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In theaters July 11

This weekend's movies focus on character driven stories, one centering on an ape and the other on a boy who grows up before the audience's eyes.

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Summer appetizers made easy

Looking for a few simple recipes to share at summer picnics and barbecues. When it comes to appetizers, local food blogger Vicki Amsinger (A Table at Robert Ridge) has a few ideas on keeping things simple and simply delicious. Here she shares a few favorite recipes and her thoughts on each.

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Wildwood Pub & Grill – a neighborhood favorite for more than just great food

Whether it’s a family dinner, a business meeting or a happy hour with friends, Wildwood Pub & Grill is the place to spend an evening out. Located at 17253 New College Road, near the intersection of Hwys. 109 and 100, Wildwood Pub & Grill offers a casual dining experience in a fun sports environment. Co-owned by Jeff Allee and Steve Lange, the 8,300-square-foot restaurant opened its doors six years ago and has been pleasing customers ever since. The family-friendly restaurant boasts a variety of menu items – from burgers and pizza to salads and wraps to pulled pork and baby ...

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Eureka High’s Hannah Long earns four titles at state track meet

Hannah Long doing well on the track is not surprising, but the Eureka standout recently outdid herself in the Class 4 state track and field meet. In the annual meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City, Long competed in four events for the first time and won them all. “I am very proud of my accomplishments at state this year,” said Long, who will be a senior this fall. “Winning four events this year meant a lot to me because I think it shows my strength and how I’ve grown as a runner.” Long captured the Class 4 ...

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Sports Briefs: Local triathletes earn right to compete on world stage

Local triathletes earn right to compete on world stage Three area athletes have qualified to represent the United States in the world triathlon championships. The athletes recently participated in the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championships in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Chris Beuer, of Chesterfield; Jen Hankins, of St. Louis; and Matthew Zupan, of Wildwood, each earned spots on Team USA by finishing in the top 20 in their respective age group categories in the Half Ironman distance race. They will compete at the World Championships to be held in Sweden in the summer of 2015. Zupan, 18, finished first in ...

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Bulletin Board: Emma O’Brien Scholarship awarded

Emma O’Brien Scholarship awarded Valley Park High graduate and future Maryville Saint Daria Cwiklowski was presented with a college scholarship, courtesy of Meramec Valley Bank. At a ceremony held at Valley Park High, Senior Vice President/Lending Officer Jim Jones awarded the Emma O’Brien Scholarship to Cwiklowski. In doing so, he noted that “the Emma O’Brien Scholarship is named in honor of an outstanding employee who never missed a day of work in her more than 60 years with Meramec Valley Bank.”   Walk-A-Thon held for Ronald McDonald House The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Des Peres ...

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We are Americans

Last week was the Fourth of July. There were barbecues and fireworks, concerts and celebrations. Plenty of air time was given to songs about America and what it means to be an American. But today, life is back to normal. We’re back to arguing about everything from health care to homeland security to our nation’s role in world crises. Last week, politicians gave speeches and for a few minutes or even a few hours the flames of  our patriotism may have been stoked by their words. But today – do you remember a word of what they said? Here’s one ...

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Enacting Article V of the U.S. Constitution

To the Editor: Many of us in St. Charles County are convinced that the federal government, over several decades, has expanded its authority and control of citizens’ lives in many ways. In recent years this trend has increased its scope. It seems to me, and many others, that the federal government – all branches – is very unlikely to begin reducing its influence and control on the populace. While we might make some small inroads into correcting this dilemma – even if some significant number of more conservative representatives and senators are elected – the very same dynamics we currently ...

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‘The problem with politicians’ responses

To the Editor: Your June 25 editorial “The Problem with Politicians” addresses a very important issue. But it’s not as if we, as citizens and voters, don’t have control over this. We have simply let the system get away from us. Frequently, we elect people for all the wrong reasons, They tell us what we want to hear and we are willing to believe it. Or they run disgusting ads (funded by big money interests) and we cast our votes on the basis of those ads. Or we look first at gender or ethnicity or whoever is the most photogenic ...

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Economic Development in Ellisville

To the Editor: I read in wonderment the article on the filling of the Economic Development Commission in Ellisville (West Newsmagazine, June 25). I wonder, “If a K-Mart closes, can Walmart now be built? One of the reasons Walmart was not built was because it would put out of business the so called “mom and pop” stores, which I think some in the community cited. Maybe the newly hired economic development consultant, Eugene Norber, could approach Walmart to see if they would like to build a store on the corner of Clarkson and Manchester or at the empty Best Buy ...

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