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O’Fallon Founders’ Day Recipes


Cinco de Mayo

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Plant it Pink



Recent Ribbon Cuttings

Reenactor Jude Droesch

Photo courtesy of the City of O’Fallon

Come for fun, cowboy lore, archaeology and pioneer skills You can learn to twirl a lasso, use an ancient spear-thrower, make a corn husk doll, and dance a jig at O’Fallon Founders’ Day on Saturday, May 4. The event will be held from 10am – 2pm in Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Drive, O’Fallon. Admission, parking, entertainment, and most kids’ activities are free. Founders’ Day will be held on the grounds outside the historic Heald Home, which will be open for tours at $2 per person. Pony rides, concessions and hand-made merchandise will be available for purchase. “The core of O’Fallon Founders’ Day, as always, is the chance to watch demonstrations of early American skills and shop for items that were made by the artisans,” said Jennifer Hoisington, festival coordinator. “We’ll have basket-weaving, rope-making, broom-making, a bee keeper selling honey, a blacksmith and more. Free kids’ activities will

and he’s taught at Cahokia Mounds, include soap carving, corn husk doll-making, learning how to milk a Dickson Mounds and the Center for American Archaeology. cow and playing checkers.” • At 11am and noon, Cowboy “Live entertainment is another highlight of O’Fallon Founders’ Day Randy Erwin’s interactive show will School 8 because the audience is encouraged See O’FALLON FOUNDERS’ DAY page 2 to get involved and there’s always Biomedical Sciences Program an educational component,” added Hoisington. “Whether you watch or participate, it’s fun for both kids and adults.” • At 10:15 and 11:45am, Larry Kinsella will demonstrate experimental archaeology and primitive tool making, including flint knapping, making cordage and throwing a spear with an atlatl, an ancient device that boosted the distance a spear could be thrown. Chances are, a lucky bystander or two will be invited to give the atlatl a try. Kinsella is a master at replicating Oblivion photo courtesy of Universal Pictures tools and weapons made by American Indians. His handiwork has been Movie 9 featured on the Discovery Channel, FREE Online Subscription at BBC and the History Channel,

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Vol. 92 No. 18

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Around Town your guide to good news and events like the Atai Orphanage Trivia Night


Lincoln County Life Recent news and events from Lincoln County


Business New businesses and personnel in St. Charles County


School SCC’s Rhythm and Ribs is coming up. Also, read about Wentzville’s Biomedical Sciences Program and Lindenwood’s Youth of the Year.


Movie Oblivion: Cruise has never been better in this surprising science fiction adventure.


Sports Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events. Also, play Sudoku and read a review of a new children’s novel.


Recipes Tacos Reinvented for Cinco de Mayo


What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long




Over the Fence Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher.

O’FALLON FOUNDERS’ Day from cover include cowboy music, yodeling, rope tricks and western folklore. Kids may recognize Cowboy Randy’s yodeling as the voice of the bad guy in the 2004 Disney movie Home on the Range. He beat out hundreds of contenders to sing “Yodel-AdleEedle-Idle-Oo,” the song Almeda Slim (portrayed by Dennis Quaid) sang to hypnotize cattle so he could rustle them. Among Erwin’s other accomplishments, he’s sung at Carnegie Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Library of Photo courtesy of the City of O’Fallon Congress, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and been heard on NPR, the BBC, ABC, and CBC. On Founders’ Day, Cowboy Randy will play his “cigalele” (a ukulele crafted from a cigar box) and entice the audience to sing along to cowboy songs. He’ll also explain a little bit about physics as he teaches the audience how to twirl a lasso and other rope tricks. • At 1:15pm Pat McMenomy will play period music on the hammer dulcimer and teach dances that were popular from the 1750s to the 1860s. • The St. Charles Model Railroad Club exhibit will be open all day, free (donations are welcome). Want more information? Please visit www.ofallon. events.

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O’Fallon Recycling Bin Moved

Tour Missouri’s Former State Penitentiary

To consolidate recycling efforts, O’Fallon is installed a blue, industrial-sized recycling container at the City’s waste transfer station, 1572 Progress West Lane. The container will be available to residents at no charge for depositing recyclable materials. It will replace containers that were formerly stationed in two locations, one in the west parking lot at T.R. Hughes Ballpark and the other at Monticello Plaza in the 3700 block of Highway K. The Monticello Plaza and T.R. Hughes locations are being eliminated due to the need for additional parking spots in these areas. Anyone leaving items at these locations after the dumpsters are removed will be in violation of City ordinances. The new location is for recyclables, only, and illegal dumping of trash is strictly forbidden. For residents who have large trash items, O’Fallon now offers bi-monthly bulk drop-off days that are free of charge. Residents who have large amounts of recyclables also can request an additional recycle can free of charge by contacting Environmental Services at

For an unusual day trip, sign up for “Big House” Views and get a hard-hat tour of the former Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) in Jefferson City on Thursday, June 6. Built in 1836 and shuttered in 2004, the “Big House” was hailed in 1893 as one of the most efficient prisons in America for feeding inmates on 11 cents a day, and publically condemned in 1967 as the “bloodiest 47 acres in America.” The tour includes highlights of the penitentiary’s history, cells of infamous inmates, and even a glimpse of the gas chambers. To begin the tour, board the motor coach at 7:30am in the Civic Park parking lot for a comfortable ride to Jefferson City. The day’s activities include lunch at Oscar’s Classic Diner with the music and décor of the 1950s, a tour of the Missouri State Capitol, and a treat at the Central Dairy Ice Cream Shop before returning to O’Fallon by 5:30pm. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, but not sandals. The cost of $78 for O’Fallon residents and $87 for non-residents includes transportation, tours, an escort, lunch and gratuities.

Community Living, Inc. Theatrical Production “Annie Junior” A diverse cast of 33 individuals with disabilities will take the stage at St. Charles West High School on Saturday, May 4, for a pair of performances, as Community Living, Inc. presents its 2013 client theatrical production of Annie Junior. Led by CLI’s Recreation Services department, the eighthannual performance will feature a number of returning cast members from past productions, as well as some new client actors who will have their first opportunities to exercise their acting skills. Each production is a team effort between the client actors, members of CLI’s Recreation Services department and CLI volunteers who work together to construct and design props, sets, scenery and costumes. To accommodate the needs of the clients, a junior version of the original script is used, and recreation staff members read through the script in advance to adjust lines and make the material easier for clients to memorize and deliver on stage. During rehearsals, staff members and volunteers are on hand to run lines with actors to help them memorize their parts. When the clients take the stage for their pair of performances on May 4, Darrohn notes that hundreds of family members, friends and supporters will be present to cheer on their loved ones. The upcoming May 4 performances are open to the public and will take place at 3pm and 7pm at St. Charles West High School. Tickets are available for $5, and those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance by

calling 636.614.1325. For more information on the production or CLI’s Recreation Services department, individuals can visit Community Living’s website at or call 636.970.2800.


Registration for the tour ends Sunday, May 5. To register for “Big House” Views: 1. Call staff at 636.474.2732 2. Or register online at parks&rec 3. Or sign up at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368), or the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive (63366) For more information, contact Recreation Specialist Stacey Ostmann at 636.474.8105 or


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Annual Atai Orphanage Trivia Night: One Woman’s Dream to Save Her Village On May 4 the Atai Orphanage Fund Executive Board of Directors will hold their 3rd Annual Trivia Night at Mercy Hospital, Von Gontard Auditorium, 615 South New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, from 7-10pm. Atai Orphanage Fund is a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing essentials to the suffering children of Agu Village, Teso District, Northern Uganda, Africa. A Little Girl’s Prayer “Please God, don’t let my mommy and daddy die. I promise that when I grow up I will do my best to help children who have no parents.” This was the earnest prayer of six-year-old Annah Frances, who, in 1974, witnessed the death of her friend’s parents. That little girl is now Annah Emuge, executive director of Atai Orphanage Fund. Much has changed in Annah’s life since 1974. Annah didn’t lose her parents. She grew up and got married. In 1984, Annah, James and family moved to St. Louis, Missouri, after he won a scholarship to study here. After two years, in 1986, the Ugandan government was overthrown, and James’ scholarship was revoked.

The Emuges were refugees. The stress of their new situation proved more than James could handle; he abandoned his wife and four young children, leaving Annah to support her family alone. Struggling through the years while raising her family, Annah never forgot her promise. She worked and saved until she could return to her homeland. In 2003, Annah visited Agu with the sole purpose of building a three-room house to shelter 15 orphans. Today, Annah’s mother cares for over 50 children in the orphanage. Atai Orphanage is Annah’s dream come true. She has spent the last ten years working to support and improve the orphanage. The children now have a freshwater well, and several children have been enrolled in university. Annah will use proceeds from this year’s Trivia Night and other upcoming events to build a new home, with separate wings for boys and girls, build an outdoor kitchen, and purchase land for gardening. For more information, contact Annah Emuge, 314.814.7590 or

Participate in Civil War Reenactment at Towne Park

Step back in time to take part in the historical Civil War Reenactment at Towne Park, 100 Towne Park Dr., (off Highway 61 near Foristell) from 9am – 3:30pm, Saturday, May 4. Hosted by the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department, the 11th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a veteran living history organization in the Metropolitan St. Louis area, is looking for a few good men and women interested in participating in fun 19th century military infantry drills throughout the day. While participation is limited, interested persons must be at least 16 years of age to engage in these unique Civil War workshops, which provide a hands-on experience of what life was like as a Civil War soldier living in an encampment. No experience or special equipment is necessary to participate. Spectators are also welcome to observe while participants reenact the drills. There are two free workshops for participants; a morning session from 9 – 11:30am and an afternoon session from 1 – 3:30pm. Participants will engage in company, individual and bayonet drills; learn how to load 19th century firearms, learn about basic equipment used during that period and much more. During the Civil War workshops and drills, the historical 1830s restored homestead will also be open to the public to tour. Donated by the late Mrs. Betty Towne, the property was to be preserved and turned into a public park. For its efforts to restore the homestead, the Parks Department was recognized at the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City by receiving the 2007 McReynolds Award from the Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation. To register for a workshop, contact Captain Clay Goser of the 11th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment at 314.691.7109 or Private Barry Barfield of the 11th Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment at 314.922.6007. • Community News - St. Charles County • May 1, 2013

The Citizens Police Academy Graduation The O’Fallon Police Department is announcing there were 24 persons who graduated from the Citizens Police Academy on April 16. The Citizen Police Academy (CPA) is a six-week program designed to provide a working knowledge and background of the O’Fallon Police Department, and to foster a closer relationship between the police and the community. The Academy provides an avenue for community involvement and provides a firsthand experience in policing. The CPA was created to develop a harmonious working relationship between members of the community and law enforcement. It is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about their local law enforcement, ask questions, and gain a more thorough understanding of the inner workings of the O’Fallon Police Department. The Academy is also a means for participants and police personnel to share information and ideas about the police profession. The Academy also provides for improved community/police relationships, enhanced cooperation, and reduced stereotyping. Some of the topics and activities Academy at-

tendees participated in include: • Patrol operations including riding assignments with an O’Fallon Police Officer • Overview of investigations (criminal, traffic, DWI, crime scene) • Drug awareness, local drug task force • Use of force, taser, less lethal weapons • Internet safety, identity theft awareness • Tours of the O’Fallon Police Department • Police K-9 program • Overview of Community Services Section • Day at the O’Fallon firearms range (Saturday) demonstration/hands-on • St. Charles County Regional SWAT

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“Plant it Pink” at BJC Progress West HealthCare Center Missouri is having quite a spring: The rains have been consistent and some days hit the 70 and 80 degree temperatures, but that didn’t discourage the Fleur de Lis Garden Society members. They refreshed the “Plant It Pink” planter at BJC Progress West HealthCare Center in O’Fallon with a pink spring design with pink, purple and candy striped Hyacinths and Johnny Jump-Up Violas that were donated last year by Daniel’s Farm & Greenhouse. The planter can be seen by passersby outside the cafeteria and from Hwy 40. To provide encouragement and a note of cheer to women dealing with breast cancer, the “Plant it Pink” project was initiated in 2009 by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. President Renee Blaschke, of which Fleur de Lis Garden Society is a member. Club members keep the planter “in the pink” by planting new flowers appropriate for each season. The Fleur de Lis Garden Society holds monthly meetings and also meets for additional programs, trips and projects. Drop-ins and new members are welcome. For more information, visit or contact 2013 Membership Chairman, Jean Davis at 314.605.8563.

Homeowners: Be Cautious of Using Valuation Services With real estate assessments arriving in mailboxes this month, Scott Shipman, St. Charles County Assessor, advises homeowners to be cautious of using valuation services. For a fee, these services offer to help consumers determine if they are overpaying their property tax bill because their property is overvalued, as well as offer materials to help appeal property values. “In many cases, the information presented by these companies is generated without regard to important aspects such as location of property, size, architectural type, condition, lot size, etc.,” said Shipman. “The information provided is usually of little relevancy to the market value.” Shipman adds that property owners and taxpayers are always welcome to provide valuation evidence; however, representatives or tax agents submitting appraisal or valuation information must be certified or licensed in the state of Missouri. In addition, many of these services buy public data and use information that St. Charles County homeowners can access for free via the Assessor’s web site,, or by coming in to the Assessor’s Office. Rather than pay for a service, concerned homeowners can perform research online or make an appointment with the Assessor’s Office to discuss their real estate assessment, check to ensure property characteristic information is correct, and discuss sale(s) information. More details can be found on the Assessor’s website under Real Estate or by calling 636.949.7425.



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Nutrition Support for More Families Through the Division of Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC), St. Charles County provides specific nutritious supplemental foods and nutrition education at no cost to pregnant and breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five. This month, the program announced an expansion of the income eligibility guidelines, which will allow a larger number of growing families to participate. Administered at the Federal level through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the state level by the Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Nutrition Services and WIC, the St. Charles County WIC Program is based at the Division of Public Health office at 1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles. Persons interested in applying for WIC services in St. Charles County, or in need of more information, should make an appointment by phone at 636.949.7402 during work hours (8:30am - noon and 1 to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday – except holidays). For the entire income guideline schedule, please visit www.

Rebecca Bourne at the Renaud Spirit Center An exhibit of paintings and drawings by O’Fallon artist Rebecca Bourne is available for viewing, free, through May 24 in O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Gallery at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC). Bourne’s show includes a variety of art media: oil landscapes, charcoal drawings, pastel portraits, screenprint designs and multimedia. Bourne graduated from UMSL in 2011 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree. She’s won several awards and exhibited throughout the St. Louis metro area, including the Koken Art Factory, Gallery Visio and the Regional Arts Council. O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Gallery admission is free and the exhibit is available for viewing during regular business hours at the RSC, which are 5am - 10pm, Monday -Thursday, 5:15am - 9pm on Fridays, 7am - 7pm on Saturdays, and 10am - 5pm on Sundays. For more information, call 636.474.2732 or visit

Kite Festival Many St. Peters area families have enjoyed the annual Kite Festival over the years. This year, they can enjoy double the fun with the new Family Bike Ride on the same day. Come out to 370 Lakeside Park on Saturday, May 11 for the Kite Festival and Family Bike Ride from 10am - 2pm.

Bring your kite to be part of the Kite Festival, or come early and be one of 200 participants to receive a free kite-building kite. A local kite club will help kids put together their kites. 370 Lakeside Park should provide plenty of wind. Families are also invited to bring their bikes to ride the 4.5-mile trail around the 140-acre lake at 370 Lakeside Park. The first 200 participants will receive a free water bottle. A limited number of adult-sized bikes are available for rent at the park. Refreshments will be available for sale at Gator Island Grill in 370 Lakeside Park during the event. 370 Lakeside Park is located just off Highway 370 on Lakeside Park Drive in St. Peters, MO.

Elsberry Plans 7th Annual Car Show The Elsberry 7th Annual Classics on Wheels car show will be held on May 5 along Broadway and City Park in Elsberry. Registration will take place from 9am - noon. The first 150 registrants will receive dish plaques and T-shirts. Judging will begin immediately after registration is closed. Judges will award three trophies per decade class. Cars will travel from miles around to participate in this annual event, but the day is not just for car lovers. Food and entertainment are also on the agenda. Please note: the Classics on Wheels car show will take place rain or shine. For more information, email

Troy First Baptist Church would like to invite the public to join them as they salute and recognize the graduating seniors from Lincoln County area high schools of who have made a commitment to serve in the various branches of our military. The “Salute To Commitment” event will be held at 3pm on May 5 at the Troy First Baptist Church located at 1000 Elm Tree Road in Troy. Any students who are graduating from a Lincoln County high school and will be entering military service are invited to attend. Troy Baptist Church asks you to share this information with any students you may know. For more information, call 636.528.4407.


Troy Baptist Church Honors High School Seniors Entering Military

Elsberry High School elects court at “Light up the Night”– themed prom. Seniors Krista Dye and Cody Shaw were crowned 2013 Prom Queen and King. Others in the court were (l to r): Bailey Zimmermann and Kyle Eisenbath, seniors; Deaven Ingrassia, retiring Queen and Andy Sconce (standing in for the retiring king, Matt Braden who is serving in the Military), Krista and Cody; Becca Almus and Ethan Miller, juniors; Anne Marie Bufford and Brandon Mound, juniors. Photo courtesy of Elsberry High

Former Lincoln County R-III Superintendent Dies Former Lincoln County R-III Superintendent Dr. Terry Morrow, 56, died on April 5 at his cabin on Baring Lake near Edina. Dr. Morrow worked for 33 years in education. He began teaching in Clark County schools and later taught in Knox County. He was the junior high and high school principal in Adair County at Brashear, North Shelby and Green City. While there, he became Superintendent. He later served as Superintendent at Wright City before coming to Troy R-III. Morrow was considered a state leader in education, implementing innovative and effective pro-

gram like the Professional Learning Community and the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) teaching model. Among many, many other contributions, Morrow initiated the Superintendent’s “Coffee Talk” program and was actively involved when new district boundaries were drawn and tax levy proposals were passed. During his tenure, two new schools were built, an alternative high school was created, and expansion and upgrades were effected throughout the District. Morrow retired as the superintendent of the R-III District in 2011. In a statement releases last week, the Troy R-III School District says, “The hearts of R-III are saddened today as we mourn the loss of a true friend of the District in Dr. Terry Morrow. His six years of leadership during some of our most difficult times and his continued support of the LCR-3 District will be his legacy to our community. Thank you, Dr. Morrow for your years of service not only to our District, but our community as a whole.” Among his survivors include his wife, Lisa Morrow, of Troy and a sister, Linda Banks, of Edina. • Community News - St. Charles County • May 1, 2013

Herndon Products Adds Gerry Modglin as Chief Financial Officer


Recent Ribbon Cuttings Cupcake Amore celebrated their new location in O’Fallon, Missouri with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on April 17. Pictured is Owner Joy Wojczyk joined by family, friends and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the City of O’Fallon. Joy has been baking and decorating cakes for over 15 years. Her culinary talents have developed over a culmination of hours of training and research. What started as a hobby, baking for this wedding or that birthday party, has turned into the dream of a lifetime. Inside a glass showcase are cupcake varieties with names like Velvet Rouge, Amore Amore, Paris Cherie, Tortue, Chocolat Strawberry Mousse, Eiffel Tower and Creme de la Creme. Party Rooms are available. One room is designed for older girls and has a pink-and-black Parisian décor. Another room is meant for younger children, with smaller tables and chairs and a bright yellow, green and blue color scheme. Birthday parties include a hostess, paper products and drinks, and two cupcakes for each child to decorate—one cupcake goes home with the child in a special box! Cupcake Amore is located at 2443 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri. Call 636.294.1445 or visit Enjoy cupcakes Monday through Saturday from 10am - 8am.

Herndon Products, Inc. recently hired Gerry Modglin of St. Charles, MO as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer. Modglin, who has more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience, will oversee the company’s accounting and finance processes and help to implement strategic growth initiatives. “Recent acquisitions, contract expansions with key defense industry clients and an expanding workforce make this an exciting time to join the Herndon team,” said Modglin. Prior to Herndon, Modglin served as Director of Finance & Administration at Aurora Trailer Holding in St. Louis, MO; Corporate Controller at Brand Scaffold Services in St. Louis, MO; Corporate Finance Manager at Silgan Plastics Corporation in St. Louis, MO and Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen in Omaha, NE. Modglin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Creighton University in Omaha, NE with a BS in Business Administration and a Major in Accounting. “We are proud to make Gerry a part of our executive staff. He has proven himself to be a shrewd financial analyst and we are pleased to have someone with his expertise working for Herndon Products,” said Scott Herndon, President and CEO of Herndon Products.

Jennifer Kasper, owner of Sacred Movement Studio celebrated the grand opening of her new business with a ribbon cutting on April 11. Joining Jennifer and her husband Garrett is City of St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano, clients and employees of Sacred Movement and board member and ambassadors with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Sacred Movement Studio offers Yoga, Belly Dancing and Tai Chi classes for all fitness levels. They are located at 7519 Mexico Road in St. Peters. For more information, call 314.398.8184 or visit

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Wentzville Schools’ National Certification for Biomedical Sciences Program

Holt and Timberland in the Wentzville School District have become the first high schools in St. Charles County to receive national certification for their Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Program, part of Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW offers a hands-on curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real life science and technology projects. PLTW has been offered in the Wentzville School District since 2007, and the BMS program was introduced in 2011. PLTW’s Biomedical Sciences program introduces students to medicine and human body systems, preparing them for careers in medical and health-related fields. Throughout BMS, students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions to the health challenges of the 21st century. The national certification team met with teachers and administrators and reviewed student work in the BMS classes at both high schools. Certification of the BMS Program provides students who pass the end of course assessment with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at more than 40 PLTW affiliate universities across the country.

Lindenwood to Honor Youth of the Year Lindenwood University and the St. Charles Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) hosted the fifth annual Youth of the Year Award Luncheon April 23 on the St. Charles campus. Brad Soderberg, head men’s basketball coach at the university, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event. During the luncheon, Joe Parisi, EdD, Lindenwood dean of day admissions, honored Anthony Westermann, a senior and member of the baseball team at Christiana High School in O’Fallon, as the 2013 Youth of the Year. Andy Benes, former St. Louis Cardinal and 14-year Major League Baseball pitcher, delivered the keynote address. Remarks were also be given by Luke Nurnberger, current Lindenwood student and inaugural Youth of the Year award recipient, and by Runa Swofford, Timberland High School FCA group coach. For more information, contact Rebecca Moran at 314.608.4173 or e-mail

SCC’s Fourth Annual Rhythm and Ribs The St. Charles Community College Foundation’s fourth annual Rhythm and Ribs fundraiser, with live music, food and dancing, is set for 6 - 10pm, May 10, on the college’s campus in Cottleville. Smash Band will return, live on the main stage at 8:30pm. Doors will open at 6pm with the St. Charles West Jazz Ensemble. At 7pm, the rhythm revue hour will include a feature performance by the popular St. Charles-based acoustic/rock band, “Clockwork,” with SCC student Jordan Slone (guitar/vocals). Performances by up-and-coming vocalists Aurea Clark and Matt Wynn also will enSmash (left) of Smash Band with St. Charles Community College’s tertain the crowd. All three performers were recent mascot, Scooter McCougar, at Rhythm and Ribs in 2010. Photo by St. contestants in the college’s own “SCC Idol” comCharles Community College petition last fall, and Slone won the competition, receiving the grand prize of a scholarship from the SCC Foundation. “The community comes out in force year after year to show their support for this college, and we think they are in for a treat this year,” said Betsy Schneider, development and foundation relations manager. “As always, the dollars raised will help keep a college education within reach for thousands of area students, by providing much-needed scholarships and high-quality academic programs.” Rib vendors will include Ethyl’s Smokehouse and Saloon, Mannino’s Market, Rib City and Stumpy’s House of Bar-B-Que and Catering. Other fare will include popcorn and snow cones, with gourmet St. Charles-based acoustic/rock band, Clockwork, with Logan Slone nachos and veggie burgers provided by Quintes(left), SCC student Jordan Slone (center) and Logan Mohler will per- sential Catering, and beverages to include beer by form at this year’s Rhythm and Ribs. Photo provided by Clockwork Krey Distributing Company and O’Fallon Brewery, wine by Terra Firma USA and lemonade by Red Robin. Lewis, along with Mark Baker, vice president at Warrenton Oil Company, and Chuck Pilliod, CFO at Krey Distributing Co., are this year’s Rhythm and Ribs committee co-chairs. The three Main Stage sponsors are Ameren Missouri, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital/Progress West HealthCare Center and SSM St. Joseph Health Center/ SSM St. Joseph Hospital West. Volunteers from UPS will help with set-up. A complete list of sponsors can be found online at Tickets are $5 for general admission, which includes entry to the event/live entertainment; $25 for the Music and More package, which includes live entertainment and food, beverages and raffle tickets; and $50 for the VIP package, which includes unlimited beverages, food and raffle tickets and reserved seating. For more information on tickets and events, contact Schneider at 636.922.8473, bschneider@, or visit Event sponsorships are still available, with packages ranging from $500 to $10,000. • Community News - St. Charles County • May 1, 2013




By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

After high-profile roles in Mission Impossible and Jack Reacher, Tom Cruise turns in a refreshing, heartfelt performance in the futuristic thriller Oblivion. Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) directs the actor in a tale that—when all the science fiction elements are stripped away—is really a charming love story. Cruise plays Jack, a man assigned to maintain security drones on Earth’s war-ravaged surface. Sixty years earlier, aliens invaded the planet and, with no other choice, mankind used atomic weapons to fight back. Humans won the war, but at a terrible cost to the planet. The drones sweep the surface looking for alien scavengers that survived the nuclear blasts. Jack has a good life with Victoria (Andrea Riseborough), his communications officer, but they have different philosophies about Earth. Victoria can’t wait to end their tour-of-duty and rejoin their families and friends on Titan. Jack, on the other hand, feels compelled to stay on the planet of his birth. The sudden arrival of sleep pods from an orbiting spacecraft changes everything for the couple. Jack recovers one pod containing a female survivor. The occupant calls him by name even though she has been in hibernation for 60 years. Her arrival also casts doubt on everything he believes to be true.

Oblivion photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

A compelling love story, Oblivion benefits from intricate sets, detailed costumes, and a cast with incredible chemistry. Tom Cruise is at his best here as Jack, a man who performs his duties well but also maintains a stockpile of pre-war artifacts. He also likes to sneak off and relax in a cabin he has cobbled together. Andrea Riseborough complements Cruise perfectly as his co-worker and life partner. Victoria is deeply in love with Jack, so she’s willing to overlook his habit of wandering off. Still, she won’t compromise about leaving Earth to go to Titan as soon as they can. Appearing only on a video monitor, Oscarwinner Melissa Leo gives an unexpected, chilling performance as Sally, Jack and Victoria’s contact in the orbiting space station above them. Sally sounds utterly charming and professional, but when she asks Victoria

if she and Jack are still an effective team, that question has ominous overtones. Overall, Oblivion is one of the most satisfying movies of the year. Cruise has never been better in this surprising science fiction adventure. Oblivion, rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, brief strong language, and some sensuality/nudity, currently is playing in theaters. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

This Month’s Shelter: Stray Rescue of St. Louis 2320 Pine Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 • 314.771.6121 • 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@

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Gary Baute 590 & 1380 Radio Stations Become ‘The Man’ & ‘The Woman’ Brand new on your AM dial: get ready for some different programming. Both stations will have a lot less sports and more special shows. 590 will have male-oriented shows with me, Gary B, hosting “The Sensei Hart Show” every Saturday from 11 - noon. 1380 leans toward female subjects, but every Saturday from noon-1pm, yours truly hosts the “Senior Living STL Show” that has guests representing products and services for us baby boomers and beyond! *Interesting concept*

FL Ram’s Make Big Picks at Draft The St. Louis football Rams spent about a year waiting for last week’s 2013 Football Draft. The “War Room” at Continuity X Training Facility was buzzing with coaches and scouts each picking their favorite of available players to join the “youngest team in the NFL.” For the record, 44 players of the 53-man roster are under 25 years of age. The Rams started out the Draft with a gathering last Wednesday at the Training Center, inviting season ticket holders and dignitaries. Drink and food were provided with speakers including Coach Jeff Fisher, General Manager Les Sneed, 1st round draft choice last year defensive tackle Michael Brockers and defensive end Chris Long. Many of the scouts for the team were introduced as well. A bobble head of quarterback Sam Bradford was presented to all. The picks are as follows: High School Football Player Goes to the NFL 1st round picks: wide receiver “With the 28th selection of the second round of the 2013 National Football League Draft, the Denver Bron- Tavon Austin and linebacker Alec Ogletree. 3rd round picks: wide receiver Stedman Bailey and co’s have selected Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.” These words will forever be etched in the mind of Ball, safety T.J. McDonald 4th round pick: center/guard Barrett Jones his family, and close friends. He played his high school ball at Timberland High in Wentzville. 5th round picks: cornerback Brandon McGee and *Don’t forget us* running back Zac Stacy *Training camp at Training Center open to the public* Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box Two Lindenwood Football Players Headincludes all the digits 1 through 9. ing to the Next Level After a record-breaking career in a Lindenwood football uniform, Denodus O’Bryant will be taking his talents to the

Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. O’Bryant signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Colts to compete for a roster spot with a team that made the playoffs last season. O’Bryant went undrafted but signed as a free-agent shortly after the draft concluded. O’Bryant finished his Lindenwood career as the school’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns scored. He scored 62 career touchdowns with 38 rushing, 15 receiving, and nine special teams touchdowns (eight kickoff return touchdowns). He averaged 7.2 yards per rush, 17.4 yards per reception, and 31.3 yards per kickoff return. He finished his career with 3,237 rushing yards, 1,512 receiving yards, and 6,126 all-purpose yards. O’Bryant was a two-time NAIA AllAmerican, three-time all-conference, and two-time conference MVP. O’Bryant is the second Lion that will see time in a Colts uniform. DeDe Dorsey won a Super Bowl with the Colts in 2006. Also, making it to the next level is wide receiver Andrew Helmick. The Lindenwood all-time receiving yards and touchdown record holder has been invited to the Atlanta Falcons rookie camp. Helmick leaves Lindenwood with school records of 153 receptions for 2,828 yards, and 32 receiving touchdowns. He had 12 100-yard receiving games and four 200-yard receiving games. The Kansas City, MO, native was a two-time all-conference selection. *Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood* Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities.

Youngest Pick: “Dark Days” 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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The unknown lives at the bottom of the creaky stairs in a boy’s basement, a room with no light and imagined horrors galore. You’ll feel little Laszlo’s goose bumps and admire his pluck in The Dark, a picture book by Lemony Snicket that will light up your life. Like so many kids, and adults, Laszlo is scared of the dark. It scatters itself during the day, disappearing like fog in the sunshine, but at night it cascades down the wooden stairs and curls in the shadows with the stealth of a black cat. One night, the dark beckons to Laszlo in a “voice as creaky as the roof of the house and as smooth and cold as the windows … I want to show you something the dark says.” Trembling, Laszlo puts one foot in front of the other, not letting his fear get the best of him; he’s rewarded in the most unique of ways. Spare illustrations by Jon Klassen are as spot-on, as always, in this creative book that’s sure to nab best-book awards. • Community News - St. Charles County • May 1, 2013



Tacos Reinvented for Cinco De Mayo From coast to coast, every region of the country has its own tasty take on serving up their favorite pork chop dishes. This go-to protein is a versatile canvas for a wide range of mouthwatering flavors and techniques to drive taste buds wild. For a sautéed, sweet and spicy dinner-time solution, take inspiration from some of the best regional secrets for preparing pork tacos. Down south, they favor fried pork chops wrapped in a soft, puffy shell. In Kansas City, the preference is to stuff the grilled pork chop in a hard shell after smothering it in a tangy BBQ sauce. As for the Southwest, Honey and Spice Sautéed Pork Hand Tacos are a scrumptious favorite that’s easy to prepare and even easier to devour. This fuss-free recipe can be prepared in a variety of ways; create sizzling pork chops in a skillet or hot off the grill—the perfect excuse to get a head start on grilling season. To kick things up even more, try a rice pilaf dish on the side. Chop up some cilantro to stir into the rice for an added layer of flavor. To ensure your pork tacos are juicy and tender, cook your chops to an internal temperature of 145°F with a 3-minute rest. Be sure to use a digital cooking thermometer to get the most delicious results. What’s your favorite regional pork recipe? Share your recipes and discover others from across the country on Pork Social at

Honey and Spice Sautéed Pork Hand Tacos Makes 4 servings, 2 tacos each Ingredients: 1 pound thinly-cut boneless chops (1/2-inch thick), cut into strips 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (smoked or plain paprika can be used as an alternative) 8 small corn tortillas, warmed 1 cup shredded romaine lettuce 1 cup pico de gallo* Sour cream or crema, to taste

Directions: In a medium sized bowl combine the honey, olive oil, lemon juice, soy sauce and ground chipotle pepper and whisk to combine. Add the sliced pork to the marinade and let it sit for 15 minutes. Heat a skillet over high heat. Add the slices of pork to the skillet and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side, flipping with tongs in the middle of the cooking process. Once cooked, remove the pork to a plate and reserve. Arrange 8 corn tortillas on a platter. Sprinkle each with equal amounts of shredded lettuce and pico de gallo. Arrange a few pieces of pork on top of each taco, and top with sour cream or crema if desired. Editor’s Note: You can find prepared pico de gallo, typically a combination of onions, chiles, tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro, in the refrigerated section of the produce department in most major supermarkets.

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CHURCH May 2: Community Prayer Breakfast 7:15am. Featuring Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer. Tickets $15. St. Stephen United Methodist Church, Troy. 636.462.8769. May 2: Celebrate Recovery®, a Faith-based 12-step Program 6pm at Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd. May 5: Rhythm of Life Concert 6:30pm. Free. United Methodist Church at Wentzville is located at 725 N. Wall St. in Wentzville. 636327.6377, www.livelovegrow. org. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Friends and Family Support Group Open to anyone who has a loved one suffering from any kind of addiction. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Oak Valley Drive, St. Peters. For more information, email Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. Info: 636.327.6377. Truth Matters!! Free Bible Correspondence Course Come Learn God’s Word with us.

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Sun. 9:30 am. - Bible classes 10:20 am. - Worship; Sun. 5 pm. - Worship; Wed Eve 7 pm. 2309 Markoe Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385. Call 636.294.9468 or 636.272.3013. 3rd Tues: Luncheon for Seniors. Seniors 55+ enjoy free lunch, cards, games, bingo. From 11 am - 2 pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. Info: 636.561.8951. 2nd Wed: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell. United Methodist Women provide main entree & bevs. 636.673.2144. EVENTS Now: Men’s Senior Softball Info: 636.281.0891 Now - May 6: Juried Student Art Exhibition Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Gallery, St. Charles Community College campus, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in Cottleville. Free and open to the public. Now - May 10: Luminous Language Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles. Free admission. 636.255.0270 or www. May 1-22: Music for Me Class for your Child Wednesdays from 10:15-11am at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, One St. Peters Centre Blvd, St. Peters. Ages 1 ½-5. $45/child.


May 3: SCC Job Fair 9am -1pm. College Center, St. Charles Community College campus, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in Cottleville. Free for job seekers, $60 for non-profit organizations, $85 for-profit organizations. Martha Toebben, 636.922.8243 or

May 5: Spring at the Foundry Art Centre 12-3pm. Free and open to the public. Kids decorate pots and plant flowers, cookies, lemonade. Story times at 12:45, 1:30 & 2:15pm.

May 3 & 4: Okalhoma! At Wentzville Christian Church, free, Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm and 6pm, 636.327.6622. May 3: “Peace Like a River” Choral Arts Singers Concert 7:30pm. Free. Transfiguration Episcopal on Lake St. Louis Blvd. 636.745.8161, www.concertarts. org. May 4: 1st Annual Pet Festival 10am - 2pm, 632 East Highway N, Wentzville. May 4: Patient Appreciation Day 11am-3pm at Elm Dental Care, 3820 Elm St., St. Charles, MO 63301. Bounce houses, hot dogs, chips, soda, face painting. Fun for everyone - everyone is invited! Raffling off 2 Wii U’s. May 4: Hendricks BBQ “Derby Day Celebration” 12:30pm. Contests, a whiskey presentation and mixology class, live music and a mint julep contest. Watch the Kentucky Derby live at 5:24pm. Tickets: $90/person at the door. Info: May 4: Chemin De Fer Auction Academy of the Sacred Heart Annual Fundraiser. www.ash1818. org/main/giving/chemin-de-fer or 636.946.5632. May 4-5: 20th Annual Hall of Fame Invitational Horseshoe Tournament Quail Ridge Park, Wentzville. 636.327.5270, www.quailridge-

May 5: All-Star Reunion Concert 2-5pm at the Ludwig Memorial Theatre. $20 at the door. 573.242.3982. May 5: Choral Arts Singers spring concert 3pm at Assumption Catholic Church in O’Fallon. Featured songs include a medley from Les Miserables, “River in Judea” by John Leavitt, and “Cross the Wide Missouri” by Don Besig. May 6 – 8: Invisalign Week At Deer Creek Dental, 2941 Highway K in O’Fallon. For appointments: 636.240.0115. May 10: MIRAGE Concert 7-10pm. Windjammer Point. Presented by the City of Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation Department. May 10: Tour of Bison Ranch Travel to Sayersbrooke Bison Ranch near Potosi, MO. Enjoy lunch, take a boat tour of the lake and visit the Country Store. $110. 636.397.6903 ext. 1624 or rec-connect. May 11: Military Order of the Cooties Garage Sale 8am – 2pm. VFW Post Home of 5077, 8500 Veterans Memorial Dr., O’Fallon. 636.561.1368. May 12: SCCYO Symphony Orchestra Mother’s Day Concert 7pm. Event Tent at New Town. Free., 636.916.0515. May 19: Hat and Fasion Show by Missouri Ballet Theatre Academy 4315 N St. Peters Pkwy, St. Peters. 636.561.0028.

May 27: New Direction Stl’s 2nd Annual “Unity in the Community” Street Fair 11am - 7pm. For booth rental or sponsorship: 314.919.6011. June 3 – August 9: Lake Saint Louis Camp Gators Summer Day Camp June 14- 16: Wentzville Class of 1983 30-year Reunion WE NEED HELP LOCATING CLASSMATES! The reunion information is posted on Facebook and Contact Skip Scott at or Connie (Hill) Huelsmann at June 28: SWING 4 KIDS Charity Golf Classic Registration begins at 11 am; shotgun start at 12:30 pm at Bear Creek Golf Club, 158 Bear Creek Drive, Wentzville. $125/golfer. www. Ongoing Events 4th Monday: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary Club Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Every Monday: Adult Volleyball 6-7 p.m. at the St. Charles County Family YMCA, 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters. Non-competitive, co-ed, free and open to the public. Just show up with your friends and enjoy a fun-filled evening. Info: 636.928.1928. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30 p.m. at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563. 4th Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles.


Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Join us every week to work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. Anybody welcome, no sewing experience required. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Mo. Toastmasters gives all members the opportunity to grow their skills, which fosters self-confidence and personal growth. St. Charles County Toastmasters is open to the public and looking for new members. Info: 636.379.2505.

Every Tuesday & Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm., Thursdays 7-7:55 p.m. Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. • Community News - St. Charles County • May 1, 2013 Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m. Free. Join us every week to play your favorite board or card game. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10 a.m. Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379. Every Wednesday: Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League Weekly check in at 5 p.m., tee off at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage of Hawk Ridge. Two-man team scramble league.League begins mid April. $20/team to register. $20/team paid first night for overall awards. $2/ team weekly plus Greens and Cart fees. Info/registration:, under the parks and recreation section. Every Wednesday: Adult Volleyball Games at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 6-7 p.m. Non-competitive, co-ed, free and open to the public. No registration necessary - just show up with your friends and enjoy a funfilled evening. Info: 636.928.1928. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45 p.m. VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a nonsmoking facility. Info: 636.272.1945 or 1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7 p.m. Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45 a.m. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. Info: Darryl Sandweg, 636.980.1777. Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. Playgroup is a great opportunity to teach our children how to play and share while in a welcoming environment. Info:

Andrea Crislip at 314.479.0306 or, or visit Every Friday: Fairmount Church Fish Fry Now-March 22. 3-7 p.m. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet or carry out. 2299 St. Peters Howell Rd, St Peters. $9/Adult, $5/Child, $1 off your meal if you bring 2 non-perishable items. Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8 p.m. VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Saturday: Chess 8-10:30 a.m. or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Come play! Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30 a.m. in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). No games Easter weekend & Christmas. $3,600 in cash prizes each week. Progressive game, Derby tickets, pull-tabs, 50/50, bar & food. Info:, wentzville-community-club. Every Saturday: Blue Bird Yoga Frontier Park, between Katy Depot & Lewis and Clark Monument. Beginners welcome. Bring your own mat. HEALTH Exercise Classes for Cancer Patients & Survivors Free for all cancer patients and survivors. Participants must have referral from their SSM Cancer Care physician. Family members may receive 3-month FREE YMCA membership. Call the St. Charles YMCA (636.928.1928) or O’Fallon YMCA (636.379-0092).

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

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Info: Mike at 636.240.1722 or Every Monday: BILY (Because I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550. 1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30 p.m. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. For families/friends who want help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. Registration: 314.SSM.DOCS (776.3627). Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life Want to Quit Smoking? For support, call Ellen, register nurse at SSM St. Joseph Hospital, 636.947.5304. 1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Info: metrostlouissia@ • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389.

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• 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. Every Tuesday: Divorce Support Group 6:30-8 p.m. through May 28. Info: Angela Skurtu at 314.973.7997 or 1st Tuesday: Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2 p.m. at the Community Commons in Spencer Road Library. Nurses & Company offers a Parkinson’s Support Group for both caregivers and those with Parkinson’s. Info: Alicia Wildhaber at 636.926.3722. 4th Tues: Diabetes Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 3rd Wed. 6:30–8 p.m. KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4–12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer. 1st Thursday: Nurses & Company Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2 pm at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe (228 Savannah Terrace, Wentzville) for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Questions: Alicia Wildhaber with Nurses & Company at 636.926.3722. Sudoku Solutions from page 10

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May 1, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Joe Morice

Over the Fence

Finding the Truth In the spirit of the old axiom, “Listen to what they say and then look at what they do”, I sometimes try to find the facts as opposed to succumbing to the enormous amount of propaganda that currently circulates all modes of modern communication. This means I try not to mine the Internet for information that backs up my theories instead of the truth. Some of the bizarre Internet propaganda borders on something one might expect from Russian newspapers during its communist era. One of the current propaganda ploys involves the NRA’s claims the government is taking our guns away, as if that were even remotely possible, when considering the costs, our constitution and the available means to perform houseto-house searches. I looked up the NRA’s finances, which is usually a good way to see what is really happening. According to The Center for Responsible Government, contributions were $1,458,651, lobbying expenses were $2,980,000 and outside spending was $19,767,043. I’ll let you guess where all those extra funds came from. The NRA began as a citizen’s protection of the right to bear arms. Then the arms merchant corporations became powerful followed by the propaganda machinery. Add the Internet and voila! Growing up, I spent my youth hunting small game and I belonged to the NRA. Later years brought news of the changes in their influences I found disturbing. After I discovered they lobbied against all laws governing gun ownership including those for felony checks, I saw the light of day. I suppose remembering my drunken neighbor’s attempts to shoot his wife who ran screaming into the street may have helped. Lucky for her, he was a lousy shot, although he almost hit the guy next door when a bullet penetrated the walls of his house. Some

people shouldn’t own guns. The reality doesn’t escape me, however. If someone wants guns, it’s like drugs; they’ll get them in spite of laws, thus making the whole legal issue so much hot air. I sometimes wonder if there were ever any murderers who were overly worried about gun laws. Propaganda machines are nothing new. Communist Russia made good use of theirs just as our US legislative political candidates in recent years. If anyone believes TV political campaign ads, perhaps they need professional help. But at times, people believe what they want to believe no matter the veracity. For every one of those convictions however, their purveyors usually have someone behind them who will profit by it. The oldest and most successful method is the invention of enemies, real or imagined, to encourage public paranoia while someone or some group becomes wealthy and powerful as a result. The huge increases in gun sales and ammunition prices might give us a hint of one such group. The aforementioned Middle Eastern tribal leaders make clever use of an enemy they refer to as “The Great Satan”. That’s us, by the way. Before advanced world communications and the proliferation of modern weapons, they usually preyed on other tribes as their sworn enemies. Having affected people see the truth isn’t something the rich and powerful thrive on, apparently. King George III probably didn’t believe 13 American colonies would see it. A synonym for autonomy is self-government, among others. It requires throwing off the yoke of self-serving misinformation by questionable interests. Selecting information to support a belief is the opposite of forming a conclusion from the available facts. The latter is something detectives and scientists must accomplish to be successful. The former is what plutocrats and dictators thrive on. Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.

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