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May 16, 2012

Vol 14

July 13, 2011

No 20

Vol 13 No 28

The public is invited to I-70 Blanchette Bridge construction public meetings on May 24 and 30.

Prepare for Closure Information courtesy of MoDOT

IN this Issue

The $63 million rehabilitation of the westbound Interstate 70 Missouri River Bridge (Blanchette Bridge) will close and detour traffic starting November 2012. Additionally overnight and weekend closures will happen this summer at the Earth City Expressway interchange and at the bridge. MoDOT and Walsh Construction Company will host two public meetings to share these details and highlight alternate routes to help I-70 drivers get around. Two public meetings are scheduled – one in St. Charles and one in Maryland Heights. Both meetings will have the same information and the information will be available online. The St. Charles meeting will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Immanuel Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 115 S. Sixth Street. The Maryland Heights meeting will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30 at the Maryland Heights Government Center in the Court Room, 11911 Dorsett Road. The westbound I-70 bridge over the Missouri River was built in the late 1950s. It is in serious need of major repairs. Major river crossings are designed to last 100 years with a major overall needed at 50 years. Without major repairs, the bridge will continue to fall into disrepair and emergency repairs will be required at more frequent intervals with longer traffic closures. These repairs will become increasingly more expensive. The westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge includes a total of 23 spans. Of those, the main three spans over the Missouri River have the overhead steel truss. The rehabilitation of the Westbound I-70 Bridge will include: • Removal and replacement of the existing truss spans with new trusses.

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• Replacement of the complete driving surface, edge barrier walls and all expansion joints • Elimination of the three spans nearest to the St. Louis County end and their conversion to roadway on embankment • Repair all remaining concrete substructure units including replacement of some parts • Complete replacement of the structural steel in the first nine spans of the bridge on the St. Charles County side • Repair of the structural steel components of the long girder spans and the truss spans • Repainting of all existing structural steel MoDOT closed the bike lane on the Route 370 Missouri River bridge in November 2011. The Route 370 bridge is restriped to add a fourth lane on 370 between Earth City Expressway and Route 94. The extra lane will help traffic during the closure of the westbound I-70 bridge. The fourth lane on Route 370 will be removed in 2014 and the bike lane will be restriped. During the closure, cyclists should use Route 364 Page Avenue to cross the Missouri River. Walsh Construction Company plans

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to close the westbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge and shift lanes to the eastbound bridge starting approximately the first weekend in November, weather permitting. Traffic will stay shifted all on the eastbound bridge for less than one year. During the construction, three lanes of eastbound and three lanes of west-

bound I-70 will be using the eastbound bridge. The two directions of traffic will be separated by a concrete barrier wall in the middle of the eastbound bridge. Lanes will be reduced to 11 feet wide with no shoulders. See CLOSURE page 4

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O’Fallon Police Department to Participate in Seat Belt and DWI Patrols In an effort to reduce traffic crashes involving drivers and passengers without seat belts, the O’Fallon Police Department will participate in the national Click it or Ticket mobilization conducted May 21 through June 3. This enforcement project targets areas with the highest traffic crashes. The O’Fallon Police Department will conduct several traffic details throughout this campaign in an effort to encourage the use of seat belts. Seven out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. Missouri’s seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years. Missouri has 79 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 85 percent. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 67 and 66 percent. Buckle up and Arrive Alive. The O’Fallon Police Department will also conduct several DWI details throughout the month of May. This enforcement project targets areas with the highest alcohol-related traffic crashes. In 2011 in Missouri, 220 people were killed and 916 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

Lake Saint Louis Parks and Recreation Events Concert Series Come and enjoy the free Flaming Pie (Beatles/ British Invasion Band) concert from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at Boulevard Park. Camp Gators Summer Day Camp Registrations are now being accepted for the 2012 season! Summer day camp will be offered weekly from May 29 – August 10 (Monday through Friday). For more information and to register, please view the parks and recreation section at www.lakesaintlouis.com Ozzie Smith’s Sports Academy Baseball/Softball Session I 5/29- 6/1 Session II 7/9 – 7/12 Ages 4 – 6 8:30 – 10 a.m. $59 per session Ages 7 – 18 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. $139 per

Run for the Wall

session Note: Register at www.ozziesmithssportsacademy.com Lake Saint Louis Triathlon 30th Year of Great Racing History! Saturday, August 25, 2012 The city of Lake Saint Louis Parks and Recreation is proud to present the oldest organized Triathlon event in the St. Louis metro area. This event has proven to be the most popular triathlon in the area, as it has filled the last nine years with participants who traveled from all over the country. Registrations are still being accepted! Enter early, as this event fills up quickly. For more information and to register, please view the parks and recreation section at www.lakesaintlouis.com or phone Parks at 636.625.7944.

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The 24th Annual Run for the Wall (RFTW) will cross the country May 16-26, and stops in Wentzville on Monday, May 21. Robert Williams, media chairman for RFTW and the VFW Post #5327 in Wentzville, said he’s expecting more than 500 motorcycles to roll into town around 4 p.m. “They’ll be 700 bikes before they leave the next morning,” Williams said. “The riders will come to the VFW Post 5327 for dinner and a ceremony.” The VFW Post also feeds the riders breakfast on May 22 before they ride out of town and travel to Jefferson Barracks for another ceremony. Before they leave, the riders will visit Wentzville’s Vietnam Memorial – the nation’s very first Viet-

nam Memorial. “We’re the only original stop on the Central Route after all these years,” Williams said. “They love coming here. The whole city gets involved, and the participants thank us for everything the whole city does for them.” Run for the Wall recognizes the sacrifices and contributions made by all veterans who have served our nation. Veterans of recent conflicts and those currently on active duty are especially welcome to join the participants as they ride for those who cannot. Run for the Wall’s mission statement is to promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action, to honor the memory of those killed in action from all wars, and to support the country’s personnel all over the www.rivercityrascals.com military world. RFTW ends in Washington D.C., where the riders join in with thousands of others for Rolling Thunder on Memorial Day.

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BCI Wing Ding Tickets on Sale Boone Center Inc. (BCI) announces that tickets are now on sale for the 14th Annual BCI Wing Ding to be held from 5 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at T. R. Hughes Ballpark, the home of the River City Rascals. The BCI Wing Ding is the foremost chicken wing eating festival in the greater St. Louis area. Attendees enjoy sampling wings from more than 16 area restaurants and cast their vote for their favorite wings. Returning restaurants this year include: A Better Pizza, Amerisports Bar in the Ameristar Casino Casino, B. Halls Family Grill, Ballyhoo, Big A’s on the Riverfront, Max & Erma’s, Padavan’s NY, Playoffs Sports Bar, Quintessential Dining and Nightlife, R. T. Weiler’s, Syberg’s and Windows on Washington. First-time participating restaurants include Bobby’s Place, KiTARO Bistro of Japan, Lloyd and Harry’s and St. Louis Wing Co. Three tickets levels are available. General Admission tickets holders enjoy unlimited wings and two drink tickets for $30. The All –Inclusive ticket holder gets unlimited wings and drinks for $60. And the VIP ticket holder at $100 can enter 30 minutes earlier, has exclusive seating, their own wing buffet and drinks.

Beverages include Budweiser and O’Fallon Brewery beer, Jose Quervo margaritas, soda and bottled water. Tickets may be purchased on-line at BCI’s website www.boonecenter.com, at BCI’s headquarters located at 200 Trade Center Drive West in St. Peters, and at participating restaurants. Tim Ezell, noted newscaster for Fox2 News, returns as the Emcee for the event, and the band Groovethang will rock the night away. “This year’s 14th annual ‘Wing Ding’ at T. R. Hughes Ballpark will mark yet another chapter in what has become the most popular fundraising event in St. Charles County,” said Chuck Blossom, CEO of BCI and the founder of BCI’s Wing Ding event back in 1999. “Our clients will appreciate your attendance.” Founded in 1959, BCI, a 501c3 organization, offers community-based and facility-based employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities. For more information about Wing Ding or BCI employment opportunities, please visit www.boonecenter.com or call Karen Schleicher at 636.875.5267.

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Fort Zumwalt Park Closes to Vehicles for the “O’Fallon Cup Criterium” Bike Race To accommodate the O’Fallon Cup Criterium bicycle race, Fort Zumwalt Park in O’Fallon, Missouri, will be temporarily close to vehicles at dusk on Friday, May 18, through 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. The public is invited to attend the event, free. Spectator parking will be available at First Baptist Church of O’Fallon, 8750 Veterans Memorial Parkway (63366). More information about the race is available online at www.momentumcycles.com.

O’Fallon’s Free, Kid-Friendly Public Works Fair At O’Fallon’s 7th Annual Public Works Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on May 23, kids will be able to sit in the driver’s seat on some of the big machinery the city of O’Fallon uses to keep the city’s streets, water and sewer mains in good repair, deliver city services like trash and recycling collection, and many more. The fair will be held in the west ballpark parking lot at Tom Ginnever Avenue and T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission, parking and activities are free. The event commemorates National Public Works Week May 20-26. Free activities include: • Free City Train rides for all ages • Giveaways, free hot dogs, chips, soda and water • Safety awareness games and activities for kids • Educational material for adults • A variety of big equipment on display Directions: On I-70, take Exit 219 at T.R. Hughes Boulevard and drive north about one mile to the left-hand parking lot at T.R. Hughes Ballpark (corner of Tom Ginnever Avenue). For more information, please call O’Fallon’s Street Division at 636.379.3807, or email abeers@ofallon.mo.us.

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CLOSURE from cover The speed limit through the work zone will be reduced to 50 mph with an advisory speed of 45 mph on the bridge. Approximately 160,000 vehicles use this section of I-70 every day. The Route 370 and Route 364 (Page Avenue) Missouri River bridges are the primary alternate routes to use to avoid congestion on I-70 during the construction. Both bridges are located within a few miles of I-70 and provide an easy alternate to get to and from St. Charles and St. Louis counties as well as in and out of the major business and shopping districts in downtown St. Charles and Earth City.

“The morning and evening rush hours will be heavily congested on I-70, and commuters need to consider their options. We encourage major employers especially those with many employees who travel from St. Charles County to consider allowing flextime and alternate work hours and locations,” said Ed Hassinger, MoDOT St. Louis District Engineer. “This isn’t a full closure like the I-64 project, but all the same preparations need to be made to ensure everyone has a plan for how they will cope with the extra congestion on I-70 during peak hours.” Construction work to prepare for the closure will

begin in summer 2012. Lane closures will occur for this work primarily during off peak hours. There will be three weekends this summer with lane closures on I-70, Earth City Expressway and the ramps at that interchange. Crews are making repairs to the I-70 bridge over Earth City Expressway. The public meeting displays and schedule handout will be available online starting May 24. Visit www. modot.org/blanchettebridge to view project information and to sign up for email updates. MoDOT reminds motorists to slow down in work zones and avoid distractions to keep yourself and the workers safe.

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing at Klondike Park on May 20 The St. Charles County Parks Department is teaming up with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (ASEM) to host a public viewing of a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20, at Klondike Park, 4600 Highway 94 South in Augusta. Beginning at 7:25 p.m., for about an hour, the moon will obscure approximately 52 percent of the sun by sunset. Participants will have to walk up a fairly steep paved trail to get to the lookout bluff where the viewing area will take place, and are encouraged to bring a flashlight for the walk back down. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the

sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun’s light. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometers wide. Weather permitting, members of the ASEM will bring solar scopes to the top of the lookout bluff for the public to view. They will also provide 50 pair of special “eclipse glasses” for the public to use during the event. Looking at the partial solar eclipse with the bare eye can cause severe damage to the eye. Unfavorable weather conditions may obstruct the view of the partial solar eclipse, causing the event to be cancelled.

Anyone interested in attending this public viewing of the partial solar eclipse should register by calling the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636.949.7535. If unfavorable weather conditions exist on the day of the event, contact the St. Charles County Parks Closure/ Cancellation Hotline at 636.949.7475 for an update. Also check the ASEM website at www.asemonline.org.

O’Fallon’s Armed Forces Day Ceremony The public is invited to attend an Armed Forces Day ceremony that will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek Road, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Parking is available. Armed Forces Day is dedicated to Americans serving in the five branches of military service: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. O’Fallon’s annual ceremony pays tribute

to women in past and present military service, as well. O’Fallon City Council member Rose Mack will deliver welcoming remarks. Directions: On I-70 in O’Fallon, take Exit 219 at T.R. Hughes Boulevard and Belleau Creek Road. Turn south. O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk is just off the I-70 overpass at the southeast corner of Belleau Creek Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Parking is available.

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Get Into the Swim of Things! It’s time to get those new bathing suits on and head to the pool for some fun and instructions. What better way to get ready for the summer than to get some swim lessons for your family or join a water fitness class. The O’Fallon Family Y has a lot to offer for every family member to get ready for summer fun! Don’t forget, it’s a great time to meet new friends and share new experiences! There is a reason why the Y is referred to as America’s Favorite Swim Instructor. The Y has been teaching people to swim for over a century. In Y classes, not only are you taught in a caring way how to swim, but you also learn about yourself, about safety and rescue skills, and about water activities you can enjoy for a lifetime. Swim lessons are for anyone starting at 6 months of age with water orientation and continuing into adulthood. Your child will learn a lot in Y swim lessons about moving safely through the water; that doesn’t mean he or she will be totally safe from drowning. Young children are not able to understand the hazards of water or to deal with them as an adult would. In the U.S., drowning is the third leading cause of death among children under age 5; and the second leading cause of death among those ages 5 to 14, according to the National Safety Council. Your best insurance against drowning is to constantly supervise your child around water, to take steps to prevent accidents, and to plan for emergencies. A variety of swim class types and times are available to meet your family’s needs. Class size is determined by considering safety factors and participants’

ages, making sure classes don’t get too big to be safe and comfortable. You might even consider a private lesson to help your family member get in the swim of things. The water fitness Sarah Gildehaus, Fitness Coordinator, classes are designed YMCA for all levels of fitness to include those with arthritis. Water fitness is an excellent low or nonimpact exercise for any age. We have certified instructors teaching classes ranging from Core Conditioning to Aqua Jogging to all levels of Aquatic Aerobics and even Aqua Dance. The Arthritis Class is taught by instructors certified through the Arthritis Foundation. Check the website for the times of both the deep and shallow water classes. Are you already a swimmer? You may be interested in our Masters swim training program or if you have a school age swimmer, check out the Pre Competitive lessons to get ready for summer swim teams. Maybe you are looking for a new swim team to join – the Sea Dragons is our team which will start up again in the fall. The O’Fallon Family Y welcomes you to join our many aquatic programs designed especially for you. Contact us at (636)379-0092 or find more information at our website - www.ymcastlouis.org/ofallon-family-ymca. Let’s make a splash together this summer!

Free Large-item Trash Drop-off for O’Fallon Residents O’Fallon, Missouri, residents are invited to take advantage of the city’s free quarterly drop-off service for many items that are too large to fit into curbside trash containers. Acceptable items can be brought to O’Fallon’s waste transfer station from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. The transfer station is located at 1572 Progress West Lane, O’Fallon (63366). Acceptable items for drop-off include: furniture, carpets, swing sets, bikes, toddler pools, sports and exercise equipment, large hand tools, barbecue grills, fluorescent tubes, computer monitors and televisions. Lawn mowers, except riding mowers, also are accepted, but gas and oil tanks must be empty. Unacceptable items include: yard waste, appliances, tires, auto parts, batteries, gas, oil, transmission fluid, and liquid household hazardous waste: paint, solvents, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and their containers. Drop-offs are limited to one load per household per day. Only cars, pickup trucks and small trailers measuring no more than 10 feet long will be allowed. To take part in the drop-off, O’Fallon residents must be current on their trash bill, and display a current photo ID with their O’Fallon address. Residents also must unload their own items. Residents also can arrange to have many large items picked up at the curb year round. To schedule a pick up, email staff at ofallonrecycles@ofallon.mo.us or call Environmental Services at 636.272.0477. Cost of the service is $20 per truck hopper for curbside collection. Up-to-date information about O’Fallon’s refuse collection is available online at www.ofallon.mo.us/ES. Directions: Take the North Service Road to Hoff Road (9/10 of a mile west of the Bryan Road junction). Turn north on Hoff Road, cross the railroad tracks and bear left (west). Continue on Hoff Road for about three blocks, and turn left on Progress West; continue to the transfer station.

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R-III To Offer Free Summer Lunch Program In response to a growing population of students requiring free and reduced lunch in the Lincoln County R-III Schools, the district is now qualified to participate in a free summer lunch program funded through the National School Lunch Program. The Seamless Summer Meal program provides nutritiously balanced lunches throughout the summer months to any child up to the age of 18 for free, regardless of income. Beginning Monday, May 21, the R-III District will serve lunches through the Seamless Summer Meal program at Main Street Elementary from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. On a trial basis, the R-III District will also deliver lunches to the following areas at the specified times: • Hawk Point Elementary, 11-11:15 a.m. • Legend/Castlewood area (exact intersection is yet to be determined), 11:30 - 11:45 a.m. • Ninth Grade Center, 12 - 12:15 p.m. • Moscow Community Building, 12:20 - 12:35 p.m. The R-III District will deliver lunches to these areas for 10 days. Service will be stopped if participation is low after 10 days of service. The program will run through Friday, August 10 and follow the district office calendar. Lunches will not be served on the following days: May 25, May 28, July 4, July 5, July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27.

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Free Alzheimer’s/Dementia Informational Meeting The St. Louis Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will be hosting an educational program called “Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: The Basics,” from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24, at Troy Senior Center located at 1380 Boone Street in Troy. The free program provides a thorough overview of memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease while including infor-

mation about research, treatments and how to get a diagnosis. Because this program forms the foundation for all other Alzheimer’s Association educational programs, interested people are encouraged to attend before participating in other programs. Preregistration is required. Register online at www.alz.org/stl or call 800.272.3900.

EHS Senior Awarded Four Year Scholarship Elsberry High School Senior Jordan Powell was awarded the Black and White Ball Scholarship at Lindenwood University in cooperation with St. Louis musician Nelly and Plaza Motors. A ceremony to honor the senior’s receipt of this prestigious award was held on Wednesday, April 25 at the Lindenwood Campus. In 2008 Nelly and Lindenwood announced a partnership that would award two high school seniors a four-year, full tuition scholarship. All high school students in the greater St. Louis area were eligible; winners were selected based on an essay about their academic success, leadership qualities and financial need. At the ceremony, Powell was presented a scholarship by Nelly, and received a new laptop computer and book bag from Plaza Motors representative Jerry Patterson. Powell will major in Broadcasting at Lindenwood. His career goal is to become an ESPN Broadcaster. This is the second consecutive year an Elsberry student was awarded this scholarship. Last year’s winner was Carmen Rhodes.

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The Lincoln County Missouri Habitat for Humanity Golf Tournament will be held at Woods Fort Country Club on Sunday, May 20. The event will feature a Three-Person Scramble with team cash prizes. The cost is $250 per team. Check in begins at noon, and the tournament starts at 1 p.m. Players can participate in three flights, a longest drive contest, a closest to the pin contest and a skins game. Mulligans are available for $5 with a limit of two per player. For more information, please contact David Thompson or Suzette Morris at 636.528.7001.


Business

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Recent Ribbon Cuttings

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4 1. McDonald’s celebrated the newly remodeled location in North O’Fallon with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on March 14, 2012. Pictured are employees joined by friends and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, the City of O’Fallon and O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessey. McDonald’s is located at 1001 N Main Street in O’Fallon, Missouri. Call 636.978.3649 or visit www.mcdonalds.com. 2. Pizzazz Gifts celebrated their new business in O’Fallon, MO with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on March 14, 2012. Pictured is Owner, Sandra McGillicuddy, joined by 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. Offering a great selection of items from jewelry and purses to baby items, Pizzazz Gifts has something for everyone. Their customers can sign up for a perks card and save money on future purchases. If you are looking for a oneof-a-kind gift for a loved one or to add to your holiday décor be sure to stop by Pizzazz Gifts often. Pizzazz Gifts is located at 2432 Highway K in O’Fallon, Missouri. Call 636.294.5977 or visit www.pizzazzgifts.com. 3. Sandalwood Creek Apartments Leasing Staff and Management celebrated the grand re-opening of Sandalwood Creek Apartments with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Also joining the celebration were tenants, family, friends, board members and Ambassadors of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Sandalwood Creek Apartments is located at 10 A. San Miguel in St. Charles. For more information on leasing

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5 options available at Sandalwood Creek, please call 636.946.6128. 4. Red Room Sushi Lounge - Manager Doug Bursley and owner AJ Daoud celebrated the grand opening of Red Room Sushi Lounge with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Joining Doug and AJ were family, friends, board members and Ambassadors of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Red Room Sushi Lounge is located at 335 North Main Street in Historic St. Charles. For more information on Red Room Sushi Lounge, their hours of operation and menu, please call 636.724.2959. 5. Kumon Math & Reading - Owner Rebecca Dodd celebrated the grand opening of her business, Kumon Math & Reading with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Joining Rebecca were family, friends, board members and Ambassadors of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Kumon Math & Reading is located at 2103 Zumbehl Road in St. Charles. For more information on the services Kumon Math & Reading provides, please call 636.410.7640. 6. Shelter Insurance Agency - Luke Bryson and Keith Huff

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6 recently celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of their new Shelter Insurance Agency in St. Charles. In attendance were Mary Alewel office manager, Fred Hippo - Regional Manager, Marcie Singleton - District Manager, St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith, Greater St. Charles County Chamber Ambassadors, Chamber President Scott Tate and members of the Chamber Staff. They would be happy to help you with your insurance needs. Their office is located at 1 Westbury Dr. Suite 320, St Charles, MO 63301. For more information, please call 636.946.3322 or visit www.shelterinsurance.com/ lukebryson. If your business is new to the area and would like to celebrate with a ribbon cutting, contact Wendy Rackovan at the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce at 636.946.0633.

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D.A.R.E. Graduations

1. The Fort Zumwalt School District recently employed their first graduates of the “Grow Your Own Teacher” program. Kelsie Kestler graduated from West High School and then Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Special Education. Kelsie will teach in the fall at Rock Creek Elementary School. Robin Aston is a South High School graduate and also attended Southeast Missouri State University and will teach in the fall at North High School as a Special Education teacher. Seated from L-R is Patricia Brown, personnel secretary, Kelsie Kestler, and Robin Aston. Standing is Dr. Patty Corum, deputy superintendent, Dr. Dede McCullough, principal at Rock Creek Elementary, and Joe Sutton, principal at North High School. 2. Second grade students at J.L. Mudd Elementary School participated in an event called Bookman’s Quiz. The students were questioned about what they had read from a selected group of books. The event was structured like a game show and allowed students to use their “lifeline” if they were stumped on a particular question. Pictured are students being quizzed. 3. Joseph L. Mudd Elementary School in the Fort Zumwalt School District recently celebrated 50 years of learning. Former students and staff members, along with many J.L. Mudd families, joined in on the festivities which included a hot dog dinner, music, games, performances, and building tours. Pictured conversing with attendees is the school’s first principal, Mr. Bob Englehart. 4. (Not Pictured) The Honor Council Committee of Missouri Association of Student Councils announced that the Fort Zumwalt East High School Student Council was awarded the Missouri Association of Student Councils Gold Award. The criteria are established to honor those councils that have a comprehensive program in promoting student activities and student leadership. Activities include school service, spirit, community service, student and teacher recognition, and leadership training activities. Congratulations to the East High School Student Council.

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The Heritage Intermediate Fifth Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation was held April 23 at Holt High School. From left: Alderman Chris Gard, Mayor Nick Guiccione, Chief Lisa Harrison, Fifth Graders Christian Gard and Kyra Hartman with their teacher, Rebecca Jennings. The Lakeview Fifth Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation was held on April 24 at Holt High School. From left: Officer Mary, Mayor Nick Guiccione, Chief Lisa Harrison, Assistant Principal Mrs. Ellis, Alderman Sonya Shryock, Alderman Chris Gard and fifth graders Tommy Neveau, Nathan Moeller, and Aaron Henrich.

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Community News - St. Charles County • May 16, 2012 • 9 By Steve Bryan Rated: PG-13

“Dark Shadows”

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Johnny Depp has been learning a hard lesson, namely that moviegoers will not embrace every single film role that he takes. After a miserable failure in “The Rum Diary,” Depp follows it up with “Dark Shadows,” a big screen adaptation of the classic daytime soap opera. Even with frequent collaborators Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on hand, the actor can’t squeeze laughs out of this dreary film. Depp plays Barnabas Collins, an 18th Century native of Liverpool, England who settles in America with his family. The heir to a successful fish cannery, Collins spurns the affections of a witch and she, in turn, transforms him into a creature of the night. To further punish Barnabas, the witch buries him in the ground so he has time to think. Flash forward to 1972 and Collins is awakened by construction workers. He soon learns that his family’s fortune has dwindled, something that he vows to change. Barnabas also becomes enchanted with Victoria (Bella Heathcote), a young governess who resembles his lost love from centuries past. He desperately wants to win her affections and regain his humanity. Unfortunately, the witch, now known as Angelique (Eva

Green), runs a successful cannery in the same town. Over the centuries, Angelique hasn’t forgiven Barnabas for rejecting her love and vows to win him back at any cost. Director Tim Burton teams up with Johnny Depp once more for “Dark Shadows,” building the elaborate, intricate sets that are his trademarks. Even this reliable team can’t deliver the goods with this film. It’s an adaptation that handles neither the comedy nor the drama very well. Depp is overly dependent on roles requiring grotesque makeup, such as the latest installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean” or his odd turn as the Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland.” Depp has real talent, but he wants to bury it under a layer of latex prosthetics. Where is the powerhouse actor who starred in “Public Enemies” or “Finding Neverland” not so long ago? Burton also squanders the talents of

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his other cast members, most notably Chloe Grace Moretz. As Carolyn Stoddard, the young actress wanders around in a daze wearing fashions that were popular back in the 1970s. Even when the audience learns more about the character, it doesn’t do enough to redeem her lackluster performance. “Dark Shadows” has the potential to be a terrifying thriller or an outrageous period comedy. Burton tries to hedge his bets and do both, but with disastrous results. “Dark Shadows,” rated PG-13 for comic horror violence, sexual content, some drug use, language and smoking, currently is playing in theaters.

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Sports You See... With Gary B. This Friday T.R. Hughes Stadium Starts Baseball Watch All Home Games on the Internet For about nine months the stadium has been silent from baseball. May 18 ends the long off-season and we’ll hear the famous words, “Play ball!” barked out by the home plate umpire. The River City Rascals Professional Baseball Team will have a new look this year with many new players on the field and new concessions for the fans. You can watch the home games by going to the Rascals website. “The River City Rascals are pleased to be able to partner with STL Sports Productions (Joel Anderson) again this season,” said Rascals GM Dan Dial. “Their professionalism and knowledge is second to none and they provide a great service to our fans that could never be replaced.” For more information on all this year’s promotions, go to www.RiverCityRascals. com. ~~~Ruffy is getting ready too 24-Hour Fitness Partners with Harlem Globetrotters Skills Clinic at St. Charles Location For the first time in history, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters are teaming with fitness club industry leader, 24 Hour Fitness, to host 120 summer skills clinics for youth across the U.S. They will work with fans ages 6 to 14. Participants will get a glimpse behind the curtain to see the magic behind the Globetrotters’ electrifying basketball skills and tricks. Participants will also learn about the importance of staying active and eating healthy. About 40 innovative clinics will take at different 24 Hour Fitness clubs in nine states over a 10-week period this summer, including two locations in St. Louis – St. Charles and Arnold. “We are excited to partner with 24 Hour Fitness on this innovative program that combines the world’s most entertaining basketball team and a national fitness leader,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. “These clinics are an extension

of our brand and allow our fans to experience unparalleled interaction with our talented players, while promoting health and wellness for children in a fun setting.” Each clinic will be conducted by current Globetrotter players. Two, three-hour clinics will be held during the following dates and times at these 24 Hour Fitness locations: • 1095 Regency Parkway; St. Charles , MO 63303; June 4-6; 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 2 – 5 p.m. • 215 Arnold Crossing; Arnold , MO ; June 7-8; 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 2 – 5 p.m. “Like the Harlem Globetrotters, 24 Hour Fitness believes in the importance of keeping our children active through physical activity and sports,” said Randy Drake, senior vice president of fitness and business development, 24 Hour Fitness. “We are excited to be able to offer these unique and entertaining basketball clinics to our members and partner with the iconic Globetrotters.” Registration information about the summer skills clinics may be found at www. harlemglobetrotters.com, where visitors can find a complete list of clinic locations, dates, and times. Thanks to Mark Fine, senior marketing director of the Harlem Globetrotters International, Incorporated for the information. ~~~Great bunch of athletes and performers Holt High Soccer Player Going to MO Baptist Member of All-Academic Team Holt senior Melissa Patchin has committed to play soccer for the Spartans of Missouri Baptist University. Her mother, Cindy and father, Pat, by her side, the midfielder signed her National Letter of Intent at Holt High School. Melissa has been named to the Gateway Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. She is also currently listed on Holt’s Honor Roll, is a member of the Indian Yearbook staff and tutors students through the Missouri A+ program. Melissa says she chose Missouri Baptist for its location and academic offerings. She plans to study either nursing or sports management. ~~~Nailed sports and the books-Great Job

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“Over the Fence” Who Will Save Us from Being Saved? The latest recommendation from Centers for Disease Control is families should wear safety helmets when a tornado strikes. I wasn’t aware that tornados were a disease. I always thought they were Mother Nature’s way of reminding us to buy homeowners and burial insurance. The CDC also recommends wearing helmets when riding bicycles and motorcycles lest we fall off or a bus runs over us. I always wear my motorcycle helmet to protect me if I hit a bridge abutment at 60 mph. Some meanies believe that motorcycle riders and bicycle riders shouldn’t wear helmets at all. They say the former are considered crazy and the latter are all too often holding up traffic. Not wearing helmets might decrease their numbers. This seems a bit harsh.

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I had to wear one during my construction days even if I was in the middle of a field holding a surveying rod. The overhead danger in an open field might be a pilot that drops an empty beer bottle out of a crop duster. Watching those guys fly often made me think they were imbibing while zooming over crops. They also wear helmets just in case they accidentally fly into a fence post. I’m sure a helmet will help. I don’t know where this helmet business will stop but it occurs to me that maybe we’re missing the boat, so to speak. Perhaps we should wear helmets for more reasons than even the CDC folks suggest. After watching cell phone users, I can’t believe the CDC wouldn’t suggest they wear helmets too. I noticed they gave driver survival statistics on most forms of transportation but they seem to ignore drivers on cell phones. At quid pro quo, I hereby demand that all vehicle drivers wear safety helmets to protect them from cell phone users! After all, it’s only fair, if not safer. Cell phone jabbering probably causes more accidents than drunks and not only while driving. I saw a young woman gabbing on a cell phone walk into a light standard on the sidewalk and end up with a big lump on her noggin. To be fair, I too walked into a solid

object once, but this was from ogling a shapely adorable in a mini dress. I only suffered embarrassment. Helmets have little effect on embarrassment. They have little effect on changing attitudes as well. There will always be accidents of all types no matter how hard we try not to have them. However, Southern comedian Dave Gardner once quipped, “I don’t believe in accidents. They’re premeditated carelessness.” Maybe this is why we keep trying to save people from themselves but we can only pass laws to make people feel a financial sting if they aren’t careful. If we’re caught speeding, we pay fines. If we work on a construction site without a helmet, we might be fired. If we ride motorcycles without helmets, we pay a fine…at least here in Missouri. Illinois doesn’t have motorcycle helmet laws, which means thousands of Missouri motorcycle riders go to Illinois for a helmet-less, 60 mph scalp massage. It’s also a way to meet one’s maker or anger the emergency room docs by interfering with 18 holes plus martini breaks. Thus, through local and state fines, we make things safer for riders, drivers and ne’er-do-wells while paying salaries of dysfunctional elected officials and governmental meddlers. Perhaps the CDC folks should wear helmets to protect them from club-wielding mobs that tire of being saved from themselves and the occasional flying roof truss.


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Mommy Jeopardy It’s hard for me to just jump on the elliptical and start moving. Face it. Ellipticizing is boring. You can’t really read a magazine (at least I can’t without falling off and injuring myself), and I’m not the type that can meditate while on a machine. My mind wanders. Some people use MP3 players to make the time pass. I tried that, but my kids’ MP3 players are filled with the “Real Men of Genius” spots…and last week I nearly fell off the machine laughing. When music plays on the MP3, my kids politely request that I not sing along. That’s impossible. I know I can’t carry a tune in a bucket, but that doesn’t stop me. So, unoriginal as it sounds, I turn to the television while burning calories. All it takes to make time fly is a rousing round of “Jeopardy!” It’s not that Alex Trebec does anything for me. I like to challenge my brain. Much of the day is spent schlepping three kids, grocery shopping and cleaning…things that just don’t use a lot of brain power, so it’s nice to give my brain and muscles a simultaneous workout. Some days I luck out and can answer many of the “Jeopardy!” questions. Many times, though, I discover that my knowledge on subjects like Greek mythology has flown the coop…only to be replaced by Sponge Bob trivia. One of these days I’m going to sit down and de-

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sign a trivia game just for moms (and dads, too). The game would go something like this: (Contestant) “Alex, I’ll take ‘Name That Look’ for $800, please.” (Host) “Certainly, Shell. The answer is: Sitting on the sofa at 1 a.m., unblinking eyes to the door.” (Contestant) “Ooh! Ooh!” (Which, coincidentally, would replace the stupid button players have to push on “Jeopardy!”) “What is the ‘You’re two hours late. Haven’t you ever heard of a phone? look?” (Host) “Well done, Shelly. Select again, please.” (Contestant) “Alex, let’s move on to children’s television for $1,000.” (Host) “Feeling adventurous today, eh, Shell? Here we go. They portrayed Mr. Conductor on the hit show, “Thomas the Tank Engine,” before Alec Baldwin.” (Contestant, laughing out loud) “Ha! I mean, Ooh! Ooh! Who are Ringo Starr and George Carlin?” (Host) “My goodness, Shelly, you’re kickin’ some “Mommy Jeopardy” butt today. Where would you like to go next?” (Contestant) “Let’s go ‘Name that Stain’ for $600, Alex.” (Host) “Alrighty, then. And remember, it’s a video answer.”

It takes the contestant, me, about two seconds to recognize and ring in. (Contestant) “Ooh! Ooh!” (Host) “Go for it, Shell.” (Contestant) “What are the yogurt, popsicle and one teaspoon of cough syrup my 16 year-old brought forth last week?” You see, in my version of “Jeopardy!” I pretty much always win. Other great mommy-only categories would be: • Line up the kids and pick out the fibber • I didn’t do it, she did • What’s for dinner, Mom? • Not now, Mommy’s on the phone (or in the shower) • Body parts that change after childbirth • Creative recipes using macaroni, peanut butter and/or hot dogs When “Mommy Jeopardy” is a humungous hit on the Game Show Network, I will go head-to-head with Ken Jennings and emerge victorious! Until that day arrives, I’ll keep ellipticizing and fanaticizing about being a contestant. Who knows? Maybe I’ll learn something new.

Great Gluten-Free Grilling (Family Features) Cookouts, picnics and barbecues mean sharing food and good fun with family and friends. For those living gluten-free, whether due to dietary restrictions or personal choice, these gatherings can cause added stress, as finding foods they can eat may prove difficult. Likewise, gluten-free eaters may worry they’ll be perceived as picky or difficult. But with today’s great tasting gluten-free options, such as cookies and brownies, hotdog and hamburger buns, and even pizza crusts, gluten-free individuals can now join in the hot-off-the-grill goodness.

Gluten-free breads, including hamburger and hotdog buns, have come a long way over the past few years. In fact, makers like Udi’s Gluten Free Foods are leading the way in making gluten-free products that taste just as good, if not better, than their gluten-filled counterparts. That means whether you’re noshing on a hamburger or a hotdog, you’ll have the freedom to choose a delicious gluten-free bun to wrap around your favorite cookout fare. Hosting your own backyard barbeque? Here are some simple tips to make gluten-free grilling deliciously easy and safe for all your guests: • Always check the labels. Gluten shows up in some surprising places, including marinades, condiments and even some processed meats. • Many grilling side dishes are naturally gluten-

free, so set out plenty of potato salad, grilled vegetables, corn on the cob, melon and other fruits, and baked beans. • Grill any gluten-free foods first – that way you’ll avoid the possibility of cross-contamination with foods that do contain gluten. You can also grill individual meals inside foil or parchment packets and prevent cross-contamination that way, too. • If you’re going to someone else’s party, bring your own crackers and snacks, and even your own gluten-free buns. And, try this recipe for Spicy Slaw Dogs which is completely gluten-free, from the hot dogs and condiments to the tangy slaw and tender buns. You can find more great gluten-free recipes for grilling – and anytime – at www.udisglutenfree. com.

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May 18: 180 General Assembly Meeting 9:30 a.m. at Calvary Church, Room 108 (3998 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters, Mo. 63376). Guest speaker is Mark Norwine from CHADD (Children and Adults with AD/HD). Info: Karleen Rogers at 636.949.7900 ext. 3587 or krogers@sccmo.org.

June 1: Fam Jam 6 & 7:30 p.m. at Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Road, Dardenne Prairie, Mo. 63368. Free children’s production. No need to register. Info: www.mscwired.org.

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.

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 ARPstln@hotmail.com.

2nd Wed: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell. United Methodist Women provide main entree & bevs. 636.673.2144.

May 17: 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.

May 20: May Concert 6 p.m. at Fairmount General Baptist Church, 2299 St. Peters-Howell Road, St. Peters, Mo. 63376. “The Wanda Mountain Boys” will perform. Free. Info: 636.498.4475. May 25: Vacation Bible School at Dardenne Presbyterian Registration Deadline for SKY to be presented June 25-29. Held 9 a.m. - noon at Dardenne Presbyterian, 7400 Hwy. N. For ages 4 through children completing the fifth grade. Info: 636.561.4347 or visit www.dpc4u.org. May 30 & June 2: St. Charles Borromeo Rummage Sale 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at the gym, 538 North 5th Street, St. Charles, Mo. 63301. Proceeds benefit SCB Mini Vinnies’ Operation

Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. Info: 636.327.6377. Truth Matters!! Free Bible Correspondence Course Call: 636.294.9468 or 636.272.3013. Come Learn God’s Word with us. Sun. 9:30 am. - Bible classes 10:20 am. - Worship; Sun. 5 pm. - Worship; Wed Eve 7 pm. 2309 Markoe

EVENTS Now: The Tri-County Family YMCA Summer Camp Registration Camp is June 4 - August 3 for kids ages 5-12. Held at United Methodist Church at Wentzville. Info: www.ymcastlouis.org/tri-countyfamily/discover-possibilities. 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. May 16: Bowling for Rhinos 6-9 p.m. at Tropicana Lanes. Hosted by the St. Louis chapter of American Association of Zoo Keepers. Benefits three rhinoceros conservation areas in Kenya, Indonesia & Sumatra. $25/person in advance or at the door (space permitting). Info: www.stlzoo.org/

May 18: Movie Night 6 p.m. at Central County Station #4, 1259 Cave Springs Blvd., St. Peters, Mo. 63376. Madagascar 2 starts at 7 p.m. Admission is one canned good or toy donation per person. Soda, popcorn and hot dogs provided during the movie. Info: 636.970.9700. May 20: Art on the Boardwalk 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Winghaven. Now accepting applications for artists.Available at www.stcharlesart. org. Info: Barbara at 314.922.6573. Now-May 21: YMCA Summer Sports Registration At the O’Fallon and Tri-County Family YMCAs. T-Ball, baseball, softball, girls volleyball. Practices begin week of June 4. Register in person, by phone or online at www. ymcastlouis.org/ofallon-familyymca/sports or www.ymcastlouis. org/tri-county-family-ymca/ sports. May 22: 5k Run Clinic 6 p.m. at 204 Sonderen, O’Fallon, MO 63366. 6-week clinic for those running in the O’Fallon Firecrack-

er 5K race. Every Tuesday & Thursday evening. $5/session. Info: Aaron at 636.26.2769. May 24: “Back in the Day” Senior Event 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Dardenne Prairie City Hall. Live entertainment, food, croquet (weather permitting). Reservations by May 18: 636.755.5308. May 24: Teen Leader’s Club at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free for members. Ages 13-18. Club meets every other Thursday to plan social events and fun volunteer opportunities. No Y membership required. Info: Matt Engel, 636.928.1928, ex 249. May 26: Saturday Writers 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at St. Peters Cultural Arts Center (inside City Hall). Saturday Writers, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild located in St. Peters, Mo., will host its regular monthly meeting. Join us to learn about writing and network with other local writers. www.saturdaywriters.org. May 31: Caregivers Inn Blood Drive 3-7 p.m. at 1297 Feise Road in Dardenne Prairie. All who register to donate will receive 1 raffle ticket entry to win a $150 gift certificate. Complimentary hot dog, chips & soda after your donation. Appointments: Terri at 636.240.7979, walk-ins welcome. June 1: Outdoor Movie Night at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 8-10 p.m. Movie will begin around 8:15 p.m. Free outdoor screening of “The Little Rascals”. Blankets/ chairs recommended. Concessions available for purchase.

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June 2: Clarksville Regional Chili Cook-off 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at River Front Park. $3/person (10 and under are free). Chili samples $.50 each. Winner qualifies for World Champion Chili Cook-off. Info: Linda at 573.754.0335 or lwblakey@sbcglobal.net.

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Church at Wentzville. Sign up in person or visit www.ymcastlouis. org/tri-county-family-ymca/discover-possibilities. June 18: The St. Charles Optimist Club Annual Golf Tournament 11:30 a.m. registration at the Bear Creek Golf Club in Wentzville. Four-person scramble $360 per team. Individual play $95 (includes green fees, cart, bbq lunch and dinner plus refreshments). Register by June 4. Info: Fred McGinley 314.393.0706; fred@fredsmuffler. com or www.scoptimists.weebly. com. 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. 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.

ings 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.vfwpost5077.org for more info. Every Thurs: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Free. Join us every week to play your favorite board games, cards or dominos. Bring a snack and your favorite stories to share. Contact Diana Kannady at 636.379.0092 x230. 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 Thurs., 11:45 a.m., Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. More info at www.ofkiwanis.com.

Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. Playgroup is a great opportunity to teach our children how to play and share while in a welcoming environment. Info: Andrea Crislip at 314.479.0306 or andreacrislip@gmail.com, or visit www.lslmothersclub.com.

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Every Fri.: 3–8 p.m. VFW Fish Fry VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612.

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Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). Every Sat. except Easter weekend & Christmas. $3,600 in cash prizes each week. Progressive game, Derby tickets, pull-tabs, 505/50, bar & food. Info: www.wentzvillefleamarket.org, www.facebook.com/ wentzville-community-club. Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Bring your family to watch flying model airplanes. Directions: www. orchardfarm.com Info: 636.300.1480. 4th Sunday: Car Cruise Through September. 10:30 a.m. at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon, Mo. All cars and clubs welcome. The 50/50

Every Tues.: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles.

Hazelwoodwood High School 45th Class Reunion: We are having a class reunion in 2012 and are looking for classmates of Class of 1967. Info: Kay at 1967hhshi@gmail.com or 636.745.2601.

May 24: Nurses and Company Educational Series 2-3 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Spencer Road Library in St. Peters. Attorney Lorna Frahm will speak. RSVP at 636.926.3722 or rsvp@nursesandco.com. June 7: Caregiver Class 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the conference room of the Siteman Cancer Center at BJC St. Peters. Topic is legal documents, qualifications for assistance and deductions. Free. Info: 636.916.9830. Now - June 21: LIVESTRONG at the O’Fallon Family YMCA Trained instructors will lead small groups to help cancer survivors improve daily functional ability. The program will focus on reducing the severity of treatment side ef-

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Statepoint Crossword Theme: U.S. Geography

ACROSS 1. Felipe _____, Formula One racer 6. Holiday helper 9. *This Harvard team rows on Boston’s Charles River 13. “Get _ ____ job!” 14. Be a witness 15. *East side of Jersey 16. Catherine Middleton’s new accessory 17. ___ capita 18. *Native of Des Moines

19. Like a black-tie event 21. *In the middle of the U.S. 23. Often comes before “out” 24. 8 to Caesar 25. Rudyard Kipling novel 28. ____-de-camp 30. To produce within 35. Black tropical cuckoos 37. Elton John and Bono, e.g. 39. Lined with crystals 40. Anything half-moon shaped 41. Brother of a certain secret order

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Oldest Pick:

“The One and Only Ivan”

An adorable young friend gives an old Silverback Ape hope for the future in “The One and Only Ivan,” a must-read by Katherine Applegate. As a baby, Ivan is snatched from the jungle. After his original owner gives him up, he’s adopted by Mack, the owner of Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. Community News is proud Mack bottlefed and diapered him, but as Ivan grows, to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will fea- and becomes less manageable, he’s turned out of the ture great books for children house and relegated to a cage behind glass, only rein three categories: leased to perform with equally downtrodden wild Youngest Pick: early childanimals at the Big Top Mall. hood to the first or second Ivan endures 27 years of captivity, but he has the low-level glummies about grade, Middle Pick: elemenbeing imprisoned. Things only get worse when the Big Top falls on hard times. tary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school Overnight Mack gets meaner to Ivan’s friend Stella, a kind elephant with a big children. Enjoy! heart and swollen foot. To make some cash for the Big Top, Ivan draws crayon pictures that Mack sells, but the ringleader needs another way to make money and arranges to buy a baby elephant to attract circus-goers - a newcomer named Ruby that becomes Ivan’s dear friend. More than anything Ivan doesn’t want Ruby to suffer the same fate as he has, Reprinted with permission, Missourian a life in captivity being a “one and only.” The great ape goes to great means to Publishing Company. do everything he can to prevent this from happening in a story that will touch Copyright 2012.  the hearts of readers 8 to 84. 43. Largest continent 44. It usually wafts 46. Farmer’s storage 47. Short for “dictionary” 48. Navy rank 50. Like #44 Across, this also wafts 52. ___ degree 53. Birdbrain 55. Small protuberance 57. *Steamboat and Old Faithful, e.g. 61. PBS street 64. German submarine destroyer 65. Philosophical system 67. “On a _____ of 1 to 10” 69. Averages 70. Water in Paris 71. Tiny amounts 72. Bent when genuflecting 73. Decay 74. Beside, archaic DOWN

1. Dojo pad 2. *Like Mohave Desert 3. Popular cooking method for Ahi tuna 4. Hindu woman’s dress 5. *Mount McKinley state 6. Oscar of sports 7. ___ Harvey Oswald 8. Nobel-winning physicist 9. Grub 10. U.S. furniture maker 11. Time periods 12. Moved or exited 15. Building side 20. Temblor or quake 22. Mad King George, or George ___ 24. Particular rendering 25. *Southernmost point of U.S. 26. Contain the ashes 27. King of ancient Crete 29. Buenos ____ 31. Necklace pearl, e.g. 32. Violinist’s pine resin

33. Court order, e.g. 34. End of the road? 36. 18-wheeler 38. Auctioneer’s exclamation 42. Not a soul 45. Ends of shoe laces 49. And not 51. *Western neighbor to #5 Down 54. Twig of a willow tree 56. Comes in bits for salads 57. Thick messy substance 58. Jet black 59. Yesteryear 60. Equal 61. Plant fungus 62. Friend from Down Under 63. Distinctive elegance 66. ___ Paolo 68. *Three ahead of PST See answers page 13


CNSTC: May 16. 2012