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Vol. 29 No. 1 • January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

westnewsmagazine.com<br />

Against all odds<br />

Andrew Vendt overcomes triple<br />

adversity to skate for Mustangs<br />

PLUS: Mature Focus ■ Sewer Tax Vote Approved For Ballot ■ Manchester Pay Raise




Mazi Melesa Pilip:<br />

A fantastic republican to<br />

replace George Santos<br />

A special election will be held in New<br />

York’s 3rd Congressional District on<br />

Feb. 13 to replace George Santos, worldclass<br />

conman, who Republicans recently<br />

expelled on ethics charges.<br />

Republicans have picked a uniquely<br />

exciting candidate to run for this now open<br />

seat in Mazi Melesa Pilip.<br />

Pilip is a Black Orthodox Jew and a<br />

mother of seven children who arrived to<br />

Israel at age 12 from Ethiopia, grew up<br />

there, served as a paratrooper in the Israel<br />

Defense Forces and continued on to earn<br />

a degree in occupational therapy at Haifa<br />

University, where she met her husband,<br />

and then earned a master’s in diplomacy<br />

and security at Tel Aviv University.<br />

Her husband immigrated to Israel from<br />

Ukraine, and subsequently they moved to<br />

the U.S. where he continued his medical<br />

studies and now works as a cardiologist.<br />

With five children and pregnant with<br />

twins, she ran two years ago for a seat in<br />

the Nassau County Legislature, won the<br />

seat – defeating a Democrat incumbent –<br />

and then was reelected, winning 60% of<br />

the vote.<br />

Pilip effervesces her belief in the “American<br />

dream” and the importance to keep<br />

government limited, keep taxes low and<br />

fight crime. As an immigrant, she is particularly<br />

passionate about this issue and the<br />

importance to control our border.<br />

She will run against Democrat Tom<br />

Suozzi, who held the seat for three terms<br />

before leaving in 2022 to enter the race for<br />

New York governor.<br />

In an interview with Israeli newspaper<br />

Israel Today, Pilip explained that she<br />

became motivated to enter American politics<br />

when flare-ups with Hamas produced<br />

antisemitism endangering her children to<br />

walk freely and openly as Jews in their<br />

neighborhood in New York.<br />

“My story is the story of America and<br />

Israel together. Israel is a diverse state,<br />

there is not just one color, and in the U.S.,<br />

any dream can become reality. ... This is<br />

my second immigration. I had to learn culture<br />

and a new language twice. It wasn’t<br />

easy for me.”<br />

Pilip is a poster child who speaks forcefully,<br />

disabusing distortions and ignorance<br />

about Israel being spread, particularly on<br />

university campuses.<br />

Recently, for instance, a program was<br />

held at UCLA labeled as an “Emergency<br />

Teach-In on the Crisis in Palestine.” One of<br />

the UCLA professors depicted Israel as a<br />

“colonial power driven by an exclusionary<br />

racial ideology.”<br />

Just looking at this impressive Black<br />

Ethiopian Jewish woman, who grew up in<br />

Israel, who speaks warmly about her love<br />

for and the beauty of the country where she<br />

grew up, says everything about the absurdity<br />

of such outrageous allegations.<br />

I recall on my own first trip to Israel<br />

noting the full spectrum of color in the<br />

population – white, brown, black.<br />

Israel literally was founded as an ingathering<br />

of Jews dispersed in the four corners<br />

of the globe.<br />

The parents and grandparents of today’s<br />

Israelis came from Eastern and <strong>West</strong>ern<br />

Europe, the Middle East, North America,<br />

Latin America, North Africa and Asia.<br />

Pilip arrived to Israel as part of Operation<br />

Solomon in 1991 in which, over the<br />

course of 36 hours, Israel airlifted over<br />

14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel out of concern<br />

for their safety as result of political<br />

instability in Ethiopia.<br />

There is now an estimated more than<br />

160,000 Ethiopian Jews in Israel.<br />

Around the same time, 1990-91, after<br />

considerable pressure, the Soviet Union<br />

released over 300,000 Jews to leave for<br />

Israel.<br />

How Jews who returned to their historic<br />

homeland from all over the globe, after so<br />

many years of oppression, persecution and<br />

murder, could be accused of either racism<br />

or colonialism should give everyone great<br />

pause regarding what is happening on our<br />

college campuses.<br />

Meanwhile, Mazi Melesa Pilip is a presence<br />

Republicans and all Americans need<br />

in the U.S. Congress.<br />

Let’s hope and pray that in February she<br />

will be adding her important voice to those<br />

on Capitol Hill.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center<br />

for Urban Renewal and Education and<br />

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

America with Star Parker.”<br />

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January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />





The delicateness of feelings<br />

To the Editor:<br />

In today’s hyper-connected world, it<br />

often feels like we’re walking on eggshells,<br />

afraid to express our thoughts and opinions<br />

lest we offend someone. The problem with<br />

our nation isn’t that people’s feelings get<br />

hurt too quickly; it’s that we’ve become<br />

overly sensitive to dissenting viewpoints,<br />

and this hypersensitivity threatens the very<br />

foundations of open discourse in a democratic<br />

society.<br />

While empathy and understanding are<br />

crucial in fostering a harmonious society,<br />

we must strike a balance between protecting<br />

individual feelings and preserving<br />

the vital exchange of ideas. The notion<br />

that “everyone gets their feelings hurt too<br />

quickly” has led to a culture of censorship<br />

and self-censorship that stifles debate,<br />

innovation and intellectual growth.<br />

One of the most concerning consequences<br />

of this hypersensitivity is the<br />

rise of cancel culture. The fear of saying<br />

the wrong thing or holding an unpopular<br />

opinion has driven people to self-censorship<br />

for fear of facing social ostracization,<br />

professional consequences, or even public<br />

shaming. Thank you, social media. This<br />

stifling of free expression undermines the<br />

principles of free speech upon which our<br />

nation was founded.<br />

Moreover, our collective obsession with<br />

avoiding offense has led to a devaluation<br />

of genuine dialogue. When individuals are<br />

hesitant to engage in challenging conversations,<br />

we lose opportunities for personal<br />

growth and societal progress. Progress is<br />

often born out of the clash of ideas, and<br />

without it, we risk stagnation.<br />

It’s important to acknowledge that feelings<br />

can be genuinely hurt by words and<br />

actions, and empathy should never be discarded.<br />

However, it is equally important<br />

to develop resilience and the ability to<br />

engage in constructive debates. The path to<br />

personal growth and societal improvement<br />

often involves discomfort and challenge.<br />

The problem with our nation isn’t that people’s<br />

feelings get hurt too quickly, but rather<br />

that we’ve allowed hypersensitivity to hinder<br />

open discourse, free speech and progress.<br />

While empathy and respect for one another<br />

are essential, we must also foster resilience<br />

and the ability to engage in difficult conversations.<br />

Only by striking a balance between<br />

protecting feelings and preserving the free<br />

exchange of ideas can we ensure the health<br />

and vitality of our society.<br />

Michael Sargent<br />

Vetting local candidates<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Local elections will take place across Missouri<br />

in 20<strong>24</strong>. Local elected officials (state<br />

senators, state representatives, mayors, city<br />

council members) have a significant impact<br />

on our daily lives. They vote on legislation<br />

affecting taxes, funding for police and fire<br />

protection, highway safety bills and more.<br />

How do we go about vetting candidates for<br />

these various offices? I suggest there are<br />

non-partisan questions we can ask as part of<br />

a vetting process.<br />

First, have any local candidates knocked<br />

on your door to visit you in person? Or<br />

did they send surrogates and/or mailings?<br />

Candidates interested in you will take<br />

time to visit and ask about your views and<br />

concerns. Candidates working full-time<br />

will often still find time to visit voters personally.<br />

They should reach out to us. We<br />

should not have to reach out to them. Surrogates<br />

and mailings are a poor substitute<br />

for personal contact.<br />

Second, what did incumbent officeholders<br />

running for re-election accomplish in<br />

office? How will this benefit you? It is one<br />

thing to introduce pieces of legislation. It<br />

is quite another to pass legislation that benefits<br />

constituents.<br />

Third, have the candidates resided in<br />

areas they wish to represent for an appropriate<br />

period, say <strong>10</strong> years or more? This<br />

provides time to get engaged and become<br />

knowledgeable about local issues. Shorter<br />

residences might indicate a candidate is<br />

not sufficiently knowledgeable enough to<br />

represent a ward, city or district.<br />

Fourth, do the candidates have a record<br />

of community involvement? Have they<br />

served in other elected offices, on commissions,<br />

or been active in local nonprofits?<br />

These activities provide opportunities to get<br />

to know the people they seek to represent.<br />

Candidates with little or no record of community<br />

activity may also not be knowledgeable<br />

enough to serve effectively in an office.<br />

All voters, regardless of party affiliation,<br />

can ask the questions above. They will also<br />

be effective with all candidates regardless<br />

of their party affiliation. Asking these questions<br />

will help us become better-informed<br />

voters. Then we can make better choices<br />

on election day.<br />

Scott Ottenberg<br />

Concerning school vouchers<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Vouchers are a scam. Missouri’s educational<br />

funding was found to be inequitable<br />

and inadequate in lawsuits from 1993 and<br />

2004 (Committee for Educational Equality<br />

vs Missouri). These lawsuits, which Missouri<br />

lost, are why we have the foundation<br />

formula. The foundation formula currently<br />

sets the amount to educate each student at<br />

a bare minimum of $6,375.<br />

But not all public school districts receive<br />

the $6,375 per student. Some receive far<br />

more and some receive far less. Rural<br />

school districts are the ones receiving the<br />

most state money. The reason is that the<br />

state of Missouri projects how much each<br />

district will raise from local taxes, primarily<br />

property. The formula for that is $3 per<br />

$<strong>10</strong>0 of assessed property value. The funds<br />

raised from property taxes are subtracted<br />

from the foundation formula.<br />

In a real-world example, the Rockwood<br />

School District had 20,286 students for the<br />

2022/23 school year. Multiply that number<br />

by the foundation formula of $6,375 per<br />

student and you get $129,323,250. Yet<br />

Rockwood only received $34,780,369 in<br />

foundation funding – that’s a $94,542,881<br />

shortfall. Put another way: Rockwood<br />

receives $1,714.50 per student from the<br />

foundation formula, not $6,375.<br />

So how on earth are you going to give<br />

my neighbor a voucher for $6,375 to send<br />

their kid to private school when you are<br />

only providing my kid with $1,714.50?<br />

In case you haven’t figured it out yet,<br />

there are only two ways to fund vouchers:<br />

1. Significantly increase the education<br />

budget.<br />

2. Defund rural school districts that are<br />

receiving the lion’s share of the foundation<br />

formula.<br />

The other thing that none of the voucher<br />

scammers seem to be taking into account<br />

is the Missouri Constitution.<br />

Article 9, Section 3 (b) requires 25% of<br />

state revenue to go to public schools.<br />

Article 3, Section 36 sets Missouri’s<br />

financial priorities. First is paying off debt.<br />

The second is funding public education.<br />

For those of you who do not know<br />

what public school districts are – they<br />

are those places that are required to<br />

accept every child who lives within their<br />

geographical boundaries no matter their<br />

disability or IQ.<br />

Jessica Risenhoover<br />


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January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />




The Corporate Transparency Act<br />

Law Matters<br />

I normally<br />

write stories<br />

about my<br />

clients in this<br />

column. Life<br />

can be interesting.<br />

But every<br />

once in<br />

a while, I need to write about a<br />

change in the law. And this new<br />

law has a major impact on small<br />

businesses.<br />

The Corporate Transparency Act<br />

was passed in 2021. The law was<br />

passed to combat money laundering<br />

by drug cartels, tax fraud, and the<br />

funding of terrorist organizations.<br />

All very laudable goals, but the law<br />

has a huge impact. Every corporation,<br />

limited liability company,<br />

limited partnership, or similar entities<br />

(called “reporting companies”)<br />

are subject to the law with very few<br />

exemptions. Exempted entities are<br />

those businesses already registered<br />

with the Securities and Exchange<br />

Commission, tax exempt organizations.<br />

Governmental agencies, and<br />

banks. You might notice that there<br />

isn’t an exemption for small businesses.<br />

That’s because there isn’t one.<br />

Substantially all small businesses are<br />

covered, even that LLC that owns<br />

your vacation home. And what does<br />

the law require?<br />

The Financial Crimes Enforcement<br />

Network (“FinCEN”), a division<br />

of the Department of Treasury,<br />

has created a massive database to<br />

collect business beneficial ownership<br />

information. (I’m sure that<br />

China won’t be able to hack that.)<br />

Reporting companies must file in<br />

the database certain information<br />

with respect to anyone forming a<br />

reporting company or anyone who<br />

is a “beneficial owner” of a reporting<br />

company, meaning anyone who<br />

owns 25% or more of the reporting<br />

company or anyone who can<br />

exercise “substantial control” over<br />

the entity. The information that<br />

has to be filed (and kept current) is<br />

as follows: full legal name, date of<br />

birth, a copy of a valid, government<br />

issued photo ID that includes the<br />

name and date of birth of the individual.<br />

The law also says something<br />

about a photo, but I wonder if the<br />

photo ID will satisfy that requirement.<br />

Existing entities have until<br />

December 31st to file, but new<br />

entities have 90 days.<br />

And this new law is not to be<br />

taken lightly. If you fail to file the<br />

reports as required, there is a $500<br />

per day penalty up to $<strong>10</strong>,000 and<br />

up to 2 years of jail time. This is a<br />

serious law.<br />

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Random thoughts<br />

With a tip of the cap to our old friend Thomas Sowell, let’s kick off 20<strong>24</strong> with<br />

some random thoughts on the passing scene:<br />

• It’s quite a coincidence that the three most tone deaf human beings alive were<br />

all able to become leaders of top universities and were all called before Congress<br />

at the same time. Or what if it wasn’t a coincidence? Did anyone think to quickly<br />

call every president of every college in America to make sure they were not as<br />

out of touch as the presidents of MIT, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania?<br />

• Quick note to Democrats: You are not going to sue or prosecute Donald Trump<br />

away from the next election. Every time you try, you just reinforce his core argument<br />

and harden the resolve of his constituents. Certainly you know this by now.<br />

It almost seems like the Democratic Party does not think their candidate can win<br />

and so they are throwing “Hail Mary” after “Hail Mary” instead.<br />

• Quick note to Missouri Rep. Adam Schwadron, of St. Charles,: We hope<br />

beyond hope that there are more important things for the legislature to work on<br />

than deciding if provel should be the official state cheese. Yes, Schwadron put<br />

forth a bill last week to name the gooey Imo’s topping the official state cheese.<br />

Amazingly, there is a similar bill put forth by Rep. Jamie Gragg, of Springfield,<br />

to name that town’s cashew chicken as the official state dish. It’s comforting to<br />

know all of our other problems are solved.<br />

• The Francis Howell School Board voted to eliminate Black history and Black<br />

literature courses from the district’s offerings. There were just 60 students signed<br />

up for the former course and 42 signed up for the latter, per the Post-Dispatch.<br />

Francis Howell has more than 16,000 students. Then, more than 3,000 people<br />

signed a petition to have the classes reinstated. The board agreed, as long as<br />

the content was politically neutral. A politically neutral discussion of historical<br />

politics? Sure, seems simple enough.<br />

• OK, back to college presidents. Claudine Gay, the ousted former president<br />

of Harvard, wrote a lengthy piece in the New York Times that is just astonishing<br />

in its shamelessness. She called her performance before Congress the result of a<br />

“well laid trap” where she “neglected to articulate that calls for the genocide of<br />

Jewish people are … unacceptable.”<br />

To be clear, Ms. Gay was asked “Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate<br />

Harvard’s rules on bullying and harassment?”<br />

Her response: “It can be, depending on the context.”<br />

That is not a well laid trap. That is a ball on a tee waiting to be hit out of the<br />

park. The cluelessness it takes to deem that question and the resulting outrage a<br />

“well laid trap” would be astonishing coming from Animal House’s Dean Wormer.<br />

The fact that it came from the president of Harvard University just boggles the<br />

mind.<br />

• Quick note to those who believe miracles cannot happen: A couple weeks ago,<br />

a Japan Airlines flight collided with a Japanese Coast Guard plane on landing.<br />

There were 367 passengers on the flight and the plane was completely engulfed in<br />

flames within 20 minutes of the collision. No one on that plane died. The staff and<br />

passengers were able to gather themselves, organize and exit the aircraft in less<br />

time than it takes most of us to decide on that day’s outfit. Humans are capable of<br />

amazing things sometimes, especially when they work together. No one on that<br />

plane died. Miraculous.<br />

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January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />




Mayor Robert Hoffman (center) presents Creve Coeur 2023 Citizen of<br />

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(Source: City of Creve Coeur)<br />

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City preserves right<br />

to annexation<br />

The city of Chesterfield is once again<br />

taking steps to preserve its ability to annex<br />

Clarkson Valley should the desire or need<br />

to do so arise in the next five years.<br />

Clarkson Valley consists of an area of<br />

about 2.7 square miles and immediately<br />

adjoins a portion of Chesterfield’s southern<br />

boundary. Chesterfield currently provides<br />

police and court administration services<br />

for the community.<br />

The St. Louis County Boundary Commission<br />

requires the submission of map<br />

plans every five years, identifying the<br />

limits of any potential boundary changes<br />

that might occur in incorporated and unincorporated<br />

areas. The current map plan<br />

submission cycle opened on Jan. 1 and<br />

closes on July 1.<br />

While the city does not have current<br />

plans for annexation, submission of a map<br />

plan reserves the right to pursue annexation<br />

during the proposal phase, explained<br />

Petree Powell, assistant city planner.<br />

If a plan is not submitted for the new<br />

cycle, the city would have to wait until<br />

2030 to take any action concerning Clarkson<br />

Valley, Powell said.<br />

Most boundary changes are required to<br />

be approved by the Boundary Commission,<br />

as well as by the voters in the impacted<br />

areas.<br />

At the Jan. 2 meeting, the City Council<br />

voted to adopt a resolution and submit the<br />

map plan to the Boundary Commission.<br />

City’s website, logo to<br />

undergo a refresh<br />

Chesterfield’s logo may look a little<br />

different when the website is redesigned.<br />

CivicPlus is currently updating the city’s<br />

website and will host the website in the<br />

future. However, CivicPlus has raised concerns<br />

that if the city proceeds with the website<br />

redesign without addressing the city’s<br />

logo first, it may face potential issues.<br />

The current logo is over 20 years old and<br />

presents scalability issues for the website. It<br />

incorporates imagery from the city, including<br />

trees, rolling hills and a rising sun. It<br />

uses an olive/moss green color palette. The<br />

city’s name is prominently displayed under<br />

the imagery.<br />

As the logo is featured across various<br />

platforms, from digital screens to print<br />

materials, it is crucial that it maintains<br />

clarity and visual appeal in all formats,<br />

Elliot Brown, assistant city administrator,<br />

explained.<br />

“A logo update would allow us the<br />

opportunity to spotlight a unique element<br />

or historic landmark of our community<br />

and present ourselves in a more modern<br />

way,” he said. However, a logo update is<br />

not just about visuals. “It’s a strategic process<br />

meant to ensure the city brand remains<br />

relevant and easily identifiable in today’s<br />

fast-paced digital environment.”<br />

One benefit of hiring CivicPlus for the<br />

website logo design is that staff will have<br />

an opportunity to work with its creative<br />

team before beginning the larger website<br />

redesign project, gaining valuable insight<br />

into the company’s process, Brown said.<br />

CivicPlus’s logo development package<br />

costs $5,000, necessitating the City Council<br />

to vote on a budget amendment to cover<br />

the cost. That amendment was approved.<br />


Stormwater Open<br />

House scheduled<br />

The city of Creve Coeur will host its<br />

fourth and final Watershed Management<br />

Plan Open House from 6-7:30 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, Jan. 17 at the Government<br />

Center, 300 N. New Ballas Road.<br />

Representatives from the city and Intuition<br />

& Logic will be available to discuss<br />

future stormwater infrastructure improvements.<br />

The watershed improvement project<br />

is being funded by the city’s parks and<br />

stormwater sales tax.<br />

Learn more about the Watershed Management<br />

Plan at crevecoeurmo.gov/763/<br />

Stormwater.<br />

Citizens of the Year honored<br />

Mike Karasick and Ted Armstrong were<br />

recognized at the city’s annual Appreciation<br />

Event on Tuesday, Dec. 5 as Creve<br />

Coeur’s Citizens of the Year for 2023.<br />

“Mike and Ted both have extensive<br />

experience in the financial sector and<br />

have brought invaluable expertise to the<br />

Employee Pension Fund Board,” Mayor<br />

Robert Hoffman said during the award<br />

presentation. “Under their leadership, the<br />

board has successfully tackled numerous<br />

complex issues and challenges during the<br />

past year.”<br />

During their tenure on the board, Karasick<br />

and Armstrong took actions to lower<br />

the interest earnings assumption for the<br />

Legacy Pension Plan from 7% to 6.75% in<br />

2019 and from 6.75% to 6% in 2022.<br />

The Employee Pension Fund Board has<br />

also reviewed and analyzed a proposal<br />

to transition the city’s Legacy Pension<br />

Plan to Missouri LAGERS, the statewide<br />

municipal retirement plan. This transition<br />

to LAGERS is nearing completion, resulting<br />

in reduced long-term fiduciary liability<br />

to the city, peace of mind to retirees and<br />

a more competitive benefit to attract and<br />

retain great employees.<br />

In addition, a one-time lump sum option<br />

was initiated by the Employee Pension<br />

Board for participants who had separated<br />

from service with a vested accrued benefit,<br />

thereby reducing the fund’s liability.<br />

Karasick was appointed to the Employee<br />

Pension Fund Board of Trustees in 2016<br />

and has served as its chair since 2020.<br />

Armstrong currently serves as the vice<br />

chair of the Employee Pension Fund Board<br />

of Trustees; he has also served on the city’s<br />

finance committee from 2007 to 2011 and<br />

was reappointed in 2019.<br />

EUREKA<br />

Annual swap meet scheduled<br />

The 17th Annual Eureka Chamber of<br />

Commerce Garage Sale & Swap Meet with<br />

over 500 vendors takes over the Six Flags<br />

parking lot from 7 a.m. -3 p.m. on March<br />

9. Admission is charged at a cost of $<strong>10</strong><br />

per car for shoppers. All proceeds support<br />

the chamber’s scholarship program and the<br />

local business community. Vendors can<br />

register at eurekaswap.com.<br />


Elected officials approve<br />

board, mayoral raises<br />

Elected officials in the city of Manchester<br />

are set to receive a pay hike, starting on<br />

April 2, 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

The enacting legislation was first introduced<br />

at the Dec. 4 Board of Aldermen<br />

meeting and was approved on Dec. 18.<br />

The ordinance raised compensation rates<br />

for the mayor from a monthly sum of $900<br />

to $1,170 and adjusted rates for elected<br />

officials from a monthly rate of $450 to<br />

$585.<br />

Compensation rates for elected city officials<br />

have not been adjusted since 2009.<br />

The suggestion to raise compensation<br />

rates came from City Administrator Justin<br />

Klocke, who introduced the idea to the<br />

Board of Aldermen in a memo.<br />

“This increase is well within the cumulative<br />

price increase of the dollar since 2009<br />

(40.23%), which is when the current rate<br />

of compensation for elected officials was<br />

established,” Klocke wrote.<br />

“We do need to receive some kind of<br />

compensation because it does indicate<br />

that there’s value in what we do. That is<br />

an awareness that we’re not going to get<br />

rich. We’re giving up family time we’re<br />

giving up time with friends and I meet<br />

with people all the time so I enjoy it a lot,<br />

but the compensation is just a little bit of<br />

incentive,” Mayor Mike Clement said.<br />

Clement went on to point out that the<br />

compensation rates cover expenses city<br />

officials take on throughout their term.<br />

“When we run for office, and as mayor,<br />

I’m gonna just say it’s $6,000 to $8,000<br />

and that’s a pretty low-key campaign. An<br />

alderman will spend $2,000 (on their campaign).<br />

Part of this is just to compensate for<br />

our expenses for being an elected official,”<br />

Clement said.<br />

The new ordinance includes clauses that<br />

penalize elected officials for missing more<br />

than two meetings and ensure that the<br />

compensation rate be adjusted for inflation<br />

starting every new term.<br />

“I think that was added at the recommendation<br />

of one of the sponsoring aldermen<br />

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if there’s some kind of a kind of a regular<br />

inflation rate of 3% or 2%, that can be<br />

documented then that should happen for<br />

the next year for elected officials,” Clement<br />

said.<br />

As the changes are poised to into effect<br />

by next spring, Klocke said he hoped<br />

the increased compensation rate would<br />

encourage civic participation.<br />

“Adequate compensation is crucial not<br />

only in recognizing the hard work and<br />

dedication of your leadership but also in<br />

ensuring that individuals from diverse<br />

backgrounds and experiences are encouraged<br />

to participate in civic governance<br />

while limiting undue financial constraints<br />

as reasonably as possible in the future,”<br />

Klocke wrote.<br />

New prosecuting<br />

attorney named<br />

The city of Manchester has a new prosecuting<br />

attorney, voted into office at the<br />

Dec. 18 Board of Aldermen meeting.<br />

Keith Cheung has been the city’s interim<br />

city prosecutor since being appointed on<br />

Sep. 5, 2023.<br />

Cheung said the city approached him<br />

to fill a vacancy left by former prosecuting<br />

attorney Mark Levitt, who retired after<br />

serving 25 years as the city’s prosecuting<br />

attorney.<br />

“I’ve been a resident for 30 years. So,<br />

you know, I was honored and quite frankly<br />

excited about it …,” Cheung said.<br />

His legal career has spanned 30 years.<br />

Currently, he serves as a prosecuting<br />

attorney in Frontenac, St. Ann, Town &<br />

Country, Crystal Lake Park, Florissant and<br />

Bel-Ridge.<br />

Manchester Mayor Mike Clement said<br />

Cheung’s residency and the fact that he<br />

is already well-known in Manchester are<br />

pluses.<br />

Chueng said, “I prosecute people<br />

because I should, not because I can – and<br />

to me, there’s a big difference between<br />

the two. For me, it’s never about money. I<br />

don’t look at it that way. We live in a civilized<br />

society. And part of that is, if there<br />

are laws, whether you agree with the laws<br />

or not, that’s part of civilized society, and<br />

if you break the law, there is a consequence.<br />

“Nonetheless, it’s it’s part of, you know,<br />

keeping people safe. You know, whether<br />

that be from people, you know, going <strong>10</strong>0<br />

miles an hour down (Hwy.) 141, people<br />

shoplifting, or things like that … (people<br />

in the community want to feel) safe and the<br />

laws are being enforced.”<br />

Ottenad honored for<br />

25 years of service<br />

Friends and family of Manchester alderman<br />

Marilyn Ottenad (Ward 2) piled into<br />

the city’s Justice Center on Dec. 18 to celebrate<br />

Ottenad’s 25 years of service to the<br />

Manchester community.<br />

“To say I was totally surprised is putting<br />

it mildly,” Ottenad said.<br />

At the end of the Dec. 18 Board of Aldermen<br />

meeting, Manchester Mayor Mike<br />

Clement recognized Ottenad and the work<br />

she’s done since she first took the oath of<br />

office in 1998.<br />

“She’s very, very much available and<br />

willing to talk and work through any kind<br />

of concerns and always concerns in city<br />

government. So she’s very much a person<br />

who stays connected with a constituency<br />

that she represents,” Clement said.<br />

Since Ottenad took office, she’s overseen<br />

several projects, like the construction<br />

of the Manchester Justice Center, and<br />

upcoming projects like adding sidewalks<br />

to Carmen Road.<br />

“And when you can help people and<br />

you know, see the satisfaction that a project<br />

has gone through and the people are<br />

happy, that makes everything worthwhile,”<br />

Ottenad said. “At the same time, you know,<br />

we know that not everything has a positive<br />

ending to them and even though we want it<br />

to be some things just aren’t realistic and<br />

the city can’t do it.”<br />

Ottenad has worked with four mayors,<br />

dozens of aldermen, and even more city<br />

staff to bring projects like the Highlands<br />

development project to fruition.<br />

“One of a few of the things that stick in<br />

my mind through the years is obviously<br />

the highlands development. We spent<br />

many months on that and to see it come<br />

to fruition and really be economically great<br />

for the city is a sense of pride, I love that,”<br />

Ottenad said.<br />

In addition to serving as the president<br />

of the board, Ottenad also serves as the<br />

board’s liaison for the city’s Homecoming<br />

Committee.<br />

“Homecoming is such a community<br />

event, I feel proud to be on the committee.<br />

And what people don’t realize is it<br />

takes about a year working to get homecoming<br />

put together and hopefully, you<br />

know the community likes it and comes<br />

out and enjoys it as much as the people on<br />

homecoming (committee) enjoy getting it<br />

together.”<br />


City seeks parks<br />

committee member<br />

The city of Twin Oaks is currently seeking<br />

applications from residents interested in filling<br />

one open spot on the Parks Committee.<br />

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Page holds ARPA funds for nonprofits in wake of county budget cuts<br />


A handful of nonprofits have been left<br />

wondering if they will receive the federal<br />

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

granted to them by the St. Louis County<br />

Council. County Executive Dr. Sam Page<br />

has said he is now holding those funds after<br />

the council cut his proposed 20<strong>24</strong> budget by<br />

approximately $15 million.<br />

In a letter to community members and<br />

nonprofits dated Dec. 21, Page said he is<br />

holding the funds, “until we determine we<br />

have appropriate staff to administer these<br />

projects in compliance with (federal) Treasury<br />

Guidelines.”<br />

The ARPA funds in question are to be<br />

distributed after the nonprofits complete a<br />

<strong>10</strong>-step process laid out by the county. To<br />

date, five nonprofits are waiting for funds:<br />

Refuge + Restoration, $500,000; A Red<br />

Circle, $350,000; Rustic Roots Sanctuary<br />

Co., $250,000; St. Louis Survivor’s Legal<br />

Support, Inc., $25,000; and Journey Against<br />

Domestic and Sexual Abuse (JADASA),<br />

$25,000, for a total of $1.15 million.<br />

“This is a political ploy,” County Councilmember<br />

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

Page’s decision to withhold the funds. “He<br />

said he would do this if he didn’t get what<br />

he wanted (in his proposed budget). It’s petty<br />

and unscrupulous that he would do this. He’s<br />

blaming manpower; that’s ridiculous. They<br />

just need to cut a check to these people. How<br />

long does that take?”<br />

Harder added that the county’s delay in<br />

releasing the funds allocated to the organizations<br />

could hinder future partnerships.<br />

“This is a prime example of one of the<br />

reasons people don’t want to work with the<br />

county,” Harder said. “These (organizations)<br />

have done what we’ve told them to do in<br />

order to receive the ARPA funds. So let’s<br />

give them their checks. If they spent their<br />

own money, they felt comfortable<br />

they were going to get reimbursed by<br />

the government. The need was there<br />

and every day (the county) is holding<br />

this money, they’re bankrupting these<br />

nonprofits. It’s not the best look for St.<br />

Louis County. This is politics.”<br />

In defense of holding the funds,<br />

Page’s letter states: “(The county)<br />

cannot afford to use the limited<br />

resources which remain in county government<br />

to launch new programming<br />

at the expense of the commitments<br />

the county already has to its residents<br />

– including pre-existing financial supports<br />

to some of the organizations<br />

identified for ARPA funding.”<br />

Still, members of the community<br />

and representatives from the nonprofits<br />

are pressing the county executive to<br />

release the funds that were allocated to<br />

them.<br />

Cynthia Bennett, executive director of<br />

JADASA, said the delay in ARPA funds is<br />

affecting her organization’s mission of assisting<br />

and educating women, and their children,<br />

who are survivors of domestic violence and<br />

sexual assault in underserved areas.<br />

“We are trying to help women and children,”<br />

Bennett said. “We did everything in good<br />

faith. We went through the long application<br />

process (which began in December 2022).<br />

The money was allocated to us. We were<br />

expecting this money. (Page) keeps talking<br />

about the budget, but (it’s my understanding)<br />

this is money from a whole different bucket.”<br />

Bennett said her organization has had<br />

to lay off some staff members and reduce<br />

educational programming for 20<strong>24</strong> because<br />

the funds haven’t come through. She said<br />

JADASA will also have to be more stringent<br />

when it comes to deciding if the organization<br />

can pay for a hotel room for women in a<br />

domestic violence situation.<br />

Senior citizens picking their own produce at Rustic Roots Sanctuary Co. in North St. Louis County.<br />

(Photo: provided)<br />

Rustic Roots Sanctuary Co. was set to<br />

receive $250,000 in ARPA funds, which<br />

would have helped the organization expand<br />

services to create food security in North<br />

County. Executive Director Janett Lewis<br />

said Rustic Roots Sanctuary was building<br />

the funds into their 20<strong>24</strong> budget, but they are<br />

holding off on that for now.<br />

“At this point we aren’t going to expect<br />

(the ARPA funds) and pivot and try to find<br />

funding from other sources,” Lewis said.<br />

“The funds would’ve helped us be able to<br />

feed more of our community, bring staff on<br />

and increase capacity.”<br />

Rustic Roots Sanctuary is a nonprofit farm<br />

that produced more than 18,000 pounds<br />

of food in 2023. It provides senior citizens<br />

with a bag of produce each week during the<br />

season and runs the Spanish Lake Farmers<br />

Market in the summer. The organization also<br />

teaches sustainability to the community and<br />

works with youth in agriculture. Lewis said<br />

the $250,000 ARPA funds for the farm were<br />

unanimously approved by the council in<br />

October 2022.<br />

According to Lewi, there is one grocery<br />

store in Spanish Lake serving 18,000 residents.<br />

Rustic Roots Sanctuary would’ve used<br />

the funds to increase food access in its community,<br />

an issue the COVID-19 pandemic<br />

shined a light on.<br />

To ensure that ARPA funds were used<br />

appropriately post-pandemic, the county<br />

partnered with consulting firm Deloitte to<br />

head up its ARPA application process and<br />

ensure the nonprofits’ compliance with U.S.<br />

Treasury Department rules.<br />

“Deloitte took us through a year of doing<br />

risk assessments, budgeting, making sure we<br />

were government compliant as an organization,”<br />

Lewis said. “Then they finally told us<br />

we would be able to start submitting for reim-<br />

See ARPA, page 19<br />

Final design underway for Main Street extension in Wildwood<br />


Main Street in Wildwood will be getting<br />

longer despite the loss of two developments<br />

that would have contributed to the project.<br />

The extension will take Main Street from<br />

its current terminus east of Crestview<br />

Drive to Eatherton Road. Civil Design, Inc.<br />

(CDI) will provide professional engineering<br />

services to complete the final design of<br />

the extension at a cost of $112,750. CDI<br />

also completed the preliminary design.<br />

Both the city’s master plan and Town<br />

Center plan identify Main Street as the<br />

future central pedestrian-friendly corridor<br />

through Town Center.<br />

“It’s an important project from the<br />

standpoint of our Town Center plan,” Joe<br />

Vujnich, director of planning, explained.<br />

“Also, from an economic development<br />

standpoint, we know that allowing traffic<br />

to have an alternative, or a new way,<br />

to access the downtown district of Town<br />

Center is a positive.”<br />

Vujnich acknowledged that the Main<br />

Street extension is one of the items that<br />

caused significant delays for developers.<br />

“From the perspective of the department,<br />

we hope that if we can pre-plan it<br />

and have it shovel-ready, that’ll put us in<br />

a position to help the next developer or<br />

developers but also potentially for grants<br />

in the future,” he said.<br />

The extension of the existing Crestview<br />

Drive as Main Street will include on-street<br />

parking, bicycle lanes, sidewalks and other<br />

enhancements and is intended to create a<br />

vibrant, small town main street environment,<br />

according to city officials.<br />

Public Works Director Rick Brown told<br />

<strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> that for the city to<br />

extend Main Street, it would have to “take<br />

over Crestview as a public street.” Crestview<br />

is currently a private street.<br />

“In addition, because the proposed Main<br />

Street would be wider than Crestview currently<br />

is, the city would likely need to obtain<br />

new right of way and easements from the<br />

adjacent property owners,” Brown explained.<br />

“We have not held a public meeting or reached<br />

out directly to nearby residents regarding the<br />

project, but that is anticipated as part of the<br />

final design process.”<br />

The City Council approved the CDI contract<br />

at its Dec. 11 meeting, with council<br />

member Nathan Hopper (Ward 7) abstaining.<br />

CDI is currently working on the design<br />

of the Village Green project as well with<br />

Phase 1 construction planned for 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

When complete, the Village Green will<br />

provide a park west of City Hall that will<br />

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The Metropolitan Sewer District’s (MSD)<br />

Board of Trustees concluded business for<br />

2023 with the approval of two ballot issue<br />

initiatives on Dec. 14 for the April 2 General<br />

Election.<br />

One ballot issue, if passed by voters, would<br />

initiate a tax increase that would provide a<br />

new stormwater service to address stormwater,<br />

flooding and creek erosion issues in<br />

MSD’s entire service area. The property tax<br />

increase would be 7.45 cents per $<strong>10</strong>0 of<br />

assessed valuation for residential property<br />

and cost about $2 a month or $25 annually for<br />

a property with a median value of $176,600,<br />

according to MSD documents.<br />

For non-residential properties, the cost<br />

would be calculated on the amount of the<br />

property’s square footage that is impervious<br />

to water or creates runoff. The cost would be<br />

an increase of $1.05 per 1,000 square feet.<br />

“The proposition is a simple yes or no vote<br />

question,” said Executive Director Brian<br />

Hoelscher during his report at the Dec. 14<br />

meeting.<br />

“If the voters vote yes, MSD will start<br />

charging the property tax in calendar year<br />

2025 and provide approximately $34 million<br />

worth of service per year.”<br />

“If the voters vote no, there will be no<br />

increase in property tax for this initiative and<br />

MSD will not provide this additional service,”<br />

Hoelscher said.<br />

The other ballot initiative addresses wastewater<br />

infrastructure and asks voters whether<br />

the district should issue $750 million in<br />

sewer revenue bonds. The money from the<br />

sale of the bonds would be used to fund $1.6<br />

billion of federal- and state-mandated wastewater<br />

infrastructure projects for the next four<br />

of 16 years, Hoelscher said.<br />

If voters authorize the district to issue<br />

the bonds, sewer rates would be raised by<br />

approximately 32% over the course of four<br />

years beginning in 2025 for metered residential<br />

customers and by 22% for unmetered<br />

customers in the city of St. Louis.<br />

The schedule, if the bond issue is approved,<br />

proposes rate increases of 7% in 2025, 7.6%<br />

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metered customers. A residential metered<br />

customer who averages a monthly bill of<br />

$57.04 in 20<strong>24</strong> is estimated to pay $75.23 a<br />

month in 2028 under the rate change.<br />

Rate changes for non-metered residential<br />

homes would change by a -0.8% in 2025,<br />

7.6% in 2026, 7.6% in 2027 and 6.6% in<br />

2028. A non-metered customer who now<br />

pays $68.17 a month would pay $83.39 a<br />

month by 2028.<br />

If voters approve the proposal, Hoelscher<br />

said the rates will be lower than paying with<br />

cash in the beginning, but there will be debt<br />

service costs in the future. If voters do not<br />

approve the initiative, funding for the mandated<br />

projects will require much higher rates<br />

at first without debt service charges later,<br />

Hoelscher said.<br />

If the bond issue does not pass, the same<br />

metered home with a monthly bill of $57.04<br />

in 20<strong>24</strong> will see a 35.4% increase in 2025 to<br />

$77.26, a 35.1% increase in 2026 to $<strong>10</strong>4.34,<br />

a rate decrease of -20% in 2027 to $83.50<br />

and a 5.1% increase in 2028 to $87.72.<br />

St. Louis County earlier last year passed a<br />

resolution recommending MSD’s Board of<br />

Trustees consider the funding structure in the<br />

Rate Commission’s Minority Report with a<br />

<strong>24</strong>.2% increase rather than the 32.4% in the<br />

Rate Commission’s Majority Report that was<br />

adopted by the board.<br />

John Coffman, an attorney for the Consumer<br />

Council of Missouri, also recommended<br />

the lower rate of service, saying<br />

the board made no accommodations for the<br />

consumer. In meetings leading up to Dec. 14,<br />

residents expressed the difficulty of making<br />

ends meet as utility bills rise.<br />

However, Hoelscher said the Minority<br />

Report had errors and that although proposed<br />

rates would be slightly lower in the beginning,<br />

higher rates later would extend for<br />

three decades.<br />

In the Minority Report, the Rate Commission<br />

did express concerns for consumers and<br />

suggested that MSD consider expanding its<br />

Customer Assistance Program to cover low<br />

income consumers who are not currently<br />

qualified for the program.<br />

Hoelscher said staff were currently working<br />

on that project.<br />

MSD’s Berthold take district’s top spot<br />

Bret Berthold, the current director of<br />

operations for MSD, will take the district’s<br />

helm on July 1.<br />

Berthold has been with the district<br />

since 2009 and has filled the role of director<br />

of operations since 2018. He replaces<br />

Executive Director Brian Hoelscher, who<br />

is retiring in June.<br />

Hoelscher, who has worked for MSD<br />

for 28 years and been the executive director<br />

for 11 years, said, “Bret is undoubtedly<br />

the best person for the job, and we<br />

will work closely together the next six<br />

months to ensure a seamless transition.”



January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I NEWS I 13<br />

On The Ballot: Candidates filed for the April 2 Municipal Elections<br />

The following candidates have filed for<br />

the April 2 Municipal Elections. Candidates<br />

are listed in ballot order. Incumbents<br />

have an asterisk after their name. Term<br />

lengths are two years, except as otherwise<br />

noted.<br />


Ward 1: Mary Monachella*<br />

Ward 2: Mary Ann Mastorakos*<br />

Ward 3: Michael Moore*<br />

Ward 4: Merrell Hansen*<br />

Ward 3: Scott Ottenberg*<br />

Ward 4: Joe Farmer*, Jean Vedvig<br />

Ward 5: Debra Smith McCutchen*<br />

Ward 6: Robin L. “Rob” Rambaud*<br />

Ward 7: Jim Kranz<br />

Ward 8: Timothy E. Kummer, Michael<br />

Gillani*<br />


Ward 1: Ed Schaefer, Christine Danielle<br />

Luebbert*<br />

Ward 2: Michael Schmidt*, Mark Raup<br />


Matthew Schindler*,<br />

Kevin Seltzer*, Todd Williams,<br />

Stacey L. Myton,<br />

John Tettinger<br />


Tamara Jo Rhomberg*,<br />

Phillip Milligan, Thomas<br />

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Ward 1: Jeff Schweig*<br />

Ward 2: Brock MacDonald*<br />

Ward 3: Lin Midyett*<br />


Ward 1: Michael Finley*<br />

Ward 2: Pam Haug, Kevin Roach*<br />

Ward 3: Frank Fleming*<br />

Ward 4: David Siegel*<br />

Freezing weather is here!<br />


Mayor: Mark Becker*<br />

Ward 1: John E. Pound*, James Kuenzi,<br />

Jennifer Weller<br />

Ward 2: Dean Fitzpatrick*<br />

Ward 3: Patrick Barrett*, Kathleen McKean<br />

Gmelich<br />


No election scheduled.<br />

EUREKA<br />

Ward 1: Jerry Diekmann*<br />

Ward 2: Kevin Kilpatrick*<br />

Ward 3: Jerry Holloway*, Tom Maruna<br />


Mayor: Mike Clement*<br />

Ward 1: No one filed<br />

Ward 2: Marilyn Ottenad*<br />

Ward 3: Benjamin Toben*<br />


Ward 1: Barbara Ann Hughes*<br />

Ward 2: (1-year term) Fred “Fritz” Wiesehan*<br />

Ward 2: Al Gerber, John Steinhubl<br />

Ward 3: John R. Harder, Michelle Francisco*<br />

Ward 4: (1-year term) Sue Allen*<br />

Ward 4: David Murphy*<br />


Two open seats for at-large aldermen:<br />

April Milne*, Tim Stoeckl*, Ioan Chereji<br />


Mayor: Joe Garritano, Tony Salvatore<br />

Ward 1: Vicki Wroblewski, Chris Preston,<br />

Ashley Slauter<br />

Ward 2: Robert L. “Bob” Mabry<br />

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department site. During the meeting, Joe<br />

Sweitzer, senior project manager of Navigate<br />

Building Solutions, offered a slide<br />

presentation that included four specific site<br />

options and costs.<br />

City Administrator Eric Sterman added<br />

detailed explanations regarding the city’s<br />

and project’s financial numbers.<br />

The initial slide displayed Navigate’s<br />

scope of work. It noted details of the existing<br />

facility and site, staff needs and wants,<br />

funding options, and impact on Vlasis Park.<br />

Staff identified five reasons why a new<br />

facility is required. They are:<br />

• Address the age and deterioration of<br />

existing facilities.<br />

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• Create additional administrative space.<br />

“All the materials that go into concrete and<br />

other things the department does are stored<br />

outside because of lack of room,” Sterman<br />

said. “That is something strongly discouraged<br />

by DNR (Department of Natural Resources).<br />

Because of environmental concerns such as<br />

runoff, those should be covered.<br />

“Also, as Joe (Sweitzer) mentioned, we<br />

have five or <strong>10</strong> shipping containers on the<br />

site because there’s simply no inside storage<br />

room available. The shipping containers<br />

are also very unsightly; the neighbors<br />

don’t want to have to see them. But we<br />

simply haven’t had much choice. We also<br />

want the trucks and other high dollar equipment<br />

stored under roofs.”<br />

Three of the four Navigate options would<br />

have the public works facilities rebuilt in<br />

the same general areas of Vlasis Park.<br />

Their total anticipated costs would be about<br />

$4.4 to $5 million with the total project<br />

taking <strong>24</strong> months to complete. The necessary<br />

phases of development would include:<br />

• A design/bidding phase of eight months.<br />

• Permitting and public approval of two<br />

months.<br />

• A construction phase of 14 months.<br />

The fourth choice would be to build on<br />

a site to be purchased. Sweitzer showed<br />

eight possible sites; however, three are<br />

currently not for sale. Building on a different<br />

site would run roughly $16.8 million<br />

and take about 36 months. The necessary<br />

phases of development for this plan would<br />

include:<br />

• A design/bidding phase of <strong>10</strong> months.<br />

• Permitting and public approval of two<br />

months.<br />

• A construction phase of <strong>24</strong> months.<br />

Mayor Tim Pogue was adamant about<br />

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Wildwood addresses safety<br />

issues at multiple intersections<br />


Safety improvements at multiple intersections<br />

in Wildwood were discussed at<br />

the last City Council meetings of the year.<br />

Crosswalk improvements are planned<br />

for Strecker Road as part of Phase 2 of that<br />

multiphase project. Rapid flashing beacons<br />

(RFBs) will be placed at two crosswalks:<br />

Prestwick Place Lane and Turnberry Place<br />

Drive. Earlier this year, the public works<br />

department completed a project where<br />

RFBs were installed at two other crosswalks<br />

on Strecker Road.<br />

RFBs are activated by a pedestrian pushing<br />

a button. A flashing strobe light then<br />

alerts oncoming traffic of the presence of a<br />

pedestrian at the crosswalk.<br />

At its Dec. 11 meeting, the City Council<br />

approved an agreement with Civil Design,<br />

Inc. (CDI) to develop the plans and specifications<br />

of installing RFBs at a cost of<br />

$15,344. That project will now go out to<br />

bid.<br />

The council also approved a contract<br />

with George Butler Associates, Inc., to<br />

complete the engineering design for<br />

J-Turns to be constructed on Hwy. <strong>10</strong>0 at<br />

its intersections with Pond Road and St.<br />

Albans Road. The project will consist of<br />

the design and reconstruction of lane width<br />

changes and J-turns along Hwy. <strong>10</strong>0 at a<br />

cost of $362,190.<br />

Federal funds were made available<br />

through the Transportation Improvement<br />

Program coordinated through the Missouri<br />

Department of Transportation, according<br />

to Public Works Director Rick Brown.<br />

However, there is one area where<br />

residents feel that little has been done to<br />

improve the safety of the road – lower<br />

Old State Road. Recently, that section of<br />

the road saw three accidents in an 18-hour<br />

period that sent one motorist to the hospital,<br />

according to Jim Vanek of Citizens for<br />

a Safer Old Sate.<br />

Vanek said the accidents are the result<br />

of “decades of inaction from local government<br />

officials.” Old State falls under the<br />

jurisdiction of St. Louis County with the<br />

municipalities of Wildwood and Elllisville<br />

bordering the roadway. Vanek is adamant<br />

about making safety improvements to the<br />

road after his son was hit while riding his<br />

bicycle on Old State in 2021. He noted that<br />

Concerned Citizens recently had 125 new<br />

members join its group on Facebook.<br />

“They realize, as well as the other 560<br />

members, that this is a regional safety<br />

hazard and numerous improvements are<br />

critically overdue,” Vanek said.<br />

Although the group had sought additional<br />

improvements along Old State, such<br />

as a roundabout at Ridge Road, Wildwood<br />

has noted that its options are limited since<br />

the county maintains Old State and there<br />

currently are no resources available for<br />

improvements at the county level.<br />

The city is planning to construct a shared<br />

use path along Old State, which will offer<br />

some protection for pedestrians and bicyclists.<br />

It will run along the north side of<br />

Old State Road between Nantucket Island<br />

Drive to Old State Place. At the Dec. 11<br />

meeting, the council agreed to hire O.R.<br />

Colan Associates to provide right-of-way<br />

acquisition services for the project at a cost<br />

of $44,800.<br />

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ruling out the far-more-expensive option,<br />

but said A, B and C should still be open<br />

to discussion due to their far greater cost<br />

effectiveness.<br />

“The assumption here is that we don’t<br />

want to see any tax increase and we want to<br />

keep the city debt-free. There is no ticking<br />

time when we have to start on this, but the<br />

funding is certainly available,” Sterman<br />

said, noting that other recent facilities have<br />

partially been funded by federal COVIDera<br />

grants. He reviewed the following<br />

funding numbers:<br />

• An anticipated budget of $5 to $6 million<br />

from current funding sources.<br />

• No tax increase.<br />

• No debt.<br />

• Funding for the project to come from<br />

the city’s infrastructure fund with no<br />

impact on the city’s general fund reserve.<br />

Ballwin anticipates an infrastructure fund<br />

balance of about $6.2 million at the end of<br />

fiscal year 2023. The infrastructure fund is<br />

funded by 50% of any carryover/surplus at<br />

year’s end.<br />

Impacts to Vlasis Park and privacy for<br />

neighbors were also discussed but Sterman<br />

stressed that at this time, the project<br />

is a “blank slate.” He noted that while the<br />

Vlasis Park master plan called for a nature<br />

play area on its western edge, everything<br />

comes down to money.<br />

The next step in the process will be for<br />

city staff to request quotes from architects<br />

with decisions made at future meetings.<br />

The Citizens Park Commission will also<br />

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Parson restricts foreign-owned land location<br />

Executive Order <strong>24</strong>-01 was signed by<br />

Gov. Mike Parson at a press conference on<br />

Jan. 2 in an effort to limit foreign nations<br />

from owning agricultural land in the state<br />

of Missouri within <strong>10</strong> miles of any critical<br />

military facility in the state.<br />

During the press conference, Parson said<br />

the move is to ban ownership of land from<br />

“China and other nations that may wish us<br />

harm.” In addition to China, other nations<br />

banned by the order include those designated<br />

as foreign adversaries by the U.S.<br />

State Department.<br />

The order grants the Missouri Department<br />

of Agriculture (MDA) greater oversight<br />

and enforcement authority over all<br />

foreign agricultural land purchases.<br />

“With this order, any foreign purchase of<br />

Missouri farmland must first be examined<br />

and approved by MDA,” Parson said.<br />

To help ensure that MDA has the necessary<br />

resources and staff to enforce these<br />

additional protections, the state is including<br />

over $200,000 and two additional full-time<br />

staff members in its upcoming budget recommendations<br />

to the General Assembly.<br />

Parson said he signed the order because<br />

while there was more than one bill proposed<br />

at the state legislature addressing<br />

foreign ownership of Missouri land, one<br />

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has not been passed.<br />

“Understanding the heightened concern,<br />

this order safeguards our military and intelligence<br />

assets, prevents security threats<br />

to our state and gives Missourians greater<br />

peace of mind,” he said.<br />

The order goes as far as it can within Parson’s<br />

executive authority.<br />

“Believe me, if I had the authority, we<br />

wouldn’t just be talking about banning<br />

farmland but all commercial properties by<br />

foreign adversaries, regardless of rural or<br />

urban,” Parson said. “A commercial building<br />

in our urban areas in the hands of China<br />

poses just as much, if not more, of a threat<br />

to our security interests than a rural farm.”<br />

Parson noted his support of international<br />

investment in Missouri by foreign allies,<br />

like Japan, which has 120 facilities in the<br />

state; Germany with nearly 70, and Israel<br />

with six.<br />

“In the last five years alone, nearly $19<br />

billion has been invested in our state, and<br />

nearly 150,000 Missouri jobs are directly<br />

supported through foreign-owned Missouri<br />

businesses across our state,” Parson<br />

said. “Missouri has always had and always<br />

welcomed foreign investment from friendly<br />

nations. As such, we believe this order today<br />

sufficiently protects Missouri’s security<br />

interests from potential bad actors. While<br />

not punishing our allies for being good economic<br />

partners or upstanding individuals<br />

fleeing oppression in search of a better life.”<br />

Nations currently classified as foreign<br />

adversaries include China, Cuba, Iran,<br />

North Korea, Russia and Venezuela. For<br />

the purposes of this order, “critical military<br />

facilities” refers to all staffed military facilities<br />

in Missouri, officials said. The order<br />

does not affect existing landowners. Currently,<br />

foreign agricultural land purchases<br />

are capped at 1% of the total agricultural<br />

land across the state, as outlined in state<br />

statute.<br />



Highways commission<br />

members appointed<br />

Gov. Mike Parson last week<br />

appointed former St. Louis<br />

Mayor Francis Slay to the<br />

State Highways and Transportation<br />

Commission along with<br />

Saint Joseph resident Daniel<br />

Hegeman.<br />

Slay currently serves as executive<br />

director for the St. Louis<br />

Regional Crime Commission.<br />

He also is a member of the Bar<br />

Association of Metropolitan St.<br />

Louis. He served as mayor of<br />

St. Louis for 16 years.<br />

Hegeman currently serves<br />

as senior community business<br />

manager at Evergy and coowner<br />

of Hegeman Farm, Inc.<br />

He serves as the chairman of St.<br />

Joseph Metropolitan Planning<br />

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NEWS BRIEFS, from page 9<br />

The committee is responsible for presenting<br />

an annual budget for the operation<br />

of and improvements to the park; planning<br />

for future park development; reviewing/<br />

refining park rules and procedures; and<br />

planning city park events, all subject to<br />

approval from the Board of Aldermen.<br />

Interested residents can download an<br />

application from cityoftwinoaks.com,<br />

complete and submit it to City Clerk/<br />

Administrator Frank Johnson via fjohnson@cityoftwinoaks.com,<br />

or by dropping<br />

it off at City Hall, 1381 Big Bend Road.<br />

Following a review of the applications,<br />

the mayor will recommend a committee<br />

member for appointment to a three-year<br />

term, subject to aldermanic approval.<br />


Town hall scheduled to<br />

address opioid crisis<br />

St. Louis County Council member Mark<br />

Harder (R-District 7) will host a town<br />

hall covering the area’s continuing and<br />

escalating illegal drug crisis at 6:30 p.m.<br />

on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Ballwin Golf<br />

Course and Events Center, 333 Holloway<br />

Road.<br />

Harder noted that the town hall is part of<br />

a continuing community conversation that<br />

began on Sept. 6, at which time area residents<br />

expressed interest in learning more<br />

about the local opioid problem.<br />

“A lot of people think that this problem<br />

doesn’t impact those of us living in <strong>West</strong><br />

County, but what police, medical workers<br />

and drug task force agents are seeing tells<br />

a different story. The public needs to be<br />

better informed,” Harder said.<br />

He noted that opioids like heroin and fentanyl<br />

have been here for a while; however,<br />

newer, more lethal, drugs like xylazine and<br />

nitazenes are now emerging as threats to<br />

public health and safety.<br />

At the town hall, personnel from the U.S.<br />

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will<br />

present a comprehensive overview of what<br />

agents are seeing in the field, public dangers<br />

and what the DEA is doing to address<br />

the opioid epidemic and overall drug threat<br />

in the community. An expert from the St.<br />

Louis County Health Department will be<br />

present to discuss how to recognize the<br />

signs of drug use, what to do in the case of<br />

overdose and how best to work with those<br />

using illegal drugs to get them help to quit.<br />

Citizens of all ages are encouraged to<br />

attend and take part in the discussion.<br />

Holocaust Remembrance Day<br />

Dr. Michael Berenbaum will be the keynote<br />

speaker for the 20<strong>24</strong> Rachel Miller<br />

Lecture, in honor of International Holocaust<br />

Remembrance Day at 3:30 p.m. on<br />

Jan. 28 at The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman<br />

Holocaust Museum.<br />

Berenbaum is a writer, lecturer and<br />

teacher consulting in the conceptual development<br />

of museums and the development<br />

of historical films. He is the director of<br />

the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the<br />

Ethical and Religious Implications of the<br />

Holocaust at the American Jewish University<br />

(formerly the University of Judaism)<br />

where he is also a Distinguished Professor<br />

of Jewish Studies. From 1988–93 he<br />

served as project director of the United<br />

States Holocaust Memorial Museum, overseeing<br />

its creation.<br />

His lecture is entitled, “The World Must<br />

Know: Antisemitism in the Wake of October<br />

7th.”<br />

The lecture will be followed by a book<br />

signing. Tickets are available at STLHolocaustMuseum.org/upcoming-events.<br />

“Amid these challenging times, we knew<br />

that finding a powerful speaker for International<br />

Holocaust Remembrance Day was<br />

crucial,” said Myron Freedman, executive<br />

director of the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman<br />

Holocaust Museum. “We could not be<br />

more honored to have Dr. Berenbaum joining<br />

us for this cornerstone program. His<br />

experience and knowledge are uniquely<br />

suited to speak to both the historic and<br />

contemporary challenges of antisemitism.”<br />

The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust<br />

Museum is a partner of the Jewish<br />

Federation of St. Louis. The Federation<br />

founded the museum in 1995 and nurtured<br />

and maintained it for 25 years. Learn more<br />

at StlHolocaustMuseum.org.<br />

Searching for senior<br />

pageant contestants<br />

The Missouri Senior Cameo Club is<br />

searching for women, aged 60 or older by<br />

April 1, to participate in the annual Ms.<br />

Missouri Senior America pageant.<br />

Initial interviews take place in January<br />

with talent auditions following on Thursday,<br />

Feb. 1.<br />

Pageant contestants will:<br />

• Recite a 35-second personal philosophy<br />

of life.<br />

• Be interviewed by a panel of professional<br />

judges.<br />

• Model an age-appropriate evening gown.<br />

• Perform a 2.5-minute talent presentation.<br />

A queen will be crowned along with a<br />

first and second runner-up. All participants<br />

are invited to become members of the<br />

Missouri Senior Cameo Club, a nonprofit,<br />

charitable organization that performs<br />

showcases at senior facilities throughout<br />

the St. Louis metro area.<br />

Women interested in learning more<br />

can contact Susan Pellegrino via email<br />

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Principia School held its fourth annual<br />

National High School Mediation Tournament<br />

last semester with 12 teams representing<br />

seven schools from around the<br />

country participating.<br />

Principia was the first school in the<br />

nation to host a high school mediation<br />

tournament in 2021. This year’s tournament<br />

included experts from the International<br />

Academy of Dispute Resolution<br />

(INADR), Washington University Law<br />

School and the Principia College Mediation<br />

Team as judges, coaches and mentors.<br />

The following students received Mediator<br />

Awards: Quinna McCarthy, first place,<br />

Principia; Addison Loveless, second place,<br />

STEAM Academy at McCluer South-<br />

Berkeley; Amerie Alexander, third place,<br />

Principia Upper School; Thelo Carper,<br />

fourth place, Principia Upper School;<br />

Elise Toombs, fifth place, Principia Upper<br />

School; Keith Smith, sixth place, McCluer<br />

North High.<br />

In the Advocate/Client category, the<br />

following students placed in the top six:<br />

Nne Ezi Okike and Zawadi Oyugi, first<br />

place, Principia Upper School; Wylie<br />

Walters and Rhiannon Lewis, second<br />

place, Principia Upper School; Marley<br />

Dorsey and Roderick Willis, third place,<br />

STEAM Middle School; Ellie Werleman<br />

and Lauryn Milton, fourth place, STEAM<br />

Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley;<br />

Donovan Greene and LeiLani Billups<br />

fifth place, STEAM Academy at McCluer<br />

South-Berkeley; Carolina Gomez and Lily<br />

Strother, sixth place, Hampton-Dumont<br />

CAL High.<br />

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Dumont CAL High of Hampton, Iowa,<br />

in first place; Principia Upper School<br />

Team 3in second place; STEAM Academy<br />

at McCluer South-Berkeley High Team<br />

2 in third place; McCleur North High<br />

in fourth place; Principia Upper School<br />

Team 1 in fifth place; and Principia Upper<br />

School team 12 in sixth place.<br />

De Smet Jesuit collects<br />

food for St. Patrick Center<br />

De Smet Jesuit High exceeded its goal<br />

of collecting 40,000 pounds of food to<br />

benefit St. Patrick Center through the<br />

holiday season and into the new year.<br />

A team of De Smet Jesuit seniors led the<br />

food collection drive, handling logistics,<br />

data analytics, and marketing. De Smet<br />

Jesuit alumni also contributed to this<br />

year’s collection.<br />

By the numbers, De Smet collected<br />

41,218 pounds of food, or 70 pounds per<br />

student, to double the amount collected<br />

in 2022. The food collection effort is part<br />

of the Great Ignatian Challenge, a canned<br />

food drive competition with 18 other<br />

Jesuit schools from around the country.<br />

The school that collects the most pounds<br />

of food per student is eligible to win up to<br />

$<strong>10</strong>0,000 for its scholarship fund.<br />

The Great Ignatian Challenge is the<br />

brainchild of Fordham Prep alumnus, Jim<br />

Rowen, who pledges more than $500,000<br />

annually to support the effort.<br />

A key component of a Jesuit education<br />

is caring for the wider community, which<br />

allows students to gain first-hand knowledge<br />

of local, national, and global issues.<br />

Through service to the community, the<br />

students prepare for the day when they<br />

will participate in their world as competent,<br />

concerned, and responsible members<br />

who are committed to social justice.<br />

Rockwood student honored<br />

for lifesaving deed<br />

Girl Scouts of the USA and Eastern<br />

Missouri recently honored fifth-grade<br />

Scout Ruth Martin, with the organization’s<br />

Medal of Honor after she jumped<br />

into action this spring to assist a fellow<br />

student who was choking during lunch<br />

period. She was presented with the Medal<br />

of Honor by GSEM CEO Dr. Natissia<br />

Small during a special ceremony at Rockwood’s<br />

Center for Creative Learning.<br />

On April 14, 2022, Martin was enjoying<br />

her school lunch with her fourthgrade<br />

friends when one of her classmates,<br />

a fellow Girl Scout, began to cough and<br />

put her hands to her throat, signaling<br />

that she was choking. Martin jumped<br />

into action and hurried to her classmate,<br />

where she administered the Heimlich<br />

maneuver multiple times, while another<br />

student called for a teacher’s assistance.<br />

Martin’s quick action saved her friend<br />

and showcased her true Girl Scout spirit<br />

in an emergency.<br />

“Receiving the Girl Scouts Medal of<br />

Honor feels amazing,” Martin said. “I<br />

didn’t think it was such a big a thing to do,<br />

I just did the right thing.”<br />

The Girl Scout Medal of Honor is given<br />

to girls who save a life or attempt to save<br />

a life without risk to the girl’s own life.<br />

This award is reserved for Girl Scouts<br />

who have performed heroic acts beyond<br />

the degree of maturity and training to be<br />

expected at their age. GSEM is proud to<br />

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Elementary school to get new<br />

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River Bend Elementary in the Parkway<br />

School District is expanding with building<br />

additions and site improvements made<br />

possible by Proposition S funding.<br />

Proposition S was approved by voters<br />

in 2022 to fund capital improvement and<br />

other projects at all the schools in the<br />

district. The funded projects began this<br />

year and will be completed through the<br />

summer of 2028.<br />

An amended site development plan has<br />

been submitted to the city of Chesterfield’s<br />

Planning Commission for the elementary<br />

school building located west of River<br />

Valley Drive.<br />

The first major change will be the reconfiguration<br />

of the entrance to the school.<br />

The 600-square-foot addition encloses the<br />

space to add security to the site and makes<br />

the entrance more readily identifiable as<br />

the “front door.”<br />

“These improvements were designed to<br />

provide a more secure facility, better classroom<br />

organization and improved student<br />

accessibility,” said Jason Mayfield, vice<br />

president of WSP USA, Inc.<br />

It is a primarily glass clad vestibule that<br />

provides both an indoor and outdoor gathering<br />

space before being granted access to<br />

the school, he said. The new front doors<br />

are framed by brick pilasters with decorative<br />

wall sconces to further accent the<br />

entry point.<br />

Another addition is a new 2,675-squarefoot<br />

kindergarten that will project southward<br />

from the current kindergarten. A new<br />

ADA ramp will lead down to a storm shelter<br />

added below the kindergarten.<br />

Along with a new kindergarten playground,<br />

new playground equipment will be<br />

added on the western edge of the campus.<br />

A portion of the track, basketball court,<br />

driveway and sidewalks at the entrance<br />

will be resurfaced as well.<br />

Also planned is a new 2,800-square-foot<br />

fine arts addition that will mimic the scale<br />

of the existing facility.<br />

The proposal provides for a seamless<br />

transition between the main building and<br />

the new additions, said Petree Powell,<br />

assistant city planner.<br />

Materials and design of the new additions<br />

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Interior renovations will include an<br />

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High school girls basketball<br />

St. Joseph’s Academy basketball coach<br />

Julie Matheny recently hit a coaching milestone.<br />

Matheny and Bob Goessling, her twin<br />

brother and assistant coach, recorded<br />

their 500th victory leading the Angels as<br />

coaches. St. Joseph’s defeated Visitation<br />

Academy 61-43.<br />

In their tenure with the Angels, St.<br />

Joseph’s Academy has reached the Final<br />

Four nine times. The Angels won a state<br />

championship in 2004 under the siblings.<br />

Matheny played her high school basketball<br />

at St. Joseph’s, graduating in 1979.<br />

She played college basketball at Saint<br />

Louis University.<br />

In 1992, she returned to St. Joseph’s as<br />

the head of the junior varsity basketball<br />

team and as an assistant coach for the varsity.<br />

She became the head varsity coach<br />

in 1999. Since then, she has had 13-plus<br />

20-win seasons, 16 district championships,<br />

nine Final Four appearances and 1 Class 5<br />

state championship.<br />

Matheny has been inducted into the Missouri<br />

Basketball Coaches Association Hall<br />

of Fame.<br />

• • •<br />

Parkway South junior Ava McCulla<br />

was named the MVP in a recent game in<br />

Springfield against Hillcrest.<br />

McCulla scored <strong>24</strong> points and pulled down<br />

12 rebounds in the 45-42 win. She also had<br />

four steals and dished out two assists.<br />

High school boys basketball<br />

Parkway Central senior forward Oliver<br />

Kokal recently became the fifth leading<br />

scorer in Colts history, amassing 1,349<br />

points.<br />

The 6-foot-6 Kokal passed Matt Feldhaus,<br />

a 2004 graduate, who had 1,347.<br />

Earlier last month, Kokal passed Devion<br />

Harris, a 2020 graduate. Now ahead of<br />

Kokal on the all-time scoring list is Jarrett<br />

Cox-Bradley, a 2015 graduate, who has<br />

1,4<strong>10</strong> points.<br />

When the season began, Kokal’s 519<br />

career rebounds ranked him fifth all-time<br />

at Parkway Central.<br />

In November, Kokal signed a college<br />

letter of intent to play at South Dakota.<br />

Kokal is a two-time first-team all-conference<br />

player as well as a two-time all-district<br />

player. He was a member of the Class 5<br />

All-State team as a junior and he has earned<br />

Parkway Central’s Scholar Athlete Award<br />

three times. His career personal bests are 38<br />

points, 16 rebounds, and seven assists.<br />

He is also a member of the Colts’ baseball<br />

team and boasts a 4.09 GPA.<br />

“Oliver is a versatile forward that can<br />

play on the perimeter and in the post,” said<br />

South Dakota coach Eric Peterson. “He<br />

has a high IQ, is a very good athlete, and<br />

has the ability to stretch the floor with his<br />

shooting. I love his toughness and energy<br />

he brings every time he steps on the floor.”<br />

High school boys soccer<br />

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

boys soccer team enjoyed a 2023 season<br />

unlike any in school history.<br />

The Wildcats finished the year with a<br />

21-5 record and brought home the program’s<br />

first state championship.<br />

After a team-leading, 27-goal season,<br />

senior Caden Collison was named to the<br />

United Soccer Coaches All-Central team.<br />

Coach Dan Legters was named the<br />

Missouri Soccer Coaches private schools<br />

coach of the year.<br />

Collison and senior forward Levi Weik<br />

earned Missouri Soccer Coaches Association<br />

all-state honors. Both were named<br />

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Class 2 Player of the Year.<br />

High school girls soccer<br />

Lafayette coach Ryan Butchard recently<br />

was named the 2023 Missouri All-Region<br />

Girls Soccer Coach of the Year.<br />

The Lancers finished 19-4 last spring.<br />

Lafayette earned third place in the Class<br />

4 state tournament with a 4-1 win over<br />

Kickapoo.<br />

“To win this award is a great feeling,<br />

and I completely dedicate this award to<br />

my girls because they are and always will<br />

be the foundation to our success as a program,”<br />

Butchard said. “I am very honored<br />

to have won this award. It was a dream first<br />

season as the head coach of the Lafayette<br />

girls soccer program.”<br />

Butchard, 27, also credited his assistant<br />

coaches with the team’s success.<br />

“I also dedicate this award to my phenomenal<br />

assistant coaches Tim and Nina Walters,<br />

who are a huge part of what we do here<br />

in the program,” Butchard said. “To have<br />

Tim around helping is huge for me as a very<br />

young head coach. I played for him from<br />

2009-2012 and grew very close with him.<br />

He’s like another father figure in my life.”<br />

Looking back, Butchard revels in how<br />

well his team played.<br />

“Last season was so special for us and<br />

our kids. We hadn’t been to a Final Four<br />

in 17 years and when we got there we truly<br />

enjoyed the whole experience,” Butchard<br />

said. “We had to beat some amazing programs<br />

such as Eureka, Marquette and Liberty<br />

Wentzville just to get there. Those are<br />

fantastic teams.”<br />

Out of 19 total players from last year,<br />

Butchard will have 15 girls coming back.<br />

Ten of those girls are returning starters. He<br />

added a talented freshman class will be<br />

adding to the program.<br />

“We are eager to see the team play together<br />

and compete every day,” Butchard said. “I<br />

am very excited for this upcoming spring<br />

season. We are making some big changes in<br />

our program this upcoming preseason to be<br />

more prepared than we were last year. I’m<br />

excited to see how our girls adapt to those<br />

changes and grow even stronger.”<br />

Seniors who Butchard said he will be<br />

counting on this spring are Emily Derucki,<br />

Allie Kinner, Hadley Hendrickson and<br />

Hailey Schiwinger.<br />

“(They) are the long-serving superstars<br />

in our team who we will lean on early<br />

to set the tone for the rest of the season,”<br />

Butchard said. “I know they will lead by<br />

example and help the younger girls understand<br />

the tradition and standards of this<br />

prestigious program.”



Marquette’s Vendt overcomes triple<br />

adversity to skate for Mustangs<br />

January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


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The Marquette seniors celebrate Senior Night (from left) Grant Wrisberg, Collin Farrel,<br />

Cade Eckert, Trent Lewis, Bradley Odman, Andrew Vendt, Brock Wrisberg, Joshua Li and<br />

Aiden Zonies.<br />

(Photo by Gigi Wagner)<br />


Dealt a bad hand not once but three<br />

times, Marquette’s Andrew Vendt decided<br />

to go ahead and play his cards – keeping<br />

his eyes looking toward his dreams.<br />

He wanted to play hockey. But two<br />

years ago he was involved in horrible<br />

crash in which three high school students<br />

were killed. Vendt’s injuries were extensive.<br />

His right femur was broken and he<br />

had internal bruising.<br />

In his junior year, a season during which<br />

he scored four goals and added three<br />

assists, the Mustangs reached the Challenge<br />

Cup semifinals. However, Vendt<br />

suffered a broken collarbone and missed<br />

the playoffs.<br />

His misfortunes continued in 2023. He<br />

tore his medial collateral ligament (MCL)<br />

in August and didn’t reach the ice until the<br />

end of December – just in time for Senior<br />

Night against Kirkwood.<br />

“I would say he is the definition of perseverance<br />

in kids today,” Marquette coach<br />

Gary Tockman said.<br />

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior plays both<br />

defense and center for Marquette. He<br />

suited up for the first time this season on<br />

the night before Senior Night in a game<br />

against Francis Howell.<br />

“I was honestly very nervous in the<br />

locker room before (the game),” Vendt<br />

said. “It would be my first game in about a<br />

year. I did not want to get hurt again after<br />

all of the recovery and work I had been<br />

through in the past four months.”<br />

But he said “getting back on the ice was<br />

like a dream.”<br />

“I had been waiting for that moment to<br />

get back in my Mustangs uniform for a<br />

year. I was super super happy,” he said.<br />

In a scenario that only a scriptwriter<br />

would ponder, Vendt scored a goal in his<br />

return game.<br />

“(It) was a really amazing moment. I<br />

think it was a great moment for the team<br />

and everyone was happy to see a smile on<br />

my face,” he said. “I received a beautiful<br />

cross ice pass from a very talented junior<br />

on our team, Drew McLean, and I was<br />

able to shoot it in.”<br />

Tockman said the moment was magical.<br />

“When he scored in the first game, the<br />

bench went crazy, like a freshman scoring<br />

his first every varsity goal,” Tockman said.<br />

“He had a huge smile on his face, too.”<br />

The next night, Tockman said Vendt was<br />

“a driving force” in the team’s success,<br />

which included a goal against Kirkwood.<br />

“We ended up getting revenge on Kirkwood,<br />

who beat us earlier in the season,”<br />

Vendt said. “We beat them 3-1, and it was<br />

a super awesome night for all of the team.”<br />

Vendt began playing hockey at age<br />

5. Before Marquette, he played with the<br />

Chesterfield Falcons. He played varsity as<br />

a freshman in a year when the Mustangs<br />

played CBC for the Challenge Cup. They<br />

fell 2-0 but Tockman was impressed by<br />

Vendt’s first campaign.<br />

Vendt said he was looking to build on<br />

his success as a sophomore but his life<br />

changed with the car accident in November<br />

of that year.<br />

The fatal crash occurred near Kiefer<br />

Creek Road and Forest Valley Drive. Five<br />

teenagers between the ages of 15 and 16<br />

were in the vehicle. Two Marquette students<br />

– Rhegan Sajben, 15, of Wildwood,<br />

and Jacob Keifer, 15, of Ballwin – were<br />

killed. The driver, Cole Anello, 16, of<br />

Manchester, also died. He went to De<br />

Smet Jesuit.<br />

Tockman was out of town when he<br />

heard about the accident.<br />

“I was in Dallas with our club team<br />

when I got the call from his dad,” Tock-<br />

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VENDT, from page 21<br />

man said. “As time goes on, the memory<br />

of the accident fades a bit but I personally<br />

always think back to that call I got in the<br />

hotel and how sad I still am for those that<br />

did not make it, but how grateful I am that<br />

Andrew made it through that. That accident<br />

always helps me keep perspective<br />

when I am with the Marquette team and<br />

kids.”<br />

Vendt came away from the accident with<br />

a chip in the bone of his elbow, bruises<br />

and gashes from the seatbelt and deep<br />

lacerations on his legs. He underwent<br />

immediate surgery at SSM Health Cardinal<br />

Glennon where doctors put a femoral<br />

nail into his right leg.<br />

“It is funny they call it a nail, because<br />

when they took it out in April of 2022, it<br />

was a pretty massive rod and the screws<br />

holding everything in were also really<br />

big,” Vendt said. “The hardware removal<br />

surgery was a really painful recovery, too.”<br />

He said his rehab was grueling and<br />

strenuous because he had lost all the<br />

muscle in both of his legs.<br />

“My right leg literally had so much atrophy<br />

that a machine had to activate my muscle,”<br />

Vendt said. “Breaking the femur caused a lot<br />

of trauma to the muscle, which needed special<br />

treatment from Dr. (Michael) Murphy at<br />

Performance Chiropractic.”<br />

According to Vendt, the scar tissue had<br />

to be carefully broken up to allow him to<br />

regain full movement and mobility in his<br />

leg. He had at least three doctor or therapy<br />

appointments every week for about four<br />

months.<br />

“I never knew how hard it was to get<br />

everything back,” Vendt said. “It took<br />

probably eight or nine months for my legs<br />

to have equal strength. I was not able to<br />

start running until about nine months after<br />

the injury. My hip was really negatively<br />

impacted by the femur break making running<br />

really painful.”<br />

Through it all Vendt had “amazing” support<br />

of his Mustang teammates and coaching<br />

staff, which included text messages,<br />

phone messages, videos, gifts, in-person<br />

visits and prayers.<br />

“It really helped lift my spirits and<br />

encouraged me to keep going during such<br />

a difficult time,” Vendt said. “It really<br />

helped me focus on all of the good that<br />

was still around me instead of all of the<br />

terrible things that had happened.”<br />

Tockman was proud of how his team<br />

responded but not surprised.<br />

“Honestly, it is just another instance<br />

of what makes Marquette hockey such a<br />

great program,” Tockman said. “Yes, success<br />

on the ice is important but year after<br />

year, we have great groups of kids come<br />

through the program, all truly caring<br />

about each other and understanding the<br />

big picture of what is important.”<br />



Knowing he would be able to play<br />

hockey again kept Vendt going. He was<br />

honored to be named a team captain his<br />

junior season. But another difficult card<br />

was waiting for him.<br />

On Jan. 23, 2022, Vendt was killing a<br />

penalty against Kirkwood when he took a<br />

really big hit.<br />

“I knew I was done immediately,” Vendt<br />

said. “It was really devastating because I<br />

was so excited heading into playoffs since<br />

I hadn’t been able to play in them the year<br />

before. I thought we had a great chance to<br />

make a long run, and wanted to be a part<br />

of that on the ice.”<br />

The hit left him with a broken collarbone<br />

and cost him the remainder of the season.<br />

Thankfully, surgery was not needed but<br />

it was a “really painful recovery,” Vendt<br />

said. One that required plenty of patience<br />

as the bone healed.<br />

He chose to stay positive and work hard,<br />

getting to the gym before school every<br />

day and throughout the summer.<br />

“I was really feeling strong and ready<br />

for my senior year,” Vendt said.<br />

But his hockey season would be paused<br />

once again. This time by a soccer injury.<br />

In the second game of his senior soccer<br />

season, Vendt suffered the MCL tear in<br />

his left knee.<br />

“Honestly, I could not believe it,” Tockman<br />

said. “You really just have to scratch<br />

your head on how he could again get<br />

injured and would have to endure surgery<br />

and a lengthy rehab.”<br />

Vendt underwent surgery on Sept. 8.<br />

“I was absolutely devastated to not be<br />

able to finish out the soccer season and I<br />

knew I would miss a really big chunk of<br />

my hockey season,” Vendt said. “I also<br />

had a lot of college visits planned that<br />

needed to be cancelled or rescheduled. It<br />

was so hard to handle.”<br />

Once again his teammates and coaches<br />

rallied around him. Now, back on the ice,<br />

he said his main goal is being a contributing<br />

member of the team.<br />

“My goal along with the rest of my<br />

teammates – and we are very determined –<br />

is to become state champions,” Vendt said.<br />

His younger brother, Will, also skates<br />

for the Mustangs.<br />

“I am really excited to play with Will.<br />

We play soccer together as well, so that<br />

was a disappointing aspect of the season<br />

ending injury in soccer, not getting to<br />

play that together for my last year at Marquette,”<br />

Vendt said.<br />

Even with all that has happened, Vendt<br />

doesn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him.<br />

Rather he hopes his story can inspire others.<br />

“I know I have faced a lot of hardships<br />

and those are important to include but I<br />

hope that people can feel inspired and<br />

know that people are actually pretty resilient,<br />

especially when they see the good<br />

that is around them,” he said.



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January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


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Missouri’s latest Pregnancy Associated<br />

Mortality Review (PAMR) released<br />

in 2023 found that Missouri’s maternal<br />

mortality rate is up from previous years<br />

by 25%. This equates to an average of 70<br />

Missouri women dying while pregnant or<br />

within one year of pregnancy each year,<br />

with the highest number recorded in 2020<br />

at 85 deaths – ranking Missouri as 44th<br />

nationally in maternal mortality.<br />

The report looked at outcomes from<br />

2018-2020 and found that 84% of the<br />

pregnancy-related deaths were preventable.<br />

It notes that contributing factors<br />

include challenges of access to care,<br />

missed clinical interventions to manage<br />

conditions like heart disease and unaddressed<br />

or unresolved mental health<br />

conditions that include substance use<br />

disorders, which are the leading cause of<br />

death and long-term harm.<br />

The report prompted Gov. Mike Parson to<br />

partner with state legislature, state-funded<br />

healthcare organizations and the University<br />

of Missouri to reduce the number of maternal<br />

deaths across the state. Last month, he<br />

allocated $4.3 million in state funds to<br />

come up with solutions to transform the<br />

quality of and increase access to health<br />

services for women during pregnancy and<br />

postpartum.<br />

In a press release announcing the programs,<br />

Parson said the funding will help<br />

the state implement a plan to provide<br />

“needed support and save lives.”<br />

According to Dave Dillon, Missouri<br />

Hospital Association’s vice president of<br />

public and media relations, access to care<br />

is not just a rural challenge in Missouri.<br />

“If you live in an urban area, while you<br />

might be surrounded by the best hospitals<br />

the state has, we have a lot of people who<br />

are uninsured,” Dillon said. “If you don’t<br />

find a provider who will help you through<br />

that, that’s a problem.”<br />

MO HealthNet, the state’s Medicaid coverage,<br />

has assistance available for pregnant<br />

women who qualify. This coverage now<br />

lasts through pregnancy, childbirth and a<br />

full year postpartum. According to Dillon,<br />

the coverage includes behavioral health<br />

services, which was deemed necessary in<br />

the PAMR study.<br />

“According to the PAMR data, most<br />

deaths occur after a new mom’s clinical<br />

experience is over,” Dillon said. “That’s<br />

why extending coverage out a year from<br />

childbirth is important. A lot of (preventable<br />

deaths are due to) behavioral health<br />

issues. This is where we have opportunities<br />

for transformation in how we – Missouri –<br />

care for new moms.”<br />

Dillon said nearly half of all births in the<br />

state are covered by Medicaid.<br />

“The more we can do to keep women<br />

covered, keep them in the system so they<br />

can receive continuity in services, the more<br />

we can reduce the mortality rate associated<br />

with pregnancy,” Dillon said. “The continuity<br />

of care, access to coverage, that is<br />

important for all moms in Missouri.”<br />

He said partnerships with community<br />

organizations across the state will be vital<br />

in helping moms both in and out of the<br />

clinical setting.<br />

“Maybe they don’t have access to good<br />

housing, food or transportation,” Dillon<br />

said. “All of those things can factor into a<br />

healthy pregnancy.<br />

“Seldom can a hospital provide better<br />

housing for a person, but other organizations<br />

in the community can come in and<br />

help and influence their ability to stay<br />

healthy during and after childbirth.”<br />

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Recovering from the holidays<br />

may take weeks, survey finds<br />

It’s Jan. <strong>10</strong>. Have you recovered from<br />

the holidays yet?<br />

Feeling back to normal after the holiday<br />

season often takes several weeks, according<br />

to a new survey of Americans conducted<br />

by the American Heart Association.<br />

That may be true because, according to four<br />

out of five respondents, they are so focused<br />

on creating “special moments” for others<br />

during the holidays that they overlook their<br />

own health.<br />

Eating healthy, exercising regularly,<br />

and getting enough sleep are the top three<br />

healthy habits that people tend to abandon<br />

during the month of December, the survey<br />

found. For nearly two-thirds of respondents,<br />

the holiday season is more stressful<br />

than tax season … making it a drain on<br />

their mental health as well.<br />

While more than half said that feeling<br />

less stressed after the holidays takes<br />

at least a few weeks, moms reported the<br />

highest holiday stress levels. More than a<br />

quarter said it takes them a month or more<br />

to recover afterward.<br />

Most survey respondents (71%) said that<br />

their biggest regret each holiday season<br />

is that they did not take time to relax and<br />

enjoy themselves.<br />

The random survey of 1,000 U.S. adults<br />

was conducted in December for the<br />

American Heart Association’s Healthy for<br />

Good TM initiative.<br />

Broccoli sprouts may be<br />

the ultimate healthy green<br />

New research suggests that broccoli<br />

may be even better for you than previously<br />

thought … especially if it’s consumed in its<br />

young, recently sprouted form.<br />

Broccoli is one of several cruciferous<br />

vegetables, which also include kale, cabbage,<br />

brussels sprouts and other greens,<br />

which are high in anti-inflammatory phytochemicals<br />

that can reduce the risk of<br />

several diseases. A new study from Osaka<br />

University in Japan, recently published in<br />

Redox Biology, found that broccoli sprouts<br />

have a significantly higher concentration<br />

of phytochemicals called polysulfides than<br />

mature broccoli, only five days after germination.<br />

In this study, researchers investigated<br />

the concentration of polysulfides in broccoli<br />

sprouts during germination and early<br />

growth. The study built on their previous<br />

work on polysulfide concentrations in 22<br />

vegetables, including onions, garlic, and<br />

broccoli, using chemical analysis to determine<br />

the concentration of polysulfides at<br />

each stage.<br />

The team found that total polysulfide<br />

content in broccoli sprouts significantly<br />

increased during germination and growth,<br />

Mercy launches AI chatbot<br />

Mercy recently introduced “Toni,” a<br />

chatbot designed to make communicating<br />

about everyday healthcare needs<br />

such as scheduling appointments and<br />

refilling prescriptions faster and easier<br />

for patients and their families. Toni acts<br />

as a virtual assistant, and is available <strong>24</strong><br />

hours a day.<br />

Mercy is one of the first major health<br />

systems in the country to provide chatbot<br />

services, according to its President and<br />

with an approximately 20-fold increase in<br />

polysulfides by the fifth day. These findings<br />

suggest that the abundance of polysulfides<br />

in broccoli sprouts may contribute to their<br />

health benefits, which include preventing<br />

some cancers; improving cardiovascular<br />

health; regulating blood glucose levels and<br />

reducing inflammation.<br />

Diet soda linked to<br />

fatty liver disease<br />

Many people think that because it contains<br />

no sugar or calories, diet soda is a<br />

relatively healthy beverage choice that can<br />

help them lose weight. But that couldn’t be<br />

further from the truth, say the authors of a<br />

new study published in the journal BMC<br />

Public Health.<br />

Their research suggests that heavy diet<br />

soda consumption may actually increase<br />

body mass index and promote the development<br />

of a dangerous condition called<br />

metabolic dysfunction-associated steatotic<br />

liver disease (MASLD), previously known<br />

as fatty liver disease. Current estimates<br />

are that MASLD may impact 46% of the<br />

world’s population, making it a major<br />

global health threat. There is currently no<br />

medical treatment for MASLD other than<br />

losing weight and getting more exercise. If<br />

not reversed, the disease can progress to<br />

liver scarring and cirrhosis.<br />

The study was based on data from the<br />

Drinking large amounts of diet soda<br />

contributes directly to a dangerous liver<br />

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CEO Steve Mackin. “Toni is part of Mercy’s<br />

commitment to using technology to<br />

make the health care experience better,<br />

more convenient and most importantly,<br />

private and secure,” Mackin said<br />

“Toni can handle your requests faster<br />

and easier than a phone call,” added<br />

Tamara Carlton, Mercy’s executive director<br />

of product development. “Research<br />

shows people prefer getting answers<br />

from a chatbot over dealing with forms<br />

National Health and Nutrition Examination<br />

Surveys (NHANES) and included<br />

about 2,400 participants, just under half<br />

of whom had MASLD. After adjusting<br />

for variables related to their demographics,<br />

lifestyle and existing metabolic syndrome,<br />

those who said they “always” drink<br />

diet sodas – which indicates a high level<br />

of consumption – were significantly more<br />

likely to have MASLD. The higher their<br />

BMIs, the more likely they also were to<br />

have the disease.<br />

The study authors said that excessive<br />

intake of artificial sweeteners found in diet<br />

soda promotes inflammation, insulin resistance<br />

and weight gain, which then leads<br />

to fatty deposits in the liver. More clinical<br />

trials are needed to study this association,<br />

they added.<br />

Earlier in 2023, a new guideline from the<br />

World Health Organization (WHO) advised<br />

against using non-sugar sweeteners in diet<br />

sodas, and specifically labeled aspartame<br />

– one of the most common – as “possibly<br />

carcinogenic to humans.”<br />

Daily hair care routines<br />

may be harmful to health<br />

For many women – and more than a few<br />

men – getting ready every morning means<br />

applying one or more hair products, blow<br />

drying and styling their hair with hot appliances<br />

like flat irons or curling wands, and<br />

then finishing off with a generous spritz of<br />

hairspray.<br />

These daily routines also involve inhaling<br />

significant amounts of chemicals that<br />

may be harmful to human health, according<br />

to researchers at Purdue University. In<br />

a new study, they found that several chemicals<br />

present in hair products linger in the<br />

air after use. They say that on average, a<br />

person can inhale from 1-17 milligrams of<br />

these potentially harmful chemicals in a<br />

single hair care session at home.<br />

“We found the results to be extremely<br />

alarming,” said Nusrat Jung, an assistant<br />

professor in Purdue’s Lyles School of<br />

Civil Engineering. “We did not expect to<br />

see such significant emissions of volatile<br />

chemical mixtures from off-the-shelf hair<br />

or making phone calls. Toni puts you in<br />

control of your healthcare decisions, and<br />

the best part is Toni will be able to do<br />

even more for patients in the future.”<br />

Toni was named for long-serving Sister<br />

of Mercy Mary “Roch” Rocklage, who<br />

was born Antoinette Marie Rocklage and<br />

passed away in 2023. In its first month of<br />

service alone, Toni interacted with over<br />

14,000 Mercy users and answered about<br />

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care products during typical hair care routines<br />

that many people perform each and<br />

every day.”<br />

The most ubiquitous and most concerning<br />

of these, Jung said, is a chemical<br />

known as D5 siloxane. It is often listed first<br />

or second in the ingredient lists of many<br />

hair care products and has become popular<br />

over the past few decades due to its low<br />

surface tension, smooth texture and high<br />

thermal stability.<br />

“D5 siloxane has been found to lead to<br />

adverse effects on the respiratory tract,<br />

liver and nervous system of laboratory animals,”<br />

Jung said. “Many of these products<br />

are scented, too, and some of the chemicals<br />

used to make these fragrances are potentially<br />

dangerous to inhale as well.”<br />

According to the European Chemicals<br />

Agency, D5 siloxane is classified as “very<br />

persistent, very bioaccumulative” in tests<br />

on laboratory animals. There is little information<br />

currently available about its impact<br />

on humans, she added.<br />

“There has not been much in-depth<br />

research into this, so we really have no idea<br />

to what extent the threat these chemicals<br />

pose when inhaled over a long period of<br />

time,” Jung said. “There have been tests<br />

into ‘wash-off’ products like shampoos,<br />

but almost none for ‘leave-on’ products<br />

like hair gels, oils, creams, waxes and<br />

sprays.”<br />

Jung’s research also found that applying<br />

high heat to these chemicals, such as with<br />

curling irons and hair straighteners, can<br />

concentrate them even further. When met<br />

with temperatures of 2<strong>10</strong>°C (4<strong>10</strong>°F), for<br />

example, the researchers found the chemical<br />

emissions from these hair care products<br />

increased anywhere from 50% to 3<strong>10</strong>%.<br />

So how can people protect themselves<br />

from inhaling these chemicals? Jung said<br />

that although the best answer is not to use<br />

them at all, the second-best solution is to<br />

have an exhaust fan running during use,<br />

which reduced D5 inhalation exposure by<br />

over 90% in the Purdue research.<br />

“There’s a good reason why these chemicals<br />

are restricted from being used in washoff<br />

hair care products in certain parts of the<br />

world,” she added. “The effects on people<br />

and the planet need to be studied further<br />

and regulatory action needs to be taken.”<br />

Those who use hairstyling products every<br />

day are exposing themselves to potentially<br />

hazardous chemicals, say Purdue University<br />

scientists.<br />

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On the calendar<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors<br />

a Babysitting <strong>10</strong>1 virtual class on<br />

Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m., live via<br />

Teams Meeting. This interactive class is a<br />

great introduction to the basics of babysitting<br />

and is recommended for ages <strong>10</strong> and<br />

above. A workbook, first-aid kit, babysitter<br />

skills assessment and backpack are<br />

included in the cost of $25 per child. Parents<br />

may sit in on the class at no additional<br />

cost. Register online at bjc.org/babysittingclass.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends<br />

CPR virtual course on Wednesday, Jan. 17<br />

from 6:30-8:30 p.m., live via Teams Meeting.<br />

This class uses the American Heart<br />

Association curriculum to teach hands-on<br />

CPR skills (course does not include certification<br />

upon completion). The cost is $50.<br />

Registration for a seat in this class is for<br />

two people. Register online by visiting bjc.<br />

org/cpr-class.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC offers a Bariatric Surgery Information<br />

Session on Monday, Jan. 22 from 5:30-<br />

6:30 p.m., live via Zoom. Join a Washington<br />

University bariatric physician to learn more<br />

about surgical treatment options available at<br />

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish<br />

<strong>West</strong> County Hospital for patients who meet<br />

certain criteria. Time will be allotted for<br />

questions and insurance coverage will be<br />

discussed. To register, visit classes-events.<br />

bjc.org; to learn more about BJC’s bariatric<br />

surgery criteria for patients, call (314) 454-<br />

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• • •<br />

Mercy St. Louis offers a Sitter Skills<br />

course on Friday, Feb. 2 from 6-9 p.m. at<br />

the hospital, 615 S. New Ballas Road, in<br />

Classroom #2 on the 7th floor. Children<br />

ages 11 to 13 will learn about infant care,<br />

child development, interactive play, safety,<br />

handling emergency situations and marketing<br />

babysitting services. Children should<br />

bring a doll or stuffed animal to class. The<br />

cost is $30 per child. Register online by<br />

visiting mercy.net/practice/mercy-hospitalst-louis<br />

and clicking on Classes, Seminars<br />

and Events, then Skills Classes for Kids.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital presents<br />

a Staying Home Alone virtual class<br />

on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m.,<br />

live via Teams Meeting. Parents and children<br />

attend the class together to ensure<br />

a child’s readiness to stay at home alone.<br />

The registration fee is $25 per family. To<br />

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News & Notes<br />


Asking for coverage<br />

It’s once again that time of year when<br />

many Americans are looking for ways to<br />

shed holiday pounds. For older adults in<br />

particular, though, losing weight may be<br />

an especially important goal – according to<br />

Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention<br />

statistics, 40% or more of people<br />

over 50 have obesity, which poses a significant<br />

threat to their health and longevity.<br />

A new Michigan Medicine poll of U.S.<br />

adults aged 50 to 80 recently found that<br />

63% of those who consider themselves<br />

to be overweight are interested in taking<br />

a prescription medicine to help them<br />

manage their weight. What’s more, over<br />

three-quarters of those in the over-50 age<br />

group believe Medicare should cover these<br />

medicines, which is currently not allowed<br />

under U.S. law.<br />

A new category of weight-loss drugs,<br />

which includes the name brands Ozempic,<br />

Wegovy and Mounjaro, have skyrocketed<br />

in popularity since they were first approved<br />

for use in treating type 2 diabetes. They are<br />

so popular, in fact, that nationwide shortages<br />

have occurred, and many people are<br />

stretching their finances to pay the high<br />

costs of treatment, which can exceed<br />

$12,000 per year, out of their own pockets.<br />

“Our data show the strong awareness<br />

and interest in these medications, and in<br />

access to them through insurance, alongside<br />

coverage for other weight-focused<br />

care including nutrition counseling, exercise<br />

programs and bariatric surgery,” said<br />

Lauren Oshman, M.D., M.P.H., an obesity<br />

medicine specialist who worked on the poll.<br />

“We hope these findings will help inform<br />

policymakers and benefit plan designers<br />

who are grappling with the tradeoffs of<br />

cost and long-term benefit when it comes<br />

to these medications.”<br />

Oshman also noted that nearly all the<br />

older adults polled said they had tried to lose<br />

weight in the past with only limited success,<br />

including large percentages who said they<br />

had exercised or changed their diets.<br />

A law passed in 2003 prohibits Medicare<br />

from covering weight loss medications,<br />

although it is allowed to cover drugs to<br />

help people with type 2 diabetes manage<br />

their weight. Most private insurance plans<br />

and the Veterans Health Administration do<br />

cover them, but with restrictions due to<br />

high monthly costs for this new generation<br />

of medications.<br />

Local pioneers in heart<br />

failure treatment<br />

Physicians at Washington University<br />

School of Medicine in St. Louis are once<br />

again at the forefront of discovering new<br />

medical treatments for serious disease.<br />

They are now pioneering the use of radiation<br />

therapy – a treatment typically used to<br />

treat cancer – to potentially help patients<br />

whose hearts are failing due to a lifethreatening<br />

abnormal heart rhythm called<br />

ventricular tachycardia.<br />

Their recent study, published in late 2023<br />

in the journal Med, suggests that low-dose<br />

radiation therapy may improve the heart’s<br />

function by reducing the number of inflammatory<br />

cells present in the heart muscle<br />

and improving its pumping capacity.<br />

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radiation in a small group of patients with<br />

ventricular tachycardia as well as in mice<br />

with heart failure, the Wash U team found<br />

that low-dose radiation therapy appears to<br />

improve heart function in several forms<br />

of the condition, which happens when<br />

the heart cannot pump enough blood and<br />

oxygen to support the body’s needs.<br />

“The radiation therapy used to treat ventricular<br />

tachycardia is targeted to a specific<br />

location in the heart; however, a large portion<br />

of the rest of the heart gets a low-dose<br />

exposure,” explained co-senior author<br />

and cardiologist Ali Javaheri, M.D., Ph.D.<br />

“There was concern that it could be harmful<br />

to overall heart function, even though it<br />

treats dangerous arrhythmia. We were surprised<br />

to find the opposite: Heart function<br />

appeared to be improved after radiation<br />

therapy, at least in the short term.”<br />

To understand more about radiation’s<br />

effects on the heart, the researchers plan<br />

to continue their investigations of the nine<br />

patients already receiving radiation therapy<br />

for their ventricular tachycardia. They’ll<br />

also be conducting more advanced studies<br />

to see if there is evidence of reduced<br />

inflammation in the human hearts similar<br />

to what they found in mice.<br />

About 6.2 million American adults currently<br />

live with heart failure, according to<br />

Preparing for surgery by walking more than 7,500 steps a day can reduce complications<br />

afterward, a recent study found.<br />

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the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<br />

More than half of those hospitalized<br />

for heart failure die within five years despite<br />

treatment, which currently includes medications,<br />

sodium and fluid restriction, and cardiac<br />

procedures including heart transplant.<br />

Steps toward better<br />

surgical recovery<br />

People facing surgery, especially at older<br />

ages, have to consider the odds of postoperative<br />

complications … which typically<br />

occur in about 30% of patients, statistics<br />

show. But taking one simple step – or steps,<br />

to be more exact – can slash that risk nearly<br />

in half, regardless of what type of surgery<br />

they are having, according to research<br />

recently presented at the American College<br />

of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress.<br />

The study used Fitbit activity tracking<br />

data from adults participating in the<br />

All of Us Research Program to identify<br />

patients who might be at higher risk of<br />

postoperative complications. The odds of<br />

complications within 90 days after hospital<br />

discharge were reduced by just over half<br />

if a patient took more than 7,500 steps a<br />

day before the operation, after adjusting for<br />

the complexity of the procedure, comorbidities,<br />

and other factors. Fewer daily<br />

steps were associated with a higher rate of<br />

post-surgical complications.<br />

Participants in the study underwent a wide<br />

range of operations, including general surgery,<br />

orthopedic surgery, and neurosurgery.<br />

They were 57 years old on average; women<br />

made up nearly 75% of the study population.<br />

Using daily step counts to evaluate individual<br />

fitness levels prior to surgery may<br />

be a great way to help people survive and<br />

thrive afterward, according to the authors.<br />

“Fitbits and other wearable devices could<br />

potentially be linked to Electronic Health<br />

Records (EHRs) and have that data be<br />

something that surgeons consider when<br />

planning (pre-operative) care for their<br />

patients,” said lead study author Carson<br />

Gehl, a medical student at the Medical<br />

College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. “This<br />

could really come to fruition to improve<br />

postoperative outcomes.”<br />

This is the only population-level study to<br />

explore the relationship between physical<br />

activity, as measured by a Fitbit, and complications<br />

up to 90 days after surgery, Gehl said.<br />

Widening life expectancy gap<br />

The difference between life expectancies<br />

for men and women in the U.S. remains<br />

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well over 5 years in spite of a small recent<br />

reduction in this concerning gap, which<br />

has been widening for more than a decade.<br />

According to the Provisional Life Expectancy<br />

Estimates for 2022 released in late<br />

November by the Centers for Disease Control<br />

and Prevention, overall life expectancy<br />

at birth for Americans increased slightly<br />

compared to 2021, from 76.1 to 77.5 years.<br />

Earlier that month, a study published<br />

in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the<br />

life expectancy gap between the sexes had<br />

increased to 5.8 years in 2021, its widest<br />

since 1996. Although the gap has closed<br />

slightly to approximately 5.5 years according<br />

to the newest report, it remains a major<br />

concern, according to the study team.<br />

The life expectancy gap between men and<br />

women in the U.S. has been widening<br />

since 20<strong>10</strong>.<br />

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“There’s been a lot of research into the<br />

decline in life expectancy in recent years,<br />

but no one has systematically analyzed why<br />

the gap between men and women has been<br />

widening since 20<strong>10</strong>,” said the paper’s first<br />

author Brandon Yan, M.D., MPH.<br />

Using data from the National Center for<br />

Health Statistics, Yan and his fellow researchers<br />

from around the country identified the<br />

causes of death that were lowering life<br />

expectancy the most. Then they estimated<br />

the effects on men and women to see how<br />

different causes were contributing to the gap.<br />

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the<br />

largest contributors were heart disease,<br />

unintentional injuries, diabetes, homicide<br />

and suicide. During the pandemic, men<br />

were significantly more likely than women<br />

to die of the virus.<br />

The newest provisional data also show<br />

the number of suicides increased in 2022 to<br />

the highest level ever recorded in the U.S.<br />

… and men die from suicide four times<br />

more often than women. Drug overdoses<br />

and homicides are far more likely to be<br />

causes of death for men as well.<br />

Yan said the investigation’s results raise<br />

questions about whether more specialized<br />

care for men, particularly mental healthcare,<br />

should be provided to address growing<br />

health disparities between men and women.<br />

“We have brought insights to a worrisome<br />

trend,” he said. “Future research<br />

ought to help focus public health interventions<br />

towards helping reverse this decline<br />

in life expectancy.”<br />

Training to avoid knee<br />

replacement<br />

Knee osteoarthritis is a major cause of<br />

pain and disability in the U.S., affecting<br />

an estimated 14 million adults. More than<br />

half of those diagnosed eventually must<br />

undergo total knee replacement surgery, a<br />

costly and painful procedure which comes<br />

with a long recovery time and risks of complications<br />

such as infection, nerve damage<br />

and blood clots.<br />

But it may be possible to avoid knee<br />

replacement by strengthening the muscles<br />

around the knee joint, say researchers from<br />

the University of California, San Francisco.<br />

Looking at data from participants in<br />

the Osteoarthritis Initiative, a nationwide<br />

study sponsored by the National Institutes<br />

of Health, they found that those with stronger<br />

quadriceps muscles, relative to the<br />

hamstrings, can lower their odds of needing<br />

total knee replacement.<br />

The muscles on the front of the thigh<br />

commonly referred to as the quadriceps<br />

are the strongest muscle group in the body.<br />

The hamstrings – muscles around the back<br />

of the thigh – are responsible for extension<br />

of the hip and flexion of the knee, making<br />

them equally essential for stabilizing it.<br />

“The two muscle groups act as counter<br />

forces, and the balance between them<br />

enables a wide range of activities while<br />

protecting the knee joint,” said study lead<br />

author Upasana Upadhyay Bharadwaj, M.D.<br />

“An imbalance, in addition to other factors,<br />

leads to a change in the biomechanics resulting<br />

in the progression of osteoarthritis.”<br />

Comparing patients who had total knee<br />

replacement with a control group, a higher<br />

ratio of quadriceps to hamstring volume<br />

was associated with significantly lower<br />

odds of total knee replacement over up to<br />

four years. The results suggest that regular<br />

strength training programs to “balance”<br />

the quadriceps in relation to the hamstrings<br />

may be beneficial in helping to avoid the<br />

surgery, Bharadwaj said.<br />

The study was recently presented at<br />

the Radiological Society of North America<br />

(RSNA) annual meeting.<br />

Dementia’s financial drain<br />

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dementia as diseases that damage the<br />

brain. But a new University of Michigan<br />

study shows just how much damage they<br />

also can do to a person’s bank account, and<br />

the increased demands placed on the valuable<br />

time of their family members as well.<br />

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The study found that people with dementia<br />

paid more than double the amount<br />

of money out-of-pocket for health care<br />

within the first eight years of being diagnosed,<br />

compared to their same-age peers<br />

with similar health problems but without<br />

dementia. Their overall net worth declined<br />

by about 60% over the same period, while<br />

those without dementia maintained roughly<br />

the same level of wealth.<br />

People with dementia also entered nursing<br />

homes at nearly five times the rate of<br />

their peers in the first two years after being<br />

diagnosed, a level of care that can quickly<br />

drain financial resources. Those who were<br />

able to remain in their homes were far<br />

more likely than those without dementia<br />

to use paid in-home care, which is often<br />

not fully covered by Medicare and usually<br />

comes at a high cost.<br />

In another sign of financial distress,<br />

enrollment in Medicaid nearly doubled for<br />

people with dementia in their first eight<br />

years after diagnosis, while the rate of<br />

enrollment for their peers did not change.<br />

The study also revealed major differences<br />

in the demands placed on family<br />

members of dementia patients. By the end<br />

of their second year after symptoms began,<br />

people with dementia needed three times<br />

more hours of care from family and friends<br />

than their peers without it, averaging 45<br />

hours per month of unpaid care compared<br />

to 13 hours by the end of two years after<br />

dementia diagnosis.<br />

The analysis used data from about 2,400<br />

adults participating in the Health and<br />

Retirement Study, a long-term investigation<br />

based on interviews and health exams.<br />

It was recently published in JAMA Internal<br />

Medicine.<br />

On the calendar<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Coffee and<br />

Conversations on Wednesday, Jan. 17 from<br />

<strong>10</strong>-11 a.m. at the hospital’s Institute for Health<br />

Education, 222 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield,<br />

in Conference Rooms 4-5. Join us<br />

monthly for a cup of joe and conversation<br />

with St. Luke’s health professionals about<br />

health and wellness topics. This month’s<br />

topic is Chair Yoga; explore simple meditations<br />

and practice safe, accessible yoga poses<br />

from the comfort of a chair. Loose comfortable<br />

clothing is recommended for this free<br />

session. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital offers a<br />

Today’s Grandparents class on Thursdays,<br />

Jan. 18 and Feb. 1, from 6:30-9 p.m.<br />

at the Missouri Baptist Medical Center<br />

Clinical Learning Institute, 3005 N. Ballas<br />

Road. This hands-on class offers updates<br />

on current trends in infant care and feeding,<br />

and provides tips on local and longdistance<br />

grandparenting. The course fee<br />

is $20 per person (each person attending<br />

must register separately). Registration is<br />

available online at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic<br />

Conditions, presented by St. Louis Oasis,<br />

is on Mondays, Jan. 22 through March 11,<br />

from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center, 690 Chesterfield Parkway <strong>West</strong><br />

(second floor of Chesterfield Mall, next to<br />

Macy’s). Developed and tested by Stanford<br />

University, this self-management course is<br />

for adults with chronic conditions. Participants<br />

learn and practice skills such as problem-solving<br />

and goal-setting to cope with<br />

the common symptoms and frustrations of<br />

living with a chronic illness. The free course<br />

is sponsored by BJC Missouri Baptist Medical<br />

Center. Register at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Living a<br />

Healthy Life with Chronic Pain on Fridays,<br />

Feb. 2-March 8, from <strong>10</strong> a.m.-12:30 p.m., live<br />

via Zoom. This evidence-based six-week virtual<br />

program helps individuals better manage<br />

their chronic pain symptoms by learning<br />

important self-management skills. Topics<br />

include action planning, healthy eating, communicating<br />

with your healthcare team and<br />

more. The program is free, thanks to support<br />

from the Eastern Regional Arthritis Center.<br />

Local couple celebrates 80 years of wedded bliss<br />

Andrew and Bertha Kowalczyk with members of their family at their 80th wedding<br />

anniversary on Jan. 1, 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

(Emily Southerland photo)<br />

On Jan. 1, the friends and family of<br />

Andrew and Bertha Kowalczyk gathered<br />

at Cape Albeon Lakeside Retirement<br />

Living to celebrate the couple’s 80th<br />

wedding anniversary.<br />

Andrew, a distinguished World War II<br />

veteran is <strong>10</strong>3 years old. Bertha is <strong>10</strong>2.<br />

Together they have six children: Marion,<br />

Paul, David, Andrea, Peter and Bruce.<br />

The couple met in 1942 while students<br />

at the University of New Hampshire. At<br />

the time, Andrew was in the Army ROTC<br />

but soon resigned so that he could accept<br />

a commission with the Navy where he<br />

could use his engineering skills. The<br />

couple became engaged in November<br />

1943 with a plan to marry after the war<br />

ended. But then, Andrew changed his<br />

Participants will receive a free resource book<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital sponsors a<br />

Medicare <strong>10</strong>1 course on Wednesday, Feb.<br />

21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive,<br />

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mind and suggested that they get married<br />

either during the upcoming holidays or<br />

in February of 1943. Bertha choose Jan.<br />

1 as she thought it would be a lovely way<br />

to start the new year.<br />

Longtime residents of Cape Albeon<br />

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Park, the Kowalczyks have become<br />

cherished members of the close-knit<br />

community, according to Maggie Mundwiller,<br />

who shared their story with <strong>West</strong><br />

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“The Kowalczyks’ 80th wedding anniversary<br />

is not just a personal milestone;<br />

it is a testament to the enduring power of<br />

love and commitment that resonates with<br />

us all. Their story is an inspiration to our<br />

community and beyond,” Mundwiller said.<br />

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FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2023<br />

Capital Total<br />

General Teachers' Debt Service Projects Governmental<br />

Fund Fund Fund Fund Funds<br />

Revenues<br />

Property taxes $68,297,136 $86,234,541 $31,008,059 $ 3,653,618 $189,193,354<br />

Other local sources 34,148,770 41,345,221 963,317 3,366,656 79,823,964<br />

Intermediate sources 1,401,620 1,977,879 731,579 84,987 4,196,065<br />

State sources 8,947,644 38,797,014 - 38,606 47,783,264<br />

Federal sources 5,712,328 1,667,446 - 2,<strong>10</strong>5,535 9,485,309<br />

Other sources 369,769 523,128 - 61,795 954,692<br />

Total revenues 118,877,267 170,545,229 32,702,955 9,311,197 331,436,648<br />

Expenditures<br />

Instruction<br />

Elementary 2,971,469 53,343,177 - 28,937 56,343,583<br />

Middle 1,316,0<strong>24</strong> 29,683,430 - 13,901 31,013,355<br />

High 2,196,790 41,488,128 - 71,453 43,756,371<br />

TAG/title/special 1,351,9<strong>24</strong> 8,072,091 - 67,542 9,491,557<br />

Early childhood special education 2,398,863 3,990,942 - - 6,389,805<br />

Student act/athl/act/spons act 5,518,388 3,803,664 - 320,509 9,642,561<br />

Other instruction 121,149 619,935 - - 741,084<br />

Total instruction 15,874,607 141,001,367 - 502,342 157,378,316<br />

Support services<br />

Attendance 1,850,736 - - - 1,850,736<br />

Guidance 618,428 5,3<strong>24</strong>,417 - - 5,942,845<br />

Health, psych, speech and audio 4,786,412 71 - <strong>24</strong>,300 4,8<strong>10</strong>,783<br />

Improvement of instruction 6,225,425 3,976,843 - 273,516 <strong>10</strong>,475,784<br />

Professional development 276,579 3,686 - - 280,265<br />

Media services (library) 2,676,915 3,136,663 - 111,387 5,9<strong>24</strong>,965<br />

Board of Education services 392,505 - - - 392,505<br />

Executive administration 1,270,257 2,719,172 - 94,349 4,083,778<br />

Building level administration 5,792,026 11,389,053 - - 17,181,079<br />

Business central services 1,237,116 - - - 1,237,116<br />

Operation of plant 29,117,835 - - 730,662 29,848,497<br />

Security services 1,120,731 - - 233,529 1,354,260<br />

Pupil transportation 8,770,494 - - 4,798,802 13,569,296<br />

Food services 7,377,183 - - 256,155 7,633,338<br />

Central office support services 4,183,683 - - 7,392 4,191,075<br />

Community services 15,089,183 35,556 - 161,537 15,286,276<br />

Facilities acquisition and construction - - - 6,556,179 6,556,179<br />

Debt service<br />

Principal, Interest & fiscal charges - - 34,334,918 89,857 34,4<strong>24</strong>,775<br />

Total support services 90,785,508 26,585,461 34,334,918 13,337,665 165,043,552<br />

Total expenditures <strong>10</strong>6,660,115 167,586,828 34,334,918 13,840,007 322,421,868<br />

Excess of revenues over<br />

(under) expenditures 12,217,152 2,958,401 (1,631,963) (4,528,8<strong>10</strong>) 9,014,780<br />

Other financing sources (uses)<br />

Transfers (1,526,775) - - 1,526,775 -<br />

NET CHANGE IN FUND BALANCE <strong>10</strong>,690,377 2,958,401 (1,631,963) (3,002,035) 9,014,780<br />

Fund balance at beginning of year 51,065,957 32,176,558 21,490,482 <strong>10</strong>,514,529 115,<strong>24</strong>7,526<br />

Fund balance at end of year $61,756,334 $35,134,959 $19,858,519 $7,512,494 $1<strong>24</strong>,262,306<br />


2022-23 Tax Rate $ 4.1483<br />

Jaime Bayes<br />

Bonded Indebtedness $ 119,490,000<br />

Jaime Bayes, President, Board of Education<br />

Capital Lease Obligations 3,149,161<br />

$ Janet Sadowski<br />

Janet Sadowski, Secretary, Board of Education<br />

The above schedule represents a summary of revenues, expenditures and fund balances by major classification of each fund and all funds of the Rockwood R-<br />

VI School District as required by Missouri School Law Chapter 165 - 121(1). The schedule was prepared based upon the District's audit report prepared by<br />

Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP, and accepted by the Board on December 19, 2023. The complete audit report is available for inspection and examination at<br />

Rockwood R-VI School District Administration Center, 111 East North Street, Eureka, Missouri 63025-1229 and on Rockwood School District's website<br />

(http://www.rsdmo.org/departments/finance).<br />

The District’s activities and funds are all presented in this report and have been audited by the District’s Certified Public Accountants, Kerber, Eck & Braeckel<br />

LLP, who rendered an unmodified opinion for the District again this year. The scope of the audit included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the<br />

amounts and disclosures in the basic financial statements. The audit also included assessing the principles used and significant estimates made by<br />

management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation.<br />

Members of the Tom Shaw Foundation present a $6,000 check to<br />

Caring For Kids. At the presentation were (from left) CFK Executive<br />

Director Cynthia Harcourt, Ralph Turney, CFK President Diane Brncic,<br />

Gary Hollingsworth, Tom Shaw Jr., Judge Susan Block and Debbie<br />

Shaw-Franke.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />


BRIEFS<br />

PLACES<br />

The Tom Shaw Foundation presented a<br />

$6,000 check to Caring For Kids at the<br />

end of December. The check represented<br />

proceeds of the Tom Shaw Freedom Walk<br />

for Charities, which took place in Defiance<br />

on Sunday, Oct. 15. Since its founding in<br />

2009, Caring For Kids (CFK) has served<br />

4,645 local children with 2,233 beds.<br />

CFK supports foster families, parents and<br />

grandparents who struggle to provide basic<br />

needs for the children in their care.<br />

• • •<br />

Shawn and Jeffrey Young opened a Code<br />

Ninjas at 16747 Main St. in Wildwood on<br />

Jan. 8 with a grand opening planned for<br />

Feb. 19. Local children between the ages<br />

of 5 and 14 can learn to code in a fun, safe<br />

and social environment where gaming is<br />

celebrated and STEM is cool. Additionally,<br />

students learn problem-solving skills<br />

they’ll need for future jobs. Learn more at<br />

codeninjas.com, search “wildwood.”<br />

• • •<br />

Soda Fountain Express is now open at<br />

147 <strong>West</strong> Port Plaza Drive. The retro-style<br />

diner is a second location for the popular<br />

Soda Fountain at Union Station and features<br />

the same variety of eats and sweets from<br />

11 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday<br />

and 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Sundays. Menus are<br />

available at sodafountainexpress-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Home Builders Charitable<br />

Foundation (HBCF) recently presented<br />

a $20,000 donation to UCP Heartland<br />

for the purpose of updating a bathroom at<br />

the organization’s Oak Tree Respite Home<br />

in Webster Groves. The unique respite<br />

program offers a fully staffed home-awayfrom-home<br />

for adults with developmental<br />

disabilities. Primary caregivers may<br />

schedule a planned or emergency visit<br />

for their loved ones while they travel or<br />

tend to their personal needs. The HBA is<br />

a local trade association of more than 600<br />

member firms representing the residential<br />

construction industry. The HBCF is its<br />

charitable arm.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

Chrissy Laycob, Vera Emmons<br />

and Steve Gallant have been named<br />

to the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman<br />

Holocaust Museum Board of Directors.<br />

Their terms began Jan. 1. Laycob is a<br />

third-generation descendant speaker,<br />

who frequently tells the story of<br />

her grandparents, both of whom are<br />

Holocaust survivors. She is the co-chair<br />

of the Museum’s Lutz Humanitarian<br />

Award program. Emmons is a long-time<br />

museum educator and second-generation<br />

descendant speaker, who often shares<br />

the testimony of her mother, a Holocaust<br />

survivor. She has previously chaired the<br />

Yom HaShoah Committee for several<br />

years and served on multiple museum<br />

task forces, including one dedicated<br />

to hiring the museum’s new executive<br />

director. Gallant serves as executive vice<br />

president, general counsel of Maritz;<br />

chief operating officer, general manager<br />

of Maritz Engagement Solutions; a past<br />

president of the St. Louis Jewish Light,<br />

and a member of the local Red Cross<br />

Board of Directors.



Whether it is in January with a new<br />

year’s resolution or next summer by the<br />

pool, Chesterfield Athletic Club is the<br />

place to be and has been for fifty years.<br />

The Chesterfield Athletic Club (CAC)<br />

opened its doors as a tennis club in 1974<br />

and will mark its 50th anniversary this<br />

year.<br />

“We are celebrating our past, but we<br />

are looking forward to our future,” said<br />

Kimberly Daws, the new director of<br />

membership acquisition and enrichment.<br />

And the future looks bright. The<br />

Chesterfield Athletic Club (CAC)<br />

now boasts nine indoor tennis courts,<br />

six outdoor tennis courts and twelve<br />

pickleball courts, a full cardio theater<br />

with weight room, racquetball and<br />

basketball courts and over 50 group<br />

exercise classes including yoga, water<br />

aerobics, boot camp and strength classes,<br />

personal training and massage therapy.<br />

“We also recently added a cold pod,<br />

making contrast therapy available as<br />

well,” Daws said.<br />

CAC also has experienced, goaldriving<br />

personal trainers, tennis pros<br />

and group exercise instructors to guide<br />

members through their fitness journey<br />

and up their game skills in a no pressure<br />

environment, she said.<br />

“We’ve recently enhanced our tennis<br />

program adding three new tennis pros,”<br />

Daws said. “We now have 15 pros, and tennis<br />

is booming. We have clinics, lessons and<br />

leagues for juniors and adults. There also is a<br />

brand new winter pickleball interclub.”<br />

Staff members are also stepping into new<br />

roles. In addition to Daws’ new membership<br />

role, Sharon Sherry is now the director of<br />

operations and Wynn Criswell is the director<br />

of tennis.<br />

Named the “US Tennis Association<br />

(USTA) St. Louis’ 2023 Facility of Year,<br />

the whole club is seeing an upsurge in<br />

membership and activities with the highest<br />

numbers in its history, Daws said.<br />

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“Hands down, it is the people that<br />

have made us successful over the past<br />

five decades. They make the difference<br />

at our club, both the staff and the<br />

membership,” Daws said. “We have<br />

charter members that have been here<br />

since we opened our doors in 1974. We<br />

have staff who have been here 20 and 30<br />

years. The people make the difference,<br />

and when people come to our club, they<br />

can feel it. It’s an amazing place.”<br />

And the amenities, may be one of the<br />

reasons. The Club has a fully stocked<br />

pro shop, a café and a “Tot Drop”<br />

childcare area. During the summer, the<br />

Club offers a competitive swim team in<br />

its newly renovated outdoor pool. Poolside<br />

eats and drinks are available and live music<br />

is scheduled on the weekends.<br />

Members with a platinum full membership<br />

have access to all the Club’s features and<br />

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and more things to discover. We want to<br />

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commitment to members and the facility.”<br />

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“Without the NEC, your big horse shows<br />

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they just couldn’t fit anywhere else around<br />

here,” Graham explained in a press statement.<br />

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trials. Boone County had also operated an<br />

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Graham said.<br />

The NEC site features three arenas, six<br />

barns, 585 horse stalls, 63 camping spaces<br />

and almost four acres under roof. The<br />

main show area features more than 5,000<br />

square feet of upper-level banquet space<br />

that can seat up to 250 people overlooking<br />

the arena. This space is available to rent<br />

for birthday parties, wedding receptions<br />

and special occasions. Its RV camping<br />

sites are open to the public at a cost of<br />

$25 per night.<br />

“The NEC is a tourism destination that<br />

attracts people from around the country,<br />

and we look forward to carrying on the tradition<br />

of hosting high-quality equestrian<br />

events and expanding the operations and<br />

offerings of the center,” Graham said.<br />

St. Charles County officials anticipate<br />

hosting between 45 and 50 events per year.<br />

The first of which took place last weekend.<br />

The Meet Me in St. Louis Winter Festival,<br />

a hunter jumper show, was held Jan. 4-7<br />

and was open to the public.<br />

(Tracey Bruce photo)<br />

In addition to hosting shows and other<br />

events, Graham said the NEC provides the<br />

opportunity to introduce kids and families<br />

to the art of riding, handling and training<br />

horses and the recreational, emotional and<br />

therapeutic benefits of doing so.<br />

The site has been operated since the<br />

1990s first by Carmelo Natoli and since<br />

his death in 2012 by his surviving family<br />

members. With developers seeking to<br />

convert the site to new homes, the family<br />

approached the county about purchasing<br />

the property and preserving its equestrian<br />

use and greenspace.<br />

Graham acknowledged that this acquisition<br />

wouldn’t have been possible without<br />

the generosity and willingness of the<br />

Natoli family to sell the property at below<br />

its appraised value, which amounts to a<br />

donation of the difference to St. Charles<br />

County. In recognition of Carmelo’s vision<br />

for the NEC, the main arena on the property<br />

will be renamed “The Natoli Arena.”<br />

The NEC purchase was unanimously<br />

approved by the St. Charles County Council<br />

in October. The county has budgeted<br />

$2,554,457 for the site’s annual operating<br />

costs for 20<strong>24</strong>: $1,253,400 for operations<br />

and maintenance and $1,301,057 for personnel.<br />

The cost to operate, maintain and<br />

improve the center will be paid from revenues<br />

generated from facility rentals, concessions,<br />

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January <strong>10</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


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The Dink it! For Families in Need Pickle Ball Social is from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Feb. 3 at the Missouri Pickleball Club, 747 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton<br />

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An art exhibit featuring works by<br />

Haley Clancy Inyart and Abbi Ruppert<br />

is on view through Tuesday, Jan. 23 at<br />

John Burrough’s Bonsack Gallery, 755 S.<br />

Price Road in St. Louis. For details, visit<br />

jburroughs.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium is on<br />

view through Sunday, March 31 at the<br />

Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum on the<br />

grounds of the Missouri Botanical Garden.<br />

Included in the cost of Garden admission.<br />

For details, visit mobot.org/museum.<br />

• • •<br />

Chamber Project St. Louis presents<br />

DWELL: Dynamic Reflections from 7-8<br />

p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the World<br />

Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Ave.<br />

in St. Louis. Explore a sense of place,<br />

space and time with music for clarinet,<br />

strings and piano. Artist Talk and refreshments<br />

begin at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. For<br />

details, visit chamberprojectstl.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Chamber Project St. Louis presents<br />

its Con Spirito Concert Series at 12:30<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 1 at First Presbyterian<br />

Church, <strong>10</strong>0 East Adams Ave. in<br />

Kirkwood. Music for voice, harp and<br />

strings is featured. For tickets, visit<br />

chamberprojectstl.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The Bach Society of Saint Louis Chorus<br />

and Orchestra present “Bach’s St. John<br />

Passion” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March<br />

<strong>10</strong> at First Presbyterian Church, <strong>10</strong>0 E.<br />

Adams Ave. in Kirkwood. To purchase<br />

tickets, visit bachsociety.org.<br />


The J’s Winter Used Book Sale is<br />

Sunday, Jan. 28 through Thursday, Feb.<br />

1 at The Jewish Community Center, 2<br />

Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur.<br />

Proceeds benefit the J’s Cultural Arts<br />

Department. For details and times, visit<br />

jccstl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Dink it! For Families in Need<br />

Pickle Ball Social is from 6-9 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Missouri Pickleball<br />

Club, 747 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton.<br />

All proceeds benefit Circle of Concern.<br />

Both players and spectators are welcome.<br />

Cost is $50 for players, $25 for learn to<br />

play and $20 for spectators. Snacks provided;<br />

raffles and cash bar available. Register<br />

at circleofconcern.org.<br />

• • •<br />

A trivia night is at 7 p.m. (doors open<br />

at 6 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. <strong>10</strong> at St.<br />

Joseph’s Catholic Church, 567 St. Joseph<br />

Lane in Manchester. Emceed by Zip<br />

Rzeppa. Free beer, wine, soda, water and<br />

popcorn. $<strong>24</strong>0 for a table of 8. For details,<br />

visit kocstjoe.org/trivia.<br />

• • •<br />

The “Curiouser and Curiouser” trivia<br />

night is at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at<br />

The Sheldon, 3648 Washington Blvd. in<br />

St. Louis. Participants can enter to win<br />

raffles, mini-games, costume and table<br />

decorating contests. The cost is $300 per<br />

team of <strong>10</strong> or $40 for individuals. Admission<br />

includes beer and soft drinks; a cash<br />

bar is available. Bring snacks. No outside<br />

alcohol. Registration is required at<br />

TheSheldon.org/Trivia.<br />

• • •<br />

The Art and Wine local artists exhibition<br />

is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at<br />

the Longview Farm House, 13525 Clayton<br />

Road in Town & Country. Admission<br />

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Hilton, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road in<br />

Chesterfield. The event brings together<br />

disability advocates, leaders, experts and<br />

the general public to raise awareness and<br />

promote inclusion and accessibility. For<br />

details, visit thearyafoundation.org.<br />


The Manchester Snowman Building<br />

Contest continues through Feb. 28. To<br />

enter, send current pictures to shardesty@<br />

manchestermo.gov. Be sure to include the<br />

entrant’s name, address and phone, and<br />

the date the snowman was built, Prizes<br />

will be awarded.<br />

• • •<br />

Little Explorers is from 9-<strong>10</strong>:30<br />

a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of<br />

the month at various parks in Ballwin.<br />

Themed activities change weekly and<br />

include a craft and snack for ages 2-5.<br />

The cost is $8 for residents; $<strong>10</strong> for nonresidents.<br />

Parents and guardians are free.<br />

For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Creative Corner is from <strong>10</strong>-11 a.m.<br />

monthly on the first Thursday at The Timbers<br />

of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane. This<br />

is a creative, messy program, focusing on<br />

exploration, science, sensory skills, crafts,<br />

snacks and more for ages 2-5. An adult<br />

needs to stay with the child. The cost is<br />

$<strong>10</strong> for residents, $11 for non-residents.<br />

To register, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Tumbling Tots is from <strong>10</strong>-11 a.m.<br />

monthly on the second Thursday and third<br />

Wednesday at the Eureka Community<br />

Center, 333 Bald Hill Road. Features mats<br />

and foam climbing pieces, balls, building<br />

blocks and other gross-motor equipment<br />

for ages 6 months to 5 years. The cost is<br />

$9 for residents; $<strong>10</strong> for non-residents.<br />

Register at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Story Time With Miss Pam is monthly<br />

from <strong>10</strong> a.m.-noon on the second and<br />

fourth Saturdays at the National Museum<br />

of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station<br />

Road in Kirkwood. Included with museum<br />

admission. Details at tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Upside Down Indoor Triathlon is from 7<br />

a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 13 at The Pointe,<br />

1 Ballwin Commons Circle. Each participant<br />

will complete a 15-minute run, 15-minute<br />

a little bit<br />

spinner bike and a <strong>10</strong>-minute swim. For ages<br />

8 and up. Cost is $30 per person. To register,<br />

visit ballwin.mo.us/Events.<br />

• • •<br />

Junior Art Class is from 6-7:30 p.m. on<br />

Tuesdays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 20 at The<br />

Pointe, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle. Kids<br />

complete a variety of different projects<br />

with supplies and instruction provided.<br />

The cost is $180 per resident for the sixweek<br />

class; $195 for non-residents. To<br />

register, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Tot Time is from 9-11 a.m. on Fridays,<br />

Jan. 19 and Feb. 2 at the Chesterfield<br />

Community Center in the Chesterfield<br />

Mall. Kids aged 5 and younger will<br />

engage in various activities, story time,<br />

group games, and arts and crafts. Siblings<br />

ages 6-11 are welcome when they are<br />

accompanied by the tot and an adult. A $3<br />

cash-only drop-in fee per child is charged.<br />

For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us and<br />

search “Tot Time.”<br />

• • •<br />

Pages and Pals “On the Farm” is from<br />

<strong>10</strong>-11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the<br />

Schroeder Park Building, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road in Manchester. Children<br />

will hear a story, have a snack and do a<br />

craft based around a theme. An adult must<br />

accompany the participating child. The<br />

cost is $5 for residents; $6.50 for non-residents.<br />

Register at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Family Dance Night is from 5:30-7:30<br />

p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Ballwin<br />

Golf Course, 333 Holloway Road in Ballwin.<br />

Dress in your best ‘50s gear and<br />

prepare for an evening of music, dancing,<br />

snacks and more. For ages 3-13. Registration<br />

is per person. The cost is $<strong>10</strong> for<br />

residents; $15 for non-residents. Register<br />

by Jan. 26 at ballwin.mo.us/Events.<br />

• • •<br />

A Daddy & Daughter Glow Dance is<br />

from 6-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 at the<br />

Schroeder Park Building, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road in Manchester. Wear<br />

your brightest clothes and enjoy dancing,<br />

snacks, games and a craft. For ages 2-11.<br />

The cost is $27 for resident pairs; $35 for<br />

non-resident pairs. Register at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

A Mother-Son Dance Party is from<br />

6:30-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 at the<br />

Eureka Community Center, 333 Bald<br />

Hill Road. Moms and sons will enjoy<br />

pizza, dessert, a craft activity and dancing.<br />

Dressing up is encouraged but optional.<br />

The cost is $12 for residents; $13 for nonresidents.<br />

Spots will fill up fast. Register<br />

at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Daddy Daughter Dance is from<br />

6:30-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. <strong>24</strong> at the<br />

Eureka Community Center, 333 Bald



Hill Road. Dads and daughters will enjoy<br />

pizza, dessert, a craft activity and dancing.<br />

Dressing up is encouraged but optional.<br />

The cost is $12 for residents; $13 for nonresidents.<br />

Spots will fill up fast. To register,<br />

visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Pages and Pals “Messy Munchkins”<br />

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at the Paul Schroeder Park Building, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Children will hear a story, have a snack<br />

and do a craft based around a theme. An<br />

adult must accompany the participating<br />

child. The cost is $5 for residents; $6.50<br />

for non-residents. Register at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Family Bingo Night is from 6:30-8<br />

p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) on Friday,<br />

March 1 at The Timbers of Eureka Gymnasium,<br />

333 Bald Hill Road. Wear bright<br />

colors and bring glow sticks and snacks.<br />

The cost is $7 for residents; $8 for nonresidents<br />

and includes bingo supplies,<br />

prizes, pizza and refreshments. Register<br />

before Feb. 27 at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

A Youth Easter Egg Hunt is at <strong>10</strong> a.m.<br />

on Saturday, March 23 at Legion Park, 333<br />

Bald Hill Road in Eureka. Features separate<br />

areas for ages 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-7<br />

and 8-<strong>10</strong>. Hunts begin at 11 a.m. with age<br />

groups staggered in 5-minute increments.<br />

A pancake breakfast served by the Knights<br />

of Columbus will be available while supplies<br />

last. Admission is free. Participants<br />

should park at the Eureka Community<br />

Center. For details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />


Herb Your Enthusiasm with horticulture<br />

expert Jill Thompson is from 6-7:30<br />

p.m. monthly on the third Wednesday at<br />

Kircher Park, 25 Williams Road in Eureka.<br />

The per-class cost is $5 for residents; $7<br />

for non-residents. Details and registration<br />

(required) at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

The Snowball Race Series continues at<br />

7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13 at SLCC<br />

Meramec in Kirkwood; at 8:30 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Creve Coeur Park;<br />

and at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. <strong>10</strong> at<br />

Frontier Park in St. Charles. The cost is<br />

$18 per race. Register at raceroster.com,<br />

search “ Snowball Series.”<br />

• • •<br />

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day program<br />

featuring “The House is on Fire”<br />

author Rachel Beanland is at 7 p.m. on<br />

Tuesday, Jan. 16 at The Jewish Federation<br />

of St. Louis, 12 Millstone Campus Drive<br />

in Creve Coeur. Registration is required,<br />

but the event is free. To reserve seats,<br />

visit showpass.com/rachel-beanland-thehouse-is-on-fire.<br />

• • •<br />

Project Unplugged Winter Workshops<br />

are from 2-3:30 p.m. on Sundays,<br />

Jan. 21, Feb. 4 and March 3 at the<br />

Longview Farm Barn in Town & Country.<br />

Jan. 21 features guest speaker Amanda<br />

Jokerst and a soothing 30-minute yoga<br />

session. Feb. 4 is Nourish in Nature;<br />

March 3 is Herbal Tea DIY. The cost per<br />

session is $25 per person. Register at<br />

town-and-country.org/379/Events.<br />

• • •<br />

Manchester Arts Crafternoons - “Poke<br />

Fabric Wreath” is from 1-2:30 p.m. on<br />

Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Schroeder Park<br />

Building, 359 Old Meramec Station Road.<br />

The cost is $6 for residents; $7.80 for<br />

non-residents and includes instruction,<br />

supplies and coffee/water. Register at<br />

manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Card Making is from <strong>10</strong> a.m.-noon on<br />

Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Chesterfield Community<br />

Center in the Chesterfield Mall.<br />

Create handmade cards for all occasions.<br />

Each class is themed by season. The cost<br />

is $<strong>10</strong> per class, cash only. All ages. Register<br />

by emailing olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

The One Wow Moment Biblical<br />

Course is from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or 6:30-8<br />

p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8 at Chabad of<br />

Chesterfield in the Chesterfield Mall. The<br />

course discusses six women who used one<br />

moment to change everything and teaches<br />

how to make courageous and meaningful<br />

decisions. Additional classes will be<br />

offered on March 14, April 11 and May<br />

16. The cost starts at $99; scholarships are<br />

available. Register at JewishChesterfield.<br />

com/wow.<br />

• • •<br />

A Ceramic Shoe Wine Bottle Holder<br />

art class is from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday,<br />

Feb. 15 at the Ballwin Golf Course and<br />

Events Center, 333 Holloway Road. This<br />

class features step-by-step instructions.<br />

The cost is $60 for residents; $65 for nonresidents.<br />

Register at ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Garden Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on<br />

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• • •<br />

The Chesterfield Shamrock Run is at<br />

8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the<br />

Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex,<br />

17925 N. Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield.<br />

The race will consist of a 5K or <strong>10</strong>K race<br />

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shirts. The 5K/<strong>10</strong>K cost is $25 through<br />

Feb. 18 and increases through race day.<br />

The Lil’ Leprechaun Run is $15 through<br />

race day. Register at chesterfield.mo.us/<br />

shamrock-run.<br />

• • •<br />

Paint Your Pet is from 5:30-8 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, March 28 at the Ballwin Golf<br />

Course, 333 Holloway Road in Ballwin.<br />

Features simple step-by-step instructions<br />

for an acrylic painting on a 16x20<br />

stretched canvas. The cost is $55 for residents;<br />

$60 for non-residents. Register at<br />

ballwin.mo.us. Pet photos must be sent<br />

in advance to artherapystudios@yahoo.<br />

com.<br />

• • •<br />

Glow Golf is from 7:30-<strong>10</strong> p.m. on<br />

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Course, 333 Holloway Road. Play golf<br />

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- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Missouri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 12 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https://rockwood.ted.<br />

peopleadmin.com/<br />

hire/index or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For position of:<br />

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 />



Private Home Health<br />

<strong>24</strong> hr. Affordable<br />

Home Healthcare Service.<br />

Referencces Available.<br />

Call 314-620-3550<br />

or email<br />

trossiecares@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 />


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 />



Specializing in<br />

Decks & Fences<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

pristinemidwest@gmail.com<br />

(314) 575-3879<br />


Rotted wood, Painting, Tile,<br />

Drywall, Floors, Electrical,<br />

Carpentry, Plumbing,<br />

Power Washing. Insured.<br />


Tom Streckfuss 314-9<strong>10</strong>-7458<br />

sbacontractingllc@gmail.com<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />


Leaf Clean Up<br />

& Vacuuming<br />

Pruning Work, Grading,<br />

Planting, and<br />

Dormant Sod Work.<br />


636-296-5050<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 />






Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

poloslawn@aol.com<br />


Timothy Bischoff<br />

Timothy Charles Bischoff, age<br />

57, passed away on December<br />

21 at his home in Marion, IL<br />

after battling cancer for over<br />

eight years. He was born son<br />

of William and Sharon (Seyferth)<br />

Bischoff. Tim graduated<br />

in 1984 from Parkway <strong>West</strong>.<br />

He married Beth Gabrielson<br />

in 1991, and is survived by her<br />

and their two children, Alissa<br />

and Bridger, his mother Sharon,<br />

brother Todd and family, and<br />

sister Beth Thomas and family.<br />

Arrangements are entrusted<br />

to Wilson-McReynolds Funeral<br />

Home in Marion IL. Tim’s wishes<br />

were for cremation. The family<br />

will hold an Irish Wake later<br />

in time. Any donations in Tim’s<br />

honor, can be made to Siteman<br />

Cancer Center siteman.wustl.<br />

edu/tribute by selecting other<br />

designation and typing Patient/<br />

Family Care Fund. For full<br />

obituary and other information<br />

visit https://www.wilsonmcreynolds.com/obituaries/.<br />


DEFINO’S<br />


EST. 2006<br />

Interior & Exterior Painting<br />

Deck Staining<br />

- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

definospainting.com<br />

314-707-3094<br />







INTERIOR SPECIAL 20<strong>24</strong><br />

$75 Per Avg. Rm Size<br />

(12’x12’ Walls 3 Room Minimum)<br />


(636) 577-8960<br />

Exterior Painting!<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 />

<strong>24</strong> hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />

GVM Plumbing<br />

Can’t beat my prices!<br />

Repair • Remodel • Install<br />

Great Water Heater Install Rates!<br />

Licensed • Responsive • Reliable<br />

(636) 288-7002<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 />



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 • Baptisms<br />

Pastoral Visits • Graveside Visits<br />

Full Service Ministry<br />

(314) 703-7456<br />


SPRING 20<strong>24</strong><br />

2 BED, 2 BATH<br />

<strong>10</strong>50 SQ. FT.<br />

$1,500/MONTH<br />

55+ Community<br />

All outside maintenance<br />

included<br />


636-584-3065 • info@maritzllc.com • maritzllc.com/availability<br />

To place a Classified<br />

ad call 636.591.00<strong>10</strong><br />


Restretching, reseaming &<br />

patching. No job too small.<br />

Free estimates.<br />



Baseba l Cards, Sports Cards,<br />

Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.<br />

Private Collector: 314-302-1785<br />

Mark Hicks, LLC<br />

Construction, Repairs,<br />


Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

Service upgrades, fans, can lights,<br />

switches, outlets, basements,<br />

code violations fixed, we do it<br />

a l. Emergency ca ls & back-up<br />

generators. No job too sma l.<br />

Competitively priced. Fr e<br />

Estimates.<br />

Just call 636-262-5840<br />


DSI/Door Solutions, Inc.<br />

Garage Doors, Electric Openers.<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 />

Ca l 314-550-4071<br />

www.dsi-stl.com<br />

J & J HAULING<br />




Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

a pliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, a fordable rates.<br />

Ca l: 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 />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Mowing & Landscaping<br />

Technician<br />

in Grounds Department<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Fu l Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending A counts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

https: /rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<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 />

- Retiremen through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending A counts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee A sistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

h tps://rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or ca l (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Fu l Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retirement through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending Accounts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

www.rsdmo.org<br />

or call 636-733-3253<br />


Multi Faceted Position.<br />

requires, cooking, serving<br />

& light house work.<br />

Wed & Fri, 12PM-8:30PM<br />

Every other weekend,<br />

(314) 349-1457<br />

Ask for Sherlyn Whiteside<br />


Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Fr e estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

Ca l Joe 636-699-8316<br />


SBA Contracting LLC<br />

Home Improvement and Repairs<br />

Interior Painting, Flooring,<br />

Drywa l & Wood Repair.<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

Insured<br />

Ca l 314-9<strong>10</strong>-7458<br />

or email us at<br />

sbacontracting lc@gmail.com<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />


Home or Office<br />


Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />


Tree trimming, removal, deadwooding,<br />

pruning and stump<br />

grinding. Certified arborist.<br />

Fully Insured • Free Estimates<br />

A+ BBB • A+ Angie's List<br />

Serving the Area Since 2004<br />

314-971-6993 or 636-234-6672<br />

excavating & demolition! <strong>10</strong>, 15<br />

& 20 cubic yd. rolloff dumpsters.<br />

Licensed & insured. Affordable,<br />

dependable and available!<br />

VISA/MC a cepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

To l Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee A sistance Program<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 Fu l time,<br />

No experience n eded.<br />

Seven Paid Holidays,<br />

Retiremen through PEERS,<br />

Perfect Attendance Days<br />

Manager positions available<br />

with fu l benefits.<br />



314-280-2779<br />


Mulching,<br />

Bush & Shrub Trimming,<br />

Removal and Planting<br />

Dethatching / Power raking,<br />

Aeration and Overseeding,<br />

Brushwork, Sod Insta l<br />

and Leaf Removal<br />



636-432-3451<br />


Clean-Up • Mowing Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Insta l<br />

Leaf/Tree Removal • Paver Patios<br />

Trimming/Edging Stone & Brick<br />

• Retaining Wa ls • Drainage Work<br />

- F R E E S T I M AT E S -<br />

636-293-2863<br />

moraleslandscape@hotmail.com<br />

M I E N E R<br />


Retaining Wa ls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with a tention to detail<br />

Ca l Tom 636.938.9874<br />

www.mienerlandscaping.com<br />

Best Landscaping Values in Town!<br />

Mizzou Crew Mulch,<br />

314-520-5222<br />

or www.MizzouCrew.com<br />


Licensed, Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for a l your plumbing<br />

n eds. No job to big or too sma l.<br />

35 years experience!<br />

314-800-4960<br />


Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, sma l repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Ca l or text anytime:<br />


Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for a l your<br />

plumbing n eds.<br />

No job is too sma l.<br />


35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />




Starting at $239<br />

Starting at $279<br />

636-279- 056<br />

A l Smiles Pre sure Washing, LLC<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

h tps: /rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or call (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />



VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ba lwin/<br />

Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care A sistants &<br />

Homemaker shifts. W ekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Ca l 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />

VisitingAngels.com/westplex<br />

Interior and<br />

exterior painting<br />

Deck staining<br />

- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

314-707-3094<br />

Let’s a range your things<br />

so you can easily locate them<br />


Men 60+ Senior Softball League<br />

Slow pitch softba league for men<br />

60 years and older<br />

to play in St. Charles County<br />

is a cepting individual<br />

applications for the 2022 season.<br />

Double-headers on<br />

Wednesdays at 4:30pm<br />

at Schneider-Kiwanis Park.<br />

Final day for applications<br />

is Saturday, April 30.<br />

If interested email:<br />

herbieo.jr@gmail.com<br />

or ca l or text:<br />

Herb Olmsted 314-960-2872<br />

Outside Service A tendant<br />

$11.15 / Hour<br />

Looking to fi l our outside team,<br />

flexible hours, golf privileges,<br />

meals on duty, and more!<br />

Ca l (636) 227-9962<br />

for more information.<br />


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Cracks, sub-pump systems,<br />

structural & concrete repairs.<br />

Exterior drainage co rection.<br />

Serving Mi souri for 15 years.<br />

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Lifetime Wa ranties.<br />

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a b<br />


- CEREMONIES -<br />

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• Pastoral Visits • Graveside Visits

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12-month or 18-month<br />

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