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

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STAR PARKER<br />

Recapturing our lost<br />

and disillusioned youth<br />

Our nation’s Declaration of Independence<br />

begins with the famous statement that “all<br />

men ... are endowed by their Creator with<br />

certain unalienable Rights, that among these<br />

are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”<br />

But according to the latest Gallup World<br />

Happiness Report, Americans’ success in the<br />

“pursuit of happiness” is diminishing.<br />

For the first time since the annual report<br />

was first compiled in 2012, the United States<br />

is not among the top 20 happiest countries in<br />

the world.<br />

In this latest 20<strong>24</strong> report, the United States<br />

ranks 23 in the world, down from number 15<br />

in 2023.<br />

A large factor influencing the drop in happiness<br />

in the United States is particularly bad<br />

results among young Americans. For those<br />

age 30 and below, the United States ranks 62<br />

in the world. This compared to those age 60<br />

and above, for whom the United States ranks<br />

number 10.<br />

What’s going on with our youth?<br />

A recent Wall Street Journal article about<br />

so-called Gen Z, those born between 1997<br />

and 2012, identifies members of Gen Z who<br />

are 18 and up as “America’s Most Disillusioned<br />

Voters.”<br />

The headline continues, “Young adults are<br />

now more skeptical of government and pessimistic<br />

about the future than any other living<br />

generation before them.”<br />

Per Wall Street Journal polling reported<br />

in the article, “More than three-quarters of<br />

voters under 30 think the country is moving<br />

in the wrong direction – a greater share than<br />

any other age group. Nearly one-third of<br />

voters under 30 have an unfavorable view<br />

of both Biden and Trump, a higher number<br />

than all older voters. Sixty-three percent of<br />

young voters think neither party adequately<br />

represents them.”<br />

In the 18-25 age group, 28% say they have<br />

“hardly any confidence” in the Supreme<br />

Court, 34% in Congress, 37% in the executive<br />

branch and 52% in the press.<br />

A young USA Today columnist named<br />

Sara Pequeno shared her views about what’s<br />

going on and why.<br />

The explanations she ticks off are a generation<br />

coming of age during the COVID<br />

pandemic, an explosion of the worst inflation<br />

in years and, she adds, the impact of<br />

the Supreme Court overturning of Roe v.<br />

Wade, which she calls “the loss of a right<br />

that our parents had – the right to an abortion<br />

nationwide.”<br />

She cites Gallup showing that 89% of<br />

those 18-29 years old support legal abortion<br />

under any or certain circumstances.<br />

We’re talking here about our nation’s future,<br />

and this dismal picture should trouble us all.<br />

Let me suggest a different perspective on<br />

this problem.<br />

This youngest generation is also coming of<br />

age during a time of unprecedented expansion<br />

of government, meaning an unprecedented<br />

incursion into the individual freedom<br />

of every American.<br />

The federal government is now taking onequarter<br />

of the American economy.<br />

Federal debt, equal to our entire GDP, is<br />

projected by the Congressional Budget<br />

Office to keep growing. This is all on the<br />

shoulders of these young Americans.<br />

Regarding the impact of the COVID pandemic,<br />

a new study published by the Committee<br />

to Unleash Prosperity, authored by<br />

scholars from the Hoover Institution, Johns<br />

Hopkins University, the University of Chicago<br />

and the Committee to Unleash Prosperity,<br />

shows the costs of the shutdowns in the<br />

way of added deaths, massive economic costs<br />

and damage caused by school shutdowns<br />

overwhelm any benefits that were gained.<br />

Regarding abortion, we must note that<br />

these young Americans are growing up in an<br />

environment of the collapse of the American<br />

family, traditional marriage and birth rates.<br />

Let’s be aware, as we enter the season of<br />

Easter for Christians and Passover for Jews,<br />

that the growth of government tracks the<br />

diminishing of faith.<br />

To go back to the Declaration of Independence,<br />

the rights the founders noted<br />

were sourced in our Creator. The founders<br />

who signed the Declaration did so “with a<br />

firm reliance on the protection of Divine<br />

Providence.”<br />

This was meant to be a free nation under<br />

God. As we destroy these conditions, we are<br />

losing our young people.<br />

• • •<br />

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

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

with Star Parker.” To find out more about<br />

Star Parker and read features by other<br />

Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists,<br />

visit the Creators Syndicate website at<br />

www.creators.com.<br />

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Betting against sports gambling<br />

The planet’s most famous basketball<br />

player will make betting picks for the<br />

planet’s biggest sports betting app starting<br />

this football season. LeBron James says<br />

to bet big with DraftKings. Pete Rose and<br />

Joe Jackson shake their heads.<br />

A short time after James’ deal with Draft-<br />

Kings was announced, NBA player (and<br />

Mizzou alumni) Jontay Porter came under<br />

investigation for alleged suspicious betting<br />

activity. The NFL suspended ten players<br />

for betting last season, the first in which<br />

they fielded the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.<br />

Earth’s wealthiest baseball player, global<br />

sensation Shohei Ohtani, is caught up in a<br />

dubious betting scandal involving his longtime<br />

interpreter and an illegal bookmaker.<br />

ESPN, the self-proclaimed “global<br />

leader” in sports journalism, now has its<br />

own branded sports betting app. Journalistic<br />

integrity, meet economic necessity.<br />

We can blame the Supreme Court. In<br />

2018 the court overturned the Professional<br />

and Amateur Sports Protection<br />

Act. PASPA had effectively outlawed<br />

sports betting except in a few states. The<br />

Supreme Court, citing the 10th Amendment<br />

to the U.S. Constitution, said that<br />

the federal government should stay out of<br />

the state’s business.<br />

The states, by and large, decided that<br />

their business was sports betting (Missouri,<br />

so far has not allowed this). In the<br />

six years since the ruling, sportsbooks<br />

have brought in some $300 billion in<br />

wagers and paid out some $2 billion in<br />

taxes to the states. Social responsibility,<br />

meet political expediency.<br />

We are now a nation of gamblers. Historically,<br />

that has worked out pretty well<br />

for us. Back in the day, it meant we were<br />

gambling on this new form of government<br />

in this new land.<br />

It meant that we were betting we’d find<br />

gold out west, or betting that this whole<br />

internet thing might really take off. Being<br />

a nation of gamblers meant that we were<br />

taking a risk that resulted in tangible benefit<br />

and public good.<br />

That is not what we are talking about<br />

anymore. In professional casino gambling<br />

and sports betting, the house always wins.<br />

There is no public good. The best you can<br />

say about a casino is that it creates jobs<br />

and tax dollars. You can’t say the same<br />

thing for a sports betting app. It’s just an<br />

app. It’s an ATM for the gambling industry.<br />

It sucks in your money and spits it out<br />

to a corporate boardroom.<br />

In the meantime, it threatens the integrity<br />

of every single sport. In the days<br />

of Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson,<br />

sports wagering was largely limited to<br />

who wins and who loses. Information<br />

moved very slowly, so to maintain their<br />

advantage, the bookmaker had to set the<br />

odds and hope for the best. Nowadays,<br />

you can bet on almost anything during<br />

a sporting event and the bookmaker can<br />

update the odds (and maintain the advantage)<br />

in real-time.<br />

The scandal currently surrounding<br />

Jontay Porter involves what are called<br />

“prop bets,” or proposition bets. These<br />

bets allow gamblers to make wagers on<br />

increasingly specific outcomes, such as<br />

how many points a player might score. In<br />

the case of Porter, a contingent of large<br />

bets were placed on his performance<br />

coming in under where the odds makers<br />

had placed it. Porter played poorly. The<br />

gamblers beat the house. The incident is<br />

being investigated.<br />

In the long run, the house always wins.<br />

We bet that the fans will ultimately be the<br />

big losers in the new marriage between<br />

the gambling and sports industries.<br />

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The crowd at St. Peters city hall said “welcome home” to Vietnam veterans in a ceremony honoring and recognizing them<br />

for their service at a recent Board of Aldermen meeting. Alderman Gregg Sartorius, aldermanic liaison to the Veterans<br />

Memorial Commission, read a resolution recognizing Vietnam Veterans Day through 20<strong>24</strong>-2025. John Gonzales, the<br />

Veterans Memorial Commission chairman, shared a few words on behalf of Vietnam veterans. Mayor Pagano concluded<br />

the recognition, thanking the veterans as a veteran himself with grateful words and a military salute. (Photo courtesy of Terri Violet)<br />

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Vietnam veterans<br />

honored by city<br />

Vietnam veterans were invited to St.<br />

Peters’ March 14 Board of Aldermen meeting<br />

to be honored for Welcome Home Vietnam<br />

Veterans Day. St. Peters established<br />

March 30 as a local day of recognition for<br />

the veterans who did not receive public<br />

support when they returned home nearly<br />

50 years ago.<br />

Alderman Gregg Sartorius (Ward 2) led<br />

the ceremony; he noted the sacrifices soldiers<br />

make and questioned why Vietnam<br />

veterans were not honored the same as soldiers<br />

from other wars.<br />

“All veterans deserve proper recognition<br />

and support regardless of what time<br />

they had served in our military to protect<br />

our freedoms that we too often take for<br />

granted,” Sartorius said.<br />

Chairman of the Veterans War Commission<br />

John Gonzales then gave a speech<br />

describing his service as a marine in the<br />

Vietnam War and that of the men with him.<br />

He remembered the over 58,000 soldiers<br />

who died in the war.<br />

Gonzales commended his Veteran brothers<br />

for answering the call despite the uncertainty.<br />

He called them heroes.<br />

“What makes a hero is when they overcome<br />

the fear and do it anyway,” Gonzales<br />

said. “It was difficult, it was tough. Could<br />

it happen again? Of course.”<br />

Gonzales recounted the importance of<br />

military service.<br />

“We must respond to defend our freedom,”<br />

Gonzales said. “It’s not easy. It’s not<br />

free. We must do it.”<br />

He recalled the pain and indignities of<br />

war, and urged people to thank veterans<br />

for their sacrifices. Gonzales looked at the<br />

soldiers in the room around him and stated,<br />

“They took time out of their lives. They can<br />

never get that time back.”<br />

“But they did it, and I’m proud of them.<br />

Damn, I’m proud of them,” Gonzales said.<br />

Alderman oppose proposed<br />

Missouri legislation<br />

The St. Peters Board of Aldermen passed<br />

a resolution opposing proposed Missouri<br />

legislation that bans the use of automated<br />

license plate reader systems (ALPRs).<br />

During the March 14 board work session,<br />

city officials stated that Missouri Senate<br />

bills 1334 and 1377, identical items currently<br />

under consideration, if implemented<br />

would prevent law enforcement from using<br />

modern technology to pursue alleged criminals.<br />

“I’ve been told that this is affecting the<br />

Flock camera,” said Mayor Len Pagano.<br />

Pagano noted that local law enforcement<br />

is highly in favor of continuing to<br />

utilize this technology due to its use during<br />

Amber Alerts.<br />

The bills would prohibit “state agencies<br />

and political subdivisions from purchasing,<br />

installing, or using automated license<br />

plate reader systems and from accessing<br />

or using captured license plate data from<br />

vehicles located on public highways.”<br />

While both, SB1334 and SB1377 have<br />

exemptions for ALPRs that are affixed to<br />

vehicles occupied by police officers, Flock<br />

cameras are stationary security systems<br />

that automatically track and record license<br />

plate and vehicle data on a regular basis.<br />

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Twilight Market to return<br />

Plans to continue the St. Peters Twilight<br />

Market into 20<strong>24</strong> were approved during<br />

the March 14 St. Peters Board of Aldermen<br />

meeting after a debate concerning attendance<br />

numbers, community involvement<br />

and the city’s financial involvement.<br />

St. Peters Director of Planning, Community<br />

and Economic Development Julie<br />

Powers addressed city officials, noting<br />

that 2023 was the first year for the Twilight<br />

Market and featured 73 vendors.<br />

She explained that it was originally conceived<br />

to be a farmer’s market, however it<br />

evolved into an open air market hosted on<br />

select Saturday afternoons and featuring<br />

vendors and music.<br />

The owner of Whistlestop 301 was noted<br />

for her involvement in organizing last<br />

year’s months-long event and partnering<br />

with the 311 Winehouse to allow music<br />

acts to perform in the space between the<br />

two businesses. Created to draw residents<br />

and visitors to the Old Town area, the city<br />

helped promote the event and paid for<br />

restroom facilities and music acts. This<br />

amounted to $2,<strong>24</strong>0 for the facilities, with<br />

a $4,000 allotment for music acts.<br />

Looking into 20<strong>24</strong>, the Twilight Market<br />

is expected to be held on the second Saturday<br />

of every month from April through<br />

November. Due to inflation and the potential<br />

for increased foot traffic, the proposed<br />

agreement increased the cost for restroom<br />

facilities to a maximum of $4,856 and kept<br />

the cost for music acts at $4,000.<br />

Powers noted that no estimated attendance<br />

numbers or business increases were<br />

recorded in 2023 as the event was still<br />

being established. This gave some on the<br />

board pause.<br />

“I have real reservations about continuing<br />

to spend money without some sort of<br />

metric as to whether or not this is meeting<br />

the goals,” Alderman Dave Kuppler (Ward<br />

3) said.<br />

Kuppler suggested obtaining estimates<br />

and individual business sales reports from<br />

the 20<strong>24</strong> event. Further discussion also<br />

proposed involving more businesses and<br />

community members in the planning process.<br />

Alderman Patrick Barclay (Ward 4)<br />

questioned spending taxpayer dollars on<br />

music. He explained that the city moved<br />

to end providing utility envelopes last year<br />

to save approximately the same amount of<br />

money that would be spent on music for<br />

the Twilight Market music acts.<br />

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(business) that we’ve never done before,”<br />

Barclay said.<br />

Alderman John Reitmeyer (Ward 1) disagreed,<br />

and said he wholly supported adding<br />

whatever additional funding was deemed<br />

necessary to make the market a success.<br />

“If it costs a little more money, so be it,”<br />

Reitmeyer said.<br />

Alderman Joyce Townsend (Ward 1)<br />

motioned to continue the agreement for<br />

another year to be revised after the 20<strong>24</strong><br />

event has been quantified. The motion was<br />

passed 6-2, securing city funding for this<br />

year’s Twilight Market event.<br />

County works towards<br />

bolstering radio<br />

communications<br />

First responders and other emergency<br />

communications users rely on radio<br />

signals to stay connected. If their radio<br />

units lose connection because of radio<br />

frequency errors or “drift,” emergency<br />

services would be unable to fully provide<br />

what is needed when it is needed, and also<br />

would create an unsafe situation for first<br />

responders.<br />

At its March 25 meeting, the St. Charles<br />

County Council unanimously approved a<br />

$266,000 contract with Locus Diagnostics<br />

LLC of Melbourne, Florida, to obtain and<br />

install their DiagnostX system to help prevent<br />

lost radio connections and maintain<br />

operational readiness.<br />

DiagnostX is a radio alignment monitoring<br />

system that identifies emergency communications<br />

radio units in the field that are<br />

in danger of failing to communicate with<br />

the system due to frequency error or frequency<br />

drift. Servers will be strategically<br />

placed at tower sites throughout the county<br />

to capture all the radio units deployed in St.<br />

Charles County.<br />

The system will provide recommendations<br />

for proactively servicing identified<br />

units before they fail. Without this system<br />

there is a risk of the radios losing communication<br />

while in use every day.<br />

Project implementation and first-year<br />

warranty will cost $200,000. Yearly maintenance<br />

for years two through six will be<br />

$13,200 for a total cost of $266,000.<br />

County materials indicate that DiagnostX<br />

is sold nationally to state, local and<br />

federal agencies on a federal General Services<br />

Administration (GSA) schedule. This<br />

will be a Cooperative Contract Purchase<br />

utilizing the GSA Contract.<br />

ST. CHARLES COUNTY<br />

Project costs increase<br />

for roadwork<br />

At its March 25 meeting, the St. Charles<br />

County Council introduced two bills that<br />

would revise agreements with St. Peters<br />

and Dardenne Prairie. If typical process<br />

and timing are followed, the bills will<br />

receive votes for passage at the next council<br />

meeting on April 8.<br />

Bill No. 5280 would amend an agreement<br />

with St. Peters for Spencer Road<br />

reconstruction and improvements<br />

from Willott Road to Thoele Road and<br />

Springwood Drive. The original agreement<br />

amount was $434,128. The revised<br />

amount would be $1,434,128 (a $1 million<br />

or 230% increase), due to the increase in<br />

actual project cost.<br />

Bill No. 5281 would amend an agreement<br />

with Dardenne Prairie for Stump<br />

Road reconstruction and improvements<br />

from Hwy. N to Feise Road. The original<br />

agreement amount was $1,092,523.20.<br />

The revised amount would be $1,400.000<br />

(a $307,476.80 or 28% increase), due to<br />

the increase in actual project cost.<br />

Asked why the increases are needed,<br />

Amanda Brauer, St. Charles County managing<br />

director for roads and traffic, said,<br />

“Spencer is due to construction inflation.<br />

County funding is increasing considerably<br />

because we were initially only contributing<br />

16% to supplement federal funds. Unfortunately,<br />

federal funds cannot be increased<br />

for inflation, so we are now funding a larger<br />

percentage of the total cost. That total project<br />

cost should be shown as a revision in the<br />

contract attached to the ordinance.”<br />

“Stump Road is primarily due to a water<br />

line relocation cost,” Brauer said. “Again,<br />

the numbers are only showing the increase<br />

in county funding and total project increase<br />

is shown in the contract attached to the<br />

bill.”<br />

The County Road Board has recommended<br />

that the council approve both of<br />

these changes for county contribution, and<br />

the amounts are accounted for within the<br />

20<strong>24</strong>-2026 Transportation Improvement<br />

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Cottleville officials, citizens, seek solutions after St. Patrick’s Day incident<br />

By JESSICA MARIE BAUMGARTNER<br />

Cottleville officials and residents have<br />

expressed shock regarding events surrounding<br />

a series of private St. Patrick’s<br />

Day celebrations that took place in the<br />

area on Saturday, March 16. Allegations of<br />

property damage and other displays were<br />

overshadowed by a 36-year-old mother<br />

of two being hit by a car in the evening,<br />

placing her in critical condition at a local<br />

hospital.<br />

Cottleville Mayor Bob Ronkoski opened<br />

the city’s March 20 Board of Aldermen<br />

meeting by stating, “The thoughts and<br />

prayers of everyone in the city, of this board<br />

and everyone in the city of Cottleville are<br />

with Lindsay Jaco and her family.”<br />

Around 10 p.m. on March 16, Cottleville<br />

officers were notified of a possible accident<br />

on the bridge at Hwy. N. Upon arrival, officers<br />

located Jaco on the shoulder of Hwy.<br />

N, with injuries to her head. According<br />

to the Cottleville Police Department, witnesses<br />

said Jaco was struck from behind by<br />

a vehicle. The driver, a 59-year-old female,<br />

was taken into custody.<br />

At the March 20 meeting, Ronkoski<br />

addressed a lack of lighting on the bridge<br />

where the Jaco was struck and explained<br />

that plans to increase illumination had been<br />

discussed before the incident. Ronkoski<br />

told residents that the city is exploring<br />

various suggestions made by residents<br />

on social media. From shuttles and taxi<br />

services to running an anti-drunk driving<br />

campaign, city officials have made solutions<br />

for future events a top priority.<br />

Prior to the meeting, a Cottleville Facebook<br />

forum was inundated with posts and<br />

comments regarding the St. Patrick’s Day<br />

events. Claims of public urination in the<br />

streets, rumors of property damage and<br />

suggestions on how to prevent similar situations<br />

the future were shared.<br />

Although some of the speakers at the<br />

meeting also referenced property damage<br />

done, Ronkoski said, “We have not<br />

received one report.”<br />

He encouraged anyone with property<br />

damage to contact the police so the city<br />

could assess the impact of the day’s events.<br />

Cottleville Police Chief Dave McCune<br />

said that nearly all Cottleville police officers<br />

were working that day, but were overwhelmed<br />

by the turnout.<br />

“I never anticipated having such a large<br />

crowd because we had so much stuff going<br />

on around us,” McCune said.<br />

He reminded residents that officers were<br />

directing traffic for six to seven hours.<br />

“We were as prepared as we could be,”<br />

McCune said.<br />

This was the first time in 14 years that<br />

the event has caused issues, according to<br />

McCune. In previous years, just three or<br />

four arrests were made during St. Patrick’s<br />

Day events in Cottleville. Recalling the<br />

recent March 16 celebration, he stated that<br />

the day was “chaotic.”<br />

“Our officers made several arrests,”<br />

McCune said.<br />

“I take this kind of thing personal,” he<br />

added. “We’re all pulling for Lindsay to<br />

make a full recovery.”<br />

Multiple residents and business owners<br />

attended the March 20 meeting to offer<br />

solutions. A general sentiment of compassion<br />

for Jaco and wish to prevent other<br />

accidents was shared.<br />

Carmen Mannino, owner of Mannino’s<br />

Market, described how event visitors<br />

ignored signs directing them away from<br />

private business parking lots and that some<br />

of them got out of hand due to apparent<br />

public drunkenness.<br />

“I do think the policemen did all they<br />

could do,” Mannino said.<br />

Business owner Stephen Savage offered<br />

his expertise in large-scale restaurant ownership<br />

and event planning to help the city<br />

better prepare for large crowds in the future.<br />

He described the difficulties of crowd control<br />

but also said, “There are resources out<br />

there to assist with these types of events.”<br />

McCune and city officials told <strong>Mid</strong><br />

<strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> that roughly 20,000<br />

people attended the Cottleville St. Patrick’s<br />

Day celebrations.<br />

The community responded to the news<br />

immediately. A Go Fund Me campaign<br />

was created to help support Jaco through<br />

the healing process and had already raised<br />

nearly $19,000 at press time.<br />

House bill could provide relief, support to Missouri Alzheimer’s patients<br />

By ROBIN SEATON JEFFERSON<br />

Margie Smith, a 75-year-old St. Charles<br />

woman, cared for her husband of 57 years<br />

until his death on Jan. 31. Leo Smith, 79,<br />

suffered from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s<br />

diseases. Outside support, or a lack thereof,<br />

was one of the biggest challenges<br />

she faced.<br />

“People don’t know what to<br />

do. They don’t know where<br />

to go,” Margie said. “They<br />

don’t have any answers for<br />

anything. You start with the<br />

doctors. There are fifty doctors<br />

telling you fifty different<br />

things. When you’re starting<br />

out with it, you feel like you<br />

don’t have anybody at all.<br />

People need help. When you<br />

have someone that needs your<br />

help <strong>24</strong> hours a day, you need<br />

help.”<br />

The only people Margie did<br />

have were her kids.<br />

“They would come on<br />

Thursdays, so I could go to<br />

the grocery store,” she said.<br />

“It was hard on my kids. They<br />

gave up their lives to help<br />

me.”<br />

Efforts in the Missouri<br />

legislature are aiming to provide<br />

help to people like Margie; House<br />

Bill 2071, if passed, would put a person<br />

in charge of providing support to people<br />

living with dementia in the state.<br />

HB 2071 establishes the position of<br />

a dementia services coordinator within<br />

the Missouri Department of Health and<br />

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Senior Services (DHSS). According to<br />

the bill, the position would be responsible<br />

for “coordinating information resources<br />

affecting Missourians living with dementia<br />

and their caregivers, streamlining state<br />

government services, identifying duplicated<br />

services, identifying grant opportunities,<br />

promoting awareness<br />

and education of dementia<br />

and collecting data concerning<br />

the impact of dementia in<br />

Missouri.”<br />

Former two-time St.<br />

Charles Mayor Sally Faith<br />

said HB 2071 is just the<br />

beginning.<br />

“That was the goal. We got<br />

there. We got a (bill) number.<br />

We are moving forward in<br />

helping people find help for<br />

Alzheimer’s and dementia,”<br />

Faith said.<br />

Faith served on the<br />

21-member Missouri<br />

Alzheimer’s State Plan Task<br />

Force, which submitted a<br />

report and recommendations<br />

regarding dementia-related<br />

diseases in Missouri to Governor<br />

Mike Parson and members<br />

of the state legislature at<br />

the close of 2022.<br />

The members of the task<br />

force included representation from state<br />

government composed of the lieutenant<br />

governor; the state departments; the Missouri<br />

Veterans Commission; the House of<br />

Representatives and State Senate; caregivers<br />

and professionals; and an Alzheimer’s<br />

patient.<br />

Faith is the patient. A former member of<br />

the St. Charles County Council (District 5),<br />

she has also served in the Missouri House<br />

of Representatives (District 15). Two<br />

years ago, Faith wrote her first book, “I’m<br />

Losing My Memory. I’m Not Losing My<br />

Mind: A Frank Perspective about Living<br />

with Early Dementia,” and she is working<br />

on a second book now.<br />

The task force, in conjunction with the<br />

Alzheimer’s Association, spent months<br />

asking people across Missouri what can be<br />

done to address dementia in the state.<br />

Faith said the new position that would<br />

be created by HB 2071 is the first step in<br />

addressing some of the state-wide needs<br />

the task force discovered in its research –<br />

namely that people living with dementia<br />

and their loved ones need additional help.<br />

Robin, an assisted living nurse manager<br />

in St. Charles County who wished to<br />

withhold her last name, said a dementia<br />

services coordinator would greatly benefit<br />

patients and their families.<br />

See ALZHEIMER’S, page 12


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Post Family development struggles with O’Fallon P&Z approval<br />

By JOHN TREMMEL<br />

A developer has encountered challenges<br />

in obtaining approval for a proposed large<br />

new subdivision on 100-plus acres that, if<br />

built and annexed, would become part of<br />

O’Fallon at its western boundary.<br />

History and future possibilities make<br />

the proposed Post Family subdivision<br />

both sensitive and significant.<br />

After being tabled at two O’Fallon<br />

Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z)<br />

meetings, then challenged with numerous<br />

conditions from city staff, the Post Family<br />

proposal was recently tabled a third time,<br />

to be considered again on April 4.<br />

The Post Family Limited Partnership<br />

owns 103.73 acres at 1065 East Hwy. N<br />

in unincorporated St. Charles County,<br />

just west of the intersection of Hopewell<br />

Road and Hwy. N, directly across Hwy.<br />

N from the under-construction, 896-unit<br />

Harvest at Hopewell subdivision in western<br />

O’Fallon. The Post property currently<br />

contains a single-family residence plus<br />

several outbuildings and is used as farmland.<br />

Developer DCM Land, LLC is a potential<br />

purchaser of the Post property desiring<br />

to build the new subdivision.<br />

In December 2023, on behalf of DCM,<br />

the Sterling Company applied to O’Fallon<br />

P&Z for approval to rezone the property<br />

from Unincorporated to R-1/Planned Unit<br />

Development (PUD) and for approval of<br />

an area plan for a “Villages at Post Farms”<br />

subdivision. Sterling is an engineering<br />

and surveying firm.<br />

The application included an annexation<br />

agreement for the property owner to apply<br />

for voluntary annexation into the city of<br />

O’Fallon.<br />

The P&Z report says the applicant proposes<br />

constructing 311 residential units<br />

(down from an original 328). All units are<br />

to be detached single-family homes with<br />

a variety of lot widths, some as narrow as<br />

42 feet.<br />

Because of traffic concerns, the applicant<br />

proposes a right-in, right-out entrance<br />

from Hwy. N with temporary full access.<br />

They also propose connections to both<br />

Knowledge Drive and Spirit Drive to the<br />

east and would provide street stubs to the<br />

north and the west.<br />

P&Z meeting materials included a<br />

Dec. 15, 2023, letter from Brian Jessup<br />

from Streets of Caledonia Commercial at<br />

Route DD and I-64. His letter to the city is<br />

in support of the proposed Villages at Post<br />

Farm project.<br />

“The commercial area at Streets of<br />

Caledonia needs additional residential<br />

development along Hwy. DD, Hwy. N<br />

and other area roadways,” Jessup said.<br />

“With much of this area unavailable for<br />

development with (because of) Busch<br />

Wildlife and city and county parks, we<br />

really need additional housing in the<br />

remaining areas.”<br />

Jessup said he believes residents along<br />

Hwy. N “will find their way” to the Streets<br />

of Caledonia commercial area using Sommers<br />

Road and the future Lake St. Louis<br />

Blvd. as they get on and off US40/I-64 at<br />

Hwy. DD, instead of Hwy. N. He said the<br />

proposed location for the Villages at Post<br />

Farm is only 3.8 miles from the Streets of<br />

Caledonia commercial area.<br />

Previously at the P&Z meetings on Jan.<br />

4 and Feb. 1 the rezoning and area plan<br />

application was tabled.<br />

At its March 7 meeting, P&Z conducted<br />

a public hearing that included the applicant’s<br />

detailed presentation, comments<br />

from citizens, plus commissioners’ questions<br />

and comments.<br />

Drew Weber from the Hamilton Weber<br />

LLC law firm represented the developer<br />

by addressing the P&Z commission, highlighting<br />

the updated development plan,<br />

covering several issues and answering<br />

questions from the commissioners.<br />

In the P&Z report used for the meeting,<br />

city staff had recommended denial of<br />

the rezoning and area plan. Staff findings<br />

stated that PUDs are intended to allow<br />

flexibility in developing large properties<br />

that would otherwise be difficult<br />

to develop due to topography or other<br />

physical or environmental challenges<br />

that would make it difficult to meet the<br />

requirements of the underlying zoning<br />

district.<br />

“Staff do not believe this property has<br />

any topographical, physical or environmental<br />

challenges that would make this<br />

property difficult to develop under the<br />

normal zoning code,” the report states.<br />

The findings also state that the O’Fallon<br />

Comprehensive Plan calls for a focus on<br />

infill development, as opposed to annexation<br />

and expanding the city boundary, and<br />

state that a similar development could be<br />

achieved under standard R-3 zoning. Staff<br />

said if P&Z does choose to forward a recommendation<br />

of approval to the O’Fallon<br />

City Council, there are 52 conditions to<br />

be considered.<br />

Weber, on behalf of the developer, said<br />

they have been working with city staff<br />

to resolve those issues and answer questions.<br />

He said he believes the number of<br />

conditions is large, but so is the development,<br />

and many of the condition items<br />

are minor. He said the developer believes<br />

many of them already have been resolved.<br />

P&Z chairperson Carolyn Thomas said<br />

in response the developer’s opinion “is<br />

not what counts,” but rather the staff’s<br />

opinion that matters.<br />

“Whether or not in their (city staff)<br />

opinion they’ve been addressed, because<br />

we rely on their professional opinion,”<br />

Thomas said.<br />

After 46 minutes of discussion, Mayer<br />

Bill Hennessy said 52 conditions still are<br />

too many. He suggested, and the P&Z<br />

commission agreed, that they should not<br />

yet vote on any recommendation to the<br />

city council.<br />

Prior to the vote, Hennessy said the<br />

intent of tabling until April 4 is to give<br />

the applicant more time to work with<br />

city staff to get the number of conditions<br />

significantly reduced from the current 52,<br />

then come back to P&Z with a smaller<br />

number prior to conducting a vote.<br />

ALZHEIMER’S, from page 10<br />

“It would help people who don’t have<br />

any resources,” said Robin. “Some families<br />

don’t have any resources, or if there<br />

are resources, they don’t know how to find<br />

out about them. I have worked with a lot<br />

of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients in<br />

my 18 years doing this job. A lot of times,<br />

families are in denial. They don’t want to<br />

believe their loved one has dementia. They<br />

need help.”<br />

Every state in America has some type of<br />

task force or plan in reference to Alzheimer’s<br />

disease, but it has been 12 years since<br />

last Missouri updated its plan. Missouri<br />

Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe said<br />

Missouri, through the task force’s efforts,<br />

is trying to understand how it can adopt<br />

and implement policies and procedures to<br />

facilitate faster diagnoses, increase access<br />

to care, assist family members and care<br />

providers and support innovative research<br />

and treatment. He said the task force’s<br />

recommendations are being used to help<br />

the legislature prioritize the use of limited<br />

resources.<br />

The fiscal note by the Oversight Division<br />

of the Committee on Legislative Research<br />

outlines the pay of the senior program<br />

specialist as $61,959 annually. Additionally,<br />

there is a request to employ one fulltime<br />

administrative support assistant at an<br />

annual salary of $33,914.<br />

According to the bill, the duties of the<br />

dementia services coordinator would:<br />

• Use dementia-related data to improve<br />

public health outcomes.<br />

• Establish and maintain relationships<br />

with other agencies to meet the needs of<br />

affected populations.<br />

• Support dementia-specific staff training<br />

across state agencies.<br />

• Recommend strategies to improve coordination<br />

of dementia-related services.<br />

• Collect and monitor data concerning the<br />

impact of dementia in Missouri.<br />

“This position will help establish a crucial<br />

part of the process of helping people<br />

living with dementia in Missouri,” said<br />

Representative Travis Wilson (R), Missouri<br />

District 106, who co-sponsored the<br />

Former Saint Charles Mayor Sally Faith and<br />

her cat, Uno. (Photo by Robin Seaton Jefferson)<br />

bill. “It will allow people the ability to<br />

reach out to someone to inquire about what<br />

resources are available to them, and it will<br />

establish a more efficient help for those in<br />

dire need of care by allowing resources to<br />

be better organized.”<br />

Wilson said the bill has been read twice.<br />

It has been referred to the Health and<br />

Mental Health Policy Committee. From<br />

there it will be scheduled for public hearing<br />

and then go to the floor for debate<br />

before eventually being voted upon.<br />

According to Faith, the work of implementing<br />

the recommendations of the task<br />

force is currently underway and ongoing,<br />

as state agencies, nonprofit groups and<br />

other partners collaborate together about<br />

the needs of Missouri. Members of the task<br />

force and other stakeholders are active participants<br />

in Aging with Dignity: Missouri’s<br />

Master Plan on Aging.<br />

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Breakfast recognized one student from<br />

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Sarah Johnson, a senior at Christian<br />

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“My involvement in STEM mentors and<br />

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The banquet began with a buffet breakfast,<br />

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“I especially enjoyed hearing from Dr.<br />

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student honorees were called up and recognized.<br />

It was also pretty cool to meet and<br />

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It is not much of a stretch to believe such<br />

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Encouraging other students to pursue<br />

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some fresh herbs along with a delicious<br />

chicken dish prepared with whole grains and<br />

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

• • •<br />

A St. Luke’s Nutrition Class is on<br />

Wednesday, April <strong>24</strong> from 2-3 p.m. at<br />

Schnucks Eatwell Market, 220 THF Blvd. in<br />

Chesterfield. A St. Luke’s Hospital dietitian<br />

will discuss how to find and make healthier<br />

choices at the grocery store, how to read a<br />

food label and nutrition recommendations<br />

for optimal health. 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 />

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 and move closer<br />

to feeling at peace in your relationship with<br />

food. Sign up to attend at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Mom & Baby<br />

Expo on Thursday, April 25 from 5-8 p.m. at<br />

the hospital’s Institute for Health Education,<br />

232 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield, in<br />

the North Medical Building. Join us for this<br />

event designed to help parents in pregnancy<br />

planning through the transition to parenthood.<br />

The free event also features vendor booths,<br />

tours of St. Luke’s Birth Care Suites, light<br />

refreshments and attendance prizes. Register<br />

at stlukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

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

a Helmet Check event on Saturday, May 4<br />

from 9:30 a.m.-noon at Parkway Early Childhood<br />

Center, 14605 Clayton Road in Ballwin.<br />

Children may bring their own helmets to<br />

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it correctly. Appointments can be scheduled<br />

at 10-minute intervals. Helmets will be available<br />

for purchase for $10 each. Register for<br />

this free event at classes-events.bjc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Good Sleep<br />

is a Possible Dream! Steps to sounder<br />

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

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Ageism and appearance<br />

Helping older adults look younger has<br />

become a billion-dollar industry in the U.S.<br />

From products like hair colors, teeth whiteners<br />

and skin care creams to procedures<br />

including Botox injections, hair transplants,<br />

wrinkle fillers and facelifts, just over a<br />

third of Americans over 50 have invested<br />

time and money into looking more youthful,<br />

according to a survey by University of<br />

Michigan researchers.<br />

Working with social scientists from the<br />

University of Oklahoma, they recently took<br />

a deeper dive into how appearance impacts<br />

older adults’ perceptions about aging and<br />

ageism, as well as how their feelings about<br />

how they look affect both their physical<br />

and mental health.<br />

Overall, 59% of the adults between ages<br />

50 and 80 who participated in the study said<br />

they believe they look younger than most<br />

others their age. Just 6% said they look<br />

older than their same-age peers, and the<br />

remainder said they look about the same.<br />

Women, people with higher incomes and<br />

those with more education were slightly<br />

more likely to rate their appearance as<br />

more youthful.<br />

In addition to comparing their appearance<br />

to others, the poll asked older adults about<br />

both positive and negative experiences<br />

related to aging and ageism. Examples<br />

of positive ones included being asked for<br />

advice and wisdom, while negative aspects<br />

included having others assume they had<br />

difficulty seeing, hearing, remembering or<br />

using technology because of their age.<br />

Those who rated themselves as youngerlooking<br />

than other people their age were<br />

more likely to score higher on the scale of<br />

positive age-related experiences, and lower<br />

on the scale of negative experiences of<br />

ageism. Those who said they had invested<br />

time or money in looking younger were also<br />

more likely to score higher on the positive<br />

scale, especially if they were married or had<br />

a partner. But the latter group also scored<br />

higher on the negative ageism experiences<br />

scale, although not as high as people who<br />

said they looked older than others their age.<br />

Those who had more positive and fewer<br />

negative experiences related to ageism were<br />

also more likely to rate both their physical<br />

and mental health as good or very good. On<br />

the other hand, the higher someone’s score<br />

on the negative ageism experiences scale,<br />

the more likely they were to rate their physical<br />

and/or mental health as fair or poor.<br />

Taking steps to look younger may also have<br />

a positive impact on seniors’ experiences<br />

of ageism, a recent study found.<br />

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“Taken together, these findings suggest a<br />

complex and nuanced relationship between<br />

how older adults feel about their age-related<br />

appearance and the experiences they have,<br />

both positive and negative, related to their<br />

age,” said first author Julie Ober Allen,<br />

Ph.D., adding “Feelings and experiences of<br />

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emphasis on youthfulness and bias against<br />

aging, appear to indirectly have a relationship<br />

with health, both mental and physical.”<br />

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• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital presents Be Powerful<br />

– Know Your Heart on Wednesday, April<br />

10 from 6-7 p.m. at the St. Luke’s Hospital<br />

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232 S. Woods Mill Road in Chesterfield.<br />

Join this free session to discuss the steps to<br />

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• • •<br />

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

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

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

Building A, Conference Room 3. Join us<br />

monthly for a cup of joe and conversation<br />

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• • •<br />

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

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p.m. in Desloge Outpatient Building A, 121<br />

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

Conference Room 3. Join us for this free<br />

class to learn more about exercise, nutrition<br />

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osteoporosis prevention. The class is facilitated<br />

by a physical therapist, a dietitian and<br />

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

• • •<br />

St. Luke’s Hospital offers an Empowered<br />

Caregiver Series designed to help<br />

families living with dementia, beginning<br />

on Tuesday, May 7 from 6-7 p.m. presented<br />

online via Zoom. The three-part series will<br />

also include sessions on May 14 and May<br />

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of caring for someone with dementia<br />

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Cottleville Smiles has been serving<br />

the residents of the St. Charles area for<br />

more than 40 years. In 2021, Dr. Tanner<br />

Brown D.M.D. took over the practice<br />

with a vision of changing the way<br />

people experience dentistry, and now,<br />

Cottleville Smiles has a new location at<br />

475 Miralago Shore Drive, across from<br />

St. Charles Community College in the<br />

former Dinner Bell restaurant.<br />

Cottleville Smiles began seeing<br />

patients in their new office April 1.<br />

Dr. Tanner said the new office offers<br />

the opportunity for the practice to grow.<br />

“We wanted the office to better reflect<br />

the care we give,” he said. “We designed<br />

the building to feel warm and inviting<br />

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and new patients. We get to provide the<br />

latest advancements in dentistry with the<br />

same personal touch we have grown to<br />

be known for.”<br />

“I’m really thankful and excited to put<br />

our own touch on it and to grow our community,”<br />

Dr. Tanner said. “We have a<br />

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to share it with more people.”<br />

In his own words, he shares why that<br />

Rendering of Cottleville Smiles’ new office.<br />

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vision of dentistry is so important to<br />

him. “At Cottleville Smiles, our mission<br />

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pours out compassion, and creates enduring<br />

friendships. We firmly believe that such<br />

an uplifting atmosphere directly translates<br />

into transformative care for our patients that<br />

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“We understand that everyone faces<br />

hardships, whether in their personal<br />

lives or when seeking dental care. That<br />

is why we are passionately dedicated to<br />

creating a warm and inviting environment<br />

where every individual is heard<br />

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By combining our heartfelt<br />

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“At Cottleville Smiles,<br />

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and the power to spread happiness to those<br />

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you achieve a smile that reflects your true<br />

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“Together, we are more than a dental practice<br />

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“Dentistry has changed more in the last 10<br />

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“It can be a lot to keep up with but we will<br />

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Custom golf club fitter Club Champion<br />

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For 52 years, Allen Roofing<br />

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Two years ago, Stefan Sigurdson<br />

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The team has longevity, he said. And<br />

that means experience.<br />

“We have three or four people that<br />

have been here longer than 40 years<br />

and at least another ten people who<br />

have been here longer than 20 years,”<br />

he said. “The average tenure is about<br />

20 years. That speaks a lot about the<br />

company’s integrity and culture.”<br />

The same could be said about the<br />

company’s connections and reputation,<br />

he said.<br />

“We’re fortunate to have a lot of good<br />

relationships throughout the community.<br />

We have lifelong customers and people<br />

who come back to us for various needs<br />

whether that’s roofs, siding or gutters. And<br />

we’re fortunate to have a lot of good relationships<br />

with residential home builders<br />

too,” Sigurdson said. The business does<br />

about half its business with home builders<br />

and half with residential homeowners.<br />

Now that spring is here and with it, spring<br />

weather with its winds and storms, damaged<br />

roofs and siding repairs are coming<br />

to the forefront.<br />

“We provide free inspections,” Sigurdson<br />

said. “It’s always good to get your<br />

roof inspected after a storm, so calling up<br />

a local neighborhood roofing<br />

company like Allen Roofing<br />

is a good idea, and any time<br />

you’d like to have your roof<br />

inspected, we are happy to do<br />

that for free,” Sigurdson said.<br />

“We do a full assessment.<br />

We take pictures and look for<br />

common problem areas and<br />

make sure the roof is in good<br />

working condition. It’s good to<br />

do that every once in a while<br />

even if there hasn’t been a<br />

storm. Age and extreme temperature<br />

changes can put exterior roofing<br />

materials under a lot of stress. Having someone<br />

inspect your roof is a good idea,” he said.<br />

Signs of a damaged roof include missing<br />

shingles, cracks, broken shingles, curling<br />

shingles and signs of leakage.<br />

“Our staff are qualified and experienced<br />

in working with insurance companies too,”<br />

he said. “We do offer financing as well.”<br />

Allen Roofing puts their customers first<br />

when repairing or replacing a roof. Employees<br />

are trained. They have the equipment<br />

to make the process go smoothly. They do<br />

quality inspections throughout the process<br />

and at the job’s end and perhaps most<br />

importantly, communicate with their customers<br />

from the beginning and all along<br />

(Allen Roofing photo)<br />

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the way.<br />

Allen Roofing & Siding also installs<br />

both vinyl and Hardie cement board siding.<br />

Hardie cement board is a premium product<br />

that has more of a natural wood look.<br />

“They are great options for siding,” Sigurdson<br />

said. “What it comes down to it’s<br />

just a customer’s preference.”<br />

“We also have a wonderful building on<br />

Old State Road, and we have a beautiful<br />

showroom that not all our competitors offer,<br />

so if someone likes to come in and look at<br />

samples or look at different products and<br />

colors we have a full showroom here.”<br />

Sigurdson is looking ahead to the future.<br />

“The plan is really to continue to earn<br />

the trust of our community and to build<br />

and grow our team so we can handle more<br />

business,” he said.<br />

He and his wife, Mary, are from the St.<br />

Louis area and have a son, Parker, 10 and<br />

daughter, Nicolette, 5 years old.<br />

Allen Roofing and Siding also has two<br />

other locations, one in Caseyville, Illinois<br />

and St. Peters.<br />

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April 5 | State Rep Richard West,<br />

Initiative Petition Reform<br />

April 12 | Judge Dennis Chassaniol,<br />

Treatment Court<br />

April 19 I Sen Mary Elizabeth Coleman,<br />

CD3 Congressional Candidate<br />

April 26 I Judge Erin Burlison,<br />

Proposed Family Law Legislation<br />

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT<br />

Everything is a Remix Art Exhibition<br />

opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. on<br />

Friday, April 5 at Gallery Row Fine Art,<br />

501B N. Kingshighway in St. Charles. Free<br />

and open to the public: music and refreshments<br />

provided. Come explore ways that<br />

artists currently use source material, from<br />

AI tools to cutting up magazines. Artists<br />

from 10 states are represented in this exhibit.<br />

For details, visit galleryrow.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Choral Arts Singers Spring Concert<br />

“A Season of Shadow, A Season of Light” is<br />

at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 at Living Lord<br />

Lutheran Church, 500 Cedar Circle Drive in<br />

Lake Saint Louis and at 3 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

April 14 at the Chapel of Assumption Catholic<br />

Parish, 403 N. Main St. in O’Fallon. Concerts<br />

are free, donations are appreciated. For<br />

details, visit concertarts.org.<br />

• • •<br />

History in Harmony is from 1-4 p.m. on<br />

Sundays, April 21 and 28; May 19 and 26<br />

and June 23 and 30 at 230 S. Main Street<br />

in St. Charles. Discover the sound of Main<br />

St. as a rotating line-up of guest musicians<br />

provide the soundtrack for a stroll through<br />

the historic district. Free event. For details,<br />

visit discoverstcharles.com.<br />

BENEFITS<br />

The St. Charles Optimist Club Spaghetti<br />

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

April 5 at Memorial Hall in Blanchette<br />

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

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

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

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

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

St. Charles. For tickets, call (314) 807-5022<br />

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

​• • •<br />

St. Dominic High Barnes & Noble<br />

Book Fair is from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

April 6 at Barnes & Noble, 320 <strong>Mid</strong><br />

<strong>Rivers</strong> Center Drive in St. Peters. A percentage<br />

of all purchases made in-store or<br />

online will be used to purchase books for<br />

the Learning Commons Library and to fulfill<br />

teacher wishlists at St. Dominic High in<br />

O’Fallon. For details, call (636) <strong>24</strong>0-8303.<br />

​• • •<br />

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

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

High, 600 First Executive Ave. in St. Peters.<br />

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

Proceeds benefit the class of 20<strong>24</strong> grad night.<br />

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

​• • •<br />

Mix and Mingle - It’s a Party Period is<br />

from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at The<br />

Quarry Wine Garden, 3960 Hwy. Z in New<br />

Melle. Feminine hygiene and care product<br />

donation or $5 for admission per adult benefitting<br />

schools in need in St. Charles County.<br />

For details, visit womenoflbb.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles Birthday<br />

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

April 13 at 1 Club Way in St. Peters, featuring<br />

an afternoon of activities like bounce<br />

houses, garden planting and more. Lunch<br />

will be provided along with popcorn, cotton<br />

candy and birthday cupcakes. Free event. For<br />

details, visit https://www.bgcstc.org/events.<br />

​• • •<br />

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles<br />

County Trivia Night is at 6 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

April 13 at the Larry Elms Training<br />

Center, 755 Parr Road in Wentzville. This<br />

year’s theme of “Time Travelers, Time<br />

Capsule” requests that attendees donate one<br />

item, artifact, photograph or document that<br />

represents current popular culture. Water,<br />

soda and beer will be available. Outside<br />

food and beverages are allowed, but glass<br />

is prohibited. Bring extra cash for 50/50<br />

drawing, mulligan purchases, basket raffles<br />

and more. 21 and older only. Tickets start at<br />

$25. Tables, tickets and sponsorships may<br />

be purchased at hfhtrivia.org.<br />

​• • •<br />

Ribbon of Hope Celebration is from 11<br />

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

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

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

event celebrating life and bringing<br />

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

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

​• • •<br />

The 20<strong>24</strong> Soldier’s Christmas Card<br />

Project is from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, April<br />

28 at the MU Extension in St. Charles, 260<br />

Brown Road in St. Peters. Write Christmas<br />

cards to soldiers overseas. Cards will be<br />

shipped inside care packages during Christmas<br />

20<strong>24</strong> by H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. For details,<br />

visit extension.missouri.edu/programs.<br />

​• • •<br />

Bunco Bash is at 2 p.m. on Sunday,<br />

April 28 at the Pezold Banquet Center, 5701<br />

Hwy. N in St. Charles. Ticket includes<br />

appetizers, snacks, desserts, soda, tea and<br />

coffee, plus one complimentary adult drink<br />

ticket. $25 per person. For details, email<br />

ladiesauxbunco@gmail.com.<br />

FAMILY & KIDS<br />

Kids Workshop - Celebrate Earth Day<br />

with Mixed Media is from 11 a.m.-12:30<br />

p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at The Foundry<br />

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

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will embrace the spirit of “reduce, reuse, and<br />

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For ages 5-12. The cost is $35 and includes<br />

all of the supplies needed for the workshop.<br />

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SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

The Wentzville Veteran’s Coffee group<br />

meets at 9 a.m. every 2nd and 4th Wednesday<br />

at the Wentzville Senior Center, 500<br />

Great Oaks Blvd. Join for some comradery<br />

and coffee. For details, visit wentzvillemo.<br />

gov.<br />

​• • •<br />

St. Charles County Pachyderm Club<br />

meets at noon every Friday at B. Hall’s<br />

Family Grill, 3782 Monticello Plaza Drive<br />

in O’Fallon. Be informed and meet elected<br />

officials. No meetings on holiday weekends.<br />

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

​• • •<br />

Taste of the County is from 5-7 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, April 4 at Dardenne Prairie City<br />

Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road. Try samples<br />

from local restaurants, eateries and wineries.<br />

Tickets are $20 per person (ages 12 and up)<br />

for unlimited food and drinks. Kids 10 and<br />

under are free. Purchase tickets by calling<br />

the WSCC Chamber office at (636) 327-<br />

6914 or go to gowscc.com/product/taste-ofthe-county-ticket.<br />

​• • •<br />

Mission: Clean Stream is from 9-11:30<br />

a.m. on Saturday, April 6 at the Public Works<br />

Facility, 2871 Elm Point Industrial Drive in<br />

St. Charles. Volunteers must check in at the<br />

facility. Volunteers can register as a family,<br />

individual or organization. Gloves and trash<br />

bags provided. For more details, email kierstyn.lorince@stcharlescitymo.gov.<br />

​• • •<br />

“Daycation” Bus Tour-Irish in St. Louis<br />

is from 9:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m. on Friday, April<br />

19. Meet in the west parking lot at City Hall,<br />

One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Enjoy a day with<br />

St. Louis Archdiocesan in the heart of the<br />

Irish neighborhood of Dogtown and enjoy<br />

lunch at McGurk’s. The cost is $134. Register<br />

online at stpetersmo.net/Rec-Connect.<br />

​• • •<br />

Clean Streams Day is from 8 a.m.-noon<br />

on Saturday, April 20 at 370 Lakeside<br />

Park (Corporate Pavilion), 1000 Lakeside<br />

Park Drive in St. Peters. Participants will<br />

clean Spencer Creek and the tributaries to<br />

Dardenne Creek. You can choose the creek<br />

segment you’d like to clean. The event is<br />

free, but pre-registration is required at stpetersmo.net/cleanstream.<br />

​• • •<br />

Rail District Festival is from 2-8 p.m.<br />

on Saturday, April 27 in Civic Park, 308<br />

Civic Park Drive in O’Fallon. There will<br />

be family activities, live music, inflatables,<br />

food trucks, food vendors, a beer garden,<br />

train rides, a baby crawl race and more.<br />

Free event. For details, visit ofallon.mo.us.


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For 50 years, Jack Massa has wanted one<br />

thing above all else for his family of restaurants.<br />

“I want people to come back again and<br />

again,” Jack said. “I want them to enjoy<br />

good food, good times and the people who<br />

work for us.<br />

“We have great cooks. Everybody says<br />

that, but ours really are. And our managers<br />

and restaurant staff are just the best. That’s<br />

why even new customers become regulars<br />

and keep coming back.”<br />

Jack was working as an engineer for<br />

McDonnell-Douglas in 1974 when he and<br />

his brother, Bill, decided to turn their past<br />

restaurant experience and Jack’s cooking<br />

skills into a new enterprise, affectionately<br />

known as “the old place” in Bridgeton.<br />

“We decided to open for dinner and said<br />

when we got the hang of things, we’d open<br />

for lunch. We’re still just open for dinner,”<br />

Jack said, laughing.<br />

But don’t think for a single minute that<br />

Jack and Bill, who passed away in December<br />

2020, didn’t know what to do as restauranteurs.<br />

They just traded longer hours at<br />

one location for more hours at more locations.<br />

Currently, Massa’s has four locations:<br />

Ballwin and Bridgeton in St. Louis County<br />

and New Town and Winghaven in St.<br />

Charles County. Each place has its own personality<br />

and slightly varied menus.<br />

“New Town is also the only location with<br />

Sunday hours,” Jack said. “Of course, every<br />

location offers fair prices, generous drink<br />

pours and the best cannelloni in town.”<br />

Keeping prices reasonable so customers<br />

can come back frequently is important to<br />

Jack. As for those drinks, he has a word<br />

of advice for customers: Make sure you<br />

have a ride home and watch the ads in<br />

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

“I really haven’t decided how<br />

we’re going to celebrate our 50th,”<br />

Jack admitted, “but when I do, I’ll<br />

put it in my <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

ad. Maybe I’ll offer a second<br />

drink on Bill! The main thing is<br />

that I hope people will come in and<br />

celebrate with us, share their stories<br />

and enjoy their favorite meals.”<br />

Jack said his current favorite<br />

entrée is Cajun Tortellini.<br />

“It’s so good! We did a lot of taste<br />

testing to find just the right blend<br />

of cajun seasonings, which we get<br />

from McCarthy Spice & Blends.<br />

They’re a St. Louis company and<br />

just the best. The same goes for our tortellini.<br />

We get it from Louisa Foods, which is<br />

another St. Louis company that thinks like<br />

we do that freshness matters. But we make<br />

our own cannelloni,” Jack said. “A company<br />

tried to sell us cannelloni<br />

once, and their own<br />

employee said, ‘Don’t<br />

bother. Massa’s makes<br />

the best cannelloni in St.<br />

Louis.’ And we do.”<br />

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New Town • 3761 New Town Blvd.<br />

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The only steak served<br />

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Perhaps the most popular<br />

way to enjoy it is as Pepe Medallions<br />

paired with a rich pepper cream sauce.<br />

“But if you’re in the mood for chicken,”<br />

Jack said, “we’re noted for our Chicken<br />

Bianco, which is a lightly breaded chicken<br />

breast served in a white wine and mushroom<br />

sauce. We make our sauces fresh<br />

every day with the really good stuff like<br />

heavy cream and parmesan cheese that we<br />

grate in-house.”<br />

Of course, Massa’s makes its signature<br />

dressings in-house.<br />

“Everything we do,” Jack said “is because<br />

we want our customers to keep coming back<br />

and having a good time with us.”<br />

P<br />

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(Wow, this is even cheaper than our price in 1974!) I think! lol<br />

Unless of course Bill was your server!<br />

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April 3, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

I 31<br />

SPEISER, from page 16<br />

lot of people see me as a shooter and it is<br />

definitely what takes my game to the next<br />

level,” Speiser said. “But I am also able to<br />

take people off the dribble as well as be big<br />

in the paint and able to guard many positions<br />

causing problems.”<br />

Luttschwager agreed.<br />

“Jordan can do so many things on a basketball<br />

court. She is well known for her<br />

scoring ability and deep 3-point range,”<br />

Luttschwager said. “She has one of the<br />

quickest releases you’ll ever see. However,<br />

she is also a tremendous passer and<br />

can make one-handed passes (right or left)<br />

from anywhere on the court. Some of them<br />

you have to see to believe.”<br />

Speiser has volunteered locally as a<br />

math tutor and youth basketball trainer and<br />

has donated her time to multiple community<br />

service initiatives through her church<br />

youth group, all while maintaining a 3.54<br />

GPA in the classroom.<br />

“I get the satisfaction of feeling like I<br />

have helped others become better in their<br />

day-to-day lives from doing these acts of<br />

service,’ Speiser said. “I feel like our job<br />

as humans is to serve others and help<br />

others succeed in their lives too and so I<br />

feel as if it’s just helping others become<br />

better and feel accomplished in their<br />

lives as well. I do it anytime at school<br />

or at 3D basketball academy training<br />

kids there.<br />

“I am really big in my faith and go<br />

to church every Sunday. Anytime I am<br />

able to help serve in the church and<br />

help out I do.”<br />

Colleges are taking notice of Speiser.<br />

She is being heavily recruited.<br />

Her top 11 schools are Arkansas,<br />

North Carolina, Kansas State, Notre<br />

Dame, Texas Christian University,<br />

Iowa, Ohio State, Utah, Virginia Tech,<br />

Oklahoma and Minnesota.<br />

“Jordan has several Division 1 scholarship<br />

offers,” Luttschwager said. “We<br />

have college coaches at our games and<br />

practices throughout the year. She is a<br />

5-star recruit.”<br />

Currently, Speiser holds the school<br />

records for most points scored in a<br />

season (688), free throw percentage in a<br />

season (83.2%), most 30-point field goals<br />

in a season (116) and most career 3-point<br />

Lutheran St. Charles junior Jordan Speiser recently<br />

was named the 2023-<strong>24</strong> Gatorade Missouri Girls<br />

Basketball Player of the Year.<br />

(Photo provided)<br />

field goals (284).<br />

She has scored 1,727 points in three<br />

years with the Cougars. That ranks second<br />

in school history.<br />

“The record is 2,102 points,” Luttschwager<br />

said. “Fun fact: That record<br />

is held by me.”<br />

Speiser knows it, too.<br />

“I want to surpass 2,000 points (and)<br />

break my coach’s scoring record,”<br />

Speiser said.<br />

She has two other goals for her senior<br />

season. Speiser wants to win another<br />

state championship and repeat as the<br />

Gatorade Player of the Year.<br />

“We are very happy to have Jordan<br />

for one more year,” Luttschwager said.<br />

“She has accomplished a lot in her<br />

first three seasons, but she is not done<br />

yet. You are not going to find a player<br />

that works harder than Jordan. To her,<br />

everything is a competition. Every drill,<br />

she wants to have a goal and win the<br />

drill. As soon as practice ends, she goes<br />

right to another workout. She is constantly<br />

putting in extra time conditioning<br />

as well as skill work.<br />

“Jordan loves her teammates and gets<br />

just as excited about their success. She<br />

shows a lot of emotion on the court when<br />

they knock down big shots or make a great<br />

defensive play.”<br />

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