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May 30, 2012

Vol 14

July 13, 2011

No 22

Vol 13 No 28

The ASPCA offers tips to keep your pets safe during hot weather.

Pet Tips

IN this Issue

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger, warn ASPCA experts. “Even the healthiest pets can suffer from dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn if overexposed to the heat,” said Dr. Lila Miller, ASPCA vice president of Veterinary Outreach, “and heat stroke can be fatal if not treated promptly.” Take these simple precautions, provided by ASPCA experts, to help prevent your pet from overheating. And if you suspect your pet is suffering from heat stroke, get help from your veterinarian immediately. Visit the Vet A visit to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer check-up is a must. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventive medication. Do parasites bug your animal companions? Ask your doctor to recommend a safe flea and tick control program. Made in the Shade Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful to not over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot. Know the Warning Signs Miller said symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. They can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in airconditioned rooms as much as possible. No Parking! Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. “On a hot day, a parked

car can become a furnace in no timeeven with the windows open-which could lead to fatal heat stroke,” said Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. Also, leaving pets unattended in cars in extreme weather is illegal in several states. Make a Safe Splash Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach upset. Summer Style Giving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, never to the skin, so your dog still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. As far as skin care, be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your

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pets is labeled specifically for use on animals. Street Smarts When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during

these times to a minimum. Avoid Chemicals Commonly used flea and tick products, rodenticides (mouse and rat baits), and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so See PET TIPS page 4


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Rick’s Roadside Market Brings Community Together Grand Opening On June 2 & 3 By DeAnna Massie When the government decided to construct a road through Marsha and Rick Rodriguez’s land in Cottleville, they did not get angry. Instead, they saw the addition, which ran right in front of a large barn and livestock arena, as an opportunity to fulfill a dream. Their careers in finance had exposed them to communities around the country, and in many of them the couple found farmers markets and trade fairs. “It was so inspiring to visit farmers’ markets like the ones on Pike Street in Seattle and in Vancouver,” Marsha Rodriguez said. “We thought, ‘St. Charles needs something like this.’ And when the road came through, we realized this was the perfect opportunity – what a great location!” With a background in community development, Marsha went to work. It took five years to get the market ready to open, but the family was persistent. “We just kept jumping hurdles until we cleared them all. It was really important to us that our community have a place like this,” she said. Community is at the center of this family business. The vendor stalls at Rick’s Roadside Market are occupied by local artists, farmers and craftsmen. “We have so many talented people in this area,” Rodriguez said. “But operating a storefront is not possible for everyone, so we wanted to give them a place to share their work with the public.”

Vendors showcase everything from gourmet jams, honey and soap to handmade quilts, jewelry, handbags and woodcrafts. Local musicians perform and artists create original pieces on site. Rodriguez has also worked to get local children involved with the market. She hired artist Sue Lozen to create a paint-by-number mural on the market’s wall. “Kids will fill in the mural, and their work will be forever a part of the market,” Rodriguez said. In the future, she hopes to provide even more opportunities for children. She has plans for an educational center and museum. “The land has a very rich Native American history,” Rodriguez said. “Washington University had a dig site here, and even we have found arrowheads over 4,000 years old.” She also wants to allow local scouts and schools to use the market as a place to grow and sell their own produce for fundraising. Rodriguez sees the market as a way of returning the area to its roots. “It was gathering place for ancient people,” she said. “They came here to trade and share news. Now it’s a gathering place again, where people can connect and nurture the community.” Rick’s Roadside Market will host a grand opening on June 2 and 3. Located at 5335 Gutermuth Road in Cottleville, the market is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. For a list of vendors and news about events, like the August Peach Festival and October Fall festival, visit or call 636.734.7420.

Foundry Art Centre Concert Features Bode and Halen Accomplished St. Louis songstress, Erin Bode, and Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, David Halen, are brought together once again on the Foundry Art Centre stage for an unforgettable evening of the best music from the Great American Songbook on Sunday, June 17. The performance will include music from Rogers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser and begins at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Accompanying Bode and Halen with string and wind instrumentation are the talented Innsbrook Institute musicians. Founded by David Halen, the Innsbrook Institute immerses young musicians and adult musicians in the highest level of classical music instruction and performance for one week each summer since 2001. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $30 for Foundry Art Centre members. For tickets or more information, please visit www. or call 636.255.0270.

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St. Peters Art Experience Camps Begin June 4

15th Annual Lake Saint Louis On-the-Water Boat Show

The Lake Saint Louis Sailing & Paddling Club Open your child’s will host the 15th annual Lake Saint Louis On-theimagination with these Water Boat Show on June 2 and 3, 2012, at Lake two different styles of Saint Louis’ Windjammer Marina. Several St. Louart at the St. Peters Culis area dealers will be tural Arts Centre. St. displaying the latest Peters Art Experience in boats and nautical Camps kick off with a toys, including kaydrawing and painting aks, standup paddlefrom June 4 – June 8. boards, sailboats, runabouts, pontoons, competiKids ages 2 and up will tion ski boats, docks, boat lifts, and more. This boat learn to create Expresshow is unique for the region because many boats sionism & Impressionwill be in the water and available for test drives. ism. Members of Lake Saint Louis’ Good Samaritan Impressionist drawPleasure Boating Club will also be on hand to proing and painting subjects will be ordinary objects painted with ac- vide free boat rides on beautiful Lake Saint Louis. tive brush strokes, emphasizing depiction of light, movement and The club will also hold its annual lifejacket swap. a unique point of view. In contrast, expressionist focus is placed This family friendly event is open to the public, on the individual’s emotional view of the people and world around and admission and parking are free. A concession them. Works of expressionism are painted to evoke emotion as op- area will be open for snacks or a meal, so come by posed to reflecting reality. for lunch! Show hours are 11a.m. – 5 p.m. on SatArt Experience Camp fees and times are as follows: urday, June 2, and from 11 a.m. – • Toddler Camp (Ages 2-3) – 9:30 – 10 a.m. 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3. $22 St. Peters residents/$27non-residents • Half Day Camp (Ages 6-9) – 9 a.m. – noon $65 St. Peters residents/$75 non-residents • Full Day Camp (Ages 6-9, 10 and up) – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $110 St. Peters residents/$120 non-residents St. Peters Art Experience Camps also include a partial day of activities at the Rec-Plex or playtime in City Centre Park as well as Plein Air (outdoor) painting opportunities. Register for Art Experience in person at the Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Road. Pre-registration is required. Note: You must present a current Resident Privilege Card in order to receive resident rates. To learn more, go online to and choose Summer Camps from the “Things to Do” pull-down menu. Or, call 636.397.6903, ext. 1624. The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located inside St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO.

Windjammer Marina is located near the I-70/ Lake Saint Louis Blvd exit, just off Veterans Memorial Parkway, in between First Bank and St. Joseph’s West Hospital. All show proceeds benefit youth sailing and paddling. Dealers scheduled to attend include DriPort Marine, Tiger Boat Docks, Stateamind Water Sports, St. Louis Sail & Paddle, Cook’s Boats & Motors, Tim’s Dockside Marine, and C & J Boat Docks and Lifts. Some of the boats on display will include Bennington pontoons, Premier pontoons, Mastercraft competition ski boats, Cobalt powerboats, Glastron powerboats, and Hobie Kayaks and Sailboats. For more information about the Lake Saint Louis On-the-Water Boat Show, visit or contact Boat Show Manager Pearson Buell at 636.288.9451, or via email at

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The City of St. Peters FREE Movies in the Park return on June 1 with The Muppets Come hang out with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Scooter and the rest of the Muppets gang in their latest movie adventure on Friday, June 1 at approximately 7:45 p.m. or at dusk. The Muppets (2011) will kick off this year’s free Movies in the Park series. New this year, our Movies in the Park series will be held at different parks throughout the city. The Muppets will be shown at Laurel Park in St. Peters. Bring your family, some snacks, and a lawn chair or blanket and get ready to sit back and relax under the stars. Laurel Park is located at 181 Driftwood Lane. You can access the park through Tanglewood Subdivision on the west or McClay Valley subdivision on the east. The FREE Movies in the Park schedule will continue with Hugo at Spencer Creek Park in July, The Adventures of Tintin at Shady Springs Park in September, and The Wizard of Oz indoors at the Cultural Arts Centre in October. Check back at a later date for more information on these upcoming films. More information about outdoor movies can be found online at

PET TIPS from cover keep them out of reach. When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Keep citronella candles, oil products and insect coils out of pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888.426.4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance. Party Animals Taking Fido to a backyard barbeque or party? Remember that the food and drink offered to guests may be poisonous to pets. “Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas,” said Dr. Steven Hansen, ASPCA senior vice president of Animal Health Services. “Avoid raisins, grapes,

onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.” Fireworks Aren’t Very Pet-riotic Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. “Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma to curious pets and even unused fireworks can be hazardous,” Hansen said. “Many types of fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic and other heavy metals.” Do you have more questions? Talk to your vet, or call the Humane Services Division of the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment at 636.949.7387.

Lake Saint Louis Programs Lake Saint Louis Art Classes The Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation department is proud to offer four separate classes instructed by award winning artist Marie Donato - Choose from Pastel Painting, Drawing, Watercolor or Open Studio. The next set of lessons will begin the week of June 4. Classes will meet at the Lake Saint Louis Civic Center for two hours each week for six total weeks. Cost per session is $82 and supplies are purchased separately (a supply list for each class

is available). For more information or to register, call 636.561.4620 or visit www.lakesaintlouis. com; look under the parks & recreation section. Movies In The Park Friday, June 1: Puss In Boots (rated PG) Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head out to Boulevard Park Amphitheater to enjoy a free movie under the stars. Movies begin at dusk. Music In The Park Come enjoy the St. Charles County Pops Symphony on Saturday June 9 from 7 – 8:30pm. This event is free to the community & will be held at the Boulevard Park Amphitheater.h Lake Saint Louis Summer Camps Registrations are now being accepted for the 2012 season! Day camp and sport camps are a great way to spend the summer. Lake Saint Louis is offering day camp, baseball camp, softball camp & soccer camps. For more information visit us at – click on parks & recreation.

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Warning…This is Not Your Average Taste Event!

Jerry Hollingsworth St. Peters Alderman We’re blessed in St. Peters to have a wonderful quality of life with 25 parks, 20 miles of paved trails, the Rec-Plex, pools, athletic fields and the only municipal golf course in St. Charles County. I hope you and your family have the chance to use these great amenities on a regular basis. My wife, Donna, and I have spent many hours in our parks with our kids, playing golf, or watching one of them playing in a baseball game. Many of our favorite parks and the Rec-Plex are starting to show wear and tear after nearly 20 years of use. While the costs to maintain our facilities have been going up, our revenues have been going down. Our property values have dropped 11 percent and we’ve lost more than $2 million in revenues. St. Peters voters will be asked to consider Proposition “P” on August 7. The money raised from this fourth-tenths of a cent sales tax will go to help maintain our parks and trails and to pay for storm water projects. If Prop P passes, it will mean that if you go shopping at Mid Rivers Mall and spend $10, your bill will be four cents more. It’s the lowest cost option compared to a property tax increase or utility fee, and if Prop P passes our sales tax will still be lower or at the same rate as other St. Charles County communities. Besides our parks and trails, Prop P money will help pay for more than 100 storm water projects our City needs in order to meet federal clean water requirements over the next 20 years. We estimate these projects will cost $119 million dol-

lars. We need about $3.9 million dollars each year to pay for these projects, but right now, our storm water budget is $600,000 a year. We have to solve these problems. If we don’t, we’ll be facing federal fines and big legal costs. We’re already facing problems like increased erosion in the streams and flooding in streets and neighborhoods during storms. Funding from Proposition “P” would provide the money to: • Remove the burden of paying for fixing and maintaining detention basins from neighborhood associations • Pay for projects that prevent pollution of our streams and erosion of our creek banks into private property • Repair and maintain and improve our aging parks and trails Keeping your costs low is a top priority in St. Peters. That’s why we charge the lowest fees and have some of the lowest tax rates in St. Charles County. For more information about Prop P, please check out the city’s website,

The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is excited to host the Annual Sip and Savor St. Charles County Taste Event. The event is open to the public, and includes all the food, beverages and entertainment for one price. Sip and Savor will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at the beautiful Lakeside 370 Park in St. Peters, near the intersection of Hwy. 370 and Truman Road. Seating will be available under the pavilion & tents will also be available in case of rain. This year’s Sip and Savor offers a whole host of local restaurants waiting to dish out their finest. Spend the evening sipping wine or brews while sampling zesty barbecue, gourmet pizza, delicious pasta, decadent desserts and so much more. This year’s live band is The Ultra Violets. Advanced tickets are $25. The chamber is offering a group ticket price of $20 per person for groups of 10 or more (tickets must be purchased together in advance). Please call the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce at 636.946.0633, for more information, to purchase tickets or for vendor booth information. To purchase tickets online or view a continuously updated list of participating vendors online, visit

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Safe Sitters Classes to be Held In June The Lincoln County Medical Center will host Safe Sitters Classes on June 5 and July 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program prepares 11 to 13 year old babysitters for the responsibilities of nurturing and protecting children. The class will also teach introductory employment skills and important life skills. Safe Sitter is competency-based highly interactive curriculum researched and development by Dr. Patricia A Keener, MD. Call 636.528.3300 for more information or to register. Cuivre Park Elementary students marked the end of the year by celebrating Children’s Day, a Japanese holiday, with a parade of decorated “floats.” They also displayed handmade carp kites, which traditionally symbolize a family’s wish for their children to grow up to be strong.

On April 24, Lincoln County Firefighters trained on vehicle extrication. Firefighters trained on effective methods and techniques using the Jaws of Life, hydraulic rams, cribbing and air bags to removed car roofs, pry open doors and lift overturned vehicles. Uncle Larry’s generously provided the vehicles used during training.

Gas Smell Turns Out to be False Alarm On May 16, 2012, Lincoln County 911 Dispatch began receiving many calls regarding a smell of natural gas throughout Moscow Mills and areas east of Troy. Lincoln County Firefighters traced the smell down to an area salvage yard. Workers were disassembling two 1,000 gallon tanks once used to hold Mercaptan, a chemical additive which gives natural gas its distinctive smell. Although the tanks were empty, the powerful odor of “rotten cabbage” had been absorbed and contained by the tank metal itself. Ameren Gas was able to help and located a product to clean and deodorize the tanks. Each tank has now been filled with the deodorizer and sealed to prevent odor from escaping. Although the widespread odor is likely gone for good, there may be pockets of odor that linger or present in the near future. Thought this event turned out to be harmless, Chief Barry Nuss urged citizens to always to be wary of and report chemical odors. “Since natural gas is colorless and odorless, the human nose cannot distinguish whether the chemical additive Mercaptan is present with or without gas,” Nuss said. “This particular incident was a very remote exception. If you smell gas, the chances are very high there is a leak somewhere.”

MoDOT Youth Camp Accepting Applications Now The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will sponsor the annual Youth Transportation Conference this July. Thirty students are selected from across the state to attend this conference in Jefferson City, Missouri. The six day conference is free to 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders, with participants staying overnight on the campus of Lincoln University. The conference exposes students from across

Missouri to the numerous career opportunities in the field of transportation and is packed with fun and exciting academic, career development and social activities. Students apply math, science, and computer concepts learned in school to transportation related problems. The academic curriculum includes sessions on applied physics, magnetic levitation, public administration, and safety. Other activities include field trips, office/site tours, and speakers from various divisions within MoDOT and related organizations. Interested students must complete an application in full, which must be accompanied by the required essay. The application deadline is June 8. For more information regarding the Youth Transportation Conference please contact the MoDOT Equal Opportunity and Diversity Division at 573.522.5333. The application is available online at


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Sherry Gibson is 2012 Small Business Person of the Year Sherry Gibson has been se- Vision Leadership Organization and is an Ambassador lected as this year’s recipient for the Cottleville-Weldon Spring Chamber. of the Small Business PerOver the years, she has faithfully donated items and son of the Year award by the services to the Megan Meier Foundation. She has also Greater St. Charles County been a good friend and donator to the Cottleville FireChamber of Commerce. She fighters Community Outreach, St. Joseph Parish, The is the owner of Gibson Print- Funny Bone annual golf tournament and many others. ing, located at 5903 SuemanThe city of St. Charles also awarded its 2012 Employdy Drive in St. Peters, Mo. ers of the Year at the luncheon. Gibson Printing is a fullSt. Charles 2012 Employer of the Year Awards time business printing proMayor Sally Faith recently presented the 2012 Emvider of all business needs ployer of the Year awards to the following St. including: forms, documents, manuals, business cards, Charles area businesses: books and more. Gibson Printing was one of the first Service: Bob Wamhoff with Wamhoff area printing companies to offer book printing and Financial Planning & Accounting Servicbinding for the retail book store industry and has done es, Inc., 400 North Fifth Street, Suite 201 printing and binding for several publishing houses in (63301). 636.573.1212. http://www.wamhoff. the area. Gibson offers signs, banners and a complete com/ line of promotional products that any size business Manufacturer/Industrial: Scott Westerwould need. Accounts range from a one person busi- man, Glazer’s Distributors of Missouri, 1 ness to some of the larger companies in both Missouri Glazers Way (63301). 636.925.8800. http:// and Illinois. Gibson started the business from her home almost 18 years ago. She has grown each year in sales volume and recently moved to her third retail location. Gibson has three full-time and two part-time employees. She cultivates large and small accounts and is able to retain those accounts through incredible customer service, the best state of the art equipment and machines, and the tenacity of a woman with a mission. She is a certified Woman-owned Business by the State of Missouri. Recently, Gibson was forced to move from a high-traffic and successful business location due to the property being taken over by a major retail chain. While the original terms of the agreement were not ideal, Sherry fought for herself and other tenants and successfully negotiated a more suitable end to the situation. A long time member of the former St. Peters Chamber of Commerce, Sherry now serves on the board of directors for the newly created Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the 2012 Retail: Scott Newcomer, Jake’s on Main, 136 South Main Street (63301). 636.724.9992. http://www. Jack Heck Award: (Award category initiated in 2011 in honor of the late Jack Heck, recognizing a business that demonstrates the spirit of community outreach and family values.) Jim Thro, Jim Thro’s Auto Repair, 923 First Capitol Drive (63301). 636.723.0800. http://throautorepair. com.

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1. C.J. Vaccaro, Fort Zumwalt East High School senior, has signed with Harris Stowe State University to play soccer. Pictured sitting down with C.J. is Seth Wilber (FZE coach) and Pam Vaccaro (mother). Pictured standing behind C.J. is Scott Hartwig (Harris


6 Stowe coach), Henry St. Pierre (FZE principal), and Tim Grimes (FZE Activities Director). 2. Alex Gronek, Fort Zumwalt East High School senior, has signed with Culver Stockton College to play soccer. Pictured sitting down with Alex is Bryan Suttory (stepfather) and Gina Suttory (mother). Pictured standing behind Alex is Tim Grimes (FZE Activities Director), Seth Wilber (FZE coach), Tyler Tomlinson (Culver Stockton coach) and Pete Biondo (Club soccer coach).

3. Fort Zumwalt West Middle School heldits annual G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) Night. The 7th and 8th grade students created a Time Warp Museum of the Decades which took visiters on a trip from the year 1900 to 2000. There were costumes from the decades, pin the mustache on Charlie Chaplin, Wright Brothers flyer model, 1920’s Charleston lessons, Rosie the Riveter, and much, much more. Pictured is Tyler Kubiak, who along with his partner, Ryan Dorris, created an atomic bomb experiment. 4. Lewis and Clark Elementary School recently held its spring parties. The activities were endless with t-shirt painting, hula hoops, races, various games, and much more. Pictured is student, Haley Herndon, at the limbo station with Layton Boettler waiting his turn. Parents, Chris Taylor and Denise Klobe are holding the limbo bar. 5. Fathers of Rock Creek Elementary School students meet once a month for breakfast to discuss their children and school. They are lenged each month to work on a lesson at home. The information and lessons stem from an organization called “All Pro Dads.” Pictured are students, Vincent and Victoria Aguilera, with their father and brother one of the breakfast atings. 6. During their unit of study on pioneers, the fourth graders at Rock Creek Elementary School were treated to an outside learning experience. These students had the opportunity to pass around animal hides and view the actual attire of pioneers. This culminating activity was initiated by their fourth grade teachers, Mr. Greg Soloman, Mrs. Lisa Mueller, Mrs. Kristin Hawkins, and Mrs. Barbara Hombs.

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“The Summer of Superheroes” Nearly a month after its debut, “The Avengers” continues to dominate the movie box office. This superhero adventure brings together Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and other characters created by Marvel Comics. The film also captures the personality conflicts that have dogged the Avengers for 50 years on the printed page. When squaring off against “Battleship,” Earth’s Mightiest Heroes soundly defeated the board game adaptation, sinking it with a $55 million take in its third weekend. “The Avengers” has cracked the billion dollar barrier, but will this summer’s other superhero adventures do nearly as well? On July 3, Andrew Garfield takes over the title role in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” a reboot of this movie franchise. “Spider-Man 3,” the previous installment, was an overloaded with too many important characters and not enough screen time. Introducing two keys villains, Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) and Venom (Topher Grace), was really a bad move on the part of director Sam Raimi. In the reboot, Garfield takes the character back to his

high school days and reintroduces Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), the love of his life. As Peter Parker, Garfield has to deal with superpowers and the fact that his girlfriend’s father wants to have him arrested for being a vigilante. After a 10-year wait, the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) finally appears. Though he and Peter Parker are friends, Dr. Curt Connors, the Lizard’s alter ego, becomes corrupted from a serum that regenerates his missing arm. This summer also marks the end of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy. Christian Bale returns in the dual role of Bruce Wayne and Batman. The events of “The Dark Knight,” the previous film, have cast Batman in a darker light than even before. Living in seclusion for years, Wayne resurrects his Batman persona in a city that now considers him a criminal. The plot of this movie comes from “Knightfall,” a 1993 story arc in the “Batman” comic books. The Caped Crusader faces off against Bane, a brilliant and impossibly strong villain. Tom Hardy plays Bane, who is the one villain that hurt Batman in ways that the Joker could not. Bane literally breaks the Batman and set

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Christian Bale in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Dark Knight Rises" - 2012

the comic books off in a new direction. Anne Hathaway has received a lot of press for her role as Selina Kyle, the woman also known as Catwoman. In the comic books, Batman and Catwoman have had an ongoing relationship that fluctuates between enemies and lovers. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes dominated May, but Peter Parker and the Dark Knight stand to heat up the summer even more.

Main Street Calendar of Events: June Through June 2: 2012 Riverfront Paint Off A week-long plein air art event at Picasso’s Coffeehouse, 101 N. Main, St. Charles

June 10: Rendezvous in St. Charles Concert 7:30 p.m. at the First Missouri State Capitol Historic Site, 200 S. Main Street in St. Charles. Free admission.

Through June 16: Quilt Show Exhibit Every Wednesday through Saturday at the Frenchtown Heritage Museum and Research Center, 1121 N. Second Street, St. Charles.

June 10: St. Charles Community Big (Jazz) Band 7:30 p.m. at Frontier Park in St. Charles. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, or lawn chair and enjoy the music along the Missouri River.

June 17: Erin Bode and David Halen Concert 8 – 10 p.m. at the Foundry Art Center. $35 for general admission and $30 for Foundry members. Info: 636.255.0270. June 18: 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 The city of St. Charles will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 at the St. Charles

June 20 : Music on Main Join us the third Wednesday of the month through September. Held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 100-200 blocks of N. Main. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert. Food and drink available...

June 21-23 and June 29-July 1: Shakespeare in the Park Held from 8 to 10 p.m. at the south end of Frontier Park. “As You Like It” performed. June 29: St. Louis Wind Symphony Concert Join the Foundry Art Centre and celebrate the Fourth of July with a special patriotic music performance by the Saint Louis Wind Symphony.

June 3: Sunday Funday Live entertainment, food, drink and fun from 1 – 6 p.m. between the 100-200 blocks of N. Main Street. No coolers. Bands play from 1 – 3 p.m. and from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

City Veterans Memorial, Bishop's landing. The ceremony is at 7 p.m.

Every Thursday: St. Charles Municipal Band 8 p.m. through August. Bring a picnic basket, blanket, or lawn chair and enjoy an evening of band music along the river in Frontier Park. June 9: Lewis & Clark Fife and Drum Corps The Corps will march and play on Main Street from noon to 1 p.m.


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Sports You See... With Gary B. Five Run Ninth Gives Rascals a Victory 9-7 win over the Rippers The River City Rascals play professional/minor league baseball in the Frontier League. Even though it was a week ago, it needs repeating. The team fought back with seven runs over the last two innings of the game to win a thrilling come-from-behind game over the London Rippers 9-7. The deciding blow came in the bottom of the ninth at the friendly confines of T.R. Hughes. With two outs, two strikes and losing 7-5, Rascal batter, short stop Bobby Burk, was in a do-or-die situation. The 6’ 1” 200-pounder Riverside, Calif. resident was at the dish with the bases loaded. He did not disappoint the hometown fans as he cracked a walk-off grand slam to give the Rascals the win. NEXT HOME GAMES: Wed/Thur: May 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 ~~~The thrills have started already this young season Harlem Globetrotters in St. Charles & Arnold 24-Hour Fitness is the Host in June The magic behind the Globetrotters’ electrifying basketball skills and tricks will be displayed to fans ages 6 to 14 as they participate in the program where they’ll learn the importance of staying active and eating healthy. “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 clin-

ics will be held during the following dates and times at these 24 Hour Fitness locations: • 1095 Regency Parkway, St. Charles: June 4-6: 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 2–5 p.m. • 215 Arnold Crossing, Arnold: June 7-8: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 2–5 p.m. Registration information about the summer skills clinics can be found at www., 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. ~~~A great opportunity Indoor Football Back at the Family Arena Spring of 2013 The Missouri Monsters are scheduled to play in the United Indoor Football League (UIFL) in St. Charles County. This league plays around the country at indoor facilities usually converted from hockey arenas. The last indoor team to play at the Family Arena was the River City Rage which ceased operation a few years ago. There are several leagues around the country, notably the Arena Football League (AFL), that usually have a television audience, thus the players make a few more dollars per game. In leagues without TV revenue, each player normally will make around $200 per game along with bonuses if they win. Players are usually given a place to stay and meals throughout the day. The guys are either playing for the fun of it or performing to impress scouts of the National Football League. That is where they found a future Hall of Fame candidate Kurt Warner who played for the Iowa Barnstormers of the AFL. ~~~Try it again ~~~A quick Happy Birthday to my sister, Sandy Moody, on this May 30th….love ya!


“Over the Fence” The Information Highway Has Forks I find it amusing, if not ironic, that so many Americans complain that all politicians are liars yet they’ll believe campaign rhetoric of their favorite politicians as if it was the gospel truth. To be fair, there probably are politicians that tell the truth, but how do you tell? This falls under the old stratagem, “Listen to what they say but then look at what they do.” Many folks have the first part down, but they’re a little weak on the second, perhaps in fear of finding something they won’t like. These days it’s easier to learn what famous people do but one must be discriminating. For instance, practically everything we see in our email pertaining to politics and many other things are unreliable and, much of the time, blatant lies invented by self-serving experts and spin doctors. It’s amazing how this misinformation soars through email to be read by anyone looking for support of his or her favorite cause

or belief no matter how absurd. Sometimes it repeats the email circuit for years. The false claims that sales calls to cell phones were being legalized have circulated the Internet for years. I shouldn’t have to mention the advertisements and popup ads for miracle cures and the like. For those, even PT Barnum would have been dumbfounded. There are Internet sites like Wikipedia and Snopes that try to print unbiased facts about various subjects. They understand that their reputations are at stake. Yet I’ve met some extremist types that read something they didn’t agree with and claimed it was lies to support opposing groups, beliefs or individuals. The Snopes investigators are under constant attacks by detractors that invent anything to discredit them. It’s like saying, “My mind is made up, don’t confuse me with the facts.” The stories I’ve heard them make up about the Snopes investigators border on tabloid headlines about extra-terrestrials abducting Elvis. If these publicists deliberately lied as some claim, they would draw more lawsuits than rear-end collisions. The point is those who look only for any information that supports a theory

instead of forming a theory based on facts, it’s out there but the latter requires an open mind. The former is the reason inferior products are successful and bad politicians are elected. Of course, there are still folks that believe “Hoop Snakes” that take their tails in mouth and roll down hills are real and no amount of proof otherwise will dissuade them. An acquaintance with a journalism degree worked for a news publication that was on the extreme end of his personal political persuasions. He soon quit in disgust and took a job with an ad agency. He remarked, “If I’m going to write news reports to bolster editors’ radical opinions, I may as well get paid more for inventing lies to sell products.” I’ve been to several political gatherings of various kinds over the years. They supported various parties and candidates and invited them to state their views. Some of them were bizarre. Even a gathering by my then current party of choice was interspersed with candidates spouting invectives about the opposition that were embarrassingly obtuse. The candidate who was the loudest as well as the most absurdly ridiculous of the group eventually won. Then he became the loudest and most ridiculous elected official. “People believe what they want to believe.” -H. L. Menchkin (1880-1956) The picture is of a hoop snake before circular reshaping, rigor mortis and a steep hill. It has a forked tongue… as did the prankster.


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My name is Michael, and I have Tourette’s Syndrome Our son, Michael, graduated from Fort Zumwalt South High School on Saturday, May 19. He put on the cap and gown in our car while we stopped in the parking lot of the Family Arena. I watched him open the door, hop out and start walking to the student entrance. I forced the tears to stay inside my body as he turned around, waved and said, “See you inside, Mom!” Michael will attend St. Charles Community College in the fall on the A+ scholarship, and he even earned another $500 scholarship from the high school, which will take care of his books for at least one year. He wants to transfer to Southeast Missouri State University in two years and earn a degree in Secondary Education. Michael was inspired by his teachers at Fort Zumwalt South, and hopes to inspire students of his own one day. Our 18 year-old Michael could probably handle heading off to a four-year school right away, but he wants to ease into independence. That’s just fine with me. Michael has a mild case of Tourette’s Syndrome, but these days you’d never know it. It is a neurological condition that involves a combination of vocal and motor tics. His tics (sounds – not words – or movements that he cannot control) are frequently a direct response to allergies. He no longer consumes dairy products on a daily basis, and that actually brought the tics down approximately 75 percent. It’s no wonder, then, that I was very protective of my son when he was in elementary school, and even middle school. Children can be cruel enough to kids who


don’t grunt out loud or roll their eyes. In his first and second grade classes, I explained to the kids exactly what Tourette’s Syndrome was (in kid terms) and told his classmates that Michael simply could not control those kinds of noises or movements. No big deal. The wonderful 6 year-olds even stood up for him in music class one day, exclaiming in unison to the music teacher that Michael could not stop making those noises. “He has T Syndrome!” they all said. When he entered third grade, however, I chose not to address his class. His teacher and I agreed that if needed, I would come in and give the explanation. As it turns out, Michael took care of that all on his own. In 2002, February 18-21 was Ability Awareness Week at Progress South Elementary. I believe the name of the group that visited the school was Kidz Link, but please don’t quote me on that. A few teenagers with disabilities spoke to the students about treating each and every person, disability or not, with respect. They were accompanied by the head of the program, a teacher and some other professionals. There was a blind man, and a mother with an autistic child. I knew nothing of the presentation, but as I waited in line on that Friday afternoon to pick up my children from school, I was greeted by Michael’s teacher, Mrs. Higgins. “Oh, no,” I grumbled to myself. “Michael either forgot something or started a new, loud tic today.” “I’m going to call you tonight,” Mrs. Higgins said.

“Michael was just awesome today. Just awesome! You would have been so proud.” Evidently, as the Ability Awareness program wrapped up, Michael stood up, and out of the blue, began to tell his class about his Tourette’s. Mrs. Higgins told me the story minute by minute, how Michael matter-of-factly gave a very accurate and detailed description of the challenges he faces. “He was not nervous at all!” she said. “It was wonderful. You would have been so proud of our Michael.” Kudos to my brave son (that was everyone else’s term for him – I’ve always known he was brave). When asked why he decided to stand up and tell his story (with absolutely no prompting, by the way), Michael just said he thought the kids would find it interesting. “Maybe now they will know why I cannot stop making noises sometimes,” he said. Kudos, too, to the Kidz Link program, to the Ft. Zumwalt School District for bringing it to the kids, and to Mrs. Higgins, who has since retired from teaching. “Our Michael,” she said. Sometimes I don’t think parents get it. I don’t think they understand that our kids are the teachers’ kids, too. We work together, if we’re smart, to create a better, more compassionate, human being.

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Fruit and Yogurt Elbow Salad Makes: 8 to 10 servings • Preparation Time: 20 minutes • Cook Time: 8 minutes Ingredients: - 1 box Dreamfields Elbows - 1 1/2 cups low-fat vanilla or Greek yogurt - 1 tablespoon honey (optional) - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon - 4 cups fruit (apples, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, grapes, kiwi, etc. cut into bite-size pieces) - 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint (optional) - 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions: 1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Place in large bowl. 2. Meanwhile, in medium bowl, stir together yogurt, honey and cinnamon. Toss with elbows. Add fruit and mint, if desired; toss gently to combine. Sprinkle with almonds. Refrigerate leftovers, covered, up to 1 day. (Let stand at room temperature

Mom or Dad will need to start things off by cooking the pasta according to package directions. Preparing this recipe with Dreamfields pasta provides added nutrition benefits parents will love and kids won’t even notice. Made from durum wheat semolina, Dreamfields has the same taste and texture as traditional pasta but with 5 grams of fiber and only 5 grams of digestible carbohydrates per 1-cup cooked serving. While the pasta cooks, enlist the kids to create the dressing – a creamy mix of yogurt, honey and a dash of cinnamon – and choose favorite fruits for the salad. A colorful combination of the season's freshest fruits like sweet, delicious blueberries, kiwi, peaches and strawberries, paired with a refreshing hint of mint, makes this simple-to-fix salad really come together. Kids can help toss the pasta, fruit, mint and dressing together in a large bowl and sprinkle with almonds for a little crunch. This bright and flavorful pasta salad – perfect for potlucks, picnics or even a lazy summer breakfast – is anything but ordinary. For more pasta salad recipes and directions on how to submit

10 to 15 minutes before serving if refrigerated.) Nutrition information (1/8 of recipe): 262 calories; 10 g protein; 22 g digestible carbohydrates*; 4 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 45 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber. *If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 52 g carbohydrate.

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CHURCH 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 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 Conception 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: June 22-23: 14th Annual Golf Tournament At the Golf Club of Wentzville. $40/player on Friday, $85/player Saturday. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County and Morning Star Church’s outreach efforts. Info: www.mscwired. org. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Friends and Family Support Group Open to anyone who has a loved one suffering from any kind of addiction. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Oak Valley Drive, St. Peters. For more information, email Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. Info: 636.327.6377.

Truth Matters!! Free Bible Correspondence Course 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 Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385.

May 30 and June 2: St. Charles Borromeo Church & School Rummage Sale 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 5 – 8 p.m. on May 30, and 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on June 2. Proceeds benefit Mini Vinnies’ Operation Backpack. At 538 North 5th Street in St. Charles.

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.

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.

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

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 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. June 2-3: Rick’s Roadside Market Grand Opening 5382 Gutermuth Road in Cottleville, Mo. Indoor with local vendors. Fresh food and handmade items. Info: or 636.734.7420. 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. 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. June 24: Wentzville Birthright Golf Tournament At the Golf Club of Wentzville. $95 per player includes lunch and dinner, prizes, 50/50, skins, mulligans and more. Info: 636.327.8170 or email Claude Sparks at sparky01@ July 9-13: St. Charles County Youth Orchestra Summer Music Workshop At Lindenwood University J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. Strings, Wind, Brass and Percussion. Professional Instructors. Register by July 1. Info: or call 636.916.0515.

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July 23: St. Charles County YMCA District Golf Tournament 12:00 shotgun start at Whitmoor Country Club. $175/player. 4 person scramble, lunch, dinner & awards. This tournament will benefit our Strong Community Campaign. Sponsorships are available. Info: Mary Kronmueller at 636.379.0092 x236. Now-September 1: 2012 River City Rascals Baseball Clinics 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. per session at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon. Batting, pitching, fielding, catching, throwing, bunting, base running, agility, team strategy & sportsmanship. Ages 5-13. Info: 636.240.BATS or 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.

1st and 3rd Wed: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Every Wed. 6:45 p.m. Charity Bingo VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a non-smoking facility. 636.272.1945 or 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 Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. Playgroup is a great opportunity to teach our children how to play and share while in a welcoming environment. Info: Andrea Crislip at 314.479.0306 or, or visit Every Fri.: 3–8 p.m. VFW Fish Fry VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. 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:, wentzville-community-club. Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Bring your family to watch flying model airplanes. Directions: www. Info: 636.300.1480.

JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon, Mo. All cars and clubs welcome. The 50/50 drawing benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 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 or 636.745.2601. HEALTH 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 effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. • Now - June 21, Tues & Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Contact Kristi Bradley at 636.379.0092 for more 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@ 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.

4th Sunday: Car Cruise Through September. 10:30 a.m. at

4th Tues.: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tues.: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles. Every Wed: at 12 p.m. Crossroads Cribbage Club Meets at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, Wentzville, MO. Crossword Solutions from page 16

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If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pets background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or

This Weeks Shelter: St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center • 4850 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., St. Peters, MO 63376 • 636-949-7387

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


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Statepoint Crossword Theme: Movie Quotes

Ree Drummond picked an apt title when she dubbed herself “The Pioneer Woman.” Not just because of where she lives, but because of how hard she works – think prairie ancestor, with a keyboard. The mother of four home-schools her children on her family’s ranch in rural Pawhuska, Okla., blogs daily, sharing recipes, photos and her wit with millions of online readers, and has published four books in the six years since she created her website, In her spare time, she’s starring in a new cooking show on the Food Network. I’ve been following Drummond for several years. I feel a kindred spirit because of my experience moving to rural Oklahoma at the start of my marriage after a life in metro suburbia. I like her no-frills recipes and appreciate her step-by-step photography. Drummond’s second, and latest cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier,” features 304 pages with more than 100 recipes from breakfast to dinner, dessert for entertaining and even a few recipes and guidance on canning. The book reads like a magazine, with more than 1,000 photos of her cooking process and the Drummond family’s everyday lives. Things have changed since Drummond’s first cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From an Accidental Country Girl,” arrived in our kitchen a few years ago. I cooked my way through the book, preparing nearly every recipe for my happy family. The simplicity of the recipes, and the photographic tutorials, inspired my husband. “The Pioneer Man,” as we now affectionately refer to him, claimed this new cookbook for his own, taking to it like a textbook with a pad of page flags. The man who had never followed a recipe in his life is now preparing meals “like Ree does it” and seeks out many of the kitchen gadgets he sees in her photos. The description on the cover, “simple, scrumptious and step-by-step,” sums up the cookbook’s appeal. You won’t find nutrition facts with the recipes – and that’s probably a good thing because this isn’t a low-fat, low-calorie collection. Just good country cooking, kid-friendly for the most part, made with common ingredients and common sense. Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2012.

ACROSS 1. Balanced ride 6. Mythical giant bird 9. Iranian monarch 13. Her face “launched a thousand ships” 14. Lawyer group 15. Abu ____, United Arab Emirates 16. It describes the siege of Troy 17. *”Thank you ___, may I have another.” 18. Churns 19. *”I’m ready for my _______.” 21. Whitman’s craft 23. ___-been 24. Italian money 25. An NBA game can never end with

this 28. Bumpkin 30. Bald Eagle to Americans, e.g. 35. Party request 37. Crucifix 39. Outburst of firearms 40. One who employs something 41. “Revolutionary Road” novelist 43. In the near future 44. Mortise and _____ joint 46. Corpulent President 47. Youngster 48. The Terminator, e.g. 50. Whiskey grain, pl. 52. Laurie Partridge actress 53. ____ Piper 55. Tote

57. Team spirit 60. *”What we’ve got here is _______ to communicate.” 64. Shariah-approved meat 65. What Salinger’s catcher was in 67. Weighed 68. One of three hipbones 69. Charged particle 70. Bornean ape 71. It preceded the violin 72. Defensive ___ in football 73. 4 x 4 race, e.g. DOWN 1. Elegant and stylish

2. Holler 3. Greek muse of history 4. Fido’s restraint 5. Make lovable 6. Wood file 7. *”Help me ___-Wan Kenobi” 8. Plural of “carpus” 9. Heard round the world? 10. *”Give me down to there ___. Shoulder length or longer” 11. Competently 12. ___ and her towels 15. *”The stuff that ______ are made of.” 20. Shylock’s line of work 22. Metal-bearing mineral 24. Olga Korbut’s outfit

25. *”You can’t handle the _____!” 26. Nisei’s parent 27. Movie premiere, e.g. 29. *”You’re gonna need a bigger ____.” 31. Cat-headed Egyptian goddess 32. Silent film comedian Harold _____ 33. Call forth 34. *”Show me the _____!” 36. High school ball 38. Confront 42. Ancient stone slab with markings 45. *”I love the smell of ______ in the morning.” 49. Zip 51. Bachelor on “The Bachelorette,”

e.g. 54. Suggestive of the supernatural 56. Sunlight distraction 57. a.k.a. French Sudan 58. Medley 59. Ralph in Spanish 60. Manage without help 61. Eurasian mountain range 62. Actress Sofer 63. Trend-setting 64. Human immunodeficiency virus 66. Old-fashioned “far” See answers page 13

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