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Vol. 29 No. 5 • March 6, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

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The state of<br />

Black progress<br />

As part of Black History Month 20<strong>24</strong>,<br />

my organization, CURE, Center for Urban<br />

Renewal and Education, has announced<br />

the release of “The State of Black Progress,”<br />

published by Encounter Books.<br />

This is a follow-up to “The State of Black<br />

America,” published by CURE in 2022.<br />

The objective of these tomes is to showcase<br />

first-class scholarship to paint a<br />

comprehensive picture for thinking much<br />

differently about the reality facing Black<br />

Americans than what has been the norm for<br />

many years.<br />

By “thinking much differently,” I mean<br />

to say that our case shows that Blacks<br />

may have some unique problems and challenges,<br />

but the principles for dealing with<br />

these challenges are not about race. The<br />

truths that govern human reality, the truths<br />

that enable human success, are not different<br />

between races but are the same for all.<br />

Different ethnic groups or races may<br />

have unique problems, just as every individual<br />

human being has his or her own<br />

unique problems.<br />

But the truths to which every human<br />

being must turn to solve their unique problems<br />

are the same for all.<br />

In this spirit, we were very honored to be<br />

hosted by the American Enterprise institute<br />

in Washington, D.C., to do a joint event to<br />

publicize this tome.<br />

Three of the 12 scholars who contributed<br />

essays for the book are American Enterprise<br />

Institute (AEI) scholars.<br />

AEI, whose stated mission is “expanding<br />

liberty, increasing individual opportunity<br />

and strengthening free enterprise,” is the<br />

oldest Washington policy institute promoting<br />

these values, with a legacy reaching<br />

back to the 1930s.<br />

Our excitement to be hosted by and work<br />

with AEI is that AEI is about the key principles<br />

that define America as a free country<br />

with a free economy.<br />

At CURE, we focus on race and poverty<br />

exclusively – but we share the same<br />

American values with AEI regarding the<br />

principles needed for solving our problems.<br />

Two issues that we deal with in this work<br />

are federal retirement policy – Social<br />

Security – and federal housing policy.<br />

Both these areas saw major changes<br />

through expansion of government going<br />

back to the 1930s.<br />

AEI’s roots go back to that time; the<br />

institute stepped up and opposed significant<br />

expansion of the role of government<br />

in the lives of Americans.<br />

Our work in “The State of Black Progress”<br />

covers that gamut of where government<br />

has become majorly involved in the<br />

lives of Americans, particularly Black<br />

Americans.<br />

Beyond Social Security and federal<br />

housing policy, we’re talking about education<br />

policy, health care, local community<br />

economic policies and the changing ways<br />

federal judges read and apply our constitution<br />

to justify expansion of government.<br />

Our scholars show in all these areas<br />

that government activism and expansion<br />

designed to help low-income Americans<br />

has hurt rather than helped.<br />

Sadly, thinking about race in America<br />

has widely meant government activism<br />

and expansion.<br />

It not only has hurt the individuals these<br />

policies were meant to help, but it has hurt<br />

the whole country.<br />

As our nation now is being crushed by<br />

spending and debt, all should consider<br />

that, compared to the 25% of the American<br />

economy that government now consumes,<br />

in the mid-1960s, when the Civil Rights<br />

Act passed, this stood at 17%. Back in<br />

the late 1930s, when key elements of this<br />

began, federal spending consumed less<br />

than 10% of the U.S. economy.<br />

AEI’s Ian Rowe shows that when the data<br />

for race is corrected for family structure,<br />

when we look at Black households with<br />

intact families, with a married husband and<br />

wife heading the household, Black Americans<br />

are as healthy as any healthy part of<br />

our nation.<br />

It is unfortunate that the success of the<br />

Civil Rights Movement was parlayed into<br />

a new birth of government rather than into<br />

a new birth of freedom.<br />

CURE is working to change that, in the<br />

interest of Black Americans and all Americans.<br />

• • •<br />

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

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

with Star Parker.”<br />

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Eminent domain<br />

Re: The Cathy Lenny piece on Chesterfield’s<br />

plan to use eminent domain to clear<br />

the way for Chesterfield Mall redevelopment.<br />

Why isn’t there more outrage for<br />

cities using the double bludgeon of eminent<br />

domain and tax increment financing to<br />

stuff our taxes into the wallets of wealthy<br />

developers? If developers cannot finance<br />

their own projects then maybe that project<br />

is not worth existing. If they cry crocodile<br />

tears to the cities, then they can just take<br />

a hike. Pardon my naivete. These projects<br />

rarely produce the benefits and revenue to<br />

justify what they cost...look at the Dome.<br />

Bryce Frazier<br />

Re: Home is where the NAR is<br />

That’s insulting! (And uninformed). The<br />

Feb. 21, 20<strong>24</strong> editorial, “Home is where<br />

the NAR is” says my real estate experience<br />

can be replaced by websites. Fact:<br />

The only role real estate websites replace<br />

is the “listing book” of available homes<br />

previously published for realtors to share<br />

with their buyer clients.<br />

Surely the single, most expensive,<br />

legally-binding transaction any person<br />

can complete should warrant experienced<br />

guidance.<br />

Buying a home is far more than locating<br />

potential homes. That’s why most buyers<br />

are represented by a fiduciary-responsible<br />

buyer’s agent. Otherwise, an unrepresented<br />

buyer is truly undermatched negotiating<br />

with a professionally represented<br />

seller. Who, by the way, represents the best<br />

interests of their seller-client.<br />

Want to write a winning home sale offer?<br />

Better have someone who understands the<br />

minimum nine residential sale contract<br />

contingencies knows what’s included, how<br />

the loan, title, inspection, insurance, earnest<br />

money and occupancy requirements<br />

work. And let’s say that buyer wants OUT<br />

of their contract, can a website help with<br />

that?<br />

Let’s correct the 5.5% average commission<br />

fee statement. It’s split four ways;<br />

not two. Buyers’ real estate company<br />

and buyers’ agent; and then sellers’ real<br />

estate company and sellers’ agent. So<br />

that’s down to about 1.375% to the agent.<br />

Remember too, we’re paid 100% commission,<br />

with no benefits and only after a<br />

sale is completed.<br />

However, I’ll say any average homeowner,<br />

involved in a dozen real estate<br />

transactions (as the article stated the<br />

“average agent” has) may do well enough<br />

relying on a website only; but I wouldn’t<br />

recommend it, professionally speaking.<br />

Dana Tippit<br />

Less is more<br />

Socialism has negative connotations due<br />

to its myriad failures and human suffering<br />

throughout history, not because of Republicans.<br />

If you believe social security is a<br />

success, why is the trust due to go insolvent<br />

by 2033? Over time, Democrats voted<br />

to increase the percent paid in, increased<br />

the wage cap, voted to make it taxable and<br />

voted to rob the trust and leave an IOU. It’s<br />

a ponzi scheme relying on fewer future<br />

beneficiaries to pay for increased current<br />

ones.<br />

It’s a political wedge, poorly run and<br />

a drain on the budget. Why stop at “rich”<br />

people? Stop giving everyone’s percent to<br />

the government...put it in a personal IRA<br />

or 401k and phase out government benefits<br />

over time. You make it sound like one’s<br />

failure to save for the future is the government’s<br />

responsibility. Sorry, lost my head...<br />

Democrats believe everyone is a victim.<br />

That’s what leads to big government/overreach.<br />

We go in thinking we can retire at<br />

say, 65, then because of government mismanagement<br />

or demographics, our benefits<br />

are cut or we have to keep working? It’s<br />

our money! What happened to personal<br />

responsibility? Less government is more.<br />

No Social Security admin/offices, no waiting<br />

in line for Q&A, no political wedge…<br />

Heaven on earth.<br />

Jon Schulte<br />

CORRECTION: The Feb. 21 issue<br />

should have featured the following On The<br />

Cover information: Chris Hartley, of the<br />

Sophia M.Sachs Butterfly House, is shown<br />

with longtime Chesterfield conservationist<br />

Darcy Capstick. (Photo by Elaine Collins)<br />

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Mental Health<br />

Law Matters<br />

The Census<br />

Bureau once<br />

found that<br />

approximately<br />

10% of the<br />

population suffers<br />

from a serious<br />

mental illness,<br />

with half<br />

of those suffering from bipolar disorder<br />

or schizophrenia. I recently read<br />

a study that found that 7 to 8% of<br />

marijuana users developed depression,<br />

even clinical depression, and<br />

psychosis. With the legalization of<br />

marijuana, the problem will only get<br />

worse.<br />

I was talking to a psychologist after<br />

church on Sunday, and he remembers<br />

working at the state hospital on Arsenal<br />

back in the 70s. He said there were<br />

maybe 3000 patients there then. With<br />

the development of anti-psychotic<br />

drugs, he guessed that the number has<br />

dropped down to maybe 300. That is<br />

a good thing. Warehousing inconvenient<br />

people was kind of inhumane.<br />

But just giving patients a baggie<br />

full of drugs and sending them on<br />

their way is not the solution either. It<br />

is well documents that once patients<br />

start to feel better, they often stop<br />

taking their drugs, and many times<br />

they end up homeless, on the streets<br />

or even worse. We wonder how many<br />

people are in prison for crimes that<br />

could have been prevented had they<br />

been on the proper medication with<br />

consistent follow-up care.<br />

And it seems as if no families are<br />

exempt. It may be that a family member<br />

suffers from severe depression or<br />

psychosis. They might be unaware of<br />

the gravity of the illness or unable to<br />

make good healthcare decisions on<br />

their own and resist getting help.<br />

The family may want to help, but<br />

because of a patient’s “rights,” the<br />

loved ones can only be taken into<br />

treatment without their consent if<br />

they pose a risk of harm to themselves<br />

or others. If they do pose such<br />

a risk, then they can be taken in for<br />

diagnosis, and if a doctor is willing to<br />

state that the patient is unable to<br />

perform the functions of daily living<br />

without some kind of assistance,<br />

then it is possible to get guardianship<br />

to help monitor the care.<br />

It seems to me that as a society,<br />

we fail many of our most vulnerable<br />

members, which harms society as a<br />

whole. Think of the contributions<br />

these individuals could make to our<br />

society. Some of them are truly<br />

brilliant when healthy. We need to<br />

prioritize mental health, an issue that<br />

really affects all of us. But do we<br />

have the resolve?<br />

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those who suffer from mental illness.<br />

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Police investigating body<br />

found in Vlasis pond<br />

Ballwin police are working to find<br />

answers regarding a body found in the<br />

lower Vlasis Park pond in late February.<br />

The Metro <strong>West</strong> Fire Protection District<br />

and the Ballwin Police Department had<br />

responded to a water rescue/body in the<br />

water call at approximately 2:40 p.m. on<br />

Friday, Feb. 23, when a citizen fishing<br />

made the discovery of a body.<br />

According to Ballwin Police, the investigation<br />

is ongoing, with no new details to<br />

release at press time.<br />

Public Information Officer Mark Reckert<br />

said the toxicology report can take<br />

anywhere from weeks to months to complete.<br />

“There’s not going to be anything soon<br />

because we have a long wait before the<br />

results,” Reckert said on Feb. 26. “We can’t<br />

do anything until they release their report.”<br />

Additionally, Ballwin is currently waiting<br />

on the final results of another case,<br />

where two bodies were found on Jan.<br />

30 in a Sunnyslope Drive home, which<br />

could delay the findings for the Feb. 23<br />

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City receives 15-acre donation<br />

adjacent to Railroad Park<br />

The city of Chesterfield has been given<br />

15 acres of land immediately adjacent<br />

and west of Railroad Park in Chesterfield<br />

Valley.<br />

Scott Harding, president & CEO of SCI<br />

Engineering Inc., donated the 15.92-acre<br />

tract at 190 Long Road. He only asks that<br />

the city pay the cost of an appraisal and tax<br />

paperwork.<br />

The property is covered by a conservation<br />

easement and was used as a wetland<br />

mitigation area for prior development. Use<br />

of the property is significantly restricted;<br />

however, it does provide for contiguous<br />

access from the west.<br />

Development of Railroad Park was discussed<br />

by the parks, recreation and arts<br />

committee, even though there are challenges,<br />

including regulatory obstacles,<br />

water, sewer, parking and grading.<br />

Currently, Railroad Park is generally a<br />

passive park, but is used for Ultimate Frisbee,<br />

said City Administrator Mike Geisel.<br />

“The addition of the acreage provides<br />

some potential enhanced opportunities for<br />

access, but in reality, the acquisition of this<br />

property only expands the acreage as it is<br />

currently used,” he said.<br />

At the Feb. 20 meeting, the city council<br />

authorized a budget adjustment of<br />

$5,000 from the parks fund reserve for<br />

the appraisal and other costs. City staff<br />

were also directed to update the 2019<br />

Railroad Park bridge access feasibility<br />

study with the integration of the additional<br />

parcel.<br />


Nominations sought for<br />

Arbor Day Art Contest<br />

The deadline for the annual arbor art and<br />

photograph contest is Friday, March 29.<br />

This is an all-ages event with awards given<br />

to the winners in the following art categories:<br />

pre-kindergarten-kindergarten, grades<br />

1 and 2, grades 3-5, middle school, high<br />

school, adult and seniors 65-plus. Photo<br />

entries will be judged in two categories: 18<br />

and younger and 19-plus.<br />

The theme of this year’s contest is<br />

“Nature Around Us.” Any aspect of nature<br />

is acceptable.<br />

Entries should be created using any twodimensional<br />

medium: pencil, water color,<br />

crayon, marker, oil, photo, digital design,<br />

et cetera. Entries must not exceed 9 by 12<br />

inches and cannot be on canvas or canvas<br />

panel. Every entry must list the artist’s<br />

name, category, address and phone number<br />

on the back of the art piece.<br />

Submissions must be sent or delivered<br />

to Janet Rueschhoff, City of Creve Coeur,<br />

300 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, MO<br />

63141. For additional information, contact<br />

Rueschhoff at (314) 872-2511 or via email<br />

at jrueschhoff@crevecoeurmo.gov.<br />

All entries will be displayed for one<br />

month inside the Government Center on<br />

the lower level. Mayor Robert Hoffman<br />

will present ribbons to the contest winners<br />

during the city’s annual Arbor Day<br />

celebration on Sunday, April 21 by the<br />

Horticulture, Ecology and Beautification<br />

Committee. The festivities, which will take<br />

place from 1-3 p.m. at the Government<br />

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

feature a plant giveaway, activities for kids,<br />

educational displays and a live raptor presentation<br />

led by the World Bird Sanctuary.<br />

For over 25 years, Creve Coeur has been<br />

recognized as a “Tree City” by the National<br />

Arbor Day Foundation.<br />


Police take plunge for<br />

Special Olympics<br />

On Feb. <strong>24</strong>, several members of the Manchester<br />

Police family participated in the<br />

Polar Plunge benefiting Special Olympics<br />

Missouri. The annual event at Creve Coeur<br />

Lake brought in more than $100,000 for<br />

the organization with Manchester’s team<br />

raising nearly $5,000. Despite an unusually<br />

warm February, the daytime high on that<br />

Saturday was a chilly 49 degrees.<br />


Recreation memberships<br />

available<br />

Twin Oaks residents can take advantage<br />

of neighborly discounts for recreation<br />

memberships in Ballwin and Des Peres.<br />

An agreement between the cities allows<br />

Twin Oaks residents to sign up for annual<br />

recreation memberships at that city’s resident<br />

rate. The city of Twin Oaks will then<br />

be billed to cover the cost of the difference<br />

between the resident and non-resident rate.<br />

Ballwin membership options include<br />

The Pointe at Ballwin Commons, North<br />

Pointe Pool passes and the city’s Platinum<br />

memberships, which provide access to<br />

both The Pointe and North Pointe as well<br />

as a resident rate for greens fees at the<br />

city’s golf course. To learn more about<br />

Ballwin’s rates and services, visit ballwin.<br />

mo.us/Memberships.<br />

Visit desperesmo.org/369/Memberships<br />

to learn more about Des Peres’ rates and<br />





Absentee voting open<br />

St. Louis County voters who wish to vote<br />

absentee in the April 2 General Municipal<br />

Election can now request a ballot. The<br />

deadline to request an absentee ballot is<br />

5 p.m. on March 20. Absentee voters can<br />

also cast a ballot in person at the board of<br />

elections office located at 725 Northwest<br />

Plaza Drive in St. Ann on weekdays from<br />

8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Absentee voting will also<br />

be available at six additional satellite sites<br />

beginning March 21 and during the two<br />

Saturdays before election day, which are<br />

March 23 and March 30.<br />

Residents who wish to vote absentee must<br />

meet one of six reasons: being absent from<br />

St. Louis County on election day; being<br />

incapacitated or confined due to sickness<br />

or disability, including caring for a person<br />

who is incapacitated or confined due to<br />

sickness or disability; being restricted by<br />

religious belief or practice; being employed<br />

by an election authority; being incarcerated,<br />

although all necessary qualifications for<br />

voting have been retained or being a participant<br />

in the Missouri Safe at Home program.<br />

Other important dates and deadlines to<br />

know:<br />

March 6 - last day to register to vote for<br />

the April 2 election.<br />

March 19 - no-excuse in-person absentee<br />

voting begins.<br />

March 21 - seven satellite voting sites<br />

open.<br />

March 23 and March 30 - weekend<br />

absentee voting from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.<br />

April 1 - last day to vote absentee at<br />

board of elections office or satellite site, 5<br />

p.m. deadline.<br />

Harder proposes use of NFL<br />

settlement funds on roads<br />

St. Louis County Council member Mark<br />

Harder (R-District 7) introduced a bill in<br />

February that would transfer $20 million<br />

from the NFL Settlement Fund to the Special<br />

Road and Bridge Fund to be used on<br />

various road construction projects in unincorporated<br />

St. Louis County. The council<br />

is tentatively scheduled to meet as a committee<br />

of the whole at 2 p.m. on March 19<br />

to discuss the bill in more detail. The meeting<br />

will be held in the council chambers at<br />

41 South Central Ave. in Clayton.<br />

Harder introduced the bill as a solution<br />

to the $20 million backlog of road projects<br />

in the county that need to be funded.<br />

At the council meeting on Feb. 20 council<br />

chair Shalonda Webb (D-District 4) and<br />

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

5) questioned whether the public works<br />

department has the staff to carry out the<br />

number of potential projects because of<br />

staffing vacancies.<br />

Harder also mentioned the possibility of<br />

matching fund grants from the federal government<br />

that would potentially quadruple<br />

the county’s funds, but it will take time.<br />

“Many of these projects take two to five<br />

years sometimes before we see pavement,”<br />

Harder said. “If we have to wait for money<br />

it takes longer. I hope an infusion of money<br />

will take a bit out of the project backlog.<br />

I’m also hoping we can use this for matching<br />

funds, so we can leverage this money<br />

and take $20 million and turn it into $80 to<br />

$90 million worth of road projects.”<br />

Show Me Service Awards<br />

nominations open<br />

The Missouri Community Service<br />

Commission is seeking nominations<br />

for its 22nd Annual Show Me Service<br />

Awards. The awards highlight the service<br />

and volunteerism that Missourians<br />

provide to strengthen communities and<br />

improve quality of life. To provide a<br />

diverse group of awardees each year,<br />

they are presented by region and include<br />

age-specific awards, national service<br />

awards, business awards and community<br />

awards. The awards are divided into<br />

seven categories and awarded across four<br />

regions. St. Louis and St. Charles counties<br />

are part of the St. Louis area.<br />

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Categories include: Youth (under 18),<br />

Adult (18-54), Senior (over 55), Ameri-<br />

Corps Member Award, AmeriCorps<br />

Seniors/Senior Corps Member Award,<br />

the Business Excellence Award that is<br />

presented to a for-profit business that has<br />

provided opportunities for its employees<br />

or volunteers to volunteer in the community<br />

and the Community Excellence<br />

award that is presented to a municipality<br />

or county that has come together on a specific<br />

service project or ongoing service<br />

activity.<br />

Award nominees will compete with<br />

only those from their region in the same<br />

category. To nominate someone, complete<br />

a nomination form at showmeservice.org<br />

before 11:59 p.m. on March 11. Awardees<br />

must be Missouri residents, and a majority<br />

of the service must have been completed in<br />

Missouri in 2023.<br />

Neeta Lopes of Chesterfield won the<br />

Adult Volunteer of the Year award last year.<br />

Lopes helped curate and conduct mindfulness<br />

activities, personal development and<br />

global awareness within the community<br />

through activities at local hospitals for<br />

stress relief and mental health. Lopes also<br />

led and organized yoga and meditation<br />

workshops for area schools and colleges.<br />

The Show Me Service Awards ceremony<br />

will be held at 2:30 p.m. on April 23 in the<br />

Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City.<br />

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Two candidates face off in race for Wildwood mayor<br />




Not yet 30 years old, the city of Wildwood<br />

is still forging its path to find a<br />

balance for promoting residential and<br />

commercial development while retaining<br />

its wildlife and natural beauty.<br />

After serving two terms in office, Mayor<br />

Jim Bowlin will run for Missouri Senate<br />

District 15, and two candidates who are<br />

well-known within the city are competing<br />

to fill the seat.<br />

Joe Garritano is currently a Ward 8 Wildwood<br />

City Council member. He has been<br />

on the city council since 2008 when he was<br />

first appointed to the seat. He has served<br />

on several committees and is also on the<br />

board of the Missouri Municipal League.<br />

Tony Salvatore is retired from the United<br />

States Air Force and TWA/American Airlines.<br />

Salvatore previously ran for public<br />

office in Wildwood and as a candidate for<br />

U.S. House of Representatives, District 2<br />

in 2022. He may be most known for the<br />

campaign he ran in 2018 for city council<br />

that led to a lawsuit against Wildwood.<br />

Salvatore sued the city in the U.S. District<br />

Court in St. Louis in March 2019. He<br />

claimed Wildood was infringing on his<br />

Garritano<br />

First Amendment rights after he was told<br />

repeatedly that he could not carry a political<br />

sign on a public right-of-way. He was<br />

awarded a $295,000 settlement.<br />

Trash service has also been a heated<br />

issue in the city, with two new companies<br />

selected to handle the service. An anonymous<br />

whistleblower complaint had been<br />

filed against the city with the Missouri<br />

Salvatore<br />

State Auditor’s office regarding the situation;<br />

however, after a review of the associated<br />

materials, the auditor’s office stated it<br />

was taking no further action at the present<br />

time.<br />

To better understand each candidate’s<br />

platform, they were asked three questions<br />

regarding their vision for Wildwood. Following<br />

are their responses, in ballot order:<br />

1. Some residents have expressed dissatisfaction<br />

regarding the trash services.<br />

What is your plan to address this?<br />

Joe Garritano<br />

Keeping costs down is critical for our<br />

residents. Because of inflation and a dearth<br />

of service providers, costs for trash services<br />

are increasing throughout the region. I will<br />

fight against this trend while refusing to<br />

sacrifice standards. Along with affordability,<br />

we must demand enforceable standards in<br />

every contract. In the past, Wildwood has<br />

had issues with service providers in which<br />

residents noted substandard service. Along<br />

with affordability must come accountability<br />

by providers if our residents are to be provided<br />

the best value. As mayor, I will continue<br />

to fight for affordable service, while<br />

enforcing service standards for our residents.<br />

Tony Salvatore<br />

Submitting the trash contracts to a new<br />

legal, uncorrupted bid process is the only<br />

solution to these corrupt, no-bid contracts<br />

my opponent, Joe Garritano, orchestrated<br />

as chairman of the Administration/Public<br />

See WILDWOOD, page 17<br />

Parkway responds to resident concerns regarding proposed early childhood center site<br />


The proposed site of an early childhood<br />

center (ECC) between Wren Hollow Elementary<br />

and Southwest Middle in the Parkway<br />

School District has residents of neighboring<br />

subdivisions at odds with the plan.<br />

The proposed project is part of the<br />

$265 million bond issue voters passed in<br />

November 2022. Its expected cost is $30<br />

to $35 million.<br />

Elena Polson, director of early childhood<br />

programs, explained that the new<br />

school will mimic the role of the ECC near<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> High. The center will serve<br />

approximately 300 students, with room for<br />

185 students at any given time, along with<br />

administrative staff and teachers. Additionally,<br />

the center will be the new home<br />

of the teaching, learning and accountability<br />

department employees, who are currently<br />

housed in Creve Coeur.<br />

“This fulfills a great need within our community,”<br />

Polson said. “We want to serve<br />

the growing population and partner with<br />

families. There is a $12 return on every $1<br />

investment in early learners.”<br />

Parkway Chief Communication Officer<br />

Elisa Tomich explained that in the last<br />

decade, there has been a waiting list of 360<br />

families on average. A study by Parkway<br />

shows that the greatest need for early education<br />

is in the south, with the 63021 ZIP<br />

code the most heavily populated sector of<br />

children age 3 and under.<br />

Neighboring residents, predominantly<br />

those living along Wren Avenue and the<br />

subdivisions adjoining the school on Canary<br />

Drive and Audubon Place Court, shared<br />

their concerns at the February Manchester<br />

Board of Aldermen meetings and the Feb.<br />

21 Parkway Board of Education meeting<br />

during the public comments portion.<br />

The schools that would sandwich the<br />

ECC are built along Wren Avenue with<br />

the primary access in and out at Sulphur<br />

Spring Road.<br />

While the residents agreed with the need<br />

for additional classroom space to alleviate<br />

enrollment concerns, the complaints were<br />

specifically directed at this chosen location<br />

due to safety, traffic flow and the use of<br />

green space.<br />

Southwest Middle eighth-grader Maxwell<br />

Mayo spoke at the Manchester aldermanic<br />

meeting on Feb. 20. He expressed<br />

concern that the school would take away<br />

green space used by students.<br />

“Parkway Southwest Middle School uses<br />

the field in between the two (existing) schools<br />

for outdoor activities, like soccer, football<br />

and Ultimate Frisbee and other games. They<br />

A sign at one of the residences along Wren Avenue.<br />

also use it for after-school activities like<br />

soccer and other recreational purposes.<br />

“Not only would the ECC center take<br />

away the recreation space, but also takes<br />

away the environment behind the school,<br />

where there are woods, which is home to<br />

deer, coyotes, squirrels and birds.”<br />

In an interview with <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

addressing those concerns, Tomich said<br />

that the new facility will allow for outdoor<br />

learning, including improved green space,<br />

a nature path and a revitalized pond. Students<br />

and residents will be encouraged<br />

to use this new space outside of regular<br />

school hours.<br />

“The long-term benefit is partnering<br />

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between the schools to work alongside the<br />

different-aged groups in outdoor learning<br />

spaces,” Polson added.<br />

Of primary concern for the residents<br />

who spoke was the safety of students who<br />

walk or ride their bikes. With only one<br />

access road, traffic is congested, private<br />

driveways often are blocked during dropoff<br />

and pick-up times.<br />

An extensive traffic study by an independent<br />

engineering firm has been underway,<br />

and was scheduled to be wrapped up by the<br />

end of February. The firm’s report will document<br />

traffic conditions during drop-off<br />

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Attorney general accuses local<br />

districts of discriminatory practices<br />

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The Parkway School District was one<br />

of three local school districts that received<br />

cease and desist letters in late February<br />

from Missouri Attorney General Andrew<br />

Bailey on reports that the districts participated<br />

in discriminatory practices against<br />

their students and staff.<br />

Responses from all three districts refuted<br />

Bailey’s claims.<br />

Specifically, Parkway was accused of<br />

“preventing students from forming religious-based<br />

clubs like Fellowship of Christian<br />

Athletes, prohibiting them from using<br />

the campus announcement system, hanging<br />

posters, or holding meetings on campus.”<br />

Parkway responded that the accusations<br />

were unfounded.<br />

“In fact, all four Parkway high schools<br />

have active and long-standing Fellowship<br />

of Christian Athletes clubs,” the<br />

district’s statement read. “We have other<br />

active faith-based student clubs in our<br />

high schools, including the Jewish Student<br />

Union, Muslim Student Union and Catholic<br />

Faith Club.”<br />

The statement went on to say that the<br />

district believes that “when students have<br />

activities that are meaningful to them personally<br />

and create a sense of belonging,<br />

they are more successful at school.”<br />

“Parkway is committed to supporting<br />

the diversity of religions represented in<br />

our student bodies and providing clubs<br />

and activities to support their interests and<br />

needs,” the statement read.<br />

Bailey’s letter accused the Lindbergh<br />

School District of having two sets of standards<br />

for entrance into its LEAP gifted<br />

program, allowing lower test scores for<br />

minority students in order “to reach a 20%<br />

equity index for underrepresented student<br />

populations.”<br />

In his response, Lindbergh Superintendent<br />

Dr. Tony Lake called Bailey’s claims<br />

“politically motivated.”<br />

Bailey was tapped to fill the attorney<br />

general position in November 2022, after<br />

then-attorney general Eric Schmidt was<br />

elected to the U.S. Senate. As an appointee,<br />

Bailey will have to win his attorney<br />

general position in this year’s Aug. 6 Primary.<br />

Filing for that election opened on<br />

Feb. 27, with Bailey and former assistant<br />

U.S. Attorney Will Scharf as the declared<br />

Republican candidates at that time.<br />

In his letter to the Webster Groves<br />

School District, Bailey quotes the district’s<br />

“Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Report”<br />

(December 2023), stating that the district’s<br />

hiring goal is to “attract, support and retain<br />

staff who at a minimum reflect the diversity<br />

of (its) student population.” Citing the<br />

Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Missouri<br />

Human Rights Act, Bailey wrote that if the<br />

reports he said he received were true, the<br />

district would be in violation of state and<br />

federal discrimination laws.<br />

The statement from the Webster Groves<br />

School District called the accusation,<br />

“ridiculous.”<br />

“There is nothing wrong with the stated<br />

goal, and it is certainly not unlawful racebased<br />

hiring,” the district responded. “Webster<br />

Groves School District has not, and will<br />

not, discriminate against anyone in hiring<br />

based upon the person’s race. However, the<br />

District is interested in having a diverse<br />

faculty to serve as educators to our diverse<br />

student population and is willing to take the<br />

effort to attract, support and retain that staff.”<br />

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and pick-up at the existing schools, determine<br />

the number of new trips expected for<br />

the proposed ECC, consider how the proposed<br />

ECC may impact the traffic flow and<br />

queuing on the adjacent public roads and<br />

determine if further improvements (such<br />

as additional traffic lights or traffic signs)<br />

are required to provide safe and efficient<br />

traffic flow. The engineers perform traffic<br />

counts during the peak arrival (7-10 a.m.)<br />

and dismissal periods (2-5 p.m.), with<br />

buses under separate analysis.<br />

Once the impact study is complete,<br />

Parkway will present its formal site development<br />

plan to the city of Manchester.<br />

While the district initially hopes to begin<br />

the permit process this spring and begin<br />

construction by late summer or early fall<br />

(opening no earlier than fall 2026), Manchester<br />

Planning, Zoning and Economic<br />

Development Director Andrea Riganti said<br />

that “the timeline is fluid.”<br />

“The city cannot arbitrarily deny an<br />

application,” Riganti said. “Land use laws<br />

require the city to fairly and reasonably<br />

examine evidence submitted and determine<br />

if it meets code requirements.”<br />

A public meeting will be held on March<br />

26 at 6 p.m. at Southwest Middle, where<br />

Parkway will present its plan to residents,<br />

who will have an opportunity to ask questions<br />

as well. Representatives from the city<br />

of Manchester also will be present.<br />

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Local teen gifted dream trip to Alaska by Make-A-Wish Foundation<br />


Charlie LaBarge was prepared for fun<br />

when he hit the slopes at Hidden Valley in<br />

Wildwood with his family on Feb. 19. What<br />

he didn’t know was how far that short trip<br />

would soon take him.<br />

Charlie, 14, has a form of cancer called<br />

rhabdomyosarcoma. Two years ago, he<br />

began the process of having a wish granted<br />

by the Make-A-Wish Foundation – a program<br />

for kids fighting critical illnesses.<br />

For his wish, Charle felt the call of the<br />

wild, and wants to visit Alaska.<br />

Representatives from Make-A-Wish,<br />

along with wish sponsors from Spectrum,<br />

surprised Charlie when he arrived at<br />

Hidden Valley, informing him he’d be able<br />

to make the odyssey to the north as he’d<br />

hoped.<br />

“I want to go see the wildlife like eagles,<br />

moose and bears,” Charlie said. “I don’t<br />

want to go and hug them, but I want to see<br />

them for sure.”<br />

He also wants to see Kenai Fjords National<br />

Park, where nearly 40 glaciers flow from<br />

nearby ice fields. Charlie’s mom, Anne, said<br />

he has always loved nature and the outdoors,<br />

even through his cancer treatments.<br />

“It was hard for the whole family to watch<br />

Charlie LaBarge was granted his wish of a trip to Alaska at a surprise reveal party at Hidden<br />

Valley in Wildwood. Back row, from the left: Lindsay Skredenske, Make-A-Wish director of<br />

business development; Terri Vines, Spectrum; Kevin Howard, chief accounting officer for<br />

Spectrum and Make-A-Wish board member; Chad Baker, Make-A-Wish Granter; Patty<br />

Senft, Make-A-Wish regional director of business development; Gene LaBarge. Middle<br />

row: Charlie, Ruthie, William and Anne LaBarge. Front row: DJ Koch, Hidden Valley’s<br />

General Manager.<br />

Charlie go through the treatments,” Anne<br />

said. “Going on a trip as a family is something<br />

we haven’t done since his diagnosis.<br />

This is something we all need.”<br />

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is sending<br />

Charlie; his parents, Gene and Anne; and<br />

his brother and sister, William and Ruthie;<br />

on the Alaskan getaway this summer.<br />

Charlie’s wish granter, Chad Baker, was<br />

at the party. He said granting this wish<br />

was special for him because when he was<br />

a child he had the same kind of cancer as<br />

Charlie and was granted a wish when he<br />

was 4 years old. His wish was for a trip to<br />

California. Baker said he remembers visiting<br />

the beach and San Diego Zoo and that it<br />

was just what his family needed.<br />

“It was a big relief for my family at the<br />

time,” Baker said. “We started planning my<br />

trip when I was in the middle of my treatment,<br />

and we didn’t know what direction I<br />

was going to go in. The trip ended up being<br />

a time for us to heal. We went at the end of<br />

my treatment.”<br />

Since Baker began volunteering with<br />

Make-A-Wish as a wish granter he has<br />

granted 15 wishes. Wish granters visit the<br />

children who are asking for a wish to help<br />

them decide what wish to make.<br />

“We always ask the same three questions:<br />

if you could go anywhere, where would you<br />

want to go; if you could meet anyone who<br />

would you want to meet; and if you wanted<br />

to be something or someone for a day, who<br />

would you want to be,” Baker said. “Charlie<br />

knew right away that he wanted his wish<br />

to be a trip to Alaska.”<br />

Spectrum is the corporate sponsor for<br />

Charlie’s wish and representatives attended<br />

the wish reveal party.<br />

Patty Senft, regional director of business<br />

development for Make-A-Wish, said corporate<br />

sponsors like Spectrum make granting<br />

wishes in the St. Louis area possible.<br />

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March 6, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


Millennium Park improvements continue amid change orders<br />

I NEWS I 15<br />


Creve Coeur has approved its fifth<br />

change order for more incidental improvements<br />

to the Millennium Park project. The<br />

council unanimously passed a resolution<br />

authorizing Ideal Landscape Construction,<br />

Inc. for this work phase.<br />

The contract is for the sum of<br />

$70,072.60. It also includes authorization<br />

for City Administrator Mark Perkins to<br />

approve up to an additional $20,000 for<br />

future change orders for the Millennium<br />

Park project.<br />

“For a quick update, the project is going<br />

very well,” City Engineer Steven Berecz<br />

said. “We’ve been fortunate with some<br />

pretty good weather and the contractor is<br />

working really well. In the next months,<br />

the city will see the benefits, and we’ll all<br />

be out there enjoying a great new park.”<br />

The previous four change orders,<br />

approved by Perkins, totaled around<br />

$41,000. That number is roughly 1.7% of<br />

the total project, is was $2.5 million.<br />

Berecz noted that almost all the change<br />

orders have been for complex projects<br />

with lots of moving pieces. He said city<br />

staff has been out there the whole time,<br />

making sure everything is being done<br />

according to plan.<br />

The main emphasis of the newest change<br />

order is removing the 11 bollard lighting<br />

pieces along the walking path leading to<br />

the Tappmeyer House and replacing them<br />

with lighting all the way to the parking<br />

lot. Four of the existing lights have burnt<br />

out, and Berecz said it makes more sense<br />

to replace all 11, rather than try to retrofit<br />

the four non-working lights in a way that<br />

ALASKA, from previous<br />

Kevin Howard, Spectrum’s chief<br />

accounting officer also serves as a board<br />

member for the foundation.<br />

“This is a great cause and (the foundation)<br />

does a great job with their resources,”<br />

Howard said. “We get to help people who<br />

are going through things we can’t imagine,<br />

and the money we raise stays local. I know<br />

people who I work with who have had wishes<br />

granted. The power of a wish being granted<br />

for these kids and their families is priceless.”<br />

Spectrum is also the main sponsor for this<br />

year’s Walk for Wishes, making it the biggest<br />

in the country. The walk is being held<br />

on April 13 in Forest Park. Funds raised at<br />

the walk stay in St. Louis to grant wishes<br />

for local children. Interested participants<br />

or volunteers can find more information at<br />

walkforwishesstl.com.<br />

matches the other fixtures.<br />

Citizen Donna Spence had concerns<br />

that the lighting could be too strong and<br />

could attract certain bugs too easily. The<br />

response was that these would not offer<br />

additional issues.<br />

Council member Joe Martinich (Ward<br />

2) inquired as to whether the new lighting<br />

would have better illumination than<br />

the existing ones. The consensus was<br />

that they would be slightly better because<br />

they’re newer, but there wouldn’t be an<br />

appreciable difference.<br />

“The bollard lighting is a lot of money<br />

to spend, but at the end of the day, to go<br />

out and try to recondition 10-year-old<br />

bollard lights, and the four weren’t going<br />

to match,” Perkins said. “It just seemed<br />

time to replace all of them, and they’re<br />

all LED now. Also, we needed to add<br />

other ones because it really didn’t seem<br />

to make sense to just have lighting around<br />

the Tappmeyer House with such a gap to<br />

the parking lot at dusk. Plus, we already<br />


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it made sense to just get that done, too. I<br />

think all these are really good changes.”<br />

Another part of the fifth change order<br />

is adding 12 eight-foot-long picnic tables.<br />

This wasn’t originally budgeted, but it’s<br />

now considered a cost-effective addition<br />

by the city. The change order will also<br />

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March 6, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


On the Ballot: The Propositions<br />



In the April 2 Municipal Election, voters<br />

in St. Louis County will be asked to decide<br />

the fate of two propositions put forth by the<br />

Metropolitan Sewer District.<br />

Proposition S, if passed by voters,<br />

would initiate a tax increase that would<br />

provide a new stormwater service to<br />

address stormwater, flooding and creek<br />

erosion issues in MSD’s entire service<br />

area. The property tax increase would be<br />

7.45 cents per $100 of assessed valuation<br />

for residential property and cost about $2<br />

a month or $25 annually for a property<br />

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

to MSD documents.<br />

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

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

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

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

would be an increase of $1.05 per 1,000<br />

square feet.<br />

Proposition W, which addresses wastewater<br />

infrastructure, asks voters whether<br />

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

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

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

$1.6 billion of federal- and state-mandated<br />

wastewater infrastructure projects for the<br />

next four of 16 years.<br />

If voters authorize the district to issue<br />

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

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

years beginning in 2025 for metered residential<br />

customers.<br />

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

approved, proposes rate increases of 7%<br />

in 2025, 7.6% in 2026, 7.5% in 2027 and<br />

6.6% in 2028 for metered customers. A residential<br />

metered customer who averages a<br />

monthly bill of $57.04 in 20<strong>24</strong> is estimated<br />

to pay $75.23 a month in 2028 under the<br />

rate change.<br />


PROPOSITIONS (In ballot language)<br />

Proposition W • Simple majority<br />

required for passage<br />

To comply with federal and state clean<br />

water requirements, shall The Metropolitan<br />

St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) issue<br />

its sewer revenue bonds in the amount<br />

of Seven Hundred Fifty Million Dollars<br />

($750,000,000) for the purpose of<br />

designing, constructing, improving, renovating,<br />

repairing, replacing and equipping<br />

new and existing MSD sewer and<br />

drainage facilities and systems, including<br />

sewage treatment and disposal plants,<br />

sanitary sewers, and acquisition of easements<br />

and real property related thereto,<br />

the cost of operation and maintenance of<br />

said facilities and systems and the principal<br />

of and interest on said revenue bonds<br />

to be payable solely from the revenues<br />

derived by MSD from the operation of<br />

its wastewater sewer system, including<br />

all future extensions and improvements<br />

thereto?<br />

Proposition S • Simple majority<br />

required for passage<br />

Shall The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer<br />

District (MSD), for the purpose of providing<br />

revenue to fund capital improvements<br />

for flooding and erosion control, impose<br />

(i) a property tax upon all residential taxable<br />

tangible property within the District at<br />

a rate of not more than Seven and 45/100<br />

Cents ($0.0745) per One Hundred Dollars<br />

($100.00) of assessed valuation and (ii) a<br />

charge upon all non-residential customers,<br />

whether public or private, within the<br />

District based on the amount of impervious<br />

area (IA) on each such customer’s real<br />

property at a rate of $1.05 per month per<br />

1,000 square feet of IA?<br />

Additionally, three propositions will<br />

be put before voters residing in the <strong>West</strong><br />

County EMS/FPD service district. The<br />

result of an affirmative vote on each of the<br />

<strong>West</strong> County EMS/Fire Protection District<br />

propositions is a decrease in taxes paid by<br />

households in that political subdivision.<br />


TIONS (In ballot language)<br />

Proposition 1 • Simple majority<br />

required for passage<br />

Shall the Board of Directors of the <strong>West</strong><br />

County EMS and Fire Protection District be<br />

authorized to abolish the Ambulance Fund<br />

tax levy by reducing the voter authorized<br />

tax levy of twenty cents (0.20 cents), while<br />

increasing the General Fund voter authorized<br />

tax levy by twenty cents (0.20 cents)<br />

per one-hundred dollars assessed valuation<br />

as a cost saving measure to simplify and<br />

streamline the District’s accounting procedures?<br />

If this question, Proposition 2 and<br />

Proposition 3 are approved by a majority<br />

of voters, the overall residential tax for<br />

tax year 20<strong>24</strong> is projected to be decreased<br />

fourteen cents (0.14 cents) compared to<br />

residential tax year 2023<br />

Proposition 2 • Simple majority<br />

required for passage<br />

Shall the Board of Directors of the<br />

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WILDWOOD, from page 10<br />

Works Committee. The city had seven<br />

months to find a new provider for trash services,<br />

but they chose to throw out the only<br />

legitimate and lower-cost bidder, Meridian,<br />

and colluded with Republic and Gateway<br />

to write their own contracts and fees without<br />

a legal bid process. This was all accomplished<br />

in “closed sessions” without any<br />

public input, resulting in excessive fees<br />

and citizens’ dissatisfaction.<br />

2. What is your vision for the development<br />

of the Wildwood Town Center and what priority<br />

does preserving green space have?<br />

Joe Garritano<br />

I am committed to a vibrant economic<br />

ecosystem to support small local businesses<br />

while attracting new businesses that align<br />

with our city’s values and needs. Completing<br />

the Village Green project is a priority<br />

of mine. The Village Green has been in the<br />

works for years. Completing it will foster a<br />

sense of community and togetherness in our<br />

city. It also represents our city’s commitment<br />

to preserving green spaces. Preserving<br />

green space was a major impetus in the<br />

incorporation of our city. As mayor, I will<br />

see the Village Green completed.<br />

ON THE BALLOT, from previous<br />

<strong>West</strong> County EMS and Fire Protection<br />

District be authorized to abolish the Dispatch<br />

Fund tax levy by reducing the voter<br />

authorized tax levy of five cents (0.05<br />

cents), while increasing the General<br />

Fund voter authorized tax levy by five<br />

cents (0.05 cents) per one-hundred dollars<br />

assessed valuation as a cost saving<br />

measure to simplify and streamline the<br />

District’s accounting procedures? If this<br />

question, Proposition 1 and Proposition 3<br />

are approved by a majority of voters, the<br />

overall residential tax for tax year 20<strong>24</strong><br />

is projected to be decreased fourteen<br />

cents (0.14 cents) compared to residential<br />

tax year 2023.<br />

Tony Salvatore<br />

A small group of very hard-working<br />

residents, also known as the “founders,”<br />

were successful in putting the incorporation<br />

of Wildwood on the ballot and the<br />

city of Wildwood was born. They put in<br />

place the city charter and the master plan<br />

that included the development of a wellplanned<br />

Town Center. The Town Center<br />

was, and still is, to be the denser population<br />

area and the center of our retail and<br />

commercial buildings with an emphasis<br />

on preserving as much green space as<br />

possible. Unfortunately, now developers/<br />

builders are requesting and being awarded<br />

variances and rezoning to eliminate much<br />

of the green space.<br />

3. What would you do to improve the future<br />

of commercial development in Wildwood?<br />

Joe Garritano<br />

Balancing commercial development with<br />

Wildwood’s environmental commitment is<br />

paramount. Upholding the master plan is<br />

crucial for preserving and improving the<br />

city’s quality of life. Planning and zoning<br />

must respect Wildwood’s heritage, securing<br />

a future where residents thrive in its natural<br />

beauty. Retaining Wildwood’s Architectural<br />

Review Board, where resident architects<br />

assess designs, ensures that commercial<br />

development aligns with the city’s character.<br />

This approach safeguards Wildwood as<br />

the best place to live in the region, fostering<br />

sustainability and harmony between growth<br />

and environmental stewardship.<br />

Tony Salvatore<br />

The future of commercial development<br />

in Wildwood should be in the Town Center<br />

area as our master plan depicts. We should<br />

not deviate from our master plan to make<br />

Wildwood a concrete jungle like some of<br />

our neighboring municipalities. Large<br />

commercial development like big box<br />

stores brings in unwanted traffic and crime.<br />

If we let developers/builders take over, we<br />

will lose this beautiful area forever, and<br />

every resident I have talked to likes the<br />

way Wildwood is and believes the master<br />

plan should be followed.<br />

Proposition 3 • Simple majority<br />

required for passage<br />

Shall the Board of Directors of the <strong>West</strong><br />

County EMS and Fire Protection District<br />

be authorized to abolish the Pension Fund<br />

tax levy by reducing the voter authorized<br />

tax levy of ten cents (0.10 cents), while<br />

increasing the General Fund voter authorized<br />

tax levy by ten cents (0.10 cents) per<br />

one-hundred dollars assessed valuation<br />

as a cost saving measure to simplify and<br />

streamline the District’s accounting procedures?<br />

If this question, Proposition 1 and<br />

Proposition 2 are approved by a majority<br />

of voters, the overall residential tax for<br />

tax year 20<strong>24</strong> is projected to be decreased<br />

fourteen cents (0.14 cents) compared to<br />

residential tax year 2023.<br />

To find your polling place and for more election info,<br />

visit www.stlouiscountymovotes.gov<br />






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Local foundation seeks people to take part in helping children with rare conditions<br />




Everyone hopes for a healthy baby but<br />

what happens when your child is born with<br />

something rare, some genetic condition<br />

that can’t be easily diagnosed? How can<br />

parents get help for their child if they and<br />

their child’s doctors don’t fully understand<br />

what is wrong?<br />

Maria Granados and her husband, Matt,<br />

have lived life through the lens of those<br />

questions. If you ask them “what happens”<br />

and “how can parents get help,” their<br />

answer will be, “You test.” Their daughter<br />

Natalie, now almost 7, has an ultra-rare<br />

form of muscular dystrophy (MD) known<br />

as PYROXD-1. She was diagnosed in<br />

2020 after undergoing many, many tests.<br />

According to Maria, Natalie is one of just<br />

20 people worldwide with her particular<br />

form of MD. Pinpointing her diagnosis was<br />

a challenging journey – one that ultimately<br />

led the Granadoses to form the Take Part<br />

Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit aimed at<br />

helping other families traveling the same<br />

road.<br />

Maria explained that when insurance<br />

wouldn’t pay for the testing Natalie needed,<br />

the couple paid for them out-of-pocket.<br />

“We were fortunate enough to be able to<br />

do that, so we didn’t think twice<br />

about it,” she said. “But what happened<br />

after she had a diagnosis was<br />

– we started noticing that if she had<br />

to go to the ICU, or had to have<br />

an ambulance, or needed equipment<br />

– things started to be covered<br />

(by insurance) more seamlessly<br />

because they had a way to put a<br />

code to it.”<br />

Maria and Matt had already<br />

begun talking about creating a<br />

foundation – the Take Part Foundation<br />

– that would help advance care<br />

for kids with genetic disorders. But<br />

Maria said she kept thinking about<br />

families who might not be able to<br />

pay for testing. Before they could<br />

benefit from advances in care, they<br />

would first need to know their<br />

child’s diagnosis. So she reached<br />

out to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital<br />

Foundation and said, “Hey, do<br />

you guys know how many families<br />

per year get just straight up denied<br />

by insurance in regard to genetic testing?”<br />

“Children’s got back to me and said the<br />

number was around 100 to 120 families in<br />

the previous year,” Maria said. “Of those<br />

families, only about 2% can go on to pay<br />

The Granados family<br />

for the tests outright.”<br />

She and Matt decided that their foundation<br />

should take part in meeting that need.<br />

With a diagnosis, she explained, comes<br />

access to a community of families facing<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

the same or similar diagnoses, as<br />

well as all the things that open up<br />

with insurance and possibly access<br />

to research that could help those<br />

children thrive.<br />

Since the middle of 2023, the<br />

Take Part Foundation has awarded<br />

the St. Louis Children’s Hospital<br />

Foundation $22,500 to help close<br />

the gap in regard to genetic testing<br />

for families with no other payment<br />

option. Maria said the partnership<br />

is breaking new ground.<br />

“Some of the stories we’re hearing<br />

are amazing,” Maria said. “It’s<br />

a long process. We’re paving a new<br />

way for families to have access to<br />

this testing in terms of financial<br />

support, so I’m really excited to see<br />

how many families can be impacted<br />

by this in St. Louis in the next year.”<br />

One way that the Take Part<br />

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Maria said she wanted “to put on a galastyle<br />

event that would introduce a lot of<br />

people to what it is that we’re doing.”<br />

So the Take Part Foundation partnered<br />

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company STUDIO 4Forty.<br />

“We’ll share video stories. We’ll have<br />

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Children’s Hospital Foundation is super<br />

amazing and the genetics department there<br />

(at Children’s and Washington University)<br />

as well. They’re going to be part of<br />

this event,” Maria said. “They’re going to<br />

share what this funding has done. What it<br />

will continue to do moving forward.”<br />

Natalie and her cousin at the Donut Run in Cottleville.<br />

In addition to supporting families coming<br />

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research projects that meet very specific<br />

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“Every project that is funded by the<br />

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Owners Michael and Delayna Pascoe are bringing new<br />

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For those in need of electrical assistance in St. Louis and St. Charles<br />

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Victor Shade Company<br />

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Spring is almost here and there is still time to find new<br />

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the lighter season or shade your space from the summer sun. The Victor Shade Company<br />

has a huge showroom filled with displays of shades, shutters and blinds, and these aren’t<br />

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Is 20<strong>24</strong> the year you decide to upgrade the appearance of your<br />

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Parkway South’s Haley Parks<br />

receives recognition<br />


Playing an instrument has opened up a<br />

whole new world of opportunities for Haley<br />

Parks, a senior at Parkway<br />

South High. Parks, now 18,<br />

began her musical career at<br />

eight years old, when her<br />

parents gave her a flute for<br />

Christmas.<br />

“My parents told me I had<br />

to pick an instrument to<br />

play and I chose the flute,”<br />

Parks said. “I can’t remember<br />

why I chose the flute,<br />

but when my parents took<br />

me to a music store to try<br />

some different instruments,<br />

I remember when I tried the<br />

flute for the first time I was<br />

able to get a sound out of it,<br />

which was funny because<br />

that hardly happens (when<br />

people first try to play the<br />

flute).”<br />

What began as parent-enforced practice<br />

became a true talent over the past ten years.<br />

Through dedication, she earned the first<br />

chair for flute at Parkway South Middle,<br />

Parkway South High, Mizzou Junior Honor<br />

Band, University of Missouri-Kansas City<br />

Midwest Honor Band, All-Suburban High<br />

School Honor Band and All-State Honor<br />

Band.<br />

But there was one big obstacle along the<br />

way. In October of 2022 while Parks was<br />

working at a local horse barn she had an<br />

accident, breaking two of her fingers on her<br />

right hand.<br />

Parks in her Parkway South<br />

marching band uniform<br />

Parks directs Parkway South’s marching band<br />

as Drum Major.<br />

“One of the horses was panicking and<br />

trying to escape from his stall,” Parks said.<br />

“I quickly closed the sliding door, but my<br />

hand ended up getting smashed in the door.”<br />

Recovery for Parks<br />

meant surgery and metal<br />

pins in the two broken fingers,<br />

along with a splint and<br />

physical therapy. The metal<br />

pins meant she couldn’t<br />

bend her fingers to play her<br />

flute, but Parks still played.<br />

“I used the lower palm<br />

part of my fingers to play<br />

the flute,” Parks explained.<br />

“The first month of recovery<br />

was the worst. After the<br />

pins were removed, physical<br />

therapy was very painful.<br />

My fingers were stuck<br />

straight. I was learning how<br />

to bend them again, and that<br />

really hurt.”<br />

Parks was recognized by<br />

the St. Louis County Council<br />

at its Feb. 13 meeting in Clayton with<br />

a resolution that extolled Parks’s success.<br />

Parks didn’t actually know she’d be recognized<br />

- her father had pulled a fast one to get<br />

her to attend the meeting.<br />

“My dad got me to go because he told me<br />

we were going to listen to him speak about<br />

a development near our house and that he<br />

wanted me there for support,” Parks said.<br />

“But after we got to the meeting he told me<br />

we weren’t really there for that.”<br />

Council member Dennis Hancock (R-District<br />

3) asked the county clerk to read the<br />

resolution in admiration of Parks’s success.<br />

“These are the people in our community<br />

we should be recognizing, especially<br />

young people,” Hancock said.<br />

“Her father contacted me to see if there<br />

was some way to get some recognition.<br />

Her story is incredible, before and after<br />

her accident. She was able to get back<br />

on the same path and go even further<br />

than she was before.”<br />

The county’s resolution credits<br />

Parks’s, “determination and commitment<br />

to her craft, paired with the<br />

expertise of a skilled hand surgeon and<br />

physical therapist, that allowed (Parks)<br />

to quickly return to flute playing.”<br />

The injury and setback did not hinder<br />

Parks’s talent at all. Since her recovery,<br />

during the summer of 2023, Parks traveled<br />

with other Parkway students to<br />

march in the King Kamehameha Parade<br />

in Honolulu, Hawaii, which was her<br />

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Parkway <strong>West</strong> hosts Special<br />

Olympics basketball<br />

Nearly 200 athletes from seven different<br />

school districts participated in a Special<br />

Olympics basketball tournament hosted by<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> on Feb. 21. Parkway <strong>West</strong><br />

has been organizing this event for more<br />

than 20 years.<br />

This year, the event was planned by the<br />

Longhorn Council, a student government<br />

organization that organized over 260 student<br />

volunteers to support the day’s activities.<br />

Longhorn Council president Andrew Son<br />

said he enjoyed planning the event, especially<br />

seeing the different schools the athletes<br />

were coming from throughout the area.<br />

“We want our impact to go beyond our<br />

school and into the community,” Son said.<br />

“The Special Olympics is a great way to<br />

meet new people, and I would encourage<br />

everyone to join and support them by volunteering<br />

when they can.”<br />

The Special Olympics Missouri provides<br />

year-round sports training and athletic<br />

competition in various Olympic-type<br />

sports for children and adults with mental<br />

disabilities. Kerri Townsend, the Special<br />

Olympics facilitator for the Special School<br />

District, said they participate in 50 events<br />

each school year.<br />

During the basketball event, each athlete<br />

had a buddy playing alongside them.<br />

“These kids are so fun,” said junior<br />

Neeka Naghibi. This was Naghibi’s second<br />

year as a Special Olympics buddy.<br />

“I want to be in the healthcare profession,<br />

and I want to meet all kinds of people,”<br />

she explained. Mya Wallace’s 5-year-old<br />

daughter, who has autism, participated as<br />

an athlete in the tournament. They are from<br />

the Pattonville School District. Wallace<br />

said she likes to attend these events with<br />

her daughter to meet new people, not just<br />

other students, but other parents too.<br />

“This is a great way for kids to get to<br />

know each other,” Wallace said. “And she<br />

gets to see some kids similar to her. Her<br />

twin brother has come with us sometimes,<br />

and he thinks it’s cool that she has friends<br />

like her.”<br />

Dynamic duo raises funds<br />

for Autism Speaks<br />

Mother-daughter duo, Jen and Mira<br />

Ghildyal, have made an extraordinary<br />

commitment this school year to helping<br />

people with autism.<br />

In the fall, Jen ran the Berlin Marathon as<br />

a fundraiser for Autism Speaks, and Mira<br />

ran a lemonade stand to raise money for<br />

the cause. This spring, Jen plans to run the<br />

London Marathon in the name of Autism<br />

Speaks. But Mira has already been hard at<br />

work doing her part. Over the course of the<br />

past several months, Mira has constructed<br />

around 200 friendship bracelets and<br />

raised $3,375, which her mom’s company<br />

matched for a total of $6,750.<br />

In all – with the lemonade stand and the<br />

bracelets – Jen and Mira have raised more<br />

than $10,000 for Autism Speaks over the<br />

past six months.<br />

“I really want to do them for my mom,<br />

and I also really like making bracelets,”<br />

Mira, a Mason Ridge fifth-grader, said. “It<br />

relaxes me. It makes me feel happy. In gym<br />

class the other day, I saw one of my friends<br />

wearing a bracelet I made him.”<br />

Mira makes all sorts of custom orders,<br />

such as ones reflecting favorite sports teams,<br />

Taylor Swift-style friendship bracelets and<br />

bracelets representing each of the four Hogwarts<br />

houses in the Harry Potter series.<br />

While Mira is new to fundraising, Jen has<br />

been utilizing local, national and international<br />

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money for charities for the past seven years.<br />

Her goal is to complete in all six of the<br />

World Marathon Majors – London will be<br />

her fourth world major and seventh overall<br />

marathon. She plans to wear one of Mira’s<br />

bracelets when she competes in April.<br />

“Autism is so misunderstood. Just to<br />

bring more awareness, understanding,<br />

kindness and inclusion is our whole point<br />

of doing this,” she said.<br />

Cooking up something good<br />

Food. It’s both a basic need and a creative<br />

outlet – one that can have career potential.<br />

In Culinary Arts 2, students gain valuable<br />

restaurant and food service skills<br />

through academic and workplace experiences.<br />

But they also learn a thing or two<br />

about budgeting, meal planning and how to<br />

make really delicious food.<br />

“One of the biggest questions among<br />

college kids is, ‘How am I going to feed<br />

myself? How am I going to budget my<br />

already slim wallet for whatever meals I<br />

plan?’” said senior Christopher Songco.<br />

“This class teaches you how to budget so<br />

you can figure out a bunch of meals in a row,<br />

not just one. If you spend money on something<br />

you could split into a bunch of meals,<br />

it will save you a lot in the long run. You can<br />

also come up with a lot of recipes knowing<br />

a lot of the different ingredient functions.”<br />

Through her culinary experiences at<br />

Lafayette High, senior Maddie Johnson<br />

has collected enough recipes to fill a cookbook,<br />

including one for Philly Cheesesteak,<br />

which remains a favorite.<br />

“I made it like three years ago, but I keep<br />

making it at home and it still is so good,”<br />

said Johnson. “I’d never had one before,<br />

then I made it here and loved it. A lot of kids,<br />

honestly, don’t even know how to cook.”<br />

Johnson said her culinary classes have<br />

taught her how to properly make chicken<br />

stock and apple pie, as well as bread from<br />

scratch.<br />

“It’s nice to know I have a solid group of<br />

recipes to use,” she said.<br />

Students learn and build on their culinary<br />

skills throughout courses such as Food<br />

Fundamentals, Baking and Pastry Arts and<br />

Regional and World Cuisine so that, by the<br />

time they reach Culinary Arts 1 and 2, they<br />

have more freedom to experiment with<br />

dishes.<br />

They also gain experience with teamwork<br />

and communication through classwork and<br />

special projects.<br />

Spreading love and smiles<br />

Students from Parkway’s Southwest and<br />

Central middle schools handmade over 300<br />

Valentine’s Day cards for seniors in nursing<br />

homes and assisted living facilities last<br />

month. The cards were distributed through<br />

a partnership with Y98’s Bret Mega Show,<br />

representatives of which stopped by both<br />

schools to collect the cards and thank the<br />

students.<br />

Teachers Janet Gutierrez, Southwest<br />

Middle, and Cara Donze, Central Middle,<br />

were the brains behind the project.<br />

Dancing for a cause<br />

Last month, Central High students raised<br />

$34,419 for children with pediatric illnesses<br />

at the school’s annual Dance Marathon<br />

and, in celebration of exceeding their<br />

goal, shaved the head of school principal<br />

Dr. Tim McCarthy.<br />

An offshoot of the Miracle Network<br />

Dance Marathon, all money raised is<br />

donated to the local branch of the Children’s<br />

Miracle Network. In turn, those<br />

funds help to cover the cost of programs<br />

that are essential but not covered by insurance,<br />

such as music and art therapy.<br />

Since its inception in 1991, the national<br />

program has raised more than $300 million.<br />

Parkway Central’s event, which began in<br />

February 2020, has raised over $100,000<br />

for local children.<br />

Inspired by ‘The Bard’<br />

Principia junior Olive Meara has been<br />

recognized by the English-Speaking Union<br />

(ESU) National Shakespeare Competition<br />

for her performance of Lady MacBeth.<br />

This is the second time Meara has received<br />

recognition from the ESU program, which<br />

is designed to help students develop their<br />

speaking and critical thinking skills by<br />

exploring the timeless themes of Shakespeare’s<br />

works. In three progressive<br />

competition levels, students memorize,<br />

interpret and perform monologues and sonnets<br />

in their own schools, at ESU Branchsponsored<br />

community competitions and at<br />

the national competition.<br />

• • •<br />

Students from De Smet Jesuit High<br />

brought to life the antics of the Bottom<br />

brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to<br />

find success in the theatrical world as they<br />

compete with the wild popularity of their<br />

contemporary William Shakespeare. The<br />

result was “Something Rotten!,” a musical<br />

by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick,<br />

which the students performed in the Hunter<br />

Theater the last weekend in February.<br />

Artists among us<br />

<strong>West</strong>minster Christian High’s Fashion<br />

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dress made from newspaper and trash bags.<br />

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Whether it’s canoeing down a river,<br />

hiking through the woods, rappelling down<br />

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In fact, it’s good for everyone to step out of<br />

their comfort zone and try new things.<br />

And while those new things can be high<br />

adventure, they don’t always have to be<br />

because adventure comes in a variety of<br />

ways. Growing up is all about experiencing<br />

new things and building the courage<br />

and character needed to take on life’s challenges.<br />

Adventure is one way to learn those<br />

valuable traits, according to Mike Rucker<br />

in Psychology Today.<br />

The transformative outcomes of taking<br />

on adventure are resilience, confidence,<br />

courage for the future and joy, Rucker said.<br />

For youth, a high adventure camp program<br />

is one way to start gaining those traits.<br />

Principia School, for example, features an<br />

Adventure Sampler as part of its summer<br />

camp program.<br />

“We are just going to do what I consider<br />

the coolest outdoor activities in the<br />

St. Louis area,” said Doug Hoff, outdoor<br />

learning coordinator.<br />

Middle school-aged children visit Johnson<br />

Shut-ins, travel to a river, complete a<br />

ropes course, go caving and other activities.<br />

Those activities teach collaboration, different<br />

styles of leadership, self-awareness and<br />

communication skills, Hoff said.<br />

“Outdoor adventures are just one part<br />

of experiential learning, and when kids<br />

are learning through experiences rather<br />

than talking theoretically in the classroom,<br />

reading or seeing it in a movie, it naturally<br />

has an impact,” Hoff said.<br />

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Kids need adventures to grow<br />

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adventures are waiting.<br />

Perhaps that adventure is theater – stepping<br />

onto the stage for the first time and<br />

joining the cast of a show, an activity that<br />

has all the hallmarks of adventure only in a<br />

different arena. It’s new and exciting, and<br />

for first-timers, explores unknown territory.<br />

Yes, there is an element of danger, said<br />

Michael Adkins, spokesman for STAGES<br />

Performing Arts Academy.<br />

Sometimes stepping on the stage can<br />

give you “that feeling of wanting to run<br />

away, that panic feeling of trying something<br />

new.”<br />

He said STAGES provides kids with<br />

opportunities where they can get involved<br />

in a small way at first and build on that with<br />

each new activity or performance.<br />

“The biggest thing they are learning is<br />

confidence,” he said. “They are learning<br />

how to speak for themselves and speak<br />

loudly. We regularly talk about projecting,<br />

and speaking from their diaphragm, and<br />

once those little kids learn to speak and<br />

they’re talking loudly, they are never going<br />

back. It’s like, ‘Oh, you’ve found your<br />

voice!’”<br />

In addition, theater teaches kids teamwork<br />

and “real world qualities” kids can<br />

use in the future.<br />

“The endgame here doesn’t have to be<br />

theater. You don’t have to end up on Broadway<br />

for this to be a successful outcome,”<br />

Adkins said.<br />

Children can find adventure pursuing<br />

almost any interest they are passionate<br />

about.<br />

“Adventure is anything where you are<br />

pushing yourself to try something new,”<br />

said Lori Martin, owner of Cub Creek Science<br />

Camp, which features more than 100<br />

animals for kids to learn about and care for,<br />

as well as adventure activities to challenge<br />

them.<br />

“All learning is an adventure,” she said.<br />

“What we do here is curiosity-guided learning.”<br />

That means campers are pursuing<br />

activities they are interested in individually,<br />

but maybe don’t know a lot about.<br />

Sometimes gaining knowledge about the<br />

care of animals and shadowing veterinary<br />

duties encourages them to push further<br />

into their passion for animals. Sometimes<br />

it stops them in their tracks and they decide<br />

they want to do something else, Martin<br />

said.<br />

The high adventure course at Cub Creek<br />

“challenges campers by choice,” she said.<br />

They step out for activities that include<br />

a ropes course, archery, riflery, survival<br />

skills and caving. Activities that develop<br />

team-building skills, bring a sense of<br />

achievement and confidence.<br />

“We find kids learn best when they step<br />

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More than childcare, camp is fertile ground for confidence-building<br />


In a few short months, school<br />

will be out for summer. If yours is<br />

a household in which both parents<br />

work, you are likely already planning<br />

for summer camp, or several camps,<br />

to keep the kids learning and happy<br />

from mid-June through mid-August.<br />

But for households in which only<br />

one parent works or in which at least<br />

one parent works from home, camp<br />

may seem unnecessary. Here’s why<br />

that thinking is flawed: Camp is more<br />

than childcare.<br />

Thinking of camp as merely a babysitting<br />

alternative misses an incredibly beneficial<br />

set of social experiences, especially for children<br />

in the five-year span between the ages<br />

of 5 and 10.<br />

Camp offers the opportunity for kids to<br />

assert their independence not only from parents<br />

but also from educators and classmates.<br />

The latter is especially important in situations<br />

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their peers. Therein lies one of the biggest<br />

benefits of summer camps, the chance for<br />

your children to explore interests that are as<br />

unique as they are.<br />

For many kids, summer means time<br />

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fields, hiking, biking and exploring nature.<br />

Those are great pursuits, but they’re not for<br />

everyone. Some kids prefer to be inside<br />

learning to build robots, conducting science<br />

experiments, or mastering coding and video<br />

games. Other kids want to be inside on<br />

stage, singing, dancing and bringing plays<br />

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Many kids take to camp like ducks to<br />

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Lafayette senior Natalie Barnard ran away with the Class 5 state championship last fall in<br />

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Lafayette senior Natalie Barnard found<br />

out she earned a prestigious award in an<br />

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Barnard has been named the 2023-<strong>24</strong><br />

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“I found out that I was Gatorade runner<br />

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The 5-foot-6 senior broke the tape at the<br />

Missouri Class 5 cross-country championships<br />

last fall in Columbia. She clocked<br />

a new Gans Creek course record time of<br />

17 minutes, 12.70 seconds, finishing more<br />

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“I was super excited to see that I was<br />

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person I told was my dad who was sitting<br />

nearby when I was eating breakfast,”<br />

Barnard said. “He instantly posted it to all<br />

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couldn’t contain himself.”<br />

Lancers coach Jill Harmon was excited<br />

as well.<br />

“Natalie is 100 percent deserving of this<br />

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Harmon along with her assistant coaches<br />

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complete a lengthy application as the next<br />

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“Once that application was submitted in<br />

early January, all we could do was sit and<br />

wait,” Harmon said.<br />

Barnard is the second Gatorade Missouri<br />

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“I think it’s super cool that we have had<br />

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shows how strong our distance program is<br />

and our ability to rebound from losing talented<br />

runners.”<br />

Harmon agreed.<br />

“This award is very prestigious and not<br />

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It also shows the depth of our squad. The<br />

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Barnard was Missouri’s top high school<br />

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Barnard finished 16th overall in the latter<br />

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She posted a 6-2 meet record in 2023,<br />

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The Eureka Wildcats swam to a second-place finish in the Class 2 girls state swim meet.<br />

Eureka tied with MICDS.<br />

(Source: Eureka)<br />

The MICDS Rams did not win an event but swam well enough to end in a tie for second<br />

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Eureka, MICDS tie for second in<br />

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It came down to the last event, but the<br />

Eureka Wildcats achieved a win to tie for<br />

second place in the 49th annual state high<br />

school girls swim meet.<br />

The Wildcats won the 400-free relay. The<br />

40 points for the victory pushed Eureka to<br />

168 total points and enabled the squad to<br />

tie the MICDS Rams in the Class 2 meet at<br />

the Rec-Plex in St. Peters. Park Hill South<br />

claimed the state championship with 303<br />

points.<br />

The second-place result left Eureka<br />

coach Anna Jovanovic happy for her squad.<br />

“The girls are ecstatic. I don’t think<br />

they really thought they could get second<br />

place, but they battled each and every<br />

race,” Jovanovic said. “We didn’t look<br />

at points during the meet because I just<br />

wanted them to focus on racing. I told<br />

them to go out and race and the results<br />

will fall into place and boy did they. They<br />

are still on Cloud 9.”<br />

Jovanovic believed in her Wildcats all<br />

season. She was not surprised by their performance.<br />

“I’ve been telling them since day one of<br />

the season that they had the possibility to<br />

do something really great this year,” Jovanovic<br />

said. “I knew we could get top 3 in<br />

the state at the meet, but I was so happy for<br />

them for taking second. Each girl fought<br />

for every single point in their races. I think<br />

this was a great result.<br />

“We had five girls score points for us<br />

at state, so I am thrilled with the results.<br />

I kept telling them that you don’t need a<br />

huge team, you just need the right team and<br />

they proved that.”<br />

The 400-relay win gave the Wildcats the<br />

points they needed to secure the tie.<br />

Swimming on the relay were junior<br />

Adeline Stephens, junior Chloe Robinson,<br />

sophomore Paige Samuelson and senior<br />

Haiden Schoessel. Their time was 3 minutes,<br />

31.37 seconds.<br />

“All season long, (assistant coach) Mark<br />

(Morrison) and I talked about how we<br />

thought we could win that relay and after<br />

prelims, we were confident we could win<br />

it,” Jovanovic said. “After their prelim<br />

swim, I told them they were winning that<br />

race in finals.<br />

“I feel like the past three years we had a<br />

lot of potential but always fell short in some<br />

aspect. I am so thrilled for our girls that it<br />

happened like I was thinking it could.”<br />

• • •<br />

For MICDS coach Chris McCrary, it’s<br />

not how you start but how you finish. The<br />

Rams tied with Eureka for second place in<br />

the Class 2 girls state swim meet.<br />

“We had a good prelims, but not a<br />

great one. The girls were swimming hard<br />

but nerves were showing in our races,”<br />

McCrary said. “Going into the meet, I was<br />

hoping we would be an outside shot for<br />

fourth. After prelims, I figured it would be<br />

somewhere between fourth and sixth.<br />

“Something would have to change and<br />

something did. The girls showed up for<br />

finals. It was probably the greatest finals<br />

performance of any team I’ve coached.”<br />

The 200-free relay team of junior Grace<br />

Coppel, junior Lindsay Naber, senior Everdine<br />

Ferguson and senior Mikaela Mikulec<br />

led the Rams. The relay team finished<br />

second with a time of 1:37.<strong>24</strong>. Park Hill<br />

South’s relay won in 1:36.88.<br />

“We were always focused on the 200-<br />

free relay,” McCrary said. “Three of the<br />

four girls on the relay this year were on the<br />

state champion relay last year. So I knew<br />

we had a chance to repeat.<br />

“Our girls swam way above our potential,<br />

just to make it that close. It was a special<br />

relay. A more impressive performance than<br />

when we won it last year.”<br />

Naber finished fourth in the 100 backstroke<br />

in 57.05 seconds.<br />

“Our main focus was getting a lot of girls<br />

qualified for state,” McCrary said. “Heading<br />

into the meet, we wanted to get as many<br />

second swims as possible for finals. I went<br />

into it anticipating we would be an outside<br />

shot for that fourth-place trophy.”<br />

McCrary led MICDS to a second-place<br />

finish in 2019 in Class 1; however, the<br />

Rams have been moved up to the bigger<br />

class. They have shown they belong with<br />

the large schools.<br />

“This is by far the highest finish we’ve<br />

had in Class 2. We have a campus of 400<br />

high school kids,” McCrary said. “That’s<br />

smaller than most freshman classes for<br />

the average Class 2 school. It’s not that I<br />

thought it was impossible for us to be in<br />

the running for second in Class 2. It’s just<br />

that the odds were pretty long.<br />

“Someone described what we did as the<br />

biggest smoke-and-mirrors trophy grab in<br />

MSHSAA (Missouri State High School<br />

Activities Association) history. I like that<br />

description. It was a whole team effort. We<br />

didn’t win an event. We didn’t win a relay.<br />

We just had solid performances when they<br />

counted against teams with far superior<br />

numbers.”<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> claims third in Class 1<br />

The Parkway <strong>West</strong> Longhorns never get<br />

tired of bringing home hardware from the<br />

state swimming meet.<br />

The Longhorns finished third in the



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Class 1 meet with 168 points.<br />

The result was a seventh consecutive<br />

top-four finish for<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong>.<br />

“This was the best we could<br />

have scored so I am really proud<br />

of how (the girls) all showed up<br />

at state ready to score points,”<br />

coach Coleen Sumner said.<br />

“They knew it was going to be<br />

very competitive for the third<br />

through sixth spots at state and<br />

the goal was to be in the top<br />

four. Third place was great for<br />

this small, but fierce, team.”<br />

Several Longhorns stood out<br />

at state, Sumner said.<br />

“Maddi Lang and Sydney<br />

Matheny are event buddies and did well in<br />

the 200 and 500 free events. Ava McLeod<br />

in 100 breast and freshman Brynna Vogler,<br />

who got her first state point in the 100 fly.<br />

All three relays had a great showing, scoring<br />

medals in each of them,” Sumner said.<br />

The Longhorns will have nine girls<br />

returning for next season, including divers.<br />

Parkway Central finish fourth in<br />

Class 1<br />

The Colts tied Notre Dame de Sion for<br />

fourth place in the Class 1 state meet with<br />

134 points.<br />

The result left Parkway Central coach<br />

Marquette High cheerleaders finished second in Class 6 at state.<br />

(Source: RSD)<br />

Stephanie Seidel more than happy.<br />

“I was thrilled with a fourth-place finish,”<br />

Seidel said. “Going into state, the girls<br />

were feeling good. Reality did hit though<br />

as we approached finals. We knew that it<br />

was a possibility, but our girls had to step<br />

up and make some moves, and that is<br />

exactly what they did.<br />

“The girls worked so hard this season so<br />

to watch them accomplish the goal they set<br />

at the beginning of the year was wondering.<br />

This entire season we had a team goal of<br />

making it to the podium at state.”<br />

It came down to the last event for the<br />

Colts to achieve their goal of taking home<br />

a trophy.<br />

Parkway Central trailed the<br />

Notre Dame de Sion Storm<br />

heading into the 400-free relay<br />

and finished behind its relay in<br />

the prelims.<br />

In the finals, the Colts bested<br />

the Storm to earn the tie.<br />

“We knew going into the 400-<br />

free relay that we needed to beat<br />

Notre Dame de Sion,” Seidel<br />

said. “We were very fortunate<br />

enough to be in a lane right next<br />

to them, so I informed the girls<br />

not to worry about anything<br />

else but the team on the inside<br />

of you. Beat them and we will<br />

podium. They were focused<br />

and determined. There were tears of joy and<br />

pure excitement and happiness.<br />

“We had a great overall season. The girls<br />

swam well and continued to show great<br />

growth and drops throughout the season. I<br />

am fortunate to have a very young team. I<br />

am only losing three amazing seniors, with<br />

only one of them being a state finalist in<br />

Ella Harris. The rest of my state team will<br />

be returning.”<br />

Outstanding cheer teams<br />

At the recent Missouri Cheerleading<br />

Coaches Association Game Day State<br />

Championships, Marquette High and<br />

Rockwood Summit both earned top-four<br />

finishes in their divisions. Marquette finished<br />

second in Class 6, and Rockwood<br />

Summit finished fourth in Class 4.<br />

Meanwhile in the Division Championships,<br />

Parkway Central Dance took first<br />

in Division 4 Hip-Hop and first in Poms,<br />

and were second overall. The team also<br />

claimed seven academic awards. Parkway<br />

<strong>West</strong> High’s Longhorn Line took home<br />

third place in Hip-Hop and fourth place<br />

in Poms. The Parkway South Patriettes<br />

claimed second place in Lyrical Jazz and<br />

fourth place in Hip-Hop.<br />

High school boys basketball<br />

Parkway South senior Eddie Ahearn on<br />

became the fifth player in the boys basketball<br />

program’s history to score 1,000<br />

points.<br />

Ahearn scored a game-high 33 points in<br />

a 55-38 win over visiting Riverview Gardens<br />

on Senior Night.<br />

Ahearn finished the regular season by<br />

averaging 13.7 points a game.<br />

Earlier this season, the 6-foot-3 and 200-<br />

pound senior forward became the school’s<br />

leading rebounder. Ahearn also holds the<br />

school record for career charges.<br />

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season in cross country.<br />

“I would sum up my fall season as I<br />

was very surprised with what I was able<br />

to accomplish and I definitely shocked<br />

myself,” Barnard said. “In the past I put<br />

a lot of barriers on what I thought I could<br />

accomplish because I doubted that I could<br />

ever hit those times or beat certain competitors.<br />

However, this season was very<br />

different for me because instead of putting<br />

limitations on myself I just ran to see what<br />

I could accomplish, and I never looked<br />

back. I feel happy with what I have accomplished,<br />

but I am ready to set bigger goals<br />

and keep challenging myself.”<br />

Barnard serves as co-leader of her<br />

school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes<br />

chapter and has donated her time to community<br />

service initiatives in association<br />

with the Key Club as well as the National<br />

Honor Society. She has also volunteered<br />

locally on behalf of the Special Olympics,<br />

the Autumn View Gardens retirement facility,<br />

the Babler Elementary Bingo Night<br />

and the LHS Winter Carnival.<br />

Doing all of that is important to Barnard.<br />

“Spending my time volunteering is very<br />

fulfilling for me. I love to build relationships<br />

with the classmates I volunteer with<br />

and the people we volunteer for,” Barnard<br />

said. “My favorite place to volunteer at is<br />

Autumn View Gardens retirement home<br />

because I love getting to get to know the<br />

elderly and listen to their stories and play<br />

games with them.”<br />

Barnard chose to donate her grant from<br />

Gatorade to the Women Sports Foundation.<br />

She did that so “all girls can have the<br />

opportunity to participate in sports and<br />

realize their potential.”<br />

“It’s very important to me that all girls<br />

are able to have an athletic outlet and discover<br />

their talents like being able to run<br />

SPORTS BRIEFS, from page 31<br />

High school girls basketball<br />

The Red Knights stand alone in Missouri.<br />

Incarnate Word scored a 75-32 victory<br />

recently over the Ursuline Academy Bears<br />

in a Metro Women’s Athletic Association<br />

game to set the record for most consecutive<br />

victories.<br />

The win over Ursuline gave Incarnate<br />

Word 1<strong>24</strong> consecutive victories.<br />

Coach Dan Rolfes said his team does not<br />

focus on the winning streak.<br />

“We never talk about it,” Rolfes said.<br />

“We never say, ‘Hey we got to win this one<br />

so we can do this.’ We always talk about<br />

what we have to do to be a good team. We<br />

have to do this, this and this. If we want to<br />

be successful, we have to do this. We’ve<br />

has for me,” Barnard said.<br />

Barnard is looking forward to running<br />

track this spring for the Lancers.<br />

“I am super excited for track season to<br />

start,” Barnard said. “I have been looking<br />

forward to my senior track season since<br />

the last one ended. I have big goals for this<br />

track season and I can’t wait to see what I<br />

can accomplish on the track and how hard<br />

Barnard<br />

I can push myself.”<br />

Harmon likes how Barnard balances it all.<br />

“There is more to Natalie than just running.<br />

While she is a phenomenal runner,<br />

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student-athlete. I can’t wait to see what<br />

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Barnard has maintained a 4.38 weighted<br />

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at the University of Missouri this fall.<br />

got to practice or prepare a certain way.<br />

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March 3-9.<br />

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Avoiding scams<br />

This week, March 3-9, is National Consumer<br />

Protection Week, focused on helping<br />

Americans safeguard their personal<br />

and financial information. That protection<br />

is needed now more than ever due to an<br />

exploding number of scams. According to<br />

newly released data from the Federal Trade<br />

Commission (FTC), record losses of $10<br />

billion due to scams were reported to the<br />

agency in 2023.<br />

Although people of all ages are susceptible<br />

to these types of fraud, statistics<br />

show older adults tend to suffer the greatest<br />

financial losses. Scammers targeting seniors<br />

have become far more sophisticated in<br />

recent years; they also have access to rapid<br />

advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology.<br />

For example, fraudsters can now use<br />

AI to “deep fake” the voices of loved ones<br />

on the phone, enabling them to convince a<br />

target their child or grandchild is hurt or in<br />

trouble and needs money sent immediately.<br />

According to research, older adults are<br />

also more likely than younger people to<br />

be taken in by these and other “imposter”<br />

scams, investment scams and other types<br />

of scams which target them by phone,<br />

email or via social media. Often this is<br />

because health problems, cognitive issues,<br />

loneliness and dependency on others make<br />

them more vulnerable.<br />

When it comes to avoiding scams, prevention<br />

is truly the best medicine. Following<br />

are some tips from the FTC to help you<br />

or your senior friends and loved ones steer<br />

clear of scams.<br />

Block unwanted calls and text messages<br />

from getting through in the first place.<br />

Take steps to block calls and texts from<br />

unknown sources by using a call blocking<br />

app (the FTC’s website provides information<br />

about how to do this at ftc.gov/calls).<br />

Never give personal or financial information<br />

in response to an unexpected<br />

request. Honest organizations won’t call,<br />

email, or text you to ask for personal information<br />

like your Social Security, bank<br />

account or credit card numbers. If you get<br />

an email or text message from a company<br />

you already do business with and you think<br />

it’s real, it’s still best not to click on any<br />

links. Instead, contact them using a website<br />

you know is trustworthy or look up<br />

their phone number and call them directly.<br />

Don’t call a number they provided in the<br />

message, or call back using the number<br />

that appeared on your caller ID.<br />

Never feel pressured to act immediately.<br />

Scammers take advantage of people<br />

by convincing them they need to pay or<br />

hand over information right away, while<br />

honest businesses will always provide time<br />

to make a decision. Anyone who pressures<br />

you to pay or give them your personal<br />

information is a scammer.<br />

Stop and talk to someone you<br />

trust. Before you reveal information, make<br />

any kind of financial payment or even click<br />

on a link, stop and tell someone – whether<br />

it’s a friend, a family member or a neighbor<br />

– about the situation. Talking about it may<br />

help you realize it’s a scam.<br />

Be aware of scammers’ preferred payment<br />

methods. Never pay someone who<br />

insists that you can only do so with a payment<br />

app such as Venmo, Cash App or Paypal, a<br />

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Aduhelm’s exit<br />

The Alzheimer’s disease drug Aduhelm,<br />

heralded as a major breakthrough in treatment<br />

when it was introduced in 2021, will<br />

soon be pulled from the market.<br />

Biotechnology company Biogen,<br />

Aduhelm’s developer, announced it will<br />

halt sales and give up ownership of the<br />

drug, which received accelerated approval<br />

from the Food and Drug Adminstration in<br />

June of 2021. People currently receiving<br />

Aduhelm through the commercial market<br />

can continue to do so until November<br />

of this year. According to Biogen, that<br />

includes about 2,500 patients worldwide.<br />

Aduhelm was purported to significantly<br />

reduce amyloid beta proteins that form in<br />

the brains of people with Alzheimer’s and<br />

cause the disease to progress. The drug was<br />

initially hailed as the first new treatment to<br />

receive approval in nearly two decades.<br />

It quickly became controversial, however,<br />

after a team of outside medical<br />

experts said clinical trials had not proven<br />

its effectiveness. It had also been criticized<br />

for its extremely high annual price tag of<br />

$56,000 per year, which was later reduced<br />

by half. The drug had not yet received final<br />

approval from the FDA.<br />

Biogen President and CEO Christopher<br />

A. Viehbacher said in a statement the company<br />

now plans to reprioritize its Alzheimer’s<br />

disease resources.<br />

“When searching for new medicines, one<br />

breakthrough can be the foundation that<br />

triggers future medicines to be developed.<br />

Aduhelm was that groundbreaking discovery<br />

that paved the way for a new class of<br />

drugs and reinvigorated investments in the<br />

field,” Viehbacher said.<br />

The domino effect<br />

Type 2 diabetes – which is estimated to<br />

impact about 30% of seniors – can cause<br />

long-term damage to major organs including<br />

the heart, blood vessels, kidneys,<br />

nerves and eyes. Weight loss has been<br />

shown to slow the disease or even put it<br />

into remission.<br />

New evidence from a recent large study<br />

led by Irish researchers at the RCSI School<br />

of Population Health has found that losing<br />

weight produces a positive “domino effect”<br />

that not only lowers the need for medications<br />

to control Type 2 diabetes, but also<br />

slashes the risk of cardiovascular problems<br />

and chronic kidney disease.<br />

In cooperation with American scientists<br />

at Brown University, Wake Forest<br />

University and other sites, the RCSI team<br />

conducted a weight loss trial that followed<br />

more than 5,000 patients over a 12-year<br />

period. For participants in the trial who<br />

were able to achieve remission (defined as<br />

a reduced need for medications and lowered<br />

HbA1c levels), the research found<br />

there was a 40% lower rate of cardiovascular<br />

disease and 33% lower rate of chronic<br />

kidney disease.<br />

The trial, published in Diabetologia, is<br />

among the first to show how reversal of<br />

diabetes can also improve cardiovascular<br />

and kidney disease outcomes, said Edward<br />

Gregg, the study’s leader.<br />

“Using lessons learned from this study<br />

we can help inform diabetes treatment<br />

methods and improve quality of life for<br />

people with type 2 diabetes. It has highlighted<br />

the significance of weight loss for<br />

achieving remission from type 2 diabetes<br />

and then long-term positive cardiovascular<br />

and kidney disease outcomes,” Gregg said.<br />

He also noted that although 18% of participants<br />

achieved remission at some point<br />

during the 12 years of follow-up, that number<br />

had decreased to 3% by the study’s eighth<br />

year, underlining the challenges of keeping<br />

weight off using lifestyle interventions.<br />

Holding each other back?<br />

Older couples who start exercising<br />

together may end up getting less physical<br />

activity than those who work out individually,<br />

according to a trial recently conducted<br />

in Singapore.<br />

After recruiting <strong>24</strong>0 married participants<br />

between the ages of 54 and 72, Nanyang<br />

Technical University researchers looked into<br />

the impacts (in terms of total step counts<br />

per day) of asking the couples to exercise<br />

together vs. separately. They also sought to<br />

find out how step counts were affected by<br />

giving some participants activity trackers,<br />

providing them with instant feedback about<br />

how much they were exercising.<br />

The participants, all living with their<br />

spouses, were divided in half: two groups of<br />

30 couples each who exercised together and<br />

two groups who exercised individually. Half<br />

received step count information from activity<br />

trackers and half did not. Data was collected<br />

for 12 weeks on how consistently they met<br />

daily step thresholds of 5,000, 7,500, 10,000,<br />

and 15,000 steps, as well as their daily mean<br />

and median number of steps.<br />

After three months, couples who exercised<br />

together had lower step counts<br />

by both of those measures than the solo<br />

exercisers. They also met daily step goals<br />

of 7,500, 10,000 and 15,000 less often<br />

than those who participated without their<br />

spouses. Whether they worked out alone<br />

or as a couple, however, participants who<br />

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While it’s unclear exactly why exercising<br />

together was less effective, the authors<br />

believe that working out together may<br />

require a greater change in couples’ lifestyles,<br />

making it harder to achieve.<br />

Couples who decide to exercise together<br />

may not achieve the fitness levels they<br />

could individually, a recent study found.<br />

(Adobe Stock photo)<br />

“Our research suggests that older adults<br />

looking to introduce exercise into their<br />

lifestyles may find it more effective to<br />

focus on changing their own routines rather<br />

than attempting to exercise as a couple and<br />

seeking to impose changes on their partner,”<br />

said Sapphire Lin, Ph.D., who led the<br />

trial. Part of a long-term focus on active<br />

aging underway at NTU, its results were<br />

published in the International Journal of<br />

Human-Computer Interaction.<br />

Health benefits of music<br />

Listening to music, singing or playing<br />

an instrument are pleasurable experiences<br />

for nearly everyone. A growing amount<br />

of research also shows that music benefits<br />

the brain and body. This was confirmed by<br />

older adults participating in a recent University<br />

of Michigan Healthy Aging Poll,<br />

who said that music provides at least one<br />

health-related benefit for them.<br />

Almost all (98%) of the adults between<br />

the ages of 50 and 80 who took part in the<br />

nationwide poll said music’s impacts on<br />

their lives go beyond entertainment. Threefourths<br />

said music helps them relieve<br />

stress or relax, and 65% say it boosts their<br />

mental wellness, improves their mood, and<br />

increases energy. Seven percent said it<br />

reduces their physical pain.<br />

“Music has the power to bring joy and<br />

meaning to life. It is woven into the very<br />

fabric of existence for all of humankind,”<br />

said Joel Howell, M.D., Ph.D., a professor<br />

of internal medicine who worked on<br />

the poll team. “We also know that music<br />

is associated with positive effects on measures<br />

from blood pressure to depression.”<br />

Most respondents reported regular music<br />

listening, with 85% saying they do so at least<br />

a few times a week. Just under half of older<br />

adults reported singing at least a few times<br />

a week as well, and 17% said they play a<br />

musical instrument several times a year.<br />

Interestingly, those who rated their physical<br />

health as fair or poor, and those who<br />

said they often feel lonely or isolated, were<br />

also less likely to listen to music every day.<br />

“While music doesn’t come up often in<br />

older adults’ visits with their usual care<br />

providers, perhaps it should,” said Jeffrey<br />

Kullgren, M.D., the poll’s director. “The<br />

power of music to connect us, improve<br />

mood and energy, or even ease pain means<br />

it could be a powerful tool.”<br />

Exercise for post-cancer pain<br />

People who have gone through treatment<br />

for cancer would likely agree that getting<br />

back to an exercise routine is daunting.<br />

Even if it’s difficult, though, physical<br />

activity may effectively reduce the ongoing<br />

pain that often occurs after cancer treatment,<br />

according to a new study published<br />

in the American Cancer Society’s journal<br />

CANCER.<br />

Led by cancer researchers in the U.S.<br />

and Australia, it included well over<br />

50,000 adults, about 20% of whom had a<br />

past cancer diagnosis. All the participants<br />

were asked to rate their pain on average<br />

based on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (the<br />

worst pain imaginable). They also provided<br />

details about their usual physical<br />

activity.<br />

For participants who had cancer in the<br />

past as well as for those without a history<br />

of cancer, more physical activity<br />

was linked with lower pain intensity. The<br />

strength of that association was similar for<br />

both groups. In addition, cancer patients<br />

who exceeded currently recommended<br />

levels of daily physical activity were 16%<br />

less likely to report moderate to severe<br />

pain compared to those who failed to meet<br />

those guidelines.<br />

“It may feel counterintuitive to some,<br />

but physical activity is an effective, nonpharmacologic<br />

option for reducing many<br />

types of pain. As our study suggests, this<br />

may include pain associated with cancer<br />

and its treatments,” said senior author<br />

Erika Rees-Punia, Ph.D., of the American<br />

Cancer Society.<br />

Current U.S. exercise guidelines for<br />

adults recommend 150-300 minutes per<br />

week of moderate-intensity, or 75-150<br />

minutes per week of vigorous-intensity,<br />

aerobic physical activity.<br />

On the calendar<br />

Better Choices, Better Health with Diabetes,<br />

a 7-session course presented online<br />

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

11-April 22, live via Zoom. Developed and



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tested by Stanford University, this class<br />

is similar to Living a Healthy Life with<br />

Chronic Conditions, but with a focus on diabetes.<br />

The free course is sponsored by BJC<br />

Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Register<br />

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

• • •<br />

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

Conversations for Women monthly<br />

event on Monday, March 12 from 6:30-<br />

7:30 p.m. at the Desloge Outpatient Center,<br />

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

Chesterfield. These free events will feature<br />

informal presentations with women’s<br />

health specialists. This month’s topic, “Are<br />

You Hot?”, will feature Dr. Kael Murphy, a<br />

St. Lukes’ OB/GYN physician. Register at<br />

stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers Medicare<br />

counseling on Wednesday, March 20 from<br />

10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the hospital’s Institute for<br />

Health Education, 222 S. Woods Mill Road<br />

in Chesterfield, in Conference Rooms 1<br />

and 2. Sign up for a free 60-minute session<br />

to receive unbiased and confidential Medicare<br />

counseling and enrollment assistance.<br />

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

• • •<br />

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

Conversations on Wednesday, March 20<br />

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

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

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

us monthly for a free cup of joe and conversation<br />

with St. Luke’s health professionals<br />

about health and wellness topics.<br />

This month’s topic, Nutrition for Aging,<br />

will feature a St. Luke’s dietitian to help<br />

explore nutrition strategies you can use<br />

when planning meals and snacks Register<br />

at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers Living a<br />

Health Life with Chronic Disease on<br />

Fridays, March 22-April 26, from 10<br />

a.m.-12:30 p.m. The free six-week online<br />

course will be presented via Zoom. This<br />

course helps people gain self-confidence<br />

in controlling their chronic disease symptoms<br />

and learn how their health problems<br />

can affect their lives. Register online at<br />

stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital offers a<br />

Today’s Grandparents class on Thursday,<br />

April 11 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the<br />

Missouri Baptist Medical Center Clinical<br />

Learning Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road.<br />

This hands-on class offers updates on current<br />

trends in infant care and feeding, and<br />

provides tips on local and long-distance<br />

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

person (each person attending must register<br />

separately). Registration is available<br />

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Lingering coughs usually<br />

resolve without treatment<br />

Chances are you or someone in your<br />

family has been sick with a respiratory<br />

illness this winter. Those illnesses often<br />

include a nagging, frustrating cough that<br />

seems to hang on forever … and may even<br />

raise concerns about a secondary infection<br />

such as bronchitis. But most people don’t<br />

have to visit the doctor for a prescription or<br />

take over-the-counter medications because<br />

these coughs will nearly always get better<br />

with time and patience alone, according to<br />

a group of medical researchers in Canada.<br />

Their recent study examined the incidence,<br />

duration and outcomes of postinfectious<br />

coughs in Canadian adults<br />

diagnosed with respiratory illnesses. They<br />

found that for up to a quarter of them,<br />

coughing continued for as long as eight<br />

weeks after other symptoms of the illness<br />

had ended. In nearly all cases, the coughs<br />

resolved without medical treatment, and<br />

patients were no longer considered contagious<br />

during this period.<br />

“Reassuring patients that post-infectious<br />

cough is time-limited and self-resolving is<br />

important and can reduce unnecessary and<br />

costly prescriptions, such as asthma puffers<br />

or antibiotics,” said Dr. Kevin Liang,<br />

a clinical instructor at the University of<br />

British Columbia. He said evidence shows<br />

over-the-counter cough medicines don’t<br />

offer much benefit either.<br />

“You don’t need to go out to the grocery<br />

store or the pharmacy and buy an<br />

expensive medication that can have some<br />

nasty side effects when this is something<br />

your body just needs to take its time and<br />

recover,” he added.<br />

Coughing-related symptoms that do<br />

indicate a follow-up visit to a medical<br />

professional include shortness of breath,<br />

coughing up blood, throat tightness or difficulty<br />

swallowing. Coughs that last longer<br />

than eight weeks also need further investigation,<br />

Liang said.<br />

U.S. drug prices rank<br />

as world’s highest<br />

Consumers in the U.S. face significantly<br />

higher overall prices for prescription drugs<br />

than those in any other nation, according to<br />

a new report from the RAND Corporation,<br />

a nonprofit research organization.<br />

Across all drugs, the prices Americans<br />

pay for their prescriptions were found to<br />

Nagging coughs that often last for weeks after an illness will usually<br />

get better without treatment, a recent study found. (Adobe Stock photo)<br />

be nearly three times the averages paid<br />

by people in 33 other developed countries.<br />

This is true despite the fact that Americans<br />

pay much less for unbranded generic drugs<br />

– which account for a whopping 90%<br />

of U.S. prescription drug volume – than<br />

people in other nations. This huge quantity<br />

of unbranded prescriptions represents only<br />

8% of our annual drug spending, however.<br />

By contrast, brand-name drugs account<br />

for only 7% of U.S. prescription drug<br />

volume … but 87% of our collective drug<br />

spending. The gap between prices in the<br />

U.S. and other countries is very large for<br />

these drugs – on average, Americans pay<br />

4.22 times the prices of people in comparison<br />

nations according to RAND, which<br />

updates a similar report published in 2018<br />

with information through 2022.<br />

Retail prescription drug spending has<br />

exploded in the U.S., increasing by 91%<br />

between 2000 and 2020. It now accounts<br />

for more than 10% of the nation’s healthcare<br />

costs, and is expected to increase by<br />

an additional 5% each year through 2030.<br />

MU scientists work to improve<br />

protection against salmonella<br />

A team of University of Missouri -<br />

Columbia scientists has received a $5 million<br />

National Science Foundation grant to<br />

develop an innovative new way to protect<br />

people against foodborne illnesses.<br />

Their first target is salmonella, which is<br />

responsible for more than 1.3 million cases<br />

of potentially serious food poisoning each<br />

year in the U.S. alone. The project’s initial<br />

focus is on the poultry industry, a primary<br />

source of salmonella infections. One in<br />

every 25 packages of poultry purchased by<br />

Americans currently harbors salmonella<br />

bacteria, according to U.S. Food and Drug<br />

Administration statistics.<br />

The MU team, consisting of experts in<br />

engineering, poultry and food science,<br />

public health and supply chain management,<br />

is working on a portable sensor<br />

technology that can rapidly detect salmonella.<br />

These sensors will be paired with an<br />

AI-enabled “decision support system” that<br />

could pinpoint contaminated poultry in<br />

the food supply in one hour or less – compared<br />

to the current industry standard of <strong>24</strong><br />

hours – and prevent it from ever reaching<br />

consumers.<br />

“These pathogens grow very quicky, so<br />

a lot can happen to a food product in just<br />

<strong>24</strong> hours,” said Kate Trout, one of the project’s<br />

principal investigators and an MU<br />

assistant professor of health sciences. “We<br />

think our sensors, combined with our decision<br />

support system, could change the way<br />

that the entire poultry industry and health<br />

stakeholders make decisions to ensure a<br />

safer food supply for everyone.”<br />



On the calendar<br />

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

a Staying Home Alone in-person<br />

class on Saturday, March 16 from 10-11:30<br />

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

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

in Town and Country. 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, March 18<br />

from 5:30-6:30 p.m., live via Zoom. Join<br />

a Washington University bariatric physician<br />

to learn more about surgical treatment<br />

options for patients who meet certain criteria.<br />

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

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

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

and press Option 1.<br />

• • •<br />

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

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

Tuesday, March 26 from 6-8:30 p.m., live<br />

via Teams Meeting. This interactive class is<br />

a 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 />

The first St. Luke’s Book Club event<br />

will be held on Tuesday, March 26 from<br />

6:30-8 p.m. at the hospital’s Institute for<br />

Health Education, 232 S. Woods Mill<br />

Road in Chesterfield, in Conference<br />

Rooms 1 and 2. Those who register to<br />

attend in person will receive a copy of<br />

communication and leadership consultant<br />

Anne Grady’s book, “Strong Enough:<br />

Choosing Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.”<br />

Join us for an interactive meeting<br />

to discuss lessons learned from Grady’s<br />

book. The cost to participate is $5. Space<br />

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

• • •<br />

A St. Luke’s Nutrition Class at Eatwell<br />

Market is on Wednesday, March<br />

27 from 2-3 p.m. at Schnucks Eatwell<br />

Market, 220 THF Blvd. in Chesterfield.<br />

A St. Luke’s dietitian will discuss how<br />

to find and make healthier choices at the<br />

grocery store. The registration cost is<br />

$5; all participants will receive wellness<br />

resources, samples and a $10 Schnucks<br />

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

• • •<br />

Mercy St. Louis offers a Sitter Skills<br />

course on Friday, April 5 from 6-9 p.m. at<br />

the hospital, 615 S. New Ballas Road, in<br />

Classroom #2 on the 7th floor. Children<br />

ages 11 to 13 will learn about infant care,<br />

child development, interactive play, safety,<br />

handling emergency situations and marketing<br />

babysitting services. The cost is $30<br />

per child. Register online by visiting mercy.<br />

net/practice/mercy-hospital-st-louis and<br />

clicking on Classes, Seminars and Events,<br />

then Skills Classes for Kids.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Be Powerful<br />

– Know Your Heart on Wednesday, April<br />

10 from 6-7 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Hospital<br />

Institute for Health Education Auditorium,<br />

232 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield.<br />

Join us at this free session to discuss the<br />

steps to better heart health and have your<br />

questions answered by St. Luke’s physicians.<br />

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

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends<br />

CPR virtual course on Wednesday, April<br />

10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., live via Teams<br />

Meeting. This class uses the American<br />

Heart Association curriculum to teach<br />

hands-on CPR skills (course does not<br />

include certification upon completion).<br />

The cost is $50. Register online by visiting<br />




Peoples National Bank puts people first<br />

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Customers, people, community<br />

– they are at the heart of Peoples<br />

National Bank. Just ask Retail Sales<br />

Manager Jeremy Candler at the<br />

Town & Country Branch. He knows<br />

what makes Peoples National Bank<br />

different from other banks.<br />

“That’s simple. It’s our customer<br />

service,” Jeremy said. “Every bank<br />

is going to offer the same basic types<br />

of products, but how we treat people,<br />

that extra level of service is what we<br />

really try to focus on.”<br />

That focus plays out in ways that<br />

work for customers and keep them<br />

connected to Peoples National Bank.<br />

Jeremy especially enjoys working<br />

with clients to help improve their<br />

financial situations by providing<br />

banking solutions that are completely<br />

tailored to each individual’s unique<br />

needs, and that works for businesses<br />

as well.<br />

“When it comes to businesses, we<br />

get to know the business owners<br />

and learn how they are going to be<br />

operating and how they work. We<br />

are going to work to tailor our<br />

suggestions into what’s going to fit<br />

best for them,” Jeremy said.<br />

Peoples National Bank wants to see<br />

Jeremy Candler<br />

(Peoples National Bank photo)<br />

their clients be successful.<br />

“At the end of the day that’s our biggest<br />

goal, to help them be successful in their<br />

own way,” said Jeremy.<br />

Another recent example of the bank’s<br />

focus on customer service was over the<br />

last year when Peoples National Bank<br />

reached out and designed programs to<br />

help customers address check fraud<br />

which was becoming more prevalent,<br />

especially with mailed checks.<br />

“When we saw and recognized that, we<br />

started an initiative to proactively reach<br />

out to our customers to talk to them about<br />

the level of check fraud, what they could<br />

do to help protect themselves and what<br />

services we could offer as alternatives to<br />

writing checks,” Jeremy said. “We try to<br />

be proactive. It’s another way we put our<br />

customers first.”<br />

In addition, the Town & Country<br />

Branch provides a team with numerous<br />

decades of experience to help clients<br />

make informed decisions.<br />

“We are well suited to help customers<br />

with whatever financial issues they might<br />

have,” Jeremy said.<br />

He said their Treasury Management<br />

Team is one of the greatest assets of the<br />

bank.<br />

“They are absolutely phenomenal. We<br />

have a variety of options for businesses<br />

that most other banks our size don’t<br />

offer,” he said.<br />

Building relationships and serving<br />

clients is one of the reasons Jeremy<br />

enjoys his role at the Town & Country<br />

Branch.<br />

“I realized that I enjoyed the service<br />

side of it, and I liked being able to<br />

help people,” Jeremy said. “And I look<br />

forward to my clients that I see every<br />

day. Our customers stay with us; it is a<br />

relationship,” he said.<br />

Those relationships also grow stronger<br />

as staff members at the Town & Country<br />

Branch volunteer and work with others<br />

to better the community. At Peoples<br />

National Bank, people are more than just<br />

customers; they’re friends and neighbors.<br />

That’s why their dedicated associates are<br />

so involved on a local level.<br />

“Being involved in the community helps<br />

us get to know people personally, so we<br />

can better serve them,” Jeremy said.<br />

With assets over $1.7 billion, Peoples<br />

National Bank serves 18 communities<br />

throughout Southern Illinois and Missouri.<br />

For more information about Peoples<br />

National Bank, visit peoplesnationalbank.<br />

com, or stop in at the Town & Country<br />

Branch, meet Jeremy and the team and<br />

put their expertise and resources to work<br />

for your family, home or business. Peoples<br />

National Bank and their team are here to<br />

serve you and your community.<br />

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The <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting<br />

for Alloy Personal Training on Feb. 21. (Photo courtesy of Higher Focus Photography)<br />


BRIEFS<br />

PLACES<br />

Alloy Personal Training, 16739 Main<br />

St. in Wildwood, held a ribbon cutting<br />

hosted by the <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County<br />

Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 21. Alloy<br />

offers personal training programs that<br />

include an exercise and nutrition plan tailored<br />

to individual goals. For more information<br />

call (636) 422-5090.<br />

• • •<br />

Groundwork Mortgage is now open<br />

at 687 Trade Center Blvd., Suite 120, in<br />

Chesterfield. A ribbon cutting hosted<br />

by the Chesterfield Region Chamber of<br />

Commerce was held on Feb. 22. For more<br />

information visit groundworkmortgage.<br />

com.<br />

• • •<br />

Diesel Barbershop opened on Jan. 29<br />

at 118 Four Seasons Shopping Center in<br />

Chesterfield. Part barbershop, part salon<br />

and part arcade, customers can watch<br />

sports, play video games, listen to music,<br />

shoot the breeze and enjoy a cold beverage<br />

– all while getting a haircut, trim,<br />

shave, scalp massage or brow wax. For<br />

more information call (314) 548-6600.<br />

• • •<br />

The Rockwood School District is hosting<br />

Student Job Fairs at each of its four<br />

high schools this month and next. Businesses<br />

that are looking to hire students to<br />

fill current openings or summer positions<br />

can contact Laurie Philipp at (636) 891-<br />

6800, ext. 20091 or via email to philipplaurie@rsdmo.org<br />

to learn more about<br />

attending. The fairs will be held from<br />

12:15-1:45 p.m. on the following dates:<br />

• March 11 at Marquette High, 2351<br />

Clarkson Road in Chesterfield<br />

• April 3 at Eureka High, 4525 Hwy. 109<br />

in Eureka<br />

• April 10 at Rockwood Summit High,<br />

1780 Hawkins Road in Fenton<br />

• April 17 at Lafayette High, 17050<br />

Clayton Road in Wildwood<br />

• • •<br />

Barbecue restaurant Salt + Smoke has<br />

opened a new location at 1386 Clarkson<br />

Clayton Center in Ellisville – the former<br />

site of Walnut Grill. The location is the<br />

fifth and largest in the local chain, coowned<br />

by Tom Schmidt and Haley Riley.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

Kirsten F. Dunn,<br />

M.D., F.A.C.P., an<br />

internal medicine physician<br />

with Mercy Virtual<br />

Primary Care, has been<br />

installed as 20<strong>24</strong> president<br />

of the St. Louis<br />

Dunn<br />

Metropolitan Medical<br />

Society. Dunn earned her undergraduate<br />

degree at Harvard College and her medical<br />

degree from Saint Louis University<br />

School of Medicine. She completed her<br />

internship and residency at Stanford University<br />

Hospital and Clinics. She is certified<br />

by the American Board of Internal<br />

Medicine and a Fellow of the American<br />

College of Physicians.<br />

EVENTS<br />

The Chesterfield Regional Chamber of<br />

Commerce hosts its 20<strong>24</strong> Community<br />

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Thursday, March 7 at the DoubleTree<br />

by Hilton Hotel, 16625 Swingley Ridge<br />

Road in Chesterfield. Area residents are<br />

invited to meet and learn about a wide<br />

range of businesses from higher education<br />

and banking to health initiatives and<br />

dining; view the latest products, services<br />

and technologies; and pick up giveaways.<br />

Admission is free.

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The St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild Quilt<br />

Show is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 23 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

March <strong>24</strong> at Greensfelder Recreation Complex,<br />

550 Weidman Road. Admission is $8;<br />

ages of 5 and younger are free. Details as<br />

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• • •<br />

“All My Sons” is at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday,<br />

March 21 through Sunday, April 7 at<br />

The J’s Wool Studio Theatre, 2 Millstone<br />

Campus Drive. Tickets start at $27 at<br />

newjewishtheatre.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The Art Fair at Queeny Park is from 5-9<br />

p.m. on Friday, April 5; from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, April 6; and from 11 a.m.-4<br />

p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at the Greensfelder<br />

Recreation Complex at Queeny Park, 550<br />

Weidman Road in Ballwin, featuring over<br />

100 juried artists from 20 states, live music,<br />

children’s activities and more. $10 entry fee.<br />

For details, visit greaterstlouisartists.org/artfair-at-queeny-park.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival Opening<br />

Night Celebration is at 4 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

April 7 at the B&B Theater, 12657 Olive<br />

Blvd. in Creve Coeur. Tickets are $20. For<br />

details, visit jccstl.com/arts-ideas/st-louisjewish-film-festival.<br />


The Pipes for Parkison Organ Concert<br />

is at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18<br />

at Little Flower Church, 1264 Arch Terrace<br />

in Richmond Heights, hosted by the<br />

American Guild of Organists. Admission<br />

is free; a goodwill offering is appreciated.<br />

Proceeds benefit the American Parkinson<br />

Disease Association - Greater St. Louis<br />

Chapter.<br />

• • •<br />

Wyman’s Amplify Gala is at 6 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, April 6 at The Reverie, 17089 N.<br />

Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield. Cocktails,<br />

dinner, a celebration with DJ Charlie Chan<br />

and more are featured. Tickets start at $250.<br />

For details, visit grabethreshourewymancenter.org<br />

or call (415) 812-0554.<br />


Toddler Book Bingo is from 10-10:45 a.m.<br />

on Thursday, March 14 at the Manchester<br />

Parks Building, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road. Little ones and their adults will play<br />

picture bingo for gently used and new books.<br />

$2 per child. Snacks and drinks are included.<br />

For ages 2-5. Pre-registration is required at<br />

manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Nerf Wars is from 5-6 p.m. on Friday,<br />

March 15 at The Pointe, 333 Holloway Road<br />

in Ballwin. Children ages 6-10 will bring<br />

their own Nerf guns and compete in three<br />

20-minute games of Capture the Flag, Team<br />

vs Team, and Last Person Standing. Protective<br />

eyewear must be brought and worn by<br />

all participants. Extra Nerf ammo will be<br />

available for use. The cost is $15 for residents;<br />

$18 for non-residents. To register, visit<br />

ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

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Help Grow an Easter Egg Garden<br />

continues through Thursday, March 21 at<br />

Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road in<br />

Ellisville. Register at ellisville.mo.us and<br />

pick up a wooden egg at the Parks building,<br />

decorate the egg and then return the egg<br />

to the Parks building. The winner will be<br />

announced on March 25. The eggs will be<br />

outside, so it is recommended to use exterior<br />

paint and waterproof materials. Cost is<br />

$5. For details, visit ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Patrick’s Family Bingo is from<br />

6-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 at the<br />

Manchester Parks Building, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road. This is a family-based<br />

bingo for all ages and includes pizza, drinks<br />

and prizes for the winners. Tickets are $8 for<br />

residents; $10.40 for non-residents. Everyone<br />

ages 2 and up needs to buy a ticket. For<br />

details, visit manchestermo.gov/parks.<br />

• • •<br />

The Chesterfield Shamrock Run is at 8:30<br />

a.m. on Saturday, March 16 at the Chesterfield<br />

Valley Athletic Complex, 17925 N.Outer<br />

40 Road in Chesterfield. The race will consist<br />

of a 5K or 10K race and a Lil’ Leprechaun<br />

Run for kids. The 5K/10K races begin at 8:30<br />

a.m.; the Fun Run begins at 10 a.m. Register<br />

at chesterfield.mo.us/shamrock-run.<br />

• • •<br />

Spring Break Crafty Cooking is from<br />

9:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18<br />

through Thursday, March 21 at the Timbers<br />

of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park Lane. Campers<br />

learn the basics like reading a recipe, measurements,<br />

preparation, and safety. Camp<br />

includes lunch. For ages 8-12. The fee is<br />

$100 for residents and $110 for non-residents.<br />

Space is limited. Register at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Adult Egg Hunt is from 7:30-9:30 p.m.<br />

on Friday, March 22 at the Paul A. Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

in Manchester. For ages 21 and over. The<br />

cost is $10 until March 17 or $13 on March<br />

18. Bring chairs, drinks and food. There<br />

will be bonfires and fun. Held rain or shine.<br />

To register, visit ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Egg Stravaganza is at 10 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 23 at Central Park, 16365 Lydia Hill<br />

Drive in Chesterfield. There will be thousands<br />

of eggs ready for the big hunt. The Bunny will<br />

be making an appearance, along with crafts<br />

and activities. Children will be divided into<br />

age groups. Don’t forget a basket. Tickets are<br />

$10 until March 22 and $15 on the day of the<br />

hunt. For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us and<br />

search, “Egg Stravaganza.”<br />

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• • •<br />

Egg Hunt is from 10 a.m. to noon on<br />

Saturday, March 23 at Fairway Elementary<br />

School, 480 Old Fairway Drive in Wildwood.<br />

14,000 eggs are ready to be found for kids in<br />

age categories of 3-12. Meet the bunny, stay<br />

for the dance party, make a craft, bounce<br />

on inflatables and more. All are welcome.<br />

No registration is needed. For details, visit<br />

cityofwildwood.com or call (636) 458-0440.<br />

• • •<br />

A Youth Easter Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, March 23 at Legion Park, 333<br />

Bald Hill Road in Eureka. Features separate<br />

areas for ages 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-7<br />



and 8-10. Hunts begin at 11 a.m. with age<br />

groups staggered in 5-minute increments. A<br />

pancake breakfast served by the Knights of<br />

Columbus will be available while supplies<br />

last. Admission is free. Participants should<br />

park at the Eureka Community Center. For<br />

details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Hip Hop Hurray Hunt is at 10 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, March 23 at Bluebird Park, 225<br />

Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville. The Easter<br />

Bunny will leave a trail of eggs in Bluebird<br />

Park. Children 9 and under will hunt for<br />

eggs and prizes. Free event. Pre-registration<br />

is required at ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Youth Easter Egg Hunt is from 11:30<br />

a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at<br />

Vlasis Park, 300 Park Drive in Ballwin.<br />

Hunts will be divided into age groups: 2-4<br />

years old, 5-7 years old, and 8-10 years<br />

old. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for<br />

pictures. Registration is not required. Free<br />

event. For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Flashlight Egg Hunt is from 7:30-9 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, March 27 at Paul Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road in<br />

Manchester. Bring a flashlight and basket<br />

to hunt for eggs after dark. Includes pizza<br />

and games. For ages 10-14. $11 for residents;<br />

$14.30 for non-residents. Pre-registration<br />

is required at manchestermo.gov.<br />

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transportation, while learning about all<br />

aspects of safety with the Eureka Police<br />

Department. Free event. For details, visit<br />

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Arbor Day Celebration is from 10 a.m.-<br />

noon on Saturday, March 23 at Kircher<br />

Park, 25 Williams Road in Eureka. Stop by<br />

Kircher Park during the Youth Easter Egg<br />

Hunt to pick up a free tree. Limit one tree<br />

per family. Handicap parking will be available<br />

at Kircher Park, general parking is<br />

available at Eureka Soccer Park. Free with<br />

a non-perishable food item. For details,<br />

visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Maker’s Mart & Arbor Day Festival<br />

is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April<br />

20 at Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec<br />

Station Road in Manchester. The treeplanting<br />

ceremony is from 9:30-10 a.m.<br />

Free seedling giveaway. Free event. For<br />

details, visit manchestermo.gov/319/Manchester-Earth-Day-Makers-Mart.<br />

• • •<br />

Glow Golf is from 7:30-10 p.m. on<br />

Friday, April 26 at the Ballwin Golf Course,<br />

333 Holloway Road. Play golf in the dark<br />

with LED golf balls. The cost is $40 per<br />

person and includes the round, the cart, and<br />

the LED golf ball. For details, visit ballwin.<br />

mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Mega Event is from 8 a.m.-11 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, April 27 at Reber Park, 109<br />

Lindy Blvd. in the City of Winchester. Free<br />

electronics recycling, document shredding,<br />

Arbor Day tree giveaway and food drive.<br />

Rain or Shine. For details, visit city.winchester.mo.us/Parks-and-Recreation.<br />

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The city of Wildwood’s (Virtual) Cabin<br />

Fever Hiking Challenge is back for 20<strong>24</strong>.<br />

Complete two designated hikes within the<br />

timeframes, submit your selfies and earn<br />

Wildwood swag. Hike 2 runs through March<br />

17. There is no cost to participate. For details<br />

and route maps, visit cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

PJ 5K & 1 Mile Sleepwalk is from 8<br />

a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 23 at Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

in Manchester. Each registrant will receive<br />

a shirt, a finisher medal, post-run snacks<br />

and more. Wear your pajamas. Pre-registration<br />

cost is $25 for a family and $30 for<br />

an individual. On race day, the cost is $30<br />

for a family and $35 for an individual. For<br />

details, visit manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Bee Dash 5K is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

May 18 at La Salle Retreat Center, 2101<br />

Rue De LaSalle Drive in Wildwood. Celebrate<br />

World Bee Day with a 5K run/walk.<br />

Enjoy the festivities afterward including<br />

food, drink, live music and local beekeepers.<br />

Cost is $35. For details and registration,<br />

visit lasalleretreat.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin Triathlon is from 5-10:30 a.m.<br />

on Sunday, July 21 at North Pointe Aquatic<br />

Center in Ballwin. This is a 300 yd. swim,<br />

9 mile bike and 3.4 mile run. The event fills<br />

fast, secure a spot early. No race day registration.<br />

Pricing starts at $60. For details,<br />

visit mseracing.com/ballwin-triathlon.<br />

Here is an alphabetical list of Friday Fish Fries through March 22.<br />

American Legion Post 397, 934 Rue<br />

De La Banque in Creve Coeur from 11<br />

a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. The menu<br />

includes catfish, cod, shrimp, clams,<br />

french fries, baked beans, spaghetti, hushpuppies,<br />

coleslaw and potato salad. For<br />

details, call (314) 872-3186.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin VFW Post #6274, 115<br />

Mimosa Lane from 4:30-7 p.m. or until<br />

sold out. Choice of cod, catfish, shrimp or<br />

chicken strips, plus two sides. For details,<br />

visit Facebook and search, “Ballwin VFW<br />

Post 6274.”<br />

• • •<br />

Christ Prince of Peace Parish, 415<br />

Weidman Road in Manchester from 4:45-<br />

7:30 p.m. Fried cod, baked tilapia, grilled<br />

shrimp, cheese pizza and more. For<br />

details, visit christprinceofpeace.com or<br />

call (636) 391-1307.<br />

• • •<br />

Holy Infant Catholic Church, 627<br />

Dennison Drive in Ballwin from 4:30-<br />

7:30 p.m. on Fridays through March 22.<br />

Fried grouper, baked salmon, baked or<br />

fried cod and shrimp are featured. For<br />

details, visit holyinfantballwin.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus,<br />

13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield<br />

from 4-7 p.m. Fried cod, fried shrimp,<br />

baked tilapia, Cajun seafood gumbo<br />

and more. Bulk orders and online<br />

payments for most of the menu items<br />

will be accepted. For details, visit<br />

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• • •<br />

Most Sacred Heart Church, 350 E.<br />

4th Street in Eureka from 4-7 p.m. Fried<br />

fish, homemade coleslaw, green beans,<br />

mac and cheese and dessert. Available<br />

as drive-thru or dine-in. For details, visit<br />

sacredhearteureka.org or call (636) 938-<br />

5048.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Alban Roe Fish Fry is from 4:30-7<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 8 at St. Alban Roe,<br />

2001 Shepard Road in Wildwood. Baked<br />

and fried cod, fried catfish, butterfly<br />

shrimp, mac and cheese, cheese pizza by<br />

the slice with assorted sides and desserts.<br />

Carry-out is available. For details, call<br />

(636) 458-2977.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Bridget of Kildare, 223 W. Union<br />

St. in Pacific from 4-7 p.m. Fried catfish,<br />

cod, shrimp, fries, green beans, spaghetti,<br />

cole slaw and desserts. Carry out, drivethru<br />

and dine-in. For details, visit sbkparish.org<br />

or call (636) 271-3993.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Clare of Assisi, 15642 Clayton Road<br />

in Ellisville, from 4-7 p.m. Menu items<br />

include fried and baked cod, salmon, and<br />

shrimp. Sides, appetizers and children’s<br />

dinners are also available. For details, call<br />

(636) 394-7307.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Joseph Parish, 567 St. Joseph<br />

Lane in Manchester, from 4:30-7:15 p.m.<br />

every Friday during Lent except Good<br />

Friday. Menu items include fish and all<br />

the trimmings, fish tacos and dessert.<br />

Dine-in or Carry out. For details, visit<br />

stjoemanchester.org.<br />

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• NO Spraying or Rolling Mess!<br />

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Reasonable Pricing<br />

Quality Work<br />

Senior Discounts Available<br />

Serving <strong>West</strong> County &<br />

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Landscaping and Lawncare<br />

Make your lawn<br />

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neighborhood!<br />

We’ll keep it healthy,<br />

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• General Clean Up<br />

• Mowing<br />

• Bush & Tree Trimming<br />

• Flower Bed Installation<br />

• Walkways, Patios & Walls<br />

• Downspouts & Drainage<br />

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Siding • Soffit • Fascia & Repairs<br />

Best Quality & Prices Since 1988!<br />

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• Fully Insured<br />

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• No Money Up Front<br />

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Ceiling Fans • Wholehouse Fans<br />

Gable Vent Fans • Recessed Lighting<br />

Specializing in installation for two story homes<br />

with no wiring on first floor.<br />

When Handyman Quality Just Won't Do.<br />

(314) 510-6400<br />

Licensed & Insured<br />


• Wood<br />

• Vinyl<br />

• Composite<br />

• Aluminum<br />

• Refacing<br />

• New Decks<br />

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• IPE (Hardwood)<br />

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Locally Owned & Operated by Tim Hallahan<br />

Serving <strong>West</strong> County for 25+ Years<br />

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Residential and Commercial<br />

• Sealing (Prevents pitting)<br />

• Caulking (Keep out the weeds)<br />

• Power Washing (Fresh & clean)<br />

• Crack Filling (Keeps moisture out)<br />

• Fence Washing<br />


Call Jerry Loosmore Jr. at 636-399-6193<br />



Build and Repair Decks & Fences,<br />

All Painting, Wallpaper Removal,<br />

Powerwash/Stain Decks, Finish Basements,<br />

Remodeling, Kitchens, Baths<br />

Senior Discounts • Military Discounts<br />

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PARKS, from page 21<br />

Parks was also nominated for the Missouri<br />

Ambassadors of Music and was chosen as<br />

first chair for flute for their 2023 tour, which<br />

allowed her to tour and perform in five<br />

European countries last summer. Parks said<br />

her favorite stop on the tour to perform was<br />

in the garden at the Sound of Music house<br />

in Austria. Another memorable stop for her<br />

was visiting the birthplace of the classical<br />

music composer Mozart.<br />

And this past fall, she was selected to<br />

march in the competitive Macy’s Great<br />

American Marching Band Parade on<br />

Thanksgiving Day in New York City.<br />

“Forty nine states were represented in the<br />

marching band,” Parks said. “We received<br />

the music ahead of time, but when we got<br />

there we spent several days practicing for<br />

up to five hours a day. We only marched in<br />

the parade for an hour, but it felt longer.”<br />

Parks also acts as lead drum major for the<br />

Parkway South marching band, participates<br />

in the top jazz band and a community band<br />

organized by Parkway and is a member of<br />

the Saint Louis Youth Symphony Orchestra<br />

for the 2023-<strong>24</strong> season.<br />

Parks accomplished these feats while<br />

maintaining a 4.2 grade point average and<br />

serving as the president and founder of<br />

her school’s chapter of the Tri-M National<br />

Music Honor Society, an officer of the<br />

National Business Honor Society, the<br />

president of the Green Club and a two-year<br />

member of the National Honor Society. In<br />

her free time, Parks said she likes to read<br />

and is getting into crochet.<br />

Parks has been accepted into University<br />

of Missouri-Columbia Honors College and<br />

plans to double major in flute and computer<br />

science when she begins college next fall.<br />

There she will play the flute in the concert<br />

band, which doesn’t include marching.<br />

When she looks back on the last ten years,<br />

Parks said playing the flute during that time<br />

has allowed her to do more things than she<br />

dreamed possible.<br />

“I feel very proud of the last ten years and<br />

also feel very prepared for college and my<br />

future because of it,” Parks said. “I feel like<br />

being in music and being in music ensembles<br />

has let me interact with people I wouldn’t<br />

have met otherwise. I was able to help build<br />

a community through music and meet other<br />

people with a common interest too.”<br />


CARPET<br />


Restretching • Reseaming<br />

& Patching.<br />

No job is to small!<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

(314) 892-1003<br />




Baseball Cards, Sports Cards,<br />

Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.<br />

Private Collector:<br />

314-302-1785<br />


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with 22 years’ experience!<br />

Call 314-497-2028<br />


Keep your Saturdays to yourself<br />

and we will pick it up for you!<br />

Complimentary Curbside<br />

Donation Pickup. Anything that<br />

is non-perishable or flammable.<br />

Serving the <strong>West</strong> County area!<br />


to schedule your appointment.<br />

314-742-4342.<br />

DECKS<br />

Deck Staining<br />


Traveling Fossil & Rock<br />

Presentations with a Biblical<br />

Perspective. Suitable for all grade<br />

levels. FREE Fossils for everyone.<br />

Can the Bible timeline<br />

be tested and trusted? Yes!<br />

The Rock’s Cry Out Ministry<br />

Contact Bill Barnes 314-608-2928<br />



Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

Service upgrades, fans, can lights,<br />

switches, outlets, basements,<br />

code violations fixed, we do it<br />

all. Emergency calls & backa-up<br />

generators. No job too small.<br />

Competitively priced. Free Estimates.<br />

Just call 636-262-5840<br />


DSI/Door Solutions, Inc.<br />

Garage Doors, Electric Open–ers.<br />

Fast Repairs. All makes & models.<br />

Same day service. Free Estimates.<br />

Custom Wood and Steel Doors.<br />

BBB Member • Angie's List<br />

Call 314-550-4071<br />

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J & J HAULING<br />


Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

appliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, affordable rates.<br />

Call: 636-379-8062 or<br />

email: jandjhaul@aol.com<br />

• Brushed & Rolled Only<br />

• No money up front/Warranty<br />

A+<br />

Free Estimates • Insured/A+BBB<br />

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FENCES<br />

Wood | Aluminum | Vinyl | Composite<br />


Unmatched Quality | Competitive Prices | Residential or Commercial<br />

WWW.WESTERNFENCES.COM | 636.215.1730<br />



Junk hauling and removal. Cleanouts,<br />

appliances, furniture, debris,<br />

construction rubble, yard waste,<br />

excavating & demolition! 10, 15<br />

& 20 cubic yd. rolloff dumpsters.<br />

Licensed & insured. Affordable, dependable<br />

and available!<br />

VISA/MC accepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

Toll Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />



16935 Manchester Road • Wildwood<br />

Hiring multiple positions<br />

Email resume to<br />

inquiriesthreefrenchhens@gmail.com<br />

The City of Wildwood is seeking<br />

experienced candidates<br />

for the full-time position of<br />

Accounting Clerk.<br />

Please proceed to the City of<br />

Wildwood website for details.<br />

We are an equal opportunity employer.<br />

Experienced In Home Care and<br />

Assistance is hiring Exceptional<br />

Caregivers. Competitive pay,<br />

caregiver appreciation benefits,<br />

and flexible schedules, such as:<br />

4,8, and 12 hour shifts. F/T and<br />

P/T shifts, days, nights, and weekends.<br />

Sign on bonus for full time<br />

employees, Call 636-525-5445<br />



VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildwood/Ballwin/<br />

Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care Assistants &<br />

Homemaker shifts. Weekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Call 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />

VisitingAngels.com/westplex<br />

Lakeside Children’s Academy<br />

IS HIRING!!!<br />

We need experienced, dedicated<br />

teachers who can work<br />

Monday - Friday<br />

40 hours/ week.<br />

Email or Call Today!<br />

Laura@lakesidechildrens<br />

academy.com<br />

or 636 225 4800<br />



Rotted wood, Painting, Tile,<br />

Drywall, Floors, Electrical,<br />

Carpentry, Plumbing,<br />

Power Washing. Insured.<br />


Tom Streckfuss 314-910-7458<br />

sbacontractingllc@gmail.com<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />

Mizzou Crew LLC (Since 2004)<br />

We can’t do everything,<br />

but we CAN do a lot!<br />

Landscaping, Demolition,<br />

Flooring, Light Construction,<br />

Furniture Assembly, Fencing,<br />

Deck Repair, Rough Carpentry.<br />

Call/text Jeff 314-520-5222 or<br />

email mizzoucrewstl@gmail.com<br />


Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Free estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

Call Joe 636-699-8316<br />



Specializing in<br />

Decks & Fences<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

pristinemidwest@gmail.com<br />

(314) 575-3879<br />


-MULCHING-<br />

-AERATING-<br />

-Spring Clean-Ups-<br />

Preparing/Cleaning Beds<br />

Preen • Leaf Removal<br />

Bush/Shrub Trimming<br />

Aeration • Seeding<br />

Fertilizing • Dethatching<br />



Call or text 636-432-3451<br />





Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

poloslawn@aol.com<br />

Leaf Clean Up<br />

& Vacuuming<br />

Pruning Work, Grading,<br />

Planting, and<br />

Dormant Sod Work.<br />


636-296-5050<br />

-Complete Outdoor Service-<br />

Hardscapes • Lawn Mowing<br />

Commercial • Residential<br />

Reasonable Rates<br />

Experienced & Insured<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

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Call Today (314) 660-9080<br />

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Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Install<br />

Leaf Removal • Paver Patios<br />

Trimming & Edging<br />

Stone & Brick<br />

Retaining Walls • Drainage Work<br />


636-293-2863<br />

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Retaining Walls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with attention to detail<br />

Call Tom 636.938.9874<br />

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Residential • Commercial<br />



Leaf Clean Up • Retaining Walls<br />

Trees, Shrubs & Flower Planting<br />

and Trimming • Landscaping Rock<br />

FULLY Insured • FREE Estimates<br />

Call or Text Dave 314-843-0271<br />

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-Mizzou Crew-<br />

Mulch, Shrub Trimming,<br />

Yard Cleanups, Power Washing,<br />

Moles, Small Walls & Paver Patios.<br />

Hauling Services,<br />

Demolition,<br />

Handyman Services<br />

& Rough Carpentry<br />

Call/Text Jeff<br />

314-520-5222<br />

or www.MizzouCrew.com<br />




Retaining walls, paver & natural<br />

stone patios. Lawn renovation,<br />

property maintenance, clean-up &<br />

storm water drainage. Mulching,<br />

flower planting, and more.<br />

Call TODAY 314-968-4900<br />

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DEFINO’S<br />


EST. 2006<br />

Interior & Exterior Painting<br />

Deck Staining<br />

- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

definospainting.com<br />

314-707-3094<br />




Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Call or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />


Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too small.<br />


35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

<strong>24</strong> hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />



Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

Free Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />


Marriage Ceremonies • Vow Renewals<br />

Baptisms • Pastoral/Graveside Visits<br />

Full Service Ministry • (314) 703-7456




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IN ST. LOUIS!<br />



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