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November 30, 2011 Vol. 90 No. 48

The holidays are an opportune time for crime. Arm yourself with information.

Holiday Crime Prevention

Don’t Be a Grinch!

By Shelly A. Schneider

IN this Issue

Area residents are in a giving spirit. We open our wallets to those less fortunate. We open our doors to family and friends. Be sure to open your eyes to crimes of opportunity during this season of giving. Media Relations Officer Rick Eckhard, St. Louis County Police Department, said it is difficult to live your life without being vulnerable at some point. “But if you minimize the opportunity, you minimize the chance of being a victim,” he said. “If you are a victim, the number one concern is self preservation. If someone has a weapon, then give it up. If you think it’s a life-threatening situation, survive.” Eckhard said the St. Louis County Police Department asks victims to be able to provide the most information possible. “I understand that if someone has a weapon you’re going to fixate on the weapon,” he said. “But try to retain as many details as possible. The clothing will be one of the main things (we look for) in the first 30 minutes after the crime. If you can, try to get the license plate, the make and model of the car and the direction of travel.” The National Crime Prevention Council offers the following tips for keeping yourself, your family and your home safe this holiday season. If you’re traveling: • Get an automatic timer for your lights. • Ask a neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow, and park in the driveway from time to time. • Don’t forget to have mail and newspaper delivery stopped. If it piles up, it’s a sure sign you’re gone. Out for the evening? • Turn on lights and a radio or television so it looks like someone is home. • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Florissant Christmas Walk . . . . . . 5 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9

even if it’s just for a few minutes. • Don’t display gifts where they may be seen from the outside. Shopping Safety: • Stay alert and be aware of what’s going on around you. • Park in a well-lighted space, and be sure to lock the car, close the windows, and hide shopping bags and gifts in the trunk. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card whenever possible. • Deter pickpockets and purse snatchers. Don’t overburden yourself with packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry a purse close to your body, not dangling by the straps. Put a wallet inside coat or front pants pocket. • Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated. Holiday Crime Prevention Tips in Parking Lots: • Shop early and leave early to avoid darkness. • Park in a high visibility area and check for lighting in case you leave during hours of darkness. 10 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christmas Traditions . . . . . . . . . . 12-13 Learn & Play . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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• Do not park next to a vehicle with dark tinted windows. • Leave the store with others, not alone. • Ask security to escort you to your vehicle if you feel uncomfortable. • Walk briskly, confidently, and directly through the parking lot. Be cautious

of people handing out fliers or asking questions in the parking area. • Watch for people who may be following you. This can occur inside as well as outside. • If you suspect someone following you, report it to security immediately.

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November 30, 2011

Holiday Concert Northwinds Concert Band, under the direction of Larry Marsh, will present its annual Holiday Concert featuring seasonal favorites at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, Parker Road and Waterford Drive. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for older adults and students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the box office at 314.921.5678 or online at www.northwindsband.

org. Special offer by phone orders only: entire immediate family for only $12. Along with arrangements of traditional carols, the 60-piece Northwinds ensemble will explore a wide variety of styles, from the jazzy "Charlie Brown Christmas" to the Latin beats of "We Wish You a Mambo Christmas," from the pulsing sounds of "A Fresh Aire Christmas" to the stirring "Three Moods of Hanuk-

kah." The British brass band tradition will be honored with music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Ike Eichenberger is the vocalist, and Greg Koets will narrate "The Night before Christmas." The band will create a wintry scene with "Sleigh Ride" and a thrilling new composition entitled "Toboggan Ride."

Christian Hospital Auxiliary Snack With Santa Florissant residents are invited to share a snack with Santa from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, DeNamed ‘Best in State’ cember 10 at the James J. Eagan Center. Tickets are free, but Florissant Resident cards are required to Drum roll, please. And the winner of the Missouri Hospital Association’s (MHA) “2011 Auxiliary of the Year” is ... the Christian Hospital Auxiliary. The moment was electrifying as Johnnie Greenlaw, Christian Hospital Auxiliary president, and other hospital Auxiliary board members accepted the award November 10 at MHA’s annual convention. In the past 12 months, the Christian Hospital Auxiliary has raised $326,033 and has donated funds to Christian Hospital for stretchers and stair chairs for the EMS ambulances, furniture and computers to create a library in the mental health unit, a new bus for the outpatient rehabilitation department, renovation of the sound system and stage curtains in the Atrium, and the purchase of weight scales to distribute to CHF patients in an effort to educate and be proactive instead of readmission to the hospital. Since1998 the Christian Hospital Auxiliary has raised more than $10 million to improve patient care and health services in North County. Christian Hospital’s Auxiliary was honored in the large-hospital category (300-plus members) in recognition of nearly 75,000 hours of service to the hospital, BJC HealthCare and the community during the last 12 months. This is the seventh time the Christian Hospital Auxiliary has received the award in the last 35 years. The Christian Hospital Auxiliary operates the hospital gift shop, as well as the Curiosity Shoppe resale shop, located in the Detrick Building on the hospital campus. The group was chartered in 1964 and continues to host numerous fund-raisers throughout the year.

obtain tickets. Tickets are available at the James J. Eagan Center and JFK Community Center. Snacks, drinks and door prizes provided, but be sure to bring a camera for a photo with Santa! For more information, please call 314.921.4250 or 314.921.4466.

"A Classic Irish Christmas" Starring Andy Cooney The Florissant Fine Arts Council is proud to present "A Classic Irish Christmas" direct from Dublin and starring Andy Cooney. With his outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence, Andy Cooney has always been a favorite among his American and Irish listeners everywhere. He truly brings the magic and meaning of Christmas to life. Cooney is joined by a talented crew onstage. George Casey, Ireland's "King of Blarney," adds great comic relief and is a veteran of the stage who has toured with many of America's legendary performers. Kate Purcell is one of Ireland's

foremost singer folk artists. Also appearing will be Darrah Carr Dance. These exciting dancers are sure to dazzle with traditional Irish step and contemporary modern dance. Cooney’s band includes the finest musicians led by Brian "Bugs" Moran, and featuring Mitch Reilly, Jimmy Kelly, and Colm Graham. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, Parker Road at Waterford Drive. Tickets are available at 314.921.5678 or online at www. Adult tickets are $27, and students/senior tickets are $25.

German Christmas Parties The public is invited to two German Christmas parties on the afternoon of Sunday, December 4. Historic Florissant, Inc. will host a party from 1 – 5 p.m. in the Franz Gittemeier House, 1067 Dunn Road. A second party, hosted by the Florissant Valley Historical Society will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at Taille de Noyer, on the grounds of McCluer High School, at 1896 S. Florissant Road. German cookies and other refreshments will be served throughout the Gittemeier house with many of the recipes available to guests. Visitors will learn that many of our American customs have come from Germany, like Christmas trees, nutcrackers and Santa’s home at the North Pole. A very special guest will arrive at the Gittemeier House at 2 p.m. – Mrs. Claus! Children are invited to visit with her between 2 and 4 p.m.

in the parlour, and each will receive a small gift. Children will also have the opportunity to write a note to Santa which Mrs. Claus will take to him at the North Pole. Just a short distance away at Taille de Noyer, the Historical Society will host a similar party with a German flair. The home will be decorated for Christmas, and a collection of German nutcrackers will be on display and light refreshments will also be served. Both homes are open without charge and both organizations hope area residents will find time to visit them on this festive afternoon. For more information about either party, call Historic Florissant at 314.921.7055 or email

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Hawthorne Players Present Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Announcements from Overland Historical Society

Hawthorne Players will again present a charming, music-filled production of Charles Dickens’ classic story A Christmas Carol on December 16, 17 and 18 in the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. A cast of 40 performers will sing, dance and portray the memorable characters who surround that stingiest of curmudgeons, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge, portrayed by veteran actor Paul James, humbugs the holiday until the spirit of his former partner Marley, along with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, open his heart and mind to the reality that mankind is his business. Hawthorne’s version of this great story has become a cherished tradition since the venerable theatre troupe first presented the show in 2007. Nancy Crouse adapted the Dickens’ novella and designed and directs the production which features a large cast of talented actors, singers, musicians and dancers. The musical direction is in the sure hands of Mary and Ike Eichenberger, and Julie StrathmanMcCameron adds fun-filled dances. The production features beautiful costumes, lovingly created by Florissant’s masterful costume designer and seamstress Jean Heckmann. The key set element

Our group might enjoy old things but we have moved into the modern ages. We are proud to announce that we now have a Facebook page. It can be found by searching for Overland Historical Society. Please Like our Facebook page in order to learn about upcoming events. Our organization has started collecting pint and half-pint canning jars to be used for next fall’s apple butter fundraiser. Jars may be dropped off at the museum’s porch which is located at 2404 Gass Ave in Overland or you may arrange for jars to be picked up by calling Linda at 314.429.4862.

Green Line Tour

On Sunday, November 27, 2011, Historic Florissant, Inc. and Florissant’s Landmark Historic District Commission co-hosted an Opening Day Celebration to introduce the new Green Line Tour through Florissant’s Old Town. A green line painted along the Old Town streets guides visitors past many of the landmarks and

is a clock face, complete with magically moving hands going both forwards and backwards. A Christmas Carol reunites many Hawthorne stars, including John Roberson and Kathryn Weber as the Cratchits, Kay Love as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Pam Geppert as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Robert Doyle as Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Ike Eichenberger and Dottie Bertolino are the delightful Fezziwigs. This Hawthorne production is a family affair, with parents and children, sisters and brothers all lending their talents both on stage and behind the scenes. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 18. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors and students; and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be reserved by calling the theatre box office at 314.921.5678. Proceeds from this show benefit the Duckie DeMere Scholarship fund which has presented over $45,000 to North County high school seniors active in the performing arts. For more information visit

historically important buildings. The inspiration for this program came from the original Green Line Tour developed in 1965 by the Florissant Business and Professional Women’s Club. That original tour was much longer, winding through the city and many of the parks. Four tours are available and each ride is expected to take about half an hour. Although reservations are not required, it is advisable to call ahead to assure your seat on the bus of your choice. The bus will leave the Gittemeier House parking lot at 1:15, 2:00, 2:45 and 3:30 p.m. Call Historic Florissant at 314.921.7055 to make a reservation. For more information, call Historic Florissant at 314.921.7055 or email

Hazelwood Announces Election Filing Dates for Mayoral Candidates Persons interested in filing as candidates for election as Mayor for the City of Hazelwood may obtain nominating petitions from Colleen Wolf, City Clerk, at the Hazelwood City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane. This position is to be filled for a full three-year term at the election on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and a registered voter. They must also have lived in the City for at least two years immediately prior to the election. Filing for the election opens at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, and closes at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Nominating petitions for Mayor must be signed by no less than 50 and no more than 100 registered voters eligible to vote for the candidate. These petitions must then be filed with the City Clerk by January 17, 2012. For more information, please contact City Clerk Colleen Wolf at 314.513.5020.


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November 30, 2011

Hazelwood Officer Ed Wagner Retires from Police Force After 34 Years of Service After 34 years of dedicated service as a Hazelwood police officer, Ed Wagner is retiring from the department. A proclamation outlining his many accomplishments was approved by the Hazelwood City Council and presented to him by Mayor Matthew Robinson. Officer Wagner was appointed to the Hazelwood Police Department on November 20, 1977, after graduating from the Greater St. Louis Police Academy. His initial assignment was with the uniformed patrol unit for the first 10 years. He later served as a member of the Criminal Investigative Team for 13 years and fulfilled these responsibilities: Certified Arson Investigator; Certified Computer Voice Stress Analyst; Evidence Custodian; and member of the Major Case Squad. For the following three years, Officer Wagner returned to patrolling Hazelwood neighborhoods. He was then reassigned to the St. Louis Mills Substation when the shopping mall opened in November 2003. To become more familiar with how to counteract criminal activities in a retail environment and to lend his expertise as a law enforcement officer, he became a member of the Retail Security Awareness Committee (RSAC). This group meets every month and addresses topics

such as counterfeiting, Amber Alerts, organized crime alerts, etc. Officer Wagner also put together a weekly Mall Report for the department. Here are some of Officer Wagner’s most noteworthy accomplishments during his career with the Hazelwood Police Department: • In April 1988, he received a Commendation for the capture of a bank robbery suspect who broke into the Wetterau Employees Credit Union. • In January 1995, he received a Commendation for the arrest and recovery of stolen property of a suspect charged with flourishing a weapon and robbery. • In February 2002, he was nominated to receive Special Recognition for assisting with the location and removal of residents without complications from an apartment fire. • On June 15, 2006, he was honored by the St. Louis Retail Loss Prevention Association. He was recognized for his efforts in combating external and internal theft and organized retail crime. • In 2011, he was the recipient of the Hazelwood Police Department’s Benevolent Association Award for his assistance over the years with the Annual Golf

Florissant Christmas Decorating Contest Ready to decorate your house? Pick up your contest application beginning December 1 at the James J. Eagan Cednter, JFK Community Center and

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Florissant City Hall. Applications are free to Florissant Residents. Prizes awarded to the best decorated homes. Temporary yard signs acknowledging first, second and third place winners will be posted. The city will remove the signs within one week. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 9. Judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13.

Tournament. Officer Wagner has received many letters of thanks and commendation during his 34 years of service. He has proven to not only be an asset to the City of Hazelwood but to the residents he served. In addition to his extensive background in law enforcement, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Business from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Wagner lives with his wife, Barb, in St. Charles. They have two children, Ryan and Anna.

Hazelwood Police and Fire Explorers Post Signs Promoting Safety Helmet Use

The city of Hazelwood has launched a community service project involving members of Police Explorers Post #9217 and Fire Explorers Post #9341. The goal is to educate parents and their children, ages 17 and under, about the mandatory requirement for kids to wear a secured safety helmet for all wheeled sports. In January 2007, the Hazelwood City Council took the lead in approving Ordinance 3834-07, Section 390.130, which brought the City Code into alignment with state statute. It states every person under the age of 17 operating or being a passenger on a bicycle, or using a scooter, skateboard, in-line skates, or roller skates must wear a secured safety helmet of good fit. A year later, St. Louis County passed a similar ordinance (Ordinance 23830, Section 602.600) for the whole region. Hazelwood police and fire explorers are in the process of posting new street signs at 30 locations throughout the community to remind residents of the need to comply with the Hazelwood and St. Louis County ordinances. The intent is to help reduce the risk of head injuries caused by an unexpected fall or accident. The National Safe Kids organization reports that over 600 children are injured every day in bicycle-related accidents. Of those injuries, 11 percent were under age four and 36 percent between the ages of five and nine. Fifty percent of children under age 14 who are involved in an accident with an automobile die from their injuries, mostly due to traumatic head injury. Safe Kids goes on to say that helmet use can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent and severe brain injury by 88 percent. Young people interested in joining Hazelwood Police Explorers Post #9217 should contact Mike Monticelli at 314.838.5000. Those wanting to be a member of Hazelwood Fire Explorers Post #9341 may call Battalion Chief Randy Getz at 314.731.3424.

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Christmas Walk

Most stores on rue St. Francois open late for shopping.

Saturday, December 3 Christmas Walk 2-5 p.m. Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. Tree Lighting at 6 p.m.

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon and evening than with family and friends in Old Town Florissant. Music, shopping, dining, Christmas lights and, of course, Santa Claus await young and old on Saturday, December 3. The Old St. Ferdinand Shrine is proud to kick off the event with a benefit concert at 1:30 p.m. The concert features authentic French Creole music. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. All proceeds from the event will be used to help restore the Shrine. Dennis Stroughmatt is the only artist in the world that tours and plays the music of the French Creoles that settled in the Midwest. His performance includes the up-tempo music, language, stories and culture secreted away in Missouri that became part of the American fabric at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. The French Creoles, both of French and Spanish descent, were Roman Catholics who were born in the colonies and created their own unique social customs and celebrations. The Shrine, #1 rue St. Francois, was built in 1821 and is the site of one of the earliest French settlements west of the Mississippi. The convent was home to St. Rose Phillippine Duchesne in 1819 when Mass was said for the first time that Christmas Eve. The Creole Christmas concert includes songs in both French and English not unlike the songs sung and performed at the Shrine during past holidays. After the performance, the Shrine will have chili and drinks for sale as well as gently-used Christmas items and special book fair event pricing of $4 per bag. For more information about the concert or the shrine, please call 314.837.2110 or visit The Christmas Walk in Old Town Florissant will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. along rue St. Francois. Many retail shops and restaurants will be open for Christmas shopping and dining. Shops open include: Stems Florist, The Silver Moon Stencil Shop, Florissant Old Town Marketplace, Village of the Blue Rose, Dooley’s Florist, Korte’s Frames and Gifts on rue St. Francois, and Sandie’s Interiors. Restaurants open include: City Diner, Helfer’s Deli and Hendel’s Market Café. Santa Claus will arrive at 2 p.m. at the Senior Dining Center. He will welcome all children for a visit from 2 to 5 p.m. There will also be story telling, face painting, pictures with Santa and more. The Senior Dining Center is located at 621 rue St. Francois. Be sure to stop by Florissant City Hall for crafts for the children, music and entertainment. Top off your day with the walking Christmas Parade. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Dining Center and will travel up rue St. Francois to City Hall. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. Mayor Thomas Schneider will throw the switch to light the tree at city hall. This is truly a Florissant tradition and one you will not want to miss. For more information about the parade or the Christmas Walk, please call Florissant Old Town Partners at 314.837.0033.

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November 30, 2011

Hazelwood’s Domestic Violence Unit Supports First Workshop Offered by Woman’s Place The Crime Victims and Domestic Violence Unit (CVDVU) of the Hazelwood Police Department is collaborating with Woman’s Place in building public awareness about a special program titled, “How to Help: A Workshop for Friends and Family of Domestic Violence Victims,” scheduled for Thursday, December 15. This event will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Parish Hall, 751 N. Jefferson Street, in Florissant from 6 to 9 p.m. According to a recent study, nearly three out of four Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. At least 30 percent of Americans say they know a woman who has been physically abused by her husband or boyfriend in the past year. Parents, siblings, friends, co-workers, and neighbors are often scared and sometimes feel powerless when they suspect that someone they care about is being abused by their partner. Many times they experience a myriad of feelings ranging from fear to worry, and frustration to anger. Workshop instructors on December 15 will help them learn some coping strategies on how to deal with these feelings. Also, participants will

be given advice on the “Ten Things to Do or Say” and the “Five Things to Never Do or Say” when talking to domestic violence victims. Tips on how to engage a perpetrator will be shared as well. “Our police department and the CVDVU strive to be active partners in St. Louis County’s Coordinated Community Response to domestic violence and its aftermath,” said Beth Ray, CVDVU coordinator, Hazelwood Police Department. “Woman’s Place has stepped forward to fill a need for support groups and educational workshops in the North County area. This first workshop on December 15 will be a foundation for building stronger support systems for domestic violence victims through understanding and education.” In addition to offering free admission, this Woman’s Place workshop is open to the public; all are welcome. To make a reservation, please call 314.645.4848. In 2010, the Hazelwood Police Department’s CVDVU received one of only three “Excellence in Victim Services Awards” from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). It is well known in St. Louis County and throughout the state for its commitment to victims of crime. The CVDVU is responsible for the

development and coordination of the department’s victims’ assistance program and other related activities. Beth Ray works with uniformed officers, detectives, and Family Court officials to provide an extensive array of services ranging from crisis intervention to follow-up consultation with victims, and legal advocacy to the distribution of information packets. Woman’s Place Woman’s Place is a safe and welcoming drop-in center for adult women, especially those who may have experienced domestic and/or sexual violence. Its mission is to help women break the cycle of violence and facilitate their transition toward safety and personal empowerment. Through crisis intervention, support services, advocacy, and educational programs, this non-profit organization creates a safe, confidential opportunity for women to assess their situation, experience understanding and encouragement, and learn new behaviors that are healing and life-enhancing. This center is located at 7372 Marietta Avenue in St. Louis. Operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about Woman's Place, please call 314.645.4848.

Volunteers Needed Between January – April 15, 2012 to Help Low-Income Families Secure Economic Future The Gateway EITC Community Coalition hopes to pair volunteers with low income and elderly residents for tax assistance from late January through April 15, 2012 at various locations in the region. Trainings take place during January 2012 at various times and loca-

tions throughout St. Louis City & County and Illinois. Volunteers must attend one or more certification trainings in order to greet, interview or prepare taxes. A tax assistance experience is not required to help. You must register for the trainings in advance. To find out more, contact GECC at 314.539.4062 or email The purpose of the Coalition is to offer free Earned Income Tax Credit preparation and education to low income residents in the metropolitan area to help raise their living standards. Last year, 335 Gateway EITC Community Coalition volunteers prepared nearly 6,700 federal tax returns in the area, ing in more than $8.2 million in refunds. Volunteers saved families more than $1.6 million in paid tax preparation fees. Greeters will ensure that each taxpayer has all the necessary information with him or her to have their return completed on site. This volunteer position is asking for at least a 16 hour volunteer time commitment that includes one four-hour training and at least two six-hour Saturdays January – April. Intake volunteers with great people skills will assist the families in completing the

interview sheet and transfer the paperwork to a tax preparer. This volunteer position is asking for at least a 24 hour volunteer time commitment that includes 12-hours of preparation training and at least two sixhour Saturdays January – April. Tax preparers will prepare federal and state tax returns electronically. People with some tax knowledge and computer skills are helpful. This volunteer position is asking for at least a 24 hour volunteer time commitment that includes 12-hours of preparation training and at least two six-hour Saturdays January – April. The GECC estimates that 58 percent of low-to-moderate income families or working poor in this community pay an average of $266 for tax preparation, refund anticipation loans, electronic filing fees and check cashing fees. This results in an additional combined financial drain of more than $30 million for these local families. GECC is a public/private partnership working to bring unclaimed EITC refunds to low-income individuals and families in the St. Louis region and is made up of 29 member organizations. United Way of Greater St. Louis is a key partner in the coalition providing information and referral to all free income tax sites in the St. Louis region through its 2-1-1 call center, office space and administrative support.

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November 30, 2011

Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education Recognizes Excellence The Ferguson-Florissant School District Board of Education honored the accomplishments of students and staff on Wednesday, November 9. FFSD high schools earn PLTW certification for STEM education programs The board congratulated McCluer, McCluer North and McCluer South-Berkeley High Schools for earning national Project Lead the Way® (PLTW) certification for their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Project Lead The Way Inc. is a nonprofit organization that is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education programs. All three FergusonFlorissant high schools received the certification for their participation in PLTW's Pathway To Engineering (PTE) high school program. The schools offer the following PTE courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Digital Electronics, and Civil Engineering and Architecture. The district has offered PLTW courses since 2007. As part of the certification process, a team composed of the school principal, teachers, staff, students, and members of the community submitted a self-assessment of the school’s implementation of the PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program. A site visit by a national PLTW certification team followed. PLTW’s certification team met with teachers, school administrators, counselors, students and members of the school’s Partnership Team. A PLTW school’s Partnership Team (sometimes referred to as Advisory Councils) is comprised of teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary representatives, business and industry professionals, and other community members who actively support the PLTW program within a

school. The PLTW Site Visit Team "was impressed with all aspects" of McCluer’s, McCluer North’s and McCluer South-Berkeley’s PLTW program and certified the schools during a February 2010 assessment visit. The schools learned of their PLTW certification and received official PLTW banners at the end of October. The PLTW certification earmarks the schools as providers of a rigorous curriculum that allows students to apply what they learn in math and science class to real-life engineering and technology projects. Students from certified PLTW schools may receive college admissions preference, college credit and scholarships at PLTW affiliate universities such as Missouri University of Science and Technology. “McCluer, McCluer North and McCluer SouthBerkeley High Schools should be congratulated for demonstrating their commitment to PLTW’s quality standards, but the real winners are the students,” said PLTW CEO Vince Bertram. “Students benefit from PLTW’s innovative, projectbased curriculum that encourages creativity, problemsolving and critical thinking. We look forward to many more years of working together to prepare FergusonFlorissant students to become the most innovative and productive in the world.” Teachers are a critical component of the success of the PLTW program. All teachers are required to complete an intensive two-week professional development course during the summer before they can teach a PLTW course. Students who enroll in PLTW courses also benefit from the organization’s strong university and industry relationships that allow students to begin working toward their college degrees and gain valuable experience through internships and through their association with local engineers and technology professionals who serve as mentors, provide in-classroom visits and tours of their facilities. MN senior elected Missouri DECA District 7 Vice President The board saluted Da'Shaun Scott, a senior at McCluer North High School (MN), for being elected Missouri DECA District 7 Vice President. Da'Shaun was elected last month after he delivered a three-minute speech before voting delegates, passed a formal test and was interviewed by chapter representatives at the Fall Leadership and State Officer Election conference in Lake Ozark.

As vice president, Da'Shaun is one of 16 officers on the Missouri DECA State Action Team. The team creates state career development conference themes and presides over sessions among other duties. The board would also like to thank Jacob Lapinski, business teacher and DECA sponsor, for encouraging Da'Shaun's success. Da'Shaun is the third MN student to hold a high position in DECA. Anthony Green, a 2011 graduate, was the Missouri DECA District 7 vice president two years ago. Isaac Robinson III, a 2008 graduate, served both as the Missouri DECA state president and national DECA Central Region vice president in 2008. Missouri DECA provides more than 9,000 students with personal and professional development opportunities as they participate in individual and group competitions in marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Leo Ganahl selected for Emerson Excellence in Teaching award The board congratulated Leo Ganahl, a third-grade teacher at Bermuda Elementary School, for being selected as the district's 2011 Emerson Excellence in Teaching award winner. Each year, Emerson invites school administrators to select award recipients "for their vital role in shaping students' lives." Ganahl is the Ferguson-Florissant School District's 2011 Teacher of the Year (TOY). It is important to note that he is also the district’s first male elementary school teacher to hold the coveted TOY title. Ganahl has taught in the district for seven years. He stresses the importance of teamwork and collaboration in creating a successful learning environment for students. "My personal philosophy of education is very simplistic," Ganahl said. "Work productively with my colleagues, set high expectations for students and remain a lifelong learner in order to provide students with opportunities to learn.” MSB student takes second in IPL American Education Week essay contest The board lauds Regaria Adams, a senior at McCluer South-Berkeley High School, for winning second place in the Iota Phi Lambda (IPL) Sorority Inc., Alpha Zeta Chapter, essay contest. Regaria wrote on the topic "Education: A Foundation for Every Child's Success." As second-place winner, Regaria received an award, certificate, $75 savings bond and a complimentary meal at the organization's 30th annual American Education Week observance.

Russell Elementary School PTA Hosting Vendor, Craft Fair

The Parent Teacher Association at Russell Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District is hosting a Vendor and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. The fair is a fundraiser for the school, as well as a one-stop shopping experience for the holidays. The fair is open to the community and there is no cost for admission. Representatives from Scentsy, Thirty-One Gifts, Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Usborne Books, Cookie Lee, Tupperware, Celebrating Home and Avon will be at the fair, as well as various crafters, to sell products and accept orders for holiday delivery. To participate as a vendor, the cost is $25 per table. For questions, contact Katie eder, Russell PTA, at

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Ritenour Superintendent to Retire in June Ritenour School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cheryl L. Compton recently announced she plans to retire June 30, 2012, at the end of the current school year. Compton will have completed 36 years in education, including the past six years as Ritenour’s superintendent. The Board of Education is finalizing its plans to find a new superintendent. More information on the superintendent search will be announced at a later date. Known as a strong advocate for children and education, Compton’s mission has been to ensure every child is learning, growing, and being appropriately challenged every single day. Through Compton’s vision and leadership, the Ritenour School District has seen growth and improvement in many areas – academically, in community involvement and in new construction. Compton says she has no plans of slowing down during her last months in the district. “In the months ahead, we will continue to focus on our students,” she said. “We will honor all children every day as we move forward with the great work taking

place in our district.” During her six years as Ritenour’s Superintendent: • Ritenour saw growth in academic achievement. The district successfully met 12 of 14 performance standards on the 2011 Annual Performance Report release by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. • Compton was the driving force behind passage of the Proposition K Bond Issue in 2008, which helped build the first new school in 30 years and a new auditorium at Ritenour High School. • Ritenour’s finances remained solid even during difficult state funding years. • She helped establish the Ritenour Pride & Promise educational foundation. • She worked to revitalize the North County area by providing leadership to numerous community and civic organizations, including the Northwest Chamber of Commerce, North County, Inc. and the Overland Business Association. • Compton led the district through a successful Missouri School Improvement Program review in the fall

of 2009. Ritenour retains the state’s highest rating – fully accredited. Compton is one of the state’s leading educational advocates and authorities, having been asked to serve as a leader in several state and region-wide initiatives. She was part of a select group of state education leaders who met throughout the 2010-11 school year to develop the Missouri Vision Project that outlines a vision for the future of public education in Missouri. This year, she was selected as Chairperson of the Cooperating School District Board of Directors. Under Compton’s leadership, the district earned several state and national awards including the prestigious Meritorious Budgeting Award for strong financial management. “Ritenour is a great district and I will always consider it to be my home,” Compton said. “The district will continue to achieve great things in the future. I believe leadership is not dependent on one person, but on the team. We have a great team in Ritenour, and systems are in place for Ritenour to continue to move to higher levels of success. The Ritenour School District has a very bright future.”

HSD Students Earn Honors Sorority Honoring HSD Educators at Lindenwood University for Service, Commitment Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Alpha Zeta Chapter recently honored three educators Art Exhibit The Young Artists and Their Teachers 2011 exhibit at Lindenwood University selected four students from the Hazelwood School District as winning artists. Jeffrey Craig, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School, earned first place in the mixed media category for his piece, “Walking Factory.” Winners from Hazelwood West High School include seniors Dylan David, who earned first place in fiber arts for his piece, “Ombre Basket”; Rianne Holzmeyer, who earned first place in ceramics for “Self-Portrait”; and Casey Thurber, who earned second place in fiber arts for “Cosmic Boom.” The artwork of 19 students and five teachers from the District are featured in the exhibit. The works will be on display in the Boyle Family Gallery in the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts through December 11 on the Lindenwood campus.

from the Hazelwood School District with awards at its 30th Annual Apple for the Teacher Luncheon. HSD awardees include Robert Lawrence, principal, Hazelwood Central Middle School; Michelle Pendleton, fifth-grade teacher, Townsend Elementary School; and Shimikqua Ellis Jackson, communication Michelle Pendleton, fifth-grade teacher, Townsend Elementary; Robert Lawarts teacher, Hazelwood East High School. rence, principal, Hazelwood Central Middle; and Shimikqua Ellis Jackson, Lawrence started teaching in 1991. He communication arts teacher, Hazelwood East High. joined HSD five years ago and worked as an lege. She has been with HSD for eight years. assistant principal at Hazelwood West High “I found out that a former student recomSchool. Previously, he worked in University City and Ritenour school districts and has experience mended me for this honor,” she said. “That is the teaching social studies, government, accounting, highest praise a teacher can receive. When your economics, keyboarding, bookkeeping and short- students can see past the homework, classroom hand. Lawrence is a 1983 graduate of Hazelwood rules and discipline and want to honor you for making a difference in their lives, it is truly an East High School. “It is always an honor to be recognized for the honor.” Ellis Jackson has been an educator for eight effort that you give to education. To receive such years and has worked for HSD for six years. She recognition encourages me to keep fighting with has experience teaching ninth through 12th good faith and to continue to be a positive exgrade English. ample to others,” he said. “I am honored and grateful for the recogniPendleton has been an educator for 32 years. tion, ” she said. “As an educator, watching students She has experience teaching pre-kindergarten to realize their own potential and helping them set college-age students at St. Louis Community Coland achieve goals motivates me.”

Jeffrey Craig, senior, Hazelwood Central High School, “Walking Factory”; seen here with Tracy Jay, visual arts teacher, HCHS.


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November 30, 2011

Chamber Gears Up for Nite of Stars Brush off your dancing shoes and don your party attire, it’s time once again for the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce’s Nite of Stars. The Chamber invites members, employees, family, friends and residents to join in the festivities from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday, December 2 at the Paul Detrick Auditorium, on the campus of Christian Hospital. The holiday gala will feature lavish hors d’ oeuvres and decadent desserts served throughout the evening, open bar, silent auction, live auction, a DJ and dancing. Ticket price is $65 per person, which includes a chance to win cash prizes – one of which is $2,500. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Current major sponsors include Platinum Sponsor: Christian Hospital; Gold Sponsor: SSM DePaul Health Center; Silver Sponsors: Garden Villas North/Delmar Gardens, Handyman True Value Hardware and US Bank; Bronze Sponsors: Incarnate Word Academy and Zykan Family Partnership; Copper Sponsors: Jamestown Chiropractic Center, Pulaski Bank, St. Catherine Retirement Community, Trinity Catholic High School and Valley Industries; Special Sponsors: Curves, White Auto Body, Lutheran Senior Services at Hidden Lake and Nimmons Wealth Management. Call the Chamber office at 314.831.3500 for more information on sponsorships, to purchase tickets or to donate an item for the silent auction.

Little Caesars Re-Opens in Ferguson Little Caesars, located at 220A N. Florissant Road in Ferguson, recently re-opened its doors after it was damaged in a tornado that hit the area on Good Friday. Joining owner Doyle Beck for the ribbon cutting on November 14 were his wife Joy, family members, Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III, several city officials and members of the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce. (Debbie Wright photo)

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NWCC Lunch Networking Event Welcomes Prospective Members A primary function of any chamber of commerce is to put business people in touch with each other. A variety of events are typically planned to create opportunities for meeting like-minded professionals, sharing ideas, building contacts and developing strategies. The Northwest Chamber of Commerce recognizes that its members rely on each other for growth, and plans several events each month. Tuesday Coffee Networking events are a popular choice for early birds, but for those who can’t make the early meeting time, there are two other options each month. Lunch Networking Events are held at 11:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Syberg's Restaurant off Dorsett. Most importantly, non NWCC members are encouraged to attend. These prospective members can benefit from the time spent with other local business owners and get to know the Northwest Chamber of Commerce and how it helps both the community and its members succeed. Future NWCC Lunch Networking Dates are December 6 and 20. Those who wish to attend must register at Don’t miss this valuable – and fun – opportunity.

Holiday Gala Benefits the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce will hold its 10th annual Holiday Gala on December 14 at Spazio’s. The Holiday Gala, which is open to the public, raises money for the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation. This money will benefit area high school students for college scholarships. The Education Foundation has raised more than $60,000 in the past 10 years for college scholarships. “We have asked that members of the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce, as well as the community, to contribute by attending this festive event,” said Kim Braddy, executive director of the Maryland Heights Chamber of Commerce. “Our members have always contributed when we are in times of need and since our scholarship fund has been depleted over the years due to the number of scholarships provided; our members have come forward to help once again.” In addition to attendance, Braddy is requesting gently used coats, scarves and mittens – all of which will be donated to a charity to help those in need for the upcoming cold months.

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November 30, 2011

SAINT CHARLES Christmas Traditions Welcome to St. Charles Christmas Traditions! Christmas sparkles each year in historic St. Charles,

Missouri during our one-of-a-kind Christmas Traditions festival. While you’re making holiday plans, escape to an old-fashioned Christmas with storybook characters, Victorian carolers, and Santas from around the world. There’s no better place than Main Street during a Christmas festival for a holiday stroll with your loved ones. Underneath a canopy of twinkling lights, stroll a while. Duck into a shop or two for a little holiday shopping. Then, take a break at one of the many restaurants, dessert cafes or coffee houses. For a complete schedule, please visit And when Santa has to leave on Christmas Eve, join us for the Santa Send-Off at 1:30 p.m. We’ll bid Santa goodbye during this last parade of the season and wish him the best as he heads back to the North Pole.

Breakfast with Santa December 3, 10 and 17 Come enjoy breakfast at the beautiful Mother-InLaw House Restaurant for an up-close-and-personal

visit with Santa. Bring your holiday wish list. Plus, don’t forget the camera to capture all the holiday fun. Doors open at 9 a.m., and breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m. Parking is free on the street and nearby lots. Tickets are $15 and reservations are required. But hurry! Only a limited number of tickets are available. To order tickets, contact the Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau at 636.255.6155 or via email at

The Complete Works of Christmas! December 4, 11 and 18, 2011 Someone has killed the Grinch and now Santa’s on Trial! Who can imagine the jolly old elf with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly could ever be a murderer? Come help us discover the real killer. Tickets are $62.50 and reservations are required. But hurry! Only a limited number of tickets are available. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner is served at 6 p.m. Parking is free on the street and nearby lots. To order tickets, contact the Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau at 636.255.6155 or via email at

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The Santa Parade The highlight of any visit to Historic Main Street has to be the Santa Parade. The Santa Parade starts at the corner of Boone’s Lick and South Main at 1:30 p.m. each Saturday and sunday during Christmas Traditiosn and features more than 40 costumed Victorian Carolers and Legends of Christmas who all come together for this magical event. The Santa Parade is led by the Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corp and culminates at the corner of South Main Street and First Capitol in Berthold Square where you will be treated to a short show featuring the talented Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corp as well as all the rest of our International Christmas Characters. After the show don’t miss out on the opportunity to interact with all the Santas as well as collect their Character Cards.

Decorations Saint Charles is one of America’s great Historic Districts. There is no other place quite like South Main Street, which features 10 blocks of historic buildings, some dating as far back as the late 1700s. For Christmas Traditions, we pull out all the stops to create a festive setting the whole family can enjoy. With more than 10,000 feet of fresh greenery, 150 wreaths, 1,200 hand-tied red velvet bows, and thousands of white lights in the trees and on the buildings, you just can’t help but get caught up in the holiday spirit. In the daytime, the crisp reds and greens provide a colorful backdrop as you walk the brick streets enjoying all that Christmas Traditions has to offer. And in the evening, the white lights make a nighttime stroll or drive down Main Street one of St. Louis’ best free light displays. The holiday decor on Main Street is just one more way that Christmas Past Comes To Life in Saint Charles during Christmas Traditions.

Photos with Santa Capture memories of your family’s visit to Saint Charles in a special photo with Santa. Set against a classic holiday backdrop in lower level of the Tourism Center at the corner of Main Street and First Capitol Drive, our Victorian Santa will bring a touch of class to this treasured memento, all at a

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greater value than mall photos. Photos are $12 for the first and $8 for the second. They are 5 x 7 and come in a lovely gold foiltrimmed frame. You may also purchase more photos with Santa in varying sizes online or by visiting The Tintypery at 510 S. Main Street. Photos with Santa will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Carriage Rides Take a break from the hustle and bustle of shopping and enjoy a relaxing, complimentary carriage ride down Main Street! Our complimentary carriage shuttle will be available (weather permitting) during Christmas Traditions on Wednesday and Friday Nights, as well as Saturdays and Sundays. The carriage rides are courtesy of the SBD and the Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau. To reserve a carriage for a special event or evening during the holiday season, please call 636.398.4123.

and Joseph looking for shelter as they process down South Main Street with thousands of visitors carrying luminaries and singing carols. The procession begins at the corner of S. Main Street and Boone’s Lick Road. Las Posadas culminates along the riverfront in Fron-

tier Park with a re-telling of the Christmas Story in narrative and song, a live nativity scene, and carols sung around the Yule Log bonfire. All Photos courtesy of Karen Godfery

Trains on Main Be sure to visit Trains on Main located at the “North Main Train Station” at 222 N. Main Street. This year’s display will include a Victorian winter scene, a circus scene, Katy coal train, Union Pacific Big Boy, Polar Express, and so much more. Features HO, O, N and G gauge trains. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 3-12. Children under 3 are free. Proceeds benefit the Frenchtown Heritage Museum. Trains on Main is open during regular festival hours. For more information, call 636.724.2106.

Las Posadas 2011: Saturday, Dec. 3 During the day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the normal Saturday Festival takes place. At 6 p.m. a beautiful re-enactment of the Spanish tradition of Las Posadas finds Mary


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November 30, 2011

Statepoint Crossword Theme: At the Gym

Ephron’s in Top Form with Book of Reflections She might profess to being old, but writer, director Nora Ephron is like fine wine – she just keeps improving with age. Her new book of reflections, “I Remember Nothing,” brings us a mix of happy-sad that’s poignantly touching. Ephron, who recently wrote and directed the movie “Julie and Julia” and penned the screenplay for “When Harry Met Sally” delights because she write about situations we can all identify with. Like the time you’ve got something on the tip of your tongue but it won’t come to you: “The Senior Moment has become the Goggle moment, and it has a much nicer, hipper, younger, more contemporary sound, doesn’t it?” And who hasn’t forgotten a person’s name, “Please, please, please. Give me a hint. My husband is likely to walk up, and I’ll have to introduce you, and I won’t be able to, and you’ll know I have no idea who you are even though we spent an entire weekend together on a boat in 1984.” These reflections are balanced by more serious ones – Ephron’s honesty about her alcoholic mother, who overnight became an incorrigible drinker when Ephron was only 15, Ephron’s reflection on the breakup of her second marriage and the loss of a best friend. But mostly Ephron is clever and funny, so very funny, in a book that can be read in one sitting, but will keep you smiling for hours. Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2011.

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“The Descendants” George Clooney turns in another solid, though understated, performance in “The Descendants,” a film about a man who is knocked completely out of his comfort zone. Clooney plays Matt King, a Hawaii-based attorney who finds himself at a crossroads. King, who refers to himself as the “backup parent,” now has to take charge of his daughter Scottie (Amara Miller) after his wife is seriously injured. He also goes to retrieve his other daughter Alex (Shailene Woodley) from an exclusive boarding school, but he finds her intoxicated and breaking curfew. After keeping his family at a distance, King has to be a real parent to Scottie and Alex for the first time in years. At the same time, he’s also managing a very public land deal involving all his relatives. As descendants of Hawaiian royalty, the King family holds 25,000 acres of prime real estate that they now are forced to sell. The offers for the property are so good that everyone involved stands to make a great deal of money. While juggling family and business, King discovers some disquieting information about his wife, which could affect his entire future as well as the land deal. Director Alexander Payne (“Sideways”) is a great storyteller and, using a script based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, he tells the intriguing tale of an absentee father who must become a better parent and human being. George Clooney is picture perfect here as Matt King, a lawyer who measures life in terms of dollars and cents. His family holdings have made him wealthy, but Matt spends only the money he makes at his law practice. As his life slowly unravels, Matt

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must reconnect with all the women in his life. The breakout stars of “The Descendants” are, however, the two young ladies who play Clooney’s daughters. Newcomer Amara Miller is nicely cast as Scottie, a 10-year-old who has trouble adjusting to her mother’s condition. Scottie expresses herself best with photographs that her teachers and classmates find highly upsetting. Shailene Woodley is especially impressive as eldest daughter Alex. After returning home with her father, she becomes Matt’s unlikely ally as he deals with his wife’s illness and the upcoming land deal. Alex also brings outspoken boyfriend Sid (a hilarious Nick Krause) with her wherever she goes, which leads to some explosive outcomes. Emotionally charged entertainment, “The Descendants” is well-crafted and one of the more promising films of the holiday season. “The Descendants,” rated R for language including some sexual references, currently is playing in theaters.

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November 30, 2011

“Over the Fence”

My Memories of Not Remembering I can’t remember names. It’s not from aging or head injuries or some terrible disease. It started when I was old enough to climb curtains. Perhaps it’s a genetic defect. It’s embarrassing to bump into old friends and not remember their names. Worse yet, if I’m with some other friends, I can’t introduce them because I’ll forget their names, too. Years ago, I got hurt and had to find a different job…one less physical, so I sold cars for a few years. It was O.K., except I couldn’t remember the customers’ names. The boss told me to write their names down immediately after I met them. I tried that, and most of them became suspicious and wanted to know why I was writing their names in my notebook. I told them about my terrible memory, and they made excuses and left. Who wants to buy a car from a salesman with a bad memory? If they returned and bought the car, he would probably forget them the minute they drove it away. I admit…many salesmen forgot customers after they sold them a car anyway. In fact, some of them hid if they brought the car back. I wasn’t a very good salesman. I couldn’t lie very well. We were taught to lie to customers that were ‘just looking’ and wanted our rock-bottom price. We lied about a low price to keep them from buying elsewhere. Since most other dealers did it, too, the end result might be a price for which nobody could sell it. For me, that meant forgetting the customers’ names I lied to. Forgetting names really hurts dating potential. When I meet a shapely adorable and learn her name only to forget it within seconds sends out the wrong signal. A friend suggested using any name that came to mind and they would correct you.

So I asked, “So Blanchette, where are you from?” She glared at me and growled, “I’m not a bridge. My name is Linda you idiot.” Then I forgot it again and the conversation went downhill fast. If I ask a woman her name and then write it down, the same thing happens as when I sold cars; she becomes suspicious. If I explain I can’t remember names, the potential relationship usually goes from guarded interest to fear of my memory being bad about some other things…like whether I’ll remember her name the morning after the wedding or what abandoned quarry I left her body in. I finally gave in and bought a memory improvement book, but I forgot where I put it. It’s also a selective bad memory. I remember the names of my long ago classmates from high school. Yet I have a hard time remembering the names of current friends and acquaintances. I hate admitting that young memories are sharper than old memories. I usually tell people the memory section in my brain is full up. Through repetition, I finally remember names, but it does seem to take longer these days. It took a year to remember my favorite bartender‘s name. That’s probably illegal in some countries. Whoops, I just remembered; I can’t remember the words to songs either. I can remember the music but not the lyrics. Since I was once a musician, this was frustrating indeed. My fellow musicians wanted me to sing with the rest of them but I couldn’t remember the words. In musician’s language, that’s uncool. Fortunately, forgetting about being a musician was easy. Happiness is meeting an old friend that can’t remember your name either.

MDC Celebrating 75 Years of Conservation in Missouri Missouri’s unique, citizen-led conservation agency began in November 1936 The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is celebrating its 75th anniversary through October 2012. Throughout the next year, the MDC-produced magazine, Missouri Conservationist, will highlight the Show-Me-State’s unique, citizen-led conservation story, successful conservation partnerships and programs and future challenges. To read the Missouri Conservationist online or to subscribe, free to Missourians, visit MDC will also host anniversary events throughout the coming year at nature centers and other locations throughout the state. To follow anniversary activities, visit about-us/get-know-us/75th-anniversary. “Conservation in Missouri is unique,” said MDC Director Robert Ziehmer, “unique in its history, unique in the way it derives its authority and funding from citizens, and unique in the passion, partnerships and

commitment of Missourians to perpetuate this legacy.” Ziehmer added that Missourians have achieved some amazing results. “Working together, the Department and citizens have restored and conserved dozens of fish and wildlife species,” he said. “We have ensured that Missouri is a great place to hunt and fish, transformed forestry into a sustainable industry, created a system devoted to serving both rural and urban private landowners, invested in the hearts of major urban areas to encourage participation in the outdoors, developed an accessible network of public lands and facilities, and partnered the entire way with citizens and communities throughout the state.” The need to protect, conserve and sustain Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources began well before the creation of the MDC. During their expedition in the early 1800s through what is now known as Missouri, explorers Lewis & Clark described the stunning abundance and variety of fish, forests and wildlife. However, by the 1860s, our state’s fish, forest and wildlife resources were depleted through unchecked hunting, fishing, logging and burning of land. By the 1930s, the existing Missouri Department of Game was underfunded and largely a token gesture weakened by powerful interests. These circumstances set the stage for citizen-led efforts to begin the restoration of Missouri’s fish, forest and wildlife resources 75 years ago. In September 1935, Missouri sportsmen met and formed the Restoration and Conservation Federation of Missouri. They drafted an amendment to the Missouri Constitution aimed at creating an apolitical conservation agency and set to work getting it passed. On Nov.

3, 1936, voters approved Amendment 4 to the Missouri Constitution, creating the Conservation Commission and the apolitical, science-based conservation agency with authority over fish, forests and wildlife. On July 1, 1937, Amendment 4 took effect. “Not in their wildest imaginations could those early sportsmen have imagined what has been achieved,” said Dave Murphy, executive director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. “On the same landscape, at the same time that our human population has doubled, we’ve seen the restoration of wild turkey, deer, geese, river otters, raccoons, black bass, elk and so much more.” In 1970, the Conservation Federation of Missouri led an effort to establish dedicated funding for conservation through the Design for Conservation. Passed in 1976, it included a pledge to obtain land for recreation, forestry and protection of critical habitat, increased services to the public in the areas of wildlife and forest conservation, the creation of conservation nature centers throughout Missouri, and funding through the 1/8-of 1-percent conservation sales tax. This sales-tax revenue makes up 58 percent of MDC’s annual operating budget with no funding coming from the state’s general revenue. Permit revenues from fishing, hunting and trapping account for approximately 20 percent of the Department’s annual revenue. MDC also receives 14 percent of its funding in the form of federal reimbursements from sources including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration programs. Efforts to ensure healthy forests, abundant fish and wildlife and productive waters provide benefits to citizens’ quality of life and the state economy. Today, hunting, fishing and wildlife watching, along with forest industries support about 95,000 Missouri jobs and generate more than $11.4 billion annually to state and local economies. The Department is led by the Conservation Commission, which consists of four commissioners appointed by the Governor for six-year unpaid terms. Current Commissioners are: Don R. Johnson of Festus; James T. Blair, IV, of St. Louis; Don C. Bedell of Sikeston; and Becky L. Plattner of Grand Pass.


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Writer Proudly Wears the Chartreuse Letter

You’ve heard of the “Scarlet Letter,” right? The woman in the novel wore a large red “A” on her person to signify her act of adultery. My recent act had nothing to do with adultery, but I’m walking around these days with a giant scarlet letter. Actually, scarlet probably isn’t the right color. It should be something more neon, more fitting. Let’s call it the Chartreuse Letter. Excuse me. The letter is “S.” It could stand for many things in my case. Shelly, Schneider, Sensitive, Sympathetic, Supportive, etc. You get the picture. This time, though, the “S” stands for SUCKER. The entire family, Mimi and Poppy included, piled into the van for a fun-filled morning at the zoo. First things first, however; money, then gas. I saw the man out of the corner of my eye as we pulled into the gas station. We’ll dub him “Sleazeball,” in keeping with the “S” theme. He pulled into the station, hopped out of a car, and walked to another car to talk to a woman. I didn’t think anything about it at the time. I parked the van and stepped out, ready to fill the tank. “Sleazeball” approached as the pump’s computer read $7. “I hate to even ask, ma’am,” he said, looking greasy, unkempt and tired. “My wife ran the car out of gas. I left my wallet at home, and we need about one gallon to make it back


home.” Sirens went off in my head (another “S” word). If the average car can travel 20 miles on one gallon of gas, this guy was 80 miles from home with no wallet. What didn’t sound right about that? And where was the car he emerged from just minutes before? I peeked around the corner to see the little red car with the woman in the passenger’s seat. Against my better judgement, I dug into my pocket and counted out $4. “Thank you so much,” he said, quite sincerely. (If I work at this hard enough, I’ll come up with a column’s worth of “S” words!) He returned to the pump, and then went inside the station to pay-or so I thought. “Sleazeball” came out after a minute or two, thanked me again, and sped off in the little red car. Something inside my gut just didn’t feel right. The man was nice enough, but aren’t most con-artists really nice people? I replaced the gas nozzle, pulled the $20 that was nestled in my other pocket, and headed into the station to pay the attendant. “The gentleman in here just a minute ago, did he pay for anything besides the $4 in gasoline?” I thought maybe he just wanted the money for cigarettes or lottery tickets. “He didn’t have any gas at all,” answered the nice attendant behind the counter. “He came in and asked me for the time, looked around a little, told me to

have a nice day, and left.” What a sucker I’d been! That “Sleazeball” had this con down to a science. He faked pumping gas, faked paying for the fuel, and very sweetly thanked me for helping. I was furious! If I hadn’t been hauling six other people in the van, I would have risked life, limb and a few speeding tickets to track down the “Sleazeball” and give him a piece of my mind. Did he have no conscience? How many other people had he suckered before spotting me? “Steam” poured from my ears, and only our three children riding in the van prevented me from “spouting” four-letter words. Don’t worry, I won’t demonstrate with an “S” word this time. It was a 30-minute drive to the zoo, and by the time we found a parking place I’d forgotten all about “Sleazeball.” It was only $4, after all. Do people see suckers coming from a mile away? Do suckers look different? Do they exude some sucker-like odor? Maybe. If that’s the case, I figure to be taken at least a few more times during my life. I still believe in helping my fellow human being whenever possible, and if that makes me a sucker, then I’ll proudly wear the Chartreuse Letter.

New Holiday Classics: Sweet and savory recipes for the season

(Family Features) The holiday season is the perfect time to gather around the table with friends and family and share delicious dishes and treats. Every family has their traditional favorites — whether sweet or savory.

Rigatoni Romesco with Grilled Shrimp Servings: 6 • Cook Time: 20 min. Ingredients: - 2 tablespoons Crisco® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided, plus 1/3 cup olive oil - 3 cloves garlic, divided and chopped - 1 slice white bread - 1 cup Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter - 1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, undrained - 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes - 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes - 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley - 2 teaspoons salt, divided - 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided - 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar - 1 teaspoon chili powder

- 1 teaspoon paprika - 3 pounds (about 3 dozen) large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined - 1 (16-ounce) package rigatoni pasta, cooked according to package directions and kept warm Optional Garnish - Chopped Italian parsley, chopped peanuts or roasted red pepper strips Directions: 1. Add 1 tablespoon oil and 2 cloves garlic to a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Sauté and stir about 1 minute. 2. Transfer garlic to small bowl. Add bread to skillet and

cook 2 minutes on each side until toasted. Remove bread and tear into large pieces. 3. Place sautéed garlic, remaining clove raw garlic, bread, peanut butter and roasted red peppers in food processor and purée well. Add in pepper flakes, tomatoes, parsley, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, vinegar, chili powder and paprika; purée. With processor running, add 1/3 cup oil gradually through the feed tube and mix well. Return sauce to skillet and heat thoroughly. Keep warm. 4. Heat grill. Season shrimp with remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and 1 tablespoon oil in large

bowl. Stir to combine. Grill about 2 minutes on each side or until opaque. 5. Place pasta on large platter. Top with sauce, then shrimp. Serve hot. Garnish with Italian parsley, chopped peanuts and red peppers if desired. Serve hot.

Peanut Butter Caramel French Toast Servings: 8 • Prep Time: 30 min. • Cook Time: 45 min. Ingredients: - Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray - 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar - 1/2 cup butter - 1/2 cup Jif Extra Crunchy Peanut Butter - 2 tablespoons light corn syrup - 12 1-inch-thick slices French bread - 6 large eggs, beaten - 1 1/2 cups milk - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1/4 teaspoon almond extract - Whipped cream or whipped butter Directions: 1. Coat 13 x 9-inch baking dish with no-stick

cooking spray. Stir brown sugar, butter, peanut butter and corn syrup in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Pour peanut butter mixture into baking dish. Place bread slices over mixture, trimming to fit. 2. Whisk together eggs, milk, salt, vanilla and almond extracts in a medium bowl. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and chill 8 hours or

overnight. 3. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove cover. Bake 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Invert onto large serving platter. Cut into servings. Serve with whipped cream or whipped butter.

Apple Cranberry Peanut Butter Crisp Servings: 9 • Prep Time: 15 min. • Cook Time: 40 min. Ingredients: - 6 cups peeled, sliced Gala apples (about 3 large) - 1/4 cup dried cranberries - 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon Topping - 6 tablespoons Pillsbury Best® All Purpose Flour - 3 tablespoons toasted wheat germ - 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar - 1/2 cup Jif Omega-3 Creamy Peanut Butter - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts - Smucker’s® Sundae Syrup™ Caramel Fla-

vored Syrup (optional) or Smucker’s Sugar Free Sundae Syrup Caramel Flavored Syrup Directions: 1. Heat oven to 375°F. Stir apples, cranberries, 1/4 cup brown sugar and cinnamon until coated. Spoon evenly in 9 x 9-inch baking pan. 2. Mix flour, wheat germ and 1/4 cup brown sugar in medium bowl. Cut in peanut butter with fork until crumbs form. Stir in walnuts. Crumble over apples. 3. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until

apples are fork tender and top is golden brown. Cool 10 minutes. Drizzle with caramel flavored syrup, if desired. Serve warm.


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Sports You See... With Gary B. Guns ‘N Hoses Featured MVP Guest Proceeds To Backstoppers The 25th event of the police officers boxing the firefighters had a great crowd on Thanksgiving Eve. Police won nine of the 17 bouts. Winners included: David Keough FD, Kelly Kennon FD, Will Smith PD, Brian Gregory FD, Kristen Troup FD, Lucas Andert FD, Brandon Johnson PD, Rhonda Sanika PD, Brian Yount PD, Dondrell Harris PD, Bennie Blackmon PD, Chris Childers PD, John Dickherber FD, Frank Prusinowski FD, Chris Jenkerson FD, Matt Brillos PD and Ron Freeman PD. Laurie Taylor (pictured) of Pattonville Fire Protection District took a loss in a ‘Walkover’…she was injured before the fight and could not compete. Thanks anyway! Honored was MVP of the Cardinals David Freeze pictured with Sean. ~~~Remembering all that have perished in the line of duty

The women’s basketball team is on a three-game winning streak as it won the last contest during the Thanksgiving weekend over Black Hills State 69-52. Coach Francis and the Lady Lions finished with a 21-10 overall record in the 2010-11 season and they hope to replicate it this year. The women’s program has a long stretch of away games before returning to the Hyland Arena to battle Urbana on January 14. ~~~Thanks to Matthew Schmack, Graduate Assistant-Sports Information-Lindenwood University for the article Rascals Search to Fill a Few Positions Back-To-Back Great Seasons Recently I noticed that the General Manager slot for the River City Rascals was vacant. Also, broadcaster Jason Troop has moved to Washington, IA taking a Sports Director position for KCII. ~~~Good luck John and Jason

Photos by Gary Baute

Lindenwood Basketball Teams Men and Women The Lindenwood men’s and women’s basketball teams have gotten off to a great start in their 2011-2012 seasons. The men’s team has jumped out to an impressive 4-1 record with two of those victories coming in overtime. The team returned from its trip to Fairbanks, Alaska where it went 2-1 over some tough competition. The Lions will wrap up their road-game stretch by playing Urbana University on Wednesday, November 30 with Central State, and Wilberforce this weekend. LU returns home on December 13 for the first home game of the season against Concordia Seminary.

Simple Things Cause Accidents For years, I have been a strong proponent of the thought that the "simple things" in life can cause us some of the "biggest problems". As far as traffic crashes are concerned, typically, it's something "simple" that causes a crash, which often results in serious injuries and fatalities. Some of those "simple" things include: speeding, texting, or talking on a cellular telephone, and not paying attention to changing conditions. The list could go on and on. We all know better, but for some reason, we don't make being a safe driver a priority in our lives.

Remaining Season Schedule for Rams not Easy Rams 20-Arizona Cardinals 23 In the four of the five remaining games of the NFL regular season, the Rams will play teams looking to win their division or a playoff position. An uphill task for the organization indeed. Not being able to shut down the Cardinals’ offense on November 27 made Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo face reality. “Very disappointing loss,” the coach said. “Parts of it I’d say we’re in there battling and yet we made too many mistakes and end up losing the football game…so that’s where I’m at and I think the players feel the same way. So no matter what this week, guys will come back and work their tails off. Play for the fans, play for themselves. Represent them well, have a lot of pride. And go out and try to win a football game. That’s how we’ll approach it.” Good talk, let’s hope results are a win next time. NEXT RAMS HOME GAMES: December 18; Noon - against the Cincinnati Bengals January 1: Noon - against the San Francisco 49ers (end of regular season) Check the latest news at ~~~Need to shake it up

By Sgt. Paul Reinsch, Missouri State Highway Patrol

One issue that seems "simple" to understand, but is often misunderstood by drivers, is proper lane usage. Without a doubt, a "simple" lane violation can have disastrous outcome. Missouri law clearly says when driving on a highway with a total of two lanes (one lane in each direction) drivers must drive in the right-hand lane. Obviously, a driver may cross into the other lane to overtake a vehicle if the pass can be made safely. On highways with a total of four or more lanes (two or more lanes in each direction), a driver is mandated to drive in the right lane unless passing slower traffic, letting another driver have enough room to enter the highway safely, or preparing to make a legal left turn. Once you have completed the pass, Missouri law REQUIRES you to return to the right lane. It is not legal or safe to continuously drive in the left lane. As far as overtaking vehicles is concerned, make sure you are in a safe passing zone.

On a two-lane roadway: Never pass on a hill, at a curve, in an intersection, or when you can see approaching traffic. On highways with a total of four or more lanes (two or more lanes in each direction), always try to get through the other driver's blind spot as quickly as possible without exceeding the speed limit. The longer you stay in the other driver's blind spot, the longer you are in danger of having that vehicle collide with your vehicle. Never stay alongside, or immediately behind, a large vehicle such as a truck or bus. These vehicles have large blind spots and it's difficult for their drivers to see you. If you can't see the truck driver's face in the truck's side mirror, most likely, the truck driver can't see you. Remember, it takes longer to pass a large truck. After passing any vehicle, make sure to provide plenty room to the vehicle you just passed by maintaining your speed. Last, but certainly not least, anytime you make a lane change always use your turn signals, so other drivers know of your intentions. Safe driving is a full-time job and we need to realize that "simple" mistakes can cause serious traffic crashes. Please do your part to be a good, safe driver by following all traffic laws, and by paying attention to the main task at hand.


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WOMEN’S HEALTH: How to Prepare for Labor and Delivery For some women, the thought of labor and delivery causes a lot of anxiety. However, preparing mentally and physically early in pregnancy can help you have a smoother delivery. Many women choose a childbirth partner. This person can be a spouse, partner, friend, or relative who can provide support through your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. He or she can accompany you to prenatal visits and childbirth classes. You can practice breathing or relaxation exercises together, and on delivery day, your partner can coach you through contractions and help carry out what you’ve learned in your classes. Some women also choose to have a doula, or professional labor assistant. Doulas support both women and their childbirth partners and can take some of the pressure off during a long labor. Childbirth education classes help prepare women for what to expect in labor and delivery. The techniques

taught in popular classes, such as Lamaze, Bradley, and Read, can vary, but the idea is the same – that fear and tension make pain worse. They aim to relieve pain through education, emotional support, relaxation techniques, and touch. Your doctor can give you information on the different types of classes available. During childbirth classes, you will learn about a number of different ways to approach labor and delivery. Topics that may be addressed include having a natural childbirth vs. using pain relief medication during labor, episiotomy, breastfeeding after delivery, and who will be in the delivery room. If you choose to work with a midwife, ACOG recommends using a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or certified midwife (CM). Unlike lay midwives, CNMs and CMs are accredited, have passed a national certification exam, and are trained professionals. They work with qualified doctors to care for women and their

babies through early pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the weeks after birth. Women must also consider where they will deliver. It is important to be By James N. Martin, Jr, MD President, The American Congress in a setting where trained of Obstetricians and Gynecologists emergency medical staff are available in case any complications arise that threaten the life or health of the mother or baby. Therefore, ACOG recommends that all births take place in a hospital setting or a birthing center within a hospital complex. Discussing these details beforehand can ease confusion at the time of your delivery. You can make a list of options that appeal to you and share them with your doctor for review. He or she can let you know if your preferences conflict with hospital policy.

Christian Hospital “Just Lose It” Winners Announced Chris Ray is the first place winner of Christian Hospital’s “Just Lose It!” competition. Ray made it to the top early in the competition and stayed there. His advice for others is to climb right back on that wagon if you fall off for a day. Second place went to Kimberly Wesley. Wesley is a trainer, but wasn’t walking the walk. She received a firsthand look at what it takes to get back to a healthy weight. Her advice to others is to stay focused and committed, and get help. Wesley said the Christian Hospital forum was great because it allowed her to talk with others following the same journey. Ida Bostic took third place. Bostic joined the “Just Lose It!” challenge because she is diabetic, and she wanted to get her blood sugar under control. Bostic said her best advice is to just get Above Photos: Chris Ray, Before (left) and After (right). out and walk. Group Photo: Chris Ray, Kimberly Wesley and Ida Bostic. The top three “Just Lose It” Winners!

Dr. Rearden Elected President of Hematology-Oncology Consultants, Inc. Hematology-Oncology Consultants, Inc., (HOCI) elected Timothy Rearden, MD, president at its annual shareholders meeting Nov. 17, 2011. HOCI provides medical services at Alton Memorial Hospital and Christian Hospital, and recently aligned itself with BJC HealthCare, with BJC providing infusion services, management and staffing effective December 12. Outgoing president Thomas Ryan, MD, nominated Dr. Rearden to lead the physician group in recognition of Dr. Rearden’s devotion to HOCI and its mission to provide the absolute latest and most advanced medical treatment and technology to the residents of north St. Louis County as well as Madison and St. Clair counties in Illinois. HOCI was founded in 1978 to serve the north St. Louis County area and expanded to serve the Illinois community in 1985. Dr. Rearden has been with HOCI since 1995. “Tim’s membership on the BJC board and his suberb clinical

skills put him in a unique postion to advance the mission of the corporation as it enters a new and exciting phase of its growth with our forthcoming affiliation with BJC and the move of the Alton office to the Alton Memorial Hospital campus,” said Dr. Ryan. Dr. Rearden is medical director of the Christian Hospital Cancer Care Center, which under his leadership participates in the Southwest Oncology Group national clinical trial research studies to treat cancer patients. Dr. Rearden is also a clinical medicine professor at Washington University School of Medicine and has been on St. Louis magazine’s “Best Doctors in St. Louis” list of since 2002, when physicians began voting on physicians in their own specialty that they would choose for themselves or loved one when medical care is required.


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Church Mondays in Advent: Waiting with Mary Advent Prayer Series 7 to 8 p.m. at the Pallottine Renewal Center Chapel November 28 and December 5, 12, and 19. Info: Angela at 314.387.7100. 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 Dec. 3 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. Events Dec. 3: Shopping and Craft Fair 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish Hall, 1220 Paddock Dr. in Florissant. Free admission. Attendance prizes and raffle items.

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Dec. 3: Pancakes with Santa 9 – 11 a.m. at Florissant Valley Christian Church, 1325 N. U.S. Highway 67 in Florissant. Breakfast, story by Santa and crafts. $5 per person (3 and under are free). Info: 314.837.6767. Dec. 10 Fair-Trade Christmas Gifts 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Florissant Valley Christian Church, 1325 N. U.S. Highway 67 in Florissant. Shop for unique gifts by artisans in third world countries. All money goes to the artisans who made the products so they may be able to support their families. Info: 314.837.6767. Jan. 7: Trinity Trivia Night 7 p.m. in the TCHS cafeteria. Doors open at 6 p.m. $120 for table of eight. Beer and soda provided. Must be 21. Proceeds benefit production of Godspell in February. Reservations: Diane Merz at 314.869.6371 or Sept. 22, 2012: Jennings High School Class of 1972 Reunion To be held in St. Charles, Mo. We need your current contact information. Please call 636.583.9778 or email 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 MidRivers Mall in the food court. Come join us for some interesting games! 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.

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 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. Health and Meetings St. Chatherine Retirement Community Events 3350 St. Catherine St., Florissant. To RSVP to events call 314.838.3877 Each Monday: Line Dancing with Minnie 5:45 p.m. Beginners welcome. Every Monday and Friday: Fit to Go Exercise 1 p.m. Free. Classes led by personal trainer with the use of weights and resistance bands (provided). 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. First and Third Mondays: Sharing Losses through Bereavement 1 – 2:30 p.m. SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. For families and friends who want to help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. Register at 314.SSM. DOCS (776.3627). Nov. 16: General Weight Loss Surgery – Support Group 5:30 – 7 p.m. May Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. For patients and candidates. Info: or 1.877.477.6954.

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 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 O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. Support Groups Every Wednesday: 7:30 - 9 p.m. Naranon 7:30 – 9 p.m. New Choices NarAnon Family Group at Zion Lutheran Church, 12075 Dorsett Road, Maryland Heights, Mo 63043. Info: email MoreInformation@att. net or visit Thursdays: 6:30 - 8 p.m. GriefShare Support Group At Ferguson Church of the Nazarene, 1309 N. Elizabeth Ave., Ferguson, Mo. 63135. Support group for those who have lost a loved one. Info: Lee Cedra at

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Mon. & Thurs, ongoing: 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Breathe Designed for people with pulmonary disease – participants focus on deep breathing, exercises and relaxation. Graham Medical Center, 1150 Graham Rd. Suite 104. $30. Call 314-953-6090 to register or for more information. Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30 p.m. STEPS Schizophrenia Support Group This nationally recognized program provides education and support for those with schizophrenia. Group is facilitated by an experienced STEPS nurse. For info, call 314-839-3171. Diabetes Basics Proper diabetes treatment and education can help you learn to live well with diabetes. Call 314.344.7024 for info or 314.3447220 to enroll. Diabetes Self Management Training A series of four classes over a sixmonth period of time. Call Central Scheduling to make an appointment at 314.344.7220. The classes are covered by most insurance plans. Nutrition Education SSM DePaul registered dieticians can help you make sure your diet is right for you. Call 314.344.6157 for information. Pregnancy Massage SSM DePaul Health Center. Let a certified massage therapist ease away many of the aches and pains you experience as your body changes during pregnancy through a onehour massage session. $50 for a onehour massage. Call 314.344.7879 to schedule an appointment. Therapeutic Massage SSM DePaul Health Center. Massage by certified massage therapist to provide stress release, relaxation and health benefits. $60/hour massage or $35/half-hour massage. Call 314.344.7879 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Cholesterol/Glucose Screening DePaul Wellness Center at SSM DePaul Health Center. 12-hour fasting required for accurate results. Please allow 2 weeks for results. Cholesterol HDL/ LDL/Triglycerides (requires 12 hour fasting)- $17; Cholesterol, Total - $10; Glucose, Only - $10; Glucose, Combined with either Cholesterol - $5. Call 314.344.6176 to schedule an appointment.

Calcium Scoring Heart Scan Program SSM DePaul Health Center. This program uses advanced (CT) imaging to scan the arteries around the heart and measure or score the amount of calcium present in the plaque deposits. This screening, in combination with other heart disease risk factors (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, etc.) can help determine an overall picture of your current heart health and your risk for developing heart disease. Call 314.344.6030 to learn more about the heart scan program or to schedule an appointment. SSM DePaul Wellness Center Tired of getting locked into longterm memberships that you never use? Join the DePaul Wellness Center and receive a personalized program for your specific needs. Classes available on strength training, nutrition and smoking cessation. Call 314.344.6177 for more details. SSM St. Joseph Health Center & Hospital West Auxiliary Non profit organization assisting the hosp. by holding fund raisering activities, being of service to patients, families, employees & physicians and acting as good will ambassadors to community. We welcome new member. Call Barb Hutchinson 636.947.5466. The Barnes St. Peters Hospital Auxiliary is looking for New Members If you would like to become a member please call 636.916.9664. Gateway to Hope Program The Gateway to Hope Program arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured and reside in MO. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed w/breast cancer & cannot access treatment call Gateway

to Hope at 314-569-1113 or www. Every Wednesday Take Off Pounds Sensibly Group Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 414 S. Church St., St. Peters. Weighins at 8:30 a.m. Business mtg at 10 a.m. Call 636-397-1727 or 636-2724995 for more info. Every Tues. 6:30–8 p.m. Chemical Dependency Mtg. Christian Hospital. 314.839.3171. Every Tues.: 9–10:30 a.m. TOPS Meetings Take Off Pounds Sensibly. John F. Kennedy Community Center, 315 Howdershell Rd., Florissant. 314.921.7582. Every Tues.: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Free Pilates Class for Cancer Patients & Families Bring own mat. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.921.9920. 4th Tuesday of each month: 6:307:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group Hear from experts on how to better manage diabetes & enjoy a healthier life. Located at the H.W. Koenig Medical Bldg., St. Joseph Hospital West. Call 636.625.5447 for more info. First Thurs. 10:30–11:30 a.m. Caregiver Class from BJC Home Care Services, free to public, Topics: care, stress relief, legal issues, Siteman Cancer Cntr., Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital conference rm. Info. 314-575-3983. Every Sun.: 6:30 p.m. Every Mon.: 9:30 a.m. Survivors of Incest Anonymous Meetings Women only. Sundays at Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 7601 Delmar, U. City. 314.993.5421 or 636.561.1407. Mondays in Wentzville, call 636.561.1407.

Siteman Cancer Center at BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp, 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.916.9920. 1st Thur.: 7 p.m. Parents W/O Partners, North County Chapter General Mtg, 2435 Creve Coeur Mill Rd. 314.739.0880. 2nd Wed. 6–7:30 p.m. Talking Man to Man about Prostate Cancer Support group for men diagnosed w/prostate cancer at any stage. Barnes St. Peters. 636.916.9947. 3rd Tues.: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Grief & Loss Support Group— DePaul Hospital Share experiences of grief & loss w/those who share similar feelings. Led by trained coordinators & Pastor David Boyle. Bridgeton Trails Library, Rm 2. 314.344.7356. Nurses & company. Flu shots avail. for small cost. 115 Piper Hill Dr., St. Peters. Every Tues.: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Free Pilates Class for Cancer Patients & Families Bring own mat. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.921.9920. Weekly 6:30 p.m. Survivors of Incest Anonymous Mtg. 12 Step Program for Women sexually abused in childhood. At Holy Communion Episcopal Church, 7601 Delmar, University City. Lower Level. Call 314.993.5421.

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hood. Meeting held at the Samuel United Church of Christ, 320 N. Forsyth Blvd., Clayton. Meet in Lower Level. For more information, call 314.968.3477. St. Joseph West hospital 4th Tuesday of each month 6:307:30 p.m.: Diabetes Support Group. Hear from experts to learn how to better manage diabetes & enjoy a healthier life. Join the group and discover how to increase circulation, relaxation, learn the myofascial effects such as increased mobility & tissue elasticity. Free. H.W. Koenig Medical Building at St. Joseph Hospital West. Register: Call 636.625.5447 Every Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m.: Weekly Cancer Survivor’s Support Group. Join other survivors to discuss dealing emotionally w/treatments; managing anxiety, depression; sexuality; finding strength & hope; family and financial pressures; more. Free. At H.W. Koenig Medical Bldg, St. Joseph Hosp. West. Register: Call 636-639-8600.

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NIH-commissioned Census Bureau Report Describes Oldest Americans In 1980, there were 720,000 people aged 90 and older in the United States. In 2010, there were 1.9 million people aged 90 and older; by 2050, the ranks of people 90 and older may reach 9 million, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. The report describes this rapidly growing segment of the population which suggests that the designation of oldest-old should be changed from 85 to 90 years. The report, 90+ in the United States: 2006–2008, details the demographic, health and economic status of America’s oldest adults. “With the aging boom it is critical to develop demographic data providing as detailed a picture as possible of our oldest population,” said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. “The information on a variety of factors – income, health status, disabilities and living arrangements – will be particularly useful to researchers, planners and policymakers.” Based on the American Community Survey, the 27-page report describes in detail this rapidly growing population and states that a majority of the 90-plus population are widowed white women who live alone or in a nursing home. Most of them are high school graduates. Social Security provides almost half of their personal income, and almost all of them have health insurance coverage through Medicare and/or Medicaid. The vast majority say they have one or more types of disability. The report says: • An average person who has lived to 90 years of age has a life expectancy today of 4.6 more years (versus 3.2 years in 1929–1931), while those who pass the century mark are projected to live another 2.3 years. • The majority (84.7 percent) of those 90 years and older reported having one or more limitations in physical function. Some 66 percent had difficulty in mobility-related activities such as walking or climbing stairs. • An older person’s likelihood of living in a nursing home increases sharply with age. About 1 percent of what are called the young elderly (aged 65–69) live in a nursing home. The proportion rises to 3 percent for ages 75–79, 11.2 percent for ages 85–89, 19.8 percent at ages 90–94, 31.0 percent at ages 95–99 and up to 38.2

percent among centenarians. • Women aged 90 years and older outnumber men nearly 3 to 1; 74.1 percent of the total population aged 90 and older in 2006– 2008 were women. • Whites represent 88.1 percent of the total 90-and-older population. Blacks make up 7.6 percent, Hispanics 4 percent and Asians 2.2 percent. • The annual median income for people 90 and older was $14,760. Men had a higher income than women: $20,133 vs. $13,580. Social Security represents 47.9 percent of total personal income. “Because of increasing numbers of older people and increases in life expectancy at older ages, the oldest segments of the older population are growing the fastest,” said Richard Suzman, Ph.D., director of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research, which supported the report. “A key issue for this population will be whether disability rates can be reduced. “Previous seminal work on demography designated age 85 as the cutoff for what we termed the oldest-old,” Suzman added. “With a rapidly growing percentage of the older population projected to be 90 and above in 2050, this report provides data for the consideration of moving that yardstick up to 90. Can 90 be the new 85?” 90+ in the United States: 2006–2008 was written by Wan He and Mark N. Muenchrath, both of the U.S. Census Bureau. Copies of the report are available at pdf. The NIA leads the federal government effort conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. The Institute’s broad scientific program seeks to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. For more information on research, aging, and health, go to About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih. gov.

Calmus Vocal Ensemble "Christmas a Capella" The Florissant Fine Arts Council, in cooperation with UMSL's German Culture Center and the Goethe-Institut, are proud to present the acclaimed Calmus Vocal Ensemble in "Christmas a cappella" to celebrate the holidays. Founded in 1999 in Germany, this a cappella quintet, all graduates of renowned St. Thomas Church Choir School, embodies the rich choral tradition of its hometown in Leipzig. Calmus offers the unique combination of a pure soprano with four male voices ranging from bass to counter tenor. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, December 9 at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre, Parker Road at Waterford Drive. Tickets are available now at 314.921.5678 or online at Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for seniors/students. The Florissant Fine Arts Council presents the Applause/ Applause 2011-12 Series with financial support from the Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

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