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JUNE spotlight


2012 contents

Wentzville’s New Mayor by Shelly A. Schneider



Pay It Forward by Shelly A. Schneider


Mother Nature’s Famous Mystery Solved? by Joe Morice



Summer Movie Preview by Steve Bryan

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Wentzville Happenings


Fireworks Safety Tips


Disconnect to Reconnect to Life


Community Calendar


Wentzville Chamber News


Construct Personalized Brick Monument


YMCAs of St. Charles Co. Golf Tourney


Money for Meals





Wentzville’s New Mayor BY SHELLY A. SCHNEIDER

Nickolas Guccione loves people, plain and simple. In the grocery busition, he was still in a transitional period. ness for more than 30 years, customer service is in his blood. Wen“As an alderman you’re dealing with some business and residents evtzville’s new mayor is excited about the opportunities and challenges eryday, but as mayor, it’s all on you,” he said. “I get pulled in several that await him. directions. I have to prioritize. What do I foGuccione and his wife, Sandy, moved to cus on first? Everything is important, but it’s a Wentzville from O’Fallon eight years ago. matter of what is most important.” “I loved the way the community was growing The new mayor is excited about his city, but and convinced her to move out this way,” he said. before talking about the future, he paused to “I’ve always been in customer service. I like to hear thank his predecessor. people’s concerns and solve problems. I don’t like “Mayor Paul Lambi and Rose Lambi have to be a complainer…I like to get involved and rebeen very instrumental in the growth of solve issues.” Wentzville, and I want to thank them for When his children, Tony and Nicole, were growtheir service,” he said. ing up, Guccione was focused on providing for his The GM expansion, a new Sam’s Club, and Mayor Nickolas Guccione and his grandson, Tanner. family. Once they were on their own, however, he Ranken Technical College’s decision to exPhoto courtesy of Mayor Guccione’s website. decided to run for public office. pand in Wentzville are indicators of a second “I’ve always felt compassion for people and put growth phase for the city. myself in their shoes,” he said. “I might not be able to resolve some“GM’s expansion will bring in jobs and create satellite plants,” Gucthing, but at least they’ll know that I cared. I won my first time out by cione said. “Jobs will domino into dollars spent locally, and a rejuvenaseven votes.” tion of the housing market. I want the residents to benefit from that He served Wentzville’s Ward 3 for five years, and was the President of growth before my first term is up…maybe somewhere down the line the Board of Aldermen. reducing taxes. I want more services for the city – more police. I want “As I got more involved, the next step was to take a bigger leadership our city to be safe and well protected. I want to say publicly that we role,” Guccione said. “With the encouragement of my family I decided will not tolerate crime and I want our police department to be the best to run for mayor.” in the country, without raising taxes on the citizens. It’s about smart He considers Wentzville residents to be his boss, so when he ran for growth…planning ahead and looking to the future.” mayor, Guccione did what he did when campaigning for alderman. But he cannot do that alone. Guccione wants Wentzville residents to “I’ve always held monthly meetings, knocked on doors, and asked for take ownership of their city. He plans to establish Coffee Talks again, input,” he said. “So often government doesn’t listen to the people, so I but this time he wants a bigger venue and more attendance. want them to buy into our city. I want them to be a part of the decision “I want to be invited to Home Owners’ Association meetings and making process. I’m fortunate that we have a city staff that is so amazhear from our residents,” he said. “I have an open door policy, just let ing to work with. I have to rely on them to help me make decisions.” me know that you’re coming so I can be here.” Guccione was elected on April 3, and one month into his new posi-




Wentzville Happenings Information courtesy of the city of Wentzville

July 4th Parade

Join in Wentzville’s salute to all our heroes by taking part in the city’s annual Independence Day Parade. This year’s parade theme is “Hats Off to Our Heroes‘ and all entries should in some way reflect that theme. Area businesses, organizations and individuals are all invited to participate in the parade by creating a float or another type of parade entry. Please note that during the parade, candy or other items cannot be thrown from the car or float, but individuals walking next to the car or float may hand out these items along the parade route. Parade entries will be judged for first-, second-, and thirdplace awards. To obtain a parade application/registration form, call the Parks and Recreation office at 636.332.9236, or stop by the office in Progress Park. The application form and guidelines may also be downloaded from the Parks and Recreation section of the city’s website at The registration deadline is June 20. Registration fees for parade entries are $25 for individuals and businesses, and $50 for political candidates or political entities campaigning for an office/election issue. No registration fee will be charged for not-for-profit organizations with 501(c)3 status, or for current elected office holders.

Art in the Park

Artists and art lovers alike will want to mark their calendars for Wentzville’s afternoon of Art in the Park. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at Rotary Park. This event provides local artists of all ages the opportunity to display and even sell their creations that day. Admission to Art in the Park is free for the public. Artists who wish to participate will be charged a $10 Vendor Fee and must preregister. The number of artists who can participate is limited to 40, so early registra¬tion is strongly advised. All artwork must be family friendly and will be inspected by Parks and Recreation staff to ensure it is appropriate. To find out more about the Art in the Park event, call the Parks and Recreation office at 636.332.9236.

Sunset Concert at Rotary Park

Enjoy an evening of free music at Rotary Park. The Sunset Concert will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 8. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and listen to the live concert at dusk. The concert is free, and concessions and beer will be available at very reasonable prices.




Pay It Forward Writer’s note: This column is dedicated to my new friends, Jim and Sherry, whom I recently met at a local restaurant. They very discreetly paid for my lunch and only asked that I “pay it forward.” Thank you for reading, thank you for lunch, and thank you for being truly good people! How good are you at receiving? Not as in Torry Holt, and not as in birthday or Christmas gifts. I’m talking receiving as in sincere compliments and unexpected blessings…things like that. I was never a good receiver and I never really gave it much thought. I suppose I was afraid of what others might think of me if I so much as thought of graciously receiving someone else’s sincere wishes or aid. “Oh, no! Honestly, we’ll be fine, and I could never accept that,” I remember telling a perfectly sweet woman in a Quincy McDonald’s many years ago. My children (probably 1, 2 and 3 at the time) were all very restless and we were waiting for my husband to arrive before scarfing things like cheeseburgers and fries. We had to wait…I didn’t have any money. The woman purchased some fries anyway, three small bags for the kids. I felt completely embarrassed and humiliated, although today I realize how totally silly and selfish I behaved. That incident was the last time I really ever gave gracious receiving a second thought…until a month ago. I am a part of a church committee that meets on Tuesday evenings. One evening our leader gave us an assignment…pay it forward. Do something small for someone else. As you’re walking through the mall, don’t look down at your shoes, look up and smile at passers by. When you’re in line at a drive-thru, pay for the person behind you. Tell someone who looks down in the dumps that they look especially nice. Little things mean a lot. Evidently, little things are harder to accept than the big things. I mean, really. Would you give it a second thought if your mom, dad, husband or wife spent a couple of hundred or even thousand dollars for a Christmas gift? Maybe not. But accept a gesture of kindness from a stranger that cost a mere$7.50? Heaven forbid! I’ll give two very specific examples. First, my friend, Cheryl, also a member of this committee, took the assignment to heart and went through the drive-thru at a local donut shop. She told the person at the window




that she wanted to buy a dozen donuts for the person behind her in line. The poor cashier just didn’t get it. Cheryl actually had to go inside the donut shop and explain her mission not only to the cashier, but to the manager! It was almost more trouble than it was worth. And just the other day I decided to bring a book to a sandwich shop and have a leisurely lunch. I ordered my lunch as the woman next to me dug through her purse to find her wallet and pay for her order. She must have left her wallet at work. “Do you take checks?” she asked the cashier with a panicked look on her face. “Sorry, I can’t do that,” he replied. The woman, clearly embarrassed, called out for her friend, who was on the other side of the restaurant, searching for a table. I pulled a $20 out of my wallet, winked at the cashier, and handed him the money. “Ma’am?” he called after the woman, who was walking away to find her friend. “It’s covered.” “What?” she asked. “Oh, no! Really, I can’t let you do that.” “Of course you can,” I said. “Have a good weekend.” “No, really, I can’t,” she repeated. “It’s done,” I said. “Just have a wonderful weekend.” “What’s your name?” she asked. “My name is Shelly,” I said. “Shelly….what?” “Just Shelly.” “I need your address,” she said. “No you don’t,” I said. “Just please accept this.” She proceeded to tell her friend and asked me again for my address. I politely declined. Why is it so hard for people to accept these simple acts of sincerity? I guess maybe because we don’t take the time to do them on a regular basis. I learned my “receiving” lesson a few years ago, and I hope this sweet lady learned the same lesson yesterday. So do me a favor… if the opportunity presents itself, pay it forward. Do me a bigger favor, if someone decides you should be a pay it forward recipient, be a gracious receiver.


Fireworks Safety Tips Fireworks tents are up and the July 4th season is under way. This means BBQs, fun with friends, and an increase in injuries, grass fires, and building fires. There are nearly 10,000 injuries across the United States on annual basis as the result of the improper use of fireworks. Most of those who are injured are children and adolescents. The most common injuries include loss of eyesight, loss of limbs, and severe burns to the hands and face. Most of these injuries are due to improper use, short fuses, defective products, re-lighting of fireworks, erratic flight, and use of alcohol while playing with fireworks. The firecracker is the most common firework to cause injuries. However, even the most innocent seeming firework of them all, the sparkler, burns as hot as 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. It can quickly catch clothing on fire causing severe burns. Residents of St. Charles County are encouraged to contact their local municipal governments and/or county government to see what the local ordinance is pertaining to the shooting of fireworks by private individuals in their area. Safety Precautions Leave it to the professionals, but if you must use fireworks the following are some safety tips to follow: • Always read and follow the directions • Have an adult present • Never give fireworks, not even sparklers, to small children • Buy only LEGAL fireworks • NEVER experiment with making your own fireworks • Be sure everyone is out of range • NEVER ignite fireworks indoors1 2/8/11 4:11 PM Page 1 Flooring_march2011_b:Layout

• NEVER shoot fireworks out of glass containers • DO NOT ignite near flammable liquids • Ignite one at a time • Secure top heavy fireworks to a base so they do not tip over • Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks, soak them in water and dispose of them properly. • Have water readily available • NEVER throw fireworks at another person • Store fireworks as directed by the manufacturer • NEVER carry fireworks in your pocket • Properly dispose of all fireworks Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday by being safe.


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Disconnect to Reconnect with Life BY DEBBIE JOHNSON Senior Writer, University of Missouri Cooperative Media Group Too much screen time could be robbing our children of many of the joys of childhood: talking and playing with friends, daydreaming or getting lost in a good book. There’s a concern that children have more interest in spending time with screens and less time with other people, said Sara Gable, state specialist in nutrition and exercise physiology for University of Missouri Extension. “People aren’t talking to each other, but rather using screen-type devices to interact,” Gable said. Time spent with screens carries health risks too. According to the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems. Concerns about screen time used to center on television, but ad-


vances in technology have expanded that to include video games, computers, tablets, ereaders and smartphones. “And the number of screen devices keeps growing,” Gable said. According to a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study, children ages 8-18 spend an average of 7 1/2 hours per day with media devices. Robin Gammon, program manager for MU Extension’s Stay Strong, Stay Healthy program, suggested that families evaluate the amount of time they’re spending with devices and consider alternative activities. “Get out with your family or friends, be physically active, go for a walk, play with your kids outside or have a picnic,” Gammon said. Gammon said children are missing opportunities to improve their social skills. “Children playing with each other gives them the chance to learn on many different levels,” she said. The convenience of technology can gradually overtake other important aspects of living and learning. “It’s important for people to be conscious of how much time they spend with devices,” Gable said. “What’s more important? Staring at a screen or spending time with family and friends?” More information: • “Play More, Watch Less” (MU Extension guide F280): • “Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds,” Kaiser Family Foundation Generation study: upload/8010.pdf. • Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood:


Summer Movie Preview BY STEVE BRYAN

Thus far, 2012 has defied convention as far as movies are concerned. The early spring release of “The Hunger Games” caused a stampede as fans of the books headed to theaters in record numbers. May has witnessed the release of “The Avengers,” the much-anticipated superhero film that brings together many of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters. As the smoke clears and the summer movie season progresses in a more orderly fashion, here are some noteworthy films that you can expect to see in theaters: “Snow White & the Huntsman” (June 1): Snow White has been a hot commodity as of late. The fairy tale character currently is featured on ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” and, earlier this year, the fair maiden appeared in “Mirror Mirror.” Here, Kristen Stewart from the “Twilight” films and Chris “Thor” Hemsworth star as Snow White and the huntsman dispatched to kill her. “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” (June 8): Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still trying to get back to the comforts of their New York zoo. This time, the quartet lands in Europe and hooks up with a traveling circus. “Prometheus” (June 8): Ridley Scott of “Alien” fame returns to outer space for this cautionary tale. Reportedly set in the same universe as those face-hugging, chest–bursting aliens, the film follows a group of explorers looking for the truth behind mankind’s origins. Charlize Theron and Idris Elba lead a stellar cast in a film that should have audiences buzzing. “Rock of Ages” (June 15): This one has the potential to become the sleeper hit of the summer. The Broadway musical makes its way to the big screen with Tom Cruise and Julianne Hough leading the charge. “Rock of Ages” tells a love story through the classic music of the 1980s, including songs from Foreigner and Bon Jovi. “The Amazing Spider-Man” (July 3): Andrew Garfield stars in this reboot of the once-popular superhero franchise. “SpiderMan 3” was a serious movie misstep, but this film goes back to the beginning to set things right. The story delves a little deeper into Peter Parker’s history, including details about his parents and how he ended up with Aunt May and his beloved Uncle Ben. Emma Stone also is on hand as Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s first real love. “Ted” (July 13): Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame tells the tale of a boy who wishes that his beloved teddy bear would come to life. His wish is granted, but the stuffed bear becomes the boy’s companion all the way into adulthood. Expect the same level of crude humor that permeates “Family Guy” and other Fox cartoon shows. MacFarlane directs this adult comedy and also provides the voice of the stuffed toy. JUNE 2012 CROSSROADS



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Weekly Public Star Shows at Broemmelsiek Park Join members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri for a viewing of the stars as they present a public open house for two hours beginning at dark. View faraway places through complex telescopes and discover secrets of the universe. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri at

June 1

Movie in the Park It’s a free night out at Wentzville’s beautiful Rotary Park Amphitheatre! Bring the family to watch “Rango.” Concessions will be available for purchase. Space is limited, so arrive early, and bring a lawn chair or blanket. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department, 636.332.9236.

June 1

Wentzville Charity Rod Run Held from 6 to 9 p.m. between Pete’s DriveIn and the fire station. $10 to cruise, and proceeds benefit the D.A.R.E. program. For more information, please visit

June 1

Movies in the Park Bring the family to watch “Puss in Boots” at 8 p.m. at Boulevard Park in Lake Saint Louis! Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie under the stars.

June 4

Adult Art & Painting Lake Saint Louis offers four separate classes taught by award-winning artist Marie Donato. Choose from Adult Drawing, Pas10


tel Painting, Watercolor or Open Studio. Classes begin the week of June 4th and will meet for six weeks on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The fee is $65 for LSL residents and $82 for non-residents. Please visit www. and look at the Parks and Recreation section.

June 4

YMCA Summer Camp The Tri-County Family YMCA will conduct Summer Camp June 4 – August 3 for children ages 5-12 years old. Participate in camp songs, arts and crafts, sports, character building, and field trips. Camp will be held at the United Methodist Church at Wentzville. Refer a friend to receive $25 off for you and your friend. Sign up in person at the Y or visit

June 9 & 10

Free Fishing Days Missouri Free Fishing Days mean no permit is needed to fish at any waterway in the state. Contact the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636.949.7535 to check on a lake’s fishing status.

June 9 & 23

Concert Series Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy these free Saturday concerts in June at Boulevard Park in Lake Saint Louis. June 9, 7 – 8:30 p.m., St. Charles Pops Symphony Orchestra June 23, 7 – 10 p.m., Sh-Boom (Oldies 50s & 60s) Presented by the Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation Department and sponsored by West Community Credit Union.

To see your organization’s event listed here, please contact us. E-mail: Fax: 636.379.1632 Mail: 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr. O’Fallon, MO 63366

June 11 & 15

Park Explorer Kids Club Presented by the St. Charles County Parks Department, this week-long nature camp is for kids 6-12. Meet daily from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Quail Ridge Park, 5501 Quail Ridge Parkway near Wentzville. The first session is June 11-15 and the second session is July 16-20. The fee is $40 per child. To enroll, please call 636.949.7535 or visit

June 16

Social Dance at Progress Park Adults 40 and over. Enjoy music from the 40s, 50s and 60s and dance the night away with your friends. The dance will be held at Progress Park. The fee is $8 for residents and $10 for non-residents. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 636.332.9236.

June 16

Summer Wiffle Ball Tournament Teams for this tournament (ages 16 and older) will consist of three to five players with a pitcher and two outfielders. The games will be played under the lights from 6 to 10 p.m. at Rotary Park’s Lower Field. The fee is $55 per team. The registration deadline is one week prior to the event, or when the program is full. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 636.332.9236.

June 18

Football Camp at Fireman’s Park The city of Wentzville Parks and Recreation and Elite Football Academy present a football camp for athletes ages 7-14. The camp will be held from 9 – 11 a.m. The staff provides all equipment for the non-contact camp. Bring a water bottle. The fee is $65 for Wentzville residents and $80 for non-

residents. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 636.332.9236.

June 18

Junior Lifeguard class at Progress Park Swimming Pool Designed for kids ages 11-15, this program provides instruction in necessary lifeguard skills. The class will meet from Monday – Thursday for two weeks. The fee is $60 for residents and $65 for non-residents. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 636.332.9236.

bring your own mat to class. The fee is $54 for LSL residents and $66 for non-residents. For more information and to register, please view the parks and recreation section at

June 27

Self Defense Class For women ages 13 and older (13-17 must be accompanied by adult 18 years or older). The class is offered by the Parks and Recreation Department in coordination with the Wentzville Police Department. The two-day course is resident priority. Non-

residents will be placed on a waitlist. The class is free. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 636.332.9236.

June 30

‘Lil Anglers For kids ages 4-10. Held from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Rotary Park lake. Contests and fun for all! Some bait provided, but bring your own fishing poles. The event is free. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 636.332.9236.

June 21

National Go Skateboarding Day at the YAP Free for participants and spectators at the Youth Activity Park, 7801 Hwy. N in Dardenne Prairie. Held from noon to 9 p.m. The day’s activities include skate competitions and product giveaways from area skate shops. For more information, please visit or contact the YAP at 636.561.4964.

June 23 & 24

Two-day Endurance Race Held at Indian Camp Creek Park off of Hwy. 61 (north of Wentzville), this new mountain bike race will give enthusiasts a chance to focus on a weekend of exciting biking. Camping facilities available for participants on Saturday night. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Bekin Youngblood at 636.949.7535.

June 25

Flex & Strength Adult Yoga Class Join our instructor as she incorporates poses and stretches from yoga and Pilates. All skill levels welcome. Classes meet Mondays and Thursdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. through August 2 (12 classes). Note: Please JUNE 2012 CROSSROADS 11


WENTZVILLE - Chamber News


Wentzville Chamber’s New Location The Wentzville Chamber is proud to announce its new offices in downtown Wentzville. The new chamber office will be located at 210 South Linn Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385. “We are very excited to move into our new offices in downtown Wentzville,” said Tony Mathews, President/CEO. “If you need information about our great chamber members please stop by and visit our staff.”

Wentzville Chamber Celebrate Dad 5K Family Fun Run/Walk The Wentzville Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce its first Celebrate Dad 5K Family Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, June 10, 2012. Make reservations for you and your dad to race together! The race will begin at 8 a.m. The cost is $20 per person for runners and $15 per person for walkers. The race is sponsored by 1st Financial

Federal Credit Union. The one mile fun run will begin at 9 a.m. at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe, and the 5K race will begin at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, 1232 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385 and end at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe, 228 Savannah Terrace, Wentzville, MO 63385.

Chamber Welcomes Seven New Members 1) Flash Flyer, 212 W. Pearce Blvd., Wentzville, MO 63385. 636.332.2809. Contact: Tonya Thieman. 2) MetLife, 635 Maryville Centre Drive, St. Louis, MO 63141. 636.548.4925. Contact: Billy Taylor. 3) Clubbs Home Remodeling LLC, 636.485.1554. Contact: Jeremy Clubb. 4) Rodan + Fields Dermatologists, 606 Royal Pine Ct., Lake St. Louis, MO 63367. 314.409.9343. Contact: Jennifer Langston. 5) StreetScape Magazine, 223 North Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301. 314.660.1975. Contact: Mary Ellen Renaud. 6) Aflac, 1600 Heritage Landing, St. Charles, MO 63303. 314.691.5484. Contact: Darrell Janis. 7) Budget Blinds. 636.294.1000. Contact: Brandon Sheffield.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Tri County Fence and Deck is located at 1902 E. Service Rd., Wentzville, MO 63385. Call them at 636.887.4030. Van’s Hallmark celebrated the remodeling of their location at 518 West Pearce Blvd., Wentzville, MO 63385. Call them at 636.327.5656. Friends of the Wentzville Parks donated a brand new batting cage to the city of Wentzville and celebrated with a ribbon cutting

at Progress Park. Caen Leach McLean and Piglowski celebrated a new location at 702 West Pearce Blvd., Wentzville, MO 63385. Their phone number is 636.332.1083. Amber Bargen, Attorney at Law, celebrated the grand opening of her new law office in Wentzville, 1429 Wentzville Parkway. Her phone number is 636.332.1234.

Photos courtesy Wentzville Chamber of Commerce

Tri County Fence and Deck

Van’s Hallmark



Amber Law Firm

Friends of the Wentzville Parks

Caen Leach McLean and Piglowski


19th Annual Community Mayoral Prayer Breakfast Photographer Ray Rockwell was on hand for the 19th Annual Community Mayoral Prayer Breakfast in Wentzville, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County.




Mother Nature’s Famous Mystery Solved? BY JOE MORICE

The recent hail storms that damaged countless homes and automobiles reminded me of the famous hail storm that passed through Florissant and other North County communities in 2001. I owned a small house there at the time and found myself watching the largest hail I ever saw pound my vehicle into oblivion along with my home’s roof and siding. The hail was the size of my fist. It actually beat small pock marks into my concrete driveway and sidewalk. I wondered how the birds and squirrels that used my large cedar trees for their homes were surviving. The trees were too tough to sustain real damage, but the birds and squirrels that lived in them surely weren’t. Yet I found no sign of injured or dead critters after the storm ended. Then I remembered that old question, “Where do the butterflies go when it rains?” When in doubt, ask. “Who do you ask,” you ask? Why “Ask. com” of course. So I asked. It said butterflies hide under leaves and similar shelter including house eaves and such with their wings tightly folded. It also pointed out that many still die but their life span is only about two weeks even without storms. Imagine living only two weeks and the grim reaper points his bony finger at you and says, “Alright, you’ve been here long enough. It’s over.” This is if you 14


survived rain and predators. Oddly, I didn’t find any dead butterflies after the hail storm. For that matter, I didn’t find any dead critters either. Do birds and squirrels hide under leaves and branches when it rains? It doesn’t seem like very good shelter but what do I know. The shelter provided for my vehicle was my garage. Like many other red-blooded, all-American male garage owners, my garage was full of the pack-rat detritus of life and boy-toys. Everything from old galoshes, rusty barbecue pit grills and broken tools to a large motorcycle. All of it combined wasn’t worth the shiny vehicle sitting in the driveway getting pounded to pock-marked pulp by fistsized hail. That was years ago. Last year, I saw a hail storm coming and muttered, “Not this time Mother Nature, you old (bleep).” I headed out to my shiny vehicle after quickly making room in the garage but I only made it outside about three feet before getting conked by a small hail stone. Ouch! Back to my insurance agent with tales of woe and a lump on my noggin. I still didn’t find any injured or expired critters and butterflies. Only pock marks in my vehicle. Mother Nature is a cruel lady…or maybe she just doesn’t like my vehicles…or me…or both. Voila! It suddenly occurred to me that butterflies and other small creatures could be hiding under my vehicle! Did I solve a famous mystery? It will require me to look underneath my vehicle while it’s raining…or hailing. Yikes! Sherlock Holmes never suffered rain or hail damage when he was solving mysteries. He stayed indoors and played his violin or drank tea and grumbled about Professor Moriarty. Even when he chased through the moors after “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” he didn’t need an umbrella. I’ll just have to assume my vehicle is serving a wonderful purpose for small critters and butterflies as it sits abandoned in hail storms while all my junk stays safe in the garage. My gas hog may be giving shelter to butterflies, birds, squirrels and the various critters that raid my garbage can. Isn’t that great? I just hope my insurance company understands.


Wentzville to Construct First Personalized Brick Monument in Wentzville Village Center Wentzville’s first personalized brick monument will be placed at Church and Wagner Streets to welcome residents and visitors to the “Wentzville Village Center” with the construction of the first phase of the Wentzville Village Center Master Plan. Personalized Bricks can include family’s name, business and organizations, memorial to a special person or a special message and will mark a legacy for years to come. The pictured monument will be limited to 48 personalized bricks with the net proceeds continuing to enhance the Wentzville Village Center with vintage-styled benches, trash receptacles, bike racks and more. A committee of citizens has been working on this project and plans to continue selling personalized bricks for monuments, brick walls and grounds throughout the Wentzville Village Center as the Master Plan progresses throughout other sections of downtown Wentzville. The cost of a personalized brick is $125. If you wish to include your personalized brick in this first monument or have questions, please request a brochure be sent via email from Rose Lambi at or by mail by calling 636.332.8808. Please be sure to include an address where brochure should be mailed if calling phone number. Brochures are also available in the lobby of Bank of Old Monroe located at 1093 Wentzville Parkway.

YMCAs of St. Charles County 2012 Golf Tournament The YMCAs of St. Charles County will host the 2012 District Golf Tournament on Monday, July 23 at Whitmoor Country Club. This event will include a silent and live auction with all proceeds supporting Strong Community. The YMCA Strong Community Campaign raises funds to support scholarships for individuals and families who live in our community. The Y will turn no one away due to an inability to pay. In order to continue our Mission, the organization is seeking the support of the local community. If you or your business would like to donate an item, gift certificate or service to our Auction, please contact Matt Thompson, Program Executive, Tri-County/O’Fallon Family YMCA, at 636.332.5574.



Change Up Summer Menus with Chops (Family Features) The most popular cut of pork, pork chops offer cooking convenience and meal ideas galore. However, according to the National Pork Board’s new “However You Chop It?” survey, despite the variety and versatility of the pork chop, Americans limit themselves to the same type of chop and routine preparation methods. It’s easy to change up regular meal choices by swapping pork chops in place of other traditional proteins. Take world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly’s Grilled Pork Parmesan, which calls for pork chops, rather than chicken in a classic Italian dish and cooks it on the charcoal grill for a new summertime favorite. Whether you’re trying this new recipe or sticking with an old stand-by, you can serve up the perfect chop every time by following these tasty tips from the National Pork Board: • Choose Your Cut: You have a choice in chops. Pork chops are cut from the portion of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder, and can be found under a variety of names in the meat case, including loin, rib, sirloin, top loin and blade chops.

Grilled Pork Parmesan Makes: 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 7 minutes

Each choice is often featured in a variety of thicknesses, number of chops and, for some, with or without a bone. You may also find chops butterflied, cubed for kabobs or pre-stuffed. Try them all and match them to your favorite recipes. • Cook Your Chop: The most important thing to remember when dishing up the perfect chop is not to overcook the pork. Whether boneless or bone-in, the length of cooking time primarily depends on the thickness of the chop, which can vary from 1/2 inch to 2 inches. For juicy, flavorful and tender pork, chops should be grilled over direct, medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Then, let rest for 3 minutes. A digital cooking thermometer is recommended to ensure perfect results every time. For more pork tips and recipes, visit Also, follow the National Pork Board on Facebook at, Twitter @AllAboutPork and on Pinterest at

Dry Rub 4 1/2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, finely grated 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1 tablespoon garlic salt 1 1/2 teaspoons onion salt 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper 1 1/4 teaspoons dried basil 1 1/4 teaspoons dried oregano 2 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 2 cups panko bread crumbs 6 boneless butterflied pork chops, cut 1/4 to 1/2“ thick Prepared spaghetti noodles Favorite pasta sauce Build a charcoal fire for direct grilling and preheat to approximately 450°F. While grill preheats, combine dry rub ingredients in small bowl and mix well to create the Parmesan dry rub. In separate bowl, whisk eggs and stir in milk to create an egg wash. On a large plate, make a bed of panko bread crumbs. Season each pork chop heavily with Parmesan dry rub and press the seasoning into the pork chops. Then, dip each chop in the egg wash and cover both sides evenly with bread crumbs. Grill chops directly over the hot coals for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes on each side, until internal temperature is 145°F. Remove pork chops from grill and serve over a bed of spaghetti noodles and topped with your favorite pasta sauce. Recipe created by world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly on behalf of Kingsford charcoal. For more, visit



Money for Meals

On Tuesday, April 17, Steven Johnson from Sam’s Club presented the Wentzville Senior Center with a check for $4,000. The center’s retired administrator, Mimi Bray, accepted the donation. Johnson, Sam’s Club manager in Chesterfield, Mo., said his employees volunteer throughout the year with the Wentzville Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program. The Wentzville Senior Center is located at 506 S. Linn. To volunteer, or to inquire about the Meals on Wheels program, please call 636.327.8720.

Clarksville Regional Chili Cook-off, June 2 Join the fun! The Raintree Arts Council presents the Clarksville Regional Chili Cook-off on Saturday, June 2 at River Front Park! The fun runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 per person (children 10 and under are free). Chili samples are $.50 each. The winner qualifies for the World Champion Chili Cook-off. For more information, contact Linda at 573.754.0335 or JUNE 2012 CROSSROADS 17


LAKE SAINT LOUIS - DARDENNE PRAIRIE BY GENA BREYNE Chamber News Whether you are looking for goods or services or just something for the family to do, The Lake Saint Louis Dardenne Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce website is a great resource. Take time to visit us at All of the businesses that are members of the Chamber help to support the economic vitality of the community. Please give special consideration to these businesses when choosing where to shop, play or stay.

Welcome New Members The Lake Saint Louis Dardenne Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to present our newest members. These new members join the more than 250 local businesses that are proud to be known as members of the LSLDP Area Chamber. To find more information on any of our members please visit Lawlor Chiropractic Jeffrey Lawlor 1508 370th Ave Goose Lake, IA 52750 563.212.2070

Mers Goodwill Mrs. Vicki Mcknelly District Manager 913 Robert Ramond Drive Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367

Nike Lake St. Louis Stephanie Celeslie General Manager/Head Coach 25 Meadows Circle Drive Suite 502 Lake St. Louis, MO 63367 636.625.0846

Ribbon Cuttings The Lake Saint Louis Dardenne Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate members that have held recent ribbon cuttings. The following business and organizations celebrated grand openings or ceremonies: Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market Meadows at Lake Saint Louis The area’s only all-local, producer-only market will operate from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through mid-October, rain or shine. Everything sold at the market is produced within 100 miles of the Lake Saint Louis area.

Pub N Grub LLC Nicol Potter Jason Armbruster Dardenne Town Square Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 636.625.4800

Morning Star Church Mrs. Heather Kemper-Hussey 1600 Feise Rd. Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368 636.561.5680

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Serenity Valley Winery Mrs. Regina Ruppert 1888 County Road 342 Fulton, MO 65251 573.642.6958

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