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Chasing the Dragon

The Heroin Epidemic

July/August 2018

Awaken Project

STREET LIFE Homelessness in St. Charles County

- a new series by Katy Kruze


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Craft Tap - new series focusing on craft beer.............page 16 Street Life - Homelessness in St. Charles County.........page 22 Planning Succession - Ken Willard...........................page 28 River City Rascals - Celebrating 20 years..................page 35

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Chasing the Dragon - Awaken Project.......................page 42 BJ’s Story.....................................................page 44 First Responder - Sgt. Matt Bargen............................page 48 Movie Review - A Quiet Place..................................page 50

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Each time the audio It certainly doesn’t compare to the this responsibility and handle it with on by the film is better approached as a thriller. the in experienced reside is that that it and a consequence footage sequels and rehashes noticeable, there is a purpose for slasher films or the endless found scenes, but to craft an entirely new set of rules share of scares and white-knuckling Krasinski uses this wonderful tool characters. the where its horror genre. A Quiet Place has its is with Place do by the filmmakers has to moments. What defines A Quiet for his film. Another inspired choice see it certainly isn’t defined by these horror character being def, every time we exquisite execution. film lacks audio. With Millicent Simmons is used refreshingly original concept and its especially completely cuts out. And this method the entire cast is quite impressive, things from her perspective, sound To start, the performances from to what is Blunt film, which adds even more panic the Jupe who perform alongside Emily in Noah scenes and tensest Simmons the of Millicent for some sound coming from surprise that utilizes the film’s relationship with and daughter respectively. It’s no appearing in each frame. The screenplay can’t and John Krasinski as their son Furthercommunication is like when someone especially under Krasinski’s direction. to go a step further and present what Blunt turns in a solid performance, capable speak. It makes for some truly authentic levels here, proving that he is quite hear or when other characters cannot The more, Krasinski surprises on multiple Krasisnki that I haven’t seen before in cinema. development. This isn’t to say that conflict and unique emotional behavior the more of thoughtful and serious character Bay’s original and this makes the story all before, having starred in Michael family dynamics are something truly hasn’t provided a serious performance Place not Benghazi. But I walked into A Quiet interesting. Krasins13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of of The Office from a visual stand-point. The way with only the American adaption A Quiet Place is also a brilliant movie having seen Bay’s film, leaving me Quiet well-developed. A is seen family this having of now the lifestyle as an actor. 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The film starts clues Simmons’ character is def throughout really immediate questions, so the subtle And I have to say that this challenge doesn’t explain many of the audience’s a much actress, which is quite a feat in itself. adds and wardrobe help the audience paint gives a wonderful performance and given with props, production design, that he does pay off in the end, as Simmons’ respect to subtlety of storytelling goes to show consistent creation of anxiety in fuller picture. Krasinski’s trust in the Beanother layer of depth to the film’s what makes cinema so powerful. of understanding deep incredibly has an more sound or a lack thereof. from comes up with in their heads is much quite a remarkable thing. Everything cause, often times, what the audience director The sound design in this film is also unsettling is given to them with the film. The of this dystopian farm land, to the important and impactful than what and that footsteps in sand, the atmosphere what you don’t show the audience, understands that filmmaking is about of is a practice you don’t see often. isn’t its originality. It’s exciting because What’s so exciting about A Quiet Place a film that is This medium. energetic an film its clear understanding of what makes of restraint. and most importantly a healthy dose shows strong craft, a fresh vision, story. genre and firmly grounded in its human in A Quiet Place is well informed in its around simple idea that has complexity It’s a seemingly simple film, centered but it is come around as often as they should, the details. Films like this don’t surely a treat when they do.

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O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake Saint Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua JULY 3rd and 4th - TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY RIVERFEST 2018 Frontier Park, St. Charles RIVERFEST PARADE - July 4th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Bales Park, North Main Street to left of Riverside Drive JULY 7th - SATURDAY SUNSET FRIDAYS CONCERT - FEATURING THE BISCUITS 370 Lakeside Park Corporate Pavilion, 1000 Lakeside Park Drive, St. Peters • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm JULY 10th - TUESDAY O’FALLON JAMMIN’ CONCERT - FEATURING WHISKEY MORNING (country) Civic Park Bandstand • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm JULY 10th and 11th - TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY FRONTIER LEAGUE HOME RUN DERBY AND ALL-STAR GAME CarShield Field See the best Frontier League players in action at the 2018 Frontier League Home Run Derby and All-Star Game. Featuring Cardinal legends Jim Edmonds, Mark Whitten, Ray Lankford and Rick Ankiel. The Home Run Derby will begin at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 10th. The All-Star Game follows on Wednesday, July 11th, at 7:00 p.m. Visit www.rivercityrascals.com for ticket information. JULY 13th - FRIDAY MOVIE AT BOULEVARD PARK - FEATURING THE EMOJI MOVIE 2550 Lake St Louis Blvd, Lake St Louis • 8:30 pm JULY 13th, 14th and 15th - FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY ST. JOSEPH’S PARISH PICNIC 1355 Motherhead Road, Cottleville Friday hours: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Saturday hours: 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm: Sunday hours: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm MOUNTAIN BIKE NIGHT Broemmelsiek Park, 1615 Schwede Road, Wentzville • 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm Check the RainOut Line at 636-707-0011 or stccparks.org for any weather or trail related changes or cancellations. JULY 14th - SATURDAY CONCERT AT WINDJAMMER - FEATURING BORDERLINE 598 Windjammer Pointe, Lake Saint Louis • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake St. Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua JULY 17th - TUESDAY O’FALLON JAMMIN’ CONCERT - FEATURING: VYNAL TAP BAND (60s to 80s hits) Civic Park Bandstand • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm JULY 19th - THURSDAY MUSIC AT THE CABIN - FEATURING THE CON ARTISTS Legacy Park, Cottleville • 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Free Event - Bring your chairs and coolers and enjoy the live music! JULY 20th - FRIDAY SUMMER CONCERT AND FOOD TRUCK RALLY - FEATURING BUTCH WAX AND THE HOLLYWOODS City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road, Dardenne Prairie • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm SCCC FOOD TRUCK FROLIC/OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT - FEATURING SING St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville • 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Free and open to the public. JULY 21st - SATURDAY BLOOMING DAISY POP UP MARKET 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm JULY 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th - TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY ST. CHARLES COUNTY FAIR Rotary Park, 2577 West Meyer Road, Wentzville Hours: Tuesday 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 am – 11:30 pm Friday and Saturday 8:00 am – 11:55 pm SUPERJAM CONCERT Saturday 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm JULY 24th - TUESDAY O’FALLON JAMMIN’ CONCERT Civic Park Bandstand • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm JULY 26th - THURSDAY MINI MONSTER TRUCK BASH St. Charles County Fair, 2577 Wesr Meyer Road, Wentzville • 6:00 pm JULY 27th - FRIDAY SUNSET FRIDAYS CONCERT - FEATURING PAUL BONN & THE BLUESMEN 370 Lakeside Park Corporate Pavilion, 1000 Lakeside Park Drive, St. Peters • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm FREE POOL PARTY AT SPLASH STATION The Way, 1404 West Meyer Road, Wentzville • 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm JULY 28th - SATURDAY CONCERT AT WINDJAMMER - FEATURING BREAKDOWN SHAKEDOWN 598 Windjammer Pointe, Lake Saint Louis • 7:00 pm– 10:00 pm JULY 31st - TUESDAY O’FALLON JAMMIN’ CONCERT - FEATURING BUTCH WAX & THE HOLLYWOODS (rock ‘n roll) Civic Park Bandstand • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm focusOn 99 focusOnMagazine Magazine||11


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O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake St. Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua AUGUST 17th, 18th and 19th - FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY FESTIVAL OF THE LITTLE HILLS Frontier Park/Main Street • St. Charles Friday Hours: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm • Saturday Hours: 9:30 am – 10:00 pm • Sunday Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm AUGUST 18th - SATURDAY BLOOMING DAISY POP UP MARKET 5541 Chestnut Street, Cottleville • 10:00 am – 2:00 pm AUGUST 21st - TUESDAY O’FALLON JAMMIN’ CONCERT - FEATURING ACCOLADE (contemporary, disco and funk) Civic Park Bandstand • 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm FOOD TRUCK EVENT Frontier Park, 500 S. Riverside Drive, Saint Charles AUGUST 24th - FRIDAY SCCC FOOD TRUCK FROLIC/OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT “THE INCREDIBLES” St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, Cottleville • 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm Free and open to the public. BEACH BLAST DANCE - Featuring DJ Gary Williams of Juke Box Productions St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre, One St. Peters Centre Blvd. • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm AUGUST 10th - FRIDAY CONCERT AT BOULEVARD PARK - FEATURING PENNSYLVANIA SLIM 2550 Lake Saint Louis Blvd, Lake Saint Louis • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm SEPTEMBER 8th - SATURDAY O’FALLON’S FALL FEST Civic Park • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Celebrate autumn at the City’s annual fall festival featuring shopping at vendors’ booths, live music, free kids’ activities and Log Cabin Museum tours. Booths will be filled with upscale, hand-made items, fall and holiday decorations and trendy accessories and festival food. Admission, parking, entertainment and kids’ activities are free. SEPTEMBER 9th - SUNDAY ROOKIES AND ROCK STARS TRIATHLON - FALL St. Peters Rec-Plex • 7:30 am – 3:00 pm SEPTEMBER 15th - SATURDAY CONCERT AT WINDJAMMER - FEATURING CONTAGIOUS 598 Windjammer Pointe, Lake Saint Louis • 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm LUKE’S LEGACY 5K & 1 MILE RUN/WALK Legacy Park, Cottleville • 8:00 am – 12:00 pm SEPTEMBER 22nd - SATURDAY DARDENNE PRAIRIE DAY City Hall Park, 2032 Hanley Road, Dardenne Prairie • 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm Vendor Booths • Kid’s Zone • Bubble Bus • Family Fun Tent • Food and Food Trucks • Music • Fireworks Concert on the Main Stage - Featuring CONTAGIOUS • 6:00 pm focusOn Magazine | 13 11


Saint Charles By: Dorris Keeven-Franke

Saint Charles, or as the Spanish referred to it, San Carlos, was

the earliest settlement west of the Mississippi River and north of the Missouri River in what was to become the Louisiana Territory. Situated where Daniel T. Brown, former President of the St. Charles County Historical Society says, “In pre-settlement days the mountains stood as unbreachable barriers to east-west exploration, while the rivers provided “roadways” between ranges and on west.” Location, Location, Location would be the original impetus for the City’s auspicious beginning, but the people who made history here and those stories, would be the reason behind its’ “staying power” for 250 more years. Les Petite Cotes Originally known as Les Petite Côtes in French, which translates into the Little Hills, Louis Blanchette stated that he and his Native American wife Tuhomehenga, who was either an Osage or Pawnee, settled there along a spring fed creek [which now bears his name] in 1769. The village was situated at the foot of a range of small hills, sufficiently high enough to protect it from the Missouri River when it overflows. The Census of 1787 of St. Charles… contains the following information about Blanchette “Juan Bapta Blanchet, aged 51; Maria Su Mujer; 48, Baptiste Blanchette 24; Maria Blanchette 21” In addition to these his household contained, one carpenter, one huntsman and four laborers. Auguste Chouteau, as noted in Hunt’s Minutes Book 1, page 127 says “les Petites Cotes was established by Blanchette and “the lot upon which the first house…” In 1787 the population was said to be eighty families to one hundred families. “The houses, about one hundred in number, in which the four hundred fifty inhabitants lived, were scattered along a single street about one mile long” Even though ‘les Petite Côtes’ (the Little Hills), or San Carlos (Saint Charles) belonged to the Spanish, its inhabitants were mainly French- Canadians. Their occupations were fur trappers, traders and boatmen. They interacted with the Native Americans daily, intermarried with them, and their cultures combined not clashed. Outsiders considered them poor and indolent, but those that visited and got to know them insisted this was not true. It must have been a picturesque early settlement along the riverfront with the hillsides behind them rising and creating a backdrop for the early log houses, built in the early French style. Historian Kate Gregg’s research says he “established government buildings for the Spanish and a home for himself “and on the stream that runs 12 | focusOn Magazine

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through it, the very water-course that the Boonslick [Boone’s Lick] Road later followed to the top of the hill, he established what appears to have been the first grist mill. Whatever hauling there may have been to and from his mill must have been, for the most part, between the mill and the village commons lying to the north of the town in the rich prairie; though there is every reason to believe that Blanchette and his neighbors made some kind of a road in getting from the southern part of the village where Blanchette lived, to the less fertile commons lying toward the west. The natural road between the mill and the two commons at the top of the hill was along the little stream which the Boonslick [Boone’s Lick] Road later followed. In 1789, Louis Blanchette, sold his land in the southern part of the village to John Coontz, a German… and he too erected a grist mill on Blanchette Creek, building a dam for it on what is now known as Block 79. Romain Dufreine, testifying before Theodore Hunt, Land Commissioner, on May 7, 1825, swore that John Coontz had built his mill on this square thirty years before, i. e., in 1795, and had continued to occupy the land until he moved to the Dardenne ten or twelve years later. By 1809, the Village of St. Charles residents have decided to “Incorporate” as St. Charles, giving them the ability to adopt a structure of laws to govern. The Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark and the War of 1812 The War of 1812 essentially began with President Jefferson’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1804, the deal that had been cut because France needed money. At that time the district of St. Charles embraced

all the territory with the limits of the Spanish boundaries north of the Missouri River to uncharted lands. President Thomas Jefferson assigned Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to chart what was thought


to be the Missouri River’s connection to the western sea. After the Corps of Discovery departed on May 21st as William Clark wrote “Set out at half passed three o’clock under three Cheers from the gentlemen on the bank and proceeded on” the Territory’s trickle of settlement began. Americans were far outnumbered though, by the Indian tribes as the Territory contained nearly the entire domain of the Sauk and Fox. They lived with the constant fear of attack on their homes. By 1812, we did not know that our young country had just officially gone to war for the first time, with President Madison’s signature. Without today’s internet, Facebook, blogs and tweets, we were totally unaware that the House of Representatives had hotly debated the issue, behind closed doors, ending with the closest vote for war in our Nation’s entire history. For most of the United States, this war would be over the issues of trade embargoes and the capture and forced service of over 10,000 of our men into their British Navy. But for those living here on the frontier, it was the Indian War, and we had been fighting it here for years. The British used the Indian tribes, inciting them to harass and slaughter, because of our expansionist activities. Britain was involved in a fierce struggle with Napoleon in Europe. Our pride would not allow us to ignore these threats to our national honor, that most viewed as a continuation of our war for Independence. Territorial Governor Benjamin Howard had already instructed pioneer trailblazer Daniel Boone’s sons, Daniel Morgan Boone and Nathan Boone to form up what was called the Missouri Rangers, the earliest veterans of St. Charles County. With Peace comes Statehood Peace came with the Treaties signed at Portage des Sioux in 1815. By 1817, Nathan Boone was assigned to survey the Village of St. Charles, and a roadway to the Booneslick Region, known today as the Boone’s Lick Road, which is in today’s Howard County. The Boone brothers had sold their shares in the profitable salt mining venture to their business partner William Morrison, whose home and mercantile was where today’s Berthold Square is on Main Street. Morrison was across Main Street from what would soon become Missouri’s first State Capitol. While Congress would debate the issue of Missouri’s entry into the United States over the issue of slavery, locally a site was needed to establish that location.

Missouri’s Constitution would designate that the State’s Capitol should be today’s Jefferson City, but would require a temporary seat of justice until that could be built. The hotly debated issue would be argued by the Territorial Government at St Louis and it wouldn’t be until November of 1820 that the growing young city of St. Charles won that honor. When St. Charles was selected various local citizens also vied for the honor. Even Daniel Boone’s son Nathan had purchased a horse mill in the City, surely for land speculation but according to local legend says so that his father

had a place to live and be close to his young grandson. A deal was set with the Peck Brothers and Chaucey Shepard and the summer of 1821 saw the Missouri Legislature meeting on the second floor of their Mercantile on Main Street, several blocks north of Blanchette’s former home. The Germans Arrive In 1824, a young German attorney named Gottfried Duden, crossed on the ferry headed for Nathan Boone’s home. Looking to understand why all the Americans were headed here and if this could be a solution to the troubled times in his country, he visited Missouri for three years. He returned home and in 1829 wrote a book about his experience called A Report about a Journey to the Western States of North America, which began the first waves of emigration to St. Charles. In the decade following his book, one third of the 120,000 German immigrants to the U.S. settled in Missouri. Three fourths of those settled past St. Louis, with St. Charles being a primary destination. Several of these early residents would be instrumental later during the Civil War. With the issue of slavery becoming key, it would be the Germans who would enroll lead the enrollment of the U.S. Colored Troops and sign Missouri’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 11, 1865. Arnold Krekel took up studies at the St. Charles College in the late 1830s. He had been elected the City’s Justice of the Peace in 1841, then began a law career after being admitted to the Bar in 1845. As the City’s attorney and prosecuting attorney this brought him into close connection with the City’s rapidly expanding and prominent population. In 1852, Krekel is a rising star, as he wins the race for a seat in Missouri’s House of Representatives, the first German to be elected to Missouri’s House. He had run a campaign using his newly created newspaper, Der Demokrat, which was the first German newspaper west of the Mississippi River. In 1853, he attended the North Missouri Railroad Convention in St. Charles, where the tracks were being laid and the railroad was changing St. Charles from a river boat town to a railroad town.

The Civil War According to author Rory Riddler in the Bitter Divide: A Civil War History of St. Charles Missouri, Brigadier General Commanding of the Union Army Jno. Pope established St. Charles as his headquarters of the District of North Missouri on July 19, 1861. Pope wrote: For the people of North Missouri: By virtue of proper authority, I have assumed the command in (continued on page 14)

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North Missouri. I appear among with force strong enough to maintain the authority of the Government, and too strong to be resisted by any means in your possession usual in warfare. Upon your own assurances, that you would respect the laws of the United States and preserve peace, no troops have hitherto been sent into your section of the country… The occurrences of the last ten days have plainly exhibited that you lack either the power or the inclination to fulfill your pledges… I, therefore, warn all persons taken in arms against the Federal authority, who attempt to commit depredation upon public or private property, or who molest unaffending and peaceful citizens, that they shall be dealt with in the most summary manner, without awaiting civil process. Missouri was a slave State that had not seceded from the Union, thanks in great part to its German population. Germans such as George Senden had recruited U.S. Colored Troops in his mercantile on Main Street. On January 11, 1865, Arnold Krekel, while a resident of St. Charles when he presided over Missouri’s Constitutional Convention in Jefferson City, signed Missouri’s Emancipation Proclamation. Necessary because Lincoln’s earlier proclamation did not affect Missouri. St. Charles would continue to play a leading role in our State’s history for many years to come. Its’ first hundred years set the tone for the forward-thinking City it is today, proud of its history and still happy to share it!

Dorris Keeven-Franke, is a public historian and author who has been writing for over 30 years. She is Executive Director of Missouri Germans Consortium (www. mo-germans.com), writes a blog on St. Charles County history at www.stcharlescountyhistory.org and teaches Genealogy for the City of St. Charles Adult Education. She is passionate about St. Charles County history and loves sharing it with all ages. Check out her blogs for more about St. Charles County History!

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At one point, not long too long ago, it was hard to find a beer not produced by Anheuser-Busch in St. Charles County, let alone a good IPA or (heaven forbid) a sour or big, bad black stout.

Each of the county’s unique beer venues developed organically – each are a product of their owners and brewer’s special interests.

The lands west of the Missouri were officially considered a craft beer desert.

That Desert is No More! Like a super bloom following a torrential downpour, the St. Charles County beer scene has exploded in the past 2 years with new breweries, bottle shops, and new-to-craft beer fans. “It is incredible,” said Jeff Britton, who helped to jumpstart the region’s beer scene when he opened Exit 6 Brewery seven years ago. “When I opened up, people said I was stupid for opening up a craft beer place out here. Now look at how many there are. People are drinking it man. It used to be finding a craft beer drinker was an anomaly and now it is almost exactly the opposite.”

Breweries as Diverse as the Beer They Make. How would you like to play a retro arcade game or pinball machine while sipping a single-hop IPA, or sip beer-infused Bloody Mary while checking out some high-quality bluegrass over Sunday brunch, or how about enjoying a locally brewed DIPA while discussing the Bible? St. Charles County breweries offer all of those experiences and more. “If everyone opened a mirror of Exit Six, no one would be successful,” said Britton. “You want everybody to have their own uniqueness and personality. Not only is it awesome, but it is a necessity.” 16 | focusOn Magazine

Make New Friends & Meet with Old Friends! “I grew up in Wentzville and I got tired of having to drive 20-30 miles to find a good beer,” said Brian Nolan, owner of Friendship Brewing which kicked off the most recent wave of breweries when it opened two years ago. “I wanted to provide Wentzville with a place to go to get good beer but also a place to go chill out. Our culture has a lot to do with our name and philosophy.


We wanted this to be a place where people did not stare at screens but was a place for people to Just a couple of miles east on I-70, Good News Brewing is also centered around providing space for a community, but with more of focus on its founders’ faiths. Co-owner Dan Tripp said the idea for the brewery initially was inspired by a story in their Bible study group. “The book we were studying talked about a

Beer fans are also welcome to hang out at Two Plumbers Brewery and Arcade, but they will likely have more fun if they bring some quarters to enjoy the retro arcade. The two owners, one a brewer and one a video game fanatic, married their interests to create a unique entry point to the beer world. “We have a lot of people who would never set foot in a brewery in here right now because we offer something different,” said brewer John Simon.

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pastor who had a pub at his house and asked people to come over and just hang out and socialize and share the good news, and we thought we can do that with our brewing,” said Tripp. “We take a faith based approach to what we are doing. We have some unique Bible studies on our patio on Fridays and have hosted Easter and Christmas Eve services here. As owners, we tithe what we make. All of our profits are tithed to local churches and the First Step Back Home homeless ministry.“ For others, like Missouri Beer Company’s Dave Johnson owning and running their own brewery is the culmination of decades of experience in the craft beer world. “Basically, we are a production brewery and contract brewery,” said Johnson, noting that Missouri Beer Company was more focused on beer production than creating a brew pub feel “It is pretty versatile what we can do here. We can bottle, can, or keg and do batches in any variety of sizes. If you go out to Colorado, you find there are a lot of breweries like this and lot people who come in say they like the laid back feel of it.“ At Third Wheel Brewing the owners also wanted to create a space that was open to everyone.“We wanted this to be very approachable,” says Brad Wheeling. “We did not want this to be a place to come and tie one on. We want people to come and enjoy a beer or two, have a snack and hang out. If you want to come and work on your laptop or read a book or have a discussion with a group then take as much time as you want.”

St. Charles County’s craft beer explosion is not just limited to new breweries. Craft beer drinkers can also find, and taste, great beer at new venues like Beer Sauce and Growlers USA, the area’s most recent craft beer venue. Growler USA owner Nicholas Hester is a local home brewer but did not want to go down the brewery path. “I went to the franchise side because I like the business model and I liked that I had complete control over my taps,” he said, noting that his venue offers the ability to fill growlers to go from most of the 100 taps offered. “We have always had to go someplace else for beer. Sometimes you just want to chill and have a really good craft beer.” Hester said his store served an underserved area of St. Charles and expected to see more craft beer venues opening up in other underserved markets in the area. Beer Sauce co-owner Andrew Tessmer agrees, noting that he has seen great demand since opening his beer and BBQ sauce shop last summer. “We saw a need for this,” he said. “We wanted something that focused on craft -- not just craft beer, but also craft whiskey and sauces. We are a bottle shop where you can also have a pint, or a flight. It makes it more of an experience.”

New-to-Craft Drinkers Welcome Regardless of where you go to enjoy craft beer, you can be sure that you will be welcomed by knowledgeable and friendly staff that are eager to help even the lightest beer drink find a brew that works for them. “We certainly have people that started at zero and now come to our bottle shares,” said Tessmer. “The new-to-craft folks see us as a resource. Everyone here is at least a level one cicerone so we are all knowledgeable and want to help.” “It is great that people are embracing the culture and trying to expand themselves,” agrees Third Wheel’s Wheeling. “People come in and say I never thought beer could taste like this and that is what makes you smile the most. Every day we change their minds about not just craft beer but beer in general.” continued on page 18 focusOn Magazine | 17


Long-time Craft Drinkers Enjoy the Variety The explosion of craft beer in St. Charles County has been a real boon for long-time craft beer drinkers as well. “It has been nice to see St. Charles County being taken more seriously,” said craft beer fan Steve Stoetzer. “We used to travel into the city so much more. We haven’t been to a brewery in the city since last summer because there are so many good breweries here now.” Craft beer fan Scott Tetmeyer said it has allowed him to explore new breweries with his friends more safely. “Here I can go somewhere and try a beer and get home safe and come back the next day and try more,” he said. “With all of these being close to home it has allowed me to experience a lot more. There are just so many options it is great.”

What Will the Future Bring? None of the leaders in the St. Charles County’s beer scene think that the area has hit its capacity for new breweries and beer related businesses. The only question is how many more will open in

the coming years. “St. Charles county is still somewhat untapped,” said Friendship Brewing’s Nolan. “Nobody is stealing business from anybody else because there are so many craft beer drinkers. A rising tide raises all ships and having more craft beer destinations is better for the market segment as a whole.” “The community between us in the industry is strong and very supportive,” said Good News’ Tripp. “Every day we have customers who say they just left Friendship and are stopping here and then heading to Third Wheel and Two Plumbers.” That growth in popularity of craft beer and knowledge of what is already in the community will just continue to feed new businesses, according to Exit Six’s Britton. “We have good breweries that are making world class beer,” he said. “This is one aspect of the world where the mom and pop shops are starting to kill the big boys.” Only time will tell what the future of craft beer in St. Charles County looks likes, but it sure seems like it will be good. “The best is yet to come,” said Tessmer. “It is just going to get even better and better and better.”

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STREET LIFE homelessness in St. Charles County

“Suburban Poverty” Hello ‘FocusOn’ friends and welcome to part 2 of our look into the world of Homelessness, the truth, the reality, and the help available. We all have our pre conceived ideas of who the homeless are. Through things we have seen and read, we make assumptions about and how the homeless have gotten to where they are, and most of us probably assume that addiction to drugs and alcohol played a significant role in leading to their impoverished state of living. There is no doubt that there are a number of those living below the poverty level, or worse, that are there because they fell victim to addictions, however, in this article we will hit on reasons a little “closer to home”, so to speak. Have you ever heard the term “Suburban Poverty’? When we think of “the homeless” we tend to associate the poorest of the poor as dwelling in urban areas, or perhaps we know of concentrations of people living below the poverty level in refugee communities situated in very close proximity to downtown St. Louis. However, most of us are blissfully oblivious to the fact that ‘Suburban Poverty’ has increased so much over the past decade, that the numbers of people living at or below the poverty line in suburban area’s, has well overtaken the numbers of poor in the city. When it comes to “the homeless”, there is one thing for certain, our “conventional thinking’ regarding the ‘who’ and ‘why’, has not kept up with the reality of what is really happening. From 2000 to 2012 there was a 65% increase in suburban poverty, but why, 22 | focusOn Magazine

what lead to the staggering increases? According to Quartz Media and the book “ Places In Need, The Changing Geography Of Poverty’, the rise is explained primarily as a result of a worsening suburban labor market. Families that moved out to the suburbs from the late 1970’s to the late 1990’s, attracted by well paying, low skilled jobs in manufacturing, have seen those jobs disappear. Over time, more and more suburban residents started slipping down the economic latter. Add to this, the ‘Great Recession’ of the mid to late 2000’s. It was not the cities, but the suburbs that bore the brunt of the largely, ‘housing lead’, downturn. Of course there are other contributing factors that can lead to suburban poverty. Sometimes a mix of bad circumstances, and the totally unexpected, can take you to a place you never thought you would be.

“Confronting Suburban Poverty in America”. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of people living below the federal poverty line ($22,314 for a family of four in 2010) in the suburbs grew by 53%, compared with just 23% in cities. In 2010 roughly 15.3m poor people lived in the suburbs, compared with 12.8m in cities (see chart).


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Janice’s Story...

Like so many of her neighbors, Janice was a successful woman with a full time job, a home owner, completely self sufficient, at one point in her life, she even ran her own business. Janice’s life was pretty good with one exception, her relationship with her boyfriend that became abusive over time. As Janice was working toward getting out of her abusive relationship, her health took a sudden, terrible turn. Janice woke up one morning completely swollen from head to toe. Panicked, she went to the hospital, saw numerous doctors, and went through tests and treatment options, but her condition did not improve. Soon Janice was not able to do even the most simple of things like bend over, and her feet had swelled to the point she could not wear shoes. Devastated, Janice came to the horrifying reality that if you can’t wear shoes, you become somewhat of a prisoner in your own home. She was forced to quit her job, and her boyfriend, now seeing her as highly vulnerable, intensified the abuse. It was not long before she realized that survival meant she had to get away, but with money dwendeling away, she packed everything she could in her car and escaped the home she owned. Janice had no idea her car, her means of escape, would also become her temporary home, and that was the case until she found help thorough Saints Joachim and Ann Care Center. Through their assistance, she was able to get a restraining order against her boyfriend, got him removed from her home, and found some relief that she was able to return. Sadly, things were not good for long. With no resolve to her health issues, she was still unable to work and within a couple of months the house had to be sold.

Desperate, Janice moved into the basement of her brother’s house, however, she was mocked and abused by not only her brother, but his family. She did her best to hide in the shadows, out of everyone’s way, just stay quite, but this situation had just thrown her back into an abusive environment, abuse she had to escape………yet again. At this point, deep depression had started to set in. She had always taken care of herself, how could she now be penniless? She thought to herself time and time again, “how could this happen to me?”. Once again, with her car as her only shelter, she reached back out to Saint Joachim and Ann Care Service. Janice will tell you “it takes a community to help”, as it was with the assistance from Sts. Joachim along with resources from their crisis care partners, that got Janice into a temporary stay Hotel and help with basic needs. Janice’s health started to improve and soon she was able to work again. Today she has a rental home, with the courage and strength of a true survivor and is Thankful to all who helped her in her darkest hours. Although she is still working to rebuild her life and admits to “not having much at the moment”, her goal is to “give back” in any way she can. If you know anyone in crisis or you would like to make a donation: Saints Joachim and Ann Care Service 636-441-1302 I hope you join me for the next issue, as we take a tough a look into the world of Homeless Youth.

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By: Ken Willard

On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley Jr in Washington D.C. Vice President George H. W. Bush was in Texas at the time. During the chaos which ensued at the White House, Reagan’s Secretary of State, Al Haig, went on TV to try and calm the country. However, he committed a serious PR faux pas by saying, “I, Al Haig, am in control here at the White House.” While Haig was just trying to calm a worried country, some people thought he was either ignorant of, or trying to go around the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which already established a succession to the Presidency in case of death. What has been your experience with succession planning? Chances are, you have not thought much about it in the course of your day-to-day leadership. We are going to look at two sides to succession planning, and my hope is that you will find value in this discussion. . . no matter what the size or type of organization you find yourself. First, let’s look at a definition of the term from Wikipedia: Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. Succession planning increases the availability of experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they become available. The first type of succession planning we are going to look at is based on the definition above from Wikipedia. We are going to expand it to include not just leaders in the organization, but everyone who performs anything you consider an essential role or position. Try to make this as real as possible, by actually writing down the names of everyone on your staff, team, or area of responsibility. 28 | focusOn Magazine

There are several factors to consider when thinking about succession planning. Census data shows over three million people turn 66 each year in our country. And this number is growing each year as the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age. The days of people working for one company their whole life is likely a thing of the past. In fact, some research shows that people in the U.S. tend to stay with a single employer for just over four years. And then there is the popular, “hit by a bus” part of the equation. (Not sure why it is always a bus.) No matter how you slice it, chances are good that if you have a team of six or more people, at least one of them will need to be replaced in the next 12 months. You have two choices, you can choose to ignore that until it actually happens. This is the most popular route for too many leaders. We wait until someone turns in their two-week notice, and then start scrambling to replace them. Or, you can invest some time now in preparation and planning. Here is what this first level of succession planning might look like in a typical organization: 1. List out all of the people in the team who are in a position of leadership, or are performing some type of essential role in your area of responsibility. 2. Identify their potential back-up. Who has the potential to step into each person’s role? 3. What training and/or other type of preparation will each back-up person require in order to be successful in their new role? 4. Where do you have gaps? In other words, where is there no logical back-up person for a key position? 5. What action needs to take place in order to fill all of our gaps?


As stated before, this is really just one side of the succession planning process. However, just completing the steps listed above will put you in a small group of leaders who are not waiting for situations to happen to them, but are preparing now to get ahead of the inevitable. So congratulations to you if you are willing to complete those five important steps! The other side of a successful succession planning process is missed by most organizations. This is where we look at the people side, and not focus solely on the positions. Remember that listing of your team you wrote out before? Now look at each name. Try to set aside for the time being your need to fill positions or the needs of the organization, and focus just on each person. What are their strengths? What potential do they have beyond their current position? What are their wants and desires in relationship to their career? This side of succession planning can and should connect with the other side, but it is too often left out of the equation. Schedule time, outside of any performance review conversation, to sit down with each person on your team to better understand where they see themselves going in their ca-

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The River City Rascals celebrate their 20th season in O’Fallon in 2018,

and look to make a return to the Frontier League playoffs come September. Manager Steve Brook returns for his ninth season at the helm as the Rascals kick off the 2018 campaign against the Windy City Thunderbolts Thursday, May 10th at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL. The Rascals will also proudly host the 2018 Frontier League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 11th at CarShield Field. The Rascals narrowly missed the postseason in 2017, finishing the year with a 50-46 record, good for third place in the West Division. This year, the team returns a sizeable core from last season, with some intriguing new additions mixed in as well. River City’s offense is highlighted by returners Clint Freeman (1B), Paul Kronenfeld (OF) and Mike Jurgella (C). All three were among the top hitters in the Frontier League last season, and bring a wealth of professional experience to the table in 2018. The team hit .265 as a whole last season, and will look to improve on that mark this summer. Longtime catcher Josh Ludy has transitioned into a full-time hitting coach, and will look to impart his knowledge on this year’s crop of sluggers. Freeman, who hit .283 with 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 2017, headlines the infield, and will look to lead a young group of talent anxious to make their mark at the professional level. Middle infielder Taylor Love, a utility player on last year’s team, also returns to the Rascals, and is joined by shortstops Dylan Woods, Ellis Kelly, Trevor Achenbach, corner infielder Darian Carpenter and utility infielders Blake Rowlett, Stephen Kerr and Ty Morris. Both Woods and Kerr were in the Los Angeles Angels system last season, and Morris has spent the last three seasons with the Normal CornBelters. The Rascals outfield brings plenty of professional talent to the table, led by Kronenfeld, who hit .301 in 42 games last summer. 2017 reserve Kevin Suarez also returns, and is joined by newcomers Justin Chigbogu, Connor Oliver and Mike Meyers, who bring a combined 17 seasons of professional experience to the Rascals entering the 2018 campaign. Recent signees Brett Smith and Gerrion Grim will also look to make their mark on the Rascals outfield corps, with Grim last playing in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

River City’ starting pitching rotation also brings experience, as two of last season’s top starters, Hector Hernandez and Dan Ludwig, along with Reese Gregory (who split time last season between the starting rotation and bullpen) all return to the team looking to be in the rotation in 2018. Hernandez led the team with 19 starts and 117 strikeouts, while Gregory was a team leader with nine victories on the mound. Also competing for spots in the rotation will be newcomers Scott Grist, Ethan Westphal, Lucas Williams, Reggie Johnson and Zach Johnson. The Rascals bullpen returns closer Cody Mincey, who had 11 saves last season, as well as right-handers Matt Chavarria, Joe Iorio, Storm Rynard and Tanner Wilt and left-handers Jonny Ortiz and Anthony Paesano. Right-handers Logan Campbell and Logan Fanning are new to the fold this season. Jurgella looks to lead a catching corps that also includes a couple of young prospects in Jeremy Glore and J.D. Crowe, both of whom are converted outfielders. Jurgella split time behind the plate the last two seasons with current hitting coach Josh Ludy. The Rascals will play 48 regular season games at CarShield Field this summer. Tickets for all games, including the 2018 Frontier League AllStar game are available at rivercityrascals.com or by calling the

Rascals box office at (636) 240-2287.

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medical minute with Cheryl Hohe, MSN, ANP-BC

Antibiotics are important medications. Since the first antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered in 1928 by Alexander Fleming – it has treated billions of people and saves lives every day. It prevents the spread of disease and prevents serious complications. They are an absolute necessity. In SOME cases. But not in all. Some antibiotics that used to be standard treatments for bacterial infections are now less effective or don’t work at all. When an antibiotic no longer has an effect on a certain strain of bacteria, those bacteria are said to be antibiotic resistant. Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing health problems. The overuse and misuse of antibiotics are key factors contributing to antibiotic resistance. The general public, doctors and hospitals all play a role in ensuring proper use of the medications and minimizing the development of antibiotic resistance. The fact that bacteria develop resistance to a medication is normal and expected. But the way that medications are used affects how quickly and to what extent resistance occurs.

Overuse of Antibiotics The overuse of antibiotics — especially taking antibotics even when they’re not the appropriate treatment — promotes antibiotic resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use in humans is unnecessary or inappropriate. 36| focusOn Magazine

Antibiotics treat bacterial infections but not viral infections. For example, an antibiotic is an appropriate treatment for strep throat, which is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes. But it’s not the right treatment for most sore throats, which are caused by viruses.

Other common viral infections that don’t benefit from antibiotic treatment include: • • • • • • •

Cold Flu (influenza) Bronchitis Most coughs Some ear infections Some sinus infections Stomach flu

Taking an antibiotic for a viral infection: • • • • •

Won’t cure the infection Won’t keep other people from getting sick Won’t help you or your child feel better May cause unnecessary and harmful side effects Promotes antibiotic resistance

If you take an antibiotic when you actually have a viral infection, the antibiotic attacks bacteria in your body — bacteria that are either beneficial or at least not causing disease. This misdirected treatment can then promote antibiotic-resistant properties in harmless bacteria that can be shared with other bacteria, or create an opportunity for potentially harmful bacteria to replace the harmless ones.


Consequences of Antibiotic Resistance For many years, the introduction of new antibiotics outpaced the development of antibiotic resistance. In recent years, however, the pace of medication resistance has contributed to an increasing number of health care problems. Approximately 2 million infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria occur in the United States each year, resulting in 23,000 deaths.

Other consequences of medication-resistant infections include: • • • • •

More-serious illness Longer recovery More-frequent or longer hospitalization More doctor visits More-expensive treatments Antibiotic stewardship

The appropriate use of antibiotics (often called antibiotic stewardship) can help to: • • • •

Preserve the effectiveness of current antibiotics Extend the life span of current antibiotics Protect people from antibiotic-resistant infections Avoid side effects from using antibiotics inappropri- ately

The public also plays a role in antibiotic stewardship. You can help reduce the development of antibiotic resistance if you: • Avoid pressuring your doctor to give you an antibiotic prescription. Ask your doctor for advice on how to treat symptoms. • Practice good hygiene, to avoid bacterial infections that need antibiotic treatment. • Make sure you and your children receive recommended vaccinations. Some recommended vaccines protect against bacterial infections, such as diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). • Reduce your risk of getting a foodborne bacterial infection. Don’t drink raw milk, wash your hands, and cook foods to a safe internal temperature. • Use antibiotics only as prescribed by your doctor. Take the prescribed daily dosage, and complete the entire course of treatment. • Never take leftover antibiotics for a later illness. They may not be the correct antibiotic and would not be a full course of treatment. • Never take antibiotics prescribed for another person.

Many hospitals and medical associations have implemented new diagnostic and treatment guidelines to ensure effective treatments for bacterial infections and reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics.

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May 18 – Wade Trent (rock/acoustic) May 25 – Zydeco Crawdaddys (Zydeco/Creole/Cajun) June 1 - Dawn Weber Jazz Quartet Food trucks: Chris’ Smokehouse, Sia’s Italian Ice, Nacho Pit June 8 – The Melissa Neels Band (blues/rock) June 15 – Pure Nectar Trio (rock/pop) June 22 – Acoustic Music Jam June 29 – Marissa Harms & Wade Trent (pop/country/rock/acoustic) July 13 – The Biscuits (rock) July 20 – Cole Blue Steel (country/rock) July 27 – Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen Food trucks: Embers Wood Fired Pizza, Andrew’s Bayou Ribs, Sarah’s Cake Stop Aug. 3 – Serapis (rock) Food trucks: Embers Wood Fired Pizza, Chris’ Smokehouse, Sarah’s Cake Stop Aug. 10 – Oh Brother (rock) (Dates, bands and food trucks are subject to change without notice.) Gator Island Grill begins serving at 6 p.m. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. If food trucks are listed, the Gator Island Grill will be closed. 38| focusOn Magazine


T pBites in st. charles county

with kelly gardner

The Final Word on Wings... Smoked and Grilled Wings at The Brass Rail. Let me start by acknowledging that you will never get a consensus on the best wings in St Charles County, there are hundreds of choices, many of them top notch. The St. Charles Wing Ding enters it’s 20th year of competition, demonstrating that where there are chicken wings, there are opinions. For me, I love fried wings tossed in hot sauce, the hotter the better for me, and double fried wings in a dry rub with sauce on the side. I even love wings lightly coated with flour to add extra crunch and soak up the wing sauce of choice. But given a choice, give me slow smoked wings, maybe it’s a St Louis BBQ thing, but there’s no substitute to wood and fire kissing the wings for that extra punch of flavor. The challenge with smoked wings is that the skin can become a little flabby after rendering the fat out during the cooking process. Most solutions consist of flash frying the wings before serving to tighten them up. The problem is that you’ve just added oil to the equation and whether for health or flavor reasons, it’s not the right answer.

Enter the smoked, grilled wings at he Brass Rail in O’Fallon. At The Brass Rail, they brine the wings for 48 hours to keep them moist through the smoking process. After two days they smoke the wings for 4 hours with their own dry rub. Then they refrigerate the wings for 24 hours to tighten up and dry the skin before grilling them to add that wonderful char and crunch. These wings are served on a bed of fries with house made wing sauce and house made ranch or blue cheese on the side for dipping. These wings hit all of the notes! First of all, these are BIG, meaty wings that are salty, crunchy, fall off the bone tender, and can be enjoyed with or without the dipping sauce. I had their house made Hot sauce that had a good punch of heat with a vinegary and slightly sweet finish, a really strong take on traditional buffalo wing sauce. Owner and Executive Chef Scott Ellinger said the smoked wings are the number one selling item on their menu, and I can see why. These wings take over three days to get ready for the grill, and Scott thinks that the extra steps make all the difference in their wings and other items on the menu, I concur. For a little fun, pair the wings with their famous crab cake for a unique twist on surf and turf.

Traditional establishment offering steaks, seafood & pasta dishes, plus Sports on TV & Live Music. Menu: brassrail1.com The Brass Rail • 4601 State Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO 63368 • (636) 329-1349

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If your family or group is notorious for not being able to decide on a place to go, The Brass Rail is a great option. They have food items that are Asian, Mexican, Italian and American influenced and the menu is one of the largest and most diverse in the county. And protein lovers will love the large number of choices of meat, fish and poultry. Would you like to your restaurant featured in TopBites? Contact us to for details.

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Story by: Darlene Fischer

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Chasing the Dragon: The Heroin Epidemic is Here! The AWAKEN PROJECT

The Awaken Project is a high energy, multi-sensory experience designed to awaken this young generation about the importance of choices! Two local residents from O’Fallon, Missouri, former MLB player Joe Richardson of the Boston Red Sox and Jeff Mozingo, owner of Mozingo Music, are performing in schools everywhere and teaching students drug prevention in a new and exciting way through the interaction of music, stories and statistics. It all began 5 years ago after the death of Joe’s son BJ, who lost his life to heroin at the age of 20. Richardson knew right then he had to do something and started speaking at town hall meetings in order to raise awareness within the community. At the same time, Mozingo was also seeking to make a difference and had begun using his music and experience to raise awareness among students. Neither was having much of an impact until one day they got together and decided to join forces. That’s when “The Awaken Project” was born! They put together a presentation that has now been shown in well over 100 schools and their success is growing so fast that they can hardly keep up with all the invitations. Students and teachers everywhere are talking about the “The Project.” Although they perform at churches and other venues, their primary audience is middle and high school students. With help from Hans Faris who is their drum tech and Steve Calvert who handles lighting and

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sound, the presentation opens up with an amazing light and sound show as Jeff Mozingo plays a wide variety of songs from popular artists such as Journey, Michael Jackson, Train and Coldplay. For the next 15 minutes the students are amazed and excited. They love it! It’s just like being at a concert and they begin screaming, dancing, singing, using their phones as flashlights and even start doing the “wave.” Eventually the concert portion winds down and Hans and Steve do some audience interaction and give aways. It is clear that everyone is having a great time! Then Jeff comes away from the drums and begins talking to the students about music, choices we all must make, and how your friends can take you down bad paths or help you up good ones. He teaches them that music is a natural high and that substance abuse is lowest among music students. Next it’s Joe’s turn. He tells them he played baseball for Boston and all the kids jokingly “boo” him. Richardson then laughs and says he really wanted to be a Car-


dinal and then they all start applauding. Once the light hearted introduction is over, he gets serious and begins educating them about the dangers of heroin and what it can do to them and their families. He shares many statistics, talks about triggers, “pharm” parties, and shows slides of many famous people who have been addicted and how much it has cost them. Then he shares with them the tragic story of how he lost his own son to heroin. The students are so quiet you could have heard a pin drop and many of them are wiping tears from their eyes. He finishes by telling them, “it’s not about will power or money. It’s about choices and saying ‘No! Not even once!’” Then they open the assembly up to questions from the students and afterwords, they finish as Jeff gets back on drums and more music floods the auditorium. It’s obvi-

ous these kids were greatly impacted and later many of them come up to Joe and Jeff with stories of people they know who have overdosed. Some ask advice on what to do about friends who are using and others share with them what they are seeing at some of the parties they have gone to. Many others go back to class where teachers are taking questions and holding discussions. I was truly inspired to witness how Awaken Project is reaching these kids. Prevention and education needs to be taught in every school and parents need to be aware of what is going on in our neighborhoods if we are ever going to stop this epidemic. These guys are making a tremendous difference and helping to save many young lives from going down very wrong paths! And it begins with teaching them to choose to say, “No, not even once!”

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Story by: Darlene Fischer

In Memory of Billy Joe (BJ) Richardson February 3, 1992 - August 12, 2012

This is BJ’s Story...

“Dad, I didn’t think one time would matter!” As I sit across the table with Joe Richardson, former MLB player and catcher for the Boston Red Sox, it’s hard to hear the story about his son. Joe and his family, like so many other families in our community, have been devastated by the effects of the current heroin epidemic. Joe hopes that by sharing this story, other parents will be alerted to just how widespread this epidemic is and to be on the lookout for changes in their own child’s behavior, schoolwork, or choice of friends. Joe begins telling me BJ’s story by describing him as “a great kid with a sheepish grin, who was really funny and known as the class clown.” BJ loved sports but his greatest passion was music. This passion was so strong that he learned to play seven different instruments including drums, key boards, and even the sax. However, his favorite instrument was the Bass Guitar. While attending FHN he and some buddies started a band called, “Screaming Glory.” Joe smiles and says, “they were pretty good too! You can find them on YouTube.” 44 | focusOn Magazine

Growing up, BJ had everything going for him. But then when he was just 17, things started to change. He started losing weight and this once happy kid who loved to laugh and make jokes, started to become increasingly angry. This decline continued for a couple years until one day BJ’s youngest sister approached their parents and told them she thought BJ was on heroin. Shocked and devastated, they confronted BJ but he denied using. Two days later, while on vacation, they received a phone call. BJ had been arrested for possession and finally confessed that he was addicted to heroin. Joe recalls the look on his son’s face when he told him, “dad, I really didn’t think one time would matter.. I got hooked right away!” They took BJ to the hospital first for detox and then transferred him into an outpatient rehab program. But he only stayed for two weeks. He told his parents he had finished early and was doing well. It wasn’t long before they knew he was using again, so this time they found an inpatient treatment center in Michigan. BJ stayed and worked the program for over two months. However, two weeks before he was set to graduate, he left and sought refuge at a shelter. Eight hours later, he chose to leave that place too and travel to Wisconsin with a friend. This also didn’t last very long and three weeks later he came back home. He had only been back for one week before he overdosed and had to be revived with two doses of Narcan. He was placed in I.C.U. for 24 hours and that night after bringing him back home, he


snuck out of the house again to get high. His family had had enough and drew the line. They had to think of his two younger sisters and decided it was time for tough love. They told BJ, “Leave until your ready to get help!�

soundly asleep and they didn’t want to wake him. By the time they got back from church, BJ was gone. He had overdosed on heroin, just 2 weeks before his baby daughter was born.

BJ then began jumping from place to place, settling in where he could until one day he got the news that his girlfriend was pregnant. That was that day that he decided he really wanted to get better. His family supported him and found him another inpatient facility. This time he stayed, completed the program and graduated. The Richardson’s finally had their son back. One day while speaking with his son about the upcoming birth, Joe recalls the sadness in his son’s eyes as he looked to him and said, “dad, I want to have a baby girl because I don’t want a boy to grow up and be like me.� It was 90 days after getting clean that BJ decided to ditch work and go into the city with an old friend. That night he told his friend, “tomorrow I need to call my dad and get back into rehab.� But he never got that chance. The next morning, as they were getting ready to go to church, BJ was

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please contact a counselor at N.C.A.D.A (314) 962-3456 or go to NCADA-Stl.org. Everything is strictly confidential.

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Every Tuesday night at the Civic Park Bandstand, 6:30 pm –9:00 pm. Admission and parking are free. Food trucks and concessions will be available at nominal prices. Bring chairs or blankets for lawn seating, and enjoy the evening! For more information, please call the O’Fallon Events Hotline at 636-379-5614.

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Patriotic/Americana Food trucks and concessions: Orange Leaf Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar Sorelle

July 2-4 - Don’t miss the excitement, fun and free concerts at O’Fallon’s Heritage & Freedom Fest! July 10 - WHISKEY MORNING Country Food trucks and concessions: Kona Ice Ray Ray’s Kettle Corn StLouisianaQ Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar Twisted Taco Truck Norris

July 17 - VYNAL TAP 60s-80s hits Food trucks and concessions: Chris’ Smokehouse Luigi & Raffaele Boccardi’s Orange Leaf Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar

July 24 - NASHVEGAS Country Food trucks and concessions: Kona Ice Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar Angie Burger The Crooked Boot SugarFire Smokehouse

July 31 - BUTCH WAX & THE HOLLYWOODS Rock & Roll Food trucks and concessions: Dough Boy Wood Fried Pizza Kona Ice Ray Ray’s Kettle Corn Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar Sorrelle StLouisianaQ Savor the Southwest August 7 - ORR & ROLENS BAND Country Food trucks and concessions: Chris’ Smokehouse Luigi & Raffaele Boccardi’s Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar Show-Me Donuts August 14 - PLATINUM ROCK LEGENDS Tribute to 20 great rock bands Food trucks and concessions: Dough Boy Wood Fried Pizza Ray Ray’s Kettle Corn Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar Sorelle Twisted Taco Half Baked Cookie Dough Company August 21 - ACCOLADE Contemporary, disco & funk Food trucks and concessions: Orange Leaf Rendezvous Cafe & Wine Bar Sorelle August 28 - RAIN DATE, IF NEEDED.

Please note, food trucks and concessions may be subject to change without notice. You’re encouraged to follow Visit O’Fallon on Facebook or Twitter (@VisitOFallon) for the most recent updates.

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MO State Representative, R-103 John Wiemann, was first elected in 2014 and re-elected in 2016 to the Missouri State Legislature. He represents a part of St. Charles County which includes the cities of Cottleville, St. Peters, O’Fallon and Weldon Spring. Representative Wiemann is a member of several key house committees; Insurance, Health & Mental Health, Rules - Administrative Oversight, and Fiscal Review. Wiemann serves as Vice Chair of Insurance and Chair of the Insurance Sub-committee. In the state legislature, Representative Wiemann is recognized as the leading expert in healthcare and insurance related issues. When away from the general assembly Rep. Wiemann is President & CEO of Midwest Physician Insurance Advisors, an insurance brokerage firm that specializes in medical malpractice insurance. John has over twenty years of healthcare and insurance industry related experience working for hospitals, physician groups, a physician staffing company, health insurance carrier, regional and national captive insurance companies, along with several small, medium and large insurance brokerage firms. John is an active member of his community where he attends Assumption Catholic Church, serves on the board of directors for the Jr. GAC youth football league, referees youth sports, and belongs to several local charitable service clubs such as the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club and Pachyderm Club. John has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration along with a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia. John resides in O’Fallon, Missouri with his wife Yvette,order andfrom two sons, Blake and Clayton.

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The First Responder Police • Fire • EMS

Meet One of St. Peters Police Department’s

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Sgt. Matt Bargen Sgt. Matt Bargen has been a police officer with St. Peters PD for 15 years and in law enforcement for a total of 19 years including time with Chesterfield PD and the Department of Defense. He attended Ft. Zumwalt School District before moving to Plano, TX, where he excelled as a high school wrestler. After high school, Matt enlisted in the Navy and worked on an amphibious ship during Desert Storm in the early 90’s. After his initial enlistment was up, Matt decided to reenlist in the Navy and became a water survival instructor for recruits in basic training. It was during this time that Matt was first introduced to law enforcement... Sgt. Bargen: It was during the Clinton military drawdown years. They reduced military spending and replaced enlisted men with a bunch of civilians paid minimum wage. Because of the civilian workers, crime went up and there was a need for more police officers. So, I was asked to go to the police academy. Q: What did you think of the police academy and your initial introduction to law enforcement? Sgt. Bargen: Everything seemed like common sense to me. I liked the adrenaline rushes. I loved how your work was constantly changing. Nothing ever happened the same way twice and I liked that. So, it was a natural fit for me. Q: What do you hope to accomplish in life? Sgt. Bargen: My ultimate end goal is to live happily ever after somewhere with salt water and a warm sun. But, for now I want to do the best I can 48 | focusOn Magazine

for the great group of officers that I supervise and do the best I can for the citizens of St. Peters. I love this community and proud to work, shop, live and raise kids here. That is why I work to make it as great as possible. Q: Can you tell me something interesting about your career in law enforcement? Sgt. Bargen: I worked in undercover narcotics for five and a half years. It’s a different side of the world. I was exposed to things that most people don’t get to see. It was a learning experience. One thing that most people don’t realize is that there is a low tolerance for drugs and drug related crimes in this county. People would come out here (from St. Louis), get busted and expect leniency. Prosecutors and judges in this county sentence heavily and that helps to keep crime rates low. While working undercover and surveilling a phone call, I would consider it a success when a drug dealer would say he wasn’t coming to St. Charles County (because drug crimes are not tolerated). Q: How do you make a difference in our community? Sgt. Bargen: I give 100% and put my heart into what I’m are doing. I don’t take responsibility lightly, and do the best I can, by making the best decisions and by being an example for others to follow. I always try to listen to people and put myself in other people’s shoes. Q: If you could talk to yourself at 20 years old, what advice would you give?


Sgt. Bargen: I would just sit back and watch and laugh at him. I might not say anything because I am happy with where I am and who I am today. I needed to make the mistakes that I did. I needed to make mistakes and make good decisions and learn from both. I don’t have any regrets. Q: If you could have a 20 minute chat with anyone, who would it be? Sgt. Bargen: My grandpa. I had a grandfather that died before I was born. He was a World War II vet. I would love to have 20 minutes with him. I had another grandfather that I was able to know and talk to, but when you are young, you take grandparents for granted. By the time you appreciate their knowledge, it’s sometimes too late. Q: What is some good advice that you have received?

gan working part for the medical examiner’s office. I decided to do it, in part, because of her advice. The work was new and unfamiliar, but it has helped me grow. I have now seen a different side of death that I hadn’t seen before. It is very interesting to me and I have loved learning something new. I’m not sure where Liz is now, but she made a significant impact on me as a young man and I hope to make a similar impact on someone that I am supervising today. Sgt. Bargen is known as someone that likes to have fun and tell a few stories. He loves the outdoors and loves to fish. He admits that sometimes he doesn’t care if he catches any fish or not. He is the father of two teenagers and tries not to take life too seriously. I asked him for any last thoughts and he said, “Every day is a lucky one. You never know when it’s your time, so be thankful for every day.”

Sgt. Bargen: Before I went into the Navy, I worked in sales. A lady named Liz Grinslade was the Vice President of the company. She told me that she recognized something inside of me; that she saw a future successful leader. She told me that it is always good to try something new, even if you are not good at it. She said that doing so will make you a better supervisor, a better leader down the road because it will give you empathy towards people that are new to your team or in an unknown environment. Fast forward many years and I have never forgotten that. A couple of years ago, I be-

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A Quiet Place Starring: John Krasinksi, Emily Blunt Rated PG-13 John Krasinksi’s A Quite Place follows one family’s efforts for survival in a post-apocalyptic world where the only thing that can save you is silence. It’s been marketed as a horror film, which is fair in the sense that the film is tense, griping, and exists in a well-realized nightmarish, dystopian landscape. However, I think the film is better approached as a thriller. It certainly doesn’t compare to the various slasher films or the endless found footage sequels and rehashes that reside in the horror genre. A Quiet Place has its share of scares and white-knuckling scenes, but it certainly isn’t defined by these horror moments. What defines A Quiet Place is its refreshingly original concept and its exquisite execution. To start, the performances from the entire cast is quite impressive, especially coming from Millicent Simmons and Noah Jupe who perform alongside Emily Blunt and John Krasinski as their son and daughter respectively. It’s no surprise that Blunt turns in a solid performance, especially under Krasinski’s direction. Furthermore, Krasinski surprises on multiple levels here, proving that he is quite capable of thoughtful and serious character development. This isn’t to say that Krasisnki hasn’t provided a serious performance before, having starred in Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. But I walked into A Quiet Place not having seen Bay’s film, leaving me with only the American adaption of The Office to reference for Krasinski’s past work as an actor. But now having seen A Quiet Place, I can say that Krasinski has shown a fantastic range with this work, which is even more impressive considering his accompanying directorial responsibilities. Simmons’ character is def throughout the entire runtime and is played by a def actress, which is quite a feat in itself. And I have to say that this challenge really does pay off in the end, as Simmons’ gives a wonderful performance and adds another layer of depth to the film’s consistent creation of anxiety in respect to sound or a lack thereof. The sound design in this film is also quite a remarkable thing. Everything from footsteps in sand, the atmosphere of this dystopian farm land, to the unsettling

Movie ReviewS by: Gabe Sheets noises from the mysterious creatures represent the filmmakers’ careful attention to all aspects of their craft. In a film about silence, every sound counts. And with minimal dialogue, the filmmakers have a big responsibility to make sure that the progression of the film doesn’t feel tedious to the audience. The team behind A Quiet Place unequivocally prove that they are fully capable of taking on this responsibility and handle it with great confidence. Each time the audio is noticeable, there is a purpose for it and a consequence that is experienced by the characters. Krasinski uses this wonderful tool to craft an entirely new set of rules for his film. Another inspired choice by the filmmakers has to do with where the film lacks audio. With Millicent Simmons character being def, every time we see things from her perspective, sound completely cuts out. And this method is used for some of the tensest scenes in the film, which adds even more panic to what is appearing in each frame. The screenplay utilizes the film’s relationship with sound to go a step further and present what communication is like when someone can’t hear or when other characters cannot speak. It makes for some truly authentic conflict and unique emotional behavior that I haven’t seen before in cinema. The family dynamics are something truly original and this makes the story all the more interesting. A Quiet Place is also a brilliant movie from a visual stand-point. The way Krasinski and his production designer portray the lifestyle of this family is well-developed. The set dressing has a very intriguing quality that just bleeds off the screen. This feeling also benefits the central plot of the film and helps give the audience subtle hints at backstory. The film starts right in the middle of this family’s journey and doesn’t explain many of the audience’s immediate questions, so the subtle clues given with props, production design, and wardrobe help the audience paint a much fuller picture. Krasinski’s trust in the subtlety of storytelling goes to show that he has an incredibly deep understanding of what makes cinema so powerful. Because, often times, what the audience comes up with in their heads is much more important and impactful than what is given to them with the film. The director understands that filmmaking is about what you don’t show the audience, and that is a practice you don’t see often. What’s so exciting about A Quiet Place isn’t its originality. It’s exciting because of its clear understanding of what makes film an energetic medium. This is a film that shows strong craft, a fresh vision, and most importantly a healthy dose of restraint. A Quiet Place is well informed in its genre and firmly grounded in its human story. It’s a seemingly simple film, centered around simple idea that has complexity in the details. Films like this don’t come around as often as they should, but it is surely a treat when they do. A Quiet Place was released on April 6th, 2018 and remains in theaters. It runs 1hr 35m and currently holds a rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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