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February 1, 2012 Vol. 91 No. 5

The city of Hazelwood celebrates Black History Month.

Hazelwood Embraces Community Diversity By Issuing Black History Month Proclamation

IN this Issue

In recognition of the many ways black Americans have enriched our nation’s culture and history and to celebrate the community’s diversity as a major strength, the Hazelwood City Council approved a proclamation declaring the month of February 2012 as “Black History Month.” Members of the Community Enrichment Commission, Florence Gillespie (mayor appointee) and Steve Rahmberg (cochairperson), accepted this framed document from Mayor Matthew Robinson at a recent Council meeting. Local residents are being asked to explore the history and culture of black Americans in order to discover a treasure of stories about the triumph of the human spirit and to avoid repeating the indignities of prejudice from one generation to the next. “Only by learning about our differences and respecting each other’s heritage can we find a way to live together peacefully as one united group of Americans with shared dreams and aspirations,” said Mayor Matthew Robinson of the City of Hazelwood. This same sentiment was echoed by President Barack Obama during his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He said, “There are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America – there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America.” Hazelwood’s Community Enrichment Commission has organized and implemented a “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Tribute” every year for his birthday to Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

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honor his legacy. This year’s event on Sunday, January 15, marked the 10th anniversary for this program. Its purpose is to help preserve, enhance and celebrate the community’s diversity. The goal is to foster respect, good will and cooperation among varied groups of residents who live in Hazelwood. The crowded room full of people listened to several eloquent speeches given by the following individuals: Dr. Lawrence Ragland, D.D., pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Paris, Tenn., and director of the College of Worship National Baptist Convention USA; Dr. Rance Thomas, co-founder and president of the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice; and Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood. Entertain-ment was provided by soloist Beverly Stewart-Anderson and the Liturgical Dance Troupe from Antioch Baptist Church. The program ended with a traditional candle-lighting ceremony that has been a crowd favorite over the past decade. Members of the Community Enrichment Commission include these Hazelwood residents: Karen Rahmberg, Learn & Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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Wadlow (Ward 4); Alberta Young (Ward 3); and Betty Young (Ward 7). Staff liaisons include Hazelwood Community Center facility manager Pam Reynolds and Hazelwood Parks and Recreation secretary Deb Murrish.

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February 1, 2012

Christian Hospital’s Heart Fair UMSL Conference Explores Health Disparities, Offers Free Health Screenings

Put a Little Health in Your Heart - and your world will be a better place … Christian Hospital’s Heart Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. The fair will be held at Christian Hospital’s Detrick Building – Atrium, 11133 Dunn Road at I-270 & Hwy. 367 Learn health tips, cooking tips and how to balance your life for a healthy heart. Free screenings are offered and so much more. Free screenings include cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. The Heart Fair also features: guided tours of the CH Surgery Center, informational displays, fitness and nutrition experts, ask the experts, stress and heart disease information, refreshments and much more. Lectures 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. –Put a Little Health in Your Heart - Dr. Laurence Berarducci, MD - Cardiologist, The Heart Care Group 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. –Cooking for a Healthy Heart - Chef Ricky Poff, Executive Chef – BJC HealthCare 12 – 1 p.m. - Balancing Your Life for a Healthy Heart - Jenny Evans, BS, CPT, CFT - PowerHouse Performance Coach Don’t wait for an emergency to find out what type of advanced heart care is available in the area. Make plans to attend our free Heart Fair. Space is limited. Please register by calling 314.747. WELL to register.

Fifth Annual African-American Nursing History Conference celebrates a milestone year, examines unique contributions made by nurses, and offers the community free mammograms and additional screenings The College of Nursing at the University of Missouri–St. Louis is proud to present the 5th Annual African-American Nursing History Conference on February 24. The conference theme is “Health Disparities: The Link From Our Past is the Bridge to Our Future – Five Years in Review,” and will focus on health disparities involved with diseases such as cancer (breast, colon and prostate), HIV/AIDS, lupus, sickle cell, Crohn’s disease, substance abuse, kidney and heart disease, diabetes, and obesity and their impact on the African-American community. The conference is from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. As a way to enhance the focus of health disparities in the community, the Conference site will offer free mammograms available by appointment and additional free health screenings on a walk-in basis. Health screenings include: weight, blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, glucose, kidney, cholesterol, prostate, and EKG. No registration or fee is required to receive a screening. To schedule a mammogram, call 314.251.6500. The conference is targeted for the community, especially nurses and other professionals in the health care field who are interested in the unique contributions that African-American nurses have made and continue to make in addressing health care disparities, health equity and health promotion through organizational community involvement. Future nurses as well as high school students are also encouraged to attend. Attendees will explore projects and plans of action to improve health and eliminate health disparities, explore strategies on how to improve lines of communication for the community, and strengthen the cultural competence of health providers. This year’s conference celebrates the first four conferences and features speakers from each past event. The first conference was in 2008, marking the 20th anniversary of National Black Nurses Day and was titled “A Celebration of AfricanAmerican Nursing History.” The following year’s conference focused on “Health Disparities within a Historical Context,” recognizing local and national contributions made by African-American

nurses. In 2010, the annual conference’s theme was “Unlocking the Past, Securing the Future,” and last year’s conference continued to focus on disease disparities with a “Mind Your Health” theme. “African-American nurses have made unique contributions to the nursing profession by bringing attention to health disparities such as gaps in the quality of health and health care across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups,” said Vanessa Loyd, PhD(c), RN, director of Continuing Education and assistant professor with the College of Nursing at UMSL. “Minorities have higher incidences of chronic diseases, higher mortality and poorer health outcomes.” Among the disease-specific examples of racial and ethnic disparities in the United States, the cancer incidence rate in African-Americans is 10 percent higher than that of Caucasians. In addition, adult African-Americans and Latinos have approximately twice the risk as Caucasians of developing diabetes. Minorities also have higher rates of cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS and infant mortality. “Participation in the annual African-American Nursing History Conference continues to grow,” Loyd said. “We anticipated 300 nurses when we first offered this conference, now we are anticipating up to 700 nurses, prospective nurses and other health care professionals to attend the 2012 conference.” Attendees are part of the UMSL academic community at large; the UMSL College of Nursing faculty, students and staff; the various community partners in the metropolitan area; the St. Louis African-American nursing community; and students from St. Louis high schools. Interested attendees must register for the conference. The registration fee is $50*, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is February 10, 2012. To register, or for more information visit the conference website or call 314.516.5994. *Please note that participants do not need to register and pay a fee to take part in the free health screenings. The fee is only for access to the Conference speakers and events.

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Valley Of Flowers Queen Candidate Applications Available Applications are now available from the Valley of Flowers Office, 601 rue St. Charles, Florissant, MO 63031, telephone 314.837.0033 for the 2012 Valley of Flowers Queen Candidates. All candidates must be 16 years of age by April 30, a junior in high school and a resident of the City of Florissant. Sponsors need not be a Florissant business. The number of candidates is limited to the first 25 candidates and will be selcted in the order in which the completed application is received by the Valley of Flowers office. Rules and regulations for queen candidates are included with the applications. Completed forms are now being accepted through Feb. 10. The Valley of Flowers Committee has chosen “Valley of Flowers Celebrates 50 Years of Festivals” for the 2012 Festival. All candidates will be asked to select a theme that has been used in a previous festival for her parade entry. Judging will take place at the James J. Eagan Center on Sunday, April 1. A din-

ner will follow to recognize the candidates, sponosrs and families. Candidates are judged on poise and personality. The Queen, first runner-up and three special maids will be announced at the conclusion of the parade on Sunday, May 6. A scholarship of $1,000 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 ther 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

‘Musical Mayhem’ Annual Fundraiser for Center for Hearing & Speech

Dueling pianos will provide the entertainment for a great cause when The Center for Hearing & Speech holds its annual fundraiser, “Musical Mayhem – An Evening to Remember,” from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2. The event will once again take place at Harrah’s St. Louis Hotel and Casino at 777 Casino Drive in Maryland Heights. Tickets are $85 per person which includes cocktails, appetizers, live and silent auctions, and entertainment. A VIP table for 10 guests is available for $1,000. To purchase tickets, call the Center at 314.968.4710. “This is undoubtedly our most popular event of the year,” said Rita Tintera, executive director for the Cen-

ter for Hearing & Speech. “It’s a chance for us all to appreciate the impact that hearing and speech have in our lives, because being able to communicate is something no one should take for granted.” The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that reduces the impact of communication disorders on the health and well-being of individuals in the St. Louis area. The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat and prevent communication disorders by providing audiology and speech/language services to infants, children and adults, regardless of whether they have the insurance and/or fi-

nancial resources to afford these services. On-site and outreach efforts provide identification and treatment of communication problems among low-income populations who would not otherwise have access to such services. The Center for Hearing and Speech is a United Way agency. For more information, please visit

Electronics Recycling Drive The city of Florissant will host a major electronics recycling drive for its residents on Saturday, April 28. Residents will need to provide proof of residency by providing staff a current resident card or a Meridian Waste or utility bill and a driver’s license. Mayor Thomas P. Schneider recently reached an agreement with Meridian Waste services to provide additional equipment and manpower the city will need to hold this event. Acceptable items to be collected are computers and all accessories, networking and telecommunications equipment, phones (home and cell), clocks, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, stere-

os, A/V equipment (including cable and satellite boxes), home electronics and appliances and any item with a gasoline engine that contains an electronic ignition or board (provided the engine has been drained prior to the event). The recycling event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday April 28 at the St. Ferdinand Park rear parking lot. The event will be held rain or shine. Mayor Schneider encourages all residents to participate. Recycling conserves natural resources, saves money, creates jobs, eliminates waste in landfills and reduces harm to the environment.

For more information, please call the Florissant Health Department at 314.839.7655.


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February 1, 2012

Look Good…Feel Better Programs Spanish Lake Trivia Night The Spanish Lake Community Association will hold a trivia night on Saturday, February Help Women with Physical Side 25 at Trinity Catholic High School, 1720 Redman Road, St. Louis, MO 63138. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the trivia starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $160 for a table of eight. The fee includes Effects of Cancer Treatment Look Good…Feel Better is a free, two-hour workshop that teaches women in active cancer treatment simple beauty techniques for skin care, makeup application and coping with hair loss. Participants receive a complimentary bag of makeup from leading cosmetic companies to use in the session and at home. Trained beauty professionals help with dealing with the physical side effects that often happen during treatment. Look Good…Feel Better is offered through a partnership of the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council, and the National Cosmetology Association. Upcoming Sessions: • Mon., Feb. 6: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Siteman Cancer Center St. Peters Call LaTrisa to register: 314.286.8154 • Mon., Feb. 13: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Christian Hospital Call Sydney Laster to register at 314.747.WELL

• Mon., Feb. 13: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Siteman Cancer Center West County Call Emily to register: 314.996.3362 • Mon., Feb. 13: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Siteman Cancer Center St. Louis *Session will be held in the Barnard Health & Cancer Info Center Call to register: 314.362.7844 • Mon., Feb. 27: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Siteman Cancer Center St. Louis *Session will be held in the Barnard Health & Cancer Info Center Call to register: 314.362.7844 Look Good…Feel Better is as much about woman regaining a positive self image and confidence as it is about appearance. Physical changes that are discussed may include dry skin, loss of eye brows and eye lashes, wig care, creating a turban, and more. Patients enjoy the opportunity to spend time in a relaxed, non-medical setting with others in the same situation.

beer, soda and water. There are prizes for first and second place. The proceeds benefit the restoration of the Twillman House as a community center for Spanish Lake. For more information, please contact Roy Moyers at 314.780.6262 or Donna Schlemmer 314.780.2417 or

Crisis Nursery to Present H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. Awards at Razzle Dazzle Gala Saint Louis Crisis Nursery will present their annual H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. awards at the Razzle Dazzle Masquerade Ball on Saturday, March 3 to volunteers and organizations that have supported Crisis Nursery and improved the quality of life for local children. This year’s awardees include: • Couple of the Year – Linda & Eric Gerhardt • Distinguished Corporate Citizen – GKN Aerospace • Young Professional Hero – David Malone, Retirement Solutions, LLC • Children's Champion - St. Louis Chief of Police Daniel Isom The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. The Crisis Nursery is an independent, not-for-profit agency providing short-term, safe havens for more than 7,300 children a year, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. The Crisis Nursery provides care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. Over the past 25 years, the Crisis Nursery has cared for more than 68,000 children, and provided support and counseling to more than 84,500 families. For details on the Crisis Nursery, call 314.292.5770 or visit

Annual Bullion Luncheon The Annual Bullion Luncheon was held on Sunday, January 22 at the Talle de Noyer. There were more than 30 people in attendance, and everyone enjoyed the entertainment provided by the Buckhannon Brothers. Pictured here is the Talle de Noyer house, the Buckhannon Brothers, and

attendees enjoying their luncheon. Pictured serving bullion cups are, from left, Jean Hilmer, Carol Brady and Vicky Egan. Photos by Gurry Chappel

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Crystal Creek Health and Rehabilitation Services of Florissant names Colleen Simon Executive Director

(Left to Right) Colleen Simon, Executive Director; Trish Stolze, resident; Tyler Maness, Physical Therapist Assistant.

Crystal Creek Health and Rehabilitation Services of Florissant has recently named long-time North County resident Colleen Simon as its Executive Director. Crystal Creek specializes in physical rehabilitation and long-term care for people needing more help than their families can provide. Colleen Simon brings more than 20 years of long-term healthcare experience to Crystal Creek and will lead it in its transformation to a technologically advanced rehabilitation community.

“Our focus is on the interdisciplinary team approach to treat both the physical and emotional needs of our residents, with the goal of them returning to their prior level of living,” Simon said. Crystal Creek Health and Rehabilitation Services is located at 250 New Florissant Road, Florissant, MO 63031. Call Arthur Williams at 314.838.2211 to schedule a tour or visit the website

Northwest Chamber of Commerce Installs 2012 Board and Officers The Northwest Chamber of Commerce installed its 2012 Officers and Board of Directors at their Annual meeting, January 12, held at Harrah’s Casino.

2012 Northwest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Back row (l-r) Brian Goldman, Chi Chi, LLC; T.R. Carr, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; Chief Terry Milam, City of St John; Chief Carl Wolf, City of Hazelwood; Steve Hewkin, Hewkin Auto Body; Mike LeBlanc, Independent Insurance Consultant; Tim Beauchamp, T & L Tree Service; Dr Cheryl Compton, Ritenour School District; Dr Matt Wise, Breakthrough Pain Relief Clinic; Fletcher Wells, St Johns Bank & Trust; Mike Stein, ALRO Heating and Cooling;Robert Swank, President; Front row (l-r) Sherri Ulbrich, Stiarwalt Electric; Christine Cole, US Bank, Bridgeton; Dr Mike Fulton, Pattonville School District; Bob Baker, US Foods, Chairman-elect; Jerry Hart, Valley Industries, Chairman; Michael McGrade, Jos.A.Bank; Kevin Hall, Bommarito Nissan, Honda, VW & Ford of Hazelwood, Past-Chairman; Carolyne Simpson, St Johns Bank & Trust; Pat Watson, Airline Park; Tammy Durbin, Kelly Services Not pictured Cindy Bates, Bates CPAs; Jim Karas, Firestone Complete Auto Care; Mark Huber, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. Photo by McCarty Photography

Northwest Chamber of Commerce Presents 2011 Awards

The Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting, Installation and Awards Ceremony was held on January 12 at Harrah’s Hotel & Casino. The Annual Meeting is held to look back and reflect on the past year and to recognize and thank outstanding individuals, businesses and business owners for their contributions to the Chamber. The Northwest Chamber presented awards to those who made significant contributions this past year in helping the Chamber succeed. The following were people and businesses were presented with awards: 2011 Business Person of the Year – Bob Baker with US Foods; 2011 “Bette O’Keefe” Volunteer of the Year – Cindy Bates with Bates CPAs and Terry Milam with the City of St. John; 2011 Business of the Year – Firestone Complete Auto Care; 2011 Small Business of the Year – T& L Tree Service and Hewkin Auto Body; 2011 Special Recognition Award – Kim Bakker with SSM Health Care-St Louis, Amy Smith with Favazza & Associates, LLC and Cindy Hutchings with American Airlines ; 2011 Rookie of the Year – Michael McGrade with Jos.A.Bank; and 2011 Community Development Award – Dr. Mike Fulton with Pattonville School District. New awards this year were the 2011 Ambassador of the Year Award – Sherri Ulbrich with Stiarwalt Electric and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award – Pat

Watson with Airline Park. Thank you and congratulations to the 2011 award winners. In addition, the Northwest Chamber also presented Board of Directors Service Awards to outgoing Board of Directors as our way of thanking them for their service and numerous contributions made during their tenure on the Board of Directors. Eight outstanding individuals were presented with Board of Directors Service Awards. They were: Bob Aubuchon with the City of Hazelwood, Steve Krazl with US Bank, Amy Smith with Favazza & Associates, LLC, Charray Williams with AAA Professional Deck Brightening, John

Pecher with FASTSIGNS of Bridgeton, Bill Mitchell with Custom Floors of St. Louis, Marty Lutke with Sam’s Club, and Doris Garagnani with Airport Towing.


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February 1, 2012

Hazelwood Central High School Senior Pursuing Future in Business, Theatre It’s not every day that you’ll hear a high school student say that she’s stepping back from one of her passions as she prepares for her future, but Alexis White has plans and she’s taking the right steps to see them through. White, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School, is taking a break from the stage – the main stage – to get ready for college to pursue her other passion – business. At school, she is involved in theatre, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Advisory Team and National Honor Society. As a college student, she plans to major in business and finance, and was accepted to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In the coming days, she will interview for a scholarship. Last summer, she spent a week at Indiana University at the Junior Executive Institute (JEI) to enhance her understanding of business. Since the summer of 2005, White has participated in four main stage productions with The Black Rep. Last fall, she had roles in “Hairspray” and “Black Nativity” with her sister, Tyler, a sophomore. Theatre has been a part of her life for years and she enjoys the experience. “It’s not me on stage. I get to be a different person. It’s a chance to be someone else or live in a different time,” White said. Her favorite role was being the narrator and an actor in “Crumbs from the Table of Joy.” She and her sister

Her dream job is auditioned for the role of sisters in “to own a business the play. Alexis was also picked to be a narrator. and somehow tie theatre into it.” “I was surprised. I wasn’t sure I Until then, she will could do it,” White said. “It was my first non-singing, non-dancing role. “step back and focus on school.” She is enI had to do the narration and be on stage.” rolled in advanced placement English “I’d do it again,” she said. and is participating Business has been a part of her life, in the 1818 program too. through Saint Louis “So many people around me have Alexis White, Hazelwood Central High School senior their own business. My mother University, and will owned a business. She worked from home and I got a take the AP exam. White is “excited” about graduating from high school chance to see her efforts firsthand,” White said. Her interest in business is why she participated in and looks forward to “being independent.” But for now, JEI. The program gave her the chance to work with a she says that she’s calm. As the months go by, she knows team of students to develop a business and financial changes are coming, like not being on stage with her plan. Their business idea involved home security and sister. “It’s going to be weird not doing a show together,” she technology, which they presented to JEI organizers and other professionals. said. Tyler will be in her first play without Alexis in the “The main thing I learned is that it takes a lot to run HCHS spring musical, “Grease.” She’s ready for college, and her future, for many a business. There are lots of components that need to come together to make it work. There are aspects that I reasons, including her experience as a student in the Hazelwood School District. didn’t know,” White said. She also learned that working with other people “is “There are good people in Hazelwood. I’ve had many an important aspect in business. You can’t do every- teachers who have helped prepare me each year, and even beyond that,” White said. thing by yourself. You have to have a good team.”

Missouri Gaming Association Invites Project 21 Scholarship Submissions Missouri high school students applying for the for 15th annual Project 21 Scholarship competition must complete their articles, posters or videos addressing the issue of underage gambling and display them in their schools by February 28, and submit their application to the Missouri Gaming Association by March 9, 2012. The Missouri Gaming Association will award six higher education scholarships totaling $7,000. The scholarship competition is open to all Missouri high school seniors who plan to attend an institution of higher education in the United States. Students may write an essay for publication in a school newspaper or magazine, or create a poster or video. Submissions must be published in the student’s school newspaper or magazine, or displayed at the school for at least a week between January 1, 2012 and February 28, 2012. In Missouri, gambling in a casino is not permitted for anyone under the age of 21. “Project 21” is a public awareness campaign designed to empower young people to educate other youth about the dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Submissions will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. Winners will be announced by April 15, 2012 and scholarships will be awarded in May 2012. Students must include a “Project 21” Scholarship application with their article, video or poster. Applications are available at or by calling 573.634.4001. Written requests for applications can be sent to PO Box 305, Jefferson City, MO 65102. The Missouri Gaming Association is the statewide trade association of the Missouri casino entertainment industry and related professionals. Formed in 1993, the Missouri Gaming Association provides research and information to increase awareness of the economic benefits of Missouri's casinos. For more information, visit

Hazelwood Central High School Offering FAFSA Workshop for Parents, Seniors Parents of seniors at Hazelwood Central High School are encouraged to attend one of two FAFSA Workshops to learn more about completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Workshops are scheduled on February 15 and March 13. Attendees will learn the basics of financial aid, learn about scholarships, and get help applying for aid online. Sessions are offered from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Representatives from the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis will share information about the FAFSA process. Parents and students need to provide W-2 returns; 2011 federal tax returns; social security numbers; driver’s license numbers; dependency status; date of birth; records of untaxed income such as social security, veterans, welfare, child support benefits; and information on savings, investments, business/farm assets. For more details about the FAFSA Workshop, contact Cary Lewis, Jr., guidance counselor, at 314.953.5421.

Hazelwood East, Hazelwood West High School Productions Feature Music, Comedy The winter play season in the Hazelwood School District will open with music and comedy productions at Hazelwood East and Hazelwood West high schools. “All in the Timing,” a collection of comedic one-act plays, will take the stage at Hazelwood West High School from February 1 through February 4. The show begins at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $6 for students with an activity pass; $7 for adults and students without a pass. “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will take the stage at Hazelwood East High School from February 9 through February 11 at 7 p.m. It’s the story of six students competing in a middle school spelling bee at a middle school. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door. In the spring, Hazelwood Central High School will perform “Grease” from April 19 through April 21. Other spring plays include “A Raisin in the Sun” at Hazelwood East from April 19 through April 21, and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” at Hazelwood West from April 18 through April 21.

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Trinity Students Tour New York City For the second year in a row a group of Trinity Catholic High School Industrial Technology students spent four days and three nights in New York City studying and observing various architectural aspects of the city, visiting landmarks such as the 911 Memorial and the Statue of Liberty and taking in the Broadway musical Spiderman. Trinity Industrial Technology teacher Gene Schnell accompanied seniors Tommy Koerper, Mike Anderson, Connor Grumich and Dillon Porzel and juniors Matt Scheidker and Nick Sonntag January 12-15. The group was joined in New York by Kate Dwyer, a New York City resident and 1976 Rosary High School graduate, who serves as one of the project managers on the 911 Memorial. Dwyer, who works for Tishman Construction Corporation, has been extremely generous to the Trinity Industrial Technology program over the years and has financially supported the trip both times. A year ago, four Trinity students made the trip and the plans are to continue offering the opportunity to Trinity students each year.

Dedication of New Ritenour Auditorium Scheduled for February 18 Join the Ritenour School District to celebrate the dedication of the new Auditorium and Classroom Addition at Ritenour High School. The official dedication ceremony and celebration is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, from 1:30 – 4 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the lobby. Immediately following, all are invited inside the theater for the community dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. An open house will follow. The Ritenour community is invited to attend. We hope to see you there! The new addition is located on the west side of Ritenour High School, 9100 St. Charles Rock Road. The 81,000 square foot addition features a 791-seat auditorium; classrooms for band, choir, drama and orchestra use; a student art exhibit area; and much more. Construction of the new Auditorium and Classroom Addition at Ritenour High School is funded by Proposition K, a $50 million bond issue Ritenour voters approved in November of 2008.

West Community Credit Union Announces 2012 Scholarship Program West Community Credit Union is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for its 2012 high school scholarship program. Four $1,000 scholarships will be granted to high school seniors in the Credit Union’s general membership and one $1,000 scholarship will be granted to a Brentwood High School senior where the Credit Union was originally chartered. West Community Credit Union is a full-service, not-for-profit cooperative that has served members since 1936. Currently in its 17th year, the scholarship program seeks to support school districts located in West Community’s field of membership by providing financial assistance to graduating seniors for future professional plans and personal growth. Applicants are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, curriculum, extracurricular activities, financial need and recommendations. Applications are due by Friday, March 9, and are available at For additional information or to have the application mailed, please contact Lori Hudson at 636.720.2402.

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Hazelwood West High School Hosting Curriculum Fair Hazelwood West High School is hosting a Curriculum Fair from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9. The fair welcomes eighthgrade students who will attend HWHS in the fall, as well as current freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The fair includes an informational meeting, details about NCAA eligibility, assistance from counselors to complete registration forms, and representatives from student curricular and extracurricular programs and activities such as advanced placement, health occupations, Missouri A+ Schools, athletic teams, orchestra, National Honor Society and Project Lead The Way. For questions about the Curriculum Fair, contact the Guidance department at HWHS by calling 314.953.5800.

Emerson Helps Trinity Offer More Technology Trinity Catholic High School faculty members will be issued iPads prior to the end of the school year and Trinity’s wireless internet system will be replaced and upgraded thanks to an Emerson technology grant of $28,500. The grant was issued in late December as Emerson, a Trinity school partner, continues to assist Trinity in remaining on the cutting edge of technology. Trinity’s two 30-station iMac computer labs, its portable 30-station iPad lab and the state-of-the-art Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) software were all purchased in part with Emerson grants.

Search for New Ritenour Superintendent Underway The Ritenour Board of Education has selected Dr. Craig Larson of School Exec Connect to lead the district’s search for a new superintendent. Ritenour’s current superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Compton, announced she plans to retire June 30 at the end of the current school year. Community members, parents, students and employees will have the opportunity to provide suggestions about superintendent leadership profiles at a series of planned meetings beginning in January and through an online survey. The Ritenour Board of Education and Larson have indicated they hope to have the new Ritenour superintendent named by April 2012. For more information or to take the online survey, visit the district website, and click on the Superintendent Search button.

Youth Invited to the 2012 Missouri Youth Leadership Forum The Missouri Youth Leadership Forum announces the 10th annual statewide leadership forum for high school students, ages 16-21, with disabilities which will be held at the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. Since its inception, 154 youth with disabilities in Missouri have participated in the program. The prospective youth delegates are selected through a statewide competition and have demonstrated leadership potential. Qualified students can apply now for the 10th annual Missouri Youth Leadership Forum scheduled for July 22-25. This year‘s forum has a pertinent partnership with Services for Independent Living in Columbia. Many of their staff provides leadership and staffing for the incoming youth delegates. Forum alumni will be returning to serve as mentors and team members by sharing their knowledge about leadership principles, disability experience and resource sharing, assistive technology, development and achievement of career goals, independent living, and developing advocacy skills. The Governor’s Council on Disability is currently accepting applications for this event. There are no tuition costs to attend the forum. The application is available online at gcd/ylf.htm Deadline for submitting the application is April 18, 2012. To nominate a student from your local community, complete the application online or fax it to 573.526.4109 or mail it to Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability, P.O. Box 1668, Jefferson City, MO 65102. If you have any questions, please contact the Governor’s Council on Disability at 1.800.877.8249.


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February 1, 2012

Youngest Pick: “Chirchir is Singing”


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An African girl hits the wall before she hits her high note in “Chirchir is Singing,” Community News is proud to by Kelly Cunnane. Early one offer our readers “Book Buzz.” morning, Chirchir rises with This column will feature great the birds ready to help her books for children in three family, a song on her lips. categories: Youngest Pick: First she assists her mom, early childhood who’s lowering a bucket in to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary “the winking silver circle of school children, and the well.” Without warning, Oldest Pick: middle school the rope slips through her hands. It falls. Ker splash! children. Enjoy! Impatient, her mother urges her to go help her grandmother Kogo with the fire, so Chirchir heads to the family’s hut, singing along the way. Initially she’s successful, but soon she fills the pot too high and water spills out, dousing the fire. “Littlest granddaughter, this work is not for you,” says Kogo, who suggests Chirchir help her Big sister “mud the floor.” “I can do that,” Chirchir says, and is off again, her voice still lifted in song, a song that’s eventually extinguished because each time she helps a family member, she botches the job. Fretful, Chirchir’s voice fails her – can’t she do anything right? Reprinted with Out of the blue an opportunity presents itself that saves Chirchir from the permission, Missourian gloomies. And when it does, Chirchir sings again, putting her voice to the Publishing Company. best use ever. Folk-art illustrations by South African artist Jude Daly grace the Copyright 2012. pages of this lovely book. See solution on page 13

Capping Pipes Can Save Birds’ Lives Open vertical pipes and posts take a toll on wildlife. Do you have a fence with hollow posts made of PVC or metal pipe? What about a metal sign post? Bird experts say these and other open vertical pipes can be death traps for birds and other wildlife. Wildlife Ecologist Brad Jacobs with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) learned about the problem from Audubon California’s Kern River Preserve. “They discovered it by accident,” said Jacobs. “Audubon staffers went to remove a 20-foot-long vent pipe that had rusted and fallen over. The lower seven feet of the 8-inch pipe were filled with the decomposed bodies of hundreds of birds and other animals that got inside and couldn’t get out. It was a horrible sight.”

Victims of the irrigation pipe, which had been in place more than 50 years, included bluebirds, woodpeckers and kestrels – small birds of prey. Other animals, such as lizards, also perished. The death trap was part of an abandoned irrigation system. After the macabre discovery, the Audubon staffers began noticing similar hazards on their preserve and neighboring land. They found dead animals in pipes ranging from 1 to 10 inches in diameter and set to work removing or capping the pipes to prevent further carnage. Jacobs says he fears that similar hazards exist throughout Missouri. “It isn’t something we ever considered before,” he said. “But now that we know about it, I think it’s important to let everyone know, so they can take action to prevent needless losses of wildlife.” Solutions include capping pipes or covering open ends with screen wire or hardware cloth. Removal is an option for pipes that no longer are needed. More information is available at workinglands-pipes.php.

Jacobs said anyone, even conservation groups, can unintentionally contribute to such problems. He noted that for several years MDC and Missouri Stream Team have encouraged concerned citizens to construct disposal bins for used fishing line at popular fishing spots. The bins consist of PVC pipe mounted vertically on posts with caps on the bottom and uncapped elbows on top. Anglers can place scrap line in the pipe, preventing it from becoming a hazard to wildlife. “This was a commendable effort,” said Jacobs. “When it began, no one considered that the recycling bins might be hazards to cavity-nesting birds. However, tree swallows and prothonotary warblers have been found dead and entangled in fishing line inside similar receptacles in other states. The birds apparently explore the plastic tubes as potential nest sites and get tangled up in the used line inside.” Line-recycling bins can be retrofitted with covers with a slit that still allows insertion of used fishing line without letting birds get inside. The covers are made from tire inner tubes or rubber roof sheeting held in place by pipe clamps. See node/16060/ for details. MDC is refitting all its fishingline disposal bins.

Words of the week:

mettle\ MET-l \ , noun: 1. Courage and fortitude. 2. Disposition or temperament. She told him, “now is the chance to show your mettle.”

lackadaisical \lak-uh-dey-zi-kuhl\, adjective: 1. without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic: a lackadaisical attempt. 2. lazy; indolent: a lackadaisical fellow. Jack was lackadaisical in his approach to the task of cleaning his bedroom.

bleb \ bleb \, noun: 1. A bubble. 2. A blister or vesicle.

During her shower, a bleb of shampoo streamed into her eye.


February 1, 2012

“The Grey”

By Steve Bryan

More philosophical than anything else, “The Grey” deals with issues of life and death, especially in matters of survival. Liam Neeson heads up a male-dominated cast that finds itself stranded in a deadly situation with little or no hope of rescue. Neeson plays Ottway, a security officer guarding the TransAlaska pipeline. More specifically, Ottway is constantly on the watch for wolves and other predators who can and will attack the workers as they perform their duties. He isn’t particularly happy with himself or his co-workers, though, which he recounts in a letter to his wife. During a flight back to civilization, the plane crashes, leaving only 7 survivors. Ottway takes on a leadership role to help the men survive until search crews locate them. Unfortunately, the plane lands close to a den of wolves that view the oil workers as a definite threat. Choosing life over death, the group makes the long and dangerous trek to civilization. Though it is an en- Photos courtesy of Open Road Films semble piece, Liam Neeson owns “The Grey” from start to finish. His character is like a closed book at first, revealing details about himself, his life and belief system at a glacial pace. Ottway’s outlook, it seems, has been shaped by his hard-drinking Irish father who, during his sober moments, was a fairly deep thinker.

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Director Joe Carnahan starts the action with a plane crash worthy of the television series “Lost” and then unleashes the terror of giant wolves lurking in the dark. Ottway carefully explains how a den of wolves operates and instructs his co-workers to stand their ground or risk getting attacked for showing fear. Carnahan’s pacing is a bit slow for an action/adventure, which leads to long discussions between the men about what is truly important to them. These moments are often interrupted, though, by wolf attacks and obstacles that even experienced mountain climbers would find challenging. The biggest flaw in the screenplay by Carnahan and Ian Mackenzie Jeffers is, however, the way the other men treat Ottway. In a life-or-death situation like this one, it makes sense to defer to the person with the most experience with survival techniques and wildlife. Instead, some survivors object to Neeson’s character taking on a strong leadership role. When all is said and done, “The Grey” is less of a story about man versus nature and more about the inner struggles we all have. Though the story is a bit flawed, Neeson’s performance makes this two-hour adventure worthwhile. “The Grey,” rated R for violent/disturbing content including bloody images, and for pervasive language, currently is playing in theaters.


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Sports You See... With Gary B. Coach Staff Building For The Rams Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator New head coach Jeff Fisher is moving quick to get all the pieces together and buckle down to look close at the potential roster for the 2012 season. He is surrounding himself with personnel who is has a coaching relationship and philosophies to make the transition easier for all

involved. Dave McGinnis joins the club as the Assistant Head Coach and enters his 39th year as a coach in 2012, joining the Rams after spending the last eight seasons with the Tennessee Titans, seven of which he worked under Fisher. “I feel very fortunate that we were able to bring Dave aboard,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “He’s been in a variety of roles in this league, from position coach all the way up to head coach. His vast knowledge and experience will be valuable assets to our staff, and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with Dave again.” Brian Schottenheimer joins the Rams after spending the previous six seasons as the Offensive Coordinator with the New York Jets. “I am really excited to have Brian join our staff,” Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “He is a well respected coach in this league who has had success for many years at a high level as an offensive coordinator. We share the same philosophies on the offensive side of the ball and I think he is a tremendous addition to our staff.” Both join recently hired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who was with the Saints for the past three years and with Fisher for seven seasons Texans and Titans. NEXT RAMS HOME GAMES: Sometime in August with one game in England in October. ~~~The core is set Former Ram’s Player Helping Kids Arlen Harris Picks Top High School Running Backs Harris (pictured with Gary B) played halfback from 2003-2005 for the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions in 2006 and Atlanta Falcons 2007 before ending his career with an injury. He resides in St. Louis and has put together RunItPerformance that assists athletes in speed & agility among other performance drills. The former running back has initiated the ‘Star 33 High School Running Back

Show Case’ that picks 33 of top backs in town and invites them to a combine showing off their talents. Recently held this event at Game Time Sports Complex in St. Peters. Harris also was a guest on the weekly Sports Radio STL Photo by Gary B. from 5-6 p.m. on 590 The Fan KFNS where he talked about the annual program he want to continue. Other guests included several of the top 33 high school backs including: Tray Mitchell (Holt), Ray Harris and Teddy Williamson both of Ft. Zumwalt West, Johnathan Parker (CBC) and Corvin Mason (Gateway Tech). The interview highlights included each player talking about hitting the books first and sports second. ~~~Looks good to college recruits Rascals Resign Player From The Bigs Keli'i Zablan Pitched For The Seattle Mariners The River City team announced the return of the right-handed pitcher Zablan who will head back to the bullpen. The 5'10" 190 lbs hard-throwing right-hander was picked up by the Mariners following the 2010 Frontier League season. He split time between Clinton (A) and High Desert (A+) striking out 32 over 37 innings of work during his time in affiliated ball. As a member of the Rascals 2010 Frontier League Championship team, Keli'i posted a 2-1 record. Rascals' manager Steve Brook is excited about his return. "Zablan is an outstanding individual and presence on the mound. He brings a lot of energy to our team and I'm so thrilled to have him back with us in 2012. I'm confident that another organization will give him an upper level shot if he comes in here and pitches the way I know he can. He is a tremendous asset to our team and I couldn't be happier to be managing him once again." To get more information on the Rascals’ club visit the website ~~~A pleasure to have him back


“Over the Fence”

The All-Or-None Theory Anti-smoking legislation is becoming a dominate issue in Missouri. Some believe it should be up to business owners to decide if they allow smoking in their establishments. Others believe it should be up to the voters who have proven time and again the majority do not want to breathe tobacco smoke. In fact, some are hateful about it. When a municipality passes an anti-smoking ordinance, it often ends up driving the smokers to businesses in nearby municipalities that allow smoking. This is said to hurt businesses in the anti-smoking municipalities. If one is passed in a county, they can go to the next county. Now the Missouri General Assembly may consider a statewide law against smoking in public places. We’ve all seen how effective our Missouri legislature is lately. We may as well ask them to stop taking campaign donations from self-serving private interests. In other words, don’t hold your breath. It’s even more divisive when it comes to who pays for smoke related medical treatment for such horrors

as emphysema and lung cancer. While I’m for letting business owners decide because I don’t necessarily have to patronize one that allows smoking, I’ve experienced another side to this debate. I watched a strong man shrivel into a skeleton and die a horrible death from the effects of lung cancer. At first he gradually progressed to emphysema from smoking since he was a boy. He originally smoked those old time unfiltered cigarettes like Camels and Lucky Strikes. He ended up in later years smoking Marlboros in the red box; the ones that make your eyes water if you’re within gasping distance. During the emphysema stage, he finally found a semi-retired, obese, cigar-smoking doctor to treat him. I assume little was said about smoking. He kept puffing away on those extra-strength Marlboros. It became obvious he couldn’t quit. Eventually, it led to lung cancer and the grim reaper stepped in. Of course, pneumonia is the final deadly outcome of lung cancer. During that time, he died a slow, painful death. I decided this is not the way I wanted to leave this world.

The man was my father. After watching other smokers that still puffed away on cigarettes while carrying oxygen bottles around with tubes attached to their noses, grim reality stared malevolently. I finally quit the habit that consisted of two-anda-half to three packs per day and suffered through the withdrawal symptoms. I came to agree with the experts; nicotine is as addictive as any other narcotic including heroin. Quitting was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. However, my father proved dying from it was much tougher. In spite of claims otherwise, I believe some smokers just can’t quit. They probably have some innate trait that allows habit forming substance to dominate more so than other people. I can’t make them quit nor can anyone else. They have to dig in and do it themselves. I wish them luck. Smoking doesn’t make them bad people, just vulnerable. My late father paid a terrible price for any sins he was guilty of. He was another of those vulnerable people that couldn’t quit. It pointed out the irony of the deadliest narcotic of all being legal. For some, it becomes a matter of saving people from themselves but then, most smokers will only hate them for it. As for a statewide referendum against smoking in public places, it is inevitable that the vehement antismoking crowd with far larger numbers will eventually win out. I suppose the ‘all-or-none’ theory is best after all but unfortunately, it won’t bring my father back.



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If you’re going to put me on hold, please play some real music

Most people would say I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. Most people would be right. But that has never stopped me from singing at the top of my lungs when I’m driving, vacuuming the house, or waiting for the computer technician to take me out of the black hole known simply as “on hold.” When you’re on hold, you have time to let your mind wander. What did I think about? Nothing! How could I? My brain was inundated with awful pseudo-music. I soon discovered that Muzak is the root of all evil. You thought it was money, right? Wrong! Anyone (including me) who can endure one hour’s worth of the Piano Man’s greatest hits performed on the pan flute is worthy of an Olympic gold medal. I consider myself a bit of a music connoisseur. Growing up my parents had quite the 8-track tape collection. (If you were born after 1980, you probably don’t even know what an 8-track is. Chronologically it fell in between vinyl albums and cassette tapes, and then sadly went the way of the similarly doomed Beta tapes.) Our house was filled with “The Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Close to You” by the Carpenters and a few tunes by my dad’s personal favorite, Freddie Fender. I have a healthy appreciation for most music. The pan flute (or whatever it was used to create the Billy Joel-like songs), however, is not a musical instrument. Forgive me, but it is just a headache waiting to happen. First, it was “Honesty,” which is o.k. on-hold music. I dealt with that. More than that, actually – I sang the words. Next came “Piano Man.” Again, maybe it’s


just me being naïve, but shouldn’t a song titled, “Piano Man” actually include a piano? The last straw was hearing a soothing, calm version of “Only the Good Die Young.” Hold music should fit the occasion, don’t you think? If you’re electricity is on the fritz, call the power company (on your cell phone, of course!). If you’re put on hold, the appropriate music would be something like, “Electric Avenue.” Looking for a cure for what ails ‘ya? Give your doctor a call. Again, it would be shocking if you were put on hold, but let’s pretend for argument’s sake. There are plenty of choices for on-hold music while waiting for your M.D., including Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes.” There’s also that song with the words, “Doctor, Doctor, give me the news…,” and if we stretch our imagination we could throw in “Achy Breaky Heart.” Calling a computer-related help line? The first thing that comes to mind is “Take This Job and Shove It,” but I’m sure there are a few more. How about Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” or “Am I Blue?” (sorry, can’t remember who sang that one.) Wait! The perfect song…AC/DC’s “Highway to…” (H E Double Hockey Stick). I’m stubborn, though. I put up with an entire hour’s worth of Billy Joel ala pan flute. Thankfully, that stubbornness paid off. My questions were answered. The only downside is the wonderful Billy Joel 4-CD set I received last Christmas will gather dust in our cabinet for a very long time.

A Dreamy Valentine’s Day Dessert (Family Features) If you’re looking for a way to cook up some romance this Valentine’s Day, skip the traditional box of chocolates and try an impressive dessert instead.

This recipe for Dreamy Medjool Date Pudding Cake with Caramel Infusion uses Bard Valley Natural Delights, the popular dates grown by a small group of family farmers in the Southwest. Sweet, succulent and with a caramel-like flavor, Medjool dates were once reserved for royalty. But you can delight in these luscious fruits any time and give your Valentine the royal treatment. For more delectable recipes ripe for romance, visit

Dreamy Medjool Date Pudding Cake with Caramel Infusion Makes 8 servings • Prep Time: 75 minutes Ingredients: - Butter and powdered cocoa, to prepare pan - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 1 cup Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted and chopped (about 10) - 1 1/2 cups boiling water - 1/2 cup butter, softened - 1 cup brown sugar, packed - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 2 eggs - 1 3/4 cups self-rising flour, sifted Caramel sauce: - 1 cup brown sugar - 1 1/4 cups whipping cream - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1/4 cup butter

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. To prepare baking pan, brush inside of a Bundt pan thoroughly with melted butter. Liberally sprinkle powdered cocoa over butter, then turn upside down and tap to remove excess cocoa. 3. In small bowl, sprinkle baking soda over dates. Add water and set aside for 20 minutes. 4. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a large metal spoon, fold in date mixture and flour until well mixed. Batter will be thin. 5. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer

inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to stand for about one minute, then carefully turn onto a plate. 6. To make the caramel sauce, set saucepan over medium heat and add sugar, cream, vanilla and butter. Cook, stirring often, until sauce comes to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 2 more minutes. 7. While cake is still warm, use a wooden skewer to make holes all over the top of the cake. Pour half of the warm sauce over the warm cake. Garnish with glace cherries, if desired. 8. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Cut into slices and serve with remaining sauce. Serve immediately.

Sweet Ravioli Filled With Compote Of Medjool Dates Makes 4 servings Ingredients: - 2 cups Bold and fruity red wine - 1/2 cup Sugar - 1/4 cup Honey - 2 Cinnamon sticks - 12 oz Medjool Dates, quartered and pitted - 12 Tbsp Butter - 1 2/3 cup All-Purpose flour - 1 pinch Salt - 1 Egg, beaten - Powdered sugar for dusting Directions: FOR THE COMPOTE 1. In a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine the wine, sugar and honey until the sugar has dissolved. Add the cinnamon sticks and dates.

2. Turn the heat to low and cook gently for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Let cool and remove the cinnamon sticks. 3. Strain the liquid if any and put the dates into a food processor. Process to desired consistency- fine or course according to preference. Place into sealed jars. FOR THE RAVIOLI 4. Wrap Butter in aluminum foil and place in freezer for 30 minutes. Combine flour and salt. Remove butter and coarsely grate over flour. Using a knife, gradually combine flour and butter. Add 2-3 tablespoons ice water and continue to combine. Finally bring pastry together with your hands. It should leave the bowl clean. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

5. Heat oven to 400 F. Cut pastry into 2 pieces – one slightly larger than the other. Roll out the smaller piece to about 10” x 12”, brush with the beaten egg. Starting 1 inch from a corner, place 1 tsp of compote every 2 inches (You should have 30). Roll larger piece of pastry to 11” x 13” and carefully place over first sheet and compote. Gently press the pastry to seal the pockets of compote. Cut into 2” squares with a pastry cutter and seal edges with a fork or use a ravioli mould. Make a small cut in the top of each ravioli. 6. Bake for 15 minutes or until ravioli are golden brown. Cool on a rack and dust with powdered sugar. Serve warm. Serve immediately.


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Church Feb. 3 & 17, Mar. 2 & 16: Fish Fry 4-6 p.m. at Bellefontaine United Methodist Church, 10600 Bellefontaine Rd., St. Louis, MO 63137. Entrees, Catfish, Fried and Baked Cod and Chicken Nuggets. Dinner includes any two side dishes. Single entree $7, double entree, $8.50, children under 6 years old free, phone 314.867.0800. Feb. 4 and every 1st Sat. of the month all year long: Basement/ Breakfast/Tailgate Sale At Northside Christian Church, 9635 Hwy. 367 (Lewis & Clark Blvd.), St. Louis, MO. Pancakes & sausage or 2 biscuits & gravy, juice & coffee. Times: Basement/Tailgate is 8 a.m. - Noon; Breakfast is 8-10:30 a.m. Breakfast is $4. A double parking spot for tailgaters is $10. Info 314.868.5722. Every Thursday (through December 1. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Grief Share Support Group At Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave. Ferguson, Mo. Info 314.522.3388 or Events Feb. 5: Pancake Breakfast Sponsored by: Florissant Old Town Partners. Served at the Florissant Old Town Chapel, 646 rue St. Francois St. Beginning at 8 a.m. until 12 Noon. For more information, contact Old Town Partners @ 837-0033. Come and join us. Bring your family, your friends and your neighbors. Help kick off the 2011 Spring Season and Support Old Town Florissant. Pay at the door, Adults $6 each, Children $3 each (Includes: coffee, juice, pancakes and sausage) Includes a Chance to Win one of four $25 Attendance Prizes.

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Feb. 18: Mardi Gras at the Mouse Races Presented by the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce at the JFK Civic Center in Florissant. $20 per person for tables of 8. *Beer, setups and light snack provided (* must be 21 or over). Reserve and pay online at or by phone at 314.831.3500. Feb. 25: Trivia Night to benefit the Twillman House renovations At Trinity High School. Hosted by the Spanish Lake Community Association. Doors open at 6pm questions start at 7pm. Includes beer and soda. Raffles, 50/50. Proceeds benefit the Twillman House renovations. Cost is $160 per table of 8. Mail check made out SLCA to Roy Moyers, 769 Coal Bank Rd., St. Louis, MO 63138. Sept. 22, 2012: Jennings High School Class of 1972 Reunion To be held in St. Charles, Mo. We need your current contact information. Please call 636.583.9778 or email Inviting All Florissant Senior Citizens To Join One Of The Bingo Clubs With The City Of Florissant!! Please contact the Florissant Senior Office for more information at 8397604. • Monday Club: Meets every Monday for Bingo from 11:30-2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwich - coffee and tea are available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also scheduled. • Florissant Older Adult Club: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 11-1:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring your lunch! Bingo, Trips, Speakers and special events are planned. • Wednesday Club: Meets every Wednesday for Bingo from 11:30-

2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwichcoffee and tea available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also available. 1962 Hazelwood High School Reunion Graduates from the class of 1962 are invited to attend the 50th Reunion in June 2012. Please contact Shirley at 314.799.1147 (cell phone) for more info. 1967 Hazelwood High School Reunion: We are looking for classmates of Class of 1967 Hazelwood High School. We are having a 45th reunion in 2012. Please contact Kay at or 636 7452601 for more information. Every Saturday: 8-10 a.m. Chess Chess is played every Satuurday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or later, at MidRivers Mall in the food court. Come join us for some interesting games! 3rd Thursday of each month: 12:15 NARFE Chapter 1229 - Meeting for all Active and Retired Federal Employees At Golden Corral, 1850 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles, MO. For more info, call Sandy Luber at 636-4624297. 1st and 3rd Wed.: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Public invited & welcome every weekend to watch our flying model airplanes. Bring the family. Direc-

tions to the field at or call 636.300.1480. Every Thursday Evenings: 7:30 p.m. St. Charles Municipal Band Frontier Park, Every 3rd Monday of the Month: 6:30 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Visit our wesite for location, http:// or call 314.830.6042. Health Feb. 3: Local Blood Drive 1-6 p.m. Warm someone’s heart this winter – Donate Blood. At Steve Robbins, CFP® Conference Center,325 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, MO 63031. To schedule your donation time, contact Lisa at 314.839.4600 or at Volunteers needed at Christian Hospital Christian Hospital is calling out for volunteers that can do a significant amount of walking to run errands within the hospital. Discover the rewards of volunteering! If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend your time, volunteering at Christian Hospital is an ideal match. Volunteer positions are available in many different areas. You’ll meet a variety of interesting people while making a difference in our community. Applications are available at in the Volunteer Office, located off the hospital’s main lobby. For more information, call the Christian Hospital volunteer office at 314-653-5032. St. Chatherine Retirement Community Events

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Feb. 15: I Can Cope 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. May Room A at SSM DePaul Health Center. This free seminar provides education and support to those facing cancer. It is held the third Wednesday of every other month. Breakfast and lunch is provided. Please call 314344-6090 to register or for more information. Ongoing 8-week sessions: Smoking Cessation Classes SSM DePaul Health Center SSM DePaul, partnering with St. Louis County’s tobacco-free initiative called “Let’s Face It,” is offering free smoking cessation classes to the public. The 8-week course assists participants in determining their readiness to quit smoking and provide the tools necessary to increase their success rate in becoming smoke free. Space is limited for these on-going classes. Call 1-866-SSM-DOCS to register or for more information. Every Monday and Tuesday in February HMR Program Orientation Mondays: 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays: noon – 1 p.m. 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. Wednesday Weigh-In (Breastfeeding Support Group) Every Wednesday in February 10 a.m. Meets every Wednesday morning in the Well Baby Nursery. There will be a topic of discussion each week. Mothers will have a chance to weigh in their babies during this time. Healthy snacks provided. This event is free. Call 1-866-SSM-DOCS (776-3627) to register or for more information. SSM DePaul Wellness Center Tired of getting locked into longterm memberships that you never use? Join the DePaul Wellness Center and receive a personalized program for your specific needs. Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation. Call 314-344-6177 for more details. Support Groups Feb. 2: Alzheimer’s Association Support Group 6 p.m. Bridgeton Community Center. To RSVP or to get more information, call 314.291.0855. Feb. 7: Stroke Support Group 1 – 3 p.m. May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. A presentation and educational session for stroke survivors and their family members or caregivers. Call 314344-7392 for more information. Feb. 8: Cancer Support Group 5 – 6:30 p.m. May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. Call 314344-6090 to register or for more information. Feb. 9: Mighty Hearts and Lungs – Support Group Noon – 1 p.m. SSM DePaul Health Center. For patients and family members coping with cardiac and

pulmonary health issues; learn how to better manage your condition for a healthier life. Call Larry Buhr at 314-344-6023 to register or for more information. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Can email for further information: metrostlouissia@ • Every Sunday: 6:30-8 p.m. 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City; lower level of Holy Communion Episcopal Church; contact 314-993-5421. • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. • 1st and 3rd Tuesday: 12:30-2 p.m. 320 N. Forsyth Blvd in Clayton; lower level in Samuel United Church of Christ; contact 314-9683477. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. Every Wednesday: 7:30 - 9 p.m. Naranon 7:30 – 9 p.m. New Choices NarAnon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church, 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, Mo 63043. Info: email MoreInformation@att. net or visit Thursdays: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Grief Share Support Group At Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson, Mo. 63135. Support group for those who have lost a loved one. Info: Lee Cedra at Mon. & Thurs, ongoing: 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Breathe Designed for people with pulmonary disease – participants focus on deep breathing, exercises and relaxation. Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104. $30. Call 314-953-6090 to register or for more information.

can help you make sure your diet is right for you. Call 314.344.6157 for information. 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 314-5691113 or Every Wednesday Take Off Pounds Sensibly Group Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at Christ the King Lutheran Church,

414 S. Church St., St. Peters. Weighins at 8:30 a.m. Business mtg at 10 a.m. Call 636-397-1727 or 636272-4995 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: 6:307:30 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., Barnes-Jewish 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 BarnesJewish 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

Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 p.m. STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group This nationally recognized program provides education and support for those with schizophrenia. Group is facilitated by an experienced STEPS nurse. For info, call 314-839-3171. Diabetes Basics Proper diabetes treatment and education can help you learn to live well with diabetes. Call 314.344.7024 for info or 314.3447220 to enroll. Diabetes Self Management Training A series of four classes over a sixmonth period of time. Call Central Scheduling to make an appointment at 314.344.7220. The classes are covered by most insurance plans. Nutrition Education SSM DePaul registered dieticians

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Donate Gently Worn Dresses to the Cinderella Project The Community Council of St. Charles County is encouraging women to clean out their closets and donate new and gently used special occasion dresses to the Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project. Promoting confidence and self esteem in junior and senior high school women, we provide the gift of a prom dress to young women in the metropolitan area who are unable to acquire one on their own. The young women are referred to the Community Council by high school counselors from St. Louis City and County, St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties. More than 40 high schools in the metro area have been invited to refer girls to the project for Prom 2012. After the VIPs (very important prom-goers) have made their selections, the boutique opens to the public and all remaining gowns and dresses will be sold for $29. The Cinderella Boutique will be located at Mid Rivers Mall on the upper level near JC Penney. The boutique will open to the public on March 10, 2012. Dress collections are going on throughout February at the following area locations: CBL Mall's Customer Services Desk at Mid Rivers Mall, Chesterfield Mall, South County Center and West County Center. All six locations of West Oak Cleaners, Belleza Salon in O'Fallon, Charming Charlie at the Meadows in Lake St. Louis, Vatterott College at St. Charles and North Park Campuses, Sydney's Closet, Sunporch Salon in St. Peters, White Traditions Bridal House in St. Charles, Troy Flower Shop and Stevens Institute of Business and Art. For a complete listing of collection site locations visit In addition to dresses and gowns the Project is also seeking salon services, accessories, personal care items, hair products and cosmetics. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information contact Diane Wolferding at 636.978.2277. The Community Council is a 501c3 organization and a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is on track to re-open its tornado-damaged C Concourse in April. The Airport gave media a tour of the concourse to highlight the progress of renovations following the April 22, 2011 tornado that damaged the concourse roof, blew out windows and caused extensive damage to concessions and airline gate areas. The major roof and window replacement projects are completed. Now, the focus is on the restoration of the interior of the concourse which includes the restoration of the retail stores and restaurants. “When it’s all completed it will have the look and feel of a brand new concourse,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “All of our airline and concession partners are working hard to re-open the C Concourse by April because of the improvement of operational efficiencies as well as the increase in convenience and amenities for our passengers.” Following the tornado, Lambert relocated

four airlines to the Airport’s B & D Concourses, which were previously vacant at the time. American Airlines, Cape Air and Frontier Airlines are returning to the C Concourse. New concession concepts, to be announced later, will also be introduced as part of the restored concourse. Simultaneously, the Airport is making progress on interior concourse renovations that were already underway prior to the tornado. The projects through the Airport Experience Program include newly painted ceilings, new lighting, a fully-tiled central corridor, fully renovated restrooms, new signage, new digital directory maps and a set of five art-glass screens created by local artists. The look and feel of the C Concourse will mirror the renovations on the A Concourse, which were completed in December. Kwame Building Group is the project manager for the tornado restoration and the Airport Experience projects. The projects are designed by Teng and Associates.

Governor’s Office is Seeking Applications for Missouri’s Poet Laureate Gov. Jay Nixon recnetlly encouraged interested Missourians to submit applications to be considered for the next two-year term as poet laureate of Missouri. Webster University Professor of English David Clewell, of St. Louis, was selected by the Governor in 2010 for the current term as poet laureate. “Missouri has a long tradition of poets and authors whose words have moved and inspired generations of people around the world,” Gov. Nixon said. “Through naming a poet laureate, we recognize how poetry has enriched our lives and hope to inspire the poets and authors of the future.” The deadline to submit an application for poet laureate is Feb. 24. An application form that can be filled in online and then printed to mail in can be found at

pdf/2012/2012_Poet_Application.pdf An advisory committee, including three representatives of the Missouri Center for the Book and two members appointed by the Governor, is charged with reviewing and evaluating applications, and recommending appropriate candidates for appointment to the Governor. Members of the advisory committee must have expertise in contemporary American poetry and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The members of the advisory committee are: • Dr. James Baumlin, a Professor of English at Missouri State University, who has published numerous books, essays and reviews; • Dr. Adam Davis, a professor in the Classical and Modern Languages Department at Truman State University; • Gabriel Fried, the author of two poetry collections and the poetry editor at Persea Books. He teaches in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Missouri; • Kris Kleindienst, a published author and columnist, and the owner of Left Bank Books, an independent bookstore with two locations in St. Louis; and • Nola Ruth, the chair of the Missouri Arts Council, who served for 17 years as the director of the Missouri Association of Community Arts Agencies. The individual selected as poet laureate will serve a twoyear term and be expected to present and lecture on poetry to school, community and civic groups throughout the state.

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