Helping Wings of Hope to fly

On Saturday, Oct. 11, at its headquarters in Chesterfield, Wings of Hope honored the many supporters, donors and volunteers who help the 52-year-old humanitarian charity make a real difference in the world. The themed celebration was called “On the Road to Wings of Hope,” a tongue-in-cheek reference to the 1940s-era Bob Hope/Bing Crosby “On the Road” comedies. Hope, along with his wife, Delores, were among the first members of Wings of Hope’s honorary council. About 200 guests enjoyed a buffet of global culinary treats prepared by Wings of Hope President Doug Clements and other staff members. The crowd then danced ...

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Health Capsules: Mixing meds

Mixing meds The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a consumer update to remind people of the potential dangers of mixing medications and dietary supplements. According to the update, taking prescription or over-the-counter medications along with vitamins, minerals or other dietary supplements in some cases can pose a health risk because certain supplements can affect the absorption, metabolism or excretion of a medication and alter its potency. “Some dietary supplements may increase the effect of your medication, and other dietary supplements may decrease it,” said Robert Mozersky, FDA medical officer. “You may be getting either too much or ...

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Elizabeth Leath: Parkway Central’s ‘most productive’ lady golfer ever

It was the final trip to state for Parkway Central’s Elizabeth Leath. The Colts senior made it a memorable one. Leath finished second overall in the Class 2 state championship at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin. She fired a 76, falling by one shot to state champion Mariah Peters, of Blue Springs, in what turned out to be just be a one-day tournament. The state tournament was shortened to 18 holes when the opening round was canceled because of rain. “Yeah, that was unfortunate because you always want it to be a two-day event,” Leath said. “I got 10 ...

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Plan the perfect party

Low-stress holiday parties When making holiday party plans this year, why not take the pressure off yourself and host a low-stress get-together? Here are some easy-on-the-host party ideas for making spirits bright this holiday season:   Throw a cookie bake-off For a twist on the traditional cookie exchange that’s easier on guests, invite friends over to make cookies with you. Simply mix up several types of dough in advance and have plenty of cookie cutters, sprinkles, candies and icings on hand. Decorate as a group, have a “bake off” of guests’ creations, and send everyone home with bags, tins or ...

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Lafayette graduate meets with kicking success at Illinois State

If Nick Aussieker doesn’t have ice water in his veins, it’s something close. He certainly has nerves of steel. The Illinois State place kicker and Lafayette graduate kicked game-winning field goals on the final play recently in back-to-back road games for the Redbirds. “It’s been a lot of fun,” Aussieker said in a phone interview from Normal. “It was something to have both games come down to a winning field goal. It’s definitely been a dream. I never had the opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal before and then I got to do it two weeks in a row.” ...

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Lafayette’s Caroline Pozo finishes flawless sophomore season

Lafayette sophomore Caroline Pozo enjoyed more than a tennis season to remember. She had one for the record books. Pozo won the Missouri State High School Class 2 singles championship. She won all four of her matches at state without losing a set – no opponent earned more than five games off her. Pozo finished her sensational season with a 24-0 singles record. Amazingly, she did not lose a set all season. However, Pozo remains modest and downright humble when evaluating her year. “It was a great season, and I joined a team with amazing girls, which made it even ...

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Rockwood facilities to be discussed at upcoming board of education meeting

Rockwood Superintendent Eric Knost and Chief Financial Officer Tim Rooney plan to make a special presentation to the district’s Board of Education on Nov. 13 in regard to facilities needs districtwide. “We will lay out our findings on facilities needs and recommend a plan to address them going forward,” Knost told the board on Oct. 16. Proposition S, a $38.4 million no-tax rate increase bond issue to fund security, technology and facilities’ maintenance needs in Rockwood, failed to win approval on the April 2013 ballot. The ballot followed the release of state audit results, which criticized Rockwood for, among other ...

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Francis Howell students selected for honor choir

Multiple Francis Howell High choir students recently were selected for the Metro 8 District Honors Choir. Nearly 290 students from across the Metro 8 District participated in the 2014 auditions, and approximately 160 were selected to participate in this year’s Honors Choir held on Oct. 11. Nine Francis Howell High choir members were selected out of the 18 who auditioned. These Viking Choir students, under the direction of Choir Director Karey Fitzpatrick, include Rebekah Anthonis, Erin Hediger, Jenna Hutfless, Elise Kaminski, Madi Jackson, Alexandra Janssen, Sarah Mason, Jenny Moreno, Emmy Robertson and Allison Schult. Additionally, seven of the students scored ...

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Editorial: It’s a matter of trust

On Oct. 30, there were three accidents on Interstate 64 and its exit ramps – one during the morning drive time on the exit ramp at Olive/Clarkson and two others during the evening commute. Those accidents were nearly parallel, with one on eastbound I-64 and one on the exit ramp to Timberlake Manor Parkway. Monarch firefighter-paramedics responded to all three accidents – blocking traffic and providing aid. Here’s a fact. Most of us would not want to have to work an accident on a crowded highway. Here’s another fact. Most of us are grateful that there are men and women ...

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Deer hunting

To the Editor: We are all aware of the increasing deer population – what a nuisance that can be. (“Regulation changes proposed to spur hunting in Wildwood,” West Newsmagazine, Oct. 22.) I have spent a small fortune on “Deer Off” trying to protect my hostas and other plants. We have from three to five deer daily at the entrance and throughout our subdivision. A humane solution – in my opinion – would be to put out some feed that would prevent them from procreating. Simple, humane. Thanks for listening. Mrs. J. Urban Chesterfield  

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