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The Golf Fore! Ellie tournament will be held on Friday, June 20 at the Links of Dardeene to raise funds for the Rett Syndrome Foundation. From left to right, Bryce, Mickie, Ellie and Dave McCool. Photo by Ray Rockwell

The first annual Golf Fore Ellie! four-person scramble and auction will be held on Friday, June 20 at the Links of Dardenne. By Shelly A. Schneider Ellie McCool is 16 years old. Parents of most 16-year-old girls are preoccupied with curfews, developing safe driving habits and how much they had to shell out for prom. Ellie’s parents think about things like seizures, advocating for their daughter’s education, and how to care for her as they get older. Ellie has Rett syndrome. Rett syndrome is a unique postnatal neurological disorder that is first recognized in infancy and seen almost always in girls, but can be rarely seen in boys. Rett syndrome has been most often misdiagnosed as autism, cerebral palsy, or non-specific developmental delay. It strikes all racial and ethnic groups, and occurs worldwide in one of every 10,000 to 23,000 female births. Rett syndrome causes problems in brain function that are responsible for cognitive, sensory, emotional, motor and autonomic function. These can include learning, speech, sensory sensations, mood, movement, breathing, cardiac function, and even chewing, swallowing, and digestion. The symptoms appear after an early period of apparently normal or near normal development until 6-18 months of life, when there is a slowing down or stagnation of skills. Mickie McCool, Ellie’s mother, said her

daughter was typical in development for almost the first year of her life. “She said her first words at 7 months old,” Mickie said. “She rolled over on time; she sat up on time, fed herself with both hands, etc.” One day it looked like she was going to catch a cold. “Ellie was sort of glazed over and listless,” Mickie said. “We waited for a cold to manifest and when it didn’t we took her to the doctor. It was a permanent change that happened overnight.” The diagnosis took two and a half years. During that time, Ellie lost communication skills and purposeful use of her hands. She cried inconsolably, and Mickie wondered if Ellie’s condition was a result of something she did. Within just a few months of confirming their daughter’s diagnosis, Dave and Mickie McCool immersed themselves into the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Mickie has served as the regional representative for Missouri and southern Illinois, and served several terms on the Family Advisory Board, and spoken and presented at the annual IRSF Conference. Just when the McCools have a handle on Ellie’s condition, something new enters the arena. Ellie began experiencing seizures in January 2013. Rett syndrome presents many challeng-

es, but with love, therapy and assistance, those with the syndrome can benefit from school and community activities well into middle age and beyond. They experience a full range of emotions and show their engaging personalities as they take part in social, educational, and recreational activities at home and in the community. Advocating for her daughter is one of See Golf on page 2


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Around Town Local news and events like a local teen being named FEMA Youth Preparedness Council Chairman, the upcoming Turtle Float in New Town and a new column by Cindy Moore.


Business Garden Villas of O’Fallon unveils assisted living community in O’Fallon and Tiger Docs brings on long time SSM executive Nancy Kohl.


School A local literacy group provides 3,563 Wentzville students with their own books and three Zumwalt schools are awarded over $12,000 in grants.


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Mickie’s greatest gifts. “I want people to know that she’s in there,” Mickie said. “She’s so smart, and funny! The toughest part for me is worrying about her future – her health and her relationships. I pray each day that she will have meaningful friendships and relationships.” Mickie and Dave are looking forward to the day a Rett syndrome clinic opens in St. Louis. There are currently 11 clinics across the country, but the closest to St. Louis is Birmingham, Ala. “My hope is the St. Louis clinic here will be a multidisciplinary clinic where a girl could go and see all of the specialists in one day, including: neurology, cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, orthopedic, dental, OB/GYN, physical and occupational therapists, speech/language pathology, just to name a few,” Mickie said. “I’d love for the clinic to provide parent assistants and parent liaisons to provide advocacy for the families for various supports including education. The clinic should open in early 2015 under the direction of Drs. Robin Ryther and Judith Eisenberg.” In September 2013 Dave and Mickie attended a retreat for married couples in Steeleville, Mo. It was there Mickie talked about Ellie and their son, Bryce. Kelly and Ann Gessert were also on that retreat.

“I felt the need to do something to help the International Rett Syndrome Foundation, and to help fund a Rett syndrome clinic in St. Louis,” Kelly Gessert said. “I tried to push that feeling away a couple of times, but it kept coming back.” Gessert approached Dave and Mickie, and the First Annual Golf Fore! Ellie tournament came to fruition. The tournament features lunch, 18 holes of golf at the Links of Dardenne, dinner, an auction and lots of fun for $125 per golfer. Proceeds will benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation the first year, and the soon-to-open Rett syndrome clinic in St. Louis subsequently. “The generosity of the people who have stepped up to the tee box to make this all possible has been amazing,” Gessert said. “The auction alone has some incredible items, including premium seats at professional sporting events, a Matt Holiday-signed and game-used bat, signed items from Mike Matheny, and much more. If you’d like to attend the dinner and auction only, it’s just $20 per person.” If you would like to register a foursome, please contact Kelly Gessert at For more information about Rett syndrome, please visit

Around Town Give Blood in Honor of World Blood Donor Day The American Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to choose their day to help save lives by giving blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day. Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The occasion raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and thanks voluntary blood donors for their lifesaving gifts of blood. World Blood Donor Day occurs on day 21 of the Red Cross 100 Days of Summer. 100 Days of Hope. campaign. Caswell added that it’s a perfect time for donors to help save lives and boost the blood supply for patients in need. To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Upcoming blood donation opportunities in St. Charles County: • June 12, 2 -6pm, Cornerstone United

Methodist Church, 1151 Tom Ginnever Ave. in O Fallon • June 12, 4 -7pm, Turnberry Place Apartments, 100 Turnberry Place in St. Peters • June 13, 2 -6pm, Villa Theresa, 206 N. Main in O Fallon How to donate blood Simply call 1.800.733.2767, or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 11, 2014

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St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre Call for Entry Artists, St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre invites you to be a part of the “By the Sea” all media art show and competition from July 25 - Sept. 8. All works must contain an element of a body of water. The show is open to youth and adult, amateur and professional artists. Prizes will be awarded. The cost to enter as an Arts Centre member is $15 for up to four pieces. Non members can submit up to three pieces for $20. The youth

entry fee is $5 per piece. Artwork will be received on Tuesday, July 22, from 9am – 8:30pm. The opening reception will take place on Friday, July 25, from 6 - 8pm. For more information on this show, call 636.397.6903, or visit The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located inside St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. in St. Peters.

Local Teen Becomes National Chairman for FEMA Youth Preparedness Council Emily Rosenblum, 17, a senior at Wentzville that classes will continue well after she graduHolt High School, was recently appointed by ates high school. In addition, Orchard Farm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Fort Zumwalt and St. Charles City School Dis(FEMA) as National Chairman of the Youth tricts, among others, have all expressed interest Preparedness Council in Washington, D.C. in having the TEEN CERT program taught in Last June, Emily was one of five youths chosen their schools. from around the nation to serve on the 15-perEarly in her term, council peers chose Rosenson council as the Region VII (Mo., Kan., Neb., blum to chair over the Constitution and Bylaws Iowa) YPC representative. Committee, Preparedness She is a straight-A student Ambassador Program and at Holt and officer in NaFEMA External Public Aftional Honor Society. She is fairs Committees. “We are the daughter of Karen and a very close group and we Mark Rosenblum and lives get along great with each in Wentzville. other,” Rosenblum said. Rosenblum and other “This not only gave me the young leaders will travel to opportunity to share ideas, Washington, D.C., in July to but it was also a chance participate in a community to talk with my council preparedness summit with Emily Rosenblum (left), Wentzville Holt High School friends on a regular basis.” student, and Regina Moran, FEMA National Youth leaders of national agencies Director, Individual and Community Preparedness Rather than “rebuild the Division pose for a photo after Emily was appointed by and organizations. Council wheel”, Emily asked to use FEMA as National Chairman of the Youth Preparedness members are asked to voice Council in Washington, D.C. the Mid America TEEN their opinions, experiences, CERT program as her veideas and solutions to help hicle to host classes to fulfill support the nation’s response to and recovery one of her goals. Fortunately for her, the program from disasters, and bring valuable new ideas and director is her father, and he put the program’s information back to their communities. resources at her disposal. Mid America TEEN Council representatives are required to adopt CERT (or MATC for short) has been designated several objectives to tackle during their ten- the number one ‘emergency preparedness trainure. During her first year, one of the successful ing’ and ‘youth training’ program in Missouri for goals that Rosenblum accomplished was bring- four consecutive years. ing TEEN CERT (Community Emergency ReYouth Preparedness Council members visit sponse Team) training to the Wentzville R-IV Washington, D.C. during the summer and stay School District. In March, Holt graduated the in contact with FEMA officials throughout the first class of TEEN CERT students within a year via conference calls. Members are eligible to Missouri school district; Rosenblum plans to serve actively on the council for two years, after hold other classes throughout the district at the which time converting to alumni members for middle and high schools, and sincerely hopes their guidance and experience.

ArtWalk Call for Entry Extended The ninth annual ArtWalk, which will take place Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 13 at the Foundry Art Centre in Historic St. Charles, has extended its call for entry to midnight on Friday, June 20 entries must be submitted to the Foundry Art Centre, 520 North Main Center St. Charles, MO 63301. The SCRA Annual ArtWalk is a three day, artist-friendly event that features juried art-

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Promise to Tax Payers Being Fulfilled by Cottleville Fire Protection District

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The Cottleville Fire Protection District is continuing to fulfill their promise to its citizens of their district. Firefighters have completed the process of evaluating new models of Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus’s (SCBA’s). During this process they have trained with, and have evaluated these new models. A committee has reviewed the input from the firefighter’s evaluations and have made a decision on which new models best fit their needs to purchase. This new equipment will help keep the Cottleville Fire District current with today’s safety standards. These SCBA’s are the lifeline of the fire service and allow firefighters to enter into smoke-filled, and superheated environments by supplying them with breathable fresh air. Without this vital equipment, modern day firefighting would be virtually impossible. The National Fire Protection Association regulates fire safety standards and requires that all fire departments to be in compliance within their safety guidelines. The Cottleville Fire District’s current (SCBA’s) are over 15 years old and are subject to frequent break downs and maintenance issues. These units are being replaced by an updated version that meets the current safety standards for firefighting equipment. A portion of this purchase will be paid through a Federal Government Grant and the remaining will come from the District’s current bond revenue. This process follows the district’s pledge to their tax payers, and was one of the main messages of the Citizens

Fire Captain Tom Hanratty evaluates a new Self Contained Breathing Apparatus, “SCBA’s” as he maneuvers his way through an obstacle maze prop. This maze simulates a real working environment that firefighters are exposed to during structure fires and structure collapses. Firefighters learn how to deal with becoming entrapped or entangled, along with learning how to breach walls to self-rescue themselves out of dangerous situations. Photo courtesy Cottleville Fire Protection District

for Advancement of Responsible Emergency Service, “C.A.R.E.S” initiative back in 2012 to replace theses outdated pieces of equipment. This equipment will be expected to be delivered, training complete, and in-service on the apparatus in the late summer of 2014.

Turtle Float New in New Town 2014


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Bring the family to the inaugural Turtle Float to be held Sunday, June 22, 3 - 7pm, in New Town of St. Charles. This first-of-its-kind event in the area is free to attend and promises to be a great time for all ages. The fundraiser, presented by the Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Foundation, will benefit Children’s at Progress West Hospital. Up to 2,000 turtles will be launched in the beautiful canals at New Town at 4pm. After the race, bring your lawn chairs and coolers and sit back and enjoy the music of Griffin and the Gargoyles in the amphitheater. There will be activities for kids starting at 3pm including games, face painting, a baby turtle float, and live box turtles and a tortoise on display. Children’s at Progress West Hospital will be conducting helmet fittings. Ms. Piggies Smokehouse Express and Bon-




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nidell’s of New Town will have food for purchase and are donating 10 percent of sales to the Foundation. Turtles are up for adoption now for $10 for 1 turtle, $50 for 6 turtles, or $100 for 13 turtles. The top three finishing turtles will receive $500, $250 and $100 respectively. Turtles Teams are also available and the team with the most turtles sold will win $250 and a turtle trophy. Visit by 5pm on Friday, June 20, to purchase turtles, form a team, and to learn about sponsorship opportunities at the Grand Snapper, Snapper, Snapper Jr. and Lil’ Snapper levels. To learn more about the Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Foundation visit or contact the Foundation office at 636.916.9652. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 11, 2014

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Food Truck Frenzy Returns to Fort Zumwalt Park Once a month this summer, dine out at the Food Truck Frenzy in Fort Zumwalt Park, where gourmet fare will be available for purchase from metro-area food trucks. A band will entertain during each event. Food Truck Frenzy will be held from 5 - 8pm on three Saturdays: June 14, July 19 and August 16. Fort Zumwalt Park is located at 1000 Jessup Drive in O’Fallon. The historic Heald Home will be open for tours at $2 per person. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission and parking are free. “Last year’s Food Truck Frenzy was so popular that we’re offering it one Saturday a month through the summer,” O’Fallon’s Festival Coordinator, Jennifer Hoisington said. “Each event will have a different band and a variety of vendors offering specialty cuisine as well as favorite foods, beverages and desserts.” On June 14, the Sunset Amusement band will play covers of favorite hits, with food truck service provided by Holy Crepe!, Yo! Salsa, Zia’s, My Big Fat Greek Truck, Steamroller Bagel & Deli, Wing Nutz, StLouisianaQ, The Cheese Shack, L’Ecole Culinaire, Legghorns & Shakes and Bombay Food Junkies. Rendezvous Café will sell locally-crafted beer and wine. July 19 features acoustic music by George Portz and the Friends of Bluegrass, with food truck fare for purchase from My Big Fat Greek Truck, Taco Truck STL, Deli on a Roll, Russos, the Cheese Shack, Curbside Cookery, StLouisianaQ, L’Ecole Culinaire, Slice of the Hill, Destination Desserts and Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar. On August 16, the Palm Trio will entertain with Caribbean pop and steel drum

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music, and food truck service will be provided by Zia’s, Kona Ice, Destination Desserts, Yo! Salsa, My Big Fat Greek Truck, Steamroller Bagel & Deli, Wing Nutz, 2 Girls 4 Wheels and L’Ecole Culinaire. Volunteers are needed to assist at Food Truck Frenzy. To volunteer, contact O’Fallon’s

Volunteer Services Department at 636.379.5417, or send an email to volunteer@ For more information, visit www.ofallon. For more information about the event, including updates and weather cancellations, call the events hotline at 636.379.5614.



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By Cindy Moore

A Penny Saved Makes No Cents Most people walk by a penny on the street and believe it’s not worth picking up. They would be correct. According to the U.S. mint, it now costs more to manufacture a penny than it’s worth…1.83 cents to be exact. So yes, the energy exerted to pick one up far exceeds the amount earned from pocketing it. But, has that ever stopped me from stooping so low to pluck one up? Nope. A person just may think that I grew up in the depression, the way I feel compelled to rescue anything that might still serve a purpose. Case and points: I save my plastic grocery bags to line my garbage cans; I keep on hand a supply of cottage cheese and whipped cream containers for leftovers; I reuse sandwich bags if possible and always fold up and keep my used foil for a sequel. I also keep bread ties for emergencies, because you never know, the way the dollar has devalued combined with the impending zombie apocalypse, we just may have to use them for currency in the near future. It goes on: I always reuse gift bags along with the gift tissue. I have even been known to rescue a birthday card given to me that was signed in pencil. It was easy enough to erase and saved me three bucks. Both of my cats are rescues. I frequently remind them that if it were not for my generosity they would both be in that big kitty litter box in the sky. They return my kindness by ignoring me and scratching the leather couch to shreds. Continuing, I always bag up the leftovers from restaurant meals, as well as any extra bread, chips and salsa or anything else not cemented to the table. My husband makes me draw the line at the foilwrapped butters. I say they are included in the meal and mine for the taking; he reminds me that stealing stuff is not the same as recycling. I throw in a few sugar packets instead and one of those little plastic containers of grape jelly when he is not looking.

Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder.

Visit and Learn About the Matson Hill Park Restoration Project On June 20

The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Woodland Restoration Field Day from 10am - 2pm on Friday, June 20, at Matson Hill Park in Defiance. The free program gives participants a chance to see and learn about the Matson Hill Park restoration project, where 62-acres of woodland and 11-acres of prairies were restored by members of the parks department, volunteers and members of Missouri Master Naturalist, Confluence Chapter. The restoration project was a partnership between the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department, the Missouri Master Naturalist, Forest and Woodland Association of Missouri, University Extension Education Foundation and Missouri Depart-

ment of Conservation, and was made possible through a Community Stewardship Grant. Join St. Charles County Parks staff, volunteers and project partners for this educational, hands-on field day from 10am - 2pm, on Friday, June 20. The program is perfect for land managers, land owners and other resource professionals interested in learning how to manage an overgrown site back to health. Registration is required by emailing fwam., or contacting Jim Summers with the Forest and Woodland Association of Missouri at 818.645.5399. Participants will receive detailed information about the program location within Matson Hill Park after registering. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 11, 2014

Tiger Docks Adds Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning Nancy Kohl brings over 25 years’ experience in marketing and business development to the growing company. Having worked most recently for SSM Medical Group, she helped expand that organization’s presence in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties from three offices and 30 physicians to over a dozen offices and 100 providers. Her background includes internal and external communications, business promotion and marketing, advertising and public relations, community engagement, and customer/client/employee relations. In addition to her work for SSM Medical Group (formerly the St. Charles Clinic), Kohl has also had advertising agency experience at Darcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles and

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Borgmeyer Advertising, where as vice president her duties included client services, client acquisition, and strategic planning. “We’re excited about the background Nancy brings to

our company and love the passion with which she approaches her work,” said Nick Davis, Tiger Docks president. “Our company needed someone to help us navigate our many growth opportunities and we feel that Nancy’s talents will help guide Tiger Docks’ future.” Kohl holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri— Columbia, where she focused on advertising and public relations and was involved in Chi Omega women’s fraternity, on various Panhellenic committees, and in student government. Her current volunteer activities center around St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish and Duchesne High School.

Garden Villas of O’Fallon Retirement Community Unveils Licensed Assisted Living Delmar Gardens Enterprises recently announced the debut of its licensed Assisted Living community at Garden Villas of O’Fallon, located at 7092 S. Outer 364, in O’Fallon. Garden Villas of O’Fallon Assisted Living is the fifth location to be licensed. This addition includes 65 newly remodeled and fully-equipped apartments ranging in size from alcove to two bedrooms. This important enhancement will help to meet the community’s growing demand for high quality assisted living programs. “Our experience and dedication to providing outstanding care to our seniors spans almost five decades. This expansion into licensed assisted living was planned to coincide with the rising need for state-of-the-art healthcare services that we see today,” said Gabe Grossberg, president and CEO of Delmar Gardens Enterprises. “We are bringing luxurious and carefree retirement living to those who may not have thought it possible because they need extra care with daily

living and healthcare assistance,” Grossberg concluded. Focused on promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, Garden Villas of O’Fallon Licensed Assisted Living offers medication management, professionally trained nursing staff available 24 hours a day, laundry service, personal hygiene care, dressing, scheduled transportation to appointments and shopping. Residents also have access to fitness centers, a recreation center, indoor and outdoor pools and spas, cocktail lounges, an ice cream parlor, and gourmet meals. Delmar Gardens of O’Fallon, a 240 bed nursing community, is located on the same campus and offers residents of Garden Villas of O’Fallon access to skilled nursing care and therapy services. Sister communities Chesterfield Villas, Garden Villas, Garden Villas North and Garden Villas South were licensed in February through April of this year.





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Camie’s Literacy Group Makes Annual Book Donation for Wentzville Students Over 3,500 elementary students in the Wentzville School District received a free book thanks to the efforts and vision of a grandmother and educator. Faith Gardner, who works as a diagnostician for the District, is the founder of Camie’s Literacy Group (CLG). She established the group almost five years ago after being inspired by her granddaughter Camie’s love of reading. Gardner says the idea that all children don’t have access to age-appropriate books at home was unacceptable to her, so she enlisted the help of her family, friends and coworkers in order to get CLG off the ground in 2009. That year, CLG provided a free book for every kindergarten, first and second-grader enrolled at Heritage Primary. Since that time, the nonprofit has donated over 15,000 books for District students to take home and keep as their own. CLG’s mission, according to Gardner, is to “encourage

Mrs. Allen’s second-grade students at Heritage Primary proudly display their books. On the left is Faith Gardner, CLG founder, and on the right is Mrs. Allen. Photo courtesy WSD

the love of reading books in young children. To this aim we dedicate ourselves to the goal of obtaining and distributing

Timberland Baseball Player Commits to Quincy University Timberland High School senior Shane Strom has committed to play baseball for the Hawks of Quincy University in Quincy, Ill. With his mother Chris and father Don by his side, Strom signed his National Letter of Intent at Timberland High School. “It’s a great environment as well as a fun baseball team to be around,” said the pitcher. “They have a great team as well as awesome coaches!” This season Strom was undefeated and led the Wolves in wins with a 7-0 record and a 1.98 ERA, and was a 1st Team All-Conference selection. As a junior he was 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA and named to the All-District Team. Strom plans on studying sports management at Quincy.

an appropriate new book to those most in need. Our greatest hope is that every child will have a new book to call their own.” This year the group reached their goal of providing new books to every kindergarten, first and second grade student enrolled in the District – a total of 3,563 kids. “It feels so good to be able to get each young student in the District a book,” Gardner said. “I get so excited to see the children who love to get their own book. It’s really just how I imagined it when I started CLG.” “It just means the world to the kids,” added Heritage Primary second-grade teacher Nancy Allen. “They are so excited about the books. It encourages reading and it really helps to develop their love of reading. It is amazing to see how Camie’s Literacy Group has grown over the years, and the outpouring of love that Faith shows to the kids is just fantastic.”

Three Fort Zumwalt Schools Win $12,100 in Grants from the CenturyLink Foundation CenturyLink, Inc. recently announced the six northern Missouri winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classroom. The Missouri National Education Association administered the grant program for the Foundation. “We are very pleased to be a part of providing innovative technology in the classroom that enhances the learning experience for students in these schools,” said Karen Crabtree CenturyLink vice president and general manager for North Missouri. “It is exciting to see teachers implement creative teaching techniques that assist students in hands-on learning.” More than 60 teachers applied for grants, with six winners selected by a review committee comprised of community members and a CenturyLink representative. Three Fort Zumwalt schools received grants: • South High School received $4,000 to purchase two 3-D printers and supplies to produce prototypes of student designs. Prototypes allow

West Middle School teacher Kristine Sontheimer is presented with a $50,000 during a surprise presentation. Photo courtesy CenturyLink

students to identify and solve design problems. Teacher Buzz Brown submitted the project. • West High School received $3,100 to purchase computers for student use in special education classes. Teacher Casey Huff submitted the project. • West Middle School received $5,000 to purchase LearnPad tablets for science exploration and research. Teacher Kristine Sontheimer submitted the project. The Foundation awarded more than $50,000 in grants to Missouri schools to support technology in the classroom through the 2013-2014 Teachers and Technology program. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 11, 2014


“A Million Ways to Die in the West”

After watching hundreds of Family Guy episodes, it’s easy to spot Seth MacFarlane’s fingerprints all over A Million Ways to Die in the West. A comic homage to classic Westerns of the 1950s and 60s, MacFarlane’s film features great music, interesting characters, and a talented cast. Unfortunately, the big laughs are too few and far between. MacFarlane writes, directs, and stars as Albert, a well-spoken but cowardly sheep farmer in the town of Old Stump. Albert desperately loves Louise (Amanda Seyfried), but she starts keeping company with Foy (Neil Patrick Harris), the arrogant owner of the Mustachery. Albert would do just about anything to win her back. Anna (Charlize Theron), a new lady in town, takes a real interest in Albert, but she also is the wife of notorious gunslinger Clinch Leatherwood (Liam Neeson). Completely incompetent when handling a firearm, the sheep farmer has to face Clinch in the town square to settle things. Graphic and somewhat disturbing, A Million Ways to Die in the West has an interesting premise which falls far short of expectations. In his television shows, MacFarlane makes wry observations about modern life, and he incorporates this same technique into his filmmaking. Albert’s monologue on the Old West is especially moving and quite brilliant. The graphic ways that Old Stump residents meet their respective makers is the big draw, however. Though teaser trailers hint at some of the deaths, nothing compares to what’s actually in the final cut. Suffice it to say, a dead body lying in Old


By Steve Bryan - Rated: R rougher living, Albert’s kindness is a welcome change. Giovanni Ribisi also has great moments as Albert’s best buddy Edward. The two friends even work out a strategy to survive the inevitable barroom brawl. Arguably, the music in A Million Ways to Die in the West provides the most consistent enjoyment. Composer Joel McNeely provides a beautiful opening song and helped write the film’s theme, A Million Ways to Die. MacFarlane even incorporated If You’ve Only Got a Mustache, an 1864 song written by Stephen Foster, into the soundtrack. A disappointing effort from Seth MacFarlane, A Million Ways to Die in the West contains some inspired moments and flashes of brilliance, but not enough to recommend this film. This story may have worked better as an installment of MacFarlane’s Family Guy or American Dad, but it’s too thin to carry a feature film. A Million Ways to Die in the West, rated R for strong crude and sexual content, language throughout, some violence, and drug material currently is playing in theaters.

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Stump’s town square for three days is the tamest demise shown. MacFarlane has sweet chemistry with Charlize Theron’s Anna. Used to rough men and even

Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.


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Gary Baute Rascals Pitcher Heading to the Big Leagues The River City Rascals, flirting with first place, have been playing very well in all aspects of the game. However, some negative news hit the squad recently as they will be loosing one of their top pitchers to a major league affiliate. But that is the reason these guys play the game, to get that big league contract. River City says farewell to right-hander Dane Stone who will be heading to the Chicago White Sox organization. Stone came from the Miami Marlins organization this year where he changed to be a starting pitcher. He had four starts this year with a 3-1 record with a stingy 0.93 earned run average in 29 innings. Manager Steve Brook comments, “We feel incredibly proud and grateful to have had Dane as a part of our organization. He had a phenomenal start to our season and will be greatly missed, but our ultimate goal is to get these guys into affiliated ball, so we are honored to hand him over to the White Sox. The River City Rascals organization wishes Stone the best of luck with Chicago and hopes to see him soon in the show!” Stone becomes the 33rd Rascal to be signed by a Major League Baseball organization. STANDINGS: WIN LOSS GB LAST 10 (as of 6-8) Grizzlies 14 8 … 6-4 RASCALS 13 8 .5 7-3 Boomers 11 10 2.5 5-5 ThunderBolts 10 11 3.5 3-7 Aviators 9 12 4.5 4-6 Slammers 9 12 4.5 4-6 CornBelters 7 13 6.0 4-6


RASCALS HOME SCHEDULE: (All games @ 7:05pm/Sundays 5:05pm) Wednesday, Thursday - June 11, 12 against the RiverHawks Friday, Saturday, Sunday - June 13, 14, 15 against the Beach Bums For more information go to www.RiverCityRascals. com * Proud of you Dane Family Arena to Host X-Bowl Championship The St. Louis Attack play their home games at the Family Arena and are in the X-League Indoor Football. The team will play against the Florida Marine Raiders in the inaugural X-Bowl at the Family Arena on Saturday, June 14. Visit for more information. *Show time Attack Team and Broadcasters Receive X-League Award As the season comes to an end, the X-League begins clearing out their trophy room handing out accolades to teams and individuals that were above and beyond the call of duty. The St. Louis Attack was the recipient of six awards out of the possible 13 that were distributed by the league. The accolades collected include: • Best Fans – St. Louis Attack • Best Mascot – Mak Attack (St. Louis Attack) • Best Hospitality – St. Louis Attack • Team Owner of the Year – Andrew Haines (St. Louis Attack) • Best Public Relations – Bradley Cleveland (St. Louis Attack)

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To round out the awards won the Broadcast Team of the Year. has covered the Attack from day one with live streams of all the home games, along with weekly shows and interviews. They will be live streaming the 2014 X-Bowl on June 14th at 7:05pm. The broadcast team includes Todd Blackstock, Matt ‘DJ PRV’ Pruett and Scotty “Boom Boom” (pictured) Gertker (not pictured David Solomon). I had the luxury of broadcasting several games with this great crew. *More room needed in the trophy case

Photo by Gary B. Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

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The Scraps Book, Notes From a Colorful Life Thirty-five picture books is a huge hive-full; Community News is proud to offer our that’s how many the talreaders “Book Buzz.” ented Lois Ehlert has ilThis column will lustrated—25 of which she feature great books wrote too. for children in three In Ehlert’s newest, The categories: Youngest Pick: Scraps Book, Notes From early childhood to a Colorful Life the artist the first or second shares how she goes about grade, Middle Pick: gathering found objects elementary school to create her illustrations. children, and Oldest Pick: middle From leaves and twigs in school children. Enjoy! her garden, to fruit and vegetables at the store— ideas come to her from the world around her, and from keeping her mind open and tuned to simple, everyday moments. As a child, Ehlert loved to read library books and hoped one day to write her own. But she didn’t become a writer or an illustrator overnight. Reprinted with “Everyone needs time to develop their dreams,” she writes. “An egg in the nest permission, Missourian Publish- doesn’t become a bird overnight.” Rather than believing she pursued art, Ehlert ing Company. believes art chose her. Copyright 2014. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 11, 2014


Meals that Boast Flavor and Texture

Simple and Savory Parmesan-Crusted New York Pork Chops

Think a grilled crust is only meant for steak? Think again. Whether it’s with peppercorn, blue cheese or Parmesan, adding crust to juicy, versatile pork chops builds texture, perfectly complements their mild flavor and delivers a mouthwatering result the entire family will love. For your next backyard barbecue get-together or a quick and simple weeknight dinner, explore a new flavor pairing with Parmesan-Crusted New York Pork Chops. The savory coating adds a slight crunch to tender, juicy pork and unbeatable taste. Plus, preparing them is so easy: • First, look for new chop names at the meat case. The center cut chops are now called New York Pork Chops. • Make sure to select pork chops that are dark pink with a small amount of fat trim. Pork that is pale pink and showing a lot of moisture in the

package will not provide the best tasting product. Avoid packages with tears, holes or leaks. • Once you’re ready to cook, brush the pork chops with oil, season with salt and pepper and place them on the pre-heated grill. Then, sprinkle on a mixture of panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese about halfway through cooking and after you turn them over. • Remember, for juicy, tender results, grill your pork chops like a steak — between medium rare (145°F) and medium (160°F), followed by a three-minute rest. Serve these pork chops with your favorite sides, such as bow-tie pasta tossed with green peas and butter. Add a finishing touch of chopped fresh basil, parsley or chives for extra flavor. Looking for more delicious recipes to grill this summer? Visit

Parmesan-Crusted New York Pork Chops Prep Time: 5 minutes • Total Time: 10 minutes • Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients: 4 boneless New York (top loin) pork chops, about 1-inch thick 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs, (Japanese-style bread crumbs) 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions: Brush pork with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes. In small bowl, mix panko and Parmesan together. Prepare medium-hot fire in grill. Place chops on grill and close lid. Grill over direct heat for four minutes. Turn chops and

sprinkle panko mixture over tops. Close lid and continue grilling for 4-5 minutes more, or until topping is lightly browned and internal temperature of pork on meat thermometer measures between 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F degrees F (medium). Remove from grill and let rest for three minutes.



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Send your event to and we'll print it! EVENTS June 11: Free Financial Education: Check It Out 6:30pm, O’Fallon Family YMCA, 3451 Pheasant Meadow Dr. in O’Fallon. Presented by PNC Bank and The O’Fallon Family YMCA. For more information, please call PNC Bank at 636.272.2449. June 13: American Legion Post 313 TPA Sanctioned Tractor Pull 3-11:30pm, Lone Wolf Park, 2 Main Street in Old Town St. Peters. Gates open at 3pm and close at 11:30 pm. Pulls start at 7pm. Tickets, $15 per person,12 & under free. Shuttle bus will be available from Mid Rivers Mall. June 13 & 14: Wentzville Christian Church Little Mermaid, Jr. Performance 7pm and 2pm, Wentzville Christian Church, 1507 Hwy. Z in Wentzville. Doors open a half hour before each performance begins.Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 636-327-6622 or visit the website at June 14: Movies in the park, Monsters University 8:15pm, Boulevard Park, 2550 Lake St Louis Boulevard in Lake St Louis. For more information, visit www. June 14: Garage Sale 7am, St. Barnabas Church 1400 North Main Street in O’Fallon. For more information, please call 636.274.0711. June 14: Jillian Young Memorial Scholarship 5K or 1-mile run/ walk 9am, American Legion in Elsberry, 111 Legion Drive. $20 entry fee includes t-shirt. June 14: Free Electronics Recycling Event 7am-noon, T.R. Hughes Ballpark parking lot, 900 T.R. Hughes Blvd. in O’Fallon. For more information, visit ofal- or call 636.272.0477. June 14: Food Truck Frenzy! 5-8pm, Fort Zumwalt Park, 1000 Jessup Dr. in O’Fallon. Free admission and parking; purchase gourmet food and beverages from food trucks. For more information, visit www. June 16-20: Vacation Bible School 9am-noon, All Saints Church, 7 McMenamy Rd. in St. Peters. Open to students 3 years through completion of the 5th grade. Cost is $20 one child and $15 each additional. For more information, contact Jeanne Sitz, 636.240.6740. June 16, 30, July 7, 14, 28, & August 4 & 11 Monday Morning Bible Study 9:30-11am, Dardenne Presbyterian Church. Barbara Busse presents a study of God as found in the Scriptures. Childcare is available. The cost of the workbook is $12.95. To register, call Barbara Busse at 636.300.3996, or email her at June 16-19: Summer Comedy/Improv Workshops 5:30-8pm, Mozingo Center for Creative Arts, 4689 Highway K in O’Fallon. Led by veteran actor-director Michael Harrelson for children grades 4-8. For more information, visit www.MozingoCCA. org. June 16-June 20: American Girl Doll Sweet Treats Camp 8:30am-11:30am, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Wentzville. Open to children entering K-5 Grade. For more information, visit www. July 18: Movie in the park, Despicable Me 2 8:15pm, Boulevard Park, 2550 Lake St Louis Boulevard in Lake St Louis.

For more information, visit www. June 19, 20, 26, 27: Better Choices, Better Health – Diabetes 9am-4:30pm, National Church Residence, 1355 Fairgrounds Rd. in St. Charles. Lunch and refreshments provided. Attendance required all days. For more information, or to register call Juliet Curtis at 314.915.3437, or visit June 20: High School Summer Comedy/Improv Workshops 9am-5pm, Mozingo Center for Creative Arts, 4689 Highway K in O’Fallon. For more information, visit June 21, John Weldon Elementary Movie Night 7-10pm, John Weldon Elementary School, 7390 Weldon Spring Road in O’Fallon. Free showing of Despicable Me 2, inflatables, cotton candy, popcorn and face painting. For more information, visit www. June 21: High Tea and Boutique 3-5pm, Trinity Episcopal Church, 318 S. Duchesne Dr. in St. Charles. $15 per person in advance, $20 at the door, if space available. Proceeds to Outreach Programs. For tickets, call 636.949.0160. June 23- June 27: Lego Art Adventure Camp 8:30am-11:30am, Immanuel Lutheran Church and School in Wentzville. Open to children entering K-5 Grade For more information, visit www. June 23-27: “Weird Animals” Bible Camp 9am-noon, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Dardenne Prairie. Open to children age 4-5th grade. Register before May 23 online at, or contact Barb Morgan barb.morgan@ June 27: Food Truck Frolic 5-8:30pm, St. Charles Community College Red Lot. For more information, call 636.336.2979, or email, or visit June 28: The Patt Holt Singers, We Feel Like Singin’ 7pm, Lindenwood Cultural Arts Center, 400 North Kingshighway in St. Charles. Tickets for each show are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 15. For tickets, call Patt Holt at 636.947.0120. June 28: Just Kids and The Connection, Tribute to Disney 2pm, Lindenwood Cultural Arts Center, 400 North Kingshighway in St. Charles. Tickets for each show are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 15. For tickets, call Patt Holt at 636.947.0120.

July 7-11: St. Charles County Youth Orchestra Summer Music Workshop 9am-3pm, LindenwoodUniversity J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts. For all levels of string students: violin, viola, cello and bass. To register, or more information, email, or call 636.916.0515

July 13: St Charles Lions Club Car/Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet 8am-noon registration. McNair Park, 3100 Droste Rd. in St Charles. Entry fee $20 cars, $15 motorcycles, $10 swap meet space. For more information, call Art Raymo at 636.441.1831. July 21-25: St. Dominic High School Football Camp (grades 9-12) 6-8pm, Stadium, 31 St Dominic Dr. in O’Fallon. Cost is $65, to register visit August 28: Ralph Kaufman Golf Tournament to benefit children’s charities Registration 10am, Whitmoor Country Club, 1100 Whitmoor Drive in St. Charles. Lunch at 11am, shotgun start at noon. Register online at Sept. 20: St. Charles County Historical Society House Tour 12-4pm, St. Charles County Historical Society, 101 S. Main St. in St. Charles. See inside 18th and 19th century houses and an unbelievable Church. for more information, or to buy tickets, visit, or call 636.946.9828. Ongoing Events 1st Monday: Gardeners of St. Charles County Monthly Meeting 6:30pm. Location varies. 314.304.7480. 2nd Monday: Winghaven Civil War Round Table 6:30pm, Midwest BankCentre board room, 2299 Technology Dr. O’Fallon. For more informaiton call Mike at 314.276.5018. 4th Monday: American Legion Post 388 Meets 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary Club Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Every Monday: The Seasoned Eye Carvers meeting. 9am-noon, St. Charles Senior Citizens Center, 1455 Fairgrounds. For more information, visit Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Fitness First Exercise Classes 9:30-10:30am, American Legion Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314.369.6521. Tuesday and Friday Evenings: Tae Kwon Do Classes Dardenne Presbyterian Church, 7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie. For more information, call 636.561.4347. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30pm at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563. 2nd Tuesday: Show-me Stitchers Embroiderer’s Guild of America 7pm at the Ladue Chapel. Info:

Last Tuesday of every month, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 spaghetti dinner. 5pm, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. $5 per person. For more information call Post 312 at 636.947.7666. 4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club 6:30pm at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon-1pm at Bogey Hills Country Club, 1120 Country Club Rd. in St.Charles. Every Tuesday: St. Charles Optimist Club Noon-1pm at Pio’s Restaurant. Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4pm Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7pm at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505. Every Tuesday: Gateway Spotlight ChorUS 7:15-9:45pm at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles. Info: or 636.256.6823. Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 8-9am & 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 636-928-1928. Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes 9-10am and 5:30-6:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall, New Melle. 314.369.6521. Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10am Free. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10am Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379. Every Wednesday: Men’s Golf League 5pm, tee off at 5:30 pm at Heritage of Hawk Ridge. www.lakesaintlouis. com, under the parks and recreation section. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45pm VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. 636.272.1945 or Every Wednesday. Kiwanis Club of Harvester monthly meeting. Noon, Fratelli’s Restorante, 2061 Zumbehl Road in St Charles. For more information, please contact Every Wednesday, Winfield Foley Firefighters Association Bingo. Doors open at 4:30, bingo at 6:30pm, Bingo hall is next door to County Market in the Winfield Plaza on Highway 47. For more information, call 636.566.6621 or 636.566.8406. • Community News - St. Charles County • June 11, 2014 1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7pm at Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors welcome! 2nd Wednesday: Free Financial Education- Money Matters 6:30pm at the O’Fallon Family YMCA. PNC Bank and The O’Fallon Family YMCA have partnered to provide monthly free financial education courses for members of the community. Info (including a list of topics): call PNC Bank at 636.272.2449. Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of St. Peters 6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters). 636.328.4941. Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45am Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: www.ofkiwanis. com. Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Breakfast 7:30am at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. 636.980.1777. Every Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA 7-7:55pm Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. Third Thursday of the month, Ladies Night Out Cottleville Crafts, Etc..., 5335 Highway N in Cottleville. Vinyl design class. For more information, call 636.441.2700 or visit 2nd & 4th Thursday: Alexander Chapter 242/Eastern Star St. Charles Masonic Lodge, 2051 Collier Corporate Parkway, St. Charles. 636.577.0056. Every Friday: Moms Play Group

10am at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306, or www. Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8pm VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Friday, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 charity bingo 6:30pm, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. For more information call Post 312 at 636.947.7666.

Randolph St. Every second Sunday: St. Charles American Legion Post 312 Church Breakfast. 8am-noon, St. Charles American Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. $5, choose from biscuits and gravy or pancakes, both served with eggs and sausage. For more information, call Post 312 at 636.947.7666. CHURCH

Every Saturday: Chess 8-11am or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters.

Northside Church of Christ Free Correspondence Bible Course: Call for more information, 636.293.5030.

Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30am in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750.

Operation Backpack: United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food to at-risk children over the weekend. 636.327.6377

Every Saturday: Peaceful Puppy Mill Protest 11am - 12:30pm at Petland, 6131 Ronald Reagan Drive, Lake St. Louis.

Every Tuesday: Ministry To Men: Men’s Introductory Bible Discussion Groups 7am at United Methodist Church, 725 N. Wall St., Wentzville. Groups are interdenominational and beginners as well as “old timers” are welcome. 636.698.5598 or 636.625.3447.

Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30pm, doors open at 4pm. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). www. or www. 1st & 3rd Saturday: St Peters Square Dance Club Dances 6:30pm. 1st United Methodist Church, 801 First Capital Dr.

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Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell, 636.673.2144. HEALTH Cancer Survivor Fitness Program Free for all cancer patients and survivors. A 12-week program with trained instructors to help participants regain energy and improve stamina. St. Charles County Family YMCA, 636-9281928. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Available with a doctor’s order. 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. Available with a doctor’s order only. Registration: 636.949.9600 Info: 636.947.5163. Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis. Info: Karen at 636.947.5617.

3rd Tuesday: Luncheon for Seniors 11am - 2pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd., 636.561.8951 2nd Wednesday: Noon Luncheon

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2nd Sunday: Moscow Mills Lions Breakfast 7am - noon, September - April. Moscow Community Center, Hwy C. $7/adult, $4/child, under 6 free. sites/moscowmills. 2nd Sunday: The Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance 7pm. Blanchette Park, 1900 W

This Month’s Shelter: Stray Rescue of St. Louis 2320 Pine Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 • 314.771.6121 • If you’ve adopted a new family member that you saw in Community News, send us a picture of you and your new pal. Also include a brief story about your pet’s background and how they’re doing now. We’d love to share your happy story with other readers! Community News, 2139 Bryan Valley Commercial Dr., O’Fallon, MO 63366 or editor@

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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Joe Morice

Over the Fence

Wondering About Marriage & Time I’ve always teased that my long marriage ended because I kept leaving the toilet seat up. Of course it was much more than that, but I did leave it up on rare occasions. After my divorce I often left it up just because I could. We get into bad habits at times. Combine a bunch of them, add years of a spouse putting up with them, and it’s no wonder divorces happen so often. Since the nation’s marriages now average about nine years, we often speculate on the various reasons. Viewpoints range from the religious folks, who often claim it’s the devil’s work, to those who blame it on booze, drugs and television. Yet others blame economics, which reminds me of the old adage, “When money problems come through the door, love goes out the window,” or some such. I heard one acquaintance blame it on married, working women because male employees are hitting on them without fear of husbandly reprisal. Perhaps it’s all of these and more, but there may be another that‘s overlooked. One of the oldest known and recorded marriage laws began with Hammurabi’s Code, enacted in ancient Mesopotamia. This was the Bronze Age, and the average life span is said to be 18 years. Thus it’s easy to assume that marriages had far less time to become intolerable. Obviously, as the human population evolved, life spans increased as did marital discord. It’s no secret that when wooing a prospective marital partner, we are on our best behavior. Some of that behavior includes covering up our worst faults. After a few months of marriage it soon becomes apparent that one’s spouse might not be what was expected. This calls for much tolerance and a

good sense of humor. Unfortunately, all too often, it ends in divorce. If children are on the scene, things get even more complicated. Since experts say Bronze Age average life spans were only 18 years, marriages probably didn’t have a chance to crash and burn. These days, average life spans are in the seventies and its getting harder to find elderly couples who stayed married to their original partners. Add together all the aforementioned marital problems, and one might think it’s a wonder marriages last as long as they do. Do I believe in the sanctity of marriage, you ask? You bet. But since we’ve allowed divorce to become much easier in many respects, many assume there really isn’t any good reason to continue a marriage if it becomes unbearable. It should be amicable of course. The revenge factor for not shaping up as expected is blatantly stupid. What I don’t believe in is cheating. If things are that bad, perhaps divorce is best. Otherwise, we’re being self-centered jerks. And don’t think the kids won’t notice. They hate it and they’ll be hurt by it. It’s bad enough that the partner being cheated on is hurt. I believe cheating is selfish, ego-centric behav-

ior, but there are plenty of other reasons for divorce. One of the best is spousal abuse. Men beating up women is bad, and it’s compounded when it’s done in front of children…or to them. Worse yet is if wives let it continue. Marriage is a full time, life long job, but who knew life spans would become so much longer? I doubt anyone could’ve convinced the Mesopotamians that said, “I do” or they might have said, “Hey wait a minute!” …or not. Perhaps naivety, after all, really is necessary for procreation of the human race. Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts. The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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