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News Briefs: Collecting for our troops


Collecting for our troops

To show appreciation to U.S. troops deployed overseas, donations of pocket-sized packages of food such as trail mix and beef jerky, batteries, personal care items and other useful supplies are being collected through O’Fallon’s Support Our Troops Supply Drive, which kicked off on Aug. 11.

“Troops serving overseas deeply appreciate snacks and practical items from home,” said Kathy Halstead, O’Fallon’s volunteer services manager. “The donations will be sorted, boxed and shipped overseas as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11, coordinated by Volunteer O’Fallon.”

The items that troops most often request include: canned tuna, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, trail mix, deodorant, combs, fingernail clippers and nail files, lip balm, batteries and small flashlights.

The drive continues through Sept. 11, and donations can be dropped off at multiple locations throughout the city including City Hall, Renaud Spirit Center, Fox’s Pizza Den, Alliance Credit Union, Manpower and USA Mortgage to name a few.

For those who would like to sponsor the cost of shipping, $15 donations for a “Stamp of Support” will cover shipping for each box. The monetary donations should be made to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care, online at www.HeroesCare.org.



New grocery store opens in University Commons

The brand new Schnucks at University Commons opened its doors to customers on Aug. 6 at 1900 First Capitol Drive in St. Charles.

Customers also will be able to relax in the open air, climate-controlled café along with television and free Wi-Fi, said store manager JoAnn Smashey, who added that an express register will make it easier for café customers to enjoy pizza, Smoke & Grill items, hot Panini sandwiches or ready meals. And on Friday and Saturday evenings, the café will be the backdrop for fun and entertainment.

“This is the kind of store and synergistic university-to-store relationship I had envisioned and hoped for,” said Lindenwood University President James D. Evans, PhD. “I am very excited about this grand opening and what the coming years hold for Schnucks and Lindenwood.”

Representatives of Lindenwood University have been involved throughout the process and there are plans to sell university approved spirit wear and accessories

Schnucks President and CEO Todd Schnuck said, while the company has other stores near college campuses, “this is the first time we’ve actually partnered with a university at this level and on a store that literally sits on the edge of campus. Our vision is that Schnucks Lindenwood will be more than a food and pharmacy source for the community.”


Police to crackdown on drunk driving

From mid-August through Labor Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement throughout St. Charles County.


Disc golf players sought for evening tournament

Residents can compete for cash and prizes at the annual Disc Golf Glow Tournament at Quail Ridge Park, beginning at 8 p.m. on Aug. 23.

In partnership with the St. Charles County Disc Golf Club, the St. Charles County Parks Department will present the disc-tossing tournament consisting of a mix of short and long holes that travel in and out of the woods.

Using baskets lined with more than 100 glow sticks to mark the course, a shotgun start will begin the 18-hole contest. Participants will compete individually, and cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers in each flight.

The entry fee for the tournament is $10 per player, but registration is limited to the first 72 players. For more information or to pre-register, contact Andy Majesky at (314) 413-4773 or email andymajesky@live.com.


Lindenwood adds new IT degrees, hosts symposium, job fair 

Lindenwood University is adding a slate of new IT degrees in its accelerated evening program, LCIE. The new degree programs were approved in mid-July by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and will be available starting in the fall quarter of 2014, which begins Sept. 29.

The new degrees include bachelor’s degrees in business systems development, cyber security, information technology, and virtualization and cloud computing, and master’s degrees in managing information security, managing information technology, and managing virtualization and cloud computing. The university has revised a post-bachelor certificate in information technology, intended for individuals who already have non-IT-related undergraduate degrees and would like to add skills in information technology.

Dr. Tom Cupples, director of Lindenwood’s accelerated IT programs, said the industry is growing at an explosive rate, and skilled IT professionals are in high demand. Job search sites indicate approximately 3,000 IT jobs within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis.

Lindenwood will hold an IT Symposium and Job Fair at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 in the Lindenwood University Cultural Center. The evening will include presentations by industry experts Meghan Rapp, David Sandel and Stephen Groppe, as well as booths featuring a variety of IT employers. The event is free and open to the public.




Natatorium reopens, North Rink closes

Maintenance work at the Rec-Plex Natatorium was completed 10 days ahead of schedule, allowing the Natatorium to reopen to the public on Friday, Aug. 15.

Maintenance in the Natatorium included cleaning the 50-meter pool shell, repairing the 50-meter pool’s moveable floor, and removing the Leisure Pool’s waterslide. A new slide can be installed later this year at a date yet to be determined.

A second major maintenance project began on Monday, Aug. 18, when the North Ice Rink closed to the public for painting and re-sealing of the facility’s walls. The rink was last painted in 2000 and has been showing wear. The project is expected to be complete by Sept. 16.

The Rec-Plex celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer.

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