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November 21, 2012

Vol 14

July 13, 2011

No 47

Vol 13 No 28

Saint Charles Christmas Traditions promises old favorites and new surprises.

Christmas Traditions 2012 By DeAnna Massie

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There is no better way to celebrate the season than with a visit to Main Street during Saint Charles’ Christmas Traditions Festival. This year’s visitors will experience all the merriment and magic they have come to expect from this very special event, but there are some new attractions this year they won’t want to miss. Opening day is this Friday, November 23. Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage at 11 a.m. at the Kister Park Gazebo. He will escorted by the Lewis & Clark Fife & Drum Corps and the Legends of Christmas. Festivities continue all day with the annual lighting of Saint Charles’ official Christmas Tree at 5:00 p.m. in Berthold Square. Hot wassail will be provided by AT&T Missouri. Breakfast with Santa November 24 and December 1, 8, 15, and 22 – 9 a.m. Mother-In-Law House – 500 S. Main Street Santa will visit the Mother-In-Law House Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and under) and $18 for adults. Reservations are required, and a limited number of tickets available. Contact Karen Godfrey at 636.255.6155. “A Clueless Christmas” – A Comical Interactive Christmas Mystery Dinner Show – December 2, 9, 16, and 23 – Doors open at 5:30 pm, Dinner at 6 p.m. Lunch Show – December 2 – Doors open at 10 a.m., Lunch at 10:30 a.m. Grand Opera House Banquet and Event Center – 311 N. Main Street Come join us for this mysterious Christmas dinner with attendees such as Ms. Scarlet, Col. Mustard, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Peacock. Although Mr. Body may be the first to be murdered, anyone could be next! Dinner Show tickets are $62.50 per person and Lunch Show tickets are $50 per person. Reservations are required; there are limited number of tickets available. To purchase tickets,

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contact Karen Godfrey at 636.255.6155. Las Posadas Procession December 1 – 6 p.m. Begins 1000 S. Main Street and ends in Frontier Park This beautiful candlelight ceremony has been a Spanish tradition for centuries. Mary and Joseph will lead a procession that begins at the corner of South Main and Boone’s Lick Road, travels north on Main Street to First Capitol Drive, and culminates in Frontier Park with a live nativity, the traditional Yule Log lighting, and caroling. This event is produced and funded by Main Street Church. Photos With Santa A Victorian Santa will be listening to Christmas wishes and taking photos at Santa’s Cottage on opening Day and Saturdays during the festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays during the festival from noon to 5 p.m. Please note that Santa will join the parade from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. on Opening Day and each Saturday and Sunday during the festival. Christmas Legends

Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6 Lincoln County Life . . . . . . . . . . . 7 School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11

Each year Main Street comes alive with the most beloved characters of Christmas. Don’t forget to collect the character cards and autographs of your favorites. Santas from around the world

will be joined by the characters of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker, along with elves, Victorian carolers, Mother Goose, Jack Frost and more. See CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS page 3

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Christmas Traditions . . . . . . . . 12-13 Learn & Play / Pet Adoptions . . . . 14 Movie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Joe Morice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

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Shelly Schneider / Recipe . . . . . . . . .17 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 What’s Happening . . . . . . . . . . . 20-21 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23

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November 21, 2012 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

American Water Mailing Not Connected to the City of O’Fallon

Halloween “Howl for the Homeless” 5K Run and Children’s “Monster Mile” Fun Run

O’Fallon residents are asked to be aware that a business mailing is being sent to residents by American Water Resources of Missouri (AWR) offering water line insurance. AWR is not connected to the City of O’Fallon and is not endorsed by the City of O’Fallon. The mailing may make it appear as though AWR’s product is endorsed and/or required by the City of O’Fallon. Please note: AWR’s product is not required or endorsed by the City of O’Fallon in any way. Homeowners who consider their product do so at their own risk.

O’Fallon’s “Cornucopia of Care” Continues Please donate canned or boxed non-perishable food and personal care items to O’Fallon’s annual Cornucopia of Care. The items will be distributed to community food pantries through Dec. 15. Drop-off sites are located throughout O’Fallon: • O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street 63366 • Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle 63368 • Lindell Bank O’Fallon, 4521 Highway K 63368 • Fox’s Pizza Den, 1120 Technology Drive, Ste. 119 63368 • New Frontier Bank, 5000 WingHaven Blvd. 63368 For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Department at volunteer@ofallon.mo.us or call 636.379.5507.

Toy Drive The Caring and Sharing Food Pantry is teaming up with Maggie Malone’s in Wentzville for the second annual toy drive. The toy drive will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 2 at Maggie Malone’s. This family friendly event will feature kids karaoke, professional pictures with Santa for $2, free crafts and ornament decorating, free snacks and beverages for the kids, 50/50 raffles and more. Entry to the event is a new, unwrapped toy or gift. The first drive helped 75 area families in the St. Charles County area. Organizers hope to expand the reach in 2012 to families in Lincoln, Pike and Warren Counties. Donations will be accepted through December 2 at Maggie Malone’s, 990 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385. If you’d like to volunteer, or have your donation picked up, call 636.332.1176.

40 degree temperatures didn’t stop charitable hearts as 278 runners took to the trails of St. Charles Community College campus to support vulnerable families and individuals in our local communities who are homeless or in crisis. This first-ever fundraising 5K event, themed “Halloween Howl for the Homeless,” proved to be a success for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, coordinated by a volunteer committee led by Julie Feast with Ameren Missouri. A Children’s “Monster Mile” Fun Run followed the main event Saturday morning. Dressed for the occasion, adults and children alike were awarded prizes for best costume in numerous categories. Among the major sponsors for the event were SSM Health Care, Ameren Missouri, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Mercy and PDQ Notary, Inc. Overall winners included: 16 year-old Corey Deblaze of St. Peters in first; Dan Shane of Dardenne Prairie, 42, second; and Mike Compton of Highland, IL, 58, in third. Fleet Feet St. Louis handled on-line registration and timing; additional race results can be found at www.fleetfeetstlouis.com/. The Halloween Howl for the Homeless and Children’s Monster Mile are vital fundraisers for the Care Service. The overwhelming community

support they received for this event is essential and greatly appreciated in order to carry out the ongoing mission of the Care Service. Currently the most comprehensive social support agency in the St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren County regions, the Care Service provides emergency shelter, long-term housing, utility assistance, food pantry aid, counseling and workforce preparation. The people who come to Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service for help face very real, devastating crises. Children who are homeless or at-risk are top priority for the Care Service. The Care Service strives to break the cycle of homelessness by providing relevant, effective services to homeless (and near-homeless) children and their families, empowering them to overcome their circumstances and strive for a healthy, productive future and systemic change in our local communities. Through its many family-oriented programs, the Care Service is able to make a direct impact on children’s lives by keeping them in school, surrounding them with a safe and nurturing environment, and providing access to basic needs such as the security of a healthy meal through the Food Pantry. Visit the Care Service website, www.jacares.org, and like them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ jacaresstchas.

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www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • November 21, 2012

O’Fallon’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony

By DeAnna Massie

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS from Cover Gingerbread Village Festival Hours until December 22 at 6 p.m. Main Street Church – 116 N. Main Street All the gingerbread houses from the brand new decorating contest will be on display for your holiday enjoyment. For more information, visit churchonmain.com. Gingerbread House Decorating Class Saturday, November 24 – 10 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Main Street Church – 116 N. Main Street Make your own house, or just stop by to learn decorating secrets for preparing a no-hassle house. Pre-register for classes by signing up online at www.oldtownspices.com/university. Each two-hour class includes a gingerbread house, instructions, all decorations and refreshments. Cost for the class is $50 per gingerbread house. There really is no place like Saint Charles Christmas Traditions during the holiday season. Let the aroma of roasting nuts and hot cocoa and the sweet sounds of strolling carolers transport you and your family to a simpler time and place. For more details, visit www.stcharleschristmas.com.

Along with several dedications and speakers, Jim Mueller spoke to the crowd. Mueller is a former VFW Commander-in-Chief, currently chairs the VFW National Home for Children’s Program Committee and serves on the Marketing & Development Committee and Executive Committee. Photos by Ray Rockwell

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month people gathered all over the United States to honor those men and women who have sacriThree members of American Legion Post 388 fire shots to salute deceased veterans. ficed so much to protect and serve this country. Locally, a very special ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial Walk, which is one of the most unique and poignant memorial sites in the county. The memorial opened in 2001 and honors all U.S. soldiers, past and present with a platoon of cast bronze boots positioned as though marching. A solitary pair of boots is stationed at the foot of the POW/MIA flag, where a flame burns continuously.

Our Lady’s Inn Second Annual Birthday Party for Jesus Luncheon Our Lady’s Inn, maternity shelter located in St. Charles, MO will be hosting their 2nd annual Birthday Party for Jesus luncheon. Begin the Christmas season with a luncheon celebration. The event will be held on December 8, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at New Life Church, 1083 Cool Springs Industrial Drive, O’Fallon, MO 63366. All ages are invited. Cost is Free for children 10 and under. Children 11 and older are $10. Event will include lunch catered by Chick-Fil-A, specialty cupcakes, fun craft activities, music by area High School Choirs. In addition, there will be opportunity for family pictures in the manger scene and a Christmas Wreath Raffle. A special appearance from Santa Claus will highlight the event. Reservations must be made in advance. Visit www.ourladysinn.org or call Betsy Beauparlant at 636.398.5375, or bbeauparlant@ourladysinn.org.

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Our Lady’s Inn is a maternity home serving pregnant homeless women and their children in St. Charles and St. Louis. Since opening in 1982 over 5,000 families have been served. The services include shelter, emotional and physical support, counseling, food, clothing, life skills classes with the purpose of rebuilding lives, one mother, one baby, one family at a time.

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Artist Shirley Nachtrieb to Lead Watercolor Workshop on Landscapes at St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre Learn to capture the essence of your favorite landscape using watercolors with Artist Shirley Nachtrieb’s workshop “Watercolor Landscape” at the St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre. The workshop will be held on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day. The cost is $110. In this workshop, Shirley will help you complete a beautiful landscape painting in only two days. A palette of seven colors will be used and color theory and composition will be discussed. For more information or to register, contact Shirley at 636.947.1936 or at Shirley@nachtrieb.com. The St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre is located at St. Peters City Hall at One St. Peters Centre Blvd., St. Peters, MO. *Correction: The price for the class is $110 as noted above, not $10 as was published in the November 7, 2012 issue.

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November 21, 2012 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Local Firefighters Among Elite Search and Rescue Teams Dispatched After Hurricane Sandy By DeAnna Massie From the safety of our homes in Missouri, the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast may seem remote and inconceivable, but for Randy Sanders the situation was all too real. Sanders is the Division Chief of Special Operations at O’Fallon Fire Protection District, and the Task Force Leader of Missouri’s Task Force 1, an elite team of 80 search and rescue specialists who are called on by Homeland Security and FEMA when disaster strikes. Deployments are usually in the United States, but task forces are sometimes sent overseas. In addition to firefighters and EMT’s, doctors and K-9 units join the group. All receive the latest and most advanced search and rescue training. After earning a place on Task Force 1, members travel to Columbia monthly to train. “This task force is the elite of the elite,” says Sanders. “There are only 28 teams like this in the United States, and we are highly trained to handle the search and rescue situations that local agencies cannot. For example, we can cut through concrete when really big buildings come down. We can get to the people that no one else can reach.” Two other O’Fallon firefighters are members of the force, including Captain Rick Miller and Mike Knipping. With Sanders, they represent the most highlytrained search and rescue professionals in the area. Sanders says, “Members come from all over Missouri. I am very proud that we have three members from O’Fallon Fire Protection on this task force.” St. Charles City, Cottleville and Wentzville are also represented in this group. Although Task Force 1 is primarily trained to deal with earthquakes and large structure cave-ins, hurricane deployments and providing support for other smaller disaster relief efforts are common assignments, says Sanders. Among other missions, his team was on the ground before the levees broke after Hurricane Katrina and assisted with the cleanup after the tornadoes

in Joplin. The Sandy deployment lasted ten days, and began with a twenty-four hour straight drive to New York. “We got the call on the 29th at 9:30 in the evening and had four hours to prepare and leave. We always pack clothing for two weeks and are self-sufficient for 72 hours,” says Sanders. Task Force 1 is sponsored by Boone County Fire Protection District, so all 80 members gathered in Columbia where they were outfitted with equipment. They traveled with 100,000 lbs. of equipment and 12 vehicles, including tractor-trailers and passenger busses. “We arrive with everything we need to operate— food, water, showers, shelter, medicine and other supplies. Our mission is to help, not to be a burden on the people who are already in need.” During the deployment, Sanders and his team slept everywhere from gymnasium floors to cargo ships. They rose at 5:30 a.m. every morning to cover areas affected by the floodwaters and wind. The mission included Long Beach, Lawrence, Ocean View and Freeport. Task Force 1 spent the first day assisting with search and rescue, but Sanders says residents had done much of the work for themselves. “The water went down quickly and people got to work even before agencies could get in to help. Our mission switched to sending residents in the right direction for food, water, shelter and help with getting their medications. We covered 34 miles on foot and made contact with 4,000 residents,” says Sanders.

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Sanders is proud that his team saved many lives while on their mission. “We found several families in immediate danger of carbon monoxide poisoning and where able to get them out. There were a lot of families who would have died without us.” It was the residents that touched Sanders most. Despite being displaced and without their possessions, the citizens Sanders and his team visited were in good spirits and welcoming to Task Force 1. “They cried, and offered us hugs and food—doughnuts and muffins. These people had nothing. We were there to bring food and water, and they still tried to offer us whatever they could. It’s very humbling when people offer you what they barely have enough of for themselves.” Sanders says the images of Sandy are powerful. Water had washed away the boardwalks, sand stood five feet deep in buildings, and the streets were littered with piles of the few personal items residents could salvage. Despite the disturbing and emotional scenes, limited sleep and long days, Sanders says his team had no problem fulfilling the mission. “This is what we are trained to do. No matter what happens, we go with the flow. No complaining. Only nine teams from around the country were deployed. We were proud to be one of them.” After returning to Missouri, team members were checked-in and offered stress-debriefing. In the days following their return from deployment Task Force 1 members were contacted again for a follow-up. “We want to make sure everyone has what they need when we come back,” says Sanders. “It’s good to be home, to sleep in our own beds, but we are proud to support the relief efforts. We are glad to go.”


www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • November 21, 2012

Volunteer this Holiday Season United Way of Greater St. Louis has gathered dozens of opportunities to volunteer during the upcoming holiday season. Starting in November, go online to www.unitedwaystlcares.org to find a volunteer project from Thanksgiving through end of the year. This holiday volunteer site is the way to find a variety of opportunities through a variety of organizations for families or individuals to give back during the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa season throughout the metro St. Louis region. It’s the perfect time of year to volunteer your time and help build a healthier community for all. To find information on volunteering year-round, please contact St. Louis Cares, a United Way volunteer program, at 314.539.4063 or online at www.stl.unitedway.org/volunteercenter.aspx. Through programs such as St. Louis Cares, 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, BoardLinkSTL, GenNext and more, United Way of Greater St. Louis’ Volunteer Center connects thousands of people to quality volunteer opportunities each year in a wide variety of areas. This United Way Volunteer Center is one of the oldest in the nation.

Letter to the Editor: November 13, 2012 Are you already putting together your Christmas shopping list? Just remember that when you shop local, you’re investing in your own community. Have you ever heard the theory that you can pave your roads with shopping bags? This means that when you buy local, your sales tax dollars go to work in your community. We literally build and fix roads with your local purchases. And, we support local businesses and help our local economy. Several years ago, St. Peters officials began a campaign to encourage residents to “Shop St. Peters” where you’ll find “So Many Choices, So Close to Home.” Again, we wanted to remind you to invest in your own community. And, today, the campaign also reminds you how you save yourself money by shopping St. Peters. With gas prices still hovering around the $3.50 mark, it makes sense to shop close to home instead of driving all over the region to make your holiday purchases. You can go to our City of St. Peters website at www.stpetersmo.net and click on the “Shop St. Peters” logo at the bottom of the page to find a directory that will help you find St. Peters’ businesses. You can search for a business by category such as “Home Electronics” or “Restaurant-Pizza” or even “Smoke Free” or “Senior Discount.” One of the things I’ve done as Mayor in recent years is seek cooperation with our neighboring communities for the benefit of everyone living in St. Charles County. We’re doing more today to support all of the efforts to promote shopping in St. Charles County because the stronger our local economy, the better for all of us. Recently, the City of St. Peters and the City of St. Charles joined together on a new campaign called “Shopping with the Saints.” We’re encouraging you to think about spending your money in St. Charles and St. Peters during the holiday shopping season of St. Nicholas (Santa). With hundreds of retail and service businesses in our City and in neighboring St. Charles, nearly everything you want to purchase can be found close to home, right here in our communities. Not only will you be helping your wallet, but you’ll also be helping local businesses keep people employed while also keeping local sales tax dollars right here where they can work for you. Please make the choice of Shopping with the Saints while checking off names on your gift list this holiday season. And, give a gift to yourself and your community at the same time.

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You Need a Personal Safety Plan for Black Friday Important Safety Tips from NCPC Make Holiday Shopping Go Smoothly. The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), home of McGruff the Crime Dog, advises shoppers develop a personal safety and security plan to keep criminals at bay. This year many shoppers will be out early to find those big bargains on Black Friday or online for Cyber Monday, but the criminals will be out, too. NCPC has 10 great tips to help you shop safely while getting those great holiday bargains throughout the shopping season. 1. Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car. 2. Shop online with companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. 3. Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in. 4. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites. 5. Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information. 6. Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket. 7. Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in. 8. Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home. 9. Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit. 10. If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help. For more shopping tips and personal safety information, visit the National Crime Prevention Council’s website, www.ncpc.org.

Sincerely, Mayor Len Pagano City of St. Peters

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November 21, 2012 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Donations Exceed Goal of Furnishing The Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County Hope Ministry Announces The Wentzville Police Officer of

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While the victim was at the hospital, Detectives Thurman and Maddolin re-interviewed the second victim with her supplying valuable information concerning the entire situation. After concluding the interview the detectives responded to the home of the suspect making contact with the suspect’s parents. After giving the parents a generic account of the in(Front row / left to right): Sam Burnett, Taylor Burnett, William Burnett, Jason Spore, Steve cident, they contacted the Harry, DanMcCandless, (Middle row / left to right): Jack Glendinning, Alec Miller,Liam Harry, suspect and had him return (Back row / left to right): Logan Pitts, Dave Pitts, Greg Wright, Andrew Fisher, Paul DiMercuhome where he was taken into rio, Paul Hedrick, Dominic DiMercurio were just a few of the Furnishing Hope Ministry volunteers of Morning Star Church that collected over 170 pieces of furniture from the community custody by the detectives and on Nov. 3 to be provided to the tornado victims in Joplin, Mo. conveyed to the Wentzville Morning Star Church’s Furnishing Hope Ministry hosted acom- Kiwanis President Rich Johns with Wentzville Detectives David Thurman and Steven Maddolin. Police Station where a clear and concise interview could munity wide collection day on November 3 for area residents to be conducted. The interview Each quarter, The Kiwanis Club of West St. donate their gently used furniture. The goal of Furnishing Hope was to collect 150 pieces to provide to those in need in the Joplin, Charles County publicly recognizes a Wentz- took place at the station with the subject not Mo region. That Saturday, over 40 donors stepped up to give away ville Police Officer of the Quarter. For the 3rd wanting to discuss anything about the incident. their gently-used items. By the end of the day, Furnishing Hope Quarter of 2012 the club recognized the team of It should be noted as a result of the detectives Detective David Thurman and Detective Steven supplying some basic information to the parents had more than 170 pieces of furniture. when the suspect returned home he was asked if Morning Star Church has been involved with post-tornado Maddolin. Recently, there was a case wherein a juvenile the allegations were true with him hanging his cleanup and rebuild for several years all over the nation. While much of the reconstruction is complete, many families still lack victim was reported to have been molested by head and stating yes. As a result of the interview the suspect admitthe financial resources to replace lost furniture. To find out more the son of a baby sitter who had been sitting her about this ministry and how you can help, visit www.mscwired. friend. During the investigation it had been ted to his involvement with the victims as well as determined the friend of the juvenile who had giving additional information concerning other org/furnishinghope or call 636.561.5680. originally reported to have been molested also incidents where he had been involved with other had been molested by the same suspect. The minor female victims. These victims have been reporting juvenile was taken to Cardinal Glen- identified and interviewed with other charges to non Hospital where she was examined by a SAN be filed at a later date. The detective had also secured the bedding of nurse. the subject where the assaults had taken place. As a result of the detectives efforts warrants were issued against the subject with more warrants to be applied for in the MEDICAL ASSISTING, oNe ProGraM near future. CHoICe tHat CaN Get You CLoSer If not for the dedication of Detectives Thurman and Madto Your GoaLS. CaLL uS to LearN dolin, this subject may have More. 866-200-1898 grown into a more troubled sexual offender. The detectives www.vatterott.edu are commended for making Wentzville a better place to live by taking this dangerous subother Program Fields: ject off the street. TM § electrical § HvaC For more information on the § Medical Billing & Coding Wentzville Police Department, § Computer technology visit the city’s website at www. § Business Management 3550 west Clay St. | St. Charles, Mo 63301 § Cosmetology wentzvillemo.org. For more in§ and More! formation on the Kiwanis Club of West St. Charles County, visit For more information about this program, including graduation and employment rates, tuition and fees, and 6733 median debt of students who have completed the program, please visit www.vatterott.edu/programs.asp. their www.wscckiwanis.org.

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Wolves, Vampires and Dentist . . . Oh My! Wolves and vampires may have been the topic for the night, but Dr. Mary BerkMooney of Troy Dental Care was the dentist of the night. Similar to previous Twilight movie premiers, Dr. Mary Berk-Mooney hosted 100 guests at the Troy Movie House. In exchange for a ticket, each guest brought 2 can goods and a $5 donation. Bread for Life Food Pantry in Troy received over 200 canned goods and a $500 donation was made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hos- Troy Dental Care team members preparing can goods to be donated to the Bread for Life Food Pantry in Troy. L-R: Jill, RHD; Nikki, assistant; Dr. Mary Berkpital. Mooney; Erica, receptionist; Taryn, assistant; not pictured: Dana, RDH. Dr. Mary Berk-Mooney would like to thank everyone who helped make the evening possible, especially Linda and Phil Parker, owners of Troy Movie House.

Lions Club Plans 24th Annual T.H.A.N.K.S. Dinner There’s no such thing as too much Thanksgiving. If you’re in the mood for seconds (or thirds) of turkey and dressing, but don’t want to step foot into the kitchen until Christmas, stop by the Hawk Point Lions Club Hall on Sunday, November 25. The Lions will be hosting their 24th Annual T.H.A.N.K.S. Dinner. Traditional Turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Call 636.338.9222 to make a reservation. Both the meal and fellowship are free and open to the public.

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Bread For Life Food Pantry Welcomes Any Family In Need Making ends meet can be especially difficult during the holiday season. The Bread For Life Food Pantry wants the community to know that no family in need will be turned away. The pantry serves any family in Lincoln County who falls at or below the federal poverty guidelines and reserves the right to serve a family who may be above the poverty line but experiencing hard times due to family crisis or natural disaster. Families may visit the pantry once per month. There is no discrimination against any person for any reason. Clients need not be associated with a church or the Greater Troy Ministerial Alliance. The Bread For Life Food Pantry is located at 102 South Lincoln Drive in Troy. The pantry is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. except for the last Wednesday of each month, when the hours are 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Bread For Life Food Panty is an all-volunteer organization. The pantry depends upon the community to donate food and money to provide for those in need. In addition, grant funding is sought to help provide food and personal care items. Bring your food or money donations to the Bread For Life Food Pantry or call 636.528.3646 to find out how you can help. With your generosity, every family in Lincoln County can have a reason to celebrate this year.

Lincoln County Fire District 1 Hosts Toy Drive The Lincoln County Fire District 1 will be hosting a toy drive this holiday season. From now until December 14, new, inpackage toys will be collected for distribution to the needy children of Lincoln County. Items should be dropped off at the Cherry Street Firehouse, 700 East Cherry Street in Troy. Cash donations will also be accepted. All funds collected will be donated to the Bread For Life Food Pantry, which provides food and necessary personal items to impoverished families in Lincoln County. Bread For Life Food Pantry is entirely run by volunteers and www.elsberryhealthcarecenter.org sustained by donated goods and funds.

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OATS To Travel To Christmas Wonderland in Rock Spring Park The Lincoln County OATS will be taking a trip to see a Christmas Wonderland in Rock Spring Park on December 6. The bus will be departing from First Christian Church (1302 Boone Street) at 4 p.m.. A minimum of 30 riders is required to make this trip possible. If you are interested please call Mary McCann at 636.462.7794 or Mary Agnes Mitchell at 573.898.3130. OATS, Incorporated is a notfor-profit public transportation system that helps people all over Missouri get to work, doctor appointments, essential shopping, and more. The mission of OATS is to provide reliable transportation for transportation disadvantaged Missourians so they can live independently in their own communities.

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November 21, 2012 • Community News - St. Charles County • www.mycnews.com

Wentzville Schools Celebrate Veterans Day

Elementary schools in the Wentzville School District held Veterans Day celebrations last week and today to salute the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Boone Trail, Crossroads, Discovery Ridge, Duello, Green Tree, Heritage, Lakeview, Prairie View, and Peine Ridge Elementary all invited veterans to their special activities scheduled in honor of the holiday. Veterans were treated to breakfasts, student performances, slide shows honoring past and present members of the military and special guest speakers. Heritage fifth grade Ambassador Mallory Gomski said she is proud of her school for celebrating veterans. “I think it’s important to honor them because they fought for us and our freedom so we should celebrate that.” Heritage students held several collections to benefit our service men and women. The Primary students donated over 75 pounds of their own Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude, otherwise known as “Treats for Troops” sent to U.S. service members deployed in hostile regions. The Intermediate students held a coin drive and raised $960 (to date) for the Honor Flight Network that flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials. World War II Veteran Harvey Puckett served in the Army Air Corps and has three great grandchildren who attend Heritage. “These celebrations are very nice. We appreciate so much the respect we receive and the honor that is shown to us.” At Peine Ridge Elementary, a group of teachers performed a “Bugle Boy” tribute for their guests, and WWII Veteran Sam Palmer spoke at the assembly. Peine Ridge students also collected $850 which will be donated to “Folds of Honor” which helps to send children of wounded or deceased veterans to college. Students at Lakeview Elementary celebrated Veterans Day with a ceremony featuring guest speaker Army Sgt. Byron Conquest, whose daughter is a Lakeview kindergarten student. Fifth grader and Student Council President Nathan Murillo also addressed the veterans and their families. “Each and every one of you is special, brave, and courageous. Each of you has sacrificed something so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today. You are spectacular and amazing…you are our heroes.”

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Fort Zumwalt West High School Starts Military Support Club Fort Zumwalt West High School started a Military Support Club this year. The purpose of this club is to create awareness of the military and to show support for past, present and future military personnel and their loved ones. The students recently collected many items for the troops, but also gained the support of the community when they were allowed to distribute flyers at the Walmart store entrances in O’Fallon to help with their collection. The students collected $775 towards the $1,000 shipping cost for their 72 care packages. Some of these care packages will go to FZW alumni that are serving overseas. The club will continue to provide packages and letters throughout the deployment of these alumni. The club co-sponsors are Ms. Deborah Cantillo (FZW secretary) and Ms. Justina York (FZW science teacher). Pictured is Steven Sahd (co-president), Ms. Cantillo, and Dillon Housley (vice-president).

“Show-Me ShakeOut” Earthquake Poster Contest On February 7, Missourians will participate in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, an earthquake preparedness drill that teaches the “Drop, Cover and Hold On” protective actions to take in the event of an earthquake. To promote the ShakeOut, the State Emergency Management Agency and the Missouri Seismic Safety Commission are sponsoring the “ShowMe ShakeOut” poster contest. Third, fourth and fifth grade students across Missouri are invited to create a classroom poster promoting the ShakeOut and earthquake safety. Because many Missourians live within the New Madrid Seismic Zone - one of the most active seismic zones in the country - each February Missouri observes Earthquake Awareness Month. On Feb. 7, 1812, Missouri was rocked by one of the largest earthquakes ever to hit the continental United States. Centered in New Madrid, in southeast Missouri, the earthquake altered the flow of the Mississippi River, turned rich farmland into fields of sand and destroyed countless structures. People on the East Coast of the United States felt shaking and church bells reportedly rang as far away as South Carolina. The risk of another large earthquake continues, and today the New Madrid Seismic Zone includes many population centers. Preparing and planning to respond to a major quake are essential.

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The statewide contest winners will receive gift cards and emergency first aid kits for their classrooms. These prizes are courtesy of ABNA Engineering, Inc. of St. Louis, Central Electric Power Cooperative of Jefferson City, the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Department of Geological Sciences, and the Southeast Missouri Chapter of the American Red Cross. Winning posters will be displayed on SEMA’s website and featured at earthquake awareness events during 2013. Contest Guidelines: • Each school will select a winning poster for each of the three grade levels. • Posters may be scanned or digitally photographed and submitted electronically in JPEG, GIF, PDF or PNG format. Schools should retain the original poster if a submission is made electronically. • All submissions must include the name of the school, name and age of the student, name of school principal and name of classroom teacher. • All posters must be submitted to SEMA by Jan. 18, 2013 to be eligible. • The school principal or lead teacher must submit or mail poster entries to: Steve Besemer State Emergency Management Agency P. O. Box 116, 2302 Militia Drive Jefferson City, MO 65102 E-Mail: steve.besemer@sema.dps.mo.gov • Winners from each statewide grade level will be notified by Feb. 4, 2013. • Winning results will be posted on the SEMA website (sema. dps.mo.gov) and announced in press releases. Additional information about the ShakeOut is available at www.shakeout.org/centralus/. Additional information about the New Madrid Seismic Zone and earthquake safety is available at www.sema.dps.mo.gov/ earthquake_preparedness.


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Two FHSD Educators Receive Ft. Zumwalt News Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Sandra Hendricks, library media specialist at Fairmount Elementary, and John Kozlowski, teacher at Francis Howell Central (FHC) High School, are recipients of the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. This award recognizes teachers for their passion for teaching, their impact on student learning, and their knowledge and creativity. Hendricks has been an educator in the Francis Howell School District (FHSD) for 10 years and has been teaching for 16 years. She received a bachelors and masters degree in Reading from Missouri State University, as well as received a certification degree in Administration from Lindenwood University. As the current Content Leader for the District Library Media Specialists, Hendricks has been actively involved in various committees such as School Improvement Team, School Technology Committee, and the District 21st Century Task Force. Hendricks is also a member of the Missouri Association of School Librarians and is currently working towards National Board Certification, an advanced teaching credential. As recipient of this award Hendricks says she feels honored to be recognized at this capacity and truly loves her job as teacher and librarian. “We have great students and teachers at Fairmount and they love utilizing the library; our Library Learning Commons is the hub of our school,” Hendricks said. “I am excited to work for a district that supports my program and our efforts to reinvent our role in the lives of our students. I am very humbled to receive this award because Francis Howell has so many deserving educators. This award is definitely the highlight of my educational career thus far.” Kozlowski has spent his entire 16 years of teaching in FHSD. Teaching mainly honors chemistry and advanced placement chemistry for upper level high school students, Kozlowski is very knowledgeable in his field of study. He attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology where he received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Currently, Kozlowski is a professional learning community leader and recently wrote the honors chemistry curriculum with his colleagues from Francis Howell High School and Francis Howell North High School. Kozlowski is also national board certified. Being honored with this award, Kozlowski said he is ultimately inspired to do more for the Francis Howell community. “I don’t understand why I won this award when so many of my colleagues are more deserving than I am. I feel honored, humbled, and inspired to do better,” he said. The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program, sponsored by Emerson, annually recognizes more than 100 educators in the St. Louis metropolitan area – from kindergarten teachers to college professors – who are examples of excellence in their field. Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts or educational institutions.

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1. The fifth grade teachers at Ostmann Elementary School dressed as the “Water Cycle” for Halloween. Pictured from L-R: Eric Pflughaupt, Angie Wray, Cary Jennings, and Kim Gagliano. 2. Veterans Day was celebrated in the Fort Zumwalt School District on November 8. As is tradition, every school in the district participated in honoring our country’s veterans. Activities ranged and included assemblies, USO shows, color guards, speakers, student performances, Dress for Respect day for students, and much more. Hundreds of veterans attended the celebrations in the schools. Pictured is music teacher, Mr. Michael Marx, directing his choir and the students and guests from Westhoff Elementary School during the National Anthem.

Timberland’s Sansoucie, Marler Win State Swimming Titles Timberland swimmers Andrew Sansoucie and Justin Marler both won individual state titles at this year’s Missouri State High School Swimming and Diving Championships Nov. 9-10 at the Rec-Plex Arena in St. Peters. Sansoucie won two more state championships, winning the 50-Freestyle with a time of 20.44 and breaking his own state record in the 100-Fly with a time of 47.96. According to USA Swimming, those are the #1 ranked times in the country for 18 year olds in those two events. He was also named the Athlete of the Meet by the Missouri Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association for the second consecutive year. Fellow Timberland senior Justin Marler won the state title in the 100-Backstroke with a time of 51.93, he is a Truman State recruit who finished second in the event last year.

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CLAIM Partners with St. Charles City-County Library District Medicare answers have just moved to the neighborhood. CLAIM, the official state health insurance assistance program, has officially named St. Charles City-County Library District as a partner, joining a statewide network dedicated to providing help with Medicare issues. As such, St. Charles City-County Library District will provide a home for in-person meetings and access to equipment such as a computer and telephone. Trained volunteers will work out of the location to provide free Medicare insurance counseling and assistance to area Medicare beneficiaries. “St. Charles City-County Library District’s new partnership provides a ‘home base’ for volunteers in the area,” said Carol Beahan, director of the CLAIM program. “These locations increase local access to Medicare education and assistance. We’re excited and proud to have St. Charles City-County Library District join our team.” CLAIM leads a network of volunteers and organizations in Missouri dedicated to providing help with Medicare issues. CLAIM provides free and confidential Medicare assistance through a network of more than 280 certified volunteers. These volunteers answer questions about Medicare benefits, options and changes. CLAIM was founded in 1993 and has helped Missourians save millions in out-of-pocket expenses by helping beneficiaries understand their Medicare benefits and by providing enrollment assistance. The nonprofit program receives financial assistance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal Medicare agency, and the Missouri Department of Insurance. Services are provided by Primaris, a Columbia-based health care consulting firm. For free, unbiased Medicare assistance or to apply to become a volunteer, visit www.missouriclaim.org or call 800.390.3330.

Crider Health Center Promotes from Within Crider Health Center, based in St. Charles County, has named Pamela Imboden as marketing and development associate. Imboden began her tenure at Crider Health Center in January 2009 as the administrative assistant for marketing and development. In November 2010, already enrolled at Lindenwood University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication, with an emphasis on mass communication, Imboden was promoted to marketing and media specialist where she honed her skills in graphic design and public relations. In June 2012, Imboden graduated Summa Cum Laude

from Lindenwood University and has brought a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her position. She is currently using her talents to help Crider Health Center grow and move forward. Imboden has been instrumental in helping Crider Health Center re-brand printed materials, increase awareness of services through social media outlets, and has been an integral part of fundraising efforts. In her new role, she will have primary responsibility over marketing efforts, as well as a lead role in the foundation board fundraising.

Cities of Saint Charles, Saint Peters Join with Chamber to Promote Shop Local Effort Support the community, area retailers by Shopping with the Saints for the year-end holidays!

The Cities of Saint Charles and Saint Peters are proud to be the home of many outstanding businesses. This year, and hopefully for many years to come, we have the opportunity to partner with the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce to promote a ‘shop local’

campaign entitled – Shopping with the Saints: Saint Charles, Saint Peters and Saint Nicholas! The goal of the campaign is to remind residents, business owners and visitors to shop locally. Potential challenges associated with ongoing rehabilitation of the Blanchette Bridge should not deter shoppers from enjoying this holiday season in our communities. The cities of Saint Charles & Saint Peters - Main Street, Mid Rivers Mall and much, much more are included in this promotion. Please support your communities all year long (but especially during the year-end holidays.) Thank you for your continued patronage! The Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce is proud to be a part of this new program. Watch for further details regarding how you can be the winner of one of two $500 cash prizes just for shopping in Saint Charles and Saint Peters! For more information, please visit the Chamber online at www.gstccc.com/shoppingwiththesaints.

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Jo Jo’z Frozen Yogurt Celebrates with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Jo Jo’z Frozen Yogurt celebrated their new location in O’Fallon, Missouri with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on October 19, 2012. Pictured is Owner Joe Brunette joined by friends, family and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the City of O’Fallon. This new shop offers 17 different flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt and numerous toppings to choose from, including fruits, nuts and candy. In addition to frozen yogurt, Jo-Jo’z offers a separate Jelly Belly station, featuring around 40 different varieties. Jo Jo’z Frozen Yogurt is located at 3449 Pheasant Meadow Dr in O’Fallon, Missouri. Call 636.699.7887or visit them online at www.facebook.com/ JoJozFrozenYogurt.

Powers Healthmart Pharmacy with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Powers Healthmart Pharmacy celebrated their new location in O’Fallon, Missouri with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on October 2, 2012. Pictured are owners Randy and Sharlene Powers joined by friends, family and community members. Also in attendance for the celebration were representatives of the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce and the City of O’Fallon. With several years of experience Powers Healthmart pharmacy specializes in serving their community with fast, friendly, professional service and the highest-quality medicines and health products. “You’ll always work with somebody at our pharmacy who greets you by name, and our pharmacists take the time to counsel you and answer your questions”, says Pharmacist Randy Powers. Powers Healthmart Pharmacy is located at 7776 Winghaven Blvd in O’Fallon, MO. Call 636.265.2924 or visit them at www.powershealthmart.com.

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O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce Helps Support Toy Town this Holiday Season This holiday season the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Salvation Army of O’Fallon to help promote and collect donations for the 2012 Toy Town held at O’Fallon City Hall. Toy Town will help many families in St. Charles County who are struggling to provide Christmas toys for their children. Each year Toy Town collects toys, clothes and other necessities from local drives, in order to provide gifts for children and seniors in the western St. Charles County area. Families who qualify within a certain income bracket register in November, and are allowed to come shop for gifts for their children at no cost. Each family is allowed to choose one large gift, two small and something from the puzzle, games and clothing tables. O’Fallon Chamber members and their families will volunteer on December 10th through the 13th, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. to wrap presents, help set up, assist clients with shopping, and take down the Annual Christmas Toy Town. New toys of $20 or more can be dropped off at the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce located at 2145 Bryan Valley Commercial Drive in O’Fallon, or the O’Fallon Salvation Army located at 1 William Booth Drive in O’Fallon anytime between now and December 8, 2012. The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce will also be collecting items at their November 27th General Membership Meeting at Whitmoor Country Club. Volunteers and donations are appreciated. Please contact Sam at 636.240.1818 or sam@ofallonchamber.org for more information or visit www.ofallonchamber.org/toy-town. The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce is committed to promoting economic vitality in O’Fallon and the St. Charles County Region while providing members with networking opportunities, education and advocacy in public policy decisions affecting business.

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SAINT CHARLES Christmas Traditions Welcome to St. Charles Christmas Traditions!

Where Christmas Past Comes to Life

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Close your eyes and listen to the sounds of holiday music from the Victorian Carolers, and the Fife & Drum Corps. Smell the roasting of chestnuts in the air. Capture in your mind a time in America when life was simpler, and Christmas was elegant and magical. This holiday celebration is staged in a charming village on the Missouri River known as St. Charles. The street comes alive

with Christmas Legends and Santas from around the world. Over 30 characters have joined in the festivities, each wearing hand crafted clothing representing their heritage and carrying trading cards to give to visitors as a keepsake. Shop and dine along the brick-lined streets festively decorated with greenery and red bows. The South Main Preservation Society first created this truly unique family event

in the early 1970s, while an effort was underway to revitalize the South Main Historic District. Now almost 40 years later, Christmas Traditions remains a favorite festival, attracting a wide range of visitors to our area. Funding for this event is provided by the City of Saint Charles, via the Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau. For a complete schedule and many more local events, please visit www.stcharleschristmas.com. Opening Ceremony Friday – November 23, 2012 • 11 a.m. Kister Park Gazebo, 400 block of S. Main Street Santa arrives by horse-drawn carriage,

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escorted by the Lewis & Clark Fife & Drum Corps and the Legends of Christmas. Festivities will continue all day with caroling, vendors, and Santas from around the world. Official Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday – November 23, 2012 5 p.m. • Berthold Square, 200 block of S. Main Street You won’t want to miss the annual lighting of St. Charles’ official Christmas Tree. City officials will be on hand for the ceremony along with some of your favorite Christmas Traditions characters. Be sure to bring a camera, as this is a perfect spot for snapping that special holiday photo of family and friends. And while you’re there, take

the chill off the evening air with a cup of piping hot wassail, provided compliments of AT&T Missouri. Breakfast with Santa Saturdays, November 24 and December 1, 8, 15, and 22 • 9 a.m. Mother-In-Law House, 500 S. Main Street Come enjoy breakfast at the beautiful Mother-In-Law House Restaurant for an up-close-and-personal visit with Santa. Bring your holiday wish list. Plus, don’t forget the camera to capture all the holiday fun. Doors open at 9 a.m., and breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m. Parking is free on the street and nearby lots. Tickets are $15 for children (12 and under) $18 for adults and reservations are required. But hurry! Only a limited number of tickets are available. To order tickets, contact Karen Godfrey at 636.255.6155. “A Clueless Christmas” A Comical Interactive Christmas Mystery Dinner Show – December 2, 9, 16, and 23 • 6 p.m. Lunch Show – December 2 • 10:30 a.m. Grand Opera House Banquet Center and Event Center , 311 N. Main Street Ever wish you could be the one to figure out who-dunnit? Come join us for this mysterious show with attendees such as Ms. Scarlet, Col. Mustard, Mr. Green, and Mrs. Peacock. Although Mr. Body may be the first to be murdered, anyone could be next! If you guess the true murderer, you could leave with your own fabulous Christmas gift. We’ll give you a hint... it wasn’t Col. Mustard in the Library with the Candlestick!


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SAINT CHARLES Christmas Traditions The Santa Parade Opening Day and Saturdays and Sundays during Festival • 1:30 p.m. Begins at 1000 S. Main Street and ends in Berthold Square at 200 S. Main Street Enjoy the pageantry of a live parade led by the Lewis & Clark Fife & Drum Corps, and topped off with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse-drawn carriage. Follow the procession to Berthold Square for caroling and a short, family-friendly program. Enter your child to win a ride with Santa at www.historicstcharles.com. Photos with Santa Opening Day – November 23 – Noon - 5 p.m. and 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Saturdays during Festival – 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Sundays during Festival – 12 - 5 p.m. Lower Level of Tourism Center, 230 S. Main Street Come visit Santa and his elves, and make sure he knows what you would like for Christmas! For a nominal fee you can purchase professional photos that come in a gold-foil-trimmed frame. Additional photos in varying sizes can be ordered online. Please note that Santa will join the parade from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. on Opening Day and each Saturday and Sunday during the festival. Carriage Rides Opening Day - November 23 • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays during Festival • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays during Festival • 12 - 5 p.m. Monday, December 24 • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Board the carriage at the Tourism Center at 230 S. Main Street. Take a relaxing carriage ride along Main Street during the holiday season (weather permitting – not operating during parade). Rides are $5 per person. To reserve a carriage for a special event or evening during the holiday season, please call 636.398.4123.

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Trains on Main November 23 thru December 24, Wednesday thru Friday – Noon - 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday – Noon - 5 p.m. Hosted by Frenchtown Heritage Museum. A festive train display including a Victorian winter scene and various other themes. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children (ages 3 to 12 years). For more information, call 636-724-2106. Las Posadas Procession Saturday, December 1 • 6 p.m. Begins 1000 S. Main Street and ends in Frontier Park Gather your candles, luminaries, lanterns and flashlights and join the beautiful procession by candlelight that has been a Spanish tradition for centuries. Follow behind a live re-enactment of Mary and Joseph searching for a room at the “inn.” Procession begins at the corner of South Main and Boone’s Lick Road, travels north on Main Street to First Capitol Drive, and culminates in Frontier Park with a live na-

tivity, the traditional Yule Log lighting, and caroling. (Produced and funded by Main Street Church). Marshmallow Roast Fridays during Festival • 7 p.m. Chestnut Roasters’ Fire Pit, Between 700 and 800 blocks of S. Main Street Join some of your favorite Christmas Traditions characters at the Chestnut Roasters’ fire to enjoy roasting complimentary marshmallows and listening to holiday story-telling around the fire. Gingerbread Village Festival Hours until December 22 at 6 p.m. Main Street Church, 116 N. Main Street Visit the candy filled world of Gingerbread Village. All gingerbread houses from the decorating contest will be on display for your holiday enjoyment. For more information, visit www.churchonmain.com/ gingerbreadold.

Gingerbread House Decorating Class Saturday, November 24 – 10 a.m. - Noon and 1 - 3 p.m. Main Street Church, 116 N. Main Street Kick off the Holiday Season and enjoy a great family activity by decorating your own Gingerbread House. Enter it into the Inaugural Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by the Main Street Church and The Olde Town Spice Shoppe. Make your own house, or stop by to learn decorating secrets for preparing a no-hassle house. Pre-register for classes by signing up online at www.oldtownspices.com/university. Each two-hour class includes gingerbread house, instructions, all decorations and refreshments. You’ll enjoy time with your

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family and we clean up the mess! Cost for the class is $50 per house created. Santa Send-off Monday, December 24 • 1:30 p.m. Begins at 1000 S. Main Street and ends in Berthold Square at the corner of First Capitol Drive and S. Main Street. Don’t miss the opportunity to send one final wave and cheer Santa on as he heads back to the North Pole for the big night!


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Community News is proud to offer our readers “Book Buzz.” This column will feature great books for children in three categories: Youngest Pick: early childhood to the first or second grade, Middle Pick: elementary school children, and Oldest Pick: middle school children. Enjoy!

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Joke of the week: A guy took his sister to a football game for the first time. After the game he asked her how she liked the game. “Oh, I really liked it,” she said, “but I just couldn’t understand why they were hurting each other for 25 cents.” “What do you mean?” “All they kept screaming was: Get the quarter back! Get the quarter back!”

“Sophia’s War”

Prolific author Avi scores again with a patriotic flag waver that centers on our nation’s fight for freedom. Get set to burn the midnight oil with “Sophia’s War, A Tale of the Revolution.” Sophia Calderwood is just an ordinary girl living in New York City when the Revolutionary War begins in 1776. Her beloved brother is off fighting with the patriots. Who knows if he’s dead or alive? Hangings are common in the city as the British tighten their hold on citizens and demand their alliance. Her brother might be dead or have been taken prisoner, subjected to horrors at the hands of cruel guards and housed in deplorable conditions. Under threat of grave danger, Sophia and her father promote the patriotic cause, but in secret because they’ve been forced to take in a guest — a higher-up with the British army, a dashing young man that Sophia becomes attracted to, full well knowing he’s the enemy, yet falling victim to his charms. Ashamed of her feelings, Sophia proceeds with her undercover activities, and agrees to serve as a spy, gathering information from the officer and finally uncovering a plot that could spell disaster for America. Based on an actual event, and peopled with real historical figures “Sophia’s War” features an admirable girl with grit who does the right thing, despite her heart.

Thanksgiving Facts Throughout History • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States. • Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday. She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb” • Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving. • The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.

• In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season. • Congress passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year. • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

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Though it is set at the height of the Civil War, “Lincoln” is, in reality, a fairly quiet movie. Under the direction of Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis turns in a complex, multi-layered interpretation of the 16th President of the United States. The story opens in January 1865, a time when Lincoln lobbied hard for passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Though his Emancipation Proclamation made great strides two years earlier, President Lincoln wants to eliminate slavery completely in the United States. Lincoln’s honesty is legendary, but if the events in this movie are true, “Honest Abe” was not above making deals to get the votes he needed to pass his resolution. He also was prone to fits of anger and frustration as the Civil War weighed heavily on his broad shoulders . History typically paints Abraham Lincoln with broad, heroic strokes, but Spielberg’s “Lincoln” humanizes him. While in character, Daniel Day-Lewis shows the man’s penchant for storytelling that sometimes drove his colleagues to distraction. Lincoln also was devoted to son Tad (Gulliver McGrath), allowing him the run of the White House. “Lincoln” also boasts an incredibly rich supporting cast. Sally Field turns in a fine performance as the troubled Mary Todd Lincoln. Though bothered by headaches, the First Lady helps interpret her husband’s dreams. Mrs. Lincoln also could turn on the charm at times at White House functions. There are times, though, when she and her husband are at odds behind closed doors. Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves mention for his portrayal of Robert Todd Lincoln, the oldest child in the family. While Tad was the apple of his eye, Robert and President Lincoln clashed at times, especially when the young man wanted to enlist in the Union Army. Arguably, Tommy Lee Jones steals the show as Thaddeus Stevens, a famous Republican abolitionist. Stevens was legendary

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for his quick wit and cutting remarks, and Jones rises to the task. In Spielberg’s vision, the House of Representatives was a battleground during the Civil War, and Stevens ruled his faction with a sharp tongue and an iron fist. In the hands of Spielberg and Daniel-Day Lewis, history comes alive in “Lincoln” and sheds a new light on a legendary figure. In a long but watchable film, Abraham Lincoln comes across a strong man forced to make hard choices for the greater good. It is, appropriately enough, a very honest and heartfelt portrayal. “Lincoln,” rated PG-13 for an intense sequence of war violence, some images of carnage and brief strong language, currently is playing in local theaters.

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Keep a Journal? Nah. Just skip it. Many people, including our priest, Fr. Joe Kempf, advocate the use of a journal. Not in the sense of keeping track of daily events…although if you have that kind of discipline, go for it! If nothing else, journals are great pick-me-ups on those days when the kids are screaming, the political poll-takers seem to only know one number (yours!), and everyone in the neighborhood has a reason to ring your doorbell. No…the type of journal Fr. Joe mentioned was a thankfulness journal. So what got me going on this? Did I experience some great epiphany? Not really. Did some family near miss make me drag out my notebook and start keeping the journal? No. Was I guilted into it by my mother? Thankfully, no. I have my precious daughter, Samantha, to thank. She skipped. Not as in skipping a stone across a pond (although something that simple is definitely worth entering into a journal), and not skipping school or church or any important event. She just skipped. You know, one foot in front of another with a little hop thrown in for good measure. I watched her at the park, as we made our way down a hill. I walked. Actually, I lumbered. It was not a particularly hot day…I just wasn’t in any hurry to get to the bottom of the hill. “Come on, Mom!” Sam invited. “Skip with me!” Are you kidding? I thought to myself. I haven’t skipped since I was … her age. Then I figured what the heck. Sure, there were teenagers there who snickered at the 47 year-old woman thoroughly making a fool of herself skipping, but as I grabbed my girl’s hand, all doubt and fear of rejection left my body. We skipped. All the way down the hill. Somehow, I was not completely out of breath when we reached the bottom. (I won’t lie – I needed to sit down for a minute. But at least I didn’t keel

Recipe:

Cheers to a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

(Family Features) It can be challenging to eat right during the holidays, especially when the entire season seems filled with hearty meals, rich dishes and sweet treats.

While it’s okay to moderately splurge before kick-starting the New Year with a healthy diet, it’s important to build momentum prior to January 1 by making smart dietary decisions over the holidays to ensure a healthy immune system during the winter months and increased energy for burning off those extra calories. Drink to Your Health A simple way to enjoy a healthy holiday season and New Year is to start each day with a nutrient-rich beverage packed with essential ingredients that produce increased energy levels, decreased cravings for seasonal junk foods, and greater overall wellness.

Whether it’s a nourishing morning pick-me-up or a mid-day energy and immunity boost, these nutritious and delicious recipes from NutriBullet will help ensure a healthy holiday season and put you on the right track to wellness in the New Year. The NutriBullet emulsifies healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains into their most easily digestible state. Learn more at www.nutribullet. com. Nutrient Know-How How many times have you read a list of nutrients on a food label, but not really known how each works to benefit your body? Following are some nutrient quick tips so you’re better informed during your next trip to the market. Calcium - Essential for healthy teeth and bones; also important for muscle, nerve and some gland functions. Iron - Necessary for healthy blood and normal cell functioning. Magnesium - Needed for healthy bones; also involved in more than 300 enzymes. Potassium - Helps maintain healthy blood pressure.

Sniffle Snatcher

Cranbanana Blast

A tasty combination of vitamin C-rich ingredients, cayenne to reduce congestion, and rosemary to reduce inflammation and soothe a sore throat.

Filled with heart-healthy nutrients and anti-viral properties, cranberries blend well with bananas and dates for a tart-sweet treat.

Ingredients: - 1 cup kale - 1 carrot - 1 pear (cored and seeds removed) - 1/2 cup cubed pineapple - Dash of cayenne pepper - Dash of fresh rosemary Directions: Add water to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

over.) When do we start worrying about what others will think? When do we stop doing things just for fun? Last night I sat down in front of my nightstand (knowing my bones would creak and pop the instant I tried to stand up), and dug through the pictures and papers stuffed in the drawer. After a minute or two, I found a brand new journal. What better time to start such a journal than on or near Thanksgiving? The point of a thankfulness journal is to write down, at the end of each day, three things for which you are thankful. The tricky thing is you’re not supposed to repeat the same stuff day after day. Most people tend to start out with the big stuff – thankful for husbands or wives, or children or a wonderful mother-in-law (I slid that one in pretty good, didn’t I?). Pretty soon, though, one is required to put some real thought into the journal, and keep up with it, even when there are days when it seems there is nothing to be thankful for. Here goes my first entry. First? Skipping. I’m thankful for skipping. Second…my daughter who reminded me that it’s the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. Third…well, since the first two were much more prolific and poetic than I needed to be in the very first journal entry, I decided to come back down to Earth. So third is the chocolate bar I consumed the night before. Every once in a while you have to be thankful for chocolate.

Ingredients: - 1 cup spinach - 1 ripe banana (peeled) - 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries - 2 dates Directions: Add water or almond milk to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

Vitamin A - Helps keep eyes and skin healthy; also helps protect against infections. Vitamin C - Helps heal cuts and wounds; helps keep teeth and gums healthy, and helps iron absorption. Folate (folic acid) - Helps the body form red blood cells. Fiber - Helps reduce blood cholesterol and may lower risk of heart disease. How Much Is a Cup? To help you gauge how much produce you’re eating, here’s a quick look at what equals a cup: - 1 small apple - 1 large banana - 1 medium grapefruit - 1 large orange - 1 medium potato - 2 large or 3 medium plums - 12 baby carrots - 1 small wedge watermelon - 8 large strawberries - 2 large stalks celery - 1 medium pear

Sweet Potato Pick-Me-Up Complex carbs from the sweet potato will provide sustained energy, and cinnamon keeps blood sugar balanced. Ingredients: - 1/2 cooked sweet potato (skin on) - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - Pinch cinnamon - Pinch nutmeg - 1 cup ice cubes

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Directions: Add almond or coconut milk to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

Flu Fighter Vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-bacterial ginger help keep the immune system at its peak during the winter months. Ingredients: - 1/2 cup spinach - 1/2 cup Swiss chard - 1/4 cup parsley - 1 kiwi (peeled) - 1/2 lime (peeled) - 1 banana (peeled) - 1/2 bell pepper (seeds and stem removed) - 1 inch fresh ginger root (peeled) Directions: Add water to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

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Shelly Schneider

Keep a Journal? Nah. Just skip it. Many people, including our priest, Fr. Joe Kempf, advocate the use of a journal. Not in the sense of keeping track of daily events…although if you have that kind of discipline, go for it! If nothing else, journals are great pick-me-ups on those days when the kids are screaming, the political poll-takers seem to only know one number (yours!), and everyone in the neighborhood has a reason to ring your doorbell. No…the type of journal Fr. Joe mentioned was a thankfulness journal. So what got me going on this? Did I experience some great epiphany? Not really. Did some family near miss make me drag out my notebook and start keeping the journal? No. Was I guilted into it by my mother? Thankfully, no. I have my precious daughter, Samantha, to thank. She skipped. Not as in skipping a stone across a pond (although something that simple is definitely worth entering into a journal), and not skipping school or church or any important event. She just skipped. You know, one foot in front of another with a little hop thrown in for good measure. I watched her at the park, as we made our way down a hill. I walked. Actually, I lumbered. It was not a particularly hot day…I just wasn’t in any hurry to get to the bottom of the hill. “Come on, Mom!” Sam invited. “Skip with me!” Are you kidding? I thought to myself. I haven’t skipped since I was … her age. Then I figured what the heck. Sure, there were teenagers there who snickered at the 47 year-old woman thoroughly making a fool of herself skipping, but as I grabbed my girl’s hand, all doubt and fear of rejection left my body. We skipped. All the way down the hill. Somehow, I was not completely out of breath when we reached the bottom. (I won’t lie – I needed to sit down for a minute. But at least I didn’t keel

Recipe:

Cheers to a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

(Family Features) It can be challenging to eat right during the holidays, especially when the entire season seems filled with hearty meals, rich dishes and sweet treats.

While it’s okay to moderately splurge before kick-starting the New Year with a healthy diet, it’s important to build momentum prior to January 1 by making smart dietary decisions over the holidays to ensure a healthy immune system during the winter months and increased energy for burning off those extra calories. Drink to Your Health A simple way to enjoy a healthy holiday season and New Year is to start each day with a nutrient-rich beverage packed with essential ingredients that produce increased energy levels, decreased cravings for seasonal junk foods, and greater overall wellness.

Whether it’s a nourishing morning pick-me-up or a mid-day energy and immunity boost, these nutritious and delicious recipes from NutriBullet will help ensure a healthy holiday season and put you on the right track to wellness in the New Year. The NutriBullet emulsifies healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables and grains into their most easily digestible state. Learn more at www.nutribullet. com. Nutrient Know-How How many times have you read a list of nutrients on a food label, but not really known how each works to benefit your body? Following are some nutrient quick tips so you’re better informed during your next trip to the market. Calcium - Essential for healthy teeth and bones; also important for muscle, nerve and some gland functions. Iron - Necessary for healthy blood and normal cell functioning. Magnesium - Needed for healthy bones; also involved in more than 300 enzymes. Potassium - Helps maintain healthy blood pressure.

Sniffle Snatcher

Cranbanana Blast

A tasty combination of vitamin C-rich ingredients, cayenne to reduce congestion, and rosemary to reduce inflammation and soothe a sore throat.

Filled with heart-healthy nutrients and anti-viral properties, cranberries blend well with bananas and dates for a tart-sweet treat.

Ingredients: - 1 cup kale - 1 carrot - 1 pear (cored and seeds removed) - 1/2 cup cubed pineapple - Dash of cayenne pepper - Dash of fresh rosemary Directions: Add water to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

over.) When do we start worrying about what others will think? When do we stop doing things just for fun? Last night I sat down in front of my nightstand (knowing my bones would creak and pop the instant I tried to stand up), and dug through the pictures and papers stuffed in the drawer. After a minute or two, I found a brand new journal. What better time to start such a journal than on or near Thanksgiving? The point of a thankfulness journal is to write down, at the end of each day, three things for which you are thankful. The tricky thing is you’re not supposed to repeat the same stuff day after day. Most people tend to start out with the big stuff – thankful for husbands or wives, or children or a wonderful mother-in-law (I slid that one in pretty good, didn’t I?). Pretty soon, though, one is required to put some real thought into the journal, and keep up with it, even when there are days when it seems there is nothing to be thankful for. Here goes my first entry. First? Skipping. I’m thankful for skipping. Second…my daughter who reminded me that it’s the simple things in life that bring the greatest joy. Third…well, since the first two were much more prolific and poetic than I needed to be in the very first journal entry, I decided to come back down to Earth. So third is the chocolate bar I consumed the night before. Every once in a while you have to be thankful for chocolate.

Ingredients: - 1 cup spinach - 1 ripe banana (peeled) - 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries - 2 dates Directions: Add water or almond milk to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

Vitamin A - Helps keep eyes and skin healthy; also helps protect against infections. Vitamin C - Helps heal cuts and wounds; helps keep teeth and gums healthy, and helps iron absorption. Folate (folic acid) - Helps the body form red blood cells. Fiber - Helps reduce blood cholesterol and may lower risk of heart disease. How Much Is a Cup? To help you gauge how much produce you’re eating, here’s a quick look at what equals a cup: - 1 small apple - 1 large banana - 1 medium grapefruit - 1 large orange - 1 medium potato - 2 large or 3 medium plums - 12 baby carrots - 1 small wedge watermelon - 8 large strawberries - 2 large stalks celery - 1 medium pear

Sweet Potato Pick-Me-Up Complex carbs from the sweet potato will provide sustained energy, and cinnamon keeps blood sugar balanced. Ingredients: - 1/2 cooked sweet potato (skin on) - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - Pinch cinnamon - Pinch nutmeg - 1 cup ice cubes

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Directions: Add almond or coconut milk to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

Flu Fighter Vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-bacterial ginger help keep the immune system at its peak during the winter months. Ingredients: - 1/2 cup spinach - 1/2 cup Swiss chard - 1/4 cup parsley - 1 kiwi (peeled) - 1/2 lime (peeled) - 1 banana (peeled) - 1/2 bell pepper (seeds and stem removed) - 1 inch fresh ginger root (peeled) Directions: Add water to the max line of the large cup, and blast.

www.ofallonnutrition.com

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Sports

Gary Baute

Guns ‘N Hoses TONIGHT-Thanksgiving Eve ***Blue vs Red Boxing Tonight, Wednesday November 21 at the Scottrade Center will be the site for the premier boxing matches. Money raised from the event go to The BackStoppers, an organization that provides immediate financial aid and long-term financial and other support to the families of Police Officers and Firefighters who lose their lives in the line of duty. Grey Eagle Distributors and Budweiser have been title sponsors of Guns ‘N Hoses since the event began in 1987. It will feature 17, three-round boxing matches between area Police Officers and Firefighters. The men and women who participate, train vigorously months before the event. To purchase tickets, go to http://www.stlgunsandhoses.com/Tickets.html. ~~~Great excuse to dress up St. Louis Sports Hall Of Fame 2012 Class ***Great Memories from All President of the Sports Hall Of Fame Greg Marecek coordinated an event that brought together many athletes that had touched many of us in a variety of sports. Randy Gardner Enshrinement Video Master, put together an excellent CD and yours truly interviewed several of these icons that included: Ken Boyer-Baseball, Teri Clemens-Volleyball, Don Coryell-Football, Bob CostasMedia, Jim Edmonds-Baseball, David Gall-Horse Racing, Harry Gallatin-Basketball, Glenn Hall-Hockey, Jim Hanifan-Football, Dr. Richard Lehman-Sports Medicine, Dr. Stan London-Sports Medicine, Orlando Pace-Football, Bill Seebold-Power-boat Racing, Al Trost-Soccer. ~~~Lot of flash backs Basketball Season In Full Swing ***At Lindenwood University’s Hard Court The Lindenwood men and women’s basketball teams are in full swing for the 2012-

13 seasons. Both the men and the women opened up their respective seasons at home on November 9. The Lions defeated Greenville by a 95-62 and the Lady Lions defeated Fontbonne by a 92-57 score. Senior Alex Bazzell led the Lions in the Greenville contest with 18 points. The men then hosted Westminster on November 13 and defeated the Blue Jays 78-45. Freshman Tori Kuhn made a huge impact in collegiate debut, scoring a floor-high 18 points. Julie Hlinak contributed 15 points and led the team in rebounds with eight. The Lady Lions were in Florida this past weekend and are set to host Missouri-St. Louis on December 1 at 1 p.m. Both teams will start the conference season on December 5 at Northwest Missouri. The women are scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 p.m. and the men at 7:30 p.m. in Maryville, Mo. ~~~Thanks to Jen Lawson, Sports Information-Graduate Assistant of Lindenwood WANTED: Professional Indoor Football Players ***Sunday November 25th at the Family Arena The Missouri Monsters professional football organization will play in the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) starting the first quarter of 2013 at the Family Arena in St. Charles. The team will be holding open player tryouts on Sunday November 25th at the Family Arena and is open to the public to anyone 18 years old or older. This combine will be testing style, individual position, group and many other drills. A discount is offered to the potential players if you register by certain dates. Running the locally are Howard Balzar Senor Vice President of Oerations, Jeff Vernetti Senior Vice President of Marketing, John Parker Head Coach and Scott Johnson Sales Manager. The Monsters are also looking for assistance in the front office. To get all the details, go to http://uiflmonsters.com ~~~Strut your stuff

Blueprint to Save More Lives Rolls out New Fatality Goal Focusing on fatality reduction, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety boldly rolled out a new goal of

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700 or fewer fatalities by 2016 at the Blueprint to Save More Lives Conference held in Branson. In addition to the aggressive new goal, the group pledged to work toward an eventual goal of zero roadway deaths. “We’ve been very successful in meeting our goals since the inception of the coalition”, said Leanna Depue, executive committee chair for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “We’re all committed and we will work very hard toward the new goal.” Missouri is one of nine states able to boast of six straight years of declining fatality totals. It is one of ten states that experienced more than a 35 percent reduction in fatalities between 2005 and 2011, and one of three states with more than 2,000 fewer traffic fatalities since 2005. Missouri is also the only state in the nation to have achieved all three of these accomplishments. National keynote speakers engaged conference attendees with messages to educate and enlighten them on highway safety initiatives. Workshops offered included distracted

driving, impaired driving, occupant protection, older drivers, commercial motor vehicles, motorcycle safety, pedestrians and young drivers. Highway Safety Heroes were recognized with an awards luncheon which honored prestigious statewide and regional awards to those who have substantially advanced highway safety in Missouri. Statewide award recipients included the St. Louis Region Arrive Alive Award - Highway Safety Unit, St. Louis County Police Department. Historically, the Blueprint identified strategies having the greatest potential to save more lives and reduce serious injuries. In 2012, the strategies are known as the Necessary Nine. Aggressive implementation of the Necessary Nine represents the greatest opportunity to save more lives. By passing a primary safety belt law, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 63 additional lives would be saved each year. Expanding the number of miles of shoulders with rumble stripes, as well as the number of curves with safety improvements, should also lead to more lives being saved. For more information on Missouri’s Blueprint to SAVE MORE LIVES, please visit www.saveMOlives. com. ARRIVE ALIVE.

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Camps for Kids and Their Families (Family Features) Every kid deserves the chance to be a kid – to laugh, play, explore and just have fun. But for kids with serious illnesses, those typical kid experiences can be hard to come by. That’s why, in 1988, Paul Newman founded a camp where sick kids could just be kids. Today that vision has grown to become SeriousFun Children’s Network, a nonprofit community of camps that let children and their families discover joy and confidence – free of charge. There are 29 camps and programs across the United States and around the world. Each one is designed to create positive, recreational experiences that help children reach beyond the limits of their medical conditions. The kids that attend a SeriousFun camp have fun – but they also come away with much more. An ongoing study by the Yale School of Medicine has found that these camp experiences have a profound and long-lasting impact on kids who attend. They are able to build important connections that help them become more resilient and that support their growth in the face of challenges. They get a renewed sense of childhood and a hope for the future. Kids are cared for by trained staff members and volunteers, and there are also doctors and nurses available to provide medical care during their stay. Activities and programs are designed to let kids have fun while also challenging them. Activities vary at each camp, but can include archery, arts and crafts, boating, fishing, horses, music, nature and discovery, theatre, climbing walls and zip lines, as well as campfires, carnival nights, scavenger hunts and more. You can help carry on Paul Newman’s legacy of providing children with serious illnesses with a place to really feel like children. If you know of a child who could benefit from some serious fun like this, or would like to find out how to donate or volunteer, visit www. seriousfunnetwork.org.

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JDRF and Build-A-Bear Workshops® A Furry and Fabulous Partnership Celebrating November - Diabetes Awareness Month - and the renewed partnership between JDRF and Build-ABear ® Workshop are Marie Davis, Executive Director JDRF Greater Missouri and Southern Illinois Chapter and Matt Oldani, Manager, Bear Foundations. Marie is proudly holding the Proclamation issued to JDRF by County Executive Charlie A. Photo by Dave Myers Dooley. Since 2003 Build-A Bear Workshop has raised more than $730,000 for JDRF during November. “With corporate partners like Build-A-Bear Workshop, JDRF continues to be the largest global charitable supporter of T1D (type 1 diabetes) research. Just here in Missouri, diabetes affects 10.2% of the adult population. JDRF is committed to improving the lives of people with diabetes while we search for a cure,” said Marie Davis. Visit www.jdrf.org to learn more.

November is Diabetes Awareness Month What everyone should know about diabetes: Common symptoms: • Excessive thirst and appetite • Increased urination (sometimes as often as every hour) • Unusual weight loss or gain • Fatigue • Nausea, perhaps vomiting • Blurred vision • In women, frequent vaginal infections • In men and women, yeast infections • Dry mouth • Slow-healing sores or cuts JDRF offers education, support and encouragement for adults and children diagnosed with T1D and their families. We have volunteer opportunities all year so you can make a difference for an hour or a day. For more information contact JDRF at 314.729.1846 or www.jdrfstl.org. Hope and help are a phone call away.

O’Fallon resident, Dr. Robert W. Smith, Senior Medical Director of UnitedHealthcare and his Mascot and associate, Dr. Health E. Hound salute JDRF – the global, charitable leader in financing the research to treat, cure and prevent diabetes.

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November 24: Craft Fair 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at St. John’s U.C.C. Cappeln (60 St. Johannes Lane. 2 ½ miles west of New Melle on Highway D.) Featuring a wide variety of crafts & creations. Lunch will be available throughout the day, including homemade potato soup, homemade vegetable soup, chicken salad sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, chili dogs, nachos, dessert & drinks. Info: Loretta Micke at 636.828.5452 or Hazel Roever at 636.828.5698. Proceeds will benefit our Building Care Fund. December 1: Charity Wine Tasting 4 p.m. - 9 p.m at Hope Lutheran Church. Over 70 different premium wines & microbrews. Complimentary appetizers & non-alcoholic beverages available. 50/50 raffle & live music. Childcare available on site for small fee. Proceeds support Hope’s many charities. Tickets $20 pp. Each ticket purchase allows you to sample 8 different wines. Must be 21 to purchase tickets. Visit www.hopelutheranelca.org to purchase your tickets today! December 2: 17th Annual Service of Lessons and Carols 7 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church and

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School (3866 Harvester Road, St. Charles, MO). Celebrate the holiday season with scripture and song. Pre-service music begins at 6:40 p.m. Info: www.zionharvester.org or Mark Thoelke at 636.441.7425. December 8: Birthday Party for Jesus 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at New Life Church, 1083 Cool Springs Industrial Drive, O’Fallon, Mo. Lunch, (Chick Fil-A), Christmas craft activities, photos in the manger scene, Christmas wreath raffle and a visit and reading of the Christmas Story from a “Special Guest in a Red Suit.” Children 10 and under free. Ages 11 and older: $10 per person. Info: www.ourladysinn. org or call Betsy Beauparlant at 636.398.5375. 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 ARPstln@hotmail.com. Operation Backpack - United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food search program to provide food to at-risk children over the

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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

November 27: Christmas Concert 7:30 p.m. at Harvest Ridge Elementary School gym (1220 Harvest Ridge Drive, St. Charles, Mo 63303). The After Hours Community Band. Free. November 28: UMSL Master of Science in Nursing Informational Meeting 6-7:30 p.m. at St. Charles Community College, Room 205 in the Student Center. Meet program coordinators, faculty and academic advisors. Info: 636.936.8675. November 30: Heartland Humane Society of Missouri Trivia Night At the Elk’s Lodge in O’Fallon, MO. Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20/person. Tables are $160. Every penny will go directly to the care of abandoned or unwanted dogs and cats. For info, or to view available cats and dogs in need of loving homes, visit www.hhsrescue.org. For info on Trivia Night, call Heartland at 636.922.0569.

December 2: New Town at St. Charles Residents’ Christmas House Tour 1-5 p.m. $10 cash-only tickets available at several New Town businesses. Proceeds benefit New Hope Food Pantry and Oasis Food Pantry. 11 homes on the tour. Meet at the Town Hall. Info: Linda at 314.330.2738. December 2: Christmas Bazaar for Jackson Berry 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the St. Charles Moose Lodge (2705 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63302) Vendors Include: It Works, Sentsy, Pampered Chef, Premiere Design Jewelry, Mary Kay, Party Lite, Initials, Tupperware, 31 Bags, Perfectly Posh, Mia Bella Candles, Teagers Treasures Bows and Hats, Stella & Dot, Tastefully Simple, Assorted Crafts. December 2: St. Peters Choral Society 22nd Annual Holiday Concert 2 p.m. at the Fort Zumwalt South High School Auditorium (8050 Mexico Road, St. Peters, Mo). A variety of arrangements of familiar Christmas melodies will put you in the holiday spirit. Come enjoy a great musical experience! Free. The Auditorium is handicap accessible. Info: 636.978.8404, 636.447.5341 or www.stpeterschoralsociety.org. December 6: Holiday House Tour 6-9 p.m. Presented by the Cottleville/Weldon Spring Rotary Club. Benefits the Rotary Amphitheater and The Rotary Foundation’s worldwide polio eradication efforts. $20/person. Tickets may be purchased in person from Commerce Bank at 94 Crossing or Cottleville City Hall. To order by mail, send a check payable to Rotary Club, PO Box 246, Cottleville, MO 63338 (must be received by Nov. 29). Info: 636.447.8446 or 314.378.7888. December 14: Chillin’ with Santa at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 6-9 p.m. Spend the evening “chillin” with Santa and his elves. Family swim, crafts, games & activities. Free for members, $5/family for non-members. 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 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. Join us every week to work on quilts “One Stitch at a Time” for local charities. Anybody welcome, no sewing experience required. 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 Tuesday & Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 pm., Thursdays 7-7:55 p.m. Any level. Info: 636.928.1928. 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 facility. Info: 636.272.1945 or www.vfwpost5077.org.

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www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • November 21, 2012 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 always welcome!

Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). No games Easter weekend & Christmas. $3,600 in cash prizes each week. Progressive game, Derby tickets, pull-tabs, 505/50, bar & food. Info: www.wentzvillefleamarket.org, www.facebook.com/ wentzville-community-club.

Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45 a.m. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: www.ofkiwanis. com.

Now - December 5: LIVESTRONG at the O’Fallon Family YMCA Trained instructors will lead small groups to help cancer survivors improve daily functional ability. The program will focus on reducing the severity of treatment side effects, preventing unwanted weight changes and improving energy levels and self-esteem. • Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Info/intake interview: Kristi Bradley at 636.379.0092.

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 great opportunity to teach our children how to play and share while in a welcoming environment. Info: Andrea Crislip at 314.479.0306 or andreacrislip@gmail.com, or visit www.lslmothersclub.com. 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: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30 a.m. in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750.

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at 636.928.1928 or the O’Fallon YMCA at 636.379.0092 to register. Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) Includes a series of three classes over a three- to four- month period held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. DSMT is available with a doctor’s order. Info: 636.949.9600 or Patty Shelton at 636.947.5573. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) A nutritional diagnostic therapy and counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center for disease management with a licensed, registered dietitian. Available with a doctor’s order only. To register call 636.949.9600. Info: 636.947.5163. Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance, by appointment only. Must meet qualifications. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles, SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis, SSM St. Joseph Medical Park, 1475 Kisker Road in St. Peters, and SSM St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville, 500 Medical Drive in Wentzville. Info: 636.947.5617. Progress West HealthCare Center Events Free unless otherwise noted. Info/ registration: 636.344.2273 or www.progresswesthealthcare. org.

Every Saturday: Senior Singles 3 p.m. Dinner at 4 p.m. Upcoming dates: 12-1: Hibachi Grill (3801 Mexico Rd.), 12-8: Choy’s (8 Wentzville Ctr.), 12-15: Mr. Lucky’s (3603 N. St. Peters Pkwy) Info: Pat at 636.240.7898 or Wanda at 636.561.9100.

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November 27: Bone Density Screening 10 a.m.- noon [PWHC] December 4: What are you Made of? Body Composition Analysis 4-6 p.m. [PWHC] December 6: AARP Driver Safety Program 9 a.m.-1 p.m. [PWHC] Support Groups Every Monday: BILY (Because I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550.

1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30 p.m. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. For families/friends who want help understanding and coping with the death of a loved one. Registration: 314.SSM.DOCS

(776.3627). Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life 7 p.m. Support group. Free. St. Peters City Hall. 636.947.5304. 1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Info: metrostlouissia@gmail.com. • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11 a.m. 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636-561-1407. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8 p.m. 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.1407. 4th Tues: Diabetes Support Group 6:30-7:30 p.m. At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 Last Tues.: 7–8:30 p.m. HOPE (Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Support Group) Sponsored by SSM St. Joseph Health Cntr & SSM, at Harvester Christian Church, Rm CH–104, 2950 Kings Crossing. 636.928.7651, x. 115.

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Baby Giant Anteater Journeys Outdoors at Saint Louis Zoo

Walk on the wild side as you wander through the Saint Louis Zoo’s dazzling winter wildland, enjoying thousands of colorful lights and seasonal sounds at U.S. Bank Wild Lights. The exhibit is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 23 to December 23, and nightly December 26 to 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. You’ll be enchanted by whimsical light displays, including a snowflake flurry walk, the beautiful swan lake, poppin’ prairie dogs, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden and charming gingerbread village, flamboyant flamingos, numerous trees ablaze in lights and much more. Step into the sub-Antarctic, and go nose-to-beak with your waddling friends at Penguin & Puffin Coast. Then, warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectarium, where you’ll see colorful insects from around the world. Gather ‘round the fire to fluff your fur, warm your paws, and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivating animal stories by theatrical interpreters. Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel ($3). Slide along with “Happy Feet” at the 4D motion simulator ($3). Take a detour to Lakeside Cafe for dinner or snacks and hot chocolate. While listening to holiday music, kids can make a holiday craft to take home. On select nights, hear live performances by local choirs. Shop for a variety of unique gift ideas at Zoo gift shops and receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase; Zoo Friends members receive a 20 percent discount. Admission to Wild Lights is $5 per person; $4 for Zoo members (no passes). Children under 2 are free. Reservations are not required. Advance tickets may be purchased at www.stlzoo.org/wildlights or by calling 314.646.4771. Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate of $4 per person by calling in advance. To order group tickets, call 314.646.4718 or email FSgroupsales@stlzoo.org. Parking will be available for free on the South Lot on Wells Drive near Highway 40. Enter the event through the South Entrance. The Living World North Entrance and North Parking Lot will not be open for this event. For more information, visit www.stlzoo.org, www.facebook. com/stlzoo or call 314.781.0900.

Draped across her mother’s back and blending in with the stripes and long hair is Sabia (pronounced sah-BEE-ya), a baby giant anteater born at the Saint Louis Zoo on August 14, 2012. She made her public debut with her mother on November 8 at River’s Edge. The viewing schedule for the anteater family is weather dependant and subject to change on a daily basis. With a long snout and blackand-white stripes, she’s a miniature version of her parents – mother Wendy, age 15, born at Phoenix Zoo and father Willie, age 11, born at Oklahoma City Zoo. She weighed just 3 pounds at birth. This is the second baby for the parents, whose first baby was born at the Zoo in 2005. Adult giant anteaters are the largest of the four anteater species and can grow up to be 50 inches long, plus 25 to 35 inches of fanlike tail. After a pregnancy of six months, anteaters give birth to a single baby. The small anteater nurses for six months and will Photos by Rachael Macy / Saint Louis Zoo stay with the mother for up to two years, until it reaches maturity. The newborn must learn to crawl up on the mother’s back to rest while mom looks for food. Adult giant anteaters will eat up to 30,000 ants in one day. The tongue of an anteater will extend up to two feet to capture their prey. Giant anteaters are in danger of extinction in the wild. They’ve disappeared from most of their historic range in Central America – victims of habitat loss. In South America, these animals are often hunted as trophies or captured by animal dealers. The Saint Louis Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the Zoo and River’s Edge is free. For more information and photos visit stlzoo.org, facebook.com/stlzoo, twitter.com/stlzoo and www.pinterest.com/stlzoo.

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CNSTC: Nov. 21. 2012