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Hazelwood’s Fireworks Show Includes Live Entertainment The City of Hazelwood plans to carry on its tradition of an annual Fourth of July pyro-musical fireworks display on July 4 at White Birch Park, 1186 Teson Road, starting at dusk. Prior to the fireworks, a free summer outdoor concert featuring Plastic will begin at 7pm. Hazelwood officials have established a contract with J & M Displays, Inc., to put on a spectacular fireworks show using at least 1,700 shells for approximately 20 minutes. “We’re using the same company that did our fantastic pyromusical fireworks display last year, but it’s now operating under a new name,” said Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division superintendent Doug Littlefield. “The fireworks show they did for us on September 22, after delaying it because of drought conditions, was the best I’ve ever seen here in Hazelwood. Our residents really have something to look forward to on July 4th.” To keep the crowd entertained while they arrive early at White Birch Park to stake out a good spot for the fireworks, the Hazelwood Parks and Recreation

Division has booked a popular fivepiece band known as Plastic to perform from 7pm - 9pm. Plastic specializes in recreating a live ‘80’s sound while incorporating top hits from the 90’s and today into the mix. The band’s repetoire includes songs made famous by Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls, The Cars, Billy Idol, David Bowie, Rick Springfield, and Kajagoogoo. Plastic will definitely add a spark to everyone’s patriotic holiday entertainment. Since there will be no vendors at the park offering food and beverages, residents and guests are welcome to bring their own coolers filled with snacks and refreshments. Glass containers, however, are not allowed. Also, audience members can bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Off-site parking will be available at the Knights of Columbus where people can walk to White Birch Park from this nearby location. People can also park their vehicles at Howdershell Park or Hazelwood Baptist Church and use the shuttle bus service, starting at 6:15pm.

The buses will be making pick-ups every 15 minutes. For more information, contact the Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Office at 314.731.0980 or go online at



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June 26, 2013 • Community News •

Vol. 92 No. 26

In This Issue... 2

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Historic Streets

your guide to good news and events like Cooking Matters at the Store What’s Happening in historic Saint Charles

6 Business

The latest business happenings in North County like Florissant’s 50th Anniversary of the Charter

7 School

The latest school news in North County


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Over the Fence

Book Buzz, Sudoku, and how to let your kid be a kid this summer Man of Steel: Kudos to Snyder, Cavill, and Adams for a wonderful reboot of the Superman franchise. Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events. Sparkling Sweets the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long

Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher. This week: “The Generation of Me”

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Hazelwood Welcomes New Employee and Says Goodbye to Another Hazelwood firefighter/paramedic Robbie Peth Peth is the son of Capt. Rob Peth who was a and retiring Hazelwood police sergeant Ger- member of the Hazelwood Fire Department for ald Fitzgerald were both given special recogni- 32 years, retired, and passed away in October tion at a recent City 2010. Council meeting. Ret. Sgt. Gerald Peth was introduced Fitzgerald began his as a new employee employment with the by Fire Chief Dave City of Hazelwood Radel, and Fitzgerald on July 1, 1981. Priwas presented with a or to being hired by city proclamation by Hazelwood, he was Mayor Robinson for a police officer in St. his retirement after 31 Ann for five years. In years of professional addition to graduatpolice service to the ing from the St. Louis community. Police Academy, he Hazelwood fireearned two Bachelor Fire Chief Dave Radel (left) introduces new Firefighter/Paramedic Robbie f ig hter/p arame dic Peth (center) to Mayor Robinson (right) of Science degrees in Robbie Peth earned Police Administration his Paramedic license in May and Industrial Security from 2009 and graduated from the Tarkio College. St. Louis County Fire AcadeHe also served his country my in January 2011. Prior to in the United States Air Force being hired on May 22, 2013, from October 1962 until his Peth worked full-time for honorable discharge in Authe St. Louis City Fire Degust 1963. He was ranked as partment Emergency Median Airman Third Class with cal Division over a year and specialization as an Air Rescue a half and worked part-time Coordinator. for St. Alexius Hospital as a When ret. Sgt. Fitzgerald paramedic technician. joined Hazelwood’s police Peth participated in the fire force, he was assigned to the department’s hiring process Ret. Sgt. Gerald Fitzgerald (center) accepts a city proc- Neighborhood Patrol Team. in January 2013 involving 27 lamation from Mayor Robinson (right) He was later promoted to the applicants for one position. rank of Sergeant in February He was placed among the top six candidates on 2004. the hiring list and was unanimously chosen by a During his career spanning 31 years as a law hiring committee for the next opening. enforcement officer for the Hazelwood Police Department, ret. Sgt. Fitzgerald was a valuable asset to the community and the residents he served. The Council’s Chamber was full of retired and current police officers, as well as members of Police Explorers Post #9217, who all came to give him a standing ovation for a job well done and a rousing send off for his retirement.

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Get Outta Town: Great River Road National Scenic Byway Celebrates 75th Anniversary The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is excited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway. In 1938, the governors of the 10 river states developed the concept of a transcontinental Great River Parkway along the Mississippi River. Choosing to conserve precious resources, among them land, time and dollars, they decided rather than building a new continuous road, the existing network of rural roads and then-fledgling highways that meandered and crisscrossed the river would become the Great River Road. The green Pilot’s Wheel road sign that marked the route of the new byway more than seven decades ago still heralds the road today. As one of the oldest, longest and most unique scenic byways in North America, the

Great River Road offers respite to millions of travelers seeking a getaway – from a leisurely day’s drive to an extended vacation. Nearly 3,000 miles long and running through 10 states along the Mississippi River, the Great River Road has offered a gateway to the river valley’s great history, the blending of cultures and a host of recreational options to all who journey it for three-quarters of a century and counting. Plan a day’s drive or a month-long excursion along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway with the help of Here you’ll find information on all the states’ interpretive centers, upcoming events and must-see attractions, along with suggested itineraries and maps to help plan a trip that’s just right for you.

First Local “Cooking Matters at the Store” Operation Food Search, a local leader in hunger relief, is teaming with area Shop ‘n Save stores for the first local application of the “Cooking Matters at the Store” national program ( “Cooking Matters at the Store” is a guided grocery store tour designed to help individuals and families learn how to shop for and purchase healthy and affordable foods. The program is free and available only at Shop ‘n Save stores in the St. Louis metropolitan area. A minimum of three people and a maximum of eight people are required to set up a one-hour grocery store tour at a participating Shop ‘n Save grocery store among the nearly 50 in the bi-state area. In a basic tour, one can expect to learn how to buy fruits and vegetables on a budget, to compare unit prices in order to find

bargains, to read and compare food labels, to identify whole grains and to stick to a budget. Tours can be tailored to address special dietary needs, such as diabetic and heart-healthy shopping tours. Participants also receive free materials, including a workbook containing tasty recipes and simple tips on buying healthy, affordable foods, a reusable grocery bag, a calculator and more. For more information or to register, please contact Christina Popp at 314.726.5355, extension 12, christina.popp@ or register online at Operation Food Search was established in 1981 to address the growing problem of hunger and has since become the largest distributor of free food in the bi-state area. The orga-

nization distributes more than 2 million pounds of food and household items to 270 community partners, which in turn feed 150,000 poor people, nearly one-third of whom are children, each month. For every dollar donated by individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations, OFS provides $22 worth of food and nutrition services to support the hungry. To learn more about Operation Food Search, visit

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St. Louis County NAACP Recognizes Dr. Grayling Tobias

Board of Education and staff members congratulate Superintendent Dr. Grayling Tobias on his award.

The St. Louis County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) named Superintendent Dr. Grayling Tobias an “Inspiring St. Louisan” during its annual Freedom Fund Fellowship Dinner held June 4 at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton. According to Esther Haywood, president of the St. Louis County NAACP, the 2013 class of inspiring St. Louisans consists of “25 outstanding individuals who have contributed positively to the lives of men and women across the region. The leaders being recognized have made stellar advancements in the areas of business, law, education, health and government.” Tobias, a life-long resident of St. Louis, was named the superintendent of the Hazelwood School District in the fall of 2012. He has worked for HSD since 2002, previously serving as director of secondary education, assistant superintendent for accountability and assistant superintendent for learning. Dr. Tobias also served as a middle school principal in the Riverview Gardens School District and middle school assistant principal, high school assistant principal and teacher in the Parkway School District. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a Master of Arts degree from Truman State University, and a Doctor of Education leadership degree from St. Louis University. Dr. Tobias and his wife, Guen, a retired teacher, have two sons, Martin, 20, and Nicholas, 17. Dr. Chris Nicastro, Missouri Commissioner of Education and former superintendent of HSD, was also recognized as an Inspiring St. Louisan.


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June 26, 2013 • Community News •

New Date for Float for Hope

Young Wildlife is Best Left in the Wild

Resource Scientist Jason Sumners got a call recently from a concerned citizen who had a newborn white-tailed deer fawn. He gets them every year, just as every office of the Missouri Department of Conservation does. The fawn had been near a highway with its mother when traffic spooked the doe, Instinct took over. The doe bounded into nearby woods, a move that normally would draw a predator’s attention. The fawn dropped to the ground, where it lay stock still. So far, so good. However, the fawn was in plain sight of the highway. Traffic stopped, and a well-intentioned motorist decided the fawn was abandoned and scooped it up and took it home. Then they called Sumners. “The fawn was fine where it was,” said Sumners. “Left alone, they doe would have come back and led its young to a safer place. But now you’ve got a wild animal out of its element, a nice person who has unwittingly broken the law and decreasing chances of the fawn’s survival with every passing hour.” This situation plays out dozens of times each year, involving wildlife ranging from deer and opossums to robin chicks and tiny cottontail rabbits. People don’t see the animals’ mothers nearby and decide the young are orphans. Thinking they are doing a good deed, they bring the animal home. But these well-intentioned adoptions The City of Florissant will request the releases ing rehabbed by volunteers for low to moderate are not in the animals’ best interest. of 2013 CDBG funds from the U.S. Department income eligible or disabled residents. Conservation officials say wild animals are better off in the wild of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on • ADA Public Facilities Assistance Program than in captivity. Fawns that survive human adoption and are later • Public Service Agency Assistance to reim- released back into the wild lack survival skills normally learned June 24 following a two-week period in which the public will have the opportunity to comment on burse eligible public service agencies throughout from their mothers. One study tracked the survival of fawns rehathe slated use of the funds. Florissant bilitated at an animal rescue center and later released at Duck Creek • Program Administration – providing for the Conservation Area. All died within six months. The Florissant 2013 CDBG Annual Action Plan identifies community needs and has been pro- salary, benefits and training of the CDBG program Most young birds found on the ground have simply grown too big administrator. posed for the following projects: for their nests and are still being fed by their parents. Young birds • Home Improvement loans to eligible, low Written comments on these determinations or mammals brought inside can’t survive on bread soaked in milk. to moderate income households throughout may be directed to the Community Development Human food is no substitute for the natural foods they receive in Florissant Office at the Florissant Government Building, the wild. These often are partially digested or otherwise prepared • Home Improvement – Mechanical grants for 1055 rue St. Francois, MO 63031, or to Dee Ann by parents. the replacement of HVAC to eligible, low to mod- Ducote, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, If a child brings home a young animal, it is not too late to fix the erate income households throughout Florissant Community Planning and Development Division, situation. Explain to the youngster that the baby’s parents miss it, • COPS program assistance with wheelchair 1222 Spruce Street, Room 3.207, St. Louis, MO and you need to take it home. Have them show you where they ramps and materials and supplies for homes be- 63103-2836. found the baby animal and put it back. Then leave the area so the The 2013 CDBG Annual adults feel safe returning to their young. Action Plan is available at the Retrievers sometimes find cottontail rabbit nests and come to Florissant Government Build- their owners to deliver saliva-covered but otherwise unharmed baby ing, on the City’s Web site, www. rabbits. Again, the solution is to return them to the nest. or by contactSimilar solutions are advisable for deer fawns and other young wild ing Carol O’Mara at the Com- animals found without obvious parental supervision. Many wild parmunity Development Office at ents don’t act like humans, hovering around their young. A human 314.839.7680 or comara@floris- mother would not leave a baby alone in clumps of grass, but this is normal behavior for white-tailed deer. Does visit their fawns only long enough to nurse them. By staying away the rest of the time, they avoid drawing predators’ attention. It is illegal to possess wild animals without a permit. More important, there are no approved vaccines to protect wild animals against rabies and other diseases, many of which can strike humans as well. Wild adoptions put people as well as animals at risk. Parasites present another risk. One example is Baylisascaris procyonis, a common parasite of raccoons. Eight of 10 raccoons have this parasitic round worm, but they have a natural resistance. Humans don’t. Baylisascaris can cause serious illness in people, particularly children. Even under the best of circumstances most animals born in the wild don’t survive to adulthood. Most fall victim to disease, predators, inclement weather, or just bad luck. That is why they produce many more young each year than are needed to perpetuate their species. Death is a necessary part of life in the wild. This knowledge, along with an understanding of the dangers and problems involved, provide ple reason not to adopt wildlife. A new date of July 2-3 has been set for the 120 mile fundraising trip down the Missouri River called Float for Hope, an event planned by employees of Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to benefit Give Kids The World (GKTW). High waters on the Missouri River made it necessary to move the scheduled fundraiser from its original dates in June. GKTW Village is a 70-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. The hotel’s staff has set a goal of raising $25,000 and invites the general public to take part in the ice cream social at the launch of the expedition set for July 2 beginning at noon and the welcome home reception on July 3, 4 - 7pm at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. The hotel staff is building a replica of a Lewis and Clark style flat bottom boat set to launch from

the Noren Access Boat Ramp adjacent to downtown Jefferson City, Missouri. The hotel’s management company and leadership team will serve as navigators and pilots. The journey will start in the current Missouri Capital and conclude in the state’s original capital, St. Charles, with a Welcome Home Reception at the Renaissance St. Louis. The event schedule: July 2 Noon – Ice cream social 1pm – Float for Hope launches in Jefferson City July 3 4 - 7pm – Welcome Home Party that includes auctioning of the boat, live music, silent auction, food and fun at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel To participate in this fun event for a worthy cause, or for information and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

Florissant to Request Release of Grant Funds • Community News • June 26, 2013

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The Muny’s Production of

The Muny announced principal casting for the third show of its fantastic 95th Season, Nunsense Muny Style!, directed by Matt Lenz, choreographed by Teri Gibson, and supervised by Dan Goggin. Phyllis Smith, from NBC’s The Office, returns to St. Louis to make her Muny debut as Sister Julia, Child of God. She is joining Kathy Fitzgerald who is starring as Reverend Mother Mary Regina, Tari Kelly as Sister Mary Amnesia, Beth Leavel as Sister Robert Anne, Sarah Meahl as Sister Mary Leo, and Terri White as Sister Mary Hubert. Special guest stars include Ken Page as Sister Mary Wilhelm and Lara Teeter as Father Virgil. “This is a crazily brilliant and wonderful cast,” said Muny Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. “Dan Goggin and Matt Lenz have promised us serious nun mayhem for The Muny, and this convent contains some great, great comic actors. I can’t wait to see them in this show. “We’re particularly blessed that Phyllis Smith is returning to her home town to join us as Sr. Julia, Child of God,” added Isaacson. “About two years ago, in a chance meeting, she told me ‘I’d love to be your Mary

July 11, 8pm, Frontier Park, Free, Bring a picnic basket, blanket, or lawn chair and enjoy music in Frontier Park.

Boogie Stomp

July 13, Doors 6:30, Show 7:30, Foundry Art Centre, 520 n. Main Center, Saint Charles, $20, An evening with two of the greatest jazz/boogie/stride/ blues pianists in the world. Together they tell how the basic elements of boogie woogie— rhythm and improvisation over a blues form—became the backbone of American music. It is an exploration of the relationship between blues, jazz,

boogie, swing, stride, rock, R&B and contemporary pop music, told through personal history and anecdotes.

St. Charles Community Big Jazz Band

July 14, 7:30pm, Frontier Park, Free, Enjoy an evening of Jazz, bring a picnic basket, blanket, or lawn chair and enjoy music

in Frontier Park.

Music on Main

July 17, 5 – 7:30pm, N. Main St., Saint Charles, Free, Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month (May-September). Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert. Food and drink available to purchase. Music this month by Soulard

Blues Band.

Bob Kuban Band Dance Concert

July 26, Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center, Saint Charles, Doors: 6:30pm, Showtime 7:30pm, $15, It all started back in 1966 when Bob Kuban and the In-

Men blazed their way to the top of the charts with their horndriven slice of blue-eyed soul, “The Cheater.” Featuring bandstand favorites and standards to present-day hits, the Bob Kuban Band will you have you up on your feet and out on the dance floor.

St. Charles Municipal Band Concert

Wickes!’ How Nunsense Muny Style! : July 1 - 7 could I resist?” South Pacific: July 8 - 14 The Muny is Les Misérables: July 15 - 21 Mary Poppins : July 25 - August 2 excited to usher West Side Story: August 5 - 11 in the debut of Season Ticket buyers will enjoy this 30th anniversary alltheir reserved seats for Mary PopMuny edition of the internapins from July 25 - 31. Additional performances (August 1 & 2) are tional phenomenon, Nunsense. non-subscribed, and offer excepNunsense Muny Style! follows tional seating opportunities for the Little Sisters of Hoboken as groups. they come to The Muny to raise Groups of 20 or more people can money for their order. Nunsense enjoy a 20% discount. The group has enjoyed 5,000 productions sales office is taking orders now. For worldwide and has been transmore information or to make reslated into 21 languages. The Muny production features ervations, call 314.361.1900, extension 308. scenic design by Steve and Sam Single tickets will be available Gilliam, sound design by Jason PHYLLIS SMITH, (From NBC’s The Office) Stars as Sister beginning Saturday, June 1 at The Krueger, and lighting design by Julia, Child of God Rob Denton. Michael Horsley Muny Box Office in Forest Park, serves as the musical director, and the production stage online or by phone. For more information, call 314.361.1900 or visit manager is Nevin Hedley. For information about becoming a Muny Partner, To purchase Season Tickets by phone, call 314.361.1900, extension 550, or order online at www. visit or call 314.361.1900. Nunsense Muny Style! is sponsored by Edward Jones. The Muny Box Office is now open from 9 The Muny’s mission is to enrich lives by producing am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. quality musical theatre accessible to all, continuing its The 2013 Season: remarkable tradition in Forest Park. Shrek The Musical: June 24 - 30



June 23, 2013 • Community News •

Electro Savings Credit Union Awards Three Scholarships

Ed Halliburton congratulates Emily Ladig (left), Ellen Boll (left-center) and Scott Thompson (right), recipients of the 2013 Electro Savings Credit Union Edward G. Halliburton Scholarship.

Electro Savings Credit Union recognized its Edward G. Halliburton scholarship recipients at the credit union’s annual meeting on May 21. The scholarship program honors Ed Halliburton, a current credit union volunteer who has served on the credit union’s board of directors since 1967. The 2013 Edward G. Halliburton Scholarship recipients are, Ellen Boll, a Cor Jesu Academy graduate plans to study Speech Pathology. Ellen lives in South St. Louis County and is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Boll. Emily Ladig, a Parkway North graduate plans to study Journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Emily lives in Creve Coeur and is the daughter of Alan and Becky Skoultchi. Scott Thompson, a Westminster Christian Academy graduate plans to study Mechanical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Scott lives in Manchester and is the son of Peggy and Steven Thompson. Since 1993, the credit union has awarded $64,000 to its student members. Scholarship applications are accepted January and February from high school seniors who have been credit union members for at least one year. Membership in Electro Savings is open to individuals who live or work in St. Louis City; St. Louis, St. Charles, Franklin and Jefferson counties in Missouri; and Jersey, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties in Illinois.

NCI Requests Nominees for NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in Their Thirties Honor North County Inc. (NCI), along with media partners the Community News and Gateway Television News Network, are seeking nominations for this year’s NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties campaign. The 2013 NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties campaign will recognize leaders who are making a significant positive impact on North County through their profession and/or community involvement and are in their thirties. To nominate someone in their thirties who works and/or lives in North County and is an outstanding professional, excels at his/her company, is a committed volunteer who uses their leadership skills for the betterment of a civic or charity organization, is a municipal employee who, through proactive involvement, is helping create a more livable community, or an entrepreneur who has become successful and is giving back to North County, call NCI for a nomination form or go online to www. All nominations are required by July 12, 2013. The 30 leaders chosen will be honored at the NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties reception and luncheon. The public is invited to attend this event on Friday, September 27th at Norwood Hills Country Club at 11:30am. Reservations are required; the cost is $40 per person. If a company is interested in sponsoring this event and supporting North County’s young leaders, sponsorship packages are available. To make a nomination, reservations, or sponsor this event contact the NCI office at 314.895.6241 or go to for more information. North County Incorporated is a regional development organization, which acts as a catalyst to define and advocate economic and community development for North St. Louis County. NCI was established in 1977. The Board is composed of community leaders and business owners. Ron McMullen, President of Christian Hospital is NCI’s 2013 Chairman of the Board.

Greater North County Chamber of Commerce Says “Shop Chamber First” The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce is launching an awareness campaign to encourage more than 400 of its members as well as the general public to “Shop Chamber First.” The campaign is designed to coincide with the printing of the annual Greater North County Chamber of Commerce membership directory in July. Membership in the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce has risen from approximately 300 in 2010 to about 420 in 2013, a 40 percent increase. “Our members enthusiastically support the Chamber and its efforts to draw attention to the many excellent businesses in our community,” said Carolyn Marty, president of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce. “Through this campaign we hope to reach tens of

thousands of residents throughout North County and bring to their attention hundreds of businesses in their community which provide a wide spectrum of products and services.” The Chamber offers multiple services to its members on the Chamber website as well as on its Facebook page. It encourages chamber members to publicize events, sales, services and other activities through its marketing materials for the general public. Copies of the 2013 directory are available beginning July 1 at the Chamber’s office at 420 West Washington, Florissant. More information is available by calling 314.831.3500 or visiting Also, you can “like” them on Facebook.

Florissant Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Charter Enthusiastic friends of Florissant gathered in the City Hall Council Chambers May 21 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 City Charter by unveiling eleven portraits of Mayors who served under the 1857 Charter. Guests included Mayor Emeritus Robert G. Lowery and his wife Carol, Former Council members

Ken Fowler, Bob Garrett and Glen Goldstein, current Council President Keith Schildroth and Council members John Grib, Pat Stinnett, Jackie Pagano and Mark Schmidt. Also in attendance were two members of the Board of Freeholders who helped to write the 1963 Charter; former City Clerk Rosemary Davison and former Council member Hal Schuckmann. Members of the Kohnen and Goldkamp family with deep roots in the Florissant Valley enjoyed the historic evening. Florissant was settled in the1760’s by French farmers and fur trappers. The City has existed under the flags of France, Spain, and the United States. In 1786 the Spanish Governor appointed a military and civil Commandant to preside over the

Village of St. Ferdinand, establishing our first official local government. Florissant operates under a home rule charter adopted by a vote of the people on May 21, 1963. This is the fourth state charter under which our city has existed as a municipality following three charters granted by Missouri to the village of St. Ferdinand in 1829, 1843 and 1857. In 1938 the village of St. Ferdinand adopted the French name for our flourishing valley and we became the City of Florissant. Under the provisions of this charter, Florissant is governed by the mayor-council form of municipal government with a full-time, Mayor and nine part-time Council members representing nine political wards. The Municipal Judge is an elected official and presides over our Municipal Court. • Community News • June 26, 2013



Trinity Students Meet Their Pen Pals

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Twenty freshmen students from Trinity Catholic High School in North County have spent time this school year writing to first grade students in Mrs. Marstall’s class at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Elementary School in South St. Louis County. Living at opposite ends of the diocese, it was a chance for students to learn about each other, the things they had in common. The students exchanged letters of “getting to know” each other including inquiries about favorite sports, music and video games on a regular basis since January. The Trinity students in Eileen Goeke’s class had the idea to meet their pen-pals before the year was over. On May 6 the Trinity students visited St. Mar-

Ferguson-Florissant American Association of University Women President Carolyn Herstroeter presenting a college scholarship check to Linda Ferber representing The Girls at a recent AAUW meeting. The American Association of University Women's mission is advancing equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. AAUW initiatives include: research on women, STEM projects, pay equity, women's history activities, grants and fellowships for women, Title IX, sexual harassment programs and leadership development. Membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate, or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

garet Mary Alacoque School. Mrs. Marstall’s class put on their Earth Day Play about the rainforest and then the students paired up with their pen palls and interviewed each other to find out more iabout their new friends. There was a spirited game of bingo followed by the same spirit in a game of kickball. Mrs. Marstall treated everyone to popsicles. The project of getting to know each other, though miles apart, by celebrating the differences and finding the likenesses was complete as the students from Trinity and the first graders at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque made their personal connection.

High School Students Teach Anti-bullying Lessons To Middle School Students Students in the health occupations class at Hazelwood Central High School partnered with the St. Louis County Health Department to become Teenage Health Consultants and present conflict issue lessons to students at Hazelwood North Middle School. The high school students chose to focus the lessons on anti-bullying conflict issues. In February, the St. Louis County Health Department came to the high school to train the high school students on the program they would be presenting to the middle school. The high school students were given a curriculum to follow and materials to help present the curriculum. The materials included games, handouts and several real-life scenarios for students to discuss. The health occupations students taught the lessons to all the middle school students during physical education classes and in some classrooms. Each high school student taught approximately six hours, or four classes.

Joni Pukala, health occupations teacher at HCHS, said the program allows for her students to give back to the community. Ekene Kokelu, a HCHS senior, said she enjoyed presenting the anti-bullying lesson and hopes the students took away a positive lesson. “It was fun to hear what the middle school students had to say,” said Kokelu. “They told us about when they had bullied or that they realized that they were a bully. Bullying is a real problem, and this program will help them deal with it because we are able to give good tips and advice on how to deal with it. I could tell they were really thinking about what we had to say.” Iyla Blankenship, a sixth grade student at HNMS, said she enjoyed being taught by the high school students. “I liked having the high school students teaching us because sometimes they can explain things for us better than our teachers can,” said Blankenship.

Seventh Graders Take College Admissions Exams Recently, more than 30 Hazelwood School District seventh grade students took college entrance exams through the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Out of the HSD students who were tested, 12 qualified for Duke’s prestigious Summer Studies programs that take place at Duke University and other U.S. colleges and universities. In addition, seven of these students also received state-level recognition. Hazelwood Southeast Middle David Duncan* #1_Sonja Brewer, Hazelwood Southeast Middle School SAIL teacher, (top left) is picDevin McCowan* tured with her seventh grade students who recently participated in the Duke Talent Derrick Poindexter Identification Program. Imani Watkins* help interpret their scores, as well as educational Courteney Wilson materials and publications to help them use their Hazelwood Northwest Middle ability more effectively. These publications, inLevi Buerk* cluding an online directory of educational opAndrew Metz White* portunities and resources for the college admisRenee Rhyne* sions process, help students learn more about Hazelwood North Middle available academic opportunities and about the Caitlin Frangel needs and interests of people like themselves. Damon Hines In addition to the talent search, TIP also has Ashley Klotz a number of summer and year-round academic Emily Moore* programs available to students who meet the eli(Students who received state recognition*) These young academically gifted students were gibility requirements. Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dediinvited to take the American College Test (ACT) cated to serving academically gifted and talented or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) as part of Duke TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search, by which students. Duke TIP works with students, their participants sat alongside college-bound elev- families and educators to identify, recognize, enth and twelfth grade students to measure their challenge and help students reach their highest academic capability. The seventh graders, who potential. Congratulations to all HSD seventh-grade stuscored at or above the 95th percentile on a gradedents who took the exam and especially to those level achievement test, often achieve scores rivalwho will participate in the Summer Studies proing or surpassing those of older fellow testers. Duke TIP provides all talent search partici- gram. pants with a comparative results summary to

McCluer High School Teacher is Recipient of One of Nation’s Most Prestigious Honors McCluer High School special education teacher Ken Holzapfel is a recipient of the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for public school educators. The Missouri Education Association, the National Education Association’s (NEA) state affiliate in Missouri, nominated Holzapfel. As part of the honor, McCluer High School will receive a $650 award. Holzapfel will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala in Washington, D.C. In addition, he will have the opportunity to participate in the Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellowship which includes nine months of professional development and an all-expenses-paid study tour abroad in the summer of 2014. Holzapfel is one of 38 state awardees who will be honored at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala on February 7, 2014. Known as the Academy Awards of public education, the gala attracts more than 850 of the nation’s leaders from public education, philanthropy, and the private sector. From the 38 state awardees, five finalists will be selected to receive $10,000 cash awards. At the conclusion of the Washington, D.C. gala, one finalist will be named the nation’s top educator and receive an additional $25,000.


Learn & Play


June 26, 2013 • Community News •

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Book on Becoming an Adult Not Just for 20-Somethings Studies show it’s taking young people longer to grow up and assume adult responsibilities than it did in the past. Pseudo grownups reel when their parents offer advice or make the comparison that begins, “When I was your age, I . . .” Well, we’re not and the surest way to turn off our offspring is to start a conversation like this. Instead, wrap up a copy of Adulting, How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps, or leave the book in a spot where your 20-something will trip over it when they’re moving their stuff home after college or coming back to live with you when a job hasn’t panned out, or a relationship hits the skids. With a light touch, author Kelly Williams Brown, a newspaper reporter and columnist, offers solid advice in an easy-to-read paperback that should be required for those maneuvering the murky, treacherous waters of adulthood. Everything from how to stock a kitchen with the essentials, to engaging in social conversation, to tips on job interviews and career decisions, to initiating romantic relationships, and ending them, to growing and maintaining friendships, managing money and telling a 401(k) from an IRA are included — and more. Though Brown’s how-to guide is intended for young adults, readers of all ages will benefit from her wisdom and wit. This 20-something has written a beneficial book that many a middle-ager or senior could learn from. If you’ve ever wanted to know a polite way to end a cocktail conversation, move your household stuff or accept a person as he or she is, check out Adulting. Brown has solid advice for us all. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013.

Let Your Kid Be a Kid This Summer No doubt about it: Time for unstructured play is dwindling. There are many reasons why this is so. We’re working more hours. We’re spending more time “plugged in” to TV, phones, video games, and the Internet. Kids have more homework than ever. And as a society we seem to have decided that structured activities—academic, athletic, and otherwise—are more beneficial than play. If you read Madeline Levine’s Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic

Success, you’ll see that lack of play exacts a heavy price on kids. If you’re ready to change your high-pressure, over-scheduling ways, summer is the perfect time to get started. Here’s how: First, YOU have to buy in to the belief that play is important. Unfortunately, this is tough for many parents. We’re steeped in a culture that elevates work and downplays play. When we see our daughter dancing around the living room we think, “She’s so talented! She needs dance lessons!” But the minute you do this it stops being play. Think back to your own best memories from childhood. “They won’t be the classes or the lessons but the time you were allowed to just be,” says Levine. “It’s important to allow your kids this right as well. Children deserve a childhood.” Get back in touch with your own playfulness. Maybe you haven’t really had fun in a long time. Decide this is the summer you’re going to change that. Get in the pool with your kid. Go camping. Dust off your bicycle and go for a spin. When your child sees you playing, she will be more willing to play, too. Explain to your kids that you’re going to “back it off ” a bit this summer. Tell them you’re worried that they’re too busy to really have any fun and that you want to help them change that. Then, ask them to help you create a summer “bucket list.” What would they really like to do this summer? Ask them which activities they want to keep…and which they want to toss. Gently explain to them that swimming, Scouts, gymnastics, and twice-a-week piano lessons is too much “doing” for this laid back summer. Ask them to figure out their least favorite activity (or maybe two) and then cancel it. Pencil in some low-key friends and family time. This may mean saying no to some invitations. Or it may mean setting aside one evening as family night. Just make sure kids have substantial blocks of time to just hang out with you or with friends. (Surprise…even video games aren’t that bad in limited quantities, says Levine.) Encourage free-range (not pre-packaged) play. The more natural and spontaneous the play is the better. A sandbox in the backyard is better than an amusement park. Blocks are better than a plastic bat cave. Impromptu games of neighborhood soccer are more valuable than soccer camp. Be aware that loafing and hanging out are more valuable than you think. The next time you’re tempted to tell your kid, “Why don’t you go do something!” rethink your belief that busy is always better. Even if it doesn’t look like kids are doing much, a lot of learning may be going on. Never underestimate the value of lying in the grass looking at the sky, or sitting on the sidewalk sharing a stick of gum with a friend. Finally, trust your kids enough to give them some freedom. “Choice is the hallmark of true play,” notes Levine. “Have confidence that when your child is off on his own and enjoying himself and directing himself in activities he chooses…well, that is his job. Chances are, whatever he’s doing of his own free will is better than any ‘enriching’ activity you might impose on him.” • Community News • June 26, 2013


“Man of Steel”


By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

ams) discovers, Superman can lift Since his first comic book oil rigs and fly, but inside, he is appearance in 1938, Sujust a Kansas farm boy named perman has changed to Clark. keep pace with the times. Kudos to Snyder, Cavill, and The original incarnation was, Adams for a wonderful reboot surprisingly enough, considered a of the Superman franchise. vigilante by the police. Though not They help bring audiences a cinas powerful as he later became, Superematic hero who fits nicely into the man was more than capable at the time modern world. of throwing arch-enemy Lex Luthor Man of Steel, rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sciheadfirst into a tree. fi action, violence, and destruction and for some lanThe big-budget Man of Steel brings guage, currently is playing in theaters. the iconic character into the 21st CenBorn and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now tury. Henry Cavill (Immortals) is the based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access latest actor to slip on the red cape and to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at boots, playing what many consider to be Man of Steel photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, the greatest superhero of all time. Cavill Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent alludes to Clark’s painful adaptation to Earth’s atmo- countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood brings a thoughtful aspect to the charactheaters. ter, emphasizing the struggles he has fitting into human sphere. Snyder also delves deeply into Superman’s society. Telling this tale with flashbacks, director Zack Snyder moral code. Jonathan Kent, beautifully un(Watchmen) focuses on Clark Kent, an orphan from derplayed by Kevin Costner, teaches his boy the planet Krypton. Adopted by farmers Jonathan and to focus on the greater good, even if some Martha Kent (Kevin Costner, Diane Lane), Clark is people have to die in the process. The elder Kent puts that painful lesson to the ultimate troubled by his superhuman abilities. When an old enemy from his homeworld shows up test in one flashback. Henry Cavill does a beautiful job in his on Earth, however, Clark must embrace the lessons he dual role. Cavill and Snyder understand learned from his biological and adoptive fathers to keep that Superman, with his suit and powers, humanity safe from destruction. He also deals with a world that looks at his origins and powers with suspi- really is just a job for the orphan from Krypton. As Lois Lane (a wonderful Amy Adcion and fear. A thoughtful superhero adventure, Man of Steel borrows heavily from DC Comics’ 1986 reboot of the character. At that time, the publishers thought Superman—who could easily move planets and travel through time—was too powerful to be considered a mere superhero. Man of Steel even shows a young Clark Kent struggling with his enhanced senses and strength. In one key scene, tha Kent trains her adopted son to block out the myriad voices he picks up with his super-hearing. Director Zack Snyder also

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Gary Baute Rams Offer FREE Training Camp Entrance The following are dates and times for the open practices at Continuity X Training Facility in Earth City where the St. Louis Football team will train. Thursday, July 25: 3:30pm; Friday, July 26: 3:30pm; Saturday, July 27: 5:30pm; Monday, July 29: 3:30pm; Wednesday, July 31: 3:30pm; Thursday, August 1: 5:30pm; Friday, August 2: 3:30pm; Saturday, August 3: Scrimmage 12:30pm at Edward Jones Dome; Monday, August 5: 3:30 pm; Tuesday, August 6: 3:30pm; Saturday, August 10: 3:30pm; Monday, August 12: 3:30pm; Thursday, August 15: 3:30pm; Friday, August 16: 11:15am; Monday, August 19: 3:30pm; Tuesday, August 20: 4pm; Wednesday, August 21: 3:30pm Weather and field conditions are evaluated daily, so all dates and times provided are subject to change, including autograph sessions. Parking will be available at the lot directly north of Rams Park at no charge. No parking will be allowed at area businesses or in the Rams Park parking lot. Video cameras and alcohol are prohibited. For more information about training camp, please visit the Rams’ website at For up-to-date practice schedules, please call the training camp hotline at 314-982-7267. ~~~Team turning around quick

Sports Family Arena Adds Another Sport For Their Fans Within one year the Arena has added Indoor Football, Hockey and now Soccer. St. Louis indoor soccer fans will be able to say they have a team in the 2013-14 Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) after a seven- year drought with the St. Louis Ambush. The first game at the Arena in St. Charles is slated for mid-November. “Reviving the champion Ambush name fits perfectly with that goal (bringing a winning team),” said owner Andrew Haines. Daryl Doran, a St. Louis legend who has played for every St. Louis Pro Indoor Soccer team was named the coach. The owner of the Arena St. Charles County improved the facility adding $800,000 of upgrades. They include new dasher boards and two 30’x25’ high-definition video and scoring displays, and ribbon boards running around the middle deck of the arena. Visit to get all the details. ~~~Now that’s what I’m talking about Lindenwood Adds International Rugby Legend To Coaching Staff Head coach Ron Laszewski announced the addition of legend Seru Rabeni to the Lions coaching staff. Rabeni brings over 15 years of international and professional experience at the highest levels of the sport to the position. “Rabeni is a legend in our sport and we welcome him to the Lindenwood family,” Laszewski said. “Our student athletes will benefit daily from his wealth of knowledge and experience at the highest levels of world rugby.” “The chance to pass on my experience and knowledge to the young, aspiring players of Lindenwood University is a dream come true. I’ve always enjoyed helping people and communities by any means possible,”Rabeni replied. “I’m humbled and honored by this opportunity and look forward to being a part of building one of the best rugby environments in America.” Rabeni will become part of a program that won the USA Rugby Division II Collegiate title in 2012 and was runner-up for the Division 1-AA crown in 2013. For information about Lindenwood University men’s rugby, please contact Phil Vida, Lindenwood University Student Life Sports Information Director at 636627-2535, or visit ~~~That’s real talent 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 26, 2013


Sparkling Sweets

Sweet Sliders Makes about 24 Sweet Sliders Ingredients: Cake Buns: 1 package (16 ounces) yellow cake mix Eggs, water and vegetable oil as needed to prepare mix Brownie Patties: 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon water 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 egg Toppings: Shredded coconut Leaf green icing color Assorted fruit flavored candies Red sparkle gel Yellow sparkle gel Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare whoopie pie pan with vegetable pan spray. For buns, combine cake mix, eggs, water and oil in large bowl; mix according to package instructions. Fill prepared pan cavities 2/3 full with cake batter.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes, or until tops of cake spring back when touched. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove to cooling grid and cool completely. Repeat with remaining cake batter. For patties, combine flour and salt in small bowl. In small saucepan, melt butter and sugar with water; stir until sugar is dissolved. Add chocolate chips; stir until melted. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract. In large bowl, beat egg with electric mixer. Add chocolate mixture; mix well. Add flour mixture; stir until just combined. Divide batter evenly between whoopie pie pan cavities, filling about 1/3 full. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out nearly clean. Cool 10 minutes; loosen edges of brownies and remove from pan. Cool completely. For toppings, mix shredded coconut with leaf green icing color for lettuce. Roll yellow fruit candies into thin layers for cheese. Use red and yellow sparkle gels for ketchup and mustard. To assemble, top cake bun with a brownie patty. Add toppings and finish with second cake bun.

Cool Watermelon Cheesecake Ingredients: Crust: 1-1/4 cups (16 ounces) roasted salted pistachios 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut 1/4 cup granulated sugar 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted Leaf green icing color Filling: 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon imitation clear vanilla 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 package (16 ounces) frozen whole strawberries, thawed, pureed and strained (about 1-1/2 cups)

1 envelope (1/4 ounce) unflavored gelatin No-taste red icing color 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, divided Directions: In food processor, pulse pistachios until coarsely ground. Add coconut, sugar, butter and icing color; pulse until well combined. Press into bottom and 3/4 up side of 9-inch springform pan. Refrigerate while making filling. In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Add heavy cream and beat until combined.

Filling: 3 cups buttercream icing Christmas red icing color Royal blue icing color Patriotic mix sprinkles Rocket Treat Pops Toppers

Fireworks don’t have to be the only party element that makes guests ooh and ah during July 4th festivities. With colorful sweets that sparkle and a themed tablescape exploding with red, white and blue, your party is sure to be the best on the block. “Adding patriotic flair to your Independence Day celebration is easy with the right recipes and decorating accents,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Put your personal John Hancock on the party by turning traditional summertime foods into amazing sweet treats.” Try these dessert ideas from the Wilton test kitchen for a celebration that ends with a bang: —Burgers with a Sweet Bite: Traditional burgers are a staple for summer parties; switch things up with Sweet Sliders and build your burgers with unexpected ingredients. Start with whoopie pies for the buns, add a brownie “patty,” roll yellow fruit candies into thin layers for cheese, and top it off with red and yellow Sparkle Gel for ketchup and mustard. —Playful Twist on Summer Fruit: Make mouths water by serving up slices of delicious watermelon ... cheesecake! Strawberry cheesecake dotted with mini chocolate chips imitates the center of the fruit, and a pistachio and coconut crumble crust mimics the watermelon rind. —Patriotic Treat Pops: For the grand finale, nestle Red, White and Blue Treat Pops in a bowl of red Cinnamon Drops. Layer on the festive colors with vanilla cake, colored icing and star-shaped sprinkles. Finish with stars and stripes Rocket Treat Pops Toppers or red, white and blue pinwheels. For more celebration ideas, visit Makes about 12 servings boiling, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Sprinkle gelatin evenly over top and whisk vigorously to dissolve completely, about 3 minutes. Pour into cream cheese mixture. Add icing color and beat until well combined. Beat in 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips. Pour into chilled crust. Sprinkle top with remaining chocolate chips. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. For toppings, mix shredded coconut with leaf green icing color for lettuce. Roll yellow fruit candies into thin layers for cheese. Use red and yellow sparkle gels for ketchup and mustard. To assemble, top cake bun with a brownie patty. Add toppings and finish with second cake bun.

In small saucepan, bring strawberry juice just to

Red, White and Blue Treat Pops Ingredients: Whoopie Pie Cakes: 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons butter, softened 2/3 cup granulated sugar 2 egg whites 1-1/2 teaspoons imitation clear vanilla extract 2/3 cup milk


Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare mini whoopie pie pan with vegetable pan spray. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg whites and vanilla extract and beat until well combined. Alternately add flour mixture and milk in three additions, beating until just combined. Spoon one tablespoon batter into each cavity. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until tops of cakes spring back when touched. Cool in pan 3 minutes. Cool completely on cooling grid.

Makes about 12 Treat Pops In separate small bowls, tint 1 cup buttercream red, 1 cup blue and reserve 1 cup white. To assemble: Place one cake in bottom of treat pop. Pipe a swirl of blue icing from back edge following the curve of the container to the front, then filling in the center; add sprinkles. Add second cake. Pipe a swirl of white icing; add sprinkles. Top with another cake. Pipe a swirl of red icing. Top with Patriotic Sprinkles or Rocket Treat Pops Toppers. Convenience tip: Substitute vanilla wafer cookies for whoopie pie cakes.

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What’s Happening

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Send your event to and we'll print it! Church June 30: Sts. Cyril and Methodius Polish National Catholic Church Annual Barbecue & Picnic At Chambers Park, 5185 N. Hwy. 67, lunch 11:30am, mass 1pm, games and lotto 3pm. 314.355.1808 Events Now: Papa Murphy’s “Papa Cares” Looking for teams for the Relay For Life on June 29. 314.972.7272 Now: NCCS Summer Camp Applications North County Christian School summer camp applications for children ages 3 through

8th grade for the summer of 2013. 314.972.6227. June 26: City of Florissant and Florissant Old Town Partners, Inc.’s Art and Wine Night Out Wednesday 6pm – 9pm. Featuring live music by Phat Channel. Beer and wine provided by Henke’s. Come visit as local artists show off their talent. June 26: Florissant Police Department Business Meeting 7:30am, 1700 N. Highway 67, Florissant. The discussion will be on theft. RSVP 314.830.6042 or at ahaarmann@florissantmo. com. June 27:AMA St. Louis’ St. Charles Special Interest Group Kickoff Happy Hour

5:30pm at Prasino located at The Streets of St. Charles. Bridge the marketing gap for small business. For more info contact Lauren at or 636.379.3895 x12. June 28: Project Hands Volunteers needed to knit, crochet, and quilt for various children’s organizations--the last Friday of every month at 2pm. RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. July 5: Steak Night At Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 4pm - 7pm. All profits go to support Veterans. July 12: Splish Splash Summer Bash At Koch Park Family Aquatic Center in Florissant, for youth grades 5-8, 6:30 - 9:15pm, $3,

314.921.4466 July 13: Flea Market At Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 8am - 1pm. Tables are $10. Table reservations 314.503.1303. July 13: Veteran’s Breakfast At Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 8am - 10am. All profits go to support Veterans. July 13: Family Fishing Tournament At St. Ferdinand Park, 9am 11am, Register by June 10 at the James J. Eagan Center or JFK Center, 314.921.4466 July 21: NCI Anniversary Fundraiser Dinner At Hendel’s Market Café and Piano Bar, 599 St. Denis St., Florissant, 5:30pm, $85, 314.895.6241. July 26: Flick and Float At Koch Family Aquatic Center in Florissant, “Dolphin Tale,” 8:15 - 9:00pm, 314.921.4466 July 26: Hello Tomorrow Trivia Night Fundraiser At Yacovelli’s, 407 Dunn Rd., Florissant, 6pm. $200/table of 8. Coolers welcome. Register before July 8 yacovellis@yahoo. com. Mondays: Free Line Dancing 6:30pm, beginners welcome, RSVP 314.838.3877, St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. Every Sunday: Tours at Old St. Ferdinand Shrine #1 Rue St. Francois St., Florissant, 1 – 4pm, through October. Donations accepted. Docents needed. 314.921.7582,

St. Augustine’s Classmates: Help plan an All-School Reunion for August 10, 2013: Call Sandy Tricamo 314.791.7714; Leo Neuner 972.951.4853; Don Becker 636.399.0088; Tom Hartnett 314.623.9950. Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs: 3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, 314.994.3300. Story Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 9 months to 2 yrs. Room 1 (Lap Time); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 2; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 1. Florissant Senior Citizens’ Bingo Clubs: 314.839.7604. Last Saturdays: Writers Workshop: 10am - 1:30pm, Baden Liberary, 8448 Church Rd., 314.388.2400 GNCC Member Happenings Old Jamestown Association: Network of residents who are informed about events and issues in the Old Jamestown Area, $10 per individual or $15 per family, Health 2nd Tuesday of Every Month: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Meeting Meeting to be held at Sarah Care of Bridgeton Adult Day Center 11977 St. Charles Rock Road, Suite 121-124, Bridgeton, MO 63044. Join our Support Group for Mutual, Emotional Support and Education. You are not alone. For information, contact Deborah Mabrie at 314-291-5210 or Ferd Fetsch at • Community News • June 26, 2013

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ing 2, Suite 401, 6:30 – 8pm, 314.839.3171, free and open to the public.

Diabetes Basics: 314.344.7024 for info 314.344.7220 to enroll.

Sundays: Alcoholics Anonymous Group 109 11th floor conference room at Christian Hospital, 10am, 11133 Dunn Road.


Nutrition Education: SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314.344.6157 Crisis Nursery: Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available year-round and serves families throughout the greater St. Charles region. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, Groups at Christian Hospital To register call 314.747.9355 June 3 – Oct. 7: EMT-B Course At Christian Hospital open to the public. The Emergency Medical Technician--Basic (EMT-B) course is designed for students interested in providing patient care to their community. This is the entry-level course required to work on an ambulance. The cost is $1,500. Register online at http://www. For more information, contact Shannon Watson at 314.653.5271. Tuesdays: Alcohol and Drug Information Meeting Christian Hospital Build-

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

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

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Third Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group At Delmar Gardens North, 4401 Parker Rd., Florissant, 9am, 314.355.1516, Helpline 800.272.3900 Last Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group: Mother of Good Counsel Home, 6825 Natural Bridge, St. Louis, 10:30am 314.383.4765 Last Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Missouri Veterans Home, 10600 Lewis & Clark, St. Louis, 1pm, 314.340.6389 Wednesdays: Weekly Cancer Survivor’s Support Group H.W. Koenig Medical Building at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 3 - 4:30pm, free, 636.755.3034 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Information: Wednesdays: New Choices Nar-Anon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 7:30 – 9pm,


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Over the Fence

Joe Morice

The Generation of “Me” I remember complaining about the “Me Generation” in the early nineties when I suffered lane hogs in rush hour traffic. When I hear the term applied to today’s generation, it makes me feel older than I am. What is the “Me Generation” you ask? There are plenty of examples. For instance, the driver that parks in handicapped spaces and sprints to the mall entrance like a gazelle is a typical example. Another might be that lane hog in the inside passing lane holding up traffic while gabbing on a cell phone...or worse yet; texting! In that category, I may as well include those who intentionally park in the middle of two spaces using the excuse of avoiding door dings. The door dingers also qualify. • One of my pet peeves from my youth was the people that dumped their trash alongside rural roads. It still

happens. These are definitely members of the generation of “Me”. In other words, everything is all about them and no one else matters. Friends offered other examples: -The friend you helped with a problem and succeeded in doing so only to have this so-called friend take credit for doing it all alone. Happens a lot in the workplace. • The school bully is one of the greatest examples but a parent added something; the bigger bullies are almost invariably the parents of bullies who refuse to correct their misguided offspring. Good point. • The shopper that wheels a basket with 25 or more items to the 10 items-or-less checkout counters. • The millionaires or billionaires that fervently believe their wealth makes them geniuses and entitles them to tell others how to live or even run the government. • It goes without saying the most examples I heard about were the US legislature. I guess you can’t get a better one than our current batch of all-about-me, get-rich-quick power-mongers. • A restaurant employee offered a good one: The person that loudly jabbers on a cell phone in a bar or restaurant instead of politely excusing themselves and going outside. Some included cigar smokers but that

has already become politically incorrect. Cigar smokers now have to go outside or be banished to Siberia or an unreasonable facsimile. A month in a cage in the middle of Westlake Landfill comes to mind. • The same employee also mentioned the parents of unruly children who ignore them running up and down the aisles screaming, yelling and disturbing the other customers. Those parents are probably the major cause and effect of what brought on the “Me Generation”. • In that example of parental apathy toward offspring behavior, it includes the young freaks that murdered theater goers, school kids, staff and so on. • Blaming others for one’s own mistakes or refusing to admit mistakes also gets honorable mention. This is the best way I know of to lose friends and infuriate loved ones faster than a teenager can disappear at lawn mowing time. • CEO Roger Waggoner was accused of inheriting and adding to the downfall of General Motors and was summarily canned not long after he arrived in Washington DC in one of a fleet of executive jets to beg for financial bailout for his failing corporation. When the legislators became incensed at his audacity and refused, he immediately flew to his mansion on the French Riviera to pout. Waggoner may be the king of the Me Generation. • Of course, genuine narcissists qualify two-fold. Narcissist is defined as: “Self-admiration: excessive self-admiration and self-centeredness.” There is a good side, however. Despite irritating us, they also make us appreciate those without this syndrome all the more.


Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.

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