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TABLE OF CONTENTS Volume 4 - Issue 3 Fall 2019 FocusOn Magazine 5377 State Hwy N Cottleville, Missouri 63304
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Distribution Cottleville • O’Fallon Lake St. Louis • Dardenne Prairie Weldon Spring • Wentzville St. Peters • St. Charles New Town
St. Charles County Municipality Mayors.....................page 3 Publisher’s Note | Meet the Team.............................page 5 Advertiser Directory..................................................page 4 Up Coming Events....................................................page 6 Time Traveler - Portage de Souix..............................page 12 Tapped - All Aboard the Mead Train........................page 16 Plastic Kings - Popular Local Band............................page 19 Kings Among Men - Life After Contagious Peoples Bank & Trust Opens in Cottleville..................page 26 A Stoty of Redemption - Outside Looking Back In.......page 28 First Responder - Capt. Brian Gettemeier...................page 32 Medical Corner with Doug Bouldin..........................page 36 Chasing the Dragon - Trama....................................page 38 Is Cutting Calories Actually Preventing Your Weight Loss...page 40 Word on the Street with Michael Tobin.....................page 42 TOP BITES with Kelly Gardner.................................page 43 Sports Zone with Pat Callihan - FZW........................page 44 New Business Listing..............................................page 49 Movie Review - The Lion King (2019).......................page 50
1798 BBQ................................. page 45 Alzheimer’s Association............... page 23 AmFam Insurance....................... page 31 Ample Storage........................... page 24 Bemo’s ...................................... page 51 Cat’s Garden.............................. page 44 CFO Haunted Trail...................... page 11 Cookies and Cream.................... page 45 Cottleville Wine Seller................. page 35 Crown Luxury Resale................... page 35 Dance Pizazz............................... page 2 Eagle Exteriors............................ page 24 Farmer’s Insurance........................ page 9 FHC Pancake Breakfast................ page 48 Get Connected........................... page 49 GLO Beauty & Tan........................ page 9 Hairy Elephant.............................. page 3 J. Confections............................. page 44 Jo’s 5th Street Pub......................... page 3 Judy Bateman - Realty.................. page 14 KFAV Hot Country....................... page 34 4 | focusOn Magazine
LAST CALL Street Party................. page 18 Lavander, Lace & Bling.................. page 9 LBB - Who We Are...................... page 25 Main Street Diner........................ page 45 Mud Jacking................................. page 3 Mushroom Group, The................. page 30 Navagation Counseling Services....... page 39 Photography by DeClue............... page 34 Piazza Messina.......................... page 22 Plank Road Pizza........................ page 45 Print Shop, The........................... page 11 Quick Hit Fitness Lab................... page 15 Sherry Ruyle - Realty.................... page 30 Spectrum Glass........................... page 14 State Farm Insurance..................... page 9 Susan Brewer - Realty............ page 44, 52 Tap House.................................. page 45 Turtle Creek Pub & Grill .............. page 10 USA Mortgage........................... page 30 White Hare, The......................... page 30
This is always been my favorite time of the year; when fall is on the horizon and summer on our rear-view mirror. Not to forget football season too! However, the special highlight for us this season is, the opening of People Bank & Trust’s branch location in Cottleville. Rightly so, the new building is featured in this edition’s cover and on page 26. We congratulate and welcome PB&T to our community. This issue is full of exciting content and celebration. Do not miss our reader’s favorite, Time Traveler. The presented history is on Portage Des Sioux, the home of the riverside shrine of Our Lady of the Rivers. “Top Bites” once again got the highest reviews, so check out page 43 for some delicious tips. To compliment the deliciousness further, we have added a new topic, “What is your favorite Restaurant and why”? If you have been following our Facebook page lately, it’s impossible to miss “Last Call” street party promotions. This community party is about showcasing one city within St. Charles County each year, and this inaugural “open house” event will be at old town Cottleville, September 28th. Thanks to all our sponsors and vendors. Visit www.lastcallstreetparty.com for details. Many thanks for your continued support for FocusOn Magazine if you are joining us again - and if this is your first time to pick up our issue, cheers and welcome. Your feedback and ideas always welcome. Stephen Thompson, Ph.D. Publisher/Owner
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Dorris Keeven-Franke Historian
Pat Callihan Sports Zone
Kevin Ziegemeier Movie Critic
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O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake Saint Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua Augusta: Yellow SEPTEMBER 28th
Proceed to Party on an adult beverage tasting journey through Cottleville. Visit the participating local businesses and vendor tents to see what tasty treats they have to offer. To participate, you must purchase a ticket. $20 online or $25 the day of the event. www.lastcallstreetparty.com Check-in to get your wrist band, tasting cup, map, and punch card. Check-in and ticket sales will be available starting at 1:00 pm at two locations... The FocusOn Magazine area in the courtyard across from Bemos and at Cottleville Wine Seller. Turn in your completed punch card for prizes in the FocusOn Magazine area from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm LIVE MUSIC starts at 7:00 pm with Plastic Kings behind Bemo’s and Stagger Catt at Cottleville Wine Seller.
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28th Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Stagger Cat 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Live Music Turtle Creek Pub Harvest Drive 8:00 pm
29th Fall Crawl Sip & Shop Cottleville Wine Seller 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Join us for a Fun afternoon of sipping wine and shopping!
Sunday Sips Piazza Messina 1:30 am – 4:00 pm Live music from The Crestwood Mallrats from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Delicious Fishes 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Rookies and Rock Stars Triathlon Whether you’re a beginner (Rookie) or a veteran (Rock Star), the St. Peters Rec-Plex has a fun Triathlon for you! Compete as an individual in various age groups, or form a team. 7:30 am – 3:00 pm St. Peters Rec-Plex 5200 Mexico Road
OCTOBER 3rd Dine to Donate Walnut Grill 4401 Highway K, O’Fallon 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Come EAT & DRINK and enjoy a night out while supporting The Child Center, Inc. and their mission of responding to child abuse. Live music by Steve Ewing from “The Urge”!
4th Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Arvell Keithley 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Rec-or-Treat 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Renaud Center, 2650 Tri Sports Cir, O’Fallon
5th Trunktoberfest 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm SCCC Red Lot Trick-or-treating, kid friendly activities, food trucks, outdoor movie (starts at sundown at campus plaza)
Senior Fair 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Cultural Arts Centre One St. Peters Centre Blvd. Visit a variety of vendors and organizations. Talk about matters important to area seniors! Live performance, 10:00 am – 11:00 am: St. Louis Strutters dance group. Family members encouraged to attend!
Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Johnny Chase 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
6th Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Anita Rosamond 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake St. Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua Augusta: Yellow 11th A Tribute To Johnny Cash Featuring Bill Forness and One More Round 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Cultural Arts Centre One St. Peters Centre Blvd.
Movie in the Park Casper @ 7:00 pm Boulevard Park Amphitheater 2550 Lake St Louis Boulevard
Pumpkin Plunge 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Renaud Center, 2650 Tri Sports Cir, O’Fallon
Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Fedorable Duo 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
12th CFO Haunted Trail 6:30 pm – 12:30 am Legacy Park, 5490 5th Street Cottleville
Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Spice It Up 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
St. Joseph Fall Craft Fair 9:00 am - 4:00 pm St. Joseph Craft Fair 1351 Motherhead Rd, Cottleville Over 120 Crafters and Vendors!
Octoberfest St. Louis Renaissance Festival 2577 W Meyer Rd, Wentzville Join us for one of our most popular themed weekends: Oktoberfest! Participate in our Belching contest, Beer Pong Contest, Cornhole competition, Rootbeer Chugging Contest, Keg Toss and more!
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Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Keepin It Real 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
18th Halloween Spooktacular on Ice 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm St. Peters Rec-Plex 5200 Mexico Rd., St. Peters Get your family and friends together, put on your Halloween costume and come to the St. Peters Rec-Plex ice rink for the 11th nnual Halloween Spooktacular on Ice ostume party
Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Delicious Fishes 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Food Truck Fright 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Dames Park 387 Dame’s Park Dr, O’Fallon Head to Dames Park for the fall version of Food Truck Frenzy! In addition to food truck fare, enjoy the sounds of JD Hughes with acoustic music around a fire. Admission and parking are free. For $5 you can enjoy s’mores and a hayride around the park.
19th Halloween Carnival 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm HES Operations Building 135 Ecology Drive, St. Peters Dress up in costume and enjoy a wholesome, fun time. Enjoy hayrides (weather permitting), games, crafts, dinner and more!
CFO Haunted Trail 6:30 pm – 12:30 am Legacy Park, 5490 5th Street Cottleville
Augusta Ramble Inaugural Concert 7:00 pm Harmonie Verienwith Augusta Heritage corner of Church St. & Hackman Rd.
Blooming Daisy Pop-Up Market 5441 Chestnut St, Cottleville 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Live Music at Cottleville Wine Seller Melissa Neels 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
FHC Craft Fair 9:00 am Francis Howell Central High School · St. Charles Join Charming Chalk Designs for a great day of shopping and fun! You’ll Find lots of one-of-a-kind custom items that we will be show casing as well as great discounts! There will also be food, raffles and more! Mark your calendar and we will see you there!
20th BrrrBASH 2019 Fire & Ice Launch Celebrity Bar Tending Challenge Friendship Brewing Company Wentzville 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
21st Water’s Edge Banquet Center Open House 4:30 pm 200 Salt Lick Road, St. Peters Join us for a “sneak peek” and tour of our beautiful new Water’s Edge Banquet Center at St. Peters Golf Club! Enjoy live music, food and giveaways as a “Thank You!” for the community support.
25th and 26th Pumpkin GLOW Historic Main Street St. Charles Come enjoy the enchanting sight of hundreds of GLOWING pumpkins along the street. The shops are open late.
25th Halloween Party in the Park 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Founders Park Sports Complex 7 Freymuth Road Lake St Louis Tractor Pulled Hay Rides, Face Painters, Balloon Artists, Inflatables, Pony Rides, Games/Treats at Sponsor Tables and Music.
Halloween at the FARM 8:00 pm – 12:00 am GlenMark Farms 3500 Hempstead St. St. Charles, Missouri COSTUME REQUIRED! We will have a costume contest and prizes. $20 a person. There will be a cash bar! No coolers!
Cheer on the first responder community of St Charles County as they go head to head for tips. Each district has one hour to raise as much 26th money as they can to take Monsters on The Meadows home bragging rights. Our 11:00 am – 1:00 pm goal is to raise $8,000. The Meadows at Lake St Louis 20 Meadows Circle Drive Paint a pumpkin, listen to The Friends of Bluegrass, and trick-or-treat your way around The Meadows!
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O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake St. Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua Augusta: Yellow NOVEMBER 8th All About the 90’s Trivia Night 6:15 - 10pm Lindenwood College 1211 Lindenwood Ave St. Charles, MO 63301 Get ready to revisit the ’90’s…the music, movies, technology, styles….so much fun! To benefit The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County. Tickets: Eventbrite.com
14th Christmas Open House 11:00am Oma’s Barn: Home & Garden 1057 Highway 79 St. Peters, MO 63376 Our open house will feature local Santa designer Karen Didion, she will be here from 11 to 6 signing her collection. Oma’s will host a raffle of a beautiful Karen Didion Original Santa this day, with every purchase you can enter. Refreshments served all day. Hope to see you here!
20th Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:00pm - 8:00pm City Hall 100 N. Main Street O’Fallon, MO 63366 Gather your family and join Mayor Bill Hennessy in counting down to the Lighting of the Great Tree inside City Hall, officially welcoming Santa to O’Fallon.
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20th Taste of St. Charles 6:00pm - 9:00pm St. Charles Convention Center 1 Convention Center Plz St Charles, MO 63303 Enjoy some of the finest food and wine Saint Charles has to offer, provided by 30 of its top restaurants Tickets: tasteofstcharles.com
22th A Classic Las Vegas, Rat Pack & More Christmas Show 6:30 St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre One St Peters Centre Blvd St Peters, MO 63376 A Classic Las Vegas, Rat Pack & More Christmas Show starring Dean Christopher & Band! Return to Las Vegas in its heyday when, without laser lights, pyrotechnics, back-up dancers, or multiple costume changes, a performer would come out on stage and simply entertain. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com
27th Quiet Riot LIVE 1pm - 3pm Diamond Billiards and Music Club 4109 N Cloverleaf Dr St Peters, MO 63376 The 80’s band Quiet Riot will be performing at Diamond Billiards and Music Club Tickets: Ticketcity.com
30th 5th Saturday Community Dance 6:30pm - 9:00pm Wentzville Community Club 500 West Main Wentzville, MO 63385 Grab your friends and/or family members and join us for this night full of energetic fun. You’ll catch yourself laughing and smiling the whole night long. Contra Dance is easy to learn, inexpensive fun, and great exercise!
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Time Traveler The History of St. Charles County
The Land Between the Rivers
Portage des Sioux
Before the Americans, the Germans and the French, there were those who were native to this land. Here they lived a life in one with the river. Here they hunted for their food, and raised their families, and lived as one with nature. Gradually, those that came from the north, that hunted the same creatures, would come further and further south, until one day they would discover them. One of the first were the French, come down from Quebec. What we consider Canada was at that time owned by France, and desired by the British. So those that were seeking to escape the battle, would seek a new home. They discovered a place where two magnificent rivers joined together. There they would stop. In 1673, Louis Joliet wrote â€œSailing quietly in clear and clam water, we heard the noise of a rapids into which we were about to run. I have seen nothing more dreadful. An accumulation of large and entire. Trees, branches, and floating islands, were issuing from the mouth of the river. So great was the agitation that the water was very muddy and could not become clearâ€?. This is a land in which life revolves around the river. Where the Missouri River joins the Mississippi, there is a small strip of land that separates the two. A river traveler can either go several miles down-river before turning up the other, or they can take their canoe out of the water and walk less than two miles, and reach the opposite river much faster. Here the Sioux would often cross with their canoes, and give this place the name, Portage des Sioux. Crossing of the Sioux. This is where the Pawnees, the Chippewas, the Pottawatomie, Fox and Osage also had lived 12 | focusOn Magazine
for many years. Life would be changed when the settlers first arrived. In 1799, Francois Saucier Jr, would correspond with Spanish Governor Zenon Trudeau, and would be given instructions to form a village at the place called Le Portage des Sioux. This could put an end to the disorders which the Nations of the Illinois and Upper Mississippi river often commit against the inhabitants. The Americans had purchased land from France, which they called the Louisiana Purchase. Thousands of acres where the natives had been peacefully coexisting for the past few decades. With that purchase though would come more. They came slowly at first, with trepidation. Then came word that the Americans would fight the British again, and the situation became worse. Territorial Governor Benjamin Howard would ask Nathan and his brother Daniel Morgan Boone to form up troops. And the settlers would begin to take the homes of the natives. With the end of the hostilities came a treaty, with the Osage, on a sunny September afternoon in 1815. And the Osage would promise to move westward. This was the beginning of the end for their life here. Then came the American settlers in great force. They came from the east. They came from Europe. This was no longer a crossing, but a bustling confluence. This was where those coming west from the great city of St. Louis would ferry the great Missouri. This is where the old Osage trace led them to the growing city of St. Charles. This is where the steamboats pulled in for wood and water. Then came the railroad and the Civil War. And its proximity to the river once again put them in jeopardy. Nearby the islands like Smallpox Island would force them to
deal with the disease as well. The prisons, and the crossing of the fugitive slaves would increase. Once again, the proximity of the rivers would affect their lives. In Portage des Sioux, the way of life is tied to the rivers. While the mighty Mississippi is said to be the longest river, some would refer to the Missouri as the most important. This is why the Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark would chose this area for their winter campgrounds before their departure from St. Charles. The rivers affect life daily. And the Missouri is referred to as alluvial, ever changing, with a silty bottom, full of treacherous snags it can be dangerous. Both carry so much water from the north, and when winters snow melts, and spring rains are abundant, they flood.
try to tame it with locks and channels, wing dikes and whatever forms of flood control they could think of. But rivers like the Mississippi and the Missouri cannot be controlled. Those that live in Portage des Sioux know that. And they know that this is something one has to take into consideration when one chooses to call it home. They know that life on the river will have its problems. But the beautiful landscape, and the rivers, make it worthwhile. This is why for generations, first the Native Americans, then the French Canadians, and the Americans still reside near the great confluence. There is so much history of their lives in this land between the rivers, that to detail this story with the names of a particular few, would never do it justice. But there are schools still today, and churches, and cemeteries, and life in this town. They deal with what the river gives them. They erect shrines to this way of life, and tell the stories. If you want to hear the stories, you can contact the Land Between the Rivers Historical Society at 314-494-1418 or call their Mayor Mark Warner. For those Time Travelers that want to know more of this areas’ rich history, I suggest the book, “The History of Portage des Sioux Township Missouri – The Land between the Rivers” by Donald Mincke. Portage des Sioux, is truly one of the most beautiful parts of St. Charles County.
Missouri’s first well known flood was in 1844. It is said that water was the highest it would ever reach again probably, or for at least 500 years. The water stretched across the entire bottoms. But it didn’t take but less than fifty years to nearly reach that point again. This was a way of life when you lived with the rivers. Eventually, people would attempt to control and channel the rivers. They would focusOn Magazine | 13
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All Aboard the Mead Train! Next Stop Leaky Roof Meadery
The Story ~ Leaky Roof Meadery is one of passion and patience. For the last several years the principal employees of Leaky Roof Meadery have been engaged in the idea and activity of creating a unique style of Mead. “We are committed to bringing a product to market that we feel is the absolute pinnacle in taste and refreshment”. Meet the Maker ~ Todd Rock. Todd has been brewing award winning beverages and traveling the country seeking out MEAD and craft beer for more than ten years. His travels have led him to the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival all the way down to Beer City USA, aka Asheville, NC. In that time, Todd developed an incredible depth of knowledge about Beer and Mead from all over the country -- and indeed the world -- all while continuing to hone his skills as a Beer, Wine and Mead Maker. He first found himself working professionally in Springfield, MO at a local Brewery. He then was able to find a common passion with his closest friends for Mead making, good music and a pervading love of Missouri and the Ozarks. He began to formulate an idea for a Meadery dedicated to producing a beverage perfect for the intense Missouri summers and that would reflect a love and nostalgia for the state he calls home. Hence the Old Missouri Railroad Theme! Todd and his family and friends began to piece together more and more of 16 | focusOn Magazine
the vision that would ultimately lead to the creation of Leaky Roof Meadery of Buffalo, Missouri. The Mead industry is continuing to grow in popularity every year! However, when you mention “Mead” to people you are certain to get a variety of responses from “Meat?” to “Is that some sort of beer?” Altogether the underlying theme is that of confusion about what Mead really is. To start, let me give you the world’s most basic definition of mead. Mead is an alcoholic product created from the fermentation of honey and water by yeast. Mead at its most basic is simply honey, yeast and water. To this base you can add an unlimited variety of products to produce a variety of beverages. You can make a blend of Mead and Beer and this would be called a Braggot. A mix of Mead and other fruits would be called a Melomel. Specific Melomels are Cyser, made from the combination of Mead and Cider, and Pyment, made from a blend of grapes (Wine) and of course Mead. Besides the addition of fruit, Mead can have spices added for what is called a Methyglin. This type of classification can go on almost indefinitely, depending on the ingredients. If you would like to know more, I recommend Ken Schramm’s outstanding book “The Complete Meadmaker”. No matter what you add the important thing is that any of these beverages are, in fact, Meads. Their common denominator is still that they are an alcoholic beverage based
on the fermentation of honey and water by yeast. After you understand this basic fact about Mead it is important to understand that Mead is an incredibly versatile beverage. Many people think Mead is purely a very sweet, very strong, honey-based wine. However, this is simply one facet of what Mead can be. Mead can be presented in a wide variety of styles and tastes! Mead can be anywhere from dry to sweet, strong to weak in alcohol content, or even carbonated or still. The basic rubric looks like this: Sweetness = Dry Strength = Session Carbonation = Still
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This should give you a good example of the range that Mead can cover and what you will need to know to understand the nature of our Meads. At Leaky Roof Meadery we use Certified Organic Bulk Wildflower Honey sourced from barges located along the Amazon river anchored offshore in remote areas. We make two distinct presentations of Mead here at Leaky Roof. One interpretation of Mead is that of the Viking/Renaissance Fair/Traditional variety. These meads are in the 12 to 14 % ABV range, are presented still/without carbonation and are packaged in corked bottles. Our best example is known as the Slip Jig made with Orange Blossom Honey. SlipJig – Nothing fancy here but the time signature and the footwork that goes with it. Orange Blossom honey, yeast and water are combined and aged in our Oak Barrels to lend this traditional festival mead the perfect flavor and balance for any occasion. Slainte’ We also make session or draft Meads. These Meads are typically lower gravity, in the 8% ABV range, are presented lightly carbonated and are packaged in 16 oz. cans. These Meads are all produced with a bulk organic wildflower honey and feature fresher flavors and are done with whole ingredients. These Meads are designed to be drank by the pint and are particularly suited to hot Missouri summers! The Gandy Dancer is full of the rich and inviting characters of our base organic wildflower honey and is the sweetest in our line up making it the perfect showcase for the foundation of everything we do: honey.
a blend of wildflower honey with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and red raspberries. This beverage is sweet, but not too sweet, fruity and an explosion of fresh berry flavor. High Dry and Dusty is our ginger methyglin. It’s a session mead, dry and slightly carbonated, reminiscent of a very dry ginger ale. Bright, crisp and spicy, this mead can clear a palette and leave it feeling refreshed and thirsty for more. Exceptionably good over ice, this mead is perfect for a hot day in Missouri. Finally, we have an in between style of Mead that features various barrel aging programs, are presented lightly carbonated and are packaged in 750 ml capped brown glass bottles. These are all in the 8.5% to 9.5% range and feature rich/strong flavors. The Caller starts life as a bigger, badder rendition of our Gandy Dancer, but once fermentation is complete the batch is split, with 1/3 resting in bourbon barrels while the rest matures in stainless steel tanks. After 8 months the batch is blended back together for just the right combination of oak, bourbon and honey. Warm, rich and boozy, The Caller is just the thing to keep the winter cold at bay. Boomer - For the next addition to our Railroad Royalty line, we would like to introduce The Boomer. Building on The Caller, we bring the addition of blackberries to the already rich background of honey for a taste of the tramp’s table, where a hat full of blackberries becomes a banquet fit for royalty. Rubies – The evening’s darkness is deep and the caboose lights shine red into the night signaling that the train is underway. It’s this same red that you’ll see as you gaze into the depths of the barrel aged beverage you now hold in your hands. Red like Raspberries. Red like Rubies.
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 on Hwy N in Cottleville Last Call Street Party is an adult beverage tasting journey through downtown Cottleville. Make sure you wear your walking shoes & Proceed to Party! Explore the area while you taste wine, beer, whiskey and more. Visit the participating local businesses and vendor tents to see what tasty treats they have to offer. To participate, you must purchase a ticket. Registration starts at 1pm. Registration locations are at Cottleville Wine Seller and the FocusOn Magazine tent across from Bemos. Announcements and Prizes awarded from 6pm - 7pm at the FocusOn Magazine area. LIVE MUSIC starts at 7pm with Plastic Kings at Bemo’s and Stagger Catt at Cottleville Wine Seller. Major Event Sponsors: FocusOn Magazine, Securus, The Public School House, Unique Heating & Cooling, Complete Auto Body & Repair, The Print Shop, Cottleville Wine Seller, Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration, Bemos, Spectrum Glass, Piazza Messina, Select Properties - Janice Nolan, Farm Table, Jubilee, J. Confections, Farmer’s Insurance - Karen Shine, Metropark Communications, Meyer Homes, Mold Solutions, Jo’s 5th Street Pub, Cottleville Cornhole, Snarzyk Events, Missouri Beer Company, Leaky Roof Meadry, Turtle Creek Pub & Grill, Sun Made Tex-Mex & Blues Fired Pizza. Ticket price is $25 Early Registration Friday Night, Sept. 27 at Cottleville Wine Seller from 7pm - 11pm A LIMITED number of tickets will be sold! All St. Charles County Businesses are invited to participate. Contact Stephen Thompson for details. 636-288-8068 Buy TICKETS online at:
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Hello valued FocusOn reader! It is my great hope that as you spend some of your quality time perusing this story, you are doing well! I say that because we all know that life has a way of throwing us some real gut punches every now and then. Day in and day out we go on with our lives not knowing what unexpected twists and turns lay ahead. Although by now most of us have learned to roll with the punches, there is no denying, some leave their mark on us. One of those “gut punches” was recently delivered to Fans of the local band Contagious when they heard and were saddened by the news that Rob Fox, founding member and beloved guitar player for the very popular band died suddenly and unexpectedly while on vacation with his family in Mexico. The reason we, the music loving public, share the feeling of loss and sadness with the members of Contagious is really simple psychology. Whether you knew Rob or any of the guys in the band, the great live music and positive energy that Contagious brought to every performance was indeed, as their name stated, CONTAGIOUS, and it connected us! For the members of Contagious who have been together for several years, the fatal loss of Rob is excruciatingly painful! Rob was far more than just a band mate and a friend, he was family. Lead singer Jonny Kruse told me that Rob’s passing was “soul crushing”, he had lost his Best Friend. Even in my interview with him, it was clearly difficult for him to talk about. 20 | focusOn Magazine
Outside of the realities of Rob’s death which the band had to deal with quickly, (remember, this is a band that is booked to play somewhere almost every weekend), they also had to work through the mourning process along with having to literally and figuratively “regroup” at the same time. They had to take a hard look at what their “new normal” was going to be. So……. along with holding things together and fulfilling immediate commitments, they started planning their musical future. For Jonny, Rob’s death was especially hard in his world where “dealing” with great loss is nothing new. His series of ‘punches” started when the St. Louis Rams left town Jon lost his job after 7 years with the organization, four days later, his Mother and best friend, passed away, six days later, his biological father died, and six months after that, his step father, who essentially raised him, also passed. Within 6 months, his job and all of his parents were gone. Jonny’s Mother, a strong Christian woman, always had words of wisdom and perseverance for him growing up, and two days before she passed she said to Jonny, that an angel had told her, in life you have control over two things, your smile and your attitude. In the conversations I have had with Jonny in recent days, it seems clear to me that he, along with the rest of the band, are doing their best to keep smiling and approach their “new normal” with a
positive attitude! As Jonny put it, “we just want to make people smile and have a great time and put on a hell of a show!” That said, I want to introduce you to, ‘Plastic Kings’! The “Royal Road” for these newly crowned music worriers is an exciting one. Jonny Kruse, Mike Quinn, Kevin Lemen, Stephen Winter, Kenny Schlereth, and Chad Meinders are now ‘Plastic Kings’, bringing fans a high energy show that blends the music you love from rock, pop, and classic hits!
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If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it was founded over 10 years ago by lead vocalist Jonny Kruse. The band ‘Plastic’, which transitioned into ‘Plastic Kings’, held popularity for over 10 years playing every weekend in St. Louis in its major clubs and at outdoor events. Jonny folded the band 4 years ago to join with Rob and Contagious and now, Reigniting the name, they have come out of the gate on fire with their first show a complete sell out at the Bottleneck in Ameristar Casino. What’s in a name? Jonny said, at the end of the day its just a group of guys playing music together. No one bats an eye with band names like Meatloaf, Barenaked Ladies or the Foo Fighters so why not Plastic Kings. One thing the guys in Plastic Kings is working hard at, is to give the fans a constant barrage of new songs, so that each and every month so every show is exciting. “We know people work hard for their money and we always focusOn Magazine | 21
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Peoples Bank & Trust Opens in Cottleville As soon as you walk through the doors of the newest Peoples Bank & Trust Co. location in Cottleville, you’ll feel it: this is Banking the way it should be! Peoples Bank has always been the place where community and banking meet, because of the value they place on each and every one of their customers. Taking care of people in the community is their utmost priority, after all, ‘People’ is in their name. It is no accident that Peoples Bank has become one of the most trusted banking facilities in Lincoln, St. Charles and Pike Counties. It’s the product of doing good, honest business and has led to establishing long term relationships with their customers. With that trust comes success, and as with any successful business, growth is inevitable. Peoples Bank is thrilled to welcome their newest branch in Cottleville, making this the eighth location for the community bank based out of Troy, Missouri. Building a bank based on trust doesn’t happen overnight but requires a history of community relationship, one that Peoples Bank started in 1924, when the bank known as Peoples Bank of Hawk Point was founded. It was the successor to the Bank of Hawk Point which was founded in the late 1800’s. 26 | focusOn Magazine
In 1978 Peoples Bank of Hawk Point purchased Citizens Bank of Troy and on December 18, 1978, the name was changed to Peoples Bank of Lincoln County. The main office opened in Troy and still serves as the headquarters today. In 1990, a second facility was built on Highway 47 in Troy. Due to the expanding volume, a larger building was needed shortly thereafter. In 1998 Peoples Bank absorbed a new branch from Winfield Banking Company, which grew the Company to five locations: Hawk Point, O’Fallon, Winfield, and two in Troy. Between 2005 and 2007 Peoples Bank opened new branches in Elsberry and Bowling Green. That brings us to present Day and the opening of the Cottleville Branch on ¬¬August 12th, 2019. There are many things that separate Peoples Bank from the other banks, but mostly, it comes down to this: their promise to serve and give back to the Community. Peoples Bank makes it a priority to give back to their local community. From local charity events to funding much needed upgrades and expansions in school districts, they understand that working together is the one thing that truly builds unity and supports their ‘Give Back’ philosophy.
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There is no doubt that like many things in life, the world of Art, how we judge what’s good or what’s bad, is extremely personal. We base our “Likes” and “Loves” on what moves us, feelings cultivated by things like personal taste, style and preferences. Even though we may see things vastly different, we can universally agree that when we see Art that moves us, we are “drawn in” by the feelings evoked by powerful images. We see these images “drawn on” everything from train cars to canvases from walls to people, and like the Art itself, those who are the creators have very unique and interesting stories about what motivates them and their visions. The Art created by the Area Native Bart Wayne, known in the Art Community as ‘Bartist’, is as complex and dynamic as its creator! Bart was born with a God given talent, but it’s his life journey that has led him to this point, a journey that reads like a Hollywood movie script. There are some parts of Bart’s life that many of us would label as fiction, but Bart will tell you, his story is as true as it gets. That said, what exactly is so “Hollywood Movie” about Bart’s story, here is just a peek. 28 | focusOn Magazine
From a very young age it was clear that Bart was an Artist, it just came naturally to him. However, as is the case sometimes with “given” talents, he took it for granted and never really pursued Art much past High School. Instead, he stumbled into another “artful” career, and for nearly 20 years was working as a “Magic Mike”. It goes without saying that making your living as a ‘Male Dancer’ is not conducive to carving out a “typical” life. Just the opposite, the lifestyle and subsequent pitfalls that go along with being a Male Dancer, became a large contributor to Bart’s downward spiral into drugs and alcohol. Addictions that got so bad, that after one night of excessively abusing drugs and alcohol, he was found unresponsive in his front yard and rushed to a hospital where he was revived, but left with no memory of what had happened. It’s no real shock to learn that this behavior also leads to multiple DUI arrests, and an extensive stay in prison(s). What is shocking, is that prison is where his battle with actual Demons drove him to the brink of insanity. Yes, I said an actual battle with Demons! It is really not fair to just leave that statement on its own, so let’s discuss just a bit further.
Let me ask you this? Do you believe Demons are real and they walk among us? By nature of the teachings of the Bible, people of Faith will say yes, even God believes in the most notorious and evil fallen Angel…….. The Devil himself! Many Preachers and Priest can also attest so seeing them first hand either through exorcisms or seeing them manifested in human form. Most also believe that there are conduits, or “portals” with which they can travel. Although we don’t have the time to go as deeply into Bart’s experience “dancing with the Devil”, as we really need, I will say this, Bart’s story of mistakenly finding one of these “portals” is as captivatingly believable as it is bone chilling! Coming out on the winning end of an ordeal that looks like it was crafted from the mind of Steven King, not only heightened his love of God, but elevated his God given gift of artistry! His story is compelling enough that he is now being noticed and recognized as a motivational speaker. In June of this year he started talking to groups, using his experiences to help others. Bart’s multi layered story shines through his Art like a beacon of light and his talent is undeniable! True reflections of an extraordinary talent, who has seen the darkest sides of life yet has a Faith stronger than ever and his optimism is contagious! He is happier than ever to display his Art for all to see, enjoy and yes, even purchase. Contact information: BartistArts@gmail.com BartistArtWear@gmail.com 314.250.2297 BartistArt.com
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Grew Up in a Fire House According to Captain Brian Gettemeier of Cottleville Fire Protection District, he “started in the fire service”, on November 1st, 1976. He was three years old. That was the date that Brian’s father, Stephen Gettemeier, started his fire service career with Florissant Valley Fire Protection District. “We grew up about 8 blocks from the firehouse (in Florissant). Many nights Mom would make dinner, put it in a backpack and I would ride my bike to the firehouse and drop off supper for my dad. I ALWAYS hung out at Dad’s firehouse. It was such a strong family atmosphere. The firefighters were so accepting, encouraging, and engaging of me. I remember on Thanksgiving one year I rode my bike to the firehouse and they were cooking. They guys were having taste-test this and that and try their gravy, etc. They really made me feel special – part of the family. I really got hooked by the unification and comradery. Every time I left the firehouse, I felt completely energized. I always got excited when Firehouse magazine when came in the mail, and I would read all of the articles and look at all of the pictures. So I literally grew up in the fire service, entrenched in all things fire service; so that is why I say I started in the fire service on Nov. 1, 2016, when I was three.” Crossing Paths After high school, Brian attended EMT school and in 1992, Brian started as a ride-a-long firefighter with Black Jack Fire District and a volunteer firefighter with West Alton. He also worked for Christian Hospital Ambulance Service. Occasionally, he got to see his dad while on duty. “It was really neat to cross paths with my dad, both of us in uniform. I remember a fire in Riverview. It was the Riverview High School fire. It was a 3-alarm fire and was bitterly cold outside. My dad and his crew were on one side of the school and we were on the other side. 32 | focuson Magazine
Somehow during that fire, he had ‘meandered’ on over just to check on me and see if I was ok. As you know, given the discipline of a fire ground, that wasn’t the easiest thing to do.”
Cream of the Crop Brian was hired as a full-time firefighter by Cottleville Fire District on Oct. 11, 1995. But his admiration of Cottleville Firefighters started long before when Brian was only 14. His father took him to the annual regional fire service parade and expo in St. Louis known as the Great Fire Engine Rally. “The first time I had an interaction with Cottleville (FD), was 1987 when my dad took me to Fire Engine Rally and Cottleville’s rescue truck was brand new. I saw it and just thought it was the coolest truck ever. Then, I watched a vehicle extrication competition that matched one of the rescue squads from the City of St. Louis against the Cottleville guys. It was a contest
of who could most quickly remove a dummy from a crashed car. Cottleville won the contest and my dad me told that the St. Louis guys are the best of the best, the cream of the crop. But those Cottleville guys train a lot and are probably performing more real extrications that the city crew, and that’s why they were hands down better at what they did. I was like, wow, I want to be a part of THAT.” So despite already having his foot in the door at other fire departments, Brian relished the idea of becoming specifically a Cottleville Firefighter. Sharing Knowledge and Wisdom Over the course of his career, Capt. Gettemeier has written twelve articles that have been published in nationally prominent fire service magazines and websites. A few years ago, Brian created a calendar that featured a line of duty death that occurred on each day of the year. Published for two years by Fire Rescue Magazine, it allowed firefighters to click on any given day and read about a brother or sister that perished in the line of duty, how it happened, and lessons learned from their story to help prevent future occurrences. Most recently, Brian published an article titled, “Personal vs. Personnel Accountability: It Starts with Me. Rise above the minimum expectations.” Brian has also performed multiple technical reviews for fire service text books.
Capt. Gettemeier is a great writer, but he is mostly known for his ability to teach and train other firefighters. Last year, Brian was an instructor at Firehouse Expo, in Nashville, TN in 2018, an industry top conference. He has been a fire service instructor for over
twenty-five years which includes thousands of hours teaching industrial firefighting and safety for multiple organizations and currently as adjunct faculty with the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute in multiple disciplines. Among many subjects, Brian has taught in their technical rescue, industrial safety, and fire officer and instructor programs. A Leader in Special Operations “Around 1998, St. Charles County’s tech-rescue team was started by me and a couple other guys. The county saw a need for additional training and expertise in specialized rescue areas such as high-angle, confined space, hazardous materials, etc. We got federal funding in 2005 and collaborated with other fire departments across the county to begin what is now known as St. Charles County Special Ops Team.” Capt. Gettemeier currently serves the team as instructor, taskforce leader, and program manager. The Special Ops Team has been utilized multiple times locally and regionally for tornadoes and trench collapses and has been deployed to the Joplin tornado, Hurricane Harvey, and other national disasters. Leadership Brian is a leader of our organization in many ways. I asked him his opinion about the most important elements of leadership. “Number one is you have to lead by example. If you say it, you should do it. If I set an expectation, then I have to display the expectation myself. Number two is humility. Great leaders are humble people. They don’t tell you they are a leader, they just do things right, for the right reasons. I’m hoping people say that I left it better than I found it. I hope that people say, ‘he taught me this or that’. I’m just trying to pay it forward. So many great people have poured so much knowledge in me so I just try to apply and share my knowledge as best I can. I just hope that it rubs off on the people around me.” Capt. Gettemeier holds an Associate’s Degree is Fire Science from St. Louis County Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Management from the University of Southern Illinois . More importantly, he is a very proud family man. He and his wife Rachel were married in 1999 and have two daughters, Grace (17) and Claire (15), both who attend Incarnate Word Academy. Brian often tells his crew and other coworkers that everything he does in terms of safety and training is so that he can give himself the best chance possible of returning to his family at the end of his shift. Brian was promoted to captain earlier this year and is a shining example of how to be a leader in the fire service. focusOn Magazine | 33
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Welcome to the Fall Edition of The Medical Corner. It’s back-to-school time and routine. You may be dreading the soon-to-follow leaf season, as well as the preparation of your home for the upcoming winter months. Most of us will be climbing ladders, cleaning gutters and participating in lots of bending, lifting, squatting and stooping. All actions that can lead to sore backs or worse yet…disc issues in our low backs. It should be no shock that not all back issues are disc problems (known medically as discogenic pain in origin). However, what may be shocking to you is the cost that low back issues can cause personally, in quality of life alterations and cost to the U.S., in lost time and productivity. How big is the issue? Dieleman et al (1) and Conway (2) analyzed U.S. spending on the management of low back and neck pain from 1996 - 2013. What they found was estimated spending of $87.6 billion for low back and neck issues and $95.9 billion accounting for musculoskeletal pain. This makes these pain issues the 3rd and 4th highest health care cost among disease categories nationally. Among the top 30 leading diseases and injuries in 2016, low back pain and major depression ranked 1 and 2 with other musculoskeletal problems ranked at 4 and 6 respectively. An important component of this cost is the accurate diagnosis of the origin of the low back pain (i.e. disc or musculoskeletal strains or sprains.) Anatomically, there are at least 10 different muscle groups that assist with range of motion, strength and flexibility of the lumbar spine. Remember…muscles attach to bone via tendons and are responsible for movement and strength. Ligaments are the structures that provide for stability of the bones in the low back and are responsible for attaching bone to bone. There are at least 9 different ligament groups supporting the structure and functionality of the low back. 36| focusOn Magazine
Diagnosing the difference between injury to the ligaments or muscles is where the disparity in associated cost can be found. Adding to the complexity of the above issues is the presence or absence of disc issues. There are 5 discs in the lumbar spine and 20 facet joints. By definition: • Discs - shock absorbers that cushion the impact of forces that are applied to the spine during the daily activities of life. • Facet joints - small joints just like those found in other parts of the body that are covered with cartilage and allow our spine to have a dynamic range of motion. Necessary, so our spine can move side to side, front to back and twist as well. Injury to or degeneration of any of these parts of the low back can cause pain, instability and significant reductions in quality of life. Pain from muscle injury is often a result of repetitive motion or a specific event. Localized aching to the low back that is relieved with rest, ice, stretching, Tylenol or ibuprofen can often be attributed to muscles. Pain that radiates to one or both legs and is described as burning, tingling or electric shock sensations can often be associated with disc bulging or herniation. Pain that is associated with a long history of low back pain and described as motion- based pain can be facet oriented, particularly if relieved by sitting or leaning forward. Unfortunately, all of these presentations have overlapping symptoms
which attributes to the difficulty in specifying the origin of a person’s pain. That is why patients should seek out providers who have a level of expertise in evaluating, identifying and managing low back problems. Treatment of low back problems revolves around providing an accurate diagnosis and developing a treatment plan for each patient. Initially, conservative therapy with Chiropractic adjustments, Physical Therapy, ice, heat and non-steroidal medications like ibuprofen or Naprosyn can be beneficial. (Always check with your physician or health provider when starting a new medication.) In some cases, if conservative measures fail or neurological symptoms, like numbness, are present in extremities or there is difficulty controlling bladder or bowel function…then, advanced imaging like x-rays, CT scan or MRI may be necessary. Sudden loss of bladder or bowel control is an emergency, and patients should be seen immediately (this represents rare cases and surgery may be the only option). However, newer data shows that if conservative measures fail to improve pain and disability, integrated approaches including combined treatment with Chiropractic, Physical Therapy, Pain management (with or without steroids) or decompression therapy and regenerative medicine can have significantly better outcomes than the previously mentioned therapies by themselves. Obviously, steroid injections have limits of effectiveness and have potential for side effects. Unfortunately, treatment with opioid medications only masks the issue and can lead to addiction. Decompression therapy involves targeting the space between two vertebrae and creating a pulling force between the two, developing a negative pressure which surrounds the disc gently, encouraging it to return to its normal position. In addition, Platelet Rich Plasma injections have been shown to be a safe and effective alternative to steroids. PRP is a blood product harvested from the patient’s own body, and then injected into the surrounding
ligamentous and muscular regions of the low back. Because it is harvested from the patients themselves, there are very few adverse reactions and zero ability to cause allergic responses. Wu et al, 2017 (3) found in an analysis of 6 studies that PRP provided significant improvement in pain relief and functional status. 50% pain relief was noted at 3-6 months and PRP was found to be more useful than steroid injections, which produced results that waned after only 1 month.
If you are suffering low back pain know there are many treatment options available and no longer is surgery a first (or only) option. In today’s evolving world of healthcare, conservative and integrated treatments like those offered at the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Centers, can prove to be safe and effective in improving function and reducing pain.
References 1. Dieleman JL, Squires E, Bui AL, Campbell M, Chapin A, Hamavid H, Horst C, Li Z, Matyasz T, Reynolds A, Sadat N, Schneider MT, Murray CJL. Factors associated with increase in US health care spending, 1996-2013. JAMA 2017; 318:1668-1678. 2. Conway PH. Editorial: Factors associated with increased US health care spending. Implications for controlling health care cost. JAMA 2017; 318:1657-1658. 3. Wu T, Song HX, DongY, Li J. Cell-based therapies for lumbar discogenic low back pain: Systematic review and single arm meta-analysis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2018; 43:49-57.
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Chasing the Dragon: The Heroin Epidemic is Here! by:
Master of Arts in Counseling (MA) Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
What is Trauma: A Broader Perspective What is trauma? Buzzwords such as PTSD, anxiety, and being “trauma informed“circulate through social platforms, schools, social media, and more than likely some of your day to day conversations. You probably developed an understanding of what “trauma” is based on what you learned at school or in your family. Some may have personal opinions and assumptions about what trauma should be. These could be based on what you assume are the worst events a person could endure. You might even have your own personal story that shapes your perspective on what trauma is. I would like to provide some insight and for many of you new information on this topic. Expanding your understanding on what trauma is may be helpful for someone you know, as well as for yourself. So please pause and reflect for a moment what you may consider to be the top 5 life events that rise to the top of the list which many American’s would call trauma. The most common reported “trauma” experiences are as follows: 1) Tragic experiences of loss, 2) personal injury or accident, 3) experiences while serving in the military, 4) sexual abuse or assault, and 5) physical abuse or neglect in childhood or relationships. Did you have some similar answers? These types of trauma are what many in the mental health community would consider big T trauma. (Commonly diagnosed as PTSD). No one could deny or question that when a human brain in subjected to these experiences, they are forever changed. Many may experience symptoms of big T trauma and need assistance to help heal and cope with the memories using a combination of medication and/or counseling to function in day to day life. Providing support, resources, and needed mental health services for this is extremely important. While these are some of the most horrific experiences a human might be subjected to while on this earth, I would 38| focusOn Magazine
like you to consider opening your mind to expand what you may consider to be trauma. Developing a broader perspective might help you in understanding family, friends, or even yourself better. If a person has never been exposed to a big T trauma it is still possible that over the course of a lifetime, they cumulatively may have experienced little t traumas. As a licensed professional counselor (LPC), it is my goal to help guide my client’s journey in life. If I only included those 5 most traumatic experiences (big T traumas), I would miss some of the smaller or little t traumas that may be preventing my clients from creating a meaningful, balanced, emotionally healthy life. The following example may help to paint a picture for you. Imagine a brain, full of active neurons and beautiful neuropathways, designed to assist humans in daily functioning, logic, relationships, and values. This brain is firing 24/7/365 to help humans live a daily life. Throughout life, ALL people have significant life experiences. Some big, some small, but we all have experiences that are too much for the brain to process in the moment. A big T trauma might look something like a big bubble in the brain. This causes short circuiting and is a trip wire to the normal functioning of the neural networks. This big bubble can cause constant fight or flight response, high anxiety, flashbacks, and a variety of other symptoms. A small t trauma might look like a small grain of sand, seemingly insignificant, but exists none the less in the chasms of the brain. That tiny grain still affects how the brain was uniquely developed to function. Some people may argue that an experience so small doesn’t matter or doesn’t need counseling to help resolve it. But has anyone ever had a grain of sand in their eye? Something tiny sure can cause a huge amount of irritation. In life that irritation may look like phobias, avoidant behaviors, difficulty
trusting in relationships, and limiting beliefs. The most common symptom I see from little t trauma in my clients is self-judgment. Small t trauma over a lifetime can short circuit the brains sense of self, personal identity, values, and confidence. Here are a few examples of what little t trauma may look like. A client once came into my office stating that she struggled to make decisions, often fearing she would make the wrong one. In one session we processed where this began and discovered the first time she experienced fear in making a decision was at 4 yrs. old. One female client stated that she never trusted that other people really liked her, and after a little digging, we found some moments in her childhood where she had been forgotten and hurt. Another client sought counseling after experiencing constant little t trauma in his marriage 20 yrs. ago, causing him to struggle with feeling inadequate and undesirable in his present relationship. Shame and guilt covered yet another client for 12 years after she made a mistake in high school that disappointed her parents. I once worked with an adolescent client who struggled with extreme perfectionism, never feeling good enough despite his accomplishments in school and extracurricular. Many of these clients sought counseling, not realizing they had experienced little t traumas. By definition trauma is an experience in life that caused such intense emotion, the brain was unable to process in that particular moment. The emotion became stuck and affected how we saw ourselves, others or situations. There are significant studies, books, and obscene amounts of research about the brain. These all include lots of science and donâ€™t always explain trauma in every day terms. New research is being introduced to society every day, but the trickle-down effect takes a long time to reach those not exposed to clinical circles. Translating all of the scientific jargon into terms and phrases that can be understood is extremely important for two reasons. 1) This allows you who are reading this to begin to understand and broaden your perspective about who could benefit from trauma counseling and 2) This knowledge can erase stigma, misinformation, and fear about seeking help to eliminate the effects of trauma in life, big T or little t. If you would like to continue learning about trauma a book called The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk is a great resource. As a therapist I take the stance that ALL symptoms from life events deserve to be resolved. A small grain of sand is just as significant as a big bubble, both deserving relief and freedom through counseling. If something in your past or a life event continues to affect your life in a negative way, there is no shame in seeking a licensed counselor to help resolve the emotions still stuck or attached to that experience. Symptoms of trauma can be resolved with the use of various therapeutic tools and techniques. A widely accept-
ed and evidence-based technique used by some therapists is called EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Although the memory of the trauma will always be there, EMDR allows the brain to reprocess how you think and feel about the trauma itself. It allows the brains neuropathways to loosen (the bubble or the grain of sand) allowing emotional relief, freedom, and peace to follow. Typically, new insight, personal growth, and learning from the life experience that was processed occurs by the end of an EMDR session. In March of this year, I opened a private practice specializing in trauma and the use of EMDR. After experiencing my own freedom from the past with the use of EMDR, my passion for helping others resolve any and all trauma in their own life began to grow. I was raised in St Charles County and decided that I wanted to open a practice to help those in my own community grow and heal with the use of EMDR. We use EMDR on ages 12 and up. If you or someone you know could benefit from experiencing relief and freedom from the pain of the past, please consider reaching out to a counselor. At Navigation Counseling Services, it is our goal to assist you in your healing process. Regardless of who you choose to guide you through the journey, my hope is that you now have a broader perspective on trauma and can recognize that NO trauma is too big or too little to seek out counseling.
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by: Jessica Conley
“Is Cutting Calories Actually Preventing Your Weight Loss?” Have you ever heard that to lose weight you need to cut calories? Or to just “eat less, move more”? This is an extremely popular thing to preach in the health and weight loss world. And I’m here to turn it on it’s head. In reality, weight loss has very little to do with calories. Suggesting that weight loss is as simple as calories in versus calories out is like suggesting that babies are made when a man loves a woman...It’s not exactly the full story is it? It’s actually WAY more complex and detailed than that! Did you know that of all the developed countries, the US is the only one that obsesses about calories, and yet we are also the most obese? Doesn’t that put up a red flag that something just isn’t right here? Yet we have been inundated with information about calories OUR WHOLE LIVES. It’s all over our food packages. We are told 100 calorie snacks are the saving grace to diets. Diet and restrict and reduce calories to lose weight, and just have the will power to not give in to the hunger and frustration. It’s never ending! But have you ever taken a look at HOW or WHY we base things on a calorie? Or what a calorie really even is? First, the calorie was first “discovered” in the 1800s. The calorie content of food was measured by burning it to ash, and since our metabolism is essentially the burning of fuel in food, this became the commonly accepted measure of how we evaluate food or the energy that’s required to burn the food. It should be noted that since then, the idea of the calorie, how it’s measured, how it’s used…none of that has ever been evaluated or changed or updated sine the 1800s. Even with all the advances in medicine, science, biology, technology…it’s never been changed. One could argue it’s therefore a pretty outdated measurement. In fact, I want to dig a little deeper because there are quite 40 | focusOn Magazine
a few things wrong with the base logic of calories. For one, it means that if I eat a Kit Kat bar, and my husband eats a Kit Kat bar, we would both use exactly the same amount of energy in the exact same way to burn it. Are you starting to see a potential issue here? I hope you are! My husband and I are two VERY different people… different weight, different muscle mass, different hormones, different gut health, different amounts of body fat, different everything! How, then, can we say his body uses the exact same amount of energy the exact same way as my body? This idea completely dismisses bio-individuality. The fact that we are all very different. Our digestion and metabolisms… everything. It’s all different. The rate at which I burn fuel is different than the rate at which you burn fuel. Here is another thing to think about. Just about everything in a package has the calories listed on the label. Google will tell you the calories in everything not packaged, such as produce. But did you know these counts are based on a system of averages? Which means in reality, those calorie counts are not even accurate. Don’t make calories your main focus when you are working towards being healthy and even for weight loss. And I think these reasons I have listed and explained support that pretty well. For me personally, this was a RELIEF. I always hated calorie counting. I hated feeling like I had to starve to lose weight because I had to stay at a certain calorie level. And now that I know how outdated and insufficient the science is behind why they use calories. By a traditional “diet” I am supposed to be consuming 1200-1500 calories a day maximum to lose weight. In reality, when I did my first round of keto, I was getting more like 2000 a day, and I lost weight more effectively than I ever did before! I do want to be fair here. If you had nothing else to look at, you could look at calories and maybe get a general idea of how much energy is going IN. But it still doesn’t help figure
out what is actually being burned. And not all calories are burned the same. Another huge issue with this basic idea of “eat less move more” is that your body is going to get used to what you are doing. What I mean is, your body adapts. That is what it is designed to do, and science and nature proves it to be true. Your body learns what it’s normal is...its Homeostasis. So, let’s say you normally eat 2,000 calories a day, and then you go on a diet and cut it down to 1500 a day. You will lose weight. Likely a lot of weight in the first couple of weeks! But then what happens? You hit a plateau, right? The weight loss stops, even though you are still working really hard. So, what happened? Well, at first, you had a good calorie deficit because you changed your habits and disrupted the homeostasis. And it works for a while because your body was still used to working with the 2,000 calories. But then, things change…. Your body realizes you aren’t going back to the 2,000 calories. It knows there is a deficit now. Basically, it thinks “oh hey, we have less calories than we used to get, so let’s go ahead and burn less calories so we can save that energy and create that normal we were used to before”. Your daily energy burn actually changes at that point! Because your body is so smart! It starts to slow down, because it thinks it NEEDS to slow down and conserve that energy for you. So, in reality, your body is doing an amazing thing for you! It’s keeping everything in working order, trying to conserve energy and make things “right” for you! So, don’t be angry when this happens. It’s actually a gift. It means your body is working the RIGHT WAY. But I know… on your side of things, all you think about is how the scale stopped moving, and it’s frustrating! Understand that it does NOT mean you are failing on your diet! Don’t throw everything away. Don’t go back to old habits because you think it’s not working for you. Understand that your body is simply doing what it is meant to do. And realize that it means it’s time to change things up a bit! It means it’s time to make your body keep guessing! And that does not mean reduce your calories even more. All too often, health and weight loss professionals, personal trainers, coaches, even nutritionists will tell people to just cut calories to lose weight. Often giving a number like 1200 or 1500 calories. And if you have been given this advice and have found yourself frustrated with little or no results, please know that doesn’t mean it’s your fault.
practors, personal trainers...but no success. Her doctor was at the point of wanting to put her on thyroid meds too because it was under functioning. Nat told me part of her frustration was that they all kept telling her to cut calories, eat less, move more. When she showed them her food journals, they literally didn’t believe her and asked what she wasn’t tracking, what she was hiding. Because according to them, if she was *really* eating that way, she would be losing weight. But she wasn’t. So, she signed up for my program. We worked together 1:1. I had her track her food in an app for a week without changing anything, and I immediately saw the problem. Nat was extremely low on calorie intake, especially for her size. Which explained the low thyroid function, fatigue, lack of focus, low energy, headaches, and lack of weight loss. But Nat was just doing what all those people had told her to do. Cut more calories. Nobody ever stopped to look deeper. I did. Nat was consuming 800-1,000 calories a day of extremely clean food. What her body actually needed for basic functioning and survival was about 2,800. To this day I still can’t believe it. I just can’t believe the point she had gotten to, even with professional help. Once I got her food consumption increased, she started to lose weight. Nat is an excellent example of why things go so much deeper than just telling someone to cut calories. Everything I have written shows why the concept of calories and extreme reduction is just not right. It’s not logical. And to show you weight loss isn’t as simple as “eat less” or “cut calories” even though that is the current mantra of this industry. It really grinds my gears!! I hope you do some research, especially if you struggle with weight loss. 95% of my clients come to me and are actually chronically undereating because of everything they thought was true and had been told. Once they learn and listen to their body, they see amazing progress. Please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to do a consultation with you so you can have a better sense of what you need to do for successful weight loss. Remember, life gets to be amazing, all you have to do is take action!
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What is your Favorite Restaurant and Why? Will & Becky Klien Move Realty, Cottleville, MO My favorite restaurant in the County, this is challenging because I like so many, but just based on frequency that my wife and I go there, and that we have never had a bad meal, the title has to go to Bemo’s in Cottleville. The food is great, consistent, affordable, and the owner Dave is very involved in all aspects of the establishment. Also, I think it is cool that they have dedicated parking spots to the golf cart enthusiasts of the community. Joe Huskey Owner of Huskey Strength, St. Charles MO I have to say my favorite restaurant in the St. Charles area is Sugarfire down off Elm Street. The obvious reason is because the BBQ is flipping amazing. Out of all of the times I’ve been there (and it’s been a ridiculous amount), I can only remember one instance when it was simply “good” and not great. Beyond the food, the service and people are wonderful. A few of the guys remember who I am (again, since I’m there too often) and always make it a fun experience. Just a great group of folks they have working down there. Also, working in fitness, you can definitely find healthy options at Sugarfire. They have always have quality meats for protein and veggies. Plus, you don’t have to get dressed up to go there; big plus for me since my uniform is gym shorts and a T-shirt ;)
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A kolache, or kolach, is originally from the Czech Republic and was introduced into the midwest by Czech immigrants in the late 1800’s. Originally served as a type of pastry that holds fruit surrounded by puffy dough, it has evolved into everything from a sweet dessert item to savory breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack varieties. At St. Louis Kolache, with a location in O’Fallon, kolache’s span the gamut, with a decidedly St. Louis twist. They’ve teamed with Gioias Deli for the Gioias Hot Salami, with Pappy’s for brisket and pulled pork versions and they even have a St. Louis style pizza kolache. What the heck is a kolache again? Yes, they still have the original fruit versions that look similar to a pastry with the fruit front and center on top of the dough. But the savory versions are more like a sweeter, smaller calzone maybe. Or perhaps it’s like an enclosed bao bun with the savory delight inside. What it really is, though, is addictive.
The localized versions might be the best of all. The Gioias Hot Salami is stacked with thick cut pieces of salami topped with pepper jack cheese and spicy giardiniera! It’s everything you love about St. Louis’s favorite sandwich, nestled into a three or four bite delight. Pile Pappy’s smoked pork or brisket tossed in bbq sauce inside a kolache and you have tailgating heaven. I’m also a big fan of all of the breakfast options, you will be royalty if you bring a box into the office on Monday morning. The Philly cheesesteak was another standout with the onions, peppers, cheese and steak all mingled together. What’s a kolache? Go find out for yourself at St. Louis Kolache on Highway K.
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Brooklyn Palmer The purpose of my contribution to the magazine is to bring awareness to local sports talent and spotlight a few student athletes, their accomplishments and their aspirations moving forward. I recently visited Fort Zumwalt West High School and sat with a couple of student athletes. The first student athlete I spoke with was Brooklyn Palmer. Brooklyn is entering her senior year at West. She has played basketball and volleyball at West since she was a freshman. Brooklyn played basketball from an early age, participating in youth leagues and at the YMCA. She began playing volleyball as a freshman. Brooklyn saw volleyball as a way to stay active and use her athletic skills to contribute in another sport. She enjoys volleyball, but basketball is her passion. During her junior year Brooklyn averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds a game as a forward. Brooklyn is hoping to secure a basketball scholarship to the University of Southern Utah-Eastern. Brooklyn would like to pursue a degree in Physical or Occupational Therapy. 46 | focusOn Magazine
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MOVIE REVIEW with Kevin Ziegemeier
The Lion King (2019) Starring: James Eal Jones, Danny Glover Rated: PG Kids love animals. Whether it be real or animation, movie makers over the years have been attracting parents and their children to the theaters with films based on various animals. I am sure many adults have fond memories of their childhood watching Bambi, Old Yeller, Lassie, 101 Dalmatians, just to name a few. As parents, we want to bring the same experiences and joy to our children as we had growing up. These movies are a part of that joy. Disney has mastered the craft of producing movies with animals as the main focus. They portray the animals as having feelings, emotions, and a sense of humor. The films often have a theme that is relatable to the same issues humans deal with throughout our lives. The animated version of The Lion King was released in 1994 and was loved by children and adults alike. It tells the story of the king of the jungle, Mufasa, his son and heir to the throne, Simba. Mufasa goes to great length to teach Simba the responsibilities of being a leader and prepare him to take over when the time comes. Unfortunately, Mufasa is being undermined by Scar, his jealous brother who believes Simba has taken his rightful place as the next king. After staging an accident where Mufasa is killed, Scar leads Simba to believe that he was responsible for his father’s death. Ashamed, Simba runs away, paving the way for Scar to be king. Years pass, Simba becomes an adult while Scar’s leadership has destroyed the kingdom. Simba’s childhood friend, Nala, goes searching for Simba in the hopes that she can get him to come back and save Pride Rock from Scar’s tyranny. With the help of the lessons he was taught by his father, Simba is able to defeat Scar and take is rightful place as the king. The 2019 version of The Lion King is a computer-animated remake of the original movie. The characters, story line, and music are identical with a few small exceptions. This was the third highly anticipated family feature of the summer, following the releases of Aladdin and Toy Story 4. A new generation of kids get
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introduced to the story while many adults anxiously await a new take on a Disney classic. In preparation for this movie, my grandson and I watched the original together. He loved it and could not wait to see the new version. He was not disappointed. We discussed the movie and he actually liked the 2019 version more than the original. As for me, I was not quit as impressed. Other than making animated characters look like real animals, to me the movie did not have much more to offer. In classic Disney form, I would have preferred giving the characters a more narrative voice without using computer-animation to make the animals mouths move as if they were actually talking. I also did not feel the voice actors brought out the personalities of the characters. Even though I had some minor issues with this remake, it is a film I would recommend for young and old. The kids will love it and parents will enjoy sharing the experience with them.
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