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Working Women’s Survival Show



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In its 27th year, the Annual Working Women’s Survival Show will run Feb. 21-23 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Photo courtesy of The Working Women’s Survival Show.B

Bob Harper of NCC’s “The Biggest Loser” will take a winning position on center stage of this year’s event. Once again, the St. Louis Working Women’s Survival Show, a local favorite with women for over 25 years, brings fitness, fashion, food and fun activities, as well as over 350 exhibitor products and services, to the city on Friday Feb. 21 through Sunday, Feb. 23. Headlining the lineup of attractions is Bob Harper, the physical trainer on the popular NBC-TV show, The Biggest Loser, who will appear on the Main Stage Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3pm. By popular demand, the Women’s Show will feature several fashion shows on the Main Stage this year, each with a unique twist. The stars of Goodwill’s own online reality show Thrift Shop Divas will take the stage Friday at 3pm and Saturday at 4pm and representatives from Christopher & Banks and CJ Banks will present three fashion shows on each Show day, each time with a different theme. In addition to the Main Stage, there are several specialty stages and areas at the Show offering more excitement and learning experiences. These include the Cooking Class Stage, Firm, Fit and Feminine, Pampered in Paradise and the Wine Garden. The Cooking Class Stage is the place to be drawn by tempting aromas, as chefs create their special dishes. It’s where

you’ll find the Inspired Chef Cookoff and Chef Dian Slater from the Missouri Pork Association, who will present “Perfect Pulled Pork---Beyond the Bun”. Every year there is a new popular exercise routine that arouses everyone’s interest. This year exercise studio Pink Lemon will be on the Firm, Fit and Feminine Stage to show you how to use The Pole. Pink Lemon will demonstrate Polerina, using the pole along with ballet exercises to help tone and lengthen the body. Pampered in Paradise is the place to find the Nail Bar, where manicurists from Xenon Academy will do manicures for attendees and Origins Cosmetics at Macy’s will do mini-facials and free product samples. Take a trip through the vineyards! Sip and sample wines in the Wine Garden from many Missouri wineries. Learn how to pair wines and foods and purchase your favorite wines by the bottle. Wine accessories also are available for purchase. Back for a second year is the Ultimate Girl’s 5K run or 1K walk to benefit “WomensHeart,” a national coalition for women with heart disease. The Mardi Gras themed event will kick off Saturday at 8:45am at the St. Charles Convention Center and run a route through St.



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Charles. Participants must register at ultimategirls.itsyour In all, 25 seminars will be presented at the Show, including topics such as stress management, home organization and life with toddlers. Free parking is available at the Convention Center. A free shuttle bus will run from the Ameristar Casino Hotel lower parking lot to the Show every 10 to 15 minutes. See WORKING WOMEN’S SURVIVAL SHOW page 2

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Around Town the St. Charles Chill will honor Brett and Bobby Hull at upcoming games and explore St. Charles County Parks with their history.


Business Esri is honored as an international leader and a recent open house in St. Charles featured the proposed Fifth Street improvements.


School Dr. Ed Gettemeier was named Middle School Principal of the Year and The City of St. Charles School District Board approves props L and S for the ballot in April.


Movie When it comes to The Lego Movie, everything really is awesome.

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Local sport authorities Gary B and Mike K fill you in on the weekend’s sporting events. Also, play Sudoku and read a review of a new novel.

WOMEN’S SURVIVAL SHOW from cover Show hours are Friday from 11am-8pm, Saturday from 10am-8pm and Sunday from 11am-5pm. Tickets are $9.50 for adults; $7.50 for seniors over 60 and children 6 to 11. Children under 6 are admitted free. Tickets can be ordered and printed online at in advance and through the dates of the Show. Discounted tickets at $6.50 are available at all Dierbergs Markets locations. Tickets are available at the Convention Center box office days of Show only. Follow the Show on Twitter and connect with the Show on Facebook. Go to to access Twitter. For smart phone users, download your QR code and find out what is happening minute by minute all three days of the Show. Health and Fitness expert, television star and two time #1 New York Times bestselling author, Bob Harper is one of the most successful lifestyle experts in the world as a trainer on NBC’s global hit show, The Biggest Loser, now shooting its 15th season.

Health and Fitness expert, Bob Harper, of The Biggest Loser fame, will be on the main stage at this year’s Working Women’s Show on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3pm. Photo courtesy of The Workng Women’s Survival Show.

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St. Andrew’s Announces Call for Nominations for Ageless Remarkable St. Louisans Gala

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Local residents are encouraged to nominate dynamic seniors, age 75+, from across the St. Louis area by March 10, 2014 The St. Anditional age of redrew’s Resourctirement. The anes for Seniors nual gala has also System today raised over $1.5 announced that dollars since 2003 nominations to help meet the are now beneeds of low-ining accepted come and at-risk for seniors to seniors in the St. be recognized Louis area. at its 2014 Age“Too often, we less Remarkfind that older able St. Louisans adults are stereoGala. The annual typed as frail, unevent honors productive memoutstanding St. bers of our society, (L to R) are Mary Alice Ryan, president and CEO of the St. Andrew’s Resources for Louis area older Pictured and this is why the Seniors System; Anna Harris, member of the St. Andrews Resources for Seniors System adults, age 75+, Friends board; and David Steward, chairman and co-founder of World Wide Technology. Ageless Remarkfor their many able St. Louisans incredible conGala was created,” tributions on the job front, and in areas such as said Mary Alice Ryan, President and CEO of the philanthropy and volunteer service. Nomina- St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors System. “We tions are being accepted now through March 10, wanted to demonstrate what diverse and out2014, via the St. Andrew’s website at http://www. standing lives area seniors are leading and A printable ver- case how fulfilling life can be after age 75. As we sion of the nomination form is also available via look forward to recognizing another incredible the website and may be completed and mailed to class of seniors this November, we encourage the St. Andrew’s offices at: 6633 Delmar Boule- the community to nominate the philanthropists, vard, St. Louis, MO 63130. Seniors from across volunteers, business people and other notable sethe entire St. Louis metropolitan area and Metro niors who inspire them and continue to make a East are eligible for recognition at the 2014 gala, difference in the lives of others.” which is set for Nov. 9. To learn more about the Ageless Remarkable In addition to serving as St. Andrew’s most sig- St. Louisans Gala, nominate a worthy senior, or nificant fundraiser of the year, the Ageless Re- view a list of past honorees, visit http://www. markable St. Louisans Gala has played a critical Created in 1961, role in helping to reshape the face of aging in the as a non-profit partnership of the Episcopal Dioregion and transform, enhance and improve the cese of Missouri and the Presbytery of Giddingsimage of older adults in the region. Over the past Lovejoy, St. Andrew’s is non-sectarian, faith12 years, over 260 seniors have been recognized based and an expert at serving both older adults for their amazing contributions well past the tra- and their caregivers.

Join Artist Jerry Thomas at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre and learn to create using watercolors. The class will meet on Tuesdays, March 2-25, from 6-9 pm and 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. You can also catch Jerry Thomas in action every Friday from 2-5 pm. during the Art Clinic at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. Bring your own supplies and work in the medium of your choice. Jerry will help you with your artistic challenges. The Art Clinic is open to anyone 18 years or older. The cost is $12 for Art Centre members and $15 for others. No registration required – just walk in. The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located inside St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Boulevard in St. Peters.


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Hiking Series Explores History of St. Charles County Parks Get outdoors and uncover St. Charles County Parks history, by participating in the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Hiking Series. Beginning at 10am, on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Towne Park, 100 Towne Park Drive in Foristell, join park staff on a guided tour of the 1830s restored homestead in the park. Guests will have an adventure exploring the vast natural-surface trails, while learning about the rich history of the parkland. These fun hikes are suitable for families, organized groups, Scouts or anyone looking to explore the outdoors and St. Charles County history. “These guided hikes give park guests a chance to get out and dig into the County’s past, while learning about the families who once owned our rich parkland,” said St. Charles County Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. The parks department will host six different hikes through six parks in February, April, May, September, October and December. Registration for each hike is suggested. To sign up for a hike, please visit us on the web at to enroll in the hiking activity or contact our reservationist at 636.949.7535. All six hiking adventures are free. For more information about the Hiking Series or St. Charles County Parks, visit or contact the parks department at 636.949.7535.

SkillsUSA Competition in St. Charles Lewis and Clark Career Center in St. Charles recognized the East District SkillsUSA competition Friday, Feb.14. SkillsUSA is a career and technical organization allowing students to learn and compete in their area of study. In addition to Lewis and Clark Career Center students, over 180 competitors will be participating from North County Technical School, South County Technical School, Four Rivers Career Center, and Clyde C. Miller Career Academy. Competitions included Action Skills, Basic Health Care, Chapter Business, Customer Service, Employment Application, Extemporaneous Speaking, First Aid and CPR, Job Interview, Job Skills Demo, Leadership Essay, Nurse Assisting, Pin Design, Prepared Speech, Promotional Bulletin Board, Quiz Bowl and TeeShirt Design. Over 50 community members

and business leaders have given their time to volunteer and to serve as judges for the competition areas. Winning a competition not only allows students to demonstrate their skill level but also gives them recognition in their career area and provides scholarship opportunities. Winners of the district competitions go on to compete at the state level this spring. “SkillsUSA allows students to put their skills on the line in front of business leaders in the industry”, said Kathy Frederking, Director of Lewis and Clark Career Center. “It allows high school students to showcase their talents in front of future employers.” For more information please contact, Christine Jarus at 636.443.4964 or

Take the ‘Give It a Tri! 5K Rec-Plex Challenge’ this Spring It’s been a long winter. Ready to get out and get moving? Hit the spring running with a St. Peters Rec-Plex program that can help you reach a 5K finish line by June. The Give It a Tri! Rec-Plex 5K Challenge is an eight-week course beginning April 23, that will improve your strength and endurance so that you can complete the Give It a Tri! Rec-Plex 5K Run. The 5K Run will take place the same day as the Rec-Plex Spring Triathlon, Sunday, June 15. This 5K Challenge program is free to Rec-Plex members and $40 to the general public. Classes

meet each Wednesday from 7:15-8:15pm. As a bonus, every class member who makes it to every 5K Challenge class will earn free entry into the 5K Run! Give it a try by yourself, or take the challenge with family or friends. The class is familyoriented so that you and your kids could work on fitness together. If you don’t make the Give It a Tri! Rec-Plex 5K Challenge class, you can still sign up for the Give It a Tri! Rec-Plex 5K Run. The early-registration fee is $25 per person or $15 for kids under age 12. After June 2, fees will increase to $30 and $20 for kids under 12. Registration ends June 13. Awards will go to the top three finishers in each age group starting at age 8. Kids under age 12 can participate if accompanied by an adult, and will earn a participation medal. All racers ages 12 and up receive free race shirts. The race will begin at 6 am. Complimentary food and fruit is available for participants after the race. Register online at or in person at St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. For more information, call the Rec-Plex at 636.939.2386, ext. 1400, or go online to www. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 19, 2014

Pass the Paczkis for Mardi Gras Detroit and Boston. Paczkis are pieces of dough shaped into a flattened sphere. The round sugar or glazed pastries traditionally are filled with fruit or custard. Old Town Donuts bakes a variety of paczkis that are filled with apple, lemon, jelly, custard, blueberry, raspberry or whipped cream. A form of jelly donut, paczkis are large in size and rich in taste. “Paczkis are hugely popular with our customers,” said Keith Took, owner of Old Town Donuts. “They’re stuffed with flavorful fillings and they taste delicious.” Took and his staff are making and selling paczkis throughout February until Ash Wednesday on March 5. The original Old Town Donuts is located at 508 New Florissant Road in Florissant and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A second location, at 3941 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville near St. Charles Community College, is open daily from 5am-9 pm.

Known as the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one, the Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County (HFHSCC) original ReStore location will be closing its doors at 5pm on Friday, Feb. 28. Located at 130 Trade Center Drive West in St. Peters, the ReStore will continue its final days at the original location setting incredible deals on the remaining merchandise. As ReStore Manager, Andrea Hughes, and Assistant ReStore Manager, Lori Kehoe, continue to prepare for the reveal of the ReStore’s new home at 186 Mid Rivers Center in St. Peters, they urge supporters to bring new donations to the new location starting Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 9am-3pm. Hughes is looking for volunteers to help prepare the new ReStore for opening day. “We value the time and commitment all of our volunteers make,” Hughes said, “They play a big part in ensuring our future success and we couldn’t do this without them.” The new ReStore’s grand opening is scheduled for Friday, March 14 at 10am and will have new operating hours Wednesdays-Saturdays, 10am-7pm. If you would like to help the new ReStore’s transition by volunteering, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Grotegeers, at or 636.978.5712. For more information, contact the store at or 636.978.5712.

Chill to Honor Brett and Bobby Hull The St. Charles Chill is excited to announce that legendary St. Louis Blue and hockey Hall of Famer Brett Hull will be honored at the Chill game Friday, Feb. 28, and Chicago Blackhawk Hall of Fame legend Bobby Hull will have the stage on Saturday, March 8, with both games set for a puck drop of 7:05 pm at The Family Arena. The game on Feb. 28 will feature a postgame auction featuring specialty Brett Hull-themed Chill jerseys and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Mercy Kids. The first 1,500 fans that night will receive a commemorative Mercy Kids stress puck and the Chill mascot SHIVER has invited a bunch of friends, including Fredbird, Rampage,


As One ReStore Closes, Another Opens its Doors

Polish pastries are a Fat Tuesday tradition in the old country Get your Mardi Gras reveille off to an early start with a fresh supply of warm, delicious paczkis from Old Town Donuts in Florissant and Cottleville. Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, takes place this year on March 5, and marks the beginning of six weeks of fasting and penitence in the Roman Catholic Church. Since at least the Middle Ages, the Polish pastry known as paczki (pronounced puz-key) has been eaten on the first day of Ostatki, also known as Fat Thursday, the last Thursday before Lent. Traditionally, paczkis were baked in Polish households to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit remaining in the house before the beginning of fasting in Lent. When Polish immigrants came to America, they brought the paczkis tradition with them, although in the United States it is more commonly consumed on Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, on the eve of Ash Wednesday. Paczkis are particularly popular in cities with large populations of Polish descendants, including Chicago, Milwaukee,

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and Louie, for some Mascot Madness all night. Saturday, March 8 is Heroes Night with Bobby Hull being honored along with all of our armed service men and women and all first responders. The first 1,500 fans will receive a Bobby Hull poster that they can get autographed by The Golden Jet himself. Missouri Amateur Hockey players will have their award ceremony that evening and Mr. Hull will be the presenter of the awards. The St. Charles Chill, in conjunction with The Family Arena, is offering special ticket packages for the two “Hull” games. For more information on tickets or the festivities, call 636.724.SHOT, or visit


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O’Fallon’s “A Night to Remember” Pays Tribute to Local African American History In honor of Black History Month, the members of the O’Fallon Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) and the O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission will present “A Night to Remember” at 7pm on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street in O’Fallon. Admission and parking are free. The program, which was developed by members of the MYAC, looks at the history of African Americans in O’Fallon, and features music, readings and presentations. For more information, contact Conan Stott at or call 636.379.5550.

Vendors Wanted for O’Fallon’s Garden Expo & Kite Event If you’re a vendor with yard, garden and related items for sale, you’re invited to apply for booth space at O’Fallon’s Garden Expo & Kite Event, which will be held Saturday, April 12, from 10am2pm in Fort Zumwalt Park, O’Fallon. Highlights include Gateway Kite Club demonstrations and a free kite craft for kids, beekeepers, tips for growing hydrangeas from St. Louis Master Gardener Ann Kirkpatrick, an Arbor Day ceremony and 50 Norway spruce tree saplings to be given away (one per family). For more information, please email Jennifer Hoisington at or call 636.379.5605.

City of St. Charles Prepares for Reconstruction of the City Hall Garage Officials with the City of St. Charles, along with a contingent of local business representatives, have been meeting diligently to prepare the community for upcoming reconstruction of the City Hall Garage. Built in 1975, the complex has not had any structural maintenance during its first 20 years of existence, and last underwent structural repairs in 1995. “A safe and structurally sound garage is important for the viability of our Historic Main Street and so it is imperative that we make these improvements now before more severe deterioration takes place,” said Mayor Sally Faith. Based on voter approval in April 2013, the City will begin garage renovations in late March (weather depending); the facility will be closed in its entirety due to reasons of public safety. The project is estimated to take approximately six months to complete from start to finish. “We understand this much-needed closure

will have a short-term impact on those visiting our downtown,” Faith added. “That is why we are being proactive in offering alternative methods, like expanded shuttle services, for the visiting public and local businesses.” A business sub-committee, chaired by Sharlotte Worthington, was established earlier this year, and continues to meet on a weekly basis. The group will also work with City staff to develop paper and electronic wayfinding maps highlighting shuttle services and alternate parking options. Community meetings will be scheduled in the near future, with a complete roll-out of the publicity plan for this renovation project. City officials are also encouraging interested parties to visit its City Hall Parking Garage Renovation Page to get the latest information on the project.

Local Author Shares Story of Rekindled Romance in New Novel In her new romance novel, A Greater Good, author Stacey A. H. Taylor shares a story of rekindled romance between two lovers separated by circumstances. The story introduces readers to journalist Emily Waters who—after leaving the love of her life, seemingly with no explanation—heads to San Francisco, alone and afraid, to face the life sentence that fate had cruelly dealt her. Meanwhile, her fiancé, Dr. Peter Daniels, disillusioned and confused in the wake of Emily’s sudden and mysterious departure, runs to a war-torn, third world country to join a team of volunteer physicians. There, he is enveloped by harrowing circumstances that transform and al-

ter his life forever. Three years later, after their separate journeys have tested them, taught them, and strengthened them, destiny leads Peter and Emily back to each other. Now she, with the heart of a survivor, and he, with the heart of a hero, must find more than just the passion they share. They must find forgiveness for the wrongs committed in their pursuit of A Greater Good. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or Taylorearned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, devoted her life to motherhood and, then, pursued her passion for writing. She spends her time traveling, volunteering at a children’s hospital, flying small airplanes, learning to believe in the unbelievable, and of course, writing. Taylor proudly supports M’decins Sans Fronti’res and the hard, selfless work they do toward the betterment of humanity. A portion of the profit from the sale of this book will be donated to their efforts. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 19, 2014

Esri Honored as International Leader in GIS Services and Solutions



On the Run and Ronnoco Coffee Donate $36,000 to Great Circle With the help of their customers, 35 On the Run stores partnered with vendor Ronnoco Coffee to raise and donate $36,000 to Great Circle. Over the past seven years, On the Run has donated almost $300,000 to Life Skills/Great Circle. The mission of Great Circle is to reshape vulnerable lives through a community of partners, teachers and leaders, giving children and families the confidence to create bright futures.

Proposed I-70 Fifth Street Interchange Improvements Focus of Public Open House

Esri received the Business Spotlight Award from EDC’s Economic Development Reoundtable

Esri, with a regional headquarters in St. Charles for over 20 years, has received the Business Spotlight Award from the EDC’s Economic Development Roundtable for being an international technology leader in GIS services and solutions since 1969, and for playing a crucial role in the functionality and creation of the new economic development website for the City of St. Charles. Esri was founded 45 years ago in California as a small research group focused on land-use planning. Today the company has 350,000 clients, 3,000 employees, 10 regional offices in the U.S., and 80 international distributors serving customers in about 200 countries. A market leader in GIS for desktop, server, mobile, and internet platforms, Esri had revenues of $912 million in 2013. The company is known for its impressive stability, thanks to private ownership, zero debt and carefully managed growth. Esri’s regional office in St. Charles was established in 1991, serves an eight state market, and has a staff of 62. “Having a regional office for the world’s leading GIS company in St. Charles is a great honor and a high tech asset for the entire region,” said David A. Leezer, director of economic development for the City of St. Charles. “We also owe Esri a

local debt of gratitude for their significant assistance with the City’s new economic development website:” Each month a different business in St. Charles County is selected for the Business Spotlight Award by the Economic Development Roundtable (EDR) based on criteria such as economic impact, entrepreneurial success, job growth, and civic involvement. The EDR 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. For more information about Esri, please visit or call 636.949.6620. For more information about the EDC’s Economic Development Roundtable, call 636.441.6880 or visit

On Thursday, Feb. 13 from 4-6pm the Missouri Department of Transportation, St. Charles County, and the City of St. Charles hosted a public open house at the St. Charles County Administration Building, 201 North Second Street, to present the proposed improvements and to get citizen feedback on the I-70 Fifth Street Interchange Improvement Project. The Fifth Street Interchange provides access to many regional attractions, businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels and employment centers. To accommodate current and future traffic flow, improve safety and to reduce driver frustration and confusion, proposed improvements are being studied. Nearly 50 percent of traffic crossing the Blanchette Bridge exits at Fifth Street or Route94/First Capitol Drive in St. Charles County. This area is one of the busiest I-70 segments in the State of Missouri. In this heavily traveled corridor, motorists face confusing intersections, intensive lane changing, and short merging areas. While several area roads have been upgraded in recent years, the I-70 Fifth Street Interchange has not. Studying potential improvements for this interchange is the missing link needed to improve traffic flow and safety on this busy corridor. The Fifth Street Interchange Improvements Project is different from the Fifth Street Gateway Project, which is looking at roadway improvements from Bass Pro Drive/Ameristar Boulevard to First Capitol Drive. However the primary goal of both projects is to improve traffic flow and safety in the City of St. Charles.



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Dr. Ed Gettemeier Selected Missouri Middle School Principal of the Year The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP) has selected Dr. Ed Gettemeier, principal of Hardin Middle School in the St. Charles School District, as the 2014 Missouri Middle School Principal of the Year. The award will be presented during the annual MASSP Spring Conference at the Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake Ozark. on Monday, March 31, 2014. Dr. Gettemeier receives this recognition based on his impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and his personalization of the learning environment. Dr. Ed Gettemeier, principal of Hardin Middle Superintendent Jeff Marion wrote, “Dr. School, St. Charles School District. Gettemeier has modeled for students and staff a work ethic that is second to none.” and that he has “been a leader in the district’s efforts to implement Standards-Based Grading.” Dr. Marion also said, “Dr. Gettemeier believes in student and staff accountability, emphasizes and models data driven decision-making, and thinks outside the box to develop programs that meet the needs of a diverse population of learners.

Hardin Middle School has been transformed under his leadership.” ELA teacher Marci Fendelman wrote, “Dr. Edward Gettemeier has instilled this shared vision of a community that supports one another. It is what makes people proud to call Hardin home.” She detailed his “plan to improve the ‘ABC’s’ – Academics, Behavior, and Climate”; his work “on scheduling time for teacher collaboration and intervention time for students and teachers”; “he partnered with St. Charles Juvenile Justice Center and a group of Hardin students to develop our Teen Court system”; and through his work “Hardin’s access to technology has multiplied…” and “ensures we have the technology to support the advancement in learning.” The selection was made from more than 400 middle school principals from throughout Missouri. Dr. Gettemeier taught in the Francis Howell School District (1997-2001) and served as athletic director and then assistant principal at Francis Howell North High School (2001-2009) before he was named the principal at Hardin Middle School in St. Charles in 2009. He received a Masters in Education (1992) at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, an Ed. Specialist (2009) and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University (2012). MASSP sponsors the High School and Middle School Principal of the Year Programs. Dr. Gettemeier will represent Missouri in the 2015 National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year Program.

The City of St. Charles School District Board of Education Approves Props L and S The City of St. Charles School District Board of Education has approved a resolution that will allow voters to decide on two propositions; Proposition S, a bond issue, and Proposition L, a tax levy issue. The propositions will go to the voters on April 8, 2014. Proposition S is a $7.5 million bond issue that will allow the district to borrow money that can only be used for facility repairs, renovations, and other capital projects. Safety and security upgrades would be a focus of the issue. It would put no further tax burden on residents. Proposition L is a property tax initiative seeking to raise the district property tax rate an additional 35 cents and would be used for operational costs such as salaries, utilities and equipment. The last time voters approved of a levy increase was in 1998, more than 13

years ago. If passed, Proposition L could generate up to $3 million for the district’s operating budget. “The district has cut $8.1 million from its operating budget over the past 4 years,” said Dr. Jeff Marion, the superintendent of the City of St. Charles School District. “Despite this fiscal planning, we are still struggling to keep up with operating costs. If we have to cut further, it will severely affect the services and programs we offer to the community.” Over the past several years, the City of St. Charles School District has seen a lack of new revenue due to a reduction of property values, tax abatements for new commercial properties, tax appeals filed by a local casino and reduced funding from the state and federal government. If passed, each proposition will benefit the district in a specific way. Funds from Proposition S would be used to enhance the safety and security of the schools in the istrict by installing a more robust video camera and key card entry system, im-

proving line of sight from offices to front entrances, completion of asbestos tile abatement and traffic flow improvements. Funds will also be used to allow expansion of the Lewis and Clark Career Center which prepares students to enter the workforce in high need occupations. The funds from Proposition L will be used primarily to maintain reasonable class sizes and fund staff salary increases in order to keep the City of St. Charles School district competitive with surrounding districts. As of now, the City of St. Charles School District ranks fourth out of five St. Charles County school districts in entry level teacher salaries. If Proposition L fails to pass, Marion believes more cuts to the operating budget will have to be made in order for the district to remain fiscally responsible. “One of the things we are proud of as a district is the ability to offer the smallest class sizes (MoDESE data, 2013) in St. Charles County ,” Marion said. “Without the boost to our operating budget provided by Proposition L, I don’t see any way to hold classes sizes down, not to mention potential cuts to transportation services, extracurricular activities, and instructional resources.” For more information concerning the City of St. Charles School District and Propositions S and Proposition L, please contact district offices at 636.443.4000 or go to the website http://www.stcharles.

Fun Facts • Spread wood ashes around lilacs now for better spring blooms. • To restore a dented Ping-Pong ball, immerse it in very hot water. • Colors seen by candellight will not appear the same by day. • To remove rusty screws or bolts, presoak them in lemon juice or cola. • Community News - St. Charles County • February 19, 2014


“The Lego Movie”


By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG

In all honesty, The Lego Movie should come with a warning label—about the soundtrack. Mark Mothersbaugh, the talented composer who gained fame as a member of the 1980’s group Devo, wrote highly Funny and clever, The Lego Movie appeals to anyone who ever fell in love with these tiny plastic construction bricks. As the unlikely hero, Chris Pratt The Lego Movie photos courtesy of Warner Bros. brings the right amount of earnestness to Emmet Brickowski, an everyman in a city full of unique characters. Like Neo in The Matrix trilogy, he’s a regular guy that’s reluctant to realize his full potential. Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller must have been Master Builders themselves as kids given the grand scope of their cityscape. Lord and Miller populate their plastic landscape with a wild array of characters, including a co-dependent Green Lantern (Jonah Hill) and a suitably grumpy Batman (Will Arnett). Elizabeth Banks from The Hunger Games also gets to have fun as Wildstyle, a LEGO mini-figure who believes she is the one destined to save the city from cer-

When it comes to The Lego Movie, everything really is awesome playing in theaters.

tain destruction. Wildstyle can’t believe that plain little Emmet is the best Master Builder of them all. Morgan Freeman is awesome as always as the mini-figure in search of a savior. In addition to addictive songs, great voices, and creative photography, there are life lessons to be learned here. The Lego Movie gently drives home the point that everyone is special and that it’s okay to go off the instruction sheet at times. Kids should walk away knowing that it’s also okay to be different. When it comes to The Lego Movie, everything really is awesome. The Lego Movie, rated PG, is currently

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 Holt High Football Player to Play College Ball Holt is pleased to announce senior linebacker Brendan Bohnert has committed to play football for the Vikings of Missouri Valley College. Bohnert’s mother Charla and father Bryan were by his side as he signed his National Letter of Intent recently at Holt High School. “I really like the small town atmosphere,” said the linebacker. “I knew it was my new home. The football program is outstanding.” Besides being a 3-year varsity player for the Indians and named a team captain as a senior, he received the All-Conference Sportsmanship Award and the Gateway Athletic Conference All-Academic Honors. Besides football, Bohnert is also a Track & Field athlete for Holt and in the community volunteers at Element Church. He also excels in the classroom with a 3.25 GPA and scored a 26 on the ACT and plans on majoring in pre-pharmacy while at Missouri Valley. *Proud parents for sure Strut Your Athletic Ability with the St. Louis Rams Earth City will be the location where men and woman, ages 18 and older, can go through the same skill competition drills that future NFL stars are completing that

very day in Indianapolis. Be prepared for: 40-yard dash; bench press; broad jump; vertical jump; shuttle run and the wonderlic test. Rams coaches and personnel will be present to show you the right way to participate in the 2nd annual St. Louis Rams Weekend Warrior Skills Combine that will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Ram’s Park. For more info go to www.stlrams/RamsWeekendWarrior A t-shirt and snacks along with opportunities to win prizes are included in admission. * Get ready to work hard Ambush Receives Honors The Ambush play their home games at the Family Arena where the fans have been flocking to see the exciting team that Head Coach Daryl Doran has put on the evergreen artificial turf. The average attendance for eight games is over 5,000. The team’s forward Corey Adamson and goalkeeper Jeff Richey each received honorable mentions from the Major Indoor Soccer League in their ‘Team of the Week’ awards for the 13th week. In the Ambush game against the Baltimore Blast on Feb. 6, Adamson scored a game-tying goal in the third quarter. In the same game, Richey made 20 saves on 26 at-

tempts. What that stat doesn’t show is that he made several outstanding saves that kept the team in the game despite a loss. Go to www.StLouisAmbush to see who they play this Friday and Saturday. * Kickin’ good time Upcoming Sports Events Around Town • St. Charles County Sports Hall Of Fame Annual Awards - contact Wes Hedges 636.724.3934, Harold Wies 636.978.6549 or Dave Beckering 636.949.2027. • 5-K Run and Fun Run Sponsored by Women’s Working Survival • St. Patrick’s Day Run and Parade - www.StPatParade. org-also click on WATCH 2013 PARADE *93-Days until the River City Rascals throw out the first pitch at the home opener - 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 KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

High School Sports Howell Central Hockey is in the Hunt The Francis Howell Central Spartans hockey team is in the hunt for its second ever Mid-States Club Hockey Association Championship. This Friday and Saturday, the Spartans will play in the semi-finals of the Wickenhesier Cup, taking on Rockwood Summit in a 2-game series at the Hardee’s Iceplex in Chesterfield. The winner will advance to play for the title March 3 at the Scottrade Center. If the Spartans and Summit split the two games, a ten-minute mini-game will take place at the conclusion of the second contest. The Spartans do own one previous Mid-States title winning the 2011 Challenge Cup. This year in the quarterfinals, Howell Central knocked off Howell North 11-5 and 4-1. Friday night’s game is scheduled to start at 9pm followed by the Saturday matinee of 3:15pm.

Two Wrestling Teams Claim District Titles District wrestling tournaments were held last weekend, with individuals advancing to the state tournament this week at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The top four competitors from each of the 14 weight classes in each district advance to the state tournament, but teams do not. Crosstown rivals Timberland and Holt have the most representatives from St. Charles County, sending a combined 17 grapplers to the mat next weekend. Last weekend in the Class 4 District 2 Tournament held at Ritenour High School, Timberland took home 1st place, followed by Holt, Howell Central, Francis Howell, Fort Zumwalt West, Hazelwood West, Hazelwood Central, Ritenour, and Francis Howell North. The Ft. Zumwalt South wrestling team took home 1st place in the District Class 3 District 2 Tournament in

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Hold on to your timepieces and prepare for an adventure featuring a Snow Queen and a boy banished to hundreds of years of captivity in a museum where children are turned into ghosts and wolves howl in the halls. Into this spooky setting steps an ordinary girl, Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard, the heroine of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, by Karen Foxlee. Eleven-year-old Ophelia doesn’t consider herself brave, but she is curious. And there’s plenty to wonder about in the museum where her father takes a job readying swords for an exhibition. Ophelia and her older sister Alice accompany him to the snowy, foreign city where they’re welcomed by Miss Kaminski, the museum’s curator, a comely lady with an aura of intrigue that puzzles Ophelia. More is revealed about Miss Kaminski as one door opens after another in the museum’s galleries, exposing Ophelia to dangers that test her mettle. The plucky heroine rises to each occasion in a story reminiscent of the best of classic fairy tales, a book destined to melt the coldest of hearts.

Warrenton. The Bulldogs were followed by Hannibal, Fort Zumwalt North, Westminster, McCluer, Warrenton, Ladue, Chaminade, Battle, Fort Zumwalt East. Finally, in the Class 2, District 2 Tournament in Mexico, Mo. St. Charles West placed 3rd in the team standings and St. Charles was 9th. The state wrestling tournament will take place from Thursday through Saturday. Mike Kromer is a full-time teacher in the Francis Howell School District. Prior to becoming a teacher, he did playby-play of high school sports for radio stations in Missouri. He continues to do play-by-play of games on his website,, and loves to write about games he covers.


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Make family mealtime convenient and delicious by incorporating a fun, coastal twist into your household’s favorite dishes. Introducing a new ingredient, such as shrimp or seafood, is an easy way to serve a mouthwatering meal that is big on flavor. Families today are busier than ever, with job obligations, household duties, school demands and extracurricular activities all chewing into free time. When it comes to eating, it’s easy to fall into a recycled dinnertime routine that relies heavily on the same old, tried-and-true recipes. Switching things up with a unique dish that breaks out of this mealtime rut can bring delight to everyone at the dinner table – and add a layer of convenience to your carefully balanced schedule. For a simple, upbeat change, try adding a new ingredient, such as shrimp, to a traditional dish like pasta or tacos. Using frozen seafood eliminates unnecessary prep time and fuss, while still delivering big on flavor and quality. With options ranging from crispy Popcorn Shrimp to savory Salmon Burgers and crunchy Shrimp Spring Rolls, SeaPak Shrimp & Seafood Co. makes it exceedingly easy to bring more coastal flavor to your dinner table. The recipe below combines easy pesto pasta and SeaPak’s new Parmesan Encrusted Butterfly Shrimp, for an innovative and flavorful entree that you can have on the table in just 30 minutes. Visit for additional family friendly, coastal recipes.

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Directions: Prepare tempura shrimp according to package directions and keep warm. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the preserves, lime juice, vinegar, and cayenne pepper. Add salt to taste. Serve alongside warm shrimp for dipping.

Ingredients: 1 package (18 ounces) SeaPak Parmesan Encrusted Butterfly Shrimp (includes packet of tomato Romano sauce) 1 pound spaghetti, cooked al dente 1 cup prepared pesto 1 package flatbread or pita bread Directions: Prepare shrimp according to package directions and keep warm. Heat tomato Romano sauce according to package directions. Warm flatbread or pita bread in microwave.

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Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS Now-March 18: Kickboxing Bootcamp Classes Tuesdays from 7-8pm at Jefferson Intermediate School, 2660 Zumbehl Road, St. Charles. Tuition is $99 for 8-week session. Register at or 636.443.4043. February 20: Award-winning author Daniel Woodrell reading at SCC 7pm, St. Charles Community College auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. For more information, contact Virginia Guneyli, SCC associate professor of English, at 636.922.8617 or vguneyli@stchas. edu. February 21: ShowMe Aquatics Fitness Trivia Night Doors open at 6pm, games begin at 7pm. Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 115 South 6th Street, St. Charles. Benefits people with developmental disabilities. $160/table

7pm, 2645 West Clay in St. Charles. Tickets for Adults $10/Students $7/ Kids $5/under 4 free. To reserve tickets 636.674.WLSC or visit www. February 25: Webster University Graduate & Undergraduate Information Session 5:30-7:30pm at the Winghaven campus. Evening or online options. Application fee will be waived for those who attend. RSVP at www. February 26, Lindenwood Wentzville Open House 5-7pm, Lindenwood Wentzville, 1102 East Pitman Avenue in Wentzville. An opportunity for prospective students to learn more about our LCIE evening program. Reserve your spot now by calling 636.627.6623 or email cfasiska1@ February 27: Webster University Graduate & Undergraduate Infor-

8am-4pm at Francis Howell North, 2549 Hackmann Road in St. Charles. Sponsored by 2014 All Knighter. March 8: Spring Shopping Bazaar 9am-1pm at Family Vision Library, 2020 Parkway Drive, St. Peters. See products from crafters and vendors such as Pampered Chef, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Plexus, PartyLite, It Works!, 31, Avon, Park Lane and more. There will be a raffle, food and fun! Ongoing Events 1st Monday: Gardeners of St. Charles County Monthly Meeting 6:30pm. Location varies. 314.304.7480. 4th Monday: American Legion Post 388 Meets 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary Club Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Fitness First Exercise Classes 9:30-10:30am, American Legion Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314.369.6521. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30pm at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563.

2nd Tuesday: Show-me Stitchers Embroiderer’s Guild of America 7pm at the Ladue Chapel. Info: 4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club. 6:30pm at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles

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Every Tuesday: St. Charles Optimist Club Noon-1pm at Pio’s Restaurant.

1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7pm at Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors welcome!

Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4pm Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7pm at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505. Every Tuesday: Gateway Spotlight ChorUS 7:15-9:45pm at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. Info: or 636.256.6823. Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 8-9am & 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 636-928-1928. Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes 9-10am and 5:30-6:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall, New Melle. 314.369.6521. Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10am Free. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10am Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379. Every Wednesday: Men’s Golf League 5pm, tee off at 5:30 pm at Heritage of Hawk Ridge., under the parks and recreation section. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45pm VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem.

2nd Wednesday: Free Financial Education- Money Matters 6:30pm at the O’Fallon Family YMCA. PNC Bank and The O’Fallon Family YMCA have partnered to provide monthly free financial education courses for members of the community. Info (including a list of topics): call PNC Bank at 636.272.2449. Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of St. Peters 6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters). 636.328.4941. Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45am Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: www.ofkiwanis. com. Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. 636.980.1777. Every Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA 7-7:55pm Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. 2nd & 4th Thursday: Alexander Chapter 242/Eastern Star St. Charles Masonic Lodge, 2051 Collier Corporate Parkway, St. Charles. 636.577.0056. Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10am at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306, or www.

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of 8, $20/person. Beer and soda included, snacks permitted. Reservations recommended. Info: Brenda at 636.896.0999. February 22: We Have a Heart for You Ladies Event 9am-1pm, Ultimate Fitness Plus For Women, 821 West Terra Lane in O’Fallon. The day will offer free Bootcamps, Zumba, Fitness Assessments and a Fitness expo. Luncheon cost is $18 and includes a free Weight Loss and Health Talk with Ann Carden. To register for the lunch, or for more information, call 636.272.8442 or e-mail ultimatefitnessplusforwomen@hotmail. com.

mation Session 5:30-7:30pm at the Westport campus. Evening or online options. Application fee will be waived for those who attend. RSVP at www. March 12: Free Financial Education- Pay Yourself First PNC Bank and The O’Fallon Family YMCA have partnered to provide monthly Free Financial Education courses for members of the community. Classes will be held at the O’Fallon Family YMCA at 6:30pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. For additional information including a list of topics please call PNC Bank at 636.272.2449.

February 22: We Love Saint Charles Lights of Saint Charles March 8: FNH’s Annual Bookfair and Rummage Sale Talent Show

If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pet’s background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or editor@

The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Please do your part to control overpopulation and to limit the number of unwanted animals. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS! • Community News - St. Charles County • February 19, 2014 Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8pm VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Saturday: Chess 8-11am or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30am in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Peaceful Puppy Mill Protest 11am - 12:30pm at Petland, 6131 Ronald Reagan Drive, Lake St. Louis. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30pm, doors open at 4pm. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). www. or www. 1st & 3rd Saturday: St Peters Square Dance Club Dances 6:30pm. 1st United Methodist Church, 801 First Capital Dr. www. 2nd Sunday: Moscow Mills Lions Breakfast 7am - noon, September - April. Moscow Community Center, Hwy C. $7/adult, $4/child, under 6 free. 2nd Sunday: The Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance 7pm. Blanchette Park, 1900 W Randolph St. CHURCH February 21: Steps to Wholeness 7-9pm at All Saints Catholic Church, #7 McMenemy Road in St. Peters. Divorced or Separated? Come heal from the pain of losing your spouse and learn to move forward in a positive direction. Held on seven consecutive Fridays. All faiths welcome. Cost is $20 and advance registration is required by contacting Leo at 636.946.7782.

3rd Tuesday: Luncheon for Seniors 11am - 2pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd., 636.561.8951 2nd Wednesday: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell, 636.673.2144. HEALTH Cancer Survivor Fitness Program Free for all cancer patients and survivors. A 12-week program with trained instructors to help participants regain energy and improve stamina. St. Charles County Family YMCA, 636-928-1928. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Available with a doctor’s order. 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. Available with a doctor’s order only. Registration: 636.949.9600 Info: 636.947.5163. Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis. Info: Karen at 636.947.5617. Diabetes Prevention Program Helping those at high risk for type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce chances of developing the disease. Held at participating YMCA’s throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. This program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. Contact Joyce Hoth at 314.436.1177.

Crisis Nursery Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. 24hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, 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 7:30pm 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 1-2:30pm. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. Registration: 314.776.3627. Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life Want to Quit Smoking? For support, call Ellen, register nurse at SSM St. Joseph Hospital, 636.947.5304.

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• 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11am 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8pm 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. 1st Tuesday: Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2pm at the Community Commons in Spencer Road Library. Info: Alicia Wildhaber at 636.926.3722. 4th Tues: Diabetes Support Group 6:30-7:30pm At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 Every Wednesday: Co-Dependents (CODA) Anonymous Meeting 8pm, 2800 Elm St., St. Charles. Separate brick house behind church complex. Contact Julie at 636.397.8676. This meeting is for women only. 1st Wed: Missouri/Illinois Multiple Myeloma Support Group 10-11am at St. Joseph Medical Park: Education Room, 1475 Kisker Road, St. Charles. RSVP is appreciated at 636.447.9006 or hoss4twa@


Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2pm at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe (228 Savannah Terrace, Wentzville) for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Questions: Alicia Wildhaber with Nurses & Company at 636.926.3722. 1st Thurs: Conquer 6:30-7:30pm. Support Group for adults with cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.916.9920. 2nd Thurs: Support Group for Alzheimer’s 4pm. Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan, Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100. 4th Thurs: Breast Cancer Support Group 6:30-8pm. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way. 636.928.WELL (9355) or 800.392.0936. 3rd Sun: Alzheimer’s Meeting 12:45-1:45pm. Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd., O’Fallon. Faith-based for caregivers, family of those with memory loss. 1.800.272.3900.

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. 3rd Monday: Walking for Wellness-STOP HEROIN Life After Loss Support Group 7-8:30pm at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Medical Office Building, 6 Jungermann Circle, Ste. 212, St. Peters. Discuss loss of your loved one and heal. 314.630.9222 or

12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. metrostlouissia@gmail. com.

Northside Church of Christ Free Correspondence Bible Course: Call for more information, 636.293.5030. Operation Backpack: United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food to at-risk children over the weekend. 636.327.6377 Every Tuesday: Ministry To Men: Men’s Introductory Bible Discussion Groups 7am at United Methodist Church, 725 N. Wall St., Wentzville. Groups are interdenominational and beginners as well as “old timers” are welcome. 636.698.5598 or 636.625.3447. 3rd Wed. 6:30–8 pm KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4-12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer.

Gateway to Hope Program Helps uninsured or underinsured breast cancer patients who reside in Missouri. 314.569.1113 or www.

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Over the Fence

Joe Morice

Undocumented Immigration Isn’t Our Only Threat It seems the hacker behind the massive security breach that allegedly robbed millions of credit card holders of their personal information was identified. Experts of Intelcrawler, a private security firm, allegedly traced the breach to a 17 year-old hacker in Russia who then sold his BlackPos hacker software to Russian underworld criminals of which they seem to have many. The alleged crooks went on to breach security of various retail chains like Target, Neiman-Marcus and others. When I learned the breach emanated from Russia, it reminded me of some Russian émigré’s working for a large local healthcare corporation in the capacity of software experts or some such. According to one employee who worked with them, those Russians were the smartest people she had ever encountered. If there was a problem involving computers, she said they would solve it so easy, it was scary. Sometimes we Americans underestimate the intel-

ligence of foreigners, it seems. I’m not referring to the purported 90 percent of terrorists who can’t read or write. I’m referring to the educated people or those who fervently seek higher education in poor countries because it’s their only way to avoid starving. We often forget places like Russia where experts claim the literacy rate is over 99 percent. (The US literacy rate is 86 percent.) hen we vilify others only because they came from someplace else, we seem to be overlooking they are often similar to our forefathers that colonized our country centuries ago who also came from someplace else. They weren’t stupid people and neither are those escaping the same tyranny our colonists did. One current example are the Mexicans that escape the poverty, starvation and now the violence of blood-thirsty drug smugglers that are overrunning Mexico. They work hard for minimum wages and seem to learn English almost overnight; a language that may be the most difficult to learn on the entire planet. One might also consider those illegal drugs are crossing our borders because Americans are the ones who buy them; an embarrassing fact known throughout the world. We are still the melting pot, like it or not. The masses struggling to be free are still struggling and there are now more of them than ever. If they can’t get into our coun-

try legally, they attempt it anyway; mostly because they have nothing to lose and nowhere else to go. Combine that with the fact they are desperate enough to escape and smart enough to learn our language and it’s about time we realize we have serious competition that won’t go away because we build fences and patrol borders. We’ve had it made for several centuries and built a great country with a constitution by, for and of the people and the fruits we enjoyed aren’t really threatened by illegal immigrants so much as entities far more tenacious and they are among our own indigenous population. They‘re the ones who became financially dominating and seem to have found a way around democracy by simply buying it. They often call themselves patriots and wave the flag between visits to off-shore banks. The middle class appears threatened from the top by those tenacious entities, from the bottom by starving immigrants and from the middle by naivety that accepts the top’s manipulation of the middle to focus on the bottom. “Stopping illegal immigration would mean that wages would have to rise to a level where Americans would want the jobs currently taken by illegal aliens.” -Thomas Sowell I have a feeling those tenacious entities wouldn’t like Mr. Sowell’s solution very much nor would their Congressional puppets. 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. The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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