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October 14, 2015

A place of peace Reprieve Wellness Center for Women is a nonprofit organization offering spiritual respite


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By Erica Van Buren According to the American Heart Association heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute. When it comes to battling stress the American Heart Association suggests that medicines are helpful for many things, but usually not for stress. It’s far better to learn to manage your stress through relaxation or stress techniques. Culeta Hendricks is the founder of Reprieve Wellness Center for Women, a place away from home for women to find that needed peace away from the ongoing “hamster wheel” that is life. The expectations of women in today’s society include not only taking care of the household, which encompasses taking care of the cleaning, the children, performing the duties as a wife and also maintaining her career. For the women that have the weight of the world on their shoulders there needs to be a place to be still and exhale. Hendricks offers this and more with Reprieve. Hendricks thinks back during a time in her personal life in 2005 when she was in search of a personal space to relax. She would visit Christian book stores as an alternative, but continued to look for something offering a bit more. While at home doodling she thought what would a place for women to visit in search of quiet go to get away? She began reaching out to women and asking them if such a place like this existed would they be interested? It was at this time her vision became bright and she started searching for a location to house her wellness center. She then started attending networking seminars and then setup the 501c3 in order to become a nonprofit organization. In November of 2014 she signed her lease and was all moved in by March 2015. Reprieve currently offers the following services to women all for the cost of a monthly $37 tax-deductible donation: an exercise room allowing low-impact exercise by way of treadmill while watching a workout video, a prayer room offering a quiet space to allow women to pray, a multipurpose room offering women the chance to watch a movie or hold small seminars, a reading room for women looking to read or looking for a space to work on a paper for class, a massage room for women looking to relax with a 30 minute massage offered by a licensed

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Opinion opine Photo by Erica Van Buren Culeta Hendricks, the founder of Reprieve Wellness Center for Women, stands inside the nonprofit’s location at 6614 West Florissant Ave. Suite 2B.

massage therapist by appointment only. In the near future Hendricks wants to offer child care for the mom who needs a moment to unwind after a long work day before heading home. She also would like to have a dining room to not only feed children of mommy members but for those seminars held in her facility. “Helping women find balance in their routine,” says Hendricks regarding her purpose/calling. Hendricks, in dealing with some difficulties and stress including combating breast cancer, experienced what it’s like to not have a place of peace and truly understands its significance. “Why wait for that once a year vacation to relax or exhale so to speak,” Says Hendricks. Hendricks would love to collaborate with funeral homes, providing respite care for women in their moment of grief. Reprieve currently operates with four volunteers on staff during the day, with operating hours as follows: Monday 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday 10:30 a.m. -3 p.m. and Sunday availability by appointment. When Hendricks isn’t dedicating her time to Reprieve she’s spending time with her pomapoo (Pomeranian and poodle

mix) Winston and Blake and her poodle Kennedy. She enjoys bike riding, skating and spending time outdoors. Reprieve is located at 6614 West Florissant Ave. Suite 2B in St. Louis. To contact Hendricks directly call 314-3825488 or visit the website at

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In This Issue...


Around Town A look inside the Ferguson Commission Report and more.


Feature Section Home & Garden


Business SSM Health Medical Group earns recognition for patient-centered care and more.


School Pattonville retiree honored by state association and more.


Learn & Play Cindy Moore’s take on life; also, check out the Local Author Spotlight.


Movie “The Intern” shows off the softer side of Robert De Niro.


Sports Local sports with Gary B.


Recipe Autumn baking trends worth falling for.

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What’s Happening Classifieds Moore on life Cindy Moore’s take on life.

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Jennings School District continues to break barriers The Jennings Warrior football team received an on-the-road history lesson when they visited Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. They visited on the 58th anniversary marking the day the Little Rock Nine entered Central High. Following their tour on Sept. 25, the Jennings Warriors played Pulaski Academy in football. Jennings school officials shared that Pulaski was an amazing host and after the game the team members enjoyed meeting new friends and learning more about what they all have in common. “Exposure and opportunity changes perspectives in people. The students and staff had an incredible experience and this is another way we are changing mindsets and showing what’s possible when you build relationships,” said Jennings Superintendent, Dr. Tiffany Anderson. She shared that the school staff members are using every teachPhoto courtesy Jennings School District able moment possible to teach ways to work together and build The Jennings Warrior football team received an on-the-road history lesson when they visited up communities and uplift those living in them. Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.

UFCW Local 655 averts strike in last-minute deal UFCW Local 655 members at Dierbergs Central Kitchen avoided a strike when they agreed to the terms of a new contract for the approximately 100 workers at their Bridgeton location. Dierbergs Central Kitchen is responsible for preparing fresh foods that come readyto-buy for customers at Dierbergs Markets across the St. Louis area. UFCW Local 655 and Dierbergs Central Kitchen have negotiated for months to come to terms on a new contract.

The vote came as UFCW partners were preparing for a picket line when Dierbergs management initially refused to meet the needs of their employees. Preventing a strike and gaining new resources for UFCW Local 655 partners is considered a major victory by local president Dave Cook. “We’re thrilled that we were able to negotiate a contract with Dierbergs that was reasonable but also addressed the needs of hard-working people,” Cook said. “These are folks that prepare fresh food for you and

I to eat for dinner, and they deserve to be paid in a way that reflects that hard and important work.” United Food and Commercial Workers is the largest private-sector labor union in the country with more than 1.3 million members in the U.S. and Canada. In St. Louis, the majority of UFCW Local 655 members work in union grocery stores like Dierbergs, Schnucks and Shop N’ Save.

Sixth Annual St. Louis teen talent competition announces call for entries Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation (FPACF) is pleased to announce the 6th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition in the spring of 2016. Online registration to enter is now open for all high school students in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. There are no fees to participate. The event will follow a competition format with students vying for scholarships, special awards, prizes and the opportunity to compete in the finals on The Fabulous Fox Theatre stage on April 23, 2016. This event showcases the most talented teens in our region who excel in the performing arts. More than 180 senior high schools and performing arts organizations in the St. Louis metro area received details about the 6th Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition. The call for entries deadline is Nov. 20. Contestants must be enrolled in the 9th, 10th, 11th or

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12th grade in the 2015-2016 school year and must attend a high school/home school within a 50-mile radius from the Arch. The preliminary round will be held on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, 2016. Acts may include up to six students performing as a group. “We hope students who are passionate about the performing arts will register for the competition,” said Mary Strauss, President of the FPACF Board of Directors. Performing arts categories include (but are not limited to): singers, dancers, actors, musicians, comedians, rappers, ventriloquists, and circus skill artists. Contestants may perform with original or published material. Register on-line at For additional information about this and other Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation events, please visit • Community News – St. Louis County • October 14, 2015

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Looking forward as one Addressing the issue of racial equity seen as key for the region By Sara Hardin Editor’s Note: This is the second in a fourpart series looking deeper into the Ferguson Commission Report and how area leaders are responding to these challenges. This section will focus on the issue of racial equity. In its report, fittingly titled “Forward through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity,” the Ferguson Commission assigns the issue of racial equity as its “overarching theme,” listing calls to action with the intention to bring attention to and “build infrastructure and connective tissue for racial equity for work in the St. Louis region.” Adolphus Pruitt, president of the St. Louis City chapter of the NAACP, stated in response to the establishment of the Ferguson Commission and its intentions that “any ‘thorough, wide-ranging and unflinching study’ of the social and economic conditions of African Americans in the St. Louis region must also ascertain whether the state has systematically engaged in policies and practices that established and perpetuated a racially segregated system that continually fosters the social and economic conditions impeding progress and equality for people of color.” The Commission agrees with this mentality, stating that in order to effectively assess and strengthen the state of racial equity in the St. Louis region that those accountable must “intentionally apply a racial equity framework to existing and new regional policies, initiatives, programs and projects in order to address and eliminate existing disparities for racial and ethnic populations” when considering new policy moving ahead. The battle against income inequality is also one against discrimination and segregation in the St. Louis region. As the Commission’s report disturbingly points out, St. Louis currently sits as the sixth most segregated metropolitan area in the country, a fact which severely restricts upward economic mobility in the area. “We will not be the best if we do not close the economic opportunity gaps in our community,” wrote Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber in the chamber’s response to the report. “To underscore this fact and focus our accountability, we have added ‘economic mobility’ to the other seven macroeconomic performance indicators we use to define regional prosperity. We seek prosperity for people in every neighborhood throughout our entire region.” The Commission’s report calls for a 25-year managed fund for racial equity infrastructure to provide funding for “racial equity capacity, needs and training assessment, analysis, implementation, impact, sustained strategies and accountability,” a concept which, as stated in the Regional Chamber’s response, is said to be in need of discussion with the other accountable bodies identified by the report, including the Missouri Humanities Council, United Way, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

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Racial Equity Justice for All Youth at the Center (SLEDP) and the Arts & Education Council, among others. Other projects to be tackled by the chamber and the relevant accountable bodies include funding transit in an effort to combat opportunity issues due to segregation in the region, expanding Medicaid eligibility and implementing a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit. It is perhaps the very establishment of the Commission itself which has paved the most recognizable steps toward racial equity in the St. Louis region, with its members being comprised of a mix of individuals including community leaders, educators, attorneys and law enforcement officials. These individuals have had the task of interviewing community members from a wide range of backgrounds, all of whom have had some input on the report’s material and the issues it addresses. “The Commission created a protected space, a ‘kitchen table’, where all members of the community could air their concerns openly,” said Governor Jay Nixon, during the Ferguson Commission meeting at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley on Sept. 14. “Some experiences that had only been spoken about privately were shared publicly for the first time. People quickly learned three things - first, that they were not alone, second, that their voices would be heard, and third, that their concerns would be taken seriously. That is the power of bearing witness.” On April 28, Nixon announced a $5 million grant to provide employment and training opportunities for low-income and minority North St. Louis City and County residents. “My administration and its partners will continue to work to ensure that North St. Louis and the entire region have more resources, more opportunities and more jobs, so that this community can continue to move forward in a positive direction,” said Nixon. The importance of closing financial gaps lies not only in the economic improvements that would accompany a more cohesive income distribution, but also in the necessity of erasing encompassing biases that restrict opportunities to individuals who are entirely willing and capable of contributing to our society. Through segregation, discrimination and the limitation of options for a large portion of those who made up the fabric of our communities, we limit ourselves and our potential to grow both socially and economically. “We are engaged in nothing less than the unfinished work of perfecting our democracy to comport with the principles on which it was founded,” said Nixon.



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On-going investigation of St. Cin Park has found contamination under basketball court As part of the on-going investigation being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) regarding Coldwater Creek radiation contamination in St. Cin Park, the city of Hazelwood has been notified that contamination has been found under the basketball court. Since St. Cin Park is currently closed to the

public, city officials have given the Corps permission to dig up the court in order to remove all contamination. After the clean-up is finished, the Corps will replace the basketball court at their expense. Hazelwood’s parks and recreation staff will be working with the Corps on the plans for this replacement upon completion of remediation in St. Cin Park.

The Taste in Ferguson: thank you to a generous community Wow, awesome, exceptional! That is what took place in Ferguson on Sept. 13 at the 3rd annual The Taste in Ferguson fundraiser event. Wow, is for the 900 people, the biggest attendance so far, who came out to the Savoy Banquet Center, on a beautiful, not a cloud in the sky, 74 degree day to sample some great food and support a great cause. Awesome, was the support and generosity from the food vendors. Exceptional is the result of the 3rd annual The Taste in Ferguson fundraising event. Everyone that played a role in some generous way or another helped to show case the city of Ferguson in a first class way. While bringing the community together with help of so many, al-

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most $30,000 was raised to support the educational efforts of local young people. The Taste in Ferguson will be back in 2016.

Showcasing ‘Florissant’s Historic Treasures’

The Florissant Landmark Historic District Commission will be presenting a special event to be held at the James J. Eagan Center Theater on Oct. 28. This event is open to the public and marks the special premier showing of a 45 minute video compilation entitled “Florissant’s Historic Treasures.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. showing, refreshments available. This premier event will feature portions of a five-part series highlighting some of the historic events, buildings and places that shaped the development of Florissant. The documentary series of five separate 45-minute videos features several historic properties under specific themes. These subjects are:

“Places of Worship,” “Historic Business District,” “Saved by Preservation,” “Preservation by Relocation” and “Residential Properties.” At a time following the premier event, each show will be available on YouTube and/or on demand at www. and a DVD featuring all five shows will be made available for check out at Florissant City Hall. This preservation/education program was made possible in part, by a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, the Landmark Historic District Commission and many committed individuals.

STLCC Board of Trustees accepting applications for vacant seat The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees is now accepting applications for an interim trustee to fill a Subdistrict 1 vacancy. Subdistrict 1 includes the following school districts: Clayton, Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Ladue, Normandy, Pattonville, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, University City, and Welston. The seat was previously held by Theodis Brown Sr., who resigned his seat on Sept. 27, while in the second year of his six-year term. Applications must be sent to Chancellor Jeff L. Pittman, Ph.D., at the Joseph P. Cosand Center, 300 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102 by Oct. 27. The declaration of candidacy form can be obtained by calling the Board Secretary at 314539-5154. Applicants must submit a declaration of candidacy that includes the following information: • Applicant’s full name, home address, and date of birth • The length of time the applicant has resided in the district and subdistrict

• A statement that the applicant has been a resident taxpayer of the subdistrict for at least one year • A statement of reason for seeking the appointment • A resume and any other information the applicant believes the current board would find helpful • A statement by the applicant that, if elected, the applicant will qualify for office The remaining trustees will appoint one person from the list of applicants by majority vote to fill the vacancy until the next election held by the Junior College District of St. Louis-St. Louis County, scheduled for April 5, 2016. A trustee will then be elected for the remainder of the sixyear term, which expires in 2020. At that time, an election will take place to fill the seat for a full six-year term. If no applicant is appointed, the board will continue to accept applications and conduct interviews until the vacancy is filled.

Around Town • Community News – St. Louis County • October 14, 2015


This fall give your lawn a facial and top dress with compost Your lawn was good to your family this summer. Reciprocate this fall by giving it a top dressing “facial” using the ultimate 100 percent natural lawn care product – STA-certified compost. Just as a spa facial restores a healthy glow and smooth texture to your skin, top-dressing – which simply involves spreading a thin layer of compost over your lawn, then incorporating it with a rake – will help produce a green, lush lawn next spring. It can also lessen dips in the lawn’s surface, help level turf and

serve as an excellent first step toward the repair of stressed lawn areas. Further, top dressing will boost the nutritive uptake of your grass, promote deep-rooted turf, plus help balance moisture levels and mitigate compaction in the soil. If you have a “working” lawn where your kids love to run and play, top dressing can even add to your peace of mind since hard falls figure to hurt less on a softer, top-dressed surface. When it is time to top dress, use the

right stuff: all-natural STA-certified compost, packed with nutrients to help grasses take winter in stride and flourish next spring. Applying it is easy with top dressing equipment, available for rent at St. Louis Composting. And while you’re at it, fall is also a great time to re-seed bare or sparse spots on your lawn. The cool weather helps sprouts establish strong root systems. Here’s how to reseed: • First, core-aerate the lawn, concentrating on heavily trafficked areas.

• Second, spread grass seed, lightly rake and water. • Third, use a top dressing machine or manure spreader to apply a ½-inch layer of compost. • Fourth, use a rake or a weighted drag to smooth the surface, break down soil plugs and backfill holes. • Then, keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate. Treat your lawn like the lady she is. Top dress with compost this fall to smooth, soften, beautify and fortify.

Lawn care tips to keep your yard healthy this fall A beautiful lawn can be the foundation to a happy, healthier life and lead to spending more time outdoors. In fact, 86 percent of Americans consider their lawn important to their home and life. “A healthy lawn encourages you to live life outside more with your family, friends and neighbors,” said Dr. Kirk Hurto, Chief Science Officer, TruGreen. “There’s no time like late summer and early fall to start preparing your yard for those spring and summertime outdoor gatherings.” While a recent survey conducted by TruGreen showed that seven out of 10 Americans believe themselves to be knowledgeable about the health of their yard, the lawn care experts at TruGreen offer these helpful reminders to get your yard ready for fall: Aerating: Aeration involves removal of soil cores to improve water and air movement in compacted soils, and aids in promoting deeper and more root growth and thatch management. Long term, your lawn will respond quicker to fertilizer and water runoff will be reduced when irrigating. Overseeding: When it comes to increasing lawn thickness and health, overseeding can be essential. It can help discourage future weeds while also aiding recovery from summer heat, disease and insect activity. Seeding during late summer or early fall will give grass the maxi-

mum time to develop a deep extensive root system and mature before the onset of winter stresses. Aeration is recommended when overseeding to give seeds more soil contact and provide a moist, protected environment required for germination. Feeding: Fall feeding gives your landscape the nutrients needed to prepare for a healthy, green spring revival. Hiring a trained specialist with a plan customized to your region will help trees and shrubs thrive. If you fertilize your own lawn, make sure to follow the product directions and sweep all fertilizer that may reach pavement back onto your lawn. Maintaining Health and Appearance: Throughout the fall, there are things you can do to maintain your yard’s appearance and health, Remove fallen tree leaves and debris from your lawn. Studies have shown mulching tree leaves back into your lawn effectively clears away tree leaf debris that otherwise can become matted and damage your lawn over the winter. Lowering the mower height by one or two settings the last couple mowings before winter reduces grass diseases associated with snow. Avoid walking on frost-

covered lawns as doing so may cause brown footprints to appear later that can remain visible until spring. Clean and edge landscape beds, leaving no more than 2-3 inches of mulch in the beds. Pruning: Pruning is an essential maintenance practice for trees and shrubs. Landscapes can quickly become overgrown if not cared for, but yearly pruning will maintain trees and shrubs to an ideal size and shape. Remove dead or damaged branches from trees and shrubs to prevent rot organisms from invading the trunk and stems of plants.



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SSM Health Medical Group earns national recognition for patient-centered care The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) announced that all 31 SSM Health Medical Group practices across the greater St. Louis region have received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

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“The level-three designation is the highest level attainable by the NCQA,” said Dr. James Bleicher, regional president, SSM Health Medical Group. “For all 31 SSM Medical Group practices in St. Louis to receive the honor is incredible and is witness to the safe and exceptional care provided to all of our patients.” The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs.. “NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining highquality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said

NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that the St. Louis SSM Health Medical Group has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.” To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, SSM Health Medical Group in St. Louis demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

Worknet joins broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month strategies. So, let me ask you, are you confident that you are maximizing your Social Security benefits over your lifetime? Let’s find out. Love or hate it, Social Security is a very important part of most American’s retirement plans. For millions of people, it is the majority or a significant part of their retirement income, especially with the substantial decline in defined benefit pension plans. The good news, Social Security is something you can control. There are many different election strategies available as to how and when to elect your and a spouse’s benefit. There are also ways to collect money from Social Security while letting your own benefits continue to accrue. The proper knowledge and understanding of all these options and election strategies is the key for determining how to maximize your benefits over your lifetime. So, are you confident that you fully understand all the complex rules, options and election strategies in order to maximize your benefits? You can join my syndicated radio podcast show this Friday as we will be giving a quiz to test your knowledge on Social Security. You can access the podcast and our prior radio segments through our website at We also offer this information and independent advice by contacting our local 360 IRA office in St. Charles at 844-436-0472 or by email at Investment Advisory Services offered through Brookstone Capital Management LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Investments and/or investment strategies involve risk including the possible loss of principal. There is no assurance that any investment strategy will achieve its objectives. This information is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual’s situation. Content is provided by third parties for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any products mentioned. (Advisor Name) and (DBA) are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Social Security Administration or any government agency. Paid Advertisement

Worknet, Inc. announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which has taken place each October since 1945. This year’s theme is “My disability is one part of who I am.” Worknet, a St. Louis-based firm, is a national contractor of the Social Security Administration with a responsibility to assist certain persons with disabilities who are able and wish to enter the workforce. Worknet has prescreened hundreds of individuals locally who are desirous of employment and during the month of October, Worknet will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate employers on disability employment issues and the benefits employers receive from hiring clients referred by Worknet. Worknet, Inc. is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month, said Rev. Larry Brown, board chairman. “We want to spread this important message throughout the community.”

1st Financial Federal Credit Union Partners with KidSmart to Support St. Louis education

Submitted photo (From left) Tanya Forsythe, Branch Manager for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union stands with Linda Kilwin, Programs Manager with KidSmart- Tools for Learning, Matthew Deane, Lead Financial Service Representative for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union and Pat Fennewald, Teller for 1st Financial Federal Credit Union.

1st Financial Federal Credit Union served KidSmart-Tools for Learning in August as part of the Helping People 1st Grant program by collecting schools supplies and raising donations. 1st Financial created the Helping People 1st Grant to support non-profit organizations who are focused on housing, financial literacy, job training, or education efforts in the St. Louis area. In August, the Hazelwood Branch continued this program by serving KidSmart- Tools for Learning. KidSmart empowers kids in need to succeed in school by providing free, essential tools for learning and is the only free educational supply store in Missouri that invites certified classroom teachers to “shop” and individualize the needs for every child in their classroom. KidSmart has relationships with several national chain stores and is able to use monetary donations to purchase seven times more schools supplies for needy students. Since opening in 2002, KidSmart has distributed more than $27 million in school supplies to more than 102,100 economically disadvantaged children in the area. “1st Financial Federal Credit Union enjoys supporting KidSmart because they are helping our youth receive the tools that are necessary for a positive educational experience,” said Tanya Forsythe, Hazelwood Branch Manager. “We know that all donations we are able to collect will be a valuable resource to helping children in need be more confident in the classroom.” The North County Branch of 1st Financial spent August promoting KidSmart to members within the branch and while also holding fundraising events. To raise donations, the branch held a baked sale, a plant sale, a gift card raffle, and a Cardinals ticket raffle sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Additionally, 1st Financial employees held a month long school supply drive where they collected 446 items. On Sept. 10th, Hazelwood Branch Manager Tanya Forsythe presented KidSmart with a check for $1,712.72. • Community News – St. Louis County • October 14, 2015

Pattonville retiree honored by state association Dr. John Pohl, retired Pattonville principal, was recently selected as the 2015 Missouri Retired Teachers Association (MRTA) Distinguished Retiree for Region 14. He was nominated for the award by the Pattonville Retirees Association. Pohl was also nominated to be vice president of MRTA, which is a statewide organization of more than 25,000 retired educational employees. Pohl taught in Pattonville for 10 years before

becoming an administrator. He served as an assistant principal at Pattonville Heights Middle School for two years and as principal of Holman Middle School for 17 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, a master’s degree in European history and a doctorate degree in educational administration. He has been a member of MRTA for eight years and previously served as MRTA regional vice president.

Emerson selects Hazelwood’s Barnes, Hoesli for 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Tonya Barnes and Tracy Hoesli are the 2015 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients for the Hazelwood School District (HSD). Barnes is a 10th grade chemistry and advanced placement chemistry teacher at Hazelwood East High School. Barnes, who has bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsville, and her master’s degree in education from National-Louis University, has taught in the District since 2009. Barnes has led her colleagues in professional development workshops, presenting on industry-leading techniques such as Mastery Learning and Flipped Classrooms, as well as other subjects in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. She is a member of the National Science Teachers’ Association, and serves as a board member of the Eagle Wings Drill Team. “Receiving this award is a very humbling experience for me,” Barnes said. “I am extremely thankful for my colleagues’ support. This recognition is exciting and makes me feel like what I do is appreciated.” Tracy Hoesli is a first grade teacher at Barrington Elementary. She started teaching in the District in 1997 and is an HSD alumna. Hoesli earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Lindenwood University. She also has two master’s degrees in elementary education and administration. She is currently working toward her doctorate degree, also from Lindenwood. Hoesli is active with the Girl Scouts, Parent Teacher Association, as well as a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum De-

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velopment (ASCD) and National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC). “I am so proud to be a product of Hazelwood School District where I had some of the most dedicated and inspiring teachers,” Hoesli said. “It is a true blessing to get up every morning and work alongside amazing colleagues who go above and beyond on a daily basis. I work with fantastic families who support me and their children, and the wonderful students who inspire me to continuously grow.” “We’re extremely proud of this year’s awardees as their dedication and expertise are representative of our Hazelwood School District staff,” said Dr. Ingrid Clark-Jackson, HSD interim superintendent. “We appreciate Emerson’s acknowledgement of their commitment to student achievement and passion for education. On behalf of the students, families and staff, congratulations to Tonya and Tracy on this e xc e pt i ona l achievement.”



P2AF awards more than $7,000 in grants to Pattonville programs

Photo courtesy Pattonville School District Shown are from left, Rose Acres Elementary School Principal Steve Vargo, P2AF Board Member Keith Potter, Pattonville Heights Middle School Principal Scot Mosher, P2AF Board Member Manda Johnson, P2AF Vice President Jeff Fitterling, Pattonville Director of School-Business Partnerships Patty Gould, Holman Middle School Assistant Principal Greg Schnatmeier, P2AF Board Member Bill Morillo and P2AF President Gary Boulicault.

The Pattonville Athletic and Activities Foundation (P2AF) recently awarded more than $7,000 in grants to support extracurricular programs in Pattonville schools. Grants were awarded as follows: • $2,890.21 to Patty Gould, Pattonville director of school-business partnerships and community education, and Dr. Greg Schnatmeier, assistant principal at Holman Middle School, for the Pattonville elementary and middle school sports programs; funds will be used to purchase tennis balls and bags, stop watches, tennis rackets, soccer balls, basketballs, portable scoreboards, portable radios for communication, volleyballs and a cross country chute with posts and streamers; • $878.95 to Gould and Schnatmeier for an elementary lacrosse program; funds will be used to purchase lacrosse sticks, goggles and lacrosse balls; • $2,782.10 to Pattonville Heights Middle School Principal Dr. Scot Mosher for after-school activities at his school; funds will be used to purchase volleyballs, carts, Plyo boxes, shot puts, basketballs, starting blocks and mesh vests; and • $721.50 to Rose Acres Elementary School Principal Steve Vargo for the Rose Acres Chess Club; funds will be used to purchase nine chess sets for the school and to provide $600 towards tuition for 16 classes at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. Established in 2008, the P2AF is a non-profit organization made up solely of volunteers whose mission is to financially supplement athletic programs and other student activities within the Pattonville School District. For more information visit the organization’s website at


Learn & Play

October 14, 2015 • Community News – St. Louis County •

By Cindy Moore

Moore On Life

Opinion opine The other day I sat down with my husband right in the middle of one of the three most important football games he had recorded that day. The 75th ranked Yellow-bellied Manatees were playing a pre-pre-season scrimmage against the unranked Dung Beetles. This game was all important, because whichever team won would be entitled to free hot dogs at the concession stand afterwards (provided they bought a drink and fries). I sat transfixed to the TV. The top of it seriously needed dusting. My eyes wandered down to the screen where I beheld the same game that had been played every other game day for the last 20 years. But, somehow my husband had figured out how to operate the colorize button and changed the shade of their uniforms. Same game, same plays, same audience, same announcers—different colored uniforms. I offered a suggestion. “Why don’t you just fast forward through all this same old fluff and find out the score. That’s all that matters, right?” I received a cold glare and a lecture. “Your suggestion and five dollars might get us half a hot dog after the game.” “Well, you’re just wasting your time. I just heard on the radio that the Dung Beetles won by a mile!” I said. I spent the rest of the day hiding out at the local furniture store. Who knew revealing the end score would put him in such a snit.


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But all was not lost. While there, I found a fantastic deal on living room sets. I needed help on this decision and called football boy to put on his big boy panties and get down there. Also, I would spring for a double cheeseburger at McDairy Kings if he started to behave himself. He said he’d be right down. After showing him a multitude of front room sets, he veered away from the one I had my eye on and plopped down on some overstuffed behemoth that looked like it had been passed out of the backside of the Michelin Man. “No, dear. That isn’t an option.” “You asked for my opinion and this is the one,” he answered snarkily. I handed him a five and told him to keep his opinion and meet me at McDairy Kings. Maybe he could get half a burger. 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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Local Author Spotlight: Zip Rzeppa For more than a decade Zip Rzeppa entertained millions of viewers with his nightly out-of-thebox, often hilarious, sportscasts. Then the Lord called Zip to enter people’s homes in a new way through door-to-door evangelization and serving the poor in the not-for-profit world. In his book “For A Greater Purpose” longing for love, Zip ricochets from redheads to reporters to runners, from friends to flings to fiancées until he finds the woman who shows him every moment matters. Inspired, Zip drops the microphone and rolls up his sleeves to serve those in sheltered workshops, innercity dwellings, and foster homes. Finally, a miracle from Our Lady of Guadalupe delivers Zip a new calling to use his media savvy to feed today’s spirituallystarved souls. With echoes of St. Augustine’s “The Confessions” and Thomas Merton’s “The Seven Storey Mountain,” “For A Greater Purpose” is the heartbreaking and triumphant saga of a dynamic 21st century man who discovers that the purpose of his life is written in the Palm of God’s Hand. • Community News – St. Louis County • October 14, 2015


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‘The Intern’ shows off the softer side of Robert De Niro Robert De Niro always increases the inherent value of a film, and “The Intern” is no exception. The actor turns in a calm, subdued performance as a retiree who becomes an intern at an Internet start-up company. Performing opposite younger cast members, De Niro commands the screen with ease and grace. De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, a widower and retired businessman who tries to fill his days with activities. Without his beloved wife; however, travel and leisure don’t hold the same appeal. Learning about senior internships at an online fashion company, Ben leaps at the chance to return to the workforce. Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), owner of the company, tries to balance her work and home life, but she barely makes time to eat. Ben becomes Jules’ intern, quietly dispensing advice to the young entrepreneur. Over time, he becomes a part of her life, learning more about what goes on in her home than a normal intern should. Charming and sweet, “The Intern” is a departure for Robert De Niro and one that works quite well. After his work in films like “Meet the Parents” and “Grudge Match,” the actor’s performance here is a nice change of pace. Ben Whittaker comes across as laid-back; radiating trust, warmth and sincerity. His interactions with younger staff members just starting their careers are priceless. Ben Whittaker also becomes an unintentional ladies man. Fending off the advances of his friend Patty (a delightful Linda Lavin), Ben catches the eye of Fiona, the

company massage therapist played by Rene Russo. De Niro and Russo make a fun and lovable couple

and their first meeting is laughout-loud funny. De Niro works exceptionally well opposite Anne Hathaway. Her performance here brings to mind her work in “The Devil Wears Prada” a decade ago. This time, though, Hathaway is the boss, albeit one that is more compassionate than the infamous Miranda Priestly ever was. Hathaway also is settling quite well into more mature roles. Anders Holm also deserves praise for playing Matt, husband to Jules. Sacrificing his career to be a stay-at-home dad, Matt cares for their daughter but he has to fight for Jules’ time and attention. Holm, who became well-known thanks to the “Workaholics” TV series, turns in a nice solid performance opposite Hathaway and De Niro. Kudos to director Nancy Meyers for guiding all this talent in a very satisfying story. “The Intern” is warm and funny and fits the fall movie season perfectly. “The Intern,” rated PG-13 for some suggestive content and brief, strong language, currently is playing in theaters. “The Intern ” photos courtesy Warner Bros 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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Sports Women’s tackle football team looking for a few good players The St Louis SLAM Women’s Football team will be hosting open tryouts for the upcoming 2016 Season. They are looking for dedicated, motivated team players to join their family. Check out the next tryout on Oct. 31 10-12 p.m. at Tandy Community Center, 4206 Kennerly Ave, St. Louis. If you feel like you have what it takes to be a part of this hard hitting, fast paced team, then come on down! You do not have to have football experience just a desire to play. They will teach you the game. For more information go to *Bring it on

Turnovers and missed field goals keep Rams from victory The St. Louis football Rams offensive line had difficulties giving their quarterback Nick Foles time to put many drives together and dropped the game 24-10 to the Green Bay Packers. There were several times the team could have inched back to cut into the lead of the Packers after they had two scores in the first quarter, but Green Bay would not allow it. The St. Louis team tried to put a notch in the loss column of this undefeated team as they did last week against the Arizona’s team as the Ram’s running back make it very interesting…see below. Highlights include: •LB James Laurinaitis and cornerback Trumaine Johnson intercepted Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. The play marked Rodgers’ first interception from 197 consecutive passes. • The Rams defense held Rodgers to a passer rating of 57.8. • Defensive end Rob Quinn and defensive tackle Michael Brockers sacked Rodgers. • The Rams defense limited the Packers rushing attack to 87 yards. • Quarterback Foles completed 11-of-30 passes for 141 yards and one touchdown. • Wide receiver Tavon Austin scored on a five-

yard pass from Foles. *Rookie running back Todd Gurley notched his second-consecutive 100-yard rushing game. Gurley rushed 30 times for 159 yards Next home game is Oct. 25 at 12 p.m. against the Cleveland Browns at the Edward Jones Dome. Go to to get all the information. *Impressive defense AGAIN Lindenwood football player gets Athlete-OfThe-Week honors Football player Connor Harris was named the MIAA/AstroTurf Football Defensive Athlete of the Week recently. It is the third time over the last two seasons that Harris has been named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, and his fourth overall MIAA Player of the Week award. The Lindenwood Lion set a career-high with 24 tackles against Emporia State, the second-most in NCAA DII for a single-game this season. Also, he had 11 solo tackles and 13 assisted tackles and registered the only sack, had 1.5 tackles for loss, and one pass breakup. Four of his tackles, including his sack, came on third down plays and forced a punt. Harris performance led a strong showing by Lindenwood’s defense, which held Emporia State to 24 points below its season average. Harris currently leads NCAA Division II with 16.8 tackles per game. *Big congrats For more information go to One-hundred percent natural products to help focus, reduce stress, more energy, curb your appetite, healthiest coffee, anti-aging serum and more… Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities.

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Autumn baking trends worth falling for

As the seasons shift from summer to fall, you can begin looking forward to warm flavors and fresh inspiration with new takes on favorite comfort foods inspired by the 2015 Baking and Decorating Trends from the Wilton Test Kitchen. Check out a few fall favorites, featuring trendworthy flavor combinations we’re sure you’ll fall in love with too. Middle Eastern and North African flavors have become increasingly popular ingredients in baking and other sweet treat making. Wilton’s Cinnamon and Aleppo Pepper Braided Loaf recipe

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is reminiscent of classic cinnamon bread, but served with a side of sass as it weaves in a mild, almost citrus-like heat with Aleppo peppers. For dessert, tap in to the “fruitful possibilities” trend with this Hard Apple Cider Tart. The tart plays up crisp, light apple flavor with a refreshing bite of hard cider. Produce sections are piled high with ever-expanding selections of fruit. Each type boasts its own signature flavor, texture, fragrance and color. For more flavor and recipe inspiration, visit

Serves: 10-12

Cinnamon and Aleppo Pepper Braided Loaf Serves: 12-14 Ingredients: Filling: 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon crushed Aleppo pepper

Ingredients: Crust: 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon Wilton Pure Vanilla Extract 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Bread: 1 package (16 ounces) hot roll mix 1 cup warm water 1/4 cup butter, softened 1 egg 1 egg yolk 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

vanilla and salt. Add flour; stir until just combined. Evenly press into bottom and up sides of pan. With fork, prick dough all over. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Remove tart from refrigerator; bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. In small bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon and salt. Arrange apples in tart pan in overlapping circular pattern, working from outside in. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Filling: 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of salt 2 medium red baking apples, such as Braeburn, cored and sliced 1/8-inch thick

Directions: Heat oven to 350 F. Prepare 9-by- 5-inch loaf pan with vegetable spray. In small bowl, stir together butter, sugar, flour, cinnamon and Aleppo pepper bowl until well combined. In large bowl, stir together hot roll mix and included yeast packet. Add water, butter, egg and egg yolk; stir until dough forms (dough will be very sticky). Turn out onto well-floured surface and knead 1/2 cup flour in until smooth dough forms, about 5 minutes. Cover and let rest 5 minutes.

Roll dough into 20-by-12-inch rectangle. Spread filling evenly over dough surface. Roll up from long end as for cinnamon rolls, pinching seam and ends to seal. Cut log in half lengthwise. Twist pieces together and place in prepared pan in “S” shape, tucking ends under. Cover pan and let rise in warm area 15 minutes. Uncover loaf and bake 30- 35 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool in pan on cooling grid 5 minutes then turn out onto grid to cool completely.

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Bake on cookie sheet 55-60 minutes until apples are soft and crust is golden brown.

Glaze: 1 bottle (12 ounces) hard apple cider 3 tablespoons light corn syrup 2 tablespoons granulated sugar Directions: Heat oven to 350 F. Prepare 9-inch tart pan with vegetable spray. In large bowl, stir together melted butter, sugar,

While tart bakes, make glaze. In large skillet, cook cider over medium heat until liquid has reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 10-15 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add corn syrup and sugar. Stir continuously until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool. Re-warm glaze over low heat, if needed, and brush on tart when it is removed from the oven. Cool tart completely in pan on cooling grid.

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Your commitment is more than a gift. It’s a movement. It’s a united way for thousands of people and companies to join together and elevate your community and the entire St. Louis region. Please, keep helping. • Community News • October 14, 2015 Join us for a night of fun and dancing at the John F. Kennedy Center in Florissant from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Pizza and soda are included along with a DJ, candy, games and prizes. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Cost is $5 for residents, $7 for non-residents. Tickets required upon entry. No tickets available at event. Tickets now on sale at JFK & JJE Centers. For additional information call 921-4250. Oct. 24-25: Trash or treasure sale Trash or Treasure Sale at John Knox Presbyterian Church at 13200 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant on Oct. 24 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Oct. 25 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Parking is at rear of the church Oct 25: Awards dinner North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice will be honoring outstanding educators and law enforcement officials during its 2015 Annual Awards Dinner Ceremony in the Paul A. Detrick’s Atrium at Christian Hospital North East. 11133 Dunn Rd. in St. Louis. The public is invited to attend this event and help celebrate the outstanding achievement of some extraordinary individuals within the St. Louis area. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. and Program will begin at 4 p.m. Tickets are $35 each. For further information, contact Dr. Rance Thomas, at 314 238-6828 or mail check to NCCU, 13200 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, MO 63033. Oct. 25: 50th anniversary celebration Reverend Dr. Art McCoy, Founder and President of Serving the Achievement Gap in the Education of Students – SAGES – Foundation and Superintendent-in-Residence at the MIND Research Institute at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, will be the featured keynote speaker at the 50th Anniversary celebration of PAKT Community Resource Center, Inc. PAKT is a nonprofit organization that serves the North St. Louis County Community with an emergency food pantry, mortgage, rental and utility assistance, after school and summer day camp programs. The anniversary will be celebrated at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 315 Graham Road in Florissant. Doors open at 3 p.m., with dinner served promptly at 3:30 p.m. For information call the PAKT office at 314-524-2710. Oct. 30: Crusaders Serve Crusaders Serve has become an annual event at NCCS at 845 Dunn Road in Florissant. Students and staff will work together with Kids Against Hunger to pack, seal and ship over 10,000 meals to starving families in Haiti. Crusaders Serve will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the NCCS Gymnasium. Volunteers are welcome but must register by Oct 28 by calling 314-972-6227. You can also donate to the cause by gong to www. and choose your designation as Kids Against Hunger.

Oct. 30: Kids Halloween party Costume contests by age groups, pizza and a drink for the kids, scavenger hunt, games and prizes, and candy! This is a free, safe, indoor trick-ortreating event open to children ages 2 to 12 of Overland Residents, Overland Business Owners, and city of Overland Employees and their families. Parents are required to accompany their children for the entire duration of their stay. Registration will start on Oct. 1 and will end on Oct. 29, or until the maximum number has been registered. This event will be held on Oct. 30 in the gymnasium at the Overland Community Center at 9225 Lackland Road in Overland from 6 - 8:15 p.m., with check in time between 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. only. All participants must be in costume and donate at least one can food item to enter the event. Register on Oct. 1 and be one of the first 175 overland kids entered into this year’s extraordinary Kids Halloween Party.

new members. Call Al at 314-9936134 for more information.

Nov. 1: Quilt bingo St. Ferdinand Ladies Sodality Quilt Bingo, doors open 11a.m., games begin at 1 p.m. in School Gym at 1735 Charbonier Rd in Florissant. Twelve beautiful quilts, cash prizes, pull tabs and refreshments available.

Wednesdays: Are you interested in losing weight? Check out TOPS #361 Florissant group of supportive ladies. Meetings are on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9:15 am at Bethel Providence Christian Church located at 14700 New Halls Ferry Rd in Florissant. If interested, please contact Shirley at 314-895-3528 for more information.

Nov. 7: Trivia night Jennings Do-Dads 3rd Annual Trivia Night (Theme: Back to School) will be held at the William D. Tharp Civic Center at 8720 Jennings Station Rd. in Jennings. Doors open at 6 p.m., questions start at 6:30 p.m. Parking will be available onsite at the Civic Center or at the lot next door to the service station. Security provided at both lots. Table of eight for $120 includes can beer, wine, soda and water. No outside alcohol or beer. Prizes for first and second place, 50/50 drawing and raffle prizes. For reservations or more information call Jim Christian 314-341-8417, John Schlereth 314541-8682 or email jenningsdodads@ The Tharp Civic Center is a non-smoking facility. Smoking will be allowed outside.

Tuesdays: TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly) From 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. located at John F. Kennedy Center/Henry Koch Ctr., Howdershell Rd. at Charbonier Rd., Florissant. For more info contact Paul or Connie McConnell, 314-831-5476. Every 4th Tuesday of the month: Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335 meeting 6:30pm, Fort Bellefontaine Memorial American Legion Post 335, 800 Chambers Road in Bellefontaine Neighbors. Those interested in membership are invited to attend. Every Tuesday: Bingo Evening at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316 Doors at 4:30pm, games begin at 6pm, Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. in Florissant. For more information, call 314.921.2316.

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

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Recurring Events 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

Oct. 30: Trunk or treat Trunk or Treat at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church at 2900 St. Catherine in Florissant (opposite McCluer North High School) from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. Bring your children for a fun, safe Halloween Eve. Oct. 31: Fashion show Soroptimist International of Greater St. Louis is pleased to announce its 40th Annual Fashion Show at Orlando’s in Maryland Heights. Tickets are $25 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. Sponsorships are available. Proceeds from the Fashion Show benefit women’s and children’s charities. For additional details on the fashion show or to become a sponsor please contact Paula Russell at 314355-1516.



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Oct. 14: Women’s seminar Sharon Stevens, an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the St. Louis area, will be the host of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce 2015 Women’s Empowerment Seminar. The seminar, sponsored by The Bridge at Florissant and presented by the Chamber’s Women in Networking group, will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Catering To You at 12775 New Halls Ferry Road, in Florissant. A limited number of vendor tables are available. Cost is $75 for member; $100 for non-member, which includes one ticket to event. Early Bird

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Oct. 14: Women’s Empowerment Seminar Sharon Stevens, an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the St. Louis area, will be the host of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce 2015 Women’s Empowerment Seminar. The seminar, sponsored by The Bridge at Florissant and presented by the Chamber’s Women in Networking group, will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Catering To You at 12775 New Halls Ferry Road in Florissant. Justine Craig-Meyer with Doorways Housing will speak on “Marketing in a Digital Age,” and Tamiko Cuellar with Pursue Your Purpose will speak on “Building Your Personal Brand.” The event will include a fashion show, vendor tables, and giveaways. Ticket price is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Ticket includes continental breakfast and lunch. To register for the event, call the chamber at 314831-3500.

Special is $30 for members/$35 for non-members until Sept. 15. Regular price is $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Ticket includes continental breakfast and lunch. Reservations can be made online at or by phone at 314-831-3500. No “walk-ins” will be accepted. Oct 15: NCCS Open House North County Christian School invites you to Open House at 845 Dunn Road, between New Florissant and Graham/ Hanley at 7 p.m. The evening will begin in the library with a welcome, introduction of staff and short presentation of our program. You will also have opportunity to visit classrooms and meet some of our fabulous teachers. Campus tours during the school day are available and can be scheduled by calling 314-972-6227. Oct. 16-17: The 9th Annual Calhoun County Quilt and Church Tour The 9th Annual Calhoun County Quilt and Church Tour takes place Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 onsite. For more information and to purchase tickets, call Robbie 618-232-1268 or Jane 618-883-2578. Oct. 17: City of Overland Fall Clean Up It’s clean up time and the city of Overland is here to help its fellow residents with the Annual Fall Clean Up. This event is open to all Overland residents and an Overland identification will be required to partake in this event. There is a limit of one vehicle per family (sorry no box trucks allowed). The “Fall Clean Up” will begin from 8 am -

noon at Legion Park (On West Milton, behind Legion Park). Items that will be accepted are the following: scrap iron or steel, brush and tree limbs, appliances and small junk items. Electronics may be recycled onsite (Note: a $20 fee applies to any television recycled 32” or larger. All other electronic items will be accepted free of charge). Some items that will not be accepted are the following: hazardous materials, paint, car parts, and garbage / litter items. Trolling for Trash will be available for those who are disabled and need help, but sign up early because spaces are limited. Oct. 17: Brew in the Lou School Association (LESA) – a recognized service organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod – is proud to present the 3rd Annual “Brew in the Lou and Fine Wine Too” Event on from 1 until 5 p.m. at Koburg Hall at Concordia Seminary at 801 Seminary Place in St. Louis. “Brew in the Lou” will showcase St. Louis’ best beer, spirits, wine, coffee and good eats. New this year, attendees can vote for their favorite beer in the Home Brew “People’s Choice Award” competition. The festivities planned include the Deutschmeister German Brass Band, costumed dancers and other live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, a silent auction, plus special food exhibits, a wine pull and chili cook-off. Wristbands for “Brew in the Lou” are on sale for $30, now through Oct. 1 ($40 on and after Oct. 2). Each wristband includes tastings for beer, spirits, wine, coffee and food, along with a commemorative glass. The public can purchase wristbands online at Proceeds from this event will benefit LESA’s 8,300 students and 400 faculty members in 35 Lutheran schools across the St. Louis metropolitan area through tuition assistance, student services and professional development. For more information about “Brew in the Lou” or to purchase wristbands, please call (314) 268-1525 or visit LESA’s website at Oct. 17: Women’s Legislative Forum What new actions and surprises await Missouri residents in the upcoming legislative session which begins Jan. 6, 2016? Learn what prominent women legislators have to say at a Women’s Legislative Forum. This forum, sponsored by the Ferguson-Florissant (North County) Branch American Association of University Women will begin with refreshments at 9:30 a.m. The program will be from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Ferguson, 401 Darst Road. Park in the back parking lot and enter through the back door. The event is in the Fellowship Hall, which is the first facility off the parking lot. This forum is open to the public. For information on this event or on AAUW, call 314-8316884, 314-422-0413 or 314-831-5359. Oct. 18: Mammo-thon Mammo-thon set from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Northwest HealthCare at 1225 Graham Rd. in Florissant. Reservations are required. To schedule a mammogram during the Mammo-thon call 314-6534333. Make sure to mention that you want to be a part of the Mammo-thon. An appointment and pre-registration are necessary. Women aged 40 and over who haven’t had a mammogram in the past few years – or ever – are encouraged to call today to schedule an appointment. Screening mammography is covered by most insurance, and we may be able to help those who don’t have insurance. No physician prescription is necessary for screening mammograms. Oct. 23: Halloween dance and costume party A Halloween dance and costume party for fifth-through-eighth graders is cosponsored by the Florissant Parks and Recreation Department and D.A.R.E.


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Over the Fence

By Joe Morice

Sorting out talents As a boy, I had a talent for using my hands and my father must have recognized it. He taught me how to drive a nail, read a ruler, use a socket wrench, keep the family car running smoothly and other things he believed a boy should know. Yet, not everyone has a talent for this sort of thing. People are born with talents for everything from music to mathematics. One person has an ear for music, while another takes piano lessons for 20 years and never gets past terrible. It’s the same with many innate talents… or lack of them. The point is this; I wonder how many kids who never really do well in classrooms have other talents bet-

ter suited for making them successful, or merely suffer boredom. I question whether the system is geared for truly sorting them out. I’m a firm believer in reading, writing and arithmetic; but, while these are necessary as a basis for all things, not everybody is geared for college degrees. Trade schools sometimes take up the slack—they’re also what many scholars and public school officials have misconceptions about. Just because some students have no talent for sitting in classrooms reading Proust doesn’t mean they have a talent for carpentry, auto mechanics or plumbing. Thus, the teaching staff that encourages poor students to enroll in handson trade school classes and apprenticeships aren’t always doing them a favor; not to mention future employers. Added to this, trade schools are often required to recruit students for various reasons other than people with talent for it. A good example is government requirements involving various minorities without procedures for recognizing talent. At other times it’s simply to get paying students in private schools, like those advertised in various magazines and TV ads. Too often they end up with one or two talented tradesmen, a few average tradesmen and a number of unemployables. Anytime we force things on kids, or simply con them into trying to learn things they will never excel at, we could be making a serious mistake. It’s like those piano lessons for 20 years that never produce a piano player that could go out and impress anyone.

I’m sure any training is better than no training, but the potential for victimizing young people by making them think they will make a living at a trade they have no talent for should be changed. I assume it is the same at colleges and universities. Ask any teacher or professor dealing with students in these facilities and they’ll usually agree that some kids fresh out of high school would rather be somewhere else. Generally, if you’re a carpenter, mechanic, plumber or any other tradesperson, to survive, you become a performance-oriented worker. Your vocation will have to be performed well or you won’t be doing it long, if at all. There are exceptions as in some companies that get contracts by being the lowest bidder by virtue of low pay for their trades people. The work is usually shoddy and if they happen to get a good one, he or she won’t be there long. Good workers seldom appreciate working with bad ones. These days, the trades as well as colleges and universities are finding new exceptions of this by foreigners excelling much better in education and work ethics than many American citizens. They learn quickly and work cheaper, harder, and longer. Their work is often of good quality, as well. Besides sorting out talent, perhaps we’ve also forgotten the proverbial horse we led to water might need to be thirsty. Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating heavy equipment. He has no formal training as a writer, unless a lifetime of writing about any and everything counts. The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

Editor’s note: Joe Morice is currently recovering from illness and has taken some time off. Until his return we will run some of Joe’s favorite columns.

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