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Community Supported Agriculture

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Join a CSA in your area for delicious locally-grown produce. For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer., an organization that supports local, sustainably-raised foods, offers the following information on CSA’s. Read on to find some CSA’s near you. “Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of ‘shares’ to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (a ‘membership’ or a ‘subscription’) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. Farmers get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin. They also receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow, and they have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow. Consumers get to eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits. They are also exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking; they usually get to visit the farm at least once a season to develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown. Also, their kids typically favor food from “their” farm— even veggies they’ve never been known to eat. It’s a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Tens of thousands of

families have joined CSA’s. LocalHarvest has the most comprehensive directory of CSA farms, with over 4,000 listed in our grassroots database.” Here are a few from our area: Terripin Farm: O’Fallon Brad and Jessica Whiston own a farm in Fowler Illinois, and they bring all their chemical-free produce to O’Fallon through their CSA. “Terripin Farm’s goal is to provide O’Fallon area households with fresh, high quality vegetables for as much of the year as possible,” says Jessica. “As a CSA member, you are supporting the farm by contributing a portion of the farm’s operating budget, and the farm and in return does its best to produce the tastiest and most nutritious vegetables possible. Shareholders can develop a meaningful relationship with us, while the farm is assured of a supportive community with which to share its bounty. We can then concentrate on treating the soil and the land in the most environmentally-sound fashion. The members thus share directly with the farm responsibilities of the longterm care of the soil, which shows in the quality of our food.” Sign up by emailing Jessica at or call 217.440.4678. Get more information at Prices: family size full share $575, two adults half share $375 Healthy Harvest Cooperative: Cottleville Owners Rick and Marcia Rodriguez include locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs with each box from their seasonal CSA. Marcia says, “We support six

Photo courtesy of Terripin Farm

local farmers, and we pick up the locally grown produce from them on Fridays. We assemble the shares for pick-up on Saturday morning between 8am and noon. St. Charles County residents can sign up by visiting Rick’s Roadside Market at 5382 Guttermuth Rd. in Cottleville, going on to the website or calling 636.734.7420.” Prices: approximately 20 pounds of produce per week is $22.50/week (average $1.13 per pound). Members also get 10% off of eggs, milk, spices, soups, pastas, olive oils and vinegars and an additional 10% off of produce that is not included in the cooperative shares such as non-locally grown produce like pineapples and oranges. See CSA page 2

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Vol. 92 No. 30

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Around Town your guide to good news and events like a our Most Beautiful Garden Contest


Lincoln County Life the latest Lincoln County news and events like the Eliminator


Business the latest business news from across the county like Barnes-Jewish’s certifications


School SCC’s Child Development Center’s Eat Smart Status and more school news


Movie Pacific Rim is a fun, heroic adventure that is suitable for the whole family.


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


Recipes Elegant Entertaining with Bold Flavors


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.

CSA from cover Shared Bounty CSA: Troy Shared Bounty is owned by Jim and Ramona Prouhet. Their coolers include locally-grown vegetables, fruit, berries, and herbs. Jim tells us, “Our CSA is seasonal, from the end of May, until sometime in October. New members can begin signing up in November, on our website, Sign-ups usually continue until we are full (usually sometime in March). Our season begins at the end of May, and continues for at least 20 weeks. We pack the produce in a cooler with an ice pack.” Delivery service is dropped off at your door once a week. “We deliver to most of the St. Louis area.” Prices: full share farm-pickup $750, full share delivered $940, half share farm-pickup $425, half share delivered $625 EarthDance Farm: Ferguson EarthDance Farm’s CSA offers pick-ups at their Ferguson location of a variety of vegetables, herbs, and occasionally flowers May - October. Members sign up in late winter or early spring until the CSA is full. They receive 24 weeks of fresh produce, boxed and ready for pick-up. CSA members are

asked to contribute 4 hours of work on the farm over the course of the season. Members are welcome to spend time on the farm during open hours and participate in EarthDance’s special events, such as our Summer Solstice potluck. The cost for the season is $600, and new members pay a $25 dollar sign-up fee. To sign up, email, or consult our website, around December. Our City Farm: St. Louis Jeri Villarreal’s CSA is modular and scalable to customer needs, so the cost varies based on share type and size. Just you and your spouse at home? This could be the CSA for you. “We offer three types of shares: veggies, chicken or eggs,” she explains. “Customers choose the share types they want and the size (whole, half, or quarter).” The CSA runs for 26 weeks from May through October. Sign-up begins in November. She serves St. Louis City and County, and delivery is available within 10 miles of 4539 Delmar Blvd. or pick-up is available at the farm or Tower Grove Market. Visit www. or call 314.282.5290 for more information. Maude’s Market: St. Louis Maude Bauschard’s market offers a year-round CSA for pick-up at the store which is located at 4219 Virginia Ave. The CSA includes produce, meat, a staple and a treat (vegetarian, vegetarian+fish, vegan, glutenfree with meat and paleo sahres are available). A seasonal small package costs $35/week; a large is $55. A monthly small package costs $64/ month, a large is $90. Sign up at the market. 314.353.4219 for more information.

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Most Beautiful Garden Contest Community News is hosting a Most Beautiful Garden Contest for residents of St. Charles and Lincoln Counties. To enter, email up to 5 photos of your garden to by July 31, 2013. Include your name, address, phone number, and, if you like, a brief description of your garden. We will visit the top three entries to choose a winner. The winner’s garden will be professionally photographed and featured on the cover of Community News. Feel free to enter for your neighbors, parents or friends.

Photos of Kathy Krattli’s O’Fallon garden by Mary Schwent

2nd Thursdays The Foundry Art Centre invites one and all to eat, drink, and be creative at their community arts series entitled “2nd Thursdays,” jointly hosted with Saint Charles Riverfront Arts. This unique, family-friendly community arts series will take place from 5:30 - 9:30pm on the second Thursday of each month through Thursday, October 10. EAT: From a variety of Food Trucks in the Foundry Art Centre parking lot DRINK: A full cart bar will be available inside the Grand Hall BE CREATIVE: Draw with artists, paint with painters, create with potters, make jewelry with jewelers, write with writers, act with actors, dance with dancers, while listening to live music! Admission to 2nd Thursdays is open to the public and is free of charge, with nominal fees for the food trucks and the full cart bar.

Enjoy an Old-fashioned Ice Cream Social in Fort Zumwalt Park On Saturday, July 27, meet up with family, friends and neighbors in Fort Zumwalt Park for an old-fashioned ice cream social with entertainment provided by George Portz and The Friends of Bluegrass. The band will perform from 5-7pm on the grounds outside the Heald Home, which overlooks pretty Lake Whetsel. Bring a blanket or chairs for lawn seating. Admission and parking are free, and an ice cream treat will be available for the asking. The historic Heald Home will be open for tours at $2 per person. Each member of George Portz and The Friends of Bluegrass has won numerous awards for picking, playing or singing, including George Portz, with 130 first-place championships for fiddle-playing. The band’s music ranges from fiery bluegrass to zesty Cajun, plus traditional Irish, old time country and gospel songs. Visit for more. For more information about

the event, contact O’Fallon’s Festival Coordinator, Jennifer Hoisington, at or 636.379.5605. Directions: On I-70, take Exit 217 at Highways K / M (Main Street) in O’Fallon, drive south on Highway K for one block to the stoplight at Veterans Memorial Parkway; turn right and then drive about one mile to the Fort Zumwalt Park entrance on the left.

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FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council was formed last year to bring together youth leaders from across the country that are highly interested and engaged in advocating youth preparedness and making a difference in their communities. The Council supports FEMA’s commitment to involving youth in preparedness-related activities, and provides an avenue to engage youth population, taking into account their perspectives, feedback and opinions. Council members will attend a Youth Preparedness Council Summit on youth disaster preparedness and will also complete a Council project with FEMA support. In its second year, interest in the Youth Preparedness Council has increased based on the number of applications received this year for the five seats available. The five newest members of the Council from across the country have been selected based on their dedication to public service, efforts in making a difference in their community, and their potential to expand their impact as a national advocate for youth preparedness. The distinguished members selected in 2013 are as follows: FEMA Region II: Sophie Friedfeld-Gebaide (New York) FEMA Region III: Alex Pasculle (Pennsylvania) FEMA Region IV: Louyankkah Justilien (Florida) FEMA Region V: Daniel Wernsman (Wisconsin) *FEMA Region VII: Emily Rosenblum (Missouri) Emily Rosenblum’s passion and dedication to emergency preparedness is demonstrated through her involvement with CERT and other community groups. As a Teen CERT instructor assistant, Emily participates in numerous countrywide disaster exercises, is an active Teen CERT spokesperson and continues to advocate disaster preparedness at her high school. Emily always considers those with learning disabilities and access and functional needs when making decisions during disaster response exercises. She has also volunteered hundreds of hours to helping the Boy Scouts of America with merit badges and award requirements, in addition to the Sam “Ready I Am” program that educates youth about natural disaster hazards. For more information, please visit



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July 24, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

3rd Annual MO’ Cowbell

Painting Address Numbers on Curbs Not Recommended

With an eye towards having more than 4,500 runners this year, organizers with the 3rd Annual MO’ Cowbell today announced their event is now a full marathon and will also offer a half marathon, half relay and 5K. This year’s race starts 7:30am Sunday, Oct. 6 from Frontier Park on the riverfront of historic St. Charles. “We started with the dream of a fun-filled community race that would promote fitness and the uniqueness of Greater St. Charles,” said Race Director Kerin Miller. “With all of our new additions to MO’ Cowbell, there is definitely something for runners of all abilities, and even walkers are welcome.” Hailed as “the fastest and flattest course in the St. Louis region,” the MO’ Cowbell Marathon is a certified course and can be used as a qualifier for national races like the Boston Marathon. Another new feature this year is the ability for a limited number of registrants to have their race packet mailed to them, for a small fee. “We are looking forward to having a great runner’s packet pickup at the Health and Fitness ExMO’ on the weekend leading up to the race, but we also wanted to respond to feedback from runners who are traveling from out-of-town to be a part of MO’ Cowbell. That’s why we are trying the packet mailing option this year,” Miller said. Depending on your race, MO’ Cowbell participants receive a tech-shirt, bell, car sticker, finisher’s medal, and sports bag. Registration fees increase after the Aug. 31 deadline. MO’ Cowbell is organized by the civic group, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, with the assistance of Big River Running Company. For 2013, a portion of race proceeds will go to the “Take 20 and Read” program of the St. Charles City-County Library District to promote reading and literacy. Headlining sponsors for MO’ Cowbell are Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Healthcare Center, members of BJC Healthcare. For more information about running, sponsoring, exhibiting, or volunteering for MO’ Cowbell 2013, visit or follow them on Facebook.

Some residents in St. Peters have reported that solicitors are selling a service to paint address numbers on curbs. The City of St. Peters does not recommend nor endorse painting address numbers on curbs in front of homes, and the City is unaffiliated with solicitors selling this service. Be aware that emergency agencies prefer that address numbers be placed on the front of the home near the front door or above a garage door that is visible from the street. Numbers painted on the curb can be blocked by vehicles and other obstacles, including snow and ice in the winter. If a solicitor selling curb address numbers claims an affiliation with the City of St. Peters, please contact the St. Peters Citizen Action Center. The number is 636.477.6600, ext. 1225, for AT&T customers and 636.278.2244, ext. 1225, for CenturyLink customers.

Show-Me STATE GAMES Torch Lights Up St. Charles The Show-Me STATE GAMES and Shelter Insurance® hosted a Torch Run in Frontier Park on Tuesday, July 9, in preparation for the 2013 Show-Me STATE GAMES. The Show-Me STATE GAMES is an Olympicstyle sports festival with more than 40 sporting events hosted annually in Columbia. It is the largest event of its type in the country and this year brought back the Torch Run with the support of Shelter Insurance®. St. Charles was chosen to host a Torch Run event in part because of the large number of Show-Me STATE GAMES participants who come from the St. Charles area. A cannon shot from the Milicia de San Carlos signaled the start of the St. Charles leg of the run, which began at Jaycee Stage and ended at the Lewis & Clark Boat House. The event was Runners take the torch down the Katy Trail Photo by Kaia Fox, SMSG also highlighted by a welcome from Mayor Sally Faith, an appearance from a previous medaling team from the 2012 Games, the St. Charles Heat, and a ribbon-cutting from the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce. The 2013 Show-Me STATE GAMES are taking place July 19-21 and July 26-28 in Columbia. The torch has been traveling across Missouri during the weeks leading up to the GAMES. Beginning in Springfield on June 25, the torch was in Joplin on June 26 and Lee’s Summit on July 2. On July 19, the torch was taken from Jefferson City and to Shelter Insurance® in Columbia and reached its final destination, Mizzou Arena, for the Opening Ceremonies kicking off at 7pm. For more information on the torch run or for details about the more than 40 sports offered by St. Charles Heat, SMSG bronze medal winners, with the torch Photo by the Show-Me STATE GAMES, please visit www. Kaia Fox, SMSG The Show-Me STATE GAMES was established in 1985 as a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health. Now the largest state games in the nation, the Show-Me STATE GAMES is hosted by the University of Missouri. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me STATE GAMES offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 24, 2013

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Watch the Movie, “Here Comes the Boom,” Outside the RSC

Traveling this Summer? Protect Your Money and Identity

Enjoy a relaxing summer evening with your family watching a free movie, Here Comes the Boom (rated PG), on the big screen outdoors on Thursday, July 25, from 8 – 11pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating outside the Renaud Spirit Center recreation complex. Free activities for kids will begin at 8pm, and the movie will start at dusk, roughly 9pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. The Renaud Spirit Center is located at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. Admission is free, but tickets are required and they must be ordered in advance. Register for free tickets: 1. Online at 2. In-person at the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive, or the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle 3. Or, call 636.474.2732 For more information about the event, please contact Stacey Ostmann at or 636.474.8105

Vacations should be a fun and relaxing time, but they can quickly take a turn for the worse if a thief gets his hands on your personal information or money. Here are some handy tips that can help protect your money and identity when traveling. Vacation Planning • If you are booking a trip online, be wary of dramatic discounts. When deals seem too good to be true, they usually are. • Do not respond to unsolicited emails about travel bargains. They are most likely phishing for personal information. • Understand the restrictions and requirements before you book a trip. If you’re receiving what seems like a significant discount, there may be a catch. • Shop around. Consult a travel agent, research several reputable travel websites and look in the newspaper – a better deal may be out there. • If you do book online, confirm your travel arrangements with the individual airline, hotel and car rental companies. Preparing for Your Departure • Most financial institutions monitor debit and credit card activity for fraud and may shut down these accounts if they see suspicious or out-ofstate transactions. To avoid an unnecessary interruption of service, call your bank or credit union and inform them about where and when you’ll be traveling. • Make copies of credit cards, driver’s licenses, passports, airline tickets, etc. and leave the information with someone you trust. • Don’t pack money, personal identification information or valuables in luggage you plan to check. Carry it instead. • Contact the post office and request a vacation hold on your mail. Identity thieves can steal information from bills and other mail while you

Heritage Elementary Student Wins Chloe Layton, age 9, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant to be held August 10 in Columbia. The National American Miss Pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different age divisions. Chloe will be participating in the Jr. Pre Teen age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the state of Missouri. The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “AllAmerican spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. The winner of each division will receive a $1000 cash award, a crown and banner, and the opportunity to compete in the National Pageant in California this November. Chloe Layton attends Heritage Elementary in Wentzville. She enjoys playing with her friends, gymnastics and doing ‘makeovers.’ She is being sponsored by many friends and family, Premier Civil Engineering and Stacey’s Gymnastics.


are away. • Plan to use a credit card to pay for things when traveling. These cards limit your liability and eliminate the need to carry large amounts of cash. And, be sure to bring a back-up credit card too. • Limit the credit cards you carry in your wallet to no more than two. This limits liability and cuts back on the hassle of canceling cards if stolen. After Arriving at Your Destination • Don’t carry large amounts of cash. • Keep your money and credit cards in different places. For example, carry one credit card and some cash in a small purse and the rest in a hotel safe. • Don’t give any personal information to strangers. They don’t need to know the details of where you’re staying or where you’re heading. • Be mindful of your appearance and avoid wearing expensive clothes or jewelry. • Travel in groups – thieves are less likely to target large numbers of people. • Beware of pickpockets – don’t let yourself be distracted. What appears to be innocent commotion may be a thief ’s decoy. • Exercise caution when using ATMs. Always protect your Personal Identification Number (PIN). • Don’t leave valuables, including laptop computers, in your hotel room. Use the hotel safe if you must leave items unattended. If you take the necessary precautions ahead of time and are careful when traveling, you can safeguard your money and identity – while you enjoy a great vacation. This information is brought to you courtesy of West Community Credit Union in Brentwood, Kirkwood and O’Fallon. For more information, please contact us at 636.720.2400 or


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July 24, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Creech Transportation Receives Governor’s Flag of Freedom Award Creech Transportation Company, in Troy, has received the Governor’ Flag of Freedom Award for hiring five military veterans since 2010 under the Missouri Show-Me Heroes program. “As a home-grown small business and a leader in the transportation industry, Creech Companies has made it a priority to hire the dedicated and well-trained Missouri men and women in uniform when they return home,” Gov. Jay Nixon said. “I’m asking every employer in Missouri to follow the example set by Creech Companies and to join us in this effort by visiting today to take the Show-Me Heroes pledge. Together, we can support our veterans and grow our economy.” The Show-Me Heroes program, established by Gov. Nixon in January 2010, is designed to connect military veterans with job opportunities when they return home from service. Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD), Show-Me Heroes showcases Missouri businesses that are willing and eager to hire veterans. Employers participating in the Show-Me Heroes program sign a pledge to ramp up efforts to reach out to, recruit and interview veterans for job openings at their business. DWD is a division of the Department of Economic Development. Some 15 veterans work at Creech Companies, including a company co-founder, Mike Whalen, a Vietnam War veteran; Ross Kidd, a dispatcher with the company who was assigned to a security detail under then-President Bill Clinton; Tim Hubbard, logistics coordinator; and safety director Bruce Stonebarger. So far, 3,049 Missouri businesses have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge and 4,318 veterans have been hired. Those businesses like Creech Companies that have hired veterans receive the Flag of

Freedom award, which consists of a plaque featuring an American flag patch from the combat uniform of a member of the Missouri National Guard worn while that Citizen-Soldier or Airman was deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. In 2012, Gov. Nixon signed HB 1680 to further strengthen the Show-Me Heroes program. HB 1680 added an on-the-job (OJT) training component for returning National Guard and Reservists and recently-separated active duty service members that Show-Me Heroes employers agree to hire. Through an OJT program, employers will be reimbursed for 50 percent of Show-Me Heroes participant’s wages during a contracted training period. These resources will help Missouri veterans obtain necessary skills to transition from military to civilian careers. To date, 65 veterans have participated in the Show-Me Heroes on-the-job training program. “Missouri’s military veterans have served honorably, are well trained, and make excellent employees. That’s why my administration remains committed to helping our veterans find jobs when they return home,” Gov. Nixon said. “I ask every employer in Missouri to join us in this effort by visiting today to take the Show-Me Heroes pledge so we can support our veterans and grow our economy.” Employers who wish to participate in Show-Me Heroes can visit to register and take the pledge. In addition to Show-Me Heroes, another measure the state has taken under Gov. Nixon to encourage veterans to live, work, and retire here in Missouri came in 2009 when the Governor signed legislation gradually phasing out the state tax on military retirement income. Under the new law, by 2016, military veterans will not pay any state taxes on military pensions.

Crider Health Center Calling Tough Runners Are you tough enough to help Crider Health Center eliminate barriers to healthier lives? If so, make plans to get down and dirty with the Crider Health Center Foundation and Young Professionals Board at the 1st Annual “The Eliminator” Mud Run on Saturday, August 17 at 5:30pm. The event will be held at The Battleground at Cedar Lake Cellars and will consist of a five- mile obstacle course. The Eliminator Mud Run will raise awareness about the barriers that many in our community face when seeking quality, affordable healthcare. Runners who register before August 11 will pay $60. After that, the entry fee is $75. Register at www.eliminatormudrun. or by calling 636.332.2134. The Battlegrounds at Cedar Lake Cellars is located at 950 Hwy OO in Wright City. See more about the course at www.thebattlegrounds. com. Sponsorship packages ranging from $250 to $5,000 are also available, along with volunteer opportunities and booth registration. The Eliminator Mud Run is presented by Crider Health Center Foundation and Young Professionals Board of Directors.

Lincoln County Fire District 1 Now on Nixle Media Service Lincoln County Fire District 1 will now communicate with community members via Nixle, a free media alert system that sends messages to registered users via text, email or online. Founded in 2007, Nixle now serves over 5,000 public safety agencies, and has been nationally recognized for its security and unique features. Lincoln County Fire District 1 will create messages and assign each a priority level to ensure important information reaches Lincoln County citizens in a timely manner. Messages submitted through Nixle are also targeted to specific geographic regions. Nixle users can add as many geographic locations as they prefer. Public Information Officer Barry Nuss says Lincoln County Fire District 1 will be using this service to alert users to missing persons, major incidents, press releases and much more. He asks all Lincoln County residents to sign up for Nixle www. and spread the word. You may also register by texting LCFIRE to 888777. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 24, 2013



Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center and Stroke Center Certifications Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital is making medicine better for St. Charles County and beyond with certified higher expertise in heart and stroke care. Barnes-Jewish St. Peters was recently fully reaccredited as a Chest Pain Center and is the only hospital in St. Charles County to hold this distinct accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Barnes-Jewish St. Peters has held this distinction since 2010. Prior to receiving accreditation, surveyors visited Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital to assess the facility and protocols for rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. The intent is to ensure facilities meet quality-of-care measures based on improving the process for the care of cardiac patients. The review criteria are a product of many leading professional societies such as: American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiovascular Administrator and Emergency Nurses Association. “Our team is extremely proud of achieving accreditation as a Chest Pain Center,” says Kenya Haney, MSN, RN, manager, cardiac care. “Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. The accreditation process required close coordination between local EMS responders, the Barnes-Jewish St. Peters’ emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac rehab, pharmacy and other departments throughout the hospital. It was a huge team effort, but we are dedicated to

bringing great BJC health care to St. Charles County.” As a chest pain accredited hospital, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters has the processes in place to: reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment; treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved; and monitor patients when it is not certain they are having a heart attack to ensure they are not sent home too quickly and to make sure they are receiving treatment for their condition in the most appropriate time frame. Chest pain accreditation is not the only recent certification Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital brings to St. Charles County. After undergoing an on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and its sister hospital in O’Fallon, Progress West HealthCare Center, have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as Primary Stroke Centers. “In stroke care, time is brain,” says Linda Canoy, stroke coordinator, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West HealthCare Center. “By achieving certification as Primary Stroke Centers, both Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West have proven they have the ability to provide effective, timely care that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. We’re proud to achieve this distinction, and we are pleased to have The Joint Commission recognize our commitment to providing the best possible care to our patients and our community.”

Taking Stock: Seven Positive Indications That the Stock Market Boom is Here to Stay Since the financial crisis hit back in 2007, many Americans have kept a wary eye on the stock market. After years of dismal prospects, they just can’t quite come around to the idea that the stock market is the best place to invest their money. And for good reason. After all, the past 10-13 years have been coined the “Lost Decade” and make up what has been one of the worst 10-year periods for the U.S. economy since the 1930s. But the future is bright, says John Vento, and he is encouraging Americans to put their faith back in the stock market. “There are many reasons I believe we are in a position to get back to the old norm when it comes to stock market activity and potential future returns,” explains Vento, president of his New York City-based Certified Public Accounting firm, John J. Vento, CPA, P.C., and the Certified Financial Planning firm of Comprehensive Wealth Management, Ltd., as well as the author of the new book Financial Independence (Getting to Point X): An Advisor’s Guide to Comprehensive Wealth Management. Bottom line: The healing process has begun, says Vento. He provides and explains a few positive indicators that the market is experiencing a sustainable recovery: More people are living within their means. Many individual families have made the difficult but necessary decision to start living responsibly and living within their means. “By doing so, not only are they contributing to a more stabilized economy, they’ve also taken the single most important step toward becoming financially independent,” says Vento. “Living within your means does not mean living on credit or on loans. Living within your means does not mean turning to parents or friends to pay the tab when you cannot quite meet the rent or need to buy a new computer. It means not only figuring out how to pay for your needs and wants, but budgeting your income so that you still have 10 percent or more left over to put toward your savings and long-term financial goals.” Refinanced mortgages mean more cash flow and less debt. Almost everyone who has qualified to refinance their mortgage has already done so and is enjoying the added cash flow from a reduced mortgage payment and interest cost. Commodity prices are decreasing. Prices of commodities have been coming down, and there is little or no sign of inflation on the horizon. “And because commodity prices are down, American families are keeping more of their money each week,” explains Ven-

to. “Individual families are saving more, paying down debt, and slowly but surely rebuilding their statement of financial position, which is increasing their financial net worth.” Corporate America and the banking system are getting back on track. Corporate America has never been leaner, meaner, and stronger financially. Many U.S. corporations have extremely strong balance sheets that include tons of cash waiting to be used for expansion and growth, not to mention the historically low cost of financing. The federal government has made necessary financial changes. Our federal government has finally made the unpopular but necessary decision to raise taxes and cut back on spending. “Just as individuals need to live responsibly and within their means, so too does our federal government,” says Vento. “And though they have certainly had their flaws, since the beginning of this year, I have seen signs that our politicians are finally doing what it will take to rebuild our country’s financial standing.” Consumers have more confidence in the market. The major factors that took us out of the Great Depression were an increase in

trust in the markets by the creation of the SEC in 1933 and advances in technology that increased productivity and created new jobs and opportunities. “I think that the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has gone a long way in helping restore confidence in the markets just as the creation of the SEC did after the Great Depression,” says Vento. Jobs are coming back home. Advances in technology, the transformation of America’s energy future with natural gas, and the industrial renaissance should give us good reason to believe that we are heading in the right direction when it comes to job creation. There is a U.S. renaissance taking place that will revolutionize America’s energy future. During the past several years, there has been a dramatic increase in the amount of natural gas that can be recovered in North America. This transformation may eventually lead the U.S. to finally achieve energy independence.



July 24, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Mobile Lab with Hearing Instrument Science Program

A mobile lab gave eight students an opportunity for training on St. Charles Community College’s campus June 14-15 as part of the Hearing Instrument Science program at Ozarks Technical Community College, which is available to students in the region through a partnership between the two schools made possible by the MoHealthWINs grant. “The program is one of three hearing instrument programs in the nation”, said Lawrence Brethower, ScD, BC-HIS, director of OTC’s Hearing Instrument Science program, which includes a state-of-the-art mobile lab housed in a 44-foot motor coach with desks, computers and training equipment. Ozarks Technical Community College is the first college in the state to offer a two-year degree in hearing instrument science. The partnership was made possible by the MoHealthWINs grant, awarded to community colleges across the state to train Missourians for careers in growing healthcare occupations, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Students accepted into the competitive Hearing Instrument Science program also met the eligibility requirements of the MoHealthWINs grant.

SCC Child Development Center Earns ‘Eat Smart’ Status The Child Development Center at St. Charles Community College has adopted new guidelines for meals and snacks to promote healthier eating habits and improve the nutrition of children at the facility. The Missouri Eat Smart Guidelines, developed by the state health department, are designed to boost the nutrition of children Children at the St. Charles Community College Child Development Center celebrate the cenages 2-12 and help them main- ter’s new “Eat Smart” status on June 12. tain a healthy weight. The guidelines include recommendations for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The Eat Smart program is voluntary and open to child care facilities throughout Missouri that participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Eat Smart recommendations include more whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables, fewer processed foods, lower-fat milk and fewer sweet snacks and breakfast foods. The program is offered at three levels: minimum, which are minimum CACFP and state licensing requirements, intermediate and advanced. Each level requires increasingly higher nutrition standards, and only centers that meet the intermediate or advanced levels are recognized. St. Charles Community College Child Development Center has achieved the advanced level. In addition to menu recommendations, the Eat Smart Guidelines address factors that impact the mealtime environment at child care centers. Those recommendations include lessons about healthy eating habits, adult caregivers modeling healthy behaviors, family style meals, no television during mealtime and healthier classroom parties. To qualify for the Eat Smart designation, child care centers must apply to participate in the CACFP and submit their menus, nutrition-related policies, food labels and other supporting documents to the state health department. Child care facilities achieving Eat Smart status receive a certificate, a banner and menu templates to post in the facility. They also receive a letter to provide information to parents about the new nutrition guidelines and can use the Eat Smart logo to promote the changes at the facility. More information about the Eat Smart Guidelines can be found at More information on SCC’s Child Development Center can be found at

SCC to Hold Open Auditions for American Theatre Festival St. Charles Community College’s Center Stage Theatre is holding acting and music auditions for the upcoming productions of The Zoo Story, The Meeting and The Grapes of Wrath. The shows will be a part of SCC’s American Theatre Festival this fall. The American Theatre Festival is a series of three performances focusing on history, culture and literary topics, presented by the English, History and Theater departments at SCC. Auditions for The Zoo Story and The Meeting

will be held at 7pm Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 5-6, in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Science Building. Auditions for The Grapes of Wrath will be held at 7pm Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 19-20, in the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building. Callbacks will be held at 7pm Wednesday, Aug. 21. • The Zoo Story, by Edward Albee There are two roles available; Peter, a middleclass executive with a family, and Jerry, a lonely man disenchanted by the world. • The Meeting, by Jeff Stetson The two lead actors have been cast. A third actor is needed. The character Rashad is an AfricanAmerican male, between age 2550, who will play the bodyguard of Malcolm X. • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck The cast calls for several major roles, a large ensemble of men and women and six children. Double casting is possible, a few with some lines. Musicians are needed for harmonica, fiddle, guitar and accordion, and should come with any one minute of prepared music in the style of Woody Guthrie or other Depression/folk/protest song. Applicants should be prepared to read from the script, which is on reserve at the SCC library. Monologues are encouraged but not required. For more information about auditions or the play, contact the Humanities Department at 636.922.8255 or Vicky Teson at For more information on the performances, visit www.stchas. edu/americantheatrefest. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 24, 2013


“Pacific Rim”

By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13

Hollywood pundits like to predict which films will bomb weeks before they open. After the The Lone Ranger fulfilled negative predictions and White House Down bombed badly, box office watchers are now looking for the next epic failure. All eyes recently turned to Pacific Rim, an expensive popcorn adventure with a price tag as big as its robotic heroes. Naysayers believed the film was going to crash and Pacific Rim photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures burn, but director Guillermo especially when they square off during training. del Toro created an enjoyable Comic relief comes in the form of Ron Perlman movie with honest-to-goodness family appeal. as Hannibal Chau. This war profiteer and his team According to the story, a breach between dimensions allows creatures known collectively as Kaiju to cross extract organs from dead Kaiju, making a handsome over into this world. To survive, humanity had to profit on their remains. Charlie Day also is hilarious build monsters of their own, powerful battle robots as Dr. Newton Geiszler, a scientist who figures out a known as Jaegers (“Hunters”). Two human pilots link way to link his mind with the monsters. Perlman and Day steal the film when their minds in order to control these massive creations. As the Kaiju War drags on, the whole world is pushed characters have to work together. Pacific Rim is one of those films that lives to the brink of economic collapse. To make matters worse, the attacks become more and more frequent, or dies by word of mouth. The storyline is leading to the destruction of countless Jaegers and the intelligent and any movie with giant robots battling monsters has got to make the kids death of several pilots. With Guillermo del Toro at the controls, Pacific Rim happy. It isn’t impossible for it to build an is a fun, heroic adventure that is suitable for the whole audience over time instead of dying the family. Charlie Hunnam stars as Raleigh Becket, a quick death most people are expecting. Pacific Rim, rated PG-13 for sequences of pilot who loses his brother and partner in a horrific attack. Grieving and stricken with survivor’s guilt, Raleigh takes himself out of the Jaeger program, but his skills are still in demand five years later. Actress Rinko Kikuchi has some great scenes as Mako Mori, an engineer who knows more about Jaegers than anyone. Mako desperately wants to become a pilot, but the commanding officer holds her back for personal reasons. Mako and Raleigh have some nice romantic moments,

intense sci-fi action and violence throughout and brief language, 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 Tryouts for the Pro Soccer Team Do you have what it takes to play indoor soccer with the pros? The St. Louis Ambush are giving you the opportunity to show your talent and skill and possibly begin a new career as a professional indoor soccer player. The Ambush were awarded a franchise to begin play in the Major Indoor Soccer League for the 2013-14 season, which begins in November to play at the Family Arena. The team will be coached by indoor soccer legend Daryl Doran. Tryouts are slated for August 3 and 4 at the team’s official training facility, Vetta Sports, located at 1425 St. Peters Cottleville Road, St. Peters. The tryouts are open to male soccer players ages 18 years and older. College players with remaining eligibility are not permitted in the tryout as per NCAA rules and regulations. Current professional players must have a letter of release from their current club in order to participate. Go to to get all the details. *Help wanted: soccer players


Pro Soccer Coach Leaves Illinois Piasa, the professional indoor soccer team now in their fourth season in the Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL), is losing its coach. GM Matt Williams and Head Coach Jason Norsic have mutually agreed that Norsic will step down because of other work and family commitments. Piasa has begun the process of finding his replacement. “It’s unfortunate, but it had to happen. He and I discussed what was needed moving forward and decided that with Jason and Jessica’s new baby girl, and several other factors, that he needed to step down so we could start looking for someone that could commit to us full time.” said Matt Williams, Illinois Piasa general manager. The Norsic’s gave birth to their first child, daughter Ava, on May 11. “I wish I could have continued to coach the team, but there is just too much going on for me and my family to give them my full attention at this time. We parted on good terms. I’m friends with Matt and many of the Piasa players and want nothing but success for them.” said Jason Norsic. Williams added “Being a parent is an extremely important job and right now that’s where his focus needs to be. We wish Jason and his family the best.” *Help wanted: soccer coach

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Training Camp For Rams Starts Thursday Make sure you look for me, Gary B, and say ‘Hi’ at the next Rams event. I will be in my Ram’s camouflage shirt working with the Security group again this year. Bring your camera and take a picture with me, and I will put it on this page! I’ll be ready to take a picture with you on any of these days: Thursday, July 25 at 3:30pm; Friday, July 26 at 3:30pm; Saturday, July 27 at 5:30pm; Monday, July 29 at 3:30pm; Wednesday, July 31 at 3:30pm; Thursday, August 1 at 5:30pm; Friday, August 2 at 3:30pm; Saturday, August 3 Scrimmage at 12:30pm at Edward Jones Dome; Monday, August 5 at 3:30pm; Tuesday, August 6 at 3:30pm; Saturday, August 10 at 3:30pm; Monday, August 12 at 3:30pm; Thursday, August 15 at 3:30pm; Friday, August 16 at 11:15am; Monday, August 19 at 3:30pm; Tuesday, August 20 at 4pm, or Wednesday, August 21 at 3:30pm. For more information about training camp, please visit the Rams’ website at For up-to-date practice schedules, call the training camp hotline at 314.982.7267. *A new year of excitement 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.’

Bewitching Fairytale for All Ages Guest review by Mindy Sansoucie, Missourian staff. In the quiet greenery of the English countryside lies the magical Hempstock farm and the heart of Neil Gaiman’s new novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Our narrator is a middle-aged man who has found himself back near his childhood home for a funeral. Although he remains unnamed throughout the novel, we quickly become acquainted with our unreliable narrator as he tells us the darkly enchanting story of his childhood neighbors, the Hempstocks. Distraught from the funeral, our narrator finds himself sitting beside a pond on the Hempstocks’ farm reminiscing about the summer of his 7th birthday. Three women, Lettie, her mother Ginnie, and her grandmother lived on a farm at the end of the lane. This isn’t just any farm, but one with an ocean inside of a pond and a moon that’s continually full. This moon, we learn, is the handiwork of old Mrs. Hempstock. She prefers to work by the light of a full moon. The fairytale magic surrounding these women is not the sort one expects from normal witches. Rightly so, according to old Mrs. Hempstock, who believes casting spells is “common” and the Hempstocks are not commoners. They are, however, magical creatures, much like ones Gaiman fans may recognize from his novel American Gods. They can “snip” away pieces of time and sew them back together, creating or erasing memories, and people. They are not witches, but something grander that encompasses more, guardians of a portal to the universe. They conjure up more than a few love spells around the cauldron. A series of events, beginning with a local suicide, stitch themselves together to form a plot resembling a patchwork quilt. The Ocean’s surreal reality produces ghouls such as Ursula Monkton, fleas, hunger bird varmints, and kittens that grow out of weeds. Pick up a magnifying glass and a British accent, remember your 7-year old self and play a little. Follow the lines of stitch work for a rewarding read, but beware; Gaiman isn’t afraid to snip a few threads himself. The Ocean at the End of the Lane may stand on shelves with adult fiction, but the whimsical Brothers Grimm-like narration allows it to slide onto shelves with Gaiman’s young adult novels as well. Fans of The Graveyard Book and even Coraline may safely, and likely eagerly, pick up “Ocean.” Once again, Gaiman has written an enjoyable read for all ages. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 24, 2013



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Makes 4 to 6 servings Serve with Las Rocas Garnacha, a vibrant and versatile red wine with rich dark berry flavors and aromas. Ingredients: For Crispy Fingerling Potatoes 1 pound small Yukon gold potatoes cut into wedges Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus a couple of sprigs For Steaks Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 3/4-pound bone in rib-eye steaks, about 1-inch thick 1 large shallot, thinly sliced 1/2 cup aged balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons unsalted butter Directions: For potatoes Place the potatoes in saucepan and cover with cold, salted water. Set over high heat

and bring to boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes depending on size of potatoes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Pat potatoes dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set potatoes aside and begin steak. For steak Sprinkle large cast-iron skillet with kosher or coarse salt; heat skillet over high heat for about 8 minutes, then add steaks. Sear until steaks are crusted brown, about 4 minutes; turn steaks. Sear to desired doneness or about 6 more minutes for medium rare. Transfer to cutting board and let rest while you make sauce. Wipe out pan and add shallot; cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Slowly add vinegar

and 1 tablespoon of water and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until reduces and thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat, swirl in butter, and season with pepper to taste. Drizzle sauce over steaks just before serving. To finish potatoes: Heat olive oil in large skillet over high heat. When hot, add seasoned potatoes, cut side down, and rosemary. Cook until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Goat Cheese Crostini with Grilled Peaches, Serrano Ham and Marcona Almonds Makes 1 dozen crostini Serve with Las Rocas Rosé, a fruit-forward seasonal wine with notes of raspberry and strawberry. Ingredients: 12 slices French bread, sliced on the diagonal into 1/2-inch-thick slices Extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 12 thinly sliced pieces Serrano ham 2 ripe peaches, halved, pitted and sliced into 12 thin wedges 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup) 1 tablespoon roughly chopped Marcona almonds

Ingredients: 1 orange 1 cup blackberries and or raspberries 1 vanilla bean, cut in half 3 cups Las Rocas Garnacha wine 2/3 cup sugar 1 cup whole milk 1 1/4-ounce packet unflavored powdered gelatin 2 cups whole Greek style yogurt Fresh mint sprigs for garnish Directions: Remove a wide, 2-inch-long strip of zest from orange with sharp paring knife. Peel and segment orange and toss with blackberries, cover and refrigerate. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean. Place seeds and pod in small saucepan. Add wine, 1/3 cup sugar and orange zest strip. Simmer over medium-low heat until reduced to 1 1/4 cups, about 35 minutes. Discard vanilla bean pod and zest strip. Cool completely. Set aside 1/4 cup for serving. Combine milk with remaining 1/3 cup sugar in medium saucepan. Sprinkle in gelatin and let stand, undisturbed, until gelatin softens, about 4 minutes. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until gelatin and sugar are just dissolved (do not boil); let cool. Whisk in 1 cup of wine reduction and yogurt until smooth. Pour into six 6-ounce ramekins or jars, cover and refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours or overnight. If using ramekins, dip bottom of each ramekin in warm water to loosen. Invert each panna cotta onto a plate. If using jars, skip this step. Drizzle panna cottas with reserved wine reduction and garnish with oranges and berries and sprig of fresh mint.

olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Grill peaches until grill marks appear, turning once, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Place warm grilled peaches on top of each crostini and sprinkle each with crumbled goat cheese and Marcona almonds. Drizzle them lightly with additional olive oil. Serve.

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Send your event to and we'll print it! CHURCH Now-July 25: Kingdom Rock 6:30-9pm. Cornerstone United Methodist Church. For kids ages 3-8. $10. or 636.379.5334. July 27: New Beginnings Worship Center hosts Gospel Singers, The Nehrkorns 6pm. 108 Birdie Hills Rd., St. Peters. 636-544-2030 or 636-3972959. August 5-9: Dardenne Baptist Church Vacation Bible School 6-8pm. 636.625.2015 or www. 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 19: Registration for Fall Youth Sports at the St. Charles County Family YMCA Soccer, Flag Football and Girls’ Volleyball. To register: Kyle Brandel at 636-928-1928. 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 Now: Fall Youth Coed Soccer Registration Now open. For boys and girls,

pre-school to 3rd grade. Coaches needed. Info & registration, www. 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. July 27: Arthritis Foundation’s A Night at the Mouse Races 6:30pm. $20 p/p, VIP Table for $200.Dave Sinclair Lincoln in St. Peters, 4760 Interstate 70 Service Rd. North. Tickets at dhenderson@ August 9: Art House Movie Matinee - Midnight in Paris 2pm at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Rd. in St. Charles. Popcorn and other refreshments served. Free & open to the public (18 yrs +). 636.926.7323. August 10: Annual Garage Sale 7am - 1pm at Academy of the Sacred Heart, 619 N. Second Street, St. Charles. Bring your donations to Academy of the Sacred Heart Aug. 5-9 from 6-9pm. Volunteers Needed. 636.441.1302, ext. 263. August 10-11: Auditions for the 2013/2014 St. Charles County Youth Orchestra, 636.916.0515. August 12: Registration for St. Charles County Family YMCA Fall I Session and Swim Lessons Begins 636-928-1928 or www.ymcastlouis. org/stcharles. August 13: Power Play 6:30 - 9pm. O’Fallon Jammin’ concert in Civic Park. FREE. August 15: Family Night at The St. Charles County Family YMCA 6-7pm. Sandcastle building with clay. Free, families and kids of all ages welcome. Crafts and activities. 636-928-1928. 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. 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. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles. Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505. Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 8-9am and 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 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 Night Men’s Golf League 5 p.m., tee off at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage of Hawk Ridge., under the parks and recreation section. 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 Thursday: Kiwanis Club of St. Peters 6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters). 636.328.4941.

Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45 a.m. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: www.ofkiwanis. com. 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 Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA 7-7:55 p.m. Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. • Community News - St. Charles County • July 24, 2013 Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306, or www. 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. 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. Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30 a.m. in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Peaceful Puppy Mill Protest 11am - 12:30pm at Petland, 6131 Ronald Reagan Drive, Lake St. Louis. banmo.puppymills@yahoo. com. Every Saturday: Saturday Writers 11am - 1:15pm, Jan-Sept at Saint Peters Cultural Arts Center. Visitors welcome. $5 fee. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). or

Cancer Survivor Fitness Program Free for all cancer patients and survivors. A 12-week program with trained instructors to help participants regain energy and improve stamina. St. Charles County Family YMCA, 636-928-1928. 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. Diabetes Prevention Program Helping those at high risk for type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce chances of developing the disease. Held at participating YMCA’s throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. This program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. Contact Joyce Hoth at 314-436-1177.

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. 24hour 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

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Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. 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 636.561.0389. • 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 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.

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. www. 2nd Sunday: The Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance 7pm. Blanchette Park, 1900 W Randolph St.

HEALTH July 30: Body Composition Screening for Women 3-5pm at Lake Saint Louis City Hall. Free screening to determine your percentage of body fat and more. Each appointment takes approximately 5 minutes. Pre-registration is required, 636.928.WELL (9355) to schedule. Sudoku Solutions from page 10



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Vol 9 No 28

July 11, 2007

Vol 9 No 28

Mosquito Season

By Shelly A.




Missouri is home to about mosquitoes. Some live less 50 species of while others than may live several a week, months. Community Health and ment states the Environit is only the female mosquito that “bites” and she does so blood meal needed to lay to obtain the viable eggs. While mosquitoes usually do more than drive little the family from doors to the the outindoors, they carriers of are sometimes dang may contract erous diseases. Hum ans malaria, gue, and encephalitis; yellow fever, denand dogs may heartworm. get Most of these the exception diseases, of human encephalitis with canine heartworm, have been fairly and eliminated well from Health officials the entire United States. said outbreaks of to borne encephalitis mosquihave periodically occurred in Missouri. “Canine heartworm is an endemic problem, with ers escalating costs to animal owneach warned. “Effective year,” health officials measures including mosquito control the elimination swamp areas, of to keep road and maintenance efforts ditches clear have done and much to control water free mosquito for disease transmission.”


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July 24, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Joe Morice

Over the Fence

Lady Luck Is Overrated I experienced a serendipitous event yesterday. I opened a can of chicken noodle soup for lunch and found some chicken in it! In fact, several chunks appeared with the first spoonful. I know a good luck omen when I see it. With an omen like this, I took advantage of it before Lady Luck lost her good mood. After I finished the soup, I drove to a lottery ticket outlet and bought a handful. I’ll soon be rich! You’re probably thinking, “If you found a good luck omen, surely you would visit a gambling boat.” Perhaps you’re right, but I’m paranoid after some friends lost their homes because of a gambling habit. Of course they should have known better, but they probably didn’t pay attention to good luck finding chicken in noodle soup. I believe Lady Luck might not like gambling boats because the gamblers who lose blame her for it. She would know the nearby gambling boat was originally a real riverboat moored along the river bank. It made so much money, it became a boat-in-a-moat...or perhaps a ship-in-a-moat surrounded by sheet piling to protect it from floods, dry spells and IRS agents. It doesn’t have any moat monsters, although I saw a security guard that might pass for one. I’ll stick to the lottery for my good luck omen. Winnings would be in the millions instead of thousands, anyway. The most popular omen is the celebrated four-leaf clover. When I was a kid, I searched a nearby clover patch searching for one in vain. Lady Luck was probably in one of her bad moods. This meant no four-leaf clover. A week later, I tripped on a stone when passing through that clover patch and hurt my knee. While I sat cursing my knee and torn blue jeans my Mother had

just patched, I discovered a four-leaf clover. Is there such a thing as a bad luck four-leaf clover? My father told me I should make my own luck. I mulled that over for a while. I figured if I made my own luck and had that four-leaf clover to boot, I could surely impress a girl I had a crush on by performing various antics on the school’s playground equipment. She smiled when I hung off the top of the swing-set by my knees. She laughed heartily when I fell off and landed on my head. While I groaned in pain, she told me I was dumb and merrily skipped away. I decided luck was overrated. When I got home, I fed that four-leaf clover to the neighbor’s goat. The next day, the goat disappeared and was never seen again. Yikes! I’m sure I’ll win the lottery. I’ll use some of it to impress a woman I have a crush on. I’ll wear a high-dollar suit and rent a limo. Then I’ll send her two dozen roses and ask her if she would accompany me to the most expensive restaurant in town for a candlelight dinner. I just know she’ll come because big bucks almost always override Lady Luck. Maybe we’ll stop by a playground on the way, and I’ll hang by my knees from the swing set. If she laughs and calls me dumb, I’ll slip a four-leaf clover in her dinner salad at the expensive restaurant when she isn’t looking. 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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