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September 21, 2011

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Celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary September 23-25 in historic St. Charles.

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Why is it called Oktoberfest when it’s in September? The question is asked every year, and the answer is “marriage.” Royal marriage. The first Oktoberfest was held in October 1810 in Munich, Germany, in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese. The celebration lasted a full week. Over several years, the festival expanded to several weeks. Because Bavaria tends to get chilly in October, the festival was moved forward into September. The St. Charles Oktoberfest is a threeday event held along the Missouri River in Frontier Park. Festival hours are 4 to 11 p.m. on Friday, September 24; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 25; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 26. The festival includes something for everyone. For the adult crowd, enjoy several entertainment tents with a great selection of German and popular music and cold beverages. The children’s area, Pumpkin Happening, is complete with magic and children's shows, face and pumpkin painting, movies, photo opportunities, bounce houses and more. The $5 fee entitles children to paint their own pumpkin (until the pumpkins are gone), splatter paint and jump at the bounce houses (two for toddlers and two for older children). Other free activities include solar and star-gazing with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri, and pumpkin carving by the Saint Charles Area Woodcarvers. Area high schools have painted Halloween scenes perfect for photo ops, and will create pumpkin sculptures. For the family there will be food, gift vendors, and G&W Bratwurst throughout the grounds. The parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 24. It starts at the Foundry Art Center on North Main and proceeds one mile down Main Street. After the parade is the traditional tapping of the keg (around noon). The always entertaining beer, brats Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . 2-7 Lincoln County Life . . . . . . . .8 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . .10-11

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and steins challenge will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Hofbrau Tent. Wiener takes all at the Second Annual Wiener Dog Derby Dachshund Race and Fashion Show. This delightful event will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the Radeberger-Tucher Tent in Frontier Park. On Sunday, compete or just watch the Run for the River 5K. Run along Riverside Drive and on the Katy Trail. The race starts at 9 a.m. at Riverside and Jefferson. Timekeeping is by Big River Running. Register online at bigriverrunning.com/runfortheriver. Into classics? Join the fun at the 25th Annual Car Show, held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Cars must be 25 years or older and stock. Hosted by the First Capitol Classics Auto Club, there will be three trophies awarded in each class, and Best of Show trophies in pre and post-World War II, and a Suntrup Sponsor’s Trophy. The fee is $20 and registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. No street rods or customs, please. This show features drive-through judging and free registration to cars or trucks 1920 or

earlier. There will also be a $100 and $50 drawing for one lucky participant (one chance per car). The vehicle and owner must be present at the end of the awards ceremony to win. For more information,

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Thank You!

St. Louis Pirate Festival at Rotary Park Renaissance St. Louis, Inc. will be in Rotary Park Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 for its annual Pirate Festival. The park is located at 2577 West Meyer Road. Parking at the Pirate Festival is free. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to a full contingent of pirates, visitors will find a wide selection of bountiful food and drink options, as well as a plethora of shops where they can browse a variety of handcrafted

treasures and unique items. And of course, there will also be an impressive assortment of entertainment acts scheduled throughout the event. Adult tickets for the Pirate Festival are $10.95 each, tickets for children ages 6-13 are $7.95, and children age 5 and under are admitted free. Military, police, firefighters, and seniors ages 65 and up will receive $2 off the adult price at the gate. Special discounts are availalbe at www.renstl.org.

Police/Justice Center Open House You’re invited to tour the new St. Peters Police/Justice Center facility at the corner of Grand Teton Drive and Suemandy Drive during an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Police Department will conduct tours between 1-5 p.m. See how police carry out the duties of protecting and serving the community from within the state-of-the-art Police/Justice Center. The facility has 50,000 square feet of space for police functions, doubling the size of the previous Police Department. The 65,000-square-foot building also is home to the St. Peters Municipal Court and St. Peters Board of Aldermen chambers. Tours will start at 1 p.m., and the last tour will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tours will be conducted on a firstcome, first-served basis. Light refreshments will be served. Parking is available at the City of St. Peters lot across Suemandy at Mid Rivers Mall. The sixth and seventh grade Jr. Jaguar Cheer squads honored O’Fallon’s hometown heroes on Sunday, September 11. The Jr. Jaguar Cheerleaders met at the #4 First Station, 1306 Sunview Drive, and delivered chili and cookies to the firefighters and thanked them for their service to our community. The squads then split up into groups and visited the other four stations along with the O’Fallon Police Station. Photos courtesy of Assistant Coach Kemberly Perkins.

Habitat for Humanity Seeks Prospective Homeowners Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County is seeking applications from local families that would like to be considered as new homeowners for a Habitat for Humanity home in St. Charles County, MO. Interested families should contact Michelle Woods at 636.978.5712 to complete a prescreening interview on the phone or in person. Individuals must contact Michelle Woods no later than September 30, 2011, to be considered for the current homes available. Individuals who contact the office after September 30, 2011, may be considered for future available homes. The family selection process includes the completed application form, interviews, credit checks and a review of the family in the community. To be considered, local families must be living in substandard housing and have lived in St. Charles County for one year at the time of application. In addition, families must meet the income requirements and have a willingness to partner with Habitat and complete 350

“sweat equity” hours. Once the process is completed, Habitat will select qualified families for low-cost homes they will purchase with interest free mortgages. Since its inception in St. Charles County in 1997, Habitat has completed 49 homes. The local organization is a not-for-profit affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International whose mission is developing housing for low-income families who cannot otherwise afford adequate housing. Homes are built by volunteers and with “sweat equity” labor provided by the family selected to live in the new home. Habitat then sells these homes to low-income families with low, interest-free mortgages. There is a continuing need for financial and construction support from local businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals. There is also a critical need for building sites. Interested parties should contact the Habitat office at 636.978.5712 or visit www. habitatstcharles.org.


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St. Charles County Offers Fall Hayrides at Broemmelsiek Park Enjoy an old-fashioned hayride with family and friends at Broemmelsiek Park, 1615 Schwede Rd., near Wentzville through November 20. Groups of all ages are welcome to enjoy the fun of a hayride without traveling miles from home. Two tractor pulled wagons take guests on a 45-minute ride through tree-lined fields of the park. Afterwards, participants can enjoy sitting around a glowing bonfire for an hour to roast their own treats. Guests may also bring non-alcoholic beverages, but glass containers are prohibited on the wagons or at the campfire site. Advanced reservations are required by contacting the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636.949.7535. The cost is $125 a wagon with a maximum of 20 people per wagon. Hayrides may

be reserved for 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Fridays and 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to the group hayrides, individual families and small groups can also join in the fun of a Hayride Hoedown at Broemmelsiek Park on Saturday, October 22. Guests will experience a 45-minute wagon ride through the park, along with a light dinner, s‘mores, and the foot-stomping, knee-slapping performance of Babaloo, a one-man musical comedy act suitable for all ages. Cost for this special event is $8.50 per person, and advanced reservations before October 14 are required. Sessions are offered at 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m., and are limited to 40 participants per session. To register for the Hayride Hoedown, call 636.949.7535 or visit www.stccparks.org. Mayor Sally Faith and the St. Charles Economic Development department dedicated a plaque at the Sept. 6 City Council meeting in honor of the late Jack Heck. This past May, the city renamed its Employer of the Year award in the category of Manufacturing/Industrial the Jack Heck award -in an effort to recognize a business that embodies the true spirit of collaboration – in memory of St. Charles’ economic development friend, partner and colleague. The plaque will permanently reside in the lobby of city hall, and will be updated each year with the name of the business entity honored in this category. In 2011, Richard Jensen of Rx Systems, Inc. received the inaugural Jack Heck honors. Pictured (left to right) at Tuesday’s meeting are: John Heck, David Heck, Emily Heck, Mike Heck, Scott Tate, Mayor Faith, Richard Jensen and David Leezer.

Westbound Boone Bridge to Close September 25 The Missouri Department of Transportation will close westbound I-64 Route 40/61) at the Missouri River (Daniel Boone Bridge) Sunday, September 25, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. for a routine inspection. Crews will close westbound I-64 (Route 40/61) at Long Road in Chesterfield, and all access to St. Charles County from Route 40/61, starting at 7 a.m. Sunday, September 25. The roadway will reopen by 10 p.m. that night. Drivers will still be able to get to St. Charles County using I-70, Route 364, and Route 370 will remain open. The detour for the closure is taking I-270 to I-70 or using Route 364 to Route 94. For people returning to St. Louis, however, eastbound Route 40/61 over the river will remain open. The inspection is needed to ensure that the 1930s-era

Boone Bridge remains safe for the 75,000 vehicles which use it daily. Plan ahead to avoid work zones by calling 1.888.ASK.MODOT or visiting www.modot.org/stlouis/ Travelers can get up-to-the-minute traffic information on interstates or major state routes by dialing 5-1-1 from most cell phones; if 5-1-1 isn’t available from your telephone, please dial 877.478.5511.

Fall Job Fair The public is invited to attend the Fall Job Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, in Civic Hall, 305 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free. The fair will have positions for professionals as well as skilled and unskilled workers. Job-seekers should dress professionally, bring copies of their resumes, and have pens on hand for filling out applications. The Fall Job Fair is sponsored by the City of O’Fallon, the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Career Center, and the Missouri Employer Committee. For more information, call 636.255.6060, or visit www.work.sccmo.org/workforce/.

Joshua Zink, John Wustman Open Crescendo Concert Season Rising young baritone, Joshua Zink and his teacher and mentor, John Wustman, world renowned pianist, will open the Crescendo Concert Series 2011-2012 Season at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 25 at St. John United Church of Christ. Zink made his debut with the Nashville Opera as Marullo in Rigoletto. He has also appeared with the Dayton Opera and Opera New Jersey and performed at the Pine Mountain Music Festival as Resident Opera Artist. He has performed in numerous concerts and recitals in the United States. Together with Wustman, he has performed Schubert’s Winterreise three times, and received commendable reviews. Wustman, often called “the dean of American accompanists”, is a pianist, vocal coach, accompanist and teacher who has performed extensively, nationally and internationally. He has appeared in leading concert halls with many of the world’s greatest singers, including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Birgit Nilsson and Luciano Pavarotti. Tenor Jerry Hadley, soprano Erie Mills, and baritones Nathan Gunn and Zhou Zheng are among his most distinguished students. Wustman is Professor Emeritus of Music at the Center for Advanced Study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A pre-concert talk by musicologist Nancy Rubenstein, Ph.D. will be at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased at the door. Season tickets for all four performances may be purchased for $60. Visit www.crescendoconcerts.org for more information. Crescendo Concert Series receives significant support from the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of St. Charles, the Arts and Educational Council, and the St. Charles County Arts Council.


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National Night Out Against Crime Moved to October

Cardinals Care Foundation Awards Grants

This year tackle the crime, not the heat! The City of St. Peters’ annual National Night Out has moved from the heat of August to the cooler climate of fall. The event this year will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4. National Night Out provides an opportunity for residents to come together with local law enforcement and take an active stand towards crime. St. Peters residents are encouraged to turn on their outside lights and step outside and join their neighbors in a block party. Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, the goal of National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhood and law enforcement partnerships to reduce crime. The St. Peters Police Department encourages participation in the event and accepts invitations to visit your block parties. Every year, officers hand out fun items to kids such as baseball cards and candy. Officers also make unscheduled visits to other National Night Out parties while out on patrol. For more information or to request police visits to your National Night Out party, call ext. 3550 at either 636.278.2244 or 636.477.6600.

A crew of kids and adults (all wearing red) representing scores of non-profit agencies throughout the St. Louis region showed up at Busch Stadium recently to receive grants to further their mission. The Cardinals Care Foundation, which helps those who help children, routinely gives away thousands of dollars as part of the Baseball Cardinals’ commitment to the community. Karen Runge, the Care Service’s director of development, said that, as in years past, Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service reaped the reward (a $3,000 grant) with clear gratitude. “The Cardinals’ grant is like a vote of confidence in our work,” Runge said. “We’re buoyed to keep doing our utmost for children in need and their families in our service area.” Cardinals Care Vice President Michael Hall led the ceremony, stressing the good work agencies like Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service do for the whole community. The Cardinals Care Founda-

Senior Citizens Day

Hayrides at Fort Zumwalt Park

The city of Weldon Spring will host its 11th annual Senior Citizens Day from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, September 23 in the Senior Barn. This local Senior Citizen’s Day is a free annual event that recognizes and celebrates our area seniors (ages 60 and better). The day features a patriotic theme, along with a variety of new vendors, entertainment and door prizes. Vendors include assistance and information from all areas of senior living, including: gift ideas, beauty tips, jewelry, hobbies, senior centers, financial planning, hearing, social security, insurance, public safety and more. All activities will take place at the Senior Barn at 5401 Independence Road in Weldon Spring. Free health screenings will be performed by Pat Velders from St Luke’s Urgent Care, Mike Boese with the Wellness Center. Other trained professionals will be available to go over the test results with guests. Refreshments, door prizes and giveaways will be part of the festivities, and Cowboy Bob will once again provide special entertainment. For more information, or to donate or volunteer, please call Pat Oldcroft at 636.441.2110, Ext. 2, or visit www.weldonspring.org.

tion distributed more than $900,000 in varied outreach efforts last year, the non-profit’s annual report stated. That figure included grants to childoriented agencies like Sts. Joachim and Ann. During the ceremony, Cardinals pitcher Jake Westbrook answered questions from the kids present. “We know the kids look up to us, so we try to give back to them whenever we can,” he said. Of course, Cardinals mascot Fredbird wowed the crowd with his avian antics. He wasn’t the only animal to attract attention. When Vice President Hall named the non-profit grant recipients aloud, several representatives yelled vocal appreciation for their gift. Support Dogs, Inc., working canine Corona barked her thanks, to the pleasure of the whole group. Best of all, Cardinals Care offered a limited number of free tickets to that night’s game with the Atlanta Braves.

Planning a family get-together or festivities for your organization? Book an outing that stands out from the crowd – an old-fashioned, tractor-pulled hayride through scenic Fort Zumwalt Park, with a blazing bonfire to gather around afterwards. Hayrides can accommodate up to 25 passengers per trip, which makes them perfect for family or school reunions, church or company picnics, club functions and scouting. Groups are welcome to bring food and beverages to enjoy. Hayrides are currently available through November 11 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hayrides also may be booked for Saturdays and Sundays through November 13, with a choice of 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. The cost for up to 25 passengers is $99 for O’Fallon residents or $110 for non-residents, and for up to 50 passengers the cost is $160 for O’Fallon residents or $177 for non-residents. Reservations must be made two weeks in advance. To make reservations, please contact Paula Creech at pcreech@ofallon.mo.us, or call 636.474.8121.

St. Charles County Senior Fair The St. Peters Senior Advisory Committee and the city of St. Peters are sponsoring the St. Charles County Senior Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 1 at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at City Hall. The free event includes flu shots for $25 and pneumonia shots for $45 (Medicare is accepted or receipts will be provided for other insurance reim-

bursement); bone density testing, evaluations of balance and flexibility, blood pressure checks, and education and vendor booths featuring organizations offering products or services for seniors. There will also be a mini-veterans fair with representatives from various veterans groups. The St. Peters Senior Advisory Committee will host a nonperishable food drive to help a local food pantry. For every two items participants contribute, they will receive an extra ticket for a raffle drawing with prizes and gift cards to local businesses. Seminars include a 9:15 a.m. presentation by Mary Kientzy, Veterans Service officer for the Missouri Veterans Commission, speaking about Veterans Benefits, what may be available, and how to access them. At 10:15 a.m., Donna Hollingsworth will give a Zumba Gold Demonstration. Zumba Gold is a fitness program designed to take the exciting Latin and International dance rhythms created in the original Zumba and bring them to the active older adult, the beginner participant and other special populations that may need modifications. The program is so easy to follow that everyone of any age can do it. The Latin-inspired dance program includes Merengue, Salsa, Cha Cha, Cumbia, Belly Dance, Flamenco, Tango and Rock & Roll. Finally, at 11 a.m. Terri Hirsch, Mid East Area Agency on Aging, and Judy Baker, Regional Director of Health and Human services, will each have presentations.


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New Table Tennis League Forming at the Renaud Spirit Center

SCC Student Senate Presents “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Test your table tennis skills in O’Fallon’s new, self-officiated Table Tennis League. Games will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. beginning Sunday, October 16 at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Mo. 63368. Game balls will be provided, but players must bring their own paddles. The cost for the 10-week league is $50 for O’Fallon residents and $56 for nonresidents. League players also can take advantage of drop-in play every Monday and Friday. The cost will be $2 for O’Fallon residents and $4 for non-residents. Times and dates are: 9 - 11 a.m. and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 10 1 - 3 p.m. and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14 O’Fallon’s Parks and Recreation Department offers three ways to register for programs: 1. Visit the Parks and Rec website, www.ofallon.mo.us/ParksandRec 2. Call 636.474.2732 or 636.379.5606 3. Come to the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive, 63366, or the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC), 2650 Tri Sports Circle, 63368 For more information, please contact Paula Creech by email at pcreech@ofallon.mo.us, or call 636.474.8121.

St. Charles Community College Student Senate is proud to present “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 7 on the lawn at SCC (the rain location is the SCC College Center Gymnasium). The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. No outside food or drinks will be allowed, but the Student Senate will sell concessions. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. Guests are also invited to dress up as their favorite Rocky Horror characters. Prop Bags will be sold and participation in interactive experience is encouraged! Tickets are $7 general admission and $5 with a SCC ID. Tickets are on sale in the Students Activities Office in Room 102 of the College Center on the SCC campus. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the show. All proceeds will go toward SCC Student Senate. The film is rated R, so this show is recommended for ages 17 and older only, unless accompanied by an adult. For more information, please contact Jared Streiler, Student Senate president, at sccstudentsenate@gmail.com or 636.922.8540.

Down on the Farm at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre Give kids ages 1 1/2 to 5 a taste of farm life at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre with Down on the Farm – a “Music for Me” class starting Oct. 18. Your child will experience life on the farm while singing about farm animals, chores, playing outside and the fall season. This kid-friendly class will feature a barn dance that is sure to get the little ones up and moving. Parents can join in on the fun as kids learn to move to the music. Down on the Farm is a five-session class held on Tuesday mornings from 10:15-11 a.m. The cost to register is $55 and includes materials and a decorated canvas bag. It’s never too early to get your kids’ started on an active path and “Music for Me” classes are a great way to get your kids’ up and moving. The City of St. Peters is offering activities for kids of all ages to get active as part of the national Let’s Move! initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, to fight childhood obesity and raise a healthier generation of kids. The City of St. Peters Mayor, Len Pagano and the Board of Alderman have joined this initiative because they care about the health of the community and want to provide opportunities for them to be healthy. If you’re interested in registering for this class or for more information on future classes contact Laurie Strickland at 636.928.2004.

Biblical Business Training Biblical Business Training (BBT) group participants learn how scripture can help them make decisions in daily life and their overall career. Groups are comprised of participants who work together, as well as participants from other companies. So, learning how other professionals apply their faith, in every-day challenges, in their various roles and responsibilities are natural benefits to all BBT participants. Entrepreneurs and small business owners also benefit from joining a BBT group for networking and sharing best practices with peers and others from larger companies. How BBT Works: A group leader will distribute the agenda for each upcoming meeting. The agenda will describe meeting preparation items such as pre-reading from curriculum and the Bible. The agenda will also have the discussion questions that will be covered during the meeting. BBT meetings are held at 7 a.m. each Friday at the St. Charles County YMCA, 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters, Mo. 63376. For more information, please contact Joe Tocco at 314.482.4333 or jtocco@MinistriesAtWork.org.

Low Vision Centers Host Open House Mid-East Area Agency and Missouri Rehabilitation Services for the Blind have established the St. Charles County Low Vision Center located in the O’Fallon Senior Center, 106 N. Main, O’Fallon, Mo. 63366. The Low Vision Center offers low vision aids to Missouri residents age 55 and older who experience varying degrees of vision loss. Low Vision Centers will host an open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, September 30 at the O’Fallon Senior Center. A representative from Mid-East Area Agency on Aging will be available to answer questions about Rehabilitation Services for the Blind and will demonstrate how to use the low vision aids available at the Low Vision Center. Participants who would like to stay for lunch after the Open House should call 636.272.4180 by September 28 to make a lunch reservation. The Low Vision Center is open Monday-Friday by appointment only. To schedule an appointment call the Center at 636.272.4180. For more information about Rehabilitation Services for the Blind call 1.800.592.6004. Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, a not-for-profit organization, provides services, programs, information and assistance to older adults living in the counties of St. Louis, Jefferson, Franklin, and St. Charles.


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Archway Spas Ribbon Cutting Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County Celebrates Two New Homes

Archway Spas celebrated its Grand Opening on August 25! Family, friends, Mayor Len Pagano and the St. Peters Chamber helped cut the ribbon! Stop by and see all the amazing items for your home, outdoor living and relaxation! Archway Spas is located at 86 Spencer Road St. Peters, MO 63376.

Times are tough economically. There’s no doubt about that, even in St. Charles County. That hasn’t stopped Habitat for Humanity - St. Charles County and Safety National and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans who helped build and fund the homes for the families in urgent need of one. Safety National and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans members came together in 2011 to help two families and bless them with the gift of homeownership through the help of funding and building of their safe, decent affordable homes. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will also be the house sponsors for our next home that we will be celebrating this morning as well with a groundbreaking ceremony. Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity representatives, board members, and, of course, the excited partner families will gather at 104 Eisenhower Dr. and 121 Clinton Court at 9 a.m. on Saturday, September 24. The home is located in the Enclaves at Eisenhower in St. Peters. There, Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County will honor the hard work of countless volun-

teers, the generous financial backing and the community support that made this home possible. They will also celebrate and turn the dirt over for the future Habitat home to be located at 107 Clinton Court. The homebuyers are more than a little eager to move into their new home. They have completed over 350 hours of “sweat equity” helping build their home, a basic tenet of Habitat for Humanity. They will repay the no-profit mortgage over a period of 30 years, illustrating Habitat for Humanity’s objective to give families a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” “We feel extremely blessed and are excited to partner with the Thrivent Builds program and Safety National again this year,” said Ashlee Johnson, executive director. “This home marks the second home for Safety National and the seventh Thrivent home built through the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County partnership. These two homes are Habitat’s 50th and 51st houses!”

Wentzville to Hold Open House Highlighting Transportation Issues Traffic flow and management of transportation issues are always high priorities with residents. To get the latest information on what transportation projects have been completed, which ones are in progress, and what projects are being considered, residents are invited to attend a Transportation Program Open House from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at Wentzville’s Progress Park. City officials and staff members will talk to residents about road projects and maintenance and answer questions. In addition, residents will be able to view maps and displays about transportation projects currently underway, projects that are only in the planning stage at this time,

and projects that have been recently completed. Frequently-Asked-Questions display boards that evening will also help residents better understand the city’s transportation program and things like anticipated priorities for upcoming transportation projects, how the city’s transportation sales tax is collected and used, and when the current transportation sales tax is set to expire and what effect that could have on future projects. Residents who attend the Transportation Program Open House will have the opportunity to give the city feedback on a variety of transportation issues, such as road construction and maintenance. Participants will also have the opportunity let city officials know how they would prioritize the transportation projects the city has proposed, and make suggestions on transportation projects they would like to see happen or changes they would like to see made. City officials believe there will be a significant interest by residents in an informational forum of this type, based on residents’ responses to the Community Attitude Survey the city conducted in 2010. The results of the survey indicated residents rated the city high in most service areas, but transportation issues were an area of concern. The city’s management of traffic flow and congestion is the only area that received less than a 50 percent approval rating. Forty-three percent of residents gave the city a satisfied or very satisfied rating in this area, but 29 percent of respondents indicated they were dissatisfied. City officials hope the Transportation Program Open House will provide residents information on what projects are taking place in Wentzville, and also provide the city direction on where residents want to see improvements made and resources focused.


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St. Charles County Paws in the Park The St. Charles County Parks Department will host its 8th Annual Paws in the Park celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Saturday, September 24, at Broemmelsiek Park, 1615 Schwede Rd., off of Highway DD in Wentzville. This year’s event will be held inside the unique off-leash dog area of the park, which features a large pond for dogs to splash around and play in. Pet lovers from across the region will attend this fun, free off-leash dog-festival packed with contests, prizes, sponsor giveaways, and K-9 and obedience skills demonstrations. “Paws in the Park has grown to be one of our most popular programs of the year,” Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer said. Beginning at 11 a.m., Ares, a specially trained dog from the St. Charles County Sheriff K-9 Unit, will conduct a drug search with a seized car, followed by a suspect tracking exhibit in the park. At noon, a local trainer from Helping Hounds Training will showcase her dogs with obedience and skills demonstrations. Other activities going on throughout the day include, “Best Trick” and “Fastest Pond Ball Retrieval” contests with prizes awarded to the top dogs! Plus a $250 gift certificate to Kennelwood Pet Resorts will be raffled off during the event, as well as a couple of elevated dog diners from Best Friend’s Diners. Event sponsors will also provide many dogfriendly services, including:

• $10 micro-chipping provided by the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center • Free nail clippings administered by Westinn Kennels • Limited mobile pet grooming available by Goin’ to the Dogs, Time for a Trim, Wags to Riches and Love your Mutt • Dogs for adoption through the St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center In addition, Paws in the Park sponsors will also provide product giveaways during the event: • Free Frosty Paw dog ice cream treats supplied by Kennelwood Pet Resorts • Drawing for five 50lb. bags of dog food provided by Greene’s Country Store and Feed • “Doggie goodie bags” to the first 150 participants • Pet/family photo session valued at $75 by First Impressions Photography • Pet vaccination package provided by The Pet Doctor • Four $10 Master Card Debit Cards donated by First State Bank • Coupon for free sample of Boxador Bites, an all natural pet treat • Pet gifts provided by WestInn Kennels • Free birthday snow cone party valued at $50 donated by LadyBug Snow Cones • Three free pet grooming gift certificates provided

by area mobile pet groomers • Free pet food samples and coupons provided by PETCO of Dardenne Prairie • Pet gift basket and a gift certificate to Paws and Relax Pet Spa While enjoying all the festivities, pet lovers and their four-legged friends can also purchase some tasty treats. Members of Guardians Auto Club will hold a BBQ fundraiser to benefit needy St. Charles County families. LadyBug Snow Cones will also be selling tropical icy treats that even Fido will enjoy. Area businesses sponsoring the event include: St. Charles County Parks Department, St. Charles County Pet Adoption Center, St. Charles County Sheriff Department, First State Bank, Greene’s Country Store and Feed, WestInn Kennels, Kennelwood Pet Resorts, The Pet Doctor, Goin to the Dogs Grooming, Time for a Trim Grooming, Wags to Riches Grooming, Love your Mutt Grooming, First Impressions Photography, Helping Hounds Training, Boxador Bites, Best Friends Diner, PETCO of Dardenne Prairie, Paws and Relax Pet Spa, Guardians Auto Club, and LadyBug Snow Cones. For more information about the Paws in the Park event, which has literally gone to the dogs, please contact Parks Marketing Coordinator Nancy Lee Gomer at 636.949.7535.

pletely remove all the minerals in the water system and may cause the water to look murky. Fire District officials said they would do their best to keep this inconvenience to a minimum. Residents are urged to cycle their washing machines before putting in laundry as this will help prevent clothing from becoming stained from mineral deposits and rust. While hydrant testing needs to be per-

formed to help improve safety for all citizens, the Fire District apologizes in advance for any inconvenience this work may cause. Questions? Call the Wentzville Fire Protection District at 636.327.6239 or visit www. wentzvillefire.org.

Fire Hydrant Testing Wentzville Fire Protection District will finish the annual fire hydrant testing in the Flint Hill and Foristell areas between Monday, September 19 and Friday, September 30. The testing was suspended earlier this spring and summer due to the dry weather conditions. The testing will be conducted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fire District officials want residents with hydrants in their yards to make sure nothing blocks access. A blocked or hidden hydrant can cause serious delays when firefighters respond to fires. Fire hydrant testing allows the firefighters to complete preventive maintenance on the water discharge caps, outlet ports, and the fire hydrant’s operating stem. The testing also allows rust and mineral deposits to be flushed out of the hydrants and waterlines. This work is imperative to the proper operation of fire hydrants in times of emergencies and may cause some inconvenience to our citizens. The flushing of fire hydrants and waterlines does not com-


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3rd Annual Ryan P. Martin Golf Tournament The 3rd Annual Ryan P. Martin Golf Tournament will be held at Pheasant Run Golf Course located at 3465 Hwy K in O’Fallon, MO on Saturday, September

24, 2011. There will be a small fee for each team of four. Drinks and food will be included with the entry fee. Registration begins at 12 p.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The event features 18 holes of golf with a cart, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, prizes for the two

longest drives, basket drawings, and a $15,000 hole-in-one contest. Hole sponsorships are available. This Golf Tournament was set up to honor Ryan P Martin and to spread the word about pneumococcal meningitis. For more information contact Courtney Ryan at 636.262.8869 or ryanpaulsmom@yahoo.com or call Bryan Martin at 636.262.5909.

Upcoming PALS Events • PALS night at IMO’S in Troy will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 3. Dine in, carry out, or have dinner delivered to your door and help a good cause at the same time! A portion of the sales will be donated to PALS, a local animal shelter. • PALS will hold its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, October 29 at Raceway Parkway in Moscow Mills. Registration fee is a $120 for a team of eight players. This includes all event supplies, beer and set-ups. For more information about PALS, please visit www.palspets.com or call 636.338.1818.

Foreclosed Property Purchase On Thursday, September 8, the Lincoln County R-III School District officially purchased 125 acres of foreclosed property off Adelhardt Road. The land was purchased at auction for $298,000 and will allow the District to manage the projected student growth and complete the Long Range Plan. The R-III District’s Long Range Plan currently states the need for relocating the Early Childhood Education Center, recapturing Claude Brown as an elementary, and reducing the size of Troy Middle School by building a second middle school. The R-III District also recently purchased four acres of foreclosed property on South Main for the relocation of the Early Childhood Education Center. The District would then re-purpose the Claude Brown building into an elementary school, which will save taxpayers $12 million. The District’s Board of Education is considering a $3 million “no tax” increase bond issue in April 2012 to fund the project. Approximately 75 community and staff members (Long Range Planning Team) devised the plan two years ago during a six-month period after reviewing projected growth, current space issues, revenue and bonding capacity.


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Business

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O’Fallon’s First Chick-fil-A Restaurant Opening September 22

Lindenwood University South Speed O’Fallon Center Networking Event

First 100 in Line at New Restaurant to Win Free Year’s Supply of Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A will open its first O’Fallon location on September 22, and will award a free year’s supply of Chick-filA to the first 100 adults in line that morning. Chick-fil-A will award a one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A® Meals (52 certificates) to each of the first 100 adults in line, age 18 and older with identification, at the restaurant located at 2106 Highway K. The line officially opens at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, with the free meal cards being awarded Thursday, September 22, sometime between 6 a.m. and 6:10 a.m. The restaurant will open for business immediately thereafter. If there are more than 100 people by 6 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, all 100 spots will be determined by a raffle. See http://www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/First-100 for complete rules. Mike Noel is the franchised Operator of the new O’Fallon restaurant. A long-time Missouri resident, Noel is a graduate from the University of Missouri with a degree in business administration. He brings years of corporate experience in the food industry to the new O’Fallon restaurant and is excited to incorporate that knowledge with Chick-fil-A’s long history of signature menu items and customer service. Noel, his wife Mary, and their three children look forward to serving the O’Fallon community. Hours for the new Chick-fil-A are 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, serving a full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m.

Lindenwood University South O’Fallon Center is a new business to the city of O’Fallon and celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on August 11, 2011. Pictured are Lindenwood officials and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, City of O’Fallon and O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessey. Master of Ceremonies Brett Barger, dean of Evening Admissions and Extension Campuses, introduced speakers, including Dr. James D. Evans, Lindenwood president; Bill Hennessey, mayor of O’Fallon; Erin Williams of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce; and Grace Harmon of the Lindenwood Board of Directors. Jann Weitzel, Lindenwood vice president for Academic Affairs, delivered the invocation, and Site Director Angie Hester was also recognized. The facility houses administrative offices and classrooms equipped with the latest instructional technology. It will be used for the University’s popular accelerated evening program, Lindenwood College for Individualized Education (LCIE). Lindenwood’s other extension centers are located throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, from Belleville, Ill., to Lincoln County, Mo. For more information about the O’Fallon South Campus or the LCIE program, call the Lindenwood Evening Admissions Office at 636.949.4933. Lindenwood University South O’Fallon Center is located at 4701 Highway K O’Fallon, Missouri. Call 636.627.6600 or visit them online at www.lindenwood.edu.

The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce is excited to host another Speed Networking event for area businesses and organizations. This event is open to the public and all businesses and organizations are encouraged to attend. The event will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 4 at Garden Villas of O’Fallon, 7092 South Outer 364 in O’Fallon, Mo. Heavy appetizers and drinks will be provided courtesy of Garden Villas of O’Fallon. Members of the O’Fallon Chamber may enjoy participating free of charge. Non-members will pay a nominal fee of $5. Proceeds will benefit the Boone Center, Inc. Space is limited to the first 200 registrants. Register online at www. ofallonchamber.org/speed-networking or call the Chamber office at 636.240.1818. The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting economic vitality in O’Fallon and the St. Charles County Region while providing members with networking opportunities, education and advocacy in public policy decisions affecting business. To learn more about the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce visit www.ofallonchamber.org.

New Defiance Park to be Named after Long-time Resident The Defiance Merchant’s Association announced that the new Katy Trial Park at Defiance will be named after 93 year-old Vera Jacobsen, a long-time resident of Defiance. The naming of the Park came after a contest promoted by the Association at the annual Katy Trail Father’s Day Family Bike Ride, where participants were asked to suggest and vote for a name for the new park. Dale Rollings, president of the Defiance Merchant’s Association, said, “Ms. Jacobsen got the most votes, and the Merchant’s Association voted unanimously to name the park after her. We think this is a fitting tribute to a long-time resident that has contributed so much to our community.” The dedication of the new park is tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9. At that time, Ms. Jacobsen will be honored and a sign will be erected naming the Park “Vera Jacobsen Park.” Residents of Defiance and surrounding areas are invited to attend.


Business

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Laser Vein Center Offers More Than Cosmetic St. Charles Artist Opens Gallery Procedures By DeAnna Massie When consumers learn about a clinic specializing in laser procedures, they may assume the focus is on cosmetic enhancement. That is not the case with the Laser Lipo and Vein Center. More commonly known as Laser Vein, this medical practice is located in O’Fallon, Mo., and is medically directed by board-certified phlebology specialist Thomas Wright, M.D. While his practice does perform cosmetic treatments such as pain-free hair removal and minimallyinvasive liposuction, Dr. Wright’s primary focus is on the treatment of many uncomfortable and dangerous venous diseases. Most people are familiar with the conditions known as varicose and spider veins, but Dr. Wright, a much sought-after authority on vein health, believes vein diseases are severely misunderstood and under-appreciated. The unsightly changes are actually symptoms of much more serious issues. Protruding, swollen veins can be very painful, and left untreated, can cause serious medical problems such as blood clots and Deep Vein Thrombosis. Before major advances in vein therapy, patients had to endure painful, invasive procedures to treat their vein disease, but all of that has changed. “The good news for patients is that advances in technology have made vein treatments much simpler with much quicker recovery,” Dr. Wright said. He has replaced painful vein-scraping with Laser ablation, a comfortable, noninvasive treatment that allows patients to recover very

quickly. Dr. Wright has also used his expertise with laser technology to introduce state‐of‐the‐art h a i r- re m ov a l treatments. Previous hairremoval lasers were pain- Phlebology Specialist, Thomas Wright, M.D. ful for all users and ineffective for clients with darker skin tones. A patient who tried the new Laser Vein laser said the treatment was relaxing and compared the sensation to that of having a warm stone massage. What’s most exciting about the advancement is that the new laser works on all skin types, even if the skin has been artificially tanned. This improvement opens up the possibility of laser hair removal to a much wider group. Thanks to the research of physicians like Dr. Wright, insurance companies now recognize vein disease as a legitimate health problem, and will cover diagnostic care and vein treatment. Dr. Wright emphasizes that suffering with painful vein issues is unnecessary. If you would like more information about vein disease treatment, or want to know more about any of the cosmetic or medical procedures offered by Dr. Wright, call Laser Vein at 636.397.4012.

Master Artist Fraser Leonard will hold the grand opening of his new gallery from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 24. The gallery is located at 3611 Schutzen Street in New Melle, Mo. Please RSVP to Nadine.Boon@sbcglobal.net or call 314.608.9899. The Fraser Leonard Art Gallery is open from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment at 314.853.3695.


School

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Wentzville Schools Observe Patriot Day

The Fort Zumwalt North High School leadership class, led by Mrs. Stacie Wulfert, volunteered their services at Brendan’s Playground in O’Fallon’s Westhoff Park on Friday, September 9. The students helped lay sod and plant shrubs amidst rain showers. The unique playground will allow children of all abilities to play together and is scheduled to open this fall.

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, many schools in the Wentzville School District held special events for Patriot Day. At Discovery Ridge Elementary, Principal Laura Bates spoke to the children about the importance of remembering the events of that bright Tuesday morning 10 years ago, and asked for a moment of silence. The assembly closed with a rousing version of “Freedom, Freedom” led by music teacher Molly Ragusky. Fifth grader Carson Brown said “I was only a few months old, but my parents always remind me that it’s a big deal, and a lot of people have died and risked their lives to protect our country.” At Prairie View Elementary, the annual Student Council election speeches are held on Patriot Day to remind students of the importance of the democratic process, and the sacrifices that individuals have made to insure that our country remains a democracy. At Crossroads Elementary, events included a visit by a bald eagle and World Trade Center survivor Kevin Boyer, who told the students what it was like to be in the south tower when it was hit on that fateful day. Boyer was on the 70th floor, and he described to the students how he was running down the stairs while first responders were running up, and how many of them didn’t make it out when the building collapsed. “Students try to understand, they’ve seen the video over the years, but most of these kids weren’t even born yet when it happened,” said Principal Richard Beauchamp. “I think meeting and hearing from someone who was actually there, it becomes a lot more real for them.” The activities concluded with a red, white, and blue balloon launch, an event that Crossroads also held on the first and fifth anniversaries of September 11. Students will keep track of the date and location of where the tagged balloons are found, adding a math and science curricular element to the release. In 2001, a tag was returned from a balloon that was found 20 miles off the east coast of Florida.

“TWEETUP SCC”

Fort Zumwalt School District elementary principals spent their Saturday morning on September 10, assisting with the landscaping duties at Brendan’s Playground in O’Fallon’s Westhoff Park. Many volunteers showed up to help get this unique playground, that is designed to allow children of all abilities to play in a safe environment, beautified. Pictured L-R: Mid Rivers Elementary principal, Mrs. Carol Ransom; Pheasant Point Elementary principal, Dr. Greg Cicotte; Emge Elementary principal, Mr. Alex Tripamer; Mount Hope Elementary principal, Dr. Sandy Baner; and Westhoff Elementary principal, Dr. Jason Sefrit.

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St. Charles Community College will host “TweetUp SCC,” a week of events focused on the educational, professional and networking uses of social media, during the week of September 2629 on the SCC campus. The week includes four presentations and two film showings, all of which are free and open to the public. For more information about the schedule, contact Andrea Compton, TweetUp SCC coordinator, at 636.922.8321 or acompton@ stchas.edu. “Social media allows us to network with experts, leaders and others with similar interests and build a life-long learning network,” Compton said. “We want to show students the importance of social media and how they can use it to their benefit.” TWEETUP SCC SCHEDULE All events will take place September 26-29 in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building on the SCC campus. Noon-1 p.m. Monday, September 26

“Social Media @ SCC” Kanna Taylor, SCC marketing specialist and avid social media enthusiast, will discuss the college’s social media efforts, including Facebook, Twitter and blogs. 6-7 p.m. Monday, September 26 “Networking vs. Friending” A board member from Social Media Club - St. Louis (SMCSTL) will discuss the difference between networking and “friending” on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as the benefits of networking via social media. 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 27 Film showing of “The Social Network” (PG-13) “The Social Network” is an Academy and Golden Globe-award winning film about how Facebook was founded. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 “Social Media in the Classroom” A panel made up of SCC faculty and students will discuss how social media can be used in the classroom, as well as its benefits and downfalls. 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 29 Film showing of “Catfish,” Privacy and Security Panel “Catfish” is a 2010 documentary about a New York City photographer who meets and builds a romantic relationship with a young woman through Facebook. Following the film, a panel will discuss the privacy and security issues involving social media. The SCC Student Activities and Marketing and Communications departments partnered with the student chapter of Phi Beta Lambda to sponsor the week-long events. For more information, visit www.stchas. edu/tweetup.


School

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Lindenwood University to Host Sport Management Career Symposium

Patriot Day Ceremony

The Lindenwood University School of Business and Entrepreneurship will host a Sport Management Career Symposium on Thursday, September 29 in Harmon Hall’s Dunseth Auditorium on the St. Charles campus. The event will provide networking and professional development opportunities to students wishing to pursue careers in the sport industry. The event’s morning session, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., will include a seminar, presented by the Lindenwood Career Development Office and TeamWork Online, that will cover resume building, interviewing and self-promotion skills. The symposium’s afternoon session, from noon to 4 p.m., will feature panel discussions, networking opportunities, and internship placement exploration. Representatives from various organizations will be present, including the St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, St. Louis Sports Commission, YMCA of Greater St. Louis, Rivers City Rascals and more. “Students will have face-to-face contact time with working professionals in the dynamic and exciting field of sport management,” said Molly Hudgins, department chair of Lindenwood’s sport management program. “They will be gathering insights and information directly from people they see and read about in sports and business media every day.” There is no cost to attend the event. For more information, contact Hudgins at 636.949.4192 or mhudgins@lindenwood.edu.

FZS Craft Show Fort Zumwalt South High School presents its 21st Annual Craft Show to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at the high school, 8050 Mexico Road in St. Peters. All 151 booth spaces are sold so this will be a great event this year. Craft lovers will find everything from jewelry to Christmas ornaments, holiday items, and wooden crafts, to soaps and bath products. In addition, there will be several home sales representatives like Pampered Chef, Scentsy and Tupperware, just to name a few. Bake Sale and concessions are also available. Proceeds benefit the high school activities booster club, which supports extra-curricular activities including sports, music, drama and academic activities.

In remembrance of September 11, Fort Zumwalt Twin Chimneys Elementary invited their heroes to lunch. The students shared handmade cards with local firemen and policemen as the heroes moved from table to table. The students and staff also wore red, white, and blue to honor Patriots’ Day.

SCC Idol Competition to be Held September 30 SCC Idol, St. Charles Community College’s own version of “American Idol,” will be a singing competition among SCC students, held at 7 p.m. Friday, September 30, in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building on the college’s campus in Cottleville. American Idol fans will enjoy hearing the local talent of SCC’s students in a fun atmosphere. In addition to becoming the 2011 SCC Idol winner, the first place winner will receive a $500 tuition grant from the SCC Foundation. Other prizes will be donated by the SCC Bookstore and businesses in the community. “This is one of my favorite events at SCC and it has grown every year,” said Mandi Smith, SCC student activities coordinator. “It gives the students on campus an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of friends, family and the community.” Judges will include representatives from SCC’s faculty and the local community. The event, which debuted in 2008, will raise funds for mul-

Trivia Night Fort Zumwalt South Middle School will host a trivia night on Friday, October 7 that is open to the public. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with questions beginning at 7 p.m. This event will support the choir program’s production of It’s a Random, Random, Random, Random World. Tables reserved in advance are $100 for up to eight team members and tables reserved that evening will cost $120. A registration form is available on the South Middle School page of the district’s website, www. fz.k12.mo.us . For more information, please call Mr. Buske at 636.379.1973.

ticultural and diversity programming at the college. Multicultural programs are designed to broaden students’ perspectives and enhance their education in a global society. The programs observe nationally recognized heritage months like Native American Heritage Month in November and Black History Month in February. The public is encouraged to attend and show support for their favorite idol. General admission tickets for the event are $5. Admission is free for SCC students with a college ID. Tickets will be on sale at the door the night of the event. To purchase tickets ahead of time, go to the Cashier’s Office located in the Administration Building on SCC’s campus. Contact Mandi Smith, SCC student activities coordinator, at 636.922.8469 or asmith@stchas. edu for more information.

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Learn & Play

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Statepoint Crossword Theme: TV Families

Oldest Pick “The Un-Forgotten Coat” Hello, Friends: Newsbee’s the name, reading’s my game. Each month, I select three books - preschool through eighth grade chosen to fit a particular theme. These are my Book Buzz Picks and I announce them in the newspaper. A honey of an idea, don’t you think? What better place to introduce kids to good books than on the pages of their local newspaper? Community News is proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will feature great books for children in three categories: Youngest Pick: early childhood to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy!

ACROSS 1. Divisions of a family or clan 6. Threat to illegal aliens 9. Greek goddess of youth, wife of Hercules 13. Whitman’s famous flower 14. *Homer Simpson’s exclamation 15. Craze 16. Pleasant odor 17. Spermatozoa counterpart 18. Tear-jerker 19. Treat cruelly 21. *Nora plus 5 kids 23. CD-___ 24. Among 25. Adam’s famous part 28. Often served hot with sushi 30. Relating to skin 35. *The Formans’ son on “That ‘70s Show” 37. *The Cunninghams had only one on “Happy Days”

39. *Dora the Explorer’s cousin 40. Actress Sofer’s given name 41. “Or else” in music 43. Mountain goat terrain 44. Render harmless 46. Upper layer of earth’s crust 47. “The Simpsons” palindrome 48. *Ozzie or Harriet 50. *Where Stewie sleeps on “Family Guy” 52. Buddhist doctrine 53. Done before wash? 55. Xanthan ___ 57. *Jim Bob and Michelle plus 19 kids 61. Make one a sir, e.g. 65. Embryo cradles 66. Pen ___ 68. Slobber 69. Frantic 70. Under the weather 71. Churchill/Roosevelt/Stalin meeting site 72. Throat-clearing sound

For information, we rely on textbooks, but when students from other countries share our schools, opportunities abound for cultural learning. Mongolia isn’t a place, Julie, the narrator of “The Unforgotten Coat,” by Frank Cottrell Boyce, knows anything about. But Julie O’Connor learns lots about the Asian locale when two boys from Mongolia join her for year six at her school near Liverpool, England. Years after Julie graduates from her elementary school, she returns to visit with her teacher, and finds out the mystery behind Chingis and Nergui, brothers from a faraway land who appointed Julie their official “Good Guide.” As a child, the information and Polaroid pictures they share fascinate Julie, and getting to know the boys changes her. Suddenly she’s interested in knowing more about the steppe, and the portable bamboo palace. As Julie introduces the boys to British life, she also discovers more about her school environment. Things aren’t at all what they seem in “The Unforgotten Coat,” and Julie has much to learn about global issues – what she discovers makes for a book that will appeal to adults as well as students – a read that’s amazing in its originality by the author of “Cosmic,” a previous Book Buzz Pick.

Reprinted with permission, Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2011.  73. Tax helper 74. Sometimes used to describe dragon DOWN 1. Block 2. Irish name of Ireland 3. Walk, as through mud 4. Less wild 5. *Lynette and Tom plus 6 kids 6. America’s choice 7. Thanksgiving time 8. Medieval oboe 9. Beefcake 10. Fourth largest Great Lake 11. Uncouth person 12. European sea eagles 15. Bowed out, as in cards 20. Idealized image

22. Assistance 24. Plane discomfort 25. *Thomas family friend on “What’s Happening!!” 26. _____ Adler, Sherlock Holmes’ romantic interest? 27. Twofold 29. Mistletoe tradition 31. Puerto ____ 32. *Fred or Ethel 33. Popular jewelry stone 34. Enter user name and password 36. Lightning McQueen movie 38. The one with pants on fire 42. Done to printer cartridge 45. Artwork of many pieces 49. Neither here ___ there 51. *Al and Peggy plus kids 54. Gelatin

56. No such thing as this type of victory? 57. Russian governmental agency 58. The Beehive State 59. DNA segment 60. Sinister 61. Singer Fitzgerald 62. Western cord necktie 63. Lesotho money 64. Distinctive elegance 67. One of a range in Europe See answers on page 21


MOVIE

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“I Don’t Know How She Does It”

Photo courtesy of Weinstein Company

Leaving her endless quest for Jimmy Choo shoes and Prada handbags behind, Sarah Jessica Parker is quite charming as a mom who wants to have it all in “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” Based on the novel by Allison Pearson, this comedy highlights the struggles of the modern working woman to balance the need for a paycheck with being there when the kids need her. Parker is Kate Reddy, a junior-level financial executive who is trying to get her big break. Called one of the best people in the industry, Kate has to play office politics to stay one step ahead of the people that want to see her fail. Kate’s passion for her work is only matched by her love for her husband Richard (Greg Kinnear) and their two kids. She doesn’t want to miss moments like birthday parties

and first haircuts, but her job forces Kate to travel a lot, especially when she is working on the biggest deal of her career. Although Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker’s “Sex and the City” character, lives in a fantasy world of martinis and high fashion, Kate Reddy of “I Don’t Know How She Does it” is a person that speaks to every working man and woman out there. Parker brings a real manic energy to the role, showing how Kate balances career demands with caring for the family. The smart choice would be for Kate to stop working long hours, but she refuses to quit doing everything for her family and career.

By Steve Bryan

(PG-13)

The male characters in “I Don’t Know How She Does It” are less sharply drawn than Kate Reddy. As Richard, Kate’s husband, Greg Kinnear doesn’t appear to be a team-player. Instead of focusing his energies on his own start-up business, it would make more sense for Richard to devote all his time to the kids to give Kate some breathing room. Pierce Brosnan’s character also is a little fuzzy around the edges, but still interesting. As financial wizard Jack Ablehammer, Brosnan is married to his work, but Kate shows him what he has been missing on the family front. “I Don’t Know How She Does It” is sweet and funny and quite relevant for the 21st Century. Sarah Jessica Parker is a great actress and roles like this one suit her much better than yet another trip into the fictional “Sex and the City” playground. “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” rated PG-13 for sexual references throughout, currently is playing in theaters.


Editorial

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“Over the Fence” Learning from Mistakes “People get the kind of government they deserve,” or words to that effect have been uttered by many famous people. It appears a reasonable example of a truism. It’s also an allusion to the reason for the caliber of politicians we’ve been electing lately. This also touches on many mistakes we make unrelated to politics such as buying car warranties from shady phone solicitors, borrowing money from loan sharks with storefronts, marrying too young, ignoring stop signs and driving 50 mph in a school zone. Yet somebody is always doing these things no matter how much they’re warned against doing them. When I was a boy, I built a ramp to jump my bicycle from, which was before anyone heard of Evel Kneivel. I soared into the air and broke the bicycle frame when I landed. Bicycles weren’t made for such shenanigans back then. But in spite of being warned by my angry father, I did it again after he paid to have the bicycle repaired. After the second jump that severed the first repair, I did without the bicycle for a month. This was during the summer months when school was out and the living was easy…well…maybe not so easy. Doing without a bicycle was torture. I would have preferred the old woodshed/razor strap punishment. “We learn from our mistakes,” is said by some to be another truism. For me, it took two mistakes. Sometimes three or four, but I was a boy. After I grew up, I tried to keep them down to one…or two. For instance, I didn’t get married a second time. I learned by watching friends that tried it two or three times. Boy, am I smart or what? Another truism: “Better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all.” Maybe I’m not so smart.

A young man of my acquaintance chose to move in and live with significant others. He believed that a trial period was necessary to avoid marrying the wrong person; probably because his generation was rampant with divorces. After three significant others, he is again living alone. One might call this learning from other people’s mistakes by making newer versions. Perhaps he should invest in a furniture moving business. Another acquaintance lived with her abusive boyfriend for nearly 10 years. They decided to get married in spite of warnings from friends. It lasted almost six months. They ended up divorced and hating each other. Perhaps this mistake would be in the old “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” category. Another truism? I thought they may have learned something from it. Perhaps I was wrong. After whirlwind courtships, they each married someone else. My first marriage was a whirlwind courtship. A short time after the “I Do’s,” it was all downhill. We were both warned by our parents. We didn’t listen. Love is blind…also deaf. My bride, who shared this mistake, remarried the same day our divorce was final. She had been warned that her new fiancé was a deadbeat. That’s one mistake compounded by another. The fact is I’ve never encountered anyone that hasn’t made life-changing mistakes. I’ve met several that claimed they didn’t. I didn’t accuse them of being in denial, however. The fact that they believed this or expected others to believe it was a big mistake but perhaps I’m mistaken. Jesus of Nazareth is said to have annoyed King Herod and warned he would suffer for it if he continued. He continued and was crucified. Was that a mistake? Better ask his Father.

Lou Brock Golf Classic to Benefit Lindenwood Athletics and Lou Brock Scholarship Fund Former St. Louis Cardinal and National Baseball Hall of Fame member Lou Brock will host the 19th Annual Lou Brock Golf Classic on Monday, September 26, at Bogey Hills Country Club in St. Charles, Mo.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Lindenwood University athletics and the Lou Brock Scholarship Fund. The tournament is one of St. Louis’ most exclusive. The event will include registration and lunch at 11 a.m., a “Chip off the ol’ Brock” contest at noon, and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A social hour will take place at 6 p.m., and an awards dinner is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tournament polo shirts and other souvenirs will be given to each player. Participants will also receive an item autographed by baseball legend Lou Brock. The cost to participate in the golf scram-

ble is $1,200 per four-person team or $350 per individual. All golfers and sponsors will be invited to a dinner auction at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts on the main Lindenwood University campus in St. Charles. Auction items will include autographed sports memorabilia, dinner with Lou and Jackie Brock, a trip with the Brocks to the St. Louis Cardinals’ spring training in Jupiter, Fla., a trip with the Brocks to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., and more. The cost to attend the dinner auction is free for golfers registered in the tournament, $50 for guests of golfers, and $125 for those not participating in the tournament. A 10-person table may be reserved at a reduced cost of $1,000. To register for either event or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jane Baum, Lindenwood University athletic development director, by phone at 636.949.4427 or by email at jbaum@lindenwood.edu.


Editorial

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Happy Anniversary, Jim! My husband, Jim, and I are celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary tomorrow. Now to some of you, that might seem like just a drop in the bucket, but these days a 21-year marriage is quite an achievement. I am happy and proud to say that I still look forward to my husband’s homecoming each evening, and after 21 years, he is still my BFF. So what do you get for your soul mate, your heart’s desire, your one and only on your 21st wedding anniversary? If you follow the traditional gift guide, nothing is listed. Excuse me? Nothing? In fact, if you follow the tradition gift guide, we shouldn’t exchange gifts until we’ve reached our 25th anniversary, and then only every five years. I just ripped up the traditional gift guide. Although, the modern gift guide isn’t much better. That calls for brass or nickel. Hmmm…we do need some new light fixtures in the house. Let’s get back to the traditional gifts for a minute. Our good friends Steve and Phyllis will give their lovely daughter, Emily, in marriage on September 24. And our good friends Bob and Cathy will give their wonderful son, Rob, in marriage (I guess…do parents “give” a son in marriage?) in 2012. I think these young adults should be prepared when it comes to their first wedding anniversary, so here we go. This is just a sampling from the “Traditional Wedding Gifts” list: first anniversary - paper; second – cotton, third – leather, fourth – fruit/flowers, fifth – wood, tenth – tin/aluminum, fifteenth – crystal, twentieth – china, twenty-fifth – silver, etc. For heaven’s sake, following this list, a wife wouldn’t be able to experience a girl’s best friend until her 60th wedding anniversary! I’d be 85 by the time he gave me a diamond anniversary band. Now, I’m not a gift-hog or anything, but I do enjoy a gift with some thought

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behind it. And after 21 years, I’d like a little more than a piece of paper, a cotton swab, a piece of leather, some fruit, a tree, a coffee mug, something to put the coffee mug on or…nothing. Well, let’s check out the Modern Wedding Gifts list. The first anniversary calls for clocks. Not something I’d choose myself, but at least it’s not paper. The second is quite a step up-china, followed by crystal, appliances, silverware, candy, desk sets, bronze, linen/lace, and leather. Twenty-two years of marriage on the modern list earns us an old penny. Copper. The modern gift for the 22nd anniversary is copper. Guys, and gals for that matter, if you want to hold on to your honey, skip the appliances and the desk sets (fourth and seventh anniversaries respectively), and go for something a little more romantic. Diamonds are still a long way off on the modern list, but at least I have a shot at the 30th anniversary. I have great gift ideas for my best guy. Unfortunately, they all require more money than I make in a year. I’d love to be able to send him to the Richard Petty School of Racing, or buy a Marina Blue 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible, and I know if he won the lottery, the first thing he’d do is buy me a 1959 Cadillac Convertible. So what will we do to celebrate? What we’ve done every year since the birth of our son, Christopher. We take the kids to Grandma’s in Quincy, Ill., and Jim and I head to Jacksonville, Ill. It’s a day filled with classic cars, an evening alone at a nice restaurant, followed by an enchanting night (alone!) in a hotel room. We’d like to say that we sleep in until 10 a.m., but after you’ve had kids, that just doesn’t happen. It’s far from traditional, and even further from modern. It’s the oldest and most wonderful gift of all – the gift of us.

Score Big with Game Day Recipes

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Ingredients: - 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) frozen pie shell - 1 package (8 ounces) shredded Italian-blend cheese, divided - 2 ounces thinly sliced pepperoni (about 20 to 30, 1 1/2- to - 2-inch diameter slices), cut into quarters, divided - 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk - 3 large eggs, beaten - 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour - 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves - 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder Directions: 1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

Pepper Jack Cheesy Mac Makes 6 servings Ingredients: - 2 cups (8 ounces) dry elbow macaroni - 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese - 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Pepper Jack cheese, divided - 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk - 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper - 1/2 to 1 cup broken tortilla chips (your choice of color) - 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) Directions: 1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 2 1/2quart casserole dish. 2. COOK macaroni in large saucepan according to package directions; drain. Return to saucepan. 3. ADD cheddar cheese, 1 1/2 cups Pepper Jack cheese, evaporated milk and black pepper to macaroni; stir until combined. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Combine remaining 1/2 cup Pepper Jack cheese, tortilla chips and red pepper flakes in small

bowl. Sprinkle over top. Cover tightly with foil. 4. BAKE for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake for an additional 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

2. SPRINKLE 1 cup cheese and half of pepperoni pieces onto bottom of pie shell. 3. WHISK evaporated milk, eggs, flour, basil and garlic powder in medium bowl until blended. Pour mixture into pie shell. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Decorate top with remaining pepperoni pieces and any other topping you like. Place quiche on baking sheet (if pie pan is made of aluminum foil). 4. BAKE for 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before serving. TIP: Choose 1/4 cup of any of your favorite toppings (such as chopped onions, red or green peppers or sliced black olives) and add as topping with the remaining pepperoni pieces.


Sports

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Sports You See... With Gary B. Rascals Come up Short in Championship Playing Conditions Were not the Best The River City Rascals was the Frontier League Champion in 2010. In the year 2011 the team will finish second. Playing in Joliet, Ill. on a cold, rainy evening this past Sunday, the Rascals were unable to mount a comeback after pulling within one run of tying the ball game and the Slammers won the Frontier League Championship. Doug Sanders of the River City team scored, making the score 6-5 on an error by the first baseman who dropped the throw on a ground ball by Logan Parker. That was as close as the Rascals would get. The regular season Frontier League MVP Stephen Holdren came to the plate with two out in the top of the ninth but was unable to reach safely, grounding out to the first baseman. River City went to starter Zach Sterner, who was pitching on two days rest, to begin the game on a rainy night in Joliet. The game’s start was delayed by 43 minutes getting under way a little after 5:45 p.m. Sterner was able to pitch three scoreless innings when the game was again delayed by the weather. After action resumed, the Rascals’ offense scored three runs in the game’s fifth inning. Slammers’ starter Jake Renshaw came out to pitch after the 2 hour and 29 minute rain delay. Danny Sawyer, making his fourth consecutive trip to the Frontier League Championship, led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. After a Doug Sanders single, Chris McClendon knocked in two runs with a two-out double. Parker pushed McClendon across with a double of his own. The Rascals got back in the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Jareck West stroked a one-out triple that rolled to the wall, scoring Joash Brodin, who started the inning with a single. Things fell apart for River City in the bottom of the seventh inning. After recording two outs, Joliet’s designated hitter Erik Lis delivered a double that scored one run, because a Slammers player fell down rounding third. With the runner at third a wild pitch by Zach Robertson scored the go-ahead run. Lis came around to score after a single by Kyle Maunus who was thrown out at second trying to stretch his hit into a double.

The Slammers brought in closer Ryan Quigley to close out the game. Quigley recorded his fifth save of the playoffs. Go to www.RiverCityRascals.com to get updates. (info from Rascal’s website) ~~~Impressive two years Rams Start Season on a Hurtful Game Rams 13 - Philadelphia Eagles 31 The first play of the regular season for the St. Louis club went for a touch down. That was about the only bright moment of the game. Running back Steven Jackson (pictured) took a handoff and went to the left of the center and didn’t stop for 47 yards until crossing the end zone for the first and only touch down of the

game for his club. Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo put the game in perspective. “I want to go back to the beginning of the game and remember the tribute, this country, what happened 10 years ago,” he said on the tenth anniversary of 9-11. “Sometimes, I’m probably just as guilty as anybody you get so wrapped up in this business and wins and losses. But something really important happened 10 years ago and I just kind of want to throw that out and let everybody know that I thought that was a special tribute.” Players who left early because of injuries: Tackle Jason Smith twisted his ankle. Wide receiver Danny Amendola dislocated his left elbow Quarterback Sam Bradford hurt finger Running back Steven Jackson had a quadricep injury on the first offensive play of the game NEXT RAMS HOME GAMES: September 25 3:05 p.m. against the Baltimore Ravens October 2 Noon against the Washington Redskins October 30 Noon against the New Orleans Saints November 20 3:05 p.m. against the Seattle Seahawks November 27 Noon against the Arizona Cardinals Check the latest news at www.stlouisrams.com ~~~Back home this weekend

St. Louis Rams Launch “Text to Donate” Campaign for Cancer Research at Siteman A new partnership between the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and the St. Louis Rams will allow fans at the Edward Jones Dome to fight cancer – from their seats at the game. For the 2011 season, Siteman Cancer Center will be the recipient of new a season long “Text to Donate” program. During home games, Rams fans will have the opportunity to text “Siteman” to a special number,

and a $5.00 donation will be made to cancer research at Siteman through The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Those who donate will also be entered to win one of eight prizes: Game ball used during October 2 Breast Cancer Awareness game (with pink ribbon). • Signed jersey from a Rams star player. • Signed helmet from a Rams star player. • VIP ticket package including pre-game field passes and lower level sideline seats. • Suite tickets including food & beverages. • Meet and greet with a Rams player. • Opportunity to stand on the field as the Rams players enter during team introductions. • First Pass of the Game. “We’re excited about this unique partnership with the St. Louis Rams to help fight cancer,” says Timothy Eberlein, MD,

Siteman Cancer Center director. “The Rams have shown a commitment to the St. Louis community over the past 15 years and we’re proud they have chosen us for this effort.” “One of our organizational goals is to be a great community partner,” says Kevin Demoff, executive vice president of football operations/chief operating officer, St. Louis Rams. “We’re excited to partner with Siteman Cancer Center, an international leader in cancer research and treatment. We’re hopeful that this initiative will enable us and our fans to make a meaningful difference in the lives of many.” Funds raised from the “Text to Donate” program will go to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Cancer Frontier Fund, a 10-year, $50 million initiative to support innovative research projects at Siteman Cancer Center. The goal is to speed up the pace of turning discoveries into new tests, imaging technologies, drugs, vaccines and other therapies to help every patient survive his or her cancer; or to stop cancer before it starts.


Health Treating Soft Tissue Injuries If exercise is a regular part of your lifestyle you have probably experienced some type of soft tissue injury. A soft tissue injury is damage of the muscles, ligaments or tendons throughout the body. Common soft tissue injuries occur when someone sprains, strains, tears or over use of the particular body part. When these injuries occur you will experience pain, swelling, or bruising. A commonly known treatment for a Sarah Gildehaus, Fitness soft tissue injury is called RICE. This can Coordinator, YMCA shorten your recovery time and help with the discomfort of pain. The first part of RICE is Rest. Rest is the most important element of the recovery process. It requires patience, but for a fast recovery you shouldn’t apply any pressure to the body part to avoid any additional damage. The second part of RICE is ice. Ice is excellent to reduce the inflammation and decrease the amount of pain. When icing the injury, choose a cold pack, crushed ice or a bag of frozen peas. The estimated time to ice is 20 minutes every hour. There have been problems of people getting frostbite so a tip to avoid this is to put a towel between the skin and ice pack. The third part of RICE is Compression. Compression helps reduce the swelling of the injury, which may delay healing. There will always be some swelling, but the more you can prevent, the better. Too much swelling could result in discomfort, loss of function and low blood flow. The most common supply for compression is an elastic bandage like ACE rather than a hard bandage so the injury wrap will be snug, but not too tight that it reduces blood flow. The last part of RICE is elevation to reduce swelling. When you elevated the injured body part you always want to make sure the injury is elevated higher than the heart. For example, if you have a foot injury, try lying on your bed with your foot propped up on one or two pillows. After a day or two of RICE, many strains, sprains or other injuries will begin to heal. Once all of the swelling is gone, you should work on your range of motion, but make sure you are not forcing any stretches so you do not re-injure the area. Once the injury has healed, you should re-strengthen the area using light weights and proper form. If the symptoms do not decrease in 48 hours you should make an appointment with your doctor to make sure there wasn’t any serious damage that may require surgery. Proper warm up, Exercise and correct form can help prevent these soft tissue injuries and help build strength in the muscles, tendons and ligaments.

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September is National Cholesterol Education Month September is National Cholesterol Education Month, an ideal time to have your blood cholesterol checked and take action to lower it if it is high. High blood cholesterol affects more than 65 million Americans and is a major risk factor for heart disease, the number one killer of women and men in the U.S. Many people don’t know their cholesterol is high since the condition usually doesn’t have any symptoms. However, a simple blood test can determine your cholesterol number. If your cholesterol is too high, you can lower it by incorporating lifestyle changes that will lessen your risk for developing heart disease and reduce the chance of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, medication can help. “Right at Home of St. Charles encourages you to have your blood cholesterol checked,” said Kirsten Pahde, owner. “Your cholesterol number will tell you whether you should change your diet or become more active so you can continue to lead a long and healthy life.” Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance your body needs to function normally. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, so when there is too much of it in your blood, it builds up on the walls of your arteries, causing them to narrow and slow blood flow to the heart. If enough blood, which carries oxygen, cannot reach your heart, you may suffer chest pain. If the blood supply to a portion of the heart is completely blocked, the result is a heart attack. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends that you have your cholesterol checked every five years with a blood test, called a fasting lipoprotein profile. Compare your results with the following information:

• Total cholesterol – Less than 200 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood is desirable. • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) – Less than 100 mg/dL is best; LDL is the main source of cholesterol buildup in the arteries; the higher your LDL level, the greater your chance of getting heart disease. • High-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) – 60 mg/dL or more is optimal; HDL helps keep cholesterol from building up in the arteries; the higher your HDL level, the lower your chance of getting heart disease. • Triglycerides – 150-199 mg/dL is borderline high and 200 mg/dL is high; triglycerides is another form of fat in your blood that can increase the risk of heart disease; if your level is borderline high or high, you may need treatment. You can lower your cholesterol number by making these lifestyle changes: • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains, which are low in fat and high in fiber. • Maintain a healthy weight. • Be physically active for 30 minutes on most, if not all, days. • Don’t smoke or quit if you smoke. Factors you cannot control but also can affect your cholesterol number include: • Age - Cholesterol increases with age. • Gender - Before menopause, women have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. After menopause, women’s LDL levels tend to rise. • Heredity - Your genes partly determine how much cholesterol your body makes. High blood cholesterol can run in families.


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CHURCH September 24: Women’s Shopping Expo at O’Fallon Christian Church

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 9380 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., O’Fallon, MO. 63366. Crafts, jewelry, kitchen items & more. September 24: Rummage Sale at Transfiguration Episcopal Church

7 a.m. - 12 p.m. 1860 Lake St. Louis Boulevard, Lake St. Louis, MO, 63367. Info at 636.561.8951.

September 24 & October 22: Gospel Singing 7 p.m., New Beginnings Worship Center, St. Peters (108 Birdie Hills Rd.), featuring Final Authority on Sep. 24 & the Howell Family on Oct. 22. Free admission. For more information, call 636.544.2030 or 636.397.2959. September 27: Free Senior Event with Lunch

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Boulevard in Lake Saint Louis. Info at 636.561.8951. October 2: Fall Festival at St. Mary’s Church

11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Dinner, meat shoot, kids’ games and live music. Carry-outs available. 458 Main St. Hawk Point, MO 63349.

October 2: Friedens Peace United Church of Christ Sausage & Roast Beef Dinner Noon - 6 p.m. 3560 Mill Street (also known as Hwy F) in New Melle, 63365. All-you-can-eat sausage and roast beef, with our delicious homemade fixin’s, served cafeteria style! Adults $9, Children (Ages 6-11) $5, Children (5 & younger) FREE, All Carry-outs $9. Also, handmade arts and crafts, fresh sausage (pre-order by phone, 636.828.5980 or purchase the day of the dinner for $3.15 lb.) and apple butter. Call 636.828.5980 or visit www.friedens-peaceucc.org. October 2: St. Barnabas Fall Festival On St. Barnabas parish grounds (Hwy M at Hwy P). Fried chicken & pork sausage dinner served from noon - 6 p.m. Adults: $10, children 6-12: $5, under 6: free. Games, crafts, funnel cakes, world famous St. Barnabas apple butter. Live music by the F.O.G. with chris groeblinghoff. October 22: Free Seminar Series

7 p.m. Mid Rivers Seventh-day Adventist Church (600 Salt Lick Rd, St Peters, MO 63376). An indepth study of the prophecies of the Bible, focusing especially on the books of Daniel and Revelation. More info at 314.753.3048 or www.discoverprophecyseminar.net. October 23: DINO Kartsonakis

Piano Concert at Harvester Christian Church

3:30 p.m. 2950 Kings Crossing, St. Charles, Mo. 63303. Tickets $12.50 at www.iTickets.com or at the church office on weekdays. November 5: Fall Festival at Community of Christ

2790 Hwy. K, O’Fallon, Mo. Crafters needed. Info at 636.978.0051. 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 ARP-stln@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. There is a monthly financial need. It costs $5.40/child per week to provide backpack full of nutritious food. $200 provides a child w/enough food for a year. Contact: 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.

2nd Wed.: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell. United Methodist Women provide main entree & bevs. 636.673.2144. EVENTS September 21: Tri-County Women’s Connection & Luncheon Program 11:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. $14. Speaker Elaine Graeff, “Finding Security in Life’s Uncertainty.” The Christy Banquet Center, 9000 Veterans Memorial Pkwy., O’Fallon, MO. 636.240.7772. September 21: Laser Lipo & Vein Center Open House 12-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Learn more about cosmetic procedures. Free massage, drinks and snacks. w w w.las erlip o andveins.com, 636.397.4012. September 23: Benefit Trivia Night for John Grillo, Jr. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia starts at 7:15 p.m. VFW Post 5077 (Veterans Memorial Parkway, O’Fallon, MO. 1/4 mile east of Hwy. K) 8 Rounds of Trivia, 50/50 raffle, raffle baskets, silent auction, beer and set-ups included in price. $25 per person, $200 for a table of 8. Feel free to bring your own snacks! All proceeds go to aid John Grillo Jr. and family of wife and 5 children, while he battles Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Stage 4 Cancer. Contact Patty Loutzenhiser at 636.866.8394 for more. Registration sheets available at Main Street Diner, 313 Main Street, St. Peters. September 23-25: Oktoberfest Frontier Park. Celebrate German

heritage with vendors, beer garden, music, food and more. Friday 4-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 10-5 p.m. Complete entertainment schedule at www. saintcharlesoktoberfest.com. September 24: Saturday Writers Meeting

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre (inside St. Peters City Hall on Mexico Road, St. Peters). Presentation by Heather Farrar on Audio and Internet. Visitors $5. Info at 636.875.3972.

September 24: RSC Open House & Live Well Expo 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Renaud Spirit Center (O’Fallon Sports Park, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, 63368). Admission is free. Doors will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., with the free use of recreational facilities. Kids’ face painting, inflatables, balloon artist. Raffles, prizes and light refreshments. 10% discount on new memberships purchased during the day. For more information, go to www.. renaudspiritcenter.com, or contact Stacey Sumpter at 636.474.8115 or ssumpter@ofallon.mo.us. Or call 636.474.2732. September 25: Celebration of the Creative Art Festival 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Fort Zumwalt Park. Artists, photographers, sculptors, musicians, wine-makers, brewers, gourmet bakers, restaurateurs and others will showcase and sell their work. Admission and parking are free. Kids’ activities and entertainment, tours of the historic Darius Heald Home for $2. For more, visit renaudspiritcenter.com/ COTC, or contact Darren Granaas at dgranaas@ofallon.mo.us or 636474-8150. October 3: PALS Night at IMO’S in Troy

4-8 p.m. Dine in, carry out or have dinner delivered to your door and help a good cause at the same time! A portion of the sales will be donated to PALS, a local animal shelter. PALS does not receive any funding from the city, county, or State. Visit www.pals-pets.com for more. October 6: O’Fallon Family YMCA Teen Leader’s Club 7-8 p.m. Join today and make new friends while becoming a leader in your community. Club meets twice a month for one meeting & one or more service projects in the community and through the YMCA. Ages 13-18, free to join! Contact Andrea Humphries - 636.379.0092 x 249. October 8: Babysitting Basics

8:30 a.m. - noon. Lake Saint Louis City Hall. $15 fee. Register at 636.561.4620. October 10: Golf Tournament 11 a.m., Tournament benefitting children of fallen soldiers through Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. Lake Forest Country Club in LSL. Info: Mike Cunningham, 636.940.5595 or mcunningham@fsbfinancial.com.


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October 13: Mom’s Afternoon Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 2-4 p.m. Need an afternoon to run errands, shop or just relax? Let us take the little ones for a couple of hours. Cost is $10.00/child, ages 6 weeks-5 years. Registrations must be received by the Tuesday before the scheduled date. For more information or to register, contact the Service Center at 636-379-0092. October 22: Fort Zumwalt South High School 21st Annual Craft Show 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the High School (8050 Mexico Road, St. Peters MO). All 151 booth spaces filled! Bake Sale and concessions available. Proceeds benefit the high school activities booster club, which supports extra-curricular activities including sports, music, drama and academic activities. October 29: PALS 7th Annual Trivia Night

Raceway Parkway in Moscow Mills. $120.00 for a team of 8. Includes all event supplies, beer and set-ups! PALS does not receive any funding from the city, county, or State. Visit www.palspets.com or call 636.338.1818 for more. October 29: C.H.A.M.P. Assistance Dog Trivia Night 6:30 p.m., Civic Hall in O’Fallon, Mo. $120 for table of 8, includes soda and water. Call Donna at 314.308.1352 or Sheree at 314.954.3845. October 29: Ladies Shopping Extravaganza at Wentzville Legion Hall 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All proceeds go toward helping our veterans and our military. Silent auction, 50/50 drawing and door prizes. For more information on being a vendor, call Bev at 636.366.4040 or email Donna at dmlough59@aol.com. November 6: 33rd Annual Doll & Bear Show & Sale

10 a.m. -3 p.m. (9 a.m. early birds) at the Columns Banquet Center (711 Veterans Memorial Parkway St. Charles). Antique & Collectible Dolls, bears & Accessories. Adults - $10, Children - $5, 12 & under - Free. For info call Diana at 314.780.7981 or Jeff at 314.762.9224. November 13-December 18: Rendezvous in St. Charles Concert Series November 13 - Dr. Mason’s Aeo-

lian Minstrels (Boone’s Colonial Inn, 322 South Main), December 18 - Christmas Concert with Terri Langerak (The Conservatory, 1001 South Main) Free. First come, first serve. 7:30 p.m. Visit www.rendezvousinstcharles.com/concerts for more. 1st and 3rd Wed.: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors always welcome! Hazelwoodwood High School 45th Class Reunion: We are having a class reunion in 2012 and are looking for classmates of Class of 1967. Please contact Kay at 1967hhshi@gmail.com or 636 745-2601 for more information. 4th Mon.: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Crossroads Cribbage Club Every Wed. at 12 p.m. Meets at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, Wentzville, MO.

3rd Wed.: O’Fallon Family YMCA Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. The Y has always been nonsectarian, accepting of all faiths. We encourage you to come as you are and join members and guests of our community for prayer and fellowship on the third Wednesday of every month. Contact Diana Kannady at 636.379.0092 for more information. Every Wed. 6:45 p.m. Charity Bingo VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a non-smoking facility. 636.272.1945 or www.vfwpost5077. org for more info. Every Thurs., 11:45 a.m., Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. More info at www.ofkiwanis.com. Every Fri.: 3–8 p.m. VFW Fish Fry VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Bring your family to watch flying model airplanes. Directions: www. orchardfarm.com Info: 636.300.1480. HEALTH

O’Fallon Family YMCA Every Thurs. 10 a.m. Active older adults game day. Bring your favorite game, & snack to share & meet friends at the Y for Game Day! Call: Diana Kannady 636.379.0092 www.ymcastlouis. org/ofallon

September 22: Caring for Your Grandchild OASIS Program 10 - 11:30 a.m. HealthWise Center, Suite 117, Professional Building I, 6 Jungermann Circle, on the BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital campus. Register at 636.928.WELL (9355).

4th Tues.: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930.

September 30: Boardwalk Family Dental Free Day of Dentistry 8 a.m., first come, first serve. Adults 18+ only. Each person may receive one service, either a cleaning, filling

or extraction. After receiving one service, you can get back in line for a second service. No appointment necessary. 7766 Winghaven blvd., O’Fallon, MO 63368. No phone calls please. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Can email for further information: 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. Progress West HealthCare Center is proud to offer the following events to the community, FREE unless otherwise noted. To register or get directions, please call 636.344.CARE(2273) or visit www.progresswesthealthcare.org. *Middendorf-Kredell Library (MK): 2750 Hwy K. 636.272.4999. *Progress West Healthcare Center (PWHC): 2 Progress Point Pkwy. 636.344.2273 or 363.344.1000. Every Mon.: 7 p.m. Tobacco Free for Life Crossword Solutions from page 14

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. 3rd Tues.: 5:30–7:30 p.m. “Life After Breast Cancer” Support Group at SSM St. Joseph Med. Park, St. Peters, 1475 Kisker Rd. Free. 3rd Tues.: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group Free. St. Joseph Hosp. West cafeteria, 100 Med. Plaza, LSL. 636.625.5447. www.ssmstjosephwest.com. 4th Tues: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 Last Tues.: 7–8:30 p.m. HOPE (Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Support Group) Sponsored by SSM St. Joseph Health Cntr & SSM, at Harvester Christian Church, Rm CH–104, 2950 Kings Crossing. 636.928.7651, x. 115. 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.


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New Start for Wounded Vets and Military Complex Heather Miller of Saint Charles, Mo. remembers a horrific day - October 20, 2009. “My husband Greg sent me a text message telling me he was going to take his life and that he will send me a message with the location of his body,” she said. Luckily, she found him hours later safely in a hospital bed. Greg Miller suffers from severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and this was one of several suicide attempts he’s made after his last deployment to Kirkuk, Iraq in 2008. Today, Greg is a retired Staff Sgt. with the U.S. Air Force and is on the road to recovery. He and his wife attribute this in large part to his love of art. “His talents and ability to complete art projects have literally saved his life,” Heather said. “It also makes Greg feel good to finally have his passion of artwork get noticed.” One of Greg’s works of art will be displayed in the new Department of Defense (DoD) administrative office complex in Alexandria, Va. as part of the Spirit of Wounded Warriors and Veterans: Healing the Soul through Artistic Expression program. “This program is a way for us to thank our wounded veterans for their service and provide them a venue to display their artwork,” said Joanne Hensley, chief, Project Development, BRAC 133. “The residents of the complex will also benefit by being able to view the works of art.” Hensley created this program in cooperation with personnel from other federal agencies, and she and her team announced the program by creating a flyer and distributing it to various veterans groups and hospitals. They received many art submissions from around the United States, including Hawaii, New Mexico, Massachusetts and Illinois. Submissions came from veterans who served in different wars, such as the Vietnam Era. Artwork they received included paintings, photography, sculptures and quilts. Two dozen of these were selected to be displayed. Miller’s artwork was one of them. Miller spray painted a mountain landscape with a lake at the bottom of the mountains and a moon in the sky with the American flag as a back drop. “I’m still very patriotic,” Greg said. “I love my country and that we are free and this is what I wanted to portray in

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this work of art. We live in a beautiful part of the world.” Andrew Bourne’s artwork was also selected. He, like Miller, also suffers from PTSD and brain injuries after serving in the Gulf War in the 1990s and more recently in Husaybah, Iraq for the Marine Corps. Bourne, a retired Staff Sgt. who is in the process of moving to New York with his family, submitted a Giclée, fine art digital print made on an ink-jet printer, named ‘The American Rocker.’ The image shows a guitar player in the throes of his music. “You look at this picture and it says America. It takes you back. I’m in my mid- 40s and I look at it and it means Jimmy Paige, Led Zeppelin, the heyday of early Rock n Roll. It says different things to different people.” Both men heard about the program through their recovery care coordinators who also encouraged them to use art as a form of therapy. Both men feel that artwork is a good outlet for wounded veterans. Greg said, “When I’m doing my artwork I go into a different zone. I can tune everything out and focus on my art. It’s kind of a getaway.” Bourne said, “Creating art has been a family-saver. It keeps my wife and I close. It’s a way for me to get my brain to relax more, get it to refocus and learn how to think.” For both men, their confidence in their art has even grown into fulltime careers. Greg has always enjoyed artwork, and after getting out of the service he and his wife started their own interactive art studio named My Handy Works on Main Street in St. Charles, Mo., that provides art classes and art camps for children. Bourne said, “This whole thing went from my therapy just to get my brain going and sort of as a distraction - all the way to its own career.” He and his wife are starting their own company named Epic Artwork & Photos. This fall, the agencies involved with the construction of the complex in collaboration with the Fisher House Foundation, an international non-profit organization that provides assistance to families of critically injured service men and women, are holding a ceremony to showcase the artwork and introduce the artists. Both planned to attend and are honored that their artwork was selected and feel this program is very

Top to Bottom: Greg Miller works with children in his art classes. Miller holds the artwork he submitted to the Wounded Warrior Art Program. Photos by Heather Miller.

good for disabled veterans. Bourne said, “It gives somebody that may not necessarily have all of their confidence levels rebuilt. This is one of those things that can help.” All of the soldiers’ artwork from the wounded warrior program will be displayed on the first two floors of the BRAC 133 office complex which sits on a 16-acre campus at the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. The building was built as part of the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Act and was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District. It was scheduled to open in Aug. 2011. Dr. JoAnne Castagna is a Technical Writer-Editor for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District and can be reached at joanne.castagna@usace.army.mil. Follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/writer4usacenyc.


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