Louis County. “I would’ve felt better if<br />

one of the Democrats would’ve voted for it.<br />

overcome obstacles with spirit and courage,<br />

and that’s what she does for me every<br />

day,” Harris told West <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> in<br />

a 2022 interview. “She has saved my life<br />

multiple times.”<br />

Because of her unwavering<br />

bravery, Moxie<br />

is the inspiration for<br />

Moxie’s Mission, the<br />

nonprofit Harris started<br />

to spread knowledge<br />

of service, therapy and<br />

emotional support dogs<br />

– and to provide financial<br />

assistance for veterans<br />

and others who require a<br />

service dog.<br />

“It’s about more than<br />

winning,” Harris said.<br />

“The goal is to build<br />

Moxie’s Mission so we<br />

can help other people by getting a national<br />

platform, gaining credibility, getting<br />

more sponsors and having more speaking<br />

engagements. A vote for Moxie will<br />

change lives if we win.”<br />

Harris, a Parkway Central High graduate<br />

and Parkway School District Hall of Fame<br />

alumnus, is available for speaking engagements<br />

with Moxie. The duo is popular<br />

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school groups. And for the younger<br />

set, Harris has released her first children’s<br />

book, “Moxie Makes a Difference. The<br />

book is available and more information<br />

about Moxie and Harris, including how to<br />

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At the state level it was so bipartisan.”<br />

Ganahl’s group is working with other<br />

counties to see if they will approve the tax<br />

freeze, and talking with volunteers about<br />

collecting signatures needed to put the<br />

bill on the next ballot in St. Louis County.<br />

Without any special elections scheduled<br />

the earliest that would be is April.<br />

“Don’t think we’re going to quit, because<br />

we’re not going to quit,” Ganahl said.<br />

Harder said he also was disappointed in<br />

the bill failing to pass but will continue to<br />

look for solutions to help seniors.<br />

“Everyone that testified (at the public<br />

hearings) recognized that there’s a need<br />

(for tax relief for seniors),” Harder said.<br />

“No one denies this, but how that need is<br />

satisfied is up for discussion. We will need<br />

to work together with the legislature next<br />

session to come up with some changes or<br />

variations of (SB190) if this is going to<br />

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Last month, Kiwi, a 6-year-old Australian<br />

Kelpie, and her trainer, Reagan Wallace,<br />

traveled to Southam, England, to<br />

compete in the 20<strong>23</strong> Junior Open World<br />

Agility Championships.<br />

According to Wallace, Kiwi is the friendliest<br />

dog she’s ever trained, highly motivated<br />

by food and bored easily if the course isn’t<br />

challenging enough. Wallace acquired Kiwi<br />

in July 2022 via social media. But she’s not<br />

Wallace’s first agility pup.<br />

Wallace also trains with Zeus, a dog she<br />

began working with in 2019. Connections<br />

through her rescue-dog-loving aunt led to<br />

Wallace fostering Zeus for a trial training<br />

period. He passed with flying colors.<br />

“I had a large amount of guidance when<br />

training Zeus,” Wallace said. “I started<br />

with basic obedience and tricks, and then<br />

moved onto agility.”<br />

In addition to agility, they competed in<br />

obedience, rally and fastcat trials.<br />

“He is the best ‘Novice A’ dog I could<br />

have asked for,” Wallace said. “He put up<br />

with my 13-year-old uneducated self, and<br />

always tries his best at everything he does.”<br />

But Zeus is not a good fit for international<br />

travel, so when Wallace started<br />

working toward the Junior Open, Kiwi<br />

came into play. The duo placed third at the<br />

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December. It was the biggest show Kiwi<br />

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continued to train and compete locally<br />

with good results, placements and new<br />

titles, and prepare for trials overseas.<br />

“The courses you run overseas are a<br />

lot different from American agility, and I<br />

found myself enjoying the complex technical<br />

aspects along with the fast lines<br />

European courses have to offer,” Wallace<br />

explained. “I don’t have the opportunity to<br />

run full European-style courses unless I’m<br />

traveling to other parts of the United States,<br />

but that’s mainly what I train even if it’s<br />

just five things in the 30-obstacle course in<br />

my backyard.”<br />

Verbal signals tell Kiwi things like which<br />

direction to turn and how to differentiate<br />

between obstacles, but she relies more<br />

heavily on body language so Wallace has<br />

to make sure to be in the right place at the<br />

right time.<br />

On July 5, the duo left for Worlds. Sightseeing<br />

the first week in England and France<br />

was graced by good weather, but the week<br />

of the competition (July 13-16) it poured.<br />

Kiwi did not appreciate this, or the fact<br />

that they were running outdoors, so some<br />

minor issues cropped up during the first<br />

few runs, Wallace said. However, Kiwi<br />

pulled it together when she realized the<br />

rain was just an extra challenge.<br />

“She took everything in stride and loved<br />

the competition environment,” said Wallace.<br />

“Once she realized she was there for<br />

agility she started to run like she does back<br />

home. It’s different in Europe because<br />

cheering during runs is encouraged and<br />

Kiwi isn’t used to it, so it took a while for<br />

her to adjust but she blew me away with<br />

her attentiveness and skill execution there.”<br />

The pair competed in four events: team<br />

jumping, team agility, individual jumping<br />

and individual agility. Jumping is<br />

what it sounds like – jumps, tunnels and<br />

weaves through poles. Agility adds contact<br />

obstacles. Teams consist of four dogs per<br />

height class per country; the lowest score<br />

is dropped from the team composite and<br />

both rounds are added together for final<br />

scores and podiums. For individual rounds,<br />

there are three age groups: U12 (born<br />

2012 or later) U15 (born 2009-2011) and<br />

U19 (born 2005-2008), the latter of which<br />

included Wallace and Kiwi.<br />

“The Junior Open had competitors from<br />

18 different countries and it was super<br />

great to meet everyone and communicate<br />

even though not everyone spoke English,”<br />

Wallace said. “I’ve learned so much from<br />

all of them, and they’ve all impacted my<br />

training techniques and helped to create<br />

the handling system I use now.”<br />

She said she hopes to qualify for the U.S.<br />

Open and tryout again for Team USA next<br />

year. She also wants to add another dog to<br />

the pack, since both Kiwi and Zeus are in<br />

their prime and puppies take a lot of time<br />

to train.<br />

“I don’t compete as much as I used to<br />

because I find training just as much fun<br />

and I love being able to travel to train with<br />

different people from across the world<br />

rather than compete every weekend,” Wallace<br />

said.<br />

She said competing has introduced her<br />

to some of her best friends and taught her<br />

how to communicate with others and stick<br />

up for herself.<br />

“My biggest advice is don’t be afraid to<br />

ask for help and don’t give up,” Wallace<br />

said. “Dog training is hard and dog sports<br />

are like a completely different world. Finding<br />

a good mentor is key and trying to learn<br />

from as many different people as possible<br />

is one of my biggest recommendations.”<br />

For her part Kiwi will continue to make<br />

Wallace work to keep her motivated and<br />

willing to compete.<br />

“It’s always a challenge,” Wallace said, “but<br />

it makes our successes even more special.”<br />

Kiwi seems agreeable, as long as there is<br />

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Achieving the highest rank of Scouting<br />

requires dedication and an attitude of service<br />

toward others. Those are the qualities<br />

that propelled Calvin Gross to the rank of<br />

Eagle Scout.<br />

An incoming senior at Lutheran High St.<br />

Charles, Gross wanted to give back to his<br />

alma mater, Zion Lutheran junior high. His<br />

first challenge was to select a project that<br />

would benefit the Zion community.<br />

“I emailed the principal, Mr. Marc<br />

Debrick, to see if he had any project ideas,”<br />

Gross commented. “He gave me a selection<br />

of projects to choose from and I picked the<br />

project that caught my attention.”<br />

The project involved placing pavers over<br />

a grassy, sometimes very muddy, median in<br />

the school’s parking lot. Once his project<br />

was chosen, the planning began. Planning<br />

before execution is a key requirement of<br />

an Eagle Scout project. Proposing a project<br />

must emphasize the Scout’s intention<br />

to give leadership through proper planning<br />

and project development.<br />

While planning for the project began in<br />

earnest last July, the project itself was completed<br />

this June. One of Gross’ challenges<br />

was learning to break down the work into<br />

bite-sized goals so he could balance the<br />

project’s demands with his school load and<br />

wrestling team membership.<br />

“The greatest challenge was getting the<br />

project done before my birthday on July<br />

11,” Gross commented, “Once I turned 18<br />

I could not get the Eagle Scout rank.”<br />

Armed with a group of volunteers from<br />

Troop 957, family and friends, the physical<br />

work began in earnest.<br />

“I was not expecting everyone to be as<br />

willing to work (as) hard … as they were,”<br />

Gross said thankfully.<br />

Materials were brought in and covered<br />

Eagle Scout Calvin Gross and his team standing on his completed project at Zion Lutheran.<br />

(Source: Wyatt Gross)<br />

by community sponsors that included <strong>Mid</strong>west<br />

Block and Brick in Earth City, who<br />

donated the pavers; and World Outdoor<br />

Emporium, which donated one cubic yard<br />

of chip rock.<br />

“My parents paid for the pizzas to feed the<br />

helpers and I paid for the rest,” Gross said.<br />

Over a period of three days, pavers were<br />

laid to cover a 500-square-foot area. The<br />

workers first removed a layer of dirt, then<br />

laid and leveled the chip rock. The final<br />

step was cutting and laying the pavers.<br />

Gross estimated a total of 270 hours were<br />

donated by everyone who helped see the<br />

project come to life.<br />

The project was completed on June 27,<br />

just two weeks before Gross’ birthday.<br />

Gross plans to study computational neuroscience<br />

in college while hopefully continuing<br />

his wrestling career.


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meaning applications are accepted<br />

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back as applications are processed. Other<br />

schools offer early action or early decision<br />

applications. Though early decision and<br />

early actions vary by institution, the College<br />

Board, the nonprofit that administers the SAT,<br />

recommends submitting those applications<br />

in November. Early applicants also receive<br />

their admissions decisions sooner. Along<br />

with this, if a candidate applies through either<br />

of these processes and gets denied, they are<br />

‘deferred’ to the regular application pool,<br />

granting them an extra shot at admissions.<br />

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easier way to get accepted into a selective<br />

school.<br />

Thomas explained that universities use the<br />

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early decision and regular applications.<br />

“... there are just far fewer students applying<br />

in those (early decision) rounds so it allows<br />

you to stand out a little bit more,” Thomas<br />

said. “Especially in a place like WashU and<br />

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important to know that you can’t guarantee<br />

any particular outcome good or bad in any of<br />

the decision rounds.”<br />

Deciding whether to apply, or not, is on a<br />

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should keep affordability in mind. Considerations<br />

include not locking into a college that<br />

may not ultimately be financially feasible for<br />

a family, or when a student is seeking specific<br />

financial assistance through a talent or sports<br />

recruitment process. Keeping options open,<br />

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might be the best route for those students,<br />

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“We consistently see that by Dec. 1, or the<br />

first week of December, that we will have<br />

about 85% to 90% of the applications for the<br />

whole year in by then. So most students are<br />

still applying early to colleges,” Chuck May,<br />

executive director of admissions at University<br />

of Missouri, said. “It ensures they will<br />

meet all of the deadlines for anything upcoming<br />

in the year. Scholarship deadlines, housing<br />

deadlines that may come up, or financial<br />

application deadlines like FAFSA. The earlier<br />

a student applies ensures they won’t miss<br />

those deadlines.”<br />

When looking at a student’s application,<br />

college admissions look at various elements<br />

to determine if that student is a right fit for<br />

the school from academics, extracurriculars,<br />

letters of recommendation, essays when<br />

required, standardized tests such as the SAT<br />

or ACT, et cetera.<br />

In recent years, test-optional applications<br />

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the essay question becomes “very,<br />

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does not include the essay question but<br />

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the essay, he said, has to convey that the student<br />

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In regard to extracurriculars, May said,<br />

“Academics, hands down, are the number<br />

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and getting involved. Typically the extracurricular<br />

activities they are doing outside the<br />

classroom aren’t going to hurt their application,<br />

they only help increase the chance of a<br />

student getting in.”<br />

Will Shelton, admissions officer at the University<br />

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Overall, the application process is very<br />

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Known primarily for its long-running<br />

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opened way back in 1970. After a fire virtually<br />

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The cinema at 2025 Golfway St. in<br />

Saint Charles has been at the heart of<br />

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wife, Krystal; and a third partner simply<br />

known as Willie.<br />

“It’s a staple,” Nolen said.<br />

“We grew up in North County,<br />

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right behind St. Andrews.<br />

Although I didn’t grow up<br />

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The Nolens, who have<br />

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and setbacks on a<br />

semi-regular basis.<br />

“We owned a CBD American<br />

Shaman store a few years<br />

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business,” Nolen said. “We<br />

decided during COVID to<br />

open STL Hemp Company,<br />

which was like a wholesale hemp distribution<br />

retail company. We opened a store, then<br />

when recreational hit, we ended up closing<br />

it as sales volume dropped completely due<br />

to the recreational cannabis market.”<br />

At the time the couple was in the midst<br />

of negotiating the purchase of the cinema<br />

property. “Which took us almost a year,”<br />

Nolen said. “It was a long process.”<br />

The building itself required a total<br />

remodel – inside and out. A contractor<br />

redid the roof, which Nolen considered a<br />

good deal at $25,000. Surprisingly, it was<br />

completed within three days.<br />

Following that project, the couple had<br />

confidence in the contractor and signed<br />

with him for $55,000 to finish the front<br />

end of the building and the two small theaters.<br />

But work kept being delayed. Eight<br />

months later, he told the Nolens that he<br />

decided to file for bankruptcy.<br />

“That’s the last I heard from him, which<br />

was about three-and-a-half months ago,”<br />

Nolen said.<br />

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The couple persevered, doing much of<br />

the non-tradesmen jobs themselves and<br />

hosting fundraisers in the parking lot.<br />

However, late spring and summer heat<br />

plus stormy weather have led to smaller<br />

crowds and some cancellations of events<br />

meant to raise money to offset what the<br />

Nolens lost and engage with the community.<br />

Those events include Wednesday Bike<br />

Nights and Thursday Night Car Meets.<br />

Nolen described the car meets as “Amazing!<br />

(It’s) a packed parking lot full of cars<br />

coming and going for hours. So, that’s<br />

been a blessing.”<br />

There have also been huge crowds at<br />

theFlea Markets and Vendor Craft Fairs<br />

the Nolens host every other Saturday.<br />

The St. Andrews Cinema marquee, circa 2015.<br />

(Source: St. Andrews Cinema/Facebook)<br />

“God has his hand over all of this. This<br />

was kind of bigger than me, my wife and<br />

my partner, and He’s provided everything<br />

that we’ve needed for this project … everything!”<br />

Nolen exclaimed. “Even though<br />

we lost a lot during COVID in losing our<br />

business, we came out and something kept<br />

pulling us to this building. So, we decided<br />

to say ‘yes to the address.’”<br />

“Part of our plan the whole time was to<br />

find an event space. That’s what we were<br />

looking for when we opened up STL Hemp<br />

… a place where we could hold events that<br />

nobody else would hold,” Nolen said.<br />

Using the outside space as well as the<br />

inside is something, Nolen said they were<br />

always going to do.<br />

“We’ll be using the entire site as a movie<br />

theater, an event space and an event center.<br />

We’re going to do throwback, classic<br />

movies; some Dollar Show days; dinner<br />

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big events where we can have 200 or 300<br />

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At the time of the July 14 interview,<br />

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have brand-new screens. They’ll also host<br />

a grand opening (or re-opening) with an<br />

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Nolen declined to share inside photos so<br />

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the grand reopening.<br />

“We want the grand opening to be the<br />

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eyes and ears, and together we’re going to<br />

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By LISA RUSSELL<br />

Battling loneliness<br />

with purpose<br />

In a 20<strong>23</strong> national poll, one in three<br />

adults between the ages of 50 and 80<br />

reported frequent feelings of loneliness<br />

or isolation from others. Unfortunately,<br />

these all-too-common feelings can also<br />

have profound impacts on both physical<br />

and mental health. Research has linked<br />

loneliness to higher risks for a variety of<br />

conditions including high blood pressure,<br />

heart disease, obesity, autoimmune disorders,<br />

anxiety and depression, and even<br />

Alzheimer’s disease.<br />

However, a recent study co-authored by<br />

Patrick Hill, a Washington University in St.<br />

Louis associate professor of psychological<br />

and brain sciences, points to a powerful<br />

antidote to loneliness: having a sense<br />

of purpose in life. That purpose can be as<br />

major as leading a charitable effort or as<br />

small as practicing a sport; all that matters<br />

is its importance to the individual.<br />

The study was based on surveys of more<br />

than 2,300 adults in Switzerland. It found<br />

that no matter their age and whether or not<br />

they lived alone, participants reported that<br />

a sense of purpose in their lives was a key<br />

factor in keeping loneliness at bay.<br />

Respondents were asked to score their feelings<br />

on a lack of companionship, isolation<br />

from other people, and a sense of being “left<br />

out or passed over” during a four-week period.<br />

They also completed a six-item Life Engagement<br />

Test, which asked them to rate statements<br />

such as “there is not enough purpose in<br />

my life” and “I value my activities a lot.”<br />

“A sense of purpose is this general perception<br />

that you have something leading<br />

and directing you from one day to the next,”<br />

Hill said. “It can be something like gardening,<br />

supporting your family, or achieving<br />

success at work.”<br />

While activities that lend themselves<br />

to a purposeful life often involve interaction<br />

with others, something about having a<br />

sense of purpose seems to fight loneliness<br />

regardless of how many other people are<br />

involved, he said.<br />

Hill added that the study did find a slight<br />

increase in reports of loneliness for people<br />

in their 70s and beyond, which is an age<br />

when a sense of purpose can be especially<br />

important. “We’re trying to dispel the<br />

myth from previous generations that this<br />

is simply a time for retiring and resting…<br />

There are no downsides to finding something<br />

meaningful later in life.”<br />

A recent Washington University study<br />

found that having a sense of purpose is a<br />

powerful antidote to feelings of loneliness<br />

and isolation common among older adults.<br />

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Hip fracture warning<br />

Hip fractures are a dreaded consequence<br />

of aging for a number of reasons. Most<br />

significantly, a fractured hip is too often<br />

associated with a shortened life… statistics<br />

show that up to 24% of those who<br />

suffer a hip fracture die within the first year<br />

afterward. Loss of independence is another<br />

common problem for hip fracture survivors,<br />

with 40% unable to regain their ability<br />

to walk without assistance after a year.<br />

Recently, a study led by the International<br />

Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) found that<br />

the already large burden of hip fractures<br />

around the world will soon grow even<br />

larger, in perhaps unexpected ways. Key<br />

findings of its global analysis were that<br />

although hip fracture occurrence is trending<br />

downward in many countries, the overall<br />

number of hip fractures is expected to<br />

skyrocket, nearly doubling by 2050 compared<br />

to 2018 levels. And although hip<br />

fractures are typically seen as a women’s<br />

health issue, an increasing number of older<br />

men will also experience these fractures<br />

over the coming decades, and men’s mortality<br />

rate will outpace that of women.<br />

The international research group evaluated<br />

trends in hip fracture incidence, post-fracture<br />

treatment and all-cause mortality among<br />

adults over 50 in 19 countries, including the<br />

U.S., between 2005 and 2018. They used<br />

these trends, along with United Nations<br />

world population data, to project the number<br />

of hip fractures in 2030, 2040, and 2050,<br />

along with estimates of post-fracture treatment<br />

(defined as the proportion of patients<br />

receiving anti-osteoporosis medications after<br />

a fracture), and rates of all-cause mortality.<br />

Despite the fact that many countries<br />

show overall population declines in the<br />

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major burden on healthcare systems worldwide,<br />

the analysis found. Men in particular<br />

are expected to receive less post-fracture<br />

treatment, and a larger increase in their<br />

projected number of hip fractures than<br />

women by 2050, along with higher rates of<br />

all-cause mortality<br />

“The findings of this important study<br />

highlight the urgent need for improved<br />

strategies in hip fracture prevention and<br />

care. This should be seen as both a warning<br />

and a call to action for healthcare systems<br />

worldwide,” said Professor Cyrus Cooper,<br />

IOF president and a study co-author.<br />

“Healthcare systems must act… to ensure<br />

that any older adult who has sustained a<br />

first hip fracture receives the needed treatment<br />

and management to prevent further,<br />

potentially life-threatening fractures.”<br />

Limited access to<br />

mental healthcare<br />

Demand for mental healthcare services<br />

currently is rising nationwide, and this is<br />

as true for older Americans as it is for all<br />

other age groups. But for those covered<br />

by Medicare Advantage insurance plans –<br />

which now equals 48% of the senior population<br />

– accessing these services can be<br />

significantly more challenging than it is for<br />

younger people, according to a new study<br />

published in Health Affairs.<br />

The study was conducted by a group<br />

of medical school researchers who built<br />

a nationwide data set of health plan networks,<br />

their service areas and their participating<br />

providers in 2019.<br />

They found that, in nearly two-thirds<br />

of psychiatrist networks within Medicare<br />

Advantage plans throughout the U.S., less<br />

than a quarter of all psychiatrists practicing<br />

in a given service area are considered<br />

“in-network” by the plans.<br />

As dismal as this limited availability<br />

of network mental health practitioners<br />

sounds, “It’s likely a rosier picture than<br />

reality,” according to lead author Jane Zhu,<br />

M.D., an assistant professor of medicine at<br />

Oregon Health & Science University. “We<br />

know the actual number of psychiatrists<br />

available to see patients is much lower.”<br />

That’s the case because even if a psychiatrist<br />

is technically considered in-network<br />

by the Medicare Advantage plan in a given<br />

service area, many are not taking new<br />

patients at all due to a nationwide shortage<br />

of these physicians. This means many<br />

seniors face higher out-of-pocket costs<br />

from going out of network, delays in getting<br />

care, or skipping mental health treatment<br />

altogether because they can’t find a<br />

provider, Zhu added.<br />

In more than half of the service areas<br />

examined in the study, the accessibility situation<br />

for seniors was at its bleakest: not a<br />

single psychiatrist participating in Medicare<br />

Advantage insurance was accepting patients.<br />

According to Zhu and her colleagues,<br />

these findings highlight seniors’ limited<br />

access to mental healthcare nationwide.<br />

They also point to an urgent need for insurers<br />

like Medicare Advantage to incentivize<br />

more psychiatrists into their plans, and to<br />

expand their coverage of services provided<br />

by other healthcare professionals like<br />

psychologists, licensed professional counselors<br />

and other physicians who provide<br />

mental health services.<br />

On the calendar<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a free community<br />

program, Tips for Taking Medicines<br />

Safely as You Age, on Tuesday, Aug.<br />

15 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Chesterfield<br />

Community Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield<br />

Mall (second floor inside the mall, next to<br />

Macy’s). The guest speaker will be Way<br />

Huey, assistant director of pharmacy services<br />

at St. Luke’s. Register by emailing<br />

olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us or by calling<br />

(636) 812-9500.<br />

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St. Louis Oasis presents a free program,<br />

Standing Tall – Tips for Improving<br />

Your Posture, on Tuesday, Aug. 22 from<br />

10 a.m.-noon at the Corporate Parkway<br />

Branch Library, 1200 Corporate Parkway<br />

in Wentzville. Did you know poor posture<br />

can be a cause of pain, lead to organ<br />

problems and make you look older? Learn<br />

from a physical therapist how to check<br />

your own posture along with techniques<br />

to instantly improve it. You will also learn<br />

about exercises and devices you can use to<br />

help you stand tall. Register online at stlouis.oasisnet.org.<br />

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St. Luke’s Hospital presents a free Bone<br />

Builders class on Thursday, Aug. 24 from<br />

1:30-3 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive<br />

in Building A. According to the National<br />

Osteoporosis Foundation, 60% of adults<br />

over 50 are at risk of breaking a bone due<br />

to osteoporosis … Do you know your risk?<br />

Join us to learn more about exercise, nutrition<br />

and medications for bone health and<br />

osteoporosis prevention. Register by visiting<br />

stlukes-stl.org.<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital offers a<br />

Today’s Grandparents class on Thursday,<br />

Aug. 31 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Missouri<br />

Baptist Medical Center Clinical Learning<br />

Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road. Grandparenting<br />

is truly a joy! This hands-on class<br />

offers updates on current trends in infant<br />

care and feeding, and provides tips on<br />

local and long-distance grandparenting.<br />

The course fee is $20 per person (each<br />

person attending must register separately).<br />

Registration is available online at classesevents.bjc.org.<br />

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HEALTH<br />

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By LISA RUSSELL<br />

End of summer means<br />

evaluating kids’ vaccine status<br />

As summer comes to an end for schoolage<br />

children, many area parents may be<br />

thinking about whether their kids’ immunizations<br />

are up to date. That’s the purpose of<br />

National Immunization Awareness Month<br />

in August: to help protect the health of<br />

Americans of all ages by informing them<br />

about proper vaccination.<br />

Childhood vaccines that protect against<br />

polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR),<br />

hepatitis A and B, and diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis<br />

(DTaP) have been required<br />

for children attending public schools for<br />

decades. Other vaccines, such as those<br />

for influenza, rotavirus, varicella (chicken<br />

pox), meningitis, human papillomavirus<br />

(HPV) and most recently COVID-19, are<br />

less often mandatory in all cases, but are<br />

recommended by the Centers for Disease<br />

Control and Prevention as well as by<br />

national pediatric medical organizations.<br />

Recently, a Harvard-led analysis of<br />

21 polls conducted before and after the<br />

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COVID pandemic showed that parents’<br />

attitudes concerning school vaccination<br />

mandates have shifted as a result. While<br />

the study found their positive perceptions<br />

about the overall safety of vaccines have<br />

not declined, many parents are now questioning<br />

the mandates themselves.<br />

For example, polls taken shortly before<br />

the 2022-<strong>23</strong> school year began showed<br />

Americans were divided on the issue of<br />

whether students should be required to<br />

have a COVID-19 vaccine to attend public<br />

schools, with as many as 52% opposing<br />

these requirements.<br />

That level of opposition has also impacted<br />

the number of parents who believe that<br />

standard childhood immunizations should<br />

be required for public school attendance,<br />

the Harvard analysis found. It showed that<br />

public support for traditional school immunization<br />

requirements dropped by as much<br />

as 12% between 2019 and 20<strong>23</strong>, down to a<br />

level of about 75%. Those results mean that<br />

roughly a quarter of U.S. parents are now<br />

opposed to mandatory routine vaccinations<br />

– the highest level of opposition in recent<br />

history, the study’s authors said.<br />

The pandemic also disrupted some<br />

children’s normal vaccination schedules,<br />

leaving more kids susceptible to vaccinepreventable<br />

diseases, according to CDC<br />

statistics. This includes Missouri, where<br />

overall levels of vaccination lag slightly<br />

behind national averages. A vaccination<br />

map published by the American Academy<br />

of Pediatrics shows, for instance, that Missouri’s<br />

rate of DTaP vaccination among<br />

24-month-olds stands at 78.6%, compared<br />

to 81.9% nationally and a target vaccination<br />

rate of 90% established by the CDC’s<br />

Healthy People 2030 initiative.<br />

An interactive quiz designed to help parents<br />

determine what vaccines their child<br />

may need based on their individual health<br />

needs is available online at cdc.gov/vaccines/childquiz.<br />

Younger women face<br />

higher risks after heart attack<br />

Heart attacks are occurring more frequently<br />

in younger adults – both men and<br />

women, the American Heart Association<br />

has reported. One recent study found that<br />

roughly 30% of people hospitalized due to<br />

a heart attack in the U.S. are now between<br />

the ages of 35 and 54.<br />

But when women under age 55 have a<br />

heart attack, they also face nearly double<br />

the risk as same-age men of being hospitalized<br />

again in the year immediately<br />

afterward, according to research newly<br />

published in the Journal of the American<br />

College of Cardiology.<br />

Younger women now represent about<br />

5% of all heart attacks occurring in the<br />

U.S. each year, statistics show. This may<br />

seem like a small number, but it adds up to<br />

about 40,000 women hospitalized for heart<br />

attacks each year – about the same number<br />

of younger women diagnosed with breast<br />

cancer annually. And while breast cancer<br />

may receive more publicity, heart disease<br />

is actually the leading cause of death<br />

among women in this younger age group.<br />

Researchers have known for some time<br />

that women under 55 have about twice the<br />

risk of in-hospital death from a heart attack<br />

than same-age men. However, it was unclear<br />

whether female heart attack survivors also<br />

experience a higher risk of complications in<br />

the period after leaving the hospital following<br />

treatment for a heart attack.<br />

The new study included about 3,000<br />

patients treated for heart attacks at over 100<br />

U.S. hospitals. The participants were 48<br />

years old on average, and represented ethnically<br />

and racially diverse backgrounds.<br />

The analysis showed that nearly 30% of<br />

patients were hospitalized again in the year<br />

after discharge following a heart attack,<br />

and those repeat hospital admissions<br />

peaked within the first month afterward.<br />

Women had nearly twice the overall risk<br />

(1.65 times higher) of being rehospitalized<br />

than men. They were 1.5 times more likely<br />

to need inpatient treatment due to recurrence<br />

of cardiac-related problems.<br />

The biggest differences in rehospitalization<br />

between the sexes, though, was found<br />

to be due to non-cardiac causes, which<br />

occurred in more than twice the number (2.1<br />

times higher) of women than men. These<br />

were hospitalizations caused by other major<br />

health events such as digestive problems,<br />

depression, bleeding and pneumonia.<br />

The study authors said their findings<br />

reveal a need for closer follow-up of<br />

younger women who suffer heart attacks,<br />

including both their cardiac and noncardiac<br />

risk factors. If, with the help of<br />

their doctors, women can focus on ways<br />

to improve their overall health following<br />

a heart attack, this could improve their<br />

health outcomes and lower their chances<br />

of rehospitalization.<br />

Survey shows more Americans<br />

than ever are depressed<br />

As of this February, rates of depression<br />

among U.S. adults had reached the highest<br />

levels recorded since the national public<br />

opinion firm Gallup started tracking the<br />

condition with an annual survey in 2015.<br />

In the randomized poll of nearly 5,200<br />

adults, 29% said they have been diagnosed<br />

with depression during their lifetime, and<br />

18% said they currently have depression<br />

and/or are being treated for it. That compares<br />

with 2015 rates of 20% of respondents<br />

saying they ever had depression and<br />

11% with a current diagnosis.<br />

The new estimates are based on online<br />

survey responses to two questions: “Has<br />

a doctor or nurse ever told you that you<br />

have depression?,” and “Do you currently<br />

have or are you currently being treated for<br />

depression?”<br />

When responses were analyzed by age,<br />

people between the ages of 18 and 44 were<br />

most likely to report ever being diagnosed<br />

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ness. About one-third of these younger adults<br />

have ever been diagnosed, and more than<br />

20% said they currently have depression.<br />

The largest changes among age subgroups<br />

compared to responses received five<br />

years ago were seen among 18- to 29-yearolds,<br />

whose rates of depression were up<br />

by 13.9%; and among Black and Hispanic<br />

adults, whose reported depression increased<br />

by 14.3% and 12.9%, respectively.<br />

According to Gallup analysts, the poll<br />

already had reflected steadily rising rates<br />

of depression before the pandemic began<br />

in 2020. They wrote that “social isolation,<br />

loneliness, fear of infection, psychological<br />

exhaustion (particularly among front-line<br />

responders such as health care workers),<br />

elevated substance abuse and disruptions in<br />

mental health services have all likely played<br />

a role” in the increases seen since then.<br />

It’s also true that increased societal<br />

recognition of depression as a mental<br />

health problem rather than a personal<br />

weakness – and less social stigma around<br />

people revealing their depression and getting<br />

treatment – have also contributed to<br />

increasing reports, they added.<br />

Anemia too common in girls<br />

and young women, study finds<br />

A recent University of Michigan study of<br />

young girls and women between the ages<br />

of 12 and 21 found that four out of 10 have<br />

blood levels of iron well below normal …<br />

low enough to cause symptoms such as<br />

low energy, dizziness and fatigue. Most<br />

of them probably don’t know it, however,<br />

because regular health screenings for their<br />

age group don’t include blood tests that<br />

measure iron levels.<br />

The study’s most alarming finding was<br />

that one in every 17 females in this age<br />

group have low enough iron levels to justify<br />

a diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia,<br />

which can cause severe or even life-limiting<br />

symptoms if not treated.<br />

The study, published in JAMA, used<br />

data from a broad-based sample of about<br />

3,500 young women who took part in<br />

the NHANES national health survey. It<br />

focused on their levels of ferritin, a protein<br />

that stores iron inside the cells and helps<br />

to determine if a healthy amount of iron is<br />

present in the body.<br />

While the overall iron deficiency rate<br />

in the study group was 40%, the rate was<br />

about 30% higher among both Black and<br />

Hispanic girls and young women compared<br />

with their white peers. Although<br />

females who had already started menstruating<br />

were more likely to have lower blood<br />

iron levels, 27% who had not yet reached<br />

that milestone also had low iron.<br />

Lead author Angela Weyand, M.D., a<br />

pediatric hematologist at Michigan Medicine,<br />

said that blood iron testing in adolescent<br />

girls and young women should<br />

become the norm. She added that symptoms<br />

they and their parents should watch<br />

for include fatigue, cognitive or mental<br />

health concerns, shortness of breath when<br />

exercising, pale or sallow skin, rapid heartbeat<br />

or frequent headaches.<br />

“Iron deficiency is an under-recognized<br />

problem with adverse impacts, but its<br />

symptoms and even those of anemia are<br />

normalized in young females,” Weyand<br />

said. “Why are we not screening for a<br />

condition that is highly prevalent, easily<br />

diagnosed, easily treated and associated<br />

with serious symptoms and increased risk<br />

of death if not addressed?”<br />

On the calendar<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital presents<br />

a Staying Home Alone virtual class<br />

on Wednesday, Aug. 16 from 6:30-8 p.m.,<br />

live via Teams Meeting. Parents and children<br />

attend the class together to ensure a<br />

child’s readiness – physically, mentally,<br />

socially and emotionally – to stay at home<br />

alone. Families will engage in workshopstyle<br />

activities about issues that may<br />

arise when preparing for this experience.<br />

A family workbook, emergency cards,<br />

family fire escape plan, parent checklist for<br />

assessing readiness and first aid kit will be<br />

delivered to each participating household<br />

prior to class. The registration fee is $25<br />

per family. To register, call (314) 454-5437.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors<br />

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

Monday, Aug. 21 from 6-8:30 p.m. This<br />

interactive class, offered virtually through<br />

Teams Meeting, is a great introduction to<br />

the basics of babysitting and is recommended<br />

for ages 10 and above. Topics<br />

include the business of babysitting, child<br />

development and behavior, basic child<br />

care, expecting the unexpected, and choosing<br />

age-appropriate games and activities.<br />

A workbook, first-aid kit, babysitter skills<br />

assessment and backpack will be delivered<br />

to each participant’s home prior to class. A<br />

list of needed supplies and the online link<br />

will be provided in the confirmation email.<br />

The cost is $25 per child. Please note that<br />

the child is the registrant; parents may sit<br />

in on the class at no additional cost. Register<br />

online at bjc.org/babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Make Peace<br />

with Food: Basics of Mindful Eating on<br />

Wednesday, Aug. <strong>23</strong> from 6:30-8 p.m. at<br />

the Desloge Outpatient Center, 121 St.<br />

Luke’s Center Drive in Building A, Conference<br />

Room 3. Most of us struggle with<br />

food at some time in our lives; we eat when<br />

we are stressed, sad and more. Join us for<br />

this free class to learn the basics about<br />

eating more mindfully and move closer to<br />

feeling at peace in your relationship with<br />

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Not Just Paint has opened at 6220 Mexico Road in St. Peters<br />

(Source: St. Charles Regional Chamber of Commerce)<br />

BUSINESS<br />

BRIEFS<br />

PLACES<br />

Not Just Paint, a creative arts studio,<br />

opened its doors and cut the ribbon July<br />

13. The new business provides signature<br />

classes for a variety of creative projects<br />

in visual arts and crafts including painting,<br />

candlemaking, potting plants and more for<br />

adults 18 and older, and children ages 6<br />

to 17. The studio will also provide private<br />

classes at your location. Not Just Paint is<br />

located at 6220 Mexico Road in St. Peters.<br />

To register for classes visit notjustpaintllc.<br />

com or call (636) 669-8606.<br />

• • •<br />

United Services for Children has a<br />

new address: 3420 Harry S. Truman Blvd.<br />

in St. Charles. The nonprofit organization<br />

provides therapy and early intervention for<br />

children with developmental disabilities<br />

or delays, and support services for their<br />

families.<br />

• • •<br />

Century 21 CopperKey Realty, led<br />

by husband and wife, Chris and Cassie<br />

Kramer, is located at 4011 N. St. Peters<br />

Parkway. Reach them by calling (636)<br />

317-1120<br />

• • •<br />

Vacations by TravelPlex has opened its<br />

newest location at 6061 <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Mall<br />

Drive in Cottleville. Corporately, the firm<br />

is celebrating its 30th year of providing<br />

travelers the advice, tools and resources<br />

they need for travel and vacations around<br />

the world.<br />

• • •<br />

Members of the St. Charles Regional<br />

Chamber of Commerce helped Wing-<br />

Haven Country Club General Manager<br />

Matt Renner cut the ribbon on its newly<br />

expanded clubhouse in O’Fallon on July<br />

25. The improvements include a large<br />

expansion of the facility’s kitchens, an<br />

updated dining area with new seating and<br />

an indoor/outdoor full service bar which<br />

connects to new covered patio seating that<br />

overlooks the 18th green.<br />

• • •<br />

The Home Builders Association Charitable<br />

Foundation recently presented a<br />

donation of $20,000 to Habitat for Humanity<br />

of St. Charles County. The Foundation<br />

is the charitable arm of the Home Builders<br />

Association, a local trade association of<br />

nearly 600 member firms in the residential<br />

construction industry. Michelle Woods,<br />

executive director for Habitat for Humanity<br />

of St. Charles County said the donation<br />

will go toward the 20<strong>23</strong> build season. The<br />

nonprofit plans to build two homes in the<br />

city of St. Charles this year.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

Powers Insurance & Risk Management<br />

recently hired Giovanni “Johnny”<br />

Favazza as commercial lines risk management<br />

advisor. A former senior account<br />

executive at an insurance brokerage in<br />

Texas and associate for a California-based<br />

investment advisory firm, he has a Bachelor<br />

of Business Administration degree in<br />

managerial finance from the University of<br />

Mississippi.<br />

• • •<br />

Desmond McNeil has<br />

joined Boone Center,<br />

Inc. (BCI) as transportation<br />

manager. In this<br />

new role, funded with<br />

the financial backing<br />

of the Developmental<br />

McNeil<br />

Disabilities Resource<br />

Board (DDRB) of St. Charles County, he<br />

will create new transportation solutions for<br />

adults with intellectual and developmental<br />

disabilities who work. Currently 80% of<br />

those working under BCI’s employment<br />

program in St. Charles County have lost<br />

van transportation since 2021 because of<br />

inadequate state funding, according to the<br />

agency.


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At Logan University Health<br />

Centers’ Sports and Rehab, young<br />

athletes can learn to increase<br />

their performance, minimize their<br />

potential for injury and be treated<br />

for injuries if they occur.<br />

New revitalized sports clinics<br />

are under development at both<br />

the <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Health Clinic in<br />

St. Peters and the Montgomery<br />

Health Center in Chesterfield.<br />

Quintin Murray, D.C., M.S., a<br />

clinician and assistant professor<br />

at Logan, said the clinics are an<br />

option for sports related healthcare that<br />

some athletes and families might not<br />

know about.<br />

“We’re working to get more and<br />

more people familiar with who we<br />

are and what we do,” said Dr. Murray.<br />

“When most people consider traditional<br />

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think about athletic performance or<br />

routine sports care. It’s something we<br />

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The sports and rehab clinics offer<br />

services for athletes that begin with<br />

their required school and sports<br />

physicals that help ensure that students<br />

are healthy and ready to participate<br />

Quintin Murray, D.C., M.S. Jesse Politowski, D.C.<br />

in their chosen sport, one of the most<br />

important steps to playing safely and<br />

avoiding injury, Dr. Murray said.<br />

“One of the first things before taking<br />

on a sport is are you physically fit for it?<br />

Have you done the prerequisites to build<br />

your stamina, build your strength. And<br />

if not, how are you going to get ready to<br />

participate,” he said.<br />

Dr. Murray said patient education is an<br />

essential piece for maintaining good health<br />

and when it comes to children, educating<br />

their parents is most important.<br />

“They are the driving force, so it’s<br />

important that they are well informed to<br />

provide the guidance or pull in the reins<br />

when they need to,” he said.<br />

“Our whole goal is to prepare<br />

student athletes and the general<br />

population to participate in activities<br />

they find enjoyable,” Dr. Murray said.<br />

“Sometimes though, injuries happen and<br />

those can be a deterrent to continuing<br />

the activity or if an athlete continues to<br />

compete, can lead to further injuries.”<br />

Logan has a full general clinic facility<br />

and a separate sports rehab facility as<br />

well, said Jesse Politowski, D.C. a faculty<br />

clinician at Logan. “There is a real benefit<br />

in having the specialty clinic because a<br />

sports injury would be treated differently<br />

than a general musculoskeletal injury.”<br />

He said that preseason is one of the<br />

highest risk times for injury especially<br />

when young people are not as active in the<br />

summer and start the season going at 100%.<br />

The most common injuries they see are<br />

acute strains, sprains and injuries from<br />

overuse.<br />

“Perhaps they were training a little too<br />

hard, or not resting enough,” Dr. Murray<br />

said. “We’ll see a lot of those come through<br />

our door.”<br />

The sports clinic features adjustment<br />

tables specifically designed for sports<br />

injuries and clinicians use modalities that<br />

include electrical stimulation, light therapy,<br />

sound waves as well as the hands of the<br />

clinicians themselves to work the tissues,<br />

Dr. Murray said.<br />

Once the injury is treated, it is essential<br />

that patients are healed and cleared before<br />

returning to training and the sport, he said.<br />

Young athletes, however, aren’t the only<br />

ones who can benefit from the new revitalized<br />

clinics. The therapy and treatments are<br />

helpful to active people of all kinds.<br />

“We’re open to anyone and everyone who<br />

wants to get more out of their performance,<br />

or who are dealing with a nagging injury<br />

preventing them from playing a round of golf<br />

as well as they want to,” Dr. Murray said.<br />

“We’ll see people from the high level<br />

college athlete to everyday athletes or<br />

weekend warriors and really everything in<br />

between,” said Dr. Politowski.<br />

Because Logan’s Health Centers are<br />

teaching facilities, the fee per visit is just $10.<br />

For more information or to make an<br />

appointment, call Logan University’s<br />

Health Centers.<br />

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St. Charles Flea and Artisan Market is<br />

from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second Saturday<br />

of the month at the Saint Charles City Hall<br />

parking garage, 200 N. Second St. in St.<br />

Charles. Details at stcharlesflea.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Twilight Market is from 3-7 p.m. on the<br />

second Saturday of each month through<br />

November at 301 Main St. in Old Town St.<br />

Peters. Artists, vendors, musicians, food/<br />

drink and more. Free to attend. Details at<br />

stpetersmo.net.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles Riverwalk Market is from<br />

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays through Nov.<br />

25 at the Foundry Art Centre, 500 N. <strong>Rivers</strong>ide<br />

Dr. in St. Charles. Fresh produce and<br />

crafts from local vendors, live music and<br />

more. Details at discoverstcharles.com.<br />

• • •<br />

“Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle” Art Exhibition<br />

is through Aug. 31 at The Crossroads<br />

Art Center, 310 W. Pearce Blvd. in Wentzville.<br />

Details at crossroadsartscouncil.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Charles Houska’s “Joy Ride” is in<br />

the grand hall through August; “Art of the<br />

Arcade” with Two Plumbers Brewery +<br />

Arcade is in the main gallery through September<br />

<strong>23</strong> at The Foundry Art Centre, 520<br />

N. Main Center in St. Charles. Details at<br />

foundryartcentre.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Macler Gallery Show, “Somewhere<br />

Down the River” is through Aug. 26 at<br />

The Creative at Klondike, 4600 Hwy. S. in<br />

Augusta. Visit thecreativeatklondike.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Under the Sunshine Art Show is<br />

through September at the Crossroads Arts<br />

Council, 310 W. Pearce Blvd. in Wentzville.<br />

For submission information, email crossroadsartscouncil@gmail.com<br />

or visit crossroadsartcouncil.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Abstract Art Show is now through Sept.<br />

10 at the St. Peters Cultural Art Centre, 1 St.<br />

Peters Centre Blvd. in St. Peters. Artwork<br />

will be non-objective and use forms, colors,<br />

textures and gesture marks to achieve its<br />

effect. Artists reception is from 6-8 p.m. on<br />

Aug. 3. Details at stpetersmo.net.<br />

• • •<br />

Performance in the Park is at 6:30 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, Aug. 16 at O’Day Park<br />

Amphitheater in O’Fallon. The St. Louis<br />

Shakespeare Festival presents “The Merry<br />

Wives of Windsor” in 90’s sitcom style.<br />

Free admission. Details at ofallon.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Fall Into the Arts is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

on Sunday, Sept. 17 at O’Day Park, 1000<br />

O’Day Park Drive in O’Fallon. Artists and<br />

crafters, craft beer tastings, artisan food<br />

vendors and live music. Free admission.<br />

Details at ofallon.mo.us/fall-into-the-arts.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles County Youth Orchestra<br />

auditions will be held Aug. 25-27 at Grace<br />

Baptist Church, 3601 Ehlmann Road in<br />

St. Charles. Students at all levels of string,<br />

wind, brass and percussion are invited to<br />

audition. By appointment only. Details at<br />

sccyo.org/auditions.<br />

BENEFITS<br />

Room at the Inn Golf Tournament is<br />

from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (registration is at 9<br />

a.m.) on Monday, Aug. 21 at Old Hickory<br />

Golf Club, 1 Dye Club Drive in St. Peters.<br />

Price is $750 per foursome and $200 for individuals.<br />

For details, call (314) 209-9181 or<br />

visit roomstl.org.<br />

• • •<br />

22 Strong Walk is on Saturday, Sept. 16<br />

at Wright Construction Services, 11 Lami<br />

Industrial Drive in St. Peters to honor and<br />

support U.S. veterans. There will be a<br />

22-mile and a 2.2-mile walk. Register at<br />

wrightconstruct.com/giving-back. For questions,<br />

email lpaskoff@building-change.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The “Quest for Camelot - A Night of<br />

Health, Healing and Hope” Gala is from<br />

6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. <strong>23</strong> at the Ameristar<br />

Casino in St. Charles. Tickets start at<br />

$200. For details visit bjcstcharlescounty.org/<br />

gala or email Emily.Riccio@bjc.org.<br />

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS<br />

St. Charles Municipal Band performs<br />

at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 25<br />

at the Jaycee Pavilion in Frontier Park, 500<br />

S. <strong>Rivers</strong>ide Drive in St. Charles. Big Jazz<br />

Band Concerts are on the second Sunday<br />

of the month through September. Details at<br />

stcharlesband.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Food Truck Frenzy is every Friday night<br />

through Oct. 13 at Sports Park, 3589 Hwy.<br />

K in O’Fallon, featuring various popular<br />

local food trucks in a family-friendly park<br />

setting. Bring seating. Time and locations<br />

will vary. Admission and parking is free.<br />

Details at ofallon.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

New Town Concert Series continues<br />

with The Big Rigs from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Aug. 5 at the New Town Amphitheater,<br />

3312 Rue Royale in St. Charles. Free event.<br />

Aug. 12 - Larry Gerst & Friends. Aug. 19 -<br />

Trixie Delight. Details at discoverstcharles.<br />

com and search “New Town Concert Series.”<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles Food Truck Event is from<br />

5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Blanchette<br />

Park, 1900 W. Randolph St. in St. Charles.<br />

Some trucks may be cash only. Bring seating.<br />

Coolers may be checked at the entrance.<br />

No alcoholic beverages, glass containers or<br />

animals. Details at stcharlesparks.com.<br />

• • •<br />

O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert Series continues<br />

with Sometimes a Fantasy from 6:30-9<br />

p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at the Civic Park<br />

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• • •<br />

Beale Street Concert Series featuring<br />

Retro Nerds is from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday,<br />

Aug. 9 on The Streets of St. Charles, 1520 S.<br />

Fifth St. Bring seating. The series continues<br />

Sept. 13 with No Diggity. Visit facebook.<br />

com/StreetsofStCharles for details.<br />

• • •<br />

Sunset Fridays featuring Power Play is<br />

from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at<br />

370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters. Enjoy live<br />

music, food trucks and more. The series<br />

continues on Aug. 18 with Serapis. Full<br />

concert schedule at stpetersmo.net/sunset.<br />

• • •<br />

Hot Summer Nights featuring Ben Lacy<br />

and Tim Cunningham is from 6-10 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, Aug. 12 on Second Street between<br />

Morgan and Decatur in Frenchtown. Food<br />

truck service begins at 6 p.m. and live music<br />

starts at 7 p.m. Series continues on Sept. 9<br />

with Bluegrass Night featuring Special<br />

Consensus. Details at stcharlescitymo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles Jewish Festival is from 11<br />

a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 at the<br />

Foundry Art Centre parking lot, 520 N.<br />

Main Center in St. Charles. The festival<br />

features music, kids activities, food and<br />

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3072 Winghaven Blvd.<br />

Lakeside Shoppes Plaza<br />

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• • •<br />

Music on Main featuring Butch Wax<br />

and the Hollywoods is from 5-7:30 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, Aug. 16 on Historic Main<br />

Street in St. Charles. Free event. Bring seating.<br />

The series continues on Sept. 20 with<br />

Vynal Tap. Details at discoverstcharles.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Dardenne Prairie Summer Concert<br />

featuring the Well Hungarians is from 7-10<br />

p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at City Hall Park,<br />

2032 Hanley Road. Bring seating. Free<br />

event with concessions available. Details at<br />

dardenneprairie.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Festival of the Little Hills is from 4-10<br />

p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18; from 9:30 a.m.-10<br />

p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 and from 9:30<br />

a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 on Main<br />

Street and in Frontier Park in Saint Charles.<br />

Over 300 arts and crafts vendors, nonprofit<br />

organizations and entertainment. Free event.<br />

Details at festivalofthelittlehills.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Twilight Tuesdays Music in the Park<br />

features Butch Wax and the Hollywoods<br />

from 6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at<br />

Legacy Park Amphitheater, 5490 Fifth St.<br />

in Cottleville. Bring seating. On Sept. 12 -<br />

Facts O’ Life. No golf carts on the amphitheater<br />

hill or grass. Free event. Details at<br />

cityofcottleville.com or call (636) 498-6565.<br />

FAMILY & KIDS<br />

Family Fridays are from 2-4 p.m. on the<br />

second Friday of every month at the Heritage<br />

Park Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing<br />

in St. Peters. Each session has games and<br />

crafts, storytime, or hands-on displays. Free<br />

event. Details at stccparks.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Back to School Family Night is from<br />

6-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Legacy<br />

Park Amphitheater, 5490 Fifth St. in Cottleville.<br />

Comedian/magician Jeff Lefton,<br />

the Bubble Bus and other kids activities are<br />

featured. Free event. Details at cityofcottleville.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Summer Sendoff is from 1-4 p.m. on<br />

Sunday, Aug. 13 at O’Day Park, 1000<br />

O’Day Park Drive in O’Fallon. Food truck<br />

picnic, inflatables and yard games are<br />

featured. Admission and parking are free.<br />

Details at ofallon.mo.us.<br />

SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

The Kiwanis Club of Cottleville-<br />

Weldon Spring meets at noon on the first<br />

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BE INFORMED, MEET ELECTED OFFICIALS<br />

August 4 | Matt Becker, Realtor,<br />

Apartment Building Proliferation<br />

August 11 | James Knowles,<br />

Dardenne Prairie City Administrator<br />

August 18 | Tracy Dougan,<br />

Concerned Women of America<br />

August 25 I Stefanie Kaiser, Coordinator,<br />

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children<br />

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• • •<br />

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• • •<br />

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• • •<br />

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• • •<br />

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MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

I 31<br />

TALL TREE FARMS, from page 10<br />

Johnson’s great-grandfather, Oscar Schierbaum,<br />

was born at Tall Tree in 1875.<br />

Both of her great-grandparents and grandparents<br />

died on the farm. Her grandpa was<br />

born there as were his seven siblings. Her<br />

great-aunt took her own life on the farm.<br />

Though her dad spent his career in the<br />

U.S. Air Force instead of farming and<br />

settled his family in St. Peters, Johnson<br />

remembers spending most of her childhood<br />

at her family’s farm.<br />

“We would bale hay and drive tractors. I<br />

never thought a thing of it,” Johnson said.<br />

“It’s never been our desire to sell, and it was<br />

my grandpa’s desire that we didn’t. But they<br />

– the developers, the residents, the government<br />

– all of them, have put us in a position<br />

where we have to. It used to be our haven to<br />

escape the world. It’s not a haven anymore.<br />

You don’t sit out and listen to the birds anymore.<br />

All you hear are cars. The people are<br />

complaining that they don’t want us to sell<br />

it, but it was okay when they (built), and<br />

when they moved out there around us.”<br />

The St. Charles County Council took no<br />

action at its last meeting on July 10 on a<br />

conditional use permit (CUP) or rezoning<br />

of the property, on which KM Investment<br />

Group IV hopes to build the multi-phase<br />

Tall Tree subdivision. A vote will likely be<br />

taken at the council’s July 31 meeting.<br />

The St. Charles County Planning &<br />

Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted not to<br />

recommend approval of the project to the<br />

County Council in June.<br />

Johnson said as the years passed, farmers<br />

in the area felt the pressure of deurbanization,<br />

a process where people move from<br />

urban areas to rural areas.<br />

“As time went by, some farmers sold off<br />

their land. Some died. But we never had<br />

any intention to sell our land, ever, merely<br />

because of our family ties,” Johnson said.<br />

“There were sentimental reasons too, and<br />

our family’s history. As those farmers sold,<br />

slowly but surely, more and more homes,<br />

townhomes, subdivisions and schools<br />

were built creating the traffic problem.”<br />

The traffic problem is something on<br />

which everyone can agree. Current residents<br />

say they’re worried about the safety<br />

on Hwy. DD, and Johnson says the roadway<br />

is why her family had to abandon<br />

farming their property.<br />

“I never understood back then when the<br />

old people were talking about it. I do now,”<br />

Johnson said. “It’s because of them that we<br />

can no longer farm it because DD is too<br />

dangerous now to drive a tractor on, when<br />

my entire life, we drove farm equipment<br />

from one side to the other all the time,<br />

without batting an eye.”<br />

When Dorris died and the last of the<br />

Zwyers left the farm, the family leased the<br />

property to a local farmer.<br />

“But even the farmer, who we started<br />

leasing it to the last few years, told us he<br />

can no longer farm it for the same reason<br />

we couldn’t – safety. He said, ‘I can’t do<br />

this anymore. I’ve almost gotten killed too<br />

many times on DD,’” Johnson said, adding<br />

that he left in 2018. “So, every year we<br />

are in the red because we don’t have any<br />

revenue, and we still have to pay the taxes.<br />

“We find it pretty ironic, the people<br />

complaining came out and built anyway,<br />

regardless of our wishes, and put us in the<br />

position that we now cannot farm it. And<br />

now they are complaining about exactly<br />

what they did. Our family finds that all<br />

pretty hypocritical.”<br />

Johnson said this isn’t the first time the<br />

family has fought for their land, either.<br />

“Our ancestors would absolutely die if<br />

they saw what was built out there now<br />

because before World War II we owned<br />

about another 100 acres that are now<br />

Busch Wildlife, but the government took it<br />

‘for the betterment of our country and contribution<br />

to the war effort,’” she said. “So,<br />

we literally lost it, and they built ammunition<br />

plants out there that they never used.<br />

Then, they turned it into Busch Wildlife<br />

rather than giving it back to us.<br />

“Following that, in the 50s I believe – I’m<br />

not sure because Grandpa is no longer here<br />

to ask – but once again, the government<br />

came and decided they wanted to build a<br />

road smack dab in the middle of our farm,<br />

(that’s) why Hwy. DD is so dangerous.<br />

And once again, they got away with it by<br />

declaring eminent domain.”<br />

Johnson said her family is in limbo with<br />

the sale of their land to KM Investment<br />

Group until the powers that be decide<br />

how to handle the situation. If the project<br />

is approved by St. Charles County or<br />

annexed into O’Fallon, as has been discussed,<br />

the sale will go through in phases<br />

just like the development, Johnson said.<br />

The St. Charles County Council met<br />

after press time on Monday, July 31. For<br />

more on the fate of Tall Tree Farm, visit<br />

midriversnewsmagazine.com.<br />

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