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Start the new year off on the road to happiness (or at least peace of mind) with a solid financial plan. By Branch Manager Lynda Shirley of West Community Credit Union in Brentwood, Kirkwood and O’Fallon. Contact Lynda at 636.720.2400. Even though 2013 is well underway, you should still consider making some changes to improve your financial health. If done sooner rather than later, these simple steps can significantly improve your monetary outlook. Stick to a budget. You can’t set spending and saving goals if you don’t know where your money is going. You need to develop and adhere to a budget—whether you’re making thousands or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Spend less than you earn. No matter how much you make, you will never get ahead if you spend more than you earn. Think about it: It’s a lot easier to spend less than it is to earn more—and a little cost-cutting can result in big savings. Pay off credit card debt. Credit card debt is the main obstacle to getting ahead financially. If you don’t pay your balances off quickly, you’ll end up pay-

ing far more for things than you would have if you used cash. If necessary, consider a debt consolidation loan to help you improve your credit and save money by lowering your interest rates and the amount you owe every month. Contribute to a retirement plan. A 401(k) plan is one of the best investment deals around. If you’re not contributing to one, you should be—and if you’re already contributing to one, you should try to increase your contribution amount. And, in the event that your employer doesn’t offer a retirement plan, consider an Individual Retirement Account (IRA). Start saving Ideally, you should have about three months’ expenses saved in case you lose your job, get sick or are hurt. But, don’t wait until you’ve met all your other financial obligations before you start tucking money away. Instead, set aside some of your income BEFORE you pay your bills. Better yet, have money automatically deducted from your paycheck and deposited into a savings account. If you already have a savings

account, add more money to it. Check your credit report. Check your credit report at the beginning of each year to look for errors or evidence that See FINANCIALLY FIT page 2

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In This Issue... 3-5 Around Town your guide to good news and events in St. Charles County like Act Two Theatre’s presentation of Forever Plaid 5 Historic Streets Historic St. Charles’ calendar of events 6 Lincoln County Life the Kiwanis Sweetheart Dance and other Lincoln County news and events 7 Business Advertiser Profile: Fur Centre of St. Louis is Moving 8 School Holt Student selected as KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement 9 Movie Gangster Squad: Sean Penn shines in his role as a violent mob leader. 10 Sports local sport authority Gary B fills you in on all the game stats and athlete gossip from the weekend Looking for Shelly Schneider’s column? Pick up a copy of CrossRoads Magazine for the latest from your favorite funny girl columnist. 11 Recipes Home Cooking That’s Flavorful and Healthier 12 & 13 What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long

FINANCIALLY FIT from Cover someone has tried to access your credit without your permission. You can get one free credit report every twelve months from each of the nationwide credit bureaus (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) by visiting or calling (877) 322-8228. Improve your credit score. Many financial institutions will share your credit score with you and, if necessary, suggest ways to improve it. Though it takes some time and dedication, you can better your score just by paying down your debt, making your monthly payments on time, every time, only applying for the credit you really need, and keeping what credit lines you do have available for use—rather than maxed out. The key here is perseverance. If you are serious about gaining control of your finances, just follow these steps. If you do, come this time next year, your financial health will be greatly improved.

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Taste of Vegas Casino Night Tickets are now on sale for the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce’s Inaugural Taste of Vegas casino night presented by Krey Distributing on March 2. The event will take place at the O’Fallon Elks Lodge located at 1163 Tom Ginnever in O’Fallon. This black tie optional evening will begin at 6 p.m. with food samplings from the area’s finest establishments along with wine, beer and spirit tastings. Then from 7:30 until 10 p.m. attendees will

be able to try their luck on several casino tables that will be available, including Black Jack, Poker/ Texas Hold’em, Craps, Roulette and a Chuck ‘O Luck Wheel. Guest will then be able to trade in their winnings for raffle tickets for a chance to win some great prizes that will be drawn at 10:30 p.m. concluding the evening. A Taste of Vegas will truly make you think you are in the heart of Las Vegas and will draw a mix of area residents and business people. General Admission is $40 per person and includes tastings from O’Fallon’s finest restaurants, drinks, souvenir photo, 2 raffle entries, $5,000 in gaming money and live entertainment with dancing. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 636.240.1818 or online at www. No one under 21 will be admitted, tickets will not be sold the evening of the event. Casino night proceeds benefit the mission of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce.

14 & 15 Classifieds 16 Over the Fence Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher. • Community News - St. Charles County • January 30, 2013

O’Fallon’s Zero-Interest Home Improvement Loan

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Musical Theatre: Forever Plaid

Does your home need a new furnace, air conditioning, new windows or other repairs? Homeowners with a low-to-moderate income are encouraged to find out if they qualify for assistance through the City’s Home Improvement Loan Program (HILP), which offers forgivable five-year loans of up to $5,000 for home maintenance. In general, to meet qualifications, applicants must reside in O’Fallon City limits, and also have owned and lived in the house to be improved for at least one year, have a low-to-moderate-income, with the total gross income of all household members age 18 and older not exceeding HUD limits and be current on mortgage payments and real estate taxes, and have no pending bankruptcies or outstanding federal, state or city tax liens. For more information, please contact Jessica Hawkins at or call 636.379.5411.

Habitat For Humanity Seeks Prospective Homeowners Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is seeking applications from local families that would like to be considered as new homeowners for a Habitat for Humanity home in St. Charles County, MO. Interested families should contact the Habitat office on or before February 8th to participate in this selection process. Families should ask to speak with Michelle Woods at 636.978.5712 to learn how to apply. Individuals that contact the office after February 8 can be considered for future available homes. Selection Criteria includes need, ability to pay, resident of St. Charles County for past year, and a willingness to partner. Habitat will select qualified families for low-cost homes that they will purchase with interest free mortgages. The local organization is a not-for-profit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International whose mission is developing

housing for low-income families who cannot otherwise afford adequate housing. Homes are built by volunteers and with “sweat equity” labor provided by the family selected to live in the new home. Habitat then sells these homes to low-income families with low, interest-free mortgages. There is a continuing need for financial and construction support from local businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals. There is also a critical need for building sites. Interested parties should contact the Habitat office at 636.978.5712 or visit our website at

Cast, left to right: Kevin Hester, Justin Spurgeon, Steve Roma, Luke Steingruby

Act Two Theatre presents Forever Plaid, a fun, family-friendly show celebrating the music of Mel Torme, Perry Como and their contemporaries. The show runs February 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and February 10 and 17 at 2 p.m. at the St. Peters City Hall. Tickets are $14 for students and seniors and $18 for adults, although group discounts are available. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 636.336.0034 or visit


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MoDOT Public Meeting on I-70 and Mid Rivers Mall The Missouri Department of Transportation will host an openhouse style public meeting regarding reconstruction of the Interstate 70 and Mid Rivers Mall Drive interchange. MoDOT is proposing to build a diverging diamond interchange (DDI), similar to the DDI at the Interstate 270 and Dorsett Road interchange in Maryland Heights. The project also includes the construction of an additional westbound I-70 lane between Mid Rivers Mall Drive and Route 79. The public meeting will take place on Thursday, January 31 from 4-7 p.m. at the St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Those attending this open house style meeting can see construction plans and discuss the project’s impacts with MoDOT engineers. Participants will be able to submit comments about the plans, the schedule, and possible impacts during the public meeting. Since there are no formal presentations during the public meeting, participants may attend at any time during the open house.

Freezin’ For a Reason Everyone will be Freezin’ For a Reason on Saturday, February 2nd as 92.3 WIL “takes the plunge” at the 10th Annual Polar Plunge at Lake St. Louise in Lake St. Louis, Missouri. WIL personalities Bo Matthews and Derrick Keith will brave the cold to support the vital athletic programs provided by the Special Olympics Missouri organization. A minimum donation of $75 per plunger entitles people of all ages to plunge into Lake St. Louise, receive a Polar Plunge long sleeve t-shirt, free entry to the Post-Plunge Party, and a great warm feeling for helping Special Olympics athletes! Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the Plunge starts promptly at 12:00. And the general public can join in on the fun without getting wet at the Post Plunge Party, held immediately following the big Plunge. Admission is just $5, and Plungers get in for free! Go to to register for the 2013 Polar Plunge.

All About Genealogy: Highlight of February DAR Meeting “All About Genealogy” will be the program presented at the February meeting of the Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, on February 16 at Lake Forest Country Club. Members and prospective members of the Chapter will gather at 10:30 a.m. for the chapter meeting.

Eighteen new NSDAR members will be invited to take the Oath of Membership and other chapter members will be honored for their years of service in NSDAR. Lunch and program will follow the meeting. Tracing your family roots back further than two or three generations can be a daunting challenge. However, if you manage to connect your ancestral line directly to a patriot of the American Revolutionary War, you could be eligible to join the new DAR Chapter. Interested women who would like to attend the February meeting must make reservations for the lunch portion of the meeting which costs $18. For more information about the DAR or to make reservations, contact Regent, Susan Russ at 636-978-1869 or Registrar, Mary Jo Anderson at 636.294.5549. Also find us at • Community News - St. Charles County • January 30, 2013

Learn to Create Beautiful Eyes with Artist Jerry Thomas

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Stroke Education for Survivors

Join Artist Jerry Thomas in his class Creating Beautiful Eyes at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. The class will take place on Tuesdays, March 5-26, from 6-9 p.m.. Classes are for artists of all skill levels. The cost is $104 and includes a work manual. For more information or to register, contact Jerry at 314.878.3048 or at Jerry will provide a materials and supply list. The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located inside St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO.

Boys and Girls Clubs 2013 Crystal Gala The Boys and Girls of St. Charles County will be hosting its 48th Annual Crystal Gala on February 9. The event will be held at the Columns Banquet Center. It is a Black Tie Optional affair that affords a night of fun filled entertainment. Registration and networking begins at 5 p.m. followed by a Silent Auction, Delectable Dinner, Oral Auction and Mixer. To be a Sponsor, donate an Auction Item (Oral or Silent), place an ad in the program book or make a reservation; phone Jeanette Koechner, Resource Development director at 636-946-6255 ext. 104 or e-mail her at

St. Charles County stroke survivors and their families now have a new resource designed to provide valuable information on their road to recovery. When you or a loved one has a stroke, life can change dramatically. The simplest of tasks, such as talking on the phone, understanding conversations, taking walks, shopping or just getting around, can feel daunting. That’s why SSM Neurosciences Institute at St. Joseph Hospital West created a free education forum to help stroke survivors and their caregivers. The purpose of the forum is to provide resources, information, emotional support and fellowship. The St. Charles County Stroke Education Forum meets from 3-4 p.m. every fourth Thursday of the month. All meetings are held in the Community Education Room, located on the main level of the H.W. Koenig Medical Building on the St. Joseph Hospital West campus, 100 Medical Plaza, Lake Saint Louis. The forum will feature a guest speaker each month and light refreshments will be provided. The next meeting dates are Feb. 28 and March 28. For more information or to RSVP for the group, call 1.866.SSM.DOCS (776.3627).

FREE Square Dance Lessons On Thursday, February 7, join our dancers for a fun couples night out! Or, come to mingle with singles and meet new people! All ages are welcome, rhythm not required. Casual dress recommended. That is the start of many reasons to learn to square dance. You will find friendship and fun along with exercise of the body and mind. Hurry! Join Wheelers & Dealers Club of St. Charles for FREE lessons. Your life will change for the better. This event takes place from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Parkside Retirement Living at 2150 West Randloph. For more information, call David Fares

at 636.527.3014 or visit

What: Hudson and the HooDoo Cats When: February 15 at 7 p.m. Where: Foundry Art Centre Location: Foundry Art Centre Cost: $15.00 General Admission, $10.00 Foundry Member Tickets and Info: 636-255-0270 Hudson and the HooDoo Cats are a JumpSwinginRockinBoogieBluesaBilly, or for short, a JitterbugaBilly band. You can expect to have a rockin’ fun time at the Foundry Art Centre with Hudson and the HooDoo Cats. What: Bobby Vinton: In Concert When: February 16 Where: Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Tickets and Info: or 800-447-7400 A multi-talented musician, singer and actor, Bobby Vinton has sold more than 75 million albums during his career. His impressive list of hits includes renowned love songs such as “Roses Are Red,” “Blue Velvet,” “Mr. Lonely,” and many more.

When: February 22 to February 24 Where: Saint Charles Convention Center It’s the annual “Ultimate Girl’s Day Out” with over 370 exhibits, unique products, lots of food, fashion, fitness & fun. For times, guest appearances & schedule of events, visit our website, What: The China National Symphony When: February 26 Where: Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts Tickets and Info: or 800-447-7400. The China National Symphony Orchestra is one of the most outstanding professional symphony orchestras in China, and once you experience its performances of Guan’s “First Movement of the Earth Requiem,” Tschaikowski’s “Piano Concerto No. 1,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 7,” there will be no doubt in your mind as to just why they’ve achieved the title of China’s national symphony.

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PTO Trivia Night for Boone Elementary Boone Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will be hosting a Trivia Night on February 8 at Mortimer Hall in Hawk Point. The Mardi Gras-themed event will begin at 7 p.m. There can be up to eight players per table. The PTO helps the children throughout the year by helping provide field trips, classroom supplies, family fun nights, and technology such as the library’s new SMART Board. Doors will open at 6 p.m. There will be a monetary prize for the best decorated table.

Kiwanis Sweetheart Dance The Troy Kiwanis Sweetheart Dance will be held on February 16 at the KC Hall on Hwy J in Troy, MO. Butch Wax & The Hollywoods will provide music. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. and the dance will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight. Reservations include dinner, dessert, beer, set-ups and dancing. Tickets are $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. Ticket sales will close on February 8. There will be absolutely no sales after this date, so make your reservations now. Please contact Cindy Davenport at 636.528.1354 or for tickets.

Troy Buchanan High Show Choir Invitational The 2013 Troy Buchanan High School Show Choir Invitational will be held at TBHS on Saturday, February 9 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Performances are open to the public. Admission for students (K12) and seniors (ages 55+) is $10. Adult tickets are $15. Students younger than five can attend for free. Tickets good for all performances. Show Choirs from around the region will perform throughout the day. Various refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information email

Troy Man Wins $803,000 in Lottery Wesley Menefee, 44, of Troy, used Quick Pick to win $803,000 in the Missouri Lottery on January 9. Menefee’s win is the third largest Show Me Cash jackpot ever. While claiming his prize at Lottery headquarters in Jefferson City, Menefee and his wife Jeanine, joked about the winning moment. Wesley explained that he often thought about what he’d do if he were to win a large prize. He believed he’d “be discrete” and not share the news with anyone. Yet, when his daydream turned into a reality, he was surprised by his reaction.

“I screamed, and the whole gas station knew I won,” he said, referring to when he checked his Show Me Cash ticket at Circle K, 1001 Lake St. Louis Blvd., in Lake St. Louis. After receiving a bevy of handshakes, pats on the back and well wishes from retail clerks and fellow patrons, he climbed into his truck and drove home to tell his wife the good news. “She didn’t believe anything until she saw me start to cry a little bit,” Menefee shared. “All we’ve ever talked about was paying off our home and our cars. It’s going to set us up for the rest of our lives.” Wesley reminisced about the win, noting that he was still in shock. “How in the world could I be the one that got it?” he asked. Jeanine was quick to add that his fortuity was a result of “good karma.” “He’s such a giving man,” she added. “Now I have nothing to pay,” he beamed. “That’s the best feeling in the world!” Show Me Cash offers a rolling jackpot starting at $50,000, which increases by at least $5,000 at each drawing. The winning numbers from January 9 were: 5, 26, 27, 32 and 35. The largest Show Me Cash jackpot to date was $898,000 on October 4, 2012. The prize was split by two ticketholders.

AARP Tax Assistance Offered for Seniors

The Senior Center in Troy will be offering AARP Tax Aide, the nation’s largest free volunteerrun tax counseling service. Volunteers are trained in conjunction with the IRS and can address most of the tax issues faced by their clients. Participants should bring a copy of last year’s tax returns, Social Security card, photo ID, children’s Social Security cards, all W2’s and 1099’s and any other materials that may be necessary. AARP Tax Aide will be offering free electronic filing. Assistance will be offered February 6 through April 10 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To schedule an appointment call 636.528.7000. Appointments are required for service. • Community News - St. Charles County • January 30, 2013

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Fur Centre of St. Louis is Moving

Before relocating, the store is having a huge inventory sale. Customers can save as much as 80% off the ticket price. By DeAnna Massie The Fur Centre of St. Louis, also known as the Fur and Leather Centre of St. Louis, will be moving to a new location in Clayton on April 1, 2013. John Hanlon, president of the Fur Centre says the nearly 10,000-square-foot building on the corner of Clayton Road and S. Central Avenue in Clayton is a good move for the business, but a better one for customers. “It’s a far superior location in terms of customer convenience. It’s going to be a lot easier getting into and out of this location with the intersection, and because it’s three-tenths of a mile from the Galleria, many of our customers can visit us while running other errands and shopping.” Hanlon told the St. Louis Business Journal he is spending about $400,000 to renovate the former Byron Cade building at 7901 Clayton Road. With 5,300 square feet of space on the first floor, 1,750-squarefoot on the second, a 2,200-square-foot outdoor deck and storage area, and a 23-car parking lot, the new location has plenty of potential. “It’s going to be a friendlier, more welcoming space,” says Hanlon. “For example, the front of the building has a large, and beautiful, display window.” The former wholesale fur business began in downtown St. Louis in 1937 by Spiro Abatgis and Bernie Bornstein. In 1980, the growing company moved to the current location at 601 North Lindbergh. Hanlon got involved in 2006 and has watched the industry evolve. “Today’s customer is busy, always running around, so we do sell fewer full-length mink coats. However, shorter coats and sportier styles are still popular. And we sell a wide variety of accessories like scarves, handbags, and vests. We can take you from soccer practice to the opera.” There are a number or reasons to buy fur, says Hanlon, but two of the most important are practicality and durability. “Fur is genuinely warm. It’s not just about looking good, these garments are warm and comfortable.”

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Western St. Charles County Chamber Celebration Ball The 2013 Chamber Celebration Ball will be held on Saturday, February 2. This event is a celebration of our chamber and our award winners. This year’s theme is “Stronger Together.” The committee felt that we have been strengthened by the merger of the chambers and wanted to take this opportunity to bring everyone together and celebrate the Western St. Charles County Chamber! Award winners can be found online on our website: www. The event will be held at Bear Creek Golf Club. Tickets are only $45 per person and include dinner, an open bar, and live entertainment from TNT and The Hard Drives, and an auction. You can reserve your table or tickets by calling 636.327.6914 or online at www.

Hanlon also says fur is also a solid investment. If properly cared for, fur will outlast other materials and retain its value. The Fur Centre offers a variety of services to help customers protect their investment, including fur and leather repair, conditioning, storage and restyling. “If you have an older garment—even something you inherited— that is out of style, our designer can restyle it into something fashionable and well-fitted that you can wear.” The Fur Centre will also accept furs on trade or buy unwanted garments. Hanlon is proud of the quality of the products and service his company provides. “We shop all over the world to get the finest garments possible. Our people know what they’re doing. In sales, the most important qualities are product knowledge and professionalism.” Hanlon says because The Fur Centre is just one of several national locations, he has access to any product a customer could request. “If I don’t have it here, I can get it quickly.” Equally important as good customer service, says Hanlon, is being involved in the local community and giving back. They donate items to auctions for organizations like local schools and the St. Louis Symphony—and support charities like Friends of Kids With Cancer. “We want to be good corporate citizens,” says Hanlon. Before moving the Fur Centre will host an inventory sale, with some items marked down as much as 80%. Visit to see products or call 314.997.3877. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Student of Achievement Abigail Corbett, a junior at Holt High School, has been selected as a KMOX/ Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement. The KMOX Student of Achievement program began 20 years ago when Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck created the scholarship fund to recognize the positive accomplishments of area

students. The Annual award recognizes a select group of students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, the arts, community service and leadership. Corbett has a 3.85 GPA and has scored a 27 on the ACT test. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and DECA. She was the Captain of the softball team this season, and also received All-Conference Honors and has been named to the All-Academic Team for the past three years. In the community she collects food for the Oasis Food Pantry and works with the Girls Grow Strong program. She also volunteers for Special Olympic functions including bowling and basketball tournaments. As a result of her accomplishments, Corbett will receive a Student of Achievement Scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University in the fall of 2014.

St. John’s Bank Excellence Scholarship Applications Now Available Applications for the St. Johns Bank Excellence Scholarship Program are currently available. The application deadline is March 1. Interested seniors attending high school in the Ritenour, Ferguson/Florissant, Pattonville, St. Charles, Fort Zumwalt, and Francis Howell school districts should see their guidance counselor, come in to the nearest St. Johns Bank branch, or log on to to obtain an application. Three eligible applicants will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to help further

their education. Other qualifications for the scholarship program include continuing their education full-time at a community college, four-year college or university in Missouri, Illinois or Kansas, and planning to major in banking, finance or business. For more information about the St. Johns Bank Excellence Scholarship Program, please log on to or call Laurie Sybert at 314.428.1000.

FCS Financial Announces 2013 Scholarship Program To encourage and support higher education for relatives of FCS Financial members, FCS Financial will again offer up to 35 scholarships valued at $1,000 each. The scholarship deadline is Friday, March 1 and recipients will be notified in April.

Nearly $290,000 has been distributed through the FCS Financial Scholarship Program since it was established by the FCS Financial Board of Directors in 2004. To qualify, applicants must be a graduating senior at a Missouri high school, a child or grandchild of an FCS Financial member, and attain a 2.5 or higher GPA, an ACT score of at least 26 or rank in the top 20 percent of their senior class. The scholarship applicants are then judged on leadership roles,


work experience, community involvement and essays by a non-partisan committee. One recipient is selected from qualified applicants at each FCS Financial branch office. Up to 12 at-large recipients are also selected from all qualified applicants. Apply online at Click on Scholarships at the top of the web page. Relatives of FCS Financial board members or employees are not eligible.

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“Gangster Squad”


By Steve Bryan - Rated: R

Sean Penn delivers a strong, unyielding performance as the legendary Mickey Cohen in the new thriller Gangster Squad. Set in Los Angeles during the post-World War II years, this film examines the battle between the police and East Coast mobsters for control of the City of Angels. Sent to California by his Chicago bosses, Cohen ultimately breaks ties with them to establish himself as Kingpin of the West Coast. His violent behavior prompts Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte) to assemble a covert team Gangster Squad Photos courtesy of Warner Bros to clean up the streets. Parker assigns Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) to head up this undercover squad. Afraid for her husband’s life, John’s pregnant wife Connie (Mireille Enos) looks through piles of police profiles to find men who can keep him safe. Like O’Mara, this so-called gangster squad is filled with men who saw their post-war dreams crumble at the hands of Cohen and his gang. Extremely graphic and violent, Gangster Squad is a watchable film that may get lost in the post-holiday shuffle. Sean Penn is at his best here as Mickey Cohen, a former boxer turned mob enforcer. Penn embodies the ambition and violent temper that the real-life Cohen is said to have possessed. Josh Brolin also is rock-solid as Sgt. O’Mara, a police officer who solves most problems with his knuckles. O’Mara’s first appearance in the film shows his battling his way into a mobster’s den to save the life of a young woman. Later on, O’Mara goes toe-totoe with Cohen to settle things once and for all. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone provide an interesting romantic subplot to “Gangster Squad.” Gosling plays Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a hard-drinking officer who doesn’t take his job seriously. After a young friend is caught in a mob crossfire, Jerry agrees to join O’Mara’s squad and take on Cohen’s men. Jerry likes to live dangerously and starts seeing Grace Faraday, played by Stone. Though Grace serves as Cohen’s etiquette teacher and lover, she also keeps company with Jerry. O’Mara doesn’t like the fact that she’s playing both sides and could get Jerry and the rest of the police officers killed.

Robert Patrick, who just wrapped up a halfseason on TV’s Last Resort, also is memorable as Max Kennard, an oldschool officer and a crack shot. Max has a loyal disciple in Navidad Ramirez (Michael Pena), an eager young officer who stands his ground even when the bullets are flying. Beautifully shot in historic locations like Los Angeles Union Station, Gangster Squad benefits from a great cast and even better writing. It’s not the best mobsterthemed movie ever made, but it is a great film. Gangster Squad, rated R for strong violence and language, currently is playing in theaters.

Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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Gary Baute

Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KYMC, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted the BudSports. com Westplex Sports Hour, among many other activities.

NFC Dominates AFC In Pro Bowl ***National Football Conference 62, American Football Conference 35 The players picked to play in the Pro Bowl are about 100 from the 1646 of the National Football League and are the best of the best. The players picked from the Super Bowl teams are busy preparing for the Super Bowl Game on Sunday February 3 at 5:29 p.m. local time, so they did not get a ticket to the Big Island. If you’re a football fan, you witnessed iconic players and future stars. To name a few: Peyton and Eli Manning, Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees, Reggie Wayne, JJ Watt, and AJ Green. Two former Rams included Richie Incognito, and London Fletcher received the votes. Kyle Rudolph, tight end from the Minnesota Vikings, won the MVP Award and a nice SUV. He was not even supposed to be there and was a replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons. ~~~Not a bad gig in Hawaii

Junior at Holt High Receives Scholarship Created By Jack Buck ***Heading to Southeast Missouri Abigail Corbett, a junior at Holt High School, has been selected as a KMOX/Southeast Missouri State University Student of Achievement. The KMOX Student of Achievement program began 20 years ago when Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck created the scholarship fund to recognize the positive accomplishments of area students. “It’s really exciting to be recognized for doing what I do; my parents always taught me to do as much as you can in the time you have. What little free time I do have I try to spend with my family,” said Corbett. “I’m going to the SEMO softball camp soon, so I’m really interested in seeing the campus, I would love to continue to play softball in college!” The annual award recognizes a select group of students throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, the arts, community service and leadership. Corbett has a 3.85 GPA and has scored a 27 on the ACT test. She is a member of the National Honor Society,


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Student Council, and DECA. She was the Captain of the softball team this season, and also received All-Conference Honors and has been named to the All-Academic Team for the past three years. In the community she collects food for the Oasis Food Pantry and works with the Girls Grow Strong program. She also volunteers for Special Olympic functions including bowling and basketball tournaments. ~~~Thanks to Matt Deichmann, Community Relations at Holt High School St. Louis Football: Rams Hand Out Hardware ***Steven Jackson Picks Up Three In a vote amongst Rams players, Jackson received the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial Award, which goes to the team’s Most Valuable Player. In addition, SJ39 is the Rams’ recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in recognition of Jackson’s commitment to community service. The Carl Ekern Spirit of the Game Award winner made the halfback of the squad a unanimous selection. Picture (from Gary B) is at Ram’s Training Camp as Jackson has Gary B’s back! ~~~Adding more to his collection Lindenwood Women’s Ice Hockey Look for Victories Against RIT ***Women Hit the Ice The Lindenwood women’s ice hockey team is hosting Rochester Institute of Technology on February 1 and 2 and will look to capture a pair of victories against the Tigers. The Lady Lions have had six players record double-digit points this season. Alison Wickenheiser leads the team with 15, followed by Allysson Arcibal with 12, Alyssa West with 11, and 10 apiece for Kendra Broad, Lyndsay Kirkham, and Chelsea Witwicke. As of January 24th, Chelsea Witwicke is fifth in the league in defenseman points with 10. RIT took the first game between the two schools this season by a 5-1 score. The two teams tied in the second contest at 1-1. ~~~Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant

True Life Adventure, A Thrill a Minute The siren call of a lost city in remote southeastern Honduras beckons to adventurers, one past and one present. The tales of their dual quests to discover the White City make for an edge-of-your-seat, nonfiction ride into the wilds. Readers will quickly fall under the spell of “Jungleland,” by Christopher S. Stewart. It’s not easy to turn your back on wanderlust and squelch a desire to live life on the edge. Stewart, a writer and editor with the Wall Street Journal, was thus afflicted. Married, with a young daughter, a mortgage and hoping for another child Stewart yearned for the days when he was able to drop everything and take off for faraway places, reporting and writing about his experiences. In 2008, while researching a story about the drug trade in Honduras, Stewart first heard about Ciudad Blanca, the mysterious lost city and the legend of Theodore Morde, a 1940s American adventurer, and World War II spy, who claimed he’d discovered an overgrown ancient site in the jungle with gold and treasured artifacts, where tribes once worshipped “monkey gods.” In the humdrum of his settled Brooklyn existence, the story niggles at Stewart, and soon becomes an obsession. He discovers that Morde died under suspicious circumstances, though his death appeared to be a suicide. Stewart tracks down Morde’s relatives, and they provide him with a log the adventurer kept that detailed his journey into the Honduran jungle, a perilous four-month trek into a rain-forest rife with poisonous snakes, alligators, wild pigs, jaguars and bandits. The journal of Morde’s expedition, fuels Stewart’s fire to follow the adventurer’s path. With his wife’s blessing, overlaid with worry about the dangers her husband will face, the modern day explorer is off to another world where conveniences like cellphone service and paved roads are non-existent. For over a month, Stewart walks in Morde’s shoes with a 40-plus pound pack on his back driven by an insatiable urge to reach the White City, return and write about his discovery. The pace of this exciting book moves because its chapters alternate between Stewart’s and Morde’s adventures. Stewart’s harrowing journey is fraught with difficulty, and at times he’s so miserable and fear-filled he contemplates ending his quest, as do his companions. But Stewart sees his journey through, and the end result is far different from what he expects, one that forges an even stronger connection between adventurers separated by decades. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2012. • Community News - St. Charles County • January 30, 2013

(Family Features) All across the country, food lovers are cooking up something wholesome and flavorful. They are making a commitment to eating better on their own terms by making more meals at home. They are finding that home cooking with real ingredients is inherently healthier — and it’s surprisingly easy. With a few simple changes, you can make a big difference in the healthfulness of everyday meals.

Recipes: “By adding herbs and spices, it’s easy to make healthy foods more flavorful. And it’s a smart way to freshen up your family’s standby recipes while gradually reducing reliance on sugar, sodium or fat,” said Chef Mark Garcia, of the McCormick Kitchens. For freshened-up family favorites, try making these simple, healthful changes that are simply delicious:

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn

— Replace the heavy breading on chicken tenders with a flour mixture spiced with paprika, black pepper and oregano. Bake it in the oven to reduce fat and calories. — For a healthier take on beef stew, use low sodium broth and serve over whole grain pasta or brown rice instead of mashed potatoes.

Oven-Fried Chicken

Boneless chicken is seasoned and oven-fried for great taste that’s quick and easy enough for any day of the week. Prep Time: 5 minutes • Cook Time: 20 minutes • Makes: 5 servings Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch baking pan with no stick cooking spray. 2. Mix flour, seasoned salt, oregano and pepper in shallow dish. Moisten chicken with milk. Coat evenly with flour mixture. Place chicken in single layer on prepared pan. Drizzle with melted butter. 3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. 4. Test Kitchen Tip: For quicker,

more uniform cooking, slice thick chicken breasts in half horizontally or pound chicken breasts thin. 5. Flavor Variation: Use 1 teaspoon McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning or Rosemary Leaves, crushed, in place of the oregano. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 190; Fat: 6g; Carbohydrates: 6g; Cholesterol: 80mg; Sodium: 457mg; Fiber: 0g; Protein: 28g

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn Make a batch of this Super Spice-rich chili for your next get-together. It doubles easily if you are expecting a crowd. Prep Time: 15 minutes • Cook Time: 30 minutes • Makes 8 (1-cup) servings Ingredients: - 1 tablespoon vegetable oil - 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes - 1 cup chopped green bell pepper - 1 cup chopped onion - 1 tablespoon McCormick Paprika - 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Oregano Leaves - 1 teaspoon McCormick Cumin, Ground - 1 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder - 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Red Pepper, Crushed - 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed - 1 can (15 oz) great Northern beans, drained and rinsed - 1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained - 1 cup chicken broth - 1 cup frozen corn Directions: 1. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken, bell pepper and onion; cook and stir 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Add paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic powder and red pepper; mix well. 2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes.

— For a delicious twist on traditional chili, try using boneless, skinless chicken breasts with black beans and corn. Pump up the authentic Southwest flavor with cumin, garlic powder and red pepper. Get more recipes like these at www.mccormick. com. You can also join the conversation on Twitter @ Spices4Health.

Hearty Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables

Hearty Beef Stew with Roasted Vegetables

Oven-Fried Chicken

Ingredients: - 1/4 cup flour - 1 1/2 teaspoons Lawry’s Seasoned Salt - 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Oregano Leaves - 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Ground - 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast halves or thighs - 1/4 cup milk - 1 tablespoon butter, melted


Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 188; Fat: 4g; Carbohydrates: 20g; Cholesterol: 37mg; Sodium: 413mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 18g

Roasting the vegetables before adding them to the stew brings out delicious caramelized flavors. Prep Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 35 minutes • Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients: - 4 cups cubed winter vegetables (cut into 1/2-inch pieces), such as carrots, butternut squash, parsnips or sweet potatoes - 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces - 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided - 1 1/2 pounds boneless beef sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes - 3/4 cup chicken broth - 3 McCormick Bay Leaves - 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Thyme Leaves - 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Black Pepper, Coarse Ground - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1/4 cup dry red wine or apple juice - 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes

maining 1 tablespoon olive oil in large skillet on medium-high heat 5 minutes or until beef is browned. Add roasted vegetables, chicken broth, bay leaves, thyme, pepper, salt and wine. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Remove bay leaves from stew before serving. Serve stew over mashed potatoes. 3. Test Kitchen Tip: If desired, add 2 McCor-

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Toss vegetables and onion with 1 tablespoon olive oil on large baking sheet. Roast 20 minutes or until vegetables are golden. 2. Meanwhile, cook and stir beef in re-

mick Bay Leaves to cooking water when preparing fresh or instant potatoes. For instant mashed potatoes, remove bay leaves before adding potato flakes. For fresh potatoes, remove bay leaves before mashing. Nutrition information, per serving: Calories: 406; Fat: 18g; Carbohydrates: 33g; Cholesterol: 59mg; Sodium: 745mg; Fiber: 6g; Protein: 28g


What’s Happening

CHURCH Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday 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. Info: 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: 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 Now - March 31: Summer Camp

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Registration at the O’Fallon Family YMCA Designed for pre-school through teens and has something for all interests. Includes traditional outdoor camps and “specialty camps” involving fun adventures and themes, sports, games, arts, dance and more. Now - January 31 save 20% off up to three weeks of camp, February 1 - February 28 save 15% off up to three weeks of camp, March 1 - March 31 save 10% off up to three weeks of camp. Info: 636.379.0092. Now - March 31: Y-Weight Challenge at the O’Fallon Family YMCA Be our next “before” and “after” in this 12 week program to help you lose weight and improve your health and wellness. Average weight loss per person is 20 Pounds! Led by a Y certified personal trainer. Meets 3 times per week. $720, Members pay: $360. Payment plans available. Info/Registration: 636.379.0092. February 2: Tropical Trivia Night at the Academy of the Sacred Heart Doors open at 6:15 p.m., play begins at 7 p.m. Fun, food, drink and an opportunity to share your vast collection of knowledge.Tables of eight. Cash prizes for first and second place teams. Info/reservations: 636.946.5632. or February 2: Kid’s & Tot’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. Ages 4 months - 13 years. $10/child in advance, $15/ child at the door. Swimming, crafts, rock wall, bingo & more. Concessions available for purchase. Info: 636.379.0092.

February 7: “Supporting Young Parents” 11:30 a.m. at Community Commons at the Spencer Road Library, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters. Lunch presentation with comments from Melinda Ohlemiller, CEO, Nurses for Newborns; Chari Bender, Nurses for Newborns; and DiAnne Mueller, CEO, St. Louis Crisis Nursery.Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members (add $1 service fee for credit card). Buffet included. Register at or 636.978.2277. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card. Reservations are recommended and advance payment is requested. February 9: Senior Singles Why eat alone? Conversation at 3 p.m., dinner at 4 p.m. at Los Platos, 503 West Pearce in Wentzville. Info: Wanda at 636.561.9100 or Pat at 636.240.7898. February 14: Mom’s Afternoon Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 12-3 p.m. Ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Kids can play, make a craft project & have a snack. $10/child, $5/each additional child. Registrations must be received by noon on Wednesday before the scheduled date. Info/ Registration: 636.379.0092. February 15: Daddy Daughter Dance at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 6:30-8:30 p.m. $5/family for members, $10/family for public. Music, games and activities as you dance the night away. Ongoing Events

4th Monday: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: Adult Volleyball 6-7 p.m. at the St. Charles County Family YMCA, 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters. Non-competitive, co-ed, free and open to the public. Just show up with your friends and enjoy a fun-filled evening. Info: 636.928.1928. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30 p.m. at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563. 4th Tuesday: 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. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles. Every Tuesday: 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. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Mo. Toastmasters gives all members the opportunity to grow their skills, which fosters self-confidence and personal growth. St. Charles County Toastmasters is open to the public and looking for new members. Info: 636.379.2505.

Every Tuesday & Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm., Thursdays 7-7:55 p.m. Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m. Free. Join us every week to play your favorite board or card game. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 12 p.m. Meets at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, Wentzville, MO. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45 p.m. 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. Info: 636.272.1945 or 1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7 p.m. 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! Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45 a.m. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt • Community News - St. Charles County • January 30, 2013 Park). Visitors welcome. Info: Darryl Sandweg, 636.980.1777. Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. Playgroup is a great opportunity to teach our children how to play and share while in a welcoming environment. Info: Andrea Crislip at 314.479.0306 or, or visit Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8 p.m. VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Saturday: Chess 8-10:30 a.m. or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Come play! Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30 a.m. in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). No games Easter weekend & Christ-

mas. $3,600 in cash prizes each week. Progressive game, Derby tickets, pull-tabs, 505/50, bar & food. Info: www.wentzvillefleamarket. org,

and counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center for disease management with a licensed, registered dietitian. Available with a doctor’s order only. To register call 636.949.9600. Info: 636.947.5163.


Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance, by appointment only. Must meet qualifications. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, 1475 Kisker Road in St. Peters, and SSM St. Joseph Health CenterWentzville, 500 Medical Drive in Wentzville. Info: 636.947.5617.

Exercise Classes for Cancer Patients & Survivors Free for breast cancer survivors/ patients, discounted for all other cancer survivors/patients. All participants must have a referral from their SSM Cancer Care or SSM Breast Care physician. Stop by the YMCA service center or call the St. Charles YMCA at 636.928.1928 or the O’Fallon YMCA at 636.379.0092 to register. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Includes a series of three classes over a three- to four- month period held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. DSMT is available with a doctor’s order. Info: 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy

Crisis Nursery The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. The Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care

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is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Wentzville, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. For the St. Charles County Crisis Nursery 24-hour helpline, call 636.947.0600. Visit for program, volunteer and event information. Support Groups Daily: 12 Step Recovery Club 204 G West Pittman, O’Fallon. Info: Mike at 636.240.1722 or Every Monday: BILY (Because I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550. 1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30 p.m. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake

Drive. For families/friends who want help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. Registration: 314.SSM.DOCS. Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life 7 p.m. 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. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Info: metrostlouissia@ • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. • 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 636.561.0389.

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Over the Fence

Joe Morice Joe for Congress

Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.

I’ve always wanted to buy my own federal Legislator. Of course, this means I would have to be a billionaire. Legislators come higher these days since they already became rich or richer by legalizing insider trading for themselves. This only lasted a few years before someone noticed and whattaya know, those little devils made it illegal again. A television exposè claimed Congressional millionaires recently went from 48% to well over 80%. I wondered about the small percentage who abstained. Perhaps by some miracle, they were honest...or maybe just plain dumb. Of course, there’s always the chance they hid the loot better but who knows? It’s also possible to own a legislator without paying. If I was a big-buck CEO of a multinational conglomerate, the price might come from petty cash, and I could give myself another million-dollar raise for taking care of

business between golf outings in the Bahamas. Petty cash is usually for small expenses like flowers for a stenographer’s divorce from too much latenight dictation, taxi-fare for luncheon dates with defense lawyers or occasional foreign dignitaries’ brothel expenses. Buying a legislator is a bit pricey for petty cash but easy to justify at board meetings. Lately, party affiliation has little meaning, especially if legislators have unexpected expenses. Reimbursement for bribing a judge to keep their kid out of jail for selling narcotics might bring about a bill to legalize grenade launcher sales to terrorists or oil drilling in city parks. Even hard-core pro-labor legislators might do an about-face and become pro-business given these circumstances. That is, except for that small percentage previously mentioned. The television program didn’t

mention who they are or if they expect canonization or a padded cell. I realize there are organizations with enough funds for buying legislators but they wouldn’t be my legislators. Large unions could probably do this or perhaps churches with large moneyed flocks. Jesus is said to have chased the moneychangers from the temple but that was long ago. No wonder He hasn’t been around lately. Were He to visit today’s world of Washington wickedness, I’m sure He would bless that small aforementioned abstaining percentage no matter the saints or the paper doll architects. I keep buying lottery tickets in hopes of becoming instantly rich. The odds against are a ka-zillion to one but someone does win it...sometimes well over a hundred million dollars. Were it me, I would immediately head to Washington and ask for a list of legislators for sale…although, I may not need that list. Legislators are good at finding people with large sums of money to donate or else how would they pay for election campaigns? Television propaganda ads are expensive. Buying a legislator who will introduce a bill to forgo taxes on lottery winnings should be a cinch, and I would be a hero among all the future lottery winners. It would be too late to help me, but I’d feel good about helping future rich folks. Maybe I could even run for Congress!


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