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United Way sets fundraising goal of over $72M

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Tuesday, at the annual St. Louis Rams charity luncheon, co-chairs Ron and Cheri Fromm announced the United Way of Greater St. Louis set a goal of raising over $72 million for 2013, to help people in the St. Louis area.

Fundraising started September 3 and will go until early November.

Ron Fromm, chairman of Brown Shoe Company, and more than 600 people attending the luncheon kicked off the campaign by contributing over $100,000 to the United Way.

The United Way invests more than a million dollars a week into the St. Louis community, funding projects and more than 170 organizations affecting everyday citizens of St. Louis.

Last year, just over $72 million was taken in by the United Ways in its campaign, with the aid of over 200,000 individuals and 2,500 businesses.

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Common sense rules for your finances

(KTVI) – Recent studies show that while the overall financial situation for most Americans has improved over the last three years, savings rates have not. Whether it’s due to procrastination, lack of professional advice, or not knowing how much to save versus spend, the fact remains that a majority of Americans aren’t prepared financially for a rainy day – or for retirement.  Bob Wamhoff, President of Wamhoff Financial Planning & Accounting Services, provides the following rules of thumb for your finances.

1.  How much debt should you have?

  • Debt should not exceed 36% of your gross monthly income
  • This includes your mortgage, car payments, and any other payments you are expected to make on a monthly basis.

2.  How much home should you buy?

Augusta harvest festival slated for Sept. 20-21

Augusta harvest festival slated for Sept. 20-21

AUGUSTA, Mo. (KTVI) – This year Augusta, Mo. will be celebrating its 10th harvest festival.  The festival will be held on September 20th and 21st in the city of Augusta in St. Charles County.

The weekend event will feature artisans, music, food, a pie making contest, yoga, antique cars and a art competition.

Two premiere events will also be held, one being the “Swingin’ in the Vines Concert and Picnic in the Vineyard”, in which participants can purchase tickets for a tour of an original vaulted wine cellar and have a gourmet picnic basket dinner in the vineyards, listening to music by Michael Lacey and his New Orleans Swing Band.

Free Dentistry Day in St. Charles, Missouri

ST. CHARLES , MISSOURI (KTVI)-On September 7th, Streets of St. Charles Dental is holding a Free
Dentistry Day in which free dental services will be provided to the community and surrounding areas. Open to everyone, the event is held to help those who don't have dental insurance or who cannot afford dental
care.  .
People in the St. Charles community will have the opportunity to receive free dentistry services including prophylaxis cleanings and extractions at Streets of St. Charles Dental located at
1520 South 5th Street, Suite 103 on Saturday, September 7th. A blood drive will also be held during the event.

Dr. Mary Smith, Dr. John Pastorek and their team will be improving the oral health of needy citizens as part of Free Dentistry Day; a day dedicated providing dental care to the growing number of Americans
without dental insurance.


Crazy summer weather won’t hurt grape harvest

AUGUSTA, MO (KTVI)– Missouri wineries are gearing up for their busy fall season.

Like all other cash crops, grapes are strongly influenced by the weather.

As weather conditions change, so do the grapes, as well as the wine they produce.

Doug Charles is the vineyard manager at Mount Pleasant Winery in Augusta.  He said that while the weather has posed its challenges at times, the overall growing season has been quite good.

But that long wet spring and the cool summer that followed has pushed the fall harvest a solid month behind schedule.

Charles says it`s not this year`s grapes you`ll be tasting this fall, it`s actually last year’s harvest, you know the year with 21 days of triple digit temperatures and that heat did have an effect.

As for next year’s wines made from this summer`s grapes, Charles says they should be amazing.

MoDOT reopens I-64 ramp to Mo Research Park

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KTVI) – MoDOT has reopened the westbound I-64 exit ramp to the Missouri Research Park in Weldon Spring early.  The ramp was schedule to be reopened next week, but because of faster than expected construction, the ramp was reopened Tuesday afternoon.

The ramp was closed on Monday, August 19th for construction of a fourth lane for westbound I-64.

That lane will become the part of the new I-64 Daniel Boone Missouri River Bridge project.