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Number 20• Volume 5 Serving St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln, Montgomery, Gasconade, and Audrain Counties January 16, 2009 • Weekly•35¢

New Opportunities for                                                                                                                         Obituaries
Warrenton Area Chamber                                                                                                                         The following obituary notices
                                                                                                                                                are included on pages 12-14.
Members This Year                                                                                                                                Catherine Aguirre, 65, Wen-
                                                                                                                                              tzville, technology teacher.
                                                                                                                                                 Betty Bridges, 76, High Hill,
                                                                                                                                              furniture co. worker.
                                                                                                                                                 Melvin Bohmer, 88, Louisi-
                                                                                                                                              ana, MO.
                                                                                                                                                 Orville Cochran, 80, War-
                                                                                                                                              rensburg,         pharmeceutical
                                                                                                                                              manufacturing worker.
                                                                                                                                                 Catherine Doggett, 88,
                                                                                                                                              Bland, homemaker.
                                                                                                                                                 Mildred Dott, 92, Elsberry,
                                                                                                                                              homemaker.
                                                                                                                                                 Jerry Flynn, 69, Wellsville,
                                                                                                                                              veteran, farmer.
                                                                                                                                                 Earl Gooch, 78, Albuquer-
                                                                                                                                              que, New Mexico, veteran,
                                                                                                                                              foreman.
                                                                                                                                                 “JR” Irvin, 59, Moscow Mills,
                                                                                                                                              book warehouse co. worker.
                                                                                    David Zigo, Principal of the Firm                            Connie Jones, 56, Warren-
                                                                                                                                              ton, Parent as Teachers edu-
                                                                                                                                              cator.
                                                                                                                                                 Dorothy Kelsick, 75, New
                Jan Olearnick, Executive Director,
             Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce
                                                                   Warrenton CPA Firm                                                         Florence, business owner.
                                                                                                                                                 Forrest Krause, 83, vet-
                                                                                                                                              eran.
   What can Warrenton Area of Boonslick Regional Planning
Chamber of Commerce do to who imparted some excellent
                                                                   Experiences Growth                                                            Tom Lowery, 73, O’Fallon,
                                                                                                                                              contractor.
                                                                                                                                                 Carla Musgrave, 85, Wentz-
top their exceptional growth knowledge in the fields of State                                                                                 ville, practical nurse.
                                                                       Local tax firm Zigo and As-      turns. The recession is prompt-          Edna Nadler, 86, Augusta,
in 2009? we asked Jan Ole- and regional economic devel-            sociates located at 283 Vet-         ing the businesses to file early      nurses aid.
arnick, Executive Director of opment.                              erans Memorial Parkway in            to get any refunds that may be           Mary Parrino, 91, Wentz-
the Chamber of Commerce in          “Christopher’s presentation                                                                               ville, homemaker.
                                                                   Warrenton, has experienced           available to them if they have           Emmett        Rufkahr,    90,
Warrenton.     “We started the was highly informative. He ad-      a great year in 2008. With the       taken a loss in 2008,” said Da-       O’Fallon, veteran, farmer,
new year off with a tremendous dressed why we should market        acquisition of a new firm and        vid Zigo, principal of the tax        truck driver.
Economic Development meet- our businesses more in this                                                                                           Ursula Schmucker, 88,
                                                                   the addition of two new CPAs,        firm.                                 Ozark, MO.
ing that was attended not only downturn so we can take ad-         Zigo and Associates is poised            “Our expansion and acqui-            Melvin Sieber, 79, Troy, vet-
by the majority of the Chamber vantage of the growth in the        to take advantage of their ex-       sition has enabled us to offer        eran, Anheuser-Busch worker.
members but also several City recovery that will follow. Steve                                                                                   Cynthia Young, 54, Wil-
                                                                   panded resources in helping          more services to our custom-
and County officials from Mont- addressed a number of ways                                                                                    liamsburg.
                                                                   businesses gain a competitive        ers and we are also able to                 This list sponsored by:
gomery and Warren Counties. we can market Warren County
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Our presenters for the day were to interest outside investments    and businesses are gearing up
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  The Focus News Troy                     Man Sentenced to Prison for                                                                                                        indictment are merely accusa-
                                                                                                                                                                             tions, and each defendant is
    Weekly Publication
Focus News, LLC                      Manufacturing Meth in Lincoln County                                                                                                    presumed innocent until and
                                                                                                                                                                             unless proven guilty.
P.O. Box 32066
St. Louis, MO 63132                     Ralph Knox was sentenced                    this dangerous drug.”                     Judge Rodney W. Sippel.
Phone: (314) 713-2400
                                     to 130 months in prison on                         “We continue to thank the                 His brother, JOSEPH R.                         Illegal Alien
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                                     charges of possession of pseu-
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                                                                                    hard work of the United States
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                                                                                                                              KNOX, pled guilty last week to
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                                     amine, United States Attorney
                                     Catherine L. Hanaway and
                                                                                    drug manufacturers from Lin-
                                                                                    coln County,” added Sheriff
                                                                                                                              used to manufacture a con-
                                                                                                                              trolled substance, in a separate
                                                                                                                                                                                 Six Years in
Susan HadjiBabai                     Lincoln County Sheriff Michael
                                     Krigbaum announced.
                                                                                    Mike Krigbaum.
                                                                                        RALPH KNOX, Troy, Mis-
                                                                                                                              case, and waits sentencing on                    Federal Prison
Assistant Editor                                                                                                              March 24, 2009.                                    Lazaro Lopez-Cruz was
                                        “Mr. Knox was in posses-                    souri, was sentenced to 130                   Hanaway commended the
Sandy Coffer                                                                                                                                                                 sentenced to 77 months in
Graphic Designer                     sion of pseudoephedrine to                     months in prison on one felony            work performed on the case                     prison for illegal re-entry United
                                     make methamphetamine last                      count of possession of pseu-              by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s
Maqsud Mir                                                                                                                                                                   States Attorney Catherine L.
Advertising Manager                  September in Lincoln County,”                  doephedrine knowing that it               Department, the Warren Coun-                   Hanaway announced.
                                     said Hanaway. “This office will                would be used to manufacture              ty Sheriff’s Department and the
Brandy Pecor                                                                                                                                                                     On February 25, 2008, Lo-
Advertising                          continue to assist Sheriff Krig-               a controlled substance. He ap-            St. Charles County Regional                    pez-Cruz was arrested by the
                                     baum and his officers by pros-                 peared today for sentencing               Drug Task Force.
Deadline: Wednesday prior to                                                                                                                                                 Mexico Police Department in
                                     ecuting those who manufacture                  before United States District
publication at noon.                                                                                                                                                         Mexico, Missouri, on a local
                                                                                                                                                                             charge of assault and robbery
Letters to the editor must be
signed with a phone number for
                                     Warrenton Woman Claims $10,000 Powerball Prize                                                                                          and was prosecuted by the
verification. Opinions expressed         A Warrenton woman was                          “I still haven’t told my hus-         were: 17, 24, 38, 44 and 55.                   Audrain County prosecuting at-
by contributors are not necessar-    “shocked” when she discovered                  band, but I have a plan about                 Powerball is a multi-state                 torney. Immigration and Cus-
ily the views of the newspaper.
Subscriptions available for at       that she won a $10,000 Power-                  how I am going to,” revealed              game that features jackpots                    toms Enforcement (ICE) placed
home delivery. Call for details.     ball prize in the Jan. 3 drawing.              Lewis with a chuckle. “When               starting at $20 million.                       a detainer on Lopez-Cruz on
The paper is available at the fol-   Frances Lewis, 50, purchased                   he gets off tonight, I am going               As of Jan. 4, sales of the
lowing locations:
                                                                                                                                                                             February 27, 2008. Following
                Warrenton            the winning ticket from Q Stop,                to show him the bank receipt. I           new and improved Powerball                     this prosecution, ICE took cus-
Apple Hearing Solutions              715 N. State Highway 47 in                     could also get the cash and put           game began, which raised the                   tody of him and confirmed that
Castaways
American Legion                      Warrenton.                                     it everywhere.”                           starting jackpot from $15 mil-                 he had been previously deport-
Kroger                                   “I asked the lady at the store                 When asked about plans for            lion to $20 million. Additional                ed and was in the United States
Los Cantaritos
Goin’ Postal                         if what I was seeing was right,                the prize money, Lewis, a first-          enhancements to the new                        illegally.
Radio Shack                          and she said ’Do you know how                  time Lottery winner, said “it’s           game include average jackpots                      Lazaro Lopez-Cruz, Oaxala,
Moser’s
H & H Outfitters                     much you won?” Lewis began.                    already gone!”                            of $141 million, an automatic                  Mexico, previously pled guilty
Curves                               “I just stood there and shook                      “I am going to buy my good            $1 million prize for matching                  to illegally re-entry and will be
Four Season Travel & Cruises
First Bank                           my head, because I didn’t be-                  friend a new desk to start,” said         five white balls when using the                deported at the conclusion of
Assist-2-Sell                        lieve it. I was in shock!”                     Lewis. “My dog was diagnosed              Power Play feature and better                  his sentence.
Two Dudes Barbeque
Brockfeld’s Eagle Point                  According to Lewis, the store              with heartworm, so this will help         overall chances to win. To learn                   Hanaway commended the
Pamper Your Pets                     clerk even asked the manager                   with the treatments.”                     more about the new Powerball                   work performed on the case
Noah’s Bark
Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning   to look at the ticket to confirm it                Lewis used Quick Pick to se-          game, visit Molottery.com.                     by the Mexico, Missouri Police
Warrenton Wireless                   was a winner.                                  lect the winning numbers which                                                           Department, the Bureau of Im-
Party Zone
Warrenton Elks’ Lodge                                                                                                                                                        migration and Customs En-

                                     Former St. Louis Police Officer                                                                                                         forcement and Assistant United
Warrenton Library
Faith Christian Fellowship Church
A Divine Connection                                                                                                                                                          States Attorney Fred Dana,
Ultimate Hair & Spa
Zeiser Auto Group
Brewskies
                                     Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges                                                                                                       who handled the case for the
                                                                                                                                                                             U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Gastorf-Schrumpf                         Marla A. Arinze was indicted               standing arrest warrants for im-          ten years in prison and/or fines
                   Troy
                                     on fraud charges in connection                 migration violations.                     up to $250,000; mail fraud car-
                                                                                                                                                                                Commission
Three Monkeys Beadery
At Home Outlet                       with her utilization of REJIS to                  Marla A. Arinze, St. Louis,            ries a maximum penalty of 20
Drewel Realty
Apple Hearing Solutions
Car-Jo Ceramics
                                     determine if her friends had out-
                                     standing immigration warrants,
                                                                                    Missouri, was indicted by a fed-
                                                                                    eral grand jury on one felony
                                                                                                                              years in prison and/or fines up
                                                                                                                              to $250,000.
                                                                                                                                                                                Awards Local
The Country Cottage
Garden Gate Party Rental             United States Attorney Cath-                   count of unauthorized access                  Hanaway commended the                           Projects
Here’s To Eyes
Lincoln Co. Animal Hospital
47 West Flea Market
                                     erine L. Hanaway announced.
                                         According to the indictment,
                                                                                    to a protected computer and
                                                                                    one felony count of mail fraud.
                                                                                                                              work performed on the case by
                                                                                                                              the Federal Bureau of Investi-
                                                                                                                                                                                 at January
Troy Elks’ Lodge
The Mercantile Outlet
                                     on November 28, 2006, Marla
                                     Arinze, at that time a police offi-
                                                                                    The indictment was returned
                                                                                    January 8, but remained sealed
                                                                                                                              gation, the St. Louis Metropoli-
                                                                                                                              tan Police Department and As-
                                                                                                                                                                                  Meeting
A Scrapbook & Craft Haven                                                                                                                                                        The Missouri Highways
BB’s Deli                            cer with the St. Louis Metropoli-              until the arrest of the defendant         sistant United States Attorney                 and Transportation Commis-
Tri-County Glass
Peoples Bank & Trust                 tan Police Department, used                    earlier today.                            Jeffrey Jensen, who is handling                sion (MHTC) awarded several
Big Creek Archery                    the Regional Justice Informa-                     If convicted, unauthorized             the case for the U.S. Attorney’s               St. Louis projects at its Janu-
Zadocks
Landmark Restaurant                  tion Service (REJIS) to access                 access to a protected computer            Office.                                        ary meeting. Approximately
Turning Pages Bookstore              information about potential out-               carries a maximum penalty of                  The charges set forth in an                $7.45 million was awarded to
Halo & Wings
Clayton Homes                                                                                                                                                                contractors for various road-



                                        Zigo & Associates, LLC
New Generation Arcade & Skate Shop
               Hawk Point                                                                                                                                                    way improvement projects. All
Baragiola Lumber • BP                                                                                                                                                        contracts were awarded to the
Sinclair • Backroads Grill
           Montgomery City:                                                                                                                                                  lowest bidder. The projects in-
BP • Brad’s Kwik Store                                                                                                                                                       clude:
Save-More • Casey’s
                                                                                                                                                                                    * Interstate 70 from east
Central Heating & Cooling
The Garage Sale Store                           Certified Public Accounting and Management Consulting Firm                                                                   of Lake St. Louis Boulevard to
American Bank
Montgomery County Farm Bureau                                                                                                                                                Route K and Route 61 at Route
Montgomery City Library                                   Services                              Preferred Clients:                        Type of Services                   P-These projects includes re-
              New Florence:             •Annual, quarterly, monthly accounting services                                       •Creative
                                                                                           •Business from Start-up to                                                        moval and replacement of the
Abel’s Quick Shop • BP
                                        •QuickBooks and Peach Tree and others              $10,000,000 of Revenue             •Timely financial reporting for
                Wellsville:
                                        •Income Tax Return Preparation                     •No simple individual income       determination of operating results             pavement from east of Lake
IGA • Fastlane
                Laddonia:               •Payroll and Sales Tax Return Preparation          tax returns desired                •Professional                                  St. Louis Boulevard to Route
Casey’s • Goodwin’s Grocery             •Business Organization                                     Type of Clients            •Accessible                                    K, and resurfacing the outer
               Middletown                  •Initial Buisness Applications                 •Construction                       •Caring and concerned of business vision
Crossroads General                         •Accounting System Set-Up                                                          •Big-picture                                   roads, commuter parking lot
Country Store                           •Estate and Income Tax Planning                   •Real Estate      •Lawyers          •Client’s concerns about business and          improvements,         intersection
American Bank                           •Business Sales and Business Aquisitions          •Auto Mechanics   •Hard Money       financial issues addressed
             Bowling Green                                                                •Dent Companies   Lenders
                                                                                                                                                                             lighting and turn lanes on
                                        •Discuss which services that you                                                      •Technical tax and accounting issues
Storch Ford
                                        perform for each of these items                   •Investors        •Rehabbers                                                       Route 61 at Route P. This proj-
               Jonesburg
Shay’s Alley                            •Audits                                           •Mortgage         •Tax-Exempt                                                      ect was awarded to Krupp Con-
                                                                                           Companies        Organizations
Fast Lane                                                                                                                                                                    struction Inc. (Ellisville, MO) for
               Wright City
American Bank • Citgo • BP
                                                                                          •Retail
                                                                                          •Radiologists                         DaviD Zigo, cpa                              $2,065,692.91. This project is
                Wentzville                                                                                                                                                   expected to begin in February
The French Market
Scrap To It                                                        283 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Warrenton MO 63383 •                                                       2009 and should be complete
                                                                              (636) 456-0622 • Fax (636) 456-9733
              Silex/Auburn
                                                                  \Website: www.zigocpa.com • Email: DzigoCPA@sbcglobal.net
                                                                                                                                                                             by September 2009.
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Troy Bridal Salon Plans
                                                                                                                                                       The Wedding Shoppe has                                    They can be reached at 636-
                                                                                                                                                   relocated to 460 Main Street                                  528-5647 or theweddingshop-
                                                                                                                                                   in historic downtown Troy, Mo.                                petroy.com.

Wine and Cheese Event                                                                                                                              Koster announces settlement with
    The Wedding Shoppe, a full ser-      the event!                                                                                                Dell computer; refunds available
vice bridal salon, invites the pub-
lic to its annualWine and Cheese
                                             Enter their drawing for                                                                               to Missouri consumers
                                         a bridal gown of the bride’s                                                                                  Missouri and 33 other states                              had trouble obtaining warranty
Event on January 24 and 25.              choice at half price with                                                                                 have reached an agreement                                     service on their Dell comput-
    Their beautiful spring gowns         free alterations, (not in-                                                                                with computer giant Dell Inc. to                              ers. Still others said they were
are arriving almost daily. Roman-        cluding the bustle).                                                                                      address consumer complaints                                   promised rebates but never re-
tic styles and delicate fabrics and          $150 dollars off all Mag-                                                                             against the company’s promo-                                  ceived them.
tulle romantically embellished with      gie Sottero and Jasmine                                                                                   tional and customer service                                       “Misleading sales practices
sparkling lace, Swarovski crystals,      gowns over $599 with free                                                                                 practices. Attorney General                                   like these are not tolerated in
French vanilla Alencon lace, Rhap-       alterations (not including                                                                                Chris Koster today said resti-                                Missouri, and I encourage any
sody taffeta, and romance satin.         the bustle).                                                                                              tution is available to Missouri                               consumers who have experi-
    The Wedding Shoppe wants                 Make your appointment                                                                                 consumers who experienced                                     enced these problems to file
your shopping experience as pleas-       today and let the them                                                                                    problems with the company’s                                   a claim with my office,” Koster
ant as possible. Wine, cheese, fruit     help you plan your wed-                                                                                   financing promotions, rebate                                  said.
and sweet desserts will served all       ding. “Bridesmaid dress-                                                                                  offers, technical support and                                     Missouri consumers can
day.                                     es, Mother of the Wedding                                                                                 repair policies.                                              download a Dell claim form
    Specials will be available during    dresses, color swatches,                                                                                      Under the agreement, Dell                                 from Attorney General Koster’s
                                         Tuxedo’s and flower girl                                                                                  agrees to pay $1.5 million in                                 Web site, ago.mo.gov or by
                                         dresses. Everything is                                                                                    restitution to eligible consum-                               calling the Consumer Protec-
                                         here for our brides,” said                                                                                ers who file claims postmarked                                tion Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.
                                         Angie “Robes are provid-                                                                                  by April 13, 2009. Dell will pay                              A frequently asked questions
                                                                                                                                                   an additional $1.85 million to                                page is also posted on the Web
                                         ed for your convenience in
                                                                                                                                                   the states for reimbursement of                               site.
                                         each dressing room.”
                                                                                                                                                   legal costs and other expenses.                                   In addition to paying restitu-
                                             “Are you concerned
                                                                                                                                                   Missouri will receive $75,000 of                              tion to consumers, Dell agrees
                                         about getting dressed on
                                                                                                                                                   that amount.                                                  to change its business practic-
                                         your wedding day? Don’t                                                                                       The investigation into Dell’s                             es to: clearly state in advertise-
                                         be; we will offer our servic-                                                                             sales practices began after                                   ments that most consumers will
                                         es to come and help you                                                                                   customers complained about                                    not qualify for the best-available
                                         get dressed and make                                                                                      an array of issues, including                                 interest rates; fulfill its warranty
                                         sure you look perfect. Let                                                                                misleading promotions that                                    obligations more promptly; pro-
                                         us know if you are inter-                                                                                 promised better financing terms                               vide consumers all documen-
                                         ested in this service,” An-                                                                               than were actually available.                                 tation needed to qualify for re-
                                         gie continued.                                                                                            Some applied for zero-percent                                 bates; and mail rebate checks
                                             The store’s hours are                                                                                 financing then were charged                                   to consumers more promptly.
                                         Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.,                  Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.                                      higher interest rates. Others




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 January 24th and 25th, 2008
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Warren County Family Health Fair Planned                                                                       Home Ownership Made
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lic Health Advisory Board is
                                     familiar with area health care
                                     providers, community resourc-
                                                                          soon as possible. Space and
                                                                          electric is limited; reservations    Easier Workshop Offered
pleased to announce the 2009         es and healthy alternatives.         will be made on a first come             If you ever dreamed of own-     Iowa. University of Missouri
Family Health Fair. This event            Last year’s Family Health       basis. Please remember school        ing a home, the Home Own-           Extension financial education
has been scheduled for Sat-          Fair was a huge success. Ap-         policy does not allow the selling    ership Made Easier (HOME)           specialist, Sandra McKinnon,
urday March 28, 2009 at the          proximately 160 professionals        of merchandise. If you choose        workshop will help making the       serves as the instructor. Par-
Wright City R-II High School         were in attendance represent-        to make a financial contribu-        decision less daunting. HOME        ticipants completing the class
Gymnasium. The time will be          ing their exhibits, companies,       tion to support this event and       will be Thursday, January 29        meet educational requirements
from 8:30am to 1:30 p.m. Re-         products, services or organiza-      the community, please make           from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Union.       for USDA home loan pro-
lated businesses are invited to      tions. Estimates of community        checks payable to “Health Fair           HOME covers financial pre-      grams.
participate.                         attendance exceeded 800.             Planning Committee.” Dona-           paredness, renting vs. buying,           To register for the HOME
    The goal for this event is            If you would like to partici-   tions will help cover the costs of   how much house you can af-          program, contact the Franklin
to increase health and safety        pate in this outstanding commu-      advertising, health screenings       ford to buy based on your bud-      County Extension Center at
awareness in the community.          nity event by hosting a booth or     and other necessities.               get, understanding your credit      116 W. Main St., Union, MO,
This shall be accomplished by        making a financial contribution,         For further questions con-       report, insurance, predatory        ph. 636-583-5141 or visit http://
providing educational informa-       please request the exhibitor         tact Andrew Hoffman at 636           lending, inspections, negotia-      extension.missouri.edu/frank-
tion, materials, health screen-      registration form from the War-      456-7169 or the Warren County        tion, mortgages, closing costs      lin. Registration is due by Janu-
ings, activities, demonstrations,    ren County Health Department         Health Department at 636 456-        and avoiding foreclosure.           ary 26.
and an opportunity to become         (636 456-7474) and return it as      7474.                                    The workshop is being of-            For more information about
                                                                                                               fered in conjunction with USDA      USDA Rural Development
Program Offers Free Colorectal Cancer                                                                          Rural Development and sup-          home loan programs, call 636-
Screenings to Lincoln County Residents                                                                         ported by the Federal Home
                                                                                                               Loan Bank of Des Moines,
                                                                                                                                                   789-3551.

    Hundreds of residents in         test. Individuals 49 years old       nosed with colorectal cancer,
Lincoln County may be eli-
gible for free colorectal cancer
                                     or younger who have personal
                                     history of polyps or colorectal
                                                                          and 1,170 will die from the dis-
                                                                          ease. The state ranks twelfth in
                                                                                                               Turkey Seasons Structure
screenings through the Mis-
souri Screen for Life program.
                                     cancer, or a family history of
                                     these conditions, and meet all
                                                                          the nation for colorectal cancer
                                                                          deaths.
                                                                                                               Remains Unchanged
Program coordinators are hop-        other eligibility guidelines may         Colorectal cancer is most            The broad outlines of Mis-      Time. Legal hunting hours for
ing that more men and women          qualify to receive a free screen-    often found in people age 50         souri ’s spring and fall turkey     the spring youth season and
will take advantage of the ser-      ing. If cancer is detected, free     and older, and the risk increas-     seasons remain the same as          the fall firearms season are
vice.                                treatment is available from the      es with age. The cancer usually      last year’s, but some details,      one-half hour before sunrise
    “Colorectal cancer is the        Siteman Cancer Center in St.         begins with a polyp, or growth,      such as permit types and hunt-      until sunset.
second-most common type of           Louis for those who meet the         in the colon or rectum. Over         er-education requirements for           One change this year relates
cancer in Missouri,” Jo-Ann          program requirements.                time, some polyps become             mentors, have changed.              to youth turkey hunting permits.
Creech, LPN from the Lincoln             “We are encouraging people       cancerous. A colonoscopy can             At its December meeting,        At its September meeting, the
County Health Department             in Lincoln County to find out if     find polyps so they can be re-       the Missouri Conservation           Conservation Commission vot-
said. “Getting screened for this     they qualify for this free cancer    moved before they become             Commission approved the fol-        ed to eliminate the $17 Youth
type of cancer is one of the         screening – it could save their      cancerous and can also detect        lowing 2009 turkey hunting          Deer and Turkey Hunting Per-
most important things a person       lives,” said Melinda Laughlin,       colorectal cancer in its earliest    seasons:                            mit, which allows hunters age 6
can do for their health.”            manager of the Missouri Screen       stages, when treatment is most           ·Spring youth season: April     through 15 to take one turkey
    Lincoln County residents         for Life program at the Missouri     successful.                          4 and 5.                            in the spring and one in the fall,
who qualify for the program will     Department of Health and Se-             For more information about           ·Spring season: April 20        plus one deer. Instead, resident
be referred to either: St. Louis     nior Services. “When colorec-        how to receive a referral for        through May 10.                     and nonresident youths will be
Connect Care, Barnes Jewish          tal cancer is found early, you       free colorectal cancer screen-           ·Fall firearms season: Oct. 1   able to buy the same permits
Hospital or Endoscopy Center         have an excellent chance of          ings, call Jo-Ann Creech, LPN        through 31.                         as adult resident deer and tur-
of St. Louis for the screening       being cured.”                        at the Lincoln County Health             As in recent years, the limit   key hunters, but at a 50-per-
procedure.                               People often do not know         Department, 636-528-6117.            for the spring season is two        cent discount.
    Men and women age 50-64          they have colorectal cancer in           Other county residents who       bearded birds, with not more            However, this change will
who meet income and residen-         its early stages because there       qualify for the program include:     than one taken during the first     not go into effect until July 1.
cy guidelines and are uninsured      are few, if any, symptoms. A         Warren, Franklin, Washington,        week of the season and not          Consequently, youngsters who
or who have insurance that           colonoscopy is the best way to       Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Fran-    more than one taken per day.        want to hunt in the spring sea-
does not cover a colonoscopy         detect the cancer.                   cois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis      The limit for the fall season is    son can buy a Youth Deer and
or who cannot afford their de-           This year in Missouri more       and St. Louis City.                  two birds of either sex. Both       Turkey Hunting Permit. That
ductible are eligible for the free   than 3,300 people will be diag-          Additional information about     birds may be taken on the same      permit remains valid through
                                                                          colorectal cancer can be found       day during the fall season.         the 2009 fall deer and turkey
                                                                          at: www.dhss.mo.gov/Colorec-             Hunting hours during the        seasons.

         USE YOUR TAX                                                     talCancer.                           regular spring season are one-
                                                                                                               half hour before sunrise until 1
                                                                                                                                                       Youths who do not buy a

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Campaign Helps Hispanics With Diabetes                                                                        American people,” said NEI
                                                                                                              director Paul A. Sieving, M.D.,
                                                                                                                                                   Dr. Ansari explained. “In the
                                                                                                                                                   absence of proper countermea-

Enjoy Healthy, Traditional Foods                                                                              Ph.D. “At an individual level,
                                                                                                              this device could be used to
                                                                                                                                                   sures, this may pose a risk for
                                                                                                                                                   NASA. This technology could
     New tools are available to      Work Group.                          Hispanics, rates of diabetes        study the effectiveness of anti-     help us understand the mecha-
help Hispanics enjoy healthy             Más que comida, es vida          are 8.2 percent for Cubans,         cataract therapies or the ten-       nism for cataract formation so
versions of their favorite reci-     features materials written in        11.9 percent for Mexican-           dency of certain medications to      we can work to develop effec-
pes and control portion sizes,       English and Spanish, including       Americans, and 12.6 percent         cause cataract formation.”           tive countermeasures to miti-
all designed to reduce their risk    a recipe booklet called Ricas        for Puerto Ricans.“Meal prepa-          The DLS technique will now       gate the risk and prevent it in
of developing diabetes. The          recetas para personas con dia-       ration is a critical component of   assist vision scientists in look-    astronauts.”
recipes and other materials are      betes y sus familiares (Tasty        diabetes control. Studies show      ing at long-term lens changes             The NASA John H. Glenn
part of a campaign called Más        Recipes for People with Dia-         that overweight or obese indi-      due to aging, smoking, diabe-        Research Center is one of
que comida, es vida, which           betes and Their Families), that      viduals can prevent or delay        tes, LASIK surgery, eye drops        NASA’s 10 field centers, em-
means “It′s more than food. It′s     offers food ideas specifically       diabetes by losing just 5 per-      for treating glaucoma, and           powered with the resources for
life.”                               designed for the Hispanic pal-       cent to 7 percent of their total    surgical removal of the vitre-       developing cutting-edge tech-
     The campaign was devel-         ate. Among the delicious and         weight,” Rodriquez said.            ous gel within the eye, a proce-     nologies and advancing scien-
oped by the National Diabetes        healthy recipes ola), beef or            CDC′s Division of Diabetes      dure known to cause cataracts        tific research that addresses
Education Program, a joint pro-      cow included in the booklet are:     Translation and the NIH jointly     within six months to one year. It    NASA’s mission to pioneer the
gram of the Centers for Disease      Spanish omelet (tortilla Espan),     sponsor the National Diabe-         may also help in the early diag-     future in space exploration,
Control and Prevention and the       turkey stew (carne guisada de        tes Education Program, which        nosis of Alzheimer’s disease, in     scientific discovery and aero-
National Institutes of Health.       res o pavo), Caribbean o), two       provides diabetes education         which an abnormal protein may        nautics research. Working in
     “Más que comida, es vida        cheese pizza (pizza de dos           to improve treatment and out-       be found in the lens. In addition,   partnership with government,
provides new tools to Hispanics      quesos), and red snapper (par-       comes for people with diabe-        NASA researchers will continue       industry and academia, the
to prepare traditional foods in a    go rojo cariben) and avocado         tes, promote early diagnosis        to use the device to look at the     Center serves to maintain the
more healthy way. A few simple       tacos (tacos de aguacate).           and prevent or delay the onset      impact of long-term space trav-      U.S. economy’s global leader-
adjustments can make these               Compared to whites, His-         of diabetes.                        el on the visual system.             ship while benefiting the lives
dishes healthier and lower in fat    panics are disproportionately            Más que comida, es vida             “During a three year mission     of people around the world. For
and calories,” said Betsy Rodrí-     affected by diabetes. More           campaign materials and the          to Mars, astronauts will experi-     more information about NASA
guez, public health advisor of       than 10 percent of Hispanics         recipe booklet are available at     ence increased exposure to           Glenn and its programs, visit
the National Diabetes Educa-         aged 20 years and older have         www.ndep.nih.gov or by calling      space radiation that can cause       www.grc.nasa.gov.
tion Program′s Hispanic/Latino       diagnosed diabetes. Among            1-888-693-NDEP (6337).              cataracts and other problems,”

From Outer Space to the Eye Clinic: New HHS Issues Action Plan
Cataract Early Detection Technique                                                          to Prevent Healthcare
Patients and Astronauts Benefit from NEI-NASA Collaboration
   A compact fiber-optic probe gering an early warning for cat- can result.
developed for the space pro- aract formation and blindness.”       “We have shown that this
                                                                                            Associated Infections
gram has now proven valuable              The new device is based on      non-invasive technology that
for patients in the clinic as the    a laser light technique called       was developed for the space             The U.S. Department of           tional messaging plan.
first non-invasive early detec-      dynamic light scattering (DLS).      program can now be used to          Health and Human Services
tion device for cataracts, the       It was initially developed to        look at the early signs of pro-     (HHS) unveiled a plan that              The plan also identifies op-
leading cause of vision loss         analyze the growth of protein        tein damage due to oxidative        establishes a set of five-year       portunities for collaboration
worldwide.                           crystals in a zero-gravity space     stress, a key process involved      national prevention targets to       with national, state, tribal and
     Researchers from the Na-        environment. NASA’s Rafat R.         in many medical conditions,         reduce and possibly eliminate        local organizations.
tional Eye Institute (NEI), part     Ansari, Ph.D., senior scientist      including age-related cataract      health care-associated infec-
of the National Institutes of        at the John H. Glenn Research        and diabetes, as well as neuro-     tions (HAIs).                            HHS intends to update the
Health, and the National Aero-       Center and co-author of the          degenerative diseases such as                                            plan in response to public input
nautics and Space Adminis-           study, brought the technology’s      Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,”           Health care-associated in-       and new recommendations for
tration (NASA) collaborated to       possible clinical applications       said NASA’s Dr. Ansari. “By un-     fections are infections that pa-     infection prevention. The plan,
develop a simple, safe eye test      to the attention of NEI vision       derstanding the role of protein     tients acquire while undergoing      and instructions for submitting
for measuring a protein related      researchers when he learned          changes in cataract formation,      medical treatment or surgical        comments on the plan, can be
to cataract formation. If subtle     that his father’s cataracts were     we can use the lens not just to     procedures. These infections         found online at http://www.hhs.
protein changes can be detect-       caused by changes in lens pro-       look at eye disease, but also as    are largely preventable.             gov/ophs.
ed before a cataract develops,       teins.                               a window into the whole body.”
people may be able to reduce              Several proteins are in-            The recent NEI-NASA clini-          The Action Plan to Prevent           In addition to the tremen-
their cataract risk by making        volved in cataract formation,        cal trial, reported in the Decem-   Health Care-Associated Infec-        dous toll on human life, the
simple lifestyle changes, such       but one known as alpha-crys-         ber 2008 Archives of Ophthal-       tions lists a number of areas in     financial burden attributed to
as decreasing sun exposure,          tallin serves as the eye’s own       mology, looked at 380 eyes of       which HAIs can be prevented,         these infections is staggering.
quitting smoking, stopping cer-      anti-cataract molecule. Alpha-       people aged 7 to 86 who had         such as surgical site infections.    HHS’ Centers for Disease Con-
tain medications and controlling     crystallin binds to other pro-       lenses ranging from clear to se-    The plan also outlines cross-        trol and Prevention (CDC) es-
diabetes.                            teins when they become dam-          vere cloudiness from cataract.      agency efforts to save lives         timates that approximately 1.7
     “By the time the eye’s lens     aged, thus preventing them           Researchers used the DLS de-        and reduce health care costs         million HAIs occurred in U.S.
appears cloudy from a cataract,      from bunching together to form       vice to shine a low-power laser     through expanded HAI preven-         hospitals in 2002 and were as-
it is too late to reverse or medi-   a cataract. However, humans          light through the lenses. They      tion efforts.                        sociated with 99,000 deaths.
cally treat this process,” said      are born with a fixed amount of      had previously determined al-                                            CDC also estimates that HAIs
Manuel B. Datiles III, M.D., NEI     alpha-crystallin, so if the supply   pha-crystallin’s light-scattering       “This plan will serve as our     add as much as $20 billion to
medical officer and lead author      becomes depleted due to radia-       ability, which was then used        roadmap on how the depart-           health care costs each year.
of the clinical study. “This tech-   tion exposure, smoking, diabe-       to detect and measure the           ment addresses this important
nology can detect the earliest       tes or other causes, a cataract      amount of alpha-crystallin in       public health and patient safety         HHS plans to hold meet-
damage to lens proteins, trig-                                            the lenses.                         issue,” HHS Secretary Mike           ings in the spring of 2009 to
                                                                              They found that as cloudi-      Leavitt said. “This collaborative    provide opportunities for pub-
                                                                          ness increased, alpha-crystal-      interagency plan will help the       lic comment on improving and
                                                                          lin in the lenses decreased.        nation build a safer, more af-       strengthening the plan and
                                                                          Alpha-crystallin amounts also       fordable health care system.”        sharing opportunities for orga-
                                                                          decreased as the participants’                                           nizations to become engaged
                                                                          ages increased, even when the           The plan establishes nation-     with implementing components
                                                                          lenses were still transparent.      al goals and outlines key ac-        of the plan that are consistent
                                                                          These age-related, pre-cata-        tions for enhancing and coordi-      with their organizations’ mis-
                                                                          ract changes would remain un-       nating HHS-supported efforts.        sions.
                                                                          detected by currently available     These include development of
                                                                          imaging tools.                      national benchmarks prioritized         The dates for these meet-
                                                                              “This research is a prime       recommended clinical prac-           ings will be posted on the HHS
   P.O. Box 280                             Phone: (636) 456-8700         example of two government           tices, a coordinated research        Office of Public Health and Sci-
   Warrenton, MO 63383                        Fax: (636) 456-4103         agencies sharing scientific in-     agenda, an integrated informa-       ence Web site at http://www.
                                                                          formation for the benefit of the    tion systems strategy and a na-      hhs.gov/ophs.
   Health                                                                                                            THE FOCUS NEWS           Friday, January 16, 2009           Page 


Gene Abnormality Found To Predict                                                                               indeed, it did.”
                                                                                                                     The researchers’ analy-
                                                                                                                                                        cancers. The first two cancers
                                                                                                                                                        being studied in the program

Childhood Leukemia Relapse
                                                                                                                sis indicated that identifying          are ALL and neuroblastoma, a
                                                                                                                IKAROS alterations may be               cancer that arises in immature
                                                                                                                clinically useful and will comple-      nerve cells and affects mostly
    Scientists have identified       been no good marker for pre-          ogy and the paper’s first author.
                                                                                                                ment existing diagnostic tests          infants and children. Combined,
mutations in a gene that predict     dicting outcome.                      “From these findings, we identi-
                                                                                                                and measurement of minimal              these two cancers account for
a high likelihood of relapse in          “Great progress has been          fied a group of genetic abnor-
                                                                                                                residual disease levels.                3,000 new cases each year,
children with acute lymphoblas-      made in recent years in improv-       malities that together predicted
                                                                                                                     While a clinical test for alter-   and in both cancers, there are
tic leukemia (ALL). Although         ing the cure rate of childhood        poor outcome.”
                                                                                                                ations of IKAROS could prove            some children who have a very
the researchers caution that         ALL,” said Stephen Hunger,
                                                                                                                valuable for predicting poor            favorable prognosis and others
further research is needed to        M.D., chairman of the COG ALL             The most significant associ-
                                                                                                                outcomes in children with ALL,          who are at high risk for treat-
determine how changes in the         committee and the lead COG            ation was with the deletions or
                                                                                                                complexities remain. There are          ment failure. By determining
gene, called IKZF1 or IKAROS,        investigator on this study. “The      changes in the IKAROS gene.
                                                                                                                different types of deletions in         the genetic factors that distin-
lead to leukemia relapse, the        findings of this study help us        Mutations of IKAROS were
                                                                                                                the gene, some that involve the         guish these groups, the hope
findings are likely to provide the   further subdivide those patients      shown to identify a subgroup
                                                                                                                entire IKAROS gene and oth-             is that researchers can use this
basis for future diagnostic tests    who are unlikely to be cured,         of patients who were treated in
                                                                                                                ers that involve only parts of          information to improve patient
to assess the risk of treatment      and identify patients in whom         the COG study that had a very
                                                                                                                the gene. Because the genetic           outcomes and develop bet-
failure. By using a molecu-          different therapies should be         poor prognosis. The prognostic
                                                                                                                alterations in IKAROS in ALL            ter treatments, particularly for
lar test to identify this genetic    tested.”                              significance of these genetic
                                                                                                                are not uniform or limited to a         those in the high-risk group.
marker in ALL patients, physi-                                             alterations was validated in the
                                                                                                                single mutation or deletion, it
cians should be better able to           In the study, researchers         independent St. Jude patient
                                                                                                                may be necessary to develop a               “In the long term, our goal is
assign patients to appropriate       analyzed genetic data on leuke-       group, a finding of particular im-
                                                                                                                panel of different tests to detect      to develop effective therapeutic
therapies.                           mia cells obtained at diagnosis       portance since different types
                                                                                                                IKAROS lesions and identify             interventions, directed toward
                                     from 221 children with high-risk      of therapies were used in these
                                                                                                                which patients are at highest           vulnerabilities that leukemia
    The findings of the Chil-        leukemia (i.e., a high chance of      two groups of patients.
                                                                                                                risk for relapse.                       cells acquire as a result of the
dren’s Oncology Group (COG)          relapse) who had been treated
                                                                                                                     This research was done as          genomic abnormalities identi-
study, led by scientists from St.    in an existing COG study. They            Previous research has
                                                                                                                part of the NCI Therapeutically         fied through the TARGET initia-
Jude Children’s Research Hos-        conducted their analysis using        shown that the IKAROS gene
                                                                                                                Applicable Research to Gener-           tive,” said Malcolm Smith, M.D.,
pital, Memphis, Tenn., the Uni-      microarrays and DNA sequenc-          serves as the blueprint for pro-
                                                                                                                ate Effective Treatments (TAR-          Ph.D., of NCI’s Cancer Therapy
versity of New Mexico Cancer         ing – technologies which allow        duction of the IKAROS pro-
                                                                                                                GET) initiative, which seeks to         Evaluation Program. These are
Research and Treatment Cen-          researchers to quickly and ef-        tein, which regulates the activ-
                                                                                                                utilize the study of genomics           the first results to come out of
ter, Albuquerque, N.M., and the      ficiently identify and analyze        ity of many other genes. The
                                                                                                                to identify therapeutic targets         this initiative. For more infor-
National Cancer Institute (NCI),     multiple genes simultaneously         IKAROS protein plays an es-
                                                                                                                in order to develop more effec-         mation about TARGET, please
part of the National Institutes of   in the same cell. Using these         sential role in the development
                                                                                                                tive treatments for childhood           visit http://target.cancer.gov
Health, appear online Jan. 7,        technologies to identify genetic      of lymphocytes, the white blood
2009, in the New England Jour-       abnormalities in leukemia cells,      cells that, when changed, give
nal of Medicine, and in print on
Jan. 29, 2009.
                                     the investigators examined the
                                     DNA of the leukemia cells at
                                                                           rise to pediatric ALL. The way
                                                                           in which IKAROS abnormalities
                                                                                                                New Report Shows Impact
    ALL, a cancer of white blood
                                     the time of diagnosis and then
                                     determined if any of the identi-
                                                                           contribute to the development
                                                                           of relapse remains to be deter-
                                                                                                                of Chronic Kidney Disease
cells, is the most common child-
hood cancer, in that it is diag-
                                     fied genetic changes predicted
                                     relapse. To confirm that specific
                                                                           mined.                               on Missourians
nosed in about one in 29,000         genetic changes were associ-              The study also examined              A new report from the Mis-          mon causes of chronic kidney
children annually. Using cur-        ated with relapse, the scientists     gene expression in the leu-          souri Department of Health and          disease, which most commonly
rently available therapies, cure     also examined a second group          kemia cells using microarray         Senior Services shows the im-           progresses through lack of at-
rates for ALL are now upwards        of 258 children with ALL who          chips, and found that leuke-         pact of chronic kidney disease          tention and treatment.
of 80 percent. However, those        were treated at St. Jude.             mia cells from patients with         on Missourians on an individ-
therapies carry with them sub-                                             IKAROS alterations expressed         ual and institutional level. The           * Lack of early treatment can
stantial side effects, and even          “We looked across the ge-         primitive, stem cell-like genes,     report was developed by the             lead to either dialysis or kidney
with treatment, only 30 percent      nome in an unbiased fashion           suggesting that the cells are        Chronic Kidney Disease Task             transplantation. Dialysis, cov-
of children who experience a         in an attempt to pull out any         less mature and possibly more        Force, a group consisting of            ered by tax dollars through
relapse of ALL will survive five     genes that were significantly         resistant to the effects of drugs    doctors, representatives of the         Medicare, costs $65,000 a year
years. Determining the risk of       associated with outcome,”             used to treat ALL. “These find-      public and private health fields,       per patient. Early diagnosis and
relapse faced by an individual       said Charles Mullighan, M.D.,         ings show how detailed analy-        lawmakers and Missouri resi-            treatment could save Medicare
patient would help physicians        Ph.D., assistant member in the        sis of leukemic cells using          dents with the disease.                 about $250,000 per patient.
tailor treatment intensity appro-    St. Jude Department of Pathol-        complementary techniques can             The task force was created          Nationwide, the savings are es-
priately, but until now there has                                          enhance our understanding of         in 2008 by the Missouri legis-          timated to be $1 billion a year.
                                                                           the genetic basis of leukemia,”      lature to examine the effects of
                                                                           said co-author Cheryl Willman,       chronic kidney disease in the              * Weight loss, smoking ces-
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                                                                            new growth and investments to
                                                                            our town. She also welcomed
                                                                            the new Board and the new
                                                                                                                16th of January.
                                                                                                                   Warrenton Chamber of
                                                                                                                Commerce is located at 111
                                                                                                                                                    warrentoncoc@socket.net, and
                                                                                                                                                    on the web at www.warrenton-
                                                                                                                                                    coc.com.
                                                                            President and hopes to have         Steinhagen, and can be con-
to come to this vibrant commu-        the Chamber to provide them           a great turnout at the Chamber
nity.” said Jan.                      some answers to a tough ques-
     According to Jan, the new
                                                                            New Resources Available to Help
                                      tion. “The question we most
year promises to be even bet-         hear now is, how do I survive
ter than the last. With fresh new     this?” said Jan. “We are bring-
ideas coming from members
of the Chamber and additional
                                      ing in nationally recognized
                                      speakers       and      presenters,
                                                                            Missourians Receiving Home Care
services that the Chamber is
offering, the members will be
                                      people who are experts in the
                                      fields of marketing and survival
                                                                            Services Prepare for Emergencies
very happy with the new direc-        tactics in difficult times, to em-        Coping with emergencies         for an emergency situation:
tion the Chamber is heading.          power our members to make             and power outages is a chal-                                                “Many of our clients are pro-
     “We are going to build on        the right decisions to help their     lenge for most people, but it be-         1. Create a family plan and   vided in-home care and would
the growth we experienced             business now. Last year we            comes even more complicated         individuals receiving home care     be challenged by an emer-
last year. This year is all about     brought SCORE in for a great          for vulnerable adults. The Mis-     services should compile per-        gency situation. Our providers
what the Chamber can do for           presentation that was attended        souri Department of Health and      sonal healthcare information        and association support the
you. We want to be a cohesive         by many.                              Senior Services has released        using the Ready in 3 Personal       Ready in 3 program and the
and collaborative organization             “Our speaker for February        new resources to help people        Healthcare Information check-       Department of Health and Se-
that benefits each member and         12th is Jack Tipton, a St. Louis      receiving home care services        list.                               nior Services’ efforts through
not a certain group. With a new       native who has extensive knowl-       plan for and respond to emer-                                           this project,” said Jane Moore,
board that is represented by          edge of marketing, planning,          gency situations.                       2. Prepare an emergency         Chief Executive Officer of the
individuals with varied back-         cash management, recruiting,                                              kit using the Ready in 3 Family     Missouri Hospice and Palliative
grounds and experiences, the          sales and executive manage-               Nearly 160,000 Missouri-        Safety Guide. If an emergency       Care.
ideas are just pouring in. And        ment and has spoken in front of       ans are utilizing in-home care      happens, you might not be able
with the leadership of our new        every Fortune 500 company in          or home healthcare services         to get food or water for days or        “Tens of thousands of
President, Allan Dreyer, we are       St. Louis. The event is going to      across the state and during         even weeks, and your electric-      Missouri’s citizens rely on in-
confident of our future.              be held at the Warrenton High         emergencies it could be a chal-     ity may not be working.             home services,” said D. Scott
     “Last fall, we started the       School Commons from 6pm to            lenge for providers to reach               3. Listen for information    Penman, Missouri Council for
Chamber Ambassadors pro-              8pm and is free to members            everyone in their care. With-       about what to do and where to       In-Home Services’ Legisla-
gram where five Pilot Ambas-          and $10 to non-members. Be            out these vital services, these     go during an actual emergency.      tive Consultant. “The personal
sadors visited 19 local busi-         sure to attend the seminar. You       individuals would be forced to      City, county, and state officials   safety of these individuals is of
nesses with our new Chamber           will walk away with a practical       move from their homes to other      have developed emergency            the utmost importance and the
Resource Guide and a survey           knowledge that you can use            locations during an emergency       plans. In the event of an ac-       Missouri Council for In-Home
to document the needs of the          right away,” stated Jan.              such as a fire, flood, tornado,     tual emergency, it’s important      Services is proud to partner
individual businesses and how              Speaking about some up-          power outage or pandemic flu.       to follow their instructions and    with the Missouri Department
the Chamber can assist them           coming events the Chamber             The state health department is      advice.                             of Health and Senior Services
with those needs. Through this        has planned, Jan said, “Our           reminding people that prepar-                                           to better protect this vulnerable
confidential survey, we uncov-        QUEST leadership program              ing now will help decrease their       Home care providers and          population.”
ered a goldmine of information        has been a great success.             stress later.                       Missourians receiving home
to help us be a more beneficial       This year we are seeing the                                               care services are urged to or-          The Ready in 3 program is
organization to our members.          benefits of the program, from            “To assist Missourians re-       der additional materials and        part of an ongoing effort to im-
“We are introducing a wonder-         local government to Chamber           ceiving in-home and home            tools on-line at www.dhss.          prove the state’s preparedness
ful Business Resource Guide           Board. We have Dan Hampson            healthcare services face future     mo.gov/Ready_in_3/ or by call-      for special needs populations
called Ready, Set, Go. The            as the Commissioner, a gradu-         emergencies, the Missouri De-       ing the Missouri Department of      and their ability to respond to
guide is full of resource infor-      ate of our QUEST program;             partment of Health and Senior       Health and Senior Services at       emergencies or disasters. “You
mation to help you start, main-       Damion Frederick, John Meier,         Services developed new tools        573-526-4768.                       can play a very important part
tain and grow your business. It       and Jason Emmerson on our             to help these people sustain                                            in getting yourself, your family
is available to every member,”        Board are also QUEST gradu-           themselves during all types of          “As more and more individu-     and your community ready for
Jan added.                            ates. Our student QUEST has           emergencies,” said Jane Drum-       als choose to remain at home        emergency situations,” said
     “This year we will try to have   also been very successful. Last       mond, director of the Missouri      to receive healthcare services,     Drummond.       “By taking the
every member participate in the       year we graduated 12 students         Department of Health and Se-        this new Ready in 3 home care       three basic steps in the Ready
survey to gain the knowledge          from Wright City and Warren-          nior Services.                      resource will help Missourians      in 3 program, you will help al-
we need to go forward with our        ton. Wright City and Warren-                                              prepare for an emergency or di-     leviate stress during emergen-
mission.                              ton High Schools have always             “To reach this important         saster,” said Mary Schantz, Ex-     cies and help the response
     With new programming dur-        harbored a rivalry, but what is       group, Missouri home care pro-      ecutive Director of the Missouri    agencies do their jobs.”
ing the meetings and network-         remarkable is that by participat-     viders are receiving a package      Alliance for Home Care.
ing events, the Chamber is re-        ing in this program, they were        of Ready in 3 resources. Pro-
ally gearing up to provide the        able to mend some of their dif-       viders will be asked to encour-
services this community needs         ferences. This group of kids are      age their staff to prepare and
to survive these economic
times.
                                      a real empathetic generation
                                      full of leadership potential.
                                                                            then share the materials with
                                                                            their clients and help them pre-
                                                                                                                 Car-Jo Ceramics and Pottery
     The Chamber meetings are              We are meeting soon about        pare,” Drummond added. The
attended by an average of 85          our Home and Garden Show in           resources include a checklist,
                                                                                                                  To Celebrate the New Year, we are offering
members, almost a third of the        April and we are looking at new       family plan, family safety guide      Expressions in Clay for children and adults
membership. And the meetings          venues for it. Our Golf tourna-       and pandemic influenza com-
have expanded from one hour           ment is also coming up. I will        munity guide that details impor-
to one and a half hour, but it is     keep you posted on the up-            tant information about steps to         Classes are each
still not enough time to accom-
modate the “Shout your busi-
                                      coming events with Chamber            take to prepare for all kinds of         Mon. & Wed.
                                      Email,” she added.                    emergencies.
ness” for everyone present.                Jan wanted to thank the
                                                                                                                       evening at
     “The turnouts at the meet-       past Presidents, Eric Pitman              These materials are part of             6:30 pm
ings are very impressive, which       and outgoing President Shelley        the department’s Ready in 3
poses a parking problem at our        Rowe for their remarkable con-        emergency preparedness pro-                 $15.00 FEE
current location. So starting         tribution, the Ambassadors for        gram. The Ready in 3 initia-
in February, we are switching                                                                                        INCLUDES CLAY
                                      their volunteer efforts, and Peg-     tive reminds Missourians what
venues, from the American Le-         gy Rodgers for her dedication         they can do to prepare for all
gion to the Knights of Colum-         to the Government Committee.          types of emergencies. “We              Sign up for class
bus, next to the Holy Rosary
School. We will be sending out
                                      She wanted to thank the City of       can’t predict what will happen,           by calling
                                      Warrenton and Mayor Costello          but we can be prepared,” said
reminders but be sure to check        for their co-operative efforts        Drummond. She said disasters             636-528-4463
your Chamber email,” Jan sug-         to foster new business growth         can happen at any time or any                                   Shop Hours: Tues.-Fri., 9am-4pm,
gested.                               and retention. She hopes the          place, and Ready in 3 provides                              Sat., 9am-noon, Mon. and Wed., 7pm-9pm
     Businesses are looking at        new Economic Developer, Mi-           three simple steps to prepare
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                                                                          New Moms Network at St. John’s Mercy Hospital
                                                                              Parents who want to learn
                                                                                                              children in, and coming and go-      arrival.
                                                                          and share effective parent-                                                  Past speakers have in-
                                                                                                              ing as they need to, even when
                                                                          ing techniques and resources                                             cluded a pharmacist, massage
                                                                                                              the speaker is there. Also, the
result. Last year we moved our      of these changes to you.”             should consider attending the                                            therapist and financial planner.
                                                                                                              kids, as they grow, get a chance
Hampton office in St. Louis to          When asked about any ad-          next New Mom’s Network meet-                                                 The moms always have a
                                                                                                              to play together.”
Chesterfield to avoid the traf-     vice David has for local busi-        ing at St. John’s Mercy Hospi-                                           chance to ask questions and
                                                                                                                  Some moms have been
fic problems of HWY 40 con-         ness owners, he mentioned,            tal (SJMH). The New Mom’s                                                visit with each other.
                                                                                                              coming for years, through sev-
struction. That move has also       “The market has changed with          Network, a SJMH community                                                    “They get a chance to talk
                                                                                                              eral pregnancies. Holly Haber-
helped us save a lot of com-        the declining economy and we          outreach program, meets at 10                                            among themselves and help
                                                                                                              berger of Villa Ridge first at-
mute time; and allowed to dedi-     have to adapt to the changes          a.m. on the second Wednesday                                             each other out through experi-
                                                                                                              tended a New Mom’s Network
cate more time to the Warren-       and cater our offerings to ac-        of each month at the Hospital.                                           ences that they have had,” Lu-
                                                                                                              meeting over three years ago,
ton office. Our new CPA Norm        commodate the market. But the         The program welcomes moms                                                echtefeld said.
                                                                                                              when her oldest son was about
Dilg has over twenty years of       biggest mistake anyone can            and dads, new or experienced,                                                Typically, four to ten par-
                                                                                                              five months old. As a new mom
experience and rings with him       make now is to give in to the         and their children.                                                      ents attend each meeting, and
                                                                                                              living in the country, Haber-
a wealth of knowledge in work-      fear. Fear paralyzes everyone             “It’s really informal, with                                          there is space for more. Luech-
                                                                                                              berger didn’t have much of an
ing with businesses and their       and when you give in to the fear,     practical information that is not                                        tefeld hopes more dads will at-
                                                                                                              opportunity to meet other new
specialized tax needs. Mary         the critical financial decisions      overwhelming,” said Program                                              tend. She said that the Hospi-
                                                                                                              mothers.
Raterman is also a newly li-        we need to take to adapt to the       Coordinator Diana Luechtefeld,                                           tal is considering changing the
                                                                                                                  “When I first started going, I
censed CPA. Mary just passed        market escapes us and we are          RN. “We usually have a speaker                                           name of the program to make
                                                                                                              didn’t know anybody else with
her CPA exam and is building a      not are to cope with the chang-       talk for about 30 minutes about                                          it clearer to dads that they are
                                                                                                              kids, and I wanted to meet other
new roster of clientele for us,”    es and our business suffers.          topics related to parenting, and                                         welcome and also would ben-
                                                                                                              people with kids,” Haberberger
added David.                        This situation will also pass and     we provide information and re-                                           efit from the meetings.
                                                                                                              said. She ended up meeting
    Speaking about the differ-      we will be better equipped to         sources for moms who have                                                    Meetings are held from 10
                                                                                                              people who live nearby her
ent services Zigo and Associ-       take advantage of the recovery        questions about child care.”                                             to 11:30 a.m. on the second
                                                                                                              home, and they still are her
ates offers, David said, “We are    if we make the right decisions            Often, information comes                                             Wednesday of each month on
                                                                                                              friends.
here for businesses of any size,    today. Talk to your business          from another parent in the pro-                                          the Fourth Floor solarium at the
                                                                                                                  Children range in age from
whether it is a sole proprietor-    advisor and your accountant to        gram.                                                                    Hospital, 901 E. Fifth Street in
                                                                                                              newborn up to three or four
ship or a business with forty       help you cut costs and survive            “It is truly a network where                                         Washington . No reservations
                                                                                                              years old. The youngest baby
plus employees or even a tax        these tumultuous times.”              the moms get a chance to talk                                            are necessary, and parents are
                                                                                                              ever brought to a meeting was
exempt organization or a gov-           For individuals with high net     among themselves and help                                                welcome to bring their babies,
                                                                                                              a newborn on her way home
ernment body or even a pen-         worth, David advises to take a        each other out through experi-                                           older siblings or friends. For
                                                                                                              from the hospital. Luechtefeld
sion plan; we do tax, general       good look at their estate and         ences they have had,” Luech-                                             more information, call 636-239-
                                                                                                              said the mother heard that
accounting, payroll, audits, re-    plan carefully to lower tax rami-     tefeld said. “It is very informal                                        8529.
                                                                                                              Santa was visiting and wanted
views, business valuations and      fications in 2009.                    and designed so that moms can
                                                                                                              a Christmas photo of the latest
much more. Whether you need                                               feel comfortable bringing their
an audit done for compliance or         Zigo and Associates con-
for applying for business credit,   tinues to grow their services
we can get your accounting in
order. Business credit is very
                                    as they add new clients. “We
                                    are looking for new businesses         Turkey Season
difficult to get now, and if your   with sophisticated tax needs           ..............................................................CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5
companies financials are not        to help them grow in the year.
                                                                          Youth Deer and Turkey Hunting       In other cases, there was no         their own land.
in order, call us and let us help   As many businesses are cut-
                                                                          Permit can choose from regular      age requirement at all.                  Finally, starting July 1, the
you get prepared.”                  ting their in-house accountants,
                                                                          fall deer or turkey hunting per-       To make mentorship rules          minimum age for obtaining a
                                    they are looking to us to fill that
                                                                          mits at the reduced prices.         more consistent, regulations         landowner deer or turkey hunt-
    David also stated, “With the    void and our extensive experi-
                                                                              Age and hunter-education        now require that all hunters         ing permit will be 6 years. These
new administration coming to        ence in various fields of busi-
                                                                          requirements for hunting men-       mentoring firearms hunters           and other regulations will be
power, there will be many tax       ness allows us to offer expert
                                                                          tors also have changed this         who are not hunter-education         outlined in the 2009 Spring Tur-
law changes and if you are a        and effective tax advise to all
                                                                          year. Previously, these require-    certified be at least 18 years       key Hunting Information book-
business owner or a high in-        our clients,” he said.
                                                                          ments varied, depending on          old. Mentors must be hunter-         let and the 2009 Fall Deer and
come individual, my recom-              “We have just celebrated
                                                                          what game was being hunted          education certified unless they      Turkey Hunting Information
mendation is to research and        our first year at this location.
                                                                          and what permit the novice          were born before Jan. 1, 1967        booklet. Both will be available
follow the tax law changes          We welcome anyone with tax
                                                                          hunter used. Under some cir-        . The new requirements apply         later this year wherever hunting
closely because there will be       or additional financial needs to
                                                                          cumstances, mentors could be        to all mentors, including land-      permits are sold.
many tax credits that you can       contact us and let us help you
                                                                          as young as 17 or as old as 21.     owners and lessees hunting on
take advantage of in the near       with your requirements.” David
future. There are new tax cred-     added.
its for new home buyers, en-            Zigo and Associates are lo-       Office of the National Ombudsman Is Available
ergy credits for Green homes
and vehicles, and even health-
                                    cated at 283 Veterans Memo-
                                    rial Parkway in Warrenton next        to Assist America’s Small Businesses with
care tax credits that everyone
eligible should take advantage
                                    to Earnst Eye Health and Ulti-
                                    mate Hair Salon. They can be
                                                                          Federal Regulatory Enforcement Actions
of. Contact your accountant to      contacted at 636-456-0622 or              When America’s small busi-      tory enforcement actions taken       nesses when they experience
have them explain the effects       at DzigoCPA@sbcglobal.net             nesses face unfair or excessive     against small businesses by          excessive or unfair federal reg-
                                                                          federal regulatory enforcement      federal agencies.                    ulatory enforcement actions,
                                                                          actions, the Office of the Na-          “The National Ombuds-            such as repetitive audits or in-
                                                                          tional Ombudsman at the U.S.        man helps small businesses           vestigations, excessive fines,
                                                                          Small Business Administration       navigate the seas of federal         penalties, threats, retaliation or
                                                                          is available to ensure fairness     regulatory enforcement. With a       other unfair enforcement action
                                                                          in the enforcement process.         strengthening regulatory para-       by a federal agency.
                                                                              Created     by    Congress      digm, it is essential that regula-       Also, the National Ombuds-
                                                                          through the Small Business          tory enforcement be effective,       man’s office works with 10 re-
                                                                          Regulatory Enforcement Fair-        and not excessive,” National         gional fairness boards whose
                                                                          ness Act, the Office of the Na-     Ombudsman and Assistant Ad-          membership is comprised of
                                                                          tional Ombudsman’s primary          ministrator for Regulatory En-       50 small business owners from
                                                                          function is to work with small      forcement Fairness Nicholas          across the country. The ONO
                                                                          businesses and federal agen-        N. Owens said. “The National         works closely with more than
                                                                          cies to ensure that regulatory      Ombudsman’s focus will contin-       35 federal regulatory agencies
                                                                          or compliance actions are han-      ue to enhance transparency for       to resolve complaints about
                                                                          dled and enforced fairly by all     small businesses served, and         excessive enforcement of fed-
                                                                          federal agencies. The National      strengthen the relationship be-      eral regulations brought to the
                                                                          Ombudsman is empowered to           tween the small business com-        attention of the National Om-
                                                                          receive, substantiate, and re-      munity and the government.”          budsman during hearings and
                                                                          port to Congress complaints             It is the primary mission of     roundtables held in cities na-
                                                                          and comments from small busi-       the Office of the National Om-       tionwide.
                                                                          ness owners regarding regula-       budsman to assist small busi-
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    Orville Cochran                     She is survived by two sons,    Theodore Mallinkrodt of St.         Sieber of Winfield; his children:     Columbia, Michael Bohmer of
    Orville Cochran, 80, of War-    Virgil R. Doggett, Jr., of Bland,   Charles, MO; Leslie Mallinck-       Mary Lee (Charles) Trnka of           Lebanon and special friend:
rensburg, MO, formerly of East      MO; and Frank Dwyer of Bran-        rodt of St. Charles, MO; Marvin     Kansas City, Christine (Michael)      Zona Peterson of Louisiana;
St. Louis, IL, died on Friday,      son, MO; four daughters, Helen      Mallinckrodt of St. Charles; one    Leffeler of Old Monroe, Patricia      other relatives and friends.
January 9, 2009, at the War-        Stephens of Bellingham, WA;         sister, Elsie Hemsath of Augus-     (James) Vance of St. Charles,             He was preceded in death
rensburg Manor in Warrens-          Dianna Huddleston of Desert         ta; seven grandchildren; and 14     Vincent (Dorothy) Sieber of           by his parents and his brother,
burg, MO.                           Hills, AZ; Shirley Davis of Ger-    great-grandchildren.                Troy; John Sieber of Troy and         Robert Bohmer.
    Orville Cochran was born        ald, MO; and Sandra Hill of             She was preceded in death       Mel’s sister, Joyce Kettenbrink;          Funeral services were held
on October 17, 1928, in Gam-        Fayetteville, NC; three sisters,    by her parents, Theodore and        his grandchildren: Joshua             Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 at 11:30
ma, MO, to William Davis Co-        Helen Nunn of Bonne Terre,          Hilda Mallinckrodt; her hus-        Trnka, Philip (Sheila) Leffeler,      a.m. from Mccoy-Blossom Fu-
chran and Charlotte Alexander       MO; Mary Cunningham of High         band, Walter Nadler; and eight      Andrew Leffeler and Amanda            neral Home, Troy, MO. Offici-
Cochran. Mr. Cochran retired        Ridge, MO; and Dottie and hus-      siblings.                           Blevins, Eric Leffeler, Joseph        ating was Pastor Bob Norvel.
from a pharmaceutical manu-         band Larry Henderson of House           Funeral services were held      Vance, Justin, Vance, Jenna           Interment followed in Troy City
facturing company. He enjoyed       Springs, MO; 27 grandchildren;      on Tuesday, January 13, 2009        Vance and Shawn Sieber; and           Cemetery, Troy. Visitation was
working on cars.                    51 great-grandchildren; and 14      at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran       four great-grandchildren: Dylan       held Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 from 9
    Mr. Cochran is survived         great-great grandchildren.          Church in Augusta, MO. Visita-      Leffeler, Alyssa Leffeler, Bailie     -11:30 a.m. at the McCoy-Blos-
by one sister, Rosy Cluster of          She was preceded in death       tion was held on Monday from        Aggson, Nathan Leffeler; two          som Funeral Home, Troy.
Warrensburg, MO; three niec-        by her parents, Walter and Myr-     4 to 8 p.m. at Pitman-Thilking      special aunts: Ester Finke and            Memorials to Pike County
es: Leona Jipp of Jacksonville,     tle Byington; her husband, Virgil   Funeral Home in Augusta, MO.        Rowena Schierenbeck; two              Home Care & Hospice c/o Mc-
FL; Charlotte Smith of War-         Doggett, Sr.; one son, Andrew       Rev. Randall Bell officiated.       nieces: Kathy Lands, Susan            Coy-Blossom Funeral Home.
rensburg, MO; and Linda Kay         Dwyer; one daughter, Kathryn        Burial was in Christ Lutheran       Kettenbrink; a nephew: Ste-           Friends may sign the on-line
Sweetland of Blue Springs,          Bryant; six brothers, Russell,      Church Cemetery in Augusta,         phen Kettenbrink; other rela-         guest registry at: www.mccoy-
MO; by several great-nieces         Johnny, Butch, Robert, Rich-        MO.                                 tives and friends.                    blossomfh.com
and great-nephews; and many         ard, and Edward Bequette.               Memorials are suggested to          Funeral Mass was held on
friends.                                Funeral services were held      Christ Lutheran Church c/o Pit-     Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009                        Jr. Irvin
    Mr. Cochran was preceded        on Monday, January 12, 2009         man Funeral Home, P.O. Box          at 10 a.m. from Sacred Heart
                                                                                                                                                      Mr. “JR” Irvin, 59, of Moscow
in death by his parents; by three   at 10 a.m. at Pitman Funeral        248, Wentzville, MO 63385.          Catholic Church, Troy. Offici-
                                                                                                                                                  Mills, Mo. passed away on Mon,
brothers: Harvey, George and        Home in Wentzville. Visitation      Share your condolences and          ating was Father Tom Wissler.
                                                                                                                                                  Jan. 12,2009 at the St. Joseph
Marion Cochran; and by six          was held on Sunday from 2:30        memories at www.pitmanfuner-        Serving as pallbearers were
                                                                                                                                                  Health Center, St. Charles, Mo.
sisters: Winnie Cochran Man-        to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.      alhome.com.                         grandchildren: Joshua Trnka,
                                                                                                                                                  He was born on April 6,1949 in
sfield, Flora Cochran, and four     Burial was in St. Francis Memo-                                         Philip Leffeler, Andrew Leffeler,
                                                                                                                                                  Elsberry, Mo., son of Victor L.
                                    rial Park in Bonne Terre, MO.                                           Eric Leffeler, Joseph Vance,
sisters who died in childhood.
                                        Memorials are suggested
                                                                                  Melvin Sieber             Justin Vance, Shawn Sieber
                                                                                                                                                  and Laura Frances (Maupin)
    Graveside services will be                                                      Mr. Melvin F. “Mel”                                           Irvin. He had worked for HBJ
held at 2:00PM on Sunday,           to St. Francis Memorial Park                                            and honorary pallbearer: Jenna
                                                                                                                                                  Book Warehouse in Troy for
January 11, 2009, at the Mabry      c/o Pitman Funeral Home,            Sieber, 79, of Troy, MO, passed     Vance. Interment was at Cal-
                                                                                                                                                  many years. His hobbies in-
Cemetery, near Gamma, MO.           P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO        away on Sunday, January 11,         vary Cemetery, St. Louis. Visi-
                                                                                                                                                  cluded working on classic cars,
The Reverend Judy Owens Jef-        63385. Share your condolenc-        2009 at Barnes/Jewish Hospi-        tation was held on Tuesday,
                                                                                                                                                  collecting Western and Indian
frey will officiate. Casketbear-    es and memories at www.pit-         tal unexpectedly.                   Jan. 13, 2008 from 2-8 p.m. at
                                                                                                                                                  memorabilia and playing the
ers include Monty Sweetland,        manfuneralhome.com.                     He was born on March 29,        the McCoy-Blossom Funeral
                                                                                                                                                  guitar. He enjoyed all kinds of
Drew Smith, Clayton Burgin,                                             1929 in Jennings to Frank and       Home, Troy.
                                                                                                                                                  music.
and Henry Fenski.                       Edna M. Nadler                  Lenora (Holm) Sieber. After             In lieu of flowers, memori-
                                                                                                                                                      Surviving are two brothers,
    Memorial contributions are          Edna M. Nadler, age 86, of      high school he was drafted into     als may be made to the Sacred
                                                                                                                                                  Orval (Judy) Irvin of St. Charles
suggested to the Charity of         Augusta, MO, died on January        the U.S. Army on March 13,          Heart Church Capital Cam-
                                                                                                                                                  and Gary (Ann) Irvin of Troy;
One’s Choice, c/o Schlanker         8, 2009 at Cedarcrest Manor in      1951 and served until Feb. 19,      paign. Friends may sign the
                                                                                                                                                  four sisters: Mary (Harold) Wil-
Funeral Home, 207 Danville          Washington, MO at 8:20 p.m.         1953. During this time he mar-      on-line guest registry at: www.
                                                                                                                                                  hoit of Louisiana, Vicki Rob-
Road, Montgomery City, MO           She was born on October 19,         ried the love of his life, Grace    mccoyblossomfh.com
                                                                                                                                                  bins of Louisiana, Carol (Stan)
63361.                              1922 in Femme Osage, MO, to         Palazzolo. They were blessed
                                                                                                                                                  Gerdiman of Troy, and Thelma
                                    Theodore and Hilda Mallinck-        with 5 children: Mary Lee, Chris-
    Condolences may be made
                                    rodt (nee Luetkemeyer). She         tine, Patricia, Vincent and John.
                                                                                                                Melvin Bohmer                     (Perry) Dickinson of Troy; niec-
to www.schlankerfuneralhome.                                                                                                                      es & nephews; many other rel-
                                    was a retired nurses aid from       While the children were young,          Mr. Melvin E. Bohmer, 88, of
com.                                                                                                                                              atives & friends.
                                    St. John’s Mercy Hospital in        Mel had worked at Emerson           Louisiana, MO and formerly of
                                                                                                            Troy, passed away on Tuesday,             He was preceded in death
  Catherine Doggett                 Washington, MO, and a mem-          Electric, Moloney Electric and
                                                                                                            January 6, 2009 at the Maple          by his parents and two sisters:
   Catherine F. Doggett, age        ber of Christ Lutheran Church       lastly Anheuser Busch, retiring
                                                                                                            Grove Lodge in Louisiana. He          Shirley Brown and Ann Dan-
88, of Bland, MO, died on           in Augusta, MO.                     in 1991. Mel was a private indi-
                                                                                                            was born on December 7, 1920          skin.
January 8, 2009 at St. John’s           She is survived by two sons,    vidual but very loyal. He was a
                                                                                                            in Lincoln County to Edward               The funeral service was held
Mercy Hospital in Washington,       Royce and Sharlene Nadler of        loving husband, father, brother,
                                                                                                            and Leola (Smith) Bohmer.             at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15,
MO. She was born on August          Washington, MO; David and           grandfather and great-grandfa-
                                                                                                            Melvin had lived in Troy most of      2009 at the McCoy-Blossom
10, 1920 in St. Genevieve,          wife Brenda Nadler of Augusta,      ther. Sacred Heart Church was
                                                                                                            his life. About 10 years ago, he      Funeral Home, Troy, Mo. Inter-
MO, to Walter and Myrtle Be-        MO; one daughter, Joyce and         very important to him. When-
                                                                                                            moved to Louisiana so he could        ment followed in the Elsberry
quette (nee Byington). She was      husband Larry George of Bed-        ever he could, he would help
                                                                                                            be closer to his sister. Melvin       City Cemetery, Elsberry, Mo.
a housewife and a member of         ford, TX; five brothers, Walter     when needed.
                                                                                                            had been a member of both the         The visitation was held from 4
American Legion Post 323 La-        Mallinckrodt of Augusta, MO;            Surviving are his beloved
                                                                                                            Troy Masonic Lodge and East-          to 8 p.m. on Wed, Jan 14,2009
dies Auxiliary for 35 years.        Oscar Mallinckrodt of Augusta;      wife of over 56 years: Grace
                                                                                                            ern Star. One of his hobbies in       at the funeral home.
                                                                                                            years’ past had been raising              Memorials may be made to
                                                                                                            rabbits. He enjoyed visiting with     the Salvation Army Unit serving
                                                                                                            his neighbors and friends.            Lincoln County or to the Ameri-
                                                                                                                Melvin is survived by his         can Cancer Society c/o Mc-
                                                                                                            loving family: his sister: Virginia   Coy-Blossom Funeral Home.
                                                                                                            Teasley of Louisiana; two neph-       Friends may sign the on-line
                                                                                                            ews: Allan “Randy” Teasley of         guest register at www.mccoyb-
                                                                                                                                                  lossomfh.com.
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Carla Lea Musgrave                    Catherine Aguirre                    Dorothy Kelsick                     Cynthia Newsom                        Preceding her in death is
    Carla Lea Musgrave, age             Catherine Aguirre, age 65, of       Dorothy Kelsick, 75, of                Young                          her parents, her husband, Cliff
85, of Wentzville, MO, died on      Wentzville, MO, died on Janu-                                               Cynthia L. Young, 54, of          Bridges, twin sons, Dale and
                                                                        New Florence, MO, formerly of
January 13, 2009 at Des Peres       ary 11, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. at her                                        Williamsburg, MO, died at 5:45        Gary Bridges and one brother,
                                                                        Montgomery City, MO, died at
Hospital in Des Peres, MO.          home. She was born on Janu-                                             p.m. on Thursday, January 8,          Carroll Myrick.
                                                                        5:45 p.m. on Sunday, January
She was born on December 5,         ary 10, 1944 in St. Louis, MO,                                          2009 at her home.                        Visitation was held Sunday
                                                                        11, 2009 at the New Florence
1923 in Roodhouse, IL, to Wil-      to Raymond Joseph and Viola                                                 Cynthia L. Young was born         January 11, 2009, 3:00 - 6:00
                                                                        Nursing and Care Center in
liam H. and Cecyle E. Revis         Florence Weber (nee West).                                              on June 21, 1954, in Jefferson        at Harding Funeral Home, Inc.
                                                                        New Florence, MO.
(nee Smith). She was a prac-        She was a technology teacher                                            City, MO. She was a daughter          in Jonesburg, MO. Funeral
                                                                            Dorothy Fay Kelsick was
tical nurse and a member of         in Littleton Public School Dis-                                         of Walter Newsom and Cora             services were held Monday,
                                                                        born July 28, 1933 in Montgom-
Immanuel Lutheran Church,           trict for 13 years. She was a                                           Drullinger. She graduated from        January 12, 2009, 10:30 at the
                                                                        ery County, MO, to Stephen
Wentzville, MO.                     member of St. Joseph Catholic                                           North Callaway High School in         funeral home. Interment was at
                                                                        Earl Britt and Elzada Leora “Sa-
    She is survived by one son,     Church in Josephville.                                                  1972. She was married on Feb-         Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
                                                                        die” Grabenstein Britt. Dorothy
Victor Neunaber of Wentzville,          She is survived by her hus-                                         ruary 16, 1974, to Bradley Mon-
                                                                        graduated from Bellflower High
MO; one daughter, Malinda           band, Alberto Aguirre of Wen-       School in Belllflower, MO, and      roe Young. They lived much of             Mildred A. Dott
Roberson of Moscow Mills,           tzville, MO; two sons, Stephen                                          their married lives in the state of       Funeral services for Mildred
                                                                        later attended Miss Hickey’s
MO; one sister, Anita Varble of     Wade Fagan of Aurora, CO;                                               Florida. They returned to Calla-      A. Dott of Elsberry, MO will be
                                                                        Business School in St. Louis,
Pleasant Plains, IL; five grand-    and Alberto Weber Aguirre of                                            way County in the fall of 2008.       held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Jan-
                                                                        MO. Dorothy married Richard
children; nine great-grand-         Greeley, CO; one daughter,                                                  Cynthia is survived by her        uary 12, 2009 at Carter-Ricks
                                                                        Don Kelsick on July 17, 1958, at
children; and one great-great       Sarah Elizabeth Aguirre of                                              husband, Bradley Young of             Funeral Home in Elsberry. Rev.
                                                                        the Montgomery City Christian
grandchild.                         Berkley, CA; and two sisters,                                           Williamsburg, MO; one daugh-          Garry McCracken, pastor of
                                                                        Church. Together they owned
    She was preceded in death       Susan Brown of Wentzville,                                              ter, Zadie Catherine Young of         Trinity Lutheran Church, will
                                                                        and operated Kelsick Laundry
by her parents, William Revis       MO; and JoAnne Navarro of                                               Williamsburg; three grandchil-        officiate with burial in Elsberry
                                                                        and the Kelsick Newspaper
and Cecyle Smith; her husband,      Wentzville.                                                             dren, Devan Young, Haley and          City Cemetery in Elsberry.
                                                                        Agency. She was a member of
Glenn Musgrave; and one step-           She was preceded in death                                           Brady Bernicky; her mother,               Mrs. Dott, 92, died early
                                                                        the Montgomery City Christian
daughter, Ina Mae Drake.            by her parents.                                                         Cora Wood; one sister, Sherry         Friday morning, January 9,
                                                                        Church, enjoyed country and
    Funeral services were held          Funeral services will be                                            Bernicky; and her husband,            2009 at the Elsberry Health
                                                                        gospel music; loved listening to
on Thursday, January 15 at          held Friday, January 16, 2009                                           Bob, all of Williamsburg, MO.         Care Center in Elsberry. Born
                                                                        the radio; and always enjoyed
7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran         at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catho-                                             Memorial services were            February 3, 1916 in St. Louis,
                                                                        the work that she did. She
Church in Wentzville, MO.           lic Church in Josephville, MO.                                          held at 11 a.m. on Monday,            MO, she was the daughter of
                                                                        loved spending time with her
Visitation was held before the      Visitation was held on Thurs-                                           January 12, 2009 at the Old           George and Magdalena Nier-
                                                                        family and friends.
service from 4 to 7 p.m. at the     day from 4 to 8 p.m. at Pitman                                          Auxvasse Nine Mile Presby-            man Taylor. She was united in
church. Pastor Lloyd Hackbath       Funeral Home in Wentzville. Fr.                                         terian Church in Williamsburg,        marriage on May 20, 1950 in
                                                                           Mrs. Kelsick is survived by
officiated. Burial was at S. Linn   Larry Huber will officiate.                                             MO. Rev. Jim Cruickshank of-          St. Louis, MO to William Roy
                                                                        her husband of over 50 years,
Cemetery in Wentzville, MO.             Memorials are suggested                                             ficiated. The family received         Dott. This union was blessed
                                                                        Richard Don Kelsick of New
    Memorials are suggested to      to St. Joseph Catholic Church                                           friends from 9:30 a.m. until the      with one daughter, Marilyn.
                                                                        Florence, MO; two children,
Immanuel Lutheran Church c/o        c/o Pitman Funeral Home,                                                time of the service on Monday         Mrs. Dott was a homemaker.
                                                                        Paula Gruber and husband,
Pitman Funeral Home, P.O. Box       P.O. Box 248, Wentzville, MO                                            at the church. Mrs. Young’s               She was preceded in death
                                                                        Stephen “Mike,” of Montgom-
248, Wentzville, MO 63385.          63385. Share your condolenc-                                            ashes will be interred in the         by her parents, George and
                                                                        ery City, MO; and Donnie Kel-
                                    es and memories at www.pit-         sick and wife, Nan, of Houston,     Benskin/Atterberry Cemetery           Magdalena Taylor; two broth-
     Mary Frances                   manfuneralhome.com.                 TX; four grandchildren, Brad-       near Readsville, MO.                  ers: George E. Taylor, Jr., and
       Parrino                                                          ley Kempf and Jesse Kempf,              Schlanker Funeral Home in         Elmer A. Taylor, Sr.; and her
    Mary Frances Parrino, age                                           both of Montgomery City, MO;        Montgomery City, MO, was in           beloved husband of 48 years,
91, of Wentzville, MO, died on         Connie L. Jones                  and Rhia Kelsick and fiancee,       charge of the arrangements.           William Dott, who died Febru-
January 13, 2009 at Mt. Carmel         Connie L. Jones, age 56, of                                                                                ary 4, 1999.
                                                                        Zak Fehrmann; and Evan Kel-
Nursing Home in St. Charles,        Warrenton, MO, died on Sun-                                                  Betty Bridges                        Survivors include her daugh-
                                                                        sick, all of Houston, TX; two
MO at 2:30 a.m. She was born        day, January 11, 2009. She                                                  Betty Bridges, 76, of High        ter Marilyn Martin and her hus-
                                                                        step-grandchildren,      Travis
on October 15, 1917 in St. Lou-     was born on July 1, 1951 in St.                                         Hill, passed away on Wednes-          band, Terry, of Elsberry; two
                                                                        and Adam Gruber, four step-
is, MO, to Sam and Frances          Charles, MO. She was a mem-                                             day, January 7, 2009 at the           grandchildren: Marc Grooms
                                                                        great-grandchildren, Jonathan,
Benafato (nee Salvo). She was       ber of Parent as Teacher Edu-                                           New Florence Nursing and              and his wife, Diane, of Winfield,
                                                                        Vincent, and Lylli Gruber and
a homemaker.                        cator for Youth In Need in the                                          Care Center in New Florence,          and Michelle Wiedenhoeft and
                                                                        Amara Brandy; and numerous
    She is survived by two          Warrenton area.                                                         after a short illness.                her husband, Rick, of St. Louis;
                                                                        nieces, nephews and friends.
sons, Phil and wife Carol Par-                                                                                  Betty was born on Decem-          two great-grandchildren; sever-
rino of Bridgeton, MO; and Jack         She was the loving wife of                                          ber 3, 1932 to Norval and Verda       al nieces, nephews, other rela-
                                                                            Mrs. Kelsick was preceded
“Butch” and wife Sheryl Parrino     Michael A. Jones; dear daughter                                         Mae (Gamble) Myrick in Parma,         tives and friends.
                                                                        in death by her parents; and
of Warrenton, MO; two daugh-        of the late Donald “Moose” and                                          Missouri. Betty was married to            Visitation will be held from
                                                                        two brothers, James Herbert
ters, Fran Parrino of Wentzville,   Helen LaBanca; dearest mother                                           Cliff Bridges on November 11,         11:00 a.m. until the time of ser-
                                                                        Britt and Marion Earl Britt.
MO; and Rose Mary and hus-          of Matthew (Heather) J. Jones,                                          1950. Betty retired from Per-         vice on Monday, January 12,
band David Shaw of O’Fallon,        Hannah R. Jones and Sarah E.                                            maneer Furniture Company in           2009 at Carter-Ricks Funeral
                                                                           Funeral services were held
MO; one brother, Peter Benfat-      Jones; cherished grandmother                                            Wright City in 1977.                  Home in Elsberry. Memorials
                                                                        at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Janu-
to of Afton, MO; five grandchil-    of Olivia Jones, Victoria Jones                                             Betty enjoyed spending time       may be made to Community
                                                                        ary 15, 2009 at the Montgom-
dren; and three great-grand-        and Rachel Jones; dear sister                                           with her family. Summer was           Loving Care Hospice in care
                                                                        ery City Christian Church. Inter-
children.                           of David (Kay) LaBanca, Neal                                            her favorite season because           of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home,
                                                                        ment was at Sunrise Memorial
    She was preceded in death       (Diane) LaBanca, Tom (Mary)                                             she liked being outside. She en-      107 South Fifth Street, Elsber-
                                                                        Gardens, north of Montgom-
by her parents, Sam and Fran-       LaBanca, Nancy (Chris) Griffith                                         joyed mowing her grass, sitting       ry, MO 63343. Online condo-
                                                                        ery City. Visitation was held
ces Benfatto; one daughter,         and Susie (Terry) Crump; dear                                           in her lawn chair and nurturing       lences may be made at www.
                                                                        Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at
Angela Farrino; two brothers,       daughter-in-law of Jerry and                                            her trees. She also loved going       carterricksfuneralhome.com.
                                                                        the Schlanker Funeral Home
Peter Benfatto and Jasper Ben-      Thelma Jones. She was a lov-                                            to yard sales and always tried
                                                                        in Montgomery City, MO. Cas-
fatto; and her husband, Jasper      ing sister-in-law, aunt, cousin
                                                                        ketbearers included Jesse and       to be the first one there. She         Ursula Schmucker
Benfatto.                           and friend to many. She is pre-                                         was loved by all who knew her            Ursula Schmucker (nee
                                                                        Bradley Kempf; Evan Kelsick;
    Funeral services will be held   ceded in death by her infant                                            and she will be greatly missed.       Amptmann), 88, of Ozark, MO,
                                                                        Travis Gruber; and Kenneth
on Friday, January 16, 2009         daughters, Rachel Jones and                                                 Betty is survived by her chil-    died on Saturday, January 10,
                                                                        and Jill Britt. Honorary casket-
at 1 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Nurs-       Tiffanie Jones.                                                         dren, Ron Bridges of High Hill,       2009. She was born on October
                                                                        bearers included Johnny and
ing Home in St. Charles, MO.                                            Robert Mitchell.                    Melinda Glass of New Florence         10, 1920 in Wentzville, MO.
Visitation will be held on Friday       Funeral services were held                                          and Sharon Bridges of Warren-            She was the dearest wife of
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the       on Wednesday, January 14,                                               ton. Also surviving is one sister,    the late Ralph C. Schmucker;
                                                                           Memorials are suggested
nursing home. Burial will be in     2009 at noon at Baue Funeral                                            Helen Myrick of High Hill and         dear daughter of the late Henry
                                                                        to Shriner’s Hospital for Crip-
Memorial Park Cemetery in St.       and Memorial Center Chapel in                                           seven brothers, Bob Myrick of         and Teresa Amptmann; loving
                                                                        pled Children, the Montgomery
Louis, MO.                          St. Charles, MO. Visitation was                                         St. Charles, Dave Myrick of St.       mother of Karen (Terrance)
                                                                        City Christian Church or to the
    Memorials are suggested to      held on Tuesday from 5 to 9                                             Ann, Don Myrick of Hermann,           Kwock, Susan (Ed) Mutto and
                                                                        Montgomery Senior Center, c/o
Alzheimer’s Foundation c/o Pit-     p.m. at the funeral home. Burial                                        Jerry Myrick of High Hill, Larry      the late Wayne C. Schmucker;
                                                                        Schlanker Funeral Home, 207
man Funeral Home, P.O. Box          was in St. Charles Memorial                                             Myrick of Montgomery City and         beloved grandmother of three
                                                                        Danville Rd., Montgomery City,
126, Warrenton, MO, 63383.          Gardens.                                                                Jim Myrick of High Hill; five         and great-grandmother of four.
                                                                        MO 63361. Condolences may
Share your condolences and                                              be made to www.schlankerfu-         grandchildren, four great-grand-         Memorials may be made to
memories at www.pitmanfuner-           Memorials may be made to                                             children, nieces, nephews, oth-       Humane Society.
                                                                        neralhome.com.
alhome.com.                         the wishes of the family.                                               er relatives and friends.
   Obituaries                                                                                                      THE FOCUS NEWS          Friday, January 16, 2009        Page 14


           Jerry Wayne                          Earl Fredrick             husband Lloyd Smith of Mont-        loving father of Ron (Ellen)        on Friday, January 16, 2009 at
              Flynn                                Gooch                  gomery City, MO.                    Rufkahr, Alice (Charles) Kurtz,     10:30 a.m. at Assumption Cath-
                                                                              He was prededed in death        Sandra (Jeff) Mason, and Car-       olic Church in O’Fallon. Visita-
    Jerry Wayne Flynn, 69, of                                             by his parents, Charles and Lil-    ol (Thomas) Miller; cherished       tion will be held before Mass
                                         Earl Fredrick Gooch, 78,
Wellsville, MO, died at 7:50                                              lian Krause; and his wife, Beu-     grandfather of seven; proud         from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the
                                     of Albuqureque, New Mexico,
a.m. on Saturday, January 10,                                             lah Krause.                         great-grandfather of eleven;        church and was held on Thurs-
                                     passed away at 9:25 a.m. on
2009 at Gamma Road Lodge in                                                   Funeral services will be held   dear great-great grandfather        day from 4 to 8 p.m. at Baue Fu-
                                     Thursday, January 8, 2009 at
Wellsville, MO.                                                           Friday, January 16, 2009 at 2       of one; dear brother of Dorothy     neral Home of O’Fallon. Burial
                                     his residence.
    Visitation was held on                                                p.m. at Pitman Funeral Home         Engelmeyer, Albert Rufkahr,         will be in Assumption Church
                                         A celebration of Earl’s life
Wednesday, January 14 at the                                              in Warrenton. Visitation will be    Elroy (Lucille) Rufkahr, and the    Cemetery.
                                     will be held at noon on Friday,
Myers Funeral Home in Wells-                                              held from noon until the time       late Clyde Rufkahr. He is pre-          In lieu of flowers, please
                                     January 16, 2009 at the Myers
ville. Funeral services were                                              of the service at the funeral       ceded in death by his first wife,   send contributions to The Prad-
                                     Funeral Home in Wellsville. Fa-
held Thursday at the United                                               home.                               Irene Duello and his second         er-Willi Syndrome Association,
                                     ther Greg Oligschlaeger will of-
Methodist-Presbyterian Church                                                 Memorials are suggested         wife, Eva Vogt.                     8588 Potter Park Drive, Suite
                                     ficiate. Martha Sutter will serve
in Wellsville. Rev. John Ray                                              to donor’s choice in care of Pit-       A Funeral Mass will be held     500, Sarasota, Florida 34238.
                                     as organist. Full military honors
officiated. Mrs. Vivian Updyke                                            man Funeral Home, P.O. Box
                                                                                                              Recognizing Children’s
                                     and interment of his remains
served as organist. Soloist was                                           126, Warrenton, MO 63383.
                                     will follow at the Wellsville Cem-
Mrs. Linda Klingert. Burial was
in Wellsville Cemetery.
                                     etery in Wellsville, MO.
                                         Earl was born on February              Tom Lowery                    Successes in All Areas May
                                                                                                              Prevent Teenage Depression
    Jerry was born on October
                                     18, 1930 in Wellsville, MO, a            Tom Lowery, 73, of O’ Fal-
13, 1939 in Mexico, MO, a son
                                     son of Earl Frederick Gooch          lon, MO, died on Sunday, Janu-
of Joseph Richard “J.R.” Flynn                                                                                    Students’ successes in          ing will continue to exist even
                                     and Martha Frances Elizabeth         ary 11, 2009. He was born on
and Amy Ellen Blackshaw Fly-                                                                                  the first grade can affect more     if all students are given effec-
                                     Hudlin Gooch. On October             December 14, 1935 in Bald
nn. He was a 1957 graduate of                                                                                 than their future report cards.     tive instruction and support,
                                     21, 1947 in Wellsville, he mar-      Knob, AR. He was self-em-
Wellsville-Middletown R-1 High                                                                                In a new study, University of       parents and teachers should
                                     ried Marie Ann Koeppens, who         ployed as a Contractor and was
School. On Sept. 1, 1962, he                                                                                  Missouri researchers found          acknowledge student’s skills in
                                     survives at the home. He has         a member of Carpenters Local
married Selma Marie Park at                                                                                   links among students’ weak          other areas.
                                     lived in Albuquerque for the         #23.
the Christian Church in Middle-                                                                               academic performance in the              “One of the main ways chil-
                                     last 35 years. Prior to that, he         He was the devoted hus-
town, MO. They have lived on                                                                                  first grade, self-perceptions in    dren can get others to like them
                                     lived in Texas and Indiana. He       band of Joan Lowery; dear           the sixth grade, and depres-        in school is by being good stu-
their farm in rural Wellsville for
                                     worked as a foreman over the         son of the late Raymond and         sion symptoms in the seventh        dents. Children with poor aca-
over 46 years. As a young man
                                     construction of industrial plants    the late Louise Lowery; lov-        grade.                              demic skills may believe that
he was a forward observer in
                                     and highways. He was a mem-          ing father of Tommy Lowery,             “We found that students in      they have one less method
the 128th Field Artillery of the
                                     ber of Risen Savior Catholic         Bill (Paula) Lowery and Scott       the first grade who struggled       for influencing important social
Missouri Army National Guard.
                                     Church in Albuquerque, New           (Tina) Lowery; dear brother of      academically with core sub-         outcomes, which could lead to
He also worked for General Mo-
                                     Mexico. He served his country        Kay Schmitt; cherished grand-       jects, including reading and        negative consequences later in
tors in Kansas City, and trained
                                     in the United States Army.           father of 7 and great-grandfa-      math, later displayed negative      life. Children’s individual differ-
as a carpenter in the construc-
                                         He is survived by his wife,      ther of 2; dear brother-in-law      self-perceptions and symp-          ences will always exist in basic
tion of the state hospital in Ful-
                                     Marie Ann Gooch of Albu-             of Rae (Rich) Bauer; beloved        toms of depression in sixth and     academic skills, so it is neces-
ton before committing his life
                                     querque, New Mexico; one             son-in-law of Geno Rickmann;        seventh grade, respectively,”       sary to explore and emphasize
to farming. Jerry’s life’s work                                                                               said Keith Herman, associate        other assets in students, espe-
                                     daughter, Linda Marie Taylor         beloved uncle, great-uncle and
was farming. In the early years                                                                               professor of education, school      cially those with lower academ-
                                     of Albuquerque; one sister,          friend to many.
he also was a rural mail car-                                                                                 and counseling psychology in        ic skill relative to their peers,”
                                     Elizabeth Jane “Betty” Baugh             He is preceded in death by
rier. His farming operation was                                                                               the MU College of Education.        Herman said. “Along with read-
                                     of Wellsville; three brothers,       his brother, Charles Ray Low-
committed to raising Hereford                                                                                 “Often, children with poor aca-     ing and math, teachers and
                                     Gary Wayne and wife Dorothy          ery.
and Hereford cross cattle in the                                                                              demic skills believe they have      parents should honor skills in
                                     Gooch of Mineola, MO; Wil-               Funeral services were held
rolling hills between Wellsville                                                                              less influence on important out-    other areas, such as interper-
                                     liam Dean “Bill” and wife Diane      on Thursday, January 15, 2009
and Middletown.                                                                                               comes in their life. Poor aca-      sonal skills, non-core academic
                                     Gooch of Mountain Grove; and         at 10 a.m. at Baue Funeral
    Jerry was a life long mem-                                                                                demic skills can influence how      areas, athletics and music.”
                                     James Everett “Jim” and wife         Home in O’Fallon, MO. Visita-
ber of the Wellsville Rural Fire                                                                              children view themselves as              The researchers also found
                                     Mary Gooch of Wellsville; and        tion was held Wednesday from
Department Association, and                                                                                   students and as social beings.”     the effect of academic profi-
                                     one aunt, Cora Debo of Wells-        6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
served on the board for nine                                                                                       In the study, MU research-     ciency on self-perceptions was
                                     ville.                               Burial was in Mount Lebanon
years. He was a member of the                                                                                 ers examined the behaviors of       significantly stronger for girls.
                                         He was preceded in death         Cemetery                            474 boys and girls in the first     Girls who did not advance ac-
United Methodist-Presbyerian
                                     by his parents and a sister,             Memorials may be made to        grade and re-examined the stu-      ademically believed that they
Church in Wellsville, where he
                                     Izetta Marie Gooch.                  St. Jude Childrens Research.        dents when they entered middle      had less control of important
served as a Presbyerian el-
                                         Memorials are suggested to                                           school. Herman found that stu-      outcomes, a risk factor for
der for many years. Jerry had
                                     the American Lung Association                     Emmett H.              dents who struggled academi-        symptoms of depression.
served on the Pastor Parish
                                     c/o Myers Funeral Home, 203                                              cally with core subjects, such           The study, “Low Academic
Relations committee and was a
                                     East Bates St., Wellsville, MO
                                                                                        Rufkahr               as reading and math, in the first   Competence in First Grade as
member of the Men’s Club. He
                                     63384.                                                                   grade later showed risk factors     a Risk Factor for Depressive
enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood-                                               Emmett H. Rufkahr, 90, of
                                                                                                              for negative self-beliefs and de-   Cognitions and Symptoms in
working, reading, and visiting                                            O’Fallon, MO, died on Monday,
                                                                                                              pressive symptoms as they en-       Middle School,” was recently
with family and friends.                                                  January 12, 2009. He was born
                                                  Forrest C.                                                  tered sixth and seventh grade.      published in the Journal of
                                                                          on October 14, 1918 in St. Lou-
    He is survived by his wife,                    Krause                 is, MO.
                                                                                                              Herman suggests that because        Counseling Psychology.
                                                                                                              differences in children’s learn-
Selma Marie Flynn of Wellsville;        Forrest C. Krause, 83, died           Emmett was an Army veter-
son, Joseph Earl “Joe” and wife
Jane Flynn of Black Earth, Wis-
                                     on January 14, 2009. He was
                                     born on September 22, 1925
                                                                          an of WWII. He spent his life as
                                                                          a farmer and truck driver. Em-      MoDOT in St. Louis
consin; daughter, Kelly Marie
Flynn of Exeter, New Hamp-
shire; grandson, Ryan Joseph
                                     to Charles and Lillian Krause.
                                     He was a veteran of WWII. He
                                                                          mett enjoyed bowling and he
                                                                          spent many happy hours fish-        Looking for I-270 Input             opinions.
                                     served in the U.S. Army in Oki-      ing at Table Rock Lake during          If you are a driver on either
Flynn of Black Earth, Wiscon-        nawa.                                his retirement.                     I-270 or I-255 in Missouri, the         As part of a continuing effort
sin; sister, Jane and husband           He is survived by four                He was the dear son of the      Missouri Department of Trans-       to analyze and improve traffic
Norman Heim of Middletown;           sons, Michael and wife Sharon        late Alves and Frances Rufkahr;     portation is looking for your       flow on that section of interstate,
aunt, Eliza Burkhalter of Wells-     Krause of Warrenton, MO; For-                                                                                the department, in conjunction
ville; in addition to several        rest Krause, Jr., and wife Mary                                                                              with the Missouri University of
brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law,     of Warrenton, MO; Thomas and                                                                                 Science and Technology, has
nieces, nephews and cousins.         wife Cindy Krause of Warren-                                                                                 put together a survey. The goal
    He was preceded in death                                                                                                                      of the survey is to get data from
                                     ton; and Dale Krause of Wright
by his parents.                                                                                                                                   drivers about experiences on
                                     City, MO; three daughters, Ada
    Memorials are suggested to                                                                                                                    the roadway, including their
                                     Diane and husband Bud Juer-
                                                                                                                                                  opinions on the impacts of
St. Jude Children’s Research         gensmeyer of Warrenton; Eve-                                                                                 roadway improvements, such
Hospital and United Methodist-       lyn Krause of Warrenton; Bon-                                                                                as variable speed limits.
Presbyterian Church in Wells-        nie Sue and husband Butch                                                                                        The survey is available now
ville c/o Myers Funeral Home,        Schoue of Centerville, MO;                                                                                   at www.i-270survey.com/. It
203 East Bates, Wellsville, MO       two sisters, Darlene Giesman                                                                                 will remain available until the
63384.                               of Warrenton; and Mildred and                                                                                study ends.
    Outlook                                                                                                           THE FOCUS NEWS          Friday, January 16, 2009        Page 1

                                          The anticipation of God’s
                                      glory puts a song in my heart
                                                                           Local Volunteers Needed for American Cancer
                                      and a spring in my step. And
                                      what more heartfelt desire can
                                                                           Society Daffodil Days
                                                                           Program a symbol of hope and progress in the fight against cancer
                                      be expressed than that of the
                                      apostle John included verses             For more than 35 years,           tions include items such as a        nating cancer as a major health
                                      of the Bible final book.             the American Cancer Society           vase or official Daffodil Days       problem by preventing cancer,
                                          “Amen come, Lord Jesus”          Daffodil Days® program has           Boyds Bear.                          saving lives and diminishing
                                      Rev. 22:20.                          been making a difference in the           This year’s featured product     suffering from cancer through
                                          The how of the Relationship      fight against cancer and provid-      is the Gift of Hope. For a $25       research, education, advocacy
                                      Romans 5:12-21.                      ing hope for those facing the         donation a bouquet of daffodils      and service.
                                          God is the only one who          disease.                              will be anonymously delivered
By: Dorothy Lawson                    can fill the void in our lives. In        The American Cancer So-          in a vase to a local cancer pa-
     Because of the reconcilia-
tion (Romans 5:10-11) Peace,
                                      Roman’s we have already seen
                                      eight results of having a rela-
                                                                           ciety is currently looking for vol-
                                                                           unteers in St. Charles County
                                                                                                                 tient. In addition to the flowers,
                                                                                                                 the patient will receive informa-
                                                                                                                                                      Blood    Drives
access, hop tribulation, love,
the Spirit, safety from wrath-
                                      tionship with God through Je-
                                      sus Christ. They are:
                                                                           to assist with orders, packaging      tion of programs and services        Planned in Area
                                                                           and delivering of daffodils dur-      offered by the American Can-
sack of these seven is an indi-           1.Peace with God                 ing February and March. These         cer Society to assist them dur-           With the new year under-
cator, a result of the most im-           2.Access to God                  volunteers - anyone from school       ing their cancer journey.            way, the American Red Cross
portant relationship in life now          3.Hope in the glory of God       children to corporate CEOs can            Dollars raised through Daf-      asks members of the public to
and forever. After the final indi-        4.Rejoicing in tribulation.      help with outreach at their work      fodil Days enable the Soci-          make a resolution to donate
cator that we are making prog-            5. Love                          or school, in their neighbor-         ety to offer free programs and       blood regularly in 2009. Eli-
ress in our relationships with            6.The residence of God’s         hoods, and around town. This          services that help people fight      gible individuals are asked to
God is the Joy we feel just in        Spirit                               program is about more than            cancer with courage and opti-        visit a donor center or blood
knowing Christ.                           7.Safety from wrath              just giving beautiful flowers; it     mism, while providing day-to-        drive soon to help the Red
     We were actually enemies             8.Joy in Christ.                 is an opportunity to share hope       day help, emotional support,         Cross replenish the blood sup-
of God but through the blood              Our reconciliation with God      for a world free of cancer.           and 24-hour information to help      ply following the holidays. To
of Christ, we can be his friends      involves a new standing with             I have been volunteering          ease the cancer experience.          donate blood, a person must
(Colossians 1:22-23). Our             Him. We become God’s allies          with the American Cancer So-          Additionally, contributions pro-     be in good health, be at least
about face from foe to friend of      and instruments. The feud is         ciety’s Daffodil Days for several     vide the Society with much-          17 years old (16 years old with
God should make every Chris-          finished. The fight is over. Be-     years, said Kris Kelly of KEZK,       needed funds for groundbreak-        a Red Cross parental consent
tian burst with happiness. What       cause of Christ’s sacrifice at       Honorary Chair of this year’s         ing cancer research, education       form) and weigh at least 110
joy we should be feeing as we         Calvary; man and                     campaign. Knowing the joy             about the importance of cancer       pounds. Blood donors should
think of the tremendous sacri-            God may come face to face        people get when we deliver daf-       prevention and early detection,      bring a Red Cross donor card,
fice God made by sending his          again. The cross in between          fodils gives me such a sense of       and advocacy efforts for mean-       valid driver’s license with a
Son—just for us; just so we           speaking of the fact that the wall   pride; I know we’re giving hope       ingful public health policies that   photo, or other form of official
could have a relationship with        of separation built by sin has       to others. I encourage everyone       benefit the community.               picture identification. Below is a
him. Our Christian life ought to      been permanently crumbled            to touch someone’s heartstring            For more information about       list of upcoming blood drives in
be marked by a genuine joy, a         for each believer. It is nothing     and give a beautiful bouquet.         Daffodil Days, to place an order     your area.
rejoicing in God—for who he is,       short of miraculous.                     Area residents have until         or to volunteer with the program,         1/16/2009, Buchanan High
for what he has done for what             How does this miracle hap-       February 28 to place requests         contact Kate Lang at (314) 286-      School , 1190 Old Cap Au Gris
he is going to do                     pen? What is God’s logic be-         for daffodils. For a donation         8183 or visit http://daffodil.ac-    Road , Troy , MO, 8:00 AM to
     Not that Paul tells the Ro-      hind it? By continuing in Ro-        of $10, supporters will receive       sevents.org/stlouismo.               2:00 PM
mans that we “shall be saved by       mans five, we can come to            a bouquet of fresh-cut daffo-             The American Cancer So-               1/20/2009, Daniel Boone El-
(Christ’s life.” Christ’s work on     understand the outworking of         dils and, more importantly, the       ciety is the nationwide, com-        ementary School , 201 W Hwy
the cross offers us eternal life,     his plan of Salivation for us We     knowledge that they are help-         munity-based voluntary health        D, Wentzville , MO, 4:00 PM to
but it is also crucial to realize     learn the how of it all as the       ing fight cancer. Larger dona-        organization dedicated to elimi-     8:00 PM
that he arose from the grave.         Apostle Paul’s opens a door,                                                                                         1/21/2009, Parkway West
We are the only religion in the       that we see into the very mind                                                                                  Middle School , 2312 Baxter
Word that has a living leader—        of God. Let us enter, and see                                                                                   Rd. , Chesterfield , MO , 2:30
God is alive and taking care of       what makes it all fit together.                                                                                 PM to 7:00 PM
his children! What is more, the           Roman’s 5: 12-21 is not                                                                                          1/22/2009, Emge Elemen-
Lord is a leader who lives in         for the light reader. It is heavy                                                                               tary School , 250 Fallon Park-
us, through his Spirit. He pro-       theological traffic. Tough to                                                                                   way , O’Fallon, MO, 2:00 PM to
tects; he intercedes, he directs,     maneuver though in places; the                                                                                  7:00 PM
whenever we are willing to let        encouraging thing is that once                                                                                       1/25/2009, Our Savior Lu-
him. Truly we are saved by his        you grip hold of the major truth                                                                                theran Church , 2800 W. Elm St
life, and the power of the resur-     of these passage much of the                                                                                    , Saint Charles , MO, 9:00 AM
rection is available to us as we      rest of Scripture seems easy                                                                                    to 1:00 PM
submit to the Spirit                  by comparison--smaller sins as
     As we will find out as we        opposed to the vast ocean of
continue our study of Romans          Romans 5.
5-8, holy living is a potential for       In verses 12-21, Paul pres-
every Christian victory over sin      ent’s two truths about becom-
through God’s power is pos-


                                                                               Waldorf-Petstoria
                                      ing a Christian.
sible for us in our day- to- day          1. All men and women are
living. We have so much to be         born into the family of Adam
grateful for—and that is some-        and must be re-born into the
thing to holler about. No won-        family of Jesus Christ in order
der scripture tells us we should
be rejoicing!
     Remember the song “When
                                      to experience salvation.
                                          2. The action of one man             Where Your Pets are Our Business!
                                      can affect the entire human
we all get to heaven.”                race.
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  Warrenton Baptist Church                                                    Pet Photography Studio
                               Bible Study 9:30 a.m.                        Specialty Items for Hunters
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                               Evening Worship 6:30 p.m.
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                                                                                         199 N. Hwy. 19,
             202 South State Highway 47, Warrenton, MO                              New Florence MO 63363
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   Arts                  & Entertainment                                                                          THE FOCUS NEWS       Friday, January 16, 2009        Page 16

Big Spring Hens & Chicks
Red Hatters January Event”                                                                                    Events Calendar
                                                                                                              /
    The next “Event” for the         but she decides to drive her            We are suppose to either
Hens & Chicks will be on Jan         late husband’s 1966 Bonnev-         dress in our Purple/Lavendar         January 16
22nd we will have lunch at the       ille convertible there. There are   and Red /Pink hat attire or for      Annual Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Award and
Trailside Grill in Rhineland at      some unexpected stops, side         the theme--Casino--50’s-60’s-        Installation Banquet, Innsbrook Resort, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
11:30 am. After a short meeting      trips and people along the way.     70’s. I will have the forms at the
and lunch we will go to Maxine            It has beautiful scenery and   Jan 22nd “Event” and you need        Comedy Night, American Legion Post 122, Warrenton.
Witte’s home in Rhineland and        there are deleted scenes and        our chapter ID number. If you        Come have some laughs with these three comedians
watch the movie “Bonneville”         alternate scenes.                   are sure of going call me and        (Host and Emcee Marcus Robinson, Joe Lehnig and Dan
on her big screen TV.                     Please RSVP to either Max-     I will mail the form to you, as      O’Sullivan) straight from the Funny Bone and Comedy Cen-
    If you don’t know about the      ine or me so we know how            there are assigned seating and       tral. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.
movie it was recommended by          many chairs Maxine will need        first in get best seat. At present
“Hatquarters” for Red Hatters        to set up. Her basement is a        there are four going that I know     All you can eat fish fry! Sacred Heart Church, N. 7th & Lin-
to watch, it is on a DVD. and        walk-out and has a bathroom         about.                               coln, Elsberry will host an All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry on Fri-
93 minutes long. It is billed as     so won’t be any steps to use.           Also after June 2009 a mem-      day, January 16, 2009 from 4 to 7 p.m. Serving: Alaskan
a ...rollicking road movie that’s    And she has plenty of parking       bership fee ($20.00) is reqired      Jumbo Cod, Catfish Filets, Chicken Tenders, Slaw, Potato
“full of warmth, tears and hu-       in back of house. She has as-       to belong to the Red Hats it has     Salad, Spaghetti, Baked Beans, Homemade Desserts and
morous zingers.                      sured me she feels up to hav-       to be paid to the Red Hat So-        Drinks. The cost is, Adults $7 and Children $4 - Carry-outs
    “It’s not where you are go-      ing us come.                        ciety, either by phone, mail or      are available
ing. It’s what happens along the          For the ones who don’t have    online I will have information
way.” …... Starring Academy          email I have received an invita-    on that at Jan 22nd “Event”.
Award Winners Jessica Lange          tion to the J & J Casino Days       Some have already paid, and in       January 17
and Kathy Bates and nominee          in Columbia on April 18th. The      the future any “Event” as one        Wentzville Chamber of Commerce Blizzard Ball. A night of
Joan Allen. It celebrates fun,       cost is $30.00 includes lunch,      mentioned you will need to give      dinner, dancing, and awards. Music by The Smash Band.
friendship and the detours of        door & vendor prizes, a sur-        your membership number in or-
life that make us who we are.        prise entertainer and lots of       der to attend.                       Hermann B&B Open Houses, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Check
A recent widow has to deliver        vendors. Registration limited to        I am hoping the weather          out the variety of lodging properties in Hermann. Maps avail-
her late husband ashes to his        first 336 ladies. There are two     doesn’t keep us homebound            able at Hermann Welcome Center, 312 Market Street.
daughter in Calif or the step-       contest; Elivs Look Alike and       on Jan 22nd and will see you
daughter will sell her house         Best Showgirl Costume: Con-         there.                               Hermann Wedding Trail, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hermann
in Idaho. The widows friend’s        test limited to first 20 and one        Queen Norma                      Wedding Trail. A tasting and open house event for wedding
convince her to deliver them         contest.                                                                 couples and their families.

Open House Planned for the New                                                                                January 20
Warrenton Al-Anon Group                                                                                       City of Troy Candidate Filing Information for the April 7,
                                                                                                              2008 General Municipal Election - Pursuant to Section 115,
                                                                                                              127 RSMO., notice is hereby given that the first day of can-
    For over 50 years, Al-Anon       solutions that lead to serenity     and answer session will follow.
                                                                                                              didate filing for the April 7, 2009 Municipal Election is 8 a.m.
(which includes Alateen for          in the Al-Anon/Alateen fellow-      Light refreshments will be pro-
                                                                                                              December 16, 2008 and the last day of candidate filing is 5
younger members) has been            ship.                               vided. For more information,
                                                                                                              p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
offering hope and help to fami-          The open house will be on       please call 636-248-2190.
lies and friends of alcoholics. It   Monday, January 19, 2009. It             This is a special informa-
                                                                                                              On Tuesday, January 20, 2009 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m, Kim-
is estimated that each alcoholic     will be held at College United      tional meeting open to the pub-
                                                                                                              berly Berni, M.D. will be speaking to the FREE Diabetes
affects the lives of at least four   Methodist Church, 701 East          lic for anyone curious about the
                                                                                                              Support Group at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake
other people... alcoholism is        Main Street in Warrenton, MO.       Al-Anon program and how it
                                                                                                              St. Louis
truly a family disease. No mat-      The event will take place from      works. The Warrenton 12 and
ter what relationship you have       6:30 - 8:00 p.m..                   12 group regularly meets at
with an alcoholic, whether they          Richard B. and Donna, long-     this same location on Mondays        January 22
are still drinking or not, all who   time members, will be present       from 7:00-8:00 p.m.                  The 21st Annual Ham and Bean Dinner will be held from
have been affected by some-          to give us their insight of the                                          11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 22,
one else’s drinking can find         Al-Anon program. A question                                              2009 at Zion United Church of Christ located at 725 Main
                                                                                                              Street
SCC to Hold Open Auditions for “Charley’s Aunt”
    St. Charles Community            in the theater of the Donald        sciences, and career-tech-
                                                                                                              January 24
                                                                                                              6th Annual Warrenton Ducks Unlimited Dinner/Auction,
College’s Center Stage The-          D. Shook Fine Arts Building         nical fields. SCC provides
                                                                                                              Warrenton American Legion. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner
atre is holding open auditions       on the SCC campus in Cot-           workforce training and com-          at 6:30 p.m. Catered dinner, beer, soda provided. Games,
for the upcoming produc-             tleville. Callback auditions will   munity-based personal and            raffles, live and silent auctions.
tion of the Victorian comedy         be held at 7 p.m. Wednes-           professional development as
“Charley’s Aunt,” written by         day, Jan. 21. Center Stage          well as cultural, recreational,
Brandon Thomas.                      Theatre invites SCC students        and entertainment opportu-
                                                                                                              January 25
                                                                                                              Warrenton Baptist Church will be showing the movie Fire-
    The popular comedy of            and community residents to          nities. For more information,        proof, 6 p.m.
errors and disguise centers          audition.                           visit www.stchas.edu.
around Jack and Charley,                 “Charley’s Aunt” will be                                             Attention Brides to-be! Join Garden Gate Party Rental &
undergraduate students at            performed in the theater of                                              Supply for the annual Bridal Show being held on Sunday,
Oxford University. The boys          the Fine Arts Building at 8                                              January 25, 2008 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at their new loca-
invite their girlfriends to lunch    p.m. Wednesday-Saturday,             FREE ESTIMATES                      tion at 651 South Main Street, Troy, MO 63379. For more
– properly chaperoned, of
course, by Charley’s wealthy
                                     March 2-7, and 2 p.m. Sun-
                                     day, March 8. There will also         DOCTOR                             information call 636-462-5665

aunt from Brazil.
    When Charley’s aunt can-
cels at the last minute, the
                                     be a matinee for high school
                                     students performed at 10
                                     a.m. on Thursday, March 5.
                                                                          CONCRETE                            January 31
                                                                                                              Thomas Paine Birthday Celebration, 2-5 p.m., Deutschheim
                                                                                                              State Historic Site’s Strehly House, Hermann, MO. Dr.
boys panic, and in their haste,          For more information                                                 Thomas Rowan, of the University of Missouri--St. Louis,
convince their friend to play        about auditions or the play,                                             will present a lecture on Thomas Paine, who empowered
the part of the “aunt.” The          contact Tana Burton at 636-                                              the American revolution and constitution through his ideas.
masquerade sails smoothly            922-8254, or visit www.st-                                               Free admission.
until the real aunt shows up,        chas.edu.
resulting in hilarious confu-            St. Charles Community
                                                                             (573) 581-5250                   All you can eat pancake breakfast, Warren County Senior
sion for all involved.               College is a public, compre-           or (573) 564-2251                 Center, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, sausage, and
                                                                                                              scrambled eggs. Served with juice, coffee, and milk.
    Director Debbie Phillips         hensive two-year commu-                     Specializing in
will hold open auditions at 1        nity college with associate             Repairing Basements
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, and          degrees and certificate pro-           All Types of Flat Work &
                                                                                                                     To submit an event for the community calendar,
at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20,          grams in the arts, business,             Decorative Concrete
                                                                                                                           email thefocusnews@yahoo.com.
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SLU Hosts Martin Luther King Jr. Sweet Treats on Display at the
Celebration March Monday, Jan. 19 Missouri Botanical Garden
   SLU will host a Martin Lu-        be Christopher J. Clark II, SLU      for three years, president of          Bring your sweetie to the           Several impromptu demon-
ther King Jr. celebration march      alum from the Class of 2005. He      the Black Student Alliance as      Missouri Botanical Garden on        strations will be held through-
Monday, Jan. 19, at 9 a.m., in       is currently in the fourth year of   a junior and as executive vice     Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21        out the day.
Busch Student Center Wool            the political science Ph.D. pro-     president of the Student Gov-      and 22, to see oodles of exqui-         The Missouri Botanical Gar-
Ballrooms.                           gram at the University of Iowa.      ernment Association as a se-       sitely hand-decorated cakes         den is located at 4344 Shaw
   This year’s event will be a       Clark graduated from SLU with        nior.                              and cookies. “Sugared, Spiced       Blvd. in south St. Louis, acces-
symbolic march with continental      a B.A. in political science, a mi-       The event is open to the       and Everything Iced” will be on     sible from Interstate 44 at the
breakfast, keynote speaker and       nor in French and a certificate      public. For more information, e-   display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.      Vandeventer exit. Admission is
recognition of the King scholars     in women’s studies.                  mail Janice Harris at harrisj2@    both days in the upper level        $8 for adults; St. Louis City and
who will be graduating in May,           Clark was active in numer-       slu.edu.                           of the Ridgway Visitor Center.      County residents are $4, with
2009.                                ous organizations while at SLU,                                         The event is included with Gar-     free admission on Saturdays
   The keynote speaker will          serving as a resident advisor                                           den admission.                      before noon. Children ages 12
                                                                                                                 Members of the St. Louis        and under and Garden mem-
                                                                                                             Metropolitan Sugar Art Guild        bers are free.
Valentine Concert at Chaifetz Arena Announced                                                                will showcase their unique cre-         For more information, visit
                                                                                                             ations, ranging from the simple     www.mobot.org or call the re-
                                                                                                             and traditional to the color-       corded events hotline at (314)
    Teena Marie, R&B vocalist        Biz,” “Casanova Brown” and           Steve Harvey on March 14.
                                                                                                             ful and whimsical. Learn how        577-9400. To learn more about
and protégé of Rick James, has       “Lover Girl.”                            For a list of all upcoming
                                                                                                             decorators combine gum paste        the St. Louis Metropolitan Sug-
just been added to the line-up           The special Valentine con-       Chaifetz Arena events, please
                                                                                                             flowers, piping gel, sugary glit-   ar Art Guild, visit www.sugarar-
with Maze, Frankie Beverly and       cert is part of a busy upcoming      visit www.TheChaifetzArena.
                                                                                                             ter and more to produce one-        tguild.org.
Keith Sweat for a special Val-       concert line-up at Chaifetz Are-     com.
                                                                                                             of-a-kind cakes.
entine concert at Chaifetz Are-      na, which includes Lil Wayne,
na Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m.        Keyshia Cole, T-Pain and Gym
    Advance tickets are $45,
$65 and $75 and are available
at MetroTix.com, the Chaifetz
                                     Class Heroes Thursday, Jan.
                                     8; Tony La Russa’s Stars to the
                                     Rescue Benefit Concert featur-
                                                                              AMERICAN LEGION POST 122
Arena box office, and by phone       ing Vince Gill, Huey Lewis and
at (314) 534-1111.                   the News, Lewis Black and
    Marie has been responsible       Kathleen Madigan on Sunday,
for a long list of hits, including   Jan. 18, the 4th Annual St. Lou-
“I Need Your Loving,” “Square        is Blues Festival on Feb. 20 and


Melvin Turnage Band Will
Perform at the Community &
Arts Center Feb. 6
    Let St. Louis’ own Melvin            Tickets to the show are $10
Turnage Band take you back           and must be purchased in ad-
to the smooth sounds of the          vance at St. Peters City Hall            28855 Legion Trail, Warrenton, MO 63383 • 636-456-2333
60’s as they “Celebrate Mo-
town.” Formed in the late 80’s,
                                     front desk or at the St. Peters
                                     Community & Arts Center lo-
                                                                                Visit our website: http://missourilegionpost122.org

                                                                                  COMEDY NIGHT
the Melvin Turnage Band will         cated at 1035 St. Peters-How-
be performing at the St. Peters      ell Road. A cash bar will be
Community & Arts Center at 7         available.
p.m. Feb. 6.
    Melvin, the creator of the
                                         For more information on this
                                     show, call 636.397.6903 or go
                                                                                   Host & Emcee Marcus Robinson
band, has over 40 years of           online to stpetersmo.net. From
experience in the music busi-        the home page, click on Select                            Joe Lehnig & Dan O’Sullivan
ness, and he has worked with
musicians such as Harry Bela-
                                     a Department and choose Com-
                                     munity & Arts Center. Scroll                                    JANUARY 16, 2009
fonte, Shalamar, Sammy Davis         down and look under Events for
Jr., and Gladys Knight and the       “Celebrate Motown.”                           Doors Open at 7 p.m., Show Starts at 8 p.m.
Pips.                                                                           Come and Have Some Hilarius Laughs With These Three Comedians Straight From
                                                                                            the Funny Bone & Comedy Central. A guaranteed fun night.
University Jazz Faculty Present                                                Tickets Available at the Beach Head Bar & Grill (Legion Bar) or Call 636-456-2333 for
                                                                               Advance Tickets. $10 per person in Advance or $15 at the door. Limited tickets due to
“New Music for Saxophone, Rhythm                                                              seating capacity. Tickets are going fast so get them now!
Section & String Quartet”
    Webster University jazz fac-
ulty will present “New Music for
                                     Collins, violin; Andrew Driscoll,
                                     violin; Leah Poe, viola; Tracey
                                                                             Valentine’s Day
Saxophone, Rhythm Section
& String Quartet.” The con-
cert will feature a wide range
                                     Andreotti, cello; Kim Portnoy,
                                     piano: Ric Vice, bass and Clar-
                                     ence Newell, drums
                                                                             Dance Feb. 14
of repertoire including original
compositions by Kim Portnoy
                                         The event will take place on
                                     Monday, January 26, 2009 at 7
                                                                                Mojo Tooth Band
and standards such as “Soon”         p.m.. It will be held at Winifred          Steak Specials, Main Hall
and “I Got Rhythm.” Faculty          Moore Auditorium, Webster
performers include Paul DeMa-        University at 470 E. Lockwood
rinis, saxophones; Katherine         Avenue.
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                                                                                                              months. You thank Charlie for
                                                                                                                                            Friday, January 9, 2009,         Page 1

                                                                                                                                                    Your wife has decided that she
                                                                         the insurer.                         all of his concern and instruct       has had enough and does not
3rd in a 4 part series                                                       No sooner than you hit the       him to call Joe with any addi-        want to participate, and opts
    By Joe Caulfield                from your shoulders. Before          end button on the cell phone, it     tional opinions he would like         rather to go to work. You be-
    In our last installment you     you reach your car, the cell         rings; Damien’s voice pierces        to convey. Charlie leaves you         gin to wonder if you should not
decided to retain Joe’s pro-        phone rings and it is Herb noti-     your ear at a volume at least        with the parting words, “You          have followed suite with your
fessional claim’s processing        fying you that Damien wants to       five octaves higher than his         know that I will have to file a       wife and went to work as well
services to represent you with      meet with you, him and Charlie       last tirade. “What do you think      mechanics lien, if you don’t pay      instead. Your curiosity would
your property damage insur-         at Herb’s office this afternoon.     you’re doing? I warn you that        me for the work I have already        not allow you that luxury, so,
ance claim. When you arrive at      You inform Herb that you are         you will not receive a dime more     completed.”                           ready or not, here you are, sit-
the front desk, the clerk advises   headed back to work and that         than I say. I write the checks,           You are once again shocked       ting in front of your destroyed
that you have a fax transmis-       Joe will be representing you         not Joe.” Since Joe alerted you      and dismayed by the heavy             home. You are already amazed
sion waiting. You take the fax      from this point forward. You         to the fact that unethical adjust-   handed intimidation that you          that Damien and Charlie are
from the front desk and it is the   hear a deep sigh and then Herb       ers sometimes try to threaten        have been subjected to by the         not early this time. As you sit
retainer authorization that Joe     tells you that you have made a       or harass claimants that chose       insurer and their hired goons.        in front of your home, the an-
promised to send. You head          serious mistake that will cost       to be represented, you are pre-      You are, once again, beginning        ticipation grows and you begin
to the hotel restaurant and join    you a lot of money. Herb tells       pared. You advise Damien that        to doubt the wisdom of your de-       to wonder if you have the right
your wife for breakfast. You        you that guys like Joe just take     any comments he would like           cision to hire Joe. You call your     day.
show her the retainer from Joe      a part of your money and do          to make to you regarding the         wife and tell her of the calls that       A few minutes later, Joe
and sign without hesitation. You    nothing in return. You ask Herb      claim can be directed to your        have transpired. She tells you        pulls up behind you and gets
now feel confident that some-       about his newfound interest in       representative Joe, in accor-        that after work you should both       out, greeting you with a hand
one will be working for your in-    your finances. After all, Herb       dance with the written notice he     go visit with Uncle Steve. After      shake. Joe can tell that you are
terests, after all, Joe receives    doesn’t tell you how to spend        has received from Joe. Damien        work, you and your wife meet          nervous and assures you that
a percentage of the settlement      your pay check on Friday, does       tells you that, “You will be sor-    at the chosen rendezvous and          he will do all of the talking and
you receive, so it only makes       he? Herb realizes the futility of    ry,” and you tell him you already    head for Uncle Steve’s. You           that it is best if you just observe,
good sense that he will attempt     his arguments and leaves you         are sorry that he is the adjuster    arrive at Uncle Steve’s and re-       he says. Within a matter of min-
to recover the maximum ben-         with the parting shot, “Don’t say    on your claim.                       lay all that has transpired. The      utes, Damien pulls up and this
efit to which you are entitled.     I didn’t warn you!” You feel too         Before you can fasten the        first question from Uncle Steve       time he is alone, but within sec-
In any event, you are anxious       good to let Herb’s threats ruin      cell back on your belt, it rings     is, “Did you notify Joe?” You         onds Charlie’s pickup noses to
to return to the work world you     your day.                            again. This time it’s Charlie        sheepishly admit that you did         the front of the line. As you look
know. You now realize that              You proceed to your car          and he asks you, “What’s go-         not and Uncle Steve admon-            around, your street is beginning
your efforts over the past few      and head to work. Your fellow        ing on ‘ole buddy?” You ask          ishes you for not contacting          to look like the mall’s parking
weeks have been futile. The in-     workers greet you like a survi-      Charlie, point blank, if he has      your representative Joe. Uncle        lot the day after Thanksgiving.
surance people are all experts      vor who was rescued after be-        talked to Damien and he stut-        Steve immediately calls Joe           You really don’t know what
and have worked thousands of        ing lost at sea. Everyone wants      ters and stammers a no into          and advises him of what has           to expect given all of the past
claims and you, as an amateur,      to hear all of the details of your   the mouth piece. You then ask        happened. Joe reminds Uncle           hostility vented by Damien and
certainly are no match for them.    ordeal. Some of the co-workers       why he’s calling and he replies      Steve that the insurer used           Charlie about your retention
They have their own lingo, in       volunteer their opinions and by      that he was just curious to see      much the same tactics when            of Joe as your representative.
which half of the time you did      noon you are sick of reciting the    if he could get started working      he represented him. Joe says          You have a momentary hal-
not even comprehend. What           story for the tenth time.            again. You then advise Charlie       he will notify the insurer of its     lucination that clubs, knives or
Uncle Steve told you does now           As you head for the caf-         that you have hired Joe. Char-       potential tortious interference       guns will be pulled and a wild
make a lot of sense. If you are     eteria for lunch, you dial Joe’s     lie volunteer’s that he knows        with the business relationship        melee will surely ensue.
the kind of person that muddles     number. Joe advises you that         Joe and that he is “really good,”    between him and you and he                You are shocked that Da-
through filing complicated tax      he received your contract and        but that it will take years to       suspects that will end the calls      mien and Charlie meet Joe with
forms, representing yourself        he has already put Damien and        settle your claim now that you       from Damien, Charlie and Herb.        broad smiles and handshakes.
in court, self diagnosis of your    the company on notice that he        have representation. Charlie         Joe says if that does not deter       The greetings are casual with
own health conditions, then you     will be representing you. In ad-     suggests that you look at the        them, he will have his lawyer,        almost friendly exchanges. You
are probably a good candidate       dition, he has contacted Dave,       three day cancellation clause        who filed suits on his behalf in      follow in tow as Joe leads the
to handle your own property         his ordinarily skilled construc-     in Joe’s contract and consider       the past, contact the insurer. In     way. Joe hands Damien a pre-
insurance claim. You and your       tion estimator, to estimate the      canceling the contract, since        the meantime, Joe suggests            pared estimate of the damages
wife finish breakfast and she       damages to your home and to          you probably don’t want to end       that if there is any additional       and Charlie gawks eagerly over
heads off to work, while you        assess the restorability of your     up in a lawsuit that could take      contact from the insurer or their     Damien’s shoulder. Since the
head for the front desk to fax      personal property. Since you         years. Charlie opines that your      Goons to politely inform them to      fire started in the basement,
the contract back to Joe.           gave Joe the combination to          actions will make Damien “re-        call Joe. As always, after talking    Joe suggests that the inspec-
    The front desk promises to      the lock box that was installed      ally mad” and he will probably       with Uncle Steve and Joe, you         tion commence at that point and
send your fax off immediately.      on your home after the fire by       stop paying your extra living ex-    and your wife are once again          proceed from the source of the
As you step into the crisp morn-    Charlie, your presence is not        penses; “Damien can be a real        relieved.                             fire to the other damaged ar-
ing air, you breathe deeply for     required. Joe tells you that the     hothead, you know?” Charlie               By the middle of the week,       eas. Both Damien and Charlie
the first time in weeks and the     estimates will be complete in        says that he can fix things up       Joe calls to inform you that the      agree, which strikes you as the
heavy weight which you have         several days and that he will        with Herb and Damien and get         estimates of your damaged             first positive note of the claim.
felt has now suddenly lifted        advise you of the amounts and        you back home in a couple of         property are ready and that the       Everyone proceeds to the utility
                                                                                                              totals far exceed your policy         room and the temporary lighting
                                                                                                              limits for the building and that      Joe has had installed brightly
                                                                                                              his expert opines that none           illuminates the area. Joe tells
  My Lake Area Home for your Moscow Mills                                                                     of the personal property can
                                                                                                              be returned to preloss condi-
                                                                                                                                                    Damien and Charlie that the
                                                                                                                                                    floor joists and the sub floor
                                                                                                              tion. Joe says that he will call      are badly burned and will have
        Area Home (Linn Creek, MO)                                                                            Damien and schedule a walk            to be replaced. Charlie opines
                                                                                                              through to look at the damages        that a portion of the sub floor
                                                                                                              to your home. Joe tells you that      in the basement area can be
                                                     Quiet Country Home. This modular                         you are welcome to attend the         saved by cutting around the pe-
                                                  home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bath-                        meeting with Damien, but that         rimeter of the walls and “sister-
                                                  rooms. Very well maintained home with 8.2                   it is not required for you to be      ing” in joists next to the charred
                                                  acres. Pasture fenced in for horses or cat-                 present. You advise Joe that          structure. Charlie opines that
                                                  tle. Fenced in play/dog area. 2-8x10 metal                  you would like to be present for      not only will that “fix it,” but it
                                                                                                              the initial meeting with Damien.      will, in fact, make the structure
                                                  storage sheds, one 4 wheeler/lawnmower                      About a half hour later, Joe          stronger. Joe suggests that in-
                                                  shed, one 8x12 wooden storage shed with                     calls and informs you that he         demnification means to put the
                                                  electric, one 10x12 wooden workshop with                    has scheduled a meeting with          structure back like it was and
                                                  electric, one 16x20 building with drywall,                  Damien for 10:00 O’clock A.M.         that leaving burnt structural
                                                  well insulated, electric, phone, water, and                 on Friday at your home to meet        members in the home would
                                                                                                              with Damien and Charlie to re-        absolutely reduce the value of
                                                  sewer.                                                      view the scope of damages.            the home. Surprisingly, Damien
                                                     Wanting to trade for home or nice mod-                   You wait in anxious anticipation      agrees with Joe.
                                                  ular with a little land for same value around               for the meeting on Friday. You            All of the sudden this meet-
                                                  the Moscow Mills area.                                      wonder how Damien will re-            ing is looking too good to be
                                                                                                              spond to Joe’s representation.        true. As the group continues
                                                      Call (573) 346-1706 or                                       As you and your wife have        through the damaged home,
                                                      Email: hous-989745522@craigslist.org                    breakfast Friday morning, you         time after time Charlie voices
                                                                                                              have a nervous edge of con-           opposition and Damien agrees
                                                                                                              cern for what might happen at         with Joe. Upon reaching the
                                                                                                              the meeting between Joe and           rear bedroom where Damien
                                                                                                              Damien. Uncle Steve has once          previously vetoed Charlie’s
                                                                                                              again assured you that Joe            suggested replacement of the
                                                                                                              knows his business and has a          drywall and flooring during the
                                                                                                              long track record of represent-       previous walk-through, he now
                                                                                                              ing individual homeowners like        readily agrees with Joe that full
                                                                                                              you, businesses, big and small,       replacement is warranted. By
                                                                                                              and, in fact, government agen-        the time we reached the guest
                                                                                                              cies. You are certainly reas-         bath and Joe points out that the
                                                                                                              sured by Joe’s credentials, but       fiberglass tub and shower en-
                                                                                                              you still can’t help but worry        closure warranted replacement,
                                                                                                              about the future for your family.     since the cavities were smoke
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filled and Damien agrees, you         of the items on the list were in     letter instructing you to have all
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                                                                                                                                                    amount of actual cash value
                                                                                                                mand a dispute resolution pro-
wonder if it is time for jubilant     your home. What had seemed           parties to the check sign and        cess that is a policy condition     and loss. Each party will: a. Pay
celebration.                          an insurmountable task now           send to them. The letter fur-        called appraisal. Generally,        its own appraiser; b. Bear the
     Joe and Damien then dis-         took on the appearance of rela-      thers advises that the check will    appraisal conditions have simi-     other expenses of the appraisal
cuss the personal property in-        tive ease. You and Joe now           be deposited into an escrow ac-      lar language, although there is     and umpire equally.’
ventory; since the contents are       part company and most all of         count with a partial draw of one     some variation in policies; here        Since you now have uncon-
a total loss, Joe suggests that it    your anxiety has now dissi-          third of the contractor’s con-       is an example;                      ditional trust in Joe’s judgment,
was unnecessary to have a line        pated and you can’t wait to tell     tract price and the balance paid         ‘If you or we fail to agree     you follow his advice and have
item estimate. Damien agrees,         your wife that Uncle Steve was       when you rebuild the home. Joe       on the actual cash value or the     him appoint an appraiser. Joe
but qualified his compliance          right, again. You do have to re-     has also alerted you that his at-    amount of loss, an appraisal of     selects an appraiser that works
with a comment to Joe that it is      member to temper your enthu-         torney told him that the former      the loss may take place. Upon       as an adjuster for another in-
not his decision; but rather his      siasm with Joe’s warning that        CEO of the mortgagee com-            the written request of either,      surance company. Joe says he
supervisor Brutus who would           he does expect a clash, if not       pany is currently residing in the    each party shall select a compe-    knows the adjuster has integrity
formulate the final position for      an outright fight, over the per-     Federal Penitentiary in Marion,      tent and disinterested appraiser    and will assess the claim hon-
the insurer.                          sonal property.                      Illinois for mortgage fraud.         within 20 days after receiving      estly and fairly on your behalf.
     The meeting ended as ami-            You are shocked beyond                Since the settlement check      the request from the other. The         In the next part of our se-
cably as it began, with hand          belief when Joe calls two days       is for three times the amount of     two appraisers will choose an       ries, we will examine appraisal;
shakes and good natured con-          later to inform you that he has a    your remaining mortgage bal-         umpire. If they cannot agree        the benefits, pitfalls and the re-
versation regarding mutual past       check payable to you and him         ance, you elect not to send the      upon an umpire within 15 days,      sults.
claim’s resolutions. Damien and       for the total policy limits on the   check endorsed. Another week         you or we may request that the          (Editors Note: Joe Caulfield
Charlie depart in the same di-        structure portion of the claim.      of calls to the mortgagee yields     choice be made by a judge of        is a 42 year veteran of consum-
rection in less than the blink of     Joe does warn that the next hill     no response from a live per-         a court of record in the state      er advocacy, Past President
an eye, leaving you and Joe to        to climb is negotiating the check    son. Joe suggests that you talk      where the “residence premises”      and Co-founder of the Con-
dissect the postmortem of the         with the mortgagee. Since the        with your local bank in regards      is located. The appraisers will     sumers Insurance Information
meeting that has transpired.          insurer has relented and issued      to making a bridge loan to pay       separately set both the actual      Bureau, President and CEO of
     Joe warns you that while the     a check for the limits, depend-      off the mortgage and have the        cash value and the amount of        Joseph P. Caulfield & Associ-
meeting was encouraging, not          ing on your interest rate and        mortgagee sign the check and         loss. If the appraisers submit a    ates, Inc., Specializing in Loss
to pen your hopes on an im-           the current rate, the mortgagee      return it to the title company.      written report of an agreement      Consulting for the Insurance
mediate resolution. Joe said he       might demand payment in full.        Finally, after weeks of addi-        to us, the amount agreed upon       Buying Public’s Claims and
expected that the insurer would       If you have a low rate and the       tional delay, your bank is able      will be the actual cash value or    Chief Special Investigator for
now pay the structure policy          rate has increased since you         to make the exchange.                the amount of loss. If the ap-      the CIAA (Coalition of Innocent
limits promptly, but that he an-      financed, the mortgagee will              In the meantime, Damien         praisers fail to agree, they will   African Americans.) The stories
ticipated a real battle over the      probably want to be paid in full;    says that his supervisor Brutus      submit their differences to the     appearing are composite illus-
personal property. Joe said in        if on the other hand, your rate is   has determined that the per-         umpire, the umpire shall make       trations of what can happen to
past dealings with Never Pay          higher than the current rate, the    sonal property has an Actual         an award within 30 days after       you, based on Joe’s actual case
Mutual they always insisted on        lender will probably be happy        Cash Value (depreciated value)       the umpire receives the ap-         files and experience. Any opin-
a detailed inventory of the per-      to continue on the same basis,       of approximately one half of the     praisers’ submissions of their      ions expressed are solely those
sonal property, although in the       so long as you have not been         amount for which it is insured.      differences. A decision agreed      of the writer, Joe Caulfield.)
event of a total loss, it should      a problem mortgagor (late with       Joe recommends that you de-          to by any two, will set the
not be required.                      monthly payments, etc.).
     Joe said that the quickest           Joe suggests that if you
way to affect settlement, would       are credit worthy, with a good
probably be to list the items         score, you might want to con-
and reserve our right to main-
tain that such listing was not
                                      sider the loan payoff option
                                      and refinance, particularly if the     Wanting to Trade House for Moscow Mills,
required. In other words, even
though it should not be neces-
                                      rates are currently lower. You
                                      assure Joe that your credit rat-       Warrenton Area House (Linn Creek, MO)
sary, do it anyway in the spirit of   ing is stellar and that you think
cooperation. Joe suggests that        you will refinance, since the                                                            Wanting to trade our home for a home
you and your wife itemize a list      rate is now considerably lower                                                        around the Moscow Mills, Warrenton, or
as quickly as possible, includ-       than it was when you originally                                                       Troy area.
ing the age and current cost of       financed fifteen years ago. Un-                                                          Our home was built in 2006. It has 2748
the items. Joe says that he will      fortunately, the original local                                                       square feet with 3 bedrooms and 3 full
provide details for those items       bank that financed your dream
where you do not know the cur-        home is long gone, acquired                                                           bath. Jetted tub with seperate shower in
rent price, or those items that       in an acquisition by a big New                                                        the master bath. Tile floors in the kitchen,
require specialized pricing.          York bank that then merged                                                            dining, bathrooms and entry way. Gas fire-
     Joe provides you with a          three more times. Your mort-                                                          place in the living room. LOTS and LOTS
memory jogger that list thou-         gage is now held by a company                                                         of closets. Full finished walk out basement
sands of items of personal            in Nowhere, New Mexico. All of
property and household items          your calls are answered by an                                                         with large storage room in the basement.
generally found in homeowner          automated telephone system                                                            2 car attached garage. Front porch, back
occupied dwellings as a guide         that circularly sends you back                                                        deck and back patio. 3 acres with stocked
to refresh your memory, room          and forth to nowhere.                                                                 pond (bass, bluegill, carp). Appraised for
by room, of what was in your              Finally, in response to your                                                      $220,000.00. Wanting something of equal
home. As you skim the list,           numerous calls, you receive a                                                         or lesser value with at least 3+ acres.
you immediately see that most
                                                                                                                               Our home is located less than 10 miles
                                                                                                                            to Lake of the Ozarks State Park. Quiet

         Pamper Your Pets Salon
                                                                                                                            country living, not far from all the lake area
                                                                                                                            attractions and shopping. We also own an
                                                                                                                            additional neighboring property.
         Carol Hoover, Certified Groomer
                                                                                                                               Call (573) 346-1706 or
                                                                                                                               email: hous-991025246@craigslist.org




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