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September 28, 2016

Painting for peace Learn & Play


Savor the season

Community Voices


By Dr. Gloria J. Johnson

Visitors explore the Outside/In exhibit at the Ferguson Youth Initiative.

Photo by Nicholas Elmes

Artwork created on storefronts after Ferguson riots is being exhibited in galleries throughout the area By Nicholas Elmes Shortly after the shooting of Michael Brown and the ensuing unrest in the Ferguson community, a group of artists and community members stepped up to paint a different picture of the St. Louis community. Armed with paintbrushes, buckets of paint and hope for the future, professional artists from throughout the region joined community members in helping to board up and then paint storefronts damaged in the “Ferguson October” protests. “None of this was pre-planned as we know it,” said University of Missouri St. Louis Associate Professor Dr. Jacquelyn Lewis-Harris who has helped curate an exhibit of the resulting artwork now on display throughout St. Louis. Outside/In Paint for Peace collects some of the approximately 250 works created at over 100 businesses throughout the Ferguson area in 2014, currently presenting them for display at five locations throughout the St. Louis Region. Paint for Peace works can be found at the Millstone Gallery at COCA, Gallery 210 on the University of Missouri- St. Louis campus, the Missouri History Museum, the Vaughn Cultural Center, and the Ferguson Youth Initiative through Oct. 30. A sixth exhibit space, The Sheldon Art Galleries, will have works on display from Oct. 7 through Nov. 19. “This is one of the few exhibits where you have so many venues participating at the same time,” said Lewis-Harris. Drawing together Lewis-Harris said Paint for Peace had helped to draw the community together,

focusing people from all walks of life on improving a community damaged by unrest and decades of inequality. “It is a tangible piece of the community working together in a positive way,” she said, noting that the event had drawn people from all over St. Louis. “People from south St. Louis came all the way up to North County to work on these. There were some people who were afraid to come to Ferguson, and they found out it was not as scary as they thought it would be.” “Our whole city was hurting, and the whole world was looking at us,” said artist Andy Cross. “Sometimes, when you don’t know what else to do, creating something beautiful in the face of so much ugliness is the only thing you can do.” Artist Amina Terry, who worked on one of the pieces with her eight-monthold daughter and 83-year-old mother agreed. “It felt great to be a part of something positive and beautiful that would let people know we haven’t given up on the neighborhood,” she said. “I hope we can come together to find a new normal.” Mike Brandon said that he met people from both sides of the protest while painting. “There were more good experiences than bad experiences,” he said. “An artist would stop by, or people would come and join together. I met one young lady who was a protester at one time. She drove by and said ‘If I were you I would change the eyelashes.’ I said I was not the artist but if she wanted to help she was

welcome to. She ended up helping for 30 or 40 hours and made it a masterpiece.” Art on a grand scale Lewis-Harris said the nature of the artwork, being painted on giant pieces of plywood, meant storing and exhibiting the work had presented some challenges. “When you look at these pieces of art, because they truly are works of art, I hope you can take away and keep a sense of the love and hope for healing that went into each of these boards,” said Carol Swartout Klein, who led the effort to salvage the work when the panels started to be taken off of recovering businesses. “My hope is that everyone understands the scale of both these massive works of art but also the scale of the community effort. It’s important to keep this topic of hope, healing, peace and of community in front of everyone. It shouldn’t get buried.” Lewis-Harris said she was still overwhelmed by the support and participation involved in the Paint for Peace project. “Thousands of buckets of paint were donated and people volunteered to drive the paint around the area,” she said. “At a time when things were so negative in the press, people were working together to make a statement of unity. We even have stories of some of the police and National Guard participating in the painting.” Lewis-Harris said many businesses throughout the area had expressed gratitude for the artwork, giving the example of the owners of one area Mexican restaurant who had requested that the artwork See PEACE page 2

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Vol. 95 No. 39

In This Issue... Town 3 Around Rotary Club loses bid to

manage Florissant license office and more.

7 School NFL grants Honor Roll

Award to Hazelwood East High School and more.

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will get new wealth accumulation center with U.S. Bank investment and more.

10 Sports Local sports with Gary B. 12 What’s Happening 14 Classifieds 16 Movie Do we need movie critics anymore?

Photo by Nicholas Elmes The giant “One Love” work is on display outside of the Gallery 210 on the University of MissouriSt. Louis campus.

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painted on the boards on their storefront be returned after the exhibit. “They said that it was like a blessing from the community,” she said. “It is beautiful piece and the family says they want it back.” Sharing the stories “There are a lot of good stories behind this,” Lewis-Harris said, adding that organizers of the exhibits are in the process of applying for a grant that would help create a more in-depth catalogue of the work. “We interviewed a lot of people who were involved. That way we would also have a people story about how they responded to the demonstrations and how they wanted to make their community more beautiful. It has really had a lasting effect on the community. We are still feeling pretty positive about what happened and are eager to do something else with that same kind of spirit.” Lewis-Harris said there had even been inquiries about creating a traveling exhibit of the work. “People are finding a way to make room for the pieces,” she said. “We will just have to find a way to maintain the corners, because they are made out of compressed board.” Paintings in the exhibit are composed of a variety of images, with some focusing more on symbolic, colorful imagery with flowers, hearts, and symbols of hope and strength. Other panels in the exhibit are more text-driven with quotes from civil rights leaders, the Bible and encouraging slogans like “One Love” or “Come Together.” For more information on the exhibits, visit or

COMMUNITY VOICES Don’t be afraid to dare to dream By Dr. Gloria J. Johnson Is there something bubbling inside you that you have always wanted to do but assumed it was impractical or wouldn’t fit your family or friends expectations? What do you do well? Do you have a special talent? Is there some interest you have that could become an occupation? As a teenager and young adult growing up in the Pruitt-Igoe projects, I found myself reading self-help books and articles to find answers to help others who had problems. Later I found myself searching for answers to many issues faced by women in the church I was attending. In 1985, I started Compassionate Ministries and began to hold monthly workshops and seminars for African-American women within the Christian community who were hurting. In 1987, as a result of some of the topics and discussions at these workshops, I started a weekly support group using a room in a local neighborhood church thinking only Christian women would attend. I was in for a rude awakening. Women of all races and religions, and non-religious

backgrounds began showing up for our sessions. It was in these groups I began to discover that many of these women were victims of rape and incest, some were being abused physically, others emotionally and verbally. After meeting for seven years, I realized that a support group was limited in the help these women could receive. It was then a dream I had carried in my heart from my younger years begins to emerge. That dream was to bring hope and healing to women whose lives had been torn apart from abuse. With no office and no money, but with faith and trust in God, I found the courage and faith to make my dream a reality. In 1994, Life Source Consultants was born. I dared to dream that I could meet the needs of abused women by offering them hope, healing, renewed self-confidence and a light at the end of their tunnel. I saw this quote framed in a store, “Every adventure starts with a moment. Every journey starts with a step. Every dream starts with a dreamer. Anything is possible if you dare.”

I challenge you to: Have faith in yourself to imagine what you can do if you work at it. Work to make your dream a reality. Make your dream a part of your life. Then, have the confidence to believe you too, just like me, can also live your dream! Dr. Gloria J. Johnson is the Founder/CEO of Life Source Consultants, the first non-residential African American domestic and sexual violence organization in the State of Missouri. Motivated by a deep love and commitment to abused women and to forever change images and perceptions toward domestic violence, family violence and abuse, Johnson shares true life stories of victims in her book “I Cried Alone.” Johnson received a Master’s in Biblical Counseling and a Ph.D. in marriage and family counseling from Biblical Life College and Seminary. 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 28, 2016

Rotary Club loses bid to manage Florissant license office

Photo courtesy city of Florissant Rotary Club of Florissant has lost its bid to manage Florissant License Office. License renewal and identifications services must be completed by Sept. 30.

Rotary Club of Florissant has recently lost the bid to manage the driver’s license and vehicle registration office located in Florissant. Rotary Club has managed the license office since 1994. All of the proceeds generated through this office in registration fees have benefited surrounding communities. Rotary Club has donated more than 2.3 million dollars to local charities, and has provided scholarships to students in neighboring school districts. Rick Dorsey, president of the Rotary Club of Florissant is calling on residents to support the Florissant License Office as often as they can, before the business is turned over to new management. “We want to encourage as many residents and surrounding businesses as possible to please support our office before Sept. 30, by getting your state ID, and driver’s license plates renewals early,” explains Dorsey. “After this date the revenues collected in service fees will no longer be recycled back into the community, but will now go into the pocket of a business.” License renewal and identification services must be completed by Sept. 30, before the office undergoes new management. For more information, contact the Rotary Club of Florissant at 314-921-2917.

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City of Hazelwood recognizes winners of Rio Summer Olympic Games coloring contest While the Summer Olympic Games were going on in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the city of Hazelwood teamed up with the parks and recreation division to offer local kids a fun way to celebrate the Olympics and to cheer U.S. Olympic athletes on to victory. A coloring contest was held for children, grades one through six, who were Hazelwood residents. The coloring pages for two different age groups, grades one through three and grades four through six, were made available at Civic Center East, Hazelwood Community Center and Hazelwood City Hall. Each participant was encouraged to Photo courtesy city of Hazelwood take a coloring page home and create their artistic masterpiece. At a recent city council meeting, Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson presented an Olympic The deadline for entries to be gold medal to third grader Alyssa Maloney to symbolize her artistic victory as one of the city’s Rio Summer Olympic Games Coloring Contest winners. She also received a free, one-day family turned in was the last day of the admission to Hazelwood’s Aquatic Center and her coloring page mounted in a picture frame. Summer Olympics on Aug. 21. A panel of judges reviewed the entries and one is volleyball and Kamyrn’s favorite is basketball. winner was selected from each age group. Their “We want to say ‘thanks’ to each of the winners prize was a free, one-day family admission to and all the other kids who participated in our Rio Hazelwood’s White Birch Bay Aquatic Center Summer Olympic Games Coloring Contest, “ for next summer. The winners are third grader Hazelwood Mayor Matthew Robinson said. “It’s Alyssa Maloney who attends Holy Spirit Catho- great to see our young people showing their palic School and fourth grader Kamryn Twitty who triotism and supporting our U.S. Olympic Team.” goes to Russell Elementary School. To add some In addition to being awarded a free, one-day educational value to the contest, each of them family admission to Hazelwood’s Aquatic Cenwere asked what city is hosting the 2016 Sum- ter, each winner received a replica of an Olympic mer Olympics. They both gave the correct an- gold medal and their coloring page put in a picswer. They were also asked to name their favorite ture frame. Summer Olympics sport. Alyssa’s favorite sport


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Advertiser Profile: Forrest Keeling Nursery offers food, facts and fun at annual Chestnut Roast By Nicholas Elmes

Forrest Keeling Nursery, a family-owned Elsberry business founded in 1948, grows over 750,000 trees, shrubs and perennials each year. The company touts a patented Root Production Method, a growing system which produces faster-growing and hardier plants. “We also do a lot of native trees, shrubs and perennials,” said General Manager Kim LovelaceYoung, adding that they have Submitted photo focus on restoration of wetlands and other critical environmental You can enjoy roasted chestnuts at Forrest Keeling Nursery’s Great River Road Chestnut Roast on Oct. 15. areas. “Our ‘Habitat Headquarters’ provides plants for pollinators and wildlife as Adults will have a chance to participate in four well as beautiful native home landscapes.” educational seminars: Monarch Life Cycle and On Oct. 15, Forrest Keeling Nursery will host Migration, presented by Joyce Oblerle of Misthe Great River Road Chestnut Roast from 10 a.m. sourians for Monarchs at 11 a.m.; Bee Keeping, until 4 p.m., an event Lovelace-Young says has presented by Fred Meeder and Mia Armada at drawn as many as 1,000 people to the business. noon; Chestnuts and Agroforestry, presented by “The event is all about promoting chestnuts Dr. Gene Garrett of the Center for Agroforestry and other specialty crops such as pawpaws and at 1 p.m.; and Pawpaws, presented by Lupe Rios of persimmons,” she said. “We will be giving out Forrest Keeling Nursery at 2 p.m. samples of roasted chestnuts in cooperation with Lovelace-Young said many people did not realthe Center for Agroforestry from the University of ize that chestnuts are fruits – not nuts. Missouri. There will also be samples of chestnut “They are gluten free and can be used in many beer from Urban Chestnut Brewery, pawpaw ice different recipes,” she added. cream, pawpaw bread and chestnut chili.” For more information, please call Forrest KeelThe event will feature a variety of music, over 25 ing Nursery at 800-356-2401, visit their website at vendors and lots of events for children, including a, or stop by their garden cenpetting zoo, storytelling and face-painting. ter at 88 Forrest Keeling Lane in Elsberry.

VFW Post 4105 hosted 9/11 ceremony on 15th anniversary of attacks

Photo courtesy city of Florissant Pictured are members of the American Legion Post 444, members of the Florissant Police Department and residents that attended the 9/11 ceremony.

Florissant Mayor Thomas P. Schneider gave the keynote address at VFW Post 4105 ceremony on Sept.11 at 410 Rue St. Francois to reflect on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by terrorists. VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Pat Cheatham and Post 4105 Commander Tony Laprocina invited Schneider to be the featured speaker at this solemn occasion. All of the veteran and service organizations that service the Florissant area were represented at this event to gather in remembrance of those who perished on that infamous day. The Florissant, Hazelwood and St. Louis County Police Departments and the Florissant Valley and Black Jack Fire Departments were sent special invitations to attend to acknowledge the ulti-

mate sacrifice their New York comrades made that day. The following is a quote from Mayor Schneider’s address, “Our most dangerous foe for the past 240 years has almost always been tyranny in one form of another. Tyranny is the opposite of tolerance. We have prevailed over tyranny’s dictators who have embraced monarchy, fascism, communism and anarchism. Today we continue the process of standing up to tyrants who embrace terrorism, intolerance, nuclear blackmail, chemical weapons and any other dastardly means to oppose us. We will prevail, for we are a noble and loyal friend but we have proven to be a brutal and determined foe. Just ask any soldier, marine, sailor, or airman what I’m talking about.” • Community News – St. Louis County • September 28, 2016

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awards Culture of Health Prize to 24:1 Community The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced the 24:1 Community is one of seven winners of the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize. The prize honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. The 24:1 Community is a coalition of the 24 municipalities that make up the Normandy School Collaborative in north St. Louis County. The non-profit Beyond Housing, a comprehensive community development organization working within the 24:1, will accept the $25,000 Prize. The 24:1 Community is winning this national recognition for bringing partners together to rally around a shared vision of health, drawing especially on the wisdom, voice, and experience of residents themselves. Chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country, the 24:1 Community caught the attention of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for coming together with a collective vision of stronger communities, engaged families and successful children. The municipalities told the foundation of their work toward goals such as restoring accreditation in the community’s school district, attaining the highest standards of policing and attaining health equity in ways that go far beyond health care, “The RWJF Culture of Health Prize communities show us that in towns and regions across the nation, individuals are coming together to find powerful ways to help people achieve the best health possible. These communities are connecting the dots between health and education, jobs, housing, and community safety,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, RWJF president and CEO. “We’re privileged to learn from this growing network of communities that offer hope for the well-being of the entire nation.” “We are honored that our community’s efforts have been recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,” said Chris Krehmeyer, president and CEO, for Beyond Housing. “The 24:1 Community came together to help solve the serious challenges facing the residents of the 24 municipalities within the geographic boundaries of the Normandy School Collaborative. It takes time. It’s a heavy lift. But it is our hope that this system-wide mobilization will bring about something that is all too rare today: lasting success. This prize shows we are going in the right direction.” The 24:1 Community will join a network of Prize-winning communities and have their inspiring accomplishments shared throughout the nation. “The work we have been able to accomplish in the Normandy School District has been transformative,” said Mayor Mary Louise Carter, city of Pagedale. “I’m thrilled that 24 municipalities could come together to play a critical role in the success of our area by ensuring that our communities and businesses can continue to grow and succeed through our initiatives and programs.” Representatives from the 24:1 Community will join this year’s other prize-winning communities at the Culture of Health Prize Celebration and Learning Event taking place at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey, on Oct. 19-20.

Moore On Life

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By Cindy Moore

Bee gone “What’s the best way to eliminate a hive of yellow jackets?” I asked myself after jumping and tumbling across my yard at warp speed to avoid being shishkabobbed by the little demons. Actually that was my second question; the first was, “Will I ever regain the use of my spine?” Performing those kind of acrobats without a proper stretch-out beforehand tends to pull muscles and dislocate vertebra even in the most toned of bodies. Unfortunately, mine is not one of those toned bodies. For example, if I rush up too quickly to the all-you-can-eat buffet to get refills on the bacon fritters, I can pretty much bet on being in traction for a week. Slow and steady is the proper course. But I digress. I now needed to eliminate those pesky, destructive vermin, but I knew the election was still weeks away. Oops, did I just do a double digress?! Focus. Okay, back to the bees. I knew I needed help, and fast. It’s at times like these that one has cause for reflection and needs to be humbled at their inferiority and call on a higher, all-knowing power. Yes, it was time to seek answers from Google. (God is not taking calls right now. He is thoroughly disgusted with humanity over our candidate choices and totally reconsidering His promise not to send another Great Flood, thus

the rise in ark sales.) Triple digress. So after much research and multiple YouTube videos I discovered some interesting tidbits: First explosives can remove the insects, but will permanently impair your vision and remove critical limbs. Second, shoving a garden hose into the nest will only make them go full jihad on your body. And lastly, lighting the nest on fire with a blow torch will most likely burn down surrounding neighborhoods. I was discouraged. I had used up my sixth can of wasp spray; my spinal column was thrown out of whack and the colony was still alive and buzzing in my backyard. It seemed that all was lost. None of the internet remedies would work on the bees; however, they did offer hope and suggestions for disposal of our current candidates. I saved them under “favorites” for future reference. All was not lost! Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.


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North County gears up for 19th Annual Florissant Old Town Fall Festival Florissant Old Town Partners has teamed up with the City of Florissant and the Missouri and Regional Arts Councils to announce the date of their 19th Annual Florissant Old Town Fall Festival. Each year the attendance for this festival is estimated at over 30,000 people. The Fall Festival on rue St. Francois in Old Town Florissant will be on Oct. 9. It begins at 11 a.m. this year and runs until 5 p.m. on rue St. Francois. Look for all of your favorite activities including a chili cook-off, live entertainment on each block, Fido Follies, children’s activities, large flower show and competition, celebration of our cultural heritage, craft fair, flea market, food booths galore, wine and cheese garden and many other booths and displays. St. Ferdinand Shrine will be selling a variety of Old Shrine items as well as several activities in the shrine area. Again this year, the Florissant Police Welfare

Association will be hosting a benefit car show on the Knights of Columbus grounds. The craft fair area is always a big hit with over 60 crafters getting you ready for holiday shopping. MoChips – free child identification kits will be back and inside city hall. As for the past several years the festival will include a Children’s Art Festival on the city hall lawn. The Florissant Fall Festival in Old Town Florissant is chaired by Karen Goodwin and Diana Weidinger. If you are interested in being a part of the Fall Festival submit your application online at www. You may also email or call 314-837-0033 and speak to Brenda Cooper. Participants are being sought for the flea market, craft fair, food and game booths, informational booths for not-forprofit organizations, commercial businesses, musicians and sponsorships.

Antiques, pull tabs, books and children’s activities at the Shrine during Florissant Fall Festival Old St. Ferdinand Shrine, the Gem of Florissant, located at #1 St. Francois Street has tons of fun planned for the entire family at the 2016 Florissant Fall Festival on Oct. 9. An antique and collectible sale will be held on the grounds with individuals showcasing and selling anything and everything antique (this is not a flea market). Children can enter to win a prize in one of many games available in the Kids’ Corner for only $.25 per game. The always popular pull-tabs are back. Lucky individuals can win up to $50 for only a $.25 chance!. Individuals can also try their luck at one of the basket raffles and/or quilt raffle too. Great food will be available for purchase at the least expensive price anywhere on the street,

including roast beef sandwiches, chili dogs, nachos, ice cream and snow cones. Cookies in a jar will be offered for sale, which make great gifts for family and friends. Shrine gift shop will be open. Love books? The book shop will offer special Fall Festival pricing of $4 per bag of books Visit the Shrine before, during or after touring the street. Behind the scenes Shrine tours will be offered. What is going on with the “Save the Shrine” campaign? Shrine board members will show individuals what repairs need to be done to save the 200 year-old Gem of Florissant. For more information call 314-837-2110 or go to

Kids have fun spinning around on new rides at Hazelwood’s Harvestfest

Photo courtesy city of Hazelwood Hundreds of local kids, including (from left) Ilijah Kent, Jack Patterson and Cole Patterson, could be seen spinning around on the Mind Winder Swings and the Tubs of Fun during the all-day fall festival.

The city of Hazelwood offered small mechanical rides for the first time at this year’s Harvestfest at Howdershell Park. Hundreds of kids, including their parents, could be seen spinning around on the Mind Winder Swings and the Tubs of Fun throughout the day. The younger kids especially enjoyed making their indivdual baskets spin around faster. “We’re glad our residents reacted so well to having mechanical rides at Harvestfest,” said

Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division Superintendent Doug Littlefield. “Every year, we try to offer something different to incentivize parents to bring back their kids for a whole new experience the following year.” Many local residents with children who attended Harvestfest 2016 were pleased with these new attractions. According to Becca Lammert Bryan, “Carnival rides this year were a great addition.” • Community News – St. Louis County • September 28, 2016

Pattonville earns Chartwells award for food service partnership second time For the second year in a row, Pattonville's partnership with Chartwells School Dining Services has been awarded Chartwells' Be-A-Star Regional Account of the Year recognition for the South Central region. Chartwells at Pattonville will now compete for the National Account of the Year award. In summer 2014, Pattonville began contracting with Chartwells to manage the district’s food services program while retaining its own local food service employees. Bridget Jordan, a Chartwells employee, manages the day-to-day operations of Pattonville’s program, including food purchasing, menu development, staff training, meeting state and federal requirements and other services. All other food service employees, including school cafeteria managers and cooks, are Pattonville employees. "I am so happy and so proud of all that our food service team was able to accomplish this year working together," Jordan said. "It was a great second year for us and I am thankful for the the hard work and great ideas that came from each and every team member." Chartwells' Be-A-Star awards recognize associates and teams that deliver business excellence as a result of accomplishing the objectives established for a fiscal year. Chartwells recognizes one account from each of its seven regions. Pattonville was chosen as the top account for the year from among 65 school districts in the South Central region. To be considered for the regional award, the Pattonville-Chartwells team had to reach the Platinum Account status, which signified they met both Pattonville and Chartwells objectives for financial accountabil-

ity and operational excellence. The two-year-old partnership with Chartwells and the addition of its network of resources resulted in Pattonville students having access to more food options and increased access to fresh produce and healthier meals. Jordan highlighted the following accomplishments by the food services group during the 2015-2016 school year: • Significantly grew meal participation and total sales in the district. • Remained financially responsible to the district. • Successfully implemented Balance Kitchen concepts (an approach that embraces a culinary culture by building professional culinary methods into products, recipes, menus and food presentation). • Grew the catering program for programs/ meetings in the schools. • Provided fresh produce from the Pattonville Youth Garden to all Pattonville schools. • Presented the Pattonville Healthy Cooking Showcase evening event for Pattonville families and staff with the assistance of past and present interns and Pattonville café staff members. • Mentored five dietetic interns from four different programs who brought classroom activities and nutrition education to Pattonville students. • Supported a Compass in the Community event called Sort to the Tunes, in which Pattonville food service staff joined other Chartwells accounts and sorted food from the Boy Scout Food Drive for the Oasis Food Pantry in St. Charles.


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NFL grants Honor Roll Award to Hazelwood East High School

Photo courtesy Hazelwood School District Edna Fletcher presents a $2,000 check from the National Football League Honor Roll Grant to East High Principal Yolander Pittman.

Edna Fletcher, mother of Brian Fletcher, Super Bowl XLI champion and Hazelwood East High School alumnus, recently presented East High administrators with a $2,000 check from the National Football League Honor Roll Grant. The grant will go towards the purchase of new equipment for East High athletes. Fletcher is a 1997 graduate from East High. He went on to attend UCLA and played college football for three years. In 2002, he was a sixth-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears. Fletcher played with the Bears for two years and was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. In 2007, Fletcher became a Super Bowl Champion when the Colts defeated the Bears. Fletcher presented the check to East High administrators, Principal Yolander Pittman, and

Activities Director Corey Johnson. “We are proud of Brian for all of his accomplishments both on and off the field. We are especially proud that we have an alum who is also a Super Bowl winner,” said Johnson. “We appreciate the NFL Foundation for this grant. This money will be used for new equipment, which will be available to all of our athletes. I would like to thank Dr. Audrey Wittenauer, Dr. Bruce Green, Yolander Pittman and Edna Fletcher for their support during this grant writing process.” The Super Bowl Honor Roll is an initiative developed by the NFL to recognize schools and communities which have contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacting the game of football.




September 28, 2016 • Community News – St. Louis County •

North County Christian School honors student of the month

Truman Schulz was honVice President of Student Govored at the Northwest Chamernment, President of Literary ber of Commerce memberGuild and is a member of the advance orchestra and chapel ship meeting on Sept. 8. praise team. In the community, Truman is a senior at North County Christian School Truman volunteers at church where he has attended since on the audio visual team and at school in leading tours and aspre-school. He maintains a sisting with elementary events 4.42 GPA and is a member of and audio visual. the National Honor Society. Other honors include Honor Truman is undecided at to Photo courtesy North County Christian School where he plans to attend colRoll, Principal’s List and Gold and Silver Status in the ACSI Art Show. lege, but would like to major in mechanical enOutside of the classroom Truman serves as gineering.

Beyond Housing, Express Scripts partner to provide college savings accounts to Normandy students

September is College Savings Month and more than 1,700 students in the Normandy Schools Collaborative have college savings accounts, thanks to a partnership with Beyond Housing, a holistic, community development not-for-profit organization. When students enroll in the collaborative’s kindergarten program, they are assigned a MOST 529 college savings account to help them off-set the costs of postsecondary pursuits. The Missouri’s 529 College Savings Plan or MOST 529, is a tuition program investment account parents, grandparents, and relatives can start for their child’s higher education. The money from the college savings account can be used for any expenses while in college room and board, tuition (with limitations), books, computers and much more. The savings account can be used to fund any higher education institution four-year college or university, vocational school and post graduate programs.

In addition to the program for incoming kindergartners, Normandy has partnered with Beyond Housing and the Express Scripts Foundation to put together an additional college savings account package for Normandy High School seniors and juniors. The value of the college savings accounts is $250 per student, and can be used for educational purposes, including books, tuition, room, board, etc. To sign up for the college accounts, students need to complete an application, which is available through the high school guidance counseling office. “This is an amazing opportunity for Normandy students,” said Dr. Charles Pearson, Normandy superintendent. “The collaborative appreciates the support of committed organizations like Express Scripts and Beyond Housing. It is through partnerships like these we will continue to make strides toward our goal of accreditation and providing a quality 21st century education for our students.”

AMEC Foster Wheeler engineering firm donates school supplies to Larimore Elementary

Photo courtesy Hazelwood School District AMEC Foster Wheeler engineering firm recently donated school supplies. Larimore Elementary, in the Hazelwood School District.

Students and staff at Larimore Elementary, in the Hazelwood School District, were excited when AMEC Foster Wheeler engineering firm (AMECFW) recently donated school supplies. Supplies were donated by employees of the St. Louis office. Jon Omvig, office manager; Jennifer Schneider, senior engineer; and Michelle Flowers, project designer, helped to deliver more than 10 boxes of supplies to the school. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the Larimore community,” said Flowers. “One of the kindergartners who welcomed us rushed up to me and said, ‘Thank you; having the right school supplies helps us learn.’ As a global company, anything that we can do to assist with academic achievement and to foster

this kind of warm reception among students makes it all worthwhile,” said Flowers. Sharon Anhalt, home/school communicator at Larimore, helped to organize this event and accepted the school supplies on behalf of the school. Anhalt expressed gratitude when she saw the car load of supplies. “When I received the email from Ms. Flowers that they wanted to donate school supplies to our kiddos, I was so happy! The students and teachers at Larimore are so grateful for their contributions,” said Anhalt. AMECFW is a British multinational consultancy, engineering and project management company headquartered in London with offices around the globe, including North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. • Community News – St. Louis County • September 28, 2016

Vantage Credit Union scholarship applications now available Vantage Credit Union is seeking scholarship applicants now through Jan. 6, 2017, for twenty $1,000 Quest For Education (QFE) Scholarships. QFE Scholarship applications must be submitted by high school seniors online through the credit union’s website, Over $632,500 in scholarships has been awarded by Vantage Credit Union to deserving students in the past 32 years. The QFE Scholarship is unique in that it is not based on academics or financial need, but rather on the demonstration of outstanding character, motivation, leadership and

community/school involvement. Any graduating senior who has an account in good standing at the credit union is eligible to apply. The funds may be used at any college or university for tuition and supplies. “I am grateful for the generous support from Vantage Credit Union,” said Justin Kralemann, a 2005-2006 QFE Scholarship recipient. “Winning a scholarship my senior year allowed me to set out on my future career path. I am proud that Vantage continues to invest in young people’s futures.”

Unbanked in St. Louis will get new wealth accumulation center with U.S. Bank investment In an effort to bring banking and economic stability to low-income St. Louisans, U.S. Bank is investing $1.3 million in the construction of two St. Louis Community Credit Union branches, one of which will be a Wealth Accumulation Center for the unbanked. U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), a subsidiary of U.S. Bank, invested $1.3 million in federal New Markets Tax Credit equity in the $4 million project for the credit union, which is a Community Development Financial Institution. The investment follows U.S. Bank’s rollout Aug. 22 of its Safe Debit Account, aimed at the under- or unbanked, which provides the safety and service of traditional checking but no checks or overdraft fees. USBCDC is also donating $15,000 to Prosperity Connection, the credit union’s nonprofit partner affiliate that provides free financial coaching and group classes on a variety of personal finance topics in predominately economically stressed areas. “This investment is the second we have made with St. Louis Community Credit Union because

we believe so strongly in helping the underserved have access to financial services and education that will bring them more economic stability,” said Steve Kramer, senior vice president of USBCDC. The newest project helped finance the buildout of the credit union’s recently opened Gateway Branch in North St. Louis at 3412 N. Union Blvd. and the construction of the Wealth Accumulation Center at 2828 Gravois Ave. in Benton Park. The Gateway Branch is at the site of the former Gateway Bank, the first and only black-owned bank in Missouri. “These branches and the new services they will offer will help break down barriers so that residents of our community can have access to affordable financial services,” said Patrick Adams, CEO of St. Louis Community Credit Union. Three combined facilities will provide educational and financial services at the Benton Park Branch’s Wealth Accumulation Center, especially those aimed at helping low-income residents avoid high-cost predatory lending.





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Lindenwood football player posed to set NCAA record Connor Harris, linebacker for the Lindenwood football team, stands two tackles away from breaking the NCAA All-Division record in career total tackles after registering 19 in the game against Pittsburgh State on Saturday. He currently has 549 career total tackles and will attempt to break the record next Saturday at Fort Hays State at 2 p.m. From Lee Summit, Missouri, the senior who attended Blue Springs South high school, stands 6 foot tall and 243 pounds. For more information, go to * Thanks to Andrew P. Morris of Lindenwood Sports Information for the information


Rascals fall one win short of championship The River City Rascals play professional baseball in the West Division of the Frontier League at the CarShield Field in O’Fallon. A week ago Monday the team was defeated 1-0 by the Evansville Otters in game five of the Frontier League Championship Series at Bosse Field in Evansville, Indiana. The Rascals were held to just one hit and the Otters only had four. The only run by the champions was a walk given followed up by two base hits. River City’s loss in the championship series marks the third year in a row they have came up just short. NEXT HOME GAMES: Sometime in May 2017 For more information go to * A great season St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame inducts members The 2016 enshrinement was held at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac Hotel last Thursday evening. This class consisted of 12 individuals that have excelled in their particular sports arena. The class included: Lori Chalupny (Soccer), Conrad Dobler (Football), Don Droege (Soccer), Nancy Fahey (Coaching), Ernie Hays (Contributor), Al Hrabosdy (Baseball), Jason Isringhausen (Baseball), Mike

Liut (Hockey), Lee Smith (Baseball), Michael Spinks (Boxing), Linda Wells (Softball) and Larry Hughes (Basketball). Special achievement awards were presented to this elite group: Photo courtesy Beverly McIntyre Bill Dewitt III-AuSt. Louis Sports Hall of Fame ingust A. Busch Award, ductee Larry Hughes (left) stands KUTIS Amateur Baswith Gary Baute. ketball Team-Champions Award, Denny Long-President’s Choice Award, Bob Shannon-Metro Legends Award, Glenn Schott-Metro Legends Award, Leon Spinks-Legends of St. Louis Boxing and Jay Randolph Achievement Awards-Golf. A big thanks to Mike Gohn from All-Star Trophy for setting up the evening. *Great memories from this group UMSL player picks up more honors A University of Missouri-St. Louis player has repeated as Great Lakes Valley Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. Danielle Waedekin averaged 5.57 digs per set in helping the Tritons open GLVC play with wins over Indianapolis (3-0) and Saint Joseph’s (3-1) last weekend. She recorded a match-high 14 digs against the Greyhounds as UMSL snapped a seven-match losing streak to University of Indiana, earning its first win in the series since 2008. Waedekin also dished out six assists in the victory. She then tallied a season-best 25 digs against the Pumas, 13 of which came in the second set as UMSL limited its guests to -.067 hitting in that frame, while also adding three assists and two service aces. Defensively, Waedekin helped the Tritons limit their opponents to just .091 hitting. Go to for more information. * Leader of the pack Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, has hosted many radio shows from Health to Sports to Baby Boomer news. He was the EMCEE of the River City Rascals and St. Louis Swarm basketball team inaugural seasons and broadcasting for the indoor football teams over a decade. Has been writing sports since 1999 for the paper.


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Recipe: Savor the season Spice things up this season with some uniquely delicious recipe options that are perfect for most any meal occasion. Serve Beet, Feta and Walnut Scones for brunch or as an accompaniment to soups or salads. Starting with Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets cuts time and adds flavor. Quick Sausage and German Potato Salad Skillet is on the lunch or dinner table in 20 minutes thanks to pre-cooked sausages and a can of heat-

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and-eat READ German Potato Salad. Sides are easy, too. A jar of Aunt Nellie’s Glazed Small Sliced Carrots is the main ingredient in this quick-to-assemble Spicy Carrot-Sweet Potato Casserole. If roasted vegetables are more your style, try Thyme-Scented Roasted Vegetables, accented with sweet, tangy pickled beets. For more seasonal recipes, visit AuntNellies. com and

Beet, Feta and Walnut Scones Servings: 8 | Prep time: 25 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 1 jar (16 ounces) sliced pickled beets 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 cup milk (2 percent or skim) 1/3 cup olive oil 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 small clove garlic, minced 2/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (not fat-free) 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts 8 rosemary sprigs See solution on page 13

Directions: Heat oven to 400 F. Drain beets well. Chop coarsely; set aside on paper towels. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. In small bowl, whisk together milk, oil and egg. Stir in onion, rosemary and garlic. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Gently stir in feta and walnuts, just until combined, then add beets and stir gently to combine.

Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Knead dough three to four times to smooth. Pat into 9-inch round on ungreased baking sheet. Cut into 8 triangles; do not separate. Lightly press rosemary sprigs into each scone.

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Bake 20 minutes, or until light golden-brown. Cool on baking sheet; set on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

ACROSS 1. a.k.a. Myanmar 6. *”____ Rescue” airing on Saturday Mornings 9. Eye affliction 13. Brown, Dartmouth and Yale, e.g. 14. Down Under bird 15. *”Rangers” who first appeared on daytime TV 16. Lays in peace 17. 1960s altered state inducer 18. Spy name? 19. *Cooking TV personality 21. *”The Price ____ ____” 23. Elton John’s title 24. Leave in a bucket 25. Mason glass 28. Prospectors search for the mother one 30. Exotic furniture wood 35. Europe/Asia mountain divide 37. Not bright 39. Smooth 40. Lover of Aeneas 41. Fluorescent red dye 43. Beth Israel synagogue, e.g. 44. Capital increases 46. French novelist Émile, 1840-1902 47. Be a snitch 48. Conundrum 50. Brooklyn basketballers 52. *Soap time 53. Ice, dark, and middle 55. Make a pigeon sound 57. *”____ Hospital” 61. *Female view 65. Smoke detector, e.g. 66. Anger management issue 68. Russian river 69. Be a slowpoke 70. Foot digit 71. T. S., poet 72. All is well that does this well 73. Even, to a poet 74. Cook with dry heat

Thyme-Scented Roasted Vegetables and Beets Servings: 4 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients: 1 jar (16 ounces) whole pickled beets, drained, halved 1/2 pound baby carrots 1 medium onion, cut through core into 1/2inch wedges 8 ounces shallots, peeled, halved if large 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 clove garlic, minced

Directions: Heat oven to 400 F. Line 15-by-10-inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Add beets, carrots, onion and shallots. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle with thyme, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Roast, uncovered, 15 minutes. Add garlic to vegetables; toss well. Return to oven and continue roasting 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender and lightly browned. Note: 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme may be substituted for dried thyme leaves.

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5. Attack 6. Exchange for money 7. Ambulance squad, acr. 8. A in AV 9. Prima donna’s numbers 10. Nest material 11. Uh-huh 12. “Formerly,” formerly 15. Inuits’ wearable invention, pl. 20. Eat away 22. Pine juice 24. Frankie Valli’s four 25. *Judy’s daytime occupation 26. Like Hitler’s ideal man 27. 2 halves of a diameter 29. *Controversial Mehmet 31. ____ Bowl of the 1930s 32. What one did after one oohed 33. Throat dangler 34. *She’s live

36. Like Yangtze River 38. Digestive aid 42. Naturally, in slang 45. Unctuous 49. Turkish military leader 51. What____, or of any kind 54. March Madness’ eight 56. Convex molding 57. Flight destination 58. Distinctive elegance 59. Persian backgammon 60. Blunders 61. *Target viewer of an ABC Afterschool Special 62. Pelvic parts 63. Between ids and super-egos 64. J. J. ____, a Houston Texan 67. Beluga yield See answers on page 13


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Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS Sept. 28: Karaoke

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

Sept. 29: Fundraising event

The Community Action Agency of St. Louis County, (CAASTLC) invites you to participate in its Kickin’ It Up! event which will take place as part of CAASTLC fundraising efforts from 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Schlafly Bottle Works Crown Room in Maplewood. Proceeds benefit CAASTLC Youth Programs. A 501c3 non-profit organization, CAASTLC provides a variety empowerment programs for families and youth; services and outreach include leadership training, farm internships, community youth initiatives, high school equivalent program, and case management. Some highlights of the evenings activities are a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia from the Cardinals and Blues and box seats at the Fox Theater. There will be “live” music and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are priced at $75 and can be purchased online at For more information and ticket sales call; Angela at 314-446-4459.

Sept. 29: Complimentary wills and trusts seminar The planned giving committee of the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America is offering a free Wills and Trusts Seminar from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Edward Jones Corporate Headquarters at12555 Manchester Rd. in St. Louis County. Learn about the benefits of having a will or trust and how having one could sup-

port your loved ones or organizations close to your heart. This educational seminar is provided as a service to our Scouting community. We do not solicit any gifts during or after this seminar. Everyone is welcome to attend and invite their friends. While there is no cost to attend, reservations are necessary. If you would like to attend or have questions, contact Senior Development Director Jim Nolan at 314-2563032 or

Sept. 30: Chicken dinner

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

Sept. 30: Acoustic concert with Rick Thum

“Concert for Cayle” is a scholarship memorial benefit to aid College Bound students with educational scholarships and features an acoustic evening of gospel, contemporary folk and bluegrass with Rick Thum and Cabin Fever. Doors open 6 p.m., concessions available from 6 - 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Kids under five are free. Tickets are $15 or two for $25 at door, or advance tickets may be purchased on line at

Oct. 1: Honeysuckle pull

The public is invited to assist in maintaining the balance of plant species at the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Little Creek Nature Area by participating in its second annual Fall Honeysuckle Pull from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Little Creek at 2295 Dunn Rd. in Florissant. Invasive honeysuckle is a non-native species that grows wild in east central Missouri. Left untouched, it can choke out all other plant species

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and disrupt local ecosystems. Enjoy a nature-filled morning while helping Little Creek to remove the obstructive plant from its grounds. Participants should wear long sleeves/pants, bring a good pair of gloves and have a love for the outdoors. Refreshments will be served.

Oct. 1: Applebutter sale

It’s applebutter time at Salem Lutheran Church and School at 5180 Parker Road in Florissant. Weather permitting, applebutter will be cooked on Oct. 1. For more information or to place an order call Judy at 314-8392157 or Kathy at 314-839-0823.

Oct. 1: Rummage sale

Large indoor rummage sale takes place from 7 – 11 a.m. at Florissant Presbyterian Church at 660 Charbonier Rd. in Florissant. Clothing

Oct. 1: Hazelwood class reunion

Hazelwood High School Class of 1968, join your classmates for a family and friends “get together” at Creve Couer Park in Maryland Heights at the “Taco Bell Pavilion” from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There are tables for 80, BYOB,BYO Food. or more information contact Carol (Lay) Cornelison or Dolly (Harder) Harrington dhrrngtn@hotmail. com.

Oct. 5: Community forum

The Hazelwood School District Community Forums and Conversation will take place from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Central High School Library at 15875 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. Forums will be a panel consisting of Superintendent Dr. Collins-Hart, three board members, and moderated by the Hazelwood PTA Council with the purpose of building capacity and coalition

in our schools. The entire Hazelwood School District community is invited to attend and to join in on the conversation. If you have questions, please email

Oct. 6: Mercy Hospice new volunteer training

Mercy Hospice is currently seeking volunteers to offer support and comfort to patients and families in your community. Volunteers are matched with opportunities to serve according to their schedules, skills, comfort levels, and geographic areas. Volunteer opportunities include: caregiver relief, companionship, bereavement support, administrative assistance, and other opportunities. The next free fourweek training will be Thursdays—Oct. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 1 - 4:30 p.m. To register or ask any questions please contact Mercy Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Paula Minogue, at 314-729-4415 or

Oct. 6: Square dancing

MO Promenaders Square Dancers with caller Stan Mangogna will hold at dance at Church of the Master at 1325 Paddock Dr. in Florissant at 11:15 a.m. Free will offering will be held to defray costs. Bring a sandwich for lunch. Refreshments and beverages will be served. For more information call 314831-8127.

Oct. 8: Free flu shots

SSM Health DePaul Hospital will offer free flu shots from 8 a.m. to noon on a first-come, first-served basis in DePaul Hospital’s May Conference Center at 12303 DePaul Drive. Those nine years and above are eligible to receive the vaccine. In addition to free flu shots, the hospital will offer a health information fair featuring a stroke risk assessment, and information on subjects

including diabetes, cardiology, breast care and weight loss. Light refreshments also will be available.

Oct. 9: Flower show

At the Florissant Old Town Festival the Sprig and Twig Garden Club presents a Small Standard Flower Show “GoodBye, Summer and Hello, Fall” from noon to 5 p.m. in the Florissant Senior Center. Admission is free. Also look for the “plant sale” booth in front of the Senior Center building.

Oct. 9: Blessing of pets

Annual Blessing of Pets, sponsored by Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd will be held from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Truman Park pavilion in Hazelwood. Pets must have immunizations and be leashed or crated. Donations of quality pet food, new toys for animal shelters accepted.

Oct. 9: Fall Festival Flea Market

Fall Festival Flea Market takes place at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 12 to 5 p.m. Food and drinks available. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Oct. 11-21: RISE Above Workforce Training Workshop

RISE Above Workforce Training Workshop is offered weekdays from Oct. 11 to Oct. 21, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Ferguson Municipal Public Library at 35 N. Florissant Rd. in Ferguson. Training topics include keys to professional and personal success, resumes, practice interviews, interpersonal and communication skills, and more. Interested in participating in this opportunity or have questions? Contact Jobs And More STL at jobsandmorestl@ or 314-992-5059 or visit the web at • Community News – St. Louis County • September 28, 2016 Oct. 12: Karaoke

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

Oct. 13: Educational forum

The Mid-East Area Agency on Aging is hosting an educational forum at their South County Senior Center from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Information will be presented by a Seniors Count representative.

Oct. 14: Chicken fried steak or meatloaf dinner Chicken fried steak or meatloaf dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-8316121.

Oct. 15: Vendor sale

Annual Shop ‘Til You Drop Vendor Sale, see the sign on the lawn, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 2900 St. Catherine in Florissant from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact 314-837-7113.

Oct. 15: Fundraiser event

Pink Posse Roundup for a Cure-Our main fundraiser allows it to continue The Breakfast Club programs and provide information and education to African American women and their families about breast cancer. The Breakfast Club, Inc. Fifth Pink Posse Roundup for a Cure takes place from 8 p.m. to midnight at St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation Complex at 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis. For more information contact us 314972-8883 or visit

Oct. 16: BB gun meat shoot

BB gun meat shoot at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St.

Francois, starts at 1 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314-831-6121.

Oct. 18: Educational forum

The Heman Park Community Center is hosting an educational forum at 3 p.m. Information will be presented by a Seniors Count representative in collaboration with the University City Commission on Senior Issues.

Oct. 19: Karaoke

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

Oct. 21-22: Quilt and church tour

The 10th annual Calhoun County Quilt and Church Tour will take place Oct. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Quilts are located in the villages of Brussels, Hamburg, Hardin and Kampsville. For information and tickets call 618-8832578 or 618-232-1268.

Oct. 21: Pork steak dinner

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

Oct. 26: Karaoke

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

Oct. 28: Chicken dinner

All-you-can-eat chicken dinner, dine in only, at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois, from 4 to 7 p.m. All profits go to support veterans. For more information call 314831-6121.

Nov. 5: Fashion show

Soroptimist International of Greater St. Louis is pleased to announce its 41st Annual Fashion Show at Orlando’s in Maryland Heights. This year’s theme is “Women Stepping Up to Help Other Women.” Tickets are $30 per person. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and a buffet lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available. In addition to the fashion show there will be basket raffles, silent auctions and pot of gold. Orlando’s is located at 2050 Dorsett Village Plaza in Maryland Heights. Proceeds from the fashion show benefit St. Louis area women’s and children’s charities. Visit their website for more information on the fashion show, including payment via PayPal, or contact Paula Russell at 314-355-1516 or

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doctor’s appointments for our senior residents of St. Louis County that lives near you! No weekends and mileage reimbursement is available. Call today at 314-6154516. SUDOKU answers from page 11


Mondays: A cappella singers

Men of Harmony a cappella singers meet at Salem Evangelical Free Church at New Halls Ferry at Pohlman Road at 7 p.m. Not church affiliated. Group is always looking for new members. Call Al at 314-993-6134 for more information. CROSSWORD answers from page 11

Nov. 19: Meat shoots

The Florissant Eagles Aerie3638 at 15245 New Halls Ferry Rd. will be hosting meat shoots starting Sept. 17 and running through Nov. 19. No bull barrels, 670 minimum chokes. Shooting # 9s. The shoots run from noon until dusk.

Nov. 20: Meat Shoot Sundays

From Sept. 18 through Nov. 20 there will be Meat Shoot Sundays at Florissant Valley American Legion Post 444 at 7090 Old Jamestown Rd. from noon until dusk. Food and drinks will be available. There will be a children’s play area as well.

RECURRING EVENTS Weekdays: Volunteer drivers The St. Louis County Older Resident Programs need volunteer drivers who live in St. Louis County to give a few hours during the day to provide transportation to and from


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By Steve Bryan

Do we need movie critics anymore?

As the old expression says, everyone’s a critic, especially when websites like Yelp force businesses to stand up and take notice. These days anyone can start a blog and post their thoughts about movies, television shows or whatever. Some folks even “live blog” during events like the Academy Awards, offering quick recaps of awards, jokes and outfits. In this digital age, however, do we really need professional movie critics offering their opinions on the latest movie releases? That’s been a hot topic in the news lately, particularly with superhero movies. Critics panned “Suicide Squad,” but its rabid fanbase demanded that Rotten Tomatoes, a really good review site, shut down because of harsh criticism of the movie. Growing up, I had to rely on movie reviewers in the local paper. When I was in high school, though, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert popped up on public television in “Sneak Previews.” These two critics typically disagreed on many films, which was part of the pleasure in watching the show. Neither man would back down – ever! Siskel and Ebert inspired me to try my hand at writing reviews, but when I first started, it was hard to get into print. The internet as people know it today was still forming; there was no Google and Yahoo’s search engine was incredibly primitive. The printed page still dominated and you already had to be published to get an editor’s attention. The movie critic position at a paper was coveted and fairly influential. Undue influence on critics also has been an issue. Over an eight-year period, I participated in movie junkets hosted by individual studios. Typically, a studio rep

would offer to fly me to Los Angeles, New York or, in one instance, Hawaii on their dime. Ground transportation, room, food and beverage were all covered by them. They even threw in junket gifts, like the “Blackhawk Down” coat I still have in my closet. In all honesty, it is hard to be objective when a studio gives you a free vacation. Looking back on that period, I think I always tried to say something nice about the movies shown at junkets, even if they were poor efforts at filmmaking. At roundtable interviews, I did ask relevant questions about the film in order to offer additional insights to my readers. Today, those of us fortunate to have outlets other than a personal blog really don’t rank any higher than the average person. The days when influential critics could make or break a film are long gone. The aforementioned “Suicide Squad” as well as “Batman v. Superman” did good box office business in spite of scathing reviews. I still hope though that critics like me do guide you to some good movies and away from the really rotten ones.

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

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