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Mike Johnson<br />

is a hero<br />

Author Herman Wouk captured well<br />

how to understand heroism.<br />

“Heroes are not supermen; they are<br />

good men who embody – by the cast of<br />

destiny – the virtue of their whole people<br />

in a great hour,” observed Wouk.<br />

We have today an American hero by the<br />

name of House Speaker Mike Johnson.<br />

Anyone with eyes open knows the<br />

world today is a very dangerous place.<br />

Johnson, a conservative Republican and<br />

a devout Christian, knows that the way for<br />

it to become even more dangerous is for<br />

the leader of the free world to withdraw<br />

from its responsibilities as such.<br />

In the face of threats from some within<br />

his own party, in the face of the possibility<br />

of a purge like that which happened to<br />

his predecessor Kevin McCarthy, Johnson<br />

stepped up, rounded up 101 Republican<br />

votes in the House and, together with<br />

Democrats, passed a $95 billion military<br />

aid bill for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.<br />

As a Christian, Johnson understands<br />

that there is no understanding of what<br />

freedom is without appreciation that there<br />

is good and evil in this world.<br />

Our tendency in our country is to<br />

emphasize individual rights when we<br />

think about freedom.<br />

But the equal and opposite side of rights<br />

is responsibilities. Without responsibility,<br />

whether as individuals or as a nation, freedom<br />

is gone.<br />

As President Ronald Reagan famously<br />

observed, “Freedom is never more than<br />

one generation away from extinction. We<br />

didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.<br />

It must be fought for, protected<br />

and handed on for them to do the same,<br />

or one day we will spend our sunset years<br />

telling our children and our children’s<br />

children what it was once like in the<br />

United States where men were free.”<br />

Speaking to reporters after the vote,<br />

Johnson noted that this is a “critical time”<br />

and that “Xi (China) and Vladimir Putin<br />

and Iran really are an axis of evil.”<br />

This is not a matter of our nation aspiring<br />

to be the world’s policeman.<br />

It is a matter of knowing that the force<br />

of evil cannot be ignored and the price<br />

of believing that it can be ignored only<br />

grows and becomes increasingly more<br />

dangerous.<br />

Is this a matter of focusing abroad at the<br />

expense of what is happening at home?<br />

Certainly not.<br />

If a hero, in the words of Herman Wouk,<br />

embodies the “virtue” of his or her people,<br />

how do we define the virtue of the American<br />

people?<br />

It’s about the principles of a free nation<br />

under God.<br />

We also face great danger at home as we<br />

have departed from these principles.<br />

The $95 billion that will go in aid<br />

abroad is peanuts compared to what we<br />

waste at home in spending programs that<br />

do nothing.<br />

The Biden administration has appropriated<br />

$80 billion to the IRS to bolster tax<br />

collection. But at the same time, Biden<br />

has submitted a 2025 budget to Congress<br />

increasing federal spending by some $800<br />

billion.<br />

We are now trillions of dollars in the red<br />

as a result of bankrupt entitlement programs<br />

that are basically socialism. These<br />

programs are gushing red ink because<br />

they are not about, and never have been<br />

about, American principles of freedom<br />

and personal responsibility.<br />

We, of course, need to ensure that those<br />

that immigrate to our country come to<br />

embrace the principles that make our<br />

country great.<br />

But Republicans need to contend with<br />

a president and his party who have long<br />

abandoned those principles.<br />

Enough Democrats do seem to understand<br />

the importance of defending our<br />

principles abroad, and here Republicans<br />

and Democrats must work together.<br />

So it’s not a matter of either/or.<br />

Freedom is about knowing that we have<br />

choices, that there is good and evil, and<br />

we must fight evil everywhere by choosing<br />

the good.<br />

Johnson has done us all a favor through<br />

his principles and courage. We have great<br />

challenges at home, but we cannot ignore<br />

what’s happening around us.<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 />

America with Star Parker.”<br />

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Simplistic thinking<br />

Star Parker, in her “Americans are not<br />

seeking out middle ground,” asserted<br />

there’s no middle road in the divisiveness<br />

we see. Rather, it is a fight to the<br />

death between conservatives “who want<br />

to recapture our founding values and principles”<br />

and liberals who “want to destroy<br />

them.” To support this, she seemed to<br />

equate slavery with such issues as education<br />

and climate change. This is a false<br />

comparison.<br />

In reality, it is this type of black-or-white,<br />

simplistic thinking that will fracture America.<br />

Trying to find common ground means<br />

having the courage to listen to opposing<br />

viewpoints without becoming defensive<br />

or angry. It means refusing to label others<br />

while asking questions, engaging in honest<br />

dialogue and seeing a picture broader than<br />

partisanship. Inviting people of differing<br />

viewpoints to walk together down a middle<br />

road is at the core of America’s “founding<br />

values and principles,” as she called them.<br />

Greg Weeks<br />

Set the record straight<br />

I have faithfully read your magazine<br />

since Thomas Sowell was your editorial<br />

commentator. I have continued reading<br />

the various commentators since then, especially<br />

Star Parker. Although I generally<br />

agree with her on most subjects, I must<br />

take exception to her repeated references<br />

to God and the “evil” secular humanists.<br />

She constantly equates godlessness to<br />

socialism and any other form of malfeasance<br />

that she sees taking place in our<br />

country. As a lifelong atheist, I can assure<br />

her that I am not a socialist, communist<br />

nor any other anti-American “ist.” I am<br />

a patriot (I served four years in the U.S.<br />

Navy during the Vietnam War). I have<br />

always been proud to be an American and<br />

will debate anyone who would denigrate<br />

this country, (while recognizing that we<br />

Americans are not perfect and have made<br />

our share of mistakes).<br />

Also, my wife and three children are<br />

atheists and all of us are law-abiding, hardworking<br />

citizens. It is, of course, Ms. Parker’s<br />

right to express her opinions on any<br />

topic, but her constant denigration of nonbelievers<br />

is just simply wrong. Although<br />

there are not many of us, all of the atheists<br />

I know are law-abiding, patriotic, American<br />

citizens. I just wanted to set the record<br />

straight.<br />

Frank Klos<br />

Ballot Candy<br />

Missouri voters, beware of “Ballot<br />

Candy.” Ballot Candy refers to the effort<br />

by legislators to dupe voters into approving<br />

a ballot measure citizens would otherwise<br />

oppose by inserting unrelated popular provisions<br />

in ballot language to hide the real<br />

purpose of the legislation. Case in point<br />

– the Missouri House recently passed legislation<br />

aimed at making it harder to amend<br />

the state constitution through the citizeninitiative<br />

petition process. This legislation<br />

still needs to be approved by Missouri<br />

voters before it becomes law, so the House<br />

added it to the ballot as its first bullet a provision<br />

that has nothing to do with initiative<br />

petitions at all: it asks Missourians whether<br />

the constitution should be amended to<br />

“allow only citizens of the United States<br />

to qualify as legal voters.” This additional<br />

ballot language is pure subterfuge because<br />

the state constitution is already clear that<br />

only citizens are allowed to vote in Missouri.<br />

Article VIII, Section 2 of the Missouri<br />

Constitution limits the right to vote<br />

to U.S. citizens, period. Why would the<br />

House add something to the ballot that is<br />

already law if it is not intended to mislead<br />

and trick the voters? This practice of polluting<br />

ballot measures with non-issues or<br />

unrelated popular “Ballot Candy” is both<br />

cynical and shameful. Legislators should<br />

represent their constituents, not deceive<br />

them.<br />

Cary Steinmetz<br />

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All of the Sudden ...<br />

Law Matters<br />

I met Mike<br />

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my family, I'll<br />

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circumstances. It turns out Mike<br />

was a lawyer from Chicago. When I<br />

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They would merge with a firm,<br />

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After that initial encounter, our<br />

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Mike was our main contact. He was<br />

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He was not at all as smooth as<br />

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Evidently, Mike had been a<br />

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While “relaxing” on a beach in<br />

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Random thoughts<br />

With a tip of the hat to our old friend Thomas Sowell, we offer the following<br />

random thoughts on the passing scene:<br />

Let’s be real, the Cardinals are off to a bad start. We are in last place. Jordan<br />

Walker just got sent down to the minors. Paul Goldschmidt has just three extra<br />

base hits. Our lineup ranks <strong>24</strong>th in on-base percentage, and that is our highest<br />

relative offensive ranking. The worst part, however, is that the team is just<br />

boring to watch.<br />

That being said, it is still disappointing to see how quickly the vibe around<br />

Busch Stadium has turned sour. John Mozeliak got booed on opening day. Last<br />

week, a very small but vocal home crowd booed the Redbirds incessantly during<br />

a loss to the Diamondbacks. Showing your displeasure by not buying tickets is<br />

one thing, but showing up and being vocally displeased in person is, well, very<br />

20<strong>24</strong> we suppose.<br />

On the plus side, Sonny Gray has been awesome. So has Masyn Winn.<br />

• • •<br />

Demonstrations on college campuses are spreading like wildfire. A bunch<br />

of people got arrested at Columbia University for protesting, so a bunch of<br />

campuses erupted in protest of the arrests. Not to be outdone, the University<br />

of Southern California shouted “hold my beer” and got their entire graduation<br />

ceremony canceled. It would be nice if things like academic achievement could<br />

spread as virally as these ridiculous protests.<br />

Certainly, we should not make light of a few things concerning these protests.<br />

Some of the protests have been blatantly antisemitic. Plus, a large portion of the<br />

people arrested in campus protests have not been students at the college where<br />

they were arrested. That’s frightening.<br />

One of the ideas that keeps getting floated during these protests is that you<br />

can be anti-Zionist without being anti-Jewish. We’re not sure how.<br />

• • •<br />

Joe Rogen’s interview of Tucker Carlson is bonkers. It’s just bonkers. Of<br />

course, it’s also three full hours of must-see entertainment, so maybe bonkers<br />

was the point?<br />

• • •<br />

In regard to the many trials of Donald Trump, we simply hope that the legal<br />

system en masse can look beyond any opinions of the ex-president, and focus<br />

instead on precedent and the presidency. There is a risk of laying some really<br />

bad road for future administrations to drive on.<br />

• • •<br />

The Missouri legislature made national headlines when it supported a legal<br />

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City secures grant to complete<br />

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Chesterfield was successful in obtaining<br />

a reimbursement grant for the construction<br />

of the Pathway on the Parkway project.<br />

The city was awarded a Transportation<br />

Alternatives Program (TAP) grant in an<br />

amount of $1.832 million in federal funding<br />

for the construction of the pathway from<br />

Clarkson Road to Chesterfield Pines Lane.<br />

Once complete, the project will fill the<br />

last remaining gap in the overall Pathway on<br />

the Parkway loop and provide a continuous<br />

pedestrian route on Schoettler Road from<br />

Clayton Road to Chesterfield Parkway.<br />

The project will include the construction<br />

of 3,500 feet of six-foot sidewalk on the<br />

south side of Chesterfield Parkway East from<br />

Clarkson Road to Schoettler Spur Road and<br />

600 feet of five-foot sidewalk on the west<br />

side of Schoettler Road from Schoettler Spur<br />

Road to Chesterfield Pines Lane.<br />

It will also include the conversion of<br />

the northern lane of Schoettler Spur Road<br />

from one-way vehicular traffic to two-way<br />

pedestrian/bicycle traffic.<br />

All sections of the project will be constructed<br />

to current Americans with Disabilities<br />

Act design standards.<br />

The total estimated project cost is $2.29<br />

million, of which the TAP grant will fund<br />

80% ($1.83 million), with the remaining<br />

20% ($458,000) funded locally.<br />

For years the city of Chesterfield has pursued<br />

a grant to construct the final phase of<br />

the Pathway on the Parkway project, said<br />

James Eckrich, director of public works.<br />

After several failed attempts to secure a<br />

grant, the most recent TAP application was<br />

successful, he said.<br />

In order to officially obligate the federal<br />

funding for this project the city needs to<br />

enter into a program agreement with the<br />

Missouri Highways and Transportation<br />

Commission (MoDOT).<br />

Once the program agreement is approved,<br />

the city will issue a Request for Proposals<br />

(RFP) for engineering design services later<br />

this year and enter into a contract in early<br />

2025, Eckrich said.<br />

At the meeting on April 16, the Chesterfield<br />

City Council held a first reading on<br />

the agreement with MoDOT for the construction<br />

of the project. A final vote will be<br />

taken at the next regular meeting.<br />


Manchester police officers<br />

honored for exemplary work<br />

Several Manchester police officers were<br />

recognized for exemplary work at the April<br />

15 Board of Aldermen meeting. Sgt. Nikki<br />

Priest, Det. Jeff Lang and officers Josh<br />

Cockrell, Jim Logan and Coty <strong>West</strong> were<br />

all presented with letters of commendation<br />

by Police Chief Scott Will and the board.<br />

Will spoke about Lang’s extensive<br />

efforts to combat the sexual exploitation of<br />

minors, resulting in a suspect being identified<br />

and arrested by the FBI in New York<br />

state.<br />

“Moreover, your efforts likely resulted in<br />

saving an untold number of young children<br />

from being victimized by this man,” Will<br />

said, adding that the suspect is facing 20<br />

to 30 years in prison. “Your participation<br />

in the system reflects favorably upon your<br />

efficiency, of your department and upon<br />

your ability as a police officer. I extend my<br />

sincere thanks for a job well done.”<br />

Priest and fellow officers <strong>West</strong>, Cockrell<br />

and Logan were recognized for handling<br />

a potentially dangerous situation with<br />

empathy and grace. On March 4, officers<br />

responded to a late-night 911 distress call,<br />

where a woman claimed that she was going<br />

to take her life. The call was traced to the<br />

cemetery adjacent to St. John’s Church,<br />

where Priest, <strong>West</strong>, Cockrell and Logan<br />

initiated a search for the woman. As the<br />

search continued, the woman emerged<br />

from behind a tree with a handgun pointed<br />

to her head, Will explained.<br />

“I’m sure most people know that sometimes<br />

we have this phenomenon called<br />

suicide by cop,” Will said. “So it’s a very<br />

dangerous situation. Despite the potential<br />

for the situation to escalate into a suicideby-cop<br />

scenario, you and your fellow officers<br />

continuously (helped) while engaging<br />

in a dialogue with the female.”<br />

Priest was awarded with the Meritorious<br />

Service Award, presented to officers whose<br />

actions speak of personal bravery, or coordinating<br />

an investigation leading to arrest,<br />

Will explained.<br />

“In spite of her initial resistance to let go<br />

of the firearm and insistence on self-harm,<br />

you composed an empathetic approach,<br />

effectively de-escalating the tension resulting<br />

in the woman ultimately surrendering<br />

the weapon, demonstrating true compassion<br />

for those in desperate need of help,”<br />

Will said.<br />


Village Green in Wildwood<br />

gets final approval<br />

A final vote was taken on the bid to construct<br />

Phase 1 of the Village Green project<br />

on the west side of Wildwood City Hall.<br />

Bombshell Construction Services LLC<br />

will be paid $1.9 million for phase one,<br />

which will include access and utility installations,<br />

the performance stage and oval,<br />

plus the Essen Log Cabin and Mayors’<br />

Grove.<br />

However, at the City Council meeting<br />

on April 8, Lisa Johnson, an attorney representing<br />

the Latitude N38 project, said<br />

that the Village Green plan shows that it is<br />

using Crestview Drive as a walkway in its<br />

project and is subject to easements from all<br />

the owners.<br />

TB Realty and Development and Benton<br />

Homebuilders have proposed Lattitude<br />

N38 for 57 rental homes at the southeast<br />

corner of Eatherton Road and Crestview<br />

Drive.<br />

The developers of the N38 project own<br />

property adjacent to the Village Green site,<br />

south of Crestview Drive. Johnson says<br />

the N38 plan would use up to 15% of their<br />

property, which includes up to Crestview<br />

Drive, to support that access way along<br />

that drive.<br />

But the city’s plans for Village Green<br />

includes a walkway portion of Crestview<br />

Drive, part of which is a private drive that<br />

is subject to an easement, Johnson said.<br />

“It’s a private drive that is owned by all<br />

of the owners adjacent to a fronting on<br />

Crestview Drive and the permission of<br />

those owners would be required for any<br />

use of Crestview Drive that is not strictly<br />

private ingress and egress use of that drive-



way,” Johnson said.<br />

After the project was rejected by the<br />

Planning and Zoning Commission, the<br />

developers of Latitude N38 have a pending<br />

appeal that will be heard by the council in<br />

May.<br />

The overall city funding for the Village<br />

Green project will include a grant from the<br />

St. Louis County Municipal Park Grant<br />

Commission, which was awarded to Wildwood<br />

in 2023 in the amount of $575,000.<br />

According to Joe Vujnich, director of<br />

Planning and Parks, it is the city’s intent<br />

to have these improvements available for<br />

public use this year.<br />

At the meeting, the council approved the<br />

agreement with Bombshell Construction<br />

Services to construct phase one of the Village<br />

Green project.<br />


Education reform<br />

package passes<br />

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Assembly passed two education reform<br />

bills, Senate Bill 727 and House Bill 2278,<br />

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minimum school term requirements and<br />

establishes the Elementary Literacy Fund<br />

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Substitute under scrutiny after removing Parkway teacher’s pride, BLM signs<br />


On Friday, April 12, administrators at<br />

Parkway Central High were alerted of a<br />

substitute teacher who took down Black<br />

Lives Matter (BLM) and pride signs in a<br />

teacher’s classroom and tore them up.<br />

The substitute teacher, now identified as<br />

Jason Bryant Jennings, told <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

that he destroyed the posters on<br />

Friday, April 5. He subsequently posted<br />

about the incident on X, on Monday, April<br />

8, when he was subbing at Parkway Central<br />

again.<br />

“Yeah, so BLM is obviously a corrupt<br />

Marxist organization that should not be<br />

promoted to kids,” Jennings said. “Teachers<br />

should not be – and not just teachers,<br />

but adults in general – should not be promoting<br />

pride or anything of that nature to<br />

students, to youth.”<br />

Jennings is a Republican candidate running<br />

for state representative in District 100,<br />

which encompasses the city of Ballwin and<br />

portions of Winchester. According to Jennings’<br />

campaign website, he believes that<br />

“schools should be accountable for what<br />

they’re teaching.”<br />

Days after posting about the destroyed<br />

posters, Parkway Central administrators<br />

caught wind of Jennings’ actions and<br />

subsequently escorted him off campus. In<br />

an email to Parkway Central High parents,<br />

students and staff, Principal Dr. Tim<br />

McCarthy said that in addition to damaging<br />

the classroom, there were reports Jennings<br />

also solicited votes from students.<br />

“Based on my initial investigation and<br />

after consulting with human resources, I<br />

addressed the incident with the individual<br />

and escorted him out of the building,”<br />

McCarthy wrote. “Kelly Education employs<br />

the substitute who has worked part-time in<br />

some Parkway schools since 2022.”<br />

However, Jennings denies soliciting<br />

votes from students, adding that Parkway<br />

Central isn’t located in the district he’s<br />

campaigning in.<br />

“So those kids at Parkway Central, they<br />

don’t even live in (District 100), and<br />

they’re not even old enough to vote,” Jennings<br />

said. “There’s no reason why I would<br />

do that, I would have nothing to gain by<br />

doing that.”<br />

A spokesperson from Kelly Education<br />

Services told <strong>West</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> that<br />

Jennings is suspended from all future<br />

assignments pending the completion of the<br />

investigation.<br />

“We do not tolerate any employee behavior<br />

that violates our policies or the policies<br />

of our school partners,” the statement read.<br />

“Our substitute educators undergo rigorous<br />

screenings and background checks<br />

before they are eligible for any assignment.<br />

During onboarding, our substitute educators<br />

receive role-specific training and are<br />

required to confirm that they understand<br />

and agree to follow Kelly Education and<br />

district policies. We are working with the<br />

school administration as we investigate<br />

the matter, and the substitute teacher has<br />

been suspended from all future assignments<br />

pending its completion. We will take<br />

appropriate action based on the findings of<br />

the investigation.”<br />

According to Parkway’s staff conduct<br />

handbook, employees are prohibited from<br />

engaging in political campaigning, including<br />

promoting, advocating for or opposing<br />

specific issues. This includes and is not<br />

limited to the posting of political materials<br />

or petitions (unless part of an academic<br />

exercise) and the distribution of campaign<br />

materials to students in any manner that<br />

would indicate that an employee is furthering<br />

a personal political view on candidates<br />

for public office or issues of public policy.<br />

Woods Mill Center development fails to get P&Z recommendation<br />

By DAN FOX<br />

(Photo by Laura Brown)<br />

After a one-month continuation, a proposed<br />

redevelopment for Woods Mill Center<br />

returned to the Town & Country Planning<br />

& Zoning Commission (P&Z) on April 17.<br />

Under review were requests to rezone the<br />

commercial site at 14302 South Outer 40<br />

Road to a Planned Non-Residential Development<br />

District (PNRD) and to approve the<br />

site plan, which includes residential homes<br />

and a restaurant.<br />

The developers, the McBride Berra Land<br />

Company LLC, made several adjustments to<br />

the proposal since it originally came before<br />

the commission on March 20. The proposed<br />

number of homes for the 11.58-acre site was<br />

reduced to 72, down from 80. Greenspace<br />

was increased to 48%, 40 additional trees<br />

have been added, lot width was increased<br />

and now 10 feet would separate each house,<br />

as opposed to the 6 feet previously proposed.<br />

Also, four lots that would be closest to existing<br />

homes to the south would be restricted to<br />

two stories, so as not to impact the privacy of<br />

those residents.<br />

As the adjustments were presented, Jeannie<br />

Aumiller, McBride general counsel and<br />

senior vice president of real estate, also<br />

pointed out several other kinds of uses that<br />

could also fit the site, while highlighting<br />

the challenges or potential impacts of those<br />

uses on nearby residents.<br />

Despite the adjustments, the density of<br />

the proposal was still of concern to the commission<br />

members.<br />

Commission member Fred Meyland-<br />

Smith said he understands the limitations<br />

and challenges of the site, but said the cur-<br />

Woods Mill Center, looking southeast.<br />

rent proposal is “inconsistent with the character”<br />

of the community and that the houses<br />

are too closely packed together.<br />

“They are like wooden soldiers, shoulder<br />

to shoulder to shoulder, and I can’t conceive<br />

of any other neighborhood in Town &<br />

Country that would have dozens of homes<br />

shoulder to shoulder in lockstep with one<br />

another, eight feet from the sidewalk,” Meyland-Smith<br />

said.<br />

Commission member Granville White<br />

said the development didn’t meet “the brand<br />

of Town & Country,” while Commission<br />

member Dennis Bolazina raised the issue of<br />

on-site guest parking again and questioned<br />

the benefits to the city coming from the<br />

project.<br />

Opinions among the commission were<br />

not uniform, however.<br />

Mayor Charles Rehm said a benefit to the<br />

city would be the added greenspace on the<br />

site.<br />

“The greenspace that’s there now is basically<br />

weeds, coming through cracks in the<br />

asphalt,” Rehm said.<br />

While he said he wishes the density could<br />

be lowered, commission member Gary<br />

Omell said he was in favor of the concept,<br />

adding that he’s concerned about what the<br />

alternatives could be for Woods Mill Center.<br />

“I ask myself, ‘What is the alternative?’”<br />

Omell said. “We’ve said a lot of things<br />

negative, but this property has sat there for a<br />

long time looking really shabby.”<br />

Omell did, however, state concerns about<br />

guest parking and some of the proposed<br />

elevations, saying he would like to see more<br />

brick and stone materials used.<br />

While the room was packed with residents,<br />

all that spoke were in favor of the 72-home<br />

development.<br />

Kathy Bridges, who lives adjacent to the<br />

site, praised the developers for their willingness<br />

to appease resident concerns and the<br />

concessions made in the site plan.<br />

Sharon Rothmel thanked the commission<br />

members for their previous feedback,<br />

saying the developer has improved the plans<br />

since the March 20 meeting, and urged the<br />

commission to recommend approval of the<br />

proposal.<br />

“It’s good for both the city and nearby<br />

residents,” Rothmel said. “It’s good for the<br />

city for many reasons … it will remove a<br />

deteriorated, defunct shopping center that’s<br />

fallen into disrepair.”<br />

Commission Chairman Rob Cima recognised<br />

that uses for the site, like more commercial<br />

development or an office building,<br />

are not viable, and he noted there are things<br />

to like about the current proposal. Cima said<br />

he can see why the residents are in support<br />

of it, being an owner-occupied, primarily<br />

residential use. Cima also acknowledged<br />

that nearby residents are possibly fatigued<br />

from seeing repeated proposed uses for<br />

Woods Mill Center.<br />

“I have to imagine at least part of the<br />

reason you’re in support of this, is because<br />

what else are we going to have to look at<br />

next year and the year after and the year<br />

after,” Cima said.<br />

However, Cima said he thinks there will<br />

be other options in the future that would<br />

appeal to residents and the city, and that he’s<br />

not willing to recommend approval simply<br />

out of fear that a better option might not<br />

come along.<br />

The motion to recommend approval of<br />

the rezoning to a PNRD and the motion to<br />

recommend approval of the site plan both<br />

failed 6-3. The matter next goes before the<br />

Board of Aldermen for its review at a future<br />

meeting, where it would need a supermajority<br />

(two-thirds) of voting members to pass.

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The city of Chesterfield intends to sell<br />

approximately 17 acres at 17159 Edison<br />

Avenue to Staenberg Advisors LLC for<br />

$500,000.<br />

The property is located south of Lowe’s<br />

in Chesterfield Commons, which is owned<br />

by The Staenberg Group (TSG).<br />

TSG submitted a proposal to the city to<br />

acquire the 16.95-acre parcel of land.<br />

The property is currently part of the<br />

stormwater reservoir, which drains east to<br />

the pump station into Bonhomme Creek.<br />

However, the city has determined that<br />

the property was in excess of what is<br />

required for the Master Stormwater Plan.<br />

An independent appraisal of the property<br />

obtained by the city determined its value to<br />

be $500,000.<br />

Even if the property is conveyed, not<br />

more than 10 of the total 16.95 acres can<br />

be reclaimed and re-purposed, said City<br />

Administrator Mike Geisel.<br />

It will require approximately 8 feet of fill<br />

across 10 acres and the extension of major<br />

stormwater infrastructure across the filled<br />

portion.<br />

“There are some pretty extreme development<br />

conditions,” Geisel said.<br />

Given the essentially flat basin, which is<br />



City to sell nearly 17 acres to<br />

Staenberg Group<br />

Approximately 17 acres of land south of Lowe’s may be sold to TSG for $500,000<br />

(Tracey Bruce photo)<br />

flat and swampy, it has become a nuisance<br />

and is extraordinarily difficult to mow<br />

and maintain, Geisel said. The vegetation<br />

impairs the function of the stormwater<br />

basin, impeding flow and clogging the<br />

pump station.<br />

“Our inability to effectively maintain the<br />

property is an ongoing frustration,” Geisel<br />

said. “The city is eager to divest itself of<br />

maintaining this basin.”<br />

The responsibility for maintaining the<br />

entire 16.95 acres, including the remaining<br />

stormwater basin, would transfer with the<br />

conveyance.<br />

Any development of the property would<br />

require the owner to go through the planning<br />

process.<br />

In 2006, the property was conveyed to<br />

the city by TSG in fee, as opposed to an<br />

easement. The stormwater master plan was<br />

still being developed and the volume of<br />

stormwater storage was uncertain.<br />

Once the Public Works Department<br />

investigated the actual stormwater needs,<br />

it was determined that the reservoir storage<br />

could be reduced by 10 acres without<br />

increasing flood heights above a warning<br />

stage, Geisel said.<br />

The Chesterfield City Council will take a<br />

final vote on the proposed land sale at the<br />

next regular meeting.<br />

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and permitted.<br />

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through an annual appropriation not to<br />

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through the Department of Elementary<br />

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Wente’s Roadhouse coming soon to Defiance<br />

May 1, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I NEWS I 13<br />


The Defiance Roadhouse, known<br />

affectionately by locals for years as “the<br />

squirrel bar,” has been closed for about<br />

six months, but now has a new lease on<br />

life and is targeted to reopen as Wente’s<br />

Roadhouse sometime between May 19<br />

and June 1. The actual opening date<br />

depends on how much time is needed to<br />

complete repairs and obtain the required<br />

permits. The Hoffmann Companies property<br />

in Defiance is now being leased-toown<br />

by Marla Conn.<br />

Conn said the Defiance Roadhouse<br />

building “is from 1930, and, nobody’s<br />

fault, during this past winter when the restaurant<br />

was closed, water pipes burst and<br />

damaged every sink, every toilet, the walls<br />

and the floors. There were leaks and holes<br />

everywhere.”<br />

Conn said she has been working with<br />

Don Simon, chief operating officer for<br />

Hoffmann Companies’ Missouri operations,<br />

to get the repairs completed. While<br />

the Hoffmann Companies have received<br />

criticism regarding the economic development<br />

of Defiance and Augusta, Conn<br />

spoke highly of her interactions with the<br />

company.<br />

“They have been very cooperative and are<br />

working to fix the holes and other damage<br />

from the burst pipes,” Conn said. “Don has<br />

been great. I want to be clear: they are not<br />

bad people. I believe the Hoffmanns had<br />

good intentions but were just not equipped<br />

to run a restaurant such as the Roadhouse.<br />

Let’s just move on and move forward.”<br />

She signed the Roadhouse lease in early<br />

April.<br />

Conn has been at the Defiance Roadhouse<br />

while repairs are being done and<br />

has been working inside to set up the<br />

business. While she has been on-site,<br />

people have been stopping by to see<br />

what is going on.<br />

One of her visitors was the husband of<br />

the woman whose grandfather created<br />

the squirrels that have been part of the<br />

unusual decorations within the Roadhouse<br />

for years. Conn sent the husband<br />

home with one of the squirrels as a gift,<br />

bringing the memories along with it.<br />

Conn still has some of the stuffed squirrels<br />

and will continue to showcase them<br />

in the bar.<br />

Wente’s Roadhouse menu will include<br />

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Billed as a “food shack and saloon,” it will<br />

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Conn also is the owner of the original<br />

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That landmark Wente’s is known as a “nofrills<br />

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“I love people.”<br />

Across multiple generations, those<br />

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healthcare.<br />

During the pandemic, Paula Allen came<br />

out of retirement and chose to begin a new<br />

career as a concierge/screener at Progress<br />

<strong>West</strong> and BJC St. Peters hospitals. In many<br />

ways, she was following in the footsteps<br />

of her grandmother, daughter and granddaughter.<br />

“What Paula won’t tell you, because she<br />

is so humble, is that during COVID she<br />

wanted to give back,” Sharla Emery said.<br />

“She took the role of concierge/screener so<br />

that she could be at the hospital and help in<br />

any way she could.”<br />

It was a bold decision, given that most<br />

people her age were being advised at that<br />

time to stay home and stay safe.<br />

“We had lived at the Lake of the Ozarks<br />

for about 20 years,” Paula said of her and<br />

her husband. “When we moved back I<br />

needed something to do and decided to<br />

get into the health field because of Sharla.<br />

Now, I am the first person everyone sees<br />

when they come to the hospital. I get to<br />

greet people and help them. I enjoy that.”<br />

In addition to being the director of<br />

patient care services at Progress <strong>West</strong><br />

and BJC St. Peters, Sharla is also Paula’s<br />

daughter and one of her favorite people to<br />

see at work. Paula’s other favorite is her<br />

granddaughter, Jessica Emery, who works<br />

as a patient care technician (PCT) in the<br />

Progress <strong>West</strong> emergency department.<br />

“I got into healthcare because of my<br />

mama,” Jessica said of Sharla. “She has<br />

been working for BJC for as long as I can<br />

remember, probably longer than I have<br />

been alive.”<br />

She’s not wrong. Sharla has been a nurse<br />

since 1989 and with BJC HealthCare for 31<br />

(BJC photo)<br />

years, though most of her career was spent<br />

in critical care and cardiothoracic surgery<br />

at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.<br />

“In April 2020, I made the decision<br />

to take a position in St. Charles County<br />

because we live in St. Charles County and<br />

there were some exciting things to me<br />

about its growth and where it was going<br />

and community needs for healthcare,”<br />

Sharla said.<br />

Two years ago, she moved into her current<br />

position, and spoke highly of Progress<br />

<strong>West</strong> and the role it plays in providing care<br />

to the community.<br />

Rachel Yann, with BJC media relations,<br />

said it’s “evident how strong these three<br />

ladies are together, how dedicated they<br />

are to caring for people, how they strive to<br />

inspire each other and how proud they are<br />

of each other.”<br />

“They want each other to grow and succeed,”<br />

Yann said.<br />

In that regard, Paula and Sharla are huge<br />

fans of Jessica, who is working on her<br />

associate’s degree in nursing at St. Charles<br />

Community College. When she graduates<br />

next year, she’ll become the third nurse in<br />

the family.<br />

“My great-grandmother was an LPN,”<br />

Sharla explained. That’s where it all<br />

started. “I have her little ‘Taber’s (medical)<br />

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While Sharla knew from age 18 that she<br />

wanted to pursue nursing, Jessica took a<br />

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“I’ve been all around healthcare over<br />

the past eight or nine years,” Jessica said.<br />

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Bridging cultures through language<br />

May 1, 20<strong>24</strong><br />


I NEWS I 15<br />


Hindi USA is teaching young students<br />

the Indian culture through the Hindi language,<br />

dance and song.<br />

On April 14 the organization held its<br />

second annual cultural festival at the<br />

Hindu Temple of St. Louis in <strong>West</strong> St.<br />

Louis County. This year’s event featured<br />

21 performances that were choreographed<br />

and performed by students with the help of<br />

parent volunteers. What began as<br />

a small group of students learning<br />

Hindi at the local library in 2018<br />

has grown to 170 students from<br />

across the St. Louis area connecting<br />

with their Indian heritage and<br />

cultural roots.<br />

Mayank and Dr. Anshu Jain are<br />

the husband and wife co-founders<br />

of the <strong>West</strong> County chapter of Hindi<br />

USA, where their two children are<br />

students.<br />

“If you know the language you<br />

will have an insider view of what’s<br />

going on,” Mayank said. “Each<br />

of these songs performed today<br />

represent the majority of the religions<br />

that are practiced in India.<br />

These songs and dances are the timeless<br />

epics that every single Indian knows. They<br />

cover five different religions: Hindu, Sikh,<br />

Christian, Muslim and Jain. These songs<br />

connect the students to every single part of<br />

India. That’s the beauty; we have covered<br />

most of the country’s regions and dances,<br />

all in the Hindi language.”<br />

Meghna Lunkad is a parent volunteer<br />

who teaches Hindi for the organization. Her<br />

12-year-old son, Samik, has been a student<br />

since 2018. She said Hindi USA is not just<br />

about teaching the kids the language, but<br />

also about keeping them connected to their<br />

roots in India. This is the second year they<br />

have put on the cultural show and Lunkad<br />

served as one of the emcees.<br />

“The response we received from the community<br />

has been phenomenal,” Lunkad<br />

said. “We have a good partnership with<br />

<strong>West</strong> County and Parkway and Rockwood<br />

school districts.”<br />

Hindi USA performs on April 14.<br />

Mayank said he would like to see the<br />

Hindi language taught in local schools.<br />

“In <strong>West</strong> County we have 30,000 Indian<br />

people, the largest immigrant population,<br />

surpassing the Latino community,” Mayank<br />

said. “India is the fifth largest economy in<br />

the world. Every single business in the U.S.<br />

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She suspects another generation of<br />

healthcare providers could be waiting in<br />

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“My 10-year-old daughter says she wants<br />

to become a veterinarian, which I love. I<br />

think I said the same thing at her age<br />

because I wanted to care for something but<br />

I wasn’t sure it was humans. Then as I got<br />

older, with the influence and help of my<br />

mom and my grandma, I was like ‘Wow, I<br />

love people!’” Jessica exclaimed. “I want<br />

to make people feel good. I want to make<br />

them smile.’”<br />

Like mother, like daughter – and, as<br />

Mother’s Day approaches, Jessica and<br />

Sharla were quick to share the secret of<br />

their success.<br />

“All of the women in the family are<br />

extraordinary,” Jessica said. “But in terms<br />

of grandma and mom, I would not be who<br />

I am, or where I am, or anything close to<br />

successful if I did not have them in my life.”<br />

Sharla also gave credit to her dad.<br />

“We’re 100% grounded in family,” she<br />

said. “My mother and father have been<br />

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The concept for Build My Future came<br />

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“Classroom learning is important, for sure,<br />

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Diego Perez Palomino is making a name<br />

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After attending a conference last summer<br />

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High junior, was inspired to create a place<br />

for area student journalists to share their<br />

work with each other. The goal is to help<br />

students see how different local schools<br />

are covering the news in their community.<br />

Seeing this as a gap to fill, Palomino<br />

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post their stories that were published in<br />

their school newspapers.<br />

“I know at my high school we have (our<br />

student newspaper) The Corral, and within<br />

The Corral, it’s just us,” Palomino said.<br />

“Sometimes (the newspaper staff) would<br />

just want to look at other high schools<br />

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to see how other schools were writing<br />

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individually online. So I wanted to create<br />

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where you can find a variety of different<br />

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Palomino said students from Parkway<br />

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contributed to 314 In Focus.<br />

But the ambition didn’t stop there. After<br />

attending another conference, the Missouri<br />

Interscholastic Journalism Association’s<br />

J Day for journalism students, Palomino<br />

wanted to host his own conference for<br />

high school students in the St. Louis area<br />

who are interested in pursuing a career in<br />

journalism. With the support of his journalism<br />

advisor, Christine Stricker, and fellow<br />

Parkway <strong>West</strong> journalism student Ruthvi<br />

Tadakamalla, the 314 Media Day conference<br />

began to take shape.<br />

Scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on May 21<br />

at the Missouri History Museum in Forest<br />

Park, 314 Media Day is free for anyone<br />

to attend, and features a lineup of speakers<br />

on different topics, including Toriano<br />

Porter, a St. Louis native and journalist on<br />

the editorial board of The Kansas City Star.<br />

Also featured are Parkway <strong>West</strong> journalism<br />

students Elizabeth Franklin, Missouri Student<br />

Journalist of the Year, and Serena Liu,<br />

Missouri’s Representative for the 2023 Al<br />

Neuharth Free Spirit Conference. Palomino<br />

thanks anonymous donors and a Parkway<br />

School District grant for funding the 314<br />

Media Day conference. He said he also<br />

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him secure the venue at the history museum.<br />

Palomino’s journalism teacher, Stricker,<br />

said she is impressed with his persistence<br />

and organizational skills in putting the conference<br />

together.<br />

“He did so much of the planning on his<br />

own,” Striker said. “I was just there to be<br />

like, ‘Yeah, I’ll send that email for you,’<br />

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Stricker isn’t the only person taking<br />

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Palomino and fellow student journalist Leo<br />

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solutions, sharing how students can<br />

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or school.<br />

Palomino credits his love of soccer with<br />

getting him involved in journalism.<br />

“I’m from Mexico and soccer is a big<br />

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Stricker describes Palomino as a visionary<br />

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Canada’s Celtic Rock Warriors are coming<br />

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rare treat.<br />

On Saturday, May 11, the St. Louis Scottish<br />

Games and Cultural Festival will take<br />

over Schroeder Park for 12 full hours of<br />

heavy athletics, sheep-herding, sword fighting,<br />

dancing competition, kids’ activities,<br />

kilts and pageantry, food and drink, and a<br />

wide variety of music, including Canada’s<br />

Mudmen and one of the largest bagpipe competitions<br />

in the Midwest.<br />

But let’s start with the Mudmen, who will<br />

perform twice – once at 5:15 p.m. and again<br />

at 7:45 p.m. Boasting an impressive 26-year<br />

career, brothers Sandy and Rob Campbell<br />

are known for high-octane performances<br />

that combine impressive bagpipe skills with<br />

rock chops. Together with Colin Amey, Andy<br />

Gingerich, Alex Showdra and Emmett Glancie,<br />

they are the Mudmen.<br />

The Mudmen take the stage at 5:15 p.m. on May<br />

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Maybe you’ve heard the band before. Its<br />

music has been featured in Xbox and Play-<br />

Station video games, on the HBO series<br />

“Shameless” and in other noteworthy performances.<br />

As Sandy points out, other artists like AC/<br />

DC and Paul McCartney have had No. 1 hits<br />

that featured bagpipes, but only the Mudmen<br />

put pipes in every song. The group has<br />

guested or opened for rock bands ZZ Top,<br />

The Guess Who and Loverboy to name a few<br />

as well as The Irish Rovers, The Chieftains<br />

and Scottish tenor John McDermott.<br />

Since the 18th century, the great Highland<br />

bagpipe has been considered an instrument<br />

of war, with regiments using pipers to lead<br />

them into battle, hence the Mudmen’s “rock<br />

warriors” nickname. Today, the grandeur of<br />

pipe and drum bands continues to inspire<br />

audiences at festivals such as those at the St.<br />

Louis Scottish Games.<br />

On May 11, bagpipe enthusiasts can listen<br />

to solo and quartet competitions in the morning,<br />

then, sit back, relax (with some authentic<br />

Scottish food, of course) and enjoy the fanfare<br />

of pipe bands competing in a champion<br />

supreme event sanctioned by The Midwest<br />

Pipe Band Association.<br />

At press time, 10 pipe bands had registered<br />

to compete for over $12,000 in prize money.<br />

“The neat part about a large band entry is<br />

that all of the competing bands will perform<br />

together in the closing ceremony in what is<br />

known as the ‘Massed Bands,’” explained<br />

acclaimed St. Louis piper Matt Pantaleoni.<br />

“It’s a very moving experience and, for<br />

many spectators, the highlight of the day’s<br />

activities.”<br />

The pipe band competition begins at 2<br />

p.m. on the Bill Nicoll Memorial Ceremonies<br />

Field. That’s also where spectators can<br />

witness:<br />

• Opening Ceremonies at 9:15 a.m., followed<br />

by Highland Mist Scottish country<br />

dancing at 9:30 a.m.<br />

• Sheep Herding Demonstrations at 10 am.<br />

and 3:30 p.m.<br />

• Parade of Tartans, featuring all<br />

assembled Scottish clans at noon.<br />

• First Responders Tug-of-War at<br />

1 p.m.<br />

• Awards Ceremony, Massed Pipe<br />

Band performance and Farmers’ Walk<br />

at 4:30 p.m.<br />

Entertainment on the Alex Sutherland<br />

Memorial Stage begins at 10 a.m.<br />

and continues throughout the day, culminating<br />

with the final Mudmen concert<br />

beginning at 7:45 p.m. Featured<br />

acts include folk music by Peat Fire<br />

Flame, Jamie McGeechan, The Wee<br />

Heavies, Mitzi MacDonald and Keltic<br />

Reign, and a performance by Shilleligans<br />

Celtic Music Duo.<br />

Sword-fighting demonstrations take place<br />

at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Legion of Honor<br />

area.<br />

Kids can join in the fun with activities just<br />

for them from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.<br />

Admission is $25 for adults aged 18 and<br />

older and $10 for youths aged 13-17. Children<br />

age 12 and younger are free. Tickets<br />

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Beginning at 5 p.m., entrance to the festival<br />

grounds for the evening concerts is free.<br />

General parking is available at Parkway<br />

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Road; and Community Christian Church,<br />

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p.m., area homeowners and garden enthusiasts<br />

will have the chance to meet with<br />

local garden shops, home improvement<br />

companies, interior design experts and<br />

more at the <strong>West</strong> St. Louis County Chamber<br />

of Commerce’s inaugural Home &<br />

Garden Expo.<br />

Held at the Greensfelder Recreation<br />

Complex in Queeny Park, 550 Weidman<br />

Road, this free event offers something for<br />

everyone – including a coloring station<br />

for kids and light refreshments courtesy of<br />

Eureka Contracting and Roofing. In a nod<br />

to the expo’s commitment to sustainability<br />

and community greening, the Missouri<br />

Department of Conservation will give<br />

away 700 tree saplings – one per household<br />

– while supplies last.<br />

That’s not the only chance to take<br />

home something free and fabulous. Every<br />

vendor at the expo will host a drawing for<br />

a prize package valued at $50, providing<br />

plenty of chances for attendees to win<br />

something special. The event’s manageable<br />

size ensures that visitors can have<br />

meaningful conversations with vendors,<br />

making it easier to find answers to specific<br />

home and garden questions. If an<br />

attendee has a query that isn’t addressed,<br />

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directing visitors to other Chamber members<br />

who can provide further assistance.<br />

When asked about the motivation behind<br />

the Home and Garden Expo, Chamber<br />

President and CEO Lori Kelling said, “At<br />

the heart of our Chamber’s mission is the<br />

goal to forge strong bonds between our<br />

community and local businesses. This<br />

expo offers a prime, cost-effective platform<br />

for these connections to flourish. By<br />

designing the event to be accessible and<br />

appropriately scaled, we ensure that both<br />

vendors and attendees can engage deeply<br />

and meaningfully. It’s the ideal setting<br />

to nurture relationships and unlock new<br />

opportunities within our region.”<br />

All attendees will also receive a complimentary<br />

copy of the Chamber’s <strong>West</strong><br />

County Home & Garden Magazine. This<br />

magazine is packed with valuable information<br />

and articles from vendors, offering<br />

insights and ideas for attendees to take<br />

home, further enhancing the experience of<br />

the expo, according to Kelling.<br />

“We believe this expo will showcase<br />

the best our local businesses have to offer<br />

and foster lasting relationships within<br />

the community,” Kelling said. “We’re<br />

proud to have Ballwin Tree Service as the<br />

expo’s title sponsor. Their support helps<br />

underscore the importance of local business<br />

collaboration in enhancing community<br />

living spaces.”<br />

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Students in Ryan Giesing’s eighth-grade<br />

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grad Nicholas Weaver.<br />

Weaver, a third-year law student at Saint<br />

Louis University (SLU) recently earned<br />

the SLU Law Award for Community Service<br />

and a $1,000 prize, which he immediately<br />

donated to Giesing.<br />

“I know how much effort Mr. Giesing<br />

and other Rockwood teachers put into their<br />

classroom, the extra time and effort they<br />

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a chain reaction after that.”<br />

Weaver and Giesing first met in the hallways<br />

of LaSalle Springs as middle school<br />

students. After graduating from Eureka<br />

High, Giesing studied education and Weaver<br />

studied law. For the past three years, they<br />

have partnered to offer a Leadership Club to<br />

eighth-graders at LaSalle Springs.<br />

The Leadership Club, which meets each<br />

Friday, is composed of nearly 20 students<br />

selected by their teachers. Weaver leads<br />

them through standards-based leadership<br />

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Geggie Elementary fourth- and fifth-graders tested out their athletic<br />

abilities during the Geggie Olympics on Monday, April 15. Students<br />

engaged in nine different events, including the 50-yard dash, standing<br />

broad jump, 4x50 relay race, long and triple jump, javelin throw, softball<br />

throw, mile relay and scooter relay.<br />

Street Law, a national civics organization<br />

dedicated to community outreach. Weaver<br />

serves as the president of the SLU Street<br />

Law chapter.<br />

“We run them through leadership camp,<br />

basically,” Giesing said. “Some of our earliest<br />

lessons are about students finding out<br />

what they’re good at and determining how<br />

they can contribute to the group.”<br />

In addition to leadership lessons, the<br />

students also take the lead in planning and<br />

running all-school assemblies at the end of<br />

the fall and spring semesters.<br />

“Our main goal is getting these kids who<br />

are very different – with very different lives<br />

and competencies – together to work on an<br />

awesome product in the end,” Giesing said.<br />

Olympic bobsled pilot<br />

visits Marquette High<br />

Last month, Marine Cpt. Riley Tejcek<br />

spoke to students at Marquette High about<br />

leadership and not being afraid to set – and<br />

achieve – lofty goals for themselves.<br />

Tejcek is a former Divison I softball<br />

player and current Team USA bobsled<br />

pilot who hopes to become the first activeduty<br />

female Marine Olympian at the 2026<br />

Winter Olympics in Milan, Italy.<br />

Whitfield chooses 20<strong>24</strong>-25<br />

Glassman Leaders<br />

Whitfield School freshmen Kamiyah<br />

Jones and Kayla Sellers have been selected<br />

as Glassman Leaders for the 20<strong>24</strong>-2025<br />

academic year. Jones and Sellers were<br />

chosen because they embody the spirit of<br />

leadership, dedication and excellence that<br />

the Glassman program seeks to foster.<br />

Jones has demonstrated her leadership<br />

abilities through her involvement in various<br />

extracurricular activities, including<br />



dance, Cooking Club, Student Council,<br />

and the Black Student Union. Her recent<br />

completion of coursework with the University<br />

of Missouri-St. Louis Bridge Program<br />

reflects her commitment to academic<br />

excellence and personal growth.<br />

Sellers has shown remarkable dedication<br />

as a multi-season student-athlete, balancing<br />

her coursework with her participation<br />

in the golf, basketball and soccer teams.<br />

Her ability to excel both academically and<br />

athletically is commendable and serves as<br />

motivation to her peers.<br />

The Glassman Leaders program, established<br />

by Whitfield alumnus Robert Glassman<br />

and currently in its fourth year, aims<br />

to empower emerging upper-school student<br />

leaders with essential leadership and<br />

public speaking skills.<br />

Through this program, Jones and Sellers<br />

will have the opportunity to participate in a<br />

Dale Carnegie leadership course, followed<br />

by additional public speaking coaching<br />

from Whitfield faculty and staff.<br />

River Bend Elementary first-grade student<br />

Elijah, recently competed in the U.S. Chess<br />

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where he played three games, and won<br />

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Nature’s impact: benefits of time spent outdoors<br />




In a digital age where screens dominate<br />

young lives, the mental and physical benefits<br />

of being outdoors is more important<br />

now than ever. Mental health experts tend<br />

to agree that being outside is good for overall<br />

health. The National Institute of Health<br />

published a study in 2018 that showed, in<br />

addition to other benefits, simply being<br />

outdoors lowered stress hormone levels in<br />

individuals. Nicole Buesse, LPC, a mental<br />

health counselor in Wildwood, agrees and<br />

said she encourages her patients to spend<br />

time outside to help with anxiousness.<br />

“In the society that we live in today with<br />

so much technology, we really are inside a<br />

lot more than we ever have been,” Buesse<br />

said. “It’s good for kids to get out of their<br />

rooms; open their blackout curtains. It’s<br />

good for kids to see some sunlight.”<br />

Buesse said just 20 minutes a day outdoors<br />

can have profound effects on mental<br />

health. The time doesn’t even need to be<br />

spent exercising because the benefit of sunlight<br />

is enough, she said. Vitamin D comes<br />

from sunlight exposure and Buesse mentioned<br />

that as people age they can become<br />

deficient in the vitamin due to spending less<br />

time in the sun. Vitamin D has been found<br />

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improving mood, strengthening bones and<br />

improving heart health.<br />

“Obviously more is great, but if you can<br />

fit in 20 minutes, you’re in a really good<br />

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that, if you can, do any sort of exercise<br />

outside. And by exercise I don’t mean it<br />

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that increases your heart rate and increases<br />

your blood flow so that you are processing<br />

stress hormones better and increasing dopamine<br />

levels in your body, promoting overall<br />

improved health.”<br />

For kids who are resistant to spending<br />

time outdoors, Buesse recommends starting<br />

with short amounts of time, increasing it<br />

gradually each day. Another tip from Buesse<br />

is that parents can lead by example. Parents<br />

can make spending time outdoors a family<br />

activity that everyone does together each<br />

day. During the summer when kids might be<br />

left home alone during the day while parents<br />

are working, Buesse recommends making<br />

going outdoors in the evening a routine.<br />

“It’s good to have it as a family activity<br />

when parents get home from work,” Buesse<br />

said. “As parents ourselves, we need to get<br />

outside and need to have some positive<br />

mental health promotion in our own bodies.<br />

And to have that shared time with our kiddos<br />

as well can be really impactful. It’s not just<br />

about the kids, but also as parents we need<br />

to keep our mental health and struggle in<br />

mind as well.”<br />

One reason kids resist going outdoors<br />

is because when they watch a screen they<br />

don’t have to be creative to entertain themselves,<br />

Buesse explained. There are almost<br />

unlimited amounts of entertainment available<br />

when it comes to screen time.<br />

“There’s more competition for their attention,”<br />

Buesse said. “Video games are fun.<br />

There’s a lot of programming that kids<br />

can watch online. So (going outside) is not<br />

always the first thing they think of to do, but<br />

usually once you get them outside they do<br />

have fun. And they get to use their imagination<br />

and create their own entertainment, as<br />

opposed to having it just presented to them.”<br />

Time outside can be as simple as going<br />

for a walk around the neighborhood or playing<br />

in a sprinkler on a hot summer evening.<br />

Another option is signing children up for<br />

an outdoor summer camp. Outdoor camps<br />

give children of all ages the opportunity to<br />

unplug and reconnect with nature.<br />

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“I always say, think about some of the<br />

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that experience without adult intervention.<br />

“So much of what Scouting does is childled,<br />

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While Bono admits that she believes there<br />

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“It’s an idea of empowering our youth and<br />

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High school girls basketball<br />

Julie Matheny is serious about her job as<br />

the varsity basketball coach at St. Joseph’s<br />

Academy. She’s less serious about herself.<br />

“I’m too young to retire,” Matheny<br />

quipped.<br />

But Matheny, who lives in Des Peres, is<br />

stepping down after coaching the Angels for<br />

33 years. She became head coach in 1999<br />

after working as the junior varsity coach and<br />

assistant varsity coach beginning in 1992.<br />

The numbers tell the story of her success.<br />

Matheny has 518 victories, 17 of which<br />

were district championships and 10 were<br />

Final Four appearances. Add in a Class 5<br />

Missouri state title in 2004, which came<br />

with a 56-44 victory over Hickman. Finally,<br />

there was induction into the Missouri Basketball<br />

Hall of Fame.<br />

Matheny’s twin brother, Bob Goessling,<br />

who has been with her for the entire<br />

33-year run, and assistant coach Tim Stock,<br />

who has been with them for the past 17<br />

years, will also be retiring.<br />

The Angels completed a 21-7 season in<br />

March. In post-season play, St. Joseph’s<br />

lost to state champion Incarnate Word<br />

Academy in Class 6 District 3.<br />

Matheny said she liked the fact that<br />

everything is in a good place. She is not<br />

retiring from her full-time job as vice president<br />

of corporate sales for TravelPlex.<br />

She said coaching for her alma mater<br />

(class of ‘79) has worked out well.<br />

Angels’ assistant coach Bob Goessling,<br />

head coach Julie Matheny and assistant<br />

coach Tim Stock<br />

(Source: SJA)<br />

“We’ve always had the administration<br />

behind us,” Matheny said. “I got to spend<br />

time with my twin brother. We knew the<br />

reputation at St. Joseph’s Academy and we<br />

knew it’s been our responsibility to have<br />

our student-athletes perform to their highest<br />

capability … and be champions on and<br />

off the floor.<br />

“I have too many players to count. That’s<br />

a blessing. The highest highlight for me is<br />

when players return after their first year of<br />

college or come to a tournament and say<br />

hello. That means a lot. I get a lot of Christmas<br />

cards. They’ve kept me young.”<br />

As for her retirement plans, Matheny<br />

said her plans are to be determined.<br />

“It’s an honor to be a coach … The parents<br />

trusted their kids with us in this program,”<br />

Matheny said. “The kids want to be challenged<br />

and be developed. I’m the lucky one.<br />

It’s been a fabulous, unbelievable ride.”<br />

High school boys golf<br />

The Priory varsity golf team scored a<br />

first-place finish in the Blue Division at the<br />

Columbia Classic golf tournament.<br />

Junior Eddie Rothery sparked the Ravens<br />

with a round of 74.<br />

High school boys tennis<br />

Priory junior John Varley, the defending<br />

Class 3 singles champion, won the No. 1<br />

singles championship in the Metro League<br />

Tournament played at <strong>West</strong>minster Christian<br />

Academy.<br />

In the semifinal match, Varley topped<br />

Principia’s Drew Bosman 8-1. In the championship<br />

match, he scored an 8-3 victory<br />

over MICDS’ Jai Patel.<br />

In the No. 2 singles bracket, Arjun Puri,<br />

of MICDS, won the championship with an<br />

8-1 victory over Noah Suthar, of <strong>West</strong>minster<br />

Christian Academy.<br />

MICDS won the championship in No. 3,<br />

4 and 5 singles. Owen Kizer finished first<br />

in No. 3 singles with an 8-3 win over Jerry<br />

Chang, of John Burroughs. At No. 4, Max<br />

Padratzik defeated John Burroughs’ Evan<br />

Tang 8-1. Louis Niemeyer captured the No.<br />

5 singles title with an 8-3 win over Qadir<br />

Thompson, of John Burroughs.<br />

High school boys water polo<br />

The Parkway Central Colts made it backto-back<br />

championships in the Founder’s<br />

Cup water polo tournament.<br />

The Colts won all five matches in the<br />

event held at Ladue High.<br />

“We’ve had a solid start to the season,”<br />

coach Andrew Schonhoff said.<br />

Parkway Central opened with a 14-2 win<br />

over University City and then scored an<br />

18-4 victory over host Ladue. In the quarterfinal<br />

match, the Colts scored a 15-3 decision<br />

over CBC. In the semifinals, Parkway<br />

Central defeated Parkway <strong>West</strong> 15-4. That<br />

set up the championship match against<br />

Kirkwood. Parkway Central won 17-6.<br />

“I think our biggest advantage going into<br />

this game was our conditioning,” Schonhoff<br />

said. “It was the third game of the day,<br />

and our guys still had plenty to give. Once<br />

again, we were able to start off strong in<br />

the first quarter and set the tone for the rest<br />

of the game.”<br />

The Colts celebrated briefly after winning<br />

the tournament but did not overdo<br />

it. Schonhoff said he was happy to see his<br />

athletes enjoying the moment.<br />

“It can be a long season, so it’s always<br />

encouraging to have some mini celebrations<br />

mid-season,” Schonhoff said. “Our<br />

entire team played great defense led by<br />

goalie Ian Conway and center defender<br />

Daniel Richmann. The offense was led by<br />

seniors Tyler Bryant, Will Jost and sophomore<br />

Peyton Dimmock. All three of them<br />

each had 17 goals over that weekend.”<br />

Conway, a senior, made 43 saves in the<br />

tournament while allowing just 17 goals.<br />

He has been the Missouri Water Polo Wil<br />

Edens defensive player of the year the last<br />

two seasons and will continue to play in<br />

college at Wagner College, a private institution<br />

in Staten Island, New York.<br />

The Colts are the defending Missouri<br />

Water Polo District champions. Parkway<br />

Central defeated the St. Louis University<br />

High Junior Billikens 19-11 last spring for<br />

its first championship.<br />

High school bowling<br />

Lafayette High, under the direction of<br />

coaches Jen and Derek Bader, has claimed<br />

the state championship title in bowling.<br />

Eureka High came in eighth out of the 22<br />

participating teams.<br />

The tournament was held at <strong>West</strong> County<br />

Lanes, located at 15727 Manchester Road<br />

in Ellisville.<br />

College signings<br />

The last national college letter of intent<br />

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Football – Jackson Otto to Rhodes<br />

College and Kyle Russell to Illinois College;<br />

Swimming – Trey Cunneen and<br />

Matthew Judkins to University of Missouri;<br />

Track and Field – Grant Coughlin<br />

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EUREKA: Soccer – Izzy Kiser to William<br />

Woods University; Lacrosse – Nathan<br />

Bridges to University of Indianapolis,<br />

Andrew Parker to Columbia College,<br />

Ximena Prieto to Ohio Wesleyan University,<br />

Kaitlin Reis to Alma College and<br />

Andrew Stubblefied to Ottawa University;<br />

Track & Field – Amyah Colyer to Hannibal-LaGrange<br />

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Moore to Missouri Valley College<br />

LAFAYETTE: Cross Country and Track<br />

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PARKWAY NORTH: Basketball –<br />

Eli Trintinger to Lindenwood; Softball<br />

– Rachel Ross to Kaskaskia College and<br />

Raina Ross to Kaskaskia College; Tennis<br />

– Yvonne Shannon to Missouri Baptist;<br />

Football – Keylland Mitchell to Missouri<br />

Southern University, Anthony Thompson<br />

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Henry Mohrmann to Washburn University;<br />

Track and Field – Mark Stovall to<br />

Maryville University; Alex Shields to Missouri<br />

Baptist University and Kalina Zheleva<br />

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– Tyler Jones to Benedictine College<br />

PARKWAY SOUTH: Swimming –<br />

Carter Crook to Missouri State University;<br />

Olympic Weightlifting – Josh Copeland to<br />

Lindenwood University; Track and Field/<br />

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University; Swimming – Jeremiah Koenig<br />

to University of the Cumberlands; Wrestling<br />

– Jack Koerber to Avila University<br />

and Taya Stanford to Carthage College<br />

PARKWAY WEST: Golf – Kylie Secrest<br />

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Murray State; Softball – Makenzie Brown<br />

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Livak to Long Island University-Brooklyn;<br />

Diving – Jacob Gordan to University of<br />

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Bailey to Wheaton College, Cameron<br />

Schlegl to <strong>West</strong>minster College and Hunter<br />

Cunningham to Rockhurst University; Volleyball<br />

– Lexi Frazier to William Jewell<br />

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Eureka’s Madison Pyatt believes in the<br />

old adage that if at first you don’t succeed,<br />

try and try again. Good wisdom for someone<br />

just 9 years old and in the fourth grade<br />

at Geggie Elementary. That mindset has<br />

taken her a long way.<br />

“My dad (Travis Pyatt) told me about DCP<br />

(Drive, Chip & Putt) and I was hooked from<br />

the start,” said Madison. “My first year, two<br />

years ago when I was 7, I made it to the third<br />

qualifying at Medinah Country Club in Chicago,<br />

but sadly I didn’t make it to Augusta<br />

that year. Last year was similar and I didn’t<br />

go all the way.”<br />

She never gave up. She wanted her dream<br />

to come true.<br />

Madison, who plays at the Country Club<br />

at the Legends, achieved her dream in her<br />

third attempt at the Drive, Chip & Putt competition.<br />

It’s conducted in partnership with the<br />

Masters Tournament, USGA and the PGA<br />

of America. Drive, Chip & Putt is a free<br />

youth golf development initiative for junior<br />

golfers of all skill and ability levels, aimed<br />

at sparking a lifelong interest in the game.<br />

The 80 regional winners across the four<br />

age divisions (40 boys and 40 girls) earned<br />

a trip to Augusta National Golf Club to participate<br />

in the 10th Drive, Chip &<br />

Putt National Finals.<br />

Madison was one of the girls<br />

who earned a spot in the finals,<br />

and was confident heading in.<br />

“This year was different,” Madison<br />

said. “I knew I was going to<br />

win from the start.”<br />

Her intuition proved correct.<br />

Madison won the girls 7-9 championship<br />

in the 10th annual Drive,<br />

Chip & Putt National Finals at<br />

Augusta National. She finished<br />

first with 25.5 points out of a<br />

possible 30. Adelyn Owen, the<br />

second-place finisher from Cornith,<br />

Texas, had 23 points.<br />

“Madison has tremendous balance<br />

and weight transfer, helping<br />

her hit long drives and her short<br />

game is incredible,” Travis said.<br />

“This event really speaks to her strengths.”<br />

Points were awarded in three individual<br />

skill categories (driving, chipping and putting),<br />

with the winner in each skill receiving<br />

10 points, second place receiving nine<br />

points, and so on, all the way down to one<br />

point. The player with the most points following<br />

all three competitions was declared<br />

the overall winner of the age group.<br />

For the drive portion, the better of two<br />

distances was used to determine the score.<br />

Each golfer then took two chips; the closest<br />

cumulative distance to the hole determined<br />

the winner. Players then moved to Augusta<br />

National’s 18th green where they attempted<br />

two putts – from 15 and 30 feet – and used<br />

the cumulative distance from the hole to<br />

determine the score.<br />

Madison started off strong as she earned<br />

first place in the driving discipline with a<br />



Eureka’s Pyatt wins Drive, Chip & Putt competition at Augusta National<br />

Madison Pyatt with her family at Augusta: (from left) her father, Travis;<br />

her mother Holly; sister, Kennedy; and grandmother, Sharon.<br />

(Mackenzie Myers/Gateway PGA photo)<br />

distance of 198.7 yards, followed<br />

by a tie for third in chipping<br />

with a total of 15 feet, 3 inches.<br />

When put to the test on the green,<br />

Madison’s second putt was within<br />

three feet of the hole, securing the<br />

overall victory.<br />

“This is the best thing for me,<br />

ever. I’ve tried for three years,”<br />

Madison said. “I’ve practiced so<br />

hard, and now it’s finally paid off.”<br />

The game is fun for Madison,<br />

who said she started playing competitively<br />

when she was 4 1/2.<br />

“I like spending time with my<br />

dad, laughing and having fun on<br />

the course,” Madison said.<br />

Travis enjoys spending time<br />

with his daughter. He got her<br />

involved when he purchased her<br />

first metal club at the age of 3.<br />

“We would aim at trees and metal trash<br />

cans from close range to get immediate<br />

feedback and we slowly moved the targets<br />

out,” Travis said. “We’d have races to targets<br />

further out and eventually she developed<br />

the swing to hit it further. Jeffrey Field<br />

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Shalini Bhajjan is blending passion,<br />

experience and skill into a unique local<br />

direction. The Delhi, India, native moved<br />

to the U.S. in the 1990’s and pursued a<br />

professional career in design and merchandising.<br />

After working in that field for more<br />

than a decade in New York, then two years<br />

in Florida, Bhajjan settled into the Ballwin<br />

area.<br />

Since then, Bhajjan’s path took an interesting<br />

turn. After being a stay-at-home<br />

mom to three children for a handful of<br />

years, Bhajjan started running and has kept<br />

on running.<br />

But unlike Forrest Gump’s adventures<br />

along America’s roads, Bhajjan casually<br />

ran the trails of nearby Castlewood State<br />

Park around 2011-2012. Shortly thereafter,<br />

she connected with a group in Wisconsin<br />

and ran her first 50K ultra trail run.<br />

“Getting back to St. Louis, I was just<br />

looking for people to run with,” Bhajjan<br />

said. “I was throwing out weekly runs,<br />

and a bunch of us would connect and do<br />

long Sunday runs at Greensfelder County<br />

Park and elsewhere. That kind of initiated<br />

a question, ‘Why aren’t there any races<br />

here?’ It snowballed from there.”<br />

Bhajjan connected with United States of<br />

America Track & Field (USATF). That led<br />

to the creation of Terrain Trail Runners-<br />

STL, which combines her talents of not<br />

only coordinating runs and races, and helping<br />

work on actual trails plus merchandising<br />

products for the organization and<br />

specific races. From there, she directed the<br />

Ozark Foothills event.<br />

Bhajjan has been race directing full-time<br />

for 10 years and currently has 11 events in<br />

St. Louis. Ten of those events offer races<br />

ranging from 5K up to 100 miles, and are<br />

held at different state and county parks.<br />

Every race showcases different terrain and<br />

different kinds of trail systems.<br />

“The 11th event is actually a women’s<br />

summit, a free community event I host in<br />

October,” Bhajjan said. “It’s open to all<br />

female athletes, whether they’re running,<br />

hiking, cycling or just want to learn more<br />

about the outdoors and connect with other<br />

women in the area. I started that with the<br />

goal to engage women in the outdoors and<br />

create that safe place for other female athletes.”<br />

Terrain Trail Runners-STL has brought<br />

new races to Greensfelder County Park,<br />

Rockwood Reservations and the Al Foster<br />

Trail, to name a few local parks. She also<br />

has a first-ever foot race this year at Babler<br />

State Park on May 4. It’s a 15K run known<br />

as Babler Bongo.<br />

“I run in a lot of races in the United<br />

States and internationally,” Bhajjan said.<br />

“I always get the question of where I’m<br />

from. Everyone has the misconception<br />

that St. Louis is all just Katy Trail – like<br />

crushed flat gravel. I wanted to prove that’s<br />

false. Our trails are not all flat because we<br />

are at the Ozark foothills. We don’t have<br />

2,000 and 3,000 feet climbs, but our trails<br />

are equally challenging. Also, I take pride<br />

in the accessibility of all our trails, and<br />

don’t want people to keep saying that just<br />

because we live in St. Louis, we won’t be<br />

able to run some of the out-of-town trails.<br />

My top priority has been showcasing what<br />

we have and creating routes and events that<br />

bring in people.”<br />

Participants in the Ozark Foothills Endurance Run, held at Greensfelder County Park<br />

(Photo by Elaine Collins)<br />

Race Director Shalini Bhajjan and speaker Traci Falbo.<br />

To maintain sustainability, Bhajjan also<br />

limits race participant numbers to 100-125.<br />

Ozark Hills is one of the biggest races,<br />

pulling in 200-250 runners. Bhajjan said<br />

some 40% of the participants traveled here<br />

from outside the Greater St. Louis and<br />

Metro East area for their recent April 5-7<br />

Ozark Foothills Terrain Trails runs. She<br />

added, “That’s an introduction into, ‘Hey!<br />

This is happening in St. Louis!’”<br />

“Outside of that, I’m heavily involved in<br />

a lot of trail building and volunteer events,”<br />

Bhajan said. “One of the initiatives we<br />

have in place is with Forest ReLeaf. Sustainability<br />

is a component in a lot of what<br />

I do in race directing. It’s not just throwing<br />

out races. It’s a lot of mindfulness of giving<br />

back to the community and showcasing<br />

what St. Louis has in our trail systems.”<br />

The Forest ReLeaf initiative has helped<br />

plant 44 trees at Route 66 State Park.<br />

Event registrations for Terrain Trail Runners-STL<br />

runs offer a question where participants<br />

can opt out for shirts and other items.<br />

As Bhajjan notes, if you run in several events,<br />

getting such merchandise is a redundant<br />

thing. So, runners can choose to plant a tree<br />

instead of getting additional apparel.<br />

“What will happen this year, unless I<br />

can find an initiative of planting a certain<br />

number of trees at Greensfelder County<br />

Park or wherever, I will look at how many<br />

people opted out of the T-shirt for all of my<br />

races, and basically take all that money and<br />

donate to Forest ReLeaf,” Bhajjan said.<br />

Regarding trail work and maintenance,<br />

Bhajjan partners with St. Louis County<br />

Parks and state parks with volunteer projects<br />

to help maintain trails. She also works<br />

closely with Gateway Off-Road Cyclists<br />

(GORC), a nonprofit that also helps maintain<br />

area trails.<br />

“It’s not just offering a lot of events, but<br />

(Photo by Elaine Collins)<br />

also giving back,” Bhajjan said. “For the<br />

event I have in February, I donate all the<br />

funds to GORC for all they do. After all,<br />

trails don’t maintain themselves, and a lot<br />

of the parks departments are understaffed.<br />

So, I’m side-by-side helping them clean<br />

the trails and do whatever is needed.”<br />

Terrain Trail Runners-STL is a free<br />

group, and anyone can join. It’s very active<br />

on Facebook where the group started and<br />

where all group runs are posted. The only<br />

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AI advancing ALS treatment<br />

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS),<br />

also called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a<br />

frightening diagnosis. The fatal motor<br />

neuron disease, characterized by gradual<br />

degeneration of nerve cells in the spinal<br />

cord and brain, remains incurable.<br />

This May, as the U.S. marks ALS Awareness<br />

Month, development of a potential new<br />

weapon in the fight against this devastating<br />

disease is underway … one that exists<br />

thanks to artificial intelligence technology.<br />

A drug candidate currently known as<br />

FB1006 is being advanced as a potential<br />

new treatment for ALS. The Chinese<br />

company leading the drug’s development,<br />

4B Technologies, has already successfully<br />

completed patient enrollment in an initial<br />

clinical trial set to begin in August.<br />

AI technology was utilized in multiple<br />

stages of the drug’s discovery and development,<br />

including target identification,<br />

patient enrollment and efficacy assessment.<br />

The use of AI enabled the 4B Technologies<br />

team to significantly shorten the patient<br />

screening process and complete enrollment<br />

in less than one year, as well as maximize<br />

the use of the clinical data. Analysis of the<br />

trial’s results is expected in February of<br />

2025.<br />

Missed opportunities<br />

to save lives<br />

Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)<br />

can be life-savers when someone has an outof-hospital<br />

cardiac arrest … an emergency<br />

which happens more than 1,000 times every<br />

day in the U.S. on average, and is fatal in<br />

about 90% of cases. When used together<br />

with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, however,<br />

an AED – which analyzes the heart’s<br />

rhythm and delivers electric shock if necessary<br />

– greatly increases the odds of survival.<br />

While AEDs are often located nearby<br />

when cardiac arrests happen, they are very<br />

seldom used, say University of Missouri –<br />

Kansas City researchers. And this may be<br />

because people don’t know where the nearest<br />

one is located.<br />

Their recent study analyzed data from<br />

about 1,800 cardiac arrests that occurred<br />

either in homes or public places around<br />

Kansas City from 2019-2022. Despite the<br />

fact that many of these out-of-hospital cardiac<br />

arrests occurred within a four-minute<br />

walk of a public AED, the devices were<br />

used in only 13 of the cases, or less than 1%.<br />

“Public AED availability is critical for<br />



AED devices are often available close by<br />

when someone has an out-of-hospital<br />

cardiac arrest, but they’re almost never<br />

used – an outcome that can and should<br />

be changed, say University of Missouri –<br />

Kansas City researchers. (Adobe Stock photo)<br />

people to be able to use them in the appropriate<br />

time and fashion. However, people<br />

need to know it’s there to be able to use it.<br />

It’s not sufficient just to have them in the<br />

right places,” said Mirza S. Khan, M.D., a<br />

physician and medical informatician at the<br />

university and the study’s lead author.<br />

The analysis found that a large majority<br />

(about 85%) of cardiac arrests occurred at<br />

home. While someone in the home administered<br />

CPR in 42% of these cases, an AED<br />

was never used. Researchers calculated<br />

that nearly one-quarter of at-home cardiac<br />

arrests occurred within a four-minute walk<br />

of a public AED.<br />

Among the remaining 15% of cardiac<br />

arrests that occurred in public places, a<br />

bystander administered CPR in about 40%<br />

of cases as well, using an AED in only<br />

7%. Nearly half of these cardiac arrests<br />

occurred within a four-minute walk of<br />

an AED. Even in the “optimal” scenario<br />

where someone administered CPR and an<br />

AED was accessible nearby, the devices<br />

were used only about a quarter of the time.<br />

According to Khan, the study’s findings<br />

should speed efforts to improve signage<br />

around AEDs, provide apps or mapping<br />

tools to help people locate them, and<br />

increase education and awareness about<br />

these life-saving devices.<br />

Hit by a boomerang<br />

As Americans over age 55 cruise toward<br />

retirement, millions are running into an<br />

unexpected financial roadblock: their adult<br />

children moving back into the family home.<br />

According to a 2023 Harris Poll, about 45%<br />

of young adults between the ages of 18 and<br />

29 now live with their parents, the highest<br />

percentage recorded since the 1940s.<br />

Known as the “boomerang” generation,<br />

these young adults find themselves facing<br />

extraordinarily high housing and living<br />

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and not enough income to cover it all. As a<br />

result, they’re forced to move back in with<br />

mom and dad.<br />

In many cases, these boomerang kids are<br />

also forcing their parents to tap into retirement<br />

savings to support them financially. A<br />

survey conducted by the personal finance<br />

company Bankrate last year found that just<br />

over two-thirds of parents have made or<br />

are currently making financial sacrifices to<br />

help their adult children. Nearly 20% said<br />

they have used retirement savings to do so.<br />

Even when parents of boomerang kids<br />

are able to keep their retirement savings<br />

intact, many are staying in the workforce<br />

longer than they intended to help them<br />

pay for these unplanned expenses. A 2023<br />

report from the National Bureau of Economic<br />

Research stated that while a “boomerang<br />

event” doesn’t generally impact<br />

parents’ long-term wealth, it does increase<br />

their probability of continuing to work fulltime<br />

after age 65, especially for men.<br />

Luckily for parents, though, the data also<br />

shows that most of these return visits are<br />

temporary, allowing boomerang kids to get<br />

back on their feet and get ahead financially.<br />

For example, more than a quarter of boomerang<br />

kids who participated in Thrivent<br />

Financial’s second annual Boomerang Kids<br />

Survey, also conducted in 2023, said they<br />

are living with mom and dad in order to<br />

save money for their own home purchase.<br />

Interestingly, parents may also be contributing<br />

to a disconnect between themselves<br />

and their boomerang offspring by<br />

failing to communicate with them about<br />

money. More than three-fourths of parents<br />

participating in the Thrivent survey said<br />

they didn’t discuss money management or<br />

set financial expectations with their adult<br />

children … and 92% had not set a timeline<br />

for them to move back out.<br />

On the calendar<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 />

21. In partnership with the Alzheimer’s<br />

Association, St. Luke’s experts will discuss<br />

how caregivers can navigate the responsibilities<br />

of caring for someone with dementia<br />

while also caring for their own well-being.<br />

This free class is intended for family and<br />

friends caring for a loved with memory loss;<br />

it is not appropriate for people living with<br />

memory loss or paid professionals or caregivers.<br />

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

• • •<br />

Join St. Louis Oasis for a group bicycle<br />

ride, the Chesterfield to Weldon Spring<br />

Interpretive Center Ride, on Friday, May<br />

10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The ride will<br />

begin on the Monarch Levee Trail from<br />

the Chesterfield Athletic Center across the<br />

Missouri Greenway to the Katy Trail and<br />

Busch Greenway. The group will also visit<br />

the Weldon Sprint Site Interpretive Center.<br />

The length of the ride is approximately 18<br />

miles; there is no cost to participate. Register<br />

and find more information at st-louis.<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 a conversation<br />

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health and wellness topics. This month’s<br />

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of your feet throughout your life. The program<br />

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

• • •<br />

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Siteman offers newly approved<br />

melanoma treatment<br />

May is Melanoma and Skin Cancer<br />

Awareness Month; and while skin cancers<br />

are the most common cancers diagnosed<br />

in Americans, melanoma is the deadliest<br />

of these cancers, claiming close to 10,000<br />

lives every year. In 20<strong>24</strong> alone, well over<br />

100,000 Americans are expected to be<br />

diagnosed with melanoma. They will join<br />

more than a million U.S. adults already<br />

battling the disease.<br />

This year, certain patients with melanoma<br />

receiving treatment at Siteman<br />

Cancer Center will have early access to a<br />

promising new therapy.<br />

Siteman is one of the first cancer treatment<br />

centers nationwide to offer a newly<br />

approved cell-based immunotherapy that<br />

targets advanced melanoma. The therapy is<br />

for patients with metastatic melanoma that<br />

can’t be treated with surgery and that has<br />

continued to grow and spread after other<br />

approved treatments have failed.<br />

The immunotherapy drug, called lifileucel,<br />

received accelerated approval from<br />

the U.S. Food and Drug Administration<br />

in February. To receive this type of fasttracked<br />

approval, treatments must be<br />

shown to have likely clinical benefits to<br />

patients, allowing them to access promising<br />

treatments quickly, even as further<br />

clinical trials are underway.<br />

Lifileucel is the first treatment for cancer<br />

that uses immune cells called tumor-infiltrating<br />

lymphocytes, or TILs. The therapy uses<br />

a patient’s own T cells – which are immune<br />

cells that have already found and infiltrated<br />

the tumor – in an attempt to kill the cancer.<br />

Washington University doctors and<br />

researchers were involved in clinical trials<br />

that led to the FDA’s fast-tracked approval.<br />

They also continue to participate in ongoing<br />

clinical trials investigating TIL therapy<br />

for patients with advanced lung and cervical<br />

cancers<br />

According to the results of an initial clinical<br />

trial reported in The Journal for ImmunoTherapy<br />

of Cancer, melanoma tumors<br />

shrank at least 30% in about a third of<br />

patients treated with lifileucel. About half of<br />

the patients whose tumors responded to the<br />

therapy experienced a remission of at least<br />

12 months following a single treatment.<br />

Long-term intermittent fasting<br />

could harm the heart<br />

Time-restricted eating, also called intermittent<br />

fasting, has become an extremely<br />

popular weight loss method over the past<br />

several years. About 10% of Americans<br />

over 18 have tried intermittent fasting<br />

for some period of time, according to the<br />

International Food Information Council.<br />

The simplicity of this diet method is part<br />

of its appeal. Intermittent fasting involves<br />

eating only during a shortened window<br />

of time each day, forcing the body into<br />

a quasi-fasting state where it burns more<br />

fat for fuel. The diet has been found to be<br />

effective for weight loss in many studies,<br />

while others have pointed to health benefits<br />

including lower cholesterol and blood<br />

pressure, improved insulin sensitivity and<br />

more.<br />

But the news about intermittent fasting<br />

is not all good. A recently published longterm<br />

analysis of more than 20,000 U.S.<br />

adults found that those who fasted for 16<br />

hours or more per day were more likely to<br />

die of cardiovascular disease than peers<br />

who ate normally over the course of 12-16<br />

hours per day.<br />

Key findings of the analysis, which<br />

spanned a period of between eight and 17<br />

years, included:<br />

• People who followed a pattern of eating<br />

all of their food across less than 8 hours per<br />

day had a 91% higher risk of death due to<br />

cardiovascular disease.<br />

• Among people with existing cardiovascular<br />

disease, an eating duration of 8-10<br />

hours per day was also associated with a<br />

66% higher risk of death from heart disease<br />

or stroke.<br />

• Time-restricted eating did not reduce<br />

the overall risk of death.<br />

“We were surprised to find that people<br />

who followed an 8-hour, time-restricted<br />

eating schedule were more likely to<br />

die from cardiovascular disease. Even<br />

though this type of diet has been popular<br />

due to its potential short-term benefits,<br />

our research clearly shows that, compared<br />

with a typical eating time range<br />

of 12-16 hours per day, a shorter eating<br />

duration was not associated with living<br />

longer,” said senior study author Victor<br />

Wenze Zhong, Ph.D.<br />

Zhong noted that, although the study<br />

noted a long-term relationship between<br />

intermittent fasting and cardiovascular<br />

death, this doesn’t mean that timerestricted<br />

eating was the cause. He said its<br />

findings should encourage a more cautious,<br />

personalized approach to dieting.<br />

More than one drink a day<br />

raises women’s heart risks<br />

A recent large study suggests that even<br />

for younger women, averaging more than<br />

one alcoholic drink per day can significantly<br />

raise the risk of coronary heart disease.<br />

Scientists from Kaiser Permanente<br />

Northern California conducted the analysis<br />

of more than 430,000 adults between the<br />

ages of 18 and 65 over a four-year period,<br />

based on the participants’ self-reported<br />

average alcohol intake. For women, the<br />

cutoff line between moderate and heavy<br />

drinking was seven drinks per week; for<br />

men, that level was 14 per week.<br />

They also looked at “binge” drinking<br />

behavior, defined as three or more drinks<br />

on one day for women and four for men.<br />

Although heart disease risk was highest<br />

among adults who reported binge drinking<br />

– for both men and women – drinking<br />

even slightly above average significantly<br />

increased women’s risk in particular, said<br />

Jamal Rana, M.D., Ph.D, FACC, a cardiologist<br />

with the Permanente Medical<br />

Group.<br />

“For women, we find consistently higher<br />

risk even without binge drinking…I wasn’t<br />

expecting these results among women in<br />

this lower age group because we usually<br />

see increased risk for heart disease among<br />

older women. It was definitely surprising,”<br />

Rana said.<br />

Specifically, women who averaged over<br />

seven drinks per week had a 29% higher<br />

risk of heart disease compared with those<br />

who drank up to that amount; and a 45%<br />

higher risk compared to women who averaged<br />

two drinks or less per week. Female<br />

binge drinkers were 68% more likely to<br />

develop heart disease compared with<br />

women who drank moderately.<br />

The study is among the largest and most<br />

comprehensive to date examining the<br />

links between alcohol and heart disease,<br />

which has been rising among younger<br />

Americans in recent years. At the same<br />

time, alcohol use and binge drinking have<br />

become more common among women,



whose bodies process alcohol differently<br />

than men’s.<br />

“Women feel they’re protected against<br />

heart disease until they’re older, but this<br />

study shows that even when you’re young or<br />

middle aged, if you are a heavy alcohol user<br />

or binge drink, you are at risk,” Rana said.<br />

On the calendar<br />

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

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

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

Childhood Center, 14605 Clayton Road in<br />

Ballwin. Children may bring their own helmets<br />

to this check by a trained professional.<br />

Please register each child needing a fitting,<br />

for $10 each. Register for this free event at<br />

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

• • •<br />

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

Sleep is a Possible Dream: Steps to<br />

Sounder Sleep on Thursday, May 9 from<br />

6:30-8 p.m. at the Desloge Outpatient<br />

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

Classroom 3 of Building A. Attend this<br />

free class to learn more about sleep, and<br />

strategies you can use to sleep better. Register<br />

at slukes-stl.com.<br />

• • •<br />

BJC presents a Family and Friends<br />

CPR virtual course on Wednesday, May<br />

15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., live via Teams<br />

Meeting. This class uses the American<br />

Heart Association curriculum to teach<br />

hands-on CPR skills (course does not<br />

include certification upon completion).<br />

The cost is $50 for two people. Register<br />

online by visiting bjc.org/cpr-class.<br />

• • •<br />

Barnes-Jewish <strong>West</strong> County Hospital<br />

offers a Bariatric Surgery Information<br />

Session on Monday, May 20 from 5:30-<br />

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

University bariatric physician to learn<br />

more about surgical weight loss treatment<br />

options available at BJC for patients who<br />

meet certain criteria. To register, visit<br />

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

• • •<br />

Be Still to Chill: Basics of Meditation<br />

is on Wednesday, May 22 from noon-1 p.m.<br />

at St. Luke’s Hospital’s Desloge Outpatient<br />

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

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

Attend this free program to learn the basics<br />

of meditation and many tips to support your<br />

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

• • •<br />

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

May 23 from 2-3 p.m. at Schnucks Eatwell<br />

Market, 220 THF Blvd. in Chesterfield.<br />

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

how to find and make healthier choices at<br />

the grocery store. The registration cost is $5.<br />

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

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metal shops, from the curriculum.<br />

There has been a stigma against trade jobs<br />

that has been hard to shake after decades of<br />

society prioritizing the four-year degree.<br />

“I think the lack of workers in trades was<br />

due to the mindset that college is a must,”<br />

Schindler said. “There was a point where<br />

‘for-profit’ schools were popping up all over<br />

the place and selling false hope to students<br />

who were probably questioning whether<br />

college was the right path.”<br />

Jason Hughes, president of T.R. Hughes<br />

Homes in St. Charles and the current president<br />

of the St. Louis Home Builders Association,<br />

agreed that college is not for everyone,<br />

and feels more investments should be made<br />

into industrial tech classes within schools.<br />

“In my opinion, more investments should be<br />

made in industrial tech classes in schools.<br />

College isn’t for everyone,” Hughes said.<br />

“You can make a very good wage in the<br />

trades.”<br />

The home building industry has seen<br />

wages for residential building workers rise<br />

significantly over the last several years.<br />

According to Build My Future, average<br />

hourly earnings for residential building<br />

workers were $30.71 per hour in November<br />

2023, increasing 4% from $29.52 per hour a<br />

year ago. This was over 14% higher than the<br />

manufacturing’s average hourly earnings<br />

of $26.91 per hour and 8.9% higher than<br />

transportation and warehousing earnings of<br />

Boosting the skilled trade workforce will<br />

be especially prioritized as more opportunities<br />

become available due to federal legislation<br />

like the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,<br />

a U.S. federal statute enacted by Congress<br />

and signed into law by President Joe Biden<br />

in 2021, and the CHIPS and Science Act,<br />

ratified in 2022.<br />

Hughes believes the reason for the lack<br />

of interest in the skilled trades of late is a<br />

combination of two factors coming together<br />

at once.<br />

“For a long time, parents and schools have<br />

been pushing students to get a four-year<br />

degree, but the trades also have an aging<br />

workforce,” Hughes said. “We are making<br />

great headway with the local high schools/<br />

tech schools, to get the word out.”<br />

Vargas believes the shortage is caused<br />

by both the mass exodus of Baby Boomers<br />

from the workforce and a misleading<br />

message given to families for years that a<br />

four-year college is the only acceptable,<br />

successful path after high school graduation.<br />

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message through the de-stigmatization of<br />

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Vargas said.<br />


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mainstream pressures.<br />

“Many regional high school tech schools<br />

are out of real estate and seats. Money is<br />

tighter in public education now more than<br />

ever, so all the more reason to forge strong<br />

school-industry partnerships to solve these<br />

pain points,” Vargas said.<br />

The pendulum is starting to swing the<br />

other way, Schindler said. Discussing the<br />

event with students after the fact shows the<br />

message about other options is sinking in.<br />

“As far as being able to tell if Build My<br />

Future STL is making a difference, I think<br />

it’s unquestionably yes,” Schindler said.<br />

“Processing the experience with students<br />

who attend the event, you can see their faces<br />

light up when they talk about the options<br />

opened up to them post-high school.”<br />

Stefan Sigurdson, owner of Allen Roofing<br />

& Siding in Ellisville and HBA member<br />

exhibiting at Build My Future STL, said,<br />

“This event presents an opportunity for<br />

students to discuss a career path in the<br />

trades with representatives from different<br />

companies and to gain direct insight into<br />

what each position entails. I believe more<br />

investment into school trade programs will<br />

help more students to get excited about<br />

trade careers. Exposure in high school to<br />

different trade positions helps create familiarity<br />

as career options are considered. The<br />

community can help by creating more<br />

awareness around Build My Future STL as<br />

a resource for students evaluating different<br />

career paths and considering a position in<br />

the trades.”<br />

Since the showcase began, Allen Roofing<br />

& Siding has seen an increase in interest<br />

in trade jobs, with some translation to fulltime<br />

hires.<br />

Hughes says that his company can also<br />

tell a difference in student interest in trade<br />

work since Build My Future STL began.<br />

“We have actually had students hired right<br />

from the show floor. That is not the norm,<br />

but it has happened,” Hughes said.<br />

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Tips for setting and paying children’s allowances from Neighbors Credit Union<br />



A well-structured allowance<br />

can teach children and teens<br />

valuable money-management<br />

and decision-making skills, as<br />

well as the trade-offs for the<br />

decisions they make. An allowance<br />

also provides autonomy<br />

to children and teens – encouraging<br />

financial independence,<br />

rather than relying on parents<br />

or guardians for money.<br />

There are three types of<br />

allowance:<br />

• Fixed or unconditional<br />

allowance is a set amount at a set interval<br />

given regardless of circumstances<br />

(i.e.: $10 per week). The benefit of this<br />

allowance approach is that it provides<br />

children with a set amount of money,<br />

making it easier for them to budget<br />

and learn financial skills. Plus, it separates<br />

the allowance money from chores,<br />

teaching children that chores and<br />

responsibilities are just a part of life<br />

(and do not always come with financial<br />

rewards).<br />

• Rewards-based allowance rewards<br />

children for completing household<br />

chores such as cleaning the kitchen<br />

or walking the dog or achieving other<br />

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objectives (earning a B+ average, for<br />

instance). The benefits of this approach can<br />

help teach children the importance of work<br />

ethic and the consequences of neglecting<br />

responsibilities.<br />

• Hybrid allowance combines aspects of<br />

a fixed and a rewards-based allowance.<br />

When should you begin giving an<br />

allowance? A general recommendation is<br />

to begin giving an allowance between the<br />

ages of 4 and 6. Of course, the right time<br />

to give an allowance is when the child<br />

is ready, as children develop at different<br />

rates, especially if they have siblings. It’s<br />

wise to start giving an allowance as soon<br />

as the child can grasp financial concepts,<br />

like counting.<br />

Is there an “ideal” allowance amount?<br />

A commonly used rule of thumb is giving<br />

children $1 to $2 per week for each year<br />

of their age. An allowance should be<br />

enough that it is meaningful and useful<br />

but not so much that the child has more<br />

than needed. The amount will vary based<br />

on several factors, including the child/<br />

teen’s age, financial literacy level, what<br />

expenses the child/teen has and what<br />

their parents/guardians do not cover and<br />

the parents/guardians’ goals for providing<br />

an allowance.<br />

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• Set the amount and frequency upfront:<br />

Let your child/teen know how much you’ll<br />

give in allowance and when and be prepared<br />

to stick to that schedule.<br />

• Establish how (if anything) they will<br />

be expected to spend their money. While<br />

kids will learn the most by being able to<br />

decide how to spend their money, you’ll<br />

also likely still want to put some ground<br />

rules or expectations in place.<br />

• Consider digital options for teens with<br />

cell phones. Transferring their allowance<br />

to their account will get your teens used to<br />

checking their balance and managing their<br />

money digitally – a skill they’ll need as<br />

we become an increasingly cashless society,<br />

introducing new methods of sending<br />

and receiving money. When you pay an<br />

allowance digitally, you can set it up to<br />

happen automatically, so you never have<br />

to worry about remembering to make the<br />

transaction.<br />

• Allow your children to make mistakes<br />

with their money. Resist the urge to<br />

sweep in and “fix the mistake” by giving<br />

them extra money. When this occurs, talk<br />

through the decision, the consequences and<br />

ways to avoid this from happening again.<br />

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Zick’s Great Outdoors – a one-of-a-kind nursery in a beautiful garden<br />

Flower fanciers, tree huggers, weekend<br />

farmers and garden gurus will all<br />

get a warm welcome at Zick’s Great<br />

Outdoors this spring along with all<br />

the flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables<br />

they need to make their home or<br />

garden into just a bit of paradise. And<br />

they’ll get something more too, something<br />

you can’t buy – the wisdom of<br />

years with hands in the dirt growing<br />

things.<br />

Trained as a horticulturist and working<br />

for a chemical company, Doug<br />

Zick left the corporate world nearly<br />

50 years ago to get back to the earth.<br />

Beginning with a shovel and a<br />

truck, Zick began working as a landscaper.<br />

He first purchased four and a<br />

half acres at the corner of Clayton and<br />

Strecker roads as a place to store his<br />

equipment, but he had a plan for the<br />

future – a retail nursery.<br />

Now, in its 42nd year, Zick’s Great<br />

Outdoors is 12 acres filled with beautiful<br />

maples, dogwoods, redbuds and<br />

more, and Zick has realized his vision,<br />

not only of a retail nursery but of one<br />

that doubles as a botanical garden that<br />

provides its visitors with a peaceful<br />

scenic walk and the knowledge they<br />

need to grow and care for the flora<br />

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they’ve found.<br />

“I wanted it to be interesting, not just a<br />

parking lot with plants,” Zick said. “Other<br />

than the six original trees, everything else<br />

here, we planted.”<br />

He said he hopes people will have<br />

something of a Zen experience.<br />

“I’m here seven days a week. I want it to<br />

be calm, and it is a great office,” he said.<br />

Zick’s Great Outdoors also makes an<br />

inspiring place for customers to find ideas<br />

and see how they will work for their own<br />

home, Zick said.<br />

“People can come and see the size of<br />

things, see what they like and what works<br />

well together,” he said. “From that standpoint,<br />

hopefully, they will get an education<br />

rather than just plants for sale.”<br />

And if the plants and the garden itself<br />

don’t answer their questions, Zick and his<br />

experienced staff can. They have information<br />

and suggestions that can make a<br />

real difference when planning a space or<br />

caring for flowers, shrubs and trees.<br />

“We have about 200 years of employee<br />

involvement here,” he said.<br />

Knowing the area, what plants work<br />

well here, where to put them, judging<br />

growth and time and size are all important<br />

parts of putting together a landscape or a<br />

garden.<br />

“You can’t google those answers. You’re<br />

not going to find those answers from box<br />

store employees. My employees and I talk<br />

about those things,” Zick said.<br />

One of his specialties is also knowing<br />

and featuring plants that deer don’t like.<br />

Zick has a “Pa-too-ee!” section with a<br />

selection of flora the deer seldom touch.<br />

The plants are true-tested for deer resistance<br />

in his nursery, he said.<br />



“We are concentrating on deer-safe<br />

plants, especially perennials. In general,<br />

we know whether they will eat them or<br />

not. I see it everyday. I used to carry 5,000<br />

hostas. No more!<br />

“‘Pa-too-ee’ is what a deer says when<br />

they eat something they don’t like,” he<br />

said. “I know what deer like and don’t<br />

like.”<br />

Other than the deer, there is something<br />

for everyone in Zick’s Great Outdoors,<br />

including those special maternal figures<br />

in our lives.<br />

“We will be loaded up for Mother’s Day<br />

with a big beautiful batch of flowers and<br />

annuals,” Zick said.<br />

One thing Zick always enjoys is seeing<br />

his customers experience his little paradise.<br />

“I’m a farmer It’s been very gratifying.<br />

It’s something I have wanted since I was<br />

12 years old,” he said. “I smile everyday.<br />

I enjoy being the purveyor of fine quality<br />

God-made things.”<br />

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16498 Clayton Road • Wildwood<br />

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Preliminary Anticipated Revenues:<br />

Real Estate and Personal Property<br />

Utilities Gross Receipts<br />

Court Fines and Fees<br />

Sales Tax, Use and Other Taxes<br />

Investments<br />

Licenses and Permits<br />

Park Programs<br />

Miscellaneous<br />

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The City of Winchester will hold a Budget Hearing at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 20<strong>24</strong> at the City Hall,<br />

109 Lindy Blvd., Winchester, Missouri.<br />

The Budget Hearing will deal with the City Budget for the period July 1, 20<strong>24</strong> through June 30, 2025. All<br />

citizens of Winchester, Missouri will have the right to give written and oral comments at this hearing.<br />

The overall unenacted budget summary follows: It lists rounded off major sources of anticipated income<br />

and preliminary recommendations as to how expenditures would be made. These figures are subject to<br />

adjustments which may evolve due to adjustments at the City, County, or State levels. This summary and<br />

the back-up information is on display upon request at City Hall, 109 Lindy Blvd., Winchester, Missouri<br />

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Preliminary Anticipated Expenditure Allocation:<br />

Personnel<br />

Administrative<br />

Public Safety<br />

Streets & Sewers<br />

Park & Recreation<br />

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Total Expenditures<br />

$212,2<strong>24</strong>.25<br />

180,171.00<br />

195,195.00<br />

171,974.75<br />

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Residents of Winchester are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services of the City of<br />

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and is now ready to provide professional<br />

design services and help her customers<br />

create the home of their dreams. The Porch<br />

features home furnishings in a variety of<br />

styles, including custom-made upholstered<br />

furniture. Additionally, the store features<br />

accessories, barware, kitchen goods, lighting,<br />

wall paintings, custom rugs and pillows.<br />

The store also offers a selection of<br />

women’s apparel and jewelry.<br />

• • •<br />

Sound Health Services is celebrating 20<br />

years of providing ENT services to patients<br />

in <strong>West</strong> St. Louis and St. Charles County.<br />

Sound Health began in 2004, when several<br />

independent ENT physician practices<br />

joined together to better serve their patients<br />

by sharing resources, centralizing some<br />

services and operating more efficiently. In<br />

2017, Sound Health opened ENT Now, to<br />

provide patients with a quick, convenient<br />

option for evaluation and treatment.<br />

• • •<br />

Chesterfield Montessori School has<br />

been certified as a Great Place To Work<br />

for the second year in a row. Chesterfield<br />

Montessori is the only school in Missouri<br />

to hold this distinction and one of only two<br />

Montessori schools nationwide, according<br />

to school officials.<br />

• • •<br />

Weighless MD & Wellness St. Louis<br />

officially opened on Wednesday, April 17<br />

at 13142 Tesson Ferry Road with a ribbon-cutting<br />

hosted by the <strong>West</strong> St. Louis<br />

County Chamber of Commerce. The practice<br />

offers clients individualized weight<br />

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doctors, nurse practitioners, medical<br />

assistants and dietitians.<br />

• • •<br />

Flats & Terraces at Wildhorse Village,<br />

16455 Wildhorse Lake Blvd., recently<br />

celebrated its grand opening with a Chesterfield<br />

Regional Chamber of Commerce<br />

ribbon cutting. The apartment and townhome<br />

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KAI Enterprises has hired Jim Duckwitz,<br />

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construction sector and brings hands-on<br />

experience to his new role.<br />

• • •<br />

Hi-Pointe Drive-In and Taco Buddha<br />

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sustainable growth, streamline operations,<br />

and develop collaborative marketing<br />

while maintaining each brand’s character.<br />

Ben Hillman, operating partner of Lewis<br />

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of Gastronauts Food Group. Kurt Eller,<br />

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Notice is hereby given that the Planning and Zoning Commission of<br />

the City of Ellisville will hold a public hearing at the Parks and Recreation<br />

Building within Bluebird Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville, Missouri,<br />

63021, on Wednesday, May 8, 20<strong>24</strong>, at 7:00 P.M. to consider a Cityinitiated<br />

petition for text amendments to Title IV: Land Use; Chapter 400:<br />

Zoning Regulations, Sections 400.090, 400.380, and Article IV: Residential<br />

Zoning Districts, of the Code of the City of Ellisville, Missouri, to enact<br />

definitions applicable to home-based businesses, and to revise regulations<br />

applicable to home occupations and home-based businesses within the City<br />

of Ellisville, Missouri.<br />

LOCAL<br />

EVENTS<br />


The Manchester Arts FOCUS Photography<br />

Exhibition is seeking submissions<br />

from May 1 through May 31. Open to ages 5<br />

and up in five age categories. A $5 entry fee<br />

per image (limit three) is charged to participants<br />

age 21 and older. The exhibition will<br />

be on display in the park from June 14-July<br />

8. Cash awards for the top three images in<br />

each age category. For details, visit manchestermo.gov<br />

and search “focus.”<br />

• • •<br />

From 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May<br />

4, artists and photographers will capture<br />

special locations in the city as part of the<br />

Wildwood Plein Air Art Event. All skill<br />

levels, mediums and ages are welcome.<br />

All pieces will be on display at City Hall,<br />

16860 Main St., May 20-July 11. The cost<br />

to participate as an adult artist or photographer<br />

is $40 before May 4; $10 for youth<br />

participants age 18 or younger. Register at<br />

cityofwildwood.com/pleinair.<br />

• • •<br />

The St. Louis Scottish Games are on<br />

Saturday, May 11 in Schroeder Park, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Activities begin at 9 a.m. with the final<br />

Mudmen concert continuing into the evening.<br />

Tickets are $25 for adults over age<br />

18 and $10 for youth ages 13-17. Children<br />

age 12 and younger are free. For details on<br />

parking, shuttles, event times and tickets,<br />

visit stlouis-scottishgames.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Air Force Band Memorial Day Chronicles<br />

of Valor concert is at 7 p.m. on<br />

Wednesday, May 22 at the Purser Center at<br />

Logan University, 1851 Schoettler Road in<br />

Chesterfield and at 7 p.m. on Friday, May<br />

<strong>24</strong> at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center,<br />

210 E Monroe Ave. in Kirkwood. This<br />



90-minute concert features a 45-member<br />

concert band and will honor the nation’s<br />

fallen. Free and open to the public but tickets<br />

are required at afbandtix.com.<br />


The Ascension Parish Knights of Columbus<br />

Spring Fling Bingo is at 7 p.m. (doors<br />

open at 6 p.m.) on Saturday, May 4 at 230<br />

Santa Maria Drive in Chesterfield. Win over<br />

$500 in cash prizes with a $25 advance fee<br />

or $30 at the door for 15 games. Ticket cost<br />

includes beverages. Must be 21 to attend.<br />

For tickets, call (314) 303-6250 or email<br />

bingo@ascensionkofc.org.<br />

• • •<br />

The Carole King & James Taylor Story<br />

is at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at the Forest<br />

Hills Country Club, 36 Forest Club Drive<br />

in Chesterfield. Tickets are $50 and include<br />

beer, wine and cocktails. All proceeds benefit<br />

the Neonatal Progeroid Foundation.<br />

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

• • •<br />

NAMIWalks St. Louis is from 9:30 a.m.-<br />

noon on Saturday, May 11 at Creve Coeur<br />

Park - Tremayne Shelter, 3725 Marine Ave.<br />

in Maryland Heights. The 1- and 2-mile<br />

routes will begin at the Tremayne Shelter.<br />

There is no fee to register. Every registered<br />

participant who personally raises $100<br />

will earn an event t-shirt. For details, visit<br />

namiwalks.org/stlouis.<br />


The Music on Main concert series<br />

featuring Dr. Zhivegas is at 6:45 p.m. on<br />

Friday, May 17 at City Hall, 16860 Main<br />

St. in Wildwood. Bring seating. No glass.<br />

No pets. For concert series details, visit<br />

cityofwildwood.com.<br />

• • •<br />

The Manchester Craft Beer Festival<br />

is from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at<br />

Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station<br />

See EVENTS, page 44<br />

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Ellisville will<br />

hold a public hearing at the Parks and Recreation Building within Bluebird<br />

Park, 225 Kiefer Creek Road, Ellisville, Missouri, 63021, on Wednesday,<br />

May 15, 20<strong>24</strong>, at 7:00 P.M. to consider a City-initiated petition for text<br />

amendments to Title IV: Land Use; Chapter 400: Zoning Regulations,<br />

Chapter 400: Zoning Regulations, Sections 400.090, 400.380, and Article<br />

IV: Residential Zoning Districts, of the Code of the City of Ellisville,<br />

Missouri, to enact definitions applicable to home-based businesses, and<br />

to revise regulations applicable to home occupations and home-based<br />

businesses within the City of Ellisville, Missouri.<br />

These public hearings are in compliance with Title IV, Land Use, of the<br />

Municipal Code of the City of Ellisville.<br />

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Lazy River Grill and Yellowstone<br />

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fresh fish and eclectic display of vintage<br />

fishing tackle and outdoor equipment.<br />

While the decor delights anglers, the<br />

real eye candy at Lazy River are the<br />

plates of fish and seafood.<br />

“We’re known for our fish and have<br />

been successful because we know how to<br />

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excellent flavor and texture. It’s the signature<br />

fish served on the Shore Lunch and<br />

Dinner plates, which is seasoned, lightly<br />

breaded and fried crisp. It’s served in<br />

generous portions with a side of fries and<br />

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and vegetable for dinner. The Shore lunch<br />

and dinners are served as a complete meal<br />

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“I like to say we’re an old-fashioned<br />

traditional restaurant,” Marciano said.<br />

“When you order an entree it’s a full meal<br />

here, not like one of these a la carté places.<br />

When you order an entree here you get<br />

cheese and crackers, a side dish, a soup or<br />

salad and a dinner roll.”<br />

Counted among those entrees include<br />

the specialties featured during Lazy River’s<br />

seasonal festivals as the current Walleye<br />

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texture.<br />

Salmon fans are anxiously<br />

awaiting the return of Lazy River’s<br />

Salmon Run, which kicks<br />

off July 1, the start of the salmon<br />

season. Marciano mentioned<br />

this year’s Salmon Run will<br />

have a few exciting new recipes<br />

to try. And for those looking to<br />

try something unusual, try an<br />

order of the farm-raised frog<br />

legs. Frog legs have sweet, mild<br />

flavor and are prepared lightly<br />

breaded and fried.<br />

If you’re not hungry for fish<br />

Lazy River has you covered. How does<br />

a nice juicy burger sound? Lazy River<br />

boasts some of the best burgers in town.<br />

“We use a high quality 81/19 blend Certified<br />

Angus Iowa Beef, which has a good<br />

texture, flavor and richness,” Marciano<br />

said. “Everything about it gives it good<br />

flavor that you’ll crave.”<br />

Besides burgers, fish and seafood, the<br />

menu sports a nice selection of sandwiches,<br />

salads, steaks and chicken along<br />

with chalkboard specials. Located at the<br />

front door, the chalkboard lists the day’s<br />

specials with the catch of the day.<br />

The full menu is available in the dining<br />

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Basa is featured in the Shore Lunch and Dinner plates<br />

room, for take-out and on Lazy River’s<br />

patio. A cozy outdoor oasis set with<br />

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and herbs. A perfect spot to gather with<br />

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Road. Over 20 breweries are featured as<br />

well as Lily’s Cafe Dessert Truck and live<br />

music. Tickets are $35 in advance; $42 the<br />

day of and include tastings and souvenir<br />

glass. Visit manchestermo.gov and search<br />

“beer festival” for tickets and details.<br />


Puzzle Palooza is from 5:30-8 p.m. on<br />

Friday, May 3 at The Pointe, 1 Ballwin Commons<br />

Circle. Teams of up to five people<br />

race against each other to finish the same<br />

500-piece puzzle. Light snacks and drinks<br />

provided, but outside snacks are welcome.<br />

No alcohol. Cost is $25 for residents; $30 for<br />

non-residents. Register via link on the Community<br />

Events Calendar at ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Nerf Wars is from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May<br />

10 at The Pointe, 1 Ballwin Commons Circle.<br />

Children ages 8-12 bring their own Nerf guns<br />

and protective eyewear and compete in three<br />

20-minute games of capture the flag, team<br />

vs. team and last person standing. Admission<br />

is $15 for residents; $18 for non-residents.<br />

Register via link on the Community Events<br />

Calendar at ballwin.mo.us.<br />

• • •<br />

Goodness Snakes Alive is from 9:30-<br />

11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 at the Rockwoods<br />

Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road in<br />

Wildwood. There will be live snakes that<br />

are found in Missouri to look at and touch.<br />

Children will also do a hunt to find snakes<br />

in their natural habitat. Participants should<br />

be prepared for a short walk on a crushed<br />

stone trail. For ages 4-6. Meet at the Rockwoods<br />

Visitor Center. Register each child<br />

attending. To register, visit mdc.mo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Awesome Snakes and Lizards is from<br />

1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at Rockwoods<br />

Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road<br />

in Wildwood. Discover incredible things<br />

about the snakes and lizards that live in<br />

Missouri. There will be a live snake that<br />

children will be able to touch. Be prepared<br />

to go outside to find some snakes and<br />

lizards in their natural habitat. For ages<br />

7-12 years. Meet at the Rockwoods Visitor<br />

Center. Register each child attending. To<br />

register, visit mdc.mo.gov.<br />

• • •<br />

Signs of Spring Discovery Hike is from<br />

10-11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15 at Rockwoods<br />

Reservation, 2751 Glencoe Road in<br />

Wildwood. Take a 1-mile hike on the Rock<br />

Quarry Trail to explore the signs of spring<br />

using our five senses. This program is for<br />

students 5-12 years of age. The hike will<br />

be on natural terrain and include uphill and<br />

downhill hiking. Meet at the Visitor Center.<br />

Sunscreen, hats, closed-toe shoes, and<br />

insect repellant are recommended. Register<br />

all participants attending individually.<br />

Children must be accompanied by an adult.<br />

To register, visit mdc.mo.gov.<br />


Pingo - Parking Lot Bingo is from<br />

6-7:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 9 at the<br />

Schroeder Park Upper Parking Lot, 359<br />

Old Meramec Station Road in Manchester.<br />

Bring chairs, small tables, dinner and<br />

drinks. The cost is $17 per resident car and<br />

$22.10 per non-resident car. For details,<br />

visit manchestermo.gov, search “pingo.”<br />

• • •<br />

The <strong>West</strong> County Home & Garden<br />

Expo is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday,<br />

May 18 at the Greensfelder Recreation<br />

Complex at Queeny Park, 550 Weidman<br />

Road in Manchester. Each booth will be<br />

giving away a $50 gift. Admission is free.<br />

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

• • •<br />

Wildwood Farmers Market is from 8<br />

a.m.-noon every Saturday beginning May<br />

25 at 221 Plaza Drive in Wildwood.<br />

• • •<br />

Pumpers and Pistons and Plein Air is<br />

from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May<br />

18 at The Museum of Transportation, 2933<br />

Barrett Station Road in Kirkwood. Antique,<br />

classic/late model vehicles, fire apparatus,<br />

police, military, commercial, construction<br />

and specialty recovery vehicles. Guests<br />

can also observe professional and amateur<br />

painters create plein air art. Regular<br />

museum admission applies. For details,<br />

visit tnmot.org.<br />

• • •<br />

Open House at the Bacon Log Cabin is<br />

from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 at the<br />

Historic Bacon Log Cabin, 687 Henry Ave.<br />

in Ballwin. The grounds feature a Blue Star<br />

Memorial and the original root cellar. Light<br />

refreshments will be available. Free event<br />

but donations are appreciated. For details,<br />

visit oldtrailshistoricalsociety.com.<br />

• • •<br />

Flags of Valor will be on display all day<br />

on Monday, May 27 at Margaret Stoecker<br />

Park, 2<strong>24</strong> Henry Ave. in Manchester. The<br />

flags are from the 2016 Flags of Valor display<br />

that was flown on Art Hill in remembrance<br />

of American troops who died in the<br />

War on Terror since 9/11/2001.<br />

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PYATT, from page 32<br />

me to have her play in the sand, run around<br />

on the course and just simply have fun. At<br />

4 1/2, she started competing in the PGA Jr.<br />

League at Fox Run Golf Club.”<br />

She works at her game. While it’s fun,<br />

Madison wants to keep getting better.<br />

“Madison touches a club every day,”<br />

Travis said. “Often she works on putting<br />

for 15 to 30 minutes before school and an<br />

additional one to three hours in the evenings.<br />

Weekends are typically three to five hours<br />

per day.”<br />

All that hard work paid off at Augusta.<br />

Madison was ready. She admitted she was a<br />

“little nervous,” but she kept calm and concentrated<br />

on the golf ball.<br />

Travis saw someone ready to compete.<br />

“Madison has ice in her veins. She never<br />

shows any signs of nervousness,” Travis<br />

said. “In times you’d expect her to be nervous,<br />

she gets tremendously focused and<br />

performs at her highest. It is fun to watch.”<br />

Mackenzie Myers, 2016 Lafayette graduate<br />

and the Gateway PGA Section player<br />

engagement manager, worked with the<br />

young athletes at the event. Myers noticed<br />

Madison was not awed by the surroundings.<br />

“Madison was probably a bit nervous, as<br />

any of us would be, but she didn’t show it<br />

at all,” Myers said. “She was confident,<br />

focused, and ready to go as soon as she<br />

stepped off the van.”<br />

The drive competition was first. The<br />

youngster had to drive an uphill slope.<br />

“I hit both of them just under 200 yards,”<br />

Madison said. “I was pretty happy.”<br />

That good start was important.<br />

“Driving showed to be her strength and the<br />

fact that she came out of the gate winning the<br />

first skill I think really instilled some confidence<br />

going to the chipping skill,” Myers<br />

said. “I was extremely impressed with how<br />

far she could hit the ball as a 9-year-old and<br />

on the biggest stage in golf.”<br />

Her two chips were solid.<br />

“I was happy with my first chip which<br />

ended up around 10 feet from the cup. It<br />

was the shot I practiced and prepared for<br />

six months and I landed it less than an inch<br />

from where I planned,” Madison said. “After<br />

seeing the grain slow down the ball I hit my<br />

second one about a yard longer which rolled<br />

out to about four feet of the hole.”<br />

Madison’s third-place finish in chipping<br />

left her in first place going into the putting<br />

portion of the event.<br />

“Going into the putting they rearranged us<br />

by our score. Being in first place, I got to<br />

go last and see the others putt before me,’<br />

Madison said. “I had around 11 feet left<br />

to win the championship so I hit my putts<br />

safely within the distance to win it all. Being<br />

too aggressive could have ended badly.”<br />

Myers appreciated how well Madison<br />

dealt with he final part of the competition,<br />

and her putting left Travis ecstatic.<br />

“She stayed true to her plan and her routine<br />

was perfect. Even Butch Harmon, Tiger<br />

Woods’ previous coach, commented on her<br />

routine and how she looked like a professional,”<br />

Travis said. “She was in first place at<br />

that time and she knew she had 11 feet in distance<br />

to win the championship so she didn’t<br />

have to be aggressive. She lived a dream.”<br />

Madison saw her name atop the leaderboard.<br />

“My body was filled with joy and happiness,”<br />

Madison said. “It was incredible to<br />

see my name on top. My dad gave me the<br />

biggest hug ever and I will never forget that<br />

moment. I worked so hard and I’m so happy<br />

I won it.”<br />

For Travis, it was a moment of a lifetime.<br />

“We saw the reorganized names on the<br />

leaderboard just before it was announced<br />

live, so I gave her the biggest squeeze and<br />

kept telling her how proud I was of her,”<br />

Travis said. “She was a winner. It was a<br />

surreal experience. Seeing her experience<br />

success after working so tremendously hard<br />

was amazing. It felt like we were floating.”<br />


Madison had family on had to see her<br />

triumph. Mother Holly, sister Kennedy and<br />

grandmother Sharon Madison were all there<br />

to see her win.<br />

With the victory came some responsibilities.<br />

Madison went on the Golf Channel<br />

for an interview with Kyra Dixon immediately<br />

after she won. The good times didn’t<br />

end there. Madison was “lucky enough<br />

to be able to eat in the Founders Hall at<br />

Augusta National, one of the nicest places<br />

on earth.”<br />

Later that evening, the Masters threw a<br />

party for all the competitors. There were<br />

bounce houses and food like pizza, ice<br />

cream and cotton candy to eat.<br />

“I had fun playing with all my new<br />

friends,” Madison said.<br />

She got to attend the practice round on<br />

Monday at the Masters.<br />

“I got an autograph on my drive metal<br />

from Jon Rahm because he is my favorite<br />

player,” Madison said. “I met lots of players<br />

all day and everyone was so nice. So many<br />

players said they watched me win. I actually<br />

gave my first autographs to lots of people<br />

on the course. So many nice people taking<br />

pictures with me and saying nice things.”<br />

Madison is not done. She plans on registering<br />

and playing again next year.<br />

“Absolutely,” Madison said.<br />





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