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Vol. 21 No. 3 • February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

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What you need to know<br />

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February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I OPINION I 3<br />


Social Security:<br />

A broken socialist dinosaur<br />

It seems many still harbor, or want to<br />

perpetuate, the illusion that our Social<br />

Security system is not in trouble.<br />

Let me quote here from a press release<br />

from the Social Security Administration<br />

released March 31, 2023:<br />

“The Social Security Board of Trustees<br />

today released its annual report on the<br />

financial status of the Social Security Trust<br />

Funds. The combined asset reserves of<br />

the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and<br />

Disability Insurance (OASI and DI) Trust<br />

Funds are projected to become depleted in<br />

2034, one year earlier than projected last<br />

year, with 80% of benefits payable at that<br />

time.”<br />

In 2034, per the report, “if Congress<br />

does not act before then ... there would be<br />

sufficient income coming in to pay 80% of<br />

scheduled benefits.”<br />

It couldn’t be clearer. In 10 years, with<br />

no action from Congress, everyone will<br />

begin receiving 80% of what they are currently<br />

receiving, or promised, under the<br />

existing Social Security system.<br />

Can anyone imagine getting a notice<br />

from a private retirement provider saying<br />

that in 10 years all beneficiaries will begin<br />

receiving 80% of what they were promised?<br />

How did we get into this situation? It’s<br />

the wonders of government planning, of<br />

socialism.<br />

Social Security is not a pension program<br />

based on investments. It is a government<br />

tax and spend program. The stipends of<br />

current retirees are paid with the payroll<br />

tax of those currently working.<br />

Because life spans have increased and<br />

population growth has decreased, there<br />

are far fewer working now to support each<br />

retiree than was the case years ago. Socialism<br />

is always mugged by reality.<br />

The Committee to Unleash Prosperity<br />

estimates that over the last 40 years, the<br />

annual real return of Social Security for<br />

“the typical middle-class worker” has been<br />

about 1% per year.<br />

Today, 30-year government bonds yield<br />

over 4%. The historic long-term return on<br />

stocks is 6%. Inflation adjusted.<br />

The paltry returns on Social Security<br />

are going to turn out much worse. To<br />

close the 20% deficit between revenues<br />

and outlays 10 years from now, some<br />

combination of tax increases and benefit<br />

cuts will be necessary. This will make bad<br />

returns even worse.<br />

Aside from the terrible economics of<br />

Social Security, how about the terrible<br />

politics?<br />

Every young person entering the workforce<br />

today has no choice but pay the payroll<br />

tax into this bankrupt system.<br />

With all our rhetoric about freedom,<br />

democracy and social justice, shouldn’t<br />

young people entering the workforce be<br />

given a choice whether they want to participate<br />

in this system? Why shouldn’t<br />

they be given the option – the freedom – to<br />

join a private retirement plan rather than a<br />

socialist government system?<br />

How about the injustice this causes lowincome<br />

Americans under the guise that<br />

government socialism is good for them?<br />

For a low-income earner, the Social<br />

Security payroll tax takes the only funds<br />

that they have available to invest.<br />

Per the Federal Reserve Consumer<br />

Finance Survey, median wealth of Black<br />

families is 15% of the median wealth of<br />

white families. Wealth comes from investment,<br />

not income. The percentage of Black<br />

families owning stock is about 60% of<br />

white families.<br />

Shouldn’t low-income families be given<br />

the option of getting out of the government<br />

system and investing privately over a<br />

40-year working life and have the option to<br />

build wealth? Why should government be<br />

telling these free, private individuals how<br />

to manage their retirement savings?<br />

Beyond what this broken system does to<br />

individuals, it also hurts the nation in the<br />

larger fiscal scheme of things. Social Security<br />

accounts for 19% of federal spending.<br />

Social Security not only points to fiscal<br />

and economic bankruptcy but also to political<br />

bankruptcy, as politicians unwilling<br />

to tell the hard truths to citizens tell them<br />

everything is OK.<br />

It’s time for leadership and truth. And it<br />

is time to give American citizens freedom<br />

to control their own property and their own<br />

lives in our free country.<br />

• • •<br />

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

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

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February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I 5<br />

Law Matters<br />

The mother<br />

of a friend<br />

of ours<br />

died several<br />

months ago.<br />

Her mother<br />

had left<br />

her a house<br />

in Jefferson County by way of a<br />

beneficiary deed. A beneficiary deed<br />

is a real estate deed you sign during<br />

your life, but it isn’t effective until<br />

after you die. It’s a way to avoid<br />

probate. After the grantor dies, the<br />

recipient files an affidavit of death<br />

to make a record of the grantor’s<br />

death to complete the transfer.<br />

We prepared the affidavit, had the<br />

client sign it, and then recorded it.<br />

Our client also told us that a<br />

cousin had moved into the house.<br />

I asked why, and she didn’t know.<br />

The client talked to the cousin to<br />

tell her to leave, but the cousin<br />

refused, insisting that the house did<br />

not belong to our client’s mother<br />

in the first place. The grandparents<br />

had originally owned that house,<br />

and there were several children. We<br />

filed a petition to evict.<br />

After the petition was served on<br />

the cousin, I showed up in court<br />

hoping the defendant would fail<br />

to appear, and we would get a<br />

default judgement. No such luck.<br />

The cousin wanted a trial. She said<br />

she was going to hire an attorney<br />

(thank goodness). She also said that<br />

our client’s mother did not own<br />

the house alone but with the other<br />

siblings. Very curious.<br />

So, I asked my paralegal to see<br />

who had owned the house before<br />

our client’s mother. The problem<br />

was that the record was incomplete.<br />

So, we called the client to<br />

ask how her mother got title to<br />

the house. She said she wasn’t sure,<br />

but that the title company had<br />

prepared and filed the beneficiary<br />

deed. We normally check title<br />

before we prepare a beneficiary<br />

deed, but not here.<br />

The cousin has hired an attorney,<br />

and we have a trial date. I<br />

am worried that no one probated<br />

the grandparents’ estates. If that<br />

is the case, all of the children had<br />

an interest in the house. That just<br />

really complicates things. We’ll<br />

have to see where this ends up. I’m<br />

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6 I OPINION I<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />





Lessons from … a dog-cloning Argentinian?<br />

OK, so if you have only read the headlines about new Argentinian<br />

president Javier Milei you might come away thinking he<br />

is an odd duck. You would be 100%, unequivocally correct.<br />

Milei is a self-styled “anarcho-capitalist,” who sports a truly<br />

bizarre 1970’s drug kingpin haircut, and regularly communes<br />

with his dead pet mastiff. Oh, by the way, he had said mastiff<br />

cloned four times over and is routinely photographed with the<br />

herd of massive canines. So yes, Milei is pretty weird.<br />

He also might be the only guy who can save Argentina and<br />

maybe, just maybe, the entire Western world. The lessons he<br />

is teaching are stark, scary and hugely important. With that in<br />

mind, we are going to share some excerpts of the speech he<br />

gave at the World Economic Forum in Davos recently.<br />

But before that, let’s quickly recount where Argentina was<br />

when Milei took over a few months ago. Inflation stood at<br />

143% and the country owed some $43 billion in unpaid import<br />

bills. Forty percent of the country lived in poverty. The Argentine<br />

peso had lost 90% of its value. Despite all that, Milei had<br />

the courage to stand in front of the world’s wealthiest people<br />

and say things like:<br />

• Today I’m here to tell you that the Western world is in<br />

danger. And it is in danger because those who are supposed to<br />

have to defend the values of the West are co-opted by a vision<br />

of the world that inexorably leads to socialism and thereby to<br />

poverty.<br />

• When you look at per capita GDP since the year 1800 until<br />

today, what you will see is that after the Industrial Revolution,<br />

global per capita GDP multiplied by over 15 times, which<br />

meant a boom in growth that lifted 90% of the global population<br />

out of poverty.<br />

• Far from being the cause of our problems, free trade capitalism<br />

as an economic system is the only instrument we have<br />

to end hunger, poverty and extreme poverty across our planet.<br />

• Those who promote social justice start with the idea that<br />

the whole economy is a pie that can be shared differently. But<br />

that pie is not a given.<br />

• But if the state punishes capitalists when they’re successful<br />

and gets in the way of the discovery process, they will destroy<br />

their incentives, and the consequence is that they will produce<br />

less. The pie will be smaller, and this will harm society as a<br />

whole.<br />

• Countries that have more freedom are 12 times richer than<br />

those that are repressed. The lowest percentile in free countries<br />

is better off than 90% of the population in repressed countries.<br />

Poverty is 25 times lower and extreme poverty is 50 times<br />

lower. And citizens in free countries live 25% longer than citizens<br />

in repressed countries.<br />

• It should never be forgotten that socialism is always and<br />

everywhere an impoverishing phenomenon that has failed in<br />

all countries where it’s been tried out. It’s been a failure economically,<br />

socially, culturally and it also murdered over 100<br />

million human beings.<br />

• Do not be intimidated by the political caste or by parasites<br />

who live off the state. Do not surrender to a political class that<br />

only wants to stay in power and retain its privileges. You are<br />

social benefactors. You are heroes. You are the creators of the<br />

most extraordinary period of prosperity we’ve ever seen.<br />

Powerful words from a man who speaks to his deceased pet.<br />

The full speech is available at weforum.org, search “davos<br />

20<strong>24</strong> milei.”<br />

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Responding to<br />

‘Going overboard’<br />

To the Editor:<br />

Remember the good ole days when<br />

schools essentially taught reading, writing<br />

and arithmetic? When the focus in our<br />

schools was on education and not advancing<br />

social and political agendas such<br />

as Critical Race Theory, porn in school<br />

libraries, girls in boys restrooms and<br />

locker rooms, DEI and social-emotional<br />

learning.<br />

Alarmingly, radical ‘progressive-forward’<br />

agendas are being introduced in our<br />

schools locally and at our school board<br />

meetings regularly, especially in the Francis<br />

Howell and Wentzville school districts.<br />

Social and political activists with the<br />

blessing of powerful political action committees,<br />

with candidates running for the<br />

school board and even with local teacher<br />

union members are encouraging and<br />

advancing such radical issues in our local<br />

schools.<br />

National organizations like the Southern<br />

Poverty Law Center have written<br />

“Social Justice Standards” (CRT) that<br />

have found their way into our schools’<br />

curricula. Incredibly, a handful of parents<br />

have even threatened to sue our districts;<br />

thus, threatening the education of all students<br />

as well as the fiscal stability of the<br />

entire district. All so that biological girls<br />

can use boys’ restrooms and biological<br />

boys can use girls’ restrooms.<br />

Recently and sadly, local school board<br />

meetings have become a platform for<br />

whistleblowing, gaslighting progressives<br />

to advance their radical social culture war<br />

agendas and ideologies.<br />

Yes, we all long for days where mundane<br />

and boring education was taught in<br />

our schools and where common sense,<br />

back-to-the-basics teaching was the rule.<br />

Regrettably, a handful of political and<br />

social activists and want-to-be school<br />

board candidates want to impose their<br />

radical ideologies on our community and<br />

stir up political culture wars.<br />

Yes, let’s go back to the days when<br />

reading, writing, arithmetic, discipline,<br />

respect and decency are the norms and<br />

where academic excellence is for all!<br />

Let’s return to good old-fashioned education<br />

and leave politics at the door.<br />

Ken Gontarz, president<br />

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Prairie Enore’s final<br />

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The final plan for the Prairie<br />

Encore multi-use development<br />

passed at the Jan. 17 Dardenne<br />

Prairie Board of Aldermen<br />

meeting, along with the deposit<br />

agreement between the city and<br />

KaLeco LLC. This large development<br />

has drawn the attention<br />

of residents and officials<br />

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included road expansion agreements<br />

with the neighboring city<br />

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Due to ongoing disagreements<br />

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Encore project, the city worked<br />

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Steering Committee. The purpose<br />

of the committee is to ensure<br />

that the city and residents work<br />

together to preserve the values<br />

of Dardenne Prairie and prevent<br />

future disagreements. Regardless,<br />

the Prairie Encore development is<br />

moving forward. As planned, the<br />

complex will include a 190-unit<br />

apartment complex, a Circle K<br />

gas station, fast food restaurant, car wash<br />

and other potential businesses across multiple<br />

lots.<br />

According to the Final Planned Urban<br />

Development (PUD) Area Plan, a portion<br />

of the property falls within a flood zone<br />

and will see the installation of a retaining<br />

wall along the stream bank after clearing<br />

away some of the tree cover while leaving<br />

a portion of the remaining foliage undisturbed.<br />

The site will undergo a three-phase<br />

construction plan.<br />

However, exactly when the project is<br />

expected to break ground and what timeline<br />

it will follow to reach completion has<br />

yet to be disclosed.<br />

On Feb. 21, Dolly Parton’s Pet Gala will premiere<br />

on CBS and Paramount+, and local dog Moxie<br />

will be walking the pink carpet with companion<br />

Katie Harris. The dynamic duo are the driving<br />

force behind the nonprofit Moxie’s Mission.<br />

Learn more at adventureswithmoxie.com. The<br />

two-hour special will feature performances and<br />

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St. Peters residents who are 62 or older<br />

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between April 1 and Oct. 1, through the<br />

city’s Lawn Mowing Assistance Program.<br />

Applications for the program are available<br />

online but must be submitted by 5 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, Feb. 14.<br />

To qualify, homeowners must meet<br />

established guidelines and income levels.<br />

Everyone living in the home must be<br />

at least 62 years old or have severe disabilities.<br />

Applicants are required<br />

to provide proof of income. The<br />

maximum household income may<br />

not exceed the following levels:<br />

• One-person household<br />

($35,200)<br />

• Two-person household<br />

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New online car<br />

dealership approved<br />

A requested a zoning change<br />

to operate a new online car dealership<br />

in St. Peters off of Twill<br />

Valley Court near Jungermann<br />

Road has been approved.<br />

At the Jan. 25 St. Peters Board of<br />

Aldermen meeting, Grant Sheldon,<br />

co-owner of the Twill Valley LLC.,<br />

noted that the property, zoned for<br />

general commercial use, would<br />

remain unchanged. Sheldon noted<br />

that his is a newer business model<br />

where he fixes up cars and sells<br />

them online but needed a space to<br />

store them inside.<br />

“You won’t see a big floppy man<br />

outside,” he said.<br />

While he sells to buyers from all<br />

over the country, he said, “I will not have<br />

dilapidated vehicles outside junking up the<br />

place.”<br />

According to Sheldon, no more than three<br />

or four cars would be in the parking lot and<br />

most of the vehicles would be inside.<br />

There are already three auto body shops<br />

nearby, displaying that his business fits the<br />

current area. His building has 16-foot high<br />

ceilings and is currently equipped with<br />

a garage door to allow the vehicles to be<br />

parked inside.<br />

Concerns about the property line had<br />

been brought up during the public hearing;<br />

however, Sheldon noted that there is<br />

a seven-foot elevation change behind the<br />

building as well as a privacy fence with<br />

trees separating the businesses from residential<br />

homes.<br />

“You wouldn’t know it was a car dealership<br />

unless you were going there to buy a<br />

car,” he told the board.<br />

The request was recommended by city<br />

staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission.<br />

The aldermen unanimously<br />

approved his request.<br />


New city administrator named<br />

After a month-long search, Mayor<br />

Don Licklider selected, and the Board of<br />

Aldermen unanimously approved, Donald<br />

Stolberg as the city’s new administrator.<br />

Stolberg replaced Michael Padella, who<br />

has accepted the role of city administrator<br />

for Cottleville.<br />

Stolberg has 17 years of experience in<br />

municipal government as a police officer,<br />

management analyst and city administrator.<br />

He also served in the Marine Corps for<br />

22 years. He has master’s and bachelor’s<br />

degrees in public policy administration<br />

from the University of Missouri- St. Louis<br />

and an associate degree in legal studies<br />

from St. Louis Community College.<br />

“Mr. Stolberg will do excellent in his new<br />

role,” Licklider said in presenting Stolberg<br />

to the board. “He has my full confidence<br />

and support. He will enrich our community,<br />

spur progress and make a lasting impact<br />

for this small town.<br />

At the Jan. 25 board meeting, Licklider<br />

recognized Padella for his 17 years of service<br />

to the city.<br />

“We are sad to see Mr. Padella leave<br />

us,” Licklider said, “but we are excited<br />

for his new opportunity. He will continue<br />

his excellent work for our neighbors in<br />

Cottleville.”<br />


Habitat for Humanity opens<br />

application process<br />

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles<br />

County is accepting new homeowner<br />

applications through Feb. 29.



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A free, informational meeting on Habitat<br />

homeownership is scheduled at 6 p.m. on<br />

Feb. 21 at the St. Charles County Habitat<br />

affiliate office, 2041 Trade Center Drive<br />

in St. Peters. Members of the Homeowner<br />

Selection Committee and staff will be on<br />

hand to field questions about the program<br />

and application process.<br />

To RSVP, email Shana Eubanks at<br />

shana@habitatstcharles.org or call (6360<br />

978-5712, extension 118. To review the<br />

qualifications for Habitat homeownership,<br />

visit habitatstcharles.org.<br />

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles<br />

County provides tools, resources and<br />

support for the potential path to homeownership.<br />

To help fund these efforts,<br />

the organization operates the Habitat St.<br />

Charles ReStore, a retail outlet at 186<br />

<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Center in St. Peters that sells<br />

donated new and used building materials,<br />

appliances, furniture and select home<br />

goods items at fair prices.<br />

The organization also hosts an annual<br />

gala in November, a trivia night each<br />

spring and an annual Women Build movement<br />

to help families build better lives for<br />

themselves through hands-on learning.<br />

If typical process and timing are followed,<br />

all five bills will receive votes for passage at<br />

the next County Council meeting on Feb. 12.<br />

Bill No. 5260 would authorize an STBG<br />

agreement with MoDOT for up to $512,000<br />

to replace the Josephville Road bridge over<br />

a tributary of the Cuivre River. Total project<br />

cost would be $640,000.<br />

Bill No. 5261 would authorize a BRO<br />

agreement with MoDOT for up to $512,000,<br />

to replace the Dietrich Road bridge over a<br />

tributary of McCoy Creek. Total project cost<br />

would be $640,000.<br />

Bill No. 5262 would authorize a BRO<br />

agreement with MoDOT for up to $552,000,<br />

to replace the Howell Road bridge over a<br />

tributary to Femme Osage Creek. Total project<br />

cost would be $690,000.<br />

Bill No. 5258 would authorize an STBG<br />

agreement with MoDOT to design and construct<br />

roadway improvements along the existing<br />

South Point Prairie Road corridor from<br />

approximately 0.4 miles north of Jackson<br />

Road to 0.1 miles north of Hwy. N, as part<br />

of the continued extension of David Hoekel<br />

Parkway. The project would include reconstruction<br />

and widening of shoulders. The<br />

improvements would cost approximately<br />

$4,410,000 of which $1,300,000 would be<br />

paid for by this reimbursement.<br />

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Bill No. 5259 would authorize an STBG<br />

agreement with MoDOT to design and<br />

construct roadway improvements along<br />

Josephville Road from Kersting Road to<br />

approximately one mile north of Route<br />

A. This is a continuation of a previous<br />

improvement project along Josephville<br />

Road. The new project would include an<br />

overlay, widening to include shoulders,<br />

and curve improvements to improve the<br />

condition of the pavement and increase<br />

public safety. The improvements would<br />

cost approximately $3,<strong>24</strong>0,000 of which<br />

$1,300,000 would be paid for by this<br />

reimbursement.<br />

County Council approves<br />

drone unit agreement<br />

At its Jan. 29 meeting, the County<br />

Council passed Bill No. 5256 by a vote<br />

of 5-0, authorizing the execution of a<br />

revised Regional SWAT Team Agreement<br />

to include a drone unit. Council members<br />

Joe Brazil (District 2) and Dave Hammond<br />

(District 4) were absent.<br />

County Police Chief Kurt Frisz had<br />

requested approval to revise the current<br />

Regional SWAT memorandum of understanding<br />

to include a drone unit.<br />

As of January 20<strong>24</strong>, the County has 17<br />

drones and 14 FAA-certified drone pilots<br />

supporting the St. Charles County Ambulance<br />

District and County Police.<br />

Roadwork ahead<br />

At its Jan. 31 meeting, the St. Charles<br />

County Council introduced five bills to help<br />

with funding for bridge replacement and<br />

road improvement projects. If approved,<br />

the bills would authorize the use of federal/<br />

state reimbursements totaling $4.176 million<br />

(80%) toward projects totaling $5.22 million.<br />

The county would need to provide $1.044<br />

million (20%).<br />

The Federal Highway Administration<br />

provides funding to the state, which the<br />

Missouri Department of Transportation<br />

(MoDOT) then distributes to counties and<br />

cities through various defined programs.<br />

Two of those are the Surface Transportation<br />

Block Grant (STBG) program and<br />

the Off-System Bridge Replacement and<br />

Rehabilitation (BRO) program.<br />

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February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


Missouri lawmakers look to repeal sales tax<br />

on food; municipalities prepare to fight<br />


A new year means a renewed effort by<br />

Missouri’s politicians to push forward<br />

another bill to eliminate the sales tax on<br />

food items – the third such attempt in as<br />

many years.<br />

Missouri lawmakers have filed six<br />

House bills for the current legislative session<br />

of the General Assembly, which aim<br />

to eliminate the sales and use taxes on<br />

food, beginning in January 2025. Two bills<br />

also have been put forth by state senators.<br />

Those propose to eliminate the state sales<br />

on food, now at 1.225%, which supports<br />

the Missouri School District Trust Fund.<br />

Monies from the fund are distributed<br />

monthly to schools statewide to be used at<br />

their discretion. The distribution is determined<br />

using a weighted daily average<br />

attendance formula.<br />

The bills<br />

For the purpose of those bills, food<br />

includes only those products and types of<br />

food for which food stamps (SNAP benefits)<br />

may be redeemed.<br />

House Bill <strong>24</strong>01, filed by Rep. Crystal<br />

Quade (D-District 132), differs from<br />

the other four House bills in that it would<br />

reduce state and local sales taxes and use<br />

taxes on food at 1.5% of the rate imposed in<br />

the base year of 2025 until those taxes reach<br />

zero. Quade represents Greene County.<br />

House Bill 1418 filed by Rep. Robert<br />

Sauls (D-021) and House Bill 1464 filed<br />

by Rep. Chris Sander (R-District 033) also<br />

seeks to eliminate the state sales or use tax,<br />

and local sales and use tax on the retail sale<br />

of food.<br />

Sauls and Sander represent districts<br />

within Jackson County, which is located in<br />

the western portion of the state and borders<br />

Kansas.<br />

In 2022, Kansas passed legislation to be<br />

enacted in three phases. Phase 1 began in<br />

January 2023, dropping the state sales tax<br />

on groceries from 6.5% to 4%. This year,<br />

the tax will drop an additional 2% on food,<br />

food ingredients and certain prepared<br />

foods. Phase 3 will see the tax reach zero<br />

on Jan. 1, 2025.<br />

St. Charles Rep. Adam Schnelting<br />

(R-District 69) says his bill (House Bill<br />

2174) differs from the other similar pieces<br />

of legislation in that it leaves the municipal<br />

taxes in place.<br />

“So my bill actually doesn’t address the<br />

municipality,” Schnelting explained. “It<br />

doesn’t repeal the sales tax for municipalities<br />

that they place on food, this is just the<br />

state portion.”<br />

That’s not the case for House Bills 2055<br />

and 2273 filed by Rep. Ben Keathley<br />

(R-District 101) and Rep.<br />

Chris Dinkins (R-District<br />

144), respectively, which<br />

would repeal local sales and<br />

use taxes on retail food purchases<br />

in equal increments<br />

over a period of four years,<br />

resulting in a zero food tax<br />

by Jan. 1, 2029.<br />

Keathley represents Chesterfield,<br />

while Dinkins represents<br />

the counties of Wayne,<br />

Shannon, Madison, Reynolds,<br />

Iron, Washington and<br />

Bollinger.<br />

Missouri senators Mary<br />

Elizabeth Coleman (R-District<br />

22) and Holly Thompson Rehder<br />

(R-District 27) also have filed bills that<br />

would eliminate the state food tax, beginning<br />

Jan. 1, 2025, and in four equal reductions,<br />

eliminate local sales and use taxes on<br />

food, culminating in zero on Jan. 1, 2029.<br />

Coleman represents Arnold and parts of<br />

Jefferson County, while Rehder represents<br />

the counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau,<br />

Iron, Madison, Perry, Reynolds and Scott.<br />

In 2023, a similar bill filed by Coleman<br />

went the furthest in the legislative<br />

process but still fell short of passage. In a<br />

Senate hearing in February 2023, Coleman<br />

declared food as a necessity. “And I find<br />



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taxes that are essential items are some of<br />

the most regressive, harming the poor, and<br />

not the way to fund our state government,”<br />

she said.<br />

Schnelting shares that concern.<br />

“The point of the legislation is to ensure<br />

that folks who really feel the pinch right<br />

now – and a lot of Americans, a lot of<br />

Missourians, do feel the pinch of inflation<br />

– that we can try and reduce that<br />

(and) put money back in their pockets,”<br />

Schnelting said.<br />

However, municipalities statewide have<br />

See FOOD TAX, next page<br />

Confused about caucuses? Here’s what you need to know<br />


It’s been a while since Missouri held a<br />

caucus to determine who will be on the<br />

August Primary ballot for president. In<br />

recent years, the first step in determining<br />

the state’s presidential nominee has been<br />

a Presidential Preference Primary held in<br />

March. Not so this year.<br />

Legislation passed in 2022 did away<br />

with the open primary, which allowed<br />

voters to cast a ballot without declaring a<br />

party affiliation, to a closed system that has<br />

Republicans voting for Republicans and<br />

Democrats voting for Democrats.<br />

The Republicans will conduct their<br />

caucus in person, at 10 a.m. on March 2 at<br />

locations across the state. The Democrats<br />

will collect their votes by mail.<br />

Locally, the Republicans will caucus by<br />

Congressional District at:<br />

• 2nd Congressional District – Gymnasium<br />

B, Francis Howell Central High School,<br />

5199 Hwy. N, Cottleville, MO 63304.<br />

• 3rd Congressional District – Gymnasium<br />

A, Francis Howell Central High School,<br />

5199 Hwy. N, Cottleville, MO 63304.<br />

For those interested in learning more<br />

about the Republican Caucus, Bob Eno,<br />

chairman of the St. Charles County Republican<br />

Central Committee, will be the St.<br />

Charles County Pachyderm Club guest<br />

speaker on Friday, Feb. 2.<br />

Eno will discuss the upcoming presidential<br />

caucus and why voter participation is<br />

so important.<br />

The St. Charles County Pachyderms<br />

meet at noon at B. Halls, 3782 Monticello<br />

Plaza in O’Fallon. Lunches are open to all;<br />

registration is not needed.<br />

The Democratic Party will hold an inperson,<br />

party-run presidential preference<br />

primary election in every county on March<br />

23. Votes may be cast in person from 8<br />

a.m.-noon; however, the party had yet to<br />

identify polling places by press time.<br />

Mail-in ballots will be made available<br />

to registered Democrats beginning Feb.<br />

12. They must be returned to the Missouri<br />

Democratic Party prior to March 23.<br />

Missouri residents can register to vote<br />

and check or declare their party affiliation<br />

on the Secretary of State’s website (sos.<br />

mo.gov). However, time is limited as party<br />

preference for Democrats must be declared<br />

prior to mid-February.<br />

Requests for mail-in ballots can be sent<br />

to the MDP (missouridems.org) from Feb.<br />

1 through March 12.<br />

In a Jan. 14 interview with Marshall<br />

Griffin, of Show Me Today, Secretary of<br />

State Jay Ashcroft said the main difference<br />

between caucuses and primaries is<br />

that “with an election, you walk in, prove<br />

your identity, get your ballot, fill it out and<br />

you’re done.”<br />

“With a caucus, it will be a longer process<br />

where you will be together with individuals<br />

at a caucus site,” Ashcroft said.<br />

“They will lock the doors at 10 a.m. and,<br />

as we used to say when we were out in the<br />

woods, the cussing and discussing starts.<br />

People actually have the opportunity to<br />

give speeches and say why Candidate A is<br />

better than Candidate B.<br />

“It’s a much more involved process of<br />

figuring out who’s best.”<br />

Ashcroft noted that the process, which<br />

he defined as “old-school democracy, civic<br />

participation,” can take a few hours up to a<br />

half-day, or more.<br />

Following the campaign terminations of<br />

Doug Burgum, Chris Christie, Tim Scott<br />

and Ron DeSantis, the remaining Republican<br />

candidates to be voted on at the caucus<br />

are Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and David<br />

Stuckenberg.<br />

While President Joe Biden is the expected<br />

presidential nominee; other candidates that<br />

could be on the presidential preference<br />

ballot are author Marianne Williamson<br />

in her second bid for the presidency and<br />

Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips,<br />

Stephen P. Lyons, Armando Perez-Serrato<br />

and Jason Michael Palmer.<br />

The Missouri Libertarian party is hosting<br />

its caucus at its statewide conference<br />

on Feb. <strong>24</strong>. The conference is at Holiday<br />

Inn Earth City and registration is open now<br />

on the party’s website (lmpo.org).



FOOD TAX, from previous<br />

voiced concern about local tax revenue<br />

losses and defeated the legislation in 2022<br />

and 2023. This year, local municipalities<br />

are speaking out again.<br />

The cost<br />

On Jan. 25, the St. Peters Board of<br />

Aldermen passed a resolution opposing<br />

all legislation related to the elimination of<br />

local sales and use taxes on food.<br />

According to Mayor Len Pagano, sales<br />

tax collected on food makes up 6% of the<br />

city’s budget, all of which goes toward city<br />

services.<br />

“(When someone) says we need to cut<br />

taxes, I want to do this and that, I always<br />

ask them, ‘What services are we going to<br />

cut?’ Or better yet, ‘If you want to cut this,<br />

do you have a solution to make up for that<br />

lost revenue?’ That’s the question that’s<br />

never posed to the legislators or the senators,”<br />

Pagano said. “They have no recourse<br />

on that.<br />

“I’m the mayor, I would love to have<br />

everything free, but it ain’t gonna happen.”<br />

Pagano said the city of St. Peters would<br />

lose $7.8 million in annual tax revenue if<br />

the elimination of the local food tax comes<br />

to pass.<br />

That he said would “really take amenities<br />

away from the quality of life and the<br />

person that’s in the state of Missouri …<br />

nothing is free.”<br />

Pagano said St. Peters has no current<br />

plan to recover the lost revenue. That will<br />

come if and when legislation passes. But<br />

he is encouraging residents to contact their<br />

representatives.<br />

“[I’ve been] asking all residents to<br />

contact their state legislator or senator<br />

and ask them, ‘Why are you defunding<br />

our amenities?’ Because that’s what it<br />

is. The words defunding, truthfully, I’ve<br />

been told time and time again, that upsets<br />

them, but it’s true,” Pagano said. “When<br />

you got that kind of money going out, it’s<br />

defunding everything that we have in this<br />

city, and so that’s what I would encourage<br />

(residents) to do.”<br />

In neighboring St. Louis County, Manchester<br />

Mayor Mike Clement said his city<br />

is teaming up with Crestwood and Brentwood<br />

to hire a lobbyist to work against<br />

the passage of any legislation that would<br />

repeal the local food tax. Clement said<br />

those cities are not alone in their efforts.<br />

“Nearly every municipality adamantly<br />

opposes such a law,” he said. He pointed to<br />

new data that he said indicated a statewide<br />

impact of $1.65 billion.<br />

“Every single municipality and county<br />

and city in the state of Missouri would be<br />

very negatively impacted by this,” Clement<br />

said.<br />

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The General Assembly is back in session,<br />

but given the fact that the Senate has<br />

already experienced a two-week filibuster<br />

that pitted members of the same party<br />

against each other, many<br />

would say its not off to a<br />

productive start.<br />

On Jan. 25, Sen. Cindy<br />

O’Laughlin (R-District<br />

18) told a group of<br />

reporters gathered for<br />

Missouri Press Association<br />

Day at the Capitol<br />

that she would hold a<br />

vote to remove Sen. Bill<br />

Eigel (R-District 23)<br />

from the Senate if she<br />

knew she had the votes.<br />

O’Laughlin, who represents<br />

Northeast Missouri,<br />

is the majority floor leader. Eigel, of<br />

Weldon Spring, is a vocal member of the<br />

state-level Freedom Caucus, which refused<br />

to do any work, including approving a slate<br />

of governor appointees, until movement<br />

on their initiative petition legislation took<br />

place.<br />

In its simplest terms, the current initiative<br />

petition process<br />

allows citizens to collect<br />

signatures on a petition<br />

to place a constitution<br />

amendment on a ballot,<br />

where a simple majority<br />

is needed for passage.<br />

Changes proposed by<br />

Republicans would add<br />

Eigel<br />

O’Laughlin<br />

Sen. Cindy O’Laughlin to<br />

Sen. Bill Eigel:<br />

“I don’t think at anytime,<br />

in this chamber, anyone<br />

has tied up the floor and<br />

stopped every Senator<br />

from advancing their bills<br />

more than you.”<br />

various requirements<br />

that would make it more<br />

difficult to amend the<br />

state Constitution.<br />

“I don’t think at anytime,<br />

in this chamber,<br />

anyone has tied up the floor and stopped<br />

every Senator from advancing their bills<br />

more than you,” O’Laughlin told Eigel on<br />

Jan. 25 on the Senate floor.<br />

The filibuster effectively ended on Jan.<br />

30 when the Senate approved Gov. Mike<br />

Parson’s appointees to state office. As of<br />

press time, Senate President Pro Tem Caleb<br />

Rowden (R-District 19) had assigned hundreds<br />

of bills to committees. Among that<br />

legislation were bills aimed at changing the<br />

initiative petition process.<br />

While in Jefferson City, <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong><br />

<strong>Newsmagazine</strong> met with several state representatives<br />

to discuss their priorities for<br />

the legislative session that runs through<br />

May 17.<br />

Rep. Dave Hinman (R-District 103), who<br />

represents parts of O’Fallon, is sponsoring<br />

a bill that will move municipal and board<br />

of education candidate filing forward by<br />

one week to avoid the end of filing time<br />

from falling during winter holidays when<br />

most school districts and municipal city<br />

halls are closed for business. This would<br />

prevent officials from having to open<br />

buildings for the sole purpose of accepting<br />

candidate applications.<br />

Rep. Phillip Oehlerking (R-District 100),<br />

who represents Ballwin, would require<br />

public schools to implement parental consent<br />

procedures for students with individualized<br />

education programs (IEP). Written<br />

parental consent would be required for initial<br />

placement, annual placement or other<br />

revisions or changes to a student’s IEP as<br />

outlined in the bill. The aim is to put more<br />

power into the hands of parents, Oehlerking<br />

said.<br />

Oehlerking is also sponsoring legislation<br />

that would place two more trustees on the<br />

Public School Retirement System Board,<br />

bringing the number of trustees to 13. The<br />

additional two trustees would be appointed<br />

by the Missouri Public Charter School<br />

Association, giving charter school teachers<br />

representation on the state board.<br />

Rep. Tricia Byrnes (R-District 63), who<br />

represents Wentzville,<br />

also is sponsoring a bill<br />

that gives parents more<br />

rights when it comes to<br />

IEPs.<br />

Additionally, she has<br />

sponsored an antibullying<br />

bill called the Missouri<br />

Childhood Hero<br />

Act. The bill would<br />

require the Department<br />

of Elementary and Secondary<br />

Education to<br />

develop a model policy<br />

that each school district<br />

must adopt to address bullying and school<br />

discipline. The policy includes a restriction<br />

on zero-tolerance disciplinary policies and<br />

mandatory training for district employees<br />

and volunteers.<br />

Rep. Ben Keathley (R-District 101),<br />

representing Chesterfield, introduced<br />

a bill that prohibits restraining a child<br />

during a juvenile court proceeding. Keathley<br />

also introduced a bill limiting the pay<br />

of public school district superintendents<br />

to five-and-a-half times the total compensation<br />

of a beginning teacher’s salary in<br />

that district.<br />

To learn more about these bills and others<br />

sponsored by local legislators, visit house.<br />

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I NEWS I 13<br />

County approves election services contract in spite of controversy<br />


Voter trust in election results and in voting<br />

technology was discussed and debated at<br />

length during the St. Charles County Council<br />

meeting on Jan. 29 when the council<br />

unanimously voted to remove an election<br />

services contract item from the meeting’s<br />

consent agenda in order to discuss and vote<br />

on it separately.<br />

Passionate questions, answers and explanations<br />

consumed more than an hour of the<br />

one-and-a-half hour meeting. At the heart of<br />

the discussion was a $651,343 per-year contract<br />

with Henry M. Adkins & Son Inc., of<br />

Clinton, Missouri, to provide election services<br />

prior to and on election dates in 20<strong>24</strong>,<br />

with renewal options for 2025 and 2026.<br />

Election services include:<br />

• Prior to Election Day, printing ballots<br />

for each individual jurisdiction’s elections,<br />

providing operational support for and maintenance<br />

of voting equipment, assisting in<br />

testing and programming the software necessary<br />

to administer elections, and providing<br />

support for public testing.<br />

• On Election Day, assisting in the tabulation<br />

of ballots using voting equipment and<br />

tabulation flash drives, troubleshooting<br />

and providing remedies to voting equipment<br />

issues, providing election results and<br />

canvassing documentation for the Election<br />

Night Reporting website and Secretary of<br />

State reporting.<br />

During the meeting’s public comments,<br />

three speakers spoke against the current<br />

voting machines and system.<br />

The first speaker said he thought the previous<br />

method of using paper ballots “instead<br />

of technology” for voting and counting was<br />

better, more trusted and with fewer problems.<br />

The second speaker alleged that the<br />

Unisyn voting machines are not federal<br />

and state certified. She also said that having<br />

Adkins as the provider of the systems and<br />

the tester for certification is the equivalent<br />

of “the fox watching the hen house.”<br />

The county’s voting machines are manufactured<br />

and its software is written in San<br />

Diego by Unisyn. The machines and software<br />

are distributed, supported and certified<br />

by Unisyn with Henry M. Adkins & Sons<br />

Inc. as the exclusive authorized franchise<br />

representative for Missouri, Kansas and<br />

Iowa. Only a Unisyn Voting Solutions certified<br />

vendor can maintain and calibrate the<br />

voting machines under this certification.<br />

The third speaker told the council, “We<br />

have been telling you for two years now<br />

these machines are not properly certified,<br />

and nothing has been done about it. Here<br />

we are, only a few weeks before we have to<br />

print the ballots for the (municipal) election,<br />

and the council is just now voting on this.<br />

“Everything in this bill sounds like Kurt<br />

Bahr’s job. If we’re outsourcing this administration,<br />

why do we need Kurt?”<br />

She called for ending the use of vote tabulating<br />

machines and returning to manually<br />

counting ballots.<br />

“If you need more people to count the ballots,<br />

just call us, we will be there,” she said.<br />

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Council member Matt Swanson (District<br />

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14 I NEWS I<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


St. Peters couple awarded for saving neighbor’s life<br />




Nick and Stevonna Nesbit were awarded<br />

the St. Peters Random Acts of Kindness<br />

Award at the city’s Jan. 25 Board of Aldermen<br />

meeting for saving their neighbor’s life<br />

last fall.<br />

Terry Logsdon nominated them for jumping<br />

into action when his heart stopped on<br />

the evening of Halloween. He said he could<br />

never repay the couple for working together<br />

to save him. He noted that on Halloween,<br />

he visited the Nesbits to give their children<br />

full-sized candy bars. He had brought his<br />

dog along to play with their dog, but the<br />

pets got over-excited. He reached down to<br />

calm them, and his heart stopped.<br />

“I went down, and the next thing I know,<br />

I was talking to my wife at Barnes Jewish,”<br />

Logsdon said.<br />

Terry later learned that Nick and Stevi<br />

had jumped into action to save him. Stevi<br />

noted that it was actually Nick’s mother<br />

who first recognized something was wrong.<br />

She shouted for someone to help him.<br />

“Terri was lying face down in the driveway<br />

when I knelt beside him, calling his<br />

name, and noticed he was unresponsive and<br />

had no pulse,” Stevi said. “Our initial worries<br />

turned to fear as I yelled to call 911, and<br />

Nick ran to get the phone.<br />

“He immediately returned<br />

and ordered me to begin CPR<br />

while still trying to dial 911. I<br />

flipped Terri over on his back,<br />

tilted his head and started compressions.<br />

The second time I<br />

blew air into his lungs, Terri<br />

started to ‘snore,’ and we knew<br />

he was back.”<br />

Stevi performed CPR for<br />

about 10 minutes until emergency<br />

responders arrived on<br />

the scene.<br />

“I could feel God’s will<br />

working through me,” she said.<br />

Stevi learned CPR years<br />

ago when she was a nanny.<br />

She said she received free<br />

training offered at that time by the city of<br />

O’Fallon. During the award’s presentation,<br />

she thanked the city of O’Fallon for offering<br />

that free training service, without which<br />

Terry would not have survived.<br />

“We’re just so incredibly thankful that we<br />

were there,” she said. “And I’m so incredibly<br />

thankful that my husband was so quick<br />

to act and be in motion and tell me, ‘You<br />

know what to do, so start doing it.’”<br />

She called the whole situation a blessing.<br />

St. Peters Alderman Joyce Townsend (left to right) with Jeanne and Terry<br />

Logsdon, Stevi Nesbit with daughters Hinsley (standing) and Kindall (in<br />

Stevi’s arms), Nick Nesbit and Alderman Rocky Reitmeyer.<br />

(Source: City of St. Peters)<br />

“It brought us closer to Terri and Jeanne,<br />

as well,” she said. “We were friends and<br />

neighbors before, but now they feel more<br />

like family.”<br />

Stevi acknowledged the role her CPR<br />

training played in saving Terry’s life.<br />

“About 10 years ago, I was a nanny,<br />

taking care of other people’s children, so I<br />

didn’t make a lot of money and could not<br />

afford to pay for training classes,” Stevi<br />

said. “One day, I was driving down Bryan<br />

Road in O’Fallon when I<br />

saw the small sign offering<br />

free classes through the fire<br />

department. I immediately<br />

signed up.”<br />

Nick said the situation<br />

was scary but could not have<br />

turned out better.<br />

The Nesbits moved into<br />

St. Peters about five years<br />

ago and bonded with their<br />

neighbors over their dogs.<br />

They expressed gratitude for<br />

being at the right place at the<br />

right time.<br />

“We truly want to thank all<br />

of the first responders and<br />

the emergency dispatcher<br />

for all they did for us that<br />

day and all they do every day,” they said.<br />

Terry said he still cannot wrap his head<br />

around what happened. He was fine one<br />

minute, blacked out and then woke up in<br />

the hospital.<br />

“I’m really healthy and do health checks,”<br />

he said.<br />

He now calls himself the luckiest guy in<br />

the world.<br />

“Every day’s Saturday for me from now<br />

on,” he said.<br />

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March 2 vs. NYC • 7:30 p.m.<br />

March 9 at Austin • 7:30 p.m.<br />

March 16 at LA Galaxy • 9:30 p.m.<br />

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APRIL<br />

April 6 vs. Dallas • 7:30 p.m.<br />

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16 I SCHOOLS I<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />




Hanging with the Pros: Local students shine at Foundry Art Centre<br />


Students from Fort Zumwalt’s Westhoff,<br />

Ostmann and Dardenne elementary<br />

schools recently showcased their artwork<br />

alongside professionals at the Foundry<br />

Art Centre in St. Charles.<br />

“It was important for the kids to see<br />

professional artists presenting their work<br />

and to see that others, who you don’t even<br />

know, will see your work,” art teacher<br />

Becky Schaub, from Ostmann Elementary,<br />

said of the exhibition’s opening reception.<br />

For some, it was not a new experience.<br />

Art teacher Dion Allison, from Westhoff<br />

Elementary, has had the opportunity to<br />

enter students into several Foundry Art<br />

Centre shows.<br />

“I think it is a huge honor to be chosen,<br />

which is what I relayed to my selected<br />

students,” Allison said.<br />

The show’s broad criteria allowed the<br />

students to create either a two-dimensional<br />

or three-dimensional work, but the<br />

turnaround was quick.<br />

“Students had a brief two-day window<br />


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to complete the project,” Dardenne Elementary<br />

art teacher Susan Thomas said.<br />

“There were just a few students from the<br />

school chosen for their superior work.<br />

This kind of recognition really helps the<br />

student’s self-esteem and impacts their<br />

confidence in all subjects.”<br />

McKayden Tinker, a fourth grader at<br />

Westhoff, turned in a mandala, which is a<br />

geometric configuration of symbols.<br />

“I like that you can just draw whatever<br />

you want sometimes,” Tinker said. “I<br />

wanted my mandala to be bright colors so<br />

it would stand out, and I liked gluing the<br />

sequins on (it).” She was excited to see<br />

her art hanging at the Foundry and said<br />

she hoped those who viewed it saw that<br />

she tried her hardest.<br />

Jouri Diab, from Dardenne Elementary,<br />

loves to paint and was excited to create a<br />

piece that highlighted emotion.<br />

“I made a lady who was angry,” Diab<br />

explained. “It was fun to paint an angry<br />

person, but the lipstick was the hardest.”<br />

According to Allison, art teaches problem-solving,<br />

critical thinking, cultural<br />

awareness, team building, self-expression,<br />

art history and community involvement,<br />

which is why it is so important. She suggested<br />

parents and others talk to children<br />

about their art by asking questions like:<br />

“What inspired them to create? How did<br />

they use the supplies? What was the process?<br />

What was their favorite?’ ”<br />

Timber McMullen, a second grader<br />

at Dardenne Elementary, would say the<br />

answer to that last question is that art is<br />

just really fun.<br />

“We got to use cardboard and bumpy<br />

paper, and I ripped the top of it off to<br />

create more texture. I glued down three<br />

rectangles crocodile style – but they<br />

weren’t the same size. The funnest part<br />

was painting over all of it,” McMullen<br />

said.<br />

Dardenne fifth grader Gibson McCormac<br />

was assigned to do a still life piece<br />

with shading, which proved to be the<br />

“most challenging part.” Ostmann fifth<br />

grader Kaley Moffett created a selfportrait<br />

that highlights how long she has<br />

loved art and the progress she has made<br />

over the years. Dardenne Elementary fifth<br />

grader Reed McMullen created a still-life<br />

picnic basket full of objects by first drawing<br />

what she saw, and then coloring it in<br />

using ink and black paint. While Kylie<br />

McConkey, also from Dardenne Elementary,<br />

explained that her method was more<br />

freeform. “I like my squiggles the best,”<br />

she said.<br />

For those who think they are not good<br />

enough to show their art, McConkey<br />

would put their fears to rest. “I would say,<br />

‘You are a good artist,’” she said.<br />

McKayden Tinker with her mandela at the<br />

Foundry Art Centre display. (FZSD photos)<br />

Kylie McConkey grins while posing with her<br />

freeform “squiggles.”<br />

Reed McMullen and her still life (top).<br />

Timber McMullen poses by her texture<br />






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Chloe Cohoon, Community Relations Dir.<br />

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5300 Executive Centre Parkway • St. Peters<br />

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1225 Jungermann Road • St. Peters<br />

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Jessica Cooke, Owner<br />

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2301 Technology • O’Fallon<br />

5289 Hwy N • Cottleville<br />

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Melissa Eaton, i3 Broadband<br />

Community Engagement Specialist<br />

230 Turner Blvd. • St. Peters<br />

(636) 208-2707<br />

melissa.eaton@i3broadband.net<br />

Rep. Wendy Hausman<br />

Missouri House of Representatives<br />

St. Charles County District 65<br />

wendyhausman.com<br />

Paid for by Hausman for Missouri - Molly Dempsey, Treasurer<br />

Jennifer Hutcheson, Agent<br />

American Family Insurance<br />

1000 Lake Saint Louis Blvd, Ste 206<br />

Lake Saint Louis • (636) 947-4080<br />

JHutches@amfam.com<br />

Terry Jenkerson<br />

Community Relations Director<br />

Assisted Living at the Meadowlands<br />

135 Meadowlands Estates Lane • O’Fallon<br />

(636) 978-3600<br />

Cathy Lenihan • Gateway Fiber<br />

Commercial Sales<br />

(636) 297-7355<br />

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Sandra M Lopez<br />

District Retail Manager<br />

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2341 Highway K • O’Fallon<br />

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Patty Maneke<br />

Anna Meurer, MBA, CFP®, BFA<br />

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Jannette Neely, Owner<br />

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6123 <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Mall Blvd. • St. Peters<br />

(314) 492-2325<br />

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Sharon Osborn , Senior Living Advisor<br />

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539 Fox Pointe Drive • St. Charles<br />

(636) 577-9543<br />

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Leslie Payne M.A., Director<br />

Little Guppy Child Development Center<br />

3151 Elm Point Industrial • St. Charles<br />

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WOMEN<br />

IN<br />


A special section featuring<br />

St. Charles County’s best<br />

and brightest female<br />

entrepreneurs and<br />

professionals.<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


Women in Business: Why it matters<br />


According to the Current Population<br />

Survey and Current Employment Statistics<br />

from the U.S. Labor Department’s<br />

Bureau of Labor Statistics, three-quarters<br />

of women between the ages 25 and 54 hold<br />

down a job today, compared with slightly<br />

more than two-thirds a decade ago. Women<br />

are also working longer hours. Today, 84%<br />

of those women work full time and many<br />

are entrepreneurs.<br />

Why does this matter?<br />

It matters because research supports that<br />

having women in the workplace improves<br />

the organizations for which they work for<br />

all employees. In a survey conducted by the<br />

Center for Creative Leadership, respondents<br />

noted that women in the workplace resulted in:<br />

• More job satisfaction.<br />

• More corporate dedication.<br />

• More meaningful work.<br />

• Less burnout.<br />

In simple terms, women get the job done<br />

– and women entrepreneurs create jobs along<br />

the way.<br />

Approximately 40% of women entrepreneurs<br />

hired one to five employees in their<br />

first year. Over 10% ultimately hired 20 or<br />

more employees, far above the global average<br />

of 3%.That’s according to Global Entrepreneurship<br />

Monitor’s 2021/2022 Women’s<br />

Entrepreneurship Report.<br />

Women are often better at communication,<br />

collaboration and creativity than their<br />

male counterpoints. Which is to say, they see<br />

things differently and as such bring a different<br />

skillset and approach to problem solving.<br />

A woman’s intuition may allow her to pick<br />

up on details that enhance collaboration and<br />

make co-workers feel appreciated and customers<br />

feel noticed.<br />

In its Trends in Entrepreneurship series,<br />

The Kauffman Foundation – based in<br />

Kansas City, Missouri, no less – notes<br />

that 39.9% of businesses started in 2021<br />

were created by women. Recruiting specialist<br />

Guidant Global’s 2022 Women in<br />

Business Trends report takes that statistic<br />

further by noting that most women who<br />

own an independent business started it<br />

from scratch (33%) instead of buying an<br />

existing company (23%). Of women who<br />

own franchises, roughly one-third (34%)<br />

bought their location instead of purchasing<br />

an existing franchise location (10%).<br />

This means new revenue and new business<br />

growth being brought into a community.<br />

In terms of community, those local businesses<br />

are typically the ones that support<br />

school programs, little leagues, Scouts, nonprofits<br />

and more.<br />


Jenn Avery<br />

Community<br />

Outreach Director<br />

Jenn Avery is the Community Outreach<br />

Director at Quinn Estate & Elder<br />

Law. She brings with her a decade of<br />

experience with senior living spaces,<br />

serving in various roles, most notably<br />

as an executive director of an assisted<br />

living and memory care community.<br />

Her role at Quinn Estate & Elder Law<br />

is to be a resource for seniors and their<br />

families serving as the firm’s voice to<br />

inform and educate them about longterm<br />

care planning, Veterans’ benefits<br />

and Medicaid, and recommend local<br />

resources for seniors when appropriate.<br />

Jenn also runs Elder Care Advisors,<br />

a free elder care assistance program<br />

offered to all members of the community<br />

by Quinn Estate & Elder Law.<br />

(636) 394-7<strong>24</strong>2<br />

javery@quinnestatelaw.com<br />

www.quinnestatelaw.com<br />

Kelly Gano<br />

Executive<br />

Director<br />

Kelly Gano, executive director of the<br />

new Hampton Manor of Wentzville, a<br />

senior assisted living and memory care<br />

community, is inviting seniors and their<br />

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Eating disorders are more prevalent among older women than commonly believed,<br />

especially after menopause.<br />

(Adobe Stock photo)<br />

News & Notes<br />


Eating disorders in<br />

older adults<br />

February is Eating Disorders Awareness<br />

Month, bringing attention to a problem<br />

that’s become epidemic in the U.S. According<br />

to the National Eating Disorders Association,<br />

nearly 30 million Americans will<br />

have some type of eating disorder, all of<br />

which are considered forms of mental illness,<br />

at some point during their lives. And<br />

while most people may think of eating<br />

disorders as mainly impacting adolescents<br />

and teens, they are increasingly prevalent<br />

among older adults…especially women.<br />

In 2023, researchers from the Yale<br />

School of Medicine reported that almost<br />

3% of women between the ages of 50 and<br />

64, and about 2% of women over 65, suffer<br />

from an eating disorder. These illnesses,<br />

which include anorexia nervosa, binge<br />

eating and bulimia, can quickly become<br />

very serious and even fatal in older people.<br />

In fact, research has shown that just over<br />

20% of older adults with an eating disorder<br />

eventually die from the condition.<br />

Why are older women in particular at<br />

risk? Studies have shown they commonly<br />

begin when an emotional “trigger” of some<br />

kind causes these behaviors.<br />

A study previously published in the Journal<br />

of Eating Disorders found that the transition<br />

to menopause can leave many women<br />

more vulnerable, as shifting hormones cause<br />

them to put on weight that’s harder to lose.<br />

Others may have recovered from eating disorders<br />

when they were younger, and relapse<br />

after menopause as their bodies go through<br />

normal age-related changes. Stress and<br />

anxiety caused by life events such as adjusting<br />

to an empty nest, divorce, retirement<br />

or widowhood can also leave women more<br />

susceptible to eating disorders.<br />

Whatever their cause, health experts<br />

agree it’s critical that eating disorders later<br />

in life be addressed as quickly as possible.<br />

If a friend or loved one displays any of the<br />

following symptoms, she may need help:<br />

• Rapid weight loss<br />

See MATURE FOCUS, page <strong>24</strong><br />


• to promote education,<br />

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New data on Medicare beneficiaries<br />

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age 65 now spend just under three weeks<br />

getting healthcare services outside their<br />

homes each year.<br />

Specifically, these older adults leave<br />

home for doctor’s appointments, tests,<br />

procedures and other medical services<br />

on an average of 20.7 days annually.<br />

For a significant 11% of seniors, the<br />

number of these “health care contact<br />

days” is 50 per year, more than double<br />

the national average.<br />

These numbers represent substantial<br />

amounts of time, effort and cost for<br />

older adults covered by Medicare and<br />

their families, say the Harvard-affiliated<br />

researchers who published the data in<br />

Annals of Internal Medicine. They show<br />

that efforts need to be made to optimize<br />

contact days – for example, by combining<br />

doctors’ office visits with lab and<br />

other testing appointments, which is<br />

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should become a new patient-centered<br />

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<strong>24</strong> I MATURE FOCUS I<br />

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MATURE FOCUS, from page 23<br />

• Eating by herself or acting secretive<br />

• Appearing to feel guilty about eating<br />

• Exercising excessively<br />

• Appearing emotionally upset or<br />

depressed<br />

• Sudden development of oral health<br />

problems like jaw pain.<br />

Parkinson’s-pollution link<br />

You may be more likely to develop Parkinson’s<br />

disease if you live in a city where<br />

levels of air pollution are higher, say scientists<br />

at Barrow Neurological Institute<br />

in Phoenix. Their recent study, published<br />

in Neurology, found that people living in<br />

regions with above-median levels of air<br />

pollution have a 56% greater risk of developing<br />

Parkinson’s compared to those living<br />

in regions with the lowest pollution levels.<br />

The researchers also found that the relationship<br />

between air pollution and Parkinson’s<br />

incidence is not the same in every part<br />

of the country – instead, it varies in strength<br />

by region. The St. Louis area is identified<br />

as a Parkinson’s “hotspot” according to the<br />

air quality map they developed, along with<br />

other cities in the Mississippi-Ohio River<br />

Valley, parts of Kansas, North Dakota,<br />

Texas and Michigan, and the tip of Florida.<br />

“This means that the pollution in these<br />

areas may contain more combustion particles<br />

from traffic and heavy metals from<br />

manufacturing, which have been linked to<br />

cell death in the part of the brain involved<br />

in Parkinson’s disease,” said study leader<br />

Brittany Krzyzanowski, Ph.D.<br />

The team’s conclusions were based on a<br />

Medicare dataset of nearly 22 million people,<br />

which identified nearly 90,000 Americans<br />

with Parkinson’s. They used geospatial<br />

analysis to confirm the associations between<br />

numbers of people with the disease and airborne<br />

fine particulate matter resulting from<br />

pollution in the regions where they live.<br />

“Despite years of research trying to identify<br />

the environmental risk factors of Parkinson’s<br />

disease, most efforts have focused on exposure<br />

to pesticides,” Krzyzanowski added.<br />

“This study suggests that we should also be<br />

looking at air pollution as a contributor in the<br />

development of Parkinson’s disease.”<br />

Forecasting pain<br />

Changes in the weather and worsening<br />

of chronic pain are linked for many people.<br />

For example, shifts in atmospheric pressure<br />

and humidity have been shown to induce<br />

migraines in those with the condition, as<br />

well as worsening of pain caused by arthritis<br />

or other persistent joint problems.<br />

In a recent survey conducted by the University<br />

of Georgia, about 70% of respon-<br />

In a recent survey, more than two-thirds<br />

of older adults with chronic pain said they<br />

would use a weather-related forecasting<br />

tool to help predict flare-ups.<br />

(Adobe Stock photo)<br />

dents with chronic pain said they would<br />

actually alter their day-to-day plans based<br />

on weather-based pain “forecasts.”<br />

“We’re finding more consistent relationships<br />

between weather patterns and pain,<br />

so it seems more possible to make weatherbased<br />

pain forecasts This study was to<br />

survey and see what the audience was<br />

for this type of forecast,” said lead author<br />

Christopher Elcik, Ph.D.<br />

The survey included more than 4,600<br />

people, both with and without chronic pain.<br />

Among migraine sufferers who responded,<br />

89% identified weather as something that<br />

See MATURE FOCUS, page 26<br />

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MATURE FOCUS, from page <strong>24</strong><br />

impacts their pain level, and 79% saw<br />

weather as a trigger for pain. Among individuals<br />

with other conditions, 64% said weather<br />

patterns could trigger pain and 94% identified<br />

weather as a factor that impacts pain.<br />

Their interest in using a pain forecasting<br />

tool was also high, Elcik said, with 72% of<br />

those living with migraine and 66% with<br />

other pain-related conditions saying they<br />

would alter their behavior in response to<br />

information it could provide.<br />

“I see how much people can be affected<br />

by these types of pain, so if I can provide<br />

someone with insight into the level of risk<br />

for a day, maybe people can take steps to<br />

prevent the pain from happening,” Elcik<br />

said. “There are preventative measures<br />

people can take if risks are higher.”<br />

About half of those with pain conditions<br />

said they would be “extremely likely” to take<br />

those measures – which include taking medication,<br />

resting or avoiding other pain triggers<br />

– if they were using a forecasting tool.<br />

One a day<br />

The simple step of taking a multivitamin<br />

once a day appears to protect brain function<br />

in older adults, according to the latest<br />

of three separate but related studies which<br />

consistently point to the same conclusion.<br />

The new study was the most recent in<br />

a large randomized trial called COSMOS<br />

(COcoa Supplement and Multivitamin<br />

Outcomes Study) led by scientists at Mass<br />

General Brigham, the nation’s largest<br />

hospital-based research organization. They<br />

tested the effects of a daily multivitamin on<br />

cognitive changes over a two- to three-year<br />

period in 573 participants who visited their<br />

clinic in person, and who were over age 60.<br />

The researchers also conducted a metaanalysis<br />

that included over 5,000 different<br />

participants across the U.S. who participated<br />

in two other cognition studies within<br />

the COSMOS trial … one that had measured<br />

the cognitive effects of multivitamins<br />

in a phone-based format and another<br />

that did the same using the internet.<br />

Overall results showed statistically significant<br />

benefits among participants taking<br />

the multi-vitamin compared to placebo, both<br />

in global cognition and episodic memory.<br />

Overall, the authors estimated, a daily multivitamin<br />

may slow global cognitive aging by the<br />

equivalent of two years compared to a placebo.<br />

“Cognitive decline is among the top health<br />

concerns for most older adults, and a daily<br />

supplement of multivitamins has the potential<br />

as an appealing and accessible approach<br />

to slow cognitive aging,” said first author<br />

Chirag Vyas, MBBS, MPH.<br />

On the calendar<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Steps to<br />



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grandparenting. The course fee is $20 per<br />

person (each person attending must register<br />

separately). Registration is available<br />

online at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents a Bone<br />

Builders class on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from<br />

1-2:30 p.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive in<br />

Chesterfield, in Room 3 of Building A.<br />

. Join us for this free class to learn more<br />

about reducing your risk through exercise,<br />

nutrition and medications for bone health.<br />

Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital sponsors<br />

a Medicare 101 course on Wednesday,<br />

Feb. 21 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Desloge<br />

Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center<br />

Drive, in Conference Room 3 of Building<br />

A. Find information to help you choose the<br />

coverage options that best meet your needs.<br />

The free class is offered through the Missouri<br />

State Health Insurance Assistance<br />

Program (SHIP). Registration is available<br />

at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Coffee<br />

and Conversations on Wednesday, Feb.<br />

21 from 10-11 a.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center Drive,<br />

in Building A, Conference Room 3. This<br />

month’s topic is Keep Your Keys; this presentation<br />

will cover staying medically and<br />

physically fit to drive, when and how to<br />

prepare for driving “retirement,” and tools<br />

and resources to help keep you safe on the<br />

road. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Kick the Achiness of Arthritis, presented<br />

by St. Louis Oasis, is on Thursday,<br />

Feb. 22 from 10-11 a.m. at the Brentwood<br />

Community Center, 2505 S. Brentwood<br />

Blvd. This course, focusing on the lower<br />

body, is designed to help you learn the<br />

best ways to manage arthritis with exercise.<br />

The free course is sponsored by BJC<br />

Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Register<br />

at classes-events.bjc.org.






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5511 Winghaven Blvd.<br />

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A recent survey explored what happens when couples with differing<br />

political views attempt to watch the news together. (Adobe Stock photo)<br />

HEALTH<br />



Cardiovascular deaths<br />

continue to rise post-COVID<br />

Each February marks American Heart<br />

Month; and in 20<strong>24</strong>, the U.S. unfortunately<br />

faces what public health experts recently<br />

called an “enduring setback” in the fight<br />

against heart disease. New research shows<br />

that a continued rise in fatal heart attacks<br />

and strokes since 2020 has erased a decade’s<br />

worth of progress the nation had previously<br />

made toward slowing down its No. 1 killer.<br />

A just-published study led by investigators<br />

from the U.S. Centers for Disease<br />

Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed<br />

information about the deaths of more than<br />

10 million U.S. adults over age 35 between<br />

2010 and 2022. Trends from each of those<br />

years show that, in sharp contrast to a<br />

decline of 8.9% between 2010 and 2019,<br />

death rates from cardiovascular causes<br />

rose by 9.3% from 2020 through 2022.<br />

“We were concerned about the emerging<br />

evidence that (heart disease and stroke) outcomes<br />

worsened during the first two years<br />

of the COVID-19 pandemic. We wanted to<br />

understand whether the concerning trends<br />

were temporary or whether they continued<br />

through 2022,” said Rebecca C. Woodruff,<br />

Ph.D., MPH, of the CDC’s Division for<br />

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The<br />

analysis confirmed that there were 228,000<br />

more cardiovascular disease deaths than<br />

expected from 2020-2022; and they rose<br />

across all age, sex and ethnicity categories.<br />

Woodruff pointed to several possible<br />

explanations for the ongoing increases:<br />

• The pandemic prevented access to<br />

healthcare for many people, which may<br />

have led to delays in detecting and treating<br />

their chronic or acute heart disease.<br />

• Disruptions in daily life may have<br />

made it harder for people to do the things<br />

that prevent heart disease…which include<br />

managing high blood pressure, eating and<br />

sleeping well, being physically active,<br />

quitting tobacco, and controlling weight,<br />

cholesterol and blood sugar.<br />

• Evidence also suggests that people who<br />

have had COVID-19 are at higher risk for<br />

new or worsening heart disease, which<br />

may have contributed to the subsequent<br />

uptick in cardiovascular death rates.<br />

Political differences may<br />

challenge relationships<br />

In this election year, the current partisan<br />

political climate already has many people<br />

concerned whether Americans with differing<br />

views can continue to coexist. But what<br />

if you and your spouse or romantic partner<br />

are on different sides of the political aisle …<br />

which by some estimates includes as many<br />

as 30% of American couples?<br />

Communications researchers at the<br />

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign<br />

recently looked at this question in terms<br />

of couples’ media habits and their impact<br />

on relationships. They conducted in-depth<br />

interviews with about 35 couples whose<br />

political views differed, either from the<br />

outset of their relationships or after one<br />

partner changed political affiliation during<br />

the relationship. Either way, seemingly<br />

mundane decisions about news coverage<br />

and consumption became “especially difficult,”<br />

according to communications professor<br />

Emily Van Duyn.<br />

“They saw the news as inherently political,<br />

and their selection of a news outlet or the<br />

act of sharing an article or video meant they<br />

were intentionally pulling their partner into<br />

a recognition of their political differences,”<br />

Van Duyn said. “Their cross-cutting political<br />

views presented many challenges for<br />

these couples,” she added. “Deciding which<br />

media to consume and whether to do so<br />

together or separately was difficult because<br />

it presented them with a choice about recognizing<br />

their political differences and finding<br />

a way to navigate them.”<br />

Some couples decided on a media outlet<br />

they could view together, while others<br />

intentionally chose to consume news independently,<br />

whether in separate rooms or<br />

by scrolling their social media feeds on<br />

separate devices. Still others responded<br />

by watching their preferred news outlets<br />

secretly, when their partner wasn’t around.<br />

For most of the study couples, Van Duyn<br />

said, if the news began to take a negative<br />

toll on their relationships, they eventually<br />

decided to avoid it altogether or to quit<br />

sharing articles or videos with each other.<br />

On the calendar<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital presents<br />

a Staying Home Alone in-person<br />

class on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 10-11:30<br />

a.m. at the SLCH Specialty Care Center<br />

West County, 13001 N. Outer Forty Road<br />

in Town and Country, in the third-floor<br />

conference room. Parents and children<br />

attend the class together to ensure a child’s<br />

readiness to stay at home alone. The registration<br />

fee is $25 per family. To register,<br />

call (314) 454-5437.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC offers a Bariatric Surgery Information<br />

Session on Monday, Feb. 19 from 5:30-<br />

6:30 p.m., live via Zoom. Join a Washington<br />

University bariatric physician to learn more<br />

about surgical weight loss treatment options.<br />

To register, visit classes-events.bjc.org; to<br />

learn more about BJC’s bariatric surgery<br />

criteria for patients, call (314) 454-72<strong>24</strong> and<br />

press Option 1.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC St. Louis Children’s Hospital sponsors<br />

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

Tuesday, Feb. 27 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 10 and<br />

above. The cost is $25 per child. Parents<br />

may sit in on the class at no additional cost.<br />

Register online at bjc.org/babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Be Still to<br />

Chill: Basics of Meditation on Wednesday,<br />

Feb. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Desloge<br />

Outpatient Center, 121 St. Luke’s Center<br />

Drive in Chesterfield, in Building A. Come to<br />

this free in-person program to learn the basics<br />

of meditation as well as many tips to support<br />

your practice. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Let’s Cook!!<br />

Heart Healthy Cooking on Thursday,<br />

Feb. 29 from 2-3 p.m. at Schnucks Eatwell<br />

Market, 220 THF Blvd. in Chesterfield. The<br />

DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)<br />

diet is a flexible and balanced eating<br />

plan for everyone. Join a St. Luke’s dietitian<br />

to get the scoop on DASH, learn now to<br />

prepare sodium-free seasonings, and taste a<br />

delicious cranberry grain salad. The course is<br />

free. Register at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The first St. Luke’s Book Club event will<br />

be held on Tuesday, March 26 from 6:30-8<br />

p.m. at the hospital’s Institute for Health Education,<br />

232 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield,<br />

in Conference Rooms 1 and 2. The cost<br />

to participate is $5. Those who register to<br />

attend in person will receive a copy of communication<br />

and leadership consultant Anne<br />

Grady’s book, “Strong Enough: Choosing<br />

Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.”

28 I EVENTS I<br />

LOCAL<br />

EVENTS<br />

A Valentine’s Hunt for Kisses is at 10<br />

a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Rau Garden<br />

in Blanchette Park, 1900 W. Randolph<br />

Street in St. Charles. Children will complete<br />

a scavenger hunt to receive chocolate<br />

kisses and a goodie bag. Crafts and<br />

a visit with Cupid are included in the $15<br />

per person cost. Register at stcharlesparks.<br />

com/programs.<br />

• • •<br />

A Mardi Gras Parade is at 11 a.m. with<br />

an after-party from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

Feb. 10 in Historic Frenchtown in St.<br />

Charles. Enjoy a family-friendly Mardi<br />

Gras celebration followed by an afterparty<br />

featuring live music, food, vendors,<br />

kids activities and more in the Foundry Art<br />

Centre parking lot. Free event. For details,<br />

visit stcharlescitymo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast is<br />

from 6-8 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13 at the<br />

Memorial Hall in Blanchette Park, 1900<br />

W. Randolph Street in St. Charles. Details<br />

at stcharleskiwanis.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ St.<br />

Patrick’s Day Parade is at 4 p.m. on<br />

Sunday, March 17 on Main Street in St.<br />

Charles. Free event. Details at stcharlescitymo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

A Youth Easter Egg Hunt is from<br />

10-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 at<br />

Memorial Hall & Rau Garden, 1900 W.<br />

Randolph Street in St. Charles. Children<br />

of all ages are welcome to bring a basket<br />

and join in the hunt. Crafts and visits with<br />

the Easter Bunny are included in the $15<br />

per person cost. Registration is required<br />

at stcharlesparks.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Easter Egg Hunt is from 10 a.m.-<br />

noon on Saturday, March 23 at Lake<br />

Saint Louis Founders Park, 7 Freymuth<br />

Road in Lake St. Louis, featuring bounce<br />

houses, face painting, a petting zoo and<br />

more. Children ages 10 and under are<br />

invited to participate. Free event. For<br />

details, visit lakesaintlouis.com/1217/<br />

Easter-Egg-Hunt.<br />

• • •<br />

​Easter Egg Dive is from 9-10:30 a.m.<br />

on Sunday, March <strong>24</strong> at the St. Peters Rec-<br />

Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. Participants<br />

will swim or dive to collect eggs floating<br />

or weighted, when their heat is over, they<br />

will trade their eggs in for candy. Children<br />

will also take photos with the Easter<br />

Bunny. Bags for collecting eggs will be<br />

February 7, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


provided but bring a basket for carrying<br />

candy home. Parents are permitted to get<br />

in the pool with small children. Cost is<br />

$10 for members and $12 for non-members.<br />

For ages 6 months-18 years. To register,<br />

visit st.petersmo.net.<br />

• • •<br />

Easter Egg Hunt is at 9 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 30 at Dardenne Prairie City<br />

Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road. Hunts will<br />

be divided by age and begin with the 0-2<br />

age group. Ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 will<br />

follow shortly after the previous hunt ends.<br />

The Easter Bunny will make an appearance.<br />

Inclusive hunt requires pre-registration<br />

by emailing your name, child’s name,<br />

child age, address, and phone number to<br />

nichole@dardenneprairie.org. Free event.<br />

• • •<br />

The Bunny Bolt 5K and 1-Mile Fun<br />

Run is at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March<br />

23 at Boulevard Park, 2550 Lake Saint<br />

Louis Boulevard, featuring a 1-mile run<br />

through the park and a 5K through Lake<br />

Saint Louis that will precede the Lake<br />

Saint Louis Easter Egg Hunt. 5K Cost is<br />

$38 each or $45 after Feb. 14. Fun Run<br />

Cost is $15 or $20 after Feb. 14. All participants<br />

will receive a short-sleeve t-shirt.<br />

Registration ends March 20 or until full.<br />

To register, visit lakesaintlouis.com/<strong>24</strong>27/<br />

Bunny-Bolt-5k-and-1-Mile-Fun-Run.<br />

• • •<br />

An Adult Easter Egg Hunt is at 7:30<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 29 at Wapelhorst<br />

Park, 1875 Muegge Road in St. Charles.<br />

Hunt for eggs, enjoy adult beverages and<br />

compete for prizes. Participants should<br />

bring flashlights and buckets. The $30<br />

per person cost includes admission and<br />

two drink tickets. For ages 21 and over.<br />

Register at stcharlesparks.com.<br />

Who, What,<br />

When, Where,<br />

Why and How –<br />

that’s what we want to know.<br />

Send your event details to<br />

events@newsmagazinenetwork.com<br />

and score free publicity.<br />

Event notices for print publication<br />

are due at least six weeks out from<br />

the date of the event. Events with<br />

advance registration should be<br />

submitted six weeks out from that<br />

deadline.<br />

All events will be listed online and<br />

in print when sent in with enough<br />

advance notice.<br />

Here is an alphabetical list of Friday<br />

Fish Fries that will take you all the way<br />

through Lent: Feb. 16 through March 22.<br />

Erio’s<br />

Ristorante<br />

Since 1971<br />

Fresh Fish Daily • Certified Angus Beef<br />

Veal • Pasta • Hand-tossed Pizza<br />

951 Jungermann Rd • St. Peters<br />

928-0112<br />



Looking for Lenten fish fries in St. Charles County?<br />

All-Saints Church Knights of<br />

Columbus, 7 McMenamy Road in St.<br />

Peters from 4-7 p.m. Fried cod, catfish<br />

and sides. Drive-thru and Dine-in. For<br />

details, visit allsaints-stpeters.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Immaculate Conception, 7701 Hwy.<br />

N in Dardenne Prairie from 4:30 p.m.-8<br />

p.m. Cod, catfish, shrimp, fish tacos,<br />

hushpuppies and more. Dine-in, carryout<br />

and drive-thru are available. For<br />

details, visit Facebook - “ICD Fish Fry”<br />

or email icdfishfryexec@gmail.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Knights of Columbus - Post 2269<br />

at Assumption Catholic Church, 403<br />

N. Main St. in O’Fallon, from 5-7 p.m.<br />

Cod, catfish, potato salad, cole slaw<br />

and spaghetti. Dine-in or carry-out. For<br />

details or visit, thecompass2269.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph<br />

Catholic Church. Fish fries are held at<br />

the Pezold Banquet and Meeting Center,<br />

5701 Hwy. N in St. Charles from 4-8<br />

p.m., Feb. 16-March 22; and from 4-7<br />

p.m. on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) and<br />

Good Friday (March 29). Cod, catfish<br />

and shrimp. For details, email kurt.<br />

speckhals@sbcglobal.net.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles Borromeo, 601 N.<br />

Fourth Street in Saint Charles from 4-7<br />

p.m. Catfish, cod, fish tacos and pizza.<br />

Dine-in or carry-out. For details, call<br />

(636) 946-1893.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Cletus Church, 2721 Zumbehl<br />

Road in Saint Charles from 4-7 p.m., in<br />

the gym. Batter-fried cod or catfish, seasoned<br />

baked cod, fried or boiled shrimp,<br />

cheese pizza and sides. Dine-in or drivethru.<br />

For details, call (636) 946-6327 or<br />

visit saintcletus.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights<br />

of Columbus, 2 Seton Court in Saint<br />

Charles from 4-7 p.m. Fried and baked<br />

cod, catfish, cole slaw, french fries and<br />

quesadillas. Dine-in or carry-out. For<br />

details, call (636) 946-6717.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Joseph, 1410 Josephville Road in<br />

Wentzville from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Baked/<br />

fried fish, sides and complimentary dessert.<br />

Dine-in or carry-out.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Patrick Knights of Columbus,<br />

405 S. Church Street in Wentzville<br />

from 4-7 p.m. Fried catfish, whitefish,<br />

cod, spaghetti, sides and drinks. Dine-in<br />

or carry-out. For details, call (314) 440-<br />

5510.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Peter’s Church, 201 First Capitol<br />

in Saint Charles from 4-7 p.m. Cod,<br />

catfish, shrimp, hushpuppies and more.<br />

Dine-in or carry-out. For details, call<br />

(636) 946-6641 or visit stpstc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Sts. Joachim & Ann, 4112 McClay<br />

Road in Saint Charles from 4-7 p.m.<br />

Catfish, cod, shrimp, crab cakes, fish<br />

tacos, sides and more. Dine-in or carryout.<br />

EFor details, visit stsja.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Theodore Knights of Columbus,<br />

2061 Grothe Road in Flint Hill from 5-7<br />

p.m. Fresh catfish with coleslaw, potato<br />

salad, dessert and more. For details,<br />

visit uknight.org.<br />

• • •<br />

VFW Post 5077, 8500 Veterans<br />

Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon from<br />

4:30-7 p.m. Every Friday through Lent,<br />

including Good Friday. For details, call<br />

(636) 272-1945.<br />

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Find great food all day long at the Sweet Spot Café<br />


Sweet Spot Café isn’t your usual donut<br />

shop. It’s a spot where sweet meets savory.<br />

Along with Glazed Crullers and Chocolate<br />

Long Johns, customers can get<br />

falafels, gyros and burgers.<br />

“When people first come here, they<br />

don’t know what to think. Falafels aren’t<br />

what one expects to see in a donut shop,”<br />

said Sweet Spot Café owner Mario Badra.<br />

Badra learned how to make donuts in<br />

his parents’ donut shop. He also learned<br />

treasured family recipes for Falafels,<br />

Hummus Dip and Baba Ghanoush. He<br />

admits some people thought he was nuts<br />

when he started selling falafels and gyros<br />

in his donut shop. But the concept worked<br />

and customers love it.<br />

“When my parents started out with a<br />

donut shop in the late 1970s and early<br />

‘80s, a donut shop was just a donut shop.<br />

When I decided to open my shop (in St.<br />

Ann), I thought why not combine donuts<br />

with some of the Mediterranean foods I<br />

Sweet Spot Café<br />

9951 Winghaven Blvd. • O’Fallon • sweetspotstl.com<br />

Hours: 5:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Mondays; 5:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday;<br />

6 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturdays and 6 a.m.-4 p.m., Sundays<br />

grew up with and offer a café-style shop.”<br />

His decision has proved successful.<br />

Last July, he opened an O’Fallon location.<br />

Similar to the original, the O’Fallon<br />

Sweet Spot features display cases filled<br />

with freshly baked donuts, pastries and<br />

muffins, plus a cozy dining area with<br />

limited seating. When the weather warms,<br />

there’s also a patio.<br />

Above the counter is the menu board,<br />

which showcases the savory selections<br />

available for breakfast, lunch and dinner.<br />

“I didn’t want to be just opened in the<br />

morning. I wanted to be versatile, so I<br />

could be open throughout the day,” Badra<br />

said. “I also wanted to provide my customers<br />

with more – a one-stop shop where<br />

they could have their savory and their<br />

sweet. The café does that. You can stop<br />

for a donut and espresso; get a donut or<br />

carry out donuts by the dozen; or grab a<br />

gyro, a burger, or falafel – whatever you<br />

like. Then, get a donut for dessert.”<br />

On the donut side, you can get classic<br />

yeast-raised and cake donuts as well as pastries<br />

and<br />

the Fried<br />

Croissant,<br />

think of it<br />

as the love<br />

child of a<br />

puff pastry and a donut. It’s a flaky-on-theoutside<br />

and soft-on-the-inside decadent treat<br />

that is definitely worth the calories.<br />

Looking for something other than<br />

a donut for breakfast? How about a<br />

three-egg omelet, pancakes, breakfast<br />

burrito, or breakfast sandwich? Diners<br />

with heartier appetites can dig into the<br />

Country Fried Steak Platter or Biscuits<br />

and Gravy.<br />

“We’re heavy on the café side,” Badra<br />

said, noting that on the lunch and dinner<br />

side, sandwiches and burgers are standouts,<br />

especially the gyros.<br />

In addition to the traditional beef and<br />

lamb House Gyro, the café also offers<br />

Chicken and Vegetarian Gyros stuffed<br />

with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and<br />

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At Sweet Spot Café, you’ll find fresh baked donuts, even ones doubling as hamburger<br />

buns, and a variety of Mediterranean fare, including gyros. (Source: Sweet Spot Café)<br />

green peppers.<br />

There are a dozen different burgers to<br />

choose from, including a Turkey Burger<br />

and a Glazed Donut Cheese Burger, of<br />

course.<br />

“Our burgers use fresh beef and are<br />

dressed with veggies that are cut fresh<br />

every day. Nothing is frozen. And just like<br />

our donuts, our burgers and everything<br />

else are made fresh from scratch.”<br />

That includes the house-made Baba<br />

Ghanoush, which is available as a vegetarian<br />

main dish or a side. The fries and<br />

onion rings are great, but the baba ghanoush,<br />

with its smoked eggplant, tahini,<br />

olive oil, lemon juice and garlic, is the<br />

taste of the Mediterranean that makes<br />

Sweet Spot Café truly unique.<br />


Feb. 2 | Bob Eno, Central Com. Chairman<br />

– Republican Caucus March 2<br />

Feb. 9 | Wentzville School District Candidates<br />

– Leigh Palitzsch and Cindy Reidy<br />

Feb. 16 I St. Charles City School District<br />

– Randy Beilsmith, Candidate,<br />

Brian O’Mara, Josh Wilcutt<br />

Feb. 23 I Judge Robert Cornejo –<br />

11th Judicial Circuit Court Update<br />


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COUNTY, from page 13<br />

responding to District 2 council member<br />

Joe Brazil’s Sunshine Law request about<br />

elections questions. In response to that<br />

accusation, Bahr said, “I had responded to<br />

that request in full. But I had only sent that<br />

to the council member and did not make<br />

a public display about it, so it is possible<br />

others were not aware of that.”<br />

“Regarding comments about the election<br />

machines nor being certified that is also an<br />

untrue statement.”<br />

He held up a copy of a federal Election<br />

Assistance Commission (EAC) Certification<br />

and a copy of a Secretary of State Letter<br />

of Certification, both from 2021 certifying<br />

that the current Unisyn system version 2.2,<br />

is still valid. He said both have been posted<br />

on the County Elections Commission website<br />

for about a year.<br />

“Our election machines and system are<br />

certified,” Bahr said.<br />

Bahr clarified that EAC certification of<br />

the Unisyn hardware and software is not<br />

done by Unisyn or Adkins, but rather by<br />

one of two independent labs designated by<br />

the federal EAC.<br />

He said there had been some confusion<br />

caused by the federal EAC when they “did<br />

not do their paperwork from 2017-2019 to<br />

certify the labs that do the testing.” He said<br />

the EAC admitted this in a letter, which he<br />

held up. He added that the two labs “are still<br />

certified and nothing was uncertified.”<br />

According to Bahr, the EAC Testing<br />

and Certification Program assists state and<br />

local election officials by providing voting<br />

machine testing and certification. This program<br />

is a requirement of the Help America<br />

Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, legislation that<br />

created the EAC and mandated that the<br />

Commission provide certification, decertification<br />

and recertification of voting systems,<br />

as well as the accreditation of voting system<br />

testing laboratories.<br />

Asked about the timing, Bahr said Adkins<br />

had started programming for the Municipal<br />

Elections, because the ballots must be<br />

printed and available in time for the Feb. 20<br />

opening of absentee voting. However, the<br />

county’s finance department will not cut a<br />

check for payment until the election services<br />

contract is approved by the council. He said<br />

Adkins had started the work because of the<br />

long-standing relationship.<br />

When asked about obtaining other bids,<br />

Bahr said, “The elections space is a pretty<br />

small field with only about five firms who<br />

create voting machines and tabulators. If<br />

we reached out to the other four vendors,<br />

Dominion for example, would require a<br />

minimum of $1 million, probably more like<br />

$1.5 million, just to purchase new voting<br />

machines and tabulators.”<br />

Bahr said continuing with what the<br />

county has now is “the cheapest way to proceed<br />

(and) less expensive even than handcounting.”<br />

Council member Tim Baker (District 7)<br />

asked, “So we’re stuck with them. It’s either<br />

that or nobody?” To which Bahr replied,<br />

“It’s them or no elections.”<br />

Baker and Swanson both commented<br />

about the nationwide need to somehow<br />

reestablish trust in the election machines<br />

and process. Both said they were not saying<br />

there is anything being done wrong or<br />

nefariously in the county or by the Election<br />

Authority, but that public trust in elections<br />

is paramount.<br />

Swanson pushed for ways to increase<br />

voter confidence that individual voting<br />

machines and tabulators are working correctly.<br />

He said he would like St. Charles<br />

County to be at the forefront of that effort.<br />

Bahr outlined several procedures already<br />

used, including maintenance and calibration<br />

of each individual machine, running<br />

a ballot through a machine 40 times and<br />

verifying results, running a large test deck<br />

of ballots where the results are compared to<br />

what they should be, hand-count spot audits<br />

of precinct votes for certain elections designated<br />

by the Secretary of State, and a public<br />

test in advance of elections of randomly<br />

selected machines selected by a member of<br />

the public.<br />

Swanson asked if those tests could<br />

be made more visible, perhaps by livestreaming,<br />

and if the number of spotchecks<br />

and audits could be increased,<br />

with the intent of using transparency to<br />

increase public trust.<br />

Bahr said yes, in principle, although current<br />

tests are statistically valid, and a larger<br />

sample size would not change the outcome.<br />

Also, he said, “A group of people would not<br />

be satisfied unless the sample was 100%.”<br />

At the end of the discussions, County<br />

Executive Steve Ehlmann said he had<br />

placed the item on the consent agenda for<br />

Jan. 29 because he was told this must be<br />

addressed now and therefore tabling the<br />

item would not work. After a brief and<br />

tense staring and glaring exchange, Bahr<br />

acknowledged that he could have brought<br />

this agreement to the council in December<br />

but had thought, “If I did this now there<br />

would be sufficient time.”<br />

Ultimately, the item was approved by a<br />

vote of 4-1, with Baker (District 7) voting<br />

against it. Brazil and council member Dave<br />

Hammond (District 4) were absent.<br />




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For the third consecutive year, St.<br />

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