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April 18, 2012

Vol 14

July 13, 2011

No 16

Vol 13 No 28

Operation Food Search needs funds to stay in its current building, or a new warehouse space.

Operation Warehouse By Shelly A. Schneider

IN this Issue

The organization’s mission is simple – serve those in need. Operation Food Search does just that. In fact, it serves more than 24,000 people a month by supplying food to 30 food pantries in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties. In order to continue serving those in need, Operation Food Search needs a helping hand. Denny Gladieux, community relations director for Operation Food Search’s St. Charles Distribution Center, said the lease on the organization’s current warehouse expires on May 31, 2012. The distribution center is located in O’Fallon. “We either need funds to carry on in the building that we’re in, or move to a new warehouse,” Gladieux said. “We’d rather stay here, if at all possible.” The owner of the current warehouse, he said, is extremely generous, but he needs rent money. “He’s already discounted the amount of the lease payment,” Gladieux said. “It’s $4,500 per month. We prefer to stay where we are. We feel we can serve this community better by having a distribution center in the heart of the county.” O’Fallon, he said, is centrally located and the warehouse is close to I-70. “Beggars can’t be choosers,” he said. “If there’s a building (that meets our needs) and we can get it for two to five years, we’ll move.” Operation Food Search, founded in 1981, is the largest distributor of free food in the St. Louis bi-state region. With a network of 265 agencies (food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens) over 120,000 people are provided food assistance each month. Almost half of those served are children. “We opened a second distribution center out here in 2008, because of the higher gas prices,” Gladieux said. “People would have to drive to U-City to get food. Fifty percent of the food pantries we serve wouldn’t be able to do that because it would cost too much.” Karen Gladieux, community outreach coordinator for the St. Charles Distribu-

Volunteers pack weekend food backpacks at Operation Food Search.

tion Center, said St. Charles County is an amazing community. “It’s the most caring community,” she said. “If you ask any of the food pantries we serve, they’ll tell you the impact of having a distribution center in the county.” One of the organization’s programs, Operation Backpack, provides food to at-risk children on weekends when they are away from the free breakfast and lunch program at school. “We started in September 2010 with 36 kids,” Gladieux said of the program that currently serves the Wentzville School District. “In May of 2011, we had 200 kids. Today, I’m packing 425 backpacks, and that’s just in the Wentzville school district. Other school districts are asking for our aid, too.” In order to keep providing food to area food pantries, serving 24,000 residents each month, and providing children with food each weekend, Operation Food Search needs your help. “Operation Food Search has been awarded $150,000 Missouri NAP credits,” Denny Gladieux said. “We can offer equivalent NAP credit to qualified mon-

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etary donations.” Ch. 147 – Corporate Franchise Tax The Missouri Department of EconomCh. 148 – Bank Tax, Insurance Premiic Development will issue 50 percent tax um Tax, Other Financial Institution Tax credit to an eligible Missouri taxpayer Ch. 153 – Express Companies Tax who makes a qualified contribution. The Missouri NAP credits have a five This tax credit can be applied to: year carry forward special attribute. All Ch. 143 – Income tax, excluding withSee OPERATION page 4 holding tax

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O’Fallon Theatreworks Presents: Annie Jr.

Performances will be held on April 20-22 and 27-29. Annie Jr. is a one-act Broadway musical by Thomas Meehan, with music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. Based on the 1930’s comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, the musical follows the adventures of a red-headed, 11-year old girl trying to escape from an orphanage. All she has of her past is a locket and a note from her parents promising to return for her. With Annie’s endearing spunkiness, a cast of colorful characters and memorable music (“Tomorrow”, “Maybe”, “It’s a Hard Knock Life”), Annie Jr. appeals to audiences of all ages. Performances are held at O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri. Shows begin at 8 p.m., except on Sundays when they start at 2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Prices range from $8 - $12. Children 5 and under are free. Ask about discounts for groups of 20 or more. Tickets will be available at the Parks and Recreation Office and the Renaud Spirit Center. Tickets are also available by phone using VISA or MasterCard. Please call 636.379.5606 or 636.474.2REC. For more information, contact Darren Granaas, O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Coordinator, at 636.474.8150 or dgranaas@ofallon.mo.us.

The Foundry Art Centre Announces Fourth Family Culture Day Event Presented By PNC Arts Alive The Foundry Art Centre is hosting the fourth Family Culture Day event from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. The Family Culture Day event will feature live music performances by Tumbao Tropical, cultural dances performed by Venezuela Dance Group, Corazones Mexicanos and La Morena y Octavio Nieto, and ethnic cuisine by Sombreros Authentic Mexican Cuisine & Sports Saloon. There will also be cultural displays, artwork by Latino artists Alejandra Cuartas, Polo Ramirez and Delia Dorantes featured in the Grand Hall, as well as hands-on art activities for children. The performance schedule for the day, celebrating local Latino cultural and artistic contributions, includes:

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• Tumbao Tropical band – three performances at 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. • Corazones Mexicanos Children’s Mexican dance troupe at 1 p.m. • La Morena y Octavio Nieto dance troupe at 2 p.m. • Venezula Dance Group at 3 p.m. Family Culture Days will feature something new in 2012 – a Mexican “Rebozo” fashion show by Leticia (Letty) Seitz at 3:30 p.m. The “rebozo” has a history that goes back many centuries. The rebozo (the word comes from the verb rebozar, meaning to cover up) is a multi-purpose covering woven of cotton, silk or wool. Seitz said, “The Mexican rebozo, or shawl, is an intricate and very beautiful piece of work. It is also a definitive garment, as no other country makes them quite the way Mexico does.” The fashion show will feature women wearing a variety of rebozos with daytime and evening wear. It will culminate with a wedding dress made from three rebozos, which Seitz recently brought back from Mexico. The Family Culture Days series at the Foundry Art Centre is presented by PNC Arts Alive - a twoyear, $1 million initiative from The PNC Foundation that supports visual and performing arts groups, with the goal of increasing arts access and engagement in new and innovative ways. For more information about the upcoming Family Culture Days events, please contact Amy at 636.255.0270 or amy@foundryartcentre.org.

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Wentzville Police Officer Honored

The Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County recently created a new program to publicly recognize a Wentzville Police Officer of the Quarter. Members of the Wentzville Police Department will nominate and vote on a fellow officer to receive the honor. The first officer to be recognized under the program is Officer Paul Burkemper. Officer Burkemper, being aware of the vacancy in the Code Enforcement Division of the Building Department, took it upon himself to develop and maintain a book on derelict vehicles. While completing his normal duties, he kept up on all the derelict vehicles he found. He also worked with the IT department, which resulted in the addition of a derelict vehicle identifier computer program to aid in correlating and keeping records on these calls. Over the past six months, Officer Burkemper has issued more than 100 summonses for these vehicles. He has identified 172 issues in total. He started a positive dialog with the citizens and worked with many to correct these problems before the issuance of a summons became necessary. Thanks to Officer Burkemper, these derelict vehicles have been removed from our community. For more information on the Wentzville Police Department, please visit www.wentzvillemo. org. For more information on the Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County, please visit www.wscckiwanis.org.

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Len Pagano Have you been out to St. Peters’ 370 Lakeside Park? It’s hard to believe the new park has been open nearly a year now. Every time I go to 370 Lakeside Park I see lots of people enjoying it. I’ve also seen license plates from all over the country using our new RV park. Its convenient location right off the highway makes it a great stopover point for travelers, but the amenities the park offers also makes it a great weekend getaway for nearby residents. We’ve got a lot to offer. Bring your fishing pole, your boat, your bike, a kite, your camping gear, a picnic basket, or just bring yourself. The new 300-acre park sits around a 140-acre recreational stocked lake. You can fish from the banks of the lake or from your own boat. We welcome canoes, kayaks, sailboats and other nonmotorized boats or boats with trolling motors. We also rent kayaks, canoes, paddleboats and sea cycles at the check-in station near the marina. The new park is a great place to get out and exercise in the great outdoors. We have four miles

St. Peters Mayor of trails surrounding the lake and we also have bicycles available to rent. At 300 acres, 370 Lakeside Park is easily our biggest park, with an area equal to the size of 225 football fields. Currently we have 50 RV sites and primitive camping sites, a playground, sand volleyball area and an ADA accessible boat dock. Our goal when planning this wonderful new park was to provide as many amenities as possible to appeal to a cross-section of our residents. As we continue to develop the park in the coming years, you can look forward to park pavilions, large playgrounds, campgrounds for organized groups, a sand volleyball site, an archery range, and a dog park. We also plan to host special community celebrations at the new lake. We will be bringing back Celebrate St. Peters at the lake Sept. 14-15 and I have put in my order for great weather this year. Be sure to check the City of St. Peters web site, www.stpetersmo.net, for information on the park and upcoming events. To reach 370 Lakeside Park, take Highway 370 to the Lakeside Blvd./Truman Road exit and head north. The park is right off the highway. Hope to see you there!

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Businesses are eligible to receive NAP credits in exchange for their charitable contribution. Individuals who operate a sole proprietorship, operate a farm, have rental property or have royalty income are also eligible, as well as a shareholder in an S-corporation, a partner in a Partnership or a member of a Limited Liability Corporation. Do you have warehouse space? Preferred warehouse location would be anywhere in St. Charles County with easy access to Highway 70 or Highway 40. This warehouse will serve St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren Counties and could expand as far as Montgomery and Pike Counties. The perfect warehouse space would be 5,000 to 15,000 square feet with 10 percent or less in office space. A two-year lease commitment is necessary. For more information about Operation Food Search and the warehouse needs, please call Denny Gladieux at 636.544.3863, or email denny.gladieux@OperationFoodSearch.org.

Ameren Missouri Donates 32 Trees for Brendan’s Playground

The Brendan’s Playground tree-planting crew - Ameren Missouri staff and family members and Nelson Tree Service staff.

sincerely grateful to Ameren Missouri for providing this outstanding gift of trees, giving the landscaping the finishing touch and making Brendan’s Playground even more inviting,” said O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. “The new trees at Brendan’s Playground will provide spring blossoms, summer shade and autumn colors for people to enjoy for many years to come,” said Bob Deardeuff, Landscape manager for the city of O’Fallon. “The Parks and Recreation Department especially appreciates the help of the generous individuals who gave their time and got their hands dirty www.krekeler.com www.facebook.com/krekelerjewelers planting trees on a busy Saturday morning.” Brendan’s Playground is the City’s universally-accessible playground that opened last fall in Paul A. Westhoff Park, 810 Sheppard Drive (63366). The equipment features ADA-accessible ramps connecting nearly all areas, a variety of climbing structures, steel slides suitable for children with cochlear implants (because the slides do not generate static electricity), a variety of swings so that children of different ages and abilities can swing together, and a set of large, outdoor musical instruments on which kids can improvise tunes.

Brendan’s Playground in Westhoff Park just got shadier, thanks to Ameren Missouri. The corporation donated 32 trees to the park through its Municipal Tree Replacement Program, and Ameren staff members pitched in to get the trees planted. “On behalf of the O’Fallon community, we are

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Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market The Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market (formerly the O’Fallon Farmers & Artists Market) opened on Saturday, April 14. It operates from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through midOctober, rain or shine. The Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market is St. Charles County’s only producer-only market. The market only sells goods that are produced by the vendors themselves within a 100mile radius of the market. On Opening Day the market brings the goods of more than 30 local growers, food-producers, bakers and artisans directly to the community. That number will increase to upwards of 60 throughout the summer as the season’s crops peak. “We are excited that the Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market has chosen The Meadows as its 2012 season location,” said Bridget Geiss, marketing director of The Meadows. “The market brings area residents a convenient way to access locallygrown and produced items, which benefits the entire community. We invite everyone to meet us at The Meadows on Saturdays throughout market season to enjoy the goods local farmers and artisans have to offer.” Market goods include salad greens, fresh honey, asparagus, farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, plants, soaps, hand-crafted jewelry and much more! Free yoga is also available every Saturday on site at the market. Live music, children’s activities and educational programs are also available on market days. A complete list of products and vendors can be found at www.lakestlouisfarmersandartistsmarket.com or on their Facebook page.

Dedication Ceremony for the City of Edwardsville’s “Ryan Garbs Gold Star Memorial Plaza” U.S. Army Ranger Specialist Ryan C. Garbs, of Edwardsville, was killed in Afghanistan on February 17, 2007. His parents, Doug and Jill Garbs of Edwardsville, began building the Ryan C. Garbs Gold Star Monument shortly thereafter. Made of bronze (sculpted by Michele Middleton) and granite (designed by Jerry Lager), and located in downtown Edwardsville’s City Park, the monument features the names of all the Edwardsville area soldiers who have died while in service. The dates extend from World War I to present and include 77 names. A website designed by Inlandesign of Edwardsville, www.ryangarbsgoldstarmemorial.com, contains all

aspects and features of the memorial. The dedication ceremony for the Ryan Garbs Gold Star Memorial Plaza will be held at 10 a.m. On Saturday, April 21, 2012, conducted by Edwardsville Mayor Gary Niebur. Featured speakers, U.S. Congressman John Shimkus and Ill. Senator Bill Haine will address those attending, the Edwardsville Muny Band will provide musical entertainment and Doug and Jill Garbs will read the names of the soldiers on the monument. The public is invited to attend.

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RSC Fitness Festival & fiesta 5K fun Run

Saturday, may 5 ~ Cinco de mayo Enjoy thE RSC faCilitiES fREE all day, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. RSC Fiesta 5K Run at 7:30 a.m. Visit www.renaudspiritcenter.com/5K for details and to register. Costumes are encouraged!

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10% discount on Annual Memberships purchased on May 5!

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4 p.m. (Game at 6:05 p.m.) River City Rascals vs. Rockford RiverHawks

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Reserved seat behind the Rascals’ dugout Buffet before the game Day Pass to the Renaud Sprit Center (up to $7.25 value) $5.00 coupon for an O’Fallon Parks and Rec program First 100 kids to purchase a ticket receive a RSC T-shirt Face painting bounce houses Games, demonstrations and more!

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TBHS to Host Public Forum About Synthetic Drug Use Troy Buchanan High School will host a community forum where citizens can learn more about synthetic drug use in Lincoln County. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 23. “Facing Facts: A Drug Dialogue” will educate parents and open a discussion about the latest dangerous drug trends. A group of representatives and experts will share important information about the use of bath salts, massage powders, jewelry cleaner and synthetic marijuana. Before attending, parents are encouraged to complete an online survey at troy.k12.mo.us. Results will be presented during the event.

Master Gardeners First Annual Plant Sale

The Lincoln County Master Gardeners are hosting their First Annual Plant sale at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 28. The sale will be held at the Valvoline Express Care parking lot, just off of Hwy 47 in Troy. There will be a wide variety of plants for sale, including flowers, vegetables, and houseplants, as well as various garden decorations. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win a gardener’s basket full of tools, seeds and other fun gardening items. The rain date for this event will be May 5, 2012.

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May 5 Is Appliance & Electronic Waste Day The city of Troy, with the help of Midwest Recycling Center (MRC), is sponsoring an appliance and electronic waste recycling event on May 5. Main Street Elementary and Clonts Fields will serve as drop off locations for families wanting to recycle old appliances and any electronic waste, including computers.

MoDOT to Replace Sandy Creek Bridge This year, MoDOT will replace the bridge over Sandy Creek just north of Foley on Highway 79 in Lincoln County. Construction of the bridge is expected to take up to three months, and the road will be closed during this time. A public meeting was held two years ago in Foley to share information and gage public input about closing the road during construction of this bridge and the Lost Creek Bridge in Elsberry. “At that time, we wanted public input about closing the highway in both locations to construct the two bridges at the same time,” said MoDOT Transportation Project Manager Keith Killen. “Feedback indicated the public did not want to close both of them at the same time, so we have split them out a year apart.” The Lost Creek Bridge in Elsberry will be replaced in 2013. Originally, MoDOT planned to replace one or both of the bridges this past summer. However, the slide on MO 79 north of Louisiana became more of an emergent project, and the funds planned to replace the bridges was redirected to relocating MO 79. This project was completed in October 2011. “Because of our challenging funding situation, it really worked out to get 79 north of Louisiana fixed first and move these bridges out a couple of years,” Killen said. “The new bridge will have a wider deck and no truss which inhibits wider loads.” The estimated cost of the bridge is almost two million dollars, and construction should begin in spring. For more information about this project and other transportation-related issues, visit w w w. m o d ot . org / n or t h e a s t or call customer service at 1.888.275.6636.

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“The Three Stooges” Though they have a reputation for over-the-top humor, Peter and Bobby Farrelly typically take a thoughtful approach to their subjects. That is especially true in “The Three Stooges,” a comedy that pays homage to three men whose legacy continues to win over new generations of admirers. In this story, the Stooges are abandoned by their unknown parents and deposited on the steps of an orphanage. Although the boys appear angelic at first to the nuns who operate the facility, it becomes clear that their new charges have a real knack for destruction. Decades pass as the boys wait for loving parents to adopt them. When they are in their thirties, the orphanage faces a large financial deficit and will have to shut down at the end of the month. A determined Moe (Chris Diamantopoulous) and his two friends head off to the big city in order to raise the necessary funds. Surprisingly fresh and funny, “The Three Stooges” actually is a warm and loving tribute to the men who made millions laugh by acting like bickering children. With his signature soup bowl haircut, Chris Diamantopoulous channels his inner Moe Howard to become the new leader of this band of destructive misfits. Finding a good Moe was essential for Peter and Bobby Farrelly. As he was on screen, Moe Howard was the leader of the team in real life as well. For the Stooges, that was a mixed blessing because the conservative Moe was afraid to ask the studio for a raise each year. Moe, his brothers Jerome and Shemp and vaudeville actor Larry Fine also didn’t know how much people loved them until the short films were syndicated on television. In the key role of Curly, Will Sasso captures the moves of the late Jerome Howard without going overboard. Sasso’s per-

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formance makes it easy to see why this comedy troupe is still so beloved. When Jerome had to leave the team because of illness, his replacements, including older brother Shemp, could not recapture the magic that was Curly Howard. Sean Hayes from television’s “Will & Grace” also is outstanding as Larry Fine, Moe’s frequent foil and punching bag. Often overshadowed by Curly in the shorts, Fine was a master of physical comedy, which Hayes brings out in his performance. After the closing credits, Peter and Bobby Farrelly appear to caution young viewers about the dangers of Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox poking their friends in the eyes or hands of the Farrelly brothers and there talented achitting them on the head with hammers. Watching tors, their legacy continues to amuse and delight. them onscreen brought to mind the disclaimers that “The Three Stooges,” rated PG for slapstick action viChannel 11 used to broadcast before showing a “Three olence, some rude and suggestive humor and language, Stooges” short film. currently is playing in theaters. Though they will never be politically correct, the Three Stooges are still funny. In the

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St. Charles Parks and Recreation to Form Teen Advisory Board Recently, several local students from St. Charles High School created a petition calling for more teen and young adult programming. They felt, and others agreed, that teens often receive negative attention for not being active enough. They wanted an opportunity to become more involved with their local community and government. Student Representative Lydia Meeks spoke before St. Charles City Council at their March 6 meeting about her fellow students’ feelings that the city should not cancel the bond issue measure for a community center in St. Charles without considering a scaleddown version of the project. Lydia also spoke about how young people have been criticized for inappropriate behavior but have nowhere to spend time with friends and stay out of trouble. Ward 3 City Council Member Laurie Feldman suggested to Lydia that the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department would be an immediate resource to help with programming. Feldman also serves as the liaison between St. Charles City Council and the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Board. St. Charles Parks and Recreation decided to reach out to local teens in order to form a Teen Advisory Board. The purpose of this volunteer position is to assist with the general planning, preparation and organizing of events, activities and facilities for teens in the St. Charles area. Members of the Teen Advisory Board would also assist in promoting programming and events to their peers. Individuals in this volunteer position would act as the voice for teens in the St. Charles community by expressing their opinions and ideas as they relate to the St. Charles Parks & Recreation Department’s activities and programs.

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Local teens interested must complete an application and return it to St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department by May 1 or attend the first open session meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 7. Several programming ideas and details of the Teen Advisory Board will be discussed. Pizza and drinks will be provided. As a first step in creating more teen programming, St. Charles Parks and Recreation has developed a Teen Day Trip Program for this summer. The trips are designed to provide teens with an enjoyable day out during the summer and also allow for an easy and safe way for teens to explore local St. Louis area attractions. Each trip will be chaperoned by CPR and First Aid certified and trained staff with a ratio of one staff member per every 10 teen participants. The teens and staff will ride in the St. Charles Parks and Recreation bus which is air conditioned, contains seat belts and will be driven by a trained and licensed driver. In order to ensure that teens have the best day possible, all trips will include lunch, snacks and drinks. Prices for the Teen Day Trips are all-inclusive; everything from admission to lunch, transportation and chaperones is included. Trips include the City Museum, Caveman Zip Line at Meramec Caverns, Raging Rivers and Fitz’s Bottling Company/Cardinals game. For more information on St. Charles Parks and Recreation Teen Trip Program or on the Teen Advisory Board, contact St. Charles Parks and Recreation Coordinator Teresa Martchink at 636.949.3368 or Teresa.martchink@stcahrlesparks.com, or Recreation Specialist, Amanda Mejia at 636.255.6146 or Amanda.mejia@stcharlesparks. com.

Center Stage Theatre to Present “Becky’s New Car” April 18-22 At SCC The Center Stage Theatre of St. Charles Community College will present “Becky’s New Car,” April 18-22 in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building theater on the SCC campus. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. WednesdayThursday, April 18-19, at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 20-21, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21. There will be a high school matinee performance at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 19. “Becky’s New Car” follows the story of Becky Foster, who is caught up in middle age, middle management and in www.danielsfarmandgreenhouse.com a middling marriage. Becky, who is going through a midlife crisis, faces a series of choices and decisions that could happen to anyone. The play will be directed by Pam Cilek, SCC professor of theater. Cast members include: Julie Blatt as Becky Foster, Joshua Rowland (SCC alumnus) as Joe Foster, Paul Luft as Walter Flood and Samantha Bonomo as Kenni Flood; and SCC students Aaron Walker as Chris Foster, Joshua Kaestner as Steve and Victoria Smith as Ginger. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and college students with ID. 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. www.stpetersmo.net


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WSD Announces Support Staff Employees of the Year The Wentzville School District is proud to recognize all of the hard working support staff employees who go above and beyond for the students and the District. It is the support staff employees that drive buses, prepare food, clean schools, and do a hundred other jobs that help support the educational efforts of the District. The support staff employees often labor behind the scenes, but their hard work does not go unnoticed, and these people are the glue that holds the District together. Every year, each building in the District selects their own “Support Staff Employee of the Year,” and the building winners are eligible for the District Support Staff Employee of the Year Award, announced during the annual District Awards Banquet in May. Congratulations to all of the building winners! 2012 Support Staff Employees of the Year • Boone Trail… Gabriel Jones, Custodian • Central Office… Kim Garber, HR Executive Assistant • Crossroads… Lisa Elliott, Sped Instructional Assistant • Discovery Ridge… Regina Maloney, Nurse • Duello… Amy Matyiko, Nurse • Frontier Middle… Sandy Reininger, Principal Secretary • Green Tree… Susan Cook, Instructional Assistant

• Harris Building/Pearce Hall… Debra Moss, Instructional Assistant • Heritage Intermediate… Cherilyn Walters, Custodian • Heritage Primary… Fran McNealy, Instructional Assistant • Holt… Elythe Rowan-Damico, Sped Instructional Assistant • Lakeview… Jennifer Sonnhalter, Division Secretary • Peine Ridge… Jackie Schoff, Library Assistant • Prairie View… Jessica Albrecht, Instructional Assistant • Quail Ridge…Tara Dunaway, Sped Instructional Assistant • South Middle… Melanie Lemen, Nurse • Support Services… Natalie Luzynski, Administrative Secretary • Timberland… Geralyn Pearia, Administrative Secretary • Transportation…Terry Midyett, Bus Driver • Wentzville Middle… Patricia Roby, Paraprofessional The eligible positions for Support Staff Employee of the Year include Bus Driver, Chautauqua employee, Clerical Employee, Custodian, Food Service Employee, Instructional Assistant, Library Assistant, Maintenance Employee, Mechanic, Nurse, Nurse Assistant, Secretarial, Security Guard, Paraprofessional and Technology Employee.

Free Appliance and Electronics Recycling Events Do you have old appliances and electronics that you want to dispose of? The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) has partnered with Midwest Recycling Center and will be hosting a free Appliance and Electronics Recycling Event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at the FHSD Burbes Service Center, located at 4606 Central School Road. Any electronic device with a battery or cord will be accepted at no cost. Acceptable items include: air conditioners, furnaces, kitchen appliances, radios, satellite receivers, televisions, laptop computers, computer monitors, hard drives, vacuum cleaners, water heaters, and more. Computer hard drives will be wiped or destroyed. A $5 fee will be charged if a certificate of destruction is requested. The following items will not be accepted: smoke detectors, thermostats, glass lamps, light bulbs, or fluorescent tubes.

This event is open to the Francis Howell community, St. Charles residents and non-residents, all schools, churches and businesses. Midwest Recycling is registered with the EPA and is Level 4 Certified with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Midwest Recycling has a zero landfill policy. For more information, contact Midwest Recycling at www.midwrc.net or at 636.931.3930. Another free event will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 4 at Jefferson Intermediate School, 2660 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles. Suggested items for recycling include computers, monitors, other computer hardware including cables, office/business equipment and machinery, telecommunications equipment including phones and clocks, televisions, VCR’s, stereos, cameras, other audio/video equipment, data storage devices including CD’s, VHS tapes and computer software, home electronics, blenders, toasters, irons, washing machines and dry-

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ers, dishwashers, furnaces, hot water heaters, home medical equipment, lawn mowers, tillers, tools, air conditioners, refrigerators, humidifiers, old motors, transformers, electrical equipment, power supplies, and car batteries. Unacceptable items for recycling include tires, wood furniture, other wood products, paint and paint cans and household and industrial chemicals We will be requesting donations to help us cover the recycling costs. As WITS is a not-for-profit, community agency in the greater St. Louis region, all donations of reusable items are tax-deductible and will be refurbished when possible and given to one of our programs such as Kids for Kancer, Free Computer Program or Veteran Technology. For more information, please visit www.witsinc.org or call 314.382.1650.


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Sports You See... With Gary B. Fun-Live-Learn 10K*5K*Fun Run St. Charles Community College has changed the name of its yearly run and it still promises to be a great time on April 28. Recently Peggy, a committee member, described the activities for the day on 590 The Fan KFNS Sports Zone STL. She talked about the new Dry-Tec shirts and chip timing for the serious runners and other tidbits on the jammed packed fun day. The program also has a Health and Wellness Expo at the college that day. For more details go to www.StChas.Edu/Run.com ~~~Serious and not so serious runners wanted 31 Days Until Rascals Baseball Play Ball May 18 The River City Rascals Professional baseball team is putting together the final touches before opening day. Recently, Manager and Director of Operations Steve Brook (picture from the Rascals) talk- Caleb Curry ed about the 2012 season on 590 The Fan KFNS Sports Zone STL. Steve Brook “We are excited with our off-season activities and look forward to putting a quality team on the field,” Brook said. Also on the show was player/coach Charlie Lisk. “I am coming to the team as

the ‘old guy’ with the experience,” he said. “As a player, I still have that home run swing and hope to be a show the Rascals’ fans my on-the-field talents.” Former Rascal player Caleb Curry (picture from the Rascals) has joined the club as the bench coach. “Steve gave me a call and offered me the job and it was a no-brainer,” Curry said. “I am excited to help the guys stayed focus to get a ring like I got in 2010 with the Rascals.” For more information go to www.RiverCityRascals.com ~~~The boys are getting ready Several Sports at Lindenwood Looking for National Titles Men and Women’s Sports at the Top It is national championship week for Student Life Sports with the cheerleading, men's and women's table tennis, roller hockey, and Olympic weightlifting programs all looking for national titles at their respective national events. The baseball team will travel to Central Missouri State to take on one of the best NCAA Division II baseball programs, while the softball team continues its run through MIAA schools. The women's lacrosse team will also be looking to take control of the WILA conference race. ~~~On a mission Timberland High Student Excels in Statewide Program Balances Books and Sports Timberland High School senior Sean Fields has been selected for the 2012 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2012. Timberland senior Jacob Rice and Holt senior Hannah Lucas received Honorable Mention. Fields has a 4.2 GPA and scored a 34 on the ACT. While at Timberland he has been active in National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, the math team, soccer, and cross-country. He plans on attending Maryville University and majoring in Actuarial Sciences. ~~~Putting it all together

“Over the Fence”

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Jagunda Bait My alien friend sat on my motorcycle in the garage. He visits every so often and I could never figure out how he gets in. The first time, I found him in my closet wearing my turtle neck shirt. Another time, he was in the bath tub. He wanted to know what it was for. After I told him, he shook his rubbery head and said, “We don’t take baths in a tub. We just walk through a sanitizer on the ship.” “Well bully for you,” I growled. I asked him why he was on my motorcycle. He said, “I was just wondering why Earthlings ride these things when they have automobiles that are much more comfortable.” “Good question,” I said. After I remained mute for a time, he said, “Well what’s the answer?”

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I said, “Because it’s fun.” He said, “Is that some Earthling word for wasting time and being frivolous?” I growled, “I’ll answer that if you can tell me how you get in and out of my house when it’s locked up.” “You wouldn’t understand,” he said. “Same here, weirdo. Is this why you’re in my garage? You wondered why humans ride motorcycles?” “No.” He got off and stared at the motorcycle for a minute. Then he said, “I want to help your country. I want you to tell your president that I want to run the country for a week.” I stood with my mouth hanging open as if he’d asked me to climb a cactus. I said, “What makes you think the president will let me ask him anything? I can’t just get in to see him whenever I want.” “How silly you Earthlings are. I can get in to see him anytime.” “Then why don’t you?” “Because every time I do, he starts screaming and calls the guards. If you’re there with me, he might listen. You look like an Earthling and I don’t.” I said, “Yeah, I noticed. You look like a frog with a cantaloupe for a head. It’d scare anybody.” He frowned, which looked sorta funny. He said, “I didn’t seem to scare you.” “Are you kidding? I almost fainted

when I found you in my closet wearing my shirt. Why do you want to run our country for a week? You gonna fix things with your alien technology? Gonna do Martian mind melds on our legislators like Mr. Spock on Star Trek?” “Who’s Mr. Spock? I’m only going to remove your Congress to my planet and clone them. Then I’m going to use them for Jagunda bait.” “What’s a Jagunda?” “They look like one of your alligators with camel legs but they’re bigger than your whales. They’re good to eat but the full grown ones have to be caught or they might start eating each other.” “Sounds like one of my blind dates,” I said. “Why do you need the president’s permission?” I want him to keep his mouth shut when he discovers I replaced your congressmen with honest clones.” “Clones, eh. How will he know the difference?” “Use your brain, Earthling. They’ll be honest clones that can fix all your problems very quickly. They’ll start by voting to be on the same retirement and health care as worker Earthlings but your president might get suspicious and want to know what happened to the real congressmen…or is it congresspersons? I can’t keep up with your stupid language.” “Trust me; he’ll be too thrilled to worry about your Jagunda bait. Let’s go. Riding in a flying saucer looks like fun.”


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I have a grandmother…who needs guilty email? Have you ever wondered who actually writes the stuff you receive via email? You know the stuff to which I’m referring, right? The things that magically appear when you check your messages. You’re hoping from a little love note from your hubby, maybe one of those ridiculous animated greeting cards from your mother, or at least a good joke from a co-worker. The joy you feel when you see the words, “receiving mail,” soon turns to dismay when you realize the mail you’ve received is comparable to opening the mailbox and finding a Publisher’s Clearing House envelope, or, worse yet, a chain letter. These are the messages that inevitably begin with [Fwd: fwd: fw: friends] (fwd:) and then meander on about life’s little lessons, believing in angels, or not turning your back on the old guy who hasn’t had a bath or a new coat in seven years. Callous? Insensitive? I suppose you could look at it that way, but please hear me out. The messages themselves are often sweet, poignant stories—little ditties this columnist has contemplated plagiarizing and using for her own benefit at times, (just kidding). What gets me is the ending, which often reads something like this: “You can forward this on to 1,500 people in the next 36 hours and something wonderful will happen to you. Go ahead, make a wish right this very minute. Got it? Good! Now scroll down while staring at the angel made of the *** symbol (the little star looking thing right above the number 8 on your computer), and repeat the wish 52 times. At the bottom yet? Wonderful! Remember the story you’ve just read, and allow it to touch your heart, along with the hearts of your 1,500 closest friends. If you forward this beautiful, time consuming story within the next 36 hours, your wish will come true. Or you can delete it from your computer, your heart and your soul, and pretend it didn’t touch you at all. In that case, evil will descend upon you, your loved ones and your 1,500 closest friends. Do the right thing.” Puh-lease!

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CHURCH April 21: Fair Trade Market 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for $6 per person. Info: 636.379.5334 or www.umcornerstone.org. April 22: “A Wild Goose Chase” Pastor Dave Conley explores the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Two talks at the United Methodist Church of Wentzville, 725 Wall Street. Info: 636.327.6377 or www. livelovegrow.org. April 25: Book Club 6 p.m. at The United Methodist Church of Wentzville, 725 Wall Street. “Ladies of Liberty” by Cokie Roberts will be discussed. All welcome, no reservations. Info: 636.327.6377. April 27 & 28: Living Out the Vertical in a Horizontal World” Women’s Retreat 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. on April 27, and 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Road, Dardenne Prairie. $40 per person. Info: www.mscwired. org/retreat or call 636.561.5680.

April 27 & 29: Peace, Love & Joy Concert 7:30 p.m. at the Transfiguration Episcopal Church in Lake Saint Louis, or 3 p.m. at Assumption Church in O’Fallon. Free. Featuring The Choral Arts Singers and The Choral Arts Youth. April 28: Asbury United Methodist Women’s Rummage Sale 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Info: 636.668.8855 or 573.898.2234. April 28: Erin Bode Concert 7 p.m. at New Covenant Church, 300 Siedentop Road, Weldon Spring, MO 63304. Proceeds benefit missions in Zambia. $20 each. Info: 636.300.9200 or newcovenantstlouis@gmail.com. EVENTS Now: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon Registration Registration is now open for August 25 event. Enter early, as this event fills up quickly. Info: www.lakesaintlouis.com or 636.625.7944. April 19: Mom’s Afternoon Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. $10/child. Registrations must be

received by noon on Wednesday before the scheduled date. Info: 636.379.0092. April 20: Trivia Night 6:30 p.m. at Maryland Heights Center Auditorium. Proceeds benefit Give Kids a Smile. $20 per person (up to 10 per table). Light snacks and drinks provided. Info: 636.397.6453 or www.gkas.org. April 20: Foundry Art Centre Trivia Night and Silent Auction 5:30 p.m. doors open. Trivia at 7 p.m. at the Foundry Art Centre. $160 for table of 8. Complimentary beer, soda and snacks. Info: foundryartcentre.org or 636.255.0270. April 21: Craft Show 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Child of God Lutheran School, 650 Salt Lick Road in St. Peters. Baby items, soaps, jewelry, unique gift items and BBQ and bake sale items. April 21: St. Charles County YMCA Trivia Night 7 p.m. At the Lion’s Club of Harvester (Central School Rd.). Soda & beer provided. Outside food/drinks allowed (including alcohol). Info: Theresa at 636.949.7929.

April 21: FZS Grad Night Golf Tournament 10:30 a.m. registration at Bear Creek Golf Club. $85 per golfer includes 18 holes, cart, lunch, BBQ dinner, beverages, prizes and more. Register by April 13. Info: Rocky Reitmeyer, 636.485.5710 or aldreitmeyer@yahoo.com. April 21: LUNAchicks Rummage Sale & BBQ 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 5733 Westwood Drive in Weldon Spring. Rain or shine. Toys, clothing, books, home décor, holiday items, home furnishings & more. Proceeds benefit those with severe medical conditions. Info: tinad@kolbgrading.com. April 21: Trivia Night 6 p.m. at Wentzville’s Progress Park, 968 Meyer Road. Proceeds benefit Ethical Society Mid Rivers. $350 first place prize. Theme is Heroes and Villains. $20 per person, $18 per person if registered by April 18. Free beer, wine, soda and snacks, silent auction, 50/50 drawing and more. Info: Bob Greenwell at 636.284.0280 or bobgreenwell@sbcglobal.net. April 21: Ladies Tea Time Trivia 1-3:30 p.m. at Fatih United Methodist Church, 2950 Droste Road in St. Charles. $15 for 1, $90 for 6 or 8 for $120. Sponsored by St. Charles American Association of University Women. Info: 636.946.5226. April 21: Tri-County/O’Fallon Family YMCA 5k/1 Mile Fun Run

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April 26: Parmida Home Fundraiser for Our Lady’s Inn 4-8 p.m. at Parmida House at The Meadows at Lake St. Louis. Portion of sales proceeds benefit Our Lady’s Inn. Refreshments and gourmet sampling, raffles and attendance prizes. Info: 636.625.6432. April 26: First Baptist Christian Academy Open House 7 p.m. Spring Musical (5:30-6:30 p.m.), Spend Awhile on the Nile. Presented by the 1st-3rd grade classes. Free and open to the public. 8750 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, O’Fallon, MO. Enrollment is now open. Info: www.fbcacademy. org or 636.272.3220. April 27: PALS First Bunco Night At the Community Room at the Troy Fire Department. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., play begins at 7 p.m. $15 donation to play. All proceeds will be used for animal care. Info: 636.338.1818 or www. pals-pets. com. April 27: 2012 Administrative Assistants Professional Development Conference 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at St. Charles Community College. Info: Karen Owen at 636.357.0649 or kowen@ stchas.edu. Now - April 28: Historic Churchs of St. Charles 12-3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at The Frenchtown Heritage Museum. Info: www.frenchtownmuseum.net, 636.724.2106 or 636.949.8682.

Register at www.kidneywalk. org or call Ann Beckmann at 314.961.2828. April 28: Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Participate in the nation’s largest health day. Activities for the whole family. Free and open to the community. Info: O’Fallon, 636.379.0092. St. Charles, 636.928.1928. April 28: Tot’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. $15/child in advance. Registrations must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the event to ensure a spot. Ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Info: 636.379.0092. April 28: Kid’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. For ages 6+. Rock Wall. $10/child in advance, $15/child at the door. Swimming, crafts, rock wall, bingo & more. Concessions available for purchase. Info: 636.379.0092. April 28: A Night Among the Stars 6:30 – 10 p.m. at Town Hall in New Town, St. Charles. Star/planet gazing, music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit Foundations of Love and adults with developmental disabilities. $40 per person or $300 for table of 8. Info: Karen at karensfol@ yahoo.com, 636.477.1800 or www. foundationsoflove.org.

April 28: Kickball Tournament at the St. Charles YMCA 2:30 p.m. Help provide Y services across the world! $225/team. Team shirts provided. Coolers for snacks, sodas, beer, etc. allowed. Info: Matt Engel at 636.928.1928. April 29: Swing “fore” Lewy - 2nd Annual Fundraiser Benefitting Lewy Body Dementia Check in at noon, shot gun start at 1 p.m. Incline Village, 2000 Fairway Drive, Foristell 63348. In memory of Mary Schwentker. 3 person scramble, $80/player, $240 per team. Includes 18 holes w/cart, all you can drink beer/soda, BBQ dinner & prizes. Optional Skins game, $20/team, Mulligan’s, $5/person. Register by April 23. Info: Larry Schwentker at 314.753.3038. 4th Mon.: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30 p.m. at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563. Every Tues: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Join us every week to work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. Anybody welcome, no sewing experience required.

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4th Tues.: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tues.: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles. Every Wed: at 12 p.m. Crossroads Cribbage Club Meets at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, Wentzville, MO. 1st and 3rd Wed: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Every Wed. 6:45 p.m. Charity Bingo VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a non-smoking facility. 636.272.1945 or www.vfw-

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Statepoint Crossword Theme: Healthy Living

Oldest Pick: “May B”

Courageous beyond belief is the only way to describe “May B.,” the heroine of a book by Community News is proud to the same name, written by Caroline Starr Rose, offer our readers “Book Buzz.” who’s already making a star of herself with this This column will feature great her first book. books for children in three It’s the 1870s and May B. lives on the prairies categories: Youngest Pick: of Kansas with her parents and brother. Everyearly childhood to the first or second grade, one must sacrifice to scratch out a living, but May B.’s sacrifice is a heartbreakingly, lonely Middle Pick: elementary school children, and proposition. Oldest Pick: middle school “We’ll get you home by Christmas,” May B.’s children. Enjoy! parents say as the date approaches for her to move away, into the sod house of a newly married couple arrived from the city. May B. will cook and clean for the wife. It’s a fate she detests, but one she must fulfill, even more when she arrives at the homestead. From the onset the experience is fraught with trouble, but things go from Reprinted with bad to worse and before long May B. is forced to reach deep to survive a permission, Missourian winter on the plains neither she, or her parents back home, can even imagine. Publishing Company. Copyright 2012.  Written in verse, “May B.” is a fast read, but a book with staying power that will captivate from the first page. Across 1. Landing road 6. *The ___ cage protects the heart and lungs 9. Slang for heroin 13. Billy Joel's "_____ Man" 14. International Labor Organization 15. Formed by running water 16. Imitating 17. Santa's helper 18. King's domain 19. *Ca or K, e.g. 21. Nightmare character 23. He played Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show" 24. Disdainful, pouting grimace 25. *When exercising, you get ___ 28. Between mini and maxi 30. Metamorphic rock 35. Makes a mistake

37. Bart Simpson's sister 39. Saint in Mexico 40. Miners' passage 41. Swamp plant 43. Yelled to shoo a cat 44. Puzzle in pictures 46. "Smells Like ____ Spirit" by Nirvana 47. *A focal point in workouts 48. Type of coat 50. Dame ____, Australian celeb 52. Christian Chi-___ symbol 53. The upper one is used for ruling 55. Coffee pot 57. Allegiance 60. *E or D, e.g. 64. Former French currency 65. Ring of flowers 67. Singer Cara

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68. *Some need more of this than others 69. Be in debt 70. What a jazz singer does 71. Bear lairs 72. Not pre-owned 73. Commotions Down 1. Junk e-mail 2. Cone-shaped quarters 3. Often asked to "go away, come again another day" 4. Like a special circle 5. Organized persecution of ethnic group 6. Cambodian money 7. *Not well 8. Very successful 9. What victim did in court

10. Armor-____ 11. USSR to USA during WWII 12. *Usually busy after the holidays 15. *Leafy edibles 20. Indigo dye-yielding shrubs 22. Where bugs are snug? 24. Improper act 25. *Ventricular beater 26. Superior's command 27. Cherokee or Hopi, e.g. 29. *Regimented eating 31. *Where green tea tradition comes from 32. Bring upon oneself 33. Cache of money, e.g. 34. Official language of Lesotho 36. Nonlethal gun 38. Wine and cheese descriptor 42. Tedium

45. Carry, as in heavy bag 49. Ladies' Easter accessory 51. 2012 Oscar-winner "The ______" 54. Stocking fiber 56. Those in organized crime relating to narcotics 57. *Your doctor usually keeps one on you 58. Like never-losing Steven 59. Greek god of war 60. "The ____" talk and entertainment show 61. Known for notebooks 62. Keen on 63. Loch ____ 64. Psychedelic drug 66. Female sheep See Answers on page 13


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