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Getting everyone in the game St. Louis Youth and Sports Outreach provides equipment for children whose families have a hard time affording the costs associated with playing sports

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By Charlotte Beard It’s not uncommon for most grade school and high school children to be involved in some form of extracurricular activity outside the classroom. Sports is a major area of involvement for youth. However, many parents cannot afford the various costs of their child being involved in sports. St. Louis Youth and Sports Outreach (STL YSO) has been meeting that need since its founding by Billy Mayhall and Neil Thomas in 2015. Mayhall had a child on the team he was coaching that could not afford what was needed to play. Due to Mayhall’s provision of some extra equipment he possessed, the child was able to participate. This occurrence gave him the idea to get with a group of his friends to help a few more children. “One thing led to another,” Mayhall stated. “We were completely bombarded with stuff. It started in my garage then I had to go buy a trailer. Then the trailer was overflowing, and we reached out. The church was gracious enough [to let us be here]. We have three rooms here.” STL YSO is located at the rear entrance of New Horizons Presbyterian Church on 9424 Everman Avenue in Overland. The nonprofit’s hours of operation are Sundays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Wednesdays 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Mayhall shared the driving force behind him running the nonprofit. “I believe in sports. They not only physically make a kid stronger – mentally [it makes them stronger], it builds character, it shows kids ‘hey look if you’re going to be working with a team…you have to work together as a team.’ I want them off

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the video games and I want them outside playing.” Mayhall stresses that no child should be unable to play sports. “If money is an issue and you don’t have [the funds] just let us know. That’s why we have our fundraisers. We do ask if you can, bring [items] to trade in; we do want to replenish what we [give away]. We have

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a company that re-laces [baseball] gloves for us but sometimes they’re just beyond saving.” STL YSO, which operates with seven board members and various volunteers, is funded by two fundraisers a year. Their Rock n Roll Bingo will take place July 28 at See ‘GAME’ page 2

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ABC Ball Park in the gymnasium located at 10050 Livingston Ave in St. Ann. The event allows 10 people to a team. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the event will start at 7 p.m. Every Sunday the outreach gives away something that has been donated to Metro Pawn located on St. Charles Rock Road. They make our fundraisers ‘ginormous.’ We never have to ask… they call us…they donated the Harley Davidson. They donate stuff because they believe in us. They are great people. Without Metro Pawn this [outreach] probably wouldn’t be here.” The other fundraiser for STL YSO takes place in December. The outreach hosts an annual pool tournament at Just Bill’s Place at 2543 Woodson Road in St. Louis; specific date to be announced. Mayhall shared that the two events support them well for a year. The church provides them free rent for the three rooms of space they use to display sports equipment, as well as free usage of the church’s utilities. The money raised by STL YSO totally supports youth in the community. John Shelton, who has been volunteering with the outreach for approximately a year, shares a belief in what is being accomplished.

“[Billy] said it a million times, we’re not here to build a large bank account we’re here to take care of kids. You can do that in a couple fundraisers a year, not constantly asking people for things, and be willing to give back.” Another volunteer, Sherry Barks, shared, “I just started recently; I’ve known Billy through a mutual friend. I’ve come to [STL YSO] functions…if he needs something I’m here and vice versa.” STL YSO offers support to the community in various ways besides sports equipment to youth. Annually they host a toy and diaper drive. Mayhall states that they work with various people in the community to drive their efforts, including Korey Johnson of the Korey Johnson Foundation. “We get the toys out to Shriner’s Hospital, St. Louis Crisis Nursery and various organizations,” he said. In February the organization hosted a five-hour free haircut event for 37 youth provided by The Blue House Barbershop. Additionally, STL YSO gives two college scholarships each year. Recipients include one graduate from Ritenour Senior High School and Eatonville Senior High School. Each one gets a $2,000 scholarship. The scholarship is named after Officer Blake

Snyder who died while in the line of duty in 2016. Those who are interested in more information can contact either of the schools who will direct them to the school’s counselor. The number for Ritenour is 314-493-6105 and Pattonville can be reached at 314-213-8051. “We serve everywhere,” stated Mayhall. “We have people coming from Fenton, Pacific, St. Peters, St. Charles. I work with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery a lot and what people don’t realize is that the largest homeless rate is in Wentzville. [We also work with] H.E.R.O.E.S. Care. I donated [approximately] 50 helmets… [many things] to them. [One of their representatives] said to me ‘we’ll try to keep it where we stay on the Illinois side; we don’t come over here too much to keep from stepping on your toes.’ This is about helping children, this isn’t about an ego. If you help a child next door to me I’m grateful for it. There is no ego involved here. It is all about the kids. [H.E.R.O.E.S. Care] is a great group of guys.” STL YSO provides equipment for all sports except football and hockey due to certification and compliance requirements (comparable to a child’s car seat). For more information visit: www.stlyso.org.

COMMUNITY VOICES Small changes can make a big difference to your heart By Rick L. Stevens February marked American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women, and national trends show heart disease death rates are declining at a much slower rate than in the past, especially among adults aged 35-64. In fact, in many communities across the U.S. death rates are actually increasing among adults in this age group, according the Centers for Disease Control. Not only are more young people dying of heart disease, but their risk factors – such as physical inactivity, tobacco use and hypertension – are also increasing. This is alarming for the heart health of a very large portion of our population, and therefore I think very important to share some valuable common sense tips to empower younger adults, as well as everyone, to take control of their heart health. 1. Find time to be active. Aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity

each week. Take an afternoon stroll or try an exercise class. A fitness buddy can help you keep on track. 2. Make healthy eating a habit. Small changes in your eating habits can make a big difference. Try making healthier versions of your favorite recipes. How? Look for ways to lower sodium and trans fat, and add more fruits and vegetables. 3. Quit tobacco – for good! Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products affects nearly every organ in your body, including your heart. Quitting can be tough, but it can be easier when you feel supported. Call the Missouri Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-7848669) for information and resources. 4. Know your numbers. High blood pressure and high cholesterol are major risk factors for heart disease. Ask your health care team to check your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels regularly and help you take steps to control your levels.

5. Stick to the ‘script. Taking our medications can be tough, especially if you feel fine. But sticking with your medication routine is important for managing and controlling conditions that could put your heart at risk. Heart disease can happen at any age. The good news is that it can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions like high cholesterol and blood pressure. Community health fairs that offer free screenings are a good start in helping people identify the need to follow up with health care professionals. Take charge of your heart health today! Rick L. Stevens is President of Christian Hospital. The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.


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Parents, give your child a gift that keeps on giving Give your child a gift that will keep on giving for a lifetime. Your baby was born to learn. Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Give your child the best possible start in life by enrolling in the Parents as Teachers program. The Ferguson-Florissant School District offers Parents as Teachers, a free parent education and family support program, to all families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age five. Parents are supported by Parent as Teachers certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for parents. Understanding what to expect during each stage of development helps

parents capture teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills so children can learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential. Free program services include: personal visits, parent-child activities in a group setting, developmental screenings and assistance with community resources. Call the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Parents as Teachers program, 314-524-9109, to enroll. Upon completion of your first personal visit a certified parent educator will present your child with a free book.

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MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area serves as a starting location for 10th Annual Confluence Trash Bash The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is helping to sponsor one of the largest litter clean-ups in the St. Louis area – the 10th Annual Confluence Trash Bash. The event is happening March 24, from 9 a.m. until noon. MDC’s Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake will serve as one of the starting locations for the event. Volunteers will help clean up rivers and creeks that lie within the Confluence Greenway. Past Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation cleanup efforts have drawn over Specific cleanup sites will then be assigned near a thousand volunteers who have removed 5,000 tires and more than 61 tons of trash and scrap each of the starting locations. After the cleanup, from area streams and rivers. Participants should prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the report for sign up between 8 and 8:45 a.m. There weirdest, biggest and most expensive trash that will be free breakfast available for all volunteers morning. Prizes will be awarded to volunteers who find the weirdest, biggest and most expensive before the cleanup begins. Volunteers can choose from among the trash that morning. Individual volunteers, civic groups and youth following starting locations: organizations are encouraged to volunteer. • Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, 801 No experience is required. Volunteers will be Strodtman Road in Spanish Lake provided a free t-shirt, bags, and gloves, courtesy • Creve Coeur Park at 2160 Creve Coeur Mill of the St. Louis Metropolitan Sewer District. Road in St. Louis County Transportation is available for school and other • Chesterfield River’s Edge Park - ages 16 and groups by contacting Colleen Scott (Colleen. older only - meet in mall parking lot 13-14 at Scott@mdc.mo.gov) at MDC. Pre-registration is required to participate. 17089 North Outer 40 Rd #140 in Chesterfield. Head into Bike Stop Cafe for breakfast and Those wishing more information or to volunteer can register at https://goo.gl/gL36Vb. registration. Participants are reminded to dress appropriately • Florissant, Sunset Park at 2300 Sunset Park for weather conditions and in clothes they don’t Drive mind getting wet or dirty. • Bridgeton Government Center at 12355 In addition to MDC, other sponsors of the Natural Bridge Road Confluence Trash Bash include St. Louis Audubon Society, Greenway Network, St. Louis Brightside, • Hanley Hills City Hall at 7713 Utica Dr. • Volunteer 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to be a single St. Louis County, Missouri Stream Teams, stream waste sorter at Old Chain of Rocks Missouri American Water, Metropolitan Sewer District and Great Rivers Greenway. Bridge at 10950 Riverview Drive Participating municipalities include Maryland • Overland Wild Acres Park at 2500 Ashby Heights Parks Department, cities of St. Louis, Road. No online registration for this site. Creve Coeur, Florissant, Bridgeton, Overland, Please call 314-427-2401 or 314-662-2401 for Hanley Hills and Bellefontaine Neighbors. location and registration

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Jefferson National Expansion Memorial renamed Gateway Arch National Park The National Park Service has announced that Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is now Gateway Arch National Park, better communicating to the public its status as a national park and home of the internationally recognized Gateway Arch. “Gateway Arch National Park helps visitors connect the Arch to the National Park Service,” says Mike Ward, Superintendent at the Gateway Arch National Park. “The mission of the park remains the same regardless of the park’s name. The stories of Thomas Jefferson and his vision of westward expansion are woven throughout the new Museum at the Gateway Arch, which celebrates its grand opening on July 3, while Dred Scott and his freedom suit are showcased at the Old Courthouse.”

Legislation to change the park’s name was introduced in the U.S. Senate last summer. It was passed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21, 2017, and by the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 7. President Trump signed the bill into law on Feb. 22. The bipartisan legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, and in the House by Reps. William Lacy Clay, Ann Wagner and Blaine Luetkemeyer. “The name ‘Jefferson National Expansion Memorial’ was established long before the Gateway Arch was envisioned, and has simply never been adopted by our millions of visitors,” says Ward. “We hope this new name will best reflect the magnificent renovations and visitor experience we will unveil in a few months.”

Cinema St. Louis to receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Cinema St. Louis for the 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). “It is energizing to see the impact that the arts are making throughout the United States. These NEAsupported projects, such as this one by Cinema St. Louis, are good examples of how the arts build stronger and more vibrant communities, improve well-being, prepare our children to succeed, and increase the quality of our lives,” said the NEA’s

Chu. “At the National Endowment for the Arts, we believe that all people should have access to the joy, opportunities, and connections the arts bring.” The 27th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 1-11. The fest will screen more than 400 animated, narrative, and documentary feature and short films, and will host master classes, special events, and an ambitious Cinema for Students program. Panels and Q&As with filmmakers and documentary subjects will accompany a third of the screenings. Programming streams will include the Women in Film Spotlight, Race in America: The Black Experience, and the Human Rights Spotlight.

Ferguson Municipal Public Library District has placed Proposition L on the April Ballot

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The Board of Trustees for the Ferguson Municipal Public Library District has decided to put Proposition L, a measure affecting the property taxes that fund the library, on the ballot for the April 3 election. The board has wrestled with a growing sense of need for stable funding for some time. The last time the library had a tax increase was 23 years ago, because the board does not do this sort of thing lightly. The library’s tax revenues have dropped significantly since 2010. The measure will be called Proposition L. The text will be as follows: “Shall there be a tax increase of $0.18 over the present tax rate ceiling of $0.22 per one hundred dollars assessed valuation for the Ferguson Municipal Public Library District?” A Ferguson homeowner with a house worth $50,000 on the open market can expect to see their tax bill go up by about $17. A Ferguson homeowner with a house worth $100,000 can expect to see their tax bill go up by about $34. For much more detail, please go to http:// ferguson.lib.mo.us and click on “Prop L”. In the words of Library Director Scott Bonner, “We received so many wonderful donations in

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2014 from people who appreciated what we did for our community. We’ve used those donations as wisely as we can, but they will run out soon, and the board has to consider how much that will impact our ability to pursue our mission, given where our tax monies are now. Our mission is to build up Ferguson through lifelong learning, cultural literacy, and bringing community members together. As long as Ferguson values these things, we’ll be here to help by whatever means we can, targeting our efforts on the specific needs of Ferguson.”


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Normandy teams with Wyman, community partners to launch innovative peer trauma training initiative “How do we identify trauma and what are some ways to mitigate its effects?” This was the question posed to Normandy High School students during a recent Near Peer Trauma Training at Washington University in St. Louis. To better understand trauma and its impact, six freshmen and sophomores were selected out of more than 80 applicants to serve on advisories as near peer trauma trainers. Advisories consisting of two Near Peer Trauma Trainers and an adult will lead 45-minute traumaawareness sessions for at least 100 students this spring. Near Peer Trauma Trainers will earn a stipend for their work. “As we’ve embarked on this path of trauma-informed awareness as a district, it makes sense for students to support students,” said Pablo Flinn, principal at Normandy High School. “It’s a natural extension of the work the district has done to grow the social and emotional capacity of young people.” The students recently wrapped up a series of trainings to prepare for their new roles. It was during a training the Washington University in St. Louis where Roxy Isaguirre, a research assistant with Washington University Social Systems Design Lab, defined the word resilience. “Bouncing back from difficult experiences,” Isaguirre said. “[These are] behaviors, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.” Variables that might increase and decrease resilience were written on construction paper behind her, strategically positioned on the chalkboard to demonstrate the interconnectedness of each variable. “Can we add anxiety?” a student asked. “Anxiety is an after effect of stress,” a student chimed in. “Stressing out can lead to selfharm,” another student said. Journaling, listening to

music, and talking to trusted adults were methods students said would decrease stress. Sophomore Rakaya Hilliard, 16, said the trainings have been therapeutic. She also identified Juan Tabb, a clinical social worker with the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, as a trusted mentor she can talk to in times of stress. All Near Peer Trauma Trainers are members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis, which is among a list of Normandy wraparound service providers managed by Wyman Center. The Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis provides tutoring, case management, and after-school programs at the high school. Boys and Girls Club of Greater St. Louis assisted with screening candidates to serve as Near Peer Trauma Trainers and transported students to the university. Wyman secured funds through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to provide the training and brought in additional partners to help launch the initiative. Washington University Social Systems Design Lab assisted with the training format, and Behavioral Health Response compiled the content. “I felt like I needed the program because I wasn’t where I needed to be emotionally,” Hilliard said. Since beginning the trainings, Hilliard said her outlook has changed for the better after discovering how the brain processes stress that can lead to issues in the classroom. “You’re not comprehending the work that the teacher’s giving you,” she said. Tim Kjellesvik, director of Normandy’s wraparound services at Normandy High, said trauma-awareness sessions at the high school is another strategy to help improve academics. “If they can regulate themselves, they can pay attention in class. They’re less

likely to have outbursts that result in in-school suspension,” Kjellesvik said. “That’s why we do trauma-trainings. It helps students understand how and why they respond the way that they do.” Yet, he added, trauma training via high school students is a unique initiative. “We can’t find anyone in the country doing trauma training via high school students,” he stated. Kjellesvik emphasized that Near Peer Trauma Trainers will not conduct one-on-one

Photo courtesy Normandy Schools Collaborative Normandy High School students Genesis Gregory (seated far left), Tameya Pruitt (standing), and Ahmad Jobir Ahmad-Gol brainstorm during a Near Peer Trauma Training exercise at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Ritenour High School names new principal community. I am looking forward a proven record of building strong to strengthening the relationships relationships with staff, students and with our parents and within our families in secondary schools that have community,” he said transformed learning communities Marker earned certification in that embrace a culture of excellence.” administration and supervision from Marker comes to Ritenour High Towson University in Maryland, a School with more than two decades master’s in environmental biology as an educator and leader. He spent from Hood College in Maryland and the majority of his career as a high a bachelor’s in secondary education/ school and middle school teacher, biology at University of Pittsburgh assistant principal and principal in Photo courtesy Ritenour School (Johnstown, PA). He currently is Montgomery County and working on his doctorate in educational Frederick County public schools in Maryland. When his family leadership at Maryville University. Ritenour held focus groups and conducted surveys moved to the St. Louis area in 2016, he taught at Ritenour High School for a year with RHS students, staff members, parents and and then became director of administrative community leaders to help identify the attributes of services for Northwest R-1 School District. a strong leader. This information was shared with the Marker said he is excited to return to the search committee prior to a rigorous interview process with finalists. The interview team consisted of district Husky community. “I’m thrilled to be back at Ritenour and high school administrators. RHS staff members, High School, where strong tradition parents and students. www.amazingtravelsonline.com Marker will replace Dr. Shane Hopper, who resigned and innovation offer unique learning opportunities for our students and from the position earlier this year.

Jeffrey Marker has been named the new principal of Ritenour High School, effective July 1. Marker is currently the director of administrative services in the Northwest R-1School District. Superintendent Dr. Chris Kilbride said Marker is a leader whose experience and leadership style will bring stability to the high school and lead it to higher levels of excellence as the cornerstone of the community. “Mr. Marker is a passionate leader who has consistently driven positive changes in the schools and districts where he has served,” said Kilbride. “He has

Four Hazelwood seniors receive scholarships totaling $950,000

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Michael White, Hazelwood West High School senior, David Duncan, Hazelwood East High School senior and Breeya Young and Damon Hines, Hazelwood Central High School seniors, were recently awarded the QuestBridge Scholarship. White received a scholarship worth approximately $311,000. He will attend Columbia College in New York and plans to major in biomedical engineering. Duncan received a scholarship worth $256,192. He will attend Vanderbilt University and plans to major in chemistry. Young and Hines received scholarships worth $200,000 each. Young will attend Northwestern University, and Hines will attend the University of Chicago. The QuestBridge scholarships cover tuition, fees, room and board, textbooks, supplies, and travel expenses for four years. In 2017, more than 15,000 students applied and less than 6,000 were selected. Bruce Green, Hazelwood School District assistant superintendent for high schools, was proud to hear that four Hazelwood students were selected to receive the QuestBridge Scholarship. Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, CA that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their careers and communities.

Michael White, Hazelwood West High School senior, was recently awarded the QuestBridge Scholarship.

David Duncan, Hazelwood East High School senior, was recently awarded the QuestBridge Scholarship.

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Cross Keys Middle School receives national recognition for Project Lead The Way program Cross Keys Middle School (CKMS), in the Ferguson-Florissant School District (FFSD), announced that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. It is one of just 110 middle schools nationwide to receive this honor. PLTW is a non-profit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S. “Receiving the PLTW Distinguished Gateway recognition is a testament to the future of Cross Keys, the Ferguson-Florissant School District, and our community at large,” said Christopher Clark, principal at CKMS. “I’m extremely proud of our instructors and our remarkable students for their amazing commitment to the future of our community.” The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, CKMS had to meet the following criteria: • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level. • Have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year. • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units. “It is a great honor to recognize Cross Keys Middle School for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what school should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students

Jana Elementary recognized as an Exemplary Professional Learning Community Jana Elementary, in the Hazelwood School District, was recently recognized as a Missouri Exemplary School for Professional Learning Communities, for promoting cultures focused on collaborative learning while effectively using data to increase student achievement. Jana was one of 20 schools in Missouri to receive this honor. Jana’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students. Responding to news of the recognition, Dr. Sheilah Fitzgerald, principal of Jana said, “My staff works hard every day to help our students succeed. We are honored to receive this recognition, and we feel strongly about the path that our school is on.” Schools who meet the criteria for this recognition have educators that understand the key to improved learning for students, is an on-going education for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to focus on learning, building a collaborative culture, and creating a results orientation environment. Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including a demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture. The final process is to submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee. “I am happy to see the Jana staff recognized for their hard work toward building strong professional learning communities,” said Dr. Christa Warner, assistant superintendent for Elementary Education. “Dr. Fitzgerald and the Jana staff work hard every day to ensure that all students succeed. They use their data seamlessly to drive their instructional decisions.”

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EVENTS March 14: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

March 15: St. Patrick’s Day party

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The city of Florissant Senior Citizen St Patrick’s Party and Bingo will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the James J. Eagan Community Center. Corned beef and cabbage will be served, Irish dancers from O’Faolain Academy of Irish Dance will entertain, attendance prizes will be raffled, chances for an Irish Pot of Gold and gift baskets will be sold. Cost is $12 for residents, $15 for non-residents and includes entertainment, lunch, attendance prizes and bingo Tickets will be sold to residents and non-residents through March 12. Call the Senior Office at 314-839-7605 for more information.

March 15: Parent information sessions

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day lunch/ dinner

Old St. Ferdinand Shrine will be hosting its St. Patrick’s Lunch/Dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A dinner consists of corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, Irish soda bread plus drink and dessert. Dinners cost only $10. Sandwiches are available for $5 and children eat for $5. For those on their way to or from other events or in a hurry, takeout is available. Tours of the Shrine will be offered during the event as well as special book fair pricing of $5 per bag. For more information contact the shrine at 314-837-2110 or on the web at www.oldstferdinandshrine.com.

Sacred Heart Catholic School (at 501 St. Louis Street in Florissant) will be hosting two Parent Information Sessions on the Missouri MOST 529 Savings Plan. The one-hour sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (same information at both sessions). Representatives from the MOST 529 Savings Plan will explain details about the new tax benefit available for K-12 tuition, in addition to college. For more information, visit http://www.federationofcatholicschools.org/most529.

March 21: Career fair

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March 21: Career fair

Jobseekers interested in learning more about nursing careers at Christian Hospital are invited to attend an open house from 4 - 7 p.m., in the Paul F. Detrick Building Atrium, on the hospital campus at 11133 Dunn Rd. Attendees will have the chance to tour clinical departments, as well as hear from Christian Hospital leaders: Tommi Cline, RN, patient care manager, nephrology/telemetry; Gilbert Harding Jr., RN, interim vice president and chief nurse executive and CoKeisha Van Hook, RN, patient care manager, oncology. BJC Diverse Nurses Connection group members will also address the group. If you know someone interested in a nurse role, invite them to register for the open house at BJC. org/CHnurse. They can also view and apply for jobs today.

March 16: Garage sale

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Writing workshop at Jamestown Bluff branch of St. Louis County Library at 4153 N. Highway 67 in Florissant from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bring work to read and share with group. Free event sponsored by Write Sistahs Literary Group. Email writesistahs@ yahoo.com or call 314-210-4774 for more info.

Career fair at St. Louis Community College - Student Center from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information contact Career Employment Services at fvces@stlcc.edu or 314-513-4218.

March 21: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121. Special School District of St. Louis County will hold a career fair for prospective school bus drivers from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at SSD’s Central Office at 12110 Clayton Road in Town & Country. A seminar beginning at 9 a.m. will provide the opportunity for attendees to learn about SSD, the operation of the district’s transportation department, employee benefits and what it is like to be a bus driver for SSD. SSD staff will be available to answer questions. Demonstrations will also be conducted on wheelchair hookups, safety equipment and overall bus safety. Qualified individuals who complete an online application prior to the career fair will be interviewed at the event. Interviews will begin at 10:30 a.m. Apply online at http://www.ssdmo.org/careers.html. For additional information, call 314.989.8152.

Garage sale that benefits the Bridgeton MEAAA Meals on Wheels takes place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bridgeton Community Center at 4201 Fee Fee Road in Bridgeton. For further info, call 314-739-5572.

March 22: Bingo

March 16: Fish fry

March 23: Fish fry

Community bingo at the Bridge At Florissant at 1101 Garden Plaza Drive (intersection of Parker and Arlington) from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. There will be snacks and prizes.

Fish fry at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 3 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Fish fry at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 3 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

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ning to provide free blood pressure screening with the 2018 Lenten Fish Fry from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel at 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road in St. Louis. Fish options include cod, jack, catfish nuggets and catfish fillets. Sandwiches cost $6.50 and include your choice of fish and dessert/drink. Dinners are $9.50 and include your choice of fish, two sides (spaghetti, coleslaw or green beans, mac ‘n cheese, or potato salad) and dessert. Dine in or carry out. For more information call 314-741-4700.

March 24: Easter egg hunt

The Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 10 - 11 a.m. at John Knox Presbyterian Church at 13200 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. Kids will be able to hunt thousands of eggs, enjoy games, crafts and snacks and meet the Easter Bunny.

March 24: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Calvary UCC, at 2501 Hartland Ave., invites the community to its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9 – 11 a.m. The cost of $4 for adults and children three-and-older includes breakfast, face painting and an egg hunt. All are welcome, but advance reservations help for preparations. Call 314-429-7464, Monday through Thursday, with reservations or questions.

March 24: Easter egg hunt

The Easter Bunny will be hopping in to Florissant at 2:30 p.m. and an egg hunt will begin promptly at 3:15 p.m. at the James J. Eagan Center. Children can enjoy a few fun activities and visit with the Easter Bunny before heading outside for the Easter egg hunt. The egg hunt will be split into the following age groups (two-and-under, twoto-five, six-to-eight and nine-to-12). Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance. Cost for residents is $2 and for non-residents is $5. Call 314-921-4466 or 314-921-4250 for more information.

March 25: Pancake breakfast

The Kiwanis Club of Bridgeton will have their Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Bridgeton Community Center at 4201 Fee Fee Road from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage will be served. Tickets are $5 for children under 12 and $8 for adults. There is a $1 discount if purchased in advance. Tickets can be purchased from a member of the Kiwanis Club or for ticket information call Ray Fetsch at 314-550-2186.

March 28: Karaoke

Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

March 30: Fish fry

Fish fry at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 3 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.


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Knights of Columbus Lenten Fry takes place every Friday through March 30 at 50 Rue St Francois in Florissant, next to the Old St Ferdinand Shrine. Doors open from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., dine in or take out. There will also be meat shoots same location on the following Sundays, Feb. 25 and March 4, 11, 18 beginning at noon and ending at dusk. All our proceeds go to charities.

March 31: Suits for soldiers

500 Suits For 500 Soldiers will take place at Greg Mans Farmers Agency at 9335 Gravois Road, Suite C in St. Louis. Since over one million military personnel will be making the transition to the civilian workforce in the next couple of years, Sons of American Legion Post 397 and H.E.R.O.E.S Care have 500 suits, shirts and ties to donate to St Louis veterans and active military to help their transition easier. All veterans and active military can pick up a complimentary suit between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. They will also have free haircuts onsite, donated by Clipper- Mobile Salon and Farmers Insurance. First come, first serve between 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. Veterans Affairs representatives will be onsite to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact 314-638-8890.

April 7: Fundraiser dinner

Celebrated Soul Artist and Ferguson resident Brian Owens will deliver the keynote address at the third annual fundraising banquet of the Ferguson Youth Initiative this Spring. The annual FYI Banquet, which will be held this year at the Norwood Hills Country Club, is an opportunity to showcase the youth’s involvement in the broader community. Tickets are still available. The cost is $50 per adult and $30 per student. Businesses and organizations interested in learning more about FYI’s work or sponsoring this event can register online through the website: http://fyifergyouth. org/2018/02/fyis-banquet-is-on-april7th/. All proceeds will support FYI events and community service activities throughout the year.

April 8: Meat shoot

Jennings Do-Dads Spring Meat Shoot takes place at 1 p.m. at Sievers Park at Jennings Station Rd. and Hord Ave. under the pavilion, rain or shine. Cost is $3 per shot per round. Meat prizes include: bacon, pork steaks, ribs and hams. Guns and ammo furnished by the Jennings Do-Dads. Food and refreshments available for purchase at the park. The Jennings Do-Dads is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For more information, please visit www. jenningsdodads.org.

April 10: Senior Citizen Resource Fair

The city of Florissant has partnered with Memory Care Home Solutions, St. Catherine Retirement Center, The Pillars of North County and the Mercy Home Health & Hospice Services to provide the Aging My Way Resource Fair. Gift cards will be raffled, free donuts and coffee will be available, Free health screenings will be conducted

and over 70 booths of valuable senior citizen information will be given out. The 2018 Fair will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the James J. Eagan Community Center at #1 James Eagan Drive in Florissant. This is a free event for all senior citizens – residents and non-residents. No ticket required. For more information, call the Florissant Senior Office at 314-839-7605.

April 15: NCCU Night at the Ballpark ticket deadline

North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) is holding a Night Out at the Ball Park at Busch Stadium on June 16 at 7:15 p.m. at the game between the Cardinals and Cubs. Tickets are for sale for $60 each and funds raised will be used to support NCCU’s Annual Youth Computer Academy where students will be provided free training on how to build a computer, use software, and upon completion of the training each will be given a free computer. Last Summer, NCCU gave away 44 free computers. Funds will also be used to support TEAM (Emergency Assistance Ministry) in North County. Seats are very desirable and are located in the Right Field Box. Out of 300 tickets, there are currently 180 tickets left. The remaining tickets are expected to be sold by April 15; therefore, please order your tickets now. You may buy your tickets by sending a check payble to NCCU at 13200 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63033 and include a self-addressed stamped envelope to this address. For further information call 314 602-0928 or 314 238-6828.

April 28: Poetry and open mic

Poets, storytellers, dancers, singers invited for “Northern Lights,” a community arts program celebrating National Poetry Month and all arts in North St. Louis County. This event will be On Facebook live. Hosted by Write Sistahs Literary Group at Jamestown Bluff branch of St. Louis County Library at 4153 N. Highway 67 in Florissant from 1-3 p.m. Email, call or text to sign up at writesistahs@yahoo.com or 314-210-4774.

April 28: Trivia night

The annual trivia night fundraiser for TEAM will be held in the parish hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The parish hall is located at 751 N. Jefferson St. The trivia night is being sponsored by the Florissant Rotary Club. Entry fee is $200 per table with a maximum of eight people per team. Entry fee includes beer, soda, water, popcorn and attendance prizes. Extras include heads/tails game, 50/50, silent auctions, and raffles. Mulligans will be available for $10. Cash prizes for first, second, and third places and best decorated table will be given out. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., trivia starts promptly at 7 p.m. Checks should be made payable to TEAM Food Pantry and mailed to Pat Piotrowicz, TEAM Trivia Night, 130 Katiemist Drive, Cottleville, MO 63376. To register, sponsor, or make a donation, please contact Pat Piotrowicz at patpiotbh@ gmail.com or 314-629-7103. All proceeds benefit TEAM – The Emergency

Assistance Ministry, a 501c3 organization. The mission of TEAM is to serve the Florissant and Hazelwood residents in need.

May 5: Run/walk fundraiser

The Hazelwood Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Council invites students, families, and the entire community to participate in the 37th Annual Hazelwood PTA Scholarship Run/Walk event. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The first race begins at 8:30 a.m. All activities will take place at Hazelwood Central High School at 15875 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. This year, the goal is to raise $50,000 to provide scholarships for another 100 students, valued at $500 each. This community event has something for everyone: quarter-mile, half-mile, one-mile, 5K race, and a color blast run. The event will also include a health and wellness fair with several vendors, student entertainment and concession stands. Interested participants can register today for $5 by visiting http://bit.ly/HSDRunWalk18. If you would like to make a donation toward the scholarship fund, go to the Hazelwood PTA Council website at http://www.hazelwoodptacouncil.com. Volunteers are needed to make the run/walk event a success. Many opportunities are available to assist the PTA Council as the race approaches. For details, please call 314953-5000.

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in St. Louis. The tournament format will be a four-player team, 18-hole scramble. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each of four flights. There will be refreshments available during the event and all participants are invited to the Normandie Golf Club pavilion for food and beverages following the tournament. There will also be attendance prizes and plenty of fun for everyone. Team entry (four players) cost is $350 and includes greens fees, cart, limited beverages at course, attendance prizes and the post-tournament food and refreshments. Limited to the first 36 teams, entry forms and fees are preferred by

May 31, although you may register and pay up to the day of the tournament. You can also pay online with a major credit card via PayPal at www. jenningsdodads.org. Register and pay by May 31, 2018 and the cost per foursome will be reduced to $320. Credit cards will be accepted the day of the tournament as a form of payment this year. All participants and donors will receive a tournament program. Golfers will receive a packet of gifts, handed out when registering on the day of the tournament.

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May 12: Meat shoots

Florissant Eagles Meat Shoots take place every Saturday through May 12. There will not be a shoot on St. Patrick’s Day. There is a barrel length limit, no bull barrels. Shoots start at noon so get there early.

June 23: Golf tournament

The Jennings Do-Dads are excited to announce the 25th annual Juvenile Justice Scholarship Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Normandie Golf Club at 7605 St. Charles Rock Rd.

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St. Patrick’s Day run in Cottleville this Saturday and you can be on TV The 10th annual run and parade will be in Cottleville this Saturday, March 17. There will be a 7K (4.35 miles) serious run followed by a two-mile fun run starting at the Cottleville Fire Station #1 at 8 a.m. sharp. Awards will be given to the top male and female overall winners, as well as the first place males and females in the following categories: Wheel Chair Division (No Age specifications); Explorers (nine-and-under) (10-14) (15- 19); Rookies (20-24); Privates (age 25-29) (age 30-34); Captains (35--39) (40-44); Battalion Chiefs (4549) (50-54); Chiefs (55-59) (60-64); Retired (65 and up). The certified racecourse is through Fleet Feet with RFID “chip” timing producing same day results. A portion of the proceeds benefits the St. Pats Foundation Charity. For more info go to www.StPatParade.org. Me, Gary B, will be broadcasting the parade with a few TV cameras taking in all the excitement from the second floor of the Securus building. Put a sign together with the words Community News and me, Gary B, and I will have you be a part of the telecast. More details coming on where you can watch the entire parade on tape delay. * Temperature is supposed to be in the mid 60’s on Saturday…..perrrfect Rascals hire a new general manager The River City club have hired baseball veteran Mike Petrini as their new Executive Vice-President and General Manager. Petrini served the past two years in the same role for another Frontier League organization, the Normal

CornBelters. Utilizing his extensive background across minor league baseball, Petrini will oversee the day to day operations of the front office staff including sales, marketing, community relations, and stadium operations. * 53 days until Rascal baseball Lindenwood track and field women set the mark Lindenwood University’s track and field teams competed at the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas this weekend. Ariel Jackson won the 200m national championship, the first national title for the track and field program at the NCAA level. Jackson’s points helped the women’s track and field team come in 17th overall, the highest finish for the women at the indoor nationals. Women’s 200m-Jackson came into the 200m as the favorite after being the only runner to break 24 seconds prior to nationals, and she was able to capture the first NCAA individual national title for Lindenwood. She also won the MIAA title in the event, established a new school record in the event earlier this season. Women’s 60m-Jackson also set a new school record in the event and earned second-team All-American status. Women’s 60m Hurdles-A second Lady Lions performer also earned second-team All-American honors. Erin Hodge competed in nationals for the first time and finished 12th in the 60m hurdles. Her mark was the second-fastest in Lindenwood history. Men’s Long Jump-Michael Mlambo competed in the long jump competition after advancing to his third national event, including his first indoor nationals. His best jump on the day came on his first attempt when he had a mark of 5.90. Mlambo finished 17th overall. * Great day in Kansas

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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 cohosted SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities.


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American Irish Stew

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Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research | Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/4 pounds beef, top round, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 2 medium parsnips, cut into large chunks (optional) 3 cups low-fat, reduced-sodium beef broth 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 leek, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Directions: In large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 75 minutes, or until meat is tender.

falling apart, do not overcook.

Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. To avoid potatoes

Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate, 32 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 427 mg sodium.

Serve hot and garnish with parsley, if desired.

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By Steve Bryan

Inclusion riders, stolen Oscars and broken traditions at the 90th Annual Academy Awards

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The 90th Annual Academy Awards are now part of the history books. In the weeks leading up to the milestone broadcast; however, movie fans wondered how the ceremony was going to play out. Jimmy Kimmel was an agreeable host, but he made me wish that Billy Crystal could have come back to host just one more time. Crystal could navigate a political minefield and keep people laughing. After months of watching Hollywood purge itself of men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and even Disney’s animation guru John Lasseter, the 90th Oscars didn’t have as much adrenaline and bite as one would have expected. There were multiple references, though, to the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements in remarks and speeches. The Twitterverse also went crazy because Ryan Seacrest, accused of misconduct, was working the red carpet before the ceremony. Breaking tradition, Casey Affleck, last year’s Best Actor winner, declined to come back this year to present the Best Actress award due to his own sexual harassment issues. Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster did the honors

in his place, presenting the Oscar to Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Foster and Lawrence also got in a few good jabs at Meryl Streep at the same time. McDormand arguably gave the most powerful and moving speech of the evening only to have her Best Actress award stolen, albeit briefly, at an after-party. The actress also tossed out the phrase “inclusion rider,” which sent people rushing to their Internet browser of choice. As NPR pointed out, that term means a high-profile performer can, while negotiating a contract, ask for diversity in the people working on a movie set. Many were disappointed that Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed the fabulous “Lady Bird,” didn’t take home any Oscar gold. Presenting the Best Director award, Emma Stone referred to the nominees as “four men and Greta Gerwig.” As the Daily Mail pointed out, Twitter took Stone to task for this remark because two nominees (Guillermo De Toro and Jordan Peele) are minorities. Even without Oscar gold, Ms. Gerwig is a talented actress/writer/director and smart studio executives are

sure to set up meetings with her. In the wake of the 90th Oscars, can Hollywood possible do anything to please everybody? Reed Hastings over at Netflix has been quoted as saying his company is “not interested” in inclusion riders. His company does things their own way and has been called a “champion of diversity.” Netflix also has become known for its groundbreaking original content, including Marvel’s Luke Cage and “Orange is the New Black.” Their business model seems to work well. Things will continue to change in Hollywood. Men and women are now more likely to step up and speak out when terrible things happen to themselves and other people. It won’t take decades for abuse of position and power to come to light. Change won’t happen overnight, but it seems Hollywood is moving in the right direction. 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.


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Yeggs

John Hanna

Crossword Puzzle Theme: Spring Break

‘Yeggs’ is a comic series about Robert and Bill, two rabbits who have opened their own egg franchise in the Midwest (St. Louis area). We follow their day to day lives, watching as they go about the hectic task of preparing for their one big day every year. Along the way they have adventures filled with fun, comic doings and pathos.

Moore On Life

By Cindy Moore

Cruise blues At first glance, a cruise sounds so idyllic and delightful; exotic ports of call, exciting excursions and sunny days at sea. But don’t let the advertisers fool you. A cruise is just another word for “buffet barge.” Sure they want to convince you that you’ll explore tropical islands and indulge in sporty activities, but from start to finish it’s just non-stop binge-eating. Make sure you leave your diet on the dock if you ever choose to cruise. Once you cross the bridge and enter the portals of the ship, you are immediately ushered into the buffet chamber and met with a personal feeder who has been instructed to attach a food hose to your mouth. He then turns the spigot on maximum output. Within moments all manner of roasted pigs, broiled buttery fishes, crusty crab cakes, baked meaty lasagnas, seared steaks, fried potatoes, chunky casseroles, waffles, pastries and fatty desserts began surging through the tube to inflate your stomach faster than a balloon attached to a helium tank. It cannot be turned off until the boat harbors seven days later after which you, along with several trollies of baggage, will be rolled into a taxi and escorted home. Then be prepared to go into a raging food withdrawal. Once you reach your house that first hunger pang will hit you like a baseball bat to the spleen. It is then that you realize you have cleaned out your fridge the week before and find the only thing that awaits you is a half-empty pickle jar; a take-out container of moldy Kung Pao chicken and a solitary ketchup packet. Note: the seven pieces of strategically packed luggage will be untouched. I packed enough clothes to fill a small department store and enough shoes to fit a centipede. I had covered each category: casualwear, swimwear, excursion wear, fancy dress wear, underwear, what if it rains wear, what

if it’s cold wear and extra changes for the dreaded what-if-I-match-someone-else-on-the-cruise wear. They all remained tightly packed and untouched. I wore an extra-large mumu that began four sizes larger and at cruise end wound up tighter than bark on a tree. All that is needed is one set of eating clothes – underwear is optional. And don’t worry about getting off the boat for excursions. There is no way anyone’s going to let you on their zip line when you have become the circumference of a giant Jabba the Hut-sized slug. So now we’re on a strict meal plan; one that will curb our appetite as well as cause us to abhor the very thought of food and also achieve weight reduction. It’s called the pickle, ketchup packet, moldy Kung Pao chicken diet. Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

ACROSS 1. Out of whack 6. Greek H 9. Goodness gracious! 13. Swahili or Zulu 14. “Was ist ____?” 15. *What speakers do 16. Concluded 17. Chain letters 18. “A Doll’s House” playwright 19. *____ Beach 21. Take advantage of an opportunity 23. *Spring Break beach alternative 24. *Resort island in Indonesia 25. Web robot 28. Tangerine plus grapefruit 30. Canine’s coat 35. “The Three Faces of ____,” pl. 37. Mound 39. Idealized image 40. Polly to Tom Sawyer 41. *South Padre Island, ____ 43. Jason’s vessel 44. Intangible storage 46. Jamie Fraser’s tartan 47. Hurries

48. Heavy lifting injury 50. “In your dreams!” 52. *”Where the Boys ____,” movie 53. Perfect houseplant spot 55. Clinton ____ Rodham 57. *Tough to raise? 61. *Like typical Spring Break traveler 65. *Desired forecast 66. Sylvester to Tweety 68. Show opposition 69. Smoke detector, e.g. 70. Flying saucer acronym 71. Make laugh 72. Same as island 73. School org. 74. Everyone but clergy DOWN 1. Tucked in 2. Supernatural life force 3. Indiana Jones 4. Cancel an edit, pl. 5. Logic-based puzzle 6. Icelandic epic 7. *Sign of a Spring Break trip 8. Volcano near Nagano 9. Major European river 10. Knife wound 11. Domain 12. Say you didn’t do it

15. *In two pieces 20. *____ life 22. *In high demand during Spring Break 24. With two axes 25. *Top destination 26. Immature ovum 27. Pavarotti, e.g. 29. Potato’s soup mate 31. Wet nurse 32. Shriver or Sharapova 33. Leaf-eating moth 34. ____ tooth 36. Render speechless 38. Buddies 42. Time on the job 45. Take weapon away 49. Lungful 51. Like medieval European society 54. Reduce pressure 56. Possible allergic reaction 57. Antioxidant-rich berry 58. Misfortunes 59. ____ Madrid 60. Taxi payment 61. Roofed colonnade 62. Red carpet purse 63. What birds do 64. Three pointer 67. Away from the bow SEE ANSWERS ON PAGE 9

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