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Family Fun Fair & Art Expo



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Salon and Spa to Host Bridal Show



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Rock wall climbing at the 2012 event Photo courtesy of the City of O’Fallon

Free at O’Fallon’s Renaud Spirit Center September 28 What do food trucks, plein air painting, a rock-climbing wall, and pumpkin painting have in common? Those are some of the activities scheduled for O’Fallon’s “RSC Family Fun Fair & Art Expo” on Saturday, September 28. Everyone is invited to the Renaud Spirit Center’s free RSC Family Fun Fair & Art Expo for a day of exercise, kids’ activities, live music, original art sold by the artists, food trucks, beverages for sale, and raffles, giveaways and more. The recreation complex is located in O’Fallon Sports Park at 2650 Tri Sports Circle in O’Fallon. Admission, parking, and most activities are free. “With expanded entertainment, the addition of food trucks and a beer and wine garden, this year’s event will be a big step forward for us,” said Darren Granaas, O’Fallon’s Cultural Arts Coordinator. Art Expo 10am – 2pm • Live entertainment – Acoustik Element guitar music (10 – 11am), Monkey Tales Theatre live performances (11:30- noon), and Blue Strings Bluegrass (12:30 – 2pm) • Booths with original art sold by the

artists: wheel-thrown pottery glazeware and wood-fired pottery, hand-fused glass (bowls, plates, pendants, candle holders) photography, paintings, drawings, prints, glass jazz-beaded and wire stemware, jewelry, personalized children’s books, fiber art, scarves and knits; artist Mike Phelps will demonstrate plein air painting • Food trucks Slice of the Hill and Yo! Salsa and a beer and wine garden by Rendezvous Café & Wine Bar crafts • Free kids’ activities: art projects sponsored by the O’Fallon Cultural Arts Department and by St. Charles Riverfront Arts; pig races carnival game by American Eagle Credit Union RSC Family Fun Fair 10am – 2pm • Pumpkin painting, a bounce house, children’s pony rides, a petting zoo, rock-climbing wall, face painting and a balloon artist – all free! • Visit with Ruffy, the Rascals’ mascot (11am – 1pm) • O’Fallon Police K-9 demonstrations (times vary) Open House at the Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) • 7am - 7pm – Free use of exercise

facilities: indoor track, weight room, exercise machines; age restrictions apply • Noon - 6:30pm – Free swimming for all ages in the natatorium (indoor pool complex) See FAMILY FUN FAIR page 2



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Around Town your guide to good news and events like the Rangers 370 Lakeside Fishing Derby


Historic Street A list of October events in historic St. Charles


Lincoln County Life the latest Lincoln County news


Business University Commons Taking Shape and more business news and events


School An essay contest for high school students and more school news


Movie With its top-notch cast and first-rate director, The Family should have been sharp as a tack.


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


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FAMILY FUN FAIR from cover • Free raffles, giveaways, drawings and prizes – Register to win a one-year RSC membership or a one month membership, O’FallonTheatreWorks tickets, free swimming lessons, 10% discounts on new annual memberships The event is supported by the City of O’Fallon’s Parks and Recreation Department, Green BEAN Delivery, Mozingo Music, the Community News, St. Charles Riverfront Arts, and the Missouri Arts Council. For more information about the RSC Family Fun Fair & Art Expo, please call the front desk at 636.474.2732, or go to Volunteers, we need your assistance with this fun event. To help out, please call the Volunteer Services Department at 636.379.5507, or send an e-mail to For more information, visit

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Recipes Cool Cooking with Tomatoes What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long Classifieds Over the Fence Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher.

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September 20 marked Global Be(er) Responsible Day. To prepare for this, more than 450 St. Louis Anheuser-Busch employees took part in a larger-than-life event to spell out Budweiser's Designate a Driver message. Participants stood in single-file lines to become letters and create a living billboard as a helicopter flew overhead to capture the image. • Community News - St. Charles County • September 25, 2013

The Powder Room Salon and Spa to Host Bridal Show The Powder Room Salon and Spa in Historic St. Peters is hosting its inaugural bridal show on Sunday, October 13, from 12-5pm. Engaged couples will not want to miss this event, featuring innovative, local vendors who focus on the fine details and personal touches that will make your wedding day unique and memorable. In addition to wedding gown modeling and up-do and airbrush makeup demonstrations, there will be food samples, floral displays, drawings for prizes and jewelry available for purchase. Admission is free, and each bride and groom will receive a goody bag filled with coupons and other vendor materials. Featured vendors are Innsbruck Golf Resort, Savvy Silhouette Bridal Consignment, Misty’s Enchanted Florist, Cupcake Amore, Holiday Inn Airport West, Being Me Photography, Master Events Wedding Planning, World Travel Vacations, Wiese Insurance, Mary Kay Cosmetics, KORS Fitness Training and Fundways Party Rentals. Contact us for more information at 311 Main St., St Peters, MO or 636.970.0010.


SCC Hosts Food Trucks and a Family Film The St. Charles Community College Friends & Alumni and Student Activities are pairing up to host food trucks and a film showing at SCC. This event is free and open to the public. Food trucks will be on campus from 5 - 8pm and a showing of Disney Pixar’s film Monster’s University will start at 8pm on the lawn outside the Technology Building, near the orange park-

ing lot, on SCC’s campus. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and food. Free popcorn will be provided, and snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. The rain location is the College Center gymnasium. For more information, contact Mandi Smith at 636.922.8469 or

Rangers 370 Lakeside Fishing Derby You don’t have to travel far to be part of a really fun fishing competition. The City of St. Peters’ first-ever Rangers 370 Lakeside Fishing Derby will give both kids and adults a chance to win prizes while fishing at 370 Lakeside Park. The event will take place at the park’s 140-acre lake on Saturday, October 5 from 8:30am - 12:30pm. Prizes will be awarded in two age divisions: ages 6-12, and 13 and up. You can win by catching the most fish or the largest fish. The entry fee is $5 per person. The first 100 children who register in advance for the Rangers 370 Lakeside Fishing Derby will receive a free event T-shirt. Everyone who registers in advance will be entered in a drawing for a gift card from Walmart. Advance registration is available in person at the St. Peters Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico, by phone at 636.939.2386, ext. 1400, or online using the Rec-Connect registration feature. Same-day registration also will be available at the event. Check-in for the Rangers 370 Lakeside Fishing Derby begins at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event near the marina. 370 Lakeside Park is located at 1000 Lakeside Park Drive just off Highway 370. Concessions will be sold at Gator Island Grill during the event. Mike’s Bait and Tackle, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Walmart are sponsors for this event.

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Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers

FISH Provides Emergency Assistance

In times of need, many lend their neighbors a helping hand. In a large-scale disaster or community-wide emergency, a trained team working in coordination with strategically mobilized resources can provide assistance that may be the difference between life and death for many in our area. The St. Charles County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a volunteer-based unit formed to assist this response and meet the demands of a health-related crisis. The St. Charles County MRC will provide support to governmental and public service agencies when resources are limited, large numbers of people are affected or widespread emergencies occur. Medically trained and non-medical professionals alike can put their knowledge and skills to use in helping the community. Previous experience is not required, as MRC leaders will train dedicated volunteers in roles such as: dispensing medication; logistics; financial accountability; public communication; transportation; pet sheltering and much more. The St. Charles County Department of Community Health and the Environment sponsors the local MRC chapter and offers an open house at 6pm on Wednesday, October 2 to introduce current and prospective members to the benefits of the program. Presented at the health department (1650 Boone’s Lick Road in St. Charles), the orientation will provide an overview of the program, discuss various roles within the County’s emergency response plan and outline the MRC training/certification program. If you are 18 or older, and would be interested in assisting the St. Charles County MRC or would like to learn more about the program, please call St. Charles County Regional Response Planner Andrew Willman at 636.949.7554 before Wednesday, September 25.

FISH of St. Charles County was founded in 1969, in order to serve the needy of St. Charles County. The organization provides emergency assistance in the form of food, clothing, house wares, and linens. Referrals from the Division of Family Services, social service agencies, and local churches account for over 90% of their clients. Twelve local churches provide needed food items to the organization on a monthly basis. They also operate a thrift store which is open to the general public. Without any paid employees, FISH is completely managed and operated by more than 80 volunteers. The average age of a volunteer is 75, and many have served the organization for over 15 years. FISH distributes over 60,000 clothing units and 3,000 pairs of shoes to over 5,500 adults and children each year. Food is also provided for over 3,000 adults and children annually. FISH is located at 1150 Cave Springs Estates Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376. Their hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am -noon.

Letter to the Editor Children worry about a whole host of things, like homework, relationships with friends, and whether or not they’re wearing the newest fashions and trends. These are things we all worry about in our younger years. But children today are coping with an issue not even adults should be accustomed to. According to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the St. Louis region is home to 172,660 children who are struggling with hunger. Statewide, nearly a quarter of Missouri’s children are hungry or at risk of hunger. These figures place Missouri fifth in the country and among the states with the highest increase of hungry children. A few summers ago, a child attending The Salvation Army’s Camp Mihaska in Bourbon, MO, was surprised to learn he would be given three meals a day because at home his family could

only afford to provide him with one meal. It’s a sobering realization that so many local children are struggling with such a basic human need. St. Louisans are flocking to local food pantries and social-service agencies in record numbers. Within the past two years, The Salvation Army’s O’Fallon Worship and Community Center went from serving 45 people each month to almost 500 at its food pantry. These numbers show no sign of decreasing, especially after House lawmakers recently approved the federal Farm Bill after stripping the food-stamp program used by 48 million Americans and threatening to make more devastating cuts to the program. In Missouri, 416,000 children rely on food stamps to survive. Anti-hunger organization Bread for the World has estimated that if the proposed cuts are enacted to the food-stamp program, every religious congregation in the United States would need to spend $50,000 a year for the next 10 years to feed the people who would be affected. Hunger has become a serious problem in the St. Louis area, and social-service organizations have worked diligently to combat it as best we can. But, the truth is, we are struggling to keep up with the influx of need. The Salvation Army will continue to feed children, adults, and senior citizens every day as long as we are able. We pray that your continued support will allow our local children to just be kids; instead of worrying when they’ll be able to eat again. Respectfully, Major Lonneal Richardson Divisional Commander The Salvation Army - Midland Division • Community News - St. Charles County • September 25, 2013

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Free Electronics Computer Recycling

At the St. Charles County Council meeting on September 9, Meteorologist Wes Browning of the National Weather Service St. Louis Forecast Office honored St. Charles County for completing rigorous criteria necessary to become a StormReady(r) community. Browning presented a recognition letter and materials to Steve Ehlmann, St. Charles County Executive; Tom Neer, St. Charles County Sheriff; and Ina McCaine-Obenland, training and exercise officer for the St. Charles County Sheriff ’s Department Division of Emergency Management. StormReady(r) is a nationwide community preparedness program that uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. The program is voluntary and provides communities with clear-cut advice from a partnership between local National Weather Service forecast offices and state and local emergency managers. StormReady(r) started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, OK, area. There are now more than 2,100 StormReady(r) communities across the country. To be recognized as StormReady(r), a community must: • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; • Have more than one way to receive severe weather forecasts and warnings and to alert the public; • Create a system that monitors local weather conditions; • Promote the importance of public readiness through community seminars; • Develop a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.

In partnership with RNA Worldwide and Didion Orf Recycling, the City of O’Fallon is holding a free event, “Electronics and Computer Recycling,” on Saturday, October 12, from 9am – 3pm in the west parking lot at T.R. Hughes Ballpark. Everyone is invited to drop off unwanted computers, electronic devices, appliances and more at no charge. The drop-off site is located at the southwest corner of Tom Ginnever Avenue and T.R. Hughes Boulevard. Nearly every electronic item will be accepted at the drop off. If it plugs into the wall or runs on a battery, it will be accepted. Examples include: • All computer equipment, accessories and cables • Televisions and monitors, with a limit of two old-fashioned tubestyle TVs • AV equipment, speakers, etc. • All phones, cell-phone related items, PDAs and digital cameras • All types of batteries, including truck and car batteries The drop-off also will accept: • All scrap metal and metal-containing items • All appliances large and small • Metal office furniture and equipment • Clothing • Medical, dental and laboratory equipment; no biohazards, please! Items that cannot be accepted include paint, household or industrial chemicals or cleaners, items deemed as hazardous waste, bedding and mattresses, standard wood or non-metal furniture, 100% plastic items (including bottles), Styrofoam and newspapers. Plastic bottles and newspapers can be recycled through residents’ curbside recycling collection. RNA Worldwide is registered with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a Level 3 Electronics Recycling Business and with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, with R2 Certification pending. For more information, contact O’Fallon’s Environmental Services Department at 636.272.0477 or

MO’ Cowbell Marathon For a second consecutive year, Hermans Farm Orchard on North Highway 94 in St. Charles will again be offering the “High-Five Zone,” the only designated family fun area during the 3rd Annual MO’ Cowbell Marathon set for Sunday, October 6, race organizers announced today. Located on the runner’s route to the New Town at St. Charles subdivision, the High-Five Zone will feature a water station, fresh produce and apple cider, a pumpkin patch, a castle playground for children, and hayrides. Adding to festivities at the zone, the Duchesne High School Band will also be playing live music. “The High-Five Zone is the best place for families and children to cheer on runners while having a blast during MO’ Cowbell,” said Kerin Miller, race director. “We value having Hermans Farm Orchard as one of our sponsors and for again hosting this popular zone.” Showcasing the fun that awaits everyone at the High-Five Zone, Hermans Farm Orchard will also have a booth at the Health & Fitness ExMO’ at the Lindenwood University’s Hyland Arena. This two-day event before the race serves at the packet pickup site for runners, will feature about 50 health and fitness exhibitors, and is open to the public. Starting in Frontier Park on the St. Charles riverfront, MO’ Cowbell starts 7:30am Sunday, October 6 and offers a mara-

thon, half marathon, half marathon relay and 5K. MO’ Cowbell is organized by the civic group, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, with the assistance of Big River Running Company. A portion of the 2013 race proceeds will go to the “Take 20 and Read” program of the St. Charles City-County Library District to promote reading and literacy. Headlining MO’ Cowbell sponsors are BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital and Progress West Hospital, members of BJC Healthcare. For more information about running, exhibiting, sponsoring or volunteering for MO’ Cowbell 2013, visit


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Sunday Funday October 6 from 1 – 6pm at N. Main St. in Saint Charles. Live entertainment, food, drink, and fun in the afternoon. From 1-3 pm, a DJ will play and from 4:30 6pm, the band Staggercatt will perform between the 100-200 blocks of N. Main St. The theme for this month’s event is “Chili.” No coolers allowed. Participating restaurants include Tony’s On Main Street,

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Bobby’s Place, Quintessential Dining and Nightlife, Eros Greek Taverna, R.T. Weiler’s, Undertow, Lloyd and Harry’s, and Uncle Joe’s. Purchase a wristband for $5.00 and get up to 8 food samples from the participating restaurants. Swing This With Debby Boone October 12 at 8pm at Where: Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, 2300 West Clay, Saint

Charles. Cost: $35.50-$55.50. Info: 636.949.4433 Debby Boone earned instant fame when “You Light Up My Life” became an overnight hit. Boone’s new show and upcoming CD Swing This is her take on Las Vegas in the ‘60s. She recently completed a two-week engagement of her new Swing This show at the Café Carlyle. She has stories and memories to share from the years her father, Pat Boone, was headlining at the Sands and Sahara

hotels. Swing This is a true reflection of the music, glamour, and pure exhilaration of that golden age in Vegas that inspired her to be a performer in the first place. The stories, fabulous costumes, and exciting arrangements by Boone’s musical director, John Oddo, played by a Big Band of fantastic musicians all make up, in Debby’s own words, “The party I’ve been waiting for my whole life to throw!”

An Evening with Frankie Avalon October 19 at 8pm at Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, 2300 West Clay, Saint Charles. Cost: $38.50-$58.50 Info: 636.949.4433 If you can’t remember a time when Frankie Avalon wasn’t a part of your life, you aren’t alone. This talented performer can look back on a career that spans three generations of music, television, and motion pictures, which he feels is due primarily to the loyalty and trust of his audience. Avalon has a long string of Gold Record million-seller singles and albums. In 1959 alone, Avalon had six solid hits that were in the top 40, and his music became one of the defining sounds of the “pre-Beatles” Rock and Roll.

Lynn Anderson October 18 at 8pm at Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, 2300 West Clay, Saint Charles. Cost: $22.50-$40.50 Info: 636.949.4433 One of the top-ranked female vocalists in any musical genre, Lynn Anderson is often referred to as a “singer’s singer.” Her stunning beauty, sophisticated image, and “countrypolitan” sound helped her to become one of the first female country artists to achieve mass crossover appeal, and her strong vocals have garnered her more awards and accolades than many country artists combined.

St. Charles Symphonic Orchestra Halloween Performance October 29 at 7:30pm at St. Peters City Hall, 1 St. Peters Centre Blvd., Saint Peters. Cost: Free Info: The Orchestra performs in a variety of musical styles: from traditional symphonies to seasonal pops concerts. Kids are encouraged to come in costume as all orchestra members will be dressed up for the occasion.

Caribbean-Themed Trivia Night Friends of LCMC will host a trivia night on October 4. The theme is “Caribbean Night.” The event will be located at Sacred Heart School Cafeteria in Troy. Cost is $100 per table, with 8 guests per table. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the first question will be asked at 7pm. Guests must be at least 21 years old to attend. Spirits and soda will be provided, but participants should bring their own snacks. Cash prizes will be given for top trivia teams as well as a prize for best decorated table. Sponsorship opportunities are available as follows: Platinum level, $750. Gold level, $500. Silver level, $400. Bronze level, $300. Round Sponsors, $100. For more information contact Lincoln County Medical Center at 636.528.8551.

Lincoln County R-III School District Hosting Social Media Photo Contest The Lincoln County R-III School District will host the Go Trojan Nation Photo Contest to see a sea of purple across Trojan Nation. The contest is currently underway and fans, parents, students and community members can upload pictures to the Go Trojan Nation Photo Contest on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook until

Saturday, September 28. When posting, be sure to use the hashtag #GoTrojanNation. All submissions will be reviewed and approved by the Lincoln County R-III School District’s Office of Community Relations. At the end of the submission period, Trojan fans can vote for their favorite Go Trojan Nation photo. The submission with the most votes will win a 2013-14 All Sports Season Pass. Voting will run through October 4, and participants can vote once an hour every day. See all the details of the Go Trojan Nation Photo Contest by visiting the school district’s Facebook page at • Community News - St. Charles County • September 25, 2013

Herndon Products Names Amy Sawvell as New Chief Information Officer Herndon Products announces the appointment of Amy Sawvell as its new Chief Information Officer (CIO). Sawvell, of O’Fallon, has more than13 years of in-depth experience managing large cross-functional information technology (IT) and business projects. As Herndon Products’ new CIO, Sawvell will provide vision and leadership in the development and implementation of the company’s IT programs. Herndon Products has achieved significant growth in its 10 years due to its innovative use of technology, which includes: integrated logistics, inventory management, warehouse management, RFID inventory identification, just-in-time delivery and other value-added customer services. Prior to Herndon, Sawvell worked over six years for Save-A-Lot Food Stores in Earth City, MO involved in both the IT department as an IT project manager, and within the business strategic area. As a business team member, her responsibilities included business growth, business transformation, and business strategic initiative responsibilities. She also worked for eight years for Pella Corporation headquartered in Pella, IA working her way from IT Financial Specialist, Entry Systems IT Manager, and ending her career with Pella as an Advanced Materials Divisional IT Manager. Sawvell has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bellevue. She also has a Project Management Certification from the Project Management Institute.

Grant Provides iPads for Children with Disabilities Grant funding will enable United Services for Children to purchase 20 iPads for therapists to use in helping children with disabilities. The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing St. Louis on June 23 notified United Services that the ECF had approved their grant request. United Services speech therapists and occupational therapists will use the iPads in communications interventions. Tablet devices such as Apple’s iPad have been shown to help children with communication or social-emotional disorders, allowing children to bypass many of the difficulties that would otherwise hinder their ability to communicate. Julia Crutchfield-Keeven, manager of United Services’ Intensive Behavioral Intervention Classroom program, said therapists are excited about the iPads, which are opening new possibilities for children with intensive needs. “This will help our children communicate more effectively and decrease their frustrations, giving them a chance to participate in the classroom curriculum and play with their friends,” she said. United Services for Children is a nonprofit organization that operates pediatric therapy and developmental learning centers in St. Peters and Dardenne Prairie. United Services is a leader in preparing children of all abilities to reach their full potential. The ECF is an employee-owned and directed giving program that allows Boeing employees to support the needs of their local communities via tax-deductible recurring payroll deductions or one-time gifts. Boeing pays all administrative costs for the E-C-F so that 100 percent of every employee dollar contributed goes to support the community.



University Commons Taking Shape

The first phase of the highly acclaimed University Commons development project in St. Charles started in early July. Representatives from the DESCO Group have contractors on site moving utilities and preparing site pads for the arrival of significant tenants. “We are excited to finally begin the process of redeveloping this site,” said DESCO President & CEO Mark Schnuck. “We are confident this will truly transform the community given its proximity next to Lindenwood University.” St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith echoed Schnuck’s comments. “It is truly gratifying to see this day come. We knew we would eventually reach this milestone given the partners involved in this project.” The development will include the construction of a new Schnuck’s grocery store along with a national pharmacy chain. Other tenants will be announced in the future.



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WSD Celebrates Patriot Day

Assumption School’s Ribbon Cutting

Students at Crossroads Elementary School participated in the annual Patriot Day Celebration to remember the lives lost on 9/11 and to honor community service providers. Crossroads has held this celebration every year since the first anniversary of September 11th. Students visited stations that included presentations by the Wentzville Fire Department, St. Charles County Sheriff ’s Department, and members of the military. The celebration at Crossroads is intended to keep 9/11 from being just another day that students read about in a history textbook. “Today is a day to remember the events of 9/11 and to be thankful for the sacrifices made by first responders and our armed forces to keep us safe,” said Crossroads Principal David Duckworth. “It’s a great teachable moment for our students who hadn’t yet been born on that fateful day 12 years ago.” Students enjoyed visiting with police, paramedics, and firefighters to hear the stories and descriptions of their work, and many were feeling patriotic. “We need to remember the people that work and fight for our country so we can be free,” said 2nd grader Conner Place. Parents like Annie Dickerson also enjoy the celebration. ““Every year on 9/11, when I drive up and see the flags, I am so proud to call Crossroads our school! They still take the time to remember this day, and use the opportunity to teach our children to respect and be proud of our country and the men and women who serve. Patriot Day is one of the best days of the year at Crossroads.” Flags were flown at half-staff across the District in honor of 9/11 victims and first responders. Many schools observed a moment of silence and discussed the historic significance of the events of 9/11.

Over 1,600 community members came out to celebrate Assumption’s New School Building Dedication Ceremony on August 18. After the special Mass held at Assumption Church, attendees processed to the entrance of the new school building where the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place. Administrators expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to the New School Building fund, and all were invited to commit themselves to further providing the children of Assumption School with the tools they need for a high quality education. Faculty was also on hand to welcome students to their new classrooms as everyone in attendance guided themselves through the new facilities. Assumption Parish School has been rooted in the O’Fallon community for more than 140 years: first as a log school house in 1871, then as a 3-story school house used from 1876 to the late 1950’s. The current day school, Parish School of Religion, and Youth Ministry, have been using these facilities built as early as the 1950’s. A little over a year ago, construction began on a modern school space which was fashioned to accommodate the growing demands of the Parish and to meet the needs and best practices to educate the 21st century child. For more information, email or

Essay Contest High school students in Missouri have a chance to win $500 in a program to cut down texting while driving. Texting while driving is an epidemic. More than 100,000 crashes a year involve drivers who are texting, often causing life-changing injuries and deaths, Sondag said.

Texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident. Despite knowing the risks of texting while driving, 43 percent of teens admit to texting while driving. However, there is an opportunity to change this behavior, he said. Ninety percent of teen drivers say they would stop if a friend in the car asked them and 78 percent say they are likely not to text and drive if friends tell them it is wrong. Local newspapers, along with the Missouri Press Association and AT&T, will sponsor and challenge Missouri high school students across the state to write an editorial or opinion column highlighting the dangers of texting while driving and encouraging their peers to take the “It Can Wait” pledge. Students will write an al or opinion column about the dangers of texting while driving. The piece will answer the question, “Why is it important to take the It Can Wait pledge to never text and drive?” The piece will highlight the dangers of texting while driving. The piece must include the following call to action, “Take the pledge to never text and drive at” The contest is open to all students enrolled in any Missouri public or private high school. Simply email your entry to The deadline to enter the contest is October 19. Community News will choose one local winner and forward their essay on to the state level on October 25. The statewide winner will receive a $500 prize, a tour of the MU School of Journalism and the MPA Building in Columbia, and a dinner for the student and his/ her guests with the leadership of AT&T, the MPA and Community News. Local winners announced by Community News and forwarded to MPA Office October 25, 2013. • Community News - St. Charles County • September 25, 2013


“The Family”

By Steve Bryan - Rated: R

In recent years, Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones have appeared more world-weary than normal on the big screen. In The Family, however, these veteran actors look positively comatose. Although this mobster comedy contains moments of inspired brilliance, director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) keeps the movie moving at a snail’s pace. De Niro plays Giovanni Manzoni, a well-connected fellow who turns in his mafia colleagues. As a result, he and his family are relocated to France as The Family photo courtesy of Relativity Media part of the Witness Protection Program. With its top-notch cast Unfortunately, old habits die very hard for the Manzoni’s— and first-rate director, The now known as the Blake family. They Family should have been are unable to stay in one place for very long, much to the sharp as a tack. chagrin of the U.S. government. With its top-notch cast and first-rate director, The Family should have been sharp as a tack. De Niro makes an awesome curmudgeon as always, but he almost sleepwalks through his role. The same can be said for a bored-looking Tommy Lee Jones as the government agent assigned to their case. The always beautiful and charming Michelle Pfeiffer breathes welcome relief into the story as Maggie Blake, wife of De Niro’s character. Maggie tries to fit into their new surroundings, but the French people are definitely biased against “stupid Ameri-

cans.” Maggie isn’t above showing them that she is one smart cookie, though. Dianna Agron also stands out as Belle, Maggie and Fred’s gorgeous blonde daughter. Sweet with a poetic soul, Belle wants stability in her life and hopes for the love of a good man. In France, however, she runs into teenage boys who don’t know how to be gentlemen. Belle, with the help of a tennis racket, is more than happy to school them manners. John D’Leo also proves to be an asset as son Warren. The youngest member of the Blake family is willing to take a beating from his French classmates if it helps him get the lay of the land. In one hilarious scene, Warren is even called before an academic committee and charged with corruption. Cool as a cucumber, he simply asks for an attorney. Director Luc Besson is capable of much better work than The Family. At times, Besson delivers such dead-on-target moments as De Niro’s character analyzing Goodfellas, a mobster movie featuring a stellar performance by De Niro. It’s too bad the rest of the film will put audiences to sleep. The Family, rated R, currently is playing in theaters. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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The U.S. Humane Society estimates 6 to 8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year, and 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Please do your part to control overpopulation and to limit the number of unwanted animals. SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS!


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Gary Baute Rams Never Get Started In Dallas The following are the few highlights from the contest - In the 23rd regular season match-up between the Rams and Cowboys, the Rams fell to the Cowboys 31-7. - Quarterback Sam Bradford completed 29 passes for 240-yards and one touchdown. - Wide receiver Chris Givens led the team in receiving yards with 54 on two catches. - Running back Isaiah Pead caught a career-high seven passes for 43-yards and rushed six times for 20 yards. - Wide receiver Austin Pettis caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Bradford. This was Marks Pettis’ second consecutive game with a touchdown. This is the second time in his career that he has hauled in a touchdown in back-to-backs games. The touchdown catch came on fourth down and pushes his career total to six fourth down receptions. - Running back Benny Cunningham returned two kickoffs for 46 yards, the longest return coming in at 25 yards - Punter Johnny Hekker punted five times for 238 yards, a 47.6-yard average and 44.4 yard net. *Next game Thursday September 26 at the Edward Jones Dome against the San Francisco 49ers


Hockey Team at the Family Arena The St. Charles Chill of the Central Hockey League (CHL) has announced single-game tickets for their inaugural season will go on sale Tuesday, October 1. The Chill will begin their inaugural season in the Central Hockey League on October 19th at the Family Arena with a free preseason game scheduled for October 11. Season tickets are currently on sale now and start at under $10 per game (33 home games). For tickets, sponsorships, and more information on the St. Charles Chill visit or call 636.724.SHOT (7468). *The puck is ready to drop

Final Minutes Prove Fatal For Westminster Lady Blue Jays Women’s soccer of Westminster versus William Woods’ game went down to the wire. The Owls of William Woods defeated the Blue Jays 4-2; the Blue Jays record moves to 2-4-1 overall. “It would have been nice to put a couple more away on them and walk out with a Fulton win, but we’ll see that another day,” said Coach Jen Dyson. The Blue Jays opened the second half with a goal by sophomore Ashley Schimmel from senior Beau Reiske just two minutes into play, tying the game at 1-1. A 22yard shot by sophomore Eileen Koppy hit the top left corner of the net for a goal in the 63rd minute to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. The game was tied up just four minutes later when the Owl’s JorFill in the blank squares in the grid, making dan McNamara hit her second goal of the sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all the digits 1 through 9.

game. The Owls hit two more goals in the 84th and 87th minutes to take and secure the lead. “The girls played absolutely fantastic tonight. I’m 100 percent proud of their effort tonight,” said Coach Dyson. *Thanks to Alysha Hodge, Sports Information Director of Westminster College Winner of Frontier League Make History In case you missed it, the Schaumburg Boomers capped their second season of existence by winning the Frontier League Championship with a 3-1 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers in Ohio on Tuesday night, the first in team history. The Boomers (59-37, 6-0) became the first team in league history to complete a 6-0 run through the playoffs, following up a sweep of the Florence Freedom with the three game dispatching of Lake Erie, who won the title in 2009. Schaumburg is the 16th different team to claim a championship in Frontier League history. The Frontier League is the longest running independent league. The Boomers bring the first title home to Schaumburg in the existence of professional baseball in the village, which began in 1999. *New blood dominates league Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

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As a teenager, Hannah Kent visited Iceland and became intrigued with stories she heard about Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person executed in Iceland. Agnes and her accused accomplice were charged with the bludgeoning of two men in 1828 on a remote farm, the home was then burned to the ground. In Burial Rites, Kent, a gifted new novelist, whose phrases spring as if from a poet’s pen, imagines the final months of Agnes’s life. The result is atmospheric and engrossing. With the skill of a surgeon, the author extracts Agnes’s story bit by bit revealing her solitary, tragic life, and the sordid details leading up to the night of blood and gore. Kent uses a rather pathetic creature as Agnes’ sounding board, the inexperienced, yet kind-hearted Assistant Reverend Tóti, whom Agnes has requested as her spiritual adviser. Tóti initially feels incapable of such responsibility, but he steels himself and goes to see Agnes at the farm where she is sent to await execution. As the two continue to meet, Agnes begins to trust Tóti and look forward to his visits, as does the reverend. Rather than spouting scripture and forcing redemption on Agnes, he befriends her, which appalls his superior. Badly in need of comfort and care, Agnes also finds solace in Margrét, a mother figure of sorts. The hardworking, yet gravely ill woman, owns and works the farm with her husband Jón, and their two daughters. Before Margrét can call up any compassion for Agnes, she has to adjust to housing a murderess—an arrangement mandated by the District Commissioner, one of many males in the book deficient in character and morals. Agnes is the strength in this novel, and though she’s sinewy, she’s been weak when it comes to love because she wants it so badly. It’s this chink in her armor that launches her painstaking walk to the block. Readers will journey with her, hoping for a different ending, all the all while knowing that history must play itself out. In Hannah Kent’s hands it does so with grace, eloquence and sadness. Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2013. • Community News - St. Charles County • September 25, 2013



Cool Cooking with Tomatoes

“Tomatoes are incredibly versatile, buy them when in season for the best taste and texture,” said Chef Justin Timineri, executive chef and culinary ambassador, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “When in season, tomatoes are always on the top of my shopping list.” Health Benefits Florida tomatoes are a good source of lycopene (helps prevent skin damage from UV rays), vitamin C (needed for growth and repair of body tissues) and vitamin A (helps vision and bone growth). Did You Know? Botanically, the tomato is a fruit. However, they are legally considered a vegetable after a ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court. How to Buy The best test for a great tomato is aroma. Smell the stem end for a strong sweet-acidic fragrance. Choose tomatoes that are plump, shiny and give slight pressure when applied. How to Store Tomatoes should be stored at a cool room temperature, out of their packaging and never in the refrigerator. Storing tomatoes in the refrigerator diminishes their flavor.

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Pita Perfect Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, diced 2 tablespoons garlic, chopped fine 5 large fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped (save 4 to 6 for garnish) 3 cups low sodium vegetable stock 1/2 cup heavy cream Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Sour cream for garnish, if desired

Serves 2 Ingredients: 1 whole-wheat pita pocket 2 teaspoons light mayonnaise 1/2 tomato, sliced 1/2 avocado, sliced 2 leaves lettuce 4 pieces low-sodium bacon, cooked Directions: Slice pita pocket in half and spread with 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise on the inside of each half.

Directions: Preheat a medium-sized stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil to preheated pot. Carefully, add onion and garlic. Cook onions and garlic until almost translucent. Add tomatoes, sugar, tomato paste, fresh basil and vegetable stock. Simmer ingredients for at least 20 minutes. Puree soup in blender or with an emersion blender. Be very careful when pureeing hot ingredients. Add cream to soup, and stir to combine. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with crusty bread. Garnish with basil leaves and sour cream.

Stuff each pita half with 2 slices tomato, 2 slices avocado, 1 lettuce leaf and 2 slices of bacon.

Tomatoes on Toast Serves 2 Ingredients: 2 tomatoes 4 slices whole-wheat bread 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

Directions: Remove the core from tomatoes and cut into thin slices. Toast bread slices and assemble open-faced sandwiches by placing 1/2 tablespoon of mayonnaise on each slice of bread.

Place tomato slices on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.


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Send your event to and we'll print it! CHURCH Operation Backpack: United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food to at-risk children over the weekend. 636.327.6377 3rd Tuesday: Luncheon for Seniors 11am - 2pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd., 636.561.8951 2nd Wednesday: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell, 636.673.2144. October 6: St. Barnabas Fall Festival Noon - 6pm Hwy M at Hwy P, O’Fallon. Fried chicken and pork sausage dinner. Adults $10, children 6-12 $5, under 6 free. Games, crafts, funnel cakes and world famous apple butter, live music. October 11: Family Game Night 5:30pm at Fairmount Baptist Church, 2299 St. Peters Howell Rd. Games, a movie and refreshments. fairmountgbchurch@att. net.

October 12: Free Family Fun Day 2-5pm at United Methodist Church, Wentzville. Enjoy free hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and tasty desserts. www.livelovegrow. org or 636.327.6377. EVENTS Now-October 6: American Theatre Festival St. Charles Community College. $5-$8, or 636.922.8050. Now-December: Looking for Crisis Nursery Holiday Angels For the 2013 Holiday Hearts Campaign. Join our effort and grant holiday wish list items to deserving children and families in need. Supporters may choose to sponsor a family or purchase items off of the Crisis Nursery Holiday Wish List. or 314.292.5770. Now-September 29: St. Charles County Restaurant Week A great way for restaurants to showcase some of their selections with a three course meal for $25. www.stcharlesrestaurantweek. com. Restaurants contact Rob Muckler at 314.348.3535 or rob@

September 26: Documentary Public Screening 5:30pm, Memories of Main: Historic Preservation on South Main St., St. Charles City Hall, Council Chambers – 4th Floor September 26-28: Wentzville/ Lake St. Louis Annual Community Sale Kolb Exhibition Hall at Rotary Park. To have your donations picked up, call 636.625.2963. September 26 and October 3: Registration for Free Adult Education GED Classes St. Charles High School. Classes take place Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu 6-9pm. Info: 636.922.8411 or September 28: Rummage Sale to Benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County 9am – 1pm, BCI (Boone Center, Inc.) parking lot at 200 Trade Center Drive West, St. Peters. 636.978.5712 or October 5: Wharf Pharmacy Celebrates 40 years in Business 10am - 2pm, Wharf Pharmacy at 2175 West Terra Ln. O’Fallon. Giveaways, free food, beverages, a bounce house, DJ & more. October 5: Cottle Waddle 3-7pm, followed by Dancing in the Streets from 7-11pm. Ticket holders must be 21 yrs or older (show ID). cottlewaddle. October 6: MO 2013 Cowbell Run Frontier Park. Register at www. Set up

a Team JDRF fundraising account at Ongoing Events 1st Monday: Gardeners of St. Charles County Monthly Meeting 6:30pm. Various locations. 314.304.7480. 4th Monday: American Legion Post 388 Meets 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary Club Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Fitness First Exercise Classes 9:30-10:30am, American Legion Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314.369.6521. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30 p.m. at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563. 4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club. 6:30pm. at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles. Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience

required. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505. Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 8-9am and 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 636-9281928. Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes 9-10am and 5:30-6:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall, New Melle. 314.369.6521. Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10 a.m. Free. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10 a.m. Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379. Every Wednesday: Wednesday Night Men’s Golf League 5 p.m., tee off at 5:30 p.m. at Heritage of Hawk Ridge., under the parks and recreation section. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45 p.m. VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. 636.272.1945 or 1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7 p.m. at Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors welcome! Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of St. Peters 6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters). 636.328.4941. Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45 a.m. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info:

Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. 636.980.1777. Every Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA 7-7:55 p.m. Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. • Community News - St. Charles County • September 25, 2013 2nd & 4th Thursday: Alexander Chapter 242/Eastern Star St. Charles Masonic Lodge, 2051 Collier Corporate Parkway, St. Charles. 636.577.0056.

7pm. Blanchette Park, 1900 W Randolph St.

Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306, or www.

October 10: Health and Wellness Fair 8am - 12pm at Jefferson Intermediate School, 2660 Zumbehl Rd., St. Charles. Flu shots, vision exams, more.

Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8 p.m. VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612.

Cancer Survivor Fitness Program Free for all cancer patients and survivors. A 12-week program with trained instructors to help participants regain energy and improve stamina. St. Charles County Family YMCA, 636-928-1928. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Available with a doctor’s order. 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573.

Every Saturday: Chess 8-11 a.m. or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Every Saturday: St. Charles Lions Club Farmer’s Market Through October 26. 7am - noon. Parking lot at Foundry Art Centre. Every Saturday through October 26: Lake Saint Louis Farmers & Artists Market 8am - noon. Hwy. 40 & Lake Saint Louis Blvd. Rain or shine. The area’s only all-local market offers the very best in seasonal produce, baked goods, soaps, crafts, art and more. Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30am in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750. Every Saturday: Peaceful Puppy Mill Protest 11am - 12:30pm at Petland, 6131 Ronald Reagan Drive, Lake St. Louis. banmo.puppymills@yahoo. com. Every Saturday: Saturday Writers 11am - 1:15pm, Jan-Sept at Saint Peters Cultural Arts Center. Visitors welcome. $5 fee.


Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. Available with a doctor’s order only. Registration: 636.949.9600 Info: 636.947.5163. Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis. Info: Karen at 636.947.5617. Diabetes Prevention Program Helping those at high risk for type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce chanc-

es of developing the disease. Held at participating YMCA’s throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. This program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. Contact Joyce Hoth at 314-436-1177. Crisis Nursery Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. 24hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, Support Groups Daily: 12 Step Recovery Club 204 G West Pittman, O’Fallon. Info: Mike at 636.240.1722 or Every Monday: BILY (Because I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550. 1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30pm. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. Registration: 314.776.3627. Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life Want to Quit Smoking? For support, call Ellen, register nurse at SSM St. Joseph Hospital, 636.947.5304.

tol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. metrostlouissia@ • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11am 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8pm 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. 1st Tuesday: Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2pm at the Community Commons in Spencer Road Library. Info: Alicia Wildhaber at 636.926.3722. 4th Tues: Diabetes Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 1st Wed: Missouri/Illinois Multiple Myeloma Support Group 10-11am at St. Joseph Medical Park: Education Room, 1475 Kisker Road, St. Charles. RSVP is appreciated at 636.447.9006 or 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/signifi-


cant caregiver w/cancer. 1st Thursday: Nurses & Company Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2pm at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe (228 Savannah Terrace, Wentzville) for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Questions: Alicia Wildhaber with Nurses & Company at 636.926.3722. 1st Thurs: Conquer 6:30–7:30pm. Support Group for adults w/cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.916.9920. 2nd Thurs: Support Group for Alzheimer’s 4pm. Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan, Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100. 4th Thurs: Breast Cancer Support Group 6:30–8pm. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way. 636.928.WELL (9355) or 800.392.0936. 3rd Sun: Alzheimer’s Meeting 12:45-1:45pm. Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd., O’Fallon. Faith-based for caregivers, family of those w/memory loss. 1.800.272.3900. Gateway to Hope Program Helps uninsured or underinsured breast cancer patients who reside in Missouri. 314.569.1113 or www.

1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capi-

Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). or 1st & 3rd Saturday: St Peters Square Dance Club Dances 6:30pm. 1st United Methodist Church, 801 First Capital Dr.

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September 25, 2013 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Over the Fence

Joe Morice

Remember Whens When writing about “Remember Whens...” I sometimes get input from friends and acquaintances, and lately, it has been about comparing employers of our salad days with today’s soulless corporations that have management far above and unreachable by employees. The “Remember Whens” are usually accompanied with stories of business people who started from scratch and became wealthy and how they handled their employees. There were no tall buildings with top floor CEO’s vying for bonuses no matter who or what got hurt. A friend of mine worked for a wealthy businessman who supervised many employees and knew every one of them on a first name basis. When one of them got into financial or health problems, he was known to quietly help them through it financially or otherwise. In other words, he took care of his people, and they took care of him. Conversely, another friend told me about an older gentleman who worked for a company all his life, and a few months before he retired, he was fired to avoid paying his retirement benefits. It turned out he wasn’t the only long-time employee who suffered this abominable treatment. From another acquaintance came news of a well-

known, highly successful businessman and what happened after his death. He sometimes hired retired people to do minor tasks connected with the business and was probably the most respected and well-liked businessman of his category in the Midwest. Some of the retired people worked for minimum wages although they didn’t really need the money so much as something to relieve the boredom of retirement after a life spent on the job. The owner died, and his offspring took over. A .25-cent raise in the federal minimum wage was ignored. When reminded of it by one of the longtime employees, the owner refused to pay it and fired him. When the state unemployment people found out, the inheritor ended up paying back wages to all the employees and heavy fines. Perhaps the bloodline got watered down just a bit. There are many stories like this, including my own which was working for successful contractors that wouldn’t hesitate to fire someone for not doing his or her job but making quite sure the ones that did were taken care of. Construction companies are probably one of the more performance based employers as they rely on the expertise and talents of tradesmen and craftsmen as well as engineers and architects.

I suppose the main difference is the owners that built businesses as opposed to the so-called Captains of Industry with degrees from business schools whose main focus is money and profit with less emphasis on products and services. The late James McDonnell, who once traveled through his airplane factories on a golf cart, knew his employees by their first names and often stopped to rap with them. Two of them were my uncles and others were friends employed there. The mutual respect was obvious. After Mr. McDonnell passed on, they said things changed. Later in 1997, McDonnell-Douglas merged with a giant, nationwide business, and one of the biggest and best employers in Missouri became just another soulless corporation. When the Washington bureaucrats relaxed regulations in the eighties and allowed huge corporations to swallow up smaller ones unopposed, it was the start of the end of the era of mutual respect of employees and employers and the beginning of mega-corporations and legislatures dominated by power and money at the expense of working class Americans. I was lucky to be around during that previous era and enjoy its success. I regret that my grandchildren won’t see it. Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.

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