February 13, 2013
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Quilters with Quilts of Valor use their skills to make quilts for deployed soldiers and veterans.
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Deployed U.S. soldiers need all the love they can get By Shannon Cothran, Editor, Community News The first time my little brother, Ethan, called me from Afghanistan, I had to hold back tears—it was such a relief to hear his voice. Enlisting in the Army is not the path I would have chosen for him, but Ethan made that choice, and now he is serving our country thousands of miles away in a dangerous area. He has told me stories of the impenetrable heat of the dessert summer, the exotic bazaars, the on-and-off Internet connections which only occasionally allow him to Skype with his wife, and the camaraderie he feels with his fellow soldiers. He also tells me of mail calls, that time when mail is passed out to all the men and women, and how his heart drops a little every time someone in his company doesn’t get a package or a letter. Even Ethan, who has a large family who regularly mails him packages and a good relationship with his platoon, could use a little more love.
I hope you will consider donating some of your time to help men and women like my brother. Here are some ways you can support the troops: Quilts of Valor: Eastern Missouri In July 2005, Jean Jaeger picked up information on making quilts for soldiers and veterans when attending the National Quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky. After presenting it to the ladies at her church, the region’s Quilts of Valor organization was born. Jean and Jackie Heggemann made the first quilts, and they began quilting with 23 ladies. Today they sometimes have over 100 ladies attending the quilting, representing 10 different counties. They receive donations from various groups and individuals that help pay the cost of shipping and supplies. They work with the national Quilts of Valor organization (www.qovf.org) for destinations as well as presenting locally. “Our quilts have shipped to 33 differ-
ent states, Germany and Afghanistan. To date we have presented 1,041 quilts. See SUPPORT THE TROOPS page 2
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Vol. 92 No. 7
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SUPPORT THE TROOPS from cover Often we receive a ‘thank you’ from someone and serve on working committees that keep the who has received one of our quilts and some- USO of Missouri, Inc. running smoothly and eftimes they include a picture showing the quilt ficiently. Complete training is provided. If you’d wrapped around them,” says Jean. To donate, like further information, contact the Director of email firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer Services, Lori Flett, at 314.429.7739 or USO of Missouri email email@example.com. The USO of Missouri, Inc. has many volunteer Caring For Others options available to serve the troops: The Caring For Others (CFO) Club at PattonThe first is USO airport facilities which to ville High School collected more than $750 in provide military a donations to pur“touch of home.” chase needed supThis operation utiplies and goodies lizes volunteers to for active military fill five shifts per personnel abroad. day and also relies The club sent a care upon substitutes package containwhen a regular ing items such as volunteer cannot soup, canned pasmake their shift. ta, hand and feet Volunteers also warmers, shower pick up food donaitems, game books, tions for the USO Chapstick, candy of Missouri, Inc. and cookies to The Dennis Jones A U.S. soldier in Afghanistan shows off some handwarmers he received from Pat- Pattonville alumFamily Foundation tonville High School students. nus Ryan Stanley Mobile USO of(Class of 2011), fers hands-on, high energy volunteer opportuni- who is serving in Afghanistan. CFO sent enough ties. The Ft. Leonard Wood USO serves all of the for Stanley to share with his unit of more than trainees who are stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood. 30 soldiers. They also wrote and sent more than For more information on this facility, contact the 200 letters and thank you cards to Stanley and his Ft. Leonard Wood USO at 573.329.2039. unit members. The club also sent items to Nick Special event volunteers assist with golf tour- Spangler (Class of 2008) and Travis Barber (Class naments, parades, Santa’s Express, Day at the Zoo, of 2009), who are stationed in the United States. 5K Cross Country Mud Run, special projects, CFO sponsor Twila Harris recently received photos from Stanley and his unit, showing them displaying or using the gifts and letters Pattonville sent them. You can donate to the club’s future endeavors by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Other Ways to Support the Troops Visit these websites to send packages, cards, letters, emails, and calling cards to deployed troops. Thank you to local realtor Don Rogers who has this information posted on his website. www.adoptaplatoon.org www.anysoldier.com www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com www.ourmilitary.mil www.amillionthanks.org www.operationgratitude.com www.soldiersangels.org www.Welsch-heatcool.com www.letssaythanks.com
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Valley of Flowers Festival Changes
Smelly Air from Bridgeton Landfill
After several meetings last year and this year involving Mayor Schneider, Chris Oldani Grand Knight and other representatives of the Knights of Columbus, Valley of Flowers Committee, Florissant Public Works and Parks Department and the Florissant Police Command Staff it was decided there will be some changes introduced to the Knights grounds activities of the Valley Flowers Festival. The Valley of Flowers activities at the Knights of Columbus grounds will return to a three-day format. Starting at this year’s festival, all Knights of Columbus grounds activities except for the beer garden will be for families only. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult while on the Knight of Columbus grounds on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5. On Friday night, the grounds will be open from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a “Family Bargain Night” where all rides will cost one ticket. There will be
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lots of booths and plenty of food and drinks for the entire family including lots of BBQ. On Saturday, the grounds will be open from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. with plenty of rides, booths, food and drinks. The Knights’ Beer Garden will remain open those 21 years old or older can enjoy the Beer Garden ‘til 11 p.m. Sunday morning the Knight’s grounds opens at 11 a.m. with plenty of time to get rides in before and after the Florissant Valley of Flowers Queen Crowning held under the Knight’s large pavilion. Rides, booths, food and drinks will continue throughout the afternoon and evening with the grounds closing at 8 p.m. We invite the families of Florissant and surrounding communities to enjoy the Knights grounds Valley of Flowers festivities for an entertaining and fun-filled experience to continue the fifty-plus year tradition of family-oriented Florissant fun.
Information Technology Insights Seminar The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 53 percent growth in available jobs in the information technology field into 2018. What is fueling this growth? St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group will sponsor an information technology industry insights seminar 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 7, at the STLCC Corporate College, 3221 McKelvey Road. Local perspectives of this growth prediction as well as other real-time labor market information, workforce opportunities and trends occurring in IT will be shared. Jim Brasunas, executive director of the Information Technology Entrepreneurs Network, will facilitate a discussion on the IT landscape in St. Louis, including talent development, career opportunities, companies and local technologies. Laura Lester, workforce research analyst with the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, and Steve Long, Associate Vice Chancellor for Workforce Solutions will share the results of the St. Louis Workforce Report for the IT industry, results of the St. Louis Workforce employer survey as well as local, state and national labor market information and analysis of IT
occupations. Dianne Lee, professor in information systems at STLCC, will lead a discussion on closing the IT talent gap, program and resources serving the industry as well as trends in electronic health records, cyber security and big data. Registration for the workshop is $49 and includes breakfast. To register, contact the STLCC Continuing Education department at 314.984.7777. For more information, contact Tim Gallo at 314.539.5741 or by email, email@example.com. St. Louis Community College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you have accommodation needs, please call 314.539.5741 within two working days of the scheduled event to request needs. Documentation of disability may be required.
Trinity Spring Trivia Night Set for March 9 The Trinity Catholic High School Parent Organization (TPO) will hold its Spring Trivia Night Saturday, March 9 in the gym. The cost is $120 for a table of eight and all trivia players must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Bottled beer, water, soda and light snacks will be provided with the price of admission and players may also bring in anything else they wish to eat or drink. All proceeds benefit the TPO. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the questions will begin at 7 p.m. The author of the questions and emcee for the evening will be 1972 Aquinas graduate Dan Dillon. For more information, or to reserve a table, call Lisa Moehlenkamp at 314.550.7300.
CATCHing Healthy Habits OASIS is looking for volunteers ages 50+ to implement the CATCH Healthy Habits nutrition program with children in grades K-5. The volunteer commitment is just one hour per week for 8 weeks, starting in March. Training and equipment provided. The program will be offered in the City of St. Louis (Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Clubs), St. Louis County (Ladue, Jennings and Pagedale) and St. Charles County (City of St. Charles and St. Charles Boys & Girls Clubs). New volunteer training will be held February 20 and 21 in Clayton and February 28 and March 1 in St. Charles. For more information or to sign up, call Shelby to at 314.653.4092 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Lambert Begins Improvements Bag claim entrances to get overhaul over coming months Lambert will soon begin major infrastructure improvements between exits 14, 15 and 16 in the ramp area that connects Bag Claim and the Yellow Level of the Terminal 1 Garage. Work includes new ceilings, HVAC, lighting and the addition of new wall finishes. Airline baggage service offices in this area are being relocated to temporary facilities directly adjacent to baggage carousels during the construction, which will be completed this fall. At least two of three doorways will be open at all times during the construction. The second project will overhaul two lower level entrances that connect Bag Claim with Arrivals Drive, the roadway for passenger pickup and most ground transportation shuttles. These covered walkway entrances were damaged during the April 22, 2011 tornado. Lambert will be building new sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways that will better enhance Lambert’s historic terminal architecture. The project is being funded with support from the Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. The glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathway for the public to and from the lower level Bag Claim. Eastman’s Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers bring safety, security and UV protection to the laminated glass. LLumar® decorative window films provide a distinct design pattern to the enclosed walkways. Entry/Exit 17 will be closed beginning the first week of February for construction. This phase of the project should be completed in April. Construction on Entry/ Exit 12 will proceed after the first phase of the project is completed. Alternate doorways will be used for passengers and visitors to enter and exit the terminal during this construction. These projects will complement the major interior renovation nearing completion in the Airport’s Terminal 1 Bag Claim and the lower level. The Airport Experience renovations include new ceilings, new lighting, new interior wall and flooring surfaces, new signage, new directories and new restrooms. The Airport Experience renovation on the Ticketing Lobby, including new ticket counters and new terrazzo flooring, will be completed by this summer.
Greater North County Chamber’s January Business After Hours The Greater North County Chamber’s January Business After Hours was hosted by Johnny Londoff Chevrolet. The showroom was packed with Chamber members and guests who all enjoyed delicious food and excellent wine. Pictured in the photo from left to right are John Londoff, Jr., Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider and Kitty Harrison, Marketing Director for the dealership.
Sacred Heart Museum Receives Grant Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that the Sacred Heart Museum received a grant to purchase supplies and shelving for archival records storage. The Museum was one of 17 historical records repositories in the state awarded funding through the Missouri Historical Records Grant Program, a competitive re-grant program overseen by the Missouri State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s office. The Sacred Heart Museum was established in November 2000 and serves as a repository for documents, photographs, church records and memorabilia of the almost 150 year old Parish. Scrapbooks of graduation, wedding and parish activities fill several bookcases in the Museum. Banners believed made by the Sisters of the Precious Blood and known to have been carried in the early Corpus Christi processions hang on
the wall along with one of the stations from the first church. The Museum under the leadership of the Museum Committee is open on the second Sunday of the month from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Group tours are available by calling the Rectory, 837.3757. There is no admission. The $6200 grant will be used to purchase archival materials to preserve the collection for future generations. This is possible because of the support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and is administered by the Missouri State Archives, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, on behalf of the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board. For additional information, call Mary Sutkus, 314.838.5234 or Mary Kay Gladbach, 314.409.9478.
Celebrate the World International Festival On Sunday, Feb. 24, the Maryland Heights Centre will become a melting pot of world cultures at the annual Celebrate the World International Festival. Now in its 12th year, the festival draws thousands of visitors from around the region for a free afternoon of music, dance, crafts, food and more. The event kicks off at noon with the “Parade of Nations” opening ceremony led by local scouting troops and country representatives. Two stages will feature live music and dance from around the globe from noon to 5 p.m. Scheduled performers include Latin jazz musicians Acoustic Element, Bollywood dancers (India), St. Louis Osuwa Taiko Drummers (Japan), Shaolin Lohan Pai Lion Dance Troupe (China), five-piece German band Die Spitzbuam and Drums and Dances of Congo. Several artisans will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts, including ice carving, sitar (a stringed instrument popular in India) and didgeridoo, a native Australian wind instrument. The festival will also offer an international marketplace, where vendors from a number of different nations will sell jewelry, crafts, artwork and other original items. Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Saint Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis County Library will host special activities for youngsters and their parents in the children’s area. And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without the delectable culinary delights of the “Taste of the World” refreshment area. Be sure to bring a few dollars to sample dishes from Mexico, the Middle East, Jamaica and more. Sponsors for this year’s festival include the Maryland Heights Cultural Arts Commission and the City of Maryland Heights. Volunteers are still needed for the festival; please call 314.738.2599 for more information. A complete performance schedule and vendor listing will be online soon.
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Hawthorne Players’ 2013 Season Season tickets are now on sale for Hawthorne Players’ 2013 season, which will offer two comedies and a musical at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. 2013 will mark the 68th season for the venerable company, which produced its first show, “Hobgoblin House” at Central School in Ferguson in 1945. Season tickets for all three plays are only $37 for adults and $34 for older adults and students, and may be ordered by calling 314.524.5201. Hawthorne’s shows are acclaimed far and wide. The 2012 season ended with August Wilson’s “Fences,” in a performance that veteran critic Gerry Kowarsky called “the most distinguished community theatre production I have seen in 37 years of reviewing.” This year’s season also promises to be very entertaining. The first show is a wildly funny comedy by Ken Ludwig, entitled “Leading Ladies. This madcap farce is described by director Colleen Heneghan as “Charley’s Aunt” meets “Some Like It Hot.” Two down-and-out Shakespearean actors hear that an old lady in Pennsylvania is about to leave her fortune to two long lost English nephews. They decide to pass themselves off as the nephews. When they get there, they find out the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Trouble ensues. Hawthorne’s summer musicals are a hit with both audiences and critics. Bob Wilcox called 2010’s “The Producers” the best community theatre musical production he had ever seen. The group is admired for staging high quality productions of timeless musical classics. The 2013 August musical, “Secret Garden” is a retelling of the popular children’s novel, with lovely music by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman. Orphaned in India, 11-year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the “Dreamers,” spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal. Director Stephanie Merritt notes the show’s central themes are rebirth and healing, noting that: “Like the garden, many of the main characters grow from lonely, dormant souls into a thriving, loving family. It’s a story you can feel good about set to some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage.” The season finishes with a charming comedy about small town life. “Morning’s At Seven” It focuses on four aging sisters living in a small Midwestern town in 1938 who deal with the ramifications within the family when two of them begin to question their lives and decide to make some changes before it’s too late. Director Lori Renna notes that the story is just as relevant today as ever, proving that family relationships and their ups and downs are truly timeless subjects. The regular season ends in August, but in December will bring back its lovely production of “A Christmas Carol,” directed and adapted by Nancy Crouse. Season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to that show in advance at a savings of up to 50%. More information about all the shows, plus galleries of photos from past productions can be found at www.hawthorneplayers.com.
Vendors Needed for Business Showcase and Taste of North County The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Florissant will co-sponsor the 25th Anniversary of the Chamber’s Business Showcase on Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the James J. Eagan Community Center in Florissant. This year’s event will include a Taste of North County. The Chamber is seeking vendors for the event. Single and double booths are available for both Chamber members and non-members. For information on exhibitor fees, call the Chamber office at 314.8931.3500.
Get Outta Town: Jazz Under the Stars The Saint Louis Science Center hosts the third annual Jazz Under the Stars: Fly Me to the Moon on Thursday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Join the Young Friends groups of the Saint Louis Science Center, Jazz St. Louis and St. Louis Public Radio for a night of incredible music under a dome of 9,000 brilliant stars. This year's program, Fly Me to the Moon, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium. Enjoy the flare and flavors from local restaurants, wine and hometown brews while listening to live performances by the Eric Slaughter Trio featuring Marty Morrison and Bob DeBoo with Special Guests Willie Akins, veteran jazz saxophonist, and Jesse Gannon. Véronique LaCapra, science reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, will serve as the evening's emcee. The evening festivities also include two entertaining and informative Planetarium Shows, a silent auction with gift baskets from the St. Louis Cardinals, The Gateway Grizzlies, California Pizza Kitchen, and more, plus a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $35 for non-members, or $30 for members of the Young Friends of the Saint Louis Science Center, Jazz St. Louis and St Louis Public Radio. Tickets include heavy appetizers and two drinks (beer or wine). A cash bar will be available. Dressy Casual attire is preferred. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit slsc.org or call 314.289.4424.
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2013 Diamond Circle Winners Eight Ritenour teachers have been honored with their school’s Diamond Circle Award. The awards are given to teachers who best exemplify the district’s commitment to quality education and service. Recipients are chosen each year by colleagues in their buildings. The School for Early Childhood Education nominates a teacher every other year. The 2013 Ritenour Diamond Circle Teacher and Employee of the Year will be announced this spring. Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients: • Jennifer Carcagno, Buder Elementary • Kevin Bondy, Iveland Elementary • Tammy Schmitz, Marion Elementary • Deidre Bauer, Marvin Elementary • Stacey Bray, Wyland Elementary • James Anians, Hoech Middle • Stephanie Owens, Ritenour Middle • Louise Haar-Chapman, Ritenour High School
Schools Help Families in Need Pattonville’s two middle schools recently set up systems to help feed students and their families in need. Holman Middle School recently received a $500 grant from the Masonic Lodge for the school’s new Holman Backpack program. Assistant principal Greg Schnatmeier and teacher Latoya Hildebrand authored the grant. Holman is using the grant funds to send backpacks full of healthy food options home on the weekends to students whose families are experiencing financial hardship. “We have found our families to be very appreciative of this, as often times, the healthiest meals the students receive are through school lunches and the free and reduced lunch options,” Schnatmeier said. Pattonville Heights Middle School recently established its own food pantry at the school. The school invites families identified by the counseling department to come to the school twice a month after classes end to select food to take home. “Guidance did a wonderful job contacting parents and finding those families in need,” said teacher Kerry Brown, who helped get the food pantry operational. “Letters were sent home to each of these families with a schedule of when our pantry would be available to donate food. Shelving was built and each family was assigned a number, with donations coinciding with the number of family members.”
Students Raise $600 for Sandy Hook Students at Rose Acres Elementary School used “Candy for Sandy” to raise $600 to support the families impacted by the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Fifth-graders Kyle Campbell, Chloe Shamel and Austin Sowell approached their teacher, Andrea Hughes, and asked if they could do a fundraiser to help students who were affected in Connecticut. Their goal was to raise $200. Hughes had the students write a proposal to their Rose Acres Elementary students Austin Sowell, Chloe Shamel and Kyle Campbell sell candy principal, Steve Vargo, who quickly at the school store before classes begin. gave his approval. lied behind the cause,” Hughes said. “Chloe, Austin Twice a week, the students arrived early at Rose Acres to sell candy bags at the and Kyle have had to buy more candy, stuff more school store. The students, along with their class- bags and spent their mornings working the school mates in Hughes’ class, made posters to advertise store all for the students of Sandy Hook.” The money collected will be donated to the Unitthe project around their building. Parents pitched in to help stuff candy bags, and “the school has ral- ed Way and given to the families of Sandy Hook.
STLCC’s Harrison Center to Host FAFSA Frenzy Event Need assistance filling out college financial aid forms? Free help is on the way. And you could win a scholarship just by attending the FAFSA Frenzy event at St. Louis Community College’s William J. Harrison Education Center 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the first step in applying for federal financial aid and many state programs. Families will be able to complete the 2012-13 FAFSA on site and obtain valuable information. The center, located at 3140 Cass Ave. in St. Louis, will have financial aid professionals on hand to assist students and parents with the FAFSA process. Next school year, the U.S. Department of Education will make more than $150 billion in postsecondary financial aid available
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to students throughout the nation. As part of a College Goal Sunday (CGS) program, FAFSA Frenzy makes applying for financial aid easier by providing students with free help. Participants are asked to bring: • 2012 W-2 forms. • Copies of their 2012 tax forms, if they are ready. If students or their parents have not yet filed 2012 returns before they attend a FAFSA Frenzy event, they should be sure to bring any statements of interest earned in 2012, any 1099 forms, and any other forms required to complete taxes. This will allow students and their parents to submit FAFSA online during the event. The student will then need to go back to the FAFSA and submit corrections once tax returns are filed. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool should be available to help submit corrections accurately within a few weeks after the tax file date. • Student PIN and parent PIN. Students and parents may apply for PINs at www.pin.ed.gov before attending a FAFSA Frenzy
event. Students who attend a FAFSA Frenzy event will be entered into a statewide drawing to win a scholarship. Winners will receive their scholarships upon receipt of enrollment verification for the 2012 fall semester at a Missouri postsecondary institution. Scholarship funds are being provided by the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and by the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel. All students will receive gift bags with helpful information for planning and paying for college. This is the 10th year Missouri is participating in the CGS program. During the past nine years, CGS/FAFSA Frenzy has helped more than 7,300 Missouri students obtain financial aid. For dates, times and locations for FAFSA Frenzy events, go to www.dhe.mo.gov or www.masfap.org/showmetocollege. For more information about the event at the Harrison Education Center, contact Alandrea Stewart at 314.763.6000.
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Rotary Club of Florissant to Offer Scholarships The Rotary Club of Florissant announced that they will fund a scholarship program for four senior students in the Florissant Rotary area which includes the boundaries of the Riverview Gardens, Hazelwood and Ferguson-Florissant School Districts. Each of the four scholarships will be for $2000.00 and will be paid for one year to the accredited college, university or vocational school the student chooses to attend. Students in private, parochial, vocational or public schools are invited to apply.
The scholarship has a minimum GPA requirement for eligibility but it is not primarily an academic scholarship nor do the criteria for selection include financial need. The scholarships are targeted at students who have demonstrated excellence in service to their community. Applications must be received in the Rotary Office by March 15. For additional information, visit the Rotary website wwwflorissantrotary.org or call the Rotary Office 314.921.2917.
Hazelwood Schools Forums on School Safety The Hazelwood School District will be hosting Parent Engagement Forums on school safety. The forums will be an opportunity for the District to share the safety and security revisions. They will also allow for parent feedback and input on the safety plans. The dates are as follows: Wednesday, Feb. 20: Hazelwood Central High School library Wednesday, Feb. 27: Hazelwood East High School library Wednesday, March 6: Hazelwood West High School library All Parent Engagement Forums will be held from 6–7:30 p.m. Parents are encouraged to R.S.V.P by contacting Susie Chochol at 953-5065 or email@example.com.
Pattonville Varsity Juniors May Apply For BBB Drill Team Wins The varsity drill team from Pattonville High School won fifth-place in large varsity hip hop division of the 2013 National Dance Team Championship, held Feb. 2 and 3 in Orlando, Florida. They earned the trophy after competing in the category against 44 different teams from 19 states. Members of the varsity team are: Taylor Bailey, Samantha Byrne, Mariah Freeman, Anise Glenn, Ciara Glenn, Paige Goss, Katie Greenwell, Alexis Lawoe, Toni Martorelli, Sabrina Mason, Natalie Miles, Clare Pond, Lindsey Purviance, Sierra Shockley, Danielle Siegel, Michaella Whaley and Haley Wojchiechowski. Katie
The team at a recent competition
Funderburk is coach of the varsity team. The national championship is administered by Universal Dance Association and is the only national-level dance team championship endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations, the national service and administrative organization for high school athletics and fine arts programs in speech, debate, theater and music. Each year, there are an estimated 10,000 spectators in attendance at the contest. The competition was also broadcast on ESPN2, reaching more than 90 million homes.
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Nancy Benes, Living Word Christian Middle School principal and Director of Institutional Advancement says her school’s success is a result of rigorous curriculum and a staff of highly qualified, caring professionals. “32% of teachers hold a master’s degree or higher,” says Benes. “Our average ACT scores are consistently 4 or more points above state and national average. That’s exceptional because 50% of all high schoolers and 70% of Missouri high schoolers take the ACT, but 95% of our students take the exam and still score higher.” Graduates include Bright Flight Scholars, two National merit finalists and two semi-finalists. 95% of graduating seniors attend college. In addition to quality academics, students have access to comprehensive athletics and arts programs. “Everyone wants good grades,” Benes says.“But parents also want to know that their children are loved and cared for. Our teachers are of course interested in academic progress, but they are always going to notice when a child is feeling down or needs extra help. We are focused on educating the whole child. Our teachers are not in this for the income; they are in it for the outcome.” LWCS attracts families from over 100 different churches in surround counties. “We are non-denominational Christian,” says Benes. “I like to say our student body is a good pic-
Student of Ethics Award
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) invites high school juniors who will graduate in 2014 to apply for its Student of Ethics award, a $2,500 college award that recognizes students who demonstrate high ethics through leadership, community service, personal integrity and academic achievement. The awards will be presented at the BBB TORCH Award luncheon in the fall. Last year, 271 students from Missouri and Illinois competed for the awards. Sponsors include Charter Communications, Brown Shoe, Delta Dental of Missouri, Monsanto, Mungenast Automotive Family and Schnuck Markets. Applicants must submit an entry form, available on the BBB website, a high school transcript, a letter of recommendation and a 300-word essay describing the process by which he or she confronted an ethical dilemma and made a decision. Applicants must reside in one of the 92 counties in Missouri and Illinois served by the St. Louis BBB. A panel of independent judges will choose three winners, considering each student's leadership qualities, academic performance, character and essay. Each will receive a $2,500 award to be used at an accredited college of the student's choice. Applications are due by April 26. More information is available online or by calling Chris Thetford, BBB Director of Communications, at 314.645.3300.
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ture of what heaven will look like.” The O’Fallon k-12 school is accepting applications online on a rolling basis. Visit www.lwcs.us to learn more.
Learn & Play
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“Flight of the Last Dragon”
Everyone knows dragons are the stuff of folklore—historical creatures from “Once Upon a Time.” But author Robert Burleigh knows better. He brings to light the story of the last winged wonder, one that lurked in the dark of a city’s underground belly. Flight of the Last Dragon, a picture book in verse with illustrations by Mary GrandPré, introduces readers to Ultimon, once a celebrated and feared adversary. How sad that Ultimon now resides in the sewers, bedraggled and sad. But that all changes on the day the dragon hears a voice that urges him to rise from the ashes of his lonely existence—to spread his wings and cast his light over the city. To onlookers’ wonder he does, flying higher and higher, brilliant and frightening in his splendor, Ultimon soars into the heavens, never to be seen again. But wait, mighty Ultimon leaves a sparkling, linking symbol to remember him by. Look up and you might see him in the night sky—learn more in this enchanting book full of wonder and hope.
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Community News is proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will feature great books for children in three categories: Youngest Pick: early childhood to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy! Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2012.
Science Can Be Fun Kids are naturally curious and are full of questions about the world around them. Parents and teachers can help keep that curiosity alive by finding ways to make learning about science fun and engaging. Here are a few ideas that you can use to help your kids love learning about science.
Hands-on experiences help kids of all ages grasp concepts and retain information. There are online resources available to give you the tools you need
to make hands-on learning a reality. For example, MyBotanicPlanet.com is a free website with lesson plans and interactive games for students in grades K–5 to explore basic botany and water conservation. Based on the classroom experience offered through the Memphis Botanic Garden, and created by TruGreen, MyBotanicPlanet.com features lesson plans by professional curriculum developers to meet National Education Standards. Students can personalize their own avatar and explore
tree bark, spider webs and interesting rocks. Have your child give an explorer’s report on what he or she finds.
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the educational site’s interactive games and activities. The Water Ways environment features an interactive water filtration game with various difficulty levels and an educational character named Watershed Fred, who helps students learn more about where water comes from and what happens to it when it’s out of sight. Learn more about it at www.MyBotanicPlanet.com.
Fun Field Trips
Get some fresh air and a fresh look at nature by going outside. And don’t restrict your field trips to sunny days only. You and your kids will be amazed at how different things appear when it’s been raining or snowing. Where should you go to start digging into natural science?
—Collect leaf samples to identify, then use them to make a collage. —Use a magnifying glass to do some ground-level research. Examine insects, plant stems,
—Make a game out of identifying the different trees and bushes in the park. Take pictures and leaf samples to help you figure them out. —Go on a scavenger hunt to a stream or pond. Make a list of items to find: animal tracks, water insects, birds fishing or taking a drink, frogs and toads, even snakes.
—Visit the zoo. Before you go, have your child check out some library books about one or two of their favorite animals. They can learn some facts about those animals, then be in charge of teaching you about them when you see them at the zoo. —Natural history and science museums can be a fun way to learn about the world around you. Take advantage of tours, special exhibits and activities geared for children.
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Oscar Watch 2013: “Amour” Nominated for Best Picture, Best Foreign Film
Moviegoers who don’t typically see art house films may be unfamiliar with Amour, Michael Haneke’s intense portrayal of marital love and devotion. Nominated for five Academy Awards—including Best Foreign Film and Best Picture—this movie offers a hard, unflinching look at the so-called “golden years.” French actress Emmanuelle Riva plays Anne, a retired music teacher who, after suffering a devastating stroke, is left paralyzed on one side of her body. Husband Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) now must deal with the physical and mental demands of being her caretaker. His family also pressures Georges to put his ailing wife in a nursing home. Michael Haneke’s slow, plodding direction makes Amour almost an ordeal to watch. The camera lingers for agonizing minutes on the same scene, even when the actors have moved out of camera frame. It’s a realistic technique, but Haneke loses his audience at times by being too artistic. On the other hand, Emmanuelle Riva’s outstanding performance as a vibrant woman cut down by illness earned her a welldeserved Oscar nod for Best Actress. Riva plays Anne at various stages of health. The audience sees the former music teacher at Photos courtesy of Michael Haneke’s Film “Amour” times performing at the peak of her abilities in flashbacks. For most of the film, though, Anne remains confined to a wheelchair or her bed, unable to use the bathroom without assistance from her husband. Anne’s struggles to regain her independence often end painfully and unsuccessfully. Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant keeps paces with the noted French actress as devoted spouse Georges. Now in his 80’s, Georges remains active, but he hires nurses to help his wife with some dayto-day activities. Trintignant shows the mental anguish that the husband feels as his wife starts a slow decline. Director Haneke doesn’t shy away from controversy in Amour, in particular the subjects of quality of life and euthanasia. There are moments where Georges and Anne have intense, disturbing discussions about suicide. Anne doesn’t want to be a burden to the family, but Georges begs his wife to think how she’d feel if their
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roles were reversed. When all is said and done, Amour is an ambitious piece that benefits greatly from two veteran performers in the lead roles. The honest storytelling also will make viewers reexamine their own definitions of love and marriage. Amour, rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, including a disturbing act and brief language, currently is showing at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac.
Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wideeyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.
This Weeks Shelter: Almost Home Rescue & Sanctuary Wright City • 636.203.5800 • www.almosthomesanctuary.org If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pet’s background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or editor@ mycnews.com.
The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Please do your part to control overpopulation and to limit the number of unwanted animals. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!
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Gary Baute Missouri State University Football Schedule Set ***Bears To Play 12 Games for the First Time in School History Head coach Terry Allen starts his eighth season at the helm of the Bears opening the season at home with Northwestern State on Aug. 29. The Bears will visit the Iowa Hawkeyes, MSU’s first-ever Big Ten opponent in September. Missouri State is expecting 41 lettermen and 72 squad members to return when it opens spring drills in late March. Last season, MSU finished 3-8 overall, but the Bears won three of their last five games and took top-ranked North Dakota State to the wire at home late in the season. For more information on the schedule, go to www. MissouriStateBears.com ~~~Thanks to Rick Kindhart, Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications Tony Glavin Soccer Club Helps Local Standout Excel ***Henrik Kowalkowski Heading to Minnesota Tony Glavin Soccer Club is a premier youth soccer club in the St. Louis area and is proud to be associated with helping one of its players move to the next level.
St. Olaf College in Northfield MN has signed local standout Kowalkowski from Crossroads College Preparatory. St. Olaf is a member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and last year finished the season 11-6-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the MIAC. Kowalkowski, a midfielder for six years at the Glavin Club and Crossroads College Preparatory, was named the 2012 2nd Team All State Honors in Missouri, Class 1 Co-Player of the Year, and 1st Team All Conference in the South Central Athletic Association. During the 2012 high school season he scored 10 Goals and 20 Assists in 22 Games. He also is a current member of the TGSC U18 squad and St Louis Lions PreAcademy squad. ~~~Thanks to the soccer club for sharing this great accomplishment Lindenwood Gymnastics Continues To Set New Records ***Records Were Broken More records were broken on Satur-
day, February 9 as the Lindenwood gymnastics team hosted Bowling Green State at Hyland Arena. The team scored 192.050 points, almost a point higher than the previous high mark set at Texas Woman’s last week. Rachel Zabawa set a new school record in the vault, scoring a 9.700. Lindenwood finished with a 47.675 on the event. Courtney Heise also set a new record on Saturday evening, promptly breaking a new school record that was just set by Valeri Ingui. Ingui originally broke Zabawa’s record of a 9.750 on the floor exercise with a 9.775, but Heise’s routine just moments later broke that record with a score of 9.825. Heise also garnered first-place in the all-around, scoring a school record 38.650, edging out Bowling Green’s Alyssa Nocella by .050 points. Lindenwood will travel to the Air Force Academy on February 16. The Lady Lions do not return home until March 10 as they host Texas Woman’s in the final home meet of the season. ~~~Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood Courage Award Given By the Rams ***Number One In Receptions The St. Louis football Ram’s wide receiver Danny Amendola was named Ed Block Courage Award winner after he fought back from an injury that cost him 15 games in 2011. Through vigorous off season conditioning, he was back at full strength in time for 2012 and led the Rams with 63 receptions. ~~~Never give up Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities.
101 ESPN Sportscaster Auditions 101 ESPN is giving St. Louisans the chance to audition for the rare opening to become a weekend show host on their station! The first-ever “Sportscaster Factor” competition is for those diehard fans who have always dreamed of talking about sports on the radio to make their wish come true. “Sportscaster Factor” will give St. Louisans the opportunity to earn their way on to the 101 ESPN schedule with a brand-new weekend show. Listeners who are 16 years of age and older are welcome get in line to be evaluated by a professional judging panel, including 101 ESPN’s programming management and Morning Show Host Zach McCrite. The Preliminary Rounds of the “Sportscaster
Factor” contest will be held on the following dates in Room 2004 in the Vadalabene Center on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE): • Tuesday, February 19, starting at 6 p.m. • Tuesday, February 26, starting at 6 p.m. Auditions will be conducted on a “first comefirst served” basis during each night of the Preliminary rounds. Participants who audition will get the chance to present their on-air delivery and show hosting skills alone in a room via a microphone with the judging panel present. During these initial auditions, listeners will be given a “yes” or “no” vote by each of the judges, and those who impress the panel of experts during the preliminaries will be invited back for the Final Round. The Final Round of the “Sportscaster Factor” will be held beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Main Gym inside the Vadalabene Center on the SIUE’s campus, and the general public is welcome to attend this final set of auditions (see the attached news release.) For more information regarding the “Sportscaster Factor” competition, please contact 101 ESPN Program Director Kent Sterling at 314.983.6230 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details about the audition process are also available at www.101sports.com.
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Heart-Smart Recipes You’ll Love
Eating for heart health is actually easier—and more delicious—than you might think. When you have a good plan and plenty of mouthwatering recipes, you’ll enjoy taking care of your heart.
According to the FDA, diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Here are some tips to help you make these kinds of heart-smart choices: • Choose leaner cuts of meat. You can find plenty of delicious options such as skinless chicken, lean pork and beef. And you can make smart substitutions, too— use ground turkey instead of ground beef to make meatloaf or burgers even leaner. • Add fruits and veggies to every meal. Strawberries in yogurt, blueberries on a salad, carrots and hummus as a snack, roasted sweet potatoes with dinner—it’s easier than you think to add nutrient-dense produce to your diet. Eat plenty of dif-
ferent colored produce for variety and a wider range of health benefits. • Enjoy more whole grains. Whole grains add carbohydrates for energy, fiber to fill you up, and nutrients important for good health. And, according to a recent national survey, 4 out of 5 doctors recommend Post Shredded Wheat as part of a healthy, low-sodium diet, to maintain a healthy heart, reduce the risk of heart disease, and support healthy blood pressure levels. These recipes are a great start to adding more whole grains—and they’re so good, you might forget they are heartsmart. Get more tips and heart-smart recipes at www.PostShreddedWheat.com.
Savory Meatloaf Total Time: 75 min. • Serves: 12 Ingredients: - 2 eggs - 1 cup milk - 2 pounds lean ground beef - 3 biscuits Post Original Shredded Wheat Cereal, crushed - 1 can (8 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained - 1 medium onion, chopped - 1/4 cup chopped green pepper - 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce - 2 teaspoons salt - 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 375°F. 2. Beat eggs and milk in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Shape meat mix-
ture into oval loaf in shallow baking pan.
3. Bake 1 hour or until cooked through (160°F). Variation: Prepare as directed, using fat-free milk and substituting 1/2 cup cholesterol-free egg product for the eggs and 2 pounds thawed frozen ground turkey for the ground beef.
Total Time: 65 min. • Serves: 16 (1 slice per serving)
Apple Crisp Total Time: 65 min. • Serves: 6 Ingredients: - 5 cups peeled apple slices - 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, divided - 1 tablespoon lemon juice - 1 tablespoon tapioca - 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 1 1/2 cups Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, finely crushed - 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine, melted
Ingredients: - 1 3/4 cups flour - 1 cup Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, finely crushed - 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice - 1/2 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon baking soda - 1 cup sugar - 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine - 2 eggs - 1/4 cup fat-free milk - 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, cereal,
spice, baking powder and baking soda in medium bowl; set aside. 2. Beat sugar and margarine in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Blend in bananas. 3. Pour into greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely.
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Mix apples, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, tapioca and cinnamon in large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. To make topping, stir crushed cereal, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and margarine in medium bowl until well blended. Spread apple mixture in ungreased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cereal topping. 3. Bake for 45 minutes or until topping is browned and apples are tender when pierced with fork.
Church Feb. 15, 22 & Mar. 1, 8, 15, 22: St. Rose Lenten Fish Fries 4-7 p.m. Fish Dinners (Dine in or Take Home) At St Rose Philippine Duchesne School, 3500 St. Catherine St., Florissant, MO 63033. For info: 314.837.3410. Mar. 1 & 15: Fish Fry 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Bellefontaine United Methodist Church, 10600 Bellefontaine Rd. St. Louis, Mo 63137. Entrees: catfish, fried & baked cod and chicken nuggets. Dinner includes any two side dishes-cole slaw, french fries, spaghetti, green beans or okra. Single entree, $7, double entree: $8.50 Children under 6 years old free. 314.867.0800.
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accepted. Meal price of $15 includes drinks, lunch and dessert and will be served in the 125 yearold schoolhouse. Attendees will be eligible to win a special drawing. Please contact Mrs. Mary Ann Daub at 314.479.1749 for questions or to make a reservation. Feb. 15: Pretty N Posh Spa*Parties*Accessories 6-9 p.m. Girls ages 5 and up ($20 per girl includes polish, makeup, tattoo & fun). Space is limited so call 314.921.7674 to make your reservation.
Feb. 18: American Association of University Women Meeting Harassment has long been an unfortunate part of the climate of schools in the United States. The The AAUW 2011 report “Crossing the Line” presents the results of a national student survey indicating that harassment is part of the school life of nearly half of the students. Karen Francis, former school principal will discuss the report and suggest solutions for community action at the AAUW meeting in Ferguson. Everyone is invited to attend. The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the educational building at Immanual Church of Christ, 221 Church Street, Ferguson. For info, call 314.831.5359 or 314.867.4755.
Feb. 14: Italian-themed Luncheon The Friends of Old St. Ferdinand will host an Italian-themed luncheon on Valentine’s Day at noon at the Old St. Ferdinand Shrine. Reservations are currently being
Feb. 21: STLCC to Host Adult Career Exploration Session from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses. The Florissant Valley session will be conducted in Room 105/107 in the Training Center,
First and Third Fridays: Fish Fry 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Bellefontaine United Methodist Church, 10600 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63137. Single entrée $7, double entre $9. Kids under 6 are free. Info: 314.867.0800. Saturdays: ESL Classes 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel, 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis. Free. All are welcome. Info: 314.849.6949.
3400 Pershall Road. Register now at www.stlcc.edu/visit. For more information, call 314.539.5002 or email AskUs@stlcc.edu. Feb.23: Studio 411 Photography by Rick Niblett Photo Classes over half off. Basic Camera Class from Noon - 2 p.m. and Advanced Photo Safari and Portrait Lighting from 3-5 p.m. for only $89 per class. Call 314.839.9200 (Advanced reservations required). Feb. 28: SLCL Foundation Presents Debut Suspense Novelist Charles Dubow The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present novelist Charles Dubow for a discussion and signing of his acclaimed debut thriller “Indiscretion” at 7 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books. Mar. 1: Trivia Night The Hazelwood Central High School Robotics Team (the RoboHawks) will be hosting a Trivia night; Tickets are $80 per table. Doors open at 6 p.m.The event starts at 6:30 p.m at Hazelwood Central High School, 15875 New Halls Ferry Road, Florissant. For more info call 344.921.5293 or 314.308.7974. Mar. 2: Valley Industries 6th Annual Mayors Shamrock Ball 6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. At Garden Villas North (4505 Parker Rd. - 63033. Tickets and Sponsorships are now available! For more info call 314.731.1771. Mar. 9: Trinity Catholic High School Spring Trivia Night The Trinity Catholic High School Parent Organization (TPO) will hold its Spring Trivia Night in the gym. The cost is $120 for a table of eight and all trivia players must be at least 21 years of age to attend. Bottled beer, water, soda and light snacks will be provided with the
price of admission and players may also bring in anything else they wish to eat or drink. All proceeds benefit the TPO. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the questions will begin at 7 p.m. The author of the questions and emcee for the evening will be 1972 Aquinas graduate Dan Dillon. For more info, or to reserve a table, call Lisa Moehlenkamp at 314.550.7300.
members. Find out more about the SLBGA at our annual Tee Off Meeting on April 20. For more info www.slbga.org.
Mar. 7: North County Christian School Open House For prospective students and their families, preschool ages 3 through 12th grade at 7 p.m at 845 Dunn Road, Florissant. For more information, please call 314.972.2667 or visit our website at www.nccsedu. org.
Calling All St. Augustine’s Classmates Planning is underway for an All School Reunion. If you attended St. Augustine’s School located at Herbert & Lismore streets in the city of St. Louis we want to hear from you. Please contact a member of the planning committee: Sandy Tricamo (‘66) 314.791.7714; Leo Neuner (‘65) 972.951.4853; Don Becker (‘68) 636.399.0088; Tom Hartnett (‘66) 314.623.9950. You can also register on Facebook as you reminisce viewing the old parish pictures which have been posted. Search for: St. Augustine Catholic School - St. Louis Mo.
Mar. 18: Ferguson-Florissant School District McCluer North Stars “Fitness and Funds” Event to supplement the athletics & activity budget. Sponsorships available (1 hours sponsorship $200 & 1/2 Hour sponsorship $125) For more info call 314.506.9233 and speak with Bruce Smith. Fridays through Apr. 12: Fish Fry 4 – 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 444, 17090 Old Jamestown Rd., Florissant. Call 314.741.7786 for more information. Apr. 20: Join the St. Louis Businesswomen’s Golf Association Are you a woman who enjoys playing golf? Join the St. Louis Businesswomen’s Golf Association (SLBGA). The purpose of the SLBGA is to meet the needs of working women and golf skills improvement, networking, playing opportunities, making friends and having fun. Membership allows you to participate at the golf events throughout the STL area often with discounts and other amenities. You need only sign up for those events you wish to participate approximately 7 days in advance. You can sign up with a group or by yourself and you will be paired with other
June 1: Chili Cookoff The Clarksville Missouri State Chili Cookoff will replace the Clarksville Regional. Riverfront Park, Clarksville, Mo. Total prize money is $1500.
Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs 3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, MO 63044. Info: 314.994.3300. Story Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 9 months to 2 yrs. Room 1(Lap Time); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 2; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 1. 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 839-7604. • 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
www.mycnews.com • Community News • February 13, 2013 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. Last Saturday of Each Month: Writers Workshop 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Looking for new Authors and Songwriters. Come join us and let us help you with your dream. We have Authors, Songwriters, Playwrites, Teachers and more. Meet at the Baden Liberary 8448 Church Rd. For more info call 314.388.2400. GNCC Member Happenings Feb. 16: 2nd Annual “Mardi Gras” at the Mouse Races ONLY $20 per person for tables of 8. Beer - Soft Drinks - Snacks included. Buy a full table of 8 for only $140 ($20 discount). JFK Civic Center in Florissant. Look for more details in the coming days! Call 314.831.3500 and reserve your table today!!! Old Jamestown Association Join for only $10 per individual or $15 per family. Become a part of this network of residents who are informed about events and issues in the Old Jamestown Area. Questions? Email email@example.com. Health Feb. 15: Seminar - Why Dentures are Not the Answer At St. Louis Center for A&R Dentistry, 7934 N. Lindbergh Blvd., Hazelwood, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food & drinks will be available. Free to the public, space is limited call Ann to reserve a seat at 314.831.8086. No more bad fitting, removable dentures. Hands-Only CPR Could you save someone’s life if their heart suddenly stopped? SSM St. Joseph Health Center is now offering FREE non-certificate training in hands-only CPR for
individuals and their families. The training takes 15 minutes and is appropriate for anyone ages 10 and older. Eighty percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. Hands-only CPR, also known as compression-only CPR, has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in other public settings. It can double or triple a victim’s chance for survival, according to the American Heart Association. Contact Rachel Sparks 636.947.5663 or Maureen Bell 636.947.5083 to schedule a training session. Crisis Nursery The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. The Crisis Nursery provides shortterm, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Wentzville, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. For the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery 24-hour helpline, call 314. 768.3201. In St. Charles County, call 636.947.0600. Visit www.crisisnurserykids.org for program, volunteer and event info. Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355 Feb. 19: American Red Cross Blood Drive 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Christian Hospital is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive open to the general public. Stop by to roll up your sleeve and give blood to help save lives. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments have priority. At Christian Hospital Detrick Building Atrium, 11133 Dunn Rd. 63136. Registration: www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code: christianhospital: or contact Sandy Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost: Free.
in your health by taking control of your diet choices. Learn how the food choices you make today can affect your health and well-being for life. You will have an opportunity to talk with Erica Uppstrom, MD, from The Heart Care Group who specializes in cardiovascular disease as well as one of our registered dietitians. Free cholesterol and glucose screenings will also be provided. In the Jamestown Mall Food Court. Cost: Free. Call 314.747.9355 to register. Feb. 21 & Mar. 28: Living A Healthy Life 1-3:30 p.m. (six sessions) Cost: $10 (Fee includes a book and relaxation CD to keep) Set healthy goals. Make action plans. Manage pain. Embrace nutrition and exercise. Understand medication. Increase your confidence in managing your own health. Developed by Sanford University’s Patient Education Research Center, this self-management course is for those with such chronic conditions as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or others. Light refreshments. To register, call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.747.9355. At Northwest HealthCare, 1225 Graham Road, Community Room. Feb. 21: OASIS Peer Led Discussion Groups. Topic: “Assertiveness” 1-2 p.m. Laugh, reminisce and learn with OASIS during this discussion group program. Enjoy fellowship and discussion on a variety of topics while making new friends or reconnecting with old ones. Attend one, or attend every month. Light refreshments provided. Dates and topics listed below. To register, call
314.747.9355 or 1.877.747.9355. At Village North Retirement Community, 11160 Village North Dr. 63136. Cost: Free. Mar. 12: The Elder Care Journey With Mr. Rudy D. Beck, Elder Law Attorney from 1:30-3 p.m. . Come listen as he explains how to protect yourself, your family, and your finances. Call 314.747.9355 or 1-877.747.9355 to register. At Northwest HealthCare, 1225 Graham Road, Community Rooms 1 & 2. Free. Mar. 21: Good Night’s Sleep OASIS Peer Led Discussion Group 1:30-2:30 p.m at Village North Retirement Community, 11160 Village North Dr.. Laugh, reminisce and learn with OASIS during this discussion group program. Enjoy fellowship and discussion on a variety of topics while making new friends or reconnecting with old ones. Attend one, or attend every month. Light refreshments provided. Dates and topics listed below. Call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.747.9355 to register. Mar. 26: Diabetes Alert Day To celebrate, get a free diabetes screening anytime. Call 314.747.9355 or 1.877.747. 9355 for more information or to register. Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting 6:30-8 p.m. A certified substance abuse counselor talks about the addiction of alcohol and drugs, warning signs and symptoms,
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treatment and recovery, how families are affected by addiction and common problems families experience during the recovery process. Meetings are free and open to the public. Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401 (I-270/Hwy 367 interchange) For more information, call 314.839.3171 or 1.800.447.4301. Center for Senior Renewal The Center for Mental Health’s Center for Senior Renewal, conveniently located on the first floor of the Detrick Building, provides day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia. The Center for Senior Renewal provides a comfortable, home-like atmosphere staffed with compassionate and experienced mental health professionals. For more information, call 314.653.5123. Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting 6:30-8 p.m. A certified substance abuse counselor talks about the addiction of alcohol and drugs, warning signs and symptoms, treatment and recovery, how families are affected by addiction and common problems families experience during the recovery process. Meetings are free and open to the public. Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401 (I-270/Hwy 367 interchange). For more info call 314.839.3171 or 1.800.447.4301.
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Over the Fence
Assault Weapons & Me (& You, Too) Since the murder of small children and staff at Sandy Hook elementary school, the gun issue has gone ballistic in the political realm—rightly so. I’ve never been a fan of the far left who apparently believe guns are evil living organisms that aim themselves and pull their own triggers. On the other hand, I’ve never been a fan of letting just anybody own a machine gun, also known as an automatic weapon. I’ve met too many people in my lifetime I wouldn’t trust with a bb gun much less something lethal. The so-called assault rifles that are presently legal for ordinary citizens are small caliber, semi-automatic rifles shaped like their fully automatic military brothers. They even have large magazines so we can miss targets with 30 shots instead of the average ten. An acquaintance who was fishing in a lake in Southern Missouri told of seeing some kids playing war games in the nearby woods. They were in full military combat dress carrying assault rifles, commando knives and semi-automatic pistols. The kids
turned out to be men. This ongoing conversation about the legality of assault weapons that resulted from the massacre at Sandy Hook has brought out some of those aforementioned Rambo wannabes along with the NRA making claims that the President is taking away our guns...as if that was possible. I couldn’t find any part of the President’s gun control proposal that will take away guns. It only stops further sales of those socalled assault weapons and limits magazines to ten rounds. I never needed thirty rounds to shoot a squirrel anyway, so I’ll stick with ten. I’m also not sneaking around in the woods in combat dress armed to the teeth.
Carharts and a shotgun are good enough for rabbit hunting. I admit I once bought a .357 magnum in case a Cape buffalo attacks. One enthusiast told me he needed an assault rifle in case our politicians order attacks on US citizens. While the odds of our government attacking us might compare to winning the Powerball, if it actually happened, citizens armed with limited, semi-automatic, assault rifle replicas against the modern military armed with the latest weapons and machinery reminds me of how the Indians were defeated by the U.S. Calvary. The gun control proposals also include tightening up present gun laws and broadening efforts to winnow out crazy people who might murder school children and such. Nothing was said about house-to-house searches to confiscate guns. Of course, when you look at truth versus what people want to believe, vehicle owners buy warranties from telephone solicitors. No matter how much they fan the flames of paranoia, I doubt the NRA or even the assault rifle owners have resources to guard every school in the country any more than the government. The owners have to make a living while their kids are in school for one thing, and most of them aren’t weapons-trained any more than most teachers. I also doubt any of them would care to complain about gun laws to the parents of the small children shot at Sandy Hook. I can do without assault weapon replicas. I’ll leave the armed minions of paranoia versus the government to the Rambo wannabes and the U.S. military in hopes the wannabes remember our soldiers won’t march in the open to be sniped as the British once did.
Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.