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February 20, 2013

Mayors’ Shamrock Ball Recipes


Mom’s Swedish Meatballs

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New Police Chief



$600 Raised for Sandy Hook Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood, Mayor Tom Schneider of Florissant and Mayor Norman McCourt of Black Jack hosted the Mayors’ Shamrock Ball in 2012.

Photo courtesy of City of Hazelwood

Have an unforgettably fun night while supporting a local nonprofit at the 6th annual ball. St. Louis’ premier formal “green tie” event of the year is adding another official host: Mayor James W. Knowles III of Ferguson will be joining the mayors of Black Jack, Florissant and Hazelwood in welcoming hundreds of guests to this major fund-raising benefit for Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop. The ball is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at the Garden Villas North, 4505 Parker Road, in Black Jack from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Over the past five years, this event has evolved into one of biggest social soirées of the year where people go to be seen with some of the region’s influential movers and shakers. In 2012, more than 400 tickets were sold and 52 event sponsors were recruited which netted $27,000 for Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide dignified, meaningful employment for adults with developmental disabilities. This was an increase of approximately $3,000 over the previous year’s total. Tickets and Event Sponsorships The public can purchase individual

tickets online or by mail for $100 each per person. But the amount of tickets available for purchase is limited to 500 so it’s on a first come, first serve basis. This includes an entire evening of sampling delicious foods and hors d’oeuvres prepared by eight restaurants and catering services, dancing the night away to the upbeat music of the Bob Kuban Band, winning attendance prizes, as well as witnessing the crowning of Valley Industries’ King and Queen of the Ball. Tickets can be ordered online at www. with either Visa or MasterCard. Also, they can be ordered by mail: Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop; 143 B McDonnell Boulevard, Hazelwood, MO, 63042. Please make the checks payable to Valley Industries. For questions, call 314.731.1771. Penthouse Party and Prize Giveaways Everyone in attendance will be able to enjoy some added perks and chances to win prizes. Last year, event organizers offered a Party in the Penthouse, which was extremely popular, so they are doing it again in 2013. The event will be held

in the 3rd floor penthouse at Garden Villas North with elevator accessibility. Specialty drinks, hors d’oeuvres and finger foods will be served all night and just by eating guests have the chance to win a fabulous prize. See MAYORS’ SHAMROCK BALL page 2



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February 13, 2013 • Community News •

Vol. 92 No. 8

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your guide to good news and events in North St. Louis County: who’s ready for the Polar Plunge in Creve Coeur Lake?

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The Business Showcase and Taste of North County is coming up; get involved now!




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Hazelwood Firefighters Teach Earthquake Drills. Read a review of the new children’s sci-fi book The Last Dragonslayer. Steve Bryan does not recommend paying for a ticket to Identity Thief, but if you can get in for free and have two hours to kill, go see it.


local sport authority Gary B tells us about the newest sport celebrity’s radio show Looking for Shelly Schneider’s column? Pick up a copy of CrossRoads Magazine for the latest from your favorite funny girl columnist.




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A meal from start to finish: Mom’s Swedish Meatballs and Almond-Laced Banana Cake. Yum! the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long

MAYORS’ SHAMROCK BALL from cover To add more excitement, guests can purchase $10 raffle tickets for a chance to win one either $500 worth of quality liquors or an authentic NFL football autographed by St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. All proceeds benefit Valley Industries. Couples have fun dancing the night away while supporting Sheltered Workshop Valley Industries. Boogie Down For the sixth year in a row, the popular Bob Kuban Band from The Clark Academy of Irish Dance will be will keep the place hopping playing lively mu- on hand to greet guests and to perform for the sic for the entire evening. In addition, students crowd.

Around Town Polar Plunge in Creve Coeur Lake The 7th Annual Polar Plunge will take place February 23. Brave men and women from around the area will don costumes and swimwear and take "polar" dips into Creve Coeur Lake. Their Reason for Freezin’ is the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit training and competition for the 7,972 Special Olympics Missouri athletes in the St. Louis Metro Area. The Polar Plunge is open to anyone 10 years of age or older who is a fan of having a good time for a good cause. The event is hosted by Maryland Heights Police Department and Hazelwood Police Department, with support from the Pattonville Fire Department. Day-of registration begins

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at noon and the Plunge starts promptly at 2 p.m. In 2012, Polar Plungers raised $103,938 for Special Olympics Missouri athletes. Each participant must raise a minimum of $75 to participate and can earn incentives by reaching fundraising goals. This year’s goal is $115,600, and organizers hope to break the million-dollar mark across the state with 13 events. Costumes are highly encouraged! Wet suits are not allowed and shoes are required. Awards will be given in the following categories: Top Fundraisers, Top Fundraising Group and Top Fundraising School. Golden Plunger Awards for the most creative costumes will also be presented to Top Group and Top Individuals. All plunging participants will receive an official Polar Plunge commemorative shirt and bragging rights for freezing your fur off. For more information about the Polar Plunge, please contact Jocelyn Diehl, St. Louis Metro Area Director, at 314.961.7755 or email Note: Are you looking for a way to get involved with Special Olympics Missouri? There are coaching opportunities all around the St. Louis Metro Area. Please contact Jocelyn Diehl if you want to learn more. • Community News • February 20, 2013

Capt. Gregg Hall Hazelwood’s New Chief of Police

Hazelwood City Clerk Colleen Wolf (right) administers the swearing in ceremony for the City of Hazelwood’s new permanent chief of police Gregg Hall (left).

The City of Hazelwood officially promoted Capt. Gregg Hall to the rank of colonel and swore him in as the new chief of police in front of a room full of police officers, firefighters, and family members at a recent City Council meeting. City Manager Edwin Carlstrom introduced Hall as his choice for the job after mentioning some of Hall’s accomplishments over a stellar 34-year career with the Hazelwood Police Department. Carlstrom said he hired Hall as a police officer on July 9, 1979, just one month after he started working as Hazelwood’s city manager. “Gregg was one of my first appointments and I know I made a great choice,” he said. “He is an outstanding employee and he will be an outstanding police chief. Gregg grew up in North County, and he knows North County very well.” After Chief Carl Wolf retired in July, Carlstrom appointed Hall as the acting interim chief of police and gave him a lot of research projects to do to see if he was ready to handle the job. “I’m proud to say he passed them all with flying colors,” Carlstrom noted. Carlstrom acknowledged that “we had three other candidates who went through an internal promotion process with Hall, and I was really proud of all four. It was really a tough decision.” Hall, 57, graduated from the Greater St. Louis Police Academy in 1978 and later graduated with the 230th Session at the FBI National Academy in 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Tarkio College. He worked his way up the ranks by reaching Detective in 1981, Lieutenant in 1988, and Captain in 1998. In addition to receiving numerous Commendations, including several from ret. Chief Robert Lowery of Florissant, Hall accepted the Hazelwood Optimist Club’s “Outstanding Local Law Enforcement Award” in 1986, worked with the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, and was selected as Hazelwood’s “Employee of the Month” in December 2003. As a way of passing the baton from one police chief to the other, ret. Chief Wolf gave Hall his eagle pin signifying his promotion to the rank of colonel. Hall will be managing one of St. Louis County’s largest law enforcement agencies with 70 uniformed officers and 18 civilian personnel.

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Get Outta Town: Missouri Botanical Garden’s Camellias Walk into the Linnean House in winter and you will enter a world of brilliant color and delicate fragrance to delight the senses of the winter-weary visitor. While some camellias flower as early as October, the main show lasts through April. With 260 species and counting, camellias have been cultivated for over 2,000 years for their economic value. They are native to Southeast Asia, primarily southern China and Japan, although a few species are found in India, Malaysia, Borneo, and Korea. The seeds of some camellia species are crushed for their high-quality oil, which is used in cooking, cosmetics, and hairdressing, but the plant is probably best know as the source of tea. Most tea is made from Camellia sinensis. For black tea, the leaves are first crushed or rolled, then allowed to partially ferment, and then dry. Green tea comes from the same plant, but the leaves are not fermented. When tea was introduced in Europe in the early 17th century, it was strictly for the wealthy—a pound of tea cost the equivalent of a year’s salary. Today, tea is the world’s most popular beverage. Early botanist Carl Linnaeus (hence Linnean House) dubbed the plant “camellia” as a posthumous honor of a German Jesuit missionary to the Philippines, Georg Kamel, who died in Manilla in 1706. Kamel, whose name in Latin is Camellus, is thought never to have seen a camellia, but was well known for his work on oriental plants. Seeds of camellias first traveled to Europe from Asia on spice ships in the mid-18th century, when importers hoped to establish tea farms locally. While the flowers of the tea plant are not particularly showy, seeds of other camellia spe-

cies were imported at the same time and soon became popular as ornamental plants, particularly the species C. japonica, C. reticulata, and C. sasanqua. Look in the Linnean House for the beautiful white flowers of one of the oldest cultivars, Camellia japonica ‘Alba Plena.’ The Garden’s specimen is over 60 years old. Camellias were brought to the United States from England in 1798 and were widely grown in conservatories in Philadelphia, Boston, and New York during the middle of the 19th century. Today they are popularly grown outdoors in the southeastern states (C. japonica is the state flower of Alabama) and along the west coast. While they were not considered winter hardy in St. Louis, a few recent “very cold hardy” cultivars have shown promise here, even in temperatures down to –10 degrees F. Camellias can also be grown in containers and moved indoors, but the plants must be kept below 55 degrees at night during the winter, as warmer night temperatures cause their buds to drop. The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO and is open daily from 9 to 5. Admission is $8 for adults ages 13 and up and free for children 12 and under. Call 314.577.5100 for more information.


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February 20, 2013 • Community News •

Spring at the Overland Historical Society

Conservation Partners Bring Nature to Boys Hope Girls Hope

Our next general meeting will be on March 4 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Frank Munsch Community Center, 9225 Lackland Rd. Melissa and Ruth Loughry from Red Raven Designs will share how their business began and information about their wood reproductions of historic buildings. Please visit the OHS Porch Sale on Saturday, April 20 starting at 8am at 2404 Gass Ave. We are not accepting donations of items to sell. The log house and barn will be open for tours. OHS is collecting canning jars to be used for September’s apple butter fundraiser. Jars may be dropped off at the museum’s porch at 2404 Gass Ave. or you may call Linda at 314.429.4862 to arrange for the jars to be picked up. For more information on the society contact Marcia Jackson at 314.831.7439 or

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and other local conservation organizations have teamed up to develop a native tree and plant landscape at the Boys Hope Girls Hope headquarters to create an important urban wildlife habitat and reduce landscape maintenance costs. In addition to MDC, other partnering organizations involved in the native landscape projProject partners involved in the BHGH native landscape project include Missouri Master Naturalist Confluect include the Mis- ence Chapter, Missouri Department of Conservation, Shaw Nature Reserve, Forest ReLeaf, and Boys Hope souri Master Natural- Girls Hope. ist (MMN) Confluence dise will reduce operational expenses and create Chapter, Shaw Nature Reserve (SNR), Forest ReLeaf of Missouri, beneficial habitat for birds, butterflies, and other South Telegraph Christian Church and Boys important pollinators. MMN Confluence Chapter volunteers are Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) employees. The Environmental Protection Agency esti- helping Boys Hope Girls Hope implement and mates that lawn mowers use 580 million gallons care for the native landscape. The MMN Conof gas each year; thirty to sixty percent of urban fluence Chapter ( has 65 fresh water is used for watering lawns; about members who share a common interest in na67 million pounds of pesticides are placed on ture and in volunteering to help protect, prelawns each year; and a lawn mower pollutes as serve and restore Missouri's natural heritage. BHGH has received a Community Stewardmuch in one hour as a car driving 20 miles. The new landscape will include plants that are na- ship Grant through the MDC to fund the native to Missouri and are better adapted to the tive landscape project. The grant money will be local climate. These plants can tolerate peri- used to pay for plant material, interpretive signs, ods of wet weather and drought and do not re- mulch, and landscaping equipment. In addition, quire irrigation or the use of chemicals. Typical Shaw Nature Reserve will donate over 400 namaintenance required to establish a native plant tive plants for the project and Forest ReLeaf of landscape includes supplemental irrigation dur- Missouri donated 44 native trees and shrubs for the native landscape which were recently ing the first few years and periodic weeding. BHGH’s native landscape plan was designed planted by the project partners. Volunteer work by Shaw Nature Reserve and the Missouri De- days will be scheduled in the spring to remove partment of Conservation. The plan includes invasive honeysuckle and plant native wildflowreplacing day lilies, yew bushes, and turf grass, ers and grasses. To learn more about planting along with Bradford pear trees and burning natives at home go to or bushes which are both invasive species, with BHGH is an international program commitmore desirable native species. This native parated to helping academically capable and motivated children in-need meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. BHGH was founded in St. Louis and has their International Headquarters in Bridgeton. They have 15 Affiliates across the US, including one in St. Louis, and four in Central and South America (

Explore St. Louis’ Asian Heritage Sizable communities of Asian heritage call St. Louis home. Spend Tuesday, April 16, with us on our Orient Express--a guided tour exploring some of our Asian communities’ customs, traditions and beliefs. Visit the Fo Guang Shan St. Louis Buddhist Center to observe and learn about Buddhism. Browse and shop the Chinese gift and medicinal shops, grocery and bakery along Olive Street Road, St. Louis’ Chinatown. Feast at Wei Hong, one of the region’s best and most unusual Chinese restaurants. After lunch, tour the Oriental Galleries at the St. Louis Art Museum. Experience the beauty of the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Chinese and Japanese Gardens during a guided stroll. The tour costs $67, which includes motorcoach transportation, admission to the scheduled activities, gratuities, a meal and enroute snacks. This tour involves lots of walking. Comfortable shoes are recommended. For more information or to register for this tour, call ext. 1624 at 636.397.6903 or go online to • Community News • February 20, 2013

Recognition for Diabetes Patient Care SSM Medical Group primary care physicians were recently awarded recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Diabetes Physician Recognition Program for meeting national standards for diabetes care. The certification is for a three-year period. This recognition is based on national quality standards and improvement in diabetes patient care over the last year. Physicians from across the country who meet a high level of patient care are certified and recognized on the NCQA web site ( The NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) is a voluntary effort to identify clinicians who provide diabetes care consistent with the

comprehensive diabetes care measures with the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®). Physicians who receive DRP Recognition show their peers, patients and others in the diabetes community that they are part of an elite group publicly recognized for skill in providing the highest-level diabetes care. NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers, and researchers.

American Red Cross New Chief Development Officer



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 314.831.3500.

Breakthrough Pain Relief Clinic Breakthrough Pain Relief Clinic has recently opened their fifth clinic in the metro area of Hazelwood. The office is located at 5960 Howdershell Rd. Suite 101 Hazelwood and is open Monday and Tuesday 8 to 5, and Wednesday through Friday 9 to 5. Dr. Kreidler is a graduate of Logan College of Chiropractic and has been practicing for 25 years. Breakthrough Pain Relief Clinics creatively utilize physical therapy, medical therapeutics and chiropractic healing to help with the rehabilitation of their patients and each facility offers diagnostic testing, and x-rays for the convenience of their patients. Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances are accepted and the facilities are always handicap accessible. For more information call 314.731.5700.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is pleased to announce the appointment of Jill Myers as Chief Development Officer. Formerly the Regional Development Director, Myers was promoted to the position following an extensive search. As Chief Development Officer, Myers accepts a regional annual fundraising goal of more than $9 million and leads the development team responsible for securing gifts in St. Louis City and the surrounding 72 counties in Missouri and Illinois. She also oversees the local Tiffany Circle, whose members donate a minimum of $10,000 annually to the Red Cross. Myers is a senior fundraising professional with a 19 year history with the Red Cross. Her accomplishments include securing major and planned gifts that generated more than $1 million in a fiscal year, as well as securing the largest individual gift in the St. Louis Area Chapter’s history. Previously at the Red Cross, Myers served as a Director in the Development department for 10 years. She has also managed the annual fund and special events. Prior to joining the organization in 1993, Myers worked in marketing at Edward Jones and communications at the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Locally, the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region is a proud member agency of the Unit- (Left to Right) Lisa Jones, Marketing Director; Dr. Don Kreidler, DC, Clinic Director; Lamonda Johnson, Patient Services Rep., Chris Cadiz, Physical Therapy Assistant ed Way, which makes significant investments every year in Red Cross services.



February 20, 2013 • Community News •

Hazelwood Firefighters Teach Earthquake Drills

Hazelwood firefighters observed earthquake drills at two public elementary schools, McNair and Russell, within the city limits as part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut held on February 7 at 10:15 am. These Hazelwood School District (HSD) students were among an estimated 2.9 million people in nine different states who participated in this year’s event, making it the largest earthquake drill ever. Hazelwood firefighters Capt. Mike Eiseinbeis, Randy Crump, Gerard Hagedorn, and Mark Wellman visited McNair Elementary School. They gave a brief presentation to the children in Ms. Kenna Valentine’s kindergarten class before the announcement was made to start the earthquake drill. The kids learned the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” technique and the reasons why it’s important for them to help their parents put together an emergency preparedness plan and supplies. The firefighters also gave them some time to ask questions. At Russell Elementary School, Hazelwood firefighters accompanied the principal, Patrick Lane, and his staff as they roamed the halls observing the earthquake drill in different classrooms. hey also practiced an evacuation drill after the one they did for earthquakes to help remind students what to do in case of a fire. The crew of firefighters on-site included Battalion Chief Randy Getz,

Become a Lab Assistant Quickly Individuals looking for a new career path in the life sciences are invited to register for St. Louis Community College’s Bridge to STEM-Life Science program. The one-semester, 16-week program begins March 18. Classes will be taught in the state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories at the Bio-Research & Development Growth (BRDG) Park, 1005 N. Warson Road, across from the Monsanto World Headquarters. In addition to science, math and computer courses and hands-on lab experience, individuals will receive career readiness training, gain job-seeking skills and assistance, and opportunities to network with biotechnology industry professionals. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will earn a Life Science Lab Assistant Certificate of Specialization from STLCC. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in a life science laboratory or entry into STLCC’s biotechnology associate degree program. Participants must have a high school diploma or GED, and must be available to take classes 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily, Monday-Friday. Tuition and books are free to those who qualify. To register for the Bridge to STEM-Life Science program, call 314.513.4961.

Hazelwood 2013 Black History Month

Jim Cacciabando, Mike Martin, and Kevin Pruellage. The Hazelwood Fire Department also encouraged City employees to participate in this year’s event. In addition to emailing them an instruction sheet on what to do when an earthquake hits, an alarm was broadcast over the public address system in each of the municipal buildings at 10:15 a.m. The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is coordinated by the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium and its Member and Associate States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Geological Society and dozens of corporate partners. Scientists estimate that there is a 25-40 percent probability of a damaging earthquake occurring in the central U.S. within a 50year window of time. The ShakeOut is designed to help individuals and communities get ready for these earthquakes, practice how to protect themselves, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

Throughout the month, the Hazelwood School District will recognize the accomplishments and contributions that African Americans have made on society. A few of the programs and events are as follows: Cold Water Elementary School • Feb. 26 - African American/Black History Night Celebration, the event will feature a pancake fundraiser, hosted by the PTA Council, an African American living museum, and a performance by students focusing on the history of African American culture. Garrett Elementary School • Feb. 26 - Fifth graders will host an African American living museum and will also participate in painting face jugs, a form of African art Jamestown Elementary School • Feb. 28 - Black Repertory Theater performance, 2 p.m. Jana Elementary School • Feb. 26 - African American read-in, featuring special guests, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Lusher Elementary School • Feb. 21 - Black History Living Museum, students will give a short presentation about influential African Americans, a pancake dinner will be served and fifth graders will sing songs, 6:30 p.m. Hazelwood East Middle School • Feb. 28 - Living Black History Museum and choir to perform, 5:30 -8 p.m. Hazelwood North Middle School • Feb. 26 - Black History Play, 7 p.m. Hazelwood West Middle School • Feb. 27 - Sogo Bo and Diade Bathily, West African puppet theatre, 9:50 a.m. Hazelwood East High School • Feb. 27 - HEHS choir will perform at the MLK Celebration at the St. Louis History Museum. • Community News • February 20, 2013

Local Schools Win Innovation High School Grants Gov. Jay Nixon today announced nearly $1.3 million in grants to establish Innovation High Schools at several public schools in the St. Louis area. In partnership with St. Louis Community College (STLCC) and local businesses, Innovation High Schools will allow participating students to earn college credit and gain hands-on experience in high-demand fields such as advanced manufacturing, skilled trades, health sciences, information technology. The Community Development Block Grants funds, administered by the Department of Economic Development (DED), have been awarded to three St. Louis-area projects which are part of the Pathways to Prosperity pilot. Pathways to Prosperity, initiated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is focused on helping schools create pathways that combine rigorous academics with strong technical education and lead to success after high school. Missouri is one of six states chosen by Harvard University and Jobs for the Future to participate in the pilot. Pattonville School District - $500,000 The Pattonville School District and the Economic Council of St. Louis County will create and support three career pathways in Advanced

Manufacturing, Health/Medical professions and Information Technology in collaboration with STLCC and local businesses. STLCC will offer both onsite and satellite campus Associate Degree level courses, creating an opportunity for students to earn both high school and college credit. Students will also be provided work-study and internship opportunities with cooperating area businesses, creating real-world learning experiences. Ferguson-Florissant - $289,800 The Innovation Campus Middle Apprenticeship Program is a collaborative effort, under the leadership of the St Louis Small Business Empowerment Center, that will bring together the Ferguson-Florissant School District and the Special School District’s North Technical High School in St. Louis County with the Cabinet Maker and Millwright Joint Apprenticeship Programs of the Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Training Program and SLCC. The program will enable participating students from these high schools to participate in a registered apprenticeship program, and earn national certifications and college credits that will equip them to meet employer needs in the growing and targeted Advanced Manufacturing sector.

11 Hazelwood Students Earn Eagle Scout As Boy Scouts across the country prepare to observe Scout Sunday, Feb. 3, HSD is proud to support the 11 District students who have earned the Boy Scouts’ highest honor, Eagle Scout. In order to become an Eagle Scout, boys progress through ranks in a HCHS Eagles: Nicolas Ford, Joseph Radichel, Eric Radichel, Brandon Marlot, Andrew Ford and Cody Ford specific order; earn 21 dren’s Center. Andrew built a recreational garden, merit badges; serve six months in a troop leadership position; plan, de- Cody rebuilt the entrance garden and Andrew velop and give leadership to a service project for helped restore some of the landscaping. Joseph and Eric Radichel, also brothers, comany religious organization or any school or community; take part in a Scoutmaster conference; pleted their service projects at the Kinloch Learnand successfully complete an Eagle Scout board ing Center. Joesph painted a map of the United States and four-square and hopscotch boards. of review. Eric built a nature trail pathway and a fire pit. The 11 HSD Eagle Scouts are: Rosario and Maltzaman built dog houses for • Sean Butler, a senior at Hazelwood West High the Humane Society of Missouri. School from Troop 942 Marlot built eight benches for Babler State • Andrew Ford, a junior at Hazelwood Central Park’s outdoor education center. Owens built an High School from Troop 829 • Nicolas Ford, a senior at Hazelwood Central information board for the Old Coldwater School in the Hazelwood School District. Bulter built High School from Troop 829 • Cody Ford, a senior at Hazelwood Central a 8 x 4 foot picnic table for the Black Jack Fire Protection District. Robins built a podium for a High School from Troop 829 • Joseph Maltzman, a senior at Hazelwood teacher at Hazelwood Central High School. All the Scouts agree it is a great honor to West High School from Troop 740 • Brandon Marolt, a junior at Hazelwood Cen- achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and said they learned quite a bit during the process. tral High School from Troop 884 Eagle Scout information provided to HSD Com• Sean Owens, a senior at Hazelwood West munications by The Greater St. Louis Area CounHigh School from Troop 829 • Joseph Radichel, a sophomore at Hazelwood cil of the Boy Scouts of America and HSD staff members. Central High School from Troop 702 • Eric Radichel, a freshman at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 702 • Rodrick Robins, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 551 • Nicholas Rosario, an eighth grader at Hazelwood North Middle School from Troop 551 The service projects varied in scope, but all the Scouts said the planning took much longer than the actual execution of the projects. Brothers Andrew, Nicolas and Cody Ford all did their projects at Marygrove Chil-



Student Receives Golden Ticket McCluer North High School senior Aaron Mallet received an all-expenses-paid golden ticket to compete in the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle on Feb. 24. Mallet is one of the top 60 meter hurdlers in the nation and will compete against other top student-athletes at the event.

Pattonville Hosts and Wins First Chess Tournament The Pattonville Chess Team won the first-place team trophy at the inaugural Pattonville High School Chess Tournament on Jan 12 after competing against 19 high school teams from the St. Louis region. More than 220 students in first through 12th grade participated in the tournament. Several Pattonville High School team members also took honors. In addition to winning first place overall, Isaiah Gadson earned the third-place trophy on Board 1; Jimmy Sorsen won the first-place trophy on Board 3; Thomas Haake secured the second-place trophy on Board 4; and Jason Jiang claimed the seventh-place trophy also on Board 4. Brett Cole was awarded a medal for his three out of four round wins on Board 4. Other team members contributing to the success of the day were Ethan O’Dell, Nick Huber and Christine Gardner. Sorsen and Haake both finished the day with perfect four wins out of four games. Dr. Janet Baldwin coaches the team.

Shown are members of the award-winning Pattonville High School chess team after the Pattonville tournament. They are, from left, Christine Gardner, Jason Jiang, Isaiah Gadson, Brett Cole, Thomas Haake and James Sorsen.


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February 20, 2013 • Community News •

Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all the digits 1 through 9.

Oldest Pick:

“The Last Dragonslayer” A Strange girl and her quirky pet take readers for the ride of their life in The Last Dragonslayer. For those who like their fantasy laced with laughs, this read by Welshman Jasper Fforde won’t disappoint. Jennifer Strange has her hands full managing an unusual group of sorcerers “and other assorted mystical artisans at Kazam.” Jennifer, an orphan raised by the Sisterhood, is a superlative “foundling.” The nuns deem her worthy of working for Mr. Zambini at Kazam as an indentured servant. Jennifer’s days are spent tooling around in a dilapidated orange VW with Quark, her loyal sidekick, a pup with razor sharp teeth and a testy personality. Jennifer oversees jobs for the wizards and keeps order at Zambini Towers. She makes all problems go away. Until the auspicious day she’s called upon to take the last remaining dragon in the kingdom to task. Mayhem and material madness reign supreme in a land where a king reigns badly and the threat of war looms. Readers won’t drag their feet racing through this book peopled with imaginative characters and a clever laugha-minute-plot.

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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. • Community News • February 20, 2013


“Identity Thief”

By Steve Bryan - Rated: R

Fame has, in many ways, ruined comic actress Melissa McCarthy. After a breakout performance in 2011’s Bridesmaids, McCarthy plays that same kind of over-the-top character in the new contemporary comedy Identity Thief. The actress plays Diana, a skilled con artist that uses social skills and high-tech equipment to steal personal information from unwary victims. Her latest target, Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman), is a devoted family man who typically stays on the straight and narrow. With his Social Security number and a handful of fake credit cards, Diana trashes his reputation and credit rating in a few weeks. Diana’s bad behavior in Florida comes back to haunt the real Sandy at his job in Denver. Sandy is in real danger of going to jail unless he can somehow get the identity thief to return with him voluntarily to Denver. Dismissing Diana as a “hobbit,” Sandy travels to Florida for what he thinks will be an easy trip. Identity Thief is an appropriate title because director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) seems confused about what kind of film he’s making. It starts as a tale of comic revenge but quickly turns into an oddball buddy movie about halfway into the story. The subplot about a skip tracer (Robert Patrick) and some gun-wielding mobsters does nothing to help the film, though. As she shows on “Mike & Molly” each week, Melissa McCarthy is an attractive, funny actress. She goes back into Bridesmaids mode, however, for the role of Diana. McCarthy sports teased hair, a frightening wardrobe, and a bad attitude, but director Gordon finally lets the real McCarthy shine through near the end. Jason Bateman also appears stuck in neutral as mild-mannered victim Sandy Bigelow Patterson. For years, Bateman has been playing the same kind of soft-spoken, positive-thinking guys in comedies like The Change-Up and Hancock. A truly nice man, Sandy believes everyone should play fair, which makes him an attractive target for people like Diana. Identity Thief talks about a very common crime, but the real victims here are those who actually pay to see this movie. It’s hard to leave the theater and not feel ripped off in some way by McCarthy, Bateman, and Gordon. Identity Thief, rated R for sexual content and language, currently is playing in theaters. Identity Thief photos courtesy Universal Pictures Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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Gary Baute Kickboxing Champion Radio Show Debut Last Saturday ‘The Sensei Hart Show’ hit the airwaves on 1380 AM The Fan2 from 1-2pm. You can listen every Saturday to Earnest Hart Jr.’s knowledge of personal safety, selfdefense and many other areas of life. (Sensei is a Japanese word that means ‘Teacher’ or ‘Master). Among Sensei’s many talents that provide him the credentials to be an expert are author, actor, instructor and Martial Arts professional. 1380 is the sister station of 590 The Fan KFNS with Katy Pavelonis General Manager and Mike Calvin Sales. Scott Ragain of EG Radio Marketing has worked to make the show a reality. Go to for all the details. Yours truly, Gary B is the host. *educational program to help us stay safe in every aspect of life*

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Indoor Football at Family Arena Your Missouri Monsters ( will take the turf at the Family Arena in St. Charles for their first home game Friday March 8. The Monsters play in the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) that comprises of seven teams with four located in the Sunshine state Florida. Owner Andrew Haines has appointed Head coach John Parker with his coaching staff: Johnny Johnson – Offensive Coordinator/Director of Player Personnel; Benny Anderson – Offensive Line; Greg Moore – Linebackers; Daryl Major – Defensive Line; JT Thompson –

Running Backs; Paul Liggett – Defensive Line Assistant They will field a team of new players for their inaugural season. *see you on the field* Monsters Ink Deal for PA Announcer The Missouri Monsters welcome local sportscaster and stadium announcer Steve Runge to the team. Steve will assume the role of the PA Announcer for the Monsters. Steve has been the ‘go-to’ guy for the last 9 years in the realm of local football at every level. “From little league to high school to Semi Pro, Steve is the one guy that is known for bringing the crowd to their feet,” said Justin Madden, general manager of the Missouri Monsters. Steve’s experience includes over 350 combined games announced for the Gateway Football League, the Pop Warner Football League, and the Great Midwest Football League. He is the Sports Director for 1280 AM KYRO and is their play-by-play guy for football and basketball in the Gateway Athletic Conference (South). He also volunteers as the president of the Jr. Trojan Football Club and as a coach (since 2004). He has an MBA from Lindenwood University with additional coursework in sportscasting and radio production. Steve was voted the “Best Sportscaster of 2012” by the Best of Mid Rivers fan poll. “I am very excited and look forward to delivering the best game day experience possible to Monster football fans,” said Steve Runge. He added, “Join us all season long and be ready to make some noise!” (Information from Monster website) *the voice is in the building* Lindenwood Men’s Basketball Garners Victory The Lindenwood Lions basketball team honored six seniors on Saturday afternoon at the Hyland Arena and the Lions came out on top, 87-76 over Southwest Baptist. The contest started with the Lions jumping out to a 10-point lead seven minutes into the game. The Lindenwood lead teetered around nine until the Bearcats were able to cut the lead to three with just over five minutes to play. The Lions pushed the lead back up to seven after a Cody Sorenson layup. Southwest Baptist then scored the next four points to trim its deficit to three. Brandon Marquardt followed that up with a three, but Southwest Baptist came with a layup at the buzzer to make it a three-point game at the half. After the teams came back out of the locker room it was all Lindenwood. The Lions quickly took a 14-point lead just nine minutes into the final half. The Lindenwood lead continued to increase getting as high as 17. The Lions closed out the game going 10-for-10 from the free throw line and sent the seniors out with a win. Lindenwood will conclude the season with three road games, starting with a contest against Truman on February 21. *thanks to Jen Lawson, sorts information graduate assistant of Lindenwood* Follow Missouri State University Basketball Head coach Paul Lusk and senior captain Anthony Downing are proud to lead the Bears in the hard court this season. The games can be heard on KTXR (101.3 FM) and the MSU Bears Radio Network with online audio streaming available through It will also air on KY3 TV and the MSU TV Network, including TimeWarner Cable Metro Sports in Kansas City and Charter Communications in St. Louis. *thanks to Rick Kindhart, assistant director of athletics, communications, Missouri State University*

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. • Community News • February 20, 2013


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Mom’s Swedish Meatballs We salute bite-sized treats! They’re fun to eat and always impress on a plate. What’s one of the most fun mini morsels? The meatball, of course. Home cook Marybeth Mank got her meatball recipe from her mother. The dish comes together fast, and includes a super easy, ultra delicious gravy. The only downfall? They’ll be gone before you know it!

Mom’s Swedish Meatballs

“This is my all-time favorite recipe from [my mom].” ~Marybeth Mank Meatballs: - 3 lbs ground beef - 1 white onion, diced - 2 eggs, lightly beaten - 1 c seasoned dry bread crumbs - 1/2 c fresh chopped flat leaf parsley - 2 tsp coarse ground salt - 1 tsp coarse ground pepper

Gravy: - 4 tbsp all-purpose flour - 2 10.5-oz. cans beef consommé or broth - 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce - 2 c milk - 1 tsp coarse ground salt - 1 tsp coarse ground pepper - 12 oz. medium egg noodles, cooked according to directions - 1/4 c butter - 3 tbsp fresh chopped flat leaf parsley

Place a large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. While pan is heating, thoroughly mix together ground beef, diced onion, eggs, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper. Form mixture into 3/4to 1-inch meatballs.

Cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, just until gravy starts to thicken. Add meatballs back to pan along with any accumulated juices; gently toss to coat meatballs. Lower heat to medium and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes or just until meatballs are cooked through.

Brown meatballs on all sides, in batches if necessary. Use a slotted spoon to remove browned meatballs to heatproof plate, leaving drippings in pan. Sprinkle flour over drippings and whisk until combined. Cook for 3-4 minutes or just until flour turns light golden brown. Slowly whisk in consommé and Worcestershire. Add milk, salt and pepper while whisking constantly to prevent lumps.

Toss hot cooked egg noodles with butter to coat. Divide noodles among six dinner plates. Top with 4-6 meatballs and some of the gravy; sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley. © 2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Brought to you by American Hometown Media Used by Permission

Almonds Pair Perfectly in Banana Cake Recipe Almonds give peanut butter a run for its money as a pairing to bananas in home cook Mary Shivers’ fabulous cake recipe. A layer of almonds on top (and within) creates crunch, almond extract lends flavor, and luscious almond paste adds oomph to the glaze.

Almond-Laced Banana Cake - 3/4 c melted unsalted butter, divided - 1/3 c firmly packed brown sugar - 3/4 c sliced almonds, divided - 1 c granulated sugar - 1 c mashed ripe bananas (about 2) - 2 large eggs - 1/4 c milk - 1/2 tsp white vinegar - 2 c all-purpose flour - 1/2 tsp baking powder - 1/2 tsp baking soda - 1/2 tsp salt and pepper - 1/2 tsp imitation almond extract - 2 tbsp almond paste - 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk - 1 c powdered sugar Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 9-inch square cake pan with 1 tbsp melted butter. In a medium bowl stir together brown sugar and 1/2 cup almonds. Sprinkle half of mixture in pan. Stir in 3 tbsp butter to remaining brown sugar mixture. Place remaining 1/2 cup butter in large mixing bowl. Add granulated sugar and mashed banana. Beat on medium speed until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time.

“My family loves this recipe: it is a take-off of my mom’s famous Old-Fashioned Banana Nut Cake.” -Mary Shivers © 2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Brought to you by American Hometown Media Used by Permission.

In separate bowls stir together milk and vinegar; and separately flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually beat in milk mixture alternately with dry ingredients. Beat in extract. Pour half of batter over brown sugar mixture in pan. Sprinkle with remaining brown sugar mixture. Spoon remaining batter evenly over top. Use a knife to swirl gently. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 min in pan. Invert onto cake plate. Crumble almond paste in small mixing bowl. Add slightly warmed condensed milk and beat in powdered sugar. Drizzle over cake. Sprinkle with remaining almonds. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 9. Submitted by: Mary Shivers, Ada, OK


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Church Feb. 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. Mar. 2: Basement & Tailgate Sale At Northside Christian Church, 9635 Hwy. 367 (Lewis & Clark Blvd.), St. Louis from 8 am noon. $10 for a double parking spot to sell your own treasures. Call 314.868.5722, to reserve your tailgate spot. Mar. 16: Spaghetti Supper At Northside Christian Church, 9635 Lewis & Clark Blvd., St. Louis from 4 to 7 pm. The cost is $8.00 for spaghetti, bread, salad, beverage and dessert with all-youcan-eat spaghetti costing another $1.50. Call 314.868.5722. Mar. 19: “A Call to Holiness: The Evolvement of the Roles of the Laity Since Vatican II” 7- 8:30pm. Presentation sponsored by St. Ferdinand and Our

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Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Speaker: Fr. Jose Santiago, O.P. Place: Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1115 S. Florissant Rd. Fee: Donation. For information call 314.522.9264. 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. Events 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, 3400 Pershall Road. Register now at For more information, call 314.539.5002 or email Feb. 23: Spanish Lake Trivia Night 7–10 p.m. At Trinity Catholic High School, 1720 Redman Rd., Spanish Lake. $160 per table (up to 8 people), includes beer, soda and water. To R.S.V.P., call 314.322.6056 or email wetbar1@ Feb. 23: Centennial Beer Festival 2017 Chouteau Avenue; St. Louis. Tasting Sessions: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Food available.) Tickets: 31.50/Afternoon session; 41.50/Evening session. VIP Tasting Room available for both sessions. Info: 314.621.1996.

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).

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.

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. 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

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

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 members. Find out more about the SLBGA at our annual Tee Off Meeting on

April 20. For more info June 1: Chili Cookoff The Clarksville Missouri State Chili Cookoff will replace the Clarksville Regional. Riverfront Park, Clarksville, Mo. Total prize money is $1500. 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. 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 11:302:30 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 Cen- • Community News • February 20, 2013 ter. Bring your lunch! Bingo, Trips, Speakers and special events are planned. • Wednesday Club: Meets every Wednesday for Bingo from 11:30-2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwich-coffee 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 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 prautes@aol. com. Health 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 short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is avail-

able 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 for program, volunteer and event info. Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355 Feb. 20: Cholesterol and a Heart Healthy Diet 9-10 a.m. Now is the time to invest 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 info 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, 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.

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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. Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous 10 a.m. Group 109 meets in the 11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital. This is an open meeting for alcoholics, drug addicts and their family and friends. At Christian Hospital, 11133 Dunn Road at the I-270/ Hwy. 367 interchange. Christian Hospital Recovery Center The Christian Hospital Recovery Center provides intensive outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults. There is also a specialized program for patients with chronic mental illness. The center is conveniently located on the Christian Hospital campus. Call confidentially to 314.953.8100. STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group This nationally recognized program provides education and

support for those with schizophrenia. Group is facilitated by an experienced STEPS nurse. Volunteers needed at Christian Hospital Christian Hospital is calling out for volunteers that can do a significant amount of walking to run errands within the hospital. Discover the rewards of volunteering! If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend your time, volunteering at Christian Hospital is an ideal match. Volunteer positions are available in many different areas. You’ll meet a variety of interesting people while making a difference in our community. Applications are available at in the Volunteer Office, located off the hospital’s main lobby. For more information, call the Christian Hospital volunteer office at 314.653.5032. SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings Every Mon. & Tues. in Feb.: Healthy Meal Replacement (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.

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Joe Morice

Over the Fence

Mike the Wonder Dog Since several countries are attempting to clone Pleistocene critters like wooly mammoths and cave bears, I’ve decided I want to clone something too: Mike the Wonder Dog. I thought first about Cloning Harry Truman but unfortunately, we couldn’t clone his life before he became President and cussed out Congress. I would have to stick with critters anyway. Cloning people might bring lynch mobs to my door. As for that, cloning a triplecrown winner might also bring lynch mobs of irate race horse owners to my door. In view of this, I’ll stick with Mike the Wonder Dog. A black puppy wandered on to our property when I was a boy. It was obviously starving, and we wondered where it came from. It was a sparsely populated rural area, and we knew what few neighbors we had and their pets. After the pup chanced to come close for a pat, my hand came away with coal dust on it. We fed it and bathed it. It turned out to be a Beagle puppy with long floppy ears and a nose like a Basset Hound, which meant that nose was too large for a Beagle. How odd. It apparently had escaped from a coal bin. After asking around, we didn’t find the owners, so I had a new pet and best friend.

I named it Mike. Why I named it Mike escapes me but such are the habits of children to name pets after people. Adults are sometimes different. A smart aleck acquaintance named his cat Fido. He teased that by giving it a dog’s name, it would come when he called it. It didn’t. Maybe it didn’t like smart alecks. Time passed and by fall, Mike was almost fully grown. My father Joe and Mike the Wonder Dog and I went rabbit hunting after the first frost and Mike tagged along. When a rabbit jumped out of hiding, Mike chased it; howling like only a Beagle can. He followed the scent down into the adjacent briar patch and through it into the woods. We listened as his howl became faint and then, after about ten minutes, it became louder and closer. We stood still and after a short time, the rabbit came sneaking past. The rabbit ended up on the dinner table. Mike was treated for scratched ears from trailing through that briar patch much like the one Br’er Rabbit hid in from Br’er Fox in Uncle Remus cartoons. Thus began the era of a boy learning to hunt and a dog becoming locally famous. I called him “Mike the Wonder Dog.” He

never ran in any field trials, although we ran other future field trial beagles with him to teach them to hunt. Field trials for Beagles required training them to trail rabbits and obey their owners. Beagles are notorious for ignoring owners; especially Mike. If he was on a trail, calling him off had the same result as that smart aleck calling his cat named Fido. During my boyhood years and into puberty, I spent a lot of time chasing Mike because he didn’t know when to quit. My anger at him for disobeying never lasted past seeing his sad eyes looking at me in shame. Dogs know when they behave badly... unlike some people. I was taught gun safety and conservation during that era. We didn’t shoot what we didn’t need for the dinner table and didn’t pull the trigger unless we knew where the shot was going. I wish I could clone Mike the Wonder Dog. Who cares about hairy elephants? Do they roll over for a belly rub or chase rabbits? I doubt it. 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.

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