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May 23, 2012

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The exercise offers free chicken sandwiches as a thank you for community participation.

St. Charles County Health to Practice Medical Distribution Plan By Shelly A. Schneider

IN this Issue

In the event of a large-scale biological attack or a natural disaster requiring the delivery of medical resources to the community, the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment would institute a medication distribution plan in coordination with other regional entities. The department asks for community participation in its exercise on Thursday, June 28 that will test the capabilities of staff and other regional partners in completing roles in this plan. “While we hope that we’ll never have to implement this plan in a real emergency, we regularly test our capabilities in the event that we should,” Department Director Gil Copley said. “While the health department would direct the operation of the plan, successful implementation would require cooperation and assistance from our entire community, which is why we’re asking for county-wide support for this event on June 28. Along with testing our ability to implement our plan, the goal of this operation is to strengthen the regional partnerships we’ve established. Everyone can play a part in this exercise from individuals and groups interested in serving as patients to trained medical personnel that join us as Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.” Coordinated by the health department, the June 28 exercise will simulate the response to a biological terrorism incident in St. Charles County, which would require providing all county residents and visitors to the area with life-saving medication within 48 hours of the incident. To accommodate this, the department

Photo by Ray Rockwell

will establish a drive-through Point of Dispensing (POD) site, where staff and volunteers will practice their roles in the response. Operating from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the drive-through POD exercise will be conducted on a parking lot adjacent to Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Individuals and groups can participate in the exercise by serving as drivethrough patient seeking medication. The first 500 participants in the exercise will receive a sandwich and gift bag provided by Chick-Fil-A (6180 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters) as a thank you for assisting with the event. All individuals in a car or larger vehicle will be considered independent participants for the purposes of this exercise, so carpooling is encouraged. To register as a group or individual participant or for information on joining the Medical Reserve Corps, please contact Joe Morin at 636-949-7554. “This exercise will help our community to become better prepared for whatever emergency we may face next,” Copley added. “We’ve chosen to practice the operation of a drive-through POD site, as this system has proven in other areas

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to be a convenient and efficient method for assisting a large population in times of emergency. And, the county-wide and regional partnerships we’ve established through the development of this plan will improve communication and foster cooperation on future activities.”

Along with the St. Charles County health department and Chick-Fil-A, assisting in this regional exercise are representatives from the St. Charles County Sheriff ’s Department, See HEALTH page 4


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St. Charles Goes “Green” Memorial Day Weekend

Highway K Dental Offers All Services, Along with Comfort and Kindness

Frontier Park in St. Charles will once again be transformed into a magical Irish village during the Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) when the eighth annual Missouri Irish Fest comes to the St. Charles riverfront. The three-day event will celebrate Irish music, dance, history and culture and promises fun for the whole family. Admission is free. The hours are: 6 – 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a special Mass Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Among the performers at this year’s festival are The Elders, Chicago Reel, Red Headed Strangers, Rusty Nail and singer Ashley Davis. There will also a number of other local Irish musicians, dancers and entertainers. The festival is the main fundraiser to support the Irish Chapter of the St. Charles Sister Cities Programs, Inc. The St. Charles Sister Cities Irish Chapter was created in 2005 to advance the study and appreciation of Irish culture, music, and dance. St. Charles Sister City is Carndonagh, located in Donegal, Ireland. For more information, please visit

Jessica Lavalle, DMD, owner of Highway K Dental, knew from a very young age that she wanted to go into the medical field. As an undergraduate she had a much better experience interning with a dentist than with doctors in other areas of medicine. “There was time for me,” Lavalle said. “The office wasn’t such a rush. They took time to explain things to me, to make sure everything was done right. I got more attention, more guidance, and I felt like the dentist was really considerate of what patients needed.” What she experienced in that office stuck with her. Lavalle completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. and went on to earn her dental degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton, Ill. When Lavalle was ready to open her own practice, she partnered with Heartland Dental Care, Inc. (HDC). HDC provides administrative, management, financial, advertising, information technology, procurement and other business support services to dental practices. When the company was looking to open an O’Fallon area practice, Lavalle seized the opportunity. “I really like that it’s a family practice,” she said. “I like seeing kids, because they often come in with fear and dental pain. I get to make that go away.” Currently, Lavalle is the only dentist operating in her practice, but she has team of hygienists to assist her, and everyone working in the office is involved with continuing training classes. Lavalle and her staff attend classes to learn about new treatments and procedures and to stay up to date on the latest industry and health news. “This is definitely the right field for me,” she said. “I just really love to help people. They come in with pain, and they leave without it, and that makes all of us feel really good about the work we’re doing.” Dr. Lavalle believes a lot of the dental problem she sees can be prevented, so she and her team do all that they can to educate the community. They give back as much as possible, donating dental checkups and providing dental education to those in need. Highway K Dental Care offers a long list of services in the areas of General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry and Comfort Dentistry. The offices are located at 3445 Pheasant Meadow Drive in O’Fallon. For a complete list of services and to learn more about Highway K Dental, visit or call 636.240.0232.

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Fire Hydrant Testing in Wentzville Wentzville Fire Protection District Firefighters will perform the annual fire hydrant testing during the month of May. The tests began on May 11, and will last through June 11. The area of the fire district where the testing is to be conducted is bordered by the following major streets: South of Interstate 70, East of Interstate 64, North of Weldon Springs Road and West of both Stump and Bates Roads. Fire hydrant testing allows the firefighters to complete preventive maintenance on the water discharge caps, outlet ports, and the fire hydrant’s operating stem. The testing also allows rust and mineral deposits to be flushed out of the hydrants and waterlines. This work is imperative to the proper operation of fire hydrant in times of emergencies and may cause some inconvenience to our citizens. The flushing of fire hydrants and waterlines does not completely remove all the minerals in the water system and may cause the water to look murky. We will do our

best to keep this inconvenience to a minimum. Residents are urged to cycle their washing machines before putting in laundry as this will help prevent clothing from becoming stained from mineral deposits and rust. While hydrant testing needs to be performed to help improve all of our safety, we do apologize in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions please contact the Wentzville Fire Protection District at 636.327.6239 or through the website at www. The Wentzville Fire District covers 88 square miles of Western St. Charles County and includes the cities of Wentzville, Foristell, Flint Hill, and Josephville; as well as large portions of Lake St. Louis, Dardenne Prairie and O’Fallon.

St. Peters Outdoor Pools Open Memorial Day Weekend It’s time to dive and make a splash into St. Peters located at 181 Driftwood Lane. The Nob Hill neighboroutdoor pools! St. Peters outdoor pools at Laurel Park, hood pool is located at 50 Sutters Mill Road. Golf & Recreation Center, and Nob Hill will open on Hours of operation vary during the season. For pool Saturday, May 26. The pools are scheduled to be open hours and details, call 636.477.2707 for Laurel Park, from noon – 7 p.m. over Memorial Day weekend, May 636.397.3003 for Golf and Recreation Center, and 26-28. 636.477.2708 for Nob Hill. St. Peters outdoor pools will remain open this sumSt. Peters residents with a Resident Privilege Card mer through Labor Day, Sept. 3. Daily admission and also receive a great discount at St. Charles pools. A pool passes are available for both St. Peters residents partnership between the City of St. Peters and non-residents. and the City of St. Charles allows St. Peters St. Peters outdoor pool passes may be purchased at residents to receive: St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., and • $1 off daily admission to Wapelhorst, at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. Passes Blanchette or McNair Park Aquatic Facilimay not be purchased at the individual pools. In order ties. to receive resident rates at St. Peters outdoor pools, a • St. Charles rates on the season-long pool valid Resident Privilege Card must be presented at the pass. time of purchase. City Hall hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., • An opportunity to purchase the St. Monday – Friday. The Rec-Plex Registration Desk is Charles resident-only 10-Visit Swim Pass. open Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and SatIn return, St.Charles residents with a St. urday, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For St. Peters residents, outdoor pool passes cost $66 for an individual, $109 for a family and $33 for a senior 55 or older. For non-residents, the cost is $99 for an individual, $138 for a family and $99 for a senior. Daily admission can be paid in cash at each pool (checks and credit/debit cards cannot be accepted). For St. Peters residents, the daily admission fee is $2.50 for youth (17 and under), $3.50 for an adult or $1.50 for a senior 55 or older. For non-residents, daily admission costs $3.50 for youth, $5 for adults and $3.50 for seniors. The Golf and Recreation Center pool is located at 200 Salt Lick Road. Laurel Park Pool is

Charles Park Passport can get St. Peters resident rates on daily admission and memberships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex (excludes St. Peters outdoor pools). For more information on St. Charles outdoor pools, call the St. Charles Parks Department at 636.949.3372. For more information on St. Peters outdoor pools, call the St. Peters Rec-Plex at 636.939.2386, or go online to

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HEALTH from Cover the City of St. Peters, Crider Health Center, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, the Orchard Farm Fire Protection District, the Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District, the St. Charles County Ambulance District, the City of O’Fallon, Central County Fire Rescue, the Wentzville Fire Protection District and local health departments from throughout Missouri and Illinois. This local exercise will illustrate a portion of the federally coordinated Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program designed to deliver large and continuous quantities of medical resources in times of need. The SNS program is prepared for immediate deployment of life-saving medical products anywhere in the United States within a few hours of a declared emergency. Upon receiving these resources from state and national agencies, local public health departments would enact their plans to distribute supplies directly to all residents and visitors in the community. The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment is committed to the protection and enhancement of health and the quality of life for all members of our community. To discover ways the department assists this region, please visit or call 636.949.7400.

John “Rocky” Reitmeyer St. Peters Alderman

I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that it’s officially summertime. I’m just hoping the unusually mild winter means we’ll also have a mild summer where we can get outdoors and enjoy all the great parkland we have in St. Peters. St. Peters is committed to providing quality parks for our residents, and we have 25 parks covering about 1,283 acres of land scattered throughout our city. Within these parks you’ll find a wide variety of outdoor amenities. And best of all, nine out of ten homes in St. Peters is within one mile of a park or trail. You’ll find 10 pavilions and picnic shelters available for a relaxing day with family and friends. You can even bring your laptop because we have wireless Internet in the parks. Many of our parks are geared toward athletes, featuring 25 ball diamonds, 17 soccer fields, a football field and an 18-hole golf course For more information or to register, visit www. within the parks system. We’re proud of our indoor pools at the Rec-Plex, but summertime aspx or call MU Extension at 636.970.3000. means we get to enjoy our three outdoor pools also. And we reMaster Gardeners receive numerous hours of training from University of Missouri Exten- cently signed a partnership with St. Charles allowing our residents sion. They volunteer their time to promote and to use St. Charles’ pools and waterparks at a discount. We having fishing ponds at a few of our parks, but don’t forget to demonstrate good gardening principles and techniques, as well as participate in projects that our 140-acre lake at our new 370 Lakeside Park. Staff has been busy enhance the beauty of our com- over the winter planting trees and adding amenities, so be sure to come out and see how the park has evolved since last year. munity. 370 Lakeside Park is a great place for a weekend getaway if you’re a camper. The park offers RV campsites and primitive sites for tent camping on the lake. Our parks system has two memorial sites honoring our ans – one at City Hall and one at Jungermann and Willott Roads. I hope you can join us for a ceremony honoring our fallen servicemen and women at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day at the Veterans Memorial at City Hall. Twenty miles of trails connect many of our parks. These trails are great for walking, jogging, biking, and rollerblading. For more information on our trails and parks and the amenities offered at each park, visit and click on the Things to Do tab at the top of the home page. I hope to see you out enjoying our parks.

St. Charles County Master Gardeners Offer Gardening Classes The St. Charles County Master Gardeners have released the June through September gardening class schedule. The classes will be held at University of Missouri Extension Center, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters MO 63376. Upcoming topics include: tropical plants, daylilies, small water features, controlling moles, fall lawn renovation, organic gardening, native plants and more.

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2012 St. Louis Renaissance Faire

Letter to the Editor May 11, 2012 Dear Editor: I had the privilege of attending the 20th Annual Peace Officers’ Memorial Candlelight Service on May 9, 2012 at St. Charles Memorial Gardens. This service honors the men and women of law enforcement who have given their lives in the line of duty as well as those currently serving our communities, putting their lives on the line everyday to keep us safe. The guest speaker, Colonel Ronald Replogle, superintendent with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provided a meaningful speech with eye-opening statistics of dangers police officers face every day. I commend him for his moving speech which made myself and I am quite positive, everyone else in attendance, think about the risks officers take every day just by putting on their uniforms every day. I was also moved by the speech given by a surviving family member of a fallen officer who showed courage in spite of her own grief, offering support to those who have been or will be impacted by a loved one killed in the line of duty. I was truly honored to be in attendance at this event to recognize our police officers and the vital contributions they make to the safety, quality of life and well being of our citizens. Sincerely, Len Pagano Mayor

The 2012 St. Louis Renaissance Faire opened to the public on May 19, and will be open Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day through June 10. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine, and the Faire is located in Wentzville’s beautiful Rotary Park. Tickets are $14.95 per day for adults, $7.95 for children ages 6-13 and free for children 5 and under. Season passes are also available, and $2 discounts are given at the gate for military, police, firefighters and seniors (65+). Travel back in time as you step into the beautifully wooded, 16th century village, we call Petit Lyon! Immerse yourself in the costumes and mannerisms of the era. Thrill to the exploits of jousting knights on thundering steeds. Roam the village shops for unique Photo courtesy of Emmy Brown crafts and goods as our artisans demonstrate period skills. Delight in comedy, music and feats of derring do. Feast on delicious food and drink while strolling minstrels entertain. Interact with the colorful villagers, nobles, peasants and personalities of ages past Directions: Take I-70 West (or Hwy. 40 to I-70 W) to the Wentzville Parkway Exit 208. Turn Right onto Wentzville Parkway. At West Meyer Road turn left. Continue to Rotary Park on the Right. For more information, please visit

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u Elsberry High students Tracey Beck and Zac Barber performed at State Solo and Small Ensemble festival on Friday, April 27 in Columbia, Mo. Beck and Barber were invited to be judged at the state level after receiving superior scores at the district level. Beck performed a flute solo; Barber performed a trumpet solo. Both received high marks.

TBHS and NGC Students Replace Joplin Trees Lost On Saturday, May 5, close to 800 students from 60 Missouri high schools teamed up with the Missouri Department of Conservation to plant hundreds of trees in the tornado-affected area of Joplin, Missouri. More than 10,000 trees were lost in the devastating storms of May 2011. Among the 800 student workers who helped with the Rooting for Joplin campaign, six were from Troy Buchanan High School and the Ninth Grade Center. The Rooting for Joplin campaign, which is sponsored by the Missouri chapter of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, replaced 1,100 trees. Troy students who donated their time and effort to Rooting for Joplin were: Taylor Wilson, Madison McLaughin, Lisa Telle, Brittany Bowman, Allison Fennewald, and Suzie Phelps.

Cuivre Park Elementary principals recently made good on a very special promise to their students. Cuivre Park students read more than 2,000 books in one week, so Stephanie Bechard and Nichole Rothermich agreed to kiss Russell the pig. Jeanie Jeans, who came up with the principal promise, also puckered up. Congratulations to all, but especially Russell.

Brand New Troy Aquatic Center Opens Memorial Weekend

The wait is over! The Grand Opening for the Troy Aquatic Center will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The 3.5 acre center features a 25 yard long, three to twelve foot deep main pool, a leisure pool, the Spray Ground, The Lazy River and slides of all sizes, concession stands and kid-friendly bathhouses. During the grand opening, drawings will take place every fifteen minutes for free food from the concession stand and other donated items. Dairy Queen employees and the Dairy Queen character will be handing out Free Dilly Bars. The Aquatic Center is located just north of Fairgrounds City Park and adjacent to Troy City Hall at 800 Cap Au Gris. To download a pool pass application and get admission rates, visit cityoftroymissouri. com. For more information call 636.528.4712.

Community News - St. Charles County • May 23, 2012 • 7 By Steve Bryan Rated: PG-13

“Battleship” Baby boomers, especially those growing up in the Midwest, are extremely familiar with “Monopoly,” “Candyland” and other board games. “Battleship,” a commercial version of the simple paper-and-pencil game, was featured in some rather amusing commercials. “You sank my Battleship!” is one of those catchphrases that brings to mind the golden age of Saturday morning cartoons. Unfortunately, that same cry is being heard in Hollywood this week. “Battleship,” the big-budget adaptation of the Hasbro game, is rapidly sinking at the box office. The success of “The Avengers” is the likely cause for its demise, but the film itself suffers from numerous flaws on its own. Taylor Kitsch, star of TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” seems out of his depth here. The actor plays Alex Hopper, the bad-boy brother of naval officer Stone Hopper (Alexander Skarsgard). Stone watches out for his little brother, even helping him make a fresh start in the Navy. The military life actually agrees with Alex, but he can’t quite keep his temper in check. During the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), a multi-national event, strange machinery appears in the ocean. Though dormant at first, this equipment comes to life, destroying many of the ships participating in RIMPAC. Alex’s brother and other senior officers are killed, leaving the rebellious young sailor in charge. Though director Peter Berg (“Hancock”) has experience with high-profile adventure films, this board game adaptation can’t stay afloat. It’s too much a leap of logic to think that a simple head-to-head strategy game would translate into an alien invasion. Universal took a $200 million gamble here and lost big-time. Admittedly, the interstellar weapons, especially the spinning wheels of death, are pretty cool. It’s hard to know exactly why the aliens have come to Earth, though. Clad in body armor, the off-world soldiers appear almost human. When a wounded human warrior removes one of

their helmets, he’s able to take the alien down with a few solid punches. Taylor Kitsch struggles for two hours to hold this mess of a movie together. Kitsch, also the unfortunate star of the box-office bomb “John Carter,” has movie star looks, but his acting ability leaves a lot to be desired. An actor can shrug off one disaster, but two bombs within the span of months may make Kitsch box-office poison. As Admiral Shane, Liam Neeson brings the marquee value to “Battleship,” but his role amounts to little more than a cameo. As a game, “Battleship” is addictive. As a movie, though, it’s a Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures bomb. “Battleship,” rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, action, destruction and for some language, currently is playing in theaters.


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Holt Trumpeter Jacob Spiegel Selected to Perform in 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade Jacob Spiegel, a junior at Holt High School, has been selected by Music for All to be a member of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band in the 2013 Tournament of Roses® Parade. Spiegel was selected from hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious 325 piece national honor band. Spiegel, a trumpet player, will spend a week in southern California where he will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and

Disneyland, special activities and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade. The 5.5-mile parade (which is often referred to as the “Rose Bowl Parade”) will be broadcast in more than 220 international territories and countries. Magnificent floral floats, spirited marching bands and talented equestrian units anchor the traditional, two-hour spectacle along Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard. “To be selected for this unique opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these students and a testimony to their excellence and achievements,” said Eric Martin, Music for All president and CEO. “Each student is one of only 325 members chosen to be part of the Bands of America Honor Band, and their participation deserves the admiration and support of everyone in their community.” Spiegel is the son of Marcus and Michelle Spiegel of Wentzville, and his high school band director is Jim Cunningham.

Wentzville’s Holt High School Included in U.S. News Best High Schools List Holt High School has been named one of the nation’s top high schools by U.S. News & World Report which released its fourth annual Best High School Rankings on May 8th. Wentzville’s Emil E. Holt Sr. High received its first ever Bronze medal rating, and is one of only 124 Missouri High Schools to be named to the prestigious list. Nearly 22,000 high schools were reviewed for the rankings in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Locally, Holt was the only high school in St. Charles County to receive a medal rating. To determine the Best High Schools national rankings, schools were first analyzed at the state level in

terms of student performance on state assessments. In 2010, Holt had the highest percentage of students scoring “proficient” or “advanced” on the English II exam when compared to all other high schools in the state that had 150 or more students taking the test. The overall English II scores that year placed Holt first in the county and 17th in the state. Last year, Holt’s English I scores placed the school 16th, or in the top 4% of all high schools in Missouri. After the initial state analysis, high schools were then eligible to be ranked nationally as determined by student/teacher ratios and college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing

student success in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The Wentzville School District was recognized as an AP Achievement District in 2011-12 by the College Board for increasing the number of AP courses offered in high school while simultaneously improving student performance on the AP tests. In fact, the WSD is the only school district in Missouri to win the AP Achievement Award for the past two years. “This award should make all of us proud,” Holt Principal John Waters said in a message to his staff. “I am thankful for your work with our students as we receive this recognition. Our goals will continue to be increasing academic rigor, making sure the curriculum is relevant, and preparing students for success after high school.”

Francis Howell Choirs Excel Congratulations are in order for the Francis Howell High School Choirs and the individual choir students, who received honors for their performances at the recent Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) AllState Contests.

The Viking Choirs, under the direction of Karey Fitzpatrick and Chelsea Stockton, excelled at the All-State Large Ensemble regional contest, held on April 16-17 at Wentzville Holt High School. Francis Howell High School’s Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and Treble Choir all received a Superior 1 rating for their performances, the highest rating possible. The FHHS Choirs also had outstanding individual and small group performances on Saturday, April 28 at the All-State Solo and Ensemble competition for the 2012 MSHSAA Music Festival, recently held at University of Missouri-Columbia: Superior 1 Rating Vocal Soloists - Richard Currie, Rachelle Halbrook and Kate Koenig Men’s Quartet - Richard Currie, Ben Minahan, Code Power and Cameron White Girls Sextet - Marianna Castrogiovanni, Megan Horn, Kayla Huftless, Danielle Hughes, Kate Koenig and Cailin Riley Excellent 2 Rating Vocal Soloists - Kayla Huftless, Brianna McCarter Kaitlyn Snider, Ashley Unland and Cameron White Treble Sextet 1 - Katie Angeli, Emily Flores, Rachel Jefferson, Brianna McCarter, Sarah Miller and Kristen Uradzionek Treble Sextet 2 - Caitlin Black, Monica Donnelly, Erin Hediger, Emmy Robertson, Emily Scherbring and Allison Schult Additionally, Francis Howell High School is proud of the three FHHS choir students who were selected for the Missouri All-State Choir - those FHHS students are Richard Currie, Ben Minahan and Cameron White. For more information, contact Choir Director Karey Fitzpatrick at karey.fitzpatrick@fhsdschools. org.


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1. Jacob Klaus, Fort Zumwalt West High School senior, has signed with Lewis & Clark Community College in Illinois to play baseball. Pictured with Jacob are his parents, Lenny and Laura Klaus. Standing behind is Paul Boschert (FZW Activities Director), Randy Martz (Lewis & Clark coach), and Neil Berry (FZW principal). 2. Jereme Harry, Fort Zumwalt West High School senior, has signed with

Missouri Baptist University to play volleyball. Pictured with Jereme are his parents, Scott and Cem Harry. Standing behind is Paul Boschert (FZW Activities Director), John Yehling (Missouri Baptist coach), Scott Clynes (FZW coach), and Neil Berry (FZW principal). 3. Anthony Baker, Fort Zumwalt West High School senior, has signed with Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY to play baseball. Pictured with Anthony are his parents, Dan and Kelly Baker. Standing behind is Paul Boschert (FZW Activities Director), Eric Gough (FZW coach), and Neil Berry (FZW principal). 4. Colton Howell, Fort Zumwalt West High School senior, has signed with University of Nebraska to play baseball. Pic-

AAUW Awards Two Scholarships in May 2012

The St. Charles Branch of the American Association of University Women has selected two high school senior girls to each receive $500 scholarships. Meagan Broadfield, Fort Zumwalt South is a resident of O’Fallon, MO and plans to attend Maryville College where she will major in Nursing. Rebecca Vandalabene, Francis Howell Central, is a resident of St. Peters. She plans to attend Truman State University in Meagan Broadfield, AAUW Scholarship Chair Janice the fall and major in NursRumfelt, Rebecca Vandalabene ing. Rebecca was also an AAUW STEM Award Honoree in March. Both young women plan to serve the underprivileged in the future.

tured with Colton are his parents, Terry and Mary Howell. Standing behind Colton is Lenny Klaus (summer coach), Paul Boschert (FZW Activities Director), Neil Berry (FZW principal), and Eric Gough (FZW coach). 5. Nathan Gowen, Fort Zumwalt North High School senior, has signed with Culver-Stockton University to play football. Pictured with Nathan is Joe Sutton (FZN principal), Wilburn and Janis Gowen (parents), Ted Hickey (FZN Activities Director), and Joe Bacon (FZN coach). 6. Nathan Helmig, Fort Zumwalt North High School senior, has signed with Truman University to wrestle. Pictured with Nathan is Ed Nelson (FZN Assistant Principal), Melissa Helmig (mother), and Ted Hickey (FZN Activities Director).


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Sports You See... With Gary B. Rascals Win Season Opening Series against RiverHawks 2012 Season Starts Off Well The River City Rascals get the season underway in the friendly confines of T. R. Hughes Stadium as they look for another Divisional title and hopefully a Frontier League trophy. The first game of the season saw the Rascal bats come alive as well as a stellar pitching performance. The home team beat the Rockford Riverhawks 4-0. The hitting star of the contest went to shortstop Bobby Burk who cracked a homerun and picked up two runs-batted-in. On the hill, starting pitcher Brad Stillings tossed five shutout innings allowing only one hit and registering five strikeouts. The second contest of the weekend saw the RiverHawks come alive outscoring the home team 6-2. With the loss, Rascals second baseman Matt Serna picked up two hits with his three plate appearances. Relief pitcher Justin Gill was effective on the mound for two and a third innings allowing only one hit with two strikeouts. The rubber game switched back to the Rascals’ bats exploding as they took the contest 12-5. Left fielder Eric Williams led the offensive attack with two hits, three runs scored and two runs-batted-in. Starting pitcher Preston Vancil threw four scoreless innings allowing only three hits with no runs scored on him and three strikeouts. The game was delayed for a while by rain. NEXT HOME GAMES: Wed/Thur May 23/24 against London Rippers Tues/Wed/Thur May 29/30/31 against Traverse City Beach Bums All Games @ 7:05 p.m.—Sunday @ 6:05 p.m. For more information on all this year’s promotions, go to www.RiverCityRascals. com.

~~~Ruffy is getting ready, too Discovery Ridge Elementary Teams up with the Rams Physical Fitness is the Key The elementary school has been named a 2012 St. Louis Rams Character Fitness Model School. The program recognizes schools that have effectively implemented character fitness (combining health, nutrition, character development and physical exercise) throughout the school year in a way that engages students, staff and the school community. “Through the school’s implementation of character fitness we are helping students develop healthy habits for life,” said Principal Laura Bates. “Health, character, and kinesthetic movement are incorporated into every classroom, and teachers have noted an increase in student engagement and concentration.” Even the parents are highly engaged and participate regularly in fitness activities such as their weekly Read, Right, and Run marathon training and PTO skate nights. “Discovery Ridge is preparing students to be strong in character, mind, and body so that they are well prepared for their futures,” Bates said. (Information from Wentzville School District) ~~~Lead by example Women and Men’s Indoor Football Coming to the Family Arena Lingerie, Cheerleaders and Football Players That combination will definitely raise eyebrows and a chuckle but will it put fans in the stands? That remains to be seen. When 2013 rolls around the St. Charles Family Arena plans on having two more sporting events for fans to enjoy. More to follow…

“Over the Fence”


Criminals and Perverts Rejoice! If I were a burglar, rapist, murderer, kidnapper, psychopath or any other criminal type, I would be obliged to thank social media members who provide all the information I need and then some. (It would be easier) to enter their homes while they aren’t there or even if they are, to rob, beat, murder, rape or kidnap with much less risk. Fortunately, I’m not one of those aforementioned bad guys, but there are probably several million who are and they’re probably laughing at social media disciples. After all, criminals have computers, too, and I find it ironic they wouldn’t even think of broadcasting their every move. I’m not sure what sort of psychological quirk makes someone want to tell one and all every move they make throughout all their waking hours, but I’m sure the criminals and perverts of the world love them for

it. They can watch unheeding social media buffs tell everyone when they are home or not home, and even who their children are. They can learn when the children are home or not home and in some cases, what their children’s names are, where they go to school and when, where they play, what they’re doing, who they hang out with and even which fast food places they frequent to ingest cholesterol. With modern cell phone apps, the information can continue even while they’re on vacation! What a boon to the criminal world! It can’t get any better than this. Even when the news media and policing agencies warn social media members they’re risking their own personal welfare and that of their loved ones, they ignore it and continue this insanity as if they welcomed tragedy in their lives. Do I sound angry? It’s more like afraid. This has to be the most reckless act an otherwise intelligent adult can perform and I fear for my friends that do it. It’s like dragging your loved ones into a bullring, waving a red flag at the bull and then turning your back. This bull is human and he might even have social media pictures of family members so he can select which ones he’ll rob, beat, murder, rape or kidnap. This is the greatest information highway ever conceived to aid and abet criminals who are out to harm some-

one. They might find their victims on social media and, chances are they’ll be able to stalk them at leisure. If the proposed victims leave home, the criminals may be informed in advance where they’re going and when. Perhaps this is an addiction. Like a moth to a flame, someone passes through a room and the computer screen beckons in flickering, multi-colored, beeping enticement. Who needs heroin or crack cocaine when they have social media at their fingertips? Burglars are informed that someone is going on vacation or child molesters can tell when children are home and parents aren’t. There are some other sides to this addiction. Some people can now read what their significant others are saying or doing and in some cases, it could lead to painful discoveries. In this respect, I admit it may help society. It certainly helped some friends discover an acquaintance was hiding a severe case of narcissism. I’ve often said nobody is just one thing. The social media users are usually good people – not unlike those who swapped gossip on the telephone long ago. The difference is the lack of privacy and the clever criminals that take advantage of it. Even social media administrators are warning members not to share personal information. Evidently, some folks assume telling the world and its villains everything they’re doing isn‘t personal information.


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Pay It Forward Writer’s note: This column is dedicated to my new friends, Jim and Sherry, whom I recently met at a local restaurant. They very discreetly paid for my lunch and only asked that I “pay it forward.” Thank you for reading, thank you for lunch, and thank you for being truly good people! How good are you at receiving? Not as in Torry Holt, and not as in birthday or Christmas gifts. I’m talking receiving as in sincere compliments and unexpected blessings…things like that. I was never a good receiver and I never really gave it much thought. I suppose I was afraid of what others might think of me if I so much as thought of graciously receiving someone else’s sincere wishes or aid. “Oh, no! Honestly, we’ll be fine, and I could never accept that,” I remember telling a perfectly sweet woman in a Quincy McDonald’s many years ago. My children (probably 1, 2 and 3 at the time) were all very restless and we were waiting for my husband to arrive before scarfing things like cheeseburgers and fries. We had to wait…I didn’t have any money. The woman purchased some fries anyway, three small bags for the kids. I felt completely embarrassed and humiliated, although today I realize how totally silly and selfish I behaved. That incident was the last time I really ever gave gracious receiving a second thought…until a month ago. I am a part of a church committee that meets on Tuesday evenings. One evening our leader gave us an assignment…pay it forward. Do something small for someone else. As you’re walking through the mall,


don’t look down at your shoes, look up and smile at passers by. When you’re in line at a drive-thru, pay for the person behind you. Tell someone who looks down in the dumps that they look especially nice. Little things mean a lot. Evidently, little things are harder to accept than the big things. I mean, really. Would you give it a second thought if your mom, dad, husband or wife spent a couple of hundred or even thousand dollars for a Christmas gift? Maybe not. But accept a gesture of kindness from a stranger that cost a mere $7.50? Heaven forbid! I’ll give two very specific examples. First, my friend, Cheryl, also a member of this committee, took the assignment to heart and went through the drive-thru at a local donut shop. She told the person at the window that she wanted to buy a dozen donuts for the person behind her in line. The poor cashier just didn’t get it. Cheryl actually had to go inside the donut shop and explain her mission not only to the cashier, but to the manager! It was almost more trouble than it was worth. And just the other day I decided to bring a book to a sandwich shop and have a leisurely lunch. I ordered my lunch as the woman next to me dug through her purse to find her wallet and pay for her order. She must have left her wallet at work. “Do you take checks?” she asked the cashier with a panicked look on her face. “Sorry, I can’t do that,” he replied. The woman, clearly embarrassed, called out for her friend, who was on the other side of the restaurant,

searching for a table. I pulled a $20 out of my wallet, winked at the cashier, and handed him the money. “Ma’am?” he called after the woman, who was walking away to find her friend. “It’s covered.” “What?” she asked. “Oh, no! Really, I can’t let you do that.” “Of course you can,” I said. “Have a good weekend.” “No, really, I can’t,” she repeated. “It’s done,” I said. “Just have a wonderful weekend.” “What’s your name?” she asked. “My name is Shelly,” I said. “Shelly….what?” “Just Shelly.” “I need your address,” she said. “No you don’t,” I said. “Just please accept this.” She proceeded to tell her friend and asked me again for my address. I politely declined. Why is it so hard for people to accept these simple acts of sincerity? I guess maybe because we don’t take the time to do them on a regular basis. I learned my “receiving” lesson a few years ago, and I hope this sweet lady learned the same lesson yesterday. So do me a favor… if the opportunity presents itself, pay it forward. Do me a bigger favor, if someone decides you should be a pay it forward recipient, be a gracious receiver.

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4. Preheat grill using Kingsford charcoal, until briquets are consistently ashed over. 5. Remove steaks from refrigerator and let come to room temperature. 6. Put steaks on grill; leave in one position on direct heat for 4 to 5 minutes, rotating to get nice grill marks and even flavor profile. Follow this timeline for medium rare.

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CHURCH 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. May 30 & June 2: St. Charles Borromeo Rummage Sale 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 5-8 p.m. at the gym, 538 North 5th Street, St. Charles, Mo. 63301. Proceeds benefit SCB Mini Vinnies’ Operation Backpack.

June: Epicenter Church moves to St. Peters Currently in Brentwood, the church is moving to 325 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters. Pastors are Laura and Larry Anderson. 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: June 1-3: ICD Annual Parish Picnic 4-11 p.m. on Friday, noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday, and noon – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Immaculate Concep-

tion Catholic Church, 7701 Hwy. N, Dardenne Prairie, Mo. Concessions, carnival rides, games, music, fried chicken and roast beef dinner & more. Info: 636.561.6611. June 11-15: Vacation Bible School 9 a.m. - noon at Dardenne Baptist Church, 2345 Oak Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63368. Info: 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. 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: or 636.625.7944.

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.

June 2: Art in the Garden 9 a.m. - noon in the WingHaven Community Garden behind the WingHaven Library in O’Fallon. Come draw/ paint/photograph with us. Free. Info: Barb Marshall at 314.922.6573 or Bruce Howard at 314.704.8396.

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, will host its regular monthly meeting. Join us to learn about writing and network with other local writers.

June 2-3: Rick’s Roadside Market Grand Opening 5382 Gutermuth Road in Cottleville, Mo. Indoor with local vendors. Fresh food and hand-made items. Info: www.ricksroadsidemarket. com or 636.734.7420.

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, walkins 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. 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

June 4: Tri-County Family YMCA Summer Camp Ages 5-12 at United Methodist Church at Wentzville. Sign up in person or visit www.ymcastlouis. org/tri-county-family-ymca/discover-possibilities. HEALTH 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 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 Tues & Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Trained instructors will lead small groups to help cancer survivors

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improve daily functional ability. The program will focus on reducing the severity of treatment side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. Contact Kristi Bradley at 636.379.0092 for info or to arrange an intake interview. June 21: Nurses & Company Educational Series 2-3 p.m. at Community Commons at Spencer Road Library in St. Peters. Dr. Theodore Rummel, orthopedic surgeon will speak. RSVP: Alicia at 636.926.3722 or rsvp@nursesandco. com. Exercise Classes for Cancer Patients & Survivors Free for breast cancer survivors/ patients, discounted for all other cancer survivors/patients. All participants must have a referral from their SSM Cancer Care or SSM Breast Care physician. Stop by the YMCA service center or call the St. Charles YMCA at 636.928.1928 or the O’Fallon YMCA at 636.379.0092 to register. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Includes a series of three classes over a three- to four- month period held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. DSMT is available with a doctor’s order. Info: 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center for disease management with a licensed, registered dietitian. Available with a doctor’s order only. To register call 636.949.9600. Info: 636.947.5163.

pointment only. Must meet qualifications. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, 1475 Kisker Road in St. Peters, and SSM St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville, 500 Medical Drive in Wentzville. For more information, call 636.947.5617. Progress West HealthCare Center Events Progress West HealthCare Center is proud to offer the following events to the community, Free unless otherwise noted. Info/registration: 636.344.2273 or - [PWHC] Progress West HealthCare Center, 2 Progress Point Pkwy, O’Fallon, MO 63368 - [CP] Corporate Parkway Library, 1200 Corporate Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385 - [MK] Middendorf- Kredell Branch Library, 2750 Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO 63368 - [SP] Spencer Road Library, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 May 30: Bone Density Screening 4-6 p.m. [PWHC] Free bone density screening to determine your personal risk and discuss what you can do to prevent Osteoporosis. Support Groups May 29: Alzheimer’s Support

Group 7 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 318 South Duchesne, St. Charles. Info: 636.949.0160 or 1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30 p.m. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. For families/friends who want help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. To register, please call 314.SSM.DOCS (776.3627). Every Mon.: 7 p.m. Tobacco Free for Life Support group. Free. St. Peters City Hall. 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 636-561-1407. • 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 636-561-1407.

4th Tues: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 Last Tues.: 7–8:30 p.m. HOPE (Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Support Group) Sponsored by SSM St. Joseph Health Cntr & SSM, at Harvester Christian Church, Rm CH–104, 2950 Kings Crossing. 636.928.7651, x. 115. 3rd Wed. 6:30–8 p.m. KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4–12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer. 1st Thurs.: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Conquer Support Group for adults w/cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Call 636.916.9920. 2nd Thurs.: 4 p.m. Support Group for Alzheimer’s Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan,

Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100. 4th Thurs.: 6:30–8 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way. 636.928.WELL or 800.392.0936. 3rd Sun. 12:45-1:45 p.m. Alzheimer’s Meeting Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd., O’Fallon. Faith-based for caregivers, family of those w/memory loss. 1.800.272.3900. Gateway to Hope Program Arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured & reside in MO. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer & cannot access treatment, call 314.569.1113 or visit

Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance, by

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Old Town Donuts Opens in St. Charles County Old Town Donuts, which has been a landmark in historic Old Town Florissant since it relocated there in 1980, is expanding its operations with the opening of a second location. The new bakery is at 3941 MidRivers Mall Drive in Cottleville, just north of the main campus of St. Charles County Community College. “So many of our loyal customers are St. Charles County residents that we believe a second location of Old Town Donuts in Cottleville makes economic sense,” said Keith Took, owner and operator of Old Town Donuts. “We work hard to keep our loyal and devoted customers happy with our award-winning donuts, pastries, hot coffee and excellent service. We’re looking forward to building relationships with old and new customers alike in St. Charles County.”

The St. Charles location will hire between 15 and 18 new employees, including bakers and clerks, said Took. It will be operated independently from the Florissant shop, and is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. It also offers wi-fi for its customers, as does the Florissant location. Old Town Donuts was started in 1968 by Took’s sister Claudia and her husband, Steve Burns, at a location in Florissant on Lindbergh Blvd. Three years later the couple moved their store to Berkeley, before relocating to its present location on New Florissant Road in 1980. When his brother-in-law decided to change careers in 1996, Took bought the business and turned it into a Florissant institution. In 2010 he was named Businessperson of the Year by the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce. Serving regular and new customers alike their favorite donuts and pastries, bagels and muffins and piping hot coffee is handled at Old Town Donuts courtesy of a polite and efficient staff, devoted employees who care not only for the business but for those loyal customers and friends who come in to Old Town Keith Took, owner and operator of Old Town Donuts Donuts for their regular ‘fix.’ The staff at Old Town Donuts in Florissant gives back to the community with frequent and generous contributions of pastries to area charities and events. Took says that action will be replicated at the new St. Charles County bakery as well. Regardless of how the economy is performing, “we hope that people will always enjoy donuts,” Took said. “Business has been consistent through the years. We cater to schools, churches, niors, and kids. The donut business hasn’t changed.”


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Cash in on this Heart-Thumping Thriller With 30 pages to go, I set “A Land More Kind than Home” aside because I didn’t want it to end. Hats off to Wiley Cash, a debut author sure to have a hit on his hands with a thrilling, chilling Southern novel set in the backwoods of North Carolina in the 1980s. It’s a certainty you won’t forget Cash’s bad guy. He ranks right up there with Anton Chigurh, in “No Country for Old Men,” by Cormac McCarthy. Cash’s “evil personified” is a religious zealot who holds a Bible in one hand and a rattlesnake in the other as he preaches fire and brimstone to a congregation of sheep willing to be led to the slaughter. And flock to Chambliss they do, enduring pain and tempting death, at the hands of a psychotic maimed from a meth blowup he swears was in God’s plan, transforming him from evil to redemption. Julie is a woman searching for peace as her marriage to Joe unravels. The chasm between them begins with the birth of “Stump,” their oldest son, who has never spoken. Julie attends the church where yellowed newspapers cover the windows so no one can see inside and succumbs to Chambliss, body and soul. At his bidding, Julie takes “Stump” to church so the preacher can rid the boy of the demons that have stilled his voice. The tragic results spark a chain of horrifying events. The compelling narrative alternates in chapters told from three characters’ points of view: Adeladie Lyle, a caring midwife present at “Stump’s” birth, a woman with the good of the community at heart; the town’s sheriff, Clem Barefield, scarred from the loss of his adult son; and Jess Hall, “Stump’s” little brother, a child who doesn’t understand his mother’s attraction to Chambliss, or what’s happened to his brother. When tragedy strikes, Jess is left in the care of a grandfather he doesn’t know, and bears his cross, while others bend in prayer to a false prophet. Attention grabbing from the onset, “A Land” picks up speed as it careens to a heart-stopping climax. The only problem with finishing this captivating thriller is waiting for the next offering from Cash. It will be hard for him to top this one, but I’m banking on it. Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2012.

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