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October 3, 2012

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July 13, 2011

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Try out the St. Peters Rec-Plex for free from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 6.

Fitness Fest By Shelly A. Schneider with information from the city of St. Peters

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How long has it been since you last visited the St. Peters Rec Plex? The Rec Plex opened in July 1994, and Rick Oloteo, director of recreation for the city of St. Peters, said it is still the largest recreation facility in the St. Louis metropolitan area. “Rec Plex South opened about four years ago,” Oloteo said. “At the time we had 2400 square feet of strength and cardio space, and it wasn’t nearly enough for the demand. There was great demand for ice and gymnasium rental, too. Now we have 8,000 square feet of fitness, two more ice rinks and three more basketball courts.” See it all from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 at the Fitness Fest. Fitness Fest gives everyone the chance to try the Rec-Plex’s state-of-the-art facilities, from the expansive cardio fitness and weight training areas to swimming, ice skating, volleyball, basketball, and more, as well as a number of free fitness classes throughout Fitness Fest. Rec-Plex staff will be available to give tours of the Rec-Plex during Fitness Fest. Here are the facilities open to the public on Fitness Fest: • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., cardio room, weight training room and indoor track (must be age 16 or over) • 9 a.m.-noon, volleyball • Noon-3 p.m., basketball • Noon-3 p.m., large heated family leisure pool (with water play features, large whirlpool/current channel, and 130-foot waterslide), recreational swimming, adult lap swimming, spa and sauna • 12:30-3 p.m., ice skating with FREE skate rental • Vendor booths and displays These free group fitness classes will be available: Body Bar, 8:15-9:15 a.m.; Total Body Conditioning, 9:15-10:15 a.m., PiYo Strength, 10:30-11:15 a.m., Turbo Kick, 11:30 a.m.-noon, Rec-Plex Xtreme Cycling, 12:15-12:45 p.m.; and Fencing, 1-2 p.m. Plus, personal trainers will be providing Fitness Assessments from 9 a.m.-noon for a fee of $25 to the general public, or free to any Rec-Plex members (including new members who join on Fitness Fest). Advance reservations are encouraged. Rec-Plex members get full access to the Rec-Plex and its facilities, plus members

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can sign up for many monthly aerobics classes for free. While you’re there, check out the new membership options ranging from month-to-month to multiple-year passes. A new Grandparent Family Pass allows grandparents to buy a membership for themselves and their grandchildren, whether or not they live in St. Peters. And, the Rec-Plex is raising the age limit for children on Family Passes to 26. “We’re trying to make it as convenient as possible,” Oloteo said. “We recognize that a lot of grandparents watch their grandkids in the afternoon and evenings, especially during the summer months.” The definition of a family membership is two adults with four dependent children. Do you have more than four kids? It’s just $10 more per month, per child. There are also memberships for Active Older Adults (ages 55-61) and Super Seniors (62 and older). The Rec-Plex still offers Gold Plus memberships that provide extra benefits including many more free classes and programs, free Tot Drop babysitting services and more. New members who join the Rec-Plex during Fitness Fest will receive “Bring a

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Friend for Free” passes and other coupons worth up to $32. Check out the complete schedule of events at rec-plex, or call 636.939.2FUN (2386). Oloteo said the Rec-Plex is making it more convenient to get those early morn-

ing workouts. The St. Peters Rec-Plex weight and cardio rooms, running track, gymnasium and adult lap swimming now opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. The same areas open at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

Fall Fun and Activities at Rotary Park The Wentzville Rotary Club is hosting its annual Fall Community Sale October 4-6 at Rotary Park. The sale will be held from 1 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday at Kolb Hall. In addition to the sale, there will be a pie contest, a chip shot tournament, a washers’ tournament and more! Pie bakers are encouraged to bring their special 9-inch pie and take part in the pie contest. Bring your pie to Kolb Hall in Rotary Park no later than 3 p.m. The judges will announce their decision at 4 p.m., with prizes for the five selected as the best baked pies. The winners will be auctioned off to those in attendance. A pie social will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. A piece of pie with ice cream is just $2.50. All funds will benefit Operation Food Search and the service projects sponsored by The Wentzville Rotary Foundation. For more information about the Pie Contest, please call Donna-Marie Pierre at 636.332.8801. The Chip-Shot Golf Tournament will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, October 5. The tournament will consist of chipping into a target for a par, birdie, eagle or hole-in-one. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. The fee is $1 for three balls. All ages are invited. The Washer Tournament for adults and youth will be held from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The fee is $5 per pair, and prizes will be awarded for youth (12 years and under) and adults. Registration will be from 10 – 11 a.m. on the day of the tournament. For more information about the Washer Tournament, please call Joel Langston at 636.639.2300 or 636.751.4866.

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October 3, 2012 • Community News - St. Charles County •

Celebrate the Beauty of Art at the Bella Arts Fest Enjoy a day exploring the arts…visual artists, writers and performance artists will all be at Bella Arts Fest from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. Come and browse the artists’ booths and check out their artwork for sale. The artists will set the prices of their artwork and there will be many affordable options for people wanting to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork for their homes or as gifts. Wouldn’t it be fun to know what inspired an artist to create a particular piece of artwork that you want to purchase? This is a rare opportunity to visit with the artists and learn more about the artists and their work. Introduce your children to the magic of original art when you visit the artists at their booths. While you’re here, bring the kids to meet the Cultural Arts Centre’s mascot, Arty, and then enjoy fun art activities that will spark their young imaginations at Arty’s Corner. We’ll have demonstrations throughout the day presented by Don Thebeau and the Flower Petaler, and Artist Jerry Thomas. Entertainment for the day includes freeze models, the Tandava Tribal Dance group, the “Show Me Follies” performers, the Buckhannon Brothers, Sue DuBois, and the St. Charles Symphony Quintet. Act II Community Theatre will also be on hand to perform live skits from their upcoming show, “Sweeney Todd.” Various wines and cheeses will be offered for sale with wine tasting available. Wine education sessions will also be a part of the day. The Bella Arts Fest will be held at St. Peters’ Cultural Arts Centre and City Centre Park. Visit to download a list of artists participating in Bella Arts Fest.

Yoga is for Everyone Upward dog? Asanas? Hatha yoga? When people think of yoga, they often think of a mystical form of meditation and near-impossible movements with strange sounding names. But the truth is, yoga is a series of simple exercises or movements practiced by millions of people throughout America, and many more worldwide. What is the great attraction? For one, the health benefits are impressive. In addition, the chance to calm the mind and relax the senses proves invaluable in our modern frenzied-paced world. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be “flexible enough” or “limber enough” or “young enough” to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Yoga can improve your flexibility, strength and balance at any level of ability and any stage of life. Looking at some of the specific benefits of practicing yoga may be just the incentive one needs to begin his or her yoga experience. Flexibility and Strength Movements that safely stretch your muscles help release trapped stiffness and muscle pain. With slow, controlled exercises, your body can increase in range of motion and joint mobility. Yoga poses called asanas help stretch not only muscle tissue, but also ligaments, tendons and all the soft tissues in your body. With increased flexibility comes a strengthened inner core. When you have a strong core, your entire body is able to be supported better. Less Stress and Better Mood According to the International Association of Yoga Therapists in The Health Benefits of Yoga, yoga helps decrease the amount of hormones that respond to stress. “Lowering levels of hormone neurotransmitters -- dopamine, norepi-

nephrine, and epinephrine -- creates a feeling of calm. Some research points to a boost in the hormone oxytocin. This is the so-called “trust” and “bonding” hormone that’s associated with feeling relaxed and connected to others.” (http:// Heart Health Yoga has been proven to lower blood pressure and reduce your heart rate. These are paramount benefits to people who are at high risk for heart disease and stroke. With improved heart health, a host of related body functions also improve, leaving the yoga student with a significantly higher level of overall mental and physical health. The side effects are that you might actually feel better, beginning with your first yoga experience. Valerie Lindsey, a Yoga Alliance registered instructor with the St. Charles County Family YMCA, knows firsthand the benefits of yoga in her life. “I began practicing yoga more than a decade ago,” she said. “Years of sitting at desk were taking their toll and I’d heard yoga might help with tension, flexibility, and stress. It has helped me improve my flexibility and has even helped me to become stronger.” No experience is necessary and anyone can do yoga at their own pace and abilities. Yoga is noncompetitive, so each student advances at his or her own pace. Yoga is practiced barefoot and in dimmed rooms with quiet music for relaxation and concentration. The style of yoga taught is hatha yoga. Yoga classes are taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more information about Yoga and the St. Charles County Family YMCA classes, call 636.928.1928. • Community News - St. Charles County • October 3, 2012

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October 3, 2012 • Community News - St. Charles County •

St. Charles County Offers Fall Hayrides at Broemmelsiek Park Enjoy an old-fashioned hayride with family and friends at Broemmelsiek Park (1615 Schwede Rd., off Highway DD/Winghaven Blvd. near Wentzville), every weekend through Nov. 18. Groups of all ages are welcome to enjoy the fun of a hayride without traveling miles from home. Two tractor pulled wagons take guests on a 45-minute ride through tree-lined fields of the park. Afterwards, participants can enjoy sitting around a glowing bonfire for an hour to roast their own treats. Guests may also bring non-alcoholic beverages, but glass containers are prohibited on the wagons or at the campfire site. Advanced reservations are required by contacting the St. Charles County Parks Department at 636.949.7535 or visiting The cost is $125 a wagon with a maximum of 20 people per wagon. Hayrides may be reserved for 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Fridays and 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to the group hayrides, individual families and small groups can also join in the fun of a Hayride Hoedown at Broemmelsiek Park on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27. Guests will experience a 45-minute wagon ride through the park, along with a light dinner, s‘mores, and the foot-stomping, knee-slapping performance of Babaloo, a one-man musical comedy act suitable for all ages. Cost for this special event is $10.50 per person, and advanced reservations before Oct. 19 are required. Sessions are offered at 6, 6:45 and 7:30 p.m., and are limited to 40 participants per session. To register for the Hayride Hoedown, contact the Parks Department at 636.949.7535 or visit

Halloween Comes Early at St. Peters Rec-Plex Parents, you spend good money on your kids’ Halloween costumes - give them a chance to dress up more than once. The St. Peters Rec-Plex is hosting the Halloween Carnival from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 at Rec-Plex South. The annual Halloween Carnival gives kids a chance to come out and dress up in their favorite family-friendly costumes for an afternoon of entertainment. Join us for dinner, games, crafts and more. The event is co-sponsored by the Rob Hamann American Family Insurance Agency. The cost is $5 per person if registering in advance and $7 at the door. Register in person at the RecPlex, 5200 Mexico Road, online using the Rec-Connect feature at, or by calling 636.939.2386, ext. 1400. Registration is open until Oct. 18 or until spots are filled. Please note: Each person (children and adults) must be registered individually. Rec-Plex South is located behind Rec-Plex North and adjacent to City Centre Park.

Lake Saint Louis Events For more information, please visit and click on Parks & Recreation. Babysitting Basics Saturday, October 13, 2012 Designed for boys and girls, ages 11 and older the course will be offered from 8:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday, October 13 at Lake Saint Louis City Hall. Topics covered by Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital Staff include: infant and toddler care, play ideas, appropriate discipline techniques, safety skills and more. The fee is $16 per person and includes a light snack and course certificate. Halloween Party The Lake Saint Louis Parks & Recreation and the Lake Saint Louis Mother’s Club welcome everyone to this annual family-friendly celebration. The free community event runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 26 at Founders Park.

St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre to Host Therapeutic Art Exhibit St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is proud to welcome “Remember Me, Seeing Life Through the Eyes of Those Living with Dementia, ” a therapeutic art exhibit presented by residents of Parc

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Provence, a skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care community. The exhibit will be displayed at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre from October 12 - December 10. Through work in art therapy, caretakers, family and loved ones can begin to learn more about the individual who has dementia - their struggles, memories, achievements, wishes, hopes, etc. For those who have known these individuals and for those who are just beginning to know them, the art therapy work helps us understand who they are and connect with them. There is no admission charge to explore the galleries at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. The Centre is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Centre is closed on Sundays. St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located within St. Peters City Hall. • Community News - St. Charles County • October 3, 2012

Volunteers Honored at O’Fallon’s Volunteer Recognition Banquet Groene • The Team Excellence Award was presented to City Staff at the Renaud Spirit Center • Presidential Volunteer Service Awards were presented to individuals and groups based on service hours: Gold - Alex Amend, Rebekah Davis, Carol Fears, Ella Groene and O’Fallon Police Explorers Post 2943 Silver - Bill Gardner, Wendell Jackson, Ava Skyers and Team O’Fallon Bronze - Jim David, Andrew Davis, Bob Leifeld, Don McCabe, Ed Murat, Nicolas NunnFaron, Mark Perkins, Karen Roberts, Lois Roberts, the Brian and Beth Davis family and their children (Rebekah, Andrew, Jonah, and Caleb), the O’Fallon Veterans Commission, and the Heritage & Freedom Fest Parade Committee. “It is people like you who help make our city so successful,” Halstead told the volunteers. “You have literally put your heart, soul, and yes, some sweat into making sure that O’Fallon remains the great city that we have become.” For more information about the awards, please contact Volunteer Services Manager Kathy Halstead at 636.379.5507 or volunteer@

With nearly 2,500 volunteers donating a total of 20,000 hours to assist the city over the past year, O’Fallon showed appreciation for its volunteers at the 16th Annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet. In recognition of service on the city of O’Fallon’s boards and commissions, O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy named Stan Patton, current chairman of the city’s Board of Adjustment, O’Fallon’s “Volunteer of the Year.” For service benefiting the community and beyond, the Mayor selected O’Fallon’s Chamber of Commerce as the city’s “Ambassadors of the Year.” Additional awards were presented by Kathy Halstead, manager of the city’s Volunteer Services Department, and Volunteer Services Coordinator Alexis Jaegers, in recognition of volunteer efforts, hours, and other contributions in helping with city events, recreational programs, special projects and assisting city staff. • The IMPACT Award was presented to Operation Homefront Missouri • The Family of the Year Award was given to the Ted and Beverly Richardson family • The 2012 Motivated Volunteer Professional (MVP) Award was presented to Ella

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Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, October 6 The St. Charles County Parks Department encourages children ages 8 to 14 to get outside and celebrate the seventh annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, at Broemmelsiek Park, 1615 Schwede Road, south of O’Fallon. This free nationwide event is sponsored by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC), and area bicycle shops. More than 200 children are expected to participate in this fun, family program, which offers skills clinics, guided trail rides, safety inspections, demo bikes and more! “This is a great opportunity for us to pass our passion for pedaling on to children and their families,” said Parks Director Bettie Yahn-Kramer. Additional sponsors of the event include: Maplewood bicycle, Momentum Cycles, Alpine Shop, Bike Stop Café, Peloton Cyclery, REI, Wheel Sports Bicycle Shop, Airborne Bicycles, The Hub Bicycle Co., Bike Shark West, Mesa Cycles and Granada Cyclery. For more information or to pre-register, please contact St. Charles County Parks at 636.949.7535 or visit www.stccparks. org. Early registration is recommended and the first 100 preregistered will receive a free goody bag.

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St. Charles County Senior Fair

Fort Zumwalt Park to be Temporarily Closed to Vehicles

Seniors and family members are invited to the 4th Annual St. Charles County Senior Fair, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon on Saturday, October 6, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Admission and parking are free. Key features of the event include:

Beginning Monday, October 15, Fort Zumwalt Park will be closed to vehicles so that crews can safely install holiday lights and scenes for O’Fallon’s annual Celebration of Lights display. The park will remain open to pedestrians, who are welcome to use the asphalt walking and jogging path through the park during daylight hours. The park, which is located on Jessup Drive (off Veterans Memorial Parkway), will reopen to traf-

• 9:45-10:30 a.m. – “Staying Safe at Home and Preventing Falls,” presented by Jennifer Galantowicz of Visiting Angels, • 11-11:45 a.m. – “File of Life” and “Rapid Access” programs, presented by the St. Charles County Ambulance District • Vendors offering specialty services geared to seniors: home health care, veterans’ benefits, non-emergency medical transportation and elder law • Free bone density, blood pressure, and muscle tension and stress screenings • Refreshments, raffles and prizes • Flu vaccinations for $25; seniors should bring their health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid card • Free shredding service for seniors; bring unwanted documents to the fair (shredding by First Financial Credit Union) • The Prescription Drug Take-back Drop Box; bring unwanted or expired prescription medications for safe disposal For more information, please contact Paula Creech at pcreech@, or call 636.474.8121.

fic on January 31, 2013. The public is invited to drive through the Celebration of Lights display, which opens at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 23, and continues nightly through December 30, except for Tuesday, December 25, when it will be closed for Christmas. The event is sponsored by the City of O’Fallon with help from local businesses, and raises funds for participating not-for-profit organizations.

Local Tunnel to Towers Organization to Host 5K Run/1 Mile Walk The Lake Saint Louis Tunnel to Towers organization will host its first annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. The event will begin and conclude at The Meadows shopping center located at Highway 40 and Lake Saint Louis Blvd. Following the race, guests will enjoy food, drinks and live entertainment from the Dave Glover Band until 10 p.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit first responders and military service personnel through the Tunnel to Towers organization and the Marc Bulger Foundation. The event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. “The Tunnel to Towers organization and Marc

Bulger Foundation help the lives of so many of our first responders and military personnel,” said Greg Jones, chairman of the event. “We wanted to create an event that the whole family can enjoy while supporting such a worthwhile cause. We encourage everyone to come out, support this admirable cause and have a great time.” Race day registration is available for $30 for adults and $10 for children. All race participants will receive a complimentary t-shirt. For more information about the race, please visit the organization’s Facebook page at

Troy Plans Fall City Wide Yard Sale

A Fall City Wide Yard Sale will be presented by the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, October 6. Participants can list their address on the official map for only $10.00. This covers all event advertising and promotion and a yard sale sign for your yard. It’s not too late to have your sale listed on the online yard sale map. The location on the map of each of the registered sales will be included along with a brief description of the items to be sold and the hours

of the sale. This event will be held rain or Shine. Maps will be available beginning October 1 at the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB, Troy City Hall , the Troy License Bureau and Lincoln County Journal. For updated distribution points, call 636.462.8769 or visit For those located outside the city limits call the Chamber office at 636-462-8769 for location options.

Elsberry High Fall Festival And Classics On Wheels Car Show Share October 6 Weekend The Elsberry High School Fall Festival and the Classic on Wheels Car Show and Festival will

be held on Saturday, October 6 in Elsberry City Park. The car show will be sponsored by the City of Elsberry with assistance from the Elsberry Kiwanis and the Elsberry Masons. Elsberry High School will oversee the Fall Festival. There will be food, crafts, entertainment, and, of course, “Classic Cars.” Music will be provided by Marty Enterprises. Car registration will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. There is a per car registration fee. Participant judging will take place from noon to 2 p.m., and the trophies will be handed out at 3 p.m. Any vendor wishing to set up a booth during the Car Show can contact Marleen Frein by email at or call 573.898.2099. Please note, there are only a few areas with electrical outlets, so register early if this is necessary for your booth. The Fall Festival will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the Fall Festival Coronation crowning in the Elsberry City Park. This year’s parade theme is Dr. Seuss “The Places You’ll Go!” Organizations, businesses or anyone that would like to participate in the parade are asked to contact Dr. Tim Reller by email at or call 573.898.5554 ext. 211. • Community News - St. Charles County • October 3, 2012

Plan on SSM Health Care in an Emergency It’s good to plan for the unexpected. Whether it’s a sudden rain shower, a surprise guest for dinner, or a warning sign of a heart attack, it’s always best to be prepared: Keep an umbrella in your car, a casserole in your freezer and be ready to get yourself to a health care facility that specializes in heart attack care. In the case of a heart attack, every second counts and nobody treats heart attacks faster than SSM St. Joseph Hospital West in Lake Saint Louis, and SSM St. Joseph Health Center in St. Charles. It’s critical to open blocked blood vessels in 90 minutes or less from hospital arrival – the gold standard of heart attack care. SSM Health Care – St. Louis hospitals have exceeded this standard for every single heart attack patient in 2011 and so far in 2012. This saves heart muscle and lives. SSM St. Joseph Health Center and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West are also the only certified Primary Stroke Centers and only state-designated trauma centers in St. Charles, Warren, Health Care-St. Louis adult hospitals. With InLincoln, and Pike Counties. The truth is that Quicker, you can avoid the ER waiting room by not all emergency rooms are the same. These holding your place in line…online. Simply log designations mean our hospitals are equipped to on to and click on ‘InQuicker’. handle severely injured and critically ill patients. You’ll choose your SSM Health Care-St. Louis Our trauma physicians and nurses are expertly hospital, select a projected treatment time and trained to quickly respond when you need it fill out a simple form. Then, relax at home until most, and we work closely with EMS and first- it’s time to go to the ER. It’s good to plan for the unexpected. And responders in our community to evaluate and stabilize trauma patients even before they reach when the unexpected happens, you can plan on SSM Health Care – St. Louis facilities in St. our door. What if it’s not a traumatic injury? There re- Charles County to meet your needs. ally aren’t any clear rules about when to go to the emergency room, but most doctors agree that the following should always be treated as emergencies: • Chest pain that could be a heart attack • Difficulty breathing • Severe and uncontrolled bleeding • Stroke symptoms Many health concerns can be addressed by calling your doctor’s office or visiting an urgent care center. If you need a doctor, we have more than 100 primary and specialty care physicians conveniently located at offices across St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln, and Pike Counties. Just call toll free 1-877-SSM-DOCS to find one who is right for you. SSM Urgent Care, located at SSM St. Joseph Medical Park at Kisker Road and Hwy 94, combines easy-to-access services with our well-known standards for delivering the best care and best results. The service is available 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. If you opt for the emergency room, you should know that we now offer InQuicker at all SSM


U.S. Department of Commerce Invests Approximately $757,000 to Support Expansion of Critical Manufacturing Facility in Troy, Missouri The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced a $756,894 grant to the city of Troy, Missouri, to make critical roadway improvements needed to help Bodine Aluminum expand operations and serve future development. The investment is expected to create 35 jobs and generate $10 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates. “This EDA investment in Troy, Missouri, is a great example of the Obama administration’s commitment to helping communities realize their local plans to create jobs and economic opportunity,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine. “The EDA grant announced today will help create jobs in Troy now in the crucial auto industry and ensure that adequate infrastructure exists to support future development.” “The infrastructure investment by EDA will enable Troy to facilitate the expansion by Bodine Aluminum, creating new high skilled jobs in the growing automotive industry that will bolster out regional economy,” said Troy Mayor Mark Cross. The EDA grant will help reconstruct Cherry Blossom Way from South Main Street to South Third Street to support the expansion of Bodine Aluminum and support other business development in Troy. Bodine Aluminum supplies four cylinder, six cylinder and eight cylinder aluminum castings to support all Toyota assembly operations in North America.




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FHSD Partners with Operation Food Search to Help Families in Need The Francis Howell School District has partnered with Operation Food Search to begin a weekend backpack food program for families in need. The partnership will begin at Central Elementary, but will expand to Harvest Ridge Elementary in the coming months. Both Central and Harvest Ridge are title one schools and have our highest level of need. Students that would benefit from having food sent home for the weekend will receive three easy to prepare meals for Saturday and Sunday. Operation Food Search has the funding to serve 20 students for this school year. Within the first week, 20 students have been identified through the counselors and principals. Established in 1981 to tackle the growing problem of hunger, Operation Food Search is a St. Louis area food bank that distributes food free of charge to feed the poor and hungry. Each month, Operation Food Search distributes more than 2 million pounds of food and necessities to 265 food pantries, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters in 31 counties of Missouri and Illinois. Operation Food Search feeds approximately 150,000 people every single month - nearly half of these recipients are children. The Francis Howell School District encompasses over 150 square miles in the southeast corner of St. Charles County, and is one of the largest school districts in the State of Missouri, with an enrollment of over 17,000 students and approximately 2,300 employees. The Francis Howell Learning Community works everyday to provide the best learning practices for enhancing student achievement.

Discovery Ridge Elementary Celebrates Third Annual Discovery Days

Students at Discovery Ridge Elementary participated in the third annual Discovery Days during the week of September 17-21. The event, conceived by faculty members before construction of the new elementary school was completed in 2010, focuses on discovery in the physical world. “Discovery Days provides real-life learning opportunities through which students become excited about science and technology and potential careers in those fields,” said Discovery Ridge Principal Laura Bates. “We are grateful for the support of community businesses and organizations with which students interact during this event.”

The week includes daily themes, buddy activities, and a science enriched curriculum. “I like that we get to look through the telescopes and look at the sun, we get to learn about science, space, and weather,” said fourth grader Brianna Mills. “Discovery Days are fun and we learn a lot!” On Friday the week culminated with activities including solar scope viewing with the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri, and a Monsanto outreach program on sound and light. Boeing engineers thrilled the students by bringing out their autonomous vehicle and providing a robotics demonstration, but it was the fighter jet pilots who commanded the youngsters’ attention as they told them what it was like to fly an F/A-18 Super Hornet built right here in St. Louis. “We wanted to be a part of this event and to introduce elementary school students to the exciting careers they could choose from in the future if they apply themselves in school,” said Jennifer Prose with Boeing’s Education Relations team. Afternoon events included presentations from the Magic House and the St. Louis Science Center. The celebration concluded Friday night with a dinner and hayride followed by an astronomy viewing at Brommelsiek Park in Wentzville.

Zoo to Host Annual Resource Fair for Educators on October 17

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Educators, scout and other youth-group leaders are invited to learn about programs, resources and free materials from St. Louis area museums, cultural institutions and organizations at the Resource Center Network’s annual Resource Fair from 4- 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 in the Living World at the St. Louis Zoo. Some of the more than 20 exhibitors include Challenger Learning Center, City Museum, Humane Society of Missouri, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, The Magic House, Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri Department of Conservation, National Great Rivers Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and Judicial Learning Center, Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site, and the World Chess Hall of Fame. Admission is free. Free parking is provided on the North Lot on Government Drive. For more information, please visit or call 314.781.0900, ext. 4554. • Community News - St. Charles County • October 3, 2012


Beijing Actress Summer Qing Talks About Bruce Willis, “Looper”

Actress Summer Qing is wellknown in her homeland of Beijing, China, but she’s about to make her mark on the United States, as well. Qing plays the wife of Bruce Willis’ character in the new time travel thriller “Looper.” During an exclusive Skype interview, Qing said it was “very, very, very, very good” to work with Willis. “I really felt we are like a couple taking a romantic adventure together,” she explained. “From all the work I saw in other Bruce Willis films, I thought he was this big, tough guy, but from the first day I arrived on set, he was such a gentleman. There are many sides to him: he’s sexy, charming, extremely charismatic. He has many sides that are waiting to be developed. I’m looking forward to working with him again.” In “Looper,” time travel Photos courtesy of TriStar Pictures has been invented, but the government prohibits its use. Mobsters ignore this edict and use this technology to dispose of certain “undesirable” people. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a “looper,” an assassin who dispatches targets that are sent into the past. When the mob wants to exterminate Joe, they send his future self, played by Willis, back through time. Qing, who starred in the Chinese historical epic “The Emperor’s Shadow,” said that after reading the script for “Looper,” she has become interested in the science fiction genre. “I have gone back to watch more sci-fi films,” she said. A graduate of the Beijing

Film Academy, the actress definitely p r e f e r s working on films. She has, however, starred in the acclaimed televisions series “Close to Forbidden City” and wouldn’t mind doing another show. “If a TV show is as great as ‘Homeland,’ I wouldn’t have any problems with [doing a series]. We love great American TV shows,” Qing explained.


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Gary Baute Frontier League has New Champion ***First Title for Southern Illinois Miners History was made for the Miners franchise as they took the trophy for the top team in the league. In the championship series the Marion, Ill. team won three and lost one of the scheduled five-game set with the Florence Freedom club. The final and championship game of the 2012 season went 12 exciting innings. It ended on the home field of the Miners with Jake Kaase walking with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning to score Chad Maddox to win the game 4-3 over the Freedom. Congratulations to Cannon Lester of the Miners who took hardware home as series Most Valuable Player. ~~~The long season was worth it Willie Nelson Wins in Ring ***Promoter Steve Smith Elated Rumble Time Promotions, located in St. Louis promoting boxing and MMA events, have provided many fights over the year but Nelson’s win is right up there with the best. Pictured is Steve Smith to the left of the winner after the decision. (Picture from Rumble Time Promotion’s Facebook) The next event for boxing will be at the Ameristar in St. Charles on Friday, October 12. Former Champion Jermain Taylor

Joe Morice

(30-4) in the WBC, WBO, IBF & WBA. is on the card with STL favorite Dannie Williams (21-2). Kevin Engle (19-6) and Chris Rapa (6-0) will also be in the ring. The next Mixed Martial Arts event will be at the Ameristar in St. Charles on Friday, October 26 with six pro and amateur fights. Matches include veteran Dustin Jacoby against Jake Collier, along with local favorite Zack Freeman against Thomas Gifford, Jr. Visit for all the details. ~~~Congrats Willie Rams’ Offense Falters ***Rams 6 – Chicago Bears 23 The St. Louis Rams take to the 2012 football season as the youngest team out of the 32 in the National Football League (NFL). Few highlights were founding the Rams’ loss to the Bears, but the defense and special teams were busy. - Corner Back Cortland Finnegan intercepted Bears QB Jay Cutler in the first quarter and returned it 32 yards. The play marks Finnegan’s third consecutive game with an interception and pushes his season total to three, career to 17. - The last time a Ram posted interceptions in three consecutive games was S Oshiomogho Atogwe in 2007. - Defensive End Chris Long collected his first two sacks of the season. Marks his fifth career game with at least one sack. Long now has 32.5 career sacks. - Kicker Greg Zuerlein converted his first 50-plus yard field goal of his career, when he cleared a 56-yard field goal, good for second longest in franchise history. Former Rams’ K Jeff Wilkins hit a 57-yard field goal vs. Arizona (9/27/98). - Punter Johnny Hekker punted six times for 279 yards, a 46.5-yard average and 36.7-yard net. Hekker tallied a long of 56 yards and placed one inside the 20. Information from Ram’s postgame notes. NEXT HOME GAMES: October 4 - Thursday: against Arizona Cardinals at 7:20 p.m. October 21- Sunday: against Green Bay Packers at Noon Check the website for all the information. ~~~Get that offense pumped up


“Over the Fence”

Hypnotism vs Truth In the famous cartoon, “Herman,” a small boy asked Herman if he believed in UFOs. Herman described our planet as a single grain of sand in an endless desert. There’s bound to be other intelligence. When the boy asked why they haven’t made contact, Herman said, “They’re waiting for us to become civilized.” Considering the planet’s murder rate, ongoing wars and xenophobic hate groups condemning other races, creeds, colors and so on, calling ourselves civilized might be a lengthy reach. With that in mind, along with my experience with

some members of one of the largest UFO clubs in the nation, I sometimes believe that if I were an alien from another galaxy far, far away arriving here to study Earthlings, I wouldn’t let anyone know about it. I have little doubt there are other civilizations in the vast regions of outer space that are far more advanced. I do believe people sometimes see UFOs and even that some may actually have been abducted. I’ve always looked at this phenomenon as a viable subject for scientific study. Unfortunately, after my experience with this particular UFO club, I became extremely doubtful any unbiased scientists were members. It seemed more like a cult. New members were almost automatically being hypnotized to see if they had been abducted by space aliens. Two professional psychologists informed me that hypnosis used as a tool for truth is extremely limited. When someone being hypnotized already knows the information being sought, it’s almost a foregone conclusion they’ll try to satisfy the hypnotist by relating that information no matter the veracity. This isn’t saying they weren’t abducted; its merely pointing out that hypnosis isn’t the best way to prove it.

In this branch the amateur hypnotists also asked new members under hypnosis personal questions. The most popular questions for female recruits were if they were abused by their husbands. It seems every one of them I spoke with was physically abused. The cases of this dubious information obtained through hypnosis by self-declared experts are supposedly numerous and are often condemned by professionals. The need for laws against amateurs pretending to be real psychoanalysts hasn’t been answered by legislators. If someone decides to hang out a shingle that says he or she is some sort of psyche doctor, a relevant formal degree isn’t required. I would advise anyone who believes they have been abducted to be extremely cautious of joining any clubs or groups offering hypnosis as a means of finding the truth. Chances are they’ll have been abducted even if they weren’t. Many believe it’s possible there are other civilizations somewhere in the endless reaches of space that could be cruising by for a look-see. It should be studied by unprejudiced professionals from the scientific community. UFO clubs are usually fun but sometimes, as in other clubs, a cause that sometimes manifests itself becomes more important than the people it serves and results in cults. I often refer to the late Reverend Jim Jones and the famous Guyana massacre he orchestrated as an example of cultism to the extreme. Members of this cult-like UFO group that I had experience with often complained of the mysterious Area 51 in the Nevada desert actually being a government hiding place for crashed UFOs but won‘t let them in to observe. After what I saw, if I were a government employee in charge of Area 51, I wouldn’t let them in either. “Science is organized common sense where many a beautiful theory was killed by an ugly fact.” -Thomas Huxley Maybe Gort and Klaatu will stop by to straighten us out. • Community News - St. Charles County • October 3, 2012




Shelly Schneider

This is my punishment… On a recent Friday afternoon, driving home from dropping Sam off at work, I noticed a young man dressed in a gray and white striped prison uniform, standing on the corner of a busy intersection during rush-hour traffic. He held a sign that read, “This is my punishment for stealing.” “That poor young man,” was the first thought in my head. Why? Because I know first and second-hand how cruel young people can be. I know how technology happy young people and adults are, and I wondered how long it would be before his picture was Tweeted, or a video posted on You Tube. I thought ahead to Monday morning at his school, and wondered if he would be bullied. I thought even further ahead and hoped this young man was strong mentally and emotionally. Children have taken their lives over less humiliation. My curiosity got the better of me, and I turned the car around and parked it in a lot near the intersection. Two adults stood probably 25 feet away, and I approached them, showed them my driver’s license and gave them my business card. I didn’t want to write a hard news story on the event…I just wanted to know their thoughts, and why they chose public humiliation as a disciplinary tool. As it turns out, the couple was the 13 year-old’s aunt and uncle. He attends a local middle school, and stole four packets of fruit snacks from the school’s cafeteria. The young man did it on a dare. An accomplice asked out loud, “What’s in your pocket?” As he raised his hand to pat his shirt down, a pack of the fruit snacks


fell out. “I blame myself for letting them talk me into it,” he said. “I thought I probably wouldn’t get caught.” “And now?” I asked him. “I won’t ever steal again,” he immediately replied. “Probably a good idea,” I said. “If this was your first foray into a life of crime, it should be pretty clear that you need to choose a different career path. You’re not a good thief.” His uncle laughed, and I turned my attention to the adults who prescribed the hour-long punishment. Why this? Why not just take away the video games for a month or more? Why not ground him for the remainder of the semester? And where on earth did they find the prison uniform? I touched it. It was not Halloween costume. “It was mine,” the uncle volunteered. “I spent some time in jail. His dad, my brother, is in prison now.” “We just don’t want him to go down that same path,” his aunt added. “Sometimes I think it’s in my genes, though,” the 13 year-old said. I’ll add here that I was impressed with this young man. Not many teens would have agreed to speak with me, and this young man spoke quite eloquently. I don’t know what kind of student he is. I don’t know if he’s popular or unpopular or falls somewhere in the middle. I don’t know if he’s kind or a bully. I do know he’s given a lot of thought concerning his lot in life, and might figure his future is predestined. “You have blood relatives who have made some poor

choices in life, so you’re just going to throw your hands up and start young, is that it?” I asked him. “You’re not a bad person,” I told him. “Do you know that? You simply made a bad choice. You have the power to make choices. And your friends didn’t ‘talk’ you into anything. You talked yourself into it, and you made the decision to steal.” “I know,” he said. “I won’t do it again.” He said the hour carrying the sign on the corner was long, and initially he was angry and embarrassed. “It gave me time to think about what I did,” he said. “Were you mad and embarrassed because you know what you did was wrong, or because you got caught?” I asked. “Honestly, because I got caught,” he said. “It was so stupid.” While we talked, another lady walked up to the aunt and uncle, and praised them for their choice. I told the young man I hoped he would look back on this day fondly, and realize that it very well may be a blessing in disguise. “Your aunt and uncle are the greatest blessing God has given you,” I said. “Two people, who could have said ‘No,’ chose to love you, teach you, and care about your future. I hope you’ll recognize that one day.” The sign and prison uniform were his punishments for stealing. I hope and pray that this 13-year old boy will look back on the Friday afternoon as the 60 minutes that changed his life for the better.

Family Favorite Meals Get a Makeover - How beef is getting leaner to meet expectations (Family Features) There has been a makeover taking place in the past 40 years on a food that 94 percent of Americans eat at least monthly, according to the Consumer Beef Index. You may be surprised to learn of the many changes that have resulted in leaner beef found at your local grocery store.

Asian Beef and Vegetable Stir-Fry Ingredients: - 1 1/4 pounds boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1-inch thick, divided - 4 cups assorted fresh vegetables, such as sugar snap peas, broccoli florets, bell pepper strips and shredded carrot - 1 clove garlic, minced, divided - 1/2 cup prepared stir-fry sauce, preferably sesame-ginger flavor - 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper - 3 cups hot cooked rice - 2 tablespoons unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (optional)

Makes 4-6 servings • Cook Time: 30 minutes

beef and half of garlic; stir-fry 1 to 2 minutes, or until outside surface of beef is no longer pink. Remove. Repeat with remaining beef and garlic. 4. Return all beef and vegetables to pan. Add stir-fry sauce and red pepper; heat through. Spoon over rice. Sprinkle with peanuts, if desired.

Directions: 1. Cut beef steak lengthwise in half, then crosswise into 1/4-inch thick strips. 2. Combine vegetables and 3 tablespoons water in large nonstick skillet. Cover; cook over medium-high heat 4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Remove and drain. 3. Heat same pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add half of


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October 4: Seven Principles 7 p.m. Hall C (lower level) at Assumption Catholic Church, 403 N. Main, O’Fallon, Mo. Presentation on Seven Principles for Developing - A Christian Nation, A Just Society, Authentic Discipleship. October 5: Trivia Night 6:15 p.m. at the O’Fallon Elks Lodge, 1163 Tom Ginnever Ave., O’Fallon, Mo. Proceeds benefit Church of the Transfiguration. Table of 8 is $160. No outside alcohol. Bring your own food. Info: Bill and Kerri at 636.294.7003 or bkjarobertston@ October 6: Circle of Friends Breakfast

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9-11 a.m. at the Main Street Chapel, 116 N. Main Street, St. Charles, Mo. 63301. Cirle of Friends is the women’s division of Ministry to Men, St. Charles Co. based men’s ministry. Breakfast, attendance prizes, skits, music and fun for $15. Reservations: and click on Circle of Friends. October 6: Bring a Friend/Make a Friend 6 p.m. at Bandana’s, Hwy. 70 and S. Outer Road in Wentzville, Mo. Wentzville Aglow Lighthouse invites women to hear speaker Carol McDonnell. Info: Lynn DeGrave: 314.913.1180. October 6: Mouse Races 6:30-10:30 p.m. at Sts. Joachim and Ann Parish Center, 4112 Mc-

Clay Road in St. Charles. $15 each or 8 for $100. Beer, wine, soda and light snacks included. Info: Laura at 314.322.0067 or email Mark at October 7: Blessing of the Animals 10:15 a.m. at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. in LSL. Weather permitting on the church’s back lot. Open to all. Bring a lawn chair. Loose offering for the St. Charles Co. Humane Society. Info: 636.561.8951. October 7: St. Barnabas Fall Festival 12-6 p.m. at St. Barnabas (Hwy. M at Hwy. P, two miles north of I-70 in O’Fallon). Fried chicken & pork sausage dinner. Adults $10, Children 6 -12 $5, under 6 free. Games, crafts, funnel cakes, apple butter and live music by the F.O.G. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Friends and Family

Support Group Open to anyone who has a loved one suffering from any kind of addiction. Held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 66 Oak Valley Drive, St. Peters. For more information, email Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. Info: 636.327.6377. Truth Matters!! Free Bible Correspondence Course Call: 636.294.9468 or 636.272.3013. Come Learn God’s Word with us. Sun. 9:30 am. - Bible classes 10:20 am. - Worship; Sun. 5 pm. - Worship; Wed Eve 7 pm. 2309 Markoe Avenue, Wentzville, MO 63385. 3rd Tues: Luncheon for Seniors. Seniors 55+ enjoy free lunch, cards, games, bingo. From 11 am - 2 pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd. Info: 636.561.8951. 2nd Wed: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell. United Methodist Women provide main entree & bevs. 636.673.2144. EVENTS

October 4: Vacations of a Lifetime 6 p.m. at Lewis & Clark Career Center, Multi-Purpose Room A, 2400 Zumbehl Rd., St. Charles, Mo. 63301. The St. Charles Community

College Adult Education is organizing two special trips, Northern National Parks and Irish Splendor from leading escorted tour operator Collette Vacations. RSVP to Ruth at 636.443.4043. October 5: LCMC Friends Trivia Night At Sacred Heart Cafeteria in Troy, Mo. $100/table of 8. Cash prizes for top 3 tables. Reservations: Pat Stark at 636.528.3389. October 6: Flu Shots at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 8:30-11:30 a.m. The Visiting Nurse Assocation will be hosting an influenza & pneumonia clinic. Info: VNA at 314.513.9922. October 7: MO’ Cowbell Half Marathon and 5K 7:30 a.m. at Frontier Park in St. Charles. Info: www.mocowbellrun. com. October 8: Swing to End Hunger Golf Tournament At WingHaven Country Club. Proceeds benefit Operation Food Search. Info: Steve Baer at 314.725.5335 ext. 19 or October 8: Golf Tournament At Bear Creek Golf Club in Wentzville. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County to benefit the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation. Info: Mike Cunningham at 636.940.5595 or October 12: Course for the Cure At WingHaven Country Club. Event • Community News - St. Charles County • October 3, 2012 includes 5K run and 1-mile fun run/ walk, golf tournament, dinner, pink balloon release, oral/silent auction. Proceeds benefit Komen/St. Louis and Rally for the Cure. Info: Annie Kajander at 636.795.7123 or October 12: SCC Trivia Night 7-10:30 p.m. at Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Bldg. Auditorium, SCC Campus, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in Cottleville. $25/person or $200/table of 8. Info: www.stchas. edu/trivia, or 636.922.8620

October 12-22: Truth-Compassion-Tolerance Art Exhibition 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre at St. Peters City Hall. When justice, freedom, respect, and human rights are challenged by evil, ordinary people can become extraordinary. October 13: Rockin’ 4 Nathan 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 312, 2400 Raymond Drive in St. Charles. Benefit for Nathan Barringer, struck by a car while skateboarding and severely injured. Dinner and entertainment $25/person. Entertainment only $5 (doors open at 8:30 p.m.). Info: 636.724.9050.

or 636.338.1818. Ongoing Events 4th Monday: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: Adult Volleyball 6-7 p.m. at the St. Charles County Family YMCA, 3900 Shady Springs Lane, St. Peters. Non-competitive, co-ed, free and open to the public. Just show up with your friends and enjoy a fun-filled evening. Info: 636.928.1928. 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: 6:30 p.m. O’Fallon Garden Club. Meets at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. More info call Barb at 636.978.5930. Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles

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Noon - 1 p.m. at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles.

ity. Info: 636.272.1945 or

Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. Free. Join us every week to work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. Anyone welcome, no sewing experience required.

1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7 p.m. Diverse group of people has a wide variety of carving skills ranging from novice to professional. Meetings include brief business mtg. followed by carving session. At Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors welcome!

Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 p.m. at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, Mo. Toastmasters gives all members the opportunity to grow their skills, which fosters self-confidence and personal growth. St. Charles County Toastmasters is open to the public and looking for new members. Info: 636.379.2505. Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 12 p.m. Meets at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, Wentzville, MO. Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45 p.m. VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. Cash prizes awarded. Support Vets & other worthwhile charities. Now a non-smoking facil-

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. Info: Darryl Sandweg, 636.980.1777. Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10 a.m. at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. Playgroup is a

October 14: White Cane Awareness Walk 12-4 p.m. at the Harvester Lions Club, 4835 Central School Road, St. Charles. Free. Hosted by St. Charles County Council of the Blind. Obstacle course, free glaucoma screening, guest speakers, live music & more. Info: 636.561.6947. October 19: PALS Annual Trivia Night At the Knights of Columbus Hall in Old Monroe. Put together your team of eight players and join us for a fun evening! Proceeds will help us to continue providing quality care for stray and abandoned animals in our area. Info:

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great opportunity to teach our children how to play and share while in a welcoming environment. Info: Andrea Crislip at 314.479.0306 or, or visit Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8 p.m. VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612.

Every Saturday: Chess 8-10:30 a.m. or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Come play! Every Saturday: Senior Singles 3 p.m. Dinner at 4 p.m. 10/6 - Ethyll’s in O’Fallon. Info: Pat at 636.240.7898 or Wanda at 636.561.9100. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Wentzville Community Club. No games Easter weekend & Christmas. $3,600 in cash prizes each week. Progressive game, Derby tickets, pull-tabs, 505/50, bar & food. Info: www.,



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Statepoint Crossword Theme: Middle Names

Youngest Pick:

“The Obstinate Pen”

Pens like Parkers and Papermates know what’s expected of them, straight lines and curlicues, and printing to be Community News is proud of. But beware the writing instrument proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” in “The Obstinate Pen,” by Frank W. Dormer. This column will It has escapades hilarious, detailed in cartoon feature great books drawings by the former, Dormer. for children in three Uncle Flood is delighted to get a new pen categories: Youngest Pick: and unwraps it as his nephew Horace looks early childhood to on. The pen stands respectfully at attention. the first or second Imagine Flood’s shock when he puts pen to grade, Middle Pick: paper and instead of writing “The following elementary school children, and story is all true,” the pen writes, “You have a Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy! big nose.” Uncle Flood tosses the pen out the window, where it bounces off the ear of a policeman. Reprinted with So begins a madcap caper with the pen passing from hand to hand, each ownpermission, er receiving insults from an indiscriminate roller-ball with a mind of its own. In Missourian Publishthe end, we realize the pen isn’t really such a bad apple. It just has a different goal ing Company. Copyright 2012. in mind for its ink — doesn’t mean to raise a stink.

ACROSS 1. Jelly based on fish or meat stock 6. Turkish military leader 9. Genghis ____ 13. Russian crepes 14. Spanish for “sun” 15. Elizabeth II’s headdress, e.g. 16. Provide what is needed 17. Knot-tying vow 18. Short for Henrietta

19. *Gabriel ______ Marquez 21. *Jack Ruby’s victim 23. Technical University of Munich 24. Jesus’ first guests 25. Pine juice 28. “Twilight” novels, e.g. 30. Butcher’s discards 35. Horsefly 37. HBO’s Hannah, Marnie, Jessa or Shoshanna

39. Gin and ____ 40. October stone 41. Popeye’s sweetie 43. A in A.D. 44. Monotonous sound 46. A-bomb particle 47. *Presidential candidate 48. Jordin Sparks’ hit single 50. Declare as true 52. “Is” in France 53. “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author 55. Summer color 57. Archimedes’ exclamation 60. Crooks 63. Defier 64. Hawaiian wreath 66. Bear Down Under 68. _____ donor 69. Political commentator ___ Coulter 70. Literary composition 71. Snow ride 72. *Star of “A Fish Called Wanda” 73. Plunder

DOWN 1. Owned by Disney 2. Ore smelting by-product 3. Greek sandwich bread 4. Slow and apathetic 5. “Water for Elephants” setting 6. Location of Nepal 7. Zeus to ancient Greeks 8. Jeff Spicolli: “_____, Mr. Hand” 9. Capital of Ukraine 10. Type of crime 11. Pretentiously artistic 12. Negative vote 15. America’s Cheapest Family’s claim to fame 20. Idealized image 22. Gone by 24. Relating to husband and wife 25. *Author of “The Star Spangled Banner” 26. Top dog 27. Brisk 29. Colorado River tributary 31. No-____ latte 32. Broadway’s orphan

33. Same as “lint is” 34. *”The Great Gatsby” writer 36. Overeat 38. City in West Ukraine 42. Portray emotion 45. “______ Family” 49. Acorn tree 51. *He preceded Obama 54. Shariah-approved meat 56. Gallows’ rope 57. ____ Grey 58. Strong desire 59. The blind do this using Braille 60. ____ print 61. Rover launcher 62. Member of eastern European people 63. As opposed to don’ts 65. Between NE and E 67. “___ aye Captain!” See answers page 13

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