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Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
The United States can predict the prison population by analyzing third-grade reading scores. Just ask Susan Nall, who explains how investing in education can decrease money used to correct social problems and mental health issues.
The diversity found in St. Louis neighborhoods brings a variety of holiday traditions to the table. Here, area families share recipes, music and festivities that have been preserved through the generations.
YOLANDA ROUSSEAU has joined accounting and advisory firm Abeles and Hoffman, P.C., as an audit associate. She will provide comprehensive audit, review and compilation services across a range of industries.
This month, we bring you the story of Tom Schlafly. It was 22 years ago that Schlafly had the audacity to think that he could start a microbrewery in the hometown of the King of Beers.
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
In the 1960s, Col. Ben Robinson was serving a tour of duty in Germany when his mother became seriously ill. His commanding officer was notified by the American Red Cross, which, by congressional mandate, is the only organization authorized to provide emergency communications to the armed forces. Robinson was given leave to visit his mother, who hadn’t spoken for two weeks due to her illness, according to Cindy Erickson, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region. “When she heard his voice, she said, There’s my baby,” Erickson says. “The colonel really believes it was his presence—and the doctors do, too—that motivated her recovery. She lived another 30 years.”
For more than 20 years, fitness trainer Charlie Foxman has inspired seniors at The Gatesworth to stay active. But the 71-year-old exercise expert will be the first to tell you that they have inspired him.
The 20-plus acre Mari de Villa campus is bustling with change. Currently three years into a four-year renovation plan, a new batch of upgrades at the retirement community will be finished soon—and just in time for more expansion to begin.
Shortly after she moved into The Gatesworth in 1992, Martha Seebold attended the retirement community’s fourth anniversary celebration. “I remember the horse and wagon that was taking people around,” she says. “It was decorated and they were running people from place to place. It was really nice.” This week, she got to enjoy an even more momentous occasion, when The Gatesworth celebrated its silver anniversary, marking 25 years of service for its residents.
Five years later, the real estate market is bouncing back. After overcoming the high foreclosure rates of the 2008 recession and its unstable aftermath, area experts and residents again are showing signs of confidence in the housing market.
Bob Uecker, the man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala.
Michael McMillan piled up a large sum of leadership roles after he became the youngest person ever elected to the St. Louis Board of Alderman; and seven years ago, his clout multiplied tenfold when he was voted in as the license collector for the City of St. Louis.
As an extension of its focus on wellness—and to the delight of its residents—The Gatesworth plans monthly outings in and around St. Louis. From visiting historic homes to the horse races, art museums to antique shops, those who call The Gatesworth home are hardly slowing down.
Petting a stingray. Watching a Broadway show. Taking a simulated flight. These are just a few of the unique experiences retirees take part in as they volunteer at local institutions.
The Arts and Education Council has announced its 2014 St. Louis Arts Awards recipients, who are being lauded for achieving a legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching the local arts and cultural community. The honorees are...
Bring on the pageantry… A Ballwin woman is the new Ms. Missouri Senior America: SONJA NELSON-STOUGH impressed the judges with her talent, playing on the hammer dulcimer, as well as with her evening gown presentation and private interview. Nelson-Stough will go on to compete in the Ms. Senior America Pageant in October in Atlantic City.
Health ‘luxuries’ like eye exams and glasses are forced to the wayside for some. To help bridge the vision gap, St. Louis programs ReSpectacle and the Edward Berg M.D. Memorial Eye Clinic work to protect the sight of those in need.
“One of the most important professional relationships a client will have is with their financial advisor,” says Carole Wentz, branch manager overseeing Merrill Lynch’s St. Louis Metro Complex. As such, she says, it’s a decision not to take lightly. “They should choose someone they trust and are comfortable with. A trusting client-advisor relationship is key to success, and it’s so much more than just investment performance. They should really have someone who helps them identify and set their goals, and who works with them holistically.”
In this issue, you’ll find our quarterly Retirement Lifestyle section, which features five colorful profiles of St. Louisans who continue to make their mark well into their golden years. In the following pages, you’ll get to know more about a passionate advocate for seniors, a longtime university president, an 80-something acrobat, a patriarch of the local Greek community and a former cartoonist.
Tom and Elizabeth Burke got their first inkling of what life would be like at The Gatesworth before they even moved in. “They have a moving assistant who comes in and assesses what furniture from your home can come to your new apartment,” Elizabeth Burke explains. “We had so much furniture and too many things, and she helps decide what can fit. She’s with you the day you move in, and she stays with you all day—it’s like they’re holding your hand.” Burke thought this in itself was a helpful service, but the fact that the assistant came all the way from St. Louis to the couple’s Chicago-area home was beyond expectations. “She had a daughter who was looking at Loyola University, so she was able to come to our house while she was there.”
Dennis Golden probably is the only sitting university president to have twice turned down a draft offer by the NFL. The Fontbonne University president, who plans to retire in 2014 after 19 years at the institution, turned down his contract with the Dallas Cowboys in order to serve in the Marine Corps. After his service, he declined another offer from the New York Giants, to take an assistant dean’s job at his alma mater, Holy Cross College.
Water sports. Outdoor festivities. Dancing to live music. These are just some of the ways residents of local retirement communities are staying active. Take a look at this scrapbook highlighting some of their favorite ways to kick back and cool off this summer.
Mari de Villa guests always are on-the-go. With so many on-site amenities and transportation to some of the city’s best entertainment and recreational destinations, the retirement community allows its seniors to stay as active as they like. “Even after 53 years of offering all levels of care at this location in Town & Country, we are continually trying to evolve and enhance our offerings to meet guests’ needs,” president Fred Wiesehan says.
Marylen Mann grew up admiring history’s greatest philosophers, from Aristotle to John Locke—and she aimed to follow in their footsteps. “But my dad told me there were no employment ads in the paper for philosophers,” Mann recalls, chuckling. “He said, Do education, you can always fall back on that.”