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Vol. 21 No. 12 • June <strong>19</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

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STAR PARKER<br />

Byron Donalds tells the<br />

truth and the left hates it<br />

Several weeks ago, Wall Street Journal<br />

columnist and former Reagan speechwriter<br />

Peggy Noonan wrote a column with<br />

the headline “We Are Starting to Enjoy<br />

Hatred.”<br />

Her point was that, in our divided and<br />

polarized country, each side is no longer<br />

trying to “win over” those with whom they<br />

disagree. Sides are now just entrenched in<br />

hatred for each other.<br />

It is impossible to not wake up and read<br />

the news, or simply walk out into the street<br />

into a demonstration, which is becoming<br />

business as usual in Washington, D.C.<br />

where I work, and not appreciate the truth<br />

of Noonan’s observation.<br />

As a Christian Black conservative, as I<br />

happen to be, dealing with personal attacks<br />

is something I accept as part of my business.<br />

Now Florida Republican Rep. Byron<br />

Donalds, also a Black conservative, and<br />

someone whose name has been floated on<br />

Donald Trump’s “short list” of possible<br />

VP running mates, is getting a taste of this<br />

unpleasantness.<br />

At a recent Republican gathering in<br />

Philadelphia, Donalds observed, “During<br />

Jim Crow, the Black family was together.<br />

During Jim Crow, more Black people were<br />

not just conservative – because Black<br />

people have always been conservativeminded<br />

– but more Black people voted<br />

conservatively. And then ... Lyndon Johnson<br />

– you go down that road, and now we<br />

are where we are.”<br />

Any person endowed with the brain he or<br />

she has received from God, a willingness<br />

to use that brain and a modicum of good<br />

will to use reason in the pursuit of truth<br />

would grasp the point that Donalds was<br />

making that day.<br />

Yet Al Sharpton accused Donalds of<br />

saying Jim Crow was a “good” or “better”<br />

time for Blacks. Liberal MSNBC commentator<br />

Joy Reid said Donalds suggested<br />

Jim Crow was a “golden era” for Blacks.<br />

Soon the Biden campaign and Democratic<br />

leadership picked up with similar shameful<br />

distortions of Donalds’ remarks.<br />

Donalds, of course, was not praising Jim<br />

Crow. He was lauding the strength and<br />

resilience of Black Americans to live their<br />

lives as productively as possible during<br />

those horrible times.<br />

And he suggested that big government<br />

ushered in by President Lyndon Johnson<br />

after the Civil Rights Act of <strong>19</strong>64 hurt<br />

rather than helped Blacks.<br />

Regarding Blacks voting more conservatively<br />

during the Jim Crow years, the data<br />

is clear.<br />

From <strong>19</strong>65, the first presidential election<br />

after the Civil Rights Act, to 2020,<br />

the average percentage of Blacks voting<br />

Republican was 10.2%<br />

But from <strong>19</strong>36 to <strong>19</strong>60, the average percentage<br />

of Blacks voting Republican was<br />

30%. In <strong>19</strong>56, Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower<br />

received 39% of the Black vote.<br />

Donalds’ observation that Blacks voted<br />

more conservatively during the Jim Crow<br />

era is clear and correct.<br />

Regarding the state of the Black family,<br />

Donalds’ point that the Black family was<br />

healthier during the Jim Crow era is also<br />

crystal clear.<br />

Per data compiled by Pew Research from<br />

Census and American Community Survey<br />

data, in <strong>19</strong>60, four years before the passage<br />

of the Civil Rights Act, 61% of Blacks age<br />

18 and above were married. By 2021, this<br />

was down to 31%.<br />

In June <strong>19</strong>65, after the passage of the<br />

Civil Rights Act, Johnson spoke at prestigious<br />

Howard University to say that<br />

despite the new national civil rights law<br />

nullifying Jim Crow, and making racial<br />

discrimination unlawful, this, per Johnson,<br />

was not enough. Blacks were not ready, per<br />

Johnson, to be free.<br />

In Johnson’s words then, “But freedom<br />

is not enough. You do not wipe away the<br />

scars of centuries by saying: Now you are<br />

free to go where you want and do as you<br />

desire and choose the leaders you please.”<br />

Donalds tells the truth that things went in<br />

the wrong direction after the Civil Rights<br />

Act – more rather than less government.<br />

Those on the left are free to challenge his<br />

arguments. But that is done through rational<br />

and logical discussion.<br />

But they choose not this path, because<br />

they will lose.<br />

• • •<br />

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

Urban Renewal and Education and host of<br />

the weekly television show “Cure America<br />

with Star Parker.”<br />

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EDITORIAL<br />

Is this the best we’ve got?<br />

Last week, the son of the sitting U.S.<br />

President was convicted of multiple<br />

federal gun felonies. Shortly after that,<br />

81-year-old President Joe Biden himself<br />

was seen to freeze for more than half a<br />

minute at a Juneteenth event held at the<br />

White House.<br />

Republicans, rejoice! Certainly, you will<br />

run away with the election now.<br />

Republicans to Democrats: Hold our<br />

beer.<br />

We see your conviction of Hunter Biden,<br />

and raise you the truly preposterous<br />

conviction of the Republican candidate<br />

himself! Now, while President Donald<br />

Trump’s 34 convictions were not federal,<br />

they did include such fun details as a porn<br />

star getting hush money payments and the<br />

National Inquirer being paid to kill stories.<br />

But wait, there’s more.<br />

Sure, the 81-year-old Democratic president<br />

froze one time, but the 82-year-old<br />

Republican Senate Minority Leader has<br />

been caught freezing for extended periods<br />

of time at least twice now, once while in<br />

the middle of speaking to reporters.<br />

They say artificial intelligence will<br />

change everything. Well, it better hurry up<br />

because it seems we have run out of the<br />

genuine article.<br />

More than 333 million people live in the<br />

United States. Is this really the best we’ve<br />

got?<br />

Currently, the presidential line of succession<br />

passes from Biden to Vice President<br />

Kamala Harris to Congressman Mike<br />

Johnson and then Sen. Patty Murray.<br />

The number one thing Murray brings to<br />

this party is that no one has ever heard of<br />

Murray. She is a former preschool teacher<br />

from Washington and just got the president<br />

pro tempore gig last year.<br />

Honestly, it really stinks to have to talk<br />

about this stuff at all. The Hunter Biden<br />

trial was sad. It’s an all-too-common tale<br />

of what drug addiction can do to even the<br />

most privileged among us. It should be<br />

shining a giant spotlight on the critical<br />

need for more drug addiction resources,<br />

but instead it’s just political theater. For the<br />

most part, Republicans have stayed above<br />

the fray.<br />

It’s also sad to watch Mitch McConnell<br />

and Biden clearly decline right in<br />

front of our eyes. Regardless of your<br />

political leanings, these are two men of<br />

great accomplishment and import to our<br />

country. They are just obviously too old<br />

to continue serving. Very obvious, as in<br />

slap-you-upside-the-head, go-catatonicon-camera<br />

obvious.<br />

Of course, if you state the incredibly<br />

obvious thing out loud you’re just being a<br />

political hack.<br />

Which brings us to Trump, a blowhard<br />

with no moral compass. His convictions<br />

were a complete joke, the result of the absolute<br />

worst kind of political witch hunt. But<br />

that doesn’t absolve him of the underlying,<br />

let’s call it ickiness, of the deeds themselves.<br />

Trump is no spring chicken himself<br />

and has had any number of on-air slipups.<br />

The problem with Trump, though, isn’t<br />

really the stuff he says on accident. It’s the<br />

stuff he says on purpose. He has, however,<br />

successfully tapped into a populist bent in<br />

the country. Let’s just please acknowledge<br />

that you can like the policies and dislike<br />

the man. However, let’s also acknowledge<br />

that in a country of 333 million people, you<br />

should be able to find someone who can<br />

lead through both example and policy.<br />

Where is our next generation of great<br />

leaders? We need you, now.<br />

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NEWS<br />

BRIEFS<br />

DARDENNE PRAIRIE<br />

Costlow lawsuit dismissed<br />

A lawsuit challenging Dardenne Prairie<br />

Alderman Mike Costlow’s (Ward 2) eligibility<br />

to run for the Missouri House of<br />

Representatives District 108 seat has been<br />

dismissed. However, Costlow’s opponent<br />

in the Aug. 6 primary and lawsuit plaintiff<br />

Max Calfo has indicated an intent to<br />

appeal.<br />

Calfo filed the suit based on an arrest<br />

from Costlow’s past, involving theft by<br />

deception charges centered around paintball<br />

gun trades that Costlow did not honor<br />

in 2006 when he was <strong>19</strong> years old and living<br />

in Georgia. He was arrested at age 20.<br />

Calfo’s argument was that although the<br />

charges against Costlow were discharged<br />

under the Georgia First Offenders Act, if<br />

Costlow had pled guilty in that case, it<br />

would prevent him from holding office in<br />

Missouri under current state regulations.<br />

Costlow has admitted his arrest and said<br />

previously that his run-in with the law has<br />

helped him mentor others; however, he<br />

disagreed with the claim that he is legally<br />

unable to hold office.<br />

The May 29 ruling dismissing the lawsuit<br />

states that the “Court finds Plaintiff has<br />

failed to make a submissible case.”<br />

Costlow called it a welcome outcome.<br />

“I expect my opponent will continue to<br />

press the court to take this choice away<br />

from voters, but I will stay focused on the<br />

needs of our neighbors in Lake Saint Louis,<br />

Dardenne Prairie and O’Fallon,” Costlow<br />

said. “Our community is tired of politicians<br />

seeking headlines instead of policy<br />

that serves their district. These tactics<br />

highlight the difference between me and<br />

my opponent.”<br />

In response to the dismissal, Calfo gave<br />

a statement that said, “I will be appealing;<br />

Costlow never presented his 2007 felony<br />

plea to the court and he will be disqualified<br />

when he is compelled to do so under<br />

610.140 (8).”<br />

“State law must be enforced,” Calfo said.<br />

Dardenne Prairie urges library<br />

to keep branches open<br />

Talk of proposed St. Charles City-County<br />

Library branch closures continues to draw<br />

the attention of local officials.<br />

On May 17, the library’s Board of<br />

Trustees temporarily tabled a plan to close<br />

the Deer Run, Kisker Road and McClay<br />

branches and lay off dozens of employees<br />

for 30 days.<br />

As the end of the postponement nears, a<br />

number of cities in the county have passed<br />

resolutions commenting on the proposed<br />

plan. O’Fallon’s City Council approved a<br />

resolution opposing the closure of its local<br />

Deer Run branch. The St. Charles County<br />

Council passed a similar resolution, but that<br />

also requested a library district audit. St.<br />

Charles City has also seen a resolution supporting<br />

the county libraries come before its<br />

City Council.<br />

On June 5, the Dardenne Prairie Board of<br />

Aldermen joined in as well.<br />

Alderman Mike Costlow (Ward 2) said<br />

the library is a resource for reading, but it<br />

also offers other learning materials, including<br />

telescopes and microscopes that can be<br />

rented.<br />

Alderman Laura Gittemeier (Ward 1) said<br />

that the health of taxpayer-funded institutions<br />

like the library district must be considered<br />

when elected officials offer developers<br />

tax incentives.<br />

She pointed to the tax abatements given<br />

to the Prairie Encore multi-use development,<br />

which received backlash from residents<br />

who did not want dense developments<br />

in the city.<br />

In response, Mayor John Gotway said<br />

the only institution affected by the Prairie<br />

Encore tax abatements was the Wentzville<br />

School District, and that more tax revenue<br />

goes to the library system than the city.<br />

The board unanimously passed a resolution<br />

that states Dardenne Prairie “believes<br />

the education of our youth and the opportunity<br />

for all to grow in knowledge and understanding<br />

is greatly enhanced by a vibrant<br />

library system.”<br />

Like the St. Charles County resolution, it<br />

also urges the library district to request an<br />

audit by the state auditor. However, library<br />

district Chief Communication and Engagement<br />

Officer Lori Beth Crawford said in a<br />

statement the district has an independent<br />

audit, required by law, performed each year.<br />

“It is due to the Missouri State Auditor’s<br />

office by Dec. 31 each year,” Crawford said.<br />

The audits are publicly available here:<br />

stchlibrary.org/budgets-plans-reports#220.<br />

O’FALLON<br />

Heroes honored<br />

On Memorial Day, May 27, the city of<br />

O’Fallon conducted a ceremony honoring<br />

the fallen from the United States Armed<br />

Forces in all wars, and also unveiled three<br />

more members added to the O’Fallon Path<br />

of Heroes.<br />

O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy and city<br />

council President Pro Tem Tom “Duke”<br />

Herweck (Ward 2) hosted the event at the<br />

city’s Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau<br />

Creek Road.<br />

The three service members with signs<br />

now added to the city Path of Heroes were:<br />

Pfc. Albert J. Koch Jr., U.S. Army (perished<br />

in a typhoon in waters near Japan in<br />

<strong>19</strong>54).<br />

Pfc. William W. Hood, U.S. Army (killed<br />

in Vietnam in <strong>19</strong>67).<br />

Cpl. Clemens A. Kleeschulte Jr., U.S.<br />

Army (killed in WW2 in <strong>19</strong>44).<br />

The Path of Heroes was established by<br />

O’Fallon in 2022, with a total now including<br />

nine names.<br />

Lawsuits against city<br />

moving slowly<br />

Former O’Fallon Police Department<br />

employees Brian Hilke, Lisa Salisbury and<br />

Ed Smith each filed employment discrimination<br />

lawsuits in 2021, and two have trial<br />

dates later this year.<br />

A jury trial for Hilke’s case had been<br />

scheduled for June 4, in the St. Charles<br />

County Circuit Court Division 7 courtroom.<br />

However, on May 16, due to witness<br />

availability issues and to allow time<br />

for additional witness depositions, the jury<br />

trial was pushed back to Nov. 12. A case<br />

management conference was conducted on<br />

June 6 to address issues. The judge has not<br />

yet rescheduled the pre-trial conference.<br />

Salisbury’s jury trial is still set for Dec.<br />

16 in the St. Charles County Circuit Court<br />

Division 2 courtroom, with a pre-trial conference<br />

scheduled for Dec. 9, at which all<br />

parties must appear.<br />

Smith’s jury trial has not yet been scheduled<br />

after more than two and a half years.<br />

Smith’s attorney, John Lynch, has said several<br />

times that the case still is in discovery.


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On Sept. 9, 2023, the defendants (City of<br />

O’Fallon, et. al), filed a motion to dismiss. In<br />

response, the plaintiff (Lynch) filed a motion<br />

in opposition the defendant’s motion.<br />

According to Missouri’s Case.net, on<br />

May 23, 20<strong>24</strong>, the judge issued a “Court’s<br />

notice of intent to dismiss on dismissal<br />

docket sent to all parties.”<br />

On May 29, Lynch filed a motion to reinstate<br />

the case to active status and a plaintiff’s<br />

request for setting a trial date.<br />

On May 31, Judge W. Christopher<br />

McDonough issued an order removing the<br />

case from the dismissal docket and setting<br />

a case management conference for Aug. 16.<br />

The order states, “All trial counsel are<br />

ordered to appear for the case management<br />

conference and be prepared to discuss<br />

settlement prospects, mediation prospects,<br />

complexity of the case, the estimated trial<br />

length, discovery progress and any scheduling<br />

issues.”<br />

The city of O’Fallon has a policy of not<br />

providing any comments regarding personnel<br />

matters or litigation.<br />

ST. PETERS<br />

Parking lot changes coming<br />

to alleviate Chick-Fil-A traffic<br />

The Home Depot parking lot that connects<br />

to the Chick-Fil-A lot at the south end of<br />

<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Mall Drive will receive updates<br />

to assist with traffic flow. A bill to approve<br />

property adjustments was passed at the May<br />

23 St. Peters Board of Aldermen meeting,<br />

amid ongoing changes already taking effect.<br />

Planning Coordinator Ken Braunfeld said<br />

that the small property adjustment affects the<br />

property line between the two businesses.<br />

“The proposed changes include an update<br />

to the driveway connection between<br />

Chick-Fil-A and Home Depot,” Braunfeld<br />

said. “In addition, Chick-Fil-A will add a<br />

small addition to the building and update<br />

their drive-through and parking lot.”<br />

This is in addition to the construction of<br />

a right-turn lane going northbound on <strong>Mid</strong><br />

<strong>Rivers</strong> Mall Drive at the Home Depot Plaza<br />

intersection, which is set to begin this year.<br />

Traffic issues have been a continued concern<br />

in the area. The turn lane project was<br />

approved in 2021 to deter drivers from utilizing<br />

the shoulder as a turn lane and keep<br />

traffic flowing with better safety practices.<br />

While the city seeks to improve congestion<br />

relief at south <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> Mall Drive,<br />

Braunfeld also noted that the new updates<br />

have been postponed and are slated for the<br />

summer of 2025.<br />

ST. CHARLES COUNTY<br />

Special taxing district removed<br />

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

on May 13, council member Matt<br />

Swanson (District 1) announced the dissolution<br />

of Wentzville Parkway Transportation<br />

Development District (TDD) 1 and its<br />

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By ROBIN SEATON JEFFERSON<br />

Four Republican candidates are on the<br />

ballot in the Aug. 6 Primary Election for<br />

state Senate District 23 seat, which will be<br />

vacated by Sen. Bill Eigel, who has entered<br />

the Missouri governor race.<br />

Adam Schnelting, Dan O’Connell, Rich<br />

Chrismer and Phil Christofanelli will<br />

square off on Aug. 6 to see who will face<br />

unopposed Democratic candidate Matt<br />

Williams for the District 23 seat in the<br />

General Election on Nov. 5.<br />

Currently, Missouri has a Republican<br />

trifecta, with the Party controlling the governorship<br />

and both chambers of the state<br />

legislature.<br />

Schnelting, a Christian minister and<br />

U.S. Army Combat Engineer, currently<br />

represents eastern St. Charles County<br />

(District 69) in the Missouri House of<br />

Representatives. A seventh-generation<br />

Missourian, he heralds from a family<br />

who came to America in 1628. He has<br />

degrees in Christian ministry and political<br />

science.<br />

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Dan<br />

O’Connell is an engineer, small businessman<br />

and Christian. He studied architectural<br />

engineering at the University of Missouri<br />

at Rolla and civil engineering at Missouri<br />

University of Science and Technology.<br />

O’Connell also earned an MBA from Webster<br />

University in 2013.<br />

A U.S. Air Force and Vietnam War veteran,<br />

Rich Chrismer was awarded three<br />

Bronze and two Silver Service Stars and<br />

the ‘V’ for valor attachment to his Unit<br />

Citation. Chrismer served as a state representative<br />

for what was District 16 (currently<br />

District 105) from <strong>19</strong>92-2000, and<br />

as the director of elections for St. Charles<br />

County from 2002-2018. He has a degree<br />

in business administration.<br />

Phil Christofanelli has represented<br />

District 104 in St. Charles County in<br />

the Missouri House of Representatives<br />

since 2016. Christofanelli received a<br />

bachelor’s degree in political science<br />

from Washington University in St. Louis<br />

in 2011 and a Juris Doctorate in 2021.<br />

Prior to that, he served on the Missouri<br />

Republican State Executive Committee<br />

and worked as press secretary to U.S.<br />

Rep. Dan Benishek.<br />

These four candidates were asked three<br />

questions about the area. Their answers are<br />

in ballot order.<br />

1. What is the biggest need for residents<br />

in District 23, and how will you address it?<br />

Adam Schnelting: One of the biggest<br />

needs that I hear from my constituents<br />

is that they need to be able to trust their<br />

elected officials to keep their word. Republicans<br />

campaign on their “conservative”<br />

ideals but often do not govern in a conservative<br />

fashion. I have run on a conservative<br />

platform, promising the protection of<br />

our kids, limited government and fiscal<br />

responsibility.<br />

Dan O’Connell: I’m running because it<br />

feels like we have been stuck in survival<br />

mode since 2020, afraid to talk to our<br />

neighbors because they might think differently<br />

than us, afraid to ask for a raise<br />

because we can’t risk losing our healthcare.<br />

Even basic decency is falling away,<br />

because we don’t have a basic level of trust<br />

in society outside of who we know. We<br />

deserve real leaders who haven’t sold out<br />

their constituencies to climb the ladder of<br />

national politics. I have fought for our constitutional<br />

rights, helped our children and<br />

built businesses. St. Charles will always be<br />

my priority.<br />

Rich Chrismer: Inflation and tax relief.<br />

The cost of living has increased to a<br />

level not seen in many years. Businesses<br />

are hurting to the point of downsizing or<br />

worse, going out of business. The high<br />

cost of groceries and gasoline has families’<br />

budgets stretched to the limit. As state representative,<br />

I passed the largest tax cut in<br />

state history eliminating state grocery tax<br />

from the state budget – a cost savings to<br />

the citizens of Missouri of over $13 billion,<br />

or over $600 million each year. I will<br />

continue that fiscally responsible practice<br />

in the Missouri Senate.<br />

Phil Christofanelli: St. Charles must<br />

remain a safe place to live. Serious property<br />

and violent crimes are increasing as<br />

criminals from St. Louis make their way<br />

out into the region. The residents of St.<br />

Charles County do not want to see our<br />

county become St. Louis. In the legislature,<br />

I helped to secure increased funding<br />

for our police departments to ensure they<br />

have the resources and training necessary<br />

to effectively protect and serve our community.<br />

Additionally, I will make sure our<br />

courts and legal system are well-equipped<br />

to ensure violent criminals aren’t let off<br />

easily.<br />

See DISTRICT 23, page 30<br />

Nepotism bill brings first veto from longtime St. Peters mayor<br />

By JESSICA MARIE BAUMGARTNER<br />

“The negative of permitting that<br />

nepotism in the workplace far<br />

outweighs any positive ...”<br />

Legislation aimed at changing the city of<br />

St. Peters’ nepotism policy led to several<br />

discussions at multiple Board of Aldermen<br />

meetings and Mayor Len Pagano’s first<br />

veto, which was subsequently overridden<br />

by the board.<br />

Alderman Dave Kuppler (Ward 3) sponsored<br />

the legislation, which had been introduced<br />

as a pair of bills in April.<br />

The first bill would amend city codes to<br />

prevent existing city employees from being<br />

terminated should a relative be elected to<br />

the board of aldermen or as mayor, or be<br />

appointed as city administrator. The second<br />

bill, which was the subject of Pagano’s veto,<br />

would allow relatives of elected officials to<br />

be hired for lower-tier city positions ineligible<br />

for vacation time, such as interns or<br />

temporary, seasonal or contract workers.<br />

Kuppler said that by the city’s definition,<br />

“Nepotism is favoritism shown to a relative<br />

on the basis of that relationship.”<br />

He said the most qualified applicant<br />

should always be sought and that the legislation<br />

would only restore the city’s nepotism<br />

policy to a previous concept for smaller paid<br />

roles such as lifeguards and desk attendants.<br />

“I am absolutely against nepotism,” Kuppler<br />

said.<br />

Alderman Judy Bateman (Ward 2)<br />

brought up her cousin, who works for the<br />

city part-time and was grandfathered in<br />

because he was hired before the current<br />

policy was implemented. Bateman said<br />

her cousin is considered an asset to the city<br />

and enjoys the position on a part-time, nobenefits<br />

basis because he is retired.<br />

The mayor, however, took a different<br />

stance; though he acknowledged the worker<br />

shortage, Pagano expressed a strong opinion<br />

against the bill. City Administrator Bill<br />

Malach also spoke on behalf of city staff.<br />

He said staff agreed with the first provision<br />

that allows pre-existing employees to<br />

remain in their position if a family member<br />

is hired or elected after the fact. However,<br />

– Mayor Len Pagano<br />

reservations were expressed against allowing<br />

family members of city officials to be<br />

newly employed by the city.<br />

Malach described concerns over favoritism<br />

and the potential for complications if an<br />

issue with a hired relative occurs.<br />

“It’s not fair to our staff and our supervisors,”<br />

Malach said.<br />

Both bills were passed by the board on<br />

May 9. On May 23 Pagano made his veto<br />

– the first in his tenure as mayor – and was<br />

overridden by the board in a 7-1 vote.<br />

He stated that he vetoed the bill on behalf<br />

of the staff for multiple reasons.<br />

“The negative of permitting that nepotism<br />

in the workplace far outweighs any positive,<br />

and any anti-nepotism policy has become<br />

an essential component of an employees<br />

relations best practice,” Pagano said.<br />

Pagano cited a duty to prevent “favoritism”<br />

and “harmful litigation.”<br />

“The reason why there are laws and ordinances<br />

in place, it truly is because of a few<br />

bad apples,” he added.<br />

Before the board voted on whether to<br />

uphold or override the veto, Kuppler reiterated<br />

that he considered nepotism unethical<br />

and bad practice.<br />

‘It is a balance,” Kuppler said. “We punish<br />

the good because of the few bad. I don’t like<br />

to do that.”<br />

He explained that St. Peters should be<br />

allowed to hire the best-qualified applicant<br />

to be a lifeguard, even if they are a distant<br />

relative of an elected official. Kuppler said<br />

he was not trying to promote nepotism, and<br />

that he was not seeking to get a relative<br />

hired. He said he believes elected officials<br />

should not be a part of any city hiring process.<br />

Alderman Nick Trupiano (Ward 4) agreed<br />

that the issue was concerning from both<br />

sides. He explained how his father helped<br />

him get his first job and said that each “caseby-case”<br />

scenario is different.<br />

The board voted 7-1 to override the mayor’s<br />

veto, and both bills updating the city’s<br />

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47,000 people. As the city’s population<br />

continues to grow, so has the demand for<br />

residential and commercial developments.<br />

Just last month, <strong>Mid</strong>as Hospitality celebrated<br />

the grand opening of TownePlace<br />

Suites by Marriott, alongside city officials.<br />

This four-story, 96-room extended-stay<br />

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along Interstate 70 and Hwy. Z, and is<br />

within walking distance of the B&B Theaters<br />

Wentzville Tower 12 location.<br />

O’Fallon City Council approves<br />

new police equipment purchases<br />

By John Tremmel<br />

Residents might not be aware that all<br />

O’Fallon police officers are trained to use<br />

an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).<br />

This could be critical for someone in lifethreatening<br />

distress when a police officer is<br />

at a scene before paramedics arrive.<br />

“AED is a basic training piece at the<br />

police academy and annual continuing<br />

education training within the O’Fallon<br />

Police Department,” Communications<br />

Director Tony Michalka said.<br />

At its June 13 meeting, the City Council<br />

approved a resolution authorizing the<br />

$<strong>24</strong>,715 purchase of an additional 10<br />

AEDs and replacement parts from Bound<br />

Tree Medical LLC.<br />

In a background memo to the council,<br />

Police Chief Frank Mininni said a purchase<br />

order for $70,310 for 26 AEDs and<br />

replacement parts to equip police and their<br />

vehicles was previously approved. The<br />

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“This is our third hotel in Wentzville,<br />

which is a testament to how much we<br />

believe in the city, St. Charles County and<br />

the growth of outer suburbs of St. Louis,”<br />

<strong>Mid</strong>as Hospitality Chief Commercial Officer<br />

and Principal Linda Eigelberger said in<br />

a press release.<br />

The Echo Creek event venue is another<br />

new addition to the city. It offers indoor<br />

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additional 10 AEDs and replacement parts<br />

include 10 that were part of a mid-year<br />

budget adjustment already approved. Batteries<br />

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“With these additional AEDs the department<br />

will have 58 vehicles with AEDs<br />

once the additional vehicles are built and<br />

put into service, with the goal of having<br />

one in all patrol vehicles,” Mininni said<br />

in an interview before the meeting. “We<br />

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Library district puts proposed plan for branch closures on hold indefinitely<br />

By DAN FOX<br />

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

District has announced an indefinite<br />

hold on a proposed plan to close three<br />

library branches and lay off dozens of<br />

employees. That plan had been tabled<br />

for a 30-day period after discussion and<br />

numerous public comments at a May 17<br />

library Board of Trustees special meeting.<br />

The latest update was announced on the<br />

district’s website, along with an FAQ providing<br />

information on the library’s budget,<br />

challenges to district revenue sources and<br />

aspects of the proposed plan.<br />

At a work session for the board on June 6,<br />

Board President Staci Alvarez said the district<br />

has decided to “take a step back” from<br />

the proposed plan to review information,<br />

gather input and consider other options<br />

before any final decisions are made.<br />

“I know it’s been out there incorrectly<br />

that we’re going to be making a decision<br />

on June 18 at our meeting, we are not,”<br />

Alvarez said.<br />

At the June 6 work session, a series of<br />

proposed listening sessions were discussed.<br />

Currently, the plan is for these to<br />

be held for library district patrons and district<br />

staff members, in separate meetings.<br />

The board debated the size and number of<br />

such meetings and the format that would<br />

be most helpful.<br />

Alvarez said the plan for the staff-specific<br />

listening sessions is to divide them<br />

into groups by the different employee tiers<br />

so that workers will feel free to speak without<br />

a direct supervisor sitting in the room.<br />

“The challenge on the staff side is just<br />

making sure that we can work around<br />

the activities that are happening at the<br />

branches,” Alvarez said.<br />

While details for these listening sessions<br />

are still forthcoming, the FAQ<br />

page says they will run throughout the<br />

summer. The board is still inviting input,<br />

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WENTZVILLE, from previous<br />

it is located off of West Meyer Road.<br />

A variety of other new businesses have<br />

been added since 2022, expanding food,<br />

shopping and other service options.<br />

“We’ve seen an increase in commercial<br />

activities with new retail outlets and hospitality<br />

services, including national brands like<br />

Raising Canes,” Wentzville Strategic Communications<br />

Officer Kara Roberson said.<br />

Alongside the expansion of commercial<br />

spaces, a demand for new residential communities<br />

has also grown.<br />

Both single-family and mixed-use apartment<br />

dwellings have been added to the<br />

area. In 2022, the Sutton Farms, Prairie<br />

Wind, and Wildflower Estates single-family<br />

home developments began construction<br />

to provide more housing for families seeking<br />

to own houses. There have also been<br />

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game played at Ozark Mountain Sports Complex.<br />

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By WARREN MAYES<br />

Some may have doubted Duchesne baseball<br />

coach Mike Hollander and his belief<br />

that the Pioneers could be state champions.<br />

After all, the school’s only championship<br />

in baseball came in <strong>19</strong>84.<br />

Last month, Duchesne defeated the <strong>Mid</strong>-<br />

Buchanan Dragons 9-0 to win the Class<br />

3 championship game played at Ozark<br />

Mountain Sports Complex.<br />

“It obviously means a lot when you<br />

accomplish something, that many had kind<br />

of thought that I was crazy when I would<br />

tell them that I was confident that sometime<br />

in the near future we will win state,”<br />

Hollander said.<br />

Hollander, a 2009 Duchesne graduate,<br />

just completed his sixth season as the varsity<br />

coach.<br />

Five players made first-team all-state:<br />

pitcher TJ Griese, infielder Jaymeson<br />

Forest, outfielder Jack Burle, utility player<br />

Jackson Nikodym and catcher Sam Jost.<br />

Gavin Moffitt earned a honorable mention<br />

as a pitcher.<br />

“The boys so deserve this,” Hollander<br />

said.<br />

The <strong>19</strong>84 team has never been out of<br />

the minds of Duchesne baseball fans, Hollander<br />

said.<br />

Duchesne’s athletic director and newly<br />

announced president, Paul Boschert, was<br />

an assistant coach on the <strong>19</strong>84 team.<br />

“This team winning has brought back a<br />

lot of great memories for them and <strong>19</strong>84<br />

has been talked about a ton since we made<br />

the Final Four so I know they are enjoying<br />

seeing their team in the headlines again,”<br />

Hollander said.<br />

“To be honest I think we felt we had the<br />

talent to do it last year,” Hollander said.<br />

“We just didn’t have the team chemistry<br />

like we had this year.”<br />

The 2023 team finished 17-17. Hollander<br />

had eight players back from the starting<br />

lineup, but he did lose two of its top four<br />

pitchers. Newcomers joined the team this<br />

season and the team chemistry improved.<br />

“We had two players who were completely<br />

new to varsity baseball at Duchesne in Jack<br />

Burle and Jaymeson Forest,” Hollander said.<br />

“Both moved right into the middle of the<br />

lineup and were huge for offense. Adding<br />

them to our lineup made our lineup so deep<br />

and challenging for a pitcher to navigate<br />

and (since) both are such good players there<br />

was no question they would be in the lineup.<br />

“The key for them is that they are both<br />

very humble players who do put in the<br />

extra work and know their swings so well<br />

they were the perfect people to blend well<br />

with the returning players.”<br />

A 9-8 win over Priory gave Duchesne<br />

the District 5 championship. It was a game<br />

Hollander said he won’t forget.<br />

“This may be the most exhilarating game<br />

I’ll ever be a part of. We went into the top<br />

of the seventh up 5-4 and Priory scored<br />

four runs,” Hollander said. “I imagine<br />

everyone at the park thought our season<br />

was over just like I did. Next thing you<br />

know we string a couple hits together and<br />

we have the tying run at second base.<br />

“Junior Sam Jost came up big with two<br />

outs to tie the game. Gavin Moffitt, who<br />

gave up four runs the previous inning,<br />

came back out and threw a zero and senior<br />

Anthony Painter gets the game-winning<br />

two-out hit in the bottom of the eighth.”<br />

It was the first district title in eight years.<br />

In the sectional, Duchesne scored a 6-2<br />

win over Hermann. Then came a 14-1 win<br />

over North Calloway in the quarterfinals.<br />

That win sent the Pioneers to the Final<br />

Four.<br />

Duchesne faced the defending state<br />

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The Pioneers got out to a fast start in<br />

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Buchanan and led 6-0 after two innings.<br />

The state win wasn’t the last big moment<br />

for Hollander this spring.<br />

He and his wife, Lauren, had their first<br />

baby just after the season ended, a girl<br />

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championship. It would have been hard to<br />

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<strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> names 20<strong>24</strong> Teacher of the Year<br />

By BETHANY COAD<br />

Independence Elementary teacher Sasha<br />

Walchli, an educator who has just completed<br />

her 20th year teaching, is <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong><br />

<strong>Newsmagazine</strong>’s 20<strong>24</strong> Teacher of the Year.<br />

Walchli was surprised with the news on the<br />

last day of school during an end-of-year faculty<br />

meeting. As she was presented with her<br />

award by <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong> staff<br />

and Dream Play Recreation Vice President<br />

Clayton Albers, she was surprised to see her<br />

family standing nearby, cheering her on.<br />

“I did not have any idea, not even an inkling,<br />

that I had been nominated for this award,”<br />

Walchli said. “It’s a surreal feeling to be recognized<br />

in a room full of amazing educators,<br />

knowing each and every person in the room<br />

deserves to be recognized for their work.”<br />

Walchli has an impressive background. In<br />

the Parkway School District, she worked as<br />

an English for Speakers of Other Languages<br />

program specialist at Green Trails Elementary<br />

and piloted a newcomer program that introduced<br />

education to families and students new<br />

By BETHANY COAD<br />

Senior Anne Sankale will be taking<br />

over the office of Student Council<br />

(STUCO) president at Fort Zumwalt<br />

East High in the incoming school<br />

year. Sankale has been involved with<br />

STUCO throughout high school, serving<br />

as secretary for three years before<br />

becoming president.<br />

“I’m looking forward to this new<br />

opportunity to implement [the] teachings<br />

I’ve learned in my previous officer<br />

positions and see more growth,”<br />

Sankale said.<br />

With growth in mind, the East Student<br />

Council encourages a student-led<br />

community council, featuring meetings<br />

that are open to every student.<br />

“As soon as you enter the room, you are a<br />

member,” Sankale said. She added that every<br />

student’s input is welcomed and considered.<br />

to the U.S. After 15 years in Parkway, Walchli<br />

moved to the Francis Howell School District<br />

to teach second grade at Independence.<br />

In choosing a career in education, Walchli<br />

followed in her mother’s footsteps.<br />

“My mom was an educator for over 20<br />

years in Parkway,” Walchli said. “She was<br />

my go-to for all things teaching. She gave<br />

the best advice, shared funny stories, and<br />

was there to listen to the everyday shenanigans<br />

that are teaching.<br />

“Sadly, my mom passed away in December.<br />

When she passed, my family was<br />

surrounded by her former colleagues and<br />

friends. Their stories showed just what a<br />

mentor and advocate she was during her<br />

long and impactful career. I will always<br />

look up to her legacy.”<br />

Walchli has worked closely with the<br />

school’s administration to raise Independence<br />

to a state and national School of<br />

Character. It was recognized as a Missouri<br />

School of Character in 2023.<br />

“Sasha is just a dynamite human being,”<br />

Principal Emily Pavia said. “She creates a<br />

Fort Zumwalt East’s Student Council. Front row,<br />

from left: Jan McCoy (advisor), Anne Sankale (<strong>24</strong>-25<br />

president), Sarah Emmendorfer (<strong>24</strong>-25 vice president),<br />

Claire Gwak (23-<strong>24</strong> president). Back, from left: Maddy<br />

Levy (23-<strong>24</strong> public relations), Zoe Saunders (23-<strong>24</strong><br />

vice president), Amaliah Maina (23-<strong>24</strong> morale).<br />

(Courtesy of Jan McCoy/Fort Zumwalt School District)<br />

STUCO advisor Jan McCoy attends the<br />

meetings for support, but leaves direction to<br />

the students.<br />

“I’m there as a guide to help (the students)<br />

Sasha Walchli, <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong><br />

20<strong>24</strong> Teacher of the Year.<br />

(Source: Jeanie Smith/Francis Howell School District)<br />

family feel in her classroom with her students<br />

and fosters a safe and inclusive environment<br />

in order for her students to feel<br />

accepted and a sense of belonging.”<br />

The connections with students and families<br />

are the reason why Walchli teaches.<br />

“I enjoy the simple things, like receiving<br />

messages from parents that say, ‘My child<br />

Fort Zumwalt East’s honor student council creates community<br />

brainstorm and understand what approvals<br />

they need, but leave the organization<br />

up to them,” McCoy said. “They run the<br />

show, and I try to stay out of the way.”<br />

The unique approach to student leadership<br />

has resulted in success. For the<br />

10th consecutive year, the council was<br />

named an Honor Council by the Missouri<br />

Association of Student Councils.<br />

Honor Councils are recognized for their<br />

success in promoting student activities,<br />

including school and community service,<br />

school spirit, student and teacher<br />

recognition and leadership training<br />

activities.<br />

School-wide traditions are a hallmark<br />

of STUCO at East. Longstanding activities<br />

include the “Big E,” a Saturday in<br />

the fall where students rake neighborhood<br />

leaves; a letter-writing campaign during<br />

Teacher Appreciation Week; and the creation<br />

of a giant turkey made of feathers with the<br />

wanted to share this with you.’ I get to see students<br />

tell their stories at our daily class meetings,<br />

becoming more confident in themselves<br />

as leaders and individuals.” Walchli said.<br />

Parent Becky First wrote that Walchli<br />

“creates a community among her secondgraders<br />

which values each student as an<br />

important member of class.”<br />

Pavia couldn’t agree more.<br />

“Sasha goes above and beyond for her<br />

students and their families and I feel truly<br />

blessed to have her on our team at Independence,”<br />

Pavia said. “She builds incredibly<br />

positive relationships with students which<br />

allow her students to grow in all capacities<br />

and leaves a positive impact on everyone<br />

who she has contact with because she is just<br />

a fabulously kind person with a giant heart.”<br />

In recognition of her award, Walchli<br />

received an iPad, gift basket and surprise<br />

celebration courtesy of <strong>Mid</strong> <strong>Rivers</strong> <strong>Newsmagazine</strong>,<br />

Big Blue Swim School, Boardwalk<br />

Family Dental, CHAMP Assistance<br />

Dogs, Dream Play Recreation and Golden<br />

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name of every student at East.<br />

“We want everyone to feel welcome,”<br />

Sankale said.<br />

As a first-generation Kenyan-American,<br />

Sankale is passionate about expanding multiculturalism<br />

and encouraging community<br />

involvement in her school. The council<br />

received Gold National Council of Excellence<br />

status this year, partly due to the council’s<br />

diversity movement for which Sankale<br />

is an ambassador.<br />

“This was our first year we could check<br />

the box for diversity, as we held a successful<br />

Culture Fair,” Sankale said.<br />

McCoy sees the incoming council as the<br />

“glue” of the school. While students are busy<br />

with schoolwork, STUCO’s goal is to build a<br />

community where students feel comfortable<br />

to stop each other throughout the day and<br />

catch up. If a student wants to join STUCO<br />

at East all they have to do is show up, McCoy<br />

said.


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July 3: Carnival Kickoff<br />

Heritage & Freedom Fest kicks off with<br />

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July 3. The carnival offers a variety of<br />

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July 4: Parade and Rock Night<br />

A must on Independence Day, the Heritage<br />

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of Main Street and Civic Park Drive. The<br />

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will be announced on the festival’s Main<br />

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Effect. At 9:30 p.m., attendees will be able<br />

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The city of St. Charles celebrates Independence<br />

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Riverfest opens with the annual Fourth<br />

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Morning and Legyndz 77 on Thursday. On<br />

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20 I 4TH OF JULY I<br />

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MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE<br />

@MIDRIVERS_NEWS<br />

MIDRIVERSNEWSMAGAZINE.COM<br />

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4TH OF JULY, from page 18<br />

This year’s float theme is “America’s Celebration”<br />

and the top designs will be judged.<br />

Free Swim at Progress Park Pool<br />

Wentzville also offers a free swim at<br />

Progress Park Pool from noon-5 p.m. on<br />

July 4 at 968 Meyer Road. For the day,<br />

Outdoor Aquatic Season Passholders and<br />

residents may use the pool for free. An<br />

Outdoor Aquatic Season Pass or a Resident<br />

Card must be presented upon entry.<br />

Fourth of July Fireworks<br />

Families can end their Independence<br />

Day festivities by watching the fireworks<br />

show at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 in Progress<br />

Park, 968 Meyer Road. The event is open<br />

to the public and attendees are encouraged<br />

to bring their own chairs to enjoy the<br />

show.<br />

WELDON SPRING<br />

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION<br />

The city of Weldon Spring hosts a full<br />

day of patriotic festivities from 10 a.m.-10<br />

p.m. on July 4 at City Park, 5401 Independence<br />

Road. Activities are open to the<br />

public.<br />

Kids Zone Party<br />

Weldon Spring opens the celebrations at<br />

the Kids Zone Party from 10 a.m.-12:30<br />

p.m. on July 4. Children 12 and under,<br />

accompanied by a parent or guardian, may<br />

enjoy face painting, balloon twisting and<br />

bounce houses at the park. At 11 a.m., kids<br />

can join a Bubble Foam Party. The morning<br />

ends with a magic show at noon in the<br />

Independence Amphitheater.<br />

Main Event<br />

Guests of all ages can join the party<br />

starting at 4 p.m. with bounce houses in<br />

the upper lawn. Live music entertainment<br />

runs from 6:30-9 p.m. with Sometimes a<br />

Fantasy, a Billy Joel tribute performance at<br />

the Independence Amphitheater. Attendees<br />

(Source: City of Wentzville)<br />

can enjoy the music while sampling treats<br />

from various local food vendors, available<br />

from 6-9 p.m. To round off the holiday, a<br />

Fireworks Extravaganza will be shown at<br />

the Independence Amphitheater and Lawn.<br />

Admission is free for the event and parking<br />

is directed to Independence Road. Coolers<br />

are allowed, but glass containers are not<br />

permitted.<br />

NEW TOWN PARADE<br />

AND CONCERT<br />

Stop by the city of New Town for a<br />

casual day of parade floats and music.<br />

The community is first invited to watch<br />

the parade at 10 a.m. on July 4 at Greensmith<br />

Park, 3413 W. Greensmith Street.<br />

The route starts at W. Greensmith Street<br />

and Woolen Mill Street. Parade viewers<br />

are encouraged to dress in patriotic wear.<br />

Candy is not allowed to be thrown in the<br />

parade.<br />

As part of the New Town Concert Series,<br />

a free concert is from 6-8 p.m. on July 4<br />

at the New Town Amphitheater, 3312 Rue<br />

Royale Street. Husband and wife musical<br />

duo Dan and Denise Kuse lead the show.<br />

Guests are encouraged to bring their own<br />

seating.<br />

ST. PETERS<br />

Sunset Saturday Concert<br />

Those eager for a fireworks show can<br />

attend the St. Peters Sunset Concert Series<br />

from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June<br />

22 at the Corporate Pavillion in Lakeside<br />

Park, 1000 Lakeside Park Drive. Attendees<br />

can enjoy music at the lakeside front from<br />

performing acts Butch Wax & The Hollywoods<br />

and The Charles Glenn Group starting<br />

at 9:30 p.m. The night will end with a<br />

fantastic fireworks show.<br />

Admission to the event is free. Food<br />

truck and drink sales begin at 6 p.m. Outside<br />

alcoholic beverages must remain<br />

outside the pavilion, in the lawn area only.<br />

Pets and glass containers are not permitted.<br />

Guests should bring personal chairs and<br />

blankets.


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June <strong>19</strong>, 20<strong>24</strong><br />

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Drowsy driving is a significant danger to teens during the summer<br />

months, a recent survey found.<br />

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HEALTH<br />

CAPSULES<br />

By LISA RUSSELL<br />

Drowsy driving poses summer<br />

safety hazard for teens<br />

June’s arrival marks the beginning of the<br />

period known as the “100 deadliest days of<br />

summer” – a time that can be especially dangerous<br />

for teenage drivers. Between Memorial<br />

Day and Labor Day, seven Americans<br />

each day are killed in crashes where teens<br />

are behind the wheel, according to AAA.<br />

While speeding, distractions like phones<br />

and other passengers, and driving under the<br />

influence of drugs or alcohol are well-known<br />

road hazards for teens, drowsy driving is<br />

another major contributor to these accidents,<br />

a new study by the National Sleep Foundation<br />

found. The study involved a nationally<br />

representative survey of more than 1,100<br />

young drivers under age 18.<br />

One in six said they had driven while<br />

drowsy, even so tired that they had trouble<br />

keeping their eyes open. Most cited their<br />

work or school schedules as the reasons<br />

they were unable to get enough sleep to<br />

stay alert while driving. Those with jobs<br />

were more than twice as likely to have<br />

driven drowsy as teens who didn’t work.<br />

Based on their responses, the study<br />

authors estimated that 1.7 million teenage<br />

drivers have driven drowsy, and more than<br />

400,000 do so at least once every week.<br />

“This is a troubling rate … drowsy driving<br />

represents an immediate, and potentially<br />

tragic, consequence of poor sleep<br />

health, residing at the literal intersection<br />

of sleep health and public safety,” said<br />

principal investigator Joseph Dzierzewski<br />

Ph.D. He added that this study spotlights<br />

a need to focus more national attention<br />

on drowsy driving as a preventable public<br />

health problem for teens in particular,<br />

especially considering that motor vehicle<br />

crashes continue to be the leading cause of<br />

preventable deaths among this age group.<br />

The study was presented at SLEEP 20<strong>24</strong>,<br />

the National Sleep Foundation’s annual<br />

meeting.<br />

On the calendar<br />

Mercy presents Family and Friends<br />

CPR classes on Tuesday, June 25 and<br />

Monday, July 1 from 6:30-9 p.m. at<br />

Mercy Hospital St. Louis, 615 S. New<br />

Ballas Road, in Classroom #1 on the<br />

7th floor. Learn how to perform CPR for<br />

infants, children and adults and first aid<br />

for choking with hands-on manikin practice<br />

in this course. The course fee is $25<br />

per person; each person attending the<br />

class is required to complete a separate<br />

registration. Register online by visiting<br />

mercy.net/practice/mercy-hospital-stlouis,<br />

then clicking on Classes, Seminars<br />

& Events.<br />

• • •<br />

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital<br />

offers a Bariatric Surgery Information<br />

session on Monday, July 15 from 5:30-<br />

6:30 p.m., live via Zoom. Join a Washington<br />

University bariatric physician to learn<br />

more about surgical treatment options<br />

available at BJC for patients who meet certain<br />

criteria. During this free session, you<br />

will learn about options including laparoscopic<br />

gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and<br />

duodenal switch. To register, visit classesevents.bjc.org;<br />

to learn more about BJC’s<br />

bariatric surgery criteria for patients, call<br />

(314) 454-72<strong>24</strong> and press Option 1.<br />

SLCH, KVC Missouri to expand mental health services for kids<br />

St. Louis Children’s Hospital (SLCH)<br />

and KVC Missouri have formed a joint<br />

venture aimed at addressing the St. Louis<br />

region’s urgent need for pediatric mental<br />

health services. The two healthcare organizations<br />

recently announced plans to build<br />

a 70-bed hospital and inpatient center to<br />

care for children and adolescents with<br />

acute mental health emergencies as well<br />

as those who need long-term care.<br />

The expansion, expected to take place<br />

over the next two years, will enhance<br />

KVC Missouri’s existing Webster Groves<br />

campus, located off Rock Hill Road. Children<br />

will receive care from experienced<br />

and specially trained pediatric behavioral<br />

health experts from Washington University<br />

School of Medicine and KVC. KVC<br />

Academy Edgewood, a K-12 therapeutic<br />

school, will also remain on campus.<br />

According to officials from both organizations,<br />

national and local data show<br />

that Missouri youth are facing unprecedented<br />

anxiety and depression, as well as<br />

• • •<br />

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

a Pediatric Diabetes Survival Skills<br />

course on Thursday, July 18 from 10 a.m.-<br />

noon on the hospital’s main campus at One<br />

Children’s Place in St. Louis. This free<br />

class provides a brief general overview of<br />

all facets of caring for children with diabetes.<br />

It is specifically designed for caregivers<br />

who provide occasional care, such<br />

as grandparents, babysitters and older siblings.<br />

Advance registration is required by<br />

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

• • •<br />

Mercy offers a Sitter Skills course on<br />

Friday, Aug. 2 from 6-9 p.m. at Mercy Hospital<br />

St. Louis, 615 S. New Ballas Road, in<br />

Classroom #2 on the seventh floor. Children<br />

between 11 and 13 will learn about<br />

infant care, child development, interactive<br />

play, safety, handling emergency situations<br />

and how to market babysitting services.<br />

Kids are asked to bring a doll or stuffed<br />

animal to class to learn how to change<br />

diapers. The cost is $30 per child. Register<br />

online by visiting mercy.net/practice/<br />

mercy-hospital-st-louis, then clicking on<br />

Classes, Seminars & Events.<br />

• • •<br />

Be Still to Chill: Basics of Meditation<br />

is on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.<br />

at the St. Luke’s Hospital Desloge Outpatient<br />

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

in Chesterfield, in Classroom 3 of Building<br />

A. Attend this free program to learn the<br />

basics of meditation, and many tips to support<br />

your practice, from a St. Luke’s expert.<br />

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

increases in suicide and suicidal ideation.<br />

“Suicide is the second leading cause of<br />

death for 10- to 14-year-olds in Missouri,<br />

yet St. Louis and surrounding areas have<br />

fewer than half of the psychiatric beds<br />

needed to address this crisis,” said St.<br />

Louis Children’s Hospital President Trish<br />

Lollo. “We’re proud to join forces with<br />

KVC to create real solutions to improve<br />

children’s mental health, increase access<br />

to expert treatment, and ultimately, help<br />

save lives.”


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KURT BAHR, DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS<br />

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES<br />

U.S. SENATOR<br />

JOSH HAWLEY, 799 RIVERS EDGE RD, OZARK, MO 65721<br />

GOVERNOR<br />

DARRELL LEON MCCLANAHAN III, <strong>24</strong>346 S. <strong>24</strong>25 RD, MILO, MO 64767<br />

JEREMY GUNDEL, 562 BUZZARD GLORY RD, WASHBURN, MO 65772<br />

BILL EIGEL, 398 PATRIOTIC TRAIL, WELDON SPRING, MO 63304<br />

ROBERT JAMES OLSON, 3873 E WASHITA ST, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65809<br />

JOHN R. (JAY) ASHCROFT, 112 MONTEREY DR, JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65109<br />

MIKE KEHOE, 3589 GETTYSBURG PL, JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65109<br />

CHRIS WRIGHT, 11351 AMELIA LANE, JOPLIN, MO 64804<br />

DARREN L GRANT, <strong>19</strong>0 FEE FEE RD APT B, MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO 63043<br />

AMBER THOMSEN, 526 JELLYSTONE RD #255, HOLLISTER, MO 65672<br />

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR<br />

HOLLY REHDER, 380 NATCHEZ TRACE, SCOTT CITY, MO 63780<br />

DAVE WASINGER, 2 HUNTLEIGH WOODS, ST. LOUIS, MO 63131<br />

LINCOLN HOUGH, 662 S KICKAPOO, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65804<br />

PAUL BERRY III, 1<strong>19</strong>32 BARBARA, MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO 63043<br />

TIM BAKER, 5050 CALVEY CREEK RD, ROBERTSVILLE, MO 63072<br />

MATTHEW E.PORTER, 4577 AUSTIN KNOLL CT., SAINT CHARLES, MO 63304<br />

SECRETARY OF STATE<br />

VALENTINA GOMEZ, 2811 INDIANA AVENUE, ST. LOUIS, MO 63118<br />

SHANE SCHOELLER, 7448 TURKEY HATCH CT, WILLARD, MO 65781<br />

DENNY HOSKINS, 709 CEDAR DRIVE APT B, WARRENSBURG, MO 64093<br />

ADAM J. SCHWADRON, 4<strong>19</strong> ANGELIQUE PL, ST. CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

JAMIE CORLEY, 7186 DELMAR BLVD, ST LOUIS, MO 63130<br />

DEAN PLOCHER, 128<strong>19</strong> WOOD VALLEY CT, ST LOUIS, MO 63131<br />

MARY ELIZABETH COLEMAN, PO BOX 1409 131 W HIGH STREET, JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65102<br />

MIKE CARTER, 500 BOONE’S LICK RD., ST. CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

STATE TREASURER<br />

CODY SMITH, 1012 EUCLID BLVD, CARTHAGE, MO 64836<br />

ANDREW KOENIG, 741 SHERWICK TERRACE, MANCHESTER, MO 63021<br />

LORI ROOK, 2048 SOUTH HWY J, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65809<br />

VIVEK MALEK, 800 STONE BRIDGE SPRINGS DRIVE, WILDWOOD, MO 63005<br />

TINA GOODRICK, 5102 MOCKINGBIRD LANE, ST. JOSEPH, MO 64506<br />

KARAN PUJJI, 11317 FAIRWAYS DR, CREVE COEUR, MO 63141<br />

ATTORNEY GENERAL<br />

WILL SCHARF, 8125 STRATFORD DR, CLAYTON, MO 63105<br />

ANDREW BAILEY, 82 WARDENS BRANCH RD., HERMANN, MO 65041<br />

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE<br />

DISTRICT 2, ANN WAGNER, 1203 DEVONWORTH DR., TOWN & COUNTRY, MO 63017<br />

DISTRICT 2, PETER PFEIFER, 14361 WILLOW BEND, TOWN & COUNTRY, MO 63017<br />

DISTRICT 3, ARNIE C. AC (ARN) DIENOFF, 1202 BEGONIA DR, OFALLON, MO 63366<br />

DISTRICT 3, CHAD BICKNELL, 14 OZARK LN, ARNOLD, MO 63010<br />

DISTRICT 3, KYLE BONE, 946 STONE GATE DR, DE SOTO, MO 63020<br />

DISTRICT 3, BOB ONDER, 4015 S. HWY 94, AUGUSTA, MO 63332<br />

DISTRICT 3, KURT SCHAEFER, 7525 S WARREN SCHOOL RD., COLUMBIA, MO 65203<br />

DISTRICT 3, JUSTIN HICKS, 131 SOMMERSET CT., O’FALLON, MO 63367<br />

DISTRICT 3, BRUCE A. BOWMAN, 2110 SCENIC DR, JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101<br />

U.S. SENATOR<br />

KARLA MAY, 800 ARLINGTON AVE APT 108, ST. LOUIS, MO 63112<br />

DECEMBER L. HARMON, 4476 W BELLVIEW DRIVE APT B, COLUMBIA, MO 65203<br />

LUCAS KUNCE, 302 N SPRING ST APT C, INDEPENDENCE, MO 64050<br />

MITA BISWAS, 170 FEE FEE RD., #B, MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO 63043<br />

GOVERNOR<br />

ERIC MORRISON, 8805 HUNTER ST, KANSAS CITY, MO 64138<br />

CRYSTAL QUADE, 210 WEST COMMERCIAL ST. STE. C, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65803<br />

SHERYL GLADNEY, 2305 FOX CHASE DR, ST. CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

HOLLIS L LASTER, 5801 BERMUDA DR, NORMANDY, MO 63121<br />

MIKE HAMRA, 4555 E. BERKELEY ST, SPRINGFIELD, MO 65809<br />

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR<br />

RICHARD BROWN, 5130 LAWN AVE, KANSAS CITY, MO 64130<br />

ANASTASIA SYES, 9210 OUTERBELT CT., ST. LOUIS, MO 63121<br />

SECRETARY OF STATE<br />

MONIQUE WILLIAMS, 4268 ENRIGHT AVE, ST. LOUIS, MO 63108<br />

BARBARA PHIFER, 1733 W. WOODBINE AVE, ST. LOUIS, MO 63122<br />

HALEY JACOBSON, 5966 S. CUBA CT., ST. LOUIS, MO 63139<br />

U.S. SENATOR<br />

W.C. YOUNG, 8300 E 88TH TERRACE APT 1003, KANSAS CITY, MO 64138<br />

GOVERNOR<br />

BILL SLANTZ, 1620 CONGRESS WAY, ST CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR<br />

KEN IVERSON, 17 AUVERGNE DR., LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO 63367<br />

SECRETARY OF STATE<br />

CARL HERMAN FREESE, <strong>19</strong>83 FREESE LN, FORISTELL, MO 63348<br />

STATE TREASURER<br />

JOHN A. HARTWIG, JR., 7707 DAVIS DR., CLAYTON, MO 63105-2615<br />

STATE SENATOR<br />

DISTRICT 23, ADAM SCHNELTING, 28 MORNING WIND COURT, ST PETERS, MO 63304<br />

DISTRICT 23, DAN O’CONNELL, 5 CLAIM JUMPER COURT, SAINT PETERS, MO 63376<br />

DISTRICT 23, RICH CHRISMER, 25 BARKWOOD TRAILS DR, ST. PETERS, MO 63376<br />

DISTRICT 23, PHIL CHRISTOFANELLI, 537 SGT PEPPER DR, ST. PETERS, MO 63376<br />

STATE REPRESENTATIVE<br />

DISTRICT 63, TRICIA K. BYRNES, 2804 FAIRWAY ESTATES CT, WENTZVILLE, MO 63385<br />

DISTRICT 64, TONY LOVASCO, 1752 KOCH RD, O’FALLON, MO 63366<br />

DISTRICT 64, DEANNA SELF, 1309 WHISPERING RIVER CT, ST. PAUL, MO 63366<br />

DISTRICT 65, WENDY L. HAUSMAN, 28 FISHERS HILL DRIVE, ST PETERS, MO 63376<br />

DISTRICT 69, SCOTT A. MILLER, 7 POTOMAC CT., ST CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

DISTRICT 102, RICHARD WILLIAM WEST, 4542 HWY Z, WENTZVILLE, MO 63385<br />

DISTRICT 103, DAVE HINMAN, 217 STAGE COACH LANDING DR., ST. PETERS, MO 63376<br />

DISTRICT 104, TERRI VIOLET, 62 BARTLEY ST, ST PETERS, MO 63376<br />

DISTRICT 104, JEREMY J. LLOYD, 109 MEADOW RIDGE CT, ST. PETERS, MO 63376<br />

DISTRICT 105, COLIN WELLENKAMP, 20 DELACROIX PLACE, ST. CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

DISTRICT 106, TRAVIS WILSON, 3492 WAINWRIGHT ST, ST CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

DISTRICT 107, MARK MATTHIESEN, 6910 EMMONS DR., O’FALLON, MO 63368<br />

DISTRICT 108, MAX CALFO, 6102 FOUNTAIN GRASS DR, LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO 63367<br />

DISTRICT 108, MIKE COSTLOW, 2 MONET CT, DARNENNE PRAIRIE, MO 63368<br />

CIRCUIT JUDGE<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 3, ERIN S. BURLISON, 611 LOUGHMOR PASS, WELDON SPRING, MO 63304<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 4, ROBERT CORNEJO, 101 BERRY MANOR CIRCLE, ST. PETERS, MO 63376<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 4, DENNIS R. CHASSANIOL, 813 SNOWBERRY RIDGE DRIVE, O’FALLON, MO 63366<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 4, MATTHEW THORNHILL, 216 HUNTLEIGH CREST DR., ST. CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 5, CHRIS MCDONOUGH, 5730 WRENWYCK PL, WELDON SPRING, MO 63304<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 7, DWAYNE JOHNSON, 2<strong>24</strong> THORN BROOK DR, O FALLON, MO 63366<br />

ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE<br />

CIRCUIT 11, DIV. 13, CRYSTAL BLACKETER, 3200 RIVERCROSSING PL., ST. CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

CIRCUIT 11, DIV. 13, GWENDOLYN GOEKE, 181 ROXBURY DR., O FALLON, MO 63366<br />

CIRCUIT 11, DIV. 13, MITCHELL D. JOHNSON, 206 UPPER MUIRFIELD CT. S., ST. CHARLES, MO 63304<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 13, ERIC J. WULFF, 70 BLAIR PL, ST. CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV. 14, LAWRENCE (LARRY) CHRUM, 551 BARBOUR ST., ST. CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

CIRCUIT 11 DIV.16, VINCENT JOHNSON, 251 CHESTNUT HILL DR., O FALLON, MO 63368<br />

COUNTY COUNCIL<br />

DISTRICT 2, NATHAN BIBB, 514 COPPICE CT., WENTZVILLE, MO 63385<br />

DISTRICT 2, JOE BRAZIL, 20 WALNUT SPRINGS RD., DEFIANCE, MO 63341<br />

DISTRICT 4, DEBBIE COOK, 1275 PINEHURST CLUB CT., O FALLON, MO 63366<br />

DISTRICT 4, DAVE HAMMOND, 16 BURCH LN., O FALLON, MO 63366<br />

DISTRICT 6, PATTI YORK, 81 BLAIR PL., ST. CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

DISTRICT 6, MISSY PALITZSCH, 515 N. BENTON AVE., ST. CHARLES, MO 63301<br />

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY<br />

JOSEPH G. MCCULLOCH, SR., 32 EXPEDITION TRAIL CT., ST. CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES<br />

STATE TREASURER<br />

MARK OSMACK, 878 TOTEM WOODS CT., MANCHESTER, MO 63021<br />

ATTORNEY GENERAL<br />

ELAD JONATHAN GROSS, 626 DOVER PL, ST. LOUIS, MO 63111<br />

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE<br />

DISTRICT 2, RAY HARTMANN, 8035 TOWNES WAY, RICHMOND HEIGHTS, MO 63117<br />

DISTRICT 2, CHUCK SUMMERS, 3015 NETTIE DR, ST. LOUIS, MO 63129<br />

DISTRICT 3, BETHANY E. MANN, 8820 MADGE AVE, BRENTWOOD, MO 63144<br />

DISTRICT 3, ANDREW DALY, 214 S RAVINE ST, FULTON, MO 65251<br />

STATE SENATOR<br />

DISTRICT 23, MATT WILLIAMS, 7 HAYWOOD COURT, ST CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

STATE REPRESENTATIVE<br />

DISTRICT 63, JENNA ROBERSON, 705 CHERYL ANN DRIVE, WENTZVILLE, MO 63385<br />

DISTRICT 64, CHERYL HIBBELER, 8<strong>19</strong> LAURA LEE DR, O FALLON, MO 63366<br />

DISTRICT 69, CHRIS CHAPMAN, 3520 CHERVIL DR, ST. CHARLES, MO 63303<br />

DISTRICT 102, ALEX HISSONG, 838 RIDGETOP CIRCLE, ST. CHARLES, MO 63304<br />

DISTRICT 103, LIZZ CALLAHAN, <strong>19</strong> BRISTOL VALLEY CT, ST. PETERS, MO 63376<br />

LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES<br />

ATTORNEY GENERAL<br />

RYAN L. MUNRO, 147<strong>24</strong> APPALACHIAN TRAIL, CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017<br />

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE<br />

DISTRICT 2, BRANDON DAUGHERTY, 1<strong>19</strong>2 SITTING BULL DR, O’FALLON, MO 63366<br />

DISTRICT 3, JORDAN ROWDEN, 610 10TH ST, VIENNA, MO 65582<br />

TOWNSHIP COMMITTEEMAN<br />

O FALLON, BRANDON DAUGHERTY, 1<strong>19</strong>2 SITTING BULL DR., O FALLON, MO 63366<br />

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FAMILY & KIDS<br />

Experience a journey of discovery at the<br />

National Museum of Transportation<br />

By Kate Uptergrove<br />

The year was <strong>19</strong>44 and America’s only four-term president,<br />

Franklin D. Roosevelt, was in the White House. In<br />

the only all-St. Louis World Series, the so-called Streetcar<br />

Series, the Cardinals defeated the Browns to claim their<br />

fifth Series title. In Europe, World War II was raging.<br />

On June 6, American troops invaded Normandy, France;<br />

in December, they began the last major offensive campaign<br />

on the Western Front at the Battle of the Bulge.<br />

At home, Americans supported the war effort with scrap<br />

metal drives – and that is where this story begins.<br />

Against a background of historic events, Dr. John Payne<br />

Roberts caught wind of an action that threatened to obliterate<br />

part of St. Louis’ transportation legacy. A local transit<br />

company was set to donate a mule-drawn streetcar known<br />

as Bellefontaine #33 to a scrap drive. Roberts knew he<br />

couldn’t let that happen.<br />

The streetcar wasn’t particularly special. In fact, it was<br />

rather ordinary – in the late 1800s, it had carried passengers<br />

from St. Louis City to north St. Louis County – but<br />

The museum’s Creation Station is a hands-on learning and<br />

play area for children five and younger. (Source: TNMOT)<br />

it was in danger of being lost for all time. Roberts and his<br />

mentor, Dr. John R. Smith, acted quickly to save it.<br />

Bellefontaine #33 was the first acquisition of the St.<br />

Louis Railway Historical Society. Today, it’s called The<br />

National Museum of Transportation (TNMOT) and its<br />

collection of trains, planes and automobiles is recognized<br />

as the largest collection of transportation vehicles in the<br />

world. Plus it’s built on real train tracks and has a real<br />

tunnel, albeit one that is no longer in service.<br />

“But the Union Pacific rail line actually runs right behind<br />

the upper part of the museum’s property so guests can hear<br />

the Union Pacific trains multiple times a day,” assured Jessica<br />

Hood, the museum’s manager of guest experiences.<br />

Trains, trains and more trains<br />

They say opposites attract and two of the most popular<br />

exhibits fit that description perfectly. On one end is the Union<br />

Pacific “Big Boy,” which is considered to be the world’s largest<br />

successful steam locomotive. It was used to haul heavy<br />

freight trains over the mountains between Cheyenne, Wyoming,<br />

and Ogden, Utah. Weighing in at 600 tons, it’s a lot<br />

larger than the museum’s fan favorite miniature train.<br />

Hop aboard the Wm. F. Ross Special Miniature Train<br />

and you’ll be able to view a substantial portion of the<br />

museum’s property during a 20-minute narrated trip. The<br />

train departs at the top of every hour. Ride tickets are $6<br />

per person on top of the $16 adult ($8 child) entry fee.<br />

“We are actually in the process of upgrading to a new<br />

locomotive for the miniature train so that’s very exciting,”<br />

Hood said.<br />

The best way to check on special events, such as the new<br />

locomotive’s arrival, is to follow the museum on Facebook,<br />

or check out its website (tnmot.org). On the website, transportation<br />

enthusiasts can read about the museum’s collection,<br />

and under the Youth & Family tab, under “Explore,”<br />

get insider information in a series of short videos, dubbed<br />

Speedy McWheels Adventures.<br />

One of the trains featured in the Speedy McWheels series<br />

Miniature train at the transportation museum. (Source: TNMOT)<br />

is the “Daniel Nason,” the oldest steam locomotive in the<br />

museum’s collection and one of the oldest surviving locomotives<br />

in the nation. Built in 1863, it was powered by coal<br />

although the organizers of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair<br />

disguised it to look like an older wood-burning locomotive.<br />

You can’t board the Daniel Nason but Hood said there<br />

are a dozen or so trains on display that visitors can board<br />

and explore.<br />

“Any of them with a yellow set of stairs are ones that<br />

guests can board. These trains feature signage about what<br />

life was like when riding as a passenger,” Hood said.<br />

Guided tours, available each day at 10 a.m., weather<br />

permitting, also help guests to understand the significance<br />

of the museum’s extensive 70-piece locomotive collection,<br />

most of which is under cover at the Roberts Pavilion.<br />

When tours are not in session, a tour guide is on hand at the<br />

pavilion to answer any questions guests might have.<br />

Automotive innovation<br />

From jet engines to cars powered by the sun, guests can<br />

find modern marvels alongside vintage vehicles in the<br />

museum’s automotive collection.<br />

One of the biggest draws is a fully restored Chrysler turbine<br />

car, one of only eight left in the country.<br />

According to museum records, a total of 55 turbine cars<br />

were built by the Chrysler Corporation. The body of the<br />

car was handmade by Ghia, an Italian Design Studio, and<br />

then shipped to the United States where the engine was<br />

1.<br />

2.<br />

3.<br />

IMAGINE • TRY • EXPLORE<br />

Imagine yourself as a stunt pilot. The Adventure Pod at the St. Louis Science Center simulates the experience of being in a propellerdriven<br />

stunt aircraft doing tricks at an airshow. The experience is suitable for all ages; however, guests under 42 inches in height must<br />

be accompanied by an adult aged 18 or older. Learn more at slcl.org.<br />

Try making ice cream in honor of National Dairy Month – no machine is needed. Find the recipe and learn more about the rich history of<br />

dairy in St. Louis by reading “Sweet treats to celebrate National Dairy Month” at midriversnewsmagazine.com.<br />

Explore what’s new at the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station during National Zoo and Aquarium Month. Did<br />

you know that the first American zoo opened in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1874? The St. Louis Zoo originated as the Zoological<br />

Society of St. Louis in <strong>19</strong>10. The St. Louis Aquarium is just a kid. It opened in 2020. To learn more about the St. Louis Zoo, visit stlzoo.<br />

org. To learn more about the St. Louis Aquarium, including admission costs, visit stlouisaquarium.com.


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installed. Five cars were built in <strong>19</strong>62 as<br />

prototypes used for troubleshooting, and<br />

each was slightly different from the others.<br />

A total of 50 identical turbine cars were<br />

built between October <strong>19</strong>63 and October<br />

<strong>19</strong>64. They were all two-door hardtop<br />

coupes with power brakes and power<br />

steering. All were painted identically with<br />

a color known as “Turbine Bronze.” The<br />

engine that powered the turbine car could<br />

operate on many different fuels, required<br />

less maintenance and lasted longer than the<br />

piston engine.<br />

More recently, the museum began showcasing<br />

the 2008 solar car designed by students<br />

at Principia College. In 2022, the<br />

college’s solar car team placed first in the<br />

American Solar Car Challenge, a competition<br />

to design, build, and drive solar-powered<br />

cars in a cross-country time/distance<br />

rally event. Annually, teams compete over<br />

a 1,500-2,000 mile course between multiple<br />

cities across the country.<br />

This year’s challenge takes place in July<br />

with competitors arriving at Southern Illinois<br />

University Edwardsville on July 21.<br />

The cars will be available for viewing from<br />

6-8 p.m. on campus and will depart the following<br />

morning with a checkpoint in Jefferson<br />

City on July 22.<br />

New plane acquisition<br />

New to the museums collection of planes<br />

is an F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet built in St.<br />

Louis by Boeing.<br />

The Super Hornet is a U.S. navy carrierbased,<br />

supersonic fighter jet.<br />

As weather and time allows, volunteers<br />

are working to restore the jet on the museum’s<br />

parking lot. Funds are also being<br />

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St. Louis Community College helps geospatial technology careers take flight<br />

Mapping technology comes with certain<br />

expectations. We expect it to work,<br />

be accurate, adapt when we fail to follow<br />

instructions and get us back on course.<br />

But how does all of that happen?<br />

“There’s a whole lot of science and<br />

knowledge getting us to that point,” said<br />

Stephen W. White, EdD, president and<br />

chief academic officer for St. Louis<br />

Community College - Wildwood.<br />

“People follow directions programmed<br />

into their phones. That’s GIS (geospatial<br />

information systems) at work,” White<br />

said. “Experts plotted those geographic<br />

coordinates into a digital format so that<br />

our phones could read them and take us<br />

where we wanted to go.”<br />

Traditionally, those experts needed<br />

graduate-level coursework to work in<br />

the field, White said. But now, students<br />

at both STLCC-Wildwood and STLCC-<br />

Florissant Valley can take courses that<br />

will open doors to geospatial technology-related<br />

careers – with more courses<br />

coming soon.<br />

Currently, the college offers four geospatial<br />

technology (GST) courses. GST<br />

101 and GST 201 focus on the industrystandard<br />

ArcGIS mapping products and<br />

their various modules for exploratory<br />

Learning to pilot unmanned aircraft is among<br />

the newest course options at STLCC-<br />

Wildwood and STLCC-Florissant Valley.<br />

(Source: STLCC)<br />

research and spatial analysis. GST 102 and<br />

GST 150 concentrate on drone technology.<br />

The former equips students to earn the Part<br />

107 Remote Pilot’s License from the Federal<br />

Aviation Administration, which is required<br />

for commercial drone operation. The latter<br />

delves into the drone operation skills essential<br />

for demanding tasks such as site surveys,<br />

inspections, search and rescue operations, as<br />

well as drone photography and videography.<br />

Soon, the college will expand these<br />

courses to three new certificate programs.<br />

This effort is supported by more than $1.75<br />

million in funding from Congress and the<br />

state of Missouri.<br />

STLCC’s new programs include:<br />

• A commercial drone pilot training, featuring<br />

coursework offered in traditional<br />

classroom settings and new netted structures<br />

being built at STLCC-Wildwood and<br />

STLCC-Florissant Valley.<br />

• A survey technician program that will<br />

result in a certificate of specialization and<br />

include classroom and field training using<br />

drones and other state-of-the-art equipment.<br />

• A geographical information systems<br />

(GIS) certificate of specialization.<br />

White said the catalyst for the college’s<br />

new programs resulted from a conversation<br />

he had about six years ago when he was<br />

dean of science, technology, engineering<br />

and math at STLCC-Florissant Valley.<br />

Since then, the college has made significant<br />

progress, investing in six new buildings<br />

across four campuses as part of its<br />

STLCC Transformed initiative. At Wildwood,<br />

a new Health Sciences and Technology<br />

Center is under construction, while at<br />

Florissant Valley, the campus is adding both<br />

an Advanced Manufacturing Center and a<br />

Nursing and Health Sciences Center. When<br />

these buildings open, students will benefit<br />

from hands-on, real-world experiences<br />

taught in state-of-the-art facilities.<br />

“Students who complete our GST courses<br />

will have employable skills they can leverage<br />

for jobs in construction, surveying and<br />

other sectors that require proficiency in<br />

GIS,” he said. “With the industry’s expansion,<br />

students might also opt to advance<br />

their education by pursuing a bachelor’s<br />

degree at a four-year college or university.”<br />

While GIS and drone operations are a<br />

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• State-of-the-art STEM labs.<br />

• Space to double the capacity of Wildwood’s<br />

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• New programs such as advanced imaging<br />

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from left: Alex Martin, Douglas Martin, County Executive Dr. Sam Page, Kevin Alm,<br />

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A ground breaking for a new $10 million<br />

luxury hangar complex at Spirit of St.<br />

Louis Airport, Spirit Sky Club, was held<br />

on June 7. Spirit Sky Club was founded<br />

by two father-son duos, Douglas and<br />

Alexander Martin, and Kevin and Griffin<br />

Alm. They decided to pursue the business,<br />

both as a fun project and to help alleviate<br />

a hangar shortage. Spirit Sky Club will<br />

include 28 hangars accommodating singleengine<br />

aircraft, twin-engine aircraft and<br />

light business jets. The new facility will be<br />

located at the northern portion of the field<br />

near Runway 26R and will have private<br />

parking and fenced-in security for safety.<br />

• • •<br />

The Home Builders Association (HBA),<br />

on behalf of the Home Builders Charitable<br />

Foundation, presented a $13,868 donation<br />

to St. Peters Senior Citizen Corporation<br />

grant writer and resident Frances Kern. The<br />

donation will be used to replace a roof on<br />

one apartment building and repair roofs on<br />

the other 12 buildings. St. Peters Senior Citizen<br />

Corporation operates St. Peters Senior<br />

Village, an independent living community<br />

of 52 apartments for low-income senior<br />

citizens. The HBA is a local trade association<br />

of more than 600 member firms representing<br />

the residential construction industry.<br />

The Home Builders Charitable Foundation<br />

is the HBA’s charitable arm, is a nonprofit<br />

organization dedicated to providing housing<br />

assistance to people or organizations with<br />

special shelter needs.<br />

• • •<br />

The emergency room at SSM Health St.<br />

Joseph Hospital – Wentzville has doubled<br />

its bed capacity to 14 private rooms, along<br />

with a renovated emergency care department<br />

with faster delivery of health care<br />

services. People who need mental health<br />

services and general health services can be<br />

seen on-site in the redesigned emergency<br />

department.<br />

PEOPLE<br />

New Perspective, a senior living company,<br />

hired Kelly Gano to lead its Weldon<br />

Spring location, which opens in August.<br />

Gano, a Missouri native, brings more than<br />

26 years of senior living industry leadership<br />

experience to New Perspective. Founded in<br />

<strong>19</strong>98, New Perspective is a family-owned<br />

company that develops, owns and operates<br />

40 senior living communities in the country.<br />

For more information call (636) 229-<br />

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• • •<br />

The Economic Development Council of<br />

St. Charles County announced the promotion<br />

of Amanda Schaub to assistant vice<br />

president of business incubation and community<br />

engagement. Schaub joined the<br />

EDC in 2016 and manages its large-scale<br />

events and special projects. She oversees<br />

the MO’ Cowbell Marathon, the Economic<br />

Development Awards Luncheon,<br />

Holiday Celebration and STEM Awards<br />

Breakfast.<br />

• • •<br />

Brian Whittle, CPA, joins Fort Zumwalt<br />

School District this month as chief<br />

financial officer. Whittle comes to the<br />

district from the private sector, where<br />

he worked as an account executive in<br />

the employee health and benefits division<br />

of a global insurance firm. Prior to<br />

that, Whittle spent 10 years as the finance<br />

director at Parkway School District and<br />

has spent time in municipal government.<br />

Whittle replaces Jeff Orr, who is retiring<br />

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St. Charles Riverwalk Market is from<br />

7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday mornings<br />

through Nov. 30 at the Foundry Art Centre<br />

Parking Lot, 520 N. Main Center in St.<br />

Charles, featuring fresh produce and crafts<br />

from local vendors, live music and more.<br />

For details, visit stcharlescitymo.gov/1132/<br />

The-St-Charles-Riverwalk-Market.<br />

• • •<br />

St. Charles Flea and Artisan Market<br />

is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second Saturday<br />

of every month through December<br />

at St. Charles City Hall (upper level of<br />

parking garage), 200 N. Second St. in St.<br />

Charles. For details, visit stcharlesflea.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Humorous Art Show is on display<br />

through Sunday, July 14 at the St. Peters<br />

Cultural Arts Centre, 1 Saint Peters Centre<br />

Blvd. For details, visit stpetersmo.net/artscenter.<br />

​• • •<br />

O’Fallon Theatre Works presents<br />

“Mean Girls” at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and<br />

Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, June<br />

21-30 at O’Fallon City Hall, 100 N. Main<br />

St. This show contains content involving<br />

emotional and physical bullying. It is recommended<br />

for ages 13 and up. Resident<br />

cost is $14, non-resident cost is $16. Tickets<br />

at ofallon.mo.us/otw.<br />

​• • •<br />

The Missouri Ink Tattoo Exhibition is<br />

from July 7-Aug. <strong>24</strong> at The Foundry, 520<br />

N. Main Center in St. Charles. The opening<br />

reception is from 5-8 p.m. on July 7. For<br />

details, visit foundryartcentre.org/20<strong>24</strong>-<br />

missouri-ink.<br />

​• • •<br />

Shakespeare’s Performance in the<br />

Park - “The Tempest” is at 6:30 p.m. on<br />

Thursday, Aug. 8 at O’Day Park Amphitheater,<br />

1000 O’Day Park Drive in O’Fallon.<br />

Food trucks will be on site. Free admission<br />

and parking. For details, visit ofallon.<br />

mo.us.<br />

BENEFITS<br />

The Kaufman Fund Golf Tournament<br />

is on Monday, July 22 at Whitmoor Country<br />

Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in Weldon<br />

Spring. Details and reservations at one.<br />

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• • •<br />

Support Our Troops Supply Drive<br />

is from Aug. 5-Sept. 11 at the O’Fallon<br />

Municipal Centre, 100 N. Main St.; the<br />

Renaud Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle and<br />

the O’Fallon Justice Center, 10<strong>19</strong> Bryan<br />

Road. Drop off personal care items and<br />

snacks for deployed U.S. troops. Monetary<br />

donations to sponsor shipping costs should<br />

be made payable to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care.<br />

For details, visit ofallon.mo.us/volunteer.<br />

CONCERTS/FESTIVALS<br />

O’Fallon Jammin’ Concert Series is<br />

from 6:30-9 p.m. on Tuesdays through<br />

Aug. 6 at the Civic Park Bandstand, 403<br />

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

and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions<br />

will be available. Bring chairs or<br />

blankets for lawn seating. For the full concert<br />

calendar, visit ofallon.mo.us/jammin.<br />

​• • •<br />

Beale Street Concert Series is from<br />

6-8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the<br />

month every month through October in<br />

the Streets of St. Charles, 1520 S. Fifth<br />

Street. Bring a lawn chair, but no coolers<br />

or outside food or drink. Free event. To see<br />

a complete schedule and band lineup, visit<br />

discoverstcharles.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

St. Peters’ Sunset Concert Series is<br />

from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on select Friday nights<br />

through September at 370 Lakeside Park in<br />

St. Peters. Free event. See the full concert<br />

schedule at stpetersmo.net/sunset.<br />

​• • •<br />

Hot Summer Nights is from 6-10 p.m.<br />

on the second Saturday of the month<br />

through September on Second Street<br />

between Morgan St. and Decatur streets in<br />

Frenchtown. Food trucks, local breweries<br />

and live music at 7 p.m. For details, visit<br />

stcharlescitymo.gov.<br />

​• • •<br />

Twilight Market is from 3-7 p.m. on<br />

the 2nd Saturday of every month through<br />

November at 301 Main St. in St. Peters,<br />

featuring artists, makers, vendors, musicians,<br />

food and drink. Free event. For<br />

details, visit stpetersmo.net.<br />

​• • •<br />

Dardenne Prairie Summer Concerts<br />

are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Fridays at<br />

City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road. Bring<br />

seating. Concessions will be available<br />

for purchase. June 21 - Joe Dirt and the<br />

Dirty Boys Band. July <strong>19</strong> - Trixie Delight.<br />

Aug. 16 - Dr. Zhivegas. For details, visit<br />

dardenneprairie.org/parks_and_recreation/events.<br />

​• • •<br />

St. Peters’ Sunset Saturday is at 4:30<br />

p.m. (doors open at 3 p.m.) on Saturday,<br />

June 22 at 370 Lakeside Park in St. Peters,<br />

featuring Butch Wax & The Hollywoods,<br />

The Charles Glenn Group and fireworks.<br />

For details, visit stpetersmo.net/sunset.<br />

​• • •<br />

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2. What challenges do you see with K-12<br />

education in Missouri?<br />

Schnelting: The most common concern I<br />

hear from my constituents is that their kids<br />

are being exposed to, or even indoctrinated<br />

with, ideologies that are adverse to those<br />

of their own families. K-12 is not a college<br />

classroom where you can weigh all sorts<br />

of ideologies to gain a greater understanding<br />

of cultural influences. Children should<br />

not be exposed to controversial ideologies<br />

in grade school. They should be learning<br />

reading, writing, math, etc. Our children<br />

cannot afford our silence on this issue. I<br />

have a record of fighting for our kids and<br />

will continue to do that in the Senate.<br />

O’Connell: Extremist national politics<br />

don’t have a place in our classrooms<br />

and only hinder effective teaching methods<br />

and student outcomes. We want to<br />

promote innovative teaching methods<br />

that value common sense through a balanced<br />

and pragmatic approach. Missouri<br />

is currently ranked 21st in standardized<br />

testing, which is a great testament to the<br />

dedication of our teachers who are ranked<br />

50th in pay. This is not how a capitalist<br />

society rewards dedication and professionalism.<br />

We need leaders that focus on<br />

our teacher welfare and student outcomes.<br />

Our children need food and healthcare,<br />

not government oversight on bathroom<br />

and reading habits.<br />

Chrismer: The lack of academic excellence<br />

and achievement is very apparent in<br />

our public schools. Our children deserve<br />

a proper education that prepares them for<br />

their future. They need to be challenged<br />

for their own sake. Reading and math<br />

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attention. If you can read proficiently,<br />

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in these basic skills.<br />

Christofanelli: Too many schools are<br />

focused on woke politics over quality education.<br />

Many parents feel that they do not<br />

have adequate options when it comes to<br />

selecting the best educational environment<br />

for their children. Tremendous strides were<br />

made by the successful passage of my legislation<br />

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3. If elected, what are you going to do to<br />

ensure a stable Missouri economy?<br />

Schnelting: I will continue to responsibly<br />

cut taxes and unnecessary regulatory burdens.<br />

Having voted for one of the largest<br />

tax cuts in state history, I’m committed to<br />

ensuring that government lives within its<br />

means just like my constituents are forced<br />

to do every single day. If many of my constituents<br />

are forced to cut their budgets and<br />

forgo luxuries that they would prefer, state<br />

government should not be exempt from<br />

this kind of fiscal restraint.<br />

O’Connell: The only way government<br />

can truly grow an economy is to create<br />

careers, not just low-wage temporary jobs.<br />

Instead of trying to attract warehouse<br />

jobs that want cheap unskilled labor, we<br />

should be incentivizing skilled work that<br />

pays well enough to live in this county.<br />

Missouri is the intersection of nearly<br />

every highway, railroad and waterway<br />

in the United States. Companies should<br />

be incentivized to sponsor employees<br />

through nationally recognized certifications<br />

and training programs. With a thoroughly<br />

trained, career-ready population,<br />

manufacturers will seek out Missouri as<br />

their new base of operations.<br />

Chrismer: As the longest-serving state<br />

representative from St. Charles on the<br />

State Budget Committee, I am aware of the<br />

need for fiscal responsibility as the state<br />

manages the people’s money. In the last<br />

three years, the state budget has increased<br />

by 73%, with not much to show for this<br />

increased spending besides more taxes.<br />

Other conservative states have run budgets<br />

that improve the lives of their citizens with<br />

a less burdensome tax base. The Republican<br />

General Assembly should be a leader<br />

in running a conservative spending agenda,<br />

and with my experience in tax relief, we<br />

can do better.<br />

Christofanelli: Fiscal responsibility in<br />

the legislature and a pro-business environment<br />

across the state are critical for our<br />

economy’s success. I will always fight for<br />

a balanced budget and oppose massive<br />

spending bills our state can’t afford. To<br />

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will strive to reduce regulatory burdens<br />

on businesses and lower the cost of doing<br />

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environment and ensuring fiscal<br />

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New Town Concert Series featuring<br />

“Ticket to the Beatles” is from 7-10 p.m. on<br />

Saturday, June 22 at the New Town Amphitheater,<br />

3312 Rue Royale in St. Charles.<br />

Bring seating. Free event. For details, visit<br />

discoverstcharles.com/events.<br />

​• • •<br />

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

June 23 and 30 on South Main Street in St.<br />

Charles. A rotating line-up of guest musicians<br />

stroll through the historic district.<br />

​• • •<br />

Celebrating America’s Music is at 3<br />

p.m. on Sunday, June 23 at Dardenne Presbyterian<br />

Church, 7400 S. Outer 364. The<br />

concert features the Chancel Choir and<br />

instrumentalists of Dardenne Presbyterian<br />

Church and musicians from the community.<br />

Free event.<br />

​• • •<br />

Food Truck Event is from 5-8 p.m. on<br />

Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Blanchette Park, <strong>19</strong>00<br />

W. Randolph in St. Charles. Enjoy live<br />

entertainment and local food truck vendors.<br />

Some trucks may be cash only. Bring seating.<br />

Free event. No alcoholic beverages or glass<br />

allowed. No pets, except service animals. For<br />

details, visit discoverstcharles.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

Festival of the Little Hills is from 4-10<br />

p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16; from 9 a.m.-10<br />

p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 and from 9<br />

a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 on Main<br />

Street and Frontier Park in Historic St.<br />

Charles, featuring over 300 arts and crafts<br />

vendors, nonprofit organizations and entertainment.<br />

Free event. No pets allowed<br />

except service animals. For details, visit<br />

festivalofthelittlehills.com.<br />

​• • •<br />

The Tattoo Arts and Crafts Fair is<br />

from 2-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 and from<br />

noon-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. <strong>24</strong> at The<br />

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

St. Charles. The Foundry and Oasis Studio<br />

and Gallery are teaming up for this parttattoo,<br />

part-convention, part-arts-and-crafts<br />

fair. Food trucks, live music and more. For<br />

details, visit foundryartcentre.org.<br />

FAMILY & KIDS<br />

Friday Night Public Stargazing begins<br />

at sunset or 7 p.m. on clear Friday nights<br />

at the Broemmelsiek Park Astronomy Site,<br />

1593 Schwede Road in Wentzville. Join<br />

the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri<br />

at the astronomy viewing area for<br />

free educational programs for the entire<br />

family. Viewing begins at sunset and can<br />

last into the night. Advanced registration is<br />

requested for groups of 10 or more. Free<br />

event. For details, visit asemonline.org.<br />

​• • •<br />

Art Clinic is from 2-5 p.m. on Fridays<br />

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

Saint Peters Centre Blvd. All artists are<br />

welcome to attend. Advanced registration<br />

is not required. Bring supplies and a current<br />

project or start something new. Professional<br />

artist, Jerry Thomas will give<br />

hands-on guidance and instruction. $12<br />

for Cultural Arts Centre members and<br />

non-members. For details or to register,<br />

call (314) 878-3048 or visit stpetersmo.<br />

net/<strong>24</strong>2/Art-Classes-Programs.<br />

​• • •<br />

Dive-In Movie - “Encanto” is at 7:30 p.m.<br />

on Friday, July <strong>19</strong> at Blanchette Aquatic<br />

Facility, <strong>19</strong>00 Randolph in St. Charles.<br />

Movie snacks and beverages will be available<br />

for purchase. No outside food or drinks<br />

are allowed. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased<br />

in advance. Register at stcharlesparks.<br />

com/blanchette-aquatic-facility.<br />

​• • •<br />

Summer Sendoff is from 1-4 p.m. on<br />

Sunday, Aug. 11 at O’Day Park (Adventure<br />

Playground), 1000 O’Day Park Drive<br />

in O’Fallon. Celebrate the end of summer<br />

and the start of school with hot dogs from<br />

Pappy’s Well-Dressed Frank and treats<br />

from Lulu’s Shaved Ice & Creamery. There<br />

will be a variety of activities courtesy of the<br />

Renaud Center. Event admission and parking<br />

are free. For details, visit ofallon.mo.us.<br />

SPECIAL INTEREST<br />

St. Charles County Pachyderm Club<br />

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

Family Grill, 3782 Monticello Plaza Drive<br />

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

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

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

​• • •<br />

The Wentzville Veteran’s Coffee<br />

group meets at 9 a.m. every second and<br />

fourth Wednesday at the Wentzville Senior<br />

Center, 500 Great Oaks Blvd. Join for<br />

some comradery and coffee. For details,<br />

visit wentzvillemo.gov.<br />

​• • •<br />

Cottleville/Weldon Spring Rotary<br />

Club meets at noon every Wednesday<br />

at Bemo’s, 5373 Hwy. N. in Cottleville.<br />

RSVP to Toddrasche01@gmail.com.<br />

Details at cwsrotary.org.<br />

​• • •<br />

Saving America 20<strong>24</strong>: The Economy<br />

& The Courts is from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on<br />

Tuesday, June 25 at the Funny Bone,1520<br />

S. Fifth St. in Saint Charles. Expert speakers<br />

sharing insights and opinions with<br />

a discussion on the future of America’s<br />

economy and the impact of the courts. Free<br />

event. To reserve seats, visit eventbrite.<br />

com and search, “Saving America 20<strong>24</strong>:<br />

The Economy & The Courts.”<br />

​• • •<br />

The Missouri Numismatic Society hosts<br />

its 64th Annual July Coin Show from<br />

Thursday July 18 starting at 10 a.m. to<br />

Saturday July 20 ending at 4 p.m. at the St.<br />

Charles Convention Center. Scotsman will<br />

hold an auction on Friday starting at 5 p.m.<br />

Admission and parking are free. There will<br />

be numismatic exhibits, young numismatist<br />

activities and prizes. The Missouri Numismatic<br />

Society, founded in <strong>19</strong>38, is the oldest<br />

education numismatic society in Missouri.<br />

​• • •<br />

Beginner Embroidery - Lavender<br />

is from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 at<br />

The Foundry, 520 N. Main Center in St.<br />

Charles. Participants will learn the stem<br />

stitch, running stitch and French knot as<br />

they embroider a bouquet of lavender. Supplies<br />

are provided. Cost is $75. To register,<br />

visit foundryartcentre.org.<br />

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