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Lesson Learned, Don’t Turn Off Rams Game or Take Leads For Granted

**Randy Gardner photo**By  Randy Gardner

Sometimes you get to the point where you just can’t handle it and that is where the Rams put my state of mind over the weekend. I left the house to go to the boys’ soccer games and listened in the car as the Rams built a 21-0 lead.

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Is the Third Time the Charm at this New Location For the Dining Divas?

Lisa Kampeter

Lisa Kampeter

The Dining Divas

By Lisa Kampeter

This month’s Dining Divas outing was not new to us. Well, the restaurant was new to us but not the location. Actually, the restaurant has been three different restaurants since the Divas first dined there. We went to Bemo’s in Cottleville (formerly Sherlock’s and Travena’s prior to that). Our fingers are crossed that this one works.  

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World History Tells Us These Aren’t the Worst of Times

Tom Amsel. pg 2jpgA Boomer’s Journal

By Tom Anselm

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, we marked the official end of World War II. It was called VJ Day, for Victory over Japan. Victory over Europe, or VE Day was a few months earlier on May 8, 1945, to be exact. That war saw some 80,000,000 die, either as combatants, civilians, prisoners, or just because of their ethnicity. It was world 
barbarism at its worst, characterized by vicious hand-to-to hand combat, massive bombing, new weaponry, ethnic cleansing and ultimately, the first, and so far only, use of atomic power by one country against another.So far.

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Can the Kurt Warner Story Be Repeated?

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

Can I start by saying, here we go again? By that, I mean the Rams are the unluckiest team in the league; they cannot catch a break. Thinking on the positive side could this be another Kurt Warner story because the pre-season events seem just the same. A lot of the similarities hold true all the way down to the direction that the team was going when the injury happened.

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It’s Easy to Take the Heat With Fun Family Members in Florida

Tom Amsel. pg 2jpgA Boomer’s Journal

By Tom Anselm

It has been quite warm lately in our town, both politically and atmospherically. The first so much so that frankly it is just too hot for me to touch. At least for now. Maybe at a later date, as things seem to continue to cool down. Maybe. So let’s move on to the second.

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Film Gets a Big Opening Lift From The Wehrenberg Chain

scene from Belleville, the movie set in our Illinois neighboring community

scene from Belleville, the movie set in our Illinois neighboring community

(Complete, lengthy interview with Belleville Director Dan Steadman)

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Dan Steadman reveals his thoughts on writing, directing, and editing and discusses micro-budget, independent filmmaking and why he makes films away from Hollywood. He raves about the talent here, the city of Belleville, and Wehrenberg Theaters, which is opening Belleville on September 5 in all their theaters. After mentioning a few people I knew and had worked on his film, we agreed it was small world when you work on local films. Dan Steadman, the director of Belleville, which shot in southern Illinois replied, “I like about this community, a lot.” Then we launched into my questions.

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