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Around Town Free tax preparations available for local low-income households and more.

Nonprofit Profile Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service work to address homelessness and hunger.

Feature The future of education is now Ladue School District’s focus on science, technology, engineering and math courses make students better prepared for future careers. By Nicholas Elmes

Our Thoughts Moore on Life author Cindy Moore battles for a little warmth in her home while Avalanche digs out from a record-setting winter. The 2017 Jeep Wrangler brings modern updates to classic Jeep fun in this month’s Automobile Alley.

Caring Partners Don’t miss out this cold and flu season.

Lifestyle The biggest R-rated hits (and is “Logan” next?) in Entertainment. A little popcorn can add a big pop to your party in For the Love of Food.

In Depth Woman donates her kidney to one-year-old she had never met.

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AuthorBiographies

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PUBLISHER Robert Huneke EDITOR Mathew DeKinder PRODUCTION Lisa Moran Melissa Nordmann CONTRIBUTORS Avalanche, David Finkelstein, Brian Guerrero, Cindy Moore STAFF WRITERS Brett Auten Nicholas Elmes

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Avalanche is a functional illiterate who left the St. Louis area three decades ago in search of adventure. He enjoys motorcycling and all things outdoors. He lives with his wife and dogs.

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Nicholas Elmes is a seasoned journalist with over 15 years of experience leading the newsrooms of small community newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina. A recent transplant to the St. Louis area, he is excited to get a chance to explore the diverse region while helping to share the stories of all of the good things happing in these communities.

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David Finkelstein

David Finkelstein is a Master/Skill Automotive Service Technician, maintaining that role for over 45 years, coupled with being a shop owner in that time frame as well. He’s also invented a number of garage service tools for mechanics and has served on both National as well as local Automotive Trade Industry Boards. Additionally, he pioneered “Car Talk Radio” over 40 years ago, starting out with KMOX/CBS Radio as well as hosted “Auto Talk” on KFTK/FOX News Radio for some 15-years. David tests and evaluates new vehicles weekly and also does some consulting with various auto manufacturers, both import as well as with domestic nameplates.

Cindy Moore is the mother of three superlative kids, servant of two self-indulgent felines and wife to one nifty husband. Her ficticious occupation? Archeological Humorist: someone who unearths absurdity and hilarity in strange and unusual places including public restrooms, the lint filter, and church meetings. Most recently, she excavated a find in her neighbor’s bird feeder.

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Brian Guerro

Brian Guerrero is a former resident of Los Angeles and a current resident of New York City with extensive experience in front of and behind the camera for film and television.

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Community News announces readership survey winners Two names were chosen from the recent Community News Readership Survey as winners of a $100 gift certificate from their favorite restaurant. Katy Fry of Wentzville chose Panera and Jerry Montgomery of Florissant chose Stefaninas for their certificates. Congratulations to both of our winners, and thank you readers for completing the Readership Survey. We welcome and appreciate your loyalty. -- Bob Huneke, Publisher, and Staff of Community News

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Katy Fry (left) of Wentzville receives a $100 gift certificate to Panera from Community News Publisher Bob Huneke, for being chosen as a winner of the Community News Readership Survey.

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Help with taxes Free tax preparation available for local low-income households United Way 2-1-1 is partnering with local tax coalitions to provide free tax preparation services to St. Louis-area families with a household income of $54,000 or less in 2016. Last year, the partnership helped more than 20,000 people in our region receive nearly $21 million in tax refunds. “Through free tax preparation services, we hope to again help many working families this year receive all of the tax credits they qualify for,” said Debbie Irwin, community economic development director, United Way of Greater St. Louis. “The partnership between United Way 2-1-1 and these tax coalitions is a great asset to local families and the St. Louis region, as the money saved through the free tax preparation assistance as well as refunds received through tax credits represents additional investments into our region through things like basic needs, transportation, housing and education.” United Way’s tax coalition partners include Friendly Community Tax Coalition, Gateway EITC Community Coalition, National Association of Black Accountants, and St. Louis Tax Assistance Program. In 2016, 765 volunteers worked through the coalitions to provide services for the region, helping local low-income households save approximately $5 million in tax preparation services. Anyone interested in receiving tax preparation help and who is eligible under the $54,000 household income threshold may contact United Way at 2-1-1 or 1-800427-4626, or visit www.211helps.org for information on qualifications, locations, dates and a list of documents required for services. Sites operate on an appointment or walk-in basis. The coalitions also focus on bringing awareness to local individuals and families who qualify to receive a refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax credit designed to help people increase their financial

stability. The average national EITC refund in 2016 was more than $2,455. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, in 2015, over 26 million families and individuals nationwide received a federal EITC refund, which helped lift approximately 6.5 million people out of the poverty threshold. The following locations, dates and times are available for Saturday walk-in sites. For all other locations and times, individuals may call 2-1-1 or 1-800-427-4626. United Way provides information and referral to all free income tax sites in the greater St. Louis region through its United Way 2-1-1 call center.

Super Saturday Sites (no appointment necessary)

St. Louis County Believers Temple Word Fellowship 2115 Chambers Rd, St. Louis County Saturdays to March 4 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Lincoln University 9041 Riverview Drive, St. Louis County Saturdays to March 25 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lucas Crossing Elementary School 7837 Natural Bridge Rd., St. Louis County Saturdays to March 4 from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Omega Center 3900 Goodfellow Blvd, St. Louis County Saturdays to April 15 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. RTR/DCC (Deaf Community Center) 8764 Manchester Road, Suite 201, St. Louis County Saturdays to March 4 from 9 a.m. – noon (Sign language interpreters available.) Southern Mission Baptist Church 8171 Wesley, St. Louis County Saturdays to April 8 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The MET Center 6347 Plymouth Avenue, St. Louis County Saturdays to April 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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UM-ST. Louis – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta 120 North Elizabeth, St. Louis County Saturdays to April 8 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.


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Feeding the hungry State seeking organizations to serve meals to children during summer months The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is looking for organizations throughout the state to help feed thousands of children who would otherwise go without meals when school is not in session. The Summer Food Service Program reimburses organizations for meals they serve to children who are at risk of not having enough to eat. The program is one way Missouri is working to fight childhood hunger. The summer food program provides nutritious meals to children under age 18 during the summer months. Organizations eligible to participate in the program include schools, faith-based organizations, camps, private nonprofit agencies and local governments. The sites are required to be located in areas where at least half of the children are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. The federally funded program is administered by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The department will accept applications March 1 through May 15 to participate in the program. Organizations interested in becoming sponsors are required to attend training. More information about the Summer Food Service Program

is available online at www.health.mo.gov/sfsp, by telephone at 888-435-1464 (toll-free) or through RELAY MISSOURI for the Hearing and Speech Impaired at 1-800-735-2966. Potential sponsors may also write to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Summer Food Service Program, P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102.

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Bowling for dollars First Bank rolls up big score for Junior Achievement program Topping last year’s fundraising total of $6,000, First Bank employees recently raised $7,800 for Junior Achievement during a JA Bowl-A-Thon at Olivette Bowling Lanes. With six teams competing, the First Bank “Spare Me Team” rolled up the top total fundraising amount ($1,938). Team members were Kathy Knopp, Sandi McAfee, Cindy Holman, Jon Moen and Shannon Johnson. Knopp posted the highest individual amount ($721.19). For their winning performance, the “Spare Me Team” received St. Louis Cardinals baseball tickets.

Other prizes included a drawing for $100 Bristol Bucks at Bristol Seafood Grill and “Award hours” for a half day off for bowlers who raised $150 or higher. Twenty-five First Bank employees, families and friends competed in the JA Bowl-A-Thon. In addition to the JA BowlA-Thon, First Bank employees will once again participate in JA Days at select area elementary schools this spring, teaching students about the importance of financial literacy. First Bank also serves as a sponsor for JA BizTown in Chesterfield.

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Improving station to station Citizens for Modern Transit and AARP partner to spruce up MetoLink stations throughout the region

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Have you ever been in a MetroLink station that seemed dark, deserted or somewhat barren and wondered what that space could be with the right investment and planning? That is a question that the Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT) and AARP of St. Louis are partnering together to try and answer and solve. “We are looking to transform stations from stations that are really just pass-throughs for passengers,” said CMT Executive Director Kim Cella. “Some stations, there is literally nothing around the station. We have many stations like that in St. Louis. We would like to transform our transit stations into active, engaging corridors that connect the individuals to the neighborhoods by offering access to products or services or green spaces or entertainment right there in the area around the station.” So CMT and AARP of St. Louis teamed up to find out what passengers, residents and business owners would like to see happen in the existing stations. “Last fall we partnered on what we call ‘placemaking’ audits of three stations (North Hanley, Forrest Park, and Delmar),” said Cella. “We did some on-the-ground research to look at the implications of making changes at these stations. Once we did that we compiled a report that included some survey data and gave a presentation the community on the ideas we had gathered. The full report, which can be found at, http://cmt-stl. org/placemaking-at-transit-can-be-as-simple-as-turningthe-lights-on, included both short-term and long-term recommendations. Short-term recommendations included improved maintenance and addressing signs of neglect, improving landscaping maintenance at stations, installing art to enhance areas, installing elements like seating, interactive ‘games,’ or wayfinding, art and turning on lights at the stations to improve visibility and safety. Cella said the two organizations have already achieved some of those short-term goals thanks to a variety of community partners. In early January, lights were turned on at the historic Wabash Station and overgrown vegetation has already been removed from around the Delmar station. “Something as simple as turning on the lights goes a long way to building community support to further activate these station areas and create places,” said Cella, noting that those achievements are just the beginning of improvements that riders can expect to see in future. “We are working

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on getting an active plan in place right now for more improvements. In the interim, we are working on all of the short-term action items with other stakeholders and through our partners to continue to create buzz around these ideas.” One of those action items is to hold a pop-up event at the Forest Park station on May 4 to show stakeholders, riders and the general public what is possible. “On that day we are going to create a pop-up placemaking event where you will have dining, you will have retail, you will have entertainment and you will have physical activities all occurring at that station as a way for community members and the general public to see that these opportunities do exist with a little bit of investment.” Long-term action items include development or


AroundTown redevelopment of areas around the stations, adding parking lots at some stations, creating “kiss and ride” areas, adding restrooms, developing a bike share facility at the Forrest Park station, developing programming at the stations in conjunction with surrounding stakeholders and cultural institutions and improving the pedestrian infrastructure around the stations. Cella said that all of those changes would require funding, but noted that they are working on a variety of grant applications, asking local corporations to contribute and developing investments from additional stakeholders. “Funding does not materialize overnight,” she said, noting that the partnership with AARP expanded their outreach efforts and helped to focus improvements on issues which could be a benefit for multiple generations. “All of the research says that everything that Baby Boomers

want in a community is the same things that Millennials want. This is a region that is trying to maintain and grow its Millennial population so if we can achieve some of these goals then we will hit a market that is much larger than just one segment of the population.” Cella said that if people want to get involved they can find more information on the CMT website, or they can contact the organization directly at 314-231-7272. “We are a regional advocacy organization with a large membership base,” she said. “There are opportunities for people to get involved. This is a project we will be working on for a long time, but we are hitting the ground running. We have 37 stations in the St. Louis region and we have a huge opportunity to utilize those stations to improve livability.”

Looking for lions The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently received DNA results from a confirmed mountain lion in Shannon County. Those results indicated the mountain lion was a female with a probable origin in the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota and Northwest Nebraska. This is the first definitive confirmation of a female mountain lion being present in Missouri since 1994. “Mountain lions are still rare in Missouri,” said MDC Wildlife Management Coordinator Alan Leary. In 1996, the department established its Mountain Lion Response Team (MLRT) with specially-trained staff to investigate reports and evidence of mountain lions. Since then, all mountain lion sightings confirmed by the MLRT have either proven to be males, or have provided insufficient evidence to determine the animal’s sex. Since 1994, MDC has recorded 68 confirmed mountain lion sightings in the state. On Jan. 21, MDC confirmed a male mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 70 in Warren County. Confirmations have become more common in recent years, likely due to a combination of factors, according to MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee. “We know the mountain lion population has grown in western states, and that could translate to more dispersing mountain lions making their way into Missouri, but we have also gotten better at finding them,” Conlee said. “As technology has advanced, we’ve seen an explosion in the numbers of game cameras across the Missouri landscape. We’ve also established more efficient methods for reporting and investigating mountain lion sightings. These factors

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DNA tests provide first confirmation of a female mountain lion in Missouri since 1994

Recent results from DNA tests have confirmed a female mountain lion in Shannon County.

all likely play a role in the increased number of confirmed mountain lion sightings in our state.” The risk of a mountain lion attack in Missouri remains highly unlikely. No mountain lion attack on a human has ever been recorded in the state. People, livestock and pets face a much greater risk from familiar dangers we encounter including automobiles, stray dogs and lightning strikes. MDC has never stocked or released mountain lions in Missouri and has no plans to do so. However, the department wants to learn more about these rare animals and encourages all citizens to report sightings, physical evidence, or other incidents so they can be investigated. Anyone with information about a mountain lion can file a report with the Mountain Lion Response Team at mountain. lion@mdc.mo.gov. To learn more about mountain lions, and to view a map of confirmed sightings in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/ mountain-lion. MARCH 2017 | OUR TOWN | 9


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AMERICA, THE GREAT BY RUSS PATTON, OWNER OF BYERLY RV Enough of “make America great again.” America is great, has been great, and will always be great. In the real America, tourism trumps terrorism. Have any doubts? Hit the road in an RV and find out. Or ask any immigrant. They come here to work and be free, just like our ancestors. We enjoy the benefits of our predecessors’ hard work. We are the “deplorables,” the ones who work hard, fix things, pay taxes, support our local communities and still contribute more to the needy than any country in the world. Americans across the country open their arms to welcome visitors and show off their communities and natural resources. They say the millennials tend to invest more in experiences than spend money for things. What better adventure than exploring America in an RV. See why the great middle should be referred to as the “stopover” zone rather than the “flyover” zone. RV sales and rentals are breaking all records. 2017 is the 100th anniversary of our National Parks; unfortunately, this means plan early! Little did Walter Byerly, a cabinet maker in the 1940s, know that he was a pioneer in the RV industry. He would be amazed to visit the web and see how Byerly RV has grown. Check out our motorhome and trailer rental packages. Few dealers offer such a selection of RVs for sale: over 15 brands ranging from $15,000 to $500,000! And we always have a good supply of traded in preowned RVs. Explore the greatest, safest, most beautiful country in the world, in the most enjoyable, family fun way – the RV way. Byerly RV, The Center of the RV World. Byerlyrv.com. Visit us on Facebook. e h th t Wor ive Byerly RV Dr

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Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service work to address homelessness and hunger

Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service recently celebrated its 35-year anniversary of furthering a mission “to serve those in crisis, and to prevent homelessness and hunger.” Fondly dubbed “The Miracle on McClay,” the Care Service has embraced the most vulnerable in St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties by providing assistance and building connections with the community to overcome the cycle of poverty. Locally unique in its ability to address both short-term and long-term homelessness and hunger issues, the Care Service has seen countless families and individuals succeed at stabilizing their crisis situation and work their way to self-reliance. Comprehensive, integrated services including financial housing and utility assistance, home repairs, emergency housing, transitional housing, weekly food pantry, individualized employment assistance and indepth case management are key. In addition, the Care Service provides street outreach to those who are living unsheltered in our community and acts as a first-responder in times of disaster. Thanks to the generous support of area businesses and individuals as well as funding from local, state and federal government, the Care Service assists approximately 1,800 of the poorest households in our area each year, representing 5,600 individuals. This is a testament to the caring community in which we are so fortunate to live. In an area of the state that is considered among the most affluent, there is a grave misperception that homelessness and hunger do not exist here. Sadly, there are close to 60,000 individuals going hungry in our tri-county area, one-third of whom are children (FeedingAmerica.com) and the Care Service is a charity of last resort. Those who work, volunteer and support the Care Service can attest to the pain that poverty causes for so many of our residents. Nothing is more heart-breaking than to have to turn away a human being in need, let alone a child, because of the lack of funding or the capacity to serve them. Yet, that is the reality they must face. One example of the efforts the Care Service is currently tackling to fight homelessness and hunger is the expansion of its food pantry operation. Currently, the food pantry

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can accommodate 125 to 150 households on a weekly basis. By adding 4,000 square feet of warehouse space to its existing building, the Care Service could increase the number of households served by as many as 100 families per week. Perhaps a small feat by some measures, for an agency that runs on 28 employees, 120 weekly volunteers and over half of its budget provided by way of food and other material donations, it seems like a moving a mountain to raise the nearly $480,000 in cash funding it will require to build. Regardless, the Miracle on McClay, has moved mountains before. Asking the recently retired founder, Miriam Mahan, and the newly appointed Executive Director, Jack Lipin, their response in unison is, “we are not likely to stop moving mountains now.” Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service is a nationally accredited, 501(c)3 faith-based charitable organization. Its purpose is to protect families, especially children, the elderly and disabled, regardless of race, age, gender or religion from the despair, hopelessness and social injustice caused by poverty. To support the Care Service or receive additional information, call 636-441-1302, ext. 263, email to info@ jacares.org, or visit the website at www.jacares.org. MARCH 2017 | OUR TOWN | 11


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of education is now Ladue School District’s focus on science, technology, engineering and math courses make students better prepared for future careers

BY NICHOLAS ELMES STEM – it is THE buzzword in today’s educational world. The simple word is actually an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, all of which may sound like scary or difficult subjects to master. But in the Ladue School District, students are tackling these subjects as soon as they start

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school in kindergarten, thanks in large part to the guidance of the district’s STEM Coordinator Dr. Kevin McColgan. He said the district is approaching STEM education with a multi-pronged effort aimed at promoting not only more advanced learning for both students and teachers but also creating more cooperative learning environments.

“One prong is centered around what people kind of envision STEM as – the tangible programing that kids can get their hands on,” he said. “So, for example, we have instituted a robotics program for all of our kindergarten-throughfifth-grade students so that every get student gets to be involved in that. Then when they move to the middle or high school level it becomes more of an afterschool


program. That way every kid gets exposed to it in the beginning and then as they get older it becomes more of a choice thing for them.” Other tangible STEM courses include a variety of engineering and biomedical classes offered at the high school level through a program called Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is an award-winning nonprofit which provides STEMbased professional development and curriculum to schools throughout the nation. “We have been really happy with what they have provided,” said McColgan, saying that they have now fully integrated the PLTW engineering courses at the high school level and are working to add the biomedical and computer science courses as well. “When we started with them, in our high school the engineering component was the area that was not present so we focused on that first,” McColgan said. “Now that that has grown and seen really strong and good enrollment we are working on bringing in all of the other high school level courses. The engineering curriculum offered through PLTW includes courses like  Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles

of Engineering, Aerospace the board through all of their Engineering, Civil Engineering coursework. and Architecture, Computer “We focus on integration of all Integrated Manufacturing, of the curriculum areas so that all Computer Science Principles, of the teachers are aware of what Digital Electronics,  Environmental is going on,” said McColgan. Sustainability, and  Engineering “If you are learning something Design and Development, while in science where math may be biomedical courses include teaching the same underlying skill Principles of Biomedical Science, we want all of our teachers aware Human Body Systems,  Medical of it and working together on it.” Interventions, and Biomedical While that process helps to Innovation and the computer reinforce certain ideas, McColgan science course provides training said that it is also driven to some in a variety of coding languages, degree by student demand. including those used for Android “They are at a time and a place devices and cyber security. in our world right now where But the district is also working they are better consumers of to make sure that STEM is not education,” he said. “They are at just something that its students point where they are demanding get in specific classes, but across it. One of the big pushes at the high school is how to continue to get better with their collaborative and communication efforts. 21st century skills in today’s world are just as important as content learning. I think it actually gives the kids ownership and more interest in their classes.” The district has even taken the effort so far as to offer summer school students more STEM

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based, as opposed to core subject reinforcement, studies. “The idea is to boost their skill set and put them in a new and novel learning environment and the kids got really excited about it,” said McColgan. Of course developing crosscurricula STEM education also requires a lot of financial support and buy-in from the system’s teachers – both of which seem to be happening in the Ladue School District. “Our second major leg in implementing STEM, and probably the most important one, is working with the teachers on professional development,” said McColgan. “Helping them to move from thinking about STEM as just standalone activities and instead on how to get the kids to be thinking about STEM on a daily

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One of the big pushes at the high school is how to continue to get better with their collaborative and communication efforts. basis.” That professional development has taken an interesting form – one that encourages teachers to lead each other in spreading STEM education. “We created a cohort of 32 teachers who span the entire K-12

spectrum,” said McColgan. “They come from all different grade levels, all different backgrounds and all different subjects. We have committed them to four years of in-depth training and coaching with the goal of them becoming their own STEM laboratories in their own schools. As we train them and they learn these things then other teachers can come and learn from them.” McColgan said the district is lucky to have the resources it does to be able to provide all of the technology needed to make STEM education a reality. “Having access to the technology we need does not hold us up from doing anything,” he said. “When it comes to the curriculum and the normal processes I feel like the district funding is there.” For specific projects that individual teachers may want to do, the district can also rely on the Ladue Education Foundation. “It funds a lot of things for the teachers,” said McColgan. “For example, I had a teacher in middle school who wanted to do some virtual reality with kids and was able to get the funding through them.” McColgan said that while the district’s STEM program seems to be succeeding, it is something that will continue to evolve with each success. “We have started to talk about where to go for the next step,” he said. “That could be providing non-traditional pathways at the high school. It is a little bit of a cultural shift. The interest is there, but we don’t have anything in place yet.”


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Baby it’s cold inside

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an it be? Is spring really on the verge of springing? Please say it’s so. It has been such a long miserable winter for most states with four seasons. And that cruel, cold-hearted maker of mayhem, Old Man Winter, has been especially hard to deal with. Yup, my husband once again refused to budge a nano-degree with the temperature controls even though the Frostbite Express rolled into our living room and parked its big fat iceberg butt on our couch. You know it’s a cold winter when there’s a need to continually remove the thick frosty buildup on the windows…of the shower stall. And even worse, when a sudden sneeze produces twoinch long icicles from both nostrils…while showering. At one point, I had to substitute my hot steamy cup of morning cocoa for a scalding mug of antifreeze. That was the breaking point. The thermostat was going up, but I had to wait for a moment of distraction, some sort of commotion – the perfect storm. My husband can hear the click of the controls a football field away. Suddenly, I heard a disturbance coming from the depths of his man cave. He was preoccupied with watching yet another sports program of the utmost, mostest, critical importance – the Logger Bowl. This time, in a major upset, the Norwegian log throwers were about to lose their title to the Swedes. Their lead logger, Gunnar Svennjerkkjenstein, in a freak accident wedged his thumb in an unseen knothole in one of the stumps and couldn’t release it. While the referees were arguing it out, a polar bear suddenly made its way onto the grounds and began chasing Gunnar across the field and past the goal post for a remarkable win. But the angry Swedes were not having any of it and begun to revolt by throwing blocks of ice at the competition. The mayhem could last until daylight savings time returned. Now was my chance. I belly-crawled over to where the thermostat hung, then slithered up the wall and jimmied open the padlock on its metal casing and turned it up ten degrees. Ahhh, 55 would feel like a heatwave. I then heard a Neanderthal-like yell from below. “Rematch!” Sweet mother of Christmas miracles! The referees had determined the logging teams would play again. This gave me another two hours at minimum. I cranked the dial to 80 and found a nice beach read. Forget spring, summertime was here at last!

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orking my way up the narrow, winding, snow-covered mountain road, I marveled at the accumulation of snow this season. Having previously lived at the lower end of this road for several years, I was familiar with normal winter conditions in the area. Things were different this year. There was about four inches of snow on the road surface, which had already been plowed earlier in the day. It was snowing steadily. The piles of snow on the roadside increased in depth as I went up in elevation. Areas that were normally flat parking pull-outs had snow piled higher than the roof of my pickup. A normal-sized two-lane road, the road width was now marginal for two-way traffic; when oncoming traffic approached, both travelers had to slow to a crawl to safely pass each other, given the poor visibility, snow-packed surface and encroaching piles of snow on what used to be the shoulder. The equipment operator who clears this county road is an old friend. A perfectionist by nature, his work is impeccable and he told me that keeping the road clear this winter was “tricky.” That the road was open at all was a testament to his skills and humble understatement. I was on my way up to help a friend working at a ranch near the end of the pavement. He had called earlier, desperately seeking a welder. My days of collecting a paycheck for such work had ended more than a couple decades ago; currently my skills were commensurate with that prolonged sabbatical. Couldn’t they find someone else? No, their mechanic was out of town. Some snow removal equipment was broken and they needed someone – anyone – who could fuse some 16 | OUR TOWN | MARCH 2017

Waiting for the end of an epic winter

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broken metal together until a new part arrived in a couple weeks. No one else wanted to go up there. Promising only antiquated skills, I loaded up some tools, the dog, a full tank of gas and headed out for a long drive. After ninety minutes of driving, mostly uphill, I arrived at the ranch. There was over four feet of snow on the ground, and a few more feet on top of that where wind gusts had deposited more. A crew of workers was clearing snow off of rooftops. The snow was above their waists. Once the snow had been shoveled and pushed off the roof, the resulting piles reached from the ground up to the eaves of the roof – unreal. It had been snowing lightly, sometimes moderately, almost nonstop at my house for two weeks. It had been snowing heavily here for a similar duration. The snowpack here in the mountains this winter is 190 percent of average. Ski areas have had to shut down temporarily, due to so much snow falling so quickly, because it was impossible for snowmobiles and ski patrollers to get around the mountains. Once reopened, the ski areas provided dream-like conditions for skiers. Many highways, including busy interstates, have been closed repeatedly, sometimes for days at a time. Grocery stores have surprisingly kept their inventories up, with only occasional empty shelves. Right now it is sunny outside, with temperatures forecast to rise above freezing soon. These conditions should give us time to repair and maintain equipment, split more firewood, stock up on groceries and enjoy a little sunshine. The next storm is expected to arrive next weekend.


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anufactured here “stateside” (that’s a big deal now, more than ever) the 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited four-door “go anywhere” vehicle is produced in Toledo, Ohio. Of course, the Wrangler two door serves as a spring board for the larger Unlimited version. It tends to deliver unmatched off-road aptitude, regardless of the various terrain that you might be negotiating. Frankly speaking, Jeeps tend to have that cunning knack and aptitude for creating their own pathways. This is achieved with its legendary four-wheel drive chassis set-up, joined with more than seven decades of 4x4 engineering experience. Wrangler continues to offer a latter-type steel body-onframe underside platform front and rear five-link suspension system, unique live/beam drive axles, electronic wheel lockers and is one of the few mid-size SUVs  that offers a six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic transmission is optional. You can easily operate this SUV in two or four wheel drive high mode or four wheel drive low range, when conditions dictate. It also comes with either 16, 17 or 18-inch tires and wheels, depending on the trim choices. With fuel economy on the minds of most, Wrangler is available with several axle gear ratios as well, thus allowing customers to optimize fuel usage and vehicle capability. Select axle gear ratio options also help to make your Jeep more personalized for your precise driving needs. And depending on how it’s ordered from the factory, it has the capability to tow up to 3,500-pounds. Terms such as limited slip rear differential, two-speed transfer cases and Dana axle housings may sound irregular to most car buyers, but for Jeep owners this is routine everyday conversation that they thrive on! Jeep purchasers tend look at things

2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited mixes modern updates with classic Jeep style BY DAVID FINKELSTEIN

such as approach, breakover and departure angles when crossshopping for an all-terrain vehicle. They’ll be delighted to know that Wrangler tends to be out in front within this category. All of this added up further helps to make Jeeps sought after by consumers of varying ages and social backgrounds. This includes “Jeepers” (Jeep owners) that might consider a night out on the town or taking in the theater. Wrangler Unlimited’s interior combines welcomed styling, versatility, comfort and intuitive features. The large rear windows are engineered for good visibility; however, the rear door exterior mounted spare tire and rear windshield wiper motor housing does impact your view slightly. The Unlimited model seats five and retains the crown as the only fourdoor 4x4 open-air vehicle on the market. Powering this Jeep is their 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine. Its received a number of awards including the prestigious Ward’s 10 Best Engines achievement. It produces 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. As an average, the EPA numbers reflect 16-mpg city/21mpg highway. Safety systems were developed to improve handling and accident avoidance while providing occupant protection, yet remaining totally seamless to the driver and passengers. The drive experience overall is somewhat “truck-like”; however, it’s to be expected with a sport utility produce such as this. To further help make those Jeep experiences more interesting, customers can stay connected with their Uconnect safety, security and convenience system. Subtle, newfangled changes over the years still helps to make this brand instantly recognizable, but with somewhat contemporary and vogue updates which reflect the classic heritage of its roots. The base entry level pricing for the 2017 Jeep Unlimited starts out at $27,895. MARCH 2017 | OUR TOWN | 17


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Being sick isn’t fun, but missing out on family vacations or parties for the big game because you are sick is even worse. It has been called FluFOMO, the fear of missing out because you are sick. Getting a flu shot, washing your hands frequently and disinfecting hard surfaces are just a few things you can do to avoid getting sick. Additionally, Clorox partnered with epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Morse, a professor at Columbia University, to share some basics about the flu virus.

What is the Flu Virus?

Influenza, more commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Symptoms can include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue. Most people who get the flu virus tend to recover within a few days to two weeks, barring any complications. Anyone can get the flu virus, but young children, pregnant women, adults 65 years and older and people with lung disease or weakened immune systems tend to be more susceptible to more severe or longer-lasting symptoms.

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a viral respiratory illness. Many different viruses can cause the “common cold.” Cold symptoms can mimic flu symptoms, but a cold is generally less severe than the flu virus. Cold symptoms may begin with a sore throat and usually include a runny nose and congestion or a cough. Colds tend to resolve in about a week.

Cold and Flu Prevention Tips

1. Vaccinate: The first and most important step in flu virus prevention is vaccination. You can’t get the flu virus from the vaccine, but the vaccine takes about two weeks to work, so don’t delay. The Centers for Disease Control recommends a yearly flu virus vaccine for almost everyone 6 months and older – even when the viruses the vaccine protects against are the same as the previous season. 2. Keep your hands to yourself and away from your face: Germs are often spread when someone touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth after coming in contact with a contaminated surface. Wash your hands often, including after using the bathroom and before preparing or serving food. 3. Disinfect hard surfaces: To prevent the spread of germs in your home and beyond, the CDC recommends

disinfecting frequently touched, hard surfaces, such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, light switches and faucets, with an EPA-registered disinfectant like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They help kill 99.9 percent of germs that can live for up to 48 hours on hard, non-porous surfaces. 4. Avoid close contact with sick people: So that you don’t miss out on anything this flu season, try to avoid people who are, or were recently, infected with the flu virus. Also remember to cover your coughs and sneezes. 5. Stay home when you’re sick: Take a few days off from work or school if you come down with the flu virus to help avoid spreading it to others. On average, someone with the flu virus spreads it to two people, so staying home can make a difference. Most adults and children can infect others with the flu virus a day or so before symptoms develop and up to a week after becoming sick. Missing out is never fun, so help stop the spread of germs and protect yourself this flu season. Learn more about disinfecting hard surfaces at Clorox.com.


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The BIGGEST -RATED HITS (and is ‘LOGAN’ next?)

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BY BRIAN GUERRO This month Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart will be in their final appearances as Logan/Wolverine and Professor X and they’re about to go out with an R-rated bang. This is something the studio, 20th Century Fox, had been planning for quite some time - even before their success with last year’s adult favorite “Deadpool.” “Logan” is the first X-Men movie to receive the “restricted” rating from the MPAA. Since the turn of the 21st century, the studios seem to invest less on bigbudget films for mature audiences in fear of not receiving as much revenue in return (restricting ticket sales from younger viewers respectively). Thankfully, there are a good number of ‘R’ films that have been a huge success regardless of their rating. Here are some “restricted” films that have broken records in ticket sales in the past. “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) $234 million The hilarious trick about the film’s title is the fact that it really refers to Detective Axel Foley, a cop from Detroit traveling to Beverly Hills. One of the main reasons this film is brilliantly funny is how we see through his eyes how foreign (and overlyfancy) this city is to him compared to crime-ridden Detroit. The film’s main draw for comedy is that Eddie Murphy plays the fast-talking Detective Foley. This is the movie that showcased Murphy in all his comic glory with an Oscar nominated script that also gave him room to improvise and be quick-on-hisfeet during his scenes. The film made a domestic gross of $234 million during its run and became the highest grossing R-rated film for nearly nineteen years. “The Matrix Reloaded” (2003) $281 million At $281 million, it was “The Matrix Reloaded” that became the next R-rated king. Following the groundbreaking success of 1999’s “The Matrix,” the release of the this sequel was a long, four-year wait for eager fans – and the overall ticket sales was proof of that. 2003 was a year studios began to have more faith than usual in big budget “R” films thanks to a group of highly-anticipated sequels of R-rated predecessors.

There was also “Bad Boys II” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” that summer and all were blockbuster hits. However, it was “Reloaded” that was the money-raking winner. The Passion of the Christ (2004) $370 million It took not even a year for the film, directed by Mel Gibson, to break the domestic box-office record. In fact, it took only nine months for the film to shatter the record previously held by “The Matrix” sequel. At $370 million, not only did it become the highest grossing R-rated film of all time, but also the most for a religious film and a film spoken in a foreign language. This is one of the most controversial films ever made, mostly due to the lengthy scourging scene that many found difficult to stomach. However, that still didn’t turn away many in our world from viewing it... at least once in their lives. “Deadpool” (2016) $783 million (worldwide) There’s something about the “naughty list” of R-rated films that tend to open in February. Last year’s big gamble by big studio 20th Century Fox (also responsible for what “rhymes with Polverine”), ended up coming slightly short of beating the domestic record still held by “The Passion.” However, it did rake in $783 million - the new worldwide record. Ryan Reynolds may have found the perfect star-vehicle that showcases all his comic (and physical) strengths as an actor. At this point in his career, if there is one thing to put on his tombstone, “Deadpool” would be it (pun aside). Last year, the super (hero) - hit opened on Feb. 12 (Valentine’s Day weekend) and cleverly promotes itself as ‘”a love story.” Technically, this is true - and true enough that it is the driving force of this comically rude, crude action flick brought to you by the Marvel universe. The laughs are tailor-made and shamelessly presented to you by Mr. Reynolds himself. It also helped that he’s one of the producers who fought years to get this movie made right - just the way he likes it. Good Deadpool. MARCH 2017 | OUR TOWN | 19


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o matter the occasion, every celebration is better with snacks. Whether you’re hosting game day with the guys, catching up with girlfriends, gathering for family movie night or inviting your kids’ friends over for a grade school sleepover, you can’t go wrong with popcorn treats. Popcorn is the perfect partner for a broad span of flavors, especially when they’re sweet or salty – or both. You

can make each mouthwatering bite pop even more by adding texture with crunchy nuts or silky melted chocolate. Even if you simply serve plain popcorn to your guests, you can feel good about serving healthy, whole grain, freshly popped popcorn, which is naturally low in fat and calories, non-GMO and gluten free. Find more ways to pop up more fun for your next party at popcorn.org.

Caramel-Nut Popcorn Crunch Yield: 20 pieces

Poppy Chow Yield: 2 quarts

Ingredients: 2 quarts popped popcorn 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup confectioners’ sugar

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In microwave safe bowl, combine butter, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Microwave 2 minutes; stir until smooth. Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn and stir until well coated. Sprinkle confectioners’ sugar over popcorn and stir until coated. Cool to room temperature before serving. Store in airtight container, refrigerated, up to 24 hours.

I ngredients: 10 cups freshly popped popcorn 2 cups whole almonds 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1/4 cup light corn syrup 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon baking soda Directions: Heat oven to 225 F. Spray 15-by-10-inch baking sheet with nonstick spray. In large bowl, mix popcorn

and almonds. In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Over low heat, stir mixture until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, almond extract and baking soda. Pour over popcorn and almonds, immediately stirring gently to coat. Pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet, spreading evenly. Bake 1 hour. Cool completely. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.


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English Toffee Popcorn Bars Yield: 20 bars

Ingredients: 2 1/2 quarts popped popcorn 1 cup peanuts 1 cup flaked coconut, toasted Toffee: 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 tablespoons water 4 1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup Chocolate Topping: 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) chocolate pieces 1 tablespoon shortening Directions: Heat oven to 200 F. In large bowl, combine popcorn, peanuts and toasted coconut. Cover bottom of buttered 15 1/2-by-10 1/2-by1-inch jelly roll pan with half of the popcorn mixture. Keep filled pan and remaining popcorn mixture warm in oven. To make toffee: In heavy

2-quart saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add sugar and blend well. Continue to cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches full boil. Add water and corn syrup; mix well. Wash down sides of pan with pastry brush dipped in water to remove any sugar granules. Cook and stir over low heat until mixture reaches softcrack stage on candy thermometer (280 F). Immediately pour mixture over warm popcorn in jelly-roll pan, making certain all popcorn is covered. Quickly spread and press remaining popcorn mixture into hot toffee. Set aside to cool. For topping, melt chocolate and shortening over low heat. Spread over popcorn mixture, making certain any loose pieces are held in place. Cool. Cut into bars. If bars will not be served immediately, wrap in plastic wrap for storage.

Maple Bacon Popcorn Mix Yield: 2 quarts

I ngredients: 6 slices thick-cut bacon 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, divided 8 cups popped popcorn 2/3 cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped 2/3 cup dried cranberries 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon maple extract Directions: Heat oven to 400 F. Line jelly roll pan with foil. Place wire rack in pan. Arrange bacon in single layer on rack. Bake 15 minutes, or until ends of bacon start to

curl. Remove and reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. Brush bacon with 2 tablespoons maple syrup; bake 15 minutes until browned. Cool then coarsely chop bacon. In large bowl, combine popcorn, pecans and cranberries. Combine butter, black pepper, maple extract, remaining maple syrup and reserved bacon drippings. Cook over low heat until butter is melted. Drizzle over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly. Spread popcorn mixture in jelly roll or roasting pan. Bake 5 minutes. Toss in bacon pieces. Serve warm. MARCH 2017 | OUR TOWN | 21


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A Stranger’s Gift Warrenton woman donates kidney to one-year-old she had never met

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Intensive Care Unit. A medical battle There were complications with the catheter leaking so the family was sent home to give Baby Blake time to heal before the dialysis process was started full force.

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Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis was the location recently for a special reunion. A year ago, on Jan. 18, 2016, a virtual stranger donated a kidney to the Bahr family of Arnold and gave this family the gift of life to their then 14-month-old son, Blake. Heather and Nick Bahr were told they were having a baby boy, but they also found out the baby only had one kidney and the kidney he had was in bad shape due to severe hydronephrosis. Baby Bahr was monitored in utero around the clock and the medical team decided to deliver at 36 weeks. In November 2014, Blake Bahr was born.  On his second day of life, Blake went into kidney failure and was taken by ambulance to Cardinal Glennon. At three days old, Blake had his first surgery to place a dialysis catheter.  Blake needed dialysis to survive because the one kidney he was born with was only functioning at sevento-10-percent and the Bahrs spent six weeks in the hospital’s Neonatal

Laurie Jansen holds Blake Bahr, the little boy to whom she donated a kidney. The two had never met until Jansen read about Blake’s medical needs on Facebook.

Two weeks later, they returned to the hospital to start dialysis. In total, the Bahrs spent two and a half months in the hospital to work Blake up to a large enough volume so they could eventually use a home dialysis machine for 16 hours a day. During this time Blake contracted a respiratory virus that landed him in the hospital’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for 10 days.  It was during this PICU stay Blake was tested by genetic doctors who discovered the baby had two, rare genetic conditions, Jacobson Syndrome and Overgrowth Syndrome.  During his first year of life, Blake spent 135 days in the hospital, faced five surgeries and spent over a year on peritoneal dialysis anywhere from 13 to 24 hours every day. Heather and Nick started thinking about the mounting expenses the family had encountered to date and would continue to encounter due to Blake’s inevitable kidney transplant.  It was during this time that the family began to research the Children’s


Organ Transplant Association (COTA). There were many family members, church friends, work colleagues and neighbors who were very anxious to find something they could do to help. Early on in Blake’s transplant journey, Heather used a Facebook page called “Brave Blake’s Battle” to regularly share updates about Blake’s health as they waited for ‘the call’ that a kidney had been found.  Brave Blake’s Battle Facebook effort grew exponentially and had followers from all over the world.  An unexpected hero One of those followers was Laurie Jansen of Warrenton.  One night, Jansen was having a tough time sleeping so she pulled out her iPad and was drawn to the Brave Blake’s Battle Facebook page. Jansen reached out to Heather and offered to become a living kidney donor.  Blake’s story hit home with Jansen. In 1997, Jansen’s mother received a kidney from a deceased donor and did very well posttransplant.  Seventeen years after that transplant, Laurie’s mother needed a second kidney and Laurie wanted to be her mom’s donor.  However, her mom passed away unexpectedly due to complications from End Stage Renal Disease (which is the same disease Blake has) but the idea of being a kidney donor stuck with Laurie. After months of testing, Laurie turned out to be a perfect match for Blake and the transplant occurred on Jan. 18, 2016. “My family was scared and nervous but very supportive,” Jansen said. “They knew that this was very important to me. You see a lot of stories like this (on Facebook) and my heart goes out to them. I knew this was something I could do.” Obviously, the two families became close and once they got to know each other, found an odd coincidence. Heather Bahr grew up in St. Charles and in fifth grade moved to Warrenton where she went to the same elementary school where Jansen is now the school nurse.

A happy, healthy ending Fast forward to 2017 and all parties are doing more than fine. “I feel great,” Jansen said. “You never would have known I had surgery. A couple weeks after it I was back at work.” Quick to shun the spotlight and attention, Jansen said the focus of this story should be Blake and others like him and the importance of organ donation. “Aside from the testing, it was about two weeks out of my life to be able to change this little boy’s life forever,” she said. “To see the drastic changes in Blake, it was a no-brainer. Nothing (physically) changed for me. I did gain more family and hopefully raised awareness.”

Every day we’re excited to wake up and see what is next for Blake because of Laurie’s life-saving gift to him As far as Blake and the Bahrs, life as never been better. Gone are the days of Blake throwing up 10-to-15 times a day and being incredibly lethargic. “Blake is doing absolutely amazing,” Heather Bahr said. “Since Laurie donated her kidney to him a year ago our family has completely avoided hospitalizations. Before the transplant, Blake was on a feeding tube 18 hours every day and hooked up to dialysis for 13 hours every night to survive. Now he is completely tube free. He wasn’t able to take a bath while he had a dialysis catheter so his first bath was at 14 months old and now he loves it. Blake eats and drinks everything in sight and it’s a true miracle to watch.”

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This side-by-side picture of Blake Bahr were both taken on New Year’s Eve one year apart. On the left Blake was on dialysis and full of fluid from his treatments along with needing a feeding tube. On the right he is tube free and in good health.

Heather Bahr said the majority of children with his condition remain on feeding tubes for life to keep up with the high fluid requirements for their new kidney, but not Blake. Last week he also started walking completely on his own. Prior to transplant, he was not mobile at all. Blake has had physical therapy three times a week since he was born and his therapists are blown away. He no longer needs a walker or canes for support. He has so much more energy and is just a different kid all around. “Every day we’re excited to wake up and see what is next for Blake because of Laurie’s life-saving gift to him,” Heather added. “We are beyond blessed to have Laurie as part of our son. She saved his life and there will never be a day that goes by that we don’t thank God for bringing her into our lives. Our families have become so close through this journey and I know that will continue as Blake grows up. He loves looking at pictures of Laurie and watching videos of them together. They will have a very special lifelong bond.” For more information about the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), or to find a COTA family in your area, please email kim@ cota.org. MARCH 2017 | OUR TOWN | 23


March 1

Ash Wednesday

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Read Across America Day

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Employee Appreciation Day

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Paper shredding event From 9 a.m. to noon, Maryland Heights residents may bring up to ten file-sized boxes for a spring paper shredding/secure document destruction event at the Maryland Heights Government Center at11911 Dorsett Road. A “file-sized” or “bankers” box is roughly the size of a box of office printer paper or equal to the capacity of two paper grocery bags. This event is for residents only; please no businesses. On that date, enter the parking lot from the Dorsett entrance and follow the directional signs. This is a free event. The American Document Destruction staff will help unload your paper and shredding will take place on site. There may be a large turnout, so a wait period is possible. For more info, contact Gabby Macaluso at gmac@marylandheights. com or 314-738-2204. 

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Daylight Savings Time Begins

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St. Patrick’s Day senior luncheon Maryland Heights’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon will have two

seatings at noon and 2:30 p.m. This annual event, celebrates the senior residents of Maryland Heights with a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal and door prizes. If you signed up to attend, please remember that this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon will be held at Syberg’s on Dorsett. Due to limited parking at their restaurant, a shuttle service will be provided from Maryland Heights Government Center at 11911 Dorsett Road. The shuttle will start running 30 minutes prior to each seating. Please carpool if possible or consider having someone drop you off. There is not a large waiting area at Syberg’s, so please do not arrive more than 30 minutes prior to your seating time.

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Fundraiser event Leaps of Love Spring FundraiserFamily event to benefit children with cancer and their families takes place from 2 – 4 p.m. at Rose Hill at 11122 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur. The event is free to attend and donations will be accepted. There will be over 40 vendors to shop for Mother’s Day. For more information contact Kathryn Hubbard, Avon Independent Sales Rep, at 314-378-6129 or kkfundraising2014@gmail.com.

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