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March 7, 2012

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Vol 13 No 28

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 12-16.

Prepare Yourself

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The National Weather Service (NWS) and the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) have declared the week of March 12-16, 2012 as Severe Weather Awareness Week for Missouri. The goal of the week is quite simple – save lives. The best way to do this is by being prepared. Everyone should have a basic knowledge of severe weather safety rules and have a severe weather plan in place. Knowing what to do or where to go when severe weather threatens can be the difference between life and death. A good time for all Missouri citizens to practice their severe weather plans will be during the Annual Missouri Severe Weather Drill, which will be held Tuesday, March 13. Follow these steps to prepare yourself in case of severe weather. Step 1: Identify the severe weather hazards you may face. In the Central United States, severe thunderstorms are a fact of life. These storms can produce tornadoes, damaging wind gusts, large hail, and heavy rain that can produce flash flooding. At some point in your life, you will likely be faced with one of these hazards. Step 2: Set up your plan. Everyone should have a severe weather plan for their home. Likewise, businesses need to have a plan for the workplace. There will be similarities, but there will also be differences between the two. Following are some ideas that can be applied to both. 1. Establish who is responsible for the plan. Someone needs to be in charge. For a large workplace that runs several shifts, you may have several people responsible for the plan. 2. How will you receive weather warnings? NOAA Weather Radio is a great way to receive severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service. You can also get information from the commercial media, and the Internet. There are also services today that will send weather warning directly to cell phones. Do not depend solely on one method. Have multiple ways to receive critical weather information.

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3. If you receive a weather warning such that you need to activate your plan, how will you inform the people you are responsible for? In a home that should not be a problem, but in a large workplace you have to have a method for communicating the severe weather information to everyone present. This is also important at large gatherings, such as sporting events or county fairs. 4. Establish shelter areas in your home or workplace. Depending on the amount of people who need to be sheltered, multiple areas may be needed. For large events, depending on time available, it is usually better to have people stay instead of rushing to their automobiles. If your home or building is in an area prone to flooding, you need to have an evacuation plan in place. Step 3: Practice your plan! Conduct drills and then review the drill to find strengths and weaknesses and make improvements where necessary. It is hard to foresee every circumstance, but drills can often bring out problems that were not previously seen. Additional family protection items

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Permanent, Pain-Free Hair Removal In the cold of winter, the sun and fun of the beach and lake seem far away, but the months between now and bathing suit season are the perfect time to get groomed. Laser hair removal makes going bare hassle-free by permanently whapping hair follicles into submission in only a few treatments. But people experience frustration with long treatment times, painful sessions, and huge payments. That’s the old way. Laser innovators have improved the process, and now laser hair removal can be pain-free – even relaxing. Sessions are quick and effective. And perhaps most important, treatment costs have come way down as the technology has improved. The brand new style of laser hair removal needs no numbing creams or treatments and banishes the harsh zaps of old machines. Our Soprano XLi glides over the skin with a soothing skimming motion. Underneath, the follicles absorb the laser’s energy, not in jolts, but with gentle warmth. The treatment feels like a warm stone massage, and at the end all active hair is treated. When the next growth cycle begins about six weeks later (in most areas), another warm massage session stops the stubbly newcomers in their tracks. Eventually, all active follicles are killed and skin is hair-free and perfect. The Soprano is sophisticated enough to distinguish skin from hair, so even those with dark or tanned skin can finally have laser hair removal. Multiple treatments are needed to conquer every hair, but results come quickly and with each treatment, and you’re closer to being completely hair-free. Treat now and you can greet swimsuit season with open arms. This information is brought to you courtesy of Laser Lipo & Vein Center, 3449 Pheasant Meadow Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63368. For more information, call 636.397.4012 or visit www.stlouislipo.com.

St. Peters Utility Customers Donate to Meals on Wheels Program If St. Peters utility customers have anything to say about it, the Meals on Wheels Program will continue to deliver hot meals to homebound seniors in our area. When the State of Missouri cut funding to the program, St. Peters Aldermen Jerry Hollingsworth and Patrick Barclay proposed an ordinance to place a box on the City’s the utility bills that would allow customers to voluntarily donate to the Meals on Wheels program when they pay their utility bill. It works similar to the Dollar Help Program that you see on your heating bills. Utility customers responded positively by donating nearly $500 to the program in the first billing cycle. That $500 paid for 66 meals for our senior residents. Payments are already coming in from the next billing cycle and it looks like St. Peters’ utility customers are continuing to be generous in supporting the program. Senior Center Manager Teri Fletcher stated, “I

want to thank everyone who is participating and making donations to the Meals on Wheels program because it is so important to the survival of that program.” The St. Peters Senior Center Meals on Wheels program provides fresh, hot meals to 130 seniors every day, Monday through Friday. For many of the seniors, it’s the only person they see during the day. Alderman Hollingsworth said, “I was thinking how nice it would be if every St. Peters utility customer was able to add a donation of just 50 cents to the Meals on Wheels program every other month on their utility payment. That would provide nearly 14 weeks of meals for our homebound residents who are not able to cook for themselves.” St. Peters Utility customers who would like to donate to the Meals on Wheels program can simply fill in the amount you wish to contribute in the designated box on your utility bill and add that amount to your payment.

Eighth Annual Walk, Run ‘n Roll Life Skills is among eight organizations to join forces at the Eighth Annual Walk Run ‘n Roll for People of All Abilities to raise money and awareness for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities in the St. Louis and St. Charles community. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 at Creve Coeur Park’s Tremayne Shelter, 13725 Marine Avenue, Maryland Heights, Mo. 63043. Visit www.walkrun-

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nroll.org for directions. Corporate teams, families and individuals will walk, run or roll (i.e. wheelchairs, strollers, wagons and skates) for pledged donations. This year’s goal is to raise $217,000 to help people with cognitive and developmental disabilities throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles communities. The Eighth Annual Walk Run ‘n Roll will feature an array of entertainment, including live music, a doggie depot and face painting. Participants can choose to walk, run or roll the 5K or 1-mile course. The money raised will benefit clients served at eight local non-profits serving people with cognitive and developmental disabilities: Community Living, Emmaus Homes, Giant Steps, Pathways to Independence, Rainbow Village, St. Louis Arc and United Services.

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1940 Census to be Released The 1940 Federal Census is due to be released in April 2012. The St. Charles County Historical Society, in collaboration with the St. Charles City-County Library District, will present a Focus on Genealogy program on the census featuring Pat Walls Stamm, CG,CGL, COL from the St. Louis Genealogical Society. Mrs Stamm has spent a great deal of time studying the 1940 census. She will present to the audience what to expect from the 1940 enumeration, the questions that were asked in the census, how to access the new census materials and ideas for using the information in you family history research. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13 in the meeting room at the Kathryn Linnemann Library, Elm and Duchesne, St. Charles. The program is free but registration is required. Register online at www.youranswerplace.org, and click on the calendar for March. You may also register by phone at 636.723.0232.

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

Senior Connections Receives High Marks from Skilled Nursing Facilities O’Fallon’s Yard Waste

Each year Senior Connections, a program founded in 1999 by Dr. Suzsanne Singer of the Singer Institute, asks skilled nursing facilities in the St. Louis area, to evaluate visits made by their Relational Volunteers. The Relational Volunteers make visits weekly to residents who have no visitors. The evaluation asks the managers and staff if the visits of the Relational Volunteers make a positive impact on those residents they visit. Do the residents increase their participation in facility activities? Do they appear more full of energy? Do they socialize more with residents and/ or staff? The responses have been a resounding “Yes!” The evaluation also questions the facilities about the Relational Volunteers when they visit. Do the Relational Volunteers interact appropriately with the staff? Does the staff, as a result of the visits by the Relational Volunteers, worry less about the mental, emotional, social, and physical health of participating residents? The answer by the management and staff – “Yes.” An example of a skilled nursing facility’s response was written by members of the staff to their Relational Volunteer. The note said, “Thank you so much for everything you do. The loyalty, friendship, love and devotion you show the residents you visit here at our facility is unlike anything we’ve seen before. It really takes a very special person to give their heart like that!” The Singer Institute is dedicat-

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ed not only to those residents who usually have no visitors, but to the management and staff of those who are dedicated to their care. It is a partnership that is unique in the United States and plans to expand nationwide. Currently in the St. Louis area, there are 7,000 skilled nursing facility residents who have no visitors. The most current U.S. statistics indicate there are 1.5 million residents in 17,000 skilled nursing facilities. The Senior Connections program is growing and expanding. There are three training sessions scheduled for aspiring Relation Volunteers. They are asked to give one hour per week for one year. They are given two four-hour training sessions called The Good Neighbor Program at the following locations for March and April: March 10 and 17 in St. Charles, Mo., and April 14 and 21 in University City, Mo. All prospective Relational Volunteers are required to attend both training sessions. For information regarding serving as a Relational Volunteer, contact the Singer Institute, 943 Warder Ave., University City, MO 63130, 314.727.9202 or www.singerinstitute.org.

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Collection Resumes March 12 With spring just around the corner, O’Fallon’s residential yard waste collection will resume the week of March 12. Residents who do not have yard waste disposal are invited to sign up for the service at $7.50 per month, or $22 per quarter. With trees, shrubs and lawns greening up, spring is a great time to enroll and enjoy the convenience disposing of tree and brush trimmings and other yard waste at the curb each week. It is illegal to dump leaves and grass into City storm sewers, and it also is illegal to discard yard waste in the trash. To enroll in yard waste collection, contact the Environmental Services Department at ofallonrecycles@ofallon.mo.us or 636.272.0477.

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Feeding Hungry Athletes The Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County served dinner to a Student Center full of hungry athletes and their families on Saturday, February 18. The athletes were from teams competing in the St. Louis Regional Power Soccer Tournament. The tournament was sponsored by the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA) and held at the Saint Charles Community College. The DASA Dynamites, DASA Firecrackers, DASA Flames and DASA Columbia Driving Force competed on their home turf against seven other

Left to right: Shane Williams-St. Charles County Youth Orchestra Music Director, Regan Farney- SCCYO Mike Russo Concerto Competition Junior Division winner, and Aleksis Martin- SCCYO Mike Russo Concerto Competition Senior Division winner.

The St. Charles County Youth Orchestra (SCCYO) 2011 Mike Russo Concerto Competition was held on October 29, 2011 at the Steinway Piano Gallery. Winners Regan Farney, violin, and Aleksis Martin, clarinet, will perform their winning concertos at SCCYO Spring concert at 2 p.m. on March 24 at the Lindenwood University Cultural Center. For more information, contact Judy Williams at sccyo@sccyo.org.

teams from the Midwest. DASA’s mission statement reads “all of those who live with a physical or visual disability will be given the opportunity to participate in therapeutic sports and fitness activities designed to improve self-esteem and to promote growth and well-being while instilling family values.” For additional information on DASA, please visit www.dasasports.org. For more information on The Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County, please visit www.wscckiwanis.org.

St. Louis Bandits of the NAHL Play Upcoming Friday Game at Rec-Plex South You can catch some North American Hockey League action at the St. Peters Rec-Plex South ice arena on two upcoming Friday evenings. The St. Louis Bandits, a perennial league championship contender, will take on the visiting Topeka Roadrunners at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9. All of the action will take place at Rec-Plex South, located next to the original Rec-Plex building at 5200 Mexico Rd., as the Bandits step outside their usual home arena in Chesterfield. The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is the largest USA Hockey-sanctioned Junior A circuit with 28 teams. Bandits tickets cost $7 for adults 18 and up, $5 for children/students ages 6-17, and are free for ages 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Please call 636.536.4882 for advance tickets. All St. Peters Spirit Hockey Club players who wear their Spirits jersey on either night will receive free admission to the games at Rec-Plex South. Concessions will be available for purchase during the game.

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Rec-Plex Ice Skaters Earn St. Peters Programs Shirley Nachtrieb Class ExArtist Jerry Thomas will teach Winter Classic Championship plores the Art of Collage Drawing & Painting Animals

The figure skaters at the St. Peters Rec-Plex continue to shine – for the second consecutive year the Rec-Plex won the ISI Winter Classic figure skating competition. This year’s victory took place Feb. 17-19 in Northbrook, IL, and follows up last year’s championship in front of a home crowd as the St. Peters Rec-Plex hosted the 2011 ISI Winter Classic. The Rec-Plex skaters tallied an even 1,000 points at the 2012 ISI Winter Classic to bring home the Ice Skating Institute’s Robert Unger Overall Team Champion Trophy. Two Chicago area rinks – Niles Park District (638.5 points) and Northbrook Sports Center (619 points) – followed in 2nd and 3rd place. The ISI considers its ISI Winter Classic the nation’s biggest and best recreational ice skating competition. Skaters at the ISI Winter Classic can win medals and points, and the rink that has the most points during the event wins the team championship. This year’s event included 1,004 total competitors representing teams from 53 rinks from nine states and Mexico. A total of 91 skaters, including 54 individual event skaters and six synchronized skating teams, represented the Rec-Plex at the ISI Winter Classic. Click to see all of the results. The Rec-Plex synchro teams all finished either first or second in their events: Diamond Edges, 1st place in Teen Skating Compulsories, and 1st place in Teen Skating; Ice Gems, 2nd place in Senior Youth Skating Compulsories, and 1st place in Senior Youth Skating; Jade Blades, 1st place in Senior Youth Skating; Onyx Ice, 1st place in Youth Skating Compulsories; Ruby Edges, 1st place in Senior Youth Formation; and Emerald Blades, 2nd place in Youth Formation. The public can watch these synchronized teams in action when the St. Peters Rec-Plex hosts the 2012 ISI Synchronized Skating Championship on March 30, March 31 and April 1. Admission is free. “Congratulations to the champion figure skaters at the St. Peters Rec-Plex!” said Mayor Len Pagano. “Your hard work and great sportsmanship make you wonderful role models in our community. And, you’ve helped make our Rec-Plex the ‘Home of the Champions!’”

Artist Shirley Nachtrieb will teach a series on the art of collage at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. The class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays, March 12 – April 16. In Collage 1 you’ll learn to design and execute you own collages using painted papers you create yourself. A limited palette of three fluid colors will be used to explore color theory, design format, and value patterns. All skill levels are welcome. Shirley has been a freelance artist and teacher for more than 30 years. Her painting mediums include watercolors, pastels, acrylics, mixed media, fiber and handmade tools. For more information or to register for this class, contact Shirley at 636.947.1936 or email at Shirley@nachtrieb.com. Learn How to Draw & Paint Animals at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre

on Tuesdays, March 13 – April 3, from 9 a.m. – noon at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. He will provide instruction on the basic anatomy of animals, their colors, how they move as well as their hair, feathers and proportions. The cost is $104. For more information or to register for this class, contact Jerry at 314.878.3048 or at jt4art@swbell.net. The class is being held at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, located at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO. Aaron Latina Offers a New Course at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre Are you a musical enthusiast or aspiring musician? Artist Aaron Latina will help you get a jumpstart on your career by teaching the Principles of Professional Songwriting at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre.

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u Six Elsberry High School students passed two days of auditions to be selected to participate in the EMO Conference Band on Thursday, February 9 at Orchard Farm. The guest conductor for the performance was John Bell from the University of Illinois, Edwardsville. EHS Conference Band participants included: Anne Heintzelman, Patrick Riffle, Zach Barber, Sarah Daly, Tracey Beck and Madison Cleveland.

TBHS 1985-87 Class Reunion Graduates from the Troy Buchanan High School classes of 1985, 86 and 87 are invited to attend a reunion on Saturday, March 3. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. For more information, or to RSVP, please contact BHSreunion19857.86.87@ gmail.com. Students at William Cappel Elementary recently enjoyed a visit from Fancy Nancy. The famous children’s book character visited to share words of love and the joy of play with WCE students.

R-III Hosting Public Forum to Introduce Board Candidates The Lincoln County R-III School District is holding an event for patrons to get to know their Board of Education candidates as well as learn more about Proposition KIDS. This is an opportunity for anyone living in the District to meet all four candidates and ask questions about the upcoming NOTAX increase bond issue. The first forum will take place in Troy at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Visitors should go to the lower level of 951 W College. Both the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) and the Troy National Education Association (NEA) will moderate the event. The second event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 in Hawk Point. Hawk Point Elementary School will host the event, which is presented in collaboration with the City of Hawk Point and will include municipal candidates.

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PREPARE from cover car. A kit should have bottled water, a radio with extra batteries, a flashlight, prescription medicine and first aid supplies. • Purchase a generator for your home or business. A generator can provide some basic electric service until the commercial power returns. A generator can also keep health equipment functioning (ventilators, oxygen, monitors) during a power outage. Remember to always follow the instructions when using a generator. For example, never use a generator in a closed structure. The engine gives off deadly carbon monoxide gas. Always place the generator outside. • Make sure all family members know all possible ways to exit your home and where to meet outside the house. Keep all exits clear. • Choose a place for your family to meet after a disaster in case you are at work or school when the disaster happens. • Know how to contact your children at their school or daycare and where you can pick them up after a disaster. Designate a specific person to pick up your child if you cannot. Make sure the school or daycare has the most current emergency release information. • Have a tone-alert weather radio to receive severe weather warnings. Also have a portable radio with extra batteries in case there are power outages. This allows you to get the most current weather and emergency information quickly. • Learn first aid and CPR. • In the event of a flood, tornado or earthquake, learn how to shut off your water, gas and electricity. Know where to find the shut-off valves and switches. • Keep a small amount of cash on hand. ATM's will not operate if the power is out. • Keep your gas tank full. If the power is out, gas pumps will not operate.

Deadly Tornadoes In September 2011, NOAA’s (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) National Weather Service released its final assessment report on the May 22, 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. The report identified best practices and made recommendations to help save more lives during future violent tornadoes. Most importantly, the assessment emphasized that people must be prepared to take immediate action when a warning is issued. “The tornado that struck Joplin offers important lessons about disaster preparedness,” said National Weather Service Director Jack Hayes, Ph.D. “Tragically, despite advance tornado outlooks, watches and warnings, 159 people died and more than 1,000 were injured. At NOAA we will do all we can – working with our partners throughout the weather enterprise and emergency management – to reduce the impact of similar disasters.” This was the single deadliest tornado in U.S. history since modern record-keeping began in 1950. Rated EF-5 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, this mile-wide tornado was the largest and most powerful type, and it traveled 22 miles on the ground. Warning the public of severe weather is the National Weather Service's (NWS) most important job. To help the public prepare for tornado situations, the NWS has adopted a Watch and Warning program. Tornado Watch: This means that conditions are favorable for tornado development. This is the time to prepare. Keep alert by listing to NOAA Weather Radio, or the commercial media for the latest weather information. Tornado Warning: This means a tornado

has been sighted or the NWS is seeing signs on radar that indicate a thunderstorm may be capable of producing a tornado at any minute. People in the path of the storm should take immediate life saving action. In schools, hospitals, factories, shopping centers and other public places, move to designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on the lowest level are best. Stay away from windows and out of auditoriums, gymnasiums, or structures with large free span roofs. In Vehicles: Do not try to outrun a tornado. A tornado does not have to slow down for traffic, stop signs, or curves on the road. Quickly assess your situation. If necessary, seek shelter in a nearby substantial building. If you have no alternative, abandon your vehicle and hide in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head. Most deaths occur because of the flying debris and head injuries. Mobile Homes: Mobile homes should be abandoned in favor of a more substantial structure if threatened by a tornado. When severe weather is approaching, move to a different location for a couple of hours and wait until the storms have passed. Mobile homes are not built to withstand the strong wind gusts that come from severe thunderstorms or tornadoes. For detailed information about severe weather preparedness, please visit www.ready.gov.

O’Fallon’s Yard Waste Collection Resumes March 12 With spring just around the corner, O’Fallon’s residential yard waste collection will resume the week of March 12. Residents who do not have yard waste disposal are invited to sign up for the service at $7.50 per month, or $22 per quarter. With trees, shrubs and lawns greening up, spring is a great time to enroll and enjoy the convenience disposing of tree and brush trimmings and other yard waste at the curb each week. It is illegal to dump leaves and grass into City storm sewers, and it also is illegal to discard yard waste in the trash. To enroll in yard waste collection, contact the Environmental Services Department at ofallonrecycles@ofallon.mo.us or 636.272.0477.

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Wentzville School District Receives Freedom Award Frontier Middle School and the Wentzville School District have received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for the support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. Frontier Middle School teacher and Missouri National Guard First Lieutenant Ken Kasten nominated Principal Phil Ragusky and the District for their efforts on his behalf. “I have been away from my teaching job several times due to various deployments and training requirements,” said Lt. Kasten. “I have appreciated all of the support and understanding that I have had working for Phil and the District while having to be away.” Nominations for the Freedom Award must come from a Guard or Reserve member who is employed by the organization they are nominating, or from a family member. The Wentzville School District has received multiple nominations according to Karen Levy, the Missouri Employer Outreach Coordinator.

“To be given the Freedom Award, it means that you have many employees that have said that their employer, the Wentzville School District, has supported them by supporting their family, holding their job, supporting them while they were overseas, maybe doing some good things for their family while they were overseas, and then when they got back, helping them with re-entry back into their job here at Wentzville,” Levy said. “So it’s a really, really, really high honor with the Department of Defense to be able to get the Freedom Award.” Almost half of the U.S. military is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. The Department of Defense shares these citizen soldiers with their employers, and this award recognizes those employers who provide the most outstanding support for their Guard and Reserve employees and is presented annually by the Secretary of Defense. “I’ve always been very fortunate and well taken care of and supported,” Kasten said. “They had a ceremony when I returned from my officer training. The whole school was there and caught me by surprise and presented me with several student-made certificates and letters of thanks. So it was just very humbling and rewarding at the same time.”

STEM Honoree Congratulations to St. Dominic High School Senior Ryan Gaffney, who will be honored for his achievements in science, technology and math at the annual STEM Recognition Breakfast Friday, March 9 in St. Peters, MO. This annual event is hosted by the Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, a civic group founded in 2001 to influence community progress so people, businesses and institutions flourish. Award recipients were nominated by their high school. Ryan has received a full-ride scholarship from the Air Force ROTC and is waiting for appointment to either the United States Air Force Academy or the United States Naval Academy.

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Timberland sophomore Devan Richter won the Missouri Class 4 State Wrestling Championship in the 113 pound weight class on Saturday, February 18, at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia. He capped off a spectacular season during which he went 38-3, and his only losses were to nationally ranked wrestlers from outside the state of Missouri. Devan pinned his opponent, William Erneste from Park Hills, in one minute 44 seconds in the championship match to secure the title. Devan has demonstrated excellence in the classroom as well with a 4.04 GPA and also scored a 29 on the ACT as a freshman. Overall, the Timberland team brought home fifth place, with senior Jake Hawks placing third in the 170 pound class, senior Colton Orlando taking fifth place in the 132 pound class, and freshman Dustin Gray taking fourth place in the 152 pound class. In addition, Holt junior Clayton Ream took second place in the 145 pound class and Holt sophomore Lawton Benna took fifth place in the 113 pound class; with the Holt team finishing 14th in the state.


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“The Lorax” In the 1970’s, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, tackled environmental issues in a children’s story entitled “The Lorax.” Told from the perspective of a regretful entrepreneur, Seuss’ tale spoke of irreversible environmental damage caused by pollution and the destruction of the forests. The book became one of many popular made-fortelevision adaptations of Seuss’ work. The new “Lorax” movie tries to capture the same environmental spirit as the book and TV special, but forgets all the lessons that Dr. Seuss was trying to impart. Zac Efron lends his voice to Ted, a boy living in a planned, sanitized community called Thneedville. To impress the girl across the street (Taylor Swift), Ted goes in search of trees, which haven’t been around for decades. His quest leads to the Once-ler (Ed Helms), a solitary man who lives in the decimated forest outside of town. The Once-ler tells Ted what happened to all the trees and who is truly responsible. Director Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda overlook the basic lessons of the Lorax, turning their movie into a gaudy, animated feature with too many useless songs and characters. Renaud and Balda obviously are trying to fill theater seats—and the early box office returns show they have been wildly successful. But have the lessons of Seuss been lost in a quest for profit? Danny DeVito lends his gruff voice to the Lorax, a mythical creature that appears when the forest and the creatures that call it home are threatened. The

Once-ler plans to harvest the Truffula trees that dot the landscape, turning their leaves into a universal garment called a Thneed. The first swing of the Once-ler’s axe brings the Lorax to the forest with a dire warning. DeVito is a talented voice actor, but his gruff interpretation of the character is played more for laughs than knowledge. As the one who speaks for the trees, this Lorax seems rather impotent, unable to truly defend nature until pollution and deforestation have turned the landscape into a dark, toxic place where no animals can survive. “The Lorax” movie also contains some pointed statements about crass commercialism, especially in the person of Mr. O’Hare (Rob Riggle), an entrepreneur who sells bottles of purified air. The O’Hare character is kind of ironic since the whole movie is designed to sell plush toys as well as itself to audiences. The original lesson of “The Lorax” still exists in this film, but it has become harder to see than ever before thanks to this film. “The Lorax,” rated PG for brief mild lanPhotos courtesy of Universal Pictures guage, currently is playing in theaters.

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Sports You See... With Gary B. Holt Swimmer Heading to West Point Co-Captain for the Lady Indians Holt High School senior Allison McDonald has received and accepted an appointment to the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, NY. She is the daughter of Joe and Cheryl McDonald of Wentzville. Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Roy Blunt and Congressman Todd Akin have nominated her appointment to USMA’s Class of 2016. Allison has a 3.8 GPA and scored a 30 on her ACT. She was co-captain of the Lady Indians swim team and named to the Second Team All-Conference and All-Academic swim teams. Allison is also first chair, french horn in the Holt Symphonic Band and played mellophone while serving as a Section Leader for the Marching Indians. “Allison is a highly motivated young woman that has set high goals and works diligently to achieve these goals,” said Holt Principal John Waters. “I am proud to be her high school principal and am completely confident of her ability to be successful at West Point.” Forbes magazine named USMA “America’s Best College” in 2009. Upon graduation, Allison will receive a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission into the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. This is the third consecutive year that a Holt student has received an appointment to USMA. Daniel Zagaja is a 2010 Holt graduate and in his second year at West Point and his sister Julia Zagaja, a 2011 Holt grad, is currently a first year cadet at the academy. ~~~Good grades are a must

Top Strength Coach in St. Peters Learn from the Best Bill McDonough is a record setting bencher, a World Team member, one of the current coaches for TEAM USA, and owner of Speed Through Power. McDonough has been ranked in the top 50 in the world on numerous occasions. At age 45, he is one of the strongest benchers for his age on the planet. If you’re a high school student who wants to get stronger, a football player who need reps for a combine, a dad who wants to be stronger than you were in high school, or someone who wants to know the correct way to bench press, check it out. Go to http://www.stp-fitness.com/ for more info. ~~~Pump it up Cottleville Adds Bands to St. Patrick’s Day Parade Plus a Ram Saturday, March 17 The 4th annual St. Patricks parade will begin at St. Charles Community College and down Hwy. N through the town. Each week there is new information associated to the festivities. Fort Zumwalt East Marching Band and the Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum will be the musical highlight of the parade. Antipating more than 2000 runners in the morning and 100 floats starting at noon keeps all the volunteers hopping. After the parade the party continues behind Sherlock’s Steak and Seafood. The St. Louis Rams offensive guard #73 Adam Goldberg will join Coach Hanifan and Scott Connel as Marshalls. He will be hard to miss sitting tall on the back seat of a convertible at 6’7” and 305 pounds. Want to Volumteer? Email Judy jclaus@cottlevillefpd.org To get more information on being a Sponsor, running before the parade or making a float, go to www.StPatParade.org At the site you can also get a quick glimpse of last year’s parade compliments of www.STLwebTV.com ~~~A week away

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that and admit I can’t get in and out very well without scrunching up like a pretzel and I don’t scrunch up well, anymore. My truck is the no-scrunching-up model. It’s also the 18-mpg-going-downhill model. Uphill? Don’t ask. Small car rooflines are much lower than my truck. In fact, most cars are much lower than my ‘55 Chevy was. It didn’t get good gas mileage either, but I didn’t knock my baseball hat off when I got in…the one with no lettering. I had a red Cardinal hat back then, but I only wore it on formal occasions. A friend recently told me I was getting old and crotchety. I growled, “Smile when you say that, Pard.” He said, “No really. You need to adapt. Try wearing your hat backwards and buy some light colored tee shirts. We already know you’re a little overweight but we love you anyway.” I growled, “Who’s we?” “Certainly not the clothing manufacturers,” he smirked. I suppose he’s right. I should join the other tasteless minions and wear my hat backwards and a yellow tee with a smiley face stretched over my tummy-fat. The smiley face will offset the scowl on mine.


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Life would be much easier (and more fun!) with these super powers “Heroes” is no longer on the air, but it was a family favorite. We also enjoy reruns of “Wonder Woman,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” and more. I figure it connects with some deep-seeded desire to possess super powers. What would it be like to be Super Man? I’m not so sure about the X-ray vision. Is it active all the time, or only when you want and/or need it? Imagine shopping at a clothing store and the X-ray vision kicks in. Kind of like going into the dressing room with a complete stranger. Eeew! Blindfolds won’t help, unless they’re made of lead. Think I could do without X-ray vision. Super hearing is another story. Shh! My kids think I already have that particular power. A woman’s ability to hear the tiniest of sounds increases the day she gives birth. I can hear Michael as he gets out of bed and tours the house while sleep walking. It may not come in handy until the kids are older. Right now they’re all great about coming to mom or dad with tales of wrongdoing by a brother, sister or friend. A day will come, though, when talking to a parent will be their last priority. That’s when super hearing would be a super thing to have. When it comes to being a parent, there are plenty of super powers on the wish list. Hypnotic powers would come in handy quite often. I’d use it sparingly, to give my kids hypnotic suggestions. Every time they heard their name, each child would automatically respond, “Yes ma’am.” They wouldn’t argue with one another, they would clean up without whining, and go to bed and stay there (not getting up every 30 seconds for a drink or to use the bathroom). And how about the whole house-cleaning, yard-mowing, car-washing thing? Samantha of “Bewitched” fame had it all wrong. If I had her abilities, I’d never lift a finger around my house again. And I’d turn it in to a money

making opportunity. One wave of my hand to clean your entire house? Have I got a deal for you! Flying is an obvious must-have super power. The dilemma: choosing whether to fly sans plane (like a couple of the “Heroes”), or to have a plane like Batman or Wonder Woman. If I did have a plane, it sure as heck wouldn’t be invisible. There would be too much stuff in my plane, and I wouldn’t want people looking up in the sky to see a pile of school papers, a gym bag and straw wrappers. Also, there simply wouldn’t be enough garage space to store the plane – or enough money for the gas. Plus there’s the whole learning to fly thing. Think I’d rather just fly by myself. I could make money with that one, too! Oh the money I could make flying people to and from work in downtown St. Louis. It’s faster than driving and I wouldn’t pollute the earth. Sports fans could benefit greatly from the use of super powers. Each year I watch my beloved Florida State Seminoles on television. More than once, the team has given me heart palpitations. Wouldn’t it be great to have the power to close your eyes and mentally force each field goal kick through the uprights? (Or to cause the opposing team’s running back to fumble each time he touched the ball?) Kids need super powers, too. And not the powers we would want them to have — room-cleaning, chore-doing, meal-eating powers — but their own super powers. You know, something that would make the smallest kid on the block hit the ball further than anyone. Or a power that would let them tune out mom’s words of wisdom. Hey, wait a minute! My kids already have that power.

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CHURCH March 10: Bring a Friend / Make a Friend 10:45 a.m. at Life Church, 7575 Veterans’ Memorial Parkway. St. Peters Aglow Lighthouse invites the women of St. Charles County and beyond to join us for praise, a potluck lunch, and a message of encouragement from Mary Ann Paille. Info: Beverly Combest at 636.887.0830. March 14: St. Patty’s Day “Potato Bar Dinner” 5:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church at Wentzville, 725 Wall Street. Info: 636.327.6377 or www.livelovegrow.org.

March 18: Christian Concert 6 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 3866 Harvester Road, St. Charles MO. Christian folk-gospel music and storytelling by Andrew Peterson. $15/adults; $10/children 7-14 free for ages 6 and under. Tickets at church or www.iTickets.com. March 23: Spring Fling Craft Fair 5-9 p.m. at Morning Star Church. $5/person. Children free. Hosted by MOPS. Info: www.mscwired. org/springfling. March 29: MOMSNext 7 p.m. at Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Road, Dardenne Prai-

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1-4 p.m. 135 Meadowland Estates Lane, O’Fallon, Mo. 63366. Join us for our open house and learn more about what Assisted Living at the Meadowlands has to offer! Info: 636.978.3600 March 8: Mom’s Afternoon Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. $10/child. Registrations must be received by noon on Wednesday before the scheduled date. Info: 636.379.0092. March 8 & 15: The Patt Holt Singers Auditions 6-10 p.m. 2031 Campus Drive, St. Charles, MO 63301. Just Kids: Ages 8-14, 6-7 p.m. The Connection: High school/college, 7:308:30 p.m. The Patt Holt Singers: College & up, 9 p.m. Simple audition songs requested. Info: Patt Holt at 636.947.0120. March 8: Teen Leader’s Club at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Free for members. Ages 13-18. The club meets every other Thursday to plan social events and fun volunteer opportunities. No Y membership required. March 9: Family Movie Night at the St. Charles County Fam-

ily YMCA 7 p.m. DreamWorks’ Puss and Boots. Free. Tickets available in advance or at the door. Concessions will be on sale to benefit our Strong Community Campaign. Chairs provided, or bring your own chairs/blankets. March 10: Tot’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. $15/child in advance. Registrations must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the event to ensure a spot. Ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Info: 636.379.0092. March 10: Kid’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. For ages 6+. Dance Party. $10/child in advance, $15/ child at the door. Swimming, crafts, rock wall, bingo & more. Concessions available for purchase. Info: 636.379.0092. March 10: Kid’s Night Out at the St. Charles County YMCA & Early Childhood Education Center 6:30-10:30 p.m. Ages 5-12: Swimming, games, arts & crafts. $20, $15 for Y Members. Ages 6 months-6 years: Activities, movies & games at the Y’s Early Childhood Education Center. $25, $20 for Y Members. Register at 636.928.1928. March 11: Chris Lister Recovery Benefit 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Francis Howell Central High School. Vendor fair & silent auction to benefit Chris Lister, who was struck by a car during a 10 mile race and suffered multiple serious injuries. $5 entrance fee. Info: www. wix.com/chrislisterapparel/apparel.

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March 12: St. Charles County Rose Society Meeting 7 p.m. at the Kathryn Linnemann Library, 2323 Elm Street in St. Charles. “Various kinds of sprayers for your rose garden.” Refreshments follow. Info: Marion Burkholder 636.441.9596. March 13: Family Zumba at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 6:30pm. Open to the public at no cost. Info: 636.928.1928. March 15: Amish/Other Christian Fiction Readers Group 7-8 p.m. at the Middendorf-Kredell library on Hwy. K. For readers of Christian fiction to meet and discuss books and to socialize. Info: Holly Eschenbrenner, hle4265@yahoo.com.

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as well as the top 3 males & females in the following categories: Cadets (17 & under), Privates (18-29), Lieutenants (30-39), Captains (40-49), Chiefs (50-59) Commissioners (60+). Participation includes: Dri-Fit official run shirt, certified race course through Fleet Feet, RFID “chip” timing with same day results, complimentary refreshments at finish line. Register in person March 10-11 & March 15-16 at Cottleville Fire Station #1 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Or print and mail registration form at www.stpatparade.org/ images/registration2012.pdf. March 24: Support Dogs, Inc. 7th Annual “Tacky Ball” 6:30 - 11 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront (315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis). “Happily Ever After…Furry Tails Can Come True” theme. Includes dinner, a live auction, raffle & dancing to music by The Fabulous Motown Revue. Proceeds from the Tacky Ball will benefit all programs and activities at Support Dogs. Reservations required. Must be 21+. $100/person. Info: 314.997.2325 or www.supportdogs.org. March 24: Therapeutic Horsemanship Trivia Night 6 p.m. doors open and 7 p.m. trivia at Knights of Columbus Pezold Center, 5701 Highway N, St. Charles, MO 63304. $200/ table of 8. Proceeds benefit TH Summer Camps for individuals with disabilities. Free beer, soda and popcorn. Info: 636.332.4940.

March 24: St. Charles County Youth Orchestra Spring Concert 2:00 p.m., Lindenwood Cultural Center. The concert will feature the SCCYO Mike Russo concerto competition winners Aleksis Martin (clarinet) and Regan Farney (violin) accompanied by the SCCYO Symphony orchestra. A variety of musical selections will also be performed by Primo Strings and Cadenza Orchestra. Tickets available at the door: $4/ adult, $2/child, 5yrs & under are free. Info: sccyo@sccyo.org or 636.916.0515.

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March 24: World Water Day 2012 Katy Trail 5K 8-11 a.m. at Blanchette Landing, 100 Olive Street, St. Charles, Mo. $25/person by March 7. Info: www.edgeoutreach.com.

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

March 31: The St. Charles CityCounty Library Foundation’s 11th Annual Trivia Challenge Doors open at 6:15 p.m., trivia at 7 p.m. At the American Legion Post 312 in St. Charles. Cash prizes, 50/50s and special raffles, silent auction, attendance prizes & more. Optional table decorating contest. $160/team of 8. Includes free mulligans, beer/soda and 10 rounds of fun-filled facts. Individuals may register for $20/person and be placed with other participants. Register and pay online at www.stchlibraryfoundation.org or download the registration form and send with

4th Mon.: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. 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 Tues.: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930.

1st and 3rd Wed: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Every Wed. 6:45 p.m. Charity Bingo VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a non-smoking facility. Info: 636.272.1945 or www.vfwpost5077.org. Every Thurs: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Free. Join us every week to play your favorite board games, cards or dominos. Bring a snack and your favorite stories to share. Contact Diana Kannady at 636.379.0092 x230.

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. Info: Darryl Sandweg, 636.980.1777. Every Thurs., 11:45 a.m., Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. More info at www. ofkiwanis.com. 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 andreacrislip@gmail.com, or visit www. lslmothersclub.com. Every Fri.: 3–8 p.m. VFW Fish Fry VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612.

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ACROSS 1. Jasmine’s kin 6. Former Soviet Socialist Republics, acr. 9. Fancy marbles used as shooters 13. Are you _ ____ or a hawk? 14. One of Indiana Jones’ quests 15. Having three dimensions 16. Same as mesotron 17. ___ Patrol 18. *First network TV soap ____ debuted in 1950

19. *Overthrown Cuban 21. *Arthur Miller’s wife 23. Jones’ Wall Street partner 24. What Rumpelstiltskin did 25. School support organization 28. Reduced Instruction Set Computer 30. Boiling pot 35. Globes and eyeballs 37. *Site of Egyptian Crisis 39. Dominion 40. Italian currency, pl.

41. Ringworm 43. Lover’s strike 44. Prayer leaders in mosques 46. *One of Ike’s two 47. Pitched at Occupy Wall Street 48. Os 50. Be agitated 52. Sushi sauce 53. Offensively curious 55. Sin over tan 57. *Its launch started the Space Race 61. Thumbelina’s raft 65. Smallest number in a crowd 66. “___ we there yet?” 68. Late Saddam Hussein, e.g. 69. Helped 70. Sheep not yet sheared 71. “Swan Lake” skirts 72. Brooding 73. A.k.a. Tokyo 74. In vertical position

DOWN 1. Mary’s little pet 2. Light bulb over head? 3. ABC’s adventure, 2004-2010 4. Stay clear 5. Book burner, e.g. 6. Mine is yours 7. Irritate 8. Save money on rent, e.g. 9. South American Indian people 10. Cain’s victim 11. Lean like an athlete 12. PET or CAT 15. Little Jack Horner’s spot 20. Do this and shout 22. Black and white sea bird 24. *New York in “Guys and Dolls,” e.g. 25. *Jonas Salk fought it 26. Decorates Christmas tree 27. Biblical Abraham’s original name 29. *”The Man in the Gray Flannel ____” 31. Exam

32. Stories “from the Crypt” 33. Treeless plain 34. E on dashboard 36. 18-wheeler 38. Freezing temperature in Celsius 42. Friends in Italy 45. What cat did on the window sill? 49. Me in Paris 51. *Humbert Humbert’s interest 54. Edible ray 56. Maple tree treat 57. Dateless male 58. *This Yankee was MVP in 1950 59. Pakistan’s official language 60. To abound or swarm 61. Toy building block 62. Liver delicacy 63. Greenish blue 64. Floppy storage device 67. *Color of Scare See Answers Page 13

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