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Tartan Days Recipes


Spring Ombre Layer Cake

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Catch a Comet



St. Charles Head Public Defender

Like “Braveheart” but Better If you’ve ever seen the musical Brigadoon or listened to the angry rants of one Scrooge McDuck, “Scotland” usually conjures images of burly, kilt-clad men, hugging bagpipes in a mysterious faraway land. Well once a year, in our very own backyard, the “heather on the hill” comes to life and brings with it all of the adventure and history of Scotland itself. Missouri Tartan Day is a Scottish heritage event held each April on the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles’ own Frontier Park. Now in its 13th year, Tartan Day is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States, hosting approximately 30,00040,000 attendees over each three-day event. This year’s event on April 5, 6 and 7, features cultural dancing, storytelling, heritage research, bagpiping, food, crafts and heavy athletics. “This event continues to support our mission to promote Scottish and Scottish-American heritage and culture in the region,” says Shawn Steadman, Chairman of Missouri Tartan Day Fes-

By Rebecca Hunsel tivities. “We are proud to present this event as a part of the St. Charles community and we hope to continue to generate additional support from the community as well.” Some of this year’s highlights include the Opening Ceremonies parade on Historic Main Street, local and regional bagpipe bands, Highland dancing showcases, Scottish cuisine (think haggis), and a tried-and-true musical favorite, the Scottish rock band, Mother Grove. Admission to Missouri Tartan Day is free. All events are family friendly and open to the general public. Gates open at 5pm on Friday, April 5 and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. Tartan Day celebrations around the country commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, signed on April 6, 1320, which is a declaration of Scottish independence from England and all other ruling nations. Some historians and politicians claim that the American Declaration of Independence was modeled on the Declaration

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of Arbroath. Even with climate challenges, the St. Charles event continues to attract attendees from all over the region. See TARTAN DAYS page 2



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In This Issue... 3 Around Town your guide to good news and events like the 9th Annual Builders St. Charles Home Show

8 Historic Streets News and events happening in April in the Saint Charles Historic Streets district 9 Lincoln County Life School news, a new county fire road tractor, and Cruisin’ 4 Crider 10 Stingrays At Caribbean Cove The St. Louis Zoo’s new exhibit allows you to interact with stingrays and sharks. 11 Go Play Our area is full of fabulous parks where your family can spend many hours having fun together in the great outdoors. 12 Business St. Charles County’s businesses are thriving, and we’ve got the latest news here. 14 School Lindenwood and SCC join forces and other news 16 Movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone: Scardino has access to magical talent, but he still can’t pull a rabbit out of his hat. 17 Recipes Easter Sweet Treats: A Spring Ombre Layer Cake 18 Learn & Play Play Sudoku, read a review of the new novel Above All Things and learn some fun family crafts. 19 Sports Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events.

“Having our event in the early spring means we can face every type of weather Missouri presents,” says Steadman. “We’ve had rain storms, tornadoes, wind, and hail. But on the other hand, we’ve also had beautiful, cool, sunny days and super-hot weather too. And the people always come out. We always manage to have a great time no matter what the weather.” The Missouri Tartan Day organization relies

heavily on community support and private donations to fund the event each year. While the organization does host fundraising events throughout the year, such as Scotch whisky tastings and trivia nights, the event is largely funded by community organizations and by the donations of attendees. “We receive consideration from several community and civic organizations in the form of donations and grant funding, but the donations from general supporters of the Scottish heritage community is what really keeps us afloat, and we appreciate it so much,” notes Steadman. “And the volunteers as well; we couldn’t manage without them. And we hope our event serves the community in kind.” For more information, visit or www.

20 What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long 22 Classifieds 24 Over the Fence & Community Coupons This week our blue-collar philosopher Joe Morice resurrects his alien friend to teach us all a lesson. Look for our Community Coupons in the last issue each month. • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013

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Clean Streams Day

Have Your Heart Tested

The City of St. Peters is seeking volunteers to help clean up trash from area streams during its spring Clean Streams Day on April 6. Clean Streams Day is a great project for individuals, families and organizations to help our environment. St. Peters’ spring event is part of Mission: Clean Stream, a countywide effort with Greenway Network and Missouri River Relief to clean streams in several communities. “We’re tackling the issue of storm water quality on many levels in St. Peters,” said Mayor Len Pagano. “One way is to keep our streams clean and free of trash. Every year, we have hundreds of wonderful volunteers cleaning tons of trash during Clean Streams Day. It’s a great project for anyone, especially organizations looking for a community project. You can make a big difference in just one morning!” The City of St. Peters has hosted Clean Streams Day events since 2000. Clean Streams Day volunteers clean portions of Spencer Creek and tributaries to Dardenne Creek. Register to volunteer online at www., or call 636.279.8207 to request a registration form. Choose between “easyto-access” creeks and “medium effort” creeks during registration. Advance registration is required. On Clean Streams Day on April 6, volunteers will check in at the St. Peters Rec-Plex South parking lot behind City Hall at 8 am. Rec-Plex South is in the City Centre complex across the creek from the original St. Peters Rec-Plex building. Volunteers will receive trash bags, gloves and safety instructions, as well as enjoy free donuts, juice and water in the morning. Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation to the creek segments. After cleaning streams, volunteers return to the Rec-Plex South parking lot at 11 am for a free hot dog lunch. Volunteers also will receive a free T-shirt provided by the Missouri Department of Conservation Stream Team. Learn more by emailing

Do you or someone you love suffer from cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Information based on Nobel Prize-winning medical research and medical research conducted at High Desert Heart Institute, Hippocrates Health Institute and various other clinical studies reveals how to reduce or even reverse cardiovascular disease. The information will be shared at the Fitness Fuzion in O’Fallon. Carol Williams, former executive producer for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and NBC’s Tom Brokaw will present information on the “miracle molecule” that has been proven to save lives and won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998. Former St. Louis Cardinals Tito Landrum and Dane Iorg will accompany her and will share additional information. Carol will present the information March 30 at 1pm. Testing will be conducted on-site with new non-invasive technology that is 99.1% as effective as a cardio catheterization. The test will test the age of your heart, risk category for heart attack and stroke. The test also reveals the overall functionality and well-being of the body. Testing is by appointment only. Schedule by calling 636.294.7720.

9th Annual Builders St. Charles Home Show The 9th Annual Builders St. Charles Home Show returns to the St. Charles Convention Center April 5-7, with free admission and parking. The Home Show is the place to see, learn about and buy the latest home products and services from reputable companies. The Show, produced by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, will include approximately 350 booths from 250 quality companies, filling both levels of the facility. The St. Charles Convention Center is conveniently located just off Interstate 70 at Fifth Street in St. Charles. The stateof-the-art facility is an ideal venue for a county home show, with 70,000 square feet of exhibit space and 1,100 free parking spaces. Find windows, doors, fencing, decks, kitchen and bath products, pools, spas, home accessories and much more—plus national and local speakers present helpful seminars. The 7th Annual St. Charles Sausage Festival & Wine Tasting is happening at the Show. This special feature area will have free tastings from Missouri sausage producers and wineries. Show visitors can also purchase items to take home. Davis Meat Processing, Swiss Meat & Sausage Co., and Williams Brothers Meat Co. will offer samples of tasty specialty products like tomato basil and mushroom and Swiss cheese bratwurst, plus various smoked and cured products. Attendees can also taste wines from Fahrmeier Family Vineyards, located in Lexington, Mount Pleasant Winery, located in Augusta and Stone Hill Winery, located in Hermann. Bring the kids to the St. Charles Home Show for family fun. Free face painting and balloon twisting will be available on Friday from 2-6 pm, Saturday from 1-5 pm and Sunday from 12-4 pm. Sponsored by Suburban Journals. You could give your backyard a mini makeover. Register to win a Pavestone stone fire pit kit and circle paver patio package worth $750. (Installation is not included.) Are you looking to do some home improvements? Visiting the show is the first step. Finding

the products and services you need and the companies who can help will go a long way toward getting that project done. Show hours are 11 am to 8 pm on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, April 7. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit


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Autism Awareness United Services for Children will kickoff Autism Awareness Month in April with a free autism information fair. The public is invited to attend “Exploring the Spectrum” on April 6 from 8:30am -1pm at the Spencer Road Library Community Commons, located at 427 Spencer Road in St. Peters. The region’s top autism experts will discuss the latest information on interventions, diagnosis and best practices for children with autism. Keynote speakers include Dr. John Mantovani and Dr. Gretchen Meyer from Mercy, Dr. John Constantino and Dr. Natasha Marrus from Washington University, and

Dr. Rolanda Maxim from Cardinal Glennon. The event will also include breakout sessions on language, behavior, parent/professional collaboration, iPad and other electronic support technology, and special needs financial planning. There will be information tables manned by representatives from autism-related organizations such as Autism Speaks and MO-FEAT. This will be a very informative event with lots of autism resources gathered in one location. No registration is required for this free information fair. For more information, visit, or call 636.926.2700.

Get Outta Town: The Birds are Back

Grandmaster Michael Rhoades, the owner of Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-USA, Inc. in Wentzville, was promoted to his 8th degree Black Belt in Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido by the founder of the art himself, Grandmaster Kim Myung Yong. The promotion was a positive mark toward the phenomenal growth of this art in the United States. Grandmaster Kim’s blessing on Grandmaster Rhoades was further marked with the appointment as vice-president of Jin Jung Kwan Hapkido-worldwide. This appointment and promotion has placed Grandmaster Rhoades as the voice for Grandmaster Kim for the organization. For more information call 636.327.5425 or visit

Annual Wetlands for Kids Day

MDC, Ameren Missouri and World Bird Sanctuary again partner on video feed of falcons nesting. Like swallows returning to Capistrano, a pair of peregrine falcons has returned to a nesting box at Ameren Missouri's Sioux Energy Center in St. Louis. Ameren Missouri, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the World Bird Sanctuary (WBS), are once again providing the public with an online “FalconCam” for a bird’s-eye view of peregrine falcons raising their chicks. The FalconCam is live for viewing from 7am until 8pm (CDT) seven days a week. The nest can be viewed on MDC’s website at mdc., on Ameren’s website at and on the WBS website at MDC and WBS experts will offer ongoing website commentary on what’s happening in

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the nest. The FalconCam will be available until nesting activity is complete and the mother’s young have left the nest. Ameren staff installed the webcam at the nest site in January 2012. Peregrine falcons have been seen at Sioux Energy center since early 2011, with this year’s nesting activities first spotted in the beginning of February. Employees at the Sioux Energy Center named the female Siouxzee when she first appeared at the nesting box two years ago. This year, viewers are invited to name the male peregrine falcon. Considered the world’s fastest animal, peregrine falcons have been clocked diving at 261 mph. For more information on peregrine falcons, visit MDC online at

Did you know that wetlands support over 900 species of wildlife, many of them threatened or endangered, in addition to providing us with clean water and flood protection? Bring your children and find out more through hands-on activities and demonstrations at the 14th Annual Wetlands for Kids Day, hosted by the Missouri Department of Conservation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Ducks Unlimited and supported by grants from the Enterprise Foundation and the Mississippi Valley Ducks Hunters Association, on April 6 from 10am – 3pm at the August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area in St. Charles, Missouri. Over 20 demonstration and activity stations will be available to introduce children to various aspects of the natural world. Well trained experts staff each learning station to instruct participants and answer questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to work with retrievers, see live birds of prey, create wetland-themed artwork, explore a beaver lodge, learn to identify waterfowl and other birds, tie fishing flies, see and touch snakes, frogs and turtles, and much more. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All children who register will receive a free Ducks Unlimited Greenwing membership. Participants also take home a gift bag containing fun prizes, additional wetland and wildlife learning materials, a free subscription to the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Xplor—Adventures in Nature Magazine and a tree to plant at home. Ducks Unlimited, MDC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encourage children and their families from all parts of the St. Louis region to attend. Scout troops, school groups and church groups are welcome. All children, regardless of their age or outdoor experience level, can learn something new at this event. For more information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation at the August A. Busch Conservation Area (636.441.4554.) Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. For more information on our work, visit • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013



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Encaustics Course

Catch a Comet

Paint, draw, melt, then add paper, texture and much more. The Encaustic Workshop with Lisa Sisley-Blinn is an introductory course that will teach the basics of working with encaustic media. Learn step by step while personalizing your own project! The workshop will take place in the FAC Community Classroom from 10am – 3pm on May 25. The price of the workshop includes a complete supply kit. Class size is limited and advance registration is required. For more information, prices or to register, visit or call 636.255.0270.

Countywide Baby-Care Collection Drive The Community and Children’s Resource Board, announces the 7th annual Shower of Love in the month of April. This collaborative St. Charles county-wide collection drive emphasizes child and infant-abuse prevention and benefits moms and babies. Proceeds from this event will be divided among nine agencies working with moms and babies: Birthright-St. Charles and Wentzville, Youth in Need, Crisis Nursery, Nurses for Newborns, Mary Queen of Angels, The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home, ThriVe St. Louis and Our Lady’s Inn. The Shower of Love was first organized in 2007 in response to several tragedies occurring to infant children of young parents in St. Charles County in 2006. Over $370,000 in donations have been collected since the first annual Shower of Love. Michelle McElfresh, coordinator of the Shower of Love, says: “There are numerous ways the community can help with the event: First, from April 1 to 23, residents can drop off a baby-care item at one of the collection drop-off sites: St. Johns Bank locations in the St. Louis area, Mid Rivers Mall, New Frontier Banks, the Community Council of St. Charles County, and the St. Charles City-County Library District. Second, on April 25, volunteers are needed to collect baby-care items from customers at local grocery stores to include Mid-Towne IGA, Dierbergs in Cottleville and Wentzville, Schnucks in Cottleville, Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, Wentzville and on Zumbehl, all Shop ‘n Save stores in St. Charles County, Walmart in Lake St. Louis, St. Peters, O’Fallon and Wentzville. Volunteers can sign up to help at Diapers (especially sizes 4, 5 and 6) and Enfamil formula are the most-needed items. Other items needed include wipes, baby wash, baby shampoo, car seats, bottles, nipples, pacifiers, baby clothes, receiving blankets, crib sheets, strollers and other baby-care essentials. Additionally, churches, clubs and businesses are needed to host internal collection drives or baby showers to benefit the event. The Community and Children’s Resource Board (CCRB) is the administrator the Community Children’s Service Fund, a fund created when St. Charles County passed a 1/8-cent sales tax measure in November 2004. The funds are dedicated for services to St. Charles County children and youth and are awarded to local agencies to provide services that address the growing unmet mental health needs of our community youth. For more information, please call 636.939.6200 or visit

Comet PANSTARRS Photo by EddieAgha

Over the next couple of weeks, spectators are invited to visit the Astronomy Viewing Area at Broemmelsiek Park, located at 1615 Schwede Rd. (off Highway DD/Winghaven Blvd., south of O’Fallon) to get a glimpse of Comet PANSTARRS as it dances across the western nighttime sky. Beginning at dusk on April 5, members of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) will be hosting public viewings of Comet PANSTARRS through binoculars and telescopes between 7:30 - 8:15pm. Witnessing a comet with the unaided eye is extremely rare and only occurs once every five to 10 years. “With the assistance of the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri, Comet PANSTARRS cosmic presence is very visible at Broemmelsiek Park’s Astronomy Viewing Area,” said Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. ASEM members describe Comet PANSTARRS, also referred to as comet 2011 L4, as being a cosmic icy dirtball that is only visible to the naked eye for short periods of time during late evening twilight. Discovered in June 2011, PANSTARRS bears the name of the telescopic survey that discovered it, “Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System,” which sits atop the Haleakala volcano in Hawaii. Weather permitting, anyone interested in attending the rare Comet PANSTARRS viewing is welcome; no reservations are required. For directions, please visit, or contact the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636.949.7535. For more information about Comet PANSTARRS, visit www.

Day of Prayer

The 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer takes place this year on May 2. America’s first call to prayer was in 1775, although Congress mandated the national day of prayer in 1952. In 1988, the mandate was amended to standardize the day as the first Thursday in May each year. From 12 – 1pm, prayer events will take place at city halls across the St. Louis and St. Charles County areas. The event is designed for people to come together with family, friends, and neighbors to be grateful for our nation and to pray for our nation and its leaders. There will be a Bible reading at the Arch from 10am – 7pm. For participating city hall locations and additional information, visit • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013



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26th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 26th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on May 2 at The Columns Banquet & Conference Center. Doors to the event will open at 7am with the program beginning at 7:30am. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dave Glover from FM Talk 97.1. Dave Glover has one of the best afternoon shows in St. Louis talk radio and hosts the ride home with Tom Terbrock, Mark Klose, and Max Foizey. Add in his three Missouri Broadcaster of the Year awards and you can

understand how this St. Louis native has become the “must listento show” every weekday afternoon. Please join us as we hear how faith and prayer has played a part in his life. Tickets for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast are available through the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce for $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10. Purchase tickets online at www. or by phone at 636.946.0633.

St. Peters Summer Camps

Lillians®, the Hippest Shoppe in Town®, Moves Lillians®, The Hippest Shoppe in Town®, announced the move of their St. Charles shop to 124 S. Main Street, just three doors south of their current location. Lillians opened in June 2011 and is expanding to their new store location which will provide 50% more retail floor space to display their unique fashion apparel, handbags, and accessories. Buyers have the opportunity to fill their Lillians punch card and earn $30 off a future purchase. Lillians also hosts private shopping parties called “Diva Nights®.” At these ultimate girls' night out events, each group gets a preview of the month’s hot new inventory, indulges in complimentary light appetizers and sweet treats, and enjoys a

bit of personal attention from their Lillians’ team. Hostesses receive 10% of the pre-tax sales in merchandise credit. Conversely, these nights are great avenues for fundraising for local school groups, cancer relay teams, or any charitable cause. For more information, visit April 5 - April 7: Builders St. Charles Home Show The Builders St. Charles Home Show takes place each spring at the St. Charles Convention Center. This state-ofthe-art center is the perfect venue for a home show. See almost 250 companies in approximately 70,000 square feet. Top-notch celebrity speakers and fun features make the show a must-see. Admission is free. Times: Friday 11am – 8pm, Saturday 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm. For more information, call 314.994.7700.

April 6: Missouri River Clean-Up Help clean up the Big Muddy! Volunteers will get a free boat ride to locations along the Missouri River to pick up as much trash as possible in the morning from 9am – noon at Bishop's Landing, 1050 S. Riverside Dr., St. Charles. For more information, call 573.443.0292. April 6: SHA NA NA Rock n Roll SHA NA NA brings their rock and roll celebration to town in a dynamic, crowd-pleasing show that includes highlights of their journey from Woodstock, the movie Grease, The SHA NA NA TV show and their world-wide concert touring. In an interactive show where the audience sings along, dances along, and participates in a "Greaser Olympics," a good time is had by all ages. So all you teen angels and par-

ming, ice skating, playing in the gym and park, going on field trips and other fun activities. Plus, Sports Campers spend extra time playing one of these sports each day: soccer, flag football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, Rink Rats hockey or figure skating. All Rec-Plex Campers receive free T-shirts. Rec-Plex Activities Camps are open to ages 6-12. Sports Camps are for kids ages 7-12, except figure skating camp (ages 6-12). The first weekly Rec-Plex Camps begin May 28. Art Experience Camps begin June 3. Register for all St. Peters Summer Camps in person at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. Bring a St. Peters Resident Privilege Card when you register to receive lower weekly fees for Art Experience Camps and Rec-Plex Activities Camps. All RecPlex annual members and GOLD PLUS members also receive reduced fees for Activities Camps. Call 636.939.2386, ext. 1400, or visit camps online for weekly fees, camp dates, field trips, and other information.

ty dolls: twist, stroll, and hand jive to the classics as performed by the crowned princes of doowop and rock and roll, SHA NA NA at the Lindenwood J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at 8pm. Ticket prices are between $22.50-$40.50. For more information, call 636.949.4433. April 12: Almost KISS What makes an Almost KISS show so enthralling is the way in which they have meticulously recreated the complete KISS image on stage. The boys feature authentic vintage instruments, makeup, and custom made costumes and boots. Their unmistakable New York accents and KISS antics bring out the outlandish, charismatic personas of the original Gods of Thunder we all adore. In being true to the original characters, Almost KISS derives the majority of their song list from a specific part of the KISS katalog, primarily performing material that KISS played in live concert settings from 19741983. Doors Open at 6pm and showtime is at 7pm at the Fam-

Art can open up your mind to the world, and recreation can do a world of good for your entire body. This year, give your child the “best of both worlds” with St. Peters Summer Camps—all conveniently located at St. Peters City Centre. Registration began on March 16 for St. Peters Art Experience Camps, Rec-Plex Activities Camps and Rec-Plex Sports Camps. St. Peters Summer Art Experience Camps are located in the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre in the west wing of City Hall. Art Campers can exercise the imagination by creating art, and spend part of the time getting some exercise at the Rec-Plex next door or in the surrounding City Centre Park. Art Experience Camps include Drawing/Painting, Creative Writing, Sculpture and Creative Reading. Art Experience Camps have openings for kids as young as 6 up to age 14. Plus, the Cultural Arts Centre will offer Fencing Camps for ages 10-16 and Theater Summer Camps for ages 9-14, including a new Theater Comedy Camp. The St. Peters Rec-Plex gives you the option of Activities Camps or Sports Camps. All Rec-Plex campers have fun swim-

ily Arena. Tickets are $10. For more information, please call 636.896.4200. April 16: Main Street Food Truck Event Join us at Frontier Park located in Historic St. Charles along the Missouri River near Main Street for our Food Truck Event from 5pm – 8pm. Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food options that will be available by several different vendors. *Please keep in mind many trucks at this event are Cash Only. For more information, contact the St. Charles Parks & Recreation Department at 636.949.3372. April 26 - 28: Spring ArtWalk The Spring ArtWalk is a free, three-day event featuring juried artists displaying their art indoors in various businesses along historic N. Main St. in Saint Charles, Missouri. For more information, please visit • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013

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Lincoln County Fire District Receives Free 2008 Road Tractor Elsberry High School Band Competed in Missouri Solo and Ensemble Festival

Last month Lincoln County Fire District 1 received a free 2008 model road tractor from the Missouri Dept. of Conservation, Federal Excess Property program. The vehicle has only 4,000 miles on it, and would have cost $80,000 if purchased with tax dollars. The Fire District had to pay only $2 for a notary fee. The tractor will be used to pull a 53 foot live fire training simulator and Mobile Shower Unit, both provided through Homeland Security grants. Photo courtesy of Lincoln County Fire District .

Elsberry High School band and choir members competed in the Missouri Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 9 at Fort Zumwalt East High School. Students who earned a Superior rating will attend the state music festival in Columbia on April 26. Those scoring a Superior rating were Tracey Beck, flute; Sarah Daly, alto saxophone; and Becca Jansen, choir. Receiving an Excellent rating were Shiloh Lynn, choir; Maggie Spratt, tenor saxophone; and Anne Heintzelman, bassoon. The EHS band and choir are under the direction of Tom Speers. (Pictured from left to right) Maggie Spratt, Anne Heintzelman, Shiloh Lynn, Tracey Beck and Becca Jansen. Photo courtesy of Elsberry High School.

Elsberry School District Urges Passing of Prop 2 Elsberry School District Superintendent Ted Reller is encouraging patrons of the Elsberry School District to vote in favor of Proposition 2 on the April 2 ballot. Prop 2 is a no tax-increase bond issue that will renew the current bond issue until 2029. Three major projects have been identified as high priority and will be addressed if the funds are available: First, Elsberry Schools will replace the outdated hot water boiler systems with new HVAC systems. Second, the District will replace the existing ceiling and lighting systems in the elementary, middle and high school. Finally, all single pane windows in the District will be replaced with energy-efficient windows. Other small projects will be considered if funds remain. “No tax increase” means school tax rates will not increase whether the proposition passes or fails. For more information, contact Superintendent Tim Reller at or the Elsberry School District central office at 573.898.5554, extension 211.

Cruisin’ 4 Crider Poker Run to Raise Awareness About Mental Illness Crider Health Center, Gateway Harley-Davidson and Mungenast Motorsports are proud to present “Cruisin’ 4 Crider Poker Run ... Stopping Stigma in its Tracks!” The event will be held on April 20. The cost is $25 per rider and $30 for riders with one passenger. Check-in will be from 9 to 10:30 am at Mungenast Motorsports, 5935 S Lindberg Blvd, St. Louis, MO. This year’s event will begin with coffee and donuts at registration. The 130 mile ride will include five stigma-awareness stops and be followed by a celebration at Gateway Harley-Davidson with live music and food. There will also be raffle and attendance prizes. Crider health Center is holding the event to raise awareness that children and adults living with mental illness have to face the stigma of societal labels. Organizers say mentally ill patients are often labeled as outcasts and try to hide their illness or live with the constant pain of bullying and ridicule. Many people living with mental illness never receive the help they need to live fuller, more productive and healthier lives. All proceeds from this event will help Crider Health Center provide much needed services and programs to those in the community who need it most. Register to ride at or by calling 636.332.2134.


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Stingrays at Caribbean Cove Featuring Sharks Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks opens at the Saint Louis Zoo on Along for the swim are horseshoe crabs, which are more closely related to spiApril 19 and runs through September 29. ders and scorpions than to true crabs. The horseshoe crab is a living fossil. It has Cownose rays and southern stingrays, horseshoe crabs, bonnethead and white- been on the earth for 220 million years, longer than dinosaurs, and it survives spotted bamboo sharks glide through a 17,000-gallon warm saltwater pool lo- today almost identical to its ancient ancestors. cated under a large tropical-themed pavilion. The 20-inch deep pool includes a waterfall Guests are encouraged to dip their hands into the and a state-of-the-art life support system. The water and allow the animals to touch them. Ocpool also has solitary space and places for the casionally, there will be an opportunity to feed animals to rest if they choose. the stingrays. These are hardy species that interZoo interpreters and educators will be on act well with people in a safe and fun manner. hand to help visitors and to share information “We’re pleased to bring sharks and stingrays about the animals, sustainable seafood and back to our visitors this year,” said Dr. Jeffrey P. ocean conservation. Bonner, Dana Brown president & CEO of the Tropical Traders Gift Shop will offer a vaSaint Louis Zoo. “Connecting people with wildriety of ocean-related souvenirs, including life is an important part of our mission. Not plush stingrays and other sea life items, shark everyone in our part of the world has had the merchandise, T-shirts, tropical attire, nautical chance to get in touch with ocean life in such a gifts and more. Ray’s Grill will serve up fish close-up, intimate way.” and chips, fajitas, island burgers and more. The bonnethead shark is the smallest memMargaritas, piña coladas, daiquiris and beer ber of the hammerhead family. They have semi- Cownose stingray (with or without alcohol) will also be available. circular heads resembling a shovel or bonnet. The Zoo’s Education Department is planWhite-spotted bamboo sharks are known as “cat ning several programs for children and adults sharks” because the barbels, or sensory organs, throughout the summer. Some programs innear their mouths resemble cat whiskers. clude A Day With the Rays, Wake Up With The sharks at Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are the Rays, Family and Scout Overnights, Camp small, shy and docile fish and pose no danger to KangaZoo and more. To register for prohumans. They range from two-and-a-half to four grams, visit or call feet in length and are bottom-dwelling species 314.646.4544. that prey on small fish, crabs and invertebrates. Admission Visitors will not be feeding the sharks, but ocAdmission to Stingrays at Caribbean Cove casionally they may have an opportunity to be is $4 per person. Zoo Friends members at the touched briefly by a shark as it swims by. Family Level and above may use their AnyCownose rays and southern stingrays are relatwhere Plus passes for admission. Children uned to sharks. They have a flat body, long pointed der 2 are free. fins and long whip-like tails that can be used for Purchase a one-day Safari Pass for $10 and defense against predators. At Stingrays at Caribreceive free admission to Stingrays at CaribWhite-spotted bamboo shark Photos by Living Exhibits bean Cove, their stingers or barbs are painlessly bean Cove and other attractions. Admission is clipped back just as human fingernails are clipped. Staff at the exhibit will monitor free the first hour the Zoo is open. Stingray feedings are $1 per cup. the stingrays throughout the season to ensure that the barbs stay neatly trimmed. Groups of 15 or more may call 314.646.4718 in advance for group discounts. Hours Stingrays at Caribbean Cove will be open April 19 through September 29 during Zoo hours. The Zoo’s spring hours are 9am - 5pm daily through May 23. More Information For more information, visit, www.facebook. com/stlzoo,, or call 314.781.0900. • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013


Go Play Our area is full of fabulous parks where your family can spend many hours having fun together in the great outdoors.

Free(ish) Outdoor Family Fun

St. Charles Jaycee Park 2805 Elm Street, St. Charles

The new Discovery Playground located off Elm Street in the city of St. Charles won top honors for the creative use of Rosetta Hardscapes Outcropping stone walls at the site which help make the playground accessible to all children. The walls, supplied by Kirchner Block & Brick, Inc., were constructed by local St. Charles County companies Landesign LLC and the Rosch Company LLC. Looks fun for all ages.

Broemmelsiek Park 1615 Schwede Rd, Wentzville

Named for the family of Jack Broemmelsiek, who lived on the property for more than 30 years and dedicated their lives to promoting conservation activities, Broemmelsiek Park boasts an abundant oak hickory forest and has a long agricultural history in St. Charles County. The park has an Off-Leash Dog Area (with a small water features where dogs may swim), more than seven miles of multi-use trail (open to hiking, bicycling, and equestrian use), picnic shelters available for rental, the County’s first public Astronomy Viewing Area, and fishing lakes. Broemmelsiek Park has between 4 and 4.5 miles of trail.

Hideaway Harbor Park 1550 Hideaway Harbor Dr, Portage des Sioux

Located just west of Portage des Sioux, this 50acre park contains historic and natural features, as well as spectacular views across the Mississippi River toward the Great River Road. Birders also delight in close-up views of the wildlife, including the Bald Eagles that roost in and around the park each winter. When the weather turns warmer, park goers appreciate the open boat ramp that provides access to the Mississippi River and its many recreational options. Two boat ramps that access the Mississippi River; a fishing dock; natural wetlands; forested areas; and Weber Lake. For information on the closing of the boat ramp due to high water, please call 636.949.7475.

Indian Camp Creek Park 2679 Dietrich Rd, Foristell

This park features a unique nature-themed ecoplayground and ten miles of multi-use trail (trails open to hiking, biking, and equestrian day-use). Additional development has added youth group camping facilities, a restored silo that serves as an observation tower, an interpretive site to honor the region’s history, and a fishing lake.

Klondike Park 4600 Hwy 94 South, Augusta

Located just off the Katy Trail, the 250-acre park is a popular destination for outdoor recreationalists, families, and youth activity groups. Natural and paved trails wind through tree-lined hillsides to offer a challenging ride or hike and spectacular views of wildlife, native plants, and the surrounding Missouri River Valley. An indoor conference center that may be rented for weddings, business meetings, and other group functions; three picnic shelters, camper cabins and tent camping sites; a fishing lake; a boat ramp for access to the Missouri River; and about 5 miles of paved or natural trail.

Louis H. Bangert Memorial Wildlife Area 1704 S. River Rd, St. Charles

An island in the Missouri River just south of the Blanchette Bridge, guests may enter the 160-

Fly Kites Drugstore kites can be purchased for less then $5 a piece if you’re lucky or you can google “make a kite” and spend Saturday making the kites you’ll fly on Sunday. St. Charles Jaycee Park, 2805 Elm Street, St. Charles

acre park from the Katy Trail entrance along Old South River Road in St. Charles and then cross a slough that connects Bangert Island to the mainland. A typical wooded Missouri River island, the land features cottonwood, sycamore, box elder, silver maple, and black willow trees. In addition to bird-watching, hiking, bicycling, and photography, park guests may also fish along the banks of the Missouri River that flows below the park - although state fishing regulations apply and hunting is prohibited. For information on the status of Bangert Island, guests may call 636.949.7475.

Quail Ridge Park 5501 Quail Ridge Pkwy, Wentzville

Quail Ridge Park is 250 acres of rolling pastures, wooded hillsides, and rich bottomland near Peruque Creek. Winding trails throughout the park provide visitors with a first-hand opportunity to view songbirds, deer, turkey, and other wildlife in their natural environments. Quail Ridge has between 4 and 4.5 miles of trail. The park features an indoor Lodge that may be rented for weddings, parties, and other largegroup activities; large-group and individual picnic shelters; playgrounds; walking/bicycle trails; a three-acre lake; and an 18-hole disc golf course; a small fishing pond; and an Off-Leash Dog Area. The park also serves as home to the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame Museum, featuring several courts open for public use.

Blow Bubbles Even big kids love bubbles (even if they pretend they don’t). Pack a hula hoop and a kiddie pool and the possibilities are almost limitless. Check out this site for inspiration:

Play Ball A few bottles of water, a swipe of sunscreen and a ball and you’re all set! Add a few cones for make-shift goals and your family is minutes away from a fun couple of hours. Dodgeball, football, soccer, whiffle ball, bocce, croquet, even Frisbees count.

Go Play

Take a Hike You may not be trekking up mountainsides, but many of St. Charles County parks have easy level hiking trails, perfect for a family walk. Don’t forget the trail mix.

Field Day Games Invite the neighbors and play egg-on-a-spoon, 3-legged races, pass-the-orange-with-only-your-chin and any other field day games you remember from your childhood.

Have a Picnic Pack grandma’s best fried chicken or just grab a pizza and a 2-litre. Eat anything on a blanket in a park and you’re having a picnic. Enjoy the sunshine, fresh air, and the clean kitchen just waiting for you to come home.

Water Fight Pack the trunk full of jugs of water, balloons, and squirt guns, and have at it. Bring towels.

Youth Activity Park 7801 Hwy N, Dardenne Prairie

Designed to provide a safe place for area youth to enjoy an assortment of alternative recreational opportunities, the 25-acre Youth Activity Park offers something for everyone to enjoy. The crown jewel of the YAP is the 33,000-square foot skate park, the largest in the state! Crafted of concrete, the facility offers challenges for every skill level with bowls, ramps, trick rails, and much more. Missouri’s largest skate park; an indoor recreation facility; a sand volleyball court; half-court basketball; indoor rock climbing walls, open play fields, a table-tennis table, and a video-game electronics nook. There is an admission cost to use this park.

Cuivre River State Park 678 State Route 147, Troy

Cuivre River State Park is a bit of the Ozarks outside of the Ozarks – a nature lovers paradise just a short drive from St. Louis that is vibrant with colors three seasons of the year. The park’s renowned trails take visitors through prairies and forests of oaks and hickories. The park’s three natural areas feature sinkhole ponds and woodlands that would be more at home in southern Missouri. The park has hiking and equestrian trails, modern campsites, group camps, picnic areas and a lake so everyone can enjoy one of Missouri’s most rugged and beautiful jewels.



March 27, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

New Head of St. Charles Public Defender Office Selected The Missouri State Public Defender System has selected Tara Crane to take over as the head of the St. Charles Defender office. Crane replaces Richard Schiebe, who was recently appointed as an Associate Circuit Judge in Warren County, part of Missouri’s 12th Judicial Circuit. Crane most recently worked as an Assistant District Defender in the St. Louis County office. In addition to handling a huge caseload, Crane assisted with the management responsibilities in that office. Crane spent her childhood watching the iconic courtroom drama Perry Mason with her grandfather and became interested in courtroom procedures and debating at a young age. She received a

Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and went on to complete coursework and become certified as a Paralegal. After working for a few years as a paralegal in a small family law firm in Phoenix, AZ, Crane returned to her roots in Illinois and received her law degree from Southern Illinois University. During an internship with the Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office in Springfield, Illinois, Crane found her calling and fell in love with Public Defense work. Later, at a law school recruitment conference, Crane came across MSPD and was impressed with the system’s organization and training opportunities.

Show-Me Mattress Celebrates Grand Opening

DED Fights Drug Abuse

Store Manager Scott Good celebrated the grand opening of his new business, Show-Me Mattress with a ribbon cutting on March 19. Joining Scott were employees, City of St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, Board members and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Show-Me Mattress is located at 318 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, across from Red Robin Restaurant. For more information, please call 636.387.1999 or check them out online at

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) today announced that a St. Louis area substance abuse prevention organization has been approved for state tax credits under the Youth Opportunities Program (YOP). The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (NCADA) has been approved for $240,000 in YOP tax credits. NCADA’s HEROES program provides research based substance abuse and violence prevention programs to at least 19,500 at-risk youth in Missouri’s eastern region. HEROES teaches participating youth resiliency skills that will help students stay in school; reduce current and future risk of alcohol, other drug abuse and violence; and help students maintain the control and motivation that mitigate the risk factors that surround them. The Youth Opportunities Program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides tax credits to organizations administering positive youth development or crime prevention projects.

Chamber Offers Scholarships The Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is offering four scholarships for local high school seniors to use towards furthering their education. “The chamber’s 600 members are very supportive of helping our local students succeed in their career goals,” said Tony Mathews, President/CEO of the Western St. Charles County of Commerce. “Our selection committee is hoping to receive

many applications this year.” The chamber will be awarding four $750 scholarships. To be eligible students must live in Wentzville, Lake St. Louis, or Dardenne Prairie, or be the child of a Chamber Member. Students can download an application from the chamber website, Applications are due by April 5 to the Western St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 11, Wentzville, MO 63385. For more information, call 636.485.3123 or visit • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013

SSM Pharmacist Chosen for Exclusive Program

Larry Tracy Named President of BJC Hospitals

SSM Cancer Care Clinical Oncology Pharmacist Glenn Williams, RPh, of Creve Coeur, is one of only eight pharmacists nationwide chosen to participate the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Research and Education Foundation’s 2012-2013 Oncology Patient Care Traineeship. The program is a yearlong educational opportunity for select oncology pharmacy practitioners to develop and maintain specialized services for the management of patients with cancer. As part of the curriculum, the pharmacists complete a two-week experiential training in May at either The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md., University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, or University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle where they will work with the University’s oncologists. Williams will be training in Seattle. Other components include developing oncology policy and procedures, conducting lectures, writing reports and giving presentations. “I am honored to have been chosen for this exclusive program,” says Williams, “and know that it is a tremendous opportunity to learn from, and with, some of the best clinicians in cancer care. It will allow me to bring what I learn back to SSM Cancer Care so that we can better serve our patients’ needs.” Bradley Burton, Pharm.D., a clinical pharmacy specialist in medical oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and one of this year’s traineeship faculty members says, “The ultimate goal of this experience is to improve the care of the oncology population that we serve. It is always exciting to work with these talented individuals, as they bring fresh concepts to our institution. We can truly share great ideas, some of which we can even apply to our own practice site.” Williams holds a pharmacy degree from St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He has been employed with SSM Cancer Care since 2011.

Larry Tracy has been named president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center in St. Charles County. Tracy, currently chief operating officer at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur, will assume his new role April 15. As chief operating officer at Barnes-Jewish West County, Tracy led the opening of the new Siteman Cancer Center satellite facility and established the ambulatory pediatric surgical program with St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He also was instrumental in implementing an inpatient hospitalist program and in the growth of the surgery, radiology, interventional radiology and laboratory areas. Under his leadership, BarnesJewish West County achieved hospital-wide patient satisfaction ratings and clinical quality scores in the top 10 percent. Tracy joined BJC in 2008 from Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, where he served as vice president at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Ill., and assistant vice president at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Ill. Prior to that, he was an administrative fellow at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In addition, he served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army from 1991–1999. Tracy succeeds John Antes, who was appointed president of Missouri Baptist Medical Center in west St. Louis County. All the hospitals are part of BJC HealthCare.





March 27, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Lindenwood, SCC Announce Plan for Nursing Lindenwood University and St. Charles Community College have agreed in principle on a collaborative initiative that will help launch the new LU/SCC Center for Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. The Center will be located at #1 Academy Place in Dardenne Prairie, former site of Barat Academy, a 69,000-square-foot building purchased by Lindenwood in September 2012. The boards of both institutions approved terms of the agreement last week. Lindenwood will offer post-associate degree coursework in nursing for students who already have a twoyear nursing degree. SCC will move its entire associate degree nursing programs to the site, as well as its Licensed Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Health Information Technology and Health Occupational programs. SCC will lease approximately 26,000 square feet of the building’s space under terms of the agreement. The agreement centers on ease of transition, affordability, and accessibility for students who plan to pursue

advanced degrees. As part of the collaboration, SCC will move its stateof-the-art simulation lab to the new location and expand the space to create a “virtual hospital” that will provide the ability to offer concurrent simulations. Lindenwood’s post-associate degree coursework in nursing will start in August at the Center, said Dr. Peggy Ellis, dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences at Lindenwood. “We plan to eventually to offer other health management degree completion programs such as occupational therapy, health information technology, EMT, and allied health. In addition, Lindenwood plans to offer a master’s degree in nursing in the spring of 2014. “Successful communities work together to prepare the workforce of the present and the future,” said Greg Prestemon, president and CEO of St. Charles County Economic Development Center. “This partnership between two indispensable institutions will not only change the lives of the students and patients, it will help to trans-

form our local economy. I believe that 10 years from now, people will mark this partnership as a pivotal event in the growth and development of St. Charles County.”

Dr. James D. Evans (center) signs a collaborative agreement establishing the LU/SCC Center for Nursing & Allied Health Sciences at a ceremony March 21. Also (from left) Greg Prestemon, president/CEO of St. Charles County Economic Development Center; Jim J. Shoemake, chairman of Lindenwood University Board of Directors; Dr. Ron Chesbrough, SCC president; and Ryan Robertson, president of SCC Board of Trustees.

Bachelor of Social Work Continuation Lindenwood University’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program has received a continuation of its accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The honor means the university’s program has met the nationally-recognized standards set forth by the organization regarding the preparation of competent social work practitioners. Lindenwood’s BSW program was launched in 1998 and became a candidate for initial CSWE accreditation in 2005. It was awarded the honor in 2009, following two site visits by teams from the council in 2005 and 2008 and the submission of an extensive self-study report examining the program.

Reaffirmation was awarded to the university in early 2013, following the completion of another self-study report and a site visit from a council representative. The recognition means Lindenwood’s social work students will continue to enjoy several advantages of the CSWE seal of approval. “The Bachelor of Social Work is the preferred degree for jobs in the field, so graduates are already a step ahead of other candidates when they leave here,” said Debra Johnson, chair of the Lindenwood Social Work Department. “Being accredited by the CSWE also means our students enjoy advanced standing in Master of Social Work programs and are able to enter two-year master’s programs anywhere from a semester to a full year ahead. Our graduates are also eligible for state licensure because of it.” CSWE has been in operation since 1952;

currently 700 undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the United States have completed the stringent evaluation process and hold accreditation from the council. Lindenwood’s next comprehensive review will be in 2021. For more information about Lindenwood University’s social work programs, contact Johnson at or 636.949.4193. Lindenwood University, founded in 1827, is an independent liberal arts university offering more than 130 graduate and undergraduate programs in diverse areas of study ¬in traditional and accelerated formats. Lindenwood operates residential campuses in historic St. Charles, Mo., and Belleville, Ill., as well as numerous extension sites throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.

SCC Receives National Awards for Marketing and Communications St. Charles Community College www.stchas. edu received two national-level Paragon awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR), an

affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges. The SCC Office of Marketing and Communications took home the following awards: a Silver Paragon in the Best Sports Brochure category for the SCC’s 2012 Women’s Soccer Guide and a Silver Paragon in the Best Annual Report category for SCC’s Annual Report 2011-12. The awards were announced at the annual NCMPR national conference in Chicago this March. More than 165 colleges participated and nearly 1,700 entries were submitted into this national competition. The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations represents marketing and PR professionals at community and technical colleges. NCMPR’s primary focus is supporting its member’s professional growth. A 15-member board of directors governs the organization. All of them are community college marketing professionals. In addition to overseeing the college Welcome Center, SCC’s Office of Marketing and Communications is responsible for advancing the college brand, including publications, graphic design, website, public relations, photography/videography and marketing. • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013



Hollenbeck Middle School Grants a Wish

Students, faculty, staff and the entire Hollenbeck Middle School community have come together to grant the wish of Jaci Griffin, a sixth grade Hollenbeck student who is currently battling a brain tumor. Hollenbeck raised $11,270.35 to make Jaci’s wish come true of going to Disneyland, sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Hollenbeck set a new fundraising record by raising more money than any school in the State of Missouri for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To raise money for the cause, wish bracelets and beads were sold, along with Jaci t-shirts, raffle tickets for a Hollenbeck embroidered hooded sweatshirt/t-shirt, and

donuts. The school hosted a faculty-student basketball game in February. Students also participated in a penny war in which students and staff collected pennies, which counted positively toward the class total. Classes battled each other by donating silver coins, which counted negatively against class totals. The more the classes battled, the more the total amount of donations continued to increase. Additionally, students had the opportunity to participate in a marshmallow toss during lunch periods in which students donated one dollar to throw three whipped cream covered marshmallows at a teacher. A student dodge ball tournament was held along with the activity “Manicures for Jaci”, in which students came to have their nails painted. On Wednesday, March 6 Hollenbeck hosted a school-wide assembly to celebrate the school’s accomplishment with Make-A-Wish in honor of Jaci. St. Louis Cardinals’ mascot Fredbird and St. Louis Blues’ mascot Louie made an appearance to congratulate students on their hard work to raise funds for their fellow classmates wish and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Exceeding their fundraising goal of $5,000, Hollenbeck Principals Woody Borgschulte and Molly Hamer were jailed in the lobby of the school on March 7, where they will welcomed students, staff and visitors. Hollenbeck will also had a special guest, the St. Louis Rams mascot Rampage. Congratulations to the entire Hollenbeck community for reaching their goal and for showing great generosity and compassion!

Junior Achievement and Wentzville Schools Financial literacy met career planning on March 8 in the Wentzville School District as Junior Achievement teamed up with MasterCard to offer the “JA in a Day” program. “JA in a Day” helps to facilitate a partnership between companies and local schools to educate and inspire students about what it takes to succeed in the workplace. Almost 200 volunteers from MasterCard spent the day in classrooms at Heritage Intermediate, Discovery Ridge Elementary, and Wentzville Middle School helping to instruct more than 2,000 students. Students experienced a day filled with handson learning concepts including work readiness, financial responsibility, and entrepreneurship. Eighth grader Jacob Eisenhauer appreciated the glimpse into his future. “I think it really prepares you to go into business, what you need to know and how to make a profit. We’re not really that far

off from going out into the world and having to do this for real, so it’s a really good opportunity and I’m glad we get to do this.” The program also offers business people the opportunity to share their experience and expertise with students. “MasterCard employees look forward to supporting JA in a Day each year,” said Tom Britt. “It’s a great opportunity to help kids understand the important concepts of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurism, and how these lessons and skills will play a role in their futures.” At the end of the school day, students that had completed all five grade level Junior Achievement lessons earned their JA certificate. “This is my first JA in a Day, I like it, it’s very informational and I took a lot out of it,” said future businesswoman Amber Walkup. “It’s important so that when we grow up, we’re educated about it, and it’s also a lot of fun.”

Alternative Spring Break Projects Students, faculty, and families staying in town over spring break are invited to register for community-inspired projects that will help prepare City parks for this year’s seasonal activities. “To promote an increase in youth involvement, Alternative Spring Break projects are scheduled weekdays in conjunction with area school district and collegiate spring breaks,” said Kathy Halstead, Manager of O’Fallon’s Volunteer Services Division. “Through these parkbased projects, volunteers assist the City’s Landscaping Division by planting flowers and ornamental grasses, transplanting cuttings, creating flower baskets, and mulching trees and flower beds. Playground projects focus on power washing equipment and spreading wood fibers for safer play.” To register for the Alternative Spring Break, please contact Volunteer Services at 636.379.5408 or volunteer@ For more information about volunteering, please visit Volunteer.


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“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”

By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

A perfect Hollywood example of a missed opScardino has acce portunity, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has ss to magic al talent incredible comedic potential, but director Don , but he s Scardino fails to make it work. Scardino, who till can’t p u ll a is best known for directing episodic TV shows, rabbit ou t of his ha has access to magical talent, but he still can’t t. pull a rabbit out of his hat. The story opens in 1982, a time when a young lad named Burt escapes his dreary life through the gift of a magic kit. Over the years, Burt and his best friend Anton study magic in detail, filling a notebook with diagrams of ambitious and complex illusions. Years later, a grown-up Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Bus- The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Photos courtesy of Warner Bros. cemi) have become the toast of the Las Vegas Strip. Packing the house each night, Burt and Anton cel- Rance was Wonderstone’s childhood inspiration, but the ebrate their magical friendship through their tried-and- magician shrugs off the adult Burt’s hero worship. Carell true illusions. Las Vegas is changing, though, and a new and Arkin have some wonderful moments together, but breed of magician has arrived to claim audiences in Sin these are few and far between. Even with a top-notch cast, The Incredible Burt WonderCity. stone is destined to stage its own quick disappearing act, A study of the changing face of magic, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone contains too many subplots and char- especially with the magic generated by Oz The Great and acters. The film features a strong opening focusing on Powerful. Any money earmarked for tickets would be betyoung Burt and his magical education. Anyone who grew ter spent on a pack of Marshall Brodien’s TV Magic Cards, up watching magicians Marshall Brodien and Doug Hen- which are still available in stores. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, rated PG-13 for sexual ning on TV will identify with the appeal of magic and content, dangerous stunts, a drug-related incident, and other pre-packaged illusions. language, currently is playing in theaters. Director Don Scardino quickly lets the story morph into a parody of Siegfried and Roy-style magicians, howBorn and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in ever. While it’s fun to see Carell and Buscemi wearing Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and lavish costumes and hairstyles, the joke wears thin pretty television sets to see actors and directors quickly. Even Jim Carey’s appearance as Steve Gray, an at work. Though his writing has taken in-your-face street magician, can’t keep the story moving. him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent Olivia Wilde is the one thing about The Incredible Burt countless hours watching classic movies at Wonderstone that is truly magical, though. Playing Jane, neighborhood theaters. Burt and Anton’s longtime stage manager, Wilde has a wide-eyed appreciation of magic, even as an adult. The film would have worked better if the story focused more on Jane and Burt trying to create a new act and less on the battle between Burt and Steve Gray. Even the reliable Alan Arkin falls short here as old-school magician Rance Holloway. Aging and somewhat bitter,

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The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Please do your part to control overpopulation and to limit the number of unwanted animals. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS! • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013



Easter Sweet Treats

Spring into action and surprise guests at your Easter gathering with eggcellent desserts and treats.

From pastel-colored cakes to homemade kid-friendly candies, Wilton has simple ideas to brighten any holiday table and help you make delicious sweet treats that will have your guests hunting for more. “Holiday get-togethers are the perfect time to try new recipes, have fun in the kitchen and showcase your baking skills,” says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Get the kids involved with candy molds and Easter-themed cupcake kits, or add an element of surprise with a festive cake that reveals its pastel perfection when sliced.” Try these tips from Wilton to make your desserts hop off the table: • Celebrate Spring Fashion: Play up seasonal pastel colors by using an ombre technique. Fade through shades of rose, aqua or mint to add personality and chic spring flare to your cake. • Some ‘Bunny’ Special: Involve kids in the process; let them put their creativity to work by adding finishing touches like seasonal nonpareils, bunny with jelly bean icing decorations and sprinkles. • Lollipop, Lollipop: Impress guests by creating your own candy lollipops with Wilton’s Easter Candy Making Kit Mega Pack. From Easter eggs to butterflies, there are fun and tasty shapes to tempt guests of all ages. • Basketful of Fun: Display your Easter candies and sweets in spring floral themed baking cups, and send guests home with leftovers in bunny treat bags and boxes for a festive touch. For more Easter recipe ideas, baking tips and inspiration, visit

Spring Ombre Layer Cake Ingredients: Cake: 4-1/2 cups sifted cake flour 2 tablespoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter or margarine, softened 2-1/4 cups granulated sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons Imitation Clear Vanilla Extract 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract 6 egg whites 1-1/3 cups milk Rose Icing Color Homemade Marshmallow Icing Bunnies with Jelly Beans Icing Decorations Homemade Marshmallow Icing: 3 tablespoons Meringue Powder 1/2 cup cold water 2 cups granulated sugar 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup light corn syrup Cake Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 9 inch round pans with vegetable pan spray. 2. In medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy; add extracts and beat well. Add egg whites, 2 at a time, mixing until well blended. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in

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three additions alternately with milk, beating well after each addition and scraping bowl as needed. 3. Divide batter into 4 equal portions (about 1-2/3 cups batter each). Add a small amount of icing color to one portion of batter. Add increasing amounts of color to each additional portion of batter to create shades of increasingly darker rose. Fill pans with batter. 4. Bake 17-19 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on rack; remove and cool completely. Wash and dry pans completely. Bake remaining batter as directed above. 5. To decorate, stack layers on cake board or serving platter, filling between layers with marshmallow icing. Spoon

ice cake; press icing decorations around cake into icing. Icing Directions: 1.In large bowl, whip meringue powder and 1/2 cup cold water with electric mixer until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. 2. In medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1/3 cup water and corn syrup to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Stir constantly while sugar boils rapidly for 4 minutes. With mixer on high speed, slowly pour syrup down the side of the bowl into meringue, being careful not to let syrup hit the whip or meringue mixture. Continue beating on high speed for 4 minutes. Use immediately to fill and ice cake.

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Boredom Busting Tips for Kids As a mother of four, there’s never a dull moment for celebrity mom Tori Spelling. But even as a mom on the go, Spelling still hears the dreaded words (“Mom! I’m bored!”) from her kids. So, to beat the boredom blues, she has developed a few tips and activities to keep kids entertained all year long: Monogram Art Kids love things that are personalized, so why not make a crafty monogram? Help your children trace their first initial in block letters on a piece of poster board. Then, use glue to fill in the letter with colorful buttons, crayons or even shells. Create a Time Capsule Preserve some of your favorite family memories with a time capsule. Start with a sealable

A Man Obsessed—A Woman Left Guessing Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, its peak rising more than 29,000 feet. In recent years, increasing numbers of adventurers have tried to scale its summit. Professionally outfitted, often accompanied by Sherpa guides, they make the perilous journey up the mountain. In the 1920s, an elite English gentleman had none of today’s modern conveniences, other than oxygen in his third attempt — his final, and fatal, quest. Above All Things, a novel by debut author Tanis Rideout is more than just the tale of George Mallory’s drive to scale a mountain that stirs his blood and enslaves him. It’s also a love story, a book spawned by Rideout’s curiosity about the woman behind the man — Mallory’s wife, Ruth, and what marriage to an adventurer like Mallory would be like. It’s a relationship of long absences and incessant dread of bad news, a marriage strained by empty words, “ . . . I’m done with it. I don’t need it. I need to be with you,” a promise made after the second attempt in 1922, when Mallory took what many thought were unnecessary risks, leading to the death of seven Sherpas lost in an avalanche. Two years later, Mallory, the father of three, knows he’s growing older. If he’s going to attempt the climb again, it must be now. And so in 1924, he answers the siren’s call by joining a climbing expedition of five, which includes the youngest member of the group, Sandy Irvine. While the others in the climbing party stay at advanced base camp, the two venture forward in a harrowing climb that costs them their lives. To this day, speculation remains as to whether or not they reached the summit. Above All Things, has wide appeal to a variety of readers — those desiring an exciting tale of survival, and others intrigued by the romance the Mallorys shared. On both counts the novel delivers. Bundle up and enjoy. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013.

Recycled Sprinkler Start with an empty, clean 2-liter soda bottle and use scissors (or a drill if you have one) to poke small holes in the bottoms and sides of the bottle. Next, connect a hose to the bottle using duct tape or pick up a converter at your local hardware store. Turn on the hose and have fun in the yard.

plastic box and have each child contribute a few items with a note about why those items are special to them. Don’t forget to include several family photos. Bury the capsule in the backyard (or a far corner of the basement) and set a date to “uncover” the capsule.

Painted Glass Jar/ Pencil Holder Clean and dry an old glass jar. Add white glue to acrylic or liquid tempera paints so the color sticks to the glass. Help kids paint a design on the jar using brushes or cotton swabs. To erase a mistake, just use a paper towel to wipe off the paint before it hardens. After the Scenic Snow Globes Start with a small, empty paint dries, seal the masterpiece with a coat Photo courtesy of Getty Images jar; such as a clean baby food of clear glaze. jar. Remove the lid and glue a small figurine to the underside of lid and allow to dry. Fill the jar with water Cardboard Cuckoo Clock Encourage kids to draw a house on a piece and add some glitter and a little glycerin. Add a drop of paper and color it in with markers. Next, of food coloring to the water for a more unique globe. glue the paper house on a piece of cardboard Encourage kids to think of fun themes, like under the and cut it to fit the shape. Using a clock kit sea. Screw on the jar lid tightly and turn over the jar to (available at many local craft stores), cut a complete the snow globe. hole in the middle of the house and fit the When crafting with children, take care to superclock-face according to its instructions. Before you know it, you’ll have a working vise them with sharp objects, and use non-toxic inclock that kids created. gredients. • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013


Gary Baute Additional Owners for the St. Charles CHILL The St. Charles Chill, of the Central Hockey League, announced today that Sean A. Robertson has purchased minority ownership in the team. Robertson was born in Toledo, OH, and attended the University of Toledo where he attained a business degree. He moved to the St. Louis area in June of 1999 and currently resides in Dardenne Prairie, MO. He is currently the vice-president of the board of the St. Peter’s Spirit Hockey Club. “It is very important for our organization to truly be a fabric of the community, and we feel having local ownership is an important step in this process,” stated Nicole Kupaks of the Chill. “We were looking for someone who is passionate about the community as well as the game of hockey and we found that in Mr. Robertson.” “Having the chance to have local ownership at any level is fantastic. Sean is a great hockey guy and will be a great addition to the Chill,” said Head Coach Jamie Rivers. When asked how he felt about the opportunity, Mr. Robertson stated the following, Nicole Kupaks Photo by Ray Rockwell “Owning a professional sports team has always been a dream of mine. I have worked with Head Coach Jamie Rivers and Assistant Coach Sean Ferrell for many years and knew this was the right team for me to be a part of. I am excited to be a part of the Chill family and look forward to helping bring quality family entertainment to the area.” For more information, please go to *Start date in September* Missouri State Men’s Basketball Team Loses Head coach Paul Lusk announced Tuesday that redshirt freshman forward Drew Wilson intends to transfer at the conclusion of the current academic year. Wilson played in 31 games for the Bears this winter, starting 18 times. He averaged 2.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per contest with a 57.4 percent field goal percentage. He was one of only two freshmen in the Missouri Valley Conference to tally over 100 rebounds this season. The departure of Wilson opens up an additional scholarship opportunity for MSU next season. Coupled with the retirement of Keith Pickens at the end of 2012-13 due to chronic knee pain, the Bears now have two scholarships from which to recruit in the off season. This season, Lusk’s Bears split their last 12 games before falling

to Wichita State in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals on March 8. Missouri State, which boasted one of the nation’s youngest teams, also ranks fifth nationally in fewest turnovers per game. *Thanks to Rick Kindhart, assistant director of Athletics for Communications-MSU* Lindenwood Gymnastics Continue To Break Records The Lindenwood women’s gymnastics team continued to set new program records at the MIC Championships on Saturday evening, scoring a record-high 193.050 as a team. The Lady Lions finished in fifth place overall, .150 points ahead of host school Centenary. Illinois-Chicago won the conference championship with a team score of 195.600. Lindenwood set new team records on the vault, bars, and floor exercise at the championship. With a score of 48.200 on the vault, the Lady Lions topped their previous best of 48.000. All members of the squad scored at least a 9.500 including a 9.725 by Rachel Zabawa. Courtney Heise contributed a score of 9.675 in the event. On the bars, Lindenwood’s total of 48.350 was the first time all season the team had reached the 48-point mark. Junior Emily Turik and Trystien Charles both set a personal and program record in the event with a score of 9.825. With four scores over 9.700, Lindenwood beat its previous high of a 48.475 on the floor with a 48.725 at the MIC Championship. Heise tied her previous high and Zabawa set a new personal best with scores of 9.825. Turik recorded a 9.725 on the event while Ingui added a 9.700. Charles and Turik’s score of a 9.825 on the bars put them in a tie for third alongside Robyn Price from Centenary, Amanda Mohler from Illinois State, and Gabrielle May from Illinois-Chicago. Taryn Vanderpool of Southeast Missouri won the event with a 9.850. Heise and Zabawa finished in a tie for eighth on the floor exercise with Meg Crowley from Centenary scoring a 9.875. Heise was the top all-around finisher for the Lady Lions, scoring a 38.950. Sami King of Illinois State won the all-around with a total of 39.325. All three of Lindenwood’s all-around gymnasts set personal bests on Saturday evening. The Lady Lions will now wait to hear of their postseason chances to compete at the USAG Collegiate Nationals scheduled for April 12-14. *Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood* Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities.



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Now - March 31: Holy Week at the United Methodist Church 725 Wall Street in Wentzville. March 29 (Good Friday): Ways of the Cross Prayer Path 11:30am 7:30pm. March 31 (Easter Sunday): Sunrise Service at 6:30am, Worship at 9 & 10:30am. www.livelovegrow. org.

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.

March 30: Free Easter Egg Hunt at Shiloh Church 10-11:30 am. 1515 Highway T, Foristell. Games, crafts & snacks with a free Easter breakfast on March 31 from 9-10:15 am. Info: 636.673.2144. March 31: Family Easter Service 10:30 am at Discovery Church, 8134 Mexico Road, St. Peters. 636.439.0049 or Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Friends and Family Support Group Open to anyone who has a loved one suffering from any kind of addiction. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Oak Valley Drive, St. Peters. For more information, email Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at lo-

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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 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. Now - April 5: SCC Art Faculty Exhibition Gallery of the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building, St. Charles Community College (4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville). Free and open to the public. Info/ hours: Christine Holtz, or 636.922.8556. Now-April 8: Intermediate Watercolor Classes at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon. Taught by Shirley Nachtrieb. $90. Info: Shirley Nachtrieb at 636.947.1936 or Shirley@nachtrieb. com. Now - April: Golf Leagues Signups Play is 5-6 p.m for all skill levels. At The Bluffs (Tuesdays), Wentzville (Wednesdays) and Links (Thursdays). Info/registration: www. or gla2000@centurytelnet. March: Celebrate Women’s History Month St. Charles Community College (4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville). Free & open to public. Info: Mandi Smith at 636.922.8469 or

March 27-29: Dodgeball Tournaments at Gametime Sports - St. Peters For ages 7-12, $20/child. 4160 Ehlmann Road. 636.477.3200 March 30: Pets A-Lone Animal Sanctuary (PALS) Easter Bake Sale 10am - 3pm at Kroger’s. Get some wonderful baked goods and at the same time help PALS continue to provide shelter for the stray and abandoned animals in Lincoln County. April: Double Header co-ed Softball Leagues This “Open League” will be a 6-week (12 game) regular season, plus a single elimination playoff format. Games will be played on Sunday evenings at Founders Park beginning mid-April. Info/registration: April 5: The Optimist Club’s 40th Annual Spaghetti Dinner 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. At Memorial Hall-Blanchette Park in St. Charles. Enjoy an Italian spaghetti dinner from Pio’s Restaurant with salad, drinks and dessert. Wine for adults and soft drinks for all. $6 eat-in or carry-out. Tickets available from any Optimist member, at the door or by calling Sharon North at 636.724.0148 or Dale Westby at 314.550.7723. April 5: Opening Reception of “Luminous Language” 6-8 p.m. at the Foundry Centre. A juried exhibition celebrating the universal art of painting. Free food and drink. Free admission. Info: 636.255.0270 or April 6: Mission: Clean Stream 2013 – St. Charles Missouri River Clean 9 am – noon, registration open at 8:30 am. Bishop’s Landing next to the Lewis & Clark Boathouse (1050 S Riverside Dr., St. Charles). Lend your volunteer muscle to clean-up the banks of the Missouri River by boat! Register online at or at the park the morning of the clean-up. Questions: Steve Schnarr at 573.289.2077 or

April 8: Flex & Strength Adult Yoga Classes Join our instructor as she incorporates poses and stretches from yoga and Pilates. All skill levels welcome. Classes are ongoing, and the next session begins April 8, meeting for 6 weeks on Mondays and Thursdays (12 total classes). The cost per class is $54 for Residents, $66 for Non-Residents. Note: Please bring your own mat to class. Info/ registration: www.lakesaintlouis. com; look under the parks and recreation section. April 12-13: Watermedia Floral Collage Workshop 9:30am - 3:30pm at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre (One St. Peters Centre Blvd.) Irises will be the subject matter. All skill levels are invited to participate. Cost is $110. Info: Shirley Nachtrieb at 636.947.1936 or April 13: Babysitting Basics 8:30 a.m. – Noon at Lake Saint Louis City Hall. Designed for boys and girls, ages 11+. Topics covered by Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital Staff include infant and toddler care, play ideas, appropriate discipline techniques, safety skills and more. Fee of $16 includes a light snack and course certificate. Info/ registration: www.lakesaintlouis. com under the parks & recreation section. April 13: Handbell Concert at Zion Lutheran Church and School 7 p.m. 3866 Harvester Road, St. Charles. Info/directions: or Mark Thoelke, Director of Worship and Music at 636.441.7425. April 13: Kisses for my Brain Trivia Night In honor of Dominic, a local 4-yearold who had a stroke in utero and suffered severe brain damage. Dominic has overcome many obstacles, but due to changes in insurance, certain equipment and therapies are no longer covered. Support him at St. Joseph Cottleville in the Gymnasium, 1355 Motherhead Rd., St. Charles. Info: April 19: The ICD MOPS 1st Annual Bunco Fundraising Event 6 p.m. at ICD Catholic Church in • Community News - St. Charles County • March 27, 2013 Dardenne Prairie. Bunco, food, dessert and a silent auction of goods from supporting local businesses. Proceeds benefit the education and ministry of the MOPS program at ICD. $20/person includes food and alcohol-free beverages. Drinks of your choosing welcome. Questions: 402.304.2450 or email smilelotss@ April 19: “An Evening on Broadway” benefit concert and dinner 6:30pm. To raise funds for the Saint Louis Wind Symphony and the Foundry Art Centre. The night will feature cocktails, a silent auction, a full concert of Broadway favorites with a delicious catered dinner and dancing later on in the evening. Tickets are $50/person and can be purchased at or 636.255.0270. April 20: “Miles for Meals” 5K Run/Walk 8 a.m. at Clonts field in Troy. To benefit the Lincoln County Council on Aging’s meal delivery program. Free T-shirt w/$20 entry fee. HEALTH Free Hands-Only CPR at SSM St. Joseph Health Center Non-certificate. Training takes 15 minutes and is appropriate for anyone age 10+. Contact Rachel Sparks at 636.947.5663 or Maureen Bell at 636.947.5083 to schedule a session. Exercise Classes for Cancer Patients & Survivors Free for breast cancer survivors/ patients, discounted for all other cancer survivors/patients. All participants must have a referral from their SSM Cancer Care or SSM Breast Care physician. Stop by the YMCA service center or call the St. Charles YMCA at 636.928.1928 or the O’Fallon YMCA at 636.379.0092 to register. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Includes a series of three classes over a three- to four- month period held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. DSMT is available with a doctor’s order. Info: 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573.

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy 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. for program, volunteer and event information.

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Every Monday: BILY (Because I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550.

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

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 (776.3627).

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 both caregivers and those with Parkinson’s. Info: Alicia Wildhaber at 636.926.3722.

Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life 7 p.m. Support group. Free. St. Peters City Hall. 636.947.5304.

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

1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Info: metrostlouissia@ • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m.

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. 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 Thursday: Nurses & Company Parkinson’s Support Group


1-2 pm at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe (228 Savannah Terrace, Wentzville) for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Questions: Alicia Wildhaber with Nurses & Company at 636.926.3722. 1st Thurs: Conquer 6:30–7:30 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. 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 Gateway to Hope at 314.569.1113 or visit www.gthstl. org.


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An Outsider’s Perspective or Jagunda Bait III “So what happened to your clones?” I asked. My friend the alien from the planet Xmphto that invented “Ten minute cloning while you wait” was sitting on the river bank where I was fishing. I hadn’t seen him since the President let him clone Congressional legislators with honesty genes and quietly replace the real ones. The originals were sent to Xmphto to become Jagunda bait, which are carnivorous monsters that are considered a delicacy if sautéed in googon oil and slow roasted. He snorted and said, “I had to return them to your planet and withdraw the clones. It seems a Jagunda ate one and got sick and died. After that, the Jagundas wouldn’t even get close. Then your politicians almost corrupted the entire planet. They made speeches about how things would be better if we manufactured our flying saucers and ray guns in Alabama.” “I guess I’m not surprised,” I said. “Why are you here now?” “After that, I’m not exactly welcome at home so I stayed here and rode around in my saucer scaring your airplane pilots and making appearances at UFO group meetings for money. Sometimes I abduct a few and plant a tiny transceiver in their heads so they can be in UFO magazines and become famous. You wouldn’t believe the money I’m making. I’ve become

a capitalist.” “Why don’t you make appearances in Congress? Maybe they’ll get scared and straighten out.” He said, “Are you kidding? Every time I visit somebody besides your UFO club oddballs, they try to shoot me. Besides, if your lawmakers in Washington didn’t get scared, they would try to make me tell them how to make death rays so they could kill whichever Earthlings they hate. Hate is a big thing on your planet in case you haven’t noticed.” “I have. Good thing you’re honest,” I mused. “Good thing for you maybe. Not me. I wish I could remove that gene so I could run for office. Then I could really get rich. Maybe I could run for president.” He stood up and orated, “Four score and seven years ago...” “Hold it,” I said. “You don’t look anything like Abraham Lincoln. You look like an alien, remember? A frog with a cantaloupe for a head? It won’t work.” He sat down and sighed. “It’s just an idea. I’m even more honest than he was, anyway. I’d never get elected.” “So what are you doing with all that money you’re making?” “It took up too much space in the saucer, so I hid it


in that canal on Mars.” I said, “Why not invest it or put it in a bank?” “Are you kidding?” he shouted. “Your banks? Your investment brokers? I might as well invest it in a Yugo a minute.” He looked thoughtful. Then he said, “I could buy my own Congressman. Maybe several. Hmmmm...” “Wait a minute yourself,“ I said. “I thought you were honest.” He seemed to shrink. His froggy eyes looked down as if he just found out a Jagunda ate his mommy. He finally sighed and said, “I keep forgetting.” I said, “Why don’t you buy a laboratory and clone Abraham Lincoln and then help him get elected. He’ll be a shoo-in—except for the hate groups.” He looked up and smiled his toothless froggy smile. “I never thought of that. I saw an earthling driving a trash truck that looks just like him who I can clone.” I said, “Just remember one thing.” “What?” “Keep him away from theatres.” Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.

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