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July 11, 2012

Vol 14

July 13, 2011

No 28

Vol 13 No 28

July is County Fair time! Pack the kids up and head out to Troy, Mo., and Wentzville this month for some home-spun fun.

The Forecast is Fair! By Shelly A. Schneider

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Carnival rides, animals, fun food, the demolition derby, live entertainment and more. The St. Charles and Lincoln County Fairs pack an entire vacation into a few days! Pack up the kids and head to the fair this summer. The Lincoln County Fair will run through July 14 in Troy, Mo. Adult (ages 13+) season tickets are $35. Season tickets for children ages 3-12 are $25. Daily tickets are sold at the gate. The pay-oneprice ticket includes admission to the grounds, all entertainment (including concerts, truck/tractor pull, demolition derby and other entertainment), and carnival rides (but not the games). Food, beverages, carnival games, and commercial vendor items are not included. Single ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for children on Wednesday and Thursday, and $20 for adults and $7 for children on Friday and Saturday. The Lincoln County Fair features Agri-Land, the Lowery Carnival Company, Arcadeland, horse shows, a Backyard Barbecue contest, truck and tractor pull, and of course, a demolition derby! Motorcross and Dock Dogs are always crowd-pleasers. Craig Morgan and Joe Nichols will perform on the Main Stage on Saturday, July 14. The Entertainment Center features great bands throughout the week, including Southern Drive, Little Dixie, Silver Wings, Faultline, C & C All Around Sound, and Ultimatum. County fairs are known for their delicious cuisine, and the Lincoln County Fair is no exception. Breakfast is served from 6 – 10 a.m., and lunch is offered from 12 – 2 p .m.

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Dinner plates are served daily starting at 5 p.m., and include roast beef, pork loin, rib eye steak, fish and fried chicken. Everything you need to know about the Lincoln County Fair may be found at www.lincolncountyfair.net. The St. Charles County Fair will be held from July 24 – July 28 in Wentzville’s beautiful Rotary Park. New this year is “Remembering Our Fallen.” This photo memorial of Missouri’s fallen from the War on Terror since September 11, 2001 is a traveling exhibit. It features military and favorite personal photos of Missouri’s fallen, and was unveiled to family members last July in Jefferson City. Season passes to the St. Charles County Fair are $35 for adults, and $15 for children ages 6 – 12. Children 5 and under are free. Daily admission is $10 for adults Tuesday – Thursday, $15 on Friday, and $20 on Saturday. Children’s daily admission is $5 each day. Seniors 60 and older are admitted for just $5 on Wednesday, July 25. All tickets include carnival rides, entertainment and parking. This year’s entertainment includes Karaoke by CJ Karaoke, Justus, Black Dog

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and the Rainmakers, Contagious and Project 324. Crowd favorites like tractor pulls, the demolition derby, Dock Dogs and the Little Mr. and Miss St. Charles County Fair competition return for 2012. Visitors will also enjoy an inflatable rappel-

ling wall, a butterfly fun house, a magician, a mule jump, a pig scramble, frog and turtle races, lawnmower derby and much more. Schedules and detailed information is posted online at www.stcharlescofair.org.

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National Garden Club Week Activities

During a Drought, Water Conservation Helps Everyone

The Fleur de Lis Garden Society celebrated National Garden Club Week (June 3 – 9) by presenting Daniel and Monica Koenig, owners of Daniel’s Farm and Greenhouse, Inc. with a Proclamation. An information table managed by members of the Fleur de Lis Garden Society complete with handouts was set up at the Kisker Road Library, Corporate Parkway Branch Library and the Spencer Road Library during the week. The Fleur de Lis Garden Society is a non-profit group dedicated to education, conservation and community service and to the beautification of our shared environment. Members are from Lincoln, St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at one of the St. Charles County Libraries. Guests are welcome. For more information, please call Jeanne David at 314.605.8563, or visit www.fleurdelisgardensociety.org.

As the Midwest continues to experience these extreme heat and drought conditions, residents are reminded to use water intelligently. Simple steps such as forgoing washing your car and not watering your grass during the early morning and/or daytime can go a long way towards helping maintain appropriate water pressure throughout St. Charles County. If you need to water your grass or gardens, please do so between the “off-peak” hours of 9 p.m. and

Call For Entries “At the Table” All Media Art Show and Competition There are endless possibilities of what you might see on a table. What do you see at your table? The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is hosting “At the Table,” a still life art show and competition to be held from August 19 - October 8. The show is open to both amateur and professional artists. Prizes will be awarded in the adult categories of Drawing/Painting, Photography, and Miscellaneous/ Sculpture. Youth prizes will be also be awarded for ages K-5, Middle School and High School. The cost to enter as a St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre member is $15 for up to four pieces. Non-members can submit up to three pieces for $20. Youth entry fee is $5 per piece. The artwork will be received from 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. on August 14. The awards reception will take place from 1-3 p.m. on August 19. For more information on this show, please call 636.397.6903, ext. 1624 or download an informational brochure at www.stpetersmo.net.

Wentzville Police and Parks Departments Using Facebook to Reach Digital Generation Technology has changed nearly every aspect of people’s lives, especially how they obtain information and communicate with each other. The changes are particularly evident among teens and young adults, who have grown up in the digital

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3 a.m. or consider skipping a day or two of watering if you can. A well-established lawn will bounce back quickly after a few rainfalls. If you have an automatic sprinkler system in your home, please adjust the timers to have the water turn on during the off-peak hours. Every little bit helps, and doing your part can help to ensure there are adequate water supplies should an emergency situation like a fire occur!

age. To ensure they are communicating effectively with this digital generation, Wentzville’s Police and Parks departments have recently launched their own Facebook pages. The city of Wentzville has had a presence on Facebook since 2010, but by offering their own separate pages, the Police and Parks departments hope to offer a more focused look at who they are and what they do. Wentzville Police Chief Lisa Harrison said, “We are trying to reach the new generation of folks out there in the way they communicate. We want residents and visitors to trust and even ‘know’ the police, and we feel establishing a presence on Facebook is one way to achieve that goal.” Although the Police department’s page is only a few weeks old, it’s already filled with photos of department activities, such as the recent Rod Run and Special Olympics Torch Run. The page also shares information on things like the Police Explorer Program, ways people can avoid becoming a crime victim, and how residents can join in on National Night Out this year on August 7. The Parks Facebook page offers pictures of Parks projects and events, along with short, tothe-point information blurbs. Facebook friends of the page can use it as an easy way to find event reminders, registration deadlines, and updates on weather conditions that might affect scheduled www.facebook.com/fnbstl www.fnbstl.com programs or facility operations. www.cardinalschecking.com Facebook users can check out all the information these new pages offer by entering “Wentzville Parks & Recreation” or “Wentzville Missouri Police Department” in the “search for people, places and things” field on Facebook.


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LSL Parks & Recreation Events Movies in the Park Grab your lawn chairs/blankets and head to Boulevard Park at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, July 13 for Happy Feet 2 (rated PG). It’s free! Concert Series Come and enjoy the free Lenny Frisch (Tropical Rock) concert from 7 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 at Windjammer Point, presented by the Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation Department. Lake Saint Louis Art Classes The Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation department is proud to offer four separate classes instructed by award winning artist Marie Donato - www.mariedonato.com. Choose from Pastel Painting, Drawing, Watercolor or Open Studio. The next set of lessons will begin the week of July 23. Classes will meet at the Lake Saint Louis Civic Center for two hours each week for six total weeks. Cost per session is $82 and supplies are purchased separately (a supply list for each class available). For more information or to register, call 636.561.4620 or visit www.lakesaintlouis.com; look under the parks & recreation section. 2012 Youth Outdoor Soccer League Boys & Girls, ages 3 - 9 years (Coaches Needed!) Now accepting registrations for the Fall Youth Soccer League. Games: 8 game season played Saturdays and some Sundays. First game Saturday, September 22. Practices: Begin early September. Weeknights at coach’s discretion. This league is dependent on volunteers. If you’re willing and able to help, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 636.625.7943. For more information or to register, view the parks and recreation section of www.lakesaintlouis.com.

O’Fallon Family YMCA Golf Tournament Keeps You Moving Healthy living advice can be overwhelming; coming from multiple perspectives, experts, and peers, but what all it comes down to is just keep moving. One of the most fundamental components of living a healthy lifestyle and one of my favorite things to remind people in my classes and in the fitness center here at the O’Fallon Family YMCA is to just keep moving! Sarah Gildehaus, It does not matter if your choice of activity is hiking up a mountain, O’Fallon Family YMCA fitness center “pumping iron” or simply walking around the block once a day. The fact coordinator that you are still fatiguing muscles and getting mobility to joints is good. Activity has a positive effect on your general health. Individually, everyone is unique in their level of fitness and in no way should be compared. Exercise activity or movement can help you raise, maintain, or obtain a personal level of fitness. When you keep moving consistently you can gradually move towards those goals your set for yourself. The YMCA staff is always trying to create activities for members and the community. Activities keep us involved, stay social and encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle. The First Annual District Golf Tournament on July 23, 2012 is an opportunity for you to experience a new physical activity or partake in a favorite activity with the YMCA family. If you golf regularly or are a health seeker wanting to start moving and get active, golf is a great sport. The sport of golf allows people of almost all ages, young and old, to participate competitively or just for fun while remaining active throughout. This event not only will help you continue or start your journey to healthy life, but it can jump start you on a social aspect. All the money raised at our golf tournament will go towards our Strong Community Campaign. For more information, please call me at the O’Fallon Family YMCA at 636.379.0092.

Happy Birthday Wa-Wa!

Clara Piazza Huneke Happy 87th Birthday, July 11. Mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, friend. We love you! Keep on smiling!

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Wentzville Board Approves Financial Incentives for GM Expansion, but Ties Them to Job Creation

Bestselling Author Karin Slaughter Brings New Mystery to Spencer Road Library July 16 Internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter will visit the Spencer Road Library on Monday, July 16 to talk about her latest thriller, Criminal. “Karin is the latest in a growing number of bestselling authors to visit the St. Charles City-County Library District,” said Sara Nielsen, Adult Programing coordinator for the library district. “Criminal is sure to top the summer reading list for fans of crime fiction.” Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 Internationally bestselling author of 12 thrillers including Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless. She is a native of Georgia and is the founder of the Save the Libraries project (savethelibraries.com). Books will be sold by Main Street Books and Karin will be available for autographs. Register online at www.youranswerplace.org or call 636.441.0522 to attend this event. View details of upcoming events for all ages under the “Programs and Events” link.

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of sales tax, and a partial property-tax abatement, which will exempt GM from paying up to 75 percent of the property taxes it would have otherwise had to pay on the expansion and new equipment purchased as a part of the project. The project will be constructed in annual phases, with the last phase expected to occur in 2016. Tax abatement for each phase will last for a period of 10 years. To help ensure the city does not provide full incentives Pictured left to right: Ward 1 Alderman Forrest Gossett, Mayor Nick Guc- without receiving the expected cione, Ward 2 Alderman Chris Gard, Ward 1 Alderman Cheryl Kross, and benefits, the amount of propWard 3 Alderman Rick Stokes attended the GM expansion ground break- erty tax GM will have to pay is ing ceremony in May. tied to the number of jobs reAt its June 27 Board of Aldermen meeting, tained and created by the projWentzville’s Board approved an ordinance au- ect. If there are at least 3,300 jobs at the plant thorizing the city to provide financial incen- beginning in 2014, GM will pay 25 percent of tives to help General Motors (GM) construct a the property tax amount, thus receiving the 500,000-square-foot expansion of GM’s Wen- full 75 percent tax exemption. If the number tzville Assembly Plant, but the final total of of jobs is less than 3,300, GM will pay a higher the incentives GM will receive depends on the percentage of the property tax amount. GM’s number of jobs the auto manufacturer adds at payments in lieu of taxes are based on a sliding the Wentzville plant. The planned expansion scale to ensure that if fewer jobs than expected at the plant will include a new production line are provided at the plant, GM will get less tax for the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup, abatement. and could add as many as 2,000 new jobs to the Wentzville’s elected officials feel General existing 1,300 jobs already present at the plant. Motors’ expansion of the Wentzville Assembly GM is expected to invest $300 million in the Plant brings both GM and Wentzville a signifiproject. cant step forward in providing more jobs and To help GM finance the project, the city has enhanced economic stabilization to Wentzville agreed to pro- and surrounding communities. Wentzville vide GM with Mayor Nick Guccione expressed his support for two primary the Board’s action and GM’s expansion plans. incentives: a “The Board’s approval represents another sigsales-tax ex- nificant step forward for the city of Wentzville emption that and for the region,” Guccione said. “At a time will allow GM when many areas are struggling with stagnant to purchase job markets, this partnership between GM and construction Wentzville creates the opportunity for tremenmaterials for dous growth in employment opportunities in the project free the coming years.”

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Payne Family Homes to Celebrate Grand Opening of The Villas at Walden Pond

St. Peters’ Free Concerts in the Park

If your lawn sprinkler has been running full blast for weeks and the blistering heat has made yard work a misery, there’s relief in sight! Easymaintenance living is just one of the many attractions as Payne Family Homes celebrates the grand opening of The Villas at Walden Pond, the company’s first residential offering in O’Fallon, Mo. The fun-filled event is scheduled from 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, and visitors will be treated to free refreshments, music, and the opportunity to take advantage of incredible grand opening incentives. Taking center stage during the festivities will be the “Earhart” display, a wonderfully open, 1444-square-foot ranch-style villa, shown with a variety of custom amenities and one of Payne Family’s most innovative design options – an upper-level “eagle’s nest” that adds another 546 square feet and includes a loft and third bedroom and bath. “Actually, we have two ranch plans that allow for this option,” said community Sales Manager Jane Peacock. “The eagle’s nest can be constructed as a multipurpose loft or a loft/bedroom suite combination and, since all of our plans come with a full basement, this gives homebuyers the freedom to expand by building up and/or down.” The Walden Pond collection showcases five of Payne Family’s top-selling ranch, story-and-ahalf, and two-story villa designs and introduces a handsome array of all-new elevations in assorted combinations of brick, stone, stucco, shake, and siding. Attached in pairs, the basic plans provide 1338 to 2424 of living space. All include a two-car garage, and customers choose from 44 walk-out and ingrade sites, many of which back to mature woods. “Our pricing is the real showstopper, though,” Peacock said. “These fabulous homes start from the upper $130s, which is

There are still two shows left in this summer’s Concert in the Park series at St. Peters’ City Centre Amphitheater. The next band to take the stage will be Curreykorn, a family bluegrass band from Columbia, MO. Come check out their lively blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass music at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Get ready to get up and dance to the music! Bring your family, some snacks and a lawn chair or blanket and come prepared to relax and enjoy a night of entertainment. A concession stand will be available for your convenience. The free concert series will wrap up on Tuesday, October 30 with St. Charles County Symphony’s Halloween Concert. More information can be found at www.stpetersmo.net. Choose Events - Concerts in the Park from the “Things to Do” pull-down menu.

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an amazing price point for this product line.” Walden Pond’s superb location is another major asset. The established, multi-product neighborhood is conveniently located off Bryan Road and I-70 in North O’Fallon, instantly accessible to the city’s wealth of shopping, dining, and recreational facilities and served by top-rated Fort Zumwalt schools. Grand opening visitors will also be able to view a newly-completed, two-bedroom “Keller” ranch, loaded with luxury upgrades and sale-priced at $149,900 for the opening celebration only, as well as an inventory version of the Earhart which has been held at framing for completion to owner specification. Walden Pond’s information center (314.996.9909) is open daily, and floor plans and driving directions can be found on the company website, www.PayneFamilyHomes.com.

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Notice of Meeting for the Lincoln County Board of Equalization The Lincoln County Board of Equalization will meet on Monday, July 16, 2012 at the Lincoln County Courthouse 201 Main Street, Troy, MO 63379 beginning at 9 a.m. The laws of Missouri provide that you may appeal any assessment to the County Board of Equalization by calling the County Clerk at 636.528.6300 to schedule an appointment.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Lincoln County walkers will go around the clock to fight cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Lincoln County. This celebration of life brings the numerous groups and individuals concerned about cancer together in an effort to fight back. Teams will gather at Clont’s Field in Troy, Mo. overnight to join the fight against cancer from 6 p.m. on Aug 3 until 6 a.m. on Aug 4. For information about how to form a team or become involved go to RelayForLife.org or call the local society office at 314.286.8183. For more information about cancer, call the American Cancer Society’s 24-hour help-line at 1.800.227.2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

July 4 Fireworks Display Rescheduled For Labor Day Weekend The fireworks display that was cancelled on July 4 at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend. The fireworks show, sponsored by the Troy Rotary Club will be presented on Sunday, September 2, 2012. Chief Barry Nuss said, “The safety of our residents and protection of property from fire was the key factor in the decision to reschedule the fireworks display. Given the extremely dry conditions, fireworks create an elevated level of risk to our community. Unintentional fires can spread rapidly and jeopardize lives, homes and crops.”

LCCOA Offers Seminar Teaching Seniors About Fraud Every day hundreds of senior citizens are taken advantage of financially by criminals. Please join Lincoln County Council on Aging (LCCOA) and Peoples Bank & Trust for a presentation on how to avoid falling victim to scams and what to do if you happen to be in a fraudulent situation. Everyone is invited to attend at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 18 at LCCOA, located at 1380 Boone Street in Troy. Lunch will be served at 11:30am. There is a $3 suggested donation for those 60 and older and a $7 charge for anyone under 60. For more information contact LCCOA at 636.528.7000 or visit lincolncountycoa.com.

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Early Childhood Education Center: Open House is Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Boone Elementary: Kindergarten Orientation is Monday, August 13, 2012 from 6 – 7 p.m. Grades 1-5 Open House is Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 6 – 7 p.m. Cuivre Park Elementary: Thursday, August 9, 2012 Grades K-2 are from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Grades 3-5 are from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Hawk Point Elementary: Grades K-5 Open House is Thursday, August 23, 2012 from 6 – 7 p.m. Lincoln Elementary: Kindergarten Orientation is Monday, August

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13, 2012 at 6 p.m. Grades 1-5 Open House is Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Main Street Elementary: Grades K-5 Open House is Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 5 – 7 p.m. William Cappel Elementary: Thursday, August 9, 2012 Grades K-2 Presentation is at 5 and 6 p.m. Grades 3-5 Presentation is at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Troy Middle School Orientation Monday, August 6, 2012 from 2 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 2 – 7 p.m. Wednesday August 8, 2012, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. During this time, students will be able to: • pick up schedule • walk thru the building • have individual yearbook picture taken (every student must have taken, but picture purchase is optional) • get information on Athletics & Clubs • Purchase PE Apparel, School Spirit Apparel, and School Planner 6th Grade Transition Day – Sponsored by TMS PTO 7 a.m. to noon on Friday, August 10, 2012 at Troy Middle School Transition Day will involve going through the student’s schedule, meeting with Team Connections groups and activities. Lunch and transportation will be provided (if a bus rider). Troy Buchanan High School Orientation is on August 7 – 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ninth Grade Center Welcome Back Day August 7, 2012 from 1 – 7 p.m. TBHS and NGC days: Students will be able to get their picture taken, pick up their schedules and tour the building.


Business

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Find Your Piece A new nonprofit consignment shop benefits individuals with Autism and other special needs. Leah Deverick is the Executive Director of Find Your Piece, located at 58 Crossroads Plaza, along Hwy. K in O’Fallon, MO. The store opened on June 1, and includes kids’ items, along with men’s clothing and a mom’s corner with maternity and name-brand women’s clothing, shoes, purses, jewelry, etc. Students and adults from the Center for Autism Education volunteer at the store. For more information, please stop by or email Deverick at findyourpiece@gmail.com.

The Meadows Announces Two New Store Openings in 2012 The Meadows at Lake Saint Louis shopping center has added two new stores to open in 2012. The Children’s Place and Altar’d State will complement nearly 40 upscale retailers and restaurants already found at The Meadows. The Children’s Place is planning a July 2012 opening and Altar’d State is planning a fall 2012 opening. The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Children’s Place designs, contracts to manufacture and sells fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices and is the number one brand recommended by moms. The new store will occupy approximately 3,200 square feet in the location adjacent to New York & Company. Altar’d State is a new energetic fashion boutique that offers a distinctive shopping experience for women interested in the latest fashion finds, the most anticipated accessories and that next great gift. Altar’d State customers enjoy personalized attention in an upbeat environment that promotes confidence, civic involvement and positivity through its merchandise. The Meadows is the first location for Altar’d State in the state of Missouri and the new store will employ approximately 25 people. The location will occupy nearly 6,000 square feet adjacent to New Balance St. Louis. “We are very excited about the new store at The Meadows,” said Brian Mason, President and

COO of Altar’d State. “This is a great community and we believe that the people here share our appreciation for great fashion and giving back. That makes it very exciting to open a store here and be a part of the community.” Aside from providing the latest trends, Altar’d State also distinguishes itself by supporting charitable causes in the community. Through what is known as Mission Mondays, the company donates 10 percent of net proceeds to various local charities every Monday. Altar’d State also supports communities by funding monthly employee volunteer hours and seeking vendor partners that share the company’s philosophy of giving back.

Lisle Wescott Named President of SSM St. Joseph Hospital West Lisle Wescott, who has served as interim president of SSM St. Joseph Hospital West since Jan. 1, was named its president Thursday. Her appointment was effective June 24. Wescott also serves as the service line executive for SSM Orthopedics. She replaces Drew Rector, who resigned late last year to accept a new post outside of SSM Health Care. Wescott joined SSM Health Care – St. Louis in 2004 as a physician services manager at SSM DePaul Health Center and has served in various positions in SSM - St. Louis. “She most recently worked as the network director of strategy and business development for SSM Orthopedics, and has proven herself to be an exceptional leader,” said Chris Howard, regional president of SSM Health Care - St. Louis. “She has extensive experience in operations, program development, strategic planning and physician partnerships. “She will strengthen our commitment to providing exceptional health care services for the people of Western St. Charles, Warren and Lincoln counties,” Howard said. Wescott holds a master’s degree in social work from California State University in Fresno, California.

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1. Samantha Brady, Fort Zumwalt East High School, has signed to dive for Lindenwood University. Pictured with Samantha is Scott McCarter (step-father) and Claudia McCarter (mother). Standing behind Samantha is Tim Grimes (FZE Activities Director) and Josh Devlin (FZE Assistant Principal). 2. Cody Zeik, Fort Zumwalt South High School, has signed to wrestle at Missouri Baptist University. Cody is pictured with his mother, Stacey Zeik, and grandmother, Yvonne Rose. The back row consists of Dr. Kevin Keltner (FZS principal), Colby Robinson (MO Baptist coach), Waylan Smith (FZS coach), Todd Sanker (FZS coach), and Brian Jackson (MO Baptist coach). 3. Fort Zumwalt South High School senior, Morgan Roberts, has signed to play soccer at Quincy University. Pictured with Morgan are her parents Jan and Brent Roberts. Standing behind Morgan is Dr. Kevin Keltner (FZS principal), Vernon Gano (FZS coach), and Jim Layne (FZS coach). 4. Alyssa Meador, Fort Zumwalt South High School, has signed to play soccer at Lewis and Clark Community College. Alyssa is pictured with her parents, Diane and Martin Meador. The back row consists of Dr. Kevin Keltner (FZS principal), Vernon Gano (FZS soccer coach), and Jim Layne (FZS soccer coach). 5. George Cater, Fort Zumwalt South High School, has signed to play basketball at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. George is pictured with his parents, Trincy and George Cater. Standing behind is Dr. Keltner (FZS principal), Prentice Henderson (FZS assistant coach), Bill Friedel (FZS head coach), and Andy Bass (FZS JV coach).

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Community News - St. Charles County • July 11, 2012 • 9 By Steve Bryan Rated: R

“Savages”

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When talking about the recent work of director Oliver Stone, it is safe to say that audiences get more than what they bargained for. In 1994, the director’s ultraviolent “Natural Born Killers” popularized his use of multiple cameras and different film stock to create jarring images on screen. “Savages,” Stone’s overlong, eye-popping look at drug trafficking, features that same jarring camera work. Based on the novel of the same name by Don Winslow, this is an unconventional movie about very unconventional people. Blake Lively plays Ophelia, the central character and narrator of this tale. Because her name reminds people of the troubled character from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” this twentysomething, California blond simply refers to herself as “O.” O has an open relationship with two men who are best friends that grow marijuana in Laguna Beach, California. Ben (Aaron Johnson), a botanist, uses his skills to grow the most potent plants. Ben also uses his share of the profits to finance schools and villages in underdeveloped parts of Africa and other countries. Chon (Taylor Kitsch), an Iraqi vet, has come home battling demons from his military service. In their business, Ben is the scientific genius while Chon is the strong right arm,

doing the tough, cruel things that Ben cannot and should not do. These two men share O’s love without a hint of jealousy or envy. Because their product has become a brand name on the street, Ben and Chon are approached by a Mexican drug cartel wanting to duplicate their production methods and distribution. This cartel also is not one to take “No” for an answer. Overlong and somewhat overdramatized, “Savages” is a good piece of filmmaking, but certainly not Oliver Stone’s best work. The director typically selects good stories to tell, but he drags on the drama for far too long here. The main theme of the film comes from the title, namely what makes a person a savage. Ben and Chon view their Mexican equivalents as violent savages, but the cartel also views Americans in the same light.

No character in this film will ever be nominated for sainthood, not even the benevolent Ben. As DEA agent Dennis, John Travolta also walks a very thin line between public service and greed. For a share of the profits, Dennis keeps the government off Ben and Chon’s backs, but he is not above selling out the marijuana growers. With intriguing performances from Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek, “Savages” is an interesting piece, but certainly not the best film about the subject matter. “Savages,” rated R, currently is playing in local theaters.

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Sports You See... With Gary B. Round-up with the Rascals ***TOP PITCHER HEADING TO THE ‘BIG LEAGUES’ The Chicago White Sox of the American league purchased the contract of pitcher Dustin Umberger. He pitched in 22 games for the team this year, throwing 28 innings, compiling a 4-2 record. The relief pitcher is credited with eight saves and a great feat of 46 strikeouts – that is sixth highest in the league. His major accomplishment is his stingy earned run average of 0.96 as a stopper. ***PLAYERS ON THE ALL-STAR TEAM The 2012 Frontier League All-Star game was held on Tuesday July 11 at the Corn Crib in Normal, Ill. Three River City Rascals players were picked: Catcher Charlie Lisk (record sixth time picked), starting in the outfield Jeremy Synan (leads team in hitting average and seventh in the league), and designated hitter Jason Patton (lead vote getter in his designated position). Dustin Umberger received many votes but my previous story tells why he is not going. He will be acknowledged at the game. Due to this article having to go to press, I do not have a result. Go to the Rascals website for all the details. NEXT HOME GAMES: All Games @ 7:05 p.m. – Sunday @ 6:05 p.m. Fri/Sat/Sun, July 13/14/15 against Lake Erie Crushers Thur/Fri/Sat, July 19/20/21 against Florence Freedom For more info on all this year’s promotions, go to www.RiverCityRascals.com. ***HIGHLIGHTS AS OF END OF DAY 7-5: *Charlie Lisk leads team in home runs (7) and runs batted in (31) *Brandon Cunniff has pitched 44 strike outs-tops on the team

*As a team, batting average .270-2nd in league *As a team, slugging percentage .392-7th in league ***STANDINGS AS OF 7-5: W L GB Last 10 Games Schaumburg Boomers 28 17 ____ 6-4 Windy City ThunderBolts 26 17 1.0 6-4 RIVER CITY RASCALS 24 21 4.0 3-7 Gateway Grizzlies 23 22 5.0 7-3 Rockford RiverHawks 18 26 9.5 6-4 Joliet Slammers 18 27 10.0 2-8 Normal CornBelters 15 28 12.0 2-8 T. R. Hughes Ballpark Makes History Guinness Book of Records to be Exact Recently, word from the park in O’Fallon is that 52 guys set out to play baseball and were there for a long time. They not only had fun playing America’s favorite past time but also raised a lot of money for Backstoppers a charitable organization that supports families of fallen police, firefighters and other service groups. This was the third time the group attempted to set the record and did so by playing 60 hours, 11 minutes and 32 seconds. As you know, the past week or so has not been the best for playing baseball. Organized by Chuck Williams and Steve Pona, the event featured two teams playing 169-innings. Traube Tent squeezed a victory over Leibe Lettering 249-202. The official clock and the scorebook have been sent to the offices of the record keeping company. ~~~That’s what I’m taking about

“Over the Fence” Hate & Blame Solve Nothing It appears Mexicans are currently being blamed for the nation’s woes and the hate-mongers are shifting into overdrive. We’ve always had the hate-mongers in the melting pot of Planet Earth. They proliferate much more during difficult financial times. They look for somebody to blame and it’s seldom anyone of the same race, color, creed or religion as the hate-mongers. It’s also seldom the right ones to blame. This lack of clear thinking is nothing new. In the early 60s, I had a relative who blamed the juvenile delinquency in America on Elvis Presley. While a lot of derogatory hype concerning illegal aliens in Arizona turned out to be hate-monger propaganda, it appears to me some people still prefer be-

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working conditions won‘t find sympathetic ears and they know it. If they really are illegal aliens, they fear the INS will boot them back to Mexico. The point is, they are hired by U.S. citizens. There’s a fifth reason that I’m not keen on admitting, nor are many other of our citizens. The younger generation that once worked many of the jobs that Mexicans are now working no longer wants any part of them. There are exceptions, of course, as in any generalization. The fact is, with the last decade of entitlement and whatever else contributed to it, many youngsters that didn’t go to college have the option of staying home to enjoy their parents’ affluence. Those without this option are what are left and sometimes their work ethic isn’t the best. Aside from that, low pay, hard work and long hours aren’t exactly appealing, either. Now we come to reason number six and what I consider especially ironic. A supervisor for a nationwide yard maintenance company proved to me nearly all of his job applicants are Mexicans with social security numbers. Thus it’s assumed they‘re here legally. The company withholds taxes and Social Security like any other legitimate employer. This one also does drug testing. The Mexicans pass them. The few other applicants seldom do. Considering these six reasons, it’s obvious why Mexicans are immigrating, given the chance. The fact is we hire them. Another questionable rumor is they smuggle drugs. If so, we’re the ones buywww.rivercityrascals.com ing them. I doubt we would need any walls on the borders if we stopped buying illegal drugs and hiring illegal aliens. Congress shares the blame but many others share it, too. Some of them are people doing the blaming. As for hating Mexicans, it’s like all other hate. It never solved anything. “Men are only clever at shifting blame from their own shoulders to those of others.” Titus Livius; Roman Historian; (59 BC - 17 AD). Apparently the Romans had hate-mongers, too.

lieving unsubstantiated rumors like be-headed victims of illegal aliens found in the Arizona desert and so on. We’re having a tough time relighting the economic boiler and it’s easier to blame things on the most vulnerable people. Falsely vilifying Mexicans is the latest gambit. It appears Mexican nationals come here for six reasons – number one being they’re destitute. Starving, in fact. The jobs are here…or they were. That’s the second reason. The third is we hire them. In Colorado, huge ski resorts are being built by Mexican labor with union pickets at the entrances. Yet the builders claim to be patriotic Americans. That brings up the forth reason. Mexicans not only work cheap, they work hard. They also show up on time and work long hours. In addition, any complaints about mistreatment, low pay or unsafe


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The Tooth Fairy Zone My twin brothers, Tucker and Rob, and their families are in the midst of what I refer to as “The Tooth Fairy Zone.” It’s been several years since our children (now 17, 18 and 19) experienced the fear, the pain and the subsequent joy of “The Tooth Fairy Zone.” Now they’re experiencing the torment of “The Cavity Zone.” Hearing excited children tell Aunt Shelly all about their loose teeth always takes me back. Sometimes it takes me out of my own reality. In a way it’s a lot like the “Twilight Zone,” only without Rod Serling. The “Tooth Fairy Zone” has been one of life’s great unsolved mysteries as far as I’m concerned. Who is this Tooth Fairy person or thing? Why does she want my teeth? Is it an addiction? I mean, if she flies around the world and doesn’t find a tooth does she go into some kind of crazy withdrawal? Maybe she’d break into someone’s home and break out the pliers just to get her tooth fix. Just as mysteriously, this Tooth Fairy breaks into our homes the night a tooth falls out. She slips into the child’s bedroom and escapes into the night unnoticed. Funny thing is, all this chick wants is a tooth! We’re not rolling in dough or priceless art treasures or anything…but what’s with this woman? Who breaks into a house and just takes a tooth? And you can’t really have her arrested, or take her

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to court or anything. First off, you couldn’t catch Miss Fairy if you tried. Sneaky thing this Fairy. Second, she doesn’t really steal the tooth. She leaves money behind! My kids often questioned, as I’m sure most astute children do, what possible use the Fairy could have for their baby teeth. I’ve heard rumors, but I have yet to find an acceptable answer to the question. One theory suggests the Tooth Fairy uses the teeth to build a castle. If that’s the case, this tooth castle must be under constant construction. (Sounds a little like I-64, doesn’t it?) The next step in the journey to understanding is the whole money issue. I’m not sure, but I’m guessing the Tooth Fairy is much happier these days. Can you imagine being so tiny and having to lug around chunks of silver and gold to leave in place of the lost tooth? It’s so much easier packing a buck under her wing and sliding that under a pillow. Finally, what if the child loses the tooth away from home? Is there some Tooth Fairy radar? Our son, Michael, experienced the stress that accompanies the unknown. “Will she be able to find me?” he asked many years ago as we sat on the sofa in Grandma’s house. “How will the Tooth Fairy know I’m at Gwandma’s house?”

(This was during the days of Elmer Fudd syndrome. Substitute an “r” for the “w”.) I reassured Michael the Tooth Fairy would indeed find him, and his tooth. She did, in fact, leave four quarters. (In our house, $1 was the going rate for a lost tooth.) During the course of a restless night, though, Michael knocked three of the quarters off the bed. He awoke to find $.25. “Gwanddad,” he said, quite disappointed in his reward. Michael opened his little hand to reveal the quarter. “I am not impwessed!” With some coaxing, Michael searched for – and found – the remainder of his tooth money. Shortly after Michael’s windfall, Sam announced that she had two loose teeth. Would it ever end? It’s a good thing Miss Fairy pays for all those lost teeth. I’d go broke in a year of this. That inspires yet another question: Where does the Tooth Fairy come up with all this money? And does she offer a two-for-one bonus if more than one child loses a tooth on the same day? Those are simply questions for our next episode of “The Tooth Fairy Zone.”

Blue Ribbon Desserts (Family Features) There’s nothing quite like the taste of fresh berries and crisp, juicy apples. And when those mouthwatering flavors get paired with just the right spices in some delicious dessert favorites, it’s even better.

You can enjoy fresh fruit flavors any time when you preserve your favorite fruits. With the perfect blend of all-natural spices from Mrs. Wages mixes, you can cook, then freeze or can your favorite fruits and they’ll be ready for baking any time you’re ready — it’s like having a dessert in a jar. These recipes for Spiced Applesauce Cake and Forest Berry Cobbler get their great taste from spiced fruit mixes — use them right after cooking, or can them so you can make these blue ribbon-worthy desserts long after fruit season is over. Yes, You Can Home canning is a great way to preserve your favorite fruit, whether it’s from the farmers market or your own back yard. Just about any fruit can be canned. Here are some tips to help you make your canning experience successful:

• Choose fresh, ripe, firm fruits. Underripe apples, for example, will make hard sour slices, while overripe apples will be mushy and bland. • To ensure even cooking, sort fruits for size and ripeness. If slicing fruits, slice evenly. • Rinse and clean fruit thoroughly — dirt can harbor bacteria. • To take the skin off peaches, dip them in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds. Remove them with a slotted spoon and immediately dip into cold water. Slip off the skins. • To keep apple slices from browning, put them into water containing ascorbic acid until you’re ready to use them. Get more canning tips and recipes, as well as Mrs. Wages Home Canning Guide, at www. mrswages.com. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Forest Berry Cobbler Filling Makes 3 quarts Ingredients: - 3 1/2 to 4 pounds blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or cherries - 3 cups sugar - 3 cups water or fruit juice - 1 pouch Mrs. Wages Forest Berry Pie Filling Mix Directions: 1. Prepare and process home canning jars and lids according to manufacturer’s instructions for sterilized jars. 2. Wash berries or cherries. Blanch pitted cherries in hot water (200°F) for 1 minute, drain and keep in covered pot. Do not blanch berries. (Do not use strawberries.)

3. Combine sugar and water/fruit juice with 1 pouch pie filling mix in a large, non-reactive pot. Do not use aluminum. Cook mixture over medium heat (180°F), stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat. Fold prepared berries or cherries into sauce. 4. To can berry filling: Ladle berries or cherries and sauce into sterilized jars, filling evenly. Leave 1/2-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, wipe rim and cap each jar as it is filled. 5. Process in a boiling water bath canner, 30 minutes for pints or quarts. Test jars for airtight seals according to manufacturer’s directions. If jars do not completely seal, refrigerate and consume within 2 weeks. Pie filling is ready to eat after 24 hours. www.krekeler.com

Forest Berry Cobbler Yield: 4 servings • Prep: 15 min • Bake: 30 min Ingredients: - 1 quart Mrs. Wages Forest Berry Pie Filling Topping - 1 cup all-purpose flour - 1/2 cup packed brown sugar - 1 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 6 tablespoons cold butter, cubed - 1/3 cup milk - Vanilla ice cream, optional Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 2. Pour pie filling into a greased 8-inch baking pan; set aside. 3. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Using a large fork or pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles

coarse crumbs. Stir in milk slowly, until just combined. 4. Drop dough by tablespoonful over fruit filling. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the topping comes out clean. Serve warm with ice cream, if desired.

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CHURCH September 22: 13th Annual The United Methodist Church at Wentzville Golf Open 12 p.m. at Golf Club of Wentzville. Register at www.wentzumc.net. 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. Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the

weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. Info: 636.327.6377. Truth Matters!! Free Bible Correspondence Course Call: 636.294.9468 or 636.272.3013. Come Learn God’s Word with us. Sun. 9:30 am. - Bible classes 10:20 am. - Worship; Sun. 5 pm. - Worship; Wed Eve 7 pm. 2309 Markoe Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385. 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

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Now - July 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: sccyo@sccyo.org or call 636.916.0515.

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. Now: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon Registration Registration is now open for August 25 event. Enter early, as this event fills up quickly. Info:

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July 13: Youth Writing Camp 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Center. Sponsored by Saturday Writers. $15/child. Registration/info: www.saturdaywriters.org. July 14: Farmers Market Community Yard Sale 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Rick’s Roadside Market, 5382 Gutermuth Road in Cottleville. Register booth space at 636.734.7420. July 16: 1st Capitol Republican Women’s Club Meeting 11 a.m. at Pio’s Restaurant, 403

First Capitol Drive, St. Charles. Visitors welcome. Info: Val at 636.916.3189. July 17: Bring a Friend, Make a Friend 6 p.m. at Bandana’s in Wentzville. Wentzville Aglow Lighthouse sponsors. Info: Beverly Combest at 636.887.0830. July 18: Tri-County Women’s Connection and Luncheon 11:15 a.m. at The Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., O’Fallon, Mo. Program is “Organizing Your Home with 10 Boxes and a Bag.” Reservations: Joan at 636.561.0596 or Pat at 636.327.4082. 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.

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July 21: St. Charles County Family YMCA Kids Night Out 6:30-10 p.m. Kids will enjoy games, movies, swimming and arts & crafts, all in a fun and supervised environment. (Ages 5-12 at the YMCA, Ages 6 weeks-6 years at the ECEC). Call for more details, 636.928.1928. 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.

O’Fallon, MO 63368 - [NT]: New Town in St. Charles, Town Hall, 3300 Rue Royale, St. Charles - [LAKESTL]: City of Lake St. Louis, 200 Civic Center Dr., Lake St. Louis July 12: AARP Driver Safety Program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. [HW] $12 for AARP member, $14 non-member July 12: Head Smart Safe Start: Helmet Fittings for Children 10 a.m. - noon [HW] Helmet fitting free, $10 for new helmet

Support Groups 1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30 p.m. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. For families/friends who want help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. To register, please call 314.SSM. DOCS (776.3627). Every Mon.: 7 p.m. Tobacco Free for Life Support group. Free. St. Peters City Hall. 636.947.5304.

1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Info: metrostlouissia@gmail.com. • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m.

500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. 4th Tues: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447

July 30: Lake Forest Country Club 3rd Annual Caddie Program Golf Tournament Noon at Lake Forest Country Club in Lake Saint Louis. $125/golfer. Proceeds benefit scholarships for the LFCC Caddie Program. Info: Wally Obremski at 636.978.8770 or email bbfincl@cutterco.com. HEALTH July 11: Alzheimer’s Support Group 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 318 S. Duchesne Drive in St. Charles. Dr. Michael R. Nichols, associate professor, University of Missouri-St. Louis will speak. Free. Info: 636.949.0160, www.trinity-stcharles.org or Facebook Trinity Episcopal Church-St. Charles.

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This Weeks Shelter: All Paws Rescue • PO Box 1274, O’Fallon, MO 63366 PAWS Line: 636-288-2999 • Email: adopt@allpawsrescue.info 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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