December 28, 2011
Mayor Faith restructures the city’s Economic Development, Tourism departments
St. Charles Merges Two Departments
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St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith recently announced she will merge the city’s departments of Economic Development and Tourism. Effective in January 2012, the move will consolidate the position of economic development and tourism director, and re-establish the position of assistant tourism director. David Leezer, director of economic development, will serve the combined division as director of economic development and tourism, with Martha Little, director of sales and interim tourism director, to be named as assistant tourism director. “I am extremely excited to put this restructuring plan in place,” Faith said. “I believe it’s time for the city to rethink how we implement economic development operations, and take advantage of the resources we already have within our own organization. “Combining these two facets of our organization showcases the depth of the city’s leadership team,” Faith added. We interviewed both internal and external candidates, but concluded at the end of our search process we had the right management mix already on staff.” Michael Spurgeon, director of Administration, underscored the essential foundation of having established relationships in place coupled with the ongoing building process that is integral to both divisions of the city. “David and Martha come to the table with well-established track records in their respective fields. Their contacts at the regional, state and local levels are impeccable,” he said. “We are well-served in St. Charles by combining the strengths of two such capable leaders, and existing staff members in both departments.” Leezer joined the city staff in April 2011. He has extensive experience having formerly joined the St. Louis Economic Council in 2006 to spearhead County Executive Charlie Dooley’s economic development collaborative. A certified economic developer (CEcD), Leezer also previously served as director of economic development for St. Charles County. “I appreciate the confidence that Mayor
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Faith, City Council, and Director Spurgeon are demonstrating in me and look forward to directing the city’s two major sales functions into a coordinated and impactful program,” Leezer said. “Ultimately, my appointment is a reflection of the talented staff members we have in both departments. Placing Economic Development and Tourism under one umbrella is feasible only because we have gifted people already in place, who are doing outstanding work. “I would also like to commend Martha Little and Carol Felzien for their outstanding efforts in leading the city’s tourism division since David Rosenwasser’s retirement,” he added. Little was named interim tourism director in May 2011, and will continue in this capacity during the course of the department’s restructuring and transition period. She has 26 years with the city serving in a variety of capacities with the Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau. Little has more than 20 years experience in sales, and currently wears two hats as the tourism division’s director of sales. “I have enjoyed serving as interim CVB Director for the past seven months,” Little said. “I look forward to working with
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David Leezer, and feel with his leadership skills the CVB will continue to move in the right direction in promoting St. Charles as a premier destination for visitors, conventions and sporting events.” According to Mayor Faith, the St. Charles City Council has provided conceptual ap-
proval for the restructuring process. “Next steps will include introducing a related salary ordinance reflecting the merger during early January, with the intention of finalizing the transition process by month-end,” she said.
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STATE WARS (United States Roller Hockey Championships) Coming to St. Peters Rec-Plex in August 2012 The St. Peters Rec-Plex will be the center of the roller hockey world as thousands of the best roller hockey players in the United States and Canada will travel here next August for State Wars 8, a two-week battle to decide the United States Roller Hockey Championships. State Wars Hockey will host the annual summer event from August 1-12, 2012, at the Rec-Plex’s three indoor NHL-size ice rinks. “We welcome the State Wars Roller Hockey Championships to St. Peters,” said St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano. “When we built the St. Peters Rec-Plex in 1994, our goal was to have a world-class facility. We accomplished that goal and have been able to bring some of the best athletes in the world to our community. It’s gratifying to know that people across the country continue to recognize what an outstanding facility we have in St. Peters.” Based on last year’s State Wars competition in Cincinnati, more than 250 teams of up to 10 players per team, plus family members, are expected to come to St. Peters for State Wars 8. This influx of thousands of visitors over two weeks will help boost sales at area hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions, potentially adding several million dollars to the local economy. State Wars Hockey representatives said that the St. Louis area is a great location for the event, especially with Missouri being very rich in hockey talent. “The Rec-Plex is a top-notch facility and the surrounding areas along with downtown St. Louis offer so much for the families coming to State Wars. We look for State Wars 8 to be our biggest and best
ever,” said National Director Greg Thompson. State Wars Hockey National Director Tim McManus said that this will mark the first time that State Wars will be held in Missouri, and the buzz around the country already has been incredible. “We are so excited to be bringing State Wars to the St. Peters RecPlex this summer,” McManus said. “I have always thought that the St. Louis area would be a great place for State Wars, but of course we needed the right facility. We have found that with the St. Peters Rec-Plex. I know that our teams will be very impressed with this gorgeous facility and surrounding areas.” Players are selected to represent their home state or province to compete at State Wars and a chance to win a national championship. Competition will take place in 18 different divisions with varying age groups. Team Missouri coach Todd Johnson said, “I told Tim (McManus) a year or two ago to take a look at the Rec-Plex, as I knew it would be the perfect spot for State Wars. The players all want to play on fullsize NHL rinks, and the Rec-Plex has three of them. Plus, St. Louis is an easy place to get to from all over the country and has so much to offer.” All three NHL-size Rec-Plex rinks will host events for State Wars 8. Two of the rinks are at the newer Rec-Plex South facility, including an ice arena that seats up to 1,200 people, and one rink is at the original Rec-Plex building. The Rec-Plex is located at 5200 Mexico Rd. Learn more about the St. Peters Rec-Plex online at www.stpetersmo.net. Learn more about the United States Roller Hockey Championships online at www.statewarshockey.com.
United Services Receives Donation for Scholarship Fund United Services Early Childhood Center will receive a check for over $375 from Chevys Fresh Mex as part of the fundraising efforts held at the restaurant’s Zumbehl location on Saturday, December 10. The funds will be earmarked for the Sarah Jackson Scholarship Fund. Sarah tragically lost her life this fall after giving birth to the family’s third child. The Jackson’s older two children attend the preschool and Sarah had been involved in the agency’s Alumni Parent Group which is spearheading the efforts to raise funds in Sarah’s name. United Services Development Manager Jeanne Palombo said, “The outpouring of support by our families, staff and the community at large was so heartwarming and reflects the compassion that is found in all our programs and facilities. The family is so grateful for this financial assistance.” The Alumni Parent Group plans on holding monthly “dining out” opportunities through the rest of the school year at other area restaurants including Chick-Fil-A, Papa Johns and Grappa Grill. For more information about the Sarah Jackson Scholarship Fund or the alumni group, please contact Jeanne Palombo at 636.926.2700 ext. 109.
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O’Fallon Firefighters Spread Holiday Cheer Every day the men and women of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District answer calls for emergencies. They also recognize additional needs in the community and have responded by volunteering their services on their off duty time through the O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach. Whether it’s building a wheelchair ramp for a resident, serving meals at the Salvation Army, taking the retirees from Delmar Gardens out fishing for the day or collecting canned food and toys for local pantries, members provide donations and manpower to citizens and organizations in need within the community. The holiday season can be one of the busiest times of the year for service calls. For many years the firefighters have adopted a family for Christmas, providing presents, household goods, and personal items. This year, with the help of a generous donation from Bommarito Automotive Group, the O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach was able to adopt two families in need. The members decided to purchase one of the families a new Christmas tree after noticing they did not have one. The other family did not have a stove in their rental home. The Community Outreach asked for help from various local businesses within the district and was able to arrange the purchase and installation of a new stove from a local business owner. For more information please “like” the O’Fallon Firefighters Community Outreach page on Facebook.
Staff Appreciation Luncheon & Dinner Santa came early for the employees of the O’Fallon Family YMCA. On Tuesday, December 13, the Board of Advisors demonstrated the true spirit of the season by providing both lunch and dinner to the employees. Attendance prizes were given, too. Their acts of kindness were greatly appreciated and a true representation of this committed group of volunteers. Throughout the year, these YMCA Board members dedicate their time, talents and treasures to further the cause of the O’Fallon Family YMCA. They are true examples of ambassadors in our community. If you are interested in being a part of this Volunteer Board of Advisors, please contact Mary Kronmueller at 636.379.0092, ext. 236.
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Lake Saint Louis Parks and Recreation Offers Classes and Leagues in 2012
St. Charles Church Celebrates 175 Years
For more information about any of the programs, please go online to www.lakesaintlouis. com. Adult Art & Painting Lake Saint Louis offers four separate classes taught by award-winning artist, Marie Donato. Choose from Adult Drawing, Pastel Painting, Portrait or Watercolor. Classes begin the week of January 10 and will meet for six weeks on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The fee is $65 for residents and $82 for non-residents. Double Header COED Softball Leagues Swing into spring and join our Lake Saint Louis softball league. This “Open League” will be a six-week (12 game) regular season, plus a single elimination playoff format. Games will be played
Four O’Fallon, Missouri, police officers were honored by the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Gateway Affiliate chapter for their “extraordinary efforts” in removing 168 impaired drivers from O’Fallon’s streets over a 12-month period. O’Fallon officers Chris Sinnokrak, Charles Pleasant, Nick Johnson, and Larry Bunt were each presented with the “Heroes for Heroes” award at MADD’s Law Enforcement and Community Partners Event. “These officers have received this award each year for the past three years, as they have been consistently making our roadways safer,” said Lt. Michael Plum of the O’Fallon Police Department. For more information, please visit www.maddgateway.org/heroes.html.
on Sunday evenings at Founders Park beginning in April. 2012 Youth Baseball/Softball Registration For boys and girls, ages 5-15. Registrations begin Monday, January 2. Please view the parks and recreation section of our website for age specific league details and registration information. Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance For girls ages 3-10 Registrations begin Monday, January 2. Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with your special princess. This event will be held at the Lake Saint Louis Banquet Center on Friday, February 10. The fee is $44 per resident couple, and $55 per nonresident couple.
Rec-Plex Offers Winter Break Special for Groups
Families searching for a fun all-day outing during the holidays can try a Winter Break Special at the St. Peters Rec-Plex that cuts the price in half. The $30 special gives a group of four people the opportunity to skate, swim and eat lunch - regularly a $60 value - for just $30. The Winter Break Special is available now through January 8, 2012, at the Rec-Plex, 5200 Mexico Rd. With purchase of the $30 special, you will receive: • General admission to the Rec-Plex for four people. • 1 medium pizza and 4 large sodas at the Finish Line food court. • Free skate, lock and towel rental for all four people. Go online to www.stpetersmo. net or call 636.939.2386, ext. 1400, to learn more about the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
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Fourth Annual Helping Hands for the Holidays a Success Give a Natural Gift On Thursday, December 15, Global Spectrum, managers Volunteer organizations were in attendance planning after the Holiday of the Saint Charles Convention Center successfully hosted games with kids, the Main Street Carolers from St. Charles the fourth annual charity event, Helping Hands for the Holidays. Attendance at this year’s event was over 1,200, an increase of more than 20 percent over the previous year. In addition to everyone enjoying a holiday buffet meal, 75 flu shots were given out by Barnes St. Peters Hospital, more than 250 winter coats and other winter items donated by the city of St. Charles were distributed, 400 bags of canned food donated by the community were given away, hundreds of personal care items were handed out, and more than 350 photos with Santa were taken.
provided entertainment, local healthcare agencies provided various medical screenings, and transportation was coordinated through St. Louis Life Shuttles and St. Charles Area Transit (SCAT) Buses to pickup and drop off people from eight pickup points throughout St. Charles County. “We put forth a lot of effort to make this the strongest holiday outreach program in the St. Charles area,” stated Shura Garnett, general manager for Global Spectrum at the venue. “The feedback we received from participating organizations, volunteers, and attendees was extremely positive. We know there is a need in St. Charles County, and we are happy to help with the cause.” Organizations that played a major role in the planning, promoting, and executing of the event, which was free to the public, included Molina Healthcare, Crider Health Center, the Community Council of St. Charles County, the city of St. Charles, St. Louis Life, Our Lady’s Inn, Community News, and Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.
SCCC Staff and volunteers distribute over 400 bags of canned food donated by local residents and Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service
SCCC Staff and volunteers serve a holiday buffet meal to over 1,200 people in attendance.
Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital was on hand to administer 75 free flu shots
After the Yuletide celebration, give one more gift by recycling your natural Christmas tree so that it may be turned into mulch or fish habitat. Again this year, St. Charles County is partnering with area municipalities to offer residents this free service at various sites from December 26 through January 18. Be sure to remove the tree stand, decorations and plastic bag or cover before leaving your tree at one of the locations below: St. Peters: • Laurel Park (upper parking lot), off McClay Road • St. Peters Golf & Recreation Center, 200 Salt Lick Rd. • St. Peters Earth Centre, 115 Ecology Dr. Locations open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Saturday, Dec. 28 to Jan. 18 Wentzville: • Progress Park (parking lot), 968 Meyer Rd. Open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., seven days a week, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18 O’Fallon: • Civic Park (upper parking lot), 400 Civic Park Dr. • O’Fallon Sports Park, 3589 Hwy. K Locations open from dawn to dusk, Dec. 26 to Jan. 18 Lake Saint Louis: • Founders Park, 7 Freymuth Road Open during daylight hours, Dec. 26 to Jan. 17 St. Charles (Wentzville) County: • Quail Ridge Park (Group Picnic Area), 5501 Quail Ridge Pkwy. Park hours are 7 a.m. to sunset, seven days a week, from Dec. 26 to Jan. 22 For more information about St. Charles County recycling programs, please call 636949-1800 or visit www.scchealth.org/es.
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Local Businesses Step in to Assist Pike-Lincoln County Tech After Fire In the days after the December 2 fire at Pink Lincoln County Technical school, Witte Brothers trucking, along with several other community businesses, offered to replace students’ classroom instruction time with valuable on-site experiences. Witte Brothers graciously hosted Diesel Technology and Administrative Business Technology students on December 8. Students explored the business, learned about personal safety and protective equipment, and repairing trucks. They also discussed recycling and green technologies used at Witte Brothers. Administrative Business students worked with Witte Brothers Resourcing and Compliance employee Skyla Day, a graduate of Pike Lincoln Technical. Students focused on transitioning from the classroom to the workplace, communication, technology and professionalism. Other local businesses participating included Jerry Bickel Race Cars, Troy Family Dental, Air Evac, Vavoline Express Care, Lincoln County Journal, Signal Technologies and Bodine Aluminum.
New Year’s Eve Dance to Benefit JDRF A local family whose son has been diagnosed with juvenile diabetes has planned a benefit dance to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Toedebusch family has chosen New Year’s Eve as the date for the benefit dance. Come welcome in the new year and support a good cause. Dancing will be held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on December 31 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. For more information and tickets, please contact the Toedebusch’s at 636.262.7689.
Elsberry Third Graders Visit Challenger Learning Center On Monday, November 21, third graders from Clarence Cannon Elementary in the Elsberry School District had an opportunity to visit the Challenger Learning Center in St. Louis. Teachers Amanda Niffen, Krista Garland and Kristen Hagemeier were able to bring their classes to the learning Center. While at the center the students participated in a space station simulation during which they acted out specific duties such as Health Care, Air and Water Control, Probe preparation, Hazardous objects, Remote Control, Communication and Navigation. Students experienced a simulated space mission to locate an unknown object later named “Comet Clarence Cannon. Students also worked in pairs to launch their own rockets and learned about health and nutrition in space. The classes were able to attend thanks to a Boeing Scholarship that provided for half of the cost of the field trip.
Public Hearing Scheduled For January The City of Troy will hold a Public Hearing for citizen input on the 2012 Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Troy City Hall. City Hall is located at 800 Cap Au Gris, Troy, MO 63379. For more information, please call Karen Hotfelder, City Clerk at 636.462.7609.
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1st Financial Federal Credit Union Sponsors an Adopt-A-Family Through Crisis Nursery 1st Financial Federal Credit Union located in St. Charles, Hazelwood, downtown St. Louis, and Wentzville, Mo., partnered with Crisis Nursery to sponsor a needy family this holiday season. The employees of 1st Financial donated toys, clothes, cash, gift cards, cleaning supplies and personal items. “We had an overwhelming response from the employees! We were able to provide every item on our family’s list, along with some additional surprises and special gifts for the Mother” stated Dusty Stroh, the Systems Analyst from 1st
Financial who spearheaded the event. “I felt very proud when we delivered the gifts to the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. It was wonderful how everyone pulled together and made it their mission to give our family a Merry Christmas”, said Stroh. 1st Financial Federal Credit Union continues to implement the credit union philosophy of “People Helping People” every day in our surrounding communities. The Credit Union strongly supports local organizations that make a difference in people’s lives each and every day.
Kim Starbuck Appointed to the St. Charles County Workforce Development Board Kim Starbuck, vice president, F&M Bank and Trust Co., located in O’Fallon, Mo., was appointed by St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann to the St. Charles County Workforce Development Board. She has been appointed to a term ending on September 3, 2013. The role of the Workforce Development Board is to increase the number of local businesses and jobs, to provide public awareness and training, and allocate funding to advance an integrated, demand-driven workforce and economic development system. “I am, of course, very happy to represent the bank in serving the two year term,” Starbuck said. “I hope that I will be able to make a considerable contribution to the Workforce Development Board.” Starbuck has served as branch manager and senior loan officer of F&M ‘s O’Fallon, Mo. location since 2007. Serving customers since 1870,
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SCC Communication Professor Ft. Zumwalt News 1. Kelsie Schlager, Fort 1 Receives 2011 Emerson Zumwalt North High Excellence in Teaching Award School senior, has signed Darren Osburn, associate professor of speech and communication at St. Charles Community College, received an Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. Osburn was one of approximately 100 St. Louis area educators honored by Emerson for dedication and commitment to education. “Darren’s work with students in the classroom and in co-curricular activity Darren Osburn, Professor of Speech is exemplary,” said Denise King, SCC and Communication at St. Charles dean of arts and humanities. “He is Community College. thoughtful and deliberate in the design of learning for classes in speech, communication and journalism.” Osburn, of Des Peres, Mo., has been a full-time faculty member at SCC since 2006. He was voted Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2011 by SCC’s faculty. Prior to SCC, Osburn worked in the public relations and foundation office at Ottawa University, and then taught at Donnelly College in Kansas City, Kan. He was also named the SCC Global Educator of the Year in 2009. Osburn has a Master of Arts degree in communication from Southwest Missouri State University and Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Culver-Stockton College. The Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards program recognizes more than 100 teachers from kindergarten to college professors who are examples of excellence in the field of education in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The awards ceremony was held in November at the Sheldon Concert Hall. Established in 1986, St. Charles Community College is celebrating 25 years as a public, comprehensive two-year community college with associate degrees and certificate programs in the arts, business, sciences and career-technical fields. SCC provides workforce training and community-based personal and professional development as well as cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities. For more information, visit www.stchas.edu.
with Culver-Stockton to play soccer. Pictured with Kelsie from L-R: Tyler Tomlinson, Culver-Stockton coach; Jackie Layne, NHS coach; Ted Hickey, NHS Activities Director; 4 Joe Sutton, NHS principal; Cindy Knickmeyer, mother; and Bob & Joan 3 Schlager, grandparents. 2. Students at Ostmann Elementary School in the Fort Zumwalt School District volunteered as bell ringers for the Salvation 5 Army. Pictured are students in front of the local Schnucks store in O’Fallon. Fort Zumwalt South Middle School students have been partnering with the Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association, St. Charles Chapter, for quite a few years. This year classes selected winter wishes from local foster children and then collected money to grant their wishes. Students are projected to grant 85 wishes ranging from Lego sets to Nike shoes. Students also participated in a Santa/Grinch money war where the principal who raised the most bills dressed as Santa while the principal with the most coins played the Grinch. This collection netted $1,200 which the Foster Care Association will use to fulfill other holiday requests. 3. Tyler McKenna, Fort Zumwalt North High School senior, has signed with Culver-Stockton to play baseball. Pictured with Tyler is Tony Scoles, NHS coach; Joe Sutton, NHS principal; Ted Hickey, NHS Activities Director; and Steve Siebert, NHS coach. 4. Fort Zumwalt East High School students participated in their 12 Days of Giving that was sponsored by the National Honor Society. In conjunction with the St. Charles County Ambulance District, East High students, along with Mrs. Crystal Emmons’ third hour Leadership Class, initiated a toy drive to contribute to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. Pictured are students helping to load the ambulance that was awaiting their collection, along with Ambulance District and Marine Corp representatives. On December 3, 2011, over 1,000 students from across Missouri met at Hickman High School in Columbia to audition for the honor of participating in the top honor band in the state. Only 108 students are accepted into this elite ensemble. Fort Zumwalt North High School had three students earn a spot in the Missouri All-State Band. Senior Tony Ritter on clarinet, junior Nathan Schulte on french horn, and sophomore Rose Ritter on Flute were the chosen few. In addition, freshman Nathan Manno was named to the Honorable Mention All-State Band on clarinet and junior Andrew Simerda was named alternate to the Missouri All-State Jazz Band on baritone sax and Honorable Mention on alto sax. The band will meet, rehearse, and perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference held in January. 5. Evyn Spencer, Fort Zumwalt West High School senior, has signed to swim for Truman University. Pictured with Evyn are her parents, Todd and Teri Spencer. The back row includes Paul Boschert, WHS Activities Director; Jackson Spencer, brother; Jeri Labrot, WHS coach; and Neil Berry, WHS principal.
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“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”
By Steve Bryan
Over the years, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous fictional fine things. Harris’ performance is so detailed that he deserves mention during the detective has been the subject of various movies, but few are upcoming awards season. as action-packed as “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.” RobBlending two-fisted action with clever detective work, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game ert Downey, Jr. returns as the brilliant detective in a story that focuses more on the of Shadows” is an interesting romp through Victorian England and a nice spin of the physical aspects of the character than the intellectual. legendary battle between Holmes and Moriarty. This time around, Holmes does battle “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” rated PG-13 for inwith the infamous Professor James Motense sequences of violence and action and some drug material, riarty (Jared Harris), a criminal mastercurrently is playing in theaters. mind who lacks any real sense of right or wrong. Moriarty starts a chain of lethal events that, if successful, could ignite a devastating war throughout Europe. As Holmes deals with Moriarty, his friend Dr. John Watson (Jude Law) makes plans to get married and settle down with his new wife. Unfortunately, www.msbriesboutique.com just when Watson thinks he’s out of the detective business for good, Holmes and Moriarty pull him back into the Jared Harris and Rachel McAdams in Warner Bros. Pictures' Sherlock game. Holmes: A Game of Shadows - 2011 Director Guy Ritchie is back behind the camera once again for “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” which is both a good and bad thing. Ritchie favors slow-motion fighting sequences that are reminiscent of the “Matrix” series. This technique works in small doses, but after a while, it does get tiresome. In his second outing as Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey, Jr. has a great time exploring more sides of the character. Downey’s portrayal shows Holmes as a man of action and back alwww.stcharles.rightathome.net ley brawler instead of a quiet, methodi- Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law and Kelly Reilly in Warner Bros. Piccal thinker. This detective can take on tures' Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - 2011 a group of thugs in the afternoon and still keep a dinner date later in the evening. Downey also delves deeply into Holmes’ love of disguises, including a funny sequence where he hides his true identity under a wig and a dress. Holmes even comes up with some interesting camouflage gear that lets him blend into the woodwork. Top honors belong, however, to Jared Harris, the talented character actor who plays the amoral Professor James Moriarty. As portrayed by Harris, Moriarty is a quiet manipulator whose passion for chaos is balanced by his love for the theater and other
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Sports You See... With Gary B. Guns ‘N Hoses Event Gives A BIG Present BackStoppers Make A Difference Officials of the St. Louis Guns ‘N Hoses Boxing Association presented a check for $281,648.45 to The BackStoppers on Thursday, Dec. 22 at the St. Louis County Library. The check is the proceeds of the 25th annual Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses boxing show Nov. 23 at Scottrade Center. The event featured 17 matches between teams of area firefighters and police officers who won the team trophy 9-8. The event also observed boxing’s traditional “10-Count” to honor five public servants who lost their lives in the line of duty between Thanksgiving of 2010 and 2011. Jerry Clinton (pictured with Christy and Brigitte Mineo), the association’s executive director, presented the check to The BackStoppers’ president Dan Raniere and executive director Ron Battelle as area police and fire officials looked on. “As we celebrate Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses 25th anniver- Photo by Gary B. sary, our supporters have again stepped up to assist The BackStoppers when the need is great,” said Clinton. “During this holiday season, we are pleased to continue our long-standing efforts on behalf of The BackStoppers and the families of those who give their lives protecting our lives and property.” Also present were David Stokes, President and CEO of Grey Eagle Distributors, title sponsor of the event; Ring of Champion sponsors, members of the Budweiser Guns ‘N Hoses committee; and association officials Jack Martorelli, Steve Holley
and Jim Hubbard. A SPECIAL THANK YOU goes out to Mr. Hubbard who has been so kind to this reporter for radio and newspaper interviews and information about this great organization that I am able to share with my readers for many years! ~~~Perfect timing Family Arena Looking To Add Another Event Trying To Book A Professional Indoor Football Team This reporter has talked to several people who are hinting the Family Arena in St. Charles is in negotiations with the Ultimate Indoor Football League (UIFL) to have a team play their home games there in 2013. Andrew Haines President/Co-Founder of the UIFL out of Ft. Myers, FL, also implied it would be a possibility. The league presently has 16 teams mostly located in the eastern part of the United States. The closest team to STL is the Danville (IL) Dragons which is about 180 miles. ~~~More to come St. Louis Rams Trying To Salvage At Least One Win Coach Wants To End On A High Note Reporters asked Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo if it would build momentum for next year winning the last two games—question was asked before game against the Steelers. “I 100 percent agree with that. I think winning the last one is important, no matter what’s happened beforehand. I talked with the team this morning about finishing strong. I think they’ve been finishing that way all the way through the season and finishing strong would be doing anything and everything you can to win a football game, beginning with this one on Saturday.” NEXT RAMS HOME GAMES: January 1: Noon - against the San Francisco 49ers (end of regular season) ~~~Clock’s ticking
“Over the Fence” Furnaces, Females and Heroes I’m not a heating and airconditioning expert such as you might find servicing this sort of equipment professionally. However, I’ve been a homeowner and actually installed my own system many years ago. But this isn’t about my amateur experience, this is about the basics of heating and air-conditioning that many folks don’t pay attention to, or perhaps don’t care about. It’s also about the drawbacks of playing hero to damsels in distress. One basic rule is that heat rises and cold goes down. Another is that furnaces and air-conditioners have filters that need changing regularly. A shapely female acquaintance recently complained that her apartment was always too cold in the winter and her heating bills were too high. She batted her eyes at me. Then she seemed to wiggle like women sometimes do that’s subliminally noticeable to the guy she’s talking with. I’ve never understood how they do that. I stopped by to take a look. Not only was her furnace filter clogged with enough dirt to fill a shop vac, the
high-mounted apartment heating vents were aimed at the ceiling. Even with a clean filter, she was heating the upstairs apartment instead of her own. I explained, “Heat hangs on the ceiling, cold stays on the floor.” She eyed me as if I was speaking in tongues. After she watched me re-aim her vents and change the filter, which required a trip to the hardware store, I recommended she have a humidifier installed. She gave me another suspicious stare. She asked what this cost and I gave her some idea of the figures and she did the one thing that always makes me want to run out the door and head for parts unknown. She cried. After she settled down to occasional sniveling, I began explaining that a summer temperature of 90 degrees, which is common in Missouri, feels much hotter if the humidity is high and therefore, more uncomfortable. If it’s lower, you don’t feel the heat as much. She gave me a blank stare. I said, “The furnace bakes all the humidity out of the air. If you install a humidifier that adds humidity to the otherwise dry air, you’ll feel much more comfortable.” She sniffed. “You just told me that high humidity in the summer is uncomfortable.”
“I…um…never mind,” I said. “Just change your furnace filter more often.” “I don’t know how,” she said. I fled. She called a few months later and told me her heating bill was lower and her apartment was much warmer but her neighbor the accountant told her she needed a humidifier because her air was too dry. Then she asked if I would install one for her. I gave her the number of a heating and air-conditioning company. She cooed, “They’re too expensive. Is there some other way?“ I growled, “Why don’t you ask your neighbor the accountant to do it?” I hung up. So much for playing hero. I told a friend about my experience with this mechanically-challenged sorceress. He said, “Why don’t you go install a humidifier for her? Maybe you’ll get lucky.” I glared at him and said, “I’ll give you her address.” He said, “I’m serious. I know you can install humidifiers. You could’ve ended up with the gratitude of a good-looking chick and maybe afterward… “Forget it!” I growled. “The last time I did something like that for a good-looking female, she invited me over for dinner the next evening.” He chirped, “Well now see what I mean?” He looked smug. “She invited her boyfriend, too.”
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Do’s and Don’ts for a Successful Family Trip We’re home! Florida was beautiful, and I love my family dearly, but I’m so happy to be back in my own bed. There’s just nothing quite as wonderful as sleeping in your own bed. When the Schneider clan travels to Florida, we drive. Warren Buffett is not my benefactor, so even with the cost of gasoline and a two-day trip, driving is still much cheaper than flying. Over the years, my husband and I have come up with a to-do list of sorts to make these trips painless for the kids, and sane for ourselves. Do: Bring a portable DVD player or iPad type device on any trip longer than three or four hours – it keeps the kids happy. Don’t: Forget to bring ear buds for the DVD player and the kids hand-held video games. The auto makers still haven’t taken me up on my idea of the soundproof glass between the front two seats and the rest of the vehicle, so if you want to stay sane, bring ear buds (or head phones) for the kids. Do: Bring a variety of DVDs. Our 17 and 18 year-old sons like anything with Star Wars in the title, while our 16 year-old daughter loves just about still enjoys most Disney movies. They all think “Family Guy” is hilarious, but I have my limits. Don’t: Ever, ever, ever bring Barney. By the end of the trip you’ll be ready to smash anything that’s purple or looks like a dinosaur even a little bit. Do: Stop every couple of hours to stretch your legs, and get rid of the 42-ounce
soda that you started the trip with. Plan your route not by major highways, but by how many McDonald’s and Burger Kings there are at any given exit. Don’t: Reload on a 42-ounce soda, or you’ll be stopping again within 30 minutes, and you might never reach your goal of getting to the motel in time to swim (more liquid, yea!) Do: Bring coloring books, blank paper, crayons, pencils, etc. These are great inside the car and when the kids get bored at the hotel. Our kids even kept a diary of their trip when they were younger. Don’t: Bring just one notebook and expect your kids to share it. It just won’t happen. Remember, this is a vacation. A stress-free event. Ha! Do: Plan your trip before you leave. Grab a road atlas or a GPS, check with highway departments of transportation for highway closings, etc. Don’t: Put all your eggs in one basket. We used Mapquest to get us from point A to point B. Trouble was, Mapquest did not really know where point B was, so it just took us to the middle of the city…at midnight. Do: Remember that while vacations are planned, the best memories can never be planned. They often happen during a mishap or detour, and if you’re in the right state of mind, you can help make even flat tires a fun and memorable experience for the whole family!
Keeping Resolutions While on the Go Inspiring Recipes by Chef Candice Kumai (Family Features) Year after year, saving money and eating healthier rank high on the list of New Year’s resolutions, but as many know all too well, busy schedules can make it hard to keep these resolutions up.
Spicy Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad Makes 4 servings • Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 5 minutes Shrimp Ingredients: - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - 1 garlic clove, minced - 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin - Pinch red pepper flakes - 1 pound medium shrimp, deveined - 3 tablespoons high-quality tequila - Salt, to taste - 1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder - 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed - 1 avocado, sliced thin
Salad Ingredients: - 4 cups dark, leafy mixed greens - 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, sliced thin
Directions: 1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. 2. Once oil is hot, add chopped garlic and cook for
Dressing Ingredients: - 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt - 3 tablespoons high-quality tequila - 1 tablespoon grated lime zest - 1 teaspoon hot sauce - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice - Pinch of sea salt to taste
about 1 minute. Add cumin and red pepper flakes, and let flavors blend together. 3. Add shrimp and toss. Carefully add tequila and cook until alcohol burns off. Season with salt, and add dried chipotle powder. 4. Once shrimp are cooked, add chopped cilantro, toss and put aside on a plate. 5. Toss mixed greens in a large salad bowl and add in roasted red peppers and black beans. 6. In medium bowl, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and alter to desired taste by adding additional hot sauce and salt. Top with avocado slices and sautéed shrimp.
Spinach Salad with Walnuts, Strawberries and Goat Cheese Makes 4 servings • Prep Time: 10 minutes • Cook Time: 10 minutes Salad Ingredients: - 1/2 cup walnuts - 4 cups fresh spinach, stems trimmed - 8 large strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced - 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese Dressing Ingredients: - 3 tablespoons honey - 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard - 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar - 1/4 teaspoon sea salt Directions: 1. Heat the oven to 375°F. 2. Place walnuts on rimmed baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. 3. Toss spinach with strawberries in a large bowl. 4. In small bowl, whisk together honey, mustard, vinegar and salt. Sprinkle walnuts on top of spinach and strawberries mix. 5. Serve sprinkled with goat cheese, with remaining dressing on the side.
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CHURCH 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 weekend when they don’t have access to free breakfast & lunch at local schools. There is a monthly financial need. It costs $5.40/child
per week to provide backpack full of nutritious food. $200 provides a child w/enough food for a year. Contact: 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. Free 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 Now -December 31: Annual Lobby Auction at the St. Charles County YMCA Auction items are on display and available for bidding. Items include gift cards, exercise equipment, sports memorabilia, electronics & more. All proceeds benefit the 2012 Strong Community Campaign, which provides financial assistance towards Y programs for those in need. January 1: Open House at the YMCA Start your New Year’s resolution on time! • O’Fallon
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Zumbathon to benefit Strong Community from 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. $20 to participate. T-shirts and snacks for each person who attends the Open House. Call 636.379.0092 for more. • Tri-County 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. A variety of fun classes during this free event! Call 636.332.5574 for more. January 2: Youth Baseball/Softball Registration Lake Saint Louis program for boys & girls, ages 5-15. Please view the parks and recreation section of www.lakesaintlouis.com for age specific league details and registration information. January 4: Tot’s Night Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 7-10 p.m. $15/child in advance. Registrations must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the event to ensure a spot. Ages 6 weeks to 5
years. Info: 636.379.0092. January 5: Teen Leader’s Club 7-8 p.m. at O’ Fallon Family YMCA. Free to join. For ages 1318. Club meets once a month to plan social events and fun volunteer opportunities. No Y membership required. Now - January 9: Youth Basketball Registration at the YMCA Season Starts February 4. Visit www.ymcastlouis.org for locations, age groups, schedules & pricing. January 12: Mom’s Afternoon Out at the O’Fallon Family YMCA 1-4 p.m. for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. $10/child. Registrations must be received by noon on Wednesday before the scheduled date. Info: 636.379.0092. February 2: Senior Citizens Dinner and Show 5 p.m. at Ft. Zumwalt North. Please make reservations by calling Sue Huighe at 636.542.7022. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. 1st and 3rd Wed.: 7 p.m. St. Charles Area Wood Carvers 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!
Hazelwoodwood High School 45th Class Reunion: We are having a class reunion in 2012 and are looking for classmates of Class of 1967. Please contact Kay at email@example.com or 636 745-2601 for more information. 4th Mon.: 6:30 p.m. American Legion Post 388 Meets At Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy. 636.219.0553. www.stlouislipo.com
Crossroads Cribbage Club Every Wed. at 12 p.m. Meets at Rizzo’s Bar & Grill, Wentzville, MO. 4th Tues.: 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 Wed. 6:45 p.m. Charity Bingo 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. 636.272.1945 or www.vfwpost5077.org for more info.
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Every Thurs., 11:45 a.m., Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon. Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in O’Fallon. More info at www.ofkiwanis.com. Every Weekend: Orchard Farm Radio Controlled Flying Club Bring your family to watch flying model airplanes. Directions: www. orchardfarm.com Info: 636.300.1480. HEALTH December 28: Free Mammograms 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. St. Luke’s Mobile Mammography Unit will be at Reliance Bank - Wentzville Ladies 40 years old and older are eligible (for those with little or no health insurance). Register at 636.332.3640. January 5: Caregiver Classes 10:30-11:30 a.m. on the BarnesJewish St. Peters Hospital campus in the Siteman Cancer Center conference room. Free. Info: 314.575.3983. January 10 June 21: 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. • January 10 - March 29, Tues & Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. • February 20 - May 9, Mon & Wed, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. • April 3 - June 21, Tues & Thurs, 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Contact Kristi Bradley at 636.379.0092 for more info or to arrange an intake interview. 12 Step Support Group for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse Meets in 4 locations in the metro St Louis area. Can email for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org. • 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. Progress West HealthCare Center is proud to offer the following events to the community, FREE unless otherwise noted. To register or get directions, call 636.344. CARE(2273) or visit www.progresswesthealthcare.org. *Middendorf-Kredell Library (MK): 2750 Hwy K. *Progress West Healthcare Center (PWHC): 2 Progress Point Pkwy. * Progress West Medical Center (PWMC): 2630 Hwy. K. * St. Charles Community College (SCC): 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. December 14: FREE Cholesterol Screening 9 a.m. - noon. PWHC. Appointment required. December 15: AARP Driver Safety Program 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. PWHC. Course designed for drivers over age 50. Check with your insurance company to see if you’re eligable for a discount upon completion of the course! AARP Members - $12, Non members - $14.
January 11 & 13: Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening 4-6 p.m. PWHC. Free screening in the brand new Cardiac Cath Lab on Jan 11. Breakfast on Jan 13 while Cardiologist Michael Missler gives an overview of test results & more. Space is limited, appts. required.
3rd Wed. 6:30–8 p.m. KidsCan! Siteman Cancer Center, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Support children 4–12 w/parent/significant caregiver w/cancer.
Every Mon.: 7 p.m. Tobacco Free for Life Support group. Free. St. Peters City Hall. 636.947.5304.
1st Thurs.: 6:30–7:30 p.m. Conquer Support Group for adults w/ cancer. Siteman Cancer Cntr, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way, St. Peters. Call 636.916.9920.
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.
2nd Thurs.: 4 p.m. Support Group for Alzheimer’s Delmar Gardens, 7068 S. Outer 364, O’Fallon. Call: Jennifer Krpan, Ralph Covinsky 636.240.6100.
4th Tues: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group At HW Koenig Med Bldg, St Joseph Hosp. West. 636.625.5447
4th Thurs.: 6:30–8 p.m. Breast Cancer Support Group Siteman Cancer Cntr, BarnesJewish St. Peters Hosp., 150 Entrance Way. 636.928.WELL (9355) or 800.392.0936. http://siteman.
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.
bjsph.org. 3rd Sun. 12:45-1:45 p.m. Alzheimer’s Meeting Morning Star Church, 1600 Feise Rd., O’Fallon. Faith-based for caregivers, family of those w/ memory loss. 1.800.272.3900. Gateway to Hope Program The Gateway to Hope Program arranges care for individuals diagnosed w/breast cancer who are either uninsured or underinsured & reside in Missouri. Gateway to Hope serves as a breast cancer lifeline for those who do not qualify for government sponsored programs & are unable to afford treatment. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer & cannot access treatment call Gateway to Hope at 314.569.1113 or visit our Web site at www.gthstl.org.
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16 • December 28, 2011 • Community News - St. Charles County
New Year’s Resolutions That Stick never jogged more than a mile, it’s unlikely that you’ll run a marathon in April. Perhaps setting the goal of running a 5K is better suited for this year, and save the marathon for another year. 3.Plan for Success - Pull out your Blackberry. Select what fitness classes you will attend during the next few weeks, and schedule these classes on your calendar. Consider these appointments as important as lunch with your boss or the annual check-up with your dentist. In other words, don’t cancel your fitness appointments – no matter what comes up! 4.Enlist Help - Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about your resolution. Ask them to hold you accountable and to help you meet your goal. If your social life used to be all about food and drinks, suggest to your friends that you go bowling or hiking instead. 5.Reward Yourself - It’s important that you recognize your achievements, even if they appear small. Establish some rewards for sticking to your fitness regimen. After one week of success, book a manicure or pedicure. After the first full month, splurge on a new handbag. And if you fall off the wagon, don’t punish yourself! Get back up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world’s leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,800 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries. Choreographed to today’s hottest music, each 60-minute Jazzercise group fitness class offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, cardio box and Latin style movements. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information, go to www.jazzercise.com or call 800. www.cfcohelpingyours.org FIT.IS.IT or 760.476.1750.
It’s that time of year again. Time to bring out the noisemakers, watch the Times Square countdown, and Google the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne. For millions of us, it’s also a time to make a resolution that we’ll get fit in the New Year. According to research conducted at the University of Scranton, nearly half of all adults will make some type of New Year’s resolution. The top three resolutions are to
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