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I OPINION I 3<br />

We must restore<br />

‘veritas’ at our universities<br />

According to a survey done by the Harvard<br />

Crimson in 2022, 80% of the faculty<br />

at Harvard University self-identified as<br />

“liberal.” Thirty-seven percent self-identified<br />

as “very liberal.”<br />

Only 1% self-identified as conservative.<br />

This snapshot of the politics of the faculty<br />

at the nation’s oldest and leading university<br />

is not exceptional. Surveys of most university<br />

faculties show them overwhelmingly<br />

on the left.<br />

If we think about it, it can help us<br />

understand why the president of Harvard,<br />

Claudine Gay, had such a hard<br />

time making a clear statement condemning<br />

the atrocities committed by Hamas<br />

against Israeli civilians.<br />

And it can help us understand demonstrations<br />

by students at Harvard, and other<br />

universities, accusing Israel, the victim of<br />

these atrocities, as their cause.<br />

As one Wall Street Journal columnist<br />

put it, one can hardly imagine demonstrations<br />

at Harvard against human brutality<br />

in China, Iran, North Korea, Russia<br />

or Syria.<br />

But somehow atrocities against Israelis<br />

are not only justified in the eyes of these<br />

left-wing university elite but caused by<br />

their Israeli victims.<br />

What is the sickness of the soul that has<br />

captured America’s elite of higher education?<br />

To start our inquiry, we must look at Harvard’s<br />

founding. John Harvard, who provided<br />

the college’s first endowment, was a<br />

clergyman.<br />

Read the language on Harvard’s seal.<br />

“Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae.”<br />

“Truth for Christ and Church.”<br />

How many of Harvard’s administration<br />

today, of those teaching at Harvard today,<br />

of those learning at Harvard today can<br />

identify with these words from the earliest<br />

days of their university?<br />

I don’t know the exact number, but I<br />

think if we guess zero, we’ll be close to the<br />

truth.<br />

America was founded and built by Christians<br />

who sought truth and worked to make<br />

a better world.<br />

Were there flaws, mistakes? Of course.<br />

They were men.<br />

But the way to improve is to get closer to<br />

the truth, not to throw it in the trash.<br />

Those administering, teaching and learning<br />

at Harvard and our other leading universities<br />

are not consumed by scholarship<br />

and truth-seeking, but by ideology.<br />

Ideology is strikingly similar to another<br />

word: idol. Something man builds for himself<br />

and worships.<br />

It is the product of egotism and pride and<br />

not the product of humility, which comes<br />

only from knowing there is a truth bigger<br />

than you, of which you are part.<br />

Claudine Gay condemned hate and said<br />

her university is about bringing people<br />

with differences together.<br />

This is a university president who does<br />

not see “veritas,” truth, and good and evil<br />

in the world, as embodied and conveyed in<br />

the message on her university seal and its<br />

history.<br />

The job of universities is to pursue truth.<br />

But this is impossible when they do not<br />

believe truth exists. Thinking that the point<br />

is bringing together people rather than<br />

pursing truth is an exercise in ideology, not<br />

scholarship, and leads only to the social,<br />

cultural and spiritual degeneration we are<br />

experiencing.<br />

If we want to save our country, let’s save<br />

our places of learning. Let’s purge the sea<br />

of ethnic, political and ideological clubs<br />

that dominate social and intellectual life at<br />

what are supposed to be our institutions of<br />

learning.<br />

The terrorists are financed by the sale of<br />

oil. That oil was found, developed and is<br />

worth mega-billions because of <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

technology. A disproportionate contribution<br />

to the development of that science and<br />

technology has come from the very people<br />

whose homeland is Israel, against whom<br />

the terrorists commit atrocities.<br />

The United States grew and became<br />

great with the values that brought forth the<br />

miracle that is the modern State of Israel.<br />

The moral relativism and hedonism of<br />

America’s left is now obliterating these<br />

truths.<br />

A new birth of freedom in America<br />

means a new birth of truth and learning at<br />

our universities.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center<br />

for Urban Renewal and Education and<br />

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4 I OPINION I<br />

November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />





Honor families of those<br />

who serve<br />

To the Editor:<br />

World War I ended at the <strong>11</strong>th hour of the<br />

<strong>11</strong>th day of the <strong>11</strong>th month in 1918 when<br />

the Armistice went into effect. The United<br />

States has observed Veterans Day, originally<br />

Armistice Day, every year since 1919.<br />

Veterans Day is when we honor those who<br />

have served in the armed forces of the United<br />

States. It is distinctly different from Memorial<br />

Day when we honor those who have<br />

made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.<br />

When honoring our veterans, let us also<br />

honor the families of those who served.<br />

They sacrificed time with loved ones who<br />

were away on active duty. They did their<br />

best to continue with daily life while their<br />

loved ones were away serving. They did<br />

this knowing that at any time they could get<br />

that phone call or knock on the door that<br />

would tell them that a loved one had made<br />

the ultimate sacrifice.<br />

Let us honor and say thanks to all those<br />

who served on this Veterans Day, including<br />

their families!<br />

Scott Ottenberg<br />

Protecting our Second<br />

Amendment Rights<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Recent legislation passed by our County<br />

Council threatens to erode our Second<br />

Amendment rights. This legislation<br />

obstructs citizens’ right to open carry by<br />

mandating the possession of a concealed<br />

carry permit, in opposition to Missouri’s<br />

Constitutional Carry laws. This move is not<br />

only problematic but also unconstitutional.<br />

This legislation represents a significant<br />

overreach by our local government. I recognize<br />

the vital role our Second Amendment<br />

plays in safeguarding our individual freedoms.<br />

This legislation imposes unnecessary<br />

restrictions on those who seek to defend<br />

their families.<br />

One of my primary concerns is that this<br />

legislation only applies to unincorporated<br />

St. Louis County. This approach creates a<br />

confusing patchwork of different rules and<br />

regulations across our county regarding<br />

open carry. Such a haphazard system is not<br />

only confusing for our law-abiding citizens<br />

but also impractical for law enforcement<br />

agencies tasked with enforcing these varying<br />

regulations.<br />

This legislation may also be in direct<br />

violation of Missouri state statutes, which<br />

explicitly prohibit local governments from<br />

passing laws that differ from the state laws<br />

concerning firearms. Our state constitution<br />

upholds the right of our citizens to bear<br />

arms. It is my firm belief that we should not<br />

infringe upon those rights.<br />

I voted against this legislation. Criminals<br />

will continue to be criminals, and only lawabiding<br />

citizens will follow this new law.<br />

This law will also further its proponents’<br />

stated goal, which is increased gun confiscation.<br />

State and federal law already prohibits<br />

the crimes being used as justification to<br />

pass this legislation.<br />

We must focus on effective and sensible<br />

measures that enhance public safety without<br />

infringing on our constitutional rights. This<br />

means supporting law enforcement and providing<br />

resources for mental health services.<br />

Our freedoms and our ability to defend our<br />

families should be cherished and protected,<br />

not undermined by ill-conceived legislation.<br />

Mark Harder<br />

Senior tax relief<br />

To the Editor:<br />

On Oct. 17, the St. Louis County Council<br />

once again missed the mark by approving a<br />

watered-down version of property tax relief.<br />

Although it is good we were able to see<br />

some progress on this issue, the council’s<br />

version applies to only some seniors and<br />

expires after five years.<br />

Multiple Missouri counties have already<br />

signed laws allowing this tax relief, including<br />

St. Charles County. Shockingly, the St.<br />

Louis County Council is unwilling to support<br />

a full property tax freeze for seniors.<br />

This isn’t complicated. St. Louis County,<br />

like St. Charles County, should protect all<br />

seniors. Our council should not pick winners<br />

and losers, set arbitrary home value<br />

cutoffs and establish expiration dates for<br />

important tax freezes, resulting in a burdensome<br />

tax hike down the road for the seniors<br />

who do qualify.<br />

To champion the cause of tax relief for all<br />

seniors, I am collecting names of St. Louis<br />

County residents who support real, permanent<br />

tax freezes. I urge county voters to add<br />

their names to the growing list of supporters<br />

at GregoryForMissouri.com and tell the<br />

St. Louis County Council to pass full senior<br />

property tax relief. Our seniors did their part<br />

– it’s time we did ours.<br />

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November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


I 5<br />

Clearing up some questions<br />

related to Rockwood’s Prop 3<br />

Will the Rockwood School District get a tax revenue windfall<br />

from rising property assessments?<br />

NO! RSD will NOT get a revenue windfall, due to a Missouri law. On September<br />

28, 20<strong>23</strong>, the Rockwood Board of Education voted to LOWER the Rockwood<br />

portion of your tax rate to offset rising property values, as is required by<br />

Missouri’s Hancock Amendment. The new rate, approved by the Missouri<br />

State Auditor, is $3.8907. This is a decrease of 25.76 cents.<br />

Will this lower tax rate impact Prop 3?<br />

The decrease in the tax rate has no impact on Prop 3. The benefit of the 20<strong>23</strong><br />

tax rate decrease will be realized by taxpayers in tax year 20<strong>23</strong> and beyond,<br />

regardless of Proposition 3 ballot results. The ballot language will not change,<br />

and the timeline of the zero new taxes levy transfer detailed in Proposition 3 will<br />

remain as is.<br />

Will voting “no” on Prop 3 lower my tax rate even more?<br />

Voting no would NOT lower your tax rate, because the remaining bonds in Debt<br />

Service don’t pay off for 15 years. In addition, expenses related to maintaining<br />

3.8 million square feet don’t disappear if the proposition fails. Also, safety and<br />

technology needs for 20,000 students and thousands of staff don’t disappear.<br />

If Prop 3 fails, there are only two choices available for funding these ongoing<br />

expenses: bonds with millions wasted in interest, or a higher tax rate.<br />

Will RSD default on their remaining debt if Prop 3 is passed?<br />

NO! RSD will be able to pay off their existing bonds within their current maturity<br />

schedules with the remaining tax rate in the Debt Service Fund because of<br />

strategic refinancing that saved millions in interest.<br />

Why TRUST Prop 3 for Rockwood?<br />

The Rockwood School Board unanimously supports Prop 3 on the Nov 7th<br />

ballot! In addition to annually receiving the highest level of independent financial<br />

audit opinions, the district has earned multiple financial reporting and budgeting<br />

awards, plus a AAA from Standard & Poor’s. Also, RSD spends less per student<br />

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The Lost and Found Nephew<br />

Law Matters<br />

I prepared a<br />

trust-based<br />

estate plan for a<br />

client. I<br />

explained the<br />

benefits in<br />

avoiding probate<br />

- more<br />

privacy, less<br />

cost. He understood.<br />

He was close to his elderly aunt<br />

who had never married. She had a<br />

sizeable estate. Her attorney had<br />

prepared a will-based plan for her.<br />

When my client, the nephew, talked<br />

to her about creating a trust, she told<br />

him that her attorney said trusts were<br />

not a good idea because you don't<br />

have court supervision of the<br />

administration of a trust. I know I'm a<br />

little jaded after practicing law for as<br />

long as I have, but I have to wonder<br />

whether the attorney was also<br />

thinking about the sizable probate fee<br />

he hoped to get. In any event, the aunt<br />

did not do a trust.<br />

Time passed, and sadly, the aunt<br />

died. When someone dies, all of their<br />

accounts and assets get frozen until an<br />

estate is opened. My client was named<br />

as the personal representative, the<br />

executor, and he came to me to<br />

probate her estate.<br />

When you open a probate estate,<br />

among other things, you need to try to<br />

contact potential heirs. In this case,<br />

there was another nephew. No one<br />

knew where he was, and there was no<br />

record of him in the aunt's address<br />

book or any letters or even Christmas<br />

cards. After some sluething, my client<br />

found an address for the cousin in a<br />

remote town in Minnesota. So, we<br />

sent him the required information,<br />

hoping that would be the end of it.<br />

We weren't that lucky.<br />

The next thing that happened<br />

was that I was contacted by an<br />

attorney. He told me that he representated<br />

the Minnesota cousin. He<br />

said that his client had, in fact, been<br />

very close to the deceased aunt and<br />

called her regularly, although the<br />

phone records didn't show that. He<br />

said that my client had taken advantage<br />

of the aunt and had her write his<br />

client out of the will. He demanded<br />

half of the estate.<br />

I told my client that this was a<br />

nuisance claim, and he could throw<br />

some money at it to make it go away.<br />

He authorized me to offer $20,000. I<br />

called the attorney and offered<br />

$5,000, and he accepted. That was a<br />

small price to pay for what could<br />

have been a protracted and terribly<br />

expensive will contest.<br />

If only the aunt had done a trust,<br />

we could have avoided all of that.<br />

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Fred L. Vilbig is an attorney with over 30<br />

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Do you speak Republican?<br />

After several weeks of chaos, the United States House of Representatives<br />

has a speaker. Rep. Mike Johnson, a little-known Louisiana Republican,<br />

won the job last week without losing a single Republican vote. Mr. Johnson<br />

speaks Republican and oozes conservatism.<br />

He is ardently pro-life. He was a key figure in attempts to overturn the<br />

2020 election. He does not believe in human-caused climate change. He<br />

strongly opposes same-sex marriage. Out of 435 lawmakers, Johnson was<br />

ranked the 429th least bipartisan, according to an index by the Lugar Center<br />

and McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.<br />

A consensus builder he is not.<br />

A near month of public infighting has left the Republican brand bruised<br />

and battered. An ultra-conservative speaker who ends up on the unpopular<br />

side of a lot of issues will do little to repair that image. With that in mind,<br />

will Speaker Johnson be able to get anything done and does he even want to?<br />

There are some big items on the very near-term to-do list for Congress.<br />

They need to fund the government. They need to decide if we are going to<br />

continue to fund our allies in Ukraine and Israel. There are still funds needed<br />

for natural disasters in Hawaii, California and Vermont. The border crisis<br />

looms large.<br />

That is an awful lot to find on one’s plate, particularly when Matt Gaetz is<br />

off to the side, threatening to slap the plate out of your hands. Do Johnson’s<br />

conservative bona fides buy him some leeway with the far-right zealots like<br />

Gaetz? Maybe. Johnson is a fairly classic social conservative; Gaetz is more<br />

of a MAGA-come-lately conservative. They both speak Republican but with<br />

very different accents.<br />

All of this makes it very interesting that Johnson was able to unite the party<br />

in such a coherent fashion. His platform may look a lot like firebrand and<br />

failed speaker Jim Jordan, but his tactics are very different. He seems to have<br />

virtually no enemies within the party.<br />

There is a term used in football to describe quarterbacks who are good<br />

enough not to lose, but not good enough to create wins. They call them game<br />

managers. Mike Johnson seems like a game manager for the Republican<br />

party. Can he deliver large, generational wins not seen since the days of<br />

Newt Gingrich? Probably not. But he is also not likely to turn the ball over<br />

and create easy wins for Democrats, which is what lost Kevin McCarthy the<br />

job.<br />

The sad reality is that we have been without a Speaker of the House for<br />

nearly a month and, well, the house has stayed standing. We don’t really<br />

need a lot from the job. We don’t really need a lot from Congress. Those<br />

to-do items listed earlier aren’t just the priority items, they’re pretty much<br />

the only items that must get done. We used to be deathly afraid of gridlock.<br />

Gridlock seems like a decent outcome these days. The world is spinning<br />

faster and faster and faster, and if gridlock can slow it down for a bit, then<br />

sign us up.<br />

Do we believe that this was Matt Gaetz’s plan all along? No. Gaetz is<br />

playing checkers, not chess. This outcome is not horrible, however. In a perfect<br />

world, we would have ended up with a consensus-building, sensible<br />

center type of Speaker who could represent the agreement held by most of<br />

the country, both Republican and Democrat. We haven’t seen that perfect<br />

world for quite some time, however. Instead, we got a principled man who<br />

speaks Republican and is unlikely to get much done. That feels like a pretty<br />

good outcome, as well.<br />

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Young citizens recognized<br />

for emergency actions<br />

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Ballwin residents<br />

Avery and Owen Geraghty were recognized<br />

by the Ballwin Police Department<br />

and Metro <strong>West</strong> Fire Protection District for<br />

helping to save their dad’s life.<br />

In August, after their dad had a medical<br />

emergency, the boys ran in the dark to get<br />

their first responder neighbor for help. The<br />

boys then moved furniture and objects out of<br />

the way to make room for the first responders<br />

and continued to keep their dad alert by<br />

talking to him until paramedics arrived.<br />


Amphitheater improvements<br />

receive approval<br />

The Chesterfield Amphitheater near the<br />

Veterans Honor Park is getting improvements<br />

that will provide an opportunity for<br />

better entertainment on ticketed events,<br />

which, in turn, could provide more free<br />

events for local residents.<br />

The improvements will include a restroom<br />

to be installed immediately west<br />

of the existing concession stand, as well<br />

as back-of-house improvements to better<br />

accommodate artists.<br />

The total estimated project cost is $2.1<br />

million, according to Jim Eckrich, Chesterfield’s<br />

public works director.<br />

Back house improvements will include a<br />

fully furnished habitable lounge space, with<br />

an anticipated west-facing view over the lake<br />

for performance artists and crew, he said.<br />

The space will include at least two personal<br />

dressing rooms, two additional restrooms,<br />

each providing shower and toilet<br />

facilities, a kitchen area with appliances<br />

and a laundry room.<br />

An outside lounging/catering space for<br />

the artists will include visual screening<br />

from the audience.<br />

Renovation of the existing changing and<br />

storage rooms will provide access to one of<br />

the existing restrooms.<br />

Bond Architects Inc. will be paid<br />

$245,637 for architectural services.<br />

Design work will begin immediately with<br />

the goal of bidding the construction project<br />

in the fall of 2024, Eckrich said. The $2.1<br />

million estimated cost breaks down to $1.2<br />

million for the back-of-house improvements<br />

and $900,000 for the restroom.<br />

Other accommodations include the addition<br />

of 60 amp “shore” power at the existing<br />

building for touring bus use and the<br />

consideration of enhancements to Circle<br />

Drive to better accommodate tour bus<br />

access and parking. Those projects will<br />

be funded through Parks Certificates of<br />

Participation 2020 and ARPA (American<br />

Rescue Plan Act) 2021 funds.<br />

At its Oct. 16 meeting, the City Council<br />

approved the agreement with Bond Architects.<br />

City brings home<br />

Woodchopper’s Ball trophy<br />

Once again Chesterfield won the bragging<br />

rights for the much-anticipated tug-of-war<br />

contest at the annual Balmar Farms Woodchopper’s<br />

Ball in Wildwood on Oct. 22.<br />

The contest is held every year between<br />

the two cities. Wildwood was close to winning<br />

when a couple of latecomers jumped<br />

into the fray and pulled Chesterfield to<br />

victory. In addition to bragging rights, the<br />

winning city receives a “traveling trophy,”<br />

though it is no longer the original hatchet<br />

in a log award designed by Bob Clausen.<br />

After 18 years, that trophy has stopped<br />

traveling to preserve it into perpetuity.<br />

The annual festival, hosted by Bill Ballard<br />

and Stacey and Stuart Morse, was<br />

attended by city officials from both cities,<br />

including Chesterfield Mayor Bob Nation<br />

and Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin, along<br />

with community friends and family.<br />

Ballard reminisced about how the event<br />

got started. A group of neighbors who needed<br />

firewood showed up at the property to cut<br />

down trees. Afterward, the group all went up<br />

to the local gas station and had sandwiches.<br />

“We had a ball,” Ballard said. “The party’s<br />

grown quite a bit.”<br />

Other activities at the ball included field<br />

games, demonstrations of wood splitting and<br />

chainsaw work, and a dessert contest. Musical<br />

entertainment was provided by Country<br />

Fried Gentlemen, followed by a bonfire.<br />

The event raises funds for BackStoppers<br />

Inc., which provides financial assistance to<br />

the families of fallen public safety officers. As<br />

a fitting reminder of the cause members of the<br />

Monarch Fire Protection District displayed<br />

fire trucks during a parade around the property.<br />

Ballard noted that he sold land to the fire<br />

district 50 years ago to build its current<br />

firehouse on Wild Horse Creek Road. The<br />

district has since purchased property onehalf<br />

mile away on that same road to build<br />

a new firehouse.<br />

City approves new web host<br />

The Chesterfield City Council has approved<br />

an agreement with Civic Plus for web hosting<br />

and associated technology modules. Currently,<br />

the city hosts its website internally on<br />

servers that are set up and maintained by the<br />

information technology department.<br />

CivicPlus would provide a more secure,<br />

externally hosted website, Matt Haug, IT<br />

director, said. The parks and recreation<br />

department’s current RecTrac system<br />

would be replaced with the customer interface<br />

module CivicRec.<br />

CivicClerk would provide agenda management<br />

for the city clerk’s office and in<br />

the planning department, CivicGov would<br />

cover permitting and code enforcement.<br />

Click Fix is designed for work orders.<br />

In addition, the public works department<br />

would have an integrated problem reporting<br />

and tracking system to allow for externally<br />

uploaded documents and photos.<br />

While there would be no additional budgetary<br />

impact for 20<strong>23</strong>, the cost in 2024<br />

would be $154,894, with annual recurring<br />

net costs of $52,674 to be paid with American<br />

Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.<br />

Phase 2 of Spirit Valley<br />

Business Park underway<br />

Keystone Construction Company has<br />

begun construction of the 131,000-squarefoot<br />

headquarters and manufacturing facility<br />

for Tubular USA, a supplier of in-line<br />

galvanized pipe and tubing. The facility will<br />

replace Tubular’s two existing buildings in<br />

Weldon, and will feature offices, a steel fabrication<br />

manufacturing facility, warehouse<br />

space and room for future growth.<br />

The project is located within the Spirit<br />

Valley Business Park in Chesterfield Valley<br />

where Keystone recently began construction<br />

of the infrastructure to support multiple<br />

future buildings. Spirit Valley Business<br />

Park is positioned across from the St. Louis<br />

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St. Louis Airport.<br />

Keystone built the infrastructure for<br />

Phase 1 of the 50-acre Spirit Valley Business<br />

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buildings within the business park. Work<br />

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infrastructure for sewer, water, electric and<br />

gas. It will be completed in December.<br />

Current tenants of the Spirit Valley Business<br />

Park Phase 1 include robotic and<br />

engineering firms, contractors and healthcare<br />

suppliers, including Vermeer Midwest,<br />

Neff Power, Oaktree Products, Chesterfield<br />

Fence & Deck, Fresh Air Heating & Cooling<br />

and BELFOR Property Restoration, St.<br />

Louis Auto Detail and Thompson Price.<br />

Keystone is also completing a $6 million<br />

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<strong>West</strong> Drive within the Spirit Valley Business<br />

Park. The building features 40,000<br />

square feet of flexible space. Keystone was<br />

the design-build contractor for the building<br />

core and shell and is now completing<br />

build-out of its own new headquarters to be<br />

occupied by the end of this year.<br />


Donations sought for veterans,<br />

first responder memorial<br />

The city of Town & Country’s Veterans<br />

and First Responders Task Force is currently<br />

raising funds to erect a memorial in<br />

the city’s Town Square to acknowledge the<br />

contributions of all past and present veterans<br />

and first responders.<br />

The memorial will consist of a reflective<br />

walk around a solitary stone on which an<br />

American Flag will hang. The structure’s<br />

concrete base is to be engraved with the<br />

core values of duty, sacrifice, courage,<br />

and valor. The contemplative seating wall<br />

will be embossed with military and first<br />

responder crests.<br />

The project was initiated in 202 by<br />

alderman Sue Allen (Ward 4) with Mayor<br />

Charles H. Rehm establishing the task<br />

force in June 2021. Comprised of residents,<br />

stakeholders and public servants, the task<br />

force was charged with investigating an<br />

appropriate funding mechanism via public<br />

funds, grant monies, or private donations<br />

and evaluating potential locations.<br />

As the city continues working toward its<br />

$300,000 fundraising goal, donations are<br />

being collected through its “Military and<br />

First Responder Tribute” page at gofundme.<br />

com or by check mailed, with a memo of<br />

“Tribute,” to: City of Town & Country,10<strong>11</strong><br />

Municipal Center Drive, Town & Country,<br />

MO 63131.<br />

Donors will be recognized at the appropriate<br />

levels: Patriot Leader ($10,000),<br />

Benefactor ($5,000), Sponsor ($1,000),<br />

Contributor ($500) and Friend (any<br />

amount).<br />

George Stock, of Stock & Associates,<br />

and Don Musick, of Musick Construction,<br />

have contributed to the project, which was<br />

designed by SWT Design.<br />



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What’s next for The District?<br />

Developer Michael Staenberg says in many ways its users will decide<br />


On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the consensus of<br />

the first-time visitors – gathered around<br />

a table at The Hub STL in The District in<br />

Chesterfield Valley – was that the atmosphere<br />

was great.<br />

People of varying ages were sitting in<br />

chairs on the green or at tables on raised<br />

platforms, listening to Folkstone, a Roots-<br />

Americana band, performing on stage.<br />

Others were playing cornhole. Some<br />

played catch with a football. Most had a<br />

beverage in hand from 4 Hands Brewing<br />

and/or a plate of food nearby from Hi-<br />

Pointe Drive-in, which had a steady line of<br />

customers all evening long.<br />

On the west end of the parking lot, a<br />

crowd was gathering at The Factory for a<br />

concert by Les Claypool and his Fearless<br />

Flying Frog Brigade. But in between The<br />

Hub STL and The Factory, more than a<br />

dozen spaces wait to be filled. A similar<br />

number wait to the east. And that begged<br />

the question:<br />

“What’s next for The District?” In three<br />

words: food, fun and function.<br />

First up, food. Michael Staenberg, president<br />

of The Staenberg Group (TSG) says<br />

there are a lot more restaurants coming in,<br />

some which have signed and others that<br />

are on the cusp. Included in that number<br />

are Napoli Bros. Pizza and Pasta, which<br />

is slated to open in the spring, and Narwhal’s<br />

Crafted, a frozen drink lounge that<br />

offers both spiked and virgin varieties. In<br />

the “haven’t quite signed yet” category are<br />

a Mexican restaurant and a sushi restaurant.<br />

On the sweeter side, Staenberg said a<br />

cookie and ice cream shop is also slated to<br />

open in The Hub STL area.<br />

In terms of fun, The Hub STL already is<br />

fast becoming the place to watch a game<br />

on the big screen, listen to free performances<br />

by local bands, host an impromptu<br />

cornhole tournament among friends or just<br />

relax on the green.<br />

“The Hub STL is such a gathering place<br />



Francis Howell School District teachers enjoy team-bonding during a cornhole tournament<br />

on the green at The Hub STL in The District on Oct. <strong>23</strong>.<br />

(Source: The District)<br />

for football and hockey games, CITY SC –<br />

as I was leaving on Sunday (Oct. 22), about<br />

3:15 p.m., everyone was arriving in their<br />

Chiefs apparel,” added Jennifer Petrowsky,<br />

who serves as The District coordinator for<br />

TSG. “When Mizzou is playing everyone<br />

See THE DISTRICT, page 30<br />

Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson announces retirement plans<br />

Local leaders look back on Johnson’s 35 years of service as the city’s ‘top cop’<br />


His reputation is as pristine as his appearance<br />

and his attention to detail is evident in<br />

the way he carries himself. With his starched<br />

shirts and shiny patent leather shoes, Ray<br />

Johnson is the quintessential police chief.<br />

Since 1988, he has been Chesterfield’s<br />

top cop. But Johnson will soon be hanging<br />

up his hat. He is set to retire in January.<br />

Johnson is the city’s first and only police<br />

chief. Hired shortly after Chesterfield’s<br />

incorporation, he began the arduous task<br />

of forming a police department and assembling<br />

a command and supervisory staff.<br />

Chesterfield’s first cop<br />

On June 1, 1989, 50 police officers were<br />

sworn in and began patrolling the streets.<br />

Under Johnson’s leadership, the department<br />

has grown to keep pace with the city’s<br />

residential and commercial growth. Its<br />

current authorized manpower is 99 sworn<br />

officers, 13 non-sworn civilian employees<br />

and several citizen volunteers.<br />

Ellisville Police Chief Steve Lewis<br />

worked with Johnson in Chesterfield for<br />

more than 24 years. He began as a police<br />

officer and left as captain, working directly<br />

under Johnson. He and Capt. Ed Nestor,<br />

who has since passed away, spent 12 years<br />

Chesterfield Police Chief Ray Johnson (center) with Lt. Greg Lehman and Lt. Dale<br />

Vogelpohl at the lieutenants’ retirement ceremony in September 20<strong>23</strong>.<br />

(Source: Chesterfield Police/Facebook)<br />

helping Johnson run the department.<br />

“Ray was ahead of his time when he<br />

started the Chesterfield Police Department,”<br />

Lewis said. “He brought professionalism<br />

and accountability to regional<br />

law enforcement. His claim to fame was<br />

his affiliation with the Commission on the<br />

Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies<br />

(CALEA) where he served as a commissioner<br />

for several years.”<br />

Chesterfield Police received its first international<br />

accreditation through CALEA on<br />

July 12, 2003, and was reaccredited in July<br />

2006, March 2009, July 2012, July 2015<br />

and July 2018. The purpose of CALEA’s<br />

accreditation programs is to improve the<br />

delivery of public safety services, primarily<br />

by maintaining a body of standards<br />

developed by public safety practitioners<br />

covering a wide range of up-to-date public<br />

safety initiatives, establishing and administering<br />

an accreditation process and recognizing<br />

professional excellence.<br />

Those are traits that Johnson holds close.<br />

Lewis said that although he was the<br />

public information officer for a decade,<br />

Johnson still reviewed every written document<br />

that left his office.<br />

“I once confronted him and asked why he<br />

had to change everything, and his response<br />

sticks with me to this day. (He said) anything<br />

that goes out under his name is a direct reflection<br />

of him. He always wanted to make sure<br />

that it met his criteria,” Lewis said.<br />

He added that Johnson has always prided<br />

himself on his fitness level and ability to<br />

outlast all others in his position.<br />

“He told his son, who was a well-known<br />

ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms<br />

and Explosives) agent, that he would<br />

be working when his son retired. Not only<br />

did he keep his word, but he actually gave a<br />

speech at his son’s retirement party,” Lewis<br />

said. “That was close to 10 years ago now.”<br />

Capt. Daniel Dunn, Chesterfield’s commander<br />

of police operations, said Johnson<br />

has created one of the most professional<br />

organizations in the country.<br />

“If I had to choose one word to describe<br />

his leadership style it would be professionalism.<br />

He has always been willing to<br />

take on extra and go further than any other<br />

leader I’ve worked for. I firmly believe we<br />

wouldn’t be the police department we are<br />

today without him.”<br />

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Charter Communications settlement funds still under debate in Wildwood<br />


While Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin is<br />

determined to use the class action settlement<br />

funds from Charter Communications<br />

on trash refunds, some council members<br />

have different ideas.<br />

Under the proposed trash rebate program,<br />

the city would allocate $1 million to offset<br />

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that there are between 500 and 750 homes<br />

left to service and prices have gone up.<br />

Bowlin suggested there could be other<br />

means to provide for the installation of<br />

Phase 2 of the internet project, such as with<br />

remaining ARPA funds of $810,000, allocating<br />

line items in the budget, or by taking<br />

it from reserve funds of $28 million.<br />

Council member Debra Smith<br />

McCutchen (Ward 5) brought up the potential<br />

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and Deployment) money from the state.<br />

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to be applied for and wouldn’t be available<br />

until September 2024.<br />

Council member Larry Brost (Ward<br />

1) questioned what amount the reserves<br />

should be.<br />

“I want to see something that quantifies<br />

what we need as a city,” he said. “I don’t<br />

mind earmarking for internet because<br />

internet is our number one goal for the city,<br />

and we all decided that.”<br />

Council member Scott Ottenberg (Ward<br />

3) made another motion to postpone the<br />

vote one month, to get more information<br />

on the reserve accounts.<br />

The vote was 9-6 in favor of postponing.<br />

Following the work session, Bowlin said,<br />

“I am committed to smaller government,<br />

and we should not keep excess money just<br />

because the opportunity exists. The class<br />

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$91 over a 12-month period.<br />

If approved, the city could either make<br />

a single lump-sum payment to each of the<br />

haulers or disburse payments to them on a<br />

quarterly basis.<br />

Council member Katie Dodwell (Ward<br />

4) believes the funds would be better spent<br />

for repairs to city hall or maintenance for<br />

the parks, as there is no parks fund or parks<br />

tax.<br />

“Every municipality in the area is currently<br />

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City Administrator Tom Lee said he<br />

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November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


I NEWS I 15<br />


City staff in Chesterfield are looking to<br />

disband the Chesterfield Historic and Landmark<br />

Preservation Committee (CHLCP).<br />

In lieu of its current form, CHLPC would<br />

be disbanded, and its regulatory activities<br />

would be assumed by the Architectural<br />

Review Board (ARB) and Planning Commission.<br />

Other activities such as education<br />

and promotion would be taken over by the<br />

Chesterfield Heritage Foundation.<br />

This issue was discussed at the Finance<br />

and Administration F&A Committee meeting<br />

on Oct. 9.<br />

City Administrator Mike Geisel said the<br />

idea was brought up in 2018 but the ultimate<br />

disposition at that time was for the<br />

group to form a 501(c)(3) organization to<br />

allow for more flexibility.<br />

new preservation ordinance to the ARB and<br />

planning commission.<br />

“ARB could assume responsibility for<br />

reviewing the certificate of appropriateness<br />

applications and advise applicants<br />

on appropriate treatment of their historic<br />

structures,” Wyse said.<br />

City Council member Barb McGuinness<br />

(Ward 1) said she was disappointed that the<br />

council did not have the power of review<br />

on CHLPC projects, in particular for the<br />

Queathem (Old House) in Hog Hollow.<br />

In the past year, the CHLPC approved<br />

features of the Old House such as a mural<br />

that was painted on the home and a patio<br />

added that were completed prior to receiving<br />

a certificate of appropriateness.<br />

“We’re the ones accountable and we<br />

don’t even have the power of review,”<br />

McGuinness said.<br />

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So, the Chesterfield Heritage Foundation<br />

was established and a 501(c)(3) was created<br />

to take on traditional historical society<br />

tasks, including the creation of a museum,<br />

conducting educational and promotional<br />

activities, putting on events and lectures,<br />

and creating honorary services celebrating<br />

Chesterfield history.<br />

The CHLPC remained and continued as<br />

the city’s regulatory body over designated<br />

historic resources whether structures, districts,<br />

or archeological sites.<br />

Justin Wyse, director of planning, said<br />

the primary purpose of the CHLPC was<br />

to identify, nominate and place historic<br />

resources on the local register, and then regulate<br />

those designated resources through a<br />

certificate of appropriateness process when<br />

construction, alteration, removal, demolition<br />

and excavation is expected that would<br />

affect a historic resource. He said there<br />

are only four Chesterfield properties with<br />

the “Historic” designation and 10 Landmark<br />

Preservation Areas within the city, a<br />

relatively small number. At the meeting, he<br />

was seeking direction from F&A as to what<br />

role CHLPC should have moving forward.<br />

He recommended disbanding CHLPC and<br />

transferring regulatory tasks outlined in a<br />

She made a motion to dissolve the committee;<br />

council member Michael Moore<br />

(Ward 3) seconded the motion.<br />

Jane Durrell, a member of CHLCP, said<br />

she has been preserving history for 33 years<br />

and loves the organization.<br />

“All of us enjoy doing what we do. We do<br />

not want to disband but continue doing our<br />

projects, the preservation of structures and<br />

small things – tours, the (city’s historic) calendar<br />

... It has brought to the city a positive<br />

light and so much feedback. It’s an asset to<br />

the city. I think we’ve done an extraordinary<br />

job, raising awareness, the projects we have<br />

worked on, (all) with our own money,” Durrell<br />

said. “This came on us very quickly.”<br />

She suggested a round table discussion<br />

be held, with six to eight CHLPC members,<br />

council members and staff, to hammer out<br />

a workable situation.<br />

“We’re as qualified as, or more so, than<br />

anyone in the city,” Durrell said. “We will<br />

continue to work with you if you let us exist.”<br />

Geisel said the group has done invaluable<br />

things and that this action was not<br />

intended to dissolve the group, but to have<br />

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Tickets on sale now for 35th Annual<br />

Progress 64 <strong>West</strong> Awards Banquet<br />

The Progress 64 <strong>West</strong> Awards Banquet keynote speaker will be Michael Staenberg (left);<br />

Marc Cox will serve as emcee.<br />


Progress 64 <strong>West</strong> will host its 35th<br />

Annual Excellence in Community Development<br />

Awards Banquet at <strong>11</strong> a.m. on<br />

Wednesday, Nov. 22 at the DoubleTree by<br />

Hilton Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road<br />

in Chesterfield.<br />

For nearly 35 years, the civic organization<br />

has participated in and promoted<br />

projects aimed at advancing economic<br />

development along the I-64 corridor in<br />

St. Louis and St. Charles counties. Today,<br />

those efforts include advocating for policy<br />

impacting the two-county region.<br />

“When responsible corporate partners<br />

locate within a community, residents realize<br />

not only an increase in job opportunities,<br />

but lower taxes, a higher quality education<br />

system, along with many other amenities that<br />

would not be possible without the added tax<br />

dollars that are returned to our communities,”<br />

Progress 64 <strong>West</strong> states on its website.<br />

“We are all champions – whether we are<br />

running a bank, civic leaders, healthcare<br />

workers, educating tomorrow’s leaders,<br />

building homes and commercial spaces, or<br />

even helping our neighbors in need. Every<br />

level, every operation, every tiny detail creates<br />

a beautiful story of life. When technicians,<br />

artisans, intellectuals, and craftsmen<br />

work together we all bring our skills to the<br />

table. It strengthens the region.”<br />

To that end, the annual banquet honors<br />

local leaders and corporate partners who<br />

live out that vision. This year those “Champions<br />

in Action” include:<br />

• Chesterfield City Administrator Mike<br />

Geisel, who has worked for the city since<br />

1988. Geisel assumed the role of city<br />

administrator in August 2016.<br />

• Chesterfield Sports Complex, represented<br />

by Stuart Duncan, executive<br />

director of the Chesterfield Sports Association<br />

(CSA). A project of the CSA, the<br />

97,000-square-foot complex features nine<br />

basketball courts that convert to 18 volleyball<br />

courts to host tournaments of every<br />

level and size for a range of sporting types,<br />

including gymnastics, martial arts and more.<br />

• Boone Center Inc. (BCI), represented<br />

by CEO Troy Compardo. BCI has, since<br />

1959, helped people with intellectual and<br />

developmental disabilities find meaningful<br />

employment.<br />

• The Brass Rail Steakhouse. Each<br />

Thanksgiving since 2013, the O’Fallon<br />

restaurant owned by Scott Ellinger has<br />

delivered thousands of free dinners to area<br />

residents in need. An army of volunteers<br />

steps up to pack and deliver the Thanksgiving<br />

feasts. The goodwill began in 2013<br />

when Ellinger was asked to help out with a<br />

backpack food program at the local school<br />

district. He realized that if those families<br />

don’t have food for the weekend, they<br />

certainly don’t have Thanksgiving dinner.<br />

That first year, he fed a little more than 100<br />

people. Today, it’s thousands of meals.<br />

Also being honored at the event will be the<br />

winners of the P64 Entrepreneurial Scholarship,<br />

which aims to support, encourage and<br />

foster young entrepreneurs who go to school<br />

and live in St. Louis City, St. Louis County,<br />

or St. Charles County. The scholarship<br />

program, now administered by the Youth-<br />

Bridge Community Foundation, grew out<br />

of the Progress 64 <strong>West</strong> scholarship named<br />

for one of <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County’s original<br />

“champions in action” – Louis S. Sachs.<br />

Sachs envisioned a downtown for Chesterfield<br />

in roughly the area where Michael<br />

Staenberg will, in coming years, redevelop<br />

Chesterfield Mall and where work continues<br />

on the mixed-use Wildhorse Village<br />

development.<br />

Staenberg will serve as the key note<br />

speaker for the awards banquet. Radio personality<br />

and journalist Marc Cox will serve<br />

as its master of ceremonies.<br />

Tickets are $90 per person. Tables seat<br />

eight and sponsorship opportunities are<br />

still available. To purchase tickets and<br />

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November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


I NEWS I 17<br />

County Council approves open carry restrictions targeted at teens<br />


St. Louis County Council members (from left) Ernie Traskas, Rita<br />

Heard Days, Kelli Dunaway, Shalonda Webb, Mark Harder, Lisa<br />

Clancy, and Dennis Hancock.<br />

(Source: St. Louis County)<br />

The St. Louis County<br />

Council approved amendments<br />

to the county’s<br />

firearms code on Oct. 24,<br />

focusing on teens and open<br />

carry gun permits. The<br />

day marked the one year<br />

anniversary of the mass<br />

shooting at Central Visual<br />

and Performing Arts High<br />

in St. Louis. One student,<br />

Alexandria Bell, 15, and<br />

teacher, Jean Kuczka, 61,<br />

were killed and seven others were injured.<br />

The shooter, a 19-year-old former student,<br />

was fatally shot by police. Reports say that<br />

the shooter openly carried an AR-15 style<br />

rifle and 600 rounds of ammunition into<br />

the school.<br />

As the open carry law stands now, police<br />

are not authorized to approach someone,<br />

even a teenager, who is openly carrying<br />

a gun, for any reason unless that person<br />

points the gun in a threatening way or<br />

discharges it. The amendments to the<br />

county’s ordinance would make it unlawful<br />

for anyone 16 or younger to shoot a gun<br />

except while under the immediate supervision<br />

of the parent or guardian, or someone<br />

21 years or older who is designated by the<br />

parent or guardian to supervise the child<br />

while firing the gun. Additionally, those<br />

who do carry or display a firearm in unincorporated<br />

St. Louis County must be able<br />

to show their concealed carry endorsement<br />

or permit if asked to by law enforcement.<br />

The amendments to the firearms code,<br />

Bill 203, were sponsored by Council Chair<br />

Shalonda Webb (D-District 4) who said<br />

this legislation is needed in her district<br />

that serves the northernmost portion of St.<br />

Louis County.<br />

“We can’t wait in my community,” Webb<br />

said. “I’m trying to be proactive.<br />

We have youth carrying guns;<br />

police can’t even approach them.<br />

The police are supportive of this<br />

… tool. It gives them the authority<br />

to approach and ask to see their<br />

conceal and carry license.”<br />

Republican council members<br />

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

Dennis Hancock (R-District 3)<br />

and Ernie Trakas (R-District 6)<br />

said they did not think the amendments<br />

would take any guns off<br />

the streets. They said they would<br />

like to take the issue to voters.<br />

“This will not take one gun off the street,”<br />

Harder said. “We already have laws on the<br />

books that limit kids under the age of 16<br />

that are not being enforced. People who<br />

are predisposed to break that law are going<br />

to break the law. I understand we want to<br />

make the streets safer. In my district it’s not<br />

a problem. Put it in front of the voters so<br />

they can decide for themselves what they<br />

think the course of action should be.”<br />

Harder also brought up concerns about<br />

possible inconsistencies in gun laws across<br />

the almost 100 municipalities in St. Louis<br />

County. County officials said municipalities<br />

could use the county’s ordinance as<br />

a template to pass their own open carry<br />

guidelines.<br />

“We can do more than one thing at a time,”<br />

council member Lisa Clancy (D-District 5)<br />

said. “We can support the police too, and<br />

we can (pass these amendments), and we<br />

can hold our state legislators accountable.<br />

This is a small step we can take against gun<br />

violence. It isn’t going to do everything,<br />

but it could do something. It’s the same<br />

tired excuses we’ve heard year after year.<br />

Kansas City has had this law in place since<br />

2016. No one has challenged it. Police support<br />

this bill. This is how we can support<br />

the police.”<br />

Those who voted in favor of the bill were<br />

Webb, Clancy, Rita Heard Days (D-District<br />

1) and Kelli Dunaway D-District 2).Those<br />

opposed were Trakas and Harder. Hancock<br />

abstained from voting because he said he<br />

felt the council wasn’t ready to vote on the<br />

amendments and that he felt voters should<br />

decide.<br />

“Thoughts and prayers are not helping<br />

anybody get through these storms,” Webb<br />

said. “It’s been a year to the date from the<br />

school shooting in St. Louis. We can’t sit<br />

and do nothing any longer. I have the support<br />

of the police and the community for a<br />

responsible open carry law.”<br />




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November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />




Council approves senior tax relief<br />


The St. Louis County Council approved<br />

bill 176, which will give senior citizens a<br />

rebate on their property taxes, in a 4-2 vote<br />

at their Oct. 17 meeting. Residents and stakeholders<br />

have been waiting to see whether or<br />

not the bill would pass. County Executive<br />

Dr. Sam Page had 15 days (which occurred<br />

after press time) to review the bill and decide<br />

whether to sign it into law, send it back to the<br />

council for changes or to veto it.<br />

The bill is similar to a bill sponsored by<br />

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

that failed to pass along party lines in July.<br />

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

1) voted in favor of the new bill, getting<br />

enough votes in order for it to pass. Council<br />

member Dennis Hancock (R-District 3)<br />

sponsored this new version of the bill that<br />

puts more restrictions on who can receive<br />

the tax rebate on their property taxes.<br />

The bill sets the minimum age of eligibility<br />

at 67, which is the age one must be<br />

to receive full social security benefits, by<br />

January 1 of the tax year. If signed into law,<br />

the rebate would begin in 2024.<br />

The bill also caps those eligible for the<br />

tax credit to those who own homes that do<br />

not exceed $550,000 in value. The taxpayer<br />

must also apply for the rebate; it will not<br />

automatically be given. Additionally, the<br />

bill sets a sunset date at five years in order<br />

to give the county a chance to review the<br />

impact of the rebate. Hancock reminded<br />

everyone that senior citizens still will have<br />

to pay property taxes, the rate will just be<br />

frozen from the year they turn 67.<br />

With these amended restrictions in<br />

place, there is a severance clause stating<br />

the amended bill language will be cut if<br />

found invalid in court, and the bill would<br />

revert to the original that does not have<br />

the age or home value restrictions. The<br />

original state legislation states the homeowner<br />

must be old enough to receive<br />

social security benefits, which could be<br />

interpreted to mean 62.<br />

While the wording of the new bill is<br />

more specific, the possibility of it being<br />

challenged in court was still too much of<br />

a risk for council chair Shalonda Webb<br />

(D-District 4) to support the bill, she said.<br />

During the discussion Hancock told the<br />

council that if any of the provisions of the<br />

bill were challenged in court and thrown<br />

out, he would submit legislation to rescind<br />

the bill. That was enough for Days to support<br />

the bill, she said.<br />

“We’ll see if it stands up to muster,” Days<br />

said. “(Council member) Hancock said if<br />

any of these come back he will personally<br />

get legislation to rescind this, so I am trusting<br />

his word.”<br />

The council members who voted in favor<br />

of the bill were Days, Hancock, Ernie<br />

Trakas (R-District 6) and Harder. Webb<br />

and Kelli Dunaway (D-District 2) voted<br />

against the bill. Lisa Clancy (D-District 5)<br />

was absent. St. Louis County will be the<br />

sixth county to pass legislation to include<br />

the property tax freeze for seniors.<br />

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Wyse added that it could be a separate<br />

group, a nonprofit organization that would<br />

still bring value, just not under the umbrella<br />

of the city.<br />

Erin Compton, CHLCP chair, said the<br />

committee had just received notice of the<br />

potential dismantling of the committee two<br />

days prior and had no time to review the<br />

memo that was prepared by Petree Powell,<br />

assistant city planner. Compton suggested<br />

they hold off on a vote until the next meeting,<br />

as she believes there are inaccuracies<br />

in the memo.<br />

In the memo, Powell stated:<br />

“CHLPC has not shown the wherewithal<br />

or inclination to conduct research and nominate<br />

resources for designation. CHLPC<br />

did not have a clear understanding of the<br />

universe of potential historic sites ripe for<br />

placement on the register.<br />

“Moreover, CHLPC has made no effort<br />

to contact owners of potential designees<br />

despite having sufficient relevant information<br />

to do at least a preliminary inquiry.”<br />

She went on to say there has been some<br />

discussion that members have not felt<br />

qualified to approve or disapprove certificates<br />

of appropriateness due to their lack<br />

of architectural expertise and comfort level.<br />

“Members of CHLPC appear to be more<br />

interested in activities such as education,<br />

promotion, events, lectures and honorary<br />

services than the regulatory tasks in any<br />

event,” Powell noted in her memo.<br />

Compton said the group had asked for<br />

guidance over and over from city staff on<br />

various issues and that none was provided.<br />

McGuinness brought up a phone call that<br />

Compton had with a citizen from Spyglass<br />

Summit concerning the Old House, which<br />

Compton allegedly hung up on. Compton<br />

responded that she was told not to discuss<br />

certain items, which was confirmed by Wyse.<br />

“We don’t need to have the head of a committee<br />

hanging up on a citizen,” McGuinness<br />

retorted.<br />

Moore then made a motion to postpone<br />

the vote until the next F&A meeting in<br />

December to allow the committee time to<br />

go through the document more thoroughly.<br />

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attended donation center, Donation X-Press,<br />

in Ellisville.<br />

Located at 32 Clarkson Road, it is the first<br />

in a series of convenient, attended donation<br />

centers planned for St. Louis County that<br />

will handle donations to Goodwill more<br />

efficiently and put those resources to work.<br />

The 2,000-square-foot building is not a<br />

retail store but is solely dedicated to collecting<br />

donations. Its purpose is to make<br />

charitable giving more accessible in the St.<br />

Louis area.<br />

“By opening a new Donation X-Press, we<br />

not only provide a more streamlined donation<br />

experience but also relieve the pressure<br />

on some of our busier store locations,” said<br />

Mark Arens, president and CEO of MERS<br />

Goodwill. “Most importantly, this initiative<br />

reduces waiting times for donors while contributing<br />

to our mission and supporting our<br />

various employment and training programs.”<br />

Those employment and training programs<br />

are at the heart of MERS Goodwill<br />

and its purpose, said Mark Kahrs, executive<br />

vice president of MERS Goodwill said.<br />

Kahrs began working for MERS Goodwill<br />

more than 20 years ago in the Goodwill<br />

store in Manchester.<br />

“I guess, back then, I thought what most<br />

people think – that the store was there<br />

to provide items at a reasonable price<br />

for those who may need them, and that’s<br />

great. But it is a secondary benefit, not the<br />

primary role. Really, what we are doing<br />

is taking the money earned and putting it<br />

back in the community to get people jobs<br />

and get them back on their feet.<br />

“Whether they have barriers with a<br />

physical disability, a mental disability or<br />

an injury that maybe prevent them from<br />

getting to work or has caused them to<br />

change from the work they were doing, we<br />

work with them. We are like headhunters<br />

for the common man, we have a network<br />

of job developers that hook somebody’s<br />

passion and dreams into a job that fits for<br />

that person, and then help them to get the<br />

training to do that.”<br />



MERS Goodwill opens new<br />

Donation X-Press in Ellisville<br />

The new Donation X-Press is located at 32 Clarkson Road.<br />

Goodwill is also tackling another barrier<br />

to succes – inadequate education.<br />

“There are half a million Missourians<br />

that have never finished high school and<br />

are over 21 years old. We have now opened<br />

our sixth high school in the state,” Kahrs<br />

said. “This is free high school for anyone<br />

over the age of 21 to come back to class.<br />

It’s not like getting a GED. We have professional<br />

teachers, retired from public or<br />

private schools, who want to continue in<br />

that kind of work, who work with adults<br />

who are wanting to get that education,<br />

whether they feel like they need that for<br />

forward progress in their career or a way to<br />

get into trade school or get into college, or<br />

are people who found themselves in a life<br />

situation and just feel like it’s important to<br />

them to finish because they never did.”<br />

“I have to say the stories that are so impactful<br />

are around that education piece. It’s<br />

watching parents go back to school because<br />

they have kids that are in middle school or<br />

high school and threatening to quit, saying,<br />

‘Well, you didn’t finish.’ And<br />

now they can take that excuse<br />

away from their kids. There<br />

are just miracles there every<br />

term.”<br />

He said achieving both the<br />

education and the job make<br />

a difference in people’s lives.<br />

“People that are proud<br />

of their accomplishments<br />

always achieve more,” he<br />

said. “There are adults who<br />

are working hard to do this at a different<br />

stage in life. I think the confidence on that<br />

end is so big. And on the job piece, it is the<br />

same thing. Going to a place and giving<br />

your effort and seeing the fruits of their labor<br />

gives people so much more confidence to<br />

tackle whatever else might be in their life.”<br />

“That’s the joy we find in doing what we<br />

do,” Kahrs said.<br />

Kahrs said that MERS Goodwill is glad<br />

to have the new attended donation center<br />

and he always looks forward to working<br />

with the community to provide opportunities<br />

for people. The center’s operating<br />

hours are from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., daily and<br />

attendants will issue tax receipts to donors.<br />

Donations given to the center in Ellisville<br />

will likely make their way to rural<br />

Goodwill stores where donations are fewer.<br />

Annually serving more than <strong>11</strong>,000 individuals,<br />

MERS Goodwill, a nonprofit organization,<br />

operates in 46 locations serving<br />

93 counties in the bi-state area.<br />

For more information about MERS<br />

Goodwill or to find a Goodwill donation<br />

center near you, call (314) 241-3464 or<br />

visit mersgoodwill.org.

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community service with German students<br />

November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


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German exchange students help build beds for Sleep in Heavenly Peace. (Kim Hotze photo)<br />


“The future belongs to those who believe<br />

in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor<br />

Roosevelt. Kim Hotze has long lived by<br />

that saying. But it took a couple decades<br />

or so for long-time Chesterfield resident to<br />

realize her greatest passions and to share<br />

them with the world.<br />

Best known for being the Marquette<br />

High German teacher for 30 years, Hotze<br />

was also the school’s community service<br />

instructor for 10 of those years. That expertise<br />

helped her when she hosted Youth For<br />

Understanding (YFU) for a special twoweek<br />

project, Sept. 29 through Oct. 13.<br />

YFU is best known for facilitating yearlong<br />

study abroad programs for American<br />

and international students, predominately<br />

for high school students. However, the<br />

recent two-week experience was focused on<br />

service learning for 15 students, ages 15-17,<br />

from several small villages in the state of<br />

Thuringia. The students were accompanied<br />

by two adults, who served as chaperones.<br />

Hotze noted that Germany has an abundance<br />

of social programs whereas Americans<br />

depend on a lot of social organizations<br />

and volunteers.<br />

“What’s unique about this trip is that<br />

students in Germany have a two-week fall<br />

break. That’s when they arrived,” Hotze<br />

said. “They all interviewed and came over<br />

on German scholarships.”<br />

Hotze noted that this was the first time<br />

a YFU service-learning sabbatical was<br />

conducted in St. Louis. She credited <strong>West</strong><br />

County resident Steven Rutherford with<br />

getting it started and hiring her.<br />

Hotze was a short-term hire to coordinate<br />

the event, find host families and set up a<br />

variety of community service projects. She<br />

was given a budget and worked with students<br />

on English lessons, fed them lunch<br />

every day and arranged transportation.<br />

“Sometimes they hire someone to do the<br />

English class teaching and someone else<br />

for the other job details,” Hotze explained.<br />

“I told them I’d rather do both because I<br />

needed to know where they were in English.<br />

I also gave them a variety of activities<br />

to see and learn because the goal is for<br />

kids to go back to Germany and know that,<br />

even as teenagers, they can promote volunteerism<br />

at their school and do things in<br />

their community to help each other.”<br />

Before the trip, Hotze joined Rutherford<br />

in recruiting local families from within<br />

his network. Three families hosted two<br />

students each for the two-week program.<br />

They were recruited early enough so that<br />

the German students could connect with<br />

their host families well before arrival.<br />

Among the places Hotze lined up for service<br />

work was Five Acres Animal Shelter<br />

in St. Charles, where the students made<br />

items for the animals, such as snuffle mats<br />

and chew toys.<br />

The students also conducted a cleanup<br />

effort at Johnson Shut-ins and Elephant<br />

Rocks state parks.<br />

And for two days, the students worked<br />

with the Youth Volunteer Corps organization<br />

at Arlington United Methodist Church in<br />

Bridgeton. As part of a larger outreach project<br />

for Sleep in Heavenly Peace, they built<br />

beds for kids. In two days they built 24 beds.<br />

“That was an amazing thing,” Hotze said.<br />

While she is grateful for all of the service<br />

learning projects, Hotze insisted on<br />

adding special thanks for the Schnucks at<br />

Clarkson and Clayton roads. Not only did<br />

the market act as home base for most of the<br />

YFU projects, the store also let the students<br />

its second-floor mezzanine free of charge<br />

as community space.<br />

All involved deemed the sabbatical a<br />

success that, if the funding can be secured,<br />

is likely to be repeated next fall. Until then,<br />

Hotze has travel plans of her own.<br />

“I’ve already traveled a bunch, but want<br />

to do more,” she said. “Three of my four<br />

kids live way out of town. In September,<br />

I rented a car and went to Montana by<br />

myself for two weeks and just explored all<br />

around without any plans. There’s so much<br />

out there and I love experiencing everything<br />

in life. I had always been that way,<br />

but my studies in Denmark really brought<br />

that back out in me. I love travel, cultures,<br />

languages and exploring the world because<br />

it really wets my whistle!”<br />


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Parkway Central High students wait for their “buddies” from other schools<br />

attending the Special Olympics soccer tournament on Oct. <strong>23</strong>. (Source: PSD)<br />


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Students’ work exhibited in<br />

statewide book trailer contest<br />

The work of LaSalle Springs Middle students<br />

Hailey Davenport and David McAdams<br />

is available to a statewide audience of<br />

book lovers after the two students won a<br />

Missouri Association of School Librarians<br />

(MASL) book trailer contest. Book trailers<br />

provide an engaging 30 to 90 second video<br />

about a book to engage potential readers.<br />

Hailey, a LaSalle Springs seventh-grader,<br />

is one of 10 students from around the state<br />

whose work was chosen to feature Mark<br />

Twain Award books. David, who moved<br />

overseas with his family before the school<br />

year, is one of 12 students chosen to promote<br />

Truman Award books. Both students<br />

completed their projects as sixth-graders<br />

last year when LaSalle Springs librarian<br />

Leslie Thompson invited interested student<br />

volunteers to work on their book trailers<br />

during Academic Lab time. Students read<br />

the books, watched the previous year’s<br />

winning book trailers for inspiration and<br />

worked with instructional technology specialist<br />

Dana Stiebel to learn the basics about<br />

the WeVideo production platform. After<br />

that, the students ran with their projects.<br />

“Every month, I send out book trailers to<br />

language arts teachers to share with their<br />

students, and it’s funny because those are<br />

the books that kids come in and ask for.<br />

With AcLab expanded to five days a<br />

week this year, Thompson is hoping to<br />

increase her students’ interest in entering<br />

MASL contests.<br />

Soccer and service bring<br />

Parkway students together<br />

Parkway Central High hosted its 6th<br />

annual school-wide Day of Service and Special<br />

Olympics event, a soccer tournament, on<br />

Oct. <strong>23</strong>. On the Day of Service, all four grade<br />

levels participated: seniors and juniors hosted<br />

the Special Olympics soccer tournament<br />

and carnival for over 300 visiting studentathletes;<br />

sophomores volunteered at various<br />

off-site locations within the broader community;<br />

and freshmen participated in on campus<br />

service learning activities with multiple nonprofit<br />

organizations from the area.<br />

The sophomore class performed different<br />

service projects in the community,<br />

said Sarah Reeves, math instructor and<br />

Student Council sponsor. Some of the<br />

Academic Labs helped at the Parkway<br />

Food Pantry or beautified the campus at<br />

Central Middle. Classes also traveled<br />

to elementary feeder schools to read to<br />

and mentor first grade classes for the<br />

day. Some students traveled to Beaumont<br />

Scout Reservation and Ebsworth Park<br />

to clean, pull honeysuckle, and beautify<br />

different areas of the park. Other non<br />

profit organizations students worked with<br />

included Mission: St. Louis to help shop<br />

for teenagers in its Affordable Christmas<br />

program and KidSmart to prepare school<br />

supply packs for local children.<br />

For over 30 years, Central High has hosted<br />

a Special Olympics soccer tournament and<br />

carnival, which had grown to one of the largest<br />

Special Olympics events in the area, said<br />

Head Principal Tim McCarthy. Annually,<br />

hundreds of Central High students volunteered<br />

during the school day to support that<br />

event. Prior to 2016, Parkway added caring<br />

to the district’s mission. With that, student<br />

and teacher leaders at PCH took the opportunity<br />

to extend the opportunity to be of service<br />

from many students to all students,<br />

“Last Monday, all 1,200-plus Central High<br />

students were able to experience more deeply<br />

what it means to be of service, to care more<br />

deeply about others and their broader community,”<br />

McCarthy said. “In addition to our<br />

students being capable, curious and confident<br />

learners, we also want them to be caring<br />

human beings. Central High’s school-wide



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Students recently applied, interviewed<br />

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High school tennis<br />

St. Joseph’s Academy now has 14 state<br />

doubles champions.<br />

Juniors Ali Kenney and Ashely Behan<br />

won the Class 3 doubles championship held<br />

at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield.<br />

They defeated the John Burroughs duo<br />

of Allie Wayne and Eva Kasal 6-2, 7-5.<br />

Kenney and Behan beat Pembroke Hill’s<br />

Helen Hendricks and Tatum Smith 6-4, 4-6,<br />

10-6 in the semifinals.<br />

“The Pembroke girls were very active<br />

at the net, so our girls wisely used lots of<br />

effective lobs to neutralize their poaching<br />

efforts,” Coach Doug Smith said.<br />

The win set up a championship match<br />

against Wayne and Kasal. Kenny and<br />

Behan defeated the Burroughs pair 6-1, 3-6,<br />

10-0 in the District 2 championship final.<br />

The Angels needed just two sets in the<br />

state final. Unfortunately, Smith missed the<br />

team’s match due to pneumonia.<br />

Both girls will be back for their senior<br />

season but Smith said it was too early to tell<br />

if they would be paired next fall. However,<br />

their leadership will be called on once more.<br />

“With no seniors on this year’s squad,<br />

Ali and Ashley were appointed captains<br />

as juniors, and they performed their duties<br />

very well,” Smith said. “I know they will<br />

continue to demonstrate the same leadership<br />

to anchor the Angels’ next editions.”<br />

High school softball<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> captured its first district<br />

softball championship since 1997 with<br />

a thrilling 6-5 win over the <strong>West</strong>minster<br />

Christian Academy Wildcats.<br />

The Longhorns were the top seed in the<br />

Class 4 District 3 tourney.<br />

Sophomore Elena Potsou hit a two-out<br />

bases-loaded double in the bottom of the<br />

seventh inning to lift the Longhorns to the<br />

victory. It capped a four-run inning.<br />

St. Joseph’s Academy juniors Ali Kenney<br />

and Ashely Behan<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

Longhorns coach Andrew Jett was not<br />

surprised Potsou delivered in the clutch.<br />

“She’s made huge strides since her freshman<br />

year,” Jett said. “We’re confident with<br />

her at the plate. There’s no moment too<br />

big for her. She has ice water in her veins.<br />

Once it happened, I let out a huge sigh of<br />

relief that we won.”<br />

The Wildcats grabbed a 5-0 lead in the<br />

first inning but did not score after that.<br />

“We battled and battled,” Jett said. “The<br />

girls never let down. They never stopped.<br />

They’ve been in these moments before<br />

but I don’t know if it was five runs. They<br />

know we can score runs. We talked about<br />

that first inning. We let them know that five<br />

runs is not insurmountable.”<br />

The Longhorns improved to 21-9.<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster, which reached the state<br />

semifinals last season, saw its 15-game<br />

winning streak come to a disappointing<br />

halt. The Wildcats finished 24-5.<br />

“This was a really good softball game,”<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster coach Dan Petke said. “It had<br />

two really good teams battling and it came<br />

down to the last out. We competed. It just<br />

didn’t go our way in the end.”<br />

High school golf<br />

Two schools – St. Joseph’s Academy and<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster Christian Academy – won district<br />

golf tournaments.<br />

The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels won<br />

the Class 4 District 1 tournament held at<br />

<strong>West</strong>borough Country Club in St. Louis. It<br />

was the ninth consecutive district team title<br />

for the Angels, who have also won seven<br />

successive state championships.<br />

The Angels shot a team total 3<strong>23</strong> to win<br />

first place by seven strokes. There were 15<br />

teams and 71 girls competing in the tournament.<br />

Senior Catherine Cronin and sophomore<br />

Maggie Drozda each shot an 80 for the<br />

Angels carded a 9-over 80 to tie for sixth<br />

place. Senior Isabella Buckley came in<br />

eighth with an 81. Junior KC Lenox finished<br />

with an 82 to come in ninth. Freshman<br />

Tess Guigon was 12th with an 88.<br />

Lafayette junior Addie Surber tied for<br />

second place in the Class 4 District 1 tournament<br />

with a 75. She also was second last fall<br />

in the district. Surber wrapped up her regular<br />

season by being the medalist in the Suburban<br />

Conference Yellow Pool championship. She<br />

took first by three strokes with a 1-over-par<br />

73 at Crescent Farms Golf Course.<br />

• • •<br />

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

the Class 3 District 1 tournament<br />

played at Crescent Farms Golf Club in<br />

Eureka. There were 15 teams and 71 girls<br />

competing in the tournament.<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster finished with a team score<br />

of 342, good for an eight-stroke win over<br />

Summit. The state moved <strong>West</strong>minster up<br />

to Class 3 this season after a second-place<br />

finish in Class 2 at state last year.<br />

Sophomore Caroline Domyan led the<br />

Wildcats with a fifth-place finish with an<br />

82. Junior Maryn Hill ended with an 84<br />

to finish tied for sixth. Sophie Nall and<br />

Kelsey Muschick each tied for 16th with<br />

scores of 88. Anna Drochelman tied for<br />

34th with a 102.<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> senior Kyle Secrest was<br />

the medalist in the tournament. She shot<br />

a 1-over 73 to win the district title and be<br />

able to return to the state tournament for a<br />

fourth time.<br />

Secrest finished fourth at state as a junior.<br />

As a sophomore, she scored an eighth-place<br />

result. As a freshman, she came in 27th.<br />

MICDS junior Morgan Withington finished<br />

second in the Class 3 District 2 girls<br />

golf tournament at The Golf Club of Wentzville.<br />

She fired a 2-under-par 69. That was one<br />

shot behind Hannibal’s Siena Minor in the<br />





Parkway North seniors Yvonne Shannon<br />

and Emily Koo scored an ace for the<br />

Vikings tennis program.<br />

The duo won the Class 2 doubles championship<br />

in the Missouri individual state<br />

tournament that was played at Cooper<br />

Tennis Complex in Springfield. They<br />

scored a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Villa Duchesne<br />

sisters Alex and Katie Todorovich.<br />

“I didn’t know we were the first team to<br />

win a state tennis title until we won, but<br />

knowing this fact made the victory feel so<br />

much better,” Koo said. “It makes me feel<br />

like I have a legacy that I’ve left for the<br />

tennis team and it makes me happy that<br />

Yvonne and I could end our final season so<br />

amazingly.”<br />

Shannon agreed.<br />

“I’m glad we could leave a mark at<br />

North,” she said. “Hopefully this will bring<br />

more attention to North and encourage<br />

other students to play tennis. Everyone<br />

was really excited and proud of us.”<br />

That includes Vikings coach Ron Lefcourt.<br />

“Both myself and my assistant coach,<br />

Isaac Pearlstone, were ecstatic,” Lecourt<br />

said.<br />

Shannon reached state in singles as a<br />

sophomore and junior after she moved<br />

to <strong>West</strong> County from Georgia, where she<br />

went to school as a freshman. She picked<br />

up medals in singles in both years, came in<br />

seventh as a sophomore and finished fourth<br />

as a junior.<br />

The girls have been playing together for<br />

three years with a record of 65-6.<br />

During the regular season, they went<br />

27-3 in doubles. In singles, Shannon went<br />

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12-2 and Koo finished <strong>11</strong>-1.<br />

“I happen to enjoy doubles more than I<br />

do singles and I also was tired of being the<br />

only one to go to state,” Shannon said. “I<br />

knew immediately after the second year<br />

of playing singles at state that I wanted<br />

to play doubles and to share my win with<br />

Emy. She’s not only a great doubles partner<br />

but also one of my greatest friends.”<br />

While Koo said she loves playing doubles<br />

with Shannon, singles has always<br />

been her favorite game.<br />

Shannon was confident about their ability<br />

to win a state championship.<br />

Both girls credited their chemistry as<br />

friends and teammates in helping to secure<br />

their win. But their talent cannot be denied.<br />

“We’re both very talented players with<br />

complementing skills,” Koo said. “My<br />

backhand stroke is my strongest and her<br />

forehand is her strongest stroke, so we’re<br />

able to cover both sides of the court very<br />

well. We also make sure to keep up good<br />

mentality by tapping racquets in between<br />

points and communicate what our strategy<br />

is for each point.”<br />

To get to state, they had to get through<br />

the district tournament. The Vikings earned<br />

a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ladue’s Grace Qian<br />

and Nephthys Protho in the semifinals.<br />

Shannon and Koo defeated the Todorovich<br />

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Parkway North’s Shannon, Koo make school history with state doubles title<br />

Parkway North seniors Yvonne Shannon<br />

and Emily Koo at the Class 2 state doubles<br />

championship in Springfield. (Photo provided)<br />

sisters 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 to claim the district<br />

championship.<br />

In the state semifinals, the North tandem<br />

beat Glendale’s Chloe Stenger and Ann<br />

Beatty 7-6, 6-0.<br />

“Personally I think this match was<br />

tougher than the finals,” Shannon said. “I<br />

could tell how badly they wanted to win<br />

and they had a consistent level of confidence<br />

within the entire match.”<br />

Koo agreed.<br />

“Our match with Glendale was definitely<br />

difficult,” Shannon said. “Our opponents<br />

were solid players and rarely made errors.<br />

The wind played a huge part in this match<br />

because it was blowing at around 20 mph.<br />

This caused us to lose a lot of points due to<br />

unforced errors, but we were also able to<br />

use it to our advantage in the second set by<br />

hitting shots that were higher and deeper.”<br />

Their win meant a rematch with the<br />

Todorovich sisters for the state title.<br />

“Going into this I was a little nervous,<br />

even though we had previously beaten<br />

them,” Shannon said. “Anything could<br />

happen in our match, so I had to go into<br />

this match thinking everything is brand<br />

new and not to underestimate them.”<br />

Shannon will play in college at Missouri<br />

Baptist. Koo has not decided on what she<br />

will do yet.

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“It’s going to be the coolest thing,”<br />

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“What we’re trying to do is create an<br />

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That concept means that businesses<br />

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Life’s fortunes can turn on a<br />

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The Mercy High graduate spent<br />

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His main job was aircraft maintenance.<br />

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rehab with his son, Jimmy.<br />

“Jim got really dizzy, pulled over on the<br />

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said Diane, his wife of 52 years.<br />

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Jody thought it was a stroke or<br />

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“It’s an amazing facility where he made<br />

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him walk with a walker. But I always<br />

had to hold his gait belt (to keep him<br />

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him back balance and just making him<br />

stronger because the most important thing<br />

to Jim was being able to walk again and<br />

then someday run.”<br />

Jim exceeded expectations and began<br />

going to Logan’s Montgomery Health<br />

Center facility in Chesterfield three days a<br />

week to continue his road to full recovery.<br />

after a stroke.<br />

“It takes a long time to recover from a<br />

stroke,” Diane said. “Doctors or professionals<br />

used to think if you weren’t better<br />

in six months or at most two years, that<br />

would be it. But Jim’s a living example<br />

that if you put in the work, you can change<br />

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probably never eat again, but he proved<br />

them wrong. His speech therapist who<br />

helped get his swallow back, finally said,<br />

‘Jim, you eat anything you want,’ according<br />

to Diane.<br />

Even a pandemic could not stop his<br />

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“It takes a long time to recover from a stroke.<br />

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work, you can change (your fate).”<br />

“We love the Logan people from the<br />

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Diane said. “We’ve been going so long<br />

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His old clinicians used to say, ‘Jim, on a<br />

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced a twoyear<br />

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cane. Sometimes, it’s scary to watch as I’m<br />

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he always wanted to run. Now, his dream is<br />

he just wants to walk!”<br />

Diane said the atmosphere at Logan is<br />

very much about sharing everyone’s best<br />

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A perfect example, Diane said, is Allie<br />

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They also have seven grandchildren. Diane<br />

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Properly setting the mood for your holiday<br />

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Think welcoming. Think family. Think<br />

of ways to wake the senses, that will years<br />

later bring those memories to mind.<br />

Whether you are planning a Thanksgiving<br />

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with color and theme. Perhaps the place to<br />

start is the dinner table and centerpiece. The<br />

centerpiece you choose is important. There<br />

are not only aesthetic aspects to consider but<br />

logistical ones, such as how much room the<br />

centerpiece takes on the table. Will there be<br />

room for the food? Will it impede the passing<br />

of the sweet potatoes? Or will its height<br />

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Thanksgiving calls to mind harvest days<br />

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fruits – gourds, pumpkins, apples, nuts or<br />

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cornucopia. Stop by your favorite decor<br />

store and peruse the table settings. They<br />

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something new and different that you can<br />

build your Thanksgiving memories around<br />

for years to come.<br />

As for Christmas, will it sparkle with<br />

silver and gold table settings or the warmth<br />

of a country Christmas with homespun<br />

decorations, pine greenery and sleigh bells?<br />

Perhaps there are little ones about, and the<br />

holiday should be cheery and bright with<br />

vibrant reds and greens and trinkets, snow<br />

globes and little elves everywhere. Or<br />

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of light with candles, strings of lights, stars<br />

and flowers.<br />

Speaking of flowers, fresh floral arrangements<br />

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gathering. Fresh flowers say “this is<br />

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For Thanksgiving, bring in autumn<br />

blooms – mums, sunflowers, Gerber daisies,<br />

fall lilies or orange roses with their<br />

vibrant colors. Visit your local florist and<br />

see what they have to offer in arrangements<br />

and containers. Follow your theme<br />

with an elegant ceramic pot, homespun<br />

basket, clean-lined contemporary container<br />

or maybe a cartoon turkey for fun.<br />

For Christmas, fresh flowers could<br />

include red and white roses, holly and pine<br />

cones, poinsettias, or a snowy white bouquet<br />

on a midnight blue tablecloth with a<br />

white lace runner. Flowers not only add<br />

visual magic to a table, they fill the room<br />

with fragrance.<br />



Setting the Mood<br />

Turning ho-hum into merry memories<br />

As for the sounds of the season, music<br />

adds cheer, community and a cherished<br />

tradition. Historically, “candles in the<br />

window and carols at the spinet” were sure<br />

heralders of Christmas cheer, but if you<br />

don’t have a piano and your family isn’t<br />

musical anyway, you might want to rent a<br />

karaoke machine or hire carolers, such as<br />

the Kingsbury Place Singers.<br />

The semi-professional caroling group is<br />

famous for their ugly sweater, festive attire<br />

or their traditional Charles Dickens’ costumes,<br />

their four-part harmony and interesting<br />

and fun arrangements of familiar<br />

secular and religious holiday songs. They<br />

too, sing in a variety of public places, but<br />

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party plans.<br />

If singing is your thing and spreading<br />

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fun, add another party to your holiday calendar<br />

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Caroling is a great way to get in the spirit<br />

of Christmas, whether going out and singing<br />

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The flip of the calendar to November<br />

means the holiday season is finally here.<br />

It’s hard to believe that in just a few weeks<br />

friends and family will be gathering together<br />

to give thanks and show gratitude for their<br />

blessings this year, along with making new<br />

memories. While it might seem early, now<br />

is the time to start planning, especially if<br />

you’re the host. One way to reduce the stress<br />

of party planning is to have the meal catered<br />

by a local restaurant. The sooner an order is<br />

placed, the better.<br />

Most restaurants that cater will have a special<br />

holiday menu available on their website,<br />

or just call them and ask. Dalie’s Smokehouse<br />

in Valley Park offers a holiday catering<br />

menu with main course, side dish and<br />

dessert options. Lauren Martin, manager of<br />

Dalie’s, said when calling a restaurant to ask<br />

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“Kids don’t eat as much as adults, so that<br />

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A main course is key for the holidays and<br />

usually consists of a type of meat, whether<br />

it’s ham, turkey or brisket. Martin recommends<br />

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people too many options,” Martin said. “It’s<br />

easier for people to have less options when<br />

they have to decide on what they eat. Also,<br />

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holiday parties on the same day.”<br />

Having a couple catered sides is an option<br />

to have in addition to traditional family sides<br />

that only grandma can make.<br />

Some restaurants will deliver and set up<br />

the dinner, while others will want the host to<br />

pick up the food. Ask the restaurant to find<br />

out what their policy is. Martin said Dalie’s<br />

catering service for parties of over 15 people<br />

includes delivery and set up for an 18% fee<br />

and includes disposable plates,<br />

utensils and napkins.<br />

Martin said most customers tip<br />

the delivery driver, and it’s usually<br />

an additional 15-20%.<br />

To keep the food nice and hot<br />

for guests, Martin recommends<br />

keeping food in an oven set to 225<br />

degrees fahrenheit.<br />

“Low and slow is what we tell<br />

people when it comes to keeping<br />

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said. “Everything we use is oven<br />

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reheating the food slowly so it doesn’t<br />

overcook.”<br />

Martin said to try to set up a delivery time<br />

close to the time you are going to eat to help<br />

keep the food hot.<br />

Be sure to ask restaurants about their<br />

kitchen if one of the guests has a food allergy.<br />

Also don’t forget about the vegetarians or<br />

vegans on the guest list. Martin said Dalie’s<br />

has a pulled jackfruit option for vegans, so<br />

be sure to ask.<br />

“You don’t want them to be left out,”<br />

Martin said.<br />

Earn bonus points as a guest and bring an<br />

appetizer to share. Martin said charcuterie<br />

boards are still a big hit for any kind of gathering.<br />

“Catering makes the holiday dinner so<br />

much easier when you’re hosting a big party,”<br />

Martin said. “It means less dishes and clean<br />

up, which means more time with your guests<br />

because all the work is done.”<br />

bers, scout troops or neighbors. Plan a<br />

meal or simply hot beverages and dessert.<br />

And tune up your voices to sing in your<br />

own neighborhood or at more public place<br />

like a nearby senior living community. The<br />

St. Louis Carolers Association (stlchristmascarols.org)<br />

will provide everything you<br />

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Located at 54 Clarkson Road in Ellisville,<br />

Timberwinds Nursery is transformed<br />

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with a large selection of Christmas trees,<br />

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Giving Bonsai as a gift is considered to be<br />

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During the Holiday Open House from 9<br />

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Nov. <strong>11</strong> from noon-4 p.m., it’s time for the<br />

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Treasure Chest Holiday Expo<br />

Hosted at the St. Charles Convention<br />

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place Friday, Nov. 17 through<br />

Sunday, Nov. 19. Expo hours<br />

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Passiglia’s Nursery & Garden Center has a<br />

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Progress in the fight<br />

This November’s national observance<br />

of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month may<br />

be a more hopeful one for the millions of<br />

American families impacted by this devastating<br />

disease. With approval of a new drug<br />

expected from the U.S. Food and Drug<br />

Administration by the end of this year …<br />

the third such approval just since mid-2021<br />

… progress is finally beginning to accelerate<br />

in the fight against Alzheimer’s and<br />

related dementias.<br />

The newest medicine, called donanemab,<br />

is a monoclonal antibody similar to the<br />

other two recently introduced Alzheimer’s<br />

drugs, aducanumab (Aduhelm) and lecanemab<br />

(Leqembi). In a study of more<br />

than 1,700 people, donanemab slowed the<br />

progression of Alzheimer’s by about 35%,<br />

scientists reported in a study published in<br />

JAMA earlier this summer.<br />

All three of these new drugs work by<br />

attacking “plaques” in the brain made of a<br />

protein called amyloid, which disrupt the<br />

brain’s cellular functions and lead to the<br />

rapid spread of another damaging protein<br />

called tau. Both the amyloid and tau proteins<br />

are major contributors to the development<br />

of Alzheimer’s disease.<br />

On Oct. 16, the Centers for Medicare<br />

and Medicaid Services also removed existing<br />

limits on coverage of PET brain scans<br />

used to help diagnose early Alzheimer’s,<br />

allowing seniors on Medicare broader<br />

access to these new treatments. Medicare<br />

already has issued its decision to cover<br />

FDA-approved drugs in this new category<br />

– which come at a very high cost – but coverage<br />

requires patients to have documented<br />

evidence of amyloid in the brain, which<br />

PET scans provide.<br />

Although a cure is not yet possible, these<br />

new medicines have been shown to slow<br />

the progress of Alzheimer’s. They are most<br />

effective for people who are diagnosed in<br />

its earliest stages, so other therapies still<br />

are desperately needed to help those with<br />

more advanced disease.<br />

Seeing through grapes<br />

A nationwide analysis conducted in 2022<br />

found that nearly 20 million Americans are<br />

living with some form of age-related macular<br />

degeneration (AMD). By the time they<br />

reach age 50, adults have a one in 10 risk<br />

of being affected by the early form of this<br />

common eye disease, which can eventually<br />

Recent progress made in the fight<br />

against Alzheimer’s may make this year’s<br />

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month a<br />

more hopeful one. (Source: Adobe Stock)<br />

lead to a dramatic loss of central vision.<br />

Researchers in Singapore, where a rapidly<br />

aging population has created similar<br />

concerns over AMD, recently found that<br />

a simple addition to one’s daily diet may<br />

offer protection. In a recent study, they<br />

found that eating grapes improved key<br />

markers of eye health in older adults, after<br />

just a few months.<br />

In this new study, 34 adults between<br />

the ages of 60 and 85 consumed either<br />

freeze-dried grape powder (equivalent to<br />

1 ½ cups of grapes per day) or a placebo<br />

powder every day for 16 weeks. Afterward,<br />

detailed tests showed that those who<br />

ate the grapes had significantly increased<br />

macular pigment accumulation, as well as<br />

improvements in other biomarkers of eye<br />

health. Those who did not eat the grapes<br />

saw a significant increase in the formation<br />

of substances called advanced glycation<br />

end products (AGEs), which may contribute<br />

to eye diseases in a number of ways.<br />

“Our study is the first to show that grape<br />

consumption beneficially impacts eye<br />

health in humans which is very exciting,<br />

especially with a growing aging population,”<br />

said lead author Dr. Jung Eun Kim<br />

of the National University of Singapore.<br />

“Grapes are an easy, accessible fruit that<br />

studies have shown can have a beneficial<br />

impact in normal amounts.”<br />

Grapes are a natural source of antioxidants<br />

and other polyphenols, which may<br />

be key factors underlying their protective<br />

effects on retinal structure and function,<br />

Kim added. The study was recently<br />

published in the scientific journal Food &<br />

Function.<br />

Hobbies for health<br />

Having a hobby leads to greater happiness,<br />

an improved perception of one’s own<br />

See MATURE FOCUS, page 40

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MATURE FOCUS, from page 38<br />

health, and lower levels of depression in<br />

people over 65, according to researchers<br />

from University College London.<br />

Their recent study spanned nearly<br />

100,000 older adults living in 16 countries,<br />

including the U.S.<br />

A hobby was defined as any activity<br />

people engage in for pleasure during their<br />

leisure time, and ranged from social activities<br />

like volunteer work, playing a sport<br />

or participating in a club to more solitary<br />

ones such as reading, gardening or arts and<br />

crafts.<br />

Although the percentages of people<br />

from each country who had hobbies varied,<br />

the benefits to participants’ physical and<br />

mental well-being were universal, the<br />

researchers said. Those benefits remained<br />

after adjusting for other factors such as<br />

household income, employment and partnership<br />

status over an average of six years<br />

of follow-up.<br />

“Our study shows the potential of hobbies<br />

to protect older people from age-related<br />

decline in mental health and well-being.<br />

This potential is consistent across many<br />

countries and cultural settings,” said Dr.<br />

Karen Mak of the UCL Institute of Epidemiology<br />

& Health Care. “Hobbies may<br />

contribute to life satisfaction in our later<br />

years through many mechanisms, including<br />

feeling in control of our minds and<br />

bodies, finding a purpose in life, and feeling<br />

competent in tackling daily issues.”<br />

The study was published in the journal<br />

Nature Medicine.<br />

Clues to type 2<br />

Type 2 diabetes has become alarmingly<br />

common all over the world, and statistics<br />

show some form of the disease impacts<br />

about 27% of adults over age 65 in the U.S.<br />

alone. But type 2 doesn’t just begin with no<br />

warning, say a group of researchers from<br />

the U.K. It gives clues years before it is<br />

diagnosed, which could potentially allow<br />

people to prevent it from developing in the<br />

first place.<br />

These scientists recently analyzed up to<br />

50 years of health history for about 2,000<br />

people participating in a long-term study.<br />

The analysis revealed that those who eventually<br />

were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes<br />

– which occurred when they were 53 years<br />

old on average – shared a distinct “illness<br />

trajectory” in the years leading up to their<br />

diagnosis.<br />

Common conditions which consistently<br />

appeared beforehand were high blood<br />

pressure; respiratory tract infections; heart<br />

conditions (i.e., heart failure, heart attack,<br />

angina, and various forms of heart disease);<br />

asthma, and eye, nose, and throat<br />

infections.<br />

The researchers also found that immediately<br />

prior to being diagnosed with type 2<br />

diabetes, more than one in three of these<br />

individuals experienced high blood pressure<br />

and respiratory tract infection. Around<br />

one in five were diagnosed with a heart<br />

condition or eye, nose, and throat infection.<br />

One in 10 suddenly developed asthma.<br />

By contrast, these conditions happened<br />

far less frequently in those who did not<br />

develop type 2 diabetes. Fewer than one<br />

in 20 individuals were diagnosed with any<br />

of them, with the exception of respiratory<br />

tract infections, which were experienced<br />

by around one in 10 participants without a<br />

type 2 diabetes diagnosis.<br />

“These novel insights into the onset and<br />

natural progression of type 2 diabetes…<br />

suggest an early phase of inflammationrelated<br />

disease activity long before any<br />

clinical diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is<br />

made,” said senior author Dr. Adrian Heald,<br />

of Manchester University. “Understanding<br />

the long-term clinical history of type 2 diabetes<br />

years before diagnosis means that, in<br />

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Failure to plan<br />

Many older adults don’t have long-term<br />

plans for their financial futures after retirement,<br />

nationwide data has shown. For<br />

example, the 2021 Survey of Income and<br />

Program Participation (SIPP), conducted<br />

by the U.S. Census Bureau, found that<br />

working-age baby boomers between 56<br />

and 64 were the most likely age group to<br />

own at least one type of retirement account<br />

as of 2020 – but only 58.1% of them had<br />

such accounts, meaning 41.9% did not.<br />

It turns out that people who make such<br />

forward-looking plans don’t just benefit<br />

financially, according to a recent study.<br />

Such planning also lowers their risk of<br />

dying, from any cause.<br />

Researchers analyzed data spanning<br />

a 22-year period for about <strong>11</strong>,500 older<br />

Americans, along with a decade of data<br />

on about <strong>11</strong>,300 British participants in<br />

the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.<br />

Both of these studies asked participants<br />

to complete questionnaires about their<br />

health, life expectancy, and how far into<br />

the future they typically planned their<br />

finances when making spending or saving<br />

decisions.<br />

Having a long-term financial plan also lowers seniors’ mortality<br />

risk, a recent study found.<br />

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During both studies, people who planned<br />

their finances further into the future had a<br />

lower overall risk of death, researchers<br />

found. This held true even after statistically<br />

accounting for other factors that could<br />

affect mortality risk, including demographics,<br />

income, and self-reported life<br />

expectancy – all of which impact financial<br />

planning decisions, the authors said.<br />

“Our study suggests that a lack of financial<br />

planning is not only bad for your wallet,<br />

but also for your health and longevity,” the<br />

authors said. “By encouraging people to<br />

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In addition, people who planned further<br />



into the future had better self-reported<br />

physical health, and that association was<br />

strongest for those with the least financial<br />

resources. This could be the case because<br />

longer-term planning may be most beneficial<br />

to health for people who wouldn’t<br />

otherwise have saved for large or unanticipated<br />

medical expenses, they added.<br />

Led by researchers at the University of<br />

Colorado-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business,<br />

the study was recently published in<br />

the journal PLOS One.<br />

The value of gratitude<br />

As the years pass, married couples and<br />

others involved in long-term relationships<br />

often tend to take each other for<br />

granted and forget to show appreciation.<br />

A new study from the University of Illinois<br />

Urbana-Champaign found that this<br />

tendency can change with awareness and<br />

effort… and when it does, relationships<br />

change for the better.<br />

The study examined why perceived<br />

gratitude between spouses or domestic<br />

partners decreases over time, and whether<br />

it can be improved if couples participate in<br />

relationship intervention programs.<br />

“Gratitude almost seems to be a ‘secret<br />

sauce’ to relationships,<br />

and (it’s) an important<br />

piece to the puzzle of<br />

romantic relationships<br />

that hasn’t gotten much<br />

attention in research<br />

studies until recently<br />

… In couple relationships,<br />

it’s not just<br />

about being appreciative<br />

for your partner<br />

but also about feeling<br />

appreciated by your partner,”<br />

said Allen Barton,<br />

assistant professor in the<br />

university’s Department<br />

of Human Development<br />

and Family Studies.<br />

The study analyzed<br />

data from a randomized<br />

trial which included<br />

about 600 couples who signed up for a sixweek<br />

relationship intervention program.<br />

Both partners had to participate in order to<br />

qualify for the study.<br />

Couples assigned to its treatment group<br />

participated in one of two online relationship<br />

education interventions, both<br />

designed to teach couples to communicate<br />

better, understand conflict, and address<br />

problems in their relationships (although<br />

they did not focus specifically on gratitude).<br />

Those in the control group were<br />

assigned to a waitlist, and did not receive<br />

either of these interventions until after the<br />

study was over.<br />

The researchers collected data through<br />

surveys before program participation



began and at two-, four- and six-month<br />

follow-ups. For those in the control group,<br />

perceived gratitude remained at the same<br />

level throughout the study, while those in<br />

the intervention group reported improvements<br />

in partner gratitude.<br />

Barton said relationship interventions<br />

specifically geared towards improving<br />

gratitude have shown mixed results in the<br />

past, because when people start expressing<br />

gratitude to their partner because they’ve<br />

been asked to do so as part of a program, it<br />

may come across as insincere and be less<br />

effective.<br />

“(Gratitude) has been an overlooked<br />

dimension that makes for healthy, supportive<br />

relationships. Our findings indicate we<br />

should develop programming that aims to<br />

improve levels of perceived gratitude, but it<br />

shouldn’t be the sole focus. It should be one<br />

component of the intervention,” he said.<br />

On the calendar<br />

St. Louis Oasis presents a Cardio<br />

Strength class on Mondays and Wednesdays,<br />

Nov. 13 through Dec. 13, from 9:30-<br />

10:30 a.m. at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center, 690 Chesterfield Parkway <strong>West</strong><br />

(second floor of Chesterfield Mall, next to<br />

Macy’s). This workout is a mix between<br />

low-impact cardio and functional strength<br />

exercises which will help improve your<br />

cardiac health, increase muscle mass and<br />

improve bone density. The functional<br />

strength portion of the class will also help<br />

you perform activities in your everyday life<br />

more easily. The cost for all sessions is $85.<br />

Register by visiting st-louis.oasisnet.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Healthy Living for Your Brain and<br />

Body, presented by St. Louis Oasis, is<br />

on Monday, Nov. 13 from 10:30-<strong>11</strong>:30<br />

a.m. The event is offered both online via<br />

Zoom and in person at Clayton Oasis, 50<br />

Gay Ave. in Clayton. During this free class,<br />

attendees will learn about research in the<br />

areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive<br />

activity and social engagement, and<br />

use hands-on tools to incorporate these tips<br />

into a plan for healthy aging. Register at<br />

st-louis.oasisnet.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Transitions For Senior Living hosts<br />

a free event to support persons who<br />

support someone affected by memory<br />

impairment from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on<br />

Tuesday, Nov. 14 at The Lodge Des Peres<br />

1050 Des Peres Road. Ann Marie Mohr,<br />

of Project Present, will lead an interactive<br />

workshop demonstrating new techniques<br />

to improve and strengthen communication;<br />

to help when caring for an individual<br />

living with dementia. Additional community<br />

resources will also be present. Space<br />

is limited and RSVPs are required before<br />

Nov. <strong>11</strong> to tena@transitionsforseniorliving.<br />

com or by calling (314) 606-8531.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers a virtual<br />

Bone Builders Lecture on Tuesday, Nov.<br />

14 from 1-2:30 p.m., presented online only.<br />

According the National Osteoporosis Foundation,<br />

60% of adults age 50 or older are<br />

at risk of breaking a bone due to osteoporosis.<br />

Join us to learn more about exercise,<br />

nutrition and medications for bone health<br />

and osteoporosis prevention. A St. Luke’s<br />

physical therapist, dietitian and pharmacist<br />

will answer your questions during this free<br />

event. Register at stlukes-stl.com; for more<br />

information about St. Luke’s Bone Builders<br />

Program, call (314) 205-6881.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital offers a<br />

Today’s Grandparents class on Tuesday,<br />

Nov. 21 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Missouri<br />

Baptist Medical Center Clinical Learning<br />

Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road. This handson<br />

class offers updates on current trends in<br />

infant care and feeding, and provides tips<br />

on local and long-distance grandparenting.<br />

The course fee is $20 per person (each<br />

person attending must register separately).<br />

Registration is available online at classesevents.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Effective<br />

Communication Strategies on<br />

Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6-7 p.m. at the<br />

hospital’s Institute for Health Education,<br />

<strong>23</strong>2 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield.<br />

The event will also be livestreamed. St.<br />

Luke’s and the Alzheimer’s Association<br />

are hosting this free in-person and virtual<br />

education program to help families learn<br />

to decode verbal and behavioral messages<br />

from people with dementia. Communication<br />

is more than just talking and listening<br />

… it’s also about sending and receiving<br />

messages through attitude, tone of voice<br />

facial expressions and body language.<br />

As people with Alzheimer’s disease and<br />

other dementias progress in their journey<br />

and the ability to use words is lost,<br />

families need new ways to connect. Those<br />

who prefer to attend the event online will<br />

receive a link after registration. Sign up at<br />

stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a free<br />

online program, A Discussion of Overactive<br />

Bladder with Dr. Cathy Naughton,<br />

on Wednesday, Dec. 13 beginning at 6<br />

p.m., live via Zoom. If symptoms such<br />

as uncomfortable urges to use the bathroom,<br />

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event and learn options to regain<br />

control. This virtual webinar will be<br />

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Start your family’s health<br />

history this Thanksgiving<br />

When extended families gather for<br />

Thanksgiving celebrations later this month,<br />

they’ll have an opportunity to share more<br />

than a traditional feast. Thanksgiving Day<br />

also marks Family Health History Day, an<br />

annual public health campaign encouraging<br />

Americans to better understand the<br />

health characteristics – and the potential<br />

for genetically linked health problems –<br />

that run in their families.<br />

Is there a history of colon cancer, diabetes,<br />

high cholesterol or early heart disease<br />

in your family? Have any female relatives<br />

had breast or ovarian cancer, or is prostate<br />

cancer common among the men? If so, you<br />

or your children also could be at risk.<br />

A family health history can be an informative,<br />

no-cost component of your personalized<br />

healthcare plan. Sharing that history<br />

with each family member’s primary care<br />

physician may be helpful in predicting<br />

their risk for specific diseases, and suggesting<br />

whether further screening or preventive<br />

treatment is needed before any disease<br />

becomes evident.<br />

Using a free online tool from the U.S.<br />

Surgeon General called My Family Health<br />

Portrait, families can record and print<br />

their health histories and take them along<br />

to medical appointments. The tool also<br />

allows users to save their family history<br />

information to their own computers and<br />

share updates to health history information<br />

with other family members over time.<br />

According to the Surgeon General, a<br />

family health history ideally should contain<br />

health information going back at least<br />

three generations, listing the diseases and<br />

conditions that have affected members of<br />

each. It should include the age at which a<br />

particular disease was diagnosed and, in<br />

the case of deceased family members, the<br />

cause of death. The most important relatives<br />

to include are parents, siblings and<br />

children.<br />

Access to the My Family Health Portrait<br />

tool is available at genome.gov/health/<br />

Family-Health-History.<br />

Ginger supplements may be<br />

anti-inflammatory treatment<br />

Ginger is quickly gaining in popularity<br />

worldwide, to the tune of nearly $3 billion<br />

in global sales on ginger-based products<br />

last year alone…and it’s not just because it<br />

adds a unique spicy flavor to Asian dishes<br />

and healthy smoothies. New research<br />

reveals that ginger supplements may be an<br />

effective, natural way to manage inflammation<br />

for people with autoimmune conditions<br />

such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.<br />

The study points to ginger’s ability to<br />

influence neutrophils, a type of white blood<br />

cell which is part of the immune system’s<br />

first line of defense against inflammation.<br />

Consuming ginger seems to make those<br />

cells less susceptible to a process called<br />

NETosis, which is triggered by a variety of<br />

infections and diseases.<br />

In a clinical trial, researchers found that<br />

healthy participants who took a ginger supplement<br />

every day for a week (containing<br />

20 mg of gingerols) increased their levels<br />

of a chemical that helped to block NETosis<br />

when exposed to certain inflammatory disease<br />

triggers, they said.<br />

“Our research, for the first time, provides<br />

evidence for the biological mechanism that<br />

underlies ginger’s apparent anti-inflammatory<br />

properties in people,” said senior<br />

co-author Jason Knight, M.D., Ph.D., an<br />

associate professor in the University of<br />

Michigan Division of Rheumatology.<br />

“There are not a lot of natural supplements,<br />

or prescription medications for that<br />

matter, that are known to fight overactive<br />

neutrophils. We, therefore, think ginger<br />

may have a real ability to complement<br />

treatment programs that are already underway,”<br />

Knight added. “The goal is to be<br />

Ginger supplements may be a natural way<br />

to treat autoimmune illnesses like lupus<br />

and rheumatoid arthritis, say University of<br />

Michigan scientists. (Source: Adobe Stock)<br />

more strategic and personalized in terms of<br />

helping to relieve people’s symptoms.”<br />

The researchers said they hope that<br />

providing more evidence about ginger’s<br />

benefits, including the direct mechanism<br />

by which ginger impacts neutrophils,<br />

will encourage healthcare providers and<br />

patients to include ginger as part of an antiinflammatory<br />

disease treatment plan. The<br />

study was published in JCI Insight.<br />

Do you ‘helicopter parent’<br />

without realizing it?<br />

The fear of being labeled a “bad parent”<br />

– or of being criticized or blamed by others<br />

for not adequately supervising their child<br />

– is one reason parents don’t let their preteen<br />

kids be on their own or do things for<br />

themselves, according to a recent University<br />

of Michigan poll. And while most<br />

parents participating in the poll agreed that<br />

kids must have these opportunities to gain<br />

independence and confidence, they may<br />

be doing more “helicopter parenting” than<br />

they realize.<br />

“There’s a sizable gap between parent<br />

attitudes about promoting children’s<br />

independence and what they actually<br />

allow or encourage their children to do<br />

without supervision,” said C.S. Mott Poll<br />

Co-Director Sarah Clark, M.P.H. “This<br />

suggests some parents may be missing<br />

opportunities to guide their children in<br />

tasks of autonomy and unintentionally hindering<br />

kids’ development of independence<br />

and problem-solving skills.”<br />

Four out of five parents of children ages<br />

9-<strong>11</strong>, polled in the random survey of more<br />

than 1,000 parents nationwide, agreed that<br />

it’s good for children to have free time on<br />

their own without adult supervision. But<br />

far fewer reported their child actually does<br />

certain things without an adult present.<br />

For example, less than half said their<br />

child has walked or biked to a friend’s<br />

house, played at a park with a friend, or<br />

waited in the car while the parent ran a<br />

quick errand. About three in five said<br />

they have let their child stay home alone<br />

for 30-60 minutes, and half said they have<br />

let their child separate from them to look<br />

for an item in a store. Fewer than one in<br />

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trick-or-treat with friends without a parent<br />

nearby.<br />

The top reason behind this hesitancy to<br />

allow independent milestones, parents said,<br />

was concern over their child’s safety. However,<br />

while just over half said they worried<br />

someone might scare, follow or harm their<br />

child, just 17% said their neighborhood is<br />

not safe for children to be alone.<br />

“To some extent, worrying about your<br />

child is natural. But some parents are limiting<br />

their child’s independent activities due<br />

to highly publicized media reports, even if<br />

those outcomes are very unlikely to occur<br />

or cannot be prevented,” Clark said. The<br />

elementary school years, she added, are<br />

a critical period for developing independence<br />

with parental guidance and support.<br />

A new poll of parents of preteen kids shows<br />

that many may be doing more “helicopter<br />

parenting” than they think.<br />

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If helicopter parenting continues into the<br />

teen years – regardless of the well-intentioned<br />

reasons – research has shown a lack<br />

of independence can result in increased<br />

levels of anxiety and depression, ineffective<br />

coping skills, poor self-confidence and<br />

lowered academic performance, among<br />

other negative outcomes.<br />

On the calendar<br />

Schnucks and St. Luke’s Hospital offer<br />

an Eatwell Market grocery store tour<br />

on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 6-7 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 Wednesday, Nov. 8<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 (this course does not include<br />

certification upon completion). The cost is<br />

$50. Registration for a seat in this class is<br />

for two people. Register online by visiting<br />

bjc.org/cpr-class.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital presents<br />

a Staying Home Alone in-person<br />

class on Saturday, Nov. <strong>11</strong> from 10-<strong>11</strong>:30<br />

a.m. at the SLCH Specialty Care Center<br />

<strong>West</strong> County, 13001 N. Outer Forty Road<br />

in Town & Country, in the third-floor conference<br />

room. A virtual class is also offered<br />

on Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m., live<br />

via TEAMS Meeting. Parents and children<br />

attend the class together to ensure a child’s<br />

readiness to stay at home alone. The registration<br />

fee is $25 per family. To register,<br />

call (314) 454-5437.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a Be Still<br />

to Chill: Basics of Meditation course on<br />

Tuesday, Nov. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the<br />

Desloge Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s<br />

Center Drive in Chesterfield, in Conference<br />

Room 3 of Building A. Attend this free inperson<br />

program to learn the basics of meditation<br />

as well as many tips to support your<br />

practice. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors<br />

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 6-8:30 p.m.,<br />

live via TEAMS Meeting. This interactive<br />

class is a great introduction to the basics<br />

of babysitting and is recommended for<br />

ages 10 and above. A workbook, first-aid<br />

kit, babysitter skills assessment and backpack<br />

are included in the cost of $25 per<br />

child. Parents may sit in on the class at no<br />

additional cost. Register online at bjc.org/<br />

babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital sponsors an annual<br />

Spirit of Women event, All Decked Out,<br />

on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the<br />

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel St. Louis –<br />

Chesterfield, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road<br />

in Chesterfield. Spend an evening with<br />

family and friends before the holiday hustle<br />

and bustle, enjoying appetizers and beverages<br />

along with motivating tips from St.<br />

Luke’s physicians to help you be your best.<br />

Free health screenings will be offered, along<br />

with attendance prizes and more. The cost<br />

of $30 per person includes two drink tickets,<br />

appetizers and “swag bag.” Register for the<br />

event online at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Vitamin<br />

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Dec. 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the St.<br />

Luke’s Hospital Institute for Health Education,<br />

222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield,<br />

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The department has had many challenges<br />

over the years, including providing<br />

uninterrupted delivery of police services<br />

throughout the long-term recovery phases<br />

of the Great Flood of 1993. During the<br />

disaster, Chesterfield’s police headquarters<br />

in a rented building in the Valley was inundated<br />

with 13 inches of water but services<br />

did not cease. During the eight months<br />

it took for floodwaters to recede and the<br />

damaged facility to be refurbished, the<br />

department operated from an underground<br />

bunker St. Louis County had established as<br />

an emergency operations center.<br />

Today, the department has a modern,<br />

state-of-the-art headquarters facility in a<br />

building shared with city hall.<br />

Among the services Chesterfield Police<br />

provide are a special operations division<br />

that encompasses school resource officers,<br />

a special enforcement unit (SEU) that provides<br />

enforcement and patrols in the city’s<br />

many parks and retail centers, and the traffic<br />

safety unit.<br />

Single-minded lawman<br />

“After 35 years, Johnson has remained<br />

the same straightforward police chief that<br />

he was the first day I worked with him,”<br />

said Dianne Johnson, command staff coordinator.<br />

“He is single-minded about law<br />

enforcement. He has always worked and<br />

re-worked each policy for the Chesterfield<br />

Police Department until he had each piece<br />

of the department polished.<br />

“He is an ultimate professional working<br />

with professional organizations throughout<br />

the state and was one of the first<br />

police chiefs to bring CALEA to this area.<br />

Because of initiatives, most (area) law<br />

enforcement agencies have followed his<br />

lead and are now also CALEA certified.<br />

These characteristics have never changed.”<br />

Under Johnson’s guidance, a full range<br />

of programs were implemented in the community,<br />

including the D.A.R.E. programs<br />

to provide substance avoidance training to<br />

middle school students; the Crisis Intervention<br />

Team (CIT), which is specially trained<br />

to respond to calls involving citizens with<br />

mental health concerns; the Neighborhood<br />

Watch program; adult and teen police academies;<br />

the annual Safety Town experience<br />

for young children; the Police Explorer<br />

Post; and child car seat installations.<br />



Meet the Chief<br />

On Nov. 30, at 7:30 a.m., the<br />

Chamber Understanding City Operations<br />

(CUCO) session, held jointly by<br />

the Chesterfield Regional Chamber<br />

and the city of Chesterfield at city<br />

hall, will offer the opportunity to meet<br />

Chief Ray Johnson.<br />

Johnson will share his insights,<br />

experience, wisdom and wit. The<br />

event is free and open to the public.<br />

Prankster and friend<br />

City Administrator Mike Geisel also<br />

calls Johnson a great friend, mentor and<br />

committed public servant.<br />

Geisel, who began his career with the<br />

city in 1988 as its assistant city engineer,<br />

was named co-city administrator alongside<br />

Johnson following the retirement of Mike<br />

Herring in 2016.<br />

“No one exemplifies the ‘attitude of gratitude’<br />

or the ‘heart of a public servant’ more<br />

than Ray Johnson,” Geisel said. “After 35<br />

years, he still surprises with his intellect<br />

and humor on a daily basis.<br />

“I am both honored and humbled to have<br />

been privileged to work alongside the chief<br />

for all of these years. He has had and continues<br />

to have a profound influence on me<br />

both personally and professionally.”<br />

Geisel said he appreciates Johnson’s<br />

sharp wit and intelligence, but most notably<br />

his commitment to perpetuating pranks.<br />

Once, Johnson authored an email prank<br />

that caused Geisel to submit his resignation.<br />

The chief knew the administraator<br />

would respond intensely.<br />

But it wasn’t only Johnson who conspired<br />

to commit mischief.<br />

One of the pranks against Johnson was<br />

to regularly turn up the heat in his office<br />

through the building management systems.<br />

For his part, Johnson never acknowledged<br />

his discomfort, depriving its instigators of<br />

the satisfaction of the prank.<br />

Each week the chief and Geisel get<br />

together for a lunch meeting and Geisel<br />

said it’s always an event.<br />

“Going anywhere with the chief is like<br />

walking next to Elvis; he is a celebrity<br />

wherever he goes. People genuflect as he<br />

passes,” Geisel teased.<br />

He said most of all, he has viewed,<br />

admired and soaked in Johnson’s mentorship<br />

and advice.<br />

“While he is the consummate professional,<br />

with the most authentic and ethical<br />

set of beliefs, he is also one of the most<br />

compassionate and caring individuals I<br />

have ever known,” Geisel said.<br />

“No doubt the example and standard he<br />

has set have had a tremendous impact on<br />

the caliber of law enforcement provided to<br />

our community,” Mayor Bob Nation said.<br />

“He has distinguished himself and brought<br />

credit to the city of Chesterfield by serving<br />

in leadership of the St. Louis Area Major<br />

Case Squad, CALEA and St. Louis Area<br />

Police Chiefs Association (SLAPCA).<br />

Both Nation and City Council member<br />

Barb McGuinness (Ward 1) said finding<br />

someone to replace Johnson will not be<br />

easy. “He is such a professional, so classy,<br />

top-notch. Those will be big patent leather<br />

shoes to fill,” McGuinness said.



Whether it’s at the hearth or at the<br />

grill, people naturally congregate<br />

around a flame, said Frank Schmer,<br />

owner of St. Louis Home Fires.<br />

“It’s the warmth of the fire, it goes<br />

back to the very beginning, cavemen<br />

sitting around a fire cooking up meat,”<br />

he said.<br />

Now in the 21st century, with gas<br />

fireplaces and gas grills, heating and<br />

cooking have never been easier.<br />

Gas fireplaces take the drudgery out<br />

of building, stoking and extinguishing<br />

a fire, he said.<br />

“This is convenience. It’s all about<br />

the ease of it. We have remote control,<br />

so literally its about the turn of a knob<br />

or the click of a button, and it’s instant<br />

fire,” Schmer said. “There is no mess,<br />

no carrying wood through your house<br />

or walking out to the woodpile when its<br />

10 below zero.”<br />

People are using their fireplaces<br />

more because of it, he said.<br />

“You would never think to have a<br />

wood fire for half an hour, but you can<br />

turn these on and off. Take the chill<br />

off the room; have a cup of coffee, run<br />

them for half an hour, then go about<br />

your day and turn them back on in the<br />

evening.”<br />

St. Louis Home Fires also<br />

offers 99% efficient logs,<br />

Schmer said.<br />

“If people are concerned<br />

about home heating or the Schmer<br />

price of gas, you can actually add heat more<br />

efficiently than your furnace because the<br />

logs burn so clean they can be operated with<br />

the damper closed,” he said.<br />

As a reminder, Schmer says those who<br />

want gas logs by Christmas, need to get<br />

them on the schedule now. Installations<br />

are already booked into late November and<br />

early December. And before the fire season<br />

gets under way in earnest its a good idea to<br />

take care of any needed maintenance.<br />

November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


“It’s not a bad idea every two or three<br />

years to have a maintenance call, a log tune<br />

up,” Schmer said. “We check the gas pressure,<br />

make sure the gas logs are working<br />

properly. It’s a really popular service.”<br />

St. Louis Home Fires also offers grill<br />

maintenance and grill cleaning in the off<br />

season.<br />

As for grills, some people make good<br />

use of them in every season, Schmer<br />

said.<br />

“You can cook outdoors all year<br />

round with smokers and pellet<br />

cookers. They need very little attention.<br />

They are kind of a set it and<br />

forget it type of smoking,” he said.<br />

Cooking outdoors is one of<br />

Schmer’s greatest pleasures. The<br />

founder and now president emeritus<br />

of the St. Louis BBQ Society<br />

said that the attraction of a good BBQ is<br />

about hospitality and entertaining family<br />

and friends.<br />

“I think our whole business is based on<br />

cooking for other people, cooking in the<br />

backyard. There’s something very gratifying<br />

about it. There’s nothing more worthwhile<br />

than cooking for someone else,” he said.<br />

Recently, St. Louis Home Fires<br />

expanded its space and its line to include<br />

prebuilt outdoor kitchens. Instead of stone<br />


St. Louis Home Fires can make your home the place at which to gather<br />

(St. Louis Home Fires photo)<br />

or brick these appliance cabinets are made<br />

of aluminum and are much more affordable,<br />

Schmer said. The store also carries a<br />

variety of outdoor gas and wood fire pits.<br />

This year, St. Louis Home Fires celebrates<br />

20 years in business.<br />

“Business has been good,” Schmer said.<br />

We are a part of the community both from<br />

an event standpoint and working with the<br />

people. We have a lot of regulars, and there<br />

is nothing more about community than<br />

barbecue and cooking in the backyard or<br />

family and friends sitting around their fireplace<br />

on the interior,” Schmer said.<br />

“We are in the service business,” Schmer<br />

said. “The products we sell are provided<br />

by companies we partner with that are just<br />

like us, reputable businesses that provide<br />

the best product and the best service. We<br />

don’t do a lot of different things. We don’t<br />

do patio furniture and hot tubs and all that<br />

kind of stuff. We do grills and fireplaces<br />

and gas logs, and we think what we do, we<br />

do better than anyone else.”<br />

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BRIEFS<br />

Places<br />

The newest location of Panda Express<br />

opened at 16301 Truman Road in Ellisville<br />

on Oct. 19 with a ribbon cutting hosted<br />

by the <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County Chamber<br />

of Commerce. This new location marks a<br />

new store design for the restaurant chain,<br />

known as Panda Home, incorporating<br />

design elements inspired by traditional<br />

Chinese architecture and traditions with<br />

modern motifs. This location includes a<br />

drive thru and is featuring its firsts dessert<br />

item, an apple pie roll.<br />

• • •<br />

Schaefer Autobody Centers earned<br />

the 20<strong>23</strong> TORCH Award for Ethics from<br />

the Better Business Bureau of Eastern &<br />

Southwest Missouri & Southern Illinois in<br />

the St. Louis and Columbia regions. The<br />

collision repairer operates in 14 locations<br />

across Missouri and Southern Illinois.<br />

• • •<br />

The Alberici/KAI Build Joint Venture<br />

partnership recently completed construction<br />

of The Mercy Center for Performance<br />

Medicine & Specialty Care and its connected<br />

1,000-space parking garage on the<br />

campus of Mercy Hospital, making it one<br />

of the largest outpatient surgery centers<br />

in the country. The five-level outpatient<br />

center includes neurosurgery, orthopedics<br />

and sports medicine, reconstructive surgery,<br />

bariatrics and urology. The facility<br />

includes weight and wellness-related care,<br />

imaging services, ten operating rooms and<br />

eight post-anesthesia care unit bays.<br />



The newest location of Panda Express opened at 16301 Truman Road<br />

in Ellisville on Oct. 19 with a ribbon cutting hosted by the <strong>West</strong> St. Louis<br />

County Chamber of Commerce.<br />

(Laura Saggar photo)<br />

• • •<br />

General contractor Integrate Construction<br />

Partners completed construction<br />

of a second Metro MedSpa at 971<br />

Brittany Parkway Drive in Town & Country<br />

in September. Integrate constructed<br />

the 3,500-square-foot spa with a Botox<br />

bar, retail space, waiting area, coffee/<br />

cocktail bar and private rooms for a variety<br />

of treatments. Integrate also installed<br />

a scent and soundscape system, custom<br />

wallcoverings, custom resin artwork and<br />

neon signage.<br />

People<br />

St. Louis County’s Department of<br />

Human Resources named Ambur Banner<br />

as the new deputy director. Banner has<br />

14 years of experience in the government<br />

sector and holds an MBA, MSW and is<br />

a licensed social worker. Prior to joining<br />

the Department of Human Services,<br />

Banner served as the Deputy Director of<br />

Public Health for the Unified Government<br />

Wyandotte County Public Health<br />

Department in Kansas. In the absence of<br />

the department’s director since February,<br />

Banner was appointed the department’s<br />

acting director.<br />

• • •<br />

Founder, and CEO of Data Connectors,<br />

Dawn Morrissey, of Chesterfield, has<br />

been honored with the 20<strong>23</strong> Best of Chesterfield<br />

Award in the Event Planner category<br />

by the Chesterfield Award Program.<br />

Founded in 1999, Data Connectors is in<br />

the cybersecurity event planning industry,<br />

providing services to local and national<br />

businesses. The Chesterfield Award Program<br />

annually honors the achievements<br />

and accomplishments of local businesses<br />

throughout the area.

November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />


The Autohaus Experience is focused on customers before, during and after the sale<br />



Every day, Autohaus BMW of<br />

Maplewood strives to provide an<br />

excellent experience for their customers.<br />

From the moment they walk<br />

into the elegant showroom through<br />

the selection of their BMW to getting<br />

the service they need after the<br />

sale, customers and their satisfaction<br />

are the focus of all they do. That is<br />

the Autohaus experience.<br />

Maybe that’s why Autohaus is the<br />

largest BMW dealership in Missouri.<br />

“We’ve been the #1 New and<br />

Certified Pre-Owned BMW Sales<br />

Leader in Missouri for the past six<br />

years and the #1 New Luxury Car Sales<br />

Leader in the state,” said General Manager<br />

Joe Emerson. “Our 58,000-squarefoot<br />

facility is the largest BMW Center in<br />

the St. Louis area, and we have invested<br />

heavily in providing the best facility and<br />

experience for our clients.”<br />

Although the friendly sales staff and<br />

a new BMW go a long way to producing<br />

that experience, the Autohaus service<br />

department makes it last. It’s a department<br />

with longevity.<br />

“We have very low staff turnover. It<br />

is not unusual for our staff members to<br />

celebrate a 20- or 30-year anniversary or<br />

retirement,” Emerson said. “We promote<br />

from within as much as possible, building<br />

on their experience and training to provide<br />

a greater path to success, long-term employment<br />

and growth. They are a big part of the<br />

Autohaus Experience, building long-term<br />

relationships with our clients and promoting<br />

a strong family environment.”<br />

From now until December 31, those who<br />

want to know the Autohaus Experience first<br />

hand and at the best price should stop in and<br />

take advantage of the BMW Road Home<br />

Sales event.<br />

“It is our biggest BMW Sales event of the<br />

year,” Emerson said. “We’ll have our most<br />

aggressive offers, interest rates and leases<br />

and a larger selection of new BMW inventory<br />

on the ground and<br />

arriving sooner than in<br />

the past few years.”<br />

New vehicles will<br />

include the latest gasoline-powered,<br />

hybrids<br />

and all-electric BMWs.<br />

“With the global push<br />

for electric vehicles, we<br />

are excited for the interest<br />

that our loyal BMW<br />

customers are showing<br />

in the new all-electric<br />

BMW i4 and iX,” Emerson<br />

said. “Their quality<br />

and performance are outstanding and they are<br />

exhilarating to drive. The most recent electric<br />

arrivals are the all-new all-electric BMW i7<br />

and i5 sedans. Currently, however, our electric<br />

line-up is only 20% of our business, most<br />

incoming new BMW’s are gasoline powered<br />

and hybrid sedans and SUVs, the most popular<br />

being the BMW X3, X5 and X7 SUV’s,<br />

built here in America at BMW’s Spartanburg,<br />

SC plant.”<br />

So, come in for a test drive and Autohaus<br />

will make a difference for others in the St.<br />

Louis community with the BMW Drive<br />

to End Hunger. For every test drive from<br />

Nov. 1-30, $20 will be donated to Feeding<br />

America and local food banks to cover<br />

(Autohaus BMW photo)<br />

transportation costs for delivering 200<br />

meals and fresh food quickly to the most<br />

needy locations.<br />

“BMW is matching our donations,” Emerson<br />

said. “We are also involved with other<br />

St. Louis-based charities including Pedal<br />

the Cause, St. Louis Men’s Group Against<br />

Cancer, and others. St. Louis has been so<br />

good to us over 50 years. Our charity partners<br />

tend to have a strong connection to and<br />

benefit the St. Louis area.”<br />

Owned and operated by the Fink Family<br />

since 1966, Autohaus also has a strong St.<br />

Louis connection that continues with the next<br />

generation. Dealer Principal Peggy Wessel,<br />

daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fink, has been at the<br />

helm since 2017. Emerson, of course, serves<br />

as general manager. He along with General<br />

Sales Manager Todd Cherry and Fixed Ops<br />

Director Todd Feuerhaken manage the staff<br />

and day-to-day operations.<br />

“We continue to uphold the standards and<br />

commitment to the BMW brand, our clients<br />

and our employees, with the next generation<br />

of seven family owners,” Emerson said.<br />

Autohaus BMW<br />

3015 S. Hanley Road • St. Louis<br />

314-727-8870 • bmwautohaus.com<br />


Notice is hereby given that the Planning and Zoning Commission of the<br />

City of Ellisville will hold a public hearing at the Parks and Recreation<br />

Building within Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville, Missouri,<br />

63021, on Wednesday, November 8, 20<strong>23</strong>, at 7:00 P.M. to consider the<br />

petition of Pete Pulizzi and Derek Hayes, on behalf of New Moon Studio<br />

LLC, for a text amendment to Title IV: Land Use; Chapter 400: Zoning<br />

Regulations; Sections 400.090 and 400.290 to amend the definition of<br />

tattooing and tattooing establishments and to add tattooing and tattooing<br />

establishments to the list of conditional uses within the “C-3” Commercial<br />

Zoning District of the City of Ellisville, and to adopt a new Section 400.336<br />

to regulate tattooing establishments.<br />

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Ellisville will hold<br />

a public hearing at the Parks and Recreation Building within Bluebird<br />

Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville, Missouri, 63021, on Wednesday,<br />

November 15, 20<strong>23</strong>, at 7:00 P.M. to consider the petition of Pete Pulizzi and<br />

Derek Hayes, on behalf of New Moon Studio LLC, for a text amendment to<br />

Title IV: Land Use; Chapter 400: Zoning Regulations; Sections 400.090 and<br />

400.290 to amend the definition of tattooing and tattooing establishments<br />

and to add tattooing and tattooing establishments to the list of conditional<br />

uses within the “C-3” Commercial Zoning District of the City of Ellisville,<br />

and to adopt a new Section 400.336 to regulate tattooing establishments.<br />

These public hearings are in compliance with Title IV, Land Use, of the<br />

Municipal Code of the City of Ellisville, Missouri.<br />

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50 I EVENTS I<br />

LOCAL<br />

EVENTS<br />


Longview Farm House Art Gallery<br />

is open for viewing from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,<br />

Monday through Friday at the Longview<br />

Farm House, 13525 Clayton Road in Town<br />

& Country, featuring rotating exhibits of<br />

local artists. To become an artist at the<br />

gallery, fill out an application at town-andcountry.org<br />

or call (314) 587-2814.<br />

• • •<br />

The New Jewish Theatre presents “Into<br />

the Woods” Thursday, Nov. 30 through<br />

Thursday, Dec. 17 at the J’s Wool Studio<br />

Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in<br />

Creve Coeur. Tickets start at $53 and are<br />

available by phone at (314) 442-3283 or<br />

online at newjewishtheatre.org.<br />

November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />



Feed the Masses Food Drive is through<br />

November. Over 20 area parks and recreation<br />

departments are in competition to see<br />

which city can collect the most items to be<br />

donated to local food banks. Check with<br />

your local municipality to see if they are<br />

participating and how to donate.<br />

• • •<br />

The Eureka Masons breakfast is from<br />

6:30-<strong>11</strong> a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the<br />

Meramec Masonic Lodge, 616 Stockell<br />

Drive. Adults are $<strong>11</strong>; children are $5; ages<br />

5 and younger are free. Benefits Eureka<br />

High scholarships and Shriners Hospital.<br />

• • •<br />

MOCM Trivia Night is at 7 p.m. (doors<br />

open at 6 p.m.) on Friday, Nov. 10 at The<br />

Heights, 8001 Dale Ave. in St. Louis, featuring<br />

trivia categories inspired by favorite<br />

board games, a silent auction, a wine pull,<br />

mulligans, 50/50 raffle and more. Bring<br />

drinks and food. Tickets are $25 each (tables<br />

seat eight). Register at mochambermusic.org.<br />

• • •<br />

A Sausage Supper is from 3-6 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, Nov. <strong>11</strong> at St. John United<br />

Church of Christ, 332 Old Sulphur Spring<br />

Road in Manchester. Dine-in and carryout<br />

are available. Adult meals are $15 per<br />

person; children (6-12) meals are $7. Children<br />

5 and younger eat free.<br />

• • •<br />

A Red, White and Blue Trivia Night<br />

is at 7:15 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)<br />

on Saturday, Nov. <strong>11</strong> at St. Gerard Majella<br />

Catholic Church, 1971 Dougherty Ferry<br />

Road in Kirkwood. Cost is $25 per person<br />

(tables seat 10). Wear red, white and blue<br />

for a door prize. Proceeds to benefit MS<br />

Bright Spots of Hope. For details, visit<br />

msbrightspotsofhope.org/trivia-night.<br />

• • •<br />

The Memory Care Home Solutions<br />

Gala is from 6-<strong>11</strong> p.m. on Saturday, Nov.<br />

18 at the Palladium Saint Louis, 1400 Park<br />

Place, featuring dinner, a performance<br />

by the Charles Glenn Trio, a “Build your<br />

own jewelry Color Bar” by Kendra Scott,<br />

PhotoBooth with MirrorMeSTL and more.<br />

Complimentary valet parking. RSVP at<br />

cschwartzkopf@memorycarehs.org by Nov.<br />

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Letters to Santa - Manchester. Send<br />

your letters and a self-addressed, stamped<br />

envelope, by Dec. 18 to: Santa Claus, c/o<br />

Manchester Parks Department, 359 Old<br />

Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO<br />

63021.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Mark Presbyterian Women’s<br />

Christmas Boutique is from 10:30 a.m.-<br />

7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7 and from 10<br />

a.m.-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at St.<br />

Mark Presbyterian Church, 601 Claymont<br />

Drive in Ballwin. Christmas decorations,<br />

ornaments, handmade items, original artwork<br />

and crafts, fresh baked goods and<br />

more. St. Mark’s famous chicken salad,<br />

homemade soups and desserts will also be<br />

available for purchase. For details, visit<br />

discoverstmark.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Surviving the Holidays – A Grief<br />

Share event is from <strong>11</strong>:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.<br />

on Sunday, Nov. 12 at Living Word Church,<br />

17315 Manchester Road in Wildwood. For<br />

those struggling with grief during this<br />

season. All are welcome. For details, visit<br />

livingwordumc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

A Holiday Gift Sale is from 10 a.m.-3<br />

p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 at Friendship Village,<br />

15201 Olive Blvd. Artwork, woodwork,<br />

needlework and baked goods made<br />

by residents are featured alongside wares<br />

from outside vendors. The event is free<br />

with parking on site. Cash, checks and<br />

credit cards are accepted. For details, visit<br />

friendshipvillagestl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Downtown Kirkwood Holiday<br />

Walk is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18<br />

at The Kirkwood Train Station, <strong>11</strong>0 E.<br />

Argonne. Enjoy holiday shopping, free<br />

entertainment and refreshments. Santa<br />

Claus will pose for photos from 9:15 a.m.-<br />

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Its reputation is built on offering the unexpected.<br />

That’s something Mandy Williams,<br />

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“We do things differently. Always have,<br />

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We have bread options like pretzel buns<br />

and sourdough,” Williams said.<br />

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“Who wants a boring bread and cheese<br />

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Grilled Cheese, she said, is far from typical.<br />

“That’s the reason it’s a favorite and<br />

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Wildwood Pub & Grill’s new menu is a<br />

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burger made with Creekstone Farms Black<br />

Angus premium beef. The best-seller is the<br />

charbroiled Wildwood Burger, which is<br />

dressed to order. All of the pub’s burgers<br />

are smashed on a flat-top grill as the new<br />

Frisco Smash makes clear. Topped with<br />

American and Swiss Cheese on buttery<br />

toasted sourdough and sauced with housemade<br />

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Another handheld wonder making its<br />

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Williams admitted that there’s a lot to<br />

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EVENTS, from page 50<br />

12:30 p.m. inside the train station. From<br />

9:15 a.m.-noon, Mrs. Claus will tell stories<br />

and sing with the children. At 1 p.m., the<br />

Lucille Rapp Tumblers and Dancers will<br />

perform. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

The Eureka Tree Lighting Ceremony<br />

is from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at<br />

the Central Avenue Spur, 394 South Central<br />

Ave. Enjoy hot cocoa and entertainment,<br />

plus crafts from local artists. Two of<br />

Santa’s reindeer will make an appearance.<br />

Free with a non-perishable food item donation.<br />

For more details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Service of Remembrance is at 6:30<br />

p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Living Word<br />

Church, 17315 Manchester Road in Wildwood<br />

for those who are dealing with grief<br />

and the loss of a loved one. For details, call<br />

(314) 330-0017 or visit livingwordumc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The Turkey Trails 5K/10K is from<br />

9-<strong>11</strong> a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Tremayne<br />

Shelter, 13725 Marine Ave. in Maryland<br />

Heights. Registration begins at $15. For<br />

details, visit runsignup.com and search<br />

“Turkey Trails.”<br />

• • •<br />

Ellisville residents and businesses<br />

can submit a photo of their “Light Up<br />

Ellisville” display to mfadler@ellisville.<br />

mo.us between Nov. 24 through Dec. 31.<br />

Each entry will be uploaded to the city’s<br />

Facebook for votes to choose the top five<br />

submissions, which will be entered into a<br />

drawing for a gift card.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield’s Turkey Trot race is at<br />

8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. <strong>23</strong>)<br />

at Chesterfield Central Park, 16365 Lydia<br />

Hill Drive. Choose between a 5K Run/<br />

Walk or a 1-mile Fun Run (at 9:30 a.m.)<br />

geared toward children. Participation is<br />

$25 (5K) through Oct. 31; $15 for the Fun<br />

Run. To register, visit chesterfield.mo.us<br />

and search “Turkey Trot.”<br />

• • •<br />

Santa Claus at The National Museum of<br />

Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station Road,<br />

is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.<br />

25. Admission is $15 for adults; $13 for<br />

seniors and first responders; $7 for children<br />

ages 2-12. For details, visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Pictures with Santa is from noon-4 p.m.<br />

on Sunday, Nov. 26 at the Central Avenue<br />

Spur, 394 South Central Ave. in Eureka.<br />

Free with a non-perishable food item donation.<br />

For details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Pizza with Santa is from 6:30-8 p.m.<br />

on Thursday, Nov. 30; from 6:30-8 p.m.<br />

on Friday, Dec. 1; from <strong>11</strong>:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,<br />

2:30-4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Dec. 2 at the Eureka Community<br />

Center, 333 Bald Hill Road. Children can<br />

enjoy pizza with Santa, decorate cookies,<br />

make a craft and write a letter to the<br />

big guy in red. Parents should bring their<br />

cameras. In-person registration is required<br />

at The Timbers of Eureka. Free with a nonperishable<br />

food item donation. For details,<br />

visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Cookies with the Claus is at 6:30 p.m.<br />

on Friday, Dec. 1 at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center, <strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield Mall.<br />

Enjoy a holiday cookie and sit by the tree<br />

as Santa reads stories. For ages 2-12. Cost<br />

is $5 per person. To register, visit chesterfield.mo.us/cookies-with-the-claus.<br />

• • •<br />

The Wildwood Holiday Tree Lighting<br />

Ceremony is from 3-5:30 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Dec. 2 at Town Center Plaza. Visit<br />

with Santa Claus, shop with local vendors<br />

and warm up by the fire pits while roasting<br />

marshmallows for s’mores. For details,<br />

visit cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Santa Paws is from 4-5 p.m. on Friday,<br />

Dec. 8 at the Eberwein Dog Park, 1627 Old<br />

Baxter Road in Chesterfield. Bring your K9<br />

friends and take pictures with Santa. Free<br />

event. Dog park members only. Register by<br />

emailing recreation@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Breakfast and Santa is at 8:30 a.m.,<br />

9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.<br />

9 at the Schroeder Park Building, 359 Old<br />

Meramec Springs Road in Manchester.<br />

Pancakes by Chris Cakes St. Louis. Cost<br />

is $10 for resident children; $12 for nonresident<br />

children; adults are $12 for residents;<br />

$14.40 for non-residents. Everyone<br />

ages 1 and older must have a ticket. Purchase<br />

tickets in advance at manchestermo.<br />

gov/630/Breakfast-with-Santa. Event will<br />

sell out.<br />

• • •<br />

A Christmas Candlelight Concert is at<br />

2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at<br />

560 Music Center in St. Louis. Purchase<br />

tickets at bachsociety.org/christmas.<br />

• • •<br />

A Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt is from<br />

5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at Bluebird<br />

Park in Ellisville. Guests should bring a<br />

flashlight and bag for collecting the candy.<br />

Afterward, enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and a<br />

visit from Santa. $6 per person. Pre-registration<br />

is required at ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Drive Through Christmas Experience<br />

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and Dec. 16-18 at Pathfinder Church in<br />

Ellisville. Features lights synchronized to<br />

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sion of the nativity and more. Free event.<br />

For details, visit pathfinderstl.org/lights.<br />

• • •<br />

A Holiday Concert is at 2:30 p.m. on<br />

Sunday, Dec. 17 at the Ridgeway Auditorium,<br />

13201 Clayton Road, on the campus<br />

of The Principia. The Town & Country<br />

Orchestra performs “Winter Reveries” by<br />

Tchaikovsky and “The Nutcracker Suite.”<br />

Free tickets and details, visit tcsomo.org.<br />


The St. Louis Jewish Book Festival is<br />

from Nov. 5-19 at St. Louis Jewish Community<br />

Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive.<br />

Visit STLJewishBookFestival.org for a<br />

schedule of events.<br />

• • •<br />

A Veterans Day Breakfast is from 7-10<br />

a.m. on Saturday, Nov. <strong>11</strong> at the American<br />

Legion Post #208, 225 Sulphur Spring<br />

Road in Manchester. Provided by the city<br />

of Manchester. Registration is not required.<br />

• • •<br />

Be Well in the Barn Yoga is from 9-10<br />

a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Longview<br />

Farm Park Barn, 13525 Clayton Road in<br />

Town and Country. A single class is $18.<br />

Register at town-and-country.org.<br />

• • •<br />

“Starlight Sunset” Painting Class is<br />

from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at<br />

the Schroeder Park Building, 359 Old<br />

Meramec Station Road in Manchester for a<br />

night of painting fun. Supplies and drinks<br />

are provided. The cost is $25 for residents<br />

and $32 for non-residents. For ages 21<br />

and older. To register, visit manchestermo.<br />

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• • •<br />

National Council of Jewish Women<br />

Jefferson City Trip is from 8:45 a.m.-<br />

5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16; departing<br />

from the NCJWSTL Office, 295 N.<br />

Lindbergh Blvd. Includes a visit to the<br />

State Capitol and Temple Beth El, the<br />

oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi<br />

in continuous use. The trip will end with<br />

a treat at Central Dairy. The cost is $36 a<br />

person. Everyone is welcome. To register,<br />

visit bit.ly/3S3U7U1.<br />

• • •<br />

Fall Bingo is from 6-8 p.m. on Nov. 17<br />

at the Chesterfield Community Center,<br />

<strong>23</strong>7 Chesterfield Mall. Each night is<br />

themed. All ages are welcome. Bring your<br />

own food and drinks. Light refreshments<br />

will be provided. There will be prizes for<br />

bingo winners. Groups of four residents,<br />

$38; non-residents, $44; individual residents,<br />

$10 non-residents, $12. Register via<br />

Don’t miss the Feztival of Trees at the<br />

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The Moolah Shriners 5th Annual Feztival<br />

of Trees begins Nov. 18 and runs<br />

through Nov. 25 at the Moolah Shrine<br />

Center at 12545 Fee Fee Road. Doors<br />

will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.<br />

each day except Thanksgiving Day when<br />

the Center will close and on Nov. 25<br />

when the hours will be from 10 a.m. until<br />

6 p.m. Attendees can view more than 40<br />

Christmas trees decorated and loaded<br />

with gifts and enter a raffle to win one,<br />

or more, if they choose. Winners will be<br />

drawn after the event closes on Nov. 25.<br />

Raffle tickets are $1 each. The trees<br />

range in value from $500 to over<br />

$10,000. Admission for adults is $2.<br />

Kids age 12 and younger are free. Santa<br />

Claus will be there to pose with children<br />

for pictures.<br />

Shriners Children’s Hospital has been<br />

email at recreation@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Diwali Celebration is from noon-1:45<br />

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Build and Repair Decks & Fences,<br />

All Painting, Wallpaper Removal,<br />

Powerwash/Stain Decks, Finish Basements,<br />

Remodeling, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Senior Discounts • Military Discounts<br />

First responders must show ID<br />

Call Today • 636-466-3956<br />

GunnFamilyConstruction@gmail.com<br />



Residential and Commercial<br />

• Sealing (Prevents pitting)<br />

• Caulking (Keep out the weeds)<br />

• Power Washing (Fresh & clean)<br />

• Crack Filling (Keeps moisture out)<br />

• Fence Washing<br />


Call Jerry Loosmore Jr. at 636-399-6193<br />

636-938-ROOF (7663)<br />

Like us on Facebook<br />

Locally Owned & Operated by Rick Hinkson<br />




PLUS Powerwashing,<br />

Decks & Staining<br />

TEXT JIM<br />

314.7<strong>23</strong>.0027<br />


• Emergency<br />

Repairs<br />

• Free Roofing<br />

Inspections<br />

• Insurance<br />

Claims<br />

• Siding, Soffit<br />

& Fascia<br />

• Insured<br />

Deck Restoration LLC<br />

∙ Power Wash ∙ Stain & Seal<br />

∙ Deck Repair & Rebuild<br />

∙ Mold & Mildew Removal<br />

∙ Cleaning Fences, Concrete,<br />

Vinyl Siding & Patios<br />

Free Estimates • Licensed & Insured<br />

DUSTIN HANN 636-484-2967<br />




November 1, 20<strong>23</strong><br />



I 55<br />

CARPET<br />




for your home or business.<br />

Specializing in everyday cleaning<br />

of homes, rentals, move outs &<br />

home buying, etc.<br />

Family owned & operated<br />

Call today (636) 777-9319<br />

to schedule your cleaninag<br />

or a FREE ESTIMATE.<br />

Email: spotless.dina@gmail.com<br />




-SOME RARE-<br />

Manchester Road<br />

Wildwood<br />

By Appointment Only<br />

636-451-3034<br />



Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

Service upgrades, fans, can lights,<br />

switches, outlets, basements,<br />

code violations fixed, we do it<br />

all. Emergency calls & backa-up<br />

generators. No job too small.<br />

Competitively priced. Free Estimates.<br />

Just call 636-262-5840<br />

DECKS<br />

• Brushed & Rolled Only<br />

• No money up front/Warranty<br />

A+<br />

Free Estimates • Insured/A+BBB<br />

EverythingDecks.net • (636) 337-7733<br />


Restretching • Reseaming<br />

& Patching.<br />

No job is to small!<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

(314) 892-1003<br />



Baseball Cards, Sports Cards,<br />

Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.<br />

Private Collector:<br />

314-302-1785<br />


Keep your Saturdays to yourself<br />

and we will pick it up for you!<br />

Complimentary Curbside<br />

Donation Pickup. Anything that<br />

is non-perishable or flammable.<br />

Serving the <strong>West</strong> County area!<br />


to schedule your appointment.<br />

314-742-4342.<br />


Traveling Fossil & Rock<br />

Presentations with a Biblical<br />

Perspective. Suitable for all grade<br />

levels. FREE Fossils for everyone.<br />

Can the Bible timeline<br />

be tested and trusted?<br />

Yes!<br />

The Rock’s Cry Out Ministry<br />

Contact Bill Barnes 314-608-2928<br />

Deck Staining<br />


DSI/Door Solutions, Inc.<br />

Garage Doors, Electric Open–ers.<br />

Fast Repairs. All makes & models.<br />

Same day service. Free Estimates.<br />

Custom Wood and Steel Doors.<br />

BBB Member • Angie's List<br />

Call 314-550-4071<br />

www.dsi-stl.com<br />


J & J HAULING<br />


Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

appliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, affordable rates.<br />

Call: 636-379-8062 or<br />

email: jandjhaul@aol.com<br />


Junk hauling and removal. Cleanouts,<br />

appliances, furniture, debris,<br />

construction rubble, yard waste,<br />

excavating & demolition! 10, 15<br />

& 20 cubic yd. rolloff dumpsters.<br />

Licensed & insured. Affordable, dependable<br />

and available!<br />

VISA/MC accepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

Toll Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />


Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

HVAC Maintenance Technician<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- <strong>11</strong> Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Food Service<br />

Our Child Nutrition Assistants<br />

work school days only<br />

Part time or Full time,<br />

No experience needed.<br />

Starting Pay $14 Hourly.<br />

Seven Paid Holidays,<br />

Retirement through PEERS,<br />

Perfect Attendance Days<br />

Manager positions available<br />

with full benefits.<br />

www.rsdmo.org<br />

or call 636-733-3253<br />

-HIRING NOW-<br />

• Experienced Kitchen/Bath<br />

Designer/Sales - Must know 2020<br />

Design Software<br />

• Kitchen/Bath Designer assistant<br />

• Experienced Kitchen/Bath Lead<br />

installer<br />

• Helper to the Lead installer<br />

Full Time Positions<br />

Send Resume to<br />

angiem@mkbstl.com<br />

or<br />

Call 636 394-3655<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For position of:<br />

Part-Time Custodians<br />

(Temporary Position)<br />

-Flexible Work Schedule<br />

-Competitive Wage<br />

-No weekends<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/<br />

Viewjob.aspx?JobID=3198<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Mowing & Landscaping<br />

Technician in<br />

Grounds Department<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- <strong>11</strong> Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Positions of:<br />

-Plumbing Maintenance<br />

Technician-<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee<br />

Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />



VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ballwin/<br />

Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care Assistants &<br />

Homemaker shifts. Weekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Call 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />

VisitingAngels.com/westplex<br />


Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />


- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/<br />

hire/index or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Technology Partners, Inc.<br />

seeks Senior Java Developer in<br />

Chesterfield, MO to work in an<br />

Agile environment across<br />

multiple teams to design and<br />

develop business components/<br />

API’s using Java and Spring.<br />

Telecommuting permitted.<br />

Apply at<br />

www.jobpostingtoday.com<br />

Ref #72404.<br />

Sr Embedded Software/<br />

Firmware Engineer; CIS Global,<br />

LLC (Wildwood, MO). Perform<br />

design, verification, specification<br />

& qualification of data center<br />

enviro & energy monitor product<br />

firmware. Use firmware<br />

development (dev) & debug<br />

tools for product dev based on<br />

networking capabilities. US travel<br />

req’d, ~3x/yr. Must have at least<br />

bachelor’s or equivalent in Comp<br />

Sci, Electronics/Electrical Eng’gor<br />

related & 5 yrs progressive work<br />

exp as Sr Embedded Firmware<br />

Design Engineer or related. Must<br />

have 5 yrs exp w/: embedded<br />

RTOS/Linux platform; Embedded<br />

C/C++; low level driver dev;<br />

various communication<br />

protocols; debugging using JTAG,<br />

SWD & similar tools; following<br />

strict code quality processes; &<br />

mentoring jr team members as a<br />

team lead.<br />

Resume to<br />

Jennifer.barela@nVent.com<br />

& reference Job Code SK1020<strong>23</strong><br />



Private Home Health<br />

24 hr. Affordable<br />

Home Healthcare Service.<br />

Referencces Available.<br />

Call 314-620-3550<br />

or email<br />

trossiecares@gmail.com<br />




Specializing in<br />

Decks & Fences<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

pristinemidwest@gmail.com<br />

(314) 575-3879<br />



Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Free estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

Call Joe 636-699-8316<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />


Rotted wood, Painting, Tile,<br />

Drywall, Floors, Electrical,<br />

Carpentry, Plumbing,<br />

Power Washing. Insured.<br />


Tom Streckfuss 314-910-7458<br />

sbacontractingllc@gmail.com<br />

Mizzou Crew LLC (Since 2004)<br />

We can’t do everything,<br />

but we CAN do a lot!<br />

Landscaping, Demolition,<br />

Flooring, Light Construction,<br />

Furniture Assembly, Fencing,<br />

Deck Repair, Rough Carpentry.<br />

Call/text Jeff 314-520-5222 or<br />

email mizzoucrewstl@gmail.com<br />



Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Install<br />

Leaf Removal • Paver Patios<br />

Trimming & Edging<br />

Stone & Brick<br />

Retaining Walls • Drainage Work<br />


636-293-2863<br />

moraleslandscape@hotmail.com<br />





Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

poloslawn@aol.com<br />

• LEAF REMOVAL •<br />

Preparing/Cleaning Beds<br />

Mulching • Leaf Removal<br />

Bush/Shrub Trimming<br />

Aeration • Seeding<br />

Fertilizing • Dethatching<br />

-Now Offering Junk Removal-<br />



636-432-3451<br />

Retaining Walls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with attention to detail<br />

Call Tom 636.938.9874<br />

www.mienerlandscaping.com<br />


Best Landscaping Values in Town!<br />

-Mizzou Crew-<br />

Mulch, Shrub Trimming,<br />

Yard Cleanups, Power Washing,<br />

Moles, Small Walls & Paver Patios.<br />

Hauling Services,<br />

Demolition,<br />

Handyman Services<br />

& Rough Carpentry<br />

Call/Text Jeff<br />

314-520-5222<br />

or www.MizzouCrew.com<br />


Interior and<br />

exterior painting<br />

Deck staining<br />

- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

Dickspainting.com<br />

314-707-3094<br />




Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Call or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />


Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too small.<br />


35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

24 hours service!<br />

314-808-46<strong>11</strong><br />



Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

Free Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />



- CEREMONIES -<br />

• Marriage Ceremonies<br />

• Vow Renewals<br />

• Baptisms<br />

• Pastoral Visits<br />

• Graveside Visits<br />

Full Service Ministry<br />

(314) 703-7456<br />

To place a Classified<br />

ad call 636-591-0010<br />


Hours:<br />

Mon-Fri 8AM - 6pm<br />

Sat 10AM - 4PM<br />

SUN Closed<br />


TURKEY<br />

DAY<br />

SALE!<br />

CARPET<br />

LVT<br />



in stock and ready for<br />

immediate installation<br />

the entire store is<br />

10% off<br />






14932 Manchester Road, Ballwin, MO 630<strong>11</strong> • 636-<strong>23</strong>0-6900<br />


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