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The USO of Missouri delivers a field lunch to troops stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood earlier this year. This is only one of the ways the USO of Missouri supports military personnel.
USO of Missouri wins top honor for division
located at Lambert International Airport
By Brett Auten
They are there at the most joyous of
times and at the most sullen.
Whether it’s that sensational reunion
or escorting the families of the fallen, the
USO has been a constant ally and partner in the lives of the U.S. military since
the 1950s. Fortunately for those servicemen and servicewomen coming through
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,
they have the best there is to offer.
The James S. McDonnell USO, a division of the Missouri USO, was honored
for the top U.S. Airport Center-Large Division at the 2014 TellUSO Awards.
Located on the lower level of Terminal
1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the James S. McDonnell USO serves
as many as 12,000 service members and
their families each month along its satellite facility in Terminal 2. Since 1981,
over 5 million traveling military and their
families have benefited from the multitude of services offered there as the USO
of Missouri provides services and smiles
to more than 209,000 military personnel
and their families annually.
“We do the best we can to provide support and a warm, welcome environment,”
said Kathy O’Conner, Executive Director
of the USO of Missouri.
The USO of Missouri serves the military and their families in Missouri and
the Illinois counties of Jersey, Madison,
Monroe, and St. Clair.
“It’s a tribute to the volunteers for all
the hard work they put in,” said David
Waltrip, the President of the Board of
Directors for the USO of Missouri, of the
Terminal facility, which is open 24 hours
a day, seven days a week.
The USO of Missouri leans on 1,200
volunteers to serve troops across the state
and those traveling through Lambert.
Volunteers typically log around 7,500
hours a month. Military visitors at Lambert receive free food and drinks. The
USO has had to roll with the punches of
the changing times and have complete
WiFi access, comfortable rest areas and
an assortment of entertainment options.
“It’s very exciting for us and our volunteers,” O’Conner said. “Our guests continually tell us we’re the best USO they’ve
been to. The award now validates what
we hear every day.”
What makes the award extra special is
that the TellUSO awards are based on the
feedback of thousands of troops who are
surveyed about the USO’s programs and
services at centers in the U.S., Europe,
Asia and Pacific regions.
With nearby Ft. Leonard Wood, the
Army is the most frequent branch that
comes through Lambert, often times
reaching double digits every month for
servicemen and servicewomen heading
to the Ozark installation.
Despite all of the good vibes and positive feedback, it’s a hard financial fight to
put out such a good product.
The USO of Missouri and all outreach
functions are governed by a board of di-
rectors and funded solely by the generosity of donors. The USO of Missouri is
not funded by the government, military
or the United Way and is not part of the
Department of Defense and is financially
independent from the National USO.
So in order to defend its title the Missouri USO will once again have to drum
up funding.
“In January we start back at zero,”
O’Conner said. “We are blessed with
community support and are able to raise
our own finances.”
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volunteering or donations, call 314-4297702 or go to
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December 24, 2014 • Community News - St. Charles County •
Captain Todd appointed chief of new St. Charles County Police Department
Subject to confirmation
by the St. Charles County
Council at its Dec. 15 meeting, County Executive Steve
Ehlmann has appointed David L. Todd, Captain of the
St. Charles County Sheriff ’s
Department Bureau of Special
Enforcement, as the first chief
of the new St. Charles County
Police Department. Upon approval, Captain Todd would
assume the position effective
Jan. 1, 2015.
“I know Captain Todd will
provide outstanding leadership in this new position,”
said Ehlmann. “Not only does
he have significant experience
and education, he is a respected law enforcement professional who shows enthusiasm
for and commitment to his
Todd has served in law enforcement for 37 years. During his 35 years with the St.
Charles County Sheriff ’s Department, he has served in or
supervised every bureau, beginning as a deputy sheriff in
1978, then achieving the rank
of sergeant in 1981, lieutenant
in 1997, and captain in 1998.
As captain, he served as com-
Photo courtesy St. Charles County Government
David L. Todd, Captain of the St. Charles
County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of
Special Enforcement, has been appointed
the first chief of the new St. Charles County
Police Department.
mander over the Bureau of
Field Operations from 19982002, supervising 80 personnel in patrol, criminal investigations, narcotics, crime lab,
communications and crime
scene investigations. From
2003-2004, Todd served as
commander over the Bureau
of Administrative Services,
preparing and overseeing the
department’s then $10 million budget and overseeing
45 Sheriff ’s Department per-
sonnel in the records, civil
process, and court services
divisions. In 2004, Todd became the commander over
the Bureau of Special Enforcement where he supervises 90
personnel in nine divisions,
including emergency management, court services, the fugitive unit, community education and training, and SWAT.
Todd received his Bachelor of Arts degree from
Lindenwood University in
2004 and his Masters of Science
University in 2008. He is a
graduate of the FBI National
Academy and both the School
of Staff and Command and
the School of Executive Staff
and Command programs at
Todd also served in the United States Marine Corps from
1972-1976. His community
work includes serving as coordinator of the Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony in
St. Charles, board member
of the U.S. Coast Guard Area
Maritime Security Committee, law enforcement co-chair
for the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS)
Law Enforcement Committee, and as a volunteer for the
U.S.O. Todd and his wife live
and raised their children in St.
Charles County.
“I am honored to have the
trust of the County Executive in this appointment, and I
look forward to working with
him, the County Council, police officers and staff, and the
community in maintaining St.
Charles County’s reputation as
an excellent and safe place to
live,” said Todd. “I appreciate
the work and advances Sheriff
Neer made with the Sheriff ’s
Department during his administration, and I am excited to
build upon that progress in the
new Police Department.”
In Nov. 2012, St. Charles
County voters approved a
charter amendment to establish a county police department responsible for direct
law enforcement duties, with
the sheriff ’s department having responsibility over court
services and security, prisoner
transport, civil process and
bailiffs. In Nov. 2014, Scott A.
Lewis was elected as Sheriff,
and will also assume the position effective Jan. 1, 2015.
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Crisis Nursery raises $92,000 to keep kids safe Paramedics make Christmas merry
On Nov. 7, Crisis Nurseries
of St. Charles raised more than
$92,000 at its 9th Annual Over
the Top for Tots luncheon. The
event, held at The Columns
Banquet Center, benefitted
the agency’s three 24-hour St.
Charles area Nurseries and its
Healing Hearts art therapy program for young children who
needed help mending their broken spirits.
There were many enthralling surprises to keep 500 guests
entertained and updated on the
Nursery’s profound impact in
the lives of at-risk children and
families. Most sentimental were
a $5,000 check presentation by
Crisis Nursery Board Members
Vince Blood and Tony Taylor
on behalf of UPS, and special
gift of $10,000 in Shop ‘n Save
gift cards coordinated and presented by Board Members Linda
Markus of Shop ‘n Save and Angela Owen of Coca-Cola. The
generous donations will be used
to help children admitted into
care at the safe haven, and their
parents who may need additional support with the purchase of
food, diapers, formula and other
basic needs items.
“We are very grateful to UPS,
Shop ‘n Save and Coca-Cola for
going above and beyond for our
children and families,” said DiAnne Mueller, Crisis Nursery
CEO. “This generous donation
will help us to support so many
families, especially during the
cold winter months and holiday
The celebration continued
with the awarding of distinct
honors to three incredible supporters who have helped to forward Crisis Nursery’s mission of
saving babies’ lives, keeping kids
safe and building strong families.
and bright for care facility residents
Photos courtesy Crisis Nursery
ABOVE: DiAnne Mueller, Crisis Nursery CEO with Mayor Sally Faith and Bruce Sowatsky, CCRB.
BELOW: OTT Committee Members Tammy Durbin, Angela Owen, Keri Crocker, Christy Mundy,
Raegan Parrish, KMOV Emily Rau, Penny Rogers, Jodi Lang, Kara Gatto and Karen Prideaux at
the Crisis Nursery Over the Top for Tots luncheon.
As the popular Christmas carol goes, “there’s no place like home
for the holidays,” and that’s exactly what first responders in St.
Charles County are facilitating for several residents of skilled nursing facilities in their community. On Christmas Eve and Christmas
Day, St. Charles County Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics will take three residents to their families’ holiday celebrations,
affording them the opportunity to spend a few hours at home.
“To be a part of a Home for the Holidays trip is a very moving
and rewarding experience for our staff,” said ambulance district
spokesman Kyle Gaines, “The expressions of joy on the faces of the
resident and their family members when we enter someone’s home
on Christmas are something we never forget.”
The ambulance district collaborates with social workers and
leadership staff at the skilled nursing facilities in the county to
identify good candidates for the program, and the trips are provided free of charge. Residents who participate are unable to travel
by traditional vehicle due to medical conditions.
“We’ve had numerous residents participate over the years, and
for each one, the trip was something they talked about for months
to come,” said Teri Reiter, administrator at Delmar Gardens of
Since Home for the Holidays’ inception more than 25 years ago,
the ambulance district has provided trips for dozens of patients.
John and Keri Crocker, owners of
Club Fitness were the inaugural
recipients of the Healing Hearts
Award. In 2013, The Crocker’s
granted holiday wishes for more
than 700 needy children by collecting new toys at each of their
state-of-the-art Club Fitness locations. Jeff and Raegan Parrish,
owners of Quintessential Dining
& Nightlife, received the Children’s Champion Award. Each
summer, the dedicated couple
plays a pivotal role in helping
Crisis Nursery St. Charles generate funds to protect area children by hosting the Wine and
Martini Summer Soiree at their
Historic Main Street restaurant.
Lastly, Cuivre River Electric Cooperative, Inc. was bestowed
the Guardian Angel Award.
Through their partnership, Crisis
Nursery provides safe heating,
school supplies, community outreach and education programs to
families in need.
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December 24, 2014 • Community News - St. Charles County •
Virtual shoeboxes become tangible gifts for kids in need
St. Charles County residents
rallied together with like-minded communities nationwide to
pack 10 million shoeboxes for
children worldwide struggling
with war, disease, poverty and
similar difficult circumstances.
Not everyone brought their
shoeboxes to a collection site,
or even touched them.
For thousands, they shopped
for their gifts, packed them,
wrapped the boxes, and sent
them straight to a child in
need, right from the comfort of
their own home. With Operation Christmas Child’s virtualpacking tool and an Internetaccessible device within arm’s
reach, it was quick, easy and
convenient. Most importantly,
even with a busy lifestyle or
online shopping preferences,
the online tool lets anyone go
from a virtual shopper to a vital
influence in just a few clicks or
screen swipes.
At, visitors select a child’s age and gender, shop through an online
selection of culturally relevant
gifts, “build” their shoebox, and
finish it off by uploading a photo
and writing a note of encouragement to the child who will
receive it. After the shoebox is
packed and sent by the Operation Christmas Child team, participants can continue to follow
their boxes online and see their
final destination regions.
For many, building a shoebox online provides the perfect
complement to a busy lifestyle,
and a perfect way to provide
a tangible expression of love
to children living in desperate
situations, at Christmas or any
time of year. The virtual-packing tool also offers participants
the option to challenge friends
to participate or the opportunity to give a virtual shoebox
donation that lets others build
online themselves.
Operation Christmas Child
is a project of Samaritan’s Purse,
an international Christian relief
and evangelism organization
headed by Franklin Graham.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has delivered giftfilled shoeboxes to more than
113 million children in more
than 150 countries. In 2014,
Lincoln, Warren, Montgomery
and St. Charles County residents hope to contribute 13,600
gifts to the global collection
goal of reaching another 10
million children.
For more information on
how to participate in Operation
Christmas Child, call 314-2910983 or visit samaritanspurse.
Rep. Curtman files bill to
end red-light camera abuse
In the wake of the overwhelming support of citizens
in St. Charles County, Rep.
Curtman filed House Bill 207,
which will pose the people
of Missouri with one simple
question, “Do you support
red-light cameras?”
“Studies have consistently
shown that the presence of
red light cameras has done
little if anything to improve
compliance with traffic laws
and in most cases has actually
contributed to an increase in
traffic collisions,” said Rep.
“What’s worse; municipal
leaders have created ordinances that classify a movement caught by a red light
camera as a non-moving violation, that way they can collect a fee without assigning
points. If the same offense
was observed by an officer,
then there would likely be a
fee and points assigned, which
is a clear contradiction to the
fundamental concepts of due
process of the law,” Rep. Curtman explained.
“This type of law-smithing
leads to abuse and waste to the
point that we have to spend
valuable taxpayer dollars to
get the Missouri courts to decide if moving through a red
light constitutes a “moving violation”. This is absurd and it
serves as a perfect illustration
of why people distrust their
Rep. Curtman continued,
“At the end of the day, its all
about municipalities generating revenue in a way that
builds barriers of distrust between the people and their
government. I intend to afford Missourians the opportunity to speak loud and clear
as a check and balance to their
government; and this bill allows just that.”
Rep. Curtman served in the
United States Marine Corps as
an infantryman on active duty
from 1999-2003 and in the
Marine Corps reserves until
2009. He currently serves as
the chair of the House Committee on Downsizing State
aimed to examine the various
ways in which government
practices and operations have
encroached on the everyday
LU launches social media campaign
to support Ferguson businesses
John W. Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise has
launched a social media campaign encouraging people
to support local businesses
in Ferguson, Mo. Using the
hashtag #FergusonFavorites,
the institute is challenging
people to post photographs of
themselves on Facebook and
Twitter as they dine and shop
at Ferguson establishments.
“After the recent unrest in
the city of Ferguson, some
businesses were seeing 70 to
80 percent drops in revenue,”
said Rachel Douchant, Phd,
director of the Hammond
Institute’s Liberty and Ethics
Center. “If businesses stay or
rebuild, they need consumers
to support them. This campaign is a simple way to offer
that support, and to personally encourage the business
owners and show them the
community does care.”
Lindenwood’s Hammond
Institute Twitter handle is @
LUHammondInst, and the
Institute’s Facebook address
is Photos
posted with the #FergusonFavorites hashtag are encouraged on both platforms. • Community News - St. Charles County • December 24, 2014
Midtown Neighborhood Historic District listed
in the National Register of Historic Places
After a multi-year process
gathering historical and architectural details on the homes
and businesses in the area,
the city of St. Charles was
informed that the Midtown
Neighborhood Historic District was listed in the National
Register of Historic Places on
Oct. 29, 2014, by the National
Park Service.
The 125.4 acre area is
roughly encompassed by
Clark Street on the north,
Kingshighway on the west,
Madison and Jefferson Streets
on the south, with Second and
Third Streets defining the east
boundary. All the properties
have been located in the city’s
locally-designated Extended
Historic Preservation District
for some time.
“In the historic preservation
world, there are few greater
honors than to be listed on the
National Register of Historic
Places,” said Brenda Rubach,
Preservation Planner for the
city of St. Charles, in the Department of Community Development.
According to Rubach, the
Midtown Neighborhood Historic District qualified for National Register inclusion due
to the range of styles of structures built during an extensive
period of significance. “The
earliest structure dates back
to 1838, with the most recent important building being
constructed in 1959,” she said.
“With 121 years of significance the area has the widest
range of architectural styles of
any neighborhood in the city
of St. Charles.”
The new National Reg-
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Photo courtesy the city of St. Charles
The Link House at 1005 Jefferson St. is one of several in the Midtown Neighborhood Historic
District now listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service.
ister District contains 527
contributing buildings comprised of 377 primary structures, with 150 outbuildings,
seven contributing sites and
three contributing objects.
Two buildings in the district
were previously listed on the
National Register; the African Church at 554 Madison
Street and the Link House at
1005 Jefferson Street. The area
also encompasses 287 noncontributing structures, nine
non-contributing sites and
two non-contributing objects.
Architectural styles found
in the new National Register District include Federal,
Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Italianate, Folk Victorian,
Queen Anne, Romanesque
Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque, Colonial Revival,
Minimal Traditional, Craftsman and Tudor Revival. Additionally, there are several
public buildings of the Neoclassical Revival style, along
with a private school and car
dealership built in the mid-
century Modern style within
the district.
Most structures in the district were originally residential in use; however, the
area also includes the county
courthouse, a building previously used for the fire department, several churches and
schools, as well as some office
and commercial use buildings. Both white- and bluecollar families resided in the
area living alongside community leaders, business owners,
professionals, tradesmen and
Inclusion in the National
Register of Historic Places
makes certain included properties eligible for, both, federal and state tax credits to assist
in appropriate major rehabilitation work on the building.
For more information about
the new District or Historic
Preservation in St. Charles
please contact Brenda Rubach
by e-mail at [email protected]; or by
phone at 636-949-3228.
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December 24, 2014 • Community News - St. Charles County •
DAR honors Restore St. Charles
with community service award
Volleyball Champions
Submitted photo
Clayton Kruse (back row, far right) son of Ken Kruse, President of Payne Family Homes was
part of the St. Alban Roe 8th Grade Boys recorded a 14-0 record in matches and 34-4 in
games, winning the South Central District League Championship, the West County District
Tournament, as well as the overall County Championship.
The Caroline Close Stuart Chapter National Society
Daughters of the American
Revolution recently honored
Steve Collier with a community
service award for his work in
Restore St. Charles. This volunteer organization assists hundreds of families in St. Charles
County rehabilitating their
homes so they have safe housing that meet code requirements. They have 70 work sites
each year. About 25 percent of
their projects are wheelchair
ramps, assisting the disabled.
“It is our mission to restore
lives, hope and faith by restoring homes and properties,”
Collier said. “We organize volunteers, churches and sponsors to make a real difference
in the lives of the needy. Work
days are on the third Saturday
of each month, working at four
to eight work sites each month.
Our motto is: ‘If your objective
is to change the world, what
better way to begin than to help
your neighbor.’”
Community Service Awards
Committee was established by
the NSDAR as an opportunity
for chapters and states to recognize worthy individuals in their
communities for outstanding
unpaid voluntary achievements
in cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors. A
local chapter may present two
awards per year.
Anyone wishing to volunteer
with Restore St. Charles may
call the Dardenne Prairie Presbyterian Church at 636-5414347.
Photo courtesy The Caroline Close Stuart Chapter
National Society Daughters of the American
Pictured from left, Jenny Kimmel, Community Service Chairman, award-winner Steve
Collier and Karen Wisner, Chapter Regent.
Youth sports league sign-ups begin in O’Fallon
Youth Soccer
Nurture your child’s athletic side by enrolling
him or her in O’Fallon’s exciting soccer leagues
for kids ages 4-14.
“In addition to getting healthy exercise from
head to toe, kids will have fun making friends,
developing their ball-handling skills, learning
team strategy and playing the game,” said Alyssa
Groeteke, Recreation Coordinator for O’Fallon’s
Parks and Recreation Department.
Starting March 21, an eight-game series will be
played on Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
at O’Fallon Sports Park. Parents can register kids
in coed leagues for ages 4-5, 6-and-under, and
14-and-under. Or, they can choose girls’ leagues
or boys’ leagues for ages 4-5, 6-and-under, 7-andunder, ages 8-9, and 10-11. Eligibility is based on
kids’ ages as of Aug. 1, 2014, but youngsters turning 4 by May 16, 2015 may participate in the 4-5year old league.
The cost per child is $65 for O’Fallon residents
and $73 for non-residents through Feb. 4, with a
$12 late fee charged after that date. Registration
ends Feb. 19 or when the league fills up, whichever comes first. Each player will receive a soccer
ball, jersey and socks to keep.
Parents who volunteer to coach will be eligible to have one child’s registration fee reduced,
and also receive a free, one-hour coaching clinic courtesy of former Olympian Jamie Swanner at K.I.M. Sports. Visit
parks&rec/athletics for more information and
to register kids, or call staff at 636-474-2732. For
additional information, contact Recreation Coordinator Alyssa Groeteke at [email protected] or 636-474-8120.
“Plaaayy t-ball!” This spring, introduce young
children to that all-American pastime with
O’Fallon’s fun and exciting t-ball program for
boys and girls ages 4-5. The rules are similar to
baseball but games are played on a smaller field
and instead of trying to hit a pitched ball, batters
take aim at a light-weight ball placed on a stationary tee. All kids get a chance to bat, run the
bases and field balls hit by other players.
O’Fallon’s t-ball program will meet once a week
on Saturdays for six weeks in Westhoff Park,
starting March 21. Games will be played between
8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $40 per O’Fallon
resident and $45 for non-residents through Feb.
4 and a $10 late fee will be charged for registration after that date. Registration ends Feb. 19 or
when the program fills up, whichever comes first.
Parents are needed to help with coaching. Parents who are interested should let staff know
when their child is registered. To register kids for
t-ball (course 42515), call staff at 636-474-2732 or
register online at
athletics. For questions, contact Recreation Coordinator Alyssa Groeteke at [email protected] or 636-474-8120. • Community News - St. Charles County • December 24, 2014
EPC raises over $12,000 for charity
A total of $12,800 was raised for Honduran children at EPC, Inc.’s 13th annual Classic Carfest event
in October. Just Because We Care, a St. Charlesbased charity whose mission is to “end the cycle of
poverty in our Honduran mountain community
by providing food, education, clothing and basic
medical care,” was the beneficiary of this year’s day
of family festivities.
EPC, Inc., the largest professional electronics recycler and IT Asset Management (ITAM) firm in
Missouri and one of the largest in the country, has
raised nearly $150,000 for St. Charles-area charities
since it began the Classic Carfest in 2002.
“Since the beginning of the Classic Carfest, our
goal has been to mix an old-fashioned vintage car
show with great music, tasty food and good times
for families in our community, and raise funds for
a deserving charity in the process,” said Dan Fuller,
founder and president of EPC.
“This year’s beneficiary, Just Because We Care, is a
wonderful example of how caring people in our area
contribute their time and resources to help those in
need,” he added. “We are honored to assist them.”
The annual Classic Carfest is powered by volunteers and monetary contributions acquired through
corporate sponsors, vendors, raffles and registration fees. Sponsors for the 2014 event were EPC,
Mid-Nite Auto Supply, Ameristar, UPS, PUR Performance and CIA Clark Insurance, among others.
Diane Wamhoff, executive director of Just Because We Care, was presented with a check for
$12,800 in a ceremony held at EPC on Nov. 25.
“Because of all of you, we are able to help feed 145
kids at a high school (in Honduras), the only food
they get every day,” said Diane to representatives of
various companies who helped sponsor this year’s
Classic Carfest.
Funds benefit “Timmy’s Mountain,” an organization in the small community of Brisas Del Norte
de San Francisco, Honduras, named after Diane
Wamhoff ’s son, a young man who died in a car accident in 1993. Timmy’s love of helping children in
need inspired his mother to help a community in
his name. Diane raises funds in the United States to
support a school in Brisas Del Norte de San Francisco that feeds and educates impoverished local
EPC has big plans and is looking for eager sponsors wishing to use the EPC Classic Carfest “Time
Machine” ability as the perfect advertisement vehicle, as well as children-based charities that are
interested in fostering a great learning experience.
Contact EPC’s Classic Carfest at 800-235-1046 to
tell us about your interest in becoming a sponsor
for the Oct. 10, 2015 program or to bring awareness to a great charity that will benefit from what is
the most diverse charity car show in the greater St.
Louis area.
O’Fallon recognized for strong
economic performance in 2014
NerdWallet, a consumer
advocacy and financial literacy website, has recognized
O’Fallon for its high performance in homeownership and
employment analyses.
In a NerdWallet analysis of
the “Best Places for Homeownership
O’Fallon ranked fifth. With
both a high median income
and a high homeownership
rate, O’Fallon is an excellent place for homeowners
in Missouri. The city’s population increased 5.7% from
2010 to 2012 to reach 79,073
residents, according to census data. O’Fallon also boasts
an attractive homeownership
rate of 82.9%.
O’Fallon also ranked fifth
in NerdWallet’s “Best Places
for Job Seekers in Missouri.”
The largest employers in town
include CitiMortgage, the
home-lending arm of Citigroup, and MasterCard St.
Louis Operations Center. Job
seekers here can find resources through nearby St. Charles
Community College, which
offers workforce training for
jobs in health care and manufacturing, and manages the
Missouri Career Center Partnership, which offers career
counseling, resume help and
interview tips for all job seekers in the area.
A healthy labor market, affordable homes and a high
quality of life make the state of
Missouri a great place to call
home. The state gained 42,000
jobs from May 2013 to May
2014, and personal income
in the state grew 0.6% from
2013’s last quarter to the first
quarter of 2014, according to
a report from the Bureau of
Economic Analysis.
Chamber honors businesses and business leaders
The O’Fallon Chamber of
Commerce is proud to announce the 2014 Annual Award
winners in the categories of
Small Business and Business
of the Year, Community Servant of the Year and Sue Proost
O’Fallon Chamber Person of
the Year. Each year the Chamber solicits nominations among
its members for businesses and
people who have gone above
and beyond to make O’Fallon a
better place to do business.
“Our awards program recognizes those organizations that
really fulfill our vision of being a
catalyst for the prosperity of our
community,” said Erin Williams,
President/CEO of the O’Fallon
Chamber of Commerce.
KFAV, a Kaspar Broadcasting station, will be recognized
for Small Business of the Year.
KFAV was nominated for their
commitment to the O’Fallon
community and dedication to
small businesses. KFAV is a
friend to the non-profit community as well; offering public
service announcements at no
charge and significantly reduced
advertising prices for area nonprofit agencies.
Component Bar Products
will be honored as the Business of the Year. Earlier this
year the company took it upon
themselves to build and operate the Midwest Machine Tool
Training Center in order to offer a solution to the workforce
development issue in manufacturing. The new 30,000 square
foot building opened in March
of 2014 and will offer those 1828 years-of-age who have high
school diplomas or GEDs the
basic training needed to start
in an industrial job. MMTTC
offers hands-on, project-based
learning that includes robotics, metallurgy, quality control,
team work and soft skills. More
than 30 businesses have agreed
to partner with MMTTC for
internships, job placement and
continuing education.
The O’Fallon Chamber will
honor the city of O’Fallon’s Department of Economic Development as their 2014 Community
Servant of the Year. In 2014 the
Department of Economic Development has gone above and
beyond to strengthen its assistance to O’Fallon businesses including the “Open in the O” program, which pro-actively assists
as businesses relocate and consistently meets its aggressive retention goal of meeting with no
less than 30 O’Fallon businesses
each month. The department,
which created a strategic plan in
2013, has taken many steps laid
out by the plan to make doing
businesses in O’Fallon as easy as
possible, including the hiring of
an economic development coordinator.
This year’s Ambassador of the
Year is Holly Murray of Metro
West Accounting & Associates. Murray has been an active
ambassador for the O’Fallon
Chamber since 2012 and works
with the group to promote the
O’Fallon Chamber and create an
atmosphere of welcoming and
openness to allow businesses
to build relationships with each
other. Murray was selected by
her peer Ambassadors for the
award for her dedication to the
role and to the O’Fallon Chamber.
The Sue Proost O’Fallon
Chamber Person of the Year is
awarded to an O’Fallon Chamber member who has given
back to the O’Fallon commu-
nity and the Chamber of Commerce through their leadership,
dedication and volunteerism.
Barb Koch fits that description perfectly. Since joining
the O’Fallon Chamber in 2011
with her business, The Bag Ladies, she has served as not only
an ambassador, chair of the
Taste of Vegas committee and
on the nominating committee,
but she has served as a resource
for many other chamber members. Koch is a great connector
of businesses and a constant
volunteer, including her tireless
work for the 2014 Walk for Alzheimer’s.
O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, is only as great as its
members. You can see from this
year’s award winners why we
grow year after year in membership and enthusiasm. It is
my pleasure to be able to serve
a membership made up of people and businesses like these,”
said Williams of the awardees.
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December 24, 2014 • Community News - St. Charles County •
Software To Go adds staff member
Photo courtesy of Mike Bizelli
From left, Rev. Fran Pieper; Jack Schreiber, President and COO, Commerce Bank; Crisis Nursery CEO DiAnne Mueller at a luncheon on Dec.
12 where Pieper was awarded the 2014 Community Service Award. The photo credit goes to Mike Bizelli.
Karen Coppedge has joined
the staff of Software To Go as a
Service Representative. Karen
will be coordinating service
appointments, maintenance
schedules and assuring even
greater customer satisfaction.
Software To Go President,
Joe Balsarotti stated, “We are
very pleased to welcome Karen
to our company. We will be
able to offer more options and
even quicker response to our
customers needs with her on
Software To Go,, based in St.
Peters is one of the Midwest’s
oldest software and computer
shops (founded in 1983) and
Photo courtesy Software To Go
Karen Coppedge has joined the staff of
Software To Go as a Service Representative.
specializes in personal computing solutions for small
businesses, professionals, education and government.
Rev. Fran Pieper receives community service
award sponsored by Commerce Bank
Rev. Fran Pieper was awarded the 2014 Community Service Award sponsored by Commerce
Bank at a luncheon held on Dec. 12 at Bogey
Hills Country Club. A grant of $10,000 funded
by the William T. Kemper and Commerce Bancshares foundations was given in Fran’s name to
the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery.
Jack Schreiber, President and Chief Operating
Officer of Commerce Bank, presented the service award and grants, saying, “Fran’s dedication
to the community makes her an ideal choice for
the community service award. She exemplifies
the spirit of volunteerism in our community.”
Fran moved to St. Charles, Missouri from
Minnesota in 1972. Shortly thereafter, she
and her late-husband, John, opened Pieper’s
Furniture store which is currently in its 39th
year of operation. In addition to the business,
Fran has always had a passion for and commitment to children and women who are victims
of abuse and neglect. The dedication lives on
in the work she began 40 years ago. She initiated the Child Abuse Task Force and later was a
founding member of the Family Stress Council
of St. Charles County. Beyond education and
awareness, the council envisioned a place where
moms could bring their children in times of crisis. It was Fran’s relentless dedication and the
work of the council that led to the opening of
the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery site in St. Charles
in 1992. She also served as the first chair of the
St. Charles Domestic Violence Board and was
actively involved with the group for more than
11 years.
Additionally, Fran earned a theology degree
in 1982. Ten years later, Fran founded the Gateway Center for Spiritual Growth. Today, Fran
works with small groups and individuals who
are hurting and are in need of a practical theology of healing both mind and body.
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Photo courtesy St. Charles Community College
(Left to Right) General Manager/CEO Dan L. Brown presents a “Sharing Success” grant to
St. Charles Community College Director of Development Betsy Schneider and President
Ron Chesbrough, Ph.D.
Cuivre River and CoBank team
up to share success at SCC
CoBank and Cuivre River
Electric Cooperative teamed
up to help St. Charles Community College students through
CoBank’s “Sharing Success”
grant program resulting in a
donation of $10,000 ($5,000
from each organization) to
fund scholarships at SCC.
“Through the support of
the Sharing Success Program
grant, the SCC Foundation
will be able to award scholarships to make college a reality
for many more students,” says
Betsy Schneider, SCC director
of development.
In the grant program, CoBank matches contributions its
cooperative customers, such
as Cuivre River, make to non-
profit organizations they nominate for the grant. “Sharing
Success” provides a dollar-fordollar match up to a maximum
of $5,000.
“We are very appreciative of
CoBank’s mission of sharing
their success to help improve the
quality of life in our community,” says CREC general manager/
CEO Den L. Brown. “We strive
daily to follow this cooperative
principle and Touchstone Energy core value: Commitment to
our Community.”
“This is a great opportunity
to bring more resources to help
students, support our community and support SCC, a valued Cuivre River member,” he
adds. • Community News - St. Charles County • December 24, 2014
“The Imitation Game”
By Steve Bryan - Rated: PG-13
is heartbreakEver
ing to watch.
to prove you’re a human being with
The supCAPTCHA (Completely Automated
porting cast
Public Turing Test to Tell Computers
and Humans Apart)? That identity
turns in exvalidation comes courtesy of Alan Turceptional work.
ing, the man who created one of the
Matthew Goode
earliest computational machines. Turstands out as Hugh
ing also is the subject of “The Imitation
Alexander, a member of
Game,” a fascinating story about counthe Enigma team who
ter-espionage during World War II.
butts heads with Turing. Charles
Benedict Cumberbatch is rock solid
Dance is rather droll as Commander
here as the eccentric mathematician
Denniston, who oversees the dewho alienates just about anyone he
cryption team. Rory Kinnear also
meets. Turing joins a group that tries
deserves mention as Detective Robto break the Enigma code used by Gerert Nock, the man who delves deeply
many during World War II. To aid their
into Turing’s personal life.
efforts, the mathematician designed
Ethics and morality also come into
and built Christopher, a computer that
play during “The Imitation Game.”
sifts through millions of combinations
Once Turing and his team crack the
and settings.
code, the Allies decide how to best
Based on “Alan Turing: The Enigma”
use this information. Many people,
by Andrew Hodges, “The Imitation
including the mathematician himGame” is an engaging and very human
self, are forced to make life-andtale. Benedict Cumberbatch turns the
death choices for other people.
Best Actor Oscar category into a real
In an awards field populated with
horserace with his work in this film.
“The Theory of Everything” and
As shown on screen, the mathemati“Boyhood,” Benedict Cumberbatch
cian knows he is brilliant and he exand “The Imitation Game” are a
pects everyone else to know it too.
force to be reckoned with. It’s a
In flashbacks, director Morten Tysolid piece with great actors, clever
ldum delves into Turing’s early perdialogue, and a bit of wartime hissonal life at an English boarding
tory that remained classified for deschool. Though he made life choices
that are accepted today, England had
“The Imitation Game,” rated PGexceptionally harsh laws prohibiting
13 for some sexual references, marelationships between men in Turing’s
ture thematic material, and historitime. The brilliant mathematician
cal smoking, opens on Christmas
faced criticism for both his mind and
Day in St. Louis.
orientation during his brief life.
Born and raised in South St. Louis, Steve Bryan is now based in Anaheim, California,
“The Imitation Game” is not necessarily a starring vehicle for the talented Cumberbatch, though. Keira Knightley’s performance as codebreaker Joan Clarke is and has been allowed access to movie and television sets to see actors and directors
at work. Though his writing has taken him far from St. Louis, Steve is, at heart, still the
one of her best. Turing recognized Clarke’s brilliant mind and did everything he same wide-eyed kid who spent countless hours watching classic movies at neighborhood
could to make her part of the team. Their personal relationship on screen also theaters.
December 24, 2014 • Community News - St. Charles County •
Great Christmas giftfree MMA tickets and
free Sozo products
The Fight Hard MMA
group will return to action
this Saturday, Dec. 27 at the
Family Arena in St. Charles.
As always the organization
will be offering thousands of free tickets to fans
through several area marketing and retail partners as well its Facebook page.
Doors for the event will open at 6 p.m. with the
first fight of the evening starting at 7 p.m.
For more information about the event visit or
Visit the Sozo booth for complimentary products of the Most Healthiest drinks at
Enter to win a free motorcycle!!!
*Perfect gift-at the right price
Rams give early Christmas present to Giants
The St. Louis team played the New York Giants
for their final home game of the 2014 campaign
and was out-played falling to a 37-27 defeat.
Even thought the Giants had several more
penalties, they overcame that by possessing the
ball near 10 minutes more.
A few hightlights:
• Quarterback Shaun Hill completed 24-of-32
passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns for a
110.2 passer rating. As a comparison, the opposing QB Eli Manning threw 25 times for 391yards.
• Runningback Tre Mason rushed 13 times for
76 yards and scored his fifth touchdown on a 10yard run.
• Tight end Lance Kendricks also scored his
fifth touchdown receiving a pass from Hill for
• Wide receiver Chris Givens caught the other
touchdown pass from Hill for 47-yards.
• Wide receiver Kenny Britt hauled in a seasonhigh nine passes for 103 yards. He had not accomplished that feat for over three years.
• Kicker Greg Zuerlein converted field goals of
51 and 20 yards.
• Punter Johnny Hekker punted four times for
Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making
sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box
includes all the digits 1 through 9.
See solution on page 13
202 yards and placed three inside the 20-yard
line. He had registered a new season-high (29) in
punts placed inside the 20-yard line and was tied
for the league lead in the category
Next home game:
*Exhibition game in August—maybe…
*Not an impressive end of the home season
It’s winter-think Rascal baseball
The River City Rascals play baseball at TR
Hughes in O’Fallon starting in May.
They are proud to announce that fan-favorite
Eric Williams has signed as the team’s hitting
coach this upcoming season.
He did not have impressive numbers at the
plate as a player last year, but is a great communicator.
In 2014 he had a .224 batting average with 26
runs batted in and a team high 90 walks. Williams knows how to work the plate as a player
and now, as a coach, he will have to teach the
same skill that made him succeed.
*Welcome Coach
Lindenwood coach drafted by Major League
Lindenwood men’s lacrosse graduate assistant
coach Sean Meagher was selected in the Major
League Lacrosse supplemental draft this week.
He was the 41st overall pick and went to the
Charlotte Hounds.
Meagher was in his first season as a graduate
assistant coach for the Lindenwood program.
He graduated from Robert Morris University in
2014. During the 2013 season, Meagher helped
lead the team to the NEC Championship as its
starting long stick midfielder.
The following year, Meagher finished his senior
year leading NCAA Division I lacrosse in caused
turnovers as well as setting the Robert Morris career and single-season record.
*Thanks to Lindenwood’s Tyler Scheller-Sports
Information Graduate Assistant
Gary Baute, a St. Louis native, may be educated in
business but he lives and breathes sports. As a fan or
an athlete, Gary is all sports all the time. He hosted a
radio sports program on KFNS, emceed the River City
Rascals’ inaugural season, and co-hosted, among many other activities.
Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,
“The Unknown Americans”
Mexican immigrants, Alma
and Arturo Rivera, arrive in Delaware with their beautiful teenage daughter Maribel after a 30hour ride in the back of a pickup truck. They cross the border out
of desperation, seeking help for Maribel, who has brain damage
sustained in a fall. They’ve been told she will receive better treatment and schooling in the United States.
So begins “The Book of Unknown Americans,” a heartbreaking
and starkly realistic novel by Christina Henriquez, a pick-it-up
and you’re-into-it-book that spins the story of the Riveras and another family, the Toros, who live in the same building.
The Toros, from Panama, have two sons — Enrique, the golden boy, a soccer star and college student, and Mayor, his gentle,
younger brother, a slight young man picked on by a neighborhood bully. When the bully threatens Maribel, Mayor stands up
for her. So begins a bond that grows into a serious relationship. The teens find solace with each
other, but are careful to keep the intensity of their feelings hidden from their parents, who have
become friends.
The Riveras are naturally protective of Maribel. While Arturo works endless hours at his job on
a mushroom farm, Alma worries about the way boys and men ogle her daughter, especially the
bully, Garrett Miller.
While Maribel and Mayor eke out ways to spend time together, their families face job losses,
frays over money and adjusting to a totally different culture. The Riveras and Toros have fled their
countries for a better, more peaceful life, but instead are thrust into a violent scenario none of
them could have foreseen.
Short vignettes about other immigrants, minor players in the book, detail their troubled histories, and the reasons why they came to America. Well written and troubling, “The Unknown
Americans” is literature at its best — fiction that makes us think about a current issue and walk a
mile in the shoes of others, new, vulnerable inhabitants of our country.
Reprinted with permission. Missourian Publishing Company. Copyright 2014. • Community News - St. Charles County • December 24, 2014
Create a Cookie Tradition
By Rebecca Brockmann | O’Fallon
The holidays are a wonderful time of
the year. Family comes together and gets
to celebrate a joyous time together. One
holiday pastime shared by many is baking cookies!
Cookie baking is something that can
be done by one or many, but of course it
is more fun to cook together. Why don’t
you start a new famly tradion of baking
cookies as a family? Everyone can get in
on the fun and make something delicious!
Christmas Wreath Cookies
I have included a couple recipes that
I really enjoy. Try a simple recipe of
Christmas Wreath Cookies, one of my
all time favorites. These always gets devoured first in my home. Then try Macaroon Kisses. I made this recipe for the
first time this year, and let me tell you,
they were quite tasty.
This holiday season get toghter and
start baking with some new family tradions!
Servings: 24 cookies
Macaroon Kisses
Servings: 48 cookies
Photos by Rebecca Brockmann
1 stick butter
40 marshmallows (large)
4 1/2 cup cornflakes
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp. green food coloring
red hot (optional)
Melt Butter and marshmallows in microwave.
(make sure the marshmallows don’t over flow out
of the bowl)
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsp. almond extract
2 tsp. orange juice
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
5 cups flaked coconut, divided
48 milk chocolate kisses
Beat butter, cream cheese and sugar with
electric mixer on medium speed in large
bowl until well blended. Add egg yolk,
almond extract and orange juice; beat
well. In a separate bowl, stir together
flour, baking powder and salt; gradually
add into butter mixture. Stir in 3 cups of
the coconut. Cover and refrigerate for
1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
In the meantime, remove the wrappers
from the chocolates.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll them
in the remaining 2 cups of the coconut.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly
browned. Immediately press chocolate
kiss into the center of each cookie once
out of the oven. Cool 1 minute and carefully remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once melted. Add the vanilla and food coloring. Mix
Once everything is mixed, add the cornflakes and
carefully stir till coated.
Drop about a spoonful of mixture onto wax paper
to set.
If choosing to add red hots, put 1-3 in the center of
the cookie before they dry so that they stick.
What’s Happening
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Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services
You are invited to Christmas Eve
services at 4 and 6 p.m. at Wentzville Christian Church at 1507
Highway Z in Wentzville. For
more information call 636-3276622 or visit
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services
Join the United Methodist Church
at Wentzville for Christmas Eve
Services. At 5 p.m. is the family worship: “Happy Birthday to
Jesus!” At 7 p.m. is the traditional
worship: “A Season of Joy!” And at
11 p.m. is a service of lessons and
carols. Candlelight, communion
and “Silent Night” will occur at
each service. The United Methodist Church at Wentzville is located
at 725 Wall Street. For more information, please call 636-327-6377 or
visit us at
Jan. 3, 2015: “Seussical” auditions
Young People’s Theatre will hold
open auditions for “Seussical” at
8:30 a.m. Jan. 3, in the Donald D.
Shook Fine Arts Building theater
on the SCC campus. Performance
dates are March 20-29. For students previously cast in an YPT
production, appointments are required. Appointment times will
begin at 1 p.m. Email Brisby Andrews at [email protected] for
a timeslot. Callbacks for principle
roles will be 1-5 p.m. Jan. 4. Auditions will consist of a solo song,
which will be taught, a short dance
combination and brief readings
from the script. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A parent or guardian must be present.
Those who wish to audition for a
principle role should prepare 16 to
32 measures of a Broadway repertoire song in their key. Auditioners must bring an accompaniment
CD, no a cappella singing. Any
student cast must either have had
Introductory Theater Workshop I
or concurrently enroll in that class
in addition to being in the production. Auditions are free, production fee is $175 if cast
Jan.11: Auditions for Bill W. and
Dr. Bob
O’Fallon TheatreWorks to hold
open auditions for Bill W. and Dr.
Bob at 1 p.m. at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall) Gym at
100 North Main St. in O’Fallon.
The play will be performed March
20–22 and 27–29. The cast of six
calls for three males and three females ranging in age from 18 to
45. Crew members also are needed. For more information, contact
Darren Granaas at 636-474-2732
or [email protected]
Jan. 11: Social Dance Classes
Winter Session
St. Charles Community College
in the College Center at 4601 Mid
Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville is
offering classes in Ballroom, Imperial Swing Basic, Jitterbug Swing,
Line Dance, Texas Two Step and
West Coast Swing. The session
costs $50 per person. Students,
ages 14 and up, should enroll with
a partner. For more information
call 636-922-8233 or visit stchas.
Jan. 12: Educational seminar
“It’s A Wonderful Life: Aging with
Purpose” offered by Lutheran Senior Services starts at 10 a.m. The
event is free and will be held at
Dardenne Prairie City Hall. Coffee and muffins will be served. For
more information, or to sign up,
please contact Melissa at the parks
office at 636-755-5308.
Jan. 15, 2015 Wheelers and Dealers Square Dance Club
Come join the fun. Stay active, exercise, meet new people and learn to
square dance. Begins at 7:30 p.m at
Memorial Hall in Blanchette Park.
For more information call Lucy at
636-391-3822, Joan at 636-922-
3669, or Maxine at 314-291-4723.
Jan. 19: King Day of Service 2015
From 10 a.m. – noon at the
O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City
Hall), the King Day of Service
is a part of United We Serve, the
President’s national call to service
initiative. Volunteers of all ages
are invited to register in advance
to participate in fun community
service projects. To register for the
King Day of Service, contact Volunteer Services at 636-379-5417 or
[email protected]
Jan. 23: National Volunteer
Blood Donor Month Blood Drive
From 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the
O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City
Hall). Appointments are encouraged to speed the process and ensure adequate staffing; walk-ins
also are welcome. Donors must
be at least 17, healthy, and show a
photo ID. For more information
or to schedule a convenient time,
call 636-379- 5417 or email [email protected] To inquire
about the benefits of blood donation or for eligibility questions,
contact Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at 1-800-747-5401
or visit their website
Jan. 24: Tree board applications
Lake Saint Louis residents are being sought to join the Lake Saint
Louis Tree Board. The tree board’s
responsibility is to counsel and
guide staff ’s efforts in developing
and implementing plans related
to the maintenance of trees in city
parks and other areas maintained
by the city. The board also provides guidance on city codes related to residential and commercial
tree care and preservation. This is
an advisory board that meets at
5:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of
each month. If you have an interest in how the city manages its tree
inventory and would like to serve
on the tree board, please fill out
the Notice of Interest to Serve on
Board/Committee and return it to
city hall. Forms can be found on
the city’s webpage under the Committees/
Boards tab or in person at city hall.
Jan. 24-25: Cabin Fever Daze
Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at
O’Fallon Sports Park at 3589 Highway K in O’Fallon. Admission,
parking and activities are free Beat
the winter blues! Play games, have
fun entering zany competitions,
enjoy live entertainment, free!
Vendors will sell food and beverages. Check for updates at www.
Jan 28: Eagle Watching Tour
From 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for a
cost of $50 this Dardenne Prairie seniors event is a trip to view
our winter visitors, the beautiful
bald eagle. We will travel by Mid
American coaches with a morning stop at the Audubon Center in
West Alton, MO for a short program and river viewing. We will
then travel along the Great River
Road to Pere Marquette State Park
for a family-style chicken lunch.
Depending on time, we may stop
at a few eagle viewing spots along
the way where you may enjoy from
the comfort of the bus or step off if
you wish. Bus pick-up and dropoff will take place at the Dardenne
Prairie Shop N’ Save. To register
for this event, please call the parks
office at 636-755-5308.
Feb. 6: Registrations due
Registration for the Lake Saint
Louis Father Daughter Sweetheart
Dance is now open!
Baseball/softball registration will
begin Jan. 2. Call 636-561-4620 for
visit for
more information.
March 12: Educational seminar
“Understanding Memory Loss” offered by Lutheran Senior Services
starts at 10 a.m. The event is free
and will be held at Dardenne Prairie City Hall. Coffee and muffins
will be served. For more information, or to sign up, please contact
Melissa at the parks office at 636755-5308.
March 26: Educational seminar
“Pizza and Preplanning” offered
by Baue Funeral Home starts at 10
a.m. The event is free and will be
held at Dardenne Prairie City Hall.
Pizza and drinks will be served.
For more information, or to sign
up, please contact Melissa at the
parks office at 636-755-5308.
Ongoing Events
1st Monday: Gardeners of St.
Charles County Monthly Meeting
1st Monday: St.Charles County
Council of the Blind (SCCCB)
Business meetings are held on the
first Monday of each month (second Monday in September due
to Labor Day ) unless otherwise
specified. No meetings are held in
June, July, or December. Meetings
are held in the Community Council Building (2nd floor of the Spencer Branch Library) from 6:30 - 9
p.m. For more information contact
Beverly Kaskadden (President) at
2nd Monday: Winghaven Civil
War Round Table
6:30pm, Midwest BankCentre
board room, 2299 Technology Dr.
O’Fallon. For more informaiton
call Mike at 314.276.5018.
4th Monday: American Legion
Post 388 Meets
6:30 pm at Holy Cross Lutheran
Church, 8945 Vets. Mem. Pkwy.
Every Monday: St. Peters Rotary
Noon at St. Peters City Hall, One
St. Peters Centre Blvd.
Every Monday: Seasoned Eye
Carvers Meeting
9am to noon at the St. Charles
Senior Citizens Center, 1455 Fairgrounds Rd. in St. Charles. For
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Every Monday: Cribbage Club
1pm, Heritage at Hawk Ridge
Clubhouse, 235 Pigeon Dr. in Lake
St. Louis. For more information,
call 636.561.2970.
Every Monday, Wednesday and
Friday: Fitness First Exercise
9:30-10:30am, American Legion
Hall, 504 Luetkenhaus Blvd., Wentzville. 314.369.6521.
Tuesday and Friday Evenings:
Tae Kwon Do Classes
Dardenne Presbyterian Church,
7400 South Outer 364 in Dardenne
Prairie. For more information, call
1st Tuesday: Fleur de Lis Garden
6:30pm at the Kisker Road Library,
1000 Kisker Road. Info: Jeanne at
2nd Tuesday: Show-me Stitchers
Embroiderer’s Guild of America
7pm at the Ladue Chapel. Info:
Last Tuesday of every month, St.
Charles American Legion Post
312 spaghetti dinner.
5pm, St. Charles American Legion
Post 312, 2500 Raymond Drive
in St. Charles. $5 per person. For
more information call Post 312 at
4th Tuesday: O’Fallon Garden
6:30pm at Sunrise Methodist
Church, 7116 Twin Chimney Blvd.
Info: Barb at 636.978.5930.
Every Tuesday: Kiwanis Club of
St. Charles
Noon-1pm at Bogey Hills Country
Club, 1120 Country Club Rd. in
Every Tuesday: St. Charles Optimist Club
Noon-1pm at Pio’s Restaurant.
Every Tuesday: Quilting Guild at
the O’Fallon Family YMCA
1-4pm Free. Quilt for local charities.
No sewing experience required.
Every Tuesday: Toastmasters
7pm at the Renaud Spirit Center,
2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon.
Info: 636.379.2505.
Every Tuesday: Gateway Spotlight
7:15-9:45pm at First United Methodist Church, 801 First Capitol
Drive in St. Charles. Info: or 636.256.6823.
Every Tuesday & Thursday: Tai
Chi at the St. Charles County
Family YMCA
8-9am & 10:15-11:15am. No experience necessary. 636-928-1928.
Tuesdays & Thursdays: Get Fit Exercise Classes
9-10am and 5:30-6:30pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church
Hall, New Melle. 314.369.6521.
Tuesdays and Fridays: TaeKwonDo Ministry
5:30pm, Dardenne Presbyterian
Church 7400 South Outer 364
in Dardenne Prairie. Moses Kim
brings Christian teaching into taekwondo. For more information, or
to sign up, call 636.561.4347.
Every Wednesday: Dardenne
Presbyterian Church Basketball
8-9:30pm, Dardenne Presbyterian
Christian Life Center, 7400 South
Outer 364 in Dardenne Prairie.
Open to 6th grade and up. Bring
a light and dark shirt for different
Third Thursdays: Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 458
7pm, Amvets Post 106, 360 Brown
Rd in St. Peters.
Those who served in any branch
between 1962 and 1975 are welcome.
1st Wednesday of each month:
Hope & Healing
5-6pm, Dardenne Presbyterian
Rock Church, 7400 South Outer
364 in Dardenne Prairie. Unique
service of music, worship, and
prayer for those in need of hope
and healing.
Every Thursday: Dardenne Presbyterian Church Quilters
9am-2pm, Dardenne Presbyterian
Church, 7400 South Outer 364 in
Dardenne Prairie.
Members do hand quilting to
quilts of any size for donation that
is given to various church supported charities. No experience is necessary to join the group. For more
information, contact Vickie Young
at 636.928.7348, or Brenda Kenny
at 636.240.3753.
Every Wednesday: Active Older
Adults Game Day at the O’Fallon
Family YMCA
10am Free. Bring a favorite snack
to share. Anybody welcome.
Every Wednesday: Crossroads
Cribbage Club
10am Meets at 1380 Boone St.,
Troy, MO 63379. 636.528.8379.
Every Wednesday: Men’s Golf
5pm, tee off at 5:30 pm at Heritage
of Hawk Ridge., under the parks and recreation section.
Every Wednesday: Charity Bingo
6:45pm VFW Post 5077 sponsors,
at VFW Hall, 8500 Veterans Mem.
Pkwy., O’Fallon. 636.272.1945 or
Every Wednesday. Kiwanis Club
of Harvester monthly meeting.
Noon, Fratelli’s Restorante, 2061
Zumbehl Road in St Charles.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
Every Wednesday, Winfield
Foley Firefighters Association
Doors open at 4:30, bingo at
6:30pm, Bingo hall is next door
to County Market in the Winfield
Plaza on Highway 47. For more
information, call 636.566.6621 or
1st and 3rd Wednesday Each
Month: St. Charles Area Wood
St. Charles Area Wood Carvers
have moved meeting location on
the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from
the Weldon Spring site to Hollenbeck Middle School, 4555 Central
School Road, St. Charles, MO. For
more information, visit
2nd Wednesday: Free Financial
Education- Money Matters
6:30pm at the O’Fallon Family YMCA. PNC Bank and The
O’Fallon Family YMCA have
partnered to provide monthly free
financial education courses for
members of the community. Info
(including a list of topics): call
PNC Bank at 636.272.2449.
Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of
St. Peters
6:30am at IHOP (3851 Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy St. Peters).
Every Thursday: Kiwanis Club of
11:45am Meets at JJ’s Restaurant in
O’Fallon. Info:
Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary
Club Breakfast
7:30am at The Holy Cross Lutheran Church (8945 Veterans
Memorial Pkwy, across from Fort
Zumwalt Park). Visitors welcome.
Every Thursday: Yoga at The St.
Charles County Family YMCA
7-7:55pm Any level. Info:
What’s Happening
Every Thursday: O’Fallon Rotary
Club Breakfast
7:30am, Holy Cross Lutheran
Church, 8945 Veterans Memorial
Pkwy. in O’Fallon. All Rotarians or
interested parties are welcome.
Louis, MO 63367. 314.479.0306,
[email protected] or www.
Every Friday: VFW Fish Fry
3-8pm VFW Post 2866. 66 VFW
Lane. Call Bill Sams, 636.724.9612.
2nd and 4th Thursdays: Alexander Chapter #242 Order of the
Eastern Star Meetings
7:30pm, St. Charles Masonic
Lodge, 2051 Collier Corporate
Parkway in St. Charles.
Every Friday, St. Charles American Legion Post 312 charity bingo
6:30pm, St. Charles American
Legion Post 312, 2500 Raymond
Drive in St. Charles. For more
information call Post 312 at
Third Thursday of each month:
Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 458 meetings
7pm, Amvets Post 106, 360 Brown
Rd in St. Peters.
Every Saturday: Chess
8-11am or later in the food court at
Mid Rivers Mall in St. Peters.
Third Thursday of the month, Ladies Night Out
Cottleville Crafts, Etc..., 5335
Highway N in Cottleville. Vinyl
design class. For more information, call 636.441.2700 or visit
Every Saturday: Veterans Learn
guitar for FREE
9:30am in Historic St. Charles.
Info: Bill Dennis at 314.479.5750.
Every Saturday: Peaceful Puppy
Mill Protest
11am - 12:30pm at Petland, 6131
Ronald Reagan Drive, Lake St.
Louis. [email protected]
2nd & 4th Thursday: Alexander
Chapter 242/Eastern Star
St. Charles Masonic Lodge, 2051
Collier Corporate Parkway, St.
Charles. 636.577.0056.
Every Saturday: Charity Bingo
6:30pm, doors open at 4pm. Wentzville Community Club (500 West
Main, Wentzville 63385). www. or www.
Third Thursday of each month:
Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 458 Meeting
7pm, Amvets Post 106, 360 Brown
Rd. in St. Peters. Veterans who
served in any branch of service
between 1962 and 1975 are welcome.
1st & 3rd Saturday: St Peters
Square Dance Club Dances
6:30pm. 1st United Methodist
Church, 801 First Capital Dr. www.
Every Friday: Moms Play Group
10am at LSL Community Association, 100 Cognac Ct., Lake Saint
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Over the Fence
Joe Morice
Language Is Weird
Have you ever wondered
about trivial things like the
difference between the words,
“nerd” and “geek?” It seems
trivial but Trivial Pursuit is a
popular game enjoyed by millions.
One must remember trivial things from bygone
times. Some might say experts are “trivia nerds” or
“trivia geeks.”
The dictionary lists both. Geek is as follows: Etymology: probably from English dial. geek, fool, from
Low German geck: Date: 1914
1: a carnival performer often billed as a wild man
whose act usually includes biting the head off a live
chicken or snake. (A modern version might include
rock stars.)
2: a person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked. (Unemployable know-it-alls?)
3 : an enthusiast or expert especially in a technological field or activity (computer geek).
Nerd is: Etymology: perhaps from nerd, a creature
in the children’s books “If I Ran the Zoo” (1950) by
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel): Date: 1951
: an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially : one slavishly devoted to intellectual
or academic pursuits (computer nerds).
Both can be associated with expertise in a particular field and both mention computer experts. For
the real difference, I consulted my expert teenaged
friend that hangs around his dad’s garage. He puffed
on a Marlboro and leaned on his 180 mph economy
car and said, “There ain’t much difference. A geek
is a guy that gets real good at something and walks
around like he’s somebody special and a nerd is the
same thing but he dresses bad and gets beat up a lot.”
He smiled a little, took another puff on his Marlboro
and said, “There’s a funny part some of my dad’s
friends are always saying. He says the cheerleaders in his high school and college sometimes dated
the geeks or were seen with them but they ended
up marrying nerds.” He smiled and added, “Nerds
make all the money.”
That covers it, me thinks. After I thanked him for
his genius, he flicked his cigarette on the lawn and
screeched away in a cloud of tire smoke. Speed freak
or speed geek…or nerd…? Forget it.
When I see the vans that careen around town with
“Geek Squad” painted on the sides, I now assume they
might be computer experts that didn’t marry well.
Listening to people talk, sometimes you can tell
their age level or perhaps their peer group by how
many ‘awesome’s’ and ‘I’m like’s’ they can cram into
a conversation. Such as, “She was awesome and I’m
like speechless and then she said hi and I‘m like…”
Before it’s over, I tend to lose track of the subject. A minute of conversation without the “I’m
likes” might last only five seconds, normally.
If one drops in to a local “meat market”
which is a slang term for “singles bar,” one
can hear conversations full of “awesome’s”
and “I’m like’s” among clusters of
singles intent on impressing each
other. Conventional conversationalists are usually seen sitting
in a corner contemplating loneliness or perhaps, reading up on
current slang terms at the risk of
being thought of as intellectuals…or is it geeks?
Words are actually a lot of fun or perhaps it’s the
different ways people use them. On the other hand,
sometimes they can be used in ways to make others appear dumb such as my father’s kindergarten
teacher. He claimed she recited “Mary Had a Little
Lamb” as such: “Mary had a diminutive tup, its pel-
age was niveous as snow, and everywhere that Mary
peregrinated, the tup would irrefrangibly go.”
Gee, a teacher geek from Mars.
Joe Morice is Community News’s blue-collar philosopher.
He was born and raised in Missouri and spent most of his
childhood on a farm and adulthood operating big machines.
He has no formal training as a writer, unless 60 years of writing about any and everything counts.
The opinions expressed in this column are Joe Morice’s alone and
do not reflect the opinion of the owners or staff of Community News.