June 20, 2012
July 13, 2011
Vol 13 No 28
A road rage incident on May 26 in O’Fallon could have easily been prevented.
Preventing Road Rage By Shelly A. Schneider
IN this Issue
On a warm May afternoon, an O’Fallon resident allegedly cut off a female motorcycle rider on westbound I-70 near Bryan Road. Colonel Roy Joachimstaler, chief of police for the city of O’Fallon, said the incident occurred as the 65 yearold man – the driver of the car – exited the highway. A couple on separate motorcycles stopped at a traffic signal. The male motorcyclist, 49 years of age, got off of his motorcycle and approached the driver’s door of the vehicle and words were exchanged between the two. During that verbal exchange the motorcyclist reportedly began physically assaulting the driver of the vehicle and at that time the driver of the vehicle, who was armed with a .380 caliber, semi-automatic pistol, fired one shot striking the motorcyclist in the upper left chest. The driver of the car was not charged, and the male motorcyclist was released from the hospital. Joachimstaler said the O’Fallon Police Department handles road rage calls quite frequently. “Cooler heads should have prevailed on this, on both sides,” he said. “If people find themselves that upset with another driver, please call the police and report the violation.” According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, aggressive driving behaviors are a factor in up to 56 percent of fatal crashes. Additionally, nearly 90 percent of drivers view aggressive driving as very serious or somewhat serious threat to their own safety. A separate AAA Foundation study looked at more than 10,000 road rage incidents committed over seven years, and found they resulted in at least 218 murders and another 12,610 injury cases. When drivers explained why they became violent, the reasons were often trivial: “She wouldn’t let me pass,” “They kept tailgating me,” or, as this driver accused of attempted murder explained, “He practically ran me off the road – what was I supposed to do?”
So how do you prevent road rage? Joachimstaler said the easiest thing to do is pay attention. “Young or old,” he said, “the majority of accidents occur because of inattention. People are on cell phones, putting on make up, eating, or changing the radio station. If you get a cell phone call, pull over into a parking lot and take the call. People should pay attention not only to what you’re doing, but to what everyone else is doing. Keep your head on a swivel. You have to be cognizant of what everyone else is doing.” Here are some tips from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: 1. Don’t offend. When surveys ask drivers what angers them most, the results are remarkably consistent. A few specific behaviors seem unusually likely to enrage other drivers. You can protect yourself by avoiding them. Cutting off. When you merge, make sure you have plenty of room. Use your turn signal to show your intentions before making a move. If you make a mistake and accidentally cut someone off, try
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to apologize to the other driver with an appropriate gesture. If someone cuts you off, slow down and give them room to merge into your lane. Driving slowly in the left lane. If you
are in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let them by. You may be “in the right” because you are traveling at the speed limit – but you may also be See ROAD RAGE page 4
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Summer Work Outs – How to Exercise Safely in the Heat Summers can be brutal for exercising, especially in Missouri. Heat stroke, a potentially life-threatening situation, can set in quickly. Choosing an indoor location to work out, such as the YMCA, is a safe alternative and one that can be done year round in any weather. But exercising out-of-doors can be safe and fun when following certain guidelines. Plan your workouts in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is getting ready to go down. Always avoid working out when the sun is at its peak. Here are some tips for safe summer outdoor exercising: • Drink water every 15 minutes to stay hydrated. By the time you realize you are thirsty, your body is already greatly dehydrated. • Wear loose absorbent fabrics. • Wear light colored clothing – dark clothing holds in the heat. • Wear plenty of sunscreen.
• If the humidity and temperature are high, consider exercising indoors instead. Heat stroke is a dangerous condition that can be fatal within minutes if not treated properly. When the temperature and humidity are both high, the risk factor for developing heat stroke is also high, especially in older populations. Much of the time, however, the person is unaware that they are in danger of developing heat stroke. Knowing what to look for can literally save your life. Heat stroke can have the following symptoms: • Skin hot to the touch • Dizziness • No longer sweating • Muscle cramps • Burning sensation in skin and/or feet If any of these symptoms are present, stop exercising immediately. Call 911 and tell them you think you are having a heat stroke. Prompt medical attention and medication can protect your nervous system and
potentially save your life. Avoid going from extreme heat to a cold, air-conditioned room. Rather, get to a shady area right away and allow your body to cool down slowly. The Y is committed to Adam Rush, Aquatics and providing and encourag- Fitness Director of the St. ing healthy lifestyle choic- Charles County Family YMCA es in the community. We are dedicated to helping members of our community reach their fitness goals safely while having fun and building strong friendships. Twenty-one million people of all ages and walks of life turn to their local Y for meeting their needs in healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. For more information, contact Adam Rush, Aquatics and Fitness director of the St. Charles County Family YMCA, at 636.928.1828.
Buy Carnival Ride Tickets at Half Off
You and your family can get carnival ride tickets at half-price by purchasing tickets in advance of O’Fallon, Missouri’s Heritage & Freedom Fest which will be held July 2-4 at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Ride tickets will be sold through Saturday, June 30, at The Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle (63368) and The O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Office), 400 Civic Park Drive (63366). Discounted tickets are non-refundable, but
they are good for rides throughout the Heritage & Freedom Fest. Ride tickets also can be purchased at full price at the festival. Unlimited Ride bracelets will be available for purchase and use on July 2, only. Festival admission and parking are free, and the festival grounds will be open: • Monday July 2, 5 – 10 p.m. (Special Family Night at the Carnival) • Tuesday July 3, 5 – 11 p.m. (Country Music Night) • Wednesday July 4, noon –10 p.m. (Rock Concert Night) On Special Family Night (July 2), only the carnival midway, concessions and rides will be open. July 3 and 4 festivities include headline entertainers (country musicians Jamie O’Neal and David Nail on Tuesday, and alternative rock bands Carolina Liar and Vertical Horizon on Wednesday), spectacular fireworks displays both nights, family-friendly sideshows (the Marvelous Mutts, Cabela’s Fishing Show), free Kids’ Area activities (Nitro Joe’s Science Booth, inflatables, games, crafts, face painting, graffiti wall both dates; hula hooping at Hoop Connections on July 4), carnival midway and rides, and vendors selling merchandise, festival food and beverages. www.heritageandfreedomfest.com.
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Missouri River Ring! Handbells are coming to St. Charles! More than 400 musicians will perform together from June 21-23 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Thursday night concert: “Velocity”, an exciting Handbell Ensemble from the San Francisco Bay area - music that moves! 8 p.m., tickets are $10 at the door. Friday night concert: “The Agape Ringers”, a premier auditioned Handbell Choir from Chicago - they have toured internationally and have recorded 9 different albums! 8 p.m., tickets are $10 at the door. Saturday night final concert: Over 400 musicians ringing together! 7:30 p.m., free and open to the public! For more information, please visit www.areaviii.org.
Volunteers Needed for Simulated Bio-Terror Attack Response On Thursday, June 28, the St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment will conduct a drill simulating the response to a biological terrorism attack on our community. More than 20 regional agencies will participate in the training, which is designed to practice the staff ’s ability to distribute life-saving medication using a drive-through Point-of-Distribution (POD) site. The department seeks volunteers to serve as drive-through patients and offers Chick-Fil-A sandwiches to the first 500 participants as a thank you for assisting. Operating from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the drive-through POD drill will be conducted on a parking lot adjacent to Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters (near the intersection of Suemandy and Grand Teton). All individuals in a car or larger vehicle will be treated as independent participants for the purposes of this drill, so carpooling is encouraged. To aid planning efforts, those interested in participating should RSVP to Joe Morin at 636.949.7554.
Len Pagano If you’re looking for activities to for your family this summer, a concert or movie in the park is a great idea and St. Peters has both. Bring some lawn chairs or blankets and get ready for a night of entertainment. There’s an exciting line-up remaining this season in our parks. Concessions will be available for your convenience, but feel free to bring your own. The movies will rotate to different St. Peters parks throughout the summer and all start right around dusk. On Friday, July 6, we’ll treat you to “Hugo” at Spencer Creek Park. Then on Friday, Sept. 7, we’ll be showing “The Adventures of Tintin” at Shady Springs Park. In October, we’ll have another free movie--a special showing of “The Wizard of Oz” inside the Cultural Arts Performing Arts Centre. This will be a theme night; come in costumes if you’d like and sing along with the movie. All of the free concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will be held outdoors in our amphitheater at St. Peters City Centre Park, located behind St. Peters City Hall. The amphitheater has several levels for
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a great view as well as an accessible pad located adjacent to the parking lot to accommodate persons with disabilities. On Thursday, June 21, Tennessee Two, a Johnny Cash Tribute band will be here. Then on Thursday, July 19, we’ll welcome Bluegrass band Curreykorn. We’ll once again host our Halloween Concert featuring the St. Charles County Symphony on Tuesday, Oct. 30. This concert is always a lot of fun and you are encouraged to dress up if you’d like. It will take place indoors at the Cultural Arts Centre Performing Arts Theater. This is a great opportunity to bring your family together for an evening and enjoy each other’s company without worrying about the cost of a show. We’re very fortunate that we get to provide the community with free activities like this, and we look forward to seeing you out there at one of our beautiful parks this summer. More information as well as directions to the parks listed above can be found on our website at www.stpetersmo.net. If it rains, the concerts and movies will be moved indoors to the Cultural Arts Centre inside City Hall. Be safe and have a great holiday! If you get a chance, please visit St. Peters’ newest park, 370 Lakeside Park, located off Hwy 370 at Lakeside Drive.
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ROAD RAGE from cover putting yourself in danger by making drivers behind you angry. In many states and provinces the law requires you to travel in the right lane and use the far left lane only for passing. Besides, it’s simple courtesy to move over and let other drivers by. Tailgating. Drivers get angry when they are followed too closely. Allow at least a two-second space between your car and the car ahead. (When you see the car pass a fixed point, you should be able to count at least “onethousand, two-thousand” before you pass that point.) If you think another car is driving too slowly and you are unable to pass, pull back and allow more space, not less. That way if the car does something unexpected you will have time to get out of the way. You should be able to see the headlights of the car behind you in your rear-view mirror. If you feel you are being followed too closely, signal and pull over to allow the other driver to go by. Gestures. Almost nothing makes another driver angrier than an obscene gesture. Keep your hands on the wheel. Avoid making any gestures that might anger another driver, even “harmless” expressions of irritation like shaking your head. Be a cautious and courteous driver. Signal every time you merge or change lanes,
and whenever you turn. Use your horn rarely, if ever. If you and another driver see a parking space at the same time, let that person have it. And if another driver seems eager to get in front of you, say “Be my guest.” When you respond this way, after a while “be my guest” becomes your automatic response and you won’t be as offended by other drivers’ rudeness. 2. Don’t engage. One angry driver can’t start a fight unless another driver is willing to join in. You can protect yourself against aggressive drivers by refusing to become angry at them. Orator Robert Ingersoll said, “Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.” When angry, a person can do things they may later regret. If you’re tempted to retaliate against another driver, think: “Would I want to fly in an airplane whose pilot was acting like this?” Think about what kind of a crash your angry actions could cause. Then cool down and continue your trip. Steer clear. Give angry drivers lots of room. A driver you may have offended can “snap” and become truly dangerous. If the other driver tries to pick a fight, put as much distance as possible between your vehicle and the other car, and then get away as quickly as possible. Do not under any circumstances pull off to the side of the road and try to settle things “man to man.” Avoid eye contact. If another driver is acting angry with you, don’t make eye contact. Looking or staring at another driver can turn an impersonal encounter between two vehicles into a personal duel. And once things get personal, the situation can get out of hand fast. Get help. If you believe the other driver is following you or is trying to start a fight, get help. If you have a cell phone, use it to call the police. Otherwise, drive to a place
where there are people around, such as a police station, convenience store, shopping center, or even a hospital. Use your horn to get someone’s attention. This will usually discourage an aggressor. Do not get out of your car. Do not go home. 3. Adjust your attitude. The most important actions you can take to avoid aggressive driving take place inside your head. By changing your approach to driving, you can make every trip more pleasant. Try these ideas for a pleasant change: Forget winning. For too many motorists, driving becomes a contest. Do you allow the shortest possible time for a trip and then race the clock? If something happens to slow you down do you get angry? The solution: Allow more time for your trip. You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed you feel when you have a few extra minutes. So instead of trying to “make good time,” try to “make time good.” Listen to soothing music or a book on tape. Practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing. You’ll arrive much calmer, fresher, and in a less stressed-out frame of mind. Put yourself in the other driver’s shoes. Instead of judging the other driver, try to imagine why he or she is driving that way. Someone speeding and constantly changing lanes may be a volunteer fireman, or a physician rushing to a hospital. Someone who jerks from one lane to another may have a bee in the car or a crying baby. Whatever their reason, it has nothing to do with you. Stay cool and don’t take other drivers’ actions personally. If you think you have a problem, ask for help. Courses in anger management have been shown to reduce heart attacks. These same techniques can also help angry drivers. Drivers who successfully “reinvent” their approach to the road report dramatic changes in attitude and behavior. Look for anger management courses in your area. Self-help books on stress reduction and anger management can also be helpful.
Dueling Pianos at the Foundry Art Centre Experience an exceptional evening of boogie woogie piano tunes between dueling pianists Arthur Migliazza and Eric-Jan Overbeek, also known as Mr. Boogie Woogie. On Friday, July 6, 2012, enjoy the fantastic talent of these two
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as they go head-to-head on the Foundry Art Centre stage. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 or $10 for FAC members. For tickets or more information, please visit www.foundryartcentre.org or call 636.255.0270. This performance generously sponsored by Reunion Revolution, located in New Town St. Charles.
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Air Evac Lifeteam to Open New Headquarters Riverside Shakespeare Theatre Co. Presents: William inAirO’Fallon Evac Lifeteam, a leading provider of air Regional Commerce and Growth Association for medical to rural communities, an- their diligence and dedication to keep Air Evac Shakespeare’s As You Like It nouncedtransportation today that it will open a new headquar- Lifeteam in Missouri for decades to come.”
Riverside Shakespeare Theatre Co. will be producing the Saint ters building in O’Fallon, Missouri. The company “It’s a huge testament to our residents and our Charles Shakespeare in the Park event sponsored by the Saint will occupy an existing 78,000 square-foot build- community that the company chose O’Fallon in Charles City Arts and Culture Commission from June 21st to ing at 1001 Boardwalk Springs Place in the Wing- large part due to their ability to recruit national July 1st. Riverside will be performing William Shakespeare’s As Haven neighborhood. talent to O’Fallon and the St. Louis MetropoliYou Like It, directed by Dr. Judy E. Yordon. Air Evac Lifeteam will move approximately tan Area and the access to a large, educated labor The Show begins at 8 p.m. on June 21, 22, 23, 29, 30 with a 120 employees to O’Fallon with the recruitment pool in our community,” said Michael Hurlbert, matinee at 2 p.m. on July 1. The opening act will begin at 7:30 of as many as 70 new employees in a variety of O’Fallon’s Economic Development director. p.m. for evening shows and 1:30 p.m. for matinee. This year’s functions. The headquarters are expected to be After the move is completed, Air Evac Lifeteam opening act will be performed by Monkey Tales Theatre, a local operational in November 2012. Over time, the will maintain a communications center in West non-profit children’s theater company. company also will transition most of its commu- Plains, MO, and a facility in Lewisville, TX, in Along with free admission, there will be free parking at Lewis nications center functions to O’Fallon. addition to the O’Fallon location. Air Evac Lifeand Clark Boathouse and available concessions. “We are extremely proud to welcome Air Evac team joins more than 1,400 businesses that have In Shakespeare's As You Like It we celebrate in the pastoral Lifeteam to the list of distinguished companies made O’Fallon home including companies such mode and debate the worthiness of country versus court. Not who have chosen to make their home in O’Fallon,” as Mastercard International, Citi, MEMC, BJC one, but four couples couple in this 1599 romantic comedy set in said Mayor Bill Hennessy. “We know there were Healthcare and Allianz Fireman’s Fund. the Forest of Arden. Rosalind dressed as the young boy Gany- several cities both within Mismede teaches Orlando, the man she loves, how to woo her ap- souri and surrounding states propriately. Rosalind's cousin, Celia, falls in love at first sight that were considered and we are with Orlando's evil brother, Oliver, who has been transformed grateful to our Economic Develin Arden. Touchstone, the professional fool, finds the ugly goat- opment staff and the St. Louis herd, Audrey, in Arden, and marries her because no one else would. We also meet the conventional pastoral lovers: the unrequited Silvius, and Phebe who falls in love, unwittingly, with Rosalind (in disguise) and then agrees to settle for Silvius. These antics are set off by the melancholic cynic, Jaques; feuding brothwww.ofallon.mo.us/Jammin ers, Duke Frederick and Duke Senior; a wrestling match; a fertility dance; and some of the best songs in any Shakespeare play. Riverside Shakespeare Theatre Co. is a local 501(c)3 Non-Profit theatre company dedicated to providing quality theatrical performances to the public, while providing opportunities, experience and education for local artists. This will be Riverside's sixth year producing the event, which has become an annual highlight for the St. Charles community. The event draws between 2,000 – 2,500 community members annually. For additional information: riversideshakespeare@gmail. www.rhf.org com.
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W.C.E Plans Back to School Night Believe it or not, William Cappel Elementary has already set the date for the 2012-2013 Back to School Night. W.C.E will celebrate the start of a new year with a space theme from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 9. Each grade level will have two presentations for students and parents; K, 1st, 2nd will meet at 5 and 6 p.m. and 3rd, 4th, 5th will meet at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. W.C.E.’s PTO and fundraiser committees will also be available with information. Students and families will receive personal invitations closer to the date of the event.
Newly Formed AMVETS Chapter Hosting Fundraising Event Lincoln County AMVETS Post 180 will hold an event on June 23 at the property of Anthony Holmes on Rebel Lane off Mansion Road. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature live music, food, a 50/50 drawing, a silent auction and more. The newly formed chapter recently made a $400 donation to the Fisher House. This is a residence where families can stay free while their veteran is receiving treatment at a veterans’ hospital. Those wishing to make a donation to the June 23 event may call 314.769.1915
Critter Camp is Back The Lincoln County Health Department Second Annual Critter Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 through 29. Critter Camp is open to kids 9 to12 years old. There is a registration fee, but campers who bring a 5 lb. bag of pet food will receive a $5 discount. The camp will be held at the Health Department and there are only 35 spots available. To sign your child up, call 636.528.6117, extension 405 or visit lchdmo.org. For more information call 636.528.6117. Throughout the week, campers will learn all about animals and visit the state park and fairgrounds. Campers will share what they’ve learned at Family Night, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29. On Saturday, June 30 there will be even more pet events. A mobile vet will vaccinate animals from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Micro-chipping will also be available; call 636.528.6117, extension 405 to guarantee a microchip. PALS will host a mini adoption from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Field Day to Promote Emergency Response of Amateur Radio Operators Thousands of Amateur Radio Operators will showcase their emergency response capabilities on June 23 and June 24 at 100 Blue Stem Lane in Hawk Point, MO. This annual event, called “Field Day,” is the climax of the week long Amateur Radio Week sponsored by the National Association of Amateur Radio. The public is invited to attend and watch operators as they simulate emergency communications using emergency power supplies and portable antenna systems. Natural disasters and electric/fiber optic blackouts often leave people without Internet, cell or land phone lines. In the event of these kinds of emergencies, radio is the only means of communication. Radio operators, often called “hams,” donate their time and skills to provide backup communications for organizations like the American Red Cross and FEMA. Don’t miss an opportunity to learn more about this important group and see them in action.
17th Annual Hannibal Cannibal Fun Run to be Held July 7 Join Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation for the 17th Annual Hannibal Cannibal and Fun Run on Saturday, July 7, 2012. The 10K/5K Run and Leisure walk begins at 7 a.m. (rain or shine). The Fun Run for children 10 and under will begin at approximately 9 a.m. following the Hannibal Cannibal. The entry fee is: - $20 per person through June 24th -$25 per person June 25th through July 4th -$30 per person July 5th through race day
(July 7th) The entry fee for the Fun Run is $15 per child. All entrants will receive a T-shirt and race bag filled with various items. This year, participants who register by Wednesday, July 4 will be eligible to win an IPod Touch. Children 10 and under who are signed up for the Fun Run by July 4 will be entered into a drawing for a bicycle. The winners will be drawn at random immediately after the Hannibal Cannibal. Registration forms can be picked-up at the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation Office (located at 175 Shinn Lane), the Information Desk at Hannibal Regional Hospital and KHMO and KICK FM studios in Hannibal and Quincy. You can also register online at www.hannibalcannibal.com until midnight on Wednesday, July 4. Race packet pick-up and registration for the race will be held on Friday, July 6 from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Early packet pick-up is encouraged, but registration and packet pick-up will also take place the morning of race starting at 5:30 a.m. in front of the Tom & Huck Statue in Downtown Hannibal. All proceeds for the race benefit the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation’s Heart to Heart Campaign. For more information, please call the Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation office at 573.629.3577 or visit them online at www.hannibalcannibal. com.
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PB&T Employees Dress Down for Habitat For Humanity On Friday, May 18, employees at Peoples Bank & Trust paid to wear blue jeans and tennis shoes to work with all proceeds going to Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity. Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity strives to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. They work in partnership with God and people of all faiths and races to develop communities for people in need by building and renovating houses, creating homeownership opportunities in Lincoln County. PB&T employees were able to present Tom Castor, president of the local chapter with a check for $477. PB&T employees Joe Delaloye, Margaret Eversmeyer, Lindy Alexander and Josie Cohea present Tom Caster with the donation.
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Great Southern Bank & Travel celebrated their new location in O’Fallon, MO with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on May 9, 2012. Pictured is Banking Center Manager, Regina Dowling and Travel Manager, Angela McGrail; joined by friends and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, the City of O’Fallon and Mayor Bill Hennessey. Headquartered in Springfield, MO, Great Southern offers banking, investment, insurance and travel services. The company operates seven banking centers in the St. Louis area with a total of 107 retail banking centers and more than 200 ATMs in Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. is a public company and its common stock (ticker: GSBC) is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select stock exchange.
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1. Jake Boyd, Fort Zumwalt North High School senior, has signed with Hannibal-LaGrange University to play basketball. Pictured with Jake from L-R is Joe Sutton (FZN principal), Charles Glotta (FZN coach), Nita McGill, Jason Durst (HannibalLaGrange coach), and Ted Hickey (FZN Activities Director). 2. Jake Reinsmith, Fort Zumwalt South High School senior, has signed to play soccer for Rockhurst University. Pictured with Jake is his mother, Colleen Reinsmith, along with Dr. Kevin Keltner (FZS principal), Jim Layne (FZS coach), and Mike O’Brien (FZS Activities Director). 3. Fort Zumwalt South High School senior, Austin Andrews, has signed to play soccer for the Rockhurst Hawks. Austin is sitting with his parents, Monica and John Andrews, along with Dr. Kevin Keltner (FZS principal), Jim Layne (FZS
coach), and Mike O’Brien (FZS Activities Director). 4. Alex Patzke, Fort Zumwalt South High School senior, has signed to play soccer for Culver-Stockton. Alex is flanked by his parents, Chrissy and John Patzke, along with Dr. Kevin Keltner, (FZS principal), Club Coach Rick Luetkemeyer, Jim Layne (FZS soccer coach), and Mike O’Brien (FZS Activities Director). 5. Fort Zumwalt West High School seniors, Ashlynn and Alex Reiter, have signed with St. Charles Community College to play soccer. Seated from L-R: Mark Reiter (Dad), Noah Reiter (brother), Ashlynn Reiter, Alex Reiter, Julia Reiter (sister), and Joshua Tyler (SCCC coach). Standing is Paul Boschert (FZW Activities Director), Jack Baldwin (FZW coach), and Neil Berry (FZW principal). 6. Aly Coleman, Fort Zumwalt West High School senior, has signed to swim for Lindenwood University. Pictured seated is Carey Gough (FZW coach), Aly Coleman, and Jeri Labrot (FZW coach). Standing is Paul Boschert (FZW Activities Director) and Neil Berry (FZW principal). 7. Matt Mosley, Fort Zumwalt West High School senior, has signed with Missouri S & T to play baseball. Pictured with Matt are his parents, Kim and Mark Mosley. Standing behind is Paul Boschert (FZW Activities Director), Eric Gough (FZW coach), and Neil Berry (FZW principal).
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“Rock of Ages”
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The music of the 1980s has rich storytelling potential, as witnessed by “Rock of Ages.” This big screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical weaves the songs of Journey, REO Speedwagon, Bon Jovi and others together to enrich the age-old story of boy meets girl. The plot may be threadbare, but the musical performances are first-rate. Julianne Hough (“Footloose”) stars as Sherrie Christian, a small-town girl who heads to Los Angeles in 1987 to become a star. Sherrie immediately learns some hard lessons about life in the big city, but she also meets Drew Boley (Diego Boneta). A would-be musician working as a bar back
at the Bourbon Room, Drew helps his new friend land a job in the same club. Sherrie and Drew immediately fall in love, but Los Angeles almost seems to conspire to break them up. Patricia Whitmore (Catherine Zeta-Jones), wife of Mayor Mike Whitmore (Bryan Cranston), is determined to clean up the LA Strip, especially the Bourbon Room. Dennis Dupree (Alec Baldwin), owner of the club, also is constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, though. Barely staying solvent, Dupree hopes that Stacie Jaxx (Tom Cruise) can pack the Bourbon Room for his farewell concert. Unfortunately, Jaxx has a habit of showing up late or not at all. Featuring a solid soundtrack, “Rock of Ages” is a well-crafted love letter to the music that lit up the charts 25 years ago. Julianne Hough and Diego Bonita are nicely cast as young lovers Sherrie and Drew. Their characters may be stereotypical, but
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their voices offer a nice interpretation of some timeless 80’s tunes. This musical also pokes fun at the excesses of the decade through Stacie Jaxx, an aging rocker who has been poisoning his body and career with alcohol. Stacie remains a consummate performer and can pack a house if he remembers to show up. Tom Cruise gives the character the right level of arrogance, but also shows the complexity beneath the surface. In a nice parody of Tipper Gore, ex-wife of former Vice-President Al Gore, Catherine Zeta-Jones plays the highly conservative Patricia Whitmore. As Gore did in the 1980s with the Parents Music Resource Center, Whitmore mounts a campaign to abolish rock-nroll, especially the notorious Mr. Jaxx. Zeta-Jones, who lit up “Chicago” a decade ago, hasn’t lost a note or step and is a pleasure to watch in this role. “Rock of Ages” is a fun musical that draws the viewer into the story. It’s almost impossible not to leave the theater singing at least one of the songs from the very robust soundtrack. This film won’t save the world, but it does offer a good time. “Rock of Ages,” rated PG-13, currently is playing in theaters.
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Sports You See... With Gary B. Lindenwood Women Lacrosse Players Honored Excelled In Academics As Well Six women’s lacrosse players were named to the 2012 AllAcademic team by the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA). These student-athletes are senior Kathryn St. George, junior Justiene Groothuis, sophomore Christine Hehmeyer, freshman Melissa Menchella, freshman Jamie Miller, and freshman Grace Zuniga. These six were part of the sixtyfour student-athletes announced for the 2011-2012 season. St. George is majoring in Exercise Science and compiled a 3.70 GPA this season. She started in all 17 games this season and recorded 41 points. Groothuis is majoring in Exercise Science and had a 3.71 GPA. Ended the season tying the team lead in goals with 48 and was second the team with 17 assists. Hehmeyer is majoring in Athletic Training and compiled a 3.44 GPA. Hehmeyer started in 14 games and lead the team with 46 groundballs. Menchella is majoring in Physical Education and had a 3.91 GPA. Caped off the season with 29 goals and six assists in 17 games played. Miller is majoring in Physical Education and had a 3.91 GPA and finished the season with 13 groundballs. Zuniga is majoring in Elementary Education and had a 4.00 GPA. Zuniga played in 11 games this season. To be eligible, a student-athlete must possess a 3.30 or higher cumulative grade point average throughout their collegiate academic career and play in at least half of his team’s WILA games during the season. The Lindenwood Women’s lacrosse team finished the 2012 as WILA Conference Champions Information from the Lindenwood website. ~~~Tops in all categories
The Road Has Been Tough For The Rascals Home Field Is The Greatest 10th Player The River City Rascals play professional/minor league baseball in the West Division of the Frontier League. To date, the team has hit a little skid loosing the last three series on the road. For the rest of June, the Rascals will be in the friendly confines of T.R. Hughes ballpark seven out of 10 games. Sunday June 24 is a special day, Fredbird will make an appearance at the game. Highlights as of end of day 6-14: *Jason Sullivan has three victories to lead the team *Curran Redal leads team in hitting .333 *Dustin Umberger has pitched 27 strike outs tops on the team *As a team on base percentage .352- tied for 2nd in league *As a team receiving base on balls 117-2nd in league STANDINGS AS OF 6-14: W L GB Last 10 Games Schaumburg Boomers 16 9 ___ 8-2 RIVER CITY RASCALS 15 10 1.0 3-7 Windy City ThunderBolts 13 10 2.0 4-6 Gateway Grizzlies 13 12 3.0 6-4 Joliet Slammers 13 12 3.0 4-6 Rockford RiverHawks 9 15 6.5 4-6 Normal CornBelters 8 15 7.0 4-6 NEXT HOME GAMES: Wed/Thur/Fri, June 20/21/22 against Gateway Grizzlies Sat/Sun, Junes 23/24 against Normal CornBelters Mon, June 25 against Normal CornBelters START 11:05 AM Sat, June 30 against Normal CornBelters All Games @ 7:05 p.m.—Sunday @ 6:05 p.m. For more info on all this year’s promotions, go to www.RiverCityRascals.com ~~~Competition getting tougher
“Over the Fence” While Vultures Soar I’ve watched the movie “Baby Boom” several times. It was well done and amusing, but it also made me take another look at a pet peeve of mine. Actress Diane Keaton found a market for a product and by sheer will power, business savvy and a ton of work and she made it a huge success. Then her former employer in the big city, a giant corporation, offered to buy it for very big bucks. I’ve been trying to figure out how giant corporations that buy up businesses can glibly say they will make them work better? It looks more like they’re only eliminating competition. When American Airlines bought TWA, it was unethical and shouldn’t have happened, but
Lee Enterprises bought the St. Louis Post Dispatch. InBev bought Anheuser-Busch. Both were successful. Now these St. Louis businesses are supporting increased overhead from remote control management systems in far off places after their original owners retired with millions. Since then, beer and newspaper prices increased during our giant recession. Healthcare and communications corporations have been buying other related industries and sending American jobs to starving countries while top management received fat salaries and bonuses. AT&T retired senior employees and sent their jobs to starving countries. Meanwhile, various consumer organizations have labeled it one of the worst for customer service; i.e. complaints. It seems to me this sort of thing is killing the goose that laid the golden egg. They’re sending American jobs to starving countries and removing the incomes that kept them in business in the first place. How does this help the American economy? Obviously it doesn’t, but it does help giant corporations make immediate huge profits with little or no concern for what’s ahead for America. It also helps Chief Executives obtain huge salaries, bonuses and lap-ofluxury retirement packages. By the time the ensuing economic meltdowns come home to roost, those CEOs will be sitting in exotic luxury resorts sipping Mai Tais and discussing tax avoidance with off-shore bankers. Meanwhile, our legislators www.rivercityrascals.com in Washington D.C. can expect to get all the campaign financing they need and then some as long as they privately agree to let it all continue. I surely do miss the business people that started companies and made them successful. That was before their successes were engulfed by vultures in high-fashion business suits. The question is, do we have to starve before we wake up and smell the manure?
it did, no thanks to weakened regulatory restrictions. I also fail to understand how some of those huge corporations that manipulate vast sums can buy smaller, unrelated successful businesses and do all that much for them. It seems presumptuous of a giant corporation that originated from a window awning company to know all about manufacturing auto parts or washing machines. However, this is really about corporations that buy up companies that are in the same business. After American Airlines bought TWA, they nearly floundered after 9/11 and then begged Uncle Sam to bail them out. The same happened with banks that had been buying up smaller banks by the dozens for years and then floundered from aiding and abetting a world recession. Then our government bailed them out while they continued the same ridiculously costly and incredibly stupid activities that caused their problems in the first place. AIG executive bonuses were even paid from government bailout money! One can justify large businesses swallowing up smaller ones that are failing to infuse capital and bring them back to life, but this doesn’t seem to be happening much these days.
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Be Happy, Be Healthy, Be Here! Happy Father’s Day! Ladies, read this first, then pass it to your husband, dad, brother, or any other adult male within earshot. I’m counting on you to do what’s right…so stand over your guy’s shoulder and don’t let him leave until he reads the entire column. I’ll do the nagging for all of us. (Cut that last part out…the men will run for cover if they think I’m about to nag!) I don’t think it’s coincidence that National Men’s Health Week culminates with Father’s Day. A survey released a few years ago revealed that a large percentage of men “would not go to the doctor even if they were experiencing life threatening health problems, including severe chest pains (34 percent), or shortness of breath (37 percent), two top indicators of potential heart attacks.” The nationwide survey, conducted for Men’s Health magazine and CNN, found that one in five (20 percent) adults experiencing chest pains would wait a day or two before going to the doctor. The percentage was slightly higher for those experiencing shortness of breath. And quoting from the survey results, “Similarly, 37 percent of adults experiencing blurred vision would wait ‘a day or two’ before seeing a doctor.” While news of the results were interesting, they really didn’t hit home until a few years ago when my neighbor’s daughter knocked on our door to let me know her step dad was in the hospital undergoing surgery to clear blockage from his arteries. The scenario went something like this: “When did all this happen?” I asked her. “I was just talking with him a couple of days ago, and he looked fine. He never said a word.” Jennifer shrugged her shoulders. “We think he’d been experiencing symptoms for a few days, but didn’t want to upset anyone,” she answered. Dan, you’ve been a wonderful neighbor, and when you come home from the hospital, I’ll be sure to tell you in person. I’m just so happy I didn’t have to give my sentiments to your wife while dabbing tears from my eyes at your funeral. What is it with men, anyway? Has it got anything to do with the refusal to ask for directions? What is so gosh-darn awful about going to the doctor? And not just when something is wrong, but for preventative screenings and check-ups. I understand. Dropping your drawers in front of another man, waiting for a very uncomfortable examination is no day at the golf course. But exactly how comfort-
able do you think my friend Dan was on that Sunday, experiencing chest pains and having trouble taking a breath? Lose the ego for a few mere minutes, already. Women do it all the time. Imagine having your breasts squashed by two very cold, very hard metal plates. Or how about those of us who have to shed our clothing, spread our legs and smile while our physician probes and prods. Some of the doctors are really cute, too. Embarrassed? Of course we are. Especially when we know they’re seeing all the cellulite we hate to show our husbands. Sure, we’d rather be shopping. Heck, we’d rather be scrubbing the scum off the shower tile with a toothbrush. But it’s all about staying healthy for our family, loved ones and us. I’d rather endure a half-hour of downright painful procedures than grin and bear it for a few days, only to watch my loved ones sob uncontrollably and throw themselves down at my graveside. Maybe that’s wishful thinking (that my loved ones would be lost without me), but you get the picture. And I didn’t really want to do this, but I’m using the female trump card. If you think having a prostate exam or a colon cancer screening is painful, try giving birth once in a while. From Men’s Health magazine, “According to the survey, four out of ten adults (40 percent) say the top reasons they avoid health screenings are that it’s simply too much trouble to get checked when nothing is bothering them, and it’s too difficult to work into their busy schedules (26 percent). Men are slightly more likely than women to cite these as key reasons, with 43 percent of men vs. 38 percent of women stating it’s too much trouble to get checked when nothing is wrong.” Schedules, schmedules. Make the time. You should do it for your own health, your own piece of mind. But if that’s too much to ask, then do it for your wife, your daughter, your mother or your sister. Do it for your current or future grandchildren. As they say in Swooshville, Just Do It. Lack of adequate health insurance was another reason cited for not visiting the doctor. That’s a whole other column. But there are doctors and clinics available that perform special low-cost or free health screenings. Be informed. Be selfless. Be around so we can celebrate you again next Father’s Day.
Cooking with Kids Makes Meals and Memories (Family Features) Cooking can be so much more than simply getting dinner on the table. When you cook with your kids, it can lead to better relationships with food and with each other. Getting kids involved in the kitchen gives them life skills they’ll need, teaches them about new foods and healthy eating, and it can be a great way to have fun and bond together.
Kids of any age can play a role in cooking up a good meal, even the youngest ones: Two-year-olds can: • Scrub fruits and vegetables • Tear salad greens • Snap fresh beans • Wipe tables Three-year-olds can: • Pour liquids into batter • Spread peanut butter or butter on bread • Mix muffin batter • Shake ingredients together Four- and five-year olds can: • Mash soft fruits and vegetables • Measure ingredients • Juice citrus • Beat eggs Older children can help with more complex tasks,
including slicing ingredients for a meal and cooking parts of it themselves. One 10-year-old who is very comfortable in the kitchen is Sydney Fialkow, of Atlanta. She and her mother Stacy were named the grand prize winners of the Ben’s Beginners™ Cooking Contest, sponsored by the UNCLE BEN’S® Brand. Sydney Fialkow was selected from a field of more than 700 contestants (ages 5-12) who videotaped themselves preparing a kid-friendly rice dish and discussing the experience of cooking with their parents. Her winning dish, Sydney’s Rice & Chicken, won her a $20,000 cash prize as well as a $50,000 cafeteria makeover for her
school. This recipe is a great way to start cooking with your kids, letting you make a great meal, and some good memories together. For more kid-friendly recipes, visit www.unclebens.com.
Sydney’s Rice & Chicken Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients: - 1 cup chopped onions - 4-6 boneless skinless chicken breast filets (about - 1 1/2 pounds) - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 1/2 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder - 2 cups chicken broth - 1 cup UNCLE BEN’S® ORIGINAL CONVERTED® Brand Rice or UNCLE BEN’S® Natural Whole Grain Brown Rice - 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper - 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper - 1 cup frozen green peas - 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro - 1 teaspoon dried oregano Yellow food coloring (optional)
dish and bake for 20 minutes.
and all liquid is absorbed.
5. Remove baking dish from oven. Transfer chicken breast filets to container and set aside. 6. In baking dish, add rice, bell peppers, peas, cilantro and oregano. If desired add 2 shakes of yellow food coloring. Stir rice mixture. 7. Arrange reserved chicken breast filets over rice. 8. Cover and bake for 25 minutes. 9. Remove from oven, gently stir rice mixture, cover with foil and bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and rice is tender
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Spray glass baking dish evenly with cooking spray. 3. Place onions in baking dish; top with chicken filets. Season the chicken evenly with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. 4. Pour chicken broth into baking
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CHURCH 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 22: Family Movie Night 6:30 p.m. at Dardenne Baptist Church, 2345 Oak Dr. in O’Fallon. “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Limited to the first 100 people. Info: 636.332.2799 or www.dardennebaptistchurch. org.
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.
Info: 636.327.6622 or www.wentzvillecc.org.
June 22- 23: High School Musical, Jr.! 7 p.m. (6/22) and 2 p.m. (6/23) at Wentzville Christian Church, 1507 Hwy. Z. Free admission. Cast of more than 50 elementary and middle school students from the area.
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Friends and Family Support Group Open to anyone who has a loved one suffering from any kind of addiction. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Oak Valley Drive, St. Peters. For more information, email ARPstln@hotmail.com.
June 23: Gospel Singing 6 p.m. at New Beginnings Worship Center, 108 Birdie Hills Rd. in St. Peters. The Punches Family will perform. Info: 636.240.8358 or 636.397.2959.
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
Now: Scholarships Offered Barat Academy, formerly located in St. Charles County, will soon begin its second year in Chesterfield, just 12 minutes away from the previous campus. Barat Academy is offering scholarships for students in grades 9 – 12 this fall. No academically/ socially qualified student will be turned away because of finances. Info: Michael Wade 636.300.5500 or Sheryl Guffey 636.699.0191.
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Now: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon Registration Registration is now open for August 25 event. Enter early, as this event fills up quickly. Info: www.lakesaintlouis.com or 636.625.7944.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 636.916.0515.
June 21: Town Hall Meeting 7-8:30 p.m. at the MiddendorfKredell Library Branch off Hwy. K in O’Fallon. Rep. Kurt Bahr hosts Town Hall meeting, discussing legislation recently passed. Light snacks will be served. June 23: Concert Series 7-10 p.m. at Windjammer Point in Lake Saint Louis. Sh-Boom will play. Presented by the Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation Department, and sponsored by West Community Credit Union.
am. - Worship; Sun. 5 pm. - Worship; Wed Eve 7 pm. 2309 Markoe Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385. 3rd Tues: Luncheon for Seniors. Seniors 55+ enjoy free lunch, cards, games, bingo. From 11 am - 2 pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. Info: 636.561.8951. 2nd Wed: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell. United Methodist Women provide main entree & bevs. 636.673.2144. EVENTS
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@ centurytel.net. June 29: Summer Block Party at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 6:30 p.m. Free to Members. Join us for an outdoor night of carnivalstyle games, a bounce house, face painting, concessions and a free movie at approximately 8:45 p.m. Tickets for games and concessions www.jazzercise.com
June 30: Saturday Writers Meeting 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center. Saturday Writers, a chapter of the Missouri Writers Guild, will host its monthly meeting. Learn and network with local writers. Guest speaker: Kimberly Killion www.saturdaywriters.org.
July 21: Community Appreciation Day 11 a.m. -2 p.m. at First National Bank, 800 O’Fallon Rd. in Weldon Spring. Free. Andy Benes and Fred Bird signing autographs & pictures! Lunch, music, activities for children and free paper shredding. 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 www.rivercityrascals.com. Now - September 30: Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks, at the Saint Louis Zoo Touch and feed cownose and southern rays, horseshoe crabs, white-spotted bamboo, nurse and bonnethead sharks! Admission is $3 for general public, $1.50 for Zoo Friends members (free the first hour the Zoo is open). Children under two are free. Feeding is $1. Group rate for 15 or more is $2.50/ person. Info: 314.781.0900 or www. stlzoo.org. October 12: Course for the Cure At WingHaven Country Club. Event includes 5K run and 1-mile fun run/walk, golf tournament, dinner, pink balloon release, oral/ silent auction. Proceeds benefit Komen/St. Louis and Rally for the Cure. Info: Annie Kajander at 636.795.7123 or anniek255@aol. com. 4th Mon.: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553.
1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30 p.m. at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563.
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Every Tues: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Join us every week to work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. Anybody welcome, no sewing experience required. 4th Tues.: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930. 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. 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 www.vfwpost5077.org for more info. Every Thurs: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Free. Join us every week to play your favorite board games, cards or dominos. Bring a snack and your favorite stories to share. Contact Diana Kannady at 636.379.0092 x230.
Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. Info: Darryl Sandweg, 636.980.1777. Every Thurs., 11:45 a.m., Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. More info at www.ofkiwanis.com. Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. Playgroup is a great opportunity to teach our children how to play and share while in a welcoming environment. Info: Andrea Crislip at 314.479.0306 or email@example.com, or visit www.lslmothersclub.com. Every Fri.: VFW Fish Fry 3-8 p.m. 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: www.wentzvillefleamarket.org, www.facebook.com/
wentzville-community-club. Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Bring your family to watch flying model airplanes. Directions: www. orchardfarm.com Info: 636.300.1480. 4th Sunday: Car Cruise Through September. 10:30 a.m. at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon, Mo. All cars and clubs welcome. The 50/50 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 636.745.2601. HEALTH
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. • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45 6:45 p.m. Info/intake interview: Kristi Bradley at 636.379.0092. Progress West HealthCare Center Events Progress West HealthCare Center is proud to offer the following events to the community, Free unless otherwise noted. Info/registration: 636.344.2273 or www. progresswesthealthcare.org.
- [PWHC] Progress West HealthCare Center, 2 Progress Point Pkwy, O’Fallon, MO 63368 - [CP] Corporate Parkway Library, 1200 Corporate Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385 - [MK] Middendorf- Kredell Branch Library, 2750 Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO 63368 - [SP] Spencer Road Library, 427 Spencer Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 June 27: Behavior and Communication for Caregivers 6-8 p.m. [CP] As a Caregiver to someone with dementia, you may have discovered what triggers certain behaviors such as resistance to care, anxiety, wandering and aggression. Discover more effective ways to connect with your loved one who may exhibit these manners. This program may not be appropriate for people with dementia.
June 21: Nurses & Company Educational Series 2-3 p.m. at Community Commons at Spencer Road Library in St. Peters. Dr. Theodore Rummel, orthopedic surgeon will speak. RSVP: Alicia at 636.926.3722 or rsvp@ nursesandco.com. June
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This Weeks Shelter: Humane Society of Missouri • 1201 Mackland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 • 314-647-8800 • www.hsmo.org 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 news@ centurytel.net.
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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Dreams grant us gifts unimaginable. Such is the case for 11-year-old Ella, the sprightly heroine in “Kepler’s Dream,” a charming book by Juliet Bell about Community News is a girl who gets more than she bargained for proud to offer our readers when she goes to live with Violet Von Stern, a “Book Buzz.” This column grandmother she barely knows. will feature great books Ella has a tough go of it. Her parents are for children in three categories: divorced, she never sees her father, and her Youngest Pick: early mother has leukemia. A stem cell transplant childhood to the first is required necessitating a long hospital stay. or second grade, Middle But who will watch Ella? Pick: elementary school Her father isn’t in the picture, never has children, and Oldest Pick: middle school been. Taking folks on wilderness fishing trips children. Enjoy! is all he’s interested in, but he has an idea. Ella can stay with his mother, “the dragon lady.” Violet Von Stern expects perfection and lives in an eclectic hacienda in New Mexico overrun with peacocks, and littered with what-nots and old books. Life at the hacienda is dull for Ella — no TV or Internet — until she meets Rosie, the daughter of a man who works for GM, the title Ella gives her grandmother. The girls are the same age, and soon become friends, and partners in solving a mystery surrounding the disappearance of the most valuable book in GM’s collection, a prized edition of “Dream,” by Johannes Kepler, a scientist/asReprinted with trologer from the 17th century. permission, As Ella’s dreaded June gives way to July, and a reunion with her mom, bonds Washington Missourian. form that Ella couldn’t have foreseen. The mystery of the missing book is solved Copyright 2012. as the mystery of love develops in a heartwarming story of dreams come true.
Word of the week: turophile (toor’-oh-file, tyoor’-oh-file), noun:
1. a connoisseur of cheese; a cheese fancier. [from Greek tyros “cheese” + philos “loving.”] www.vincesasianbistro.com
Jack was the turophile of the anniversary party.