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Win $500 for shopping in St. Charles and St. Peters The Cities of Saint Charles and Saint Peters are proud to be the home of many outstanding businesses. The cities are hosting a shop local campaign known as Shopping with the Saints: Saint Charles, Saint Peters and Saint Nicholas. Shopping with the Saints is being promoted between the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce and the Cities of St. Charles and St. Peters. These two communities offer an array of shopping with numerous businesses and big box retailers throughout. What makes each community unique? In St. Charles it is historic Main Street with more than 100 locally owned shops. In St. Peters, it is Mid Rivers Mall which features numerous national retailers. Each compliments the other when it comes to shopping. When you shop, dine, and play locally, it helps generate additional sales tax dollars to support the many needs of our growing communities. Shopping with the Saints helps our businesses maintain a healthy local job market and ensure future business growth. Every dollar that is spent locally helps merchants to prosper, which allows them to provide jobs, pay taxes, and give support to local charitable organizations.

Remember, it’s not about how much you spend, it’s about where you spend it, especially now that work on the Blanchette Bridge has begun. This campaign was initiated in 2012 to remind residents, business owners and visitors to shop locally. “Last year,” said St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith,” we did not want to allow potential challenges associated with rehabilitation of the Blanchette Bridge to deter shoppers from enjoying the holiday season in our communities. Now that we’re beyond this major infrastructure project,” she continued, “we want to underscore the fact that retail businesses serve as a vital component to the economic base in our cities. For when all of us shop, dine and play locally, we’re collectively helping our business owners maintain a healthy, vibrant local job market.” If you do your holiday shopping in St. Charles and St. Peters, you could win one of two $500 cash prizes. To win, you do to do your shopping locally before December 30. Entries must be received by December 30, 2013 by 5pm. To enter, turn in three original receipts from three separate businesses in St. Charles and three original receipts from three separate businesses in St. Peters. No

photocopied receipts will be accepted. Multiple entries per person will be accepted. The official contest winner will be notified prior to the awards presentations. For official entry rules, visit www.gstccc.com/shoppingwiththesaints. For more information, please call 636.946.0633 or email info@GSTCCC. com.

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Around Town Holiday events from around the county and more good news and events Lincoln County Life The Greg Mix Scholarship

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Business Air Evac Lifeteam Reaccredited and more business news

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School Sister Cities Exchange Students and more school news

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Movie About Philomena, Steve Bryan writes, “The film has more truth and heart than most films released in 2013.”

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Sports and Learn & Play Local sport authority Gary B fills you in on the weekend’s sporting events.

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Recipes Chase Away Winter Chills with Pantry Meals

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What’s Happening the only events calendar you need to stay entertained all week long

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Over the Fence Joe Morice is to Community News readers what Wilson was to Tim Taylor: enjoy a fresh perspective from our in-house blue-collar philosopher.

Holiday Events Listing courtesy Christmas Traditions Breakfast with Santa (Ages 14 and under) December 14 – 9 am Blanchette Park – Memorial Hall Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us for this special occasion as we enjoy a lovely breakfast that will be served at 9 am. Shortly after breakfast Santa arrives to meet with your child and pose for pictures, so don’t forget your camera! After meeting Santa Claus, your child can take part in several festive Christmas crafts. The fee is $8 per person attending; spaces are limited and fill up fast. For more information or to register,

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please call 636.949.3372 or go online to www.stcharlesparks.com. Candlelight Christmas Concerts December 14 – 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm) Historic First Missouri State Capitol – 200 S. Main Street In the glow of the candlelit legislative chambers, musicians will perform traditional old. time songs indigenous to Missouri and the Midwest Region. The event atmosphere will get you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are $8 per person, sales begin November 29. For more information, please call 636.940.3322, email susan.p.love@dnr.mo.org, or visit www.mostateparks.com. Capitol by Candlelight December 13 – 6 to 9 pm Historic First Missouri State Capitol – 200 S. Main Street You will be surprised and delighted as period dressed interpreters lead you by candlelight through the fully restored First Missouri State Capitol building. Admission is $4 for adults and $2.50 for children. Tours last one hour and start at 6 pm and leave every 15 minutes until 9 pm. Reservations are

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needed. For more information, please call 636.940.3322, email susan.p.love@dnr.mo.org, or visit www.mostateparks.com. Christmas Candlelight Tour December 13 and 14 – Tours begin at 6 pm Daniel Boone Home – 1868 Highway F, Defiance Walk the candlelit path of time and experience Christmas as it was celebrated in the past. $10 for children, $15 for adults. For more information, please call 636.798.2005, email boonehome@lindenwood.edu, or visit www.danielboonehome.com. Christmas Lunch and Bingo (Ages 18 and up) December 17 – Noon to 3 pm Blanchette Park – Memorial Hall Kick off the Christmas season with an entertaining game of BINGO and delicious lunch. Join us for a festive afternoon with good food, holiday cheer and a visit from Santa Claus. Fee is $20 per person including lunch and BINGO; spaces are limited and fill fast. For more information, or to register, please call 636.949.3372 or visit www.stcharlesparks.com. Christmas Traditions with The Lennon Sisters December 15 – 2 pm Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts – 2300 West Clay For complete details and tickets, please call the Box Office at 636.949.4433, or visit www. lindenwoodcenter.com or www. telecharge.com. Christmas with The Lettermen December 13 – 8 pm, December 14 – 2 and 8 pm Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts – 2300 West Clay For complete details and tickets, please call the Box Office at 636.949.4433, or visit www. lindenwoodcenter.com or www. telecharge.com.

Exhibition: Toys Now thru January 17, 2014 – Tuesday thru Thursday 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 4 pm Foundry Art Centre – 520 N. Main Center An all media art exhibition depicting the world of toys, both old and new. For more information, please call 636.255.0270 or visit www.foundryartcentre.org. Holiday Children’s Camp December 15 – Noon to 3:30 pm Foundry Art Centre – 520 N. Main Center Afternoon drop.off camp of fun art.making activities. Children can make art to give as holiday gifts or decorate the house. Registration required. For more information, please call 636.255.0270 or visit www.foundryartcentre.org. Holiday Haberdashery December 14 – 5:30 to 9 pm Historic First Missouri State Capitol – 200 S. Main Street Peck Bros. Dry Goods and Hardware invites you to do some shopping by Candlelight for some 1820s period holiday offerings. Browse for items that residents on the Missouri Frontier would have shopped

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for in the Peck Bros. store. Don’t miss this rare, fun shopping experience for some one.of.a.kind items. For more information, please call 636.940.3322, email susan.p.love@dnr.mo.gov, or visit www.mostateparks. com. Immanuel Boar’s Head Festival December 13 – 7:30 pm, December 14 and 15 – 4 and 7:30 pm Immanuel Lutheran Church – 115 S. Sixth Street The Boar’s Head Festival has celebrated Christ’s birth from Medieval times. The Festival incorporates choirs, orchestra, and pageantry to share the joyous Christmas story. Reception following. For more information,

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please call 636.946.2656 or visit www.immanuelstcharles.org. Journey to Bethlehem December 14 and 15 – 5:30 to 9 pm Harvester Christian Church – 2950 Kings Crossing Take a journey back in time where you’ll encounter shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, and Magi as you make your way to Bethlehem to witness the birth of Jesus. Experience sights and sounds of the first century on a journey you won’t soon forget! For more information, please contact Kaycee Parker at 636.928.7651 or visit www.journeytobethlehem.org. Saint Charles County Symphony Christmas Concert December 15 – 6 pm (doors open at 5 pm) First Baptist Church of Saint Charles – 2701 Muegge Road The Saint Charles County Symphony presents an Evening of Christmas Music. Tickets are $10 each and will

Santa’s North Pole Dash and Children’s Snowman Shuffle (5K Run and 1.Mile Fun Walk) December 14 – 9 to 11 am Historic Saint Charles – Frontier Park Be one of the thousands of Santas as they run through Historic Saint Charles in this annual 5K run/walk. All participants receive Santa attire to wear during race. For more information, please call the Greater Saint Charles County Chamber of Commerce at 636.946.0633 or visit www.santasnorthpoledash.com. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas December 15 – Noon to 5 pm (each hour on the hour) Historic First Missouri State Capitol – 200 S. Main Street Hear the traditional story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas told by Mrs. Claus alongside a warm, glowing fire. Enjoy some hot cider and cookies with a delightful surprise visit from Santa himself. For more information, please call 636.940.3322, email susan.p.love@dnr. mo.gov, or visit www.mostateparks.com. Wishes and Wonders December 11 thru 14 – 5:30 to 9 pm, December 15 – 4 to 9 pm Grace Community Chapel – 7661 Mexico Road, St. Peters Wishes and Wonders is a multi-faceted event that includes a 1940’s set musical “The Christmas Post”, straight out of Norman Rockwell paintings! A town Historic Society including St. Charles County and WWII History. Make sure to visit the Main Street with pre-show ensembles, artists and carolers and a Town Pavilion featuring games and activities for elementary-aged children. There will also be a Christmas donation drive in partnership with The Salvation Army. For more, visit www.lwcs.us www.wishesnwonders.com.

go on sale in late October. Mail checks to: SCCS, PO Box 1637, St. Charles, MO 63302.1637. For more information, please visit www.scsymphony.us. Santa Paws! December 14 – Noon to 1 pm Blanchette Park – Memorial Hall All dogs are welcome to come get their picture taken with Santa Claus! Santa Claus will be handing out a bone treat and holiday scarf to each pup. Fee is $5 per dog and includes a printed picture, bone, and holiday scarf. For more information or to register, please call 636.949.3372 or visit www.stcharlesparks.com. Santa’s Little Helpers (Ages 3 – 14) December 14 – 10 am to 3 pm Blanchette Park – Memorial Hall Have your little helpers join us for a day of Christmas crafts, games, and movies! We will provide a day of fun Christmas activities along with a pizza lunch and holiday snacks! The program is designed to give parents the opportunity to shop, wrap gifts, bake, or just get some rest and relaxation before Santa comes to town! Fee is $15 per child. For more information or to register, please call 636.949.3372 or visit www.stcharlesparks.com.

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Local Market Open for Business Dave and Darrell Thies, owners of Thies Farm and Greenhouses, opened the St. Charles Market about a year ago for a few weeks and then for good in late March. In early summer, Caulks Hill Road was closed for construction. Caulks Hill Road is the main feeder road to Green Botton Road, where the market is located. Thies Farm customers don’t despair: the market can be reached from the west end of the bluffs at Pittman Hill Road or at the east end from Jungs Station Road. In December, Thies will be featuring poinsettias, Christmas cacti, and fresh cut Christmas trees. “We’ve got everything you need to winterize your yard. We’ll have fresh produce available. We have gift ideas, tools, gift cards, and fresh-baked pies and other baked goods,” Dave said. Thies Farm and Greenhouses St. Charles Market is located at 3200 Greens Botton Rd. Find them online at www.thiesfarm.com or call 636.447.2230.

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St. Charles Community College Student Alex Schnegelberger is the 2013 recipient of the scholarship education scholarship sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Harvester. Alex is planning on enter the field of Special Education. Pictured with Alex is Betsy Schneider, Director of Development, St. Charles Community College and John Wehmer, 2013-2014 president of the Kiwanis Club of Harvester. The Kiwanis Club of Harvester meets every Wednesday, 12-1pm at Fratelli’s Ristorante in Dierberg’s Bogey Hills Plaza, Zumbehl Road @ I-70. Guests are welcome.

Free Oil Changes for Single Mothers and Widows Christian Brothers Automotive’s mission is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The staff there believes that single mothers are especially challenged in many ways, including car care. “They have to do so much for their families that sometimes car maintenance slips through the cracks. Plus, the cost can add up. Our annual National Service Initiative is our way to give back to our neighbors and our community, and to show these hard-working women some extra love,” says Bobby Balchus. The center is offering free oil changes for single mothers and widows on Saturday, December 14 from 9am - 3pm. “We hope you’ll join us for this special event. If you know anyone who would benefit from a free oil change, please contact Christian Brothers Automotive, O’Fallon, for more information or to schedule an appointment,” says Leigha Balchus. Christian Brothers Automotive, O’Fallon is located at Hwy K and Mexico across from Lowe’s, 636.980.1770. You must www.thebarrelbar.net call to schedule an appointment.

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Firefighter’s Foundation Announces The Greg Mix Scholarship The Lincoln County Firefighter’s Foundation announces its first scholarship offering, in honor of Mr. Greg Mix, teacher, former district firefighter and the recent nationwide #MixMovement started by students at Troy Buchanan High School. Our Firefight-

ers salute TBHS students and Mr. Mix for their pride and courage. The Greg Mix Scholarship consists of two $1,000 scholarships available to Troy Buchanan High School Seniors for the 2013-14 school year. Seniors must have

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a 2.5 or greater GPA and submit an original three to five page paper in MLA or APA format titled, “A Detailed History Of The Fire Service.” Papers must be received by March 31, 2014. Students may mail or hand-deliver papers to: Lincoln County Fire Protection District #1, 700 East Cherry Street, Troy, MO 63379 ATTN: FIREFIGHTER’S FOUNDATION Two scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded to the two successful student candidates on May 1, 2014 after verification of GPA and grading of papers to include accuracy of content, references, grammar, spelling and plagiarism. Scholarship funds will be made payable to the student’s college or school.

Business Air Evac Lifeteam Bases Reaccredited by CAMTS Air Evac Lifeteam, the largest independently owned and operated air ambulance company in the United States, has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). The prestigious accreditation represents the highest standard for medical transport services. As part of the accreditation process, Air Evac Lifeteam vol-

untarily undertook the largest scale inspection and accreditation process in CAMTS’ history and is the largest medical transport program under one name to achieve this accreditation in the world. CAMTS is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services. To receive accreditation, a medical transport service must be in significant compliance with

the CAMTS accreditation standards and demonstrate a high level of overall quality in service. By participating in the voluntary accreditation process, service organizations can verify their adherence to quality accreditation standards to themselves, their peers, medical professionals and the general public. For more information about Air Evac Lifeteam, call 800.793.0010 or visit www.lifeteam.net

Motomart, Customers, Vendors and Employees Raise $30,000+ for Charity Two events recently held by MotoMart raised more than $30,000 for the Children’s Miracle

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Network and the American Cancer Society. MotoMart teamed with radio station “The Bull” and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis on a month-long promotion to collect more than $14,250 to benefit hospitalized children. Proceeds collected equally benefit St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. The promotion involved inwww.theclownsllc.com store, $1 donations by customers as well as the donation by MotoMart of a portion of all gasoline purchases made with the company’s Magic Wand Card. In addition, a golf tournament hosted by MotoMart for its vendors at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville benefited the American Cancer Society. With the support of its vendors and employees, MotoMart raised $15,275 for the national organization. Founded in 1955 and headquartered in Belleville, IL, MotoMart is a family-owned company that employs more than 800 people at over 70 convenience stores in Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota. For more information, please call 618.233.6754 or 800.873.3546 or visit www.mymotomart.com.


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Promotion Profile: Law Firm Brings a Client-Centered Approach to Legal Services Being an attorney means having a keen knowledge of Prosecuting Attorneys Office, advocating for the rights the law as well as requiring a certain amount of diligence of abused women. She currently provides pro bono legal and dedication. According to the partners at one area services to Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. law firm, having a client-centered attitude is also a necThe firm’s area of practice is predominately in the aressary component. eas of family and criminal law. Some of the other areas of “We pride ourselves on being practice are small business collecnon-traditional attorneys. We’re tions and personal injury. very client-centered and focused Whatever the reason on customer service,” said Amy for hiring an attorney, Stokes-Christiansen, one-half of the team at Corley and the Law Office of Corley and Christiansen in O’Fallon. Christiansen knows that selecting a lawyer, Between the two partners, they bring a varied legal especially for those who have never hired one and academic background as well as courtroom experi- before, can be an overwhelming experience. ence to their firm. “The most important thing when selectAs a former prosecutor, Wendy Corley has substantial ing a lawyer is making sure there is a good trial and courtroom experience. Corley worked for over fit between the client and the attorney,” said five years in the Lincoln County Prosecuting Attorney’s Stokes-Christiansen. Office where she managed a wide range of criminal and The firm offers a free initial consultation to civil cases. During that time, she prosecuted mostly felo- new clients, which serves as one way to enny cases including drugs, domestic violence, child abuse, sure attorney-client fit. According to Stokessex crimes, property crimes and DUI cases. Christian, equally as important as a good fit, Amy Stokes-Christiansen received her undergraduate is hiring a lawyer that can adjust their plan degree in criminal justice and psychology from the Uni- of action around the client’s needs and goals. versity of Missouri, where she graduated summa cum laude. She received her Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law, where she graduated cum laude. Throughout her law school career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, and was inducted into the Order of the Woolsack for graduating in the top ten percent of her class. In addition to her academic achievements, Stokes-Christiansen has worked with the St. Louis University Legal Advocacy Clinic and the St Charles County www.santasnorthpoledash.com

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“People should look for an attorney that is responsive to the client and one that will match their strategy to the client’s goals.” Corley and Christiansen is located at 2315 Technology Drive, Suite 119, O’Fallon. The firm also has an office in Troy as well, which is located at 124 Professional Parkway. For more information, call 636.336.0505.

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It Can Wait Essay Contest Dominique King of Springfield won the $500 prize in the It Can Wait essay contest, which encouraged drivers, teens in particular, to pledge not to text while they are driving. Dominique, a student at Study Alternative High School in Springfield, visited the office of the Missouri Press Association (MPA) in Columbia on November 19 to accept the prize from John Sondag, Photo courtesy of Missouri Press Association left, president of AT&T Missouri; Jim Robertson, editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune and MPA second vice president; and Doug Crews, executive director of MPA. AT&T sponsored the essay contest along with MPA and newspapers around the state. Dominique’s essay won a regional competition sponsored by the Springfield News-Leader. It then was judged against the winners of other regional contests.

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Pam Walker Wins Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award Each year the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program recognizes more than 100 educators—from kindergarten teachers to college professors—in the St. Louis metropolitan area who are examples of excellence in the field of education. Recipients are selected by the chief administrators of their school districts or educational institutions. This is the only public recognition event of this kind in the state of Missouri. Emerson, which has its world headquarters in St. Louis, has sponsored this program since 1989 as part of its commitment to promote quality education throughout the St. Louis area. This year Mrs. Pamela Walker was chosen for this award and attended an awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton.

Sister Cities German/Irish Exchange Students Last month German and Irish exchange students arrived at St. Charles West as part of the Sister Cities Exchange program. The German students explored the St. Louis Zoo, Forest Park, Laumeier Sculpture Park and Meramec Caverns. The Arch opened up just in time for them to view the city from above. They also took in the City Museum, Rec Plex and even dressed up for the first time at a Halloween Party. The Irish exchange students were from Carndonagh Community School in Carndonagh, Donegal, Ireland. They arrived on October 21 and stayed through October 31, and enjoyed many great adventures as well. There were 11 students, hosted in St. Charles West student homes, and two staff members, Roisín Diver, a Business Instructor and Owen (Top) Irish exchange students (Bottom) German exchange students McConway, a Deputy Vice Principal. The SCW students will be traveling to Germany and Ireland next year to complete the exchange. The exchange is sponsored by the St. Charles Sister Cities Program, Inc.

MoManufacturingWINs Partnership The Lewis and Clark Career Center and Linn State Technical College are proud to announce a new relationship built to launch a MoManufac-

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turingWINs Machine Tool program of study in St. Charles. St. Charles area manufacturing companies have expressed the need for highly skilled employees. Studies have shown there is an increase in various manufacturing industries throughout the country, including the state of Missouri, yet business leaders are lacking the skilled workers to help produce their products. Beginning in January 2014, Linn State will be utilizing the Lewis and Clark Career Center campus for the adult manufacturing program. Completers of the program can earn several certificates, including four from the National Institute of Metalworking, as well as Linn State’s Certificate of Completion. The current program is designed for adult students enrolled through Linn State Technical College. However, Lewis and Clark Career Center hopes to offer a manufacturing program for high school students during the 20142015 school year. For more information concerning the MoManufacturingWINs partnership between the Lewis and Clark Career Center and Linn State Technical College, please visit www.linnstate. edu/business/MoManufacturingWins.php or call Dr. Jeff Marion at 636.443.4032.

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“Philomena”

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who chafes at working on a simple human interest story. Based on Sixsmith’s novel The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, this small, quiet film packs quite a punch. As The Magdalene Sisters pointed out years ago, Ireland forced many young women to work in convents and abbeys as punishment for being “fallen women.” As more and more stories from these Magdalene laundries come to light, they show the harsh cruelty of this system. Judi Dench turns in one of her best performances in this film. Wanting to tell him that she didn’t abandon him, Philomena Photo courtesy of The Weinstein Company Lee spent decades looking for Anthony. Dench captures the spirit and heartbreak Truth, as the old saying goes, sometimes is stranger—and more heartbreaking—than fiction. Case in of the real Philomena beautifully in the story. Steve Coogan also is exceptionally good as journalpoint: Philomena, a wonderful little film from director Stephen Frears (The Queen). Actress Judi Dench turns ist/novelist Martin Sixsmith. Best known for broad comedy in films like Hamin an Oscar caliber performance as a mother desperately searching for her The film has more truth let 2, Coogan brilliantly downplays the humor in long-lost son. and heart than most the story. Coogan finds Dench plays Philomena Lee, an Irish Catholic woman who kept a se- films released in 2013. Sixsmith’s heart and humanity as the bitter truth cret from her family for decades. In 1952, a very young and single Philomena became preg- of Philomena’s past comes to light. Philomena may get lost as the new Hobnant by a handsome stranger at a carnival. Shunned and abandoned by her family, the young mother-to-be is turned over to the nuns at the Sean Rose Abbey. To pay for her room and board, Philomena must work long days in the laundry and is allowed just one hour per day with her son Anthony. To stay with the nuns, she also has to sign away her parental rights. One day, Anthony is adopted by a wealthy American couple, but Philomena is not allowed to say goodbye. Years later, with the help of journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), Philomena travels to the United States to find her now-grown son. The journey is eye-opening for both the heartbroken mother and www.ofallon.mo.us/business-map the somewhat cynical Sixsmith,

bit movie and the latest Ron Burgundy movie arrive in theaters, and that would be a crime. Though adapted for the big screen, the film has more truth and heart than most films released in 2013. It also teaches a lesson that audiences must not ignore or forget. Philomena, rated PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements, and sexual references, currently is playing in theaters. Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California, and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood theaters.

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Gary Baute Guns N Hoses Boxing/MMA a Great Success Guns ‘N Hoses held the 27th event at the Scottrade center to benefit BackStoppers on Thanksgiving Eve. The final numbers have been compiled, and the outstanding crowd made sure the BackStoppers organization was compensated. A 50/50 drawing piled up over $35,000 with a single winner taking home half the amount. The fire fighters dominated the outcomes as they took 10 of the 15 fights. Pari Stocker, fire fighter, was the lone female winner as her dad Mike Stocker coached her on in the corner. This marked the third fighter in the family to be part of the event as Mike’s son Chris has also fought in the past. Stocker is pictured below with winner Eric Hall of the St. Charles City Fire Department. Three Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights that were added to the card were very successful and enjoyed by more than 18,000 fans.

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Fire fighters winners included Pari Stocker, Eric Hall, Paul Birchfield, James D’Angelo, Chad Vancil, Chris Granda, Michael Barnes, Travis Tilton, Keith Skaggs and Andre Hopgood. The police officers that were successful included Jarret Abelov, Kevin Sanders, Ervin Lockhart, Jesse Carmack and Phillip Davis. Sir Smashington (pictured top) provided great emcee work as John Sanders and his son sat ringside (pictured bottom). Visit www.STLGunsNHoses.com for more details. *Exciting evening

Lindenwood Honored at Half Time at Chill Game The St. Charles Chill professional hockey club honored the Lindenwood University Roller Hockey and Shotgun Sport teams, two of the most dominant athletic programs in the country at the Family Arena recently. The Lindenwood Roller Hockey team, Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making coached by Ron Beilsten, the father of Chill sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all the digits 1 through 9. assistant coach J.P. Beilsten, won the 2013

National Championship, the ninth team championship since winning their first in 2002. Last spring, Lindenwood won its 10th-straight Association of College Unions International clay targets National Championship while winning individual championships in 10 different disciplines. Twentythree Lindenwood shooters made it to the medals podium. *Well deserved honor Indoor Soccer Player Gets Honors The St. Louis Ambush professional indoor soccer team plays in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) with their home field at the Family Arena. The St. Louis Ambush forward Odaine Sinclair has been named to the Major Indoor Soccer League’s Team of the Week for the third week of the regular season. Sinclair scored two consecutive goals in the last Saturdays of November contest against the Missouri Comets. Odaine helped spark the Ambush rally that forced that game into overtime. Sinclair leads the Ambush in total goals (5) and in points (11). Next home games are this Friday and Saturday. Go to www.StLouisAmbush.com for all the details. *Plenty of action Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted SportsRadioSTL.com, among many other activities. Currently he broadcasts a radio show on 590 ‘The Man’ and 1380 ‘The Woman.’

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier, by Hans Christian Anderson, retold by Cynthia Rylant. A new version of an old fairy tale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, by Hans Christian Andersen is lovingly retold by Cynthia Rylant and illustrated with modern brush strokes by Jen Corace. Love does conquer all, but not without some perils along the way. They were “co-hearts” from the start and shared a common trait. The tin soldier was made with only one leg, and the pretty ballerina balanced on only one. It was love at first sight in the playroom, where they first laid eyes on one another. Some people can’t stand to see others happy. In this case, a goblin is the nasty. He nips the blossoming romance in the bud, tossing the proud soldier out the playroom window. So begins the tin soldier’s perilous voyage on rushing waters, his vessel a paper ship that’s tossed about, delivering him into the belly of a great fish. He escapes, only to land back in the clutches of the goblin. Today’s fairy tales end with happily ever after — so don’t despair. In this one, the goblin doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Love wins out, “forevermore.”

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Turkey Green Bean Chili with Cheesy Corn Fritters Makes 6 servings • Prep Time: 30 minutes • Cook Time: 25 minutes

There’s nothing quite like a hearty, homemade meal to help warm up those cold winter nights. And with a well-stocked pantry – or “Cantry” – delicious meals, like Turkey Green Bean Chili and Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie, are just a few cans away. Because cans lock in foods’ freshness and nutrition, stocking up on staples like canned tomatoes, green beans, peas and canned chicken means that you have access to wholesome ingredients all winter long. Plus, the more cans you store in

your Cantry, the fewer last minute trips you have to make to the supermarket. So this season, when you’re searching for satisfying, heart-warming meals that you and your family can cozy up to, start by looking in your Cantry. For more recipe inspiration and to learn how you can get cooking with cans this winter and year round, visit www.Facebook.com/CansGetYouCooking, www.Pinterest.com/CansGetUCooking or www.YouTube.com/CansGetYouCooking.

Home-Style Chicken Pot Pie Makes 4 servings • Prep Time: under 15 minutes • Cook Time: 55 minutes Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1/2 cup diced onion 1/2 cup diced potato 1 (8.5-ounce) can peas and carrots, drained 1/4 cup sliced celery 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of chicken soup 1 (10-ounce) can VALLEY FRESH Chunk Chicken, drained 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crumbled 1/4 teaspoon ground sage 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 1 (15-ounce) box refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts) Ingredients: Chili: 1 pound ground turkey breast* 1 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped red bell pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 (14.5 oz. each) cans Del Monte Zesty Chili Style Diced Tomatoes, undrained 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 (14.5 oz.) can Del Monte Cut Green Beans, drained Corn Fritters: 1 (8.5 oz.) package corn muffin mix 1 large egg, beaten 2/3 cup milk 1 (8.75 oz.) can Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn, drained 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

Corn Fritters. For Cheesy Corn Fritters Combine muffin mix, egg, milk, corn and cheese in a large bowl. Heat oil in a very large skillet over medium heat. For each fritter, pour about 3 tablespoons of batter into hot skillet. Cook 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.** *If desired, substitute 3 cups chopped cooked turkey for cooked ground turkey breast. Add with tomatoes in Step 2. ** Keep cooked fritters warm in a 200°F oven while cooking the remaining fritters.

Directions: For chili Cook turkey, onion, bell pepper and garlic over medium heat in a large pot for 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is brown and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in tomatoes, water and cumin. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in green beans. Serve with Cheesy

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Send your event to editor@mycnews.com and we'll print it! EVENTS Now: Looking for Crisis Nursery Holiday Angels For the 2013 Holiday Hearts Campaign. Join our effort and grant holiday wish list items to deserving children and families in need. Supporters may choose to sponsor a family or purchase items off of the Crisis Nursery Holiday Wish List. www.crisisnurserykids.org or 314.292.5770. December 14: Handmade Marketplace Craft Show 9am - 4pm at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in Cottleville. Free and open to the public. Tina Sieker, 636.922.8314 or tsieker@ stchas.edu. December 14: The Ambassadors of Lake Saint Louis Bringing Christmas Cheer 2-4pm at Lowes in Hawk Ridge.

December 14-15: St. Robert Christmas Resale and Cookie Walk Saturday 7am - 5pm, Sunday 7am 12pm. 1424 South 1st Capitol Drive, St. Charles. Info: 636.724.2704. December 16: Helping Hands for the Holidays 4-7pm, Saint Charles Convention Center. For those in need. Free (no registration required). Holiday dinner buffet, food and personal care packet distribution, heath screenings, winter coat giveaway, photos with Santa and games for children, information from local community resources. To volunteer, email chyman@scmocc.com. Ongoing Events 1st Monday: Gardeners of St. Charles County Monthly Meeting 6:30pm. Location varies. 314.304.7480. 4th Monday: American Legion Post 388 Meets

6:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary Club Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. www.stpetersrotary.org. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Fitness First Exercise Classes 9:30-10:30am, American Legion Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314.369.6521. 1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden Society 6:30pm at the Kisker Road Library, 1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at 314.605.8563.

Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4pm Free. Quilt for local charities. No sewing experience required. Every Tuesday: Toastmasters Meeting 7 pm at the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon. Info: 636.379.2505. Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai Chi at the St. Charles County Family YMCA 8-9am & 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 636-928-1928. Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes 9-10am and 5:30-6:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Hall, New Melle. 314.369.6521.

2nd Tuesday: Show-me Stitchers Embroiderer’s Guild of America 7pm at the Ladue Chapel. Info: www. showmestitchers.com.

Every Wednesday: Active Older Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 10am Free. Bring a favorite snack to share. Anybody welcome.

4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden Club. 6:30pm at Sunrise Methodist Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd. Info: Barb at 636.978.5930.

Every Wednesday: Crossroads Cribbage Club 10am Meets at 1380 Boone St., Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379.

Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of St. Charles Noon - 1 pm at the Columns Banquet Center in St. Charles.

Every Wednesday: Men’s Golf League 5pm, tee off at 5:30 pm at Heritage of Hawk Ridge. www.lakesaintlouis.com, under the parks and recreation section.

Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo 6:45pm VFW Post 5077 sponsors, at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem. Pkwy., O’Fallon. 636.272.1945 or www.vfwpost5077.org. 1st & 3rd Wednesday: St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 7pm at Weldon Spring Site Remedial Action Project, 7295 Hwy. 94 South, St. Charles. Visitors welcome! Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of St. Peters 6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters). 636.328.4941. Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon 11:45am Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. Info: www.ofkiwanis.com. Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary Club Lunch Noon at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome. 636.980.1777. Every Thursday: Yoga at The St. Charles County Family YMCA 7-7:55pm Any level. 636.928.1928. 2nd & 4th Thursday: Alexander Chapter 242/Eastern Star St. Charles Masonic Lodge, 2051 Collier Corporate Parkway, St. Charles. 636.577.0056. Every Friday: Moms Play Group 10am at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306, andreacrislip@ gmail.com or www.lslmothersclub. com. Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry 3-8pm VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612. Every Saturday: Chess 8-11am or later in the food court at Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters. Every Saturday: Veterans Learn guitar for FREE 9:30am in Historic St. Charles. Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750.

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Every Saturday: Peaceful Puppy Mill Protest 11am - 12:30pm at Petland, 6131 Ronald Reagan Drive, Lake St. Louis. banmo.puppymills@yahoo.com. Every Saturday: Charity Bingo 6:30pm, doors open at 4pm. Wentzville Community Club (500 West Main, Wentzville 63385). www.wentzvillefleamarket.org or www.facebook.com/ wentzville-community-club. 1st & 3rd Saturday: St Peters Square Dance Club Dances 6:30pm. 1st United Methodist Church, 801 First Capital Dr. www.squaredancestcharles.com.

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www.mycnews.com • Community News - St. Charles County • December 11, 2013 2nd Sunday: Moscow Mills Lions Breakfast 7am - noon, September - April. Moscow Community Center, Hwy C. $7/ adult, $4/child, under 6 free. www.eclubhouse.org/sites/moscowmills. 2nd Sunday: The Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance 7pm. Blanchette Park, 1900 W Randolph St. www.squaredancestcharles. com. CHURCH December 14: Celtic Christmas Concert 7pm at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, 7400 South Outer 364. Chancel Choir with Celtic dancers and musicians. 636.561.4347 or www.dpc4u.org. December 14-15: Sacred Music for the Time of Christmas 5pm on Saturday, 4pm on Sunday. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Des Peres, 12345 Manchester Road. Free. 314.822.0447 or www.stpaulsdesperes. org. December 14-15: Christmas Cantata, Messiah-Part 1 7pm on Saturday, 4pm on Sunday. St. John United Church of Christ, 405 South Fifth St., St. Charles. www.stjohnucc.org. Northside Church of Christ Free Correspondence Bible Course: Call for more information, 636.293.5030.

counseling service held at SSM St. Joseph Health Center. Available with a doctor’s order only. Registration: 636.949.9600 Info: 636.947.5163. Free Mammogram Screenings SSM Health Care offers free mammogram screenings to women who have no health insurance. Appointments are available at SSM St. Joseph Health Center, 300 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles and SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, 100 Medical Plaza in Lake Saint Louis. Info: Karen at 636.947.5617. Diabetes Prevention Program Helping those at high risk for type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles to reduce chances of developing the disease. Held at participating YMCA’s throughout the St. Louis and St. Charles areas. This program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. Contact Joyce Hoth at 314-436-1177. Crisis Nursery Committed to preventing child abuse and neglect, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term, safe havens to children, birth through age 12, whose families are faced with an emergency or crisis. 24-hour helpline: 314.768.3201. Or 636.947.0600, www.crisisnurserykids.org

Support Groups Daily: 12 Step Recovery Club 204 G West Pittman, O’Fallon. Info: Mike at 636.240.1722 or www.212club. org. Every Monday: BILY (Because I Love You) Parent Support Group 7:30pm at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol Dr., St. Charles. For parents only. Free. Focus on teens/young adults who act out. Help Line 314.993.7550. 1st & 3rd Mondays: Sharing Losses Through Bereavement 1-2:30pm. at SSM Home Care & Hospice, 1187 Corporate Lake Drive. Registration: 314.776.3627. Every Mon.: Tobacco Free for Life Want to Quit Smoking? For support, call Ellen, register nurse at SSM St. Joseph Hospital, 636.947.5304. 1st Mon.: Better Breathers Club Those w/chronic lung disease. St. Joseph Health Cntr., 300 1st Capitol Dr., St. Charles. Free lunch. 636.947.5684. 3rd Monday: Walking for WellnessSTOP HEROIN Life After Loss Support Group 7-8:30pm at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Medical Office Building, 6 Jungermann Circle, Ste. 212, St. Peters.

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Discuss loss of your loved one and heal. 314.630.9222 or geevigna@charter.net. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. metrostlouissia@gmail. com. • 1st and 3rd Monday: 9:30-11am 500 Medical Dr in Wentzville; doctors dining room of St Joseph Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. • 2nd and 4th Tuesday: 6:30-8pm 2 Progress Point Parkway in O’Fallon, MO; 4th floor conference room of Progress West Hospital; contact 636.561.0389. 1st Tuesday: Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2pm at the Community Commons in Spencer Road Library. Info: Alicia Wildhaber at 636.926.3722. 4th Tues: Diabetes Support Group 6:30-7:30pm At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447 Every Wednesday: Co-Dependents (CODA) Anonymous Meeting 8pm, 2800 Elm St., St. Charles. Separate brick house behind church complex. Contact Julie at 636.397.8676. This meeting is for women only.

1st Wed: Missouri/Illinois Multiple Myeloma Support Group 10-11am at St. Joseph Medical Park: Education Room, 1475 Kisker Road, St. Charles. RSVP is appreciated at 636.447.9006 or hoss4twa@sbcglobal. net. 3rd Wed. 6:30–8 pm KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4–12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer. 1st Thursday: Nurses & Company Parkinson’s Support Group 1-2pm at Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe (228 Savannah Terrace, Wentzville) for those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Questions: Alicia Wildhaber with Nurses & Company at 636.926.3722. 1st Thurs: Conquer 6:30–7:30pm. Support Group for adults w/cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. 636.916.9920. 2nd Thurs: Support Group for Alzheimer’s 4pm. Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan, Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100.

Operation Backpack: United Methodist Church, Wentzville Food to at-risk children over the weekend. 636.327.6377 Every Tuesday: Ministry To Men: Men’s Introductory Bible Discussion Groups 7am at United Methodist Church, 725 N. Wall St., Wentzville. Groups are interdenominational and beginners as well as “old timers” are welcome. 636.698.5598 or 636.625.3447. 3rd Tuesday: Luncheon for Seniors 11am - 2pm at Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 1860 Lake St. Louis Blvd., 636.561.8951 2nd Wednesday: Noon Luncheon Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1515 Hwy T, Foristell, 636.673.2144.

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Reality Is www.mycnews.com in PDF When Community News suffered recession-induced lower ad income and higher costs of delivering printed editions, it added Internet publications in pdf. This way, the readers and advertisers could see it as it is in the print edition instead of websites full of noisy, irritating mouse-over activated videos and popup ads, not to mention a few too many grammatical and spelling errors. Joe Pulitzer must be rolling over in his grave. Publisher Huneke has my profound thanks for this wise decision. I often wondered why the big papers didn’t originally offer editions in pdf but then, most of them, including the Post-Dispatch, were bought up by monopolistic media corporations with questionable intentions. Besides the debilitating effects of micro management, it probably created better control of news items that might oppose political agendas laced with corporate profiteering. It’s a disease that has infested the entire country’s free enterprise system and bears similarities to cancerous tumors. Some claim media corporations provide more jobs for executives and their sycophants. Perhaps so, but they ignore executive cost-cutting decisions of laying off middle-income workers and sending what jobs they

can to starving countries. Then we have boardroom back-patting, executive bonuses, more golden-than-ever golden parachutes and repulsive websites that would make an Old Testament fundamentalist preacher cuss like a sailor—this while the print media becomes understaffed and the staff has morale similarities to Siberian slaves. Part of this cost-cutting scenario includes ridding the newspaper personnel of higher-paid employees with years of experience and knowledge of the business in favor of cheaper, recent-hires who, among other handicaps, can’t spell. They’re probably pretty good at programming website popup ads, however. Do I sound angry? Perhaps but so are many of my friends and acquaintances who boot up their laptops to read news on media websites. Many readers complain of too much liberal or conservative bias in various newspapers. One is required to peruse both to get a balanced understanding of the news. With this in mind, it becomes even more absurd that news websites would irritate their readers with popup ads and other offensive revenue-enhancement dodges. However, when we take into consideration the “too big to fail” banking system that failed and the executives that initiated it who are still in charge, it should be no surprise. It’s a fair bet most corporate media executives are still in charge as well. One need only click their

websites and suffer the aforementioned irritations to be convinced. However there may be comeuppance. The Iowa media corporation that bought the Post-Dispatch, among others, is in financial trouble. They’ve cut costs enough to thwart any attempts to create good newspapers, and it’s apparently backfiring. It’s upsetting to see businesses fail, but when greed and incompetence overcomes clear thinking, it happens. Hopefully, the void it creates will be filled by new businesses of the same category. Many claim we should have let Chrysler and General Motors crash and burn instead of providing government bail-outs. They believed that eventually, new auto manufacturers would have filled the voids, and if those responsible for the failures stood in unemployment lines they would hopefully understand why they were there. Who knows? When the products and services provided by business become less important than the disproportionate profits and the salaries of its managing executives, we have the best demonstration of what corporate America has become and my-oh-my does it reek. “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” -Thomas Jefferson Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher. He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines. He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.

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CNSTC: December 11, 2013