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February 14, 2018

Racing to fight muscle diseases

Around Town Learn disaster preparedness with the O’Fallon Police Department. P.3 New health services’ screenings aim to protect hearts. P.6

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range offers youth hunting clinic. P.9


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The Flying Pigs team at the MDA Muscle Walk at Tower Grove Park.

Family and friends bring community together to battle diseases like Muscular Dystrophy with fundraising efforts By Olivia Holler Night at the Races is an event to raise money for people affected by muscular diseases in the St. Louis area. My family and my neighbors, the Hawn family, are one of the many families affected by this. One day, my mom and Mrs. Hawn were talking over the fence and they realized that we have very similar stories. The Hawn’s created the team “The Flying Pigs” in 2009 after they had experienced the loss of their six-month-old son, Ryan. Ryan had Spinal Muscular Dystrophy Type 1. This causes weaknesses of the core muscles of the body and infants. It was really a blessing for them to come into our family’s lives and let us be a part of their team. I have Myopathy with respiratory weakness. My disease causes me to have fatigue, respiratory obstruction, shortness of breath, and weakness in my neck, hip, thighs and upper arm muscles. I also have scoliosis. I had spinal fusion when I was in seventh grade. I have been in a chair for about two years to conserve my energy and to preserve my respiratory function. My sister and my mom also have a milder form of

Muscular Dystrophy. We use our strengths and differences to come together and support not only our families but others as well. Our team raised nearly $16,000 from October to about April last year. Our goal is $30,000 for this year. The donations go towards a lot of different things like camp, research, equipment and a bunch of other things. Here’s some quick points on how the money is broken up: • $2,000- one week of a research grant. • $3,000- will provide care support for 25 MDA Care Center visits. • $5,000- will fund one month of research for a young investigator. • $8,000- will send four kids to MDA camp for a week with no cost toward a family. • $10,000- two weeks of support from MDA’s National Resource Center. The “Night at the Races” will be on Feb. 24 at Immaculate Conception Parish Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and races begin at 7 p.m. This is the second time we have done this event. Last year we had 200 people and raised $15,328.


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Immaculate Conception Parish Hall Doors open at 6 p.m. Races begin at 7 p.m.

At the event there is 12 horse races, auction items, 50/50’s and heads or tails. To participate you can donate, buy a table which is $200 per table, buy a horse for $50 and you can sponsor a race for $100. We also sell t-shirts and do other events like the Muscle Walk that is held on April 21 at Tower Grove Park. The t-shirts are $15 See ‘MUSCLE’ page 2

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‘MUSCLE’ Continued from cover and baseball tees are $20. I encourage you to come to these events, support MD and have fun while doing it! You can visit our Facebook page: @TheFlyingPigsMDA. If you want more information about the races contact: Doug and Emily Holler 402 Parkshire Place Dr., Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 or call 636-236-9198. Participants help raise money to fight Muscular Dystrophy at last year’s Night at the Races event.

Olivia Holler is a junior at Liberty High School where she is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Liberty Ledger and is highly involved in groups like All of Us Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Associate Student Council, Educators Rising, 2019 Class Committee and Link Crew. She also likes to read, write, watch Netflix and hang out with friends in her free time.

February is Earthquake Awareness Month in Missouri, with emphasis on preparedness Southeast Missouri is home to the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), which generated some of the most powerful earthquakes ever to jolt the nation. A series of major quakes occurred in 1811-12, collapsing buildings, ringing church bells hundreds of miles away, and briefly causing the Mississippi River to run backward. That area is still active today, averaging more than 200 earthquakes each year. As a reminder, Missouri observes Earthquake Awareness Month each February to emphasize the realistic possibility of a catastrophic earthquake occurring in the NMSZ. While no one can predict exactly when an earthquake will occur, scientists agree that large earthquakes in this zone still pose a risk. “Powerful earthquakes like those that occurred 200 years ago right here in Missouri, caused damage and could be felt for

CORRECTION In the Jan. 31 edition of the St. Charles County Community News story titled “The fabric of history,” Elaine Ooley was incorrectly identified as being a member of VFW Post 388. She is actually a member of the American Legion Post 388. The Community News regrets the error.

hundreds of miles across the state,” said Ernie Rhodes, director of Missouri’s State Emergency Management Agency. “Our priority is keep everyone prepared, educated and safe. Earthquake Awareness Month is an ideal time to continue that focus on protecting your family.” When shaking starts, “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” Drop to your knees, cover your head and get under a desk or table, and hold on until the shaking stops. Studies show that in developed countries with modern structures, falling debris is the most common source of injuries. Being prepared before an earthquake is also a key component to staying safe. Here are a few simple steps: • Bolt bookcases to wall studs, install strong latches on cupboards and strap water heaters to wall studs – tipping could start a fire or gas leak, leading to

possible loss of water source. • Have an emergency kit. Include a flashlight, first aid kit, radio, drinking water and blankets. A major earthquake could take out utilities for weeks. • Develop a family communication plan. Identify a relative living at least 100 miles away; everyone can call to “check in” to tell family you’re safe. • Know how to turn off your gas and water. • Find out if your house is covered for earthquake damage. Most homeowner insurance does not include earthquake coverage; it must be purchased separately. For more information, go to https://sema.

Fort Zumwalt Park will be closed to the public on March 10 for a disc golf tournament On March 10, Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon will be closed to the public from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. for the Smokin Aces Disc Golf Tournament. The tournament will be played on the park’s disc golf course,

The Fort. For information about The Fort, visit To learn more about the tournament, visit

COMMUNITY VOICES Francis Howell School District looks towards the future In January, the Francis Howell School District officially launched our new Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). FHSD has partnered with Spectrum/Charter to create a program where students will gain professional skills in high demand, high skill technology solutions careers such as software engineering, graphic design, web development, and IT network support. Students will spend half of their school day at the Spectrum office in Maryland Heights, using Spectrum mentors and technology. For the 2018-19 school year, there will be a county-wide CAPS consortium that will include other career pathways and all of the school districts in St. Charles County. After much work last semester by our strategic planning team, and plenty of

feedback from our students, staff, parents and community, we have a strategic plan that will provide important guidance for the next five years. The board of education reviewed the plan in January and will vote to approve it in February. The next step will be to put action teams into place as we begin “living the plan.” Thanks to all of our stakeholders who participated in the process and provided valuable input. The FHSD Board of Education has voted to place a 48-cent operating levy on the ballot for the April election. The tax levy has been named “Proposition Learn,” since revenue will be used to support student learning. The funds generated by the passage of Prop Learn will support technology upgrades, provide new programming and innovative courses, hire staff to

address student needs and support struggling students, provide updated classroom materials, restore previous cuts to extracurricular activities and increase staff compensation after two years of frozen salaries. More information about the CAPS program, strategic planning, and Proposition Learn can all be found on the district website. Thanks again, we are all looking forward to a great second semester! Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris is superintendent of the Francis Howell School District. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 14, 2018

St. Charles County Emergency Communications receives accreditation

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Photo courtesy St. Charles County The St. Charles County Department of Emergency Communications has been recognized as the world’s 252nd Medical Accredited Center of Excellence by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch.

The St. Charles County Department of Emergency Communications has been recognized as the world’s 252nd Medical Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE) by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED). St Charles County Emergency Communications is the county’s 911 dispatch center, and is one of 21,209 worldwide, and one of 5,783 in the United States. “This is an impressive accomplishment for St. Charles County,” says Jeff Smith, Director of Emergency Communications. “To be part of this small group of centers – just 252 ever to receive this designation worldwide – is a great honor.” To receive accreditation, centers must meet the Twenty Points of Accreditation as prescribed by the IAED. Those 20 points include, among others, personnel training and certification, documented policies and procedures, quality assurance and improvement programs, robust dispatch review and oversight by steering committees, as well as having a medical director in place for the program. St. Charles County began the accreditation process in 2015 by familiarizing themselves with the IAED criteria. After nearly three years of preparation, including learning protocols, training and gathering data, as well as achieving and maintaining highly accurate protocol use, an application packet for accreditation was submitted this past December. The IAED conducted a thorough review of the required documentation, including listening to actual calls, and made a site visit earlier this month to assess the dispatch center’s processes. “There’s a tremendous amount of work that

goes into achieving ACE status,” says IAED President Jerry Overton. “We’re certainly proud of St. Charles County’s accomplishment.” While the accreditation for EMS is a big step, and one not many have undertaken, it is just the first step for St. Charles County and its Department of Emergency Communications. Smith says the goal is to achieve a Tri-ACE by becoming accredited in fire and law enforcement dispatch as well. There currently are only 180 active accredited centers in the world for emergency medical dispatch, 32 for fire and 13 for law enforcement. Only 15 centers in the world have ever met criteria for Tri-ACE accreditation. “My thanks to all involved in this accreditation process,” says County Executive Steve Ehlmann. “The hard work this department has done over the past three years means that we are providing the best possible care to citizens and visitors who call 911. Our protocols are consistent and among the best in the world.” St. Charles County’s Department of Emergency Communications handled 29,198 Fire and EMS calls to 911 in 2017. The IAED is a nonprofit standard-setting organization promoting safe and effective emergency dispatch services worldwide. Comprising three allied Academies for medical, fire, and police dispatching, the IAED supports first responderrelated research, unified protocol application, legislation for emergency call center regulation, and strengthening the emergency dispatch community through education, certification, and accreditation.

Enjoy learning disaster preparedness with the O’Fallon Police Department’s free C.E.R.T. training Learn disaster preparedness skills through the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The free, 20-hour course, which will be taught over a weekend: March 2 from 6 – 10 p.m., and March 3 and 4, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Training will cover these topics and more: • Assembling a disaster preparedness kit. • Hands-on basic medical assessment and treatment for injuries, burns, etc. • Working as a team to conduct triage, light search and rescue and extinguishing small fires. “If you should ever have a home emergency such as a fire or should our community be impacted by a tornado, flooding or earthquake, the

information we teach will be extremely helpful,” said Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the program. “In addition, in the event of an area-wide disaster, CERT training can help people take care of themselves immediately and stay calm until professional help arrives.” The course will be taught at the O’Fallon Streets Department Building at 1089 Public Works Drive in O’Fallon. For FAQS, course details, videos of CERT teams in training and applications for the March 2018 session, visit PD/cert. You do not need to be a resident to take the course. For additional questions contact Police Officer Helton at or 636-379-3816.



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Visit with the Easter Bunny, hunt eggs and play games at the Youth Activity Park

The Easter Bunny is coming to the Youth Activity Park (YAP) in Dardenne Prairie March 24. To celebrate his arrival, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting several age-specific egg hunts and activities for children of all abilities. This fun-filled program is free, but space is limited and registration required. Bring your basket and join us for the YAP Annual Egg Hunt and the third annual EGGstravaganza for children with disABILITIES, co-hosted by the parks department and the St. Charles County Police Department. Rain or shine, more than 8,000 candy and toy-filled eggs will be hidden throughout the park’s 25-acre facility for the hunts. Each age group is in the hunt for a golden egg, and the lucky discoverer receives the grand prize. Photos with the Easter Bunny and egg-themed games will round out the activities. The Chick-Fil-A Cow also makes a special appearance. Families are encouraged to bring their camera to capture these special moments. YAP Annual Egg Hunt Three age-appropriate hunts begin in the morning: • 11 a.m., ages 3 and under • 11:30 a.m., ages 4–6 • Noon, ages 7–12 EGGstravaganza for children with disABILITIES In the afternoon, children with sensory, mobility and visual disabilities are invited to par-

ticipate in one of four hunts: • 1 p.m., children 12 and under with sensory disabilities • 1:30 p.m., children 12 and under with mobility disabilities • 2 p.m., children 12 and under with visual disabilities • 2:30 p.m., children 13 and older with disabilities. Children with mobility equipment will hunt for eggs using magnetic sticks; those with visual disabilities will hunt beeping eggs designed by the St. Charles County Police Bomb Squad and assembled by bomb squad officers and students from the Lutheran High School Robotics Club. Thanks to our generous sponsors, each child will take home a prize basket donated by Hayleigh’s Helping Hands and a Chick-Fil-A guest card. Batteries Plus Bulbs supplied the batteries for the beeping eggs, Kohl’s 4 Kids and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are giving away bike helmets, Bahama Buck’s is providing free treat vouchers for children, and members of the St. Charles County Ambulance District and Cornerstone Methodist Church in O’Fallon are assisting with the hunts. Registration is limited to 100 children per hunt. Participants are encouraged to register by March 17 by calling the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-9497535 or online at

Advertiser Profile: Taormina’s Family Restaurant brings an Italian zest to Troy By Brett Auten

Why choose a humdrum franchise restaurant when fresh, quality food and a family atmosphere is just down the road. Taormina’s Family Restaurant, located at 892 Cherry Street in Troy, is closing in on three years in the area, specializing in homemade Italian favorites. Jim Dollard brings 30-years of experience in the restaurant business to the table. Taormina is his grandfather’s name on his mother’s side, and his roots are traced back to Palermo, Italy. Taormina’s turns threeyears-old in June, but it has already built a reputation for not only top-shelf Italian food but homemade sauces, soups, hand-cut steaks and handcarved prime rib every weekend. “Why would you eat fast food or at a chain restaurant when we’re just a 15-minute jaunt down the road,” Dollard said. “We can get you right in. Come enjoy the fireplace in the dining room or the outside patio that seats 30.” Taormina’s not only brings the flavors to your table, but

Photo by Ray Rockwell Jim and Renee Dollard stand inside Taormina’s Family Restaurant, located at 892 Cherry Street in Troy.

the catering end of the restaurant has steadily made a name for itself from St. Louis to Columbia. Taormina’s offers a diverse catering menu that can satisfy any size group, whether it be a huge wedding or a private get-together. “We have done as small as ten up to 500,” Dollard said. “You can call us to set up a tasting.” Three months ago Dollard added a Sunday brunch to the

arsenal that runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The brunch is all-youcan-eat featuring both breakfast and lunch foods as well as a dessert buffet. “We are trying to build up our Sunday’s in general, and the brunch is starting to boom,” Dollard added. For any questions, Dollard or any member of the staff will gladly answer, just call 636528-9999. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 14, 2018

Healthy Living

Change your child from a couch-potato to a soccer enthusiast! By Christy Parks Technology is has become a permanent part of our lives. But how is it affecting our children today and why should we be concerned? The amount of time that children spend using their computers, cell phones and video games, could be replacing their physical and even their imaginative play. It could also hinder the development of social skills. With that all in place, plus the junk food diets, children seem to be having a harder time staying fit and healthy. Today, parents seem to busier than ever before. But there are a few ways for you to get your kids off the couch. One way is to plan active family outings such as hiking or bike riding together at local parks or start a tradition by taking a walk together after a meal. If the weather is bad, set aside one room in the house where your kids can be active. Fill it with balls, hula hoops and other active games and don’t be embarrassed to join in on the fun. One of the best ways to get kids off the couch is to play a community sport like soccer. Soccer not only allows children to run and jump and keep their heart rate up, but it also teaches respectful

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communication with one another since they have to work closely together. They have to learn to share, come together to meet a common goal and help each other achieve these goals. Soccer also offers a sense of self – esteem and involves both a mental challenge and physical movement. If you have a child (K5 – 5th grade) and would like to get them off the couch this spring, register them for Upward Soccer at SunRise UMC Church. • Early registration ($75) • Final registration after March 2 ($85) • Evaluations begin March 10 and games begin April 7 Beginners are encouraged and welcome! Upward sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports provider and is uniquely designed to help players grow athletically, spiritually and socially. Contact SunRise UMC at 636-978-2727 or email You can also register at and search for SunRise UMC by zip code 63368.

Influenza in children and adults By Gina Allen It’s been a rough flu season this year, with many people — young and old — battling the respiratory symptoms. Learn more about the flu and how you can prevent getting or spreading it. What is the flu? The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the influenza A and influenza B viruses. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may even lead to hospitalizations. Compared to the common cold, the flu comes on more suddenly and the symptoms are much more severe. What symptoms are typical with the flu? General symptoms of the flu include fever, chills, cough, mild sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue. Though not as common, some people may experience gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or belly tenderness. Some symptoms are more worrisome, like shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, changes in skin color, dizziness,

confusion and high fevers. It’s recommended to see a medical professional or seek emergency services if experiencing these signs. How is the flu treated? An antiviral prescription called Tamiflu can decrease the length and severity of flu symptoms. However, it generally must be taken within the first two days of the onset of symptoms to be effective. Other than Tamiflu, symptomatic management is the best approach to treating the flu and its symptoms. This includes over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen to help with fevers and body aches, cough suppressants and throat lozenges. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and keeping your strength up by eating nutritious foods. How can you prevent the flu from spreading? Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent the flu. Stay home if you’re sick to prevent others from becoming sick. By avoiding close contact, covering your mouth when you cough and cleaning surfaces and

objects exposed to the flu, you can lower the chances of spreading the flu. Gina Allen, FNP, is a boardcertified family nurse practitioner at BJC Convenient Care located at 2630 Highway K in O’Fallon. BJC Convenient Care is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for patients age two and over. To learn more, visit



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New health services’ screenings aim to protect hearts

The St. Charles County Department of Public Health introduced heart health screening programs this month.

Heart disease accounts for one in three deaths according to American Heart Association statistics. This ranks among the leading causes of death for Americans. The incidence of cardiovascular disease also is high in Missouri, which has led the St. Charles County Department of Public Health to introduce heart health screening programs this month. “The goal of public health is primary prevention, focused on minimizing the occurrence of disease and promoting the health of the community,” says Department of Public Health Director Hope Woodson. “We recognize that knowing your numbers is an important part of the effort to prevent chronic disease. Because of this, our Health Services’ Clinic presents convenient, affordable ways for our citizens to obtain baseline health information, educational resources and treatment assistance.” Located at 1650 Boones Lick Road in St. Charles, the Health Services’ Clinic now offers a variety of services to help citizens prevent chronic disease. The heart health screenings will include blood testing of cholesterol and glucose levels, blood pressure examination and Body Mass Index analysis. To introduce these services during American Heart Month, there will be no appointment required in February. These tests are conducted between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on the new services available, please call 636949-7319 or visit Heart health screening programs will monitor: • Cholesterol levels – It is recommended that individuals ages 20 and older have their cholesterol levels checked every four to six years. A small sample of blood is collected during this test, which should be completed after fasting for nine-12 hours prior. • Blood Sugar levels – It is recommended that individuals who are pre-diabetic or who have a BMI of 25 or higher undergo annual blood glucose testing. A small sample of blood is collected during these tests. An A1C test measures average blood glucose control for the past two-to-three months and does not require fasting, but the Fasting Glucose Test should be completed after not eating or drinking for about eight hours. • Blood Pressure – It is recommended that individuals ages 18 and older undergo this screening at least every two years to provide information about their health.

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During the test, an inflatable cuff wraps around the arm to measure the pressure on arteries during blood flow. • Height/Weight analysis – A measurement of an individual’s height and weight, Body Mass Index (BMI) can help screen risks for potential health problems. A BMI of 25.0 or higher is considered overweight and can indicate the need for other assessment by a medical professional. The heart health screening services through the Division of Health Services are payable by cash, check and credit card (includes a service fee) or through individual health insurance plans. Following is the fee schedule for the available tests: Test/Service Cost • Fasting glucose $5 • Hemoglobin A1C $5 • On-site glucose check $5 • Fasting total cholesterol $5 • Fasting triglycerides $5 • Fasting High Density Lipoproteins • (HDL) $5 • Blood draw fee (per visit) $10 • Blood Pressure exam No Charge • BMI analysis No Charge “Cholesterol build-up, high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, and a high BMI (Body Mass Index) are recognized precursors to heart disease,” says Sara Evers, Director for the Division of Health Services. “These levels can increase for many years before any worrisome complications develop, sometimes to levels beyond that where simple changes and focused management can make significant improvements. That is why we’re introducing these screenings — to help our residents know where they stand now, before symptoms manifest.” Despite the grim statistics and high incidences of cardiovascular ailments in our community, it is heartening to know that there are simple things you can do to prevent and manage heart disease: 1. Follow the mantra lose and increase — lose weight, stress and cigarettes; increase exercise, good eating habits and doctor’s care. 2. Recognize risk factors such as age, gender or family history and discuss these with your medical provider. 3. Establish a support network that will encourage and assist your efforts. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 14, 2018

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John Hanna

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

Moore On Life

By Cindy Moore


Football and food! Is it just a coincidence that two of my husband’s greatest loves, Super Bowl and Super Bowl game day feasting, just happened to come right before the holiday dedicated to love – Valentine’s Day? Which led me to question, “Hey, how come I’m not included in those greatest loves?” “Of course you are,” he stammered. “Ummm, you’re my… bonus love!” See how that works? See how he managed to sneak out of being in the dog house? He offered to be in charge of dinner on game day. And being the money-saving financial wizard (a.k.a cheapskate) that he is, he also insisted that we count this as our Valentine’s dinner. See how that works? See how he managed to get in a Valentine’s dinner without it really being Valentine’s Day? I was permitted to offer snack recommendations, which would be strongly considered, but the ultimate decision would be his. Because why…? “Because everything has to be just so or my team won’t win.” See how that works? No, that doesn’t work at all! He just went nuts. That’s how that works!


His rules were strict: No sissified, girly food would be allowed. Nothing containing sprinkles or strange sprouted things of any kind; and especially no weirdo hippie food like kale, which he claimed was Astroturf and only good for covering the football field. “Kale! It’s as bad as tofu. What’s tofu anyways, an abbreviation for toenail fungus? I don’t think so.” He barked. “And no finger foods. If it doesn’t require a firm, man-sized, twohanded grip then it doesn’t belong on the menu.” No utensils of any kind were permitted. If something needed a fork it was too small of a portion. Forks were permitted only to stab slabs of meat off from the grill. I was instructed to get the kind of steaks with bones in them, which we could use as handles. “How about fresh shrimp? I’d really like some,” I suggested. “Hmm, let me refer to my handy man manual? Says here: no puny little naked shrimps. Jumbo only and deep fried.” “Okay, then how does soup sound?” “Soup?! How about you just wash out my socks then serve

me the rinse-water? Soup’s not game day food!” “How about a platter of carrot and celery sticks?” “What?! Are we feeding livestock? Now you just jinxed the game!” “With all this fatty food, you’re going to get heart disease,” I warned. “But this is the month for love and hearts. So you can have mine if I croak.” I sure I’m supposed to count that as my Valentine’s gift. See how that works? Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder.

The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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Youth Tour contest now open for high school juniors Entries are now being accepted for the 50th Annual Youth Tour contest, which will culminate with six finalists traveling to Washington, D.C., this summer. The contest is open only to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River Electric’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes The 2018 essay theme is “What Do Cooperatives Mean to My Community?” Entry forms are available at local high schools or The deadline to enter is Friday, March 9. Entries remain anonymous during preliminary judging by Cuivre River staff. The 12 topscoring essays are selected as finalists and will attend the final competition scheduled for April 11. Finalists will take a cooperative knowledge quiz and make an oral presentation of their essay. The top six finalists will be selected as Youth Tour delegates. The other six finalists will receive $500 scholarships. This year’s National Youth Tour will take place June 8-15. The seven-day youth tour provides an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn firsthand what it is like to be involved in politics, leadership positions, community service and today’s pressing issues. Missouri’s youth tour delegates will visit with representatives from their congressional districts and tour famous monuments, the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and Arling-

Submitted photo Cuivre River Electric Cooperative sponsored six students to attend the National Youth Tour Conference June 9-15, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Pictured (from left) standing in front of the U.S. Capitol Building are Audrey Hahn, Moscow Mills; Chloe Momphard, Troy; Ben Mertens, Warrenton; Brendan Heslin, Defiance; Alishia Curry, Bowling Green; and Jane Zuroweste, Truxton.

ton National Cemetery. Cuivre River Electric fully funds the participation of its delegates. There is no cost to students or families. Teachers who support the Youth Tour program and submit at least 10 student entries receive a $50 classroom grant from CREC. Who is eligible? The contest is open to high school juniors who live and attend school in Cuivre River’s general service area, or who have Cuivre River electric service in their homes. Immediate family members of Cuivre River employees and directors are not eligible to be a Cuivre River delegate. How to apply: Submit an entry form and a 500-1,000 word essay on the topic, “What Do Cooperatives Mean to My Community?” Students may enter independently or through their schools. Teachers who support the program and sub-

mit at least 10 student entries receive a $50 classroom grant. Final competition: Students with the 12 top-scoring essays become finalists. The final challenge includes a cooperative knowledge quiz and an oral presentation before judges, families and peers at Cuivre River’s Youth Tour Banquet. Six students will be chosen as delegates; six will receive $500 scholarships. Where to learn more: For more information or to inquire about a classroom program, contact Schmidt at 636-6954837 or Since 1964, Cuivre River has sponsored over 200 youth tour delegates for visits to Washington, D.C. More than 53,000 high school students sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives have participated in the youth tour since the educational leadership program began.

Orchard Farm students advance to state FBLA

Eight Orchard Farm students qualified for state competition on Feb. 2 after success at the Future Business Leaders of America’s District Competition. Ben Martin, Kellen Orndorff, Savannah Kluesner, Dylan Erwin, Josie Wagner, Taylor Payne, Brendan Buechter and Adam Groh will all advance to state competition in April. Ben Martin won first place in Introduction to Financial Math and third place in Securities and Investments. Kellen Orndorff won fifth place in Introduction to Financial Math and fifth place in Introduction to Information Technology. Savannah Kluesner won fifth place in Journalism. Dylan Erwin won fifth place in Business Communication. Orchard Farm FBLA also won first place in Parliamentary Procedure with members

Photo courtesy Orchard Farm School District Eight Orchard Farm students qualified for state competition on Feb. 2 after success at the Future Business Leaders of America’s District Competition.

Josie Wagner, Taylor Payne, Brendan Buechter, Adam Groh and Dylan Erwin. FBLA competitive events are cross-walked to National Business Education Associa-

tion standards and fits into the major career clusters of business education. Students have the opportunity to compete at multiple levels of competition for scholarships and national honors. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 14, 2018

MDC’s Busch Shooting Range offers beginning youth pheasant hunt and clinic in February The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering the opportunity for youths to discover upland gamebird hunting at the Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic. The program will introduce new hunters between the ages of 11-15 to the sport with the emphasis on ring-necked pheasants. The program begins with a classroom clinic at the August A. Busch Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. Participants will then take to the field for the pheasant hunt itself, hosted at the Missouri Gun and Quail Club located in Wright City. The hunt will occur on Feb. 24. “The clinic will cover some biology, firearm handling, and how to clean the birds. We’ll even give participants some recipes to help them prepare the pheasants for eating,” said Bryant Hertel, MDC Busch Outdoor Education Center manager. He also added that the hunt itself would be a great way for first-timers to sample the sport of upland bird hunting. All participants must be Hunter Education certified and have not attended the program in the past. The guided hunt is for first-time participants only. Participants must attend the clinic to attend the hunt, and

Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation Newcomers looking to get a start in the sport of upland bird hunting have an ideal opportunity with MDC’s Beginning Youth Pheasant Hunt and Clinic this February.

should have some familiarity with shotgun handling. “This is an excellent chance for young people who want to get introduced to hunting to do it in a supportive, safe and controlled environment,” Hertel said. The clinic and hunt are both free. However, advanced registration is required by going online to The August A. Busch Shooting

Range and Outdoor Education Center is located at 3550 Route D, approximately five miles west of Highway 94.

St. Charles County real estate market set record in 2017

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The real estate market in St. Charles County set new value records in 2017. The median home in St. Charles County sold for a record $215,000 in 2017. In more good news for St. Charles County home owners that median home took only 11 days to sell. A new record for St. Charles County. “The real estate market is recognizing the outstanding communities in St. Charles County and the outstanding quality of live offered throughout the county,” commented St. Charles REALTORS President Rick Stokes. “Our rising home values are reflective of all that St. Charles County have to offer the families who want to move here.” The number of homes sold in 2017 rose just slightly over 2016, but the value of the homes sold rose by 5.74 percent.

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Sports you see with Gary B... Valentine’s Day gives you the women’s college gymnast competition The 2018 GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational will be held Feb. 16 through Feb.19 at the Family Arena in St. Charles. This year’s event will feature the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Collegiate Showcase with gymnasts from Missouri, LSU, Arkansas, George Washington, Minnesota, Northern Illinois and Lindenwood. There will be some of the most talented gymnasts in the country competing for four days. Friday Level 10 Podium Challenge states at 8 a.m. with a matinee session at 2 p.m. and an evening session at 6:15 p.m. Saturday levels 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 start at 8 a.m. and Sunday levels 2, 4, 6, and Xcels start at 8 a.m. Monday level 3 starts at 8 a.m. to round out the four day GymQuarters Invitational. Go to for all the details. *Competition will be top notch

ACROSS 1. Little rascal 6. 6th sense? 9. Cell status 13. Pentateuch 14. “To Kill a Mockingbird” recluse 15. Most famous hobbit 16. Enlighten 17. ____-Wan 18. Willow tree 19. *Smallest President 21. *”Oh Captain, My Captain” 23. Prepare to shoot 24. Tulip’s early stage 25. Geological Society of America 28. Symphony member 30. Hank Williams’“Hey Good ____” 35. *Pre-election commotion 37. Unpleasant road display 39. Actress Watts 40. Full of enthusiasm 41. Musician’s exercise 43. Seedy source of Omega-3s 44. Nine musicians 46. What those on the lam do 47. Kind of palm 48. Threefold 50. Accepted behavior 52. *Barack Obama’s former title 53. Toothy tool 55. H+, e.g. 57. *Lincoln follower 61. First book of Old Testament 65. Bye to Emmanuel Macron 66. It doesn’t mix with water 68. French wine region 69. Battery units 70. Spy org. 71. Emulate Demosthenes 72. Liberal pursuits 73. Baby goat 74. Continental money

DOWN 1. Education acronym 2. Musical finale 3. Extra dry 4. Godfather’s family 5. ____gnomy or ____logy 6. Jet black 7. Have a bawl 8. Southern chicken stew 9. CISC alternative 10. Hodgepodge 11. Cain’s brother 12. Between dawn and noon 15. Candy in Paris 20. Spaniard without “h” 22. The Jackson 5’s “____ Be There” 24. Cole Porter’s “Begin the ____” 25. *He commanded the Union army 26. Enjoy yumminess 27. Raspberry drupelets 29. *____ of office 31. Stumblebums 32. Caffeine-containing nut tree, pl. 33. *Candidate’s concern 34. *First US president to resign 36. She played a TV genie 38. Cocoyam 42. Chill-inducing 45. Group of foot bones 49. One from Laos 51. *Inspiration for Liberia’s capital 54. Beginning of a joke 56. India’s first P.M. 57. Cup of Joe 58. Detected by olfactory 59. Sword handle 60. Brooklyn players 61. Happy 62. Fly like an eagle 63. A fan of 64. Gets the picture 67. Roman three See solution on pg. 13

St. Louis Ambush season nears the end The Ambush is your professional soccer team playing in the Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) with home games at the Family Arena in St. Charles. The season has not been very kind to the guys, as they have only won three of the 19 games played this year. Recently they dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to the Cedar Rapids Rampage 8-7 at the Family Arena. The next two games will be on the road against the same Rampage on Friday, Feb. 16 and the next day on Sunday the Ambush collide with the Syracuse Silver Knights at the Oncenter War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York. Following the weekend series in Syracuse, the Ambush return home to the Family Arena for their final game of the 2017-18 season when they

Gary B. will be broadcasting the “STL Health and Wellness LIVE” show every Saturday from 9-11 am on 590 The Fan and 590TheFan. com

host the Monterrey Flash on Feb. 23 at 3:05 p.m. Go to for all the details. *Hoping for a strong finish Men’s wrestlers from Lindenwood finish fourth in MIAA tourney The 23rd ranked wrestling team from Lindenwood University placed fourth at the MidAmerica Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Tournament in Newman, Kansas recently.  The Lions placed seven wrestlers, including a first-place finish by  Austin Stofer  in the 165-pound weight class. Stofer, who is the first true freshman in program history to take first place at the MIAA Tournament, won both the semifinal and the championship match by a 3-1 margin in sudden victory.   Hunter Haralson picked up a 10-0 major decision before scoring a pin at 4:18 in the semifinal match. Nate Trepanier placed third in the 149-pound weight class after defeating Will Steltzlen in the third-place match.   Carlos Jacquez,  Derek Heil,  John Kramer, and Jacob Borgmeyer each took fourth place in their respective weight classes. Lindenwood will travel to St. Cloud, Minnesota on Feb. 23 to compete in the NCAA Division II Super Regional. Go to for all the details. *Looking good on the mat Rascal baseball in 78 days at the CarShield Ball Park in O’Fallon Go to for all the details. *Think warm

Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 14, 2018

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taying indoors and wrapping up in a blanket is one way to avoid winter’s frigid weather, but less exposure to the sun can also put you at risk of a vitamin D deficiency. Milk is the primary source of vitamin D in the American diet, according to research published in the FASEB Journal, making it a great choice on dark winter days.

An 8-ounce glass of milk provides 30 percent of the daily value of vitamin D, so just three cups of milk each day will provide 90 percent of your body’s recommended daily requirements. Milk is also an easy way to get other essential nutrients like B vitamins for energy, high-quality protein for lean muscle and vitamin A for a healthy immune system.

Pressure Cooker Corn Chowder Servings: 12


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When you need a quick way to warm up on a cold day, try this creamy chicken corn chowder recipe that can be made with a pressure cooker. Cooked with wholesome ingredients like milk, chicken and potatoes and topped with bacon and green onions, it’s an easy and delicious addition to your weekly meal rotation. For more recipes to warm up your winter, visit

I ngredients: 6 slices (6 ounces each) thick-cut bacon, chopped 1 small yellow onion, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, diced 1 bag (16 ounces, about 3 1/3 cups) frozen corn kernels 4 cups chicken broth 1 pound unpeeled or peeled Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1/4-1/2-inch chunks 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk 2-3 green onions, sliced (optional) 1 tablespoon heavy cream or halfand-half (optional)

Return skillet to stove. Add onion and garlic; saute 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add diced chicken and frozen corn; saute for an additional 3 minutes, stirring often.

Directions: Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped bacon and cook until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cooked bacon to paper towel-lined plate and pour off all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat.

Portion soup into bowls and generously top with bacon. Garnish with green onion and cream or half-and-half, if desired. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Remove skillet from heat and transfer contents to pressure cooker. Add chicken broth, potatoes, salt and pepper. Close and seal pressure cooker, making sure the vent is in the sealed position. Cook on high 8 minutes. While the chowder cooks, make a slurry by whisking cornstarch (or flour) into milk. Set aside. When done, remove pressure cooker from heat. Allow pressure to release on its own or carefully quick-release pressure after a few minutes. Stir in the cornstarch-milk slurry. Cover and allow chowder to thicken for 10-15 minutes before serving.



ith people across the country observing Lent, a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter, it’s time to rethink the standard family meal menu. This nearly eight-week period typically calls for a special diet. Specifically, red meat is cut out on Fridays for some and for the entirety of Lent for others. According to Datassential, 26 percent of consumers observe lent and of those, 41 percent said they eat fish on Fridays instead of meat. Eating two servings of seafood per week – as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – is

one way to make a positive commitment to you and your family’s health during Lent and throughout the year. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, research shows eating seafood 2-3 times per week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause. Seafood also provides unique health benefits as a lean protein and is a quality source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy fats essential to human health and development. With so many seafood options available, including Alaskan cod, snapper, salmon and more, it can be easy

Ingredients: Blackening Seasoning: 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon pepper 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1 tablespoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon thyme 2 tablespoons olive oil

Quinoa Salad: 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 cup corn, canned and drained or frozen and thawed to room temperature salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1/2 cup edamame, shelled and thawed to room temperature 3 cups quinoa, cooked Blackened Catfish: 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 pound catfish, cut into four fillets 5 tablespoons Blackening Seasoning

To make Quinoa Salad: Heat and oil skillet. Add corn; salt and pepper, to taste, and saute until golden brown. Add edamame and sauteed corn to quinoa and set aside.

Citrus Vinaigrette: 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespoon honey

Directions: To make Blackening Seasoning: Combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and thyme.

To make Blackened Catfish: Heat castiron skillet to medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon peanut oil added. Coat both sides of catfish fillets with Blackening Seasoning. Add catfish to skillet and cook 5-6 minutes per side, or until well done. To make Citrus Vinaigrette: Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, honey and thyme. Slowly add olive oil, whisking until dressing is formed. Serve Blackened Catfish on top of Quinoa Salad and drizzle with Citrus Vinaigrette.

to incorporate this nutritious lean protein into your diet. This simple recipe for Blackened Catfish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette can help you on your way to a more nutritious meal plan that includes consuming seafood twice per week. If you can’t find catfish or prefer to substitute, any white fish such as cod, mahimahi or flounder will work. For more seafood recipes and Lenten meal inspiration, visit or follow #Seafood2xWk on social media.

Blackened Catfish with Quinoa and Citrus Vinaigrette Recipe courtesy of chef Tim Hughes on behalf of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership | Servings: 4


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Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS Feb. 16: Fish fry

A fish fry takes place at St. Paul’s UCC in Defiance from 5 - 7:30 p.m. There will be fish, chips, mac and cheese, cole slaw, cinnamon puffs, bread and desserts.

Feb. 17: Taste of Vegas Casino Night

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries Annual Taste of Vegas Casino Night takes place from 6 – 11 p.m. at Christy Banquet Center at 9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon. There will be live entertainment by Griffin & the Gargoyles, gaming table, dancing with the stars, plus tastings from O’Fallon’s best restaurants. Want more action? An exclusive Texas hold ‘em tournament will give more hard-core players the chance to play for big prizes while having bar service come to you. For more information visit

Feb. 17: Bowling fundraiser

The Tri County Advisory Board invites you to the 19th Annual Crazy Bowl at O’Fallon Bowling Lane at 420 Sonderen St. in O’Fallon. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and bowling begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per bowler and includes three games of bowling, bowling shoe rental and prizes. Cash bar available. 16 lanes have been reserved so R.S.V.P. early. 90 percent of your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Feb. 18: Smoked sausage supper

Don’t miss out on Zion’s annual allyou-can-eat sausage supper featuring delicious whole-hog smoked pork sausage, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce and scrumptious desserts. Dine-in and carry-out meals are served from 11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children six through 12; ages five and under are free. Zion Lutheran Church is located at 3866 S. Old Highway 94 in St. Charles, just off Hwy 364 at the Woodstone Drive exit. For more information call 636-4417425.

Feb. 18-19: Theater auditions

Wentzville Christian Church will hold

auditions for “Footloose” Feb. 18 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Feb. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing 16-32 measures of a Broadway style song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring your own sheet music in the correct key. Actors will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance. Please check the church website ( for additional information. Production dates are May 4 -6. Wentzville Christian Church is located at 1507 Highway Z in Wentzville. If you have any questions, please call Tammy Rodenbaugh at 636-219-3238.

Feb. 20: Group discussion

The Social Justice in Action Committee of Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service and Metropolitan Congregations United will present “SCR:201 Sacred Conversations on Race” in recognition of Black History Month 2018. The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, located at 4116 McClay Road in St. Charles. All are invited to attend and participate. The conversations will be discussions of various topics and will include cultural exercises with group interaction and dialogue. There will be a “Message of Hope” delivered by Miriam Mahan, Social Justice Policy Advocate. David Gerth, Executive Director at Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU) and Mike Atty will facilitate the conversations and group cultural exercises. Plan to attend and bring a friend. Call 636-441-1302, Ext. 350 to RSVP; please leave your message. You may also email ffazio@

Feb. 21: Concert

Award-winning performers Deborah Sharn and Carolbeth True will take you back in time for an afternoon of music at their “Great Ladies of Song” show at 1 p.m., at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre’s Performing Arts Theatre. Sharn and True will perform the music of female greats Doris Day, Patsy Cline, Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as more contemporary artists such as Carole King and Adele. Tickets are just $10 per person. Advance registration is required. Register in person at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, by phone at 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, or online at When registering online, print your

registration form and bring it with you for admission to the show. The Performing Arts Theatre is located within the Cultural Arts Centre in the west wing of St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd.

Feb. 21: Job fair

Come to the St. Peters Rec-Plex for the Rec-Plex Job Fair from 3-6 p.m. Meet with Rec-Plex staff and find out more about how the skills you gain here at a part-time/summer job can set you up for a lifetime of success. Openings are available for lifeguards, summer camp counselors, swim instructors, front desk attendants, beverage servers and concession attendants. St. Peters’ lifeguards can work at both indoor and outdoor pools for potential year-round employment. Plus, our Lifeguards receive free classes and free uniforms—a $200 savings normally charged elsewhere—and also start at a higher pay ($8.20/hour) with pay increases based on hours worked. Apply now and be part of our team opening the new aquatic park “The Cove at St. Peters” in 2018. The Rec-Plex offers its employees flexible hours, quality training, discounted memberships and competitive pay. The St. Peters Rec-Plex is located at 5200 Mexico Rd. To apply for a job or find additional employment opportunities with the City of St. Peters, visit

Feb. 24: Talk and Tea Time

Parkview Gardens Florist and Greenhouses will host a “Dynamic Daylilies” Talk and Tea Time at 10 a.m.  Parkview Gardens is located at 1925 Randolph (across from Blanchette Park) in St. Charles. RSVPs are requested by Feb. 20.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 636-946-7641. 

Feb. 24: Art show

The Lillian Yahn Gallery at the St. Charles County Arts Council in O’Fallon presents the annual Ft. Zumwalt Youth Multicultural Art Exhibit, through Feb. 24. Hours are Tues Fri 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sat 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Closing reception is Feb 24 from 12 – 2 p.m.  All are welcome to come and see the fabulous art.  Participating schools include Dardenne Elementary, Mount Hope Elementary, Ostmann Elementary, Progress South Elementary, Rock Creek Elementary, Twin Chimneys Elementary, and Westhoff  Elementary. All are welcome. 

Feb. 23: Trivia night

ShowMe Aquatics 6th annual trivia night takes place at Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall at 115 South 6th Street in St. Charles. Doors open at 6 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $200 per team of eight ($25 per person in advance, $30 at the door). VIP Tables available for $250 per table (table of eight), which includes two large pizza’s and a dedicated table runner. Benefits ShowMe Aquatics and Fitness and Individuals with Disabilities. Make reservations early, space is limited. Call 636-896-0999 ext. 21 for Kimbra Heimerl.

Feb. 23: Art show

St. Charles Community College will display the artwork of eight regional painters Jan. 29-Feb. 23 in Abstract Rhythms: Painting Invitational. Sarah Giannobile, Jeff Hursey, William La Chance, Julie Malone, John Marksbury, Ethan Meyer, Jeremy Rabus and Nick Schleicher will be featured in the gallery of the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is located in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building. Parking for patrons is free in the campus Blue and Yellow lots. For more information, contact Brian D. Smith at or 636-922-8575.

Feb. 24: Gardening seminar

St. Charles County Master Gardeners will host Dig-In 2018 from 8:30 a.m.

to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Community College at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in Cottleville. The day begins with a keynote speaker on the importance of soil. Three sessions will follow with a choice of five topics in each session. Registrants will choose one topic for each session Light breakfast and a box lunch is included with registration. The cost is $35 until Feb. 16. After Feb. 16 and at-the-door registration will cost $45 – there may be limited choice of topics. Register early to guarantee your topic selection. Visit http://extension. for topic descriptions and more details. Call 636-970-3000 to register. All major credit cards are accepted. Master Gardeners receive numerous hours of training from University of Missouri Extension. They volunteer their time to promote and to demonstrate good gardening principles and techniques, as well as participate in projects that enhance the beauty of our community.

Feb. 24: Trivia night

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Division annual trivia night takes place at St. Robert Bellermine church hall at 1424 First Capital Drive in St. Charles. Please call 636544-7418 or for reservations or questions. Cost is $200 for a table of eight. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m.

Feb. 24: Trivia night

Trivia night takes place at St. Paul’s UCC in Defiance. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Trivia starts at 7 p.m. Cost for eight per table is $100.

Feb. 24: Trivia night

Mid Rivers Christian Church is hosting a trivia night at 828 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in St. Peters. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and trivia will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Cost is $160 for a table of eight, or $20 per person for a partial table. Light refreshments are provided (outside nonalcoholic beverages and snacks are allowed). Donations and money raised will provide funds for Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch, which provides a safe and nurturing home for at risk children. Register early. Space is limited.

Feb. 28-March 4: Theater production

St. Charles Community College’s Center Stage Theatre will present “You Can’t Take it With You” in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater on the SCC campus. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 3; 10 a.m. March 1 and 2 p.m. March 4. Tickets are free to SCC students with ID, or $8 general admission and $6 seniors, veterans and students. The campus is located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. For more information, contact Jean Deimund at or 636-9228050. To purchase tickets, visit

March 3: Washers tournament

Competitive teams are needed for the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department’s Ninth Annual Washers Tournament at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville. If you are at least 16 years of age, this is your chance to test your skills against the area’s best players as teams compete for cash prize in this double-elimination tournament. The event is co-sponsored by the Quail Ridge Horseshoe Club. Registration and practice time is from 10:30–11:45 a.m., the day of the event and teams will have the opportunity to practice pitching washers on the indoor court. The tournament begins at noon. Registration fee is $25 per team of two. All teams are guaranteed to play at least four games or two rounds. Each round consists of the best two out of three games. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams, with prize values dependent upon the number of teams entered. Spectators are welcome and

food and drink is available for purchase. For more information about the washers tournament, call the parks department at 636-949-7535.

March 3: Math tournament

St. Charles Community College will host the 21st annual High School Math Tournament in cooperation with Both teams and individuals from new and returning high schools, grades 9-12, are invited to participate. The tournament will be held in the SCC Student Center and Administration Building at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. and testing will be held from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Refreshments and giveaways will be available during registration while supplies last. Thanks to a St. Charles Community College Foundation mini-grant, registration is only $1.50 per student. For more information about the tournament, contact Joe Howe at or 636922-8318.

March 5-6: Theater auditions

Center Stage Theatre will hold open auditions for “Almost, Maine” at 7 p.m. March 5-6. Auditions will be held in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building Room 110 on the SCC campus. Callbacks will be at 7 p.m. March 7. Roles are available for 10 men and 11 women. Auditions are open to the community and will consist of a cold reading from the script, which are on reserve at the SCC library. A prepared monologue is suggested but not required. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 18-21; 10 a.m. April 19; and 2 p.m. April 22. Tickets are free to SCC students with ID, $8 for general admission, $6 for seniors, veterans and students. The campus is located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. For more information, contact Andrew Kuhlman, Director, at

March 9: Trivia night

The St. Charles Community College Employee Sponsored Program will host its annual trivia night to raise funds for SCC scholarships, campus enhancements and employee support initiatives. Doors open at 6 p.m., and trivia starts at 7 p.m. The fandom-themed event will be held in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building auditorium on the St. Charles Community College campus in Cottleville. Tributes, Potterheads, SuperWhoLocks and others are invited to compete for this year’s title and $200 prize. Tickets cost $25 per person or $200 per table of eight. Beer, wine, soda and water are included and teams are welcome to bring snacks. There will be a prize for best-decorated table, and costumes are encouraged. Last year’s event raised nearly $6,000 for the Employee Sponsored Program. For more information and to register, visit

March 17: Quilt social

The quilters from Immaculate Conception Parish of Dardenne Prairie will be holding a quilt social in ICD parish hall (lower level of the church). Doors open at 10 a.m. with bingo beginning at noon. Come hungry as lunch with homemade desserts will be available for purchase. All over the age of 16 are welcome.

March 20: Speaker series

St. Charles City-County Library District speaker series features St. Charles County elected officials and county staff, who address topics of interest to residents. “Let’s Talk Transportation” will feature Amanda Brauer, Manager of Roads and Traffic, and Craig Tajkowski, County Engineer at Kathryn Linnemann Branch Library at 2323 Elm St. in St. Charles. All programs are free. Registration is requested. For more information call 636-949-7900, ext. 3724, email or visit sccmo. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 14, 2018 org/SpeakerSeries.

April 7: Bike blessing

The Third Annual Bike Blessing takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St Paul UCC at 903 Meier Road in Old Monroe. Food and refreshments available. This is an alcohol and drug free event. For more information call 636-6655329.

April 28: Plant sale

The Seventh Annual Lincoln County Master Gardeners plant sale will be held at the extension office at 880 W. College St. in Troy from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., rain or shine. There will be a variety of plants for sale including perennials, annuals, natives, vegetables and herbs. There will also be unique garden art available to purchase that will make great Mother’s Day gifts. There will be an “Ask the Gardener” booth and raffle tickets ($1each or 6/$5) for a gardeners gift basket. Drawing will be held at 1 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win. Come early for best selection. Come late for best discounts.

May 15: Speaker series

St. Charles City-County Library District speaker series features St. Charles County elected officials and county staff, who address topics of interest to residents. “St. Charles County: Past, Present and Future” will feature County Executive Steve Ehlmann at Kisker Road Branch Library 1000 Kisker Rd. in St. Charles. All programs are free. Registration is requested. For more information call 636-949-7900, ext. 3724, email or visit

March 22-23: Art show

Crossroads Arts Council presents its fourth annual art show “SPANNING the generations: senior to senior.” This visual art show is open to all professional and non-professional artists, senior in high school to senior citizen from 5 - 8 p.m. both nights at Wentzville Community Club at 500 West Main Street in Wentzville. The show is free and open to the public. For more information visit

March 23: Trivia Night

Trivia night at Fort Zumwalt North High School to benefit the Scholar Quiz Team will take place from 6:30 - 10 p.m. at 1230 Tom Ginnever Ave. in O’Fallon. The theme is “Safaris” and the cost is $90 for a table of eight (includes mulligans). There will be ticket raffles. Soda and water are provided. Bring snacks. This is a no alcohol event. Please call Ms. Gianini to reserve your spot at 636-272-4447.

March 24: Gardening talk

Parkview Gardens Florist and Greenhouses will host a gardening talk on “The Benefits of Healthy Soil and Watering Practices…The Dirt On Dirt And Getting Wet!” at 10 a.m. Parkview Gardens is located at 1925 Randolph (across from Blanchette Park) in St. Charles.  For more information or to RSVP, please call 636-946-7641.

ONGOING EVENTS Mondays: Take off Pounds Sensibly

Take off pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Monday from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Weigh-ins begin at 8:30 a.m. We meet at Memorial Hall in Blanchette Park at 1900 Randolph Street in St. Charles. For more information contact Joyce at 636-206-5306.

Mondays: Take Off Pounds Sensibly

TOPS meet every Monday at Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 8945 Veterans Memorial Highway in O’Fallon. Meetings at 9:30 a.m. with weigh in beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more in-

formation please all Linda Wilcox at 636-447-9056.

Mondays: Parent support group

Because I love you, B.I.L.Y., Gateway parent support group meets every Monday at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 801 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. For information and directions, please contact the helpline at314 993 7550 or email B.I.L.Y is a program of self-help for parents of troubled children (all ages). We are not professionals, but parents helping each other. The meetings are free to attend.

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If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, we can help. Call Alcoholics Anonymous at 636970-0013.

Mondays: Choral Arts Singers practice

Choral Arts Singers resume practice on Mondays, at 7 p.m. at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. in Lake St. Louis. This session will include performance at St. James Cathedral, Chicago on June 25. New singers are welcome. Auditions are not required. See ww.concertarts. org.

1st Monday: St.Charles County Council of the Blind meetings

Business meetings are held on the first Monday of each month (second Monday in September due to Labor Day ) unless otherwise specified. No meetings are held in June, July, or December. Meetings are held in the Community Council Building (2nd floor of the Spencer Branch Library) from 6:30 - 9 p.m. For more information contact Beverly Kaskadden (President) at 636561-6947.

Mondays: St. Peters Rotary Club

Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd.

Mondays: Seasoned Eye Carvers Meeting

The Seasoned Eye Carvers meet every Monday from 9am to noon at the St. Charles Senior Citizens Center, 1455 Fairgrounds (near the Bass Pro Shop). Visitors are always welcome! For more information check the club web site: or contact Charles Sapp.

Mondays, Wednesday and Friday: Fitness First Exercise Classes

9:30-10:30am, American Legion Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314-369-6521.

Mondays: Chronic pain support group

American Chronic Pain Association is a support group for and by people experiencing chronic pain. Group meets 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month at 3 – 5 p.m. at the Spencer Road Library in St Peters. Important: This is an anonymous group (first names only).

2nd Monday: Winghaven Civil War Round Table

6:30pm, Midwest BankCentre board room, 2299 Technology Dr. O’Fallon. For more informaiton call Mike at 314.276.5018.

3rd Monday of Each Month: Life After Loss support group

Support group for families who have lost a loved one to heroin/opiate addiction. 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital Campus in Room 212 of Professional Building 1. Contact: No registration required

4th Monday: American Legion Post 388 Meets

6:30 pm at American Legion Hall, 607 Westridge Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 636.219.0553.

Mondays and Wednesdays: Tai Chi for arthritis class

Every Monday and Wednesday a Tai Chi for arthritis class, sponsored by the city of St. Charles Parks and Recreation, takes place from 9:15 - 10 a.m. at Webster Park across from the Family Arena. This is a class that is taught nationally to manage arthritis and to prevent falls. For more information call 636-949-3372.

Every Tuesday: Cribbage Club

1 – 4 p.m. at The Falls Golf Course Clubhouse. Relaxed, friendly play and is open to all. Call 636-561-2970 for more information.

Tuesdays: Lions Club meeting

St. Peters Lions Club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in Old Town St. Peters on Park Street.

Tuesdays: Gateway Chorus Rehearsal


Gateway Spotlight is a women’s a capella chorus that meets at First United Methodist Church at 801 first Capitol Dr. in St. Charles every Tuesday evening beginning at 7 p.m. Call 636-2566823 for more details.

Tuesdays: Optimist Club meeting

The St. Charles Optimist Club meets each Tuesday at noon at Pio’s Restaurant. For more information contact Jack Ross at 314 287-0569 or

What’s Happening

at 800.272.3900 or visit stl.

Tuesdays: Social club for widows and widowers

On the first and third Tuesday of each month a social club for widows and widowers meets at 7 p.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ at Fifth and Jackson Streets in St. Charles. On the first Tuesday there are refreshments and on the third Tuesday there is either a speaker or entertainment. The group also goes to breakfast, lunch and dinner monthly, and has a pot luck dinner each month.

Tuesdays: Monthly veterans coffee

Veterans from all branches of service are invited to the Wentzville Green Lantern Senior Center at 506 S. Linn Ave. in Wentzville on the second Tuesday of each month from 9 – 10:30 a.m. for coffee, pastries and camaraderie. Come meet with fellow veterans who served our country and share your experience.

Every Tuesday: Dardenne Presbyterian Church Basketball

8-9:30pm, in the Christian Life Center, 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie. Open to high school and adult men.

1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30pm at various locations. Info:; Jeanne at 314.605.8563.

1st & 3rd Tuesday Book Study Group

Looking for an evening out? Come and play cribbage Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the IHOP at 3851 Veterans Memorial Dr. in St. Peters. Win prizes and awards with semiannual tournaments. ACC sanctioned. For more information contact Dee at 636-233-8032.

Book study group will meet from 7 to 8:30 pm at Denny’s 1300 Lake Saint Louis Blvd near I-70. They would like as much diversity in the group as possible, so men and women of all religions or no religion are welcome. Questions or to order the book Email: or Call or Text: 314-704-0616

Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles

2nd Tuesday: Central Missouri Railroad Association meeting

Tuesdays: Cribbage

Noon – 1pm at Tubby’s Bar & Grill at 506 Droste Rd. in St. Charles. Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The group is looking for new members who want to better our community and help its youth. If you are interested in making a positive impact in St. Charles for generations to come, please come for lunch. For more information call 636-448-4277. You can also visit

Every Tuesday: St. Charles Optimist Club Noon-1pm at Pio’s Restaurant.

Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4pm Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required.

Every Tuesday: Meeting


7pm at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505.

Every Tuesday: Gateway Spotlight ChorUS 7:15-9:45pm at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. Info: www.gatewayspotlight. org or 636.256.6823.

Tuesdays: St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Male Caregiver Experience

The group meets on fourth Tuesday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Spencer Road Library at the Community Commons, 427 Spencer Rd. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, support, or the Male Caregiver Experience, please call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline

This unique organization is for railroad modelers, railfans, photographers and railroad retirees with layouts in O, HO, N hoping to add G scales. Meetings are on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m.; locations posted on our website and on our Facebook page. For more info call 636-279-5522 or 636-456-0776.

2nd Tuesday: Cancer support group

Cancer Companions Support Group is a support group for any cancer patient in treatment or post treatment, their caregiver and their loved ones that meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Dardenne Presbyterian Church at 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie at 7 p.m. in the parlor. Registration is not required.

2nd Tuesday: Show-me Stitchers Embroiderer’s Guild of America 7pm at the Ladue Chapel. Info: www.

4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club

6:30pm at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930. SUDOKU answers from page 7


Last Tuesday of every month, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 spaghetti dinner.

5pm, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. $6 per person. For more information call Post 312 at 636.947.7666.

Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 8-9am & 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 636-928-1928.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes

9-10am and 5:30-6:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall, New Melle. 314.369.6521.

Wednesdays: Food pantry

Food pantry open Wednesdays to the public from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cornerstone UMC at 1151 Tom Ginnever Ave. in O’Fallon. Bread, canned goods other necessities.

Wednesdays: Talk



Veterans from all branches of the service are invited to attend “Coffee Talk” every Wednesday at. 9 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 3601 Ehlmann Rd. in St. Charles (Take I-70 to the Cave Springs exit). We will have applications for VA health care, applications for the honor flight, reports from local American Legion and VFW halls and lots of good comradery. Come join us for free coffee and donuts and enjoy an hour with your fellow veterans.

Wednesdays: Marine League meeting


On the first Wednesday of each month the St. Charles County Marine Corps League meets at the American Legion 313 old town St. Peters at 7:30 p.m. All Marines and FMF Corpsmen are welcome. For more information visit

Wednesdays: Women’s fishing club

Gateway Bass ‘n Gals all women’s bass club has monthly meetings the first Wednesday of every month at Rookies Bar and Grill at 3721 New Town Rd. in St. Charles at 7 p.m. Women of any fishing level please come and check out our women-only fishing club.

Wednesdays: TOPS meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Club 661 Wentzville holds meetings every Wednesday at 9:15 p.m. at Elder Court community meeting room. For more information call 314-650-1014.

Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club

10am Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379.

Wednesdays: meeting



Cottleville/Weldon Spring Kiwanis Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Bemos and the third Tuesday of the month at 7 a.m. at Breeze Park. This is a new club looking for new members interested in working to better our community.  For more information call Christy at 314583-0538.

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‘The Greatest Showman’ could win an Oscar for ‘This is Me’


Hugh Jackman leads an impressive cast of characters in “The Greatest Showman,” a musical based on the life of Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum. Jackman portrays the legendary showman as being a champion of those who were different, gathering them into a family of performers in his shows. Historical accounts show, however, that Barnum was not quite as upright and benevolent as his cinematic persona. Still, it is a big and boisterous motion picture punctuated by a very popular soundtrack. One song, “This is Me,” celebrates self-acceptance and earned the film’s only Oscar nomination. In “The Greatest Showman,” Broadway star Keala Settle plays Lettie Lutz, the bearded lady in Barnum’s productions. Settle’s performance is heartfelt and genuine, showing the character’s frustration and pain in an unforgiving world. Settle is front and center for the performance of “This is Me,” leading the ensemble cast in this rousing, show-stopping anthem. When P.T. Barnum appears ashamed to have his performers mingle with high society, Lettie and her extended family sing about standing tall, marching to the beat of a different drummer and embracing who they are. They face down

protestors who think they are abominations. It is a song that is especially relevant today. “The Greatest Showman” also features the beautifully written “Never Enough.” In real life, P.T. Barnum brought the Swedish singing sensation Jenny Lind to America for an extended concert tour, paying her $1,000 per performance. Rebecca Ferguson plays the “Swedish nightingale” during the film, but it is Loren Allred from television’s “The Voice” who wrote the lyrics and sings “Never Enough” on the soundtrack. Allred’s vocal performance alone is worth the price of admission. With “This is Me,” “The Greatest Showman” has an excellent chance of earning an Oscar come March 4. It faces serious competition in the “Best Original Song” category, though. “Remember Me,” a beautiful piece from Pixar’s “Coco,” speaks to the themes of the film. Miguel (voice of Anthony Gonzalez), a burgeoning musician, enters the land of the dead to find his great-great grandfather and learn more about his musical heritage. The film focuses on keeping the memory of the departed alive in our hearts. “Remember Me” captures that sentiment beautifully, making it a worthy candidate for Best Original

By Steve Bryan

Song honors. In the past, Pixar had some luck in this category, winning for “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.” and “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3.” “Coco” gives the studio a real shot at another victory. The other songs in this category are Mary J. Blige’s “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name” and “Stand Up for Something,” written by Common and Diane Warren, from “Marshall.” With these contenders, an upset also is quite possible in this category. The 90th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast on Sunday, March 4. Photo courtesy Twentieth Century Fox Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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