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March 14, 2018

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By Brett Auten Days later, St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano was still walking on air. In one of the more significant weeks in his tenure – that began back in 1983 – Pagano helped announce that, Inc. plans for a Missouri fulfillment center to be located in St. Peters, creating more than 1,500 full-time jobs. The buzz from the March 9 morning press conference carried over the following day at a St. Louis Metro-area mayor’s conference where colleagues from multiple other area cities were both complimentary and envious. “Quite frankly, it hasn’t stopped,” Pagano said. “E-mail, Facebook, it’s a dream come true, and I’m here.” Employees at the 800,000-plus square foot fulfillment center – to be located at Premier 370 Business Park – will pick, pack and ship small items to customers such as books, elec-

tronics and toys. The highly-technological workplace will feature innovations such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders. The new Amazon facility will be completed in the fall of 2019. Amazon currently operates a sortation center in Hazelwood, where it employs hundreds. “It’s an amazing feeling when an innovation giant like Amazon recognizes the assets that we have here,” Missouri Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said. “When I look at Missouri, I see innovation. I see thriving entrepreneurs. I see a central location, and a logistics network that connects the entire globe.” During the last 18 months, Premier 370 Business Park has seen explosive growth adding hundreds of new jobs with more on the way. The location provides easy transportation access for land, air and rail and is located just 15 minutes west of Lambert Airport. 370

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Lakeside Park provides a serene backdrop for the business park with a 140-acre lake, five miles of paved hiking/biking trails, RV campgrounds, archery range, dog park and free concerts and festivals.   Just days after the Amazon announcement, Grove Collaborative, a high-growth natural, home-focused platform that delivers products directly to consumers, announced its plans to open a new fulfillment center at Premier 370 Business Park. The company will open a 137,000 square foot facility and create 210 new jobs in the region over the coming years. Grove Collaborative is based in San Francisco with its own direct-to-consumer e-commerce platform for natural home and personal care products. The new St. Peters logistics facility is its third after locations in Pennsylvania and Nevada. Last month, FedEx announced their maSee ‘AMAZON’ page 2

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March 14, 2018 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Municipal band director retires

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Longtime director of the St. Charles Municipal Band Nancy Garza has announced her retirement after a nearly 25 year tenure. Her final concert took place Dec. 18, 2017 at the Scheidegger Center of Lindenwood University. Garza joined the Municipal Band in 1978 as a clarinet player. In 1993, when the lack of funding threatened the existence of the group, she agreed to keep the band going by becoming its director. At the time, she was going to direct for “maybe” five years. She has left a legacy of some 400 concert performances, from the group’s trademark Thursday night outdoor concerts in the summer to indoor concerts in the spring and win-

ter, and from civic performances to parades in the city of St. Charles. Garza said, “The band has wonderful musicians and good people! My goal early on was to improve the sound of the ensemble so that the members would enjoy playing and that the band would be a worthy representative for the city of St. Charles.” Garza plans to return to play clarinet with the Municipal Band after taking some time off. Sister Gail Buckman, assistant director with the Municipal Band and president of the Band, will serve as interim director during the 2018 season. A search has begun for the position of director.

Letter to the Editor Dear Editor, It’s been just over a year since I became MoDOT’s area engineer for St. Charles County. This year has been a learning experience but the one thing that has become clear is too many people are dying in crashes on Missouri roads. MoDOT is doing everything we can to engineer better and safer roads, but we need you – all of you - to do your part by buckling up and putting down your cell phone. That’s what the Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign is all about. Tackling the two most impactful actions a driver can take to prevent crashes. Distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes in the United States with cell phones usage blamed in 2,470 crashes in 2016. Missouri is one of only three states with no all-driver texting ban so until that changes we need to rely on each other to not drive distracted. Putting the cell phone down is only part of the picture. Sometimes even the most attentive driver can be involved in a crash. That’s when being buckled up can help. In 2016, 688 people were killed in crashes on Missouri roads – 62 percent of whom were unbuckled. All the numbers aren’t in for 2017, but it looks to be about the same. I could spout a ton of statistics, such as the fact that an unbelted driver has a 1 in 27 chance of being killed in a crash compared to 1 in 1,239 for those who buckle up, but what good will that really do? I want you to think about your loved ones – do you want them to become just another number? I think about this every time I buckle my son in his car seat. Buckling up isn’t just for kids, everyone needs to do it because seatbelts save lives. Missouri has no primary seatbelt law, so once again we have to take it upon ourselves to buckle up every time we get in a car. MoDOT is inspiring change starting with our own employees. In 2016, the use of cell phones was banned in agency vehicles and seat belt use was made mandatory. Please join me and my coworkers in taking the Buckle Up/Phone Down challenge by going to Sincerely, Andy Tuerck MoDOT St. Charles County Area Engineer

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Image courtesy the Missouri Department of Economic Development This rendering shows what the completed Amazon Fulfillment Center will look like.

jor project in the Premier 370 development bringing 300 jobs in a 496,209 square foot facility a mile down the road from the new Amazon project. Pagano said that his team has worked for more than two years to bring this project to fruition.  “(Our team) has been putting together all the pieces of these often complicated processes to demonstrate to these developers that St. Peters is the place to be,” Pagano said. “We want to be the number one choice for great employers to bring great jobs to our region.”  St. Charles Community College is prepped to support the local workforce in these new openings with its Supply Chain Logistics and Manufacturing Technologies A.A.S degree. The

degree launched in spring 2017 and is designed to equip students with the tools they need for the modern manufacturing environment. For more information about the Supply Chain Logistics and Manufacturing Program, contact Scott Kearns at 636-922-8667 or St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann said the Amazon investment reflects the growing shift to e-commerce and, “Amazon’s decision is just one more indication that St. Charles County is being recognized as an exceptional place to live, work and do business.” To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit

Play St. Charles County’s Parks Quest Challenge Are you ready for an adventure this year? The 2018 Parks Quest Challenge is your passport to exploring everything St. Charles County Parks. Kids and teens ages six-throug-18 are invited to play for the chance to win awesome prizes. Discover activities on your own, like picnicking, fishing, camping, hiking, biking and horseback riding, or participate in fun programs through Sept. 4. Here’s how to play: • Complete the Parks Quest Challenge registration form and waiver at ParksQuest2018. • Pick up a Parks Quest Challenge Master Tracker at The Historic Daniel Boone Home at 1868 Highway F in Defiance, Youth Activity Park at 7801 Highway N in Dardenne Prairie or Heritage Museum at 1630 Heritage Landing near St. Charles and participate in your first activity. • Complete the activities listed

in the Master Tracker to earn stickers or codes. • Complete four activities to be entered into a drawing for a parks “swag” bag. • Complete seven activities to be entered to win the grand prize. • Complete 12 activities to be entered to win receive two grand prize entries. Five lucky winners will receive a “swag” bag with parks goodies and more. The grand prize is a choice of a pizza party at the Youth Activity Park (YAP) for 15 or a hayride and s’mores at Broemmelsiek Park for 20. The prize winners will be notified by Sept. 21. All participants who register for the challenge receive a YAP Extreme One-Day Pass. For more information and rules about the Parks Quest Challenge, visit ParksQuest2018, or contact Molly Dempsey at 636-9497900, ext. 3724, or mtdempsey@ • Community News - St. Charles County • March 14, 2018

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Advertiser Profile: Low price, high cost: millennial fever By Russ Patton, owner of Byerly RV Here we go again! The RV show in February was the first indicator that 2018 will be another strong year for RV Sales. The rebirth of RV popularity is like, well, the rebirth of America. The label makers have a name for you guys. Baby boomers meet the millennials. As the last boomers roar out the exit in their new half-million-dollar diesel pusher, a young family enters in their tow-ready sport utility vehicle. Byerly RV celebrates 70 years in business in 2018. We have seen several generations begin and finish their RV adventures at Byerly. As for me, I’m almost out of here myself. My son, Warren, and his exceptional “family” of 65 employees will carry on the tradition, just about the time I learn how to spell millennial. I see a similarity in the cycle and try to explain to Warren the familiar low price/high cost trap that awaits many first-time buyers. Most people won’t buy the cheapest car, TV, clothes or other gadgets, but may still shop price for an RV because they don’t know what else to compare. The popularity of RVs has attracted sharks into bass country. Price is the bait, but after you are hooked and add up the total, sometimes hidden costs, the lesson is Submitted photo

learned the hard way. The only remedy is to slow down and shop carefully. Use the internet; Google ratings, YouTube or Facebook postings. Best advice – visit a few dealers. Most of the local, family-owned RV dealers prosper because they want your repeat business. Signs you are entering a shark tank: they want your driver’s license and ask you to fill out a credit app so they can determine which vehicles you “qualify” to look at. Access to vehicles is restricted and you feel hand-cuffed to a sales rep whose primary goal is to turn you over to the closer. When you leave, you may not get a complete disclosure of all you will be expected to pay at closing. They don’t want you

to shop and it is almost impossible to pay cash. The price seems good, but you may find a lot of add-ons which, if needed or wanted, could usually be bought for less at another dealer. The difference between the perceived great price and the bottom-line cost can be huge. The real eye-opener is when you want to trade in the entry level model and find out what the bank says it’s really worth. St. Louis is fortunate to have many local, reputable, family-owned dealers. Shop locally at members of the MidWest Gateway RVDA and, of course Byerly RV, the state’s largest independent RV Dealer. For more information visit www., Facebook or call 636-938-2000.



Healthy Living

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The importance of primary care By Brittany Lyons When it comes to your health, prevention is critical to ongoing wellness. That’s why primary care providers are focused on providing high-quality health care that keeps you well.

A wellness exam Annual exams are important even if you’re healthy. During this yearly visit, your primary care provider will discuss preventive care, including health maintenance activities like diet and exercise. If you have any concerns, you can discuss those

together as well. Your provider may also perform health screening tests or draw maintenance labs. Because it’s more cost effective to prevent disease than it is to treat, most insurance companies will cover one wellness visit each year. Prevention throughout life Primary care can be very different depending on your stage of life. Children have primary care visits more frequently in infancy and early childhood for routine vaccines, disease prevention and monitoring of developmental milestones. For

adult women, an annual exam may focus on reproductive health. This might include a discussion of your family planning needs as well as appropriate screenings for reproductive cancers and disease. As we age into older men and women, more screenings and immunizations are recommended to prevent illness, identify early indicators of problems and maintain good quality of life. Your health team If you have an illness or other health issue, your primary care physician may refer you to a

specialist, such as a cardiologist for coronary artery disease or an endocrinologist for diabetes. Collaboration and communication between these medical providers is crucial in the coordination of your care. This team works together to keep you in optimal health. Brittany Lyons, FNP, is a family nurse practitioner caring for patients at the BJC Medical Group at St. Peters on the Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital campus. To learn more, visit or schedule an appointment with Brittany by calling 636-916-9615.

St. Charles County Health Services’ Clinic introduces liver screenings The largest organ in the body, the liver performs hundreds of functions to keep the body healthy, such as aiding digestion,

cleansing the blood and storing nutrients for energy. Exposure to chronic disease, viruses, drugs, and other risk factors can damage liver function and cause short- and long-term health issues. To help individuals conveniently determine their liver function numbers, St. Charles County’s Division of Health Services now offers specific blood screenings through its clinic. The new blood tests will screen for: • Hepatitis A • Hepatitis B • Hepatitis C • Blood Protein and Blood Enzyme Located at 1650 Boones Lick Road in St. Charles, the Health Services’ Clinic offers these tests and other services between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment. For more information on the new services available, please

call 636-949-7319 or visit www. The liver 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. Test/Service Cost Hepatitis C rapid testing……………….… $ 30 Hepatitis B core IgM……. $ 10 Hepatitis B antigen……... $ 5 Hepatitis B antibody……. $ 10 Hepatitis A IgM………… $ 15 Albumin level…………… $ 5 Bilirubin direct…………. $ 5 Total Bilirubin…………. . $ 5 Total protein level………. $ 5 Alkaline Phosphate (ALP) enzyme level…………... $ 5 Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST) enzyme level…… $ 5 Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT) enzyme level…… $ 5 Blood draw fee (per visit).. $ 10 • Community News - St. Charles County • March 14, 2018

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Optimist Club of St. Charles Annual Essay and Oratorical contest winners recognized The St. Charles Club’s Annual Essay and Oratorical contest and awards assembly was hosted by the St. Charles Boy’s and Girl’s Club on Feb. 19. Twenty-three Hardin Middle School students prepared essays and had them judged by Optimist club members. Four Hardin students presented speeches for the adjudicator’s consideration. The first place essay was prepared by Sophia Prost and the first place speech was presented by Legend Chapman. Legend will be competing at the district

Submitted photo Pictured (from left) are Essay Finalists: Molly Beer, Mia Nicastro, Si Singirlkonda, Max Lucke and Sophia Prost and Oratorical Finalists Sophia Zeier, Legend Chapman, Camia Bell, Awa Diallo and Tim Horton – Chairperson.

contest held in Washington, Missouri on March 18. Tim Horton, a member of the

Optimist Club and an employee of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, officiated the event.

Valuing the arts at SCC By Chris Jordan A Washington Post article by Peggy McGlone titled “Trump’s budget eliminates NEA, public TV and other cultural agencies. Again.” includes government plans to cut the funding of arts in schools. With news of this, students and faculty have to decide which courses and activities are worth more than others. At St. Charles Community College (SCC), there is a general fondness for things like theatre, music, and visual arts. The overall opinion of students and professors in the arts is that these courses are just as valuable as STEM courses. Most of the teachers and students of courses in the arts believe that they are too important to overlook. The theatre department at SCC just finished performing their spring production “You Can’t Take it With You,” which showed from Feb. 28-March 3. Lonna Wilke, a theatre professor at SCC who assisted as the scenic and lighting designer of the play, believes that theatre is an essential part of not just the school, but the community as a whole. “It’s an expression not just of the actors and characters they portray, but of life and humanity as a whole,” Wilke says. The MFA Invitational Art Exhibit Reception opens March 21, and there is an overall excitement from students in

visual art programs. There are several paintings in the main hallway of the Fine Arts Building on campus that have been drawing attention for the past few weeks. “It’s really interesting and fun to see all the abstract [paintings]. Like, whoever made these really have futures in art,” says Sabrina Davis, a sophomore at SCC and art student. She believes that the ability to learn visual arts opens up good career paths. Music is an art that has integrated itself into mainstream life to a point where it affects almost everyone on campus. SCC’s music majors share an overall adoration for music, and feel that budget cuts that could greatly affect music programs is unfair. Dallas Bange, a tenor from SCC’s chamber choir, has been passionate about music for several years.

He believes that “Cutting music from schools is the fastest way to take away fun in schools.” It is clear that there is a general love for the arts at SCC, and that students and faculty involved in the arts see them to be just as essential to the school as any other courses or activities. The current budget plan could cut funding from the arts. If the voices of these students and faculty can be heard, hopefully the state officials, government leaders and school administration can all see the importance of the arts. This article is presented as part of a project between the Community News and St. Charles Community College. This article was not submitted on behalf of St. Charles Community College nor does it express the views and opinions of SCC.

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FHSD students create website for USA Women’s Sled Hockey Team In March, the 2018 Paralympics will be held in PyeongChang, showcasing the talents of athletes who train just as hard and overcome even more adversity than their able-bodied counterparts. The athletes who make up the USA Women’s Sled Hockey Team won’t be there, but they dream of one day competing in the Paralympics. Formed in 2007, the USA Women’s Sled Hockey roster features para-athletes from across the country and of all ages. Sled hockey is similar to any other hockey game, but with one major difference: the players are seated on custom metal sleds and propel themselves forward with the use of two short hockey sticks with metal grips

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Project SEARCH staff and student interns from St. Charles County school districts learned teamwork during a health and wellness field trip. St. Louis Ambush midfielder Corey Adams led a soccer clinic for the SEARCH students. The group stretched, warmed up and even completed soccer drills. The St. Charles SEARCH team hopes for more team-building opportunities for the student interns. Site instructor Kristen

Tiger said the group plans to try a new sport soon. Project SEARCH is designed to provide intensive work readiness training by emulating a real work situation. Project SEARCH is based at Embassy Suites St. Charles. In the course of nine months of training, interns build working relationships with mentors and their host businesses. Each student receives training in a variety of jobs and practice professionalism. • Community News - St. Charles County • March 14, 2018


Orchard Farm earns Fleet Excellence Award Orchard Farm Department of Transportation earned the Total Fleet Excellence Award. During the annual review, the Missouri Highway Patrol inspected 27 of the 28 bus fleet. The Fleet Excellence Award is earned by receiving an approval rating of 90 percent or higher without any out of service buses. This year, the Orchard Farm Department of Transportation received 100 percent. During the 2017-18 school year, Orchard Farm buses traveled approximately 350,000 miles and safely transported 1800 students each week.

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Liberty High School senior selected as candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Liberty senior Alexis Guffey has been selected as a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education. The program was established in 1964, by executive order of the president, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 2015, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas; academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community, and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. “I am extremely honored to have received this nomination to represent career and technical education on a higher level as a candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program,” shared Guffey. “Career and technical education has played such an influential role in my life through HOSA and Project Lead the Way courses, so this opportunity to apply for a program that encourages student leaders is truly valuable and greatly appreciated.” Guffey earned an ACT Composite score of 33, currently has a 4.34 GPA, and is ranked sixth in her class. She serves as the Vice President of Liberty HOSA, and as the Missouri HOSA Historian. Guffey received second place in the Healthy Lifestyle competition at the HOSA International Leadership Conference in August 2017. She is also a member

of Key Club and National Honor Society, where she serves as the Historian. Guffey is a four-year varsity cross country, track and field, and swim athlete. She is enrolled in six Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and plans to major in public health or biology and hopes to attend Washington University or Truman State University. She is the daughter of Todd Guffey of O’Fallon. Candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education are initially selected based on their accomplishments in career and technical education fields and nominated by the Missouri Education Commissioner, who has the ability to nominate up to five students. Candidates must then apply for the program and are evaluated on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of the essay they submit in the application. In late March, sixty semifinalists are chosen by an independent, national committee of educators convened by the Commission of Presidential


Photo courtesy Wentzville School District Liberty senior Alexis Guffey has been selected as a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in Career and Technical Education.

Scholars. In April, the Commission makes the final selection of up to twenty Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education. They are invited to Washington, D.C. in June to participate in the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

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Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS March 15: Sex Trafficking Program

The St. Charles Outreach Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SCCAT) will present a free staged reading focusing on sex trafficking, by Solid Line Productions, at 7 p.m. at the Spencer Rd. Branch Library at 427 Spencer Rd. in St. Peters. A “talk-back” session will follow. The presentation is part of the Arts Against Trafficking series. RSVP preferred to: 314-993-5181 or lgjerswald@

March 15-17: Theater performance

Liberty High School Theatre will present “Little Women: The Musical” on March 15, 16, and 17. This musical is based on the famous novel by Louisa May Alcott and will be performed at 7 p.m. each evening in the Liberty High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students and tickets will be available at the door.

March 16: St. Patrick’s Day dance

Get out your best green attire for St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre’s St. Patrick’s Day Dance from 7 - 10 p.m. Enjoy live music by Fanfare, a band who plays a little bit of everything from today’s hits to Motown, R&B, classic rock, disco, pop, country and jazz. Couples, individuals and groups are welcome. Although no special dress is required, guests are encouraged to dress up in their best green, Irish and St. Patrick’s Day themed wear. Tickets are $7 per person at the door. Show a St. Peters Resident Privilege Card or a Cultural Arts Centre membership card at the

door and receive a discount of $1 off admission. Bringing your own food and snacks is encouraged. Soda will be available for purchase. St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located in the west wing of St. Peters City Hall at One St. Peters Centre Blvd. in St. Peters. For more information, call 636-397-6903, ext. 1624, or visit arts.

March 17: Gospel concert

Fairmount GB Church presents the Covenant Quartet, a southern gospel group, at the church at 2299 Saint Peters Howell Rd. in St. Peters. The concert begins at 6 p.m. and is free with a love offering that will be received

March 17: Search party

Join the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department from 1 – 3 p.m. at Indian Camp Creek Park in Wentzville, for “Search Party 2018.” Participants of all ages search for lifesized characters hidden throughout 50 acres of the park. The first 50 players to complete the search win prizes. The object of the game is to find the ChickFil-A Cow, Yeti Gaming Yeti, Ranger Rick, Leprechauns, Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster characters that are hidden along trails in the park. The first 50 players to complete the game and return to shelter #3 win prizes. All are welcome to play; cost is $1 per player. Pre-registration is required by calling 636-949-7535 or online at http://bit. ly/2C2QCqI. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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 17: Easter pageant

Kidz Praize will perform a special Easter musical entitled, “The Easter Pageant at Mr. Pigg’s Barbeque Emporium” at Wentzville Christian Church at 6 p.m. The presentation is free and the public is invited to attend. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Join 28 elementary students as they present their message of hope and joy in a fun and unique setting. Wentzville Christian Church is located at 1507 Highway Z. For questions or further information, visit the website at or call 636327-6622.

March 18: Quilt social

Sacred Heart Church St. Ann’s Sodality of Troy is hosting their 31st annual quilt social at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 500 Hwy J in Troy. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and bingo begins at 1 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided for purchase. There will be quilt games, money games, door prizes, pull tabs, Pot of Gold, raffles and plenty of fun. Due to state law: No one under the age of 16 can be in the building.

March 18: Free concert

Take a spring break and warm up with music of the St. Charles Municipal Band and Big Band at 2 Saint Charles High School at 725 North Kingshighway in St. Charles. The high school is located two miles north of exit 228 on Interstate 70. There is free parking and handicapped access. This free, family-friendly event features a preview of the summer concert music under Big Band leader Earl Kreder and Municipal Band interim director Sr. Gail Buckman. See and Facebook for more information, or call 314-544-6166 or 314-878-5296.

March 19: Youth summer drama camp registration

Wentzville Christian Church will hold its Kids Summer Drama Camp on June 3-9. The group will be performing “Peter Pan Jr.”. The camp is for students currently in second-through-eighth grades. Registration will be held on March 19 beginning at 7 a.m. Space is limited and camp fills up fast. You can only register by calling 636-219-3238, for more information go to

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 mtdempsey@sccmo. • Community News - St. Charles County • March 14, 2018 org or visit

March 20: Speaker series

The #SCCMore Speaker Series continues at 7 p.m. with “Let’s Talk Transportation.” Amanda Brauer, Roads and Traffic Manager and Craig Tajkowski, County Engineer, team up at the Kathryn Linnemann Library Branch at 2323 Elm Street in St. Charles, to discuss transportation issues in St. Charles County. The discussion includes current and upcoming road projects, the Gateway Green Light program, future technological advances for transportation, and more. Residents are encouraged to ask questions following the presentation. The #SCCMore Speaker Series is free, but registration is requested. To register, or for information on future #SCCMore Speaker Series programs, 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 http://www.crossroadsartscouncil. org.

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 636272-4447.

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.

March 24: Easter egg hunt

It’s time for Dardenne Presbyterian’s Easter Egg Hunt for children in fifth grade or younger with an adult in the Christian Life Center from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie There will be an Easter message, crafts, snacks, Humphrey the Camel Puppet, and, of course, the big hunt. This event will take place rain or shine. Be sure to bring your Easter baskets. Please register by March 19 by calling the church office 636-561-4347 or online (

March 24: Easter egg hunt

Lake Saint Louis Easter Egg Hunt takes place from 10 a.m. – noon at Founder’s Park at 7 Freymuth Rd. Children ages 10 and under may participate in the egg hunts. Following the egg hunts, there will be a visit from the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, horse rides, a petting

zoo, face painters, balloon artists and sponsored activities for the children to enjoy. This event is free to the community and will be held rain or shine. For more information go to

March 24: Family hike and campfire

Celebrate the arrival of spring with St. Charles County Parks’ first ever Family Hike and Campfire from 6 - 8 p.m. at Broemmelsiek Park near Defiance. Get your family together and take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life at Broemmelsiek Park for an evening hike and talk around the campfire. Meet at Shelter #7 in the park. You can take a short hike, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, learn a few campfire tunes and tell a funny story or two. Broemmelsiek Park is located at 1795 Highway DD near Defiance. The program is free, but registration is required by calling the parks department at 636949-7535 or signing up online at http://

March 24: Theater auditions

Auditions for “Tarzan, the Musical,” are set for March 17 and March 24, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Open to students in grades 4 –12, the auditions will be held at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) at 100 North Main Street in O’Fallon. Performances of “Tarzan, The Musical,” will be held at City Hall 7 p.m. on June 1, 2, 8 and 9 with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays. To prepare for the audition, auditioners should begin by downloading the “’Tarzan, the Musical’ Audition Packet” which is posted on the O’FallonTheatreWorks website, and follow the packet’s directions to register for an audition time. (Walk-ins are welcome at the auditions but may have to wait for an open time slot.) The audition packet contains all the necessary forms to be filled out, details of what to bring and how to prepare for the audition, copies of sheet music, monologues, dance information, rehearsal dates and information about free audition prep workshops. For questions about the auditions, please email otwyouththeatre@gmail. com.

March 24: Adult Easter egg hunt

Enjoy an egg-citing evening for ages 21-and-up at O’Fallon’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt from 6:30-10 p.m. Last year’s Adult Easter Egg Hunt sold out, so this year’s party is being held at CarShield Field at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard in O’Fallon. Along with prizes for finding Easter eggs, the event features live entertainment, food trucks and adult beverages. Advance registration swag includes a prize pack and a commemorative glass. Be sure to bring a flashlight and an Easter basket for collecting eggs. The cost is $20 per person. Register with your email for the Adult Easter Egg Hunt (program 410202-A) at Or, sign up at the Renaud Spirit Center at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, or the Parks and Rec Administration Office at 400 Civic Park Drive. Volunteers are needed to assist throughout the event. To volunteer, contact O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services at 636-379-5408 or volunteer@ For information about

volunteering, visit volunteer.

April 5: Hippy Hoppy Toad Day

Hop on out to Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. for Hippy Hoppy Toad Day. Hosted by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department and the St. Charles City-County Library, this free, unique celebration of frogs. Children and their families will enjoy meeting Peggy Archer, local author of “A Hippy-Hoppy Toad,” a story inspired by her adventures with tiny frogs while hiking through Quail Ridge Park. Participants will take a guided storybook walk around the lake with library staff and volunteers reading the featured book. They’ll learn about and get to see live frogs, make crafts and hear from Missouri Naturalists Ann Earley and Bob Siemer, who will present a short slideshow about the hoppy amphibians. Light refreshments provided by Fresh Thyme Farmers Market. The event is free, but registration is requested. For more information about the Hippy Hoppy Toad Day or to register, visit or call the parks department at 636-949-7535.

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Sports you see with Gary B... St. Patrick’s Day run in Cottleville this Saturday and you can be on TV The 10th annual run and parade will be in Cottleville this Saturday, March 17. There will be a 7K (4.35 miles) serious run followed by a two-mile fun run starting at the Cottleville Fire Station #1 at 8 a.m. sharp. Awards will be given to the top male and female overall winners, as well as the first place males and females in the following categories: Wheel Chair Division (No Age specifications); Explorers (nine-and-under) (10-14) (15- 19); Rookies (20-24); Privates (age 25-29) (age 30-34); Captains (35--39) (40-44); Battalion Chiefs (4549) (50-54); Chiefs (55-59) (60-64); Retired (65 and up). The certified racecourse is through Fleet Feet with RFID “chip” timing producing same day results. A portion of the proceeds benefits the St. Pats Foundation Charity. For more information go to www.StPatParade. org Me, Gary B, will be broadcasting the parade with a few TV cameras taking in all the excitement from the second floor of the Securus building. Put a sign together with the words Community News and me, Gary B, and I will have you be a part of the telecast. More details coming on where you can watch the entire parade on tape delay. *Temperature is supposed to be in the mid 60’s on Saturday…..perrrfect

Rascals hire a new general manager The River City club have hired baseball veteran Mike Petrini as their new Executive Vice-President and General Manager. Petrini served the past two years in the same role for another Frontier League organization, the Normal CornBelters. Utilizing his extensive background across minor league baseball, Petrini will oversee the day to day operations of the front office staff including sales, marketing, community relations, and stadium operations. *53 days until Rascal baseball

Lindenwood track and field women set the mark Lindenwood University’s track and field teams competed at the 2018 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas this weekend. Ariel Jackson won the 200m national championship, the first national title for the track and field program at the NCAA level. Jackson’s points helped the women’s track and field team come in 17th  overall, the highest finish for the women at the indoor nationals. Women’s 200m-Jackson  came into the 200m  as the favorite after being the only runner to break 24 seconds prior to nationals, and she was able to capture the first NCAA individual national title for Lindenwood.  She also won the MIAA title in the event, established a new school record in the event earlier this season. Women’s 60m-Jackson also set a new school record in the event and earned second-team All-American status. Women’s 60m Hurdles-A second Lady Lions performer also earned second-team All-American honors. Erin Hodge competed in nationals for the first time and finished 12th in the 60m hurdles. Her mark was the second-fastest in Lindenwood history. Men’s Long Jump-Michael Mlambo  competed in the long jump competition after advancing to his third national event, including his first indoor nationals. His best jump on the day came on his first attempt when he had a mark of 5.90. Mlambo finished 17th overall. *Great day in Kansas

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 • March 14, 2018






American Irish Stew

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Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research | Servings: 6


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/4 pounds beef, top round, cut into 3/4-inch pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces 2 medium parsnips, cut into large chunks (optional) 3 cups low-fat, reduced-sodium beef broth 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary 1 leek, coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley Directions: In large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 75 minutes, or until meat is tender.

falling apart, do not overcook.

Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. To avoid potatoes

Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate, 32 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 427 mg sodium.

Serve hot and garnish with parsley, if desired.

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By Steve Bryan

Inclusion riders, stolen Oscars and broken traditions at the 90th Annual Academy Awards


The 90th Annual Academy Awards are now part of the history books. In the weeks leading up to the milestone broadcast; however, movie fans wondered how the ceremony was going to play out. Jimmy Kimmel was an agreeable host, but he made me wish that Billy Crystal could have come back to host just one more time. Crystal could navigate a political minefield and keep people laughing. After months of watching Hollywood purge itself of men like Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and even Disney’s animation guru John Lasseter, the 90th Oscars didn’t have as much adrenaline and bite as one would have expected. There were multiple references, though, to the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements in remarks and speeches. The Twitterverse also went crazy because Ryan Seacrest, accused of misconduct, was working the red carpet before the ceremony. Breaking tradition, Casey Affleck, last year’s Best Actor winner, declined to come back this year to present the Best Actress award due to his own sexual harassment issues. Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster did the honors

in his place, presenting the Oscar to Frances McDormand for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Foster and Lawrence also got in a few good jabs at Meryl Streep at the same time. McDormand arguably gave the most powerful and moving speech of the evening only to have her Best Actress award stolen, albeit briefly, at an after-party. The actress also tossed out the phrase “inclusion rider,” which sent people rushing to their Internet browser of choice. As NPR pointed out, that term means a high-profile performer can, while negotiating a contract, ask for diversity in the people working on a movie set. Many were disappointed that Greta Gerwig, who wrote and directed the fabulous “Lady Bird,” didn’t take home any Oscar gold. Presenting the Best Director award, Emma Stone referred to the nominees as “four men and Greta Gerwig.” As the Daily Mail pointed out, Twitter took Stone to task for this remark because two nominees (Guillermo De Toro and Jordan Peele) are minorities. Even without Oscar gold, Ms. Gerwig is a talented actress/writer/director and smart studio executives are

sure to set up meetings with her. In the wake of the 90th Oscars, can Hollywood possible do anything to please everybody? Reed Hastings over at Netflix has been quoted as saying his company is “not interested” in inclusion riders. His company does things their own way and has been called a “champion of diversity.” Netflix also has become known for its groundbreaking original content, including Marvel’s Luke Cage and “Orange is the New Black.” Their business model seems to work well. Things will continue to change in Hollywood. Men and women are now more likely to step up and speak out when terrible things happen to themselves and other people. It won’t take decades for abuse of position and power to come to light. Change won’t happen overnight, but it seems Hollywood is moving in the right direction. 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 wideeyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.




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Crossword Puzzle Theme: Spring Break

‘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

Cruise blues At first glance, a cruise sounds so idyllic and delightful; exotic ports of call, exciting excursions and sunny days at sea. But don’t let the advertisers fool you. A cruise is just another word for “buffet barge.” Sure they want to convince you that you’ll explore tropical islands and indulge in sporty activities, but from start to finish it’s just non-stop binge-eating. Make sure you leave your diet on the dock if you ever choose to cruise. Once you cross the bridge and enter the portals of the ship, you are immediately ushered into the buffet chamber and met with a personal feeder who has been instructed to attach a food hose to your mouth. He then turns the spigot on maximum output. Within moments all manner of roasted pigs, broiled buttery fishes, crusty crab cakes, baked meaty lasagnas, seared steaks, fried potatoes, chunky casseroles, waffles, pastries and fatty desserts began surging through the tube to inflate your stomach faster than a balloon attached to a helium tank. It cannot be turned off until the boat harbors seven days later after which you, along with several trollies of baggage, will be rolled into a taxi and escorted home. Then be prepared to go into a raging food withdrawal. Once you reach your house that first hunger pang will hit you like a baseball bat to the spleen. It is then that you realize you have cleaned out your fridge the week before and find the only thing that awaits you is a half-empty pickle jar; a take-out container of moldy Kung Pao chicken and a solitary ketchup packet. Note: the seven pieces of strategically packed luggage will be untouched. I packed enough clothes to fill a small department store and enough shoes to fit a centipede. I had covered each category: casualwear, swimwear, excursion wear, fancy dress wear, underwear, what if it rains wear, what

if it’s cold wear and extra changes for the dreaded what-if-I-match-someone-else-on-the-cruise wear. They all remained tightly packed and untouched. I wore an extra-large mumu that began four sizes larger and at cruise end wound up tighter than bark on a tree. All that is needed is one set of eating clothes – underwear is optional. And don’t worry about getting off the boat for excursions. There is no way anyone’s going to let you on their zip line when you have become the circumference of a giant Jabba the Hut-sized slug. So now we’re on a strict meal plan; one that will curb our appetite as well as cause us to abhor the very thought of food and also achieve weight reduction. It’s called the pickle, ketchup packet, moldy Kung Pao chicken diet. 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.

ACROSS 1. Out of whack 6. Greek H 9. Goodness gracious! 13. Swahili or Zulu 14. “Was ist ____?” 15. *What speakers do 16. Concluded 17. Chain letters 18. “A Doll’s House” playwright 19. *____ Beach 21. Take advantage of an opportunity 23. *Spring Break beach alternative 24. *Resort island in Indonesia 25. Web robot 28. Tangerine plus grapefruit 30. Canine’s coat 35. “The Three Faces of ____,” pl. 37. Mound 39. Idealized image 40. Polly to Tom Sawyer 41. *South Padre Island, ____ 43. Jason’s vessel 44. Intangible storage 46. Jamie Fraser’s tartan 47. Hurries

48. Heavy lifting injury 50. “In your dreams!” 52. *”Where the Boys ____,” movie 53. Perfect houseplant spot 55. Clinton ____ Rodham 57. *Tough to raise? 61. *Like typical Spring Break traveler 65. *Desired forecast 66. Sylvester to Tweety 68. Show opposition 69. Smoke detector, e.g. 70. Flying saucer acronym 71. Make laugh 72. Same as island 73. School org. 74. Everyone but clergy DOWN 1. Tucked in 2. Supernatural life force 3. Indiana Jones 4. Cancel an edit, pl. 5. Logic-based puzzle 6. Icelandic epic 7. *Sign of a Spring Break trip 8. Volcano near Nagano 9. Major European river 10. Knife wound 11. Domain 12. Say you didn’t do it

15. *In two pieces 20. *____ life 22. *In high demand during Spring Break 24. With two axes 25. *Top destination 26. Immature ovum 27. Pavarotti, e.g. 29. Potato’s soup mate 31. Wet nurse 32. Shriver or Sharapova 33. Leaf-eating moth 34. ____ tooth 36. Render speechless 38. Buddies 42. Time on the job 45. Take weapon away 49. Lungful 51. Like medieval European society 54. Reduce pressure 56. Possible allergic reaction 57. Antioxidant-rich berry 58. Misfortunes 59. ____ Madrid 60. Taxi payment 61. Roofed colonnade 62. Red carpet purse 63. What birds do 64. Three pointer 67. Away from the bow SEE ANSWERS ON PAGE 9

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