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Vol. 28 No. 15 • August 2, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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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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A must-see film<br />

To the Editor:<br />

All of America and Congress in particular<br />

should see “The Sound of Freedom.”<br />

Now when you go, don’t doubt for a<br />

moment that Frank Capra (“It’s a Wonderful<br />

Life”) would sit beside you. But this is<br />

not just a Hallmark feel-good movie. In<br />

fact, it is the opposite. After seeing it you<br />

may want to rethink your subscription to<br />

Rolling Stone and the Guardian that have<br />

blasted this gem of a movie.<br />

Now I am no thespian, but my son is. I<br />

wish he had been with me last night when<br />

I saw the movie. I am sure he would have<br />

agreed with me that one scene, in particular,<br />

reached the level of brilliance. That was<br />

the scene where a young girl who had been<br />

freed from sex traffickers awoke to see the<br />

face of her father. I tell you it was real. It<br />

gave you the impression that this child had<br />

been rescued from a living hell, but there<br />

was her “papa,” and she could touch his<br />

face. I will never forget that scene.<br />

The film has drawn criticism which<br />

proves that even a well-made film will be<br />

blasted if it shines a light on dark deeds,<br />

the worst of which is pedophilia. Yet<br />

Nancy Pelosi once marched in a parade<br />

that honored a NAMBLA leader. And Sen.<br />

Ted Kennedy gave NAMBLA a slap on<br />

the back. Maybe the criticism of the film<br />

is coming from the Democrats who control<br />

the media that apparently do not know<br />

a good or really good movie when one<br />

comes along. My hat is off to the makers<br />

of this finely tuned exposé of what is going<br />

on at our porous border to the south of us.<br />

Rev. Stephen A. Cakouros<br />

Regarding front-facing<br />

solar panels<br />

To the Editor:<br />

This is an open letter to the Wildwood<br />

City Council in regard to the city being<br />

sued for prohibiting a homeowner from<br />

installing front-facing rooftop solar panels.<br />

As the world faces the existential threat of<br />

climate change, it is unconscionable that any<br />

city government would hinder homeowners<br />

from installing solar panels. On the contrary,<br />

governing agencies big and small should be<br />

encouraging such installations. However, if<br />

you are in the minority and do not believe<br />

in the threat of climate change, then let me<br />

appeal to your more conservative perspective<br />

of individual rights and freedoms.<br />

If you favor the right of the individual<br />

over the good of the people, then no homeowner<br />

should be denied their individual<br />

right to manage their property as they<br />

see fit. A homeowner should have more<br />

rights than their neighbors in deciding how,<br />

where and when to install rooftop solar<br />

panels on their home.<br />

Whether you’re conservative or liberal<br />

leaning, prohibiting front-facing solar<br />

panels should go against your political<br />

creed. Front-facing solar panels will someday<br />

be as ubiquitous as front-facing garage<br />

doors (garages used to be hidden in the<br />

back of houses). It is parochial to think<br />

otherwise.<br />

Cary Steinmetz<br />

Responding to Salena Zito<br />

To the Editor:<br />

As an independent senior having lived<br />

through presidents Roosevelt through Biden,<br />

I resent Salena Zito’s premise in the July 5<br />

issue that Alex Anastasio represents all who<br />

voted for President Trump in 2016 and 2020.<br />

Mr. Trump has kept more campaign<br />

promises than any other president in my<br />

lifetime in his four years in office in spite<br />

of the horrific mob attacks hurled his way.<br />

We do have a “swamp” in our governing<br />

bodies. Mr. Trump promised to put America’s<br />

interests first and he did that.<br />

One of the first things that he did is to<br />

give us a voice to say things like “Merry<br />

Christmas” which had been deemed<br />

offensive in the public arena. Those who<br />

complain about his harsh comments fail<br />

to recognize that those are only directed at<br />

those who verbally attack Mr. Trump.<br />

My dad made nine or 10 amphibious landings<br />

in the U.S. Army during World War II<br />

to save a great country for me to grow up in<br />

and raise a family. A lot of things that have<br />

made this a great nation are being destroyed<br />

by our own government.<br />

I pray for Mr. Trump almost every day<br />

because of the pressure put on him. I will continue<br />

to do so and will definitely vote for him.<br />

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says there are aliens among us.<br />

Grusch, an Air Force officer and former intelligence official, told Congress that<br />

he “was informed in the course of my official duties of a multidecade UAP crash<br />

retrieval and reverse engineering program to which I was denied access.”<br />

UAP stands for “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.” He’s saying that we have UFOs.<br />

He also says we have “dead pilots.” He also says he has “personal knowledge of<br />

people who’ve been harmed or injured in efforts to cover up or conceal” the program,<br />

but could only talk about it in a more private setting. People have been killed to<br />

protect our UFO secrets.<br />

Spicy stuff.<br />

Much spicier than the 81-year-old Senate GOP leader going completely blank for<br />

half a minute at a lectern, mid-sentence. Mitch McConnell’s health has been questionable<br />

since March when he suffered a concussion after a fall. His Senate brethren<br />

were astonishingly adept at moving in to help the stalwart Senator, and McConnell<br />

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

But man, those aliens. Whoo-hoo. Hearings were held last week. Nothing was<br />

actually said, but gavels were pounded. Pounding gavels leads to progress every<br />

time.<br />

It’s not like any gavels were pounded in court last week when a judge suspended a<br />

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

“I have concerns about the constitutionality of this provision, so I have concerns<br />

about the constitutionality of this agreement,” said Judge Maryellen Noreika. For the<br />

record, yes, it is very rare for the constitutionality of a plea agreement to be called<br />

into question. It’s not as rare as a presidential contest between two octogenarians<br />

with criminal prosecutions hanging over their heads, but it is quite rare.<br />

Of course, it is far more rare than a UFO sighting, which is pretty ho-hum ordinary.<br />

“These sightings are not rare or isolated,” said U.S. Navy fighter pilot Ryan Graves.<br />

“Military aircrews and commercial pilots, trained observers whose lives depend on<br />

accurate identification, are frequently witnessing these phenomena.”<br />

Not rare. Not isolated. Frequent. All pretty bad descriptors for situations that<br />

involve our military personnel having no earthly idea what is happening or what they<br />

are seeing.<br />

That must be the worst thing happening in the sky these days. Certainly, it is worse<br />

than last week’s reports that Russian fighter jets had attacked U.S. drones over Syria.<br />

Russian fighter jets. U.S. Drones. Syria. None of those phrases used in any combination<br />

can lead to bad outcomes, right? Seriously we just need to keep our eyes on<br />

the alien problem.<br />

That problem, of course, is pretty much resolved though. A spokesperson for the<br />

Pentagon totally cleared things up by saying they do not have any “verifiable information<br />

to substantiate claims that any programs regarding the possession or reverseengineering<br />

of extraterrestrial materials have existed in the past or exist currently.”<br />

There you go. That pretty much puts the whole UFO thing behind us now.<br />

Not so fast though. According to Rep. Tim Burchett from Tennessee, “The UFO is<br />

emerging as a major topic of global importance. I met a fellow who came in here all<br />

the way from Denmark to be here for this meeting. So this is huge.”<br />

Shoot. If people are traveling from Denmark then this thing is bigger than any of<br />

us thought.<br />

It is most assuredly bigger than the idea that one out of five young people in China<br />

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its residents on how well it is performing.<br />

At the meeting July 17, the City Council<br />

gave approval to enter into a contract with<br />

ETC Institute of Olathe, Kansas, to oversee<br />

a series of surveys for a fee of $66,000.<br />

City staff agreed that the surveys should<br />

be conducted by an outside consultant and<br />

has worked with multiple professional<br />

firms, said Jim Eckrich, director of Public<br />

Works. It recommends that the list of topics<br />

be compiled into four separate surveys.<br />

Surveys will be created in the following categories:<br />

community/police services, employees,<br />

parks and recreation, and business.<br />

“ETC has the expertise to benchmark<br />

surveys and run analytics on the results,<br />

which will provide valuable input in these<br />

four areas,” Eckrich said.<br />

The community/police services survey<br />

and the employee survey will be conducted<br />

concurrently and will be completed this<br />

year, he said. The remaining two surveys<br />

would be conducted in 2024.<br />

As detailed in its proposal, ETC will<br />

not only work with the city to create the<br />

surveys, but it will also conduct the surveys<br />

and provide a benchmarking analysis,<br />

including an interactive data dashboard.<br />

“Obtaining accurate and useful survey<br />

data is a critical step in our incorporation of<br />

the city’s strategic plan and will help ensure<br />

the services we provide, at the level we provide<br />

them, are valued by the residents of the<br />

city of Chesterfield,” Eckrich said.<br />

The Finance and Administration Committee<br />

recommended that ARPA (American<br />

Rescue Plan Act) revenues be used to<br />

fund the surveys.<br />

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Chesterfield wins award<br />

in class action lawsuit<br />

The city of Chesterfield has received<br />

$1.4 million from the Charter Communications<br />

class action lawsuit.<br />

City Administrator Mike Geisel said<br />

the Circuit Court had originally ruled in<br />

favor of the class, which required Charter<br />

to reimburse individual municipalities for<br />

its failure to remit taxes on voice-overinternet-protocol<br />

(VOIP) 3 phone services<br />

since 2005. The judgment was subsequently<br />

appealed to the Missouri Appeals Court and<br />

then the state Supreme Court. Both courts<br />

upheld the judgment, Geisel said.<br />

Although the city received a check for<br />

$1.4 million in April for payment of the<br />

judgment, the check was not immediately<br />

deposited due to the threat of further appeal<br />

to the U.S. Supreme Court.<br />

Now deposited, the money has been<br />

added to the city’s debt pre-payment fund<br />

to accelerate the retirement of existing<br />

debt, Geisel said.<br />

That deposit was approved at the City<br />

Council meeting on July 17.<br />

At the same meeting, the council also<br />

approved the sale of 43 acres of Chesterfield<br />

Valley Athletic Complex (CVAC)<br />

property to Gateway Studios for $331,000.<br />

The property is located at 17935 N.<br />

Outer 40 Road, north of the west end of<br />

the CVAC. It has never been developed<br />

and was previously used as a borrow site<br />

for earthen materials used to improve the<br />

Monarch-Chesterfield Levee, Geisel said.<br />

Geisel said the property currently has no<br />

anticipated uses due to its location on the<br />

unprotected side of the Monarch-Chesterfield<br />

Levee and the flooding which occurs<br />

on the site. However, J2 Management<br />

Group has agreed to provide an easement<br />

to the city to continue to use part of the<br />

property for staging its annual Fourth of<br />

July fireworks display.<br />

Gateway already purchased 77.8 acres<br />

on the north side of Outer 40 Road to add<br />

amenities for its clients, such as a lake, restaurant,<br />

garden and bike rental shop. A plan<br />

has not yet been submitted for this additional<br />

property.<br />

And the survey says<br />

The city of Chesterfield wants to hear from<br />


Parks maintenance<br />

supervisor sought<br />

The city of Town & Country manages<br />

four park properties totaling 65 acres. To<br />

help care for those properties, the city is<br />

seeking a parks maintenance supervisor.<br />

Duties related to the position include<br />

scheduling and performing maintenance of<br />

parks, park facilities and public buildings.<br />

The parks maintenance supervisor also provides<br />

assistance and support services for<br />

recreational programs and special events<br />

and serves as needed for snow removal<br />

during the winter months. For additional<br />

details and an application, visit town-andcountry.org/jobs.aspx.<br />


I-64 ramp closures<br />

Drivers heading to the hospitals near<br />

I-64 and Ballas Road in St. Louis County<br />

should allow themselves extra time starting<br />

next week.<br />

At press time, crews were expected to close<br />

the ramp from eastbound I-64 to Ballas (Exit<br />

26) on July 30 at midnight for two months.<br />

During the closure, crews will be rehabilitating<br />

the ramp bridge as part of continuing<br />

ongoing maintenance around the interchange.<br />

All work is weather permitting. The<br />

ramp will remain closed until October.<br />

To detour around the closure, drivers should<br />

remain on eastbound I-64 until Spoede (Exit<br />

27). They can cross over the interstate and<br />

return westbound to exit at Ballas (Exit 26).<br />

The ramp from northbound and southbound<br />

I-270 to Ballas Road will remain<br />

open, although it will continue to be narrowed<br />

to one lane through until September.<br />

See NEWS BRIEFS, next page



NEWS BRIEFS, from previous<br />


MoDOT offers career<br />

opportunities<br />

The Missouri Department of Transportation<br />

is inviting individuals who are interested<br />

in a career to “come for the snow, stay<br />

for the mow” and keep Missouri moving<br />

during the winter season and beyond.<br />

MoDOT is currently hiring maintenance<br />

personnel for winter operations, with opportunities<br />

for year-round employment including<br />

mowing, striping and other maintenance<br />

functions. The department currently has<br />

hundreds of full-time and emergency maintenance<br />

positions available across the state.<br />

Maintenance worker position salaries begin<br />

at $19.08 per hour, depending on level of<br />

experience and area of operation, and is also<br />

eligible for an additional $3 to $6 per hour<br />

when working winter and emergency operations.<br />

Career opportunity job postings can be<br />

found online at modot.org/careers. Applicants<br />

need to be at least 18 years old and successfully<br />

complete a criminal background check<br />

(a misdemeanor or felony conviction is not<br />

an automatic restriction to employment).<br />

It’s preferable for applicants to have a CDL<br />

permit, but assistance and training is available<br />

to help new employees achieve their CDL.<br />

A garden for peace<br />


In Des Peres, along Ballas Road,<br />

there’s a flower-filled oasis that brings<br />

peace to people passing by.<br />

Vincenzo Parisi, the proud grower of<br />

this eye-catching display, refers to it as<br />

a garden for peace. Featuring 13-foot<br />

sunflowers, vibrant Asiatic lilies, irises,<br />

petunias, geraniums and more, the garden<br />

is full of color all summer long, he said.<br />

Gardening, planting seeds and growing<br />

flowers, and then sharing their beauty<br />

and seeds with neighbors and friends has<br />

brought Parisi great rewards.<br />

“God has given me a gift and I want to<br />

pass it on,” he said.<br />

“I wanna bring peace to people, that’s<br />

my agenda. I have peace in my heart,<br />

and I want to pass it to someone else.”<br />

Parisi, 74, worked for Anheuser-<br />

Busch before his retirement 20 years<br />

ago. Since then, he and his wife, Rita<br />

Eugena, have been gardening at their<br />

home in Des Peres. What began as a<br />

hobby for relaxation – Parisi’s patient<br />

nurturing, including watering the<br />

flowers three times a day and feeding<br />

them with the necessary nutrients<br />

– has grown the garden into an incredible<br />

sight and landmark in his neighborhood.<br />

More than anything, though, Parisi<br />

is thankful for the joy his garden<br />

sparks for others. “I want to bring<br />

peace to people with colors, because<br />

I love colors. And how could you not<br />

look at a sunflower and smile?” He<br />

asked.<br />

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Vincenzo Parisi at his home in Des Peres.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

He enjoys the comments and conversations<br />

with passerbyers that the garden<br />

sparks.<br />

“In today’s world, there is a difference,<br />

and we forgot about peace, we forgot<br />

about the magic of life. And that’s what<br />

I’m here to show you,” he said.<br />

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


Public hearing seeks to vest Chesterfield City<br />

Council with eminent domain power<br />




Chesterfield Mall is blighted. That’s the<br />

finding of an analysis by PGAV Planners,<br />

which was engaged to determine if the<br />

property and surrounding redevelopment<br />

area were defined as blighted per state statutes.<br />

Those findings were shared during a<br />

public hearing on the Chesterfield Regional<br />

353 Development Plan and Project at the<br />

July 17 City Council meeting.<br />

At the beginning of his comments, Justin<br />

Wyse, Chesterfield’s director of planning,<br />

clarified the nature of the meeting.<br />

“This is not the rezoning of the mall,”<br />

Wyse said. “Yes, the geographic areas are<br />

somewhat intertwined; there are some distinctions<br />

but this is not the rezoning of the<br />

mall. This is establishing a development<br />

plan and project under Chapter 353 of the<br />

Revised Statutes of the state of Missouri.”<br />

Chapter 353 was created to assist<br />

municipalities in the removal of blight and<br />

blighting conditions by providing local<br />

property tax abatement to development or<br />

redevelopment projects located within a<br />

blighted area.<br />

The report resulting from PGAV’s analysis<br />

determined that the redevelopment area as a<br />

whole met the definition of a blighted area.<br />

However, Wyse noted that the “redevelopment<br />

plan and project do not contemplate or<br />

include tax abatements within this district.”<br />

TSG (The Staenberg Group) Downtown<br />

Chesterfield Redevelopment, LLC has<br />

requested that the city consider redeveloping<br />

approximately 105.29 acres and 11<br />

parcels into a mixed-use, downtown development.<br />

While the July 17 public hearing does<br />

not authorize eminent domain, Wyse noted<br />

that it candidly is the first step leading to<br />

the use of it.<br />

“Any future use of eminent domain<br />

would have to come back before this council<br />

with an individual request,” Wyse said.<br />

He added that there are criteria that would<br />

have to be met and established before even<br />

considering that request.<br />

In wrapping up his remarks, Wyse noted<br />

that the purpose of the public hearing was<br />

for the city council to be able to hear from<br />

city residents; however,<br />

there were only<br />

two speakers during<br />

the public hearing.<br />

Those speakers wereformer<br />

Mayor John<br />

Nations, who is now<br />

the legal counsel for<br />

TSG, and resident<br />

Anthony Tharenos.<br />

Nations noted that<br />

TSG, the property’s<br />

majority owner, supports<br />

the 353 proposal<br />

and emphasized that<br />

there is neither tax<br />

abatement nor exemption requested as part<br />

of the development plan. Saying that the<br />

353 program has changed over the years,<br />

Nations added that the only people who<br />

can be vested with condemnation authority<br />

is the city council.<br />

“So the only effect of this proposal is<br />

to vest all of you with the power of eminent<br />

domain if, in fact, the city chooses<br />

in the future to use it,” Nations said. “The<br />

Chesterfield City Council (front row, from left) Mary Monachella,<br />

Gary Budoor, Mayor Bob Nation and Mary Ann Mastorakos;<br />

(back row) Aaron Wahl, Barbara McGuinness, Dan Hurt, Merrell<br />

Hansen and Michael Moore.<br />

proposal tonight would only vest the city<br />

council with the power of eminent domain.”<br />

Tharenos, who said he has lived in Chesterfield<br />

for approximately 40 years, questioned<br />

what the retail aspect of Downtown<br />

Chesterfield would be.<br />

“If you look at retail, in regard to what<br />

happened at the outlet mall, that’s a poor<br />

See CHESTERFIELD, page 48<br />

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

Senate Bill 190 it would have meant that<br />

anyone old enough to be eligible for Social<br />

Security benefits, currently age 62, would<br />

have their real estate taxes ‘frozen’ for as<br />

long as they live in their home. Although<br />

Gov. Mike Parson signed SB190 into law,<br />

each of the state’s 114 counties must vote<br />

to join the program. Baring that action,<br />

constituents can petition to put the issue on<br />

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<br />

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 />

Elam said all those issues need to be<br />

clarified before the bill is enacted.<br />

He also wondered whether counties are<br />

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 />

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Some stories<br />

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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 />


Shared use path proposed for west side of Old State Road in Wildwood<br />




The city of Wildwood Department<br />

of Public Works held an open house on<br />

July 19 to share the design of a proposed<br />

shared use path project for Old State<br />

Road.<br />

Representatives from the city, as well<br />

as from the engineering design firm Intuition<br />

Logic, were on hand to discuss the<br />

project and answer questions.<br />

The shared use path is designed to<br />

accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists,<br />

according to Rick Brown, director of<br />

public works. It would run on the west side<br />

of Old State Road from Nantucket Island<br />

Drive to Old State Place, with a connection<br />

to Waterfront Way. The 10-foot-wide<br />

asphalt path is a distance of .36 miles.<br />

An ADA-compliant crosswalk at Lakeshore<br />

Meadows Drive will have rectangular<br />

rapid flashing beacons. In addition,<br />

sidewalk connections will be installed<br />

at Lake Country Lane and Lakeshore<br />

Meadows Drive.<br />

That way, it will connect two elementary<br />

schools (Fairway and Ridge Meadows)<br />

with pedestrian improvements,<br />

Brown said. Ultimately, it will provide a<br />

continuous pedestrian path between Old<br />

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Public Works Director Rick Brown (right) answers questions from residents regarding the<br />

proposed shared use path for the west side of Old State Road.<br />

(Cathy Lenny photo)<br />

Fairway Drive and Ridge Road, with a<br />

connection to the Rock Hollow Trail.<br />

The project is expected to cost $1.08<br />

million. Federal funding will be provided,<br />

with the city’s match of 20%.<br />

Residents have had concerns about<br />

safety on the road, which has no shoulders<br />

and hills and curves that make sight<br />

distance an issue. It is often used as a<br />

cut-through from the city of Eureka to<br />

Manchester Road.<br />

James Vanek, who represents Citizens<br />

for Safer Old State, believes it will be a<br />

good improvement. Although the group<br />

had sought additional improvements<br />

along Old State such as a roundabout at<br />

Ridge Road, he believes the shared use<br />

path will be a safety improvement.<br />

In November 2021, Vanek’s son was<br />

hit by a vehicle while riding his bike in<br />

a crosswalk on Old State Road. According<br />

to Vanek, the collision sent his son<br />

hurtling some 30 feet into a nearby ditch.<br />

Since that time, Vanek has been a vocal<br />

proponent of changes to Old State Road<br />

to improve its safety. Those efforts have<br />

included meeting with the neighboring<br />

city of Ellisville and St. Louis County,<br />

each of whom have partial control of<br />

the roadway. A proposed roundabout on<br />

Old State has twice been submitted by<br />

the cities for funding from the East-<strong>West</strong><br />

Gateway Council of Governments. Both<br />

requests failed to make the final grant<br />

stage.<br />

Homeowner Barry Haith, however,<br />

said it will be difficult for those who live<br />

in subdivisions on the opposite side of<br />

Old State Road to access the path, with<br />

only one crosswalk.<br />

“Kids have no safe way to use it,” Haith<br />

said.<br />

Daniel Rahn, assistant city engineer,<br />

said it would be difficult to get another<br />

crosswalk on Old State Road as it is a<br />

county road. Even though there have<br />

been several accidents on the road, there<br />

haven’t been enough to warrant further<br />

improvements, Rahn said.<br />

The Public Works Department will take<br />

the input from residents to use in the final<br />

design plan, Brown said.<br />

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Developer seeks to expand<br />

Brightleaf in Wildwood<br />


The developer of The Villages at Brightleaf<br />

in Wildwood is looking to expand<br />

with a potential 34 homes in Town Center.<br />

A Development and Zoning Committee<br />

meeting was held on July 24 to review the<br />

concept plan for the northeast corner of<br />

highways 100 and 109. The site is currently<br />

zoned planned commercial and<br />

non-urban.<br />

Chris DeGuentz, vice president of<br />

development and construction with<br />

Fischer & Frichtel Custom Homes, LLC,<br />

said that the homes would be similar to<br />

those on the western end of The Villages<br />

at Brightleaf. Those homes are maintenance-free,<br />

detached, single-family villas.<br />

A series of streets would run perpendicular<br />

to Taylor Road, so the backs of<br />

homes would not be viewed from Taylor,<br />

he said.<br />

Architecturally, The Pointe at Brightleaf<br />

would have the same villa footprint<br />

that was used in The Villages at Brightleaf,<br />

offering four different floor models,<br />

different elevations, set color scheme<br />

palettes and porches that project forward,<br />

DeGuentz said.<br />

He added that the symmetrical design<br />

leaves a large section of common ground<br />

in the middle for a landscaped median<br />

with a central entrance from Taylor Road.<br />

A lake feature at the opposite end would<br />

serve as a detention basin. A walking trail<br />

will connect to the city trail at the overpass<br />

on Hwy. 109.<br />

“We’ve always had an interest in the<br />

adjoining property to Brightleaf,” DeGuentz<br />

said. “Our thought has always been<br />

a continuation of the land planning and<br />

the design that was used in Brightleaf.”<br />

Fischer & Frichtel is under contract with<br />

St. Luke’s Episcopal-Presbyterian Hospital<br />

for the 8-plus acre site. St. Luke’s had<br />

planned to build medical offices and an<br />

urgent care center there, but instead, built<br />

a facility in Ellisville.<br />

Committee members were generally in<br />

favor of the proposal. However, Debra<br />

Smith McCutchen (Ward 5), said that<br />

residents in Brightleaf had concerns about<br />

the noise level from traffic on the nearby<br />

roundabout.<br />

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

the city paid an outside consultant to do a<br />

sound study and that “the area was identified<br />

as problematic.” The sound expert<br />

found that noise from the roundabout that<br />

entered onto the property exceeded 70<br />

decibels.<br />

Vujnich said he will provide DeGuentz<br />

with a copy of the report, which provides<br />

recommendations on ways to mitigate the<br />

sound.<br />

Mayor Jim Bowlin asked that the developer<br />

give consideration to having a green<br />

buffer around the perimeter of the development<br />

from the start of construction, as<br />

it is a prominent spot in the city.<br />

No vote was taken at the meeting, just<br />

a consensus for the developer to move<br />

forward.<br />

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If you happen to walk through Chesterfield<br />

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Mall), you might notice one of the world’s<br />

oldest board games being played.<br />

According to Britannica, the game of<br />

Chess first appeared in India about the<br />

sixth century AD. By the 10th century, it<br />

had spread from Asia to the Middle East<br />

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called “noble game” can find events, fellowship<br />

and coaching at Chesterfield Mall.<br />

Located on the mall’s first floor near the<br />

pickle ball courts is Chess Cardinals, a<br />

nonprofit organization that regularly hosts<br />

tournaments, guest speakers and skills<br />

workshops for chess enthusiasts and those<br />

just discovering the game.<br />

The club began as a social group of five<br />

or six friends, organized by Gaaya Binoj,<br />

of <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County, who would meet<br />

at Firehouse Subs or McDonalds to play<br />

chess. When the group started to grow – as<br />

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Among its other offerings, the Chess Cardinals club hosts workshops specifically geared<br />

to encourage female players.<br />

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Cardinals, giving homage to the game of<br />


chess and the local hometown baseball<br />


team, the St. Louis Cardinals.<br />



They also moved from fast food restaurants<br />

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est chess piece.<br />

“There are so many chess groups in St.<br />

Louis and it is fantastic,” Binoj said. “But<br />

I noticed that very few of the clubs hosted<br />

longer format games.”<br />

Chess Cardinals does.<br />

Another factor that sets the club apart is<br />

its focus on female players.<br />

“There are very few female players that<br />

play chess, and even within tournaments,<br />

the leadership is mostly men,” Binoj said.<br />

“This can be a little intimidating, especially<br />

for beginning girls.”<br />

Chess Cardinals hosts workshops for<br />

girls and trains female tournament directors<br />

in an open and inviting format.<br />

With the help of her father and others,<br />

Binoj turned the club into a nonprofit and<br />

organized structured United States Chess<br />

Federation (USCF) tournament play on<br />

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from the Riley’s Way Foundation. The Call<br />

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leaders, ages 13 to 22, the skills, connections<br />

and funding they need to run social<br />

impact projects that inspire kindness and<br />

strengthen their local, national, or global<br />

communities.<br />

The Chess Cardinals are using the funds<br />

to help offset the administrative costs<br />

of registrations, utilities and equipment<br />

needed for club events and to help keep<br />

costs low for players. Today, the club routinely<br />

hosts over 50 to 60 players at its<br />

events.<br />

In addition to tournaments on Monday<br />

nights, the Chess Cardinals host a regular<br />

USCF tournament for players of all ages on<br />

Thursday evenings. The fee to participate<br />

is $2 per player. The evening is structured<br />

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St. Mark Presbyterian’s annual ABC Sale<br />

An ABC Sale from a previous year.<br />

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Since 1970, St. Mark Presbyterian Church,<br />

601 Claymont Drive in Ballwin, has hosted a<br />

community rummage sale dubbed the Attic,<br />

Basement and Closet Sale, also known as the<br />

ABC Sale. The hours for this year’s ABC are<br />

Saturday Aug. 4 with early bird hours from<br />

7-8 a.m. and a $10 entry fee.<br />

No admission fee will be charged during<br />

regular sale hours: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday<br />

and 8 a.m.-noon on Sunday Aug. 5.<br />

The rummage sale occupies all functional<br />

spaces of the church. Its co-chair, Joyce<br />

Blackwell, said the sale is “a well-organized,<br />

well-curated, highly-discounted pop-up<br />

thrift store.”<br />

Glen Knopf and Pam Ladley co-chair the<br />

sale.<br />

Shoppers can expect to find clothing for<br />

all ages and sizes, toys, books, small household<br />

items, electronics, gardening equipment,<br />

tools, sports equipment, holiday items and<br />

luggage.<br />

All of the proceeds from the sale are<br />

donated to local missions. In 2022 ABC<br />

raised $14,000 to support local charities that<br />

included the Circle of Concern and Isaiah 58<br />

food pantries, Lafayette Industries sheltered<br />

SENIOR TAX, from page 10<br />

answers, I can’t do that.”<br />

St. Louis County Council member Shalonda<br />

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 />

workshop, Mound Ridge children’s camp,<br />

Peace Meal weekly meals and Presbyterian<br />

Children’s Homes and Services.<br />

St. Mark’s members made sure the ABC<br />

survived the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020,<br />

the sale went virtual but was still able to<br />

raise $13,000 from St. Mark member donations.<br />

One of the church members, Jaclyn<br />

Morgan, worked all of that year to sell small<br />

items donated by members of the congregation<br />

on eBay, netting over $6,000 in online<br />

sales.<br />

In 2021 the St. Mark Missions Committee<br />

coordinated drive-through donation dropoffs<br />

in the church’s parking lot. Over two<br />

days, car trunks opened in the parking lot to<br />

sell items that were donated for ABC. The<br />

2021 sale raised over $10,000.<br />

In 2022, the sale returned in-person<br />

and St. Mark members filled the halls and<br />

chambers of the church with their treasures.<br />

Every nook and cranny, except the sanctuary,<br />

were filled with gently-used merchandise.<br />

The net proceeds exceeded $14,000.<br />

What remained after two days was contributed<br />

to other charities, including St. Vincent<br />

DePaul and Isaiah 58.<br />

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

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 />

pass statewide.”



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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 />

Katie Harris and Moxie<br />

overcome obstacles with spirit and courage,<br />

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

day,” Harris told <strong>West</strong> <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 />

with groups of all types and sizes, including<br />

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 />

book them for a speaking engagement, is<br />

available on adventureswithmoxie.com.<br />

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CHESS, from page 14<br />

unteers to help players practice and assist<br />

those learning the game.<br />

One rated player is 69-year-old Mike<br />

Abron. A USCF 1,500+ rated player, Abron<br />

has literally written the book on chess.<br />

“The Chess Traveler and Pioneer,” released<br />

in March 2022, tells the story of Abron’s<br />

tournament play in all 50 states. He said<br />

the Chess Cardinals club “helps develop<br />

the character of the younger players more<br />

than any other club I’ve seen.”<br />

Mukil Marthandan is the club’s vice<br />

president and has found it to be a wonderful<br />

asset to his 11-year-old daughters, Anagha<br />

and Meghana. They are quickly growing in<br />

their playing skills, he said.<br />

“Both of the girls are now rated as 900+<br />

players,” Marthandan said. “It is really<br />

awesome as a parent. It is quite affordable<br />

and really close [to home] to be able to<br />

get them to be involved. Chess Cardinals<br />

let the girls see that even when losing, by<br />

coming back every week they are seeing<br />

their scores improving. This leads to a lot<br />

of confidence for my kids.”<br />

The organization recently hosted the<br />

USCF Missouri Class Championship,<br />

with over 150 players participating. Binoj<br />

recalls an unplanned challenge that day for<br />

the player’s mental stamina.<br />

“We had two fire alarms go off unexpectedly<br />

during the tournament,” she said. The<br />

players had to pause their play two times<br />

to evacuate the building. “I think people<br />

will remember this tournament,” she added<br />

with a laugh. “It builds resilience!”<br />

The group offers introductory sessions<br />

structured for kids age 5 and younger. With<br />

the help of a volunteer, Abirami Sureshkumar,<br />

kids are given instruction on the chess<br />

board and pieces as well as basic strategies.<br />

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


Remembering the Flood of ‘93<br />


Most people called it the Great Flood of<br />

‘93. But great is a subjective term.<br />

In the months leading up to the flood,<br />

water from summer rains and spring snow<br />

melts swelled the Mississippi and its tributaries,<br />

including the Missouri River. In<br />

Chesterfield, farmers spent much of that<br />

time checking for signs of weakness in<br />

the 100-year agricultural levee that ran the<br />

length of the valley. On July 30, they found<br />

one.<br />

“The official folks will tell you that the<br />

river breached the levee first but once it<br />

was breached, the levee blew out,” Chesterfield<br />

City Administrator Mike Geisel<br />

said.<br />

It happened on Friday night, right about<br />

10:30, he added.<br />

When the levee broke, the Missouri<br />

River came pouring into the valley, swallowing<br />

up a portion of Interstate 64 along<br />

with the businesses and farms that lined<br />

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Bridget Desloge lived in a farmhouse<br />

on North Eatherton Road and remembers<br />

well when Melvin Fick came to her door<br />

and told her and her husband to get out of<br />

the valley.<br />

“He warned everybody to get out,” Desloge<br />

recalled. “He was the hero in this<br />

story.”<br />

On July 30, Desloge had a doctor’s<br />

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the way, she said she saw other families<br />

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business. But they didn’t pack alone. Volunteers<br />

just started showing up, she said.<br />

“They had been hearing about the rising<br />

river on the news all along and they started<br />

helping us move,” Desloge recalled.<br />

“People were showing up who we didn’t<br />

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Desloge said her family and the volunteers<br />

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“Then, about 9:30 at night, my brother<br />

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water was just lapping at the top of the<br />

levee,” Desloge said.<br />

At about 10 o’clock she and her husband<br />

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“It was Melvin Fick and he was blaring<br />

his horn,” Desloge said.<br />

He was coming to warn the couple that<br />



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the levee had broken right behind their<br />

house.<br />

“When he came to our house he had<br />

already been to several other houses and<br />

warned people,” Desloge said. “He said<br />

to us, ‘Now don’t panic. I think you have<br />

about 20 minutes until the water reaches<br />

you.’ But in reality, we only had about 10<br />

minutes.”<br />

The couple headed for the bluff in two<br />

cars – an Astro van and a Honda Civic<br />

wagon. But Desloge said when she got to<br />

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nearly 51% of all the businesses in Chesterfield,<br />

and represents an estimated 15,000 jobs.<br />

Prior to 1993, there was just 3.1 million<br />

square feet of development within the<br />

Valley. That has grown to more than 9 million<br />

square feet. However, it wasn’t until<br />

construction of the Monarch-Chesterfield<br />

Levee that development in the area really<br />

started to take off.<br />

The Levee District entered into a project<br />

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

Corps of Engineers to construct 11.5 miles<br />

of levee system along the Missouri River<br />

and Bonhomme Creek to an elevation of<br />

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

500-year flood is defined as having a 0.2%<br />

chance of happening in any given year.<br />

The Monarch-Chesterfield Levee District,<br />

working with elected officials and local<br />

business leaders, including then co-founder<br />

and president of THF Realty Inc. Michael<br />

Staenberg, funded about $8 million of the<br />

levee project. The Chesterfield Valley Tax<br />

Increment Financing (TIF) District, created<br />

in 1994, added another $21 million.<br />

The TIF had a spending cap of $72.5 million.<br />

In addition to funds for the 500-year<br />

levee, the TIF provided $29 million for road<br />

and highway improvements, $9 million for<br />

stormwater drainage improvements, and<br />

$10 million for utility improvements. The<br />

infrastructure it provided spurred private<br />

investment, including THF Realty’s 1.8-million-square-foot<br />

Chesterfield Commons<br />

that, according to Staenberg, jumpstarted<br />

major retail development in the Valley.<br />

Opening in 1999, Chesterfield Commons<br />

brings in roughly $800 million per year in<br />

sales, Staenberg said. Its success accelerated<br />

the TIF’s retirement 10 years ahead of<br />

schedule.<br />

A partnership between the Missouri<br />

Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the<br />

city of Chesterfield, and THF Realty resulted<br />

in the Boone’s Crossing overpass being<br />

constructed as the entrance to Chesterfield<br />

Commons. It was that combination of publicprivate<br />

partnerships that put the Valley on a<br />

fast track to rebuild, Staenberg said.<br />

“I’m proud of what we were able to<br />

accomplish when we all got together,” he<br />

said. “It shows what happens when people<br />

cooperate. When good people get together,<br />

good things happen.”<br />

... And Now<br />

In recent years, as president of The Staenberg<br />

Group (TSG), Staenberg purchased the<br />

former 300,000-square-foot Taubman Prestige<br />

Outlets on North Outer 40 road, one of<br />

two outlet malls that opened in the Valley 20<br />

years after the flood.<br />

Rather than create a strictly retail establishment,<br />

Staenberg has envisioned an<br />

entertainment district, with a music venue,<br />

restaurants and retail. Billed as Chesterfield’s<br />

premier entertainment destination,<br />

The District is anchored by The Factory concert<br />

venue to the west and the Main Event,<br />

an arcade with billiards, virtual reality experiences<br />

and games to the east. In its center<br />

is The Hub, an outdoor event and gathering<br />

space now under construction. When complete<br />

it will feature a pavilion, a large LED



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screen, sound system and a stage for performances.<br />

A viewing field will be surrounded<br />

by sit-down restaurants with patios, a brewery,<br />

social hall and beer garden.<br />

Also in the works is the Real Dill Pickleball<br />

Club, which will join a growing tenant<br />

list.<br />

Neighbors of The District include the<br />

recently opened House of Pain Gym, a Residence<br />

Inn by Marriott and Topgolf.<br />

The Staenberg Group is currently working<br />

to redevelop Chesterfield Mall into<br />

Downtown Chesterfield, which will blend<br />

residential with retail, recreation and office<br />

space.<br />

“It’s the place to live, with all the amenities,”<br />

Staenberg said. “We have things now<br />

that the city of St. Louis has, but they don’t<br />

have to go down there anymore.”<br />

The fullness of Chesterfield Valley and<br />

its close proximity to interstate and air<br />

travel options is also attracting new hightech<br />

firms. One such company is Gateway<br />

Studio and Productions Services.<br />

Gateway is currently building a<br />

300,000-square-foot live touring rehearsal<br />

complex and productions services company<br />

on a 32-acre site at the intersection of Spirit<br />

of St. Louis Boulevard and Chesterfield Airport<br />

Road, south of Interstate 64. The company<br />

also has plans for an auxiliary campus<br />

on the northern side of I-64.<br />

The main campus features five separate<br />

state-of-the-art studio facilities for the<br />

development and creation of arena-sized<br />

and outdoor stadium tours, motion picture<br />

and television productions, and corporate<br />

events. In addition, the facility will feature<br />

a full range of audio, video, lighting and<br />

streaming production services.<br />

Trey Kerr, chief executive officer, said the<br />

company expects to be fully open in May or<br />

June of 2024. There could be occupancy in<br />

some studios possibly as early as February<br />

or March, he said.<br />

According to Kerr, Gateway already has<br />

a lot of clients booking out in 2025 through<br />

2028, with some interested as early as next<br />

year. But everything hinges on getting the<br />

complex built.<br />

“Until we lock down an open date, we<br />

can’t sell anything yet,” he said. “We can’t<br />

afford to miss the mark. If someone rents<br />

space and it’s not ready, they can’t go somewhere<br />

else.”<br />

The only other similar type of facility is in<br />

Rock Lititz, Pennsylvania.<br />

Looking toward future expansion, Gateway’s<br />

next phase includes a 5-story, 168-<br />

unit hotel with a restaurant on the site.<br />

Across the highway, amenities for clients<br />

will include a 40-acre lake, trails, a bike<br />

rental shop and a restaurant.<br />

Kerr says the economic impact to the<br />

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of jobs created between construction of the<br />

complex, employees at Gateway, artists and<br />

other sectors of the business.<br />

“Once the levee was built, the Valley had<br />

the opportunity to have this big economic<br />

boom,” Kerr noted. “We love it down here.<br />

For us it’s the place to be.”<br />

Kerr believes that the recently approved<br />

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“It’s a great economic driver,” Kerr said.<br />

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Missouri is now poised to compete for<br />

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states like Pennsylvania and Georgia, Kerr<br />

said.<br />

Another big draw for Chesterfield Valley<br />

is the newly built Chesterfield Athletic<br />

Complex at 150 N. Eatherton Road.<br />

The multi-court, 97,000-square-foot fieldhouse<br />

is on target to attract an estimated<br />

900,000 visitors annually to its volleyball<br />

and basketball clinics, camps, leagues and<br />

tournaments.<br />

It is owned and operated by Chesterfield<br />

Sports Association (CSA).<br />

Stuart Duncan, CSA executive director,<br />

said there has only been one weekend<br />

since opening in March where there were no<br />

events planned.<br />

“We have been busy since day one,” he<br />

said.<br />

The sports complex has volleyball practices<br />

Monday through Thursday. Then there<br />

are basketball tournaments every weekend<br />

Friday through Sunday. It also hosts gymnastics<br />

and martial arts events. A collaboration<br />

with Mercy and ACE Performance Lab<br />

provides performance training and muscle<br />

recovery programs to athletes who train at<br />

the facility.<br />

Those events are projected to generate<br />

$3.6 million in local spending annually,<br />

including the booking of over 10,000 hotel<br />

room nights per year.<br />

“The last tournament had over 100 teams<br />

from out-of-town,” Duncan said. “They stay<br />

in town, staying at hotels, eating at restaurants,<br />

et cetera.”<br />

However, with the success of the sports<br />

center, parking has been an issue. CSA<br />

is building another 100 parking spots in<br />

front of the facility and has purchased an<br />

additional 10 acres for even more parking,<br />

Duncan said.<br />

An additional indoor/outdoor sports facility<br />

is seeking approval from city leaders to<br />

build on a 16.58-acre tract at 530 Eatherton<br />

Road. CarShield FC (Futbol Club) has submitted<br />

plans to develop three outdoor soccer<br />

fields with lighting and an indoor facility for<br />

training and play.<br />

“There is still a substantial amount of<br />

undeveloped property within the city and<br />

other areas are ripe for re-development,”<br />

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REMEMBERING, from page 18<br />

the road, the water was already covering<br />

Eatherton.<br />

“I stopped at the edge of the water, and<br />

this is where they say, ‘Don’t drown, turn<br />

around,’ but Melvin had said head for the<br />

bluff and I figured that we were going to<br />

have the same situation in other parts of the<br />

valley. So I started to drive into this water,<br />

and the water was deep with a little bit of<br />

current. All of a sudden I could feel that<br />

the current was pushing my car into the<br />

oncoming lane. There were no cars coming<br />

but I was now not in my lane, I was now<br />

in the oncoming lane and the current was<br />

starting to tip my car to the left.”<br />

Desloge said she remembers thinking<br />

that she and her baby were going to drown<br />

right there. Then, her husband came to her<br />

rescue.<br />

Monarch Chesterfield Levee trail<br />

“My husband drove into the water and<br />

pulled up into the lane next to me. His<br />

Astro van, which was bigger than my Civic,<br />

blocked the current. It was a miracle,” she<br />

said. “I could feel my car starting to right<br />

itself and then I felt my wheels gently hit<br />

the pavement. We went side-by-side (on<br />

Eatherton) with him blocking the current<br />

… until we started going up that narrow<br />

Monarch hill, at which point I was in front<br />

of him.”<br />

Police at the top of the hill had to move<br />

a barricade to let the couple through. Desloge<br />

said they couldn’t believe anyone was<br />

still in the valley.<br />

Geisel said that for three to four months<br />

before the breach, the weather just never<br />

let up. The city had been trying all it could<br />

to hold the river back, he said, but to no<br />

avail. When the levee broke, he said, “It<br />

was almost as if a burden had gone off your<br />

shoulders. It was like, ‘OK, we failed in<br />

preventing it. Not that we could have done<br />

anything more but now, what comes next?’”<br />

According to Geisel, one of the immediate<br />

things that came next was a $1 million<br />

pledge from the City Council to study<br />

improving the levee to a 500-year levee.<br />

It took weeks for the water to recede but<br />

on Aug. 16, I-64 reopened. Back on the<br />

(Elaine Collins photo)<br />

farm, Desloge and her husband began the<br />

process of clearing out the flood mud that<br />

was about six feet inside their house and<br />

sanitizing everything. In September, they<br />

were flooded again.<br />

“Just we were (flooded) because they<br />

had built a 12-foot wall of gravel on top of<br />

north Eatherton Road … but we were out<br />

of its protection so we got flooded again,”<br />

Desloge explained.<br />

For the rest of the Valley, building that<br />

wall was a critical part of recovery. At least<br />

that’s how Geisel saw it.<br />

“I think the most significant event that<br />

happened, that really changed the course of<br />

where we were going, was the second flood<br />

event that occurred in September,” Geisel<br />

said. “This happened at the end of July, the<br />

first one, and we had spent all summer and<br />

all fall cleaning up and recovering. The<br />

levee hadn’t been repaired yet and in September<br />

the water came up a second time<br />

and we worked with – first, it started with<br />

us – and then the county and the state and<br />

the federal government. We put up to 12<br />

feet of rock on top of Eatherton Road and<br />

we were literally inches in front of the<br />

water as it was coming up.<br />

“I think it was that Saturday morning in<br />

September when the water started going<br />

down that we realized that we had actually<br />

defeated a second flood. If the Valley<br />

had flooded a second time after everyone<br />

had cleaned up and we had gone through<br />

all that, I couldn’t image anyone coming<br />

back.”<br />

But come back they did along with tremendous<br />

growth in new development over<br />

the last 30 years, confident in the protection<br />

provided by the Monarch-Chesterfield<br />

Levee.<br />

An Army Corps of Engineers information<br />

paper released in 2021, describes<br />

the Monarch-Chesterfield Levee as being<br />

“located along the right bank of the Missouri<br />

River between river miles 46 and<br />

38.5. The existing private levee system<br />

is 11.5 miles and protects approximately<br />

4,700 acres from the 1% chance of<br />

exceedance (100-year event). During the<br />

Great Flood of 1993, the existing levee<br />

failed causing flood damages in excess of<br />

$200,000,000. The current (2021) assessed<br />

value of the valley is $1.8 billion. The project<br />

consists of raising the existing levees<br />

on the Missouri River and Bonhomme<br />

Creek to provide protection from a .2%<br />

chance of exceedance (500-year event)<br />

along with relief wells, a sheet pile cutoff,<br />

and berms to control underseepage. Other<br />

features include roadways, railroad and<br />

roadway closure structures, retaining walls,<br />

relocations, pumping stations with gravity<br />

structures, and environmental mitigation<br />

features.”<br />

Recently, the levee was named one of the<br />

best levees in America. But it took more<br />

than a rebuilt levee to bring the Valley<br />

back. Both Desloge and Geisel pointed to<br />

the people who played a role. The members<br />

of St. Louis Family Church, whose<br />

building in Chesterfield Valley was among<br />

those flooded, turned out in force as Flood<br />

of ‘93 volunteers. Specifically, Desloge<br />

and Geisel recalled the work ofthe late<br />

Clyde Perry, who took charge of the volunteers.<br />

Perry was the pastor’s father and<br />

a retired consultant with General Dynamics<br />

Corporation. Desloge described him as<br />

“phenomenally organized.”<br />

Assisting in the relief efforts were St.<br />

Alban Roe Catholic Church, Antioch Baptist<br />

Church and many other congregations.<br />

“All these churches came together and<br />

formed a coalition led by the Family<br />

Church and they helped everybody recover.<br />

I think they had a total of 80,000 volunteer<br />

man-hours over the next year or so,” Desloge<br />

said. “That was really the most wonderful<br />

part about it. These volunteers came<br />

in, tore out the drywall, tore everything<br />

down to the studs, sprayed disinfectant,<br />

whatever needed to be done.”<br />

Doing what needed to be done was a<br />

common theme.<br />

You look back and think about all these<br />

people, like Joanie Schmelig, who really<br />

had such a strong impact,” Geisel said.<br />

Schmelig was the Chesterfield Chamber<br />

of Commerce president in 1993.<br />

What a presence she was. One of the<br />

first things that the Chamber of Commerce<br />

did after the flood and cleanup was put up<br />

these billboards that said, ‘If you build it<br />

they will come.’ It was a play off of ‘Field<br />

of Dreams,’ Geisel said. “Everybody took<br />

their pictures in front of it.<br />

“I look at the Valley now and you have a<br />

ton of retail. You’ve got all the restaurants.<br />

You’ve got an airport. You’ve got Chesterfield<br />

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Meghan Jachna, a 20<strong>23</strong> graduate of St.<br />

Joseph’s Academy, recently received a<br />

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from Girl Scouts of the USA.<br />

Jachna partnered with the Missouri<br />

Botanical Garden to create educational<br />

activities on what plastic film is, the life<br />

cycle of a plastic bag, and how to reduce,<br />

reuse and recycle it. Jachna also taught<br />

visitors to the garden about the negative<br />

impacts the product can have on human<br />

health. To ensure she had accurate information<br />

for the activities, Jachna interviewed<br />

an expert, the director of the plastics sustainability<br />

team at the American Chemistry<br />

Council. Jachna then used all the gathered<br />

information to share handouts with her<br />

audience that covered how to make reusable<br />

bags and getting involved with organizations<br />

to work to change policy to reduce<br />

the amount of plastics companies are using.<br />

Jachna gathered data that her presentation<br />

was impactful by having visitors scan a<br />

QR code to test their new knowledge after<br />

completing the activities. Jachna’s project<br />

will continue to be presented by the SAGE<br />

(Students at Garden Educators) program<br />

through the Missouri Botanical Garden.<br />

The students will be trained to deliver the<br />

program and provided the materials needed<br />

after they sign-up to present the program<br />

through the Missouri Botanical Garden<br />

volunteer portal.<br />

“I believe that it is important to not only<br />

educate oneself on pressing social and<br />

environmental issues but also take action to<br />

improve these issues,” Jachna said. “I was<br />

drawn to earning my Gold Award because<br />

it gave me the opportunity to work towards<br />

self-initiated goals and lead my own project<br />

while staying connected with the robust<br />

Girl Scout community and supportive team<br />

of mentors and friends.”<br />

The national organization’s 111 councils<br />

were each provided the opportunity<br />

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scholarship.<br />

The Gold Award Girl Scout is someone<br />

who identified the root cause of pressing<br />

issues in their communities, created sustainable<br />

solutions, and took action to earn<br />

the organization’s highest achievement.<br />

Rockwood students<br />

earn HOSA accolades<br />

Students representing the Lafayette High<br />

and Marquette High chapters of the HOSA<br />

- Future Health Professionals club earned<br />

accolades at the HOSA International Leadership<br />

Conference, which was held June 21-24<br />

in Dallas, Texas, and attended by more than<br />

12,000 people from around the world.<br />

This year, 10,875 students competed in<br />

88 events that demonstrated competencies<br />

developed through health and biomedical<br />

science class instruction, technical training<br />

and HOSA activities.<br />

Lafayette student Angelina Hoang<br />

earned fourth place in the Job-Seeking<br />

Skills competitive event.<br />

Marquette students Yoon Jae Chang and<br />

Ankush Vasireddy took first and second<br />

place, respectively, in the ATC Physics<br />

College exam. Chang also earned eighth<br />

in Organic Chemistry and 10th in General<br />

Chemistry.<br />

Developed in conjunction with the<br />

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental<br />

Health Services Administration), the<br />

Emotional Well-Being Challenge engaged<br />

HOSA chapters and members in learning<br />

how essential good mental health is to<br />

overall health and introduced them to the<br />

concepts of mental health promotion and<br />

substance misuse prevention. Teams identified<br />

a project theme, identified a target<br />

group to present their project to and evaluated<br />

their findings.<br />

Two teams from Lafayette – Vedha<br />

Inampudi, Ammu Lanka, Kalie McLaughlin<br />

and Anilesh Rajan; and Rohith Bandi,<br />

Ayur Manangi, Arhum Panchal and Dhruv<br />

Patel – were among less than 40 teams at<br />

the high school level to earn recognition<br />

at the conference. Groups from Marquette<br />

earned Silver and Bronze levels of recognition<br />

for the Barbara James Service Award,<br />

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the Certificate of Merit for their HOSA<br />

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members with the opportunity to<br />

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Rockwood students are<br />

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Atharva Shinde and Aryan Valsa Pradeep,<br />

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Robinson, Raine Vanderheyden and Tejus<br />

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Parkway teacher named<br />

chemistry teacher of the year<br />

Bethanie Karfs has been named the 20<strong>23</strong><br />

High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year<br />

by the American Chemical Society’s St.<br />

Louis Section.<br />

With more than 16 years of experience,<br />

Karfs teaches A.P. and Honors Chemistry<br />

at Central High. She has a background in<br />

engineering from the automotive industry<br />

and incorporates it into her lessons.<br />

She believes in providing her students<br />

with challenging opportunities in chemistry<br />

while also offering them support<br />

and resources to help them succeed and<br />

develop as individuals. Karfs was nominated<br />

by a parent of a Central High student<br />

and is also the science department leader<br />

and coach of the girls’ lacrosse team.<br />

Performing with Pride<br />

Recent Rockwood Summit High graduate<br />

G Schmiedeke took part in the first-ever<br />

International Pride Orchestra (IPO) performance<br />

in San Francisco on June 22. A<br />

violinist, Schmiedeke was selected from a<br />

recorded audition and was the only person<br />

under 21 years of age to perform with professional<br />

musicians from all over the world.<br />

Schmiedeke is also a Glory of Missouri<br />

Award recipient for the virtue of Equality<br />

and was involved with the school’s orchestra<br />

as well as its gay-straight alliance,<br />

PRISMA (People Rallying in Support for<br />

More Acceptance.<br />

The IPO is an organization that brings<br />

together LGBTQ+ musicians to present<br />

concerts, celebrate community and raise<br />

money for local, national and international<br />

organizations.<br />

Outstanding in history<br />

Marquette High<br />

sophomore Rohan<br />

Deshpande earned<br />

the Outstanding<br />

Entry Award for the<br />

state of Missouri at<br />

the National History<br />

Day (NHD)<br />

competition.<br />

Deshpande was Deshpande<br />

the only student<br />

in the state of Missouri to earn this honor<br />

in his category, “Senior Individual Documentary.”<br />

He was also one of only six<br />

students from the state to be recognized in<br />

any capacity at the national competition,<br />

which included around 3,000 students from<br />

across the United States and overseas.<br />

NHD challenges students to complete<br />

a research project on an annual theme.<br />

This year’s theme is “Frontiers in History:<br />

People, Places, Ideas.” Deshpande’s<br />

project, “Economic Redevelopment over<br />

Community Preservation: The Frontier<br />

of Urban Renewal that Transformed our<br />

Cities,” also earned first place and won a<br />

local history special prize at the state competition<br />

in April.




Parkway South High students Mia<br />

Balella and Josie Portell are heading<br />

into the school year with hopes<br />

of building on their on- and off-thefield<br />

achievements. The duo recently<br />

earned all-state honors at Class 5<br />

track and field state championship.<br />

Portell, a rising junior, and Balella,<br />

a rising sophomore, placed first and<br />

second, respectively, in the meet’s<br />

100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and<br />

800-meter para-athlete races.<br />

Balella started in track and field<br />

when she was 6 and has competed<br />

since she was 8 through DASA (Disabled<br />

Athletes Sports Association).<br />

“I was doing swimming with them,<br />

and they thought I might be really<br />

good at track. They invited me to<br />

come out for a few practices to see<br />

how I liked it, and I really liked it. I<br />

just love track,” she said.<br />

Balella went on to participate in her elementary<br />

school’s Girls on the Run program<br />

and in the Gateway Games, which helped<br />

lay the groundwork for her high school<br />

track and field career.<br />

“Last year, I got first place in all my races<br />

at a competition called Gateway Games.<br />

It’s something that DASA hosts every year.<br />

It’s where people from all over Missouri<br />

and sometimes Illinois come to compete<br />

for Junior Nationals,” Balella explained.<br />

Hard work, supportive people and receiving<br />

help to figure out her way through hard<br />

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


times are the things Balella<br />

attributes to her success. Her<br />

advice for younger kids with<br />

similar challenges is not to<br />

let a disability define you.<br />

“I know so many people<br />

who are too scared to do<br />

something because of their<br />

disability,” she said. “Honestly,<br />

it’s just only a part of<br />

you. Don’t let it stop you<br />

from doing what you want to<br />

do. You want to try a sport,<br />

do it. If you want to be an<br />

athlete, do it.”<br />

Portell started competing<br />

in track and field with DASA<br />

in 2014 at the age of 7. She<br />

placed first in her races at a<br />

junior nationals competition,<br />

which encouraged her to continue<br />

racing.<br />

“My parents contribute a<br />

lot to my success because they are always<br />

supportive of me to do whatever I needed<br />

to help me achieve success in my sports.<br />

My teammates are always there supporting<br />

me, too,” she said.<br />

Sports are a big part of Portell’s life. In<br />

addition to track and field, she also plays<br />

I SPORTS I 25<br />

Parkway South High duo claims top honors at track and field championship<br />

Mia Balella and Josie Portell<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

basketball and does CrossFit. Her dad, Bob,<br />

is her coach for both sports and she credits<br />

his coaching on the mental side of sports<br />

for her success.<br />

Portell is interning this summer with<br />

KPMG and she’s focused on majoring in<br />

business or law at the University of Illinois<br />

or the University of Arizona where she<br />

hopes to play either basketball or participate<br />

in track and field.<br />

Balella spent the summer volunteering<br />

as a DASA camp counselor and at basketball<br />

camps. She would like to attend the<br />

University of Arizona to major in linguistics<br />

and continue her athletic career in track<br />

and basketball. Balella wants to travel the<br />

world and make an impact helping people.<br />

She lives by her favorite saying from Harry<br />

Potter: “It is our choices that show what we<br />

truly are far more than our ability.”<br />

When these two athletes are not participating<br />

in sports, Portell enjoys watercolor<br />

painting and Balella likes designing things<br />

with LEGOs and other creative modalities.<br />

Portell’s favorite quote by Mark Anthony<br />

seems to describe these two young ladies:<br />

“One day she discovered that she was fierce<br />

and strong and full of fire and that not even<br />

she could hold herself back because her<br />

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Parkway <strong>West</strong> graduate JJ Woodall lives on through organ donation<br />


In a sacred and emotional display of solidarity<br />

with the family, the hospital walls<br />

were lined with hundreds,<br />

if not more than a thousand<br />

staff, patients and<br />

hospital visitors as recent<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> graduate<br />

Jaydon “JJ” Woodall was<br />

escorted with his family<br />

from the ICU to the operating<br />

room in what is<br />

known as an Honor Walk.<br />

Woodall was about<br />

to give his last gift. His<br />

organs and tissues were<br />

going to be procured for<br />

donation. Woodall died<br />

from injuries sustained<br />

from a motorcycle accident on I-270 on<br />

July 17. Although the family prayed for a<br />

miracle, Woodall passed away the following<br />

morning with his family by his side.<br />

Woodall, 18, was passionate about organ<br />

donation and always wore an organ donation<br />

bracelet. His passion resulted from<br />

a lot of education and having a family<br />

connection on the receiving end of organ<br />

donation. After experiencing long-term<br />

side effects of childhood cancer, his dad,<br />

Rodney, received a heart transplant during<br />

the height of the pandemic in 2020. Woodall<br />

understood that for his dad to live,<br />

someone had to die.<br />

His mom Jane spoke fondly of her son.<br />

“He was an easy baby, an easy child. He<br />

loved to tinker on anything with wheels,”<br />

she said. “But his standout characteristic<br />

is that he was one to do whatever people<br />

asked of him, a giving and helpful person.<br />

His teachers, (school) administrators and<br />

neighbors always spoke highly of him.<br />

Jaydon was friendly to everyone.<br />

“He was a big presence in the most<br />

humble way. He had a great smile, an<br />

infectious laugh. You couldn’t be mad or<br />

Jaydon “JJ” Woodall<br />

upset with him when he smiled at you.”<br />

Woodall was a gifted athlete. He excelled<br />

in wrestling, achieving six school records<br />

and an All-Conference Award. He also was<br />

a standout football player,<br />

a rare player on both the<br />

defensive and offensive<br />

lines. Woodall had signed<br />

to play football at Missouri<br />

<strong>West</strong>ern State University<br />

this fall, where he<br />

planned to study nursing.<br />

Assistant Coach Kevin<br />

Bueltemann, an eighthgrade<br />

physical education<br />

teacher at <strong>West</strong> Middle,<br />

called him a “coach’s<br />

dream.” He met Woodall<br />

as an eighth-grade student<br />

but also worked closely<br />

with him during his four years of high<br />

school football.<br />

Upon learning of his accident, the football<br />

team quickly rallied to plan a vigil. On<br />

July 18, hundreds of family and friends and<br />

school and community members showed<br />

up on the football field to share memories<br />

of Woodall and support one another as they<br />

processed his loss.<br />

“It was very hard. It was meant to be a<br />

celebration and honor what he meant to<br />

so many people,” Bueltemann shared.<br />

“But just to see the outpouring of people,<br />

the parents, the teachers, former coaches,<br />

classmates, his wrestling team and coaches<br />

who wanted to be a part of it – it was overwhelming<br />

to see. It was a testament to who<br />

he was not just on the football field but<br />

who he was as a person.”<br />

Bueltemann shared at the football banquet,<br />

that each coach has an opportunity to<br />

speak about a senior and he took the opportunity<br />

to speak about Woodall.<br />

“Genuinely, he was one of my favorite<br />

players I’ve had the privilege to coach<br />

during my 28-year career. He was hardworking,<br />

made a great effort, very coachable.<br />

He was an enjoyable young man to be<br />

around and to coach.”<br />

Bueltemann also remembers Woodall for<br />

his bright smile and laughter.<br />

Despite wearing a helmet and layers of<br />

protective clothing, Woodall’s brain injuries<br />

were too severe to recover. His body,<br />

however, was protected from any internal<br />

injuries or broken bones, allowing him to<br />

be among the less than 1% of all donors<br />

who qualify to donate whole organs,<br />

according to Lindsey Speir, vice president<br />

of organ operations at Mid-America Transplant,<br />

which coordinated the donation.<br />

In addition to donating one kidney each<br />

to two adults in Illinois and Missouri and<br />

donating his pancreas for research, Woodall<br />

shared the gift of between 75 and 100<br />

tissue donations. Tissue donations can<br />

include skin, tendons, muscles, bones,<br />

heart valves, eyes and nerves. Tissue donations<br />

offer the greatest opportunity for<br />

donors of all ages. When procured, they<br />

are preserved and turned into the exact<br />

needs of surgeons and can be stored for<br />

a long time as compared<br />

to whole organ donations,<br />

Speir explained.<br />

Every nine minutes<br />

someone in need is added<br />

to the list of over 100,000<br />

waiting for the life-saving<br />

gift of organ donation.<br />

Seventeen people die<br />

each day waiting for an<br />

organ.<br />

“Your loved ones need<br />

to know your wishes. It<br />

is easier to make the endof-life<br />

decisions on your<br />

behalf,” Speir said. “The<br />

story of donation needs<br />

to be told and it’s one that<br />

we hope brings hope and<br />

healing to the Woodall<br />

family.”<br />

The after-care transplant<br />

team offers ongoing services to both<br />

donor and recipient families to help them<br />

through the grief and transplant process.<br />

Woodall’s family will have the opportunity<br />

to learn specifics as they become available<br />

regarding his lifesaving gifts.<br />

Individuals interested in learning more<br />

about organ donation or wanting to sign<br />

up to become a donor can visit their local<br />

DMV facility or visit midamericatransplant.org.<br />

While initial accident details were<br />

released to the public, Highway Patrol<br />

Trooper Benjamin Roberts, who secured<br />

the accident site and spoke with <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>,<br />

said it’s an “ongoing investigation<br />

and we have a lot to do.” Due to the<br />

fatality, witnesses and others involved in<br />

the accident will be interviewed and there<br />

will be an accident reconstruction.<br />

In the days following her son’s death,<br />

Jane realized the true impact he had on<br />

others.<br />

“He wasn’t just my JJ,” she said. “He<br />

was everybody’s JJ.”<br />

Woodall with (from left, back row) Coach Mel Trottier, Head<br />

Coach Jeff Duncan and Coach Kevin Bueltmann<br />

(Photo provided by family)<br />

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AUGUST 18 - 20 •VLASSIS PARK<br />

Bringing People Together<br />

Dear friends and neighbors,<br />

The 45th Annual Ballwin Days<br />

Festival is only a few weeks away!<br />

This year’s event will be held from<br />

Thursday, August 17 through Sunday,<br />

August 20. This wonderful<br />

event is something the community,<br />

and I, look forward to every year.<br />

During this weekend in August,<br />

you’ll find food, drinks, games,<br />

rides, fireworks, live music, and<br />

so much more in our Vlassis Park.<br />

Check out the Ballwin Days<br />

(www.ballwindays.info) website for<br />

more information on tickets, rides,<br />

and a full schedule of events and<br />

times. Join us Thursday night for a<br />

special “soft opening” just for rides!<br />

I want to thank the participating<br />

businesses, event sponsors, City<br />

staff, and Ballwin Days Committee<br />

for their hard work and efforts<br />

to make Ballwin<br />

Days happen.<br />

It will definitely<br />

be a weekend to<br />

remember! So<br />

come on out and<br />

join us!<br />

Mayor Tim Pogue,<br />

City of Ballwin<br />


Friday: 5PM - 11:30PM<br />

Saturday: 11AM - 11:30PM<br />

Sunday: 11AM - 5:30PM<br />


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Unlimited Rides $30<br />

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Parking and shuttles<br />

General parking is not permitted in the<br />

park during the festival.<br />

Free shuttles will be run continuously<br />

beginning 30 minutes prior to the opening<br />

of the festival until 30 minutes after the<br />

festival each day.<br />

Shuttle locations:<br />

• Target, 15025 Manchester Road, corner<br />

of Holloway and Manchester roads<br />

• Lowes, 14810 Manchester Road, in<br />

Olde Towne Plaza<br />

A shuttle service from the accessible<br />

parking lot within Vlasis Park also will be<br />

available for those who need assistance.<br />

All shuttles are accessible.<br />

Individuals who have a disabled placard<br />

or license plate for their vehicle will<br />

be permitted to park within the park.<br />

Entrance for accessible parking is at the<br />

Holloway Road-Park Drive intersection,<br />

near the log cabin.<br />

Planning to attend a concert? Do bring<br />

seating, but remember that the seating you<br />

bring should be easy to transport on the<br />

shuttle, such as sack chairs and blankets.<br />



Ballwin Days: What to know before you go<br />

(Source: Ballwin Days/Bob Vogt)<br />

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Main stage and tent<br />

The music stage will be located on the new<br />

Ballwin Government Center parking lot.<br />

The tent is located near the stage between<br />

the Government Center and the park pond.<br />

Families can eat lunch or dinner while listening<br />

to the bands play.<br />

Vendors will remain on the main midway<br />

as they have in the past, but also along the<br />

board walk heading toward the main stage.<br />

Rides and tickets<br />

What’s a carnival without rides for guests<br />

of all ages? Spinning, sliding, swinging,<br />

gliding, or climbing high into the sky –<br />

Ballwin Days has it all.<br />

Rides open to the public on Thursday,<br />

Aug. 17 during the festival’s rides-only<br />

soft opening. Ride wristbands will be<br />

available for Thursday or Sunday only.<br />

Vouchers can be purchased for $25 in<br />

advance at the Ballwin Government<br />

Center or the Pointe at Ballwin Commons<br />

through 5 p.m. on Aug. 17. At the<br />

festival on Thursday or Sunday, they will<br />

be $30.<br />

Only tickets can be used on Friday<br />

and Saturday. Ticket prices for Friday<br />

through Sunday are $1.25 per ticket but<br />

can be purchased as a 22-ticket bundle<br />

for $25 or a 45-ticket bundle for $50.<br />

All tickets must be purchased with cash.<br />

ATMs will be located throughout the festival<br />

grounds.<br />

Big rides require five tickets for entry;<br />

kiddie rides require four tickets for entry.<br />

Family Night Ride<br />

Ballwin Night Ride is a leisurely family<br />

bike ride led by Ballwin Police Department<br />

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

Bike riders should assemble at the Target<br />

parking lot, 15025 Manchester Road, prior<br />

to the ride’s 7 p.m. start time. The route can<br />

be found on BallwinDays.info.<br />

Ballwin Days 5K and 1-Mile Run<br />

The annual Ballwin Days 5K and 1-mile<br />

walk/run are almost as much fun for spectators<br />

as they are for the runners.<br />

Runners take off from Vlasis Park on<br />

Sunday, Aug. 20 with the 5K beginning at<br />

8 a.m. and 1-mile walk/run beginning at<br />

9 a.m. The courses for both races begin<br />

and end in Vlasis Park. Kids and adults are<br />

welcome to sign up for both races.<br />

Entry for the 5K is $45 per runner; entry<br />

for the 1-mile walk/run is $25 per participant.<br />

Registration is available on race day<br />

or online at ballwin.mo.us/Ballwin-Race-<br />

Series-1/ where you can also view maps of<br />

the race courses.<br />

Rotary Wheels of Service Car Show<br />

The Rotary Wheels of Service Car Show<br />

takes place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug.<br />

20 in Vlasis Park.<br />

There is a $20 entry fee with 10 trophies<br />

awarded in various categories. The event<br />

is open to all car makes, models and year.<br />

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• 6:30-9:30 p.m. – Carnival rides open<br />

Ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing.<br />

• 4:30-midnight – Shuttle service operates.<br />

• 5-11:30 p.m. – Carnival rides are open.<br />

• 6 p.m. Opening ceremonies – Posting of<br />

the Colors by the Metro <strong>West</strong> Fire District,<br />

Kevin Glock performs the “National Anthem.”<br />

• 7-10:30 p.m. – Teenage Dirtbags perform<br />

on the Main Stage.<br />

• 9:15 p.m. Fireworks<br />

• 11 p.m. – Ride ticket and beer sales end.<br />

• 11:30 p.m. – Festival closes for the day.<br />

• 10:30 a.m.-midnight Shuttle service operates.<br />

• 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. – Carnival rides are open.<br />

• 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Kids Korner activities are<br />

open.<br />

• 4-7 p.m. – Whiskey Drifters performs on<br />

the Main Stage.<br />

• 7:30 p.m. – Ballwin Night Ride, a leisurely<br />

family bike ride through Ballwin led by<br />

Ballwin Police Department and Metro <strong>West</strong><br />

Fire Protection District. Bike riders will meet<br />

at the Target parking lot.<br />

• 8 p.m.-11 p.m. – Night Moves performs on<br />

the Main Stage.<br />

• 9:15 p.m. Fireworks<br />

• 11 p.m. – Ride ticket and beer sales end.<br />

• 11:30 p.m. Festival closes for the day.<br />



BALLWIN DAYS 20<strong>23</strong><br />


VLASIS PARK • AUG. 17-20<br />

Thursday, Aug. 17 – Ride Night<br />

Friday, Aug. 18<br />

Saturday, Aug. 19<br />

(Source: Ballwin Days/Bob Vogt)<br />

Sunday, Aug. 20<br />

(Source: Ballwin Days/Bob Vogt)<br />

• 8 a.m. – 42nd Annual Ballwin Days 5K and<br />

1-Mile Run, presented by ELCO Chevrolet/<br />

Cadillac<br />

• 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. – Shuttle service<br />

operates.<br />

• 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Carnival rides are open.<br />

• 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m. – Puppy Yoga in the<br />

Beer Garden.<br />

• Noon- 2 p.m. – Car Show registration.<br />

• 1-4 p.m. – Concert in the Beer Garden<br />

featuring Moon Valley.<br />

• 2-4 p.m. – Wheels of Service Charity Car<br />

show<br />

• 5 p.m. – Ride ticket and beer sales end.<br />

• 5:30 p.m. – Festival closes. See you next<br />

year!<br />

Main stage entertainment presented by<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>.<br />

*This is a tentative schedule of events and is<br />

subject to change. For more information or updates,<br />

individuals can also visit ballwin.mo.us<br />

or facebook.com/BallwinDays.<br />

20<strong>23</strong> Ballwin Days Committee<br />

A special thank you to all of the dedicated members of the Ballwin Days<br />

Committee, whose hard work has made the 20<strong>23</strong> festival possible!




Music will again be center stage in<br />

Vlasis Park this year with four bands filling<br />

the celebration with exciting tunes.<br />

The Teenage Dirtbags is first up. The<br />

band, a premier 90s cover “Xtravaganza,”<br />

inspired by the Rizzuto Show and led by<br />

Moon Valjean, takes the stage Friday night.<br />

Expect a step back into that special decade<br />

of the 90s with alternative, punk and 90s<br />

country.<br />

The free concert begins at 7 p.m. There<br />

will be a break for fireworks at 9:15 p.m.<br />

and the Teenage Dirtbags will resume after<br />

the fireworks until 10:30 p.m.<br />

Then, on Saturday, stop by the Beer<br />

Garden for some refreshments and some<br />

good old country and southern rock from<br />

the Whiskey Drifters from 4-7 p.m. It’s<br />

music to sip by and rock to and perhaps do<br />

the two-step to your table.<br />

On Saturday night at 8 p.m. “Turn the<br />

Page” back in time and get back to that<br />

“Old Time Rock and Roll” with Night<br />

Moves, a Bob Seger tribute band. Like<br />

the Silver Bullet Band itself, members<br />

use their great guitar work, keyboard,<br />

saxophone and vocals to recreate that<br />

soulful Seger sound. The concert will<br />

be based on the Live Bullet and Nine<br />

Tonight albums. The concert will break<br />

for the fireworks at 8:45 p.m. and the<br />

Night Moves concert will resume after<br />

the fireworks until 11 p.m.<br />

Finally, on Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. music<br />

lovers should stop by to see Moon Valley.<br />

The band is the creation of Gavin J. Duffy,<br />

a Scottish born immigrant who combines<br />

the folk music from his homeland with<br />

the folk music he found here. The acoustic<br />

group performs a wide range of genres<br />

including Celtic fiddle-tunes, bluegrass,<br />

jazz, Americana, and roots-rocks.<br />

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WHAT TO KNOW, from page 28<br />

Each participant will receive a dash plaque.<br />

Registration takes place at the show site<br />

from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday.<br />

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On Sunday Aug. 20, puppy yoga adds<br />

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It benefits the puppies by supporting<br />

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Kids Korner<br />

Kids might have the best time of all at<br />

Ballwin Days with a whole host of childcentered<br />

activities. A definite plus for mom<br />

and dad is that all Kids Korner activities<br />

are 100% free and run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.<br />

on Saturday.<br />

• Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will<br />

host a craft and yard game.<br />

• Vetta Sports Manchester will host trials<br />

for Kickaroos and soccer.<br />

• Boy Scouts of America will host a pinewood<br />

derby, squeeze box obstacle, rain<br />

gutter regatta, slackline, ice block sledding<br />

and knots game. The Scouts will also have<br />

a patch display and be available to talk<br />

about joining a local Scout troop.<br />

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show.<br />

• Face painting and a bubble machine<br />

provided by Invite Church.<br />

• Circus Kaput<br />

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Ballwin Days: The place to make memories<br />




“My brother ran for mayor of Ballwin<br />

years ago and he said, ‘If I get elected I<br />

want to start a Ballwin Days Fair. Well, he<br />

won.”<br />

That’s how Ginny Holloran, now 92,<br />

describes her indoctrination to the Ballwin<br />

Days Committee.<br />

In early 1978, then-mayor Dick Andrews<br />

assembled the first Ballwin Days committee.<br />

Holloran has been on the committee<br />

ever since. Today, she runs the Ballwin<br />

Days Book Booth.<br />

“This is our third year,” Holloran<br />

explained. “It’s so much fun!”<br />

Children visiting the fair can stop at the<br />

Book Booth to pick out a free book and<br />

win a prize.<br />

“As the kids come up we say, ‘OK, pick<br />

up a book and take it home’ and ‘Would<br />

you like to try and win a prize.’ We color<br />

the bottoms of Tootsie Pop stems and when<br />

the child pulls out a colored sick they win<br />

a prize,” she explained. “I love the look on<br />

their faces when they win!”<br />

Holloran said Peoples National Bank<br />

and Busey Bank in Ballwin have supported<br />

the booth since its inception. In<br />

the first two years, the local financial<br />

institutions gave Holloran $500 to buy<br />

books from Scholastic. This year, Peoples<br />

National Bank again donated funds while<br />

Busey donated books.<br />

Holloran said she would welcome donations<br />

from other sources, including local<br />

authors. All books must be new and written<br />

for grades pre-kindergarten through<br />

middle school. Donations labeled “Ballwin<br />

Days Book Booth” can be dropped off at<br />

The Pointe in Ballwin.<br />

It’s not surprising that Holloran has a<br />

passion for kids and reading. She was<br />

an Oasis volunteer for 20 years. Oasis<br />

pairs mentors with students to help them<br />

improve their reading and writing skills<br />

and build confidence.<br />

Holloran noted that her son and daughter-in-law<br />

help tremendously with the<br />

booth. This year, she said her son found<br />

a treasure chest that will add to the fun of<br />

claiming a prize. She said she can’t wait to<br />

see the looks on the kids’ faces.<br />

“That’s what I think my brother would<br />

have loved to see,” she said. “That’s why<br />

he wanted to start Ballwin Days, for people<br />

to have such a good time!”<br />

Hollaran isn’t the only one with fond<br />

memories of Ballwin Days, Director of Parks<br />

and Recreation Chris Conway grew up in<br />

Ginny Holloran at the Book Booth<br />

(Source: Ballwin Days/Bob Vogt)<br />

Ballwin and went to the fair<br />

every year.<br />

“I used to get excited<br />

riding down Manchester<br />

Road, and you could see<br />

the rides being put together<br />

and getting ready for the<br />

weekend. I just remember<br />

that whole week being<br />

pretty exciting for me as a<br />

kid living here.”<br />

The week of Ballwin<br />

Days is still exciting but in<br />

a different way.<br />

“It is a long week, capped<br />

off by an even longer<br />

weekend, but I have a lot<br />

of fun,” Conway said. “On<br />

Sunday evening when we’re all sitting<br />

down, it’s like, ‘OK, we did it. Another<br />

year. It is – we’ve accomplished such a big<br />

feat. To put on such an awesome event for<br />

the community.”<br />

When Conway returned to Ballwin in<br />

2019 and took over the parks and recreation<br />

department, he said he jumped right<br />

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Days Committee.<br />

“The committee has shrunk in recent<br />

years, but we’ve found ways to accomplish<br />

the same amount of work with fewer<br />

people so that Ballwin residents get the<br />

festival they deserve,” Conway said.<br />

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The top three finishers in the St. Louis District Golf Association’s Hardin Junior<br />

Championship (from left) Priory senior Owen Farley and CBC senior Austin<br />

Jacobs; Trip Hardin, grandson of the tournament’s namesake; and Marquette<br />

junior William Bomkamp.<br />

(Todd Burchyett/St. Louis District Golf Association photo)<br />

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American Legion Baseball<br />

Eureka Post 177 won the District 10<br />

regular season championship and came<br />

through the loser’s bracket to win the district’s<br />

postseason tournament.<br />

In the first championship game, which<br />

was played at Principia High, Eureka<br />

defeated Kirkwood Post 156 14-3 to force<br />

the decisive game. Post 177 won that game<br />

6-1.<br />

Eureka and Kirkwood both advanced to<br />

Zone Tournament 4 played at Yanks Field<br />

in Ste. Genevieve. The other teams in the<br />

Zone tourney were Jackson, Festus and<br />

Rock Memorial Post 283 of Imperial.<br />

Eureka lost its first game 9-8 to Jackson.<br />

In the loser’s bracket, Post 177 scored an<br />

8-1 victory over Kirkwood. Eureka then<br />

faced Rock Memorial Post 283 and was<br />

eliminated with a 5-2 loss.<br />

Post 177 finished its season with a 25-8<br />

record under Noah Baker, who completed<br />

his third year leading the Legion squad.<br />

Hardin Junior Championship<br />

Will Bomkamp, who will be a junior at<br />

Marquette, has won the Boys 16-18 division<br />

of the St. Louis District Golf Association’s<br />

Hardin Junior Championship.<br />

Bomkamp ended the two-day tournament<br />

played at St. Louis County Club by<br />

shooting rounds of 70 and 71 to claim<br />

medalist honors with a 141.<br />

“This win proved to me that my hard work<br />

is making a difference,” Bomkamp said. “I<br />

believe that result proved that I could compete<br />

well with the players around me, and<br />

it gave me a lot of confidence for future<br />

tournaments.”<br />

Bomkamp missed reaching the state<br />

tournament by one stroke at the Class<br />

5 District 2 tournament at Forest Hills<br />

Country Club, which is Bomkamp’s<br />

home course.<br />

Priory senior-to-be Owen Farley, who<br />

plays out of St. Louis Country Club, and<br />

CBC senior-to-be Austin Jacobs, who<br />

plays out of Whitmoor Country Club, tied<br />

for second at 146. Farley was a member of<br />

Priory’s 2022 state champion team. Jacobs<br />

helped CBC to a fourth-place finish at state<br />

last spring. Jacobs tied for 11th place at the<br />

state tournament.<br />

Hudson Shy, who plays out of Bogey<br />

Hills Country Club, won medalist honors<br />

for the 14-15 age group with a 146.<br />

Blake Mueller, who plays out of Forest<br />

Hills Country Club, took medalist honors<br />

for the 12-13 age group with a 162.<br />

Anthony Moore, who plays out of The<br />

Legends Country Club, won on a playoff<br />

hole to the 11-under age division.<br />

Legion All-Star game<br />

The annual Missouri vs. Illinois Legion<br />

All-Star game will be played on Aug. 6 at<br />

Busch Stadium.<br />

The Cardinals and Rockies game starts<br />

at 1:15 p.m. The Legion All-Star game follows<br />

it. About 45 minutes after the game<br />

ends, the Legion teams will enter the field<br />

and begin to warm up.<br />

Local players on the Missouri team are<br />

pitcher Carter Lewis, of Eureka Post 177;<br />

catcher Ian Funk, Eureka Post 177; outfielder<br />

Evan Fitzgerald, Ballwin Post 611;<br />

Brody Mollerus, St. Charles Post 312;<br />

shortstop Dylan Alsop, St. Peters Post<br />

313; and designated hitter Keegan Fowler,<br />

Maryland Heights Post 213. An alternate<br />

player for the team is pitcher Carson<br />

Houran, of St. Peters Post 313.<br />

Lewis had a solid season for Eureka. In<br />

42 innings pitched covering seven starts,<br />

he posted a sparkling 6-1 record with an<br />

ERA of 0.98. He recorded 59 strikeouts<br />

opposed to only nine walks.<br />

Metropolitan Women’s Amateur<br />

McKenna Montgomery won the Jayne<br />

M. Watson Trophy for the third time.<br />

This makes Montgomery the second<br />

player to have won the women’s championship<br />

three times. It also makes her the<br />

second-most winning champion of the<br />

Metropolitan Women’s Amateur behind<br />

Ellen Port, who has won a remarkable 16<br />

times.<br />

The 31st Metropolitan Women’s Amateur<br />

was played at <strong>West</strong>borough Country<br />

Club.<br />

Montgomery, of Chesterfield, completed<br />

the two rounds of play with a total of 141<br />

to finish 1-under par. She plays out of Persimmon<br />

Woods Golf Club.<br />

Montgomery is no stranger to the winner’s<br />

circle and knows what it takes to<br />

finish out a championship. She shot an<br />

even par 71 in her second round with birdies<br />

in two of the last three holes.<br />

“It’s great to put together a win at any<br />

tournament,” said Montgomery, who<br />

recently graduated from Lindenwood University.<br />

She also was a standout in high school at<br />

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

“I loved playing high school and college<br />

golf,” Montgomery said. “I had some success<br />

in both levels and had a lot of fun. I<br />

still regret not making it to nationals my<br />

last year at Lindenwood but overall, it was<br />

a great experience and I still have more<br />

tournaments to play.”<br />

Gracie Piar, the defending champion<br />

who plays out of Spencer T. Olin Golf<br />

Course, came in second. Piar’s second<br />

round of 2-under 69 brought her total to<br />

even par 142, good enough for the runnerup<br />

position.<br />

Kathy Glennon, of The Country Club of<br />

St. Albans, began the second day tied for<br />

second place. She shot a 1-over 72 to end<br />

up three strokes back in solo third place<br />

with a total of 145.<br />

In Flight A, Margaret Farrell’s strong<br />

Round 1 score of 69 put her in a good position.<br />

She shot a second round score of net<br />

3-over par, which brought her total to 143<br />

and kept her in first place on her home<br />

course. Jeanne Place, also of <strong>West</strong>borough<br />

Country Club, took home the runner-up<br />

award.<br />

Flight B saw a change after the Round<br />

1 leader Anne Moreland had to withdraw<br />

from the competition. Cynthia Rank, of<br />

Old Warson Country Club, became the new<br />

leader at 3-over par. Rank doubled down<br />

and improved her score by one stroke to<br />

post a Round 2 score of 2-over 73, and take<br />

claim on the top spot.<br />

In Flight C, Debra McGinnis, of Florissant<br />

Golf Club, shot a score of 4-under 67<br />

in Round 2. That helped her finish with<br />

a 6-under 136 to win the flight. Nancy<br />

Struckhoff, of Ballwin Golf Club, earned<br />

the runner-up position with a score of even<br />

par 142.



Brown named new varsity baseball<br />

coach at Parkway South<br />


Matt Brown always wanted to be a high<br />

school baseball coach like his father, Scott.<br />

Now he will get his chance.<br />

Brown, 29, recently was hired as the<br />

new baseball coach for the Parkway South<br />

Patriots. He replaces Ryan Evers, who<br />

stepped down from the position.<br />

Following his father into the profession,<br />

Brown will have big shoes to fill. His father<br />

is now an assistant athletic director at CBC<br />

and is in the Missouri Baseball Coaches Hall<br />

of Fame and the St. Louis Amateur Baseball<br />

Hall-of-Fame. He coached 18 years at CBC<br />

and then coached at Vianney for 10 years.<br />

Matt Brown, Parkway South High’s new<br />

baseball coach, with his father, Scott.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

With Scott at the helm, Vianney won the<br />

Class 5 state championship in 2018 with<br />

a 37-2 record. He also led Vianney to two<br />

third-place finishes and one at fourth place.<br />

He won numerous Metro Catholic Conference<br />

titles.<br />

“It’s been a dream come true for me,”<br />

Brown said. “People always used to ask me<br />

when I was younger what I wanted to be. I<br />

always said I wanted to be like my dad and<br />

be a high school baseball coach and be in a<br />

high school every day.”<br />

Brown coached as an assistant at CBC<br />

this past season. Then, he heard the head<br />

coaching job at Parkway South was open.<br />

Since getting the job, Brown has spoken<br />

frequently with Evers.<br />

“He’s helped me to get to know the lay of<br />

the land,” Brown said. “He’s talked about<br />

everything with me. It’s been a very easy<br />

transition. All the people at Parkway South<br />

are wonderful people. It’s been very exciting.”<br />

Baseball has been a big part of Brown’s<br />

life. He played as a freshman at CBC, the<br />

year the Cadets won a state championship<br />

under coach Mason Horne.<br />

When his father got the coaching job<br />

at Vianney, Brown transferred there and<br />

played three years. He was a three-time<br />

all-state selection playing for his father. He<br />

was the winner of the St. Louis Amateur<br />

Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2013 Rising Star<br />

Award. He hit .400 with six homers and 40<br />

RBIs as a senior in picking up the All-Metro<br />

Catholic League’s Player of the Year honor.<br />

He belted eight homers and drove in 29 runs<br />

during the summer of 2016 playing for the<br />

Duluth Huskies of the Northwoods League.<br />

After graduating high school, Brown<br />

went to the University of Arkansas.<br />

“I went to Arkansas my freshman year.<br />

I’ll never forget what they said in a meeting<br />

after the season,” Brown. “They said I had<br />

a coaching mentality. They said that would<br />

take me far in life. It’s a credit to my dad.<br />

“I love Arkansas. I still cheer for the<br />

Hogs. But if I was going to make a career<br />

in baseball, I needed to play every day.”<br />

Brown transferred to Jefferson College<br />

for two years. There, he hit .378 with 15<br />

homers and 65 runs batted in to help the<br />

Vikings to their 10th consecutive MCCAC<br />

title in 2016. He locked up his second<br />

straight NJCAA All-Region XVI citation<br />

for the Vikings, who went 41-18 en route<br />

to a No. 18 national ranking.<br />

From there, he received a baseball scholarship<br />

from Missouri State University for the<br />

2017 and 2018 seasons. During his 2-year<br />

career for the Bears, he was part of two Missouri<br />

Valley Conference championships as<br />

well as berths in a Super Regional followed<br />

by a Regional bid in 2018. During his senior<br />

year, he hit a team-leading 14 home runs and<br />

earned all-conference honors.<br />

After college, he was signed by the<br />

Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier<br />

League. After one season, he was traded<br />

to the Gateway Grizzlies. He played<br />

three years of professional baseball as an<br />

infielder and catcher.<br />

He currently is an instructor for Grizzlies<br />

Baseball Academy.<br />

“I’ll continue to do that unless it interferes<br />

with my work at Parkway South,”<br />

Brown said. “I have 70 and 90 kids I work<br />

with every week.”<br />

He has played. He can teach. He also<br />

was the manager of the O’Fallon Hoots<br />

of the Prospect League. As he moves into<br />

his new coaching role, he has a valuable<br />

resource in his father.<br />

“We talk pretty much every day. I do<br />

ask him questions,” Brown said. “I do<br />

get advice from him. It’s been my life for<br />

29 years. Every single day my dad would<br />

come home late. I wanted to hear all about<br />

what he’d done. I’ve sat in the dugout and<br />

been his bat boy. This is not new to me.<br />

“Now, it’s my program to run.”<br />

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on Aug. 1. The Common App is accepted<br />

by over 900 schools and assists students by<br />

compiling a wide range of college information<br />

into one source.<br />

A word of warning: Not every college<br />

accepts Common App and some might<br />

require other electronic admission sites,<br />

such as the Coalition App or the general<br />

application of the university.<br />

The typical regular application window<br />

is from August-January with students<br />

receiving their acceptance letters in the<br />

spring of their application year. However,<br />

some colleges incorporate a system of rolling<br />

admissions, meaning applications are<br />

accepted from fall through spring with<br />

decisions sent back as applications are processed.<br />

Other schools offer early action or<br />

early decision applications. Though early<br />

decision and early actions vary by institution,<br />

the College Board, the nonprofit<br />

that administers the SAT, recommends<br />

submitting those applications in November.<br />

Early applicants also receive their<br />

admissions decisions sooner. Along with<br />

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

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

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

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

The biggest difference between early<br />

action and early decision is that early decision<br />

is a binding contract. A student may<br />

only apply via early decision to one school<br />

and if granted admission, the student must<br />

attend that college and can no longer consider<br />

other schools. Since early action is<br />

a non-binding way to apply to a college,<br />

students may apply to a variety of schools<br />

and consider all of their options after being<br />

accepted.<br />

While early decision tends to generate<br />

a higher number of acceptances, Victor<br />

Thomas, deputy director of admissions at<br />

Washington University in St. Louis, said<br />

that doesn’t necessarily mean early decision<br />

is an easier way to get accepted into a<br />

selective school.<br />

Thomas explained that universities use<br />

the same review process and criteria for<br />

both early decision and regular applications.<br />

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

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

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

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

WashU and other highly selective institutions,<br />

it’s really important to know that you<br />

can’t guarantee any particular outcome<br />

good or bad in any of the decision rounds.”<br />

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

on a case-by-case basis, but Thomas said<br />

students should keep affordability in mind.<br />

Considerations include not locking into a<br />

college that may not ultimately be financially<br />

feasible for a family, or when a student<br />

is seeking specific financial assistance<br />

through a talent or sports recruitment process.<br />

Keeping options open, and not pursuing<br />

the binding early decision, might be<br />

the best route for those students, Thomas<br />

suggested.<br />

Financial aid comes later in the process,<br />

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typically after the student completes the<br />

Free Application For Federal Student Aid<br />

(FAFSA). In Missouri, that process opens<br />

annually on Feb. 1 and closes on April 1.<br />

Completing the FAFSA form allows the<br />

student to be considered for federal student<br />

aid. In addition, states and colleges use<br />

FAFSA information to award their own<br />

grants, scholarships and loans; however,<br />

they may have specific deadlines for those<br />

awards. Funding is limited, making deadlines<br />

all the more important.<br />

On the topic of deadlines, even within<br />

the regular application process, students<br />

applying sooner rather than later is the<br />

norm.<br />

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

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

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

for the whole year in by then. So<br />

most students are still applying early to<br />

colleges,” Chuck May, executive director<br />

of admissions at University of Missouri,<br />

said. “It ensures they will meet all<br />

of the deadlines for anything upcoming in<br />

the year. Scholarship deadlines, housing<br />

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

application deadlines like FAFSA. The<br />

earlier a student applies ensures they<br />

won’t miss those deadlines.”<br />

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

Touring the University of Missouri-Kansas City<br />

(Source: UMKC)<br />

college admissions look at various elements<br />

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

fit for the school from academics, extracurriculars,<br />

letters of recommendation, essays<br />

when required, standardized tests such as<br />

the SAT or ACT, et cetera.<br />

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

have grown in popularity; however,<br />

May cautioned that if students choose to go<br />

test-optional, the essay question becomes<br />

“very, very important.” At Mizzou, the regular<br />

application does not include the essay<br />

question but the test-optional application<br />

does. He noted that the SAT and ACT are<br />

four-hour tests that cover a wide variety of<br />

subjects. Therefore, the essay, he said, has<br />

to convey that the student has taken the<br />

same amount of effort.<br />

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

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

one part of any review of any file. Academics<br />

fall way above the student organizations<br />

and getting involved. Typically<br />

the extracurricular activities they are doing<br />

outside the classroom aren’t going to hurt<br />

their application, they only help increase<br />

the chance of a student getting in.”<br />

Will Shelton, admissions officer at the<br />

University of Missouri-Kansas City, said<br />

most colleges are looking for the reason<br />

why a student’s extracurricular activities<br />

are significant to them. Colleges are looking<br />

for extracurriculars in which the student<br />

has excelled or shown a passion for<br />

rather than simply filling up their resume.<br />

Overall, the application process is very<br />

individualized.<br />

From Thomas’ perspective, students<br />

should focus more on finding a campus<br />

that is suited to their needs and not on<br />

where their friends are going or that ‘one<br />

school’ that will only make them happy in<br />

the long run.<br />

“I think the students that are more successful<br />

are the ones that approach this with<br />

an open mind and with a spirit of exploration<br />

as opposed to a fixation on one place<br />

where they can be successful or where<br />

they want to be. I really intentionally try<br />

not to use the phrase ‘college application<br />

process,’ because I think the word ‘process’<br />

implies a kind of results-orientation that<br />

takes away from the experience and from<br />

the search and from the journey,” Thomas<br />




Shop tax-free this weekend<br />

Missouri’s annual sales-tax-free weekend<br />

begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug.<br />

4 and ends at the close of<br />

business on Sunday, Aug. 6.<br />

The annual event gives<br />

back-to-school shoppers<br />

a chance to save money<br />

on items, such as clothing,<br />

computers and school supplies,<br />

but there are limits<br />

and some cities may chose<br />

to opt-out at the local level.<br />

The sales tax exemption<br />

is limited to:<br />

• Any article of clothing<br />

having a taxable value of<br />

$100 or less.<br />

• School supplies purchases that do not<br />

exceed $50 per purchase.<br />

• Computer software with a taxable value<br />

of $350 or less.<br />

• Personal computers, whose cost does<br />

not exceed $1,500.<br />

• Computer peripheral devices whose<br />

costs do not exceed $1,500.<br />

• Graphing calculators of $150 or less.<br />

Clothing is defined as any article of<br />

wearing apparel including, but not limited<br />

to, disposable diapers for infants or adults<br />

and footwear. However, watches, watchbands,<br />

jewelry, handbags, handkerchiefs,<br />

umbrellas, scarves, ties, headbands, or belt<br />

buckles are not defined as clothing for this<br />

purpose.<br />

Personal computers are defined as a<br />

laptop, desktop, or tower computer system<br />

that consists of a central processing unit,<br />

random access memory, a<br />

storage drive, a display<br />

monitor, a keyboard, and<br />

devices designed for use<br />

in conjunction with a<br />

personal computer, such<br />

as a disk drive, memory<br />

module, compact disk drive,<br />

daughterboard, digitalizer,<br />

microphone, modem, motherboard,<br />

mouse, multimedia<br />

speaker, printer, scanner,<br />

single-user hardware, single-user<br />

operating system,<br />

soundcard or video card.<br />

School supplies are defined as any<br />

item normally used by students in a standard<br />

classroom for educational purposes,<br />

including but not limited to, textbooks,<br />

notebooks, paper, writing instruments,<br />

crayons, art supplies, rulers, book bags,<br />

backpacks, handheld calculators, graphing<br />

calculators, chalk, maps and globes.<br />

Not included in this definition are watches,<br />

radios, CD players, headphones, sporting<br />

equipment, portable or desktop telephones,<br />

copiers or other office equipment, furniture,<br />

or fixtures.<br />

Local cities opting out of the tax exemption<br />

at the local sales tax level include Des<br />

Peres, Frontenac, Kirkwood, Ladue, Manchester,<br />

Town & Country, Twin Oaks and<br />

Webster Groves.<br />

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By MEGAN LIU<br />

As a new school year approaches fast,<br />

the National Council of Jewish Women St.<br />

Louis is ready to help children get ready for<br />

their first day of classes.<br />

The NCJWSTL will hold its annual<br />

Back to School! Store on Sunday, Aug. 6.<br />

The one-day event provides new winter<br />

coats, shoes, hats, gloves, school supplies,<br />

backpacks and books to children in the St.<br />

Louis area so they will be prepared, motivated<br />

and excited to learn this school year.<br />

The organization is committed to creating<br />

meaningful action to help those in need.<br />

In that vein, it will be implementing both<br />

agency delivery and an in-person event<br />

with more than 400 volunteers helping kids<br />

receive their school supplies.<br />

CEO Ellen Alper explains the impact<br />

of Back to School! Store and how the St.<br />

Louis community can get involved.<br />

Over the past <strong>23</strong> years, the store has provided<br />

over 26,000 children with the new<br />

clothing and school supplies they need to<br />

begin the school year on a positive note.<br />

“Students and families are referred through<br />

our 64 partner agencies who pre-registered<br />

their children so that deliveries are age and<br />

size specific,” Alper explained. “This program<br />

is only possible with the incredible collaboration<br />

and support of community members and<br />

partners, donors and volunteers.”<br />

And the need continues past the August<br />

event, as the NCJWSTL continues to distribute<br />

coats, shoes, uniforms and personal<br />

care items throughout the fall and winter<br />

through its Kids Community Closet program.<br />

The organization stocks 29 Kids<br />

Community Closets serving 33 schools in<br />

St. Louis City and County. Children who<br />

attend a participating school may access<br />

a Closet at any time and receive the new<br />

clothing they need to attend school.<br />

The Back to School! Store reduces<br />

absenteeism by ensuring students have<br />

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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 />

with depression or currently having the ill-



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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 />

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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 />

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

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from others. Unfortunately, these all-toocommon<br />

feelings can also have profound<br />

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Research has linked loneliness to higher<br />

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high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity,<br />

autoimmune disorders, anxiety and depression,<br />

and even 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 />

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they lived alone, participants reported that<br />

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factor in keeping loneliness at bay.<br />

Respondents were asked to score their<br />

feelings on a lack of companionship, isolation<br />

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

“left out or passed over” during a four-week<br />

period. They also completed a six-item<br />

Life Engagement Test, which asked them<br />

to rate statements such as “there is not<br />

enough purpose in my life” and “I value<br />

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 to<br />

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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High school’s impact<br />

on cognitive health<br />

The quintessential St. Louis question<br />

“Where did you go to high school?” may<br />

also have an impact when it comes to predicting<br />

your cognitive health later in life. A<br />

recent Columbia University study involving<br />

more than 2,200 older adults who attended<br />

U.S. high schools in the early 1960s found<br />

that those who went to “higher-quality”<br />

schools had better cognitive function more<br />

than five decades after graduation.<br />

Previous studies have found that the<br />

level of education a person has achieved<br />

can help to predict cognition later in life,<br />

but few have examined the impact of educational<br />

quality, the study’s authors said.<br />

The criteria they used to evaluate a school’s<br />

quality were separate dropout rates among<br />

girls and boys, number of teachers with<br />

graduate training, teacher salaries, term<br />

length, and school size.<br />

The results showed that attending a<br />

school where a higher number of teachers<br />

had graduate training was the most consistent<br />

predictor of better late-life cognition<br />

for its 1960s students, especially in the area<br />

of language fluency (for example, coming<br />

up with words within a category). Other<br />

indicators of school quality were associated<br />

with some, but not all, measures of<br />

cognitive performance.<br />

“Our study establishes a link between<br />

high-quality education and better latelife<br />

cognition and suggests that increased<br />

investment in schools… could be a powerful<br />

strategy to improve cognitive health among<br />

older adults in the United States,” said Jennifer<br />

Manly, Ph.D., senior author and a<br />

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The quality of your high school education<br />

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MATURE FOCUS, from page 42<br />

professor of neuropsychology at Columbia.<br />

The study used data from Project Talent, a<br />

1960 survey of high school students across<br />

the U.S., and follow-up data collected in the<br />

Project Talent Aging Study.<br />

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 suffer a<br />

hip fracture die within the first year afterward.<br />

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 show<br />

overall population declines in the incidence<br />

of hip fractures, a rapidly rising total number<br />

of fractures will soon place a major burden<br />

on healthcare systems worldwide, the analysis<br />

found. Men in particular are expected<br />

to receive less post-fracture treatment, and<br />

a larger increase in their projected number<br />

of hip fractures than women by 2050, along<br />

with higher rates of 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 />

Forty winks to<br />

preserve the brain<br />

Those who may feel that your daily nap<br />

habit is a secret you shouldn’t tell anyone<br />

about, take heart. Daytime napping may<br />

help to preserve brain health in older adults<br />

by slowing the rate of age-related brain<br />

shrinkage, according to a new study.<br />

Scientists in Uruguay used data from<br />

nearly 380,000 adults between the ages<br />

of 40 and 69 who participate in the UK<br />

Biobank, a large and respected source of<br />

detailed health information. They compared<br />

measures of brain health and cognition in<br />

people whose DNA genetically “programs”<br />

them to require a daily nap to same-age<br />

counterparts without these genetic variants,<br />

using a technique called Mendelian randomization.<br />

These “napping genes” were<br />

identified and confirmed in a previous large<br />

study of UK Biobank participants.<br />

Overall, the study found, people whose<br />

genes made them more likely to require a<br />

daily nap also had larger total brain volumes…equivalent<br />

to somewhere between<br />

2.6 and 6.5 years of typical age-related<br />

volume loss. However, they found no differences<br />

between the two groups in their performance<br />

on three other measures of brain<br />

health and cognitive function: hippocampal<br />

volume, reaction time and visual processing.<br />

“Our findings suggest that, for some<br />

people, short daytime naps may be a part<br />

of the puzzle that could help preserve the<br />

health of the brain as we get older,” said Dr.<br />

Victoria Garfield, the study’s senior author.<br />

“This is the first study to attempt to untangle<br />

the causal relationship between habitual<br />

daytime napping and cognitive and structural<br />

brain outcomes. I hope studies such as<br />

this one showing the health benefits of short<br />

naps can help to reduce any stigma that still



exists around daytime napping.”<br />

While the scientists did not have information<br />

on how long participants typically<br />

napped, earlier studies suggest that naps of<br />

30 minutes or less provide the best shortterm<br />

cognitive benefits. The study was<br />

published in the journal Sleep Health.<br />

Cognitive decline in man<br />

vs. man’s best friend<br />

Just as humans tend to slow down – both<br />

physically and cognitively – as they get older,<br />

so do our canine companions, say researchers<br />

from North Carolina State University. And,<br />

also as in humans, an important indicator of<br />

dogs’ cognitive decline is their gait speed.<br />

“Walking speed in people is strongly<br />

associated with cognitive decline. We<br />

hypothesized that the same might be true<br />

in dogs,” said Natasha Olby, Ph.D., a veterinary<br />

neurologist at NC State and corresponding<br />

author of the study.<br />

Olby and her colleagues measured offleash<br />

gait speed in a group of 46 adult and<br />

49 senior dogs, with the younger animals<br />

serving as a control group. They also gave<br />

all the dogs additional cognitive tests, and<br />

their owners filled out cognitive assessment<br />

questionnaires designed to help measure<br />

cognitive decline.<br />

The research team<br />

found that dogs in<br />

the last 25% of their<br />

expected lifespans<br />

moved more<br />

slowly than<br />

adult dogs,<br />

regardless of other factors like body size.<br />

The senior dogs whose gaits were the slowest<br />

also had more severe levels of cognitive<br />

decline, based on both the owner-completed<br />

questionnaires and results of their<br />

cognitive tests.<br />

“When you look at functional aging, the<br />

two most important predictors of morbidity<br />

are mobility and cognition,” Olby said.<br />

“When you have less mobility, the amount<br />

of input your nervous system gets is also<br />

reduced…It’s not surprising that walking<br />

speed and dementia are correlated.”<br />

She added that measuring gait speed<br />

could become a simple and effective way<br />

for any veterinarian to measure an older<br />

dog’s cognitive status.<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 />

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in a given service area are considered “innetwork”<br />

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 />

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service area, many are not taking new<br />

patients at all due to a nationwide shortage<br />

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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 />

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expand their coverage of services provided<br />

by other healthcare professionals like<br />

psychologists, licensed professional counselors<br />

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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 />

• • •<br />

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 />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital sponsors a Medicare<br />

101 presentation on Wednesday, Aug. 30<br />

from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive<br />

in Chesterfield, in Conference Room 3<br />

of Building A. This free class is offered<br />

through CLAIM, Missouri’s official State<br />

Health Care Insurance Assistance Program.<br />

Learn how Medicare works in clear, easyto-understand<br />

language. Gain an understanding<br />

of the different parts of Medicare,<br />

Medicare Supplemental and Medicare<br />

Advantage plans, and find information to<br />

help you decide the coverage options that<br />

best meet your needs. Register online at<br />

stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<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 offers<br />

updates on current trends in infant care and<br />

feeding, and provides tips on local and longdistance<br />

grandparenting. The course fee is<br />

$20 per person (each person attending must<br />

register separately). Registration is available<br />

online at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Dementia<br />

Conversations on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from<br />

6-7:30 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Hospital<br />

Institute for Health Education Auditorium,<br />

222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield<br />

(second level, North Medical Building).<br />

When someone is showing signs of<br />

dementia, it’s time to talk. Often, though,<br />

conversations with family about behavior<br />

changes can be challenging and uncomfortable.<br />

This free program provides tips<br />

for breaking the ice with your family so<br />

you can address difficult issues including<br />

visiting a doctor for diagnosis and<br />

treatment, deciding when to stop driving,<br />

and making legal and financial plans for<br />

future care. The event will be available<br />

both in person or via livestream, using a<br />

link which will be emailed after registration.<br />

Sign up online at stlukes-stl.co

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


Trusted service, neighbor to neighbor, from Schrader Funeral Home<br />




Founded 155 years ago, Schrader<br />

Funeral Home in Ballwin has a legacy<br />

of providing its neighbors in the community<br />

with service, comfort and hospitality<br />

when they need it most.<br />

Perhaps that’s because members of the<br />

Schrader family, now in its fifth generation,<br />

still run the business.<br />

“It’s the oldest family-owned funeral<br />

home in St. Louis,” said Dennis Goethe,<br />

vice president and funeral director. “It<br />

means that everything we do is for our<br />

friends and neighbors. We live here; we<br />

work here; our staff lives and works here,”<br />

he said. “This is a local enterprise. We’re<br />

here to support the local community.”<br />

That support usually comes in the form<br />

of being there when there is a loss in the<br />

family, taking care of the arrangements<br />

for the funeral, offering the opportunity<br />

for different families to say their farewells<br />

in different ways and always providing<br />

service with dignity and grace.<br />

Often though that service supports the<br />

community in the business of living.<br />

“We support local softball teams,<br />

donate to local charities, sponsor golf<br />

tournament events,” Goethe said. “We<br />

support the community that supports us.”<br />

(Schrader Funeral Home photo)<br />

That compassionate service began when<br />

a cabinetmaker named Frederick Schrader<br />

came to the United States from Germany in<br />

1846, settled in Ballwin and began serving<br />

local farm families by crafting coffins. He<br />

eventually became an “undertaker,” a word<br />

not used much anymore, that described those<br />

who “undertook” the arrangements for a<br />

family when a member passed.<br />

“Being a funeral director is a special calling.<br />

It’s not something that is for everybody”<br />

Goethe said. “It takes a special person to<br />

be able to balance work, life and home life.<br />

When we’re helping families, sitting down<br />

with them on some of the darkest days of<br />

their lives to help them plan a funeral for<br />

their mother, father, son or daughter, brother<br />


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or sister, they are relying on our experience<br />

and expertise. That’s where that 155 years<br />

comes in. Our experience is deep; our history<br />

is deep. Whether it’s a small private<br />

service with 10 people or a big funeral service<br />

in a cathedral or public venue, we’ve<br />

probably done it and know the logistics of<br />

putting it together.”<br />

Schrader’s staff takes the worries and the<br />

microplanning on for families to help them<br />

with just about everything in the funeral<br />

process.<br />

“We are ordinary people with an extraordinary<br />

job,” he said.<br />

Schrader Funeral Home also has its own<br />

crematory on site.<br />

“A loved one comes into our care and never<br />

leaves our care because we can do everything<br />

right here. That’s a peace of mind that you<br />

can’t put a price on,” Goethe said.<br />

Pre-planning is another service Schrader<br />

offers. Jennifer Oliver, a certified pre-planning<br />

consultant and licensed funeral director,<br />

can help.<br />

“She is not a salesperson. She’s here to<br />

help families plan ahead. Whether that is two<br />

weeks ahead or ten years,” Goethe said.<br />

Otherwise families can become overwhelmed<br />

by the number of decisions they<br />

have to make, he said.<br />

“What would dad have wanted? What<br />

would mom have wanted? Planning ahead<br />

takes some of the guess work out, and those<br />

who pre-pay, remove the financial burden.<br />

Family members can focus on their grief and<br />

remember and honor their loved one’s life.”<br />

Those interested in pre-planning funeral<br />

services should call or send an email and<br />

schedule an appointment, he said.<br />

In addition, Schrader Funeral Home has a<br />

Family Center where receptions can be held<br />

with food and music and family members can<br />

share stories around the table. It’s a service<br />

that makes Schrader’s unique. Their large<br />

facility, their large staff trained in caring for<br />

<strong>West</strong> County families, however, are all part<br />

of the Schrader legacy.<br />

And now, Schrader’s has a new look<br />

with new carpeting, paint, draperies and<br />

furnishings.<br />

“It’s lighter and brighter,” Goethe said.<br />

“With time, decor changes, and we wanted<br />

to be traditional and tasteful but a little more<br />

updated.”<br />

Schrader Funeral Home Inc.<br />

14960 Manchester Road • Ballwin<br />

636-227-5511 • info@schrader.com<br />

108 N. Central Ave. • Eureka<br />

636-938-3000<br />


The City of Ellisville will hold a public hearing to discuss the $40,000 in Community<br />

Development Block Grant funds, which will be available for the years 2024 and 2025. The<br />

public hearing will be held at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August <strong>23</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong> at the Ellisville Parks<br />

and Recreation Department Building within Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville,<br />

Missouri 63021.<br />

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may provide written comments regarding the<br />

Community Development Block Grant Program to the following address (Ellisville City Hall, #1<br />

Weis Avenue, Ellisville, Missouri 63011), no later than Friday, August 18, 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

If you are a person with a disability or have special needs in order to participate in the public<br />

hearing, please contact City Clerk Leigh Dohack no later than Friday August 18, 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />


To further its commitment to fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, the City of Ellisville<br />

has enacted and/or enforces the following:<br />

A Fair Housing Ordinance prohibiting unlawful discrimination against any person because<br />

of race, sex, color, religion, disability, familial status or national origin;<br />

A Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in the admission or access to,<br />

or employment in, its federally assisted programs or activities;<br />

A Policy of Equal Opportunity to Participate in Municipal, Programs and Services regardless<br />

of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status, national origin, or political affiliation;<br />

A requirement for bidding on CDBG activities that promotes employment opportunities<br />

created by HUD funding and that these opportunities be afforded low-income community<br />

residents and businesses.<br />

If you would like information regarding the above policies or if you believe you have been<br />

unlawfully discriminated against, contact the following municipal official or employee<br />

who has been designated to coordinate compliance with the equal employment opportunity<br />

requirements referenced above:<br />

Ada Hood/City Planner<br />

#1 Weis Avenue, Ellisville, MO 63011<br />

636-227-9660<br />

For More Information Call<br />

636-227-9660 VOICE

48 I BUSINESS I<br />

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





BRIEFS<br />

PLACES<br />

McKelvey Homes opened its new community<br />

Waterfront at Wildhorse Village on<br />

July 28 and introduced a brand new series<br />

of homes. Three unique floor plans were<br />

introduced, ranging from 2,500 to 4,000<br />

square feet and featuring three to five bedrooms<br />

and up to 3.5 baths. The contemporary<br />

style homes have alley-loaded garages,<br />

integrated indoor/outdoor living space,<br />

large kitchen areas with open dining and<br />

living rooms, owner’s suites, home office<br />

space and pocket offices for adults and<br />

children. Lakefront views are an option<br />

on most homesites as well as access to<br />

outdoor trails, recreation areas and dining<br />

and entertainment in the Wildhorse Village<br />

Development. Visit McKelveyhomes.com<br />

for details.<br />

• • •<br />

Urology of St. Louis and Neurosurgery<br />

of St. Louis have formed a new partnership<br />

to provide specialized care, more<br />

cost-effective treatments and convenient<br />

location options to patients. They have<br />

24 locations throughout the St. Louis and<br />

Metro East area and together they cover 14<br />

hospital systems. To learn more, visit stlurology.com<br />

or call (314) 567-6071.<br />

• • •<br />

Jim Brennan, president and owner of McKelvey Homes cuts the<br />

ribbon to open Waterfront at Wildhorse Village. Brennan is joined by<br />

County Executive Sam Page, County Council Member Mark Harder,<br />

Chesterfield Council Member Merrell Hansen and other associates<br />

and family members.<br />

(Source: McKelvey Homes)<br />

During the month of August, The Town<br />

& Country UPS Store at 167 Lamp &<br />

Lantern Village will celebrate 35 years<br />

supporting the community. To honor the<br />

occasion, the company is holding a monthlong<br />

celebration with discounts and drawings.<br />

• • •<br />

STL Home Watch Services has earned<br />

accreditation from the National Home<br />

Watch Association for the fifth year. The<br />

local company serves St. Louis and St.<br />

Charles counties, including the cities of<br />

Chesterfield, Town & Country, Wildwood,<br />

Eureka and Des Peres. Contact them at<br />

(636) 628-7225 or visit stlhomewatchservices.com.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

Garden View Care Centers Dougherty<br />

Ferry Administrator Courtney Nieves has<br />

been chosen by the American Health Care<br />

Association and the National Center for<br />

Assisted Living as a national, future leader<br />

in long-term and post-acute care. She will<br />

join Future Leaders’ year-long program<br />

that offers training and guidance for industry<br />

professionals.<br />

• • •<br />

Chelsea Vonder Haar, senior vice president<br />

of marketing for USA Mortgage, has<br />

been named a 20<strong>23</strong> marketing leader by<br />

HousingWire.com, a leading digital source<br />

for news and analysis of the mortgage, real<br />

estate and housing economy. Vonder Haar<br />

took the reins of USA Mortgage’s marketing<br />

team in 2017 and spearheaded its dramatic<br />

growth in numbers as the company<br />

evolved from a St. Louis market lender to<br />

a national operation.<br />

• • •<br />

Russ Phillips has joined Terril & Co. as<br />

a senior research analyst. He brings 30-plus<br />

years of experience in value-focused<br />

investing, beginning his career with Merrill<br />

Lynch and continuing with JP Morgan.<br />

• • •<br />

Developer Mia Rose Holdings has added<br />

a partner, Mark Paluczak, in the role of<br />

chief financial officer. A certified public<br />

accountant, Paluczak brings more than 22<br />

years of financial management experience<br />

to the firm.<br />

• • •<br />

Alan Lester, adjunct<br />

business instructor at<br />

Columbia College, has<br />

been recognized by<br />

Marquis Who’s Who<br />

Top Educators for dedication,<br />

achievements<br />

Lester<br />

and leadership in business<br />

education. With 50 years of experience<br />

in the banking industry to his credit,<br />

Lester has excelled as an adjunct instructor<br />

at the Robert W. Plaster School of Business<br />

at Columbia College since 2008.<br />

CHESTERFIELD, from page 10<br />

example of what retail might include,”<br />

Tharenos said. He suggested pursuing corporate<br />

entities like Bunge or Pfizer to be<br />

participants in the downtown area to attract<br />

residents who are living there.<br />

During the public comment portion<br />

of the council meeting, several audience<br />

members spoke regarding the rezoning<br />

of the Chesterfield Mall property, even<br />

though it was not on the agenda.<br />

Kelli Unnerstall, who represents over<br />

600 members of Citizens for Developing<br />

Downtown Chesterfield, said there is<br />

strong opposition to the rezoning of Chesterfield<br />

Mall.<br />

“We firmly believe the rezoning plan<br />

will have a detrimental effect on our city’s<br />

character, quality of life and the well-being<br />

of its residents.<br />

“This plan seems to prioritize commercial<br />

interests and neglects potential negative<br />

consequences for people who call the<br />

city of Chesterfield home.”<br />

Although the group supports the redevelopment<br />

of Chesterfield Mall and the<br />

use of tax increment financing (TIF), there<br />

are five concerns that need to be addressed,<br />

she said.<br />

• The density of the proposed multifamily<br />

use is too high. The developer has<br />

proposed 2,880 residential units on the<br />

property.<br />

• The location and allocation of uses are<br />

not defined in the rezoning request.<br />

• Siting traffic impact, she noted that<br />

Clarkson Road is already congested.<br />

• Lack of definition of how the site will<br />

connect with surrounding areas.<br />

• Unnerstall also said her group wants<br />

the city to establish a minimum standard of<br />

architectural detail and exterior materials,<br />

defined in the ordinance.<br />

Unnerstall has a petition with more<br />

than 800 signatures asking the council to<br />

address these five concerns, along with<br />

hundreds of comments from residents.<br />

Mayor Bob Nation insisted that answers<br />

to those concerns were already provided by<br />

the Planning Commission.<br />

Resident Catherine Marek noted that<br />

the 2020 Envision Chesterfield Comprehensive<br />

Plan states that Chesterfield will<br />

“promote a healthy, welcoming and inclusive<br />

city for both long-time residents and<br />

newcomers of all ages and income levels.”<br />

Since the development would consist of<br />

“high-end” residential units only, diverse<br />

and affordable housing for young adults<br />

and families will not be available in Downtown<br />

Chesterfield, she said.<br />

“It is also likely that many seniors who<br />

are on fixed incomes will not be able to<br />

afford this high-end housing,” Marek said.<br />

Bill Reddy brought up the effect of the<br />

development on the school districts by<br />

adding another 2,880 apartment units.<br />

Other speakers were in favor of the plan<br />

for high density.<br />

Washington University student Jason<br />

Zhang believes that the development<br />

would actually reduce traffic.<br />

“By placing a large amount of housing<br />

within walking distance to commercial and<br />

retail spaces, residents won’t need to drive<br />

to the store,” he said. “Instead, walking,<br />

biking and even transit become much more<br />

convenient.”<br />

Rob Rodermund got a huge laugh from<br />

the audience when he said he felt sorry for<br />

Michael Staenberg, president of TSG. An<br />

associate professor and a member of the TIF<br />

Commission, Rodermund stated that Staenberg<br />

assembled all these mall properties,<br />

created what people wanted – a walkable<br />

downtown area with residential, retail and<br />

commercial – and now they’re not happy.<br />

“It has to be dense,” Rodermund said.<br />

“If it’s not dense, you don’t get the critical<br />

mass that you need.”<br />

In recent interviews, Staenberg stated<br />

that the number of residential units has<br />

to be fluid, as it is market driven. He also<br />

believes that the school districts would<br />

not be overburdened, as the property’s<br />

residents will mainly be empty-nesters and<br />

young professionals, not families.<br />

Staenberg is no longer using the term<br />

“mixed-use” when referring to the development,<br />

but rather Downtown Chesterfield.<br />

A final vote on declaring the Chesterfield<br />

Mall property as blighted will be taken at<br />

the next city council meeting on Aug. 7.



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


Innovation in Memory Care at Meramec Bluffs<br />


Memory Care just got more fun<br />

thanks to new, innovative technology<br />

at Meramec Bluffs, a Lutheran Senior<br />

Services (LSS) Life Plan Community<br />

in Ballwin. As a leader in Memory<br />

Care, Meramec Bluffs is among the<br />

first in the region to offer Tovertafel,<br />

meaning “magic table” in Dutch.<br />

Tovertafel uses light projections onto<br />

a table to create an immersive and<br />

interactive experience where people<br />

play games that employ their skills in<br />

a fun way.<br />

“I have found Tovertafel to be very<br />

engaging for our residents,” said Christine<br />

Shoemaker, Lifestyle Enrichment<br />

Guide for Assisted Living and Assisted<br />

Living Memory Care at Meramec Bluffs.<br />

Christine works with residents who<br />

have varying cognitive abilities and<br />

says that there’s something for everyone<br />

to enjoy with Tovertafel.<br />

“I’ve found it especially impactful for<br />

residents who are non-verbal and often<br />

aren’t able to engage as much.”<br />

Research has shown that playing<br />

with Tovertafel can break through<br />

restless and tense behavior, as well as<br />

increase positive emotions in people<br />

living with dementia. Games are created<br />

for a range of cognitive abilities<br />

Tovertafel, a new game using projected images on a table, helps seniors in Memory Care<br />

stimulate their minds and keep moving.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

with varying levels of complexity and<br />

respond to even the slightest movement.<br />

At Meramec Bluffs, Tovertafel has been<br />

popular with residents, family members,<br />

and team members.<br />

Recently, Christine introduced a resident<br />

who is further along in her journey with<br />

dementia to Tovertafel. “She was able to<br />

grab for the light and that was really exciting<br />

for her,” said Christine. “It was so great<br />

to see her connect with the game.”<br />

Games can be played individually or in<br />

a group. Playing together has been shown<br />

to promote social bonding between those<br />

living with dementia, care professionals,<br />

fellow residents, and family members.<br />

Popular games include “swatting” flies on<br />

a picnic blanket, “catching” falling leaves,<br />

and even playing music.<br />

Tovertafel can be used at different levels<br />

for different participants at the same time.<br />

“People all have different interests. One<br />

group can play one game and another<br />

play something else simultaneously,” said<br />

Christine. “I love that it’s able to hold<br />

space for people to express themselves in<br />

different ways.”<br />

Implementing Tovertafel underscores<br />

Meramec Bluffs’ commitment to support<br />

people and their families on their journey<br />

with dementia.<br />

“We are always looking for new ways<br />

to create full lives for older adults. I am<br />

delighted that we can use technology to<br />

provide a rich, new experience for our<br />

residents in our Memory Care program,”<br />

said Lynne Spriggs, Executive Director of<br />

Meramec Bluffs.<br />

Meramec Bluffs offers multiple levels<br />

of living, including Independent Living,<br />

Assisted Living, Assisted Living Memory<br />

Care, Long Term Care Center, and REACH<br />

Rehabilitation. To learn more about<br />

Meramec Bluffs, please call 636-861-0600<br />

or visit MeramecBluffsLiving.org.<br />

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




FESTIVAL OF THE LITTLE HILLS is from 4-10 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18;<br />

from 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 19 and from 9:30 a.m.-5<br />

p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 on Main Street and in Frontier Park in Saint<br />

Charles. Details at festivalofthelittlehills.com.<br />

LOCAL<br />

EVENTS<br />


The Eureka Masons breakfast is from<br />

6:30-11 a.m. on the first Saturday of each<br />

month at the Meramec Masonic Lodge,<br />

616 Stockell Drive. Adults are $11; children<br />

are $5; ages 5 and younger are free.<br />

Benefits Eureka High scholarships and<br />

Shriners Hospital.<br />

• • •<br />

National Museum of Transportation<br />

Golf Tournament is at 1 p.m. on Friday,<br />

Aug. 25 at the Aberdeen Golf Club, 4111<br />

Crescent Road in Eureka. Raffles, lunch<br />

and prizes. Registration is $125 per person<br />

at tnmot.org/golf.<br />

• • •<br />

The J’s Used Book Sale is from 10<br />

a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27; from 10<br />

a.m. -7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28 through<br />

Wednesday, Aug. 30 and from 10 a.m.-6<br />

p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31 at the Staenberg<br />

Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus<br />

Drive in Creve Coeur. Preview day is<br />

Sunday with a $10 admission. Free admission<br />

begins on Monday. Fill a bag for $5<br />

on Thursday. For details, visit jccstl.com/<br />

programs/used-book-sale.<br />

• • •<br />

American Red Cross Blood Drive is<br />

from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at<br />

the Manchester Justice Center, 200 Highlands<br />

Blvd. Drive in Manchester. Go to redcrossblood.org<br />

to schedule an appointment.<br />

• • •<br />

UCP Heartland’s annual Wing Ding is<br />

from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12<br />

at The Factory, 17105 N Outer 40 Road in<br />

Chesterfield. Restaurants will compete for<br />

best Traditional, Dry Rub and Specialty<br />

wings and the Wing Ding Champion. Eat<br />

wings and vote in the People’s Choice<br />

Award. Visit ucpheartland.org for details<br />

and tickets.<br />

• • •<br />

Art From the Heart is at 5:30 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, Sept. 21 at Mungenast Lexus of<br />

St. Louis, 13700 Manchester Road. Features<br />

the auction of 60 art pieces by Friends<br />

of Kids with Cancer’s art therapy patients<br />

and siblings. Open bar, photo booth, bites<br />

from local restaurants and more. Tickets<br />

are $50 per person at friendsofkids.com/art<br />

or by calling (314) 275-7440.<br />


Manchester Summer Concert featuring<br />

Rockin’ Chair is from 6-9 p.m. on Friday,<br />

Aug. 4 at Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road in Manchester. Guests<br />

can bring lawn chairs and picnics. Rain<br />

date: Aug. 6. Details at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield Regional Chamber<br />

Summer Concert Series features Trilogy<br />

from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Faust<br />

Park, 15185 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield.<br />

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Bingo begins at<br />

6 p.m. Free series. Aug. 15 - Hulapoppers.<br />

For details, visit chesterfieldmochamber.<br />

com/events.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Concert Series features Trilogy<br />

from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at the<br />

New Ballwin Park, 329 New Ballwin Road.<br />

For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Creve Coeur Summer Concert featuring<br />

NashVegas is from 6-8 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, Aug. 10 at Millennium Park, 2<br />

Barnes <strong>West</strong> Drive in Creve Coeur. Barbecue,<br />

chips and soda available for purchase.<br />

Bring seating and a picnic. Rain date: Aug.<br />

17. Details at crevecoeurmo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Ellisville Concert Series continues with<br />

Dr. Zhivegas from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday,<br />

Aug. 10 at Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek<br />

Road in Ellisville. Bring seating. No glass<br />

bottles. For details, visit ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Des Peres Concert featuring Borderline<br />

is from 7-9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at<br />

Des Peres Park, 1<strong>23</strong>25 Manchester Road.<br />

Bring seating. Coolers welcome. Alcohol is<br />

allowed but no glass. Scouts will sell concession<br />

items. Limited on-site parking with<br />

overflow at Edward Jones, 12555 Manchester<br />

Road. Details at desperesmo.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Sounds of Summer Concert Series<br />

continues with Drew Sheafor and King of<br />

Pain at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at<br />

the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans<br />

Place Drive. Free event. Bring snacks<br />

and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, but<br />

no full meals or glass. For details, visit<br />

chesterfield.mo.us and search “Summer<br />

Concert Series.”<br />

• • •<br />

Manchester Community Band Concert<br />

is at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13 at<br />

Schroder Park Amphitheater, 359 Old<br />

Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Bring seating. Coolers welcome. Details at<br />

manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Days is Thursday, Aug. 17<br />

through Sunday, Aug. 20 at Vlasis Park,<br />

300 Park Drive in Ballwin. Concerts, carnival<br />

games, crafts, food, fireworks and more<br />

are featured. Details at ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Eureka Block Party is from 6-10 p.m.<br />

on Friday, Aug. 18 at 394 S. Central Ave.<br />

in Eureka. Food and drinks will be available<br />

for purchase. Outside food and drink<br />

are welcome, but no glass. Parking along<br />

Central Ave., at Geggie Elementary and in<br />

Lions Park. For details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Music on Main will feature LustreLights<br />

at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 at City Hall,<br />

16860 Main St. in Wildwood. Bring seating<br />

and picnics but no glass containers and<br />

no pets. Back to School Party starts at 5:45<br />

p.m. For details, visit cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Backstoppalooza is at 6 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Aug. 26 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater,<br />

631 Veterans Place Drive. Food trucks and<br />

the music of Big Love, a tribute to Fleetwood<br />

Mac are featured. Free event; donations<br />

accepted to support BackStoppers Inc.<br />

Details at chesterfieldamphitheater.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Shakespeare Festival’s “The Merry<br />

Wives of Windsor” is at 6 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

Aug. 27 at Schroeder Park Amphitheater,<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Admission is free. Bring seating.<br />

Details at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Craft Beer Festival is from 3-6<br />

p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Vlasis Park,<br />

300 Park Drive. Features local craft beers,<br />

seltzers and live music. Three-hour tasting<br />

ticket pricing is $30 through Sept. 8, $35:<br />

day of event. 21-plus only. Tickets at ballwin.mo.us/Craft-Beer-Festival.<br />

• • •<br />

Mosaics Fine Art Festival is from 4-9<br />

p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, Sept. 16 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

on Sunday, Sept. 17 along several blocks<br />

of North Main St. in Saint Charles. 100<br />

juried artists, Children’s Village with art<br />

activities (11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and<br />

Sunday). Details at stcharlesmosaics.org or<br />

by calling (314) 406-2067.<br />

• • •<br />

Town & Country Concert featuring the<br />

Meramec Valley Ramblers is from 6-9 p.m.<br />

on Friday, Sept. 15 at Town Square, 13360<br />

Clayton Road. Live music, food trucks and<br />

more. Details at town-and-country.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Arch City Music and Art Festival is<br />

from 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.<br />

<strong>23</strong> at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631<br />

Veterans Place Drive. Features live bands,<br />

food trucks and more. Tickets at eventeny.<br />

com; search “Arch City Music Festival.”<br />

• • •<br />

Celebrate Wildwood is from 10 a.m.-<br />

6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. <strong>23</strong> at 16780<br />

Main St. in Wildwood. Parade kicks off at<br />

10 a.m. for an all day event with kids zone,<br />

vendor and food booths, music, and fireworks<br />

(9:15 p.m.) Admission is free; some<br />

activities have a fee. Vendor registration and<br />

parade participation are open. For details,<br />

visit cityofwildwood.com, email stacy@<br />

cityofwildwood.com or call (636) 458-0440.<br />


Little Splashers is from 10-11 a.m. on<br />

Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 17<br />

at North Pointe Aquatic Center, 335 Holloway<br />

Road in Ballwin. Kids up to five years<br />

old and their guardians have use of the kids’<br />

play structure. Parents must be in swim<br />

attire. Members are free, non-residents are<br />

$6. Cost is per child, adults are free. For<br />

details, visit ballwin.mo.us/About-North-<br />

Pointe-Aquatic-Center.<br />

• • •<br />

Little Explorers is from 9-10:30 a.m. on<br />

the first and third Wednesday of the month<br />

at various parks in Ballwin. Themed activities<br />

change weekly. Classes include a craft,<br />

See EVENTS, page 52



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Walnut Grill’s specialty isn’t listed on<br />

the menu. Beyond the food and drink<br />

served, its specialty is hospitality. That<br />

ingredient is what makes a restaurant<br />

great.<br />

“We’re here to serve and take care of<br />

our guests,” said Eric Vogel, co-owner<br />

and operator of Walnut Grill St. Louis.<br />

“Hospitality is what this business is about.<br />

We’re committed to providing the best for<br />

our guests who can always expect hospitality<br />

at Walnut Grill.”<br />

The company’s newest location opened<br />

in May 2020 in Chesterfield Valley. It’s<br />

other locations include Sunset Hills and<br />

O’Fallon.<br />

“We’re celebrating our overdue grand<br />

opening because Chesterfield opened just<br />

as the pandemic shut down everything,”<br />

said Vogel. “Then, it was carry out only.<br />

Since then, we’ve been fully open.”<br />

There’s plenty to celebrate – beginning<br />

with the restaurant’s menu, which offers<br />

both variety and value. Guests will want<br />

to check out its Monday Night burger<br />

specials, shareable appetizers and USDA<br />

choice steaks and quality seafood. Simply<br />

said, if you are looking for variety, Walnut<br />

Grill has it.<br />

Foodies and those with discriminating<br />

palates should consider the crab stuffed<br />

with cajun shrimp or the porterhouse pork<br />

chop. International dishes can also be<br />

found such as this month’s special feature:<br />

Potato and Cheese Pierogis – think of it as<br />

Polish ravioli.<br />

In addition to rotating features, Walnut<br />

Grill’s extensive regular menu is accompanied<br />

by tabletop specials. The current<br />

offering in Chesterfield is “Buy two<br />

dinner entrees and get a free bottle of<br />

wine.” It runs through August.<br />

“We like to have those value items every<br />

day for people to enjoy,” Vogel said.<br />

But quality and consistency also rule.<br />

Steaks are all hand cut and sauces and<br />

dressing are house made. About 85% to<br />

95% of Walnut Grill’s items are made<br />

from scratch. It’s the foundation of Walnut<br />

Grill’s commitment to serving memorable<br />

meals.<br />

Its top two appetizers are Sweet Chili<br />

Boneless Wings and its famous Fried<br />

Brussel Sprouts tossed with gorgonzola,<br />

drizzled with balsamic reduction<br />

and dusted with candied walnut.<br />

In the entrée category, the No. 1<br />

bestseller is Chicken Spiedini with<br />

Chicken Ladue coming a close second.<br />

Chicken Ladue is a parmesan crusted<br />

chicken breast topped with provolone,<br />

jumbo lump crab and sauce with a<br />

lemon butter caper sauce. Ladue-style<br />

is also a popular steak topper for either<br />

the six-ounce filet mignon or hearty<br />

eight-ounce sirloin plates.<br />

Walnut Grill’s seafood presentations<br />

offer several creative options. Case<br />

in point, the Walnut Encrusted Salmon<br />

served with a spiced orange marmalade.<br />

If you can’t decide between seafood and<br />

pasta order the Shrimp Scampi, which<br />

combines shrimp and linguini tossed with<br />

a lemon garlic scampi sauce. Or dig in to<br />

real East Coast-style Crabcakes.<br />

“Our crabcakes are made with beautiful<br />

lump crab,” Vogel explained.<br />

Not to be overlooked are the handhelds<br />

– from traditional burgers and Reubens to<br />

the Shaved Prime Rib Sandwich, which is<br />

made with house roasted prime rib on a<br />

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


Walnut Grill: Where great food and hospitality lead to memorable meals<br />

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Walnut Grill<br />

17392 Chesterfield Airport Road • Chesterfield • (636) 778-9380 • Eatwalnut.com<br />

Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday - Thursday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday<br />

Charro<br />

Mexican Restaurant & Bar<br />


$3.50<br />


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MONDAYS!<br />

HAPPY<br />

HOUR!<br />

3-6 PM DAILY<br />

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START AT<br />

$6.99<br />

Open Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 - 10:00 pm<br />

Friday - Saturday: 11:00 - 10:30 pm<br />

14839 Clayton Road • Chesterfield<br />

636.256.7071<br />

www.charromexicanrestaurant.com<br />

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KIDS<br />

EAT<br />

FREE<br />


1 PER FAMILY<br />

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$3.00 OFF<br />

Purchase of<br />

$15 or More<br />

Mon.-Thurs.<br />

Coupon must be presented<br />

at time of purchase. Not<br />

valid with any other offers.<br />

Expires 8/31/<strong>23</strong><br />

$5.00 OFF<br />

Purchase of<br />

$25 or More<br />

Mon.-Thurs.<br />

Coupon must be presented<br />

at time of purchase. Not<br />

valid with any other offers.<br />

Expires 8/31/<strong>23</strong><br />

Beer Battered Cod<br />


Best Pulled Pork This Side Of The Mississippi!<br />

• smoked sticky baby-back ribs • pork steaks • paninis • brats • burgers<br />

• smoked brisket • smoked turkey breast • all-beef BIG hot dogs • homemade chips<br />

• homemade mac & cheese • GG burger • smoked pulled chicken<br />

smoked pulled pork • 3 Bay smoked brisket philly cheese • nachos & more!<br />

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Parisian-style baguette and stacked with<br />

hot peppers rings, mushrooms and provolone.<br />

“We’ve hit the gamut,” Vogel said, touting<br />

Walnut Grill’s variety. “We have street<br />

tacos. We have bowls, flatbreads and great<br />

salads. On Saturdays and Sundays, we<br />

have a special brunch menu and our happy<br />

hours are happier hours since they run for<br />

three hours from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.”<br />

Everything is designed to give customers<br />

the food and service they crave, which<br />

is how Walnut Grill defines hospitality.<br />

25% OFF<br />

One Meal<br />

With this coupon.<br />

Expires 8/31/<strong>23</strong><br />

Excluding 1/2 & Full Slab of Ribs<br />

Gooey Butter Bars, Chocolate Chunk Brownies, Peanut Butter Bars,<br />

Hawaiian Pineapple Cake, Brookies, Banana Chocolate Chip Bread,<br />

Apple Chunk Cake, Banana Cake w/Cinnamon Frosting and so much more!<br />

NEW Sloppy Rib Sandwich<br />

Our Amazing Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Shredded,<br />

and Mixed with our own Sweet GG’S BBQ Sauce<br />

Inside W. County Phillips 66 @ Clayton & Woodsmill Rd<br />

14195 Clayton Rd, Town & Country, MO 63017 • 636.227.1208<br />

www.3baybbq.com • Tues-Fri 10:30am-7:00pm • Open Saturdays: Noon to 7pm<br />


Wildwood Pub & Grill<br />

17253 New College Ave.<br />

(636) 273-4300 • www.wildwoodpub.com<br />







52 I EVENTS I<br />

$5 Off<br />

purchase of $25 or more<br />

Valid at:<br />

St Louis-Chesterfield (Town & Country)<br />

St Louis-Brentwood<br />

St Peters<br />

Wentzville<br />

Expires 9/3/20<strong>23</strong>. Limit one (1) coupon per<br />

guest. Coupon must be presented at time of<br />

purchase. Valid only at the Nothing Bundt Cakes<br />

bakery(ies) listed. Valid only on baked goods;<br />

not valid on retail items. Must be claimed in<br />

bakery during normal business hours. Not valid<br />

for online orders. Not valid with any other offer.<br />

Discounts applied before tax. Coupon may not<br />

be reproduced, transferred or sold. Internet<br />

distribution strictly prohibited. No cash value.<br />

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


For<br />

Bakery<br />

If crêpes aren’t love,<br />

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Here's $5.00<br />

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taste a little bit of France<br />

Have a crêpe!<br />

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August 11th is my Birthday<br />

August 5th is my 50th Anniversary<br />

Oh Hell, Make it $10.00<br />

Expires the end of this Month!<br />

15310 Manchester Road<br />

636-391-3700<br />

14312 South Outer 40 Road<br />

314-485-8800<br />

EVENTS, from page 50<br />

snack and activities. For ages 2-5. Cost<br />

is $8 for residents; $10 for non-residents.<br />

Parents and guardians are free. For details,<br />

visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Tot Time is from 9:30-11:15 a.m. Aug. 4<br />

and 11 at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic<br />

Center in Chesterfield. Cost is $4 for residents;<br />

$5 for non-residents. Adults are free.<br />

For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us/tot-time.<br />

• • •<br />

Story Time With Miss Pam is from 10<br />

a.m.-noon on the second and fourth Saturday<br />

of each month at the National Museum<br />

of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station<br />

Road in Kirkwood. Included with museum<br />

admission. Details at tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Movies Under the Stars: “Super Mario<br />

Brothers” is at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday,<br />

Aug. 9 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater,<br />

631 Veterans Place Drive. Food and drink<br />

welcome, no glass. Free event. Details at<br />

chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Family Campout is from 5 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, Aug. 12 to 9 a.m. on Sunday,<br />

Aug. 13 at Ferris Park, 500 New Ballwin<br />

Road. Bring your own tent and chairs. Fee<br />

is $15 per person. Family package available.<br />

Includes a hot dog dinner, S’mores,<br />

and breakfast. Children ages 2 and younger<br />

are free. Register at ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Wildwood Back to School Party featuring<br />

LustreLights is at 5:45 p.m. on Friday,<br />

Aug. 18 at City Hall, 16860 Main St. in Wildwood.<br />

Bring a chair and picnic. Kids of all<br />

ages; no pets. Details at cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Family Movie Night: “Lightyear” is<br />

at dusk on Friday, Aug. 18 at Bluebird<br />

Park Amphitheater in Ellisville. Free event.<br />

Bring seating. Details at ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Family Pickleball Days is from 3-5<br />

p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 at The Timbers of<br />

Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane. One court will<br />

be dedicated to first-timers who want to<br />

learn how to play; the other courts will be<br />

available for open-play matches. Members<br />

are free. Non-members pay $3. Pre-registration<br />

is recommended at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Creative Corner is from 9:30-10:30<br />

a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 at The Timbers<br />

of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane. Messy fun<br />

with science, exploration, sensory skills,<br />

snacks and more for children ages 2- 5.<br />

Adults must stay in The Timbers building.<br />

Pre-registration is recommended. Cost is<br />

$5 for residents; $6 for non-residents. To<br />

register, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Ride the Trains is at 10 a.m. on Wednesday,<br />

Sept. 13 at WF&P Railroad, 101 Grand<br />



Ave. in Wildwood. Climb aboard the miniature<br />

railcars and ride along the Al Foster<br />

Memorial Trail and the scenic Meramec<br />

River followed by a treat and a souvenir.<br />

Parents must stay with the child. $5 per<br />

child. Details at wildwoodmo.recdesk.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Kids Klub is from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday,<br />

Sept. 14 at the Timbers Gym, 1 Coffey<br />

Park Lane in Eureka. For children ages 6<br />

months–5 years. An adult will need to stay<br />

with the child. The cost is $8 for residents;<br />

$9 for non-residents. Pre-registration is<br />

recommended at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Ellisville Family Campout is at 3 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, Sept. 16 to 9 a.m. on Sunday,<br />

Sept. 17 at the Bussmann Pavilion in Bluebird<br />

Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville.<br />

Features a bonfire, games, hiking,<br />

stargazing and more. Dinner and breakfast<br />

included. Bring your own tent. $45<br />

per family of 4; $10 each additional child.<br />

Register at ellisville.recdesk.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Kids Triathlon is from 8-10 a.m. on<br />

Sunday, Sept. 17 at The Pointe, 1 Ballwin<br />

Commons Circle in Ballwin. All participants<br />

receive a swim cap, race t-shirt and<br />

post-race snacks. Register by Aug. 24<br />

to guarantee a race shirt. Cost is $40 per<br />

person. To register, visit runsignup.com/<br />

Race/MO/Ballwin/BallwinKidsTriathlon.<br />


Coffee with the Mayor is at 7:30 a.m.<br />

on the first Thursday of the month at the<br />

Creve Coeur Government Center, 300 N<br />

New Ballas Road. Join Mayor Bob Hoffman<br />

for coffee. There is no set agenda<br />

and questions and comments are welcome.<br />

Donuts and coffee provided. For details,<br />

visit crevecoeurmo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

River Walk is from 10:45-11:45 a.m. and<br />

7:10-8:10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays<br />

through Aug. 11 at The Timbers of Eureka<br />

Pool, 1 Coffey Park Lane. Water shoes are<br />

encouraged but not required. Ages 12 and<br />

younger must be accompanied by an adult.<br />

Members are free. Residents are $6, nonresidents<br />

are $7. Details at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Ladies Lunch and Learn is from<br />

noon-1 p.m. on the first Thursday of the<br />

month at Chabad’s temporary space in the<br />

Chesterfield Mall. Enjoy lunch, learning,<br />

conversation and growth. Connect with<br />

local Jewish women. Free event, donations<br />

are appreciated. Register at jewishchesterfield.org<br />

or by calling (636) 778-4000.<br />

• • •<br />

Wildwood Farmers Market is from 8<br />

a.m.-noon through Saturday, Sept. 30 at<br />

221 Plaza Drive in Wildwood.<br />

• • •<br />

GriefShare is from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays



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


I EVENTS I 53<br />

through Aug. 27 at Bonhomme Presbyterian<br />

Church, 14820 Conway Road in Chesterfield.<br />

GriefShare is a weekly seminar<br />

and support group to help people who are<br />

grieving the death of a loved one. Each<br />

session includes a video seminar and study.<br />

Participants can join the group at any time<br />

as each one is independent. Open to all.<br />

For details, call (314) 974-5435. Register<br />

at GriefShare.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Tappmeyer Homestead Self-Guided<br />

Tours are from noon-4 p.m. every second<br />

and fourth Sunday through August at the<br />

Creve Coeur Tappmeyer Homestead, 2<br />

Barnes <strong>West</strong> Drive in Millennium Park.<br />

For details, email TappmeyerHomestead@<br />

gmail.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Manchester Book Club meets at 11 a.m.<br />

on the third Tuesday of every month at the<br />

Manchester Parks Building. Aug. 22 book<br />

is “Hidden Pictures” by Jason Rekulak.<br />

For details, call (636) 391-6326 or email,<br />

rpate@manchestsermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Rumble in Manchester Car Show is<br />

from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4 at Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

in Manchester. Live music from Rockin’<br />

Chair and local food trucks. Cost is $20 per<br />

person. Details at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Rubber Duck Race is from 10-11 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Chesterfield Aquatic<br />

Center, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield.<br />

Stop by the front desk to adopt ducks.<br />

First 20 to cross the finish line win. $5 per<br />

duck or 6 for $25. For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us<br />

and search “Rubber Duck Race.”<br />

• • •<br />

Night Waves is calling all incoming and<br />

current middle schoolers. Enjoy music,<br />

games, and fun from 8-10 p.m. on Monday,<br />

Aug. 7 at the Manchester Aquatic Center,<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road. For details,<br />

visit manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Bob Panke - “Charles Lindbergh - The<br />

Man - The Airplane - The Flight” is from<br />

9-10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 at The<br />

National Museum of Transportation, 2933<br />

Barrett Station Road in Kirkwood. Part of<br />

TNMOT 20<strong>23</strong> Speaker Series. Advanced<br />

registration is required. Details at tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The <strong>West</strong> County GOP Picnic is from<br />

noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at Vlasis<br />

Park, Pavilion 2 in Ballwin. Meet elected<br />

officials and <strong>West</strong> County Republicans.<br />

Lunch, music and fellowship are featured.<br />

RSVPs are appreciated by emailing<br />

WHTR2022@outlook.com or pecarr@<br />

inmax.com, or calling (636) 448-2124 or<br />

(636) 527-8557.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Days Run is on Sunday, Aug.<br />

20 at Vlasis Park in Ballwin. This event is<br />

a competitive 5K and 1-mile run. Adults<br />

and children are welcome to run in either<br />

or both races. Registration is available on<br />

race day. 1-mile run is $20; 5K is $40. For<br />

details, visit mseracing.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Group Guided Meditation is from<br />

2-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 at the<br />

Daniel Boone Library, 300 Clarkson Road<br />

in Ellisville, featuring a free in-person<br />

talk and meditation with guest speaker<br />

Sr. Veronica. Register at eventbrite.com,<br />

search “Being in the Present Moment.”<br />

• • •<br />

K9 Splash is from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday,<br />

Sept. 5 at the Chesterfield Family Aquatic<br />

Center, 16365 Lydia Hill Drive. Maximum<br />

of two dogs per family. Vaccination records<br />

are required to participate. No puppies<br />

under 4 months. All dogs must be neutered<br />

or spayed. $10 per dog, $7 per person and<br />

children under 2 are free. For details, visit<br />

chesterfield.mo.us and search “K9 Splash.”<br />

• • •<br />

Dog Swim is from 4:30-6 p.m. or 6:15-<br />

7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at the North<br />

Pointe Aquatic Center, 335 Holloway Road<br />

in Ballwin. Dogs with current vaccinations<br />

are welcome. Owners are responsible for<br />

dog clean-up. Two humans are allowed<br />

per dog. No aggressive dogs. Cost is $10<br />

per dog; humans are free. For details, visit<br />

ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Dog Splash Pool Party is from 5-7 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at The Timbers of<br />

Eureka Pool, 1 Coffey Park Lane. Watch<br />

your dog play in the water. This is a swim<br />

for dogs only. Humans are not allowed in<br />

the pool. Owners must show a pet’s proof<br />

of vaccinations. Owners are responsible<br />

for the clean-up of all waste. $5 per dog.<br />

For details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Dog Days of Summer is from 5:30-7:15<br />

p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at The Lodge Outdoor<br />

Pool, 1<strong>23</strong>25 Manchester Road in Des<br />

Peres. This swim is for dogs only. Humans<br />

are not allowed in the pool. Multiple dogs per<br />

person are allowed. The cost is $10 per human.<br />

Owners must show a pet’s current proof of<br />

vaccinations. All participants must pre-register<br />

online to attend the event. For details, visit<br />

desperesmo.org/775/Dog-Days-of-Summer.<br />

• • •<br />

Conversations with the Mayor is from<br />

6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at the<br />

Manchester Justice Center, 200 Highlands<br />

Blvd. Questions and comments are welcome.<br />

For details, visit manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Magdalene Linck - “Rhythm on the<br />

Mississippi: How Riverboats Shaped St.<br />

Louis Music in the Early 20th Century”<br />

is from 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14 at<br />

The National Museum of Transportation,<br />

2933 Barrett Station Road in Kirkwood.<br />

Part of TNMOT 20<strong>23</strong> Speaker Series.<br />

Free admission. Advanced registration is<br />

required. For details, visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Electronics Recycling is from 8-11<br />

a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Schroeder<br />

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

Manchester. This drive-through service is<br />

free for most items; however, fees will be<br />

charged for some televisions and monitors.<br />

Details at manchestermo.gov/ecycling.<br />

• • •<br />

National Clean-Up Day is all day on<br />

Saturday, Sept. 16 in various locations in<br />

Manchester. Join forces to clean up parks,<br />

trails, beaches and open spaces to make<br />

them more enjoyable for everyone. For<br />

details, visit manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Clean Stream is from 8:30-10:30<br />

a.m. on Saturday, Sept. <strong>23</strong>. Volunteers<br />

are needed to help clean the waterways<br />

in the Manchester community. Donuts<br />

will be provided at the start of the cleanup.<br />

All ages welcome. To sign up, email<br />

shardesty@manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Garden Talk is at 1 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

Sept. 24 at Passiglia’s Nursery and Garden<br />

Center, 1855 Hwy. 109 in Wildwood.<br />

“Trees and Shrubs for Home Landscapes.”<br />

For details, call (636) 458-9202 or visit,<br />

passiglia.com.<br />






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Ceiling Fans • Wholehouse Fans<br />

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• Fence Washing<br />


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Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

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Sacred Heart Parish Valley Park<br />

Saturday, August 19 / 9 to Noon<br />

71 Ann Avenue, Valley Park, MO<br />

NO CHARGE: computers,<br />

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stoves, microwaves, washers/<br />

dryers, kitchen appliances, DVRs,<br />

cables, Christmas lights, and more.<br />

COSTS FOR: CRT Monitors $5,<br />

CRT TV 26” or less $30, CRT TV<br />

27” or more $50, Console/Rear<br />

Projection TV $50, Big Screen/<br />

Projection TV $50, LED/LCD/<br />

Plasma TV $20,<br />

Any unit w/Freon $10.<br />

CASH or CHECK<br />

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Custom Wood and Steel Doors.<br />

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Private collector buying old Jazz,<br />

Funk, and Soul records.<br />

1940s-1970s.<br />

No big band/swing or 78s.<br />

Mike: 314-413-0918<br />

American Contract Bridge League<br />


J & J HAULING<br />


Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

appliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

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Junk hauling and removal. Cleanouts,<br />

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construction rubble, yard waste,<br />

excavating & demolition! 10, 15 & 20<br />

cubic yd. rolloff dumpsters. Licensed<br />

& insured. Affordable, dependable<br />

and available!<br />

VISA/MC accepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

Toll Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />


Park Maintenance Supervisor<br />

The City manages four park properties<br />

totaling 65 acres. The Park Maintenance<br />

Supervisor will carry out all duties<br />

relating to scheduling and performing<br />

maintenance of parks, park facilities and<br />

public buildings. Provide assistance and<br />

support services for recreational programs<br />

and special events. Serve as needed for<br />

snow removal during the winter months.<br />

Health Insurance and Pension Benefits<br />

Starting Salary Range is $45,000-$50,000<br />

For additional details and application visit<br />

town-and-country.org/jobs.aspx<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Positions of:<br />

-Plumbing Maintenance<br />

Technician-<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee<br />

Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

HVAC Maintenance Technician<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />


- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/<br />

hire/index or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Mowing & Landscaping<br />

Technician in<br />

Grounds Department<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For position of:<br />

Part-Time Custodians<br />

(Temporary Position)<br />

-Flexible Work Schedule<br />

-Competitive Wage<br />

-No weekends<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/<br />

Viewjob.aspx?JobID=3198<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Reliable person for multitasking<br />

caregiver in private home for<br />

elderly adult.<br />

Thursday & Friday<br />

and every other Sunday<br />

Job includes<br />

Caregiving & light housekeeping,<br />

etc, Starting time in August<br />

For More Information<br />

Call Sherlyn<br />

at 314-349-1457<br />


Established and Growing<br />

Formulation Company<br />

Now Hiring for the following<br />

full-time positions:<br />

Manufacturing Production<br />

Lead & Warehouse Associate<br />

Both roles require fork-lift<br />

Operator experience<br />

Sales Representative<br />

(to Industrial Manufacturers)<br />

Of a full-range of<br />

metalworking fluids<br />

Please forward your resume<br />

for consideration to:<br />

info@clisyntec.com<br />

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Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Food Service<br />

Our Child Nutrition Assistants<br />

work school days only<br />

Part time or Full time,<br />

No experience needed.<br />

Starting Pay $14 Hourly.<br />

Seven Paid Holidays,<br />

Retirement through PEERS,<br />

Perfect Attendance Days<br />

Manager positions available<br />

with full benefits.<br />

www.rsdmo.org<br />

or call 636-733-3253<br />



VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ballwin/<br />

Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care Assistants &<br />

Homemaker shifts. Weekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Call 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />

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Inquire about freelance<br />

reporting for<br />

If interested, email<br />

editor@newsmagazinenetwork.com<br />




Specializing in<br />

Decks & Fences<br />

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(314) 575-3879<br />


Rotted wood, Painting, Tile,<br />

Drywall, Floors, Electrical,<br />

Carpentry, Plumbing,<br />

Power Washing. Insured.<br />


Tom Streckfuss 314-910-7458<br />

sbacontractingllc@gmail.com<br />


Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Free estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

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Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />


Retaining Walls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with attention to detail<br />

Call Tom 636.938.9874<br />

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Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

poloslawn@aol.com<br />

Lawn Repairs<br />

Erosion Water Control<br />

French Drains to Direct Service<br />

Water • Down Spouts Buried<br />

Top Soil • Sod • Mulch • Compost<br />

Brush Removal • Landscape<br />

Maintenance • Pruning • Flower<br />

Beds • Seeding • Fertilizer<br />

Applications • Decorative Stone<br />

Wall Work & Repairs<br />

Landscaping Lights • Planting<br />

of Bushes & Design<br />

Schedules are Available!<br />

Call (636) 366-4007<br />


TEXT TO 636-368-8800<br />

• MULCHING •<br />

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Preparing/Cleaning Beds<br />

Preen • Leaf Removal<br />

Bush/Shrub Trimming<br />

Aeration • Seeding<br />

Fertilizing • Dethatching<br />

-Now Offering Junk Removal-<br />



636-432-3451<br />

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Mulch, Shrub Trimming,<br />

Yard Cleanups, Power Washing,<br />

Moles, Small Walls & Paver Patios.<br />

Hauling Services,<br />

Demolition,<br />

Handyman Services<br />

& Rough Carpentry<br />

Call/Text Jeff<br />

314-520-5222<br />

or www.MizzouCrew.com<br />


Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Install<br />

Leaf Removal • Paver Patios<br />

Trimming & Edging<br />

Stone & Brick<br />

Retaining Walls • Drainage Work<br />


636-293-2863<br />

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Kehrs Mill Veterinary Care<br />

is a new small animal clinic<br />

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636-204-5229<br />

Call for appointment today.<br />

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No job is too small.<br />


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Senior Discounts<br />

24 hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />


Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Call or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />



ALL CASH - AS-IS<br />

I have been buying and selling<br />

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No commission.<br />

No fixing up.<br />

It doesn’t cost to find out<br />

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Must ask for<br />

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314-496-5822<br />

Berkshire Hathaway<br />

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Tree trimming, removal, deadwooding,<br />

pruning and stump<br />

grinding. Certified arborist.<br />

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• Marriage Ceremonies<br />

• Vow Renewals<br />

• Baptisms<br />

• Pastoral Visits<br />

• Graveside Visits<br />

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(314) 703-7456

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