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May 30, 2012 Vol. 91 No. 22

Hazelwood’s 2nd Annual event urges residents to make a difference.

Recycle Day

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The city of Hazelwood will host the 2nd annual “Recycle Day” on Saturday, June 2, in the St. Louis Mills parking lot near the Ice Zone. Residents may get rid of their unwanted recyclable items by dropping them off at the event site between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. This event is free; there are no drop-off charges. Participating vendors for this year’s event include Allied Waste Services, WITS, Inc. (Web Innovations & Technology Services), St. Louis Mills, The Home Depot, American Kidney Services, and Shred-it. They will have different stations set up at the event site to collect the following items: computers; monitors; printers; cords/ cables; TVs; VCR/DVD players; stereos/boom boxes; MP3 players; cellular phones; kitchenware like toasters, blenders, and food processors; washers; dryers; dishwashers; refrigerators; furnaces; humidifiers; air conditioners; lawn equipment; industrial machinery; old motors or transformers; medical and diagnostic equipment; car and lead-containing batteries; document shredding; fluorescent and CFL light bulbs; clothing, shoes and accessories; bedding; books; computer software; DVDs/CDs; and single-stream recycling items. No tires or hazardous materials such as paints, solvents, and chemicals are being accepted. The first Hazelwood “Recycle Day” program attracted 706 cars and collected nearly 80 tons of recyclable items. Event organizers are expecting a bigger turnout this year with more participation from local residents. It’s part of an aggressive recycling education program implemented by city officials. “Our goal is for Hazelwood to be at the forefront of today’s green initiative with an effective sustainability Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4 Business. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

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program that diverts recyclable items away from landfills so they can be refurbished or recycled to help cut down on unused waste,” said Mayor Matthew Robinson of Hazelwood. “We believe our residents can make a difference in saving our planet by reducing their consumption of natural resources, being more energy efficient, and bringing unwanted recyclables from home to our event on June 2. We want to make Hazelwood a more eco-friendly community.” The city of Hazelwood is partnering with a Green Committee of resident volunteers and the St. Louis County Health Department in promoting a “Recycling Becomes Me” campaign, designed to show people how recycling can become a part of their everyday lives. Hazelwood received $9,838 as part of a grant received through its partnership with St. Louis County. With guidance from the city’s Green Committee, the staff will be using these funds to produce educational materials and to conduct a recycling participation study. Learn & Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Pet Apdoption . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Movie / Historic Streets . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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Acclaimed Suspense Writer Ace Atkins Visits SLCL The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present acclaimed detective fiction author Ace Atkins for a discussion and signing of his books “The Lost Ones” and “Lullaby,” Atkin’s first installment in the Robert B. Parker franchise. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble. Praised by Michael Connelly as one of “the best crime writers at work today,” Ace Atkins was selected by the estate of Robert B. Parker to continue the popular Spenser detective series. In “Lullaby,” Spenser tries to help a 14-year-old girl solve the mystery of her mother’s death. When Mattie Sullivan asks Spenser to look into her mother’s death, he’s not completely convinced by her claim that the original investigation was botched. Mattie is gruff, street-smart, and wise beyond her years. But her

need for closure and her determination to make things right hit Spenser where he lives: they’re the very characteristics he abides by. Convinced that the man convicted of the crime is innocent, Mattie points Spenser to two Dorchester toughs who were overlooked in the first investigation. No one likes his dredging up the past, but as Spenser becomes more involved in the case, he starts to realize that Mattie may be on to something – something that could get a whole lot more dangerous if he is able to see it through to the end. Atkins will also discuss “The Lost Ones,” the second installment in a new detective series set in the Deep South. Fresh from 10 years as a U.S. Army Ranger, Quinn Colson finds his hands full as the newly elected sheriff of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. An old buddy running a local gun shop may be in over his head when stolen army rifles start showing up in the hands of a Mexican drug gang. At the same time, an abused-child case leads Quinn and his tough-as-nails deputy, Lillie Virgil, deep into the heart of a bootleg baby racket and a trail of darkness and death. And when the two cases collide, Quinn and his allies are forced to realize that, though they may be home from the war, they are now in the fight of their lives. Ace Atkins is also the author of the critically acclaimed novels “White Shadow,” “Wicked City,” “Devil’s Garden,” “Infamous,” and four Nick Travers novels. 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 www.slcl. org.

Summer Fun for All St. Louis County Library's popular summer reading clubs will kick-off June 1 and run through August 4. The library offers clubs for all ages: babies, kids, teens and adults, with fun programs and great prizes for each age group. Participation is free and registration begins June 1; simply stop by any St. Louis County Library branch to sign up. For more information please call 314.994.3300, visit or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter. Sweet Dreams @ Your Library - Baby Summer Reading Club for ages 0-2: Parents, keep track of how many books you read to your little one and how many library story times you attend on the log sheet you receive when you sign up. Bring the log sheet to the library when you reach each prize stop. Prizes include electronic keys, Giggables and board books. Dream Big, Read! - Kids Summer Reading Club for ages 3 - entering 5th grade: Kids, track the number of minutes or books read on a special log sheet. Bring your log sheet to the library when you reach each prize stop and earn great prizes. A full line-up of great programs will be featured including live performers, crafts, puppetry, animals, movies, treats, and, of course, stories. Prizes include a chance to win Cardinals tickets

and passes to a St. Louis Blues game. Kids who complete the club will receive a pass to one of five Library Nights at the Magic House (pass includes free entry for one child and up to two adults). In addition, kids who complete the SRC bonus round will be entered into a raffle for a Target gift card. Own the Night - Teen Summer Reading Club for teens entering 6th - 12th grade: Teens can earn points by reading books, magazines, graphic novels, and listening to audiobooks. Register and keep track of your reading online at www. or pick up a log sheet at your nearest branch. When you complete a level visit a branch to collect your reward. Programming includes Angry Birds live, henna art tutorials, tshirt design classes, comic and manga drawing workshops, a zombie invasion and more. Grand prizes include a Kindle Fire (one winner per branch!), a mountain bike, a Dell laptop and an iPad 2. Step Into New Worlds Adult Reading Club for ages 18 and older: The Adult Reading Club encourages participants to complete 10 books or 50 hours of reading time during the 11-week period (May 29 August 13). Individuals who complete the club will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards from Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks and the St. Louis Bread Company. Other prizes include Mary Engelbreit tote bags, signed first editions of popular books, and tickets from the St. Louis Cardinals and Wehrenberg Theaters. Stop by your local branch to register, then pick up a reading log at and get started. Summer reading club program guides are available at all SLCL locations. For more information visit or call 314.994.3300.

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Flo Valley Historical Society Hosts Flea Market

Black Jack to Hold Public Hearing

The Florissant Valley Historical Society is having a flea market at the historic Taille de Noyer House on Saturday June 2 from 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. Other vendors will be participating on the parking lot in front of Taille de Noyer, located on the grounds of McCluer High School, 1896 S. Florissant Rd. in Florissant, Mo. Please come see the treasures being offered at this first ever flea market.

The city of Black Jack will hold a public hearing to discuss the allocation of $20,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant Funds, which will become available after January 1, 2013. The public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 5, 2012 at Black Jack City Hall, 12500 Old Jamestown Road, Black Jack MO, 63033. To further its commitment to fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, the City of Black Jack has enacted and/or enforces the following: A Fair Housing Ordinance prohibiting unlawful discrimination against any person because of race, sex, color, religion, disability, familial status or national origin; A Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in the admission or access to, or employment in, its federally assisted programs or activities; A Policy of Equal Opportu-

Florissant Police Condemns Aggressive Tactics of Pinnacle Security The Florissant Police Department has recently received several complaints from residents concerning the aggressive door-to-door sales tactics of Pinnacle Security. The group has been traveling in groups, many from out of state. They offer upgrades to currently installed alarm systems and attempt to sell new systems. The company has been accused of instilling fear in the residents with its sales tactics. A number of residents said the door-to-door salespeople know how much the resident’s home is worth and say things like, “We know you have a bunch of money in the house.” The police de-

partment has discovered that, specifically with older people, the salespeople get argumentative when residents say they are not interested. The salespeople make the residents feel threatened and unsafe. Florissant Mayor Tom Schneider and Chief Karabas encourage residents to call the police department if they encounter any problems with these salespeople. The Mayor and Chief Karabas also wish to reassure the residents that we live in a safe community, and the purchase of an alarm system should not be made because of the scare tactics.

Annie Malone May Day Parade Mayor Norman C. McCourt rode shotgun in the St. Louis County Police DARE Corvette, as the city of Black Jack took part in the annual Annie Malone May Day Parade in downtown St. Louis. President Pro-Tem Benjamin Allen, along with Councilpersons Don Krank, Rick Steigerwald, Sandy Muller and Randy Gardner also took part

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in the parade. The city of Black Jack has a longstanding relationship with the Annie Malone Children and Family Service Center. Councilman Benjamin Allen, a 30 plus year member of the City Council, served on the Board of Directors for the organization and was also an Annie Malone resident. Mayor Norm McCourt stated, “We are proud to have a relationship with this fine organization and wholeheartedly support their efforts for the betterment of our community. The city officials and I always look forward to participating in the event. It was exciting to see the positive reaction we received from the crowd, and a real pleasure seeing all the smiles from the kids enjoying the day with their families.”

nity to Participate in Municipal Programs and Services regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status, national origin or political affiliation; A requirement for bidding on CDBG activities that promotes employment opportunities created by HUD funding and that these opportunities be afforded low-income community residents and business. If you would like information regarding the above polices or if you believe you have been unlawfully discriminated against, contact the following municipal official or employee who has been designated to coordinate compliance with equal employment opportunity requirements referenced above. City Clerk 12500 Old Jamestown Road Black Jack, MO 63033 314.355.0400

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Summer Youth Hazelwood Police Chief Announces Retirement Computer After 26 Years of Dedicated Service After an illustrious career spanning 42 years in law enforcement for the city of Hazelwood and the Camp of which 35 years have been spent as a police chief and over 26 Hazelwood Police Department.

North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice (NCCU) is sponsoring its second Summer Youth Computer Camp. This year’s camp will be held from 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from June 20 to July 20. The camp will be held at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 13200 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63033. Students entering grades six through 10 will be accepted, and the program includes training on building computers and using software. Upon completion, each student will be given a free computer. The registration fee is $60, but the fee may be waived for those who receive approved scholarships. The first 20 applications received will be accepted into the program. Last year’s camp was only able to accept 10 students, but many more applied. NCCU has secured funding this year for 20 students. Applications must be submitted by June 10, 2012. Please call 314.921.7364 to obtain an application.

years with the City of Hazelwood, Police Chief Carl Wolf has announced his intentions to retire effective July 1, 2012. He is currently the administrator of the Hazelwood Police Department which has a total of 85 employees. Wolf ’s impeccable credentials include earning a Master of Science Degree in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis with a specialty in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in Illinois. He also received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from the same institution. In addition, he is a decorated veteran who served his country in the U.S. Navy between October 1965 and November 1969. One of his most interesting duties involved serving as a crew member aboard an SP-2H aircraft and operating classified electronic equipment. Wolf received many honors and awards for his military service including the following: Aircrew Wings; Air Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation; Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; and Vietnam Campaign Medal. In the Missouri law enforcement community, Wolf has a distinguished reputation as a leader in fighting crime. In 1994, he was named Missouri Police Chief of the Year. Six years later, he received the Missouri Police Chiefs Association’s Distinguished Service Award. These are other leadership roles bestowed on him: serving as a Commissioner of the REJIS Commission; serving on the Board of Directors of the Major Case Squad; being appointed Chairman of the North County MEG unit; and serving a Chairman of the Regional Computer Crime Education and Enforcement Group. His influence goes far beyond Hazelwood’s city limits since he is currently serving his fourth 3-year term as the Vice President/Treasurer of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He also serves on the board of directors of the IACP Foundation as its treasurer. Wolf travels the world attending IACP conferences and board meetings, acting as a respected ambassador

“I want to thank the city of Hazelwood and its wonderful residents for giving me an opportunity to be their Chief of Police,” Wolf said. “I’ve enjoyed every minute of the 26 years I’ve been with the city, but I feel it’s now time for me to move on in a different direction. I’m also grateful for the privilege of working with dedicated department employees, both past and present, who have helped me build an outstanding law enforcement organization that is second to none.” Wolf continues the tradition of excellence in police leadership with numerous initiatives such as the School Resource Officer program and Volunteer in Police Services program, which have been designated as model programs on both a state and national level for other law enforcement agencies to emulate. In 2010, the Hazelwood Police Department received IACP’s 2010 Excellence in Victim Services Award. Additionally, the department is one of only 18 law enforcement agencies in the state of Missouri to attain International Accreditation status. In recognition for his efforts in creating the Hazelwood Youth Leadership Academy, Wolf accepted the 2010 Corrigan-Wiesman Partnership Award. He then received a Missouri House of Representatives Resolution congratulating him on this accomplishment. In March 2010, he received the North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony’s Outstanding Community Service Award for his tireless work in helping troubled youth. And, in May 2011, Wolf was given the 2011 Community Development Award from North County, Inc., for his positive impact on the region’s economic development efforts and business climate. Wolf remains active in the community by serving as a member and past president of the Florissant Valley Kiwanis Club. He also serves as a Board member and has been past president of the Northwest Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he has served on the Board for Emerson YMCA and currently on the Board for Valley Industries Sheltered Workshop. Plus, Wolf is a member of VFW Post 6368, American Legion Post #4, and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 794. Wolf is married to his wife, Colleen, and they share nine children and eight grandchildren.

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Recent Greater North County Chamber Ribbon Cutting: Deleo’s Café & Deli Jake Hall, co-owner of DeLeo’s Café & Deli with Mark Wunderlick, cuts the ribbon during the recent grand opening of DeLeo’s Café & Deli, 2782 North US Hwy 67, in Florissant. Joining in the celebration are Florissant city councilmen Keith Schildroth and Pat Stinnett, city officials and members of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce. DeLeo’s offers a variety of sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts. For more information, call 314.839.3880. (Debbie Wright photo)

St. Louis Men’s Group Against Cancer Donates to 34 Local Charities The 42nd Annual St. Louis Men’s Group against Cancer Donation Luncheon was held on Thursday, May 24 at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton. A total of 34 local cancer charities will benefit from funds raised by the organization at its 2011 dinner last November. The St. Louis Men’s Group against Cancer is a non-profit, charitable organization that raises money for research, prevention and care for cancer patients and their families. Net proceeds from the group’s annual dinner go this yea to 34 cancer-related charities in the St. Louis area. To date, St. Louis Men’s Group against Cancer has raised more than $3 million for cancer research prevention and care. Organizations that have received grants from the Men’s Group include Camp Rainbow,

Ronald McDonald House, Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Community), Children’s Miracle Network, American Cancer Society, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, SSM St. Joseph Health Center, Mercy Health Foundation/ David Pratt Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Breast Health Center, Siteman Cancer Center, Developmental Therapeutics Program, Siteman Cancer Center Prostate High Risk Bio-Repository, Siteman Cancer Center Psycho-Oncology Service, Siteman Cancer Center Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities, Washington University Prostate Cancer (3T)MRI/Ultrasound Study, Washington University Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program, Missouri Baptist Medical Center Heartland Cancer Research Center, Missouri Baptist

Medical Center Palliative Care Service, Missouri Baptist Medical Center Cancer Prevention Program, St. Anthony’s Hospice Program Fern & Russel deGreeff Hospice House, St. Louis University Cancer Center Oncology Nutrition Program, St. Louis University Cancer Center Hereditary Cancer Program, St. Louis University Cancer Center Prostate Cancer Screenings, Friends of Kids with Cancer, Gateway to Hope, St. Luke’s Hospital Cancer Rehabilitation Program, Kids Rock Cancer

Maryville University, St. Anthony’s Medical Center Nutritional Counseling, HELP St. Louis, National Children’s Cancer So-

ciety, The Empowerment Network, St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Haven House St. Louis.


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FFSD Recognitions The Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education took time to honor the accomplishments of students and staff at the 7 p.m. monthly board meeting on May 9. Honorees’ names were read, and they were applauded as they walked forward to receive certificates of achievement and pats-on-the back from board members. McCluer's sixth Gates Millennium Scholars scholarship winner. Mark Vassell, a senior at McCluer High School, earned the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars scholarship. Mark is the sixth student from McCluer to win the all-expense paid renewable scholarship established to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students. By earning one of the nation’s largest and most sought after scholarships, Mark's undergraduate, graduate and doctoral expenses (this includes tuition, room, board and other necessities) are covered as long as he makes satisfactory academic progress. Mark will attend school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dream is to become the next great American inventor. McCluer's previous winners include: Allison Wallace (2011), Aroona Toor (2010), Errynne Page (2009), A’Daris McNeese (2006), and Sheri McClerklin (2005). Four FFSD students to attend Missouri Scholars Academy this summer. Four FFSD sophomores have been selected to participate in the 2012 Missouri Scholars Academy. The three-week academic program for 330 gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year in high school is directed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The MSA is a highly-competitive enrichment program held on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia June 10-30. It provides gifted youth with special opportunities designed to help them realize their full potential. McCluer High School’s Olivia Rivers and McCluer North High School’s Christina Dunham, Matthew Graham and Jared Hunt will attend the program. The FFSD’s top ACT scorers take Bright Flight to college. Two FFSD seniors are among the top five percent of Missouri ACT test takers. Students must attain a score of 31 or higher on the ACT in order to be awarded the Bright Flight scholarship to an approved Missouri post-secondary school. McCluer High School's Glennon Maffitt McDonald and McCluer North High School's Joseph Kavanaugh have been named Bright

Flight scholars. The duo will each receive $1,500 scholarships for their accomplishments. MN soloists, ensemble hit top notes at MSHSAA music festival. McCluer North High School students Willnard Anderson, a junior, and seniors Darren Barnes, Anna Marxkors, Lindsay Moody and Anissa Quilling received a No. 1 superior rating at the Missouri State High School Activities Association's State Solo/Small Ensemble Festival in April. Kamaria Keely and Quinten Singleton, both juniors, and Cierra Dalske, Ifama Kellin and Tyler Price, seniors, received a No. 2 excellent rating. To even perform in the competition, the students had to first receive a No. 1 superior rating at the district level. McCluer High School's theatre program, students nominated for area Cappies Awards. The Critic and Awards program for high school students known as Cappies recognizes the best in high school theatre. McCluer High School received the following Cappie Awards: Song nominee, Steppin' to the Bad Side, Dreamgirls; play nominee, The Diviners; musical nominee, Dreamgirls; and lastly, a critic team nominee. Each Cappie nomination on the student level translates into a $1,000 scholarship to Lindenwood University and marks the performance as one of the top five in the St. Louis area. The following McCluer students were nominated for Cappies: Marketing and publicity nominee: Dereis Lambert, junior, The Diviners. Sound nominee: Brandon Stewart, senior, The Diviners. Lighting nominees: Celine Wallace, freshman; Kiya Chandler, sophomore; and Jessica Brinkley, junior, Dreamgirls. Deandre’a Fair and Eric Williams, seniors, The Diviners. Costumes nominees: atesha McCallister, sophomore; Liz Baranowski, Brandall Bond and Aaliyah Palmer, juniors, Dreamgirls. Make-up nominees: Natesha McAllister, sophomore; Endia McFarland and Kyeona Mitchell; juniors, The Diviners. Stage crew nominees: Jennifer Boston, Jeremy Hamilton, Endia McFarland and Kristen McPike, juniors, Dreamgirls. Choreography nominee: Melanie McCray, senior, Dreamgirls. Ensemble-in-a-play nominees: Dewey and Melvin (Andre Perkins, junior, and Darrione’ Pope, senior), The Diviners. Featured actress in a play nominee: Adrienne Thompson, junior, The Diviners. Featured actress in a musical nominee: Brianna Reed, senior, Dreamgirls. Featured actor in a musical nominee: Corneilus Barnes, sophomore, Dreamgirls. Female dancer nominee: Tianna Reed, senior, Dreamgirls. Comic actress in a play nominee: Jade Hillery, senior, The Diviners. Comic actress in a musical nominee: Adrienne Thompson, junior, Dreamgirls. Supporting actor in a play nominee: Lavalle Moore, sophomore, The Diviners. Supporting actress in a musical nominee: Melanie McCray, senior, Dreamgirls. Supporting actor in a musical nominee: De-

reis Lambert, junior, Dreamgirls. Lead actor in a play nominee: Cornelius Barnes, sophomore, The Diviners Lead actress in a musical nominee: Alexis Tucker, junior, Dreamgirls. Returning critic nominees: Jennifer Boston and Kristen McPike, juniors. Probe students win top honors in the region in Stock Market Game. Berkeley and Cross Keys Middle School Probe students who participated in the Stock Market Game sponsored by the Missouri Council on Economic Education came out with top honors. The Berkeley team -- which includes seventh-graders Taylor Howard, Devonta Matthews, and Dazjour Smith, and eighth-grader Devin Humphrey -- placed first in the St. Louis region. The Cross Key team, which includes eighth-graders Caitlyn Chalcraft, Hannah Goodman, Lauryn Hudson, Mckenzie Ney, and Caitlynn Waters, finished second. The achievements are significant, as they competed with more than 30 teams in the contest. The students learned critical thinking skills, conducted independent research and applied economic concepts as they invested in an hypothetical $100,000 online portfolio. District students prepare to be future leaders as YLSL participants. Eight district students were selected to participate in the 2011-12 Youth Leadership St. Louis program, they are: Juniors Therrance Carrothers, Kristen McPike and Alexis Tucker, who attend McCluer High School; juniors Kamaria Keely and Corinne Keller, who attend McCluer North High School; and juniors Deon Davis and Devon Davis, who attend McCluer South-Berkeley High School. Erica Johnson, who is a senior at MSB, also participated in the program. Founded in 1989, the Youth Leadership St. Louis program provides high school students in the St. Louis region with a firsthand opportunity to gain problem-solving skills, develop awareness of issues in the metro region and learn how they can make a positive difference. MN star athletes shine brightly, earn prestigious titles. Several McCluer North High School athletes earned titles of distinction for their performance on various fields and courts. Galen Brown, a senior, made first team for the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association, Class 5. Jordon Granger, a senior, was selected as the Player of the Year by the association. Keith Jones, a senior, was selected by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as a track athlete to watch for this season. He is a state medalist and one of two area returning throwers with at least a 50-foot shot put and 170-foot discus toss. Lastly, Aaron Mallet, a junior, who was a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Athlete of the Week, won the 300-hurdle event at the Gateway Invitational at Washington University in a photo finish over the reigning state champion. He also won the 110. The perfect balance: Scholar athletes master two worlds. Three FFSD scholar athletes were recently recognized in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The seniors' fine achievements both in the classroom and in competition against other athletes are to be commended. Tyrone Griffin, Jr., a senior at McCluer High School was recognized for his accomplishments in basketball and track. He was honored with All-conference second team selection and serves as team captain. He is ranked No. 26 in his class and is undecided. Taylor Neal, a senior at McCluer North High School, was recognized for her accomplishments in basketball and soccer. She was honored with All-league soccer second team selection and All-conference basketball honorable mention. She is ranked No. 1 in her class. She will study computer science and engineering at Rice continued next page

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University. Kemora Jahaun Williams, a senior at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, was recognized for her accomplishments in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She was honored with volleyball team captain (two years), Ms. MSB Volleyball (2009), and volleyball team MVP (2012). She is ranked No. 7 in her class. She will study early childhood education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Barb Wnek’s age-defying passion for running takes her to London. Barb Wnek is a 62-year-old physical education teacher at Combs, Robinwood and Griffith Elementary Schools. Her passion for running has now taken her to London, where the 2012 Olympics will take place. Her jaunt to London was her first mara-

thon outside the United States and her trip will pay big dividends in the classroom, as she plans to integrate the London marathon into her lessons. This marks her 115th marathon. Jackie Hall wins GO! St. Louis Marathon, shares inspiring story with MN students. Jackie Pirtle-Hall, an ACT preparation teacher at McCluer North High School, won the Go! St. Louis Marathon. Her time of 2 hours, 42 minutes, 3 seconds actually helped her not only win, but break the marathon's previous record of 2:51:20, set in 2009. Her keynote address to students attending McCluer North High School's Senior Awards program in May was never give up on your dreams, no matter how long they take to come to fruition. She

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shared how she could not finish a state championship race as a high school distance runner at Francis Howell North because of dehydration, but years later her dream finally came true. Griffith students win Elks Drug Awareness Poster Contest. Four Griffith Elementary School students won the Florissant Elks Lodge 2316, Elks Association Drug Awareness Poster Contest. Key’mon Jenkins, a third-grader; Jada Hughes, a fourth-grader; and Jayla Jones, a fifth-grader, won the first-place prize of $150. The grand prize went to Markell Scott, a fifth-grader, who won the honor of having his design appear on a T-Shirt and $150.

HSD Middle School Students Travel to Smoky Mountains Middle school SAIL students from Hazelwood Northwest, Hazelwood Southeast and Hazelwood West middle schools visited the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee for a week this semester. SAIL is the District’s middle school gifted program. “It was a trip outside the classroom experience focused on history and science,” said Sonja Brewer, the SAIL teacher at Hazelwood Southeast Middle School. Brewer and fellow SAIL teachers, Carrie Sansone at Hazelwood Northwest Middle and John DeGuire at Hazelwood West, accompanied the students. “It was a fun experience,” said Brandy Williams, a seventh grader at Hazelwood Southeast Middle. “I could do it again. We learned about how certain animals could only live in certain environments.” She said they learned about how invasive species change habitats and how even slight environmental changes can affect wildlife. The students tested water in the Tennessee River to determine if rainbow trout could live in the river. They learned that water conditions are not favorable for that fish’s survival. “We visited The Hermitage, which was President Andrew Jackson’s home,” said her classmate Logan Ploudre. “He was considered both a villain and a hero during his presidency.” “Another thing we did was hike to a waterfall,” said Williams. “It was beautiful and I had never seen one before.” Students said they hiked four miles to and from the waterfall. “It was longer than I expected,” said Shea Myers, a sixth grader who attends Hazelwood Northwest Middle, of the hike. Damon Hines, a sixth grader at Hazelwood Southeast Middle, described some of the activities, which used science, during their visit. “We checked the weather every day – temperature, sky conditions, wind direction, barometric pressure, humidity and more,” said Hines. One group of students walked to the river and they recorded stream data -- width, temperature and flow rate. “We studied the water in the river. Some of us actually had to get in the water and it was like 40 degrees,” said Meredith Linn, an eighth grader at Hazelwood West Middle School. “We measured the flow rate with oranges,” said classmate Xavien Walker. “It was pretty there, with the mountains and nature. I saw salamanders.” “It was peaceful there; the river was soothing. There were no trash and no cell phone service,” said Linn. To calculate the river’s speed, students said they measured how far an orange traveled between two points and timed how long it took to reach the second point. “At the end of the water testing, some students did a cel-

ebratory self-dunk, including me. The whole way back I was shivering but it was fun,” said seventh grader Nathan Staats, who attends Hazelwood West Middle. The group also visited Fort Donelson National Park. A former Confederate fort built on the Cumberland River, the park is now home to hiking trails, a Civil War cemetery, a monument and artifacts from the battle such as cannons and trenches. “They had cannons there that took six to eight people to fire,” recalled Hines. Students also enjoyed visiting Lookout Mountain, which rises more than 2,000 feet above sea level. It was the site of a Civil War battle. Hand-to-hand combat between Union and Confederate forces Students from Hazelwood Northwest Middle School pose with a museum docent while visiting took place approximately halfway up the The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home, earlier this year on a field trip. Behind the domountain. These days, Lookout Moun- cent, is SAIL teacher . Staats said he enjoyed visiting Fort Donelson and tain and its neighboring attractions are Lookout Mountain the most. prime tourist spots in Chattanooga. The group rode “Going to Nashville,” said Linn of her favorite part the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway to the summit. “It was like the Metro in St. Louis but you’re looking of the trip. “We had been out in the wilderness for two down,” said Staats of the angled tram that takes visitors days so a hotel was paradise.” “I bought Moon Pies®,” interjected Walker about his on a steep, 10-minute ride to and from the top of the trip highlight. A Moon Pie® consists of two round gramountain. “I liked going to the Tremont Inn because my family ham crackers dipped in chocolate and separated by a owns a bunch of land out in the country,” said Myers. marshmallow center. They originated in the Chatta“The Tremont reminded me of my family’s land.” The nooga area nearly 100 years ago and are sold nationTremont is located in the Great Smoky Mountains Na- wide today. tional Park. “I loved being outside – hiking and going to the waterfall,” said Hazelwood Northwest Middle sixth grade student Renee Rhyne. They even learned how to make bird calls. “I learned the barn owl’s call on a night hike.” Students memorized and sang campfire songs at night, such as “Ain’t No Bugs on Me,” while they discovered bluegrass music and listened to banjo-playing.


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Statepoint Crossword Theme: Movie Quotes

ACROSS 1. Balanced ride 6. Mythical giant bird 9. Iranian monarch 13. Her face "launched a thousand ships" 14. Lawyer group 15. Abu ____, United Arab Emirates 16. It describes the siege of Troy 17. *"Thank you ___, may I have another." 18. Churns 19. *"I'm ready for my _______." 21. Whitman's craft 23. ___-been 24. Italian money

25. An NBA game can never end with this 28. Bumpkin 30. Bald Eagle to Americans, e.g. 35. Party request 37. Crucifix 39. Outburst of firearms 40. One who employs something 41. "Revolutionary Road" novelist 43. In the near future 44. Mortise and _____ joint 46. Corpulent President 47. Youngster 48. The Terminator, e.g. 50. Whiskey grain, pl. 52. Laurie Partridge actress 53. ____ Piper 55. Tote

57. Team spirit 60. *"What we've got here is _______ to communicate." 64. Shariah-approved meat 65. What Salinger's catcher was in 67. Weighed 68. One of three hipbones 69. Charged particle 70. Bornean ape 71. It preceded the violin 72. Defensive ___ in football 73. 4 x 4 race, e.g. DOWN 1. Elegant and stylish

Another Stellar Cookbook from “The Pioneer Woman” Ree Drummond picked an apt title when she dubbed herself “The Pioneer Woman.” Not just because of where she lives, but because of how hard she works – think prairie ancestor, with a keyboard. The mother of four home-schools her children on her family’s ranch in rural Pawhuska, Okla., blogs daily, sharing recipes, photos and her wit with millions of online readers, and has published four books in the six years since she created her website, In her spare time, she’s starring in a new cooking show on the Food Network. I’ve been following Drummond for several years. I feel a kindred spirit because of my experience moving to rural Oklahoma at the start of my marriage after a life in metro suburbia. I like her no-frills recipes and appreciate her stepby-step photography. Drummond’s second, and latest cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier,” features 304 pages with more than 100 recipes from breakfast to dinner, dessert for entertaining and even a few recipes and guidance on canning. The book reads like a magazine, with more than 1,000 photos of her cooking process and the Drummond family’s everyday lives. Things have changed since Drummond’s first cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl,” arrived in our kitchen a few years ago. I cooked my way through the book, preparing nearly every recipe for my happy family. The simplicity of the recipes, and the photographic tutorials, inspired my husband. “The Pioneer Man,” as we now affectionately refer to him, claimed this new cookbook for his own, taking to it like a textbook with a pad of page flags. The man who had never followed a recipe in his life is now preparing meals “like Ree does it” and seeks out many of the kitchen gadgets he sees in her photos. The description on the cover, “simple, scrumptious and step-by-step,” sums up the cookbook’s appeal. You won’t find nutrition facts with the recipes – and that’s probably a good thing because this isn’t a low-fat, low-calorie collection. Just good country cooking, kid-friendly for the most part, made with common ingredients and common sense. Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2012. 2. Holler 3. Greek muse of history 4. Fido's restraint 5. Make lovable 6. Wood file 7. *"Help me ___-Wan Kenobi" 8. Plural of "carpus" 9. Heard round the world? 10. *"Give me down to there ___. Shoulder length or longer" 11. Competently 12. ___ and her towels 15. *"The stuff that ______ are

made of." 20. Shylock's line of work 22. Metal-bearing mineral 24. Olga Korbut's outfit 25. *"You can't handle the _____!" 26. Nisei's parent 27. Movie premiere, e.g. 29. *"You're gonna need a bigger ____." 31. Cat-headed Egyptian goddess 32. Silent film comedian Harold _____

33. Call forth 34. *"Show me the _____!" 36. High school ball 38. Confront 42. Ancient stone slab with markings 45. *"I love the smell of ______ in the morning." 49. Zip 51. Bachelor on "The Bachelorette," e.g. 54. Suggestive of the supernatural 56. Sunlight distraction

57. a.k.a. French Sudan 58. Medley 59. Ralph in Spanish 60. Manage without help 61. Eurasian mountain range 62. Actress Sofer 63. Trend-setting 64. Human immunodeficiency virus 66. Old-fashioned "far" See answers page 13

If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pets background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or

This Weeks Shelter: St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center • 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376 • 636-949-7387

The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Please do your part to control overpopulation and to limit the number of unwanted animals. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!

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“The Summer of Superheroes” Nearly a month after its debut, “The Avengers” continues to dominate the movie box office. This superhero adventure brings together Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and other characters created by Marvel Comics. The film also captures the personality conflicts that have dogged the Avengers for 50 years on the printed page. When squaring off against “Battleship,” Earth’s Mightiest Heroes soundly defeated the board game adaptation, sinking it with a $55 million take in its third weekend. “The Avengers” has cracked the billion dollar barrier, but will this summer’s other superhero adventures do nearly as well? On July 3, Andrew Garfield takes over the title role in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a reboot of this movie franchise. “Spider-Man 3,” the previous installment, was an overloaded with too many important characters and not enough screen time. Introducing two keys villains, Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace), was really a bad move on the part of director Sam Raimi. In the reboot, Garfield takes the character back to his

high school days and reintroduces Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), the love of his life. As Peter Parker, Garfield has to deal with superpowers and the fact that his girlfriend’s father wants to have him arrested for being a vigilante. After a 10-year wait, the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) finally appears. Though he and Peter Parker are friends, Dr. Curt Connors, the Lizard’s alter ego, becomes corrupted from a serum that regenerates his missing arm. This summer also marks the end of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy. Christian Bale returns in the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman. The events of “The Dark Knight,” the previous film, have cast Batman in a darker light than even before. Living in seclusion for years, Wayne resurrects his Batman persona in a city that now considers him a criminal. The plot of this movie comes from “Knightfall,” a 1993 story arc in the “Batman” comic books. The Caped Crusader faces off against Bane, a brilliant and impossibly strong villain. Tom Hardy plays Bane, who is the one villain that hurt Batman in ways that the Joker could not. Bane literally breaks the Batman and set

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Christian Bale in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises" - 2012

the comic books off in a new direction. Anne Hathaway has received a lot of press for her role as Selina Kyle, the woman also known as Catwoman. In the comic books, Batman and Catwoman have had an ongoing relationship that fluctuates between enemies and lovers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes dominated May, but Peter Parker and the Dark Knight stand to heat up the summer even more.

Main Street Calendar of Events: June Through June 2: 2012 Riverfront Paint Off A week-long plein air art event at Picasso’s Coffeehouse, 101 N. Main, St. Charles

June 10: Rendezvous in St. Charles Concert 7:30 p.m. at the First Missouri State Capitol Historic Site, 200 S. Main Street in St. Charles. Free admission.

Through June 16: Quilt Show Exhibit Every Wednesday through Saturday at the Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center, 1121 N. Second Street, St. Charles.

June 10: St. Charles Community Big (Jazz) Band 7:30 p.m. at Frontier Park in St. Charles. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, or lawn chair and enjoy the music along the Missouri River.

June 17: Erin Bode and David Halen Concert 8 – 10 p.m. at the Foundry Art Center. $35 for general admission and $30 for Foundry members. Info: 636.255.0270. June 18: 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 The city of St. Charles will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 at the St. Charles

June 20 : Music on Main Join us the third Wednesday of the month through September. Held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 100-200 blocks of N. Main. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert. Food and drink available...

June 21-23 and June 29-July 1: Shakespeare in the Park Held from 8 to 10 p.m. at the south end of Frontier Park. “As You Like It” performed. June 29: St. Louis Wind Symphony Concert Join the Foundry Art Centre and celebrate the Fourth of July with a special patriotic music performance by the Saint Louis Wind Symphony.

June 3: Sunday Funday Live entertainment, food, drink and fun from 1 – 6 p.m. between the 100-200 blocks of N. Main Street. No coolers. Bands play from 1 – 3 p.m. and from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

City Veterans Memorial, Bishop's landing. The ceremony is at 7 p.m.

Every Thursday: St. Charles Municipal Band 8 p.m. through August. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of band music along the river in Frontier Park. June 9: Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps The Corps will march and play on Main Street from noon to 1 p.m.


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Sports You See... With Gary B. Five Run Ninth Gives Rascals a Victory 9-7 win over the Rippers The River City Rascals play professional/minor league baseball in the Frontier League. Even though it was a week ago, it needs repeating. The team fought back with seven runs over the last two innings of the game to win a thrilling come-from-behind game over the London

Rippers 9-7. The deciding blow came in the bottom of the ninth at the friendly confines of T.R. Hughes. With two outs, two strikes and losing 7-5, Rascal batter, short stop Bobby Burk, was in a do-or-die situation. The 6’ 1” 200-pounder Riverside, Calif. resident was at the dish with the bases loaded. He did not disappoint the hometown fans as he cracked a walk-off grand slam to give the Rascals the win. NEXT HOME GAMES: Wed/Thur: May 30/31 against Traverse City Beach Bums All Games @ 7:05 p.m. – Sunday @ 6:05 p.m. For more information on all this year’s promotions, go to ~~~The thrills have started already this young season Harlem Globetrotters in St. Charles & Arnold 24-Hour Fitness is the Host in June The magic behind the Globetrotters’ electrifying basketball skills and tricks will be displayed to fans ages 6 to 14 as they participate in the program where they’ll learn the importance of staying active and eating healthy. “We are excited to partner with 24 Hour Fitness on this innovative program that combines the world’s most entertaining basketball team and a national fitness leader,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “These clinics are an extension of our brand and allow our fans to experience unparalleled interaction with our talented players, while promoting health and wellness for children in a fun setting.” Each clinic will be conducted by current Globetrotter players. Two three-hour clinics will be held during the following dates and times at these 24 Hour Fitness loca-

tions: • 1095 Regency Parkway, St. Charles: June 4-6: 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 2–5 p.m. • 215 Arnold Crossing, Arnold: June 7-8: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 2–5 p.m. Registration information about the summer skills clinics can be found at www., where visitors can find a complete list of clinic locations, dates, and times. Thanks to Mark Fine, senior marketing director of the Harlem Globetrotters International, Incorporated for the information. ~~~A great opportunity Indoor Football Back at the Family Arena Spring of 2013 The Missouri Monsters are scheduled to play in the United Indoor Football League (UIFL) in St. Charles County. This league plays around the country at indoor facilities usually converted from hockey arenas. The last indoor team to play at the Family Arena was the River City Rage which ceased operation a few years ago. There are several leagues around the country, notably the Arena Football League (AFL), that usually have a television audience, thus the players make a few more dollars per game. In leagues without TV revenue, each player normally will make around $200 per game along with bonuses if they win. Players are usually given a place to stay and meals throughout the day. The guys are either playing for the fun of it or performing to impress scouts of the National Football League. That is where they found a future Hall of Fame candidate Kurt Warner who played for the Iowa Barnstormers of the AFL. ~~~Try it again ~~~A quick Happy Birthday to my sister, Sandy Moody, on this May 30th….love ya!

“Over the Fence”

The Information Highway Has Forks I find it amusing, if not ironic, that so many Americans complain that all politicians are liars yet they’ll believe campaign rhetoric of their favorite politicians as if it was the gospel truth. To be fair, there probably are politicians that tell the truth, but how do you tell? This falls under the old stratagem, “Listen to what they say but then look at what they do.” Many folks have the first part down, but they’re a little weak on the second, perhaps in fear of finding something they won’t like. These days it’s easier to learn what famous people do but one must be discriminating. For instance, practi-

cally everything we see in our email pertaining to politics and many other things are unreliable and, much of the time, blatant lies invented by self-serving experts and spin doctors. It’s amazing how this misinformation soars through email to be read by anyone looking for support of his or her favorite cause or belief no matter how absurd. Sometimes it repeats the email circuit for years. The false claims that sales calls to cell phones were being legalized have circulated the Internet for years. I shouldn’t have to mention the advertisements and popup ads for miracle cures and the like. For those, even PT Barnum would have been dumbfounded. There are Internet sites like Wikipedia and Snopes that try to print unbiased facts about various subjects. They understand that their reputations are at stake. Yet I’ve met some extremist types that read something they didn’t agree with and claimed it was lies to support opposing groups, beliefs or individuals. The Snopes investigators are under constant attacks by detractors that invent anything to discredit them. It’s like saying, “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts.” The stories I’ve heard them make up about


the Snopes investigators border on tabloid headlines about extra-terrestrials abducting Elvis. If these publicists deliberately lied as some claim, they would draw more lawsuits than rear-end collisions. The point is those who look only for any information that supports a theory instead of forming a theory based on facts, it’s out there but the latter requires an open mind. The former is the reason inferior products are successful and bad politicians are elected. Of course, there are still folks that believe “Hoop Snakes” that take their tails in mouth and roll down hills are real and no amount of proof otherwise will dissuade them. An acquaintance with a journalism degree worked for a news publication that was on the extreme end of his personal political persuasions. He soon quit in disgust and took a job with an ad agency. He remarked, “If I’m going to write news reports to bolster editors’ radical opinions, I may as well get paid more for inventing lies to sell products.” I’ve been to several political gatherings of various kinds over the years. They supported various parties and candidates and invited them to state their views. Some of them were bizarre. Even a gathering by my then current party of choice was interspersed with candidates spouting invectives about the opposition that were embarrassingly obtuse. The candidate who was the loudest as well as the most absurdly ridiculous of the group eventually won. Then he became the loudest and most ridiculous elected official. “People believe what they want to believe.” -H. L. Menchkin (1880-1956) The picture is of a hoop snake before circular reshaping, rigor mortis and a steep hill. It has a forked tongue… as did the prankster.


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My name is Michael, and I have Tourette’s Syndrome Our son, Michael, graduated from Fort Zumwalt South High School on Saturday, May 19. He put on the cap and gown in our car while we stopped in the parking lot of the Family Arena. I watched him open the door, hop out and start walking to the student entrance. I forced the tears to stay inside my body as he turned around, waved and said, “See you inside, Mom!” Michael will attend St. Charles Community College in the fall on the A+ scholarship, and he even earned another $500 scholarship from the high school, which will take care of his books for at least one year. He wants to transfer to Southeast Missouri State University in two years and earn a degree in Secondary Education. Michael was inspired by his teachers at Fort Zumwalt South, and hopes to inspire students of his own one day. Our 18 year-old Michael could probably handle heading off to a four-year school right away, but he wants to ease into independence. That’s just fine with me. Michael has a mild case of Tourette’s Syndrome, but these days you’d never know it. It is a neurological condition that involves a combination of vocal and motor tics. His tics (sounds – not words – or movements that he cannot control) are frequently a direct response to allergies. He no longer consumes dairy products on a daily basis, and that actually brought the tics down approximately 75 percent. It’s no wonder, then, that I was very protective of my son when he was in elementary school, and even mid-


dle school. Children can be cruel enough to kids who don’t grunt out loud or roll their eyes. In his first and second grade classes, I explained to the kids exactly what Tourette’s Syndrome was (in kid terms) and told his classmates that Michael simply could not control those kinds of noises or movements. No big deal. The wonderful 6 year-olds even stood up for him in music class one day, exclaiming in unison to the music teacher that Michael could not stop making those noises. “He has T Syndrome!” they all said. When he entered third grade, however, I chose not to address his class. His teacher and I agreed that if needed, I would come in and give the explanation. As it turns out, Michael took care of that all on his own. In 2002, February 18-21 was Ability Awareness Week at Progress South Elementary. I believe the name of the group that visited the school was Kidz Link, but please don’t quote me on that. A few teenagers with disabilities spoke to the students about treating each and every person, disability or not, with respect. They were accompanied by the head of the program, a teacher and some other professionals. There was a blind man, and a mother with an autistic child. I knew nothing of the presentation, but as I waited in line on that Friday afternoon to pick up my children from school, I was greeted by Michael’s teacher, Mrs. Higgins. “Oh, no,” I grumbled to myself. “Michael either for-

got something or started a new, loud tic today.” “I’m going to call you tonight,” Mrs. Higgins said. “Michael was just awesome today. Just awesome! You would have been so proud.” Evidently, as the Ability Awareness program wrapped up, Michael stood up, and out of the blue, began to tell his class about his Tourette’s. Mrs. Higgins told me the story minute by minute, how Michael matter-of-factly gave a very accurate and detailed description of the challenges he faces. “He was not nervous at all!” she said. “It was wonderful. You would have been so proud of our Michael.” Kudos to my brave son (that was everyone else’s term for him – I’ve always known he was brave). When asked why he decided to stand up and tell his story (with absolutely no prompting, by the way), Michael just said he thought the kids would find it interesting. “Maybe now they will know why I cannot stop making noises sometimes,” he said. Kudos, too, to the Kidz Link program, to the Ft. Zumwalt School District for bringing it to the kids, and to Mrs. Higgins, who has since retired from teaching. “Our Michael,” she said. Sometimes I don’t think parents get it. I don’t think they understand that our kids are the teachers’ kids, too. We work together, if we’re smart, to create a better, more compassionate, human being.

Serve a Salad Kids Will Flip For (Family Features) A refreshing salad should be quick, easy, and full of delicious in-season produce. With its countless possibilities for add-ins, a fruit and pasta salad fits the bill perfectly as a dish the whole family will love to prepare and eat.

Fruit and Yogurt Elbow Salad Makes: 8 to 10 servings • Preparation Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 8 minutes Ingredients: - 1 box Dreamfields Elbows - 1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla or Greek yogurt - 1 tablespoon honey (optional) - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 4 cups fruit (apples, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes, kiwi, etc. cut into bite-size pieces) - 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (optional) - 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

drain again. Place in large bowl. 2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Toss with elbows. Add fruit and mint, if desired; toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate leftovers, covered, up to 1 day. (Let stand at room temperature 10 to 15 minutes before serving if refrigerated.)

Directions: 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water;

*If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 52 g carbohydrate.

Mom or Dad will need to start things off by cooking the pasta according to package directions. Preparing this recipe with Dreamfields pasta provides added nutrition benefits parents will love and kids won’t even notice. Made from durum wheat semolina, Dreamfields has the same taste and texture as traditional pasta but with 5 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of digestible carbohydrates per 1-cup cooked serving. While the pasta cooks, enlist the kids to create the dressing – a creamy mix of yogurt, honey and a dash of cinnamon – and choose favorite fruits for the salad. A colorful combination of the season's freshest fruits like sweet, delicious blueberries, kiwi, peaches and strawberries, paired with a refreshing hint of mint, makes this simple-to-fix salad really come together. Kids can help toss the pasta, fruit, mint and dressing together in a large bowl and sprinkle with almonds for a little crunch. This bright and flavorful pasta salad – perfect for potlucks, picnics or even a lazy summer breakfast – is anything but ordinary. For more pasta salad recipes and directions on how to

Nutrition information (1/8 of recipe): 262 calories; 10 g protein; 22 g digestible carbohydrates*; 4 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 45 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber.

submit your own original recipe for a chance to win a case of Dreamfields in the Second Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Contest, visit


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Church May 9–June 27: Lifestyle for Living 2-4 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Atonement - Fellowship Hall. 1285 N. New Florissant Rd. Lifestyle for Living is an interactive 8-week program to help you improve your health. You will have fun: learning how to read nutrition labels; planning healthy menus; learning how to make better choices when you’re on the go; preparing fun and nutritious foods; converting favorite recipes for better health; and learning relaxation techniques. We encourage families to take this course together. No charge for course, but please register ahead by calling the parish nurse office at 314.837.1090. *This project is funded in part by the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis.

June 2: Basement/Breakfast/Tailgate Sale 8 a.m. at Northside Christian Church, 9635 Hwy. 367. $5 breakfast ($2.50 for children under 10). $10 double parking spot to sell your treasures. Info: 314.868.5722. June 2: Community Tailgate Sale 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Midwest Baptist Church, 3625 Shackelford Road in Florissant. Free spaces. Call 314.223.5633 to reserve. June 8 – 10: Huge Garage Sale St. Rose Philippine Duchesne in the lobby and gym at 3500 St. Catherine in Florissant. All are welcome.

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June 10: St. Martin de Porres 50th Anniversary 2 p.m. Mass with Archbishop Robert Carlson followed by dinner at Yacovelli’s Restaurant. Reservations: 314.895.1100, ext. 222 June 11-15: Family Vacation Bible School (VBS) 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Ages 2 - 92) At Immanuel Lutheran Chapel, 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road. This year the theme is Concordia’s AMAZING DESERT JOURNEY - Where Jesus Leads Us Home. Along with bible lessons, there will also be crafts, games, and refreshments. Come join the fun – it’s FREE. To register, 314.849.6949 Saturdays: ESL Classes 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Chapel, 11100 Old Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis. Free. All are welcome. Info: 314.849.6949. Events May 31: Free Hands-on Karate Demonstration 6:30 p.m. Ma’at Karate is partnering with the Bellefontaine Recreation Department to bring the disciplined art of karate to the community. Info: 314.867.0700. June 2: Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser for Accessible Play, Inc. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. At Florissant Valley Christian Church, 1325 N. Hwy 67. Admission is $4 per person (infants are free). Accessible Play, Inc.

is a nonprofit organization raising funds to build an all-inclusive accessible playground at Manion Park in Florissant where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. For more info, visit June 2: Clarksville Regional Chili Cook-off 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at River Front Park. $3 per person (10 and under are free). Chili samples $.50 each. Winner qualifies for World Champion Chili Cook-off. Info: Linda at 573.754.0335 or June 2: Block Party The Overland Business Association presents a parade, 5K run/ walk, car show and more during the Block Party. Info: June 2-3: General Daniel Bisell House Swap Meet 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at 10255 Bellefontaine Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63137. $20 for exhibit space. Free public admission. Sellers register in advance at 314.544.6224 or or June 2: MFA Oil Poker Run Grab your motorcycle, rev up your sports car or load up your minivan for the second annual MFA Oil Poker Run.All Poker Run proceeds will be split equally between Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri and University of Missouri Children’s Hospital. There will be five routes to choose from, with starting points in Columbia, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Lake Ozark and O’Fallon. All routes are approximately 100 miles and include seven stops, with a live auction and announcement of winners following lunch at Memorial Park in Jefferson City. Lunch starts at noon. Individual Entries (includes lunch): $30 each. Multiple hands may be purchased. 18 or older to register. $5 entry fee for lunch only avail. for purchase on event day. For more info on the MFA Oil Poker Run, email us at June 6: Free “Learn-to-Play” Tennis Lesson 5:30 p.m. at St. Cyr Park in Bellefontaine Neighbors. Practice racquets are provided. Free, but must

pre-register at 314.867.0700. June 8: Greater North County Chamber Golf Tournament 12 p.m. at the Golf Club of Florissant. $99 per golfer includes: golf, cart, lunch, dinner, six drink tickets, and prizes. Register online www.greaternorthcountychamber. com or call 314.831.3500. June 11 - July 16: Kids’ Tennis Club 5 – 6 p.m. at St. Cyr Tennis Courts in Bellefontaine Neighbors. For children 8 through 12. House racquets available or purchase new for $13. Fee -- $10. Info: Bellefontaine Neighbors Parks and Recreation Department at 314.867.0700. June 18: NWCC Golf Tournament 10:30 a.m. registration at Innsbrook Golf Course. $150 per golfer: box lunch, prime rib dinner, contests and more. Info: 314.291.2191. June 23-24: Pond-o-Rama 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour St Louis Water Gardening Society members’ ponds and gardens. $15 each. Under 18 free. Info: or 314.995.2988. June 23: Fiesta in Florissant A Latin festival in Florissant, Missouri that celebrates Latin culture! Free admission! Local and some national Latin bands, dance groups and entertainers. Children’s pavilion with pony rides, face painting, pinata, and magician. Various Latin foods available with margaritas, cervezas(Latin beers) along with crafts. Come out and enjoy all the fun and learn about Latin culture! Sept. 22: Jennings High School Class of 1972 Reunion To be held in St. Charles, Mo. We need your current contact information. Please call 636.583.9778 or email Sept. 28-30: The Ferguson High School Class of 1957 They are planning a 55th reunion for Sept. 28, 29 & 30, 2012. Please contact Lynette (Dolce) Sona at 314-838-1751 or sewlyn39@juno. com or Susan Krueger at 314-5220475 or for more information. The committee is looking for the following classmates: Bill Joe Atkisson, Nancy Ann Blackburn, Margaret Ann

Brewer, Walter J. Britton, Betty Jean Butler, Jack Clarke, Evelyn Constantine, Alice Dueing, Ruth Ellis, James Graham, Wilbur Hampton, Louis Meyer, Jr., Loretta Miller, Edward Muckerman, Gail Phillips, Janet Phillips, Joe Polivick, Jr., Nancy Proctor, Nancy Ray, Dolores Richardson, Janie Richardson, Kathleen Roth, Judith Schaefer, Charlene Schmidt, Roberta Steel, Carolyn Tate, Mary Ann Waldschmidt, Ron Warzeniak, Camille White. Oct. 27: Hermann London Halloween 5k Run/Walk 10 a.m. Race-Day Check-In: 9 a.m. at the Marietta parking lot, 7359 Marietta Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143 Awards Ceremony: 11:30 a.m. Marietta Parking Lot Proceeds Go To: The Women’s Safe House and The Woman’s Place Race Information: Starting and Ending Points at Marietta Parking Lot, 7359 Marietta Ave, Maplewood, MO 63143 Awards: Best Overall Costume, Best Group Costume, Best Pet Costume, Highest Fundraiser, Fastest Times Timing: Timing and Race Management will be provided by Big River Running For more details please visit http:// Inviting All Florissant Senior Citizens To Join One Of The Bingo Clubs With The City Of Florissant!! Please contact the Florissant Senior Office for more information at 839-7604. • Monday Club: Meets every Monday for Bingo from 11:30-2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwich coffee and tea are available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also scheduled. • Florissant Older Adult Club: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 11-1:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring your lunch! Bingo, Trips, Speakers and special events are planned. • Wednesday Club: Meets every Wednesday for Bingo from 11:302:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwichcoffee and tea available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also available. Every Sunday Now-Oct.: Free Tours at Old Ferdinand Shrine 1-4 p.m. #1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, MO. Also, on Fri., Sat. and Sun. on May 4, 5 & 6. For info, call: Vicki Wittman 314.921.7582 or email:

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Last Saturday of Each Month: Writers Workshop 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Looking for new Authors and Songwriters. Come join us and let us help you with your dream. We have Authors, Songwriters, Playwrites, Teachers and more. Meet at the Baden Liberary 8448 Church Rd. For more info call 314.388.2400. 1967 Hazelwood High School Reunion: We are looking for classmates of Class of 1967 Hazelwood High School. We are having a 45th reunion in 2012. Please contact Kay at or 636.745.2601 for more information. Health June 5: “Workplace Wellness” at Garden Villas North 7:30 - 8:45 a.m. The American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes will present “Workplace Wellness” at Garden Villas North Luxury Retirement Community, 4505 Parker Road (63033). The program, which includes a breakfast buffet, is sponsored by the Delmar Gardens Family. RSVP by May 31 to 314.355.6100. June 5: Blood Drive Christian Hospital and Northwest HeathCare are teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive. March 15 & June 5 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Detrick Building Atrium. May 17 from 12 - 4 p.m. at Northwest HeathCare. For more info or an appointment call 1.866.236.3276. Christian Hospital June 11: Look Good, Feel Better 10 a.m. - noon: Anyone currently undergoing or just finishing cancer treatment is invited to experience a free makeover from certified cosmetologists that includes demonstrations on the use of wigs, turbans and scarves, nail care and cosmetics use. Complimentary cosmetics and skin care products provided. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society. At Christian Hospital Cancer Resource Center, Building 2, 11125 Dunn Rd. It’s Free. Call 314-747-9355 to register.

SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings June 20: Weight-Loss Surgery Support Group 5:30 – 7 p.m. May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. This group is open to patients and candidates for surgical weight-loss procedures. April’s presentation will be given by Mary O’Neill of Healing Touch. Call 1.877.477.6954 for more information. Please check the website at for updates or cancellations of meetings. June 23: 2012 Susan G. Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure Downtown St. Louis. Join Team SSM Cancer Care at the 14th Annual Race for the Cure St. Louis. You can Walk, Run, Sleep In, or simply donate. However you would like to support our team, you can help. The money raised through Race for the Cure St. Louis will fund vital screenings, treatment, education and research programs for underserved women in our SSM Health Care – St. Louis hospitals, communities and also support the national search for a cure. Help us reach our 650 team members goal this year! Get your coworkers, friends and family members to sign up today. Don’t forget, every person who joins the team and walks gets a Team SSM Cancer Care t-shirt! Go to to register. Contact Stephen Rak at for more info or questions. Ongoing 8-week sessions: Smoking Cessation Classes SSM DePaul Health Center SSM DePaul, partnering with St. Louis County’s tobacco-free initiative called “Let’s Face It,” is offering free smoking cessation classes to the public. The 8-week course assists participants in determining their readiness to quit smoking and provide the tools necessary to increase their success rate in becoming smoke free. Space is limited for these on-going classes. Call 1.866. SSM.DOCS to register or for more information. SSM DePaul Wellness Center Tired of getting locked into longterm memberships that you never use? Join the DePaul Wellness Center and receive a personalized

program for your specific needs. Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation. Call 314.344.6177 for more details. SSM St. Joseph Hospital Healthy Happenings Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance, by appointment only. Must meet qualifications. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, 1475 Kisker Road in St. Peters, and SSM St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville, 500 Medical Drive in Wentzville. For more information, call 636.947.5617. Speaker’s Bureau Our SSM speakers are available for organizations, clubs, community and church groups. Our health professionals will speak up to one hour free of charge. A variety of health care topics can be presented to your group or organization. Call 636.949.7159 for more information. Ongoing Support Groups Every Wednesday: Weekly Cancer Survivor’s Support Group 3-4:30 p.m. Join other survivors to discuss dealing emotionally with treatments; managing anxiety and depression; sexuality; finding strength and hope; family and financial pressures; and more. Cost: Free. In the H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Register: Call 636.755.3034. Every Monday: Tobacco Free for Life Support Group 7–8 p.m. Designed for those

who want to quit smoking, as well as those who have successfully quit. Discover more information about how to quit, or find reassurance and support. Cost: Free. At St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., 63376. Register: Call 636-947-5304. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Can email for further information: metrostlouissia@ • Every Sunday: 6:30-8 p.m. 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City; lower level of Holy Communion Episcopal Church; contact 314.993.5421. • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.1407. • 1st and 3rd Tuesday: 12:30-2 p.m. 320 N. Forsyth Blvd in Clayton; lower level in Samuel United Church of Christ; contact 314.968.3477. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.1407.

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Anon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church, 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, Mo 63043. Info: email MoreInformation@att. net or visit Thursdays: 6:30 - 8 p.m. Grief Share Support Group At Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson, Mo. 63135. Support group for those who have lost a loved one. Info: Lee Cedra at Mon. & Thurs, ongoing: 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Breathe Designed for people with pulmonary disease – participants focus on deep breathing, exercises and relaxation. Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104. $30. Call 314-953-6090 to register or for more information.

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May 30, 2012

Hazelwood City Council Salutes Efforts of Public Works Staff with Proclamation

St. Louis Zoo Offers Extended Hours on Summer Weekends

To emphasize the important role Hazelwood’s Public Works Department plays in creating a quality of life for residents that’s second to none, the City Council approved the issuance of a proclamation declaring the week of May 20-26, 2012, as “Public Works Week” in the City of Hazelwood. Hazelwood’s director of public works/city engineer David Stewart, PE, CPM, accepted this framed proclamation from Mayor Matthew Robinson at a recent Council meeting. Hazelwood’s local observance coincides with National Public Works Week, which is sponsored by the American Public Works Association (APWA) and celebrated annually during the third full week of May. The APWA’s theme for this year’s event is “Public Works: Creating a Lasting Impression.” A watercolor painting of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, created by artist Robert Gantt Steele of Larkspur, Calif., was used to illustrate the theme in poster form. The Hazelwood Public Works Department is comprised of the City Planner’s Office, Street Maintenance Division, Parks and Recreation Division, and the Code Enforcement Division. Services provided by the department include the following: construction and maintenance of city roadways; care and repair of sidewalks; snow

Go wild on the weekends at the Saint Louis Zoo! On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May 25 through September 3, the Zoo is open extended hours from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. for North Star Summer Zoo Weekends. Weekday summer hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. On Memorial Day and Labor Day, the Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Zoo will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15, for the Zoo’s major fundraiser. Bring the whole family to “splish splash” with the stingrays, “cha-cha” with the cheetahs, and “frug” with the frogs at Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Missouri Lottery. Enjoy free live music on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. (no concert on June 15). Stingrays and sharks have returned for a season long pool party at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks! See white-spotted bamboo, bonnethead and nurse sharks swimming about with cownose rays, southern stingrays, horseshoe crabs and tropical fish. Admission is $3 for the general public and $1.50 for Zoo Friends up to the Zoo-Goer level. Members at the Family level and above may use their Anywhere Plus passes for admission. Children under two are free. The brand new, state-of-theart 1.5-acre Sea Lion Sound is opening June 30! This exhibit combines the popular Sea Lion Basin and Sea Lion Arena right in the heart of the Zoo. Enjoy a First Bank Sea Lion Show at the new Lichtenstein Sea Lion

and ice removal; tree trimming; leaf pickup; limb chipping; pot hole patching; maintenance of 16 city parks; operating two recreation centers, White Birch Bay Aquatic Center and the newly renovated Musick Park sprayground; providing a full schedule of recreational activities and city events for residents all year round; reviewing plans and issuing permits; performing house and business inspections; administering the City’s solid waste/recycling collection contract; and overseeing the Community Block Grant Fund. The health, safety and comfort of residents living in Hazelwood greatly depend on the diligent, hard-working men and women of the City’s public works department, who are the unsung heroes serving the public good every day with quiet dedication. Residents are encouraged to show their support for these people who are vital to the efficient maintenance and operation of the City’s infrastructure, as well as its buildings, parks and recreational facilities.

Arena, a venue that features an 811-seat amphitheater for seasonal shows, a large stage, a rock bridge extending into the audience and a high diving platform and slide. The sea lion superstars will thrill you with flipper walks, ball balancing and lots of splashing. Timed tickets are $4 per person; children under 2 are free. Shows are at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. daily in summer with an additional show at 5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Shows begin June 30. See mimicking macaws, kissing alpacas, gymnastic armadillos and more showcase their natural talents at the Emerson Children’s Zoo shows this summer. Show times are at 10 and 11 a.m., 1, 2 and 3 p.m. daily (except Wednesdays), with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission to the Children’s Zoo is $4 per person; children under two are free. Look for keeper chats at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily with additional chats from 5 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission to the Zoo and Jungle Boogie is free. There are fees for special attractions. Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks, Emerson Children’s Zoo and Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel are free from 8 to 9 a.m. every day in summer. Admission charges apply after 9 a.m. for these attractions. For more information, visit, www.facebook. com/stlzoo, stlzoo or call 314.781.0900.

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