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Vol. 28 No. 16 • August <strong>23</strong>, 20<strong>23</strong><br />

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

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A St. Louis Favorite Is Back This Fall!<br />

I OPINION I 3<br />

A case for Trump<br />

to not debate<br />

With Mike Pence now qualifying for the<br />

Republican debate in Milwaukee on Aug.<br />

<strong>23</strong>, there are now eight candidates qualified<br />

to participate.<br />

However, one of those eight is former<br />

President Donald Trump, who suggests<br />

that he is not inclined to show up.<br />

“When you have a big lead, you don’t<br />

do it,” noted Trump. “Am I going to stand<br />

up there by guys with zero, one, two, three<br />

percent – maybe four – and have them ask<br />

me hostile questions?”<br />

He now says he’ll poll supporters.<br />

Fox News, the network carrying the<br />

event, Republican National Committee<br />

Chairperson Ronna McDaniel, and some<br />

of the other candidates are urging Trump<br />

to debate.<br />

But I think there is a strong case to be<br />

made that if what we want this election<br />

to be about is navigating toward the best<br />

interests of the country and its citizens, it<br />

may be best for Donald Trump to not show<br />

up in Milwaukee.<br />

Consider, for instance, that within the<br />

last week, bond rating service Fitch downgraded<br />

U.S. debt from AAA to AA.<br />

This is the result of U.S. debt and deficits<br />

skyrocketing into outer space.<br />

But this critical development is barely<br />

getting news oxygen when the really big<br />

story is Trump’s latest indictment and now<br />

his deliberations about whether to participate<br />

in the Republican debate.<br />

When only 19% of Americans say they<br />

are satisfied with the direction of the country,<br />

and considering that that percentage<br />

has been over 40% only once in the last<br />

15 years, it is reasonable to assume that<br />

Americans, justifiably, are not pleased with<br />

the current state of affairs.<br />

A major credit rating agency downgrading<br />

its estimate of the ability of the United<br />

States to pay its creditors is just the latest<br />

piece of information blaring that we have<br />

a problem.<br />

The country is bogged down by growth<br />

less than half its historic average, inflation,<br />

entitlement programs dealing with retirement<br />

and health care that were designed 60<br />

to 90 years ago that no longer work, and<br />

a shrinking and aging population that are<br />

directly the result of the collapse of the<br />

American family.<br />

Only 60% of Americans say they have a<br />

great deal/quite a lot of confidence in our<br />

military and the U.S. Army cannot meet its<br />

recruiting goals.<br />

We need to fix our nation. The beginning<br />

of solving any problem is identifying and<br />

defining it properly and then soberly, step<br />

by courageous step, coming up with solutions.<br />

This is what the 2024 election should be<br />

about. We have two parties with very different<br />

views of the world. The pathologies<br />

I described above are readily attributed<br />

to the party that now controls the White<br />

House.<br />

President Joe Biden, whose lifetime has<br />

been spent in the political swamp, is now<br />

getting deserved attention for corrupt influence<br />

peddling, generating wealth for his<br />

wayward son.<br />

Biden wants a campaign about personalities,<br />

not about issues. And no personality<br />

now attracts more attention, diverting from<br />

the issues we should be debating, than our<br />

former president.<br />

Trump on the stage in Milwaukee means<br />

the debates will be about him when they<br />

should be about our national agenda and<br />

solutions that the other seven candidates<br />

propose.<br />

Getting press and attention is not a challenge<br />

for Trump. So, he doesn’t need the<br />

stage.<br />

Although Trump does indeed have a commanding<br />

lead in the polls, showing he’s got<br />

support from around half of Republicans, a<br />

recent New York Times/Siena College poll<br />

says 46% of those Republicans are open to<br />

other candidates.<br />

Our country is not in good shape. The<br />

answers for sure are not going to come<br />

from the party of the left. Republicans<br />

must be the party of getting our nation back<br />

on track.<br />

Let’s start the discussion with the<br />

upcoming Republican debate, giving new<br />

candidates the opportunity to speak to<br />

Republicans and all Americans about how<br />

to fix our nation’s many problems.<br />

• • •<br />

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

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

with Star Parker.”<br />

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

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Regarding Manchester’s<br />

annexation bid<br />

To the Editor:<br />

I have an economics degree from MU-<br />

Columbia and a finance MBA from Rockhurst<br />

- Kansas City. I used this during my<br />

40 years working in banking/finance.<br />

I provide this background to say I have<br />

seen a lot of financial theories over the<br />

years but the one that has always been right<br />

is TNSTAAFL. Translation: “There is no<br />

such thing as a free lunch.”<br />

I wish the Manchester city administration<br />

would quit trying to make us feel that<br />

we can be added at no increased costs.<br />

Dan Malan<br />

Regarding Wildwood<br />

trash service<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Wildwood residents are seeing a substantial<br />

cost increase combined with a<br />

reduction in services for waste hauling this<br />

month.<br />

My family’s budget is getting hit with<br />

double the cost. The rural areas are seeing<br />

even higher increases.<br />

Our garages will now have additional<br />

containers some of us don’t need or want.<br />

It was suggested we schedule a bulk<br />

pickup to throw away our old trash containers.<br />

I believe it’s more than ironic that<br />

a “recycling” company (or a government<br />

that demands recycling) would suggest<br />

throwing away my perfectly good container.<br />

Whatever happened to the reduce<br />

and reuse options for saving the planet?<br />

Inflation is real, I get it. All prices are<br />

going up, I get it. But double and more<br />

than double the cost for less quality service<br />

is not acceptable.<br />

Who or what is stopping the next government-mandated<br />

service from doubling<br />

in cost?<br />

The elected officials are supposed to be<br />

looking out for us.<br />

The Wildwood team who negotiated<br />

this contract and the elected officials<br />

who voted in favor of this defacto tax<br />

increase should be removed from their<br />

jobs.<br />

Niles Stephens<br />

Submit your letter to: editor@newsmagazinenetwork.com<br />

ON THE COVER: Parkway Central Colts led by DJ Burgess (#7) charge into the 2022 season.<br />

Concern for our City of Trees<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Is anyone else baffled about why three<br />

perfectly beautiful, healthy evergreens<br />

were plowed down on the grounds bordering<br />

the exit ramp from 141 South to Olive<br />

East?<br />

I can accept the brush removal and an<br />

attempt at avoiding erosion, but the trees<br />

(and the brush for that matter) helped<br />

control erosion, were not blocking drivers’<br />

views when exiting, and appeared<br />

perfectly healthy. For a so-called “City of<br />

Trees,” this loss is such a shame.<br />

I hope there is no intention to do the<br />

same on the other three grounds at this<br />

intersection. The original cost to plant<br />

these trees alone is reason enough not to<br />

destroy them.<br />

Rose Dunn<br />

Taking care of pets<br />

To the Editor:<br />

I think that more people should take<br />

better care of their pets. Some pets are<br />

harmed by their owners and nobody would<br />

know. Also, more people should adopt<br />

pets because there are so many animals out<br />

there that need a new home. I hope there<br />

are more people reading this either adopting<br />

a new pet or taking better care of the<br />

pets they already have. Thank you.<br />

Thomas Christman<br />

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‘Country’ music<br />

Have y’all heard that viral country song “Rich Men North of Richmond?”<br />

It’s pretty good. Pretty good does not usually get you millions of YouTube<br />

views and a top ranking on iTunes and Apple Music, though. For that, you<br />

need a message, and in the world of country music specifically, you need a<br />

conservative message.<br />

“Rich Men North of Richmond” was penned by a self-described Virginia<br />

factory worker pen-named Oliver Anthony (real name Christopher Anthony<br />

Lunsford). The song walks some well-trodden ground for country music. It’s<br />

a plight of the working man song about low pay, high taxes and self-serving<br />

politicians.<br />

Then, Anthony drops in a couple of humdinger lines that got the internet<br />

all whipped up in a frenzy.<br />

I wish politicians would look out for miners<br />

And not just minors on an island somewhere.<br />

Ooo-wee doggy, you cannot get much spicier than a Jeffrey Epstein reference.<br />

It is just a reference though. Anthony does not go anywhere further on<br />

the topic of sex trafficking or the trouble with the mining industry. Woody<br />

Guthrie he is not, as he aptly proves with the next set of lyrics.<br />

Lord, we got folks in the street, ain’t got nothin’ to eat<br />

And the obese milkin’ welfare.<br />

Well, God, if you’re 5-foot-3 and you’re 300 pounds<br />

Taxes ought not to pay for your bags of fudge rounds<br />

Well. Now there is a verse that will go viral in 20<strong>23</strong>. It’s hot-button, hotblooded,<br />

hot-headed, rage-writing. It touches on topics of tremendous importance<br />

(obesity and the welfare state) without offering a single insight other<br />

than anger. We need to demand more than this from our artists and pundits<br />

just like we need to demand more from the rich men north of Richmond.<br />

Look, Oliver Anthony didn’t ask for any of this. He is – or rather was – a<br />

completely unknown amateur musician from Virginia who stumbled beardfirst<br />

into an ongoing debate. One of the songs “Rich Men” supplanted was<br />

another viral sensation called “Try That in a Small Town” performed by<br />

country megastar Jason Aldean. This song is basically a listing of big-city<br />

grievances that ought not to occur in a small town or else – you know what<br />

we’re saying?<br />

The song went viral and became Aldean’s first No. 1 hit; however, it went<br />

viral because the video featured footage of George Floyd protesters and was<br />

filmed at the historic site of a race riot and lynching.<br />

These songs hit a nerve because they touch on critically important topics,<br />

but they are sound bites. They are a way to highlight the discussion that<br />

needs to happen but they are not the discussion itself. Too often, we share<br />

the headline and ignore the story. Now is the time when we need to read the<br />

whole story.<br />

“Rich Men North of Richmond” is a decent little song with a catchy title,<br />

but it is not the entire conversation that this country needs to have about<br />

poverty and the working poor. Country music can shine a light on issues, but<br />

the country needs to take it from there.<br />

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MANCHESTER<br />

County to host Manchester<br />

Annexation open houses<br />

St. Louis County will host an open house,<br />

from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 at<br />

Queeny Park inside the Greensfelder Recreation<br />

Complex, to provide its point of view<br />

regarding the city of Manchester’s proposed<br />

annexation of an area of unincorporated St.<br />

Louis County.<br />

The annexation area is roughly bounded<br />

by Manchester Road, Barrett Station Road<br />

and Carman Road. Voters in Manchester<br />

and the proposed annexation area will vote<br />

on this in November.<br />

Dog-friendly ‘bar’ on tap<br />

Dog lovers, rejoice! A new, dog-friendly<br />

restaurant akin to Bar K in St. Louis is<br />

coming to <strong>West</strong> County.<br />

Elizabeth Kayser is looking to establish<br />

a healthy food restaurant located at<br />

14360 Manchester Road with green space<br />

that would provide customers with a dogfriendly<br />

space. Kayser sought a special use<br />

permit from the city of Manchester that<br />

would allow the establishment to serve<br />

alcohol.<br />

The application for the permit was<br />

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with a parade, vendors, food, entertainment<br />

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to say, “This is my Wildwood.”<br />

The city’s annual celebration takes place<br />

from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.<br />

<strong>23</strong>. And that means time is running out for<br />

parade participants to sign up and vendors<br />

to register.<br />

The Celebrate Wildwood committee is<br />

seeking clubs, organizations, bands and<br />

special interest groups for parade participation.<br />

This year’s theme is Wildwood: City<br />

of Parks and Trails. Celebrate Wildwood<br />

is also inviting all artisans of fine arts and<br />

hand-made crafts to sell their wares at the<br />

fare. Booth hours are from 11 a.m.- 6:30<br />

p.m. Vendors should expect a crowd. Last<br />

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Interested groups can register at cityofwildwood.com/celebratewildwood<br />

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calling (636) 458-0440 or emailing stacy@<br />

cityofwildwood.com.<br />

Solar panel issue still on hold<br />

Two more requests for front-facing solar<br />

panels on rooftops were placed on hold<br />

pending the outcome of the resident survey<br />

on the matter.<br />

At the Planning and Zoning Commission<br />

meeting Aug. 7, attorney Bob<br />

Menees, is representing homeowners who<br />

had requested a conditional use permit for<br />

solar panels on their homes in Wildwood in<br />

November 2022 and a public hearing was<br />

held Jan. <strong>23</strong>.<br />

“Here we are in August and the best that<br />

they get each month on the agenda – ‘not<br />

ready for action items’ – and they’re in purgatory,”<br />

he said.<br />

“They have spent money, they’ve<br />

expended resources and effort to try to get<br />

solar panels on their house to be more environmentally<br />

sustainable, to save money;<br />

they’ve done the right thing.”<br />

He referenced city code 415.500 regarding<br />

conditional use permits, which states<br />

“subsequent to public hearing, the planning<br />

commission shall file a report with the city<br />

council in which the commission shall grant<br />

or deny each application for a conditional<br />

use permit.”<br />

“I think it unfair that my clients are getting<br />

the playing field changed on them,” he said.<br />

There are five other homeowners on the<br />

waiting list as well, one of whom has a lawsuit<br />

filed against the city.<br />

Betsy Vanderheyden said she has been<br />

waiting to put solar panels on the back of<br />

her house since March and was told there<br />

was a moratorium on solar panels until new<br />

regulations were approved.<br />

She said city officials told her, “Well, we<br />

don’t have anything in place to replace it,<br />

but we’re not going to allow you to do your<br />

project.”<br />

The city is proposing new regulations that<br />

would only allow integrated solar energy<br />

systems on front-facing roof-mounted solar<br />

panels that are visible from an abutted roadway.<br />

Vanderheyden suggested the city go back<br />

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and more widespread for residents to<br />

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Mayor Jim Bowlin said after the completion<br />

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with the results not available until September,<br />

the two additional requests for solar<br />

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

that to proceed forward with the regulations<br />

in flux would be doing a disservice.<br />

So, the requests for solar panels for homes<br />

on Lace Bark Court and Princeton Ridge<br />

Drive were postponed by a vote of 7-1.<br />

Ribbon cutting held for<br />

broadband expansion<br />

A ribbon cutting was held on Aug. 10 at<br />

the Fox Creek Veterinary Hospital to celebrate<br />

activation of Spectrum’s broadband<br />

expansion project in the city of Wildwood.<br />

Spectrum’s plan is to bring gigabit internet<br />

to more than 2,000 homes and small<br />

businesses in Wildwood.<br />

This is the first of several projects as part of<br />

a major broadband expansion project. Major<br />

fiber-optic buildout will connect more than<br />

2,000 homes and small businesses to gigabit<br />

broadband with starting speeds of 300<br />

Mbps (millions of bits per second).<br />

The broadband expansion project is part<br />

of a public-private partnership with the city<br />

of Wildwood using funds from the American<br />

Rescue Project Act (ARPA).<br />

Wildwood has been looking for a solution<br />

to its internet access problem for many<br />

years. It has pockets of rural communities<br />

that are underserved or unserved in terms of<br />

access to high-speed internet.<br />

“We have solved a more than 15-year-old<br />

problem for our city – and did it at no cost<br />

to our residents,” said Mayor Jim Bowlin.<br />

“This will enhance our city’s value in the<br />

community and marketplace.”<br />

In December 2021, the city approved an<br />

agreement with Spectrum Mid-America,<br />

LLC, in the amount of $6.75 million to provide<br />

broadband infrastructure design, installation<br />

and operation.<br />

The first phase of the Wildwood expansion<br />

project is expected to be completed in<br />

2024.<br />

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County Council works<br />

to secure Boeing bid<br />

The St. Louis County Council voted on<br />

Aug. 15 to begin the process to approve $1.8<br />

billion in industrial development, or chapter<br />

100, bonds to help fund The Boeing Company’s<br />

proposed bid for a $2 billion expansion<br />

project in north county, called Project<br />

Voyager.<br />

Council members Rita Heard Days<br />

(D-District 1), Dennis Hancock (R-District<br />

3), Lisa Clancy (D-District 5), Ernie Trakas<br />

(R-District 6) and Mark Harder (R-District<br />

7) voted yes. Kelli Dunaway (D-District<br />

2) voted no and Council Chair Shalonda<br />

Webb (D-District 4) abstained. Webb is an<br />

employee of Boeing.<br />

If Boeing is awarded the government<br />

contract, Project Voyager would involve<br />

construction of multiple buildings totaling<br />

an estimated l,000,000 square feet on two<br />

sites at Brownleigh and Tract I north in St.<br />

Louis County adjacent to St. Louis Lambert<br />

International Airport.<br />

The expansion would bring at least 500<br />

new jobs in addition to the company’s current<br />

local workforce of 16,000. According<br />

to county officials, the average annual salary<br />

for new jobs added at the Boeing plant<br />

since 2015 has been about $90,000. Boeing<br />

recently received approval from Lambert<br />

International Airport to lease 154 acres for<br />

the project, county officials reported.<br />

A tax abatement equal to 50% of the<br />

net new assessed value of the project site<br />

and 50% personal property tax abatement<br />

for the personal property purchased<br />

over a 10-year term was also requested<br />

to support the project. Boeing would be<br />

expected to pay $155 million to St. Louis<br />

County and other government entities in<br />

lieu of taxes over the 10-year term, the<br />

agreement states.<br />

The project was brokered on behalf of the<br />

St. Louis Economic Development Partnership<br />

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After The Staenberg Group (TSG)<br />

agreed to concessions with the Citizens for<br />

Developing Downtown Chesterfield, a new<br />

demand for the redevelopment of Chesterfield<br />

Mall may have gone too far.<br />

TSG is seeking to rezone the commercial<br />

district located on the south side of Interstate<br />

64, east of Chesterfield Parkway, to<br />

a planned commercial and residential district.<br />

The company’s plan is to build office<br />

buildings, luxury condos, apartments,<br />

hotels, retail, restaurants and entertainment<br />

venues on the 96-acre site.<br />

At the city’s Planning and Public Works<br />

Committee meeting on Aug. 10, members<br />

voted to recommend the rezoning<br />

to the City Council. However, after that<br />

vote, council member Dan Hurt (Ward 3)<br />

sought to add an amendment that the “total<br />

residential building footprint area shall not<br />

exceed 1.35 million square feet.”<br />

The amendment might be one straw too<br />

many.<br />

Tim Lowe, senior vice president of development<br />

with TSG, said at the meeting that<br />

the development would not support that<br />

restriction, as there is a limited market for<br />

office space today. He added that such a<br />

restriction could lead to big box retail, which<br />

Chesterfield Mall<br />

is not the idea behind the development.<br />

Lowe also warned that implementation<br />

of the restriction could delay or impact the<br />

development of the property to the point<br />

where TSG might not move forward with<br />

the project until the office market returns.<br />

After the meeting, Hurt contacted <strong>West</strong><br />

<strong>Newsmagazine</strong>, to clarify the amendment’s<br />

intent.<br />

“This residential restriction has nothing<br />

to do with retail and/or office commercial,”<br />

Hurt said. “TSG can build ‘big box’ retail<br />

without this amendment. The amendment<br />

has no effect on that decision.”<br />

Hurt emphasized that the amendment is<br />

looking toward the future.<br />

(Elaine Collins photo)<br />

“We are in favor of mixed-use throughout<br />

this development,” he said. “The intent<br />

of this amendment is to keep from building<br />

apartments over the whole development.”<br />

The amendment was approved 3-1 with<br />

only committee chair and council member<br />

Merrell Hansen (Ward 4) voting against it.<br />

Other amendments, which included reducing<br />

the commercial floor area ratio from<br />

1.0 to 0.75 and limiting maximum building<br />

height to 200 feet or 15 stories (whichever<br />

is higher) were approved by a vote of 4-0.<br />

At the last city council meeting, Kelli<br />

Unnerstall, representing Citizens for<br />

Developing Downtown Chesterfield, noted<br />

that a compromise had been reached with<br />

TSG on several issues. Those concessions<br />

included reducing the residential density<br />

from 2,880 units to a maximum of 2,363<br />

units on the mall property and a maximum<br />

of 175 units on the Sachs property along<br />

Chesterfield Parkway.<br />

Another modification agreed to was to<br />

designate retail/commercial on the first<br />

floor of each building around the park and<br />

each building that runs along the main<br />

streets that run the length of the park.<br />

There was some debate at the planning<br />

commission meeting about the proposed<br />

amendment to limit residential, in particular<br />

with Hansen and Mayor Bob Nation,<br />

both of whom thought it might restrict<br />

future development.<br />

Due to the approval of Hurt’s amendment,<br />

attorney Mike Doster, representing<br />

TSG, said he would request the rezoning<br />

be postponed prior to consideration by the<br />

council. He followed up with a letter to the<br />

mayor and council members dated Aug.<br />

11 requesting that the city council hold<br />

the project and not take any further action<br />

while the petitioner reevaluates the mall’s<br />

redevelopment.<br />

• • •<br />

[Editor’s note: This is an ongoing story.<br />

Please check westnewsmagazine.com for<br />

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High cost of hauling trash has residents upset in Wildwood<br />

By CATHY LENNY<br />

Judging by comments on social media,<br />

there may be more people who were upset<br />

about the trash rates going up in Wildwood;<br />

however, only two speakers protested at the<br />

Aug. 14 City Council meeting.<br />

The city hired both Republic Services and<br />

Gateway Disposal, LLC, to start collecting<br />

trash this month. Republic now provides<br />

service to the urban areas and Gateway to<br />

the rural. But rates are higher than they were<br />

under Waste Connections, the previous<br />

service provider, and residents have been<br />

outspoken on apps such as Nextdoor and<br />

Facebook.<br />

At the meeting, former city council member<br />

Tony Salvatore accused the city of subverting<br />

the request for proposals (RFP) process.<br />

He claims that only one bid was received by<br />

the April 3 deadline and that bid belonged to<br />

Meridian. Waste Connections had been the<br />

service provider since 2019 but opted not to<br />

place a bid this year.<br />

“(Meridian) had everything answered in<br />

a timely manner,” he said. “It was the only<br />

company that actually responded to the RFP.”<br />

Meridian’s fees were $29 per month for all<br />

of Wildwood, Salvatore said.<br />

“Somebody decided, let’s get another quote,<br />

after the RFP had already closed. Then, they<br />

go ahead and get Gateway and Republic to<br />

split up the trash and recycling and bulk,” he<br />

said.<br />

Republic’s rates are $31.93 per month and<br />

Gateway’s $43 per month.<br />

Resident Lynda Keller said, “When I heard<br />

that the trash is going to be three times what<br />

it’s been, I was outraged. I lost respect for the<br />

city and the way it was done.”<br />

Neither Mayor Jim Bowlin or any member<br />

of the city council responded to comments<br />

at the meeting. However, Bowlin previously<br />

said that two bids were received by the city<br />

and that both options resulted in higher costs<br />

for residents.<br />

“One would have used large trucks in our<br />

rural subdivisions (which can cause damage<br />

to streets) and had previously served the city<br />

with mixed results,” he said. “We chose the<br />

program that utilizes smaller trucks where<br />

needed and which we believe will be a reliable<br />

option for our residents.”<br />

In an earlier interview, Bowlin said the reasons<br />

for the cost increase are due to a limited<br />

supply of trash haulers in the market, particularly<br />

in Wildwood due to the geographic<br />

diversity, and the inflationary pressure that is<br />

being experienced by many municipalities.<br />

He said the latter is the result of (the government)<br />

putting two trillion dollars into the<br />

economy.<br />

“When you put that much money into the<br />

economy, everything, as we have seen across<br />

the board, has been going up,” he said.<br />

Experts say the cost for hauling trash has<br />

increased due to rising costs, labor shortages<br />

and contamination in recycling.<br />

In a statement, Republic Services claims it<br />

has made significant investments in an effort<br />

to sustain current service levels in Wildwood,<br />

which includes six new trucks and over<br />

18,000 carts.<br />

Carts, as in what to do with the old and the<br />

sheer size of the new ones is another issue<br />

that has Wildwood residents concerned.<br />

Trash customers have already received the<br />

new trash cans, but the old ones have not<br />

been taken away yet. Those new containers<br />

include a 96-gallon can for trash and a<br />

64-gallon can for recycling. The haulers say<br />

that those extra-large cans may be exchanged<br />

for smaller ones.<br />

The city says the new providers will take<br />

away the old cans but it may take a few<br />

weeks. In the meantime, trash cans are piling<br />

up.<br />

According to Republic Service, recycling<br />

has seen market fluctuations over the years<br />

and the cost to collect and sort these materials<br />

has continued to rise as well.<br />

Nearly 80% of the Metro region uses<br />

Republic Service’s Materials Recovery<br />

Facility (MRF) in Hazelwood for recycling.<br />

Republic uses single-stream recycling, which<br />

collects material from residents and businesses<br />

that are bundled together and separated<br />

at the facility.<br />

The machines separate the plastics, glass,<br />

paper and cardboard; unused material is<br />

pulled out. But contamination can cause<br />

recovery rates to drop.<br />

According to Republic Services, throwing<br />

things like grocery bags, food-soiled<br />

items and other non-recyclable materials into<br />

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The public hearing for the Crestview project<br />

in Town Center brought out some supporters,<br />

along with the usual detractors. But<br />

it was the issue of a special escrow that was<br />

the most contentious issue.<br />

McBride Berra Land Company is proposing<br />

to build 91 detached single-family homes<br />

with full basements and two-car garages on<br />

17.3 acres on the north side of Crestview<br />

Drive between Market and Eatherton.<br />

While some residents are still dubious<br />

about the density of the project, residents<br />

along Crestview Drive are eager to sell their<br />

homes to McBride Berra Land Company.<br />

The Schmidt family has lived on the property<br />

for nearly 70 years.<br />

Karen Schmidt Nashnsen was speaking on<br />

behalf of her 98-year-old mother, who lives<br />

at the home on Crestview that the family<br />

built 68 years ago. She looks forward to the<br />

city moving this project forward so she can<br />

sell her property.<br />

Hope Redeker, speaking on behalf of her<br />

mother who has lived in the neighborhood<br />

for 50 years, also is in favor of the Crestview<br />

development though she says change is hard.<br />

“We’ve seen a lot of changes and like most<br />

people we don’t like change,” she began.<br />

“Our property used to go all the way to Hwy.<br />

100. We lost land when they came through<br />

and added lanes. We hated that change, but<br />

progress is good. We needed those lanes.<br />

They wanted to build Cambury (Square). We<br />

hated that change ... but progress is good.”<br />

She went on to say that bike paths were<br />

built and Main Street homes were added.<br />

“We understand the outrage from residents<br />

at the time,” she said. “It meant more homes<br />

being built, more traffic ... but the additional<br />

residents are needed to support businesses.<br />

We understand change is hard, but progress<br />

is good. We need this to happen.”<br />

Katherine Moore, counsel for McBride,<br />

said the new plan is a compromise as the<br />

developer has made significant changes,<br />

having gone from 134 down to 91 units and<br />

making standard two-car garages.<br />

“We see this as a unique opportunity to partner<br />

with the city and help finish Town Center<br />

and help extend and complete Main Street,”<br />

she said. “This is a brand-new product, never<br />

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Special escrow for Crestview Development<br />

has builder ‘nervous’ in Wildwood<br />

built by McBride, for Town Center.”<br />

Moore added that McBride would pay<br />

$245,000 for a Traffic Generation Assessment<br />

(TGA) fee for off-site road improvements,<br />

in addition to the improvements along<br />

Eatherton, and dedicating right-of-way along<br />

the future Main Street.<br />

“We’re contributing to the city’s street<br />

network in three different ways, one being<br />

financial, one in doing the work and investing<br />

financially, and one in the dedication, so<br />

the condition that says, ‘You might have to<br />

pay some other escrow amount,’ really does<br />

make us nervous,” Moore said.<br />

She noted that city council has the authority<br />

to waive an additional escrow.<br />

“We believe that’s appropriate here because<br />

we are contributing our fair share and our<br />

density has gone down by 43 units, so there’s<br />

no need for potential future escrow that has<br />

no cap on it,” she said.<br />

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

while McBride has an obligation of almost<br />

$250,000 through TGA fees, a “special”<br />

escrow has been established for improvements<br />

to Main Street. It would be in addition<br />

to the standard subdivision escrow set up to<br />

ensure completion of the subdivision.<br />

Since the engineering plan for the extension<br />

of Main Street has not been finalized, the<br />

department is not sure what portion would be<br />

McBride’s responsibility.<br />

Council members also had concerns about<br />

landscaping and ensuring that certain trees<br />

designated would remain.<br />

Moore responded that McBride would be<br />

preserving quite a bit of trees along the property<br />

boundaries on all sides and through the<br />

interior courtyards. Vujnich noted that trees<br />

would be removed for the detention center.<br />

Council member Rob Rambaud (Ward 6)<br />

said he was uncomfortable with the loss of<br />

trees and the drainage facilities. He noted that<br />

Wildwood is spending $1.5 million on the<br />

Village Green project and with the removal<br />

of trees, there would be a lack of screening<br />

along Crestview Drive.<br />

“This doesn’t say Wildwood to me and<br />

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beautiful Village Green,” he said.<br />

The council did a first reading on the rezoning<br />

of the property and an amendment to the<br />

regulating plan.<br />

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Maryville withdraws redevelopment plans for Woods Mill Center<br />

By SHWETHA SUNDARRAJAN<br />

After a year and a half of negotiations,<br />

Maryville University officials have withdrawn<br />

their plans for a massive redevelopment<br />

of the Woods Mill Center site in<br />

Town & Country.<br />

Maryville had originally proposed, in<br />

April 2022, building a 3,000-seat esports<br />

and events venue, a 400-bed residence hall,<br />

a 1,168-car garage and a mix of retail and<br />

restaurant space at the current Woods Mill<br />

Center, an 11.58-acre parcel at the intersection<br />

of South Woods Mill Road/South Outer<br />

40 and Woodlake Drive in Town & Country.<br />

However, that plan was amended in October<br />

2022, replacing the dorm with a hotel.<br />

The event venue capacity was decreased<br />

to 2,200 fixed seats with flexibility for an<br />

additional 600 temporary floor seats, and<br />

the parking structure was reduced to three<br />

levels with 774 parking spaces.<br />

In January 20<strong>23</strong>, the hotel was replaced<br />

with a single-story restaurant with the<br />

esports arena and parking structure<br />

remaining unchanged. The city’s Planning<br />

and Zoning Commission (P&Z) favorably<br />

recommended that plan to the city council.<br />

On Aug. 11, Town & Country’s City<br />

Administrator Bob Shelton said he was<br />

notified of Maryville’s decision<br />

not to move forward.<br />

“They were recommended by the<br />

Planning and Zoning Commission<br />

(P&Z), but in order to be approved<br />

by the Board of Aldermen, I think<br />

they were concerned it would not<br />

be approved,” Shelton said. “So<br />

they didn’t want to go through all<br />

the expense in an effort to not have<br />

to be approved.”<br />

Maryville’s decision comes as a<br />

win for Town & Country residents<br />

like Ted Hellman, who says they<br />

didn’t feel their concerns were being<br />

considered by city administration.<br />

“Frankly, we didn’t think they cared,”<br />

Hellman said, adding that he did support<br />

further redevelopment of Woods Mill Center.<br />

“We’re hoping now that this is dead there<br />

will be a more open process where multiple<br />

developers could present their ideas and<br />

there would be choices, rather than just this<br />

one bad choice, to be considered.”<br />

According to Shelton, the property is<br />

privately owned, so it’s up to the property<br />

owners to do something with the site.<br />

Hellman, who also serves as chair of<br />

the Woods Mill Center Redevelopment<br />

Association said they had nine reasons why<br />

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residents opposed the project that include<br />

concerns over the density of the redevelopment<br />

being too high for the site, the site’s<br />

conflict with city code, and concerns over<br />

increased traffic and noise, expansions of<br />

local roads and the addition of roundabout.<br />

He called the changes made to the project<br />

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“(They were) just to try to placate us,<br />

but there was no substantive change in the<br />

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He questioned why the university won’t<br />

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“They have 130 acres according<br />

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“At one point they estimated<br />

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While walking her dog, Belobraydich<br />

was approached by a woman along Kehrs<br />

Mill Trail, who asked if she could help at a<br />

nearby subdivision pool.<br />

“Honestly, I didn’t think it was an emergency<br />

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recalled. “Then, when she said someone<br />

was drowning, the first thing I did was<br />

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The person drowning was an 11-yearold<br />

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Belobraydich acted quickly to save her life.<br />

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“There were other people in the pool, but<br />

nobody was feeling comfortable to go get<br />

the girl at the bottom of the pool,” Coppin<br />

said. “Debra saw what needed to be done<br />

and didn’t hesitate. She jumped in and got<br />

the girl out of the pool. Not only that, (but)<br />

what impresses me the most was her ability<br />

to think through the logistics of what<br />

needed to happen next. She checked to<br />

make sure 911 was on the way. She made<br />

sure the ambulance went to the pool. She<br />

organized kids to be ready with the words,<br />

‘Don’t let the ambulance pass you! Stand<br />

in the street to let them know we are here.’<br />

“She also rolled the girl on her side to<br />

make sure the water came out from her<br />

mouth. She knew what to do to organize<br />

the people that were there. For somebody<br />

who is untrained, that’s incredible! Without<br />

a doubt, Debra is the reason that girl is<br />

alive today. There’s no question about that.”<br />

Ballwin Police Capt. Jon Bergfeld was in<br />

total agreement with Coppin’s assessment.<br />

“You hear all the time how citizens stand by<br />

and expect somebody else to take action, and<br />

a tragedy occurred because no one would do<br />

that,” Bergfeld said. “As Matt Coppin said,<br />

sometimes you just need a leader in those<br />

situations, and it’s the unknown heroes who<br />

will step forward and say, ‘Go wait for the<br />

ambulance or fire truck to show up.’”<br />

While presenting Belobraydich with her<br />

second plaque of the evening, Bergfeld<br />

added, “You are a role model to our citizens<br />

here. Because of your willingness to act, a<br />

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It was Mayor Tim Pogue’s honor to<br />

follow up with a proclamation from the<br />

city, after which laughter filled the room<br />

when it was questioned as to whether or not<br />

the Belobraydich family had enough wall<br />

space to sport all those honors.<br />

Coppin noted that, within a few days, the<br />

young girl walked out of the hospital in good<br />

health. He stressed that, contrary to popular<br />

opinion, it’s rarely apparent or obvious to<br />

bystanders when someone is drowning.<br />

He said drownings are silent events<br />

despite movies showing a person splashing<br />

around and yelling for help. When somebody<br />

is drowning, he said, they’re doing<br />

everything they can just to keep their head<br />

above water. So, they don’t have extra<br />

energy to splash around and yell for help.<br />

Debra Belobraydich with Ballwin Mayor<br />

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“As a fire department, we teach CPR, ‘Stop<br />

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said. “Also, everyone who graduates high<br />

school now has to have a CPR class. Metro<br />

<strong>West</strong>, Red Cross and American Heart offer<br />

them, too. There are lots of options to get<br />

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don’t know what I can do.’ But if it’s a bad<br />

situation, you’re not going to make it worse.<br />

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Belobraydich said the experience was<br />

overwhelming.<br />

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I feel like God was truly with me that day,<br />

and I’m so blessed that she’s OK. It’s nice<br />

to have a community that supports you like<br />

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A saying long attributed to John F. Kennedy<br />

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(District 2). It states: “One man can<br />

make a difference. Every man must try.”<br />

The message has perfectly described Stallmann’s<br />

fervor for aiding those with autism.<br />

Mark and his wife, Karen, met as students<br />

at UMSL and were married in 1985. Their<br />

son, Matthew, was born in 1989 and later<br />

diagnosed with non-verbal autism.<br />

According to the Centers for Disease<br />

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“It’s something that wasn’t understood<br />

for a really long time,” Stallmann said. “At<br />

first, they thought Matt was just delayed,<br />

then mentally retarded. Finally, when he was<br />

about 10, he was diagnosed with autism.”<br />

The couple subsequently headed various<br />

programs on the topic. It was also around that<br />

time that they became Ballwin residents and<br />

Matthew entered into the Rockwood School<br />

District.<br />

“Matthew started out at Kehr’s Mill Elementary<br />

... before continuing onto Crestview<br />

Middle School and Marquette. It wasn’t<br />

going very well,” Stallmann said.<br />

As an alternative to full-time public education,<br />

the family was directed to an independent<br />

school, called Giant Steps of St. Louis,<br />

for children and young adults with autism.<br />

“They were great, and I’ve been on that<br />

Board of Directors for about the last 10<br />

years,” Stallmann said.<br />

When Matt started at Giant Steps, it was<br />

located in part of the old <strong>West</strong>minster Christian<br />

Academy campus, after its purchase of<br />

the <strong>West</strong> County Tech building. Giant Steps<br />

is now located in Maplewood – ironically, in<br />

the former Concordia Lutheran grade school<br />

building where Stallmann once attended.<br />

When Matt aged out of education the Stallmanns<br />

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at the Center for Head Injury Services,<br />

now called Center for Specialized Services.<br />

The center began as a recovery program for<br />

individuals with traumatic brain injuries –<br />

some from birth and others from accidents.<br />

Matt has been attending the center since<br />

age 21. Stallmann now serves on its Board<br />

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“They train people for the job market<br />

with assisted employment,” Stallmann said,<br />

noting that job coaches help center participants<br />

obtain and maintain jobs. “Prior to the<br />

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to the food bank, he’d volunteer at the YMCA<br />

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was basically a screen with pictures, and he’d<br />

point to something he wanted. Then, we went<br />

to basically a touch screen computer where<br />

you’d push one button and it would say what<br />

he wanted. From there, we went to a more<br />

advanced computer like what his iPad does<br />

where it can be programmed for more specific<br />

choices. He can type some words and<br />

sentences and if you hold his elbow, he can<br />

spell out stuff he wants.”<br />

Matthew can’t drive and will never live<br />

independently. Stallmann said Matt will have<br />

to be in some kind of facility or group home<br />

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age 18, he said they faced bureaucratic issues<br />

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Stallmann is quick to give credit where<br />

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and the governing council selects the school<br />

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on the ballot, and was also active for SSD’s<br />

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From consolidated bus routes to outsourcing<br />

lawn services, public schools<br />

have become creative when it comes to<br />

making sure the school year runs smoothly.<br />

Parkway and Rockwood welcomed students<br />

back on Aug. 21 and while teaching<br />

positions are pretty well staffed, some<br />

support roles, such as custodians, child<br />

nutrition workers and bus drivers, are still<br />

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has 70 support staff vacancies and<br />

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and finish out their careers.<br />

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the COVID-19 pandemic, filling non-certified<br />

support staff positions has been<br />

a bigger challenge, much like filling<br />

other hourly pay job vacancies around<br />

the country.<br />

“It’s hard to just not be devastated<br />

all the time because it’s so hard to tell<br />

my people that are out on the ground,<br />

trying to do double work and trying<br />

to clean buildings with us being 70<br />

people short,” Neely said. “... we’re<br />

trying really hard to recruit.”<br />

Neely said Rockwood has held job<br />

fairs, offers a $1,500 referral bonus<br />

to current employees for certain positions<br />

and has raised the pay across the<br />

board for support staff members. But it’s<br />

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“You know, if I had an answer or a solution<br />

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people figured out how to live with one<br />

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“A lot of the part-time custodians that<br />

we hired are current staff members (serving)<br />

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part-time custodial. Then, we hired some<br />

students and that was really helpful.”<br />

(Source: RSD)<br />

Neely said the district, through Parkway<br />

Rockwood Community Ed, also began<br />

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For retention, Neely said the district likes<br />

to promote from within, especially with<br />

regard to nutrition services and custodians.<br />

“We try really hard to identify great candidates<br />

and mentor them in that direction,”<br />

Neely said. “There’s a lot of places for them<br />

to go. We have a ton of people who start as<br />

custodians and they go to leads and then<br />

they get a head position. All of our supervisors<br />

have come up to the ranks that way.”<br />

Starting pay for a child nutrition worker<br />

is $14 an hour. The cafeteria manager position<br />

starts at $17.40 per hour for elementary<br />

schools and is $18.65 per hour for secondary<br />

schools. Each cafeteria has one manager.<br />

The starting pay for custodians is $15.40<br />

per hour. However, custodians can be promoted<br />

to lead custodians, earning higher<br />

hourly wages.<br />

According to Neely, Rockwood’s bus<br />

drivers are the highest paid locally, starting<br />

at $18.92 per hour and topping out at<br />

$28.91 for more experienced drivers.<br />

Both custodians and bus drivers are<br />

union employees.<br />

Baugus said Parkway outsourced<br />

some services to ensure better staffing.<br />

All of the district’s cafeterias are<br />

catered by Chartwells and lawn service<br />

for the elementary schools is also<br />

outsourced. He said the district was<br />

looking at contracting out the cafeterias<br />

before the pandemic, but the lawn<br />

service is because of staffing issues.<br />

“The food service decision was more<br />

to become more efficient and effective<br />

with our operations, so having outsourced to<br />

Chartwells wasn’t a result of the pandemic,”<br />

Baugus said. “Outsourcing some of the<br />

grass and grounds work was a result of post-<br />

COVID and not having enough individuals<br />

that were applying for jobs and finding solutions<br />

to the problem of needing our grounds<br />

to be maintained.” Outsourcing also relieves<br />

some pressure on the understaffed grounds<br />

crews employed by Parkway.<br />

Rockwood support staff employee and<br />

mom of three, Elizabeth Lamb knows first<br />

hand the ups and downs of the pandemic.<br />

Lamb has been an employee for nine<br />

years, starting out in 2014 as a child nutrition<br />

worker in the cafeteria at Wildwood<br />

Middle. When she began the cafeteria had<br />

a staff of 10. After the pandemic she said<br />

there were only six. Lamb said the cafeteria<br />

had a high turnover rate before the pandemic,<br />

but after it was worse.<br />

“We had a great kitchen staff before the<br />

pandemic,” Lamb said. “Three staff mem-<br />

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bers didn’t come back because they had<br />

family members they needed to take care<br />

of and we were playing catch up since the<br />

pandemic. It’s a great fast paced job, but it<br />

just became too physically demanding for<br />

me when we were so short staffed.”<br />

Lamb decided to apply for a classroom<br />

assistant position at the school last school<br />

year and is happy with her new job.<br />

“I knew the classroom assistant job paid<br />

a little more and that I would qualify for it<br />

because I have a bachelor’s degree,” Lamb<br />

said. “I really like being a support to the<br />

teacher and working with students one or<br />

two at a time, helping them understand what<br />

it is the teacher is trying to teach them.”<br />

While working through the pandemic has<br />

had its challenges, Lamb said she would<br />

do it all again. The schedule for the former<br />

stay-at-mom was the draw.<br />

“My oldest had just started middle school<br />

and I still wanted to be home when my<br />

kids would be home from school,” Lamb<br />

explained. “I could drop off my younger<br />

two and then I’d be home before my oldest<br />

got off the bus. I only work when the kids<br />

have school and I’m off during the summer.”<br />

Lamb said even though she had a college<br />

degree, she also had a 12-year gap<br />

in her resume from when she decided to<br />

stay home with her kids. But really Lamb<br />

said the biggest draw was the schedule.<br />

She didn’t need daycare for her children<br />

because she only worked when they were<br />

in school. Another draw for Lamb is the<br />

people she works with and the students.<br />

“I adore the teachers who I work with,”<br />

Lamb said. “I love the office staff and the<br />

counselors. I can go talk to the counselors<br />

and say, ‘Hey, I’m noticing something going<br />

on with this kid, I just want to give you a<br />

heads up.’ It’s great to work with so many<br />

people who love these students. I think<br />

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By JULIANNA MEJIA<br />

Technology has wildly evolved in the last century, from<br />

large television screens that raised Generation X with “The<br />

Wonder Years” to devices that can perform basic household<br />

tasks with a single word. Everything has been affected by<br />

the evolution of technology, but as these tools have made<br />

their way to our fingertips, they’ve also entirely changed<br />

the way future generations interact with the world. How<br />

should parents respond to this change?<br />

In 2017, parents from Austin,Texas, created a movement<br />

called Wait Until 8th in response to the growing popularity<br />

of smartphones in primary schools. The movement asks<br />

parents to make a pledge not to give their children a smartphone<br />

until at least the eighth grade as long as 10 other<br />

parents in that community make the same pledge. The<br />

movement aims to avoid phone usage in adolescents while<br />

minimizing social pressures and has since had a national<br />

influence, amassing over 45,000 pledges.<br />

Denise Kung, a pediatrician at St. Louis Pediatric Associates,<br />

said she’s not sure if movements like Wait Until<br />

8th are entirely realistic for everyone’s standards, but the<br />

idea is absolutely necessary to break unhealthy habits that<br />

children form at a young age.<br />

“When you give a kid a phone and they’re on the phone<br />

all day long, is that good for them?” King asked. “Well,<br />

clearly not. So it’s a rather complex issue. There are pros,<br />

there are ways that can be very helpful. And there are ways<br />

it can be detrimental.<br />

“With some of the activities, especially gaming, you can<br />

play those sitting for hours. You’re not going to get up<br />

and go eat or go get exercise because you’re in the middle<br />

of the game, you don’t want to interrupt that. So that is<br />

not good for you. It [also] causes eye strain, definitely will<br />

lead to eye problems for kids.”<br />

But physical effects aren’t the only harm coming toward<br />

kids. Exposure to explicit content, worsened self-esteem, and<br />

a growing dependency on and early access to technology like<br />

smartphones can have a negative effect on social skills.<br />

“We have found that there’s definitely an uptick in anxiety<br />

and depression with more computer use. Part of it is<br />

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the pandemic, but a lot of it was going on before. And<br />

it’s that keeping up with other people phenomena, where<br />

some people use social media and the internet trying to<br />

constantly compare themselves to how other people are<br />

doing, you know, are they leading a better life than I am?<br />

Am I being left out? That constant comparing yourself to<br />

your peers, causes a lot of anxiety not just for kids but<br />

for adults also and it is correlated with having lower selfesteem,”<br />

Kung said.<br />

Kathryn Arnone is going into her third year as an assistant<br />

professor of curriculum and instruction in the College<br />

of Education and Human Services at Lindenwood University.<br />

As a professor, a previous elementary school teacher<br />

and a mom to two children under 13, Arnone has first-hand<br />

knowledge of the consequences.<br />

“When you have little ones who are in their formative<br />

years of just trying to develop those social skills, that can<br />

be really detrimental for them because social skills have to<br />

be practiced. If they’re spending all their time on these tech<br />

tools or gadgets, they’re not spending that time engaging<br />

in those social activities,” Arnone said.<br />

On the flip side, children are able to use technology to<br />

easily communicate with friends and family members,<br />

grow media literate and use technology as an educational<br />

tool, amongst other benefits. With smartphones, there also<br />

are definitive ways to block unwanted use.<br />

Sarah Leonard is a mom of three kids, aged 16, 14 and<br />

11. Because of concerns with overexposure and no real<br />

need to get phones, Leonard and her family have created<br />

different plans as to when each kid will be getting a phone.<br />

Her oldest wasn’t given a phone until he was 13 years old<br />

and was limited from social media and overusing apps<br />

through a cellphone contract.<br />

“As they began to be after school more for a play or an<br />

event or Student Council, we wanted them to have that<br />

communication tool. But [we] also recognized on the days<br />

that you don’t, you’re not taking (the phone) into school.<br />

Just because they got the phone, it did not become an<br />

always, all-the-time thing,” Leonard said.<br />

Over time, Leonard realized these limitations were more<br />

dependent on her kids’ personalities and the necessity for<br />

the phone. They also have a home phone that can be used<br />

via the internet but which has no phone number attached<br />

to it. Leonard’s youngest child uses that phone from time<br />

to time. While Leonard hasn’t made the pledge officially,<br />

she has decided to wait until around the Wait Until 8th age,<br />

around a 13-year-old threshold.<br />

“I love the Wait (Un)til 8th [pledge], especially with the<br />

mindset of our kids are not developmentally in a place<br />

where all of this needs to constantly be in their head until<br />

there is a higher level of maturity,” Leonard said. “I think<br />

that’s what parents need to learn; if you have to give your<br />

kid a phone, you don’t have to give them access to the<br />

internet, you don’t have to give them access to social<br />

media. You can lock it down so that it’s just a phone, just<br />

like we had when we were back in the day.”<br />

Though she understands there are factors that cause parents<br />

pressure, Leonard said she was once advised to “ride<br />

the wave” with her children as they got through middle<br />

school and matured to realize the limitations are for their<br />

own good, and she advises other parents to do the same.<br />

But what about the kids who feel pressured by their<br />

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allowed a phone until eighth grade because<br />

of affordability and their parent’s inability<br />

to see the need for it.<br />

“I felt really alienated because it was<br />

really weird not being able to text people<br />

and being asked, ‘Hey, what’s your phone<br />

number’ and saying ‘I don’t have a phone,’”<br />

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Regardless, Zamsky found ways to<br />

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By WARREN MAYES<br />

Legion baseball<br />

Eureka Post 177 players Carter Lewis<br />

and Ian Funk played for Team Missouri<br />

in the recent annual Missouri vs. Illinois<br />

Legion all-star game. The two seniors<br />

ended their high school careers by taking<br />

part in the game that was played at Busch<br />

Stadium.<br />

Team Missouri scored a 4-3 win in the<br />

annual Border War game.<br />

“Both kids were huge leaders this season<br />

on a team full of hard workers and talented<br />

ball players,” Eureka coach Noah Baker<br />

said. “Lewis was a bulldog all year on the<br />

mound and Funk anchored our pitching<br />

staff the entire summer behind the plate, as<br />

well as mentoring our younger players.<br />

“Top to bottom, I’m very pleased with<br />

how our guys came out this summer and<br />

can’t wait to implement some of the things<br />

that we tested this year.”<br />

Lewis, a starting pitcher, was called to<br />

pitch the fifth inning.<br />

“He looked dominant,” said Baker. “He<br />

struck out two and got a rollover grounder.”<br />

Lewis had a solid season for Eureka Post<br />

177. In 42 innings pitched covering seven<br />

starts, he posted a sparkling 6-1 record with<br />

an ERA of 0.98. He recorded 59 strikeouts<br />

opposed to only nine walks.<br />

Funk, a catcher, took a “great six-pitch<br />

walk in his first at-bat and then stung a pop<br />

out in his last at-bat,” Baker said.<br />

Funk will play for St. Louis Community<br />

College.<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 Zone 4 tournament, Eureka lost<br />

its first game 9-8 to Jackson. In the loser’s<br />

bracket, Post 177 scored an 8-1 victory<br />

over Kirkwood. Eureka then faced Rock<br />

Memorial Post 283 and was eliminated<br />

Carter Luft won the Eureka Post 177 American Legion Baseball<br />

scholarship. He will attend the University of Tennessee.<br />

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with a 5-2 loss.<br />

Post 177 finished its season with a 25-8<br />

record under Baker, who completed his<br />

third year leading the Legion squad.<br />

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Carter Luft, of Wildwood, is the 20<strong>23</strong><br />

recipient of the Eureka Post 177 college<br />

$1,000 scholarship.<br />

Luft was a four-year starter for the program<br />

and a leader on the field. A team captain,<br />

he broke his foot playing in a Eureka<br />

basketball camp that he was helping out<br />

with before the Zone 4 tournament began.<br />

He played first base and third and pitched<br />

some as well this season for Post 177.<br />

As a senior for the Wildcats last spring,<br />

Luft hit .357, drove in 18 runs and scored<br />

<strong>23</strong> runs. As a first baseman, he had just two<br />

errors. Eureka won the Suburban Conference<br />

Yellow pool for the second straight<br />

year and finished 32-4 overall. He will<br />

attend the University of Tennessee.<br />

Metro Collegiate Baseball<br />

The Bandits won the St. Louis Metro Collegiate<br />

Baseball’s Championship series over<br />

the Extreme in three straight games.<br />

The Bandits opened with a 6-4 win in the<br />

first game. They followed that with a 12-2<br />

win. The Bandits clinched the best-of-five<br />

series with a 1-0 victory in the third game.<br />

The winning pitcher for the deciding<br />

championship game was Cole Eggerding,<br />

who is going to Truman State. Zach<br />

Williams, of Pattonville, earned the save.<br />

Williams is going to<br />

Fontbonne University.<br />

The 20<strong>23</strong> League<br />

MVP was the Bandits’<br />

Mitchell Bonczkowski,<br />

who is going<br />

to the University of<br />

Missouri-St. Louis<br />

after playing at St.<br />

Louis Community<br />

College at Meramec.<br />

Bonczkowski, a<br />

Lindbergh graduate,<br />

batted .337 this<br />

summer with a leagueleading<br />

34 RBIs.<br />

That’s a whopping 14<br />

more RBIs than the<br />

No. 2 RBI man in the league. He was tied<br />

with Max Harris, a Marquette graduate who<br />

plays at Doane University, for first place in<br />

the league with 35 hits. Bonczkowski led<br />

the league in doubles with 10. He also hit<br />

three home runs.<br />

Fore State Championship<br />

Team Missouri, captained by Nancy Walther,<br />

finished second in the annual Fore<br />

State Championship.<br />

Team Missouri competed against female<br />

golfers from Oklahoma, Arkansas and<br />

Kansas at Cedar Ridge Country Club in<br />

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.<br />

Missouri finished with 14 points. Oklahoma<br />

came in first with 17.5 points. Kansas<br />

finished with 11.5 points, and Arkansas<br />

earned 5.<br />

Players are chosen to represent Missouri<br />

based on the Women’s Point List for the<br />

current year and prior year and how they<br />

finished in the MGA Women’s Amateur and<br />

Mid-Amateur and MGA Women’s Senior<br />

Amateur.<br />

In the Mid-Amateur Flight were Ellen<br />

Port, of St. Louis; Christie Blasi, of Ozark;<br />

Mindy Coyle, of Columbia; and Dee Johnson,<br />

of Perryville.<br />

In the Master Flight were Tina Jones, of<br />

Wildwood; Janis Clemens, of Sedalia; Barb<br />

Blankenship, of Jefferson City; and Stephany<br />

Powell, of Springfield.<br />

In the Amateur Flight were Kiser Pannier,<br />

of Sedalia who plays at Missouri State<br />

University; Taryn Overstreet, of Poplar<br />

Bluff who plays at Drury University; Ella<br />

Overstreet, of Poplar Bluff, who plays at<br />

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville;<br />

and Kyleigh Pfitzner, of Ozark, who plays<br />

at Missouri State University.<br />

Missouri Women’s<br />

Mid-Amateur<br />

Nine-time Missouri Women’s Amateur<br />

champion and reigning Women’s Mid-<br />

Amateur Champion Ellen Port won the<br />

Missouri Mid-Amateur champion for the<br />

second consecutive year. She shot a 2-over<br />

74 in the second and final round to win the<br />

tournament by two strokes. Over the course<br />

of the two rounds, she shot 4-over 148.<br />

Kallie Harrison, who plays out of Norwood<br />

Hills Country Club, came in second<br />

place behind Port with a two-day total<br />

of 150. In third place, Kathy Glennon, of<br />

Wildwood and the reigning Missouri Senior<br />

Amateur Champion, who shot a 9-over 153.<br />

Southern Junior Cup<br />

Team Missouri finished in second place<br />

at the 20<strong>23</strong> Southern Junior Cup Matches<br />

championship that was played at Dalhousie<br />

Golf Club in Cape Girardeau.<br />

Each year, teams of junior golfers from Missouri,<br />

Alabama and Arkansas compete for the<br />

title of Southern Junior Cup Champions. The<br />

Southern Junior Cup Matches is a Ryder Cupstyle<br />

match-play event. There are six boys and<br />

six girls representing Missouri. Two of the six<br />

girls on the team were from St. Louis.<br />

Due to excessive rain, the second day of<br />

play was canceled. Alabama claimed first<br />

with 15 points, Missouri took second with<br />

eight points, and Arkansas placed third with<br />

four points.<br />

Rylie Andrews recently graduated from<br />

St. Joseph’s Academy. She will be playing<br />

collegiately for Missouri State. She also<br />

competed in this year’s Women’s Amateur<br />

Championship and Junior Amateur Championship.<br />

KC Lenox, who will be a junior this fall<br />

at St. Joseph’s Academy, played in this<br />

year’s Junior Amateur Championship and<br />

Women’s Amateur Championship, where<br />

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to build on last season’s success<br />

By WARREN MAYES<br />

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Parkway Central’s DJ Burgess was<br />

born to run.<br />

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound senior rushed<br />

287 times for 1,713 yards and scored<br />

29 touchdowns last season. He also<br />

had three receptions for 77 yards and<br />

one touchdown. He was named to the<br />

first-team all-conference and all-district<br />

squads.<br />

This season, he expects to do even<br />

better.<br />

“Honestly, I think I’m the best in the<br />

state of Missouri,” Burgess said. “I’ve<br />

had a lot of growth with me being in the<br />

best shape in my life and me bringing a<br />

more elusive style into my game nobody<br />

can stop me.”<br />

He played a big role in helping the<br />

Colts to a nine-win campaign last season<br />

that resulted in Parkway Central scoring<br />

its first district title since 2017.<br />

“Last season I showed everybody that I<br />

can really play ball,” Burgess said. “The<br />

team allowed me to put up the numbers<br />

I had and we had a lot of success doing<br />

that. I had a lot of fun with my team. Now<br />

it’s time to get in the lab to be better this<br />

season.”<br />

That’s music to coach Ryan King’s ears.<br />

“DJ had a great junior season. He, along<br />

with our offensive line, was the rock of our<br />

offense and provided much of our success<br />

offensively,” King said. “His ability to see<br />

holes and finish runs helped us possess the<br />

football, which helps both our defense and<br />

special teams.<br />

“Being able to run the ball effectively<br />

helps not only the offense but all phases<br />

of the game. We were able to control the<br />

tempo of the game and keep the ball in our<br />

offense’s hands because of our run game.<br />

This helped rest our defense and use the<br />

clock in the fourth quarter to finish out<br />

games.”<br />

Burgess’ numbers were eye-popping.<br />

The Colts program has had many talented<br />

running backs over the years. He was fifth<br />

in yards gained and ranked fourth in touchdowns<br />

in a season.<br />

He ran for 319 yards on 39 carries<br />

and scored three touchdowns in a win at<br />

McCluer North.<br />

“I had a great game,” Burgess said.<br />

King is pleased to have Burgess back for<br />

another season.<br />

“DJ is a hard running, power back with<br />

good vision who understands the game of<br />

football,” King said. “It usually takes more<br />

than one defender to get him to the ground.<br />

He also has good hands and will be utilized<br />

more in the passing game his senior year.<br />

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“I see DJ building on his success from<br />

last year. He has worked to get faster. I<br />

think he will have more chances in the<br />

passing game as that was not an area where<br />

he was used on offense last year.”<br />

Burgess knows he does not gain his<br />

yards alone.<br />

“My line contributed a lot to my success,”<br />

Burgess said. “They opened a hole for me<br />

to find and it’s just up to me to hit it.”<br />

Sometimes, he had to improvise on the<br />

field, which was a key learning point for<br />

him.<br />

“I had to understand that sometimes there<br />

is no hole so I have to lower my shoulders<br />

and make one,” Burgess said. “It always<br />

takes more than their No. 1 defender to<br />

take me down. I run hard and when I get<br />

going it’s really hard to stop me.”<br />

King gives credit to Burgess and the<br />

team’s veteran offensive line.<br />

“Our line did a great job of executing<br />

their blocking assignments and DJ was<br />

able to find holes and finish runs down the<br />

field,” King said. “We had to get a bit creative<br />

and use different formations to help<br />

us get a numbers advantage when teams<br />

loaded up the box.<br />

“With defenses focused on DJ, it allowed<br />

our play action passing game to open up.”<br />

Burgess can absorb whatever a defense<br />

can dish out.<br />

“I have had big hits but they make me<br />

nothing but stronger,” Burgess said.<br />

King marvels at Burgess’ ability to<br />

handle a heavy workload.<br />

“DJ is a back you can hand the ball to<br />

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complain about the load,” King said. “Last<br />

year, we could count on him down the<br />

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By WARREN MAYES<br />

Ahead of the high school football season,<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> reached out to area<br />

coaches and asked them to share their<br />

insights about their top players. Here’s<br />

a look at who each coach chose with the<br />

teams listed in alphabetical order.<br />

CBC CADETS<br />

Coach: Scott Pingel<br />

2022 record: 13.1 Metro Catholic: 4-0.<br />

Class 6 state champs with 35-28 victory<br />

over Lee’s Summit North.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Jeremiah McClellan: 6-foot-1, 190-pound<br />

senior wide receiver. 61 receptions, 1,103<br />

yards and 13 touchdowns. Averaged 18.1<br />

yards per catch. Rushed 29 times for 300<br />

yards. Voted first team all conference, all district<br />

and all state. Committed to Ohio State.<br />

“Jeremiah is unique athlete,” coach<br />

Scott Pingel said. “He played receiver,<br />

outside linebacker and wildcat quarterback<br />

for us. He’ll play corner as well. He knows<br />

how to get open and how to tackle. He is<br />

just a really good football player.”<br />

Bryce Parson: 6-foot-2, 285-pound<br />

senior left tackle. Voted first team all conference,<br />

all district and all state. Committed<br />

to the University of Ohio.<br />

“Bryce is a unique guy. He will be a<br />

four-year starter at left tackle,” Pingel said.<br />

“I’ve never had one before do that. It’s a<br />

pretty impressive spot for a young guy.<br />

He’s got great feet and moves well. I think<br />

he’s the best I’ve ever had.”<br />

Doreon Dubose: 6-foot, 160-pound<br />

senior cornerback. Recorded 51 tackles<br />

including five tackles for loss last season.<br />

Voted all conference and all district. Committed<br />

to Illinois State.<br />

“He’s just a great shutdown corner,”<br />

Pingel said. “He can shut you down or get<br />

in your face. He plays off man and does a<br />

great job. We’ll look at him at receiver as<br />

well this year.”<br />

Corey Simms: 6-foot-4, 175-pound<br />

junior receiver. Had 32 catches for 446<br />

yards and four touchdowns last season.<br />

“Corey compliments Jeremiah really<br />

well. He’s a good route runner,” Pingel<br />

said. “He’s a great blocker. We will look<br />

at him as a safety as well. He’s a heck of<br />

a football player, who is getting a lot of<br />

Power 5 offers.”<br />

Tristan Abram: 6-foot-3, 220-pound<br />

junior defensive end and outside linebacker.<br />

“He was a guy who didn’t get eligible<br />

until late in the year,” Pingel said. “He’s<br />

very strong, very athletic. He’ll be one of<br />

those guys who will have a breakout year<br />

for us. He has just had to wait his turn.”<br />

Jared Stewart: 5-foot-7, 170-pound<br />

senior receiver. Had 17 catches for 155<br />

yards and two touchdowns last season.<br />

“Jared played at wideout last year for us<br />

and he will play running back and wideout<br />

this year,” Pingel said. ”He’s a spark plug.<br />

Jared is very effective in the run game and<br />

passing game. We will play him all over<br />

the place. He’s a multiple tool player. He<br />

can do it all.”<br />

CHAMINADE RED DEVILS<br />

Coach: Antoine Torrey<br />

2022 record: 3-7. Metro Catholic: 1-3.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Madden Irving: 5-foot-9 195-pound<br />

junior running back. Voted first team allconference<br />

as a sophomore. Rushed for<br />

1,335 on 198 carries with seven touchdowns.<br />

He also added 21 receptions for<br />

224 yards. With his excellent academic<br />

profile, he has interest from several schools,<br />

including Stanford, according to Torrey.<br />

“Madden is a three-sport athlete and is<br />

our leader on and off the field, always first<br />

on the field and last to leave,” Torrey said.<br />

Jordan Wallace: 6-foot-1. 200-pound<br />

junior linebacker/tight end. Was second<br />

on the team in sacks with four last season.<br />

Had 29 tackles. A second-team all-conference<br />

defensive end.<br />

Jackson Otto: 6-foot, <strong>23</strong>0-pound senior<br />

tight end. He has picked up two offers this<br />

summer from Rhodes College and Beloit<br />

College.<br />

Kyle Russell: 6-foot-1, 265-pound senior<br />

offensive guard/defensive tackle. A three<br />

year starter. Was a second team all-conference<br />

defensive lineman.<br />

Hayden Falk: 6-foot-4, 290-pound senior<br />

offensive tackle/defensive end. A two-year<br />

starter. Was a second team all-conference<br />

offensive lineman.<br />

DE SMET JESUIT SPARTANS<br />

Coach: John Merritt<br />

2022 record: 7-6. Metro Catholic: 3-1.<br />

Lost 33-6 to Lee’s Summit North in the<br />

Class 6 semifinals.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Caleb Redd: 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior<br />

defensive end. Recorded a state-leading<br />

21 sacks along with 63 tackles last season.<br />

All-conference, all state and academic allstate.<br />

Committed to Kentucky.<br />

“Caleb is fast, physical (and) impossible<br />

to block,” Merritt said. “He impacts every<br />

game we play.”<br />

Mike Phillips: 5-foot-11, 265-pound<br />

senior defensive tackle. Last season, had<br />

five sacks and 32 tackles. Voted all conference<br />

and all district. Also, a three-time<br />

all-state shot putter in track and field.<br />

Committed to Indiana State.<br />

“He’s explosive on the line of scrimmage,”<br />

Merritt said. “He demands double<br />

teams and controls the game.”<br />

Jason King: 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior<br />

linebacker. Had a team-leading 90 tackles<br />

along with two sacks and two interceptions<br />

last season. Voted all conference and all district.<br />

Has offers from Missouri, Kentucky,<br />

Miami of Ohio, Kent State and Ball State.<br />

“He’s fast and fearless,” Merritt said. “He<br />

has tremendous instincts in the run game.<br />

He’s a sure tackler with high football IQ.”<br />

Ashton Phillips: A 6-foot-1, 220-pound<br />

senior linebacker. Had 58 tackles, two<br />

sacks and an intercepton last season. He<br />

was all conference and academic all state.<br />

He has offers to Valparasio, McKendree<br />

and Benedictine College.<br />

“He’s a dominant tackler in the interior,”<br />

Merritt said. “He gives us tremendous leadership<br />

on the defensive side of the ball.”<br />

Mason Skornia: 6-foot-4, 220-pound<br />

senior tight end. Caught 14 passes for <strong>23</strong>5<br />

yards and two touchdowns last season. Was<br />

all conference and academic all state. He<br />

has an offer from Lindenwood.<br />

“He’s a big target in pass game,” Merritt<br />

said. “He is an outstanding blocker. He’s a<br />

tough and hard-nosed player.”<br />

DJ White: 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior<br />

running back. Had 729 total yards last year.<br />

He rushed 86 times for 600 yards (7.0 average)<br />

with five touchdowns.<br />

“He’s a shifty and elusive runner,” Merritt<br />

said. “He has deceptive strength and<br />

power for his size.”<br />

EUREKA WILDCATS<br />

Coach: Jacob Sumner<br />

2022 record: 9-2. Suburban Conference<br />

Yellow Pool: 5-0.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Drew Swingle: 6-foot-4, 285-pound<br />

offensive lineman. Will be a three-year<br />

starter on the offensive line. Voted all conference<br />

and all district. He has committed<br />

to Lindenwood.<br />

“He will be a team leader,” Sumner said.<br />

Allen Brown. 6-foot-1, 180-pound athlete/wide<br />

receiver/defensive back. Will be<br />

a three-year starter. Voted all conference,<br />

all district and all state as a defensive back.<br />

He has several FCS offers.<br />

“He’s an explosive returner,” Sumner<br />

said.<br />

Aidan Crews: 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior<br />

wide receiver/defensive back. A two-year<br />

starter. Committed to Illinois State.<br />

Ryan Thornhill. 6-foot, 195-pound<br />

senior outside linebacker. Led the team in<br />

tackles last season with 84 tackles. He also<br />

had five sacks. Voted all conference and<br />

all district. He’s a three state qualifier in<br />

wrestling.<br />

“Ryan is a team leader and brings energy<br />

for our team,” Sumner said.<br />

Sumner also added other returners to<br />

note are Micheal Hotop, a senior defensive<br />

back; Josh <strong>West</strong>, a senior defensive back;<br />

and Eli Craft, a senior offensive lineman.<br />

Two young talents to watch for are junior<br />

Jack Lange and junior Larry Reed.<br />

LAFAYETTE LANCERS<br />

Coach: Boyd Manne<br />

2022 record: 7-4. Suburban Conference<br />

Red Pool: 3-1.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Andrew Wier: Senior nose guard.<br />

Recorded 74 tackles and 10 sacks. Voted<br />

first team all conference,<br />

“Andrew gets things going on our<br />

defense,” coach Manne said. “He is a state<br />

runner up in wrestling as well as one of our<br />

best defensive players in the state. He has<br />

a great motor and is quick off the ball. He<br />

loves to compete.”<br />

Zae Jones: Senior wide receiver/defensive<br />

back/punt returner/kick returner/athlete.<br />

Voted first team all conference and all<br />

district.<br />

He set single season school record for<br />

receptions with 62 catches. Had 10 receiving<br />

touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns<br />

and six passing touchdowns.<br />

“Zae is a tremendous football player,”<br />

Manne said. “He has great ability in open<br />

space with or without the ball. He plays a<br />

variety of positions for us and, in my opinion,<br />

is one of the top players in the state.”<br />

Jack Behl: Junior quarterback. He threw<br />

for 2,570 yards and 25 touchdowns. He set<br />

a single season passing yardage record in<br />

school history.<br />

“Jack is a great student of the game,”<br />

Manne said. “He has great game management<br />

skills, knowledge of the offense, and<br />

loves to throw the football.”<br />

Robby Preckel: Junior wide receiver/<br />

outside linebacker.<br />

“Robby will play both sides of the ball<br />

for us,” Manne said. “He was a two-way<br />

starter for us last year and has done a<br />

tremendous job for our program with his<br />

leadership skills and work ethic on and off<br />

the field.”<br />

On the offensive line, Manne said to<br />

watch center Bradley Ambrose, right guard<br />

Jackson Pasley, and right tackle Garrett<br />

Jackson, who are all three-year starters.<br />

The line also will have left tackle Drew<br />

Kitchen and left guard Gavin Shelton.<br />

MARQUETTE MUSTANGS<br />

Coach: Michael Stewart<br />

2022 record: 10-2. Suburban Conference<br />

Yellow Pool: 4-1.


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Players to watch this season:<br />

Brian Fitzmaurice: 5-foot-11, 190-pound<br />

senior linebacker/safety. Voted first team<br />

all-conference and first team all-district.<br />

He has offers from Butler and Valparaiso.<br />

“Brian is a versatile player who excels<br />

in both linebacker and safety positions,”<br />

Stewart said. “His impressive performance<br />

earned him recognition as a first team<br />

all-conference and first team all-district<br />

player.”<br />

Ryan Mitchell: 6-foot-3, 300-pound<br />

senior offensive tackle. Voted first team<br />

all-conference and first team all-district.<br />

Was a team captain. He helped contribute<br />

to a team total of 4,606 yards. He has offers<br />

from Air Force, Missouri State and Illinois<br />

State.<br />

“Ryan is a dominant force on the offensive<br />

line, particularly as a tackle,” Stewart<br />

said. “His size and skill have made him<br />

an integral part of the team’s success, as<br />

evidenced by his captaincy and multiple<br />

accolades. His contributions have helped<br />

the team achieve an impressive total offensive<br />

yardage.”<br />

Justin Jackson: 5-foot-11, 190-pound<br />

senior running back. He carried the ball<br />

160 times for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns.<br />

Voted first team all-conference.<br />

“Justin is a skilled running back known<br />

for his agility and ability to gain significant<br />

yardage,” Stewart said. “He has made an<br />

impact with 1,124 rushing yards and nine<br />

touchdowns, earning him a spot on the first<br />

team all-conference list. His performances<br />

on the field showcase his talent and dedication<br />

to the sport.”<br />

Nick Miller: 6-foot, 185-pound senior<br />

safety/quarterback. Last year, he recorded<br />

37 total tackles along with two interceptions,<br />

one forced fumble and two fumble<br />

recoveries. Voted first team all-conference.<br />

“Nick Miller is a versatile player who<br />

contributes both as a safety and a quarterback,”<br />

Stewart said. “He showcases his<br />

defensive prowess and his standout performances<br />

have earned him recognition as a<br />

first team all-conference player, reflecting<br />

his impact on the field.”<br />

MICDS RAMS<br />

Coach: Fred Bouchard<br />

2022 record: 11-2. Metro League: 4-1.<br />

Class 4 District 3 champs. Lost Class 5<br />

quarterfinal game 14-10 to Cape Girardeau<br />

Central. Progarm was a quarterfinalist in<br />

the first year of ever being Class 5 due to a<br />

two class bump by MSHSAA’s Championship<br />

Factor. MICDS is the first school to<br />

receive a two-step bump to win a district<br />

championship.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Carter Enyard: 6-foot-2, 220-pound<br />

senior linebacker/tight end. Recorded 67<br />

total tackles including eight sacks and<br />

added two interceptions last season. Committed<br />

to Kent State.<br />

“Carter has been all-district linebacker<br />

the past two seasons and tied for the team<br />

lead in sacks last year,” Bouchard said.<br />

“He continues to work hard to improve his<br />

football skills and will likely get the opportunity<br />

to display those skills on offense this<br />

season as a tight end and H-Back. He’s<br />

been a defensive anchor for the past two<br />

seasons in a stretch where the Rams have<br />

won <strong>23</strong> games.”<br />

Davis Schukar: 6-foot-4, 270-pound<br />

senior offensive lineman/defensive lineman.<br />

“Davis has earned all-district accolades<br />

the past two seasons as a left tackle for the<br />

Rams. In addition, he earned academic allstate<br />

for his work on the field and in the<br />

classroom,” Bouchard said. “For a guy<br />

of his size, he has quick feet and does an<br />

excellent job pulling and engaging second<br />

and third level defenders. He has been a<br />

key cog on an offense that averaged 45 and<br />

44 points per game the past two seasons.<br />

He has multiple D-1 offers, including from<br />

all three of the military academies, and is<br />

in the process of narrowing his choices<br />

down in the next month.”<br />

Luke Allgeyer: 6-foot-6, 270-pound<br />

junior offensive lineman/defensive lineman.<br />

Had 89 total tackles and tied for the<br />

team lead in sacks with eight. He also had<br />

15 tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries.<br />

“Luke earned second team all-state<br />

honors as a sophomore last season after<br />

garnering all-district as a freshman the year<br />

before. He approaches the game of football<br />

exactly the way any coach would want,”<br />

Bouchard said. “His work ethic and his<br />

effort on each and every play is extraordinary<br />

and it shows on the field. He received<br />

multiple D-1 offers last spring and this<br />

summer and is being tracked by the best<br />

schools in the country. He is among the top<br />

ranked lineman for the Class of 2025 by<br />

recruiting services.”<br />

Brian Gould: 6-foot, 190-pound junior<br />

quarterback. Completed 79 of 138 passes<br />

as a sophomore last season for 1,194 yards<br />

and 11 touchdowns. Earned all-conference<br />

honors as both a quarterback and punter.<br />

Also named academic all-state.<br />

“His size and his speed have improved<br />

noticeably from last season and he has<br />

some explosive young receivers in Gabe<br />

Weaver, Graham Faust and Henry Rohan<br />

to amp up those numbers,” Bouchard<br />

said. “Brian’s accuracy and arm strength<br />

have always been excellent and his ability<br />

to command a huddle will continue to<br />

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games as a starter under his belt. He is a<br />

high end baseball player who has a number<br />

of D-1 suitors at this time.”<br />

Peyton Simon: 6-foot-1, 215-pound<br />

junior linebacker/tight end. Finished<br />

second on team with 110 total tackles that<br />

included eight sacks. Earned all-conference<br />

honors.<br />

“Peyton had an outstanding sophomore<br />

season,” Bouchard said. “His football IQ<br />

is off the charts and the coaching staff concludes<br />

he literally could play any position<br />

on the field successfully if given a week to<br />

prepare. His play recognition and processing<br />

is so fast that it always puts him around<br />

the ball. The offensive coaches always<br />

accuse him of listening to the offense<br />

during practice and then when we review<br />

film, we see it’s just his ability to read a<br />

play exceptionally fast that puts him in a<br />

great position.”<br />

PARKWAY CENTRAL COLTS<br />

Coach: Ryan King.<br />

2022 record: 9-3. Suburban Conference<br />

Green Pool: 4-1. Lost 29-0 in Class<br />

4 quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up<br />

St. Dominic.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

DJ Burgess: 5-foot-8, 190-pound senior<br />

running back. Rushed for 1,713 yards and<br />

scored 27 rushing TDs on 287 attempts.<br />

Had three receptions for 77 yards and one<br />

touchdown. Named first team all conference<br />

and all district.<br />

“DJ is a hard running, power back with<br />

good vision who understands the game of<br />

football,” King said. “It usually takes more<br />

than one defender to get him to the ground.<br />

He has good hands and will be utilized<br />

more in the passing game his senior year.”<br />

Connor Lander: 5-foot-10, 160-pound<br />

senior punter/kicker. Had 32 punts for<br />

1,207 yards and a 37.7 average. Averaged<br />

55 yards per kick on kickoffs. Made 40<br />

extra points and four field goals last year.<br />

Named first team all-conference punter,<br />

second team all-conference kicker and<br />

second team all-state punter. Has interests<br />

from some D2 schools including Quincy<br />

and Central Missouri.<br />

“Connor has developed into one of the<br />

best punters in the area,” King said. “He<br />

has developed a strong leg with great technique.”<br />

Caleb Mues: 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior<br />

defensive end. Had 69 tackles, 11 tackles<br />

for loss and four sacks. Named to secondteam<br />

all conference and all district teams.<br />

“Caleb is a long defensive end who is<br />

difficult to block,” King said. “He gained<br />

valuable experience last year and I expect<br />

him to have a breakout year at defensive<br />

end.”<br />

Marvell Vails: 5-foot-10, 155-pound<br />

senior linebacker/defensive back. Had 60<br />

tackles, four tackles for loss and two interceptions.<br />

Named to second-team all conference<br />

and all district teams.<br />

“Marvel has great football instincts on<br />

defense, and coupled with his athleticism<br />

and speed, make him one of our top returning<br />

defenders,” King said.<br />

Sam Sailors: 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior<br />

quarterback. Completed 28 of 69 passes<br />

for 482 yards and eight touchdowns. Had<br />

four interceptions. Rushed for 79 yards on<br />

22 attempts for a touchdown. Named to<br />

second-team all conference and all district<br />

teams.<br />

“Sam was the leader of our offense last<br />

year and will be again this year,” King said.<br />

“He is a competitor who will have more<br />

chances with the ball in his hand this year.”<br />

PARKWAY NORTH VIKINGS<br />

Coach: Karl Odenwald<br />

2022 record: 6-5. Suburban Conference<br />

Green Pool: 3-2.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Keylan Mitchell: 6-foot-3, 255-pound<br />

senior linebacker/tight end. Had 103 total<br />

tackles including 13 tackles for loss. Had<br />

two interceptions and scored a touchdown.<br />

He is a two-time all conference and a twotime<br />

all-state linebacker.<br />

“Keylan returns as a three-year starter at<br />

linebacker for Parkway North,” Odenwald<br />

said. “We expect him to be the leader of our<br />

defense. For as big as he is, he is a great<br />

athlete with several D-I and D-II schools<br />

interested in him at this point.”<br />

Anthony Tompson: 6-foot, 270-pound<br />

defensive tackle/offensive lineman. A twotime<br />

all conference defensive lineman.<br />

Had 14 tackles for a loss and recorded six<br />

sacks last year.<br />

“Anthony will be a three-year starter on<br />

the defensive line,” Odenwald said. “He<br />

has amassed 19 sacks over the past two<br />

seasons and is within reach of the school<br />

record in 20<strong>23</strong>. Going into his senior year<br />

we are expecting him to take on a larger<br />

leadership role. Several D-I and D-II<br />

schools have expressed interest in him.”<br />

Messiah Smith: 5-foot-10, 170-pound<br />

junior running back. Rushed for 9<strong>23</strong> yards<br />

on 131 attempts and five touchdowns.<br />

“Messiah is looking to build on a productive<br />

sophomore season in 2022 where he<br />

rushed for 9<strong>23</strong> yards for an average of 7<br />

yards a carry,” Odenwald said. “He will<br />

be our feature back this season. We are<br />

expecting him to carry the load in the rushing<br />

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in our team’s success. He’s a great teammate<br />

and one of our hardest workers.”<br />

Henry Mohrmann: 6-foot-4, 195-pound<br />

senior tight end/linebacker. Caught nine<br />

passes for 177 yards and scored two touchdowns.<br />

Was a first-team all-conference<br />

tight end last season.<br />

“This season will be a breakout year for<br />

Henry,” Odenwald said. “We expect our<br />

passing game to improve significantly and<br />

that will allow Henry more opportunities to<br />

have the ball in his hands. In addition to his<br />

ability to catch passes, he is an excellent<br />

run blocker. He will also be a major part<br />

of our defense, moving inside and playing<br />

linebacker this season. He has had a<br />

great summer and is excited about what’s<br />

in store for his senior season. He currently<br />

has several D-I and D-II schools that have<br />

expressed interest in recruiting him.”<br />

Sam Boydston: 6-foot-2, 170-pound<br />

quarterback. Threw for 830 yards and six<br />

touchdowns in six games last fall.<br />

“This season will be Sam’s first season<br />

as the full-time starter for Parkway North<br />

after sharing time with Quaran Williams<br />

in 2022,” Odenwald said. “Our offense<br />

should be more balanced with him under<br />

center than we have been in the past. He<br />

has had a good summer and we are confident<br />

that he will continue to improve as the<br />

season progresses. He will be an integral<br />

part of our team’s success in 20<strong>23</strong>. If he<br />

plays well, our team will play well.”<br />

PARKWAY SOUTH PATRIOTS<br />

Coach: John Heath<br />

2022 record: 5-5. Suburban Conference<br />

Orange Pool: 3-2.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Eddie Ahearn: 6-foot-2, 215-pound<br />

senior quarterback. Earned honorable mention<br />

all-conference as a first-year starter.<br />

Threw for more than 1,000 yards and seven<br />

touchdowns.<br />

“Eddie did a fantastic job of learning a<br />

new offense last season,” Heath said. “He<br />

leads by example and makes sure he puts<br />

in the time and effort on and off the field to<br />

help his team be successful. Coming into<br />

his senior season with knowing the offense<br />

he will no doubt be a critical part of our<br />

overall success as a team.”<br />

Elliott Murphy: 6-0, 185-pound junior<br />

linebacker. Earned first team all conference<br />

recognition. Recorded 61 tackles and<br />

30 assisted tackles.<br />

“Elliott is a very instinctive player that<br />

had a breakout season for us last year,”<br />

Heath said. “He is a strong component of<br />

our defense.”<br />

Danny Morrow: 5-foot-9, 227-pound<br />

senior lineman. Earning honorable mention<br />

all conference honors.<br />

“Danny will anchor the offensive line for<br />

the Patriots,” Heath said. “He is a strong,<br />

athletic, smart player who will be a big part<br />

of the offensive line.”<br />

Adrian Pena: 5-foot-7, 180-pound senior<br />

linebacker. Finished with 62 tackles and a<br />

sack. Earned second team all-conference<br />

honors.<br />

“Adrian is a physical player that loves<br />

contact and is a great teammate,” Heath<br />

said. “We are looking forward to seeing<br />

Adrian and Elliot lining alongside each<br />

other on the defensive side.”<br />

August Johansen: 6-foot-2, 190-pound<br />

junior defensive end.<br />

“August had a shortened season due to<br />

injury,” Heath said. “He has been working<br />

hard after the injury to prepare for this<br />

season. He has a relentless motor and the<br />

coaches have liked what they have seen<br />

this summer.”<br />

Dashon Davis: 6-foot-1, 175-pound<br />

junior wide receiver. Had 16 catches for<br />

148 yards and two touchdowns.<br />

“Dashon, with limited action as a sophomore<br />

on the varsity level, made an impression,”<br />

Heath said. “This offseason he has<br />

had a strong focus on the details of the<br />

position. The staff is very excited to see<br />

what he can do with a full season of varsity<br />

football.”<br />

PARKWAY WEST LONGHORNS<br />

Coach: Jeff Duncan<br />

2022 record: 6-5. Suburban Conference<br />

Green Pool: 2-3.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Joseph Federer: 5-foot-10, 190-pound<br />

senior quarterback. Passed for 1,736 yards<br />

and 18 touchdowns. He also rushed for<br />

1,008 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.<br />

“Last season, Joseph was an all-conference<br />

and all-district performer and we<br />

expect a big season for him this year,”<br />

Duncan said.<br />

Trenton Livingston: 5-foot-11, 180-<br />

pound senior running back/defensive back.<br />

Last season, he rushed for 644 yards and<br />

scored nine touchdowns. He also had 31<br />

receptions for 550 yards and eight touchdowns<br />

receiving. As a defensive back, he<br />

had 30 tackles, one interception and two<br />

fumble recoveries. Was an all-conference<br />

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“Trenton is an explosive football player<br />

and is a threat to score in the run and pass<br />

game,” Duncan said.<br />

Chase Haun: 6-foot-4, 180-pound senior<br />

linebacker. Had 79 tackles and five interceptions.<br />

Was awarded all-conference<br />

honors.<br />

“He will lead our defense and special<br />

teams this year and we expect a big year<br />

from Chase,” Duncan said.<br />

PRINCIPIA PANTHERS<br />

Coach: Shawn Brown<br />

2022 record: 2-7. 0-1 in Metro League.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Rodrigo Reyes: 6-foot-2, 200-pound<br />

senior offensive and defensive linemen.<br />

“Rigo is known for his leadership and<br />

effort that he brings to the team,” Brown<br />

said. “Rigo is the perfect example of a<br />

team player, doing whatever is necessary<br />

for the betterment of his teammates.”<br />

Magnus Needham: 6-foot-2, 190-pound<br />

junior middle linebacker and running back.<br />

“He led the team in receptions as a tight<br />

end last year, but makes the transition to the<br />

backfield this year,” Brown said. “Magnus<br />

is a physical downhill runner, with solid<br />

speed. Magnus is one of our team leaders,<br />

ready to put in the extra work for the team.”<br />

PRIORY RAVENS<br />

Coach: Jake Parent<br />

2022 record: 7-4. Metro League: 4-1.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Drew Flaherty: 6-foot-8, 205-pound<br />

senior offensive and defensive tackle.<br />

Offers from Dartmouth had Valparaiso.<br />

Other schools are interested.<br />

“Drew has worked very hard this offseason<br />

to improve his strength, agility, and<br />

overall athleticism,” Parent said. “It will<br />

be exciting to see him move some people<br />

off the ball this year.”<br />

Nolan Glaus: 6-foot-2, 275-pound center/<br />

defensive tackle. Offers from Valparaiso,<br />

Butler and Benedictine.<br />

“Nolan is coming off an injury last year<br />

and has worked very hard to get back into<br />

the thick of things this year,” Parent said.<br />

“He will be the center of an experienced<br />

offensive and defensive line.”<br />

Jack Carr: 5-foot-10, 220-pound senior<br />

offensive guard/defensive tackle.<br />

“He’s a senior captain that leads by<br />

example,” Parent said. “He’s a versatile<br />

player who has played every line position<br />

on offense and defense. He works hard to<br />

make himself and the team better every<br />

day.”<br />

Jack Jung: 5-foot-9, 165-pound senior<br />

wide receiver/defensive back.<br />

“Jack’s a senior captain who started at<br />

corner last season,” Parent said. “He’s<br />

expected to also contribute on offense as a<br />

receiver. He has good ball skills and speed.”<br />

SUMMIT FALCONS<br />

Coach: Eric Stewart<br />

2022 record: 10-2. Suburban Conference<br />

Green Pool: 5-0. Lost district championship<br />

game 49-3 to eventual Class 4 state<br />

champion St. Mary’s.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Dominic Bentrup: 6-foot-1, 225-pound<br />

senior defensive end. Second team all state<br />

last year. A three-time first team all conference<br />

player. Named Lineman of the Year<br />

in 2022. Recorded 94 total tackles with 16<br />

sacks and 14 tackles for a loss. Holds the<br />

single season and career record for sacks<br />

at Summit.<br />

Elijah Stevens: 5-foot-11, 195-pound<br />

senior running back. A third team all state<br />

selction. A two-time first team all conference<br />

player. Scored 25 total touchdowns<br />

last year. Rushed for 1,112 yards and had<br />

315 yards receiving as well. Holds record<br />

for touchdowns at Summit.<br />

Grant Gibson: 6-foot-3, 215-pound<br />

senior quarterback. Completed 162 of 271<br />

passes for 2,<strong>23</strong>3 yards and 33 touchdowns<br />

against just five interceptions. First team<br />

all conference and third team all state<br />

player. Set records for passing yardage in<br />

a season, touchdowns in a game, completions<br />

in a game and completions in a<br />

season.<br />

Jason Kirk: 5-foot-8, 195-pound defensive<br />

lineman. First team all conference.<br />

Last year set school record for tackles for<br />

a loss in a season with 22.<br />

WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN<br />

ACADEMY WILDCATS<br />

Coach: Cory Snyder<br />

2022 record: 1-9. Metro League: 0-5.<br />

Players to watch this season:<br />

Joseph Anderson: 6-foot-5, 220-pound<br />

senior defensive end. Recorded four sacks<br />

and 52 tackles. Class 3 all-state player.<br />

Commitment to the University of Iowa for<br />

football and track and field.<br />

“Joseph is an explosive athlete on the<br />

edge who has the ability to disrupt offenses<br />

in both the pass and run games,” Snyder<br />

said. “He is very coachable and the type of<br />

athlete and person that every coach loves<br />

to have on the team.”<br />

Caden Collison: 5-foot-7, 160-pound<br />

senior wide receiver/safety. Had 35 receptions<br />

for 529 yards and seven touchdowns<br />

in six games. Also a member of the varsity<br />

soccer team at <strong>West</strong>minster.<br />

“Caden has the ability to turn short<br />

passes into long gains and has been one of<br />

our best offensive threats for the past three<br />

seasons,” Snyder said. “Not only is he a<br />

multisport athlete participating in football,<br />

soccer, basketball and track during his<br />

time, but he also carries a 4.77 GPA taking<br />

the most difficult and advanced curriculum<br />

that our school offers.”


Special eventS<br />

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FESTIVAL & CARNIVAL<br />

Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 10 • Schroeder park<br />

“Out of this World” Parade<br />

Kid’s Corner & Cowboy Critters Petting Zoo<br />

live MuSic on the Main Stage<br />

Well Hungarians | Fri. 7:30 - 10:30PM<br />

John Henry Band | Sat. 3:15 - 5PM<br />

Dr. Zhivegas | Sat. 7:30 - 10:30PM<br />

The Zelle Band | Sun. 1:45 - 4:45PM<br />

Dog Swim at the Pool<br />

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Dobb’s Tire & Auto-Sulphur Spring Rd • Dogtopia of Four Seasons • Foxcreek Veterinary Hospital • Home Depot • Huffman Jewelers<br />

JJ Twigs • Manchester Parks, Recreation, & Arts Department • Roy’s Auto Repair • School of Rock • Schrader Funeral Home<br />

Speedy Car Wash • Sylvan Learning • Tee Styles Hair Design • The Goddard School- Manchester • Trek • Tucker’s Place <strong>West</strong><br />

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The Manchester Homecoming<br />

Festival & Carnival is “Out of This<br />

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This year’s theme is space but calling<br />

the festival out of this world as<br />

in “extremely good or impressive”<br />

works too. The local event is a favorite<br />

across <strong>West</strong> County – a time to<br />

join friends and neighbors for carnival<br />

rides, games, free concerts, food<br />

and drink, a dog swim at the pool and<br />

the 20<strong>23</strong> Homecoming Parade led by<br />

the Parkway Steppers.<br />

So save the date and read up on<br />

what to know before you go.<br />

Paul A. Schroeder Park<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

Parking & Shuttles<br />

Parking will be available on the Schroeder<br />

Park Ballfield Lots, located at 700 St.<br />

Joseph’s Lane, with a section of the ballfield<br />

reserved for accessible parking and a<br />

few accessible spots reserved on the park<br />

parking lot.<br />

Additional parking also will be available<br />

at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 567 St.<br />

Sept. 8-10<br />

Joseph’s Lane. Parking with a free shuttle<br />

to the park will be available at The Journey<br />

Church, 625 N. Meramec Station Road,<br />

and at Community Christian Church, 6<strong>23</strong><br />

N. Meramec Station Road. There will be<br />

no parking on residential streets – Connie,<br />

Hanna, Old Meramec, etc.<br />

Pets & Picnic Baskets<br />

The annual Doggie Paddle will be fun for<br />

your four-legged friends, but for the rest of<br />

the festivities, it’s probably best to leave<br />

pets behind. The crowds and activities<br />

could be unsettling for pets.<br />

Picnic baskets also should be left at<br />

home. Outside food and drink are not permitted<br />

at the park but concessions will be<br />

available that support a variety of community<br />

organizations and nonprofits.<br />

Parade<br />

This year’s “Out of This World” parade<br />

will feature a space theme. Led by Parkway’s<br />

award-winning step team, the<br />

parade will feature floats of all kind, bands<br />

and community groups.<br />

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. and will<br />

follow a 2-mile route from The Journey<br />

Church, 625 N. Meramec Station Road, to<br />

Parkway Southwest Middle, 701 Wren Ave.<br />

Want to join the parade? Get your school,<br />

friends, PTO, group, scouts, or business<br />

together and join the fun. But first be sure<br />

to fill out a parade entry application on the<br />

homecoming page of the city’s website<br />

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS<br />

FRIDAY, SEPT. 8<br />

• 6-10:30 p.m. AMERICAN BANNER CARNIVAL RIDES<br />

• 6-10:30 p.m.<br />

• 7:15-7:30 p.m.<br />

• 7:30-10:30 p.m.<br />

BOOTHS OPEN<br />

OPENING CEREMONY - Main Stage<br />

WELL HUNGARIANS - Main Stage<br />

Jack’s Kids Corner<br />

Drop by the Kids Corner for free fun and entertainment for the<br />

younger set from noon to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. S&S<br />

Farms Petting Zoo will be there both days.<br />

Other activities include building projects with Home Depot and the<br />

chance to win a book from the Book Walk on Saturday. Also on Saturday,<br />

beginning at 1 p.m., kids will enjoy balloon creations sponsored<br />

by The Goddard School and “stylings” from Tee Styles Hair Designs.<br />

On Sunday, kids can run an obstacle course supervised by Olympia<br />

Gym and have fun doing Art with Jessie.<br />

Parental supervision is required while children are in the Jack’s Kids<br />

Corner.<br />

Dog Paddle<br />

It’s tradition to turn the pool over to the pooches at Manchester<br />

Homecoming. With the Aquatic Center officially closed to people, it’s<br />

time for the canines to have some fun.<br />

The annual Dog Paddle event will be held from 1-4 p.m. both Saturday<br />

and Sunday.<br />

For $11, up to two dogs and one person can tool around the pool.<br />

Admission for each additional person is $3; admission for each additional<br />

dog is $4.<br />

Owners must bring current vaccination records (Distemper, Bordetella<br />

and Rabies), and per city ordinance, dangerous or aggressive<br />

animals must be muzzled.<br />

Carnival & Rides<br />

Whether you’re a ride enthusiast who likes high-flying fun or a<br />

tiny tot who wants a cool spin on the kiddie cars, there will be rides<br />

for everyone and lots of great games and activities at the carnival.<br />

This year’s rides will be provided by American Banner Amusements<br />

branded as “the safest, cleanest, and brightest midway with a level of<br />

experience that is second to none.” Ticket Prices are $1 each or $20 for<br />

24. Sunday will be Family Day. All rides will be 1 ticket and tickets<br />

are $1.<br />

Additional Details<br />

Learn more about all the activities, music and attractions at the<br />

Manchester Homecoming Festival and Carnival at manchestermo.gov/<br />

homecoming.<br />

SATURDAY, SEPT. 9<br />

• 10 a.m.<br />

PARADE - Starts at Journey Church<br />

• Noon-10:30 p.m. AMERICAN BANNER CARNIVAL RIDES<br />

• Noon-10:30 p.m. BOOTHS OPEN<br />

• Noon-4 p.m.<br />

KIDS CORNER - Across from the Playground<br />

• Noon-12:45 p.m. M&M DANCE STUDIO Performance<br />

- Main Stage<br />

• 12:45-1:45 p.m.<br />

• 1-4 p.m.<br />

• 1-4 p.m.<br />

• 1-3 p.m.<br />

• 3:30-5:30 p.m.<br />

• 7:30-10:30 p.m.<br />

BINGO (FREE) - Main Stage<br />

S&S FARMS PETTING ZOO - Kids Corner<br />

DOGGIE PADDLE - Aquatic Center<br />

BABALOO Kids Entertainer - Main Stage<br />

JOHNNY HENRY BAND - Main Stage<br />

DR.ZHIVEGAS - Main Stage<br />

SUNDAY, SEPT. 10<br />

• Noon-5 p.m. AMERICAN BANNER CARNIVAL RIDES<br />

• Noon-5 p.m.<br />

• Noon-4 p.m.<br />

• 12:30-1:30 p.m.<br />

• 1-4 p.m.<br />

• 1-4 p.m.<br />

• 1:45-4:45 p.m.<br />

BOOTHS OPEN<br />

KIDS CORNER<br />

- Across from the Playground<br />

BINGO (FREE) - Main Stage<br />

DOGGIE PADDLE - Aquatic Center<br />

S&S FARMS PETTING ZOO - Kids Corner<br />

THE ZELLE BAND - Main Stage<br />

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Parade Grand Marshal: Parkway Steppers<br />

Business of the Year: Hough Orthodontics<br />

The sign in the lobby of Dr. Steve<br />

Hough’s 37-year old dentistry office<br />

sets the tone for each day: “Creating<br />

Smiles ... Changing Lives.”<br />

Dr. Hough has tried to achieve<br />

this through more than his dental<br />

work. Patient appreciation events are<br />

a staple, which can mean a visit by<br />

Cardinals mascot Fredbird or a snow<br />

cone truck parked outside the office.<br />

He also has visited local schools<br />

to discuss dental health and his staff<br />

routinely adopts families during holidays,<br />

providing turkeys and gifts. In<br />

addition, his “Broken Bracket” program<br />

allows for free dental work in<br />

exchange for food, which is donated<br />

to a local food pantry.<br />

Parkway Step Team<br />

The Parkway School District’s step<br />

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both high school and middle school<br />

students, who come from a variety of<br />

economic and academic backgrounds.<br />

However, when performing, they create<br />

one team with one sound.<br />

This past April, the high school team,<br />

Rho Sigma Delta, became national<br />

champions at the Stage Breakers’ Step<br />

Competition in Dallas. At that competition,<br />

the group also claimed a new record:<br />

remaining undefeated champions for the<br />

entire season. In competition, the team<br />

is judged on various elements, including<br />

precision, vocal clarity and creativity.<br />

The team’s shows include a combination<br />

of rhythmic chanting and percussive<br />

and hip-hop dance movements<br />

accompanied by hip-hop and R&B<br />

music. Each is based on a central theme.<br />

Last school year, the theme was “Men<br />

in Black.” The students learn their new<br />

routine in the first half of the school year<br />

and spend the second semester performing<br />

and competing.<br />

Watch for them to showcase their<br />

remarkable skill as the “Out of This<br />

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It takes a special person to devote<br />

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Laura is the type of person who<br />

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In addition to seeing the success of<br />

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Unlike most other teachers, Laura<br />

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winter months to imagine and consider<br />

the thaw, spring blooms and a new-again,<br />

better-than-ever garden or landscape.<br />

Now take some time to walk the grounds<br />

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The time is perfect for planting trees, she<br />

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The important thing about trees and all<br />

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Considering how big a tree is going to be<br />

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“The question is ‘What do I want this<br />

plant to do?’ Mahaffey said.<br />

The answer might be shade; it could be<br />

bloom or bear fruit.<br />

“The nursery crew can direct you,”<br />

Mahaffey said. “They know what’s new<br />

and trendy and all the great cultivars that<br />

are coming up.”<br />

Trees native to Missouri are always a<br />

good choice, she said, because they are<br />

easier to grow and provide food and shelter<br />

for native creatures.<br />

“It’s good to include our properties in the<br />

local ecosystem. Native trees and plants<br />

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critters. They are hosts for butterflies and<br />

moths. And it’s much easier to establish<br />

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As far as shrubs are concerned, she suggested<br />

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If your goal is working remotely in a room<br />

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gloom and layered treatments for floors<br />

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school desks with a chalkboard for hours<br />

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They look like they were pulled directly<br />

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is something for everyone, and because<br />

they are in the onion family they are pretty<br />

pest resistant,” she said.<br />

Fritillaria is another bulb she suggested.<br />

The purple bell-shaped flowers sometimes<br />

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that resembles snake skin. The bells wave<br />

in the breeze, and the long leaves add to<br />

their charm. The plants, like the allium, can<br />

perennialize and come back year after year,<br />

Mahaffey said.<br />

Both bulbs are usually available in the<br />

seed catalogs, she said.<br />

In addition, it is time to divide garden<br />

perennials. Perennials usually need to be<br />

divided every three to five years, she said.<br />

Irises, daylilies, ornamental grasses among<br />

other plants will often show signs that it’s<br />

time to divide them by dying in the center,<br />

getting overcrowded or just not doing as<br />

well where they are, she said.<br />

“Take your time. You don’t have to divide<br />

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section of the garden each year.”<br />

Perhaps most importantly, take notes<br />

Mahaffey said.<br />

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remember what you dug up and divided<br />

and where you put them,” she said.<br />

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Food Science and Technology. “Our survey<br />

found that parents were not offered many<br />

safe alternatives and resorted to unsafe methods<br />

in an attempt to feed their infants.”<br />

“We have this generation of children<br />

affected by the formula shortage and we<br />

won’t know for maybe a decade if there was<br />

an impact on brain development,” Smilowitz<br />

said. The study was published in the journal<br />

BMC Pediatrics.<br />

New studies suggest probiotic<br />

benefits well beyond the gut<br />

Probiotics have long been used by millions<br />

to help them achieve better digestive<br />

health. These living “good” bacteria are<br />

recommended for conditions ranging from<br />

bloating and IBS to food intolerances, as<br />

well as to counteract the negative effects of<br />

antibiotics taken to battle infections.<br />

Recently, two new studies presented evidence<br />

of probiotic benefits in areas seemingly<br />

unrelated to gut health: as a natural treatment<br />

for dry eye disease and for major depression.<br />

In the first study, conducted at Baylor<br />

College of Medicine in Texas, researchers<br />

found that a commercially available<br />

probiotic bacterial strain improved dry eye<br />

disease in mice. This common condition<br />

impacts about one in every 20 American<br />

adults whose normal tear production can’t<br />

provide enough eye lubrication, causing<br />

uncomfortable symptoms such as eye<br />

stinging and burning, blurry vision and<br />

sensitivity to light.<br />

Their research involved exposing mice<br />

to very dry conditions and giving them<br />

daily doses of either probiotic bacteria<br />

or a saline solution as a control, then<br />

examining them for dry eye disease. The<br />

mice receiving the probiotic had healthier,<br />

more intact corneal surfaces as well as<br />

more cells that produce mucin, an essential<br />

component in tears. These results<br />

suggest that the right oral probiotic could<br />

help treat and manage dry eye symptoms,<br />

the Baylor authors said.<br />

The second study, recently published in<br />

JAMA Psychiatry, builds on evidence that<br />

the gut microbiome – the billions of bacteria<br />

and other organisms that inhabit every person’s<br />

digestive tract – can have a significant<br />

impact on mood. According to the King’s<br />

College London scientists who conducted it,<br />

probiotics can help to improve depression<br />

and anxiety symptoms in people with these<br />

mental health conditions.<br />

Barnes-Jewish again named among nation’s top hospitals<br />

Barnes-Jewish Hospital was recently<br />

named to the 20<strong>23</strong>-24 national Honor<br />

Roll of “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News<br />

& World Report, a distinction it has now<br />

earned a total of 30 times. Together<br />

with its physician partners at Washington<br />

University School of Medicine,<br />

Barnes-Jewish also was ranked by the<br />

publication as the No. 1 hospital both in<br />

Missouri and in the metro St. Louis area.<br />

“Our team is grateful to be recognized<br />

as a national leader on this prestigious<br />

list for the 30th time – coinciding with<br />

BJC’s 30th anniversary,” said Dr. John<br />

Lynch, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital.<br />

“We are grateful for our team’s<br />

steadfast commitment and compassion<br />

and our strong partnership with<br />

Washington University as we continue<br />

to deliver extraordinary care to our<br />

patients.”<br />

In its 20<strong>23</strong>-2024 rankings, U.S. News<br />

Best Hospitals also rated the top hospitals<br />

in the U.S. based on their performance<br />

in 15 adult medical specialties.<br />

Of the nearly 5,000 hospitals it analyzed,<br />

only 164 earned a national ranking<br />

in at least one of these specialty areas.<br />

Barnes-Jewish Hospital did so in 11 of<br />

the 15: cancer; cardiology, heart & vascular<br />

surgery; diabetes & endocrinology;<br />

ear, nose & throat; gastroenterology &<br />

gastrointestinal surgery; geriatrics; neurology<br />

& neurosurgery; obstetrics &<br />

gynecology; orthopedics; pulmonology<br />

& lung surgery; and urology.<br />

Missouri Baptist Medical Center, a<br />

BJC HealthCare facility, earned No. 2<br />

rankings from U.S. News in both Missouri<br />

and metro St. Louis. In the pediatric<br />

rankings previously announced in<br />

June, BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital<br />

was also recognized among the Best<br />

Children’s Hospitals in the country and<br />

ranked as the No. 1 pediatric hospital in<br />

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Their randomized trial included a<br />

group of adults who had been diagnosed<br />

with major depressive disorder, but were<br />

not getting enough improvement from<br />

prescription antidepressant drugs. They<br />

took either a commercially available<br />

probiotic supplement or a placebo for<br />

eight weeks.<br />

While both groups reported improvement<br />

in their symptoms, those in the probiotic<br />

group demonstrated greater improvements<br />

from week four onward, using standard<br />

rating scales for depression and anxiety.<br />

“Non- or partial response to antidepressants<br />

is a huge problem, and this study is<br />

an important first step in exploring the<br />

therapeutic potential of probiotics as a<br />

treatment for depression,” said Professor<br />

James Stone, the study’s senior investigator.<br />

Natural pregnancy common<br />

after first IVF-assisted birth<br />

For the one in every seven American<br />

couples who has trouble conceiving a child,<br />

fertility treatments such as IVF can help<br />

them achieve their dreams of parenthood.<br />

But as common as fertility struggles are, it’s<br />

also very common for these same couples to<br />

conceive naturally after a first IVF-assisted<br />

birth, a new analysis has found.<br />

The first-of-its-kind research pulled<br />

together more than 40 years of data from<br />

11 global studies involving 5,000 women,<br />

with the goal of finding out exactly how<br />

frequently they got pregnant naturally after<br />

having a baby conceived through fertility<br />

treatment. It found that at least one in five<br />

women conceived naturally after having<br />

a baby using fertility treatments such as<br />

IVF, mainly within three years of their<br />

IVF-assisted pregnancy. This 20% figure<br />

remained unchanged even when researchers<br />

took into account the different types<br />

and outcomes of fertility treatment, as well<br />

as length of follow-up.<br />

“Our findings suggest that natural pregnancy<br />

after having a baby by IVF is far from<br />

rare. This is in contrast with widely held<br />

views – by both women and health professionals<br />

– and those commonly expressed in<br />

the media, that it is a highly unlikely event,”<br />

said lead author Dr. Annette Thwaites.<br />

Thwaites said it is important for couples<br />

who have had successful IVF to know how<br />

likely they are to be able to conceive naturally<br />

afterwards, and that those subsequent<br />

pregnancies often happen quickly – which<br />

could potentially be problematic for the<br />

health of both mother and child.<br />

The study was published in Human<br />

Reproduction.<br />

On the calendar<br />

Schnucks and St. Luke’s Hospital offer<br />

an Eatwell Market grocery store tour<br />

on Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 2-3 p.m. at<br />

Eatwell Boones Crossing, 220 THF Blvd.<br />

in Chesterfield. Take a wellness-focused<br />

tour through Eatwell Market by Schnucks<br />

with a St. Luke’s dietitian. Participants<br />

will receive wellness resources, food samples<br />

and a $10 gift card to use at Eatwell<br />

Market. The cost is $5; space is limited and<br />

registration is required. To sign up, visit<br />

stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends<br />

CPR virtual course on Thursday, Sept. 7<br />

from 6:30-8:30 p.m., live via Teams Meeting.<br />

This class uses the American Heart<br />

Association curriculum to teach hands-on<br />

CPR skills (course does not include certification<br />

upon completion). The cost is $50.<br />

Registration for a seat in this class is for two<br />

people; register online by visiting bjc.org/<br />

cpr-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Healthy<br />

Habits for Cancer Prevention on Thursday,<br />

Sept. 7 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the St.<br />

Luke’s Institute for Health Education<br />

Auditorium, 222 S. Woods Mill Road in<br />

Chesterfield (second floor, North Medical<br />

Building). Yes, you can lower your<br />

risk of getting many common cancers. Dr.<br />

Jason Edwards of the St. Luke’s Center<br />

for Cancer Care leads a panel discussion<br />

on the benefits of eating healthy foods,<br />

increasing physical activity, and following<br />

screening and vaccination recommendations<br />

to minimize your cancer risk<br />

throughout life. The free event includes<br />

on-site screenings and resource tables;<br />

all attendees will also be entered into a<br />

drawing to win a prize basket donated by<br />

Eatwell Market by Schnucks. Register by<br />

visiting stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital<br />

presents a Staying Home Alone virtual<br />

class on Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 6:30-8<br />

p.m., live via Teams Meeting. Parents<br />

and children attend the class together to<br />

ensure a child’s readiness – physically,<br />

mentally, socially and emotionally – to<br />

stay at home alone. The registration fee<br />

is $25 per family. To register, call (314)<br />

454-5437.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Be Still to<br />

Chill: Basics of Meditation on Wednesday,<br />

Sept. 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the<br />

St. Luke’s Institute for Health Education,<br />

222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield,<br />

in Rooms 4 and 5. Meditation is a<br />

research-supported practice that can help<br />

anyone reduce stress, anxiety, chronic pain,<br />

improve sleep, and even reduce the risk for<br />

some diseases. This free, in-person program<br />

will teach the basics of meditation as<br />

well as many tips to support your practice.<br />

Register at stlukes-stl.com; call (314) 542-<br />

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RouRke SenioR SolutionS inc.<br />

Kim Rourke, Agent, Owner<br />

10 Strecker Road, Suite 1090 • Ellisville • 314.374.7735<br />

Over the last nine years Kim Rourke owner of Rourke Senior Solutions Inc. has helped hundreds of clients from<br />

Missouri and Illinois navigate the world of Medicare coverage.<br />

He said one of his greatest assets when it comes to meeting the needs of seniors is that he too is a senior. “In the<br />

Medicare business, the grayer my hair gets, the more I fit in,” he said. “Being old is an advantage.”<br />

Rourke listens. He understands, and he does business by the golden rule.<br />

“You treat people as you want to be treated,” he said. “And as you do, you get lots of referrals; your business grows;<br />

and people stay with you.”<br />

Rourke’s business has grown. He now has eight agents that can help senior clients get signed up for Medicare<br />

Advantage and Medicare supplement coverage through UnitedHealthCare, as well as help younger clients find<br />

affordable health insurance on the open market.<br />

Work with an agency built on understanding and meeting the insurance needs of its clients. Call Rourke Senior<br />

Solutions Inc. today.<br />

TransiTions For senior Living<br />

Sharon Balleau, Senior Care Advisor<br />

314.606.8531 • 314.960.0002 • www.stlseniors.com<br />

Transitions For Senior Living is a free, hands-on elder care advising service that helps St. Louis seniors and their families<br />

find appropriate care when living independently is no longer a safe option. Sharon Balleau, senior care advisor, works<br />

closely with area home care agencies and independent, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities to<br />

find the best level of care for each person’s individual needs.<br />

Locally owned and operated, Transitions for Senior Living takes the time to personally meet with families to understand<br />

the unique care needs of the older adult and their loved ones. This process takes into account each individual’s physical,<br />

cognitive, financial, geographical, spiritual and social care needs. Their care advisors pare down to the best choices,<br />

arrange and accompany families on tours to ask appropriate questions and help them make the best educated decision<br />

for their loved one – Transitions stays involved throughout the entire process.<br />

With more than ten years in the senior industry, the Transitions’ team provides unbiased and professional advice to help<br />

make the best decision possible, whether you’re planning ahead or in crisis-mode.<br />

“St. Louis has many good options for senior living, but they are not one size fits all,” Sharon explained. “So, take a deep<br />

breath, give Transitions a call; we would love to personally help you with your situation.”<br />

Quinn EstatE and EldEr law, llC<br />

Brian G. Quinn and Gregory F. Quinn<br />

14611 Manchester Road • Manchester • 636.394.7242 • www.quinnestatelaw.com<br />

Quinn Estate & Elder Law, LLC is dedicated to your peace of mind. Choosing the right law firm to assist you in navigating<br />

the complex issues related to estate planning and elder law needs is crucial. Having professional assistance with probate<br />

and other issues you may face after the death of a loved one is vital. You need the right team of professionals assisting<br />

you. Quinn Estate & Elder Law, LLC has been in business for over forty years in the St. Louis area. Their attorneys have the<br />

experience, expertise, and specialty to help you achieve your goals through estate planning and strategies to avoid the<br />

devastating costs of long-term care. Brian G. Quinn is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA®) as certified by the National<br />

Elder Law Foundation, meaning he maintains a high level of knowledge and experience, making him well prepared to assist<br />

seniors with long-term care issues. Their firm can help craft tailored solutions to meet your needs and protect your assets<br />

using specialized documents which avoid probate, honor healthcare decisions, maintain your quality of life and care, create<br />

a legacy for your family, and give you peace of mind. Call them today for your free consultation.<br />

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements.


McKnight Place assisted living & MeMory care<br />

Excellent care and personalized services<br />

3 McKnight Place • St. Louis • 314.993.3333 • www.McKnightPlace.com<br />

When you call McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care,<br />

you’ll find more than just a safe, comfortable place to live. You’ll<br />

discover a vibrant community full of opportunities to be active, eat<br />

well, participate, set goals and live a purposeful life while nurturing<br />

meaningful relationships. Residents are passionate about the<br />

activities they love — and McKnight Place is passionate about<br />

delivering extraordinary service.<br />

With over 30 years of experience in top-quality senior living,<br />

McKnight Place knows how to help its residents live fulfilling lives.<br />

The professional staff builds trust with residents and their loved<br />

ones to let everyone know the day-to-day care will be at a very<br />

high level.<br />

Catering to the needs of residents and their families, the staff<br />

works to make life easier and more convenient. Residents can fill<br />

their days with an exciting calendar of events with activities ranging<br />

from fitness classes and educational workshops to concerts and<br />

happy hours.<br />

Life at McKnight Place is full of possibilities for enjoying whatever<br />

inspires you in a community where your comfort, health and<br />

well-being are at the heart of everything they do. Residents at<br />

McKnight Place enjoy exceptional meals prepared by awardwinning<br />

Executive Chef Morales. Every dish is expertly crafted<br />

with the freshest, highest-quality ingredients while keeping each<br />

individual’s nutritional requirements in mind. Loved ones can<br />

choose from a variety of freshly prepared and well-balanced menu<br />

options at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.<br />

McKnight Place has luxury apartments, ranging in size from large<br />

suites to two-bedroom apartments. Each unit includes beautiful<br />

crown molding and wood-style flooring, kitchens with custom<br />

wood cabinets and granite countertops, full-size refrigerators,<br />

spacious bathrooms, large windows providing natural light and<br />

nine-foot ceilings.<br />

McKnight Place also has 27 special memory-care suites for senior<br />

adults of all cognitive abilities. The suites have been designed to<br />

provide a secure and supportive lifestyle that maintains the look,<br />

feel and familiarity of each resident’s home.<br />

McKnight Place also features beautifully-landscaped gardens,<br />

outdoor spaces and walking paths. The community has all-inclusive<br />

services, plus amenities like a theater, art room, greenhouse and<br />

much more. Unlike other senior living communities, McKnight<br />

Place does not use points, tiers or levels of care to escalate your<br />

fees. McKnight Place offers true, all-inclusive rates that are simple,<br />

predictable and worry-free. Predictable pricing is an innovative,<br />

all-inclusive fixed-rate program with no buy-in fees.<br />

Many senior communities are owned by large national companies.<br />

With local owners on-site, residents and family members with<br />

questions or concerns have access to decision makers. They<br />

are deeply invested in day-to-day operations and the lives of all<br />

concerned. Ownership and management truly care about all of<br />

the people and what matters to each and every resident. For more<br />

information or to schedule a tour, call (314) 993-3333. As a trusted<br />

expert in senior living, McKnight Place is here for you or a loved<br />

one any time.


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Gambrill Gardens<br />

Where senior living never gets old<br />

1 Strecker Road • Ellisville • 636.207.3720 • www.gambrillgardens.com<br />

“Life’s transformative journey finds its best chapters at Gambrill Gardens,” asserts Missy Fevold, the leasing<br />

director. “Embrace carefree living in our vibrant community, where joy overcomes change’s hesitations.”<br />

For 45+ years, Gambrill Gardens has embraced seniors in a serene 25-acre haven, now refreshed by a $7 million<br />

renovation, offering airy spaces, cozy fireplaces, and a variety of social spots.<br />

At Gambrill Gardens, days are filled with youthful activities - from Friday happy hours to live music and<br />

engaging classes. The gym’s sessions foster vitality, and the chefs create wholesome meals with fresh produce.<br />

For personal care, the partnership with AW Health Care ensures your independence and wellness. Reclaim<br />

time and enjoy life to the fullest.<br />

Come discover the allure of Gambrill Gardens, where senior living thrives with laughter, cherished moments,<br />

and rediscovered passions. “Join us today to embrace what you love!” Fevold invites.<br />

Beaven Insurance<br />

Kathy Beaven, Independent Broker<br />

16024 Manchester Road • Ellisville • 636.549.3800 • www.kathybeaven.com<br />

Kathy Beaven of Beaven Insurance LLC has been helping clients with Medicare Insurance Planning for more than<br />

17 years on a range of topics that seniors face, such as: Why do I need another plan with Medicare? What is the<br />

difference between Medicare Supplement and a Medicare Advantage Plan? Why do I need a drug plan if I don’t take<br />

any drugs? What about Dental and Vision Insurance?<br />

“Many people are bombarded with information from different carriers about the Medicare products they offer, and<br />

it can be hard to sort through it all”, Kathy said. “My goal is to get to know my clients and their expectations, and<br />

advise them on the Medicare Products that will best fit their lifestyle and budget. Insurance is definitely not a one<br />

size fits all.”<br />

Do you want to learn more about Medicare? Call today for an appointment.<br />

From left: Sue Menius, Administrative Assistant;<br />

Nancy McClure, CPRS, CSA, Owner;<br />

Andrea Kincade, COTA, Touring Specialist<br />

Care Patrol of Greater St. louiS<br />

Nancy McClure, CPRS Certified Senior Advisor<br />

314.471.0042 • www.carepatrol.com/advisors/nancy-mcclure<br />

When the time comes for a change in an aging parent’s living arrangements, navigating the network of senior<br />

living centers can be overwhelming. Each person’s needs are different. There are so many levels of care and so many<br />

choices.<br />

That is where CarePatrol of Greater St. Louis can help. They walk individuals through the plethora of senior<br />

community options, including plans for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.<br />

To prevent families from feeling overwhelmed, they narrow down the search and accompany you on tours to<br />

communities to find the one that is best suited for you, all while taking location and budget into consideration.<br />

The goal is to not only choose the best care option for each unique individual, but to guide families through<br />

different care plans that not only factor in safety and wellness, but happiness as well. They truly enjoy seeing the<br />

peace of mind and improved lives as a result of finding the right living community for every senior.<br />

Call CarePatrol of Greater St. Louis today for a free consultation to discuss options for an upcoming move into a<br />

community.


Parc Provence<br />

Leading the way in memory care<br />

605 Coeur De Ville Drive • Creve Coeur • 314.542.2500 • www.ParcProvence.com<br />

Parc Provence opened in Creve Coeur in 2004, marking the first<br />

time the neighborhood concept for memory care was available in<br />

St. Louis and revolutionizing memory-care treatment in the region.<br />

“When Parc Provence opened, it quickly became the region’s<br />

premier memory community, specializing in care for those with<br />

Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders,” explains<br />

Parc Provence Co-owner Charlie Deutsch.<br />

“We developed Parc Provence as a sister community of<br />

The Gatesworth, McKnight Place Assisted Living and McKnight Place<br />

Extended Care,” Deutsch adds. “These communities offer residents<br />

the finest and most comprehensive continuum of care in the<br />

St. Louis region. Working together, each community upholds the<br />

same standard of excellence.”<br />

“Dementia is challenging, not only for those diagnosed with the<br />

illness but also for families struggling to understand the impact of<br />

this condition,” Administrator Kathy Kelley says. “Our skilled nursing<br />

community offers memory care, medical expertise, education,<br />

support and compassionate care at all stages of dementia care.”<br />

Parc Provence has attracted and retained a highly-trained staff<br />

committed to offering residents and their families exceptional care<br />

and maintains the highest staff-to-resident ratio in the industry for<br />

both daytime and evening shifts. The expert staff has completed<br />

extensive training in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Medical director<br />

David B. Carr, M.D. and associate medical director Lenise Cummings-<br />

Vaughn, M.D. are leading specialists in Alzheimer’s disease and<br />

geriatric medicine at Washington University School of Medicine.<br />

They bring the latest advances in memory care, ensuring all residents<br />

receive the best care possible.<br />

From the beginning, the community has provided person-centered<br />

care, meaning each resident benefits from a program of treatment and<br />

care tailored to meet individual needs. The community’s residential<br />

spaces are established according to interest and cognitive ability<br />

rather than medical condition, allowing memory care residents at<br />

the same cognitive level to live and interact with one another. As a<br />

result, each person has greater options for social interaction within<br />

his or her household.<br />

“We conduct regular assessments of each resident’s abilities and<br />

needs to allow for individual change,” Kelley said. “Our wide range<br />

of programs and activities are designed to enhance the strengths of<br />

all residents and connect with their old memories, thereby enabling<br />

them to function at their highest potential.”<br />

The community’s Victorian-style architecture, interior spaces,<br />

and landscaping were purposefully designed to promote a warm,<br />

intimate setting. Each of the five households on the property feature<br />

specially designed elegant suites, a dining room, living room, kitchen<br />

and sunroom. An advanced security system enables residents to<br />

safely explore lush gardens, nine courtyards, spacious walking paths<br />

and well-appointed common areas.<br />

All households open into a central activity promenade that includes<br />

a variety of settings, including an ice cream parlor, library, private<br />

dining room, billiards room, chapel and greenhouse. There is also an<br />

on-site salon, barber and an art gallery featuring residents’ artwork.<br />

“Our residents and their families show us every day that we are<br />

achieving our goal in helping others live the best lives possible,”<br />

Kelley adds.<br />

To learn more about Parc Provence’s individualized continuum of<br />

care designed for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease and<br />

dementia, visit ParcProvence.com or call 314-542-2500.


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SeniorS Home Care<br />

CEO Ryan Whittington and CCO Gretchen Whittington<br />

504 Marshall Avenue • St. Louis • 636.225.2600 • www.seniorshomecare.com<br />

Seniors Home Care has served the St. Louis area for 36 years. They continue to fulfill their mission to make “Home The<br />

Best Place to Live” by providing professional and compassionate in-home care through their four core values – Dignity,<br />

Integrity, Compassion and Advocacy.<br />

Ryan Whittington, who has served as CEO and minority owner of Seniors Home Care since 2017 recently purchased<br />

the company with his wife Gretchen, from founder Kit Whittington.<br />

Clients appreciate how Seniors Home Care matches staff to clients’ wants and needs; that the caregivers love their jobs;<br />

and that the office staff acts quickly to serve each client. All employees undergo drug testing, a thorough background<br />

search and complete a training program.<br />

Seniors Home Care is actively welcoming new families to assist. Please contact them if you, or someone you know is<br />

in need of assistance. Their team is available to talk with you today.<br />

Cape albeon<br />

Where life shines bright<br />

3380 Lake Bend Drive • St. Louis • 636.861.3200 • www.capealbeon.com<br />

Nestled by a tranquil lake, Cape Albeon combines active living with serene beauty, rooted in faith. As a distinguished<br />

nonprofit community, it offers exceptional amenities, services and a devoted staff. Explore the possibilities!<br />

Cottage Homes: Discover solace in spacious 2-bed, 2-bath cottages with abundant natural light, walk-in closets,<br />

well-equipped kitchens and cozy fireplaces. Added conveniences include washer/dryer, vaulted ceilings, garage and<br />

a choice of outdoor space.<br />

Harbor Apartments: Enjoy comfort in lake-view 1 or 2-bed apartments with tall ceilings and large windows.<br />

Experience lake-view dining, a fitness studio, pool, library and chapel.<br />

Village Assisted Living and Cove Memory Care: Tailored private apartments offer specialized care, including meals,<br />

medication support, bathing, laundry and 24/7 certified care.<br />

Join Cape Albeon: Embrace a community that values your happiness. Experience active living, tailored support and<br />

breathtaking views. Connect today for an illuminated life.<br />

Schrupp Senior ServiceS<br />

Randy Schrupp, Owner<br />

226 Oak Park Village Drive • Wildwood • 314.496.0140 • randy_schrupp@msn.com<br />

Randy Schrupp with Schrupp Senior Services began representing Medicare plans in late 2007; since then, he has enrolled<br />

over 900 senior clients. In an effort to provide unbiased guidance in choosing the best Medicare plan for each individual,<br />

Randy became a broker in 2014, representing multiple plans and companies. Randy also represents multiple companies for<br />

Long Term Care insurance.<br />

Randy provides advice and counsel to clients on other issues regarding health and aging. Recently, Randy teamed up with<br />

the Senior Learning Institute, a group of local professionals, who help seniors age in place, maintain their financial stability<br />

and better navigate the stages of aging.<br />

Most months, the Senior Learning Institute presents Educational Seminars hosted by the Cities of Chesterfield and Sunset<br />

Hills, where our local professionals will share their knowledge and experience about helping seniors obtain medical and<br />

custodial care at home; find elder law services for wills and trusts; connect with companies that provide home modifications<br />

and handyman services or downsizing and moving; find appropriate senior care facilities; and update, list and sell their<br />

home for more than a typical investor would offer. Contact Randy and connect to this valuable network as needs arise.


The GaTesworTh<br />

Exceptional senior living<br />

One McKnight Place • St. Louis • 314.993.0111 • www.TheGatesworth.com<br />

Unique. Extraordinary. Exceptional. These words are often used to<br />

describe experiences and places that are good – and may even be<br />

great. But accolades like these are most meaningful when they are<br />

earned, when the experience in question is truly unlike anything else,<br />

that it far exceeds the norm and is, in fact, the exception to the rule.<br />

“We are confident that we offer our residents a lifestyle that<br />

really is exceptional,” says Carrie Montrey, executive director at<br />

The Gatesworth, St. Louis’ premiere community for active seniors.<br />

And U.S. News & World Report agrees, having once again placed<br />

The Gatesworth on its 20<strong>23</strong>-24 list of Best Independent Senior Living<br />

communities. “We are equally confident that we’re exceptional<br />

because our residents are,” she adds.<br />

Communities like The Gatesworth are rare, in part because of the<br />

long list of amenities to match the varied interests of its residents.<br />

Some sing in the choir, others work in the garden. Still others enjoy<br />

onsite fine dining and movies in the theater. There’s yoga, a spa,<br />

heated saltwater pool, outdoor barbecues with friends and family,<br />

educational and cultural lectures and classes, worship services,<br />

evening cocktails, and art classes. And that’s just the beginning.<br />

Going beyond the ordinary<br />

Ample parking is available for residents and their guests, as it<br />

should be – but so is on-demand transportation with a professional<br />

driver in one of the community’s luxury cars. Fitness and wellness<br />

classes are available – as are customized programs and personal<br />

trainers. These are the kinds of things that make The Gatesworth<br />

unlike other communities. And that’s the definition of unique.<br />

What other evidence is there to indicate that a life lived at<br />

The Gatesworth is an extraordinary one? Some of The Gatesworth<br />

residents have weighed in on this very question.<br />

“It’s amazing how quickly the staff get to know you. They call you by<br />

name and truly attend to things that keep you happy.”<br />

“The Gatesworth has everything I wanted: beautiful place, people,<br />

grounds, apartment, food, entertainment – and so much more.”<br />

“My wife and I try to be positive, and it’s easy to do at The Gatesworth.<br />

It fits who we are.”<br />

“When we’re talking about our community and the lifestyle we offer<br />

to residents,” Montrey says, “we like to say, ‘The answer is yes. What<br />

was the question?’” And that really gets to the heart of the matter.<br />

The Gatesworth staff are there to ensure residents get the most out<br />

of life, whatever they imagine that life might be.<br />

But what matters most to residents of The Gatesworth is that the<br />

community feels like home. Because everyone has a slightly different<br />

idea of what home should be, The Gatesworth apartments – which<br />

come in one and two bedrooms – can be customized to suit personal<br />

tastes and needs.<br />

The Gatesworth owners David Smith, Charlie Deutsch and Bob<br />

Leonard built the community because they wanted to create a place<br />

where, after years of sacrifices made for career and family, seniors<br />

could celebrate life as they aged. This “the best is yet to come”<br />

attitude is the foundation on which The Gatesworth stands.<br />

The Gatesworth is, essentially, a community of active seniors,<br />

living life the way they define it; filling it with friends, family, new<br />

experiences, continuing education, new challenges, favorite<br />

hobbies, moments of contemplation and daily beauty – what could<br />

be more exceptional?<br />

To learn more about The Gatesworth and experience exceptional<br />

senior living your way, please call 314-993-0111 and ask to speak to<br />

a leasing counselor or visit TheGatesworth.com.


Friendship Village<br />

Welcome to a life well lived<br />

Friendship Village Chesterfield • 15201 Olive Blvd. • Chesterfield • 636.898.8500<br />

Friendship Village Sunset Hills • 12563 Village Circle Dr. • Sunset Hills • 314.270.7700<br />

www.friendshipvillagestl.com<br />

What if senior living truly empowered seniors<br />

to feel their best and live life how they want?<br />

What if seniors could enjoy peace of mind at<br />

the highest level, knowing that future senior<br />

care needs will be covered?<br />

This is the reality Friendship Village provides<br />

for each one of its residents, with major<br />

investments in seniors’ physical, spiritual and<br />

emotional wellness as proof.<br />

Their two St. Louis-area campuses, in Sunset<br />

Hills and Chesterfield, are purpose-built to help<br />

seniors make the most out of every day. The<br />

vibrant, state-of-the-art facilities are packed with<br />

the latest amenities, setting a new standard for<br />

modern senior living accommodations. This level<br />

of excellence has been recognized by U.S. News<br />

and World Report, naming Friendship Village as a<br />

“Best Independent Living” provider.<br />

Friendship Village’s ongoing mission – to keep<br />

residents well and independent for as long as<br />

possible – is supported through partnerships<br />

with industry-leading providers of wellness<br />

technology designed specifically for seniors.<br />

One recent example is their partnership with<br />

EmpowerMe Wellness, which provides access to<br />

therapy, pharmacy, diagnostic and nurse practitioner services – all<br />

on campus.<br />

EmpowerMe Wellness increases convenience and improves access<br />

to health services while reshaping the relationship residents have<br />

with their community. After all, not having to find transportation to<br />

a care provider, to pick up a prescription or to attend an off-campus<br />

activity means Friendship Village’s seniors enjoy life with greater<br />

ease.<br />

Another resource now available on campus is SmartCompanion – a<br />

virtual assistant (based on Amazon’s “Alexa”) that’s directly integrated<br />

with Friendship Village’s communication systems.<br />

With hands-free access to phone and video calling, 24/7 voiceactivated<br />

emergency response connection, daily reminders,<br />

entertainment and more, Friendship Village residents enjoy<br />

personalized assistance. This both increases their ability to remain<br />

independent and helps them maintain a stronger connection with<br />

their community, staff and the outside world.<br />

Fall Prevention – The risk of a fall is a leading fear among senior<br />

citizens, and often signals or contributes to declining health overall.<br />

Friendship Village has partnered with VirtuSense Technologies to<br />

monitor its residents’ walking patterns to help prevent falls.<br />

VirtuSense’s VSTBalance program uses 3D technology to measure<br />

the balance of residents while taking them through several<br />

assessments such as measuring their walking speed, range of<br />

motion and general mobility. The evaluation is easy and only takes<br />

15 minutes.<br />

The technology further represents Friendship Village’s<br />

commitment to resident health, providing peace of mind when it<br />

comes to physical wellness, making Friendship Village an excellent<br />

choice.<br />

What are you waiting for?<br />

With its two campuses, Friendship Village features independent<br />

living, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory care,<br />

and an at-home care service (FV at Home). All this excellent service<br />

is provided via Friendship Village’s exclusive Life Care program that<br />

keeps future costs predictable for life. St. Louis seniors simply owe<br />

it to themselves to learn more about Friendship Village.<br />

One thing is for certain: their caring staff and residents are ready<br />

to welcome seniors to a life that’s truly well-lived!


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Celebrating Outstanding Leadership:<br />

Manchester resident receives Senior Service Award<br />

By SHWETHA SUNDARRAJAN<br />

There wasn’t a single dry eye at the<br />

Manchester City Hall when Lt. Gov. Mike<br />

Kehoe presented <strong>West</strong> County resident Kay<br />

Bell with the 20<strong>23</strong> Senior Service Award.<br />

Family, friends and fellow volunteers<br />

gathered at the Lyceum on the afternoon<br />

of Aug. 8 to surprise Bell and to recognize<br />

the work she has done with the Manchester<br />

Veterans Commission.<br />

“I’m just still so surprised. It’s hard to<br />

believe because I don’t think I should be<br />

recognized. I think I was supposed to do<br />

that because that’s my job,” Bell said.<br />

Bell has been volunteering with the Veterans<br />

Commission for nearly three years,<br />

spearheading events for Veterans Day,<br />

Memorial Day and POW-MIA Day as the<br />

commission’s chair.<br />

Members of the Veterans Commission<br />

were present at the awards ceremony and<br />

spoke highly of Bell and the work she has<br />

done.<br />

“What a leader we have in our commission.<br />

I mean, she’s been our chairman now<br />

for a couple of years, and what a wonderful<br />

person to follow. She leads us through our<br />

meetings and gives us examples of what<br />

it means to be on that commission,” said<br />

Walter Niebling. “And to spread out the<br />

word of how we in Manchester have the<br />

veterans in our hearts and how to work and<br />

do things to make the lives a little bit better<br />

for the veterans. It’s been a wonderful time<br />

to serve on the commission and to have<br />

you as a leader.”<br />

Bell is one of 12 Missourians to be<br />

awarded the Senior Service Award. The<br />

award was created by former Lt. Gov. Peter<br />

Kinder as a way to promote and highlight<br />

the positive accomplishments Missouri’s<br />

senior citizens provide their local communities.<br />

Bell was nominated for the award by<br />

Mayor Mike Clement.<br />

“I always tell people that if you stop at<br />

every Lowes, Home Depot and Menards in<br />

the area, you wouldn’t find a tape measure<br />

that could measure Kay’s heart,” Kehoe<br />

said during his presentation remarks. “Missouri<br />

is great because of people with huge<br />

hearts like you and your husband Bob, who<br />

have given your lives now to our country,<br />

and now to this community.”<br />

Out of all the things Bell has done for<br />

the Manchester community, she said her<br />

personal favorite was putting together the<br />

Hometown Heroes Banner Program, which<br />

honors past and current Armed Forces<br />

members by featuring them on banners<br />

along Manchester Road.<br />

“What’s really exciting about it as well is<br />

that there are other cities that have called<br />

the mayor and people that have met me and<br />

asked us, ‘How do I do this? I want to do<br />

this for our city.’ So there are other cities<br />

that are starting to adopt [this program],”<br />

Bell said.<br />

Though she was surprised by this latest<br />

honor, it isn’t the first time she’s been recognized<br />

for her contributions to the community.<br />

In 2021, Bell and her husband<br />

were recognized as Citizens of the Year by<br />

the Manchester Homecoming Committee.<br />

When it came down to selecting a candidate<br />

for this year’s Senior Citizen Award,<br />

Kehoe, who also serves as Missouri’s Veterans<br />

Advocate, said that it was imperative<br />

I SERVING OUR SENIORS I 51<br />

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe presents the 20<strong>23</strong> Senior Service Award to Manchester Veterans<br />

Commission chair Kay Bell.<br />

(Shwetha Sundarrajan photo)<br />

to recognize their service.<br />

“It’s important because the seniors<br />

are whose shoulders we all stand on. We<br />

wouldn’t be here if the people before us<br />

didn’t work hard and make our communities<br />

great,” Kehoe told <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>.<br />

“And so people like the Bells – both<br />

Bob and Kay have worked so hard to make<br />

this community a wonderful place to live<br />

in and work in, and it’s important to recognize<br />

their service because they have much<br />

more to give. They might be retired from<br />

a normal job, but they’re actively working<br />

in the community, and that’s what makes a<br />

great community even better is to have so<br />

many volunteers whose passion is to just<br />

make the [community] a better place.”<br />

Bell’s dedication to serving veterans<br />

and their families has spanned decades,<br />

stemming from her family’s tradition of<br />

military service, and having supported<br />

her husband’s 24-year career in the U.S.<br />

Navy as a volunteer liaison between command<br />

leadership and Navy families as an<br />

ombudsman for 12 years.<br />

Despite her extensive involvement with<br />

the veteran community, Bell has no plans<br />

of stopping her volunteer work anytime<br />

soon.<br />

“I grew up with my parents and my<br />

grandparents always giving back and I<br />

think that’s what all of us should do. You<br />

know, we all put our pants on the same way.<br />

And we need to take care of each other and<br />

to help those that need help via support,”<br />

Bell said.<br />

Bethesda Meadow<br />

Bethesda Health Group<br />

322 Old State Road • Ellisville • 636.227.3431 • www.BethesdaHealth.org<br />

Celebrating 34 years of serving seniors and featuring refurbished, private rooms for those in need of therapy after a<br />

hospital discharge before returning home, Bethesda Meadow is the optimum choice for quality senior care in <strong>West</strong><br />

County!<br />

Bethesda Meadow’s 14-acre campus provides its residents and their guests with an opportunity to enjoy the peace<br />

and serenity of a relaxed, comforting environment.<br />

This award-winning community was named by Newsweek as one of the “Best Nursing Homes in the U.S.” in both 2022<br />

and 20<strong>23</strong>! Bethesda Meadow also was named to the list of top “St. Louis Area Senior Living Facilities and Home Health<br />

Providers for 20<strong>23</strong>,” as published in St. Louis Magazine.<br />

Bethesda Meadow is diligent about its commitment to keeping its residents and staff healthy and safe. We have<br />

experienced staff who work diligently to provide the care your loved one needs.<br />

Contact Mary at (314) 446-2116 for more information or to set up a tour.


Community Events for Older Adults<br />

CLASSES<br />

n ARTFULLY AGING WATERCOLOR • Second<br />

& fourth Thursdays through August • 10-11:30 a.m.<br />

• $15 per session, includes all supplies. • Call Julie<br />

Hohe at (314) 598-5562 to register no later than 5<br />

p.m. on the Tuesday prior to class.<br />

n BRIDGE LESSONS • Wednesdays, Sept. 13-<br />

Oct. 25 • 1-2:30 p.m. • Chesterfield Community<br />

Center. • $112 residents; $134 all others. •<br />

Registration required.<br />

n CARD MAKING • Thursday, Sept. 7 • 10<br />

a.m.-noon • Chesterfield Community Center • $10<br />

residents; $12 all others, cash-only, pay at the door.<br />

• Registration required.<br />

n CRAFTERNOONS: LACE PAINTING •<br />

Tuesday, Sept. 26 • 1-2:30 p.m. • Schroeder Park<br />

Building • Registration required. • $6 residents;<br />

$7.80 all others. Supplies included. • All abilities.<br />

n MAHJONGG LESSONS • Tuesdays, Sept.<br />

12-Oct. 3 • 1-2:30 p.m. • Chesterfield Community<br />

Center. • $64 residents; $77 all others. •<br />

Registration required<br />

n MEDICARE BASICS • Tuesday, Sept. 26 • 10-<br />

11:30 a.m. • Chesterfield Community Center • Free<br />

event. • Register via email.<br />

n PANEL DISCUSSION: THE PERFECT GIFT<br />

• Tuesday, Sept. 5 • 10-11 a.m. • Chesterfield<br />

Community Center • Learn to settle your estate &<br />

the resources needed to ensure your wishes are<br />

followed • Free event. • Register via email.<br />

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

• Schroeder Park Building • Drop-in classes. • All<br />

abilities. • Free event.<br />

n STRAWBERRY MARGARITA GLASS<br />

PAINTING • Wednesday, Sept. 20 • 6-8 p.m. •<br />

Schroeder Park Building • Registration required. •<br />

$25 residents; $32.50 all others. Supplies included.<br />

n UNDERSTANDING PAD • Tuesday, Sept. 5 •<br />

Learn the facts of peripheral artery disease (PAD)<br />

from Josh Mesger with Vascular Services • 10-<br />

11:30 a.m. • Chesterfield Community Center • Free<br />

event. • Register via email.<br />

n UP & AWAY PAINTING PARTY • Wednesday,<br />

Sept. 13 • 6-8 p.m. • Chesterfield Community<br />

Center • $45 per person. • Registration required at<br />

chesterfield.mo.us/painting-party-registration.<br />

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specifically for the specialized needs<br />

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of of those professionals with dementia that understands<br />

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safety, her individual comfort, needs and engagement<br />

desires.<br />

with – Paula a family R., Daughter feel. of Resident<br />

FITNESS & SPORTS<br />

n 50-PLUS & FIT • Mondays, 8-8:45 a.m.<br />

or 10:20-11:05 a.m. or 11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m. •<br />

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

a.m. & 11:20 a.m.-12:05 p.m. • The Pointe • Dropin<br />

classes. • Free for Pointe members; drop-in fee<br />

all others.<br />

n CLASSIC SILVER SNEAKERS • Tuesdays,<br />

Wednesdays & Fridays at 9-9:45 a.m. &<br />

Wednesdays at 10-10:45 a.m. • The Pointe • Dropin<br />

classes. • Free for Pointe members; drop-in fee<br />

all others.<br />

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

Park • Free<br />

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

Park • Free<br />

n DISC GOLF • Dawn to dusk • Railroad Park,<br />

17410 Edison Ave.<br />

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

Pointe at Ballwin Commons • Drop-in classes. •<br />

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

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

Park • Free<br />

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

Schroeder Park • Free<br />

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

n PICKLEBALL LESSONS • Wednesdays<br />

or Thursdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 5 • 5 p.m., 6 p.m. or<br />

7 p.m. • Schroeder Park • Registration required. •<br />

$44 residents; $57 all others.<br />

n PICKLEBALL MORNING CLINICS • Aug.<br />

29 & Sept. 5, 7, 12, 19, 21 & 26 • Intermediate:<br />

9-10:30 a.m. • Beginners: 10:30-noon • EVENING<br />

CLINICS • New beginners: Sept. 5, 12, 19 & 26<br />

from 6:15-7:45 p.m. • Intermediate: Aug. 31 &<br />

Sept. 14 & 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. • Beginner: Aug.<br />

31 & Sept. 14 & 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. • Chesterfield<br />

Valley Athletic Complex • $15 with advance online<br />

registration; $20 drop-in fee. • Credit cards only.<br />

n PICKLEBALL LEAGUE • Saturdays, Sept.<br />

9-Oct. 28 • 8:30-10 a.m. • Chesterfield Valley<br />

Athletic Complex • $100 per person. • Register at<br />

chesterfield.mo.us/pickleball-league.<br />

n TAKE A HIKE • Saturday, Sept. 9 • 10-11<br />

a.m. • Big Muddy Trail • Register via email to<br />

registration@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

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

Schroeder Park • Free<br />

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

Bluebird Park • Free<br />

n TENNIS LESSONS • Sept. 5-28 • 7-8 p.m. •<br />

Bluebird Park • $95 residents; $100 all others •<br />

Registration required.<br />

n WATER AEROBICS • Monday-Friday, 8:30<br />

a.m. • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30<br />

a.m. • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:45 p.m. • Drop-in<br />

classes • The Pointe • Platinum free; residents $7;<br />

all others $9<br />

n ABLT [Water Aerobics] • Tuesdays &<br />

Thursdays • 9:30 a.m. • Drop-in classes • The<br />

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

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

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays • 10:30 a.m.<br />

• Drop-in classes • The Pointe • Platinum free;<br />

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

n SENIOR POWER • Mondays through Oct. <strong>23</strong><br />

• 9:30-10:15 a.m. • Schroeder Park Building • $27<br />

residents; $34 all others; free with Silver Sneakers<br />

or Renew Active • Registration required.<br />

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

Residents free; all others $5 per class •Register<br />

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

n MERAKI YOGA • Tuesdays: 9:30-10:30 a.m.<br />

(chair yoga); 10:45-11:45 a.m. (morning flow)<br />

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

10:45-11:45 a.m. (morning flow) • Chesterfield<br />

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

for unlimited monthly pass • Registration required<br />

for passes. • $20 per drop-in class.<br />

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

8950 or visit ballwin.mo.us<br />

n Chesterfield – To register, call<br />

(636) 812-9500 or email olderadults@<br />

chesterfield.mo.us<br />

n Ellisville – To register, call (636)<br />

227-7508 or visit ellisville.recdesk.com<br />

n Manchester – To register, call<br />

(636) 391-6326, ext 401 or 402, or visit<br />

manchestermo.gov<br />

n Wildwood – To register, call<br />

(636) 458-0440 or visit wildwoodmo.<br />

recdesk.com<br />

n SILVER SNEAKERS YOGA • Wednesdays •<br />

10:10-10:50 a.m. • This class is suitable for nearly<br />

every fitness level. • No registration needed. • Free<br />

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

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

• Residents free; all others $5 per class • Register<br />

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

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

12:15 p.m. • Get groovin’ at your own pace. • No<br />

registration needed • Free with Pointe membership;<br />

drop-in fee all others.<br />

SOCIAL & SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

n BINGO • Wednesdays, Sept. 13 & 27 • 11:30<br />

a.m.-1 p.m. • Chesterfield Community Center.<br />

• $5 per person, cash only, pay at the door. •<br />

Registration required<br />

n MORNING BINGO • First & third Thursdays<br />

beginning Sept. 21 • 9-10:30 a.m. • Schroeder<br />

Park Building • $2 per person, per day.<br />

n BOOK CLUB • Tuesday, Sept. 19 • “An<br />

American Marriage” by Tayari Jon • 11 a.m.-noon •<br />

Schroeder Park Building • Free<br />

n BRIDGE • Monday, Sept. 18 • 1-3 p.m., open<br />

play • Schroeder Park Building • $1 per person.<br />

n BUNCO • Tuesday, Sept. 12 • 1-2:30 p.m. •<br />

Chesterfield Community Center • $5 per person,<br />

cash only, pay at the door. • Registration required.<br />

n CAHOKIANS IN CHESTERFIELD •<br />

Wednesday, Sept. 13 • 6:30-7:30 p.m. • Chesterfield<br />

Community Center • Learn about the ancient<br />

civilization that thrived in Chesterfield. • RSVP via<br />

email to registration@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

n LAFAYETTE OLDER ADULT PROGRAM<br />

(LOAP) • Second & fourth Mondays • September-<br />

May • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • Ballwin Golf Course Banquet<br />

Room • Entertainment, speakers, bingo, socializing<br />

• Lunch & drinks provided. • $2 per person.<br />

n MAH JONGG • Monday, Sept. 18 • 1-3 p.m.,<br />

open play • Schroeder Park Building • $1 per<br />

person per date.<br />

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

Chesterfield Community Center • Participants are<br />

welcome to bring their own sets. • Free<br />

• • •<br />

See EVENTS on page 58 for more listings.<br />

It feels like home. It is a home.<br />

• Only 8-13 residents<br />

• Private Rooms<br />

• Best Caregiver to resident ratio 1:5 Avg<br />

• Around the clock professional care<br />

• Family Style Meals<br />

Manchester, MO • Call Jonna at 314.686.4468 • www.FamilyPartnersHome.com


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Dr. Jessica Chellis joins Ballwin Dental Care<br />

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

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I BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT I 53<br />

Ballwin Dental Care has a new dentist<br />

with a unique perspective on providing<br />

care for patients’ dental needs.<br />

Jessica Chellis, D.M.D. is trained not<br />

only to treat patients’ immediate needs,<br />

but to consider the overall health of<br />

the mouth, the tendencies she sees and<br />

with her patient’s help work towards<br />

preventing issues in the future.<br />

“Dr. Jess” earned her Doctorate of<br />

Medicine in Dentistry from SIU School<br />

of Dental Medicine but continued her<br />

education for two more years completing<br />

a residency in Advanced Education<br />

in General Dentistry (AEGD) and a fellowship<br />

in Implant Dentistry.<br />

During the residency, “we learned<br />

how to treat comprehensive cases.<br />

Instead of just treating a single tooth or<br />

an isolated problem, we were trained to<br />

look at the oral cavity as a single unit<br />

and identify why there might be more<br />

advanced damage to the mouth,” she<br />

said. “Then we helped patients make<br />

educated decisions going forward to<br />

help make their teeth last as long as<br />

possible.”<br />

The training ranged from working<br />

with pediatric cases in operating rooms<br />

at hospitals to training in more advanced<br />

oral surgery procedures to reshaping or<br />

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completely remodeling patients’ existing<br />

teeth. Or, if teeth were at the point where<br />

they were not very predictable, she helped<br />

patients make choices about which ones to<br />

take out and then replaced them with the use<br />

of implants, dentures or partials, she said.<br />

The one year residency then led Dr. Jess<br />

to pursue the implant dentistry fellowship.<br />

“It was an additional one year where<br />

I focused specifically on doing implant<br />

dentistry – utilizing different techniques to<br />

replace either a single missing tooth or a<br />

whole arch of missing teeth,” Dr. Jess said.<br />

“It gave me insight into how teeth should<br />

be aligned and should function so patients<br />

can have them the rest of their life.”<br />

The additional education gave her a very<br />

unique perspective during examinations<br />

because she was able to evaluate the teeth<br />

and mouth with a multiple disciplinary<br />

approach, she said.<br />

“Periodontists specialize in the health<br />

of the gums; an oral surgeon knows how<br />

to remove teeth or contour things; a fixed<br />

prosthodontist puts teeth in proper relationship,”<br />

Dr. Jess said. “My general education<br />

through my residency and fellowship have<br />

given me training across all those specialized<br />

fields, so I can put it all together<br />

and visualize what the end goal is for my<br />

patient so I can give them a specific dental<br />

treatment plan that will set them up for success<br />

across all those disciplines.”<br />

Dr. Jess began working for Ballwin<br />

Dental Care part time in March while she<br />

was still in her final residency. She began<br />

seeing patients full time at the office in July.<br />

“I absolutely love it here. One of the<br />

main reasons why I chose this office is the<br />

location,” Dr. Jess said. “I really appreciate<br />

the demographic and the people here.<br />

Everyone is really warm and welcoming<br />

and extremely nice.”<br />

She joins Dr. Kimberly Simonds, Dr.<br />

Maya Habibi and Dr. Nolan Finney at Ballwin<br />

Dental Care who were also welcoming<br />

and share her dedication to patient care.<br />

“Everyone here is so patient focused.<br />

We understand that dentistry can be overwhelming,<br />

and a lot of patients have some<br />

reservations about coming to the dentist for<br />

many different reasons,” she said.<br />

Dr. Jess said the goal is to make patients<br />

feel at home and make dentistry approachable.<br />

The strategy is to “involve the<br />

patients in the decisions that we’re making,<br />

take time to identify the challenges and<br />

offer patients the risks and benefits of each<br />

outcome” before proceeding.<br />

“It’s a team approach,” she said.<br />

Dentistry is a second career for Dr. Jess<br />

who formerly worked in banking. She said<br />

she fell in love with dentistry.<br />

“I love helping patients regain their<br />

smiles, gain confidence and feel better<br />

about themselves,” she said.<br />

Dr. Jess and her fiancé enjoy working on<br />

their home, and have a number of cats in<br />

their family. She also enjoys hiking, biking,<br />

training for triathlons and cooking.<br />

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Reiniger Jewelers, which has been<br />

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since its founding in 1918, has officially<br />

landed in <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County. The company’s<br />

fifth and only St. Louis location has<br />

grand opened at 14442 Clayton Road. The<br />

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a variety of designer jewelry, completes<br />

repairs on-site and can create exquisite<br />

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Lutheran Senior Services is expanding<br />

access to innovative virtual reality<br />

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Steven C. Roberts, JD, LLM, trustee<br />

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(USBC) Board of Directors met with President<br />

Joe Biden and other senior administration<br />

officials as part of a delegation from<br />

the USBC on July 21. Roberts is the first<br />

Missourian to serve on the USBC Board of<br />

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Anna Hotop has been<br />

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of student affairs at St.<br />

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Poole<br />

has a master’s degree in Catholic educational<br />

leadership from Saint Louis University<br />

and a bachelor’s degree in religious<br />

studies with a minor in psychology from<br />

Fontbonne University.<br />

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of new board members, Dala Beekman,<br />

of Avison Young; and<br />

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Garden View Care Center has a new<br />

way to nurture and nourish its residents<br />

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The project began earlier this year<br />

at its O’Fallon location with residents<br />

reaping the benefits even before the<br />

first seeds were sown.<br />

The idea was first planted once<br />

the isolation of COVID was over,<br />

explained Erica Herman, Director of<br />

Admissions. This year, she thought it<br />

was time to move the idea forward.<br />

Facilities Manager James Reichling<br />

began by building a wheelchair accessible<br />

raised bed. He brought in his saw,<br />

and the wood was purchased. He also<br />

had help from residents, Erica said.<br />

“The guys were out there talking to<br />

James about the raised bed, drinking<br />

beer and watching him build it,” she<br />

said. “They were so interested and<br />

happy. It was a good experience for<br />

them.<br />

“When they were finished, they had<br />

a beautiful U-shaped raised bed. The<br />

wheelchair could get right in the middle<br />

and the sides weren’t very wide so you<br />

could reach everything from there.”<br />

“The idea behind the Seed to Table<br />

program is to connect residents with<br />

the energy and growth of nature and<br />

help them rejuvenate,” said Kira Somach,<br />

Director of Marketing. “Gardening is an<br />

activity that nourishes mind, body and<br />

soul and enriches the lives of our residents<br />

inside and out.”<br />

Residents and staff took an active role in<br />

planting the vegetables and herbs, transferring<br />

the seedlings of carrots, cucumbers,<br />

peppers and tomatoes along with oregano,<br />

parsley and basil to the planter box.<br />

“A lot of them have had gardens, and they<br />

all came out and gave advice about when<br />

to thin out the tomatoes and other things,”<br />

Erica said.<br />

They also had help from members of the<br />

Jardin du Lac Garden Club who planted<br />

flowering annuals to compliment the growing<br />

vegetables.<br />

Residents used a seed product called<br />

Growums, which features seed kits for a<br />

salad garden, taco garden and pizza garden.<br />

Residents had a great vantage point<br />

to watch the garden grow because it can<br />

easily be seen from the dining room.<br />

“Everyone wants to see how the plants<br />

are doing, so they are watching it,” said<br />

Erica. “They feel ownership in that the<br />

garden is not just at a place where they are<br />

staying, it’s a place where they are living,”<br />

said Erica. “We call it the patio or backyard.<br />

It is, literally, the residents’ backyard.”<br />

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Residents are also taking an active role<br />

in harvesting the vegetables, and Garden<br />

View Care Center - O’Fallon’s Executive<br />

Chef Jim Valle is using the produce.<br />

“He loves it,” Erica said.<br />

Valle used the vegetables to make a fresh<br />

cucumber and tomato salad, and adds the<br />

fresh herbs in the pots of soup that he<br />

makes on Sundays, she said.<br />

“The chef and I are talking about keeping<br />

the herbs growing through the winter,”<br />

Erica said.<br />

As with gardeners everywhere, the project<br />

was successful with some vegetables<br />

and herbs and not with others.<br />

“We’re learning. That’s what gardeners<br />

are supposed to do,” she said. But overall,<br />

the garden has been a plus for residents and<br />

staff. “It’s been a really wonderful experience.”<br />

Plans are to build another raised bed in<br />

the Memory Unit’s backyard, so residents<br />

there can get involved.<br />

“They have access now, but this would<br />

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The Seed to Table program has also been<br />

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Sales Taxes $ 5,114,963 $ 649,476<br />

Other Taxes 1,078,254 -<br />

Licenses & Permits 1,389,587 -<br />

Public Utility Licenses 1,714,861 -<br />

Court Fines 190,394 -<br />

Police & Communications 190,090 -<br />

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Grants & Donations <strong>23</strong>,4<strong>23</strong> 110,996<br />

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Investment Income 305,501 -<br />

Escrows 6,483 -<br />

Miscellaneous 784,799 -<br />

Other Financing Sources - 3,400,000<br />

Total: $ 12,994,977 $ 4,160,472<br />

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Parks & Recreation 2,478,816 267,655<br />

Police 3,543,752 5,869,845<br />

Public Works 1,615,793 279,844<br />

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By JESSICA MARIE BAUMGARTNER<br />

It’s time to get neighborly. The second<br />

annual Missouri Good Neighbor Week is<br />

Sept. 28-Oct. 4.<br />

Last year, Gov. Mike Parson launched<br />

the event to inspire Missouri residents<br />

to “participate in events and activities to<br />

establish connections with their neighbors.”<br />

The event is being hosted through the<br />

Extension of the University of Missouri<br />

and The Hopeful Neighborhood Project.<br />

Last year 17 Missourians received<br />

awards for Acts of Neighboring and being<br />

the Most Engaging Neighbor in their areas.<br />

The 2022 goal was to record 10,000 acts of<br />

kindness. Not only was this goal achieved,<br />

but 12,594 acts were submitted.<br />

This year, Missouri Good Neighbor<br />

Week is asking residents to participate in<br />

its 15,000 Acts of Neighboring Challenge.<br />

“Good neighbors make great neighbors,<br />

built one act of neighboring at a time.”<br />

That’s the event’s philosophy.<br />

The challenge entails three simple steps:<br />

• Do something good for a neighbor.<br />

There are many great ways that community<br />

members can help each other, from doing<br />

yard work for the sick or elderly to offering<br />

free babysitting services or engaging in<br />

creative ways to spread joy and love, no act<br />

is considered too small.<br />

• Register your act of neighborliness at<br />

missourigoodneighborweek.com; doing<br />

so will allow each act of kindness to be<br />

tracked statewide. Participants can include<br />

an explanation of their act, but only ZIP<br />

codes are required. Individuals hoping to<br />

be nominated for an award may qualify for<br />

prizes if details are included.<br />

• Nominate others for the “Neighbor of<br />

the Year” award. Service, events and social<br />

interaction are the main factors in determining<br />

the winners.<br />

State awards will be given in partnered<br />

cities and counties after the acts are<br />

recorded. All Missouri residents are eligible<br />

to participate in this free event. There<br />

is no age limit. The website has coloring<br />

sheets for children in both English and<br />

Spanish as well as postcards and colorful<br />

graphics to help spread the word.<br />

Individuals with questions, or communities<br />

seeking to participate can contact<br />

David Burton by phone at (417) 881-8909<br />

or via email at burtond@missouri.edu.<br />

EDUCATION REPORT, from page 18<br />

that’s the whole reason you would work at<br />

a middle school. If you don’t love the kids,<br />

you should find a job somewhere else.”<br />

While teaching positions in Parkway and<br />

Rockwood are pretty much full, Neely and<br />

Baugus said they are focused on retaining<br />

the great teachers they have. Both districts<br />

have programs that take advantage of the<br />

Department of Elementary and Secondary<br />

Education (DESE) Grow Your Own Grant<br />

program. Missouri’s Fiscal Year 2024<br />

budget includes funding for the program,<br />

which is designed to increase recruitment<br />

of quality teachers in local schools across<br />

the state. Funds can go toward creating or<br />

strengthening a Grow Your Own teacher<br />

program. Rockwood has a program called<br />

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program for juniors and seniors<br />

who want to become future teachers in<br />

the district. Eligible students are assigned<br />

mentors who help them develop a career<br />

plan. Parkway and Rockwood also offer<br />

students a teaching and learning strand for<br />

aspiring teachers in their Spark! program.<br />

The Spark! program is the districts’ CAPS<br />

Network Experience. CAPS stands for<br />

Center for Advanced Professional Studies<br />

and its programs are nationally recognized<br />

for high school students.<br />

Through the program schools work with<br />

local industry, community and educational<br />

leaders to bring meaningful experiences for<br />

students, as well as partners. Spark! Teaching<br />

and Learning immerses students in<br />

teaching and learning. Students will understand<br />

learning styles and teaching methodologies<br />

while collaborating with teachers,<br />

administrators, students and families. This<br />

experience focuses on the general theory<br />

and practice of learning and teaching; the<br />

basic principles of educational psychology;<br />

the planning and administration of educational<br />

activities; and the social foundations<br />

of education.<br />

Parkway held its first teacher signing<br />

day at the end of the 20<strong>23</strong> school year to<br />

celebrate its graduates who are going on to<br />

become teachers.<br />

While Dr. Paul Katnik, DESE’s assistant<br />

commissioner in the office of educator quality,<br />

said teacher shortages due to low university<br />

enrollment across the state would likely<br />

affect rural districts before it reaches Parkway<br />

and Rockwood, the districts know they<br />

need to continue to do their best to show<br />

teachers that they are appreciated.<br />

“Education has taken a big hit in the last<br />

few years,” Neely said. “You can’t just<br />

simply blame the virus, but a lot of the<br />

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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 />

Fall Fling Bingo is at 7 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Aug. 26 (doors open at 6 p.m.) at Ascension<br />

School, <strong>23</strong>8 Santa Maria Drive in<br />

Chesterfield. Win over $500 in cash prizes.<br />

Tickets purchased in advance are $25 for<br />

15 Bingo games, water, soda, beer and<br />

wine. $30 at the door. Must be 21 to attend.<br />

Hotdogs and candy are available for purchase.<br />

For details, call (314) 303-6250 or<br />

email, bingo@ascensionkofc.org.<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 />

The Folklife Festival in the Historic<br />

Village at Faust Park is<br />

Saturday, Sept. <strong>23</strong> and Sunday,<br />

Sept. 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

at The Factory, 17105 N. Outer 40 Road<br />

in Chesterfield. Restaurants will compete<br />

for 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 tickets.<br />

• • •<br />

Eureka Knights of Columbus BBQ is<br />

from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15<br />

and Friday, Sept. 22 at the Concession<br />

Stand next to the Spur Parking lot at the<br />

intersection of Hwy 109 and S. Central<br />

Road. Smoked ribs, pork steaks, chicken,<br />

hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats with or<br />

without sides. For details, visit uknight.org.<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 />

• • •<br />

The Dan McLaughlin Golf Tournament<br />

is at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 9 at<br />

Norwood Hills Country Club, 1 Norwood<br />

Hills Country Club Drive in St. Louis.<br />

Tickets start at $100. For details, visit sefstl.org<br />

and search events.<br />

• • •<br />

Walk to End Hydrocephalus is from<br />

9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Chesterfield<br />

Central Park, 16365 Lydia Hill<br />

Drive in Chesterfield. The walk is 1-2<br />

miles to raise critical funds for research,<br />

advocacy efforts, support, and education<br />

for Hydrocephalus. Well-behaved dogs<br />

on leash are welcome. For details, email<br />

stlouisWalk@hydroassoc.org or call<br />

(888) 598-3789.<br />

• • •<br />

Tee Off for The Kids Charity Golf<br />

Tournament is at 11 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

Oct. 14 at Pevely Farms Golf Club, 400<br />

Lewis Road in Eureka. Entry fee is $175<br />

per player and includes golf, range balls<br />

cart, gift bag, lunch, refreshments, dinner,<br />

and awards. To register, visit knights-ofcolumbus-tee-off-for-kids.perfectgolfevent.com<br />

or call (314) 749 3477.<br />

• • •<br />

Ryan J. Candice Memorial Golf Tournament<br />

is at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14<br />

at Gateway National Golf Links, 18 Golf<br />

Drive in Madison, Illinois. Earlybird price<br />

is $400 per foursome and includes lunch,<br />

dinner, and beer on the course. Regular<br />

pricing is $500 per foursome. Prizes<br />

awarded for the top 3 teams. Sign up at<br />

wakeupgolf.eventbrite.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Brad Buechler Memorial Golf<br />

Tournament is from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on<br />

Monday, Oct. 16 at the Tapawingo National<br />

Golf Club, 13001 Gary Player Drive in<br />

St. Louis, featuring an 18-Hole Modified<br />

Scramble tournament, raffles, auctions,<br />

and more. Tickets start at $750. Scholarship<br />

opportunities are available. Proceeds<br />

benefit children with autism and special<br />

needs. For details, visit afastl.org/events or<br />

call, (636) 227-<strong>23</strong>30.<br />

CONCERTS & FESTIVALS<br />

Ballwin Concert Series continues with<br />

the Bryan Duckham Band from 7-9 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, Aug. <strong>23</strong> at the New Ballwin<br />

Park, 329 New Ballwin Road. For<br />

details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Backstoppalooza is at 6 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Aug. 26 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater,<br />

631 Veterans Place Drive. Food<br />

trucks and the music of Big Love, a tribute<br />

to Fleetwood Mac are featured. Free event;<br />

donations accepted to support BackStoppers<br />

Inc. 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 manchester mo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Summer Sounds is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday,<br />

Aug. 30 at Schroeder Park Amphitheater,<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road in<br />

Manchester. Visit chamberprojectstl.org or<br />

email, rpate@manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Art Fair at Queeny Park is from 5-9<br />

p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1; from 10 a.m.-6<br />

p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 and from 11<br />

a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3 at Queeny<br />

Park, 550 Weidman Road in Manchester,<br />

featuring up to 130 juried artists from 20<br />

states, it is one of the longest-running art<br />

fairs in the bi-state region. For details,<br />

visit greaterstlouisartists.org/art-fair-atqueeny-park.<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 />

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Town & Country Concert Series featuring<br />

the Meramec Valley Ramblers is<br />

from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15 at Town<br />

Square, 13360 Clayton Road. Live music,<br />

food trucks and more. Details at town-andcountry.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Michael F. Neidorff Chamber Concert<br />

Series continues with Romancing the<br />

Baroque, featuring Nicholas McGeganat<br />

at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 at the<br />

E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall, 560 Trinity<br />

Avenue in University City. For a complete<br />

schedule and to purchase tickets, visit<br />

chambermusicstl.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<br />

at 10 a.m. for an all day event with kids<br />

zone, vendor and food booths, music, and<br />

fireworks (9:15 p.m.) Admission is free;<br />

some activities have a fee. Vendor registration<br />

and parade participation are open. For<br />

details, visit cityofwildwood.com, email<br />

stacy@cityofwildwood.com or call (636)<br />

458-0440.<br />

• • •<br />

The Folklife Festival in the Historic<br />

Village at Faust Park is Saturday, Sept. <strong>23</strong><br />

and Sunday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m-4 p.m.<br />

Tickets are $5. Children 10 and under are<br />

free. Peruse the crafts, watch demonstrations<br />

including pottery firing, corn husk<br />

doll-making, rope making, candle dipping,<br />

cooking and more. Tickets available<br />

at the gate or in advance at https://bit.<br />

ly/3XDdBQl.<br />

• • •<br />

Acoustic Music Fest is at 11 a.m. on<br />

Sunday, Sept. 24 at the National Museum<br />

of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station<br />

Road in Kirkwood, featuring a variety of<br />

musical acts. Bring a lawn chair, relax and<br />

enjoy the music or check out the museum’s<br />

world-class collection of artifacts. Museum<br />

admission applies, free for members. $15<br />

for adults, $13 for seniors and first responders,<br />

$6 for children ages 2-12. For details,<br />

visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Eureka Days is from 5-11 p.m. on Friday,<br />

Sept. 29; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.<br />

30 and from noon-6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.<br />

1 at Legion Park, 333 Bald Hill Road in<br />

Eureka. Carnival rides, beer garden, parade,<br />

kids area, vendors, live music, and more.<br />

Sunday will feature $1 carnival rides. For<br />

details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

FALL HAPPENINGS<br />

Fall WildFlower Market is from 3-7<br />

p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 at Shaw Nature<br />

Reserve, 307 Pinetum Loop Road in<br />

Gray Summit. Shop a wide selection<br />

of Missouri native wildflowers, grasses,<br />

shrubs, vines, sedges and trees grown by<br />

local nurseries. Free admission for Missouri<br />

Botanical Garden members; $5 per<br />

person, or $10 per car for non-members.<br />

For details, visit snrshop.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Ellisville Fall Porch Contest is from<br />

Sept. <strong>23</strong> through Oct. 31 for Ellisville<br />

residents and businesses. Decorate a front<br />

porch, patio or balcony and submit a photo<br />

to mfadler@ellisville.mo.us. Each entry<br />

will be uploaded to the Ellisville Facebook<br />

page for a vote. To vote, go to the contest<br />

photo album and “like” a favorite. The five<br />

photo submissions with the most votes will<br />

be entered in a drawing for a gift card. For<br />

details, visit ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Fall Hayrides are at 6, 6:45 and 7:30<br />

p.m. on Thursdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Oct.<br />

19 and Oct. 26 at the Bussmann Shelter<br />

- Bluebird Park in Ellisville. Take an<br />

evening hayride through the park. There<br />

will be an open campfire to make s’mores<br />

and drink hot cocoa. Space is limited<br />

and spots fill quickly, so register now.<br />

Fee is $10 per person, $8 for residents.<br />

Pre-registration is required at ellisville.<br />

mo.us/226/Fall-Hayrides.<br />

FAMILY & KIDS<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 />

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 />

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 />

Family Pickleball Days is from 3-5<br />

p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27 at The Timbers<br />

of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane. One court<br />

will be dedicated to first-timers who want<br />

to learn how to play; the other courts<br />

will be available for open-play matches.<br />

Members are free. Non-members pay<br />

$3. Pre-registration is recommended at<br />

eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Creative Corner is from 9:30-10:30<br />

a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6 at The Timbers<br />

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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 />

• • •<br />

Big Trucks and Family Fun Day is<br />

from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. <strong>23</strong><br />

at The National Museum of Transportation,<br />

2933 Barrett Station Road in Kirkwood,<br />

featuring trucks of all kinds, family fun<br />

activities and more. Super Smokers BBQ<br />

and Hacienda food trucks will be on site.<br />

Visit tnmot.org/event/big-trucks-day for<br />

details.<br />

• • •<br />

Ladders and Lures is from 5 a.m.-12:30<br />

p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at Central Park,<br />

16365 Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield.<br />

Grab your fishing poles and join firefighters<br />

and EMS crews for a day of fishing. All<br />

ages welcome. $5 per family. Fishing poles<br />

will be available for rent. For details, visit<br />

chesterfield.mo.us and search, “Ladders<br />

and Lures.”<br />

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Tappmeyer Homestead Self-Guided<br />

Tours are from noon-4 p.m. every fourth<br />

Sunday through August at the Creve Coeur<br />

Tappmeyer Homestead, 2 Barnes <strong>West</strong><br />

Drive in Millennium Park. For details,<br />

email TappmeyerHomestead@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. For details,<br />

call (636) 391-6326 or email, rpate@manchestsermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Senior Bingo is from 10:30 a.m.-12:30<br />

p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30 at Ballwin<br />

Pointe, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle in Ballwin.<br />

Open to all seniors in the community<br />

with snacks and beverages provided. For<br />

details, visit clubhouse.acanetwork.org<br />

and search “Senior Bingo.”<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<br />

per person are allowed. The cost is $10 per<br />

human. Owners must show a pet’s current<br />

proof of vaccinations. All participants must<br />

pre-register online to attend the event. For<br />

details, visit desperesmo.org/775/Dog-<br />

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• • •<br />

Pooch Plunges are from 5-8 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, Sept. 7 and from 9 a.m.-noon<br />

on Saturday, Sept. 9 at The EDGE Aquatic<br />

Center, 225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville.<br />

Handlers must bring a copy of the<br />

current rabies vaccination record for each<br />

dog. Handlers must be at least 18 and must<br />

sign a waiver of liability. Dogs must be at<br />

least 6 months old. $3 per person, $7 per<br />

dog. Children 2 and under are free. For<br />

details, visit ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Electronics Recycling is from noon-5<br />

p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 at Bluebird Park,<br />

225 Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville. Fees<br />

apply for certain items. For details on<br />

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

Electronics Recycling is from 8-11 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, Sept. 16 at Schroeder Park,<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

This is a drive-through service in<br />

the lower parking lot of Schroeder Park.<br />

Free event, but some TVs and monitors<br />

will have fees. For details, visit manchestermo.gov/Ecycling.<br />

• • •<br />

Clean Stream is from 8:30-10:30 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, Sept. <strong>23</strong>. Volunteers are<br />

needed to help clean the waterways in the<br />

Manchester community. Donuts will be<br />

provided at the start of the clean-up. All<br />

ages welcome. To sign up, email 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 />

• • •<br />

Shred Event is at 9 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

Sept. <strong>23</strong> at 300 Park Drive in Ballwin. Ballwin<br />

residents are invited to bring unwanted<br />

documents to shred for free. The event will<br />

be open for three hours or until the truck is<br />

full. Paper only. For details, visit ballwin.<br />

mo.us.<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 />

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indoor gardening.” For details, call (636)<br />

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