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Goodbye, Child Care Costs ... Hello, College Savings Opportunities

By Jim Stiles, Edward Jones Financial Advisor in New Haven, Mo.

If you’re a working parent, you know firsthand about the difficulties of finding quality, affordable care for your children. But eventually, your kids head off to school, and those child care bills go away, or at least diminish greatly. When that happens, you could start putting away money for another one of your children’s milestones: college.

Just how expensive is child care? Costs vary greatly among the 50 states, but the national average for a 4-year-old at a child care center is approximately $7,880 per year, according to Child Care Aware of America, a child care resource and referral agency sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. What could you do with this money once your child enters kindergarten?

Vipers Win In Dramatic Fashion - Improve To 9-0.

Teammates swarm August Panhorst after hitting a three-run blast in the bottome of the first. (Photos courtesy of Brad Kauffeld.)

BALLWIN, Mo. - The Vipers are off to a perfect start after defeating the Ballwin Patriots  in slugfest 8-7,on Sunday (May 3) 8-7, improving to 9-0 in the St. Louis West Athletic Association (STLWAA) baseball league. (12 & under age group ).

The Vipers took an early lead in the bottom half of the first when Gavin Mueller knocked a one-out single.  After Andrew Dyson reached on with a walk, Spencer Breckenkamp recorded the Vipers’s second out with an infield ground ball while both runners into scoring position.

Hannah Pruessner NHHS April Student Of The Month

Photo courtesy of NHHS.

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The April Student of the Month is senior Hannah Pruessner.  Hannah is the daughter of Paula and Jerry Pruessner.  She is active in track, band, FBLA, FCA, FCCLA, and NHS.

One of her teachers said, “In addition to being a conscientious student, active member of many organizations, and dedicated track athlete, Hannah conducted herself with an incredible amount of confidence, class, poise, humility, and maturity on senior trip.

She treated her classmates kindly, was polite to strangers, listened to and followed instructions from the sponsors carefully, and stayed aware of her surroundings.

Catherine J. Pate (Spicer) June 11, 1963 - May 3, 2015

Catherine J. Pate, 51, of New Haven, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis City, Missouri.

Mrs. Pate was born in Hammond, Indiana on June 11, 1963, the daughter of John and Patricia (Creek) Spicer.

She was the wife of Jerry Pate.  They were married April 10, 1982 at New Haven.  Jerry survives at the home.

Catherine is also survived by her father John Spicer of Sedona, Arizona, two daughters Jecqueline Pate of New Haven and Debbie Pate of Jefferson City, a sister Shannon Leposky of Pennsylvania,  a brother Terry Spicer of Sherryville, Indiana, a sister Michelle Johnson of Valparaiso, Indiana and two granndchildren Lucien and Roman Hiatte of Jefferson City.  She is preceded in death by her mother.

Ruediger Named NHHS’s 2015 St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete

By Kyle Quick

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - Kyle Ruediger has been named New Haven High School's recipient of the St. Louis Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete Award for 2015.

Ruediger has been a 4 year member of both the baseball and basketball programs.  He has earned varsity letters in baseball all four years and in basketball each of the past three years.

Ruediger earned 1st Team Four Rivers Conference recognition in baseball his junior year and in basketball as a sophomore, junior, and senior -- becoming a unanimous choice this past year.

Wilbert Chester Helling February 24, 1927 - April 28, 2015

Wilbert  Chester  Helling, 88, of Sun City West, Arizona, formerly of New Haven, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Rock Creek Alzheimer's Special Care Center, Surprise, Arizona.

Mr. Helling was born in New Haven, Missouri on February 24, 1927, the son of the late Chester and Anna (Danz) Helling.

He was the husband of Sharon (Perdue) Helling.  Sharon survives at the home in Sun City West.

Wilbert is also survived by a daughter Barbara Bolm of Union, a son Danie Helling of Washington, a daughter Deborah Chapman of Sullivan, three step-daughters Debbie Stolte of Chesterfield, Yolanda Heinz & husband Chris of Phoenix, Arizona and Lesa Stensrud & husband Steve of Cave Creek, Arizona and by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Six New Haven Students Headed To Girls State

Pictutred Front Row: L to R: Erin Scheer, Emma Borcherding, and Kathy Jasper; Back Row: L to R: Maddie Fleer, Lauren Bergner, and Dakota Schroeder. (Photo courtesy of NHHS)

NEW HAVEN, Mo. - The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 366 of New Haven is sponsoring six delegates to attend the American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State June 21 – 27, 2015 to be held at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

Contributors along with Unit 366 are Town & Country Women’s Club and Post 366 Sons of the American Legion.