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June 29, 2016

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Tutors and students participating in Your Words STL build bonds and bigger vocabularies By Sarah Hardin Each Wednesday in June a small group of young men ages 16-19 file through into the Drury Training Room at Marygrove in Florissant for their weekly class with YourWords STL. Each is paired with a volunteer tutor as Program Director Anna Guzon begins instruction from the front of the room, asking the boys to shout out examples of idioms. After enough ideas have been thrown around, the boys begin a free writing exercise under the guidance of their assigned tutor. When asked to share what they’ve come up with as the class comes to a close, it is clear that the room is filled with very bright and capable minds. “Our sessions at Marygrove are a highlight in my week because I enjoy teaching and I especially enjoy teaching creative writing. But more importantly, the young men at Marygrove are among those who have the greatest need for our kind of services,” said Guzon, who cofounded YourWords STL. “Unlike other classes I’ve taught, these students are profoundly appreciative of the attention we can give them, even if it’s just for 90 minutes per week. And although some are reluctant to participate in our workshops, every student eventually develops an enthusiasm for writing. Our work allows me to feel like I’m affecting the lives of those in need and contributing to society as a whole... I receive so much from the work that it often feels like a luxury.” YourWords STL is a non-profit tutoring organization that provides free

services to Marygrove, one of the largest therapeutic residential treatment programs in Missouri. Students who have participated in YourWords classes have experienced increased confidence in their writing ability, better grades in school and better vocabulary proficiency. “I walk around using the words that we use here in class. I use bigger words and my vocabulary is better,” said Marco Simmons, one of the students in this year’s YourWords class. “I can express things more easily, and it really helps to get my creativity going. It helps with my writing, with poems, and with drawing. I also came in third place in a Poetry Slam contest last year.” Marygrove has been providing children, teens and young adults with a safe and healing environment for over 165 years. Oftentimes, its residents have come from disruptive family situations and have been through failed placements at other residential facilities. Marygrove’s mission to provide quality mental health services to severely disturbed children, young adults and their families who are economically disadvantaged is only strengthened by the programs that YourWords STL has been able to offer. “The program has had a profound effect on our young people. It offers a unique opportunity for creative expression,” said Kathryn Feldt, Chief Development Officer at Marygrove. “Young people at Marygrove have had so much



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chaos and disruption - and very few creative channels - in their lives, so it offers an important tool for personal growth. YourWords gives young people a way of finding and using their authentic voice to process their feelings and emotions, and to feel hope and confidence about their future.” The volunteer tutors working through See TUTOR on page 2

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tUTOR Continued from cover the YourWords STL program work closely with one or two students throughout the class’s duration, helping students with their vocabulary, grammar and spelling, as well as helping to develop their thoughts into cohesive pieces of writing. The relationships developed between

the tutors and their students are invaluable in bridging any divide that may have otherwise existed without the introduction of YourWords STL. “One of the most important aspects of YourWords is how we’ve been able to bridge divides through tutor-student re-

lationships,” said Guzon. “We have people from all parts of St. Louis, the U.S., and the world coming together and enjoying learning about each other. Retirees get to understand teenagers in 2016. West County moms travel to parts of St. Louis they’ve been told are dangerous.

We all get to learn that we’re not so scary, once we’re sitting next to each other, learning each other’s ways of speaking, writing, and thinking” To learn more about Marygrove, their mission and how to donate, visit

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Local business leaders, educators, meet with county executive to discuss future of IT jobs St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann is concerned about the current and future supply of qualified information technology workers. And he’s not the only one. At a recent IT and Business Leaders Luncheon hosted by Ehlmann, local information technology professionals and educators from the K-12 systems, colleges and universities met to address the need for more focused training to meet the growing need of qualified applicants for high-wage IT positions. Forging new partnerships between business leaders and educators is another step in the right direction, and the goal of Ehlmann’s luncheon. “It is clear we need a ‘cultural shift’ in making technology a core skill taught from childhood through adulthood as we prepare the next generation of problemsolvers and innovators to compete in the global economy,” Ehlmann said. “Some of the best wage rates – from entry level to management – are earned by dedicated and well-trained workers in the growing information technology sector. Employers are telling us too many of their IT jobs are going unfilled from the local pool of graduates and the general populations in St. Charles County and metro St. Louis.” This presents an opportunity to recruit more new people into the region based on employment opportunities, Ehlmann told the group, but also raises a concern that there is a disconnect between what

Photo courtesy St. Charles County Participating in the IT and Business Leaders Luncheon were (from left) Rex McKanry, assistant professor and chair, department of Computer Science, St. Charles Community College; Tom Cupples, director of Graduate and Undergraduate IT Programs, Lindenwood University; and Dr. Stephen Blythe, associate professor, department of Computer Science, Lindenwood University.

local students are pursuing and the types of excellent career pathways available in information technology. Citing wage data for the St. Louis metropolitan statistical area (MSA), Ehlmann said the annual median income for computer programmers for 2015 was $83,900. For database administrators, the average salary was $89,020; for software developers (applications), $93,970; and for software developers (systems), $103,820. The group discussed the need to emphasize more “brain sports” (coding, robotics, and science competitions) in our schools, better align technical training and

college degrees with the current IT trends, and emphasize soft skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication and effective team work. Ideas from educators on how to better integrate business and education include: More business leader advisory panels that oversee curriculum development and student project assessments. Increased business leader involvement with work-study programs, business sponsorships and scholarships. Growth of the business mentor program. More effective legislative lobbying efforts in Jefferson City. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 29, 2016

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St. Charles County Public Health offers back-to-school immunizations The state of Missouri requires that students are up-to-date on specific immunizations before attending school. To help meet these requirements, and to minimize the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases in our community, the St. Charles County Department of Public Health’s Immunization Clinic provides these necessary vaccinations. “Planning for the next school year may not be on the minds of parents or students as summer is just beginning, but the Department of Public Health staff is ready to make the preparation a little easier,” Public Health Director Hope Woodson said. “With new vaccine requirements for the coming year, there may be a bit of confusion about what is necessary. Through our conveniently scheduled appointments and walk-in clinics, students can get all of the preventative shots they need before the school year begins.” The Immunization Clinic, located at 1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles, offers vaccinations on an appointment basis. Clinic hours are 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m., weekdays, except Thursday, when the clinic is closed, and Tuesdays, when hours are extended to 5 p.m. Additionally, the clinic is open until 7 p.m. on July 12 and

August 9. Along with these scheduled appointments, walkin clients are welcomed from 8:30-11 a.m. on Fridays. A parent or guardian must In addition to traditional hours, the department will host several “WalkIn” clinics focused on back-to-school immunizations. These clinics will be: Thursday, July 14 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 21 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 7 p.m. accompany all students at the appointment or the walk-in clinics. To ensure students receive all necessary vaccinations, please bring a current immunization record. For information on the Immunization Clinic, please visit Immunizations or call 636-9491857. There are several ways to get

these vaccinations through the Department of Public Health and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Those eligible for the Vaccines for Children program are provided these shots at no cost. For those who do not qualify for the Vaccines for Children program, these vaccinations can be covered by many health insurance plans, or they may be purchased at near cost by the individual. Vaccines for Children is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children ages 18 or younger are eligible to participate if they meet one of the following criteria: Do not have health insurance. Are covered by Medicaid. Are Native American or Alaskan Native. Have health insurance that does not cover immunizations. Along with the previous vaccine requirements that have been in place for several years, parents should be aware that — for the 2016-2017 school year — these regulations now require doses of the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) for incoming eighth and 12th grade students. One dose of MCV4 is required for all incoming eighth graders at Missouri schools. Incoming seniors need two doses of MCV4; if the first dose was administered at age 16 or

older, only one dose is required. Another important vaccination to remember is MMR, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella. Cases of measles have increased across the United States over the past few years. A highly contagious and potentially deadly virus, measles starts with a high fever, progresses to a cough, runny nose and red eyes, and is most recognized by the signature red rash that spreads from head to toe.

Walmart opens first training academy in Missouri

Submitted photo Pictured in the photo helping to officially cut the ribbon on the new Walmart Training Academy are the first graduates from the St. Louis academy, along with Jeff Hindes, the manager of the Walmart Supercenter on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Also in the photo are representatives from the St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith, who also spoke during the event.

Walmart opened its first training academy in Missouri in the St. Charles store, located at 2897 Veterans Memorial Parkway. Academies are dedicated facilities located in, or adjacent to, Walmart Supercenters, where hourly supervisors and department managers receive two weeks of hands-on training that combines both the classroom and the sales floor. In addition to the ribbon cutting for the new Training Academy, Walmart celebrated

the first class of graduating department managers and hourly supervisors during Tuesday’s ceremony. “The Walmart training academies are designed to give our associates the skills, knowledge and abilities to be successful in running their area of the store and serving customers in a rapidly changing retail landscape. We know that when our people are successful, so is our company,” said Becky Dedman, Walmart’s regional general manager for Missouri.

Walmart plans to build approximately 200 academies in the U.S. by the end of 2017. Each academy will train associates from approximately 25 nearby stores. Each academy will have its own team of approximately 14 associates with retail operations experience to lead the training. All academy stores go through a rigorous auditing process to make sure they are able to deliver the teaching, training and development that associates should receive at the academy.



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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services features St. Charles County Police Department The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) is pleased to feature the St. Charles County Police Department as its “Community Policing in Action” photo contest winner for the month of June. The winning photo, taken last October, features St. Charles County Police Chief David Todd with [then] five-year-old Sydney Coari, who suffers from a rare form of kidney cancer. Coari was the department’s first “Chief for the Day” and had the opportunity to spend the day with Chief Todd, St. Charles County officers, her favorite princess, and the department’s robotic K9. The COPS Office piloted the photo contest last year to highlight positive community policing efforts across the country. After receiving an overwhelming number of submissions, the COPS Office made the photo contest an annual event. This year’s contest garnered more than 300 photos, submitted by more than 200 agencies during the one-month submission period. The

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COPS Office selected 12 winning photos to feature monthly and announced them in January of this year.

FRESH PERSPECTIVES Benefits and blunders of base pay By Adrianna Jordan

“A higher minimum wage would be great, I need more money.” This is a common argument that I hear in the hallways at school for an increase in the minimum wage. So when I hear my peers rallying for the #FightForFifteen, I have to wonder if they sincerely have a well-established opinion, or if they simply back the cause because it’d be more cash in their pocket. The minimum wage, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary, is the lowest wage permitted by law to be paid by an employer. The minimum wage is exactly that: the minimum. It is the absolute least amount of money that an employee can receive for their labor in the United States. And while I do support a slight minimum wage raise, I believe that a raise to $15 could be detrimental to the country and to the economy. One reason is because it would result in job loss. Logically, this cause-and-effect makes perfect sense. If an employer were forced to pay each employee more per hour, they would not be able to afford to employ as many people. Not only is there logic to back this claim, there is also evidence. The first raise in the minimum wage occurred in 1938, with an increase of 25 cents per hour, and immediately following was a significant increase in job losses. Even though this did take place following the Great Depression, Joseph Sabia and Richard Burkhauser, lead researchers at CATO In-

stitute, predict the same trend would occur if the minimum wage were raised to $9.50, resulting in 1.3 million job losses. Another argument against the hike in minimum wage is that it would actually hurt low-skilled workers. As counterintuitive as this sounds, an analysis by Michael J. Hicks, a researcher at CATO Institute, a libertarian think tank located in Washington D.C., explains, “The latest round of minimum wage raises in 2010 accounted for roughly 550,000 fewer part-time jobs, including roughly 310,000 fewer teenagers working part-time.” Going along with this, an increase in the minimum wage would actually do little to reduce poverty in the United States. This is because many of the employees who receive the minimum wage are not the leading breadwinner in their household; minimum wage tends to be more of a supplementary income. The Wilson Review, a policy analysis published in 2012, stated, “One recent academic study found that both state and federal minimum wage increases between 2003 and 2007 had no effect on state poverty rates.” In fact, if the minimum wage were to be raised to $9.50 today, only 11 percent of the workers affected live in impoverished households, so the increase would have little impact on poverty rates. A final argument against the increase in minimum

wage is that it may result in higher prices for consumers. If employers were forced to pay their workers more, they would have to find that amount of money somewhere. The most logical source of income would be from consumers. An increase in minimum wage could quite possibly result in a higher cost of living. A study conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago showed that higher restaurant prices directly followed an increase in the minimum wage. And while there are many other arguments against the #FightForFifteen, such as the fact that paramedics, individuals who are employed to save lives, earn less than $15 per hour, there are also many arguments for it. One especially compelling argument is the documentary conducted by Morgan Spurlock in which he attempts to live off of minimum wage for 30 days. The idea of a drastic increase in minimum wage is a hot button issue, and there is still much left up for debate. But the fact of the matter is, a raise to $15/hour would be detrimental.

Adrianna Jordan is a junior at Fort Zumwalt North High School The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 29, 2016

Wentzville’s annual Fourth of July parade and Liberty Fest celebration

Don’t miss Liberty Fest – Wentzville’s annual Fourth of July parade and celebration! This year’s parade theme is, “All-Star Salute to the USA!” Floats will be judged for first, second and third place. You won’t want to miss anything – and, with the exception of reasonably priced concessions – it’s all free. The fun kicks off with the parade at 10 a.m. The parade begins at the corner of Campus Drive and Pearce Boulevard and will travel east down Pearce Boulevard, ending at the corner of Pearce and Luetkenhaus Boulevard. Former mayor and veteran

Paul Lambi will serve as this year’s Grand Marshall. Lambi was mayor from 2004-2012. During his time as mayor, the city’s population grew from approximately 7,000 to more than 30,000. Among other successful projects, Lambi was instrumental in developing the Village Center in downtown Wentzville. The Village Center project helped to revitalize the historical city center, which stabilized property values, increased private investment and created a place of identity helping to maintain Wentzville’s small town feeling. After the parade is the annual

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Liberty Fest celebration at Progress Park! The event is free, with the exception of reasonably priced concessions. (Please no outside coolers). Activities will include: free swimming from noon to 5 p.m. at Progress Pool only; inflatables and face painting from 5 to 8:45 p.m., live music from 6 to 9 p.m. featuring Queens Blvd. and Dr. Zhivegas and a spectacular fireworks show at 9:05 p.m. Please note: Progress Park Recreation Center will be closed during Liberty Fest. Splash Station Aquatic Center will be open normal hours (Noon - 6:30 p.m.) on July 4.



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Dialing 911 is your first and best step when experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack By Yvette Frazier

Why call 911 instead of attempting to drive to hospital? With medical emergencies, every second counts. As soon as you call 911, EMS crews are activated and, upon arrival, can inform the emergency room of your condition so they can be ready and waiting for you. The EMS crew on board the ambulance can monitor the patient on the way to the emergency room and provide pain relief, IV fluids, whatever is necessary. And in the event of a heart attack, many EMS crews can perform an electrocardiogram and send it to the hospital electronically, which saves time. What if I live close to hospital? You still need to call 911. An ambulance is the safest way to get to the emergency room. Driving yourself puts you and others around you at risk. You could get stuck in traffic on your way to the emergency room. The sick person’s condition could worsen while you’re driving. If you are the sick person, think about how your driver would react if you suddenly lost consciousness on the way to the hospital. What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack that would warrant a 911 call? There’s many symptoms. It can be a persistent,

sudden onset. It can be pain that spreads to the jaw or arms, shoulders, neck or back. It can include shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness. You need to call 911 immediately if you are experiencing any of these signs. Every year in this country, 750,000 people have heart attacks. Sadly, 116,000 of those heart attacks are fatal. Dialing 911 is your first and best step to surviving a heart attack. Don’t be afraid to dial 911. So many don’t want the attention of lights and sirens and everything going on at their house while neighbors are watching. Don’t be embarrassed to death. The sooner you get to the hospital and get blood restored to the arteries, the better your chance of survival and preventing permanent damage to your heart. Yvette Frazier is Supervisor of Cardiac Services at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. Want to learn more about heart health? Call 636928-WELL for information on scheduling a heart risk assessment at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters or Progress West Hospitals.

Refresh, restore and repair your health

When it comes to your overall health, taking simple steps to keep yourself in good shape is key. Regardless of age or physical ability, practicing healthy habits can help improve both your physical and mental states, and lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s working a quick, refreshing yoga session into your daily routine, restoring energy with a nutritious snack or repairing your oral health, there are countless things you can do to improve your overall health and wellness. Take a step in the right direction and put your health first with some of these simple tips: Keep your mind sharp Research shows that you can keep cognitive function strong with mental stimulation. Completing crossword puzzles, reading or challenging yourself with brain games like Sudoku or Mah Jongg can help boost memory and brain power. Lower your stress level

Take stress levels seriously. Try managing it by focusing on hobbies or activities you find calming, like reading or listening to music. You can also try practicing relaxation techniques, including meditation and breathing exercises. Help Repair Your Oral Health Practicing proper oral hygiene and using the right tools are simple ways to improve your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing daily. Eat a well-balanced diet Research supports eating a well-balanced diet of vitamin and mineral-rich foods can be beneficial to your health. Opting to cook at home rather than going out to eat is an easy way to maintain those healthy eating habits. You can also try different cooking methods, such as steaming, modifying recipes to reduce sugar, salt and fat, to help manage and sustain your diet changes. You can also sup-

plement a multivitamin if necessary. Make time for a workout Finding the motivation to hit the gym is the hardest part of working out, said blogger and Colgate Total influencer Kelly Tomlinson of Live Love Texas. Outside of the obvious health benefits of staying in shape, Tomlinson said she feels energized, strong and beautiful after a workout. If you make working out and taking care of yourself a priority, you can feel your best and also help set a good example for your children. Practice good sleeping habits The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Staying on a regular sleep schedule, keeping your sleep environment cool, dark and quiet, and avoiding napping for too long or too late in the day can help you make sure you’re getting the proper amount. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 29, 2016

Moore On Life

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By Cindy Moore

Daddy dearest June is the month we honor the fathers in our lives and along with that we must pay homage with a little extra something to let them feel like they’re king for the day. But I must say, it’s getting harder and harder to find an acceptable gift for my husband. I’ve already given every gift card to every restaurant in the area, which is actually a reward for me and sneaky way to get out of cooking dinner. I then switched my M.O. to purchasing meat. That seemed to appease him. I bought him a few thick, juicy prime cuts, which he ended up grilling for both of us, because man and beef and incendiary boxes for cooking that meat go together perfectly. It was such a good idea and worked out just as well as the gift card idea. I bought him food that he prepared for the two of us and I got to rest on his special day. Genius, until it suddenly dawned on him that he was always cooking on his holiday. He’s on to me. I’ll have to adjust my gift giving and lay low for a while. One time I reached rock bottom and in desperation, lifted up that rock and found a wondrous present beneath. Nothing says, honey I love you, like a deluxe nose hair trimmer.

especially since they were made for a truck. How was I to know? Isn’t a piston a piston and shouldn’t he be grateful to get a nice shiny pair to replace the old greasy ones. Apparently not, I guess I should have got a radiator instead. I couldn’t give him any more “World’s Best Dad” anything. He already has enough mugs, T-shirts and ties to boost his ego with that adage. The only place he doesn’t have that message is tattooed across his hiney. I wonder if there’s a gift card for that? Hmm, note to self for next year’s present. I believe I just found the perfect gift! So maybe it wasn’t the most sensitive, but it certainly was the most needed. Those ear canals and nose holes had become choked up with hair tighter than a beaver’s dam in spring. Then there was the year I figured he’d like something for the car and picked up a little gadget at the auto parts store. He was quite unimpressed with his new set of pistons,

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.

FREE Credit Score Seminar presented by West Community Credit Union West Community Credit Union will be presenting two FREE seminars on “Improving Your Credit Score” on Tuesday, July 12 at the Renaud Spirit Center located at 2650 Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Presentation times are 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Attendees will learn how credit scores are calculated, how

they can affect you, how to read a credit report, and how to improve a score, ultimately saving you money. Light refreshments will be provided. Limited seating available so RSVP today! To reserve your seat, contact Lori Hudson at LHudson@ or call 636-720-2402.


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St. Charles Kiwanis Club presents scholarships

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The St. Charles Kiwanis Club Scholarship recipients for 2016 were: Duchesne High School Molly Sifford - $1,000 Nicholas Thiele - $1,000 Erin Hannegan McKee - $1,000 Tom Oleson - $1,500: “Key Clubber of the Year.”

St. Charles West High School Rachel Jackson - $1,000 Emily Chowning - $1,000 Carissa Streckfuss - $750 Jessica Dunn - $500

St. Charles High School Megan Richard - $750 Katelyn Hyde - $500

Three St. Charles County house fires in five days likely caused by improper use of smoking materials Between June 4 and June 9 Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) responded to three house fires that were likely started by the improper use of smoking materials. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States. “Fortunately, we did not see any fatalities from the three fires this week, but there were injuries, and the outcomes could have been much worse,” CCFR Assistant Chief Steve Brown says. On June 4, two victims were taken to a local hospital following a house fire on South River Rd., and a June 7 morning fire on Birdie Hills Rd. sent two people to the hospital. There were no injuries in the fire on Westin Dr. on June 8. All of the fires were within the CCFR fire

protection district. The cause of each fire and the total amount of damages are under investigation by CCFR; preliminary reports show that smoking materials played a part in each of the incidents. “If you smoke, do it outside. And, when you dispose of the smoking materials do so in a large metal container that is stored at least six feet away from the house,” Brown says. CCFR and the NFPA also recommend dousing all cigarette butts and ashes in water or sand, using deep, wide ashtrays on a sturdy table, keeping matches and lighters away from the sight and reach of children, and avoiding smoking if there is oxygen being used in the home. “It is also important to stay alert. If you are tired or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol you should not be smoking,” Brown says.

O’Fallon chamber advances to final round in prestigious Chamber of the Year competition The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries is thrilled to announce that they have been named a 2016 Chamber of the Year finalist in the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) national competition which recognizes the dual role chambers have leading businesses and communities. Chamber of the Year awards honor chambers in five categories based on the size of the organization. During all stages chambers compete amongst peers from similar total income levels and up to three chambers with the highest number of points in each of the entry categories, based on total revenue, may be named finalists. The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries is one of three finalists in the under $500,000 total revenue category. “To be named a finalist for this award is an incredible honor for the O’Fallon chamber’s board of directors, volunteers, and chamber staff who last year set forth on an ambitious strategic plan. It is a tribute to the innovation and passion of the more than 630 individuals that work so hard to build better business community in the great O’Fallon area,” said Erin Williams, President and CEO. “We are deeply honored to be selected as a finalist.” ACCE President and Chief Executive Officer Mick Fleming said, “Applicants have already proven themselves worthy of emulation and praise by the time they reach finalist status. Only chambers meeting certain benchmarks are even

invited to apply, so becoming a finalist is a big deal. In each case, the chamber’s numbers are good, their highlighted programs are strong and their impact on businesses and communities is evident.” Chambers of commerce interested in competing for the award first must qualify by participating in a vigorous multi-stage process. Organizations entering the Chamber of the Year competition must meet minimum thresholds in at least three of five key performance areas, including net revenue, net assets, membership account retention, and membership dollar retention. After chambers of commerce qualify for the competition, appropriate categories are determined for each applicant, based on total revenue, member accounts, service area population, number of businesses in the service area, and restricted revenue as a percentage of total revenue. Applicants are grouped using these factors to ensure a fair competition. An impartial judging committee comprised of industry professionals then reviews the applications and identifies finalists in each category based on scores. In the final phase of the competition, the judging committee conducts in-person interviews with leaders from each finalist chamber. One winner from each category will be named at the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives annual conference in Savannah, Georgia, Aug. 9–12. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 29, 2016



College scholarship recipients announced by Credit Union and Local Union Hall 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), focused on serving the community with education, job training and sustainable housing resources, has announced their 2016 scholarship winners. For 17 years 1st Financial has awarded two scholarships for students to be used at the college or university of their choice. The Horizon and Right Stuff scholarship is given to students with an exceptional academic history and evidence of a strong presence in their school and community. The applicants are also asked to write a short essay concerning how credit

unions affect the communities they serve. Katie Kotlarczyk and Jasmine Lowery were selected to receive the $1,000 scholarship from 1st Financial this year as they continue on with their higher education degrees. Katie will be attending Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville to finish her degree in biology and Jasmine will be attending Missouri Western State University where she will be working to receive her degree in social work. Lowery was quoted in her essay as saying “I was able to open a savings account with no minimum balance constraints, and no employment with just one

dollar. This was an excellent benefit for me to learn how to save at an early age.” 1st Financial Federal Credit Union is also excited to announce their participation in awarding a new scholarship in partnership with District 837 Machinist Union. District 837 was the union from which 1st Financial was founded in 1968 and continues to serve their members today. The Human Rights Committee along with District 837 and 1st Financial selected two recipients and contributed to their college education. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union presented a check in the amount of $1,500.

“We are so honored to be helping these exceptional students with the next step of their journey”, stated Carol Minges, CEO of 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. She went on to say “We believe education is maybe the most important first

step in achieving financial sustainability. We are dedicated to helping our members and their children find success in education from kindergarten to college. Our scholarship program is just one piece of that huge puzzle.”

Masterclock receives presidential award for export success U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Masterclock, Inc. with the President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, DC. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The company was previously recognized as the 2014 Missouri Exporter of the Year by Governor Jay Nixon. “Masterclock has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Submitted photo Awards Committee was very John and Mary Clark were presented with the President’s “E” Award for Exports by U.S. impressed with Masterclock’s Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. utilization of trade shows to expand its export-based mar- strates that our products are Masterclock participated in the ketshare. The company’s cus- competing and winning in the trade mission I led to Western tomization of its product line to global marketplace,” explained Europe last year as a way to furmeet client needs was also par- Masterclock President and CEO ther expand exports. Everyone ticularly notable. Masterclock’s John Clark. “Performance and at Masterclock should be proud achievements have undoubt- value are universal concepts of this Presidential recognition edly contributed to national and easily translate across cul- of their export leadership and export expansion efforts that tures. Our systems combine in- innovation, just as Missourians support the U.S. economy and ternationally utilized best prac- can be proud that this industry create American jobs,” said Sec- tices with American ingenuity leader calls the Show Me State retary Pritzker in her congratu- and have been deployed by cus- home.” latory letter to the company tomers in over 100 countries in announcing its selection as an the last four years. We’re grateaward recipient. ful for all of the assistance we’ve Masterclock manufactures a received from U.S. Commercial variety of equipment designed Services in St. Louis and their to keep both facilities and peo- overseas offices alongside the ple synchronized with applica- team at the Missouri Departtions ranging from ensuring ment of Economic Developtelevision studios make smooth ment International Trade Ofprogramming transitions to fice in identifying international providing precise counts for opportunities and ensuring spacecraft launch operations. we’re well-positioned to pursue Customers include top-tier or- and close them.” ganizations such as SpaceX, “Missouri’s exports continue Formula One, Microsoft, Sie- to grow because we are sending mens, Facebook, Exxon Mobil, high-quality products to counGeneral Electric – the portfolio tries around the globe,” Gov. contains of some of the most Jay Nixon said. “A prime examprestigious companies in the ple of those products made by world and validates Master- Missouri small businesses are clock’s ability to successfully the world-class precision inmeet their demanding require- struments manufactured in St. ments. Charles by Masterclock, and I “Our export success demon- was pleased that John Clark and


June 29, 2016 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Sports you see with Gary B...

Women’s professional basketball on a roll The St. Louis Surge play their home games at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. They have played eight games thus far this season that started May 7 and have notched seven wins, six in a row. Local Lindenwood University graduate Jenny Rocha is part of this group making a splash in women’s basketball. The club has two more games in the season before the regional tournament. HOME GAMES Saturday’s July 16 and 23. Go to for all the details. *Making a statement

Lindenwood swimmers pick up hardware The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced that 18 from Lindenwood were part of the Scholar All-Americans. The first team student-athlete must have accumulated a minimum 3.50 GPA while also participating in the NCAA championships. To earn honorable-mention status, they must also have obtained a 3.50 GPA, but also needed to achieve a “B” time standard - a provisional time for nationals - or competed in a regional meet. Six men earned the distinction of being a Scholar All-American. Of the six, three were named to the first team and three received honorable mentions. The women had eight named to the first team with four others receiving honorable mentions. The 18 student-athletes who displayed exceptional success in the classroom, as well as in the pool, is an improvement from a year ago when the teams combined for 17 that earned CSCAA honors. To get all the details go to *Making the best of both worlds Rascals hitting a bump in road The River City Rascals play professional baseball in the West Division of the Frontier League at the CarShield Field in O’Fallon. The end of June has not been very friendly to the team as they


have dropped six in a row as of this past Saturday. On an up note, catcher Josh Ludy continues his torrid hitting placing himself tied for third place in the league with a .350 average. The two-time All-Star from Woodlands, Texas has 41 hits in his 33 games played. Rascal’s second baseman Jason Merjano also has 41 hits and has a respectable .318 average. NEXT HOME GAMES: Jun 29, 30 against the Joliet Slammers July 15, 16, 17 against the Schaumburg Boomers All games are at 6:35 p.m. with Sundays at 4:05 p.m. For more information go to *Leading the pack Baseball summer camp enters 18th season Some of the best baseball instructors will be a part of the camp at Balls-n-Strikes in St. Peters. Nine camps will be scheduled over the next few months for kids from five-12 years of age. Have your future baseball stud get a few tips from the best. Check out some of the ‘Draft Picks’ that have attended the facility in the past. For more information contact 636-474-2255. *Baseball and Summer ***Happy Birthday to my sister and brother... Sharon and Steve, today June 29!!!***

I will be broadcasting the “STL Health and Wellness LIVE” show every Saturday from 9-11 am on 590 The Fan and

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 SportsRadioSTL. com, among many other activities. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 29, 2016

Learn & Play


Fire-up a bold Fourth of July BBQ This Fourth of July, take your backyard barbecue staples from basic to bold with knock-out burgers, grilled fruit “steaks” and festive red, white and blue-colored desserts. Opt for burgers with a brazen rub that creates a caramelized outer layer. Make the meal an epic Fourth of July feast with a side of grilled watermelon steaks, marinated in white balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and rosemary, and topped with walnuts, lemon zest and fresh parsley. “Burgers are an Independence Day mainstay, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring,” said McCormick Executive Chef Kevan Vetter. “Pick a flavor combo that packs a real punch for the rub, then build out the burger with toppings and condiments to match that taste. For example, use Smoky Montreal Steak Seasoning, chili powder and brown sugar to make a sweet and smoky rub, then top with a rich BBQ mayonnaise, melty cheddar, grilled pickle slices and crispy onion straws.” For more tips and recipes for unforgettable Fourth of July fare, check out and visit McCormick Spice on Facebook and Pinterest.

Red, White and Blue Mousse Parfaits Prep time: 30 minutes | Servings: 12 | Serving size: 1 parfait

Cowboy Burger with Grilled Pickles and Crispy Onion Straws Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4 Ingredients: BBQ Mayonnaise 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce Crispy Onion Straws 1/2 cup flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 medium onion, very thinly sliced and separated into rings vegetable oil, for frying Cowboy Burgers 4 teaspoons steak seasoning 1 tablespoon chili powder 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar 1 1/4 pounds ground beef 4 slices mild Cheddar cheese 1 dill pickle, sliced lengthwise 1/4-inch thick 4 Kaiser rolls 4 lettuce leaves Directions: For the BBQ Mayonnaise, mix mayonnaise and Bar-B-Q Sauce in small bowl until well blended. Cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve. For the Onions, mix flour, salt and pepper in large resealable plastic bag. Add onion; toss to coat well. Pour oil into deep fryer, large heavy skillet or saucepan, filling no more than 1/3 full. Heat oil

on medium-high heat. Carefully add onion rings to hot oil. Fry 4 to 5 minutes, turning once to brown evenly, until onions rings are golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Set aside.

through (internal temperature of 160ºF). Add cheese slices to burgers 1 minute before cooking is completed. Grill pickle slices 2 to 3 minutes per side or until grill marks appear. Toast rolls on the grill, open-side down, about 30 seconds, if desired.

For the Burgers, mix Seasoning, chili powder and brown sugar in small bowl. Shape ground beef into 4 patties. Coat surface of each patty evenly with the rub mixture. Grill over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes per side or until burgers are cooked

Serve burgers on rolls topped with grilled pickles, Crispy Onion Straws and lettuce. Serve with BBQ Mayonnaise.

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36. Insignificant 38. RPM indicator 42. AOL’s “____ Got Mail” 45. Genuflect in submission 49. Zippo 51. Ore extracting 54. Yo-Yo’s instrument 56. Venomous slitherer 57. Like Old Mother Hubbard’s cupboard 58. Makes mistakes 59. They’re large on prima donnas 60. Blundre, e.g. 61. *De Valera’s name for Ireland 62. Republican Karl 63. Tucker of “Modern Family” 65. Pleasurable interjection 67. One less than jack See answers on page 13

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Ingredients: 3 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 teaspoons red food color 1 teaspoon lemon extract assorted food colors and egg dye 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips Directions: Beat 1 1/2 cups of the heavy cream, cocoa powder, 2 tablespoons of the sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until

stiff peaks form. Add red food color; stir gently with spatula until evenly tinted. Beat remaining 2 cups heavy cream, remaining 1/2 cup sugar and lemon extract in large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Remove 1 cup. Add 3/4 teaspoon neon blue and 5 drops neon purple food colors; stir gently with spatula until evenly tinted. To assemble parfait, alternately layer red and white mousses in dessert glasses. Top with blue mousse and white chocolate chips. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Grilled Watermelon Steaks with Walnut Gremolata Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 8 minutes | Servings: 8 Ingredients: 1/2 small seedless watermelon 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel Directions: Cut 4 (1-inch thick) half-moon slices of watermelon. Reserve any remaining watermelon for another use. Mix vinegar, oil, lemon juice, rosemary, salt and pepper in small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons for drizzling grilled watermelon. Place watermelon steaks in glass dish. Add remaining marinade. Refrigerate 20 minutes, turning watermelon halfway through marinating time. Meanwhile, for the Walnut Gremolata, mix wal-

nuts, parsley and lemon peel in small bowl. Set aside. Remove watermelon steaks from marinade. Reserve leftover marinade for brushing watermelon during grilling. Grill watermelon steaks over high heat 2 to 4 minutes per side or until grill marks appear, brushing with leftover marinade. To serve, cut watermelon steaks in half. Drizzle with reserved 2 tablespoons marinade. Sprinkle with Walnut Gremolata.

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What’s Happening

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EVENTS June 29: Shred event

1st Advantage Bank is having a shred event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 240 Salt Lick Rd. in St. Peters. There will be barbecue and an opportunity to declutter your files. This event is free to the public.

June 30: Free movie

Summer Movie at The Meadows “Tomorrowland” begins at dusk at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit

For all your graphic design, marketing, and sign needs. (636) 528-7473 Troy, MO 63379

Summer Concert at The Meadows, Dr. Zhivegas will perform from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit

July 9: Mouse races

Veterans Return to Vietnam, a 501(c)3 organization, is holding mouse races at the VFW Hall in St. Charles. Doors open and silent auctions begin at 6 p.m. and mouse races begin at 7 p.m. In addition to the mouse races and silent auctions we will have gift basket raffles, 50/50 drawing, a drawing to win a handmade quilt along with many other exciting and fun games. Veterans Return to Vietnam is dedicated to help Vietnam combat veterans, as well as all combat war veterans, who wish to return to Vietnam in order to gain closure, release from trauma and stress issues, and to see Vietnam as it is today. Tickets are $20 each or $150 for a table of eight. Please call Mike Snider at 314-952-8753 for more details on obtaining tickets, being a corporate sponsor or to place an ad in our program book.

July 9: Hope for Haiti run/walk

The Beyond Borders Christ Care Group of Hope Lutheran Church hosts a 5K/10K or a one mile walk. The funds raised will enable dental, medical and nutritional care at the House of Hope Medical Clinic in Port-au-Prince. The event begins at 7:45 a.m. at the bandstand in Frontier Park. Awards will be given. For participation information visit

July 10: Square dance open house

This is a free event to introduce non-

dancers to the world of square dancing from 2 - 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church at 801 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. Call 636-978-6857 for more information or visit

July 11: Shoe sale

The Auxiliary of SSM St. Joseph Hospital will be hosting a shoe sale at St. Joe Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis from are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a fundraiser for the auxiliary.

July 12: FREE Credit Score Seminar presented by West Community Credit Union

West Community Credit Union will be presenting two FREE seminars on “Improving Your Credit Score” on Tuesday, July 12 at the Renaud Spirit Center located at 2650 Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Presentation times are 10-11 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Attendees will learn how credit scores are calculated, how they can affect you, how to read a credit report, and how to improve a score, ultimately saving you money. Light refreshments will be provided. Limited seating available so RSVP today! To reserve your seat, contact Lori Hudson at or call 636-720-2402.

July 14: Free movie

Summer Movie at The Meadows “Shaun the Sheep” begins at dusk at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit www.themeadowsatLSL. com.

July 18-22: Basketball camp

Free basketball camp at First Baptist Church Lake St. Louis on July 18-22 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for grades three through eight. Register online at www.

July 18-22: Vacation bible school

A free and fun VBS takes place on July 18 - 22 from 6 - 8 p.m. Children fully potty-trained through fifth grade will discover how Jesus gathers us together during Barnyard Roundup VBS at Peace Lutheran Church in Winghaven. Register on-line at or call 636-561-8282. Peace is located at 9320 Phoenix Village Parkway in O’Fallon.

July 21: Free concert

Summer Concert at The Meadows, MadBeats will perform from 6:30 9:30 p.m. at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit

July 21: Food preservation classes

University of Missouri Extension Office, St. Charles County at 260 Brown Road in St. Peters is offering a series of three sessions on home food preservation. Soon the gardens will be bursting with an abundance of vegetables and fruits. Learn how to properly use your pressure canner and how to prepare your water bath for your salsa, jams and jellies. Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited. Dates for Home Food Preservation Series are: Pressure Canning, June 30 from 6 – 8 p.m., home canning the safe way and pressure canning green beans; Salsa and Tomatoes, July 14 from 6 – 8 p.m., salsa from your garden and water bath salsa and fruit; Sweet Spreads, July 21 from 6 – 8 p.m., making fantastic jams and jellies by water bath jam and freezer jellies. Cost is $15 for each session or $30 for all three sessions in the series Call the University of Missouri Extension St. Charles County office to register at 636-970-3000.

July 28: Free movie

Summer Movie at The Meadows “Norm of the North” begins at dusk at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit www.themeadowsatLSL. com.

July 30: Fund raising race

The 2016 Pound the Pavement for Parks 5k/10k takes place at Rotary Park. All runners will receive entry to

the race, a dri-fit T-shirt and a ticket to attend the St. Charles County Fair. Check-in begins at the park at 6 a.m. with the race starting at 7 a.m. Register on-line at Don’t want to race? Sign up to become a volunteer. All volunteers will also receive entry to the fair and a T-shirt. Race proceeds will benefit various Friends of the Wentzville Parks projects, WE P.L.A.Y. scholarships and Unlimited Play’s Jake’s Field of Dreams playground.

Aug. 4: Free concert

Summer Concert at The Meadows, Griffin and the Gargoyles will perform from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit

Aug. 7: Parish picnic

St. Francis of Assissi/Immaculate Conception Parish Picnic will take place at 2nd and Washington Sts. in Portage Des Sioux beginning at noon. Oldfashioned chicken and beef dinners with all the trimmings, served in air conditioned dining room from noon until 6 p.m. Carry-outs will be available. There will be music, beer garden, tractor pull, games of chance, quilt raffles, children’s games and much more. For more information call 636-8990906 or 314-288-4638.

Aug. 11: Free movie

Summer Movie at The Meadows “Zootopia” begins at dusk at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit

Aug. 18: Free concert

Summer Concert at The Meadows, That 80’s Band will perform from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit

Aug. 11: Free movie

Summer Movie at The Meadows “Hotel Transylvania 2” begins at dusk at Clocktower Plaza. For more information visit www.themeadowsatLSL. com.

Sept. 24: Craft fair

Tri County Citizens Advisory Board to Probation and Parole, Probation and Parole District 17, Missouri Department of Correction, invites you to their Fifth Annual Christmas in September Craft Fair at Bogey Hills Baptist Church at 1721 Treetop Drive in St. Charles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafters are needed, please contact at Esther Angelos at or at 636-441-0329 or 314-477-5096. Concessions will be available. Tri-County Advisory Board to Probation and Parole is hosting the event and does not endorse any product sold by the vendors.

Ongoing Events Sundays and Tuesdays: Central Missouri Railroad Association meeting

The Central Missouri Railroad Association meets at Suite 20 in the Warrenton Outlet Mall. This unique organization is for railroad modelers, railfans, photographers and railroad retirees with layouts in O, HO, N hoping to add G scales. Meetings are on Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info call 636-2795522 or 636-456-0776.

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 Blanchette Park at 1900 Randolph Street in St. Charles. For more information contact Grace at 636-9464687.

1st Monday: Gardeners of St.

Charles County Monthly Meeting

6:30pm. Location varies. 314.304.7480.

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

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

2nd Monday: Winghaven Civil War Round Table

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

4th Monday: American Legion Post 388 Meets

6:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553.

Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary Club

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

Every Monday: Seasoned Eye Carvers Meeting

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

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Fitness First Exercise Classes

9:30-10:30am, American Legion Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314.369.6521.

Mondays: Chronic pain support group

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

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

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

Every Tuesday: Cribbage Club

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

Tuesdays: Lions Club meeting

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

Tuesdays: 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.

Tuesday and Friday Evenings: Tae Kwon Do Classes

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1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society

6:30pm at various locations. Info:; Jeanne at 314.605.8563.

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

Last Tuesday of every month, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 spaghetti dinner. 5pm, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. $6 per person. For more information call Post 312 at 636.947.7666.

4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club

6:30pm at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930.

Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles

Noon-1 p.m. at Bogey Hills Country Club at 1120 Country Club Rd. in St. Charles. Membership in Kiwanis offers you the opportunity to benefit your community and its youth by serving with like-minded people. If you are interested in making a positive impact for generations to come, please join us. For more information please call 636-448-4277. You can also find us at

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

Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA

1-4pm Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required.

Every Tuesday: Meeting


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

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

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

The group meets on fourth Tuesday of every month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Spencer Road Library at the Community Commons, 427 Spencer Rd. For more information about Alzheimer’s disease, support, or the Male Caregiver Experience, please call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900 or visit stl.

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.

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

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes

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

Tuesdays and Fridays: TaeKwonDo Ministry

5:30pm, Dardenne Presbyterian Church 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie. Moses Kim brings Christian teaching into taekwondo. For more information, or to sign up, call 636.561.4347.

Wednesdays: Talk



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

Every Wednesday: Dardenne Presbyterian Church Basketball

Every Wednesday, Winfield Foley Firefighters Association Bingo.

Doors open at 4:30, bingo at 6:30pm, Bingo hall is next door to County Market in the Winfield Plaza on Highway 47. For more information, call 636.566.6621 or 636.566.8406.

1st and 3rd Wednesday Each Month: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers

7pm – 9pm. Meetings are held at the Hollenbeck Middle School at 4555 Central School Road, St. Charles, Missouri. Visitors are always welcome! For more information check the club web site: www.stcharlesareawoodcarvers. com/ or contact Charles Sapp.

2nd Wednesday: Free Financial Education- Money Matters

6:30pm at the O’Fallon Family YMCA. PNC Bank and The O’Fallon Fam-

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ily YMCA have partnered to provide monthly free financial education courses for members of the community. Info (including a list of topics): call PNC Bank at 636.272.2449.

Wednesdays: Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets every Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the parish hall of Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church at 907 Jungermann Rd. in St. Peters. TOPS is a national non-profit weight-loss organization that supports its members in attaining their goal weight. There is no cost for the first meeting. All are welcome. Weigh-ins begin at 9 a.m. Contact Judy Bauer at 636-541-2263 for further information.

Thursdays: Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)


ery Thursday at 6 p.m. in the United Methodist Church at 725 N. Wall St. in Wentzville. TOPS is a national non-profit weight-loss organization that supports its members in attaining their goal weight. There is no cost for the first meeting. All are welcome. For more information call Mary Stassi at 636-357-1387. Thursdays: Optimist Club meetings The O’Fallon Optimist Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Bank of Old Monroe T.R. Hughes Blvd. in O’Fallon.

Thursdays: Lions Club meetings

St. Charles Lions Club meets every second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at 1144 S Benton Street in St. Charles. Contact Art for more info at 636-441-1831. New members are welcome.

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8-9:30pm, Dardenne Presbyterian Christian Life Center, 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie. Open to 6th grade and up. Bring a light and dark shirt for different teams.

1st Wednesday of each month: Hope & Healing

5-6pm, Dardenne Presbyterian Rock Church, 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie. Unique service of music, worship, and prayer for those in need of hope and healing.

Wednesdays: Women’s fishing club

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

Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10am Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379.

Every Wednesday: Men’s Golf League 5pm, tee off at 5:30 pm at Heritage of Hawk Ridge., under the parks and recreation section.

Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo

6:45pm VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. 636.272.1945 or

Every Wednesday. Kiwanis Club of Harvester monthly meeting.

Noon, Fratelli’s Restorante, 2061 Zumbehl Road in St Charles. For more information, please contact

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“Now You See Me 2”

By Steve Bryan Rating: PG-13

Composer Brian Tyler knows the score for ‘Now You See Me 2’ Blockbuster movies such as “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Furious 7” and “Iron Man 3” rely heavily on explosive special effects to tell their respective stories. Yet, without a musical soundtrack to set the mood and tone, these films would not be as enjoyable to watch. “They are all very different movies, but still they do fall into the category of movies that are designed to have prominent music to kind of tell a story,” composer Brian Tyler explained when reached by phone for an interview. “So that’s kind of good luck for me in a way.” Tyler composed the scores for the aforementioned films as well as “Now You See Me 2,” the sequel to the 2013 magical caper film. Three of the original Four Horsemen return with a new recruit for more misdirection and magic. As was shown at the end of the original, they now are working for the Eye, a secret society of magicians. Music is an essential part of magical performances, especially for top-name talents like David Copperfield. The same holds true for movies with magical themes. “I was talking to David Copperfield the other day, as a matter of fact. We were talking about how much music

is a part of the overall feel of magic during these shows. Thematically, they are tied together in so many ways,” Tyler offered. “It kind of relates to the wonderment and mystery of human experience. I think there’s a reason why they are so closely tied, especially in anything that wants to promote the idea of the fantastic, the fantastical. And certainly ‘Now You See Me’ kind of intersects those two worlds.” When asked about his musical choices, Tyler pointed out that he played a lot of instruments throughout the score. “I played marimba and vibraphone, that old-timey kind of vibraphone. I play the drums and the congas and the bongos. There are a number of guitars and different kinds of basses: wound and unwound electric bass, upright bass. I play the piano on the score, the organ on the score,” he said. “A lot of different instruments, certainly.” The composer also conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra of London at the famous Abbey Road studios: “That was everything from the violins to the cellos, trumpets, trombones. A lot of woodwinds, saxophones.

All sorts of things in there.” Tyler also did additional recording with a jazz-style brass section to capture the big band, jazzy, groove elements. “In a sense, there were different styles, which is a much tighter, closer recording in a tighter room with microphones. Which blended with the big, open air Abbey Road-recorded brass section that was just part of the orchestra,” he added. “So it was a very complex kind of layering of different instruments. I also incorporated a lot of Chinese instruments in the score because of so much of the movie takes place in Macau.” “Now You See Me 2,” rated PG-13, currently is playing in theaters. Submitted photos Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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