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September 15, 2021

Telling the story

Around Town Saint Louis Bar Foundation to award grants for law-related programs. Pg. 3 NORTHWEST VIEWS Reevaluating priorities in the pandemic. Pg. 4

Special Section Senior Living. Pg. 5

Business Busch Family Group and Anheuser-Busch announce partnership to ensure future of Grant’s Farm . Pg. 6

School HSD events now open to fully COVID-19 vaccinated spectators. Pg. 7


Submitted photos St. Louis Story Stitchers, a nonprofit focusing on the art of storytelling for young people of color, is inviting participants for enrollment. The organization offers a wide variety of programming and activities for youth throughout the St. Louis area ages 16-24, with an emphasis on public health and combating gun violence.

St. Louis Story Stitchers, a nonprofit focusing on the art of storytelling, offers a wide variety of programming and activities for youth throughout the St. Louis area ages 16-24 By Wendy Todd St. Louis Story Stitchers, a nonprofit focusing on the art of storytelling for young people of color, is inviting participants for enrollment. The organization offers a wide variety of programming and activities for youth throughout the St. Louis area ages 16-24, with an emphasis on public health and combating gun violence. The organization in Old North St. Louis was founded by Susan Colangelo and seven other artists. Documenting St. Louis through artistry

and words “to promote understanding, civic pride, intergenerational relationships and literacy,” is the organizational purpose. Storytelling that creates community engagement is also integral to the mission of the local artist hub. Story Stitchers began in 2013 when Colangelo, an embroidery artist who made quilts featuring different news stories in the St. Louis area, realized the power of telling stories this way. She’d recounted the practice of making Underground Railroad quilts that displayed codes to assist enslaved people

seeking freedom. The artist wanted to create meaningful change in the community with her artistry and decided to join seven other artists and form a collective with that same intention. That group transformed into Story Stitchers. “Story Stitchers’ programs are driven by the interests and concerns of black youth who are living in under-invested neighborhoods and focus on public health and safety concerns,” says Colangelo, who is also the president and See ‘STORY’ page 2

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September 15, 2021 • Community News – St. Louis County •

43rd Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival announces keynote speakers Human rights activist Natan Sharansky and presidential historian Gil Troy will be the Keynote Speakers for the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The co-authors will speak about Sharansky’s memoir, “Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People,” in which the former Chair of the Jewish Agency reflects on how his long and brutal imprisonment in Soviet Russia from 1977-1986 prepared him for his life in politics. Written with frankness, affection, and humor, the book offers us profound insights from a man who embraced the essential human struggle: to find his own voice, his own faith, and the people to whom he could belong. Following Q&A, books will be for sale for Sharansky and Troy to autograph. Open to book-lovers of any faith, this year the festival features five New York Times Best-Selling Authors: Patrick Radden Keefe with his groundbreaking investigative narrative of the Sackler family, “Empire of Pain”; novelist Pam Jenoff with her new bestseller “The Woman with the Blue Star”; sportswriter Rich Cohen and

his personal look into the world of competitive youth hockey, “Peewees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent;” Jean Hanff Korelitz with her dark and suspenseful Indie Next List pick “The Plot”; and the renowned Lisa Scottoline, who will be appearing virtually to discuss her novel about World War II-era Rome under Mussolini, “Eternal.” Local author and professor Henry Schvey will present “Blue Song: St. Louis in the Life and Work of Tennessee Williams¸” alongside performances from Williams’ plays on the evening of Nov. 14. Award-winning playwright and TV writer Jen Silverman will be speaking about her first novel, “We Play Ourselves,” with actor Nick Westrate during a lunchtime virtual session on Nov. 12, and on Nov. 18 Annabelle Gurwitch will serve up her trademark humor to discuss her latest collection of essays, “You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility¬,” one chapter of which is currently being adapted to an HBO series. Festival-goers can take advantage of the Premier Pass,

which allows entry to all Jewish Book Festival Events (through June 2022) for $110 plus processing fees. Passes will be on sale by Sept. 30 and can be ordered by calling 314-442-3299 or visiting Tickets to Opening Night with Natan Sharanksy and Gil Troy are available now for $45; virtual-only programs are $10 each. Student tickets are free for any author event with a valid student ID at the door. The core festival, which runs Nov. 7-18, is a program of the Jewish Community Center, and takes place at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex at 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. For updates and more information, please visit To protect the community entry to the Used Book Sale will require proof of vaccination (both doses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) or a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of event. Vaccination card or photo accepted, plus photo ID. Masks must be worn by everyone at all times while attending the festival.

‘STORY’ from cover executive director of Story Stitchers. And with youth at the focus of the organization, it developed a youth council in 2014, which participates in the strategic direction of the nonprofit. The council even created the Stitchers Storefront Studio, located in the Loop District that has equipment for recording, editing and publishing. Programming combines artistry with activism as demonstrated by its efforts to implement “a sustainable framework for youth violence prevention.” Activities focus on the arts, leadership, community service and outreach. The hope is that participants learn and adapt abilities and traits including being able to trust, having personal ownership of the program and their work, feeling a sense of extended family, learning how to partner with others and gaining leadership skills. “Leadership is a vital component for sustainable outcomes and real impact. Story Stitchers is working to build a coalition of youth leaders and give them platforms such as StitchCast Studio podcasts, from which they can be heard by peers and leaders,” says Colangelo. These have been lofty hopes to keep afloat during the pandemic, and like many other organizations, they’ve had to adjust protocols. “This summer was a challenging period as the Delta variant of COVID-19 swept into the region in July. One staff member was infected and three youth (participants) were exposed from being in an indoor studio workshop. No one was infected from the exposure. (Subsequently) studios were closed, workshops moved to Zoom and podcasts and events moved to outdoor venues only,” says Colangelo. But through it all Story Stitchers managed to continue with programming and

Submitted photos St. Louis Story Stitchers, a nonprofit focusing on the art of storytelling for young people of color, is inviting participants for enrollment. The organization offers a wide variety of programming and activities for youth throughout the St. Louis area ages 16-24, with an emphasis on public health and combating gun violence.

increase enrollment from 2020 with 37 programs for 63 youth participants offered over the summer. COVID protocols will continue into fall the offerings. In a strong effort to keep the Story Stitchers community safe, the nonprofit has created a safety pledge for all staff and members including face coverings, social distancing, health checks, contact tracing and COVID-19 training. Staff and enrolled members will also be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Story Stitchers is ready to continue its mission of developing and utilizing the talent of youth to build a healthy, peaceful and collaborative community. “Story Stitchers is having an impact on neighborhoods in St. Louis,” Colangelo states. “Our projects create a platform for community engagement through an artis-

tic lens. And with it the Saint Louis Story Stitchers work to shift perceptions and realities and bring hope to the St. Louis community.” To find out more about Story Stitchers go to And to enroll go to https://storystitchers. org/portfolio/saturdays-at-the-kranzbergarts-center/. • Community News – St. Louis County • September 15, 2021

Delta Dental of Missouri donates $100,000 to Mobile Dental Program To help St. Louis-area children get vital dental care, Delta Dental of Missouri – the state’s leading dental benefits provider and a nonprofit organization – recently awarded a $100,000 grant to the Gateway to Oral Health Foundation (GTOHF) for its mobile dental program. The GTOHF’s onsite outreach program provides comprehensive dental care for at-risk and underserved children and youth, regardless of their families’ ability to pay. Using two mobile dental vans and portable equipment, the GTOHF dentistry teams treat kids at schools in districts in St. Louis. Delta Dental of Missouri’s president and CEO, Rob Goren, presented the grant check to GTOHF executives at the Foundation’s St. Louis offices. “Eliminating tooth pain for a child, so he could concentrate in class, and fixing the broken, decayed teeth of a nine-yearold, who had been ashamed to smile. We understand those are just two of more than 4,500 local children, whose quality of life has been improved by the Foundation teams since 2020,” said Rob Goren. “It’s our privilege to provide funds for their critical work to help improve the dental health and self-esteem of thousands youngsters in need.” The grant funding will help the non-profit GTOHF expand the services of its “Miles of Childhood Smiles” project to additional schools, rehire staff idled by the COVID-19 pandemic, purchase educational materials and supplies and continue outreach to underserved communities. “By treating the children at school, parents don’t have to take off work to keep appointments, family transportation issues are eliminated and time out of the classroom is reduced,” said Byron DuVall, DDS, president of the GTOHF, which he co-founded in 2003. “Their urgent need for dental care continues to grow, especially during the ongoing pandemic. This generous gift from Delta Dental of Missouri will allow us to improve the lives of

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Saint Louis Bar Foundation to award grants for law-related programs The Saint Louis Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL), is once again providing grant funding to organizations that advance or promote the rule of law. The foundation will consider grant applications until Oct. 31, for up to $5,000 for innovative projects that address needs in the metropolitan St. Louis region. The foundation will consider grant applications for projects or programs within at least one of the following categories: 1. The advancement of the philosophy of law. 2. The promotion and/or improvement of the administration of justice. 3. The promotion and/or maintenance of high standards for the judiciary and lawyers.

Submitted photo Delta Dental of Missouri’s president and CEO, Rob Goren, presented the grant check to GTOHF executives at the Foundation’s St. Louis offices.

many more children.” “So many kids in the metro area suffer with constant tooth pain, and thousands don’t have access to proper dental treatment,” said Ollie Fisher, DMD, director of quality control at the GTOHF. “We’re thrilled to receive this Delta Dental grant, which will help us expand the reach of our Foundation and touch even more lives throughout St. Louis.” Through its Oral Health Grant Program, Delta Dental of Missouri awards general operating grants, program/project grants, capacity-building grants and equipment grants twice annually for programs that promote the oral health of individuals in Missouri. Objectives of its program include:

health grant, applicants in Missouri must first complete a letter of inquiry through the online application system at https://www.deltadentalmo. com/AboutUs/oral-healthgrant-program, which includes program guidelines and application instructions. Applicants must be considered tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a public or governmental entity, such as a public school or health department, and serve the people of Missouri. Learn more at https://www. oral-health-grant-program.

4. The promotion of the public’s awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the rule of law, the practice of law, the court system, and individuals’ rights and responsibilities under the law. 5. The promotion of diversity and inclusion. Grants will not be awarded to individuals or “for-profit” entities; for religious purposes; for endowment campaigns; for use in carrying out any propaganda or political activity, directly or indirectly, or in attempting to influence legislation, directory or indirectly; or for retroactive projects or costs already incurred. Deadline for submitting a grant application is Oct. 31. Grantees will be required to submit a report outlining use of grant funds, objectives met, and activities completed as a condition of receiving a grant. For more detailed information, to download the application and how to submit, visit

• Reducing oral disease through education, prevention and treatment • Ensuring access to affordable, timely and high-quality dental care • Enhancing the awareness of good oral health with a focus on children and individuals in need • Making a measurable difference in the oral health of Missourians • Helping to ensure that Missouri is among the states with the highest indicators of oral health. To be eligible for an oral


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September 15, 2021 • Community News – St. Louis County •

St. Louis County Police Department honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program, awarded three officers of the St. Louis County Police Department the ESGR Patriot Award, in recognition of their extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The awarded recipients during the Aug. 20 ceremony, held at the West County Precinct were Police Lt. Michael Refschneider, Sgt. Matthew Hauck, (Supervisor) and Sgt. David Porter (Supervisor). All three officers were nominated by Police Officer Joe Strehl (also a member of the Army Reserve at Ft. Carson, Co). Lt. Col. Ken Gregory (acting Police Chief) presided over the ceremony, assisted by Missouri ESGR Area 1 Chair, Dave Woolley. “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Woolley. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Submitted photo (From left) Sergeant Matt Hauk, Supervisor stands with Police Officer Joe Strehl, numerator, and accepting the award for Lieutenant Mike Rrefenshnieder; Lieutenant Colonel Ken Gregory, Acting Police Chief; Sergeant Dave Porter, Supervisor; Dave Woolley, Missouri ESGE Area 1 Chair and Army Specialist Isaac Porter, Dave’s son.

Strehl’s nomination expressed his appreciation of the support he feels from his supervisors, “They are extremely supportive of my military obligation, and view my service as an asset to the department. They have been helpful to me in scheduling my annual military leave and any other unexpected training missions that come up. I can’t thank them enough.” ESGR is a Department of Defense

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Northwest Views:

By Jessica Denham

Reevaluating priorities in the pandemic

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The pandemic has impacted our lives in extraordinary ways, but through these challenges brings the ability to overcome adversity. During this time many gained a sense of clarity from the time spent contemplating their lives during isolation and were able to reevaluate their personal and professional priorities and how they can enrich their lives overall. It is truly never too late to learn something new, and many people are acting now to embark on an exciting new endeavor. For those that may be stuck in a rut due to the pandemic, here are a just a few steps you can proactively take to improve your quality of life: Take up a new hobby. It is always important to prioritize mental health, and taking up a new hobby can help relieve stress while fostering personal development. Whether it be mastering a new recipe, learning a new yoga pose, or painting a masterpiece, there’s no time like the present to dive into a new project. Learn a new skill. Mastering a new skillset can be fun and fulfilling. One that may feel daunting at first, but is incredibly rewarding, is learning a new language. It can significantly boost memory, concentration and critical thinking skills and is also a great asset to have if you want to advance your career and increase your professional opportunities. There are many

language-learning resources available online at no cost, including applications like Duolingo. Further your education. Completing continuing education courses, training seminars or certifications has never been more seamless thanks to the widespread integration of online learning. Many colleges and universities are simplifying the process of earning a degree by offering fully online classes. If you’ve been putting off earning a degree or certification or completing professional development courses, now may be the perfect time to accomplish this goal. Although the pandemic brought about many difficulties, it provided time for us to reflect on the ways that we can improve. Many people are making transformative changes to increase their overall satisfaction with their careers and personal lives. As we adjust to the new kind of normal, we can continue to shift our focus towards growth and self-improvement while prioritizing our own contentment. Jessica Denham is currently Public Relations Manager for WGU Missouri. The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News. • Community News – St. Louis County • September 15, 2021

Senior Living

Still In This Together: The new kindergarten mom I was sitting outside after dinner a few weeks ago, in the middle of another hot spell, trying to catch just the hint of a breeze as the sun was setting. A few leaves have leisurely begun to land in the yard, probably more as the result of the dry weather than the fact that Starbucks has begun their pumpkin spice season again. The locusts were so loud, and I smiled at the memory of telling my own kids every year that the noise was a sure sign of school getting ready to start again. I saw the geese flying over in their V formation before I heard them honking their encouragement to the leaders in front of the gaggle. Another sign that the school year was approaching. Our youngest, Becca, was just a couple of days away from becoming a kindergarten mom for the first time, and she was texting me that Adler had picked out his first day outfit, and they had met his teacher and she seemed very nice, and she hoped his being out of the preschool setting last year because of COVID hadn’t hurt him socially, and Adler kept telling her and his dad and his baby brothers not to be sad because he was ready go to kindergarten. Becca just texted me an emoji with a single tear rolling down the face and asked me, “But what if I’m not ready?” They had read all the books about kindergarten and practiced his letters and put the welcome note from his teacher in a special spot on the refrigerator and counted down the days until Monday when they would go as a family to drop him off at school with the other kindergarteners. But still she was dragging her feet. “He will never be totally mine again,” she texted. And suddenly it was 30 years ago, and I was transport-

ed back to the morning I stood outside Becca’s kindergarten door lined up with all the kids and their parents waiting for the bell to ring. It was my fourth time to do this, but it was also my last time to part with my child for the first day of kindergarten. I was bluffing when I told friends I was so ready to finally see our last child in kindergarten, and that it seemed I had been reciting the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and singing the alphabet song for entirely too many years of my adult life. I laughed whenever someone asked if I was going to be teary as my last baby walked into the school building. I had so many plans that I giddily shared with people: reading grown up books and watching grown up TV and walking leisurely through the mall and meeting friends for breakfast. Oh, I was so ready to be footloose and fancy free. And yet, I knew. I knew I would miss our watching “Sesame Street” together, and going to lunch with Grandma, and visiting the park to feed the ducks, and blowing all the dandelion puffers and making silent wishes, and spreading a quilt under the tree in the front yard to play Barbies together. That first morning I sat on the school parking lot in the car and cried. Becca was the youngest of any of our children to start kindergarten. She was ready; there was no doubt about that. But I simply wasn’t, and no matter how many children I walked to that door, there would always be a reckoning. Because for every first day of kindergarten, there is a last day for parents to be the most important people in their child’s life.

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By Vicki Bahr They will come home as Adler did last Monday, talking about new friends and new toys they played with in the gym at recess, new discoveries and funny songs and how pretty the teacher is and how he ordered chocolate milk in the cafeteria. And every parent will smile and hug the new kindergartener and pretend that a little piece of her heart hasn’t been permanently rearranged. Tonight, after listening to the locusts again, I walked around the corner and saw a single dandelion puffer standing proudly in the side yard waiting for a wish. I picked it and blew the wishes across the miles to my baby girl, the new kindergarten mom. I can’t tell you what I wished, of course, or it won’t come true. But I bet you can guess what I wished for her… Vicki Bahr is an inveterate word lover and story sharer, a published author in magazine, newspaper and blog forms. As a mom of four, grandma of nine, and wife of one for nearly 49 years, she finds that inspiration and wonder are everywhere.



September 15, 2021 • Community News – St. Louis County •

Home Builders Association donates Busch Family Group and Anheuser-Busch announce $12,500 to DOORWAYS partnership to ensure future of Grant’s Farm Submitted photo

On behalf of the Home Builders Charitable Foundation (HBCF), 2021 HBA President Bill Wannstedt of Consort Homes (left) presented a $12,500 donation to DOORWAYS’ director of development Jim Timmerberg. The donation will be used to update the foyer of a building in DOORWAYS’ Family Residential Complex, which houses 86 people, more than half of whom are child dependents. DOORWAYS is the only organization in the St. Louis area whose sole mission is to provide affordable, secure housing and related services for people living with HIV/AIDS. This mission is based on research that demonstrates that stable housing is the primary requisite for the most effective and compassionate treatment, management and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The HBA is a local trade association of more than 600 member firms representing the residential construction industry. The Home Builders Charitable Foundation, the HBA’s charitable arm, is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing housing assistance to people or organizations with special shelter needs.

Submitted photo (From left) Grant’s Farm ownership Group Peter Busch, Trudy Busch Valentine, Andrew Busch and Robert Hermann, Jr. (not pictured: Beatrice Busch von Gontard).

Five Busch family members who own Grant’s Farm, which includes their ancestral estate, announced Aug. 23 they will assume operations of the beloved St. Louis landmark from Anheuser-Busch, ensuring visitors will continue to enjoy the experience as they have for decades. “Since 1954, the Busch family has worked with the brewery in sharing nature, wildlife, history and educational experiences with the public,” said Robert Hermann, Jr., a member of the Busch ownership group. “Along with Anheuser-Busch, we have preserved the legacy of Grant’s Farm, welcoming more than 30 million visitors to enjoy its one-of-a-kind experience. We are delighted to continue partnering with the brewery.” Anheuser-Busch, the country’s leading brewer and long-time operator of the iconic site, will remain deeply connected through a long-term premier sponsorship, which will make certain the beautiful family destination will continue to operate as it has for generations. Anheuser-Busch currently leases and operates Grant’s Farm under an agreement with the ownership group of Andrew Busch, Peter Busch, Robert Hermann, Jr., Trudy Busch Valentine, and Beatrice Busch von Gontard. The Busch family ownership group will assume management of the operations and the brewery’s sponsorship will commence on Nov. 1. As part of a long-term sponsorship agreement, the brewer will ensure elements visitors have long been accustomed to remain, including complimentary Anheuser-Busch products for adult patrons and the presence of the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. “Anheuser-Busch’s commitment to the St. Louis community is unwavering,” said César Vargas, Chief External Affairs Officer, Anheuser-Busch. “The city and surrounding area are home to our North American headquarters, our flagship brewery, as well as Grant’s Farm and the home of

our training facility for the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. We are excited to continue our long-standing deep connection to the Busch family and to help ensure that Grant’s Farm will continue to be enjoyed by St. Louis families and visitors alike.” This iconic destination takes its name from U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, who founded and farmed a portion of the property in the 1850s. The Busch family bought the property in 1903, and the site served as the country home of August Busch, Sr., who visited it on weekends when he could get away from his main residence at the Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis. August Busch, Jr. (Gussie) opened the zoological park portion of Grant’s Farm to the public for free under a lease agreement with Anheuser-Busch in 1954. In 2017 Grant’s Farm was purchased by four of Gussie’s children, Andrew Busch, Peter Busch, Beatrice Busch von Gontard and Trudy Busch Valentine as well as grandson Robert Hermann, Jr. “Grant’s Farm is a reflection of our family’s commitment to environmental sustainability, conservation, and historic preservation. Most importantly, Grant’s Farm is a wholesome place for families to visit and experience the great outdoors. As we begin this new chapter in the history of Grant’s Farm, we celebrate its past legacies and look forward to introducing this national treasure to future generations in a way that would make our ancestors proud,” said Andy Busch. Located in St. Louis County, 281-acre Grant’s Farm is a wholesome leisure-and-learning destination for guests of all ages. The site includes the Busch family’s ancestral estate and the preserved Hardscrabble cabin built by former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also home to more than 100 types of animals, including some of the world-famous Clydesdales. • Community News – St. Louis County • September 15, 2021

Normandy welcomes award-winning singer to school-year kickoff



Photo courtesy Normandy Schools Collaborative

As part of this year’s district Convocation, Normandy teachers and staff welcomed Grammy and Tony Award winning singer/ songwriter Stephanie Mills to the stage. Mills was interviewed at the UMSL Touhill Performing Arts Center by NSC Superintendent Marcus C. Robinson about her experience as a mother of a special needs child and the important work educators do for all children. Mills wrapped up her appearance with a special performance of “Home,” the iconic song from the Broadway play and movie, “The Wiz.”

Hazelwood School District events now open to fully COVID-19 vaccinated spectators Hazelwood School District (HSD) has consistently reviewed COVID-19 community transmission levels, vaccination levels and additional metrics when considering mitigation strategies. HSD wants students and community to fully participate in all aspects of the HSD school experience. Unfortunately, the footprints of the schools lie in areas that are still experiencing high transmission rates, low vaccination rates, as well as low testing numbers. Mitigations in place at the school level and at district activities are intentionally robust to account for the high levels of community transmission. Ultimately, the goal is to keep students in classrooms during the school day, which is where they are educated most effectively. At this time, two spectators are allowed per student athlete, cheerleader, and band member. However, effective immediately, additional spectators who show valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination will also be allowed to attend outdoor and indoor athletic events. Additional details are as follows: • HSD team spectators and visiting team spectators are allowed to attend outdoor and indoor HSD athletic and extracurricular events with proof of COVID-19 vaccination by showing their vaccination card. • Each student who participates in the activity is still allowed to bring two parents/guardians to HSD events, regardless of those individuals’ vaccination status. Those names must be provided in advance, as is the current practice. • All spectators who are not one of the participating students’ parents/guardians on the list, must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend the event. • All student spectators must show both their COVID-19 vaccination card and their photo ID. • All spectators are asked to wear a face mask for outdoor events. • All spectators are required to wear a face mask for indoor events. • Spectators not on the pre-approved list for indoor activities must also show proof of vaccination in order to attend the event. • If a spectator arrives without a face mask, the district will provide one. • As a reminder, please do not attend an HSD event if you are sick or have any COVID-19 symptoms, whether or not you are vaccinated.

Hazelwood School District counselor named 2020-2021 Missouri School Counselor Association Advocate of the Year Jazell Thomas, Coordinator In her role, Thomas guides of Counseling and Social Work the district’s school counselfor the Hazelwood School Disors, social workers, and home trict (HSD), has been awarded school communicators. From the 2020-2021 Advocate of the developing self-care strategies Year by the Missouri School for the entire district to comCounselor Association. While forting community members the award is for last year, the during a difficult time, Thomannouncement was delayed as fills a crucial role that helps by the pandemic, so Thomas HSD serve stakeholders. will receive the award later this “I am thankful to receive month. this wonderful honor,” Thomas “There is no one more desaid. “More importantly, I am Photo courtesy Hazelwood School District serving of this award,” said Dr. thankful to have an amazing, Nettie Collins-Hart, Superdedicated team by my side.” intendent of HSD. “Mrs. Thomas has been inThomas, a Hazelwood East High School gradstrumental to the scope of counseling services uate, has worked in the Hazelwood School Disand community resources our district is able to trict since 1998 when she began as a counselor at provide. Grannemann Elementary School.


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September 15, 2021 • Community News – St. Louis County •

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Community Action Agency of St. Louis County is in need of volunteers to stock shelves, sort food shipments and pack bags for Food Pantry Clients Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Two to four hour shifts are available. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Piece at 314-446-4440 or for additional information.

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The Color Code Interpersonal Skills Workshop teaches how to increase interpersonal skills. It‘s unique because it identifies Motive -Why you do what you do. Join JWI Partners Group Saturday, October 3, 12 - 1 p.m. 12025 Raymond Ave St. Louis, MO 63138. Looking forward to hearing from you.

EVENTS Sept. 19: Membership reception

The American Association of University Women Ferguson-Florissant Branch will host a reception for current and prospective members from 2 – 4 p.m. at 138 Kings Dr. in St. Louis County. For information, email or sbreeze@

Oct 9: Trivia night fundraiser

Reserve your table now for Ritenour Co-Care Food Pantry’s Trivia Night Fundraiser at St. Ann Community Center. $160 for a table of eight. Doors open at 6 p.m. Trivia begins at 7 p.m. Event Sponsorship Levels $250-$2,500. Eight rounds of trivia, silent auction, BYOB. Cash prizes for top teams. Contests for best costume, best dressed team and best decorated table. To purchase a table or sponsorship visit or contact the pantry office 314-4936028. The pantry serves an average of 55 families experiencing food insufficiency per day.

Nov 13: Flea market and Christmas bazaar

Florissant Elks Ladies Flea Market and Christmas Bazaar to take place at 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors contact Marcie at 314-456-0921 or Susan at 314-240-5712. Inside tables are $20; additional tables are $15.

RECURRING EVENTS Weekdays: Food pantry volunteers needed

The Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry is in need of ongoing adult volunteers to sort food, stock shelves and shop with clients. Two-to-four hour shifts are available, Monday-Friday 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. To learn more or to join this fun group, contact Chelsey Banaskavich at 314-513-1674 or

Mondays: TOPS meeting

Come, join and take off those extra pounds. T.O.P.S.=Take Off Pounds Sensibly has meetings on Monday nights at 7 p.m. (weigh in begins at 6:35 p.m.) 9135 Shelley Avenue, Overland, MO 63114. (Entrance is in the back on

East Milton). TOPS is a very inexpensive way to lose weight. You may visit a meeting for free. Any questions please call Dan Agee at 314-540-5223.

Mondays: Choral Arts Singers practice

Choral Arts Singers resume practice on Mondays, at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. in Lake St. Louis. New singers are welcome. Auditions are not required. See

Mondays: City council meetings

City of Pine Lawn holds regular city council meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

Mondays: Workshop meetings

City of Pine Lawn holds regular workshop meetings at city hall at 6250 Steve Marre Ave. in Pine Lawn on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.

Mondays: A cappella singers

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

Mondays: Korean War Veterans Association meeting

If you had military service in Korea between Sept. 3, 1945 and the present you are cordially invited to a meeting of Chapter 4, North County Korean War Veterans Association. Meetings take place at the VFW Post 4105 at 410 St. Francois in Florissant on the second Monday of the month, starting at 7 p.m. For more information contact Walter Kaiser at 314-9212132. For a limited period the Chapter will pay for one (1) year membership for new members.

Mondays-Thursdays: Volunteers

Florissant Elks Bingo takes place at 16400 New Halls Ferry every Tuesday. Doors open at 4 p.m., bingo starts at 6 p.m. No outside food or drinks allowed per St. Louis County. Food and drinks available for purchase. Maximum 150 players. Must wear mask to enter. Social distancing followed.

Tuesdays: A cappella singers

The Gentlemen of Sound are looking for men who like to sing or want to learn. They practice Tuesdays at Lady of the Pillar school at 401 S. Lindbergh from 7 – 9 p.m. They try to do public events monthly. Always looking for new members. Come by or call Charlie at 314-954-1121.

Tuesdays: Chair Zumba

Chair Zumba every Tuesday from 2:15 – 3 p.m. at The Bridge At Florissant at 1101 Garden Plaza Dr. (Parker @ Arlington). For more information call 314-831-0988.

Tuesdays: Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery Tuesday meetings take place at 6 p.m. with a Saturday Bible Study at 9 a.m. at LifePoint Church at 424 Graham Rd. in Florissant. For more information visit or call (men) Steve D. at 636-634-6582 or (women) Denise W. at 530-417-6151.

Tuesdays: Choir rehearsals

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

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From 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. located at John F. Kennedy Center/Henry Koch Ctr., Howdershell Rd. at Charbonier Rd., Florissant. For more info contact Paul McConnell, 314-831-5476.

2nd Tuesday Sept.-June: Showme Stitchers:

Show-me Stitchers is the local chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America. We meet on the second Tuesday, Sept.-June at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Road, Chesterfield, MO. Learn needlepoint, embroidery, cross stitch, and more.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month: Fort Bellefontaine Memor-

ial American Legion Post 335 meeting

6:30pm, Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335, at the Bellefontaine Neighbors Community Center at 9669 Bellefontaine Rd. Those interested in membership are invited to attend.

Wednesdays: Bingo

Bingo takes place every Wednesday at American Legion Post 338 at 9655 Midland Blvd. in Overland. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information contact Chairman Ed Hilleman at 314-660-1813.

Wednesdays: Bingo

Life Care Center of Bridgeton, at 12145 Bridgeton Square in Bridgeton, welcome all to Community Bingo every last Wednesday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Light refreshment will be served. Please RVSP at 314-298-7444 with the month you will attend and number of people attending.

Wednesdays: TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets from 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrews United Methodist Church at 3975 N. Hwy 67 in Florissant. For more information contact Norma at 314-306-4731.

Every Wednesday: Bingo Morning at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316

Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. Doors at 7:30 a.m., games begin at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 314-921-2316.

Bridgeton Trails Library Branch Programs:

3455 McKelvey Rd., St. Louis, 314994-3300. Story Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. 9 months to 2 yrs. Room 1 (Lap Time); Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 2; Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. Ages 3–5. Room 1.

Florissant Senior Citizens’ Bingo Clubs: 314-839-7604. Every 1st Wednesday of the Month: Stroke Support Group 3-4 p.m., Center for Senior Renewal, Detrick Building 1st floor, 11133 Dunn Rd. For more information, contact Jamie Stevens at 314-653-5331.

Thursdays: Bingo

Community Bingo at the Bridge At Florissant, at 1101 Garden Plaza Drive (intersection of Parker and Arlington) takes place on the third Thursday of each month starts at 2 p.m. There will be snacks and prizes. For more information call 314-831-0988.

Thursdays: Quilting guild

Every third Thursday of the month the Flower Valley Quilting Guild meets at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church at 123 Carson Road in Ferguson.

Thursdays: checks



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

Thursdays: meeting



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

Fridays: Fish fry

A fish fry takes place every Friday at American Legion Post 338 at 9655 Midland Blvd. in Overland from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information contact Chairman Ed Hilleman at 314-660-1813.

Every Friday: Our Lady of Fatima #4429 Knights of Columbus Bingo 6:45 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 1216 Teson Rd. in Hazelwood. For more information call 314-731-9330.

Every 3rd Friday of the month: Bingo 2 p.m., Life Care Center of Florissant, 1201 Garden Plaza Dr. For more information, call 314-831-3752.

Saturdays: Yoga

Yoga returns to Calvary UCC at 2501 Hartland Avenue, on Saturdays from 10:30-11:30. Masks and social distancing are required in the building and participants should bring hand sanitizer with them. For further information call Angela at 314-801-8594.

Saturdays: Toastmasters meeting

Everyone is welcome to attend Toastmasters Saturdays 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Normandy United Methodist Church at 8001 Natural Bridge Road (across from UMSL). For more info call 314402-7025.

Saturdays: Free walk-in clinic

Salam Clinic at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at 1425 Stein Road at West Florissant in Ferguson is a free walk-in clinic open Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The clinic is jointly sponsored by the Muslim Community of St. Louis (MCSL) and St. Peter’s United Church of Christ to provide basic adult medical screening, treatment and referrals free of charge for the uninsured. For more information or if you would be interested in volunteering, please call 314-521-5694 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday or visit

Saturdays: Clothing sale

On the second Saturday of each month Bethany-Peace UCC at 11952 Bellefontaine Rd. in St. Louis County hosts a clothing sale from 9 - 11 a.m. For sale are used clothing and shoes, some household items, books and toys. Fill your bag for $1. • Community News – St. Louis County • September 15, 2021 Saturdays: Grief support

On the fourth Saturday of each month, grief support meeting “A Way With Words Ministry” meets at 12:30 p.m. at Community Christ Fellowship, rear, at 121 Williams Blvd. in Hazelwood, 1/4 mile south of Hwy 270 off Florissant Rd. There are a variety of topics monthly. You are not alone. Come help your heart heal with others. For more information call 314-605-3949.

Every Fourth Saturday’s Writer’s Workshop 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Baden Library, at 8448 Church Rd. For more information call 314-388-2400.

Come and enjoy the meat shoots at American Legion Post 4445 located on 17090 Old Jamestown Rd. between Sinks Rd. and Lindbergh starting noon Sept. 15 thru Nov. 17; and in the spring, Feb. 2 thru March 8 rain or shine. Great meat prizes awarded.

Sundays: AMVETS meat shoot

Sundays in September through April, AMVETS Post 55, located on 8842 Natural Bridge Rd. in Bel-Ridge will be hosting meat shoots with practice beginning at 11 a.m. and rounds starting at noon. Shooters must be 18 or older and will shoot #9’s with no bull barrels or scopes and 675 minimum chokes. The shooting area is indoors and food and drink are available in the club room. For more information, contact 314-630-2671 or 314-330-7269.


Every third Tuesday of every month: Grief Support Group sponsored by DePaul Hospital 11:30am-1pm, Maryland Hgts. Comm. Ctr., 2300 McKelvey Rd. For more information, call 314-344-6873.

Wednesdays: ACES Schizophrenia Support Group 6:30 - 7:30pm, 314-839-3171.

Sundays: Meat shoot

Sundays: meeting

port Group for Mutual, Emotional Support and Education. You are not alone. For information, contact Deborah Mabrie at 314-291-5210 or Ferd Fetsch at 314-291-3021 Email: ferdfetsch@


The Jennings Do-Dads hold meetings every third Sunday of the month (except June which is the second Sunday and no meeting in December) at 1 p.m. at Classics Bar & Grill at 11601 West Florissant Avenue. Those interested in membership are invited to attend. For more information visit

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

Mondays: 6–7pm Tuesdays: Noon– 1pm SSM DePaul Wellness Center. Attend a free orientation to learn: the Five Success Variables needed to lose weight, different diet options available and how important physical activity really is. Please call to register at 1-877477-6954.

1st 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 Sup-

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

Diabetes Basics:

314-344-7024 for info or 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, www.crisisnurserykids. org

Center for Senior Renewal:

Day treatment programs for older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, loss and early signs of dementia, 314653-5123.

Nutrition Education:

SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you, 314-344-6157.

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 Nicotine Anonymous

Nicotine Anonymous is a 12 Step Program, free and available to all seeking recovery from nicotine addiction based on principals of AA. Only requirement is a desire to stop using nicotine. Voluntary contributions are accepted. For further info call 314-822-2066 or visit www.

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.

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 stateof-the-art 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 www. or call 314-738-2599.

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, 314344-6177

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 - 2 p.m., 320 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314-968-3477.

What’s Happening

Wednesdays: New Choices NarAnon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church

12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, 7:30 – 9 p.m.,

Thursdays: Grief Share Support Group Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson 6:30 - 8pm,

Mondays & Thursdays: Breathe/ for people with pulmonary disease Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104, 11am - 12pm, $30, 314953-6090

Wednesdays: STEPS Schizo-phrenia Support Group 6:30-7:30pm, 314-839-3171.

Calcium Scoring Heart Scan Program

SSM DePaul Health Center. This program uses advanced (CT) imaging to scan the arteries around the heart and measure or score the amount of calcium present in the plaque deposits. This screening, in combination with other heart disease risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, etc.) can help determine an overall picture of your current heart health and your risk for developing heart disease. Call 314-344-6030 to learn more about the heart scan program or to schedule an appointment.

SSM St. Joseph Health Center & Hospital West Auxiliary

Non profit organization assisting the hosp. by holding fund raisering activities, being of service to patients, families, employees & physicians and acting as good will ambassadors to community. SUDOKU answers from page F-1


We welcome new member. Call Barb Hutchinson 636-947-5466.

The Barnes St. Peters Hospital Auxiliary is looking for New Members

If you would like to become a member please call 636-916-9664.

Gateway to Hope Program

The Gateway to Hope Program arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/ breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured and reside in MO. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed w/breast cancer & cannot access treatment call Gateway to Hope at 314-5691113 or

Every Wednesday Take Pounds Sensibly Group


Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 414 S. Church St., St. Peters. Weigh-ins at 8:30 a.m. Business mtg at 10 a.m. Call 636.397.1727 or 636-272-4995 for more info.

Every Tues. 6:30–8 p.m. Chemical Dependency Mtg. Christian Hospital. 314-839-3171.

Every Tues.: 9–10:30 a.m. TOPS Meetings Take Off Pounds Sensibly. John F. Kennedy Community Center, 315 Howdershell Rd., Florissant. 314-921-7582.

Every Tues.: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Free Pilates Class for Cancer Patients & Families

Bring own mat. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636-921-9920. CROSSWORD answers from page F-4

Third Saturdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group At Delmar Gardens North, 4401 Parker Rd., Florissant, 9 a.m., 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 314383-4765

Last Tuesdays: Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Missouri Veterans Home, 10600 Lewis & Clark, St. Louis, 1 p.m., 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:

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Sports you see with Gary B... Ambush sign three players from tryout camp The St. Louis Ambush plays professional soccer in the MASL with their home games at the Family Arena in St. Charles starting in November. The Ambush has added several players who participated in open tryouts held earlier this month. Thomas Kemennu (who goes by Tommy or TK) is a native of White Lake, Michigan. He played collegiate soccer at Evergreen State Col-

lege in Olympia, Washington and played for the Oly Town Artisans in the Evergreen Premier League and Michigan Stars FC in the National Independent Soccer Association. Kemennu has primarily played midfield and defensive positions. Kemennu said, “I’m excited to meet and play for the fans in St. Louis and am looking forward to a successful season.” Chris Favela (who goes by Tito) is a goalkeeper who hails from Kansas City. He played collegiate soccer at Kansas City Kansas Community College and thanked the Ambush for this opportunity, saying, “I hope to help the team in any way I can and be a good teammate. While I’m happy and the kid inside me is jumping I know there’s work to be done so I’m ready to face these new challenges! I look forward to being a part for the Ambush family and I can’t wait to get started! Pura vida!” Wyatt Fowler grew up in Olathe, Kansas. His collegiate career was spent at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and also played for Sunflower State FC in both MASL3 and in the United Professional Soccer League. When asked to share his feelings about joining the Ambush, his focus was clear. “I’m here to win,” he said. Fowler’s usual positions are forward and midfield. Ambush co-owner and General Manager Jeff Locker said, “We were impressed with the level of talent that participated in the open tryouts. With the returning players we’ve recently announced, we look forward to developing these new additions to be the stars of the future.” To get more details on the tryout, go to * Now show us what you got

Ambush to hold another camp The St. Louis Ambush will hold their second round of open tryouts Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at Vetta Sports St. Charles, located at 1425 St. Peters Cottleville Road in Cottleville. Prospective participants must register online at The Ambush will kick off their 2021-22 season in late November with the home opener slated for Black Friday, Nov. 26. * Big opportunity for future soccer professionals Lindenwood lady’s field hockey shut out Frostburg State Lindenwood University Lions defense held their opponent touch the entire game and took the match 4-0. The Lions scored two goals in the second quarter, as Isabella Shannon found Izzy Folan for a score and Pauline Terwindt assisted on an Allie Hosto netter. Lindenwood out shot Frostburg, 15-1 in the first half of the match. The final two points of the game for the Lindenwood club were scored in the third, on a Makenna Rugani solo score and a Rachel Goebel finish from Hosto. In the third quarter, the Lions finished with one more shot than its opponent, 6-5 and did not face a shot from the Bobcats at any point in the fourth quarter. * Tough ‘D’

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, among many other activities. I am currently hosting a Health show on 97.1 FM, ‘Prime Time Health’ www. It broadcasts Saturday nights at 8 and Sunday mornings at 9. • Community News • September 15, 2021

Recipe: A breakfast worth waking up for




Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all the digits 1 through 9.

Servings: 12 Waking up, no matter how late, can be such a drag. You’re moving slow and cuddled up warm under the blankets. However, your stomach is growling which means eventually you are going to have to arise. When you do stumble out of bed, it’s time to get the day started with a delicious casserole on your plate. It’s a warm, freshly baked Overnight Apple Cinnamon Fresh Toast Casserole.

Ingredients: Nonstick cooking spray 1 package (20 ounces) French bread, cubed, divided 1 can (20 ounces) apple pie filling 9 eggs 1 cup half-and-half 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 cup powdered sugar, plus additional (optional) 2 tablespoons milk, plus additional (optional)


Cover with aluminum foil and chill overnight.

Spray 8-by-8-inch glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Heat oven to 325 F.

In baking dish, add 10 ounces cubed French bread in bottom of dish. Pour apple filling over bread. Top with remaining cubed French bread. Set aside.

Let cool 10-15 minutes.

In medium bowl, whisk eggs, half-and-half and cinnamon. Pour evenly over bread.

Remove foil and bake 50-60 minutes. In small bowl, whisk powdered sugar and milk. Add additional, if needed, until pourable glaze is reached. Drizzle over casserole before serving.

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‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ heading to theaters in November (hopefully)


Movie: By Steve Bryan

Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

n the fall of 1983, teaser trailers for “Ghostbusters” were playing in theaters. The footage showed Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis wearing jumpsuits while chasing supernatural creatures for profit. Aykroyd and Ramis also wrote the screenplay while Murray agreed to do the film only if Columbia Pictures agreed to back a remake of “The Razor’s Edge” with Murray as the lead. With a budget of $25-$30 million, “Ghostbusters” became a massive box office hit and Ray Parker, Jr. earned an Oscar nod for the enduring title song. In 2019, teaser trailers for Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” arrived in theaters. The footage shows a family relocating to a rundown farmhouse left to them by their grandfather, Dr. Egon Spengler (Ramis). The property is not the usual farm as Phoebe (McKenna Grace), daughter of Callie (Carrie Coon), soon discovers. She uncovers Ghostbuster’s equipment, including a ghost trap and jumpsuits that belonged to Egon. There was more to Grandpa than she knew. “Afterlife” comes after director Paul Feig’s 2016 “Ghostbusters” reboot staring four very talented women: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. Unfortunately, the core cast does not become a cohesive whole in this version. The four leads do their own thing with little teamwork or bond-

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ing. “Thor” star Chris Hemsworth also is totally wasted as the handsome but dense secretary Kevin Beckman. It is a noble effort, but the heart and soul of the franchise are missing here. Will “Afterlife” finally make it to the big screen? The outlook is more positive for the scheduled Nov. 19 release date. Ironically, Columbia Pictures should be grateful to Marvel Studios because the positive box office returns of “Shang Chi” show that movie fans are making their way back to theaters. Paramount’s “Top Gun: Maverick” has been grounded until May 2022, but ECTO 1 has a full tank of gas and is ready to roll. So what can we expect from this film? McKenna Grace’s Phoebe has some nice moments in the trailer that reveal her grandfather’s enduring legacy. Phoebe is smart, adventurous and discovers that the Ghostbusters vehicle has

a gunner seat that’s perfect for chasing pesky ghosts. Paul Rudd (“Ant Man”) plays Mr. Grooberson, a teacher at Phoebe’s school who is a big fan of the Ghostbusters and can identify a ghost trap at one glance. “Afterlife” also has callbacks to the original film as well, including references to Ivo Shandor, the architect for the building at 55 Central Park West that is now known as “Spook Central.” Shandor worships the Sumerian deity Gozer and he set up a mining company in the same town as Phoebe and her family. It’s likely that Egon Spengler had relocated to keep tabs on Shandor and his Gozer activities. Even with ever-changing release dates, there’s more than a ghost of a chance that “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” will make it to theaters in time for Thanksgiving. It would add some real spirit to the holidays.




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Crossword: TV Couples

‘Yeggs’ is a comic series about Robert and Bill, two rabbits who have opened their own egg franchise in the Midwest (St. Louis area). We follow their day to day lives, watching as they go about the hectic task of preparing for their one big day every year. Along the way they have adventures filled with fun, comic doings and pathos.

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Moore on Life


t was National Dog Day last month. I told my cats and they were so excited. “ B o w - f r e a k i n’ wow!” muttered my fat cat while he licked his toes as if there were bacon grease wedged in between. “Rude!” I said. “We should be inclusive with all species; you know diversity and all that stuff. Let’s go out to the fence and make friends with the neighbor’s dog.” “I totally agree. In fact I’ve got a little present for our dog-friend, Snippy,” said my skinny cat. “Wonderful.” That was progress, rather like peace between North and South Korea. The he gagged up a neatly packaged hairball. “You two! You need to get out more and enlarge your circle of friends.” “The only thing I need to enlarge is my belly,” said the fat one. “And it’s telling me snack-time is way overdue.” He snapped his pudgy fingers at me. “Fishy crackers please, waitress. And make sure they’re the tasty cream-filled ones this time or there’ll be no tip for you.” I served up their snacks then ushered them outdoors to the fence. “Okay kitties. We’re going to be on our best behavior and no fighting, okay?” The skinny one batted at a fly and the fat one ate it. They then stared at me crossly as if I had served them up fishy snacks without the cream centers. I swear they were absolutely cream-filled! Soon Snippy came trotting along the fence line and saw us. He began jumping up and down with his tongue and tail wagging then he spun around

in circles like a bee had stung his backside. “This is embarrassing,” said the skinny one. “Please make it stop.” “Is he suffering some kind of seizure?” exclaimed the fat one. “It’s enough to make me toss my fishy snacks.” Snippy then began barking uncontrollably and jabbed his nose through the fence posts. “Oh no he didn’t!” yowled the fat one. “He did not just enter our property without my express written consent.” He then unsheathed his weapon of destruction and gave the Snipster’s nose a taste of finely sharpened claw. The skinny one then tossed his present at the dog. The hairball stuck firmly over his left eye. Snippy ran away yelping with his tail between his legs. For diversity, tomorrow we’ll try beefy cheddar snacks instead of fishy.

Dog gone

Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

ACROSS 1. Sweeney Todd’s weapon 6. It’s in the hole? 9. Plural of #6 Across 13. Soft palate dangler 14. Each one for himself? 15. Red Cross supply 16. Short skirts 17. Flightless bird 18. Wavelike patterned silk 19. *Philip Banks’ wife 21. *Dre Johnson’s wife on “Black-ish” and occasional site around rain storm 23. 31st of the month, e.g. 24. E-mailed 25. Digital audio workstation 28. Essence of idea 30. Mouth infection 35. Fusses 37. Burden or load 39. Official language of Lesotho 40. Choose politically 41. Sashay 43. Thailand, formerly 44. All worked up 46. One assigned menial work 47. Rancher’s unit 48. Blue jeans 50. Famous Scottish lake 52. A cause of inflation 53. Number one 55. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s guitar 57. *Stars Hollow Luke’s love

interest 61. *Louise Jefferson’s husband 64. Like a solitaire player 65. Government Printing Office 67. Home to BYU 69. Request to Geico 70. Calendar mo. 71. Gladdened 72. 36 inches 73. *Jake and ____ of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” 74. Rub off DOWN 1. Cuba Libre ingredient 2. Tel ____, Israel 3. Pueblo tribesman 4. Good will branch 5. Leveling to the ground 6. Congregation’s echo 7. *Mitch’s husband in “Modern Family” 8. Accustom 9. Long, long time 10. Baby container 11. German currency 12. Old World duck 15. The ____, an English rock band from the ‘80s 20. Goodbye to amiga 22. Marching insect 24. Classroom attendee 25. *Patrick’s fiance on “Schitt’s Creek” 26. Dig, so to speak

27. King of the gods in Wagner’s “Das Rheingold” 29. Barber shop sound 31. Civil Rights icon 32. Ancient city in Africa 33. *Javen’s companion on “Temptation Island” or Lamb Chops’ puppeteer 34. *Marge Simpson’s husband 36. Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence 38. Kind of gin 42. Follow as a consequence 45. Bald Eagle to Americans, e.g. 49. Old Man’s turf, according to Hemingway 51. Capital of the Republic of Macedonia 54. Fraternity letter 56. Trial’s partner 57. Like a doily 58. Paella pot 59. Big cat sound 60. Blyton or Bagnold 61. Like a bloody horror movie 62. Romantic painter Francisco ____ 63. December 24 and 31, e.g. 66. *Jim’s co-worker and wife on “The Office” 68. Type of poem