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Second baseman Will Block at the plate

Take me out to the ballgame; take me out for some fun By DeAnna Massie The River City Rascals are back on top of the Frontier League. After winning the league’s Western Division three years in a row (2009-2011) and taking the League Championship in 2010, the River City Rascals experienced a disappointing season in 2012. The Rascals’ 6-12 loss to the Florence Freedom in this season’s opening game had some fans thinking this season would be a repeat of last year, but the Rascals turned things around, scoring 5 to Florence’s 1 in game two and 4 to 1 in game three. The team has since dominated the division. They defeated the Greys in two out of three (2-4 and 3-4) and swept the Crushers, 6 – 7, 2 – 4, and 1 – 2. Rascals spokesperson and the team’s new commentator Greg Talbott says the dramatic turnaround is thanks to the decision-making of Field Manager and Director of Baseball Operations, Steve Brook. “Only five players returned from the 2012 squad,” says Talbott. These include outfielders Curran Redal and Eric Williams, and pitchers Nick Kennedy, Justin Sarratt, and Keli’I Zablan. “Steve was adamant about making River City a contender again, so he totally flipped the roster over, and to solid success so far.” Brook says the players retained from the previous roster are assets to the team.

Business “These are all proven guys who have made their mark on the league in recent years. Just as important, though, is the character they all possess; we’re proud of the fact that we bring good guys into our clubhouse.” says Brook. “The fact that these guys remain shows the talent they have and the commitment we have to them.” The roster overhaul resulted in bringing some of the league’s top talent to O’Fallon. Power-hitting third baseman Jason Taylor, veteran second baseman Will Block, and star pitchers Casey Barnes, Tommy Mendoza, Nick Kennedy and Gabriel Shaw are just a few of the standouts. Although it’s early in the season— the team will play 96 regular and postseason games—fans are already excited about the big changes. 1,700 fans turned out for the home opener at TR Hughes Ballpark. Day-of box seats are $11; infield bleacher seats are $9, and outfield bleacher and lawn seats are $6. Pre-ordered tickets are all one dollar less than the day-of price. Or, for $25, fans can enjoy food and beverages from their seats in the Dog Pound Patio. Group tickets, suites, parties and catered events are also available. The River City Rascals organization also offers a free Kids Club for children ages 3-12. Along with vouchers for free

ballpark snacks and other surprises, registration includes one voucher for each Sunday home game, 10% off a Rascals birthday party package, and an invitation to an end of season autograph party with the players. Rascals fans can follow the team all season long via the team’s broadcast live at, in partnership with SportsJuice. Team standings, schedule and player statistics are also available at For tickets, call 636.240.BATS or buy online at


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Girl Scouts Cap Successful Cookie Season with USO Donation To put the finishing touch on a great cookie season, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (GSEM) will partner with the James S. McDonnell USO to deliver more than 36,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to military members. The boxes were purchased by Girl Scout supporters through this year’s cookie program. Cookies are delivered from Scott Air Force Base all the way to Ft. Leonard Wood and in between. Cookies are delivered on “the Mobile,” which is a canteen on wheels.

“This is what we are here for – to provide goods and supplies that make things easier for our military personnel. But it’s especially fun to be the one who drives up with the cookies. That is guaranteed to bring a smile to their faces,” said Christine Trotter, USO Development Director. There will be a troop of Girl Scouts on hand, military personnel and wall-to-wall boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. Join us as we honor the military personnel who work daily to keep our nation free.

Pond-O-Rama Tour Set for Late June The St. Louis Water Gardening Society will present its 13th annual water garden and pond tour, Pond-O-Rama, on June 22 and 23 from 9am - 5pm each day. The 2013 tour has 48 private gardens owned and maintained by Society members. Tickets covering both days of the tour are $15 each and are available early May at retail shops and garden centers throughout the metropolitan area. Everyone on the tour age 18 or above requires a separate ticket. Children under the age of 18 do not need a ticket. The gardens are located throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, including in Illinois. The tour is arranged each day by geographic location. The water features range from spectacular high, thundering waterfalls to quiet streams. There are “pondless waterfalls” that simply disappear at the termination of the falls, and a number of new rain-recovery systems that make the storage and use of rainfall practical. This year over half of our sites on the tour are new to PondO-Rama. Many of our members have new water gardens to share, and many have enhanced their current ponds and gardens into outdoor rooms and quaint woodland spaces. This year you will

see some very unique and creative designs in waterfalls and ponds, gorgeous koi fish, and fantastic gardens. This event, each year, is the only time St. Louis Water Gardening Society members—as a group—open their gardens to the public. In addition to their water features, most of our hosts also are avid gardeners who maintain beautiful landscapes filled with perennials, annuals and shrubs. Our hosts will be available and delighted to share information and answer questions about their gardens, their water features, their fish, and their beautiful plants. If you are thinking of adding water to your own garden—or you simply enjoy beautiful landscapes and a weekend filled with beauty—this is the tour for you! This event provides funds for the St Louis Water Gardening Society to continue their civic project to plant and maintain the reflecting pools at the Jewel Box in Forest Park, and for other activities. The tour ticket booklet gives location addresses, descriptions and driving directions. For more information, call 314.995.2988. Tickets are available by mail order from the Society’s website,, or at the following retail locations. • Community News • June 12, 2013

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St. Louis’ Own Phyllis Smith in “Nunsense Muny Style!”

Float for Hope Fundraiser on the Missouri River

Phyllis Smith will join an all-star cast in The Muny’s production of Nunsense Muny Style! on stage July 1-7. Best-known for her role as Phyllis Vance on NBC’s hit comedy The Office, she debuts at The Muny as Sister Julia, Child of God in the all-Muny version of this international phenomenon. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Smith is a former St. Louis Cardinals cheerleader. She got her start in the entertainment industry working for casting agencies with clients such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Arrested Development,” “Freak and Geeks,” “Spin City,” “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” and NBC’s pilot of “The Office.” “We are particularly blessed that Phyllis Smith is returning to her hometown to join us as Sister Julia,” said Muny executive producer Mike Isaacson. “About two years ago, in a chance meeting, she told me ‘I’d love to be your Mary Wickes!’ How could I resist?” This collectively hilarious cast of Nunsense Muny Style! will also include Muny audience favorites Ken Page as Sister Mary Wilhelm and Lara Teeter as Father Virgil.

A 120-mile fundraising trip called “Float for Hope” down the Missouri River is being planned by employees of Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW). GKTW Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides week-long, cost-free vacations to children with lifethreatening illnesses and their families. The hotel’s staff has set a goal of raising $25,000 and invites the general public to take part in the ice cream social at the launch of the expedition set for Thursday, June 13 beginning at 12pm and the welcome home reception on Friday, June 14, from 4pm - 7pm at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. The hotel staff is building a replica of a Lewis and Clark style flat bottom boat set to launch from the Noren Access Boat Ramp adjacent to downtown Jefferson City, Missouri. The hotel’s management company and leadership team will serve as navigators and pilots. The journey will start in the current Missouri Capital and conclude in the state’s original capital of St. Charles with a Welcome Home Reception at the Renaissance St. Louis. The event schedule is: • June 13, 2013 Noon – Ice cream social 1pm – Float for Hope launches in Jefferson City • June 14, 2013 4pm - 7pm – Welcome Home Party that includes auctioning of the boat, live music, silent auction, food & fun at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel To participate in this fun event for a worthy cause, or for information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit About Give Kids The World Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 120,000 families from all 50 states and over 70 countries. Visit for more information on GKTW and its mission.

Support Dogs, Inc. Announces New Graduates Support Dogs, Inc. (SDI) recently held a graduation ceremony for 28 volunteer teams through its Therapy of Unique Canine Helpers (TOUCH) program. SDI volunteers and their own dogs go through a multiweek training process, which allows them to visit healthcare and other facilities, so patients or residents can benefit from a visit with a well-trained canine. In 2012, TOUCH pet therapy teams visited more than 91,000 individuals at 89 healthcare facilities in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. The organization’s Paw For Reading teams, which involves placing dogs in school for assistance, visited 4,000 area students. Pictured are TOUCH Support Dog’s Corona and Southview School student Darian Reid, 10. Volunteers are currently being sought for this growing program, which is expanding at 27 current facilities and has eight new facilities on the waiting list for their first TOUCH team visit. Support Dogs, Inc. is a national non-for-profit organization that offers dignity, hope and independence by providing highly skilled service dogs to individuals with disabilities and uniquely trained dogs to serve the community. Founded in 1983, the organization provides many services including an Assistance Dog program which matches people with various disabilities with a canine partner, an animal-assisted therapy dog program called TOUCH (Therapy of Unique Canine Helpers), and a Paws For Reading program that places dogs in school. Support Dogs is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis. Applications are available online for TOUCH dogs that meet the minimum requirements (dogs must be at least two years old but not older than 10, have lived with its owner for at least one year, and have had obedience training with the pet owner handler.) The next session begins July 22. For more information, call 314.997.2325 or visit the organization’s web site at www.


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Anti-Bullying T-Shirt Contest

Design a t-shirt that Middle School and High School students cannot wait to put on. Not only will kids want these shirts, but we will be distributing them to all ages across the world in promotion with the film “Submit the Documentary” which gives solutions to the growing trend of cyberbullying. This contest is ideal for aspiring graphic design students in high school or college. The challenge: The design must emulate anti-bullying or cyberbullying. It does not need to be literal. The design can be conceptual, but must be able to make the connection that the concept is standing up to bullies. It must also relate to our cyberbullying film Submit the Documentary. Prize includes contest winner’s bio and picture featured on our website and promoted on our social media networks. Have your design featured world-wide at our film screenings and film festivals. Requirements: Please visit antibullycontest Rules: Open to ages 16 and up. Open to residents in the US and Canada. Contest: Ends at Midnight on July 1, 2013 The top 2 designs will be put onto social media for voting www. Cyberbullying is truly a year-round problem and Submit the Documentary is taking action to spread awareness and we hope that you help us spread the word. Even if you are not eligible for the contest host your own private screening of Submit the Documentary to raise awareness on cyberbullying and that this growing trend #NeverQuits. For more information, screening kits, and contest information, please visit

Hello Tomorrow Trivia Fundraising Event Amy Schmidt Lewis is a 35-year-old single Mom of four children who is battling breast cancer. Amy has been going through extensive chemo treatments, and surgery is planned for a double mastectomy in August. She is a hairdresser and self employed at Hair Express in Hazelwood and will not be able to work for several months. Her family has a very long battle ahead of them. Come support Amy and her children at the Hello Tomorrow Trivia Night on July 26 at Yacovelli’s Restaurant. Enjoy an evening with lots of fun, prizes, and a silent auction. The Florissant Rotary Club has donated the latest new iPad to raffle off. You could win! In an effort to raise funds we are looking for the following to help our cause: Small raffle items: gift

cards, attendance prizes; Cash donations; Gift baskets for silent auction; Sponsorship: $100 will get Your Personal or Your Company Name exposure the night of our Trivia event on the tables, answer sheets, sponsor wall, and sponsor balloons. All of your generous gifts needed by July 8. You can mail donations to: Margie Williams 902 Keeneland Rd Florissant, Mo. 63034 Make checks payable to: Hello Tomorrow Should you have any questions or would like to purchase a table at our Trivia Night ($200 table of 8) or iPad raffle tickets($25 each) or donate small raffle items or gift baskets please call 314.568.6519 or email

Prepare Your Home for Severe Spring Weather Courtesy Olneya Restoration Group, Maryland Heights It has been a long, cold winter for St. Louis area residents who are beginning to see the early signs of spring. But often with the blooming tulips and budding trees comes severe weather such as hail, thunderstorms, flash floods and tornados. Residents can better prepare their homes for the impending severe weather by following a few simple steps: 1. Have a Plan: There is nothing more important than having a plan in place. Walk your children through the plan and establish emergency areas (a cross street in the neighborhood or a park) where the family can meet after severe weather to re-establish communication. Make sure everyone knows where to go for safety in case of an emergency. During a tornado, the safest place in a home is the storm shelter or basement away from windows. For homes without a basement, the safest place is a room near the middle of the home without windows such as a bathroom or closet. Quiz your children every six months to make sure they remember what to do. Other tips: • Don’t stand next to windows or watch the storm. • Post emergency telephone numbers next to phones. • Teach children how and when to call 911 or your local Emergency Medical Services for help. • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways out of each room. • Show each family member how and when to

turn off the water, gas and electricity at the main switches. • Check that you have adequate insurance coverage prior to a storm. • Teach each family member how to use the fire extinguisher and show them where it is kept. • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms. Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. 2. Create a Survival Kit: Your survival kit should include at least two-week’s worth of supplies such as bottled water, dried and canned food, toilet paper, flashlights and batteries, a firstaid kit, prescription medicines, a digital thermometer, blankets, extra clothing, charcoal and propane for your grills, a lighter, lighter fluid and some firewood for staying warm and for cooking. 3. Secure Your Valuables Before a Storm Hits: People often make the mistake of trying to grab their valuables in the midst of a storm. To save time and get to safety more quickly, keep your precious photo albums, family heirlooms, jewelry, computer backups and important paperwork in a safe in the basement or purchase a lockbox at a bank to protect them. 4. Invest in a Generator: Consider purchasing a gas generator to keep your refrigerator and freezers running to protect your food supply if you are without power. Make sure you have plenty of gasoline stored to run the generator, but don’t use the generator in the garage for fear of carbon monoxide poisoning. Buy a power pack for your cell phone and always have it plugged in so it is fully charged and ready to go in an emergency. 5. Secure Large Outside Objects: Any unsecured, large objects outside the home such as patio furniture, potted plants and swing sets can easily become damaging missiles in strong winds. Prior to a storm, move these objects to a secure location if possible. 6. Schedule a House Inspection: Following severe weather, be sure to have your home inspected by a certified contractor to determine if any damage has been done. Identifying and resolving any damage early will prevent more severe damage later on. Olneya offers residents a free Healthy Home visit once a year to survey a home for damage and to ensure that all of the components are working properly according to manufacturer specifications. For more information about Olneya, visit or call 855.4.OLNEYA. • Community News • June 12, 2013

Police Department Promotions

Grass Cutting Time … Again

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From the City of Florissant

Yes, it is grass cutting time of year again, and the weather hasn’t been helping. Florissant’s own Parks and Health departments have struggled to cut the various parks and properties we are responsible for. So we understand it takes a little more planning and scheduling to get the mowing done. City inspectors are out in force and have been especially busy notifying folks to cut their grass. Grass over 8 inches high is a violation, along with throwing grass clippings into the street or down sewer inlets. Unfortunately, you will be notified by the City if your grass gets too tall. We all know the City has many rules and regulations which are primarily focused on maintaining property values. One regulation that spans across all city, county and state lines is keeping your grass cut. We applaud all the homeowners and businesses that have faithfully and religiously kept their grass cut, helping to make and keep the City a great place to live. We encourage all other property owners to cut their grass before it gets too tall. We also encourage you to help your neighbor with their yard. Florissant is a great City with a contagious community spirit.

Mayor Thomas P. Schneider and Chief Timothy Lowery are pleased to announce the following officers have been promoted within the police department. Sergeant Jeff Peters has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Officer Ed Sharp has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Fiesta in Florissant Hispanic Festival, Inc. of Greater St. Louis will be presenting “Fiesta in Florissant” at the Knights of Columbus Park located in Florissant near the corner of Lindbergh and Washington St. The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 10am - 10pm and on Sunday, June 23 from 11am - 9pm. The colorful and festive Welcome Ceremony will begin at 5pm on Saturday, June 23. The two-day celebration will feature non-stop entertainment with live Latino Bands and Folkloric dancers from various countries including Venezuela, Colombia and Mexico. Saturday, June 22 will feature Koctel Musical Banda and Mateo y Los Bachateros Band from Chicago. Sunday, June 23 will feature Los Juniors Latin Band and Los Super Cats Mexican Band from Chicago. There will also be a wide variety of foods and beverages from Latin & South America available for purchase such as tamales, tacos and empanadas. Other attractions include folk arts and crafts, Los Niños Kids Corner with piñatas and Dora the Explorer, Exotic Petting Zoo with pony rides, Inflatable Rides and information booths from several cultural organizations to acquaint the public with their programs and services. New this year will be a Quinceanera Fashion Show featuring authentic dresses and traditions of this Mexican Custom. Expect giveaways, and more! One of the Fair’s purposes is to celebrate the common heritage of Hispanic nations particularly because of the rise of the Hispanic population in North County. The funds raised are used to fund scholarships distributed to college-bound students and underprivileged children. We invite the entire St. Louis community, both Hispanic and nonHispanic, to come and share in this festive weekend celebration of fun and fiesta for the whole family. Admission and parking is free. For more information call 314.837.6100 or visit

Missouri Guard Offers WWI Medals to By Nathan A. Dampf Veterans’ Descendants The Missouri National Guard Veterans Recognition Program is offering more than 1,500 medals to the Families of Missouri National Guardsmen and United States’ military Veterans who served in World War I. Descendants of the WWI Veterans are encouraged to contact the program to apply for the medals on a first-serve basis. “We want to make these available to the general public that had a loved one that would qualify for one of the two awards,” said Jim Ortmeyer, director of the Missouri Veterans Recognition Program. “These are the original medals that were struck in the 1920s. We’re really excited to be able to provide a medal with such historical significance to the Families of those Veterans who served.” The Missouri Veterans Recognition Program will verify eligibility, searching Missouri National Guard and Secretary of State historical WWI records. If eligibility cannot be verified by these means, the office will work with the Families to provide other documentation, said Ortmeyer. Missouri National Guard provided approxi-

mately 15,000 men in organization of the 35th National Guard Division during the war, while approximately 135,000 residents enlisted, were appointed or drafted to serve through the U.S. armed forces. National Guard Veterans who served between Aug. 5, 1917 and Nov. 11, 1918 and U.S. forces Veterans who served between April 6, 1917 and Nov. 11, 1918 are eligible to receive the honor. The Missouri Veterans Recognition Program traces its roots to Apr. 23, 1919 when the Missouri General Assembly authorized the Missouri Adjutant General to procure and present tokens of appreciation from the state. The act awarded medals to Veterans who served in the National Guard and regular armed forces in the Spanish American War, Mexican Border Service and World War I. Families wishing to apply should contact the: Office of the Adjutant General ATTN: Veterans Recognition Program PO Box 1808 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Toll-free: 1-866-834-3431, Phone: 573-638-9561, Fax: 573-638-9566



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Passenger Traffic and Bond Ratings on Upswing at Lambert Passenger enplanements at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport jumped 2.5 percent in April versus a year ago. Approximately 522,900 passengers boarded planes versus 509,000 in April 2012. For the first four months of 2013, Lambert is up nearly one percent with total enplanements of 1.95 million versus 1.93 million in the same January through April time frame in 2012. Total passengers, both arriving and departing, was up 2.1 percent in April versus a year ago. Approximately 1.05 million passengers have traveled through Lambert

so far this year versus 1.03 million in 2012 for a year to date increase of one percent. St. Louis has recorded two straight years (2011, 2012) of growth in passenger traffic, which is a key factor in the Airport receiving recent debt rating updgrades. Last week, Moody’s raised its rating to A3-stable outlook from Baa1 with a stable outlook. Standard & Poor’s raised its rating to A- with a stable outlook from A- with a negative outlook. This is the first time in more than a decade that both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s ratings

for the Airport have both been in the single “A” category. Earlier this month, Fitch Ratings upgraded outstanding airport revenue bonds to 'BBB+' from 'BBB' with a stable outlook. These rating improvements will help Lambert maximize its refunding savings when it enters the market next month with a $32 million bond refunding expected to net more than $3 million in savings for Lambert’s signatory air carriers. The rating agencies also attributed the upgrades to the Airport's strong fiscal management.

Recent Ribbon Cuttings:

15th Anniversary Steve and Valerie White, owners of White Auto Body, recently recognized and celebrated the 15th service anniversary of Jim Goodson. Jim is employed at White Auto Body in Florissant as a Collision Repair Technician. He has earned I‐CAR’s Platinum Certification (Inter‐Industry Conference on Collision Repair) and is ASE Certified (Automotive Service Excellence). He has attended numerous training classes conducted by Missouri’s Alliance of Automotive Service Professionals (AASP‐M O). Jim’s technical expertise and strong work ethic make him an invaluable part of the White Auto Body team.

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Express Scripts, St. Louis Joins Missouri One Call System Express Scripts, St. Louis has joined Missouri One Call System, a non-profit organization established for the protection of underground facilities. Express Scripts, St. Louis is now one of over 1,300 Missouri One Call utility members. Legislation requires all owner/operators of underground facilities statewide to participate in the Missouri One Call System. Missouri law requires anyone planning to dig,

drill or blast to notify Missouri One Call at least three working days prior to any excavation to report the location of the dig site. Utilities then mark the dig site both for the protection of the excavator and their facilities. There is no charge to the excavator for this 24 hour-7 days a week service. Digging without knowledge of what’s located underground can cause injury, interrupted service, and result in expensive repairs for both the excavator and the utility. By calling 800.DIG.RITE or 811, you will work with an operator to place your locate request. The MOCS operator will enter the necessary information and then notify Express Scripts, St. Louis along with other member utilities of the impending excavation. You can also place a locate request from the MOCS website. To learn more about Missouri One Call System, visit their website at

The Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce welcomed new owner Cliff Sachs of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, 12638 B Dorsett Road Maryland Heights with a ribbon cutting on May 11. Max Muscle Sports Nutrition is a store that provides a wide range of products to suit any lifestyle or health and fitness goal. We have Fitness and Nutrition Certified staffs who are there to help provide guidance about the fitness and nutrition industry. All of our products are regulated by GMP, FDA, USDA, as well as others and are produced in California under our own team of biologists and doctors.


The Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce and MarketVolt hosted a ribbon cutting on May 16 at 11433 Olde Cabin Road Suite 100 St. Louis. MarketVolt is a local interactive marketing company specializing in email marketing and newsletters that help local business communicate with clients and prospects productively and comfortably. The Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce strives to enhance the general welfare and prosperity of businesses and citizens of the Maryland Heights area, as well as provide opportunities for its members to address economic, commercial, governmental, and educational issues. The Chamber is currently serving over 425 businesses representing 22,500 employees. For more information on benefits and services, contact 314.576.6603 or visit their website at • Community News • June 12, 2013



Cold Water Elementary School Receives $4,815 Grant From Lowes Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation (LCEF), a division of Lowes Companies, retail chain of home improvement stores, selected Cold Water Elementary School to receive a 2013 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant in the amount of $4,800. The grant money will be used to help expand the walking trail at the school into an outdoor fitness trail. The fitness trail will be available for student and community use. Dr. Christa Warner, principal at Cold Water Elementary, said the school is excited to be able to expand the

current trail. “We are so excited to be able to offer our students a new way to enjoy exercising,” said Warner. “I would like to thank Nick Traughber, one of our physical education teachers, for writing the grant. He did a great job.” Traughber said the grant will allow the school to purchase specially constructed outdoor fitness equipment. The equipment is made of enormously strong steel that will withstand the elements and years of continuous use. They have selected a sit-up bench, a back extension machine, push-up bars and a vertical jump trainer.

Book Battle Waged With 33 Middle Schools More than 260 middle school students from 33 middle schools throughout St. Louis converged at Pattonville Heights Middle School recently to compete in Pattonville’s seventh annual Area-Wide Book Battle. The Book Battle is a trivia-night styled event in which student teams answer questions based on a pre-designated list of 20 books they have read. Winners of this year’s battle were Senn-Thomas Middle School, first place, Pattonville Heights, second place, and Rockwood South Middle School, third place. Information on the Book Battle, along with several posts by or about Book Battle authors, can be found by visiting the Book Battle blog at

The event is organized by library media specialists and teachers at three Pattonville schools - Holman Middle School, Pattonville Heights Middle School and Remington Traditional School.

Hazelwood Student Arael Rauls and MSA Arael Rauls, a HSD sophomore who attends attend the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG). the St. Louis Regional Program for Exceptionally While there, she attended a three-week program Gifted Students (PEGS), was recently chosen to at Emory University that gave students a real-life participate in the 2013 Missouri Scholars Acad- glance at experiencing college. emy (MSA) to be held at the University of MisThe SIG program allowed Arael to take colsouri in Columbia, MO in June. She is one of lege-level courses including business, cartoon330 scholars of MSA who will participate in this ing, drama and chemistry classes. Although her three-week educational academy. grandmother accompanied her on the trip to PEGS accepts qualified students from school Atlanta, she lived on campus with other particidistricts throughout the St. Louis area. The pro- pants. During her stay, she was challenged with gram provides a full-time, multi-aged, enriched caring for herself at such a young age. This inand extended academic program for those high- cluded doing her own laundry, personal hygiene ly-gifted students who need an alternative to the and styling her hair. regular classroom. Through an individualized In a most recent accomplishment, Arael parplan for instruction, this program addresses each ticipated in a program called the People to Peostudent’s unique needs for an accelerated, chal- ple International (PTPI), which was a conference lenging, academic program and offers an orga- held in Chicago, IL. The PTPI forum helped her nized system for attaining social and emotional and other students relate to the subjects of intergrowth skills. national understanding, education, leadership, According to the PEGS website, the program and humanitarianism. The conference focused curriculum is designed for exceptionally gifted on how to create and implement successful serstudents based on the following principles: accel- vice projects locally and globally. erated learning through curriculum compacting, Arael’s hobbies are writing creative stories, advanced training in critical and creative think- drawing, painting, singing and listening to muing and research skills required in the various ac- sic. She also enjoys playing the piano and viola ademic subjects, creative production of projects and she loves to read. based on topics of special interest to students, For additional information on the PEGS prospecial assistance with social and emotional gram, please visit the Gifted Program-PEGS growth, mentors to enrich and extend learning in website. their areas of expertise and main-streaming for fine arts and physical education with students their own age. Given the special program design and customized curriculum for highly-gifted students, the PEGs program provided the best tutelage to fit Areal’s exceptional educational needs. She currently participates in the PEGs program, along with six other HSD students. While the request to take part in MSA is a tremendous accomplishment, this isn’t the first time that Arael has been invited to participate in an academic conference. She has traveled since she was in the third grade attending different symposiums and educational programs. When she was 8 years old, Arael traveled to Atlanta to

“We hope that the Bear trail will provide everyone with a total body workout,” said Traughber. “We applied for the grant because we want to make Cold Water Elementary the best possible school for our students. This track will provide for students, staff and our community. We will also use it for our Mileage Club and Read Right and Run Club. We have approximately 100 students who participate in both clubs. This track will give them a structured safe place to prepare for our races and provide a safe unintimidating environment for everyone.”

Mccluer High School Senior Wins Gates Millennium Scholarship

left to right: Dr. Art McCoy, superintendent of Ferguson-Florissant School District; Vickie Ferris, Kristen's Gates recommender and McCluer High School Spanish teacher; Kirk McPike (Kristen's dad); Kristen McPike; Sandra Watson (Kristen's mom); Brooke Tidball, academic coordinator and Kristen's nominator); Chris Martinez, Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education member.

Kristen McPike, a senior at McCluer High School in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, is the school’s most recent recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. With seven recipients of the scholarship to-date, more Gates Scholars have attended McCluer High School than any other high school in the state of Missouri. The Gates Millennium Scholars Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. Recipients also receive academic support throughout their college career, plus personal and professional development opportunities through the Gates leadership program. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must demonstrate sustained academic success, leadership and community service. Applicants, along with teachers or academic advisors, must complete the program’s rigorous, comprehensive application process which includes a student-written section, plus sections to be completed by a nominator and a recommender on the student’s behalf. McPike will attend Loyola University in Chicago this fall to pursue studies in biochemistry or chemical engineering.


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“A Little Book of Sloth” 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!

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All righty — Newsbee would have to agree. Sloths don’t seem like engaging reading material, but A Little Book of Sloth will convince you that these creatures are the masters of cute, creative and chill. Abundant photographs by Lucy Cooke show the sloths doing their thing, and not doing anything — the latter much more their style. While sloths are noted for being lazy, some good folks down in Costa Rica are working hard to rescue and protect them at the Aviarios del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary. The book highlights some of the sanctuary’s inhabitants, like Buttercup, the “queen of Slothville,” who has lived there for 20 years, but doesn’t look a day over 10, and Mateo, an abandoned “streetwise sloth,” that prefers its snuggletoy Mr. Moo to humans or sloth buddies. Everything you’ve always wanted to know about sloths, or didn’t give a bean about, is included in this colorful book that’s as entertaining as it is informative. You’ll never gaze into a sloth’s peepers again without falling for these endearing animals that sometimes fall asleep in their food.

Adopt a Loveable Manatee for Father’s Day Go beyond the usual this Father’s Day. Save the Manatee Club suggests a real Florida manatee gift adoption for caring dads, everywhere. Select from 35 living manatees with known histories in the Club’s adoption programs including Rocket, Brutus, Doc, Paddy Doyle and other great choices for dad. See them all at Funds from the adoption program support the Club’s manatee conservation efforts around the world. “I chose Vector because he loves to travel and so does my dad,” says Madison Johnston, a student at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, who adopted a manatee last year for Father’s Day. “My dad was so excited and surprised when he received the adoption. He loves manatees!” Each $25 gift adoption includes an adoption certificate with a color photo, biography, a membership handbook, the Club’s official quarterly newsletter, The Manatee Zone, the bi-monthly E-newsletter, Paddle Tales, and a year’s membership in Save the Manatee Club. This Father’s Day, each new member who joins the Adopt-A-Manatee® program for a $35 tax-deductible donation, will also receive the new 2013 Club T-shirt featuring a tropical design by renowned wildlife artist Nancy Blauers. Shipping is free in the United States. Manatees are Florida’s official state marine mammal and they’re listed as endangered at the state, federal, and international levels. Save the Manatee Club, a Floridabased international nonprofit conservation and manatee welfare manatee organization, was founded in 1981 by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett and former Florida

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Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham. Funds from the adoption program help fund manatee rescue, rehabilitation, and release efforts; research; education and public awareness projects; conservation work to protect manatees and their habitat; and programs in the United States, Central and South America, the Wider Caribbean, and West Africa. “It has been a very difficult time for manatees in Florida these past months,” says Patrick Rose, aquatic biologist and executive director of Save the Manatee Club. “We have lost more than 10% of the entire population to a combination of life-threatening events, including catastrophic losses from red tide toxins. Adoption program funds provide the critical support manatees need in these unprecedented times.” Madison, who is currently studying Environmental Studies and Biology, cares about the manatees and their future. “Manatees are such a vital part of the ocean’s ecosystems, and they contribute to the overall productivity of those ecosystems in many ways,” she explains. “Their curiosity and vulnerability, however, puts them at great risk. I think Save the Manatee Club is doing tremendous work in conserving and protecting the manatees.” For more information about manatees, and to adopt one for Father’s Day, contact Save the Manatee Club at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, call 800.432.JOIN (5646), or visit their web site at, where you can also sign up for the Club’s free E-Newsletter. Also visit The Manatee Store, the Club’s online shopping center, for more Father’s Day gift ideas. Go to You can follow the Club using Twitter and Facebook Watch manatees in their natural habitat on the Club’s Blue Spring webcams at • Community News • June 12, 2013


“After Earth”

By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

A respected actor as well as a serious box office draw, Will Smith possesses enough Hollywood clout to open doors for his son, Jaden. To his credit, the younger Smith did a nice job opposite his father years ago in The Pursuit of Happyness. He even managed to hold his own in the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid opposite Jackie Chan. His father’s clout can do nothing to salvage his performance in After Earth, though. While not neces- After Earth photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures sarily a bad film, the story does not, however, possess either. is rather dull and plodding. In a surprising turn, Will Smith turns in a stony perDirector M. Night Shyamalan, the man behind 1999’s formance as Cypher Raige. Though the character is a The Sixth Sense, adds none of his trademark twists to career military man, Smith’s face shows little if any emospice up the film. Jaden Smith is Kitai Raige, an eager cadet who hopes tion, even when his son is in danger. His flashbacks are to become a Space Ranger. Kitai also craves acceptance the only thing that shows Cypher has any real feelings and love from his legendary father, General Cypher at all. The story also requires father and son to spend most Raige (Will Smith). Kitai accompanies his dad on a misof their screen time apart, and this is the killing blow to sion, but their ship crashes on a quarantined planet that After Earth. As an actor, Jaden Smith needs turns out to be Earth. A seriously injured Cypher sends his son out to find a rescue beacon before he succumbs to bounce off an older mentor, whether it is his real-life dad or a comic actor like Jackie to his injuries. A cautionary tale about green living, After Earth is a Chan. This young man simply does not yet have the chops to play such a solitary role. strange, often confusing adventure. In this story, humans have abandoned their home planet after years of abuse. Evidently, Mother Earth is holding a serious grudge because the flora and fauna now exists to kill humans. As Kitai, Jaden Smith takes on the burden of the story. To save his father’s life, Kitai must navigate a landscape filled with deadly creatures and fluctuating temperatures. This role requires an actor with expressive facial expressions and detailed body language. The younger Smith

After Earth contains an interesting premise, but M. Night Shyamalan does a poor job in the execution. This could have been a science fiction adventure on the level of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone series, but it turns into an insomnia cure. After Earth, rated PG-13 for sci-fi action and violence and some disturbing images, 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.

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Gary Baute Field Hockey Named Most Improved Team in Division II In 2011, the Lady Lions were outscored 51-17 by their opponents. Junior Lynsey Porter was one of the offensive leaders for the Lady Lions that season, posting two goals and a team-high two assists on 19 shots. That new look and fresh attitude carried its way over onto the field as the Lady Lions took its 2011 record of 2-13 and turned it into a 10-6 record in 2012. Lindenwood outscored its opponents 40 goals to 30, and outshot its opponents 230-186 throughout the season. Lindenwood finished the season off strong, winning its final five games of the season. The Lady Lions started that five-game winning streak with a victory over Bellarmine, the second victory of the season over the Knights. After a 4-1 victory over Mercy following the Bellarmine contest, the Lady Lions were set to play Limestone who was a team that had defeated Lindenwood by a 1-0 margin earlier in the season. The Lady Lions stepped up their game to defeat the Saints in back-to-back games by a 2-1 score. Along with the excitement of winning eight more games over the course of one season, the Lady Lions had something else to be excited about at the conclusion of the 2012 season. The NCAA recognized the Lindenwood field hockey team as Division II’s most improved field hockey program in the country. The Lady Lions improved by 7.5 games from the 2011 to 2012 season. The next closest teams on the list were Assumption and Seton Hill, and those two teams only improved by 5.5 games. *Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood Hazelwood Central High School Track Teams Bring Home State Titles The Central boys and girls track teams both won the Class 4 state boys and girls track and field state championships held at Lincoln University, May 24 – 25.

This is the fourth year in a row the boys’ team has won the state title, establishing a tradition of track at field excellence at Hazelwood Central High. This is the first time a Class 4 team has ever won four consecutive state titles. Students finished in the top three in five events: 800 meter relay – first place; 1,600 meter relay – second place; 200 meter race – third place, Matt Quarells; 400 meter race – first place, Marcus Davis; third place, Brandon Chunn; 300 meter hurdles – third place, Chris Wright. The girls’ team also brought home the state title for the first time since 1988. Students finished in the top three in three events: 800 meter relay – first place; 100 meter race – first place, Ashley Henderson; 200 meter race – first place, Ashley Henderson; second place, Prenecia Ponds. “It has been 25 long years since the last girls’ state title,” said Glen Norwood, girls’ head coach. I am very proud of the girls. They have demonstrated to everyone they have the talent and right chemistry to be able to go out on top. We are already looking forward to next year.” John Pukala, activities director at Hazelwood Central High, said the teams have made the school very proud. “The two teams represented our school in the best way by demonstrating the hard work and dedication it takes to compete at the highest level of high school sports,” said John Pukala, activities director at Hazelwood Central High. The boys’ team continued on the tradition of excellence by winning their fourth straight title. I am also excited the girls’ team has the chance to share in the spotlight with a state title of their own. This has been a great year for track at Hazelwood Central High School.” *Practice pays off New Head Coach for Indoor Football Team The professional indoor football team just completing their season at the Family Arena, the Missouri Monsters, has named a new head coach. Local well-known coach Patrick Pimmel will take over the leadership for the team. More to follow next week. *Continuing his talent as a coach 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. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

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Nutritious Meals in Minutes Food Network star Jamie Deen shares simple tips and tricks for family meal time success.

After a chaotic day of shuttling kids around from school to appointments to sports practices, finding time to prepare a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy can be challenging. Getting everyone around the dinner table for a meal provides the perfect opportunity to encourage children to explore new foods and build healthy eating habits for life, but with busy schedules it’s often easier said than done. Food Network star and father of two Jamie Deen has partnered with the makers of Hidden Valley® products to offer some tips that help his family cut through the kitchen chaos and join together to enjoy nutritious and hearty family meals. • Don’t give up: This is important to remember as your children grow. Don’t think that you’ve hit a wall when they say they don’t like something and that your recipe catalog is now reduced to only things they like. Give the “rejected” ingredients another try later on. Both you and your kids may be surprised at the results! For a new take on a veggie side that the whole family will love, try this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Ranch Sauce. • Peruse the prepared: Most grocery stores offer prepared veggies. Chopping, slicing and julienning can be very time consuming. If you don’t have the luxury of time, veggies in bags are just as nutritious and can be huge time savers. • Celebrate seasonings: Cooking with spices makes all the difference, but finding that perfect combination takes additional time. Don’t be afraid to explore ready-made seasonings and rubs, they’ll save you time and create flavors your family will love. • Plan ahead: Menu-planning can also be a huge time saver. It requires more thinking at the start of the week, but will help you see what dishes can be remixed for later on in the week. Turkey and baked potatoes on Monday can be turned into turkey sliders and ranch mashed potatoes on Thursday.

Roasted Cauliflower with Creamy Ranch Sauce Makes 4 servings Ingredients: 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets 2 tablespoons canola oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 Vidalia onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Light dressing 2 tablespoons chicken broth 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley Directions: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray a small rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Combine the cauliflower, 1 tablespoon of oil, and salt in a large bowl; toss to coat well. Spread the cauliflower in a single layer on the baking sheet. Roast, stirring once or twice, until the cauliflower is just tender, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the Ranch dressing and broth; bring to a simmer. Add the cauliflower, tossing gently to coat well. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with parsley. For more recipes and cooking tips, visit w w w. p a y n e f a m i l y h o m e s . c o m


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June 15: 130th Birthday Celebration Zion Cemetery Association 130th Birthday Celebration, 7401 St. Charles Rock Road, 10:30 – 12pm. Snacks and tour. 314.721.8631

Now: The City of Black Jack is Accepting Applications for Performances, Artists & Groups For the North County Community Festival on June 22. Demo tapes should be sent to: NCCF ACT - City of Black Jack City Hall 12500 Old Jamestown Rd. For more information call 314.355.0400, ext. 120

June 21 & 22: Church Rummage Sale At Zion United Church, 5710 N. Hwy 67, 9 – 2pm. Benefits Tote Bag Ministry. 314.741.1590 Events Now: Papa Murphy’s “Papa Cares” Looking for teams for the Relay For Life on June 29. 314.972.7272 Now: NCCS Summer Camp Applications North County Christian School summer camp applications for children ages 3 through 8th grade for the summer of 2013.

June 13: Kids In The Middle (KITM) Golf Tournament Golfing For Kids, 10:30am, The Country Club of St. Albans, 101 St. Albans Rd., St. Albans. to benefit kids of separated or divorced parents, $245 per player, register at www.kidsinthemiddle. org or 314.909.9922. June 14: Greater North County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament At the Golf Club of Florissant, 52 Country Club Lane, 314.831.3500.

June 15: Flag Retirement Florissant City Hall flag retirement for Flag Day, 11am June 15: Poets, Singers and Dancers are needed for 2013 Women’s Anthology: Poetry & Notes An event to celebrate and uplift the creative spirit of women. 2 - 4 pm at St. Louis County Library- Lewis & Clark Branch, 9909 Lewis-Clark Blvd., St. Louis. 314.210.4774 June 22 & 23: Fiesta in Florissant Knights of Columbus Park at Lindbergh and Washington St. Saturday 10am - 10pm, Sunday 11am - 9pm. Welcome Ceremony 4pm Saturday. June 22: St. Louis County Police Department Partners in Crime Prevention through Physical Fitness Kick-off Party 11am - 2pm, North County Rec Plex, 2577 Redman Rd., 314.438.4623

June 26: City of Florissant and Florissant Old Town Partners, Inc.’s Art and Wine Night Out Wednesday 6pm – 9pm. Featuring live music by Phat Channel. Beer and wine provided by Henke’s. Come visit as local artists show off their talent. June 27:AMA St. Louis’ St. Charles Special Interest Group Kickoff Happy Hour 5:30pm at Prasino located at The Streets of St. Charles. Bridge the marketing gap for small business. For more info contact Lauren at or 636.379.3895 x12. June 28: Project Hands Volunteers needed to knit, crochet, and quilt for various children’s organizations--the last Friday of every month at 2pm. RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. July 12: Splish Splash Summer Bash At Koch Park Family Aquatic Center in Florissant, for youth grades 5-8, 6:30 - 9:15pm, $3, 314.921.4466 July 13: Family Fishing Tournament At St. Ferdinand Park, 9am 11am, Register by June 10 at the James J. Eagan Center or JFK Center, 314.921.4466 July 21: NCI Anniversary Fundraiser At Hendel’s Market Café and Piano Bar, 599 St. Denis St., Florissant, 5:30pm, $85,

314.895.6241. July 26: Flick and Float At Koch Family Aquatic Center in Florissant, “Dolphin Tale,” 8:15 - 9:00pm, 314.921.4466 July 26: Hello Tomorrow Trivia Night Fundraiser At Yacovelli’s, 407 Dunn Rd., Florissant, 6pm. $200/table of 8. Coolers welcome. Register before July 8 Mondays: Free Line Dancing 6:30pm, beginners welcome, RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Every Sunday: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine #1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, 1 – 4pm, through October. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314.921.7582, St. Augustine’s Classmates: Help plan an All-School Reunion for August 10, 2013: Call Sandy Tricamo 314.791.7714; Leo Neuner 972.951.4853; Don Becker 636.399.0088; Tom Hartnett 314.623.9950. Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs: 3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, 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. Florissant Senior Citizens’ Bingo Clubs: 314.839.7604.

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En • Community News • June 12, 2013 GNCC Member Happenings Old Jamestown Association: Network of residents who are informed about events and issues in the Old Jamestown Area, $10 per individual or $15 per family, Health 2nd Tuesday of Every Month: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Meeting Meeting to be held at Sarah Care of Bridgeton Adult Day Center 11977 St. Charles Rock Road, Suite 121-124, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Join our Support Group for Mutual, Emotional Support and Education. You are not alone. For information, contact Deborah Mabrie at 314-2915210 or Ferd Fetsch at 314-2913021 Email: dbland@sarahcare. com Diabetes Basics: 314.344.7024 for info 314.344.7220 to enroll.


Nutrition Education: SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157 Crisis Nursery: Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available year-round and serves families throughout the greater St. Charles region. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, Groups at Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355 June 3 – Oct. 7: EMT-B Course At 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 http://www.christianhospital. org/EMS-Academy. For more information, contact Shannon Watson at 314.653.5271. Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401, 6:30 – 8pm, 314.839.3171, free and open to the public. Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous Group 109 11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital, 10am, 11133 Dunn Road.

Diabetes Self-Management Training: Call 314.344.7220 Smoking Cessation Classes: Free ongoing 8-week sessions, 866.SSM.DOCS to register or for more information. SSM DePaul Wellness Center: Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation, 314.344.6177 SSM St. Joseph Hospital Healthy Happenings

Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30 - 7:30pm, 314.839.3171.

Free Mammogram Screenings: SSM Health Care free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appointments at 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, 636.947.5617

Center for Senior Renewal: Day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia, 314.653.5123.

Speaker’s Bureau: SSM speakers available for organizations, clubs, community and church groups for up to one hour free of charge, 636.949.7159

Christian Hospital Recovery Center: Outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults, 314.953.8100.

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Volunteers Needed at Christian Hospital: Call 314.653.5032 SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings Every Mon. & Tues. in May.: Healthy Meal Replacement (HMR) Program Orientation Mondays: 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays: Noon – 1 p.m. SSM DePaul Wellness Center. Attend a free orientation to learn: the Five Success Variables needed to lose weight, different diet options available and how important physical activity really is. Please call to register at 1.877.477.6954.

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12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Information: Wednesdays: New Choices NarAnon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 7:30 – 9pm, Thursdays: Grief Share Support Group Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson 6:30 8pm, Mondays & Thursdays: Breathe/ for people with pulmonary disease Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104, 11am 12pm, $30, 314-953-6090 Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30-7:30pm, 314.839.3171.

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Over the Fence

Joe Morice

Dazie, Dazie Some folks love various different breeds of dogs more than others. For me, it was a Yellow Lab, or Labrador Retriever. I’m sure that’s just a personal quirk, but she was friendly, smart, trustworthy and easy to train. I can’t think of another breed as great with children. Even Lassie would have a tough time competing with this level of canine affection. We named her Dazie because she had a streak of goofiness that was endearing. One could sometimes find her hiding under one of my teenager’s pile of dirty clothes in her bedroom after the kids left for school. Dazie knew I didn’t want her to sleep in bed with the kids or us. So much for that “head-of-household” title. Oh well. Dazie could hear kids playing two or three blocks away and go into a frenzy to be let out so she could play, too. She loved children and was a lot like them in many ways. She considered it her job to fetch the morning pa-

per and she did it proudly...for a treat. After I canceled the paper, she would run to the neighbors and bring theirs. The kids taught her to roll over and play dead by pointing their finger at her, dropping their thumb and saying “bang”. She could do any number of doggy tricks and had a few of her own. One of them was sticking her cold wet nose in my eye at four or five a.m. to awaken me so I could let her out. Years later, after my daughters were grown and I joined the sad minions of divorced folks, I ended up with Dazie. Since originally I was against adopting her when she was a mere pup, I’m not sure how this happened. I love dogs but I’m also aware of the responsibility of owning one, and at the time, I was sure us parents would end up taking care of it instead of our daughters. As it was, their mother ended up doing it. Then, after my daughters were grown and Dazie approached old age, I actually did end up taking care of her. My youngest daughter, Katie brought her by and Dazie was happy to have a yard to dig up. While Katie was still there, she gave me a funny look and said, “I wonder if she remembers...” She pointed her forefinger,

dropped her thumb and said “bang”. Dazie rolled over and played dead just as she did years before. Katie put her through some other doggie tricks and she remembered them all. Labs often suffer some sort of arthritis in their hindquarters with age. Dazie had a mild case. She would follow me down the basement stairs to the laundry room. When I climbed back up the stairs, she would sit at the bottom and whine. I assumed it hurt her to climb up, so I ended up carrying her to the top. Then I remembered how clever she was. The next time she refused to climb the stairs, I merely hit the can-opener switch and she shot up the stairs like a Nike Missile blasting out of a silo. Years later, Dazie passed on to that great Frisbee Park in doggie heaven. I have no doubt she probably conned whomever passed for St. Peter to get in, had there been any reservations. As with most dog owners, I will never forget this wonderful animal that once blessed my home and family with her love, affection and tricks, some of which were above and beyond the call of canine con artists. 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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