Page 1

July 13, 2011

March 13, 2013

Vol 13 No 28

71st Moolah Shrine Circus Recipes

11

Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

Around Town

5

Community Women’s Conference

Business

7

Profile: Paws and Relax Pet Spa

Clowns, Tigers, and Bears; Oh, My! For over 70 years, the Moolah Shrine Circus has entertained kids and adults alike; it is a St. Louis tradition that brings out the best in family entertainment. But the circus doesn’t just entertain: it funds the Moolah Shriners of St. Louis, a group of philanthropists who work, in part, to provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment, a Shriners Hospital. This year, you can support the Shriners of St Louis in their mission to deliver the highest quality of care to children by going to see the circus. Be amazed at the gravity-defying trapeze artists as they fly through the air with their aerial ballet. Enjoy the crazy antics of the hilarious clowns as they jump and tumble under the “Big Top.” Taste the wonderful carnival food such as cotton candy, snow cones, peanuts, popcorn and soda. Not only does the circus have numerous different types of animals such as enormous elephants, fierce royal Bengal and

Information and photos courtesy Moolah Shriners of St. Louis

Siberian tigers and high spirited Arabian stallions, but families can get upclose and personal with the elephants and ponies and ride them. The three-ring spectacle begins Thursday March 21, and runs through Sunday March 24 at the Family Arena, 2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles. Kids of all ages will enjoy the show with general admission tickets starting at only $15. Also, the fun is not limited to the show. Before, during intermission, and after, ticketholders will have the opportunity to take a picture with a white tiger or 15-foot-long snake, ride the children’s train or get their faces painted by the famous Moolah Clowns. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursday; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and the three shows on Saturday are at 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday’s 1 p.m. performance has special seating for Scouts, and a special hearing impaired section. Also, mark your calendars for the Kick-off Parade Event on March 9 in historic Saint Charles at 12 p.m. Watch

the famous little cars of all colors and Moolah’s famous little yellow cars. Listen to bands play all types of live music and interact with clowns of all shapes and sizes. Be amazed by the numerous See MOOLAH SHRINE CIRCUS page 2

School

8

FZS Science Bowl Team Wins

Jack the Giaant Slayer photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Movie

9 FREE Online Subscription at mycnews.com


2

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Vol. 92 No. 11

In This Issue... 3 Around Town

St. Charles County news and other tidbits you need to know, like the latest app that will warn you about incoming tornadoes

6 Lincoln County Life 7 Business

A must-try burger joint opens, an accomplished lawyer moves to town, and we profile an advertiser.

8 School

Scholarship news, foreign exchanges, and Fort Zumwalt’s accomplishments

9 Movie

Our film expert Steve Bryan reviews Jack the Giant Slayer.

MOOLAH SHRINE CIRCUS from cover colorful floats and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with your family and friends to kick-start the magic of Moolah Shrine Circus Month. About the Moolah Shriners of St. Louis Shriners are a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth, and dedicated to providing care for children and families in need. Although Shriners International is a brotherhood, it is also an organization focused on bringing families together. Many of the fraternity’s activities are designed to involve family members, promote shared values and help develop the next generation of community and business leaders. A variety of affiliated groups for both women and children, emphasizing personal growth, fun and friendship, participate with Shriners. Shriners Hospitals for Children® were founded in 1922 with the goal of providing expert medical care for children with no financial burden to the patients or their families. Today that philanthropic effort supports 22 hospitals across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, treating children up to 18 years of age who have orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. The advanced care is provided in a family-centered environment that is focused on maximizing a child’s quality of life, regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Source: www.moolah.org

10 Sports and Learn & Play

Gary B.’s weekend review, a new Sudoku puzzle and a great new read for elementary school-aged children

11 Recipes

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Flavorful Green Treats

12 What’s Happening

the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long

14 Classifieds 16 Over the Fence

Joe Morice is to Community News reader what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher. This week’s topic is “Marriage Can’t Change Bad Habits.”

www.powershealthmart.com

Check out our new at www.mycnews.com/cc

www.ymcastlouis.org/stcharles www.ymcastlouis.org/ofallon


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • March 13, 2013

O’Fallon’s Annual Breakfast with the Bunny

Around Town

3

Oak Leaf Artist Guild Spring Show

The Oak Leaf Artist Guild will hold its 2013 spring show, “Favorite Place” from April 5 – June 3 at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. Artwork will depict sharing your “Favorite Place” which could be With Easter just around the corner, kids ages 2–12 and their pararound your home, garden, national or international venue and judged in 5 categories: Oil/Acrylic, ents and grandparents are invited to an all-you-can-eat sausage and Watercolor, Photography/Digital, Drawing/Charcoal/Pastel and Mixed Media/3-D. Reception and pancake breakfast with the Bunny from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturawards presentation will be held on Friday, April 5, from 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. day, March 23, at the O’Fallon Senior Center. The event includes The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located at 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd (at City Hall), St. Peters and games, activities, and visits with the Bunny, so parents and grandis open during the following times: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturparents, remember to bring a camera to get that special picture. day 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday closed. The cost is $10 for O’Fallon residents and $12 for non-residents. For more information and the call for entry flyer, visit www.oakleafartistguild.org Everyone who wishes to eat, including adults, must have a ticket. Please register in advance by March 18, because no tickets will be available at the gate. O’Fallon’s “Safe City” Status To register, visit the Parks and Rec website, www.ofallon.mo.us/ For the fourth time, the City of O’Fallon has been ranked as having one of the lowest crime rates in Parks&Rec, call 636.474.2732 or come to the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive, or the Renaud Spirit America, based on FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data that was calculated and compared by CQ Press for a book, City Crime Rankings 2013: Crime in Metropolitan America. Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle. To determine the rankings, the 310 cities that were considered were first divided into three main Volunteers are invited to assist with the event. To volunteer, please call the Volunteer Services Department at 636.379.5507, or categories by population: 500,000 residents (33 cities), 100,000-499,000 (244 cities) and 75,000send an e-mail to volunteer@ofallon.mo.us. For more information, 99,999 (155 cities). With a population of 79,000, O’Fallon ranked third safest on the “Lowest Crime Rate Ranking” for cities with a population of 75,000-99,999. O’Fallon also was the only Missouri City visit www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer. to be rated among the top 10 safest cities in all population categories. The rankings were calculated by CQ Press from 2011 UCR data released in the fall of 2012. “O’Fallon’s recurring national ranking by professional researchers continues to be a tremendous New Memory Care Unit honor for our City,” said O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. “It demonstrates that the City’s long-standing Parkside Retirement Living, an established Saint Charles senior policy of making Public Safety a top priority has paid off. We have a dedicated Police Department community, has opened a new Assisted Living Memory Care Unit that is among the finest in the country, and a safe City that is an outstanding place in which to live on their property at West Randolph Road, next to Blanchette Park. and raise a family.” “The men and women of the O’Fallon Police Department take pride in O’Fallon’s continued reputaThe newly renovated area is designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with programs created to meet tion as a safe City,” said O’Fallon Police Chief Roy Joachimstaler. “And I am pleased that once again, the needs of this population. With a total of 17 apartments, in- the officers’ consistent efforts are in the national spotlight.” dividuals will be sure to receive personalized attention in a comfortable and engaging setting. Parkside Retirement Living is a faith-based, not-for-profit community that opened its doors in 1977. The community currently offers Independent Living apartments, Residential Care apartments and a Health Center that accommodates long-term care residents and individuals recuperating from illness or injury. The new Assisted Living Memory Care apartments will provide an attractive choice for families seeking quality dementia care in a convenient location. Parkside has a reputation for appealing and moderately priced living options while providing excellent care. With the majority of monthly inclusive rates ranging from $3200 - $4700, the new unit will continue in this tradition. For more information, interested individuals may contact Judy Jacks at 636.946.4966 x1156.

www.momschoosemercy.net

www.mycnews/cc.com


4

Around Town

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Alex’s Lemonade Stand In their continuing efforts to contribute to cures for childhood cancer, two St. Charles mothers who both lost children to the disease will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand on Saturday, March 16 as part of the Cottleville St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The lemonade stand will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Cottleville Fire Department on the corner of Hwy N and Motherhead Road. Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-yearold Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a na-

tional fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $60 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 275 research projects nationally. Angie Guinn and Kim Puszkar are lifelong friends whose children both passed away from cancer. Angie and Kim wanted to do something to keep the memory of their sons alive and raise awareness for childhood cancer. After hearing the story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott, they decided to hold a stand in Angie’s yard in 2008. By this time, Kim and Angie each had 2 more children who never gotten to know their older broth-

ers. The families came together to support them, and they raised $400. The families have been holding the stand ever since, and in the third year it moved from the front yard to the fire house during the parade. The 2013 event will mark 5 years since the families held their first stand, having raised over $7,250. They hope to surpass the $10,000 mark this year. Now that their children are 8 and 6, Angie and Kim enjoy watching them serve the lemonade and hope that someday, they will take over. Angie’s 8-year-old daughter Olivia has been proudly wearing her ALSF t-shirt to school explaining about the cause and telling others about her brother.

Read St. Louis 2013 Read St. Louis is a community-wide reading initiative organized each year by the St. Charles City-County, St. Louis County and St. Louis Public Libraries to encourage people of all ages to read and discuss great books. The program features a different lineup of acclaimed authors who write thoughtful and inspiring books for children, teens and adults. The Read St. Louis program helps promote literacy by making reading a fun and exciting experience. 2013 Read St. Louis selected authors/titles are: • Distinguished Literary Achievement: Canada by Richard Ford • Memoir: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed • Non-Fiction: Here is Where: Discovering America’s Great Forgotten History by Andrew Carroll • Fiction: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

• Children’s Literature – Yoo Hoo, Ladybug by Mem Fox For a detailed program guide including dates and locations for Read St. Louis author events, visit www.readstlouis.org Read St. Louis is sponsored by UPS and Clarkson Eyecare. Partners include: St. Charles City-County Library District, St. Louis County Library Foundation, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis Public Radio and the Literacy Roundtable. Participating bookstores include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Left Bank Books, and Main Street Books St. Charles. The 2013 Read St. Louis Honorary Co-chairs are Steve Ehlmann, County Executive, St. Charles County; Sally Faith, Mayor, City of St. Charles; Charlie A. Dooley, County Executive St. Louis County, and Francis G. Slay, Mayor, City of St. Louis.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Achieves Highest Recognition of Nursing Excellence Barnes-Jewish Hospital has once again achieved the highest recognition of nursing excellence – an honor held by only eight hospitals in Missouri. The hospital’s nursing leadership recently received word from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) that Barnes-Jewish was granted Magnet® redesignation for four more years. “We’re very proud to be honored with the ultimate credential for high quality nursing for a third time,” says Rhonda Yancey, BSN, RN, Magnet program coordinator for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “It’s a testament to the hard work our team members put forth on a daily basis and their commitment to providing the very best in patient care and experience.”

www.pcrc-stl.com

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program® acknowledges quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Fewer than 400 health care organizations in the country have achieved Magnet designation. To earn the status, hospitals must meet certain standards and provide examples and data every four years. In October 2003, Barnes-Jewish was the first adult Magnet hospital designated in the state of Missouri. The hospital then achieved redesignation in 2008. “The profession of nursing is very visible at Barnes-Jewish and leadership values nurses’ role in multidisciplinary teams,” says Coreen Vlodarchyk, BSN, MSA, RN, BJH chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services. According to Vlodarchyk, the ANCC highlighted three areas of excellence at Barnes-Jewish when sharing word of redesignation: the quality of nursing and nursing leadership; the incredible career paths at Barnes-Jewish and the number of team members in school; and the research in nursing care that is being recognized at a national level. “Now, to get ready for the journey to the next redesignation is foremost, but we may take a little time to celebrate this success,” says Vlodarchyk.

www.llywelynspub.com


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • March 13, 2013

Around Town

5

YPT to Perform “The Scarlet Pimpernel”

Red Cross’ Tornado App

The Young People’s Theatre of St. Charles Community College will present The Scarlet Pimpernel March 15-17 and 22-24 in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater on the SCC campus. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. March 15 and 16; 2 p.m. March 16 and 17; 7 p.m. March 22 and 23; and 2 p.m. March 23 and 24. Tickets are $9 for all ages. The Scarlet Pimpernel is a tale of intrigue, romance and hilarity that is set during the French Revolution. A small group of British men led by the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel rescue French aristocrats from the guillotine. Everyone becomes curious to know the identity of the dashing hero, including an emissary of the newly established French Republic, sent by Robespierre himself. Diversions, blackmail, swordplay and tomfoolery ensue as people try to solve the mystery. The Young People’s Theatre is a performing arts program by kids and their families for kids and their families produced by the SCC Corporate and Community Development Division. For more information or tickets, call 626.922.8233, or visit www.stchas.edu/ypt.

As Red Cross Month kicks off, the organization is launching its official Tornado App, putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in tornado-prone areas. The new Red Cross tornado app—available in English or Spanish—gives iPhone, iPad, Android smart phone and some tablet users instant access to local and real-time information. The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed. An “all clear” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been cancelled. “As we know from Harrisburg, Joplin, and the Good Friday tornadoes in St. Louis, tornadoes can happen anywhere in our area at any time,” said Cindy Erickson, Regional CEO of the Red Cross. “This app helps us prepare for the threat of a tornado. If NOAA issues a tornado warning—the app will alert us with a siren.” Other features of the app include: • Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts; • Enhanced weather maps; • One-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends that they are out of harm’s way; • Simple steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members; • Preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity; • Toolkit with flashlight, strobe light and audible alarm; • Locations of open Red Cross shelters; and • Badges users can earn through interactive quizzes and share on social networks. The Tornado App is the latest in a series of free mobile apps created by the Red Cross, the nation’s leader in emergency preparedness. The suite includes apps for first aid, hurricanes, earthquakes, disaster shelters and wildfires.

Community Women’s Conference Focuses on Similarities Imagine a world where rewards are granted Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wanted to orgawhen mistakes are made. Maxine Clark, CEO nize an event where women from throughout the and founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop, de- community could come together to share topics scribed that personal reality of mutual interest. It was a viduring her keynote address sion with a future in mind. at a community women’s conIn addition to Clark and ference February 23 in St. Rev. Whistler’s messages, Charles, which focused on there were breakout sessions strength, vision and talent exon health and wellness, Interploration. Addressing a group net safety and strengthening of 120 women from diverse marriages. Musical entertainbackgrounds, Clark shared a ment included performancstory of her first grade teacher es from Connections, a St. who rewarded children when Charles County group which they made mistakes. performs Southern Gospel Her remarks touched a music; a viola solo by Francis chord with many who attendHowell North senior Maded the conference. eline Martin; the St. John The event was organized by AME choir; and the women’s four local congregations of group of the Rising GeneraThe Church of Jesus Christ tion Youth Chorus. of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Maxine Clark photo by Becca Munson Those attending the conferSt. Charles County, as well as ence included women from Trinity Episcopal Church of St. Charles, Hope Jewish and Muslim faiths as well as a variety Lutheran Church and St. John AME. of Christian churches. It was that diversity and Reverend Tamsen Whistler of Trinity Epis- community involvement for which Perkins had copal Church of St. Charles was also a guest hoped - an event which focused on similarities speaker. Addressing the gathering, she shared rather than differences. her personal experiences caring for those with mental illness. She encouraged the women to accept mental illness for what it is and get the help needed, rather than deny its existence or sweep it under a rug. “It is not something we need to or should handle by ourselves.” Bringing these two speakers into one venue was only part of the vision and planning of Karen Perkins of St. Charles, who began working on the event a year ago. Perkins, president of the women’s group for the St. Charles www.byerlyrv.com congregation of The Church of

www.paws-relax.com

www.rhf.org


6

Around Town

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Kiwanis’ Pancake Breakfast The annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the Lincoln County Council on Aging, 1380 Boone Street in Troy. Breakfast begins at 6 a.m. and will close at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per person, and children under five eat free. The allyou-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, milk, juice and coffee. Carry-outs are also available. For more information, contact Troy Kiwanis at 636.462.2604.

Kids’ Earth Day Recycling Project The Lincoln County Master Gardener’s and MU Extension will host their Spring Education Series beginning with the Kids’ Earth Day Recycling Project on Saturday, April 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Students will investigate ways to repurpose common household items. To enroll in classes, or for more information on class fees, please call the University of Missouri Extension Troy Office, 636.528.4613 or email lincolnco@missouri.edu. For a complete list of upcoming MU Extension classes and events, visit extension.missouri.edu.

2013 Conservation Round-Up The 2013 Conservation Round-Up, hosted by the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Troy Buchanan High School from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will consist of a series of 45 minute educational seminars presented throughout the day. Seminars will be presented by experts and will include the following topics: Fruit Tree Establishment,-Pond/ Fish Management, Timber Sales and Management, Agricultural Cover Crops, Pond Weed Management, Prescribed Grazing Systems, Introduction to Beekeeping, Trespassing and Poaching Issues, Deer Habitat Improvements and Horticultural Impacts of 2012 Drought. A free lunch will be provided to all registrants, and attendees can stay all day or just stop in for one or two seminars. The Conservation Round-Up is open to the public, but seating is limited to the first 100 registrants. For more information or to reserve your seat, call the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District at 636.528.4877, extension 3.

www.drtumanyan.com

www.TroyFunitureCo.com

Free Course For Parents and Caregivers NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) will offer a free NAMI Basics course for parents and other primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. NAMI Basics is an educational program that provides learning and practical insight for families. Sessions will take place every Thursday, starting April 4, 2013 for six weeks (April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 9) at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1307 Boone Street, Troy from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Those who plan to attend must register in advance. Childcare is provided with registration. Contact Joyce Johnston at 636.940.7440, 1.877.7242977 or jjohnston@namistl.org. Funding for this class is provided by The Lincoln County Resource Board.

Elsberry Future Business Leaders Members of the Elsberry Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Chapter attended the 2013 Missouri FBLA District Leadership Conference held on February 28 at HannibalLaGrange University in Hannibal. Members competed against entrants from 19 chapters in the Northeastern Missouri district. Those who placed will advance to the state competition in Columbia, April 21-23. Elsberry FBLA members to advance include: Kimmie Croxville, Spreadsheet Applications, first and Personal Finance, second; Mason Cameron, Ethan Miller and Jacob Sabella, Network Design Team, first; Ethan Miller, Technology Concepts, first; Jacob Sabella, Cyber Security, second; Mason Cameron, Anne Heintzelman, Alex Hogarth and Lexie Parker, Parliamentary Procedure Team, first; Anne Heintzelman and Braden Spratt, Business Presentation, first; and Brendan O’Driscoll and Bo Young, Emerging Business Issues, first. Anne Heintzelman was selected as the district’s Parliamentarian. Other delegates representing Elsberry at the district leadership conference were Sky Rose, Tara O’Brien and Sheyana Curtis, Business Ethics Team, second; Alex Henke, Personal Finance, fourth; Sheyana Curtis, Business Math, third; Braden Spratt, Job Interview, second; Grant Black competed in Sports Management and Intro to Business Communications and Haley Logan competed in Business Communications. Anthony Muzzey also assisted in the officer’s ceremony. Judy Gomel is the local chapter adviser and accompanied the students to the conference.

Easter Egg Hunts It’s egg-hunting season in Lincoln County. Three family-friendly Easter egg hunts are scheduled. Makin Memorial United Methodist Church, 228 Church Street, Winfield, will host a “Rock-n-Roll” Easter Event on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. for children up to age 5. There will be booths, games,

www.troydentalcare.com

music, crafts, snacks, and an egg hunt. On March 30, the Greater Troy Ministerial Alliance will host an egg hunt at 9 a.m. at Clont’s Field in Troy, and the Moscow Mills Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children up to age nine will start promptly at 10 a.m. at the Moscow Mills Community Center (Hwy C next to Fire Station). This event is sponsored by the Moscow Mills Chamber of Commerce and Lions Club. For adults, The Troy Rotary will club will host the Annual Adults Only Easter Egg Hunt on March 22 at the Fairgrounds. The hunt will begin at 7:30 p.m. Three grand prizes will be available this year, including a T.V., WiiU and iPod Touch. Other prizes include more than $1,500 in individual baskets worth a minimum of $50 each. Prize baskets include packages from the Rams, local gyms, Branson and more. Hunters can also enjoy hot dogs, nachos, beer and soda. Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased from any Rotary member. There is a limited number of tickets available. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight!


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • March 13, 2013

Advertiser Profiles

By DeAnna Massie

Cage-free Paws and Relax Pet Spa to Offer Mobile Grooming Paws And relax Pet Spa in O’Fallon already has a reputation for providing quality pet care in a stress-free environment. Owner Jessica Uzzetta said the secret to creating a relaxed atmosphere is maintaining a strict, cage-free policy. “In most places the animals are kept in cages. It’s very loud and stressful- not an ideal environment for the dogs or the groomers. The animals don’t like coming in, because they aren’t used to being caged, and they aren’t always allowed out to use the bathroom,” said Uzzetta. “We don’t have a backroom with cages here. Our shop is completely open, so owners can see all the way to the back door. If there is an older dog or one who doesn’t want to be around other dogs, we have rooms called suites with beds where they can relax.” Recently, the company added a few services that raise the bar even higher. Uzzetta launched a mobile grooming program to meet the needs of those pets, especially older pets and cats, who tend to have a better experience if travel and exposure to new environments is minimized. The convenience is great for pet parents, too. “The van is a like a mobile salon, with everything we need right inside,” said Uzzetta. “We will also have multiple pet discounts with our

mobile grooming service.” Uzzetta has also added overnight care that goes beyond the standards of most kennels. “We will take your pets to stay with us in our home overnight. They will not be left alone at a kennel.” “We wanted to make it better for everyone,” said Uzzetta. “It isn’t just about how the dogs look; we want the dogs, the groomers and their owners to feel good, too.” You can learn more about the products and services at Paws And Relax at www.paws-relax.com. Find Paws and Relax Pet Spa at 1330 Sunburst Drive, O’Fallon or call 636.272.PAWS (7297) or email pawsnrelaxpetspa@gmail.com.

Daddy Ray Burgers: The New Guy in Town We would love to invite you to try out Daddy Ray Burgers. Our burgers are made fresh daily, never frozen. Our father, Ray Morris, created the recipe for Daddy Ray Burgers, and it has delighted family and friends for over 40 years. Ray was a fun-loving guy who was passionate about family, food, and barbequing, and we are proud to carry on this tradition. Our half-pound burger is charbroiled to perfection and served on a fresh bakery bun. Here at Daddy Ray’s we take pride in our family recipes. Once you try our homemade burgers, coleslaw, or chili, the others just won’t do. We are open from 11a.m.-5 p.m. and starting March 22 our spring hours will be 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. We only offer outside seating so call ahead for faster carry-out service. It will be hot and waiting for you when you get here. When the weather is nice, stay and enjoy your food on our outside patio. Join us for our ribbon cutting that will be held on Friday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. and enjoy special pricing and a free t-shirt while supplies last. We are located at 8814 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon between Hwy K and Bryan Road near the Old Tax House. For more information, call 636.294.4885 or visit www.daddyrayburgers.com.

www.pcrc-stl.com

Business

7

Award-Winning Attorney Carries 40-Year Tradition Latonya Brooks of St. Louis, Missouri, recently assumed operation of the law practice of Judge Chris Kunza Mennemeyer. Located in the same building at 421 South Main Street in Troy, Missouri, for the past 40 years, the firm will now be known as Brooks Law Office, LLC. Brooks will continue to serve Troy and its surrounding areas as well as communities in the greater St. Louis Metropolitan region with the same exceptional service that has earned the practice a reputation for professional excellence. Brooks is a 2009 graduate of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, where she earned a B.S. in Political Science and Minor in Criminal Justice. Following her undergraduate work, she studied at the Valparaiso University School of Law in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she graduated with a Juris Doctor in 2012. While attending Valparaiso, Brooks was a member of the Jessup International Moot Court, the Black Law Students Association, a student ambassador, and was employed in the University’s law library. Brooks was also the recipient of the University’s prestigious 2012 Corpus Juris Secundum Award. She was an extern for the Lake County Superior Court and the Lake County Public Defenders Office, both in Crown Point, Indiana. While a student at the University of Central Missouri, she worked as an intern for Judge Sue Dodson at the Johnson County Justice Center, Warrensburg. Latonya Brooks is a member of the Lincoln County Bar Association, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, Women in the Legal Profession, the Pi Sigma Alpha-Political Science Honor Fraternity, and the Order of Omega-Greek Honors Fraternity. Prior taking over Judge Mennemeyer’s practice, she was a contract attorney for Bryan Cave, LLP, in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, call 636.528.8518.

www.powershealthmart.com

www.poagechevrolet.com


8

School

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Students Eligible for Scholarships Through University of Memphis

Fort Zumwalt School News

1

2

1. The Fort Zumwalt South High School Science Bowl Team recently competed in their first regional championship and won. They will now go on to represent Missouri in the National Science Bowl tournament this April in Washington DC. Pictured L to R: Mr. Paul Hage (teacher), Thomas Cassimatis, Sathwick Katragadda, Jared Counts, Sam Want, Sree Datla, Mrs. LeAnne Sanders (teacher) and Mr. Andy Delehaunty (teacher). 2. Fort Zumwalt School District school board member Mike MacCormack has recently received Masters Certification status. This is the highest status a school board member in Missouri can achieve and is awarded based on attendance at professional meetings, reading extensively on school board issues and completing a comprehensive written assignment on issues important to school board members. Pictured: Dr. Bernard DuBray (right) congratulates 3 Mike MacCormack at the Feb. 19 school board meeting. 3. Fort Zumwalt School District paraprofessional Kim Tieber recently was recognized by the Board of Education for saving a choking student at Lewis and Clark Elementary School. Pictured left to right: School Board President Mike Price, Kim Tieber and Lewis and Clark Elementary School Principal Jeremy Moore at the February 19th meeting of the school board.

High school students from the state of Missouri are now eligible for new, non-resident scholarships offered by the University of Memphis. Eligibility for the scholarship is based on the student’s academic credentials and state of residence. Scholarship amounts vary according to ACT scores and high school grade point averages, but students must have a minimum score of 23 on the ACT and at least a 3.0 grade point average. More information is available at www.nrs.memphis.edu or by calling 1.800.669.2678. Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis is recognized nationally for its academic, research and athletic programs. Today, the U of M educates more than 22,000 students, and it awards more than 4,000 bachelor, master, doctoral and professional degrees annually. Home to the largest honors program in the state, it is also ranked in the Top Ten for Student Internships by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit www.memphis.edu.

Academy of the Sacred Heart Welcomes Taiwanese Students Four middle school students from Taiwan recently experienced American life by shadowing and staying with students at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Visiting Taiwanese students and their host friends. Front row: Charles. The visiting Alex Tsao, Sam Seiler; second row: Brianna Vitale, Wenny Kao, students were welSarah Lodes, Victoria Heinsohn; top row: Robert Graman, David comed by their host Huang, James Castiglioni, Michael Chang, Cole Marchlewski. families and took part in classes and activities for a week and a half at the Academy. Some of the things they liked best were the Arch, the Science Center, City Museum, Blueberry Hill, pizza, snow and Super Bowl parties. Other Taiwanese students spent time in St. Louis at Barat Academy, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, and Saint Louis Priory School. The Academy of the Sacred Heart is an independent Catholic school for grades PreK–8 run by the Society of the Sacred Heart. Because the Society is, and has been for nearly 200 years, an international congregation, it desires to foster and maintain relationships with people from other countries and cultures. Presently, three exchange students from Mexico and one from Vietnam are spending the 2012-2013 school year at the Academy.

www.stchas.edu/dance

www.actondentistry.com www.stpetersmo.net


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • March 13, 2013

Movie

“Jack the Giant Slayer”

By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

An ambitious film with a reported budget of $300 million, Jack the Giant Slayer failed to attract large audiences during its opening weekend. That’s too bad because with Bryan Singer (X-Men) behind the camera, this film becomes a lively retelling of the classic fairy tale. Nicholas Hoult, recently seen as the undead boyfriend in the dark comedy Warm Bodies, plays Jack, a young man whose head often gets stuck in the clouds. One day, Jack’s uncle gives him the family’s workhorse with instructions to trade the animal for roofing material. After making a deal with a frantic monk, however, Jack comes home with a bag of magic beans. His accidental purchase work better than anyone could have hoped, creating a beanstalk of immense size and power. Jack’s adventurous Jack the Giant Slayer photos courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures spirit takes him high above his earthbound life into a world filled with immense dangers and even greater rewards. Though this tale sounds familiar, the live-action adaptation of the classic story is bigger and more dangerous than the story on the printed page. Jack’s beans create a powerful, fast-growing stalk that lays waste to his uncle’s home. It also leads to a land in the clouds inhabited by an entire race of computer-animated giants. Nicholas Hoult does a fine job in the title role, showing how Jack comes into his own when faced with life and death situations. Jack

may seem out of his element at times, but he quickly rises to the occasion. Eleanor Tomlinson also turns in a nice performance as Isabella, the King’s daughter and a woman who craves adventure. Isabella frequently leaves the castle without permission, seeking more than her royal lifestyle. She gets more than she bargained for, though, when she accidentally makes her way to Jack’s home in the middle of the night. Stanley Tucci steals the movie as Lord Roderick, a man who says he wants to marry Isabella. In truth, Roderick has plans for the magic beans and the giants. Ewan McGregor rounds out the cast as Elmont, the leader of the Royal Guard who is as honorable as Roderick is evil. One has to wonder why director Bryan Singer and Warner Brothers decided to spend a sizeable fortune to bring Jack the Giant Slayer to the big screen. It’s an entertaining film, but not one that justifies a super-sized budget. Jack the Giant Slayer, rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy action violence, some frightening images, and brief language, currently is playing in theaters. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wideeyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

This Weeks Shelter: Almost Home Rescue & Sanctuary Wright City • 636.203.5800 • www.almosthomesanctuary.org www.changescapeweb.com/cnewsad

www.welsch-heatcool.com

9

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@ mycnews.com.

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!


10

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Sports

Gary Baute Former Rams Coach Honored As Irishman of the Year Last Saturday, the Cottleville St Pat’s Foundation bestowed to Coach Hanney (as he is affectionately known) the ‘Cottleville Irishman of the Year’ award. The presentation was at the inaugural ‘Green Tie Gala’ with Tim Schulte serving as the Chair for the event. “The St. Pat’s committee and I were very proud of the event with a great turn out at Old Hickory Country Club. Mayor Don Yarber of Cottleville presented the award in his usual witty manor. Mike Reiter, chair of the St. Pats Parade, helped me a lot with planning and announcements also. Coach Hanifan was very appreciative and thanked all present with a toast,” Schulte commented. Groove Thang provided the entertainment and Old Hickory provided a great venue and accommodations.

SUDOKU:

Yours truly, Gary B, was the EMCEE. *Start Date in September* Lindenwood Men’s Lacrosse Earns Fourth Victory On Saturday afternoon, the Lindenwood men’s lacrosse team won its fourth-straight game with a 21-5 victory over Fontbonne. The Lions never relinquished their lead after scoring the first three goals in the contest. Going into the final period, Lindenwood held a 20-1 lead over the Griffins. Brandon Stuebing was the team leader with three goals and two assists in the game. Carter McCracken also had three goals for the Lions. This season, the Lions are averaging 17.20 goals per game. Joe Roy leads the team with 12 goals, and he has started in all five games for Lindenwood. Lindenwood now has improved to 4-1 overall and will host the No. 1 team in the nation at Mercyhurst next Saturday. *Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood*

Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all the digits 1 through 9.

Monsters Start Season Your Missouri Monsters (www.UILFmonsters.com) have been looking forward to last Saturday for a long time. Many behind-the-scene activities had to be aligned all the way up to kickoff time. The Family Arena in St. Charles did their part by completing an upgrade to the facility that will be enjoyed at every event held there. Two large screens placed high in the corners showed every play from the shots of five cameras orchestrated by Director

Jack Gamble. A ribbon screen just about circles the facility just below of the upper deck. Its presence provides information and a fantastic light show. Nikko Smith sang the National Anthem just after 14 motorcycles brought the dance team to the middle of the field. The Monsters hosted the Corpus Christi Fury and wanted to make a good impression to the over 4,000 fans in attendance. The game was pretty tight after the first quarter, but the Fury kicked it into high gear from there taking a 74-37 victory back to the lone star state. Several highlights in the game included: *Quarterback Darrell Jackson 13 of 28 with 132 yards, three touchdowns and interceptions *Wide receiver Gary Johnson catching two touchdown passes and returning a kickoff for a touchdown *Wide receiver Aric Evans (2012 offensive player of the year in the UIFL) and Tavares Woodley with receiving touchdowns The Team has a bye week, then travel to Dalton, GA, to take on the Georgia Rampage on Monday March 25. After the road trip, the team returns home to the Family Arena on Monday April 1 to face the Windy City Hitmen. Gary B and Mike Elam provided TV broadcast of the game. *The fans had a great time.* 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 SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities.

Middle Pick: “The Matchbook Diaries”

See solution on page 13

www.facebook.com/mycnews

Community News is proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will feature great books for children in three categories: Youngest Pick: early childhood to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy!

Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013.

A great-grandfather passes along his life’s memories and mementoes in The Matchbook Diaries, a stunning book by Paul Fleischmann. Gorgeously illustrated by Batram Ignotille, it features pictures of artmuseum quality. An elderly gent welcomes his great-granddaughter into a room full of keepsakes, “Choose one, and I’ll tell you about it,” the man tells the child. Curious, the little girl selects some old matchboxes, not knowing that each holds a tiny treasure with a story to go along with it, objects that detail her great-grandfather’s experiences as a child and his immigration to America. Nestled in the first matchbox is an olive pit, a tiny reminder of the times he went hungry in the old country. In the second matchbook there’s a crinkled photo of his father who went to America to work and then sent money home. As the little girl opens each matchbox, her great-grandfather’s life is revealed. In the most unique of ways, his history comes alive in her eyes—and in ours too.

www.ofallonnutrition.com www.meadowlandsestates.com


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • March 13, 2013

Recipe: Janet’s Notebook

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Flavorful Green Treats

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect occasion to have fun in the kitchen with the color of the holiday–vivid green.

by Janet Tharpe

Go green this St. Paddy’s Day with a colorful salad idea It’s more important than ever to go green in the kitchen. Why? Because it’s St. Patrick’s Day, of course! This time of year we love to embrace new and traditional Irish recipes alike, but darn it if all of those dishes don’t taste a wee bit better when they’re served up green. For our St. Patrick’s Day salad course, we’re not only serving a green salad, we’re serving up Susan Feliciano’s Green Green Salad. “I [originally] developed this salad for a St. Patrick’s Day party,” says Susan, who has won an impressive four Blue Ribbons for her recipe creations. “We all brought ‘green’ foods. This one is so good and definitely healthy.” Most salads have the benefit of being green, but this one takes it to the max. While appearing simple at first glance, this salad absolutely perfects the art of simplicity. Susan’s combination of broccoli, cucumber, zucchini and peppers with crispy bacon creates an unlikely flavor powerhouse that’s as pretty as it is delicious. Just A Pinch member Andie Worth even comments that she adds yet another shot of green by serving the salad with her favorite Green Goddess dressing. Here’s hoping the luck of the Irish smiles upon you this St. Patrick’s Day and for many meals to come!

Green Green Salad

Minty Velvety Treats “Food color and extract can transform an ordinary cupcake or cookie into a festive delight, worthy of any St. Paddy’s party,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. For a green twist on classic red velvet cupcakes, stir green food color into basic cake mix and add pure vanilla extract, sour cream and cocoa powder. Whip up minty green cream cheese frosting and decorate with green sprinkles or colored sugar to make them fun for kids of all ages. For more St. Patrick’s Day ideas and recipes, visit www.McCormick.com, www.Facebook.com/McCormickSpice, or www.Pinterest.com/mccormickspices.

Easy Green Velvet Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 mins • Cook Time: 20 mins • Makes 24 servings

Ingredients: - 1 package (18 1/4 ounces) German chocolate cake mix with pudding - 1 cup sour cream - 1/2 cup water - 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder - 1/4 cup vegetable oil - 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick Green Food Color - 3 eggs - 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract - 1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting or Vanilla - Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe follows) - Green sprinkles (optional) Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat cake mix, sour cream, water, cocoa powder, oil, food color, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes. 2. Pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full. 3. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

Ingredients: - 2 cup fresh broccoli florets - 1 lg seedless cucumber, cut in chunks - 1 sm zucchini, cut in chunks - 3 green onions with tops, thinly sliced - 2 cups shredded fresh spinach leaves - 1/4 c cooked, crumbled bacon - 1 cup light ranch dressing - 1 green pepper sliced into rings - several large lettuce leaves - parsely sprigs

11

Frost with cream cheese frosting. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired. Minty Green Cream Cheese Frosting: Stir 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract and 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Green Food Color into canned cream cheese frosting or Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting: Beat 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened, 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened, 2 tablespoons sour cream and 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 box (16 ounces) confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Directions: 1. Line a large clear glass salad bowl with the lettuce leaves. 2. Mix together broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, green onions, spinach, bacon and dressing. 3. Mound mixture in salad bowl on top of lettuce leaves. Top with green pepper rings and parsley sprigs. Refrigerate before serving.

© 2011 Just A Pinch Recipe Club. Used by Permission. Brought to you by American Hometown Media

www.facebook.com/mycnews

w w w. p a y n e f a m i l y h o m e s . c o m


12

What’s Happening

CHURCH March 15-16, 22-23: Sundown Alley at Our Savior Lutheran Church 2800 Elm Street, St. Charles. March 15 - dessert night. March 16, 22, 23 - dinner shows with roast beef, fried chicken, garlic potatoes, green bean amandine, glazed carrots, salad, rolls & dessert. Tickets: $10 for dessert night, $21 for dinner performances. Children (ages 2-12) are $10 for dinner night. Info/times: Sandy Tremmel at 314.420.9523. March 16: CLI’s Celebrity Trivia Night at St. Charles Borromeo Church Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia begins at 7 p.m. Dyer Memorial Center, 534 N. Fifth Street, St. Charles. $20/ person or $200/table of 10. Includes beer, soda and water. Outside food and alcohol are permitted. No hard liquor allowed. There will be a celebrity look-alike contest, as well as 50/50 with a twist, silent auction, games and more! Info: www.cliservices.org or call 636.970.2800. March 16: University Symphonic Band from Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska at Zion Lutheran Church 7 p.m. 3866 Harvester Road, St. Charles. Info/directions: www.zionharvester.org or Mark Thoelke, Director of Worship and Music at 636.441.7425. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Friends and Family Support Group Open to anyone who has a loved one suffering from any kind of addiction. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Oak Valley Drive, St. Peters. For more information, email ARP-stln@hotmail.com.

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. Info: 636.327.6377. Truth Matters!! Free Bible Correspondence Course Call: 636.294.9468 or 636.272.3013. Come Learn God’s Word with us. Sun. 9:30 am. - Bible classes 10:20 am. - Worship; Sun. 5 pm. - Worship; Wed Eve 7 pm. 2309 Markoe Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385. 3rd Tues: Luncheon for Seniors. Seniors 55+ enjoy free lunch, cards, games, bingo. From 11 am - 2 pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. Info: 636.561.8951. 2nd Wed: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell. United Methodist Women provide main entree & bevs. 636.673.2144. EVENTS Now - March 31: Summer Camp Registration at the O’Fallon Family YMCA Designed for pre-school through teens and has something for all interests. Includes traditional outdoor camps and “specialty camps” involving fun adventures and themes, sports, games, arts, dance and more. Now - March 31 save 10% off up to three weeks of camp. Info: 636.379.0092. Now - March 31: Y-Weight Challenge at the O’Fallon Family YMCA Be our next “before” and “after” in this 12 week program to help you lose weight and improve your

www.something-printed.com www.facebook.com/somethingprinted

health and wellness. Average weight loss per person is 20 Pounds! Led by a Y certified personal trainer. Meets 3 times per week. $720, Members pay: $360. Payment plans available. Info/Registration: 636.379.0092. March 14: Bone Marrow Donor Drive 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 209 South Kingshighway, St. Charles. Lindenwood University students are joining together to help fellow classmate Sean Murry and his family in the fight against a rare blood disorder called Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. Info: David Mathias at LSGApresident@ lindenwood.edu or www.deletebloodcancer.org. March 14-16: “Noises Off ” at Timberland High School 7:30 p.m. in the Carl Reininger Theater. “Noises Off ” is a classic British farce about a play within a play. Tickets are $5/student, $6/adult. March 15: Fort Zumwalt North High School’s 12th Annual Donkey Basketball Game 6:30 p.m. at North High School, 1230 Tom Ginnever Avenue, O’Fallon. Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the door and can be purchased in the main offices of North and South High. Info: www.fz.k12. mo.us or 636.272.4447. March 16: Craft Fair and Bazaar Supporting Titus Project 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Family Vision Library in St Peters, 2020 Parkway Dr., St Peters, MO. March 16: See the Easter Bunny at PNC Bank 10 a.m. - Noon. Hwy K Branch, 1400 Mexico Loop Rd East O’Fallon. All members of the Community welcome! Includes free pictures with the Easter Bunny, games, prizes and treats for the whole family! Info: 636.272.2449.

ter from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. MondayFriday or at door Saturday. Info: Lynne Dacey at 636.327.8720. March 16-17: Live Music at Llywelyns St. Charles and Llywelyns Winghaven 3-16, St Charles: Irish Aires 4-8 p.m., Live DJ 10 p.m.-close. 3-16, Winghaven: DJ Thurst 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. 3-17, St. Charles: Rusty Nail 4-8 p.m., Live DJ 10 p.m.-close. 3-17, Winghaven: The Barley Boys 6-10 p.m. March 17: Sacred Heart Church St. Ann’s Sodality of Troy’s Quilt Social 11:30 a.m., bingo at 1 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, Hwy J. Quilt games, money games, door prizes, pull tabs, 50/50 and raffles. Refreshments provided. No one under 16 years old admitted. March 20: Tri-County Women’s Connection Luncheon 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans Mem Pkwy, O’Fallon. $14. Traci Morlock from Wentzville will provide the music and Jan Stanczac (from Lake St Louis) presents “A Taste of Ireland.” Peg Holt-Myers (from St Peters) presents “A Cotton Pickin’ Love Story.” Reservations by March 15: Joan at 636.561.0956 or Pat at 636.3270.4082. March 22: Trivia Night at Christian High School 7-10 p.m. 1145 Tom Ginnever Avenue in O’Fallon. Tickets are $15 each, tables are $120. For $40, business sponsors can reach up to 350 potential customers. Pizza, soda and other refreshments will be available. 636.978.1680 ext. 122 or email kjenkins@lwcs.us.

March 16: St. Charles County Youth Orchestra’s Spring Concert 2 p.m. at Lindenwood Cultural Center in St. Charles. Tickets are available at the door and are $4/ adult, $2/child, 5 yrs and under are free. Info: sccyo@sccyo.org or 636.916.0515.

March 23: World Water Day Katy Trail 5K Run in St. Charles Proceeds will be used to provide safe, reliable drinking water and to improve the health and welfare of communities in developing countries. Donate new or used shoes to Shoeman Water Projects at the run site from 8-10 a.m. Register at www.strategicwaterteams.com or 636.542.2387. Early registration is $25.

March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Dance at the Wentzville Green Lantern Senior Center 6-9 p.m. 506 South Linn Avenue, Wentzville. $8/person. Soft drinks and snacks furnished. Door Prizes. Tickets available at the Senior Cen-

March 23: The Big Hunt 2-4 p.m. Dardenne Baptist Church, 2345 Oak Drive, O’Fallon. Ages 10 and under. Decorate Easter sacks, participate in an egg hunt and hear the Easter Story. Refreshments will be provided. Info: www.

dardennebaptistchurch.org 636.625.2015.

or

March 23: Family Breakfast with Easter Bunny at the O’Fallon Senior Center 8:30-10:30 a.m. Kids ages 2–12 and their parents and grandparents are invited to an all-you-can-eat sausage and pancake breakfast with the bunny. Includes games, activities and visits with the Bunny. Remember to bring a camera! $10 for O’Fallon residents, $12 for nonresidents. Register by March 18; no tickets will be available at the gate. March 23: Easter Egg Hunt at Lake Saint Louis Founder’s Park 10 a.m. – Noon. Join the Easter Bunny for a hopping good time at this free annual event, co-sponsored by Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation and the Lake Saint Louis Mothers Club. Children ages 10 and under may participate. Following the egg hunts, there will be plenty of activities for children to enjoy. Ongoing Events 4th Monday: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: Adult Volleyball 6-7 p.m. at the St. Charles County Family YMCA, 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters. Non-competitive, co-ed, free and open to the public. Just show up with your friends and enjoy a fun-filled evening. Info: 636.928.1928. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30 p.m. at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563. 4th Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles. Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Join us every week to work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. Anybody welcome, no sewing experience required.

www.aaaheatingcooling.com

www.stcharlesconventioncenter.com


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • March 13, 2013 Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Mo. Toastmasters gives all members the opportunity to grow their skills, which fosters self-confidence and personal growth. St. Charles County Toastmasters is open to the public and looking for new members. Info: 636.379.2505. Every Tuesday & Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm., Thursdays 7-7:55 p.m. Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m. Free. Join us every week to play your favorite board or card game. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10 a.m. Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379. Every Wednesday: Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League Weekly check in at 5 p.m., tee off at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage of Hawk Ridge. Two-man team scramble league.League begins mid April. $20/team to register. $20/team paid first night for overall awards. $2/ team weekly plus Greens and Cart fees. Info/registration: www.lakesaintlouis.com, under the parks and recreation section. Every Wednesday: Adult Volleyball Games at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 6-7 p.m. Non-competitive, co-ed, free and open to the public. No registration necessary - just show up with your friends and enjoy a funfilled evening. Info: 636.928.1928. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45 p.m. VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a nonsmoking facility. Info: 636.272.1945 or www.vfwpost5077.org. 1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7 p.m. Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45 a.m. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. www.ofkiwanis.com. Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Sudoku Solutions from page 10

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 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 Friday: Fairmount Church Fish Fry Now-March 22. 3-7 p.m. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet or carry out. 2299 St. Peters Howell Rd, St Peters. $9/Adult, $5/Child, $1 off your meal if you bring 2 non-perishable items. Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8 p.m. VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Saturday: Chess 8-10:30 a.m. or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Come play! Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30 a.m. in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). No games Easter weekend & Christmas. $3,600 in cash prizes each week. Progressive game, Derby tickets, pull-tabs, 50/50, bar & food. Info: www.wentzvillefleamarket. org, www.facebook.com/wentzville-community-club. HEALTH Exercise Classes for Cancer Patients & Survivors Free for breast cancer survivors/ patients, discounted for all other cancer survivors/patients. All participants must have a referral from their SSM Cancer Care or SSM Breast Care physician. Register at the YMCA service center or call the St. Charles YMCA (636.928.1928) or O’Fallon YMCA (636.379.0092).

Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Includes a series of three classes over a three- to four- month period held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. DSMT is available with a doctor’s order. Info: 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center for disease management with a licensed, registered dietitian. Available with a doctor’s order only. To register call 636.949.9600. Info: 636.947.5163. Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance, by appointment only. Must meet qualifications. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, 1475 Kisker Road in St. Peters, and SSM St. Joseph Health CenterWentzville, 500 Medical Drive in Wentzville. Info: 636.947.5617. Crisis Nursery The Crisis Nursery is committed to preventing child abuse and neglect by offering real help and real hope to families in crisis. The Crisis Nursery provides shortterm, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. Care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at five sites, serving families throughout the greater St. Louis, St. Charles, Wentzville, Southern Illinois and surrounding regions. For the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery 24-hour helpline, call 314.768.3201. In St. Charles County, call 636.947.0600. Visit www. crisisnurserykids.org for program, volunteer and event information. Support Groups Daily: 12 Step Recovery Club 204 G West Pittman, O’Fallon. Info: Mike at 636.240.1722 or www.212club.org. Every Monday: BILY (Because I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30 p.m. at First United Method-

What’s Happening

13

ist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550.

4th Tues: Diabetes Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447

1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30 p.m. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. For families/friends who want help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. Registration: 314.SSM.DOCS.

Last Tues.: 7–8:30 p.m. HOPE (Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Support Group) Sponsored by SSM St. Joseph Health Cntr & SSM, at Harvester Christian Church, Rm CH–104, 2950 Kings Crossing. 636.928.7651, x. 115.

Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life 7 p.m. Support group. Free. St. Peters City Hall. 636.947.5304. 1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Info: metrostlouissia@ gmail.com. • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. Every Tuesday: Divorce Support Group 6:30-8 p.m. through May 28. Hosted by St. Louis Marriage Therapy, LLC at Church of the Shepherd, 1601 Woodstone Drive, St. Charles, MO 63304. Info: Angela Skurtu at 314.973.7997 or www.TherapistinStLouis.com. 1st Tuesday: Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2 p.m. at the Community Commons in Spencer Road Library. Nurses & Company offers a Parkinson’s Support Group for caregivers and those with Parkinson’s. Info: Alicia Wildhaber at 636.926.3722.

3rd Wed. 6:30–8 p.m. KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4–12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer. 1st Thurs: Conquer 6:30–7:30 p.m. Support Group for adults w/cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.916.9920. 2nd Thurs: Support Group for Alzheimer’s 4 p.m. Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan, Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100. 4th Thurs: Breast Cancer Support Group 6:30–8 p.m. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way. 636.928.WELL (9355) or 800.392.0936. www.siteman.bjsph.org. 3rd Sun: Alzheimer’s Meeting 12:45-1:45 p.m. Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd., O’Fallon. Faith-based for caregivers, family of those w/memory loss. 1.800.272.3900. Gateway to Hope Program Arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured & reside in MO. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer & cannot access treatment call 314.569.1113 or visit www.gthstl.org.


14

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

ATTORNEY

help wanted

Novena

help wanted

SERVICES

SERVICES

PRAYER TO ST. JUDE May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world, now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Pray for us. St. Jude, Worker of Miracles, Pray for us. St. Jude, Helper of the Hopeless, Pray for us.

www.saintcharlesfamilylaw.com

www.everyonebenefits.com/GaryB

PET CEMETERY

Say this prayer 9 times a day for 9 days, then publish. Your prayers will be answered. It has never been known to fail.

over 2,500 pet burials; over 6 acres; over 40 yrs old. 314-576-3030 www.memoryparkpetcemetery.info www.memoryparkpetcemetery.info

Thank you, St. Jude. K.B.

Business Opportunity

Real Estate

For Sale

“Stuff ” Piling Up?

FREE Online Subscription

Let help advertise YOUR sale!

Call Brooke at 636.697.2414

mycnews

Classified Special! For Garage Sales, Moving Sales, Yard Sales, or Sale of Items priced less than $200.

15.00

$

For a two-county circulation. Your ad will run in both St. Louis County and St. Charles County at the same time, at no extra charge. And when you buy two Wednesdays your ad will run in three newspapers, including the O’Fallon Community News, O’Fallon’s largest circulation paper.

Call 636-697-2414


15

www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • March 13, 2013

CLASSIFIEDS

www.ahildebrandt.com

www.Welsch-healcool.com

Published Every Week for 91 Years

Family-Owned & Operated

www.scrubbydutch.com

2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Drive O’Fallon, MO 63366

St. Charles

Combined

cnews@centurytel.net ofcnews@centurytel.net www.mycnews.com

St. Louis

St. Louis

Call 636.697.2414 to place your ad!

-

St. Charles

St. Charles

Combined

Combined

Our publications use a combination of online subscription, direct mail, home delivery, and voluntary circulation methods. Voluntary refers to a circulation method where readers “voluntarily” choose to pick up a publication to read. This method is powerful because locations are carefully chosen and newsstands are monitored for 100% pick up. Community News has developed a network of over 650 convenient locations including every major supermarket chain. Our voluntary method is powerful for three reasons: 1 QUALITY READERS A voluntary reader is an interested reader, actively outside of the home, in stores, seeking out information about the community 2 TOTAL UTILITY 100% pick up assures no wasted papers. Every paper reaches an interested reader, yielding a full value for the entire print run. 3 EXPANDING SET Every print run reaches a unique group of readers, because the majority of voluntary readers are occasional readers. Over time, these unique groups add up to a readership size about three times greater than the print run.

FOUR GREAT PUBLICATIONS Huneke Publications, Inc. offers four publications: two weekly newspapers and two news magazines, each covering a unique market segment within St. Louis County and St. Charles County. As a member of the Missouri Press Association, all of our publications feature verified circulation and an earned credibility among our peers.

N C RAZY

Inside...C OUPO

for 86 Years 1921 - Weekly d Established s & Operate Family Owned & St. Charles Countie Louis Serving St.

news.com www.myc

Annual The 16th Fair Women’s Fit will be Fun, ! lous and Fabu

Women’s r By Shelly A.

Fair

Follow thes e tips to keep your family and pets safe from mosquitoes.

C o o li n g It

FIT!FUN! U FAB

Schneider

!

Community Health and ment states the Environit is only the female mosquito that “bites” and she does so to obtain blood meal the needed While mosquito to lay viable eggs. more than drive es usually do little the family from doors to the the outindoors, they carriers of are sometime dang s may contract erous diseases. Hum ans malaria, yellow gue, and encephali fever, dentis; and dogs heartworm. may get Most of these the exception diseases, with of canine heartwor human encephalitis and m, have been eliminated fairly well from Health officials the entire United States. said outbreaks to borne encephali of mosquitis have occurred in periodically Missouri. “Canine heartwor m is an problem, with endemic ers escalating costs to animal owneach warned. “Effective year,” health officials measures including mosquito control the eliminatio swamp areas, n of to keep road and maintenance efforts ditches clear have done and much to control water free mosquito for disease transmission. ” toes: floodwate r and permanen If you believe mosquitoes. t water ing you have a mosquito Floodwater problem on mosquitoes their eggs on breedyour property, lay damp soil but are not where flooding sure, please call the will occur or, in some Department munity Hea cases, above of Comwater line lth and the the in tree holes, Environme tainers, or nt. Ofartificial con- ficials will make an inspectio other small n and evaluabodies of water. tion appointment, When rain and then recomme fills these areas (ARA) and floods the possible solution. nd a - National St. Charles in the larval County residents Friendship stages, broods greatest preventio can upload have the of mosquito n methods Day is Aues fingertips a two-minright at their toes are mainly . gust 5 and - property Proper maintenance of the pest variety, ute video the first to of the is the first step and are in light of emerge in the toward mosquito describi ng spring months. prevention. All trash Many of these a recent and mosquitoes refuse that how a close ers and may are strong flycould survey that range up to property friend lights ten miles or more drained, should be adequatel i n d i c ate s up their life y graded and a blood meal to prevent any ...3 women ............. to lay eggs. pools or puddles water that may to www.rastory.................. of last place high Cover County mosquitoten days or longer. diancer ibtheir eggs directly ..............6 v a l u e er.......... control officer McCauley lists on the water bons.com Schneid Barry . Shelly several things surface, 9 on their may do to cies in this Florissant ..........8, keep mosquito homeowners friendships, group do es from ruining test closes Old Olay is offering venture0,far theirTown 11from their summer: breeding sites. not...........1 a chance to Aug. treat themselve women Charles 31, trip to New s with a in Explore St. York City. October. No ...............12 See MOSQUIT Olay is hosting City . . . . .............. O page 3 Town sary. For official purchase is neces........ a summer On the . . .....414 called “Light contest rules, School . . Up Your Life. contest www.radianceribbo Chamber. . . . . .Baute.... visit ...... ........ ” Women with Gary ns.com. Religion. 5 ..

‘Light Up Your invites Wom Life’ Contest en to Hono r Friendship

s

E

IN THIS ISSU

a grand ic entry into beauty basas well as automat – a personal prize drawing JCPenney. of ket courtesy ints nine mini-sem g inforfair gives participa from includin care, nars to choose tness, breast exercise, fi plastic surmation on ence, and ment and urinary incontin personal improvefitting and bra gery. Other topics include for holiday ss awarene “dos” “ups” and and the “spirit wardrobe, made easy, hair, makeup

Movie Talk

Sports ........ 16 . ........... . St. Peters... . 6 It’s About 17 2139 Bryan........................

..... Cheese . . 7 ........ ...... Better You 9 ........ ...... 10

Movie Review Valley Commercia l Dr. • O’Fallon, ..........22, 23 MO 63366 fieds .............

Classi cial Dr. topics to the spirit. Valley Commer sessions (threetime frame) 2139 Bryan Seminar MO 63366 during each O’Fallon, a.m., and 1:30 choose from 636-379-1632 s a.m., 10:40 -1775 • FX: begin at 9:30 P: 636-379 enturytel.net 1:15 p.m. E-Mail: cnews@c and runs until - 2007 at 11:45 a.m. 8:30 a.m. page 17 Wonderland at Christmas in AINMENT the lunDoors open Film Group’s See ENTERT feature duringigh-energy Electra in Yari and Carmen A special eah Chris Kattan . year will b cheon this Dan Coughlin by author 3 presentation FAIR page ’S See WOMEN

Movie . . . ........ ...... Sports . . . 12 ........ . . . . . . 14 Real Estate/Au tomotive . . . . 15

P: 636.379.17 75 F: 636.379.16 32 E: ofcnews@ centurytel.net

Coupon Crazy .... What’s Happeni . . . . . . . . . . . 16 ng . . . . . . . . . 18 Classified s....... ........ 22

www.mycnews.c

om

1 ne 201 May/Ju

COMMUNITY NEWS

COMMUNITY NEWS - St. Charles County

OUR TOWN MAGAZINE

CROSSROADS MAGAZINE

Published bi-monthly, Our Town is direct mailed to all business addresses in its service area, plus online subscribers. It is a unique business-to-business magazine featuring chamber of commerce news plus articles on the economy, technology, human resources, and marketing.

Vol 9 No 28

Missouri is home to about mosquitoes. Some live less 50 species of while others than may live several a week, months.

S LOU

Schneide

o busy, e it gets to to dies, befor is the time corner. La for you. Now ovement and take a day impr se for selffun in the set a cour and to have self-awareness will find the answers process! Women health, family, career, s on at the 2007 to question and more image, fashion, – Fun, Fit, and FabuFair at St. Women’s , Nov. 17, for Saturday lous – set nity College. Charles Commu hip in partners the college St. Joseph sented by y and SSM take with JCPenne ospital West, will StuHealth Center-Ha.m.-3 p.m. in the 8:30 Campus, 4601 place from on the SCC le. dent Center in Cottlevil Mall Drive out the area Mid Rivers through reWomen from day of education, for a fun, includwill gather food, and laxation, prizes, inars, a fashion show 50 ing nine mini-sem and more than speaker, and serand keynote g products vendors displayin vices. tal a continen seminars and exhibits and a fashion tickets include se cial $20 VIP speaker, and full-cour in show, keynote Grappa Grill by and catered t, exhibits, luncheon the breakfas consecutive addition to For the fourththe lunchtime seminars. y will host ages year, JCPenne with styles for all fashion show,

First published in 1921, Community News is the longest published weekly newspaper in the St. Louis metropolitan area and has established a large audience of loyal readers. Community News circulates across a broad geographic region with newstands, home throw and online subscription.

July 11, 2007

Mosquito Seas on

By Shelly A.

IN THIS ISSUE

St. Louis

P 636.379.1775 F 636.379.1632

14, 2007 November 46 Vol. 86 No.

Published weekly with a powerful circulation combination of newsstands, home throw, and online subscription. The St. Charles County edition features countywide coverage including the cities of: St. Charles, St. Peters, Cottleville, Weldon Spring, O’Fallon, Dardenne Prairie, Lake St. Louis, and Wentzville, plus Troy.

This monthly lifestyle magazine covers the fast-growing

Wentzville and Lake St. Louis areas. It is direct mailed with Our FREE publications are available in over 500 convenient locations, including every Dierbergs, Schnucks and Shop ’N Save. additional copies available in newsstands, plus online subscribers. Or, sign up for a FREE ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION at www.mycnews.com

58206_CirMap.indd 2

7/5/11 3:30 PM


16

March 13, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Joe Morice

Over the Fence

Marriage Can’t Change Bad Behavior My friends often tell me about their (or other people’s) various relationships. Some of these stories make absolutely no sense. For instance, a woman I know has been living with her significant other for several years. Because they didn’t get along for one reason or another, she moved out and bought her own house. They’re still date mates, however. She said she loves him, but he just won’t change his bad habits. She didn’t elaborate on his bad habits, but I got the im-

pression he was abusive at times. Then she said, “If only he would only marry me, I’m sure all this would straighten out.” I uttered my usual profound question: “Huh?” What makes anyone believe marriage would change undesirable behavior? I’ve always been under the impression from my own observations and experience that whatever undesirable quirks and behavior patterns one’s lover has, one might multiply them by at least five after marriage. That’s when some folks relax and diets go by the wayside along with various other civilized practices. A phone call that was answered with a cheery “Hello Dear” might morph into “What the (bleep) do you want?” www.muddautobody.com We’re usually

on our best behavior while dating. If we follow current trends of living together for a few years, there remains the possibility of leaving if bad behavior or habits overwhelm. If marriage occurs, truth will out. We’ll see the real person emerge. The shapely adorable girl he married ate only green veggies and swilled diet drinks. Now it‘s Wendy’s hamburgers and donuts. Her svelte 115 might blimp up to 180. The same with handsome Charlie. His fashionable lounge attire might become sleeveless undershirts, dirty gym shorts and sneakers with holes. He too may succumb to the diet of a domestic swine, beer and the disposition of a slum lord. What makes these otherwise intelligent people believe marriage would change their unhappy or abusive relationships for the better? When we’re young and fresh, we often believe marriage is the proverbial happily-ever-after life of contentment. One can understand this attitude, however naïve. Without it, humans wouldn’t procreate. What I fail to understand is how someone can believe a potential husband or wife who demonstrates the behavior patterns of badgers and shrews can

be changed with a marriage certificate? Until recently, I tried to look upon any relationship, no matter how bizarre or out of the ordinary, as “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” An abusive spouse means it’s broken. Marriage is a great concept for young people who want to start families. Responsibility for rearing children should have some legal and moral backing. I also know that if they end in divorce, looking to immediately do it again puts the odds against them. I’m told over 90% of second marriages don’t work. Perhaps those other 10% that work are because the partners know better than to think it will make someone change for the better. For that matter, trying to change anyone at all is extremely problematic at best. “There’s a lot to be said for self-delusionment when it comes to matters of the heart.” -Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider, Northern Exposure, First Snow, 1993 Joe Morice is Community News’s bluecollar 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.

www.advancebeautywentzville.com

www.lwcs.us

www.gibsonprinting.com

CNSTC: Mar. 13. 2013  

St. Charles County Community News

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you