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Tax Deadlines Recipes


Smashed Potato Bar

Around Town


American Diamonds Pageant



New Deli Opens

Bellefontaine Neighbors Alderman Anthony Smith turns his taxes in early.

April 15 is just around the corner. Congress could well debate the debt ceiling, tax reform and other important economic issues until the cows come home, but one thing’s for sure: If you don’t pay your income taxes—or at least file for an extension—by April 15, you could be in for a world of financial hurt. That’s because the IRS probably won’t give you a break on the penalties it levies on unpaid taxes unless you were the victim of a natural disaster, suffered death or serious illness in your immediate family, or experienced another catastrophic event. You must file your 2012 federal tax return (or request an extension) by midnight on April 15, 2013, otherwise the penalty on any taxes you owe will increase dramatically. You’ll be charged an additional 5 percent of taxes owed for each full or partial month you’re late,

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By Jason Alderman

plus interest, up to a maximum penalty of 25 percent of the amount owed. (The interest rate currently charged is 3.22 percent.) If you file your return or extension request on time, however, the penalty drops tenfold to only 0.5 percent per month, plus interest. Here’s how it adds up: Say you owe $2,500 in federal income tax. If you haven’t requested an extension, you would be charged an additional $125 (5 percent), plus interest, for each month you’re late in paying off your bill. Had you filed for an extension, the penalty would drop to only $12.50 per month (0.5 percent). Be sure to contact the IRS early if you won’t be able to pay on time so you keep See TAX DEADLINES page 2



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April 3, 2013 • Community News •

Vol. 92 No. 14

In This Issue... 2

Around Town your guide to good news and events like Spanish Lake’s town hall meeting


Business North County’s businesses are thriving: read all about it


School Ferguson-Florissant Board elections and more news


Learn & Play “Spring Car Maintenance,” Sudoku, and a review of the children’s book Stuck




Movie Lily Tomlin steals the show in Admission.


Sports Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events.


Recipes “Pass the Potatoes, Please”


What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long




Over the Fence This week our blue-collar philosopher Joe Morice discusses drones.

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TAX DEADLINES from cover as many payment options open as possible—either call 800.829.1040 or visit your local IRS office. Also check out the IRS’ “Filing Late and/or Paying Late” webpage for helpful information ( One way to avoid this penalty is to pay by credit or debit card before the filing deadline. You’ll pay a convenience fee, which is tax-deductible if you itemize. Fees vary depending on which payment processor you choose. (See “Pay Your Taxes by Debit or Credit Card” at for details.) If you use a credit card, make sure you can pay off the balance within a few months; otherwise the accrued interest might exceed the penalty. Other payment options include: If you can pay the full amount within 120 days, you may qualify for a Short-Term Extension. If granted, you’ll still owe interest on your debt, but will avoid the application fee for an installment agreement. If you need longer than 120 days, an Installment Agreement lets you pay off your bill in monthly installments. To apply for either, fill out an Online Payment

Agreement Application at or call an IRS representative at 800.829.1040. Under certain dire financial-hardship circumstances, the IRS will allow some taxpayers with annual incomes of up to $100,000 to negotiate a reduction in the amount owed through an Offer in Compromise. For step-by-step instructions, read the IRS Form 656 Booklet. If you’re unable to make payments on your installment agreement or offer in compromise, call the IRS immediately for alternative payment options, which could include reducing the monthly payment to reflect your current financial condition. Also read the IRS’s guide, “The What If ’s for Struggling Taxpayers,” which contains helpful information on the tax impacts of different scenarios such as job loss, debt forgiveness or tapping a retirement fund. Jason Alderman directs Visa’s financial education programs. To participate in a free, online Financial Literacy and Education Summit on April 17 go to

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Around Town US Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Class Missouri’s Mandatory Boater Education Law requires that every Missouri resident born after January 1, 1984 who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes must carry a boating safety identification card issued by the State Water Patrol and a valid photo ID. This includes personal watercraft like Jet-Skis. The Boating Safety ID Card indicates successful completion of a boating safety education course. Illinois and many other states have similar requirements. Flotilla 3-13 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering the “About Boating Safety” course at Grafton City Hall this spring. The

course runs on 2 consecutive Saturdays from 9am – 1pm. The class schedule is as follows: Class 2: April 6 and April 13 Class 3: May 4 and May 11 Successful completion of this course will not only earn the Boating Safety ID Card, but will also give you invaluable information which will help you to remain safe on the water. Whether you are required by law to take the course or not, Boating Safety Education will help you be a better, safer boater. Insurers recognize this and most offer a discount on your insurance for completing the course. Course Preregistration is necessary. Sign up or for more information by dropping by Grafton Harbor, or calling Jan at 618.786.7678 or by contacting Mark at or cell phone number 314.803.7044. To learn more about boater education, Vessel Safety Checks and other services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, or if you are interested in learning how to become one of us, please visit us online at or contact us at • Community News • April 3, 2013

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Journalist and Bestselling Author Spanish Lake Town Hall Meeting The Spanish Lake Community Association will combined HEMS and HSEMS choirs, directed by Blaine Harden Discussion and host its Spring Town Hall Meeting from 6:30 - Amy Smick, will perform. Book Signing The meeting will also feature entertainment by 8:30pm on April 8 at Trinity High School, 1720 The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series is pleased to present journalist and bestselling author Blaine Harden for a discussion and signing of his book Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West. The event will take place at Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) on April 5 at 7pm. In Escape from Camp 14, journalist Blaine Harden tells the shocking story of Shin Dong-hyunk, the only known person born in a North Korean no-exit camp to have escaped and survived. This powerful book unlocks the world’s most repressive, totalitarian state through Shin’s astonishing story of endurance, courage and survival. Although the world pays little attention, North Korea’s political prison camps, which hold between 150,000 and 200,000 prisoners are clearly visible in satellite photographs, have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and 12 times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Shin, who was expected to work and die anonymously in a camp the North Korean government says does not exist, escaped when he was 23-years-old. Through this harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, Harden offers an unbelievable inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations. Blaine Harden is a contributor to The Economist, reporter for “Frontline” on PBS and has formerly served as The Washington Post’s bureau chief in East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. The program with Blaine Harden is a St. Louis County Library ‘Buzz’ Westfall Favorite Author Series presentation. The Westfall series features authors of politics, current issues, history, and sports. The series is co-sponsored by Jack Dubinsky and Sons; McMahon Berger; Sachs Properties; Brown Smith Wallace LLC; Royal Banks of Missouri; St. Louis Business Journal; Midwest Library Service; The Booksource; Ivey-Selkirk Auctioneers; S.M. Wilson & Co.; Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.; and Stifel, Nicolaus. Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks’ notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314.994.3300 or visit

Redman Road. The meeting will feature performances from students attending Hazelwood School District (HSD) schools. Dr. Grayling Tobias, new superintendent of HSD, will provide a school district update and then introduce student talent from schools located within the Spanish Lake area. The orchestras at Hazelwood East Middle School (HEMS) and Hazelwood Southeast Middle School (HSEMS) will perform together, under the direction of Annah Harting. In addition, the

the SEMS band, under the direction of Andrew Pulliam. The Larimore Elementary School Drum Line, under the direction of Jacqueline Hooker, will perform a few energizing numbers at the meeting. The Drum Line has performed at a number of venues, including the Bands of America Super Regional Championship at the Edward Jones Dome last fall. As always, the Spanish Lake Community Association will provide information and updates about their work and projects in the community.

Nothing But Love Inc. to Host American Diamonds Pageant Nothing But Love Inc. has launched the American Diamonds National Pageant to be held on April 20 at the Machinist Hall in Bridgeton. American Diamonds is seeking young ladies ages 4-18 to participate. The age categories are 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, and 16-18. American Diamonds is a National Pageant Program that's looking for young ladies ages 4-18. The mission is to allow the diamond God placed in them to shine bright and sparkle while exemplifying poise and grace in all they do. Young ladies will compete in five major events such as interview, elegant wear, introduction, community service and opening number. “We are nothing like Toddlers and Tiaras. We are a pageant program that is looking for those young ladies that are interested in uncovering and discovering the DIAMOND that resides inside of them.” says National Director, Barbara James.

American Diamonds is still looking for pageant participants. Signing up is easy visit and fill out the registration form along with paying the $20 registration fee which holds the participant a spot in the pageant. Mentioned Community News and receive a 50% discount. For questions call 314.246.9602 or email


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Get Outta Town: “Wild About Conservation!” Annual Awareness & Fundraising Forum The Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest’s upcoming “Wild About Conservation!” Annual Awareness & Fundraising Forum will take place from 6 to 9pm Tuesday, April 23 at the St. Louis Zoo’s Living World. This fun and free event which takes place in conjunction with the St. Louis area’s week-long Earth Day activities and events will focus on today’s most pressing conservation issues and the inspiring Children’s Eternal Rainforest, a project that has engaged children and adults from more than 40 countries around the world. The Keynote Speaker at the event will be Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy, a world-renowned scientist, explorer and the founder of PBS’ Nature television program, winner of the 2012 Blue Planet Prize and creator of the debt-for-nature swap. Dr. Lovejoy will present The Land of Gold and Cinnamon: Odyssey of the Amazon, a talk about the 500-year history of the legendary Amazon rainforest, its place among the great forests of the Americas, the challenges facing these habitats and the solutions presented by conservation initiatives like the inspiring Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Dr. Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and a Time Magazine “Hero of the Planet” will also provide a brief introduction for Dr. Lovejoy at the start of the presentation. Both gentlemen are on the Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (FCER) Board of Directors. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and cocktails beforehand, and desserts and coffee after the presentation by these two world-renowned biologists. Attendees at the “Wild About Conservation!” event can help protect this special rainforest by placing a bid on the fabulous silent auction items or by pledging financial support for the organization’s education and conservation programming. General admission to the “Wild About Conservation!” Annual Awareness & Fundraising Forum is FREE and open to the public. VIP tickets are available for $50 each, and include a private cocktail reception with Dr. Lovejoy, FCER Executive Director Laurie Waller and Dr. Raven. For more information about the “Wild About Conservation!” Annual Awareness & Fundraising Forum including corporate sponsorships and donations, or to purchase VIP tickets, please contact the Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest at 314.941.1257 or via the organization’s website at

Celebrate National Arbor Day by Planting Trees National Arbor Day is April 26 this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive 10 free shade trees. By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple. The free trees are part of the Foundation's Trees for America campaign. "These trees provide shade in the summer and gorgeous colors throughout the fall," said John

Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "By the simple act of planting trees, one person helps create a healthier and more beautiful planet for all of us." The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in April or May with enclosed planting instructions. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to TEN FREE SHADE TREES, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by April 30, 2013, or visit

Crisis Nursery H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. Awardees Saint Louis Crisis Nursery proudly announces its 2013 H.U.G.S & K.I.S.S.E.S. Awardees: Kimberly & James Wagner, Couple of the Year; Mark Niemeyer & Rebecca Frigy, Young Professional “Heroes”; Coca-Cola, Distinguished Corporate Citizen; and Harvey Kornblum Foundation, Foundation of the Year. H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. (Helpfulness; Uncommon Generosity; Sincere Kindness; Integrity; Shining Service; and Extraordinary Support for children) is Crisis Nursery’s most prestigious award, given to those who have contributed significantly to advancements in child abuse and neglect prevention and Crisis Nursery’s mission to save babies’ lives, keep kids safe and build strong families. Saint Louis Crisis Nursery provides short-term care for children, birth through age 12, who are

at-risk of abuse and neglect. Respite services are free and available at five Nursery locations metro-wide. Families that have used Nursery services and are in-need of basic resources can visit one of the agency’s seven outreach centers, or enroll in the Family Empowerment Program for additional supportive services. Parents in need of care for their children can call the 24-hour helpline at 314.768.3201 or 636.947.0600 in the St. Charles area. H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. Awards will be presented at Crisis Nursery’s annual Razzle Dazzle Ball on Saturday, April 6 at the Sherton WestportLakeside Chalet. This year’s sold-out gala, Under the Big Top, is presented by Centene. For more information on Crisis Nursery or H.U.G.S. & K.I.S.S.E.S. Awardees, visit or call 314.292.5770.

St. Louis Author Ridley Pearson The St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series is pleased to present St. Louis’ most popular young adult author Ridley Pearson for a discussion and signing of the latest installment in his popular Disney series Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage on April 6 at 2pm at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. In the book, the teen protectors of Disney World have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Disney villains are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural pas-

sage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed. The five Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims. St. Louis County Library Foundation’s Reading Garden Event Series hosts free family events with authors and musicians. Sponsors include Commerce Bank, Companion, and the Sara Guth Costigan Memorial Fund. Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks’ notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314.994.3300 or visit • Community News • April 3, 2013




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Workforce Solutions Group

The Bridge At Florissant

St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group is conducting an open house event 8am - 6pm April 9 at the Corporate College, 3221 McKelvey Road in Bridgeton. The Workforce Solutions Group, formerly the Workforce and Community Development division, has expanded its services, solutions and professional development courses designed to advance people, businesses and communities. The Corporate College, the new home of the Workforce Solutions Group, is the first facility solely dedicated to corporate education unlike any other asset the college owns. It houses state-of-the-art spaces with value-added amenities at a very competitive price. Facility tours will be conducted throughout the day. Short presentations also will be made on topics such as use of social media, leadership training, workplace issues, customized training, accelerated training programs and talent development. Registrants have the chance to win a free full-day space rental at the Corporate College. To register, call 314.539.5327 or visit

Nancy Geno has recently joined The Bridge At Florissant, an assisted-living community as the Community Outreach Co-coordinator. The Bridge is located on Parker Rd. in Florissant at 1101 Garden Dr.. Nancy can be reached at 314.831.0988 or visit the website:

Crisis Nursery Welcomes Members Crisis Nursery recently welcomed Deena Fischer to its Board of Directors, and Lauren Lauer and Shawn Vinson to its Young Professionals Board. Deena Fischer, of St. Peters, is a network vice president, Marketing & Communications at SSM Health Care-St. Louis. Lauren Lauer, of Manchester, is an associate at Aon Hewitt; Shawn Vinson is president of Vinson Mortgage Group.

Deena Fischer

Piccolino’s Deli Opens in Ferguson Piccolino’s Deli & Wine Merchant Italian Grocer has recently opened at 10 Church St. in downtown Ferguson. Piccolino’s Deli offers daily lunch specials featuring a variety of Italian Specialty Sandwiches available for dine-in or carryout. Nick’s Italian Sub and Caroline’s Turkey St. Clair headline a menu that features Sicilian Sisters Muffuletta, Ty’s Salsiccia, Hot Italian Roast Beef, Maria’s Meatball Sandwich and others. All of their sandwiches are made fresh when you order and the service is fast Linda Saunchegraw, Pat Woodward and Cathy Bevill behind the counter in their recently renovated for the lunch-time working historic building are presented by Venezia Imports and Italian crowd. Piccolino’s offers Boxed Lunches of their sandwiches that come specialty grocery items. Piccolino’s Deli & Wine Merchant Italian Growith a side and a dessert that you choose, maybe Vitale’s Canola Puffs or perhaps a Gelato or one cer is open Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm; Saturof the other desserts that are available. Of course day 10am – 3pm, Closed on Sunday. For inforthis Italian Deli offers wines, a varied selection mation call 314.942.2255.

First Corporate Tenant at Aviator Business Park Shawn Vinson

Lauren Lauer

City of Hazelwood officials joined Panattoni Development Company and International Food Products Corporation for a ground-breaking ceremony to launch the development of a $20 million, 227,500-square-foot build-to-suit industrial facility at Aviator Business Park. The event was March 28, at 2pm just off the stoplight intersection of North Lindbergh Blvd. and Fee Fee Hills Drive and past Hazelwood’s Fire Station #1. This will make International Food Products the first corporate tenant at Aviator Business Park, a 160-acre mixed-use industrial business park be-

ing developed on the former Ford site between I-70 and I-270, near the airport. The estimated completion date is December 2013. International Food Products Corp., a St. Louisbased food ingredient distributor and manufacturer, will be consolidating its distribution center with its production and R&D operations at this site. The building will clear 32’ in height and be a cross-docked facility with rail service provided by Norfolk Southern. The company is a division of International Cos., with a workforce of about 150 local employees and 2012 revenue of $351 million. This project, known as Aviator 4, is a joint venture between Prudential and Panattoni. J.P. Morgan is providing the debt. The architect is Gray Design Group. Civil Engineer is Clayton Engineering. General contractor is Kadean Construction Company. • Community News • April 3, 2013



Four Candidates for Board of Education Four candidates are seeking election on April 2 to the Board of Education of the Ferguson-Florissant School District. The seven members of the District’s Board each serve rotating three-year terms. The terms of board members Charles Henson and Leslie Hogshead expire this year. On April 2, voters will be asked to fill the two positions from among the four candidates. Polls will be open to registered voters from 6am - 7pm on election day. Following are brief profiles on each candidate, listed in the order in which each individual filed: Charles Henson Charles (Chuck) Henson, 53, has lived in the Ferguson-Florissant School District since 1973 and is a graduate of McCluer High School. He has previously served two terms on the District’s Board of Education. Mr. Henson has two children who graduated from McCluer High School and has served the District on various committees prior to his election to the Board. Mr. Henson began his career in the design and construction industry and previously served as director of community relations for McCarthy Building Group. He also founded a Ferguson, Mo.-based human resource consulting firm called Design Alter-

natives Inc. and is currently the manager of business development for the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a division of the federal Department of Commerce in St. Louis. Mr. Henson is a graduate of Washington University where he received a degree in architecture. He has been married for 27 years to his wife, Lesia. Leslie Suzanne Hogshead Leslie S. Hogshead, 62, has lived in the FergusonFlorissant School District since 1977 and has served on the District’s Board of Education since 1992. She has one daughter who graduated from McCluer High School. Mrs. Hogshead helped to establish the school’s Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA) and founded Project Graduation, a safe celebration event for graduating high school seniors. Mrs. Hogshead has worked in healthcare administration for 16 years and also serves on various committees and boards in the City of Ferguson. Mrs. Hogshead is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she received degrees in psychology and business. She has been married for 42 years to her husband, Ken. Keith Brown Keith Brown, 64, has lived in the Ferguson-Floris-

Lindenwood, SCC Announce Plan for Nursing Lindenwood University and St. Charles Community College have agreed in principle on a collaborative initiative that will help launch the new LU/SCC Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. The Center will be located at #1 Academy Place in Dardenne Prairie, former site of Barat Academy, a 69,000-squarefoot building purchased by Lindenwood in September 2012. The boards of both institutions approved terms of the agreement last week. Dr. James D. Evans (center) signs a collaborative agreement establishing the LU/ Lindenwood will offer post-associate SCC Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at a ceremony March 21. Also picdegree coursework in nursing for stu- ture are (from left) Greg Prestemon, president and CEO of the St. Charles County Economic Development Center; Jim J. Shoemake, chairman of the Lindenwood dents who already have a two-year nurs- University Board of Directors; Dr. Ron Chesbrough, St. Charles Community College ing degree. SCC will move its entire as- president; and Ryan Robertson, president of the SCC Board of Trustees. sociate degree nursing programs to the plan to eventually to offer other health managesite, as well as its Licensed Practical Nursing, Ocment degree completion programs such as occucupational Therapy Assistant, Health Information pational therapy, health information technology, Technology and Health Occupational programs. EMT, and allied health. In addition, Lindenwood SCC will lease approximately 26,000 square feet of plans to offer a master’s degree in nursing in the the building’s space under terms of the agreement. spring of 2014. The agreement centers on ease of transition, af"Successful communities work together to prefordability, and accessibility for students who plan pare the workforce of the present and the future,” to pursue advanced degrees. said Greg Prestemon, president and CEO of St. As part of the collaboration, SCC will move its Charles County Economic Development Censtate-of-the-art simulation lab to the new location ter. “This partnership between two indispensable and expand the space to create a “virtual hospiinstitutions will not only change the lives of the tal” that will provide the ability to offer concurrent students and patients, it will help to transform simulations. our local economy. I believe that 10 years from Lindenwood’s post-associate degree coursenow, people will mark this partnership as a pivwork in nursing will start in August at the Center, otal event in the growth and development of St. said Dr. Peggy Ellis, dean of the School of Nursing Charles County." and Allied Health Sciences at Lindenwood. “We

sant School District since 1989. He has served as a substitute teacher in the District for more than two years and has one daughter who graduated from McCluer High School. Mr. Brown is a retired TWA-American Airlines flight attendant and is currently employed at Express Scripts. He is a Vietnam War veteran, and has served as a Salvation Army volunteer. Mr. Brown is a graduate of Biola College where he received a degree in Christian education. He has been married for 28 years to his wife, Karyn. Larry Thomas Larry Thomas, 58, has lived in the Ferguson-Florissant School District since 2008. Currently selfemployed as a community organizer, Mr. Thomas has worked previously as a St. Louis County elections clerk and as an administrative assistant with the St. Louis Public Library. He has also held positions with Boeing, U.S. Bank and St. Louis Sportservice. Mr. Brown studied political science at the University of MissouriSt. Louis; journalism and mass communications at Tarkio College; education at Harris-Stowe State University and business management at Florissant Valley Community College.

SCC Receives National Awards For Marketing And Communications St. Charles Community College received two national-level Paragon awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), an affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. The SCC Office of Marketing and Communications took home the following awards: a Silver Paragon in the Best Sports Brochure category for the SCC’s 2012 Women’s Soccer Guide and a Silver Paragon in the Best Annual Report category for SCC’s Annual Report 2011-12. The awards were announced at the annual NCMPR national conference in Chicago this March. More than 165 colleges participated and nearly 1,700 entries were submitted into this national competition. The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations represents marketing and PR professionals at community and technical colleges. NCMPR’s primary focus is supporting its member’s professional growth. A 15-member board of directors governs the organization. All of them are community college marketing professionals. In addition to overseeing the college Welcome Center, SCC’s Office of Marketing and Communications is responsible for advancing the college brand, including publications, graphic design, website, public relations, photography/videography and marketing.


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Youngest Pick: “Stuck” 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 2013.

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Belly laughs will abound when you read Stuck, a zany tale written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, who gets it right every time he writes! This time around his subject is Floyd, a little boy with a big problem. Set to have a nice day flying his kite, it becomes tangled in a tall, leafy tree. Floyd tries to tug on it but it’s totally stuck. A real problem solver, the kid doesn’t collapse in tears. Floyd takes action, giving the heave-ho to his shoe to knock his kite free. But it’s not a sole survivor. The shoe gets lodged in a branch too. From there it’s all downhill, as Floyd tosses everything up, up, up, objects becoming more ridiculous by the minute — Mitch the cat, a ladder to get the cat down, a bucket of paint, an orangutan — everything goes skyward, even the kitchen sink. After a day of tossing and hurling, Floyd’s problem is finally solved in a most unique way. This picture book gets a capital “C” for creativity.

Spring Car Maintenance Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. The first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter's gloom (to say nothing of the grit and road salt) is literally washed away. It is almost time to take out the snow shovel, gloves and heavy boots and store them 'til next season. Some preparation now will help ensure that your summer driving plans go as smoothly as you envision them now. Automotive Service Excellence offers the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer: • Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules.

• Have hard starts, rough See solution on page 13 idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in. • Flush and refill the cooling system (radiator) according to the service manual's recommendations. The level, condition and concentration of the coolant should be checked periodically. • The tightness and condition of belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a qualified auto technician. • Have a marginally operating air conditioner system serviced by a qualified technician to reduce the likelihood of more costly repairs. • Change the oil and oil filter as specified in the owner's manual (properly dispose of used oil). • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended. • Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold. • Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs. • Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to combat summer's dust and insects. ASE article courtesy Len’s Auto Repair, www.lensautorepairinc. com, 5161 Highway N. Cottleville, 636.441.2330. • Community News • April 3, 2013



The new collegiate comedy Admission features the talents of an attractive actress who got her big break on a famous NBC sketch comedy series. That actress, of course, is Lily Tomlin, one of the stars of the classic “Laugh-In” series and a woman who, at age 73, puts young actresses to shame. Tomlin plays Susannah, mother of high-strung college admissions officer Portia Nathan (Tina Fey). Working for Princeton, Portia travels the country looking for the best and brightest recruits for her prestigious university. When she meets one bright but highly unusual prospect named Jeremiah (Nat Wolff), however, he turns her world upside-down. Tina Fey may have the so-called star power to encourage people to see Admission, but Lily Tomlin will keep them coming back for more. Tomlin is absolutely fearless here as a 1970’s feminist that hasn’t slowed down or abandoned her beliefs, even in the 21st Century. When Portia has a crisis of faith about her career and family life, Susannah is there to offer practical, nononsense advice. At one point, Susannah reveals her own medical crisis, one that can sometimes lead to tragic consequences. Tomlin brilliantly underplays the moment and manages to bring smiles and laughs in this shocking moment. While an accomplished actress, Tina Fey remains a brilliant writer. Fey made her mark on “Saturday Night Live,” serving first as a writer and then head writer during the years when the sketch comedy series enjoyed renewed popularity. Fey is cute, charming, and a serviceable actress, but she simply can’t hold a candle to the powerhouse known as Lily Tomlin. As a film, Admission is nothing to write home about, either.


By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13 thy of her talents. Admission, rated PG-13 for language and some sexual material, currently is playing in theaters. 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.

Directed by Paul Weitz (American Pie), this comedy seems unrealistic, especially in light of the current economic crisis. The admissions officers in this story seem rather bloodthirsty, taking pride in rejecting students for the most insignificant of reasons. There’s also no talk of spiraling student loan debt or the fact that some teenagers simply don’t have the means to go to a junior college, much less an Ivy League school like Princeton. Admission would have worked better if the story had been more grounded in reality instead of featuring characters and situations that audiences can’t identify with. Still, Lily Tomlin is superb and worth the price of admission. Here’s hoping she returns to the big screen in a comic vehicle more wor- Admission photos courtesy of Focus Features

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Gary Baute Rascals Add Two Veterans to Squad The Rascals are excited to announce the signing of two outstanding infielders for the 2013 campaign: third baseman Alan Ahmady and first baseman Phil Wunderlich. Ahmady joins River City from the St. Louis Cardinals organization where he played the last four seasons, most recently in the Florida State League. There he notched 24 doubles and hit .299. He reached the AA level with the Springfield Cardinals last year. “Alan has extensive minor league experience with over 1000 professional at bats. He is looking for his second chance in professional baseball, and we are glad to give him this opportunity,” said Steve Brook, Rascals Manager and Director of Operations. “Ahmady has a lot to prove and fits into our system nicely. I expect great things from him this year and hope to find a way to get him back to affiliated baseball in the future.” Wunderlich will lace up across the diamond, coming to O’Fallon via the Tampa Bay Rays farm system following a standout career at the University of Louisville. He has a proven track record of power hitting, earning spots on the New York-Penn League all-star

team in 2010 and with the Midwest League all-star team in 2011. “Phil should not have been released this off season,” said Brook. “He is a two-time minor league all-star and has a huge upside in professional baseball. I have heard nothing but great things about Phil’s character from former teammates and coaches, and we are proud to welcome him to the Rascals organization in 2013. Phil, too, has a lot to prove this summer, and we will do everything we can to get him a second shot in affiliated baseball in the future.” (Source: Rascal website) *47 days to opening day* Missouri State Start Football Practice State’s head football coach Terry Allen was all business during Thursday’s morning practice at Plaster Field, the Bears’ third session of the week and first in full pads. “It was a long first week because of the weather,” said Allen. “Today was by far our nicest day and gave us a chance to just walk through some things.” Monday’s scheduled practice was postponed due to frigid conditions and ice on the surface at Plaster Field. The Bears practiced in helmets Tuesday and shells Wednesday before running two-and-a-half hours in full pads Thursday. The last 40 minutes Thursday were conducted in controlled scrimmage situations with progress made on both sides of the ball, according to Offensive Coordinator Rob Christophel and Defensive Coordinator D.J. Vokolek. After taking the weekend off for the University’s spring holiday, the Bears take the field for four sessions next week. MSU will reach the halfway point in its spring practices with afternoon sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday before the clubs’ first spring scrimmage, Saturday at 9:30am. The scrimmage is free and open to the public.

Allen has 42 returning lettermen and 73 returning squad members in camp this spring. NCAA Division I regulations permit 15 spring practice dates. *Thanks to Rick Kindhart Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications-MSU* Lindenwood Women’s Lacrosse Remains Undefeated The Lindenwood women’s lacrosse team remains undefeated after this past weekend, picking up a 1513 victory over Regis and a 20-9 victory over Colorado Mesa. Shelby Polk leads the team offensively with 33 goals and 38 total points. Justiene Groothuis comes in right by Polk offensively with 30 total points. Lindenwood has out-shot its opponents this season 306 to 124 and has recorded 125 more goals than its opponents this season. The Lady Lions have eight more games on their schedule that includes six more Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association contests. Lindenwood is currently on top of the conference standings with a perfect 4-0 record. Regis is in second in the conference with a 5-1 conference record, only losing to the Lady Lions. *Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood* 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, among many other activities. • Community News • April 3, 2013


Pass the Potatoes, Please

French fries are one of a kid’s favorite things to eat. But there’s a whole lot more that can be made from delicious, nutritious potatoes.

“I love the versatility of Florida potatoes,” said Chef Justin Timineri, Executive Chef and Culinary Ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “There are so many different kinds of potatoes that can be flavored in just about any way you

Smashed Potato Bar

Smashed Potato Bar Ingredients: 2 pounds Florida potatoes, washed and quartered 1/2 cup milk, warmed 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/2 cup plain yogurt or light sour cream Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste Directions: Place potatoes into a soup pot and add water until they are completely covered. Lightly salt water and place over medium high heat. Cook potatoes for 15 to 25 minutes until they are soft, but not falling apart. Carefully drain the water and return

Directions: Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, or an oven at 375°F. In medium sized

like. Get the kids into the kitchen with you and experiment with making potato dishes the whole family will enjoy.” You can find more recipes that will have the kids saying, “Pass the potatoes, please!” at

Homemade Potato Chips

them to the pot they were cooked in. Kids Can: Use a potato masher to achieve desired texture, being careful not to work the potatoes too much. They can also add milk, butter and yogurt to mashed potatoes. Stir ingredients to combine. Taste mashed potatoes and season them with salt and pepper. Add any extra flavorings or toppings and serve warm. Potato Bar Toppings: • low fat yogurt or low fat sour cream

• chives/scallions • cheese • bacon bits • fresh herbs • sun-dried tomatoes • lemon Chef Justin’s Tips • Use a combination of purple, yellow and red potatoes to make multi-colored mashed potatoes. • Leave the skin on the potatoes for extra nutrients. • Don’t over-mash the potatoes; overworking can cause them to become gummy.

Makes 4 servings

mixing bowl combine potatoes, onion, bell peppers, mushrooms, herbs and olive oil. Stir ingredients to combine and season lightly with salt and pepper. Make 4 12 x 12-inch squares of aluminum foil and lay them out to be stuffed. Place a chicken breast in the middle of each foil square, and lightly season with salt and pepper. Evenly distribute vegetable mixture on top of each chicken breast. Fold each packet so that a tight seal is formed and all the food is contained.

Super Spuds: Potatoes are a good source of potassium (for your muscles and growth), vitamin B6 (to help fight illness and help your nerves function), and fiber (for digestion). Most of the nutrients are right under the skin—leave the skin on whenever possible.

Roasted Campfire Packets

Homemade Potato Chips

Makes 4 servings

Roasted Campfire Pockets Ingredients: 20 Florida fingerling potatoes, sliced thin 1 large onion, sliced 2 bell peppers, sliced 2 cups mushrooms, sliced 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped fine (basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary) 2 tablespoons olive oil Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts


Grill packets, or bake them in the oven, for 20 to 30 minutes until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F. Remove packets from heat and let cool slightly. Open packets carefully as hot steam may rush out. Kids Can: Help slice veggies and stuff their pockets with their favorites.

Ingredients: 4 medium Florida fingerling potatoes, unpeeled (mixed colors) 1 tablespoon olive oil Pan release spray Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste Additional seasonings (see below) Directions: Special equipment needed: French mandolin Preheat oven to 425°F. Rinse and dry potatoes. Slice potatoes as thin as possible with a mandolin. Place sliced potatoes in medium sized mixing bowl and rinse several times with warm water. Lightly squeeze and dry potatoes.

Makes 4 servings

Lightly spray a cookie sheet with pan release spray. Lay sliced potatoes in a single layer on cookie sheet. Place cookie sheet in oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let cool slightly. Use a thin spatula to remove potato chips from cookie sheet into a mixing bowl. Kids Can: While they are still warm, season chips with their choice of seasoning. Potato Chip Seasonings • Garlic-Parmesan • Fresh herbs • Your favorite dried spice mix (Greek, Cajun, BBQ)

Kids Can: Place sliced potatoes back in a dry mixing bowl and add olive oil. Toss potatoes to make sure they are evenly coated with the oil, using a little more oil if needed.

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Apr. 6: 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.

Apr. 4, 18 & 25: Hazelwood School District “Spring into Employment” Career workshops and job fair at 1865 Dunn Road, St. Louis. April 4 - Résumé Building/Application Skills workshop; April 18 - Interviewing and Job Skills workshop; April 25 - Job Fair. This event is free and open to the entire community. Child care will be provided, RSVP required. Please RSVP to Hollie Henderson at or 314.953.4944.

Apr. 13: BBQ at Lutheran Church of the Living Christ 2725 Concorde Dr. ( Faces New Halls Ferry) Florissant 11am -5pm. We will accept donated shoes for the Shoeman Project and clothes and non-perishable food for the T.E.A.M. Organization. For additional info call 314.839.3455. Saturdays: ESL Classes 10 – 11:30am at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel, 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis. Free. All are welcome. Info: 314.849.6949. Events 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

Apr. 6: Free Home Buying Seminar Operated by a HUD-approved non-profit credit counseling agency at the Florissant Valley Library . Drawings for gift cards. Register 314.647.9004. Apr. 10: Health Fair at St. Catherine Retirement Community 3350 St. Catherine St. Florissant, from 10am – noon. Free screenings, door prizes and refreshments. April 13: Kiwanis Clubs of Florissant Valley and Ritenour Trivia Night

7pm at the Hazelwood Community Center, White Birch Park, 1186 Teson Rd., Hazelwood. $20 per person for table of 8. Popcorn, soda and beer included. Call Will, 314.749.5215 or Tom or Dee, 314.740.1072 to reserve your spot. April 14: Treasures From the Trunks and Attics of the Florissant Valley Vintage Costume Showing 2 - 4pm at Taille de Noyer, 1896 South Florissant Road on the campus of McCluer High School. The cost is $10 per person, and will include a wine and cheese tasting. Please call 314.275.9957 or 314.838.4536 for reservations. Apr. 18: OASIS Discussion Group Village North Retirement Community OASIS discussion group, 11160 Village North Drive, 1:15, RSVP 314.747.WELL. Apr. 19: Daddy/Daughter Sweetheart Dance At the Nature Lodge from 6:30 – 8:30pm. $25 for residents. Grownups can treat their special little girl to a lovely evening filled with fun, music, and dancing, along with cookies and punch. Formal dress is required. Tickets are available through April 15 or when dance is full, whichever comes first. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For ages 12 and under with an adult. Apr. 20: “Apron Display and Thimbles” National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting of the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter at Lake Forest Country Club. For more information about the DAR or to make reservations for the lunch portion of the meet-

ing may contact Regent, Susan Russ at 636.978.1869. You may also find us on the web at www.mssdar. org/ccstuart. 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 Apr. 27: Florissant Garage Sale At the James J Eagan Ice Rink area from 9am – 1pm. To reserve your spot to sell in the Florissant Garage Sale, fill out an application by April 19; the fee is $15 (residents only). Free to attend. For additional information call 314.921.4466. Apr. 27: UCC Habitat For Humanity Fundraising Dinner At Zion United Church of Christ (5710 North Highway 67, 1/4 mile west of Jamestown Mall) Outreach Ministry will host a Fundraising Dinner to benefit Habitat For Humanity from 5-7 p.m. The menu includes: Pulled pork, bread, side dishes, iced tea, coffee, punch and dessert. Tickets are: $10.00

(adults), $5 (children under 10). Call 314.741.1590 for tickets or reservations. May 11: 32nd Annual Hazelwood PTA Scholarship Run/Walk At Hazelwood Central High School. Begins at 7am. May 19: Kids In The Middle Cardinals Game At 1:15pm. St. Louis Cardinals VS Milwaukee Brewers. Tickets are $35 (List price is $63). Seats are in the Lower Left Field Box, Sections 169 & 170. Kids tube socks give-away and “run the bases” after the game. First come, first served for best available seats. Call 314.909.9922 or visit and click the “Upcoming Events” tab to purchase tickets by May 1. June 1: Chili Cookoff The Clarksville Missouri State Chili Cookoff will replace the Clarksville Regional. Riverfront Park, Clarksville, Mo. Total prize money is $1500. Every Monday: Line dancing with Minnie At St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Florissant, at 6:30pm. Beginners welcome. RSVP at 314.838.3877. Calling All St. Augustine’s Classmates Planning is underway for an All School Reunion on August 10, 2013. Held at Spazio’s Restaurant (near Westport). 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

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and we'll print it! • Community News • April 3, 2013 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. Health June 3 – Oct. 7: EMT-B Course Aat Christian Hospital open to the public. The Emergency Medical Technician--Basic (EMT-B) course is designed for students interested in providing patient care to their community. This is the entry-level course required to work on an ambulance. The cost is $1,500. Register online at For more information, contact Shannon Watson at 314.653.5271. Hands-Only CPR Could you save someone’s life if their heart suddenly stopped? SSM St. Joseph Health Center is now offering FREE non-certificate training in hands-only CPR for individuals and their families. The training takes 15 minutes and is appropriate for anyone ages 10 and older. Eighty percent of sudden cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings. Hands-only CPR, also known as compression-only CPR, has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work or in other public settings. It can double

or triple a victim’s chance for survival, according to the American Heart Association. Contact Rachel Sparks 636.947.5663 or Maureen Bell 636.947.5083 to schedule a training session. Crisis Nursery The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. The Crisis Nursery provides shortterm, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Wentzville, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. For the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery 24-hour helpline, call 314. 768.3201. In St. Charles County, call 636.947.0600. Visit for program, volunteer and event info. Christian Hospital

To register call 314.747.9355 Apr. 9: AARP Driver Safety Program By Dr. Arthur Visor, certified AARP instructor at Northwest HealthCare Community Room 1, 1225 Graham Road from 12:304:30 p.m. Learn about age-related physical changes and ways to adjust for these changes and reduce traffic violations and chances for injuries. Some insurance companies also offer a discount to participants. Space is limited, call 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355 to register. Fee: $12 AARP member; $14 non-member (payable to AARP) the day of training.

At Village North Retirement Community, 11160 Village North Dr. from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. 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 877.747.9355 to register. “Two Ears and One Mouth: Being a Good Listener.” Apr. 25: 9th Annual Hats Off to Women – HATTITUDE At Christian Hospital with screenings from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and a lecture at 6pm. For more information, contact Bret Berigan, bmb0914@ Learn about women and heart disease and how attitude can have a big influence on your health. The fun will begin with a special gift given to every woman who chooses to wear a hat. A goody bag will be given to all participants and a light, heart-healthy dinner will be served. Free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings will be available. Reservations: 314.747.9355 or 877.747.9355.

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work In the SSM Rehab Hospital Dining Room from 2:30 – 4pm. A presentation and educational session for stroke survivors and their family members or caregivers. Call Chris Gonzalez at 314.447.9644 for more info. Apr. 11: Mighty Hearts and Lungs – Support Group Aat SSM DePaul Health Center from noon – 1pm. For patients and family members coping with cardiac and pulmonary health issues; learn how to better manage your condition for a healthier life. Call Larry Buhr at 314.344.6023 to register or for more info. Every Mon. & Tues. in Apr.: 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. Answers from page 8

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April 3, 2013 • Community News •

Joe Morice

Over the Fence

Drones: Good or Bad? The military has flown drones overseas to support troops, spy on enemies and fire missiles for years. Recently, there’s a clamor to fly them domestically to track the health of crops, fight wildfires in remote terrain, conduct search and rescue after a disaster and perform other chores considered too “dirty, dull or dangerous” for pilots. The expanding use for drones comes amid concerns of “Big Brother” government. The navy’s take on drones is represented at this web site: The use of drones within the U.S. is an ongoing debate in Congress. Some fear it may become a device of Big

Brother. Others claim it is a useful device to help our society, such as it is. Perhaps they’re both right. I might agree with both sides. I admit I’m one of those people who love air shows and reading about or seeing what military hardware and its well-trained professionals can do. Whether it’s a Marine Jump Jet or a Navy Super Hornet, it fascinates me. The newer planes are supposedly even more fascinating. Stephen Coonts, author of many novels about fictional military events, imparts reams of information about military hardware and its capabilities. The muchfeared ICBM of my salad days seems to have morphed into cruise missiles capable of flying near the speed of sound at altitudes so low that AWAC’s state-of-the-art radar can’t find them because of ground clutter. Fighter jets can almost match them higher up, but at those low levels, it’s near insanity for a pilot to try. Cruise missiles have more advanced payloads besides the nukes we always feared. According to Coonts, they could have something called “Electro-magnetic Pulse Weapons” which is a device that will trigger an instant jillion-volt pulse, fry every electrical device for hundreds of square miles in large cities, and render the area uninhabitable for human beings. Imagine a crowded city the size of Manhattan or Washington D.C. being instantly brought back to the Stone Age. Both drones and cruise missiles are without pilots. As pointed out by the previous website, drones can fly far longer without refueling than any other military plane. They can accommodate state-of-the-art avionics, electronic spying devices and many other items, some of which are probably classified, and use them from 60,000 feet. How the navy can launch and retrieve these drones with a 130-foot wingspan from an aircraft carrier is a mystery, but I

have no doubt they can. I can imagine a drone flying over the U.S. tracking a drug smuggler’s vehicle and sending the information to government narcotics cops. I can also imagine someone being tracked by police under the influence of nefarious political powers. Frightening. As you can see, perhaps both sides of this debate are defensible. Here is another site that discusses the accident rates of drones: I would recommend looking at both of these sites to form a better perspective of the pros and cons, after which you may want to contact your federal representative. Perhaps to make drone usage a bit safer, civilian committees of seven moderates watching every launch of drones over U.S. territories would be advisable. The seventh should be a proven independent as a tiebreaker. When I say ‘moderates,’ I mean real moderates of both parties. The radical wings that have taken over Congress and steered it into disregard of U.S. citizens in favor of becoming personally rich and kowtowing to mendacious billion-dollar interests simply can’t be trusted. It won’t be easy. 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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