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June 21, 2017

Tuning in the world

Around Town The city of Florissant and the Hispanic community meet for Fiesta in Florissant . P.4

Community Voices By Larry Brown. P.2

Special Section

The Golden Years. P.7

Learn & Play

Members of the St. Louis QRP Society participated in Field Day at O’Connor Park in Bridgeton in 2016. They will be at the same location this year.

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Area ham radio operators share their love of the airways on Amateur Radio Field Day

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By Brett Auten This weekend radio waves will be buzzing with activity. In locations around the area (and across the planet for that matter) somewhere in the neighborhood of 40,000 radio amateurs will gather with their clubs as part of Amateur Radio Field Day. The American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, sponsors this event that occurs on the fourth weekend of June. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of amateur radio. Field Day is an event designed to simulate an emergency or disaster situation where amateur radio operators, commonly known as “hams,” set up radio equipment to demonstrate the ability to work reliably under any conditions, from almost any location, and create an independent communications network. For ham radio users, the motivation and challenge are simple.

It’s easy for anyone to connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or how the connection even takes place. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes, and therein lies the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage. Hams can throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a batterypowered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world. Radio operators will attempt to make contact with other stations across the country and around the world; testing the readiness of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. Field Day 2017 runs from 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Amateur radio has been described as a “hobby of hobbies,” as there are many different special interest areas to explore. Some hams bounce their signals off the moon; others communicate via satellites

orbiting the Earth. On Field Day, many hams strive to make contact with hams in all fifty states, or in each country around the world. Experienced amateur radio operators will be on hand at all locations to answer your questions. Both clubs will have a “Get On The Air” (GOTA) Station where unlicensed individuals can try out a radio under the supervision of a licensed operator. All ages are welcome. The St. Charles Amateur Radio Club will have their equipment set up and operating at the Menards home improvement store at 151 Spencer Road in St. Peters (just north of Mexico Road), on the grassy area between Menards and McDonald’s. Ken Humbertson is a member of the St. Charles group and has been interested in electronics since he was a youngster. “I have more electronic gadgets than most people,” Humbertson joked. Humbertson said that the St. Charles Club, with its 150 members, is as “general” a club as See ‘TUNING IN’ page 2

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June 21, 2017 • Community News – St. Louis County •

COMMUNITY VOICES It’s time to take some kind of ‘action’ By Larry Brown It has often been said that “Nothing comes to a dreamer but a dream or a nightmare!” It has further been stated that “As a man thinketh, so is.” No doubt you have also heard it said that “You are what you eat.” Finally, it has often been lamented that “You are a product of your environment.” While each of these statements contains some truth, they all refer to a state of being or condition in which you find yourself. In order to change this condition, there is a requirement to take some kind of action. The fact of the matter is; the world, its environment, and its people are moving or taking actions all the time. In this day and age, action seems to occur more quickly and more dynamically. What’s new today is old tomorrow! If you are not prepared to engage in some kind of action, you become a victim of the various actions that are taking place around you and that have a profound effect on your very existence. You had better join the party and take some kind of action, or you will find that you are drifting further and further away from your own posterity or forward progress. Get your event or good news published in Community News: email your information in calendar and article formats to

Taking some kind of action can result in a move forward or a jolt backward, depending on the research and planning in which you engage prior to making overt moves. But keep in mind that research and planning are forms of action also. They are signs that you have lapsed out of complacency and made a conscious decision which is (some kind of action) to change something. That’s great, because now you are taking part in how your world moves. There are many apples hanging on the tree of life, but in order for you to eat one, you have to take some kind of action, and either climb the tree and pluck one or shake the tree and grab one when it falls. In today’s world, it is absolutely imperative that mature adults participate in affecting the lives and conditions of those around us in a positive way. One thing we have done to create an opportunity for participation is to create a T-shirt slogan which says “I’m Alive, let me Survive.” We ask people to donate $10 per shirt so we can give the shirt to a child or adult in our crime-ridden neighborhoods. We believe that the power and constant sight of the slogan will cause people to have more respect for life. We

need to restore an attitude of respect for life among our youth. We need to cause people to want to live as long as possible so they have a chance to acquire the best our country and life may have to offer. You may contact Grace Chapel Ministries at 314-995-5013 if you would like to sponsor shirts for others or obtain a shirt for yourself. It’s time to take some kind of action. Larry Brown is Chairman of the Board and co-founder of Worknet, Inc., which has a national ten year contract with the Social Security Administration to find jobs for people with disabilities who are interested and qualified to enter the traditional workforce. He is also co-founder and president of Grace Chapel Ministries, former president of National Cable Training Centers, and president of Woodstock Industrial Products Group. The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

‘TUNING IN’ from cover you can find, meaning no restrictions on membership or in ways of using their radios. “We also pride ourselves in pulling in new members,” Humberston said. “We teach classes at St. Charles Community College, which helps. I encourage anyone to come see what we do and have fun.” The St. Louis Amateur Radio Club will meet on Streetcar Drive in Maryland Heights and members of the St. Louis QRP Society will be participating in Field Day at O’Connor Park located at 12741 Hemet Dr. in Bridgeton. This club’s specialty is low-power operation; hams that follow self-imposed low power guidelines limit their power output to five watts or less. That’s less power than a tiny night light bulb. Building radios from kits, or even from scratch, is another popular pastime for these hams. So why does this club have power restrictions? “The challenge, of course,” Jeff Logullo, QRP Society club member, said. “It’s always been a thrill to communicate over long distances; but to do it using a tiny radio you build yourself, that’s small enough to fit in your pocket—that’s almost magic.” These hams frequently use Morse code to communicate – it turns out that using Morse code is very power efficient. But using the code is not strictly necessary, and it’s no longer required to learn Morse code before becoming licensed. The Boeing Employees’ Amateur Radio Society will be operating at the Fox Hill Park, 3309 Kister Drive in St. Charles. Member Mike Heitmann said the Boeing group is a little different than others in that its interests and focus is toward emergency situations. The club

Submitted photo Clubs will have “Get On The Air” (GOTA) Stations as a part of Amateur Radio Field Day where unlicensed individuals can try out a radio under the supervision of a licensed operator. All ages are welcome.

is also made up of current employees or retirees of Boeing. “Some are part of the club because they like to build others like to communicate with others,” Heitmann said. “There are some who like to communicate by just Morse code or computer. It’s a pretty unique club.” The hobby is open to anyone, and there are now over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States. For more information about amateur radio, visit • Community News – St. Louis County • June 21, 2017

Operation Food Search to hold Shop Out Hunger Day Operation Food Search (OFS), a nonprofit hunger relief organization, will host its ninth annual Shop Out Hunger on June 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Previously called Saturday Jubilee, the regionwide food drive is held to restock the shelves of both its distribution center and its 330 community partner agencies. Volunteers from over 100 agencies will be staffed outside of more than 120 grocery stores – including Dierbergs, Schnucks and Straub’s – collecting non-perishable food items and donations that will stay in each area’s community. OFS also teams up with numerous community partners including Franklin County Hunger Task Force, Jefferson

County Hunger Task Force, St. Charles Community Council, and area food pantries across 12 counties. “This day is all about strengthening families who need our assistance in putting food on their tables,” said Operation Food Search Executive Director Sunny Schaefer. “The drive is held during the summer when food donations are typically down. The average low income family’s food costs increase by $300 per month during the summer since kids who receive free or reduced meals during the school year do not have access to the food they need.”

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City of Hazelwood receives award of financial reporting achievement from GFOA

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Fireworks are prohibited by law in Florissant Over 200 people go to the emergency room on or near the fourth each year. People die from different fireworks related accidents. Two NFL players lost fingers in fireworks accidents not long ago. The recent wet summers prevented an increase in the potential of fireworks induced fires but we may not be as fortunate in the future. According to the police department the city of Florissant has experienced a noticeable increase in the amount and size of the pyrotechnics that individuals are using near the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve which has resulted in complaints of peace disturbance. A more disturbing trend is the national increase in the discharge of firearms for the 4th of July and New Year’s. What goes up must come down and spent bullets can kill or maim a child, adult or pet and cause expensive property damage. Discharging firearms is always illegal and

violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The sale, possession and use of fireworks are prohibited by law in section 215.020 of the Florissant City Code which was enacted by the city council several decades ago. This administration has placed a renewed priority on enforcement of this ordinance in an effort to prevent death, injury, fires and disturbance of the peace. Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $1,000. The city of Florissant provides a safe, professional fireworks display each Independence Day. This year’s display again includes a Northwinds Band Patriotic Concert at the James J. Eagan Center Grounds. The public is encouraged to notify the police department at 314-831-7000 of any illegal fireworks or firearms activity.

Hazelwood City Manager Matthew Zimmerman presents an award plaque to Finance Director Lori Obermoeller.

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Hazelwood by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This marks the 19th consecutive year that Hazelwood has received this honor. The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. An Award of Financial Reporting Achievement has been awarded to Hazelwood’s Finance Director Lori Obermoeller and her department staff who have the primary responsibility of preparing the award-winning CAFR. The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.


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The city of Florissant and the Hispanic community meet for Fiesta in Florissant By Charlotte Beard For the 15th year Fiesta in Florissant, organized by only 12 – 15 people from the Hispanic community, will be held on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday June 25. It’s estimated an average 4,000 to 5,000 people attend the festive event yearly, which is free to the public. Fiesta will be held at the Knights of Columbus Park, located at 50 Francois Street near the corner of Lindbergh and Washington Street. Saturday festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with the Welcoming Ceremony starting at 5 p.m. that day. Florissant Mayor Thomas Schneider will have remarks. The rich cultural celebration will resume Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. A complete schedule of events and times during Fiesta in Florissant can be found at or by looking for Hispanic Festival, Inc. St. Louis, MO on Facebook. There will be live entertainment from Latino bands and folkloric dancers by way of Panama, Columbia, Mexico and local talent. Some of the music will be

rendered by the Son Montuno Salsa Band and Banda Artilleros Mexican Band. There will be plenty fun activities for kids and adults including: folk arts and crafts, Los Ninos Kids Corner with pinatas, pony rides, inflatable rides and Dora the Explorer. Food will accompany the event at reasonable costs that encourages family attendance. There will be a wide variety of authentic foods and beverages from Latin & South America, as well as one of America’s favorite – hot dogs. Besides the Fiesta “Car Show” and the Second Annual Quinceanera Fashion Show, which features formal dresses and reenactments of the Hispanic tradition, on Saturday, a salsa contest will take place at 12 p.m. Chef Martin Lopez, who has been on various television shows, will host the contestants representing local restaurants. This opportunity will allow the represented venues to gain publicity by having their restaurant name announced from the main stage at the event as well as by handing out various

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forms of advertisement. On closing day of Fiesta in Florissant, the Fifth Annual Miss Chiquita Bonita Beauty Pageant will present girls ages 4 – 15 who represent and promote the Hispanic culture at 3 p.m. Fiesta in Florissant also serves as a learning experience and a way of giving back to the community. Attendees will have the benefit of visiting various booths of cultural organizations to obtain information about their programs and services. All funds raised from sells will support the needs of underprivileged children and college-bound students that need scholarships in and outside the Hispanic community. For more information about Fiesta in Florissant be sure to visit or call 314-837-6100.

Weather from Nick’s Window

by Nick Palisch

Staying safe in the summer heat

The summer-like temperatures coupled with the high dewpoints remind us that our typical Missouri summer has already begun. As many folks begin to venture outdoors this summer to swim, float down area rivers, camp, travel and have outdoor celebrations it is important to also remember to be safe in the summer heat. Being safe from the summer heat doesn’t just mean for humans, but also our fourlegged friends as well. Summer brings an array of weather conditions to the region and the United States from heat to severe weather, including hurricanes and tornadoes. It is important to make sure safety steps are in place. While hurricanes don’t occur in Missouri, they do occur where many folks travel for some beach time and the remnants from these tropical systems can bring unsettled weather here in the Midwest. Severe weather that can bring large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding to the area also can get pretty mean during the summer months and it is important to make sure you keep a close eye on the sky when you are outdoors. If you hear thunder, seek shelter. If you are camping or enjoying area streams and rivers and heavy rainfall begins to cause them to rise, quickly seek higher ground. When storms are around it is important to get out of the water. The other summer element that we must think about is the extreme heat. The summer heat and humidity takes a toll on the human body and our four-legged friends. It is important to know the signs of heat-related illness. During extreme heat it is important to reduce outdoor work and strenuous activities until early morning or late evening. Drinking plenty of water is also important. Avoid alcohol and wear light colored clothing. It is important to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect yourself from the direct rays of the sun. Don’t leave kids or pets in cars—tempera-

tures in vehicles climb extremely quickly and heat-related deaths occur quickly in vehicles. In a matter of minutes a car can reach temperatures of 180 to 200 degrees. Last year 94 people lost their lives because of the heat. Many of these lives that were lost in 2016 from heat-related circumstances could have been prevented if precautions were taken. One of the most important thing we can do is avoid the outdoors and seek cool places such as our air-conditioned places – those without air conditioners should seek cooling centers and public places during the peak heating of the day. Make sure you have well-ventilated rooms; if you don’t have air conditioning use a fan to blow hot air out of the room during the day and then blow in the cooler air at night. Other things to stay cool during the summer heat is to take frequent breaks, take cool showers, wear sunscreen, wear loose and light-colored clothing. Check on those who may be at a greater risk of heat related illness or death (elderly, pets, children and those without air conditioning). Make sure you provide outdoor pets with proper protection and abundance of water. When our body tries to tell us that the heat has an impact it is important to listen. Three common heat-related disorders include: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat strokes. We will talk about the signs and symptoms and what to do if you or someone around you begins to experience them in my next column. Stay cool! Nick Palisch is a meteorologist and Missouri native who understands the weather here in our area. He currently resides in Lake Saint Louis and can be reached at and you can always get the most up-to-date forecast from the FirstWarn Weather page at The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News. • Community News – St. Louis County • June 21, 2017


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By Cindy Moore

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Gifted individuals The month to celebrate dads everywhere is once again upon us. My husband instructed me not to buy him anything, which translated means, “Don’t buy me anything, but if you really don’t buy me anything I’ll know you really hate me.” Big man baby! But those man babies are so hard to buy for. Whereas I, being a lady of abundant needs, fall into the category of easy-to-buy-for-as-long-asit-comes-with-a-receipt-so-I-can-return-it-forwhat-I-really-want. Aside from that, I’d be happy with: candy, jewelry, flowers, plants, clothes, shoes, gift cards to restaurants or favorite stores at the mall, makeup, perfume, small furry animals and if all else fails get me an oven mitt and some vacuum bags and I’ll be just as thrilled – provided they’re stuffed with dark chocolate, of course. My father-in-law is a man who also falls into the category as one of those who is hard to buy for. He insists that he needs nothing and gives no hints to help out. A couple of years ago we noticed that the flannel shirts he wore were looking a bit scruffy and threadbare. (When the outline of one’s pacemaker is visible through the fabric, it’s time to get a new shirt.) Light bulb moment! For the next year, any and all occasions including Christmas, birthday, Father’s Day and the successful removal of a large kidney stone were celebrated with new flannel shirts. Afterwards we noticed that he still sported his shabby shirts. After further investigation,

we found that he kept his new crispy shirts, with tags still attached hung in a row in the backmost part of his closet. My mother-in-law informed us that he thought there was still a lot of wear left in the oldies and he couldn’t bear to crack open a new one until the others fell from his body. Although, he hinted that there was a slight possibility he would allow us to use one of them for his burial clothes. Those darn kids who grew up in the Depression will never get over it! So off I went in search of a Father’s Day gift for my husband, who gave me no hints, no help, no idea of what to get him whatsoever, but would be sad as an orphaned puppy if I came back empty-handed. After hours of roaming through stores I settled on his three loves: a bag of grass fertilizer; a family-pack of meaty T-bones, and a case of motor oil. I tossed in a flannel shirt as a bonus. Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.




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June 21, 2017 • Community News – St. Louis County •

State board recognizes Normandy progress, reauthorizes JEGB for three-year term “There was really good conversation; they asked good questions and we had the answers,” said Dr. Charles Pearson, Normandy Superintendent of Schools. “The meeting validated that we’re on the right track, we’re making progress in the right direction.” Pearson was reflecting on the March 16 state Board of Education meeting to reauthorize the Joint Executive Governing Board, essentially granting the Normandy Schools Collaborative a three-year extension to continue its path back to accreditation. The State Board of Education recertified the Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB) for three years, effective July 1. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education staff conducted a review of the Normandy Schools Collaborative (NSC) in the areas of academic achievement, culture and climate, implementation of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP), educator effectiveness, and financial stability. “We looked at how we could make our systems more coherent,” said Pearson. “Everyone in the organization (instructional and support staff) now knows how leadership connects to a collaborative culture, connects to curriculum and assessment, and how all that informs instruction.” The extension includes the reappointment of four JEGB members and the appointment of one new member. All members are residents of the St. Louis area: • Richard Ryffel, current member • Rev. Cedric Portis Sr., current member • Sheila Williams, current member • Pamela Westbrooks-Hodge, current member • Sara Foster, new member The JEGB and the NSC were initially created in 2014 when the State Board lapsed the Normandy School District. Missouri law requires that the State Board re-

Photo courtesy of DESE Communications The state Board of Education recently reauthorized the Normandy JEGB for a three-year term. Attending the meeting was DESE State Supervisor Dr. Maureen Clancy May, Normandy sixth grader La’Shawnna Levy and Normandy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Pearson.

view and recertify the alternative form of governance every three years. The newest JEGB member, Sara Foster, is a vice president with Commerce Bancshares, and a graduate of Normandy High School. Foster will be sworn in at the July JEGB meeting. She is replacing Reginald Dickson, who is stepping down after serving on the JEGB for the last three years. “There have been very positive moves over the last three years,” said State Board Vice President Vic Lenz. “I am thrilled that we are making this go on for another three years because I would love to see continued improvement.” “When the district first lost its accreditation, the question was ‘Will we survive?’,” Pearson said. “We have survived and have no intention of going anywhere but up.” Even with the transfer program, which now has about 555 students participating, there are still 3,200 students enrolled in Normandy.

One of those students is La’Shawnna Levy, a sixthgrader at Lucas Crossing Elementary. Levy traveled to Jefferson City to share with the state board an essay about her experience in the Normandy Schools Collaborative. “All of the criticism I hear just makes me want to work harder to prove all those people wrong,” Levy wrote in her essay. “I know I can succeed in life with a full education from Normandy. The teachers are some of the most amazing people you will meet.” Levy is an “A” student who has scored in the proficient and advanced levels in English and mathematics respectively. She originally wrote the piece for an argumentative essay assignment for class. “Those families that chose to say, they told us, ‘Make [the district] better.’,” Pearson said. “That is our charge – make this district better, to prepare students for life after Normandy. The students and this community deserve it.”

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A plaque dedication for the late Patrick G. Click, Sr. is set for June 28 The city of Florissant along with Old Town Partners will be hosting a dedication to unveil a plaque in honor of the late Patrick G. Click, Sr. This will be the 29th Walk through History plaque in honor of someone who has made a valuable contribution to the city of Florissant. The ceremony will be held on June 28 at 5:45 p.m. in front of Click Heating & Cooling located at 124 rue St. Francois. The plaque dedication will take place before the start of the second Wednesday Night Out festivities which is being hosted by Korte’s Custom Framing & Antiques in the 600 block of rue St. Francois. It will be a “Hat Party” theme featuring live music by the Doo Wop Band.

Pat co-owned Click Heating & Cooling with Lora during their fifty years of marriage which is a mainstay in “Old Town” for forty-one years. Pat served ten years in the United States Navy with honor and was at the tip of spear in a showdown with a Soviet Submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a member of the Florissant Rotary Club where he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award, Old Town Partners, Fine Arts Council and the Valley of Flowers committee. In 2014 Pat and Lora were honored as Business Couple of the Year by the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce. Pat served his church in many capacities, he supported all veterans and lived for his family.

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North American Lily Society Show to sprout in the area

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Spectacular lily stems, fabulous lily floral designs and stunning lily photos are highlights of the North American Lily Society’s (NALS) 2017 Show and Convention held in Missouri this year, June 30 – July 2. The Lily Show display is free and open to the public for viewing at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel at 191 Westport Plaza in St. Louis County on June 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., July 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and July 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come and experience the variety of colors, forms and sizes lilies have to offer and inhale their heady and varied fragrances as you enter the show room floor. Vote for your favorite lily photographs and enjoy creative floral designs focusing on St. Louis themes like: “The Louisiana Purchase”, “The Black Pearl Dances”, and “Classic Chocolate Treats”. During the show, international lily society members will be happy to talk with visitors about


their favorite flower – how to select lilies for the garden, how to grow them, and how to hybridize existing selections to make their own new lilies. After enjoying the Lily Show on Saturday morning at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, visitors can take a short 30-minute drive to the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG). Included in admission to the MBG is a lecture by Dr. Peter Zale, renowned modern-day plant hunter and current Curator and Plant Breeder at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Dr. Zale has participated in over 20 plant exploration expeditions throughout the United States, Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Republic of Georgia. Dr. Peter Zale will speak on “Lily Species Around the World and in Cultivation.” The lecture will be on July 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Shoenberg Auditorium at the MBG located at 1344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis.



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Pattonville names district Teacher of Year, Support Staff of Year The Pattonville School District announced the honorees for Pattonville Teacher of the Year and Pattonville Support Staff Employee of the Year during its annual District Appreciation Night on May 1. Dr. Dana Burns, a science teacher and department chairperson at Pattonville High School, was named Pattonville Teacher of the Year after being named Pattonville High School Teacher of the Year. Joe Gutierrez, tech support center specialist at the Pattonville Learning Center, was named Support Staff Employee of the Year. Finalists for Teacher of the Year were Mary Florence Goding, kindergarten teacher at Willow Brook Elementary School, who was also named Elementary Teacher of the Year; and Emily Weber, sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Pattonville Heights Middle, who was also named Middle School Teacher of the Year. This year’s semi-finalists for Teacher of the Year were Elizabeth Brisch, ALPHA teacher at the gifted center at Holman Middle School; Jaimyn Fairchild, fifth-grade teacher at Parkwood Elementary School; Julie Harder, librarian at Pattonville Heights; Tara Rice, seventh-grade English language arts teacher at Pattonville Heights; Michael Boulanger, counselor at the POSITIVE School at Pattonville High School; and Robin Woodrome, art and music teacher at the POSI-

Photo courtesy Pattonville School District Dr. Dana Burns (right), a science teacher and department chairperson at Pattonville High School, was named Pattonville Teacher of the Year after being named Pattonville High School Teacher of the Year. Joe Gutierrez, tech support center specialist at the Pattonville Learning Center, was named Support Staff Employee of the Year.

TIVE School. Finalists for Pattonville Support Staff of the Year were Michael R. Voegelie, lead printer at the print shop; and Tron Williams, custodian at the Pattonville Learning Center. Semi-finalists for Support Staff of the Year were Kathy Albers, parent educator at the Learning Center; and Stephanie Kellner, kindergarten paraprofessional at Drummond Elementary School.

Larimore students learn it’s never too early to practice career skills Photo courtesy Hazelwood School District

Fourth grade students at Larimore Elementary, in the Hazelwood School District, recently had an opportunity to practice interviewing skills with several community professionals/ mentors during Larimore’s Saturday Academy (LSA). Students discussed their strengths, accomplishments and achievements with mentors in a multitude of career areas. LSA’s goal is to provide additional learning opportunities, and to teach in ways that promote creativity, innovation, wonder, joy and a passion for learning. The 25 fourth grade students who participated in LSA presented their resumes to the community professionals including: pharmacist, financial planner, music producer and more. While students were meeting with each mentor, they participated in “the amazing shake” where they were rated on their eye contact, handshake and communication skills on a scale of one to five. “I interact with adults all across the country and the majority of them don’t have half the poise of what our students displayed this

morning,” stated one community professional. The community professionals were thoroughly impressed with the students. Through this opportunity, students learned how to fill out job applications, prepare for an interview and create their own resume. LSA was created by Michael Nobile, instructional specialist. The purpose of LSA is to create an atmosphere where fourth grade students, parents, staff and community members work together to foster a family environment for students, and to provide additional learning opportunities. This fits right in with HSD number one goal of increasing student achievement. “We’re so proud of our fourth grade students during this event,” said Nobile. “They really shined at this event and impressed the community professionals. We saw them use all of the skills and advice that we taught them, and they put it into play while interviewing. This will put our students ahead of the game when they become adults and start looking for jobs.” • Community News – St. Louis County • June 21, 2017

More than 550 participate in the Hazelwood PTA Run/Walk

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On a beautiful Saturday morning, more than 550 individuals registered for the 36th Annual Hazelwood PTA Council Scholarship Run/Walk event. The event took place at Hazelwood Central High School on May 13. The run/walk event was comprised of several categories including a 5K, a one mile run, a color blast and fun runs for kids of all ages. “The number of participants taking part in the run/walk really speaks volume about the Hazelwood School District support for our students and the importance of this scholarship fund,” said Kimberly McKenzie, director of communications for the Hazelwood School District. “I’m glad to know so many of our students, board, staff and community members came out in support of this event. It appears everyone had

a great time.” For more than three decades, this familyfriendly event, along with other PTA Council fundraisers have raised more than $3 million for the Hazelwood PTA Student Scholarship Fund, which benefits deserving HSD graduating seniors. Since the program inception in 1959, Hazelwood PTA Council has provided more than 3,200 scholarships to students. “This was truly one of the best run/walk events that we’ve held in a long time,” said Terri Butler, Hazelwood PTA Council president. “Participants who came out and supported this event had beautiful weather. I appreciate the teachers, staff, students, vendors, HSD board members, HSD administrators, and St. Louis County Police for supporting this very important event.”

Two debate students earn Academic All-American awards Pattonville High School seniors Keturah Gadson and Samuel Riggs earned the Academic All-American Award from the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). This award recognizes academic rigor, competitive success and personal excellence, and places Gadson and Riggs among the top half of one percent of all student members across the country. Fewer than 500 students across the country are selected to receive the award annually out of more than 141,000 student members of the National Speech and Debate Association. The All-American Award recognizes students who have completed at least five semesters of high school; earned the degree of Superior Distinction in the NSDA Honor Society; achieved rigorous criteria for GPA and/or test score requirements and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership. Gadson and Riggs are members of Pattonville’s speech and debate team, which is coached by teacher Jennifer Raymond.

Photos courtesy Pattonville School District Pattonville High School senior Keturah Gadson earned the Academic All-American Award from the National Speech and Debate Association.

Pattonville High School senior Samuel Riggs earned the Academic All-American Award from the National Speech and Debate Association.



New student enrollment begins July 17 in the Hazelwood School District The Hazelwood School District (HSD), will begin enrollment for new students on July 17 for the 2017-2018 school year. Enrollment will continue throughout the summer. The first day of school is Aug. 15. Parents/guardians can enroll Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. or on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. at the HSD Administration Building (The Learning Center) at 15955 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. No appointment is needed. Parents/guardians must complete all enrollment forms prior to attending. Enrollment forms can be found by visiting and clicking on, “new student enrollment.” Families must reside in the district to enroll. Items needed for enrollment include: • Original state-issue birth certificate for the student • Current immunization records for the student • Transcript for students in grades 9-12 or • Most recent report card for students in grades K-8 • Discipline record from previous school, grades 6-12 • Current drivers’ license or state ID for the parent/guardian • Proof of residency For more information, please call 314-953-5141.



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Sports you see with Gary B... Hall of fame coach heading up Christian High School’s basketball program Christian High School has a Missouri Coaches’ Hall of Famer as the Varsity Head Coach of Girls Basketball Program in the name of Chris Ellis. Ellis had 15 seasons as the head coach of Maryville’s women’s basketball program. Submitted photo In 2011-12, he guided the program to the Chris Ellis has been named Chrisschool’s first Great tian High School Varsity Head Lakes Valley Confer- Coach of Girls Basketball Program. ence championship. In April 2012, he was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ellis compiled a 255-160 overall record in his 15 seasons with Maryville, and has a lifetime record of 609-266 in 32 seasons. He was named St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Coach of the Year five times, while leading his squad to an NCAA Division III conference record 92-game winning streak and six consecutive undefeated seasons in conference play from 2003-2009; a streak that ended with a win as the Saints moved up to NCAA Division II in the 2009-10 campaign. Ellis, a graduate of Maryville, earned his bachelor’s in Education in 1984 and later received his master’s in Education from Lindenwood University in 1998. He joins fellow Hall of Fame coach, Terry Hollander, who just one year ago took the reins of the varsity boys program at Christian High School. * Right place, right time River City continues on a hot streak The River City Rascals play in the West Division of the Frontier League with home games at CarShield field in O’Fallon. In their latest games as of this writing the team has won seven of 10 games inching their way to the top of the league four games out. It was a good and bad outing recently in a double-header contest they played against the Washington WildThings in Washington, Penn-

sylvania. River City extended their season-long winning streak to five games with their fourth one-run victory of the year and improved to four games over .500 with the 4-3 victory in game one. The Rascals struggled to string together hits through the first five frames against WildThings starter Trevor Foss but found their groove in the sixth inning sending eight batters to the plate and scored three runs on four hits. Dan Ludwig earned the win with the quality start, lasting six innings allowing the three earned runs on six hits and struck out seven. The second game had the same score but the Rascals were on the downside of the game. Josh Silver totaled three hits total in the game and he, like Kerrigan, is on a team high 15-game hitting streak. “I’m seeing the ball well lately and just trying to hit the ball hard every time I come up,” Silver said. Relief pitching did not hold up for the team as their opponent had a walk off hit to salvage the second game and stop the River City’s winning streak. * Start it up again

I will be broadcasting the “STL Health and Wellness LIVE” show every Saturday from 9-11 am on 590 The Fan and

1999 for the paper.

Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, has hosted many radio shows from Health to Sports to Baby Boomer news. He was the EMCEE of the River City Rascals and St. Louis Swarm basketball team inaugural seasons and broadcasting for the indoor football teams over a decade. Has been writing sports since • Community News – St. Louis County • June 21, 2017


Cool down with patriotic frozen pops

The perfect treat to celebrate and escape the heat this summer


ith backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic celebrations in full swing leading up to the Fourth of July, kids are constantly on the go with summertime activities. For long summer days in the sun, a cool treat is the perfect way to help keep kids energized for all of their summertime activities. These homemade red, white and blueberry frozen pops are the perfect patriotic summer snack for active kids. Made with wholesome ingredients like fruit and milk, they’re a great

way for moms to add quality nutrition to snack time with flavors their kids already love. Plus, with milk as an ingredient, this delicious recipe is a creative way to help the whole family get added nutrients they need, like calcium and protein. Whether celebrating Independence Day or relaxing following an afternoon in the sun, this tasty and nutritious summertime snack is one the whole family can enjoy together. For more inspiration and recipes to serve up summer fun, visit

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Red, White and Blueberry Frozen Pops Servings: 10

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Ingredients: 1/2 cup granola 2 teaspoons brown rice syrup 3/4 cup reduced fat milk 6 ouces fat free vanilla Greek yogurt 1 cup whole strawberries, tops removed water 1 1/4 cup blueberries, divided Directions: In small bowl, stir granola and brown rice syrup until combined. Using end of wooden spoon, press approximately 3/4 tablespoon granola into each frozen pop mold. Granola should be packed tightly into bottom of molds. In another small bowl, stir together milk and yogurt; set aside.

Using small food processor or high-powered blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Stir water into each puree so they are pourable, about 2 tablespoons each, more if necessary. Set aside 30 blueberries and puree remainder. Add water, as needed, to make pourable. To layer pops, start by pouring, piping or syringing 1 tablespoon milk and yogurt mixture into each mold, covering granola layer. Put each mold in freezer until firm, at least 1 hour. Layer 1 tablespoon strawberry puree on top of frozen yogurt layer in each mold. Cover top of molds with foil, insert sticks and freeze again until solid. Remove foil, add an-

other layer of yogurt and freeze again. For final layer, add 1 tablespoon blueberry puree and 3 blueberries to each mold. Freeze until solid. Keep frozen pops in molds until ready to eat. Run each mold under lukewarm water for approximately 10 seconds to loosen and remove frozen pops. Pops can be made 1 day in advance. Tip: For clean lines between frozen yogurt layers, use small syringe. Nutritional information per serving: 70 calories; 2 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 3 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 20 mg sodium; 48 mg calcium (4% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using reduced fat milk.

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Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS June 21: Karaoke

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

June 22: Tasting event fundraiser

Kids In The Middle will host its 11th

annual “Swirl, Sip & Savor” fundraiser from 6:30-9:30 pm. The tasting event will be held at The Magic House at 516 S Kirkwood Road in St. Louis County. The evening features hors d’oeuvres from various local restaurants, unlimited wine tastings, beer tastings from Urban Chestnut and a raffle prize of a vacation for two to Sonoma Valley wine country. All proceeds provide counseling services for kids and families in the middle of a

The Ferguson/Dellwood West Florissant Business Association hosts a free peace and unity community concert extravaganza featureing Kwame Binea and Lydia Brittan at 4 p.m. at the Dellwood Community Center at 10266 W. Florissant Ave. in Dellwood. Concert will be outdoors and no alcohol please.

that was spearheaded by the Spanish Lake Community Association. The home was built in 1870 by Johann Heinrich Twillman on what was then a 374-acre farm. The open house will include tours of the home and information on its history and renovation. The Twillman House will be used as a community center for area residents and organizations, with meeting rooms available for a nominal fee. Plans call for the house to serve as the hub for area youth and community activities. It will also be home to the Spanish Lake Community Association and the Spanish Lake Community Development Corporation.

June 24: Senior citizen country western dinner/dance

July 4: Bridgeton 4th of July festivities

separation, divorce or remarriage. Sponsorships are available. Tickets are $75 per guest or $100 at the door. For more information visit www. or call 314-9099922.

June 24: Community concert

Put your boots on and get to the James J. Eagan Center for the Country Western Dinner Dance. Start the evening with a good down home BBQ Dinner of BBQ Pork steak, mac and cheese, baked beans, salad, rolls and butter and Texas sheet cake. Then listen to the Retro Band play all your countrywestern favorites. Light snacks will be served and beer, wine and soda will be available for purchase. The event runs from 5 – 9 p.m., dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. Cost for residents is $12 and for non-residents is $15.00. Tickets are on sale through June 21 to residents and non-residents in the Senior Office in Florissant City Hall. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Call the Senior Office at 314839-7605 for more information.

June 25: Community carnival

VBS Kick-Off Carnival takes place at Salem Baptist Church at 19715 Old Jamestown Rd. in Florissant from 5 – 7 p.m. Food and carnival games for the whole family. For more information, visit or call 314-921-5507.

June 28: Karaoke

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

June 30: Chicken dinner

Chicken dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 1: Twillman House open house

The Twillman House, located at 11840 Bellefontaine Rd. in Spanish Lake, is hosting a community open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The historic 147-year-old home has undergone an ambitious 12-year renovation

The theme of this year’s 4th of July parade is Honoring First Responders. The parade begins at 10 a.m. The parade route starts on Benedetta at Lockport. The parade will proceed on Benedetta to Tideland, turn on to Majella, then on to Natural Bridge, ending at Target. Evening activities will be held at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) beginning at 6 p.m. The evening will include music, food trucks, and a spectacular fireworks display at dusk. Be aware that road work on St. Charles Rock Road may cause some traffic issues so don’t delay, plan ahead to reach BMAC by 8 p.m.. Watch for more details on the Bridgeton website www.

July 4: Independence Day celebration

Florissant’s proud tradition of celebrating Independence Day continues this year on the grounds of the James J. Eagan Civic Center at Florissant Valley Park, which is located at the intersection of Parker Road and Waterford Drive. Festivities begin with an outdoor concert performance by the Northwinds Concert Band at 7:30 p.m. Following the concert, the city of Florissant is sponsoring its renowned fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. This year’s extravaganza features a dazzling fireworks presentation combining brilliant shells, color sequencing, dimensional frontage, and low and high level aerial combinations. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks display only will be held the following evening (July 5 at 9:15 p.m.). For additional information, please call the James J. Eagan Center at 314-921-4466.

July 5: Karaoke

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

July 7: Splish Splash Summer Bash

The annual Splish Splash Summer Bash for Florissant youth, grades 5-8 will take place from 6:30 - 9 p.m. at Koch Park Aquatics Center. Participants will enjoy pizza, soda, games and lots more. Admission will be by ticket only, cost for residents is $5 and for nonresidents is $7. Tickets may be purchased at JFK Community Center and the James J. Eagan Center. The child’s 2016/2017 resident cards must be shown to receive the resident rate. For more information call the JFK Center at 314-921-4250 or the JJE Center at 314-921-4466.

July 7: Steak dinner

Steak dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 8: Breakfast

Breakfast at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 to 10 a.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information

call 314-831-6121.

July 8: Flea market

Flea market at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 12: Karaoke

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

July 14: Country fried steak or meatloaf dinner

Country fried steak or meatloaf dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 19: Karaoke

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

July 21: Pork steak dinner

Pork steak dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

July 26: Karaoke

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

July 28: Chicken dinner

Chicken dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Sept. 14: Art fundraiser

The Eighth Annual Art from the Heart is a special fundraiser benefiting the local nonprofit, Friends of Kids with Cancer takes place at Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis at 13700 Manchester Rd. in Ballwin) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.. The event, sponsored by Mungenast Lexus of St. Louis, features a silent auction of over 60 pieces of art created by kids with cancer in St. Louis. Friends’ Art Therapist, Tasha, works with these kids throughout the year on their artwork for this fundraiser. 100 percent of proceeds support Friends’ Art Therapy program. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information visit https://www.

RECURRING EVENTS Weekdays: Food pantry volunteers needed The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry is in need of ongoing adult volunteers to sort food, stock shelves and shop with clients. Two-to-four hour shifts are available, Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. To learn more or to join this fun group, contact Chelsey Banaskavich at 314-5131674 or Weekdays: Volunteer drivers The St. Louis County Older Resident Programs need volunteer drivers who live in St. Louis County to give a few hours during the day to provide transportation to and from doctor’s appointments for our senior residents of St. Louis County that lives near you! No weekends and mileage reimbursement is available. Call today at 314-615-4516. • Community News – St. Louis County • June 21, 2017 Mondays: City council meetings City of Pine Lawn holds regular city council meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Mondays: Workshop meetings City of Pine Lawn holds regular workshop meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. Mondays: A cappella singers

All men who like to sing are invited to come sing with us, The Men of Harmony. We practice every Monday night at 7 p.m. at 5500 Parker Road which is the first house on Uthe Lane. We sing four-part harmony a capella (without accompaniment ). We sing some traditional songs, as well as show tunes and more contemporary music. We do perform for the public at various functions. Persons interested can come right on in or for more information call Al at 314-993-6134.

Tuesdays: Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous Informational Meeting takes place every Tuesday at 8 p.m. at 7222 N. Lindbergh Blvd. (behind the Holiday Inn Express off the Taylor Rd. exit) in Hazelwood. This free meeting is for anyone who is interested in learning more about Alcoholics Anonymous, how it started, what it’s all about and how it works. This is an hour-long meeting with a short presentation, followed by a question and answer session with current members. For more information call 314-7314854.

Tuesdays: Choir rehearsals

The St. Louis Chordinals, a women’s a cappella chorus, rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7 - 9:30 p.m. at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church at 12397 Natural Bridge Rd. in Bridgeton (next to the Bridgeton Government Center). For more information call Linda at 314-839-3495 or visit

Tuesdays: Lung cancer support group

The Lung Cancer Networking Group is open to anyone affected by lung cancer and meets at Christian Hospital at 11133 Dunn Rd. every second Tuesday of the month from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in Room 2100. No RSVP required. Christian Hospital has partnered with the Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis to provide this group meeting. Drop-in to the monthly meetings to discuss, ask questions and learn how others manager side effects, symptoms and the day-to-day of cancer. Connect with other care partners who are learning about cancer and how it impacts their friends and family members. Share and hear stories from others who “get it.” Discover the power of group support when you meet with a licensed facilitator, other people (family, friends, patients) affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Tuesdays: TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) From 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. located at John F. Kennedy Center/Henry Koch Ctr., Howdershell Rd. at Charbonier Rd., Florissant. For more info contact Paul or Connie McConnell, 314-831-5476.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month: Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335 meeting 6:30pm, Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335, 800 Chambers Road in Bellefontaine Neighbors. Those interested in membership are invited to attend.

Every Tuesday: Bingo Evening at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316

Doors at 4:30pm, games begin at 6pm, Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

Fellowship (in the rear) at121 Williams Blvd. in Hazelwood from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. For more information contact Pat Ryan at 314-605-3949.

Wednesdays: Are you interested in losing weight?

Every Fourth Saturday’s Writer’s Workshop

Check out TOPS #361 Florissant group of supportive ladies. Meetings are on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9:15 am at Florissant Church of Christ, 16460 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. If interested, please contact Shirley at 314-895-3528 for more information.

Every Wednesday: Bingo Morning at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316 Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. Doors at 7:30am, games begin at 9:30am. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

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. Every 1st Wednesday of the Month: Stroke Support Group 3-4pm, Center for Senior Renewal, Detrick Building 1st floor, 11133 Dunn Rd. For more information, contact Jamie Stevens at 314.653.5331.

Thursdays: Blood pressure checks

Free blood pressure checks monthly at Life Care Center of Florissant at 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. (off Parker Rd.) in Florissant every third Thursday of the month. Call 831-3752 for more information.

Thursdays: meeting



Every Thursday City Voices Chorus, a women’s chorus singing four-part a cappella harmony, meets at Church of the Good Shepherd at 1166 S. Mason Rd. in St. Louis. Members come from the entire bi-state region. Call Marcia at 636-274-0723 for more information or visit

Every Friday: Our Lady of Fatima #4429 Knights of Columbus Bingo

6:45pm, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1216 Teson Rd. in Hazelwood. For more information call 314.731.9330

10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Baden Library, at 8448 Church Rd. For more information call 314-388-2400.

Sundays: Meat shoot

Come and enjoy the meat shoots at American Legion Post 444 located on 17090 Old Jamestown Road between Sinks Rd and Lindbergh starting at noon until dusk every Sunday in February and March in the spring and every Sunday in October through the second-to-last week in November in the fall - rain or shine. Great meat prizes awarded. Sundays: AMVETS meat shoot Sundays in September through April, AMVETS Post 55, located on 8842 Natural Bridge Rd. in Bel-Ridge will be hosting meat shoots with practice beginning at 11 a.m. and rounds starting at noon. Shooters must be 18 or older and will shoot #9’s with no bull barrels or scopes and 675 minimum chokes. The shooting area is indoors and food and drink are available in the club room. For more information, contact 314-630-2671 or 314-330-7269.

Every Sunday: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine

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at Classics Bar & Grill at 11601 West Florissant Avenue. Those interested in membership are invited to attend. For more information visit

mation, please contact Lee Shields at 314.653.5032.


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 314-291-5210 or Ferd Fetsch at 314-291-3021 Email: dbland@ ferdfetsch@sbcglobal. net.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church GriefShare Support Group

Tuesdays from 2 - 4pm and Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30pm, 11645 Benham Rd., 314.741.3737

HEALTH Every Mon. & Tues.: Healthy Meal Replacement (HMR) Program Orientation

Mondays: 6–7pm Tuesdays: Noon– 1pm 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.

Every Monday-Friday: Evening Front Desk Volunteers Needed 4-7pm, Christian Hospital, 1225 Graham Rd. in Florissant. For more infor-

2nd Tuesday of Every Month: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Meeting

Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting Christian Hospital Building 2, Suite 401, 6:30 – 8pm, 314.839.3171, free and open to the public.

Every third Tuesday of every month: Grief Support Group sponsored by DePaul Hospital

11:30am-1pm, Bridgeton Trails Library, 3455 McKelvey Rd. For more information, call 314.344.6873.

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

SUDOKU answers from page 11

CROSSWORD answers from page 11

#1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, 1 – 4pm, through October. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314.921.7582,

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The Jennings Do-Dads hold meetings every third Sunday of the month (except June which is the second Sunday and no meeting in December) at 1 p.m.

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Every 3rd Friday of the month: Bingo

2pm, Life Care Center of Florissant, 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. For more information, call 314.831.3752.

Fridays: Celebrate Recovery

For 25 years Celebrate Recovery has been helping everyday folks find freedom from whatever difficulty you are experiencing in your life. This Christcentered, 12-step program is based on the Beatitudes. We meet every Friday at 6:15 p.m. for dinner ($5); 7 p.m. large group meeting; 8 p.m. Small groups sharing; 9 p.m. dessert at First Christian Church of Florissant at 2890 Patterson Rd. in Florissant. For more information call 314-837-2269 or visit or Facebook page Celebrate Recovery-FCCF.

Saturdays: Clothing sale

On the second Saturday of each month Bethany-Peace UCC at 11952 Bellefontaine Rd. in St. Louis County hosts a clothing sale from 9 - 11 a.m. For sale are used clothing and shoes, some household items, books and toys. Fill your bag for $1.

Saturdays: Grief support group

A Way with Words Grief Support Ministry meets the fourth Saturday each month at Community Christ

Winners will be published in Community News and awards presented at the Northwest Chamber luncheon on August 10, 2017.


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TO: Daniel D. Kiddy, Defendant ADDRESS: 300 Winding Woods Drive, Suite 214 O’Fallon, MO 63366 Within the time limited by law (see note below) you are hereby required to appear before this Court and answer to a claim filed against you in this action. In case of your failure to appear or answer, judgment by default will be taken against you as demanded in the Complaint for ACTION FOR DEBT AND FORECLOSURE OF REAL PROPERTY MORTGAGE. Witness my hand and the Seal of the Court this 2nd day of March, 2017. /s/ Richard P. Farrelly, Esq. Birch, de Jongh & Hindels, PLLC Poinsettia House at Bluebeard’s Castle 1330 Estate Taarnebjerg St. Thomas, USVI 00802 Telephone: (340)774-1100 Telecopier: (340)774-7300

ESTRETLLA GEORGE Acting Clerk of the Court Deputy Clerk

NOTE: The defendant, if served personally, is required to file his/her answer or other defense with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the plaintiff’s attorney within twenty (20) days after service of this summons, excluding the date of service. If served by publication or by personal service outside of the jurisdiction, the defendant is required to file his/her answer or other defense with the Clerk of this Court, and to serve a copy thereof upon the attorney for the plaintiff within thirty (30) days after the completion of the period of publication or personal service outside of the jurisdiction.

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Does Steven Spielberg favor films with male leads?

M O V I E By Steve Bryan

While accepting an award from “Women in Film,” a nonprofit organization, Elizabeth Banks took aim at Steven Spielberg. The prolific director has been making films for decades, including some true classics. In her acceptance speech, Banks claimed that Spielberg never made a movie with a female lead and “called him out” for it. A quick analysis of the director’s body of work shows that Banks’ statement isn’t entirely true. Fans have pointed to “The Sugarland Express,” a 1974 film starring Goldie Hawn, as one of Spielberg’s earliest female leads. Hawn plays a woman so desperate to keep her son out of foster care that she breaks her husband out of jail to help. Arguably, Richard Dreyfuss was the star of 1977’s blockbuster “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” As electrical engineer Roy Neary, though, he was fortunate to play opposite two outstanding actresses. Teri Garr played Roy’s wife in the film, suffering not-so-silently after her husband started molding mountains with his mashed potatoes. Melinda Dillon played Jillian Guiler, a mom who teams up with Roy to find her alien-abducted son.

In many ways, Banks’ remarks are an insult to Karen Allen, who starred in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” opposite Harrison Ford back in 1981. Allen’s Marion Ravenwood took absolutely no guff and could drink anyone under the table. She even greeted lost love Indiana Jones with a sharp punch to the jaw. This was Allen’s movie just as much as Ford’s and she held her own throughout. 1985’s “The Color Purple” focused on Celie Johnson, a woman who endured years of abuse and hardship before finding her way in the world. Whoopi Goldberg played the lead role, which catapulted her to cinematic fame. Oprah Winfrey even had a memorable part in this period piece and she, along with Goldberg and co-star Margaret Avery, were nominated for Oscars. Richard Dreyfuss was front-and-center again in “Always,” a 1989 Spielberg film about pilots who battled forest fires. Holly Hunter was his perfect match here as Dorinda, his coworker and girlfriend. Like Karen Allen and Teri Garr, Dorinda is incredibly strong and the film is more about her life’s journey than any other characters.

Given the memorable female leads in his movies, it’s hard to understand why Banks singled out Spielberg for criticism. Granted, there is a definite shortage of prime female roles, but Gal Gadot’s performance in “Wonder Woman” is working to reverse the trend. As many fans also pointed out, there’s nothing to prevent Elizabeth Banks from financing her own film with a female lead. Independent directors do it all the time. From left, “The Color Purple ” photo courtesy Warner Brothers, “Raiders of the Lost Ark” photo courtesy Lucasfilms, “The Sugarland Express” photo courtesy Universal Pictures. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.