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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.
If all you really wanted for Christmas was a movie you could go to without contemplating asking for your money back, Hollywood may be able to help…finally. Here’s what coming in December:
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.
Burgundy, Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley—pinot noir enthusiasts will quickly recognize the common thread of regions noted for their production of the finicky grape.
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.
Here, we have the golden years’ version of The Hangover: Four friends head to Vegas for a bachelor party; this time, the groom is 70. So far, so good. No doubt four lifelong buddies heading out to Sin City would provide a seamless vein of comedy to mine, one would think.
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.
OK. So it’s no secret that Hollywood is a shining example of environmentalism. I mean, when it comes to reuse and recycle, the film industry is unrivaled. If a movie’s a hit, they make it another hit and then another. Let’s see if we can hit a 10-figure, worldwide box-office gross without burning a single creative calorie. The film industry will squeeze every dollar out of a good movie down to the last action figure. It’s the soul-less version of using all the parts of the buffalo.
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.”
She had just one fork in her kitchen. In her early days as St. Louis’ top prosecutor, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce was so consumed by crime and punishment that just one fork was all she needed.
While it may seem counterintuitive, exercise gives you energy, local experts say. And as we age, it’s all the more important to keep moving. Here, some area senior caregivers and fitness trainers offer appropriate exercises to stay active throughout your golden 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.
Bill and Anne Tao
Once Upon a Time…the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA) took in Tillie, a Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix. Tillie had lived with a family, but they had to give her up because of their child’s allergies. Meanwhile, Teel Ackerman, who had recently lost a dog, was looking for a new pet to keep her active and walking. “When he died, I wasn’t going to get another dog; but then I thought, the dog keeps me going—I walk him everywhere, and it’s good for me.”
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.
Retired volunteer Sylvia Barnard poses with her favorite children's book, The Duchess Bakes a Cake
You’ve been working hard to achieve your financial goals, dreaming of the days when you will be able to enjoy retirement. But are you doing enough now to ensure you can maintain your accustomed lifestyle into the future? Here, local financial advisers share the most important factors when it comes to setting aside money today for a brighter tomorrow.
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.
The kids have returned to school and the weather has started to turn cooler. But that doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at home. What better time of year for a drive through the Missouri countryside?
LN loves it when hometown natives make it big, and we love it even more when they come back to share their talents. Ron Charles, deputy editor of The Washington Post Book World, was an English teacher at John Burroughs School before he took his first job as a book reviewer. He will visit St. Louis on Oct. 4 for ‘An Evening with Elizabeth Strout’ at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club, where he will interview the Pulitzer Prize-winner about her newest release, The Burgess Boys. The event benefits The Heritage Account, Inc., which promotes the restoration and preservation of The Saint Louis Woman’s Club building in the Central West End. For ticket information, call 367-6923 or email carolynGFarrell@gmail.com. We checked in with Charles on everything from where he went to high school to his criteria for rating books.
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.