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Vol. 21 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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I was talking to a psychologist after<br />

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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 />

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

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suffers from severe depression or<br />

psychosis. They might be unaware of<br />

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

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their own and resist getting help.<br />

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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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Seats and hats are changing at <strong>Mid</strong><br />

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Dan previously served as a reporter for<br />

<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> and then as<br />

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Skagway News. After returning to the<br />

lower 48, Dan served as the editor for the<br />

Lincoln County Journal and did a stint as<br />

the marketing and communications director<br />

for Junior Chamber International.<br />

With Dan’s return, Kate will be stepping<br />

into the role of associate editor, with<br />

her attention more specifically focused<br />

on the paper’s special advertising sections<br />

and its feature stories – a role that<br />

has been held for the past two years by<br />

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May. Though, Kate likes to say that <strong>Mid</strong><br />

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For you, the reader, this means a few<br />

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editor, it means that those 12 years of<br />

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content without missing a beat. Kate also<br />

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Next, of course, a new managing editor<br />

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On Feb. 29, O'Fallon Fire Protection District units arrived at the<br />

Westridge subdivision in response to a structure fire. The fire was<br />

quickly brought under control, according to the district. One patient<br />

was treated for minor injuries. During the fire suppression efforts two<br />

dogs were rescued by firefighters. Pictured is O'Fallon fire district Capt.<br />

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At the Feb. 22 O’Fallon City Council<br />

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and Industries, enthusiastically<br />

announced a new event for the city – the<br />

20<strong>24</strong> Rail District Festival. She said this<br />

is the first of what will be an annual event<br />

going forward.<br />

The O’Fallon Chamber is partnering<br />

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to create and conduct the festival, scheduled<br />

for 2-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 in<br />

Civic Park.<br />

“Proceeds will go to the O’Fallon Community<br />

Foundation for scholarships for<br />

students at the Renaud Center, sending<br />

O’Fallon police officers to Police Week,<br />

and things such as that,” Duck said.<br />

She said downtown O’Fallon has been<br />

and still is a great area for development by<br />

the city and already has “amazing small<br />

businesses.”<br />

The O’Fallon Rail District is what originally<br />

was designated as the “downtown<br />

overlay district,” generally running from<br />

Interstate 70 in the south to St. Joseph<br />

Avenue in the north, Sonderen Street in the<br />

east, Woodlawn Avenue in the west, and<br />

with Main Street running north to south<br />

through the center.<br />

Of course, it includes the active railroad<br />

tracks crossing Main Street near Civic<br />

Park and City Hall.<br />

Duck described this festival as a “celebration<br />

of O’Fallon’s history, local businesses<br />

and a way to bring families out to<br />

celebrate everything O’Fallon is.”<br />

Forty businesses have already signed<br />

up to participate, with a total of 80 to 90<br />

expected by April 27. Organizers anticipate<br />

more than 1,000 people will attend.<br />

Parking and entry will be free.<br />

The festival will include a kid zone,<br />

inflatables, family activities, vendors, live<br />

music, food trucks, food booths, a beer<br />

garden and train rides. The festival website<br />

was expected to be up and running on<br />

Friday, March 1.<br />

Duck announced that the festival will<br />

include a unique special activity sponsored<br />

by Washington University: a baby crawl<br />

race. She said the intent is to find “the<br />

fastest baby in O’Fallon.” The winner will<br />

receive a trophy that Duck believes “might<br />

be bigger than the baby.” Details will be<br />

provided soon.<br />

ST. PETERS<br />

City discusses purchasing<br />

118 new police radios<br />

St. Peters Police Chief Andrew Ramirez<br />

addressed the Board of Aldermen at its Feb.<br />

22 work session to request a portable radio<br />

replacement program to update current<br />

walkie-talkie equipment.<br />

Ramirez noted that the current Motorola<br />

models reached the end of their warranty<br />

in 2021 and that in October of last year,<br />

Motorola ceased repair authorization<br />

on these models. The police department<br />

learned about this when attempting to get<br />

repairs done and were denied.<br />

Ramirez said the “current supply of<br />

radios is over 10 years old,” and urged<br />

the board to place the item on the March<br />

agenda.<br />

He is requesting 118 new radios, which<br />

totals $620,833.40. They will be covered<br />

under a seven-year warranty and currently<br />

honored under 2023 pricing through the<br />

end of March.<br />

While the expense was not originally<br />

budgeted, City Administrator Bill Malach<br />

was cited as being able to find funding to<br />

cover it.<br />

Alderman Dave Kuppler (Ward 3)<br />

expressed concern that Motorola sprung<br />

this on the police after repairs were<br />

requested.<br />

“This is not even in our capital improvement<br />

plan,” Kuppler said.<br />

He discussed the five-year plan and<br />

pointed out that had this issue not come up<br />

now, the police radios would have been up<br />

to 16 years outdated.<br />

“This is a learning lesson,” Kuppler said,<br />

noting the importance of addressing items<br />

instead of leaving them to be “kicked<br />

down the road.”<br />

He addressed the importance of equipment<br />

lifespan, and suggested that the city<br />

work with the police department to more<br />

diligently address issues in a timely fashion.<br />

“We absolutely should get the police dept<br />

whatever, whatever they need to continue<br />

to keep St. Peters one of the safest cities<br />

you can find anywhere,” Kuppler said.<br />

The other board members agreed, and<br />

the issue has been placed on the March 14<br />

agenda.<br />

Zoning amendment<br />

approved to allow large<br />

equipment storage<br />

Landowner Rick Pogue addressed the<br />

St. Peters Board of Aldermen at its Feb. 22<br />

meeting to request an amendment to the<br />

current zoning requirements. He requested<br />

the change to allow Central Power Systems<br />

to rent the location behind the Arrowhead<br />

Building & Supply Inc. facility on North<br />

Service Road. The Missouri-based Central<br />

Power Systems rents cranes, lifts and other<br />

similar equipment.<br />

Julie Powers, director of planning, com-



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munity and economic development backed<br />

the proposal stating that the zoning change<br />

would only affect the rear of the property.<br />

“It won’t be highly visible from the outer<br />

road or from Spencer road because of the<br />

tree buffer,” Powers said.<br />

Pogue is also the former Arrowhead<br />

Building & Supply owner and has retained<br />

a good rapport with the city. He noted<br />

that the zoning for that property has been<br />

modified multiple times and that this modification<br />

would offer a good facility for the<br />

tenant. He explained that he put over 1<br />

million dollars into the property and has a<br />

record of offering proper aesthetics for the<br />

area.<br />

“It’s perfect for servicing vehicles,” he<br />

added. “They’re going to make it look very<br />

very nice.<br />

“St. Peters was always our home base for<br />

Arrowhead.”<br />

He concluded that although he and his<br />

sister sold their company, as property<br />

openers, they still care for the area and its<br />

success and that this venture would contribute<br />

to that.<br />

The amendment was recommended by<br />

city staff as well as Planning & Zoning. It<br />

was unanimously passed by the board.<br />


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St. Charles County Director of Elections<br />

Kurt Bahr sent a memo to the county<br />

executive on Feb. 14, requesting approval<br />

to use a State of Missouri Efficiency Grant.<br />

The 20<strong>24</strong> grant would be $56,347.37.<br />

“Each year the Secretary of State distributes<br />

an efficiency grant to county election<br />

authorities to assist with election security,<br />

systems and equipment maintenance,<br />

equipment purchases, maintaining voter<br />

lists and polling place accessibility,” Bahr<br />

explained. “This year we intend to spend<br />

most of this grant on physical security<br />

upgrades to the front office of the election<br />

authority. The remaining amount of the<br />

grant will be used to cover a portion of the<br />

voter roll canvass.”<br />

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the St. Charles<br />

County Council introduced a bill that<br />

would authorize the acceptance and use of<br />

this grant.<br />

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

the council would give the bill a<br />

second reading and vote for passage at the<br />

next meeting on March 11.<br />

Absentee voting open<br />

St. Charles County voters who wish to<br />

vote 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 />

vote by mail or in person. Requests for<br />

absentee ballots can be mailed to the St.<br />

Charles County Election Authority at 397<br />

Turner Blvd. in St. Peters, or they can be<br />

requested in person.<br />

No-excuse in-person absentee voting<br />

begins on March 19. These ballots can be<br />

cast on weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.<br />

at the St. Charles County Election Authority<br />

where curbside voting is also available.<br />

A second in-person absentee voting<br />

location is Element Church located at 100<br />

Mall Parkway #500 in Wentzville. It will<br />

be open for voting on weekdays from 9<br />

a.m.-3 p.m. Curbside voting is not available<br />

at this location.<br />

For more information visit the election<br />

authority’s website at sccmo.org.<br />


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


Dardenne Prairie Board of Aldermen candidates outline<br />

platforms for contested Ward 1, Ward 2 elections<br />

Four candidates are vying for two open<br />

Board of Aldermen seats in Dardenne<br />

Prairie in the April 2 Municipal Election,<br />

one each in Wards 1 and 2. The open seat<br />

in Ward 3 is uncontested.<br />

Attention is on this race due to ongoing<br />

discourse regarding development in<br />

the community. Over the last year, city<br />

officials have experienced pushback from<br />

residents who disagree with urbanizing<br />

through large multi-use developments,<br />

such as the Prairie Encore project at Bryan<br />

and Fiese roads, which was approved last<br />

April.<br />

<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> offered<br />

the candidates in the contested races the<br />

opportunity to answer three developmentspecific<br />

questions:<br />

Q1. What is your stance on the Prairie<br />

Encore development?<br />

Q2. What is your vision for the development<br />

of Dardenne Prairie in Town<br />

Square?<br />

Q3. How would your vision benefit the<br />

city?<br />

Their responses are displayed in ballot<br />

order. Additionally, these candidates will<br />

answer three more questions as part of the<br />

Election Preview on March 20.<br />

Ryan Wilson (Ward 1):<br />

Q1. There are concerns among residents<br />

about the Prairie Encore development<br />

and the impact it may have on the<br />

community. While people understand<br />

that generating revenue is vital for the<br />


Spring is nearly here, along with annual<br />

work to maintain existing roads and construction<br />

project work to reduce congestion<br />

and improve traffic flow. At its Feb. 26<br />

meeting, the St. Charles County Council<br />

approved four consent agenda items by a<br />

vote of 5-0 and also introduced a related<br />

bill. Council members Joe Brazil (District<br />

2) and Terry Hollander (District 5) were<br />

absent/excused.<br />

The council awarded No Limit Contracting<br />

of Desoto, Missouri, a $452,105<br />

contract for annual concrete removal and<br />

replacement repairs for county-maintained,<br />

small city-owned concrete streets. Funding<br />

for this was approved within the county’s<br />

20<strong>24</strong> Annual Budget. Cottleville, Flint Hill<br />

and Weldon Spring chose 7,100 square<br />

city, officials should also be concerned<br />

about the density of multi-family housing<br />

and related traffic issues. Before<br />

supporting similar projects, city officials<br />

should learn from the mistakes<br />

made in the Prairie Encore development.<br />

We must be concerned about the city’s<br />

population density. Some residents are<br />

enthusiastic about the new businesses<br />

and families, while others are worried<br />

about traffic issues. Better communication<br />

with residents about future developments<br />

is necessary.<br />

Q2. I envision creating a thriving community<br />

hub (in Town Square) where<br />

families can enjoy various activities. A<br />

multipurpose venue could house concerts<br />

and provide space for artists to collaborate<br />

while offering e-sports for teenagers.<br />

Additionally, Town Square should be<br />

easily accessible from all neighborhoods,<br />

with interconnected walking paths. I aim<br />

to find ways to connect with everyone<br />

and see growth that builds community.<br />

I also envision a Dardenne Prairie with<br />

wider roads and intelligent traffic management<br />

to ensure everyone can commute<br />

smoothly. I am committed to working<br />

alongside engineers and planners to realize<br />

this vision. I plan to actively listen to<br />

ideas through town halls and surveys to<br />

determine the best businesses to fill the<br />

gaps, catering to all ages and interests.<br />

Furthermore, we should incorporate sustainable<br />

practices into our development<br />

plans. We must conserve what we have<br />

while growing into what we can be.<br />

Q3. My vision for Dardenne Prairie is to<br />

yards of damaged concrete street pads for<br />

removal and replacement. The cities also<br />

will contribute $650,000.<br />

The council awarded M & H Concrete<br />

Contractors, Inc. of St. Peters a<br />

$2,007,984 contract for annual concrete<br />

removal and replacement repairs for<br />

county-owned concrete streets. The Highway<br />

Department chose 51,000 square<br />

yards of damaged concrete street pads for<br />

removal and replacement. This contract<br />

will cover approximately 59% of those<br />

repairs along with all incidentals. Funding<br />

was included in the county’s 20<strong>24</strong><br />

annual budget.<br />

The council awarded Sweetens Sealing<br />

Services of Wright City a $<strong>24</strong>4,322 contract<br />

for annual crack sealing maintenance<br />

of county and small city-owned asphalt and<br />

concrete roads. The Highway Department<br />

create a community that balances growth<br />

with preserving its rural heritage. I will<br />

maintain the town’s unique character and<br />

welcoming atmosphere. I plan to engage<br />

with fellow residents, utilize expert<br />

insights and prioritize our shared values<br />

to achieve this. I’m committed to developing<br />

sustainable strategies that cater to<br />

diverse needs while respecting our environment.<br />

Responsible growth is a crucial<br />

aspect of my plan, and I’ll strive to find<br />

harmony between progress and preservation.<br />

My ultimate goal is to ensure that<br />

Dardenne Prairie remains a beloved home<br />

for generations.<br />

Carl Maus (Ward 1):<br />

Q1. I oppose putting such a large and<br />

dense apartment building at the (Prairie<br />

Encore) site, which is aesthetically out<br />

of place and could have been designed to<br />

be less imposing on the neighboring residents<br />

and more in line with the suburban<br />

look and feel of the community. Being<br />

aware of the surrounding community and<br />

building with respect to its nature is smart,<br />

responsible growth. Since the Prairie<br />

Encore development is already approved,<br />

and under construction, my stance is that<br />

it is important that appropriate oversight<br />

ensures that what has been approved (or<br />

better) is actualized. It’s also important<br />

that the surrounding community voices<br />

be heard in the event that opportunities<br />

for amendment and improvement arise.<br />

Dardenne Prairie has little commercial<br />

property left, and more than 60% of the<br />

city’s total revenues come from sales tax,<br />

chose 53 miles of county asphalt and concrete<br />

roads for maintenance. In addition,<br />

Cottleville, Dardenne Prairie and Weldon<br />

Spring chose another <strong>24</strong> miles, combined.<br />

Funding for this project was included in<br />

the county’s 20<strong>24</strong> budget.<br />

The council approved an Interstate<br />

70 North Outer Road Extension Project<br />

and authorized a $1,569,830 contract for<br />

HDR Engineering, Inc. of St. Louis. This<br />

includes design, right-of-way procurement,<br />

utility relocation and project management<br />

of improvements to construct:<br />

• Westbound, two-lane, one-way, outer<br />

road north of 1-70 between the Zumbehl<br />

Road and Hwy. 94 interchanges with direct<br />

slip ramps on and off 1-70.<br />

• Signalized through movement on the<br />

northern end of the single point urban<br />

interchange of 1-70 and Hwy. 94.<br />



so we can’t lose out on<br />

retail development in<br />

favor of building apartments.<br />

I generally support<br />

smart development,<br />

such as less intrusive<br />

retail development that<br />

generates revenue, provides<br />

consumer options,<br />

and improves city services<br />

and quality of life<br />

for residents.<br />

Q2. As chairman of the<br />

citizen-led committee<br />

developing the vision<br />

document, I have worked<br />

to foster a collaborative<br />

process that includes<br />

input from not only<br />

members of the committee<br />

but from the entire<br />

community. I believe<br />

that any development<br />

needs to be balanced,<br />

the best use of the land<br />

and attract businesses to<br />

the area. That, in turn,<br />

should generate a greater<br />

Wilson<br />

Maus<br />

Ogle<br />

Detweiler<br />

tax base, provide jobs and entice residents<br />

to patronize those businesses and fill<br />

those jobs, all of which positively impact<br />

the city. My personal vision for the area is<br />

to develop a citizen-driven, communitycentered,<br />

recreation and retail destination<br />

that preserves the integrity and feel of<br />

Dardenne Prairie. The Dardenne Town<br />

See DARDENNE PRAIRIE, page 28<br />

County prepares for active road maintenance and construction season<br />

• Connector road from Hawks Nest Drive<br />

to north outer road on the east side of<br />

Hawks Nest Drive.<br />

• Connector road from Hawks Nest Drive<br />

to Veteran’s Memorial Parkway, on the<br />

west side of Hawk’s Nest.<br />

This work requires an update to the<br />

Access Justification Report for the MoDOT<br />

1-70 Cave Springs to Fairgrounds Design<br />

Build Project. No grant funding will be<br />

used for design, but the cost of HDR’s<br />

design work for the roadway within<br />

MoDOT right-of-way will be credited to<br />

the county as matching construction funds.<br />

The council also introduced a bill that<br />

would amend an existing agreement with<br />

the Missouri Highway and Transportation<br />

Commission for Cost Share for the<br />

See COUNTY, page 16



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


I 11<br />

St. Charles School District<br />

Francis Howell School District<br />



Heidi Sikma for City of St. Charles School District<br />



Carolie Owens for Francis Howell Schools<br />

M. Ellen Zerr, St. Charles City School Board<br />

Wentzville School District<br />

Fort Zumwalt School District<br />

Steven Blair For Francis Howell School Board<br />

Orchard Farm School District<br />





Helms for FZ School Board<br />



Brad Welsh for Wentzville Board of Education<br />

David Biesenthal for WSD<br />



Eric Williams - Orchard Farm School Board Member<br />

We are so fortunate to have these ten excellent candidates for our school boards in<br />

St. Charles County. Each brings tremendous talent, experience and wisdom to our schools.<br />

These devoted citizens are endorsed by teachers and by labor. They will put students and<br />

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The second amended final plan for the<br />

Prairie Encore project was approved at<br />

the Feb. 21 Dardenne Prairie Board of<br />

Aldermen meeting.<br />

The developer, Mia Rose Holdings, has<br />

shared a copy of the newly updated site<br />

plan. They also offered a development<br />

timeline, noting that the Prairie Encore<br />

project broke ground in late 2023 and is<br />

currently in the utility work phase. Grading<br />

work has begun to install an intersection<br />

at Bryan Road and Cora Marie Drive.<br />

Hurford Architects has partnered with<br />

Mia Rose Holdings to design the apartment<br />

complex at the site. That plan is<br />

expected by the end of March, with a<br />

ground breaking in May.<br />

A Macadoodles beer, wine and liquor<br />

store is expected to open before Thanksgiving,<br />

and a Sugarfire Smokehouse is<br />

intended to open before the end of the<br />

year. Starbucks will be built after those<br />

projects are completed. Then, a Circle K<br />

gas station is slated for construction at the<br />

corner of Bryan and Feise roads.<br />

Two more commercial spaces will be<br />

left vacant along Feise Road until after<br />

the apartments are opened in the spring<br />

of 2025. The multi-family building will<br />

feature a brick and siding mixture with<br />

a high-end feel. The design documents<br />

noted the developers they are catering to<br />

young professionals and older tenants.<br />

The median age in Dardenne Prairie<br />

is 40, with the largest population being<br />

made up of children ages 0-19 and the<br />

second largest population containing<br />

adults through the age of 44, according<br />

to the Dardenne Prairie website. The<br />



Second amended final plan for<br />

Prairie Encore development approved<br />

NEWS BRIEFS, from page 9<br />

Business Excellence Award that is presented<br />

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

opportunities for its employees or<br />

volunteers to volunteer in the community<br />

and the Community Excellence award that<br />

is presented to a municipality or county<br />

that has come together on a specific service<br />

project or ongoing service activity.<br />

Award nominees will compete with only<br />

those from their region in the same category.<br />

To nominate someone who is making<br />

a difference in the community, complete<br />

a nomination form online at showmeservice.org.<br />

The nomination period is now<br />

open and closes at 11:59 p.m. on March<br />

11. Awardees must be Missouri residents,<br />

average family size is projected at three<br />

people, indicating that families with children<br />

populate the area.<br />

The developer noted that they do not<br />

have any additional plans to make major<br />

changes to the Prairie Encre development<br />

and that they do not plan to seek other<br />

new development projects in the area.<br />

“We will have made quite an investment<br />

in the community with two significant<br />

developments (The Prairie and Prairie<br />

Encore) valued in the $150 million dollar<br />

range,” said Tom Kaiman, founder/president<br />

at Mia Rose Holdings. “At that point,<br />

our focus will be owning and operating<br />

those Class A properties as a real estate<br />

holder and investor in the community.”<br />

Kaiman commented on the rationale<br />

behind the Prairie Encore project.<br />

“The city has limited amounts of ground<br />

to develop into a sales tax base to cover<br />

their base expenses,” Kaiman said. “One<br />

of the main reasons the city approved our<br />

plan was that the amount of sales tax that<br />

will yield out of this site will help the city<br />

remain viable into the future.<br />

“We are opening up much of the retail<br />

space early to bring a sales tax base on<br />

day one that is a substantial benefit to the<br />

city and the residents. Also, this project<br />

will help the city with traffic flow and<br />

roadways on Fiese and Bryan roads into<br />

the future. We are enhancing the flow of<br />

traffic now by providing an intersection<br />

with a traffic light and creating cross<br />

access easements to Inverness through<br />

a bridge we are building. We also are<br />

giving up rights-of-ways on Fiese and<br />

Bryan for future expansion of roadways<br />

to further support traffic flow into the<br />

future.”<br />

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2023.<br />

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organizations through a variety of drives<br />

and teaching the youth why it is important<br />

to have a balance of sport and giving back<br />

to their community.<br />

The Show Me Service Awards ceremony<br />

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At its Feb. 22 meeting, the O’Fallon<br />

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rezoning and a CUP for a new frozen custard<br />

shop with drive-thru, and a CUP for<br />

a new coffee shop with drive-thru. The<br />

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(Ward 2) and Steve Koskela (Ward 3)<br />

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Bill No. 7617 authorized a CUP to allow<br />

Vault Armory & Supply, LLC, to operate a<br />

gun shop and gunsmith business at 9390<br />

Veterans Memorial Parkway, on 6.29<br />

acres of property zoned I-1 Light Industrial<br />

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Christian Church immediately adjacent to<br />

the east, Magnolia Village B subdivision<br />

to the south, Veterans Memorial Parkway<br />

to the north, and vacant C-2 and R-3 land<br />

to the west.<br />

Prior to the vote, council member Linda<br />

Ragsdale (Ward 5) said after the first reading<br />

of the bill two weeks ago, she had been<br />

made aware that the church also operated<br />

a private school and had children present<br />

during the week. Consequently, she<br />

researched and learned there are no city,<br />

county or state ordinances prohibiting a<br />

gun shop next to a school.<br />

“I know the optics look bad, but with no<br />

ordinances prohibiting the gun shop next<br />

to the school and with all conditions for the<br />

CUP being met, we should approve this,”<br />

Ragsdale said.<br />

The council approved Bill No. 7618,<br />

rezoning 1.04 acres at 2892 Hwy. K from<br />

“newly annexed” to C-2 General Business<br />

District. The council approved Bill No.<br />

7619, authorizing a CUP to allow Andy’s<br />

Frozen Custard with a drive-thru at that<br />

rezoned location.<br />

Entrance and exit for Andy’s will be<br />

through sharing the existing Burger King<br />

access ramp from Hwy. K.<br />

Finally, the council approved Bill No.<br />

7620, authorizing a CUP to allow a Dutch<br />

Bros coffee shop with a drive-thru at 982<br />

Bryan Road, within the new North Bryan<br />

Road Commercial development, zoned C3<br />

Highway Commercial District.<br />

This property is just south of Veterans<br />

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course (EVOC) with multiple intersections<br />

for accident-avoidance training; a<br />

“simunition house” for force-on-force simulations<br />

using paint marking rounds; an<br />

armory; a K-9 training facility; an obstacle<br />

course with watch tower; a door-breach<br />

training area; a woodland and open-area<br />

search training area; a forward-looking<br />

infrared and night vision training area; a<br />

classroom facility to accommodate up to<br />

250 students at one time; and a drone pilot<br />

training course to be located on the property<br />

of the City Water Treatment Center.<br />

The first priority is an outdoor 200-yard,<br />

live-round firing range with 20 shooting<br />

lanes, multiple-level shooting platforms<br />

up to 53 feet, a covered outdoor classroom<br />

and a steel bullet trap to avoid EPA<br />

issues and enable recovery and recycling<br />

of brass and lead.<br />

Phase 1A of facility construction is the<br />

initial site preparation and mass grading to<br />

prepare for later installation of the firing<br />

range. According to city documents, this<br />

includes but is not limited to “excavation<br />

of a large detention/retention pond area<br />

to accept the needed runoff capacities,<br />

installation of the necessary storm piping<br />

to convey runoff, demolition of existing<br />

structures located on the property, mass<br />

grading for the future range and future<br />

buildings and site restoration.”<br />

At its Feb. 22 meeting, the council<br />

approved a resolution by an 8-0 vote that<br />

authorized a construction agreement with<br />

JTL Landscaping, LLC, for site preparation<br />

and mass grading for a cost not<br />

to exceed $1.44 million. Council members<br />

Lisa Thompson (Ward 2) and Steve<br />

Koskela (Ward 3) were absent/excused.<br />

According to meeting materials, JTL was<br />

the lowest of four companies responding to<br />

the bid request. The city has worked with<br />

this company on past projects, such as the<br />

Lake Whetsel renovation and other various<br />

stormwater projects. JTL is also working on<br />

O’Fallon’s new public works facility.<br />

Funding for this Phase 1A project was<br />

included in the approved 20<strong>24</strong> city budget.



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


I NEWS I 15<br />

Cyberattack leaves Francis Howell School District without classes, internet<br />


A cyberattack disrupted the Francis<br />

Howell School District computer systems<br />

the week of Feb. 19, leading to the<br />

decision by district officials to cancel<br />

school for two days and for federal law<br />

enforcement to get involved.<br />

“I had hoped not to ever use the word<br />

‘unprecedented’ again, but here we<br />

are,” said Superintendent Dr. Kenneth<br />

Roumpos in a video message on Feb. 23.<br />

“We’re in another unique situation where<br />

we’ve demonstrated that this district can<br />

come together and work together to support<br />

our students.”<br />

The district’s schools moved to remote<br />

learning on Feb. 20-21, after Roumpos<br />

sent a letter to FHSD families and staff<br />

stating that the district “observed unexpected<br />

activity” within its network “that<br />

disrupted the operability of certain computer<br />

systems.”<br />

“We have confirmed that we were the<br />

victim of a cyberattack wherein malware<br />

was used to encrypt certain systems,”<br />

Roumpos wrote. “We notified federal<br />

law enforcement and engaged thirdparty<br />

computer specialists to investigate<br />

the source of the attack and confirm any<br />

impact on our systems and information.”<br />

In the interim, Francis Howell put<br />

its newly adopted alternative methods<br />

of instruction system (AMI) in place.<br />

According to the district’s website, AMI<br />

can be used for up to 36 hours of lost<br />

or canceled instructional time “due<br />

to exceptional or emergency circumstances.”<br />

All classwork and tasks, in the form<br />

of prepared forms and assignments,<br />

for AMI days were designed “with the<br />

assumption that students do not have<br />

access to computers or internet at home,”<br />

the site says. Students were given paper<br />

copies of the work in the fall.<br />

All district schools re-opened for inperson<br />

learning on Thursday, Feb. 22.<br />

Roumpos said in his statement, that<br />

the decision to utilize AMI days “was<br />

less about teaching without technology<br />

and more about ensuring that we could<br />

keep all students safe and healthy while<br />

in our care.”<br />

He said during that time staff “were<br />

working to check and confirm safety<br />

systems such as key fobs, building<br />

intercoms, exterior door intercoms, fire<br />

alarms, HVAC systems and the like, as<br />

well as ensuring that all schools have<br />

access to emergency contact information,<br />

bus routes, IEP and 504 plans, student<br />

medical plans and other information necessary<br />

to safely hold in-person learning.”<br />

The St. Charles City-County Library<br />

offered to print students’ AMI school<br />

packets and any coursework during the<br />

week of the incident and offered the use<br />

of its computers and take-home laptops.<br />

The United Methodist Church of the<br />

Shepard served about 40 Francis Howell<br />

families free lunch at the church on Feb.<br />

21.<br />

The district’s announcement about the<br />

incident on its Facebook page garnered<br />

nearly 300 comments and 188 shares<br />

with concerned parents and others speaking<br />

their minds and seeking answers<br />

about the situation. Comments included<br />

requests for after-action reports sharing<br />

findings, those thanking the district for<br />

the decision to close school for student<br />

safety and concerns about information<br />

that could have been gathered.<br />

John McIntire, an information technology<br />

systems administrator and secure<br />

infrastructure specialist, said parents<br />

have a right to be concerned about data.<br />

“The impact of malware attacks on<br />

school districts is much more than just<br />

academic and could have dangerous<br />

consequences,” McIntire said. “It is a<br />

serious threat that can not only disrupt<br />

education but also compromise data<br />

while bringing harm to students and<br />

staff. Schools collect and store large<br />

amounts of sensitive personal data<br />

such as health records, parent financial<br />

information and social security numbers<br />

which can be stolen, exposed by<br />

hackers, and used for identity theft. If a<br />

social security number is stolen from a<br />

minor, it may be years before the theft<br />

is known and the victim’s credit may be<br />

tarnished or ruined before the breach is<br />

discovered.”<br />

McIntire said that any security breach<br />

through malware or other means could<br />

also result in ransomware attacks, where<br />

a bad actor encrypts data so that the<br />

victim or organization cannot decipher it<br />

without paying a fee to the attacker. This<br />

can result in financial and or data loss.<br />

Jeanie Smith, communications manager<br />

and a spokesperson for the district<br />

said on Feb. 26 that there were no new<br />

updates on what was compromised or<br />

how long the district would be without<br />

the internet. She said it is an ongoing<br />

investigation.<br />

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County seeking federal funds<br />

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The federal government provides<br />

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality<br />

(CMAQ) funds for projects that reduce<br />

traffic congestion and improve air quality<br />

by reducing vehicle exhaust emissions.<br />

Those federal funds are provided at the<br />

state level. MoDOT manages them for<br />

Missouri.<br />

At its Feb. 26 meeting, the St. Charles<br />

County Council introduced a bill that would<br />

authorize an agreement with MoDOT to<br />

accept $703,040 in CMAQ funds to construct<br />

a traffic signal at the intersection of<br />

Hwy. N and Hopewell Road/Duello Road<br />

intersection and a shared-use path north<br />

and south of Hwy. N along Duello and<br />

Hopewell roads.<br />

According to county materials, the intersection<br />

would be designed to construct a<br />

signal to accommodate future widening<br />

of Hwy. N. MoDOT previously hired<br />

a consultant to perform conceptual and<br />

preliminary design of widening Hwy.<br />

N. The county would coordinate closely<br />

with MoDOT during design. Also, the<br />

St. Charles County Highway Department<br />

recently finished a construction project<br />

that realigned Hopewell Road across from<br />

Duello Road in anticipation of constructing<br />

a signal in the future.<br />

The matching funds of $175,760 for this<br />

project were included in the 20<strong>24</strong>-2026<br />

Transportation Improvement Plan.<br />

Brookfield Crossing Drive, with upscale<br />

single-family homes, runs parallel to<br />

Duello Road close to its intersection with<br />

Hwy. N and Hopewell Road, where this<br />

new, upgraded intersection is being constructed.<br />

Martin Maxey, a homeowner on<br />

Brookfield Crossing, spoke about the bill<br />

during public comments. He said he was<br />

concerned about trees being removed at<br />

the back of several homes that back up<br />

to Duello Road and the raising of Duello<br />

Road even higher than it already is.<br />

Maxey said he worries cars from the<br />

intersection and road would have no barrier<br />

if the driver accidentally flew off the<br />

road and into the yards and houses in his<br />

subdivision. He asked the county council<br />

to consider leaving the trees and/or building<br />

some type of fence or wall to protect<br />

the yards and homes.<br />

Council members Tim Baker (District 7)<br />

and Mike Elan (District 3) made comments<br />

sympathetic to what Maxey had asked.<br />

City staff joined in the discussion, pointing<br />

out that the trees in question actually are in<br />

the right-of-way for Duello Road and Hwy.<br />

N, and would need to be removed for the<br />

widening of the road. Staff also clarified<br />

that Duello Road already sits higher than<br />

the backyards along Brookfield Crossing<br />

Drive.<br />

County Executive Steve Ehlmann said<br />

he wished there were some way home<br />

buyers could be required to read plat maps<br />

before buying a property, so they clearly<br />

understood what is around the property,<br />

especially rights-of-way, easements and on<br />

whose property any trees are located.<br />

However, the council members, city<br />

staff and Ehlmann did not shut down further<br />

research and discussion about what<br />

Maxey had asked. It appears that any further<br />

discussion about this would need to be<br />

done in the next two weeks.<br />

The council also introduced another bill<br />

that would authorize an agreement with<br />

MoDOT for CMAQ funds to design and<br />

implement an “automated traffic signal<br />

performance module” covering Feise<br />

Road, Town Square Avenue, Technology<br />

Drive and Hanley Road. According to<br />

county materials, the module would use<br />

components of the Gateway Green Light<br />

network to provide improved data from<br />

all signals in the corridor, allowing for<br />

improved efficiency for drivers as traffic<br />

volumes change.<br />

The anticipated cost of the system and<br />

improvements is $451,776, of which<br />

$336,282 would be paid by the CMAQ<br />

reimbursement.<br />

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

the council will give both bills<br />

second readings and votes for passage at<br />

its next meeting on March 11.<br />

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construction of the I-70 North Outer<br />

Road extension. The original agreement<br />

is amended to include $3 million of Congestion<br />

Mitigation and Air Quality funds<br />

(CMAQ) that were committed in 2023.<br />

St. Charles County has received CMAQ<br />

funding to supplement the cost of this project<br />

because it is expected to reduce congestion<br />

on I-70, as well as the interchanges of<br />

Hwy. 94 and Zumbehl Road, by rerouting<br />

vehicles to the new outer road. In addition<br />

to MoDOT Cost Share and CMAQ<br />

federal funds, the city of St. Charles will<br />

contribute funds to the construction of the<br />

overall project. Construction is anticipated<br />

in 2025.<br />

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

the council will give Bill No. 5272<br />

a second reading and vote for passage at its<br />

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Groundhog Sighting: Punxsutawney<br />

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The Messiah Lutheran third-grade class visits with Puxsutawney Phil and his handlers via<br />

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(Source: Messiah Lutheran School)<br />


One of the nation’s odder, yet beloved,<br />

annual traditions is the arrival of a notso-small<br />

mammal with the power to predict<br />

the arrival of spring. Every year, this<br />

chubby, incisor-bearing bundle creeps out<br />

of his burrow while onlookers wait to see<br />

if he sees his shadow.<br />

Punxsutawney Phil was not startled<br />

by his shadow this year on Groundhog<br />

Day, Feb. 2, which means an early spring.<br />

Although Phil is a celebrity in his own<br />

right, it’s rare to be able to meet the furry<br />

weatherman. However, the third-grade<br />

class at Messiah Lutheran got lucky.<br />

Tori Vogt, Messiah teacher and alumni,<br />

loves Groundhog Day and annually celebrates<br />

the holiday with her students, who<br />

are always up for a little excitement. The<br />

day before Phil’s emergence is usually<br />

spent making predictions and doing crafts<br />

and activities but this year was extra special.<br />

Vogt had discovered through the official<br />

Groundhog Day Club website (groundhog.<br />

org) that she could sign up her class for a<br />

Zoom meeting with Phil.<br />

“We started off by meeting (Phil’s) two<br />

handlers,” Vogt said. “One of them was<br />

actually holding Phil, and they gave us<br />

information about normal groundhogs, and<br />

they gave us some fun lore about Punxsutawney<br />

Phil.<br />

“For example, they said Phil drinks a sort<br />

of elixir that helps him live forever, and it<br />

only works on groundhogs. Also, Phil has<br />

never been wrong, but sometimes his handlers<br />

misinterpret him.”<br />

Aubrey, a 9-year-old fan of Phil, was<br />

excited to meet the seemingly immortal<br />

creature.<br />

“I liked how the handlers were holding<br />

him like a pet,” she said.<br />

The Groundhog Day Club’s Inner Circle<br />

is responsible for carrying out and preserving<br />

the annual tradition. They also are<br />

responsible for feeding and caring for Phil.<br />

“The president of the Inner Circle tells<br />

people if Phil saw his shadow or if he<br />

didn’t see it,” Aubrey explained. “I would<br />

treat it like the Super Bowl and do bets –<br />

not for money, just for fun – and have it on<br />

all the televisions.”<br />

The end of January is often a dreary,<br />

boring time of year for students, as the<br />

holidays are over and spring break seems<br />

like a lifetime away. Groundhog Day helps<br />

to break the monotony.<br />

“Even though Groundhog Day is a silly<br />

concept, it provides us with a fun break<br />

and some hope that maybe spring isn’t so<br />

far away after all!” Vogt exclaimed.<br />

Watching the Groundhog Day presentation<br />

on the news after meeting Phil and his<br />

handlers via Zoom made this year’s event<br />

even more fun for Vogt and her students.<br />

“It was so cool that we had a real, personal<br />

experience with the people on TV. It<br />

was an extra bonus that he predicted early<br />

spring,” she said. “The handlers told us<br />

that in the past, there have been 108 six<br />

more weeks of winter and only 20 early<br />

springs, so this is a rare occasion!”<br />

Student Gabriella suggested that<br />

Groundhog Day deserves a party.<br />

“I would put balloons up and have a cake<br />

and cupcakes,” she said.<br />

Better set a cupcake aside for Phil. After<br />

all, he does the hard work.<br />

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Morning bus ride turns scary for sister-brother duo<br />




Rebecca Maddock, a fourth-grader at<br />

Stone Creek Elementary, is being hailed<br />

as a hero for her quick thinking and brave<br />

action in responding to a life-threatening<br />

situation that unfolded on the way to<br />

school one morning.<br />

Maddock and her younger brother, Alex,<br />

ride the bus every morning, typically without<br />

incident, except for the noisy chatter<br />

of the young passengers. However, on that<br />

morning, Maddock was distracted by the<br />

look on her brother’s face.<br />

“I asked Alex if he was OK, and he shook<br />

his head ‘yes,’” Maddock said.<br />

Unconvinced, Maddock pressed. “Are<br />

Bus driver Kiti Fowler, with Rebecca and Alex Maddock.<br />

(Source: Wentzville School District)<br />

you sure?” she asked. “Are you positive?”<br />

Despite receiving the same affirmative,<br />

Maddock told Alex to lay his head down<br />

on his backpack.<br />

“A couple of minutes later it happened,”<br />

Maddock said. “He started shaking, and<br />

I stood up yelling that my brother was<br />

having a seizure.”<br />

The bus had just arrived at school and<br />

its driver, Kiti Fowler, lept into action by<br />

blowing the horn to get the attention of<br />

staff. Stone Creek Principal Melissa Armbruster<br />

entered the bus and stayed with<br />

Maddock and Alex until the seizure had<br />

passed.<br />

“Mrs. Armbruster carried him inside,<br />

and I followed them,” Maddock said. “I<br />

was really scared and a<br />

little confused. I took a<br />

deep breath and I knew<br />

I needed to stay calm so<br />

that Alex could get the<br />

help he needed and no<br />

one would need to worry<br />

about me.”<br />

Maddock’s mom,<br />

Rachel, was at home<br />

when the call came from<br />

Jessica Allen, the attendance<br />

secretary.<br />

“I thought they were<br />

going to tell me one of the<br />

kids had missed the bus,”<br />

Rachel said.<br />

When she received the<br />

news, she remembered a<br />

prior situation that happened<br />

nearly four years to<br />

the day.<br />

“Alex was 1 1/2 when<br />

he had a febrile seizure,”<br />

Rachel remembered.<br />

“The neurologist said<br />

after multiple tests that<br />

everyone is allowed one<br />

‘free’ seizure – one with<br />

no explanation – but if he<br />

were to have another one<br />

they would diagnose him<br />

with possible adolescent<br />

epilepsy.”<br />

The ambulance was at<br />

the school and ready to<br />

head to St. Louis Children’s<br />

Hospital when<br />

Rachel arrived.<br />

“The seizure on the bus<br />

lasted almost five minutes,”<br />

she said. “When he<br />

got to the nurse’s station<br />

he had a second one lasting<br />

about two minutes.”<br />

An examination and<br />

testing at Children’s<br />

showed no infections or<br />

visible reasons for the<br />

seizure. However, the<br />

situation understandably<br />

left Maddock and her<br />

family a little shaken –<br />

and grateful for all who were involved in<br />

attending to Alex.<br />

“I was so impressed with how well Becca<br />

handled the situation on the bus as I know<br />

how worked up I was when Alex had his<br />

first seizure,” Rachel said. “She has always<br />

been very motherly to him and watches<br />

over him. I couldn’t have been more proud<br />

of her.”<br />

The affection Maddock has for her<br />

brother is tangible.<br />

“We like to play together, and he always<br />

has to sit next to someone,” Maddock<br />

explained. “He can be very sensitive, but<br />

also have a temper if he doesn’t get his<br />

way. But he is joyful.”<br />

Rebecca Maddock holds her Certificate of Valor and Courage<br />

presented to her by School Resource Officer Jordan Richards.<br />

(Source: Wentzville School District)<br />

She said it’s scary to think about what<br />

happened.<br />

“I had to work through not being afraid<br />

to ride the bus with him as I was always<br />

afraid it would happen again,” she said.<br />

“Talking to the school counselor and the<br />

nurse helped a lot.”<br />

Once the excitement died down, the<br />

Wentzville Police Department recognized<br />

Maddock’s bravery with a special Certificate<br />

of Valor and Courage.<br />

“I was at school, and my whole class<br />

came and they got Alex from his classroom,<br />

and my family and Mrs. Kiti were<br />

there,” Maddock said, happily. “Officer<br />

(Jordan) Richards came up with the idea to<br />

give me the award.”<br />

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In a few short months, school will be out<br />

for summer. If yours is a household in which<br />

both parents work, you are likely already<br />

planning for summer camp, or several<br />

camps, to keep the kids learning and happy<br />

from mid-June through mid-August.<br />

But for households in which only one<br />

parent works or in which at least one parent<br />

works from home, camp may seem unnecessary.<br />

Here’s why that thinking is flawed:<br />

Camp is more than childcare.<br />

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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 />

where classmates are not necessarily<br />

your child’s friends.<br />

Kids who feel like outsiders at school can<br />

discover that camp offers the opportunity<br />

to bond with kids who have similar interests,<br />

have fun and find success bolstered by<br />

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 />

spent outside splashing in pools, running on<br />

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 />

to life. Good news! There are camps for that.<br />

School challenges kids to become proficient<br />

in a wide variety of topics, so it’s only<br />

natural that some degree of frustration<br />

will follow, and where there is low frustration<br />

tolerance there is usually a child<br />

who is anything but flexible. One who<br />

doesn’t want to adapt or solve their own<br />

problems.<br />

Camp allows kids to choose their area<br />

of concentration and grow more proficient<br />

in it while picking up additional,<br />

beneficial experiences at the same time.<br />

According to Harvard University<br />

research, children are more motivated<br />

when they have some degree of selfdetermination,<br />

and can elect to pursue<br />

tasks that are personally meaningful. Gaining<br />

skills in something they love can deepen<br />

their self-confidence and, in turn, make<br />

them more likely to seek out new friends<br />

and new opportunities. With help from parents,<br />

that confidence can carry over into the<br />

next school year.<br />

Camp friends, especially from local day<br />

camps, can continue to be friends throughout<br />

the school year, though it might require<br />

a bit more planning on the part of parents.<br />

Maybe those friends become the basis of a<br />

club or an introduction to a new sports team,<br />

or performance group. Each time children<br />

expand their social circle – camp, club, team<br />

– they learn to communicate with more and<br />

varied people. And with each successful<br />

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Nagging coughs that often last for<br />

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HEALTH<br />



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<br />

is important and can reduce unnecessary<br />

and costly prescriptions, such as asthma<br />

puffers or antibiotics,” said Dr. Kevin<br />

Liang, a clinical instructor at the University<br />

of British Columbia. He said evidence<br />

shows over-the-counter cough medicines<br />

don’t 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 />

The study was published in the Canadian<br />

Medical Association Journal.<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 />

The grant will extend over the next three<br />

years. When the technology is ready, the<br />

team will work with MU Extension to help<br />

industry partners in Missouri and beyond<br />

understand how to use the new tools<br />

through workforce education and training<br />

initiatives.<br />

On the calendar<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 available at Barnes-Jewish Hospital<br />

and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital<br />

for patients who meet certain criteria.<br />

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

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

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• • •<br />

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

sponsors a Babysitting 101 virtual class<br />

on Tuesday, March 26 from 6-8:30 p.m.,<br />

live via Teams Meeting. This interactive<br />

class is a great introduction to the basics<br />

of babysitting and is recommended for<br />

ages 10 and above. The cost is $25 per<br />

child; parents may sit in on the class at no<br />

additional cost. Register online at bjc.org/<br />

babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

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 Road<br />

in Chesterfield, in Conference Rooms 1<br />

and 2. Those who register to attend in<br />

person will receive a copy of communication<br />

and leadership consultant Anne<br />

Grady’s book, “Strong Enough: Choosing<br />

Courage, Resilience, and Triumph.” Join<br />

us for an interactive meeting to discuss<br />

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cost to participate is $5. Space is limited.<br />

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. A<br />

St. Luke’s dietitian will discuss how to find<br />

and make healthier choices at the grocery<br />

store, how to read a food label, and nutrition<br />

recommendations for optimal health.<br />

The registration cost is $5; all participants<br />

will receive wellness resources, samples<br />

and a $10 Schnucks gift card. Register at<br />

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<br />

$30 per child. Register online by visiting<br />

mercy.net/practice/mercy-hospital-st-louis<br />

and clicking on Classes, Seminars and<br />

Events, 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 />

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questions answered by St. Luke’s physicians.<br />

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

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends<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<br />

to newly released data from the Federal<br />

Trade Commission (FTC), record losses of<br />

$10 billion due to scams were reported to<br />

the 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<br />

seniors have become far more sophisticated<br />

in recent years; they also have access<br />

to rapid advances in artificial intelligence<br />

(AI) technology. For example, fraudsters<br />

can now use AI to “deep fake” the voices<br />

of loved ones on the phone, enabling them<br />

to convince a target their child or grandchild<br />

is hurt or in trouble and needs money<br />

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 />



Seniors are reminded about specific steps<br />

they can take to safeguard their personal<br />

and financial information against scams<br />

and fraud during National Consumer<br />

Protection Week, March 3-9.<br />

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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,<br />

make any kind of financial payment or<br />

even click on a link, stop and tell someone<br />

– whether it’s a friend, a family member or<br />

a neighbor – about the situation. Talking<br />

about it may 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<br />

Paypal, a wire transfer service like Western<br />

Union or MoneyGram, a gift card or cryptocurrency.<br />

Never deposit a check you’ve<br />

received as payment from someone you<br />

don’t know and send money back to them<br />

via one of these methods; these checks are<br />

not real.<br />

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.



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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<br />

to impact about 30% of seniors – can<br />

cause long-term damage to major organs<br />

including 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<br />

participants achieved remission at some<br />

point during the 12 years of follow-up,<br />

that number had decreased to 3% by the<br />

study’s eighth year, underlining the challenges<br />

of keeping weight off using lifestyle<br />

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<br />

into the impacts (in terms of total step<br />

counts per day) of asking the couples to<br />

exercise together vs. separately. They also<br />

sought to find out how step counts were<br />

affected by giving some participants activity<br />

trackers, providing them with instant<br />

feedback about 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 />

Couples who decide to exercise together<br />

may not achieve the fitness levels they<br />

could individually, a recent study found.<br />

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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 by<br />

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 />

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MATURE FOCUS, from page 25<br />

or as a couple, however, participants who<br />

received real-time feedback on their fitness<br />

trackers achieved higher step counts<br />

of 7,500 and 10,000 more often than those<br />

who did not.<br />

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 />

“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<br />

rather than attempting to exercise as a<br />

couple and seeking to impose changes on<br />

their partner,” said Sapphire Lin, Ph.D.,<br />

who led the trial. Part of a long-term<br />

focus on active aging underway at NTU,<br />

its results were published in the International<br />

Journal of Human-Computer Interaction.<br />

On the calendar<br />

Better Choices, Better Health with<br />

Diabetes, a 7-session course presented<br />

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

March 11-April 22, live via Zoom.<br />

Developed and tested by Stanford University,<br />

this class is similar to Living a<br />

Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,<br />

but with a focus on diabetes. The free<br />

course is sponsored by BJC Missouri<br />

Baptist Medical Center. Register at<br />

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

• • •<br />

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

Conversations for Women monthly event<br />

on Monday, March 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

at the Desloge Outpatient Center, 121 St.<br />

Luke’s Center Drive, Building A in Chesterfield.<br />

These free events will feature informal<br />

presentations with women’s health specialists.<br />

This month’s topic, “Are You Hot?”,<br />

will feature Dr. Kael Murphy, a St. Lukes’<br />

OB/GYN physician who will lead a conversation<br />

about all things menopause. Register<br />

at 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 a.m.-<br />

12:30 p.m. The free six-week online course<br />

will be presented via Zoom. This course<br />

helps people gain self-confidence in controlling<br />

their chronic disease symptoms<br />

and learn how their health problems can<br />

affect their lives. This program is free of<br />

charge thanks to funding from the Eastern<br />

Regional Arthritis Center. Register online<br />

at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Oasis presents Healthy Living<br />

for Your Brain and Body on Monday,<br />

April 8 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at McClay<br />

Branch Library, 2760 McClay Road in<br />

St. Charles. Attendees will learn about<br />

research in the areas of diet and nutrition,<br />

exercise, cognitive activity and social<br />

engagement. The free course is sponsored<br />

by BJC. Register online at classes-events.<br />

bjc.org.<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 Missouri<br />

Baptist Medical Center Clinical Learning<br />

Institute, 3005 N. Ballas Road. This handson<br />

class offers updates on current trends in<br />

infant care and feeding, and provides tips<br />

on local and long-distance grandparenting.<br />

The course fee is $20 per person (each<br />

person attending must register separately).<br />

Registration is available online at classesevents.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Oasis offers Standing Tall:<br />

Tips for Improving Your Posture on<br />

Monday, April 22 from noon-1:30 p.m.<br />

at Deer Run Library, 1300 Main St. in<br />

O’Fallon. Learn from a physical therapist<br />

how to check your posture along with<br />

techniques to instantly improve posture.<br />

You will also learn important exercises<br />

and devices you can use to help you stand<br />

tall during this free, in-person session. The<br />

course is sponsored by BJC. Register at<br />

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

• • •<br />

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

a Medicare 101 course on Wednesday,<br />

May 1 from 10-11:30 a.m. at St. Luke’s<br />

Des Peres Hospital, 2345 Dougherty Ferry<br />

Road in Des Peres, in Conference Room<br />

2. Gain an understanding of the different<br />

parts of Medicare (A, B and D), Medicare<br />

Supplemental and Medicare Advantage<br />

plans at this free class. Registration is<br />

available at stlukes-stl.com.




BRIEFS<br />

PLACES<br />

Sivia Law announced the grand opening<br />

of its new office location at 511 W. Pearce<br />

Blvd. in Wentzville with a ribbon cutting<br />

on Feb. 15. Sivia Law delivers legal services<br />

across various practice areas including<br />

estate planning, business law, probate,<br />

real estate and more. For more information,<br />

visit sivialaw.com or call the Wentzville<br />

office at (636) 332-5555.<br />

• • •<br />

MRV Banks was ranked number three in<br />

the nation among community banks for the<br />

fourth quarter of 2023 by the risk management<br />

firm CB Resource, Inc. CB Resource<br />

identifies the top 10% of community banks<br />

nationwide and provides industry insights.<br />

The CB Top Ten categorizes community<br />

banks into five peer groups based on total<br />

assets and evaluates them on key performance<br />

indicators such as asset growth,<br />

return on average assets, return on average<br />

equity, net interest margin, efficiency ratio,<br />

non-performing assets, non-interest bearing<br />

deposits and non-interest income. MRV<br />

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Sivia Law has opened a new location at 511 W. Pearce Blvd. in Wentzville.<br />

Banks’ newest location is at 1700 O’Fallon<br />

Road in St. Charles. For more information,<br />

visit mrvbanks.com or call (636) 638-2585.<br />

• • •<br />

Houston Homes, LLC of Missouri and<br />

the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and<br />

Industry held a groundbreaking ceremony<br />

in celebration of a Hawthorn model home<br />

now under construction beneath the St. Paul<br />

water tower in O’Fallon. The Hawthorn display<br />

home is anticipated to be available for<br />

tours early this summer. Twenty-eight new<br />

home sites are now available in the rear of<br />

the community, near one of two neighborhood<br />

parks. During construction, visit new<br />

home consultant Paula Gericke at the temporary<br />

sales office located at 1953 Rolling<br />

River Circle in O’Fallon, to learn more.<br />

• • •<br />

The Wound Care & Hyperbaric<br />

Center at SSM Health St. Joseph<br />

Hospital-St. Charles is a dual recipient<br />

of RestorixHealth’s Clinical Distinction<br />

and Excellence in Patient Satisfaction<br />

Awards. RestorixHealth’s Clinical Distinction<br />

Award recognizes wound centers that<br />

have demonstrated exceptional success<br />

by meeting or exceeding clinical benchmarks.<br />

The Excellence in Patient Satisfaction<br />

Award recognizes wound centers that<br />

have demonstrated superior performance<br />

in overall patient satisfaction. The Wound<br />

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Care & Hyperbaric Center is located<br />

at 330 First Capitol Drive, Suite 120<br />

in St. Charles. For more information,<br />

call (636) 949-7158.<br />

• • •<br />

Urology of St. Louis landed 25 doctors<br />

on a list of the best doctors in St.<br />

Louis. The list was created by Castle<br />

Connolly, an independent healthcare<br />

research and information company<br />

that compiles information to help<br />

people find the best and most qualified<br />

medical practitioners in their area. The<br />

list is compiled based on peer nomination,<br />

research, review and screenings.<br />

The list represents the top 7% of physicians<br />

in the country. The 25 doctors<br />

from Urology of St. Louis who received the<br />

designation are: Louis Aliperti, MD; Jacob<br />

Ark, MD; Gregory Auffenberg, MD; Steven<br />

Bigg, MD; Andrew Blackburne, MD; David<br />

Bryan, MD; Travis Bullock, MD; William<br />

Critchlow, MD; Etai Goldenberg, MD;<br />

Christopher Jaeger, MD; Demetrios Katsikas,<br />

MD; Ronan Lev, MD; Michael Marcus,<br />

MD; John McCarthy, MD; Jeffrey Parres,<br />

MD; Asim Razzaq, MD; James Rybak, MD;<br />

Steven Schneider, MD; Courtney Shands,<br />

MD; Matthew Spellman, MD; Seth Strope,<br />

MD; Christopher Vulin, MD; Brad White,<br />

MD; Elizabeth Williams, MD and Uwais<br />

Zaid, MD.<br />




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DARDENNE PRAIRIE, from page 10<br />

Square area should be the “town center,”<br />

where civic, cultural, educational, recreational<br />

and entertainment elements all<br />

come together. It should include community<br />

gathering space, recreation and green<br />

space, community programming spaces<br />

such as an open-air market, and destination<br />

restaurants and small retail spaces<br />

that create a central location for residents<br />

across Dardenne Prairie to come together<br />

in the spirit of a small town community.<br />

Q3. My vision will benefit the city<br />

by preserving the quaint suburban feel<br />

of our community while improving<br />

services and the quality of life for our<br />

residents. My vision will balance the<br />

need for growing our sales tax base to<br />

sustain city services while still preserving<br />

the look and feel of our community.<br />

We must make the best use of our limited<br />

resources, the remaining land, and I do<br />

not want to see our community overbuilt<br />

like areas along Hwy. K. Dardenne Prairie<br />

is just under 5.5 square miles in size<br />

and nearly half of all of our revenues are<br />

generated in the area on or near Town<br />

Square Avenue. Since 2021, the city has<br />

spent or allocated almost $16 million in<br />

road repairs throughout our community.<br />

This has been funded 100% by sales tax<br />

and grant revenues. And, we have more<br />

to do. Excessive high-density housing<br />

could create school district overcrowding<br />

and stress the system. Our community<br />

also has real public safety needs. I<br />

believe that Dardenne Prairie needs one<br />

or more additional police officers on duty<br />

at any given time to adequately respond<br />

to calls and also proactively protect<br />

our neighborhoods and streets, day and<br />

night. Under proper management, we<br />

can keep our city safe and vibrant with a<br />

bright future for all our citizens to enjoy<br />

together.<br />

Joel Ogle (Ward 2):<br />

Q1. I am excited to see such a varied<br />

array of businesses move into our community.<br />

I think the expanded Sugarfire<br />

location will be a great addition to the<br />

family dining experience our community<br />

would like to see. Having a standalone<br />

Starbucks should be a hit as well. This<br />

development is what our community<br />

needs to ensure a sustainable tax base that<br />

supports our community’s infrastructure.<br />

Q2. My vision for Town Square is to<br />

secure an anchor retailer beyond what is<br />

currently within the development – something<br />

to make the center a destination. It<br />

will continue to grow our tax base to support<br />

our community’s infrastructure.<br />

Q3. Dardenne Prairie needs to continue<br />

to increase the residents’ awareness of<br />

what we need to sustain ourselves as a<br />

city for today and for the future.<br />

Carla Detweiler (Ward 2):<br />

Q1. I have never been in favor of the<br />

Prairie Encore development. As a commissioner,<br />

I voted against it in the Planning<br />

and Zoning meetings. I think everyone<br />

knew that someday a commercial development<br />

would be developed there, but<br />

certainly not apartments. The apartment<br />

complex, at four stories, is taller than any<br />

other complex in Dardenne Prairie and<br />

surrounding areas. Its placement right in<br />

front of one of the most expensive new<br />

single-family developments in the city<br />

is ridiculous. Then there is the concern<br />

about traffic. The corner of Fiese and<br />

Bryan roads is congested enough on any<br />

given day, and the Inverness subdivision<br />

isn’t even completed yet, and now we are<br />

going to add more cars from the apartments<br />

plus the commercial businesses<br />

without changing the infrastructure to<br />

handle the traffic. Just nonsense.<br />

Q2. I can tell you that my vision is not<br />

to fill it with two- three-, and four-story<br />

apartment complexes and warehouses!<br />

My vision is to have an entrance to<br />

Dardenne Prairie and Town Square from<br />

Interstate 64. The ball was dropped so<br />

many years ago on this and all I’ve heard<br />

is talk and not a priority to get the job<br />

done. With planned infrastructure, we<br />

could then attract community-focused<br />

developments to revitalize Town Square<br />

and serve our city, and our region’s residents.<br />

Right now, Town Square is not<br />

attractive and looks run down. I would<br />

like to see a reface done to the current<br />

stores in Town Square and a new retail<br />

development go in across the street in<br />

the vacant land. The rest of Town Square<br />

Avenue to Post Road should be developed<br />

with green space, and appropriate<br />

community-oriented businesses keeping<br />

in mind that they are amongst neighborhoods,<br />

a school and a childcare facility.<br />

The <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> articles<br />

on a city divided and committee seeking<br />

“balance”… both show how the opinions<br />

of the residents are being ignored, and<br />

that needs to stop.<br />

Q3. My vision would create access to<br />

Town Square shopping and Town Square<br />

Avenue from neighboring areas with<br />

direct access from I-64. It would allow<br />

for more revenue from the development<br />

of a shopping destination in Dardenne<br />

Prairie. Currently, we have limited access<br />

to real retail, and we spend our money in<br />

other nearby cities when we could spend<br />

it here in Dardenne Prairie. The additional<br />

tax dollars would certainly help<br />

support more police and services to the<br />

residents of Dardenne Prairie.<br />

Almost 50 Years<br />

"FREE DRINK"<br />

(Yes, in April we will celebrate 50 years being open.)<br />

So, If you come in to one of our restaurants this month, I will buy your<br />

Second drink! Of course you have to have a house brand! And this is only good<br />

in March 20<strong>24</strong>. Oh, we pour heavy so make sure you have a ride home!<br />

(Oh and you have to give this ad to the server or bartender.)<br />

3072 Winghaven Blvd.<br />

Lakeside Shoppes Plaza<br />

636-561-5202<br />

3761 New Town Blvd.<br />

Right at the Hwy. 370<br />

636-925-2961<br />

Erio’s<br />

Ristorante<br />

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Open Monday - Thursday 4 - 9 pm<br />

Friday and Saturday 11:30 am - 10 pm<br />

Closed Sunday<br />


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March 17th @ 4 pm<br />

The City of Saint Charles, in partnership with the St. Charles Division of Ancient<br />

Order of Hibernians, proudly presents this fun, family-oriented event celebrating<br />

Irish Heritage and the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.<br />

For more details and registration please visit www.stcharlescitymo.gov/stpatricksday.



LOCAL<br />

EVENTS<br />


Wag: An Exhibition for Dogs is on<br />

display through March 23 at the Foundry<br />

Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center in Saint<br />

Charles. Wag is an interactive art exhibition<br />

featuring artists Greta Coalier, Justin<br />

King, Steve Jones and Laura Lloyd. Details<br />

at foundryartcentre.org.<br />

​• • •<br />

The “Toys & Joys” art show is on<br />

display through Sunday, March <strong>24</strong> at the<br />

Cultural Arts Centre, 1 St. Peters Centre<br />

Blvd. For details, visit stpetersmo.net/<strong>24</strong>3/<br />

Art-Shows-Exhibits.<br />

​• • •<br />

Trash Can Decorating Contest is<br />

through April 1 in Wentzville. The Crossroads<br />

Arts Council in partnership with Wentzville<br />

Parks and Rec is working to raise<br />

public awareness of litter in local parks.<br />

The contest is open to students who live in<br />

Wentzville. Ten trash can artwork designs<br />

will be selected and five winners will win a<br />

$25 prize. The cans will be placed in parks<br />

throughout Wentzville this summer For<br />

details, visit crossroadsartscouncil.org.<br />


A Quilt Show and Sale is from 9 a.m.-<br />

noon on Saturday, March 9 at All Saints<br />

Ministry Center, 310 Cardinal Place Drive<br />

in St. Peters. The All Saints Quilters present<br />

beautiful hand-stitched large quilts<br />

and baby quilts for sale. For details, visit<br />

allsaints-stpeters.org.<br />

​• • •<br />

A Blood Drive will be held from 8:30<br />

a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 at<br />

Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service, 4116<br />

McClay Road in St. Peters. To register, call<br />

ImpactLife at (800) 747-5401. Registered<br />

donors will be eligible to receive an electronic<br />

gift card or other featured item.<br />

​• • •<br />

Bingo Quilt Social is at noon (doors<br />

open at 10 a.m.) on Saturday, March 16 at<br />

Immaculate Conception Parish, 7701 Town<br />

Square Ave. in Dardenne Prairie. For ages<br />

16 and over. For details, visit icdparish.org.<br />

​• • •<br />

The St. Charles Optimist Club Spaghetti<br />

Dinner is from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Friday,<br />

April 5 at Memorial Hall in Blanchette<br />

Park, 1900 Randolph in St. Charles. Spaghetti<br />

with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread,<br />

soda, coffee and dessert. $12 for adults and<br />

children ages 5 and under free. Dine in or<br />

carry-out. All proceeds benefit the Youth<br />

of St. Charles. For tickets, call (314) 807-<br />

5022 or visit, scoptimists.weebly.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Spring Craft Fair is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, April 6 at Fort Zumwalt East High,<br />

600 1st Executive Ave. in St. Peters. Concessions<br />

will be available. Free event. Proceeds<br />

to benefit the Class of 20<strong>24</strong> Grad night. For<br />

details, email fzecraftshow@gmail.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Ribbon of Hope Celebration is from 11<br />

a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Barnes<br />

Jewish St. Peters Hospital, 10 Hospital<br />

Drive in St. Peters. This is a free, familyfriendly<br />

event celebrating life and bringing<br />

hope to the community affected by cancer.<br />

For details, visit bjcstcharlescounty.org.<br />


All-Saints Church Knights of Columbus,<br />

7 McMenamy Road in St. Peters<br />

from 4-7 p.m. Fried cod, catfish and sides.<br />

Drive-thru and Dine-in. For details, visit<br />

allsaints-stpeters.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Immaculate Conception, 7701 Hwy. N<br />

in Dardenne Prairie from 4:30 p.m.–8 p.m.<br />

Cod, catfish, shrimp, fish tacos, hushpuppies<br />

and more. Alcohol will also be available.<br />

Dine-in, carry-out and drive-thru. For<br />

details, visit Facebook - “ICD Fish Fry” or<br />

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email, icdfishfryexec@gmail.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Knights of Columbus - Post 2269 at<br />

Assumption Catholic Church, 403 N. Main<br />

St. in O’Fallon, from 5-7 p.m. Cod, catfish,<br />

potato salad, cole slaw, spaghetti. Dine-in<br />

or carry-out. For details or visit, thecompass2269.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Knights of Columbus at St. Joseph<br />

Catholic Church. Fish fries are held at<br />

the Pezold Banquet and Meeting Center,<br />

5701 Hwy. N in St. Charles from 4-8 p.m.;<br />

and 4-7 p.m. on Ash Wednesday and Good<br />

Friday. Cod, catfish and shrimp. For details,<br />

email kurt.speckhals@sbcglobal.net.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles Borromeo, 601 N. Fourth<br />

St. in St. Charles from 4-7 p.m. Catfish,<br />

cod, fish tacos, pizza. Dine-in or carry-out.<br />

For details, call (636) 946-1893.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Cletus Church, 2721 Zumbehl Road<br />

in St. Charles from 4-7 p.m., in the gym.<br />

Batter-fried cod or catfish, seasoned baked<br />

cod, fried or boiled shrimp, cheese pizza<br />

and sides. Dine-in or drive-thru. For details,<br />

call (636) 946-6327 or visit saintcletus.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Knights of<br />

Columbus, 2 Seton Court in St. Charles from<br />

4-7 p.m. Fried and baked cod, catfish, cole<br />

slaw, french fries and quesadillas. Dine-in or<br />

carry-out. For details, call (636) 946-6717.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Joseph - Josephville, 1410 Josephville<br />

Road in Wentzville from 4:30-6:30<br />

p.m. Baked/fried fish, sides and complimentary<br />

dessert. Dine-in or carry-out.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Patrick Knights of Columbus, 405<br />

S. Church Street in Wentzville from 4-7<br />

p.m. Fried catfish, whitefish, cod, spaghetti,<br />

sides and drinks. Beer and wine available<br />

for purchase. Dine-in or carry-out. For<br />

details, call (314) 440-5510.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Peter’s Church, 201 First Capitol<br />

in St. Charles from 4-7 p.m. Cod, catfish,<br />

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shrimp, hushpuppies and more. Dine-in or<br />

carry-out. For details, call (636) 946-6641<br />

or visit stpstc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Sts. Joachim & Ann, 4112 McClay<br />

Road in St. Charles from 4-7 p.m. Catfish,<br />

cod, shrimp, crab cakes, fish tacos, sides<br />

and more. Credit cards accepted. Dine-in<br />

or Carry-out. For details, visit stsja.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Theodore - Flint Hill Knights of<br />

Columbus, 2061 Grothe Road from 5-7<br />

p.m. through Lent until March 15. Fresh<br />

catfish with coleslaw, potato salad, dessert<br />

and more. Drive through only. For details,<br />

visit uknight.org.<br />

• • •<br />

VFW Post 5077, 8500 Veterans Memorial<br />

Parkway in O’Fallon from 4:30-7 p.m.<br />

Every Friday through Lent, including Good<br />

Friday. For details, call (636) 272-1945.<br />


Dog Yoga is from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 9 at the Foundry Art Centre, 520 N.<br />

Main Center in St. Charles. Join Kim with<br />

Fitness for Fido and experience Wag: an<br />

Exhibition for Dogs while stretching. Bring<br />

a yoga mat, water for you and your dog, and<br />

dog treats/food. One dog per person; no<br />

retractable leashes. Cost is $35. For details,<br />

visit foundryartcentre.regfox.com/dog-yoga.<br />

​• • •<br />

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles<br />

County hosts the 20<strong>24</strong> Women Build team<br />

recruitment and kickoff event from 5-6:30<br />

p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at the local<br />

affiliate’s office, 2041 Trade Center Drive<br />

in St. Peters. Appetizers and non-alcoholic<br />

beverages will be provided. For details,<br />

visit habitatstcharles.org or call, (636) 978-<br />

5712, ext. 126.<br />

​• • •<br />

Engaged Neighbor is from 6-7 p.m. on<br />

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EVENTS, from page 29<br />

St. Peters. Learn and discuss paths to better<br />

neighboring with Deana Dothage, engagement<br />

specialist with the University of<br />

Missouri Extension in St. Charles County.<br />

Details at extension.missouri.edu/events.<br />

​• • •<br />

St. Charles County Master Gardener<br />

Class is from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday,<br />

March 23 at the MU Extension Classroom,<br />

260 Brown Road in St. Peters. Learn how<br />

to build and use raised beds and amend soil<br />

for in-ground beds. All experience levels<br />

are welcome. The cost is $20. Register at<br />

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core-training. For details, visit stcharlescountymastergardeners.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Taste of the County is from 5-7 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, April 4 at Dardenne Prairie City<br />

Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road. Try samples<br />

from local restaurants, eateries, and wineries.<br />

Tickets are $20 per person (ages 12 &<br />

up) for unlimited food and drinks. Kids<br />

10 and under are free. Purchase tickets by<br />

calling the WSCC Chamber office at (636)<br />

327-6914 or go to gowscc.com/product/<br />

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Fluffy Tails and Pancake Trails is<br />

from 9-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16<br />

at SunRise Church, 7116 Twin Chimneys<br />

Blvd. in O’Fallon, featuring pancakes and<br />

sausage with the Easter Bunny, petting zoo<br />

and more. Free event. To register, visit sunrisefamily.org/events.<br />

​• • •<br />

Cottleville’s Irish Fest is at 11 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, March 16 at Public School House,<br />

5546 Chestnut St., featuring live entertainment<br />

from Champagne Fixx, DJ entertainment,<br />

a 5,000-square-foot heated tent, indoor<br />

and outdoor bars and more. Free admission<br />

tickets & VIP tickets ($40 each) are available.<br />

For details, visit publicschoolhouse.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is at 5 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, March 16 at St. John’s UCC,<br />

945 Wolfrum Road in Weldon Springs.<br />

Corned beef with all the trimmings, entertainment<br />

and more. Cost is $17 per person.<br />

For tickets, call (636) 441-1444.<br />

​• • •<br />

The Ancient Order of Hibernians’ St.<br />

Patrick’s Day Parade is at 4 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

March 17 on Main Street in St. Charles. Free<br />

event. Details at stcharlescitymo.gov.<br />

​• • •<br />

Underwater Egg Hunt is from 5:30-8<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 22 Renaud Center<br />

in O’Fallon. Children ages 4-12. Find the<br />

golden egg and get a prize. Bring goggles<br />

and a waterproof basket. The deadline to register<br />

is March 18. $16 for residents, $18 for<br />

non-residents. Register at renaudcenter.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Spring Dance is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on<br />

Friday, March 22 at the St. Peters Cultural<br />

Arts Centre, St. Peters Centre Blvd., featuring<br />

a live DJ by Juke Box Productions. Individuals,<br />

couples, and groups are invited. Tickets<br />

are $7 per person at the door. Show a St.<br />

Peters resident card or a Cultural Arts Centre<br />

membership card at the door and receive a<br />

$1 discount on admission. Bring food and<br />

snacks. Sodas are available for purchase. For<br />

details, visit stpetersmo.net/calendar-details.<br />

• • •<br />

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I 31<br />

in St. Charles. Children of all ages are welcome<br />

to bring a basket and join in the hunt.<br />

Crafts and visits with the Easter Bunny are<br />

included in the $15 per person cost. Registration<br />

is required at stcharlesparks.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Easter Egg Hunt is from 10 a.m.-noon<br />

on Saturday, March 23 at Lake Saint Louis<br />

Founders Park, 7 Freymuth Road in Lake<br />

Saint Louis, featuring bounce houses, face<br />

painting, a petting zoo and more. Children<br />

ages 10 and younger. Free event. For<br />

details, visit lakesaintlouis.com/1217/<br />

Easter-Egg-Hunt.<br />

​• • •<br />

The Bunny Bolt 5K and 1-Mile Fun<br />

Run is at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23<br />

at Boulevard Park, 2550 Lake St. Louis<br />

Blvd., featuring a 1-mile run through the<br />

park and a 5K on city streets. 5K cost is<br />

$45; fun run cost is $20. All participants<br />

will receive a short-sleeve T-shirt. Registration<br />

ends March 20 or until full. To<br />

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Bunny-Bolt-5k-and-1-Mile-Fun-Run.<br />

​• • •<br />

Trash to Treasure with Taylor Marrie, a<br />

teen workshop, is from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 23 at the Foundry Art Centre,<br />

520 N. Main Center in St. Charles. For teens<br />

(ages 13-18). All supplies are provided and<br />

all skill levels are welcome. The fee is $50.<br />

Anime is on March 30. For details, visit<br />

foundryartcentre.org/teen-workshops.<br />

​• • •<br />

Easter Egg Dive is from 9-10:30 a.m.<br />

on Sunday, March <strong>24</strong> at the St. Peters Rec-<br />

Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. Participants will<br />

swim or dive to collect eggs to be traded<br />

in for candy. Photos with the Easter Bunny.<br />

Bring a basket for carrying candy home.<br />

Parents are permitted in the pool with small<br />

children. Cost is $10 for members and $12<br />

for non-members. For ages 6 months-18<br />

years. To register, visit st.petersmo.net.<br />

​• • •<br />

An Adult Easter Egg Hunt is at 7:30<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 29 at Wapelhorst<br />

Park, 1875 Muegge Road in St. Charles.<br />

Hunt for eggs, enjoy adult beverages and<br />

compete for prizes. Participants should<br />

bring flashlights and buckets. The $30 per<br />

person cost includes admission and two<br />

drink tickets. For ages 21 and over. Register<br />

at stcharlesparks.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Easter Egg Hunt is at 9 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 30 at Dardenne Prairie City<br />

Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road. Hunts will<br />

be divided by age and begin with the 0-2<br />

age group. Ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8 will<br />

follow. The Easter Bunny will make an<br />

appearance. Pre-registration required by<br />

emailing your name, child’s name, child<br />

age, address and phone number to nichole@dardenneprairie.org.<br />

Free event.<br />

​• • •<br />

Kids Clay Workshop is from 11 a.m.-<br />

noon on Tuesday, April 2 at The Foundry<br />

Art Centre, 520 N. Main in St. Charles.<br />

Build and fire a functional bud vase. This<br />

class will use a pottery wheel and traditional<br />

clay-building techniques. Cost is<br />

$40; supplies are included. Register at<br />

foundryartcentre.org/kids-classes.<br />

​• • •<br />

Kids Workshop - Celebrate Earth Day<br />

with Mixed Media is from 11 a.m.-12:30<br />

p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at The Foundry<br />

Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center in St.<br />

Charles. By repurposing discarded materials,<br />

students turn trash into masterpieces. For<br />

ages 5-12. The cost is $35; supplies included.<br />

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miscellaneous boxes, clothing,<br />

suitcases, laundry baskets, coolers,<br />

toys and miscellaneous items<br />

10x16 Outside Non-Climate –<br />

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construction supplies, landscaping<br />

equipment, dressers, nightstands,<br />

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