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October 19, 2011 Vol. 90 No. 42

Join in the “trashy” fun on Saturday, October 29 at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area.

Big Muddy Clean Sweep

Green Up!

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IN this Issue

Missouri River Relief ’s tenth anniversary flagship project, the Big Muddy Clean Sweep, will conclude at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers on Saturday, October 29. It began with a community-based cleanup that included hundreds of volunteers on Saturday, October 1 in Jefferson City. The event was punctuated with stops at four river towns along the way – Jefferson City (September 26-October 2), Hermann (October 3-9), Washington (October 10-16), and St. Charles (October 17-23). The organization brought a sand barge upstream to haul the collected trash and debris to terminals on the Mississippi River for recycling or proper disposal at landfills. The week-long moorings enabled Missouri River Relief to conduct community-based cleanups with hundreds of local volunteers, educational field trips, river festivals, barge tours and celebrations. In addition to the sand barge, the Missouri River Relief team has lived on a quarters barge with office and storage space, cabins, a galley and a bathroom. Both barges were pushed by a towboat named “River Cleanup” provided by Living Lands & Waters, an equipmentbased organization similar to Missouri River Relief that conducts cleanups on the Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio and many other rivers. The LL&W founder, Chad Pregracke, inspired the creation of MoRR at the first big Missouri River cleanup on October 6, 2001. He was instrumental for the event’s success by bringing his boats, barges and crew to Easley, Mo., where 300 volunteers removed 30 tons of trash The first Clean Sweep cleanups originally were planned in Kansas City and Cooper’s Landing in Boone County, but due to high river levels and flooding this year, the project started in a leapfrog manner. The first cleanup occurred Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-5 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7

Saturday, September 10 in Kansas City from land-based sites instead of by boat. More than 250 volunteers cleaned up an estimated seven tons of trash from 11 sites, including several public parks ravaged by flooding. The second series of cleanups happened Sept. 17-25 at Cooper’s Landing while the barge fleet was being transported upstream with a towboat provided by Hermann Sand and Gravel Company. This boat-based cleanup brought 186 volunteers on the river to remove 50 tires, a half-ton of scrap metal and 2.6 tons of trash. MoRR and the Big Muddy Clean Sweep is the result of partnership, sponsors and volunteers who support the effort with time, energy, money and materials. Golden Mile sponsors, donating $10,000 or more to the Clean Sweep include Boeing, 3M, Missouri American Water, Solid Waste Management Districts, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Pat Jones. A complete list can be seen at the MoRR website Learn & Play/Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Joe Morice/Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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October 19, 2011

Maryland Emerald Automotive Launches New Website, Begins Recruiting Process Heights After months of planning and behind- Hazelwood; the News section, which will themselves online." Core features of the website include: work on financing and infra- provide regular updates and new informaHalloween! the-scenes • Home - Five key reasons for fleet users structure development, Emerald Automo- tion; and the company's address for its liai-

At 6 p.m. on October 27, Westport Plaza will be taken over by witches, superheroes, princesses and other costumed characters during the annual Halloween Parade. The event begins at the site of the old cinema and continues throughout the plaza, with plenty of opportunities along the way for children to fill their candy buckets. In the case of inclement weather, the parade will move to the indoor mall area. The event is open to children ages 10 and under and is free to Maryland Heights residents, but reservations are required. Call 314.738.2599 by October 24 to make sure your kids don’t miss out on the fun.

tive has announced the launching of its new company website at The website offers the first detailed look at its lightweight, electric-hybrid commercial fleet vehicle, the t-001, as well as lists the first open positions with the company. "After months of secrecy about the t-001, we are delighted to launch a comprehensive website that details all of the product attributes, technical details, the team, and, most importantly, the first job opportunities," said Andy Tempest, CEO of Emerald Automotive. "This is just the beginning of the very exciting journey we have started. Through the site, we will be able to keep everyone updated on our progress, post all current job vacancies and allow online applications." Highlights of the new site include a Careers section, which currently has listed the 11 open positions for Emerald's liaison office in

to select the t-001 as their fleet vehicle of choice. • Product - Key features and information on emission savings – including an interactive 3-D view – as well as details on the vehicle specifications, dimensions and features. • Technical - A unique look at the vehicle layout with an interactive graphic. Also lists detailed information on the Advanced Hybrid Drive Train and data on the vehicle's performance, range, and safety. • About Us - Profiles of the Executive and Development teams, including CEO Andy Tempest, CFO Rian Urding, Operations Director Jim Hadden, and General Counsel Sharon Heaton. Also, information on the Technical and Commercial partners, including the City of Hazelwood, Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) and the St. Louis RCGA. • News - Current list of key company milestones. Will feature information and updates on new developments, as available. • Careers - Easily the most anticipated section of the website. Current list of job descriptions for the 11 open positions. Applicants can submit resumes and applications online through this page, or send written applications to the Hazelwood office. While recruiting for manufacturing positions won't begin until sometime in 2012, that information, once available, will be posted here. About Emerald Automotive Emerald Automotive Holdings, Inc., based in Hazelwood, Mo., was formed through the partnership of Intelligent Energy (IE) and AGT Strategic Consultants, with the purpose of overseeing the development and production of the t-001 in North America. Emerald's management team has a wealth of experience bringing low-volume, niche vehicles to market.

son office – 420 Brookes Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042. "We selected this location because it is a perfect place to start our planning and recruitment. It is an exquisitely restored property with real charm and character, which make for a great working environment. The easy access from the Airport along North Lindbergh Boulevard, plus the central location of Hazelwood make it easily accessible for any of our visitors," said Tempest. The location for Emerald's permanent assembly and office facility in Hazelwood will be announced early in 2012 when final selection of three sites is complete. "We are so excited that things with Emerald Automotive are really starting to take shape. The City of Hazelwood is absolutely delighted to play a part in bringing this company and sustainable jobs to town," said Mayor Matthew Robinson, City of Hazelwood. "Residents and potential employees can now check out Emerald for

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Florissant Teams Up with A Soldier’s Wish List Mayor Thomas P. Schneider is pleased to announce that the city of Florissant will collect items for A Soldier’s Wish List. The organization will send the donated items to American troops serving overseas. Items needed include: CDs, DVDs, DVD players, MP3 players, video players, microwaves, microwave meals, coffee makers, coffee, hand held games, sports equipment, remote control cars, board games, socks, T-shirts, shower shoes, sheet sets, M & Ms, chips (Pringles), peanuts, sunflower seeds, slim jims, beef jerky, hand sanitizer, bug repellent, baby powder, chapstick, peanut butter, jelly (squeezable bottles), Ritz crackers, gum, licorice, Skittles, Starburst, Poptarts, Oreos, breakfast bars, AT & T international phone cards, D batteries, AA batteries, AAA batteries, Ziploc baggies, large size pens, and stationery.

All items may be dropped off at any Florissant city building through Sunday, November 13. For more information please call Sandy Abbott at the Florissant Parks and Recreation Department, 314.839.7670, or visit Mayor Schneider said he hopes to give the troops a little Christmas cheer. “It is extremely hard on the soldiers and their families around the holiday season,” he said. “We just want to be able to show our support and let them know we appreciate what they are doing for our country.” A Soldiers Wish List is a nonprofit organization. The group has also created Adopt-a-Trooper program to allow others to help out the troops with their wishes. The program has more than 35,000 mili-

tary personnel who have signed up and more than 28,000 adopters from all over the world. For further information on adopting a soldier, please call Julieann Najar at 314.440.6859.

Halloween Spooktacular at Jamestown Mall

Safety Tips for Alternative Heating Sources In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) provided home and business owners with guidance on the safe use of alternative heating sources. “Each year, consumers seek ways to save on home heating costs by turning to things such as space heaters, fireplaces and wood or pellet stoves during colder months,” said Julie Rochman, president & CEO of IBHS. “While alternative heating sources can be affordable options, particularly for just one room at a time, if used incorrectly, they also can increase the risk of a house fire. Consumers should exercise great caution and follow all safety procedures when using any heat source.” According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fires involving heating equipment peak in December, January and February, as do deaths from these fires. Further, in 2009, heating equipment was the second leading cause of all reported home fires and home fire deaths. U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 64,100 heating-related home fires each year between 2005 and 2009, causing an average of 560 deaths, 1,620 injuries, and $904 mil. in direct property damage. “Proper maintenance and use of alternative heating sources is a critical step to reducing fire risk,” Rochman said. “In addition, it is important to have your fireplace, wood or pellet stove professionally cleaned and inspected each year before it is used – and never, ever use kerosene heaters indoors.” Prior to using any alternative heating devices, IBHS recommends installation of carbon monoxide detectors in several parts of the house. IBHS’ Alternative Heating Sources web page provides home and business owners with complete guidance on selecting and using alternative heating sources. For example, IBHS notes that proper placement of an alternate heating source, such as stoves, is essential. Half of all fire deaths attributed to home heating systems resulted from the heating equipment being placed too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding, according to the NFPA. Stove placement should allow adequate space for installation, maintenance and replacement, flue or vent pipe routing and - most importantly - a safe location relative to combustible materials. Further, protection of the floor or combustible surface under a stove must be addressed.

The city of Black Jack, in conjunction with the St. Louis County Police Department and Jamestown Mall will hold its annual Children’s Halloween Spooktacular from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday October 31 at Jamestown Mall, Center Court. The safety center event will feature candy for the children along with a costume contest for the children that will begin at 6 p.m. sharp. Please register for the contest upon arriving at the mall. Black Jack Mayor Norm McCourt said, “This is a collaborative effort amongst the city of Black Jack, Jamestown Mall, and the St. Louis County Police Department, to provide the residents of the entire North County Community a safe place to get candy and participate in one of the biggest costume contests in the area. It is always a great event with several thousand people in attendance”.


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October 19, 2011

Fall Festival Fun!

The 14th Annual Old Town Florissant Fall Festival was held Sunday, October 9. The weather was wonderful, and people (and pets) from all around the St. Louis metropolitan area came out to enjoy beautiful Old Town Florissant. Photos by Sandra Delcoure.

Maryland Heights Seeks Performers, Volunteers for International Festival The Maryland Heights Cultural Arts Commission is currently accepting music and dance act submissions for the 11th annual International Festival to be held on February 26, 2012. Previous events have included music and dance from Ireland, India, Brazil, Japan, Haiti, Spain and more. New performers and vendors are added every year, and no two festivals are the same. All submissions must be submitted via a CD labeled with group name, group contact, group phone number and number of performers. The deadline for entry is October 31. Submissions should be sent to Maryland Heights Parks and Recreation, c/o Angela Ament, 2344 McKelvey, Maryland Heights, MO, 63043. The commission also needs volunteers in several areas: • The city has flags from more than 50 countries all over the world and is looking for people with ties to each country to carry the flags into the opening ceremonies. • Volunteers are needed to serve on the lobby decoration committee. • An assistant is needed in the demonstration area. For more information about performing or volunteering at this popular event, email Angela at

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Non-profit’s Headquarters and Main Campus Dedicated to Local Philanthropists Rainbow Village, a local nonprofit that provides safe and affordable homes for people with developmental disabilities, recently named its main campus, located in Creve Coeur, to honor the late St. Louis philanthropists Alan and Edith Wolff. Rainbow Village received a $1.2 million gift from the estate of Edith Wolff. The organization plans to use the gift to purchase and renovate more homes, enabling more people with developmental disabilities to live in their own homes and be a part of the community. “Mrs. Wolff recognized the importance of improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities,” said Mike Rea, director of development and community relations for Rainbow Village. “Because of her commitment, we at Rainbow Village will, in turn, use this significant gift to change the lives of so many in need of safe and affordable homes.” Mrs. Wolf passed away in 2008 at the age of 93. She and her husband Alan, who died in 1989, owned Wolff Construction Co., developer and manager of commercial real estate for grocery stores and shopping centers throughout Missouri. Rainbow Village is the only nonprofit in the St. Louis metropolitan area that focuses solely on providing long-term, affordable, quality, neighborhood homes for people with developmental disabilities. More than 240 men and women live in Rainbow Village’s 54 homes. By maintaining the homes to the highest standards and constantly monitoring them to assess residents’ needs, Rainbow Village is able to improve the quality of life for many area individuals with developmental disabilities. For more information please visit

SLCL Foundation Presents Acclaimed Novelist Richard Paul Evans The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans for a discussion and signing of his new holiday novel “Lost December” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Barnes & Noble. New York Times bestselling author of the beloved classics “The Christmas Box” and “The Walk,” Richard Paul Evans presents a modern-day holiday version of the story of the prodigal son, a novel of redemption, hope, and the true meaning of Christmas As heir to the Crisp Copy Center fortune, Luke has it made – until he burns through his entire inheritance in just one year of partying. Ashamed to ask his famous father for help, he finds employment – and romance – as an entry-level clerk. Can his new love get him back on track? Richard Paul Evans fourteen novels have each appeared on the New York Times bestseller list; there are more than thirteen million copies of his books in print. His books have been translated into more than 22 languages and several have been international best sellers. He is the winner of the 1998 American Mothers Book Award, two first place Storytelling World Awards for his children's books, and the 2005 Romantic Times Best Women Novel of the Year Award. Evans received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children. Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314.994.3300 or visit www.slcl. org.

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Florissant Halloween Party Hazelwood’s Florissant children 12 and under are invited to attend a Halloween party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 31 at the James Halloween J. Eagan Center. This free party includes refreshments, games Happenings and prizes. Costumes are encouraged! Florissant resident cards are required for admission. For more information, please call 314.921.4466.

Coloring Contest

This year's coloring contest will be divided up into two age categories, Kindergarten thru 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade thru 5th Grade. The younger participants will be given a simple coloring page showing a ghost saying "Boo" and the word Hazelwood printed at the top. Those in grades 3 to 5 will use a coloring page with a more elaborate design to fill in. Both coloring pages can be obtained at the Hazelwood Community Center, 1186 Teson Road, or Civic Center East, 8969 Dunn Road. They can also be downloaded and printed from this article online at The deadline for submitting coloring pages is Monday, October 31. There is a limit of one entry per child. The coloring must be done by the children without assistance from parents or older siblings. Judging of the entries and announcement of the winners will take place on Tuesday, November 1. One prize will be awarded for each grade level. The prize winners will be notified and asked to pick-up their award package at Civic Center East, 8969 Dunn Road. For more information on these Halloween events, contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 314.731.0980.

Sponsored by the Hazelwood Parks and Recreation Division, Halloween Happenings is a free event and open to both residents and non-residents. In addition to ghoulish games and spirited madness, a costume contest will begin at 7:20 p.m. for all goblins, witches, and draculas in the following age groups: 2 & Under; 3-5 Years; 6-8 Years; 9-11 Years; 12-15 Years; and Age 16 & Over. Open judging will be available for those who miss their age group competition. A grand prize is awarded to the top finisher in each age group, and one given to the overall best costume winner. Lots of Halloween candy will be given to the kids, as well as food and beverages served to them. Hayrides will be provided too, if weather permits.

Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s Chili-Dog Golf Tournament Register today for the NWCC Chili-Dog Golf Tournament to be held on Friday, November 4 at the Golf Club of Florissant. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 11 a.m. The four-person scramble format is $75 per golfer ($300 per team). The fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, skins and contests, a boxed lunch on the cart, hot dogs and chili dinner, raffle and awards. For more information, please call 314.291.2131.



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October 19, 2011

HSD Names 2011 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

North County Christian School Hosts Open House

The Hazelwood School District named Dan Ryno and Janet Spratley as recipients of the 2011 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. For more than 21 years, the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program has recognized outstanding examples of educational excellence, and serves to “express collective admiration and gratitude for the dedicated individuals who teach children.” Award winners are selected by district administrators for their contributions to the teaching profession and the students they teach. Ryno teaches fourth grade at Jury Elementary School. Spratley teaches Pictured are Willicia Hobbs, principal, Hazelwood Northwest Middle School; Janet physical education at Hazelwood Spratley, physical education teacher; and Dr. Steve Price, HSD superintendent. SpratNorthwest Middle School. Both ley is one of two Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients for the Hazelwood received surprise visits at their School District. schools and were presented with an Edible Arrangements bouquet and balloons from Superintendent Dr. Steve Price and Paula Brown, federal programs coordinator. Ryno was beginning the day when Principal Mary Shaw walked into his classroom, followed by Price, Brown and Dr. Darrell Strong, assistant superintendent for learning. “I love my job,” Ryno said. “I love these guys like family. Whether I get recognized or not, I love coming here.” Spratley was in the locker room, so Principal Willicia Hobbs asked a student to bring her out to the gym. Moments later, Spratley walked out Pictured are Dr. Steve Price, HSD superintendent; Dan Ryno, fourth-grade teacher; and was greeted by Hobbs, Price, Mary Shaw, principal, Jury Elementary School; and Dr. Darrell Strong, assistant superBrown and a small crowd of stu- intendent for learning. Ryno is one of two Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award recipients for the Hazelwood School District. dents. “I won this award because you guys are so great,” Spratley said to the students. “It’s so awesome!” Annually, more than 100 teachers in the St. Louis metropolitan area are honored through the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards Program. Recipients will attend a ceremony and a reception in November.

North County Christian School is hosting an Open House for interested students and their families at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. This private school has been serving families in North County and the surrounding areas for almost 50 years. Tour the school, meet the principal, teachers and staff. Light refreshments will be served. Founded in 1962, North County Christian School (Pre K – 12) is located at 845 Dunn Rd. Florissant, MO 63031. North County Christian School is a private Christian School and accredited by ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). For more information, please call 314.972.6227 or visit

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Walker Elementary School Planning 50th Anniversary Celebration

Walker Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District is planning a 50th anniversary celebration. All current and former students, teachers, staff and community members are invited to attend. Walker Elementary’s 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. The event will include remarks, a piano performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, displays of student work from 25 years ago as well as current student work, a museum, the unveiling of time capsules and the creation of a new time capsule to be stored until 2036. Refreshments will be served. Guests do not need to RSVP. For questions about the celebration, please leave a message for Stephanie Heckstetter, fourth-grade teacher, at 314.953.3616.

HSD Board of Education Mmember Earns Certified Board Member Status Dr. Brenda Youngblood, the newest member of the Hazelwood School District Board of Education, has earned the Certified Board Member (CBM) distinction through the Missouri School Boards’ Association (MSBA). Voters elected Dr. Youngblood to the HSD Board of Education in April. Dr. Carter Ward, executive director of MSBA, praised Dr. Youngblood for earning the CBM status. “The Certified Board Member training provides board members with the skills and knowledge they need to make the best possible decisions for the students in their school districts,” he said. “Congratulations to Dr. Youngblood for making the effort to complete the training as early as possible so she can hit the ground running in her board service.” MSBA originated the Certified Board Member program as a structured training program in 1989. The CBM program requires 16 credit hours of coursework specific to improving the effectiveness of school board members. The Master CBM is the highest level of achievement and requires 40 credit hours of training. All members of the HSD Board of Education have met or exceeded the CBM requirements. Three board members have earned the Master CBM distinction.

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Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education Recognizes Excellence The Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education will take time to honor the accomplishments of students and staff at its 7 p.m. monthly board meeting on Wednesday, October 12. Honorees’ names will be read, and they will be applauded as they walk forward to receive certificates of appreciation and pats-on-the back from board members. “Our district really does serve as a positive role model in the community,” said Dr. Art McCoy, superintendent. “The accomplishments of our students and staff serve as proof that there can be high achievement for all through equity and excellence every day. They also establish us as a trailblazer locally, statewide and beyond,” he said. Please see the following list of board recognitions: FFSD's Challenger Learning Center sweeps national awards conference. The board congratulates the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis (CLC) for winning six awards at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education’s annual conference this summer. The CLC won the Most Students Flown, Most Public Flown and Most Total Missions Flown awards for the third year in a row. The space program also received three additional innovation awards for their Boeing FLIER program, Emerson STARS program and use of student video interviews in missions. Berkeley Middle educator honored for top lesson plan in UA competition. The board applauds Jim Hauf, social studies teacher, Berkeley Middle School, for being the first-place winner in the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Middle Eastern Studies’ eighth annual lesson plan competition. One committee member commented that Hauf ’s lesson, “A visit to the Hagia Sophia,” deserved the highest honors for its creativity and student engagement. Hauf received an honorarium for his work as well as two books and

a DVD for the school library. The lesson is also being posted to the university’s website, and it will be distributed to teachers all over the United States. Other district social studies teachers will have access to the award-winning lesson as well. Three McCluer students enriched at "I Dare You" leadership camp. The board recognizes the three McCluer High School students selected to attend the American Youth Foundation's "I Dare You" National Leadership Conference this summer. Junior Jessica Brinkley and seniors Maffitt McDonald and Mark Vassell attended the conference held at Camp Miniwanca in Shelby, Mich. this summer. During the conference, Jessica, Maffitt and Mark were challenged to discover and develop their personal best, live a balanced life, and make a positive difference in their communities and the world. "I Dare You" is nationally recognized as one of the country’s top youth programs. The board thanks Brooke Tidball, academic coordinator, for nominating the students for the enrichment program. MSB educator is Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.'s 2011 Soror of the Year. The board salutes Judy Ferguson Shaw, academic coordinator, McCluer-South Berkeley High School, for earning the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc. National Soror of the Year, Mahala S. Evans Award. This is the group's highest honor, which is awarded to a member for outstanding achievement in the sorority. Shaw tirelessly serves as the American Education Week Chair, Scholarship Chair, Youth Coordinator, Local Nat'l Essay Contest Coordinator and Nat'l Career Exploration Chair for the Alpha Zeta Chapter of the sorority. Shaw's chapter selected her to compete for the accolade at the local and regional levels and she won. She was ultimately awarded the prestigious national honor this

summer at the organization's 82 national convention held at the Trump Towers in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. Approximately 5,000 women are members of the professional sorority that promotes higher education and increased business acumen for women. It offers college scholarships, educational competitions, and tutoring and mentoring services for students. It also recognizes outstanding educators each year. Four district staff to be honored with Apple for the Teacher award. The board commends the outstanding staff who will be honored with the Apple for the Teacher award. Each year, Iota Phi Lambda Sorority Inc., Alpha Zeta Chapter, recognizes outstanding teachers in honor of American Education Week. The awards ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on November 19 at the St. Louis Airport Marriott Hotel, 10700 Pear Tree Lane. District honorees include: Cheryl McKinney, English teacher, McCluer South-Berkeley High School; Dr. Aline Phillips, principal, Walnut Grove Elementary School; Rega Wesley-Stewart, math teacher, McCluer High School; and Kathy Williams, reading specialist, Airport Elementary School. Four MN students selected for Monsanto Artists-inTraining Program. The board lauds McCluer North High School (MN) juniors Willnard Anderson and Kamaria Keely, and seniors Darren Barnes and Cierra Dalske, for being four of 20 students selected for the prestigious Monsanto Artistsin-Training (AIT) Program conducted by Opera Theatre

of Saint Louis. This is Darren's second year in the program. The tenor has done so well that he is prominently featured on an AIT promotional brochure. As AIT, Willnard, Kamaria, Darren and Cierra will receive weekly lessons from opera professors and coaching from international and national artists. The students can also compete for more than $10,000 in scholarships. Their vocal talents will be showcased at a 3 p.m. recital on April 22 at the Sheldon Concert Hall. The board thanks Tracy Baker, MN's director of choirs, for preparing the students for the opportunity. MN Chamber Singers to perform with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The board congratulates the McCluer North (MN) High School Chamber Singers who will accompany the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. on December 16 and 18, for its "Holiday Celebration" concert at Powell Symphony Hall. The 21 MN students will also perform at 2 and 7 p.m. on December 17. The students will perform in four joint concerts alongside Ladue and Fort Zumwalt West High School students. The board congratulates juniors Willnard Anderson and Kamaria Keely,

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and seniors Darren Barnes and Cierra Dalske, who are accepting the recognition on behalf of the entire chorus. The board also recognizes Tracy Baker, director of choirs, for preparing the students to perform in the renowned concert hall. MSB grad earns scholarship for tornado victims with CLO's help. The board applauds Kenya Frazier, a 2010 McCluer South-Berkeley High School graduate, who's essay describing how the Good Friday tornados impacted her family earned her a $2,000 Barnes/Wilkerson Scholarship from the Rev. Charlie E. and Cinderella S. Taylor Sr. Foundation. Kenya, who is currently a sophomore at Missouri State University, had her home in Berkeley severely damaged during the storm. Dr. Gwen Diggs, chief learning officer, mentioned the devastation during a speech and was encouraged by a fellow speaker at the event to find students who were negatively impacted by the storm to apply for the scholarship. Thanks to Dr. Diggs' efforts, Kenya earned this competitive scholarship. The board is grateful to Dr. Diggs for successfully connecting Kenya to this valuable resource.


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October 19, 2011

Word of the week:

Middle Pick: “A Long Walk to Water”

pica\PAHY-kuh\ , noun; 1. An abnormal appetite or craving for substances that are not fit to eat. 2. A 12-point type of a size between small pica and English. 3. A brown-speckled European lark, Alauda arvensis, famed for its melodious song. 4. A 12-point type, widely used for typewriters, having 10 characters to the inch.

Statepoint Crossword Theme: The Eighties

Book Buzz ! Hello, Friends: Newsbee’s the name, reading’s my game. Each month, I select three books - preschool through eighth grade chosen to fit a particular theme. These are my Book Buzz Picks and I announce them in the newspaper. A honey of an idea, don’t you think? What better place to introduce kids to good books than on the pages of their local newspaper? Community News is proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will feature great books for children in three categories: Youngest Pick: early childhood to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy!

Courage, stamina and unfailing optimism – around the hive we strive for these qualities. The lost boys of Sudan possessed these attributes and more. Their story is told in “A Long Walk to Water,” by Linda Sue Park, a Book Buzz favorite author. Her newest book details the incredible journey of people from Sudan forced to leave their country after a civil war breaks out, making orphans of many and separating families forced to live in refugee camps for years on end. One such child was Salva Dut. Life with his family was normal until the day guns suddenly began going off near his village, forcing him and his classmates to flee for their lives. Overnight, they become refugees with nothing on their backs and no food in their stomachs. The boys band together with other wandering Sudanese seeking shelter and safety on a trek that takes them across “Africa to Ethiopia, to Kenya and beyond.” Along the way tragedy strikes with a lion attack, and others in the group die of malnutrition. Through it all Salva retains his heart and the glimmer of hope that one day he will be reunited with his family. Many years later, Nya, a Sudanese girl, must walk too – eight hours daily to reach a primitive watering hole to scoop up the precious liquid for her family. The story of how Nya and Salva’s lives cross paths is miraculous, and makes for a wondrous read. Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2011.

ACROSS 1. In the air 6. Detective 9. *Not cool 13. Rattlings heard with stethoscope in respiratory disorder 14. *Lennon's survivor 15. Troubled 16. Altogether 17. Cleopatra's cause of death 18. Drench 19. *Famine relief concert 21. *Hoffman/Cruise Oscar-winner 23. *"It's the ___ of the World as We Know It" 24. Weedy annual grass 25. *Type of punch thrown by Mike Tyson 28. Virginia ____ Hokies 30. First M in MoMA

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“The Big Year” It’s kind of funny that when Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson teamed up for “The Big Year,” the result was a fairly serious film about life choices. The movie draws inspiration from “The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession,” a bird watching novel by Mark Obmascik. According to Obmascik’s book, when “birders” do a Big Year, they attempt to spot and record the most unique species in a single calendar year The birder with the most birds earns the bragging rights, but there is no cash prize to make up for their investment of time and money. In the film, Wilson plays Kenny Bostick, the reigning champion who set a Big Year record that has yet to be broken. Bostick heads out each season to check out the competition, even though it puts his relationship with his wife in jeopardy. Divorced Brad Harris (Black) is tired of just working overtime and wants to fulfill his bird watching dreams by doing a Big Year. Harris balances his work obligations with frequent vacations to see rare and unusual species, burning his nest egg on plane fares and hotels in the process. Though he has retired twice, Stu Preissler (Martin) is forced to return to the company he started to solve one fiscal crisis or another. His Big Year dreams are interrupted by phone calls and unexpected visits from the men he left in charge of his business. “The Big Year” focuses on the obsessive nature of this sport. Serious birders will fly to remote and inhospitable places in North America in the hopes of spotting a rare bird. If the story is to be believed, the competition amongst birders can become vicious as well. Coming off the film adaptation of “Marley & Me,” director David Frankel keeps the light-hearted moments in balance with the serious parts of the plot. Steve Martin and Jack Black work surprisingly well together as two men at different points in their life journey. Martin’s Stu has

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achieved just about everything except a Big Year while Black’s Brad Harris is searching for something to validate his life. Director Frankel even throws in a few scenes with Martin and Black that pay homage to John Candy, Martin’s co-star in the classic “Planes, Trains and Automobiles.” As Kenny Bostick, Owen Wilson turns in an understated perforPhoto courtesy of 20th Century Fox mance that fits the film. Even though Kenny is on top of the heap, he wants to remain there to keep everyone else from breaking his record. An unusual and entertaining story, “The Big Year” deserves a look. “The Big Year,” rated PG for language and some sensuality, currently is playing in theaters.

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Sports You See... With Gary B. Cardinals Head to World Series Seal Deal with 12-6 Win on the Road This reporter had the luxury of watching history in Milwaukee as the Birds (sans squirrel), took the National League Championship. I witnessed a sea of red behind the Cardinals’ dugout in the ninth inning. It seemed all the St. Louis fans who were at the game filtered their way down to the $250 seats even though they may have only purchased a 'nose-bleed' ticket for $85. Chanting 'Let’s Go Cards' the entire ninth inning, the Brewer fans left the area one-byone to let the faithful St. Louis fans enjoy the moment. As the last pitch was thrown, many in the stands also may have seen the last of their stud first baseman Prince Fielder as he is a free agent and will not return to the Brewers...sound familiar? One more thing, the big message board in center field said nothing about the St. Louis Cardinals winning or wishing their National league counter part good luck...what would have happened in St. Louis? ~~11 in 11 Rams Fall In Green Bay Rams 3 - Packers 24 The other professional St. Louis team in Wisconsin this weekend did not fare

as well. The Rams had little going on at Lambeau field as the defense had many holes during the first half and the offense never did click. One bright spot was that the Packers did not score in the second half. Did the Packers just go easy on the STL team who dropped to 0-5 as the Packers stayed undefeated at 6-0? NEXT RAMS HOME GAMES: October 30: Noon, against the New Orleans Saints November 20: 3:05 p.m., against the Seattle Seahawks November 27: Noon, against the Arizona Cardinals Check the latest news at ~~~Does not get any easier Lions Football Begin Three-Game Home Stand Lindenwood Coming on Strong The Lions football program has been making tremendous strides as they enter the NCAA. An upset win over Northern Colorado, overcoming Texas A&MKingsville and taking down Kansas Wesleyan at their homecoming this past Saturday. However, Lindenwood was unable to knock off Division I South Dakota, and suffered their second loss of the year. The 5-2 Lions hope to extend their record and stay undefeated at Hunter Stadium this season as they kick off a three-game home stand. The Lions will match up against Azusa Pacific this Saturday, October 22. They will also host Culver-Stockton and wrap up their final home game against Central Missouri on November 5.


“Over the Fence”

Laughter is Great Medicine Once in a while, I get an email that brings a smile or even a belly laugh. Laughter truly is the best medicine and these days, we need it more than ever. When someone emailed, “Murphy’s other 15 Laws”, I decided to include its web address in hopes it will bring much needed laughter to others. This year has brought us many things to create more troubles than ever. The weather included a long heat wave, a long wet spell, devastating tornados and enough hail damage to make roofing company own-

ers dance in their shingle dumpsters. Many of us have suffered the ongoing recession’s effects with the exception of the predators who probably caused it. Some of them are said to remain in charge of some of our banks. It almost makes me wish for the staid bankers of yesteryear who wouldn’t loan money unless we didn’t need it. All this and much more have been on the plates of U.S. citizens and we’ve become a divided nation to the point of nationwide dysfunctional meltdown. One of the symptoms is the lack of laughter. The stalemate between entrenched legislators that have proven just how out-of-touch they are with the American people is enough to make Satan cheer. With all this, people need a laugh or two more than ever in a time when there is so little to laugh about. For me, it hinges on trying to find something humorous. The aforementioned Murphy’s laws are humorous, but we need more. For instance, “The ability to get elected to public office is directly proportional to how much campaign money a candidate extracts from ulterior motivated millionaires.” Not funny? Okay, how about a platitude? “If woodpeckers really don’t get headaches in spite of pecking trees at nearly the speed of sound as experts claim, they surely haven’t met my ex-wife‘s lawyer.” I always chuckle at the irony of the “How-you-look-while-you-do-it”

crowd. One of my favorites is a jogger dressed in several hundred dollars worth of Adidas garb who trots through the neighborhood puffing and sweating while lawn service employees mow his grass. There are others of this crowd that jog with expensive, purebred dogs on leashes that may or may not dine on small children if they missed breakfast. Considering the foolishness of owning dogs that bite people or when one is seldom around to nurture them might prove to be a new business venture for some enterprising soul. “Rent-a-dog” could be lucrative. It would have to include a delivery service to bring Dobermans, Rottweilers and other snarling carnivorous canines to joggers for their morning run. However, liability insurance might prove costly if they dine on neighborhood children. We biker types are part of this crowd; at least some of us are. Someone that buys a $25,000 chrome-plated Harley Davidson but only puts 3000 miles on it in five years might be a member. I wouldn’t be much different except I occasionally ride all over the country. This is a bit unlike a weekend trip to a local bar. However, I can no longer claim I take long trips because of the great gas mileage of motorcycles. A Toyota Prius gets 49 miles per gallon. Now that is funny. The problem is that one can’t look good driving a little round car that looks like something PT Barnum might have liked for a clown act. This could bring a laugh for some of us; however I’m sure Toyota’s design engineers don’t think it’s funny. Maybe they would if it had polka-dots.


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Freaky Friday on a Monday One of our main goals in life, Jim and I, is to raise responsible and loving children. I will tell you right now there are days when I believe we’re on the right track, and days that I question our children will ever be ready to leave the nest. Each of our three teenagers has an alarm clock in his or her room, but I still wake them up on school mornings. What can I say? I enjoy tiptoeing into their rooms and taking a fleeting glimpse at their angelic faces before I wake the sleeping monster who growls because 6:15 a.m. arrived much too soon for their liking. We’ve taught them how to clean the house, do the laundry, mow the grass, etc. Usually, Jim and I serve as the educators. One evening last November, however, I was the student. I’ll set the scene, not that it really matters, but sometimes it helps to know what led up to the event I like to call “Freaky Friday on a Monday.” Christopher, our then 17 year-old (and honestly the one whom I most worry will not be ready to leave the nest in a timely fashion), was to work as a lifeguard from 3:15 to about 6:15 p.m. His shift actually went from 3:15 to 8:15 p.m., but he found someone to take the last two hours. You see, that particular evening was his swimming and diving banquet. Christopher was a senior, and we were so proud of him. He worked hard during his senior year, and qualified to dive at the state swimming and diving championships. He was looking forward to his senior banquet – the last banquet of his high school career, and did the right thing by finding someone to come in and take his shift. Sort of. Evidently he was supposed to sign a shift change, and the young man who was to finish his shift was supposed to sign it, too. That didn’t happen, and when the young man didn’t show up Monday evening to take Christopher’s shift, the head guard, Jessica, told Chris he would have to stay and finish his shift. So, I got a call from my husband, who was picking up our son at work. I’m not sure how it happened…maybe through the cell phone or something. It seems that in an instant I turned in to a 17 year old, full of hot air and attitude. I hung up with Jim and immediately called the pool and asked for the guard room. Poor Jessica had the incredible misfortune of answering the phone and politely took an earful. I did not yell, but I did express my intense frustration.


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Spooky Graveyard Pie Ingredients: - 3 cups (about 32 cookies) finely ground chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs, divided - 3 tablespoons melted butter - 1 can (12 fl. oz.) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk - 2 large egg yolks - 2 tablespoons cornstarch - 1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) Nestlé Toll House Milk Chocolate Morsels - 8 chocolate filled vanilla wafer cookies - Black and purple decorator writing gels - Wonka SweeTARTS Spooky Gummies Candy*, Wonka SweeTARTS Skulls & Bones, or other assorted spooky Halloween candies

“It is very frustrating to know that Christopher did the right thing and has to suffer for it,” I told her. I then proceeded to ask her to get her supervisor, who was evidently in a meeting. So I asked Jessica to find out if anything could be done and to call me back. Meanwhile, people were eating dinner inside the Trigg Banquet Center. Time crawled by and the 17 year-old within me grew more and more angry. My phone rang and my son, Christopher was on the other end of the receiver. “Mom,” he said, sounding much older than his 17 years. “It’s o.k. I didn’t fill out the paperwork, and I have to stay and finish my shift.” What? Why wasn’t this child throwing a hissy fit? His 45 year-old mother was, after all, and this apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Long story short(er), Jim ate dinner with me at Christopher’s banquet, and went back to pick him up at 8:15 p.m. The coach and Marvell, the banquet organizer, switched the schedule around a bit so that Chris didn’t miss any of the awards. He was even able to indulge in a bit of cake! I kissed my 6’3” senior on his forehead when it was over and told him I was proud that he stuck around to finish his shift. We all fell into our beds thoroughly exhausted that night and somewhere in dreamland, I morphed back into my 45 year-old self, and Chris into his 17-year old self. How did I figure that one out? Tuesday morning. My sleeping angel sat up in bed at 6:15 a.m., waited until I went downstairs, and then pulled the covers back over his head and procrastinated until the last possible second. Well, at least things are back to normal. To the staff at the Renaud Spirit Center: your customer service training has paid off well. Jessica did an outstanding job handling this frustrated 17 year-old in a 45 year-old’s body. And to Jessica: thank you for choosing to remain calm and do your best to help. I sincerely apologize for my behavior, and ask your forgiveness. To mothers of teenagers everywhere: yes, our goal is to kick them out of the nest at a reasonable age, confident that they are ready for the world. Isn’t it nice when they give us a glimpse of that before they leave?

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is smooth. 3. POUR into crust. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cookie crumbs. Press crumbs down gently. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until set. 4. DECORATE cookie tombstones as desired with writing gels. Sprinkle crumbled candy bar topping over the top of the pie. Insert tombstones around edge of pie. With spoon, mound cookie crumbs to form “fresh graves.” Decorate graves with gummies and Skulls & Bones to make the pie as spooky as you want it to be! *Found in bags of Wonka Haunted Mix.

Spooky candy treats. Add a few spook-tacular accents to with goodies like fun-size boxes of cool candy like Wonka Nerds your loot for trick-or-treaters: fake rubbery spiders, jiggly eyes, on their neighbors’ doorsteps. Then watch as eventually the glow-in-the-dark rings, and other tricks that make Halloween whole neighborhood gets into the Halloween spirit. Create a bewitching Halloween bash invitation. This special. Make everyone jump for joy by giving them bags of the Wonka Haunted Mix. This assortment of Howlin’ Laffy Taffy and is a terrific activity for crafty kids. Guests will practically hear SweeTARTS Spooky Gummies is sweet, sour and in fun Hallow- the screams and smell the witch’s brew when they open your een shapes. homemade party invitation. Creativity is always the best way to Cast a spell over your home. Welcome trick-or-treaters or grab your guests’ attention. Make them especially memorable partygoers young and old with decorating ideas that will make and sharable by attaching a piece of Wonka Howlin’ Laffy Taffy. Celebrate with sweets and treats. The candy aisle is not your house the best on the block. • Hang glow-in-the-dark cats, skeletons and spiders from your only option for serving up decadent delights this holiday. Whip up this ghoulish graveyard goody for the kids (or the kids ceilings and trees. • Write scary Halloween messages on your front walkway us- at heart) in your house. For more budget-friendly family-fun recipes and activities, ing colored chalk or washable fluorescent paint. • Tie small glow sticks with string to helium balloons and let visit,, or www.Celthem float over your house like mysterious lights in the sky. • Not just the trick-or-treaters are looking for candy on Halloween, so be sure to have plenty of fun-size candy like Butterfinger and Nestlé Crunch around the house for easy snacking. Start booing. Start a new neighborhood trend – Halloween Booing. Booing is a new Halloween tradition, but its roots can be traced back to the 1980s. Booing is mysteriously dropping a special treat at the home of a friend. Kids of all ages will love leaving secret "Boo!" bags filled


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Church Oct. 22: Trinity Treasures Dinner Auction 4:30 p.m. Mass and 5:30 p.m. Auction. $50 per person. Silent and live auctions, raffles, dinner, open bar. Info and reservations: Dan Grumich 314.741.1333 ext. 223. Tailgate Every Sat. May-Oct. 2011: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. At Bethel United Church of christ, 14700 New Halls Ferry Rd., Florissant, 63033. Cost $15 per space. Any questions call 314.838.7853 or 314.831.2819.

Nov. 4: 4–7 p.m. Fish Fry. At St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School, 3500 St. Catherine Street, Florissant, Mo. Dine in or take home. Info: 314.837.3410. Nov. 5 and every 1st Sat. of the month all year long: Basement/ Breakfast/Tailgate Sale At Northside Christian Church, 9635 Hwy. 367 (Lewis & Clark Blvd.), St. Louis, MO. Pancakes & sausage or 2 biscuits & gravy, juice & coffee. Extra sausage is 50 cents more. Church basement sale with lots of new items and tailgate sale to sell your own treasures. Times: Basement/Tailgate is 8 a.m. - Noon;

Breakfast is 8-10:30 a.m. Breakfast is $4. A double parking spot for tailgaters is $10. Call 314.868.5722, to reserve your tailgate spot. Nov. 13: Annual Harvest Home Dinner At Zion Lutheran Curch, 2500 North 21st Street, St. Louis, Mo. At this dinner, the Confirmands from 1961 (fifty years ago) will be honored. If you are a member of this class or any other confirmation class from Zion Lutheran Church, will you contact us? Don and Carol Mirth 636.946.5425. Every Thursday (through December 1. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Grief Share Support Group At Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave. Ferguson, Mo. Info 314.522.3388 or

Events Oct. 22. 7 p.m. Trivia Night Bishop Wurm Assembly Ladies Auxiliary #2012 hosts trivia night at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne KC Hall, 50 rue St. Francois, Florissant. Doors open at 6 p.m. Info: Chris Herbert 314.650.7622. Tickets: Beth Zak 314.443.6059. Oct. 22: 1-4 p.m. Fall Festival. At Crystal Creek Health and Rehabilitation Center. Entertainment, inflatable, bounce houses, and food. Info: 314.838.2211. Oct. 27: 7 p.m. North County Christian School Open House For prospective students and families Pre-K – 12th grade. Tour the school, meet teachers and principal. Light refreshments. 845 Dunn Rd. Florissant, MO 63031. Info: 314.972.6227 or Oct. 29: 7 pm. Rotary Club of Florissant Annual Charity Dinner Auction. At Yacovelli’s Restaurant, 407 Dunn Road in Florissant. Tickets are $75 each or $750 for table of 10. Preregister only. Info:

Inviting All Florissant Senior Citizens To Join One Of The Bingo Clubs With The City Of Florissant!! Please contact the Florissant Senior Office for more information at 8397604.

• Monday Club: Meets every Monday for Bingo from 11:30-2:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwich - coffee and tea are available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also scheduled. • Florissant Older Adult Club: Meets the second Tuesday of each month from 11-1:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring your lunch! Bingo, Trips, Speakers and special events are planned. • Wednesday Club: Meets every Wednesday for Bingo from 11:302:30 on the lower level of the James J. Eagan Center. Bring a sandwichcoffee and tea available. Interesting day trips to St. Louis Area locations are also available. 1962 Hazelwood High School Reunion Graduates from the class of 1962 are invited to attend the 50th Reunion in June 2012. Please contact Shirley at 314.799.1147 (cell phone) for more info. 1967 Hazelwood High School Reunion: We are looking for classmates of Class of 1967 Hazelwood High School. We are having a 45th reunion in 2012. Please contact Kay at or 636 7452601 for more information. Every Saturday: 8-10 a.m. Chess Chess is played every Satuurday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or later, at missy l petites | plus sizes 14 & more

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3rd Thursday of each month: 12:15 NARFE Chapter 1229 - Meeting for all Active and Retired Federal Employees At Golden Corral, 1850 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles, MO. For more info, call Sandy Luber at 636-4624297.

Every Monday. 5:45 p.m. Line Dancing with Minnie Beginners welcome.

1st and 3rd Wed.: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome!

Every Thursday. 10:30 a.m. Free Tai Chi for Seniors

Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Public invited & welcome every weekend to watch our flying model airplanes. Bring the family. Directions to the field at or call 636.300.1480. Every Thursday Evenings: 7:30 p.m. St. Charles Municipal Band Frontier Park, Every 3rd Monday of the Month: 6:30 p.m. Neighborhood Watch Visit our wesite for location, http:// or call 314.830.6042.

Every Monday and Friday. 1 p.m. Free Exercise Class Led by personal trainer. Call for details.

Oct. 19: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fall Bazaar, Quilt Show & Bake Sale Oct. 20: 9 a.m. Breakfast and Fall Health Fair Oct. 25: 10:30 a.m. Halloween Happy Hour and lunch Prizes for the best costume (optional) Oct. 28: 2 p.m. Project Hands Volunteers needed to knit, crochet, and quilt for various children’s organizations. SSM DePaul Healthy Happenings Every Monday (6-7 p.m.) and Tuesday (noon -1 p.m.) in October. Weight loss HMR Program Orientation. Register at 1.877.477.6954.

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At May Center. Free. Call 1.866. SSM-DOCS to register. Volunteers needed at Christian Hospital Christian Hospital is calling out for volunteers that can do a significant amount of walking to run errands within the hospital. Discover the rewards of volunteering! If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend your time, volunteering at Christian Hospital is an ideal match. Volunteer positions are available in many different areas. You’ll meet a variety of interesting people while making a difference in our community. Applications are available at in the Volunteer Office, located off the hospital’s main lobby. For more information, call the Christian Hospital volunteer office at 314-653-5032. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse SUDOKU Answers from page 14

Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Can email for further information: metrostlouissia@ • Every Sunday: 6:30-8 p.m. 7401 Delmar Ave. in University City; lower level of Holy Communion Episcopal Church; contact 314-993-5421. • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. • 1st and 3rd Tuesday: 12:30-2 p.m. 320 N. Forsyth Blvd in Clayton; lower level in Samuel United Church of Christ; contact 314968-3477. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in

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Boo at the Zoo If you only had a brain, if you only had a heart, if you only had the courage, you would follow the yellow brick road to the Saint Louis Zoo for spooks, laughs, animals, fireside stories, night hikes and hauntingly fun entertainment! Mercy Children’s Hospital Boo at the Zoo Nights is a family friendly, non-scary Halloween experience from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every night October 21-30, 2011. Float around the Zoo’s dramatically eerie grounds, with new decorations this year! You’ll encounter men of bones who have dropped their skins, singing pumpkins, a haunted house that “shutters” on North Lake Avenue, and floating busts that have spooks to sing about! Pop into the Children’s Zoo for “Halloween Hank’s Pirate Adventure” on stage at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. featuring animals performing natural behaviors. See some sneaky animals in the Children’s Zoo building. You may even happen upon a docent in the shadows to give you an up-close look at some of the Zoo’s night crawlers! Admission to Children’s Zoo and show is free. Are you brave enough to help solve the mystery of the "Phantom of Historic Hill?" On the Zoo’s Night Hike, you will be accompanied by an oh-so-sleepy tour guide on this family friendly adventure as you explore the Herpetarium, Big Cat Country and Bird Garden looking for the mysterious phantom. Hikes are offered every half hour between 6 and 8 p.m. for $5 per hiker, age three and up. Children age 2 and under are free for the hike. Advance registration is recommended by calling 314.646.4771. Eerily draped in cobwebs, the Conservation Carousel will be transformed into the not-toospooky “Scare-ou-sel” (additional fee $3/person). Gather 'round the fire as storytellers like Terry

Rantula spin wild tales about snakes, spiders and bats. Perhaps Grandmother Goose will share chronicles of other Missouri critters. Come gaze with your glowing eyes and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivating animal stories. Make a “creepy craft” at the Kid’s Craft Corner, and see what’s brewing at Lakeside Cafe. Be sure to shop the Halloween boo-tique for souvenirs, and receive 10 percent off (or 20 percent for members) with a purchase of $25 or more at Zoo gift shops. This year's Boo at the Zoo souvenir T-shirt features a penguin dressed as Captain America. The long-sleeve white cotton shirt can be purchased online at or by calling 314.646.4771. Prices range from $10-18 for toddler to adult sizes. Admission to Boo at the Zoo Nights is $4 for members and $5 for non-members. Each child between the ages of 2 and 12 dressed in costume will receive a $1 discount on admission. Children under 2 are free. Proceeds benefit the Zoo in its efforts to save endangered species at home and around the world. Parking is our treat and will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The Living World North Entrance and North Parking Lot will be open only on select nights, October 21, 28, 29, 30. For more information and driving directions, visit or call 314.781.0900.

You can be a part of it all! Registration for the Confluence Cleanup begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 29, and the cleanup time is from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up online at Boats will ferry volunteers to the river banks and islands to pick up trash that has washed up on shore. Other volunteers, including youth groups, can pick up trash along the banks, trails and parking lots. Volunteers will receive a free boat ride, t-shirt, trash bags, gloves, and lunch. Life jackets will be provided. Children's life jackets are limited. If you plan on bringing a child, please bring a life jacket that fits them. Please wear weather and work appropriate clothes. Long pants are preferred, as are sturdy shoes or boots. Remember sunscreen, bug spray, and a re-usable water bottle. Directions to Columbia Bottom: • From 270 East, take the Riverview Dr. exit (last exit in Missouri). • Take a left (north) and road turns into Columbia Bottom Road. • Turn right at the Columbia Bottom gate and follow signs to boat ramp. • 801 Strodtman Rd, St. Louis, MO.

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The Original North County Weekly Community News

CN: Oct. 19. 2011  

The Original North County Weekly Community News