February 8, 2012 Vol. 91 No. 6
Attorney General Koster announces top ten scams for 2011.
On Alert! Attorney General Chris Koster has released a list of the top ten most common consumer complaints and scams reported to his office in 2011. Violations of Missouri’s No-Call Law topped the annual list with more than 22,000 complaints, more than twice the number of all other complaints combined. Many of those complaints involved calls to cell phones, which are not currently covered by the law. “I have asked the Missouri General Assembly to allow consumers to add their cell phone numbers to the no-call list,” Koster said. “Missourians deserve their privacy. Our No-Call law has been incredibly successful in preventing unwanted calls going into consumers’ homes. Now it is time to take the next step and extend that privacy to cell phones.” Complaints about debt collectors came in second this year. “Federal laws limit how far debt collectors can go to pursue debt,” Koster said. “Your best protection against harassing and abusive calls from debt collectors is to know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission provides a debt collection guide for Consumers on their website.” The FTC Consumer Guide is available at http:// www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/ credit/cre18.shtm. Koster encourages all consumers to file their complaints with his office so that he can investigate scams, mediate complaints when possible, and take legal action when necessary to protect Missouri citizens. Consumers can register complaints by telephone at 800392-8222, online at www.ago.mo.gov, or by mail at P.O. Box 899, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Below are the top ten scams reported to the Attorney General’s Office in 2011: 1. NO-CALL COMPLAINTS (22,225 complaints) – On average, consumers file approximately 89 complaints against telemarketers each working day. Koster warns consumers to be wary of giving any financial information over the telephone and to do so only when the consumer initiates the call.
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2. DEBT COLLECTORS (1873 complaints) – The Attorney General’s Office experienced an increase in the number of complaints filed against debt colAround Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
lectors in the last year. Many consumers indicate they are being harassed for debts they may not even owe. Others claim the debt collection agencies are abusive, threatening, and include repeated calls when attempting to collect a debt. Koster encourages consumers to be aware of their rights and to file complaints with his office if they believe they are being illegally harassed by debt collectors.
4. CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD (1126 complaints) – A fourth major category of complaints by consumers in 2011 was unauthorized charges on credit and debit cards. Scams such as these can oc-
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3. TELEPHONE CRAMMING and BILLING (1281 complaints) – “Cramming” is when a consumer receives a charge on his phone bill for services he did not order. Consumers should thoroughly review their telephone bill each month for evidence of cramming, which can include charges as small as $1 or $2. The Attorney General’s Office also received many complaints regarding unauthorized fees from third parties on their telephone bills. Koster advises consumers who notice unwarranted charges to contact their carrier and request that the charge be removed and a refund issued. Learn & Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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February 8, 2012
Christian Hospital’s Heart Fair
Do Miracles Still Exist?
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
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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.
We may wonder if miracles still happen. This is the case because we do not always recognize them. As scriptures tell us, many miracles were performed by some of the prophets prior to the coming of Jesus Christ. Elijah and Elisha, for example, performed many miracles. Scripture also tells us that Jesus performed many miracles, including Rance Thomas, Ph.D. raising several individuals from the dead. Following Christ’s ascension into heaven, his apostles performed a number of miracles. When these miracles were performed, his followers and others recognized them as miracles. In modern times, however, we seldom see anyone performing miracles before our eyes. This is true in spite of the fact that Jesus told his disciples that those who believed in Him would perform even greater miracles than he did (John 14:12). At times, some charlatans claim to have healing powers and go through the rituals of performing healings. Some touch individuals on the forehead, and they fall over backward and are supposedly healed. There are others who supposedly perform miraculous healing in other ways, but upon thorough investigations, they are often found to be fakes as well. Does this mean that miracles simply do not take place during modern times? I would emphatically say that miracles do take place, but not necessarily as some would have us believe. Many miracles take place before our eyes everyday; however, we do not recognize them as miracles because we are so used to them that we simply accept them as normal. For example, life in itself is a miracle, because we as human beings have been created in such a way as to be intricately put together. Every part is interconnected in such a way as to support the other parts of the body and mind, and each part is arranged in such a way as to support the whole being. If one part is not functioning properly, this causes problems for the other parts or the whole body. The changing seasons with different climatic conditions is a miracle. Of course, we can see many miracles if we take the time to stop and analyze what exists in our world. Occasionally, we may be given the privilege of witnessing or being the recipient of an obvious miracle in our world or our lives. I would like to share a couple of miraculous experiences that have taken place in my family recently. Within the matter of last six weeks, I have the great honor and privilege to witness two incredible life-saving miracles. In both cases, these involved a miraculous occurrence in the life of a family member. The wife has had an advanced stage of Multiple Sclerosis for the last 15 or 20 years and has been bedridden. In fact, she is almost paralyzed, unable to speak or take anything by mouth. As a result, she has had a feeding tube for the last 15 or 20 years, along with a catheter. As a result, she has had recurring aspiration pneumonia and urinary tract infections. In fact, she was hospitalized four times during the last 12 months and given strong antibiotics. During her hospitalization six weeks ago for more than three weeks, the infection and pneumonia were antibiotic resistant and were not effective for the first 10 days or so. In fact, her doctor recommended placing her in hospice care, but her husband requested that they continue providing treatment. Then suddenly, she began to respond and the medications became effective. This was indeed a miracle. Two weeks following her discharge from the hospital, she developed another serious urinary tract infection that resulted in her being hospitalized for four days at another hospital. Once again, the antibiotics were not effective against the infection. However, after a few days another urine culture was taken and there was no sign of infection. Her doctor was baffled, because he did not know how she overcame the infection. He stated that she must have overcome the infection on her own. Of course, I know what happened. Because of all the many prayers for her recovery inside and outside her church, God heard and responded to those prayers. It was truly another miracle.
February 8, 2012
Florissant Seeks Photographs of Past Mayors Mayor Thomas P. Schneider has directed the city clerks office to research and find as many photos of past mayors of the city of Florissant as possible to be displayed in the Council Chambers. We have good images of former Mayor’s Robert G. Lowery, Sr., James J. Eagan, Henry F. Koch and Arthur Bangert. Schneider is asking that anyone who has a photo or painting of a past mayor on the list below to contact the clerk’s office at 314.839.7630 or email@example.com and they will arrange to scan and reproduce the picture for display. The city of Florissant needs photos of the following mayors: Gregory Aubuchon 1857 Leon DeLisle 1903-1905 Michael Powers 1859 August C. Albers 1905-1914 Golben Music 1860 James M. Settle*** 1914 Joseph C. Brand 1861 John W. Stroer 1914-1915 Julian Bates 1862 Sidney R. Garrett 1915-1919 Leonard Adams 1863 Joseph Pondroin 1919-1933 William J.A. Smith 1864 Arthur W. Moran 1933-1935 Charles Castello 1865-1890 Fred C. Fister 1935-1937 Arnold Ellebracht 1890-1892 Bernard F. Winter 1937-1938 Charles Castello* 1892-1893 Fred W. Eggleing 1950-1951 U.J. Moynilian 1894-1897 James Conrad 1951-1953 Joseph Peters** 1897 Edwin Hussey 1953-1955 Leon DeLisle 1897-1901 Jules O’Neil 1955-1959 Charles C. Craft 1901-1903 Kenneth Clark 1959-1960 If anyone knows of an image of the First Commandant Francois Dunegant dit Borosier or any other Chief Executive of St. Ferdinand de Fleurissant from 1786 to 1857 we would like to obtain those images, also.
St. Ferdinand Shrine Benefit A Tremendous Success! On Sunday, January 29, 270 people gathered at Kemoll’s Restaurant in the top floor of the Metropolitan Building in downtown St. Louis to raise funds for the Friends of Old St. Ferdinand. Mark Cusomano generously donated the 42nd floor and the dinner service, and Drury Hotels sponsored the pre-dinner reception on the 40th floor where Archbishop Robert Carlson made a brief appearance. His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, was the keynote speaker at the dinner and shared a detailed reflection on the life of devotion and dedication to Christ of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, and in particular her 14 years at St. Ferdinand in Florissant. Monsignor Jack Schuler of present day St. Ferdinand Parish was the Master of Ceremony, aided by and Fathers Keller and Driscoll, and there were many other priests in attendance including Monsignor Mark Ullrich of Sacred Heart Parish (home of the Shrine). Friends of Old St. Ferdinand Shrine President Geri Debo presented gifts of appreciation to Rosemary Davison, Mary Kay Gladbach, Mary Keeven and Father Patrick Driscoll for their contributions to the preservation of the Shrine. Florissant Mayor Thomas P. Schneider noted that Florissant has always valued the Shrine and thanked the Archdiocese for taking a renewed interest in it. He shared biographical accounts that Mother Duchesne loved Florissant with a kind of vehemence for its solitude, and in her eye it had the qual-
ity of hospitality and still does. Schneider shared quotes of admiration and awe of Rose Philippine Duchesne that were made by the famous missionary Priest Father Pierre-Jean DeSmet, S.J. who was ordained at St. Ferdinand. Fr. DeSmet said in 1847, “After a visit with her at St. Ferdinand I had the conviction that I was with a truly living saint….I should not be surprised if she were some day raised to our alters.” Schneider said that our children have taken the lessons learned in Florissant on tolerance and hospitality to all corners of the globe returning some of the grace that was brought here by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne and Father DeSmet. Everyone was delighted to hear an announcement at the end of the evening that Mark Cusomano will host this tremendous event at Kemoll’s again next year.
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 dinner 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 valley-of-flowers@ sbcglobal.net and an application will be sent. Applications are also online at www.valleyofflowers.com.
February 8, 2012
Florissant Parks and Recreation Programs Open for Registration Registration for the February 2012 session of Florissant Parks and Recreation Department classes opens the week of February 13 for residents. Non-resident registration opens the week of February 20. Please bring your current Florissant resident card to receive the resident rate. Aquatic Programs • Youth Swimming Lessons: Taught under the guidelines of the American Red Cross’s “Learn to Swim” program. Curriculum ranges from water exploration and primary skills to stroke development and refinement. Must be at least 6 years old. • Stroke Clinic: The Stroke Clinic will be conducted at the James J. Eagan Center indoor pool by Florissant Fish Municipal Team Coaches and the Aquatic Staff at the JJE Pool. The clinic will involve 5 teaching/practice stations: Starts & Turns, Breaststroke, Freestyle, Backstroke, and Butterfly. • Swim and Stay Fit: Swimming ability is required. This class features continual end-to-end lap swimming for the average to advanced swimmer. Excellent for body toning and cardiovascular fitness. • Aquacize: Swimming ability is not required for this excellent group exercise program. Ideal for limbering body joints and increasing cardiovascular fitness. • Deep Water Aerobics: Swimming ability is required for this total body immersion work-out. This intense exercise program works the entire range of body parts and increases cardiovascular fitness. Buoyancy equipment provided. • Water Walking: A wonderful program for the nonswimmer that incorporates various exploratory movements to help increase one’s range of motion, endurance, and strength through water resistance.
• Water Aerobics: Swimming ability is not required for this group exercise program. This program is ideal for limbering body joints and increasing cardiovascular fitness. • Infant and Preschool Aquatics Program: This program is intended to develop a comfort level in and around water. IPAP will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to orient your child to water. This program is not designed to teach your children to become accomplished swimmers. Adult Fitness • Body Toning: An extensive work-out routine targeting those problem body areas: stomach, hips, waist and thighs. The mat work is designed to tone and sculpt your way to a beautiful body. Mats are provided. • Judo: Judo, now an Olympic Sport practiced by millions around the world, is open to men, women and children. Judo is meant to use technique and timing rather than brute strength. Judo emphasizes safety and uses soft mats for the practice area. Judo develops self discipline, respect for oneself and others, self confidence, concentration, physical coordination, strength and flexibility. • Yoga: Yoga is a mind and body connection. The practice of yoga will assist you in bringing together these elements, which make up life. Great for stress management. • Low-impact Aerobics: Routines that help build your health, shape and figure. Includes warm-up, extensive cardiovascular work, and cool-down. • Slimnastics: Combination of stretching aerobics and floor exercises designed to help you slim down and increase flexibility. • Step & Sculpt: Step aerobics will be combined with strength training to get a total body workout. • Circuit Training Class: Circuit training is an excellent way to improve mobility, strength and stamina. The circuit training c o m prises of 6 to 10 strength exercises WAREHOUSE PRICES that are Furnaces Air Conditioning Supplies
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completed one exercise after another. Each exercise is performed for a specified number of repetitions of for a set time before moving on to the next exercise. • Zumba: Zumba is the fitness craze that is taking the world by storm. Dance your way to a tighter and fitter you. In this popular class, you will increase your level of fitness by dancing to exciting and unique Latin moves and rhythms. Register early and “boogie down” a few pant sizes. • Night Club Dancing: Burn calories in a creative way while learning exciting routines to the Hustle, Swing, West Coast Swing, and the latest new dance craze, the Nightclub Two Step! Couples only please! Youth Programs • Petite Dance: For children 4 to 6 years of age. A wonderful opportunity for a child to learn simple dance steps and routines, tap and ballet and various creative movements. • Youth Junior Dance: Have fun and get lots of exercise while learning popular social and studio dances. A warm-up and stretching segment is followed by such dance styles as Hip Hop, Jazz, Line and slide both country and Latin. For children 8-16. An older child can sign up with a younger sibling in any of the youth dance classes. • Gymnastics: For boys and girls 3-13 years old. This recreational structured program encourages fun, but also helps develop fitness, and coordination. Class levels are preschool, beginners and intermediate. The various learning and work stations include the parallel and uneven bars, the vault, rings, a tumbling area, and more! Prove that you are a “perfect ten” before this class tumbles away. Held at the JFK Center. Gymnastics starts in March. • Playday and Weekend Playday: You and your child will have a blast in these fun but unstructured activities. There will be mats, balls, music and lots of toys provided. This program will help develop you child’s social skills and you make a new friend in the process. 0-5 yrs Resident $1 Non-Resident $2. Weekday 2nd & 4th Tuesday Weekend 1st & 3rd Saturday. 10:30 a.m. – noon. For more information call 3143.921.4466 or 314.921.4250.
February 8, 2012
Travel Leaders Reveal Business Travel Trends for 2012 Travel Leaders recently unveiled the top business travel trends for 2012 based on findings from its annual Travel Trends Survey. Business travel bookings will remain very solid in 2012 as nearly 77% of Travel Leaders’ business-focused travel agents are forecasting that bookings will match or exceed their total bookings for last year. The survey also revealed, more and more business travelers are taking advantage of smart phone technology while they travel and that more of Travel Leaders’ business travel clients are purchasing “front of the plane” seats in 2012. “The most dramatic change in our survey data, compared to a year ago, has to do with first class air travel. There are a significant number of Travel Leaders experts, who focus specifically on business travel, indicating that a greater percentage of their business travel clients are purchasing either first or business class tickets, especially on international flights. That certainly is a very hopeful sign for the economy in this country,” stated Roger E. Block, CTC, president of Travel Leaders Franchise Group, which includes travel agency locations from coast to coast. “We are also encouraged by the data on the anticipated level of business travel in 2012. This is particularly welcome news given the ongoing economic challenges throughout the world – chiefly as it relates to euro zone countries and the impact their financial solutions may have worldwide. At this time, we are very pleased with the indicators we are seeing.” Anticipated Level of Business Travel in 2012 When Travel Leaders business travel experts were asked, “What have your business travel clients indicated in terms of either actual bookings and/or client feedback as to the amount of travel they anticipate for 2012 compared to 2011?” the results were:
2012 2011 2010 Booking levels will increase compared to last year 34.5% 39.7% 28.6% Booking levels will remain on par with last year 42.2% 36.3% 38.3% Booking levels will decline compared to last year 4.7% 7.8% 11.9% *The totals do not add up to 100%. The remaining experts polled stated “unknown.”
Electronic Boarding Passes Electronic boarding passes are gaining in popularity among business travelers, who tend to be the early adopters among all travelers. In fact, over 97% of the Travel Leaders owners, managers and agents surveyed say their business travel clients use electronic boarding passes to pass through airport security. More specifically, over 81% say
that at least 10% of their business travel clients use electronic boarding passes, while nearly 41% indicate that over 50% of their business travelers use electronic boarding passes. Changes in Company Travel Policies When Travel Leaders’ business travel experts were asked if they had “noticed a change in booking practices that require business travel clients to book their flights in advance,” the responses indicate a slight shift heading into the New Year: 2012 2011 Yes 51% 46% No 49% 54%
Of those who responded “Yes,” the follow-up question asked “Are they generally required by their company to book at least 7 days / 14 days / 21 days in advance?” 2012 2011 At least 7 days in advance 53.9% 56.8% At least 14 days in advance 42.6% 29.5% At least 21 days in advance 3.5% 13.7%
First/Business Class vs. Coach When asked “For 2012 business travel air bookings, what percentage of clients are purchasing ‘front of the cabin’?” Travel Leaders sees a significant increase from last year.
2012 2011 11% or More of Bookings in First/Business Class 58.9% 31.8% 1-10% of Bookings in First/Business Class 37.8% 56.4%
When asked for the top reasons why their business travelers would fly in coach, the overwhelming number one response was “cost” (89.1%). Conducted November 21 - December 16, 2011, these business travel trends are based on responses from 275 Travel Leaders owners, managers and frontline travel experts throughout the United States who identified that 50% or more of their portfolio consists of business travel clients. The business trends are part of a comprehensive travel trends survey which included responses from 640 Travel Leaders experts nationwide. To view the results from the 2012 Travel Leaders Travel Trends Survey, go to http://www.travelsitenow. com/Stellent/groups/guest/documents/stel_attachment/300497.pdf. For more information or to find the Travel Leaders location nearest you, call 888.206.TRIP (8747) or visit www.Travelleaders.com. When your journey includes us, you travel better.
The Bridge at Florissant welcomes its first two residents, Anneliese Hohberger and Tom Thomason, to the assisted living community at 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. off of Parker Road in Florissant. Joining in the ribbon cutting are Tom Brozka, general manager; Michelle Johnson, sales director; Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider; Carolyn Marty, Greater North County Chamber of Commerce president and various staff members
2012 NWCC Casino Night The 21st Annual Casino Night, sponsored by the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, is an incredible party that's fun and entertaining with great food and prizes at an affordable price. Join in the fun with sponsorships, prize donations, and of course, purchasing your tickets to attend. Each ticket purchase receives $10,000 in casino money to play Blackjack, Red Dog, Texas Hold'em, Roulette, Craps, the Wheel, and two Raffle Tickets. Buy more raffle tickets anytime, or use your winnings to purchase more for greater chances on the terrific prizes! Before the casino opens dine on the delicious food from our variety of restaurant sponsors. Enjoy the open bar all evening and listen to great music…all for one low cost. For more information on sponsorships, to order tickets, or to make donations, please click on the Casino Night Registration Form. To register, please call 314.291.2131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 8, 2012
Pattonville School News: Pattonville Foundation Awards Nearly $10,000 in Grants
Board Approves Refinancing to Save Nearly $750,000 The Pattonville Board of Education on Jan. 10 approved a bond refunding that will save Pattonville nearly $750,000 over the next eight years. The resolution approved by the board authorized Stifel, Nicolaus and Co. to refinance debt owed on bonds from the year 2004 at a significantly lower interest rate, a move that is expected to save Pattonville $741,119 in interest payments between now and 2020. Previously, the average interest rate the district paid on the bonds was 5.25 percent. Under the refinancing, the interest rate will drop to 3.75 percent. Including this refinancing resolution, Pattonville has been able to save more than $4 million in interest fees in the last decade by refinancing bond issues or paying off bond issues early. The savings affects Pattonville’s debt service fund which pays for bond issue projects. The debt service fund cannot be used for the day-to-day operations of the school district which include costs such salaries, transportation and textbooks.
Pattonville Students Achieve Hair-Changing Success Recipients of grants from the Pattonville Education Foundation with PEF President Cheryl Sprengel (front row, right). They are, from left, front row, Barry Nelson, Kim Gindler, Elizabeth Brisch and Beth Kathriner; middle row, Michelle Wagner, Stacey Hill, Mary Sosman, Sandy Weis and Kelly Paluczak; and back row, Denise Thomas and Teresa Hutti.
The Pattonville Education Foundation recently awarded 13 grants totaling nearly $9,800 for innovative programs in Pattonville schools. The Pattonville Education Foundation is dedicated to serving Pattonville children and the Pattonville school community by providing funding to support innovative educational programs in Pattonville schools. Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has awarded more than 330 teacher grants worth more than $170,000. Major fund-raisers, such as the annual Dinner Dance Auction (coming on Mar. 3), as well as gifts from individuals, corporations and businesses provide the financial support for the foundation’s work. On Jan. 10, the Board of Education honored this year’s grant recipients. Grant honorees and the titles of their programs are as follows: • From ALPHA (elementary gifted program), Elizabeth Brisch for “Upgrade LEGO Technology”; • From Drummond Elementary School, Mary Sosman and Stacey Hill for “Flags Around the World”; • From Parkwood Elementary, Sandy Weis for “Parkwood Chess Project” and Julie Finder for “Parkwood Storyteller Program”; • From Rose Acres Elementary, Michelle Wagner, Andrea Hughes and Denita Robinson for “Using Engaging Whiteboard Software to Promote Active Student Participation”; • From Holman Middle School, Jonathan Striebel for “School of Rock,” Kelly Paluczak and Lisa Zangriles for “FOR Warmth in the Winter,” Lisa Zangriles and Christy Cox for “Superheroes Leadership Program,” and Teresa Hutti, Denise Thomas and Nina Vogel for “Differentiated Science with Interactive Science Textbooks”; • From Pattonville Heights Middle School, Carrie Dixon, Travis Williams, Katie Puller and William Wessels for “So You Think You Can Dance … Your Way to Being Fit!”; • From Pattonville Heights Middle School and Remington Traditional School, Kimberly Gindler for “Orchestra Melody/Harmony Grant” ; • From Pattonville High School, Beth Kathriner for “Pattonville High School Gallery, Gallery G”; and • For Remington Traditional, Holman Middle School and Pattonville Heights, Barry Nelson and Greg Schnatmeier for “EighthGrade Field Hockey.”
Before winter break, students from Holman Middle School announced a challenge to raise money to fight cancer. The students said if they raised $300, they would dye their hair pink. Students Madison Blair, Emma Hohenstein, Liz Jackson and Mikaella Rectin raised more than $400 for the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program (YWBCP) and kept their promise by temporarily sporting some colorful hair. The YWBCP began at the Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis in 2001. The program works with young survivors to implement strategies to meet the age-relevant needs of young women.
Holman Middle School students present a check for $431.23 to Jennifer Ivanovich (second from right), director of the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program. Shown are, from left, Holman Principal Teisha Ashford, students Emma Hohenstein, Liz Jackson, Mikaella Rectin and Madison Blair, and Dr. Michael Fulton, Pattonville superintendent.
Tickets Available for PEF Dinner/Dance/Auction Tickets are now on sale for the Pattonville Education Foundation’s Annual Dinner/Dance/Auction, set for 5:30 to 11 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at the Debonaire Banquet Center in St. Ann. Featuring a "Candyland" theme, the Dinner/Dance/Auction will include a catered dinner buffet and silent and oral auctions. Tickets are $32.50 per person or $240 for a table of eight if purchased before February 24. After that, tickets cost $35 per person or $260 per table of eight. The Pattonville Education Foundation is in its 18th year of awarding grants to Pattonville educators to support innovative educational programs that benefit Pattonville students. Since its inception in 1994, the foundation has awarded more than 330 teacher grants worth more than $170,000. For more information on ticket reservations, please contact Donette Green at email@example.com or download a ticket reservation form at www.psdr3. org/NewsInfo/pdf/PEFDDA2012.pdf.
School Board Recognized for Volunteer Service Pattonville Board of Education members received a bighearted round of thank-yous
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From previous page: on Jan. 24 when several Pattonville students recognized them as part of School Board Recognition Week in Missouri (Jan. 22-28). Student ambassadors from each Pattonville elementary school and Remington Traditional School presented oversized “thank you” cards to the board members. The cards were created by the individual schools and signed by students and staff. The following students served as representatives from their schools for the presentation: Bailey Mercer, kindergartner from Briar Crest Elementary; Allison Brown, a fifth-grader, and Andrew Brown, a firstgrader, both from Bridgeway Elementary; Taya Anderson-Steward and Zachary Tucker, fifth-graders from Drummond Elementary; Tre Chestnut, a firstgrader from Parkwood Elementary; Jamie Grant, a third-grader from Rose Acres Elementary; Lina Cruz, an eighth-grader from Remington Traditional School; and Dominic Dedert, a fourth-grader from Willow Brook Elemen- Pattonville school board members are shown with “thank you” cards and the students who presented them. Shown are, from left, Ruth Petrov, Tre Chestnut, Jamie Grant, Ralph Stahlhut, Andrew Brown, Tami Hohenstein, Allison Brown, Jeanne Schottmueller, tary. A photo gallery of the event can be found online at events.psdr3.org. Lina Cruz, Bailey Mercer (in front of Cruz), Bob Dillon, Dominic Dedert, Ron Kuschel, Zachary tucker and Taya Anderson-Steward. Each year, the state of Missouri sets aside a week in late January as School director; Tami Hohenstein, director; and Ruth Petrov, director. The board members Board Recognition Week. The week recognizes the dedicated energies and countless hours devoted by a group of more than 3,600 men and women who serve also received a proclamation from Gov. Jay Nixon and certificates of appreciation on school boards throughout the state. These public servants are elected by local from the Missouri School Boards Association. The Pattonville Board of Education was the 2002 winner of the Missouri School constituents and do not receive compensation for their tireless efforts. Honored during the Pattonville recognition were: Robert Dillon, president; Jeanne Schottmueller, Boards Association’s Outstanding Board of Education Award and was a finalist for vice president; Ron Kuschel, secretary; Ralph Stahlhut, treasurer; Cindy Candler, the award in 2008 and 2011.
HSD Superintendent Joins Legislators to Discuss Education Issues Reps. Bert Atkins, Margo McNeil, Tommie Pierson, and Rochelle Walton Gray joined Dr. Steve Price, superintendent of the Hazelwood School District, at a dinner to discuss education issues. The dinner was sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) and was held in Jefferson City. Pictured from left include Rep. Tommie Pearson, HSD Superintendent Dr. Steve Price, Rep. Eric Churchwell, MASA presi- Margo McNeil, Rep. Rochelle Walton Gray and Rep. Bert Atkins. dent and superintendent of Pallearners. The report was divided into seven areas myra R-I School District, said the purpose of the meeting was purely educational. of concentration and included 44 recommenda“We truly appreciate the time the legislators took tions to improve public education in Missouri. to join us for dinner. We believe it is extremely A complete copy of the report can be viewed on important that our legislators fully understand the website established for the project at www.vithe issues facing public education and that we sionformopublicschools.org Also during the meeting, C.J. Huff, superintenwork together to solve these issues.” dent of the Joplin School District, reported on the Roger Kurtz, executive director of MASA, shared with legislators a summary copy of the district’s recovery efforts following the May 2011 recent Missouri Public Education Vision Project, tornado that destroyed many of the district’s fawhich was a joint effort of MASA and the Mis- cilities. The Joplin School District also shared insouri School Boards’ Association. The 18-month formation on its Bright Futures Program, which project involved more than 120 school board allows communities and schools to identify stumembers and school administrators. The goal of dent needs and match those needs with existing the project was to critically examine the compo- resources in each community. Last summer, HSD nents of the current educational system and to staff and students raised more than $3,000 for suggest changes to meet the needs of 21st century Bright Futures.
HSD Student Art in Exhibit at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley Students from Hazelwood Central and Hazelwood West high schools are participating in an art exhibit at St. Louis Community CollegeFlorissant Valley through February 16. The Florissant Valley High School Art Exhibit 2012 includes work created by three seniors from Hazelwood Central High School – Jeffrey Craig, Alicea Jennings and Darian Dale. Their teachers are Tracy Jay and John Tiemann. Students from Hazelwood West High School include Megan O’Loughlin, junior, and seniors Rianne Holzmeyer and Casey Thurber. Their teachers are Carla Tuetken, Alison Rademaker and Amelia Galbreath. Works includes 2-D illustrations, paintings, mixed media,
Brown Elementary Principal Chosen as 2012 SSD Special Ambassador Award Recipient Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) selected Matt Phillips, principal at Brown Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District, as a 2012 Special Ambassador Award recipient. It is the highest recognition bestowed by SSD and it honors those who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to SSD students and/or staff. Phillips will be honored at SSD’s Special Salutes Awards banquet at 6:30 p.m. on March 7 at the Moolah Temple Ballroom, located at 12545 Fee Fee Road in Maryland Heights. “I’m humbly honored that parents think that much of my leadership to nominate me for this award,” said Phillips. “My passion has always been students with special needs, so it’s an honor to be recognized by SSD for my services for students with special needs.” Parent Jacqueline Clay and Phillips’ secretary, Patty Treat, nominated him for the award. “When I first moved into the District, Mr. Phillips was part of the meeting I had about my child’s individualized education plan,” said Clay, who has a third grade student at Brown. After an initial decision to send her child to a different school, Clay said Phillips told her, “We’re going to do everything we can to keep your child here at Brown” and that is what happened. Phillips is one of 13 Special Ambassador Award recipients. SSD allows anyone - SSD staff, parents or partner districts to nominate people, but nominators have to make a case as to why their nomination makes an impact on SSD students or staff. A judging committee reviews all of the nominations before selecting the winners.
ceramics and drawings. The exhibit is located in the Contemporary Art Gallery in the Instructional Resources Building, Room 111 on the lower level. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10 to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 3 p.m. The show will close with an awards ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. on February 16.
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Statepoint Crossword Theme: Valentine’s Day
Middle Pick: “Passing the Music Down” Folksy and feelgood, “Passing the Music Down,” by Sarah Sullivan has a message that’s not Community News is proud to fiddlin’ and small. This story offer our readers “Book Buzz.” set in Appalachia stresses the This column will feature great importance of sharing mubooks for children in three sic, so that songs won’t be lost categories: Youngest Pick: through the years. early childhood An old man from Tennesto the first or second grade, see does just that with a boy Middle Pick: elementary from Indiana who has travschool children, and Oldest Pick: middle school eled south with his family to children. Enjoy! hear music preformed by gifted fiddlers. Listening to the man play inspires the boy and soon the two are pickin’ tunes together, songs like “Pen ‘n’ Awl,” and “Liza Jane.” The two, separated by so many years, are joined by their passion for the bow and string, strung together by their love of music. The boy goes to stay at the old man’s farm, and there the elderly gent schools him in cooking Reprinted with flapjacks, hunting ginseng, gardening and the music of the mountains. permission, Missourian Publishing Company. In golden, autumnal tones, Barry Root, the illustrator softly brings to life Copyright 2012. this touching story – a book with a beautiful score.
ACROSS 1. Canine pests 6. Tabby’s boyfriend 9. Dart 13. Animal helper in Southwest U.S. 14. Street address 15. *Tim McGraw’s valentine
16. Nisei’s parent 17. Substance infamously used by baseball great George Brett 18. Twisted cotton thread 19. *Candies with a message 21. *Like refined suitor 23. Sign of a lion
24. Controlled by the moon 25. European tax 28. Engineer 30. Possessed by green-eyed monster, pl. 35. Shining armor 37. Known for its sword-shaped leaves 39. Ringworm 40. Cher has only one 41. *His aim is true? 43. Hindu woman’s dress
44. Stand on end 46. Indonesian resort island 47. Julia Roberts’ Oscar-winning role 48. Six performers, e.g. 50. Officer training program 52. *Couples often talk about how they did this 53. Thailand money 55. As opposed to “stood” 57. It’s sweet home, according to Lynyrd Skynyrd 61. Obsolete office position 64. *Common pet name, pl. 65. Double helix 67. The lowest deck 69. City in Belgium 70. Used for canning 71. Variant of “beneath” 72. Concludes 73. He famously judged O.J. 74. Bordered DOWN 1. Hoover’s agency 2. Boozer 3. Gaelic 4. “_ ____ job” 5. *Where future couples meet? 6. They’ve become mainstream fashion statements 7. Female reproductive cells 8. “_____ beaucoup!” 9. Like Eliza Doolittle 10. Contains several to-dos 11. “__’__ have to do” 12. People in general
15. Like a Spaniard who speaks Spanish 20. Often served with Tanqueray 22. Lyric poem 24. With three parts 25. *Goddess of love 26. Wide open 27. It took a licking but kept on ticking 29. Chow 31. It prevents movement 32. *The two were arm-__-___ 33. Spooky 34. *Valentine, e.g. 36. Type of email box 38. Silage holder 42. Scatterbrained 45. To lower in value 49. African tam-____ 51. *Alleged mastermind of St. Valentine’s Day massacre 54. Mecca pilgrim 56. “Give me your _____, your poor...” 57. Often goes with “willing” 58. Past participle of “lie” 59. Tucked in 60. A dog does this for scraps 61. Edible root of Pacific islands 62. Ore smelting by-product 63. Type of bag 66. “Unforgettable” singer 68. Highest degree See answers page 13
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between the characters of Colonel Scott Boyer (Dermot Mulroney) and Kelly Meyers (Vinessa Shaw), a White House staffer. Based on Colonel Tom Carroll and his future wife Bonnie, their love story is the one that resonates the best in this adventure. Overall, “Big Miracle” is a sweet little film that doesn’t fictionalize too many facts. It also is a film that shows that cooperation really is possible between bitter political and economic rivals. “Big Miracle,” rated PG for language, currently is playing in theaters.
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“Big Miracle” Inspired by actual events that occurred during the Reagan Era, “Big Miracle” tells the family-friendly story of three California gray whales that became trapped in fast-forming Alaskan ice. Combining fictionalized characters with real-life events, this film has a real air of authenticity to it. The likeable John Krasinski from television’s “The Office” plays Adam Carlson, a roving television reporter working in the small town of Barrow, Alaska. Preparing to move on to his next assignment, Carlson spots three gray whales that are trapped under the ice. Using a rapidly shrinking hole for air, the whales are migrating to Mexico, but now are unable to continue their journey. Word of their plight reaches Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore), a Greenpeace activist and Adam’s ex-girlfriend. Rachel lobbies hard to have the Alaskan government free the whales and, with Adam’s film footage getting national attention, the tiny town of Barrow becomes the place to be during the height of the Cold War. Unfortunately, without some really big help, the three whales will quickly become trapped under a thick sheet of ice and drown. Starting with a grass roots effort in Barrow, the rescue operation quickly becomes an exercise in international cooperation. Thanks to John Krasinski’s winning performance, “Big Miracle” is a goodhearted adventure that contains real-life footage and facts about the 1988 whale rescue. Director Ken Kwapis doesn’t shy away from the unpleasant facts about the event, including a plan to stop the rescue and harvest the whales for food. These real-life facts are what give “Big Miracle” its charm and appeal. One of the best sequences features the inventors of the Kasco de-icer, a deceptively simple Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures device that helps keep the ice holes open for the whales. Like the tiny town of Barrow, the whale rescue gave this product time in the national spotlight. The fictionalized romance between Krasinski and Barrymore’s characters is part of “Big Miracle,” but the real love story occurs
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Sports You See... With Gary B. St. Charles County Amateur Sports Hall of Fame Event will be Held March 24 The 29th annual awards banquet will induct nine people into its illustrious organization. Categories and inductees include: baseball-Kevin Jett and Richard Probst, softball-Thomas Gunning and Virgil Stout, bowling- Tracy Sherman and Kevin Shrum, dartball-John Krietemeyer and horseshoes-Andrew Foulds and Joan Buchheit. The group's outstanding achievement award will be presented to Roger Hodapp. This year's outstanding high school senior athlete awards are yet to be determined. The event will be held at the American Legion hall on 2500 Raymond Drive, St. Charles. ~~~The cream of the crop Top 33 High School Running Backs Picked by Former St. Louis’ Ram Arlen Harris Puts Players through Workout With pep talks from former Ram’s lineman Orlando ‘Big O’ Pace, Harris put the top 33 backs through drills to see who would take home ‘The Beast Award’. He had a number of other coaches and volunteers who help coordinate the Star 33 Running Back Showcase recently at Game Time in St. Peters. His wife Heather played a major part too! Yours truly, sports broadcaster Steve Runge of 1280 Westplex and Joel Anderson of STL Sports Productions were all on The 'Feel Small' award was taken by me....with 'Big O' hand to cover all the action during the three-hour of drills that was covered by Fox2 Maurice Drummond as well. Participants included: Ryan Moore (Lutheran N), Antonio Brown (CBC), Ian McIntosh (Rockwood), Ray Harris (FZW), Jesse Rocha (Holt), Jordan Barnes (Trinity), Latif Adams (DeSmet), Ronnie Smith (Troy), Spencer Stein (Eureka), VJ Fitzpatrick (FZN), Devon Fuller (Troy), Jason Lewis (Normandy), Dallas Vaughn (HZE), Terek Hawkins (SLUH), Marquis West (Trinity), Shawn Whitley (Ladue), Jonathan Parker (CBC), Chase Abbington (FZS), Alan Lee (St. Mary’s), Ejay Johnson (O’Fallon), Damien Hudson (HZE), Ramon Alton (Kirkwood), Teddy
Williamson (FZW), Tray Mitchell (Holt), Jacob Wilmes (St. Dominic), Alex Graham (Festus), Kendall Morris (CBC), Nathan Walsh (Hillsboro), Lee Robinson (HZC), Tyler Cain (Triad), Corbin Mason (Gateway Tech) and Zibeon Washington (Trinity). The young men were put through a number of timed drills: 40-yard dash, shuttle and the gauntlet course. Three awards were presented: The winner of the Performance Drills was Ryan Moore and the Positional Drills was Ramon Alton. Terek Hawkins is pictured with the 'Beast Award' – The Beast Award went to Terek picture by RunIt Performance Hawkins (picture from RunItPerfromance). A few of his times included a 4.2, 40-yard dash and 8’11” broad jump. For more information on future camps from Arlen Harris go to www.RunItPerformance.com ~~~A lot of talent on the field River City Rascals have Economic Impact Lindenwood University Performs Study Signature Medical Group and Lindenwood University School of Business & Entrepreneurship recently studied the River City’s baseball organization. They conducted an economic analysis of the professional baseball team and its impact on St. Charles County in Missouri. Students and professors Slobodan Rakovic, David Arns, Robert Singer, and Abigail Weber of Lindenwood University all contributed to this study to help identify the total impact that can be attributed to the existence of the team. Taking into account direct, indirect, and induced effects, the total economic impact on the County by the Rascals was determined. "Beyond the sheer entertainment value that the Rascals’ organization provides, which is sizeable, the study indicates a very real economic value as well," said Arns, Associate Professor of Marketing at Lindenwood University. "The numbers just may give a whole new appreciation of the term money ball." Information from Rascal’s website. To get more information on the Rascals’ club visit the website www.RiverCityRascals.com. ~~~That’s a fact
“Over the Fence”
Is it Day Traders or Traitors? My friend the stock investor, albeit small, believes that one of many causes of our stock market problems are day traders. These are investors that sit in front of computer screens and buy and sell stock over the Internet. I remember one from 2004, before the economy inexorably ended up in the trash dump. He was allegedly making between $300 and $1500 per day from his home computer. He watched various stocks that at the time appeared worthy, bought them and watched them creep up a notch before instantly selling them. A $10,000 or $20,000 investment brought him the aforementioned amounts, and sometimes each one within seconds. All it cost to do this was $7 per trade plus the initial investment. Put in the perspective of oil speculators who invest tens of millions on one trade, it’s pretty easy to see
why our gasoline prices spike. Tens or hundreds of millions will drive the stock price up more so than $10,000. We had some ridiculous economic policies in the last decades but the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back were the oil prices. I’m sure the oil companies really feel bad about this…right? I’m not a stock market investor and don’t pretend to be. The only stock dealings I ever had proved that I’d be better off playing the ponies. However, my friend’s conclusions seem valid. He believes that Congress should pass laws making traders keep the stocks they buy for a longer period, but he also fears that it might cripple the market; meaning there‘s no easy solution. Would it eliminate instant buying and selling that day traders indulge in and stabilize the market…or cripple it? Wall Street greed has been with us for a long time but day trading via computer is fairly new and allowed that greed to bloom into an unheard of level. A 2010 news program showed that nearly half of U.S. Congressional legislators were millionaires; some exceeding $100 million. We have already experienced how much they’re concerned
with the plight of working Americans. Added to this, Congress made it legal for its members to indulge in insider-trading. I would guess that any legislator who wasn’t already a millionaire when elected would soon become one. Lately, voters are threatening to vote them out of office. It would behoove those working Americans to vote the millionaires out of office in the next election. When it comes to a choice between the public good as against keeping or increasing their millions, human nature tells us the former would probably be a lock. For this activity to stop and for the economy, health care, Social Security and laws regulating day traders as such to improve would only happen if Congress were to change its lap-of-luxury golden retirement packages to the Social Security maxes of all of us. It would require eliminating free health care, forbidding any other income except those salaries paid for being an elected member of Congress and forbidding any improvement of portfolios during their terms. If someone wants to be a legislator, it should be for the right reasons and it shouldn’t include any advantages over those of average working Americans. I would bet that our problems with the aforementioned would soon be solved. Conversely, I would also bet that voters who still believe the Democratic and Republican parties are the same as they were 50 years ago will vote the same as always…but I’m too much the cynic. I hope I’m wrong.
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Parenting Requires a Sense of Humor Humor is the one of the keys to parenting. I don’t mean humor as in the ability to laugh at your child (in fact, that is rarely a good idea). I mean humor as in the ability to laugh with your child and laugh at yourself. Another big key? Knowing exactly when to use it. Case in point. Our daughter, Sam, is 16 years old. Like many 16 year-old girls, she wears her heart on her sleeve. First, you need a little background information. Sam recently suffered her second major concussion, and is now dealing with some memory loss. Thursday was not a good day for my girl. It started with an ex-boyfriend saying some not-so-nice things about something Sam did months ago (and forgot about). The schoolwork (forgetting formulas that she learned during the first semester that were necessary for a Geometry test), the friends (who keep telling her the negative things that she’d done in her life), and the loss of memory had been building up within this 5’7” young lady for a few weeks. She wore a smile on the outside, but inside felt confused and unhappy. Thursday’s events sent the wall crashing down. Now thankfully I’ve paid attention and taken mental notes in the past, and I didn’t suffer a concussion that wiped out my long-term memory, so I knew what Sam wanted when she called me Thursday morning from the guidance counselor’s office.
It wasn’t humor. She wanted to vent. She isn’t one to ask for advice when she’s upset. I’ve learned that she only wants to talk herself through the situation. She’s a think-while-you-talk kind of person (just like me), and I knew that once she was able to vent, she would feel the weight on her shoulders crumble into dust that she could eventually brush off. Fast forward to the home front on Thursday afternoon. Sam felt a little better and joined me in the kitchen to help unload the shopping bags. I stood at the kitchen island trying to remove the tape from my newly purchased cotton underwear. They were on sale, don’t you know? When something I need is on sale, it pretty much makes my day. The colors weren’t something I would have chosen, but sale-seekers cannot be choosers. One pair had vertical stripes (at least they weren’t horizontal!), one pair featured a flowery pattern in tangerine and pink, and there were a couple of pairs of plain white (thank goodness!). I also presented my daughter with two new bras, so you can see why she thought the underwear might be for her. “Hey,” she said standing next to me at the kitchen island. Sam then began to speak as she picked up a pair of the pink/purple vertically striped panties. “These are kind of…whoa! Way too big for my butt!”
You have only a split second to react in these situations. It’s not like there’s time to rewind the day and remind yourself that your child just experienced one of the worst days in recent memory (because she has no long-term memory!). This is where years of experience being a wife and mother take over. Sarcastic Woman (my alter ego) wanted to put a curse on my 16 year-old daughter. “Maybe not yet, but I just put a curse on you and one day your butt will be twice as big as those panties!” Sarcastic Woman wanted to say as she rubbed her hands together and cackled. Instead, the self-deprecating mom surfaced with an over-exaggerated, “Well, I never…” followed by a loud belly laugh, “thought that my big butt could pull off stripes, but they’re vertical!” “I didn’t mean to say that your butt is big, mom!” my girl verbally backtracked. “It’s just these underwear are slightly larger than the ones I have…me…a 16 year-old loving teenager!” We laughed, and Sam gave me a hug. “Thanks, Mom,” she said. “I feel a lot better.” “No problem, honey,” I replied. “I figured it was time to create a good memory.”
Share Some Love with Cupcakes (Family Features) There’s no better way to say “Be Mine” than with a collection of Valentine’s Day cupcakes – a great surprise for anyone you’re sweet on this February 14.
Cupid’s arrow hits the mark with moist and delicious Red Velvet with Love Cupcakes. The vibrant red goodies are fun for kids and adults alike to make, decorate and eat. Creative cupcakes like these have endless possibilities with Valentine’s tips and techniques from Wilton. Themed baking cups coordinate with colorful sprinkles, icing decorations and party picks to make it easy to decorate a gift from the heart.
Dress up cupcakes using a pink, red and white palette. Create cute and quick love monsters by piping icing to make the nose, mouth and fur, and then attach candy eyeballs, and heart-shaped picks for ears. Other decorating options include wrapping cupcakes in foil cups for an elegant effect, or finishing with colored sugars and sprinkles. You can even write special messages on them. After decorating, package cupcakes in a
festive box adorned with ribbon and bows for a treat that’s sure to tie a heart in knots. For more Valentine’s Day celebration ideas, visit www.wilton.com.
Red Velvet with Love Cupcakes Makes about 20 standard cupcakes, 4 dozen minis Ingredients: - Valentine Standard or Mini Baking Cups, Heart Eyelet Baking Cups, Cupcake-N-Pix Combo or Heart Silicone Baking Cups - 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour - 2 tablespoons cocoa powder - 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened - 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar - 2 eggs - 1-1/2 teaspoons No-Taste Red Icing Color - 1 teaspoon Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract - 1 cup buttermilk - 2 tablespoons water - 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar - 1 teaspoon baking soda - Buttercream Icing - Red, Rose and Black Icing Color - Red Foil Swirls Cupcake Wraps - Valentine Sprinkles, Jumbo Hearts Sprinkles, Heart Icing Decorations, Rose Icing Decorations, Candy Eyeballs Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line muffin pan with baking cups or set silicone cups on cookie sheet and spray with vegetable pan spray. 2. In medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs, red icing color and vanilla extract; mix well until icing color is well incorporated. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk; add water and mix well. In a small bowl, combine white vinegar and baking soda; gently stir into cup-
cake mixture. Distribute cupcake batter evenly in cups. 3. Bake 20-22 minutes for standard cupcakes, 10-12 minutes for mini cupcakes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely. * For Love Monster Cupcakes, use tip 18 and rose icing to pipe pull-out stars on cupcake tops. Add candy eyeballs with dots of icing. Add tip 10 red icing dot nose. Use tip 4 and black icing to pipe dot pupils and outline mouth. Position heart picks. * For Other Cupcakes, spatula ice cupcake smooth or top with tip 22 mini cupcake icing swirl or tip 1M standard cupcake icing swirl. If desired, place in cupcake wraps. Top with desired sprinkles or icing decorations or add tip 4 message.
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Church Feb. 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. Mar. 3 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. Events Feb. 10: “All You Can Eat” Ham and Bean Dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. Ham and Bean dinner with cornbread, coleslaw, homemade pie and coffee. Adults: $8, Children under 12: Free. At St. Mark’s UMW, 315 Graham Rd., Florissant, Mo 63031. 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 www.greaternorthcountychamber.com or by phone at 314.831.3500. Feb. 21: Legal & Financial Issues 6-8 p.m. Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association, this informational program addresses legal and financail issues, as well as behavior and communication challenges. Topics
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covered include advance directives, powers of attorney and estate planning. In Christian Hospitals Detrick Building Atrium, 11133 Dunn Rd. Event is Free. Call 314.747.WELL to register. 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. Feb. 26: The St. Louis Jazz Club presents The St. Louis Rivermen 2-5 p.m Doors open at 1:15. Tickets available at the door. Free parking. Food and beverages available for purchase. Public invited. Members: $12, Non-Memebers: $17. Students with valid school ID: Free. More info: 314.972.8298 or 618.234.5117 or stlouisjazzclub.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 11:302:30 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.
Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Public invited & welcome every weekend to watch our flying model airplanes. Bring the family. Directions to the field at www.orchardfarmrc.com or call 636.300.1480.
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.
Every 3rd Monday of the Month: 6:30 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Visit our wesite for location, http:// ca.groups.yahoo.com/group.neighborhoodwatch_FlorissantMO or call 314.830.6042.
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 email@example.com 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!
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Health 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 www.chrisitianhospital.org 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
3350 St. Catherine St., Florissant. To RSVP to events call 314.838.3877 Feb. 9, 16 & 23: Tai Chi for Seniors - FREE classes 10:30 a.m. Reduce stress, strengthen joints, develop balance and coordination.
Feb. 9: Laughter Is The Best Medicine-Laugh Your Way To Better Health! 9:30 a.m. Sponsored by Healthline Home Care. Complimentary Breakfast 9 a.m. Feb. 16: Blood Pressure Clinic 10 a.m. Refreshments served Feb. 21: Mardi Gras Happy Hour! 10:45 a.m. Come for the party! Stay for the show!! Entertainment by the Bill Row Band. Happy Hour 11:30 a.m. Followed by Complimentary Lunch. Every Monday* and Friday: FIT TO GO Exercise - FREE classes 1 p.m. Classes are led by a personal trainer with the use of weights and resistance bands that will be provided! Be prepared to GET FIT! SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings Feb. 10: Her Heart: Every Beat Counts! 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center, 1410 South Fifth Street, St. Charles. Join the SSM Heart Institute to learn about the unique heart risks women face. You’ll hear from physician experts and heart attack survivors, enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch, take part in healthy heart screenings, talk with our heart experts, and receive a free gift. Healthy heart screenings are available for $10 by appointment only. The screening includes total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and blood glucose. Fasting is not required. The event includes a free blood pressure screening. Space is limited for this popular event. Call 1-866-SSM-DOCS to register or for more information, or visit www.ssmhealth.com/heart. 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. Feb. 20: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1 – 2:30 p.m. At the SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. For families and friends who want to help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. Sharing Losses provides a supportive group setting in which to discuss the process of
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grief, to identify and to cope with emotions, such as emptiness, loneliness, anger and guilt. The group is open to anyone in the community who has experience the loss of a loved one. Regularly held the first and third Mondays of the month. To register, please call 314-SSMDOCS (776-3627). 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. 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@ gmail.com. • 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 314968-3477. • 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 www.Nar-Anon.org. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
nary 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. 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 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.
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.
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 www.gthstl.org. 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.
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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 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. Answers from page 8
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6. MORTGAGE/FORECLOSURE/ LOAN MODIFICATIONS (862 complaints) – Many struggling homeowners have filed complaints concerning foreclosure on their homes and the loan modification process. Common complaints include relentless requests for paperwork already provided by the borrower. The Attorney General’s Office has also received complaints from consumers who actually get temporary loan modifications but fail to get permanent solutions.
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