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Marian KristMarian Krist

Published in July 2011

 

St. Peters Rec-Plex Triathlons provide a great challenge to the serious competitor. Participants swim 500 meters, bike for 21 miles, and then run another 4.5 miles in both the Rec-Plex Spring and Fall Triathlon. But, neither event would be possible without the help of volunteers from our community.

 

Marian Krist is one of the many generous people who help out at the triathlons by handing out water at one of the stations along the course. She has been volunteering with the Rec-Plex triathlons for the last three years and really likes the event. She says, “The triathlons are really enjoyable. I love seeing the people compete and being a part of the hype.”

 

Marian moved to St. Peters 18 years ago, and has been volunteering in the City ever since. “I did it to meet people because I was new to the area,” she says. “I’m a people person—I like meeting new people, and volunteering allows me to do that.”

 

When Marian moved to St. Peters she started volunteering with the Beautification Task Force and Jr. Olympics, and since then she has helped out with numerous special events in St. Peters. According to Marian, volunteering for events is great because your volunteer duties are flexible. “Events are a great opportunity for volunteers because the City allows you to fill in when you have time,” Marian says.

 

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Villas at Braewood

Published in June 2011

 

Pictured, L-R: Jeanne Rusch, Ray Hallemeier, Tony Lepski, Billie Wiggins, and Carol Wolter.

 

The residents of Villas at Braewood care deeply about the appearance and care of their homes. So, it’s no surprise that they’ve extended that attitude out to the road leading to their beautiful subdivision.

 

When you turn onto Shady Springs Lane from the I-70 Service Road North, you’ll see an Adopt-a-Road sign for Villas at Braewood. Every couple months, weather permitting, the residents there clean litter from Shady Springs all the way from the service road one-half mile to the entrance of the subdivision.

 

These Adopt-a-Road Program volunteers are all seniors, and it’s not lost on them that there are younger people littering, causing more work for them.

 

“Maybe people will feel guilty when they read this and stop littering,” Carol Wolter says.

 

Homeowners Association President Tony Lepski said that Villas at Braewood started picking up litter on Shady Springs about seven years ago when resident Ray Hallemeier asked about starting an Adopt-a-Road program with the City of St. Peters. Carol and Jeanne Rusch took over the subdivision’s Adopt-a-Road responsibilities about a year ago after they moved to Villas at Braewood. Resident Billie Wiggins also volunteers picking up litter. At the Villas of Braewood, residents perform a variety of tasks to help with the subdivision’s upkeep.

 

“That’s the great thing about this subdivision. So many people volunteer to help out,” Jeanne says.

 

Carol and Jeanne bought a big pull wagon that they bring with them so that they can carry all the litter they find on their route.

 

One of the group’s biggest pet peeves? Just like many other Adopt-a-Road volunteers, they’re upset with the great number of cigarette butts they find along the road.

 

“I am amazed,” says Billie. “I thought littering was on the way out.”


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Madaline BarteauMadaline Barteau

Published in April 2011

 

Madaline Barteau took a bit of a chance last year when she accepted her volunteer position on the City of St. Peters’ “Green Team” (formally known as the Green Environmental and Solid Waste Issues Advisory Committee). It’s a chance that has paid off for Madaline and our community.

 

“When I first joined, I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. Almost everyone else on the committee was younger than 35, and they all seemed to have great ideas. I didn’t know what I was going to contribute,” Madaline recalls. “But, then I figured that I could help get out the word about our green programs to seniors, and that’s what I’ve been trying to do. I think it’s important to explain what’s going on to other people in our community.”

 

Madaline, who moved to St. Peters with husband Herb in 1982, is a fixture in the community on many levels. She serves as President of Crescent Hills’ subdivision association, helping put together a newsletter to keep the residents there informed. For the past seven years, she has organized Crescent Hills’ National Night Out block party to help fight crime. And, Madaline was part of the citizen group that supported St. Peters’ storm water bond issue that passed last year.

 

“This has been a great learning experience. I didn’t know how well the City was run until I got involved,” Madaline says. “They retire their bonds early, whenever possible, to save us money. And, they just offer so much that other cities in our area do not. Recycle City, for example, is an amazing facility, and I had no idea about everything that they did until I visited it.”

 

Through her volunteer work, Madaline also has gained an appreciation of the swimming program at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. She recently helped as a timer at the girls’ state swimming and diving championships, and as a ticket taker during the NAIA national swimming championships. You’ll also find Madaline at St. Peters’ Earth Day/Arbor Day event on April 2, 2011, where she’ll help the Green Team hand out free energy-efficient Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs and informational literature to St. Peters residents.

 

“I have really enjoyed volunteering for the City. This has been a great opportunity to help the community and to meet new people,” Madaline said.

 

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Joe MudrovicJoe Mudrovic

Published in February 2011

 

St. Peters resident Joe Mudrovic retired after 34 years teaching in the Hazelwood School District, and he wanted to keep busy doing something he enjoys. The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre was the perfect place for him to volunteer.

 

Joe believes in the power of art and encourages people to experience all that the new Cultural Arts Centre has to offer.

 

“Art should be a part of your life, not just something that’s sequestered away in a museum somewhere,” he said.

 

The Arts Centre relies on volunteers like Joe, who for the past year has helped by performing receptionist duties, preparing art supplies for classes and running a variety of errands. “I love the volunteer experiences I’ve had, there’s such a variety of things to do,” he said. “I enjoy volunteering because of the people I get to meet. The Arts Centre staff and all the people who visit the Arts Centre are very nice and fun to talk to.”

 

There are many reasons to volunteer, according to Joe. “Volunteering at the Arts Centre has really broadened my horizons. I enjoy getting to meet the artists and talk to them about their work,” he said. “It’s also a great thing to do because by giving, you receive so much. By giving I have been able to meet some very nice people who have become my friends.”

 

Joe also volunteers for several other organizations. He helps the USO at Lambert Airport, helps children with their reading in the Oasis Tutoring Program, and also takes his trained therapy dog, Lady, to visit patients in nursing homes and hospitals as part of the “Love on a Leash” program.

 

Joe is excited about the Cultural Arts Centre’s move to the new City Hall location. “I think the move is a really good thing. There’s more space, a better theatre and it’s in a more convenient location,” he said.

 

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Doc Ottinger'Doc' Ottinger

Published in January 2011

 

Dr. David “Doc” Ottinger has been a proud St. Peters volunteer for more than a decade, including the past nine years as Chairman of the Parks, Recreation and Arts Advisory Board.

 

Enthusiastic about his volunteer work, the retired chiropractor known to many people as Doc has served the City in many capacities—as Chairman of the parks board, as an attending physician for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials at the Rec-Plex, as a member of the former Police Advisory Board, and as one of the people who helped initiate the successful St. Peters Park Watch Program.

 

Doc has enjoyed his experience as Chairman of the parks board and all of the opportunities it has afforded him. He said, “Volunteering has been a great experience. I get to meet a lot of different people who volunteer, and they’re good, helpful people.” His favorite experience as a volunteer for the City of St. Peters has been helping with the annual Tree Giveaway program at the Earth Day/Arbor Day event. “It is an opportunity to help improve the City’s quality and helps St. Peters to continuously receive the Tree City USA Award,” he explains.

 

Doc’s other volunteer work includes serving as a Shrine clown for the Shriners and helping the Boy Scouts and the Red Cross.He encourages everyone to consider volunteering for the City, as there are a variety of opportunities available. “I think that St. Peters is a fabulous place to live, and people should take an interest in their City,” he said. “That’s why I originally started volunteering.”

 

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Ann CooperAnn Cooper

Published in November 2010

 

Ann Cooper is exactly the type of cheerful soul you want volunteering for you. The City of St. Peters is happy to have Ann helping at the front desk of the Community & Arts Center and at a number of City events.

 

Ann says she really enjoys volunteering for the City of St. Peters.

 

“I find that it’s a great way of getting out and meeting other people, and contributing to your community,” Ann says. Ann will be back volunteering at the Tree Lighting Ceremony this year after helping for the first time last year. Besides assisting Santa Claus with a long line of children, Ann helped visitors find a place to sit during the well-attended musical performances.

 

The St. Peters Rec-Plex relies on volunteers like Ann to hold regional and state swim meets. She takes tickets during the events.

 

Ann helps on a weekly basis at the Community & Arts Center. She says she really likes helping Cindy DuBois, who runs the Arts Center. “I just fell in love with Cindy,” Ann says. “She’s such a nice person.”

 

The Arts Center also has brought out Ann’s creative talents as a quilter. After she started volunteering, Ann entered her quilts into some competitions and won some awards. “Ann is one talented lady,” Cindy says. “No matter the project that I give her, Ann’s artistic talents emerge.”

 

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Larry EssmannLarry Essmann

Published in October 2010

 

Every year, twice a year, people from all over the state of Missouri descend on the City of St. Peters, and specifically the St. Peters Rec-Plex, for the high school swimming and diving championships.

 

The Rec-Plex has hosted the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s boys and girls state swimming and diving meets since 1998 and 1999. Several hundred athletes qualify for the event, and several thousand people attend the two-day championships. The events are a source of community pride, and the influx of visitors serves as a source of business for local hotels, restaurants and other shops.

 

Without our dedicated volunteers, St. Peters simply would not be able to host these large events. One swimming lane alone needs three people working as timers (to back up the electronic timer). Larry Essmann is one of the people who volunteer as a timer during these events year after year.

 

Larry started volunteering about the time the Rec-Plex started hosting the state swimming and diving championship more than a decade ago when he lived in Bridgeton. After moving to Ballwin, Larry continued to volunteer. He helps at the Rec-Plex state meets for a couple of reasons. As a retired educator, Larry knows the importance of volunteering because schools often rely on community help. And, as a fitness swimmer, Larry enjoys the sport of swimming.


Larry also volunteers as a docent at the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Kirkwood and as an usher at Sheldon Concert Hall and at the Edison Theatre on the Washington University campus.

 

“These are all programs that have budgets that cannot fully fund the staffing they need,” Larry said. “They rely on their volunteers.”


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Scott WilsonScott Wilson

Published in September 2010

 

Scott Wilson became a volunteer for the St. Peters Senior Center’s “Meals on Wheels” program in 1996 because he remembers what delivered meals meant to his grandmother.

 

“I remembered that it allowed my Grandma to live independently,” Scott says.

 

Scott continues to volunteer to this day, making these special deliveries a family thing. Suzan, his wife, fills in for Scott some days. And, through the years, his kids (Jacob, 19, Meaghan, 15, and Hannah, 13) have all tagged along on Scott’s route and gotten to know some of the seniors helped by the program.

 

The Meals on Wheels program brings nutritionally balanced meals to eligible homebound people ages 60 and older. The program relies on volunteers like Scott.

 

It only takes about 90 minutes total to come to the Senior Center to pick up meals, go out on a route, and get back to work at his financial advisor office in St. Peters, Scott says. He also recruited another driver, Jim Enlow, to alternate with him from week-to-week.

 

“It helps, because we can also fill in for each other when we need to,” Scott says.

 

From time to time, Scott’s able to touch seniors’ lives in ways beyond serving a meal, like the time he replaced a battery in a beeping smoke alarm or when he got some bug spray for a senior.

 

“That’s the thing that makes you happy to do it—when you’re helping someone out,” Scott says.

 

If you would like to volunteer to deliver meals, call the Senior Center at 636-278-1609.

 

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Joshua DavisJoshua Davis

Published in August 2010

 

With St. Peters’ efforts to “Go Green,” we’re getting—and needing—more and more volunteers to help us with environmental programs. Volunteer opportunities include serving on the Green Environmental and Solid Waste Issues Advisory Committee, helping fill tires with the Nitrogen Tire-Filling Program, helping with the Earth Day/Arbor Day event, and more.

 

Joshua Davis got his start volunteering as a member of the Green Environmental and Solid Waste Issues Advisory Committee. He helped deliver compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to residents earlier this year. (Both the nitrogen and CFL programs were funded with federal grants. AmerenUE and Cuivre River Electric also donated CFL bulbs.) He volunteered at the Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration, and he helped clean trash from streams during a St. Peters Clean Streams event. Joshua also volunteered at a Rec-Plex hockey tournament.

 

Naturally, Joshua is an avid recycler, and tries to do what’s right for the environment. He said of his volunteer activities that they’re “a pretty low effort with a big benefit. I try to do as much as possible to help. You get to a certain age with your kids, and you start thinking about their future.”

 

Joshua and his wife, Katie, have two young children. And as a stay-at-home Dad with some time to spare, Joshua also knows that volunteering is a great way to meet many new people and build strong relationships for the future.“

 

One great thing is that I’ve met a lot of new people,” Joshua says.

 

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Jerry SmithJerry Smith

Published in July 2010

 

Jerry Smith and his entire family recycles. He’s proud of St. Peters’ efforts to go green, and he’s happy to play a part as the first volunteer to help with the new nitrogen tire station.

 

“I’m for anything that helps the environment, and I’m happy to do something to help,” Jerry says.

 

 The nitrogen tire-filling program gives St. Peters residents a chance to have their tires filled with nitrogen for free. Nitrogen-filled tires increase your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and help tires last longer.

 

The nitrogen tire-filling program is open to St. Peters residents with proof of residency. Schedule an appointment online at www.stpetersmo.net or call 636-970-1456, ext. 1.

 

“I think the nitrogen program is just a great program that residents should take advantage of,” Jerry says. Since Jerry works late afternoon and evening hours, he was happy to help fill tires periodically in the morning. The City of St. Peters continues to look for more volunteers like Jerry who can help fill tires with nitrogen.

 

Jerry also helped deliver energy-saving compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs to St. Peters homes earlier this year. Both the nitrogen and CFL programs were funded with federal grants. AmerenUE and Cuivre River Electric also donated CFL bulbs.

 

Plus, Jerry has helped the St. Peters Rec-Plex with hockey games and the NAIA national swim meet. Jerry says it was easy to get started volunteering for the City of St. Peters, and he likes helping his community.

 

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Tom & Connie WambleTom & Connie Wamble

Published in June 2010

 

Connie Wamble has made it a habit of cleaning up litter along the streets in her neighborhood in unincorporated St. Charles County off Jung Station. When she and her husband, Tom, decided to look for another area to clean up trash, the couple found the St. Peters Volunteer Program.

 

Tom and Connie are part of the St. Peters Adopt-a-Road program. They clean up a half-mile section of McClay Road from Harvester Road to Jungermann Road. Neither Tom nor Connie normally drive through this area, but that was beside the point for the couple.

 

“We thought, if we can help the community be a better place, this would be a good way to help,” Connie says.

 

Besides, the couple doesn’t mind the task. “It’s a nice walk, really,” Tom says. “We get to do something together.”

 

And, Connie says it’s not so hard, even during winter. “You get to pick your day, so you can wait for nice weather,” she says.

 

Adopt-a-Road volunteers are expected to clean along their adopted roads at least once every two months, unless we experience extended winter weather. Safety comes first for the program. The adopted stretch of road is expected to be at least a half-mile, and all participants must be at least 8 years old.

 

Tom and Connie were able to choose from a list of roads sent by Volunteer Specialist Erin Spence. Connie says, “The St. Peters program really fit the bill for what we wanted to do.”

 

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Cindy PowellCindy Powell

Published in May 2010

 

Cindy Powell decided over a year ago that she wants to give back to the community. She likes living in St. Peters, so she decided that she’d dedicate some of her time to her City.

 

“I thought, what better way to give back to the community than to volunteer,” Cindy says. “I like it here, and I want St. Peters to remain a great place to live, so I thought I’d help to keep it that way.”

 

Cindy helps the City of St. Peters at various community events. She has volunteered at the past two Earth Day/Arbor Day events, an Ice Show at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, the Tree Lighting ceremony and the Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance. Cindy also has started volunteering for a church and she helped her employer, Emerson, give away backpacks to a couple of North County elementary schools.

 

Besides the good feeling she gets from volunteering, Cindy also says she enjoys meeting new people and finding out more about what’s happening in her community.

 

“I really have enjoyed it,” she says.

 

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Hank HermosilloHank Hermosillo

Published in April 2010

 

Hank Hermosillo’s volunteer activities for the City of St. Peters began about three years ago with some bashed mailboxes. He talked to police about this act of vandalism on his street and then started a Neighborhood Watch in Cave Springs. From there, Hank’s volunteer efforts in his community blossomed.

 

“I told myself that after I retire, I am not going to sit around and do nothing,” Hank said. “After I started with the Neighborhood Watch program, I began to see more and more needs for volunteer work.”

 

In April, Hank will be one of many volunteers delivering free CFL light bulbs to homes as part of an education campaign funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and donations. Hank serves on St. Peters’ volunteer Green Environmental and Solid Waste Issues Advisory Committee. He says his main interest is seeking alternative energy options for the community, but also feels that one thing we can all do right now is conserve energy. Hank says he uses CFL bulbs in his home to conserve energy and that “they’re a great idea, absolutely.”

 

It’s another type of lighting program entirely that has Hank out in the forefront. Hank founded and promotes the St. Peters’ Emergency Beacon Program on a weekly basis. This program provides free devices that can turn an ordinary porch or window light into a flashing beacon that will help emergency responders find you quickly in event of an emergency. Call Hank at 636-441-6718 to learn more. Or, you may run into Hank at the Rec-Plex on Tuesday mornings or at the Senior Center on Thursday mornings when he sets up a spot to distribute the Emergency Beacon Program devices.

 

Hank also is a member of the St. Peters/Central County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a well-trained civilian emergency work force that is prepared to volunteer during disaster situations that overwhelm conventional emergency services.

 

His other volunteer duties include helping with Rec-Plex swimming, diving, hockey and triathlon events. His wife, Sylvia, also volunteers with Hank at various events, and they both deliver meals to homebound residents as part of the St. Peters Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program.

 

“My wife deserves a lot of the credit. I can’t do it without her,” Hank said.

 

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Rita Konertz-LeeRita Konertz-Lee

Published in March 2010

 

Rita Konertz-Lee first decided to train to become part of the St. Peters/Central County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) more than four years ago because she spent a lot of time volunteering at her kids’ school. “I figured if I became a CERT member, in case of an emergency, I could help out at school,” Rita says.

 

While Rita luckily never had to use her CERT emergency skills at her kids’ school, she did stick with the organization, and today she’s the Training Coordinator for the St. Peters/Central County CERT Team. Rita plans training programs for monthly CERT meetings and she teaches a lot of them.

 

“Personally, I’ve learned a lot as a CERT member,” Rita says. “And, hopefully, I’ve passed on a lot of what I’ve learned to the group to help them be better prepared.”

 

CERT is a well-trained civilian emergency work force that is prepared to volunteer during disaster situations that overwhelm conventional emergency services. Members also help with community projects, including Operation Clean Stream, the Central County Fire & Rescue District smoke detector testing/replacement program, as well as traffic control and first aid during some community events. Rita has helped at some clean stream events, and, unrelated to CERT, she has also helped beautify St. Peters with some flower plantings in the parks.

 

During the 2008 flood, Rita was the first CERT team member called to assist City emergency management, and she then scheduled CERT volunteers during most of the remainder of the flood operations. CERT members carried information door to door in Old Town during the flood threat to communicate directly with businesses and residents. And, they manned the St. Peters/Central County Mobile Command Post (a retrofitted RV) in Lone Wolff Park to provide a front-line location, open 24-7 for emergency workers, and to provide nearby residents with flood information.

 

As Training Coordinator, Rita is currently working on continuing CERT training in such areas as traffic control, medical triage, light search and rescue, emergency canvassing, CPR and radio communications. CERT members are not trained to the level of emergency responders, but each team member is trained to help his or her family and then move on to help others with immediate assistance and to share information that could help save lives.

 

“As CERT members, we’re there to help when needed,” Rita says. “If we can be there so that a firefighter or police officer doesn’t have to knock on doors checking on residents after a disaster, we free them up so that they can be available to respond to immediate calls for help.”

 

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Chuck CoyneChuck Coyne

Published in February 2010

 

Chuck Coyne says that “one of the biggest thrills of my life” came at the St. Peters Rec-Plex when he met Laura Wilkinson. He was volunteering during the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials, where the gold medalist diver was competing to return to the Olympics.

 

Chuck’s been volunteering as a timer at swimming and diving meets at the Rec-Plex ever since. The same type of thrill he got watching the Olympics, he also gets watching local high school athletes.

 

“I’ve been into sports and been a competitor my whole life. That’s why I love the Olympics, and I love amateur sports. They’re doing something for the love of the game and competition. You can see the intensity in their faces when they compete,” Chuck says.

 

Chuck has volunteered at the NAIA college championships, Missouri state high school swimming and diving championships, and a regional high school swimming and diving championship.

 

“It’s great to see good kids doing good things,” Chuck says.

 

For the Rec-Plex, volunteers like Chuck make it possible to host major competitions. Timers are required to back up the electronic timing system, and three timers are needed for each swimming lane in each competition.

 

Chuck is a paramedic/firefighter who worked his way up to Chief of the Community Fire Protection District in St. Louis County. No matter your job, he believes it’s important to have volunteer experience. And, he’s happy to help the Rec-Plex. “There’s nothing better than to help out without looking for compensation for it,” he says.

 

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Chris WinslowChris Winslow

Published in January 2010

 

Through his volunteer work for the City of St. Peters, Chris Winslow is learning a lot about St. Peters’ past and has an interesting vantage point to our community’s future.

 

Chris has served as chairman of the St. Peters Celebration Committee’s Historical Committee for the past year. The committee oversaw the writing of a history book about St. Peters that is now available for sale. Chris, who moved to St. Peters in 1993, says he has learned a lot about his community while serving on the committee.

 

As a member of the Planning & Zoning Commission the past couple years, Chris also has a unique perspective of new growth that will help shape the St. Peters of tomorrow. He thinks the commission is doing a good job overseeing development and helping to continue the positive, controlled growth that has defined St. Peters for the past four decades.

 

One of the goals for Chris and the Historical Committee was to make sure that the new history book covered the City’s development through recent decades when St. Peters grew from fewer than 500 to more than 50,000 people. “With this new book we tried to strike a balance between the older history and modern history,” Chris says. “I think the committee did a good job. It was a fairly small committee, but very enthusiastic.”

 

The community also showed great support by providing many valuable photos and terrific insight for the history book as well as an accompanying DVD. The DVD includes interesting interviews with a number of longtime St. Peters residents and former elected officials and City staff. The book with the DVD is on sale for $30 ($25 for seniors 55 and up) at St. Peters City Hall.

 

Chris says he was worried that the committee wouldn’t get enough photos for the project, but in fact received more than they could use. His goal now is to catalog all the historical photos and materials unearthed during the committee’s work and find a place where they can all be displayed for the community.

 

As for the future, Chris sees positive development throughout St. Peters, and is particularly proud of the development near Mid Rivers Mall Drive along the Highway 94 corridor (soon to be the Page Avenue corridor). “The (Planning & Zoning) board has done a really nice job of keeping standards up in that area,” he says.

 

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Ft Zumwalt So DECAFort Zumwalt South DECA Club

Published in December 2009

 

Pictured, L-R: Arielle Ford, Katey Bueltmann, JoJo Hutton, Brenda Smith, Jason Liu, Emily Tabacchi, Brendon Karbowski, Kristyn Mauer and Ariel Etzel. Kelsey Tsukayama is pictured separately below during the Halloween Carnival (to the right).

 

The secret’s out—the City of St. Peters offers some great volunteer opportunities for teens. And, the volunteer work is a great way for high school organizations to meet service requirements.

 

More than 10 members from the DECA club from Fort Zumwalt South High School recently helped with activities at St. Peters’ Halloween Carnival. The annual event is a fun, safe and affordable way for area families to enjoy Halloween-themed games and prizes. St. Peters relies on volunteers to help put on affordable family events throughout the year.

 

FtZ South DECA KelseyEmily Tabacchi, a vice-president for the DECA club and Resident Youth worker for the City of St. Peters, suggested the Halloween Carnival. She said that the event helps the club meet the “community awareness” requirement from DECA, which is an international association of high school and college students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

 

Fort Zumwalt South High School DECA President Kristyn Maurer said, “We heard about the Halloween Carnival through Emily, and we thought it sounded like fun. You get to see all the little kids dressed in Halloween costumes. We thought we’d try it out.”

 

The DECA club also organized its own Positive Peer Influence Halloween event for kids at Fort Zumwalt South High School.

 

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Corey BoucherCorey Boucher

Published in November 2009

As a National Honor Society member, Corey Boucher must meet standards in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship, character and service.

 

Corey, a junior at Lutheran High School, meets his service requirement in part by helping with events at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. As a sophomore, Corey volunteered for two holiday ice shows and a water polo event. This year, Corey is signed up to help at more Rec-Plex events, squeezing his volunteer work into a busy schedule that includes track, cross country and drama.

 

“I like the people here,” Corey says of the Rec-Plex. “I feel comfortable. They’re friendly at the Rec-Plex, so it wasn’t hard.”

 

The Rec-Plex relies on volunteers for tasks such as checking tickets and seating people. Without volunteers, the Rec-Plex wouldn’t be able to host its many local, regional and statewide events.

 

Corey also helped at the “Breakfast with Santa” family event as a sophomore, and he plans to do the same this year. “I worked with the registration table and with crafts. It’s fun seeing all the kids,” Corey says.

 

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Steve MartinezSteve Martinez

Published in October 2009

 

As an Eagle Scout, Steve Martinez collected clothing and food for charity. After graduating college, he joined the local Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), where he chaired fundraising events and helped set up a process to decide which local nonprofit agencies were most worthy of funding.

 

As a resident of St. Peters for 17 years, Steve has volunteered for the City of St. Peters in a number of positions. His other charitable efforts include volunteering for a couple of local churches. His father, Frank Martinez, has been honored in this column and by other organizations for all his volunteer efforts.

 

In short, Steve says, “Volunteering has been a part of my entire life.”

 

In recent years, Steve has served as chairman of St. Peters’ Olde Tyme Picnic celebration committee, leading the summer celebration for the past seven years. Last year, Steve was selected to be on the City of St. Peters Celebration Committee.

 

St. Peters formed a Celebration Committee with residents helping to plan events and activities in 2009 and 2010 to celebrate the City's anniversaries for 50 years as a “city,” and 100 years as an incorporated “town.” Steve was elected by other members to chair the Events Committee. This committee has set up a number of community events, including Movies in the Park, Concerts in the Park, a golf tournament at St. Peters Golf Course and a hockey event at St. Peters’ Rec-Plex. More events are scheduled.

 

For Steve, who has an undergraduate degree in parks and recreation, the most exciting part of the Celebrate St. Peters series of events has been seeing so many people coming out to experience St. Peters’ parks.

 

“We have it pretty good in St. Peters,” Steve says. “And, I think it’s great that the City is backing these events to help celebrate what we have. All of the facilities are beautiful, and some people don’t even know we have all of this. It’s great to see these events drive people out to these parks to enjoy all that we have.”

 

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Sharon MaagSharon Maag

Published in August 2009

 

Squeaks McGee seems like a normal kitty. But, he can’t eat without food coming up through his nose. He’s going to need surgery to fix the problem. Fortunately for Squeaks, and many other area cats and dogs, Sharon Maag is there to lend a helping hand.

 

Sharon has made helping animals a large part of her volunteer mission, whether she’s caring for special needs animals or rescuing pets from disasters. In 1996, Sharon started training with Central County Fire and Rescue on animal rescue operations, and she has traveled to 20 different disaster sites around the nation to help rescue pets. Her training with Central County led her to become part of the first group to train for the St. Peters/Central County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is a well-trained civilian emergency response work force prepared to help during any disasters that overwhelm conventional emergency services. The local CERT group is trained by Central County Fire and Rescue and the St. Peters Police Department.

 

Sharon also founded and operates a nonprofit agency called SNUGGLE (Special Needs Under Gentle Guided Love Everyday). SNUGGLE lends a helping hand to special needs pets so that they can someday be offered for adoption at a no-kill shelter. Sharon has worked to rescue pets ever since saving her first cat from a flood home in 1993. She kept that cat and has three other pets with various disabilities. Each pet is very loving and active.

 

Sharon smiles as one of her cats plays on the living room floor despite having no back paws and claws for front paws. “It goes to show, you don’t have to be whole to be happy,” Sharon says.

 

In March, Sharon took her animal rescue skills overseas, when she accepted an invitation to fly into the war zone for Operation Baghdad Pups, which is run by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) International. Operation Baghdad Pups brings dogs befriended by U.S. soldiers back to the U.S. to the soldiers’ families. Sharon brought home four dogs during the mission, and she plans to go back to Baghdad to rescue more pets later this year. Sharon says that the family members are extremely excited to meet their family’s new dog from Baghdad. “They feel like they’re connecting with a part of their loved one overseas,” she says.

 

For more information about SNUGGLE, call 636-441-1728 or go online to www.snuggle-petrescue.com. To learn more about Operation Baghdad Pups, go online to www.spca.com.

 

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Carol MuenchCarol Muench

Published in July 2009

 

Since her retirement 12 years ago, Carol Muench has freed up time for two passions—volunteer work and travel. Because Carol likes to have a flexible schedule for last-minute travel deals, she chooses to volunteer for events and other short-term positions.

 

The St. Peters Rec-Plex has plenty of volunteer opportunities that fit the needs of someone like Carol who wants to help, but wants flexibility. Carol, who loves swimming and aqua aerobics, first volunteered at the Rec-Plex as a timer for state boys and girls high school swimming meets. She also volunteered at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials, and has helped with other Rec-Plex events, including some Ice Shows and as a ticket checker at a recent water polo tournament.

 

Carol, a former high school business teacher, also helps some other area organizations as well as some churches. Carol says music is another hobby, and that she substitutes for a few churches playing piano or organ.

 

“Since retiring, I’ve had the time to volunteer, and I felt this is a way to give back to the community,” Carol says.

 

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Virgil HendersonVirgil Henderson

Published in June 2009

 

Virgil Henderson first moved to the St. Peters area 46 years ago, before the City’s boom years, back when the City still consisted of just the Old Town area. As a volunteer today, Virgil finds himself in the middle of a project that’s really grabbed his interest and educated him about St. Peters’ years of amazing growth beginning in the 1970s.

 

Once a week, Virgil spends several hours helping to preserve the City of St. Peters’ many construction, building and sign permit records. Virgil prepares a variety of documents so that they can be placed on microfilm. The project is important to the City’s records preservation, and it’s something that Virgil has enjoyed doing. “I’m learning about how St. Peters was built,” he says.

 

After living in our area for many years, Virgil retired more than a decade ago, did some traveling with his wife, Betty, and eventually came back to the area to settle in St. Peters a few years ago.

 

About a year ago, Virgil started volunteering for the City after speaking with Mayor Len Pagano and asking how he could help. The Mayor pointed him to Volunteer Specialist Erin Spence, who found Virgil his first volunteer task, which was helping with bulk mailings. “They like the way I do mailings,” Virgil says with a smile. “I don’t know why. I guess I’m a good envelope-stuffer.”

 

Virgil and Betty also help with City of St. Peters events, including taking tickets for a Rec-Plex state swimming meet. The couple, both in their 80s, find positions at events that allow them to remain seated most of the time.

 

His volunteer experience has been a satisfying one, Virgil says. “I’m happy to be a part of St. Peters,” he says. “People here are very nice to work with. You’re always treated with courtesy and respect.”

 

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FT Zumwalt Ball TeamsFort Zumwalt East High School Softball & Baseball Teams

Published in May 2009

 

Everybody’s batting cleanup for the ball teams at Fort Zumwalt East High School. Both the softball and baseball teams are picking up litter along roadways near their school as part of St. Peters’ Adopt-a-Road program.

 

“I think it’s really important to get the kids to give back to the community and to take special pride in their surroundings,” said Tony Primeau, softball coach, when explaining why the group decided to adopt a road.

 

Baseball coach Russ Hill agrees.

 

“We wanted to find something that would give both the boys and girls a sense of responsibility,” he said.

 

Fort Zumwalt East High School, which opened two years ago, lies on First Executive Avenue, south of Mexico Road. Both ball coaches noticed the amount of litter accumulating along First Executive, especially along Mexico around some undeveloped land. “With most people entering the school from Mexico Road, we thought it should look as nice as possible. We thought it would be the perfect place to pick up there,” Coach Hill said.

 

The Adopt-a-Road program also provides another way for the high school’s ball players to bond. “It’s a good way for us to build community within the school, and it’s a way for the boys and girls to get together and socialize, and for the parents to get involved, too,” Coach Primeau said.

 

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Patsy JonesPatsy Jones

Published in April 2009

 

Patsy Jones has been a City of St. Peters employee, resident and volunteer. Even though she’s no longer an employee or resident—Patsy still can’t get St. Peters out of her blood. She still volunteers for City of St. Peters events and even serves on the Celebration Committee that’s planning activities and events during St. Peters’ 2009-2010 anniversary celebrations.

 

For 26 years, Patsy lived in St. Peters and for 15 of those years she worked for the City. Patsy actually was an office volunteer for the City of St. Peters when she was hired to work for the City in 1984. When she retired from the City of St. Peters in 1999, Patsy stayed involved, serving on the Parks, Recreation and Arts Advisory Board as well as the Olde Tyme Picnic Committee, while helping with many parks and recreation events.

 

Even though she and her husband moved to Wright City in 2001, Patsy still gets back to help with the annual Halloween Carnival and Earth Day events, as well as to meetings of the Historical Group of the Celebration Committee. The Historical Group is overseeing the production of a book about the history of St. Peters.

 

Patsy, who also is a substitute teacher, says she volunteers to keep busy and stay involved. “It gives you a special feeling,” she says.

 

As to why she volunteers for St. Peters, Patsy says: “I still feel like St. Peters is my hometown.”

 

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Ted WesterhausTed Westerhaus

Published in March 2009

 

Looking for something to do? Ted Westerhaus was. So, he walked into St. Peters City Hall one day last year, asked if he could help, and found out that our Volunteer Program is always open to willing newcomers.

 

Ted hung paintings on the wall at the Community & Arts Center for his first volunteer experience (and found out just how much wall space and art you can find at the Center). Then, Ted answered a call seeking help with checking tickets at high school hockey games at the St. Peters Rec-Plex South building. Ted chose Monday night games because they worked with his schedule, and he’s provided consistent help ever since.

 

Plus, Ted gets to watch the games. “If you like hockey, the high school players are pretty good. The games are fun to watch and affordable,” Ted says.

 

So, what’s Ted think of the City’s Volunteer Program? “I think it’s pretty good,” he says. “I’ve met eight to 10 people, both City staff and volunteers, and everyone is awfully nice. I think they’re all good representatives for the City. They’re nice, and they answer questions and direct people where to go. They’re very helpful.”

 

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Florus KramperFlorus Kramper

Published in February 2009

 

He’s 88 years young, been married for 60 and volunteering for 20, but don’t let the numbers fool you. St. Peters resident Florus Kramper still has his youthful, charming humor and he is full of life. Florus has been a volunteer driver for the Meals on Wheels program at the St. Peters Senior Center since 1988 and he shows no signs of slowing down.

 

“I like helping people and I love delivering meals,” Florus says. “I have fun and I enjoy doing it.” Florus delivers up to 14 meals every Tuesday to homebound residents in St. Peters. It usually takes him about an hour to deliver all of the hot lunches, featuring anything from Asian-style food to the breakfast meal, which is a favorite among the residents. While delivering the meals, Florus likes to sit and chat with the residents. “Sometimes we’re the only people they see,” he says.

 

According to Mary Evans, the manager of the Meals on Wheels Program, 115 volunteers deliver nearly 140 meals every day Monday through Friday. They do not deliver meals on holidays or when the weather is bad.

 

Deliveries can only be made to St. Peters residents age 60 or older who are homebound and cannot cook for themselves. A donation of $3 is suggested for each meal.

 

Mary says this program not only provides homebound residents with nutritious hot meals, but also with friendly company and safety. “The residents often get really attached to the drivers,” she says. “We also serve as a safety check.” Sometimes residents don’t answer the doors and volunteers have to call 911 to make sure they are all right.

 

The volunteer drivers are essential to the Meals on Wheels program. “I couldn’t do this job without the volunteers,” Mary says. The young, the mature, couples or individuals are all welcome to volunteer for this program.

 

If you’re willing to help homebound residents, Meals on Wheels certainly needs you. It takes a lot of people to help make the quality of life a little brighter for our area seniors and homebound residents. Please call 636-278-1609 if you’d like more information or if you’re interested in volunteering for the Meals on Wheels program.

 

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Charlie ColeCharlie Cole

Published in January 2009

 

The St. Peters Rec-Plex is home to both the girls’ and boys’ Missouri state high school swimming and diving championships. Each year, the Rec-Plex Natatorium hosts hundreds of athletes and a few thousand spectators as part of each state event.

 

As swimmers compete against the clock, so do volunteers—in a manner of speaking. Using stopwatches, volunteer timers time the swimmers from start to end. They turn on the stopwatch as a strobe light flashes to signal the race’s start, and click off the watch when the swimmer touches the end.

 

“We always see who has the best time,” says Charlie Cole, talking about some volunteer friends. “It’s a game we play.”

 

Charlie and his friends judge their times against an automatic timer that keeps official time. If the automatic timing system failed to work during a race for some reason, officials would go to the backup, human timers for the swimmer’s mark. Three timers are needed for each swimming lane for the sake of accuracy.

 

“It’s a fun job, and it’s an important job,” Charlie says of timing. In fact, volunteer timers—and all the volunteers who help—are a must in order for the Rec-Plex to host the state championships.

 

Charlie’s first volunteer experience for St. Peters came during the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials. He has been a dedicated and valued timer ever since. Charlie’s also the type of guy who’ll give you the shirt off his back … after each event, he gives the official state meet shirt he receives as a volunteer to an athlete or a spectator. “They always seem to enjoy it,” Charlie says.

 

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John DurajczykJohn Durajczyk

Published in December 2008

 

A resident of St. Peters for 29 years, John Durajczyk has lived through much of the dramatic growth that has transformed our City. He says the rapid change in St. Peters has created a unique challenge.

 

“It’s difficult to establish a City identity when you have so much growth so quickly,” John says. “Many of the people who live here are relatively newer residents.”

 

He says a group of residents volunteering as the Celebration Committee will help tell St. Peters’ story through a number of events and activities in the next two years.

 

St. Peters will celebrate 50 years as a fourth-class City in 2009 and 100 years as an incorporated town in 2010. John, who was a trustee in his own subdivision for years, is chairman of the group’s Neighborhoods Committee.

 

John says the upcoming celebrations could help forge a community identity by highlighting “where we’ve been and where we intend to go. It’s a nice way to kind of mark how far we’ve come in the last 100 years, from new neighborhoods to new roads and new parks.”

 

John also served on the Charter Research Committee, which has met to give recommendations to the Board of Aldermen for our community’s future government.

 

“I think it’s kind of important for people to engage with the community and stay involved,” John says.

 

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Elaine KudasElaine Kudas

Published in November 2008

 

The St. Peters Community & Arts Center is a testament to the can-do, volunteer spirit of our community. Long an outlet for artists and performers, the center would not exist if not for the kind assistance of volunteers.

 

For the past six years, Elaine Kudas has played a part in this volunteer effort, helping on a weekly basis at the Community & Arts Center. Every Tuesday afternoon, Elaine staffs the Front Desk, answers calls, folds flyers or whatever else she’s asked to do. She occasionally helps collect tickets for Community & Arts Center programs and assists with food preparation and cleanup during art show receptions.

 

Elaine appreciates art and everything about the Community & Arts Center. “What’s not to like?” she says of the center.

 

Cindy DuBois of the Community & Arts Center values Elaine and every single volunteer. The work of these volunteers, in fact, helped earn the center a $15,760 grant award this year from the Missouri Arts Council. “Our volunteers make the Community & Arts Center possible,” Cindy says. “We feel that our center is a community treasure, full of special contributions from local talent. In order to operate this center, and share these community treasures, we need volunteers to fill in whenever possible.”

 

Volunteers such as Elaine, meanwhile, appreciate being part of the Community & Arts Center team. “It’s not hard,” Elaine says of volunteering, “but it gets you out of the house and around people.”

 

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Stacey SlivinskiStacey Slivinski & Family

Published in October 2008

 

Living just down the road from Jungermann Road, Stacey Slivinski had made cleaning up a busy stretch of the road a family affair. Stacey started participating in the City of St. Peters’ Adopt-a-Road program about 5 years ago. She gets regular help from her family—husband Russ, the family’s four teens, and now toddler Jake.

 

“We put Jake in his stroller, and we walk down to Jungermann and make a whole morning of it. We usually end up making a stop at McDonald’s before we’re done,” Stacey says with a smile.

 

The stretch of Jungermann that Stacey adopted runs from Country Creek Road to Willott Road. The family also cleans up part of their street, Barkwood Trails, along the way. Stacey says they pick up trash several times a year.

 

Tamra, 15, helps regularly. Shannon, 19, Hayden 18, and Danyelle, 17, also contribute to the cause. They use special trash-picking sticks that their father made them. Nephew Cody, 10, also helps when he visits.

 

This is not the first time Stacey has enlisted as a volunteer. For several years, she has helped deliver meals as part of the St. Peters Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program. Stacey says that her grandmother came to rely on home-delivered meals in her final months. “Meals on Wheels really blessed our family,” she says.

 

Stacey points to her faith when asked why she volunteers. “I’ve just always felt that serving is what God put us here for,” she says.

 

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Don CummingsDon Cummings

Published in September 2008

 

Don Cummings knows where he’ll be early in the morning on Oct. 5. He’ll be at the Rec-Plex Triathlon, the same as the past few years. Don won’t see much of the event—he’ll be too busy registering participants and then handing out awards.

 

Rec-Plex events such as the Triathlon wouldn’t be possible without volunteers like Don. The Rec-Plex Triathlon, held both in the spring and the fall, has become very popular, drawing several hundred competitors to each event. In a triathlon, participants swim, bike and run long distances in as short as time as possible.

 

Don decided soon after moving to St. Peters several years ago that he would volunteer his time at Rec-Plex events. He also has helped out with the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials, several state high school swimming meets and high school hockey games.

 

Elsewhere, Don also volunteers for the St. Louis Sports Commission and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission. He’s worked for American Airlines for 38 years at Lambert Airport, in part overseeing sports charters for pro teams such as the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. When the NCAA Final Four basketball championship came to St. Louis, Don took care of transportation from the airport for the arriving teams. At other times, you might find Don manning the Convention & Visitors Commission’s booth at the airport to help direct visitors.

 

Don exemplifies the volunteer spirit that helped make St. Peters one of the nation’s “Top 100 Places to Live,” according to Money Magazine. “I’m old-fashioned,” Don says. “I’m the type of person who will help you if I can, and I don’t need to get paid for it.”

 

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Frank MartinezFrank Martinez

Published in June 2008

 

Frank Martinez, a World War II veteran, serves on the St. Peters Veterans Memorial Commission, and has been involved in St. Peters veterans’ events for years.

 

“It’s great to serve on the commission because it provides recognition to all the branches and veterans who serve our country,” Frank says.

 

Frank has also served the City of St. Peters in other functions over the years—as a volunteer during the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival and as a St. Peters Charter Commission member (elected in 1996). He and his wife, Charline, are honored on a Rec-Plex brick as one of the Rec-Plex’s original contributors.

 

While Frank’s contributions to the City of St. Peters are welcome and important—they merely form the tip of Frank’s iceberg-sized volunteer resume.

 

As a “professional volunteer,” Frank has touched the lives of many people in our community. His focus has been on helping young people: Frank is a member of the Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County, a group that allocates resources and funding to agencies that provide services for tens of thousands of area youth each year. Frank is also Chairperson for the Children’s Trust Fund License Plate Partnership, which raises money for child abuse prevention.

 

In the early '90s, Frank and Charline Martinez purchased and donated a house to serve as a Transitional Living Program for Youth in Need—the home provides a place for runaways and substance-addicted youth ages 17-21 to stay under supervision until they can manage well by themselves. More than 300 young adults have gone through the Transitional Living Program.

 

“It makes me and my wife feel proud to know that when they leave this home, they have jobs, they’re independent, and they’re taxpayers in our society,” Frank says.

 

Frank’s other contributions to volunteer programs could fill a few pages—his work has certainly been appreciated. He’s received more than 20 awards for service from numerous organizations. Most recently, he was given a Non-Profit Lifetime Achievement Award by Saint Charles Business Magazine—which came with a $1,000 donation to his favorite charity, Youth in Need.

 

“I feel proud and humble,” Frank says of his volunteer accomplishments.

 

Thank you, Frank, for all your volunteer help to your community.

 

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Senior Adv CommitteeThe Senior Advisory Committee

Published in May 2008

 

Pictured: Front Row, l-r: Maribeth Huddleston; Dorothy Nelson; Jack Anderson, Chairman; George Steiger; Josie Niemann and Pat Schettler. Back Row, l-r: Amy Heckart, City Liaison; Bill Maire; Ernie Picker; Reva Moellenbeck; Mary Evans; Judith Rinesmith and Dick Hursey

 

The Senior Advisory Committee filled its roster just a few months ago and is not wasting any time.

 

Last month, the Committee surveyed St. Peters seniors about their use of the Senior Center. The surveys collected the first few weeks of April 2008 will help determine needs for future use and expansion of the Senior Center.

 

Another mission of the Senior Advisory Committee is to sponsor programs of interest to seniors. The first of these seminars will be on reverse mortgages and identity theft prevention. (These free program took place on June 17, 2008, at St. Peters City Hall and included presentations on the subjects followed by a Q& A session.)

 

The Senior Advisory Committee was formed to review and analyze policy issues concerning residents ages 60 years and above. The Committee assists City officials in making decisions regarding the City’s service responsibilities to our seniors.

 

Guests are welcome to attend Senior Advisory Committee meetings and to share ideas during the comments section.

 

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Veterans MemorialVeterans Memorial Commission

Published in March 2008

 

Pictured, left to right: Front row, Ray Eilmann, Lee Hollrah, Bill Rupp, Frank Martinez, Noel Hoeferlin, Karen Levy; back row, Board of Aldermen liaison Rocky Reitmeyer, Gene Stark, George Newell, Bill Weibel, Craig Searfoss, John Puckett, Steve Stuckmeyer. Not pictured, Cheryl Hanks-Sinecki.

 

Respect. Dignity. Serenity. Healing. These are some of the benefits of having a truly special Veterans Memorial.

 

The St. Peters Veterans Memorial at City Centre started with a granite monument honoring all veterans, and grew to include a “field of honor” with fountains that pay respect to those soldiers who died fighting. Area veterans, and veterans visiting our area, find solace and some peace when they visit the Memorial.

 

The Veterans Memorial Commission makes recommendations for the upkeep and maintenance of the Veterans Memorial, and the group puts together the City of St. Peters’ events honoring the men and women who have served our nation. Many of the events take place at the Veterans Memorial. Our neighbors come to these events to learn about these heroes’ actions and put their service in perspective. The Veterans Memorial Commission plans an annual Armed Forces Day Parade that gives us all a chance to applaud our veterans—it’s a great chance for all of us to let them know how much we truly appreciate their sacrifices.

 

The commission is active, meeting monthly and even more often when planning big events. The Veterans Memorial Commission has 11 resident members, including an appointed Chairperson, two members from each ward and two additional members-at-large. One youth representative also serves as a non-voting member. The commission is required to have at least six members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Members are appointed to serve two-year terms.

 

Two members of the Veterans Memorial Commission, Chairman Bill Rupp and Ray Eilmann, were the co-designers of the Veterans Memorial site.

 

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PZ CommissionPlanning and Zoning Commission

Published in February 2008


Bottom Row (l-r): John Farrell, Gary Westhoff, Marilyn Shaikewitz, Susan Mays, Bill Rupp and Bill Yoffie. Top Row (l-r): Pat Kelley, Alderman Gus Elliott, Chris Winslow, Chairman Keith McNames, Don Oberfeld and Larry Sachse. Not pictured: Steven Bailey, John Durajczyk and Dennis Fischer

 

Planning and Zoning Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor for a term of four years. The commission consists of 10 regular members and 4 alternates. These residents, along with the City Engineer, the Mayor and a member of the Board of Aldermen, play an interesting and important role in our City government.

 

Whether someone wants to start a home-based business, build a new structure in our City or bring in a whole new development, they must first go before Planning and Zoning for approval. The Commission checks the proposals for compliance with all existing City requirements as well as any other applicable regulations.

 

Only after these requirements are met will the Commission approve the plans.

 

The Commission is also tasked with making recommendations to the Board of Aldermen on zoning changes and record plats. The Board of Aldermen has final approval on these items.

 

Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. You can watch the meetings live on the City’s cable channel, SPTV. Replays are shown every other Wednesday night.

 

If you’re interested in assisting on any of the City’s many boards and commissions, you can get an application for appointment from Mayor Len Pagano or your aldermen, at City Hall, or you can download a copy from the City’s website at stpetersmo.net.

 

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Rich HenningfieldRich Henningfeld

Published in January 2008

 

The St. Peters Rec-Plex is home to both the boys and girls Missouri state high school swimming and diving championships. Each year, the Rec-Plex Natatorium hosts hundreds of athletes and a few thousand spectators as part of each state event.

 

Volunteers play a crucial role in these events. They make it possible for the Rec-Plex to host the event in a cost-effective manner. Rich Henningfeld is one of those volunteers. He has worked as a timer at the boys’ state meet four different years. “We’re not professional,” he says of the volunteer timers. “But, we do pretty good.”

 

Timers are a must in order for the Rec-Plex to host the event. Each timer uses a stopwatch to time a swimmer, starting the watch when a strobe light flashes to start the race, and stopping the watch when the swimmer reaches the end. An automatic timer keeps official time. But, if the automatic timing system failed to work during a race for some reason, officials would go to the backup, human timers for the swimmer’s mark. Three timers are needed for each swimming lane for the sake of accuracy.

 

Rich says he likes to help at the event because it’s full of dedicated athletes. “They’re good kids. They work hard all year long. They deserve it,” he says.

 

Rich and his wife, June, moved to St. Peters in 2002. He decided he’d like to volunteer, and said that the state swimming and diving meet is a fun place to help because of all the activity.

 

“It is an exciting event,” Rich says. “The state is fortunate the Rec-Plex can put this on.”

 

And, the City of St. Peters is fortunate that we have great volunteers such as Rich.

 

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Ed NormanEd Norman

Published in December 2007

 

Ed Norman has worked a wide variety of jobs in his life: printing, purchasing, buildings and facilities management, light construction, and more. He owned his own home service business that specialized in wallcovering. Ed also has many years of volunteer experience, helping both a regional choral group and reading over the radio for the blind and print-impaired.

 

So, after moving to St. Peters two years ago, Ed soon decided he’d like to help the City.

 

“I think I have a wide variety of qualifications to help in a number of ways,” Ed says about his willingness to volunteer. “And, I want to help. I hate walking around the house and just wasting time on the computer. I love getting out. I love helping people.”

 

Ed also loves hockey, having played, officiated and coached. So, besides helping with various office tasks, Ed is volunteering for the City at Mid-States Club Hockey games at the St. Peters Rec-Plex by taking tickets and helping with other tasks during games. One of the keys to the St. Peters Volunteer Program is to match our volunteers with their interests.

 

Ed, who has lived his entire life in the St. Louis region, volunteered nine years for the St. Louis Metro Singers. He also read newspapers to the blind and print-impaired who listened in on the Radio Information Service out of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. Ed helped back when there were two St. Louis daily newspapers to read, the Post-Dispatch and the Globe-Democrat. (The service is now called Minds Eye Information Service.)

 

Thank you, Ed, for your service to others and continued volunteer work.

 

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Don Terrie WistDon and Terrie Wist

Published in November 2007

Don and Terrie Wist found a unique, community-minded way to honor the memory of their son. Travis Wist died in 2003 a week shy of his 5th birthday after battling congenital defects his entire life. His name, Travis Alexander, now is on Adopt-A-Road signs on Boone Hills Drive near the Wist family’s home in Misty Valley subdivision.

 

“It’s a way to honor and remember him,” says Don. “We kept seeing Adopt-A-Road signs, so we decided to do it ourselves in Travis’ memory.”

 

The Wists walk a stretch of Boone Hills near Jungermann Road every couple of months since starting with the program more than a year ago. It takes them about 90 minutes to clean litter from the road.

 

Don and Terrie are part of the growing effort in St. Peters to clean up garbage tossed out by others. While the couple says Boone Hills isn’t horribly littered, some litterbugs are especially thoughtless, throwing out beer bottles that break into sharp pieces along the road. Like other volunteers who clean up our community, Don and Terrie say cigarette butts are especially annoying and that they shouldn’t have to clean up after someone else’s habit.

 

“Some of the neighbors have thanked us. We clean up near their homes and they appreciate it,” Terrie says.

 

The newly built Fort Zumwalt East High School, now populated by 9th- and 10th-graders, is along the Wists’ adopted road. Don and Terrie hope that when juniors and seniors drive to school there in the future, they remember to properly dispose of their trash.

 

“Just be conscientious,” Don asks.

 

Thank you, Don and Terrie, for helping keep our community clean.

 

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Joan SmithJoan Smith

Published in October 2007

 

In 1960, Joan Smith got her first taste of secretarial work when she helped her husband, Bill, launch a steel erection company called Viking Steel that prospered in the St. Louis area until Bill’s retirement in 1990.

 

These days, Joan is getting her second taste of clerical work as a volunteer for the Police Department at the City of St. Peters. Joan, now widowed, was looking for something meaningful to do several years ago. After doing some volunteer work for the St. Peters Rec-Plex, Joan, a St. Peters resident, heard from Volunteer Specialist Sam Anselm about a volunteer position at the Police Department’s Records Division.

 

Joan’s been a consistent presence at the Police Department ever since taking the volunteer position. She comes in on Wednesdays for four hours to file, ready paperwork for microfilming and perform other general tasks. The Records Division relies on good, trustworthy volunteers to keep up with a constant workload.

 

“Everyone here is just very nice to me,” Joan says. “I’ve really enjoyed working with them all.”

 

Thank you, Joan, and to all our volunteers who help the City of St. Peters work as efficiently as possible!

 

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Herb IffrigHerb Iffrig

Published in September 2007

 

Herb Iffrig traces his family’s arrival in the Cottleville-St. Peters area to 1848. At about the same time the Iffrigs settled, an unrelated man named Jacob Sattler built a small log cabin on his property near Belleau Creek around 1850. It seems fitting that Herb, with his family’s deep roots in the community, was there as one of the concerned members of the St. Peters Old Town Association when they discovered this old log cabin and saved it from being torn down in favor of a subdivision.

 

In 1995, members of the Old Town Association disassembled the Sattler log cabin, and Jerome Schneider stored the logs at his hardware store in Old Town. “I used to say this a lot back then: The Old Town Association was just a bunch of people with a pile of logs,” Iffrig jokes.

 

The City of St. Peters came through with a piece of property at Gatty Street and Park Street across the road from Olde Town Park. After a 1999 groundbreaking for the project, the City and Old Town Association worked to put together the cabin, and now the historic structure is part of our parks system.

 

Herb is a charter member of the St. Peters Historical Commission, which formed in 1998 and immediately made the cabin its chief project. The Historical Commission has hosted a holiday celebration with Santa Claus the past two years at the cabin. The rustic logs make for a great backdrop to photograph kids with Santa.

 

The next question for Herb and the Commission is this: What to do with the cabin now? “We’d entertain another project if people want to suggest something,” he says. “If you have an idea and want to help out, please let us know.”

 

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Gloria Schwenck & Carol FearsGloria Schwenck & Carol Fears

Published in June 2007

 

One way to spend meaningful time with a friend is to volunteer. Gloria Schwenck and Carol Fears volunteer together for the City of St. Peters and many other organizations throughout the area. They also volunteer individually. The duo has touched many lives through the years.

 

“It’s a great way to meet other people,” Gloria says about volunteering. “It’s fun to get out and stay active.”

 

Carol says volunteering gives you something to look forward to. “It’s something everyone should do, if they can,” she says. “There’s so much to do. You just have to find it.”

 

Together, Gloria and Carol have volunteered for the Salvation Army, Fair St. Louis, Live on the Levee, MS Walk, Final Four NCAA men’s basketball tournament in St. Louis, St. Charles City-County Library District’s Book Fair, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, St. Charles County Healthy Communities, Visiting Nurses Association, City of O’Fallon, and City of St. Peters. For St. Peters, they help at swimming and diving meets and triathlons at the Rec-Plex, and were volunteers at the 2004 U.S. Olympic diving trials.

 

Carol also helps her church as a wedding coordinator, volunteers for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and was 2006 Volunteer of the Year for Child Center Marygrove, which helps wayward children who have been abused.

 

Gloria also volunteers at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, drives patients to cancer treatments, provides caregiver relief at homes for BJC Hospice, and helps make comforters at her church for the organization FISH to give to the needy.

 

Thank you so much, Carol and Gloria, for the great work you’ve done to help people in your community!

 

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Doug AllenDoug Allen

Published in May 2007

 

You want a guy like Doug Allen in your neighborhood in the event of an emergency. As a volunteer with the St. Peters Police/Central Fire and Rescue Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Doug is trained to administer CPR, provide First Aid and help carry out search and rescue operations. Plus, he carries Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) among the many supplies in his backpack.

 

In the case of a major catastrophe, Doug says he’s ready to put on his rugged pants, steel-toed shoes, CERT vest and hat, along with his backpack full of supplies, and go door-to-door to search for people who need help. It’s impossible for professional first responders to get to everyone during a major crisis, so CERT volunteers like Doug provide a vital role in our community through continuous training.

 

Doug is a veteran pilot of 31 years, award-winning FAA safety counselor, and a certified ham radio operator. He says that if there were a major catastrophe in our area that brought down the communications system, he and other ham radio operators could communicate and help first responders do their job.

 

CERT “is a big part of my life,” Doug says. “I take this very seriously. I’m a ‘lean forward’ type of guy in class. I want to learn everything so I can be prepared to help.”

 

Thank you, Doug, for giving your time to help our community stay prepared.

 

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Al BristolAl Bristol

Published in April 2007

 

Al Bristol decided when he retired from Boeing in 1999 that he was going to give back to the community. His career kept him a little too busy to volunteer, but Al’s been making up time ever since leaving the workforce.

 

Al, a St. Charles County resident, volunteers at several events annually for the St. Peters Rec-Plex. He also volunteers for the City of O’Fallon, helps the Library District with book fairs and sorting donated books, and assists elderly, low-income and moderate-income folks with their taxes through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program.

 

The Rec-Plex relies on volunteers to assist with local, state, regional and national swimming and diving events. Al regularly helps at both boys and girls state swimming and diving championships, and he volunteered for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Diving Trials as well as the State Games of America Metro St. Louis events in 1999 and 2001.

 

For all his service to the community, Al was honored with a President’s Volunteer Service Award for both 2004 and 2005.

 

“I enjoy meeting people and visiting with people,” Al says. “And, I enjoy helping out. It’s a great source of satisfaction to me.”

 

Al adds with a chuckle, “Of course, it also gives me something to do.”

 

Thank you, Al, for dedicating your time to give back to the community.

 

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Boy Scout Troop 857Boy Scout Troop 857

Published in March 2007

 

Clean. Courteous. Helpful. Those are characteristics of the many people who help clean our environment, and they happen to be three commitments in a Scout’s oath.

 

So, there’s no surprise that area Scouts are a big part of the Clean Streams Days hosted by the City of St. Peters to pick up trash that’s washed into our streams. Boy Scout Troop 857 is a good example of the Scout ethic. They’ve volunteered for Clean Streams projects for the past few years.

 

Scout Master Jim Christensen explains that the Clean Streams events are an extension of the Scouts’ practice of clean camping. The idea is to leave a campsite cleaner than when you got there. “When we go camping or hiking, we make sure to pick up our trash and usually quite a bit of other trash that’s accumulated,” Jim says. “It’s one of the principles of leave-no-trace camping.”

 

The kids have fun during Clean Streams Day, says Sheila Shive, who has volunteered for the event both as a Scout’s mother and as a 4H mother. “The boys really enjoy it,” she says.

 

Thank you, Troop 857, and to all the Scouts and other volunteers who help clean our streams.

 

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Dick & Minnie HurseyDick & Minnie Hursey

Published in February 2007

 

Dick and Minnie Hursey have been frequent visitors to the St. Peters Rec-Plex for more than a decade. As annual passholders since 1995, the St. Peters couple tries to exercise three times a week at the recreation and fitness facility. Now retired, the Hurseys have made time to also volunteer at the Rec-Plex. Dick and Minnie helped at the Fall Triathlon this year and also with a high school swimming event.

 

“It was fun,” Dick says about the Rec-Plex Triathlon.

 

Minnie says, “People were very nice. It was a nice experience.”

 

Once a week, the Hurseys also take meals to homebound residents as volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program at the St. Peters Senior Center. Dick and Minnie say Meals on Wheels is a rewarding program.

 

Minnie also has helped with some office work at City Hall. And, Dick helps pick up trash during Clean Streams events in St. Peters.

 

Dick and Minnie have found that volunteering is something the couple can do together while helping out the community. “After we retired, we wanted to do something that would be constructive,” Dick says.

 

Thank you, Dick and Minnie, for your service to our community.

 

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Scott SchultzScott Schultz

Published in January 2007

 

Scott Schultz started volunteering with the City of St. Peters during the 2004 Olympic Diving Trials at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. He has continued to help with St. Peters events, mostly at the Rec-Plex. “It really is a nice complex,” he says of the Rec-Plex. “I was impressed.”

 

His past volunteer work has included helping with a variety of events through the St. Louis Sports Commission. The Sports Commission told Scott, a Clarkson Valley resident (and Alderman), about the 2004 Diving Trials. “I like to get out and meet people,” he says of his volunteer work.

 

Scott has timed some state high school championship swimming events at the Rec-Plex, and he plans to usher fans during hockey games. He also volunteered during the first Old Town log cabin holiday event in 2005. “I think the (volunteer) program’s really good,” he says. “Everything is well run. Everyone is really polite, and they’re glad to have you.”

 

Thank you, Scott, for helping the City of St. Peters.

 

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