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Photo by Ray Rockwell Civil War reenactors rest in camp during the Battle of Wentzville commemoration held in downtown Wentzville on Sept. 12-13.

Civil War Battle of Wentzville is recreated on the streets of downtown By Brett Auten Battle cries and cannon blasts filled the afternoon air in Wentzville. Over a two-day stretch this September, local Civil War reenactors gathered in Wentzville to honor the events that occurred in July 1861. The Battle of Wentzville occurred when six companies of Missouri infantry were attacked on a train heading west. On Sept. 12-13 camps were set up in the historic downtown area around the Green Lantern Senior Center on Linn Avenue. Emmet Taylor has spearheaded the Battle of Wentzville reenactment for over 20 years. He’s held the Battle of Wentzville at other locations, including Rotatry Park, before moving it downtown two years ago. “It wasn’t the biggest crowd that we’ve had but we put on two good shows,” Taylor said. “I would like to start having this as a yearly event. Taylor got into Civil War reenacting 25 years ago. “It comes from a love of history,” he said. “I knew I had a great-grandfather who fought in the Civil War so I always had an interest. When I moved to Wentzville I learned about the small skirmish here.” Several of the reenactors were from

the Turner Brigade. The Turner Brigade is a local reenactor organization - with members from all around the St. Louis metropolitan area and beyond - that portrays infantry, artillery, and engineer units of Missouri Union volunteers and civilians of the Civil War period. Randy Baehr is a Commander of the Turner Brigade’s Company M First Missouri Light Artillery, one of the units that participated at Wentzville. Baehr’s unit got a lot of attention at the reenactment because of the fourpound gun that is patterned after a cannon made by Giles F. Filley. Filley was a prominent St. Louis businessman during the mid-to-late 19th century. Baeher has been doing reenacting since the late 1990s. He and his son slowly dipped their toes into it over a four year period, first watching as fans then doing camp outs with reenactors before making the final step. “We get to make a lot of noise and talk about history while we do it,” Baehr said. “At this point, that is the most fun. Talking about and telling stories about the Civil War.” Age is a factor when you see the reenactors plodding through the Wentzville grounds. Most of the Union and the Confederates are far from prime battle age. “It’s fairly expensive and most tend to

be a little older,” Baehr said. “You have to have enough money to do and also not have the family obligations where you’re able to get away from home.” The story of the Battle of Wentzville began simple enough. On July 15, 1861, four companies of the 2nd Missouri Infantry and two companies of the 8th Missouri Infantry left St. Louis by train, heading west to Mexico, Missouri. When the train was just six miles west of St. Charles, the Union See HISTORY COMES TO LIFE on page 3

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FRESH PERSPECTIVES Today’s students are being overloaded with homework By Hannah LaChance More is more. The more of something you have, the more satisfaction life will send your way. Or at least that’s what we’ve been told since childhood. It’s the American way. I think we can all agree (at least on some superficial level) that this philosophy applies to the amount of money you have and the size of your house, but does this philosophy apply to homework? It seems as though educators increasingly believe that it does. The National Education Association (NEA) holds different views about the amounts of homework kids are getting. The educational leaders in the NEA recommend that kids be given ten minutes of homework per night per grade level. This means that first graders should have about ten minutes of homework. Instead, as a recent study by several universities and the Children’s National Medical Center reports, they are getting nearly 30 minutes of homework, or the recommended amount for a third grader. A reasonable amount for twelfth graders is set at 120 minutes (two hours), while some are doing as much as five hours due to the fact that Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses are often considered exempt from the policy. Of 68 students surveyed at Ft. Zumwalt North High School, 38 percent reported having three hours of homework per night. Twenty-two percent reported having more than three hours of homework. At these extreme levels, the problem even affects the health of students. A recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Educations reports that the stress from excessive amounts of homework has been linked to ulcers, migraines, sleep deprivation, weight loss, and depression. This kind of stress also affects “students’ attitudes towards school,

self-confidence, social skills, and overall quality of life.” Additionally, a 2012 study found no correlation between time spent on homework and student performance in grades. So why do teachers seem to increasingly assign more and more homework, expecting student progress to sky-rocket? Well, the one thing this homework frenzy has been proven to have a positive effect on is test results. Hence, excessive homework is just another consequence of our standardized test-taking society and the increasing importance of the ACT, End-ofCourse Exams (EOC) and AP tests. For students who put exhausting amounts of time into homework, it’s disappointing to know that this work often only translates into a way to rank and file students. I truly believe that if AP, EOC, and other standardized tests didn’t exist, teachers wouldn’t be so inclined to pile on the work. This is increasingly exhibited with the monumental importance of AP scores. Teachers have an enormous amount of pressure put on them to prepare students to ace these daunting standardized tests. After all, students work the whole school year, and sometimes even during summer break, in order to prepare for one day that is often considered the end-all be-all. Considering this, it’s no wonder that educators are feeling the need to assign more in order to see students achieve more. Regardless, the more-ismore philosophy seems to be zapping the time and talents of students. Hannah LaChance is a senior at Ft. Zumwalt North High School. The opinions expressed in this column are the columnist’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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HISTORY COMES TO LIFE IN WENTZVILLE from cover troops discovered that they were entering an unoccupied area and the sound of occasional gunfire rang out as a warning to get out of town. Upon arriving in Wentzville that evening, the soldiers ate supper then proceeded down the railroad line into the dark and rain. About three miles west of town the train was attacked. They returned to Wentzville where the wounded were treated at the Wentzville Hotel (now the site of the West Allen Grill). The main room of the hotel was made into a temporary hospital. The next morning, the Union soldiers continued their journey but were attacked again. After eventually turning away their attacks, the train was able to proceed to link up in Mexico. The actual number of wounded or killed in this engagement is unknown. Some accounts place the wounded at 30 and the killed at seven. Cannon balls found near the railroad tracks in the area are on display at the Wentzville Historical Society’s Museum room at the Green Lantern Center. A historic marker commemorating this event is located just west of Linn Avenue on Pearce Boulevard in Bicentennial Park.

Get your event or good news published in Community News: email your information in calendar and article formats to Photo by Ray Rockwell This four-pound gun is patterned after a cannon made by Giles F. Filley was a part of the Battle of Wentzville commemoration held in downtown Wentzville on Sept. 12-13.

Troy toddler in need of life-saving transplant With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant families are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. In Troy, volunteers are raising funds for COTA in honor of transplant patients like local toddler, Gabriel Ward. Gabriel is the son of Tiffany and Micah Ward. Born on Aug. 28, 2014, Gabriel was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease. The doctors at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $50,000 is being raised by Troy volunteers. Volunteers are needed to assist with fundraising activities that will help with transplant-related expenses. Individuals and groups interested

in more information can contact Community Coordinator Katie Ward at 573-605-2376 or Donations may be mailed to the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, 2501 West COTA Drive, Bloomington, Indiana, 47403. Checks or money orders should be made payable to COTA, with “In Honor of Gabriel W.” written on the memo line of the check. Secure credit card donations are also accepted online at Gabriel’s family has asked for assistance from the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. The organization’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant or excluded from a transplant waiting list due to lack of funds. One hundred percent of all funds raised are used for patients’ transplant-related expenses.


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St. Peters Police accepting Saint Charles Oktoberfest brings German fun to unused prescription drugs during Frontier Park Come and enjoy fun for National Rx Take Back Event all ages at the 29th annual If you’ve got old medicines that you don’t need anymore, here’s your prescription for safe disposal: The St. Peters Police Department is participating in the National Rx Take Back Event on Saturday, Sept. 26. Just turn in your unneeded prescription drugs to the St. Peters Police Department between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the St. Peters Justice Center at 1020 Grand Teton Dr. The Justice Center is located at the corner of Grand Teton Drive and Suemandy Drive near Mid Rivers Mall. Your medications will be accepted no questions asked. Police cannot accept any medications before or after the event, so be sure to drop off your drugs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This service is for prescription drugs only, not over-the-counter drugs. The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency is coordinating the National Rx Take Back Event. The St. Peters Police Department is participating in the event because unused prescription medication is a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. When people drop off their unused medicines during this event, they eliminate the possibility of the drugs harming someone else or getting into the wrong hands. The service is free and anonymous. You can turn in prescription medications that are out-of-date or medicines you no longer need or use. Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illegal substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative. If you’re worried about anonymity, remove identifying information from prescription medicine container labels before disposal. Tightly seal the cap on any liquid product, such as cough syrup. Learn more at

Saint Charles Oktoberfest on the riverfront in scenic Frontier Park. Join in the family-friendly festivities at one of the oldest and largest Oktoberfest celebrations in the St. Louis metro area. This year’s festival will run Sept. 25-27. Yes, we know it’s not October but the Oaktoberfest in Munich, Germany is held in September too! The hours are Friday from 4 – 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oktoberfest is free for all to enter and costs just $2 for an Over 21 bracelet for those who would like adult beverages. Are you German or just want to be German for a day? There is something for everyone at the Saint Charles Oktoberfest including: •Fabulous food and drink • Great music and dancing • Interactive children’s area • Wiener dog race • Shopping • Juvenile Diabetes walk • Stein hoisting competition • Brat eating contest • 5k run and a fun run • Vintage car show • New this year! The pumpkin chucking challenge and on Sunday there will be a Budweiser Clydesdale! Whether you are interested in classic German

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fare or standard festival food you will be able to find it here. The music will range from contemporary rock to lively German bands. Vendors will be selling authentic German clothes, trinkets and everything in between. Don’t forget to stop by the Deutsch Speicher tent (the German store) to shop for your official Oktoberfest souvenirs. Parking will be available on location and at EPC on Truman in St. Charles where shuttles will be running throughout the festival. A full list of all of the activities and entertainment along with their times are available on the official Saint Charles Oktoberfest website. The St. Charles Oktoberfest is a 501c3 organization that helps support the fundraising efforts of many not-for-profit organizations every year. Please visit http://saintcharlesoktoberfest. com/, follow on Twitter @St_Charles_OKT, or check out Facebook to find all of the latest information. • Community News - St. Charles County • September 23, 2015

Learn how to keep your home and family safe with free CERT disaster preparedness training O’Fallon-area residents, employees and those interested in a career in law enforcement are encouraged to enroll in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn disaster preparedness skills. The free, 20-hour training, which is available to groups as well as individuals, will be taught on Sept. 25, 26 and 27. It will cover these topics, and more: • Assembling a disaster preparedness kit. • Hands-on basic medical assessment and treatment for injuries, burns, etc. • Working as a team to safely to conduct triage, light search and rescue and extinguish small fires. • Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster. “If you haven’t prepared a disaster kit or come up with a family communication plan for disasters, CERT training can help,” said Police Offi-

cer Patrick Helton, who is leading the training. “Those who take the course will get free training materials and learn how to deal with a variety of emergencies. That’s important because, if a major disaster like an earthquake or tornado should strike, first responders are likely to be overwhelmed by the number of people who need help.” The upcoming CERT course will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27, in the Public Works Building at 1089 Public Service Drive in O’Fallon. Graduates will be invited to learn more and practice their skills at free monthly training and exercises. For FAQS and to register for CERT, go to www.ofallon. For additional information contact Officer Helton at or 636-379-3816.

Plan your block party and help police fight crime on National Night Out Bounce houses, barbecues, kids’ games and lots of other activities will bring neighborhoods alive throughout St. Peters on National Night Out on Oct. 6. Don’t miss the fun—you too can be part of this special evening set aside to take an active stance against crime. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is an opportunity to strengthen neighborhood and law enforcement partnerships to reduce crime. In St. Peters, the Police Department encourages participation and accepts invitations to visit block parties on National Night Out. From 5:30-8:30 p.m., the first Tuesday evening of October, residents are encouraged to turn on their outside

lights and step outside to spend the night with their neighbors. Every year, police officers hand out fun items to kids such as stickers and coloring books. McGruff the Crime Dog also makes appearances with police. Your block party can include any number of activities—games, food, burn pits, or whatever seems like a fun thing to do in early autumn. If you’re interested in setting up a block party with a visit from police, contact Officer Melissa Doss at 636-278-2244, ext. 3550. Learn more about the St. Peters Police Department’s community outreach efforts at

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Hundreds of volunteers pitched in during the St. Charles Missouri River Clean-up

Missouri River Relief hosted a community-based clean-up of trash from the banks of the Missouri River via motor boat on Sept. 12. Volunteers boarded the boats driven by Missouri River Relief Crew and the Missouri Department of Conservations at Blanchette Landing starting at 9 a.m. The volunteers were then shuttled to pre-scouted locations along the river where they picked up tons of trash. Submitted photo 256 volunteers removed 7.7 Missouri River Relief hosted a communitytons of trash, including 169 based clean-up of trash from the banks of the Missouri River via motor boat on Sept. tires from a 9.5 mile stretch of 12. 256 volunteers removed 7.7 tons of Missouri River, on both sides trash, including 169 tires from a 9.5 mile of the river banks. Some of the stretch of Missouri River large items included two refrigerators, three 200-gallon oil tanks, five 55-gallon metal drums, 15 giant Styrofoam chunks, and 1.28 tons of scrap metal. Many families, school groups, teams of employees from area businesses, civic organizations, and individuals participated in the effort. “A lot of residents have limited experience of the river, perhaps they’ve seen it while driving over a bridge, but few are aware of the positive impact they can make by picking up trash for just a few hours,” said Missouri River Relief Director, Jeff Barrow. “There are no special skills or tools needed to be a Missouri River Relief volunteer and for those people who want to play an active role in making a difference in their community, the clean-up is a fantastic opportunity with a beautiful backdrop.”

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By Cindy Moore

Stock it to me We citizens everywhere recently took a ride up, up, uphill only to then race downward with such force that it tore at our stomach linings, so much that we just knew our morning breakfast burritos were going to make a sudden reappearance. No, we weren’t on a roller coaster. That crazy thing eventually ends. We were on a scarier adventure that never ends— The Stock Market Elevator of Doom. All the uncertainty has someone a bit cranky; the money manager in our house – namely my husband. So, why of all things, is he bellyaching about wildlife? He grumbles about bears and says he prefers bulls. Someone’s got their undershorts in a bunch and is acting like a bear. And that’s no bull! He’s really mad at the market. I have no problem with the market, except when they won’t accept my coupons just because they happen to be expired. Now that puts my panties in a wad, leaving us both with underwear issues. He says he needs to discuss the volatility with his “broker.” I say, if the man you’re entrusting our life’s savings with has a title indicating he has “less money”

than us, then that’s the problem. He’s also upset with some guy named Jones, Dow Jones. For reasons unknown, this man has meddled into our affairs and somehow made our 401k spiral into a 201j and fast becoming a 101a. As for me, I’m not concerned one bit. Long ago I made our fu-

ture secure. I invested in something guaranteed to quadruple in value. Few people took note at the time, but I being a savvy investor, dumped my savings into this product in the early 90’s. My husband should have listened to me and moved all our assets into this sure thing. If Wall Street crashes, the population will be devastated

because their retirement will have evaporated and gone the way of Paris Hilton’s career…Paris who? But, I will be basking in riches beyond compare because, unlike others who put their money into risky ventures like real estate, gold, and Apple stock, (Really? Don’t people know apples ferment after a week at room temperature?) I diversified our portfolio and stockpiled Beanie Babies—the future currency. I expect to make a windfall right after my payoff comes in from my unicorn horn securities and Bigfoot pelts commodities. Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder. The opinions expressed in this column are Cindy Moore’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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The Home Instead Senior Care office serving St. Charles County is helping to launch a new campaign designed to make the community more Alzheimer’s friendly. Through the Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program, the Home Instead Senior Care office will provide free training to local businesses to help equip their employees with information and resources needed to welcome families who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Research has revealed that these family caregivers might be reluctant to frequent public places because of the behaviors that could be associated with the disease. In a recent survey of Alzheimer’s caregivers, 74 percent reported that they and their loved ones have become more isolated from the community as a result of the disease. Furthermore, 85 percent reported that they feel a reduced quality of life due to isolation. “For many caregivers, the unpredictable nature of the disease can make going out in public with their loved one intimidating,” said Mark Adkisson, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving St. Charles County. Local businesses can work directly with the local Home Instead Senior Care office to coordinate in-person training. An online training module also is available at AlzheimersFriendlyBusiness. com. Once the training is successfully completed, businesses will receive a window cling with the Alzheimer’s Friendly Business designation. The designation will be valid for two years. “The Alzheimer’s Friendly Business education was a very positive experience for my staff,” said Raj Jhala, owner of St. Peters Community Pharmacy. “It helped us understand how to best serve customers with the disease and their families.” For more information about Home Instead Senior Care’s Alzheimer’s Friendly Business program and to access additional resources, please visit or call Laura at 636-477-6025.

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we should wait. On the other hand, we are concerned about the Social Security system and think maybe we should get it while we can. Can you provide us some insight and advice? Thank you very much. Ed” Hello Ed and thanks for sending in the question. Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. There are many factors in retirement income planning and Social Security is one of the biggest. Think about it – you have paid into this system for a long time and you deserve to get the most out of the system as you possibly can. To do this, however, you need to have the proper information and strategy. Since you stated that you do not need Social Security right away, then obviously you have other incomes and assets to access. The key to retirement income planning is figuring out “how, when and where” to draw from your nest egg the most proper way for maximizing income (with inflation) while minimizing taxes over you and your spouse’s lifetime while not running out of money. Unfortunately, this cannot be answered in this small column, even with further details. You need to work with a retirement income planning specialist. Remember, most financial advisors or investment people are not income planning specialists, so make sure you obtain proper professional help. Feel free to reach out to me for help with your income planning by contacting me at our 360 IRA office in St. Charles at 844-436-0472 or by email at Investment Advisory Services offered through Brookstone Capital Management LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Investments and/or investment strategies involve risk including the possible loss of principal. There is no assurance that any investment strategy will achieve its objectives. This information is not intended to be used as the sole basis for financial decisions, nor should it be construed as advice designed to meet the particular needs of an individual’s situation. Content is provided by third parties for informational purposes only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any products mentioned. Jeremy North and 360 IRA are not endorsed by or affiliated with the Social Security Administration or any government agency. Paid Advertisement



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Schools in the Wentzville School District celebrate Patriot Day

Photo courtesy Wentzville School District Students at Crossroads Elementary School participated in the annual Patriot Day Celebration to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor first responders and community service providers.

Students across the Wentzville School District participated in the annual Patriot Day Celebration to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor first responders and community service providers. Both Crossroads Elementary and Heritage Intermediate held large-scale events this year, while other schools observed a moment of silence and discussed the historic significance of the events on 9/11. Crossroads students visited stations that included presentations by the Wentzville Fire Protection District, St. Charles County Sheriff ’s Department, and members of the military. Crossroads has held Patriot Day celebrations every year since the one year anniversary of 9/11 and their event is intended to keep 9/11 from being just another day that students read about in a history textbook. “Sept. 11, 2001 is a date that has been etched in the memories of nearly every American,” said Principal David Duckworth. “Our students were not even born on 9/11. Thus our Patriot’s Day

program serves as a day to recognize, work with, and learn from everyday heroes. People who make it their life’s work to serve the community, their country and keep us safe.” The Patriot Day celebration at Heritage Intermediate included activities with the theme “Heroes and Community Service” to honor the great heroes who bravely sacrificed their lives for the common good on Sept. 11, 2001. Students and staff in red, white, and blue, surrounded by first responders in uniform, formed an American flag on the parking lot. Several of our local first responders were videotaped reading 9/11 children’s books, and the videos are now available to use as class lessons. In addition, Heritage Intermediate students participated in a school-wide lesson to build “Hero Towers.” Students created blocks to represent a 9/11 hero or someone who is a hero to them, and these blocks will be combined to create a model of the Twin Towers, which will be displayed in the front foyer of the school.

The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is accepting student applications The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis is now accepting applications for its interest-free, fee-free student loan program until Nov. 16. Qualified students of any age can be issued a renewable, interest-free loan of up to $11,000 annually. Those interested must meet the following requirements: • Be pursuing a first degree at an accredited, nonprofit college, university, or technical/trade school • Demonstrate financial need • Have a cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher or have earned a GED • Be a permanent resident of the St. Louis metropolitan area, for at least two years prior to application Applicants are selected on the basis of academic potential, personal character, and financial need. Students can apply for funding by completing an online general application on the St. Louis

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Climb every mountain In 1953, Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzig Norgay became the first climbers to reach the top of Mt. Everest. More than 50 years later, climbers continue to strive for the summit, but many lose their lives in the attempt. In 2015, Everest remains a beautiful, unforgiving mountain that serves as the final resting place for a sizable number of adventurers. The new film “Everest” looks back at the 1996 Mount Everest disaster. The tragic events surrounding that event can be found in many books, including Rob Hall’s best-seller “Into Thin Air.” Beck Weathers, who was on the same expedition as Hall, also published his own account, “Left For Dead: My Journey Home from Everest.” Over the years, Hollywood captured the passion and drive of climbers, but not always with adult characters. Look, for instance, at the 1969 film “My Side of the Mountain.” The main character, a young boy named Sam, shows his independent side by heading into the mountains alone. As winter descends upon him, Sam faces many dangers, including being snowed inside his shelter. Renny Harlin directed Sylvester Stallone in the 1993 adventure “Cliffhanger.” Stallone plays Gabriel Walker, a mountain climber who rescues people who are trapped or injured during a climb. A failed rescue shatters his confidence and almost ends his career. A potentially lethal situation involving kidnappers and climbers gets Walker back in the game, however. “Alive,” a 1993 survival story, looks at the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed into the Andes Mountains. With few provi-

sions and no sign of rescuers, the survivors take extreme measures in order to survive their ordeal. With

a cast featuring Ethan Hawke and Vincent Spano, this is an intriguing adventure that raises many ethical questions. In 1975, Clint Eastwood took things to a higher lever in “The Eiger Sanction,” a film focusing on a challenging mountain in Switzerland. Eastwood plays a college professor and mountain climber who also performs assasinations for the government. His latest target is a member of an expedition scaling the Eiger. Mountains don’t always have to be dangerous, though. Earl Hamner, Jr., who became famous for “The Waltons” TV series, wrote the novel that became the basis of the movie “Spencer’s Mountain.” Henry Fonda plays Clay Spencer, the patriarch of a large family living on the mountain. He dreams of building a bigger house for his wife and children, but he may have to sacrifice his plans to help his oldest boy. In real-life and at the movies, mountains can be beautiful and deadly. Climbers on the big screen – and off – need to respect Everest – and other mountains – before taking that all-important first step to the top. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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September 23, 2015 • Community News - St. Charles County •



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Rascals fall in league championship The River City Rascals play their professional baseball at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon in the West Division of the Frontier League. The Traverse City Beach Bums clinched the best-offive championship series by defeating the River City Rascals last Friday 4-1 to take the Frontier League Championship. This is the first championship for the Beach Bums since the team debuted in Traverse City in 2006. The team also became the 19th different team to hoist the Frontier League Cup since the league’s inaugural season in 1993. The Rascals just could not get any offense against Traverse City as they dropped three straight games to the eventual champions. Go to the Rascal’s website for all the details. *Soooooo close

Lindenwood women’s field hockey on a roll The Lady Lions field hockey extended its winning streak to three games with an upset 4-3 victory over eighthranked Limestone recently. This was the Lady Lions’ second conference win of the season. The scoring all started with Tara Robben off a penalty shot at the early in the game. A goal by the Saints knotSee solution on page 13 ted the score just before halftime. The Lady Lions started pouring it on after that point with Robben scoring again this time with a feed from Amelia Rodriguez. The Limestone group immediately tied the score again but Karlie Quinn of the Lions took a pass from Greta Banholzer to regain the lead, but the Saints again tied the score. At this point Robben decided to take things into her own hands as Barbara Taylor Blomquist’s work reflects her 30 plus years of exshe netted her perience working with hundreds of adoptive families. Barbara’s inthird goal of sight, wisdom, compassion, and empathetic counseling style have endeared her to the families she has worked with. Her passion is to strengthen adoptive families by helping prevent them from experiencing some of the traumas her family experienced while raising their adopted children. To help achieve that goal, during the past 30 years she has served as an adoption consultant, created and coordinated adoption support groups, and was a board member of several children’s organizations. She also was employed by Epworth Children’s Home, as well as a children’s counseling service. She is a published author with four books to her credit, all centering around adoption. Through the years, Barbara’s books have been listed on multiple adoption sites as recommended reading. “Embracing the Adoption Effect: 29 Stories of Families Touched by Adoption,” is a powerful collection that inspires hope, healing and redemption for those on adoption’s lifelong road. Terry never felt like he fit in, Nick identified himself as an outsider and, at 15, Meg ran away from home. Terry’s, Nick’s and Meg’s stories are part of the 29 profiles in “Embracing the Adoption Effect.” Some remarkable people shared their riveting, thought-provoking experiences in personal interviews for this project. These individuals have lived with secrets, misunderstandings and misconceptions. However, all interviewees believe that because they are a part of the adoption world, they have developed into deeper, more compassionate and tolerant people. They feel they are far better individuals today because of their adoption experience. This intimate collection, featuring accounts of adoption occurring from the 1940s to the 1990s, highlights adoption’s emotional enigma that is a part of America’s story.

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the game with one minute remaining to notch the victory. *Perseverance Rams drop first game of season The St. Louis football Rams traveled to Washington D.C. to take on the Redskins this past weekend. They were favored by 3½ points but that didn’t seem to help the team pick up a win. Dropping behind early, the team just could not get their offense attack going and lost 24-10. A few highlights: Quarterback Nick Foles completed 17-of-32 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown for a 76.3 rating. Wide receiver Kenny Britt hauled in a 40-yard touchdown reception from Foles. Wide receiver Tavon Austin led the team in rushing yards with four attempts for 40-yards. Defensive end Robert Quinn forced Redskins running back Matt Jones to fumble, and it was recovered by safety T.J. McDonald. That was Quinn’s 13th career forced fumble and he leads the league in forced fumbles since the start of the 2013 season. Linebacker Alec Ogletree led the team in tackles with 16 (eight solo). Linebacker James Laurinaitis holds the Rams’ all-time record for tackles as he recorded nine tackles (four solo). He needs seven tackles to tie Merlin Olsen (915) as the Rams’ all-time leader in tackles. Kicker Greg Zuerlein converted a 52-yard field goal-he is now 3-for-3 for the season *Steelers this Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome at 12 p.m.

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When you’re snacking, it can be tempting to skip the fuss and grab a bite on-the-go. Keeping healthy and convenient snacks at the ready helps you stay disciplined without sacrificing taste and enjoyment. These three-step healthy snack ideas show how easy it can be to serve up a variety of tasty treats in just a few

minutes while adding more fruit to your diet. Make the most of your snacking experience with this advice: • Stock the pantry with versatile options that let you prepare a range of snacks, from sweet to savory combinations. • Look for quick solutions that help trim prep time

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Peaches and Cream Waffle Bites Serves: 1

Ingredients: 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, drained 1 slice pound cake, cut into 6 cubes 1/4 small banana, cut into 4 slices 2 teaspoons bottled chocolate sauce 2 tablespoons light whipped topping 1 maraschino cherry Directions: 1. On two wooden skewers, alternate threading four pineapple chunks, three cubes of pound cake and two banana slices. 2. Drizzle each skewer with one teaspoon chocolate sauce.

Ingredients: 1 cup reduced-fat or fat-free cottage cheese 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel 1/2 cup jarred mixed fruit, drained and diced 1/2 cup fresh blueberries 2 teaspoons sliced almonds

Ingredients: 1 whole-wheat frozen waffle 2 tablespoons reduced-fat whipped cream cheese 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup sliced peaches, drained and diced 2 teaspoons chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions: 1. In small bowl, combine cottage cheese with lemon peel.

Directions: 1. Toast frozen whole-wheat waffle and cut into quarters.

2. In another small bowl, combine mixed fruit with blueberries.

2. In small bowl, combine cream cheese and cinnamon. Spread over waffle bites.

3. In martini glass, alternately layer lemon cottage cheese with blueberry and mixed fruit combination. Top with sliced almonds.

3. Top each bite with peaches and sprinkle with walnuts.

3. Serve skewers with whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.

Grant money helps Fort Zumwalt provide more meal options for students at West High Students have been lining up at West High School with the addition of a new smoothie station as an option for breakfast or lunch. The smoothie station, funded in part by a grant from the St. Louis District Dairy Council, a non-profit nutrition education organization, offers fresh smoothies as well as fruit cups, veggie cups with dip, packaged specialty breads such as banana, pumpkin or zucchini and protein bars. The station is operated in conjunction with the coffee bar installed last winter, which offers lattes, coffee and tea for prices ranging from $1.25-$2.75. The Dollars for Dairy grant was awarded to 27 Missouri schools to encourage students to choose nutrient-rich dairy foods during school meals and was used to purchase the equipment needed to operate the station. The 16-ounce smoothies have two ingredients: fresh fruit and yogurt. They sell for $2.25 and contain 348 calories, 9.8 grams of protein, only .20 grams of fat and 913 milligrams of calcium. Plans are in the works to bring the smoothie station and coffee service to North High

Photo courtesy Fort Zumwalt School District Students have been lining up at Fort Zumwalt West High School with the addition of a new smoothie station as an option for breakfast or lunch.

this school year, with plans for South High and East High in the future. “Bringing these options to students is important because they are healthy and affordable,” says Paul Becker, Director of Fort Zumwalt Student Nutrition Services. “But also, kids like to eat what’s trendy. We’re proud to be a leader in school foodservice in the Midwest.” Fort Zumwalt Student Nutrition Services prepares an aver-

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EVENTS Sept 23: Social Security and tax info session Come learn about ways to maximize your Social Security benefits while potentially reducing your taxes. This free presentation is hosted by 360 IRA and will be held at the St. Charles County Library, McClay Branch in St. Charles from 6 – 7:15pm. For more information or to sign up call 844-436-0472 or email Sept 24: Social Security and tax info session Come learn about ways to maximize your Social Security benefits while potentially reducing your taxes. This free presentation is hosted by 360 IRA and will be held at the St. Charles County Library, Kisker Branch in St. Charles from 6 – 7:15pm. For more information or to sign up call 844-436-0472 or email

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Sept. 25: RSC Art & Family Festival The RSC Art & Family Festival takes place from 4 – 8:30 p.m. The event, which includes an open house, takes place at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) at 2650 Tri Sports Circle in O’Fallon. Admission and parking are free. Live music will be performed by That 80s Band, and artists will have original art for sale. For kids, highlights include a meet-and-greet and photo opportunities with two princesses and a superhero, a balloon artist, face painting and a bubble machine. The festival includes giveaways, raffles and drawings with chances to win passes to the RSC, free swimming lessons and other prizes. The RSC will have Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and Papa John’s Pizza for sale, with food and beverages available for purchase from Kona Ice and St. Louis Kettle Corn. The RSC food court also will be open. At 8:30 p.m. the classic dinosaur thriller, “Jurassic Park” (PG -13) will be shown, free, on a big screen outside the RSC. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for movie seating. For more information call 636-474-2732 or visit Sept. 25-27: CERT disaster response training Get your neighborhood association, organization, family members, coworkers, college students and future police officers to sign up for this outstanding opportunity to learn a variety of basic disaster response skills, free, through O’Fallon’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The intensive but fun 20-hour course will take place over a weekend and covers a variety of skills from medical to organizational. Visit the website for more information and an application. Times are 6–10 p.m. Sept. 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sept. 26, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sept. 27 at the Public Works Building at 1089 Public Works Drive in O’Fallon. For more information contact Officer Pat Helton at or 636-3793816. Sept. 25: Benefit gala The Missouri Ballet Theatre (MBT) is hosting a special benefit gala event – entitled “The Red Shoes Gala.” This ballet-centric gala fundraiser will take place from 7 until 11p.m. at the Trigg Banquet Center, located at 300 O’Fallon Plaza in O’Fallon. Guests will enjoy dinner, drinks, an auction of uniquely decorated pointe shoes and fabulous raffle baskets, plus a live performance by the dancers of the Missouri Ballet Theatre. “The Red Shoes

Gala” will help the MBT dancers focus on the art and not on where their next pair of shoes will come from, along with deferring other costs associated with Missouri Ballet Theatre’s 20152016 Season. Tickets are available for $75 each, or $500 for a table of eight guests. Purchase tickets online via the Missouri Ballet Theatre’s website at Sept. 26: We Love St. Charles 5K We Love St. Charles will be hosting its annual 5K / Kid Fun Run at Dusable Park in St. Charles. The Kid Fun Run is at 8:10 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. It is a flat course ideal for PR’s also strollers and pets on leash are welcome. Admission for the Kid Fun Run is one toiletry item. Registration for the race is online at www. All proceeds from the event will go back into serving the community of 63301. New this year is the Mascot Challenge! Prizes will be given to the most creative mascot theme, fastest mascot and largest mascot team. Prizes will be awarded for overall top male and female runner and top runner for each age group. There will be plenty of fun activities for the family which will include cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, a balloon artist and free Chick-Fil-A sandwiches with their Cow mascot. For more information, please visit http:// Sept 26: Music and Food Trucks at the Museum The St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department is offering families the opportunity to experience good food, live music, face painting, and community fun during Music and Food Trucks at the Museum from 5 – 8 p.m. at the St. Charles County Heritage Museum. Bring the family out for some tasty cuisine provided by popular food truck vendors and an evening of live entertainment. Buskin’ Bootleggers, one of St. Louis’ premiere string bands, will perform from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., while Brazil Express, Revel Kitchen, 2girls 4 wheels, Andrew’s Bayou Ribs, Pyro Pizza, and Sarah’s Cake Shop dish out their favourites to the crowd. For more information about food vendors and entertainment for the evening, contact the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department at 636-949-7535. The St. Charles County Heritage Museum is located at 1630 Heritage Landing in St. Peters. Sept. 26: Trivia night The St. Charles County Council of the Blind would like to invite everyone to Trivia Night at the O’Fallon Elks Lodge at 1160 Tom Ginnever Avenue in O’Fallon. The doors open at 6 p.m., trivia games start promptly at 7 p.m. Cost is $150 for table of eight in advance, or $20 per person. Beer, soda and light snacks provided. Wine and mixed drinks are available for a nominal charge. Feel free to bring food or snacks. The proceeds will benefit blind and visually impaired individuals throughout the state of Missouri. If you would like to volunteer your time, make a donation, or have any questions, please contact Beverly Kaskadden, 636-561-6947, bkaskadden@ or Denny Huff, 636262-1383 denny@gatewayfortheblind. com. Sept. 26: All seniors dinner Why eat alone? All seniors are invited to join us for dinner at 3 Families at

4899 Mexico Rd. For more information contact Wanda at 636-561-9100 or Pat at 636-240-7879. Sept. 26: Cottle Waddle The Cottleville Business Association will hold its 3rd Inaugural Cottle Waddle Event from 3 – 7 p.m. and will be followed by Dancing in the Streets from 7 -11 p.m. Ticket holders must be 21 years of age an older and must show ID. The location for this event will run between North Check-in at City of Cottleville at 5490 5th St. in Cottleville and the South Check-in at Mannino’s Market at 5205 Highway N in Cottleville. The proceeds benefit each year The Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In addition, the project this year is partnering with SSM, Unlimited Playgrounds, and the city of Cottleville to build McCauley’s Park. This park is above and beyond ADA requirements. For additional information to purchase tickets, to become a member and sponsor please contact President Mariann Egelhoff at 636-498-0041 or Secretary/Treasurer Nichole Simcox at 636-578-9645. For more information please visit Cottle Waddle on Facebook or visit Sept. 27: Sausage and turkey dinner St. Paul’s UCC at 150 Defiance Road at Hwy. 94 in Defiance will be serving a sausage and turkey dinner from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost for adults $11, children $5, under 5 free. All you can eat – carry outs available – apple butter - quilt. Sept. 29: Drug abuse presentation All teens and adults are welcome to a special presentation on “Heroin Use in the Community” at 6:30 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ at 405 S Fifth in Saint Charles. Come learn what is killing over 300 young people in the St. Louis Area each year, how you can prevent it in your home, and where to turn for help. Presentation by the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse – St. Louis Area. Sept. 30: The St. Charles Regional College Fair The St. Charles Regional College Fair is coming to St. Charles Community College from 6 - 8 p.m. The fair, held in the College Center gym at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville, is for current high school juniors and seniors who are interested in speaking with college representatives from throughout the United States to learn more about each college and decide which one is right for them. Parking for attendees will be available in the Yellow and Blue parking lots, which are accessible through the Southwest entrance along Cottleville Parkway. All parking is free. For a full list of colleges and universities attending the college fair, visit For more information, contact Mary Jo Grimm, admissions counselor, at 636922-8226 or Sept. 30: Eggs and Issues Breakfast The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free breakfast where the business community can hear from their state senator and state representatives on important issues and challenges brought to the State of Missouri. Legislators confirmed include State Senator Bob Onder (District 2), Representative Kurt Bahr (District 102), Representative Robert Cornejo (District 064), Representative Ron Hicks (District 107), and Representative Justin Hill (District 108). The free breakfast will be held at Garden Villas of O’Fallon located at 7092 S Outer 364 in O’Fallon. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 8 a.m. This event is made possible through the generosity of CenturyLink. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce at 636-240-1818, Erin@ or online at Oct. 2: Manufacturing Day event In celebration of the 4th annual Manufacturing Day, Component Bar Products (CBP) and Midwest Machine Tool Training Center (MMTTC) will open their doors to more than 400 students and the public in an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding oppor- • Community News - St. Charles County • September 23, 2015 tunities a career in manufacturing can provide. Planned activities include tours of the CBP manufacturing plant and the MMTTC training facility, quad copter demos, and booths with interactive exhibits from area manufacturers, such as: General Motors, Independent Tool, King Innovation, SunEdison Semiconductor, True Manufacturing, and Zoltek. The community event is scheduled from 2 – 6 p.m. at 3855 Corporate Centre Dr. in O’Fallon. This event is open to the public and includes free food, prizes, and fun for everyone. More information on Manufacturing Day St. Charles County is available at or by contacting Fay Aubuchon at 636-9228546 or Oct. 3: Senior fair If you want to learn more about senior services and issues in a fun environment, mark your calendar for the seventh annual St. Charles County Senior Fair. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-noon at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre in the west wing of St. Peters City Hall. Entertainment and beverages will be provided. Flu shots are available. And, seniors have a chance to take home giveaways and win raffle prizes. At 10 a.m., the Alzheimer’s Association will hold an interactive workshop in the Performing Arts Theatre to separate myth from reality and address common fears about Alzheimer’s in America. Spots are still available for vendors. If you’re interested in setting up a vendor booth at the Senior Fair, contact Jessica Heslin at or call 636-279-8207. Learn more at Oct. 3: Drama auditions Young People’s Theatre will hold open auditions for “The Nifty Fifties” at 9 a.m. in the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building auditorium on the SCC campus. The campus is located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. There are roles for ages 10 and up, with everything from students to beatniks and great songs like “BopA-Lu-Bop Dance Party,” “Teen Queen,” “It’s Tough to be a Teenager in Love,” the hilarious “It was the Blob” and, of course, the toe-tapping title tune. Performances will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 14. Tickets are available now at Oct. 3: Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day Children of all ages are encouraged to get outside and participate in St. Charles County Parks’ annual Take A Kid Mountain Biking Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Broemmelsiek Park at 1795 Highway DD in Defiance (near Wentzville). Sponsored by Gateway Off-Road Cyclists, this fun event is free and offers skills clinics, guided trail rides, safety inspections, and demo bike use. Register early. The program is limited to 250 children and the first 50 receive a free gift bag to take home. For more information about the program and to pre-register, please visit the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department online at or call us at 636-949-7535. Oct. 3: Craft show Chapel Of The Cross 3rd Annual Craft Fair will take place at 907 Jungermann Rd. in St. Peters, (behind Walgreens) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information call 636-928-5885. Oct. 4: St. Barnabas Fall Festival Fried chicken and pork sausage dinner will be served on St. Barnabas Parish grounds at Hwy M at Hwy P (two miles north of I70) from noon to 6 p.m. Eat

in (a/c dining room) or carryout, cost for adults –$12, children(6-12)-$6, under 6- free. New games, crafts, funnel cakes, world famous apple butter and live music will be featured. Oct. 5-6: Drama auditions Center Stage Theatre will hold open auditions for “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” at 7 p.m. Oct. 5-6, in Room 110 of the Donald D. Shook Fine Arts Building on the St. Charles Community College campus. Callbacks will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 7. There are open roles for two women, two men and one teenage boy. Roles are open for ages 14-40. Actors are encouraged to prepare a one- to two-minute monologue; however, it is not necessary. Cold readings from the script will be used during auditions. Scripts are on reserve at the SCC Library. The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18-21; 10 a.m. Nov. 19; and 2 p.m. Nov. 22. Tickets are free to SCC students with ID, or $8 general admission and $6 seniors, veterans and students. The campus is located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. To volunteer for ushering or crew work, call 636-922-8050. Follow Center Stage Theatre on Facebook at For more information contact Deborah Phillips, director, at or 636-922-8255. Oct. 9: Fall Fest Street Dance Fall Fest Street Dance takes place from 7 – 10 Civic Park at 308 Civic Park Drive in O’Fallon (off Main Street in downtown O’Fallon). Kick off the weekend with a rocking night of dance music by Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Free admission and parking. Oct. 10: Stroll for a Goal One mile walk and/or 2.5 mile walk at Cottleville Legacy Park, Pavilion A from 8 a.m. – noon. Ticket cost is $20 per individual and $25 per family. Event registration and additional information about HavenHouse can be found on their website at www. All proceeds to benefit HavenHouse. This local charity provides the comfort of home and community of support to patients of all ages with any medical condition and their family members traveling more than 25 miles to receive care. HavenHouse provides lodging, two meals a day, transportation to 19 St. Louis regional medical facilities, and aroundthe-clock support services. Oct. 10: Fall Fest 5K and 10K Run and Zombie Costume Contest O’Fallon’s Fall Fest 5K (3.1 mile) and 10 K (6.2 miles) has divisions for all ages, including Baby Stroller (for the 5K), and to add to the fun, a free Zombie Costume Contest for race participants. Race begins at 7 a.m. at O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall/Police Dept.) at 100 North Main St. in O’Fallon. Go to the website for registration, FAQs and maps. Cost per person through Oct. 8 is $18 for the 5K, $23 for the 10K; race day registration is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K. Oct. 10: O’Fallon Fall Fest O’Fallon Fall Fest is from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Civic Park at 305 Civic Park Drive in O’Fallon. Shop vendor’s booths for upscale handcrafted items, listen to live acoustic music, sit down with the kids to watch a free, familyfriendly show and picnic on delicious food and beverages.

Oct. 11: Sausage and roast beef dinner All are welcome to the 10th Annual Sausage Supper and Roast Beef Too Dinner from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. at St. John United Church of Christ at 405 S Fifth in Saint Charles. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (6 to 12 years), 5 years in age and younger are free. This event is sponsored by the Men’s Bible, Bagel, and Brew. Quilt raffle, 50/50 raffle, and fresh sausage, bacon, and smoked pork chops also available. For more information or to purchase tickets call the church office, 636-946-0961, Oct 13: Genealogy presentation Please journey along with us as Gloria Perry, Ph.D., Genealogy Hobbyist and Story Keeper, presents “The Woman in the Dress” at St. John United Church of Christ at 405 S Fifth in Saint Charles at 7 p.m. Hear the story of a 17-yearold girl coming alone to the U.S. from Germany in 1855. Gloria dresses in period clothing to tell the story. For more information contact the church office, 636-946-0961, Oct. 14: Faith Leadership Breakfast (Faith In Action) VITAS Healthcare would like to invite the faith leaders of our community, to participate in our Faith Leadership Breakfast from 9 – 11 a.m. at Community Commons at Spencer Library at 427 Spencer Road, Ste 240 in St. Peters. This workshop program is intended to educate hospice awareness, dialogues, and partnerships within in the church community to improve access to quality end-of-life care. Please RSVP by calling 314-682-3400 by Oct. 2 to reserve your seat. Oct. 17: Craft fair The 6th Annual Fort Zumwalt East H.S.Craft Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fort Zumwalt East High School at 600 1st Executive Ave. in Saint Peters. All proceeds to benefit FZE senior grad night. Bake sale and raffle items available. We have some awesome gift and craft items that will be available; including candles, quilts, jewelry, music boxes, pet items, purses, beauty and bath items, fashions, custom bears, holiday craft items and many others fun items. Vendor information: Booth cost is $40 for 8X10, Electric $10 extra. Must bring own table but we provide two chairs. Contact Rose Delph at or 314-458-7075.nie@crisisnurserykids. org or 314-292-5770 ex. 106.

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Oct. 17 Free electronics and appliance recycling event Not just for residents – everyone is welcome to bring just about any item with an electric cord or that uses a battery to this free electronics and appliance recycling event from 8 a.m. to noon at T.R. Hughes Ballpark west parking lot (off Tom Ginnever Avenue) at 900 T.R. Hughes Boulevard in O’Fallon. Acceptable items for the drop-off include household appliances, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, microwaves, kitchen appliances, computers, computer monitors (including CRT monitors), printers, keyboards, laptops, hard drives, scanners, DVDs, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, answering machines, radios, stereos, speakers, VCRs, power tools, lawn and garden equipment (which must have gas and oil removed) and LED/LCD TVs. A fee will be charged for CRT (cathode ray tube) TV sets; the cost is $20 per set measuring 27 inches or less, and $40 per set over 27 inches, wooden console sets and rear projection sets. Please do not bring smoke detectors, glass lamps, light bulbs, VHS tapes or alkaline batteries. This free service is provided by the City of O’Fallon in partnership with Midwest Recycling Center. Oct. 23: Halloween Party in the Park Halloween Party in the Park runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Founders Park at 7 Freymuth Road. Come enjoy a night full of spooky hay rides, bounce houses, pony rides, balloons and much more. Visit for more details about local events. Oct. 23: Trivia night Trivia night event to help the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) continue their research for cures while improving diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for children to be held at The Christy Banquet Center at 9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway in


O’Fallon. Single Admission fee is $20, team registration fee is $160 (table of eight). Open Bbar will be provided. Festivities include silent auction, raffles, attendance prizes, heads or tails, 50/50 drawing and mulligans For more information or to register a table, please go to Oct. 23: Trivia night The Beat Goes On Trivia Night and Silent Auction at The Christy Banquet Center at 9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon is raising funds to help the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) continue their research for cures while improving diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for children. Doors open at 7 p.m. and trivia will start at 7:30 p.m. Single admission fee is $20, team registration fee is $160 (table of eight). Open bar will be provided. Oct. 24: Trivia night Trivia Night and “Spayghetti neuteral” Dinner starts at 6 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m. at St. Charles Borromeo Church at 401 N 4th St. in St. Charles. Prepaid table of eight is $160 or $20 per person. Cost at the door is $25 per person. To reserve a table call 636-675-8550. Dinner donated by Winfield’s Gathering Place Chef Myraka Grgurich Proceeds will go to Seven More Cats Rescue and Shelter Friends rescue. Bring a 3lb bag, or six cans of cat/dog food and receive a prize. Benefit supported by Elm Point Animal Hospital. Oct. 24: Craft fair Save the date and join us for a great day of shopping and fun for the 5th Annual Francis Howell Central Craft Fair. Doors will be open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. With over 130 crafters, you’ll find lots of one-of-a-kind items as well as some of your favorite brands too. We’ll also have food, raffles and more.


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By Joe Morice

Beware of road construction safety Driving on Illinois and Missouri Interstate highways can be frustrating at times. Besides the traffic jams caused by crazy people having wrecks, we have (blare of trumpets): ROAD CONSTRUCTION… Tada! I appreciate the various transportation departments and contractors out there improving our highways and byways. I’m sure they’re doing the best they can under somewhat dangerous circumstances. They must contend with crazy people driving through construction zones as if they were rabid NASCAR drivers in the final lap. The states have finally put their legal, revenue-enhancing foot down by doubling fines and putting radar cars on these stretches to slow traffic down to a mild roar. Without it, construction workers sometimes have to jump around like a matador without a cape to keep from getting run over by fast moving SUV’s the drivers often use as phone booths. However, I have a bone to pick with those respective DOT’s. Slowing for road construction is understandable but why are they putting the lower speed limit signs miles before it starts? I’m sure they have their reasons but reality confounds them. What I’ve witnessed is a few drivers slowing from highway speeds

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already passing the law abiders until they’re forced to slow down where the actual construction begins; often at a bottleneck. Soon, everybody is back to high speeds until they have to jam on the binders in tire-burning, screeching, panic stops to avoid crashing through barriers and hitting a construction vehicle or worse yet, a worker. Having done this sort of work makes me wonder about this method even more. affordable My sympathy is with the workers but I’ve driven many miles in my lifetime and this safety measure stumps me. What it seems like the transportation officials are demanding is something that makes drivers angry and Heaven knows they’re already angry enough, if not a bit jaded. We’ve elected to own and drive personal vehicles rather than subsidize public transportation and having

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someone tell us to slow down raises some rancor levels at times. It’s silly of course but there it is. Raising those levels to outright road rage doesn’t encourage much in the way of safety, me thinks. I would suggest the warning signs remain out there as always but merely warn of slower speed limits ahead instead of posting them miles before the construction is encountered. I haven’t offered my suggestion of signs that say “Beware of Sniper Ahead” or “Firing Squad Zone.” It might slow traffic but the survivalist gun crazies and wannabe Wyatt Earps offering their services might crowd the respective city halls and scare the clerks. I’m sure some would argue that if drivers would obey the laws, there would be no problems. They probably expect everyone to slow down to the posted limits without fail. From my experience, that’s like expecting a clutch of chickens to slow down to the same speed as a pursuing fox. I’ve also never seen highway traffic going the same speed unless a police car is in front of them. What I’ve encountered more and more are drivers with no talent for driving, no sense of speed or of anyone being around them, tooling along in the monster lanes while jabbering on cell phones and subsequently driving everyone else to vehicular homicide. The hope they’ll slow down miles before a construction zone seems fantastically witless. But then, this seems a familiar trait of many state safety endeavors. Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating heavy equipment. He has no formal training as a writer, unless a lifetime of writing about any and everything counts. The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.

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