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Don’t Forfeit Past Tax Refunds

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April 15 looms By Jason Alderman Does this sound familiar? A few years back your yearly earnings were pretty low so you figured you wouldn’t owe any income tax. Thus, when April 15 rolled around the following year you didn’t bother filing a tax return, knowing you wouldn’t be penalized. Big mistake. Even if your income fell below the threshold at which you’d owe anything, chances are taxes were deducted from your paycheck throughout the year. (Check your year-end W-2 form). If so, you probably left a sizeable tax refund on the table. And you wouldn’t be alone. The IRS estimates that each year close to a million people don’t bother filing federal tax returns, thereby forfeiting around $1 billion in refunds they were due – refunds that average several hundred dollars apiece. Here’s the good news: The IRS generally gives you a three-year window to go back and file a past year’s tax return if you want to claim an unpaid refund. For example, to collect a refund for 2010 you have until April 15, 2014, to file a 2010 return. After that, the money becomes the property of the U.S. Treasury. You can order prior year tax forms at www.irs.gov or by calling 800.829.3676. If you’re missing any supplementary paperwork (e.g., W-2 or 1099 forms), you’ll need to request copies from your employer, bank or other payer. If that doesn’t work, file IRS Form 4506-T to request a free transcript showing information from these year-end documents.

Keep in mind that if you file to collect a refund on your 2010 taxes but have not also filed tax returns for 2011 and 2012, the IRS may hold onto the refund until you file those subsequent returns. Also, past refunds will be applied to any amounts you still owe to the IRS or your state tax agency, and may be used to offset unpaid child support or past-due federal debts, such as student loans. Another good reason to consider going back and filing a previous year’s tax return: the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Chances are, if the reason you didn’t file a return was because you didn’t earn enough to owe taxes, you may have been eligible for the EITC, a “refundable” tax credit for low- to moderate income working taxpayers. (“Refundable” means that if you owe less in tax than your eligible credit, you not only pay no tax but also get a refund for the difference.) As an example, for tax year 2010, a married couple filing jointly with three or more qualifying children whose adjusted gross income was less than $48,263 were eligible for an EITC of up to $5,666. To find out how EITC works and whether you qualify, consult IRS. gov. For the rest of us, April 15 looms as the deadline for filing our 2013 taxes. At the very least you should request a filing extension by then; otherwise the penalty on any taxes you owe increases dramatically. Typically you’ll have to pay an additional 5 percent of taxes owed for each

full or partial month you’re late, plus interest, up to a maximum penalty of 25 percent. However, if you file your return or request an extension on time, the penalty drops tenfold to 0.5 percent per month, plus interest. Bottom line: If you skipped filing a tax return in the last three years, go back and crunch the numbers – you may be pleasantly surprised by a hefty refund. * This article is intended to provide general information and should not be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It’s always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.

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Around Town Local news and events like the Missouri Tartan Day and the grand opening of O’Fallon’s new disc golf course.

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Business ActOn Dental provides kid friendly services in Wentzville and the St. Charles County government receives financial reporting honor.

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School Lindenwood and Matter team up to participate in STEM education program and a Holt High senior receives full scholarship.

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Movie Bad Words contains an interesting premise, but neither Bateman nor his cast of characters are able to elevate this story beyond the bland and tasteless.

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Local sport authority Gary B will fill you in on the weekend’s sporting events. Also play Sudoku and discover a new book with Book Buzz.

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Annual Breakfast with the Bunny Register the whole family for an all-you-caneat, sit-down meal of sausage and pancakes with the Easter Bunny. Perfect for kids ages 2–12 and their parents and grandparents, O’Fallon’s Breakfast with the Bunny will be held from 8:30-10am on Saturday, April 12, at the O’Fallon Civic Annex, 410 East Elm Street in O’Fallon. Kids can enjoy games and crafts as well as visiting with the Bunny, so be sure to bring a camera. The cost is $10 for O’Fallon residents and $12 for nonresidents. Everyone who wishes to eat, including adults, must register in advance; no tickets will be available at the gate. Registration closes Thursday, April 10. Space is limited. To register for Breakfast with the Bunny, visit

the Parks and Rec website, www.ofallon.mo.us/ Parks&Rec and select “Programs,” and then “Special Events,” and enter course number 38848. Call 636.474.2732 or 636.379.5606; or visit the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive, or the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle. For more information, please contact Paula Creech at pcreech@ofallon.mo.us. Or, call 636.474.8121. Volunteers are invited to assist with the event. To volunteer, please call the Volunteer Services Department at 636.379.5507, or send an e-mail to volunteer@ofallon.mo.us. For more information, visit www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer.

Easter Egg Hunt for Adults For a Friday night of fun for ages 21 and up, register for O’Fallon’s egg-citing Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt. Popular with couples, the event will be held from 7:30-10:30pm on Friday, April 11, in Civic Park. Prizes will be awarded and light refreshments will be served. Participants should bring a flashlight and an Easter basket for collecting eggs. The cost is $12 for O’Fallon residents and $15 for non-residents. Registration ends Sunday, April 6; no tickets will be sold at the gate.

To register for the Flashlight East Egg Hunt, visit the O’Fallon Parks and Rec webpage, www.ofallon. mo.us/Parks&Rec and select “Programs,” and then “Special Events,” course 39188. Call 636.474.2732 or 636.379.5606; or visit the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive, or the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle. For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Stacey Ostmann, 636.474.8105, sostmann@ofallon.mo.us.

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Grand Opening Scheduled for “The Fort” A Grand Opening for O’Fallon’s new disc golf course, “The Fort,” will be held from noon2pm on Saturday, April 12. The course winds through Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive in O’Fallon. The ceremony will take place at noon on the west side of Lake Whetsel, with O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy cutting the ribbon and throwing the first disc. A commemorative golf disc will be given to the first 100 people to attend, and both kids and adults will be invited to play the game. Golf pros with Gateway Disc Sports will demonstrate disc-throwing techniques, offer tips and sell game merchandise. The St. Charles County Disc Golf Club will be on hand to recruit new club members. “We’re proud of our new disc golf course, which has features for both beginners and more advanced players,” said Cindy Springer, O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Director. “The course will be open for play, free, from spring to early fall, dawn to dusk. Maps showing the course layout will be posted, and free score cards will be available.” Disc golf evolved mainly in California with players aiming flying discs at targets instead of throwing a disc for someone to catch. Today’s disc golfers use a variety of discs designed for throwing accuracy to play a game with rules and

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Audition for the O’FallonTheatreWorks’ Production of Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” Kids ages 8-16 are invited to audition for The Jungle Book Kids, a musical based on Disney’s full-length cartoon feature, The Jungle Book. The auditions will begin at noon on two dates, Saturday, April 12 and 19, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre, 100 North Main Street in O’Fallon. About 40 kids are needed for the cast and chorus. With colorful characters and a toe-tapping musical score, The Jungle Book Kids is sure to be a lot of fun for the performers and audiences, too. The play will be staged on June 20-22 and 27-29. Volunteers also are needed to help build the set and stage the production. For more information, please contact Darren Granaas, O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Coordinator, at 636.474.8150 or dgranaas@ofallon.mo.us.

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terms similar to golf. In O’Fallon, players will throw disc putters, drivers and mid-range discs at metal baskets stationed at each hole, trying to finish the course in as few throws as possible.

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Local farmer Paul Fischer has directed a $2,500 donation to the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District. Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will be used to purchase a rescue saw and personal protective equipment, which will assist firefighters in hazardous conditions. Thanks to the support of farmers across the country, more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states. “The Orchard Farm Fire Protection District does great things for our community and is always ready to help someone in need,” said Fischer. America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a year-round job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities. com. Monsanto Representative:

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tion: Jeremey Hollrah, Fire Chief for the Orchard Farm Fire District.

O’Fallon Fire Protection District Engine Companies will be performing annual fire hydrant testing during the months of April-June. Fire hydrant testing allows the firefighters to complete preventive maintenance on the water discharge caps, outlet ports and the fire hydrant’s operating stem. The testing also allows rust and mineral deposits to be flushed out of the hydrants and waterlines. This work is imperative to the proper operation of fire hydrants in times of emergencies and may cause some inconvenience tot our citizens. The flushing of fire hydrants and waterlines does not completely remove all the minerals in the water system and may cause the water to appear murky. The District will do its best to keep this inconvenience to a minimum. Residents are urged to cycle washing machines before putting in laundry to help prevent clothing from becoming stained from mineral deposits and rust. For more information please contact the O’Fallon Fire Protection District at 636.272.3493 or visit www.ofallonfire.org.

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Cub Scouts Tour Community News, Named Honorary Members of CN Press Corps Six members of Cub Scout Den 7 Troop 989 from Independence Elementary School in St. Charles were recently named honorary members of the Community News staff by CN editor, Andrew J. Tessmer. Each troop member was given his own media credentials and got a private tour of the CN offices including the production offices where Tessmer explained the process of putting out a weekly newspaper. “We were honored to have the boys from Den 7 visit us today,” Tessmer said. “They were extremely energetic, and came prepared with some probing questions, one or two of which were related to the newspaper business. They would all make terrific journalists.” One of the new journalists even pitched his own story ideas to Tessmer. “I have a story for the paper;” said Miko T., 7, of St. Peters, Mo. “Six scouts are working in the news paper office. That’s just crazy.” Tessmer said that while the CN offices may not be the most exciting destination for a group like the scouts, he welcomes the interest. “The Community News has been a vibrant part of the community for more than 93 years,” Tessmer said. “We love to give back where we can.”

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Community Arts Series The Foundry Art Centre and Saint Charles Riverfront Arts invites the public to eat, drink and be creative at their jointly

hosted community arts series entitled 2nd Thursdays at the Foundry Art Centre. This unique, family-friendly

community arts series will take place from 5:30-8:00pm on the second Thursday of each month, April through October of 2014 – April 10th, May 8th, June 12th, July 10th, August 14th, September 11th and October 9th. Saint Charles Riverfront Arts and the Foundry Art Centre invite you to eat from a variety of family-friendly food vendors. Drink from a full cash car inside the grand hall and be creative in many disci-

plines of art. Draw with artists, paint with painters, throw tottery with potters, make jewelry with jewelers, dance with dancers, and listen to live original music. Admission to 2nd Thursdays is open to the public and is free of charge, with nominal fees for the food trucks and the full bar. The Foundry Art Centre is located at 520 North Main Center near Historic Main Street in Saint Charles. For additional details about

the 2014 2nd Thursdays community arts series, please contact the Foundry Art Centre’s Executive Director Angela Fowle at angela@foundryartcentre.org, or visit their website at www.foundryartcentre. org. And for more information about the Saint Charles Riverfront Arts organization, contact SCRA President Lou Cariffe at 636.399.5345, via email at lcariffe@sbcglobal.net, or visit saintcharlesriverfrontarts.com.

Celebrate National Arbor Day by Planting Trees National Arbor Day is Friday, April 25 this year, and the Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for anyone to celebrate the annual tree-planting

holiday. Join the Foundation in April and receive free shade trees. By joining the Foundation in April, new members receive

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the following trees: red oak, sugar maple, weeping willow, baldcypress, thornless honeylocust, pin oak, river birch, tuliptree, silver maple and red maple. The free trees are part of the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. “These trees provide shade in the summer and vibrant colors throughout the fall,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Through the simple act of planting trees, one person can make a difference in helping to create a healthier and more beautiful planet for all of us to enjoy.” The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting in April or May. The 6-to12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. To become a member of for more information, visit arborday.org/april.


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O’Fallon’s Garden Expo & Kite Event Looking forward to spring? Welcome the season at O’Fallon’s family-friendly Garden Expo & Kite Event on Saturday, April 12 from 9am-1pm in Fort Zumwalt Park, in O’Fallon. Admission and parking are free. The event opens with an Arbor Day Ceremony led by Mayor Bill Hennessy, who will be assisted by the Twin Chimneys Elementary School Earth Club in planting a redbud tree. If your only experience with kites is the oldfashioned diamond style (which were not always the easiest to fly), be sure to catch the Gateway Kite Club’s kite-flying demonstrations at 10am. Weather permitting, the club also will provide free kite-flying lessons and additional demonstrations with single-line kites, sports kites and fighter kites. Kids will be able to make, decorate

and learn to fly their own kite, free. Prep your yard and garden for spring by shopping at Garden Expo booths filled with live plants, spring decorations and yard and garden accessories. The Garden Expo also features garden clubs, lawn and garden services, and Robinson’s Rain Barrels. A limited number of Norway spruce saplings will be given away (one per family). Special guests include the Three Rivers Beekeepers, Gateway Gardener magazine, and St. Louis Master Gardener Anne Kirkpatrick. Renowned for her expertise with hydrangeas, Anne will provide tips on selecting, growing and pruning hydrangeas. For more information, please email Jennifer Hoisington at jhoisington@ofallon.mo.us or call 636.379.5605.

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Free Photos With the Easter Bunny Hop in to see the Easter Bunny and get your free, professionally taken 5x7 photo, at Coldwell Banker Gundaker’s Hwy 94 at Mid Rivers office in St. Charles. The event will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 10am-noon. Plus, face painting and snacks will be provided. “We are expecting a great turnout for our Easter event,” said Kim Magaletta, branch manager, of the Coldwell Banker Gundaker Hwy 94 at Mid Rivers office. “This is a fun way for us to reach out to the community.” To learn more about the event, call 636.441.1360 or just hop on over to Coldwell Banker Gundaker’s Hwy 94 at Mid Rivers office, located at 6235 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Charles, on April 5.

Missouri Tartan Day 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 14th year, Tartan Day is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States, hosting approximately 30,000-40,000 attendees over each three-day event. This year’s event on April 4, 5 and 6, 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 Festivities. “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.” 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 of Arbroath. Some of this year’s highlights include local and regional bagpipe bands, Highland dancing showcases, a Scottish storyteller called a Seanachie (pronounced SHAWN-a-key) Scottish cuisine (think haggis), kids educational activities and a tried-and-true musical favorite, the Scottish rock band, Mother Grove. Admission to Missouri Tartan Days is free. All events are family friendly and open to the general public. Gates open at 5pm on Friday, April 4, and at 10am on Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6.

Rec-Plex Adds SilverSneakers® Fitness Program The St. Peters Rec-Plex is now a participating location for the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness program. This means that Medicare-eligible individuals whose health plan includes SilverSneakers can enjoy the benefits of a basic membership at the Rec-Plex for free. The Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness program is offered by leading Medicare health plans and Medicare Supplement carriers throughout the country. SilverSneakers provides membership for active older adults at participating fitness locations such as the Rec-Plex. Go online to www.silversneakers.com to check to see if your health plan offers SilverSneakers and how you can start using the fitness program. After enrollment, SilverSneakers members can bring in their ID card to the Rec-Plex at 5200 Mexico Rd. to verify their eligibility and get the advantages of a free basic membership at the Rec-Plex. Just bring your RecPlex membership card and SilverSneakers ID card each time you visit the Rec-Plex to enjoy the facility at no cost. SilverSneakers members enjoy Rec-Plex benefits such as an 8,500-square-foot fitness center, indoor rubberized track, swimming, ice skating, free use of towels, locks and basketballs, free group aerobics classes, reduced prices on Rec-Plex

classes, members-only events on Sundays, and more. The Rec-Plex also offers a free Body Basics class that can get new members more familiar with the fitness center’s state-of-the-art equipment. If you’re not a SilverSneak-

ers member, remember that the Rec-Plex offers low membership rates for active older adults. You do not have to be a St. Peters resident to join the Rec-Plex. The Rec-Plex also offers low non-resident rates. Learn more at www.stpetersmo.net/rec-plex.

Calling all Test Drivers Join the Francis Howell High School 2015 & 2016 Parent Clubs for the Ford Drive 4 UR School fundraiser from 9am-3pm on Saturday, April 12 at Mary Emily Bryan Middle School, 605 Independence Road in St. Charles. Take a 5-10 minute test drive of a new Ford vehicle (courtesy of Lou Fusz Ford), and Ford will donate $20 per test drive of each new Ford vehicle driven at this fundraising event. For a $10 donation drivers can take a bonus drive a brand new Ford Mustang. Drivers must be 21 years or older to drive the Mustang. For more information or to pre-register, see the attached flyer or contact the Francis Howell High School Class of 2015 Parents Club at 2015parentclub@gmail.com

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‘Next Year’s Man of Steel’

Center Stage Theatre of St. Charles Community College will present Next Year’s Man of Steel by David Belke, directed by Jeff David, Wednesday-Sunday, April 23-27, in the theater of the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building at SCC. “Next Year’s Man of Steel” is set in 1940 when a struggling and opportunistic writer, Everett Gardner, is given the chance to make a mark in the still infant comic book industry. All he has to do is create a hero, which turns out to be more difficult than he expects. Everett learns that heroes can arise in the most unexpected places. The show will be performed at 7:30pm. Wednesday-Thursday, April 23-24; 8pm Friday-Saturday, April 25-26; and 2pm Sunday, April 27. A school matinee will be performed at 10am April 24. Cast members include: David Smithson as Everett Gardner, Mike McPartland as Simon Reed, Alex Hylton as Sheldon Kurtzberg and Mikayla Sherfy as Ramona Reed. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and non-SCC students and free for SCC students with ID. Tickets will be offered at a special reduced price of $5 for everyone on Budget Wednesdays. To purchase tickets, visit www.stchastickets.com or call the SCC Box Office at 636.922.8050. For additional information, visit www.stchas.edu/centerstage. St. Charles Community College is located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. For information, email accessibilityservice@stchas.edu.

Painting Address Numbers on Curbs Not Recommended

Some residents in St. Peters have reported that solicitors are selling a service to paint address numbers on curbs. The City of St. Peters does not recommend nor endorse painting address numbers on curbs in front of homes, and the City is unaffiliated with solicitors selling this service. Be aware that emergency agencies prefer that address numbers be placed on the front of the home near the front door or above a garage door that is visible from the street. Numbers painted on the curb can be blocked by vehicles and other obstacles, including snow and ice in the winter. If a solicitor selling curb address numbers claims an affiliation with the City of St. Peters, please contact the St. Peters Citizen Action Center. The number is 636.477.6600, ext. 1225, for AT&T customers and 636.278.2244, ext. 1225, for CenturyLink customers.

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O’Fallon Family YMCA Recognizes Community Supporters

Cesar Silva, Operational Vice President, YMCA of Greater St. Louis; Jimmy Marshall, Business Manager, Marshall Ford; Kevin Thompson, board chair, O’Fallon Family YMCA; Mark Hollander, board member, O’Fallon Family YMCA; and Shelly Norkaitis, Associate Executive, O’Fallon Family YMCA. The children are students in the O’Fallon Y’s preschool. Photo courtesy of the O’Fallon Family YMCA

Recently the board, staff and members at the O’Fallon Family YMCA recognized Marshall Ford’s $9,000 donation to the Strong Community Campaign with a banner in its lobby. Jimmy Marshall, business manager, was present for the banner reveal. “We serve many of the same people right here in this community,” said Leo Marshall, dealer principal at Marshall Ford. “We believe in the Y’s work and are happy to support what the Y does to serve our neighbors.” The Strong Community Campaign is the Y’s

annual effort to raise funds so individuals and families in the surrounding community can participate in Y programs, ranging from membership to child care to day camp. Marshall Ford has been a Y supporter for many years and is pleased to contribute to the campaign at this level. “We are extremely grateful for this generous gift from Marshall Ford,” said Cesar Silva, operational vice president for the YMCA of Greater St. Louis. “Partners like Marshall Ford help us fulfill our mission of creating healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

Lindenwood University to Host Best Places to Work Seminar Lindenwood University, a 2014 St. Louis Business Journal Best Places to Work finalist, has been selected by Quantum Workplace as one of three locations nationwide to host a seminar detailing how great corporate cultures are built. The event, Winning with Culture: Learning from America’s “Best Places to Work,” will take place from 8:30-11:30am on Wednesday, April 23, in Harmon Hall’s

Dunseth Auditorium on the St. Charles campus. The seminar will be hosted by Quantum Workplace presenters Jason Lauritsen, director of the Best Places to Work program, and David Weisser, director of research and advisory services. The duo will discuss what it means to become a Best Place to Work in the eyes of employees and how the goal is beneficial to a company’s bottom line.

Detailed case studies will be examined to help attendees learn the most important components of creating an engaging workplace. Insights into how to apply those components will also be covered. Quantum Workplace manages more than 40 Best Places to Work programs across the United States. The organization annually collects and analyzes nearly two million employee engagement survey responses from more than 5,000 companies each year. The cost to attend the Best Places to Work seminar is $199 before Friday, April 18, and $299 after April 18. To register or for more information, visit www.Eventbrite.com and search for Quantum Workplace.


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Papa Murphy’s Ribbon Cutting

Photo courtesy of Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Owners Dannie Metzger, Karen Metzger and Dhari Pearson celebrated the grand opening of their Papa Murphy’s Franchise with a ribbon cutting on Monday, March 24. Joining Dannie, Karen and Dhari were family, friends, employees, St. Charles City Councilman Ron Stiveson, Board members and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.

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St. Charles County Government Receives Financial Reporting Honor The Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting has been awarded to St. Charles County Government by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2012. The Certificate of Achievement was presented to Director of Finance Bob Schnur. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. St. Charles County Government has received this honor every fiscal year since 1989. The

CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. “St. Charles County Government prides itself on sound financial planning and controlled spending of taxpayer dollars. This achievement is an honor for the Finance Department and for County government as a whole,” said St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, Ill., and Washington D.C.

ActOn Dentistry Kid Friendly By Amanda Meyer With two conveniently located offices in Ballwin and Wentzille and a full team of dental professionals led by Dr. Matt Slaven, D.D.S., M.S.D., ActOn Dentistry is a kidfriendly dental practice for the whole family. Their hygienists, dental assistants, and office staff are dedicated to providing patients excellent service. From routine checkups and cleanings to fillings, crowns, implants, and even the most complex dental issues, the ActOn Dentistry team can serve a family’s unique needs. They provide personalized care in a friendly and comfortable environment. They can manage a wide range of dental procedures in-house, which provides their patients the convenience of many levels of care under one roof. It is important for the entire family to be seen by their family dentist at least twice a year, especially children—either before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday to prevent future dental problems. Dr. Matt Slaven offers over a decade of experience in general dentistry and periodontics. He graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University

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of Michigan in 2002. He also received a Master of Dental Surgery (M.S.D.) in Periodontics from Indiana University in 2006. Dr. Slaven is certified by the State of Missouri in General Dentistry and Periodontics. He also has certifications from the American Board of Periodontology and the Northeast Regional Board in local anesthesia. He continues to keep up to date with continuing education courses on oral plastic surgery, esthetic crowns, and other topics. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and the American Academy of Periodontology. Dr. Alicia Fields joined ActOn Dentistry’s Wentzville office in 2013. A Missouri native, Dr. Fields graduated from the University of Missouri -- Kansas City School of Dentistry in 2008. Aside from her background in private practice, she has also practice in a nonprofit dental clinic in the Central West End, providing underprivileged children with quality dental care. Dr. Fields resides in Wentzville, Missouri with her husband and their three sons. Dr. Sarah Graesser joined ActOn Dentistry’s Ballwin office in 2013. She is a St. Louis native and a 2013 graduate of Marquette University School of Dentistry where

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Dr. Fields works with children to build positive oral hygiene habits.

she earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery. At Marquette, Dr. Graesser served as tutor for the National Board Dental Examination and was a teaching assistant for “Preclinical Removable Prosthodontics.” ActOn Dentistry also does community outreach events. Proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques are demonstrated to children and of course, give out free toothbrushes. These events provide a fun, positive experience with their dentists and staff, which can lead to a lifetime of great oral hygiene. See ActOn Dentistry at the

upcoming “Wild about Fitness” event from 8-noon on Saturday, April 5 at Wright City High School. ActOn Dentistry’s offices in Wentzville and Ballwin both have evening hours and are currently accepting new patients. ActOn Dentistry accepts all major insurances and has a discount program for those without insurance. For more information visit their website at www.actondentistry.com. To set up an appointment, call their Wentzville office at 636.327.5600 or their Ballwin office at 636.391.9904.


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Holt Senior Receives Full Tuition Lindenwood University to Participate in Scholarship Innovative STEM Education Program

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Holt High School senior Anna Weeden has been named the recipient of a Presidential Scholarship from Columbia College. The scholarship covers four years of tuition at the institution and is valued at $83, 744. Anna was surprised in class at Holt by representatives from Columbia College with the news. “I am so excited and unbelievably surprised,” Anna shared after the announcement. “I can’t believe this happened. I want to thank both of my parents, Mr. Waters and all my teachers for their support and guidance.” Anna is the daughter of Cynthia and John Weeden of Lake Saint Louis. She was awarded the 4-year full tuition scholarship based on her application and interviews conducted on campus. Over 150 incoming freshmen applied for the scholarship and only five are awarded full tuition.

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Lindenwood University has committed to partnering with Matter, a local organization dedicated to advancing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers, to introduce the Academy of Racing Science to middle schools throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. The innovative program brings STEM curricula to life for secondary school students through interactive experiences at Pole Position Raceway in St. Louis, Mo. “Our team set out to find activities that young people like to do on weekends and build STEM curricula around them,” said Brad Nuccio, president of Matter. “We discovered Pole Position Raceway and knew it was perfect. Kids were completely engaged and our Lindenwood University partners immediately saw the opportunity to create real-world science experiences around racing.” As part of the partnership, key Lindenwood faculty members will work with Matter and STEM educators to develop lesson plans related to Missouri Learning Standards and Next Generation Science Standards STEM curricula. Students from participating schools will then apply those lessons through hands-on activities at Pole Position Raceway. “Students at the middle school level are typically exposed to STEM subjects through primarily classroom learning, which may not be sufficient in itself anymore moving forward,” said Terry Stewart, EdD, assistant dean of educational leadership at Lindenwood. “The Academy of Racing Science is something new that will expose students to authentic learning experiences designed to inspire their interest in STEM subjects and encourage their consideration of careers in those fields.” The program will be piloted at Pole Position Raceway, 8800 Watson Road in St. Louis, from 5:30-7:30pm. on Wednesday, April 2. Thirtyfive teachers, 11 principals, and four superintendents are registered to participate. A second test program will take place in early May for 60 students and their teachers. “We will take students and instructors through an example lesson, they’ll go out on

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the track and drive the lesson, and then we’ll gather their feedback,” said Stewart. “The goal is to make any necessary adjustments before full implementation of the initiative takes place across all participating schools in fall 2014.” Stewart said approximately 2,500 middle school-aged students are expected to participate in the program during the 2014-2015 academic year, a number that will likely grow to more than 3,000 students the following year. Participants will likely come from the Fort Zumwalt, St. Charles, Lindbergh, and Webster Groves School Districts. Lindenwood faculty members will conduct ongoing evaluations of the project to assess changes in student awareness regarding the application of STEM concepts and to report on possible STEM instructor preparation modifications. To learn more about the Academy of Racing Science, contact Nuccio at nuccio@whywematter.org or 303.396.9200. For more information about Lindenwood’s involvement in the program, contact Stewart at tstewart@lindenwood. edu or 636.94.4656.

Local Student to Compete in Mining Competition Katie Beardslee will participate in the 36th annual Intercollegiate Mining Competition that will be held April 2-6 at Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla. Forty-two teams from the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada and the United Kingdom will compete in the events.

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Beardslee, a sophomore in mining engineering from O’Fallon, Mo., is a member of women’s team B. This year, six teams from Missouri S&T will compete. Last year, S&T’s women’s team lost a first-place tie-breaker to Colorado School of Mines to place second. The S&T men’s

team A placed third and the university’s alumni teams placed first and third in their respective divisions. In 2012, S&T’s two women’s teams placed first and third, and the men’s team A placed second. A muck pile is the debris left over from a mining blast. Mucking events are based on mining techniques used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students compete in timed events like gold panning, surveying, hand-mucking, hand-steeling, trackstanding, Swede sawing and jackleg drilling. First held in 1978, the games were created to honor 91 miners who died in a fire at Idaho’s Sunshine Mine in 1972. The competition celebrates traditional mining practices and helps create a global community of mining students. Mining colleges and universities around the world rotate hosting the International Intercollegiate Mining Games. Last year’s games were held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.


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Movie

“Bad Words”

Though very talented, Jason Bateman has made poor film choices as of late, especially the one serving as his directorial debut. Bad Words contains an interesting premise, but neither Bateman nor his cast of characters are able to elevate this story beyond the bland and tasteless. Bateman plays Guy Trilby, a 40-something grade school dropout who crashes spelling bees intended for children. Thanks to a loophole in the rules, the middle-aged man competes despite the protests of the parents of the other spellers. Trilby has a hidden

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agenda, one that requires him to make it all the way to the national championships. A directorial debut should be memorable for all the right reasons. People will remember Bad Words because it is such a cinematic train wreck, however. Bateman has done better work (Hancock, Horrible Bosses), so it is surprising that he chose this material. Bad Words fails because no one in the entire film is likeable. Even Chaitanya Chopra, the wide-eyed speller played by Rohan Chand, possesses serious character flaws. That’s unfortunate because his interactions with Guy Trilby provide the only high points in the story. Separated by a few generations, the two spellers actually bond when Guy isn’t calling him “Slumdog” or other offensive terms. In the past, Bateman played many likeable characters, but there is nothing redeemable about Guy Trilby. He is on some kind of revenge mission, but he makes everyone’s life miserable in the process. He is especially mean to his young competitors, commenting on their weight and impending puberty in order to throw them off their game. Though Bateman assembled a topnotch supporting cast, even they seem uncomfortable in their roles. Allison Janney, so good in last year’s The Way Way Back, stumbles as educator and former spelling champion Dr. Bernice Deagan. Character actor Philip Bowman

also looks lost as Dr. Bowman, the man who underwrites the spelling bee. Kathryn Hahn has some nice moments, though, as reporter Jenny Widgeon. Financing Guy’s spelling bee mission, Jenny hopes to learn more about his reasons for disrupting a children’s event. Jenny has some serious demons, though, and finds herself drawn to the distasteful Guy for all the wrong reasons. In a word, Bad Words is bad, plain and simple. There are far better films (Akeelah and the Bee) which beautifully capture the emotional flavor of spelling bees. Bateman’s directorial debut just leaves a bad taste in the mouth and a strong desire to flee the theater. Bad Words, is rated R for crude and sexual content, language, and brief nudity, and is currently playing in theaters. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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Sports

Gary Baute Rams Get Three Extra Picks The St. Louis Rams were awarded a sixth round pick and two seventh round compensatory selections in the 2014 NFL Draft that will be held in early May. The Rams now hold a total of 12 selections in the draft: two in the first round, one each in round two through five, two in the sixth and four in the seventh. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four from the previous year’s free agency period. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. In 2013, the Rams added veteran free agents Jake Long and Jared Cook, while four St. Louis veterans signed with other teams: Danny Amendola, Craig Dahl, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Gibson and Rob Turner. * Not a bad problem to have Chill Ends Season Almost Setting a Record The St. Charles hockey Chill ended their first year of play with a lot of love shown by their fans. 6,542

fans came out to support the Chill for their inaugural season finale. Unfortunately the visiting Quad City Mallards spoiled the party and dominated the game winning 5-0. The Chill finished the season 11-49, with 26 points. Head coach Jamie Rivers, former St. Louis Blues player, and the Chill organization wants to thank all the fans and sponsors for a great inaugural season. For more information on the St. Charles Chill, visit www.stcharleschill.com. * Congrats on the inaugural season St. Louis Attack Indoor Football Team Start Season on a High Note The St. Louis Attack play their home games at the Family Arena and compete in the X-League Indoor Football. Over 4,000 fans witnessed the first game of the Attack as they won their season opener over the visiting Georgia Rampage 46-34. The home teams’ defense looked good on paper during training camp and they lived up to the expectations in game play. The Attack had a totaling six forced turnovers during the tilt. The Attack defensive backs intercepted five passes to put the ball back in the hands of the offense. “Antonio Tee O Nelson came up big with timely interceptions,” Head Coach Chris McKinney said of his defense. “The defense as a unit kept us in it. When the offense faltered, I knew I could rely on our D to keep us in the game.” At the end of the first quarter the Attack led the Rampage 18-0. Lindenwood University product running back Darryl Grady Jr. impressed the fans and coaches with four touchdowns to-

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tal and was an unstoppable force around the end zone. “Grady ran the ball hard and didn’t take a wrong read all night,” stated McKinney, “He was rewarded from all his hard work and heart this week in practice. Grady did everything we asked of him and that is why he got the ball around the goal line all night.” It was not a run away for the Attack, as the Rampage had fourth down with eight seconds remaining. A touchdown by the visiting team would have tied the game, because the X Ball league rules state that points are doubled in the game’s final minute, but the defense came up big with the support of the Attack fans and picked off DeMarcus Simons for their fifth interception of the game. The next home game is against the Flordia Marine Raiders on Friday, April 11. *And so it begins Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

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

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That dandypandy is back, the black and white all over star made famous by author Jon J. Muth. This time the wise zen-bear shares a year’s worth of haikus in Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons. The book begins by highlighting the golden hues of autumn, “Are you dreaming of new clothes,” and ends with lush, warm summer moments, “… Up with the kite! Send the moon to bed!” In between, panda robustly rejoices in what each season offers in the company of a little girl and boy equally as adorable as their buddy. In spring they relish “Reading aloud a favorite book, an audience of sparrows.” And in the summer “Water catches every thrown stone, skipskip splash!” Simple activities are treasures rarified in the hands of Muth, a master of exquisite watercolor and eloquent words.

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More protein per ounce The perfect addition to snack or mealtime, dairy foods offer a convenient way to add the protein needed to help you achieve your fitness goals. While helping your body build and repair muscle, as well regulate metabolism, it also keeps you satisfied longer. In fact, just one serv-

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Rainbow Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

Long hailed as sweetly satisfying, watermelon may not be the first tasty fruit that comes to mind when you’re thinking nutrition. But in fact, watermelon is not only a perfect on-the-go snack to satisfy your sweet tooth, it’s also incredibly healthy. Watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene, an antioxidant, than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. It’s also is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as providing vitamin B6 and potassium. A sweet family favorite Health benefits aside, the crisp, sugary flavor of watermelon makes it a favorite for kids and adults alike, especially during the warmer months. Its firm texture makes watermelon ideal for a variety of recipes, many of which are a natural fit with today’s busy households. Thinking beyond traditional chunks or balls, there are many ways to incorporate watermelon into your favorite grab-and-go foods, from smoothies and breakfast push-up-pops to sandwiches and wraps to juicy, frozen desserts. Get everyone in the kitchen To create your own watermelon snacks on the go, gather the kids and let your imaginations run wild. Or, get started with these recipes from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Add some sweetness to your morning and try Breakfast Push Pops for a hands-on treat kids will love. Watermelon Slice Popsicles are an easy, fun take on a traditional watermelon slice, and the built-in “handle” makes cleanup a breeze. For more recipes and a section dedicated to kids’ learning and games, visit www.watermelon.org.

Servings: 6 • Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 6 straws (8-inches or longer) 6 ounces Monterey cheese, cut into 18 cubes 1/2 cup strawberry halves 1/2 cup cantaloupe, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 1/2 cup pineapple, cut into 3/4-inch cubes 1 kiwifruit, peeled and cut into 6 pieces 1/4 cup blueberries 6 purple grapes Directions: To make a rainbow for each kabob, thread onto a straw a piece of cheese, a strawberry halve, a cantaloupe cube, a pineapple cube, another piece of cheese, a piece of kiwi, 2 blueberries, a grape and another piece of cheese. Repeat pattern with remaining straws.

Breakfast Push Pops Ingredients: Diced watermelon chunks Yogurt of choice Granola Push pop molds, sold at most restaurant supply stores Directions: Layer watermelon, yogurt and granola into molds and top with yogurt and watermelon chunks. Optional: Freeze push pop molds for breakfast on the go.

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Send your event to editor@mycnews.com and we'll print it! EVENTS April 4: Scripture Reading 7pm, Hackmann Road Church of Christ, 2460 Hackmann Road in St. Charles. For more information visit www. hackmannchurch.com April 5: St. Charles American Legion Post 312 Dance . 6-midnight, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. Music by Cowboy Chris at 7pm, $5 per person. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call Post 312 at 636.947.7666. April 8: Mended Hearts Support Group Meeting. 6:30pm, BJC St. Peters in the medical building, #6 Jungerman Circle. This month the speaker will be talking on the emergency room and cath lab. April 11: The Crisis Nursery Children’s Book Drive 8am-7pm, Providence Bank, 295 Salt Lick Road in St. Peters.

April 12: Easter Egg Hunt Event. 10am-noon, Founders Park, 7 Freymuth Road in Lake St. Louis. Free event will include an Easter egg hunt for children under 10, and much more. For more information call 636.561.4620 or visit www.lakesaintlouis.com. April 12: 9th Annual Progress South Elementary Family Fun Run 5K/1 mile. 8:30am, 201 Knaust Road in St. Peters. Prizes awarded to top finishers in each age group, proceeds benefit Special Ed Dept, register online at events.bigriverrunning. com/pse5K. April 16: Free Financial Education-Your Own Home 6:30pm, O’Fallon Family YMCA, 3451 Pheasant Meadow Drive in O’Fallon. PNC Bank and The O’Fallon Family YMCA provide monthly Free Financial Education courses for members of the community. For additional information including a list of topics please call PNC Bank at 636.272.2449.

April 16: Free Financial Education-Your Own Home 6:30pm, O’Fallon Family YMCA, 3451 Pheasant Meadow Drive in O’Fallon. PNC Bank and The O’Fallon Family YMCA provide monthly Free Financial Education courses for members of the community. For additional information including a list of topics please call PNC Bank at 636.272.2449.

Wednesdays beginning May 28; Men 55 and over softball league in St. Charles County. 5pm, Kiwanis field by 370 and Elm Street in St. Charles. Now accepting applications for the 2014 season, starts on May 28 and continues for 12 weeks For costs and to register call 636.281.0891.

April 17: Maundy Thursday: A Labyrinth of Faith 7pm, St. John United Church of Christ, 405 S Fifth Street in St. Charles. For more information call 636.946.0961 or visit www.stjohnucc.org.

Now-April 6: M.F.A Art Exhibition, Jim Chelboun Landscapes & others Monday-Friday noon-9pm, The Boyle Family Gallery, J. Schiedegger Center for the Arts, 2300 West Clay Street in St. Charles. For more information call 636.949.4433 or visit www.lindenwood.edu/center/

Friday, April 18: St. John Music Ministry presents The Weeping Tree by Joseph Martin. 7pm, St. John United Church of Christ, 405 S Fifth Street in St. Charles. For more information call 636.946.0961 or visit www.stjohnucc.org. April 19: Scripture Reading 11am, Hackmann Road Church of Christ, 2460 Hackmann Road in St. Charles. For more information visit www. hackmannchurch.com May 4: Jardin du Lac Garden Club Plant Sale 8am-noon in front of the Lake St Louis CA building. One free 1 quart plant for every $25 spent.

Ongoing Events

Every Friday, Now-April 11: Fairmount Baptist Church Fish Fry 3-7pm, Fairmount Baptist Church, 2299 Howell Road, St. Peters. All you care to eat meal. Bring two canned good receive a dollar off adult meal. For more information, please call 636.498.4475 1st Monday: Gardeners of St. Charles County Monthly Meeting 6:30pm. Location varies. 314.304.7480. 4th Monday: American Legion Post 388 Meets 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553.

Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary Club Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. www.stpetersrotary.org. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Fitness First Exercise Classes 9:30-10:30am, American Legion Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314.369.6521. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30pm at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563. 2nd Tuesday: Show-me Stitchers Embroiderer’s Guild of America 7pm at the Ladue Chapel. Info: www.showmestitchers.com. Last Tuesday of every month, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 spaghetti dinner. 5pm, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. $5 per person. For more information call Post 312 at 636.947.7666. 4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club 6:30pm at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon-1pm at Bogey Hills Country Club, 1120 Country Club Rd. in St.Charles. Every Tuesday: St. Charles Optimist Club Noon-1pm at Pio’s Restaurant. Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4pm Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7pm at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505.

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This Months Shelter: The St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Drive • St. Peters Mo 63366 • 636.949.7387 (PETS) www.almosthomesanctuary.org Open M-F 10-5, Wednesdays 10-6:30, Saturdays 10-4 If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pet’s background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or editor@ mycnews.com.

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


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • April 2, 2014 Every Tuesday: Gateway Spotlight ChorUS 7:15-9:45pm at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. Info: www.gatewayspotlight.org or 636.256.6823.

Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. 636.980.1777.

Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 8-9am & 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 636-928-1928.

Every Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA 7-7:55pm Any level. Info: 636.928.1928.

Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes 9-10am and 5:30-6:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall, New Melle. 314.369.6521. Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10am Free. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10am Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379. Every Wednesday: Men’s Golf League 5pm, tee off at 5:30 pm at Heritage of Hawk Ridge. www.lakesaintlouis.com, under the parks and recreation section. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45pm VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. 636.272.1945 or www.vfwpost5077.org. Every Wednesday. Kiwanis Club of Harvester monthly meeting. Noon, Fratelli’s Restorante, 2061 Zumbehl Road in St Charles. For more information, please contact kellenj@ATT.net

2nd & 4th Thursday: Alexander Chapter 242/Eastern Star St. Charles Masonic Lodge, 2051 Collier Corporate Parkway, St. Charles. 636.577.0056. Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10am at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306, andreacrislip@gmail.com or www.lslmothersclub.com. Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8pm VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Friday through April 11: Fairmount Baptist Church Fish Fry 3-7pm, Fairmount Baptist Church, 2299 Howell Road, St. Peters. All you care to eat meal. Bring two canned good receive a dollar off adult meal. For more information, please call 636.498.4475 Every Friday, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 charity bingo

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Dealers Square Dance 7pm. Blanchette Park, 1900 W Randolph St. www.squaredancestcharles.com.

Every Saturday: Chess 8-11am or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters.

Every second Sunday: St. Charles American Legion Post 312 Church Breakfast. 8am-noon, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. $5, choose from biscuits and gravy or pancakes, both served with eggs and sausage. For more information, call Post 312 at 636.947.7666.

Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30am in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Peaceful Puppy Mill Protest 11am - 12:30pm at Petland, 6131 Ronald Reagan Drive, Lake St. Louis. banmo.puppymills@yahoo.com. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30pm, doors open at 4pm. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). www.wentzvillefleamarket.org or www.facebook.com/wentzvillecommunity-club. 1st & 3rd Saturday: St Peters Square Dance Club Dances 6:30pm. 1st United Methodist Church, 801 First Capital Dr. www.squaredancestcharles.com. 2nd Sunday: Moscow Mills Lions Breakfast 7am - noon, September - April. Moscow Community Center, Hwy C. $7/adult, $4/child, under 6 free. www.e-clubhouse.org/ sites/moscowmills.

CHURCH Northside Church of Christ Free Correspondence Bible Course: Call for more information, 636.293.5030. Operation Backpack: United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food to at-risk children over the weekend. 636.327.6377 Every Tuesday: Ministry To Men: Men’s Introductory Bible Discussion Groups 7am at United Methodist Church, 725 N. Wall St., Wentzville. Groups are interdenominational

and beginners as well as “old timers” are welcome. 636.698.5598 or 636.625.3447. 3rd Tuesday: Luncheon for Seniors 11am - 2pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd., 636.561.8951 2nd Wednesday: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell, 636.673.2144. HEALTH Cancer Survivor Fitness Program Free for all cancer patients and survivors. A 12-week program with trained instructors to help participants regain energy and improve stamina. St. Charles County Family YMCA, 636-928-1928. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Available with a doctor’s order. 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. Available with a doctor’s order only. Registration: 636.949.9600 Info: 636.947.5163.

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Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of St. Peters 6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters). 636.328.4941. Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45am Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: www.ofkiwanis. com.

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Over the Fence

Joe Morice Meth vs Employment After I read about the big meth lab bust almost next door to a school and viewed mug shots of the six perpetrators, I wondered why so many people resort to this sort of thing. Meth is a dangerous drug for the users as well as the producers. It’s extremely addictive and the chemicals used can blow a lab into orbit. Why would anyone try such a risky undertaking? If I were one of those six people making Methamphetamines in my house near a school, how would I have convinced the other five to aid and abet especially since they had to know there were small children living there? Don’t they have jobs that pay enough to get along without risking serious prison time? If only Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were here to investigate… “Ah hah! Jobs are a major clue, Watson. The game is afoot! Get your coat.” “What do you mean, Holmes? Meth makers don’t want jobs…or do they? Are you saying it isn‘t just greed that drives them?” “It’s possible, Watson. The national minimum wage is $7.25. Many believe it should be raised to $15 per hour. It may almost be enough to live on and I repeat,

almost. Previous generations of teenagers worked for minimum wages until they could get jobs in factories where workers earned enough to support families albeit, frugally. They knew chances of getting rich without college degrees were slim. Presently, workers with college degrees are working in fast foods, retail chains and such for minimum wages. Inspector Lestrade believes youngsters without degrees are left with sponging off parents or selling drugs. Illegal drugs are all about the money…tons of it for the foreign producers, smugglers and high echelon pushers. Meth, being one of the most addictive illegal substances around, doesn’t have to rely on those criminals except for occasional local pushers but the lab next to a school didn’t require them. They only needed someone to answer the door and sell the product to dozens of kids from the school down the street.” “But Holmes, where do the kids get money to buy meth?” “Ask yourself this, Watson; if you were an adolescent from a family with both parents working at good paying jobs, where would you get it?” “I’d probably have a good allowance but what about the kids who don’t have parents with good

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incomes?” “Take a guess Watson.” “I think I’m beginning to see. Now I understand why teenagers mug people in the park but what do we do about this?” “Therein lies the rub, Watson. The choices are few. One is turning the country into a police state by beating down doors and sending anyone suspected of making or selling drugs to prison or the gallows. A second is staying the course. A third option is to send the users to prison and a variation of that was tried back in the sixties. Some of us can remember how well that worked out. Actually, if Americans incarcerated them all now, they may have to build enough prisons to cover a medium size state.” “Are there no workable answers for this riddle?” “Of course, my dear Watson, but bounty hunting went out with horse drawn wagons. We‘re left with finding something even more elusive than Professor Moriarty. Now please get your coat.” “Are we searching for meth labs?” “No, Watson, We’re searching for employers.” “Capital, Holmes! I love the far East.” “I meant good-paying US employers, Watson.” “Oh. Forget it Holmes. We had better stick with Moriarty.”

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Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts. The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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CNSTC: April 2, 2014