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Winter is officially here, but the coldest days of the season are still ahead of us. Prepare your car now for the brutal cold.

Winter Car Care Can Keep Your Vehicle Running Through the Cold By Roger Meissen

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Winter can wear on cars and trucks, but a little preparation will keep vehicles running well throughout its coldest days. A simple checklist starts with the battery. A cold car battery can’t deliver as much current. If your car has an aging battery, you might want to see if it will be up to the job by having it load tested. “A load tester, available at auto parts stores, may be a worthwhile purchase for checking sealed, maintenance-free batteries,” said Bob Schultheis, University of Missouri Extension natural resource engineering specialist. “Many auto parts stores will test batteries for free or for a nominal charge.” Corrosion can build up on the battery terminals and will make the vehicle hard to start. Remove the battery cables and clean any white or green corrosion from the terminals, cable ends and battery top using a paste of baking soda and water. Rinse with water and dry the battery surface. Scrape away oxide buildup on the electrical connections using a wire brush or knife. Reattach the cables and spread a thin film of grease on the connections to slow future corrosion. Motorists often overlook antifreeze maintenance until the radiator freezes up or the car overheats. Experts recommend flushing engine coolant every two years and replacing any radiator hoses and engine drive belts that are more than 4 years old to avoid sudden failures. Check the owner’s manual for the proper antifreeze and refill the radiator with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water to restore engine protection to minus 34

degrees Fahrenheit. Tires can also cause problems as temperatures drop. For every 10-degree drop in temperature, tires lose about a pound per square inch of air pressure. If you last refilled tires when temperatures were above 90 degrees, at near-freezing temperatures your tires will be running at least 5 psi low, causing tire wear and reduced gas mileage. “For the best ride, inflate to the pressures recommended in the vehicle owner’s manual or on the driver’s door frame,” advised Schultheis. “Better gas mileage is possible at higher pressures, but do not inflate beyond the maximum pressure printed on the tire sidewall.” During periods of cold weather, change the engine oil and filter according to the “severe service” maintenance schedule in the vehicle owner’s manual. “Use a multigrade oil such as SAE 10W-30 or 5W-20 to give easier winter starting. The owner’s manual will give the recommended SAE grade and API service classification number,” Schultheis said. Don’t forget windshield wipers. Check the washer nozzles for plugging and aim. Replace weatherworn blades more than

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“Enjoy Your Photos” Find out how to get your photos out of your computer and up on your walls or displayed on your coffee table by signing up for Enjoy Your Photos. Bring 50 digital photos and your laptop to class, and in just two sessions, you’ll be able to show off your photos or look at them any time you choose to do so. Beginning Saturday, January 14, Enjoy Your Photos will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The cost is $15 for O’Fallon residents and $18 for non-residents. The registration deadline is Saturday, January 7. The two-session course will be offered again on Sunday, February 19, from 1-3 p.m., and on Sunday, March 11, from 1-3 p.m. Register for O’Fallon’s Parks and Recreation Department classes with one of three methods: 1. Register online at; select “Programs” on the left-hand menu, followed by “Cultural Arts.” 2. Call 636.474.2732 Register in-person at the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive (63366), or the RSC, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, (63368).

Call For Entries “Senior Moments” All Media Art Show and Competition Seniors, get ready to show off your works of art. From February 3 – April 2, 2012, the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre will host the “Senior Moments” art show and competition. The show is open to all high school and college seniors as well as individuals who are 55 years or older. The cost to enter as an Arts Centre member is $15 for up to four pieces. Non-members can submit up to three pieces for $20. Bring your artwork

to the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre on January 31, between 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. The awards reception will take place on Friday, February 3, 6-8 p.m. Featured artists include Natalie Fleming, Diana Saffo Bono, Nancy Young, Lisa Ober, Kelly Cuba, Jerry Woytus, Jesse Jones, Andrew Roth, Virginia Leitner, Shirley Nachtrieb, and Jo Hellweg. For more information, please call 636.397.6903 or visit

General Motors Wentzville Receives Business Spotlight Award The General Motors Assembly Plant in Wentzville has been chosen as December’s recipient of the monthly Business Spotlight Award from the Economic Development Roundtable of St. Charles County for the automakers’ $380 million expansion plans and the 1,620 new jobs they are creating by 2014. The E.D. Roundtable is a standing committee of the Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County with the local cities, St. Charles County government, and the St. Charles County Department of Workforce Development. Since the General Motors Assembly Plant opened in Wentzville in 1983, the facility has produced more than 2.3 million vehicles. The plant current builds full-sized vans for commercial clients and recently announced the addition of a

new product line, the mid-sized Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck. To accommodate this new vehicle, GM will be adding 500,000-square-feet to its 467-acre campus in Wentzville and expanding their local employee team to approximately 3,000 in the next few years. “Wentzville has been proud to be called home to the GM Wentzville Assembly Plant for almost 30 years. GM has been a wonderful corporate citizen and responsible for much of the growth of Wentzville,” said the City of Wentzville’s Business Development Manager Larry Tucker. “GM’s continued commitment to Wentzville comes at a time when it will provide a tremendous boost of confidence for our citizens and businesses,” he added. Each month a different company in St. Charles County is selected for the Business Spotlight Award based on criteria such as investment, economic impact, job growth, civic involvement, and preneurial success. To learn more about General Motors, visit For information about the EDC’s Economic Development Roundtable, call 636.441.6880 or visit

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Silver Sneaker Fitastic Race Celebration In August 2011, the Silver Sneaker members of the St. Louis YMCA’s began The Fitastic Race. The purpose of the race was to challenge our Active Older Adults, that benefit from a membership sponsored by Healthways, to ramp up their visits and try new activities. Each branch gave their Silver Sneaker members a form to track each of their visits, each time they tried a new class or tried new piece of equipment. These forms were submitted to Healthways in November and the O’Fallon YMCA took first place with an average number of visits/points per participant of 7.7! Together, they traveled 47,389 miles and circled the Earth 1.9 times! Jessica Marshall, Healthways Senior Fitness account manager, presented the group with a trophy and celebration party. Stacy Colbert, Silver Sneaker Group Exercise instructor accepted the trophy on their behalf.

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Wentzville Hires New Police Chief Mayor Paul Lambi and Wentzville’s board of aldermen are proud to announce their selection of Lisa Harrison, a Missouri native who currently serves in the Boynton Beach, Fla. police department, as Wentzville’s new Chief of Police. Harrison’s first day on the job will be January 3, 2012, stepping into a position vacated when Chief Robert Noonan retired in October 2011. More than 70 law enforcement officers from across the nation as well as from Wentzville’s own police department submitted resumes over the course of the search for Noonan’s replacement. According to Mayor Lambi, the competition was tough, especially when the field was narrowed down to the final 10 contenders. “Everyone who made it to the final 10 is to be commended for their accomplishments in law enforcement,” Lambi said. “We had some very strong contenders and I want to thank the board of aldermen for all their hard work and collective input into the selection. With many minds there is much wisdom, and I feel confident we’ve chosen well for this crucial city position.” Harrison was born and raised in Missouri, and received an Associate of Arts degree from the Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. in 1991. From 1991 through 1993 Harrison served as a Military Police Officer in the United States Marine Corps, from which she received an Honorable Discharge. Harrison later received a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from Barry University in Florida, a Master of Science degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida, as well as

Getting married? Take the guesswork and stress out of planning a seamless, affordable, memorable wedding day by enrolling in a new, six-week course, Wedding Planning 101. Designed to help bridesto-be and family members avoid frustrating pitfalls and enjoy the planning process, Wedding Planning 101 will begin on January 23, with class meeting from 7:30–8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Renaud S p i r i t Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. The cost is $34 for O’Fallon residents and $39 for non-residents. The deadline to sign up for Wedding Planning 101 is Monday, January 16. To register for this O’Fallon Parks and Recreation program: • Visit the Parks and Rec website, , click on “Programs” and select “Adult Activities.” • Call 636.474.2732 or 636.379.5606 (please have credit card information handy). • Come to the RSC, or visit the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive (63366). For more information, please contact Paula Creech at or 636.474.8121.

successfully completing Palm Beach Community College’s Florida Leadership Academy and The Southern Police Institute’s Command Officers Development Course. Harrison has been with the Boynton Beach police department since 1999, starting as a police recruit and moving up the ranks to her current position as Executive Officer and direct assistant to the Chief of Police. Her current position with the Boynton police department covers a wide assortment of responsibilities, including scheduling for the department’s 70 patrol officers, 16 sergeants, three lieutenants; fleet management and administration of approximately 170 police vehicles; planning, organizing and implementation of emergency management procedures; and extensive written and verbal communication on behalf of the police department with the city’s department heads, city manager and city staff. In addition to her service on the Boynton Beach police department, Harrison is an adjunct instructor for the law enforcement and corrections academies at Palm Beach State College’s Criminal Justice Institute in Lake Worth, Fla. Harrison holds a Florida Department of Law Enforcement instructor certification in areas like Defensive Tactics, Vehicle Operations, Firearms, First Aid, and General Topics, which includes ethics, legal communications, patrol, and all other topics taught at the basic academy level.

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Kids Get to Act Out at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre

O’Fallon Resident to Compete for Title of Mrs. Missouri Dr. Kellee Conant will represent the area as Mrs. St. Charles County in the Mrs. Missouri America Pageant to be held in Branson on August 3-4, 2012. This competition is the state preliminary to Mrs. America and Mrs. World. Delegates compete in three categories. The Interview comprises 50 percent of the score, Swimsuit accounts for 25 percent and the remaining 25 percent is from the Evening Gown Competition. At the local level contestants make appearances at community events, fairs

Are your kids dramatic? Do they have a desire to perform in front of others? The Stage Skills/Audition 101 class at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre will allow your kids ages 10 and up to creatively express themselves through acting. Your kids will be encouraged to express their creativity as a professional guides them through the audition skills of voice and acting. Kids’ will learn theatrical terms, how to develop characters and perform monologues and scenes from plays or musicals. Stage Skills/Audition 101 will meet Monday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. from January 9 -March 5. The cost to register is $85 for St. Peters residents and $95 for the general public. Classes start soon, so register today at the Rec-Plex. The Rec-Plex is located at 5200 Mexico Road, next door to the St. Peters City Hall. Classes will meet at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, located inside St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO. For more information on this class, please call 636.397.6903 or go online to

Sign up for a Sweet Trip to Candy Makers’ Shops If you love chocolate, you’re invited to board the motor coach for Chocolate Meltdown, a treat of a tour to top local candy makers and candy shops on Friday, February 17. Highlights of the trip include a visit to the renowned Crown Candy Kitchen in St. Louis, a delicious lunch, and a Death by Chocolate party at the Chocolate Affair in Highland, Illinois. The cost of $75 for O’Fallon residents and $84 for non-residents includes transportation, tours and demonstrations, an escort, lunch, the Death by Chocolate party and gratuities. Travelers will board the motor coach in the main parking lot in Civic Park at 9 a.m., and return to O’Fallon by 5 p.m.

Please sign up as soon as possible to keep trips from being cancelled due to low enrollment. The deadline to register for Chocolate Meltdown is Sunday, January 15, 2012. Call 636.474.2732, or register online at (select “Programs” on the left-hand menu, followed by “Trips.”). Or, come to the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368), or the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive (63366). For more information, please contact Paula Creech at 636.474.8121 or pcreech@ofallon.

and festivals. Mrs. St. Charles County will promote her platform “Making the Wellness Connection; Mind, Body and Spirit” by speaking to groups and volunteering at activities. She will also become a supporter of MENC the national association for music education, which has partnered with the Mrs. America Organization to raise awareness of the importance of music education in our schools. Dr. Conant is married to her husband, Kevin Conant. They reside in O’Fallon, Mo. with their four children. She is a stay-at-home mother currently and is actively involved with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Food for the Hungry and Prison Ministries. She enjoys volunteering at Calvary Midrivers Church and Our Ladies Inn. She is passionate about health and exercise and enjoys her time at the Renaud Spirit Center. To learn more about Mrs. St. Charles County and the Mrs. Missouri Pageant visit or contact the state director at

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Saint Charles Riverfront Arts Announces “Call for Come Prepared to Sing and Entry” for the Seventh Spring ArtWalk Dance at Auditions for Annie Calling all Artists! Saint Charles Riverfront Arts (SCRA) has announced the Spring ArtWalk Event “Call For Entry”. This signature event, sponsored by the Saint Charles Riverfront Arts organization, will be held the weekend of April 27-29. The Spring ArtWalk is a three-day event that features juried artists housed indoors at various businesses along the North end of Historic Main Street in St. Charles. The participating businesses provide display space for the artists and assist in attracting customers and sales. Proceeds from the event will benefit Saint Charles Riverfront Arts’ efforts to promote visual and performing arts and arts education throughout the St. Charles community. The Spring ArtWalk is an “artist friendly” event - there are no entry fees and no commission on the artists’ sales, and the art is exhibited indoors so artists don’t contend with outdoor tents and booth fees. Saint Charles Riverfront Arts will provide extensive media exposure for the show. Printed posts cards and electronic post cards will be provided so individual artists can promote their participation to their clients, family and friends. This annual event - started in 2006 by Saint Charles Riverfront Arts - is the primary venue to support the organization’s mission of growing a dynamic Art District in and around the Main Street area, in historic St. Charles, Missouri. Lou Cariffe, president-elect of the Saint Charles Riverfront Arts organization said, “The Spring ArtWalk has grown significantly over the past six years, in terms of the number of artists and businesses who participate and the public audience who come to St. Charles to enjoy the weekend’s activities and purchase the available works of art. It has become a big draw for local and regional artists, and presents regional musical performances at venues throughout the weekend. “This premiere event in the City of St. Charles is free to the public, family-friendly and contributes

to the entire St. Louis area in terms of opportunities for public cultural enrichment and education, as well as the promotion of the visual and performing artists,” Cariffe added. To enter, eligible “Spring ArtWalk” participants must be artists 18 years and older. Saint Charles Riverfront Arts requires digital images and a fully completed entry form (available to download from the organization’s website - Digital images must be at least 200 dpi and a maximum of 800 pixels on the longest side. Artists must submit 3 digital images of their artwork, and artists who choose to submit more than one primary medium (e.g. painting), should submit 3 digital images for each medium. Saint Charles Riverfront Arts reserves the right to jury each primary medium as a separate entry. Each image must be accompanied with the following information: Title, Size, and Medium. Because there are no entry fees or commissions collected, accepted artists are required to donate one piece of art work valued at $250 or more to the event’s Patron’s Preference Auction, which is held on April 29th. Donations must be original art and presented ready for the Patron to use (e.g. ready to hang). All show entries are due February 1, and accepted artists will be notified by March 1. All donated artwork for the Patron’s Preference Auction is due to Saint Charles Riverfront Arts by April 1. For more information about the “Spring ArtWalk” submission process or for specific questions regarding entry submissions, contact Neal Gray at For more about the Saint Charles Riverfront Arts organization, visit www. saintcharlesriverfrontarts. com.


Open auditions for the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ production of the musical, Annie Jr., will begin at noon on Sunday, January 15, in the auditorium-theater at O’Fallon’s Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon Missouri 63366. Performances of Annie Jr. will be held on April 20-22 and 27-29, 2012. The cast calls for 20 people ages 10 and older, adults as well as children. No experience is necessary, but auditioners should be ready to perform 16-bars or a one-minute section from a musical, and bring a CD or sheet music in the appropriate key for accompaniment. Auditioners also should wear clothing they can move or dance in, and be prepared to learn a short dance combo. Those who receive callbacks will do a reading from the script. Rehearsals will be held one or two evenings a week and on Sundays. Annie Jr. is a one-act Broadway musical by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Based on the 1930s comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, the musical follows the adventures of an 11-year old red-headed girl trying to escape from an orphanage. All she has of her past is a locket and a note from her parents promising to return for her. With Annie’s endearing spunkiness, a cast of colorful characters, and memorable music (“Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” “It’s a Hard Knock Life”), Annie Jr. appeals to audiences of all ages. For more information about the auditions, contact Darren Granaas, O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Coordinator, at 636.474.8150, or Directions: On I-70 in O’Fallon, MO., take Exit 217 at Highways K/M (Main Street). Drive north on Main Street about onehalf mile, cross the railroad tracks and make an immediate right into the Municipal Centre parking lot. Come to the east entrance (police lobby).

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Troy Buchanan High School Welcomes Writer Antony John To commemorate Writer’s Week, Troy Buchanan High School is welcoming several guest writers. Antony John will visit students on Friday, February 17. John is known for his first two young-adult novels, Busted: Confessions of an Accidental Player, and Five Flavors of Dumb (a Gateway book). Fans are looking forward to the 2012 release of John’s next book, Thou Shalt Not Road Trip. In the weeks leading up to his visit, the TBHS Literary Guild will raffle chances for students to have lunch with Antony John on the day of his visit. Antony John has agreed to appear at TBHS free of charge, but a National Education Association grant has been awarded to TBHS to cover fees for other guests. Other visiting writers include Brian Katcher, Dr. Raymond Edge, Ryan Spearman, Bradley Bates, Sierra DeMulder, Chris DiGiuseppe, and Mike Force.

Peoples Bank & Trust Employees Honored for Years of Service On December 17, 2011, three of the Peoples Bank & Trust employees at the O’Fallon Branch were honored for their years of continued service and dedication: Darryl Sandweg and Donna Ehlenbeck were presented with gold coins for 15 years of service. In addition, Sandweg and Margie Newsom were honored for having perfect attendance and received a shopping voucher. While only employees that had reached milestone years or had perfect attendance were awarded, L to R: Darryl Sandweg, Margie Newsom and Donna Ehlenbeck Peoples Bank & Trust is proud of all its employees and truly values their hard work and loyalty which allows the bank to continue to offer the newest services and the highest degree of customer service.

Public Hearing Reminder

Citizens are reminded that the City of Troy will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the Troy City Hall, 800 Cap Au Gris, Troy, MO 63379. The purpose of the meeting is to get citizen input on the 2012 Comprehensive Plan. For further information, call Karen Hotfelder, City Clerk at 636.462.7609.

MDC Workshops Scheduled

The Missouri Department of Conservation would like to announce two upcoming workshops in Troy. A Pond Management workshop will be held on Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the MU Extension Center. Topics to be discussed will include pond building basics, cost share opportunities, fish stocking, water quality, fish habitat, fish population management and nuisance vegetation control. A Prescribed Burn workshop will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the MU Extension Center. This course will be taught by MDC certified burners, and participants will learn about the value and purpose of prescribed fire as a land management tool. Attendees will receive instruction on how to safely and effectively plan and conduct a controlled burn. A demonstration burn is planned for attendee on a later date. Seating is limited for both of these workshops, so please call the Lincoln County SWCD office at 636.528.4877, extension 3, to register.


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Recent Ribbon Cuttings Left to Right: 1. Gracie Barra is a new business in the city of O’Fallon, and a new member of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce. The company’s owner, Mike Buckles, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on December 5. Pictured is Owner/Instructor, Mike Buckles; Head Instructor, Vander Gomes; Instructor, Brian Davis joined by friends, family and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the City of O’Fallon. Gracie Barra St. Louis is an official Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in the Gracie Barra family. Jiu Jitsu is the most applicable art in self defense. Gracie Barra is located at 1270 Bryan Road in O’Fallon, Missouri. Call 636.544.3655 or visit them online at 2. Play N Trade Video Games is a new business in the city of O’Fallon, and a new member of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce. They celebrated both with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on November 21, 2011. Pictured is owner, Tim Tieber joined by friends, family and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the City of O’Fallon. Play N Trade offers a variety of services for gamers including, trade-ins, rentals, repairs, new and used games and much more. Play N Trade will even host your event or birthday party by setting up a tournament for your guest to come into the store and play each other. Play N Trade Video Games is located at 367 Winding Woods Drive in O’Fallon, Missouri. Call 636.272.7529 or visit them online at 3. Mercy Clinic Women’s Health is a new business to the city of O’Fallon, new members of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and celebrated both with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Pictured is Dr. Gretchen

Levey, Dr. Margaretta Mendenhall and Dr. Christina Byron joined by friends, family and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the City of O’Fallon. Mercy Clinic Women’s Health is located at 300 Winding Woods Drive, Suite 200 in O’Fallon, Mo.. Call 636.240.0130 or visit them online at 4. Edward Jones-Bob Engert is a new business to the city of O’Fallon, a new member of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on November 10th 2011. Pictured is owner, Bob Engert joined by friends, family and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon

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SCC Center Stage Theatre to Hold Open Auditions for “Harvey” January 14 and 17 St. Charles Community College’s Center Stage Theatre is holding open auditions for the upcoming production of “Harvey,” written by Mary Chase. Director Pam Cilek will hold acting auditions at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 14, and 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, in Room 108 of the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater on the SCC campus in Cottleville. Center Stage Theatre invites SCC students and community residents to audition. There are parts for six men and six women. There are no children roles. The auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, which is on reserve in the SCC library. One-minute

comedic monologues are strongly encouraged, but not required. “Harvey” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic about mild mannered Elwood P. Dowd and his mysterious friend, a six-foot-tall rabbit named Harvey. Unfortunately, no one else can see Harvey, and most of Elwood’s friends and family are convinced that he is crazy. This is especially embarrassing to his sister, Veta, and niece, Myrtle May, who attempt to have him committed. The sanitarium, however, tries to admit Veta instead and a series of comical mishaps occur. This play has delighted audiences for decades

as it poses the question and possibility of “believing” in what seems to be the impossible. Rehearsals for “Harvey” will begin Friday, January 20, and will continue through February. Rehearsals are normally held from 6:30-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, with some Sunday afternoon rehearsals. The final performances will be held in the theater of the Fine Arts Building Wednesday - Sunday, February 29 March 4. For more information about auditions or the play, contact the Humanities Department at 636.922.8255 or contact Pam Cilek at

Power of Plants Student Contest Extended breaks from school and potential snow days are sure signs of winter, as are bored children looking for indoor activities to keep them busy during the season’s shortened days. The Missouri Botanical Garden offers a unique contest designed for groups of children in kindergarten through 12th grades to be creative, learn about the natural world and potentially win up to $1,500 for themselves and their school! Take advantage of the final weeks to enter the Power of Plants student contest. Submissions will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Visit for complete contest details. The annual Power of Plants contest is open to groups of two to five students in kindergarten through 12th grades from Missouri and Illinois. Plants form the basis of life as we know it, and provide a host of benefits for the planet and its inhabitants: oxygen, food, medicine, fuel, beauty and more. Groups are challenged to select one such plant that does great things for people, and tell its story through a physical or digital creation. Creativity is highly encouraged, but entries must also include factual information about the chosen plant and its super powers. Participants can visit www.mobot. org/power for a list of recommended websites and books that may help with their project. The Garden’s William T. Kemper Center for Home Gardening also provides plant resource materials. “For those parents looking to keep their child busy during the long winter break, the Power of Plants contest is the perfect creative outlet,” said Dustin Herrmann, Power of Plants program coordinator in the Missouri Botanical Garden Education Division. “Help keep their minds in gear by learning about the power of plants!” Power of Plants contest entries may be submitted in either physical or digital format.

Physical entries must be in the form of a two- or three-dimensional work of art, which can include, but is not limited to, books, journals, comic strips, news articles, models, action figures, posters, stories, pamphlets or flyers. Two-dimensional entries must be able to hang on a wall and be no larger than 18 by 24 inches. Three-dimensional entries must be no larger than 12 inches wide, 24 inches tall and 12 inches deep. Digital entries can include a YouTube video, website, podcast or slideshow. Videos and podcasts must be limited to three minutes or less; slideshows should be no larger than 25 distinct pages/screens. Entrants are encouraged to share their work and findings with others in as many ways as possible. Entries will be divided into four groups: early elementary (kindergarten through second grade), upper elementary (third through fifth grades), middle school (sixth through eighth grades) and high school (ninth through 12th grades). Groups of students with mixed ages will be judged according to the oldest member of the group. To encourage collaboration among students, only group entries are eligible. One entry will be accepted from each group of two to five students. All physical and digital entries must be original and represent the works and property of the entrants, with all rights granted therein. Each group member must submit a completed Entry Form with their project, designating their host school. Each entry will be judged on botanical accuracy, creativity and quality by members of St. Louis’s botany, art, literature and media/communications communities. Given the important need to increase public awareness of and appreciation for plants, the entries will also be judged on how creatively, effectively and broadly they are shared with wider audiences. Complete submissions, including the finished product and a summary of the group’s communication and outreach efforts, will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. Mail completed entries to the Missouri Botanical Garden Power of Plants Contest at P.O. Box 299, St. Louis, Mo. 63166-0299, or drop them off in person at the Commerce Bank Center for Science Education, 4651 Shaw Blvd. in south St. Louis. Drop-off hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, January 23 through Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Winning entries will be selected by April 1 and will be shared in a variety of ways throughout the year with the Missouri Botanical Garden’s visitors, both on site and online. Awards will be given for first place and honorable mention winners in each format and age group. Each student in the winning group will receive $200 and the host school will be awarded $500. Students in groups that receive honorable mentions will each receive $50. To view details and complete contest rules, or to download an official Entry Form, visit For more information about the Power of Plants student contest, e-mail For general information about the Missouri Botanical Garden, visit, call 314.577.5100 (toll-free, 1.800.642.8842), or follow the Garden on Facebook and Twitter at and


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“My Week With Marilyn”

By Steve Bryan


As it does with vintage wines, time gives youthful memories more flavor, especially those about first loves. Such is the case with “My Week With Marilyn,” a new movie about the legendary Marilyn Monroe and an alleged affair with a youthful assistant director. Based on the memoirs of Colin Clark, played here by Eddie Redmayne, the story focuses on Monroe’s time in London filming “The Prince and the Showgirl” with Sir Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). Even with an acting coach and her new husband Arthur Miller (Dougray Scott) by her side, the blonde bombshell is typically late to the set and almost always emotionally distraught. Young Colin is eager to work in the movie business, finally accepting a position that is little more than a go-fer on the set. Marilyn (Michelle Williams) takes a shine to Colin, however, seekThe Weinstein Company's My Week with Marilyn - 2011 Zoe Wanamaker, Michelle Williams, Dominic Cooper Zoe Wanamaker, Michelle Williams in The Weinstein ing his console and comfort when she has trouin The Weinstein Company's My Week with Marilyn - Company's My Week with Marilyn - 2011 ble delivering decent performances. 2011 Though the Huffington Post and other sources however. Colin is shown as a good-hearted lad that things in Hollywood. raised questions about the accuracy of the film, No matter if the story is true or fabricated, “My Week “My Week With Marilyn” is still a sweet, period piece cares for the starlet, who in turn treats him as a wonderful escape. Their relationship is one of those speWith Marilyn” is a wonderful showcase for Michelle that focuses on an impressionable lad and a blonde cial, almost chaste romances that happen maybe once Williams. Her portrayal of the screen legend is going goddess that practically lands in his lap. to be hard to beat at the Golden Globes and the Oscars. The real star of this piece is, of course, Michelle Wil- or twice in a lifetime. The supporting cast includes a dynamic Kenneth “My Week With Marilyn,” rated R for some lanliams, who demonstrates a real understanding of Marilyn Monroe’s mannerisms and style. A Golden Globe Branagh as an aging Sir Laurence Olivier trying to re- guage, currently is playing in theaters. nominee for the role, Williams comfortably exudes capture his youth and fame. Julia Ormond Monroe’s personality, showing her whimsical side as also has a small role as Vivian Leigh, the famous actress who reluctantly accepts the well as her emotional struggles on-and-off the set. Director Simon Curtis doesn’t turn the relationship fact that her time is almost over and stars between Colin and Marilyn into some tawdry affair, like Marilyn Monroe are now the hottest


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Sports You See... With Gary B. 2012 Highlights In Sports To Watch Around The Local World Of Sports What St. Charles County High School will dominate in football? Life without Pujols… Change the General Manager of the St. Louis Rams? Can the St. Louis Blues continue their great pace just by adding a new coach? Have more high school sports on video streaming… Will an indoor football team come to the Family Arena? Can the Card’s David Freeze stay healthy? Will the Edward Jones Dome get a ‘roof ’ lift? Race cars coming back to Gateway? What girls sports will excel? ~~~Comments and answers are welcomed – send to and I’ll publish them Rascals’ Have Two New Teams To Face Frontier League Increases To 14 Teams As the 2012 schedule was being compiled, two expansion cities announced they would be part of the exciting league. The new clubs will be located in London, Ontario and Schaumburg, Illinois. The divisional breakdown now looks like: WEST DIVISION: River City Rascals/Gateway Grizzlies/Normal CornBelters. Rockford RiverHawks/Windy City ThunderBolts/Joliet Slammers/Schaumburg Professional Baseball. EAST DIVISION: Washington Wild Things/Lake Erie Crushers/Traverse City Beach Bums/Southern Illinois Miners/Evansville Otters/Florence Freedom/London Professional Baseball. ~~~Less than five months to the first pitch

Former Rams’ Running Back Getting Kids In Shape Arlen Harris Making A Difference-One Kid At A Time Recently Sports Radio STL an internet streaming and radio show, had guests Harris and Marquis (pronounced Markus) Weeks on the program at Westport Pizza & Pub. Harris played halfback for the St. Louis Rams from 2003-2005, for Detroit Lions 2006 and the Atlanta Falcons in 2007 before retiring with an injury. Weeks played in the National Football League for the Seattle Seahawks from 20052007 and then with the Denver Bronco’s as a halfback as well. Weeks is in town over the holidays providing his professional experience to Harris’s camps. The two went to college at the University of Virginia. Harris with the help of several other former pro football players has a program that helps kids ‘discover their full sports potential’. helps boys and girls no matter what sport they play, ‘find the secret to get the competitive edge’. “Kids that want to excel in their sport and have the edge will learn a lot from myself and my staff. We can work on speed and agility at our prep combines and test the running skills of halfbacks,” Harris comments. (Pictured Weeks, Scott Spelbrink, Harris by Gary B)

~~~Learn from the pros

Rams Coach Talks About Last Game His Comments Prior To The 49ers Contest Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo’s answer if he is relieved the season is over: “You know what, I said this the other day to somebody, the disappointment will be that there’s not another game. That’s just how I feel. I mean we’re all in it for the game. I enjoy practice and I enjoy the preparation and all that, but the fun of competing against somebody else. So we’ll miss that and we’ll have to wait eight months or whatever it is before we play again,” Coach commented. NEXT RAMS HOME GAMES: Sometime in August ~~~Check in another issue to see Coach’s future

“Over the Fence”


The Corner Office A business news site mentioned five stocks not to buy. I’m not in the market but I still find it interesting. I noticed one of those stocks is The news source indicated they spent too much trying to sell various versions of Kindle, perhaps losing focus on what made them successful. Netflix was another one. Over the last year or so, they had several price increases and while it galled customers to pay more, it was still better than driving to a movie rental store. During all this, Netflix was pushing customers to watch movies on their computer screens, which are usually too small, or connect them to their TV’s, which is a pain in the neck. I doubt they took into consideration that many people wouldn’t know how nor would they care to drag their personal computer next to their big screen TV to rig it up. Yet this became their foremost marketing ploy by offering unlimited movies via the Internet a dollar a month cheaper than having DVD’s mailed to cus-

tomer’s homes. Many people have impaired hearing, including me, but it doesn’t seem to allow for closed captioning on my computer screen or perhaps I missed something. Now that their stock is plummeting, it’s easy to see why there are so many large companies that became overconfident due to previous success and subsequently shot themselves in the proverbial foot. After rereading the famous book, “The Peter Principle” published in the late sixties, it still applies. “Executives often rise to their various levels of incompetence” is the book’s most famous assertion. It describes the corner office routine that reminded me of some companies I worked for over the years. An executive often hires numbers of unnecessary subordinates to increase his or her power base and seemingly strengthen or justify their position to appear invulnerable to back-stabbing executives higher up the ladder that were probably doing the same thing. What it usually does is create much higher overhead, employee dead wood and low morale and often ends up with idiotic, costly mistakes coming from what is

similar to decision-by-committee. Add incompetent top executives hired by boards of directors staffed with similar executives from other companies with the same mish-mash of costly blundering and there goes the ball game. Netflix apparently stopped renewing older or damaged DVD’s sent to their mail customers. Some of them had more scratches and dirt than a chicken yard. This has only happened since the Internet movie streaming push. It appears they’re trying to downsize their mail departments and increase computer movie streaming… meaning they could eventually lay off a large portion of mail employees, among others. It’s the end-all, be-all ploy of corporate America these days; lay off hands-on employees and send jobs to starving countries. Ironically, they are killing the goose that laid the golden egg; that being the working, tax-paying middle class that buys their goods and services. Having spent a lifetime in the construction industry, I watched small companies become large. After years of observing, I could predict when a large company would fail. One of the most significant symptoms was when I saw a crowd of new-hires wearing suits and polished company hard hats climb out of expensive company cars to view our job site. There was back patting, dress-shoe wiping and camaraderie but rarely with the employees doing the work. I once asked, “Who are all those suits?” A foreman grumbled, “Just a bunch more useless college buddies the big boss hired to clutter up the office.” The company went bankrupt within the year.


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Read this…unless you’re “deader than a doornail.” After searching for a few hours on the Internet and at the public library, I’ve decided to write this column, and then start on a book about regional expressions and phrases. I was searching particularly for phrases from the South (or so I thought). The World Wide Web gave me several choices from South Africa and Australia, but only a couple of websites provided me with the giggles I was searching for. If you’ve ever been to the South, (and I’m not talkin’ Disney World), then you know what I mean. Watching a rerun of “In the Heat of the Night” last Sunday gave me the idea. Someone on the show said, “Well, now. That’s slicker than deer guts on a doorknob.” Not a great mental picture, especially if you’re eating right about now, but I’ve gotten my point across. My Papa used to say, “That police officer is stickin’ to that car like white on rice.” Of course, some of the phrases are universal (at least in the parts of the country I’ve been to). Things like, “Cute as a button,” “Cuter than a bug’s knees,” “Slower than a ten-year itch,” (one of my personal favorites), and “Madder than a wet hen.” My memory isn’t what it used to be, so I decided to go on a popular phrase search. Here are some of the more amusing entries: Dry - It’s so dry the trees are bribing the dogs. It’s so dry the catfish are carrying canteens. Busy - He’s as busy as a one-legged man in a butt-kickin’ convention. Busy as a stump-tailed bull in fly season. Busy as a funeral home fan in July. Crazy - A few bricks shy of a load. A few sandwiches shy of a picnic basket. The porch light’s on, but nobody’s home. I hear you cluckin’, but I can’t find your nest. He lacks a couple of fish of havin’ a stringer full. Hot - Hotter than whoopee in woolens. Hot as a billy goat in a pepper patch.


Small - No bigger than moles on a chigger. Fast - Fast as boom-town gossip. Faster than a scalded cat. Faster than a grass fire with a tail wind. Sick - He’s got a hitch in his git-along. Sick as a dog passin’ peach pits. Talkative - She speaks ten words a second, with gusts to fifty. He’s talkin’ 90 miles a minute. Nervous - Nervous as a cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs. Vanity - She’s so spoiled, salt couldn’t save her. Unwelcome - As welcome as an outhouse breeze. As welcome as a porcupine in a nudist colony. Confused - As confused as a goat on Astroturf. Shy - Shy as a mail order bride. Scarce - Scarce as grass around a hog trough. Difficult - Like puttin’ socks on a rooster. Dumb - The porch light’s on, but nobody’s home. Dumber than a box of rocks. He/She’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer. She’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Dishonest - Crooked as a bedspring. Slicker than a gravy sandwich. Worthless - About as useful as a screen door on a submarine. Inaccurate - Couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Off-key - Couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. That’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll gather a few more the next time we travel to Florida and spend a few days with my mom and stepfather. I’d better get to school, or the kids will claim I’m slower than molasses!

Enjoying Colors in Your Diet How purple and blue foods make it deliciously easy to eat healthy

(Family Features) If there’s one rule to remember about healthy eating, it’s to eat your colors. Colorful fruits and vegetables offer vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant nutrients for health. And while it’s important to explore the entire culinary rainbow, you may want to pay more attention to the purples and blues. According to a new analysis of the diets of more than 15,000 children and adults, consuming purple/blue foods, such as Concord grapes and 100 percent juice made with Concord grapes, may help children and adults get more of the nutrients they need each day and have overall healthier diets. In general, children and adults who consumed purple and blue produce ate more fruit and had healthier diets compared to nonpurple/blue produce eaters. But only three percent of American’s fruit and vegetable intake is from the purple/blue category, according to the Produce for Better Health Foundation. The report, published in the May/June 2011 issue of the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, also found

that consumption of purple and blue produce among adults was associated with a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of indicators that may predict risk for certain health issues like cardiovascular disease. So what are some easy ways that you can get more purple and blue in your diet? • Drink it up – Four ounces of Welch’s 100 percent Grape Juice made with Concord grapes offers a full serving (or a 1/2 cup) of fruit. • Eat it fresh – Enjoy a blackberry smoothie with breakfast. Toss up a salad that includes raisins, or purple cabbage. Snack on some figs or purple grapes. Or try this recipe for Roasted Fennel, Pear and Arugula Salad with Balsamic-Grape Vinaigrette. • Cook it fast – Make a quick stir fry with purple cabbage and purple peppers. Try some grilled eggplant, purple endive or purple asparagus. Roast some purple potatoes

Roasted Fennel, Pear and Arugula Salad with Balsamic-Grape Vinaigrette

tossed with olive oil and herbs as a simple side dish. Visit for more heart-healthy recipes and resources. And for more information on the science behind the dark purple Concord grape and its health benefits, including heart health, visit the Grape Science Center at

Makes 4 servings Ingredients: Dressing: - 1/2 cup Welch’s 100 percent Grape Juice made with Concord grapes - 1/4 cup olive oil - 1/2 cup kefir plain lowfat yogurt - 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar - 1 teaspoon lime ponzu sauce - 1 teaspoon minced garlic - Dash of cayenne pepper - Salt and pepper to taste

Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. 4. Uncover, turn fennel over. Add pears, cut side up, and bake for another 15 minutes or until fennel is tender. Transfer to a plate. 5. Thinly slice fennel and dice pears. 6. Combine arugula and onion in a large bowl. Add fennel and pears and toss gently. 7. Toss salad with half of the dressing. 8. Sprinkle with chia seeds and serve with additional dressing on the side. Recipe by Diane Henderiks, R.D., Personal Chef/Culinary Nutritionist

Salad: - 5 cups baby arugula; washed and dried - 1 teaspoon olive oil - 1 pear, cored and quartered - 1 fennel bulb, cored and quartered - 1 small red onion; halved and sliced - 1 tablespoon chia seeds Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 2. Make the dressing: Whisk all ingredients for dressing in a bowl. Set aside. 3. In a small, rimmed baking sheet, drizzle olive oil over fennel and season with salt and pepper.

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CHURCH Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friends and Family Support Group Open to anyone who has a loved one suffering from any kind of addiction. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Oak Valley Drive, St. Peters. For more information, email Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. There is a monthly financial need. It costs $5.40/child per week to provide backpack full of nutritious food. $200 provides a child w/enough food for a year. Contact: 636.327.6377. Truth Matters!! Free Bible Correspondence Course Call: 636.294.9468 or 636.272.3013. Come Learn God’s Word with us. Sun. 9:30 am. - Bible classes 10:20 am. Worship; Sun. 5 pm. - Worship;

Wed Eve 7 pm. 2309 Markoe Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385. 3rd Tues. Free Luncheon for Seniors. Seniors 55+ enjoy free lunch, cards, games, bingo. From 11 am - 2 pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. Info: 636.561.8951. 2nd Wed.: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell. United Methodist Women provide main entree & bevs. 636.673.2144. EVENTS January 4: Tot’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. $15/child in advance. Registrations must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the event to ensure a spot. Ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Info: 636.379.0092. January 5: Teen Leader’s Club 7-8 p.m. at O’ Fallon Family YMCA. Free to join. For ages 13-18. Club meets once a month to plan social events and fun volunteer opportunities. No Y membership required.

Now - January 9: Youth Basketball Registration at the YMCA Season Starts February 4. Visit for locations, age groups, schedules & pricing. January 12: Mom’s Afternoon Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. $10/child. Registrations must be received by noon on Wednesday before the scheduled date. Info: 636.379.0092. January 14: Kid’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. For ages 6+. Gym Games. $10/child in advance, $15/child at the door. Swimming, crafts, rock wall, bingo & more. Concessions available for purchase. Info: 636.379.0092. Other dates: January 28 - Obstacle Course, February 11 Gymnastics, February 25 - Rock Wall, March 10 - Dance Party, March 24 - Obstacle Course, April 14 - Gymnastics, April 28 - Rock Wall, May 12 - End of School Bash

January 28: Strong Community Trivia Night at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. Knights of Columbus Pezold Banquet & Meeting Center. $160 per table of 8, beer included. Heads or Tails, Dead or Alive, 50/50 drawings and raffles. Cash bar available. Bring own snacks. Register at www. or call 636.379.0092. February 2: Senior Citizens Dinner and Show 5 p.m. at Ft. Zumwalt North. Please make reservations by calling Sue Huighe at 636.542.7022. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. February 24: Fort Zumwalt South Band Boosters 5th Annual Trivia Contest Trigg Banquet Center (300 O’Fallon Plaza in downtown O’Fallon). Doors open at 6:15 p.m., 10 rounds of 10 questions begin promptly at 7 p.m. Cost is $160/table of 8 players. Adults only. Soda & beer provided; wine & mixed drinks for $3 each; no outside beverages allowed. Snacks furnished but

1st and 3rd Wed.: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Hazelwoodwood High School 45th Class Reunion: We are having a class reunion in 2012 and are looking for classmates of Class of 1967. Please contact Kay at 1967hhshi@ or 636 745-2601 for more information. 4th Mon.: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Crossroads Cribbage Club Every Wed. at 12 p.m. Meets at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, Wentzville, MO. Every Thurs: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10:00 a.m - noon. Free. Join us every week to play your favorite board games, cards or dominos. Bring a snack and your favorite stories to share. Contact Diana Kannady at 636.379.0092 x230 for more.

Every Tues: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Join us every week to work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. Anybody welcome, no sewing experience required.

you may bring your own. 50/50 drawings, basket raffle, dead or alive, heads or tails, and cash prize for the first place table. Reserve your table by contacting Tammy Paneitz at 314.306.6891 or

4th Tues.: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930.

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3rd Wed.: O’Fallon Family YMCA Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. The Y has always been nonsectarian, accepting of all faiths. We encourage you to come as you are and join members and guests of our community for prayer and fellowship on the third Wednesday of every month. Contact Diana Kannady at 636.379.0092 for more information. Every Wed. 6:45 p.m. Charity Bingo VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a nonsmoking facility. 636.272.1945 or for more info. Every Thurs., 11:45 a.m., Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. More info at www. Every Fri.: 3–8 p.m. VFW Fish Fry VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Bring your family to watch flying model airplanes. Directions: Info: 636.300.1480. HEALTH

improving energy levels and self-esteem. • January 10 - March 29, Tues & Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. • February 20 - May 9, Mon & Wed, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • April 3 - June 21, Tues & Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Contact Kristi Bradley at 636.379.0092 for more info or to arrange an intake interview. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Can email for further information: • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. Progress West HealthCare Center Events Progress West HealthCare Center is proud to offer the following events to the community, FREE unless otherwise noted. To register or get directions, call 636.344.CARE(2273) or visit

*Middendorf-Kredell Library (MK): 2750 Hwy K. *Progress West Healthcare Center (PWHC): 2 Progress Point Pkwy. * Progress West Medical Center (PWMC): 2630 Hwy. K. * St. Charles Community College (SCC): 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. January 11 & 13: Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening 4-6 p.m. PWHC. Free screening in the brand new Cardiac Cath Lab on Jan 11. Breakfast on Jan 13 while Cardiologist Michael Missler gives an overview of test results & more. Space is limited, appts. required. Support Groups Every Mon.: 7 p.m. Tobacco Free for Life Support group. Free. St. Peters City Hall. 636.947.5304. 1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684.

Health Cntr & SSM, at Harvester Christian Church, Rm CH–104, 2950 Kings Crossing. 636.928.7651, x. 115. 3rd Wed. 6:30–8 p.m. KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4–12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer. 1st Thurs.: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Conquer Support Group for adults w/ cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Call 636.916.9920. 2nd Thurs.: 4 p.m. Support Group for Alzheimer’s Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan, Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100. 4th Thurs.: 6:30–8 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group

Siteman Cancer Cntr, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way. 636.928.WELL (9355) or 800.392.0936. http:// 3rd Sun. 12:45-1:45 p.m. Alzheimer’s Meeting Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd., O’Fallon. Faith-based for caregivers, family of those w/ memory loss. 1.800.272.3900. Gateway to Hope Program The Gateway to Hope Program arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured & reside in Missouri. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer & cannot access treatment call Gateway to Hope at 314.569.1113 or visit our Web site at

4th Tues: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 Last Tues.: 7–8:30 p.m. HOPE (Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Support Group) Sponsored by SSM St. Joseph

January 5: Caregiver Classes 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital campus in the Siteman Cancer Center conference room. Free. Info: 314.575.3983. January 10 - June 21: LIVESTRONG at the O’Fallon Family YMCA Trained instructors will lead small groups to help cancer survivors improve daily functional ability. The program will focus on reducing the severity of treatment side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and

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A Healthy, Happy 2012! The beginning of a new year is a great time to get your priorities in order and to set goals for the next 365 days. ACOG urges women to put health at the top of their 2010 to-do lists. Remember these healthy living tips: Eat Healthier. Aim to eat a balanced diet rich in a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lowfat dairy, and lean protein. According to the US Department of Agriculture, a 35-year-old woman who gets 30–60 minutes of exercise per day should eat a 2,000 calorie daily diet consisting of 6 ounces of grains (at least half from whole grains), 2 ½ cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruit, 3 cups of low/nonfat milk or milk products, and 5 ½ ounces of lean meat, fish, and beans. Additionally, cut back on sodium, fats, processed sugar, and refined grains. Get Active. Regular physical activity helps increase overall well-being while lowering the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, some cancers, and other illnesses caused by inactivity. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days of the week to lower the risk of chronic disease; 60 minutes on most days to maintain weight; and at least 60 to 90 minutes on most days to lose weight. A wellrounded exercise regimen should be fun, sustain-

able, and include cardiovascular, strength training, and flexibility components. Quit Smoking. Despite the numerous dangers of smoking – increased risk By James N. Martin, Jr, MD of heart disease, infertility, President, The American early menopause, and more Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists than 10 different cancers, to name a few – one in five American women still smoke. Quitters gain an improved sense of taste and smell, better circulation, easier breathing, and less hoarseness. They also reduce their risk of heart attack by 50% within a year of quitting. Drink in Moderation. Alcohol has been linked to both positive effects such as improvements in heart health and bone density, and negative ones including an increased risk of breast and other cancers. If you drink, try to keep it to less than one alcoholic beverage a day. Get Some Rest. Your body repairs and regenerates tissue, builds bone and muscle, and strengthens its immunity while you sleep. Not getting enough sleep may cause short-term problems such as irritability and memory loss and longterm conditions including diabetes and heart disease. The average adult should aim to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Visit Your Ob-Gyn. Women should see their doctor regularly for preventive care. Routine visits to the ob-gyn help ensure women receive age appropriate screenings, exams, and immunizations, and they allow physicians to identify and treat common problems before serious health risks develop. For more information, visit

Cell Phone Use Banned for Commercial Motor Vehicles Beginning January 3, commercial motor vehicle drivers are banned from using hand-held mobile phones and push-to-talk cell phones while driving. The ban is being implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration after research indicated drivers distracted by hand-held phones pose a safety risk to themselves and other motorists. Specifically the rule prohibits drivers from reaching for, holding, or dialing a mobile phone while driving, and applies to commercial motor vehicle truck and bus drivers who operate in Missouri as well as interstate drivers. School bus drivers and those driving vehicles designed to carry nine to 15 passengers are included. The ban applies when the vehicle is in operation on the highway, when temporarily stopped on the highway for traffic, or when waiting at a stoplight, stop sign or other traffic control device. Drivers can use a hand-held cell phone only if the vehicle is stopped in an area safe for parking a commercial vehicle, or to communicate with law enforcement or other emergency services to report emergencies. “It’s about safety,” said MoDOT Motor Carrier Services Director Jan Skouby. “Any steps that can be taken to reduce fatalities is something MoDOT will support in any way we can.” The new rule affects all commercial motor vehicles operated in interstate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more or a vehicle transporting any amount of hazardous materials requiring a placard. Also affected are drivers of vehicles operated solely in intrastate commerce with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more or a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more carrying any amount of hazardous materials. The new rule includes all contracted school bus operations and shuttle buses. Intrastate carriers who are currently exempted from the federal regulations by the state of Missouri will remain unaffected by the new rule. The use of hands-free devices is allowed; however, drivers can only use hands-free phones and headsets if the phone is in their reach while being restrained by a seat belt in the driver’s seat. Dialing a hands-free phone while in motion is allowed only if it can be done by striking a single button. The use of CB radios, other two-way radio communication or electronic devices are not included in the ban.

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