July 11, 2018
Honoring the past St. Charles County creek renamed for former slave and Civil War hero
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By Brett Auten However possible and by all means necessary, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlman wants Archer Alexander’s name to be remembered for generations. Last month, an obscure creek in St. Charles County, formerly known as Tributary B, was officially named Archer Alexander Creek after approval from the Missouri and U.S. boards on Geographic Names. Alexander was a slave and Civil War hero who lived in the area of the creek in the mid-19th century. Archer Alexander Creek is 2.5 miles long with its head in O’Fallon. It flows generally south through the city of Cottleville to enter Dardenne Creek 3.9 miles north-northwest of Weldon Spring. Ehlmann said that naming the creek after Alexander reminds residents of the rich, diverse history of the county. Alexander lived in St. Charles County from 1830 until his death in 1879 and his story is both a fascinating and a heroic one. During the Civil War, Alexander informed Union troops about an incident of local railroad sabotage and weapons hidden on a farm along the creek that now bears his name. He escaped to St. Louis and successfully petitioned the Provost Marshal of Missouri for his freedom. A photo – taken later in his life by abolitionist William Greenleaf Eliot – was used by artist Thomas Ball to sculpt the face of Alexander alongside President Abraham Lincoln in the Emancipation Memorial found in Washington D.C.’s Lincoln Park. He was living in St. Charles County during the Civil War when he learned in February 1863 that men sawed the timbers of a railroad bridge. He informed a Union man, who conveyed the message to Union troops who fixed the bridge before any train crossed. After he informed Union officials that arms were hidden in an ice-house on
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Photo courtesy St. Charles County Marking the dedication of the recently renamed Archer Alexander Creek in St. Charles County were (from left) Mike Elam, St. Charles County Councilman, District 3; Kurt Bahr, Missouri State Representative, District 102; Steve Ehlmann, St. Charles County Executive; Jay Ashcroft, Missouri Secretary of State; James LeNoir, President of the St. Charles County Branch of the NAACP; Bill Hennessy, mayor of the city of O’Fallon; Jim Hennessey, mayor of the city of Cottleville.
the Campbell farm near the Pitman farm in St. Charles County, rebel sympathizers came to suspect him and, fearing for his safety, he fled to St. Louis. “Archer Alexander Creek is a perfect fit,” Ehlmann said. “It runs right through the Campbell Farm.” Alexander was given refuge by William Eliot, a prominent abolitionist who would later found Washington University in St. Louis. Alexander argued he should be free since his master, Richard Pitman, assisted two men bound for the rebel service by giving one a horse and the other a gun and clothes. When a slave catcher apprehended Alexander, federal officials, at the request of Eliot, recovered him and returned him to freedom. After a German farmer helped Alexander’s wife Louisa and their children escape, they joined Alexander in St. Louis. “St. Charles was very anti-slavery,” Ehlmann said. “Half of the county were Ger-
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Photo courtesy the William Greenleaf Eliot Personal Papers at Washington University Libraries Former slave and Civil War hero Archer Alexander.
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‘PAST’ from cover man, who were very much against it as was the other half.” In December 1864, the provost marshal began the enlistment of black troops in St. Charles County. Tom Alexander, the son of Archer Alexander, was among the first recruits. After he was killed in action, Tom’s back pay and bounty-money were paid to Archer, who, in the book “The Story of Archer Anderson,” expressed pride that his son had served, stating, “I couldn’t do it myself,” he said, “but I thank the Lord my boy did it.” “It was an act of personal courage and he made great sacrifices,” Ehlmann said. “He paid a pretty big price to help reunite the country and make all men free. It’s an interesting story and one
not everyone knows about.” Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft issued the proclamation regarding the designation of Archer Alexander Creek. Resolutions supporting the name change were passed and submitted to the naming boards by the St. Charles County Council, city of O’Fallon - Government Council and city of Cottleville Board of Aldermen. The Missouri Board on Geographic Names recommended the proposal, submitted by Ehlmann, to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names at their May meeting. Final approval of the proposal by the U.S. board occurred on June 21.
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By Alexandra Ray Summer is a time for exploration. For free fun for everyone, explore Historic Downtown Wentzville by participating in the fire hydrant scavenger hunt. Seniors from the Wentzville School District paint fire hydrants each year for the chance to win scholarships awarded by Wentzville’s Water Division. This year, the theme for the fire hydrants is superheroes. The 12 fire hydrants are placed in various locations around Historic Downtown Wentzville for the scavenger hunt. Though hidden in plain sight, for hints concerning the locations of the fire hydrants, consult the scavenger hunt map by visiting http://bit.ly/fhscavengerhunt. When a fire hydrant is discovered, snap a picture, upload it to Instagram or Twitter and tag @wentzvillemo and #wentzvilleart. The fire hydrant scavenger hunt allows for the showcase of the artistic abilities of the students within the Wentzville School District. Kara Roberson, Communications Director/PIO for the city of Wentzville, explained, “(This event is) a way for us to recognize these Wentzville seniors for their hard work… (they are) very talented kids.” The fire hydrant scavenger hunt also allows for the exploration of Historic Downtown Wentzville. As one of the fastest growing cities in the state, Wentzville has experienced multiple improvements specifically made to the downtown area. Historic Downtown Wentzville is a thriving, vibrant area with many newly-established businesses that may be unfamiliar to people in the community. Dan Lang, Director of Economic Development for the city of
Photo courtesy city of Wentzville You can explore Historic Downtown Wentzville by participating in the fire hydrant scavenger hunt.
Wentzville, explained, “I hear (of) people that live here for five, six, seven years and (have) never been to (Historic) Downtown Wentzville. Which is pretty incredible, actually… from my standpoint, it’s very incredible. So (the fire hydrant scavenger hunt) gives those people an opportunity to see something in their community that they may not be aware of.” Lang added, “I think it’s beneficial for people to know what’s in their community.” The fire hydrants will remain in place through the month of November. For more information, visit www.wentzvillemo.org.
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MDC hosts Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshops in St. Charles this summer The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites teachers to attend upcoming Discover Nature Schools teacher training workshops. These workshops provide free training for teachers interested in improving conservation education in their Missouri classroom, home-school class or youth group. Upcoming training classes will take place at the MDC St. Louis Regional Office at the August A. Busch Conservation Area at 2360 Hwy D in St. Charles. Workshops are being offered on the following dates: • July 18, Nature Unfolds, grades K-2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (register by July 16) • July 19, Nature Unleashed, grades 3-5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (register by July 17) • July 26, Nature Unbound, grades 9-12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (register by July 24) “The Discover Nature Schools program is an excellent way to get students of all ages outside and to enrich their learning through outdoor experiences
focused on Missouri plants, animals and natural systems,” said MDC Conservation Education Consultant Kim Cole. These workshops will prepare educators to teach the hands-on, standards-based unit for their grade. Teacher guides and classroom sets of student guides and science notebooks are provided for free, and eligible schools can receive non-competitive grants for field experiences and classroom materials that support the curriculum units. Space is limited and participants must register to attend the workshop. “Learning in nature benefits children in several ways, including improving physical and mental health, raising standardized test scores and reducing attention-deficit problems,” Cole said. MDC’s Discover Nature Schools program provides nocost curriculum units to teachers and schools in the state of Missouri. Curriculum units are available for preschool through 12th grade and are aligned with
Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation Teachers can register for free Discover Nature Schools training workshops in St. Charles this summer.
Missouri state standards to help teachers and students meet required learning expectations. 100 percent of school districts and approximately 40 percent of schools in the state participate in the Discover Nature Schools program. To register for the workshops, visit the Teacher Portal at www. mdc.mo/gov/teachers and create an account. For questions, contact Kim at Kim.Cole@mdc. mo.gov or 636-300-1953, ext. 4126. For more information about MDC’s Discover Nature Schools program, visit www. mdc.mo.gov/education.
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Get your groove on with St. Charles County Parks Spend late summer though early fall on a high note with free Concerts in the Park presented by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department. The 2018 concert series offers seven live musical performances beginning July 25 and continuing through Oct. 3. The St. Charles County Parks outdoor concert series is bigger and better than ever. Bring the family, blankets and lawn chairs, then sit back and relax to the tunes of some very talented local musicians. No glass containers are allowed in the park and no alcoholic beverages are allowed at the Youth Activity Park. The YAP Café concession stand features tasty treats for purchase at the Youth Activity Park; food trucks will be at the other parks. Picnic baskets are also welcome. Anyone wishing to use the skate park at the Youth Activity Park must have a season pass or pay the daily entry fee. Helmets are required and a waiver must be completed by a parent or guardian. For more information, call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-9497535 or visit stccparks.org.
The entertainment schedule includes: • July 25, Johnny Henry Trio from 6–8:30 p.m., Youth Activity Park, 7801 Highway N in Dardenne Prairie • Aug. 8, Encore Trio from 6–8:30 p.m., Youth Activity Park • Aug. 22, Lenny Frisch Duo from 6–8:30 p.m., Heritage Museum, 1630 Heritage Landing near St. Charles • Sept. 5, Zydeco Crawdaddys from 6–8:30 p.m., Youth Activity Park • Sept. 8, 4th Street Band from 12–3 p.m., Broemmelsiek Park, 1795 Highway DD near Defiance • Sept. 21, The People’s Band from 6–8:30 p.m., Broemmelsiek Park • Oct. 3, Arvell and Company from 6–8:30 p.m., Quail Ridge Park, 560 Interstate Drive near Wentzville
Jackson Road reopens at South Point Prairie, construction to continue
The St. Charles County Highway Department has reopened Jackson Road at South Point Prairie Road. While the roadway is reopened, reconstruction and realignment of the intersection will continue throughout the summer months. “While the contractor has been able to reopen the intersection ahead of schedule, motorists must still use caution while driving through this active work zone,” says Craig Tajkowski, County Engineer. Overall project completion is expected by the end of August 2018. When complete, the intersection will have improved sight distance and safer turns. This road project is part of a continuing effort by St. Charles County Government to improve the County’s road system for the safety of the travelling public. For more information about road projects underway in unincorporated St. Charles County, please call the Highway Department at 636-949-7305 or visit sccmo.org/ Road-Projects.
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Helping to increase lung cancer awareness By Ellen Brennan One out of every four cancer deaths are related to or caused by lung cancer — the leading cause of death by cancer among both men and women. In 2017 alone, more than 225,000 people will have been diagnosed with lung cancer. As November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, here is some important information about lung cancer prevention, including smoking cessation and screenings. Smoking cessation Tobacco use, including smoking, is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States. It is a key risk factor for lung cancer. If you do smoke, quitting now may significantly reduce your risk of the disease. At Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals, we have many resources available to help smokers quit and commit to a healthy tobacco-free life. Our smoking cessation classes provide an educational and low pressure setting. These four-week long sessions are offered free of charge, though you must register by calling 636928-WELL. Screenings A lung cancer screening is done before any symptoms present. It is recommended for anyone
55 to 77 years old that has smoked at least a pack a day for 30 years or two packs a day for 15 years. Even if you have quit smoking within the last 15 years, you’re still at a high risk for lung cancer. Other factors, such as a family history of lung cancer or exposure to secondhand smoke, might also put you at risk. Speak with your primary care physician to learn if a screening is appropriate for you. The greatest way we can impact the number of lung cancer-related deaths is by smoking cessation and lung cancer screenings. You can lower your risk of cancer by leading a healthy lifestyle and by being proactive about your health. Ellen Brennan is a lung nurse navigator who treats patients at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Hospitals, in conjunction with Siteman Cancer Center. To learn more, visit BJCStCharlesCounty.org or call 636-916-7098.
The Lake Saint Louis Police Department is partnering with St. Louis BicycleWorks and the Lake Saint Louis Farmers and Artists Market to take those old bicycles off your hands. The bike drive will take place on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Lake Saint Louis Farmers and Artists Market. The market is located at The Meadows shopping center at Highway 40 and Lake Saint Louis Blvd. A member of the police department’s bike patrol unit will be on hand to assist BicycleWorks with the collection of bicycles of any style and in any condition. In addition, bicycle parts will be accepted. Bike patrol officers will distribute bicycle safety information during the event. The old bikes, or bicycles in need of repair, will be reconditioned or rebuilt by BicycleWorks (www.bworks.org). They will eventually find their way to deserving children, who may not be able to afford to purchase a bicycle on their own, but have the opportunity to earn one through various programs and projects.
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SCSD Board of Education receives award from the Missouri School Board Association
The City of St. Charles School District Board of Education is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Board of Education Award in Teaching, Learning and Assessment from the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA). Members of the district’s board and administration were presented the award on June 2 at MSBA’s annual Leadership Summit held in the Lake of the Ozarks. “It’s an honor to be recognized for having an outstanding board of education,” said Josh Kean, president of the district’s board of education. “While our goal isn’t to win awards, it does offer some validation to the work and approach we use to benefit the students at the City of St. Charles School District.” To receive the MSBA Outstanding Board of Education award, a district must receive at least 85 percent of the points outlined in the organization’s evaluation process. The City of St. Charles School District received a score of 93.75 percent for their application of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment award.
Photo courtesy City of St. Charles School District The City of St. Charles School District Board of Education is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Board of Education Award in Teaching, Learning and Assessment from the Missouri School Board Association.
In MSBA’s feedback of the district’s application for the award, the organization cited the board’s proactive approach to involving parents and stakeholders in curriculum revision, their data-based approach in guiding decisions regarding instruction and programming, and a well-written and organized application that detailed the board’s involvement. “The board of education is made up of unpaid citizens who volunteer their time and ener-
gy to make the community a better place and it’s nice to see them get the recognition they deserve,” said Dr. Jeff Marion, Superintendent of the City of St. Charles School District. While the award was presented to the district’s board of education, many employees were involved in making it possible. “We wouldn’t have won this award without the hard work and dedication of our Curriculum and Instruction team,” said Kean.
Holt graduate receives MoASBO scholarship Hunter Jurotich, a 2018 graduate from Holt High School, has been named the recipient of the Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO) annual scholarship. Each year, the association awards a scholarship in the school district of their sitting president. The $1,000 scholarship comes from funds provided by the business association members. This year, Pam Frazier, Wentzville School District Chief Financial Officer, is serving as president, so students from the WSD were able to submit applications to the MoASBO Recognition Committee for consideration. Hunter was active in the National Honor Society, DECA and FBLA – serving as vice-president in each of the organizations. He competed at state and international DECA events and was a member of the school’s Thespian Troupe. He was also a member of Holt’s Link Crew, a group that assists freshmen in their transition from middle school to high school. He volunteers with several different community groups and spent time tutoring freshmen and sophomore students in math and science. Hunter is also the proud owner and CEO of Soaring Bee Honey Company. His team of four people receives the honey from an individual in Bourbon, Missouri and then they sell it all across the St. Louis area. They are proud of the fact that
Photo courtesy Wentzville School District Hunter Jurotich, a 2018 graduate from Holt High School, has been named the recipient of the Missouri Association of School Business Officials (MoASBO) annual scholarship.
their product is Missouri grown and can help people with allergies and illnesses. “We look forward to Hunter continuing his education in business and congratulate him on this award,” said Frazier. Hunter plans to major in business administration and will be going to St. Charles Community College and then to the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
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Old Town Donuts celebrates 50th anniversary with ribbon cutting
Old Town Donuts and owner Keith Took celebrated 50 years in business with a ribbon cutting at the Old Town Donuts located at 3941 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. Joining Took was staff, customers, board chairman Drew Weber along with board members and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. With their first location on Lindbergh Boule-
vard when it was only two lanes to today with two locations (Florissant and Cottleville), Old Town Donuts is open seven days a week and always has the ovens running to give their customers the freshest donut’s. Come in for a dozen or order for your private event. For more information please call their Cottleville location at 636447-0907 or visit their website at www.oldtowndonuts.com.
Arrowhead Building Supply, Inc. celebrates new building site with ground breaking
Jessie’s Girl Collective celebrates new business with ribbon cutting
With construction already underway, Arrowhead Building Supply, Inc. owners Jerry Pogue and Larry Saxe celebrated with a ground breaking ceremony on June 22. Joining Jerry and Richard were city of St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano and members of the city of St. Peters board of aldermen, employees of Arrowhead Building Supply and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. The new Arrowhead Building Supply, located at 4892 North Service Road in St. Peters, will be a two-story, 75,000 square foot facility featuring a 7,000 square foot showroom and is scheduled to open in spring 2019. For more information, please contact Toby Weiss, Marketing Coordinator with Arrowhead Building Supply Inc. at 314356-0872 or by email at tobyw@teamarrowhead. com.
Owner Melissa Seals cut the ribbon on her new business, Jessie’s Girl Collective at her ribbon cutting held on June 25. Jessie’s Girl Collective is located at 424 South Main Street in Historic St. Charles. Joining Seals were family, friends, city of St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Jessie’s Girl Collective supports small business and carries everything from fun string dream catchers, organic baby clothes, accessories for your favorite pooch and many more unique products from small business throughout the St. Louis area. For more information on Jessie’s Girl Collective, please contact Melissa Seals at 903467-6281 or by email at jessiesgirlcollective@ gmail.com.
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Send your event to email@example.com and we'll print it! EVENTS July 14: “Dog Days of Summer” event Parkview Gardens Florist and Greenhouses is sponsoring its annual “Dog
Days of Summer” event from 9 a.m. until noon at 1925 Randolph, across from Blanchette Park in St. Charles. This is a free event for dog lovers, dog owners and dogs on leashes. Meet and greet fellow dog owners and var-
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ious local pet related organizations and businesses. Folks from Five Acres Animal Shelter, Dogs On Duty, Missouri Lost & Found Paws, among others, will be at this event. Visit www. parkviewgardens.com or call 636946-7641 for more information.
July 14: Handmade soap making
Make your own beautifully handcrafted soap at The Historic Daniel Boone Home near Defiance. Experienced park staff will teach children and adults the step-by-step procedures of making soap from scratch at HandsOn Heritage: Soap Making workshop from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. At the end of the day, each participant takes home their own batch of scented homemade soap; additional soaps may be purchased from the gift shop. This soap making workshop is intended for ages eight and up and is perfect for crafty individuals, scouts and other groups who want to learn more about the art of making soap. Cost of the program is $5 and space is limited. To make a reservation for Hands-On Heritage: Soap Making, call the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535 or visit http:// bit.ly/2sQbDOr.
July 16-20: Vacation bible school
Join Peace Lutheran Church-Winghaven for a free and fun VBS on July 16 - 20 from 6 - 8 p.m. Children fully potty-trained through fifth grade will discover God’s promise on life’s wild ride during Splash Canyon VBS. Register on-line at www.peacewinghaven. org or call 636-561-8282. Peace is located at 9320 Phoenix Village Parkway in O’Fallon.
July 17: Speaker series
Lieutenant Mark O’Neill of the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force and Commander of the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (MOICAC) will discuss the roles and day-to-day work of these organizations as well as provide tips to keep youth safe online. Attendees will participate in a cybercrime case study presented by O’Neill and Detective Brigid Oldani of the St. Charles County Police Department and Cyber Crime Task Force. This program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Corporate Parkway Library Branch, 1200 Corporate Parkway in Wentzville.
July 29: All-you-can-eat breakfast
The Knights of Columbus at St. Robert Bellarmine Church (1424 First Capitol Drive South, St. Charles) will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Breakfast includes: made to order omelets, pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, juice, milk and coffee. Cost for adults is $7, children six to 11 is $4 and children five-and-under are free. In addition a blood drive will be held at the same time as the breakfast. Those who donate blood that day will receive a free breakfast. For additional information please call 636-946-6799.
July 31: Troop support drive
Support Our Troops Drive will take place during the month of July at West Community Credit Union. Donation bins will be set-up in the lobbies of all locations to collect items for deployed troops and for military families here at home. All donations will be distributed through H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, a local charity that supports troops and their families nationwide. Visit your local West Community branch or our web site at www.westcommunitycu.org for a complete list of requested items. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the branches.
Aug. 25: Fundraiser gala
United Services for Children will host its 35th annual gala, “Magical Moments – An Evening Under the Stars,” in the Discovery Ballroom of Ameristar Casino-St. Charles. United Services will present the Champions for Children award to Joel and Janet Brett. They will also bestow the Community Partnership Award to the Renaud Spirit Center – city of O’Fallon. More than 300 guests typically attend the gala. Please visit www.unitedservicesforchildren.org for more information on the gala, including tickets and sponsorship opportunities.
Sept. 1: Car show
The Trinity Lutheran Church Benefit Car Show takes place at 1307 W Boone St. in Troy from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain date is Sept. 15). The show will include 16 classes for classic cars, trucks and motorcycles from 1900 to current, and trophies will be presented from first to third place in each class, as well as special awards for Ladies Choice and People’s Choice. Registration is from 10 a.m. – noon. Participant judging is from 12 – 2 p.m. and awards will be at 3 p.m. Cost is only $20 per class. Dash plaques to the first 50 registered entries. Bring the entire family and enjoy good food, music, a silent auction and shop the vendor’s area. All proceeds go to a great cause. To pre-register or if you have questions, contact Jim Lalumondiere at 636-290-2535 or stop in Trinity Lutheran Church and see Letta Smith at the office.
Sept. 15: Craft fair
Tri County Advisory Board To Probation And Parole Probation and Parole District 17, Missouri Department of Correction invites you to their Sixth Annual Christmas In September Craft Fair at Calvary Church at 3998 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters are needed. Please contact Esther Angelos at firstname.lastname@example.org, home phone 636441-0329 or cell 314-477-5096.
Sept. 9: Patriot Day run
Run in the Eighth Annual Patriot Day Run at Carshield Field (Rascals Stadium) in O’Fallon. This event supports Backstoppers Inc. and USO Missouri, Inc. and honors all those heroes who perished on 9-11, first responders and military. The 5K and 10K races are $30 and begin at 8 a.m. One-mile fun run is $25 and 1/4 mile soldier march is
$20. These begin at 8:30 a.m. Register at kofcpatriotdayrun.com. Participants receive a shirt and a challenge coin at the event. Presented by St. Patrick Assembly Knights of Columbus #2620.
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 information please call Linda Wilcox at 636-447-9056.
Mondays: Parent support group
Because I Love You, (BILY), 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 at 314-993-7550 or email email@example.com. BILY 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.
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. New singers are welcome. Auditions are not required. See www.concertarts. org.
Mondays: 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 (Second floor of the Spencer Branch Library) from 6:30 - 9 p.m. For more information contact Beverly Kaskadden (President) at 636-561-6947.
Mondays: St. Peters Rotary Club
Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. www.stpetersrotary.org.
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The Seasoned Eye Carvers meet every Monday from 9 a.m. 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: www.stcharlesareawoodcarvers.com/ or contact Charles Sapp.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Fitness First Exercise Classes
9:30-10:30 a.m., 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 second and fourth 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).
Mondays: Winghaven Civil War Round Table Meets the second Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m., Midwest BankCentre board room, 2299 Technology Dr. O’Fallon. For more information call Mike at 314-276-5018.
Mondays: Life After Loss support group
Support group for families who have lost a loved one to heroin/opiate addiction meets the third Monday of each month, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital Campus in Room 212 of Professional Building 1. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. No registration required.
Mondays: American Legion Post 388 Meets
Meets the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Hall, 607 Westridge Dr., O’Fallon, 636-2190553.
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.
Tuesdays: Cribbage Club
Meets every Tuesday, 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: Seniors group
bingo (no charge), community program referrals, occasional health and wellness presentations and clergy available upon request. The event takes place at Church of the Transfiguration at1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. in Lake Saint Louis. For more information call 636-561-8951.
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 email@example.com.
Looking for an evening out? Come www.treesbywoody.net and play cribbage Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Rookies at 15358 Veterans Memorial Pkwy in Wentzville. Win prizes and awards with semiannual tournaments. ACC sanctioned. For more information contact Dee at 636-233-8032.
Tuesdays: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles
Noon – 1p.m. 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 http://stcharleskiwanis.com.
Tuesdays: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA
1-4 p.m. Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required.
Tuesdays: Toastmasters 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 at 800-2723900 or visit www.alz.org/stl.
On the third Tuesday of each month Tuesdays: Social club for widows is a gathering for senior adults. There and widowers willwww.stpetersmo.net/rec-plex be lunch (no charge), cards and 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.
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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.
Tuesdays: Dardenne Presbyterian Church Basketball
8-9:30 p.m., in the Christian Life Center, 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie. Open to high school and adult men.
Tuesdays: Fleur de Lis Garden Society Meets first Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm at various locations. Info: www. fleurdelisgardensociety.org; Jeanne at 314.605.8563.
Tuesdays Book Study Group
Book study group will meet from 7 to 8:30 pm at Denny’s 1300 Lake Saint Louis Blvd near I-70 on first and third Tuesday. 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: MartyJan@Gmail. com or Call or Text: 314-704-0616
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The National Premier Leagues consist of soccer teams that excel in their individual age groups. Recently in the Central States NPL played in Lancaster Massachusetts, the Lou Fusz SC 19-U boys from St. Louis won the U.S. finals culminated after five days of action. Their manager Tomás Silvani mentioned that this is one of the most prestigious soccer championships in the country. Over the five days, Lou Fusz SC remained undefeated throughout the entire tournament (two wins, two ties), and beat Space Coast United 3-0 in the finals on July 3. NPL Finals is the culminating event of a nationwide cub-based competition among qualifiers from 16 regional leagues. *Thanks for the information Tomás Silvani Rascal’s end first half of season in first place The River City Rascals professional baseball team play in the West Division of the Frontier League with their home games at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, MO. Halfway through the 2018 campaign the team has played great in the both offensive and defensive side. The past 10 games the team has won eight of them finishing their 51 games with 29 wins good enough to have them in first by two games. At the midpoint of the season, the offensive leaders that play just about every day are: • Paul Kronenfeld batting .287 leading the team with 10 home runs and 32 runs batted in. • Mike Jurgella with 22 doubles leading the team and second in the league.
Kevin Suarez leads the team in stolen bases with 16-the team leads the league with 103 steals. The team as a total is only batting .243 that places them 10th in the league. At the midpoint of the season, the pitching leaders that play just about every day are: • Hector Hernandez leads the team and the league with eight wins in 10 starts with two complete games. • Hector Hernandez leads the team and the league with a 1.52 earned run average. • Hector Hernandez leads the team with 62 strikeouts and is sixth place in the league. • Josh Kimborowicz is second on the team with 60 Ks. The team does not hit at a high average but their pitching keeps the opposing team from scoring. The combined earned run average of the staff is 3.55 that places them first in the Frontier league. NEXT HOME GAMES: Jul 20, 21, 22 against the Washington Wild Things Jul 27, 28, 29 against the Evansville Otters Go to www.RiverCityRascals.com for more details. *A few days off for the All-Star activities All-Star Game for Frontier League takes place Wednesday, July 11 The River City Rascals and the city of O’Fallon will be hosting the 2018 Frontier League All-Star Game. All-Star picks from the 12 teams in the league will strut their stuff at 7 p.m. in O’Fallon at the CarShield Field. The Home Run Derby that was held on July 10 at the field saw former Cardinals participating. Jim Edmonds was highly advertised to be a participant however he was scratched because of a nagging injury. Former St. Louis Cardinal and Rascal player Kerry Robinson took his place. *Hard work pays off
Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities.
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SMART WAYS TO FUEL KIDS THIS SUMMER
Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancake Dippers
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Recipe courtesy of MilkPEP Servings: 5 (2 pancake dippers per serving)
Ingredients: 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 4 tablespoons reduced-fat creamy peanut butter 1 cup fat-free milk nonstick cooking spray 1/3 cup sugar-free raspberry preserves, for dipping 1 glass (8 ounces) fat-free milk
Directions: In blender, combine oats and flours and pulse 3-4 times. Add salt, brown sugar, baking powder, egg, vegetable oil, peanut butter and 1 cup milk. Pulse several times until combined and no lumps in batter. Heat nonstick skillet to medium-low heat and lightly grease with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto skillet, cook 1-2 minutes until bubbles appear around edges then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes until golden. Immediately roll up pancake and secure with toothpick. Repeat process with remaining batter. Serve with raspberry preserves for dipping and pair with remaining 8-ounce glass of milk. Nutritional information per serving: 310 calories; 9 g fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 17 g protein; 43 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 430 mg sodium; 431 mg calcium (45% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk, and include an 8-ounce glass of fat-free milk.
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More movie sequels heat up July
M O V I E
For film fans, this year’s summer movie season might seem a little uneven. Marvel Studios already unleashed a plethora of heroes in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Disney, which owns Marvel, also released the long-awaited follow-up to “The Incredibles.” Universal even brought the hungry dinosaurs back for another adventure in “Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.” The ending of that film leaves the door open for additional updates to the franchise. Though it seems that Hollywood has already released the good stuff this summer, there are other notable sequels in the pipeline. “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” which opened wide July 6, brings Marvel’s tiniest hero back to the big screen. This time, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is fighting alongside Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), who takes on her mother’s Wasp identity. Here, Scott is dealing with the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War” and, with the help of his partner, must fight a new villain. Marvel Studios can turn just about any hero or heroine into the subject of a wildly popular film. The original “Ant-Man” film was clever and funny, making the character a solid part of the Mar-
vel Cinematic Universe. Additionally, the Wasp gets equal billing here with her crime-fighting partner, which is a good move for the franchise. Michael Pena and Michael Douglas round out the main cast and provide support and humor. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the creative minds behind the 1970’s pop group ABBA, turned their songs into the hit musical “Mamma Mia!” In 2008, the big screen adaptation arrived in theaters, with Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and Amanda Seyfried in the lead roles. The plot focused on Sophie, played by Seyfried, who is getting married on the Greek island where she lives. Without informing her mother Donna, played by Streep, she invites the three men most likely to be her biological father to the wedding. On July 20, “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again” picks up the story with a very pregnant Sophie having some issues with her significant other. In flashbacks, the audience learns more about Donna’s past, her romantic encounters and how she built the villa on the island. Most of the original cast is back and Cher has come on board to play Donna’s mother, Ruby. Also arriving July 20, “The Equalizer 2” fea-
By Steve Bryan
tures the return of Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), a retired CIA agent who helps the people that need him the most. In the sequel, McCall is out to avenge the murder of a close friend. In fights, McCall typically times himself to see how long it takes to dispatch the enemies. This has been an unusual role for Washington, but his acting skill makes the character work. With sequels like these, there’s more than one reason to head to theaters in July. Photos courtesy Marvel Studios for ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’, Legendary Entertainment for ‘Mama Mia! Here we go again’, and Columbia Pictures for ‘The Equalizer 2.’ 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: LIFE UNDERGROUND
‘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 The temperatures are hovering in the high 90’s. The steam is rising from the asphalt creating mirages in the distance on the roads. But temperatures are not the only things rising. It’s that time of season when my husband’s temperament rises causing him to get a little cranky and hallucinate as well. The battle of the air conditioner has begun. My husband does not think the air conditioner should be turned on until you can scoop a ball of chocolate chip cookie dough; toss it on the kitchen counter and bake it without the assistance of the oven. We stagger into the kitchen. The thermometer is hovering above 100. The cookie dough has been dropped. I wait. Eight minutes later, I plead, “Now?” I am dripping balls of sweat watching as the dough rises and bubbles and begins to cook. “Not yet,” he insists. “The dough hasn’t’ reached the specified golden brown crust. We’ve got another full two degrees to go. Strip off another layer of clothes and chew on an ice cube!” “If I take off one more layer of clothes, Mrs. Pilkinson’s next door will be calling the cops for indecent exposure!” “Suck it up sissy pants! Our pioneers used to live in the scorching desert and cook rattlesnake on a stick by the rays of the sun and they fared just fine.” “What are you talking about? Most of them died before they reached 25! You can bet if they had our modern conveniences, they would have
Some like it hot
By Cindy Moore microwaved their rattlesnake Hot Pocket in the comfort of their air conditioned mud hut and lived to be 26!” “Just a few degrees more,” he insists. “We can stand a little discomfort. Open a door and let in a breeze if you have to.” “I can’t. The door is jammed! The walls have buckled in because of the heat!” I reach a breaking point. “That’s it! I’m finished,” I holler as I strip off my drenched underthings. I stand buck neked in front of the window facing the Pilkinson’s yard. “Hey!” My husband shouts. “I thought you didn’t want the neighbors calling the cops on you!” I yell back, “I hear the county jail is fully air conditioned. See you in the fall!” 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. Baseball player’s sole feature 6. Bug repellant 9. Surfer’s stop 13. Wraparound house feature 14. “Back To The Future” actress 15. Hello in 50th state 16. Join forces 17. Banned insecticide 18. Reduce 19. *Mythological underground humanoids 21. *Rapid transit 23. King’s title, abbr. 24. Top of the Capitol 25. 1960s altered state inducer 28. Bone-dry 30. Lumberjack’s tool 35. At the apex 37. Accepted behavior 39. Samurai dagger 40. Of low density 41. Relish tastebuds’ sensation 43. Embarkation location 44. Laundry room appliance 46. Make someone angry 47. Unsubscriber’s focus 48. *Underground, adj. 50. Tarot card reader, e.g. 52. First responders’ acronym
53. Victoria Beckham, formerly 55. Chill, with “out” 57. *Animal house 60. *Cold storage 63. Body trunk 64. ____-Wan Kenobi 66. Packers QB 68. Russians, e.g. 69. Benatar or Boone, e.g. 70. *”The ____,” by “Notes from the Underground” author 71. Explore by touch 72. Infection of the eye 73. *Six feet under preceder? DOWN 1. PC “brain” 2. Like a maxi skirt 3. Poetic name of Ireland 4. Cast member 5. Topic of discussion, pl. 6. One of auto pioneers 7. U.S. central bank 8. ____, Stinky and Stretch 9. Like Food movement 10. Home of the Hawkeyes 11. People in general 12. It’s got an outer, middle and inner 15. Even though 20. Not odds 22. One behind the plate 24. Ascetic Muslim monk
25. Hog fat, pl. 26. Rubberneck 27. Not Ionic or Corinthian 29. Lion’s warning 31. “Lights out” signal 32. Kind of wading bird 33. It included Mr. T 34. *Beneficial garden invertebrates 36. Jury colleague 38. *Contrary to popular belief, it’s not blind 42. “Superman” Christopher 45. Copies, for short 49. Likewise 51. Put down again, past tense 54. Same as swaps 56. Clearing in the woods 57. Cowboy’s necktie 58. Russia’s ____ Mountains 59. Please get back to me 60. *Where you’ll find 21 Across 61. Operatic solo 62. *Plant organ 63. Cough syrup amt. 65. *Cave flyer 67. Utmost degree
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