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

<strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong><br />

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

WEST NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

I OPINION I 3<br />

This is not the Soviet<br />

Union, Mr. Biden<br />

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed.<br />

It marked the end of an experiment that<br />

lasted almost a century testing the premise<br />

that godless secularization, turning control<br />

of people’s lives over to other people<br />

to rule them, who decide what others need<br />

and how they should live and conduct<br />

their lives, is the answer for mankind.<br />

In the free world, the collapse of the<br />

Soviet Union was cause for celebration.<br />

In the USA, it was widely viewed as a victory<br />

of the American way of life – a free<br />

nation under God.<br />

But let’s not get confused between<br />

things and the names we give them.<br />

Our own country – despite the words in<br />

our founding documents about freedom<br />

and God – has been on a path adopting<br />

the same premises about human reality<br />

that lead to the collapse of the communist<br />

world.<br />

This was evident in President Joe<br />

Biden’s message to the nation in his State<br />

of the Union address.<br />

Biden, in so many words, delivered a<br />

message that the path for a better, wealthier,<br />

fairer America is more government.<br />

Despite the reality that the country is<br />

being crushed with staggering debt, the<br />

result of runaway government, Biden and<br />

his party celebrate this and want even<br />

more.<br />

The words find their way into numbers<br />

in the budget for the next 10 years that the<br />

president has just submitted to Congress.<br />

Federal spending in this budget will<br />

stand in fiscal year <strong>20</strong>25 at $7.3 trillion.<br />

One-quarter of our national economy consumed<br />

by the federal government.<br />

This amounts to a 14% increase from<br />

where federal spending stood in the last<br />

quarter of <strong>20</strong>23 – $6.4 trillion.<br />

Per the president’s spokesperson in the<br />

White House, this budget “invests in all of<br />

America to make sure everyone has a fair<br />

shot, we leave no one behind.”<br />

Translation: government will accumulate<br />

more power and decide what is fair<br />

and achieve its aims with more government<br />

paid for with other people’s money.<br />

The beautiful language of leaving “no<br />

one behind” means government expansion<br />

into every area of our lives, including<br />

subsidized child care for families earning<br />

$<strong>20</strong>0,000 and below.<br />

The bill for the massive new spending,<br />

per the president’s budget, will be paid for<br />

with a total of $4.9 trillion in tax increases<br />

on the wealthy and on corporations.<br />

I say “supposedly paid for” because<br />

expansion of government under the premises<br />

of raising taxes on the most successful<br />

sectors of our economy never works.<br />

Renown economist Arthur Laffer and<br />

Heritage Foundation economist Stephen<br />

Moore just published data showing that<br />

when President Donald Trump cut the<br />

highest individual tax rate and cut the corporate<br />

tax rate in <strong>20</strong>17, the percentage of<br />

overall taxes paid by the wealthiest 1% of<br />

the population increased.<br />

Before the Trump tax cuts, the top 1%<br />

paid “a little more than 40% of the income<br />

taxes collected,” per Laffer and Moore.<br />

After the tax cuts, that percentage<br />

increased to almost 46%.<br />

This was not something new. Laffer<br />

and Moore show data going back to 1980<br />

showing general correlation of lower top<br />

tax rates with a larger percentage of overall<br />

taxes paid by the top 1%.<br />

Freedom means unleashing productivity<br />

and creativity. Absence of freedom means<br />

punishing both and therefore getting less<br />

of both.<br />

It’s why the Soviet Union collapsed.<br />

Godless secularism doesn’t work.<br />

The latest edition of CURE’s “The State<br />

of Black Progress” shows the uniform<br />

failure of expansion of government into<br />

health care, education, housing and retirement,<br />

all in the name of “fairness” and no<br />

one being “left behind.”<br />

The truth really is it’s more than this. It’s<br />

about politicians who love power buying<br />

it with gifts given with other people’s<br />

money. Harsh to say, but this is reality.<br />

Only 19% of Americans are satisfied<br />

with the direction of the country, per<br />

Gallup.<br />

Most Americans feel something is<br />

wrong. We need leadership to take us back<br />

to freedom and God.<br />

• • •<br />

Star Parker is president of the Center<br />

for Urban Renewal and Education and<br />

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

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

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR<br />

Food sales tax<br />

As a proud citizen of Chesterfield<br />

who is very aware of the extremely conservative,<br />

money-conscious City Council,<br />

I find comments made by Dr. Dennis<br />

Ganahl and the recent bill put forth by<br />

Rep. Ben Keathley very disappointing.<br />

Chesterfield citizens have been<br />

repeatedly informed that the main<br />

source of revenue is sales tax, as the<br />

city collects no property tax. No one<br />

likes to pay taxes, but the reality is that<br />

taxes pay for services the city provides.<br />

The proposed stopping of sales tax on<br />

food would decrease city revenue from<br />

sales tax by an estimated 25%.<br />

Ganahl and Keathley obviously have<br />

not studied the city’s expenditures.<br />

City council members earn $500 per<br />

month, the mayor earns $1,000 per<br />

month (gross pay), salaries which have<br />

not changed in 35 years. The only main<br />

expenditure spent on a select group is<br />

the annual volunteer dinner. Money is<br />

not squandered and criticisms should<br />

be based on fact. It’s easy for politicians<br />

to put forth legislation that makes<br />

them sound good, but that same legislation<br />

can be quite damaging to the<br />

citizenry.<br />

Louise Nation<br />

In ballot language<br />

I read the article on the propositions<br />

(“On the Ballot: The Propositions,”<br />

March 6) that stated “in ballot language.”<br />

I think all propositions for all<br />

elections should be in “voter language”<br />

so voters know what they are voting<br />

for and not have to guess what they are<br />

voting for. If someone could decipher<br />

proposition language and show the<br />

proposition wordage in layman’s terms<br />

it would be so much easier to make an<br />

informed decision.<br />

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Founder Doug Huber<br />

Publisher Emeritus Sharon Huber<br />

Publisher Tim Weber<br />

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How dangerous is TikTok?<br />

We’ve seen the headlines. The House of<br />

Representatives overwhelmingly voted to<br />

force TikTok’s Chinese ownership group to<br />

sell or face a ban from all U.S. app stores.<br />

The reason? The social media app poses a<br />

risk to national security, they say. That bill<br />

now heads to the Senate, where its ultimate<br />

outcome is unclear. President Joe Biden has<br />

said that he will sign the bill. Then again,<br />

the president is also using TikTok to promote<br />

his re-election campaign. All of this<br />

begs the question, just how dangerous is<br />

TikTok really?<br />

THE CHINA THREAT<br />

TikTok is owned by the Chinese conglomerate<br />

ByteDance. Does ByteDance cooperate<br />

with the Chinese Communist Party? The<br />

simple answer is yes, they do, because they<br />

are required by law to do so. Article 7 of the<br />

National Intelligence Law of <strong>20</strong>17 states:<br />

“All organizations and citizens shall support,<br />

assist, and cooperate with national<br />

intelligence efforts in accordance with law,<br />

and shall protect national intelligence work<br />

secrets they are aware of.”<br />

Now, the law continues to say those<br />

efforts must preserve individual rights and<br />

be conducted lawfully, but the inherent<br />

threat remains. There is a long list of anecdotal<br />

evidence that company leaders who<br />

do not acquiesce to government demands<br />

get punished harshly. The most famous<br />

businessman in China, Alibaba founder Jack<br />

Ma, disappeared for three months in <strong>20</strong><strong>20</strong><br />

after publicly questioning the government.<br />

Google search Bao Fan, Xu Ming, Whitney<br />

Duan or Xiao Jianhua. It is very, very<br />

dangerous to be a Chinese billionaire unless<br />

you toe the party line.<br />

So is Chinese ownership a legitimate<br />

problem? Absolutely, yes.<br />

THE DATA THREAT<br />

We have established that Chinese ownership<br />

is a problem, so the question now<br />

becomes how big of a problem? What data<br />

do they have and what can they do with it?<br />

First off, let’s admit that TikTok’s privacy<br />

policy is shark-fin-in-shallow-water,<br />

Norman-Bates-outside-the-shower-curtainlevel<br />

scary. Seriously, when they flatly<br />

acknowledge collecting “keystroke patterns<br />

or rhythms” and “biometric identifiers” such<br />

as “faceprints and voiceprints,” the “Jaws”<br />

theme starts playing in your head. The truth<br />

is, however, the same could be said for any<br />

and all social media app privacy policies.<br />

Elon Musk’s X (nee Twitter) collects biometric<br />

information as well. Seriously, if we<br />

all read the privacy policies from our favorite<br />

apps, we would just curl up into a collective<br />

fetal position and go back to using<br />

pagers or even corded landline telephones.<br />

In short, TikTok does not seem to be<br />

collecting data that is more nefarious than<br />

anyone else.<br />

Now, how do they use that data? Therein<br />

lies the rub, as old Bill Shakespeare might<br />

say. If the collection of data is the devil we<br />

know, then the manipulation of that data is<br />

the devil we don’t. It’s Oz behind the curtain,<br />

only Oz is the Chinese Communist Party. We<br />

have absolutely no (zero, zip, zilch, nada)<br />

transparency into how the company adjusts<br />

its algorithm to target certain goals. This is<br />

the real problem with a Chinese ownership<br />

group. The app, which now has more than<br />

170 million U.S. users, can elect to increase<br />

or decrease exposure to any content it so<br />

chooses. As an example, pro-Russian videos<br />

certainly seem to be amplified on TikTok<br />

more than any other platform. If China can<br />

manipulate the data, one must assume that<br />

they will manipulate the data.<br />

THE EXISTENTIAL THREAT<br />

This is the worst part. Whether a byproduct<br />

of its inner-workings or by design,<br />

TikTok promotes harmful content to children.<br />

Last year, two reports commissioned<br />

by Amnesty International led them to the<br />

following conclusion:<br />

“TikTok’s content recommender system<br />

and its invasive data collection practices<br />

pose a danger to young users of the platform<br />

by amplifying depressive and suicidal<br />

content that risk worsening existing mental<br />

health challenges.”<br />

One of the reports showed that in the first<br />

<strong>20</strong> minutes of logging on “more than half of<br />

the videos in the “For You” feed were related<br />

to mental health struggles with multiple recommended<br />

videos in a single hour romanticizing,<br />

normalizing or encouraging suicide.”<br />

That’s terrifying. It also will not be solved<br />

by forcing ByteDance to sell to an American<br />

owner.<br />

The decision to ban or force a sale of a<br />

private company is complicated. One hopes<br />

that government never intercedes in matters<br />

of speech or privacy. That said, the level of<br />

technical manipulation possible today was<br />

never envisioned by our Founding Fathers.<br />

By the way, perhaps this can be indicative<br />

of needed action. Do you know what other<br />

country has seen fit to ban TikTok because<br />

it is too dangerous? You guessed it. China.


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Shanley Gibson in a Metro <strong>West</strong> fire engine, her reward for collecting the most money in Woerther’s Elementary Kids Heart Challenge, which benefits<br />

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The Woerther Elementary first grader<br />

had earned a special honor for collecting<br />

the most money ($611) of any student in<br />

her school in the annual Kids Heart Challenge,<br />

which serves the American Heart<br />

Association. A Metro <strong>West</strong> Fire Protection<br />

District truck and firefighters brought her<br />

reward to her Ballwin home.<br />

“That was really cool,” said mom Megan<br />

Gibson. “The top collector for the school got<br />

to have a ride to school on a fire truck. It actually<br />

showed up to our house about an hour<br />

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she had the biggest smile he had ever seen!”<br />

“It was awesome! It was so much fun!”<br />

Shanley said. “They gave me a little fire<br />

helmet, and when I got in there, they<br />

showed me what everything looks like on<br />

the truck. When I rode, they put these little<br />

things on my ears and something on my<br />

nose so I could talk.”<br />

Ballwin Ward 1 alderman Mike Utt,<br />

Shanley’s grandfather, was also present<br />

that morning. He said that the look on<br />

Shanley’s face was priceless, especially<br />

considering that the anticipated excitement<br />

of the special trip had kept her up most of<br />

the night.<br />

However, there is a bit more to the story<br />

involving Utt himself, who was a large part<br />

of Shanley’s motivation in the Kids Heart<br />

Challenge.<br />

“She made it extra important to her<br />

because my dad had a heart attack at a<br />

young age,” Megan said.<br />

Several classes at Woerther collected more<br />

than $2,000 total, but Shanley described<br />

why she was able to do so well individually<br />

through the online donation process.<br />

“I have a lot of people that love me,”<br />

Shanley said. “Also, I thought it was fun<br />

and I liked knowing it changed a lot of<br />

people’s lives.”<br />

CHESTERFIELD<br />

Rezoning request by<br />

Chesterfield YMCA<br />

The Chesterfield Family YMCA has<br />

requested an amendment to the existing<br />

planned commercial district for a 5.6-acre<br />

tract of land located at 16464 Burkhardt<br />

Place.<br />

The Chesterfield City Council took a first<br />

reading of the proposed zoning ordinance<br />

on March 4. The ordinance would require<br />

the hours at the new facility to be the same<br />

as that of the YMCA.<br />

KAI Design, on behalf of the YMCA,<br />

submitted a request to allow “office-medical”<br />

as a permitted use and to modify the<br />

specific development criteria by increasing<br />

the maximum allowed square footage from<br />

74,000 to 84,000 square feet and reducing<br />

the required open space from 35% to 30%.<br />

The YMCA is planning to partner with a<br />

medical care provider at the site.<br />

Ty Wagner, vice president of properties<br />

at Gateway Regional YMCA, specified<br />

that it would not be an urgent care facility,<br />

and would provide medical services to<br />

promote healthy living.<br />

He said it would be similar to the new<br />

Affinia Healthcare in Ferguson, adjacent<br />

to the Emerson YMCA. Affinia provides<br />

pediatrics services, family medicine, OB/<br />

GYN care and dental care.<br />

With the ongoing development in Chesterfield,<br />

including Wildhorse Village, it will<br />

be great for the community to have access<br />

to a new medical care facility, Wagner said.<br />

CREVE COEUR<br />

City moves forward with<br />

sidewalk, roadway projects<br />

Highlights of the March 11 Creve Coeur<br />

City Council meeting included a unanimously<br />

passed resolution and the first reading of a<br />

bill. City Engineer Steven Berecz introduced<br />

both which combined major improvements<br />

on area sidewalks and roadways.<br />

The resolution specifically dealt with a<br />

contract to pay M&H Concrete Contractors,<br />

Inc. $1.58 million for <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong>-<strong>20</strong>26. That<br />

bid was 10% lower than Berecz’s department<br />

estimate of $1.79 million. The cost to<br />

Creve Coeur will be further lowered by the<br />

release of previous damage claims against<br />

Missouri American Water for a reimbursement<br />

amount of $508,870.<br />

The resolution is for concrete street work,<br />

sidewalks and some ramps in Ladue Pines<br />

Subdivision, Conway Gardens and along<br />

Executive Parkway.<br />

Meanwhile, the bill is to construct an<br />

accessible sidewalk on the west side of<br />

New Ballas Road from Magna Carta Drive<br />

and Rocky Drive. It will also fill in a gap<br />

in a New Ballas Road sidewalk between<br />

Ladue Road and the Old Ballas Road intersection<br />

with New Ballas Road.<br />

The federal Transportation Alternatives<br />

Program (TAP) is footing the bill for<br />

roughly 73% of that $610,000 project. It<br />

covers the design, right of way and construction<br />

phases for the project with a <strong>20</strong>26<br />

expected completion time.<br />

EUREKA<br />

Construction on $11.5 million<br />

government center begins<br />

Construction has begun on the $11.5<br />

million government center for the city<br />

of Eureka. The new facility, named the<br />

Michael A. Wiegand Justice Center after<br />

the city’s police chief, will house Eureka’s<br />

police department, municipal court and<br />

city offices.<br />

The project started on Jan. 11, with the<br />

demolition of the city’s 44-year-old Eureka<br />

city hall at 100 City Hall Drive.<br />

The new, 30,000-square-foot government<br />

center will be constructed on the<br />

same site and is scheduled to be completed<br />

in December <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong>, according to a<br />

press release from Integrate Construction<br />

Partners. City hall employees are working<br />

from temporary offices at the city’s public<br />

works facility until the new government<br />

center is complete.<br />

MANCHESTER<br />

Three grants to aid police<br />

in traffic enforcement<br />

Three resolutions were passed by a measure<br />

of 5-0 during the Manchester Board of<br />

Aldermen meeting on March 4 in support<br />

of highway safety traffic enforcement within<br />

city limits through the Missouri Highways<br />

and Traffic Enforcement Grant program.


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The first grant in the amount of $10,000<br />

is, in part, to pay for overtime hours for<br />

enforcement of hazardous moving violations.<br />

During the last five years, speeding<br />

and aggressive driving accounted for 53%<br />

of all traffic fatalities. Speed and aggressive<br />

driving are cited as a contributing<br />

factor more than twice as often as impaired<br />

driving. Law enforcement agencies are<br />

reporting that speeds are up significantly<br />

in the last three years. The grant will also<br />

facilitate professional development training<br />

at the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety<br />

Advisory Council conference.<br />

The second grant is for overtime<br />

enforcement of driving while intoxicated<br />

violations. Substance-impaired drivers<br />

contributed to 22% of Missouri’s traffic<br />

crash fatalities during the past five years.<br />

Alcohol remains the primary contributor to<br />

substance-impaired driving crashes; however,<br />

the number of people under the influence<br />

of prescription and/or illicit drugs has<br />

continued to rise.<br />

With recreational marijuana now legal<br />

in Missouri, there are concerns among law<br />

enforcement that this trend will continue.<br />

Males are responsible for 81.7% of substance-impaired<br />

driving fatalities, with 10%<br />

of children under the age of 15 killed in a<br />

motor vehicle crash over the last five years<br />

riding with a substance-impaired driver.<br />

The final grant of $7,500 is to pay for<br />

overtime hours to enforce occupant protection<br />

violations, otherwise known as seat<br />

belt violations. Manchester has a primary<br />

seat belt and texting while driving ordinance.<br />

Missouri’s observed seat belt use<br />

rate is 88.9%, which is below the national<br />

average of 91.6%. Teen seat belt use is<br />

of particular concern at just 71.8%. From<br />

<strong>20</strong>17-<strong>20</strong>21, just under 65% of drivers and<br />

occupants killed in crashes in Missouri<br />

were unrestrained. The percentage of unrestrained<br />

teens is higher at 71.6%, while the<br />

percent of pickup truck drivers and occupants<br />

is even higher at 76.6%.<br />

Ordinance to amend board of<br />

aldermen meeting time fails<br />

An ordinance to amend the time of the<br />

city of Manchester Board of Aldermen<br />

meetings on the first and third Mondays<br />

of the month failed by a measure of one<br />

to four at the regular meeting on March<br />

4. The proposed start time was 6:30 p.m.,<br />

which is 30 minutes earlier than its currently<br />

scheduled time of 7 p.m.<br />

The start time change was sought to<br />

shorten the time between employees leaving<br />

work at the end of their day and those<br />

required to return to attend the meeting<br />

later in the evening. Also taken into consideration<br />

was the desire for the board members<br />

and employees to have more time<br />

with their families following the ending of<br />

the meeting. However, the measure was<br />

primarily defeated because three board<br />

members are parents with young children,<br />

and they felt the 7 p.m. start time was more<br />

workable to their schedules.<br />

“City staff and I were very mindful that<br />

we did not want to disrupt residents who<br />

were accustomed to attending the meeting<br />

at 7 p.m.,” Mayor Mike Clement said. “The<br />

6:30 proposal also acknowledged the busy<br />

schedules that board of aldermen members<br />

juggle (particularly) those with kids and<br />

two working parents.”<br />

Clement explained also that the 6:30<br />

p.m. time slot would correspond with<br />

the current start time of the planning<br />

and zoning commission.<br />

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Finance department receives<br />

certificate of achievement<br />

The Government Finance Officers Association<br />

of the United States and Canada has<br />

awarded the Certificate of Achievement for<br />

Excellence in Financial Reporting to the city<br />

of Manchester for its annual comprehensive<br />

financial report for the fiscal year that ended<br />

on Dec. 31, <strong>20</strong>22. The report was judged by<br />

an impartial panel to meet the high standards<br />

of the program, which includes demonstrating<br />

a constructive “spirit of full disclosure”<br />

to clearly communicate its financial<br />

story and motivate potential users and user<br />

groups to read the report. The certificate of<br />

achievement is the highest form of recognition<br />

in the area of governmental accounting<br />

and financial reporting, and its attainment<br />

represents a significant accomplishment by<br />

a government and its management.<br />

“The award recognizes the overall<br />

strength of the city’s finance department<br />

and the way they do their job,” Manchester<br />

Mayor Mike Clement said of the award.<br />

“Our staff are superb professionals. Besides<br />

being professionals, they are just excellent,<br />

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On The Ballot: Candidates in the April 2 Municipal Election<br />

Contested candidates in the following<br />

municipal races were asked the following<br />

questions:<br />

Q1. What qualifies you for this office<br />

(past experience, major accomplishments)?<br />

Q2. What are your top three priorities<br />

if elected?<br />

Q3. What else would you like our readers<br />

to know about you before heading to<br />

the polls?<br />

Below are the replies of candidates who<br />

responded by the deadline. Candidates<br />

are listed in ballot order. Incumbents are<br />

denoted with an asterisk. Term lengths<br />

are two years, except as otherwise noted.<br />

Only candidates in contested races were<br />

asked to participate.<br />

Answers do not reflect the opinions of<br />

this paper and have not been fact-checked.<br />

BALLWIN<br />

Board of Aldermen<br />

• Michael Finley*, Ward 1<br />

• Pam Haug, Ward 2<br />

Q1. I am an attorney who has a lot of<br />

leadership experience. However, I believe<br />

what most qualifies me for this office is<br />

my willingness to listen to citizens and try<br />

to help in any way I can.<br />

Q2. My top three priorities if elected<br />

are to maintain Ballwin’s safety, ensure<br />

taxes remain low and enhance our beautiful<br />

parks.<br />

Q3. I am willing to work hard for everyone<br />

in our city and want to be someone<br />

who citizens can count on. It would also<br />

be such an honor to be the only female on<br />

the current board. I would be so lucky to<br />

represent the people of Ward 2 in Ballwin<br />

and hope I receive your support.<br />

• Kevin Roach*, Ward 2<br />

Q1. As an alderman for nine years,<br />

and a Ballwin resident for 37 years, I<br />

have seen Ballwin change, for better and<br />

for worse. I voted with my constituents<br />

against the Vlasis Apartments and in<br />

other tough votes, and I have often been<br />

in the minority on the board. I will fight<br />

for you regardless. I am accountable and<br />

dedicated to the residents of Ward 2 and<br />

their interests regardless of the opposition<br />

of others. I am proud of my service to you.<br />

Please call on me with questions or concerns.<br />

Let’s keep working together for the<br />

good of Ballwin!<br />

Q2. Ballwin is a great hometown and<br />

has been mine for nearly 40 years. We,<br />

as friends and neighbors, need to work<br />

together to keep our city clean and safe.<br />

Having spoken with many in the community,<br />

our top priorities in city government<br />

should be to improve our roads and<br />

sidewalks, help grow Ballwin businesses<br />

and be a steward of our beautiful parks<br />

and recreation facilities. My job for nine<br />

years has been to be the voice for my constituents<br />

and to always look out for their<br />

interests. It’s an honor, and I’ll continue<br />

to do just that.<br />

Q3. One day I will no longer be an<br />

alderman. When that day comes, and I run<br />

into you at Schnucks or Target, I want to<br />

be able to look you in the eye and reflect<br />

back on my time sticking up for “us,” just<br />

another normal person from Ballwin. I’m<br />

not a good ol’ boy and that irritates the<br />

good ol’ boys. I aim to make you proud, to<br />

do what you would do or like to see done,<br />

and to better your position, without fear<br />

or favor. For as long as I serve, I’m your<br />

voice on the Board of Aldermen.<br />

• Frank Fleming*, Ward 3<br />

• David Siegel*, Ward 4<br />

CHESTERFIELD<br />

City Council<br />

• Mary Monachella*, Ward 1<br />

• Mary Ann Mastorakos*, Ward 2<br />

• Michael Moore*, Ward 3<br />

• Merrell Hansen*, Ward 4<br />

CLARKSON VALLEY<br />

Board of Aldermen<br />

• Jeff Schweig*, Ward 1<br />

• Brock MacDonald*, Ward 2<br />

• Lin Midyett*, Ward 3<br />

CREVE COEUR<br />

• Robert Hoffman*, Mayor<br />

City Council<br />

• Donna Spence, Ward 1<br />

• Kimberly Norwood, Ward 2<br />

• Drew Newman, Ward 3<br />

Q1. As a program manager, I have<br />

worked with clients like Siteman Cancer<br />

Center, MiTek and Washington University<br />

to help solve problems, achieve goals and<br />

convert plans into reality. As a citizen and<br />

advocate, I have worked within the community<br />

to help shape the Parkway School<br />

Board into what it has become today: a<br />

group of responsible and rational-thinking<br />

leaders.<br />

Q2. My priorities are economic growth,<br />

public safety and promoting diversity.<br />

Q3. Creve Coeur has great opportunities<br />

for development and growth. I have<br />

had the pleasure of raising a family here<br />

for the last 10 years. I want to give back<br />

to our community as your Ward 3 council<br />

member to make sure Creve Coeur is a<br />

place families are attracted to and where<br />

they feel safe.<br />

• Sari Neudorf*, Ward 3<br />

Q1. I running for re-election to continue<br />

the work of growing the city I’ve called<br />

home for more than six decades.<br />

Q2. My priorities are public safety and<br />

crime prevention, transparency in communications<br />

with constituents and community<br />

involvement and engagement<br />

outreach.<br />

Q3. I am a lifelong resident of Creve<br />

Coeur and appreciate the continuity of<br />

raising my family in the same community.<br />

I’m running to keep those values alive.<br />

• Scott Saunders*, Ward 4<br />

DES PERES<br />

• Mark Becker*, Mayor<br />

Board of Aldermen<br />

• John E. Pound*, Ward 1<br />

• James Kuenzi, Ward 1<br />

Candidate did not reply by press time.<br />

• Jennifer Weller, Ward 1<br />

Q1. I have been a resident of Des Peres<br />

for 15-plus years. As a woman and mother,<br />

I will bring a different perspective to the<br />

Board of Aldermen that can enrich the<br />

decision-making process and reflect the<br />

diversity of our community. My professional<br />

experience as an attorney has<br />

taught me to communicate effectively,<br />

build relationships and work collaboratively<br />

with many which will be an asset<br />

in this role.<br />

Q2. My priorities for Des Peres are<br />

thoughtful development aiming to ensure<br />

progress benefits all stakeholders. I also<br />

want to prioritize engaged citizenry, recognizing<br />

the importance of active participation<br />

and collaboration from the<br />

community in the decision-making process.<br />

Finally, I want to prioritize continued<br />

vibrancy to enhance the quality of life<br />

for all residents.<br />

Q3. I obtained my juris doctorate degree<br />

from Saint Louis University School of<br />

Law and have been a practicing attorney<br />

in Missouri and Illinois for over 25 years.<br />

I am currently a partner at Vessell Bridges<br />

Murphy Law Offices where I specialize in<br />

insurance defense. I have been an active<br />

board member of Kids’ Chance of Missouri<br />

for over <strong>20</strong> years. Kids Chance is<br />

a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that<br />

provides post-high school scholarships<br />

to children of Missouri workers killed or<br />

severely injured on the job. When I am<br />

not working, I am busy keeping up with<br />

my two teenagers.<br />

• Dean Fitzpatrick*, Ward 2<br />

• Patrick Barrett*, Ward 3<br />

Q1. While serving the past six years as<br />

alderman, I have helped lead our community<br />

through a pandemic and come out<br />

of it in the strongest financial position the<br />

city has ever been in. We have been able<br />

to initiate $<strong>20</strong> million of long-needed capital<br />

improvement projects without raising<br />

taxes or reducing any community services.<br />

Q2. My top three priorities are: Crime<br />

prevention – while crime is down in Des<br />

Peres this past year, we must constantly<br />

focus on new technologies and strategies<br />

to continue to reduce crime. Improving<br />

streets – we must continue to improve our<br />

neighborhood streets. Oversee our capital<br />

improvement projects – we must carefully<br />

manage our ongoing $<strong>20</strong> million in capital<br />

improvement projects, as well as conscientiously<br />

manage development along<br />

Manchester Road.<br />

Q3. I am a lifelong resident of Des<br />

Peres, growing up in Berkley Manor and<br />

now living west of Interstate 270. I am a<br />

member of the St. Gerard parish and the<br />

proud parent of five children. I have an<br />

MBA from Washington University, and<br />

I am on the Board of Directors of Back-<br />

Stoppers Inc. I previously served on the<br />

St. Louis County Highway and Traffic<br />

Commission, as well as the Governor’s<br />

Advisory Council on Aging. I would truly<br />

appreciate your vote on April 2.<br />

• Kathleen McKean Gmelich, Ward 3<br />

Q1. I previously served as a Ward I<br />

alderman (1996-<strong>20</strong>17), acting as president<br />

of the board for three terms. Prior to<br />

that, I was a member of the Planning and<br />

Zoning Commission (1992-1996).<br />

As an alderman, I provided diligent<br />

fiscal and operational oversight. Beyond<br />

that, I was part of the leadership team that<br />

managed “milestone” projects such as the<br />

redevelopment of <strong>West</strong> County Mall, the<br />

establishment of The Lodge and the addition<br />

of a new Schnucks and Dierbergs. I<br />

have a bachelor’s degree in public administration,<br />

a master’s in business administration<br />

and a juris doctorate, and have<br />

practiced law part-time for 28-plus years.<br />

Q2. My priorities are: Ensure Des Peres<br />

offers a superior level of city services,<br />

recreational opportunities and public<br />

safety (police/fire) protection, with public<br />

safety protection being priority number<br />

one. Proactively manage the fiscal and<br />

operational affairs of the city, with an<br />

emphasis on upholding its zero residential<br />

property tax policy. Adopt building codes<br />

and ordinances that protect the interests of<br />

Des Peres residents without jeopardizing<br />

the commercial revenue base. Keep citizens<br />

informed and engaged. It will be my<br />

mission to help identify and develop the<br />

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Merrell protected the integrity<br />

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She supported our Police by<br />

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Merrell initiated the first ever<br />

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Wildwood Village Green site preparation to begin this month<br />

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The city of Wildwood will soon start<br />

clearing the path for what is expected to be<br />

the crown jewel of town center – the Village<br />

Green.<br />

The six-acre recreational facility will be<br />

located on the west side of city hall.<br />

Created to host Wildwood events, it will<br />

feature a nature/water play area, a main<br />

pavilion, gathering spaces, an observation<br />

tower and a multi-use facility.<br />

At the City Council meeting March 11,<br />

initial approval was given for a contract<br />

with Bombshell Construction Services,<br />

LLC of Eureka, in the amount of $1.9 million<br />

for the development of phase one.<br />

Phase one will include parking and<br />

access accommodations, creation of the<br />

performance oval and stage area, installation<br />

of utilities, reassembling of the Essen<br />

Log Cabin and the Mayors’ Grove.<br />

“Unfortunately, the project will require<br />

the removal of approximately 70 trees,<br />

some of which are considered ‘grand’<br />

trees,” said Joe Vujnich, director of planning<br />

and parks.<br />

He noted that a tree stand delineation<br />

plan was completed by a certified arborist<br />

and a tree preservation<br />

plan completed thereafter.<br />

A new landscape/restoration<br />

plan will address the<br />

removal of some of the<br />

grand trees.<br />

“It’s going to dramatically<br />

change how it looks<br />

here at city hall for a<br />

while,” Vujnich said. “I’m<br />

confident, though, that<br />

once Mr. (Andy) Daub<br />

and the crew get on site,<br />

you’ll all be very pleased<br />

with what you see in the<br />

future.”<br />

The trees must be<br />

removed by March 31, as<br />

the endangered Indiana<br />

brown bat’s habitat is protected except for<br />

a small window of time during late fall and<br />

early spring.<br />

Tree removal will be done as a separate<br />

project by Omni Tree Service at a cost of<br />

$32,000, Vujnich said.<br />

Construction will begin in late April or<br />

early May. The city’s intent is to have the<br />

park improvements available for public<br />

use this year.<br />

Development of Village Green is expected to begin this year<br />

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The Village Green project includes a<br />

grant from the St. Louis County Municipal<br />

Park Grant Commission in the amount of<br />

$575,000.<br />

“This funding supports the creation of a<br />

central community space that will serve<br />

our residents for many years to come and<br />

will fulfill another goal of our strategic<br />

plan,” said Mayor Jim Bowlin.<br />

The second phase will include a structure<br />

for performance by the oval, with<br />

restrooms and a children’s play area on the<br />

western portion of the site.<br />

The last phase will include the extension<br />

of Main Street, completion of the trail<br />

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By LAURA BROWN<br />

For the first time in 40 years, St. Louis<br />

County government is developing a new<br />

comprehensive plan in an effort to provide<br />

a strategic framework for how the community<br />

intends to grow and evolve over the<br />

next 25 years.<br />

Though the STLCO <strong>20</strong>50: Comprehensive<br />

Plan project is just in its beginning<br />

phases, officials want all county residents<br />

to weigh in on the regional issues important<br />

to them through a survey that will be<br />

released soon.<br />

The county’s Director of Planning Jacob<br />

Trimble is heading up the project. He said<br />

personally he would like to look further<br />

into what’s driving people and businesses<br />

to relocate into and stay in the county, and<br />

how to improve upon that. Trimble said<br />

the county’s population hasn’t increased<br />

much in the past several decades and he<br />

hopes the comprehensive plan can address<br />

that.<br />

“We have every tool and every resource<br />

at our disposal to be a vibrant, healthy and<br />

desirable place to be, and we leverage<br />

some of those tools really well,” Trimble<br />

said. “But what I somewhat expect to<br />

come out of this (comprehensive planning<br />

process) is for residents to tell us in which<br />

areas we are falling flat, and that these are<br />

the areas where we think we could push the<br />

needle forward. It’s a real opportunity for<br />

the county government to dive deep into<br />

what’s driving that plateaued population<br />

and see what we need to be doing for the<br />

next 25 years to change that trajectory for<br />

ourselves.”<br />

The comprehensive plan is expected to<br />

be developed over the rest of <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> and part<br />

of <strong>20</strong>25, and the county has partnered with<br />

some outside organizations to help develop<br />

and draft it: AECOM, Shockey Consulting,<br />

Rise Community Development and H3<br />

Studio have each been contracted to assist<br />

in different aspects of the plan.<br />

To begin the process the planning department<br />

is working on a community survey to<br />

collect input from county residents about<br />

the issues important to them, ranging from<br />

housing and transportation to economic<br />

development issues.<br />

“The survey will help create the foundation<br />

for additional robust in-person and<br />

online engagement with communities and<br />

groups of folks,” Trimble said. “The survey<br />

will create a statistically valid report as<br />

to how the community is feeling about a<br />

whole host of issues. For example, questions<br />

about issues pertaining to sustainability<br />

and resilience, like, how do you<br />

feel about how we’re doing with managing<br />

flash floods and river floods? How satisfied<br />

are you with the amount of trees and open<br />

spaces in your community? It’s going to<br />

run the gamut of questions that residents<br />

are asked.”<br />

Trimble said officials will use the data<br />

collected as the basis for the priorities and<br />

content of the comprehensive plan. Then<br />

they will go out into the community to<br />

gather more information from all county<br />

residents, those who live in unincorporated<br />

St. Louis County and the municipalities as<br />

well.<br />

“We will be going out to community<br />

events where people already will be, along<br />

with having pop up events, and chatting<br />

with people, and listening to what is important<br />

to them,” Trimble said. “What do they<br />

like about our community and what could<br />

we be doing to reinvigorate and sustain<br />

vibrancy in St. Louis County?”<br />

Trimble said he hopes the comprehensive<br />

plan can also strengthen the county’s<br />

relationship with the many municipalities<br />

and the residents and businesses spread<br />

across the region while facilitating better<br />

sharing of ideas to improve the entire<br />

region. Perhaps even leading to more<br />

partnerships.<br />

“When we have this many municipalities,<br />

sometimes you just never hear what<br />

is happening in another place, so this is<br />

an opportunity to start raising ideas that<br />

can positively impact larger swaths of St.<br />

Louis County, more than just unincorporated<br />

St. Louis County or just a single<br />

municipality,” Trimble said. “We want<br />

to work together toward the shared goals<br />

that we have as strong St. Louis County<br />

because if portions of the county are not<br />

doing well, it does impact all of us. You<br />

may not see it every day in your day-today<br />

life, but, like this population plateau<br />

that we’ve been on here for a while, you<br />

can see how it plays out in our municipalities.”<br />

The county hopes to complete the new<br />

comprehensive plan by July of next year.<br />

Even then, Trimble said that’s just the<br />

beginning.<br />

“At its best, this is then a document that<br />

isn’t just for the planning department,<br />

this is a platform for St. Louis County,”<br />

Trimble said. “Every decision it then<br />

makes will look through the prism of this<br />

plan and say, ‘How does this forward the<br />

goals that we set in the comprehensive<br />

plan? How do we turn our new tagline<br />

of ‘Opportunity Central’ from tagline to<br />

actual reality?”<br />

The county has a website dedicated to the<br />

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Residents have voiced concerns about<br />

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tower proposed by Ameren on St.<br />

Albans Road, west of State Route 100.<br />

Ameren is seeking a conditional use<br />

permit from the city of Wildwood for the<br />

tower and associated equipment shelter on<br />

a 14.7-acre tract.<br />

The purpose of the facility is to monitor<br />

the overall utility network and assist<br />

in reading electric meters for tracking and<br />

billing.<br />

While the city can provide input as to<br />

the appearance and layout of the tower, it<br />

cannot deny it.<br />

“Since <strong>20</strong>18, with additional regulations<br />

by the federal government, the state<br />

of Missouri has taken an approach that<br />

is more favorable to the private telecommunications<br />

industry’s needs,” said Joe<br />

Vujnich, director of planning and parks.<br />

As a result, the city has limited authority<br />

regarding the design, engineering and site<br />

analysis of a proposed location.<br />

A proposed monopole design would be<br />

made of galvanized steel and have exterior<br />

arrays that will extend a minimum of six<br />

feet from the tower for other providers. A<br />

10-foot vinyl fence would surround the<br />

equipment compound.<br />

Residents are concerned about the visual<br />

and environmental impact the tower will<br />

have on the site.<br />

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By CATHY LENNY<br />

Step back in time to revisit the clandestine<br />

experience that revelers once had to<br />

endure simply to savor a cocktail.<br />

During prohibition, those wanting to<br />

drink alcoholic beverages were forced to<br />

create distilleries in their homes or visit one<br />

of the many speakeasies that sprung up.<br />

A speakeasy was a secret or hidden<br />

place that sold alcoholic drinks, especially<br />

during the time when alcohol was illegal in<br />

the United States (19<strong>20</strong>-1933). They often<br />

required a password, a special knock or a<br />

handshake to enter.<br />

Today, some bars are designed to look<br />

like speakeasies, with hidden entrances,<br />

vintage decorations and retro music. With<br />

at least two already in the St. Louis area,<br />

<strong>West</strong> County is set to get one of these<br />

that facility,” Tim Gerler said at the March<br />

4 planning and zoning commission meeting.<br />

“Also, the location and proximity<br />

given the valley that it’s in, given the size<br />

of Wildwood and how many vacant lots<br />

there are available, the choice of location<br />

is questionable.”<br />

While residential properties lie to the<br />

north, there are numerous towers to the<br />

west that are 100 feet in height. To the<br />

south are residential areas with large lots,<br />

and sites to the east are partially used for<br />

agricultural activity.<br />

Vujnich said the area has had a transmission<br />

easement since the 19<strong>20</strong>s, which<br />

includes high-voltage wires and large<br />

tower structures.<br />

“The intent of the (planning) department<br />

is to move the tower in closer proximity<br />

to those existing vertical improvements<br />

and lines so as to cluster them together as<br />

closely as possible,” Vujnich said.<br />

Russel Been with Cellective Solutions,<br />

the site acquisition firm hired by Ameren to<br />

help with the zoning and permit process for<br />

proposed LTE towers, said the proposed<br />

location for the tower is less visible than<br />

the location considered previously. However,<br />

Ameren is seeking a variance for the<br />

tower setbacks and the fence type.<br />

Planned access to the facility is from a<br />

new entry/exit onto State Highway T.<br />

At the March 4 meeting, the Planning<br />

and Zoning Commission gave initial<br />

approval for the permit.<br />

A final recommendation will be made at<br />

the next planning and zoning meeting.<br />

Speakeasy to open in Wildwood<br />

secretive spots at The Big Chief Roadhouse.<br />

It’s set to open on March 28 at Big<br />

Chief on the second floor. Although no<br />

password will be required to get in, visitors<br />

will have to enter through a retro-fitted<br />

phone booth designed to make it look<br />

inconspicuous.<br />

“It harkens back to the days of prohibition<br />

when alcohol was outlawed,” Michael<br />

Rempe, general manager, said.<br />

Given the restaurant has been around<br />

since 1929, it fits the profile. Big Chief<br />

Roadhouse has a rich history of its own.<br />

It is one of the last remaining full-service<br />

restaurants still operating on the historic<br />

Route 66. It was originally built as part<br />

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Several nonprofits continue to wait for<br />

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

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

County Council in <strong>20</strong>22. Council chair Shalonda<br />

Webb (D-District 4) held a committee<br />

of the whole meeting on March 5 in order to<br />

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executive’s office has not yet released the<br />

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The nonprofits, called subrecipients, were<br />

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This letter came after the county council<br />

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overall budget. Page sent a letter to council<br />

members on Dec. 8, <strong>20</strong>23, stating that<br />

ARPA funded projects, with the exception<br />

of public safety, would be put on hold if<br />

the council reduced his proposed budget<br />

without an increase in revenue. The council<br />

approved their budget on Dec. 12.<br />

The ARPA funds were to be distributed after<br />

the nonprofits completed a 10-step process<br />

laid out by the county. To date, six nonprofits<br />

are waiting for funds: Refuge + Restoration,<br />

$500,000; A Red Circle, $350,000; Rustic<br />

Roots Sanctuary Co., $250,000; St. Louis<br />

Survivor’s Legal Support, Inc., $25,000;<br />

Journey Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse<br />

(JADASA), $25,000; and the St. Louis<br />

Urban League, $500,000 for a total of $1.65<br />

million of the $13.4 million total ARPA funds<br />

allocated to nonprofits. Many more organizations<br />

are still in the process of completing the<br />

steps to receive the funds.<br />

Representatives from the nonprofits<br />

attended the March 5 meeting and shared<br />

where they were in the APRA funding process<br />

and what they are planning to do with<br />

the funds if they are received.<br />

Kyle Klemp, deputy chief of operations<br />

in the office of the county executive, was<br />

at the meeting on behalf of Page’s office.<br />

When asked why the funds were not<br />

released to the nonprofits, Klemp said that<br />

once the council began budget talks at the<br />

end of the year in <strong>20</strong>23, the administration<br />

decided to hold those funds until the council<br />

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“What’s different about ARPA is this<br />

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Klemp explained at the meeting. “We were<br />

ready to go with these programs until the<br />

last budget cycle when we were uncertain<br />

about what our budget would be. The<br />

budget was cut. We are no longer going<br />

to launch new initiatives … if we don’t<br />

have the budget to do our existing obligations.<br />

We want to focus on the promises<br />

we already made. Not make new commitments<br />

if we don’t know what our budgets<br />

are going to be if we don’t have the<br />

resources to do that.”<br />

Council member Mark Harder (R-District<br />

7) asked Klemp what it would take to<br />

get the funds released.<br />

“To maintain the obligations the county<br />

already has without adding new obligations<br />

on top of that we would need the budget<br />

restored to 80% of the gap,” Klemp said.<br />

“The total is $12 million to restore the 80%<br />

gap between what we requested (in the <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong><br />

budget) and what you all appropriated.”<br />

Webb had sharp criticism of Page’s<br />

actions.<br />

“We apologize to our subrecipients for<br />

you going through this travesty,” Webb<br />

said on behalf of the council. “We will<br />

work to try to find a way to get your funds<br />

for you. We are at an impasse. I know Dr.<br />

Page thinks this is all political theater. I<br />

don’t deal in political theater. We have<br />

proven to (the nonprofits) that it’s the same<br />

old game. It’s, ‘let’s be transactional about<br />

this while people’s lives are in the balance.’<br />

I don’t know how you all sleep at night.”<br />

Harder said he does not know when<br />

this issue will be resolved, but until then<br />

the county government has other issues<br />

besides the budget that stand in the way of<br />

getting projects done in the county.<br />

“This comes down to trust and communication<br />

in government and relationships,”<br />

Harder said. “Both have been fractured<br />

between the council and administration.<br />

It’s close to the point of not being repaired,<br />

at least not quickly. We just don’t trust this<br />

administration.”<br />

The ARPA funds must be allocated by<br />

December <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> and spent by December<br />

<strong>20</strong>25, or they must be returned to the federal<br />

government. There is a possibility that the<br />

funds could be reallocated to other parts of<br />

the county’s budget, but that would require<br />

a vote by the council. Harder previously<br />

said reallocating these funds has not been<br />

discussed by the council as they all voted to<br />

award the money to nonprofits that assist the<br />

most vulnerable county residents. To ensure<br />

that ARPA funds are used appropriately,<br />

the county partnered with consulting firm<br />

Deloitte to head up its ARPA application<br />

process and ensure the nonprofits’ compliance<br />

with U.S. Treasury Department rules.


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Inspiration abounds at 48th annual Queeny Art Fair<br />

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

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By KATE UPTERGROVE<br />

Pablo Picasso is credited with saying,<br />

“Painting is just another way of keeping a<br />

diary.”<br />

Local artist Sharon Larson would agree,<br />

but often it’s not her diary she’s keeping.<br />

Larson, whose work will be featured in the<br />

48th annual Queeny Art Fair, April 5-7, is far<br />

more interested in telling other people’s stories.<br />

The majority of her works are portraits<br />

that capture distinct moments in time.<br />

“Folks are always curious about where<br />

my painting ideas come from,” Larson<br />

explained. “Most are surprised when I say,<br />

‘usually, from you!’<br />

“I tell this story about a guy talking to me<br />

at an art show many years ago about his<br />

and his wife’s travels. They were school<br />

teachers, they didn’t have any children and<br />

every summer they would travel. They’d<br />

bring home souvenirs from all the countries<br />

and places they visited. So, I did a<br />

painting that represents that gentleman.<br />

He is sitting in an easy chair with a table<br />

next to him. On it is a photograph of his<br />

wife and a lamp that was brought back<br />

from Italy or someplace like that. With the<br />

lamp glowing down on him, he’s reading a<br />

journal because every day when they were<br />

on their vacations, he and his wife wrote<br />

in their journals. He told me that reading<br />

their journals was ‘the end of a perfect day.’<br />

Instead of it being just a<br />

portrait of him, it’s a painting<br />

of their life story. That’s<br />

what I like to do.”<br />

This is why Larson loves<br />

art shows. They serve as both<br />

inspiration and affirmation.<br />

“My heart warms when I<br />

see someone connect with a<br />

painting they are viewing,”<br />

she said.<br />

Lee Richards, co-director<br />

of the Queeny Art Fair,<br />

says it’s not just artists like<br />

Larson who find inspiration<br />

at the fair; patrons of all<br />

ages do, too.<br />

“You can’t help but<br />

become like ‘Ooh, maybe I<br />

can even go home and do something,’ even<br />

if it’s just painting a wall differently,” Richards<br />

said. The show, which is sponsored by<br />

the Greater St. Louis Art Association, features<br />

juried artists in 14 different mediums.<br />

The association is a membership group of<br />

artists and art enthusiasts who promote the<br />

visual arts and art education in the greater St.<br />

A piece of Lee Richards’<br />

jewelry featuring a handcarved<br />

bone face from Bali.<br />

(Source: Lee Richards)<br />

Louis metropolitan area. Each spring, the<br />

GSLA gives four one-time merit awards to<br />

local high school seniors, funded by Queeny<br />

Art Fair proceeds.<br />

Given the GSLA’s<br />

emphasis on education,<br />

kids are not only welcomed<br />

to the Art Fair but encouraged<br />

with children’s activities<br />

that include:<br />

• A make-and-take activity<br />

at the Claymazing station<br />

and a master artist forming<br />

bowls on a potter’s wheel<br />

on Saturday.<br />

• Art Discovery Passports<br />

on Sunday that let kids collect<br />

stamps from designated<br />

artists and earn a prize.<br />

“I love little kids coming<br />

to the Art Fair,” said Richards,<br />

who makes jewelry.<br />

Part of her collection features serene faces<br />

hand-carved in bone, which she imports<br />

from craftsmen in Bali. “They remind me<br />

of the Earth, and the kids are fascinated<br />

by them. I love the fact that as an artist I<br />

get to interact with people and make an<br />

impression on a child. I might be inspiring<br />

a future artist or a future patron.”<br />

In the category of “audible art,” the<br />

Queeny Art Fair offers performances by<br />

musical guests Rosewood from 5-9 p.m. on<br />

Friday, April 5; the Sadie Hawkins String<br />

Band from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

April 6; and Dizzy Atmosphere from 1-4<br />

p.m. on Sunday, April 7.<br />

Throughout the show, drawings will be<br />

held for “Art Bucks” to be spent at the<br />

show, which according to Richards, offers<br />

a large variety of price points and art so<br />

that owning art becomes accessible to<br />

everyone.<br />

The cost of admission is $10 for adults<br />

age 19 and older, but the ticket is good<br />

for re-entry all weekend and a $2 coupon<br />

is available at queenyartfair.org/coupon.<br />

Children and youth 18 and younger are<br />

free. Parking is also free. Snacks are available<br />

for purchase.<br />

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Saturday, April 6 • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.<br />

Sunday, April 7 • 11 a.m.-4 p.m.<br />

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With a new name and new leadership<br />

this school year, Rockwood School District’s<br />

Department of Educational Equity<br />

and Access (EEA), previously called the<br />

department of diversity, equity and inclusion,<br />

has been undergoing change and<br />

evolving in an effort to support more<br />

students, staff and families in Rockwood.<br />

The new director, Dr. Cassandra Suggs,<br />

took over the role this school year and has<br />

implemented dozens of new programs for<br />

the district. She said she wants people to<br />

know that her department is there to serve<br />

everyone in the district, and the new name<br />

reflects that.<br />

“I think in just about every district when<br />

they hear the word diversity or equity they<br />

think of minority students,” Suggs said.<br />

“I think that’s strange because everyone<br />

wants equity. A great example we have is<br />

the cafeteria. If a child’s parents can pay<br />

for lunch, then they pay full price for lunch.<br />

If there’s some situation where they can’t<br />

pay for it all, we have reduced-price lunch.<br />

If they can’t pay at all, it’s completely free,<br />

right? And that’s equitable. Who’s going to<br />

say, ‘sorry you can’t eat because your parents<br />

don’t make enough money?’ If people<br />

Dr. Cassandra Suggs and Emily Walshaw with puppets from their puppet shows. The duo<br />

travel to the elementary schools and perform shows on different topics relevant to equity<br />

and access at the elementary level, like conflict resolution and problem solving.<br />

look at equity that way, they’re seeing that<br />

we’re servicing all kids.”<br />

The EEA falls under the student services<br />

department, which also has a new leader.<br />

Dr. Steve Hankins was appointed to serve<br />

as the assistant superintendent of student<br />

services and he began his role at the same<br />

time as Suggs. Hankins was previously<br />

principal at Marquette High. Suggs said<br />

the rebrand of the department was Superintendent<br />

Dr. Curtis Cain’s vision.<br />

“Dr. Cain changed the name because<br />

he wanted to have that overarching effect,<br />

encompass more,” Suggs said. “It’s working<br />

because people are now seeing (the<br />

department) as encompassing all. We are in<br />

the education business for all kids, and we<br />

want all kids to have access. Dr. Hankins<br />

is also very supportive of the EEA department.<br />

He gives us autonomy to create the<br />

department.”<br />

The EEA department is small; Suggs has<br />

an assistant, Emily Walshaw, making them<br />

a department of two. Over the summer the<br />

duo visited all 33 school buildings to ask<br />

what was needed from the district, knowing<br />

different schools would have different<br />

needs.<br />

“We asked the schools, ‘what was this<br />

department before and what would you<br />

like it to be?’” Suggs explained. “And<br />

from the elementary schools we kept<br />

hearing that in the past it seemed like<br />

the elementary level seemed to be overlooked<br />

by this department. But if you<br />

start (talking about equity) with elementary<br />

school students, then some of the<br />

things kids struggle with in the upper<br />

grades, they may not occur.”<br />

EEA’s puppet shows came from this<br />

feedback. Suggs and Walshaw wrote<br />

scripts addressing different topics like a<br />

sense of belonging, being a good friend,<br />

using manners and being polite, conflict<br />

resolution and kindness and empathy.<br />

They use puppets of different nationalities<br />

and ages. Special guests in the<br />

puppet shows include school board members<br />

and district administrators. Parents<br />

might recognize a little Dr. Cain puppet<br />

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Chesterfield city administrator<br />

By CATHY LENNY<br />

Although he has no immediate plans to<br />

retire, the city of Chesterfield is making<br />

preparations to enter into a phased retirement<br />

agreement with City Administrator<br />

Mike Geisel.<br />

An ordinance adopting this agreement<br />

was introduced on first reading at the<br />

March 4 City Council meeting. This continuity<br />

of operations plan will allow for the<br />

eventual turnover of the position.<br />

“The city council has been preparing<br />

for some time for the eventual retirement<br />

of City Administrator Mike Geisel,” said<br />

council member Michael Moore (Ward 3),<br />

chair of the Finance and Administration<br />

Committee. “I know I speak for all of city<br />

council to say that none of us look forward<br />

to Geisel’s eventual retirement, given his<br />

outstanding contributions and performance<br />

EEA, from previous<br />

in the years he has been in service.”<br />

The city administrator currently manages<br />

the day-to-day operations of approximately<br />

250 full-time employees and an annual<br />

operating budget of nearly $45 million.<br />

If the ordinance is approved, upon tendering<br />

his retirement notice, Geisel would<br />

implement the continuity of operations<br />

plan, which will be in effect for 12 months.<br />

He would vacate the office on or before his<br />

successor’s official start date.<br />

In this role, Geisel would provide institutional<br />

knowledge, background, context and<br />

advice to the new city administrator regarding<br />

all aspects of city business and operations.<br />

In the event that he decides to retire, he<br />

must provide a 60-day notice to the city.<br />

Geisel is only the second city administrator<br />

in Chesterfield since its incorporation.<br />

He was sworn in on Aug. 22, <strong>20</strong>16,<br />

but has been with the city since 1988.<br />

Suggs and Walshaw also visit elementary<br />

schools and read a wide selection of<br />

books to students through a program they<br />

call Rockwood’s Education Equity and<br />

Access Department (REEAD).<br />

They also founded a grant called the EEA<br />

We Find a Way, which schools can apply<br />

for to help them pay for projects that might<br />

not be covered in their regular budget.<br />

Suggs said 12 grants have been given out<br />

so far. Grants range from helping a school<br />

library replenish books to helping pay for<br />

a bus for a middle school camp because a<br />

student using a wheelchair needed a bus<br />

with a lift. Suggs said they are now inviting<br />

schools hosting book fairs to apply for<br />

grants to help students purchase books.<br />

“We want to use every bit of our budget<br />

to support students and staff so at the end<br />

of the year we are at a zero balance because<br />

we’ve helped so many students and staff,”<br />

Suggs said.<br />

Also new, Suggs and Walshaw produce<br />

a monthly podcast called Rockwood Connects.<br />

They have different guests each episode<br />

and talk about different topics. The<br />

episodes can be found through EEA’s website<br />

or on Rockwood’s YouTube channel.<br />

They have implemented a monthly<br />

department newsletter that can also be<br />

found on their website and it is also posted<br />

on the Rockwood communication app Parentsquare.<br />

It is also shared with Rockwood<br />

staff.<br />

“We try to post all of the different holidays<br />

to Parentsquare for families,” Walshaw<br />

said. “We will send holiday observance<br />

notices to schools for staff, like when students<br />

might be fasting. We ask them to try<br />

not to schedule big tests or athletic tests on<br />

those dates and to keep in mind student’s<br />

sleep schedules might be off because their<br />

eating time is off.”<br />

Suggs said she has also been asked to sit<br />

in on meetings at school between parents<br />

and administration regarding discipline<br />

issues. Some phone calls are on questions<br />

about fines a student might have to pay, or<br />

just answering questions about parenting<br />

concerns.<br />

“I had a mother call the other day and<br />

told me she needed a counselor for her<br />

daughter right now, like right now,” Suggs<br />

said. “And so we talked and we found out<br />

where to have her call and let her know<br />

her daughter was at a particular school<br />

that they could help. Sometimes it’s just<br />

questions. Another time a dad called about<br />

family concerns (after going through a<br />

separation). He wanted to know how it<br />

might affect his kids. We just get the gamut.<br />

Our department is happy to help and if we<br />

aren’t the department we will connect them<br />

with who can.”<br />

Suggs and Walshaw said they are excited<br />

that the department is still evolving as they<br />

keep listening to the needs of the students,<br />

staff and families in the district, ensuring<br />

that every Rockwood student has equal<br />

access to their education.<br />

“We have a 50-something-year-old black<br />

woman and a younger white woman,”<br />

Suggs said. “Look at how that diversity<br />

question-asking and perspective comes<br />

into play. That’s purposeful. We want<br />

others in the district to understand that they<br />

all have a voice. It makes our team unique<br />

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future leaders of Des Peres, individuals<br />

who share my passion for city governance.<br />

Q3. An effective Board of Aldermen<br />

needs individuals who are independent<br />

thinkers and proactively represent their<br />

constituents. Aldermen should also have<br />

the education and experience to navigate<br />

the authority – and the limits of that<br />

authority – inherent in discharging their<br />

duties. I’ve consistently exhibited these<br />

qualities during my <strong>20</strong> years as an alderman,<br />

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The city will not be holding an election<br />

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EUREKA<br />

Board of Aldermen<br />

• Jerry Diekmann*, Ward 1<br />

• Kevin Kilpatrick*, Ward 2<br />

• Jerry Holloway*, Ward 3<br />

Candidate did not reply by press time.<br />

• Tom Maruna, Ward 3<br />

Q1. My qualifications include three<br />

4-year terms as a township trustee in<br />

White Oak Township in Illinois, and two<br />

terms as trustee for the Carlock Fire Protection<br />

District.<br />

Q2. My priorities are to be a fresh voice,<br />

a new vision and a voice for solutions.<br />

Q3. Being retired, I have the time to<br />

devote to my constituents.<br />

MANCHESTER<br />

• Mike Clement*, Mayor<br />

• Ward 1 Alderman - This race will be<br />

determined by write-in ballot<br />

• Marilyn Ottenad*, Ward 2<br />

• Benjamin Toben*, Ward 3<br />

TOWN & COUNTRY<br />

Board of Aldermen<br />

• Barbara Ann Hughes*, Ward 1<br />

• Fred “Fritz” Wiesehan*, Ward 2 - Oneyear<br />

term<br />

• Al Gerber, Ward 2<br />

Q1. I have served as an alderman<br />

before, as well as being on the Public<br />

Works Commission. I am the treasurer of<br />

the Town & Country Historical Society as<br />

well as the president of my homeowners<br />

association.<br />

Q2. I want to encourage the use of<br />

solar power by simplifying the approval<br />

process. I want to protect residents from<br />

“teardowns” that lower the value of neighbor’s<br />

property. I plan to restart Ward 2<br />

meetings to solicit citizen input on issues<br />

before the Board of Aldermen.<br />

Q3. I lived in Ward 2 before it was<br />

part of Town & Country, and I remember<br />

when we were annexed. I first attended<br />

the Principia School in 1955 and graduated<br />

from the Principia Upper School in<br />

1969. I went to college at Principia, UMSL<br />

and the University of California, Santa<br />

Barbara, finishing with a Ph.D. in mathematics<br />

in 1978.<br />

• John Steinhubl, Ward 2<br />

Q1. I have a deep respect for the history<br />

and culture of our city and know that<br />

my most important job is to keep Town<br />

& Country a very desirable place to live,<br />

work and play. I do appreciate the life<br />

that has been afforded to me and believe<br />

strongly in giving back to my community.<br />

I serve on the St. Louis Sports Commission<br />

and am the vice president of our<br />

parish council and the CYC sports director.<br />

In addition, I am on the <strong>West</strong>on Place<br />

HOA board and was a member of the<br />

Town & Country Parks & Trails Commission.<br />

Q2. As an alderman, my top priorities<br />

will be to make decisions that most<br />

closely align with our resident’s wishes<br />

and values. I will work hard on keeping<br />

Town & Country fiscally responsible and<br />

work closely with all elected officials,<br />

staff and city agencies for the betterment<br />

of our residents. I believe in open and<br />

honest communication and in replying to<br />

residents in a timely manner.<br />

Q3. I had the great fortune of being<br />

raised in Town & Country and lived<br />

through the growth of our great city as we<br />

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also in responsible deer management and<br />

smart development in our commercial<br />

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• John R. Harder, Ward 3<br />

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present and projected spending on elective<br />

projects as to their necessity and<br />

ensure the city is not overpaying, which<br />

may require additional funding sources.<br />

To maintain the existing residential real<br />

estate tax at zero, which it has been for<br />

the last 25 years. To ensure we keep and<br />

maintain our excellent police force, fire<br />

and EMT services and city employees<br />

who have created the safe, secure community<br />

which is Town & Country.<br />

Q3. My wife and I love living in Town<br />

& Country and over our 29 years here,<br />

we have seen many changes. One of the<br />

keys to our community is our required<br />

minimum lot size of one acre, which when<br />

combined with our required 75% green<br />

space per lot, gives the ambiance of living<br />

in a park. I am an advocate of strict adherence<br />

to these requirements. While change<br />

is inevitable, it needs to be managed so we<br />

do not lose what is the essence of Town &<br />

Country.<br />

• Michelle Francisco, Ward 3<br />

Q1. As alderman, I served as the parks<br />

and trails chairman overseeing various<br />

stages of master planning, construction<br />

and installation for playground facilities<br />

in our beautiful parks. I helped produce<br />

the summer concert series, Fall Fire & Ice,<br />

Art & Wine, and introduced a new event<br />

– WinterFest. Currently, I chair the Public<br />

Works Commission where I lead discussions<br />

about infrastructure, stormwater<br />

programs and other public improvements.<br />

I also serve on the Military and First<br />

Responders Task Force. Prior to being<br />

an alderman, I served on the Public Arts<br />

Commission and was part of the <strong>20</strong>-year<br />

comprehensive plan for the city.<br />

Q2. My priorities are: To ensure we run<br />

the city in a fiscally responsible way. That<br />

our infrastructure needs are being maintained<br />

and improved upon. To build upon<br />

the community events I’ve helped spearhead.<br />

My firm commitment continues to<br />

be that I will listen to resident concerns<br />

and carefully balance those with the needs<br />

of our city. Complex issues come before<br />

the board and require sound judgment,<br />

critical thinking and problem-solving<br />

skills to achieve the collective good. My<br />

record demonstrates I have done that, and<br />

I will continue to if re-elected.<br />

Q3. I am a graduate of Indiana University<br />

with a degree in business marketing. I have<br />

lived in Town & Country for eight years<br />

with my husband, Rich and our kids, Coco<br />

and Leo. Rich grew up here, so this place<br />

has deep roots for our family. I helped start<br />

the newest chapter of the National Charity<br />

League (the Spirit of St. Louis) the largest<br />

mother-daughter philanthropy organization<br />

in the country, where I serve as vice<br />

president of philanthropy. Giving back to<br />

my community is a high priority for me. I<br />

look forward to serving for another term<br />

should I be re-elected.<br />

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• David Murphy*, Ward 4<br />

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• Ward 1: Dave Rose*<br />

• Ward 2: Betty Halker*<br />

• Ward 3: Jon Young*<br />

• Ward 4: Mike White*<br />

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• Tony Salvatore<br />

Q1. My wife and I have been residents<br />

of Wildwood for 35 years and raised our<br />

four children here. Having retired from<br />

the United States Air Force and a major<br />

airline, I have plenty of life experiences. I<br />

have previously served on the City Council,<br />

and my friendships with many of the<br />

city founders have given me familiarity<br />

with Wildwood’s 1995 incorporation and<br />

its master plan. I believe this gives me the<br />

knowledge and experience to get the city<br />

back on track to its founding principles.<br />

I have also been very active in bringing<br />

to light what is really happening in Wildwood’s<br />

governance.<br />

Q2. If elected, the citizens of Wildwood<br />

will be my top priority. From unlimited<br />

speaker time at the podium, as it was prior<br />

to this administration, to open transparent<br />

meetings with citizen input, I promise to<br />

put citizens and their constitutional rights<br />

first. I will operate with full transparency<br />

and accountability, and I will support<br />

proper planning and zoning so as to<br />

maintain the beauty of Wildwood that we<br />

love. Citizens first, not builders/developers,<br />

who are donating tens of thousands of<br />

dollars to the mayor. Wildwood is our city<br />

not for the few.<br />

Q3. The reason I am running is due to<br />

my concern for the direction that Wildwood’s<br />

elected officials are taking us right<br />

now. The master plan is being ignored.<br />

Meetings are being held in closed session<br />

without citizen input. Contracts are being<br />

awarded without the legal bidding process.<br />

Builders are being awarded zoning<br />

and variances changes that are in conflict<br />

with our master plan. The police are being<br />

used to go after the current leadership’s<br />

political rivals. These are my concerns,<br />

and I believe I can get us back on track.<br />

Please vote.<br />

• Joe Garritano<br />

Q1. My qualifications for mayor are<br />

rooted in a commitment to public service<br />

and a proven track record of leadership and<br />

achievement. Elected multiple times as a<br />

council member since <strong>20</strong>15, I’ve shown<br />

my ability to earn community trust. I’ve<br />

also served as Missouri Municipal League<br />

president, advocating for our city at our<br />

state capitol. My educational and professional<br />

background in information systems,<br />

criminal justice, finance and education<br />

equips me to address Wildwood’s challenges<br />

and opportunities. My priorities<br />

include good governance, enhancing quality<br />

of life, promoting economic vitality,<br />

protecting the master plan, environmental<br />

stewardship, completing the Village Green<br />

and advancing internet access.<br />

Q2. If elected, my top three priorities<br />

will be: First, a commitment to good<br />

governance and enhancing the quality<br />

of life for Wildwood residents, ensuring<br />

our community thrives through ethical,<br />

transparent leadership and attention to<br />

resident needs. Second, protecting the<br />

master plan and advancing environmental<br />

stewardship, to safeguard our natural<br />

resources and maintain the beauty of our<br />

landscape. Third, promoting economic<br />

vitality by supporting and attracting small<br />

businesses that align with our values and<br />

needs, fostering a strong local economy.<br />

These priorities are designed to ensure<br />

Wildwood continues to be a wonderful<br />

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my daughters have grown up and where<br />

we’ve found a community that resonates<br />

with our values. Serving on the city council<br />

has been my way of contributing to the<br />

fabric of our city, giving back to a place<br />

that has given us so much. Wildwood’s<br />

natural beauty and vibrant community<br />

spirit are unparalleled, and my commitment<br />

is to honor its heritage while steering<br />

us toward a promising, welcoming future.<br />

City Council<br />

• Vicki Wroblewski, Ward 1<br />

Q1. I grew up in the area and have lived<br />

in Wildwood even prior to its incorporation.<br />

I am currently president of the board<br />

of directors for Windsor Crest subdivision<br />

and served as a trustee for Seven Hills<br />

South from 1993-<strong>20</strong>04. Prior to retiring,<br />

I was the director of human resources for<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital managing a multi-million-dollar<br />

budget and was previously the<br />

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Rockwood student<br />

art on display<br />

Rockwood student artists currently have<br />

their work on display at two regional art<br />

shows during the month of March.<br />

Lafayette High students Jaslin Baez,<br />

Michelle Chen, Samantha Haney, Luke<br />

Hinton and Aly Palmquist and Rockwood<br />

Summit High students Delaney Rae<br />

Fendler and Allison Moonier had their<br />

work selected for this year’s St. Louis<br />

Artists’ Guild Young Artists’ Showcase, a<br />

juried, all-media exhibition of artwork created<br />

by high school students between 15<br />

and 19 years old residing within 150 miles<br />

of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.<br />

Haney, Hinton, Fendler, Moonier and<br />

Lafayette students Afton Leordeanu and<br />

Brooke O’Dell and Rockwood Summit<br />

student Lili Burle also have work on display<br />

at the “Lay of the Land: Landscape<br />

Visions” high school invitational exhibition<br />

at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.<br />

The Young Artists’ Showcase is open<br />

through March 30 at the Artists’ Guild, 12<br />

N. Jackson Ave. in Clayton, and “Lay of<br />

the Land” is open through March 28 at the<br />

Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery in the<br />

Humanities Building, 11333 Big Bend Road.<br />

Additionally, Rockwood students earned<br />

the top four spots and the People’s Choice<br />

Award at the recent St. Louis Community<br />

College-Wildwood Eco-Art Exhibit.<br />

The annual exhibit, “Sustainability: It’s<br />

An Art,” encourages students from six<br />

local high schools to create artwork that<br />

speaks to environmental consciousness<br />

in either the theme or the materials used.<br />

Participating schools include all four<br />

Rockwood highs plus Jefferson and Pacific<br />

highs. Eureka High senior Allison Heckmann<br />

earned “Best of Show,” while Lafayette<br />

High senior Aly Palmquist, Lafayette<br />

sophomore Elise Morton and Marquette<br />

High senior Riley Sirota claimed the other<br />

top three spots at the exhibit. Marquette<br />

junior Apollo Hardcastle also earned the<br />

Students at The Fulton School in St. Albans plant seeds in the educational<br />

garden while spending a little one-on-one time with a few of the school’s<br />

feathered friends.<br />

(Source: The Fulton School)<br />

People’s Choice Award.<br />

This year’s juror was Deborah Douglas,<br />

a professional artist and associate professor<br />

at Saint Louis University.<br />

Rockwood, Parkway students<br />

among Science Fair finalists<br />

Student finalists from The Academy of<br />

Science - St. Louis regional K-12 Science<br />

Fair Honors Division Competition have<br />

been announced and include several talented<br />

Rockwood and Parkway students.<br />

First and second-place students go on<br />

to represent The Academy of Science at<br />

the Regeneron International Science and<br />

Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles<br />

in May. All Honors Division finalists and<br />

semi-finalists are automatically entered as<br />

top projects in The Academy of Science<br />

- St. Louis regional K-12 Science Fair in<br />

April and are eligible for special awards<br />

and scholarships.<br />

Sophia Ford, a senior at Cor Jesu Academy,<br />

claimed first place and a $1,500<br />

scholarship. Parkway <strong>West</strong> junior Sasha<br />

Tripathi earned second-place honors and a<br />

$1,500 scholarship. Marquette High senior<br />

Alice Liu earned third place and a $1,000<br />

scholarship.<br />

Among the competition’s finalists were<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> sophomore Nicole Paquette<br />

and Lafayette High students Joel and Sarah<br />

Ebenezer. Semi-finalists included Marquette<br />

sophomores Dhruv Bhosekar and<br />

Satvik Seetharaman, Marquette seniors<br />

Arnav Busani and Yoon Jae Chang, and<br />

Parkway Central junior Hannah Mathew<br />

who competed with Kirkwood High junior<br />

Alina Garcia.<br />

A list of all finalists and semi-finalists is<br />

available at sciencefairstl.org.<br />

Student historians<br />

advance to state<br />

Students from Crestview Middle, Selvidge<br />

Middle and Marquette High participated<br />

in this year’s Regional National<br />

History Day (NHD) Competition at the<br />

University of Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday,<br />

March 2, with three individuals and<br />

two groups earning first place.<br />

The students have spent the year conducting<br />

historical research and creating<br />

projects that can include a documentary,<br />

exhibit, paper, performance or website.<br />

Launched in 1980, the Missouri affiliate of<br />

National History Day is open to students in<br />

grades six through 12, who conduct extensive<br />

research on a historical subject of their<br />

choosing.<br />

First-place finishers qualified for the<br />

state competition on April 27 at the University<br />

of Missouri, include Mahesh Boddipati<br />

(Crestview, Junior Paper); Anish<br />

Munje (Crestview, Junior Individual Documentary);<br />

Charan Katabathuni, Ishaan<br />

Palanati, Ritesh Gouni and Vihaan Punjabi<br />

(Crestview, Junior Group Documentary);<br />

Amanda Moi, Dhruv Chakravarthula, Sidd<br />

Sawant and Yvette Yaroshenko (Marquette,<br />

Senior Group Documentary); and Rohan<br />

Deshpande (Marquette, Senior Individual<br />

Documentary).<br />

Music in our schools<br />

March is the time of year when music<br />

education becomes the focus of schools<br />

and communities across the nation. To<br />

celebrate, the Rockwood School District<br />

hosted a variety of learning opportunities<br />

for students and staff members, including<br />

having a “composer in residence.”<br />

Tyler S. Grant, an internationally recognized<br />

composer, arranger and conductor,<br />

held workshops with musical groups<br />

at Rockwood South and Selvidge middle<br />

schools and all four Rockwood high<br />

schools.<br />

On Feb. 26, Grant held a student composition<br />

workshop with 12 students representing<br />

all four high schools at Eureka<br />

High.<br />

In addition to composing and arranging,<br />

Tyler enjoys conducting and clinic<br />

engagements with ensembles throughout<br />

the United States. He has served as a clinician<br />

with over 100 school instrumental<br />

music programs and honor groups across<br />

more than 15 states. His work, “Panoramic<br />

Fanfare,” was a winner of the Dallas Wind<br />

Symphony’s <strong>20</strong>14 “Call for Fanfares” competition.<br />

Panoramic Fanfare has since been<br />

performed by collegiate and professional<br />

ensembles throughout North America.<br />

On Friday, March 1, Rockwood held a<br />

conducting symposium for band directors<br />

at Eureka High, in which teachers<br />

took turns conducting the Eureka Wind<br />

Ensemble and received feedback from Dr.<br />

Mark Bonner, director of athletic bands<br />

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Composer Tyler S. Grant (third from left, back row) with Eureka High students. (Source: RSD)<br />

versity of Central Missouri. Bonner also<br />

led the Rockwood Honor Band, composed<br />

of students from all four high schools, in a<br />

performance on Saturday, March 2.<br />

Parkway award winners<br />

The Parkway School District has named<br />

its <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Albert Award and Lights of Parkway<br />

winners.<br />

The Albert Award recognizes new teachers<br />

for the energy and enthusiasm they<br />

bring to their students, as well as the creative<br />

and innovative practices they use in<br />

their classrooms. Named as winners for<br />

<strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> are Luke Donohoo, Henry Elementary;<br />

Kayla Komorek, Southwest Middle;<br />

and Rachel Money, <strong>West</strong> High.<br />

The <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Lights of Parkway award<br />

winners are Nancy Bueltmann, Claymont<br />

Elementary; Reggie Cathey, Green Trails<br />

Elementary; and Kim Copeland, McKelvey<br />

Elementary.<br />

The Light of Parkway Award recognizes<br />

district operations staff members who<br />

have helped to create a positive and caring<br />

environment for the people they serve.<br />

The awards are sponsored by the Parkway<br />

Alumni Association and funded by the<br />

Sandy Finch Light of Parkway Fund.<br />

Scholarship recipients named<br />

The following South Technical High students<br />

have been selected to receive a Bonhomme<br />

Lions Scholarship: Shey Delahu,<br />

Glayden Douglas, Logan Rosenburg and<br />

Auden Sellmeyer. For many years, the<br />

Bonhomme Lions Club has donated funds<br />

for scholarships to SSD students. The organization<br />

selects students who have demonstrated<br />

strong character, high academic<br />

achievement, and participation in community<br />

service. The scholarship recipients<br />

each typically receive $1,000 to be used<br />

toward education expenses at the recipient’s<br />

chosen college, university or postsecondary<br />

program.<br />

Additionally, Shayneisha Allen, of Parkway<br />

Central, and Timothy Smith of Eureka<br />

High have been awarded James E. <strong>West</strong>bury<br />

Memorial Board of Education Scholarships.<br />

The Special School District Board<br />

(SSD) of Education and other donors<br />

provide funds for scholarships each year<br />

to SSD students who plan to attend a college,<br />

university or post-secondary program.<br />

These scholarships are named in memory<br />

of James E. <strong>West</strong>bury, who served on the<br />

board for many years and dedicated his life<br />

to the education of students throughout the<br />

St. Louis region. The $2,000 scholarships<br />

are awarded to the students who best demonstrate<br />

the ability to define a goal and are<br />

preparing to achieve that goal.<br />

Sensational skiers<br />

Class of <strong>20</strong>28 students Adam and<br />

Andrew Dysart and Andre Johnson represented<br />

St. Louis Priory during the <strong>20</strong>23-<strong>24</strong><br />

season as part of the Hidden Valley Ski<br />

Team in the Wisconsin Illinois Iowa Junior<br />

Alpine Racing Association (WIJARA).<br />

Andre has been on the ski race team for<br />

10 years, while Adam and Andrew have<br />

been on the team for three years.<br />

Andre’s performance has earned him<br />

the privilege of representing Missouri at<br />

the NASTAR National Championship. He<br />

also qualified in the 16-year-old category,<br />

emerging as the top point earner of his<br />

age category for his team within the entire<br />

league. He finished in the top-five in all<br />

seven races, including picking up three<br />

victories.<br />

De Smet Jesuit student<br />

honored for service<br />

De Smet Jesuit senior Charlie Erker has<br />

received the St. Louis Archdiocese’s <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong><br />

Archbishop May Service Award.<br />

Erker volunteers his time as a peer<br />

minister in Campus Ministry at De Smet,<br />

a National Honor Society president, a<br />

president’s ambassador, a Kairos retreat<br />

leader, a Spanish Club member and as an<br />

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other pursuits. In doing so, Erker lives<br />

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OVERVIEW<br />

Let’s get this out of the way first. Last<br />

season was… bad. Which part, you ask? All<br />

of it. The “all of it” part was bad. Pitching,<br />

offense, defense, win/loss record, Willson<br />

Contreras’ first season, Adam Wainwright’s<br />

final season – all bad. Rumor has it even<br />

the Rally Squirrel switched alliances to<br />

CITY SC and the Battlehawks. It was all<br />

bad. Let us speak of it no more.<br />

Now then, on to <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong>! Every year, ESPN<br />

hands out grades for each team’s offseason<br />

and this year the Cardinals were able to<br />

score a, well, just a C+. Hey, that’s a passing<br />

grade. (Gulp.) Same grade as the Cubs.<br />

(Gulp, gulp, cough.) But there is an actual<br />

plus sign!<br />

In all seriousness, those grades are mostly<br />

bunk. The Los Angeles Dodgers scored an<br />

A++ and ESPN argued it may have been the<br />

greatest offseason ever. Well, yeah. They<br />

spent $1.2 billion dollars. They increased<br />

their already very high annual payroll by<br />

$67 million. To provide some context, that<br />

means the <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Dodgers took the <strong>20</strong>23<br />

Dodgers and added the equivalent of the<br />

<strong>20</strong>23 Tampa Bay Rays in new payroll.<br />

That’s bonkers. Oh, and for more context, a<br />

reminder that the New York Mets won the<br />

<strong>20</strong>23 offseason and then lost the <strong>20</strong>23 regular<br />

season by a great big ginormous amount.<br />

We actually are quite optimistic about<br />

the Redbirds’ ability to return to form this<br />

season. They might not be built to win a<br />

popularity contest, but they just might be<br />

set up to make a decent postseason run.<br />

Let’s talk about why.<br />

THE WINN COLUMN<br />

The <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Cardinals will feature one of<br />

the largest, most exciting groups of young<br />

prospects since the early 1980’s teams. We<br />

know what team superstars like Nolan Arenado<br />

and Paul Goldschmidt are going to do<br />

for us, they do it every year. But if the team<br />

can get one or more of these young players<br />

to really break out, then the sky is the limit.<br />

The group is led by a pair of 21-yearolds,<br />

shortstop Masyn Winn and outfielder<br />

Jordan Walker. Walker spent nearly all last<br />

season in the big leagues, Winn got a taste<br />

at the end of the year. Both have a way to<br />

go to reach their enormous potential.<br />

Nolan Gorman (23), Alec Burleson (25),<br />

Dylan Carlson (25), Lars Nootbaar (26) and<br />

Brendan Donovan (27) are the other relatively<br />

young players with the potential to<br />

turn into superstars. Gorman and Burleson<br />

both have 40-home run power. Donovan<br />

was the only rookie Cardinal to ever win<br />

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The Cardinals filled out their pitching rotation<br />

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SHADES OF GRAY<br />

Here is an interesting thing to watch for<br />

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Arenado and Miles Mikolas, are<br />

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Starting Pitchers<br />

Sonny Gray<br />

Miles Mikolas<br />

Kyle Gibson<br />

Lance Lynn<br />

Steven Matz<br />

Bullpen<br />

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Seeking a quick turnaround from a<br />

disastrous <strong>20</strong>23 season, St. Louis Cardinals<br />

president of baseball operations<br />

John Mozeliek targeted improving the<br />

starting rotation.<br />

Simply put, Mozeliak needed to make<br />

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Gray.<br />

Like a Canadian mountie, Mozeliak<br />

got his man.<br />

Gray, who turned 34 in <strong>20</strong>23, signed<br />

with St. Louis for four years and $80 million<br />

in guaranteed money.<br />

St. Louis is where Gray wanted to play.<br />

“Going into this thing, I wanted to be<br />

a Cardinal,” Gray said. “That started<br />

probably a little over a year ago. It’s a<br />

place that every time I’ve come here as<br />

a visitor, I’ve looked at the stadium and<br />

I’ve said, ‘Wow, this place is incredible!’<br />

When you talk around the league and<br />

talk to different guys who have been all<br />

over the place, everybody raves about St.<br />

Louis and the Cardinals.”<br />

It will be a fresh start for Gray.<br />

Joining a new team is something Gray<br />

has done before. The Cardinals represent<br />

the fifth time he has joined a new team as<br />

he heads into his 12th MLB season.<br />

Gray debuted with the Oakland Athletics<br />

in <strong>20</strong>13. After a midseason trade in<br />

<strong>20</strong>17, he joined the New York Yankees.<br />

Gray’s time with the Yankees was not<br />

successful.<br />

However, he blossomed after a trade<br />

to the Cincinnati Reds prior to the <strong>20</strong>19<br />

season. The Reds later dealt him to the<br />

Twins for prospects.<br />

In his career, Gray is 98-85 with a 3.47<br />

ERA. He has 1,521 strikeouts. He is a<br />

three-time All-Star, making the game in<br />

<strong>20</strong>15, <strong>20</strong>19 and <strong>20</strong>23.<br />

Gray is fresh off two impressive seasons<br />

with the Twins. Gray pitched well<br />

in two seasons for the Twins, finishing<br />

second in the American League Cy<br />

Young voting last season.<br />

He posted a 2.79 ERA over 32 starts<br />

and 181 innings. The 32 starts were a<br />

second-best total for him in his career.<br />

Gray also allowed only eight home runs<br />

last season. That was the lowest he’s<br />

allowed in a full season in his career.<br />

Batters hit just .226 against his arsenal,<br />

which includes a sweeper. Gray<br />

has six pitches. Besides the sweeper, he<br />

throws a four-seam fastball that hits 93<br />

mph, a curveball, a sinker, a cutter and<br />

a changeup.<br />

For the fourth time in his career, he<br />

started more than 30 games and surpassed<br />

175 innings pitched. He missed<br />

no time due to injury,<br />

Sonny Gray<br />

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“If you want to talk about someone who<br />

takes the ball and has an edge, you’ll see<br />

it,” Gray said. “You have to be yourself,<br />

be your authentic self. Just be that guy.<br />

Whatever intangibles that comes with<br />

that, you have be yourself.<br />

“For me to help this team win is to just<br />

go out and perform.”<br />

Mozeliak long has admired Gray. He<br />

said he wanted to draft Gray out of<br />

Vanderbilt University in <strong>20</strong>11 and that he<br />

tried trading for him six seasons ago.<br />

“We certainly feel like we’ve accomplished<br />

something for our rotation,”<br />

Mozeliak said about signing Gray.<br />

Manager Oliver Marmol has named<br />

Gray the Cardinals’ starting pitcher on<br />

Opening Day at Dodger Stadium in Los<br />

Angeles.<br />

Marmol wants Gray to be the leader of<br />

the staff.<br />

“Sonny has done a phenomenal job not<br />

only with what he says, but how he goes<br />

about it,” Marmol said. “He’s been a<br />

great example for everybody else and it’s<br />

contagious. The ways in which he goes<br />

about the game, he’s so good with talk-


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ing through it and guys around listen<br />

to it. He does a good job of explaining<br />

the ‘why’ behind the way he does something.”<br />

Gray is serious about his job. He<br />

knows he’s being looked upon to be a<br />

leader.<br />

“Guys, in general, will look toward<br />

older guys for an example or a direction<br />

to go and I’m conscious of that, but it<br />

doesn’t persuade or influence me to do<br />

anything different,” Gray said. “I know<br />

I’m a fairly intense person, especially<br />

here in a baseball world. That’s just<br />

what I’ve learned over the course of my<br />

career that helps me be at my best.<br />

“I show up to work, put in the work,<br />

put in the time and that works for me. If<br />

it does rub off on someone – and it’s for<br />

the benefit of them. That’s a good thing.”<br />

Gray joins a revamped rotation that<br />

also features newly acquired 36-yearold<br />

right-handers Lance Lynn and Kyle<br />

Gibson.<br />

But Gray is the one who is the<br />

acknowledged leader of the pitching<br />

staff. All eyes will be on him.<br />

Marmol noted Gray knows what to do.<br />

“With Sonny, this is a high, high<br />

competitor, and when you are in conversations<br />

with him, it’s clear that he<br />

cares about being really good and also<br />

wants everyone around him to be elite,”<br />

Marmol said. “He’s confident in what he<br />

knows and what makes him good, and<br />

he does an awesome job of inserting<br />

himself in certain meetings so that the<br />

group can understand what’s important.”<br />

Gray will become just the sixth pitcher<br />

to make his first start with the Cardinals<br />

on Opening Day. Kyle Lohse was the<br />

most recent pitcher to do that, opening<br />

the <strong>20</strong>08 season against the Rockies.<br />

“It’s a tremendous honor, to be honest<br />

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“I don’t take that lightly. I don’t take<br />

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enough to do it a few times in my career,<br />

and I’ve enjoyed every single one of<br />

them.”<br />

But Gray also knows it is a game<br />

and that means you have to enjoy what<br />

you’re doing.<br />

“I am very structured, but I like to<br />

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work and there’s time to have play and<br />

there’s definitely time for both. They<br />

both go hand in hand. The more you<br />

are having fun, the more you are smiling,<br />

the better you are going to be. But<br />

there’s also time to lock it in and get<br />

your stuff done.”<br />

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The St. Louis Cardinals have projected<br />

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Now, Winn will have to show he<br />

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He doesn’t believe the job has been<br />

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“I’m just going to go out there and compete,”<br />

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Winn turns 22 on March 21. He made<br />

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While his glove is not in question,<br />

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Winn hit just .172 in 37 games with<br />

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Winn struck out 27 times. He had only<br />

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Those numbers obviously have to<br />

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“I think it’s not a secret I definitely<br />

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“That’s been my main focus.”<br />

He didn’t play enough games last fall so<br />

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The Cardinals added some insurance<br />

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The Cardinals know Winn is their future.<br />

The organization has waited for Winn to<br />

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Last year in spring training, Winn hit<br />

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Masyn Winn<br />

(MLB)<br />

two triples in 18 games before being sent<br />

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His success last spring got Winn sent<br />

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Double-A Springfield.<br />

St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol<br />

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“I’m not concerned at all with Masyn’s<br />

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experience to starting rotation<br />

Miles Mikolas on the mound in <strong>20</strong>23<br />

By WARREN MAYES<br />

In <strong>20</strong>23, St. Louis finished fifth in the<br />

National League Central last year at 71-91,<br />

its first losing season since <strong>20</strong>07 and its most<br />

losses since 1990.<br />

The Cardinals were ranked 26th in the<br />

major leagues with a .438 winning percentage<br />

– changes were mandatory.<br />

Starting pitchers last year combined for just<br />

48 quality starts, which is six innings pitched<br />

and allowing three or few earned runs.<br />

So John Mozeliak, the president of baseball<br />

operations, got to work.<br />

The Cardinals added three starting pitchers<br />

as free agents, reaching a $75 million, threeyear<br />

deal with Sonny Gray and one-year<br />

agreements with Kyle Gibson ($13 million)<br />

and Lance Lynn ($11 million).<br />

The two veterans, who are both 36 years<br />

old, were signed to help the rotation and also<br />

bring leadership to the clubhouse.<br />

“Every move that has been made has<br />

been made with a purpose,” manager<br />

Oliver Marmol said. “These guys are<br />

going to add to the win column, no doubt<br />

about that. That’s why they’re here. Lance<br />

Lynn and Kyle Gibson, these are guys who<br />

are hungry to win but also know what it<br />

takes to bring a club together. When you<br />

talk about a sustainable culture, that’s<br />

extremely important.”<br />

Lynn signed a one-year deal with St. Louis.<br />

He played his first six seasons with the Cardinals<br />

and then went to play with the Twins,<br />

Yankees, Rangers, White Sox and Dodgers.<br />

“When you when you play long enough,<br />

you’re automatically a veteran,” Lynn said.<br />

“But learning how to lead in different ways<br />

and finding different ways to connect to<br />

everybody on the team was something you<br />

have to learn. I was able to, like I said, go<br />

(Lou Countryman photo)<br />

to different places, meet new people, learn<br />

some new things and figure out how to incorporate<br />

(that) into who I am and what I bring<br />

to a clubhouse and a baseball team.”<br />

Lynn is looking to bounce back this season<br />

after playing for the White Sox and the<br />

Dodgers last year.<br />

In <strong>20</strong>23, Lynn posted a 5.73 ERA with 191<br />

strikeouts in 183⅔ innings. The 44 home<br />

runs allowed in 32 starts between the two<br />

clubs were the most across MLB.<br />

“I’m looking forward to correcting the<br />

wrongs that I had last year on the mound. We<br />

were able to identify some of those pretty<br />

quick,” Lynn said.<br />

Being able to adapt like Lynn plans to do is<br />

good, according to Mozeliak.<br />

“He’s a very confident man,” Mozeliak<br />

said. “He understands that last year there<br />

were some things that he was probably doing<br />

that he should have gotten away from sooner<br />

and hopefully, from a coaching standpoint,<br />

from a strategic standpoint, those are things<br />

we can work through. He’s certainly openminded<br />

to it.”<br />

Gibson also signed a one-year contract.<br />

Last year with Baltimore, Gibson finished<br />

15-9 with a 4.73 ERA. He recorded 157<br />

strikeouts in 192 innings. However, did he<br />

surrender a league-high 198 hits.<br />

Gibson is 104-100 with a 4.54 ERA<br />

through 300 games (<strong>24</strong>4 starts) in 11 years<br />

in the majors.<br />

He is happy to be a Cardinal. He believes<br />

the club will be good this season.<br />

“St. Louis doesn’t rebuild. St. Louis gets<br />

ready, and they go win baseball games,”<br />

Gibson said. “And they put a team together<br />

that’s going to compete for a division title<br />

every year. I’m excited to join a winning tradition,<br />

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Lynn (37 in May), Gibson (36) and Gray<br />

(34) join holdover rotation candidates that<br />

include Miles Mikolas (35) and Steven Matz<br />

(33 in May).<br />

Mozeliak is pleased with how the rotation<br />

is looking.<br />

“We’re pretty excited about where our<br />

roster is, from where we were on Oct. 1 to<br />

where we are today,” Mozeliak said. “There’s<br />

been a lot of roster churn, we’ve brought in<br />

a lot of new faces, and we’ve been strategic<br />

about it.”<br />

Miles Mikolas and left-handed Steven<br />

Matz are the other two starters.<br />

Mikolas pitched <strong>20</strong>1 1/3 innings last<br />

season, ranking fourth. He went 9-13 and<br />

posted a 4.78 ERA that ranked 48th among<br />

56 major-league starters who pitched at least<br />

150 innings. Mikolas allowed an average of<br />

10.1 hits per nine innings, the worst of his St.<br />

Louis career.<br />

Matz went 4-7 and had a 4.04 ERA in 17<br />

starts, and a 2.81 ERA in eight relief appearances.<br />

Injuries again cost him significant time. In<br />

his first two years with St. Louis, Matz has<br />

averaged only 76 innings. He has two years<br />

left on his contract.<br />

The age of his pitchers is not a concern to<br />

Mozeliak.<br />

“Unlike our upcoming election, I am not<br />

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began. “I do feel like what we missed<br />

a lot last year was more experience. And<br />

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together usually is pretty common.”<br />

Mozeliak believes the experience is a plus<br />

for his veteran rotation.<br />

“It’s just guys that understand what it’s like<br />

to go pole-to-pole, the understanding of what<br />

it’s like to have to take the ball for 30 starts,”<br />

Mozeliak said. “All of these guys have been<br />

through that. They understand it, and that’s<br />

just going to be really helpful with some of<br />

our younger pitchers that are trying to get to<br />

that point.”<br />

Not all the St. Louis pitchers are ancient.<br />

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campaigns.<br />

Arenado batted .266 with 23 homers<br />

and 93 RBIs, down from .293 with 30<br />

homers and 103 RBIs.<br />

St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol has<br />

repeated the message for everyone who<br />

will listen since last winter: forget <strong>20</strong>23<br />

and focus on this year. St. Louis went<br />

71-91, its worst record since 70-92 in<br />

1990.<br />

Goldschmidt and Arenado are expected<br />

to bounce back this season for the club.<br />

“These guys are super talented,” Cardinals<br />

president of baseball operations John<br />

Mozeliak said. “They are All-Star-calibertype<br />

players.”<br />

Goldschmidt, who turned 36 in September,<br />

hit .268 with 25 homers and 80 RBIs,<br />

down from the .317<br />

average, 35 homers<br />

and 115 RBIs that<br />

earned him the <strong>20</strong>22<br />

NL MVP award.<br />

Still, his hard-hit<br />

percentage rose to<br />

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“I just feel like I’ve got a little something<br />

to prove and it’s like the mindset I had in<br />

Colorado in my first few years where I<br />

was trying to establish myself,” Arenado<br />

said. “I do feel like I have something to<br />

prove again and that’s a good thing.”<br />

Marmol is not worried about Arenado.<br />

“I don’t have a whole lot of concerns as<br />

to him getting back to ’22,” Marmol said.<br />

“I don’t think he’s looking at getting back<br />

to, as much as just continuing to move<br />

this thing forward and be the best version<br />

of himself. I don’t.<br />

“It’s not a matter of just getting back to<br />

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year. I mean, listen, last year happened<br />

and he is motivated as ever to get back at<br />

it.”<br />

Goldschmidt will receive a $22 million<br />

salary in <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong>, the final season of a $144.5<br />

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Cardinals add Bloom to front office as advisor to Mozeliak<br />

By WARREN MAYES<br />

President of Baseball Operations John<br />

Mozeliak has added an advisor to help him<br />

return the St. Louis Cardinals franchise to<br />

prominence in the National League.<br />

Chaim Bloom, 40, most<br />

recently held the title of<br />

chief baseball officer for<br />

the Boston Red Sox from<br />

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Bloom<br />

“I think a lot of people are sort of jumping<br />

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Mozeliak said.<br />

Bloom will not be working in St. Louis.<br />

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Mozeliak is excited about the addition to<br />

his operations staff. He said extra eyes to<br />

look at things will benefit the franchise.<br />

“I have known Chaim for a long time,<br />

and feel that this is a great opportunity<br />

for the St. Louis Cardinals,” said Mozeliak.<br />

“It will be good to get an outside<br />

perspective of our organization from<br />

someone who is as well-respected as<br />

Chaim. Having a fresh set<br />

of eyes on all aspects of<br />

our baseball operations<br />

should be helpful. He can<br />

really take a look behind<br />

the curtain and really give<br />

us some insights on topics<br />

that a lot of us are curious<br />

about.”<br />

Mozeliak’s current contract<br />

expires following the<br />

<strong>20</strong>25 season. He became the<br />

(MLB)<br />

president of baseball operations<br />

in June <strong>20</strong>17.<br />

He has been with the organization since<br />

1995 when he started as an assistant in the<br />

scouting department. In the fall of <strong>20</strong>07, he<br />

became a senior vice president and general<br />

manager.<br />

Cardinals principal owner and CEO Bill<br />

DeWitt Jr., said during the Winter Warm-<br />

Up there are no succession plans in place<br />

with this move.<br />

“Mo (Mozeliak) has said that that’s a<br />

potential timeline for him,” DeWitt Jr. said.<br />

“The sequence of Chaim Bloom coming on,<br />

I wouldn’t say necessarily was part of that.<br />

It was to get another asset in our baseball<br />

ops group. It’s a fresh look, and if it turns<br />

out that Mo is moving on or wants to go in<br />

a different direction in a couple years, then<br />

we’ve got a more beefed-up staff than we<br />

would have had otherwise.”<br />

Bloom, a <strong>20</strong>04 graduate of Yale University,<br />

broke into Major League Baseball<br />

with intern positions with the San Diego<br />

Padres and MLB’s league offices.<br />

He then spent 15 years (<strong>20</strong>05-19) in<br />

the Tampa Bay Rays baseball operations<br />

department, including the final three as<br />

senior vice president of baseball operations.<br />

During his time with the Rays, Bloom<br />

worked in all areas of baseball operations<br />

including player development, scouting,<br />

contract negotiations, salary arbitration<br />

and strategic planning.<br />

“Working with a small-market team with<br />

Tampa, he had a unique experience on<br />

how that operated, and then running the<br />

Boston Red Sox is clearly a large-market<br />

team,” Mozeliak said. “We’re somewhere<br />

in between, but his expertise of what he’s<br />

seen will be very helpful to us moving forward.”<br />

The Boston Red Sox fired Bloom, their<br />

chief baseball officer, last September as the<br />

team was stumbling toward its third lastplace<br />

finish in four seasons. Bloom had<br />

been hired from Tampa Bay to help revive<br />

the farm system and bring financial stability<br />

to a team that was one of baseball’s biggest<br />

spenders. One of his first moves was<br />

to trade <strong>20</strong>18 AL MVP Mookie Betts, a<br />

year before he was eligible for free agency,<br />

on a mandate from ownership to get the<br />

payroll in order.<br />

But that move and other moves and prospects<br />

did not pan out for the Red Sox.<br />

The only year Boston finished with a<br />

better-than .500 record came in <strong>20</strong>21 when<br />

the team won 92 games. The Red Sox lost<br />

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after that season. The Red Sox went 78-84<br />

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Bloom was not bitter about being let go<br />

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“I will always be grateful to John, Tom,<br />

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Matt Carpenter is returning to the St.<br />

Louis Cardinals, for whom he played from<br />

<strong>20</strong>11 to <strong>20</strong>21.<br />

Carpenter agreed to a deal for the<br />

$740,000 major league minimum, which<br />

will be offset against his guaranteed $5.5<br />

million salary as part of a $12 million, twoyear<br />

contract he signed with San Diego in<br />

December <strong>20</strong>22.<br />

“When you think of players that helped<br />

shape our success in the <strong>20</strong>00s, Matt Carpenter’s<br />

name is one that is synonymous<br />

with winning,” Cardinals president of<br />

baseball operations John Mozeliak said in<br />

a statement. “Matt showed from the very<br />

beginning of his career how hard work and<br />

determination can lead to success, and we<br />

are excited to have his leadership and experience<br />

back in a Cardinals uniform.”<br />

Carpenter is glad to be back. He will<br />

bring a veteran’s presence to the clubhouse<br />

and dugout. He is a leader the club believes<br />

it needs to help erase the debacle that was<br />

the <strong>20</strong>23 season.<br />

“I think the thing I am most excited about<br />

is the opportunity to be<br />

a veteran on a team who<br />

has had the privilege to<br />

wear that uniform for as<br />

long as I did,” Carpenter<br />

said during a Zoom call.<br />

“Now to be able to speak<br />

to some of the young<br />

guys who are doing it<br />

for the first time; playing<br />

in St. Louis is such<br />

a privilege but there certainly<br />

is an expectation<br />

and some pressures that<br />

go with it. I remember<br />

as a young player that<br />

can be overwhelming.<br />

“I was lucky to have<br />

such a great veteran<br />

group of guys who<br />

kind of took me under their wings. What I<br />

am most looking forward to is having the<br />

opportunity to be that guy and do it for some<br />

of these young guys, kind of being that<br />

shoulder that they can lean on and talk to<br />

and work through stuff.”<br />

Carpenter was an All-Star in <strong>20</strong>13, ’14<br />

and ’16. He has .260 career average with 175<br />

homers and 644 RBIs for the Cardinals, Yankees<br />

and Padres. He hit .176 with five homers<br />

and 31 RBIs but had just 50 at-bats from July<br />

1 on. Carpenter didn’t play after Sept. 10<br />

because of right elbow inflammation.<br />

“From a baseball standpoint, my mentality<br />

is I’m entitled to nothing and grateful for<br />

everything that I get as far as an opportunity<br />

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to play,” Carpenter said. “I’ll be prepared<br />

when my name is called and try to have the<br />

most competitive at-bats that I can have.<br />

“At this point in my career I really know<br />

who I am. I know what I am as a player,<br />

what I bring to a team, what I can bring to<br />

a clubhouse and I don’t shy away from that.<br />

If there is something that looks like it’s out<br />

of whack and needs to be addressed I’m not<br />

afraid to have those conversations.”<br />

CRAWFORD SIGNED<br />

ONE-YEAR DEAL<br />

The Cardinals added 37-year-old veteran<br />

Brandon Crawford, a free-agent shortstop<br />

and lifetime San Francisco Giants star, to<br />

their roster as a utility player and to help<br />

mentor young Masyn Winn.<br />

Crawford has been a three-time All-Star<br />

(<strong>20</strong>15, <strong>20</strong>18 and <strong>20</strong>21), four-time Rawlings<br />

Gold Glove recipient (<strong>20</strong>15, <strong>20</strong>16, <strong>20</strong>17 and<br />

<strong>20</strong>21) and two-time World Series Champion<br />

(<strong>20</strong>12 and <strong>20</strong>14) over his 13-year Major<br />

League career with the Giants.<br />

“We’re excited to be adding a player with<br />

the winning credentials and pedigree of a<br />

Brandon Crawford,” Cardinals president of<br />

baseball operations John Mozeliak said. “He<br />

is someone that will provide us with valuable<br />

depth and experience<br />

on the infield, and can also<br />

be a great resource for our<br />

younger players, such as<br />

Masyn Winn.”<br />

The northern California<br />

native has compiled<br />

a .250/.319/.396 slash<br />

line with 146 home runs<br />

and 744 RBI in his 1,655<br />

games played. He is just<br />

two seasons removed<br />

from an MVP-caliber<br />

campaign in <strong>20</strong>21 when<br />

he batted .298 with a<br />

career-high <strong>24</strong> home runs<br />

and 90 RBI – finishing<br />

fourth in National League<br />

MVP voting.<br />

“I’m here to help him<br />

out any way that I can,” Crawford said.<br />

“I’ve always liked the Cardinals organization<br />

from across the field and they were one<br />

of a couple of teams that I would have come<br />

out to spring training in Florida for.”<br />

The left-handed hitting Crawford has<br />

appeared in 43 career postseason games,<br />

including the <strong>20</strong>12 and <strong>20</strong>14 World Series<br />

when the Giants were crowned champions.<br />

Despite playing in his fewest (94) fullseason<br />

games last season, the 6-foot-1, 2<strong>20</strong>-<br />

pound Crawford batted .329 (23-for-70)<br />

with runners in scoring position last season,<br />

driving in 33 of his 38 runs.<br />

While Crawford wants to put <strong>20</strong>23<br />

behind him, he will do so in a backup role,<br />

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Mozeliak said. He can help the Cardinals<br />

in several ways.<br />

“It was something we had been thinking<br />

about just to make sure we had some depth<br />

there,” Mozeliak said, “but also bringing in<br />

somebody with his resume and what he’s<br />

been able to accomplish we think he will be<br />

a great resource for Masyn as he continues<br />

to develop.<br />

“Let’s be very clear: This (shortstop) is<br />

Masyn’s job. We brought in Brandon just<br />

to give us that protection should something<br />

happen. He understands that role and we are<br />

excited.”<br />

Crawford, who was selected by the Giants<br />

in the fourth round of the <strong>20</strong>08 MLB draft<br />

out of UCLA, was teammates with both<br />

Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt on<br />

the Gold Medal winning Team USA in the<br />

<strong>20</strong>17 World Baseball Classic.<br />

MOLINA WILL BE<br />

SPECIAL ASSISTANT<br />

Yadier Molina will remain with the St. Louis<br />

Cardinals as a special assistant to John Mozeliak,<br />

Cardinals president of baseball operations,<br />

after the longtime catcher wrapped up<br />

his 19-year big league career in <strong>20</strong>22.<br />

The 41-year-old Molina is a 10-time All-<br />

Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner who<br />

played all 2,2<strong>24</strong> games of his career for St.<br />

Louis. That included 2,184 games behind<br />

the plate, the most by any catcher for one<br />

team in major league history.<br />

“We are excited to welcome Yadi back<br />

to the St. Louis Cardinals,” Mozeliak said.<br />

“He will provide invaluable help at the<br />

major league level, as well as spend time<br />

with our minor league teams in his new role<br />

with the team.”<br />

Molina trails only Stan Musial, who<br />

played 22 seasons for St. Louis, for the most<br />

with the club. Along the way, he helped the<br />

Cardinals reach four World Series and win<br />

championships in <strong>20</strong>06 and <strong>20</strong>11. His longevity<br />

coupled with the success of those<br />

Cardinals teams are a big reason why he<br />

retired as their career postseason leader in<br />

hits (102) and games played (104).<br />

Molina, a fourth-round pick of the Cardinals<br />

in the <strong>20</strong>00 first-year player draft, served<br />

as the manager of Puerto Rico in the World<br />

Baseball Classic in <strong>20</strong>23. He also managed<br />

Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela.<br />

CARDS TRADE FOR RELIEVER<br />

The Cardinals wanted to bolster their bullpen<br />

going into this season.<br />

They made a move to acquire relief pitcher<br />

Andrew Kittredge from the Tampa Bay Rays<br />

in exchange for outfielder Richie Palacios.<br />

Kittredge, 33, is entering his eighth MLB<br />

season. He earned an All-Star nod in <strong>20</strong>21.<br />

Tommy John surgery limited him to just<br />

31 games over the last two seasons, but<br />

when healthy, he proved effective to the<br />

tune of a 3.13 ERA and a <strong>24</strong>-4 strikeout-towalk<br />

ratio. He has a career 3.85 ERA over<br />

181 MLB games.<br />

“We are excited to add Andrew’s experience<br />

and proven abilities to our bullpen,”<br />

Mozeliak said. “Prior to his elbow injury,<br />

Andrew was an All-Star reliever, and we<br />

think his addition will benefit us greatly now<br />

that he is back to full health.”<br />

RELIEVER MIDDLETON ADDED<br />

Free-agent right-handed reliever Keynan<br />

Middleton was the Cardinals’ 10th pitching<br />

addition from outside of the organization<br />

this off-season.<br />

Middleton signed a one-year contract and<br />

the deal also includes a club option for <strong>20</strong>25.<br />

Middleton, 30, is a veteran of seven Major<br />

League seasons with the Angels (<strong>20</strong>17-<strong>20</strong>),<br />

Mariners (<strong>20</strong>21), Diamondbacks (<strong>20</strong>22),<br />

White Sox (<strong>20</strong>23) and Yankees (<strong>20</strong>23). The<br />

6-3, 215-pound Middleton has compiled a<br />

career mark of 10-8 with a 3.84 ERA in <strong>20</strong>5<br />

games with 15 saves and 23 holds, striking<br />

out 199 batters over his 194.1 innings pitched.<br />

“Acquiring additional proven depth for<br />

our bullpen was something we have been<br />

focused on,” Mozeliak said. “Keynan’s<br />

experience in getting outs in the back half<br />

of games offers us another strong addition<br />

to the bullpen mix.”<br />

Middleton split parts of the <strong>20</strong>23 season<br />

with the White Sox and Yankees where he<br />

combined for career-bests with 11.4 strikeouts<br />

per nine innings pitched.<br />

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Fans again can cast their selections online<br />

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for the <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Hall of Fame.<br />

The team has revealed Steve Carlton,<br />

George Hendrick, Matt Morris and Edgar<br />

Renteria as the modern players nominated for<br />

possible induction into the St. Louis Cardinals<br />

Hall of Fame, presented by Edward Jones.<br />

The modern player with the most votes<br />

after fan voting concludes on April 26, will<br />

be selected for induction into the Cardinals<br />

Hall of Fame during an enshrinement ceremony<br />

Sept. 7.<br />

The full <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Cardinals Hall of Fame<br />

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veteran player chosen by the Red Ribbon<br />

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early May.<br />

“The annual Hall of Fame induction<br />

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The Cardinals Hall of Fame was established<br />

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and significant achievements of the greatest<br />

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Lancers finish second<br />

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Lafayette wrestling coach Joe Wier saw<br />

his Lancers reach one of their main goals<br />

this season.<br />

The Lancers finished second in the Class 4<br />

state meet at Mizzou Arena in Columbia to<br />

cap a successful season.<br />

“One of our top season goals was a top 2<br />

finish at state,” Wier said. “This team checked<br />

the boxes on a conference title for the third<br />

time and a district title for the second time.<br />

Now we have a top 2 state finish.<br />

“They dreamed it, they worked for it, and<br />

they did it. Mission accomplished.”<br />

Lafayette, which finished fourth last<br />

year, had eight medalists, including senior<br />

Andrew Wier, who won the 190-pound<br />

weight class.<br />

Four-time state medalist Dylan Roth<br />

placed fourth at 126. Roth took sixth, fifth<br />

and second in previous seasons.<br />

Other top finishers for the Lancers were<br />

freshman Riley Sumner (third at 106), sophomore<br />

Calum Brown (sixth at 113), freshman<br />

Caleb Frankenberger (third at 1<strong>20</strong>),<br />

senior Drew Mattison (third at 138), junior<br />

Aidan Schoen (fourth at 144) and freshman<br />

Carter Brown (third at 175).<br />

Lancers finished second to Liberty of<br />

Kansas City, which won with 188.5 points.<br />

This marks one of the few times Lafayette<br />

wrestling has reached this level. The first<br />

time was 1991. Lafayette won state in 1992.<br />

“Our team had a fantastic state tournament.<br />

We went 7-0 in the quarterfinals and<br />

all seven wrestlers racked up bonus points<br />

by pins and major decisions,” Wier said.<br />

“Our team was ready, calm and really performed.<br />

“We have a group of never-quit veterans<br />

and four freshman and sophomores that all<br />

made the semifinal rounds of state. What a<br />

Eureka wrestler Ryan Thornhill finished second in his weight class in the Class 4 state<br />

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fun, tough group. They make coaching easy<br />

by their tremendous grit.”<br />

Roth became just the second Lancer to<br />

ever win four medals at state.<br />

“Dylan was in a loaded weight class and<br />

had some huge wins to take fourth,” Wier<br />

said. “Dylan is the ultimate competitor so<br />

he is not satisfied, but he gave his all in<br />

every match and came home all-state again.”<br />

Senior Drew Mattison came in third at<br />

138. This was his only season at Lafayette<br />

after transferring from Parkway South.<br />

“Drew had a season-ending elbow injury<br />

in mid-January,” Wier said. “He was not<br />

supposed to wrestle at districts and he injury<br />

defaulted in the third-place match to go to<br />

state. What a tough young man. He lost a<br />

tight match in the first round to the eventual<br />

state champion (Noah Keen of Francis<br />

Howell Central) and then answered the call<br />

rattling off five straight wins against four<br />

state medalists to take third.<br />

“We are so very proud of him as he had<br />

every reason to stop and he battled all the<br />

way back in a tough road with pain in his<br />

arm to take third. He is a dog.”<br />

During the regular season, Mattison<br />

picked up his 100th career win.<br />

“It was no surprise that he reached 100<br />

wins,” Wier said. “He’s a guy in the practice<br />

room that no one wants to work with<br />

because he goes so hard at practice that it is<br />

tough to keep that pace. He is an amazing<br />

wrestler, person and student. We were lucky<br />

to get to have him as a staple in our lineup<br />

this season.”<br />

Wier was impressed by his three freshmen<br />

– Sumner, Frankenberger and Carter Brown<br />

– all coming in third at state.<br />

“These three wrestled like juniors and<br />

seniors at the show,” Wier said. “They were<br />

unfazed by the big stage and went after some<br />

of the best kids in the country without reservation<br />

or fear. They each took a loss and<br />

had a choice to pack it in, but all made the<br />

mental jump to get third. The three amigos<br />

are going to terrorize Class 4 for three more<br />

years.”<br />

Eureka’s Thornhill<br />

earns state medal<br />

Senior Ryan Thornhill (25-2) picked up<br />

his first state medal in his last opportunity<br />

to do so.<br />

Thornhill was pinned in the third period<br />

at 175 by two-time finalist and first-time<br />

champion Peyton <strong>West</strong>pfahl (40-4) of<br />

Kansas City Liberty.<br />

“<strong>West</strong>pfahl is a very high-level wrestler<br />

with a lot of quickness and power,” Eureka<br />

coach Luke Gentry said. “It was tough<br />

during the match for us to get our hands on<br />

him to get to our set ups and our attacks. At<br />

the end of the day, <strong>West</strong>pfahl ended up on<br />

top and all credit to him. He’s a phenomenal<br />

wrestler.”<br />

It was rewarding for Gentry to see Thornhill<br />

earn a state medal.<br />

“My biggest fear for him as his head coach<br />

is that he would finish a four-time state qualifier<br />

and never place,” Gentry said. “He had<br />

always been in these loaded weight classes<br />

with multiple returning placers and Division<br />

1 commits. For him to work as hard as he<br />

has, for him to get so close and never medal<br />

would have been devastating.<br />

“I had a teammate when I was in high<br />

school that did that and it was hard to watch.<br />

So for him to not only place, but accomplish<br />

something as difficult as making it to the<br />

finals is a testament to all of the hard work<br />

he has put into this sport. I was extremely<br />

proud and happy for him.”<br />

Thornhill also played football for the<br />

Wildcats.<br />

“He’s absolutely relentless in his preparation<br />

and training,” Gentry said. “On top of<br />

that, qualifying for state every year of his<br />

high school career set some pretty high<br />

expectations for his senior season.<br />

“But because of his thumb injury during<br />

football, that put his wrestling season’s<br />

status up in the air. We knew if he could just<br />

get back from this injury that’d he’d have a<br />

chance to finish high at the state tournament,<br />

which he was able to do.”<br />

Gentry enjoyed coaching Thornhill.<br />

“I’m honored to have been able to be<br />

Ryan’s coach. Athletes like him that are<br />

hardworking, talented and coachable are<br />

very rare,” Gentry said. “I personally owe<br />

him and the rest of this senior class thanks<br />

for helping me establish a culture in the<br />

program when I took it over three years ago.<br />

They bought in and have helped pave the<br />

path for future generations of Eureka wrestlers<br />

and I am thankful for that.”<br />

Whitfield winds up third at state<br />

Whitfield finished third in the Class 3 team<br />

standings behind Hannibal and Hillsboro.<br />

The Warriors produced 96.5 points.<br />

Hannibal wound up with 156.5 points and<br />

Hillsboro had 132 points.<br />

Whitfield finished second last season. The<br />

Warriors have 11 state championships in the<br />

program’s history. Whitfield won first from<br />

<strong>20</strong>17-<strong>20</strong>22. The last two championships<br />

came in Class 3 while the other titles came<br />

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Coach Matt Politte said his Warriors<br />

accomplished a solid season.<br />

“Our expectations for the team this season<br />

were for them to reach their fullest potential<br />

by working hard enough and making<br />

the necessary sacrifices to be a top 4 team<br />

in Class 3,” Politte said. “I think that finish<br />

was remarkable given we qualified only six<br />

wrestlers for the state tournament.”<br />

At 138, junior Caleb Carter scored a 3-1<br />

decision over Hannibal’s Drake Brinkley to<br />

finish third.<br />

“Caleb wrestled well. He ran into Hillsboro’s<br />

Jackson Tucker in the semifinal round<br />

for the second year in a row and wrestled<br />

back to third again this year,” Politte said.<br />

At 150, junior Rome Tate also finished<br />

third. He won a 6-2 decision over Fort Zumwalt<br />

South’s Jeric Gumahin.<br />

“Rome and Gumahin were 1 and 1 this<br />

season going into the state meet. Rome<br />

lost a district semifinal match to Gumahin<br />

a week before state,” Politte said. “ Rome<br />

showed me he was ready to make the necessary<br />

adjustments to his style to beat a guy<br />

like Gumahin and his third place match was<br />

a reflection of Rome’s resilience and grit to<br />

beat him at state and earn those team points<br />

for his team showed a lot of maturity.”<br />

The other medalists were sophomore Lucas<br />

Parietti, who was fourth at 157 after losing<br />

2-0 to Casey Olszowska of Washington, and<br />

senior Adrian Harrold who won a 4-3 decision<br />

over Pacific’s Nathaniel Knaff at 285.<br />

CBC freshman finishes second<br />

CBC freshman Colin Rutlin finished his<br />

first season with the Cadets with a 42-8<br />

record and he wrestled for the 138-pound<br />

state championship.<br />

Rutlin lost 13-4 to Noah Keene, of Francis<br />

Howell Central.<br />

Coach Jack Flynn was proud of Rutlin’s<br />

season.<br />

“Noah Keene is a phenomenal wrestler,<br />

and we knew going into that match that we<br />

were going to have to be on top of our game<br />

to come out with a win,” Flynn said. “It was<br />

a mixture of Noah wrestling an awesome<br />

match and us not wrestling our best<br />

“The 138-pound weight class was a<br />

stacked bracket and we knew going into it<br />

that there were going to be no easy matches,<br />

Colin beat two very solid returning medalists<br />

in his quarterfinal and semifinal<br />

matches.”<br />

Flynn called Rutlin’s freshman season<br />

as one “definitely one to remember.” The<br />

Cadets faced a tough schedule.<br />

“He wants to wrestle the best competition,”<br />

Flynn said. “Coming out of our schedule<br />

with only eight losses is something many<br />

seniors would not do, let alone a freshman.<br />

We are so proud of the way he represented<br />

the CBC all season.”<br />

Flynn said he believes Rutlin will move<br />

up in weight for next season, most likely<br />

being at 150.<br />

“For now the plan is to just hit the weight<br />

room and keep adding muscle,” Flynn said.<br />

Parkway South freshman<br />

finishes second<br />

At 1<strong>20</strong>, Parkway South freshman Camron<br />

Duffield (35-3) lost by tech fall to fourtime<br />

medalist and three-time champ Hunter<br />

Taylor (39-1) of Kansas City Liberty.<br />

Taylor, a senior, earned his third state title.<br />

He is ranked 19th nationally and is committed<br />

to wrestle at Oregon State.<br />

Coach Andrew Wallace had high expectations<br />

for Duffield this season.<br />

“We knew he had a lot of potential. As<br />

soon as he started competing for us, we<br />

truly began to understand how special he is,”<br />

Wallace said. “Going into the season, he told<br />

the coaching staff that he wanted to break<br />

the school tech fall records, single season<br />

(11) and career (34) which are both held by<br />

Garrett Kloeppel.<br />

“Just 13 matches into the season, he broke<br />

the single season record. He ended off the<br />

season with 23 tech falls. He will more<br />

than likely shatter the career tech fall record<br />

early next season. Prior to the state tournament,<br />

he was only taken down one time all<br />

season.”<br />

Parkway South freshman Camron Duffield<br />

had a good first Class 4 state tournament.<br />

He placed second at 1<strong>20</strong> pounds. (Provided)<br />

Duffield won by tech fall at <strong>20</strong>-4 in his<br />

first state match, by fall in 25 seconds in his<br />

quarterfinal match and a 5-4 decision over<br />

Grain Valley’s Zachary Bleess in his semifinal.<br />

The semifinal victory was impressive,<br />

Wallace said.<br />

“He won 5-4 and it was the toughest he<br />

wrestled all season,” Wallace said. “All<br />

season he showed that he could take anyone<br />

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Wier wins state wrestling championship in final match for Lafayette<br />

By WARREN MAYES<br />

Andrew Wier’s choice of who to have in<br />

his corner for his final wrestling match at<br />

Lafayette was a no-brainer for the senior.<br />

He decided to have Joe Wier, his father,<br />

and the Lancers’ head coach, take on that<br />

role.<br />

The two had the moment of a lifetime<br />

when Andrew emerged victorious in the<br />

Class 4 championship at 190 pounds.<br />

Andrew scored an 8-3 victory over Fort<br />

Zumwalt North sophomore Deacon Moran.<br />

Moran entered state with a 38-1 record,<br />

and had previously Moran reached the<br />

state meet as a freshman. Wier ended his<br />

season at 32-4.<br />

“I have always dreamed of being a state<br />

champion ever since I started wrestling<br />

in little Badgers (Bonhomme) as a kid,”<br />

Andrew said. “I was never the best wrestler,<br />

but I knew how to compete and that’s<br />

what I did.”<br />

This win was a feel-good occasion that<br />

will stay with father and son. The victory<br />

overcame the sting of sustaining a narrow<br />

loss in last year’s championship match.<br />

“I chose my dad in my corner because<br />

I knew I was going to win and I wanted<br />

him to share that moment with me, with all<br />

of the time and effort and money he has<br />

put forward for me to be in that position,”<br />

Andrew said. “I wouldn’t even be there<br />

without him and when I won and saw him<br />

crying it was just one of the best feelings<br />

in the world.”<br />

Joe was a bundle of emotions after<br />

Andrew made his decision.<br />

“I was probably way more nervous than<br />

Andrew, but I knew I had to hide it,” Joe<br />

said. “Put dad in the backseat and let coach<br />

Wier drive.”<br />

Andrew believed in himself. However,<br />

he was not overconfident.<br />

“I was confident before state,” Andrew<br />

said. “Mostly I was focused on my goal<br />

of becoming a state champ and that really<br />

took over and got rid of my nerves because<br />

I knew I put all of the work in.”<br />

Joe agreed.<br />

“Andrew was extremely confident going<br />

into state,” Joe said.<br />

Joe and Andrew had other emotions at<br />

play before the state meet. Joe’s mother,<br />

Juliana Marie “Dolly” Wier, of Wildwood,<br />

had passed away last December.<br />

“We lost my mom and his grandmother,<br />

who would come to almost every event.<br />

Andrew grew up going to Grandma’s farm<br />

moving bales of hay, 50-pound bags of<br />

grain, and digging post holes and building<br />

fences,” Joe said. “Andrew loved his weekends<br />

there so part of his season he decided<br />

to dedicate his season to his grandma.<br />

“She was powerful, so he felt like he had<br />

an angel on his shoulder the second half of<br />

the year. Andrew did not lose a match after<br />

December.”<br />

He overcame an injury on his way to the<br />

state meet. Andrew suffered a head injury<br />

and was out of action for three weeks in<br />

January, Joe said. When he became healthy,<br />

Andrew worked hard to get back in shape<br />

and be ready. Andrew won the district<br />

tournament by pinning his way through the<br />

event to qualify for state.<br />

Andrew built his whole season around<br />

winning a state championship.<br />

“I knew from the moment we stepped<br />

into the practice room at the beginning of<br />

the season I wanted to win state,” Andrew<br />

said. “We had goal sheets and that was my<br />

main one. I had it written on my mirror in<br />

my bathroom so I could see it and remind<br />

myself. Everyone kept telling me I was<br />

going to win it and didn’t want to let them<br />

Lafayette senior Andrew Wier has his arm raised after he won the state championship in<br />

Class 4 at 190 pounds. In the background is his father, Joe Wier, the Lancers head coach.<br />

(Durwood Tenny photo)<br />

Lafayette senior Andrew Wier stands on<br />

the podium as the state champion.<br />

(Durwood Tenny photo)<br />

down.”<br />

Joe was honored to be in Andrew’s<br />

corner for the match.<br />

“We have some fantastic coaches at<br />

Lafayette. I did not coach Andrew in<br />

matches his entire career,” Joe said. “I let<br />

the other coaches handle him and coach<br />

him. Andrew asked me to sit in his corner<br />

at state one last time.<br />

“When he asked, I thought ‘God help me.’<br />

He was on a mission and made it easy. He<br />

did make me cry a little when he won in<br />

the finals. His grandma would have been<br />

so proud. I’m sure she got to see it.”<br />

Joe said a fast start helped his son in the<br />

match.<br />

“Andrew hit a nice dump in the beginning<br />

and went up 4-0 by putting Deacon<br />

on his back,” Joe said. “He then took him<br />

down two more times in the match to<br />

secure the victory.<br />

“They did not meet but they trained<br />

together in the offseason. Deacon is not<br />

your typical sophomore; he is a very powerful<br />

young man. Andrew won three 50/50<br />

positions in the match and only had only<br />

(one) scare when Deacon almost caught<br />

Andrew in a headlock after Andrew was up<br />

by 4.”<br />

Joe acknowledged he was emotional<br />

after the match.<br />

“I was pretty excited. He became a state<br />

champ,” Joe said. “‘He did it’ is what I<br />

keep saying through my stream of tears.”<br />

Andrew said the win “didn’t even seem<br />

real to me.” He remembers what he did<br />

first.<br />

“I got up and pointed at my fans,”<br />

Andrew said. “It never really set in until I<br />

got up those stairs and out those doors and<br />

all of my teammates, graduated teammates<br />

and family members were standing in the<br />

hallway clapping.”<br />

As much as Andrew dreamed of winning,<br />

when it happened, it went beyond what he<br />

had daydreamed.<br />

“Winning was definitely everything I<br />

imagined,” Andrew said. “I can’t even<br />

describe the feeling. I was just overwhelmed<br />

with the satisfaction that all of<br />

my 12 years of hard work paid off and I<br />

could celebrate it with my friends and<br />

family.”<br />

Andrew’s march to a state title this year<br />

began last March.<br />

In <strong>20</strong>23, Seckman’s Cole Ruble won<br />

a 6-5 decision over Andrew in the state<br />

championship match.<br />

“I remember toward the end of the match<br />

I took a lousy shot and could have finished<br />

it and won, but he scooted away, and I just<br />

remember standing there trying my hardest<br />

to go for a takedown watching that clock<br />

run down with me still losing by one point,”<br />

Andrew said.<br />

That heartbreaking defeat fueled Andrew,<br />

who also plays football in the fall, as he<br />

entered his final campaign with the Lancers.<br />

“That loss is what drove me through<br />

offseason training,” Andrew said. “I was<br />

working out two times a day. Every time<br />

we stepped on the line to sprint (it was)<br />

in the back of my mind. I never wanted<br />

to experience that feeling again, which<br />

pushed me harder.<br />

“I would get one one-on-one sessions<br />

some days to work on craft and I did a lot<br />

more cardio because I knew if I wanted to<br />

win big matches I would have to be able to<br />

go all three periods.”<br />

Andrew was not an overnight success in<br />

the wrestling program. His first two years<br />

as a Lancer were somewhat difficult.<br />

“I was not as strong or fast as everyone. I<br />

was still developing my craft,” Andrew said.<br />

“I would come in to practice most days and<br />

not even get a takedown on my older teammates<br />

during live, but that just made me<br />

want to work harder. Tommy Hagan and<br />

Evan Boren were two upperclassmen and<br />

leaders at the time around my weight and<br />

they really taught me the Lancer wrestling<br />

culture and how to work hard.”<br />

And now it’s all over. Andrew has<br />

decided not to wrestle in college.<br />

“Unfortunately, I am closing that chapter<br />

of my life,” Andrew said. “I will be going<br />

to the University of Missouri to study business<br />

and not to play sports.”<br />

Andrew is the youngest of the Wier<br />

family.<br />

“There has been a Wier kid walking the<br />

halls of Lafayette since <strong>20</strong>11,” Joe said.<br />

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

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By WARREN MAYES<br />

Jackson Fox has a knack for scoring big<br />

goals, and he showed it in the Challenge<br />

Cup championship game.<br />

Fox, a sophomore, helped to lead the<br />

De Smet Jesuit Spartans to a 3-0 win over<br />

the Marquette Mustangs in the Mid States<br />

Club Hockey Association’s Challenge Cup<br />

title game at the Centene Community Ice<br />

Center.<br />

For his efforts, Fox was named the MVP<br />

of the game.<br />

But the humble Fox, who lives in Ellisville,<br />

believed someone else should have<br />

been named the MVP.<br />

De Smet Jesuit sophomore Jackson Fox is presented with the<br />

MVP plaque after the Spartans won the Challenge Cup with a<br />

3-0 win over Marquette. (Dirt and Turf Photography photo)<br />

“I was a little surprised,” Fox said. “It’s<br />

a huge honor. In my opinion, I think our<br />

goalie deserved it more.”<br />

Goalie Alex Rivolta registered 22 saves<br />

in the game. It was his first shutout in the<br />

postseason. He ended his senior season<br />

with six shutouts.<br />

De Smet coach Anthony Cappelletti<br />

believed Fox earned the MVP honor.<br />

“He deserved the MVP by scoring the<br />

first goal and setting the tone of the game<br />

for us,” said Cappelletti. “He also blocked<br />

a shot when they had a power play to take<br />

away a great scoring chance for them. He<br />

played crucial minutes for us down the<br />

middle of the ice.<br />

“He showed he is a big-time player in a<br />

big-time moment. He can handle the pressure<br />

of the moment and rise to the occasion<br />

of a big game.”<br />

Fox believed his performance in the win<br />

over Marquette was solid.<br />

“I think I played really well, probably<br />

one of my best games this year for De<br />

Smet,” Fox said.<br />

Fox played well in the postseason for De<br />

Smet, who finished 21-1-6 this season. In<br />

seven postseason games, Fox scored three<br />

goals and three assists.<br />

The championship was the second in a<br />

row for the Spartans, who have won a total<br />

of 16 Mid-States championships.<br />

“It feels great,” Fox said. “Knowing we<br />

all came together as a team, we were able<br />

to go back to back. (It) Feels great. I think<br />

that was definitely our best game as a team.”<br />

Fox got the Spartans started.<br />

With 7 minutes, 6 seconds to play in the<br />

first period, Fox struck. Sophomore forward<br />

Dillen Grupe found Fox in the right<br />

circle. Fox slapped the puck in for the goal,<br />

beating Marquette goalie Cooper Freeman.<br />

With that, De Smet held a 1-0 lead.<br />

“My linemate skated around the net,”<br />

Fox said. “I found some<br />

open ice. He gave me a<br />

nice pass and I placed my<br />

shot well.”<br />

Cappelletti agreed.<br />

“His goal in the championship<br />

was textbook,”<br />

Cappelletti said. “Dillen<br />

Grupe is one of his wingers.<br />

They complement<br />

each other with their<br />

speed and they play a lot<br />

together on our club team<br />

as well. Grupe drove<br />

wide around the defenseman<br />

and created space<br />

for himself behind the<br />

net. Jackson realized that<br />

and found some quiet ice<br />

and Dillen gave him a perfect pass in his<br />

wheelhouse.<br />

“Cole Heffington, the other winger on<br />

the line, used his big frame to get in front<br />

of the net to take away the goalie’s eyes.<br />

Jackson released his shot quick and high<br />

over the goalie’s glove to snipe it.”<br />

The reaction of the Spartans’ fans was<br />

loud. Fox said he was glad to give them<br />

something to cheer about.<br />

“I was very excited to score and to get our<br />

student section hyped up,” Fox said.<br />

Fox’s quickness is a huge asset, Cappelletti<br />

said.<br />

“Jackson uses his speed to get by defenders,”<br />

Cappelletti said. “Uses his heavy<br />

and quick release shot to score, has good<br />

hockey sense to make his teammates<br />

better.”<br />

What Cappelletti liked about Fox is how<br />

he goes about his game. While not a vocal<br />

player in the locker room, Fox commands<br />

attention from his teammates.<br />

“At De Smet, he is a leader on the ice.<br />

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It’s time to March into Reading<br />

By KATE UPTERGROVE<br />

It may seem like one more thing to do at a time in life<br />

when you’re already overly busy and pulled in too many<br />

directions. But this one thing is truly essential.<br />

In fact, to quote a popular catchphrase of the 1970s, it’s<br />

absolutely FUNdamental. Welcome to National March<br />

into Reading Month.<br />

March was chosen, in part, to honor Theodor Geisel, aka<br />

Dr. Suess, whose legacy in children’s literature is undeniable<br />

and whose birthday is March 2. Suess was many<br />

things, including a political opinionist, so adults have<br />

varying opinions of him, but children, almost universally,<br />

love his works. He knew how to capture the imaginations<br />

of children, so it’s hard, as parents and grandparents, not<br />

to follow his advice: “You’re never too old, too wacky, too<br />

wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”<br />

The benefits are well-researched. Reading teaches children<br />

basic principles that become the building blocks of<br />

knowledge – things like the alphabet, numbers, colors,<br />

the names of farm animals and the sounds they make. But<br />

as Suess’ works illustrate, books can also teach empathy,<br />

compassion and the power of imagination. The Lorax<br />

really did want to save those Truffula trees.<br />

One of the most basic benefits of reading aloud is building<br />

a strong vocabulary.<br />

Reading proficiency<br />

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Research conducted by The Ohio University in <strong>20</strong>19<br />

indicates that children who consistently have five books<br />

per week read to them during their preschool years enter<br />

kindergarten having heard about 1.4 million more words<br />

than their non-read-to peers. According to the study, even<br />

children who have just one book read to them per day,<br />

every day will hear about 290,000 more words by age 5<br />

than children who never have the opportunity to hear a<br />

good book.<br />

Angela Sears Spittall, executive director of Olivettebased<br />

Ready Readers, declares, “Reading is powerful!”<br />

Sears Spittal advises expectant parents to begin reading<br />

to their children at birth and to keep on reading.<br />

“Children have to get to grade level by third grade because<br />

after that they have to read to learn,” Sears Spittal said.<br />

Ready Readers is a nonprofit organization that sends<br />

volunteers into classrooms each week to “inspire a love<br />

of reading among little learners in under-resourced communities.”<br />

“Together, the reader and children build bonds of trust<br />

and friendship as they experience the adventure of reading<br />

together,” Sears Spittal explained.<br />

While knowledge and comprehension are the obvious<br />

results of reading, some benefits are more obscure.<br />

A <strong>20</strong>17 study published in Innovation Aging found that<br />

those who read at least 3.5 hours a week were 23% more<br />

likely to outlive their peers. That’s right. Reading to your<br />

child or grandchild could actually extend your life and<br />

potentially theirs because in reading you are modeling a<br />

lifelong habit.<br />

Maybe longer lives are the result of less stress. A <strong>20</strong>09 study<br />

at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce<br />

stress by up to 68%. There is a caveat, of course, researchers<br />

recommend reading a book or a magazine, but not a screen.<br />

Phones, tablets and computers are all too distracting; it’s just<br />

too easy to hop away from what you are reading to check<br />

social media or news that increases your anxiety.<br />

Longer life, less stress – those are heady statistics, but<br />

the best benefit of reading, especially with your children,<br />

is much closer to the heart. It’s the memories you make.<br />

“Reading is joy!” Sear Spittal exclaims. “It’s so much fun<br />

A Rockwood student celebrates Dr. Suess Day in early March<br />

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for children to connect with an adult who is reading to them,<br />

to hear the sounds, look at the pictures and make memories.”<br />

“... the memory that stays with me is that of my father<br />

reading ‘The Jungle Book’ to us,” recalled author A.B.<br />

Gutherie Jr. when asked about his youth. “Beautiful stories!”<br />

Later, Guthrie’s love of stories, which began sitting<br />

alongside his father, led him to write expansive tales of<br />

the American <strong>West</strong>. In 1950, he won the Pulitzer Prize for<br />

Fiction for his novel, “The Way <strong>West</strong>.”<br />

As children grow older, reading novels aloud as a family<br />

can help children develop confidence in a safe place,<br />

while allowing parents to check for gaps in comprehension,<br />

pronunciation or other areas of concern. Children<br />

who struggle with public speaking because of a lisp, stutter<br />

or dyslexia might even discover that reading about<br />

something they love with someone they love makes them<br />

a stronger reader overall. A favorite novel might even be<br />

read again and again. Repetition strengthens memory, and<br />

memory builds comprehension.<br />

Teen actress Bella Thorne said she reads all the time as a<br />

strategy for dealing with her dyslexia.<br />

“When I was diagnosed with dyslexia, I was told to read<br />

everything from street signs to cereal boxes, and that my<br />

mom shouldn’t read the menu for me. I should read it to<br />

her! It has helped a great deal,” Thorne has been quoted<br />

as saying. “I am reading well, but it is something I work<br />

on every day.”<br />

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friends to compete against you for fun and bragging rights.<br />

Try your hand at writing a contest-winning story. Kids and teens in grades three through 12 can enter the St. Louis County Library’s Write<br />

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Explore the night sky on Sunday, March <strong>24</strong> and Monday, March 25 for the Worm Moon. That’s the name given to March’s full moon by “The<br />

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Looking for creative ways to strengthen<br />

your family’s reading routine? Look no<br />

further than the St. Louis County Library.<br />

Online at slcl.org, you’ll find a wealth of<br />

free resources, from creative calendars to<br />

inspire parents of children from birth to<br />

age 5 to strategies to use with older kids<br />

to story times and lap times at your local<br />

branch.<br />

Calling them the “bread and butter of<br />

early literacy,” Laura Polak, the library<br />

system’s early literacy coordinator, said,<br />

“We have story times and lap times every<br />

week at every branch.”<br />

“It’s really great for families to be able to<br />

come to their branch and get to know their<br />

librarian and other families who come to<br />

story times and build that community<br />

around reading and celebrating literacy,”<br />

Polak said. “Lap time is our program for<br />

Lap time at the St. Louis County Library<br />

children 0 to <strong>24</strong> months and story time is<br />

for children ages 2 through 5. They all feature<br />

stories, rhymes, songs and other fun<br />

activities.”<br />

And there’s no shushing. Kids can be<br />

kids – wiggles, giggles and all.<br />

“The library is the place for you where<br />

you are welcome with your children just as<br />

they are,” Polak said.<br />

Another program that Polak loves and<br />

which fits perfectly with March into Reading<br />

Month is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.<br />

All it takes to be successful is to<br />

read one book a day. Doing so, will have<br />

you completing the program within three<br />

years. But if you read three books per day,<br />

you and your child can complete the mission<br />

in under a year. Here’s how to get<br />

started:<br />

• Register at any branch and take home<br />

a reading log, or sign up online and print<br />

a reading log at home. Want a more techsavvy<br />

tracking method? Consider downloading<br />

the Beanstack Tracker App from<br />

the App Store or Google Play.<br />

• Every time you read a book with your<br />

child, mark a circle on the reading log or<br />

add it to Beanstack.<br />

Be sure to visit your local branch to find<br />

new books and to commemorate every 100<br />

books read with a special sticker. At 500<br />

books read, your child will receive a free<br />

book and a small prize. At 1,000 books,<br />

your child will receive a free book, a drawstring<br />

bag and other fun items.<br />

Don’t worry if your child wants to read<br />

the same book over and over, each rereading<br />

counts and repetition is a strategy that<br />

is vital to learning, so it’s a dual win. And<br />

don’t quit after you reach 1,000 books.<br />

Polak encourages families to keep reading<br />

even after their children start to read on<br />

their own.<br />

“For the majority of children, learning to<br />

read is not easy, but if they know that books<br />

are fun and that reading<br />

books is something we<br />

like to do as a family,<br />

they’re more likely to<br />

be motivated to push<br />

through some of those<br />

challenges,” Polak said.<br />

“The 1,000 Books program<br />

lays a foundation<br />

that reading is important<br />

and it’s something we<br />

value in our lives.”<br />

The library’s Early<br />

Literacy Calendar is yet<br />

another tool for parents<br />

and children to use in<br />

(Source: slcl.org) building a love of words<br />

while having fun. It’s<br />

filled with activities that range from reading<br />

to singing to observing to dancing and<br />

everything in between.<br />

“Those activities are really a way to meet<br />

parents and children where they are with<br />

materials they have in their homes or no<br />

materials at all that get kids thinking about<br />

and excited about language and words,”<br />

Polak said. “On the back of our calendar<br />

(available in branches and online at slcl.<br />

org/children-families) we have the Picture<br />

Book Bingo Challenge. There are nine different<br />

activities that they can do that are all<br />

centered around one featured picture book<br />

for the month.”<br />

Families can register at slcl.beanstack.<br />

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they’ll be entered into an electronic<br />

raffle for the featured book.<br />

No matter what your age or interest, it’s<br />

likely the St. Louis County Library has<br />

what you are looking for, so drop in and<br />

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Just as spring allergies are starting to kick in, medical researchers say<br />

many allergy sufferers may actually have a different condition called CRS.<br />

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HEALTH<br />

CAPSULES<br />

By LISA RUSSELL<br />

Many cases of spring allergies<br />

may actually be CRS<br />

As April approaches and the blooming<br />

season begins, so does the suffering of<br />

many St. Louis area residents with allergies.<br />

For many, however, treating the symptoms<br />

with antihistamines and decongestants may<br />

not provide much relief from the runny<br />

noses, clogged sinuses and watery eyes<br />

that plague them every spring.<br />

That’s because many people who think<br />

allergies are their problem actually have a<br />

different condition called chronic rhinosinusitis<br />

(CRS) – a condition which should be<br />

treated differently than allergies, say medical<br />

researchers from the University of Cincinnati.<br />

“We have seen in our clinical practices<br />

many instances where patients have<br />

believed that they have allergies for many<br />

years and have sought treatment for allergies<br />

for years,” said Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, director<br />

of the Division of Rhinology, Allergy<br />

and Anterior Skull Base Surgery at the UC<br />

College of Medicine. “They have never<br />

found relief from their sinus/nasal symptoms<br />

because all along they’ve had CRS, an<br />

inflammatory condition of the sinuses.”<br />

Sedaghat was the lead author of a recent<br />

UC study including more than <strong>20</strong>0 patients<br />

whose main complaint was nasal allergies.<br />

Thorough testing was conducted to measure<br />

the severity and cause of their nasal<br />

and sinus symptoms. Although 91% of<br />

them did have environmental allergies, just<br />

over 45% were also diagnosed with CRS.<br />

The preferred treatment for the condition<br />

is nasal corticosteroid medication; but only<br />

half of the people who were diagnosed with<br />

CRS in the study had received it, Sedaghat<br />

said. The study results suggest that patients<br />

should consider the possibility of CRS when<br />

their nasal blockage or discharge symptoms<br />

become moderate to severe, or if they notice<br />

any decreased sense of smell, he added.<br />

According to the National Institutes of<br />

Health, CRS may impact about 15% of the<br />

entire U.S. population. The UC study was<br />

recently published in the journal Otolaryngology<br />

– Head and Neck Surgery.<br />

Like Cincinnati, St. Louis is also a national<br />

hotspot for seasonal allergies. Our city was<br />

ranked No. 58 on the Asthma and Allergy<br />

Foundation’s most recent Allergy Capitals<br />

Report listing the top 100 most difficult places<br />

to live for people with allergies in the U.S.<br />

Snacks serve up large<br />

helping of daily calories<br />

Nearly a quarter of the calories consumed<br />

by American adults come from<br />

snacks, a new study conducted at Ohio<br />

State University has found.<br />

On average, Americans eat 400 to 500<br />

calories’ worth of snack foods every day.<br />

In order of preference, they include convenience<br />

foods high in carbohydrates and fats<br />

(like chips or pretzels); sweets; alcoholic<br />

beverages; sugar-sweetened beverages; milk<br />

and dairy foods; fruit; grain-based products,<br />

and – lagging far behind – vegetables.<br />

The vast majority of these snacks are<br />

lacking in nutritional value, contributing<br />

little in the way of protein, vitamins<br />

or minerals, the researchers said. At the<br />

same time, they account for about a third<br />

of added sugar and fat.<br />

“The magnitude of the impact (of snacking)<br />

isn’t realized until you actually look<br />

at it,” said senior study author Christopher<br />

Taylor, an Ohio State professor of medical<br />

dietetics. “Snacks are contributing a meal’s<br />

worth of intake to what we eat without it<br />

actually being a meal. If you ate a meal<br />

of what you eat for snacks, it becomes a<br />

completely different scenario of, generally,<br />

carbohydrates, sugars, not much protein,<br />

not much fruit, not a vegetable. So it’s not<br />

a fully well-rounded meal.”<br />

Data for the study came from surveys<br />

of nearly <strong>24</strong>,000 adults over age 30 who<br />

participated in the National Health and<br />

Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)<br />

between <strong>20</strong>05 and <strong>20</strong>16. These surveys<br />

detail exactly what, and when, participants<br />

ate over a particular <strong>24</strong>-hour period. The<br />

study was recently published in PLOS<br />

Global Public Health.<br />

Why do politics bring<br />

out the worst in us?<br />

When it comes to their moral judgements<br />

of politicians and others on the opposite<br />

side of the political aisle, people tend to<br />

use different standards for ethical behavior<br />

than they would to judge the ones on<br />

their own side. They’re also more willing<br />

to bend those standards and behave badly<br />

toward those in the “outgroup” than they<br />

normally would, according to a new survey<br />

conducted by political science researchers<br />

at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.<br />

The survey included four different<br />

samples of adults totaling close to 2,500<br />

respondents. They all answered questions<br />

about their foundational moral beliefs, and<br />

were also asked about their moral tolerance<br />

and moral behavior in both political<br />

and personal situations. They represented<br />

about an equal number of liberal and conservative<br />

viewpoints.<br />

The surveys revealed that, regardless of<br />

age or political affiliation, people said they<br />

would be more likely to engage in immoral<br />

behaviors and judgments contrary to their<br />

personal beliefs if they were related to<br />

politics. For example, the same person’s<br />

answers to “I would falsely accuse someone<br />

of a serious misdeed” were often different<br />

based on whether that person was a<br />

friend or a politician representing the opposite<br />

political party.<br />

“Basically, we were taking the same<br />

person and asking them virtually the same<br />

questions…The only difference in the<br />

items is we changed ‘person’ to ‘politician.’<br />

And that was enough to shift people’s<br />

moral judgment,” said Kevin Smith, a coauthor<br />

and political science professor. “A<br />

lot of it was just driven by genuine internal<br />

dislike of the ‘other’ side.”<br />

That shift also included their views<br />

toward politicians’ bad behavior. Participants<br />

were more morally tolerant of it in<br />

those who were on their side – similar to<br />

the behavior they would be willing to tolerate<br />

from a friend – than the same behavior<br />

of another politician who was a member of<br />

the “outgroup.”<br />

The study’s leaders said the survey highlights<br />

the harm of outrage-based politics in<br />

an increasingly polarized society, where<br />

politicians and media outlets alike both pit<br />

one party against the other.<br />

“I think there’s some reason for concern,”<br />

said Kyle Hull, another co-author. “Politics<br />

makes us do things that we just normally<br />

wouldn’t do and tolerate things we<br />

wouldn’t normally tolerate. It brings out,<br />

sometimes, the worst in us.”<br />

Gas stoves pollute homes,<br />

Purdue research finds<br />

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announced that it would consider regulating<br />

natural gas hookups in new home construction,<br />

potentially phasing out Americans’<br />

ability to “cook with gas” in the future.<br />

A recent Purdue University study<br />

appears to bear out these concerns when it<br />

comes to gas stoves’ impact on health. In<br />

the university’s state-of-the-art lab built<br />

to recreate a home environment, scientists<br />

found that cooking on a gas stove can emit<br />

more microscopic particles into the air than<br />

vehicles that run on either gas or diesel,<br />

possibly increasing the risk of asthma or<br />

other respiratory illnesses.<br />

Their experiments in the lab showed that<br />

during cooking, “nanoclusters” of aerosol<br />

particles are transported quickly from<br />

the gas stove to the rest of the house. For<br />

example, trillions of these particles were<br />

emitted within just <strong>20</strong> minutes of boiling<br />

water or making grilled cheese sandwiches<br />

or buttermilk pancakes on a gas stove.<br />

Although many particles rapidly settled<br />

on other surfaces, the models indicated<br />

that approximately 10 billion to 1 trillion<br />

of these tiny particles could travel into an<br />

adult’s nasal passages and lungs. These<br />

doses would be even higher for children<br />

– because the smaller the human body, the<br />

more concentrated the dose they receive.<br />

The lab’s large volume of high-quality<br />

data also allowed the Purdue researchers to<br />

compare their findings with known outdoor<br />

air pollution levels, which are more regulated<br />

and understood than indoor air pollution.<br />

It showed that adults and children<br />

could be breathing in between 10 and 100<br />

times more nanocluster aerosol from cooking<br />

on a gas stove indoors than they would<br />

from car exhaust while standing on a busy<br />

street.<br />

The Purdue study is among the first to<br />

measure indoor spread of these tiny nanocluster<br />

aerosol particles, according to Brandon<br />

Boor, an associate professor in the<br />

university’s Lyles School of Engineering.<br />

“These super tiny nanoparticles are so small<br />

Purdue University scientists have found<br />

that cooking on a gas stove releases<br />

harmful pollutants that travel directly into<br />

human respiratory systems.<br />

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that you’re not able to see them. They’re not<br />

like dust particles that you would see floating<br />

in the air,” Boor said. “After observing such<br />

high concentrations of nanocluster aerosol<br />

during gas cooking, we can’t ignore these<br />

nano-sized particles anymore.”<br />

On the calendar<br />

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

a Babysitting 101 virtual class on<br />

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

via Teams Meeting. This interactive class is<br />

a great introduction to the basics of babysitting.<br />

The cost is $25 per child; parents may<br />

sit in on the class. Register online at bjc.org/<br />

babysitting-class.<br />

• • •<br />

A St. Luke’s Nutrition Class is on<br />

Wednesday, March 27 from 2-3 p.m. at<br />

Schnucks Eatwell Market, 2<strong>20</strong> THF Blvd.<br />

in Chesterfield. By the end of the session,<br />

you will feel more confident about your<br />

shopping skills. The registration cost is<br />

$5; all participants will receive wellness<br />

resources, samples and a $10 Schnucks gift<br />

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

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends CPR<br />

virtual course on Wednesday, April 10<br />

from 6:30-8:30 p.m., live via Teams Meeting.<br />

This class uses the American Heart<br />

Association curriculum to teach hands-on<br />

CPR skills (course does not include certification<br />

upon completion). The cost is $50<br />

for two people. Register online by visiting<br />

bjc.org/cpr-class.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers Let’s Cook!!<br />

Herbs and Spices on Tuesday, April 23<br />

from 4-5 p.m. in the St. Luke’s Cardiac<br />

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

in Chesterfield. Join a St. Luke’s dietician<br />

for a free, live cooking demonstration and<br />

sample some fresh herbs along with a delicious<br />

chicken dish prepared with whole<br />

grains and cherry tomatoes. Register at<br />

stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

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

Peace with Food: Basics of Mindful<br />

Eating on Wednesday, April <strong>24</strong> from 6:30-<br />

7:30 p.m. at the Desloge Outpatient Center,<br />

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

in Classroom 3 of Building A. Join us for<br />

a free in-person class to learn the basics<br />

about how to eat mindfully. Sign up to<br />

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

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Mom &<br />

Baby Expo on Thursday, April 25 from<br />

5-8 p.m. at the hospital’s Institute for<br />

Health Education, 232 S. Woods Mill<br />

Road in Chesterfield, in the North Medical<br />

Building. The free event features speakers,<br />

vendor booths, tours of St. Luke’s Birth<br />

Care Suites, light refreshments and attendance<br />

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

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Community Events for Older Adults<br />

CLASSES<br />

n AARP DRIVER SAFETY • Tuesday, May 21.<br />

• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. • Bluebird Park Administration<br />

building • $<strong>20</strong> for AARP members; $25 for all<br />

others.<br />

n CRAFTERNOONS • Paper Flower Making •<br />

Tuesday, April 23. • 1-2:30 p.m. • Schroeder Park<br />

Building • Registration is required. • $6 residents;<br />

$7.80 all others. Supplies included. • All abilities.<br />

n SENIOR PAINTING • Fridays • 9:30-11 a.m. •<br />

Schroeder Park Building • Drop-in classes. • All<br />

abilities. • Free.<br />

n SENIOR PANEL DISCUSSION • Ask the<br />

Lawyer: Trusts, Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate,<br />

Guardianship • Tuesday, May 7 • 10-11 a.m. •<br />

Chesterfield Community Center • Registration is<br />

required.<br />

n TREE OF LIFE MACRAME • Wednesdays,<br />

April 10 & 17. • 6-7:30pm • Schroeder Park<br />

Building • Residents $50; others $65<br />

FITNESS & SPORTS<br />

n 50-PLUS & FIT • Mondays, 8-8:45 a.m. or<br />

10:<strong>20</strong>-11:05 a.m. or 11:<strong>20</strong> a.m.-12:05 p.m. •<br />

Wednesdays, 11-11:45 a.m. • Fridays, 10:<strong>20</strong>-<br />

11:05 a.m. & 11:<strong>20</strong> a.m.-12:05 p.m. • The<br />

Pointe • Drop-in classes. • Pointe members<br />

free; fee all others.<br />

n ABLT • Tuesdays & Thursdays • 9:30 a.m. •<br />

Drop-in water aerobics. • The Pointe • Platinum<br />

free; residents $7; all others $9.<br />

n CLASSIC SILVER SNEAKERS •<br />

Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 9-9:45<br />

a.m.; Wednesdays at 10-10:45 a.m. • The<br />

Pointe • Drop-in classes. • Pointe members<br />

DISC GOLF is available daily at Bluebird Park<br />

in Ellisville, Schroeder Park in Manchester<br />

and Railroad Park in Chesterfield.<br />

PICKLEBALL is available daily at Bluebird<br />

Park in Ellisville, Schroeder Park in<br />

Manchester and The Pointe in Ballwin.<br />

TENNIS is available daily at Bluebird Park in<br />

Ellisville and Schroeder Park in Manchester.<br />

free; fee all others.<br />

n FIT 4 ALL • Tuesdays, 11-11:45 p.m. • The<br />

Pointe at Ballwin Commons • Drop-in classes. •<br />

Free for Pointe members; drop-in fee all others.<br />

n JOINTS IN MOTION • Mondays,<br />

Wednesdays & Fridays • 10:30 a.m. • Drop-in<br />

water aerobics. • The Pointe • Platinum free;<br />

residents $7; others $9.<br />

n PICKLEBALL LESSONS • Wednesday or<br />

Thursday evenings • Beginner and intermediate<br />

levels • Call Drew for details at (636) 391-6326<br />

ext. 430.<br />

n SENIOR FITNESS • Mondays-Thursdays;<br />

several time options. • Schroeder Park Building<br />

• Free with Silver Sneakers or Renew Active •<br />

Registration is required • Classes fill quickly.<br />

n TAI CHI • Thursdays • 1-1:45 p.m. and 2-2:45<br />

p.m. • Drop-in classes • The Pointe • Free for<br />

Pointe members; drop-in fee all others.<br />

n WATER AEROBICS • Monday-Friday, 8:30<br />

a.m. • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:30<br />

a.m. • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:45 p.m. • Dropin<br />

classes • The Pointe • Platinum free; residents<br />

$7; all others $9.<br />

n CHAIR YOGA • Wildwood Yoga & Wellness,<br />

2642 Hwy. 109, Suite B • Tuesdays • 1:30-2:30<br />

p.m. • Residents free; all others $5 per class •<br />

Register online up to one day prior to class.<br />

n MERAKI YOGA • Tuesdays: 9:30-10:30 a.m.<br />

(gentle); 10:45-11:45 a.m. (chair) • Wednesdays:<br />

9:45-10:45 a.m. (chair); 10:45-11:45 a.m.<br />

(morning flow) • Chesterfield Community Center •<br />

$60 for 5-class pass; $100 for unlimited monthly<br />

pass (registration is required) • $<strong>20</strong> per drop-in<br />

class.<br />

n SILVER SNEAKERS YOGA • Wednesdays<br />

• 10:10-10:50 a.m. • All fitness levels. • Free with<br />

Pointe membership; drop-in fee all others.<br />

n YOGA SLOW FLOW • Wildwood Yoga &<br />

Wellness, 2642 Hwy. 109, Suite B • Fridays<br />

• 11 a.m.-noon • Residents free; all others $5<br />

per class • Register online up to one day prior<br />

to class.<br />

n ZUMBA GOLD • Thursdays • 11:30 a.m.-<br />

CITY CONTACT INFORMATION & REGISTRATION<br />

n Ballwin (636) 227-8950 • ballwin.<br />

mo.us • Ballwin Golf Course, 333<br />

Holloway Road • The Pointe, 1 Ballwin<br />

Commons Circle<br />

n Chesterfield (636) 812-9500 • email<br />

olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us •<br />

Community Center, 237 Chesterfield Mall,<br />

second floor by Macy's<br />

12:15 p.m. • No registration needed • Free with<br />

Pointe membership; drop-in fee all others.<br />

SOCIAL & SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

n ARBOR DAY • Saturday, April <strong>20</strong>. • 10-11am<br />

• Schroeder Park Building<br />

n ARBOR DAY • Friday, April 26. • 1:30 p.m. •<br />

Bussmann Shelter • Free seedling giveaway.<br />

n BINGO • Wednesdays, April <strong>24</strong> & May 8. •<br />

11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. • Chesterfield Community<br />

Center. • $5 per person, cash at the door. •<br />

Register by emailing olderadults@chesterfield.<br />

mo.us.<br />

n LUNCH & BINGO • First and third Wednesdays<br />

• 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • The Pointe • Registration<br />

is required. • $8 per person, per date.<br />

n MORNING BINGO • Thursdays, April 4, May<br />

2 & 16. • 9-10:30 a.m. • Schroeder Park Building<br />

• $2 per person, per day.<br />

n BOOK CLUB • Tuesday, April 16: “The<br />

Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes • 11 a.m.-noon •<br />

Schroeder Park Building • Free<br />

n BRIDGE • Mondays, April 1 & 15. • 1-3 p.m.,<br />

open play. • Schroeder Park Building • $1 per<br />

person.<br />

n BRIDGE CLUB • Tuesdays through April<br />

• 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. • The Pointe • Some<br />

experience required. • Drop-in. • Free.<br />

n BUNCO • Tuesdays, April 16 & May 14. •<br />

1-2:30 p.m. • Chesterfield Community Center •<br />

$5 per person, cash at the door. • Register by<br />

emailing olderadults@chesterfield.mo.us.<br />

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recdesk.com • Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer<br />

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n Manchester (636) 391-6326, ext 401 or<br />

402 • manchestermo.gov • Schroeder Park,<br />

359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

n Wildwood (636) 458-0440 •<br />

wildwoodmo.recdesk.com • City Hall,<br />

16860 Main St.<br />

4. • 10 a.m.-noon. • Bluebird Park • Free<br />

n ELECTRONIC RECYCLING • Thursday,<br />

April 4. • Noon-5 p.m. • Fee for certain items •<br />

Information at ellisville.mo.us.<br />

n LAFAYETTE OLDER ADULT PROGRAM •<br />

Second and fourth Mondays through May • 10<br />

a.m.-1 p.m. • Ballwin Golf Course • Entertainment,<br />

speakers, bingo, socializing • Bring lunch;<br />

dessert and drinks provided. • $2 per person. •<br />

Contact Stephanie at (636) 391-6326, ext. 401,<br />

or by email to shardesty@manchestermo.gov to<br />

be added to the day-trip list.<br />

n MAH JONGG • Mondays, April 1 & 15. • 1-3<br />

p.m., open play • Schroeder Park Building • $1<br />

per person per date.<br />

n MAHJONG CLUB • Tuesdays through April •<br />

1-3 p.m. • The Pointe • Drop-in. • Free.<br />

n MAHJONG MONDAYS • Weekly • 10 a.m.<br />

• Chesterfield Community Center • Participants<br />

are welcome to bring their own sets. • Free<br />

n PLEIN AIR ART EVENT • Saturday, May<br />

4. • Wildwood City Hall • $40 for pre registered<br />

participants; $50 for participants registering<br />

same day.<br />

n PUZZLEPALOOZA • Thursday, April<br />

11. • 1 p.m. • Chesterfield Community Center •<br />

$<strong>20</strong> per team; 2 people per team • Register at<br />

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n STARGAZING • Thursday, April 18. • 8 p.m. •<br />

Bluebird Park at Connor Field • Free<br />

n TREE CARE ANSWER MAN • Saturdays,<br />

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fundraising support. All experiences provided<br />

leadership growth and effectiveness<br />

through public service.<br />

Q2. I am committed to representing<br />

the residents of Wildwood so that the<br />

city council can hear their voices through<br />

public service in action. Keeping Wildwood<br />

unique is what makes our city so<br />

special but finding ways to attract the<br />

right businesses and restaurants for future<br />

success is key to our economic development<br />

Monitoring watershed erosion is<br />

also a continuing concern for our environment<br />

as we look to the future. I would like<br />

to support these efforts and other opportunities<br />

through active committee service.<br />

Q3. I have attended many city council,<br />

planning and zoning, and administration/<br />

public works meetings over the years. I have<br />

a master’s degree in business administration,<br />

am budget-conscious and an effective<br />

communicator. I have the time to devote to<br />

full-time community service now that I am<br />

retired. Giving to others has always been a<br />

part of my life, and I can’t think of a better<br />

way to support our community. I am dedicated<br />

and have the professional background<br />

and public service experience to help the<br />

city of Wildwood continue to have a bright<br />

and productive future.<br />

• Chris Preston, Ward 1<br />

Q1. I’ve been active in the Wildwood<br />

city government for going on three years<br />

now, in both the Board of Public Safety,<br />

as well as the Historic Preservation Committee.<br />

I’ve also owned and operated a<br />

successful business for many years now,<br />

and I have a strong understanding of how<br />

to budget resources, along with the willingness<br />

to make hard decisions.<br />

Q2. My top priorities are: Work to<br />

maintain our natural surroundings and<br />

historic relevance. Keep Wildwood a safe<br />

and wonderful place to both live and raise<br />

a family. Cultivate a more effective business<br />

environment to build up our town<br />

center and other commercial spaces.<br />

Q3. I’m not running on any cornerstone<br />

issue, but rather on a promise to represent<br />

everyone from the ward, while striving to<br />

maintain a functional and effective city<br />

government.<br />

• Ashley Slauter, Ward 1<br />

Q1. I currently serve on two Wildwood<br />

commissions, one of which I co-chair.<br />

Beyond this civic commitment, I have<br />

years of professional experience in strategic<br />

revenue diversification and committee<br />

management. I believe my background<br />

equips me to not only preserve Wildwood’s<br />

charm and uniqueness but also<br />

drive its growth sustainably.<br />

Q2. If elected, my top priorities include<br />

completing Phase II of the Internet project,<br />

fostering economic development &<br />

growth and creation (Village Green) and<br />

preservation of our green spaces, ensuring<br />

a balanced and thriving future for our<br />

community.<br />

Q3. Before heading to the polls, it’s crucial<br />

to know that I have a profound commitment<br />

to Wildwood. Choosing to make<br />

this community my home reflects my<br />

deep care for its unique charm, especially<br />

its green spaces. I am resolutely dedicated<br />

to collaborating with fellow council members<br />

to achieve responsible growth for our<br />

city. Your vote for me signifies support<br />

for a leader invested in preserving Wildwood’s<br />

character while working diligently<br />

towards its sustainable development.<br />

• Robert L. “Bob” Mabry, Ward 2<br />

• Scott Ottenberg*, Ward 3<br />

• Joe Farmer, Ward 4<br />

Q1. I have represented Ward 4 since<br />

September <strong>20</strong>19, honored with re-election<br />

in <strong>20</strong><strong>20</strong> and <strong>20</strong>22. I am currently serving<br />

as chair of the Watershed Erosion Task<br />

Force, vice chair of the Administration and<br />

Public Works Committee, and president of<br />

the <strong>West</strong>glen Farms HOA. My passions<br />

include promoting city modernization<br />

while carefully preserving our heritage<br />

and values. I advocate for cohesive governance<br />

and civility to move Wildwood<br />

forward. With extensive experience in<br />

community leadership, I’ve spearheaded<br />

strategic plans and advocated for transparent<br />

modernized communication with<br />

our residents. I am deeply committed to<br />

Ward 4 and the city of Wildwood.<br />

Q2. If elected, my top priorities are<br />

safeguarding the careful balance between<br />

sustainable smart development and preserving<br />

our cherished natural areas, safeguarding<br />

Wildwood’s nine watersheds,<br />

and expediting critical public works<br />

projects like improving internet access,<br />

implementing effective deer management,<br />

completing the Strecker Road sidewalk<br />

and better addressing our roadways and<br />

traffic issues.<br />

Q3. Having grown up in Wildwood, I<br />

am committed to preserving its natural<br />

beauty, to protecting its nine watersheds<br />

and enhancing its infrastructure to better<br />

meet residents’ needs. As chair of the<br />

Watershed Erosion Task Force and vice<br />

chair of the Administration and Public<br />

Works Committee, I’ve demonstrated dedication<br />

to these causes. With your support,<br />

I’ll continue prioritizing sustainable progress<br />

and effective governance and working<br />

together in a civil way. Your vote is a<br />

vote for a thriving Wildwood that honors<br />

its past while embracing its future, and I<br />

would be very grateful to receive it.<br />

• Jean Vedvig, Ward 4<br />

Q1. One of my accomplishments was<br />

working for and supporting the incorporation<br />

of Wildwood. This gave citizens of<br />

our community a true voice in their local<br />

government. I went door to door to support<br />

the building of Wildwood City Hall.<br />

Providing residents with one location to<br />

access all government services. This was<br />

accomplished without a tax increase. I<br />

have served on one of the first Planning<br />

and Zoning Commissions, on the Wildwood<br />

City Council, the Town Center<br />

Advisory and Update Committee, the<br />

Administration and Public Works Committee.<br />

Much of this work established the<br />

foundation of Town Center.<br />

Q2. Working with the council and staff<br />

to control spending to stop the need for<br />

a tax increase. Wildwood was designed<br />

to have a lean, responsive form of government<br />

to avoid burdensome taxes on<br />

property owners. Responsible spending to<br />

benefit the residents is top of the list. Following<br />

the Master Plan will protect property<br />

values. Incremental zoning exceptions<br />

are not what residents expect. I believe<br />

elected officials should not meet in private<br />

with developers or contractors. Residents’<br />

voices cannot be heard in private meetings.<br />

Continue working for in-person council<br />

meetings to allow accountability and<br />

access to elected officials.<br />

Q3. I am not in this to cut ribbons. I am<br />

independent and unafraid to make decisions<br />

based on facts. My record of dedication<br />

and experience serving residents<br />

stands on its own. I would work with<br />

the council to restore leadership and the<br />

promise of our community. Sometimes it<br />

is hard but if you see something I believe<br />

you must stand up. I want Wildwood residents<br />

to know what is being said and to<br />

have a voice over their government, their<br />

property and the surrounding environment.<br />

If I am elected, Wildwood citizens<br />

will know what to expect.<br />

• Debra Smith McCutchen*, Ward 5<br />

• Robin L. “Rob” Rambaud*, Ward 6<br />

• Jim Kranz, Ward 7<br />

• Timothy E. Kummer, Ward 8<br />

Q1. I have lived in Wildwood for over<br />

<strong>20</strong> years and want to preserve the natural<br />

beauty of Wildwood.<br />

Q2. I would like to stop the development<br />

of high-density home building by<br />

not allowing variances in our zoning<br />

codes to maximize profits for devolpers.<br />

I am committed to green space and tree<br />

preservation. I would also like to bring<br />

new growth with family-friendly restaurants<br />

and businesses to our area.<br />

Q3. I am active in city meetings and<br />

feel I can be a voice for the citizens and<br />

act on their behalf.<br />

• Michael Gillani*, Ward 8<br />

Q1. I’ve served two terms as a Wildwood<br />

City Council member in Ward 8 and<br />

am currently the chair of the parks and<br />

planning committee. I have also served<br />

on the economic development committee,<br />

watershed erosion task force, parks and<br />

planning committee, historic preservation<br />

committee, and Town Center update team.<br />

I have also started and run multiple businesses<br />

and currently serve as an RVP with<br />

USA Mortgage.<br />

Q2. My priorities are to preserve Wildwood’s<br />

greenspace and character; maintain<br />

honest, ethical and economically<br />

conservative policies and procedures; and<br />

l effectively and proactively represent the<br />

constituents of not just Ward 8 but the city<br />

in general.<br />

Q3. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time<br />

on the City Council thus far and would<br />

love the opportunity to continue to be a<br />

positive influence on the city of Wildwood<br />

and its residents. I believe I work<br />

very well with the other council members<br />

to preserve a “can do” attitude and mutual<br />

respect, which is the key to getting things<br />

done. My background and success in<br />

business allow me to transfer those experiences<br />

and knowledge to my activities as<br />

a representative of the city.<br />

WINCHESTER<br />

Board of Aldermen<br />

• Ed Schaefer, Ward 1<br />

• Christine Danielle Luebbert*, Ward 1<br />

• Michael Schmidt*, Ward 2<br />

• Mark Raup, Ward 2<br />

BOARDS OF EDUCATION<br />

Candidates were asked the following<br />

questions:<br />

Q1. What inspired you to run for this<br />

office?<br />

Q2. What are your priorities if elected?<br />

Q3. What is the district’s biggest challenge?<br />

Q4. How would you have the district<br />

address that challenge?<br />

PARKWAY<br />

Board of Education<br />

• Matthew Schindler*<br />

Q1. I am seeking one last term on the<br />

Parkway School Board. After the challenges<br />

posed by the COVID-19 epidemic,<br />

I am reinvigorated and dedicated<br />

to advancing initiatives that enhance the<br />

educational experience for all Parkway<br />

students.<br />

Q2. My priorities are: Students – support<br />

personalized learning and our choice<br />

programs. Stability – maintain the financial<br />

health of the district and advocate for<br />

public school funding. Community - Keep<br />

Parkway a destination for families, teachers,<br />

staff and administrators.<br />

Q3. The mental health of our students<br />

is the biggest challenge today. Both teachers<br />

and school personnel are required to<br />

confront these growing issues. I have<br />

seen these challenges in my own family. I<br />

do feel Parkway is a leader in the region<br />

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in addressing the mental health issue, but<br />

much more needs to be done. For a student<br />

to learn, they must come into the classroom<br />

in a place mentally ready to learn.<br />

Q4. I believe a crucial step in addressing<br />

students’ mental health is transitioning<br />

our mental health screening from opt-in to<br />

opt-out. This adjustment aims to identify<br />

students who may benefit from additional<br />

resources. Despite the district’s efforts<br />

to allocate more resources for students’<br />

mental health, the needs of our students<br />

persist and will require additional monitoring<br />

to gauge our impact.<br />

• Kevin Seltzer*<br />

Q1. Six years ago I chose to run for<br />

school board because I wanted to serve<br />

my community and that has not changed.<br />

Parkway is an important part of my family’s<br />

history and future, and I am dedicated<br />

to this district. I want to serve this<br />

district and be an advocate for Parkway<br />

and public education.<br />

Q2. My priority is long-range, strategic<br />

planning to ensure that Parkway continues<br />

to fulfill its mission. As a district, we are<br />

doing good work, but we need to be prepared<br />

for an evolving environment. The<br />

future of education is going to look different,<br />

and I want to be a part of ensuring<br />

that Parkway is in a position to evolve and<br />

continue to serve this community well.<br />

Q3. Running a school district is a great<br />

balancing act. Parkway has a lot of objectives,<br />

along with educating we try to meet<br />

the many other needs of our students and<br />

stakeholders. The biggest challenge we<br />

face is how to meet the divergent needs<br />

of all parties while effectively managing<br />

resources.<br />

Q4. There’s no easy solution, but as a<br />

board, it is our responsibility to set policies<br />

and procedures that reflect the values<br />

of this community. This district is committed<br />

to meeting the needs of our students<br />

and preparing them for successful<br />

lives. Careful evaluation of programs and<br />

practices is vital. The goal is to consistently<br />

analyze our work and make sure we<br />

are delivering on our mission.<br />

• Todd Williams<br />

Q1. I think there needs to be a conservative<br />

board member when the next superintendent<br />

is chosen in the near future. This is<br />

vital for the direction of the school district<br />

and the taxpayers who live in the district.<br />

Q2. My first priority will be to staff/<br />

employ a dedicated security officer at<br />

every school in the Parkway District. The<br />

high schools and middle schools have<br />

SROs currently and there are rotating<br />

SROs that do have elementary schools<br />

every few days, but this is not acceptable.<br />

There needs to be full-time security<br />

at each school, whether it be an SRO or<br />

private security that is part of the Parkway<br />

District. My second priority will be<br />

to take a look at the budget and find out<br />

why the teachers of this district do not<br />

have the best pay and all the materials to<br />

do their jobs on a daily basis. The priority<br />

needs to be in the classroom and not the<br />

administration building.<br />

Q3. The Parkway School District<br />

needs to get back to what it historically<br />

has been very good at and that is teaching<br />

the children in the classroom. Parkway<br />

is not the parent, grandparent or<br />

guardian. Parkway is given the task by<br />

the state of Missouri to teach students in<br />

the classroom, to get them to a certain<br />

level of proficiency before they graduate.<br />

In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Parkway’s<br />

enrollment was close to 23,000 students<br />

now it is closer to 16,000 students. With<br />

enrollment declining and property taxes<br />

increasing the next big problem for<br />

Parkway will be school choice/vouchers,<br />

where the parent will be able to take<br />

their tax dollars and choose which school<br />

spends that money the most efficiently<br />

on their child.<br />

Q4. I would have the district address<br />

school security. Classrooms are the priority<br />

for the budget, not the administration.<br />

Parents do the parenting; teachers do the<br />

teaching.<br />

• Stacey L. Myton<br />

Candidate did not reply by press time.<br />

• John Tettinger<br />

Q1. I was inspired to run by concerns<br />

over social activism becoming a priority<br />

over the academic achievement of our students<br />

and the increased workload being<br />

placed on our teachers.<br />

Q2. My priorities are to provide teachers<br />

with adequate resource support and<br />

the freedom to focus fully on academic<br />

achievement; and to reverse the downward<br />

trend in core academic scores.<br />

Q3. Adequate support resources to support<br />

a declining student population and<br />

increased cultural diversity of the student<br />

population.<br />

Q4. Provide competitive pay packages<br />

to recruit resource support that is more<br />

reflective of the cultural diversity of the<br />

student population.<br />

ROCKWOOD<br />

Board of Education<br />

• Tamara Jo Rhomberg*<br />

Q1. I believe in public education and<br />

having served in multiple leadership positions,<br />

I see being a school board member<br />

as an opportunity to give back my time<br />

and talent to the community. I believe that<br />

I have the background and experience<br />

to support the mission of the Rockwood<br />

School District. As an incumbent board<br />

member, I have experienced how effective<br />

board governance can move a district<br />

forward. I want to continue that work.<br />

Q2. I believe that ensuring the best<br />

quality education for our students is the<br />

number one priority. First, recruiting,<br />

retaining and supporting high-quality<br />

teachers and staff is necessary to meet<br />

the educational needs of our students.<br />

Our teachers are our most valuable assets.<br />

Second, Rockwood has 37 buildings with<br />

an average age of 47 years, it is important<br />

to maintain and update these facilities to<br />

provide a safe learning environment for<br />

our students and staff.<br />

Q3. There are a number of challenges<br />

facing the district: unknown legislation<br />

that could affect the funding streams for<br />

the district; ongoing staffing issues in<br />

multiple support areas of the district; and<br />

maintaining clear and consistent communication<br />

with our patrons are among the<br />

most relevant issues.<br />

Q4. Rockwood successfully passed<br />

Prop 3 resulting in over $26 million in<br />

annual operating funds dedicated to<br />

safety, technology and facility updates.<br />

Our financial department monitors legislation,<br />

district projections and budget to<br />

see that we remain fiscally sound. Promoting<br />

Rockwood as a district that cares<br />

about and supports our teachers and staff<br />

is vital to attracting high-quality personnel.<br />

Establishing opportunities to interact<br />

with students and our patrons will aid in<br />

our goal of transparent communications.<br />

• Phillip Milligan<br />

Q1. The knowledge, skills, experiences<br />

and relationships we gain during<br />

our school years drive everything for the<br />

rest of our lives. It is our responsibility<br />

to do all that we can to see that those<br />

experiences are the most robust possible<br />

for our students. Rockwood is a great<br />

school district! I want to help make it<br />

even better. Students must be prepared to<br />

meet a world full of challenges we can<br />

only imagine.<br />

Q2. I am not running with a particular<br />

agenda or goal in mind other than to help<br />

keep partisan politics out of the function<br />

of the board. I plan to look at each situation<br />

with fresh eyes and an open mind. I<br />

will listen to all sides and viewpoints, even<br />

those which I may not initially understand.<br />

Continuous improvement comes from<br />

respectful debate which includes deep listening<br />

and consideration.<br />

Q3. Just like most schools and organizations<br />

today, Rockwood has struggled<br />

the past several years with a polarized<br />

constituency. What was once respectful<br />

disagreement and discourse, has too often<br />

degenerated into personal attacks and<br />

falsehoods spread with the intent of hurting<br />

“the other side.” This is not beneficial to our<br />

students. We need to do better. I believe<br />

this is slowly becoming less of a problem<br />

and hope to help continue that trend.<br />

Q4. I feel that one of my strengths is<br />

the ability to bring people with differing<br />

viewpoints to consensus. When there are<br />

issues before the board upon which there<br />

is significant disagreement, I will intentionally<br />

listen to those who agree and disagree<br />

with my initial belief. I will make a<br />

sincere effort to understand the viewpoint<br />

of those who feel differently than I do. I<br />

will ask them to help me understand their<br />

point of view.<br />

• Thomas Dunn<br />

Q1. I was a previously elected school<br />

board member (<strong>20</strong>19-<strong>20</strong>22) and, as an<br />

advocate for public education and current<br />

parent of two Rockwood students, I want<br />

to ensure that Rockwood continues to be a<br />

preferred destination for students, teachers<br />

and community for a high-quality education.<br />

Q2. My priorities are: Student performance<br />

– we need to improve on reaching<br />

the students that are underperforming;<br />

Safety – ensure all students and staff have<br />

a safe learning environment; Fiscally<br />

responsible – review all spending, particularly<br />

contracts over $7500 and that bid<br />

procedures are followed; Teachers – they<br />

set the tone for all students and the learning<br />

process, we need to ensure that they<br />

have all the tools they need to succeed.<br />

Q3. Staff shortages (teacher, custodial,<br />

bus drivers, etc).<br />

Q4. Be inquisitive and ask questions of<br />

the administration and receive confirmation<br />

that they are exploring all different<br />

forms of recruitment, not just the traditional<br />

methods.<br />

VALLEY PARK<br />

Board of Education<br />

• Yasmin Chittakhone<br />

Candidate did not reply by press time.<br />

• Jeremy Miller<br />

Q1. After <strong>20</strong> years of service as a United<br />

States Marine, I believe it is important to<br />

give back to the community. The Valley<br />

Park School District has been a wonderful<br />

learning environment for my kiddo, and I<br />

believe I can help the team over the next<br />

few years.<br />

Q2. My priorities are simple: First,<br />

foster an inclusive and quality learning<br />

environment for all students that prepares<br />

them for the road ahead. Second, supporting<br />

the educators in the district to ensure<br />

top quality education for all students.<br />

Third, promoting communication between<br />

the school board, parents, educators and<br />

the community.<br />

Q3. Valley Park School District has a<br />

small population and is projecting less<br />

enrollment over the next years. It is imperative<br />

that we use our funding wisely to<br />

support the students that we have currently<br />

enrolled and reduce loss to private schools.<br />

Q4. Increased focus on vocational education<br />

and STEM.<br />

• Pete Coates<br />

Candidate did not reply by press time.


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Creve Coeur magician raises money to save animals from euthanasia<br />

By DEANNE LEBLANC<br />

“Magic Amanda,” a local magician, is on<br />

a mission. She wants to help pet owners<br />

medically treat their beloved animals<br />

instead of euthanizing them because of the<br />

cost of care.<br />

Her real name is Amanda Lindsey, and<br />

she has pledged to donate all proceeds from<br />

her bonus reward program to the Imperial<br />

Animal Hospital’s IAH Care Fund, a partner<br />

of the Veterinary Care Foundation, a<br />

501(c)3 nonprofit organization, in memory<br />

of a dear friend, Maisey, a neighborhood<br />

dog who touched the heart of everyone<br />

who knew and loved her.<br />

Lindsey had the chance to forge a bond<br />

with Maisey, a smart and intuitive Chiweenie<br />

(Chihuahua and Dachshund mix),<br />

who was a bright spot of joy in the community.<br />

Maisey, however, was diagnosed with<br />

Cushing’s disease last year, which proved<br />

challenging to regulate. Despite efforts to<br />

manage her condition, her health deteriorated<br />

and additional complications arose,<br />

including diabetes, a heart murmur and the<br />

need for gallbladder surgery. Ultimately,<br />

her condition became too complex and<br />

expensive, and her owner had to euthanize<br />

Maisey and let her go peacefully.<br />

“Maisey was my beloved best friend,”<br />

Lindsey said. “Our bond was special as<br />

I was not allergic to her despite my allergies<br />

to other dogs. Maisey had a remarkable<br />

ability to communicate with me, often<br />

summoning me to spend time with her in<br />

Amanda Lindsey<br />

creative ways. She would bark at a specific<br />

spot on the fence, guiding me out of my<br />

house to where I could pet her because I<br />

was too short to reach her in other areas.”<br />

Imperial Animal Hospital, in collaboration<br />

with the Veterinary Care Foundation,<br />

has established the IAH Care Fund, a<br />

resource dedicated to assisting pet owners<br />

facing various challenges related to their<br />

pets’ health and well-being. The IAH Care<br />

Fund aims to provide crucial assistance to<br />

pet owners facing financial crisis by offering<br />

emergency and medical care for lost or<br />

injured pets, financial aid for special needs<br />

pets and owners and funding for good<br />

Samaritan cases. Recipients of the fund<br />

must demonstrate that all other payment<br />

options have been exhausted.<br />

The goal of Lindsey’s initiative is to<br />

honor Maisey’s memory by helping other<br />

pets in need, just like her. By contributing<br />

to the IAH Care Fund, a meaningful difference<br />

can be made in the lives of pets and<br />

their owners, ensuring that financial limitations<br />

do not prevent them from receiving<br />

essential veterinary care.<br />

“Maisey’s ‘mom’ did a great job giving<br />

Maisey a happy and fulfilled life,” Lindsey<br />

said. ”She provided unconditional love<br />

and support. Losing a beloved pet is one<br />

of the most heart-wrenching experiences<br />

one can endure. Maisey’s passing has left<br />

an immeasurable void and I wouldn’t want<br />

anyone else to go through this. Together,<br />

we can eliminate euthanasia due to financial<br />

restrictions and create a community<br />

where every pet receives the care and compassion<br />

they deserve.”<br />

Unfortunately, Maisey’s story is not<br />

unique. Many animals are euthanized due<br />

to a lack of funds for medical care or overcrowding<br />

at animal shelters.<br />

“These ‘Maiseys’ of the world deserve<br />

the chance to live happy, healthy lives<br />

alongside their human companions,” Lindsey<br />

said.<br />

Lindsey invites the community to donate<br />

without spending any money. Every click,<br />

share, or react button on her social media<br />

posts will directly support the care of pets<br />

and help prevent euthanasia due to financial<br />

constraints.<br />

“Through my Facebook page (facebook.<br />

com/MagicAmanda87) I am encouraging<br />

engagement with my posts, as every<br />

like and reaction button clicked generates<br />

income in Maisey’s memory,” Lindsey<br />

said.<br />

As a magician, Amanda Lindsey says<br />

she has had the privilege of performing<br />

around the country, as well as within her<br />

local community, “bringing the wonder of<br />

magic to audiences far and wide and lifting<br />

and empowering others” through her craft.<br />

“I believe that by coming together as a<br />

community, we can make a meaningful<br />

difference in the lives of pets and their<br />

owners,” Lindsey said.<br />

Magic Amanda performs on the first<br />

Friday of the month at Luvwoo Bar, 12965<br />

Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur, and proceeds<br />

from the performances will also be<br />

donated to the Imperial Animal Hospital’s<br />

IAH Care Fund. The bonus program lasts<br />

through April 19. For more details, visit<br />

magicamanda.com.<br />

Maisey, the Chiweenie diagnosed with<br />

Chushing’s disease, inspired Amanda<br />

Lindsey to raise support for sick pets.<br />

(Photo courtesy of Amanda Lindsey)<br />

Updates on 39 North development discussed at work session<br />

By JEFFRY GREENBERG<br />

At a recent Creve Coeur City Council<br />

joint work session with the Economic<br />

Development Committee, Emily Lohse-<br />

Busch, executive director of what’s now<br />

known as the 39 North AgTech Innovation<br />

District, offered a detailed progress<br />

review of the development. The development<br />

is an agricultural and biotech district<br />

mainly in the eastern part of Creve Coeur.<br />

The goal of the development is to bring to<br />

the area some of the top plant science and<br />

biotechnical people from around the world<br />

for research and on-the-spot experimental<br />

work.<br />

“About eight to 10 years ago, this (39<br />

North) name was given to the district,”<br />

said City Administrator Mark Perkins as an<br />

introduction. “From a marketing perspective,<br />

it’s only been since last spring that we<br />

actually have an organization that’s nonprofit,<br />

working every day toward making<br />

39 North a world-class center for AgTech<br />

innovation.”<br />

Although Lohse-Busch noted she<br />

planned a roughly <strong>20</strong>-minute presentation<br />

for the work session, with several questions<br />

and answers, it lasted nearly 50.<br />

“When we went through the process of<br />

forming 39 North, there was a hypothesis<br />

that we really felt strongly in the community<br />

that there was a lot of under-leveraged<br />

potential in the AgTech area, for Creve<br />

Coeur, the region and for AgTech nationally,”<br />

Lohse-Busch said. “So, we set out<br />

about eight months ago to go all in after<br />

recognizing all that potential, and the best<br />

is yet to come.”<br />

Lohse-Busch added that the project<br />

really started in <strong>20</strong>15 when a study was<br />

performed through the St. Louis Economic<br />

Development Partnership (SLEDP).<br />

According to her, that’s when 39 North was<br />

formed as a brand and project. Since then,<br />

there has been significant infrastructure<br />

to start developing what the master plan<br />

called for, which is a dedicated innovation<br />

district to produce outside agriculture<br />

impact for Creve Coeur and the region.<br />

“The economic impact of the Danforth<br />

Center, BRDG Park and the Helix Incubator,<br />

which are our three most active entities,<br />

have already produced about half a billion<br />

dollars,” Lohse-Busch said. “There’s been<br />

$1<strong>20</strong> million in infrastructure investment,<br />

and all this led us to the conclusion that it<br />

was time for 39 North to really become its<br />

own independent entity and that we could<br />

do what needs to be done to take it to the<br />

next level.”<br />

In <strong>20</strong>22, a task force was formed with<br />

representation from industry, economic<br />

development and academic institutions.<br />

Shortly thereafter, it became a 501c3 nonprofit.<br />

A major part of Lohse-Busch’s recent<br />

presentation was to make the case for real<br />

estate development and business attraction<br />

to 39 North.<br />

She said three pillars have guided all<br />

activities for 39 North: first, developing a<br />

physical footprint; second, supporting startups<br />

and physical expansion in the area and<br />

finally, cultivating development through<br />

the application of the St. Louis agriculturefood-tech<br />

narrative. She has done so while<br />

also joining regional, national and international<br />

partnerships.<br />

Lohse-Busch noted there are currently<br />

33 ag-tech companies housed in the district,<br />

and said there are a number of national<br />

See 39 NORTH, page 61


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chicks, bunnies and eggs. While it’s easy<br />

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2/3 cup water<br />

2 cups sugar<br />

1/2 cup water<br />

2 teaspoons vanilla extract<br />

Additional Ingredients<br />

1/4 cup cornstarch<br />

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar<br />

Colored sugars for coating chicks and<br />

bunnies<br />

Melting chocolate for dipping eggs<br />

Sprinkles and candy eyes or black food<br />

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• Sprinkle a layer of colored sugar on a<br />

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• Meanwhile, in a saucepan, dissolve 2<br />

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• Heat the sugar mixture until it reaches<br />

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soft ball stage, remove it from the heat and<br />

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the gelatin.<br />

• Beat the mixture with a whisk attachment,<br />

slowly adding in the vanilla, until<br />

the marshmallow mixture turns white and<br />

somewhat stiff, about 8-9 minutes.<br />

• Scoop the marshmallow into a piping<br />

bag with a large round tip.<br />

Now, for the fun part! Create your chicks,<br />

bunnies and eggs by piping out the desired<br />

shapes.<br />

For chicks, pipe an oval about 1 inch<br />

wide by 2 inches long directly onto the colored<br />

sugar, pulling upward at the back to<br />

create the tail. Pipe a row of ovals, allowing<br />

them to touch. Next, pipe a circular<br />

shape at one end of the oval, raising your<br />

piping tip as you go and allowing a slightly<br />

backward-leaning pyramid of marshmallow<br />

to form. Pull the piping bag forward<br />

and pinch off the marshmallow to form<br />

the beak. Cover in colored sugar and add<br />

black food gel or candy eyes. Allow to dry<br />

at least 45 minutes before eating.<br />

For bunnies, draw a bunny shape using<br />

a thick, black marker. Place the template<br />

under parchment or wax paper sprinkled<br />

with colored sugar. You want to be able to<br />

see the template through the sugar. Pipe<br />

the bunny shapes, or use the cookie cutter<br />

method described below. Cover completely<br />

with sugar. Allow to dry at least 45 minutes<br />

before eating.<br />

For eggs, simply pour the marshmallow<br />

into a 13×9 pan, which has been dusted<br />

with an equal parts mixture of corn starch<br />

and confectioners’ sugar. Sprinkle the<br />

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the top and let it sit overnight. Then, use an<br />

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The Elegant Child Early Learning<br />

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Best of Ballwin Award in the Premier Early<br />

Child Care category. Each year, the Ballwin<br />

award program identifies companies<br />

that have achieved exceptional success,<br />

positive image and outstanding service to<br />

the community. This is the second year in a<br />

row Elegant Child has received this award.<br />

This also means the center is now in the<br />

Ballwin Hall of Fame.<br />

• • •<br />

The Parkway School District was<br />

recently awarded the <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Platinum Bell<br />

Seal for Workplace Mental Health from<br />

Mental Health America, recognizing its<br />

commitment to employee mental health<br />

and well-being. The Bell Seal for Workplace<br />

Mental Health national certification<br />

program recognizes employers committed<br />

to creating mentally healthy workplaces.<br />

This is the third year in a row that Parkway<br />

has received this recognition.<br />

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The Elegant Child Early Learning Center in Wildwood was awarded<br />

the <strong>20</strong>23 Best of Ballwin Award. The learning center is now a member<br />

of Ballwin’s Hall of Fame. Pictured from the left: Chelsea Overbeck,<br />

assistant director; Julie Knoke, executive director; Gloria McCart,<br />

assistant director and Jim Steimley, assistant director (Photo provided)<br />

St. Croix Hospice has opened a new<br />

branch office in Wildwood at 16759 Main<br />

St., Suite <strong>20</strong>8, serving residents of St. Louis<br />

City and County and the counties of Franklin,<br />

Jefferson and Washington. The Wildwood<br />

office provides in-person care for hospice<br />

patients wherever they call home, including<br />

private residences, nursing homes and<br />

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the history of the cabin,<br />

and future plans for the<br />

cabin as a public resource.<br />

assisted living facilities. To learn more, visit<br />

stcroixhospice.com/office/wildwood-mo or<br />

call (855) 278-2764.<br />

• • •<br />

The Bank of Houston has opened a<br />

branch office at 2675 <strong>West</strong>glen Farms<br />

Drive in Wildwood. Founded in 1889, The<br />

Bank of Houston is known for providing<br />

a variety of financial services for its customers<br />

in Texas County, Missouri. That<br />

same level of local, community-oriented<br />

service is now available in Wildwood with<br />

lobby hours from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday<br />

through Friday. Call (636) 429-2265 or<br />

stop in to learn more.<br />

• • •<br />

ATB Technologies, a strategic IT support<br />

company in Chesterfield, recently<br />

earned national recognition as being<br />

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as a comprehensive guide to identifying<br />

and acknowledging MSPs that are at the<br />

forefront of driving growth and innovation<br />

within the industry.<br />

• • •<br />

SBR Bikes & Brews is now open in The<br />

District in Chesterfield Valley at 17089<br />

N. Outer 40 Road. The bike shop-cafe is<br />

located just two doors down from 4-Hands<br />

Brewery with easy access to the Monarch-<br />

Chesterfield Levee Trail. Visit sbrbikesandbrews.com<br />

to learn more.<br />

• • •<br />

The French Creperie held a ribbon cutting<br />

on March 14 to celebrate its full-time<br />

grand opening at 17409 Chesterfield Airport<br />

Road in Chesterfield. Previously only<br />

open on weekends, the crepe shop opened<br />

its doors full-time with a celebratory ribbon<br />

cutting. Natacha Douglas, the owner, is<br />

originally from the French Creole island<br />

of Guadeloupe. For more information visit<br />

frenchcreperie.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Community College received<br />

a <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong> Bellwether Award in the workforce<br />

development category for its multi-year<br />

strategic plan designed to assist in meeting<br />

the ongoing healthcare workforce needs in<br />

the St. Louis region. The plan, called the<br />

Show-Me Synergy: Growing the Healthcare<br />

Workforce in St. Louis, is led by the<br />

college’s health sciences division. This<br />

category recognizes public and/or private<br />

strategic alliances and partnerships that<br />

promote community and economic development.<br />

This is the second straight year<br />

a St. Louis Community College program<br />

was selected as a finalist.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital - St. Louis has hired<br />

Jon Vitiello as its new chief financial<br />

officer. Vitiello will report directly to St.<br />

Luke’s president and CEO, Andy Bagnall.<br />

LEARN MORE<br />

636-458-0440<br />

robyn@cityofwildwood.com<br />

www.cityofwildwood.com/<br />

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Share your comments,<br />

ideas, and suggestions.<br />

THURSDAY<br />

MARCH 28TH<br />

6:30 P.M.<br />

Wildwood City Hall<br />

City Council Chambers<br />

16860 Main Street<br />

Wildwood, MO 63040<br />

St. Croix Hospice celebrated the opening of its new branch office in Wildwood with a<br />

ribbon cutting hosted by the <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County Chamber of Commerce on March 8.<br />

(Photo courtesy of Higher Focus Photography)


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

WEST NEWSMAGAZINE I BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT I 55<br />

The Fulton School guides children to their full potential<br />

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Kara Fulton Douglass, Head of<br />

School at The Fulton School since <strong>20</strong>08,<br />

believes every child has a path and<br />

potential all their own.<br />

“Our school’s founder – my mom,<br />

Dr. Barb Fulton – always said that a<br />

school should be more like a forest<br />

than an orchard,” said Douglass. “In<br />

an orchard, the trees are all the same,<br />

planted in straight rows and producing<br />

the same fruit. But a forest is alive with<br />

a variety of trees, in different colors and<br />

shapes and all bearing different fruit.<br />

Each tree has different needs and grows<br />

in different ways. And this is how we<br />

believe school should be.”<br />

Founded in 1962, The Fulton School<br />

is a coeducational, Montessori-based<br />

school serving children 18 months<br />

old through 12th grade. Conveniently<br />

located along the Hwy. 40 corridor in<br />

Chesterfield, this independent school<br />

provides an engaging education for<br />

children of various backgrounds and<br />

learning styles. They are known for<br />

fostering confidence, character and<br />

a deep love of learning in students<br />

through independence, initiative and<br />

child-centered teaching.<br />

The school’s roots are in Montessori.<br />

What is Montessori? It’s a 100-year-old<br />

(The Fulton School photo)<br />

educational philosophy that emphasizes<br />

independence (to create confidence),<br />

concentration (the building block of<br />

academic growth), personalized learning<br />

(so a child is never bored or overwhelmed)<br />

and character (growing the whole child, not<br />

just their cognitive growth).<br />

“We want to equip our students to approach<br />

life with zest,” explained Douglass. “We<br />

want them to have the skills and drive to<br />

learn without grades or schedules or due<br />

dates. The primary way we do this is by<br />

introducing them to the intrinsic rewards<br />

of learning, so we give them choice in<br />

projects and encourage tangents when we<br />

see something spark in them. We do lots<br />

of field trips and overnight trips; we help<br />

them build multi-generational relationships;<br />

we challenge them and then celebrate with<br />

them when they overcome a challenge.”<br />

The Fulton School offers a music program<br />

that begins in preschool, daily P.E. classes<br />

through 8th grade (and as an elective in high<br />

school), Spanish that begins in preschool,<br />

entrepreneurship opportunities starting in<br />

6th grade, clubs such as chess and coding,<br />

plus high school student council and varsity<br />

athletics. Students participate in community<br />

service from the age of three, and in 4th<br />

grade they begin to travel – first with local,<br />

short trips, then building to international<br />

travel in high school.<br />

“In <strong>20</strong>14, we decided to introduce a farm<br />

program at the school,” explained Douglass.<br />

“It’s a fantastic, hands-on way for kids to<br />

practice responsibility, compassion and<br />

teamwork.”<br />

The students are involved in the planting,<br />

nurturing and harvesting of a variety of<br />

herbs, bulbs and vegetables. Plus they care<br />

for small animals – classroom pets like<br />

hamsters and guinea pigs, but also a dozen<br />

chickens in an outdoor coop. The students<br />

feed and water the chickens, collect their<br />

eggs and sell them to the community.<br />

“Not many schools can boast of their own<br />

apiary,” said Douglass, “but we can! Our<br />

established hives – we currently have seven<br />

– are tended to by our students all year long.<br />

We typically have a fall harvest where the<br />

students extract the honey from the frames,<br />

then bottle and sell it.”<br />

The robust Makerspace Lab rounds out<br />

the unique programs offered at The Fulton<br />

School.<br />

“We started Makerspace in <strong>20</strong>16, and<br />

it attracts student-creators of all kinds,”<br />

explained Douglass. “Older students can<br />

learn how to use 3D printers, laser cutter,<br />

CNC machine, embroidery machine, vinyl<br />

cutter and heat press, not to mention a<br />

selection of sanders, planers, drills and saws,<br />

plus every traditional hand tool you could<br />

imagine. All of the machinery and tools<br />

are integrated with mathematics, computer<br />

programming, geometry, design, physics<br />

and art.”<br />

Schedule a tour today to see if The Fulton<br />

School is a good fit for your child.<br />

The Fulton School<br />

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(314) 469-6622 • www.fulton-school.org<br />

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March 21 through Sunday, April 7 at The J’s<br />

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on Saturday, April 6; and from 11 a.m.-4<br />

p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at the Greensfelder<br />

Recreation Complex at Queeny Park, 550<br />

Weidman Road in Ballwin, featuring over<br />

100 juried artists from <strong>20</strong> states, live music,<br />

children’s activities and more. $10 entry fee.<br />

For details, visit greaterstlouisartists.org/artfair-at-queeny-park.<br />

• • •<br />

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is<br />

through Thursday, April 18, at B&B Theaters,<br />

12657 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur.<br />

Discussions with the filmmakers are<br />

included. Festival passes are $65, and individual<br />

tickets are $15 per film. Opening<br />

night is at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 and<br />

celebrates Israeli filmmakers from Sapir<br />

College. Tickets for opening night are $<strong>20</strong>.<br />

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search “Jewish film festival.”<br />

BENEFITS<br />

Wyman’s Amplify Gala is at 6 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, April 6 at The Reverie, 17089 N.<br />

Outer 40 Road in Chesterfield. Cocktails,<br />

dinner, a celebration with DJ Charlie Chan<br />

and more are featured. Tickets start at $250.<br />

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or call (415) 812-0554.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Louis Young Republicans Trivia<br />

Night is at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30<br />

p.m.) on Friday, April 19 at St. Louis<br />

County GOP HQ, 794 Gravois Bluffs Blvd.<br />

in Fenton. Early bird pricing for a table<br />

of eight is $150 or $25 per person, until<br />

March 30. Purchase tickets, tables, and<br />

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FAMILY & KIDS<br />

Little Explorers is from 9-10:30 a.m. on<br />

the first and third Wednesday of the month at<br />

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for non-residents. Parents and guardians are<br />

free. For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Tumbling Tots is from 10-11 a.m.<br />

monthly on the second Thursday and third<br />

Wednesday at the Eureka Community<br />

Center, 333 Bald Hill Road. Features mats<br />

and foam climbing pieces, balls, building<br />

blocks and other gross-motor equipment<br />

for ages 6 months to 5 years. The cost is $9<br />

for residents; $10 for non-residents. Register<br />

at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Story Time With Miss Pam is monthly<br />

from 10 a.m.-noon on the second and<br />

fourth Saturdays at the National Museum<br />

of Transportation, 2933 Barrett Station<br />

Road in Kirkwood. Price is included with<br />

museum admission. Details at tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Family Hamentash Bake and Megillah<br />

Reading is at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

March <strong>24</strong> at the Chabad of Chesterfield in<br />

the Chesterfield Mall. Make a variety of<br />

hamentashen and enjoy a megillah reading<br />

and light dinner. Activities for kids, music<br />

and entertainment are featured. Register at<br />

JewishChesterfield.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Community Meeting for the new<br />

Parkway Early Childhood Center is<br />

from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at<br />

Parkway Southwest Middle, 701 Wren Ave.<br />

in Manchester. For details, email ckelly@<br />

parkwayschools.net.<br />

• • •<br />

Creative Corner - Garden Party is<br />

from 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, April 4<br />

at The Timbers of Eureka, 1 Coffey Park<br />

Lane. This is a creative, messy program,<br />

focusing on exploration, science, sensory<br />

skills, crafts, snacks and more for ages<br />

2-5. An adult needs to stay with the child.<br />

The cost is $10 for residents, $11 for nonresidents.<br />

Register at eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Big Truck and Safety Day is from<br />

10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at<br />

Eureka High (Parking Lot), 4525 Hwy.<br />

109. Explore different modes of transportation<br />

and learn about safety with the Eureka<br />

Police Department. Free event. For details,<br />

visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

FISH FRIES<br />

American Legion Post 397, 934 Rue De<br />

La Banque in Creve Coeur from 11 a.m.-2<br />

p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m. The menu includes<br />

catfish, cod, shrimp, clams, french fries,<br />

baked beans, spaghetti, hushpuppies, coleslaw<br />

and potato salad. For details, call<br />

(314) 872-3186.<br />

• • •<br />

Ballwin VFW Post #6274, 115 Mimosa<br />

Lane from 4:30-7 p.m. or until sold out.<br />

Choice of cod, catfish, shrimp or chicken<br />

strips, plus two sides. For details, visit Facebook<br />

and search, “Ballwin VFW Post 6274.”<br />

• • •<br />

Christ Prince of Peace Parish, 415<br />

Weidman Road in Manchester from 4:45-<br />

7:30 p.m. Fried cod, baked tilapia, grilled<br />

shrimp, cheese pizza and more. For details,<br />

visit christprinceofpeace.com or call (636)<br />

391-1307.<br />

• • •<br />

Holy Infant Catholic Church, 627<br />

Dennison Drive in Ballwin from 4:30-7:30<br />

p.m. on Fridays through March 22. Fried<br />

grouper, baked salmon, baked or fried cod<br />

and shrimp are featured. For details, visit<br />

holyinfantballwin.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Incarnate Word Knights of Columbus,<br />

13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield<br />

from 4-7 p.m. Fried cod, fried shrimp,<br />

baked tilapia, Cajun seafood gumbo<br />

and more. Bulk orders and online payments<br />

for most of the menu items<br />

will be accepted. For details, visit<br />

stlfishfry.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Most Sacred Heart Church, 350 E. 4th<br />

Street in Eureka from 4-7 p.m. Fried fish,<br />

homemade coleslaw, green beans, mac and<br />

cheese and dessert. Available as drive-thru<br />

or dine-in. For details, visit sacredhearteureka.org<br />

or call (636) 938-5048.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Alban Roe Fish Fry is from 4:30-7<br />

p.m. on Friday, March 8 at St. Alban Roe,<br />

<strong>20</strong>01 Shepard Road in Wildwood. Baked<br />

and fried cod, fried catfish, butterfly<br />

shrimp, mac and cheese, cheese pizza by<br />

the slice with assorted sides and desserts.<br />

Carry-out is available. For details, call<br />

(636) 458-2977.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Bridget of Kildare, 223 W. Union St.<br />

in Pacific from 4-7 p.m. Fried catfish, cod,<br />

shrimp, fries, green beans, spaghetti, cole<br />

slaw and desserts. Carry out, drive-thru<br />

and dine-in. For details, visit sbkparish.org<br />

or call (636) 271-3993.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Clare of Assisi, 15642 Clayton Road<br />

in Ellisville, from 4-7 p.m. Menu items<br />

include fried and baked cod, salmon, and<br />

shrimp. Sides, appetizers and children’s<br />

dinners are also available. For details, call<br />

(636) 394-7307.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Joseph Parish, 567 St. Joseph Lane in<br />

Manchester, from 4:30-7:15 p.m. every Friday<br />

during Lent except Good Friday. Menu items<br />

include fish and all the trimmings, fish tacos<br />

and dessert. Dine-in or Carry out. For details,<br />

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• • •<br />

Egg Stravaganza is at 10 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 23 at Central Park, 16365<br />

Lydia Hill Drive in Chesterfield. Hunt eggs<br />

by age group (bring a basket), meet the<br />

bunny and enjoy crafts and activities. Tickets<br />

are $10 until March 22 and $15 on the<br />

day of the hunt. For details, visit chesterfield.mo.us<br />

and search “Egg Stravaganza.”<br />

• • •<br />

An Egg Hunt for ages 3-12 is from 10<br />

a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 23 at Fairway<br />

Elementary School, 480 Old Fairway<br />

Drive in Wildwood. Meet the bunny, stay<br />

for the dance party, make a craft, bounce<br />

on inflatables and more. No registration is<br />

needed. For details, visit cityofwildwood.<br />

com or call (636) 458-0440.<br />

• • •<br />

A Youth Easter Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m.<br />

on Saturday, March 23 at Legion Park, 333<br />

Bald Hill Road in Eureka. Separate areas<br />

for ages 2 and younger, 3-4, 5-7 and 8-10.<br />

Hunts begin at 11 a.m. by age group. The<br />

Knights of Columbus will serve pancakes<br />

while supplies last. Admission is free. Participants<br />

should park at the Eureka Community<br />

Center. For details, visit eureka.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Hip Hop Hurray Hunt is at 10 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, March 23 at Bluebird Park, 225<br />

Kiefer Creek Road in Ellisville. Children 9<br />

and younger will hunt for eggs and prizes.<br />

Free event. Pre-registration is required at<br />

ellisville.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Youth Easter Egg Hunt is from 11:30<br />

a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at<br />

Vlasis Park, 300 Park Drive in Ballwin.<br />

Hunts will be divided into age groups: 2-4<br />

years old, 5- 7 years old, and 8-10 years<br />

old. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for<br />

pictures. Registration is not required. Free<br />

event. For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Flashlight Egg Hunt is from 7:30-9 p.m.<br />

on Wednesday, March 27 at Paul Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road in<br />

Manchester. Bring a flashlight and basket<br />

to hunt for eggs after dark. Includes pizza<br />

and games. For ages 10-14. $11 for residents;<br />

$14.30 for non-residents. Pre-registration<br />

is required at manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Underwater Egg Hunt is from 12:30-2<br />

p.m. (check-in at 11:45 a.m.) on Saturday,<br />

March 30 at The Pointe, 1 Ballwin Commons<br />

Circle. Children will be divided into<br />

two age groups. Ages 8-10 will hunt first<br />

followed by ages 11-14. Participants will<br />

have the opportunity to win prizes and<br />

candy, play games and swim. Pre-registration<br />

required. Cost is $8 for members; $10<br />

for non-members. One parent/guardian<br />

required. To register, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Easter Egg Scramble is at 8:30 a.m. and<br />

again at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30<br />

at the Ballwin Golf Course, 333 Holloway<br />

Road in Ellisville. This will be a 9-hole<br />

event with a unique twist with Easter eggs<br />

placed throughout the golf course that will<br />

contain items to lower your score. Cost is<br />

$45. For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

HIKES & RUNS<br />

PJ 5K & 1 Mile Sleepwalk is from 8<br />

a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 23 at Schroeder<br />

Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road<br />

in Manchester. Each registrant will receive<br />

a shirt, a finisher medal, post-run snacks<br />

and more. Wear your pajamas. Pre-registration<br />

cost is $25 for a family and $30 for<br />

an individual. On race day, the cost is $30<br />

for a family and $35 for an individual. For<br />

details, visit manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield Regional Chamber Blossom<br />

Bolt Run/Walk is at 8 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

March 30 at the intersection of Long<br />

Road and Edison Avenue in Chesterfield.<br />

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flat trails. There will be a Sprout Sprint for<br />

ages 10 and under. To register, visit chesterfieldmochamber.com/events.<br />

• • •<br />

Bee Dash 5K is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday,<br />

May 18 at La Salle Retreat Center, 2101<br />

Rue De LaSalle Drive in Wildwood. Celebrate<br />

World Bee Day with a 5K run/walk.<br />

Enjoy the festivities afterward including<br />

food, drink, live music and local beekeepers.<br />

Cost is $35. For details and registration,<br />

visit lasalleretreat.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The Green Rock Trail Challenge is at<br />

8 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 at Greensfelder<br />

Park, 4515 Hencken Road in Wildwood.<br />

The hike can be enjoyed by all ages, but<br />

does require a reasonable fitness level.<br />

Boxed lunch will be provided after the<br />

hike. Registration is $<strong>20</strong> and includes<br />

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• • •<br />

Ballwin Triathlon is from 5-10:30 a.m.<br />

on Sunday, July 21 at North Pointe Aquatic<br />

Center in Ballwin. This is a 300 yard swim,<br />

9 mile bike and 3.4 mile run. The event fills<br />

fast, secure a spot early. No race day registration.<br />

Pricing starts at $60. For details,<br />

visit mseracing.com/ballwin-triathlon.<br />

SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

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a veteran is April 1. Banners will be displayed<br />

on Manchester Road, in Schroeder<br />

Park and at Parkway South High from May<br />

through October. The cost is $150. For<br />

details, call (636) 227-1385, ext. 104, or<br />

email kpaglusch@manchestermo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

GriefShare meets from 6-7:30 p.m. on<br />

Fridays at Living Word Church, 17315<br />

Manchester Road in Wildwood. This<br />

seminar and support group is designed<br />

for people who are grieving the loss of a<br />

spouse, child, family member or friend.<br />

The 13-week course includes video seminars<br />

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as well as real-life stories of people who<br />

have experienced loss. All are welcome.<br />

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email peg.macgavin@gmail.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Empowering Inclusion and Accessibility<br />

Disability Awareness Convention<br />

is from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday, March <strong>24</strong><br />

at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, 16625<br />

Swingley Ridge Road in Chesterfield. The<br />

event brings together disability advocates,<br />

leaders, experts and the general public to<br />

raise awareness and promote inclusion and<br />

accessibility. Free event. For details, visit<br />

thearyafoundation.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Paint Your Pet is from 5:30-8 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, March 28 at the Ballwin Golf<br />

Course, 333 Holloway Road in Ballwin.<br />

Features simple step-by-step instructions<br />

for an acrylic painting on a 16x<strong>20</strong> stretched<br />

canvas. The cost is $55 for residents; $60<br />

for non-residents. Register at ballwin.<br />

mo.us. Pet photos must be sent in advance<br />

to artherapystudios@yahoo.com.<br />

• • •<br />

AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program<br />

prepares tax returns for free from 9 a.m.-<br />

noon on Tuesdays through April 2 at the<br />

Wildwood YMCA, 2641 Hwy. 109. To<br />

schedule an appointment, call (314) 602-<br />

8940.<br />

• • •<br />

Taxes for Vets is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.<br />

on Saturdays, March 30, April 6 and April<br />

13 at the Creve Coeur American Legion<br />

Post #397, 934 E Rue De La Banque. The<br />

Kaufman Fund will help veterans file<br />

their tax returns for free. W2 forms,1099<br />

forms, business records and proof of residence<br />

for dependents being claimed will<br />

be required. To schedule an appointment,<br />

email TKFTaxPrep@gmail.com or call<br />

(314) 530-9182.<br />

• • •<br />

Stargazing Night is from 7:30-9 p.m.<br />

on Tuesday, April 16 at Fussner Field, 910<br />

Hazel Falls Drive in Manchester. For stargazers<br />

young and old, volunteers from the<br />

St. Louis Astronomical Society will be on<br />

site. Free event. Restrooms are not available<br />

in this park. Free and open to all ages.<br />

No registration is required.<br />

• • •<br />

Maker’s Mart & Arbor Day Festival is<br />

from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, April <strong>20</strong><br />

at Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

Road in Manchester. The tree-planting<br />

ceremony is from 9:30-10 a.m. Free<br />

seedling giveaway, free event. For details,<br />

visit manchestermo.gov/319/Manchester-<br />

Earth-Day-Makers-Mart.<br />

• • •<br />

Glow Golf is from 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday,<br />

April 26 at the Ballwin Golf Course, 333<br />

Holloway Road. Play golf in the dark with<br />

LED golf balls. The cost is $40 per person<br />

and includes the round, the cart and the LED<br />

golf ball. For details, visit ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Mega Event is from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. on<br />

Saturday, April 27 at Reber Park, 109<br />

Lindy Blvd. in the city of Winchester. Free<br />

electronics recycling, document shredding,<br />

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39 NORTH, from page 52<br />

investors who are interested in repurposing<br />

a handful of existing businesses for sale<br />

and helping them make the transition to<br />

AgTech labs.<br />

There were two major February <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong><br />

highlights in her written report summary:<br />

• The district was notified of approval for<br />

a three-year $480,000 grant from the Missouri<br />

Technology Corporation, which is a<br />

public-private partnership created by the<br />

Missouri General Assembly to promote<br />

entrepreneurship and foster the growth of<br />

new and emerging high-tech companies<br />

throughout the state. The grant will allow<br />

her to significantly build staff capacity to<br />

aid in business attraction, marketing and<br />

events. That would in turn help advance<br />

the economic development work on behalf<br />

of Creve Coeur in the coming years.<br />

• The district is in final lease negotiations<br />

to secure a 12,000-square-foot space in<br />

Creve Coeur to form the “front door” for<br />

39 North. That space will be used to host<br />

community events for current and prospective<br />

tenants and investors. Lohse-Busch<br />

said the lease should soon be finalized, and<br />

the space should be activated by May <strong>20</strong><strong>24</strong>.<br />

Another grant is being sought for an<br />

11,500-square-foot space. Lohse-Busch<br />

lists that as essential to bring more people<br />

into the AgTech sector right now because<br />

the Danforth Center is already at capacity.<br />

“What we keep hearing from our 1-on-1<br />

meetings with 39 North companies is that<br />

there’s a strong desire for sub-groups and<br />

interest groups for scientists in genomics,<br />

fermentation or whatever. So, we’re<br />

making sure we can cultivate that,” Lohse-<br />

Busch said.<br />

Mayor Robert Hoffman said one of his<br />

main desires is to build a bridge over Olive<br />

Boulevard just west of Lindbergh Avenue<br />

to allow Olia Village residents to get back<br />

and forth into 39 North buildings. Lohse-<br />

Busch was in full agreement with that idea<br />

and said that in surveying the younger set<br />

of three different age groups of 39 North<br />

employees, they all said the most important<br />

thing to them is driving as little as possible.<br />

Being involved with SLEDP, BioSTL,<br />

Missouri Technology Corp for funding and<br />

other partnership groups, Lohse-Busch<br />

said the next six months will be vital to<br />

gain a lot more exposure regionally and<br />

nationally and to get a real estate development<br />

plan in place.<br />

Hoffman asked about the need for residential<br />

sites in the area. Lohe-Busch said<br />

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and more than the same number of<br />

townhomes, adding to the importance of a<br />

future bridge over Olive Boulevard.<br />

Lohse-Busch is currently the only<br />

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two more people.<br />

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report Emily put together, I was really<br />

amazed at how much she’s been able to<br />

accomplish in six to nine months,” Perkins<br />

said. “That includes the exposure she’s<br />

bringing us with events and with the grants<br />

of real dollars that will increase the staffing.”<br />

Per her closing statement, Lohse-Busch<br />

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going also to keep up,” Cappelletti said.<br />

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-AERATING-<br />

-Spring Clean-Ups-<br />

Preparing/Cleaning Beds<br />

Preen • Leaf Removal<br />

Bush/Shrub Trimming<br />

Aeration • Seeding<br />

Fertilizing • Dethatching<br />

• FAST & FREE ESTIMATES •<br />

TWO MEN & A MOWER<br />

Call or text 636-432-3451<br />

WE SPECIALIZE IN<br />

RETAINING WALLS • PAVER PATIOS • DECKS<br />

FENCES • TREES • NEW LANDSCAPING<br />

LAWNS & MULCH AND MUCH MORE!<br />

Free Estimates<br />

314-280-2779<br />

poloslawn@aol.com<br />

Best Landscaping Values in Town!<br />

-Mizzou Crew-<br />

Mulch, Shrub Trimming,<br />

Yard Cleanups, Power Washing,<br />

Moles, Small Walls & Paver Patios.<br />

Hauling Services,<br />

Demolition,<br />

Handyman Services<br />

& Rough Carpentry<br />

Call/Text Jeff<br />

314-5<strong>20</strong>-5222<br />

or www.MizzouCrew.com<br />

FISHBURN’S LANDSCAPING<br />

Residential • Commercial<br />

HURRY BEFORE THE SPRING<br />

RUSH TO GET YOUR BID!!<br />

Leaf Clean Up • Retaining Walls<br />

Trees, Shrubs & Flower Planting<br />

and Trimming • Landscaping Rock<br />

FULLY Insured • FREE Estimates<br />

Call or Text Dave 314-843-0271<br />

-Complete Outdoor Service-<br />

Hardscapes • Lawn Mowing<br />

Commercial • Residential<br />

Reasonable Rates<br />

Experienced & Insured<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

United Lawn Services LLC<br />

Call Today (314) 660-9080<br />

curtis@unitedlawnservices.com<br />

www.unitedlawnservices.com<br />

MORALES LANDSCAPE LLC<br />

Clean-Up • Mowing • Mulching<br />

Planting • Aeration • Sod Install<br />

Leaf Removal • Paver Patios<br />

Trimming & Edging<br />

Stone & Brick<br />

Retaining Walls • Drainage Work<br />

- FREE ESTIMATES -<br />

636-293-2863<br />

moraleslandscape@hotmail.com<br />

LANDSCAPING<br />

Retaining Walls • Patios • Pruning<br />

Chainsaw Work • Seasonal<br />

Clean-up • Honeysuckle Removal<br />

Friendly service with attention to detail<br />

Call Tom 636.938.9874<br />

www.mienerlandscaping.com<br />

Leaf Clean Up<br />

& Vacuuming<br />

Pruning Work, Grading,<br />

Planting, and<br />

Dormant Sod Work.<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

636-296-5050<br />

PAINTING<br />

DEFINO’S<br />

PAINTING SERVICES<br />

EST. <strong>20</strong>06<br />

Interior & Exterior Painting<br />

Deck Staining<br />

- Insured & Free Estimates -<br />

definospainting.com<br />

314-707-3094<br />

PET SERVICES<br />

Yucko’s<br />

Your Poop Scoop ‘n Service<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

314-291-7667<br />

www.yuckos.com<br />

PLUMBING<br />

• ANYTHING IN PLUMBING •<br />

Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, small repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Call or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />

LICENSED PLUMBER<br />

Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for all your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too small.<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

<strong>24</strong> hours service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />

PRAYER<br />

ST. JUDE NOVENA<br />

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus<br />

be adored, glorified, loved and<br />

preserved throughout the world<br />

now and forever. Sacred Heart<br />

of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude,<br />

Worker of Miracles, pray for us.<br />

St. Jude, Help for the Hopeless,<br />

pray for us. Say prayer nine times<br />

a day; by the 8th day prayer will<br />

be answered. Say it for nine<br />

days, then publish. It has never<br />

been known to fail. Th a n k y o u<br />

St. Jude - JAE<br />

TREE SERVICES<br />

• COLE TREE SERVICE •<br />

Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

Free Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />

WEDDING SERVICES<br />

ANYTIME ANYWHERE<br />

- CEREMONIES -<br />

Marriage Ceremonies<br />

Vow Renewals • Baptisms<br />

Pastoral & Graveside Visits<br />

Full Service Ministry • 314.703.7456<br />

J & J HAULING<br />

WE HAUL IT ALL<br />

Service 7 days. Debris, furniture,<br />

a pliances, household trash, yard<br />

debris, railroad ties, fencing, decks.<br />

Garage & Basement Clean-up<br />

Neat, courteous, a fordable rates.<br />

Ca l: 636-379-8062 or<br />

email: jandjhaul@aol.com<br />

CARPET REPAIRS<br />

Restretching, reseaming &<br />

patching. No job too sma l.<br />

Free estimates.<br />

(314) 892-1003<br />

COLLECTIBLES<br />

WANTED TO BUY<br />

• SPORTS MEMORABILIA •<br />

Baseba l Cards, Sports Cards,<br />

Cardinals Souvenirs and<br />

Memorabilia. Pre-1975 Only.<br />

Private Co lector: 314-302-1785<br />

Mark Hicks, LLC<br />

Construction, Repairs,<br />

Upgrades<br />

EverythingDecks.net<br />

38 years experience,<br />

no money up front,<br />

warranty, insured,<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

MarkHicksLLC.com<br />

BBB A+<br />

636- 37- 7 3<br />

ELECTRICAL<br />

ERIC'S ELECTRIC<br />

Licensed, Bonded and Insured:<br />

Service upgrades, fans, can lights,<br />

switches, outlets, basements,<br />

code violations fixed, we do it<br />

a l. Emergency ca ls & back-up<br />

generators. No job too small.<br />

Competitively priced. Free<br />

Estimates.<br />

Just call 636-262-5840<br />

GARAGE DOORS<br />

DSI/Door Solutions, Inc.<br />

Garage Doors, Electric Openers.<br />

Fast Repairs. A l makes & models.<br />

Same day service. Fr e Estimates.<br />

Custom Wood and Steel Doors.<br />

BBB Member • Angie's List<br />

Call 314-550-4071<br />

www.dsi-stl.com<br />

SKIP'S HAULING & DEMOLITION<br />

Junk hauling and removal. Cleanouts,<br />

appliances, furniture, debris,<br />

construction rubble, yard waste,<br />

excavating & demolition! 10, 15<br />

& <strong>20</strong> cubic yd. ro loff dumpsters.<br />

Licensed & insured. Affordable,<br />

dependable and available!<br />

VISA/MC a cepted. 22 yrs. service.<br />

Toll Free 1-888-STL-JUNK<br />

888-785-5865 or 314-644-1948<br />

HELP WANTED<br />

Outside Service A tendant<br />

$11.15 / Hour<br />

L oking to fi l our outside team,<br />

flexible hours, golf privileges,<br />

meals on duty, and more!<br />

Ca l (636) 227-9962<br />

or email<br />

briano@meabrk.org<br />

for more information.<br />

COMPASSIONATE<br />

CAREGIVERS NEEDED !<br />

VISITING ANGELS is hiring for<br />

Chesterfield/Wildw od/Ba lwin/<br />

Des Peres/ T&C- $17-19/hr.<br />

Personal Care A sistants &<br />

Homemaker shifts. W ekly Pay,<br />

Flexible Schedules, 401K match.<br />

Health Ins. after 6 mo. if FT<br />

Ca l 636-695-4422 or apply at<br />

VisitingAngels.com/westplex<br />

WEST CLASSIFIEDS • 636.591.0010 • CLASSIFIEDS@NEWSMAGAZINENETWORK.COM<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

HVAC Maintenance Technician<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retiremen through the Public<br />

Educational Employ e Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending A counts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee Assistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

h tps: /rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or ca l (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

CUSTODIAN<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Full Benefit Package includes:<br />

- Retiremen through the Public<br />

Educational Employee Retirement<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

- Flexible Spending A counts<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee A sistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

h tps://rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or ca l (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

HELP WANTED<br />

Rockwood School District Rockwood School District<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Hiring For Position of:<br />

Mowing & Landscaping<br />

in Grounds Department<br />

work school days only<br />

- 40 hrs/week<br />

Par time or Fu l time,<br />

- 12 months/year<br />

No experience n eded.<br />

- Competitive Salary<br />

Seven Paid Holidays,<br />

Fu l Benefit Package includes:<br />

Retiremen through PEERS,<br />

- Retiremen through the Public<br />

Educational Employ e Retirement<br />

Perfect Attendance Days<br />

System (PEERS) of Mi souri Manager positions available<br />

- Paid Medical, Dental<br />

with fu l benefits.<br />

& Vision Insurance<br />

www.rsdmo.org<br />

- Flexible Spending A counts<br />

or ca l 636-733-3253<br />

- Life Insurance<br />

- Long-Term Disability<br />

- Employee A sistance Program<br />

- Sick Leave Compensation<br />

- Vacation Compensation<br />

- 11 Paid Holidays<br />

Apply at:<br />

h tps: /rockwood.ted.people<br />

admin.com/hire/index<br />

or ca l (636) 733-3270<br />

EEOC<br />

-PART TIME COOK-<br />

Multi Faceted Position.<br />

In Private Home.<br />

This position<br />

requires, cooking, serving<br />

& light house work.<br />

Wed & Fri, 12PM-8:30PM<br />

Every other weekend,<br />

Rotating shifts.<br />

For more info ca l<br />

(314) 349-1457<br />

Ask for Sherlyn Whiteside<br />

HOME IMPROVEMENT<br />

Kitchen Remodeling,<br />

Wainscoting, Cabinets,<br />

Crown Molding, Trim, Framing,<br />

Basement Finishing, Custom<br />

Decks, Doors, Windows.<br />

Fr e estimates!<br />

Anything inside & out!<br />

Ca l Joe 636-699-8316<br />

AFFORDABLE CARPENTRY<br />

SBA Contracting LLC<br />

Home Improvement and Repairs<br />

Interior Painting, Fl oring,<br />

Drywa l & W od Repair.<br />

FREE Estimates<br />

Insured<br />

Ca l 314-910-7458<br />

or email us at<br />

sbacontracting lc@gmail.com<br />

Total Bathroom Remodeling<br />

Cabinetry•Plumbing•Electrical<br />

30 Years Experience<br />

LANDSCAPING<br />

LANDSCAPE<br />

REHAB +<br />

SPECIALIZING<br />

IN ALL YOUR<br />

HARDSCAPING<br />

NEEDS!<br />

REPAIR•REDO<br />

ALL NEW<br />

RETAINING WALLS<br />

PAVER PATIOS<br />

FIRE PITS • WALKWAYS<br />

Food Service<br />

Our Child Nutrition Assistants<br />

PAINTING<br />

Interior and<br />

exterior painting<br />

Deck staining<br />

PLUMBING<br />

TODD THE PLUMBER<br />

Licensed, Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for a l your plumbing<br />

n eds. No job to big or too sma l.<br />

35 years experience!<br />

314-8 0-4960<br />

• ANYTHING IN PLUMBING •<br />

Good Prices! Basement<br />

bathrooms, sma l repairs & code<br />

violations repaired. Fast Service.<br />

Certified, licensed plumber - MBC<br />

Plumbing - Call or text anytime:<br />

314-409-5051<br />

LICENSED PLUMBER<br />

Bonded & Insured<br />

Available for a l your<br />

plumbing needs.<br />

No job is too sma l.<br />

FREE ESTIMATES<br />

35 Years Experience.<br />

Senior Discounts<br />

<strong>24</strong> hour service!<br />

314-808-4611<br />

POWERWASHING<br />

ORGANIZING SPECIALIST<br />

Home or Office<br />

Let’s a range your things<br />

so you can easily locate them<br />

when n eded.<br />

SUZANNE 314-422-5695<br />

Herb Olmsted 314-960-2872<br />

TREE SERVICES<br />

• COLE TREE SERVICE •<br />

Tree and Stump Removal.<br />

Trimming and Deadwooding.<br />

www.cole-tree-service.biz<br />

GET 'ER DONE TREE SERVICE<br />

Fr e Estimates.<br />

636-475-3661<br />

Tree trimming, removal, deadwooding,<br />

pruning and stump<br />

grinding. Certified arborist.<br />

Fu ly Insured • Free Estimates<br />

A+ BBB • A+ Angie's List<br />

Serving the Area Since <strong>20</strong>04<br />

314-971-6993 or 636-234-6672<br />

WATERPROOFING<br />

TOP NOTCH WATERPROOFING<br />

& FOUNDATION REPAIR LLC<br />

Cracks, sub-pump systems,<br />

structural & concrete repairs.<br />

Exterior drainage co rection.<br />

Serving Mi souri for 15 years.<br />

Fina ly, a contractor who is honest<br />

& leaves the job site clean.<br />

Lifetime Warranties.<br />

Fr e Estimate<br />

636-281-6982<br />

REAL ESTATE<br />

To place a Classified<br />

ad call 636-591-0010<br />

BOBCAT WORK<br />

• FREE ESTIMATES •<br />

636-775-5992<br />