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Sunday July 1, 2012

Dr. Lester Schmucker Named Grand Marshal for Independence Day Parade

Wentzville—Dr. Lester Schmucker, World War II veteran and longtime resident of Wentzville, will serve as Grand Marshal for Wentzville’s upcoming Independence Day Parade, which will feature the theme Hats off to Our Heroes. The parade’s theme is designed to honor and salute our country’s past and present heroes and the sacrifices they made to purchase the liberties we enjoy. Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione said he thought this year’s parade theme made Schmucker an excellent choice to serve as Grand Marshal. “Dr. Schmucker served our country in the military during World War II, then followed that with nearly six

decades of service to Wentzville. We .owe him and so many others of his generation a great debt of gratitude,” said Guccione. In addition to his military service during World War II, Schmucker has been an active member of American Legion Post 323 in Wentzville for the past 63 years. Schmucker’s duties with Post 323 include acting as Service Officer, Post Commander, and his current position as Chaplain Schmucker built his home in Wentzville in 1955 and served the Wentzville area for 36 years as a Doctor of Chiropractic, until his retirement in 1991. Schmucker served on Wentzville’s Board of Aldermen from 1959 to 1961. He also served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and held the position of President of Wentzville’s first Board of Adjustment. Schmucker still lives in Wentzville and is a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where he has served on various committees and was the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. This year’s Independence Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. The parade begins on East Pearce Boulevard and will then travel west along Pearce, terminating at Holt High School.

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GM & UAW Members Host 1st Annual Bar-B-Q For Elder Court Seniors

Wentzville- The employees and members of the United Auto Workers Union, sponsored their first annual bar-b-q for the senior tenants of the Elder Court Apartments. Even under the hot sun and 100 degree plus temperatures, everyone worked especially hard to present a great day for their friends of Elder Court. Everyone feasted on bar-b-q pork steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, slaw, cupcakes, brownies and so much more. Everyone had more than enough to fill thier bellies and were told to take home as much leftovers as they wish. This is not the first event they have done for Elder Court, each year for many years they have put on a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. All the tenants are given Christmas presents which this past Christmas they gave toiletries and each tenant received a windbreaker

jacket. Each year this is a huge event that everyone looks forward to including the GM employees and the United Auto Worker members. In attendance at the bar-b-q were some local Wentzville dignitaries. Mayor Nick Guccione, Wentzville Police Chief Lisa Harrison and Board of Alderman member Sonya Shryock were there and also enjoyed talking to the citizens who help put them in office. Chief Harrison spoke to the tenants and told them never be afaid to call on them because they are there to serve and protect the community. Each year the Wentzville Police knock on doors of local seniors to make sure everyone is OK in extreme summer temperatures. This is a service that is extremely important to our local police department and everyone thanks them for caring. Be sure to visit the new Wentzville police department Facebook!


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Wentzville School District Named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces List

(June 25, 2012) Wentzville, MO… The Wentzville School District has been named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Top Workplaces list! The list recognizes great companies based on the survey opinions of those that matter most – the employees. For the project, the Post-Dispatch teamed up with Workplace Dynamics, a survey company that works with dozens of other newspapers nationwide. Nearly 1,300 WSD staff members responded to the survey over a three week period in April, which accounts for more than 70% of District employees who took the time to provide valuable feedback. “This vote of confidence is a powerful indicator to our parents, students, and the community that we have a top notch organization that values the work of our employees,” said Superintendent Dr. Terry Adams. “It is confirmation that our employees feel inspired, and are given the room to do great things.” Only those employers that scored the highest locally and met national benchmarks made the list. The Post-Dispatch used the data gathered in the surveys to produce a section in the June 24th edition that included profiles of the best local employers and other stories exploring how great companies inspire their workforces to excellence. The online version can be viewed at www.stltoday.com/news/special-reports/topworkplaces2012/. Top Workplaces was created by WorkplaceDynamics in 2006. The program is based on the belief that “The most successful companies are the ones that employees believe in.” Over 4,000 organizations now participate in the program, and over one million employees complete a survey each year to provide feedback about their company.

Woman holding young Child killed in Drive-by Shooting in Inkster INKSTER, Mich- Just before 12:30 Monday morning, Inkster Police say a woman was sitting in the passenger seat of a car in front of an abandoned house on Isabelle when someone drove by and opened fire. The woman was killed. The victim was holding a two-year-old baby when she was shot. Thankfully the baby was not hurt, but for one mother the shooting was too close to home. “It’s very sad to hear because it could’ve been anybody,” said Monique Pollard. “I have small children myself and it’s just horrible.” Police are not commenting on this story, but they did say they are looking for the driver of a black Chevy Cobalt with tinted windows. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-OUT or Inkster Police.

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Warning: Burglars also Read the Obituaries, too Losing a loved one is painful enough. Imagine the horror of coming home from the funeral to find your home burglarized. That was the nightmare awaiting Cindy and Dennis Hidgon of Clarkson, Ken., last week after the couple buried their son Christian, who had been murdered a few days earlier. “When I walked in, you know, I think I did just almost fall,” Cindy Hidgon told WLKY news. “I thought, ‘Dear God, you don’t do this.’ They had to be just totally heartless people.” The house was ransacked while everyone was gone. The thieves took laptops, jewelry, guns and cash. “It’s not the monetary value of what they took. It’s like they totally humiliated us in our own house,” Dennis Hidgon told WLKY. Kentucky State Police say the burglars assumed the house would be empty while everyone was at the cemetery. It’s possible, police say, there was an accomplice at the funeral. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. “Obituary burglaries,” as they are sometimes called, are happening across the country. In March, burglars broke into the home of Normaline and Robert Skees in Hardin County, Kentucky while she was at the cemetery burying her husband of ten years. Kentucky State Police say the thieves took several guns, jewelry, coins and more than 30 pocket watches. “I cannot even describe in words what it felt like to have all that stuff that he had spent his entire life collecting gone in such a short time,” Normaline told WAVE TV. Last month, Sherriff’s deputies in Snohomish County, Wash., (just north of Seattle) arrested three men for more than a half-dozen obituary burglaries that took place between December of 2011 and March of this year. Burglars broke into the home of John and Danutsia Burgy while they were attending his mother’s funeral. They got away with nearly half a million dollars in jewelry and family heirlooms. On what was an incredibly sad day, the Burgys had to deal with losing their financial security. “They cleared us out,” John Burgy told KOMO TV. “I mean, they took anything of any value at all. Many of the stolen items had sentimental value. The burglars took papers and artifacts dating back to World War II that belonged to Danutsia’s parents, including her mother’s wedding ring. They also grabbed John Burgy’s awards, citations and commission papers from 20 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. “In their world, we’re all a bunch of dang suckers,” Burgy told KOMO. “And they probably look at us as just marks.” Shari Irenton, Communications Director for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department says an empty house is an inviting target for thieves. “It just makes it a lot easier for criminals to get in, spend as much time as they want inside and to get out,” Ireton tells me. Some funeral homes now warn about the risk of burglary. On its website, the Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home in Houston, Texas, suggests a number of ways to help the bereaved family. Along with answering the phone, greet visitors, and coordinate food, they also list: “House-sit to prevent burglaries during the funeral and visitations.” Any time you’re going to be gone for an extended period, especially when it’s fairly obvious (such as a funeral, high school graduation or vacation) get a house sitter or ask the neighbors to watch the place and report any suspicious activity. “People looking out for each other is the best form of crime prevention,” Ireton says. And as harsh as this may sound, don’t post funeral details on social media sites. Bad guys read those, too. Your funeral notice just lets them know when the house will be empty. Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad people in the world. Remember that and act accordingly to protect yourself.


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Man charged with hiring Hitman to kill Hitman who killed his Wife Police say a Detroit-area man was caught on tape trying to hire someone to kill the hitman who killed his wife, according to media reports. Authorities arrested Bob Bashara of Grosse Pointe Park on Monday and charged him with solicitation of murder, prosecutors said in a news conference, NBC station WDIV reported. The Detroit Free Press reported that he was arrested at a property he owned that police said had a sex dungeon in the basement. Officials allege Bashara offered to pay someone to murder Joseph Gentz, the man charged with firstdegree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Jane Bashara, the Detroit Free Press reported. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy told reporters that Bashara had several meetings with someone between June 8 and June 25 with the intention of hiring the person to kill Gentz in the detention facility where he’s being held before his July 23 court date. “We are alleging that this defendant, Mr. Bashara, met with another person, not a law enforcement official, on several occasions for the purpose of hatching a plan to kill Mr. Gentz in jail,” Worthy said. WDIV reported that the man whom Bashara is accused of soliciting to carry out the murder was cooperating with police and was wired for audio Worth said Bashara also met with a second person whom he wanted to kill Gentz, the paper reported. ported that Bashara was a person of interest in his wife’s death after he failed a polygraph examination, but he hasn’t been charged.

Jane Bashara was strangled in her SUV in January. The station reported that sources said Gentz, who had been Bashara’s handyman on several real estate deals, killed Jane Bashara on her husband’s order. David Griem, Bashara’s attorney, told the paper that his client believes he was being set up. “He was shocked, he was surprised, he didn’t know why he had been arrested,” Griem told the paper. He said Bashara told him before being transferred to a county jail, “David, this is a setup.” Griem told the paper that Bashara said he believes the person trying to set him up is someone he knows, but not well. Griem said Bashara thinks it’s someone who sold furniture and appliances to him. Griem said a man approached Bashara several times about the idea of killing Gentz, but turned him down each time. Gentz’s attorney, Susan Reed, told the paper she alerted officials that her client was in danger when someone told her about the plot against him. She didn’t suspect Bashara of being involved until he was arrested. “It makes sense,” she told the newspaper. Gentz has been moved into segregation in jail for his own safety, the Free Press reported. WDIV reported that Bashara is on suicide watch in a county jail. At Bashara’s arraignment Wednesday, bail was set at $15 million, the Free Press reported. If convicted, both Bashara and Gentz could each face up to life in prison.

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Bath Salt Bandit Arrested After Police Chase

A seven hour manhunt results with police and sheriff‘s deputies arresting their man. It all began around 6:30 Monday morning at a bait and tackle store on Highway 94 in St. Charles County. Authorities said a man stole some bath salts. In the past police said some bath salts were nothing more than synthetic illegal drugs. The man fled in a vehicle and police pursued. He ditched the vehicle in Wentzville and took off on foot. Finally around 1:30 p.m. police arrested the 35-year-old man in a Wentzville subdivision. He is from Troy, Missouri. The incident had residents on edge as police searched their neighborhood. Makayla Sasse said, “I was kind of freaked especially it was just me and my mom at home, first thing she was like let`s get the guns.” Another woman added, “Yes, I was on guard.”

St. Charles Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Jeff Ochs said, “To find him, it was very difficult we`ve been at this all morning.” Earlier 17-year-old Andrew Beilman spotted the shirtless man who was wearing only shorts and socks run through his back yard. Beilman said, “We do have a Doberman that was chasing him and he chased him, like we have an electric fence, he could only chase him so far I guess the guy was hiding back in the woods.” Sgt. Ochs said the team work of his department and other agencies paid off, “So thru perseverance we eventually located him…it`s a relief getting him off the street and we can also possibly clear up a crime with more investigation.” The man who was arrested made this comment, “It`s this goddam economy making a good man do bad things. Madden: So, you don`t use them? No comment.” Bath salts have been stolen from the store before and police recovered the evidence and determined the salts were illegal drugs. The store owner was charged and is scheduled to go on trial this fall. The latest stolen bath salts will also be checked and the store owner could be in even more trouble.

Wentzville Parks and Recreation Provides Many Opportunities

15 arrested for Boating while Intoxicated near Lake Ozarks Weekend saturation efforts on Missouri waterways have netted 15 arrests for boating while intoxicated and 44 citations for safety violations. “Operation Dry Water” is a national effort to reduce boating while intoxicated .Special enforcement operations were conducted on the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as the Osage and Gasconade rivers, where 182 boaters were stopped. The Highway and Water Patrol says special enforcement operations will continue throughout the summer months.

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The City of Wentzville Parks and Recreation department provides many opportunities for people of all ages. Programs offered include fitness, sports leagues, cultural arts and enrichment classes. In addition, the department offers special events throughout the year including the Hill of Thrills Soapbox Race, Easter Egg Hunt, Holiday Night Lights and many others. We strive to offer something for everyone in the community. The Parks and Recreation Department prides itself in keeping each park safe and beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Parks in the community feature playgrounds, picnic shelters, paved trails, ball fields, a fishing lake, swimming pool, and many other outdoor amenities. Progress Park houses the administrative offices, gymnasium, fitness center and Progress Park Center. The Center is a banquet hall facility which can be rented to host wedding receptions, birthday parties or other indoor festivities. The Parks and Recreation brochure is published three times each year. All residents receive the brochure by mail. To view an online PDF version click Fun Times or pick up a copy from the Parks and Recreation office.


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Phoenix Boy, 14, shoots armed Intruder while watching three younger Siblings

A 4-year-old Phoenix boy shot an intruder who broke into his home while brandishing a gun as the teenager watched his three younger siblings, police said. The teen and his brothers and sisters were at home alone at their residence at 55th Avenue and Baseline when a woman rang the doorbell Friday. The teen didn’t open the door because he didn’t recognize her, Police Officer James Holmes said Saturday. Soon after, the teen heard a bang on the door, rushed his siblings upstairs and got a handgun from his parent’s bedroom. When he got to the top of the stairs, he saw a man breaking through the front door and point a gun at him. The boy shot the 37-year-old man, who is in critical condition but expected to survive and be booked into jail. Holmes said the suspect did not get a shot off. He declined to release his name until he is booked into jail. The woman who rang the home’s doorbell got away. Holmes hailed the teen’s actions and his parents for teaching the kids to never open the door to strangers. “The police and indeed our community does not ever want to see a situation where a teenager of that age has to take a weapon to protect his family ... but this young man did exactly what he should have done,” he said. “I’m not sure he gave full thought about what he had to do. He just acted.” Holmes said that the gun the teen grabbed was his father’s, but did not know whether the boy had been trained to use it. He said the family, whose names were not released, is declining to speak to reporters about the ordeal, saying that they “are all pretty traumatized.” “The dad was pretty much out of his mind with distress, officers couldn’t even talk to him,” Holmes said. “It’s going to take them a while to recover mentally.” He said police don’t yet know what the suspect’s intentions were and that will be one of the first questions they ask him when he is well enough to talk. “This was mid-block in a neighborhood, at 4:30 in the afternoon in summertime and children are there,” he said. “They just took a heck of a gamble for this particular house, and we’ve got to try to figure out why.” Holmes added that the family is lucky that the teen acted so swiftly and effectively. “As ugly as this is, and as much as this family is going through, we don’t have injured children on our hands,” he said.

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Top Secret: $80B a Year for Food Stamps, but Feds won’t reveal what’s Purchased Americans spend $80 billion each year financing food stamps for the poor, but the country has no idea where or how the money is spent. Food stamps can be spent on goods ranging from candy to steak and are accepted at retailers from gas stations that primarily sell potato chips to fried-chicken restaurants. And as the amount spent on food stamps has more than doubled in recent years, the amount of food stamps laundered into cash has increased dramatically, government statistics show. But the government won’t say which stores are doing the most business in food stamps, and even it doesn’t know what kinds of food those taxpayer dollars buy. Coinciding with lobbying by convenience stores, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the program in conjunction with states, contends that disclosing how much each store authorized to accept benefits, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), receives in taxpayer funds would amount to revealing trade secrets. As a result, fraud is hard to track and the efficacy of the massive program is impossible to evaluate. As the House debates the once-every-five-years farm bill, the majority of which goes to food stamps, there is a renewed and fervent call from a broad spectrum of camps that the information — some of the most high-dollar, frequently requested and closely held secrets of the government — be set free. “We can’t release it based on federal rules. If it were up to us, I wouldn’t have a problem releasing the information. It’s taxpayer money,” said Tom Steinhauser with the division of benefit programs for the Virginia Department of Social Services. The District said it would be illegal to tell the newspaper how many food stamp dollars were flowing to each local vendor, but first offered to sell The Washington Times the information for $125,000. “Why don’t you just pay the charges? Your paper has a lot of money,” said David Umansky, spokesman for the District’s chief financial officer. Told that the newspaper would not pay, the CFO’s office then said that only JP Morgan, to which it contracted out operations, had access to the store totals and that the office had never looked at them. After six months of the local government attempting to extract the information from JP Morgan, the District finally said that releasing the information would be illegal. States instructed not to tell Maryland denied The Times’ request for data under the Freedom of Information Act, saying the information belonged to the federal government, which instructed states not to release it. Legislation seemingly designed to protect the industry goes so far as to say that anyone who releases the amount of food stamp dollars paid to a store can be jailed. Profiting from the poor’s taxpayer-funded purchases has become big business for a mix of major companies and corner bodegas, which have spent millions of dollars lobbying Congress and the USDA to keep the money flowing freely. The National Association of Convenience Store Operators alone spends millions of dollars on lobbying yearly, including $1 million in the first quarter of this year.


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Lose Weight Easily: Start Snacking During The Day

Even when dieting, you need to eat a sufficient amount of food. Don’t make the mistake of eating meals with little calories and nutrition. Although you may shed pounds, you are not doing anything to improve your long-term health. By making fresh produce more desirable with healthy condiments, you will be sure to eat greater quantities. Natural apple sauce is a very healthy and tasty alternative to some of the fattening condiments out there. If you work full-time, be certain to bring snacks that are healthy to work with you. These snacks will help you survive the day and prevent a possible crash when work is over. You may end up reaching for something from a vending machine that will really hurt your dieting efforts. Instead of having your largest meal for dinner, make midday the time for your big meal. If you ormally eat a sandwich for lunch, change it up and eat it for supper, instead. It will be easier to burn off the calories of the larger meal, as most of us are more physically active during the day. Have an odometer to keep track of the amount of steps you take. Focus on taking around 10,000 steps per day if you want to lose weight. If you are not walking enough each day, a pedometer can provide great motivation to get moving. A great way to lose weight is to eat a bowl of cereal at least 5 days a week. It causes you to ingest both fiber and calcium. You’ll need to avoid sugar-soaked sweet cereals; they have disadvantages that outweigh any benefits. Stick with those that contain the least sugar. Make mustard your condiment of choice instead of mayonnaise. Mayo is extremely high in calories and fat. Try substituting low calorie, low fat mustard instead. When you order your food with out mayo, it will cut calories. Give yourself some rewards. If you’re sticking to the diet you chose, it is okay to reward yourself every now and then with a slice of cake or even with a small glass of wine. This doesn’t mean that you’ve fallen off your diet. Rather, it means you have earned the right to a minor splurge, having done so well with your dieting efforts. You shouldn’t, however, reward yourself for every little thing. Your diet is not a punishment, it is a new, healthier lifestyle.

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Top 4 Healthy Summer Hair Tips: Prevant Heat, Chorine, Salt & UV Damage Most people know summer sun and activities can wreak havoc on your skin. Thus, they often take great precautions to avoid getting sunburnt. But, the warm weather elements can also do real damage on your hair. Use these tips to learn how to keep healthy hair throughout this sunny season. Protect Hair from Salt Water & Chorine Before you jump into the pool or the ocean to swim, you’ll need to take a few precautionary steps to protect your hair. The best thing you can to do protect your hair before swimming is to wet your hair thoroughly before getting into salt water at the beach or a pool with chlorine. The tap water you put on your hair will help fill in your hair’s open shafts and will clog them up so the chlorine or salt can’t soak in and do any damage. Never go into the pool with dry hair! After swimming, be sure to wash your hair with clarifying shampoo and hair products so you can be sure you get any remaining chlorine out of your hair. Protect Hair Color from Sun Damage To keep your color (whether you highlight, bleach or dye) safe from the sun during the summer months, there are several things you can do. First, you can spray your hair with sunscreen before you experience any lengthy exposure to the sun. You might be able to find specialized hair products to help prevent hair sun damage, however they are made of basically the same ingredients as regular sunscreen with moderate to high SPF levels. If you’re like most women, you’d rather save time and money by using one product for both purposes. In addition, don’t ever use lemon or other lightening products on your hair in an attempt to naturally highlight it. It can dry out your hair and leave you with more damage than it’s worth. Give Hair More Moisture & Heat Protection If you want to encourage growth or healthy, shiny hair, it’s important to avoid any type of heat damage. Not only do you likely blow dry or curl your hair every day, excessive exposure to outdoor heat can also cause issues with your hair care. If you find your hair is getting drier than usual, be sure to focus on ways to hydrate or moisturize it more. One easy trick to try is to double condition. You can quickly do this by using a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner product, followed by a deep conditioner. If you find your roots aren’t as dry as the ends, simply use the extra conditioner on the ends alone. Just like throughout the rest of the year, be sure you trim any split ends every six to eight weeks to help get rid of any damage, as well. Stop Breakouts and Hair Breakage Caused by Scalp Sweat When you’re out in the summer heat and your hair gets ultra-sweaty, there are a few things you can to do protect your complexion as well as your hair. First, always be sure to wear only cloth covered elastic bands in your hair. If you use any other type, your sweaty hair can get tangled up in it and can break easily. In addition, to avoid any skin breakouts, be sure you keep your hair away from your face. Sweaty hair can easily stick to your forehead or cheeks, and cause you to experience acne or heat rashes.


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For Our 55+ Readers Ten Secrets of Grilling Perfection

From the way the charcoal briquettes are arranged to finding that perfect set of tongs, every home grilling expert has his or her secrets. For many, grilling goes beyond just a practical warm-weather cooking method and it becomes more of an art form. But to become a true grilling great, it’s important to compare your tips with other experts. Because she wants everyone to have the perfect grilling experience this summer, Elizabeth Karmel, author of “Taming the Flame” and executive chef at New York’s Hill Country Barbecue Market and Hill Country Chicken, is sharing some of her grilling secrets. In partnership with Weber Sauces & Seasonings, Karmel shares 10 of her secrets for grilling success:

1. Oil the food, not the grates. If you wipe oil on your grates, you are essentially gluing your food to them. The oil burns quickly on the hot cooking grates and becomes sticky, “gluing” uncoated food to the grates. When you oil the food, it keeps the juices inside the food, promotes caramelization and prevents sticking.

2. “Stop-and-go” tongs. Prevent cross contamination (raw meat with cooked meat) by using red duct tape on raw food tongs and green duct tape on the cooked food tongs.

3. Swollen Belly Syndrome. Avoid a burger that looks like a hockey puck with a swollen belly by making a small depression in the middle of the uncooked burger before you grill. This indentation will prevent the burgers from swelling up and rounding out while cooking.

4. The juicy details. Using juice as a marinade can add a blast of fresh and juicy flavor. Weber Just Add Juice is the first and only marinade mix formulated to blend spices with a variety of juices.

5. Steakhouse look. Crosshatch marks on steak are easier to achieve than they look. Just before turning the steak, rotate it a quarter turn to the right and grill for about two minutes. Rotate another quarter turn for two more minutes.

6. Patience prevents stickage. Raw meat naturally sticks to the grate when you first put it on. Be patient and walk away for a few minutes. It naturally releases itself.

7. Plastic bag trick. Combine juice with your favorite Weber Just Add Juice marinade mix and place it in a resealable plastic bag. Add food, close the bag and massage it through the bag. It locks the flavor in and makes it much easier to store in your refrigerator.

8. Tongs as a juicer. If you want to get all the juice out of citrus quickly and easily, try this: Cut a piece of citrus in half and place it on the back half of chef’s tongs. Hold on to both the front and back of the tongs, and squeeze into a bowl. The leverage and strength of the steel turns tongs into a great juicer.

9. Visual clues for checking doneness. It’s not always possible to use a meat thermometer. Look for visual clues to check doneness. For example: Ribs are done when the meat has shrunk back from the bones and the bones are dry. If the chicken juice is clear, then you know it’s done. Salmon is done when the translucent strips in the fish turn opaque. Shrimp is done when it turns pink and curls up.

10. Finish it steakhouse style. Bring your food up a notch by using a finishing element such as extra virgin olive oil, a compound butter, the new Weber all-natural BBQ Sauce made with real molasses, fresh herbs or flavored vinaigrette.

Maximize your Memory: Secrets of Success from the USA Memory Champion Everyone uses their memory at some point during their work day. Whether you are a teacher, stay-athome mom, medical professional, skilled laborer, restaurant server, or specialize in another craft, your hippocampus – the part of the brain that supports short-term memory – is critical for remembering important appointments, names and even where you parked your car. A recent survey conducted by NMI Research and DSM Nutritional Products found that 84 percent of more than 1,000 respondents ranked “memory” as being the most important occupational skill. Other top ranking skills include problem solving (85 percent) and organizational skills (87 percent). Nelson Dellis, 28, the two-time USA Memory Champion, works as a memory consultant by day. Dellis went on to win the 2012 USA Memory Championship after memorizing and recalling 303 random digits in less than five minutes. “Many people ask me what’s the secret to memorizing random names, faces, numbers, shopping lists, among many other things,” says Dellis. “I’m not super human; I’m a typical everyday guy who incorporates the right mix of lifestyle factors to help support my brain and memory health. These lifestyle factors include giving my memory a workout, eating brain-healthy foods and exercising.” Dellis has a few secrets to his success, which can be easily incorporated into your daily routine to help support the health of your hippocampus. Tip 1: Exercise your hippocampus. Engage in brain-stimulating activities, including reading, creating art, completing crosswords, learning a new language or playing a new instrument. Or, start training to be a mental athlete in next year’s USA Memory Championship. Tip 2: Focus and make it interesting. When trying to remember a person’s name, associate their name with an image. Be sure to make the image interesting and visualize the image

on the person’s shoulder or on the top of their head. The more outrageous the image, the better chance you’ll remember their name. Tip 3: Eat a brain-healthy diet. Foods rich in DHA omega-3 help support overall brain health and memory function. Try eating DHArich fish (salmon, trout, tuna) or, if you’re vegetarian or want a sustainable source of DHA, try algal DHAfortified foods and beverages or an algal DHA supplement. Look for the life’sDHA logo on the packaging. Tip 4: Give your body a workout. Engage in physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day to encourage new brain cells and connections to form. Dellis exercises regularly and is preparing to climb Mount Everest in early 2013.

“JULY DANCE” At the Wentzville Gr ee n LLan an te rn Se ni or C ente Gree een ante tern Seni nio Ce terr 506 South Linn Ave. Sat. July 14, 2012 6:00PM to 9:00PM “A little bit Country,” Rock & RollBig Band Music by Wil Smith Cover Charge $7.00 per person Includes Soft Drinks & Snacks

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Crate Car Raffle For "Leap of Love" Leaps of Love, an organization established to embrace families affected by childhood brain tumors and late-effects of childhood cancer, has recently been donated a 2008 Rayburn Combo Race Car w/ 604 Crate to be raffled off to raise funds for its organization. Winner may choose between the Car or $10,000! The 'Race Ready' Crate Car will be taken and displayed at many of the tracks throughout the race season where they will sell tickets $20 each or 6 for $100. You may also purchase tickets online at www.leapsoflove.org. DRAWING WILL BE HELD Friday, October 12, 2012 at intermission at the Tri City Speedway in Granite City, IL. No tickets will be sold after the start of the first race at Tri City Speedway Friday, October 12, 2012; and no tickets will be sold after 12:00 noon on October 12, 2012, if purchased over the internet. The winner does not have to be in attendance to win. Highland Speedway has also designated Saturday, July 21, 2012 as Leaps of Love Night at the Races. Many of the families that LOL serves will be at the track that afternoon playing games and meeting the drivers as they arrive. "Most of these families have never attended a dirt track race before. They are so excited to not only be there but to have the opportunity to meet and greet the drivers." For every admission ticket sold for this race, $5 will be donated to 'Leaps of Love.' There will be also be a 50/50 drawing and raffle items throughout the evening. Sponsorship opportunities are also available; a tax-deductible donation of a product for the raffle, donation of a service for the raffle, monetary donation OR 'Event Sponsor; for $500. As an 'Event Sponsor', you will receive recognition on signage posted at the event, name mentioned throughout the evening, as well as 4 VIP tickets that include draft beer, wine and food. Leaps of Love is a nonprofit organization out of Highland, IL that was established in 2010 to embrace families affected by childhood brain tumors and lateeffects of childhood cancer by providing hope, strength and encouragement to meet the challenges they face today as well as the long-term effects of tomorrow. For more information about the raffle, contact Traci Riechmann at traci@leapsoflove.org. For more information about Leaps of Love, call 618-410-7212 or go online at www.leapsoflove.org.

USS Columbus To Hold Reunion

Navy and Marine Corps shipmates who served on the USS COLUMBUS CA-74/CG-12 from 1944 through 1976 and the USS COLUMBUS (SSN-762) past and present, if you would like to share memories and camaraderie with old friends and make new ones, please contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505 Home: (260) 486-2221 - 8AM 5PM Eastern Time Fax: 260-4929771 . USS COLUMBUS CA-74/ CG-12/SSN-762 Reunion September 12 – September 16, 2012 at HOLIDAY INN PORTLAND AIRPORT –PORTLAND, OR. Please contact Allen R. Hope, President, 3828 Hobson Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815-4505 Home: (260) 486-2221 8AM - 5PM Eastern Time Fax: (260) 492-9771

Wentzville Weekly Flea Market 500 Main Street

VENDERS WANTED LAKE SAINT LOUIS OCTOBERFEST 10/7 & 10/8 at the Meadows Call John or Joan 636-561-0779 or 314-605-6111

Open 6:00am till ? every Sunday year-round. Spaces for vendors just $20.00 and are first come first/taken prior to 7:00am unless marked "Reserved.". Ample parking, restrooms and concessions. No pets allowed or to be sold un the flea market grounds.

Bingo Each Saturday Night Wentzville Community Club 500 Main Street Doors open 2 hours before calling begins, Games begin at 7:00 pm. *You must be 16 yrs. old to play bingo. Our bar is open for beer, soda, popcorn, hot pretzels with cheese, & candy. and our kitchen is open for meals. Come have a great time!

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Important City Phone Numbers

City Hall 310 West Pearce Blvd. 636-327-5101 Police Department, 1019 Schroeder Creek Blvd. 636-327-5105 Fire Protection District 209 W. Pearce Blvd. 636-332-9869 Public Works 636-327-5102 Parks & Recreation 636-332-9236

Wentzville Police and Parks Departments Using Facebook to Reach Digital Generation Wentzville—Technology has changed nearly every aspect of people’s lives, especially how they obtain information and communicate with each other. The changes are particularly evident among teens and young adults, who have grown up in the digital age. To ensure they are communicating effectively with this digital generation, Wentzville’s Police and Parks departments have recently launched their own Facebook pages. The city of Wentzville has had a presence on Facebook since 2010, but by offering their own separate pages, the Police and Parks departments hope to offer a more focused look at who they are and what they do. Wentzville Police Chief Lisa Harrison said, “We are trying to reach the new generation of folks out there in the way they communicate. We want residents and visitors to trust and even ‘know’ the police, and we feel establishing a presence on Facebook is one way to achieve that goal.” Although the Police department’s page

is only a few weeks old, it’s already filled with photos of department activities, such as the recent Rod Run and Special Olympics Torch Run. The page also shares information on things like the Police Explorer Program, ways people can avoid becoming a crime victim, and how residents can join in on National Night Out this year on August 7. The Parks Facebook page offers pictures of Parks projects and events, along with short, tothe-point information blurbs. Facebook friends of the page can use it as an easy way to find event reminders, registration deadlines, and updates on weather conditions that might affect scheduled programs or facility operations. Facebook users can check out all the information these new pages offer by entering “Wentzville Parks & Recreation” or “Wentzville Missouri Police Department” in the “search for people, places and things” field on Facebook.

City Of Wentzville Sets Deadline To Apply for Vacant Aldermanic Seat Ward 3 residents have until 5 p.m. July 5 to apply for appointment to the seat. Applications then will be sent to the Board of Aldermen and Mayor Nick Guccione for consideration. The mayor then is required to call a special meeting to ask the board to approve his appointment to fill the vacancy. The appointed alderman would serve until the April 2013 election. The board on June 13 approved a bill allowing residents to apply when city elective offices become vacant. The bill was a product of an ongoing struggle between the current five board members and Guccione over how to fill the vacancy. Guccione held the seat before winning the April 3 mayoral election. If the board rejects the mayor’s selection, the seat could remain vacant until the April 2013 election. Officials say a special election to fill the vacancy would be too expensive.


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