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Celebrate July Fourth with family, friends and neighbors at one of the many fairs, festivals, parades and celebrations taking place in the community.

Independence celebrations offer tons of fun By Shawn Clubb Independence Day will soon be here and communities across the area are preparing to celebrate will all sorts of festivities. There will be parades, fireworks, live music and family-fun. Even some pigs will get on the act. Here are some local options, if you’re looking for something fun to do to celebrate Independence Day. Ferguson: Ferguson will celebrate its 39th annual full day of fun on Friday, July 4, with a festival with the theme “Ferguson 120 Years … Then and Now.” The day will begin with the Firecracker Dash bike and run at 9:30 am. The dash will start at Plaza at 501 and end at January-Wabash Park. The parade will begin at 10 am at Suburban and South Florissant Road and run north to the park. The parade will feature between 80 and 100 units including the McCluer Marching Band, the St. Louis Caledonia Pipe Band, community floats, and Marine Corps League vehicles. Former St. Louis Rams player Aeneas Williams, who now is a minister in North County, will be the parade marshal. An opening ceremony at noon will feature the mayor and local representatives presenting awards to Aeneas Williams, Citizen of the Year Ann Chisholm, and Youth Achievers Sara Crinnion and Eriq Byrne. Crinnion is a senior at Incarnate Word Academy, while Byrne is a junior at Chaminade. From noon - 9:15 pm there will be food, beverage and game booths in the

park. The children’s area will feature kids’ rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a graffiti wall, a science show, a watermelon eating contest, a magic show, and more. “We have more free entertainment in the park than any other festival,” said Nancy Whitener, recreation supervisor for Ferguson Parks and Recreation. And then there are the pigs. “We have pig races, which are extremely popular,” Whitener said. The Show Me Safari Racing Pigs will run at 1, 3, 5 and 7 pm. This is their fourth year at the festival Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers will perform jazz and swing music from 2 - 5 pm, and Street Beat will play blues and rock from 6 - 9 pm. The evening will conclude with a fireworks spectacular at 9:15 pm. For more information, call 314.521.4661. Hazelwood: There will be no Fourth of July fireworks display in the City of Hazelwood due to budget cuts. Hazelwood City Council members made the decision to cancel this year’s event after the City’s projection of a $1.45 million dollar budget deficit. Bridgeton: The annual Fourth of July parade in Bridgeton will have the theme “Childhood Memories.” Participants’ entries will touch on TV shows, games, attractions, music, garage bands, books, movies, cartoons, family vacations, Disney characters, toys, circus act, and more. The parade will begin at 10 am Friday, July 4. The parade route will run from

Benedetta Drive at Avery Lane to Tideland Drive, then to Majella Drive and then to Natural Bridge Road, ending at Target. For questions, contact the Community Center at 314.739.5599. Maryland Heights: A little earlier in the week, a patriotic concert by the St. Louis Big Band will be presented from 7 - 9 pm Tuesday, July 1, at Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Rd. The Big Band will deliver “A Fanfare to America” as the free show. St. Charles: St. Charles will celebrate with its annual Riverfest on Thursday, See FOURTH OF JULY page 2



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Around Town Local news and events like Lake St. Louis Water Ski Clubs upcoming performances at Fair St. Louis and the Hawthorne Players present America in Harmony Business Mayor Schneider defends Mayor Challenge title at Greater North County Chamber golf tournament. School Ritenour already preparing for back to school and Hazelwood students performed the Star Spangled Banner before a recent Cardinals game


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July 3 - Saturday, July 5, in Frontier Park on the riverfront. Festival hours will be from 5 - 10 pm July 3 and noon - 10:30 pm July 4 and 5. A parade will begin at 10 am July 4 from Blanchette Park, then make its way through historic St. Charles. The parade route will go from the park, left on Randolph Street, right of Kingshighway, left on Clark Street, then right on Main Street and on to the Lewis & Clark Boat House. The parade will feature marching bands, floats and military honor guards. The festival will include live music on the Jaycee Stage, food, drinks, carnival rides, a children’s area, appearances by Fredbird, and fireworks displays at 9:20 pm on July 4 and 5. For more information, visit O’Fallon: The Heritage & Freedom Fest will run from 5 - 10 pm Wednesday, July 2, 5 - 11 pm Thursday, July 3, and noon - 10 pm Friday, July 4, at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex at T.R. Hughes Boulevard and Tom Ginnever Avenue in O’Fallon. The fun will begin with Family Night on July 2. Everyone can enjoy carnival rides and games at discounted prices. The other two days will also feature carnival rides, and a kids’ area. The parade will begin at 9:30 am July 4 at Third and Main streets. The route will travel north on

Main, then east on Tom Ginnever and end at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. Music on the main stage will include J.T. Hodges at 6:30 pm and Chris Cagle at 8:45 pm July 3; and BoDeans at 3:30 pm, Survivor at 5:30 pm and Switchfoot at 8 pm July 4. Fireworks displays will start at 10:15 pm July 3 and 9:30 pm July 4. Parking is available for free at Fort Zumwalt North High School or Christian High School. Free shuttles will run between the schools and the festival grounds on July 3 and 4. Wentzville: Wentzville’s full day of fun on July 4 will begin at 10 am with a parade. It will begin at the corner of Campus Drive and Pearce Boulevard, travel east down Pearce, and end at the corner of Pearce and Luetkenhaus Boulevard. From noon 7 pm, free swimming will be offered at Progress Park Pool. Other evening activities will include inflatables for kids, live music and fireworks. Lake Saint Louis: The Ambassadors will host the Lake Saint Louis fireworks display and music on Friday, July 4. This event will take place after dark from the dam of the large lake. The fireworks display can be viewed from either side of the dam and from boats. Music to accompany the fireworks will be broadcast over a local FM frequency.

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Around Town Florissant Kicks-off Summer Series with July 4th Concert The City of Florissant has announced the performers for the outdoor summer concert series. The performers and locations are listed below. All concerts begin at 7 pm., except for the July 4 concert, which starts at 7:30 pm, and the Fall Festival concerts, which begin at 1 and 3 pm. The following is the 2014 concert series: • July 4, Northwinds Concert Band in Florissant Valley Park at the Civic Center • July 12, Fanfare Band in St. Ferdinand Park • July 19, Ground Flow Fusion in St. Ferdinand Park • July 26, Bob Kuban Brass in St. Ferdinand Park • Aug 2, Butch Wax & The Hollywoods with Theo

• Peoples from The Four Tops in St. Ferdinand Park • Aug 9, Billy Peek Band in St. Ferdinand Park • Aug 16, SmashBand Superhits in St. Ferdinand Park • Aug 24, Boeing Employees Concert Band at St. Ferdinand Park • Oct. 12, The Ralph Butler Band at the Old Town Fall Festival, 100 rue St. Francois Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets for lawn seating. Light refreshments are available. For more information, call 314.921.5678, or visit or

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Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Offers Tips to Keep Kids Safe and Reduce Parental Stress During Summer Months Saint Louis Crisis Nursery welcomes children, birth through age 12, into its 24-hour safe havens, while their parents rejuvenate from overwhelming stress or tend to an untimely crisis or emergency. The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. Established in 1986, Crisis Nursery offers crisis care at five Nurseries located throughout the city and county of St. Louis and St.

Charles County. Whether a parent discovers the need for help in the early morning, during the midday or in the late evening, Crisis Nursery child abuse prevention services are available without judgment. Parents may call the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery 24-hour helpline at 314.768.3201. The Center for Disease Control offers the following tips to increase child safety during the summer months. Summertime Child Safety Tips: • Keep kids hydrated and cool. Children are more susceptible and have a higher incidence of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke when temperatures are high. Children should be reminded to drink plen-

ty of fluids and take breaks indoors. • Never leave a child unattended in a car. A child should never be locked in a car, even if the windows are open. The temperature inside a car can soar within minutes. When the outside temperature is over 80 degrees, the internal temperature in a car can reach a deadly 110 degrees in just 15 minutes, even if the windows are rolled down an inch or two. • Apply sunscreen daily. To prevent sunburn, apply a good sunblock, even early in the morning, late in the afternoon and on a cloudy day. Apply a thick layer of sunscreen to each exposed section of your child’s body and reapply every few hours, especially if the child is in the water. And don’t forget sunglasses with UV protection.

Lake Saint Louis Water Ski Club Added to Fair Saint Louis Lineup

As the countdown to Fair Saint Louis continues, officials with the Fair further demonstrated why this year’s event will be a “Fair Like Never Before,” announcing that Circus Flora’s Flying Wallendas and the Lake Saint Louis Water Ski Club are thrilling new additions to the entertainment lineup. They will be performing daily. Presented by PNC Arts Alive, Circus Flora’s Flying Wallendas will wow the crowds as Tino Wallenda performs spectacular evening and nighttime skywalks high above the Grand Basin, covering a distance the length of a football field. “Watching the Flying Wallendas takes your breath away,” said Circus Flora Executive Director, Joel Emery. “Walking a slender wire, more than six-stories above the Grand Basin, with no net below, they will bring an entirely new thrill to St. Louis’ Fourth of July celebration.” Local Watersports Promotions (LWSP) is also excited to announce the Wake Challenge will be part of Fair Saint Louis, with performances by the Lake Saint Louis Water Ski Club and professional wakeboarders from Midwest NighFLY each day as part of this signature event for the 250th anniversary of our great city. The Ski Club involves skiers from five to seventy years old, and has been performing exciting shows on water for crowds since the 1970s. “The Grand Basin water venue at the base of Art Hill is one of the most unique locations in the country to host such an event and promises to be a fun and exciting show for all,” said Randy Aubuchon, executive director for LWSP. “These terrific additions, which have never be-

fore been part of the Fair, are being made possible this year because of the unique characteristics of the Fair’s new venue on Art Hill, overlooking the majestic Grand Basin,” noted Lori Thaman, executive director of Fair Saint Louis. “They round out an already impressive lineup of musical entertainment on the Budweiser Main stage, that will be paired with a host of family friendly, hands-on activities in the Ameren/Purina Family Festival Zone and a variety of cultural performances on the stage in the Post Foods Parade Town to ensure a great time is had by all at America’s Biggest Birthday Party. Fair Saint Louis truly is an amazing gift our foundation is able to provide to our community for free, thanks to our many sponsors and volunteers.” Parking for Fair Saint Louis is free at the designated Fair lots within Forest Park up until 10 am on July 4th. Those coming out early to get a good viewing spot are encouraged to sign up to participate in the Post Foods World Record Challenge, with advance registration now available under the Parade section at the bottom of the Fair Saint Louis site, Free parking is also available at the Fair lots within Forest Park until 10 am on July 5, for those who want to participate in the Schnucks Freedom 4 Miler, which begins at 7 am, and Family Fun Run, which begins at 8:30 am. • Community News • June 25, 2014

Up Close and Personal with Hummingbirds The sixth annual Hummingbird Festival at the Pere Marquette State Park Lodge will take place 11 am – 3 pm Sunday, June 29 and will feature live music, craft vendors, restaurant favorites, wine tastings and children’s activities. Cathie Hutcheson, a licensed hummingbird bander from Makanda, Ill., will be catching and banding the birds from 11 am – 1 pm. Banding is the process of attaching a small, individually numbered metal or plastic tag to the leg or wing of a wild bird. This enables the individual bird to be The Ruby-throated hummingbird migrates to the western Missouri July – Nov. identified should it later be recaptured or Pere Marquette Lodge is located just across the recovered. The banding event will give anyone at- Illinois River from St. Louis, Mo. and includes tending the festival a chance to see these amazing 72 newly renovated guest rooms and cabins. The creatures up close. hotel features a one-of-a-kind life size chess set, Built by hand by the Civilian Conservation a 50-foot limestone fireplace, a terrace overlookCorps during the Great Depression in Pere Mar- ing the scenic Illinois River, an indoor pool, a quette State Park, the historic Pere Marquette restaurant, a winery and more. For more inforLodge and Conference Center is an awe-inspir- mation about the Hummingbird Festival, call ing structure of limestone and massive timbers. 618.786.2331 or visit

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Florissant Old Town Partners to Host Annual Flea and Farmers Market Florissant Old Town Partners will host their annual July Flea and Farmers Market from 8 am – 1 pm on Saturday, July 19. To become a part of the day interested parties may register for a booth at the Flea Market. Spaces for the Flea Market are 10-foot-by-10-foot and cost $10. The sale will be held at the Knights of Columbus Grounds and Pavilion, 50 St. Francois St. in Florissant. Vendors will need to supply their own tables. For more information, or to register, call the Florissant Old Town Partners office at 314.837.0033 or visit www. to obtain an application.

Greater North County Chamber Plans 2014 Scholarship Bowl The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its 2014 Scholarship Bowl from 6 - 9 pm Aug. 6 at Crest Bowl, 650 N. Florissant Rd., Florissant. The proceeds from the Scholarship Bowl fund the Chamber’s scholarship program, which annually awards scholarships to area high school seniors. The following students each received a $1,000 scholarship in 2014: Tiara Gibson, Incarnate Word Academy; Kristen Henderson, Hazelwood West High School; Olivia Rivers, McCluer High School; Marrio Roberts, Riverview Gardens High School; Michaela Sutherlin, McCluer High School; and Brenden Stealey, Chris-

tian Brothers College High School. The cost for bowlers is $25 per person, which includes three games, shoes, a slice of pizza and unlimited refills on soft drinks. The cost for a team of six bowlers is $150. Sponsorships are available at the following levels: Strike Sponsor, $300, which includes team of six bowlers; Drink Sponsor, $150; Lane Sponsor, $100; Pizza Sponsor, $75; and Frame Sponsor, $75. For more information on sponsorships or to register to bowl, call the Chamber office at 314.831.3500 or visit

Hawthorne Players to Present “America in Harmony” Hawthorne Players will present a special patriotic program at 8 pm Saturday, June 28, in the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. America in Harmony will feature vocal soloists, full chorus, dancers, actors and the Northwinds Concert Band in an uplifting program celebrating the spirit of America. The event will benefit Hawthorne’s scholarship program for students in the performing arts. Tickets are $15 and may be reserved at the box office at 314.921.5678 or online at Groups of 10 or more are $11 per person. Highlights of this Best of Hawthorne production include patriotic classics such as America the Beautiful and a salute to our armed forces, plus a performance of Band of Brothers featuring choreographer/dancer Jeannette Remines. Tim Callahan will perform a touching soldier’s monologue


from Voices of Valhalla, and Archie Coleman will present a vignette entitled Putting up the Flag. The Jeweltones will sing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Gerry Love with speak the Gettysburg Address, backed up by Northwinds. The Hawthorne Tappers will dance to Give My Regards to Broadway. Vocal soloists are Ike Eichenberger, Kimmie Kidd, Kay Love, Jim Merlo, Paul Morris, Tracey Newcombe, Greg Working and Lynn Working. Ken Clark directs, with vocal direction by Ike Eichenberger. Larry Marsh conducts the Northwinds ensemble. America in Harmony will be presented in the cool comfort of the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, where there is ample free parking. For more information, visit



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“A” Flight winners, from left to right, are Glen Otto, Dr. Kevin McClain, and Howard Nimmons. (Not pictured is Josh Loeffler).

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The neat thing about RVs is the versatility of designs that fit any purpose. From $5,000 folding campers to $500,000 motorhomes, Byerly RV in Eureka stocks a large inventory of new and preowned RVs. The new Palomini travel trailer is a perfect weekender for three seasons. A variety of models start at about 2,000 pounds. That light weight makes it easy to tow, while still having the comforts of home. The Memorial Day weekend always inflames the RV fervor. People pour in with determination. Having an RV means no more sleeping on soggy ground, no more midnight hikes to the public bathrooms, no more suffering through the summer’s sweltering heat, and no more cramming the car with all of your gear. You can just hook up and enjoy the ride. And when you want to leave the

campground to explore, you can leave all of your stuff secured in your RV. And hunters should take notice. These little campers are a perfect retreat from the elements. For campers who just want a step or two above the primitive, Byerly RV also sells Palomino folding tent trailers. We have represented Palomino campers for 35 years. They are lightweight, innovative and affordable. But we offer more than just Palomino. Check out the Wildwood, Solara and Passport ultra-lite, smaller travel trailers. Check us out at to see our entire selection. Byerly is celebrating our 66th year in business. Byerly RV-The Center of the RV World, is located along I-44 in Eureka, Mo., just one exit east of Six Flags. For more information, call 636.938.2000.

The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce wants to thank everyone for helping to make the 2014 Golf Tournament a sell-out. Golfers enjoyed a beautiful day and great golfing on June 6 at The Golf Club of Florissant. Event Sponsor was SSM DePaul Health Center and Eagle Sponsors were Commercial Bank and Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake. Birdie Sponsors included Christian Hospital, City of Florissant and Valley Industries. First place “A Flight” winner was the Team of Dr. Kevin McClain, Josh Loeffler, Howard Nimmons and Glen Otto. Second place “A Flight” winner was the Team of Goldkamp Heating & Cooling— Jeremy Roberts, Kevin Kelly, Dave Beckham, and Kyle Breneman. First place “B Flight” winner was the Team of Bob Smith, Rich White, Bill Clark and Mike Dodd. Second place “B Flight” winner was the Team of Don Zykan, Frank Stahlschmidt, Ron Gabbard, and St. Louis County Councilman Mike O’Mara. The winner of the third annual Mayor’s Challenge was Florisssant Mayor Thomas Schneider, who successfully defended the title from last year. He competed against Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III and Bellefontaine Neighbors Mayor Robert Doerr. This traveling trophy will be awarded annually at the golf tournament.

Bridgeton Hobby Lobby to Celebrate Grand Opening Hobby Lobby Stores is set to open their new Bridgeton location, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and official grand opening celebration on Monday, June 30, at 9 am. Todd Glascock is the store manager of the 50,000 square-foot retail facility located at St. Charles Rock Road and Harmony Lane, in the Orchard Bend shopping center. The store’s grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is open to the public. Local dignitaries, ambassadors from the Northwest Chamber of Commerce and other business leaders will attend the celebration. “Adding new jobs, generating sales tax and increasing foot traffic in new locations have allowed us to become an important part of the communities we join, while sharing in the growth of both the city and state. As we continue our nationwide expansion program, we look forward to giving customers an unparalleled shopping experience in the crafts and home decor market,” said John Schumacher, assistant vice president of advertising. For more information about Hobby Lobby, visit • Community News • June 25, 2014

Boy Scouts of America Honor UMSL’s Chancellor Thomas F. George with Community for Scouting Award The Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America recently presented the Community for Scouting Award to Dr. Thomas F. George, University of Missouri-St. Louis chancellor and professor of chemistry and physics. This awards recognition took place on UMSL’s campus in the Millennium Student Center during the BSA’s North County District Committee awards dinner. While retired Emerson executives and co-chairs of the event, Robert M. Cox and R. J. Schul presented George with the award, they shared with the crowd of more than 100 attendees that he has been an avid Scouter since the 1950s. They went on to say that George earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 14, with 62 merit badges including: bronze, silver and gold palms, as well as the God and Country Medal. He was also a member of Order of the Arrow and later went on to advance to Brotherhood. George was active in Boy Scouts in the Wisconsin Samoset Council serving as president for a number of years until he relocated to St. Louis in 2003. He has also served on the Executive Board of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, including chairman of Learning for Life and chairman of Special Needs. He has been instrumental in launching several BSA council activities at UMSL, including food drives and science, technology, engineering



Ritenour Students Return to Classes Aug. 14 Summer vacation is here but Ritenour School District already is looking forward to welcoming back all students for the 2014-2015 school year on Thursday, Aug. 14. Families will be receiving back-to-school information at the end of July. School supply lists are now available on the district website, Extended registration hours are held during the summer at the Administrative Center, 2420 Woodson Road. For more information, call 314.493.6048.

Dr. Thomas F. George is joined by local civic leaders during the presentation of the Community for Scouting Award. They are, from left to right: Mark Hays, district director Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; Ron Green, CEO Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; Dr. Thomas F. George, UMSL chancellor and honoree, Bob Cox, dinner co-chairman and Emerson, senior VP, retired; Dick Schul, dinner co-chairman, Emerson, Group VP, retired; McFarlane Duncan, district executive Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; Mark Behlmann, district chairman North St. Louis County District Chairman. Photo courtesy Hazelwood School District

Hazelwood Elementary Students Sing National Anthem at Cardinals Game

and mathematics (STEM) initiatives, like STEM University. He has also been active with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, serving on their Board of Development Committee and Nominating Committee. George is married to Dr. Barbara Harbach, curator’s professor of music and director of women in the arts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Hazelwood West Graduate receives $157,000 in Scholarships and Grants offers to attend College Danielle Welch, 2014 Hazelwood West High School graduate, received $157,000 in total combined scholarship and grant offers for college. She graduated from West High with a 4.3 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), and scored 30 out of a possible 36 on the ACT. “This just didn’t come overnight,” Welch was quick to say about her academic success. “I worked hard in school to prepare myself for the future. In fact, I knew pretty early on that I wanted to attend college. Therefore, in middle school, I began taking advanced classes and studying more.” Welch’s mother shared how her daughter created an intentional plan to realize her dreams of attaining a post-secondary education. “We are very proud of Danielle,” said Linda Hopkins, Welch’s mother. “She has been looking forward to college since her first day of high school. She strategically worked with her school counselor since freshman year to select classes that would help make her college ready. “The University of Missouri-St. Louis Bridge Program was also very instrumental in Danielle’s college preparation process. The program provided her guidance regarding building a college portfolio, study techniques for the ACT, interviewing skills, networking opportunities and financial aid

education,” said Hopkins. Welch also attended several college fairs in her quest to find the best fit for continuing her education. As it turned out, the Hazelwood School District’s college fair would be the most notable, where she met a graduate from the University of Notre Dame. “While attending a college fair at Hazelwood Central High School, I met Lionel Phillips, an alumnus of Notre Dame, who assisted me with my scholarship package,” said Welch. After applying to several colleges and universities, she received so many offer letters that narrowing her options down to one became a difficult task. Thanks to the scholarships and grants that she received, totaling more than $55,000, Welch decided the University of Notre Dame was the best fit for her. She is planning to major in biological sciences this fall with the aspirations of one day becoming an oncologist. She hopes to find a cure for cancer. Not only is Welch hoping to give back to her community by finding a cure for cancer, but she also has aspirations of becoming the first female African American president of the United States, and she is well on her way.

On Monday, June 16, Hazelwood School District students from Brown, Cold Water, Jana and Walker elementary schools, performed the Star Spangled Banner to open the St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets game. The combined bands were accompanied by Hazelwood West High School choir director Tim Arnold on trumpet, and were under the direction of Bill Volk and Jennifer Murray.


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Historical Fiction Based on True Story Frog Music, is a punchto-the-gut historical mystery by Emma Donoghue whose debut novel, Room, was a bestseller. The books are as different as night and day, but the theme of mother love is predominant. Donoghue’s flawed female protagonists will go to any means to protect their children, endangering themselves in the process. The novel begins with a bang in bawdy San Francisco, summer 1846, during the gold rush, and covers three days in the lives of two friends. Jenny Bonnet, a gun-toting, boyish-gal, is shot dead in front of Blanche Beunon, a sought-after French burlesque star, notorious on the dance floor and in the bed of paying customers. Blanche is horrified about Jenny’s murder, and determined to find her killer. Blanche believes Arthur, her estranged dandy, and his sinister sidekick, are to blame. They’ve had it in for Jenny, believing she’s the reason Blanche has asserted herself with Arthur, refusing to whore for him or care for him when he contracts smallpox. In reality, Blanche, who preformed in a circus with Arthur and his sidekick back in France, finally begins to see the two for what they really are, ruthless men who feed off her like parasites. Initially Frog Music is difficult to follow, but get used to Donoghue’s rhythm and you’re off and running. The book is sprinkled with ditties of songs and French phrases, making use of the glossary imperative. Like Blanche, readers will be shocked to discover who really did kill Jenny, a unique character who makes her living catching frogs and selling them to restaurants. Donoghue based her novel on the unsolved murder of one Jenny Bonnet during the gold rush days. If you enjoyed The Brothers, another Western that doesn’t mollycoddle, you’re sure to relish Frog Music. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2014.

Brothers ‘til the End By Dave Welborn, Exec. Director, KEEN St. Louis

“All for one and one for all My brother and my friend What fun we have The time we share Brothers ’til the end.” - Author Unknown

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Like many, I share a special bound with my brothers. My brothers were my first male friends, my confidants and my protectors. They teased me to make me tougher (or so they claimed), wrestled me to make me stronger and stole my desserts to keep me fit (didn’t work). Through it all, they have been at my side to pick up and keep me moving on the right track. There is nothing like brotherly love. Marc Brown, a noted author of children’s books once said, “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” Sometimes it is the same thing. Hunter Gandee, a 14-year-old from Michigan, is as close to a superhero-brother as you will find, at least in his little brother’s eyes. In June, the teenager strapped his 7-year-old brother, Braden on his back and made a 40-mile trek to help raise awareness for cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy keeps Braden from doing things many of us take for granted, including walking. Braden uses mobility devices like a walker to assist him in getting around. Hunter hopes that the awareness will compel researchers to develop technology to aid in mobility. “We’re trying to get people to want to know more about cerebral palsy,” Hunter said. “They don’t understand the work he has to go through, for all the simple things in life that you and I just kind of do.” “I just want them to know I’m just like everybody else,” Braden said. “I just have difficulty

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walking.” Hunter, 155-pounds, is a wrestler on his high school team. Braden never misses a match and often assists in his training by wresting on the gym floor after practice. The older brother often lets his sibling win. “Not always,” he said. Spoken like a true brother “I can’t even describe to you how special Braden is to me. I can’t put it into words,” the teen told reporters after the walk. “He’s awesome. He’s always there for me. I really just wanted to give back to him in some way.” According to reports, both boys hope one day to study biomedical engineering so they can design mobility equipment. Their mom, Danielle Gandee, said she’s confident they’ll succeed in whatever they attempt. “We expect the same out of Braden as we do of everyone else,” his mother said. There is an old proverb that says, “Help your brother’s boat across, and your own will reach the shore.” Dave Welborn is the Executive Director of KEEN St. Louis, a local nonprofit which provides free recreational programs for kids with physical and mental disabilities age 5-17. For more information visit • Community News • June 25, 2014


“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

One of the best surprises of 2010, the original How to Train Your Dragon flew out of left field to become a box office hit. The story of a young Viking and his faithful dragon struck an emotional chord with moviegoers all over the world. Jay Baruchel, the actor who lends his voice to young Hiccup, feels so protective of his character that he plays Hiccup in the TV series spinoff. While not quite as much fun as the first one, How to Train Your Dragon 2 still is an enjoyable romp with Hiccup, his best buddy Toothless and the rest of the dragon riders of Berk. Before he became a dragon trainer, his father Stoick (Gerard Butler) wasn’t sure what to make of his son. As the story opens, though, Stoick desperately wants Hiccup to become Chief and lead the people of Berk. Hiccup isn’t quite ready for that, preferring instead to explore the world with Toothless, map out new lands, and find new dragons. He isn’t prepared to meet his long-lost mother Valka (Cate Blanchett), however. Like her son, Valka has a passion and understanding of dragons. She’s even willing to show him everything she has learned over the years. Their reunion is short-lived, though, because a dragon master named Drago (Djimon Hounsou) plans to gather all the dragons and conquer Berk. Mother and son join forces with Stoick and the people of Berk to stand against this threat, Clever and engaging, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a nice sequel and one that should keep the franchise flying for some time. It’s also good to hear Jay Baruchel’s distincHow To Train Your Drangon 2 Photos courtesy of 20th Century Fox tive voice as Hiccup, the earnest


By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG Dragon Master of Berk. Cate Blanchett makes an excellent addition to the series as Valka, Stoick’s lost wife. Flashbacks show her backstory and the reasons why she left her husband and infant son decades earlier. Blanchett captures both the maternal love and battle instincts that are essential to this character. Baruchel and Blanchett get plenty of support from the voice cast, especially Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, and Craig Ferguson. This is a talented cast that audiences won’t get bored with any time soon.


How to Train Your Dragon 2

is a solid adventure with great characters and not just a few surprises. From the looks of things, Hiccup and Toothless are going to be around for quite some time. How to Train Your Dragon 2, rated PG, 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 wideeyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.


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By Gary Baute Ft. Zumwalt Grad Takes First AB Against Cards on Friday After looking closer at the scorecard last Friday I noticed a player’s hometown was St. Charles. Third baseman Cody Asche will celebrate his 24th birthday on the July 30 as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies drafted him in 2011, and last Friday was his first plate appearance at Busch Stadium in front of hometown fans. * Impressive

Training Camp Schedule for Rams The St. Louis Rams will be holding the 2014 camp at their Earth City facility. The workouts are free to all fans. Date and practice times are: Friday, July 25 - Practice 3:30 pm. Saturday, July 26 - Practice 3:30 pm Sunday, July 27 - Practice 5:30 pm Tuesday, July 29 - Practice 3:30 pm Thursday, July 31 - Practice 5:30 pm Friday, Aug. 1 - Practice 3:30 pm *Saturday, Aug. 2 - Scrimmage 12:30 pm Monday, Aug.4 - Practice 3:30 pm Tuesday, Aug.5 - Practice 5:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 7 - Practice 3:30 pm Monday, Aug. 11 - Practice 3:30 pm Tuesday, Aug. 12 - Practice 5:30 pm Thursday, Aug. 14 - Practice 3:30 pm Tuesday, Aug. 19 - Practice 3:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 20 - Practice 3:30 pm *@ Edward Jones Dome Gary B. will be assisting the Security Division of the Rams again this year. Make sure you look for him to get your picture in the Community News! * Close to 100 players trying for 53 positions

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* Always a tough card Rascals Have Several League Leaders Last week the Rascals hard hitting, league leading, offensively dominating catcher, Josh Ludy, was featured for his accomplishments. Infielder Taylor Ard is becoming another offensively dominating player as his team tries to keep their position at the top of the league. Ard’s .356 batting average is good enough to tie him with the team leader and solid enough for fifth place in the league. With 22 runs batted in Ard is number 10 in the league in the category. Not to mention his 48 hits, which are enough for a three-way tie for 1st position in the Frontier League. STANDINGS: WIN LOSS GB LAST 10 (as of 6-22) RASCALS 20 12 … 7-3 Grizzlies 21 13 … 6-4 Boomers 20 13 .5 8-2 CornBelters 15 16 4.5 8-2 Aviators 15 16 4.5 6-4 Slammers 14 18 6.0 4-6 ThunderBolts 13 19 7.0 3-7 Rascals Home Schedule: (All games @ 7:05 pm/Sundays 5:05 pm) • Wednesday, Thursday, June 25 (11:05 am), 26 against the Slammers • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 8, 9, 10 against the Boomers • Friday, Saturday, Sunday, July 11, 12, 13 against the ThunderBolts For more info, visit * Great competition 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.’ • Community News • June 25, 2014

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This Fourth of July, after the family has enjoyed the burgers, brats and potato salad, the only thing they’ll be looking forward to more than fireworks are simple-to-make, delectable desserts to end a perfect summer night. It’s easy to simplify special occasion menus with cake mix and now, bakers of any skill level can easily make summer celebrations even more memorable and delicious. You’re sure to impress your July Fourth guests when you serve up patriotic treats that go be-

yond the box with surprising ingredients, such as rich cream cheese and mouthwatering fruit filling. Friends and family will find it hard to resist a second helping of treats that highlight the fresh strawberry flavor of the season. Here are two great summer recipes that take an easy and different spin on strawberries, for creative, delicious results. For tips on how to incorporate a yummy finale to your July Fourth fare, as well as recipe ideas, visit

Strawberry Cheesecake Bars Prep time: 15 minutes • Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes • Servings: 24 bars Ingredients: 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix 1/2 cup melted butter or margarine 3 eggs 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese 2 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar 1 can (21 ounces) Comstock® or Wilderness® Strawberry Pie Filling and Topping Directions: Preheat oven to 325ºF. In large bowl combine cake mix, butter or margarine and 1 egg; blend well. Reserve 1/3 cup of mixture for topping. Pat remaining mixture into bottom of well-greased 9-by-13-inch pan. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy, beat in 2 eggs and 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar. Pour over cake mixture in pan. Spread strawberry fruit filling on top and sprinkle with reserved cake mixture.

Bake 1 hour or until lightly browned. Refrigerate until chilled; cut into bars and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar.

Sunshine Strawberry French Vanilla Cake Prep time: 15 minutes • Total time: 60 minutes • Servings: 12 Ingredients: 1 package Duncan Hines® Signature French Vanilla Cake Mix 1 container Duncan Hines® Creamy Home-Style Vanilla Frosting 1 can Duncan Hines®, Comstock® or Wilderness® Strawberry Pie Filling & Topping Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two 8-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions. Cool cakes on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and cool completely. Arrange one cake on serving plate and evenly spread with 1 cup frosting, leaving sides bare. Add layer of pie filling on top

of frosting. Top with second cake layer. Garnish with remaining frosting and pie filling.

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Send your event to and we'll print it! Events June 26: GNC Chamber Young Professionals Group Meeting 6-8pm, Cannoli’s, 462 N. Hwy 67 in Florissant. For more information, or to RSVP, call Chris Hamilton at 314.393.9078, email chamilton@, or register online at

June 26: Fight like a Girl Women’s Self Defense Seminar 2pm, The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. in Florissant. For more information and to RSVP, call 314.831.0988. June 27: Project Hands 2pm, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. in Florissant. Volunteers needed to knit, crochet, and quilt for various

children’s organizations. For more information, or to register, call 314.838.3877. June 27: Fried Chicken Dinner 4-7pm, Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 410 St. Francois in Florissant. All profits go to support Veterans. For more information, call 314.831.6121 June 23-27: Senior Week 2014 10am-1pm, Florissant Presbyterian Church, 660 Charbonier Road in Florissant. Devotionals, guest Speakers, sing-a-longs, crafts, games and lunch. $4 per day, come one day or everyday. Registration required by June 22. For more information, call 314.837.8555. July 2: Book Signing Drawn from the Water by Donna Upchurch 2:30pm, The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. in Florissant. To RSVP by June 30, call 314.831.0988.

July 3 and 17: St. Catherine Blood Pressure Clinic 10am, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. in Florissant. To RSVP, call 314.838.3877. July 7: The Bridge at Florissant Party on the Patio 4:30pm, The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. in Florissant. To RSVP, call 314.831.0988. July 10: The Bridge at Florissant Hot Summer Nights “Name That Tune!” Event 6pm, The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. in Florissant. Test you melody memory and win some great prizes while enjoying a root beer float. This FREE event is for adults 55 years and older. To RSVP, call 314.831.0988,

July 11: Florissant Elks Lodge Blood Drive 4– 8pm, Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

July 26: Christmas in July Craft Fair and Fundraiser Presented by Tri-County Citizens Advisory Board to Probation & Parole. 9am-3pm, Calvary Church, 3998 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in St. Peters. Crafters are still needed, cost is $25 for first table, and $15 for additional. Please respond by July 7. To register, or for more information, call Nancy Corbin at 636.916.0029 or 636.288.4725. Recurring Events Mondays: Karaoke at DeLeo’s Cafe & Deli 2782 North Hwy 67, Florissant, 8 10:30pm, 314.839.3880. Mondays: Free Line Dancing 6:30pm, beginners welcome, RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Mondays and Wednesdays: Seniors: Exercise with Melanie FREE. Classes are led by a licensed Physical Therapist. 1 pm. 3350 St. Catherine St. (near the Eagan Center) RSVP 314.838.3877 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. 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 Friday: The Bridge at Florissant Hot Diggity Dog Build your own hot dog. 11:30am, The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. in Florissant. To RSVP, call 314.831.0988. Last Saturdays: Writers Workshop: 10am - 1:30pm, Baden Liberary, 8448 Church Rd., 314.388.2400 Every Sundays: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine #1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, 1 – 4pm, through October. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314.921.7582, Church 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 Look Good…Feel Better SSM Cancer Care at DePaul Health Center, 12303 DePaul Drive. Radiation OncologyBridgeton. Attend a great makeup session sponsored by the American Cancer Society. A licensed cosmetologist teaches a session of scarf tying, shows a parade of hats, and provides each participant with a makeup kit. Light refreshments are served. Info: 314.344.6090. • Community News • June 25, 2014 Every Monday, Health Tips With Mary Swip 11am,. The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Drive in Florissant. Sales Director Mary Swip will have a guest speaker come talk about health and wellness tips All Bridge events are free, but require reservations. Please RSVP by calling 314.831.0988. Now: SilverSneakers Senior Wellness Program at the Maryland Heights Centre A fun, energizing program that helps older adults take greater control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. A Silver Sneakers membership includes access to the city’s Fitness Centre with state-of-theart fitness equipment and circuit training. Membership is available at little or no cost through your health plan. To find out if you are eligible, visit or call 314.738.2599. 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 121124, 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 Third Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association At Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake, 10 – 11am, 11728 Hidden Lake Dr., St. Louis, 314.292.7504 Diabetes Basics: 314.344.7024 for info 314.344.7220 to enroll.


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,

needed to lose weight, different diet options available and how important physical activity really is. Please call to register at 1.877.477.6954.

Nutrition Education: SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157

Smoking Cessation Classes Free ongoing 8-week sessions, 866. SSM.DOCS to register or for more information.

Group at Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355

SSM DePaul Wellness Center Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation, 314.344.6177

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. Wednesdays: STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30 - 7:30pm, 314.839.3171. Center for Senior Renewal Day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia, 314.653.5123. Christian Hospital Recovery Center Outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults, 314.953.8100. Volunteers Needed at Christian Hospital Call 314.653.5032

Diabetes Self-Management Training Call 314.344.7220

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Sundays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 6:30 - 8pm, 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City, 314.993.5421. First and Third Tuesdays: Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse 12:30 - 2pm, 320 Forsyth Blvd.,


Clayton, 314.968.3477. Third Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group At Delmar Gardens North, 4401 Parker Rd., Florissant, 9am, 314.355.1516, Helpline 800.272.3900

SSM St. Joseph Hospital Healthy Happenings 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

Speaker’s Bureau: SSM speakers available for organizations, clubs, community and church groups for up to one hour free of charge, 636.949.7159 Ongoing Support Groups Wednesdays: TOPS #361 Florissant Meetings 10 –11am, Bethel United Church of Christ, 14700 New Halls Ferry Rd., 314.831.5808. Group support to lose weight. Everyone welcome. SUDOKU answers from page 8

SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings 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

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Over the Fence

By Joe Morice

It Boggles the Mind If you draw a line straight across a graph the length of a city block and then mark one inch of it at the end, it’s a good comparison of how long our civilization has been on Earth; one inch worth. Staggering, right? Try this: If we fit that one inch of time into the entire universe, it might compare to an atomic particle among all the uncountable numbers in our solar system. It boggles the mind. Given all this mind-boggling, I can’t understand what makes us underestimate the kazillion-to-one odds against the delicate, unimaginable process that took place to create our fragile planet and its consequent civilization.

It’s said that five million, million (whatever that is) atoms can fit on the head of a pin. The number that makes up the human body would most likely consist of too many zeros to fit on this page. Yet all those kazillions of atoms came together to become a functional, incredibly complicated machine called a human being. In fact, billions of them were created. They can walk, talk, think and do just about anything including building extremely complicated machines to help them survive and advance society...or destroy it. Oddly, in the last 100 years or so, our society has advanced far more than the previous hundreds of centuries since man huddled in caves in fear of the night. Even more extraordinary, human beings are pound for pound, the weakest of all Earth’s creatures yet they are perhaps the most successful because they have the ability to reason. I said ‘perhaps’ because I once watched a Jerry Springer TV show for a few minutes. Human beings share many of the instincts of animals, such as the herd instinct, survival instinct and so on. But we’ve been gifted with the ability to reason that would overcome the base instincts of animals that would kill one another to control their groups, or kill other groups of similar species to steal their food or ter-

ritories. Of course, admittedly, some of our species doesn’t always overcome those base instincts as proven by Middle East terrorists and dictators most foul. There is another incredibly large number to consider; many scientists who study such things agree the odds against all of the aforementioned happening become greater as they advance their understanding of the process. It might compare to the odds against finding a needle in a haystack the size of Jupiter. The events that brought all this about are so complex, perhaps there really was a supreme being to bring it about as many believe...or as some of my more skeptical acquaintances believe, aliens from a different world made it all happen. Who knows? Perhaps Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock cruised by in the Starship Enterprise and seeded our planet. Yet this is the fun of it! It’s not knowing and searching for the truth with open minds. When I see a person or a group of people proclaiming their concept of life is the end all, be all of existence, I feel sorry for them. They’ve closed their minds to the great wonders of the world and often live in fear and intolerance of those who haven’t. By asking no questions and refusing their own curiosity, they’re missing all the fun. A small child who totters across a meadow and discovers a butterfly landing on a wildflower looks on in round-eyed curiosity. Our existence relies on this openminded curiosity and the ability to learn…and we’ve only just begun. “Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” -Linus Pauling 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. The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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