Playground of Dreams
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VOL 13 | NO 2
Published monthly with newsstand circulation to Wentzville and Lake Saint Louis plus newsstands in O’Fallon, Troy, Lake Sherwood and Augusta. Publisher Robert Huneke Editor Mathew DeKinder Production Manager Rebecca Brockmann
Around Town Local news and events
Business Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce
Always an Adventure The outliers of society make their own law and order
Moore on Life Love is on the air
Automobile Alley The Kia Soul boasts a sportier look for 2017
Medical Memo Overcoming the opioid epidemic
Contributors Avalanche, Robin Daniels, David Finkelstein, Tony Mathews, Cindy Moore, Russ Patton
Entertainment How “John Wick Chapter 2” became highly anticipated
Photographer Ray Rockwell
Food Apps and starters perfect for game day
Photo Op Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk
Community Calendar: February
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Building a field of dreams New all-inclusive playground will honor memory of an inspirational sports fan
Advertiser Profiles The Art of Living
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Nonprofit Profile Senior Connections brings companionship and hope to lonely older adults
Know your retirement account options: IRAs On the Cover: Submitted image
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The O’Fallon Photo Club’s 2017 photo exhibit includes a variety of perspectives The public is invited to view the O’Fallon Photo Club’s new exhibit in the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) at 2650 Tri Sports Circle in O’Fallon. The exhibit, which opened Jan. 13, continues through Feb. 17. The show represents clubs members’ work over the past year. There is no central theme but there are a variety of photographs, including landscapes, close-ups, portraits and action shots. Cultural Arts Gallery admission is free, and the exhibit is available for viewing during reg-
ular business hours at the indoor recreation complex: 5:15 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday -Thursday, 5:15 a.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. For more location information, call 636-4742732 or visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com. The O’Fallon Photo Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the O’Fallon Senior Center at106 North Main Street, located on the east end of the O’Fallon Municipal Centre parking lot at Sonderen. For more information about the club, please search for O’Fallon Photo Club on Facebook.
The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is accepting student applications The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis will accept applications for its interest-free, feefree student loan program beginning Jan. 1 through April 15. Qualified postsecondary students of any age can be issued a renewable, interest-free loan of up to $11,000 annually. Those interested must meet the following requirements: • Be pursuing a first certificate or degree at an accredited, nonprofit college, university, or technical/trade school • Demonstrate financial need • Have a cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher or have earned a GED • Be a permanent resident of the St. Louis metropolitan area, for at least two years prior to application Applicants are selected on the basis of aca-
demic potential, personal character, and financial need. Students can apply for funding by completing an online general application on the St. Louis Graduates’ Scholarship Central website (www.stlouisgraduates.org). Upon completion of the general application, applicants can then apply for the interestfree, fee-free loan program. St. Louis Graduates’ Scholarship Central website has over 60 scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year with various application deadlines accessible through the general application. Students from the following areas are eligible to apply: St. Louis City and St. Louis County; the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, Warren, and Washington; and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Madison, Macoupin, Monroe, and St. Clair. For more information, or for application assistance, please contact The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis at 314-725-7990, info@ sfstl.org, or visit www. sfstl.org.
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O’Fallon’s Citizens Police Academy provides first-hand experience with police work Whether you’re considering a career in law enforcement, a civic-minded Neighborhood Watch participant or just wanting to be better-informed about police work, the O’Fallon Police Department’s annual Citizens Police Academy offers hands-on training and discussions on a variety of criminal justice topics. Individuals from all walks of life are invited to enroll in the six-week class, which begins Feb. 28 and meets from 7-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the O’Fallon Police Department in the O’Fallon Municipal Centre at 100 North Main Street in O’Fallon. The cost for the course is $30. Applicants must be at least 18, residents of St. Charles County and pass a background check. Applications and additional information are currently available at www.ofallon.mo.us/ PD/citizens-police-academy. The deadline for submission is Feb. 17. Class space is limited. Activities and topics covered in the program include: • Patrol operations, including riding assignments with an O’Fallon police officer • Investigations overview (criminal, traffic, DWI, crime scene) • Drug awareness, local drug task force • Use of force, Taser and less-lethal weapons • Internet safety, identity theft awareness • An introduction to firearms training at the O’Fallon firearms range • Police K-9 program • Community Services Division • St. Charles County Regional SWAT For more information, contact Police Officer Tim Bateman at tbateman@ofallon. mo.us. If email is not possible, please contact the O’Fallon Police Department at 636-240-3200.
MDC and MoDOT invite schools to fight litter through ‘No MOre Trash!’ annual can contest
www.mycnews.com www.facebook.com/mycnews www.pinterest.com/mycnews https://twitter.com/mycnews Submitted photo Teacher Gail Forsyth and her students in the Second Grade Recycle Club at East Elementary in Waynesville won the 2016 “No MOre Trash!” trash-can contest with their winning entry, “Box-up your recyclables, Missouri’s State Reptile: Three-toed Box Turtle.” They won the K-2 Grade Category and also the grand prize.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) invite Missouri public, private and home-school students in grades K-8 to help fight litter in the Show-Me State – and to have creative and educational fun – by participating in the 2017 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest. The annual contest is sponsored by MDC and MoDOT as part of the state’s “No MOre Trash!” statewide litter campaign. The contest encourages school classes and groups to join in the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter-prevention message using a variety of creative media. Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to contest rules, and effective use of theme and logo. First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring
school. There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online with up to three photos to nomoretrash.org by March 17. Contest rules, entry forms, logo, past contest entries and winners, and educational information can also be found at nomoretrash.org. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American generates about four pounds of trash each day. “Missouri’s six million residents produce nearly 26 million pounds of garbage in one day. That’s more than nine billion pounds of trash per year!” said MDC NMT Coordinator Joe Jerek. “Much of that trash shows up on our streets and roadsides, natural areas, and waterways. Litter harms our fish and water quality, plants, and hurts wildlife. Litter also hurts property values, landscape appearance, and our overall quality of life.” Jerek added that littering is illegal in Missouri and can result in a fine of up to $1,000 and one year in jail.
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Senior Connections brings
companionship and hope to lonely older adults By Sandra Roeder Singer – Volunteer Coordinator, Senior Connections Lutheran Senior Services For many older adults living in long-term care communities, loneliness and isolation are an everyday reality. Approximately 60 percent of these seniors never receive a single visitor, which increases their risk for experiencing depression. For seniors struggling with isolation, a visit from a specially trained volunteer each week can make all the difference. Senior Connections pairs “relational” volunteers with older adults in need of companionship to improve the quality of life of the participant (senior resident), the volunteer and the staff of the community. This distinctive program provides older adults with warmth, stimulation, and – most importantly – a sense of hope. Through hour-long weekly visits, specially trained volunteers help their new friends overcome feelings of isolation and find new ways to experience connection again. Developed in 1999 by Dr. Suzanne Singer of The Singer Institute, board members and assistance from the St. Louis University’s Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Senior Connections has helped more than 2,200 older adults throughout the St. Louis area establish meaningful relationships with 600-plus volunteers and improve their quality of life. The goal is to offer older adults the opportunity for meaningful relationships with caring, trusted individuals outside of their living community. In 2014, Senior Connections became part of Lutheran Senior Services. Carefully-screened volunteers are given a thorough orientation and a full day of training – the Good Neighbor Course developed 6 | CROSSROADS | FEBRUARY 2017
by The Singer Institute. These “relational” volunteers are then assigned to a senior living community where the manager matches them with residents who would benefit from weekly visits. The relational volunteers play board games and puzzles, share stories, bring pets, give manicures, tell jokes, write notes to families and friends or do just about anything else that will bring a smile. They get to know what will surprise and delight those they visit and do their best to make each weekly visit special for the resident. And the results have been overwhelmingly positive. A 2016 survey of participating site managers found that Senior Connections volunteers bring a special energy into their communities that improves the mood and amount of socializing of the partnered residents with other residents while increasing participation in site activities and displaying more positive spirits. This also benefits the non-participating residents as well as the staff. Several years ago Jennifer Blome, former TV anchor and now Director of Humane Education at the APA of Missouri, trained as a relational volunteer along with her dog Clyde. Together they started pet visits with lonely seniors regularly and continued for more than three years. By last year there were more than 20 pet visitors in Senior Connections. Currently there are more than 100 Senior Connections relational volunteers visiting 125 residents in 62 partner communities throughout the metro St. Louis area. The organization is seeking additional volunteers, financial support and participating commu-
nities serving the elderly. The next relational volunteer training is on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., lunch is included. There will be another training session April 29. People interested in volunteering for Senior Connections or learning more should contact Sandra at 314-446-2526. For more information on the organization, visit www.SeniorConnections.info. Submitted photos Top photo: Senior Connections volunteer, Jennifer Blome and her friend, Jackie. Bottom photo: Jackie and Clyde, who was the first pet visitor with Jennifer Blome in 2009.
WESTERN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Serving Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, and Dardenne Prairie
Chamber hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony
BY TONY MATHEWS
Tony Mathews is the President and CEO of the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce
The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony recently for BJC Medical Group.
The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will bestow its annual awards at their Celebration Ball to be held on Feb. 18. It will be held at 18 North Central located at 18 North Central in O’Fallon. It will be held from 6 – 10:30 p.m. The Celebration Ball is an annual awards ceremony. Join the celebration with award winners. There will be dinner, entertainment, live auction, derby races for entertainment after the awards, selfie/photo wall, drinks, dessert and fun. This year the chamber selected the following businesses, organizations, and individuals as award winners: • Large Business of the Year: Poage Chevrolet • Small Business of the Year Award: Pinot’s Palette Lake St. Louis • Above & Beyond Business of the Year Award: Alter’d Décor & More • Chamber New Business of the Year: Lake St. Louis Neighbors • Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award: Dianna Bridgins, Beehive PromotionsYou Made It Happen Award for Positively Impacting the Community – Crossroads Arts Council • Tony Awards: Andrews Academy and Surprise Award to be Given out that Night! The Chamber also will award Chamber Superlative Awards that evening: Most Likely to Give You the Shirt off their Back – Jeff Unterreiner; Most Chamber Spirit – Jill Ruggeri; Gives the Best Advice – Angie Harness; and Most Community Spirit – Master Y Kim’s World Class Tae Kwon Do. Tickets to the Celebration Ball are $45. Tickets may be purchased by contacting the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce at 636-327-6914.
Business Owner, Maureen Adler is joined by Managing Partner, Kelly Hinman to operate Irish Eyes Photography. Located at 24 West Main, Suites 22 & 26 in Historic Downtown Wentzville, the business specializes in wedding, newborn and infant photography. They also photograph families and special events. The business opened in 2010 as a homebased business and has since expanded into their current location. Irish Eyes Photography loves the community feeling in the downtown area. They sometimes incorporate that backdrop in their photography. They do on-location photography in local parks and other venues. The business hopes to expand into videography and has won a number of local, state and national awards for their work. Come visit us in Historic Downtown Wentzville!
Chamber to present twelve awards at annual Celebration Ball
Wentzville EDC Business Spotlight
The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce serves Dardenne Prairie, Lake St. Louis and Wentzville. The chamber is comprised of over 685 members. If you are interested in having a ribbon cutting at your place of business please contact the chamber. To view pictures and video of these recent ribbon cuttings please visit the Chamber Facebook Page.
For more on any of this information or the chamber in general, please call the chamber office at 636.327.6914 or visit the website http://westernstcharlescountychamber.com. Located at 207 South Linn Avenue in Wentzville.
BJC Medical Group – Dr. McDonald OB/ GYN opened at 801 Medical Drive, Suite 400 in Wentzville. You can call for an appointment at 636-327-3100.
24 West Main, Suite 22 & 26 | Wentzville, MO www.photosbyirisheyes.com
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Always An Adventure
THE OUTLIERS OF SOCIETY MAKE THEIR OWN LAW AND ORDER “THERE’S A PRETTY STRONG ANTIGOVERNMENT SENTIMENT UP THERE,” said my police sergeant friend in regards to the remote area where I live. He had recently responded to a shooting/stabbing incident, in which no one saw anything, knew anything, heard anything, no weapons were found and the combatants were extremely uncooperative. The only facts not in dispute were that two individuals were bloodied and seriously wounded through the use of deadly weapons, and alcohol was involved. My sergeant friend had a point. People out here have a generally reclusive lifestyle and eschew the normal trappings of civilization, such as malls, convenience stores, streetlights, doctors’ offices and cell phone service. Also missing from remote and rural living is rapid police response to emergencies. My friend had to drive his patrol vehicle through three other counties and into a fourth to get to the scene of the bloody fracas. His response time was well over one hour from the time of the dispatch call to when he arrived. He was merely assisting the county deputies in their home jurisdiction; their response time is generally measured in hours during the winter, with the shortest route from the county seat closed once the snow flies. The people who drew the county lines during the early days of statehood had never been here; they had no idea that their confidently drawn invisible lines bisected one or more mountain ranges. Highways generally follow valley floors, and getting around those two-mile-high ridges 8 | CROSSROADS | FEBRUARY 2017
can take quite a while. With the long response time for emergency personnel a generally accepted fact of life, the locals rarely call police, preferring to handle most situations themselves. As one long-time local explained to me when I first moved here, “It will take the cops an hour to get here, and once they get here nothing will happen anyway.” Of course, if there are no witnesses to tell what happened and all the pertinent evidence somehow disappears before the cops arrive, it’s quite unlikely that a strong case can be presented in court. Long out of the police business, I still occasionally get invited to classes and some training events as an active observer. I explain to the newer cops that if they come out to the remote areas, response time alone will relegate them to being janitors and historians. They will arrive, clean up the mess, and provide a written account of what they believe happened. With luck, someone will give them an honest, accurate picture of the events as they actually happened, and they will be able to collect pertinent evidence. If no one talks and the evidence is gone, the police role becomes more that of social janitor and less as historian — clean up the mess and go back to the office to document what little is known. As far as justice goes, that will be left up to the locals. The good news is that there is little crime out here and everyone knows who the few bad guys are. And there is a high percentage of residents who are quite capable of discouraging the few criminal types from
becoming too active. Combat vets who have found solace in the quiet mountains far from the battle-rattle of searing deserts, retired cops who haven’t forgotten everything they once knew about dealing with goblins, cowboys and mountain men who don’t take kindly to troublemakers — all provide a non-state-sanctioned deterrent to any kind of major mischief. And for the minor problems, such as kids shoplifting or the eccentric woman who talks to people only she can see, a discreet phone call to a family member can provide a much faster and more effective response than a call to an emergency dispatch center an hour’s drive away. Besides, once the state is called to intervene in a dispute between neighbors, after the officers leave, the people involved are still going to be neighbors, and will still have to deal with each other – all without official assistance. As for the previously mentioned local meeting of the Knife & Gun Club, no one went to jail and the incident did not even get mentioned in the local papers. Life goes on, even for the combatants, here among the outliers of society. BY AVALANCHE
Avalanche is a functional illiterate who left the St. Louis area three decades ago in search of adventure. He enjoys motorcycling and all things outdoors. He lives with his wife and dogs.
Moore On Life
is on the air
THIS IS, OF COURSE, THE MONTH OF kissy-kiss and lovey-dove and no one pours on the affection and shows more koochiekoo better than my husband. Aww, isn’t that sweet, you say. Naw, not so much, I say. Why? Because that time has rolled around again in which my husband has his yearly love affair with that trashy little temptress who disrupts my marriage and comes in between me and my man for close to half a year. Her name is Sony, and though she brags about being 65 inches, she is totally shapeless. Actually, her best feature is flatter than a steam-rolled tortilla. For six long months my husband is nowhere to be found. I have chores and house projects that need to be worked on. My honey-dos need to be honey-did and they’re nowhere near getting honey-done. One minute he’s in the kitchen suspiciously loading a tray up with enough sandwiches, chips and beverages to choke a goat then before I can say, “Hey, can you help me unscrew this pickle jar lid?” he’s vanished. It’s as if he’s gone underground into the witness protection program. Underground is right. Later I locate his whereabouts. From the basement somewhere in the depths of his man cave, I hear a primordial yell as if a Neanderthal were being munched on by a T-Rex. Is he injured? Badly cut? Stuck between a couch cushion? I rush downstairs to his aid expecting to see him bleeding out from a severed artery caused by noshing on the edge of a toosharp potato chip. I enter his man space and try to compose myself. “Oh, I see!” I say, giving him a dose of the old stink eye. “It’s you and that flatscreened floozy again, huh?” He looks at me sheepishly with half a sandwich dangling out of his mouth then raises both arms and shouts, “Touchdown!”
I have lost the fight. Sony has once again lured him in into her bimbo grasp with the irresistible call of the pigskin. I glance at the giant screen to see a full-on battle taking place between warriors. Amid all the shoving and shouting and sneaky tackles, heads are butting, bodies are slamming and barbarians are jumping on each other’s backs. This is how early man fought with warring tribes over dinosaur eggs and how I finished up some last minute shopping on Christmas Eve. This “fling” all began back in August with the pre-game season and continues until two remaining mangled teams limp onto the field. That is when the culminating event takes place – the Super Bowl; the event which finally puts an end to the tawdry affair. This is critical. If my husband’s team wins, it becomes the Super Bawl. He will cry like a baby with joy for days. If his team loses, it becomes the Stupor Bowl. He will wander around his man cave with glazed eyes in a complete daze tripping over
things and bumping into walls until next football season. But he’ll survive. He has enough to live on down there comfortably until then. He’s still got enough sandwiches, a potty, an overstuffed couch and, of course, the remote. Life should return to normal for a while. Unless he drops the remote in between one of the couch cushions and loses it. Then I will once again hear that primordial yell rising up from the depths. But I’ll ignore it completely. Let that sassy wench Sony help him out of his predicament this time. BY CINDY MOORE
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. FEBRUARY 2017 | CROSSROADS | 9
Field of Dreams New all-inclusive playground will honor memory of an inspirational sports fan By Brett Auten A bright, ample cherry is the process of being placed on top of the sundae that is Heartland Park. A new project, spearheaded by Unlimited Play, is nearing the halfway mark and all it needs to come to fruition is a few helping hands. Unlimited Play, a St. Charles-based a non-profit organization that builds allinclusive playgrounds to promote health, wellness and understanding, has partnered with the city of Wentzville to construct Jake’s Field of Dreams at Heartland Park, located at 100 William Dierberg Dr. In a region that is heavily sports-centric, Jake’s Field of Dreams will be a perfect addition to the multitude of soccer and football fields in Heartland Park. Jake Vollmer was like so many other little boys who dreamed of growing up playing sports. At an early age he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The disease weakened his muscles but not his spirit. Knowing he would never play like his sports heroes and brothers, Jake became a massive sports fan, cheering for all who played the games he could not. Jake and his family wanted all kids to be able to experience the thrill of being a ball player. Jake passed away in 2012 at the age of 19, but he gave many gifts. The greatest gift of all is his powerful spirit to love and support others. The playground is dedicated to the kids to share in that spirit. “This playground will help so many kids share Jake’s dream - no matter what their ability to enjoy 10 | CROSSROADS | FEBRUARY 2017
the thrill of being on the field as a player side-by-side with their peers,” Jim Vollmer said. “Jake was the biggest, craziest sports fan you could meet.” The Vollmers were regulars at Zachary’s Playground, Unlimited Play’s first all-inclusive playground, located at Hawk Ridge Park in Lake St. Louis. Four years after Jake’s passing, Jim Vollmer sold his screen printing business, climbed aboard Unlimited Play and became the organizations project manager. “We are in full fund-raising mode,” Jim Vollmer said. “The designs, the bids; we’re all through with that. Now we have to get it funded.” The city of Wentzville has agreed to meet Unlimited Play at the halfway mark when it comes to cost, which is estimated to be around the $1 million mark. Mike Lueck is the Director of Parks and Recreation Services for the city of Wentzville. Lueck said with so many financial factors still up in the air it is difficult to put a timeframe on when Jake’s Field of Dreams will officially open. All of those involved with the project are keeping fingers crossed that the 2018 park season will be its debut. “These types of projects are usually something that people get behind rather quickly,” Lueck said. “This will be a playground that everybody can enjoy and it is something that I anticipate will be well-received.” And for Vollmer, when Jake’s Field of Dreams becomes a reality, it will be a wish fulfilled. “We have an absolutely incredible design with a great imagination and details,” he said. “We just need some help getting the word out. This will serve so many and will enhance Heartland Park.”
WANT TO HELP? Jake's Field of Dreams is currently in full fundraising mode. Businesses or individuals who are interested in donating or volunteering should contact Unlimited Play project manager Jim Vollmer at 636-757-3978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted images These photos are conceptual drawings of what the future park could look like.
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THE KIA SOUL
BOASTS A SPORTIER LOOK FOR 2017
Available in three trim levels coupled with an attractive starting price, Kia Motors America is now offering their popular Soul “people mover” with a turbo powerplant. Their objective is to reach a broader customer base with individuals seeking a funto-drive modern automobile. “We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The 2017 Soul Exclaim model with its turbocharged engine gives car fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.” As expected, there were some additional exterior modifications made on the ‘17 version, but the spotlight is honestly focused on the new engine enhancement. So to breakdown the product mix for 2017, their entry level “Base” Soul comes with a 1.6-liter four cylinder engine. It’s designed to produce about 130-horsepower. Standard on the Base model is a six-speed manual transmission, with a six-speed automatic also offered. The vehicle’s interior seat design has been somewhat upgraded and there is a broader choice of audio options offered including an available rear back-up camera (a must have) and automatic “on/off” headlights. Their middle grade Soul referred to as their “Plus” trim level comes standard with Kia’s 2.0-liter, 161-horsepower four banger engine. It is interesting that both the 1.6-liter engine as well as the 2.0-liter powerplant (with auto-
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matic transmission) show 25-mpg city/30mpg with highway usage. The bumper covers have also been reworked on the Plus, therefore their general appearance has been slightly changed. This includes both the front as well as the rear bumpers being reworked on this sub-compact, funkylooking automobile. Quite honestly, I like the exterior looks of the 2016 a slight bit better. This now takes us to their top-of-the-line version, their “Exclaim” model of the Soul. It comes standard with duel chrome tipped rear exhaust tailpipe outlets, larger/performance inspired front disc brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels fitted with all-weather tires, leather wrapped “D” shaped steering wheel with remote audio controls, special gloss black bumper covers front and rear, keyless/push button start with their smart key feature, 4.3inch driver input display screen, and optional new HID headlights with LED fog lights. Perhaps you may have driven a previous version of their Soul and were somewhat accustomed to its acceleration? Now with the turbo offering, the welcomed level of quick performance is instantly noticeable. The dash gauge cluster is easy to read, most switches and driver input controls are easy to gain access and the seating up front is quite comfortable. Under the rear hatch is decent cargo space. The Plus and Exclaim versions also come with the factories blind spot detection system and rear cross traffic safety alert feature. None of the models
come with a spare tire - just an inflator service kit. All trim models are mechanically linked to a front-wheel-drive chassis. Soul for 2017 generally is crossed shopped with the Nissan Juke in this specialty arena. The Base model has a starting price point of $15,990. The Plus version shows $19,650 and their Exclaim Turbo has an MSRP of $22,650. Destination charges aren’t included as they require an additional $850. BY DAVID FINKELSTEIN
David Finkelstein is a Master/ Skill Automotive Service Technician, maintaining that role for over 45 years, coupled with being a shop owner in that time frame as well. He’s also invented a number of garage service tools for mechanics and has served on both National as well as local Automotive Trade Industry Boards. Additionally, he pioneered “Car Talk Radio” over 40 years ago, starting out with KMOX/ CBS Radio as well as hosted “Auto Talk” on KFTK/FOX News Radio for some 15-years. David tests and evaluates new vehicles weekly and also does some consulting with various auto manufactures, both import as well as with domestic nameplates.
America is in the midst of an ongoing opioid epidemic affecting families across the country. Reports show that there are almost 80 opioid-related overdoses a day, amounting to more than 28,000 deaths annually. This figure continues to climb as over 2.1 million people in the United States suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Additionally, the rise of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, W-18 and carfentanil are threats to those already using opiates as the epidemic worsens. Where do opioid overdoses occur? Data from the Centers for Disease Control shows that 77 percent of opioid overdose related deaths occur outside of a medical setting and 56 percent occur in private homes, meaning family or friends must often be the first to take action in an emergency situation. Accordingly, it is increasingly important that responders understand how to prevent death from overdose, including knowing how to use naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal medication. What does naloxone do? Naloxone, the antidote that reverses an opioid overdose, works by neutralizing the opioid receptors in the brain, allowing an overdosed person to breathe again moments after it is administered. It’s been
used in ambulances and hospital settings for decades and is now available for people to use in their homes or other remote areas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 10,000 reversals of overdoses with naloxone are conducted by non-medical bystanders. Without having a solution in the hands of those closest to opioid-related overdoses, lives are left hanging in the balance while waiting for emergency medical services. However, there is an FDA-approved naloxone nasal spray designed for use by laypeople, like friends and family, who are not medically trained. It’s needle-free and requires no training or assembly to use while providing a strong enough dose to help reverse opioid-related overdoses. Naloxone is only effective in opioid-related overdoses and does not affect a person without opioids in their body. What can you do? A majority of states have issued standing orders for FDA-approved naloxone products, which permit pharmacies to dispense the nasal spray without a physician’s prescription. If you or someone you know is susceptible to an opioid-related overdose, whether caused by illicit drugs, like heroin, or prescription painkillers, it is important to prepare for an emergency overdose situation. By having naloxone on hand, you can save a life when every second matters. Learn more about naloxone at getnaloxonenow.org. Photo courtesy of Getty Images
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Know your retirement account options: IRAs Retirement. It does sound nice, doesn’t it? You no longer have to work – though you may still do so if you choose – and you get to do things you haven’t had the time for. But then there’s the financial side of retirement, and the two questions that are the most daunting for those approaching and planning for retirement: 1. Do I have enough money saved up for retirement? 2. How can I catch up if I’m behind? The answer to the first question can be answered by working with a financial planner. The second can be answered by the individual retirement accounts, or IRAs. IRAs offer a place for you to save specifically for retirement and can grow rapidly due to compound interest. As with most financial products, there are different types of IRAs, each with their own benefits and intended users. Below is a brief overview of the most common types of IRAs.
• Contributions to this type of retirement account may be fully or partially deductible, and taxes are not assessed until you make withdrawals from it. • Contribution limits are as follows for traditional IRAs: $5,500 under age 50; $6,500 if you are 50 or older. • Withdrawals can be made from traditional IRAs fee-free once you reach age 59.5. • You can no longer make regular contributions to a traditional IRA once you reach age 70.5 or older.
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whereas contributions are taxed for Roth IRAs. • While there are many rules regarding withdrawals from a Roth IRA, there are certain qualifying expenses you may be able to use contributed funds for without having to pay a fee: -first-time home purchase, qualified education expenses, death or disability, unreimbursed medical expenses or health insurance if you are unemployed. • Contribution limits: $5,500 under age 50; $6,500 if you are 50 or older.
Simplified Employee Pension (SEP IRA)
• SEP IRAs are available to businesses of any size, even those who are self-employed. • They are easy to set up and operate. • SEP IRAs come with low administrative costs. • The employee is always 100 percent vested in (has total control of) all money in the account. • Contribution limits for SEP IRAs are as follows: 25 percent of an employee’s salary, or $53,000 for 2015. • Withdrawal rules are the same as the rules governing IRAs. You should consult your own tax advisor when thinking about opening an IRA. They can help you understand the tax benefits and consequences of each account. BY ROBIN DANIELS
Robin Daniels is Asst VP/Secondary Market Manager for Peoples Bank & Trust Co. NMLS #408454 | (636) 290-7272 | www.pbtc.net
The art of living By Russ Patton, owner of Byerly RV When we designed the new Byerly in 1999 we wanted to celebrate life on the road, the RV way. Two local artists, Jay Ferger and Debbie Ferris captured the dream in giant, hand-painted murals decorating our showroom. They are a pictorial journey representing the four cardinal points and mounted on their respective walls. Each picture evokes an expression. What do they say to you? We cover the four directions, the four seasons with eleven murals. We could say that there is one for every month of the year. Perhaps the missing one is for you to create. Can you picture yourself RVing into the world of â€œNatural Light?â€? Never before has the natural beauty of America been so accessible. There is no substitute for being there. Go for it! Your RV is your second home on wheels. And since 1948, Byerly RV has been your gateway to adventure and family memories. Byerly RV, the Center of the RV World. Check us out at Byerlyrv. com and Facebook. Just two miles east of Six Flags in Eureka, Missouri. 1-800-8RV-DEAL.
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HOW You might be a bit worn out by this year’s awards season. The good news is there’s an action flick coming your way that may be your best chance to experience a guiltypleasure escape. You could respectfully argue that Reeves is a hit-or-miss kind of actor when it comes to choosing good roles – let alone good films. Though, if you look at his performances in films like “The Matrix” (well-suited), “The Devil’s Advocate” (surprising and emotionally impressive) or even “Speed” (his perfect performance), you know that he’s still capable turning in an impressive A-game performance. “John Wick” is now considered one of his greats. Good reviews started pouring in out of nowhere – so good in fact that Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a “certified fresh” 85 percent rating. If film critics were to give a horror movie raving reviews I’d go see it immediately because, how often do horror movies get good reviews from the top critics? I felt the same way with “John Wick” – not a horror flick – but a sharp action flick with lots of gunplay and stylistic violence as its focus. Since the action is the main purpose of the film, there has to be a good enough plot – the kind that doesn’t take away the film’s special pace; but is simply good enough that you completely understand the protagonist’s motivation. Granted, the motivation is revenge in this film, but again the reason for it has to be good and - most importantly - well developed. What the filmmakers came up with was a winner – a motivation so emotional you wouldn’t even question the rage of John Wick (Reeves). The film starts off in a quiet somber tone, as we’re learning right away that John Wick’s wife of four years has just passed away. Her dying wish was to have a gift sent to John
BECAME HIGHLY ANTICIPATED
after the funeral, which arrives at his door later that night. A beagle puppy, named Daisy, is the gift. In no time, we enjoy the relationship between the two very much. We’re suddenly knocked side-ways (so to speak) on the one night when John gets brutally beaten in his own home by ruthless burglars. They steal his car and – worst of all – kill his dog. What the filmmakers do so brilliantly is giving the right amount of room for our main character to grieve. This whole prologue sequence is perfectly paced, granting us the reason for this film’s true purpose that is about to unfold. This is when the story kicks into high gear. The strengths of the stuntmen-turned-directors, Chad Stahelski and (the uncredited) David Leitch, are clearly shown in the well-choreographed fight sequences – particularly the pistol-related ones! Reeves moves like a beast in this movie and if you haven’t seen that YouTube video of him shooting live rounds at a gun range in preparation for the sequel, you’re missing out. Let’s hope that “Chapter 2” at least meets the high standards of the 2014 original. After that, enjoy The 89th Annual Academy Awards. “John Wick: Chapter 2” photos courtesy Summit Entertainment
BY BRIAN GUERRERO
Brian Guerrero is a former resident of Los Angeles and a current resident of New York City with extensive experience in front of and behind the camera for film and television.
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For the Love of Food
A Apps STARTING LINEUP and starters perfect for game day Rules may vary from one event to the next, but whether your favorite team kicks it, runs it or dunks it, sports fans and food always provide a winning combo. Gather your friends for the next big game with a menu that gets everyone revved up for a win. A lineup filled with starters is just the ticket for a game day watch party or tailgate. Offering a series of finger foods and lighter fare lets your fellow fans grab a quick bite before the game or during a commercial break and continue snacking through the game.
Cheese Quesadillas Servings: 4
Find more ideas to liven up your game day menu at jarlsberg.com.
Cheese and Bacon Kebabs Servings: 4
Hawaiian Sliders with Cheese, Ham and Pork Servings: 3
Ingredients: 18 slices bacon 2 1/2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, cubed 18 pearl onions 12 long skewers
RELISH: Ingredients: 3 Hawaiian bread slider buns 1 cup pulled pork 3 slices ham 3 slices Jarlsberg cheese sliced pickles Dijon mustard, to taste Directions: Heat oven to 350 F. Separate buns and layer pulled pork, sliced ham and cheese. Place sliders on oven-safe tray and bake about 10 minutes, or until cheese melts. Remove from oven and gently remove top bun. Add pickles and mustard before serving.
1/4 cup roasted bell peppers 1 1/3 tablespoons capers 2 2/3 tablespoons olives 1/4 cup cucumber 3 1/3 ounces olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice and grated zest salt pepper Directions: Cut bacon slices in half and wrap around cheese cubes. Place cheese cubes and pearl onions on each skewer, alternating ingredients. Roast in pan or on grill 2-3 minutes on each side. To make relish, chop peppers, capers, olives and cucumber, and mix with olive oil, lemon juice and zest. Season with salt and pepper.
Ingredients: 4 slices thick slab bacon 1 small chili pepper 4 medium tomatoes 1 small shallot 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon coriander or cumin salt, to taste pepper, to taste 1 small lime (juice and zest) 6 slices Jarlsberg Original or Hickory Smoked cheese 2 large tortillas Directions: Fry bacon, drain and chop. To make salsa, remove seeds from chili pepper and finely dice. Chop tomatoes then dice shallot and garlic clove. Combine pepper, tomatoes, shallot and garlic with lime juice, coriander, salt and pepper, to taste. Divide cheese slices and bacon on one half of each tortilla, top with 1/4 cup salsa and fold tortilla over, pressing down to close. In mediumhot, lightly oiled pan, toast tortillas about 1 minute on each side. Cut each tortilla in half and serve with remaining salsa on the side, or combine salsa with black beans and fresh chopped cilantro to make a side salad.
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Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk In spite of the rainy weather, several walkers, along with photographer Ray Rockwell, turned out for the Wentzville Martin Luther King Jr. Unity walk on Jan. 16 at Wentzville City Hall. PHOTOS BY RAY ROCKWELL
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February 1 – National Freedom Day 2 – Groundhog Day 3 – National Wear Red Day 4 – Daddy-daughter sweetheart dance
Dads, grandpas and uncles, treat your special little girl (age 2 -12) to a lovely evening filled with games, music, dinner and dancing at the Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance. The event will be held from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) at 100 North Main Street in O’Fallon. Formal attire is required and each young lady will receive a long-stemmed bouquet. Tickets can be purchased through Jan. 19, or until the dance fills, whichever comes first; tickets will not be available at the gate. The cost per couple is $40 for O’Fallon residents and $45 for non-residents; add $20 for an additional child. A professional photographer will be available to take photos for an additional fee. Daddy-Daughter Sweetheart Dance registration is available at www.ofallon.mo.us/Parks&Rec; enter course number 310103-A. Or, register in person at the Renaud Spirit Center at 2650 Tri Sports Circle or the Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 400 Civic Park Drive. For assistance in registering call staff at 636-474-2732 during regular business hours. For more information, please contact Recreation Specialist Danielle Reecht at 636-474-8111.
12 – Lincoln’s Birthday 14 – Valentine’s Day 19-20 – Theater auditions
Wentzville Christian Church announces auditions for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on Feb. 19 from 1- 2 p.m. for ages 11-14 and 2 – 6 p.m. for ages 15 and older; and on Feb. 20 from 5 – 6 p.m. for ages 11-14 and 6 – 9 p.m. for ages 15 and older. Those auditioning should come prepared to sing 16-32 measures of a Broadway style song. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring your own sheet music in the correct key. Actors will also be asked to learn and perform a short dance. Please check the church website (www.wentzvillecc.org) for additional information. Production dates are May 5 -7. Wentzville Christian Church is located at 1507 Highway Z in Wentzville. If you have any questions, please call Tammy Rodenbaugh at 636-219-3238.
20 – Presidents’ Day 28 – Mardi Gras
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