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City Celebrates Year’s Success

St. Charles County Mom Reaches Out for Extra Layer of Support

Sarah and her Big Sister Erin

By Mary Jane Daum Deb Schwer grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone. Kids played outside until summoned in for dinner. Neighbors kept an eye on each other’s children. Extended families were separated by blocks or perhaps a few short miles. But times have changed. Now a resident of St. Charles County, the insightful mom says she is like other families whose members are spread out over great distances. The built-in support is now several hours away. So when Schwer’s husband died in the fall of 2008, the mother of six acknowledged that she needed to look beyond her family for long-term support. Upon the recommendation of an elementary school counselor, Schwer reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri. The agency matched Schwer’s three youngest children with caring adult mentors, or “Bigs.” Schwer enrolled her son, Matthew, first. “I thought he need-

ed a positive male influence,” the caring mother explained. Her two youngest, Sarah and Hannah, were next to be matched. “Hannah was having difficulty opening up,” Schwer shared, adding, “She would say that ‘no one could understand’ unless they lost a parent.” Consequently, Schwer thought connecting Hannah to a Big Sister who also experienced a loss would provide the outlet Hannah was seeking. Schwer said that the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ staff did a good job of finding the right fit for each of her children. The fact that there is tremendous common ground between the Schwer children and their Bigs is no accident. According to Director of Enrollment Ginny King, the agency works hard to put together the best match possible. “Our mission is about building trusting and enduring relationships,” King stressed. “So on the front end, we carefully consider the preferences and interests of the Big, Little and parent. We

look at a number of other factors, too— always focusing on the endurance piece.” Pleased with her children’s experience See BIG BROTHERS page 2



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Vol. 92 No. 27

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Around Town your guide to good news and events like the play Boeing Boeing


Lincoln County Life the latest Lincoln County news and events like the Run for the Son motorcycle ride


Business the latest business news from across the county like BJC Healthcare’s national recognition


School St. Charles County students are earning scholarships.


Movie Steve Bryan reviews Monsters University.


Sports, Sudoku, and Book Buzz Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events.


Recipes Ten Summer Drinks


What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long




Over the Fence Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher.

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BIG BROTHERS from cover in the program, Schwer said the kids’ relationships with their Bigs have provided them additional opportunities to do fun things. For example, Sarah and her Big Sister Erin have gone fishing. “That’s not something I’m going to do,” Schwer noted. “It’s an activity that they can enjoy together.” These special friendships have also provided the kids with someone else they can talk to. “It takes a village to raise a child,” Schwer asserted. “Having another caring adult to mentor your child adds another layer of support.” The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is currently enrolling girls between the ages of 5 and 12 who live in St. Charles, St. Peters and O’Fallon. For more information, contact King at 314.544.6460 or visit the agency’s website at About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri was founded in 1914 as one of the “charter” agencies of the Big Brothers Big Sisters national movement. Through its 4:1+1® model, young people are surrounded by caring and supportive adults to inspire them and show them anything is possible. The organization currently provides services to children and families in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Cape Girardeau County and Scott County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri is a proud member of the United Way. For more information, please visit

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Around Town Live Theatre: “Boeing Boeing” Tickets on Sale Act Two Theatre announces the cast for Boeing Boeing. Local actors playing the roles are Brandon Atkins as Bernard, Chris Resimius as Robert, Laura Singleton as Berthe, Ali Pinkerton as Gretchen, Alexis Wood as Gloria and Elizabeth Pietrzak as Gabriella. Performance dates are August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11 . Boeing Boeing is a manic and hilarious farce

that recently won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. Bernard is a swinging American bachelor in the 1960’s with a unique social life - he’s engaged to three different flight attendants from three different countries. He has their schedules down to a science until a visit from an old friend and a faster new Boeing aircraft steers his life into some major turbulence. Boeing Boeing is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Please visit for more information. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 3, 2013

Lake Saint Louis Triathlon Needs Volunteers

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From the Car Care Council

The City of Lake Saint Louis Parks and Recreation is proud to present the oldest organized Triathlon event in the St. Louis metro area on Saturday, August 24. This event has proven to be the most popular triathlon in the area, as it has filled the last ten years with participants who traveled from all over the country. Volunteers Needed: The Parks department is currently recruiting for volunteers. Sign up and receive a free T-shirt. Please respond to Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation at parks@lakesaintlouis. com. Without volunteers, this race would not be possible!

Caroline Glaser to Sing at Festivity United Services for Children is thrilled to announce that Caroline Glaser will perform live at Festivity, July 18 at Chandler Hill Vineyards. Glaser, a young indie folk singer-songwriter from Chesterfield, honed her craft singing in coffee shops like Picasso’s in St. Charles. This spring, she wowed television audiences performing on a hit NBC music program. Do not miss the opportunity to see this new superstar sing at Festivity, an evening of exciting music, wine and food, with all proceeds benefitting United Services for Children. Fine wines from Missouri and the West Coast will be expertly paired with exquisite food. The event will include a silent auction. Chandler Hill Vineyards is located at 596 Defiance Road in Defiance. Doors will open at 6pm. The event will run until 9 pm. Festivity is limited to adults 21 and older. Reservations are required. Tickets cost $30 per person. Register at United Services for Children is a nonprofit organization that operates pediatric therapy and developmental learning centers in St. Peters and Dardenne Prairie, both in St. Charles County. United Services is a leader in preparing children of all abilities to reach their full potential.

St. Charles Police Department Announces New Technologies The St. Charles Police Department recently put into service an automated License Plate Reader. The reader takes a snapshot of the license plate and converts the plate detail into machine readable text. Once in text form, the data is then checked against lists of vehicles that are reported stolen, have expired licenses, operators with outstanding warrants, and even terrorist watch lists. The data has already been available to the Police Department and could be checked by hand, but that was a time-consuming endeavor. “Now that the license plate reader is available, St. Charles officers have the ability to conduct searches automatically without having to manually input the license information,” said Police Chief Randy McKinley. Since implementing the system into the patrol division, several cases have been cleared within moments of the information being entered into the system. Also, on July 1, 2013, the St. Charles Police Department will implement the web-based program Police-to-Citizen (P2C). The P2C solution enables agencies like St. Charles to utilize the Internet to host a portal for citizens to retrieve, enter, and print reports right from their person-


al computer. The P2C Application is a browser-based solution providing a convenient solution for citizens to perform simple searches of incidents, download reports, and complete applications online without having to come to the Criminal Justice Center on Zumbehl Road. Citizens can search accident reports, incident reports, view the agency’s event calendar, and enter basic incident reports. Starting in July, citizens will be able to access P2C from a link on the Police Department web page or by visiting

If you are planning a road trip this summer, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t just put gas in your car and go. A pretrip vehicle check is the best way to avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home. By conducting a thorough vehicle inspection, you can determine how road-ready your vehicle is so you can have any problems fixed before hitting the road. • Check the brake system and make sure the battery connection is clean, tight and corrosion-free. • Check filters and fluids, including engine oil, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer and power steering, brake and transmission fluids. Dirty air filters can waste gas and cause the engine to lose power. • Check the hoses and belts and replace if they become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system. • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Underinflated tires reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy and uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. Schedule a tune-up to help the engine deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy.


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St. Louis Pet Expo Named TAME Magazine’s BEST St. Louis Pet Event!

Seniors Can Prevent Falls

On Saturday, October 26, 2013, pet lovers from all around the St. Louis Metropolitan area will line up at the St. Charles Convention center for the 5th annual St. Louis Pet Expo. In no way is this your run-of-the-mill pet event. There is something for pet lovers of all ages. There are over 150 exhibitors and vendors that give attendees the opportunity to find the newest and trendiest pet products and services available. These exhibitors range from locally-owned companies to nationally-recognized trainers and veterinarians. Local rescue groups are there, not only to spread awareness on their cause, but they participate in the Mega-Adoption Event. There are over 200 pets available for adoption. The fun isn’t reserved for dogs; you can find something for cats, reptiles, birds and more. If it’s live entertainment attendees want, they can see presentations on the Petzlife Entertainment stage. If they want to get more involved, there are pet talent and costumes contests! This year a kid’s craft area and ventriloquist act has been added to the line up! Shorty Rossi, star of ‘Pit Boss’ on Animal Planet, will make an appearance with his popular canine sidekick, Hercules. As Rossi’s star has continued to rise, it’s only managed to allow him to make a bigger difference for his special passion: championing the cause of pit bulls. Not only will he be available for pictures and autographs all day, he’ll share how you can become an advocate for animals and help make a difference as well. The St. Louis Pet Expo is produced by Amazing Pet Expos. The St. Louis-based company currently produces 39 shows nationwide. For more information about Amazing Pet Expos visit us online at For more information on the St. Louis Pet Expo, you can visit and

Just the thought of your 80-year-old mother or father taking a tumble makes you really wince, doesn’t it? Or, for that matter—what if that 80-year-old person is you? The idea of falling is certainly not a pleasant thought. The good news is you can help prevent many falls with a few simple changes. Here’s what you can do for yourself or the elder in your family. See the doctor If you’ve had a fall: • Discuss this in as much detail as you can with your doctor. Have a conversation about your health conditions and how your body feels when you’re walking. • Make a list of all your medications—both prescription and over the counter— as well as supplements. Your doctor can review this list for potential side effects or interactions that could increase your risk of falling. Of course I’d be glad to go over this with you as well. • Ask whether an emergency call system might be a good idea. These bracelets or pendants allow you to contact an emergency dispatcher in case of a fall. Some even have motion sensors that can tell if you’ve fallen and alert emergency services, even if you’re unconscious. Address house hazards Six out of 10 falls happen at home—and accidents in the home account for about one-third all injuries in seniors. Making simple changes around the house can greatly reduce the risk of falls: • Remove clutter, and move loose cords, pet bowls, plants, and other small items from hightraffic areas. • Secure carpets and replace throw rugs with

Courtesy Powers Healthmart Pharmacy, a family-owned and -operated pharmacy at 7776 Winghaven Blvd across from the Winghaven Golf Club. nonslip ones. Attached to your throw rugs? Then at least affix them to the floor with a sticky rubber adhesive. • Clean up wet spills right away and use nonskid wax on waxed floors. • Put within easy reach dishes or other items used most often. • Add nonslip mats in the tub or shower, if you haven’t already. • Improve lighting, as needed, especially near entrances, stairways, and outdoor walkways. Use the highest recommended wattage. Install nightlights in bathroom, bedroom, hallways, and kitchen. Put a flashlight by the bed. If you live in snow country, spread sand or salt on icy surfaces. But, whenever possible, avoid the outdoors during the nastiest of weather. Add assistive devices You’ll find some of the following devices in our store. • Ask the doctor whether a cane or walker is a good idea. • Install grab bars in the shower and tub and next to the toilet. Also install handrails on both sides of stairs. • Add a raised toilet seat or one with armrests. • Buy a solid plastic seat and hand-held shower nozzle for the shower or tub. Has a loved one taken a fall, but has trouble taking safety advice from you? Or, are you the one who’s fallen, and you’re feeling as though your family is a little overbearing? The doctor may suggest having a home health nurse or occupational therapist pay a visit to assess the situation. Sometimes it’s easier to hear advice from an unbiased observer. Just remember: taking steps to prevent falls cannot only prevent falls. It also improves the chances of staying independent as you grow older. Nothing herein constitutes medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for professional advice. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other medical professional if you have questions or concerns about a medical condition. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 3, 2013

“South Pacific” Starring Laura Michelle Kelly and Ben Davis The Muny presents the fourth show of its fantastic 95th Season, South Pacific, directed by Rob Ruggiero and choreographed by Ralph Perkins. South Pacific is sponsored by Emerson. Laura Michelle Kelly will star as Ensign Nellie Forbush, with Ben Davis co-starring as Emile de Becque. Joining them will be Loretta Ables Sayre as Bloody Mary, Josh Young as Lt. Joseph Cable, Sumie Maeda as Liat, Tally Sessions as Luther Billis, James Anthony as Capt. George Brackett, Michael James Reed as Cdr. William Harbison, CaitLaura Michelle Kelly Ben Davis lin Chau as Ngana, and Spencer (Ensign Nellie Forbush) (Emile De Becque) Jones as Jerome. South Pacific remains one of by phone, call 314.361.1900, extension 550, or Richard Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hamorder online at The Muny Box merstein’s (lyricist) most eloquent dramas Office is now open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday and deeply felt musical romances. It features a through Friday. book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The The 2013 Season: masterful and lyrical love story between Army Nunsense Muny Style! : July 1 - 7 nurse Nellie Forbush and the mysterious French South Pacific: July 8 - 14 planter, Emile de Becque, won the Pulitzer Prize Les Misérables: July 15 - 21 for drama and its most recent revival swept the Mary Poppins : July 25 - August 2 2008 Tony® Awards. West Side Story: August 5 - 11 The Muny production features scenic design Season Ticket buyers will enjoy their reserved by Michael Schweikardt, sound design by Jason seats for Mary Poppins from July 25 - 31. AdKrueger, lighting design by John Lasiter, video ditional performances (August 1 & 2) are nondesign by Nathan Scheuer, and costume design subscribed, and offer exceptional seating opby Tracy Christensen. Brad Haak serves as the portunities for groups. musical director, and the production stage manGroups of 20 or more people can enjoy a 20% ager is Bonnie Panson. discount. The group sales office is taking orders LAURA MICHELLE KELLY (Ensign Nellie now. For more information or to make reservaForbush) originated the title role in Mary Poptions, call 314.361.1900, extension 308. pins for which she received an Olivier Award for Single tickets will be available beginning SatBest Actress in a Musical. In London’s West End, urday, June 1 at The Muny Box Office in Forest she has been seen in The Lord of the Rings—The Park, online or by phone. For more informaMusical, Speed The Plow (opposite Kevin Spacey tion, call 314.361.1900 or visit and Jeff Goldblum), Beauty and the Beast, Les For information about becoming a Muny PartMisérables, Mamma Mia, My Fair Lady and ner, visit or call 314.361.1900. Whistle Down the Wind. BEN DAVIS (Emile de Becque) will be portraying Anna Nicole’s first husband, Billy, this fall in the BAM/NY City Opera production of Anna Nicole, The Opera. Broadway credits include A Little Night Music (Mr. Lindquist, understudy Carl Magnus, Fredrik), Les Misérables (Javert and Enjolras), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon), Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme (Marcello, 2003 Tony® Honor.) To purchase Season Tickets

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“Detectives of the Past” Highlight of Free Genealogy Classes

Genealogy classes will be offered through the Renaud Spirit Center, and taught by members of the newly confirmed Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, NSDAR (National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution) on July 13 at 2650 Tri Sport Circle, O’Fallon. The free class starts at 8:30am will cover beginning information about how to start a family tree, where to locate documents and how to organize the information collected. The afternoon class held the same day begins at 1pm and will go into more in depth information for anyone who has already gotten started but wants to sharpen skills and search like a pro. Each class will end with information on how to become a member of the DAR. DAR Chapter members will also be on hand to help with research road blocks. Mary Jo Anderson, Chapter Registrar and Field Genealogist says. “Tracking your family’s roots is just like a puzzle and you keep working your way back,” one piece of information at a time. “If people enjoy history and want to help perpetuate our beginning roots this is the place you should be,” she says. Tracing your family roots back further than two or three generations can be a daunting challenge. However, if you manage to connect your ancestral line directly to a patriot of the American Revolutionary War, you could be eligible to join the new DAR Chapter. Residents and non-residents of O’Fallon must register for the free classes with the Renaud Spirit Center at 636.474.2732. You may also find information about the local DAR chapter on the web at



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For First Responders Schaefer Autobody Centers would like to say thank you to all First Responders for the safety and security they provide for our families. To show appreciation, Schaefer is hosting a series of advanced training classes and would like to invite all First Responders to attend at no cost. They may choose any one or all of the classes. All classes will be presented from 6 - 10pm each night July 15: 9902 Watson Rd, Crestwood Rescue 4 Disabled: This course provides attendees with the information they need to properly handle and care for persons with disabilities at accident scenes and mass casualty events. Mobility Vehicles and Service Animals will also be covered. (CERT teams invited). July 16: 10771 Baur Rd, Creve Coeur Mass Casualty Incidents: This course provides at-

tendees with the information they need to respond to and initiate immediate care during a Mass Casualty Incident or a natural or man-made disaster. (CERT teams invited)

Plastics, and Space Age Aluminums. New vehicle construction methods and advanced safety systems along with alternative extrication procedures will also be covered.

July 17: 16109 Manchester Rd, Ellisville Hybrid/Electric Alt Fuel Vehicles: This course provides attendees with the information they need to properly identify, stabilize, shut-down, and safely work around new vehicle propulsion systems. Everything from battery operated to compressed air vehicles will be covered.

July 19: 1 Team Drive, O’Fallon Extrication A-Z: This course explains the new extrication techniques that are required to safely work around new vehicle designs and materials. Working with advanced high-strength steels, high voltages, high pressures, advanced designs and safety features will be covered. “How to get the job done with the tools you have available” will also be explained. Space is limited and there is no cost to attend - so please register early. Certificates will be awarded. To register, call Jeanna Delgado at 314.402.2136 or email

July 18: 9091 Dunn Rd, Hazelwood New Vehicle Technology: This course provides attendees with advancements in vehicle design and materials such as Ultra High-Strength Steels, Composite

LCAD Crappie Tournament The Lincoln County Ambulance District will host their first Annual Crappie Tournament on Sunday, August 25 at Mark Twain Lake. The event will take place from 7am - 3pm. Four-person teams will pay $80 per boat (cash only on tournament day). One person in the boat must be an emergency provider in Lincoln County. Entries will be accepted at the Spaulding ramp pavilion until 6:30am August 25. However, entrants who register before August 1 will receive a T-shirt. Entry forms are available at This tournament will feature a $500 payout a 10% payout on big fish live or artificial bait. A portion of the entry fees will be donated to Backstoppers. For a complete list of rules and directions, visit

Run For The Son Motorcycle Ride Next Weekend Broken Chains, the Wentzville chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA), will present the Run For The Sun motorcycle run on July 13. A bike blessing will take place at 10 am, and the ride will begin at 11am at Chariots of Fire in Troy. Riders and spectators can enjoy games, food, live music, children’s events and a silent action. Chariots of Fire is located at 216 N. Lincoln Drive in Troy. The mission of Broken Chains is to support the National CMA effort of “sharing and showing the love of Jesus Christ to motorcyclists,” and supporting this ministry through regular financial support to National. Broken Chains aims to provide and encourage members to be active in testimony and Christian witnessing to all motorcyclists, provide a Christian fellowship ride group and provide an evangelistic association for motorcycling. For more information about this group, please visit

With Bond Issue Passed, Winfield Begins Improvement Plan The Winfield R-IV School Board of Education, administration and staff recently thanked the community for supporting the $8 million bond issue that passed this past April and described the work that is currently underway. The District met with a construction management consultant and architects to discuss the elements of the Intermediate renovation, track and football field, and transportation facility. They are considering

long range use of the district grounds and future growth of the district as well as the details of the present projects. At the Intermediate school, the flooring is being removed to prepare for a major renovation that will take place during the school year and next summer. Floor plan options are still under consideration. Classroom size, availability of natural lighting, room use, removal of non-load bearing walls, and future classroom needs are important factors. To account for future expansion of parking areas, the High School track and football fields will be moved further south. The fields will also be orientated differently du to the setting sun. The growing student body will also be considered in improvements planned for the cafeteria and other services that support all students. So far, the work has dealt with selecting firms to lead the design and renovation of the facilities, including the land surveyor, soil sampling, environmental inspections, and other mechanical needs. The District is currently in the process of completing several of these projects so others may move forward. Please visit the district www.winfield.k12. for periodic updates. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 3, 2013

BJC HealthCare in St. Charles County Earns National Recognition Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center were recently honored with several awards from Professional Research Consultants (PRC), a national research firm that conducts patient satisfaction surveys for hospitals throughout the country. BJC HealthCare has used PRC for several years to gain information about how to improve the patient experience at each of its member hospitals. Progress West HealthCare Center was presented with the Top Performer Award for the Outpatient GI Lab. The Top Performer award is based on patient ratings and given annually to the health care provider scoring at or above the 100th percentile in Overall Quality of Care. Additionally, Progress West received several 5

Star awards, which are given annually to a hospital in recognition of specific departments that scored in the top ten percent in the country, in the following areas: Emergency, Emergency Department Pediatrics, Inpatient, Outpatient, Outpatient GI Lab, and Outpatient Surgery. Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital was presented with two 5 Star awards in the areas of Outpatient and Outpatient Continuing Treatment. The hospital also received two 4 Star awards in Emergency and Inpatient care for excellent ratings in the top quartile. For a referral to a board-certified primary care physician or specialist on staff at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital or Progress West HealthCare Center, call 636.928.WELL (9355) or visit www.

City Celebrates the Year’s Success

Pictured are Rep. Chrissy Sommer, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann, Rep. Anne Zerr, Missouri Division of Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner and Mayor Sally Faith.

The travel industry is creative, competitive, and central to the City of St. Charles. To celebrate the many efforts and successes over the past year, The Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau invited its members to join the first annual stakeholder meeting. The CVB presented the meeting and lunch on June 24, 2013 with special guest Mayor Sally Faith and keynote speaker Katie Steele Danner, Director of the Missouri Division of Tourism. Hosted at Ameristar St. Charles, over 100 constituents from across the area participated in the event. This past year alone, the CVB reached over 310,000 traveler householders. That’s a powerful number, and the CVB has worked hard for it. David Leezer, Director of Tourism and Economic Development, cited results from the CVB’s 2012 ad effectiveness study, including an impressive return on investment for each dollar spent on marketing. As mentioned in their mission statement, the CVB is determined to serve as the economic catalyst for St. Charles County. Katie Steele Danner took the conversation fur-

ther, illustrating the importance of the tourism industry to the state of Missouri as a whole. Danner presented the Missouri Division of Tourism’s media investment, budget, and breakdown of visitors to give stakeholders an informed perspective. Participants also gained an inside look at the Missouri Division of Tourism’s new branding campaign, a creative effort focusing on all the different areas the Show-Me State has to offer. The takeaway was clear: every stakeholder is key to the $11 billion that tourism generates for our state each year. Danner also emphasized the latest report showing that travel sentiment in the United States is up, meaning people are traveling, and even better, they want to. As a top 15 state for visitation, Missouri undoubtedly has a lot to offer, and the City of St. Charles is no exception. To close the meeting, five awards were presented to individuals, businesses and organizations whose contributions to the City have gone above and beyond expectations. The following awards were presented: • Lewis & Clark Award: Demolition Ball/Adrenaline Zone/Filas Catering (accepted by Nancy & Ray Filas) • Compass Award: Missouri Department of Transportation (accepted by Linda Wilson and Tom Evers) • Discovery Award: Dorothy and Jerry Boshears of Frenchtown Museum/Trains on Main • Main Street Award: Main Street Church (accepted by Pastor Doug Hon) • Henry J. Elmendorf Award: Marc Rousseau of R.T. Weiler’s


Neighbors Credit Union Celebrates St. Peters Office Grand Opening

John Servos, Neighbors Credit Union President/CEO (left), presents a $500 donation to Mike Ricketts from FISH (right) along with the St. Peters Mayor (center) to conclude the ceremony.

Neighbors Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony to commence the opening of their new St. Peters office located at 4745 Mexico Road in St. Peters on Wednesday, June 19. A cash ribbon totaling $500 was used to commemorate the ceremony. The credit union made the $500 donation to FISH. FISH of St. Charles County provides emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, house wares and linens. The new office is the eighth location in the St. Louis area for Neighbors Credit Union and is part of the 5,000 national shared branch offices and over 30,000 CO-OP national free ATMs. This new office features drive-up facilities, a drive-up ATM, night drop, a free coin counter service for members, a teller line and a member service area. In addition, the credit union offers all the same services found at a bank, such as checking, online and mobile banking, lending, commercial services and more. However, because of their not-for-profit status, they have better rates and fewer and lesser fees.

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Cuivre River Electric Youth Tour Delegates visit U.S. Capitol


Eighty-seven high school juniors participated in Missouri’s 50th annual Missouri Electric Cooperative Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. June 14-20. Local delegates were (from left): Melissa Lamping, Troy, Zabada Abouelhana, Lake Saint Louis; Mary Burkemper, Old Monroe; Kelsey Castulik, St. Peters; Samantha Swoboda, Jonesburg, and Rachel Reckamp, Warrenton. They were sponsored by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative (CREC), Troy. The seven-day tour provided an action-filled week for high school students, offering them opportunities to learn first-hand what it’s like to be involved in politics, community service and today’s pressing issues. Highlights included a special session on Capitol Hill with U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer to discuss the process of government, issues of the day and increasing their knowledge of cooperative electric utilities and American history. Since 1964, CREC has sponsored 192 Youth Tour delegates for visits to their U.S. congressional delegations, energy and grassroots government education sessions, and sightseeing in Washington, D.C. More than 50,000 high school juniors and seniors sponsored by the nation’s electric cooperatives have participated in the Youth Tour since the educational leadership program began. CREC provides electricity to more than 60,000 homes and businesses in Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties. For more information on the Youth Tour and Cuivre River Electric Cooperative visit or call 800.392.3709 ext. 230.

Gavroche Thénardier in Les Misérables has been called, “one of the most appealing and tender characters in fiction with his love of life, wit, goodness, and courage in the face of adversity.” In Jimmy Coogan’s case, that adversity is T1D (type 1 diabetes). Jimmy, who will play Gavroche in the Muny production of Les Miz (July 15 – July 21) has been insulindependent since he was diagnosed before this third birthday. Jimmy will be a 6th grader at Assumption Catholic School and doesn’t let his diabetes slow him down. He skis, swims and takes acting, singing and dance lessons.

CenturyLink Announces Local Scholarship Recipient CenturyLink, Inc. recently awarded Jacob Wilmes, son of CenturyLink Area Plant Supervisor Ted Wilmes, a 2013 CenturyLink Employees’ Children Scholarship. The scholarship, open to any high school senior who will be attending an accredited college or university and with at least one parent employed by CenturyLink, is worth $1,000 per year and is renewable for up to four years if the student continues to meet certain criteria. CenturyLink received approximately 500 applications from across the U.S. Of those applications, 80 scholarships were awarded. Jacob will attend University of Central Missouri in the fall where he will pursue a degree in nursing with an emphasis on hospital administration. For more information, visit

St. Anthony’s Medical Center Announces Scholarship Recipients St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation, has announced the recipients of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for 2013. This is the eighth year for the scholarship program, which is named in honor of Norbert Siegfried, one of the founding fathers of St. Anthony’s Medical Center’s board of directors. This year, 19 new scholarships, totaling approximately $150,000, were awarded—15 through the St. Anthony’s Norbert Siegfried

Scholarship for Sons and Daughters of Employees program and four through the St. Anthony’s Medical Center Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarship program. New scholarship recipients from both programs were honored at a reception at St. Anthony’s on June 17. Recipients of the Foundation Academic Excellence Scholarships include: Forest Hunter of Belleville, Jacob Kaltenbronn of Pevely, Brendan Keller of Oakville, and Brian Pence, Jr., of South St. Louis County. Recipients of the Norbert Siegfried Scholarships for Sons and Daughters include: Amer Avdagic of O’Fallon, Mo., Selma Avdagic of O’Fallon, Mo., Shelby Brigman of Belleville, Kelsey Bruns of De Soto, Bethany Christopher of Waterloo, Abigail Clements of East Carondelet, Mesud Dedic of South St. Louis County, Allison Eckert of Columbia, Il., John Kempa of Hillsboro, Mary Kosta of South St. Louis County, Robert Lang, Jr., of South St. Louis County, Haley Martin of Imperial, Oluwashayo Oginni of Florissant, Nathan Setlich of Fenton, Tyler Smith of Fenton, and Anna Watson of South St. Louis County. The Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation has been helping St. Louisans put charitable dollars to work addressing the issues most important to them in the communities they care about since 1915. It is a nonprofit, charitable service provider, supporting more than 400 charitable funds totaling $225 million in assets and distributing $20 million in grants annually. Each fund represents a unique charitable giving partnership with an area individual, family or business. More information on the Foundation is available online at • Community News - St. Charles County • July 3, 2013


“Monsters University”

By Steve Bryan - Rated: G

More than 10 years ago, Pixar released Monsters, Inc., a surprisingly sweet and funny story about all those scary creatures hiding behind the bedroom door. These characters return in Monsters University, a prequel that, in many ways, is even better than the original. The focus here is firmly on Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal), the enthusiastic, one-eyed monster who desperately wants to become a famous scarer. Mike knows scare theory and techniques better than any other student at Monsters University, but he simply has too much personality to be the Monsters University photo courtesy of Pixar least bit terrifying. Jimmy Sullivan (John Goodman), on the other hand, has so much natural scaring ability that it’s—wellscary. In Sully’s words, a monster doesn’t have to study scaring—they simply have to do it. Mike and Jimmy clash in and out of the classroom, but their antics soon put them at odds with Dean Hardscrabble (Helen Mirren). A well-crafted prequel, Monsters University revisits a handful of beloved Pixar characters and fleshes out their backstories. Pixar has taken some heat about making sequels instead of focusing on new characters and stories, but this one is almost perfect. It’s just too bad it took

the studio so long to do a prequel. Billy Crystal returns in top form as a young, overeager Mike Wazowski. As the original film pointed out, Mike’s real talent is making everyone—especially children—laugh, but he is determined to become the most terrifying monster ever. Mike has a heart as big as his body, but that’s simply not enough to make it as a scarer. John Goodman slips back into the character James P. Sullivan quite easily. It’s interesting to see younger versions of Sully and Mike who, though best friends in the future, despise each other passionately in school. The film also reveals how the nasty Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi) went from nerd to Sullivan’s main scaring rival. Like its predecessor, Monsters University tackles contemporary issues, especially the current economic crisis. After being downsized, former salesman Don Carlton (Joel Murray) has come to Monsters University for a fresh start. He’s middle-aged and extremely nice, but he’s not the most promising student in the scare program, though. The perfect companion to Monsters, Inc., the latest offering from Pixar has something for the whole family. It answers many questions left over from the first movie and leaves the audience hungry for a third film. Monsters University, rated G, currently is playing in theaters. 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 Gymnast Shoots High in Lindenwood Athletics The 2013 season was a season of many firsts for the Lindenwood gymnastics team, including the celebration of its inaugural season. Other expected firsts included competing at the MIC Championships, setting new records, and continually breaking those records. One of the many firsts that was not planned or expected was the crowning of a national champion. After recording a personal best of 9.875 on the beam at the USAG National Semifinal, freshman Rachel Zabawa matched that score in the finals to go on to be named the 2013 USAG Co-National Champion. Leading up to the USAG National Event, Zabawa had recorded six routines with at least a 9.700 or better and four with at least 9.800 or better on the beam. In her other two events in which she also qualified for the national event, the vault and floor exercise, she recorded four scores of 9.800 or better and 16 routines with at least a 9.700 score. At nationals, Zabawa recorded a 9.700 on the floor exercise and a 9.750 on the vault. Her score in the vault was good enough to qualify for the finals where she averaged a 9.788, taking home fourth place in the event. *Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate


Assistant of Lindenwood Rascals’ To Give Bobbleheads Of Whitey The River City Rascals professional baseball team are chasing the first-place Gateway Grizzlies from Sauget, IL in the West Division of the Frontier League. On Tuesday evening July 9 at T.R. Hughes stadium, the home team will distribute bobbleheads of the former manager of the St. Louis Cardinals Whitey Herzog. The ‘White Rat’ as he is affectionately known, is being honored with his great contribution to the Cardinals’ organization. Visit to get all the details. *A great leader

HSD Explodes Hiring Varsity Football and Basketball Coaches The Hazelwood School District Board of Education announce the hiring of Aaron Whittington as the head varsity football coach and Lawndale Thomas as the head varsity basketball coach for East High. “We are very excited to have Whittington and Thomas serve as head coaches at our school,” said Corey Johnson, activities director at Hazelwood East High School. “They will both bring diverse experience and a high level of energy to the Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making roles of head coaches. sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box “Whittington will bring a ton of exciteincludes all the digits 1 through 9. ment and name history back to the East High football program. As a graduate of HEHS, we are very excited to welcome him back home. Thomas has a great basketball

pedigree. As a counselor in our district for several years he has a great relationship with our students. We are looking forward to him building on those relationships to help build another strong team.” Whittington served as an assistant football coach at HEHS from 2010 – 2012. He is a 2003 graduate of HEHS. While at HEHS, Whittington was named a high school All American football player. He earned first-team All-State acclaim. He was also recognized as a model student leader. “Whittington and his family have a great history here at East High School,” said Johnson. “He is the youngest of four siblings to graduate from HEHS, and has been attending East High football games since 1985 either watching his older brothers play, playing himself or coaching.” Thomas has been a guidance counselor at HEHS for the past seven years. He is currently the guidance department chair. While at HEHS, he has served as the head junior varsity boys basketball coach and varsity assistant boys basketball coach. He has worked as a basketball skills development coach in the St. Louis area for the past five years. Prior to coaching in HSD, Thomas coached basketball at Normandy High School and Normandy Middle School. “Thomas has done an excellent job working with our students as a coach and counselor,” said Johnson. “As a standout player at UMSL and a coach with a great track record, he will be a tremendous asset to the team.” *Thanks to Hazelwood School District 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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“Crankee Doodle”

Crankee Doodle is a crazy take on a revolutionary ditty everyone knows. Community News is Author Tom Angleberger and proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” his wife, illustrator Cece Bell, This column will revamp “Yankee Doodle,” set it feature great books marching to a brand new beat. for children in three Crankee, a peevish patriot, is categories: reclining in a field with his horse Youngest Pick: early childhood to at his side when he starts beefing the first or second about being bored. grade, Middle Pick: “We could go to town,” his elementary school sweet steed suggests. Whoa, children, and Nellie! The very idea opens Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy! the floodgates of Crankee’s ire. “Town? No Way. I hate going to town. There are too many people in town. They all run around in a hurry and ring bells and eat pies…” The optimistic equine doesn’t throw in the hay bale. He continues to try and convince Crankee to go shopping, buy a hat with a feather and call it macaroni! Reprinted with The horse’s attempts to quell Crankee’s crossness continue until his master fipermission, nally trods on his pony’s hooves. Missourian Publishing Company. There’s plenty of “Ye-Haw” in this picture book that’s perfect for the Fourth of Copyright 2013. July or any time you need a good laugh. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 3, 2013


TOPS’ Ten Cool Summer Drinks

Watching your weight doesn’t have to sentence you to a life of water and diet drinks. You can still keep this summer sweet without a lot of extra sugar and calories. Quench your thirst with these tasty suggestions from TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization. 1. Add orange, lemon, or cucumber slices to sparkling water. 2. Cut your usual glass of lemonade in half and add sugar-free iced tea. 3. Freeze blueberries or raspberries in ice trays with water, and add them to your next summer drink. 4. Chill out by mixing seedless watermelon, cranberry juice, and ice cubes in a blender. Serve with a slice of lime. 5. Steep a peach tea bag in boiling water, chill, and serve with sliced orange. 6. Add a splash of pineapple juice to sparkling water, and garnish with pineapple wedges and fresh mint leaves.

drink). Add a celery stalk and a couple of green olives if you’d like. TOPS Club Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is the original weight-loss support and wellness education organization. Founded more than 65 years ago, TOPS is the only nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss organization of its kind. TOPS promotes successful weight management with a “Real People. Real Weight Loss.®” philosophy that combines support from others at weekly chapter meetings, healthy eating, regular exercise, and wellness information. TOPS has about 150,000 members – male and female, age seven and older – in nearly 9,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. Membership is affordable at just $28 per year in the U.S. and $32 per year in Canada, plus nominal chapter fees. To find a local chapter, view or call 800.932.8677.

7. Make your own iced coffee by adding black coffee to ice, then a splash of skim milk plus a shot of sugar-free vanilla syrup or packet of artificial sweetener. 8. Mix one part cranberry or pomegranate juice with two parts club soda, and garnish with fresh raspberries. 9. Steep two green tea bags in boiling water. Chill and serve on ice with a tablespoon of honey and a lemon wedge.

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Send your event to and we'll print it! CHURCH July 21-25: Kingdom Rock 6:30-9pm. Cornerstone United Methodist Church. For kids ages 3-8. $10. or 636.379.5334. Operation Backpack: United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food to at-risk children over the weekend. 636.327.6377 3rd Tuesday: Luncheon for Seniors 11am - 2pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd., 636.561.8951 2nd Wednesday: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell, 636.673.2144. EVENTS Now: Men’s Senior Softball Info: 636.281.0891 Now – August 9: Lake Saint Louis Camp Gators Summer

Day Camp Now-August: Social Dance Classes at SCC College Center, St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. $48/person. Ages 14 and up. 636.922.8233 or www.stchas. edu/dance. July 4: Rotary Floats Your Boat: Wacky Cardboard Boat Adventure 10am - 2pm. Weldon Spring Park. Four Race Categories and Entry Fee Levels., 314.378.7888. July 6: All Seniors Dinner Meet at 3, dinner at 4. McGurk’s, 108 Main St. 636.561.9100. July 13: All Seniors Dinner Meet at 3, dinner at 4. Ami’s, 3728 Monticello. 636.561.9100. July 14: St. Charles Lions Club 19th Annual Car/Truck and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet

Set-up 7am, awards 4pm. McNair Park, 3100 Droste Rd., St. Charles. To benefit BackStoppers. 636.441.1831. July 15-19: St. Charles County Youth Orchestra’s Summer Music Workshop 9am - 3pm. Lindenwood University J. Schediegger Center for the Arts., 636.916.0515. July 16: Plastic 6:30-9pm. O’Fallon Jammin’ concert in Civic Park. FREE. July 20: All Seniors Dinner Meet at 3, dinner at 4. West Allen, 9 West Allen. 636.561.9100. July 21: Kiwanis Club St. Peters Annual Golf Tournament 1pm at Warrenton Golf Club. $80/person (includes golf, cart, prizes, lunch, dinner, unlimited beverages). 636.328.4941, July 26: Hello Tomorrow Trivia Night Fundraiser 6pm at Yacovelli’s, 407 Dunn Rd., Florissant. $200/table of 8. Coolers welcome. Register before July 8 July 27: All Seniors Dinner Meet at 3, dinner at 4. Caleco’s, 2900 Salt Lick. 636.561.9100. August 10-11: Auditions for the 2013/2014 St. Charles County Youth Orchestra, 636.916.0515. August 13: Power Play 6:30 - 9pm. O’Fallon Jammin’ concert in Civic Park. FREE. Ongoing Events 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: Adult Volleyball 6-7 p.m. at the St. Charles County Family YMCA, 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters. Non-competitive, co-ed, free and open to the public. 636.928.1928. 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. 4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club. 6:30pm. at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930.

Night Men’s Golf League 5 p.m., tee off at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage of Hawk Ridge. www., under the parks and recreation section. Every Wednesday: Adult Volleyball Games at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 6-7 p.m. Non-competitive, coed, free and open to the public. No registration necessary. Info: 636.928.1928. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45 p.m. VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. 636.272.1945 or 1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7 p.m. at Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors welcome!

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

Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of St. Peters 6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters). 636.328.4941.

Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required.

Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45 a.m. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: www.

Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505.

Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. 636.980.1777.

Every Tuesday & Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm., Thursdays 7-7:55 p.m. Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m. Free. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10 a.m. Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379. Every Wednesday: Wednesday

Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306, andreacrislip@ or Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8 p.m. VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Saturday: Chess 8-10:30 a.m. or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 3, 2013 Every Saturday through October 26: Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market 8am - noon. Hwy. 40 & Lake Saint Louis Blvd. Rain or shine. The area’s only all-local market offers the very best in seasonal produce, baked goods, soaps, crafts, art and more. www. Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30 a.m. in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). or wentzville-community-club. Every Saturday: Blue Bird Yoga Frontier Park, between Katy Depot & Lewis and Clark Monument. Beginners welcome. Bring your own mat. 1st & 3rd Saturday: St Peters Square Dance Club Dances 6:30pm. 1st United Methodist Church, 801 First Capital Dr. 2nd Sunday: The Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance 7pm. Blanchette Park, 1900 W Randolph St. HEALTH Exercise Classes for Cancer Patients & Survivors Free for all cancer patients and survivors. Participants must have referral from their SSM Cancer Care physician. Call the St. Charles YMCA (636.928.1928)

or O’Fallon YMCA (636.3790092). 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. Crisis Nursery Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, Support Groups Daily: 12 Step Recovery Club 204 G West Pittman, O’Fallon. Info: Mike at 636.240.1722 or Every Monday: BILY (Because

I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550. 1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30 p.m. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. Registration: 314.776.3627. Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life Want to Quit Smoking? For support, call Ellen, register nurse at SSM St. Joseph Hospital, 636.947.5304. 1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. metrostlouissia@ • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. Every Tuesday: Divorce Support Group 6:30-8 p.m. through May 28. Info: Angela Skurtu at 314.973.7997 or

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What’s Happening 1st Tuesday: Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2 p.m. at the Community Commons in Spencer Road Library. Info: Alicia Wildhaber at 636.926.3722. 4th Tues: Diabetes Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 3rd Wed. 6:30–8 p.m. KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4–12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer. 1st Thursday: Nurses & Company Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2 pm at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe (228 Savannah Terrace, Wentzville) for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Questions: Alicia Wildhaber with Nurses & Company at 636.926.3722. 1st Thurs: Conquer 6:30–7:30 p.m. Support Group


for adults w/cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.916.9920. 2nd Thurs: Support Group for Alzheimer’s 4 p.m. Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan, Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100. 4th Thurs: Breast Cancer Support Group 6:30–8 p.m. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way. 636.928.WELL (9355) or 800.392.0936. 3rd Sun: Alzheimer’s Meeting 12:45-1:45 p.m. Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd., O’Fallon. Faith-based for caregivers, family of those w/memory loss. 1.800.272.3900. Gateway to Hope Program Helps uninsured or underinsured breast cancer patients who reside in Missouri. 314.569.1113 or


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July 3, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Joe Morice

Over the Fence

To Our Male Senior Citizens... These are my experiences, Gentlemen. What’re yours? I gave in to being called a senior citizen when: -the hair on my head got thinner but the hair in my ears got thicker. -I forgot what I was doing while I was doing it. -the female joggers who once crossed the street to avoid me now bounce past my side and smile. -vacation luggage consisted of one bag for clothes and another for medications. -the yard I took two hours to mow is now done in 10 minutes by illegal aliens. -I thought my arms became shorter while tying my shoes. -my significant other that goes out with the girls really does go out with the girls. -my motorcycle was comfortable and didn’t go 180. -I drove my gas-hog at the posted speed limits...mostly. -the hidden space between my teeth came out of hiding. -TV shows brought on slumber in ten minutes or less. -my channel surfing often ends by the inability to find the remote. -the conviction that things I dropped on the floor deserve to stay there. -driving in foul weather that was once an adventure became total insanity. -I understood reality TV shows are the leading cause of idiocy. -my sore aching joints could use grease fittings. -getting on my hands and knees to look for my bifocals may require a paramedic when trying to stand up again. -I considered women’s small canine ankle-biters one of Satan’s evil jokes on male visitors. -I believed if God wanted pets to live indoors, He wouldn’t have created yards. -I believed birds and inclement weather only befoul newly washed vehicles. -I drove because I realized that if passenger jets broke down, pilots couldn’t park

them on the shoulder and call AAA. -I found out the seniors dating service I paid for didn’t really have any of the shapely beauties pictured in their advertisement. -the various tests required by my doctor were directly proportional to how much my medical insurance would pay for. -I realized funeral costs increased body donations to medical science. -“A penny saved is a penny earned” had little meaning unless I saved a wheelbarrow load. -the diet prescribed by my doctor made me appreciate Jack Kevorkian. -the biblical quote, “The meek shall inherit the Earth” didn’t figure on 21st century billionaires. -my laugh lines had turned into desert valleys. -I wished toe-nail trimmers had long handles. -I found part of the twenty years of junk I accumulated in the garage was needed one day after I finally threw it out. -the shapely stranger that struck up a conversation with me was probably an undercover vice cop. -the stairs I once climbed three at a time now require several rest periods. -I unloaded groceries from my car and passersby offered to help. -the neighbor kid that once shoveled the snow off my driveway grew up and borrowed my snow-blower. -I understood the only difference between my bank’s CEO and bank robbers was the method. -I went out on weeknights to avoid weekend crowds. -I found today’s critically-acclaimed movies were definitely in the eyes of the beholder. -I had to get a teenager to show me how to make a call on my new cell phone. -I didn’t notice the scuff mark on my dress shoe because my waist line was in the way. -I started wearing black shirts because they didn’t highlight where many years of donuts ended up. -getting smiles from shapely young bartenders now required larger tips. I would add more but I am missing my nap. 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.

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