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Entertainment Matthew McConaughey
Food Healthier Sweets for Your Sweetheart
Always an Adventure Valentine’s Day - Cool!
Moore on Life Love is in the Air, So Ham It Up
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Wentzville Firefighters Provide Coats for Wentzville School District Students in Need Firefighters from coats through the Wentzville Fire Operation Warm. Protection District Operation Warm distributed over and the Coats for 400 coats to kids Kids Foundation in need at an event were founded in held at Wentzville 1998 on a national Fire Station #1 on level to assist loDec. 21. The Fire cal organizations District, comprised with providing of 40 Wentzville quality, Amerifirefighters, partcan-made coats nered with Opto kids in need. eration Warm and Captain Chris the Wentzville Browder helped School District to organize the efsupply new coats fort and shared to elementary that he hopes this students identiis the first year in fied and invited what will become Photo courtesy of Wentzville School District by school district a new tradition counselors. “This is for the Wentzville a great partnership Fire District. “Tobetween the Wentzville School District and the Wentzville Fire day’s distribution event is a huge success thanks to the efforts of Department,” said WSD Community Relations Director Matt De- many,” said Browder. “We are always looking for ways to give back ichmann. to our community. Words can’t really describe what we are doing Coats were purchased by the firefighters through a Trivia Night here today, knowing we can help out these kids. It makes me feel held earlier in December where they raised $13,000 to buy the very, very good…awesome actually!”
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WSD Educator Wins Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence Laura Parn, Green Tree Elementary Assistant Principal in the Wentzville School District, won the prestigious 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). The awards were announced at the White House, and are the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher can receive. Parn received the award for her classroom work at Peine Ridge Elementary, where she taught fifth grade before her promotion to Green Tree for the 2013-14 school year. “I am humbled and honored to join such a prestigious group of educators. My success in education has been built on a foundation of mentors and teammates who have selflessly invested their time, energy, and resources in my professional growth,” said Parn, one of two educators in Missouri chosen for the award. “The reminder that great teaching is a collaborative effort, and we have a responsibility to invest not only in our students, but also in each other, epitomizes the meaning of this award to me.” Awards are given annually to mathematics and science teachers from each of the 50 states and four U.S. jurisdictions. They recognize teachers who develop and implement high-quality instructional programs that enhance learning. “These teachers are inspiring today’s young students to become the next generation of American scientists, mathematicians, and innovators,” said President Obama. Parn and other educators selected for this Presidential honor will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to use at their discretion. They are also invited to Washington for an awards ceremony, educational events, and visits with members of Congress and the Administration. The PAEMST award was established by Congress in 1983. The program authorizes the President of the U.S. to bestow up to 108 awards each year. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Laura Parn, Green Tree Elementary Assistant Principal, Wentzville School District
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AROUND TOWN Lincoln County Medical Center Welcomes New Cardiologist Lincoln County Medical Center welcomed Cardiologist Daniel Bauwens, MD, to its staff. Dr. Daniel Bauwens specializes in the treatment of heart and vascular diseases. He received his medical degree from the Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Barnes Hospital and his chief residency and fellowship at Washington University. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Cardiology. Additionally, he is board certified in the subspecialty of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography and board certified in the subspecialty of Nuclear Cardiology. Bauwens is a member of the American College of Cardiology. He has published journals as well as participated in various
Photo courtesy of Lincoln County Medical Center
conferences and research studies. Bauwens joins the Lincoln County Medical Center staff of Cardiologists, which includes Tshiswaka Kayembe, MD and Gregory Gabliani, MD. Bauwens will be practicing at Lincoln County Medical Center, third floor Physician Suites at 1000 East Cherry Street in Troy. Bauwens is also on staff at St. Luke’s Hospital. Lincoln County Medical Center (LCMC), located in Troy, has been serving the healthcare needs of greater Lincoln and surrounding counties for nearly 60 years, improving the quality of life in the communities it serves. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties. For more information about the services offered at Lincoln County Medical Center, please call 636.528.8551 or visit www.lcmctroy.com.
Wentzville Christian Church Holding Audition for “The Music Man” The Wentzville Christian Church will be holding auditions for the musical The Music Man from 1-5pm on Sunday, Feb. 16 and from 6-9pm on Monday, Feb. 17. Those auditioning will be asked to bring their own sheet music in the correct key, and sing a song of their choice with a provided accompanist, they will also need to learn and perform a simple dance. Actors auditioning for lead parts will be asked to sing a specific song from the show. Auditions
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will be conducted on a first come, first served basis. The show will be performed at 7pm on Friday, May 2, and at 2pm and 7pm on Saturday, May 3. Rehearsal schedules and additional information can be found on the church’s website at wentzvillecc.org. Call Tammy at 636.219.3238 with any questions. The Wentzville Christian Church is located at 1507 Hwy. Z, Wentzville.
AROUND TOWN Holt High School Junior Recognized for Positive Achievement Holt High School junior Cassidy Diebold has been selected as a KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement. The KMOX Student of Achievement program began 21 years ago when Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck created the scholarship fund to recognize the positive accomplishments of area students. “I found out when we came back from Thanksgiving break, it was great news,” said Diebold. “I feel very honored that my hard work has paid off. SEMO is definitely a great school, and right now I’m thinking about being a pharmacist.” The Annual award recognizes a select group of students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, the arts, community service and leadership. Diebold has a 4.1 GPA, is ranked in the top ten in her class,
Cassidy Diebold, KMOX/Southeast MO State State University Student of Achievement
and has scored a 28 on the ACT. She is an honor roll student, an active member of the National Honors Society, and member of the Spanish Club. Diebold is a member of the softball team, swim team, and the trumpet section leader in the Holt marching band. Diebold is a member of the Link Crew and serves as a mentor for Holt freshmen, and also volunteers with Special Olympics as a swim coach. She has been the organizer of a Relay for Life fundraising team that has raised over $4,000 to support cancer research. As a result of her accomplishments, Diebold will receive a Student of Achievement Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University in the fall of 2015. Congratulations to Cassidy Diebold for being selected as a Student of Achievement!
Valentine’s Dances On Friday, Feb. 7 from 6:30-8:30pm, there will be a Father/Daughter Sweetheart dinner/dance at the Lake Saint Louis Banquet Center. This event is for dads and their daughters ages 3-10. There will be dinner, a live DJ, balloon artist, and complimentary photos available. The cost is $44 for residents and $55 for non-residents. Additional children may attend for an extra $12.50 per child. For more information visit www.lakesaintlouis.com or call 636.561.4620. On Saturday, Feb. 15 there will be a Kiwanwis Sweetheart dance at the Troy Knights of Columbus Hall. The cost is $30 per person and includes dinner and live music by Butch Wax and The Hollywoods. Doors will open at 5:30pm with dinner to follow at 6:30pm and dancing later in the evening. For tickets or more information, contact Jim at 636.462.7757. The Troy Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 500 Hwy. J, Troy, MO 63379.
First Day Hike at Cuivre River State Park On Jan. 1, 2014, hikers from all 50 states celebrated the New Year by hiking in state parks across the country, including 45 Missouri state parks. About 40 people participated in the hike at Cuivre River State Park and opted to hike an extra mile, turning the 2-mile hike into a 3-mile adventure. The hike allowed participants to sample Cuivre River State Park’s newest trail, The Old Schoolhouse Trail. The loop trail, suitable for mountain biking as well as hiking, shares a path with Lakeside Trail and provides views of Lake Lincoln. Cuivre River State Park has one of the largest trail systems in Missouri with 42 miles of trails to choose from. For more information about Cuivre River State Park call their office at 636.528.7247 or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook. www.ofallonnutrition.com com/CuivreRiverStatePark. FEBRUARY 2014 CROSSROADS
BUSINESS Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce
Serving Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, and Dardenne Prairie
Chamber New Year’s Resolution 5K Run The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce their New Year’s Resolution Run on Sunday, March 23, 2014. Everyone begins the year setting fitness goals for themselves and the chamber is here to help you reach your goals. When you sign up the chamber will provide you with training schedules that will help you begin your training. Get a group of your family, friends, and co-workers together to support each other. The race will begin at 8:30am. It will start and end at The Meadows at Lake St. Louis. Race will be $25 for runners before February
28. After February 28 the price per runner will go up to $30 per runner. Runners can register for the race by going to the following websites: http://westernstcharlescountychamber.com/store or www.bigriverrunning.com, by contacting the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce at 636.327.6914, at the chamber office located at 210 South Linn Avenue, Wentzville, or by downloading a form from the chamber website http://westernstcharlescountychamber.com.
Chamber Gives Back to the Community The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce was able to donate $1,000 to Operation Food Search after they successfully sold out all their 2013 Pay It Forward Raffle Tickets. With each raffle
ticket sold the chamber donated a portion to help Operation Food Search in their effort to feed local children and families. “I am so proud of our membership and residents who helped sell out our raffle tickets. It is because of them that we are able to donate $1,000 to Operation Food Search and $1,000 will go toward our Chamber Scholarships for local students,” said Tony Mathews, President/CEO of the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. “On behalf of the Chamber I thank Operation Food Search for all that they do and we plan on helping provide more for local families in the future.” The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce covers Dardenne Prairie, Lake St. Louis and Wentzville. They are comprised of 600 local businesses and organizations. For more information please call 636.327.6914 or visit them online at http://westernstcharlescountychamber.com. The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and Operation Food Search teamed up to help feed those in need in the community.
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Chamber Announces 2014 Award Winners The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce presented their annual award winners at thier Celebration Ball held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Progress Park Banquet Center in Wentzville. The Chamber is proud to announce their award winners for 2014. The following businesses and individuals were chosen to receive awards: Above and Beyond Award for Exceptional Customer Service is being given to Rufkahr & Associates; You Made It Happen Award for positively affecting the community is being given to Morning Star Church; Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award is being given to Kathy Swanegan with Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe. Chamber Business of the Year is being given to National Information Solutions 8 CROSSROADS FEBRUARY 2014
Cooperative (NISC). Two Tony Awards are being given to Resurrection Fitness and Karen Hammond with Karen Hammond CPA.
By tony mathews Tony Mathews is the President and CEO of the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce
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 www.westernstcharlescountychamber.com.
Missouri Primary Care Association Recognizes Crider Health Center with Silver Level Award Recently, during the Missouri Primary Care Association’s (MPCA) annual Clinical and Quality Conference, Missouri’s Community Health Centers received some well-deserved recognition, among them Crider Health Center. At the Clinical Quality Awards luncheon at the Hilton Convention Center in Branson, Crider Health Center was honored for providing outstanding, high quality healthcare by MPCA’s Center for Health Care Quality. Winners of these awards reached or exceeded standardized national goal percentages set by the MPCA Medical Director network (based on Healthy People 2020, National Quality Forum, NCQA, HEDIS, etc.) on one of three levels: Bronze (achieving 4 of 8 measures), Silver (5 of 8 measures), and Gold (6 of 8 measures). Clinical measures for 2012 encompassed diabetes control, hypertension control, cervical cancer screening, weight assessment and counseling for children and adolescents, adult weight screening and follow-up, tobacco use assessment, and tobacco cessation intervention. Crider Health Center was awarded for achieving a Silver Level standard. The achievement represented by this award shows that Crider Health Center is committed to providing the highest quality care. The MPCA Center for Health Care Quality houses training and technical assistance programs and quality improvement initiatives. Most recently, Center for Health Care Quality staff provided consulting and coaching services to assist health centers with Primary Care Medical Home recognition from the National Commit
Dr. Katie Stuckmeyer (center) at the 2013 Clinical and Quality Conference
tee on Quality Assurance. Established in 1979, Crider Health Center is a nonprofit organization that provides mental, primary and dental health services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured or have an income level at or below poverty. For more information on Crider Health Center please visit www.cridercenter.org.
How to Spot a Bad Moving Company By Jason Alderman Moving is already traumatic and expensive enough; the last thing you want to worry about is getting ripped off by your mover. Yet each year, the Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints against moving companies, mostly alleging lost or damaged property, not showing up on time, overcharging – or, in extreme cases, stealing or holding customers’ possessions hostage while demanding more money than originally agreed upon. Before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars and entrust your valuables with strangers, here are a few tips for ensuring a positive moving experience, as well as scams to avoid: Screen potential movers. All companies that do interstate moves must be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (www.protectyourmove.gov). Moving companies that don’t cross state lines aren’t governed by federal regulations, but rather, by individual state laws. Go to the
State/Local Resources tab at FMCSA’s site for links to each state’s regulatory resources. Get written estimates. No reputable mover would ever give a firm estimate by phone or internet, sight-unseen. Always insist on in-home inspections of your household goods and detailed, written estimates from at least three to five moving companies. Movers need to know how much stuff you have, whether particularly heavy, valuable or awkward pieces need to be moved, if stairs are involved, and many other details that will affect their costs. By law, movers must assume liability for the value of property they transport. Ask for proof your mover has insurance and make sure you understand what’s covered.
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ENTERTAINMENT Matthew McConaughey: Why We Love Him Now... He’s always been quite the manly-man figure in American film for the past two decades. His southern charm (he’s originally from Texas) is, perhaps, his most affective weapon when it comes to portraying his characters in thrillers or flirting it up with the ladies in romantic comedies. If you’re wondering why he is this month’s topic, it’s not just because of the love in the air for this man, but his career, which is currently at an all time high. It all began in 1993 when this memorable line was spoken: “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” Without taking that line too seriously, Matthew McConaughey was quite the scene-stealer in his first film role as David Wooderson, in the comedy Dazed And Confused. To this day, the film remains a cult classic (as it was also a launch pad for many other future stars) and that naughty quote still circles around from time to time. In 1996, Mr. McConaughey secured himself a spot on the A-list for his work in the controversial blockbuster, A Time To Kill. He was Jake Tyler Brigance, a lawyer defending a black man from execution after killing the two white men responsible for his daughter’s rape. It was that film’s success that made him a new household star. I specifically prefer it was the “closing argument” scene that was his moment of truth and a career highlight. Throughout the majority of his career, it’s been noted that film critics had this unique habit of sharing nitpick critiques for McConaughey no matter how successful his movies became. Sure, he’s had his share of films that underperformed at times, but even through the better ones, like his gutsy charismatic performance in We Are Marshall, those critiques would still linger. Everything would change, when he began to exclusively 10
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choose meatier roles that were closer to his natural roots. In The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Matt played Mick Haller, a lawyer having a crisis of conscience when his wealthy client has a full proof plan to beat the system. Many noted his work a “career best performance” since this particular role deemed perfect for him and his swagger. When the dark Texas thriller, Killer Joe, was released the following year, McConaughey’s critical praise continued, as the villainous Joe, revealing what was unspeakably his darkest and most disturbing side yet. Getting back to his lighter side, many particularly enjoyed the scenes that featured McConaughey-briefly stealing the show-as Dallas, the leader of the male stripping troupe in Magic Mike (2012). This was one of those few supporting roles that perfectly suited him. His funniest bit was teaching the new recruit how to dance provocatively during dance practice.
Now comes 2013, officially the best year in show business for Matthew McConaughey. The independent gem called Mud was released in May with glowing reviews including more praise for McConaughey as the title character. Mud is a mysterious outlaw who is befriended-with caution-by two young boys he makes a deal with on an island in the Mississippi River. McConaughey carefully portrays the outlaw in a way that you really don’t know if he’s good or the bad until the suspenseful ending nears. To top it all off, Matthew McConaughey finally gets the respect he’s long deserved by receiving his first Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor for the film, Dallas Buyers Club. Based on a true story in 1985, McConaughey is Ron Woodroof, an electrician who hustled his a way around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after discovering he has the disease himself. He’s officially outdone himself and is a marvel to watch here. I think his chances are looking fairly good despite he’s competing against Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) for the top prize. Matthew McConaughey will be seen next starring in the pre-destined blockbuster Interstellar from director Christopher Nolan. Lastly, if you ever need cheering up for Valentine’s Day, look for the scene in Tropic Thunder when Mr. McConaughey tries to butter-up Ben Stiller as his loyal acting agent: “Say it for me one time, ‘you ma-ma-mama-make me happy!’”
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.
Healthier Sweets for Your Sweetheart It’s easy to share in the fun of Valentine’s Day by serving those you love sweet treats that are a healthier alternative to ordinary, heartshaped confections. Forget the expensive flowers, wines and chocolates. To really show you care, be a cupid and give your sweetie healthy, delicious treats that feature juicy watermelon. Naturally dressed in the holiday’s hue of vibrant red, using this fabulous fruit in recipes adds color to the spread of any Valentine’s Day party, whether large or intimate. Mouthwatering Watermelon Treats: For an elegant, upscale treat, serve Watermelon Petit Fours, which feature sweet watermelon, candied almonds and is topped with your favorite decadent frosting. Get the kids in the kitchen with watermelon Cupcakes for a new take on the beloved classic. Served with pineapple cream cheese frosting, kids will love helping you decorate these darling delights. If you really want to make their hearts skip a beat, carve an adorable Lips and Love Basket. Fill it with all of your sweetie’s favorite fruits for a fresh, flavorful display they’ll devour in a heartbeat. Remember, nothing shows your love more than edible gifts crafted by hand. For more sweet ideas, visit www.watermelon.org. Hearts Love Watermelon: Beyond adding color and variety to your Lips and Love Basket 1- 2 long, oval-shaped seedless watermelons Cutting board Green dry erase marker Kitchen and paring knives Melon baller Assorted cookie cutters (X, O and heart shapes), if desired Wooden skewers Toothpicks Strawberries Fruits to make fruit salad filling Large bowl and spoon Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry. On cutting board, place water-
family’s diet, watermelon has other great benefits. Here are a couple of these heart-healthy reasons: • Fresh watermelon is certified by the American Heart Association’s Heart Checkmark program as being low in saturated fat and cholesterol. • Watermelon is the primary source of an amino acid called citrulline found in fruits and vegetables. Citrulline can help maintain blood flow within the heart and cardiovascular function. Bonus benefits: Your sweetie will love that they can indulge in the sweetness of the holiday without the guilt or inflated waistline caused by traditional Valentine’s Day treats. A naturally low-calorie option, watermelon also boasts the following benefits: • Vitamin A: Known to enhance eye health and boost immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells. • Vitamin B6: Helps the immune system produce antibodies which fight diseases. • Vitamin C: Boosts the immune system’s defenses against infections and viruses. It also protects the body from harmful free radicals which accelerate aging.
melon on its side and cut off 1/4 to 1/2 inch from stem end being careful not to cut too deep into white part of rind to provide sturdy base. With marker, draw scalloped line around width of middle of watermelon. Use paring knife to cut along marker line, then separate the two halves. Use melon baller to scoop out watermelon for your base. Cut top half of watermelon in half and use dry erase marker to draw large set of lips on one half. Use paring knife to cut out lips. Once you have general shape, carefully carve away rind. Use paring knife to shape lips into more finished look.
Watermelon Cupcakes Yield: 8 servings 8 cupcake liners 8 cupcake shaped pieces of seedless watermelon 2 cups pineapple cream cheese frosting Sprinkles for garnish Place liners in 8-cup cupcake tin. Cut 3-inchthick slices of seedless watermelon. Cut round cupcake-sized pieces from slices. Put watermelon cupcake in each liner. Place dollop of frosting on each cupcake. Decorate as desired with sprinkles.
Cut remaining 1/4-inch-thick slices and cut hearts, X’s, O’s or other shapes, discarding rind. Attach lips to top of base using wooden skewers and toothpicks. Slice strawberries lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, keeping strawberry tops on for decoration, if desired. Attach slice of strawberry with green top to center of each scallop using toothpick. Use rest of strawberry slices in fruit salad for fruit bowl. Place fruit bowl on serving platter, fill with fruit salad and garnish with slices of fruit cut into hearts, X’s and O’s, if desired.
Watermelon Petit Fours Yield: 12 servings 12 (3-inch) cubes of seedless watermelon 3/4 cup frosting 12 candied almonds Sugar in the Raw, for sprinkling Arrange watermelon cubes on serving platter. Place frosting in zipper bag and trim off bit of one bottom corner. Decoratively pipe frosting onto each watermelon cube. Place almond at top of frosting on each petit four. Sprinkle with raw sugar and serve immediately. FEBRUARY 2014 CROSSROADS
ALWAYS AN ADVENTURE
Valentine’s Day – Cool! Valentine’s Day can be an interesting event, given the complicated expectations of romance. Gift giving is emphasized, as if making a purchase can buy love. (That may be true if the gift is, say, a puppy, but that’s a topic for another time.) Outrageously expensive jewelry seems to be a February favorite, especially for the recipient. After all, those rocks will look good and have intrinsic value no matter one’s current – or former – marital status. I knew one man in an enviable tax bracket who surprised his wife with a brand new high-dollar sports car. A few years later, she still enjoyed driving it around…with her new boyfriend. Not all gifts - expensive or otherwise – end up as “loot” from a failed relationship. A new exhaust system for her motorcycle made one woman quite happy. Small gifts, dinner and a show, or a nottoo-expensive weekend away can be valued much more than extravagant items. I was once surprised with a backcountry powder skiing tour via snowcat off the backside of a famous ski area in Colorado. It was an extraordinary experience, one that I value many years later. Thanks, Sweetie! Lingerie and other, ahem, adult items can be good for spicing up those private moments. Those items seem to be more appreciated and valued than some other gifts which are soon forgotten. Not all nice gifts are appreciated. One man came home to find his girlfriend had received a dozen roses and box of chocolates – from her other boyfriend. The roses and vase got thrown through a cabi-
net door, and the cuckold got thrown in jail. No one involved had any fun that night. My wife and I tend to be completely removed from pop culture. (For example, last January while drinking coffee at our local hangout, someone asked when the Superbowl was being played, and which teams were playing. No one in the shop knew the answer; we’re a bit out of the mainstream and well off the beaten path.) So, we tend to be oblivious to the cultural norms as to what we “should” do for various holidays. One year in February we took a ski tour nearly 20 miles into the backcountry. We put our gear in a sled and pulled deep it into the mountains, taking a couple of days to reach our high camp. We never cut another track after the first few hours on the trail. Our “warmest” night was -12F, with our coldest night registering off the lower end of the scale of a -25 degree thermometer, with all the liquid contracting down into the bulb at the bottom. We were able to warm up and dry off thanks to the woodstove in our Kifaru tipi. No matter how cold it got outside, we could always get the interior roaring hot and be quite cozy, at least for a while. Canteens filled with boiling water pre-warmed the sleeping bags, and gave us liquid H2O in the morning. However, when the fire in the stove died out, getting up at night to answer nature’s call was a challenge, requiring grim determination and speed. One really didn’t want to stay out too long and admire the stars. With temps cold enough to rapidly freeze exposed flesh, Valentine’s Day intimacy was better enjoyed back in a warm hotel after a hot shower. Overall, even with the intense cold and solitude, it was by far one of our best outdoor adventures. While this type of Valentine’s Day adventure isn’t for everyone, it works for us. This year we’ll be celebrating our 30th Valentine’s Day together. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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.
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MOORE ON LIFE
Love is in the Air, So Ham It Up February. Such a special time of year. I can see it in the stores. They’re gearing up for the arrival of that day of affection. They’re pulling out the frilly decorations; loading up the shelves with candy and valentines and stocking the floral display cases. All in preparation for the rekindling of desire; for reflecting on that which makes the heart beat a little faster; the mouth to curl up in a puckering expression of devotion, and every waking thought turned to that one object of adoration. Which in my case is…bacon! No other menu item in the four food groups holds such a firm grip on my heart unless, of course, you bring chocolate into the picture. And thanks to some ingenious, forward thinking visionary, bacon has already been united with chocolate for a double yummy whammy. Who would ever have thought that something as perfectly remarkable as bacon could be improved upon? But sprinkle it into a tub of chocolate and bam! Genius. At first, such an extreme and radical experiment was highly discouraged. The consequences of combining two of the most scrumptious flavors known to mankind may very well have created a catastrophic outcome – a taste explosion that could perhaps have altered the rotation of the planet; caused the polar ice caps to liquefy or stirred up immense solar flares. In essence, produced a world-wide-wedgie! But chances need to be taken for progress to occur and the results made the world a better place. Since the addition to chocolate, bacon has been introduced to more than just edibles and rapidly made its way into many other aspects of our life. Now, because of my fierce love affair with these tasty strips, the task of gift-giving to me has become a thing of ease. I have received the following animal protein tokens from friends and neighbors throughout the years, courtesy of this savory pig by-product: Bacon air freshener - When the nasal passages tire of the same old manufactured aroma of vanilla and lavender and hearken back to the primal scent of meat. Bacon Band Aids - Little plastic strips of magic to cover a wound and produce the same healing effects as a momma’s kiss. Bacon lip gloss - Only a kiss bestowed which leaves behind a greasy smear of bacony goodness truly shows genuine love. Bacon Christmas tree ornaments - Move over Santa; Hammy Clause has arrived to fill the stockings with crispy fried deliciousness. Bacon dental floss - When a vigorous between-the-teeth-cleaning shouldn’t have to wipe out the taste of breakfast in the process. Bacon t-shirt embossed with, Bacon is Meat Candy - to show everyone my pork pride. Bacon spread – A little tub of self-confidence for those other substandard meats that feel a tad bit insecure about their tastiness.
Slather this on to elevate confidence and increase their chances of making it to the dinner table. Bacon bowls – Made from 100% USDA bacon molded into the shape of cup-sized bowls. Doing the dishes has never been so appealing; clean-up is as easy as eat up! These are only some of the gifts that I’ve accumulated. While my collection is adequate, I’ve thought of a few more additions I’d like the manufacturers to come up with: Bacon ruler – To prove that nothing quite measures up to bacon. Bacon pillowcases and sheets – Guaranteed to ensure pleasant dreams. Bacon-flavored medicine – Keep your spoonful of sugar; nothing could chase away a bad case of the collywobbles like a dose of porkflavored potion. A wrist watch with little strips of bacon-shaped minute and second hands - To remind me that anytime is bacon time. Bacon-scented perfume – Because smelling like a pig shouldn’t be a bad thing. Bacon sizzle ringtone for my phone – So no call would ever go unanswered. So to my sweetheart, if you’re reading this; never mind a card or flowers, just choose any of the above. And if all else fails, roll bacon strips into rose buds; stick a dozen of them on the end of skewers then lay them on tissue inside a fancy box tied with a bow. That would be the supreme show of love. 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.
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ADVERTISER PROFILE RV Show Sets Record The January St. Louis RV and Travel show announced that attendance on Jan. 11 was the highest in over ten years. The annual RV show is sponsored by the members of the Midwest Gateway Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association. The forty-year-old association of dealers is open to all RV Dealers who; are primarily in the RV business, follow good business practices including; truth in advertising, good standing with the Better Business Bureau and an affirmative vote of their peers. The association was founded by the fathers of several of St Louis’ leading dealer principals. The large numbers of young families bodes well for the RV industry. There is truly an RV model that will fit almost any budget or adapt to any use. Prices ranged from $7,000 for a new folding camper to almost $500,000 for a luxurious motorhome. The appeal of the RV lifestyle is that it is so accessible. One
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can have just as much fun in a travel trailer costing under $20,000 as another who spends $200,000 for a motorhome. Budget conscious? Competitive interest rates mean ownership is possible starting at a bit over $100 per month for a camper. Byerly RV, in Eureka, finished up another record year in 2013. Our greater commitment to customers after the sale was evidenced by our large Parts Store set up at the Show. Service people worked in the “store” to answer technical questions and explain the application and installation of new accessories. Byerly RV represents over 19 brand names of new RVs and always a great selection of preowned models. We don’t use brand names in our advertising often because we have so
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many. But we shop diligently to represent the best value in RVs. And if we do mention a name brand, be assured that it’s in stock and we are the authorized dealer for that franchise. We try to assure that our advertising represents what we stand for-- helping to fulfill our customer’s vacation dreams. But no amount of advertising can take the place of the most effective form of promotion- word of mouth. Visit our website at www.byerlyrv. com and visit our beautiful dealership on I-44 in Eureka, Missouri- “The Center of the RV World”.
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so important to you. That mesEveryone loves to discover sage may just be the best gift you a handwritten card or note can give. among a thick stack of mail. ReCelebratory cards: When acgardless of how many electronic knowledging the birth of a baby words we get bombarded with or the recent wedding of a friend each day, the personal touch or relative, pick a card they will of a message written by hand want to save and treasure for remains a special gesture that years to come. When writing never goes out of style. From choosing a card or stayour sentiment inside, keep congratulations simple and let them tionery that reflects a personal style to accenting the letter with know you share in their joy. Photo courtesy of Daniel Afza New job: Starting a job at a new the right seal or stamp, every detail matters to underscore a company or changing one’s cathoughtful message. reer path can be a time for renewal and exciting Not sure what sentiment to write for the occa- beginnings. A sincere message wishing a friend or loved one luck and adding advice that he or sion? Here are a few ideas: Notes of appreciation: Whether the recipient she might find helpful is often a welcome mesgave you a gift, hosted you for dinner or did a sage to show someone you care. special favor, keep the message brief and sin- Remember, cards and notes are about letting cere. Don’t ever hesitate to send a note of ap- another person know how much their friendpreciation just to let someone know how truly ship, gifts or presence means to you. Follow a special they are. Unexpected notes are always simple formula, add a few personal touches and you will soon be writing cards with ease. For wonderful to receive. Birthday cards: Celebrate one’s personal ac- more information on the love-letter themed complishments in the past year and any special Sealed with Love Forever stamp pictured, visit events planned in the next year ahead. End by usps.com/stamps. telling your friend or loved one why he or she is
Melting Through the Broadcast Brain Freeze in Souchi Your Guide to Watching the 2014 Winter Olympics Since 1960, when CBS first purchased the rights to broadcast the Winter Olympics in the United States, the Winter Games have long served as an oasis for network television programming by bridging the gap between sitcom re-runs and the new spring line up while capturing great drama on the slopes and in the ice rink. As the world gears up for the XXII Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia, so is NBCUniversal, who in 2011 agreed to pay more than $4.3 billion to broadcast the Winter and Summer Olympics through 2020. And broadcast it will. NBCUniversal will use its vast broadcast and digital networks including NBC Television, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN); MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network and NBCOlympics.com to keep up to date on the latest developments and provide viewers with insight into the Olympic athletes and teams. According to NBCUniversal, television coverage of the Sochi Games will actually begin Thursday, Feb. 6, with the first of an unprecedented 18 consecutive NBC primetime shows, continuing with Friday night’s Opening Ceremony and concluding Sunday, Feb. 23, with the Closing Ceremony. The Feb. 6 start marks the first time NBC will deliver primetime Olympic programming before the Opening Ceremony. Live daytime broadcasts in the U.S. begin Saturday, Feb. 8, at 2am CST on NBCSN which will present more than 230 hours of Olympic coverage from Sochi, the most Winter Olympic coverage ever on a cable network.
Overview of coverage by NBCUniversal outlets: • NBC (KSDK NewsChannel 5) – Bob Costas will host primetime coverage including highlights of the days’ events, previews of upcoming events, human interest stories and more. • NBCSN – Olympic coverage begins Saturday, Feb. 8 at 2am CST, when Team USA faces Finland in women’s hockey, and concludes Sunday, Feb. 23, the final day of the Sochi Games. NBCSN will air at least one gold medal final live each day through its 16 days of coverage. Most days, live coverage on NBCSN will begin at 2am CST and continue for 12 hours each day. • CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network will combine to present an additional 124 hours of competition coverage from Sochi, focusing primarily on hockey and curling. • CNBC will carry 36 hours of Olympic curling coverage • MSNBC will host 45 hours of live curling and hockey, including medal rounds, • USA Network will serve up 43 hours of live curling and hockey coverage, including medal rounds • NBCOlympics.com – Will deliver more than 1000 hours of live streaming including a digital-only original programming called Gold Zone, daily figure skating news and highlights show, Olympic Ice; and regular news updates throughout each day of competition.
WHERE TO FIND THE COVERAGE ON YOUR TV • NBC (KSDK) • NBCSN - 220 on DirecTV; 159 on Dish; 1640 on Uverse; n/a on Charter Cable • CNBC - 355 on DirecTV; 208 on Dish; 216 & 1216 on Uverse; 46 & 792 on Charter Cable • MSNBC – 356 on DirecTV; 209 on Dish; 215 & 1215 on Uverse; 47 &790 on Charter Cable • USA - 242 on DirecTV; 159 on Dish; 215 & 1215 on Uverse; 28 & 782 on Charter Cable
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The Bob and Betty Show – By Andrew Tessmer Their four kids refer to it as “The Bob and Betty Show” because it almost always involves drama followed by a lot of laughter and always a message. In reality, the “show” is based on the lives of Bob and Betty Coolidge, two entertaining but unassuming retirees who just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary on December 21. If you missed earlier seasons of the show, we will try to get you up to speed. Bob, 81, is a life-long military man, a retired Colonel with the Marines and schoolteacher. Betty, 83, is a retired Special Education teacher and artist who creates greeting cards that she sends to active members of the military to help brighten up their day. The couple moved to Wentzville in September of 2004 to be closer to family after Betty suffered a stroke a couple of years earlier. About three years ago, Bob and Betty made the move to the Independent Living Center in Twin Oaks at Heritage Point, in Wentzville, where Bob and Betty enjoy each other’s company and “brighten their corner,” as Betty put it. As part of this “Valentine’s day episode,” Bob and Betty are reflecting on their love for each other, their devotion to their faith, their volunteer work in the community and an overview of their lives, which includes some 60 Valentine’s Days together. “We never really did celebrate Valentine’s Day,” said Bob, a self-proclaimed non-romantic. “I think I gave her a box of chocolates once, but she doesn’t remember that.” “He was romantic in different ways,” added Betty. “We didn’t have a lot of money to buy each other gifts, especially in the early days. “ She said after that, we were too busy with the kids. “Bob does all right though,” she added. “He usually gets me a card.” Although they grew up in close neighborhoods, and even attended the same junior high, Bob and Betty never met until college. They met at Memphis State College, now University of Memphis, just before Bob left as an enlisted Marine. The two were both members of Baptist Student Union, and happened to be working on a project painting banners for a bus together. Betty was in charge of the project and invited, among other people, Bob. They have been best friends ever since. The two say that they both knew from the start they were meant for each other. There was some sort of “understanding,” as Bob put it. “She was the only person I was ever really interested in,” said Bob. “And he was the only other person I was interested in,” Betty quickly added. The two courted for about 2 1/2 years and were married in 1954. “We’ve had 59 good years together and I won’t change anything,” Said Betty 16
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“I don’t want this to be too sappy,” Bob interjected. “That is a pretty good endorsement, though.” Bob noted that living a military life can be tough on the family. “In the military, it is rare that family is together as everyone is bouncing around the country,” he said. “We are exceptionally blessed that our family became closer and have remained that way.” It hasn’t always been easy financially or psychologically for the family, but Bob gives much of the credit to Betty for keeping everything together. “While I was running around to exotic lands, she was taking care of four kids and the household in addition to her job as a first and second grade teacher on the post,” he said. “She held things together. “I found I could make a home anywhere,” said Betty. “We moved every three years so all we had was each other. It made us closer to one another. “ After his first tour of duty as an enlisted man, Bob remained in the reserves and went back to school to get his teaching certificate. “Four kids living on two teacher salaries made for some rough times,” remembered Bob. To make ends meet, Bob held at least two additional part time jobs including a helper on a truck and serving as a bouncer at the famous Peabody Hotel in Memphis. “We did what we had to,” Bob said. “Our love for each other and our faith in god has played a major role in us staying together for so long.” That faith was tested when Bob was deployed to Vietnam for another tour of duty, this time as an officer. Betty recalled the time she thought she lost Bob for good. “Bob used to accompany one of the Generals as he visited the troops via helicopter. It was an honor. One day, I returned home from school to see a report on the news that said the General’s helicopter had crashed and there were no survivors. I was devastated. I thought I had lost Bob. It was scary but I couldn’t let the kids know. All I could do was pray.” Betty remembered something Bob had told her before his deployment. “I remember Bob telling me that if something horrible ever happened to him I would know because two men would pull up in a car in front of the house and come up to the door,” Betty said. “I had to try to keep things normal so I got the kids ready for their day and went back to school the next day. Every time I heard a car pull up the street I got nervous. If I heard only one car door slam, I could relax – a little.” The two men in a car with the dreaded news never did come. Bob finally was able to contact Betty and let her know he was
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alright. He had switched duties with someone – as fate would have it, a friend of his who was new in-country – just hours before the flight and did not accompany the General that day. “I think of that day a lot,” said Bob, obviously shaken. As if their military and teaching careers were not enough, today, Bob and Betty spend a lot of their time giving back to the community and the country they love so much. Betty uses her artistic abilities to design greeting cards that she gives to Twin Oaks staff to be sold with proceeds going to a fund activities for the residents. She also creates cards for military personnel oversees to send back to their own families. The cards, which she calls a small gesture, mean a lot to the men and women overseas. Betty was recently informed that an officer in Afghanistan carries some extras around in his pocket and hands them out to troops who do not receive mail at mail call or someone who is having a rough day.” Bob is actively involved in the Youth Leadership Conference as part of the efforts of The Military Order of the World Wars, a group he has been involved with for more than 28 years. The Conferences are five-day free educational conferences giving US high school students the chance to develop leadership skills via patriotic education. “It is such a worthwhile thing,” Bob said. “The Conference helps us educate today’s young adults about the sacrifices that were made for them while we create leaders for the future.” As far as serving as role models for newly married or couples is love, the couple had this to offer. “I think that our faith is at the root of all of it,” said Bob. “We had certain standards that we both subscribed to and that helped. Also, we weren’t kids when we got married. We had discussions about children, money, all those things. We talked over things and discussed our future. I think that was important because we had a baseline to operate from” said Bob. “And, we had an awful lot of love in our house. We never went to bed angry.” Betty added this, “Try not to focus on the small things. That little thing you worry about today are won’t mean a thing five years from now.” It certainly has worked for the Coolidges. The “Bob and Betty Show” is receiving great ratings. “She picked up my contract for another year,” said Bob. “That’s a good thing.”
Bob and Betty Coolidge, showing Bob holding Afghanistan memorabilia and Betty with her hand-made greeting cards. Photos by Ray Rockwell
A leter from a solider who received Betty’s card.
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MOSCOW MILLS CHAMBE R OF COM M ERCE mo nthly meeting. Photographer Ray Rockwell spent some time with members of the Moscow Mills community during the Chamberâ€™s monthly meeting.
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