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January 22, 2014

African-American History Month



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Month-long activities planned at STLCC-Florissant Valley St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will be offering various activities throughout the month of February to Celebrate Black History Month. Throughout the month there will be numerous discussions, lectures, exhibits and presentations on the campus, located at 3400 Pershall Road. All events are free and open to the public. African-American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent AfricanAmericans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as African-American History Month. Events include: African-American Heritage Kickoff Celebration Feb. 5, 11am-1pm in the Student Center – Multipurpose Room Keynote Speaker – Keith Ware, Campus Coordinator, African American Male Initiative - Re-enactment by Barnes Bradshaw, Missouri History Museum

- Dance Troupe - Musical Performances For more information, contact Campus Life at 314.513.4294. We’ve Got the Blues Feb. 13, 9:30-10:30am in the Student Center – Multipurpose Room Participants will learn about African American blues artists from peer speakers and they will get the opportunity to participate in the talk – practice their communication skills – via public speaking and interpersonal communication. Participants will learn about these artists through organized speeches, piano performances and video. For more information, contact event organizers Amy Brown-Marshall and Paul Higdon at the SLCC Communications Department, 314.513.4995. Lunch and Learn -- Civil Rights in America Feb. 19,11am-12:15pm, in the Student Center – Multipurpose Room Lecture presented by Linda Collins, History Department Linda Collins addresses the history of civil rights in the United States. For more information, contact Linda

Collins at 314.513.4117. Drums and Music of Africa – Bobby Norfolk Feb. 25, 11-11:45am in the Child Development Center Emmy award-winning storyteller takes you on a journey to Africa through See Heritage Celebration page 2

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January 22, 2014 • Community News •

Vol. 93 No. 4

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Around Town Local news and events like the return engagement of The Courthouse Steps presented by the Florissant Fine Arts Council and free tax preparation for low income households in the community


Business The RV show sets a record and the Pallottine Renewal Center earns a grant from the National Heart Council


School Hazelwood School District’s STEM Extravaganza showcases education opportunities for all students and the Greater North County Chamber is now accepting applications for scholarships


Learn & Play Book Buzz, Sudoku and tips to protect your electronic devices in cold weather


Movie Nebraska is a good story about good people, writes Steve Bryan.


Sports Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events.


Recipes Kid-friendly snacks to nourish your child’s mind and body


What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long




Over the Fence Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher.

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History Month from cover folktales and music. For more information contact the event organizer Darlene Neil at 314.513.4891 Winter Open Mic Feb. 26, noon-3pm in the Student Center – Multipurpose Room The Poetry Club’s annual Winter Open Mic event offers students, staff and the community a chance to share their original poetry (spoken word or traditional) as well as brief political or social issue speech in honor of African American History Month. Brief original song and music is also welcomed as musical interludes. For more information please contact the event organizer, Regina Popper, at the SLCC English Department, at 314.513.4763. Major Black Writers: Harlem, USA Feb. 27, 11am-1pm in the Student Center – Multipurpose Room Visit spring 2014’s Major Black Writers class to see student presentations about Harlem Renais-

sance authors. From James Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston to Langston Hughes and Richard Wright, the Harlem Renaissance was undeniably one of American literature’s most influential movements. For more information contact the event organizer, Lonetta Oliver at 314.513.4132 Road to Freedom: Dred Scott Exhibit Feb. 3-28, in the Instructional Resources Building - 2nd floor From its founding in 1764, St. Louis has been home to African-Americans. Until 1865, most were enslaved. The Dred Scott Exhibit tells the story of St. Louis enslaved blacks and their quests for freedom. The roads they took varied, but the goal of the journey remained the same: to share America’s promise of liberty and justice for all. This exhibit contains images of documents, photographs and objects from the collection of the Missouri Historical Society tracing the pursuit of freedom in 19th century St. Louis.

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Around Town Cookie Rally Kicks Off 2014 Cookie Season Girls learn five leadership skills through the Girl Scout Cookie Program that prepare them for their future – goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. To serve as a kickoff for the annual Cookie Season this year, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri sponsored a Cookie Rally. It took place at Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University. To promote excitement among the girls, Innovative Force, a dance team from America’s Got Talent performed; Mason and Remy, radio personalities from 93.7FM The Bull, visited; and Saint Louis University cheerleaders led the girls in a Cookie Rap and Cheer. Visitors watched special guest performer Megan Nicole. Megan is a 20-year old who rose to stardom on YouTube. Her videos currently have more than 416 million views. After the release of

her debut single, B-e-a-utiful, Megan met with record producer Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose company is part of Interscope Records, and she signed a record deal. The girls also sampled this year’s Little Brownie Bakers’ Girl Scout Cookies. Little Brownie has partnered with the Girl Scouts for Cookie Programs this year and in 2015. Other activities included photo opportunities, cookiethemed games and crafts, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) stations, baking cookies with Juliette and an older girl activity lounge. Girls received rally patches for attending. • Community News • January 22, 2014

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Troop 67 Helps Girl Scout Alumnae Group Renovate Building at Camp Cedarledge Many hands make for light work. Girl Scout Troop 67 found this old saying to be true as they helped Camp Cedarledge Alumni renovate the recreation porch at the camp, located in Jefferson County. LaVonda Reed, Jessica and Jennifer Nast of District 9, which is in North St. Louis County, are troop members who helped with the work. “We did everything together, we painted, cleaned, organized and sorted books,” said Jessica Nast. “I formed strong relationships while doing the restoration of the camp,” said Reed. “We worked without others telling us what to do.” LaVonda stated she has been to Cedarledge more than a dozen times and plans to go again this summer. “I helped anyone who needed help or they didn’t know what to do,” said Jennifer Nast. “I was proud to sign my name on the board when we finished.” The Leader of troop 67, Marcia Reed, stated she was very proud of the work the troop had done. “They were very cooperative and did the best job they could, all while they worked as a team,” said Reed. “Abby was instrumental in making sure the troop stayed on track. The parent who came with us, Debbie Nast, also did her fair share of work.” “Girl Scout Camp was a great escape into my own world when I was a Girl Scout, I would come every year, meet up with old friends and make new friends,” Reed continued. “It only seems right to help keep it beautiful for generations to come.” “The Rec Porch project was done by a group headed up by Tina Pfiefer,” said Cedarledge Ranger Mike Horn. “They repainted the entire interior of the Rec Porch, including the floor. They used very nice colors that made it look like it had always looked that way and they also gave it a warm, very clean look and feel,” he explained. “They added bookshelves and pictures throughout that date back to Cedarledge’s earliest campers,” he added. “They also caulked all

The Courthouse Steps

Members of Girl Scout Troop 67 work alongside Girl Scout Alumnae to renovate the recreation porch at Camp Cedarledge in Jefferson County. Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri.

areas that needed it and added a broom closet.” Recycling became part of the project too, as Horn said they utilized removed items to create new items such as racks for tables and chairs. “This same group then returned and installed a new handicapped-accessible ramp and porch at Staff House, made from composite lumber to extend its life,” said Horn. Staff House is in the same building as Rec Porch but on the opposite end. “This group also installed new lighting and fans in Rec Porch, which were greatly needed. Keep in mind this entire job was done by ladies who were and some who still are Girl Scouts who camped at Cedarledge and they take pride in our camp,” Horn continued. “They took it upon themselves to have all of the materials donated, which was a blessing and easier on the camp budget. I could not have been happier with the job that was done and this group always asks me what else they can do. I will always invite them back and I thank them for all they do for our camp to keep it beautiful.”

The Florissant Fine Arts Council Applause/Applause Series is proud to present a return engagement of The Courthouse Steps, at 2pm on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Florissant Civic Center. These singing attorneys poke fun at national and local events taken from the headlines. Dedicated to the venerable legal principle of equal opportunity jabs, The Courthouse Steps features parodies that cover both sides of the political fence. There material is continually updated as the political, national and local climates warrant. The Courthouse Steps will be performed at 2pm on Sunday, Feb. 9 at the Florissant Civic Center located at Parker Road and Waterford Drive. Tickets are $28 for adults and $26 for seniors and students. Group rates are available also. For more information or to order tickets, please call the box office at 314.921.5678, or visit The Florissant Fine Arts Council presents the Applause/Applause series with financial support from members, the Regional Art Commission, Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

Soldiers Receive Care Packages from The Bridge at Florissant

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United States soldiers serving in the 1st squad, Treatment platoon, Charlie company, 15th Bsb, 2nd Brigade, 1st Cavalry in Afghanistan received two care packages courtesy of The Bridge at Florissant. The packages, filled with snack foods, toiletries, games, and other needed supplies, are the result of The Bridge at Florissant’s Home Collection and Donation program. The Bridge at Florissant’s Home program was started by Sales Director Mary Swip as a way to send some of home over to our soldiers still stationed in Afghanistan; her son is currently deployed as a combat medic. “They’re putting everything on the line for us, and this is just one small way we can show our thanks for them during the holidays.” The Bridge at Florissant was overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the community and friends who made donations. “It’s a demonstration of the caring family culture we have at the Bridge – one that’s obviously shared by our vendors and community when it comes to supporting our military” said Rachel Giffhorn, General Manager of the Bridge at Florissant. • Community News • January 22, 2014

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Customer Appreciation Month

A Letter to the Editor

The Florissant Old Town Marketplace Antiques and Collectibles is hosting their annual customer appreciation month until the end of January. Customers may enter into a drawing to win prizes that are donated from local business such as: Henefer Jewelers, Marketplace, De-lish

As a St. Louis Rams player, I’m proud to represent the St. Louis region for Team NFL, a nationwide effort among the NFL to raise awareness about education. I invite you to become a mentor, tutor, reader or homework helper for a local child through United Way of Greater St. Louis. A lot of kids right here in our region need help with schoolwork, but with even a little help they can achieve and become the next great leaders in St. Louis and beyond. Please consider joining me to help kids succeed. You can find out more online at or by calling United Way at 314-539-4063. On and off the field, a good education is important. Together we can change lives.

Cheesecake Bakery, J. Goeke Produce, Korte’s Framing and Antiques, Old Town Donuts, Dooley’s Florist, Hendel’s Market Café and Stems Floral. To enter, please visit Florissant Old Town Marketplace at 525 Rue Street, or for more information, call 314.837.8144.

Florissant Police Department Announces Police Promotion and Welcomes New Officer Mayor Thomas P. Schneider and Chief Timothy Lowery are pleased to announce that Officer Mark Pounders has been promoted to sergeant and would also like to welcome newly hired Officer Kevin Fodde to the police department. “I would just like to express my sincere congratulations to Sgt. Pounders and welcome Officer Kevin Fodde to our police department. Both men have outstanding leadership qualities and professional skills that will contribute to the continued success of our award winning Police Department in keeping our citizens and their property safe. I have challenged them to Pictured from left to right is Chief Tim Lowery, Sgt. Mark Pounders, Mayor Schneider, Officer Kevin Fodde and Captain Sean Fagan. Photo courtesy of the City share their enthusiasm, zeal and profes- of Florissant sional dedication with the entire department, “adds Mayor Schneider.

Valley of Flowers Queen Candidate Applications Available Applications for the 2014 Valley of Flowers queen candidates are now available online at, from the Valley of Flowers Office, 601 rue St. Charles, Florissant, or by calling the office at 314.837.0033. All candidates must be 16 years of age by April 30, 2014, a junior in high school, and a resident of the City of Florissant. Each candidate needs a sponsor. Sponsors need not be a Florissant business. The number of candidates is limited to the first 25 candidates and will be selected in the order in which the Valley of Flowers office receives the completed application. Rules and regulations for queen candidates are included with the applications. Completed forms are accepted until Feb. 14, 2014. The Valley of Flowers Committee has chosen “Valley of Flowers Celebrates St. Louis’ 250th Birthday” for the 2014 Festival. All candidates will decorate their entries using any form of St. Louis’ landmarks or a highlight from its 250 years. Judging of the candidates on poise and personality will take place at the James J. Eagan Center on Sunday, April 6, 2014. A

dinner will follow to recognize the candidates, sponsors, and families. The Queen, first runnerup, and three special maids will be announced at the conclusion of the parade on Sunday, May 4, 2014. A scholarship of $1,000.00 will be awarded to the queen and many gifts and prizes will be given to the all the young ladies on the court at the conclusion of their reign. The queen and court will represent the Valley of Flowers Committee and the City of Florissant at numerous events throughout their reign and will be expected to be available for these events. Please call the Valley of Flowers office at 314.837.0033 for your application or email the committee at and an application will be sent. Applications are also online at

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Free Tax Preparation for Low Income Households If you live in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles or metro-east Illinois and your household income was less than $52,000 in 2013, you may qualify for free tax help – and you might get more money back. Starting Saturday, January 25, those who qualify can get free tax help. For information on if you qualify, locations, dates, and documents needed, contact United Way at 2.1.1 or 800.427.4626. People can also go to to file. Please note that no place is able to process taxes until January 31. The average EITC refund was $2,298 for the region according to the Brookings Institute. It’s estimated that 58 percent of low-tomoderate income families in this community pay an unnecessary average of $260-plus for tax preparation, electronic filing fees and check cashing fees. For locations and times, please call United Way at 2.1.1 or 800.427.4626.



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Pallottine Renewal Center Awarded Grant from National Heart Council Pallottine Renewal Center (PRC), retreat facility at 15270 Old Halls Ferry Road in Florissant has been awarded $2,050 from the National Heart Council, a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA). The grant will allow PRC to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED), surface mount and compliance program. In addition, PRC will have the necessary staff CRP/AED certified. The American Heart Association and the Center for Disease Control both report that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US. In 2014, PRC anticipates over 2,500 retreatants of all ages, religions and ethnicities and they believe that the preventative measure of having an AED on site is a priority. Pallottine Renewal Center offers 83 acres of countryside, chapel in the round, conference areas, private or double rooms, full-sized gymnasium, and heated indoor pool. They provide and maintain an

environment that is comfortable and safe, faithdriven and supportive, open and present to the needs of individuals and communities, and reflects the charism of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters. The National Emergency Medicine Association is a charitable organization whose mission is the prevention of injury and illness by addressing health and social issues through education, applied research, technology, and equipment. Their works includes prevention, education, and direct service provision and is carried out by their special programs through the production of educational media and through grants that NEMA awards to organizations throughout the country. For more information on Pallottine Renewal Center visit or call 314.837.7100. For more information on the National Emergency Medicine Association visit or call 443.922.7533.

Trivia Night to Benefit LoveU2Pieces Successful LoveU2Pieces, a nonprofit enjoy an evening of laughter and team spirit for a good organization committed to helping St. Louis area famicause,” said LU2P President Leigh Rolnicki. lies living with autism, hosted a sold out trivia night at the 30 gift baskets were raffled off Maryland Heights Commufor the cause, as well as some high end items, including an nity Center, on Saturday Jan. 11 and raised $7,000. iPad Mini 2 and a painting donated by Kodner Gallery in LaThe successful evening was attended by 300 spirited pardue. LoveU2Pieces is committed ticipants and emceed by Triv- President and founder Leigh Shelton Rolnicki and Board ia Funhouse. Westminster Member Richard Shelton at the Trivia Night at the Heights to giving families living with Community Center. Christian Academy provided autism spectrum disorders the time, support and opportunities they need to raise 8 student volunteers for the event. “It was exciting to meet many new friends and healthy, successful children in a strong, supportive environment. Through parent and community outreach programs and the LoveU2Pieces Social Connections Program, LU2P provides educational speakers and programs related to raising families with children on the autism spectrum. For more information, visit

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RV Show Sets Record By Russ Patton

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The January St. Louis RV and Travel show announced that attendance on January 11 was the highest in over ten years. The annual RV show is sponsored by the members of the Midwest Gateway Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association. The forty-year-old association of dealers is open to all RV Dealers who; are primarily in the RV business, follow good business practices including; truth in advertising, good standing with the Better Business Bureau and an affirmative vote of their peers. The association was founded by the fathers of several of St Louis’ leading dealer principals. The large numbers of young families bodes well for the RV industry. There is truly an RV model that will fit almost any budget or adapt to any use. Prices ranged from $7,000 for a new folding camper to almost $500,000 for a luxurious motorhome. The appeal of the RV lifestyle is that it is so accessible. One can have just as much fun in a travel trailer costing under $20,000 as another who spends $200,000 for a motorhome. Budget conscious? Competitive interest rates mean ownership is possible starting at a bit over $100 per month for a camper. Byerly RV, in Eureka, finished up another record year in 2013. Our greater commitment to customers after the sale was evidenced by our large Parts Store set up at the Show. Service people worked in the “store” to answer technical questions and explain the application and installation of new accessories. Byerly RV represents over 19 brand names of new RVs and always a great selection of pre-owned models. We don’t use brand names in our advertising often because we have so many. But we shop diligently to represent the best value in RVs. And if we do mention a name brand, be assured that it’s in stock and we are the authorized dealer for that franchise. We try to assure that our advertising represents what we stand for-- helping to fulfill our customer’s vacation dreams. But no amount of advertising can take the place of the most effective form of promotionword of mouth. Visit our website at and visit our beautiful dealership on I-44 in Eureka, Missouri- “The Center of the RV World”. • Community News • January 22, 2014



Explore Catholic Schools in North County During Catholic Schools Week

African-American Heritage Celebration

The eight Catholic elementary schools located in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis will together host a Community Open House to kick-off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, Jan. 26. Each school location will be open from 1-3pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the schools, meet teachers and staff, learn about the curriculum and programs that each school offers, and review application and enrollment procedures. “We invite parishioners, families of all faiths, community leaders and all members of the North County community to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with us by visiting one or more of the schools located in our neighborhoods,” said Cara Koen, director of advancement for the Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery. “Come and see our facilities, meet families and students who attend our schools, and learn about the positive ways Catholic schools impact North County.” At the Open House, visitors will have a chance to meet with educators who view their teaching service in Catholic schools as a ministry as well as a profession. These teachers continue their work together, outside of their individual schools, in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs). They gather monthly throughout the school year, by grade level in lower grades and by subject area in the upper grades. This year’s focus has been a book study of education standards, and using protocols for fine tuning lesson plans to improve student learning. Principals are observing a positive impact from their teachers’ participation in PLTs. “Our Lady of Guadalupe is definitely a better school because of our faculty’s participation in the PLTs,” said Peggy O’Brien, principal at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School. “The PLTs provide a network for the teachers where they can share ideas, successes and challenges with one another, providing a source of encouragement and problem-solving that did not previously exist for our teachers. Over the past few years this has brought a new level of excellence to our classrooms.” The Alive in Christ Scholarship Program for

The St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will kick off their African-American Heritage Celebration at 11am on Feb. 5 in the Student Center Multipurpose Room on campus. The event, which is sponsored by Campus Life, will feature keynote speaker Keith Ware, Campus Coordinator, African American Male Initiative. As well as a reenactment by Barnes Bradshaw from the Missouri History Museum, dance troupe performance and musical performances. For more information, please contact Campus Life at 314.513.4294.

2014-15 will also launch during Catholic Schools Week. This Archdiocesan-wide program offers scholarships of $1,000-$2,000 based on financial need to students entering a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese in Kindergarten - 4th grade, as well as to those students currently enrolled in a Catholic school whose families qualify. The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with applications being accepted beginning Jan. 27, 2014. Funding for the scholarships is from an assessment paid into the fund by every parish of the Archdiocese. Each school can provide additional details for how to apply for the scholarships, and more information is available at The Federation of Catholic Schools in the Northeast Deanery includes the following parish sponsored elementary schools, which will all be open to the public on Jan. 26, 2014 between 1-3pm; some schools may choose to remain open longer, visit for more information: • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, 150 N. Elizabeth Avenue, Ferguson • Christ, Light of the Nations, 1650 Redman Road, Spanish Lake • Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1115 South Florissant Road, Cool Valley • Sacred Heart, 501 St. Louis Street, Florissant • Sacred Heart Kindergarten, 751 North Jefferson, Florissant. • St. Angela Merici, 3860 N. Highway 67, Florissant • St. Ferdinand, 1735 Charbonier, Florissant • St. Norbert, New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant • St. Norbert Early Childhood Center, 1625 Swallow Lane, Florissant • St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, 3500 St. Catherine Street, Florissant The Federation of Catholic Schools is a formal agreement between the pastors of the eleven parishes in the Northeast Deanery of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to work more closely together in support of the mission of Catholic education in the North County community. To learn more about the programs and goals of the Federation, please visit

Riverview Gardens High School Students Impress Business Leaders Riverview Gardens High School juniors and se- of their choice. Riverview Gardens scored Second niors enrolled in the high school marketing educa- in the overall competition. The placing was antion program and members of Distributive Educa- nounced at the December 2013 monthly meeting. tion Clubs of America (DECA), wowed business “It was very close” noted NWCC president Brian and community leaders at the November monthly Goldman “and Riverview Gardens did an aweNorthwest Chamber of Commerce meeting. Stu- some job. They should be very proud.” dents competed to win the NWCC 2013 Career and Technical Education Ingenuity Award against only two other districts selected to vie for the $500 scholarship. RGHS prepared a detailed proposal on hospitality and tourism, produced an elaborate display, interacted with business leaders, answered questions about the proposal and finally presented the idea before approximately 1,000 chamber members. “Our students did an excellent job from concept to proposal,” stated Pamela Fountain, marketing teacher and DECA advisor. “They worked for countless hours on their own time and they are very proud of their work.” Chamber members present visited tables, asked questions, heard the presentations of all districts and voted for the project

STEM Extravaganza The Hazelwood School District invites students, families and members of the community to the STEM Extravaganza from 10am2pm on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Hazelwood Central High School. The STEM Extravaganza is a showcase of educational opportunities for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). You’ll get a chance to learn more about what your children are experiencing in the STEM disciplines in our District. Attendees will participate in demonstrations and hands-on activities for all grade levels, exhibits, speakers, college representatives and more. The STEM Extravaganza exemplifies the District’s value of forming partnerships with parents and community members to ensure the success of each student.

Greater North County Chamber Accepting Scholarship Applications The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2014 scholarship program. The chamber will award six $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who reside in the Greater North County service area, which includes the cities of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Black Jack, Ferguson, Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Spanish Lake and surrounding unincorporated North St. Louis County. The scholarship can be used for post high school continuing education expenses including college tuition, room and board, books, fees, or for expenses associated with a trade or technical school program. The scholarship fund was established with donations from chamber members and a fall bowling tournament. The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce has awarded $46,000 in scholarships to date. Applications are available at local high schools; at the chamber office, 420 W. Washington Street; or online at Applications must be submitted to the Chamber office by Feb. 21, 2014. For more information, call the Chamber office at 314.831.3500.


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Free Radon Testing Kits You cannot see, smell or taste it, but radon could be present in dangerous levels in your home, which is why Missourians are urged to pick up a free testing kit this month. Ryan Hobart, Missouri Department of Health spokesman, said the naturally occurring gas is excreted from the soil and can rise up and get trapped in homes, schools, and businesses - with potentially deadly consequences. “It’s important for them to see if it’s going on in their home, test for it and find out if they might have levels of radon above what the EPA has set as a safe level,” Hobart said. Radon has been identified as the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths and claims the lives of 21,000 Americans each year. A free radon testing kit is available by contacting the health department. Hobart said testing is just the first step. Because radon exposure is so serious, homeowners who find elevated levels will have to take action. “There are licensed providers around the state that can do ‘radon mitigation,’ which is basically finding a way to vent any radon gas out of a home before it reaches the living area,” he explained. More information about radon testing, exposure and mitigation is available by calling the national radon information hotline at 1.800. SOS.RADON. Free radon test kits may be obtained at http://health.

Bohjalian’s New Novel Has it All Art, history, romance, and murder intersect in A Light in the Ruins, by a longtime favorite author of mine, Chris Bohjalian. A plethora of novels precedes Bohjalian’s newest — must-reads that include Midwives, and page-tuners like The Double Bind, Secrets of Eden, Skeletons at the Feast and, most recently, The Sandcastle Girls. A Light in the Ruins has intriguing dual narratives set in Tuscany during World War II and in the same locale a decade later. The book opens in 1955 with a bloodthirsty murder. The victim, Francesca Rosati, is the daughter-in-law of an aristocratic family who lived in a hillside villa during the war. It was an estate with a prized Etruscan tomb of great interest to the Germans, who wished to pilfer the tomb’s treasures, and later committed atrocities there. Serafina Bettini, the detective assigned to the Rosati slaying, well remembers the war. An Italian partisan, she nearly lost her life resisting the Germans. Her body bears the unsightly scars of the burns that nearly killed her. Initially the detective is baffled by Francesca’s grisly murder, but when another Rosati woman has her heart carved from her body, Seraphina thinks the crimes might be linked to someone who knew the Rosatis during the war. In those years, the head of the family, the Marchese, a nobleman, did what he had to do to protect his land and family, sometimes cooperating with the Germans more than his countrymen thought necessary. When the Marcheses’ 18-year-old daughter Cristina falls in love with a German soldier her father is powerless to end the love affair. As the Allies invade Italy, the noose around the neck of the Nazis tightens, and the once affluent Rosatis become prisoners in their own home. As the narrative shifts back and forth in time, the murderer methodically prepares to do away with another Rosati. He speaks to readers in a chilling voice, ramping up the tension as cars careens off Tuscan roads and a body lays inert in a tomb that once offered shelter to injured partisans. A gifted storyteller, Bohjalian provides his fans with yet another engaging book — one with broad appeal and a murder mystery that keeps you guessing right up to the end. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013.

Local Author’s National Release of Five New Novels Local author John Messmer Jr. recently released five new novels nationally, Within the World of Forever, The Golden Lions: The Battle of the Bulge, Ten on a Skillet, The Guns of Mestonville and Before Yesterday, Comes Tomorrow. Within the World of Forever introduces readers to three people: Amy, Chris and the Professor, who are sent to Antarctica to investigate global warming and then experience strange occurrences. There is no escape, as disaster proceeds toward them. Death awaits, but new experiences overwhelm them. A discovery is buried within the ice, which will change the world and their lives, forever. Readers will enjoy the science fiction novel and prepare for a journey into the depths of your perceptions. The Golden Lions: The Battle of the Bulge is a fictional representation of what happened during the Battle of the Bulge. It is based on testimonials, events from the men who lived the experience, historical facts from the National Archives, and other informative sources. Many gaps exist in the record, and only fragments of information were used to create this story. The threads and many scenes are accurate with the current available information. Most of the events are true and others fiction to give an overall impression of the battle and the aftermath. All the names, except for Messmer’s father and a few others, were changed and none of the characters represent the real soldiers who fought in the battle. This novel aims to bring a better understanding of what happened to honor the men, who fought for survival. Ten on a Skillet introduces readers to the dying Samuel Cantor who, without any worthy relatives exist to bestow his wealth, invites ten strangers to his estate. The common foundation in his twisted mind is that he despises the guests; all were offensive to his sensibilities in the past. He watches his experiment and enjoys the results. Shares will be divided between the survivors. Since no one can

inherit, if he or she is guilty of murder, creativity must be used. Death is their choice. The greed of others is not his responsibility. A legacy is needed of his kindness and generosity. All are trapped and the only escape is survival or death before the truth is revealed. The Guns of Mestonville takes the readers to the fictionalized town of Mestonville, Kan., in 1875. The law is in conflict with the most powerful and influential man in the area. When Luke March’s son is killed, his obligation is to protect his status and family. The Sheriff is torn between duty, Luke, and the members of the city council who are benefiting from the growth of the town with improper rules. Many want the status quo, but others are settling in the area with different morals. Tensions rise as the conflict increases with misunderstandings and secrets, which are revealed. The survival of the town depends on the result of the conflict. The cost may be too high for everyone in either case. Before Yesterday, Comes Tomorrow introduces readers to the Professor’s grasp, who is called by many of his students a crackpot, but he is driven by inner desires. Neighbors are moving, but his wife helps him with his endeavors. As his closest friends try to understand his motives, the adventure begins. The survival of the Earth depends on the results. The first journey to Mars is the only hope. A higher level of awareness is obtained as the story progresses. Readers will have to prepare for a journey, which will never be forgotten by any generation. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the books are available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting barnesandnoble. com or Messmer attended a university in St. Louis, Mo., where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in business administration. His hobbies are varied, but he enjoys writing and photography. • Community News • January 22, 2014



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Accomplished director Alexander Payne also is a tremendous storyteller. From his early work in the high school drama Election through the family troubles in 2011’s The Descendants, Payne always tells a good story. His movies typically focus on real people with real problems in a very real world. Nebraska, Payne’s latest effort, is no exception to that rule. Bruce Dern leads a solid cast as Woody Grant, a stubborn and determined resident of Billings, Montana. Upon receiving what appears to be a sweepstakes no- Nebraska photo courtesy of Paramont Pictures tification, Woody wants to go Will Forte of Saturday Night Live fame turns in a surto Lincoln, Nebraska, to claim prising, complicated performance as David, Woody’s his million dollars. lackadaisical son. Frustrated with his lack of ambition, Everyone, especially his frustrated wife Kate (a delightful June Squibb), says the letter is just a cheap David’s girlfriend moves out of their apartment in the come-on to sell magazines, but Woody believes oth- hopes of getting him to do something. Unfortunately, erwise. He’s even willing to walk from Billings to get he misses the entire point of her actions until he takes a road trip with Woody. his money. Son David (Will Actress June Squibb, however, Forte) agrees to drive his dad steals the whole movie as Kate, to Lincoln to find out for sure This is a good story about Woody’s outspoken wife. and spend some time with his good people in a film that Aggravated at her huscantankerous father. should not be missed. band’s eccentric ways, Nebraska could take place she threatens to put him just about anywhere at any in a nursing home, but time in the United States. The her angry words mask the love and respect talented Bruce Dern embodies the typical working she has for him. Kate also can curse a blue man as Woody Grant. Though he had ambition and streak, using language that would make a dreams as a younger man, time and alcohol took that away from him. Decades after it was stolen, Woody sailor blush. Director Alexander Payne uses this core still remains frustrated about a missing air compressor. cast to good advantage. Shot in gorgeous

black-and-white in various rural locations, the camera follows Woody on an impossible quest for a million dollars. Along the way, relatives and so-called friends show their true colors. Though they didn’t have time for him in the past, everyone is mighty interested in a potentially wealthy Woody. This is a good story about good people in a film that should not be missed. Hats off to Payne, Bruce Dern, June Squibb and a talented supporting cast for making Nebraska a real delight. Nebraska, rated R for some language, currently is playing in theaters. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters. WAREHOUSE PRICES Furnaces Air Conditioning Supplies

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Gary Baute Monty Ball-Played Football at Timberland High-Going to The Super Bowl The Denver Broncos ran away from the New England Patriots with a 26-16 win to get the American Football League trophy and qualify for Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 2. The Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks. Ball, who plays half back for the Broncos had several running plays to pick up key yards and first downs throughout the game. In fact the last big play of the game by the Bronco’s saw number 28 picking up a first down to put the game away. *Playing in the Super Bowl in his first year in the NFL Rams Defensive End Heading to Hawaii and Gets Extra Honors Rams’ Robert Quinn, the NFC sack leader, was picked by the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) as their Defensive Player of the Year. Quinn, who earlier this week was named All-NFL

and All-NFC by the PFWA, finished second in the NFL and led the NFC with 19 sacks. His sack total is the most by a Ram since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. In addition to leading the NFC in sacks, Quinn finished second in the NFL with seven forced fumbles and coaches credited him with a team-high 18 tackles for loss this season as well as 36 quarterback pressures and 33 quarterback hits. He recovered two fumbles and returned one for a touchdown. Quinn led a Rams pass rush that ranked third in the NFL with 53 sacks this season. The Rams also ranked ninth in the NFL against the run, and Quinn’s presence on the edge has certainly played a key role in St. Louis’ ability to shut down opposing running backs. At the conclusion of his third NFL season, Quinn boasts 34.5 career sacks. His 29.5 sacks since the start of the 2012 season are second most among all defenders in that time frame. Earlier this off-season, Quinn was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro. *Another great honor for Quinn How About One More Award for the Rams Player One of the active player captains for the 2014 Pro Bowl will be Robert Quinn. Along with Quinn, other captains will include quarter back Drew Brees, run-

ning back Jamaal Charles, defensive end J.J. Watt, the NFL announced. These four captains, which are comprised of the top two leading vote getters on offense and defense will help determine rosters for Team Rice and Team Sanders during the firstever Pro Bowl Draft on January 21-22. Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will serve as alumni team captains for the Pro Bowl squads, and have final say over draft decisions. The NFL legends will each be assisted by two active player captains and one fantasy football champion in the draft process. The Pro Bowl Draft will be held in Kapolei and all 88 Pro Bowl players are expected to be in attendance for Wednesday’s live show. The 2014 Pro Bowl will be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game will be televised live on Sunday, Jan. 26 on NBC at 6pm CT. *Much deserved hardware for the man *120 Days Left Until River City Rascal Baseball Team’s Opening Day Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’ • Community News • January 22, 2014



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Parents don’t often encourage their children to play with their food. However, when snack time offers the opportunity to nourish both the body and the mind, that’s a treat any parent would be glad to serve their little ones. Learning and snacking together Invite the kids into the kitchen and take snack time to a whole new level. These tasty snack recipes feature the kid-approved flavor and crunch of Post Alpha-Bits

cereal, as well as fun alphabet shapes, perfect for familiarizing young learners with the letters of the alphabet. The time spent together creating these tasty recipes provides a special learning opportunity for children and parents, while enjoying fun snacks along the way. Who knew snack time could be so educational? For a fun and tasty spin on a classic family favorite, whip up a Breakfast Banana Split. If your family is looking for a great snack to pop in a baggie for car rides, you will

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love this Cinnamon Crunch Mix. Or, for an airy and sweet treat, try this recipe for Cool and Creamy Bananas. Beyond the fun educational benefits, Post Alpha-Bits cereal as part of a nutritious breakfast is a great way to start the day. A serving provides 12 essential vitamins and minerals growing kids need. For more great recipes your family will love, and recipe nutrition information visit

Yield: 1 servings Ingredients: 1/2 cup Post Alpha-Bits cereal 1 small banana 1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt 1/4 cup seedless grapes, halved 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced Directions: Peel banana; split in half lengthwise. Place in sundae dish or cereal bowl. Top banana with yogurt. Sprinkle with cereal and fruit.

Ingredients: 2 cups Post Alpha-Bits cereal 1 cup dried fruit, such as raisins, apples or apricots Ground cinnamon Directions: Toss cereal and fruit in a medium bowl. Season with cinnamon to taste. Place ½-cup portions in individual snack bags. Store at room temperature.

Cool and Creamy Bananas Prep Time: 10 min

Ingredients: 1 cup Post Alpha-Bits cereal 1 cup thawed fat free whipped topping 2 medium bananas, sliced 1 cup sliced strawberries Directions: Add cereal to whipped topping in medium serving bowl; stir gently until well blended. Add bananas; mix lightly. Top with strawberries.

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Send your event to and we'll print it! Events January 30: Tax Seminar 10am, Garden Villas North, 4505 Parker Road. Please RSVP to 314355-6100 January 31: Fried Chicken 5-8pm, Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 410 St. Francois. All proceeds go to support our Veterans. Info: 314.831.6121. February 22: Trinity Catholic High School Trivia Night Trinity Catholic High School, Redman Road, Black Jack, $160 per table of 8, includes beer, wine, soda & water. For more information or to make reservations call 314-3226056 or visit Coming soon: Look Good…Feel Better SSM Cancer Care at DePaul Health Center, 12303 DePaul Drive Radiation OncologyBridgeton. Attend a great makeup session sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A licensed cosmetologist teaches a session of scarf tying, shows a parade of hats, and provides each participant with a makeup kit. Light refreshments are served. Info: 314.344.6090.

Post 444 Fish Fry 4-7pm, 17090 Old Jamestown Road, Florissant. For more information call 314.741.7786. Sundays: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine #1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, 1 – 4pm, through October. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314.921.7582, Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs: 3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, 314.994.3300. Story Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 9 months to 2 yrs. Room 1 (Lap Time); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 2; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 1. Florissant Senior Citizens’ Bingo Clubs: 314.839.7604. Last Saturdays: Writers Workshop: 10am - 1:30pm, Baden Liberary, 8448 Church Rd., 314.388.2400 Fridays: Tai Chi for seniors free classes No class November 29. RSVP by calling 314.838.3877

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Mondays: Karaoke at DeLeo’s Cafe & Deli 2782 North Hwy 67, Florissant, 8 10:30pm, 314.839.3880.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church GriefShare Support Group Tuesdays from 2 - 4pm and Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30pm, 11645 Benham Rd., 314.741.3737

Mondays: Free Line Dancing 6:30pm, beginners welcome, RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Mondays and Wednesdays: Seniors: Exercise with Melanie FREE. Classes are led by a licensed Physical Therapist. 1 pm. 3350 St. Catherine St. (near the Eagan Center) RSVP 314.838.3877 Every Friday: American Legion

Health Now: SilverSneakers Senior Wellness Program at the Maryland Heights Centre A fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. A Silver Sneakers membership includes access to the city’s Fitness Centre with state-of-the-

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art fitness equipment and circuit training. Membership is available at little or no cost through your health plan. To find out if you are eligible, visit www.silversneakers. com or call 314.738.2599. 2nd Tuesday of Every Month: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Meeting Meeting to be held at Sarah Care of Bridgeton Adult Day Center 11977 St. Charles Rock Road, Suite 121124, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Join our Support Group for Mutual, Emotional Support and Education. You are not alone. For information, contact Deborah Mabrie at 314-291-5210 or Ferd Fetsch at 314-291-3021 Email: ferdfetsch@sbcglobal. net. Third Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association At Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake, 10 – 11am, 11728 Hidden Lake Dr., St. Louis, 314.292.7504 Diabetes Basics: 314.344.7024 for info 314.344.7220 to enroll.


Crisis Nursery: Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available year-round and serves families throughout the greater St. Charles region. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, Nutrition Education: SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157 Groups at Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355 Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401, 6:30 – 8pm, 314.839.3171, free and open to the public.

Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous Group 109 11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital, 10am, 11133 Dunn Road. Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30 - 7:30pm, 314.839.3171. Center for Senior Renewal: Day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia, 314.653.5123. Christian Hospital Recovery Center: Outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults, 314.953.8100. Volunteers Needed at Christian Hospital: Call 314.653.5032 SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings Every Mon. & Tues.: Healthy Meal Replacement (HMR) Program Orientation Mondays: 6–7pm Tuesdays: Noon–1pm SSM DePaul Wellness Center. Attend a free orientation to learn: the Five Success Variables needed to lose weight, different diet options available and how important physical activity really is. Please call to register at 1.877.477.6954. Diabetes Self-Management Training: Call 314.344.7220 Smoking Cessation Classes: Free ongoing 8-week sessions, 866. SSM.DOCS to register or for more information. SSM DePaul Wellness Center: Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation, 314.344.6177 SSM St. Joseph Hospital Healthy Happenings Free Mammogram Screenings: SSM Health Care free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appoint-

ments at 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, 636.947.5617 Speaker’s Bureau: SSM speakers available for organizations, clubs, community and church groups for up to one hour free of charge, 636.949.7159 Ongoing Support Groups Wednesdays: TOPS #361 Florissant Meetings 10 –11am, Bethel United Church of Christ, 14700 New Halls Ferry Rd., 314.831.5808. Group support to lose weight. Everyone welcome. Sundays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 6:30 - 8pm, 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City, 314.993.5421. First and Third Tuesdays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 12:30 - 2pm, 320 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.968.3477. Third Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group At Delmar Gardens North, 4401 Parker Rd., Florissant, 9am, 314.355.1516, Helpline 800.272.3900 Last Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group: Mother of Good Counsel Home, 6825 Natural Bridge, St. Louis, 10:30am 314.383.4765 Last Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Missouri Veterans Home, 10600 Lewis & Clark, St. Louis, 1pm, 314.340.6389 Wednesdays: Weekly Cancer Survivor’s Support Group H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 3 4:30pm, free, 636.755.3034 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood • Community News • January 22, 2014 Sexual Abuse: Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Information: Wednesdays: New Choices NarAnon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 7:30 – 9pm, Thursdays: Grief Share Support Group Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson 6:30 8pm, Mondays & Thursdays: Breathe/ for people with pulmonary disease Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104, 11am 12pm, $30, 314-953-6090 Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30-7:30pm, 314.839.3171. Calcium Scoring Heart Scan Program SSM DePaul Health Center. This program uses advanced (CT) imaging to scan the arteries around the heart and measure or score the amount of calcium present in the plaque deposits. This screening, in combination with other heart disease risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, etc.) can help determine an overall picture of your current heart health and your risk for developing heart disease. Call 314.344.6030 to learn more about the heart scan program or to schedule an appointment. SSM St. Joseph Health Center & Hospital West Auxiliary Non profit organization assisting the hosp. by holding fund raisering activities, being of service to patients, families, employees & physicians and acting as good will ambassadors to community. We welcome new member. Call Barb Hutchinson 636.947.5466. The Barnes St. Peters Hospital Auxiliary is looking for New Members If you would like to become a member please call 636.916.9664. Gateway to Hope Program The Gateway to Hope Program arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured and reside in MO. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed w/breast cancer & cannot access treatment call Gateway to Hope at 314.569.1113 or Every




Pounds Sensibly Group Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 414 S. Church St., St. Peters. Weigh-ins at 8:30 a.m. Business mtg at 10 a.m. Call 636.397.1727 or 636.272.4995 for more info. Every Tues. 6:30–8 p.m. Chemical Dependency Mtg. Christian Hospital. 314.839.3171. Every Tues.: 9–10:30 a.m. TOPS Meetings Take Off Pounds Sensibly. John F. Kennedy Community Center, 315 Howdershell Rd., Florissant. 314.921.7582. Every Tues.: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Free Pilates Class for Cancer Patients & Families Bring own mat. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.921.9920. 4th Tuesday of each month: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group Hear from experts on how to better manage diabetes & enjoy a healthier life. Located at the H.W. Koenig Medical Bldg., St. Joseph Hospital West. Call 636.625.5447 for more info. First Thurs. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Caregiver Class from BJC Home Care Services, free to public, Topics: care, stress relief, legal issues, Siteman Cancer Cntr., BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital conference rm. Info. 314-575-3983. Every Sun.: 6:30 p.m. Every Mon.: 9:30 a.m. Survivors of Incest Anonymous Meetings Women only. Sundays at Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 7601 Delmar, U. City. 314.993.5421 or 636.561.1407. Mondays in Wentzville, call 636.561.1407. 1st Thur.: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Conquer: A Support Group for Adults with Cancer Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp, 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.916.9920. 1st Thur.: 7 p.m. Parents W/O Partners, North County Chapter General Mtg, 2435 Creve Coeur Mill Rd. 314.739.0880. 2nd Wed. 6–7:30 p.m. Talking Man to Man about Prostate Cancer Support group for men diagnosed w/prostate cancer at any stage. Barnes St. Peters. 636.916.9947. 3rd Tues.: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Grief & Loss Support Group— DePaul Hospital Share experiences of grief & loss w/those who share similar feelings. Led by trained coordinators & Pastor David Boyle. Bridgeton Trails Library, Rm 2. 314.344.7356. Nurses & company. Flu shots avail.

for small cost. 115 Piper Hill Dr., St. Peters. Every Tues.: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Free Pilates Class for Cancer Patients & Families Bring own mat. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.921.9920. Weekly 6:30 p.m. Survivors of Incest Anonymous Mtg. 12 Step Program for Women sexually abused in childhood. At Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 7601 Delmar, University City. Lower Level. Call 314.993.5421. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month 12:30 p.m. Survivors of Incest Anonymous Mtg. 12 Step Program for Women who were sexually Abused in Childhood. Meeting held at the Samuel United Church of Christ, 320 N. Forsyth Blvd., Clayton. Meet in Lower Level. For more information, call 314.968.3477. St. Joseph West hospital 4th Tuesday of each month 6:307:30 p.m.: Diabetes Support Group. Hear from experts to learn how to better manage diabetes & enjoy a healthier life. Join the group and discover how to increase circulation, relaxation, learn the myofascial effects such as increased mobility & tissue elasticity. Free. H.W. Koenig Medical Building at St. Joseph Hospital West. Register: Call 636.625.5447 Every Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m.: Weekly Cancer Survivor’s Support Group. Join other survivors to discuss dealing emotionally w/treatments; managing anxiety, depression; sexuality; finding strength & hope; family and financial pressures; more. Free. At H.W. Koenig Medical Bldg, St. Joseph Hosp. West. Register: Call 636-639-8600 Every Monday, 7 - 8 p.m. Tobacco

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Free for Life Support Group. For those who want to quit smoking, & those who have successfully quit. Info about how to quit & find reassurance & support. Free. At St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., 63376. Register: Call 636.947.5304 . Christian Hospital Community Programs 11133 Dunn Rd./I-270/Hwy. 367 interchange, St. Louis, MO 63136, 314-747-WELL. AARP Driver Safety Course AARP Driver Safety Program is the first & largest refresher course for drivers 50+. Four-hour class will help tune up your driving skills & avoid injury. Christian Hosp., Detrick bldg. Atrium B (I270/Hwy. 367 interchange). Every Tues. 6:30–8 p.m. Chemical Dependency Information Meeting Help is here to live a drug-free life & cope with life’s challenges. Call 314.839.3171. Every Wed. 6:30–7:30 p.m. STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group Nationally recognized program provides education & support for those w/schizophrenia. Group facilitated by experienced STEPS nurse. Call 314.839.3171. Every Sun. 10 a.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Group 109 Meeting held on 11th floor conference Rm. at the Christian Hosp. Open meeting for alcoholics, drugs addicts & their family & friends.


Free Lung Function Screenings. Christian Hospital Breathing Cntr. offers free lung function screenings. At Northwest HealthCare, 1225 Graham Rd. Call 314.953.6040. Every Sunday 10 a.m. Alcoholics Anonymous 11133 Dunn Road at the I-270/ Hwy. 367 interchange. Group 109 meets in 11th floor conference room, Christian Hospital. Open meeting for alcoholics, drug addicts, their family & friends. Every Tuesday, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Chemical Dependency Information Meeting Help is here to live a drug-free life & cope with life’s challenges. Call 314.839.3171. Every Wed., 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group Nationally recognized program provides education & support for those with schizophrenia. Group is facilitated by an experienced STEPS nurse. For more information, call 314.839.3171. Christian Hospital Mental Health Evaluations Psychiatric and chemical dependency evaluations are confidential and offered free by the Christian Hospital Center for Mental Health. Christian Hospital has a geriatric psychiatric unit dedicated to serving the mental health needs of geriatric patients. Call 314.839.3171. Answers from page 8

Mental Evaluations Psychiatric & chemical dependency evaluations are confidential & offered free by the Christian Hospital Cntr. for Mental Health. Christian Hosp. has a geriatric psychiatric unit dedicated to serving mental health needs of geriatric patients.

This Month’s Shelter: All Paws Rescue • PO Box 1274, O’Fallon, MO 63366 PAWS Line: 636-288-2999• Email: If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pet’s background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or editor@

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Joe Morice

Over the Fence

The Sad Tale of a Crock-Pot Crackpot, Redux In honor of St. Louis Rams Caterer, Chef Justin Rinaldi I found an old recipe for sauerkraut and decided to fire up the crock-pot. First it called for pork spareribs. I didn’t have any but I had some country pork ribs. Are spareribs made in the city? I never saw any pigs in our subdivision but who cares? In they go. Next it called for a head of cabbage. Cabbage? Cabbage is for St. Patrick’s day! I called a chef at my favorite restaurant and asked why cabbage is included in German sauerkraut recipes. After he quit laughing, he said, “Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage you Schweinhund.” He hung up. Ferment? Isn’t that what moon-shiners do? Yuck! I’ll use lettuce. It looks the same, right? It called for a thinly sliced onion. I began slicing one. After the second slice, I sliced my index finger. The onion fell on the floor. I bandaged my finger and washed the blood and greebles off the onion. I finished slicing while I sang Mack the Knife. I’m sure it helped. Then four cups of water, one can of chicken broth and...wait a minute! Chicken broth? I considered calling the chef again but what does he know. I wasn’t plan-

ning on chicken soup so I didn’t have any chicken broth. I dumped in a small jar of chicken bouillon cubes. I bought it eight years ago. Does bouillon go bad? Surely not. Oh wait, I forgot to take the foil off. I dipped them out, removed the foil from each cube and threw them back in. I’m sure I got them all. Then it called for one bottle of beer with the fizz removed. Bottle? Fizz removed? How weird. I only have cans. I figured heat would remove the fizz. I opened a can and put it in the microwave. It boiled over in frothing wrath. Yikes! Did I disturb the beer gods? I dumped the rest in the crock-pot. This sure turned out to be stressful. No wonder so many single guys go to restaurants. Since I might have offended the beer gods, I drank two more cans. Why take chances?

The final touch was minced garlic and a pinch of caraway seeds. I didn’t have minced garlic so I threw in a whole one but I didn‘t have any caraway seeds. Anyway, I thought a pinch was something bar-maids suffer. I called my favorite bartender and asked how much a pinch was? He said one holds a pinch between thumb and forefinger and then gets thrown out. Oh. Now I get it. I substituted a small bag of sunflower seeds I hid from my kids in 1989. One pinch was only one seed. Oh well, maybe I’ll cheat a little and put in two. I ate the rest. Waste not, want not. I turned the crock-pot on low and left on some errands. The errands evolved into lunch with friends. The lunch evolved into an afternoon at a bowling alley which evolved into happy hour at the local pub in which we all enjoyed great happiness. I got home after dark and smelled something terrible when I opened the door. The crock-pot bubbled away with an aroma that would have terrified a starving vulture. I opened all the windows to air out the odoriferous eau de sewer gas. Then I braved a taste. It included a piece of tinfoil. Before I could shout “Eeeeewwww” the neighbor yelled in the open window, “You better call the fire department. You have a gas leak.” Wow. A real comedian. I wondered if that restaurant was still open. Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts. The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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