Spanish Lake News 2010

Winter Wonderland Volunteers Needed
Again the Spanish Lake Community Association has been awarded an opportunity to raise money for the Association by working at Winter Wonderland in Tilles Park. Volunteers are needed to work the evening of Tuesday December 28, 2010.
If you can help please contact Diane Franklin via e-mail or phone 314-741-1607.
Thank you in advance for all your help.

Visit the St. Louis County Parks website for more information about Winter Wonderland.

Holiday Safety Tips
Read this article about Holiday Safety Tips from the St. Louis County Police Department.

Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Fall 2010

Missouri Gaming Commission Casino Public Hearing
Tuesday September 28, 2010
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
St. Louis Airport Renaissance Hotel
9801 Natural Bridge Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63134

Decision Time. We Need You Now.
We don’t need another casino. We don’t want another casino.
We want to Save the Confluence.

You can help us keep two new casinos out of St. Louis and keep the Confluence of the Mississippi & Missouri Rivers attractive to Bald Eagles and other birds and wildlife by helping us pack the hall at the Missouri Gaming Commission Hearing. We are opposing a plan to convert nearly 400 acres of Mississippi River floodplain, wetlands, and farmland next to the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake into a massive casino complex and another plan to build a casino at Chain of Rocks, next to our drinking water intake.

The area is the wrong place for intensive development and we have plenty of casinos already. The habitat and natural features of the area attract 200,000 human visitors every year – and millions of birds that travel the Mississippi River migratory flyway. It is a globally significant conservation area that helps absorb floodwaters.

Please attend in person. Help us pack the hall. Let us know you are coming.
To RSVP and for more info call: (314) 727-0600 or visit the website at:

If you cannot attend in person…
Please urge the Missouri Gaming Commission to deny a gaming license to casinos proposed for the Confluence in Spanish Lake and for Chain of Rocks.
Mail your letter to:
Leann McCarthy, Missouri Gaming Commission
3417 Knipp Drive
P.O. Box 1847
Jefferson City, MO 65102

See below for attached Sample Letter.

Save the Confluence – There’s Only One

Hazelwood East High School commons
11300 Dunn Road

As a North County resident, St. Louis County invites you to a community meeting on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. Visit display tables, meet your service providers and participate in a discussion on:
- Projects and events in North County
- Services the County provides
- Issues in your community

6:30pm to 7:00pm Open House
7:00pm to 7:30pm Presentation
7:30pm to 8:30pm Q&A with County Executive Charlie A. Dooley

If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please call the St. Louis County Planning Department at 314-615-2520, or visit us at

General Daniel Bissell House Tours
In recognition of The City of Bellefontaine Neighbors’ 60th Anniversary, St. Louis County Parks and Recreation will host tours of the General Daniel Bissell’s home, named Franklinville, at the greatly reduced price of $1 per person, children under 12 are free. Take this opportunity to go back 200 years and visit Franklinville Farm.

General Daniel Bissell House Tours
10225 Bellefontaine Road
Bellefontaine Neighbors, MO

Sunday, October 3, 2010 - Noon to 3 PM

Read more about General Daniel Bissell and Franklinville Farm in the attached document below.

2011 Missouri College tour
March 14, 2011 through March 15, 2011
Open to grades 8-11
Sponsored by I-Search Grant & Scholarships Consultants, LLC.

The tour will focus on five colleges and universities in Missouri. Please find the list of schools below:
• Truman State University (Kirksville)
• University of Missouri Columbia (Columbia)
• Lincoln University (Jefferson City)
• University of Missouri Kansas City (Kansas City)
• Central Missouri State University (Warrensburg)

For questions or assistance with the registration process contact I-Search Grant & Scholarships Consultants, LLC. at (314)-222-1016 or email

See flyer for more details including deadlines, cost and rules.

What's new with the Twillman House? Read about the Lead Abatement Project.

Don't forget to vote for the Twillman House in the Pepsi Refresh Challenge everyday in the month of September!

AmerenUE Launches Appliance Recycling Program
Customers Can Get $35 to Recycle Their Spare Refrigerators/Freezers

ST. LOUIS, MO, Aug. 5, 2010—AmerenUE has launched a new refrigerator/freezer recycling program that will provide a $35 incentive to customers who recycle their old, working refrigerators or freezers. Appliance Recycling Centers of America, Inc. (ARCA), UE’s program partner, will even pick up old units free of charge and properly recycle them.

However, the $35 incentive is only the start of the financial benefits customers can realize.
“If a spare refrigerator used in a basement or garage is removed and not replaced, energy savings can amount to 1,200 kilowatt-hours a year—a $100 reduction in annual electricity charges,” says Cara Dolly, UE managing supervisor of the company’s Residential Energy Efficiency team.

ARCA will properly dispose of, or recycle, more than 95 percent of each appliance. The recycled appliances produce new raw materials of steel, aluminum, copper, glass and plastic. Recycling the appliances also prevents the release of mercury, used oil and other substances into the environment.

Each participant must be a UE residential electric customer who owns the refrigerator or freezer. The refrigerator or freezer must have been manufactured prior to 2002 and range from 10 to 27 cubic-feet in size. The appliance must also be in working order and be plugged in the night prior to pickup. It will be picked up at no charge from the address listed on the customer’s billing account. The $35 incentive will then be mailed four to six weeks after the appliance has been picked up. The program will run until Sept. 30, 2011. For more details, go to

AmerenUE, founded in 1902, provides electric and gas service to approximately 1.2 million customers across central and eastern Missouri, including the greater St. Louis area. UE serves 57 Missouri counties and 500 towns. The company's electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. For more information, visit

Latest Spanish Lake News, the community association's quarterly newsletter - Summer 2010

Read the latest from the St. Louis County Economic Council about Jamestown Mall.

1 Mississippi Photo Contest
1 Mississippi and Brookfield Renewable Power are proud to present the First Mississippi River Photo Contest.

Amateur and professional photographers are invited to enter their best Mississippi River photographs that exemplify the unique landscape of the mighty Mississippi and the communities that populate its banks.

Submit up to 3 photos by August 8, 2010 for your opportunity to win. Winners will be selected based on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact and artistic merit.

For full details and information on how to submit your photos, visit the 1 Mississippi website,

Let's Boost Recycling in Spanish Lake
Did you know that recycling is included in your trash service bill? In Saint Louis County, everyone has recycling as part of basic trash service.

If you are interested in boosting recycling participation in Spanish Lake, please call Mary Patterson at (314) 615-6878 or email to volunteer for a special project the Saint Louis County Department of Health is planning for August.

There are many reasons to recycle, but one of the most important reasons is the economy. Recycling creates jobs. In Missouri, 1,228 firms employ over 28,000 people in recycling, remanufacturing and reuse. Many of those jobs are in the St. Louis area. If you aren’t recycling, please start and keep resources in the economy- not buried in a landfill!

St. Louis County Older Resident Programs Offers Wonderful Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have a few hours a month to make a difference in the life of an older neighbor? That’s all it takes to help an older adult continue to maintain a fulfilling and independent lifestyle. The St. Louis County Older Resident Programs (CORP) offers many wonderful volunteer opportunities to be of service to your older neighbors. Transportation to medical appointments is the most critical need but there are many ways you can help. Training and mileage reimbursement are available. Help us help others. To find out more about how you can make a difference in an older person’s life call 314-615-4516.

Free Seminar at Green Valley Nursing & Rehab
Do you have questions about Medicaid, Medicare, Power of Attorney or Estate Planning? Please come to this free seminar hosted by Mark Easley, Attorney at Law of The Elder & Estate Planning Law Firm. Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 4:00 PM at Green Valley Nursing & Rehab. Green Valley Nursing & Rehab is located at 610 Prigge Road, on the corner of Prigge and Riverview. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact Anne Daum at 636-328-3618 to RSVP a seat! See attached flyer.

Support the Spanish Lake Fire Protection District's Prop F - Vote YES on Prop F on August 3rd
The Spanish Lake Community Association Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support the Spanish Lake Fire Protection District's Prop F which will be on the August 3rd ballot. We met with representatives of the Spanish Lake Fire Protection Board and reviewed the information they presented. We believe that it is in the best interests of our community of Spanish Lake for our voters to support this tax increase in August. Without this increase, a number of our firefighters will lose their jobs and there is a strong possibility that one of our fire houses will have to be closed.

New Residential Fire Study Shows Effects of Crew Size on Fire Fighting Operations
A landmark study released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows that the size of fire fighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire service's ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. Read the rest of the Article about Fire Study.
Currently, there are always at least six firefighters on duty each day in the Spanish Lake Fire District 24 hours a day. Three firefighters assigned to Station 1 on Pumper 5110 and three firefighters assigned to Station 2 on Ladder 5125. This information is per Garry Olson, one of our local firefighters.

Volkmann, Kelsey. "Dooley opposes Riverview Casino in Spanish Lake" St. Louis Business Journal. 05/18/2010.

Do you know a young lady who likes to dream? Then join the D.R.E.A.M.S. Team!
The D.R.E.A.M.S. Organization's mission is to empower and encourage young ladies through Demonstrating Realism, Esteem, & Ambition in the Mind of Sisters. We are determined to restore young ladies innocence by teaching them the true essences of being a women. The D.R.E.A.M.S. program will demonstrate all the many dimensions of becoming a vibrant young lady. By teaching them how to walk, talk, dance and dine with elegance & grace. Read more in the Dreams Brochure.

A note from EnStacia White, founder of D.R.E.A.M.S. Org. LLC:
As you may know I've founded a mentoring program in Spanish Lake called D.R.E.A.M.S. Org. LLC. Our program encourages young ladies age 8-18 on the power of God and to follow their dreams. The young ladies and I are having a blast!! Please help D.R.E.A.M.S. Org. Change Young Ladies into Beautiful Butterflies!! If we don't mold our youth and community, then who will? It starts with us! Join the Dream Team today. Thanks for your support!

Please visit the D.R.E.A.M.S. website at

Save the Confluence news release, "Floodplain Casino Opponents Target Gaming Commission at Earth Day."
The press release can be found here on

Another Spanish Lake resident in the news!
Read about Barbara Primm and LEAP in the St. Louis American here.

Two Spanish Lake Community Association Board Members Honored!
Lottie Wade has been awarded North County Inc.'s 2010 Community Development award. Read the press release.
Dora Gianoulakis has been awarded the Old Jamestown Association's 2010 Outstanding Citizen Award. Read the press release.

STLCC-Florissant Valley Seeks Host Families for International Students
St. Louis, Mo., April 15, 2010
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Seeks Host Families for Deaf and Hard of Hearing International Students in the Scholarship for Economic and Education Development (SEED) Program.
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley is offering area residents the opportunity to host a deaf and hard of hearing international student in the SEED Program. Seventeen (17) families are needed to open their homes and hearts to a student arriving August 2010.
Host families will provide the student with adequate room and board with the help of a $250/month stipend and help the student to stay focused on his or her studies and program goals while in the U.S. The student will live with the host family for 9 months.
Students will take part in all aspects of college life, from attending classes to participating in sports and club activities. SEED students will also act as "Friendship Ambassadors" in the community through volunteer service. Host families will also assist the student in the process of learning about and adapting to U.S. culture and facilitate the process of learning American Sign Language and English.
All kinds of families are selected to host SEED students. Married couples with or without children, single parents, and singles without children as well as families with teenagers. Everybody has an opportunity!
For more information on how your family can host a SEED student, contact James Carrawell at 314-513-4124 or
Established in 1962, St. Louis Community College is the largest community college district in Missouri and one of the largest in the United States. STLCC has four campuses – Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood – that annually serve more than 110,000 students through credit, noncredit and continuing education courses. For more information about STLCC, visit

A new principal for Larimore Elementary School
The Hazelwood School District Board of Education approved the hiring of three elementary school principals for 2010-2011. One of them will affect an elementary school in Spanish Lake.
Dr. Rhonda Ely is the new principal of Larimore Elementary School. She is currently the eighth grade principal at Hazelwood Central Middle School. Ely began teaching in the District in 1999 at Keeven Elementary School, teaching third, fourth and sixth grades before becoming the instructional specialist at Arrowpoint Elementary School. She has an educational doctorate from Maryville University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Lindenwood University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Jean McClendon, principal of Larimore, is retiring.
Dr. Ely will begin her new position on July 1, 2010.

Do you know about NOCO, the online magazine of North St. Louis County?
NOCO is a new online magazine by Shannon Howard. It has lots of interesting news and happenings around the North County Area. Find it at

Blog about Columbia Bottom Conservation Area - Read "A Marriage of Sorts", a beautifully written blog, from Interpretation by Design written by Shea Lewis.

Watch for the new Spanish Lake Social Services website coming in April - We'll add a link to this new website as soon as it is available.

Community Events submitted to the Spanish Lake Youth and Family Council for 2010 - Schedule of Events

Do you like Facebook?
You can socialize with others in your community by joining "The Spanish Lake Community Association" or "I grew up in Spanish Lake, Missouri" Facebook groups.

School Sister of Notre Dame calls vocation a 'gift' from God
By Barbara Watkins
Sister Karl Mary, 67, is the president of Trinity Catholic High School in North St. Louis County, an area she has served for more than 30 years.
Read the full article here.

2010 North County Suburban Journal Awards
Honoring those who enrich the lives of others
By Scott Bandle
The honorees are the Rev. James Aldridge Jr., Frank Finnegan, Dora Gianoulakis and Rebecca Zoll.
Read the full article here.

Be Counted in the 2010 US Census

The 2010 Census is almost here. St. Louis County supports the U.S. Census Bureau’s effort to achieve a complete and accurate count of our nation’s population. Census data directly affect how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to tribal, state, and local governments. Your participation is vital to shape the future and create change for our community and nation.

One of the shortest census forms in history, the 2010 Census form asks 10 questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about how or where to complete your census form, contact us at (314) 615-2529. Be on the lookout for your census form in March 2010. Participate by filling out and returning your form upon receipt. We can’t move forward until you mail it back!