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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 - St. Charles Sestercentennial...............page 12 Tapped - Good New Brewing / Dan Tripp................page 16 House Plants 101...................................................Page 18 Success Without Surgery.........................................page 24 Ozzie Smith IMac Regeneration Centers Pete’s Drive In - Wentzville.......................................page 26 Katy Kruze - Queen of Rock.....................................page 28 Who’s in Charge of Your Life...................................page 31 First Responder - Chief of Police Kuer Frisz................page Medical Corner - Common Golf Injuries....................page Weight Loss Lies You’ve Been Told............................page TOP BITES with Kelly Gardner.................................page Chasing the Dragon - Timothy Kavanagh....................page New Business Listing..............................................page Movie Review - Disney’s Aladdin.............................page

Advertiser Directory

Alzheimer’s Association............... page 23 AmFam Insurance....................... page 39 Angie Harness - Realty................... page 9 Bemo’s ...................................... page 51 Cat’s Garden.............................. page 18 Coach Coletta CBD Hemp Oil...... page 20 Cottleville Wine Seller................. page 35 Courtyards of Cottleville............... page 19 Crown Luxury Resale..................... page 9 Eagle Exteriors............................ page 47 Farmer’s Insurance...................... page 46 Get Connected........................... page 49 GLO Beauty & Tan...................... page 46 Grace Church............................. page 45 Green Street Project.................... page 35 Hairy Elephant............................ page 42 J. Confections............................. page 42 Jo’s 5th Street Pub......................... page 3 Judy Bateman - Realty.................. page 11 Karen Shine - Realty.................... page 46 KETO It Works............................ page 15 KFAV Hot Country....................... page 34 Kristy Flood - Realty..................... page 20 Hairy Elephant............................ page 42 4 | focusOn Magazine

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“The Wizard” is featured on our cover. That sums up FocusOn’s summer edition “excitement.” Greetings and hope you all are enjoying the great weather out there. We had such an exceptional response to our spring edition, especially “Time Traveler”, “Tapped”, “Medical Corner” and “Top Bites” that I thought to start with a “thank you all so much” note. To commemorate City of Saint Charles Sestercentennial celebration, Dorris Keeven-Franke’s Time Traveler is on the money (page 12). House Planting 101 (page 18) by Cat’s Garden and Top Bites (page 43) is a perfect starter. Who ‘s in charge of you life by Michael Tobin is not to be missed. Mr. Tobin will be also hosting first Mushroom networking event on June 26th. FocusOn Magazine’s Mushroom Group offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a community within our local community. Mushroom Group is the place for our advertisers, along with their clients, families, friends, and our readers to interact, share, and support each other. Before you peek into Kevin Ziegemeier’s rating for Aladdin, check out my interview with one and only Katy Kruze (page 28). Don’t forget September 28th, Walk to End Alzheimer’s and you are welcome to join our walk team. It’s fun and for a great cause. 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 are our heartbeat. Stephen Thompson, Ph.D. Publisher/Owner

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Doug Bouldin Medical Corner

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Darlene Fischer Chasing the Dragon

Skip Stephens First Responder

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Katy Kruze

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Music & Special Events

Dorris Keeven-Franke Historian

Pat Callihan Sports Zone

Kevin Ziegemeier Movie Critic

Kaylee Adams Social Media

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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 JUNE 15th Concert In The Park Free Concert featuring BREAKDOWN SHAKEDOWN Windjammer Pointe 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Blooming Daisy Pop-Up Market 5441 Chestnut St, Cottleville 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

18th O’Fallon Jammin’ Free Concert featuring BRUSHVILLE (Country) 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening!

19th Music on Main 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the 100–200 blocks of N. Main. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert by JEREMIAH JOHNSON. Food & Drink available to purchase.

20th 21st ANNUAL WING DING

The BCI Wing Ding was started in 1999 and has become a St. Charles County favorite. Featuring all-you-can-eat chicken wings and barbecue from some of our area’s best restaurants, awesome entertainment,

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and ice-cold beverages, the Wing Ding is held annually the third Thursday in June. Known as the “biggest and best charity happy hour in town,” the Wing Ding raises awareness and money to provide and expand employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

22nd Concert Free Concert featuring THE BIG RIGS (Country) Boulevard Park Amphitheater 2550 Lake Saint Louis Blvd. 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

23rd Sunday Sips

Join us at Piazza Messina for 21st Calendar Sunday Sips featuring live Food Truck Frolic/Movie music, Italian inspired dishes, Night/Live Music SCCC Red Lot 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Movie: “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” Live Music: Zero Friction

Summer Concert & Food Truck Rally Free Concert featuring BUTCH WAX AND THE HOLLWOODS 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Rd

Sunset Fridays On The Road The Cove at St. Peters 5270 Mexico Road Local favorite SERAPIS brings their unique blend of Rock, Blues and Reggae to the Cove at St. Peters. The Gator Island Grill will serve food starting at 6:00 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm. Admission is FREE for the concert, plus The Cove is open FREE to the public from 6:00–9:00 pm

craft beers, premium wines & cocktail selections. 10:30 am - 2:30 pm Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes

25th O’Fallon Jammin’ Free Concert featuring 135th Army Band Missouri Army National Guard. 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening!

Tailgate Tuesdays Harmonie-Verein 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Beer, wine and food will be available for purchase. We will have bands as well so bring the family and join us!

Foreigner Concert Family Arena 2002 Arena Parkway St. Charles Doors Open: 6:30 pm Showtime: 7:30 pm

28th Sunset Fridays On The Road The Cove at St. Peters 5270 Mexico Rd. Enjoy acoustic Pop and Rock favorites performed by THREE PEDROS. The Gator Island Grill will serve food starting at 6:00 pm. Music begins at 6:30 pm. Admission is FREE for the concert, plus The Cove is open FREE to the public from 6:00–9:00 pm

29th New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy Volcanic Ash (Rock) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the New Town Amphitheater.

30th Sunday Sips Join us at Piazza Messina for Sunday Sips featuring live music, Italian inspired dishes, craft beers, premium wines & cocktail selections. 11:30 am - 4:00 pm Danielle Meyer & TJ O’Neill


O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake St. Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua Augusta: Yellow JULY 2nd - 4th Heritage & Freedom Fest

Ozzie Smith Sports Complex Free parking and free shuttle service provided Family Day, July 2 Country Music Night, July 3 Rock ‘n Roll on July 4

3rd & 4th St. Charles Riverfest FREE Family Friendly Festival featuring live music on the Jaycee Stage and family friendly entertainment that includes Fountain City Amusements Carnival, Way Cool Balloons, Face Painting, the Bubble Bus, Flipside Gymnastics Ashley Aerialists, and a visit from Fredbird. Join us in Frontier Park for all of the Fun!

3rd New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy DANCE FLOOR RIOT (Dance/Pop) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the New Town Amphitheater.

4th Wentzville’s Liberty Fest Parade at 10 am will head east down Pearce Blvd. from Campus Dr. After the parade, join us at Progress Park for FREE activities all day and night! Live music performed by local artist and American Idol finalist, Matt Wynn, from 6 - 9 pm; with fireworks following.

New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy DAN KUSE & DOUBLE D from 6:00 pm dusk at the New Town Amphitheater.

6th New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy TRIXIE DELIGHT (Rock) from 7:00 10:00 pm at the New Town Amphitheater.

9th O’Fallon Jammin’ Free Concert featuring ROGERS AND NIENHAUS 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening!

12th Sunset Fridays On The Road DAWN WEBER AND SWUNK perform Swing, Funk and Jazz for a night of music under the Corporate Pavilion at 370 Lakeside Park. Come early and enjoy dinner, snacks and refreshments served by the Gator Island Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

16th O’Fallon Jammin’ Free Concert featuring BREAKDOWN SHAKEDOWN 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening!

17th Music on Main 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the 100–200 blocks of N. Main. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert by BMB BAND. Food & Drink available to purchase.

19th New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy TRIBUTE TO Food Truck Frolic/Live Music SCCC Red Lot 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Featuring Spanky Entertainment Dueling Pianos

Summer Concert & Food Truck Rally Free Concert featuring WELL HUNGARIANS

ELVIS PRESLEY FEATURING STEVE DAVIS from 7:00 10:00 pm at the New Town Amphitheater.

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7:00 pm – 10:00 pm O’Fallon Jammin’ City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Rd. Free Concert featuring POWER PLAY. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm for purchase. 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon

Cornhole Tournament Check-in: 6:00 pm City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Rd.

Sunset Fridays On The Road COLE BLUE STEEL entertains with a combination of Country and Rock under the Corporate Pavilion at 370 Lakeside Park. Come early and enjoy dinner, snacks and refreshments served by the Gator Island Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

20th Concert in the Park Experience O’Fallon’s newest park and listen to one of the area’s most acclaimed bands, BUTCH WAX AND THE HOLLYWOODS.

Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening!

26th Sunset Fridays On The Road Don’t miss a great evening of rock music with THE BISCUITS under the Corporate Pavilion at 370 Lakeside Park. Come early and enjoy dinner, snacks and refreshments served by the Gator Island Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

27th Concert Free Concert featuring MY FRIEND MIKE

Fantastic food and drinks will be available for purchase.

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Concert In The Park Free Concert featuring THAT 80’S BAND Windjammer Pointe 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

30th O’Fallon Jammin’ Free Concert featuring SILVER BULLET STL 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available.

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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 AUGUST 2nd Rod Run Car Cruise 6:00 –9:00 pm This event benefits the DARE program and is hosted by Harris Automotive. With a $10 donation, car enthusiasts can cruise down Pearce Blvd. Grab a lawn chair, and come out and enjoy the fun!

Sunset Fridays On The Road Don’t miss a great evening of rock music with Oh Brother under the Corporate Pavilion at 370 Lakeside Park. Come early and enjoy dinner, snacks and refreshments including ice cold beer, soft drinks and wine served by the Gator Island Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

3rd New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy EL SCORCHO from 7:00 10:00 pm at the New Town Amphitheater.

6th O’Fallon Jammin’ Free Concert featuring JOE DIRT AND THE DIRTY BOYS BAND (Rock) 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening!

9th Sunset Fridays On The Road Close out the 2019 Sunset Fridays series with great Blues music performed by Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen under the Corporate Pavilion at 370 Lakeside Park.

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Come early and enjoy dinner, snacks and refreshments served by the Gator Island Grill starting at 6:00 pm.

10th Concert In The Park Free Concert featuring BUTCH WAX AND THE HOLLYWOODS Windjammer Pointe 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

13th O’Fallon Jammin’ Free Concert featuring 7 BRIDGES ROAD (Eagles Tribute Band) 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 308 Civic Park Dr., O’Fallon Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions available. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy the evening!

16th Summer Concert & Food Truck Rally Free Concert featuring DR. ZHIVEGAS 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Rd Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Cornhole Tournament Check-in: 6:00 pm City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Rd.

16th - 18th Festival of the Little Hills Frontier Park/Main Street 230 S. Main Street 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Friday 9:30 am–10:00 pm Saturday 9:30 am–5:00 pm Sunday The largest festival of the year, activities include over 300 craft booths, with some demonstrations by crafts

people and artisans. Also includes numerous food & beverages booths along with live music and other entertainment and Kids Corner.

17th Blooming Daisy Pop-Up Market 5441 Chestnut St, Cottleville 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy CONTAGIOUS (favorite hits) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the New Town Amphitheater.

Happy Together Family Arena 2002 Arena Parkway St. Charles Doors Open: 6:30 pm Showtime: 7:30 pm Enjoy the hits of the sixties and seventies with The Turtles, Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Buckinghams, The Classics IV, and The Cowsills.

20th Food Truck Event Frontier Park 500 S. Riverside Drive 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Enjoy live entertainment as you indulge in a variety of delicious food options that will be available by several different food truck vendors.

21st Music on Main 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the 100–200 blocks of N. Main. Bring your lawn chairs to this free outdoor concert by JIMMY & THE CHETS. Food & Drink available to purchase.

23rd Food Truck Frolic/Movie Night/Live Music SCCC Red Lot 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Movie: “Ugly Dolls” Live Music: Kevin Babb

24th Concert In The Park Free Concert featuring GRIFFIN & THE GARGOYLES Windjammer Pointe 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

New Town Concert Series Come and enjoy ACCOLADE BAND (Hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & today) from 7:00 - 10:00 pm at the New Town Amphitheater.

Race for the Rivers Frontier Park 500 S. Riverside Drive 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Whether you’re an avid paddler looking to get in on a competitive river race, or simply in search of laid-back family fun, Race for the Rivers 2019 is the event you’ve been searching for! With water education, restoration, and recreation as the focus, The Greenway Network is set to stage their eleventh annual Missouri River paddling event. Paddlers have their choice of two canoe and kayaking races: A 40 mile or a 20 mile.

25th Reptiles & Raptors The World Bird Sanctuary will be presenting a close-up look at the unique animals that surround us. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm O’Day Park Amphitheater


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By: Dorris Keeven-Franke

Time Traveler The History of St. Charles County

Celebrating Saint Charles, Missouri

250 Year Sestercentennial Every city has a beginning with just one person making a place to call home. For two-hundred and fifty years, people have been calling St. Charles home. The beautiful Missouri River would play a huge role from the beginning, as Native Americans and pioneer trailblazers would see the location as a good stopping point. For centuries, people would pass through on their way west, via a road, boat or railcar, but many chose to also stop and call the place home. Many have stayed for generation and played an important role in its’ development. While thousands of others, have contributed to its community through its’ businesses, schools and churches, considering it home. Its’ history is rich and filled with stories of determination and accomplishment. From its’ very simple beginning, it has taken great pride in its role in America’s history. In 1769, a young French-Canadian named Louis Blanchette, settled along the north side of the Missouri River, along a small stream that bears his name today. He would refer to the area as Les Petites Cotes. The area had been in the possession of France since LaSalle had claimed it in 1682, but that year on May 20, it was transferred to Spain, and called Upper Louisiana. By 1790, the settlement had grown, and the Common Fields were established, for use by the area residents. Two of which were the German Coontz (Koonze, Kuntze) brothers, who had come from the Illinois Territory. John would establish a mill along Blanchette Creek. Blanchette was Commandant, or the equivalent of Mayor, appointed by the Spanish government. He passed away in 1793, leaving a Native-American wife Angelique, and children, and was buried beneath the first church, that had been established two years before. San Carlos Borromeo was named by the Catholic parish, in honor of Charles IV of Spain, and his patron saint Bishop Carlos Borromeo. The residents were of various French, Spanish and German nationalities, and would simply refer to it as San Carlos del Misuri or St. Charles on the Missouri. The first settlement north of the Missouri River and west of the Mississippi. With the passing of Blanchette, Carlos (Charles) Tayon is named Commandant. The settlement has 198 white males, 12 | focusOn Magazine

75 white females, with 10 slaves, and several free blacks. Francois Duquette arrives in 1796, another French Canadian he establishes a wind mill on a hillside (around today’s City Hall) and is trader and merchant for the area’s 80 families. In 1801, the first assembly whose meeting is recorded, is discussing the fencing in the new addition to the commons. An important issue which would land Tayon in trouble and make James Mackay the new mayor. The area was rapidly changing and growing and with the formal signing of the Treaty of Cession in Paris, the United States of America was becoming the government of the people. With a lot of back and forth, title for the Louisiana Purchase would allow things to proceed. Captain William Clark would gather the Corps of Discovery in the settlement of about 450 in about 100 homes, on the 16th of May, and after a few days of Dinners and Dancing balls, and Captain Meriwether Lewis’ arrival on the 2oth, the Corps would depart in search of pathway to the Pacific Ocean. In 1809, the Village of St. Charles with a population of 1,096 white males is incorporated giving a legal form and establishing Trustees and a self-governing Board. This gives them the ability to establish taxes, and streets, and begin to grow. By 1814, the St. Charles District of the Missouri Territory was established with the Village of St. Charles its governing seat. By 1817, surveyors had laid out the City’s current streets, naming them for them for the country’s admired leaders, with streets named Main, Second and High, running parallel to the river. That little hill, with the stone windmill was still overlooking the young City. By 1820, Missouri had grown in population and petition for Statehood, had led to a debate across the entire Country. The issue of slavery, and the continued laws to allow it, were what the residents wanted. And while Henry Clay would suggest a compromise on that issue, the Constitutional Convention meeting in St Louis, continued to debate the issue of the new State’s Capitol. After several tries, St. Charles won, and became Missouri’s first State Capitol from 1821 until 1826. Offers for the location within St. Charles were debated, with William


Eckert and his business partners offering up a building. Ultimately it was the Peck Brothers and their offer of free firewood for heating for the first year that won the day. St. Charles would become the seat of Missouri’s government, where lawyers and politicians mingled daily with its residents. It was changing from a frontier fur trading settlement to a city with hotels, and important business leaders known nationwide. No longer a village, it was a thriving young city and transportation center on the very important Missouri River where steamboats stopped on the way west. In 1824, a young German attorney named Gottfried Duden had arrived on the St. Charles riverfront, accompanied by two servants, a professional farmer and a cook. He had purchased property west of St. Charles and was researching the situation in the young state. For three years he would visit with Nathan Boone, Jacob Zumwalt, and other residents, taking notes on the situation. In Germany, the country was suffering from overpopulation, famine, and the people were demanding changes. In 1829, Duden would publish a small book called A Report upon a Journey to the Western States of North America that would give what Germans described a glowing account. Compared to the situation in Germany, Missouri would be considered a paradise, and thousands would begin to emigrate to Missouri, and St. Charles, after reading Duden’s book. In the decade of the 1830s, over 120,000 Germans would emigrate to America, with one-third choosing Missouri. Thirty thousand would swell St. Charles and westward, changing the demographics of the state.

It was feared that when the Capitol seat was moved to Jefferson City, that St. Charles would decay. Instead it became an even larger bustling city, filled with merchants, millers, and business men catering to the huge westward movement. James Morrison had established his trading post in 1804 at Main and Clay (today’s First Capitol) and owned the largest salt lick in the state and had helped establish a road that bore his former partner’s name, the Boone’s Lick Road. Thousands of settlers from Virginia, Kentucky and the east were moving west, joined by the thousands of German emigrants arriving each day. Main Street was filled with inns, and taverns, where fur traders were giving way to farmers. Blacksmiths and coopers, joined carpenters and millers. The Collier family, staunch Methodists, would establish the St. Charles College. The

Presbyterians had been visited by their minister, and a radical abolitionist, Elijah Lovejoy shortly before his death in Alton in 1837. In 1844, that all important Missouri River would make its all-time flood stage that would set the standard for the next two centuries. The river was considered an ever-changing flood plain and was wide and included several islands. These would be built upon, but submerged during the annual floods, brought about by the snow melt further north. It was a way of life and often led to epidemics of cholera and typhoid because of the poor sanitary standards at that time. During the 1850s, the riverbank was filled with ferryboats and steamboats bound upriver, with several landings being used for all the commerce. Thousands were moving westward, but many chose St. Charles as home. A German newspaper named Der Demokrat by an emigrant named Arnold Krekel had been established, which reported on the National Railroad Convention held in the city. The city would soon be a bustling terminus for the North Missouri Railroad, now the Burlington Northern, and the Kansas, Atchison, & Topeka, now the KATY Trail. The Western Plank Road was a short- lived attempt at a wooden toll road, in hopes of making overland roadways more passable in bad weather. The Civil War would heighten issues over slavery, however the Germans would fill the Union ranks. Part of Missouri’s First Senatorial District, in 1862 the prolific writer Friedrich Muench, who had led the huge Giessen Emigration Society in 1834, was elected as a State Senator. St. Charles resident Arnold Krekel, would be appointed a Provost Marshall, and would establish his troops to watch the riverbanks on top of the mill, which stood at the same site where Blanchette had established himself nearly 100 years before. When Trustees for the St. Charles College refused to take the Loyalty Oath as demanded by the Federal Government, Krekel who had himself attended the school in the 1830s, removed them and set up a Union hospital inside the former College. In 1865, Krekel would be elected President of Missouri’s Constitutional Convention meeting in St. Louis and sign the Ordinance on January 11, 1865 that emancipated Missouri’s slaves. The 1870s saw the second railroad bridge to cross the Missouri River open in St. Charles. The first railroad car would roll of the assembly line at the St. Charles Car Company. Many of the area’s German businessmen would see the potential in this company becoming our City’s largest employer. The railroads had replaced the river as the movement westward progressed. In 1876, a terrible “cyclone” would hit St. Charles, and the tornado would destroy or damage several prominent buildings on the city’s Main Street. The County’s Courthouse on Main Street suffered major damage, and never be fully restored. Citizens would begin petitions to build a new one. Other buildings along Main Street were rebuilt or replaced by new and larger buildings. Main Street was filled with all types of business from Blanchette’s Creek north to the American Car Factory. focusOn Magazine | 13


By the turn to the 20th Century, St. Charles was the largest metropolitan city in St. Charles County. As the World’s Fair celebrated history, St. Charles City and County residents would join them via the newly opened Trolley Bridge that spanned the Missouri River. Residents would also join in the battles of World War I where many would fight in the homeland of their ancestors. During World War II, many of German heritage would have to disavow it, to prove their American loyalties. In a time of ethnic hysteria, when neighbors would be asked to report upon neighbors as too German, there were no reports in St. Charles. Many of its residents would be relocations from the former settlements of Hamburg and Mechanicsville, where the government had established a TNT factory for the war effort. Many of these had come from Germany as early as the 1830s. During World War II, the American Car Factory would build U.S. Military tanks, and test them on the Main Street of St. Charles. In 1956, the first U.S. Interstate would begin at St. Charles. The establishment of the Centennial Road act in 1921, and the construction of U.S. Highway 40 in 1924, had cemented our role in role as an important transportation center. In 1954, we would also be establishing schools that were not segregated upon race and color. St. Charles continued to enjoy all the assets of a large city, but still had a small-town feel. By 1969, when they were two hundred years old, they had embarked on a revitalization of their historic Main Street. The State had purchased the site of the former State Capitol, and several historic properties. These were allotted to those 14 | focusOn Magazine

who showed true potential and had desire to embark on historic preservation. Individual properties on Main Street were listed on the National Register that had just begun in 1966. Soon residents were establishing preservation groups and historical societies. A festival that annually celebrated its heritage began with the residents, a true grassroots movement by far sighted individuals. Historic districts were established, and the City created commissions to care for them. By the end of the 20th Century, St. Charles and its history would gain worldwide recognition as a Significant Event for the National Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Local residents, like Glenn Bishop, had devoted hours to replicating the magnificent keelboat, and one was tragically lost by fire. But the determination had survived, and another was built. Today, the members of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles still portray this important moment in America’s history. St. Charles is celebrating its 250 years of history in 2019. It has achieved world wide recognition as an important travel destination for those that love history. History is much more than dates in a textbook, and St. Charles continues to share that history with its many festivals each year. Main Street merchants provide shops for all interests and restaurants for all tastes. Its residents are proud of its rich history and heritage and enjoy the recognition its many historic buildings. The city is steeped in history yet proud of what the future holds. No matter what it is called, Les Petites Cotes or San Carlos del Misuri, we all know and love it simply as St. Charles. Happy 250th Birthday!


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Microbrewery is a brewery that produces less than 15,000 barrels of beer per year with 75 percent or more of its beer sold off site. A Macro brewery is a large, national or international brewery that produces and distributes more than 6 million barrels of beer per year.

O’Fallon, Missouri When Good News opened their doors in O’Fallon they were one of the first Microbrewers in the area. Many of the first customers at the brewery had questions like, “What do you have that is similar to a Bud Light?” This was a perfect opportunity to educate their new clientele on the differences between micro and macro breweries. Microbreweries


are able to really invest in the quality of the process Steve Naugher and By: ingredients for their beer since they are making smaller batches. They have the freedom to explore different flavors as well. They are able to try different techniques of brewing. Some of them have even brought back some of the world’s oldest recipes for beer. They are able to bring passion, love and innovation to their product. Everyone might not like everything that they make but they are almost certain to like something.

introduce a seven barrel brewing system and Defiance is where the main brewing is now done. It’s a beautiful space that will allow for guests to book family-oriented events, such as private parties, weddings, or bible studies. The brewers are hoping that a collaboration with the local wineries will also soon follow. It seems that Good News Brewery has much more to share with all of the people.

Good News Brewery’s approachable style of craft beer appeals to the masses, as they are what the brewer considers gateway beers to the craft beer scene. Even if you are not a craft beer connoisseur yourself or even a big fan of beer at all Good News Brewery is sure to please. There are 5 brews that are the staple of the brewery. the Belgian White, the Perfect Storm Pale Ale, the Dirty Laundry Brown Ale, an IPA, and the Hazelnut Coffee Milk Stout. At the Defiance location, those five brews will always be available on tap. If you have a more advanced pallet for small batch beers stop in to the O’Fallon location to try some new and upcoming flavors like a Milk Shake IPA, Sour, Pepper, or even a cocktail inspired beer.

Defiance, Missouri As the news spread, they began to grow and the need for a larger space with more brewing capacity grew as well. So, the trio set their sights on Defiance. With the Katy Trail and the historic home of Daniel Boone close by this was a perfect place for the first craft beer brewery in Defiance. This newest location has been open since April and in June they have plans to open a coffee bar which will extend their hours to Wednesday thru Sunday from 9am to 8pm. With the new larger space, they were able to focusOn Magazine | 17


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“I started my relationship with IMAC as a patient and I continue to be a patient to this day…I would not allow my name to be associated with anything or anyone I do not believe in personally.” – Ozzie Smith As innovative as the treatments being done at the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Centers are, how the Centers came to be, is an innovation in itself! Not knowing a lot about the IMAC Regeneration Centers, I spent some time learning firsthand about cellular therapy. The health care treatments being done and how they happen are both stories worthy of being told. That said, let’s get started. How it all began: The life changing treatments happening every day at Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Centers in Chesterfield and St. Peters actually began in Paducah, Kentucky when a group of Chiropractors became frustrated that some of their patents had certain conditions which could not be treated with just Chiropractic Care. This compassionate group started searching for a way to form a Team of Medical Professionals, who could combine Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy and PRP/ Stem Cell regeneration treatments together. The goal, to create comprehensive, effective, healing plans for their patients who wanted to avoid surgery. It did not take long for the group to assemble, and the dream was realized with the opening of IMAC of Paducah in 2013. It was no surprise that the plan worked well, resulting in numerous positive outcomes and patient satisfaction! Many patients with health conditions spanning from ligament and soft tissue tears, joint and back pain to neuropathy, autoimmune issues, bone degeneration, and other chronic pain problems, were finally able to function far better than before with less pain. How did IMAC find its way to our area? Enter Doug Bouldin. Doug is a licensed medical professional working in the 24 | focusOn Magazine

in St. Louis area, who, much like the Team in Kentucky, was growing more and more frustrated with the pitfalls of “traditional medicine’s” approach to healing. He heard of the successful work being done in Paducah and made a few trips there to meet with the IMAC Team. He learned more about their strategic methods that had proven results. Convinced this was the best approach to healing, Doug, an experienced Nurse Practitioner, connected with Physical Therapist Sandy Miller, and they became the establishing partners of the IMAC Regeneration Centers here in our area. Less than a year in, Dr. Devin Bell, D.O., joined them as their Medical Director, solidifying the core health care team. Obviously, Doug’s intuition was right on the mark. New data was just released (May 28, 2019) showing longterm post-treatment outcomes for 130 regenerative-rehabilitation patients treated at IMAC Regeneration Centers. At an Average of 17 Months Post-Treatment, Quality-of-Life Score Improved 50% (to 80%) and Pain was Reduced 46% Without the Use of Opioids. How Ozzie got involved. In Ozzie’s years with the Cardinals, fans watched with excitement as ‘The Wizard of Oz’ delivered his talent, enthusiasm and class in every game. From the traditional Opening Day back flip, to his stellar abilities as a Shortstop, Ozzie was always a fan favorite! Ozzie payed the game for 19 years and retired after the 1996 season. After professional baseball, he found great pleasure playing Golf, even if it meant dealing with pain issues. Realistically, how could he not have pain issues? It’s to be expected given the years of wear and tear that come with being a professional athlete. So, like most Pro Athletes, Ozzie was not a stranger to pain, mostly stemming from an old shoulder injury. It wasn’t until the


pain from a herniated disc in his back intensified, wreaking havoc on his Golf game, that he sought out options for non-surgical treatments. Ozzie was actually one of the first patients to be treated at the newly opened IMAC Center in Chesterfield. He has been a longtime supporter of innovative health, nutritional and medical treatments, so he was especially thrilled when he saw some immediate improvement after his first cellular therapy treatment. After every visit Ozzie continued to see improvement in his movement and diminished pain, making him a firm believer in IMAC’s approach to healing. One of the most fun parts of the Ozzie IMAC story is one you or I would not expect, and is a nice “peek” into the character of this Baseball Legend. One day Ozzie pulled Doug aside and mentioned he had some “things” around his house he could donate to help decorate the walls in the clinic. Ozzie returned a few days later, delivering a treasure trove of sports memorabilia, pieces of St. Louis sports history that patients would be able to enjoy with every visit. Ozzie then took things one step further when he accepted the offer to become an IMAC Ambassador. And that’s how the two area locations became the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Centers. Ozzie tells us “the staff at the Ozzie Smith IMAC Center are caring, conscientious, and knowledgeable individuals, which is something I am very proud of.” Ok, now let’s get into how lives are being changed! Going on the assumption that you are familiar with the basic aspects of Chiropractic and Physical Therapy care, let’s move on to an important regenerative component that may sound unfamiliar.

Question #1: Why is PRP important? PRP, platelet rich plasma, is actually part of our blood and our body’s natural healing process. Pure PRP results from a high concentration of platelets and growth factors retrieved in the harvesting process after blood is drawn. Did you know...after the age of 18, some tissues in the body stop receiving blood flow as they have matured and are fully formed? These tissues are crucial to function as they make up parts of the body such as our ligaments and tendons. Blood carries growth factors to tissues when they need help. Question #2: How does PRP therapy work? PRP injections are prepared from a tube of your own blood, spun in a centrifuge, and the activated platelets are then injected into the damaged tissue. Injections are performed with the use of a highly specialized x-ray machine, to assure precise placement of the regenerating PRP, helping to assure maximum benefit. Clinical studies have shown that PRP has improved function and decreased pain to joints, muscles and connective tissue. If you suffer from chronic pain, it’s worth contacting the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Centers to see if they hold the key to a better, more pain free life. In conclusion, to find out if the Ozzie Smith IMAC Regeneration Centers can provide pain and drug free options to surgery, you should contact one of their clinics. Initial appointments take about 30 minutes in the clinic or you can set up a phone consultation if you go to their website and sign up. Either way, this IMAC connection could be your first step toward a more active pain-free life.

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Retro Diner

Pete’s Drive In

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by Katy Kruze

Having just listened yet another meaningful and moving sermon from Brother Ralph at the First Baptist Church in Wentzville, I found myself on a rare Sunday with no kids, no commitments and no place I had to be. Hungry, I walked into Pete’s Diner for a bite to eat. Pete’s is convenient, it is within walking distance of Church, however, my love of Pete’s Diner has nothing to do with convenience, but much more to do with nostalgia. Walking into Pete’s is a bit like walking back in time, they have not changed the exterior or the interior since, well, ever, much like 1978 is frozen in time. Pete’s “70’s Retro Chic” colors, center island fireplace and wood panel, are all undeniably nostalgia worthy, but there’s something about the “old fashioned” jelly packets on the tables that give me a rush of wonderful childhood memories. 26 | focusOn Magazine

It’s early afternoon, and it just so happens that on this particular Sunday, at this particular time, there was no one else in the place, I had my choice of any seat, a restaurant all to myself.

Just after my food arrived, an older gentleman, labored in his walk, appeared from the kitchen area where he made his way over to “my” booth and sat down. “How’s your food?” he asked, “fantastic” I replied, “are you Pete?”, “I am” he said, “Hello Pete, I’m Katy” and for the


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coming in. I watched as he slowly made his way back to the kitchen, realizing that we were no longer strangers, and thinking what a wonderful lunch this had been.

next 10 minutes he proceeded to tell me about how he opened Pete’s 47 years ago, along with tales of his children and grandchildren. As I ate the meal he had just cooked up for me, I listened as he unveiled parts of his life and his history, he spoke with the pride of a business owner, but a sadness that time had taken its toll on his health, he did not know how much longer he’d be a part of the day to day operations, but he had no “retirement day” in mind, at least not yet. Several more minutes passed and it was still just Pete and me, in the restaurant we had all to ourselves. It was inevitable, and soon, other customers arrived, he stood up and Thanked me for

I left my tip, finished my Ice Tea, but before I walked away, I put a packet of that “old fashioned” jelly in my coat pocket, a tangible memory from the past and a “sweet” memento of my time with Pete.

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KATY KRUZE The

“QUEEN OF ROCK” in St. Louis Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.

Katy Kruze is an exuberant celebrity media personality based in St. Louis, Missouri. She has worked in the radio/ media/communications industries for over 30 years. Her first radio job was at 99.9 KFAV in Warrenton or V100 as it was known back then. From there she moved to KSHE 95 where she spent 16 years spinning rock and roll along with Co-hosting on 97.1 The Dave Glover Show, and spinning the tunes on K-Hits 96. In 2009 she found a new home at both 100.7 The Westplex and The Viper. Katy has also hosted local television shows and has appeared in several commercials. In St. Louis she is known as the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n Roll’, a nickname Favazz at KSHE 95 started using, and it quickly caught on. Katy is back on ‘Mornings’ in radio at 101.7 K-WULF Rock and Americana, and she is very happy to have this opportunity because it is, as she puts it, “radio like it used to be.” You can imagine how happy I was when Katy agreed to do an interview with me. Also I declare with pride that Katy Kruze had interviewed me in-studio on a live radio show, during my Coma Story book release. 28 | focusOn Magazine

Thanks Katy for taking the time to chat with me.

Could you describe yourself with just three adjective? Mother, Friend, Motivated. How and when did you get into radio and DJ business? I was actually “discovered” by a station back in 1990 called Hot 97. I was doing guided tours on a Riverboat in St. Charles, one Holiday weekend Hot 97 was doing a day long broadcast as a part of a promotion offering listeners tickets to ride along. After hearing my tours multiple times, the station Owner brought me his card and said, “Hey, you should come work for us.” It ended up only being an internship,as they closed their doors just as I was offered a paid position. Typical for the crazy radio business. However, I got a call 11 months later from the jocks that were fired from Hot 97, they had landed at a station in Warrenton, Mo., V100, I joined their team and spent 3 years there until I was picked up by KSHE. What are your personal strengths and how did those help in your professional success? I have always been a people person. Communicating and connecting with people on a personal level has always felt very natural to me. I suppose that has played into the fact that I have been able to have radio/media/communications as my profession for so many years. Radio is about connection, especially with music radio because music unites


us, helps heal us, and makes us happy in many ways. Making connections with the listeners is the best part of the job. Tell us about your time Co-Owning the video production house, LumiVid. We were a full service production company that specialized in not just video production, but putting together complete strategic social video marketing plans to help businesses grow, strengthen Brand awareness and get their clients/consumers/customers engaged. We closed in 2015, but I took away some great experiences, an LA Music Award, and knowing that we had created 100’s of video productions my partners and I could be very proud of. What is the one exciting moment, on your live radio show, you would like to recount?

I have seen you at many charity events. What is the best fund raising event you have done so far?

I have been so lucky to have many exciting moments. One that pops to the top, is getting caught in a storm with Kevin Cronin and Bruce Hall of REO Speedwagon, and Kevin used my name and our rain soaked time together, in an acoustic version of ‘Ridin’ The Storm Out’ that he performed live on KSHE. Pretty fantastic!! I still play that version on 101.7 K-WULF today, one of my best radio memories!

Best is so subjective when it comes to charity. Any Charity event that is successful and meets or exceeds goal is The Best to me.

If given all the power, what one thing would you like to change in the radio industry? I would remove the ‘Corporate’ element from all radio. Corporate money and influence is what took radio to the highest levels of profitability and audience reach, with that came a lot of good, but with it also came the loss of what made radio great in the first place. The ability for DJ’s to curate a musical shows, play listener requests and to offer a broader base of music to their listeners. However, that said, that is exactly what we are doing at 101.7 K-WULF, the ‘corporate’ rules are out the window. This has been unheard of in the world of terrestrial radio since the late 1990’s, so I suppose in some way, I don’t have all the power, but I have been given some, and it’s working. What is your greatest achievement so far? I have two, my son Jagger and my daughter Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ ‘Elle’

What are your favorite leisure time actives? It seems I am busier these days than I have ever been, so just sitting down to watch a movie is one of my favorite things. I also love getting out and seeing live music or going out to dinner. Throw some good friends in the mix of any leisure time, and that will top the list. Would you like to add anything? Yes, a big “Hello” to everyone reading this, and a Thank You to FocusOn Magazine for the time!! Rock on! Thank you!

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A few years ago I certainly did. My life was going down in flames – again. Professionally I had been successfully leading a new division within a well-established company. Personally I was surrounded by a great family at home. So why was this pattern of failure happening to me again?

Once you accept ownership of your actions and reactions, your life will begin to look dramatically different. You are 100% responsible for what that looks like. This change in perspective won’t happen overnight. It requires time to retrain your mind. Your current way of looking at your life experiences developed over a lifetime. Like any other change in life, changing your way of thinking takes time and small steps with a few stumbles along the way. Soon you will realize that you alone have the power to create your own path.

If you had asked me then why my life was in ruins I would have given you a list of things that had happened and decisions that were made by others that destroyed my dreams. I didn’t see that my own destructive behaviors had sabotaged my job and shattered my family. The wreck my life had become was because of things I couldn’t control. I was a victim. I was a victim - of my own perceptions. Since I truly believed that I had little control over what happened in my life I was angry, bitter, and depressed. Not only did I suffer but everyone around me suffered. The truth, however, is that I wasn’t a victim. My actions had created my circumstances. It took a while for me to understand that I was responsible for what goes on in my life. I had to change my perspective. I had to accept responsibility for how I react to things. When I learned to do that my life radically changed. As a business and life coach I share what I’ve learned and help others realize they hold the key to their own happiness. When someone comes to me angry about what is happening in their life, I help them unleash the power that comes from taking ownership of their actions and build confidence to create the life they were born to lead. It begins with taking responsibility. You are 100% responsible for your life. No one else. You may be thinking, “It’s not my fault my car was totaled, or that I got laid off and can’t find a job, etc.” While it’s true that these circumstances may have been beyond your control, your reaction was not. By allowing those circumstances to dictate what happened next in your life you chose the role of victim.

Take the first steps in changing your life: • Stop complaining – turn your negative perceptions into learning opportunities. • Stop blaming – choose to accept what happens and decide how you’ll react. • Don’t take things personally – not everything is about you. • Live in the moment – appreciate the ‘now’ because it’s the only time you have. When you integrate these practices into your daily life you will begin to notice a change in every part of your life. Your path will become clearer and you’ll be able to see that you really are in charge of your own life.

Michael Tobin is a professional speaker and business and life coach who helps guide people to greater peace, happiness, and success. He is a resident of St. Charles County.

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– An Interview with Wentzville Chief of Police, Kurt Frisz Kurt Frisz has been leading the Wentzville Police Department since he was hired a Chief of Police in November of 2015. Prior to coming to Wentzville, Chief Frisz worked 30 years for St. Louis County Police Department. I sat down with Chief Frisz in his office to ask him a few questions about law enforcement, life, and leadership. Even though we had never met, Chief Frisz was ready and open to answer any and all questions that I threw at him. Chief Frisz grew up with five sisters and two brothers in Terre Haute, Indiana. Most of his siblings are teachers and his father was an advanced math teacher. Chief Frisz claims to not be a “math guy” like his Dad, but always knew that he wanted to be a police officer. He chose to attend Indiana State University because they had a good Criminal Justice program and was hired by Terre Haute Police Department. Shortly thereafter, he was hired by St. Louis County Police Department. A young Kurt Frisz came to St. Louis knowing nobody here over 33 years ago. Skip: What types of assignments did you have during your 30 years in St. Louis County: Chief Frisz: “I served mostly in specialized units. In 1988 I was selected for the full-time SWAT team and served 10 years in that unit. Simultaneous to that I was trained as a helicopter pilot for their flight unit. I was already a fixed-wing pilot, which I did as a hobby. I owned a little Cessna 150 with another officer and we flew for fun, so I was a natural fit for the air unit. So, serving in a dual role as a tactical officer and a pilot was fantastic.” During the next several years Chief Frisz was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and then Captain. In addition to serving in the tactical and air units, he also spent years working in the drug unit. He said, “I loved the undercover work. My unit was mostly focused on vice crimes.” Chief Frisz eventually went back to the tactical side to serve as commander of the air unit. He stated, “I was actually a big part of forming what is known as today the Metro Air 32 | focuson Magazine

Support Unit which is a cooperative effort between St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County. Then, I went back to the drug unit as commander for my final year with them.” Skip: Tell me unique about Wentzville Police Department. Chief Frisz: “Sure. Last year we responded to 76,000 calls for service. We had a grand total of zero officer complaints. That makes two years in a row with no officer complaints. We also have a very robust community outreach. We are very involved in the Special Olympics and raise thousands of dollars for that cause through ‘Tip a Cop’ where our officers will serve as waiters and interact with customers at local restaurants and then collect donations. Also, for Special Olympics we raise money through t-shirt sales and had a ‘Cop On Top’ fundraiser at another restaurant on day where I was on the roof on a cold day of about zero degrees. We also have a Benevolent Fund that we use to adopt families during the holidays to provide them with meals and toys. We also do a lot ‘Coffee with a Cop’ events and Walk and Talks where we get out and talk to our residents. Lastly, is something I am particularly proud of and that is our ‘Welcome to Wentzville’ program where we welcome all new residents to our city by having an officer knock on their door to give them contact information and to ensure them that we are here to help with whatever they need. Those are just a few of many of the great things we do.” Skip: What kinds of crime trends are you seeing in Wentzville? Chief Frisz: “The biggest trend is car break-ins. We see very few broken windows because most of the vehicles are unlocked cars. We strongly encourage our residents to lock their cars and remove their valuables. People go out in the middle of the night and prey on subdivisions, usually just flipping door handles. When they find one unlocked, they take everything inside. The bigger concern, though, is with people that leave their garage door openers in the car, giving criminals easy access into their garage and possibly their home.”


Skip: What is your sense of the heroin and opioid situation in Wentzville?

Chief Frisz: “We do. Wentzville was one of the first in the state to deploy body cameras. We started using them in 2012 and they are a great tool.”

Chief Frisz: “During the month of May, we are participating with other law enforcement agencies, fire agencies and the ambulance district in a county-wide mutual aid training. Above and beyond that we conduct in-house training on live shooter situations. We also have school resource officers at the schools. Every summer we train on single officer responses, because they are already there. They will be on the scene and cannot wait. We are proactive in making sure those officers are mentally prepared to respond without hesitation. We saw what happened in Parkland, Florida and we cannot have that situation. We cannot delay. But our school resource officers are fully committed and have a complete understanding of the importance of the first few minutes of an active shooter situation. A lot of lives can be lost without an immediate response. So, our officers are prepared and ready.”

Skip: What do you want the residents to know about Wentzville Police Department?

Skip: If you could go back in time and give 22-year-old Kurt Frisz any advice, what would it be?

Chief Frisz: “We enjoy a great partnership here. We have great support from our community and in return we offer them a high level of professional service. We want our residents to tell us how we can help them. They can help us help them. For example, we have a security camera registration program. That’s another tool so that when we have car break-ins or other crimes, we can look at our database and see where we have cameras in the area, call those residents to let them know what is going on in their neighborhood and ask them to check their camera footage. So it’s all about a community partnership between law enforcement and residents.”

Chief Frisz: “Listen to the good people around you. Keep your mouth shut and ears open. You don’t know how young you are right now and won’t know for a long time.”

Chief Frisz: “It’s a problem in Wentzville. It’s a problem in every community. Our officers are issued Narcan and unfortunately, we use it quite a bit. We are also starting to see a resurgence of methamphetamine. We are part of the St. Charles County Drug Task Force as we have two officers assigned to that unit full time.” Skip: Do you use body cameras?

Skip: What attributes of leadership do you feel are most important? Chief Frisz: “I’m big on lead by example. I try to set an example for all of the employees here with professionalism and integrity both at work and in my personal life. I believe strongly in taking care of your body with wellness and fitness and also maintaining professional conduct at all times. I also believe in giving my officer the tools and training to succeed and then getting out of their way and letting them go to work. We don’t micromanage and we understand mistakes. We view mistakes as training opportunities from which to learn and improve for the future. Law enforcement is a tough job these days, so I make sure officers are trained, equipped and prepared and then I let them go to work.”

Chief Frisz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI Academy. He has received many awards and distinguished service citations including two medals of valor, but quickly and humbly deflects personal achievements and emphasizes that those were received largely because of the team around him. Chief Frisz, a longtime resident of O’Fallon, is a strong family man that has been married almost twenty years. Together he and his wife have a seventeen-year-old son. Chief Frisz was so engaging and friendly, by the time the interview was over I felt like I made a new friend; one that I tremendously respect.

Chief Frisz explained that, in addition to physical fitness and traditional weapons and arrest training, that his officers also focus on “de-escalation” through soft-skills and calming techniques. “Sometimes people just need help and we are good at recognizing mental health issues and getting them to the right place for services. We have firearms, tazers, and mace, but we prefer not to use them. Fortunately, we don’t use them a lot because our officers are really good at calming situations. Other times people just need to go to jail and we are pretty good at that too.” Skip: School shootings are become way too common. What are you doing to prepare this type of tragedy? focusOn Magazine | 33


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tration of growth factors — can be 3 to 5 times greater (or richer) than usual. • Laboratory studies have shown that the increased concentration of growth factors in PRP can potentially speed up the healing process. • To develop a PRP preparation, blood must first be drawn from a patient. The platelets are separated from other blood cells and their concentration is increased during a process called centrifugation. Then the increased concentration of platelets is then harvested in our sterile lab on site and made available for injection the same day. A stem cell is the main building block of the human body. When they divide, they can make any of the 220 different cell types in the human body or they can reproduce themselves – having the capability of self-renewing.

Stem cells, during the lifetime of a human being, act like “maintenance crews” helping a human body to maintain and restore its cellular structure and function as its neural network, and is directing


stem cells to areas of disease, injury or inflammation.

thus they shouldn’t be treated in a cookie cutter fashion either.

• Our bodies HEAL themselves naturally when everything is IN BALANCE and our stem cells are doing their job. The process: A stem cell is born, travels to the tissue to be worked on, differentiates into that type of tissue (becomes tissue cell), when a cell of that tissue dies and is discarded, the new cell replaces it. That continuous production of stem cells allows us to heal.

Integration of care matters. A facility that offers multiple medical professionals who address different phases of care, blends the best of those disciplines for the best outcomes. Developing a multidisciplinary framework of care ensures the primary issues are addressed, but also the secondary areas of pain or immobility are treated as well. An example is… a patient who has chronic low back issues, they will often suffer pain and instability in other areas like the knees. This occurs because of the brain’s ability to redistribute the weight bearing load to other areas to protect the back. This natural compensatory mechanism accelerates wear and tear in other regions. At the Ozzie Smith Center we take all these factors into account when developing a plan of care for a patient. We have the ability to treat multiple areas simultaneously in one comprehensive plan of care. This all-encompassing plan addresses the primary issues related to pain and disability, in addition to the other affected parts of the body. Outcomes do matter.

• But when our bodies are OUT OF BALANCE, we have ACCELERATED DAMAGED CELLS. There could be many reasons. Typically, the body does not release enough stem cells to repair damage or the stem cells simply can not get to the site to do their work. Chronic disease can also be a culprit. • Stem cells can come from multiple sources, the bone marrow, fat tissue and donated umbilical cord blood and tissue. The choice that is best for a patient is suggested after a thorough collection of medical history and physical exam process. There is no single choice of Stem Cell source that is better than all others. Providers should be able to articulate the pros and cons of all choices and coach patients based on the advantages of each based on a patient’s age, health history and presenting symptoms. • Stem cells are not magical…they take time to repair, regenerate and heal damaged tissue. They also perform better as one of the tools in a comprehensive rehabilitative process. Injured areas of the body still need restoration of range of motion, stability, strength and flexibility. The process of delivering Cellular Therapy also matters. A responsible provider who cares about outcomes should also suggest a plan of care that addresses pre-treatment rehab, post treatment rehab including a home exercise plan. There should be reassessment points during the process to monitor a patient’s progress during active treatment. Finally, a provider should follow up with a patient at specific intervals to ensure he/she is making gains. Process matters because it allows the provider to treat each patient based on their specific needs. Not every patient presents in an identical manner,

Commitment to the science is also an important part of screening a provider. At the IMAC Centers across the Midwest as well as at the Ozzie Smith Center, we are committed to the science of Cellular Therapy. As professional medical providers, we have a structured approach to evaluating new techniques and methods to deliver Cellular Therapy. Our staff of medical doctors evaluates new equipment and techniques to ensure they add to the quality and delivery of our cellular treatments. The science of Cellular Therapy is advancing at a rapid pace. Keeping up with research, harvesting equipment, imaging equipment as well as the techniques for injection is a never-ending commitment to our patients. At IMAC we take science seriously…In 2018 our commitment to patients took a huge step forward by adding Dr. Ian White, Ph. D., to our staff. Dr. White is a 20-year veteran of Cellular research and was educated at both Harvard and Cornell Universities. His research has been published in the “Journal of Circulation Research” https:// www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.115.307465 continued on page 38

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As our Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. White leads our product development lab as well as evaluating our ongoing outcomes data. This analysis expresses our commitment to evolving our methods of care to ensure our patients get the best possible options for their conditions. On May 28, 2019, IMAC announced new data showing long-term post-treatment outcomes for 130 regenerative-rehabilitation patients treated at IMAC Regeneration Centers. Musculoskeletal conditions treated included 45 knee patients, 42 spine patients and 43 patients with multiple and other conditions (shoulder, hip, elbow, thigh, wrist, thumb, calf and/or ankle). Data collection averaged 17.3 months post-treatment with an average patient age of 61.7 years. Outcomes data was collected through the Functional Rating Index (FRI), National Pain Scale (NPS) and Single Assessment Numeric Evaluation (SANE). The long-term outcomes data include: • 56% improvement in optimal function to 77% from 49% function; • 50% improvement in quality of life to 80% from 54%; and • 46% reduction in pain to 34% from 63%.

If you are looking to jump start your body and its natural healing process, regenerative medicine is a non-surgical option worth investigating. Don’t be the 1 in 5 people throughout the world who suffer from moderate to severe chronic pain. Regenerative therapies can be considered for people who suffer from conditions such as: - Arthritis

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Weight Loss Lies You’ve Been Told These days there is so much noise around weight loss. Diets, things you are supposed to do or not supposed to do. There is a true overload of information out there, to the point that for most people, it’s paralyzing. Well, I want to be really honest with you: weight loss is easy. Unless you have a major medical issue, weight loss truly is easy. The reason so many struggle is because they are over-complicating things. We make it difficult by adding all kinds of rules. I want to dispel some of the myths or flat out lies you have been told, in the hopes that you can release these crazy thoughts and rules, realize the magic in simplicity, and find yourself no longer paralyzed. Lie #1 – Eat less to lose weight I’m sure you’ve heard some variation of this before: “Eat less, move more”, “restrict your calories”, “Burn more calories than you’re eating”, etc. All the same concept. And all dangerous advice to follow blindly. The amount of calories needed varies from person to person because we all have different metabolisms, hormone levels, body fat, muscle mass, activity levels. But more importantly, this doesn’t take into account that many people, especially those who have been dieting for years, are likely already low calorie. I see this all the time with my clients – they come to me and I look at what they normally eat, and they are UNDER-eating for their size. Do not assume you need to restrict, and do not assume you know how much to restrict by. There is a delicate balance needed to keep your body healthy, keep your metabolism working, and still lose weight. For 80% of my clients, we INCREASE their calories, and then they start to lose weight! Lie #2 – You must work out every day to lose weight One of the biggest excuses I hear is “I don’t have time to work out”. People assume that because they can’t work out every day for an hour, they won’t be able to lose weight, so they don’t take any action at all. In reality, you can lose almost all the extra weight without exercising at all! I personally lost 40 | focusOn Magazine

50 pounds without exercising at all. I have clients that don’t exercise at all. We eat for weight loss, exercise for health! It’s good to move your body, good to work on strength, stamina, and flexibility, but those things are not required to lose weight. Lie #3 – Carbs/Fat are bad I combined these into one, because neither are true, and they have the exact same premise. People think carbs are evil, make you fat, sluggish, and should be avoided at all costs. People think that fat makes you fat, causes heart disease, raises cholesterol, and should be avoided at all costs. FALSE and FALSE. Your body needs both of these macronutrients. The issue is that we eat way more carbs than our body needs or can properly process, and we are consuming too much of the wrong fat. All food is made up of three macronutrients (macros), carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. That’s it. Your body needs all three for energy, muscle growth, fat burning, and all the other things your brain and body do. Women need even more fat than men because it’s the building block of all hormones. Fruits, veggies, grains, meats… all made of these macros, all good for you. The balance of each needed to fuel your body the BEST varies from person to person. But they are not bad. Lie #4 – You can do certain exercises to target body fat in a particular area This one is so false it hurts my brain! I always see things like “10 moves to blast that belly fat” or “8 best exercises to target back fat”. But in reality, it is not scientifically possible to burn body fat in a particular area. These are marketing techniques used to target your frustration with a certain area of your body. You can target muscle growth, toning, and strength in certain areas, but not fat burn. Get your body into fat burning mode and it will burn fat anywhere there is fat to burn. It will take time to get to all areas of the body, but it will happen! Lie #5 – You can’t eat past a certain time of night Here’s the thing. WHAT you eat is infinitely more important than WHEN you are eating it. I have people tell me they skip


dinner completely if they get too busy to eat by 6pm. Skipping meals, not getting enough calories, and missing out on wholesome nutrients is far more damaging to your body than if you eat late at night. It’s not going to prevent weight loss. It’s not going to prevent fat burn. Your body needs food. EAT. Lie #6 – You must eliminate dairy and gluten For many people, scientifically speaking, dairy and gluten causes inflammation in the body, even if they don’t realize it. Therefore, eliminating these from their regular diet results in reduction of inflammation, which means the scale reflects weight loss. When people first started to eliminate these, there were not many options. You couldn’t get gluten free pasta, or gluten free cookies and breads. It didn’t exist. So by removing those things, they by default removed a lot of processed foods, especially all the snack stuff. That more than anything is why they saw successful weight loss! It wasn’t the gluten, it was the more natural wholesome foods they were eating. But now, there is so much processed junk available, people can go gluten/dairy free and not lose a pound! If you need to eliminate them for health, do it, but not for weight loss. Lie #7 – Eating healthy is more expensive When my family transitioned away from highly processed packaged foods and into more natural whole foods, our grocery budget went DOWN, not up. Whole food is more filling and keeps you fuller longer, so you don’t end up having to eat as much, which means you can buy less food. Ever sat down and accidentally ate a whole bag of chips, or white cheddar popcorn (guilty!)? Ever accidentally ate a whole bag of baby carrots? Didn’t think so. Because carrots are way more filling! Change your purchasing habits. Don’t buy

all your processed food AND try to buy healthy food. Replace. A $4 bag of potato chips isn’t going to last nearly as long as $4 bag of sweet potatoes. Same money, but one gives you way more bang for your buck. Lie #8 – You can’t eat XYZ I’ve heard it all… you can’t eat grapes or carrots because they have too much sugar. Potatoes have too many carbs. Nuts are bad. Avocados are bad because they have too much fat. Butter is bad. Bacon causes heart disease. So many things. Let me make this simple for you. Anything naturally occurring in nature (fruits, veggies, whole grains, meats) is good for you. At the same time, you can certainly over-eat even healthy food. Learn to listen to your body. It will tell you when you’re truly hungry and it will tell you when you’re satisfied. Anything man made, processed and packaged with ingredients that you can’t pronounce are the things to avoid. Lie #9 – Cardio all the time! A big misconception is that you must do all the cardio all the time to lose weight, get fit, or be healthy. Running can be good...It helps the heart, works on endurance, and you are moving. But it’s not the magic answer to all your weight loss problems. If you like to run, great! If you hate it (like me) then don’t do it! But you certainly won’t get muscle definition or build strength by running. Do exercises you enjoy. Move for the health of it. Then if you have specific body goals, make sure you’re doing work that will actually target that and bring you closer to your goal. I hope this has helped you see ways you can stop overcomplicating weight loss. Check out my website jessieconley.com for more resources or to contact me directly!

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3891 Mid Rivers Mall Dr, Cottleville, MO 63376 Phone: (636) 477-6228 I love spicy food. I don’t mean black pepper tickle in the back of your throat spicy. I mean nose running, eyes watering, forehead sweating, endorphins exploding, spicy food. One of the best ways to solve that craving is by eating at a Mexican restaurant, and one of the best spicy dishes in St. Charles can be found at La Chata on Mid Rivers Mall Drive. When I go to La Chata, I always get the Camarones a la Diabla, available as an appetizer or as an entrée. The sweet butterfly shrimp in the rich, fiery red de arbol hot sauce is just what the doctor ordered when you have that need for spice. If I get the appetizer version I’ll usually follow it up with the slightly less spicy, but nevertheless delicious, Chicken Enchiladas Verde in a spicy green tomatillo sauce. My last visit was on Cinco de Mayo and I went with the entrée version that comes with a full half pound of shrimp in the sauce of the devil, served on a bed of rice to soak up the spicy goodness. The sauce isn’t just fiery hot, it’s also tangy and delicious, but make no mistake, it packs a wallop. Go ahead and order one of their awesome Margaritas to try and put out the flame, it won’t work but definitely worth the effort. I like my margarita with the addition of Don Julio Blanco and a Grand Marnier floater and the friendly owner, Laticia, is happy to accommodate.

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by: Darlene Fischer

Chasing the Dragon: The Heroin Epidemic is Here! One Man’s Dark Journey

turns into new hope for St. Charles County Meet Timothy Kavanagh, Founder of ARCH (Addiction Recovery Community Help), a new non-profit center he recently opened and operates in St. Charles County. Timothy’s heart is to help families in anyway he can through support and referrals, to find help and recovery. He knows first hand how devastating drugs and alcohol can be, not only to an individual, but also all those around them. Timothy grew up in a very poor, dysfunctional home. The oldest of three children, his early days were very dark and jaded, and what he remembers most from his youth were his parent’s keg parties. They were big partiers who loved to socialize and entertain. Everyone he knew drank. When he first began drinking, he was only 5, he would just walk up to the keg and drink. By age 7 he was being told, “you’re a man now, here’s a Michelob!” Getting drunk at these parties every weekend became the new normal for him. Alcohol to Timothy was like a crazy adrenaline rush. He recalls one night he was so drunk he decided to ride his bike into the bonfire everybody was gathered around and jump off. When he jumped into the fire, a hot nail pierced right through his foot, but everyone just kept on partying. I asked Timothy what eventually catapulted him to the harder stuff? Was it just getting messed up with the 44 | focusOn Magazine

wrong crowd, or did something traumatic happen? Timothy said, “it was both!” He began to tell me the story of his first girlfriend, his very best friend! He was 13 and she was 12. They did everything together and were inseparable. But then he didn’t hear from her for a couple of days until his friend’s mother called his mom to tell them that she had been kidnapped, brutally assaulted and left to die, tied to a tree in the woods. Devastated, shocked and grieved, he had no idea how to deal with or process all of his thoughts and emotions. Timothy’s life began spiraling out of control very fast. He hooked up and began partying with an older crowd. First it was just weed and alcohol. Then one night someone offered him some cocaine. He had always said that he wouldn’t “go there,” but as always, the alcohol gave him “liquid courage.” So he said “okay, since you haven’t died from it yet!” He tried it and “loved it from the get go!” Each time he would draw a line in the sand and say, “this is as far as I will go!” And each time someone in the group could persuade him to move that line a little further. Once, he was at a house where he was offered Crack and told, “it’s just Coke that you smoke!” Next, it was Acid. On and on, he always tried to resist going to the next level, but continually kept “stepping it up!” Continually spurred on by the liquid courage alcohol gave him to say, “yes!” One time his dealer said, “I can’t get you Acid, but I can get you Meth.’” This then began his dependence on Meth. When he was 17, someone began putting out lines of Heroin. Timothy said, “I just wanted to try it one time!” Afterwards he left that party with someone, nodded off while driving and woke up in a farmer’s field.


To his surprise, there were now all kinds of people piled in the van. So he started hanging out with them too. As Timothy reflects back on those days, he tells me, “Crack and some of that other stuff is so addictive you just want to keep on doing it and never stop! You might as well throw your wallet off of a bridge!” The day came when he had to get his wisdom teeth removed and was prescribed Percocet, which he eventually began snorting. He met a guy who worked for a pharmaceutical manufacturing company who would steal and fill large jugs with “liquid Oxycodone.” Timothy began using and selling it. He made tons of money off the stuff and became severely addicted. At one point he was high on it for 3 weeks straight! This continued until the person he was getting the drugs from got caught. So, he went back to Heroin. He remembers how oddly excited his “friend” was to be able to finally “shoot him up” for the first time. For the next 5 to 6 years, it was a blurred race straight to the bottom. With bruises all over his arms, collapsed veins, 12 warrants out for his arrest, nothing and no one left, it didn’t matter, he couldn’t stop no matter how hard he tried. Even though he had completely lost all faith in God after his young friend had been so brutally murdered, he now found himself praying daily, “God please take my life!” Every morning he would give himself a pep talk and write notes to keep him on a straight path for that day, but each day he would fall to the addictions. He would steal from people, justifying his actions by telling himself that he was going to pay it all back. One day he took his grandma’s credit card and racked up over $4,000 until she found out about it and confronted him. He broke down and told her everything and she began telling him about Bridgeway. Nine days later and desperate, he collapsed to his knees and cried out to God from deep within his soul, “God please help me, I can’t live like this anymore!” The next day, miraculously Bridgeway called, he had made it onto a list that he told them he didn’t want to be on and they had a bed ready.

Today Timothy runs ARCH in St. Charles which he dreamed about and founded as he traveled through his journey to sobriety. He has been sober now for over 7 years, and together with his fiancé and their three children, is helping people from all walks of life to gain freedom from their addictions and offer help and hope to their families.

If you or someone you know needs help, or to learn more about their available resources and services, call or stop by: ARCH - 508 Jefferson St., St. Charles, MO 63301 (636) 627-9752 Or go to: stlrecovery.org No matter who you are, ARCH will do their best to support you or point you in the right direction. Whether it’s needing a bed in a detox facility, find housing or employment, peer supported recovery groups, obtain Narcan or professional training to learn and understand substance abuse treatment and recovery. They truly want to help our community grow and thrive.

He decided to go into their treatment program and upon completion wondered what to do next? He didn’t know anyone who was sober! So, he made his way back to Bridgeway, and began working there. Timothy continued to seek more ways to help others and thought, “there are people just like me who don’t know where to go,” so he began blogging where they could go and telling his story. People from all over started reaching out to him and he began envisioning a place where they could actually come for help. He pitched his idea to some friends and they jumped on board and helped to fund his dream! On November 7th, 2018, ARCH had its official ribbon cutting ceremony. focusOn Magazine | 45


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MOVIE REVIEW with Kevin Ziegemeier

Disney’s Aladdin Starring: Will Smith Rated: PG

I do not know what it is, but children have always been attracted to animation. It could be all of the various colors. Perhaps it is the talking animals. Or maybe there is a moral to the story. Whatever the reason, animated films are a must see for many a little tyke. Fortunately for us adults, animated films over the years have been made not only for kids in mind. This was very evident in the nineties when we were treated to several films that were a must see for parents and kids alike. Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid are just a few movies that were enjoyed by young and old. The 1992 Aladdin was an animated film starring Robin Williams. I loved this movie. Not only did I watch it several times with my young daughter, I watched it without her as well. It was just as entertaining for me as it was for her. The music was cool, the story was entertaining , and there was plenty of humor. When I heard that there were plans to remake it into a regular feature film, I knew I had to see it. With the exception of a few minor details, both films have the same story line. Aladdin, a kind hearted “street rat” and his companion, Abu, roam the streets of Agrabah, scratching out an existence through some clever slight of hand. After a chance encounter with the princess, Aladdin dreams of one day becoming a prince. When taken to the Cave of Wonders to retrieve a magic lamp for the evil Jafar, Aladdin finds the lamp and meets the Genie. Aladdin is granted

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three wishes, to which the first wish is to be a prince in order to marry Princess Jasmine. Aladdin gets his opportunity, but his new found fortune has come with a price. When the lamp ends up in the wrong hands, the future of Agrabah is at stake. Once Aladdin realizes he needs to be true to who he really is, he is able to save Agrabah, free the genie, marry the princess, and live happily ever after. When I saw the previews of the remake, I was very skeptical. Robin William’s was so good as the Genie in the animated version and I was having a difficult time believing Will Smith could compare. I could not be more wrong. Although Smith was not as flamboyant as William’s version of the Genie, he took the character in a direction that was equally entertaining. Mena Massoud did a great job portraying Aladdin, and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine could make any guy want to rub his lamp. Overall, the acting was great, the special effect were cool, and the music was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this remake. However…………..unfortunately this version of Aladdin may not be as well liked by younger kids. My seven year old grandson watched the film with me. He seemed mildly entertained, but appeared bored through some parts of this 128 minute flick. I would highly recommend this movie for most moviegoers. It is a great movie for almost all ages. As for the little ones, get out the animated DVD and let them enjoy it at home. I give Aladdin....

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