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“Azaleas” Painting of Mississippi County, Charleston, Missouri By Billyo O’Donnell RANDOM MUSINGS from Gerry Mandel DEVILS AND ELBOWS by John Drake Robinson

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LANDSCAPES & EXTERIORS 10 Vintage Style Adds to Outdoor Living Space 12 A Stronger, More Durable Residential Fence 14 Landscape and Architectural Lighting Add Beauty, Intrigue, Enjoyment 15 Keeping Wooden Roofs Beautiful 16 Enjoy a Natural Water Feature in Your Own Yard 18 Does Your Home Have Damage from Wind or Hail? 20 Homeowners Discover a Better Alternative to Painting or Siding 21 Does Your Home Have Uneven Concrete Surfaces?

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REAL Reality: Welcome Back We spend vast parts of every day on the Web, emailing, texting, Facetiming or Skyping, on social media, playing video games, and also using traditional media - television, radio and recorded music. So much of our lives are lived virtually that like the proverbial frog in boiling water, we start to see the boil of virtual media as normal life and forget what it was like to live in those precious cooler waters of live, real-time, face-to-face, on-site actual interactions with human beings and environments. In this issue we feature a great touchstone of our former lives. On the cover and in the spread on pages 26-27 we feature the wonderful landscape paintings by local painter of national renown, Billyo O’Donnell. He and award-winning writer Karen Glines embarked on a project fifteen years ago documented in their book Painting Missouri. Billyo traveled to all 114 counties in Missouri and the City of St. Louis to paint landscapes en Plein Air – capturing the land, sky, flora, fauna and buildings, recording all with paint, by hand, on canvas in real space and in real time. Karen researched each county and wrote accompanying essays providing historical and contemporary perspective. Billyo’s journals detail the journeys arriving at the locations, weather encountered, what he saw, the painting experience, interesting lives touched and that touched his, learning and emotions along the way. What we learn from Karen and Billyo about the places and experiences adds to the emotion we feel when we see the paintings. I hope you get the opportunity to see the Painting Missouri works live and in person. You can come close by getting your very own quality prints of any painting in the collection, available at www.paintingmissouri.com. Todd Abrams

on the cover This gorgeous painting is one of 115 works by master landscape artist and native Missourian Billyo O’Donnell for the book he and Karen Glines published called Painting Missouri, The Counties en Plein Air. The landscapes in the collection were painted on location in all of Missouri’s 114 counties, plus the City of St. Louis. A very popular exhibit of the paintings has traveled since 2008 to venues across the state, along with presentations about the journey. You can see more of the paintings, read Billyo’s journal notes for them and learn more about this project in the article on page 26. To see all the paintings, you can visit www.PaintingMissouri.com, where prints of the paintings may also be purchased. 6 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | WWW.COUNTYLIVINGMAG.COM




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e are a nation that thrives on choices.

You can blame the whole thing on Patrick Henry. In 1775 at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, he gave a speech urging independence for “the colonies,” even if it meant war. His final line helped seal our national character: “. . . I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Patrick demanded a choice. As we want choices today. Look at the marketplace today and the products that struggle to be different from each other. I’m sure there are designers and manufacturers who stay up late, trying to eke out another option in an established category. You probably know what I mean, but here are a couple examples. The other day my wife asked me to pick up a quart of vanilla ice cream on the way home from tennis. “No problem,” I said. Boy, was I wrong. You might think vanilla is a simple proposition, but let me tell you what I found in the ice cream case. Yes, I found Vanilla. Like seeing an old friend. But then I saw French Vanilla. Did she want that? French sounds richer than regular. “Maybe I should get . . .” But right next to that sat a row of Classic Vanilla. My options were up to three now. Or so I thought. In rapid succession I saw other versions of vanilla. Vanilla Bean. Homemade Vanilla. Extra Creamy Vanilla. That last one’s got to be the best, right? Next to it was Double Vanilla. Think of that. Double! I was faced with a choice among seven vanillas. Thank you, Patrick. And that didn’t include Sugar Free Vanilla, Fat Free Vanilla, or - slightly outside the category - Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. I settled for Classic. Ate two helpings when I got home, just to relieve the stress. Now let’s get to a totally different category. Sneakers. Have you bought any lately? Before you buy a pair, you have to decide what you’re going to wear them for. You see, there are sneakers designed for just about any activity that requires athletic-type shoes. I stopped by a couple of these sneaker stores at West County Shopping Center recently. Sort of a mall research trip. Both stores were divided by category, with dozens of sneakers displayed on little platforms sticking out from the walls.

I saw sneakers designed for walking. I saw sneakers meant for running. I wondered what the difference was. Probably a trade secret, something to do with padding, stability, flexibility and looks. I think the running sneakers had a speedier look than the walking sneakers. I moved on to the next section. Training sneakers. Then Classic sneakers. Next, Tennis sneakers, which I’m most familiar with. Also a category called Active sneakers, just in case you want to be more active than tennis or running. There are Workout sneakers, as well as sneakers for basketball. I even saw sneakers designed for walking or running through water. Basically, they are open-toed sneakers. So here’s a possible scenario in today’s World of Sneakers. You put on your walking sneakers to walk to the bus. If the bus is coming, you change into your running sneakers so you won’t miss it. When you get to the gym, you change into your Active or Workout sneakers. If you want to shoot a few baskets at the gym, you change into your Basketball sneakers. And so it goes. I won’t even touch three other classifications: low top, high top, and slip on sneakers. I didn’t see any sneakers just for sneaking. Here’s some exciting news, though. I’m coming out with a new line of sneakers. They’re called Shopping Sneakers. It’s a special sneaker you wear when you go shopping for sneakers. I’ll let you know when they’re on the market. First I need to find a venture capitalist who shares Patrick Henry’s vision. Gerry Mandel is a free-lance writer and video producer. For information on his video biographies, visit www.facebook.com/TheLifePreserver. His novel, “Shadow and Substance: My Time with Charlie Chaplin,” is available through Amazon or directly from the author, huevista@gmail.com. clm


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Vintage Style Adds to Enjoyment of Wonderful

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ret and Missy Lewis had nothing but grass outside their back door, but always knew they wanted to add outdoor living areas when they built their O’Fallon home. What they have created combines new construction with a vintage feel. Websites like Pinterest and Houzz are great sources of ideas for building, adding on, and decorating your home. The Lewises found a photo they loved on Pinterest, then searched online for local builders that specialized in outdoor living spaces. After reading reviews, they met with several companies and chose Heartlands Building BEFORE Company, who they felt they best understood their vision, showed an excellent portfolio of past projects, and were recommended as honest and reliable. According to Dan Gleason of Heartlands, AFTER “The Lewises had a specific vision for the style and function of the outdoor area. The challenge for Heartlands was to make it work structurally and aesthetically with their home.” During the planning phase he brought their photo and sketches to life with renderings and a virtual tour of the proposed finished space, including modifications to fit their home and budget. Missy said, “The planning phase was probably the most exciting for us!” The construction phases of any project can be stressful, but Missy says, “I really can’t say enough great things about the Heartlands employees. We worked with Dan in developing concept drawings and building plans and very much enjoyed having Adam Twellman as our point of contact throughout the construction phase. The guys on the job daily were just as great. They were always professional and answered our questions. Making changes and

additions was never a problem. We could tell that the quality of work would be excellent, which really put our minds at ease.” The Lewis’s new outdoor living area has a decorative concrete patio surface and features a roof structure over dining, cooking and bar seating areas. Outdoor kitchens, once known as summer kitchens, are an old idea that’s come back for everyday meals as well as entertaining, both intimate and large. The adjacent uncovered patio includes a fire pit with cozy seating. According to Missy, “I would say that that the finished product really exceeds RENDERING our expectations. It was so rewarding to see our idea come to fruition.” Once construction was complete, Missy started decorating in a rustic farmhouse style. Most of the vintage pieces are actually from her grandparents’ old shed. The result is a very inviting space that brings back wonderful memories. Bret and Missy agree, “We’ve never seen any other outdoor living area that really compares to ours. We have a wonderful addition to our home that meets all of our needs and wants. We absolutely love everything about it and receive so many compliments on it. It’s such a fun and relaxing place to be and we couldn’t ask for anything better!” To learn how Heartlands Building Company can create your outdoor living dreams, and see more photos of completed projects, you can visit their updated website at www.heartlandshome.com. You can also visit their attractive new showroom at 680 Crown Industrial Court in Chesterfield weekdays 8-5 or Saturdays 10-3. To discuss a project at your home, you can call Heartlands for a free in-home consultation at 636-728-0003. clm

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any homeowners have found that their fences made with standard 5/8” aluminum picket are just not holding up like they expected. Over time, kids, lawn service providers, bicycles and large dogs are able to bend the pickets. In some cases dogs and kids have been able to get through these fences. To address these concerns, Fence & Deck Depot Inc. has introduced Montage Plus, a stronger, more substantial ¾” picket steel fence. These pickets are commercial grade, not easily bent or penetrated between pickets, a lot stronger and more stabile than standard residential fences. The American-made, high-quality Galvanized Steel with Zink Phosphate, Epoxy Primer and an Acrylic Topcoat give Montage Plus long service life and the end of tiresome maintenance. Montage Plus Ornamental Fences feature an engineered Profusion Weld Technology that holds pickets tight in the rails, with no unsightly screws or loosely held pickets that can rattle in the wind. Gates are fully welded and E-Coated, and include high quality hardware and safety latches for secure entryways. Every Montage Plus Fence comes with a 20 year limited warranty and a five year labor warranty from the manufacturer. The Montage Plus Ornamental Fence is available in the St. Louis area at Fence & Deck Depot Inc. You can see the fence and test its strength for yourself in their showrooms in St. Charles, MO, O’Fallon, IL and their new showroom coming soon at 513 North Eatherton Rd in Chesterfield Valley. To schedule a no-obligation athome consultation, you can call them at 636-352-2645, email at fencedepotinc@sbcglobal.net, or visit their website www.fencedepotco.com. clm



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Landscape and Architectural Lighting: BY JEFF MITCHELL

Add Beauty, Intrigue and Enjoyment to Your Home


am sure you have had the experience of driving down suburban streets on dark nights and seeing in the distance, dramatically standing out against the black sky, the glowing image of a home beautifully lit by outdoor lighting. As you get closer you see the highlighted architectural features gracefully showcased by precise accent lighting, or sparkling foliage in the yard – glowing trees, bushes, plantings, water features, or softly lit pathways. As much as you might appreciate how gorgeous these lighted homes look, to really understand their appeal you should talk to homeowners who have custom outdoor lighting. They will tell you that it provides a magical experience they enjoy every night and also early in the morning before the sun comes up. Custom outdoor lighting highlights a home’s special features, adding curb appeal, intrigue and enjoyment for your family and visitors. Here are some ways that you can experience the benefits of custom outdoor lighting at your home. Architectural Lighting Architectural lighting emphasizes the unique built features of your home and yard. Targeted lighting can accentuate entryway arches, door frames, and columns. Lighting can call attention to statues, sculptures, outdoor gazebos, water fountains, all normally enjoyed in daylight but that become truly magical highlighted at night. Garden, Landscape and Pathway Lighting Have you ever enjoyed your garden in the evening? With landscape lighting you can. Flowers have a different glow, pathways feel majestic. Uplit trees and bushes look like glowing sculpture, and with seasonal changes and movement in the wind they become living pieces of art. Shrubs, flower beds and paths can be softly illuminated at ground level. Or moonlighting, lights in the tops of trees aiming down onto

walkways, driveways, patios or yards, provide dramatic effects and improve safety and security for visitors, friends, and family. Deck and Patio Lighting Entertaining at night is so much more fun with landscape lighting, and having your deck or patio well lit allows the party to last longer and makes the evening more memorable. Steps are safer, guests are more at ease. Submersible Lighting The sounds of a waterfall, pond, or stream are relaxing and refreshing. Now imagine lights dancing off the reflections, or the glow coming from a pond. And your swimming pool, with improved lighting in and surrounding it becomes your own private Blue Lagoon. Jeff Mitchell is the founder, designer and president of Jeff Mitchell Lighting, the St. Louis area’s most experienced outdoor lighting professionals. He is a certified landscape lighting professional and has attended numerous seminars to stay current with the most up-to-date artistry and technology. He has developed a number of innovative techniques and revolutionary systems for achieving breakthrough results. Since 1997 Jeff Mitchell Lighting has installed and maintains lighting systems at many of the finest homes and most visible public attractions in the St. Louis area. They also provide turnkey service installing, removing and storing custom Christmas lighting. They have excellent references from their enthusiastic customers. Their passion for providing quality products, creative designs and installations and customer service continues to be shown year after year. You can learn more about them at www.jeff-mitchell-lighting.com. If you would like to schedule a design consultation or simply need information, you may call Jeff Mitchell Lighting any time at 314-665-2500 TU5 clm


Keeping Wooden Roofs

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o other exterior building material compares with wood for its warm, natural look, resilience and versatility. Cedar shake roofs, oak or pine log or cedar walls, down to redwood decks, a wooden home has a distinctive look that improves with age. However, to keep wood exteriors looking their best and prevent deterioration that can lead to costly repairs, it's important to periodically treat wood surfaces that start to dull or darken with mold, show signs of mildew or have lost protection from the elements. Wood surfaces that are unprotected degrade from exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun. These harmful rays turn bare wood dark, dull and uneven in color. Rain penetrates the wood, causing it to swell. Then blistering heat from the sun dries it. This cycle can cause wood to warp, splinter and crack. Moisture also can make cedar and other woods conducive to mold and mildew. Unlike most other building materials, however, wood exteriors can be restored and maintained through proper care and treatment. Preserving wood protects it from moisture and sunlight, and helps it last twice, even three times as long. This extended life makes cedar roofs, wood siding and decks cost-effective building solutions. The experts at Aspen Touch Cedar Restoration & Installation have more than 25 years of experience in preserving, repairing and replacing wood roofs, natural wood siding and decks on St. Louis’s finest homes. Their restoration process uses a high pressure wash to remove algae, moss and lichen, returning wood to its natural color. Shingles are repaired, replaced and nailed as needed. Finally, a quality sealer/stain is applied. This restoration is also effective for asphalt roofs. Aspen Touch is also expert in installing new cedar shake roofs, siding and decking. They can help you make informed decisions about preserving the beauty and value of your wood exteriors. You can call them at 636-458-8878, email aspentouch.rick@gmail.com or visit their website www.aspentouch.com. clm SUMMER 2015 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | 15

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Enjoy A Natural Water Feature In Your Own Yard


f you are thinking about having a water feature installed on your property, this provides some considerations that should be helpful in your planning. First, you need to realize that a water feature isn’t just landscaping, it is a way of life, a lifestyle. It is, after all, a living thing. It changes with the seasons, it matures, and it becomes a retreat when life becomes stressful. A water feature becomes the centerpiece of a backyard paradise that can breed biodiversity, attracting wildlife including birds, frogs, butterflies and hummingbirds. LINER POND WITH FALLS Your budget will directly affect the type and size of your water feature. Spending a little more at the beginning will save you much more in the long run. Not just money, but time. Think it through and plan well. In the end, it will save you time and frustration. By designing it well, you will also reduce your need LINER POND WITH FALLS AND KOI for maintenance. For the purposes of this discussion, we are focusing on water gardens, those features that have a natural look and feel – where you can have plants and rock that look like the outcropping of a natural spring. While pre-formed ponds and container water gardens are inexpensive and fairly easy to set up, they are very limited in what you can do to dress them up to look natural with fish and plants, and they are not easily upgraded. Similarly, a formal water feature like a fountain is usually stand-alone and not part PONDLESS FALLS of a natural setting.

Water Garden Options to Consider A “liner” pond uses a fish-safe rubber liner, giving you the most versatility of any of the features. Because of its flexible membrane, the design possibilities are endless. They are easy to customize and if constructed correctly, require significantly less maintenance than a pre-formed pond. This is the most commonly chosen style of water feature. A Pondless® Waterfall is the way to achieve a natural-looking feature without having a body of water. It provides the sparkling visuals and sounds of a natural fall, and allows for many varieties of plants at the margins. This is one of the fastest growing segments in waterscaping today. It is especially appropriate where children are present or liability is an issue. The one thing to keep in mind during the design phase is that you want to create something that appears to have been placed there by Mother Nature herself. The most common complaint that pond owners have is that their feature is too small. You want to design a pond that allows for growth and expansion. Remember that fish grow and plants will mature and spread – give them the room they need!


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Consumer Advocate gives you a voice in the claims process by assessing and informing you about the true condition of your home’s exterior, before you file a claim. They also offer assistance when you believe the insurance company has missed damage, or if they have devalued or minimized your claim. Homeowners in the St. Louis area are certainly aware of the hail, windstorms and even tornadoes we experienced in 2012 and 2013. It is important to understand that damage to homes and businesses is not always obvious and may not be easily detected by the average homeowner – especially high on the roof. Photos on this page show typical damage that can occur from hail and severe windstorms. Impact holes and tattered edges of cedar shingles, denting on a roof vent cap, a dented gutter downspout and a torn window screen help verify hail impact. Hail dam- DAMAGED SHAKES age to asphalt roof shingles includes tattered edges, shingle loss, extreme granule loss and penetration holes. Damage from severe winds to asphalt roofs includes lifting, tearing and even missing DENTED VENT CAP shingles. A driving hailstorm can also dent the fins of an air conditioning unit. When the wind gets under asphalt shingles and lifts them, it can pop the glue tabs DENTED DOWNSPOUT and nails, causing shingles to tear, not lie down and re-adhere. Damage to shingles can reduce their useful life and also expose cracks where water can penetrate, making the roof vulnerable to future leaks and more severe exterior and interior damage. If the roof is compromised in this way, it is important that it is completely replaced rather than patched or partially replaced, since there are very likely other areas where the damage is not so obvious. Damage to gutters can cause leaks that rot the soffits where they are attached or cause water to pour down to the foundation or fill window wells, causing further problems. Damage to


air conditioning fins can impair operation, reducing air flow and raising the refrigerant temperature, leading to lost performance and reliability. To determine damage, insurance companies will send an inspector to your home, right after the storm or up to several months later. Inspectors often miss these signs of damage, causing claims to be denied or limited to only what the inspector has seen. It is important that homeowners have an advocate who can provide a “second opinion” in the event that their insurance company denies or limits their liability to lesser damage than actually exists. Someone who can guide you through the claim process to make it easier, and assist in getting the maximum benefit your policy allows. Midwest Roof Restoration Consulting & Design, an affiliate of Aspen Touch LLC Home Restoration & Remodeling, is a local, third-generation contractor and the advocate LIFTED SHINGLES for homeowners with expertise in storm damage and repair, including not just roofs but also siding, gutters, windows and more. Midwest Roof Restoration Consulting & Design TORN SCREEN helps homeowners streamline the insurance process, while assuring that you get the maximum benefit your policy allows. Many homeowners have found that damage to their roofDAMAGED AIR CONDITIONER FINS ing, siding and gutters have met their insurance company’s criteria to authorize full replacement. Before contacting your insurance company, you can contact Midwest for a free evaluation and consultation on your home’s exterior and any storm damage. They are fully insured, and have helped numerous homeowners acquire new roofs, siding, gutters and repairs to their property affected by storms. You can reach their experienced inspectors at 636-458-8878 or by email at aspentouch.rick@gmail.com. You can learn more on their website www.aspentouch.com. clm




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Homeowners Discover A Better Alternative to Painting or Siding Ceramic Coating Provides Fresh Look, Ends the Cycle of Repainting.


oe and Jeanene Dugan live in a distinctive frame house in Sunset Hills built in 1929. In 1976 they had their home sandblasted to remove many layers of paint, and then painted their home. Since then they have had to have the house painted every five or six years which took two to three weeks every time. The Dugans got tired of the inconvenience and expense of this frequent painting routine, so in 2009 they looked for other options. They considered siding, but ruled that out because it would not be consistent with the home’s Bavarian architectural style and clay tile roof. Around this time, the Dugans received an issue of County Living Magazine, and read an article about a different process for exterior finishes, a very durable ceramic coating called Rhino Shield. They appreciated that it forms a thick protective coating that blocks out 100% of moisture and 90% of UV rays from the sun, the two most destructive issues in deteriorating exterior surfaces. They found the 25 year warranty very appealing. The Dugans were also impressed with the Rhino Shield team here, which serves Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Northwest Arkansas. They called several of their previous customers and all were unanimous in praising the Rhino Shield product and also their workmanship and integrity. Once the Rhino Shield team started on their home, the Dugans really gained an appreciation for the Rhino Shield difference. First, they completely power-washed the exterior, replacing boards as needed. They then coated every crack with a 60 year elastomeric caulk. They thoroughly masked all of the non-wood surfaces before applying an adhesive prime sealer that waterproofs and bonds to the coats of durable ceramic finish.

The Dugans said that when the job was finished, they noticed a real difference in the look of Rhino Shield. There is a clean sparkle to the finish, a richer look then they remembered from having their home painted. They also got favorable comments from friends who noticed their home as they drove by.

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In the fall of 2014, the Dugans faced a similar need at their condominium at The Breakers at Lake of the Ozarks. The Homeowners Association was looking at alternatives to painting the buildings every six years. Because the job required multistory scaffolding, frequent painting had become very costly. Dugan encouraged the homeowners to consider Rhino Shield ceramic coating as an alternative to siding. The Breakers decided to try Rhino Shield on two of the 14 buildings. The Rhino Shield team did the same very thorough job they had done at the Dugan home, and the results speak for themselves – owners were pleased with the process and workmanship, and many commented on the rich look of the beige and dark brown ceramic coated cedar. Based on this experience, the Breakers will use Rhino Shield on the rest of the buildings in the complex. When it’s time for an exterior finish for your home that will really last, you can call the professionals at Rhino Shield for a free inspection and estimate at 877-257-4466. They are rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau, and consistently win Super Service awards locally and nationally. You can visit their website www.87725RHINO.com for videos, photos and testimonials from other homeowners in this area who have discovered the difference Rhino Shield makes on their homes and also commercial properties. clm


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ou may have tilting concrete steps or sidewalks, driveways or patios where a seam has turned into a step, or repeated cracking in sections of concrete slabs. These problems are often the result of a shifting or a weak soil base or erosion. In the past, contractors relied upon mud jacking or slab jacking to level concrete that had settled over time. This involves pumping concrete slurry under the settled slab to raise it, hoping that the settlement won’t continue. But that requires large holes in the concrete - about the diameter of a soda can. It can take an entire day to cure and the mixture itself is heavy – about 100 pounds per cubic foot, which can lead to further sinking. There is now a great alternative called PolyLEVEL™, which uses a lightweight polyurethane mix that expands to fill the

void beneath sunken concrete. This not only results in a solution that lasts longer, but also it looks better because it is less destructive to the applied surface. PolyLEVEL requires a much smaller hole – about the diameter of a penny, cures in 15 minutes and weighs much less – about two pounds per cubic foot. It lifts concrete slabs to a level position with less weight and disruption than the legacy mud jacking or slab jacking process. The result is a safe, secure and level concrete slab. In the St. Louis area, Woods Basement Systems is the authorized contractor for PolyLEVEL concrete lifting. They will inspect your concrete walk, steps, pool deck, patio or driveway and provide an estimate to have your sunken concrete slab lifted with PolyLEVEL. To meet with one of their concrete repair experts, you can call them at 866-735-1890 or learn more at www.betterbasementvalue.com. clm

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ake advantage of these wonderful annual events. Make this the year you get out beyond your own neighborhood and enjoy the special festivals and entertainment events across the St. Louis metro area.

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Festival of Nations

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Grooving in the Garden with Gary Sluhan September 18-19 Forest Park greatforestparkballoonrace.com August 29&30 Tower Grove Park festivalofnationsstl.org August 14 The Magic House magichouse.org

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Art Outside at Schlafly Bottleworks September 9 Maplewood schlafly.com/events Loufest September 18-20 Kirkwood Park greentreefestival.com Webster Groves Jazz Festival September 19 Downtown Webster Groves oldwebsterjazzfestival.com

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Devils and Elbows Cranking out good times since 1929.

found a hideaway. When I rolled to its door, a thundershower was beating down on the low slung structure made mostly of logs with mud chinks, its back wall standing just a couple of feet above the swollen Big Piney River. It was still before lunch, and the neon beer signs were switched off. A dog with pit bull jaws and a decidedly defensive attitude greeted my car door. I sat frozen for a moment, undecided about dipping my leg out of the car to troll for jaws. Lightning flashed, and the dog retreated into the woods across the road. He knew he couldn’t bite thunder. I dashed through sheets of rain to the front door. The Elbow Inn— named for Devil’s Elbow, a big rock in a hairpin turn in the Big Piney River—has been cranking out good times since 1929. Today, it’s a waypoint for every motorcycle couple that enters the Ozarks, and a watering hole for many of the soldiers who set foot in Ft. Leonard Wood, a short cab ride up the hill on old Route 66. The barbecue brings customers from as far away as Sweden. Most women walk into the bar wearing their brassieres; some leave without them. I walked in and let my eyes adjust to the dim light that managed to penetrate through rain-spattered windowpanes. A voice greeted me from beside the thick shellac that preserves the rust and cream colored wood of a cedar-top bar. “Can I help you?” “You open?” “Kitchen’s closed, but the bar’s open.” Terry Robertson is the perfect typecast for this historic bar. He’s a retired game warden who knows the area and its history, and he loves to visit with wayfarers. “Great place,” I offered, looking up at the low ceiling covered with a unique decor: dollar bills papered the ceiling, and hanging from it was a rainbow coalition of brassieres, liberated from the shoulders of a thousand women who got swept up in the moment in this living history museum.

This bar sits on the original Mother Road, now an appendage to the newer Route 66 that was carved through Hooker’s Cut in 1946, at the time the deepest road cut in the world. Now, even Hooker’s cut has been bypassed by Route 66’s granddaughter, I-44. The door swung open and two middle-aged men walked in. “You open?” “Kitchen’s closed, but the bar’s open,” Terry replied. “Great! A round for everybody,” one of the men said. Terry obliged, pulling an unholy alliance of Miller Lites and Busch cans from the cooler, abstaining himself, as all good bartenders do before noon. The two men were from Chicago, a fact verified by their Ditkaesque accents. Their goal was to drive an old Ford Econoline van along the Mother Road from pier (Navy) to shining pier (Santa Monica). They knew about this roadhouse, and within minutes we were swapping tales about the Elbow Inn’s connection to the Windy City. Al Capone sent his henchmen down here to hide. A guy named Bud Medina showed up here after his role as triggerman at the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Bud’s name doesn’t show up in any history I could find. But it probably was an alias. According to everybody at the bar, a whole rogue’s gallery of mobsters used to hide out here, in the middle of nowhere. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed and the rain beat down harder on the old roof. Time has been kind to the Elbow Inn; so has the Big Piney River, only occasionally threatening the old tavern with its floodwaters. I thanked the bartender, offered best wishes to the Windy City wanderers, and walked out into the storm. The pit bull was still hiding from the lightning and thunder, and I jumped in the car to follow this ancient path that winds up the hill, across the interstate, from pier to shining pier. clm See more stories at http://johndrakerobinson.com/



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The Counties en Plein Air



ecently, I had the opportunity to speak with the painting/writing duo of Billyo O’Donnell and Karen Glines and learn about their project – Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air. The project is twofold: the collection of 115 original oil paintings in museum quality frames designating each of Missouri’s 114 counties and the City of St. Louis and the book, Painting Missouri: The Counties en Plein Air– released in 2008, printed three times, and recently sold out. (Plans are in the works for a future reprint.) Author Karen Glines, says: “Painting Missouri features Missouri’s many counties in paintings by master landscape artist Billyo O’Donnell – who was recently included in the elite group of the Plein Air Painters of America. Billyo views his efforts with Painting Missouri as a true American project and feels that the experience has given him a stronger and richer connection to his time and place as a native Missourian. This vast collection of artwork reveals a story within every painting. Forging ahead with his mission to paint Missouri, Billyo faced almost every weather element imaginable from sub-zero temperatures in Holt County to humid and 100-degree heat in other counties while he logged over 150,000 miles during the seven years painting across the state. During the same time, I researched late into the night, created mailings, made contacts for interviews, visited libraries and historical societies, and drove to near and distant counties while writing the book – which has managed to find readers not just in Missouri but around the world as well.” The popular exhibit has traveled since 2008 to venues across the state along with presentations about the journey. This educational endeavor drew record-breaking, enthusiastic crowds from a diverse audience ranging from children and collegeaged students to senior citizens. The project’s goal is to find a permanent home for the collection. The acquisition would include all 115 paintings along with sketches, journals and artifacts from the project. This would continue the mission of sharing the beauty, history and heritage of Missouri for generations to come. Interested parties can contact Billyo at billyo@ usmo.com or through the website at www.PaintingMissouri. com, where prints of the paintings may also be purchased. Here are select paintings from the collection, along with Billyo’s journal notes specific to each one. - Todd Abrams

Ozark County - Old Mill I was painting along Highway 181 when passengers in a fast-moving Suburban saw me and suddenly hit the brakes, stopping hard, and wave me over. I noticed their Georgia license plates. Several men in Confederate uniforms piled out, and I could tell they were in a bit of a hurry. “You guys are a long way from home,” I said. One of the men asked me, “Could you tell us how to get to Rockbridge? There’s a battle going on, and we need to be there!” I responded, “Boys, I think you’re about 150 years late.” We all laughed together. Once I showed him on the map where to go, they left as quickly as they had come.


Harrison County - Old Mule Barn I made up my mind to do a painting of the giant old mule barn – built in 1918. The tough thing was that the large white building hadn’t worked well in a painting in the past, as each time I painted, it turned into just a large white block between the sky and the earth. I had driven here three times – about three hundred miles each way – only to scrape the painting off each time. Finally, I had the beauty of the snow and a full moon contrasted by bitter cold. Arriving late in the moonlight, I hesitated to knock on the farmer’s door to let him know I wanted to paint his place. When he came to the door, he said, “Couldn’t you find a better time to paint than this?” Linn County - The Dreaming Tree I arrived in Marceline on May 1, 2003 at 1:30 a.m. Severe storms with heavy rains had followed as I drove up from southwestern Missouri. Earlier in the day, I received permission and set up my tent on the soaked ground under the Dreaming Tree. This is where Walt Disney spent time as a child fascinated with the natural world that would later influence his creative mind. I was excited to sleep and dream under this tree. I was so tired that I slept through the alarm clock. In the morning, it seemed that every bird had come from miles around to chirp in the nearby pines. Marceline’s Main Street USA looked cleaner than any town I had visited. I thought about how a childhood amid such beauty can impact one’s future. Lawrence County - Pierce City I stopped at the newspaper office in Monett and spoke with a writer who was very excited about the Painting Missouri project. When I told her I wanted to paint the downtown area of Pierce City, she almost cheered, since this was where she lived. I knew the exact spot where I wanted to paint, so I set up and began to work while she interviewed me. This town charmed me with its beautiful buildings and many friendly people. A horrible disaster came upon the town just a little over a week later, on May 4, 2003, when a tornado destroyed most of what I had painted. Upon my return, almost six months later, the incredible loss brought tears to my eyes. DeKalb County - Maysville Red and Green Barn I arrived in Maysville hoping to paint one of the county’s many Century farms. I noticed that the DeKalb County Historical Society building was open and stopped in to look around. It just so happened that a meeting was taking place, and I inquired about finding a Century farm to paint. The people kindly invited me to go upstairs and view the rest of the exhibits until the meeting was over. I was amazed at the small number of graduates in the high school classes of long ago. Then I stopped, out of respect, under the cold flickering florescent light to see how many men had died in World War II – forty-eight in this county. I thought of the impact this must have had on small agricultural populations in counties throughout the state. I wondered if every county had paid such a high price. Bollinger County - Pink House in Marble Hill Dodi Conrad and I had planned on painting the downtown area, or possibly the old tunnel, since she knows the people who own the property. But when I pulled up and saw her and Dave’s old pink house, it was in full sun, and the flowers in the foreground were in the shade. It came across to me as an American icon. I was struck with the image and didn’t leave her front yard until the painting was finished. Later that day, we talked about art while having some of the finest barbecue ever at a restaurant in town. clm SUMMER 2015 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | 27

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see women who spend 4 days a week, 40 minutes at a time, on the stairstepper, treadmill or bicycle who don’t lose weight! I know men who run 6 miles a day who have no muscle tone and rolls of fat around their waists. You’ve been led to believe that if you want to lose fat, all you have to do is regular aerobic exercise. There’s more to it than that. You must be able to monitor and control your cardiovascular intensity to maximize the number of calories you burn. And, if aerobic exercise is not supplemented with resistance training (lifting weights) to at least maintain muscle mass, you cannot effectively accelerate the fat loss process. Each pound of lean muscle tissue burns 3550 calories a day while your body is at rest. Body fat is not metabolically active, so little to no fat is burned for each pound of body fat. Combined with aerobic exercise, resistance training enables you to rapidly burn the most amount of fat as well as provide you with the added benefits of greater strength, muscle tone and endurance.

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Bret works with his clients at The Fitness Partner Inc., a boutique gym located in the Corporate Plaza Building at 14528 South Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield 63017. For 22 years the Fitness Partner has offered its members a more private alternative to the large box gyms that are often noisy and overcrowded. Owner/operator Randy Stone has more than 25 years of personal training experience, knows all members by name, and SPECIAL NOTE: This can be found in the gym 6 may sound like it’s involved Avi Goldfarb lost 31 lbs. and 6% body fat in 16 weeks! days a week. The Fitness and time consuming. It’s Partner is also a proud not! With the proper fitness and nutrition system in supporter of the Joshua Chamberlain Society, a grassplace, you can quickly burn fat, lose weight and get fit roots 501c3 that provides long term support to severely in as little as 60 minutes per session! And in 12 weeks wounded veterans and their families from the greater you can dramatically transform your body. Saint Louis area. clm 42 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | WWW.COUNTYLIVINGMAG.COM


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Hypnosis Can Be Your Key to Change would like to take the mystery out of hypnosis as an effective therapy for enabling behavior change, by explaining how it works. Your conscious mind contains your active thoughts, and the subconscious mind contains information that you act on. The unconscious is like a big filing cabinet that holds a record of everything BY JOAN KRUEGER, you’ve ever experienced. CERTIFIED HYPNOTHERAPIST All your habits, behaviors, responses, reactions, memories and emotions are stored there, as though there is a file for each. Hypnosis is the process of communicating with the subconscious mind. Before a hypnosis session, your therapist should ask specifically what behavior you would like to change. This identifies the file that you are currently working from. Hypnosis gets the subconscious part of your mind to open up so that a new file can be added about how you want to function. For instance, if you want to be a non-smoker, change your eating habits, or be more confident. After the session, your mind has new information to begin to work from instead of working from the old information. With hypnosis you can’t make someone do something they don’t want to do. For hypnosis to work, the subject must willingly accept the change, because the conscious mind is still very aware of what is going on. At all times, the subject has complete power of selectivity, reacting only to suggestions that are reasonable and pleasing to them.


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Preventing Falls is Critical for Helping Seniors Stay In Their Homes


he incidence of falls suffered by older adults is shocking: one third over age 65 fall at least once in a year. It is 50% for those over age 80. Falls account for 40% of nursing home admissions. Hip fractures are a common result, and only 50% of seniors hospitalized for a hip fracture can go on to live independently. It is especially important to know that the largest number of falls – 55% - happen in seniors’ own homes. This means that the critical need is to make their homes safe for seniors and prevent falls, before they happen. Fortunately there are effective technologies and tools to accomplish this. These include pathway lighting in hallways, motion sensors and remote controls for lighting, and in the bathroom, where 80% of falls occur, there are stability assist bars, barrier-free showers and walk-in tubs, adult height toilets

and more. And, to get immediate help after a fall, there are one-touch help buttons and wearable medical alerts. It can be daunting to try on your own to prepare your home or the home of a senior loved one in order to to prevent falls. The best way to reduce this risk is to have professionals advise you on the most effective changes. Happy at Home is a local, familyowned company that will listen to your needs and advise on making homes safer and more comfortable for seniors, enabling them to stay in their homes longer. Happy at Home starts with a no-cost 15-point inspection, leading to a priority based list of recommendations for making a home safer for all occupants. To get started in making a home safer for a senior loved one, you can call 636-244-5229, or to learn more about their services you can visit www.happyathomeseniorliving.com. clm


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hat Would You Rather Do Than Pay Bills? If you’re like a lot of people, just about anything. Even visit the dentist. The Problem For our elderly parents, the tasks of bill paying and keeping track of all the paperwork and receipts can be a real burden. Also, people who travel frequently or spend months at a time away from home often worry that they might miss paying a bill. Others simply find the task stressful and would rather not have to do it. Unlike businesses, most individuals and families don’t have a bookkeeper to handle this task. You probably use an accountant or attorney to handle your taxes, but for regular ongoing bill paying you’re on your own. The Solution It was in helping my own mother with her bill paying that I came up with a solution. As a CPA with over 45 years experience working with clients, I have seen many successful people who wrestle with the task of bill paying. This is what motivated our company five years ago to start Checks & Balances Plus, a personal bill processing service. For an affordable fee, we will securely handle bills for anyone who physically cannot, is to busy to, or just does not want to pay their own bills or those of their parents. We know that life is too precious to spend it on activities that produce stress or drain you of your valuable time. Joel Kamil is president and owner of Checks & Balances Plus, a service to assist individuals and families with organizing and paying their monthly bills, giving them the confidence and trust that their finances are being managed and handled securely. They are bonded and insured, track and ensure timely payments and help protect clients from fraud and late fees. They also provide payment history reports to help in income tax preparation. For a no-obligation consultation, you can call Checks & Balances Plus at 636-4491298, or visit their website www.cbp-stl.com, and fill out the form on the Contact Us page. clm SUMMER 2015 | COUNTY LIVING magazine | 47

Not Your Typical Road Trip

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The History of St. Louis County, Missouri by William Lyman Thomas

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In this age of interstates and instant gratification, Robinson took the long way around the state, with his only constant companion: his car. “. . . we’ve dodged rabbits and turtles, texters and drunks. We’ve slid sideways in sleet, jumped curbs and low-water crossings. We’ve passed every pun on every roadside marquee, every time and temperature sign, every clip joint and carny barker and corn dog vendor, every barbeque shack and Tex-Mex taco stand. And we’ve stopped at most of ‘em.”

any of us have lived here our whole lives, yet there is so much we don’t know about the rich history of our county. County Living Publications has re-published this 100year old book that documents the county’s first 100 years. It covers the period from the earliest settlers in the region, up through the Civil War and into the first decade of the 20th Century. Originally published in 1911, it is was re-published to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the organization of St. Louis County on October 1, 1812. Every time you pick up the book and read a chapter you come away with an appreciation of life here 100 years ago, or a little nugget of information that has relevance to today. This book makes a great Holiday, business or personal gift. For quantity pricing, more information or to order the book, please visit www.stlcountyhistory.com. clm


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