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TABLE OF CONTENTS St. Charles County Municipality Mayors.....................page 3 Volume 2 - Issue 4 Winter 2018 FocusOn Magazine 5377 State Hwy N Cottleville, Missouri 63304
Publisher’s Note | Meet the Team.............................page 5
Story Behind St. Nick’s Day.....................................page 10
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St. Charles County Veterans Museum........................page 14
Cottleville • O’Fallon Lake St. Louis • Dardenne Prairie Weldon Spring • Wentzville St. Peters • St. Charles
Advertiser Directory..................................................page 4 Up Coming Events....................................................page 6 Time Traveler - Mystery of Cave Springs....................page 12 Tapped - Mead... What’s Mead You Ask?.................page 16 Bringing the Holidays Home with the White Hare......page 25 First Responder - Chief David Todd...........................page 32 Staying Active in the Winter....................................page 35 Medical Minute - Cannibis......................................page 36 Top Bites - Crazy Sushi............................................page 39 FocusOn... a Look Back at 2018.............................page 42 Chasing the Dragon - Jacob Rubinstein.....................page 42 Redifining Investigative Reporting.............................page 44 The Steve Hauser Band - A Whole Lot of Fun.............page 48 Movie Review - A Star is Born..................................page 50
Air Force Reserve..................... page Arrowhead Building Supply....... page Bemo’s ................................... page Blooming Daisy Market Place.... page Cat’s Garden........................... page Coach Coletta CBD Hemp Oil... page Cookies & Cream.................... page Cottleville Wine Seller.............. page Crown Luxury Resale................ page Get Connected........................ page Grace Church.......................... page Hairy Elephant......................... page Harvester Lions........................ page Jo’s 5th Street Pub................ page 3, KETO Works............................ page KFAV Hot Country.................... page King’s Ball............................... page Krispy Kreme........................... page 4 | focusOn Magazine
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Main Street Diner..................... page 34 Maninno’s Market.................... page 46 Mud Jacking.............................. page 3 Ozzie Smith Center.................. page 38 Photography by DeClue............ page 46 Plank Road Pizza............... page 28, 58 Rack House, The...................... page 30 Red Key Realty........................ page 21 Spectrum Glass........................ page 19 State Farm Insurance.................. page 3 Susan Brewer Realty........... page 28, 52 Texas Roadhouse..................... page 15 Toys for Tots - BRRR Bash........... page 26 Turtle Creek Pub & Grill ........... page 20 Two Shamrocks........................ page 47 Unique Heating & Cooling.......... page 2 Wentzville Family Festival.......... page 22 White Hare, The...................... page 25 WYN Networking.................... page 18
Greetings and I am excited to invite you to experience FocusOn Magazine’s holiday edition, packed with powerful and exciting stories. First and foremost, and on behalf of my team, would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters helping us out on FocusOn “Street Life” fundraiser event, at Turtle Creek Pub & Grill, O’Fallon. Not only the effort shed light on “Homelessness in St Charles County”, but proceeds raised benefited Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service. So thanks a lot. And not to forget our “Adventuretatinment”, our first grand expo and supported by Bass Pro Shops was a great success too. As always, we do have a great lineup of inspiring articles. And in my opinion, “Chasing the Dragon”, should be the first one to be checked out. The “Top Bites”, by Kelly Gardner, continues to get the highest feedbacks/hits, and we are very much excited about it. Not to forget, “Time Traveler” The Mystery of Cave Springs, by Dorris Keeven-Franke (page 12), for sure will blow your mind. It all gets more inspiring, when you check out Skip Stephen’s interview with Chief David Todd, St. Charles County Police Department. We hope you all continue to enjoy our publication. If you have a comment or ideas, please send a note. Team FocusOn wishes our readers, peace and contentment in this holiday season, and health and happiness in the New Year. Happy reading! Until next time
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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 DECEMBER Nov. 23rd - Dec 30th Celebration of Lights
Fort Zumwalt State Park Nightly 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm A holiday light display held at Fort Zumwalt Park. Each scene is designed and funded by local organizations, churches, and businesses. Started in 1991, the event attracts more than 12,000 vehicles each year and more than 10,000 individuals during the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll.
1st Francis Howell Marching Band Craft and Book Fair
Franics Howell Middle School 825 O’Fallon Road 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Over 100 booths offering a wide variety of items including jewelry, accessories, housewares, cosmetics, holiday items, food, and more. Free parking and admission. Kids can meet Santa & Mrs. Claus for a free photo, crafts and cookies
2018 Holiday Bazaar
John Weldon Elementary 7370 Weldon Spring Road, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Holiday shopping for the whole family! Come join us and scratch those gifts off your list. We have a great balance of vendors and crafters who will have fun and unique gifts available for all.
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Santa at The Station
Central County Fire & Rescue 511 Willott Road, St. Peters 10:00 am - 2:00 om Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for our Gifts For Kids toy drive.
2nd Candy Cane Hunt
Wapelhorst Park 1875 Muegge Road 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Ages 14 and under $8 per person PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Santa’s elves have hidden hundreds of candy canes! Some will be hidden high, some hidden low, some on the playground or possibly in the snow. Complimentary hot cocoa and a visit from Santa will make this event one to remember! Bring a bucket or pillowcase to collect candy canes.
3rd Holiday Night Lights Walk-Thru
Rotary Park 968 Meyer Road, Wentzville 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm This walk-thru event allows participants to enjoy the Holiday Night Lights display at a slower, more intimate pace. Attendees will stroll through the one-mile light display, experiencing enchanted scenes, twinkling lights and holiday-themed music. After walking the illuminated
route, participants will enjoy: refreshments, photo booth fun, beautifully decorated Christmas trees on display and a photo with Santa! Cost is $3 in advance and $5 at the door, per person. Children under age two are free. Call (636) 332-9236.
4th Desserts for Tots
The Rack House 5065 State Hwy N, Cottleville 11:00 am - 8:00 pm Get a FREE dessert when you bring in an eligible toy for Toys for Tots!
7th Tree Trimming at the Police Department
St. Peters Justice Center 1020 Grand Teton Drive 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Make your own ornaments, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and help the St. Peters Police Department trim their tree. This event is FREE. Recommended for ages 3-12. No reservations needed.
skating teams will dazzle audiences with the beauty and skill of their original programs. Beloved holiday characters join in the festivities to make this a delightful event for the whole family. Rec-Plex passholders--$8.50/ adults, $6.50/child (12 and under) and $6.50/seniors (55 and up) General Public--$9.50/adult, $7.50/child and $7.50/ seniors
7th, 8th and 9th Journey to Bethlehem
Harvester Christian Church 2950 Kings Xing, St. Charles 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Journey To Bethlehem is a FREE event for the entire family. It is a live, outdoor telling of the Christmas story complete with the sights and sounds of the first century. You’ll be immersed in the story and celebrate the birth of Jesus as you encounter shepherds, angels, Roman soldiers, and Magi on your way to Bethlehem. Finish the night with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies!
7th and 8th Winter Wonderland on Ice
7th and 14th 36th Annual Candlelight St. Peters Rec-Plex 5200 Mexico Road, St. Peters Christmas Walk Augusta Dec 7th at 7:00 pm 5:00 pm - 10:0 pm Dec 8th at 5:00 pm Celebrate the holidays as the Rec-Plex North Rink comes to life and turns into an enchanted Winter Wonderland on Ice. The best Rec-Plex solo skaters and synchronized
Experience an old-fashioned “Norman Rockwell-feeling Christmas”. Over a thousand luminaries light the way as visitors wan-
O’Fallon: Green Cottlevile: Red Lake St. Louis: Pink St. Peters: Blue Dardenne Prairie: Orange St. Charles: Purple Wentzville: Aqua Augusta: Yellow der through the historic town “Historic Augusta” glass visiting shops and galleries ball ornament. Our goal is showcasing unique and disto create a unique series of tinctive gift ideas including tree ornaments that depict a hand-blown glass, local artihistoric building every year. sans, paintings, and jewelry. These beautiful ornaments Food vendors, restaurants, are sure to become a Christwineries & brewery pull out mas Tradition. all the stops to entice the culinary pallet with tradition- 8th al holiday fare. BrrrBASH 2018 to benefit Toys for Tots Hosted by Little Black Book Hop on board the free Women in Business antique trolley to quickly Foundry Art Centre get around town or use it to 520 N Main Cntr, St. Charles join-in the scavenger hunt 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm featuring fabulous prizes. Bring the kids and your camera because Santa is coming to town! Visit the Olde Wine Hall where you’ll find Santa on a throne surrounded by evergreens with twinkling Christmas lights and an antique sleigh. Santa is free to visit and any donations benefit the children of the Augusta Elementary School. Settle under a blanket and enjoy a leisurely horsedrawn carriage ride through the crisp winter air, then warm yourself around the bonfire while savoring freshly roasted chestnuts. Afterwards, enjoy Christmas caroling in the historic Ebenezer church or listen in wonder to roving carolers. Take a step back in time and see a “German Immigrant Home at Christmas” at the Augusta History Museum. The 1856 house features a traditional cedar Christmas tree, historic Creches and German Christmas Cards. Hear about “White Gifts” and wooden “Pyramid” trees from the town historian. Don’t forget to stop by the Augusta Visitor Center to purchase a limited edition
Celebrate the collaborative effort of the community as we gather to hand our collected toys over to the US Marines. The contribution from the BrrrBASH accounts for 20% of the total distribution the US Marines handle in 13 counties in the Greater St. Louis area. The money raised will benefit the 2018 LBB charities including The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home, Eagle’s Wings, The Child Center, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and The Key Youth Center. Tickets $75 Open Bar Dinner Sugarfire Smoke House Dessert & Coffee Bar Live music by Accolade Door Prizes Raffle Baskets Photobooth Have your picture taken with the US Marines Network and celebrate with the regions most respected civic and business leaders *Active LBB members enjoy a discounted ticket price. Contact LBB leadership for details. Help us bring Christmas to children in need right here in our community.
Historic Augusta Christmas House Tour
Hosted by Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Begin your Christmas Season by touring five historic homes in Augusta. Built from 1830 –1885 and beautifully decorated for Christmas. The tour includes, a private wine cellar, the oldest house in town and several beautiful Bed and Breakfasts, followed by free wine tasting from Montelle Winery and Noboleis Vineyards at the Historic Harmonie Verein Hall.
inside for milk and cookies with Santa, Christmas carols, and games and activities for “good” children. $8 for O’Fallon residents $10 for non-residents. Registration ends Nov. 27th Call 636-474-2732 or visit www.ofallon.mo.us/ parks&rec/special-events.
St. Charles West High School Craft Fair
3601 Droste Rd, St. Charles 9:00 am - 3:00 pm St. Charles West Bands is hosting their 33rd Annual Arts, Crafts & Vendor Fair!
Advance tickets - $10 Admission $12.00 per person 9th Children under 12 free. Day Trip: Holiday Tour Enjoy the highly-acclaimed Call the Augusta Chamber Ambassadors of Harmony 636-228-4005. Holiday Concert at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. The Breakfast with Santa 157-member barbershop Rec-Plex South harmony-style group has an 5250 Mexico Road, St. Peters extensive acappella reper8:30 am - 10:30 am toire, including contemporary, Broadway, gospel, folk and Santa arrives early in St. Peters light jazz. The St. Charlesto spread some holiday cheer based Ambassadors have -- and have a little breakfast won international competiwith good boys and girls tions several times recently, as -- before he returns with they put on a show unparalpresents for all the children on leled anywhere, and always Christmas. perform to sellout audiences. Children ages 2-8 can join Santa for a delicious continental breakfast, crafts, and a sing-along of popular Christmas songs. $14 per child and $7 per adult. Registration begins October 2018. Registrations must be done at the Rec-Plex or by phone, 636-939-2386, ext. 1400.
Candy Cane Hunt
Renaud Spirit Center (RSC) 2650 Tri Sports Circle 9:00 am - 10:30 am Kids will have a blast searching for the holiday treats hidden outside and then come
After the Ambassadors concert, we will head across the river to enjoy the “Way of Lights Buffet” at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine. Dinner will consist of a selection of meats, salads, soups, vegetables, beverages and desserts. Afterward, visit their special programming and extensive gift shop. Later, we will tour the Shrine’s millions of holiday lights - The Way of Lights, and then the downtown St. Louis and brewery lights. The bus leaves the west parking lot of St. Peters City Hall, One St. Peters Centre Blvd., at 8:30 am.
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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 The cost is $73 and includes transportation, admissions, lunch and gratuities. This tour requires very little walking. To register, call 636-9392386, ext. 1400
10th and 11th Old Fashioned Holiday Stroll
14th Free photos with Santa & Elsa
Not Jaded Boutique & Tea Room 2 West Main Street, Wentzville 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pizza with Santa
Krekel Civic Center, 305 Civic Park Drive, O’Fallon 11:45 am – 1:15 pm Join Santa for pizza and beverages, games, craft-making and a visit, too. Parents and grandparents, be sure to bring a camera for that special shot with Santa. If you would like to have pizza with your child, be sure to register yourself as well. To register call 636-474-2732 or visit www.ofallon.mo.us/ parks&rec/special-events.
Join us, Ellbee’s General Store & Simply a Princess for free photos with Santa & Elsa. We Fort Zumwalt State Park hosted this event last year and 6:00 am – 8:30 pm we are so excited to do this again! In honor of 2 years Visitors may walk along the we just ask that you bring 2 illuminated route and enjoy canned goods, as they will holiday music, visit with be donated to the local food Santa, fireworks, and booths panty. So come out and sip filled with holiday crafts, gifts, 21st on some hot chocolate and and festival food. Fireworks at let’s celebrate the Most WonHoliday Dance 7:25 p.m. derful Time of Year! Featuring DJ Gary Williams of Juke Box Productions Admission: $3 per person (in St. Peters Cultural Arts Centre advance; Nov. 13 - Dec. 7); Cookies with Santa One St. Peters Centre Blvd. $5 per person the day of Kokomo Joe’s Family Fun Center 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm 4105 N Cloverleaf Dr, St. Peters event; 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Ages 2 and under are free Singles, couples and groups are invited to the St. Peters $15 per child Parking with free shuttle to Cultural Arts Centre’s Holiday Admission Includes: the Holiday Stroll: First Baptist Dance featuring live music • Christmas Crafts Church of O’Fallon, 8750 by DJ Gary Williams of Juke • Cookies & Milk Veterans Memorial Parkway; Box Productions. Everyone is • Story time with Santa O’Fallon Christian Church, encouraged to wear their best • Goodie Bag 9380 Veterans Memorial holiday attire! Parkway. No admission fee for adults, Tickets are $7 per person at limit 2 adults per child’s ticket. Pedestrians are welcome the door. (Show a St. Peters Bring in a toy for Toys for Tots to bring strollers, wagons, Resident Privilege Card OR and get $10 Game Card. walkers, and wheelchairs, Cultural Arts Centre memberbut no pets or dogs (except ship card at the door and service dogs), motorized 15th receive a $1 discount off hoverboards, kids’ scooters, Santa’s Workshop admission.) bikes or skateboards will be Krekel Civic Center, allowed. 305 Civic Park Dr, O’Fallon Bringing your own food and 9:00 am – 9:45 am and snacks is encouraged. Soda Rides will not be available 10:15 am – 11:00 am will be available for purchase. this night. Santa will be stopping in 31st Pre-purchase admission wristO’Fallon to set up his workbands at Parks and RecreNew Year’s Eve Lock-In shop and help kids create a ation Administrative Offices, St. Peters Rec-Plex special holiday craft. And you 400 Civic Park Drive. 5200 Mexico Road, St. Peters never know, but Mrs. Claus Offices are open 8:30 am – 7:00 pm - 7:00 am and Santa’s helpers may 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. show up, too. The Renaud Spirit Center is Kids, kick off the New Year also selling wristbands in in style with an all-night New Each session is limited to 12 advance. Year’s Eve Lock-in party at participants. To register, call the St. Peters Rec-Plex! Under 636-474-2732 or visit adult supervision, children www.ofallon.mo.us/ ages 8-13 can have the time parks&rec/special-events. of their lives swimming, ice
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skating, playing games and hanging out. Parents are free to go out and do their own thing as Rec-Plex staff works to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for the kids. Lock-in participants can purchase items from the Finish Line cafe during the evening. Each child MUST be registered in advance. On December 31st, late registrations will be accepted until 4:00 p.m., if space is available, and will be subject to a late charge of $15.00 per child. NO REGISTRATION WILL BE TAKEN AT THE DOOR. FREE for Gold Plus members $28 for other Rec-Plex annual members $53 for St. Peters residents $63 for the general public Registrations on Dec. 31 subject to $15 late charge* Call 636-939-2386, ext. 1400, for more information.
New Year’s Eve Lock-In 7:00 pm - 7:00 am
Start the New Year right by joining your friends at Progress Park for an overnight New Year’s Eve Lock-In! Under adult supervision, participants can play games, compete in contests, dance, and make memories of a lifetime. Scheduled events include Bubble Soccer, Nerf Gun battles and challenges, basketball and volleyball competitions, crafts to bring home, a chance to win raffle baskets, a countdown dance, and much more! Late-night food and breakfast will be provided. Lock-in participants can purchase items from the concession stand throughout the evening. Participants must register in advance by calling the Wentzville Parks and Recreation. 636-332-9236
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Time to put those shoes out! St. Nick’s Day is...
Do You Know The Story Behind St. Nick’s Day? For those who celebrate Christmas, this is the most magical time of year for kids and adults alike. Dec. 25 is the big finale, but half the fun is the season leading up to the big day. From Advent calendars and the Elf on the Shelf to decorating and visiting Santa at the mall, there’s plenty to do throughout the month to prepare for the holiday. One of the most beloved pre-Christmas traditions is St. Nick’s Day on Dec. 6. This isn’t a holiday observed by every family who celebrates Christmas, but for those who do, it means children wake up to a special treat in their shoes. It also tends to mark the “official” start of the Christmas season for these families. So how did this pre-holiday holiday start? What is its history? Turns out the legend of Santa Claus himself begins with a real saint, St. Nicholas. Born all the way back in the third century, St. Nicholas was known for his generosity to those in need and his love for children, according to the St. Nicholas Center. The name Santa Claus actually comes from St. Nicholas’ Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas. Thanks to St. Nick, the idea of Santa Claus became popular all over the world, with the man in the red suit known as Christ Kind or Kris Kringle in Switzerland and Germany, according to history.com.
children, who put out their shoes the night before so St. Nicholas could leave the gifts in them. This tradition was brought to America in the 1700s, according to biography.com. So how is St. Nick’s Day celebrated today? A lot of people keep it old school and simply leave gifts in children’s shoes for them to wake up to in the morning. The St. Nicholas Center is full of other ideas from real families, such as making cookie plates for those who need a pick-meup, throwing a neighborhood party, opening stockings filled with treats on this date instead of Christmas Day and performing small acts of kindness, to name a few. Try out a craft like a printable St. Nick ornament like this one from Catholic Icing. Or bake up some traditional St. Nicholas spice cookies with this recipe from the Kitchen Stewardship. If you’re feeling lazy, curl up on the couch and watch the Veggie Tales flick “St. Nicholas: A Joyful Story of Giving,” available on Amazon. There’s no wrong way to celebrate St. Nick’s Day, so have fun!
So how did St. Nick become the jolly, round fellow who comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve? You can partly thank Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote a Christmas poem for his daughters called “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas.” No doubt you know the famous lines: “’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house; Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.” So why celebrate St. Nicholas Day on Dec. 6? In the Catholic Church, St. Nick’s feast day is celebrated on the orderoffrom anniversary his death, which is Dec. 6. The tradition of receiving small gifts from St. Nicholas began with Dutch focusOn Magazine | 9
by: Jessica Conley
Many people have misconceptions when it comes to Intermittent Fasting (or IMF), specifically I think because of the word “fasting”. People think being deprived, being hungry, and overall being uncomfortable. But IMF is actually none of those things! IMF is a term used for an eating pattern consisting of periods of fasting and periods of eating. IMF does not specifically say WHAT to eat, only WHEN to eat (however, to be healthy, make sure you are eating clean!).
is especially true if you just consumed carbohydrates/ sugar, as your body prefers to burn sugar as energy before any other source.
IMF is actually pretty easy to do, and in fact, you probably do it more often than you realize! Have you ever been late getting out the door so you skip breakfast? Or ever been so busy running errands all day you “forget” to eat? You unknowingly fasted!
Not only that, but growth hormone is increased during fasted states (both during sleep and after a period of fasting). Combine this increased growth hormone secretion with the decrease in insulin production and you’re essentially priming your body for muscle growth and fat loss with IMF!
Hunger with IMF is not an issue, however in the beginning it can be. This is because your body will need to adapt to this new style of eating, especially if you currently eat every couple of hours. The other reason is simply your mind! You will be thinking about not eating, so you will be thinking about food, and you will think you are hungrier than you are! There are several methods for following IMF. The most common is the 16/8 Method, where you fast for 16 hours of a given day (including while you are sleeping) and consume all your calories for the day in an 8 hour window. The second most common is the 18/6 Method, where you fast for 18 hours, and eat for 6. Why does this work? When you eat a meal, your body spends 6-8 hours processing that food, burning what it can from what you just consumed. Because it has all of this readily-available, easy to burn energy (thanks to the food you ate), your body will choose to use that as energy rather than the fat you have stored. This 10 | focusOn Magazine
During the “fasted state” (the hours in which your body is not consuming or digesting any food) your body doesn’t have a recently consumed meal to use as energy, so it is more likely to pull from the fat stored in your body as it’s the only energy source readily available.
There are far more health benefits to IMF than just weight loss and fat loss. It has been proven that IMF keeps your heart healthy by increasing good cholesterol and decreasing bad cholesterol, enhances brain function, improves blood sugar, reduces inflammation, and actually helps regulate hunger. That being said, IMF is not for everyone, but it can be an amazing tool in the nutritional arsenal of most healthy adults. Always check with your doctor before giving it a try. Beyond that, I am an advocate for learning YOUR body and what YOU need. Pay attention to your own body’s cues as you learn the best approach to weight loss for YOU. You see, typical “diets” don’t take into account our own bio-individuality. We all have different metabolisms, our hormones vary, different life stressors, medical concerns, and foods that are inflammatory for us. Why then do diets try to shove all of us into one box and say “do this” and assume it will work for everyone?
The only thing I believe is the same for everyone is that we should be getting enough water (which that amount still varies by person) and we should be avoiding highly processed, chemical filled foods (because those aren’t good for ANY body). Typically, everyone’s biggest concern with trying a fasting protocol is that it will put them in starvation mode, or ruin their metabolism. However, neither of these is going to happen. The fact is that Thermic Effect of Feeding (basically, using energy to digest, absorb, and use the food you eat) is determined by your total energy intake, not how often you eat. The reality is it doesn’t matter if you have 2 meals or 8! As long as you’re getting the same number of calories, the effect will be the same. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the earliest evidence of a lowered metabolic rate in response to fasting occurs after 60 hours (with an 8% drop in resting metabolic rate). That means you’d have to not eat for quite a while before it had ANY effect on your metabolism! So how does one begin practicing IMF? Let’s assume we are going to try the 16/8 Method. It’s pretty important to make sure your 8 hour window is the same every day. However, you can pick when your 8 hours are. Most people choose to eat 11-7 or 12-8, because
they prefer to still eat dinner with their family. I do know people that eat 8-4, or even 7-3! Again, the time itself doesn’t matter, as long as it’s in your window, and it’s consistent each day. During your fasting time, the goal is to have virtually no calories. Black coffee is fine, tea, water of course is ideal. If you MUST have calories, you want to keep it fewer than 25. When getting started with IMF, you can work on transitioning yourself! Just push breakfast later an hour every couple of days until you hit your desired start time. The next important part of this is to make sure you are working towards eating less carbs and more healthy fat! This can help your body become fat adapted, which means it will start to burn fat for fuel! Once you are in your desired eating window that is where you want to stay consistently. If you have a day with an event that throws off your window, don’t worry about it! Just pick right back up the next day with your window. You can do this! For more information on health and weight loss, visit my website at jessieconley.com where you can view all my resources, contact me, or check out my free podcast!
Jessie Conley is a certified Health and Weight Loss Coach. She helps busy women learn how to burn fat and lose weight, so they can gain energy and confidence! She is currently accepting new clients! To apply, email her at.... email@example.com focusOn Magazine | 11
By: Dorris Keeven-Franke
Time Traveler The History of St. Charles County
The mystery of Local landmarks, often disappear, only to be found in Street names and highway signs. The landmark called “Cave Springs” transports us back to a time of the early pioneer family by the name of Zumwalt. What may be a surprise, is that this family we often consider an O’Fallon family, also had a lot to do with many call Cave Springs, St. Peters, and the Germans who immigrated here to this area. The Cave with a spring flowing from it is just such a local landmark and part of the early history of the City of St. Peters, long before the City was incorporated. Spanish Land grant number 979 was first granted from the Spanish Government, prior to being part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1804. Purchased by Michael Rybolt, of German descent, who had married Rachel Zumwalt, daughter of Christopher Zumwalt. When her father died she took her estate in some of the fifty-five hogs that he owned for the farm she and Michael would establish on the Dardenne (pronounced Dar-Den) Creek, so named by the earlier French residents. The Zumwalt family had emigrated from Prussia. In 1824, a German named Gottfried Duden had visited Missouri. He had purchased 89 acres in 1819, through an agent, in what was then St. Charles County. Duden would live here between 1824 and 1827, and spend time with the local residents, often mentioning how since they were generations removed from the Old Country they had become Americanized. While here he visited the U.S. Land Office with a member of the Zum12 | focusOn Magazine
Cave Springs walt family to add to his purchase of land. Later, he would return to Germany and in 1829 write a book titled A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America that would inspire thousands to immigrate to this area. By 1832, other families from Germany started arriving here because of Duden. Franz Krekel, father of Arnold and Nicholas Krekel, would bring his family in November 1832. By 1834, a large group of German families, known as the Giessen Emigration Society (https://mo-germans.com/ members-of-the-giessen-emigration-society ) would arrive here. They were from all over Germany, and were from all walks of life, and all religions. But a portion of them were Catholic who would settle nearby. One of these families were the Stahlschmidts. First to arrive in 1834, was Anton, on the Olbers which came into the port of New Orleans. Within three years his brother and nephew Adam Stahlschmidt had arrived on the ship called the Moscow. These families and others from the group would establish another mission outpost by the Jesuit Priests called St. Paul, at the home of Casper Molitor. Adam Stahlschmidt is buried at what early church records referred to as the Upper Dardenne Burying ground. The priests had also been attending the Catholics at St. Peters on the Lower Dardenne, and a church which had been established there as a mission back in 1819, at the same time as the Borremeo church was built. In 1834, another Ger-
man family, Paul Trendly would donate one acre for use by the Catholics to be called St. Peter on the Dardenne. More and more Germans had flooded the area, and soon another Parish would be established at St. Charles and it would be named St. Peters. The Church on the lower Dardenne would become All-Saints, while the village with the spring in the cave would remain St. Peters. The village of St. Peters had grown, and by December 31, 1855 had an established Post Office. By that time the cave with the spring had been sold to another German named John Henry Meers, who had arrived in 1855. He had four sons, Henry, Dietrich, Hermann, and George. Purchased with the Henry Freese, the land was parted out, to the Bekebrede and Richterkessing families. By 1861 it was owned by Anna Maria Ehlmann. It would continue to be sold and divided for years. Old names like Dardenne had still clung to the village, because an 1860s railroad timetable still listed St. Peters as Dardenne Station. One hundred years later, the land with the spring flowing from the cave would be in graded for development, and the cave which was located where the McDonalds is on Veterans Memorial Parkway would be covered. The spring was piped underground and run under Interstate 70 (which was built in 1956) into what is called Ehlmannâ€™s Branch, which then runs into Dardenne Creek. The landmark itself would disappear yet the name would remain. The City of St. Peters remains one of the most vibrant cities in St. Charles County. In 2010, it celebrated the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the town, and Mayor Len Pagano, decided the City should publish a book, St. Peters At Its Best, sharing its history. Written by author Cleta Flynn, it shares the stories of the French, the Spanish and the Germans who settled St. Peters. Published in 2010, much of this story has come from that great publication, for which the author is grateful.
ST. CHARLES COUNTY MISSOURI, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1962
Underground Cave Remains Mystery
By Edna McElney Olson An underground man-made cave, through which water flows at Cave Springs, is one of the unsolved historical questions in the area. For anyone interested in Indian lore and artifacts it would be well worth their time to visit the Carl Stille, Jr., farm located at 1099 Mexico Rd, onwhich spring and the cave is located. You will find a well kept 48 acre farm that has been in the Henry Ehlmann family for 3 generations. Gustev and Henry Renken are the present owners of the farm. In 1924 a new modern residence was built on the farm, replacing two story log cabin. The old barn, made of whittled white oak, still stands and its age has not been determined. Four sink holes ranging up to one about 60 feet in length are on the property. A shelving of rock is on east side of the sink and overlooks a ravine in which covered spring is located. Archaeologist made a survey in 1934 in an effort to learn more about the inhabitants of Missouri before the era of white man. The research failed to produce any conclusive evidence on which the date of the cave or spring could be fixed. The first cave is about 30x12 feet and about eight feet high. The floor is also of hand cut
stone, some pieces being 12x24 inches. The walls are made of varying size stone and the ceiling is covered with large stones. Mortar was made a heavy sand and limestone, evidently crushed from rocks. The spring flows of the floor through this room. A small wooden door serves an a enterance to this cave . At the opposite end there is a decided drop to another stone built room, about 60 feet in length. There is a possibility that other underground rooms existed but might have caved in during the years. The spring flows out of the chamber into Ehlmann branch and the water eventually finds its way to
the Dardenne Creek and Mississipi River.
as the water haulers procession continued almost around the clock. Mrs. Ralph Rickterkessing brought many pictures of the Cave Spring area, including the baseball park, to the Historical Society.
It is not known why and by whom the cave was built. Guesses have been that it served as an underground fort or possibly underground quarters for Indians. The area was once he home of the Osage Indians, as Indian artifacts found in thearea have been traced to that tribe. The arrow heads, axes and skin scrappers are on exhibit at the St. Charles County Historical Society. The Osage was not a roaming type of Indian but were village builders and some of their villages were underground.These tall masculine Indians pierced their ears from which pendants hung.
The cave and old barn are in the path of progress and will soon disappear. A highway service road will be built within 12 feet of the Stille home and the farm will be divided by the road. The right of way has been staked out and grading will begin soon. The old log barn as well as the new barn must go and it is hoped the the barn logs can be used for the restoration of Fort Zumwalt. Engineers face a problem as the stone caves will be but the spring water will have to be piped underground to a proper outlet. The cave was a popular storing place for food and milk but soon that will be a thing of the past. During a recent visit to the farm, Mr Stille was very gracious and had a stone hatchet that had been plowed up in the field. He and his son assisted us in taking pictures of the old barn and the sink holes that have closed in and are filled with water. When the work on the road begins this month, more indian relics are expected to be uncovered. The Historical Society will give assistance to anyone that wants to identify Indian stones they might uncover at Cave Springs.
The Village of Cave Spring was built near the spring, including the Hollenberg Blacksmith Shop, the Mersch wagon shop, old grocery store and one room brick school house as well as a baseball field. Modern homes now replace these former landmarks. There is no record of a post office ever serving the community, but mail was delivered in the area as far back as the turn of the century. In the Cosmos dated July 2, 1901, a news story told of a drought year and that the council ordered every water wagon to carry water from Cave Springs to the various farms. Lanterns were used to light the at night
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The St. Charles County Veterans Museum will share the stories, the lives, and the missions of all veterans who have served since St. Charles County began. If a Veteran was born, died or ever lived in St. Charles County, then this will be a place for their story. A place one can bring their grandchildren or children, so that they may understand what it truly means to be a Veteran, because as Ralph also said “Freedom isn’t free.” More than a muse14 | focusOn Magazine
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The story of mead and its origins are plentiful, and speculation abounds. This is probably because nobody really knows the whole story of mead for certain. One thing we do know is that mead has been around longer than people have been writing down history. THE LEGEND OF MEAD Our favorite story of mead goes something like this: A long, long time ago, before the invention of writing and polyester, a lucky human stumbled upon the contents of a beehive. The beehive had been left out in the rain, and the honey inside had fermented. Behold; MEAD! Our Western tradition of taking a honeymoon comes from the medieval European tradition of giving newlyweds a month’s (moons) worth of honey mead. It was believed that mead elixir would raise the chances of this couple producing male offspring. Mead soon became known as “the nectar of the gods.” King Tut was a satisfied customer, and so were Eric the Red and Queen Elizabeth the First. Enjoyed by paupers, princes, and pirates, mead was possibly the world’s favorite drink. THE HISTORY OF MEAD Sometimes called honey wine because of its U.S. Government classification, Mead really has been around for a long time. And mead makers, sometimes called mazers, have spent most of that time honing their craft. It could be argued that the wine and beer makers are the copy cats, really. Mead has a vast history from many lands and civ16 | focusOn Magazine
ilizations since the honey bee can be found in China, Africa, Europe, North America, and anywhere there is life. Because honey was a universal source of sugar for a long time, mead was almost everywhere. It takes sugar to make alcohol, whether it is from grapes, grain, or honey. Honey was the dominant sugar of the world until not that long ago. Various events brought an end to universal bee keeping in Europe, and eventually, a shortage of mead. Incidentally, this seems to have happened right about the time North America was being settled, which left the New World without mead. Eventually, grapes and sugar cane made mead scarce all together and the world largely forgot about mead, at least for a little while. Despite mead’s scarcity, the legacy of the nectar of the God’s has lived on in western civilization. The root word for medicine was mead. Hippocrates used fermented honey and elderberry mixtures as cures or “medicines”. If you take a pyment and add spices you have technically made a hippocras, which was a beverage created by the Greek physician Hippocrates. Hippocrates believed this concoction could cure numerous ailments and was essential to proper health. Fortunately it is also incredibly tasty.
THE MANY VARIETIES AND NAMES OF MEAD Not surprisingly with such a vast and long history, mankind has come up with many varieties of mjod (the old Norse word for fermented honey). The fact is, a master mazer can start with honey, water, and yeast, and wind up with something that is dry or sweet, still or sparkling, straight up or mixed with fruits or spices. Once man started writing things down, a long tradition of mead was recorded, as well as the names for its variations. No matter what definition of mead you like, Fermenting honey is what it’s all about. Here are a few old world names for mead variations. Melomel is the name given to the blending of fruits and honey. Examples would be plum, cherry, peach, elderberry, chokecherry, huckleberry, pear, etc. The possibilities are really infinite. Some fruit meads have been given specific names. Pyment is the name given to a blend of grape and fermented honey. Grapes had been planted by the Romans during their conquests and grape wine started to spread as a result. Grapes are native to the Mediterranean, (some other varieties were discovered in the New World) they did not grow in many European nations originally. As mead became scarce and grape wine became more popular, a transitional drink was born. This drink was called pyment. Cyser is the name given to the blending of apples and fermented honey. It is believed that this too was transitional mead around the time of pyment. Methoglin is the name given to mead with spices added to create flavor layers and variations. Bochet is mead made from “burnt” honey or at the very least, darkened honey. It is said that this form of mead originated in Scotland. Braggots are meads that also contain malted grains. Braggots are close cousins to beer as the original beers from Egypt contained honey.
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The First Responder Police • Fire • EMS
Chief David Todd of the St. Charles County Police Department
Skip Stephens, Assistant Chief Cottleville Fire District Contributor
Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way Chief David Todd of the St. Charles County Police Department is only days away from finishing his 40th year serving the citizens of St. Charles County in law enforcement. He holds a Master’s Degree from Lindenwood and has received education and training from the FBI National Academy. Chief Todd carries himself with a strong and confident demeanor. He likes to work hard, but knows how to laugh and have fun. I recently took advantage of the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his life and work. Chief Todd was reluctant to talk very much about himself. He answered my questions with grace, but I could tell he isn’t someone that wants the spotlight. Chief Todd grew up in north St. Louis County and attended Normandy High School. After graduation he went into the US Marine Corps and it is during his time there that he started to learn about leadership. Chief Todd on Leadership … • “From the beginning the Marine Corps start developing you as a team player and teach you about leading others. I learned a lot of great skills from them that naturally flowed into law enforcement.” • “I make a point to walk our entire building every day. I talk to everyone because my job isn’t about me, but about all of the members. I touch base, get input and talk about what we are doing right and wrong because they are the ones that are directly involved with our citizens. • “I’m a big believer in education and mentorship. Because of the strong support of our 32 | focuson Magazine
County administration and council, we are able to offer our officers great educational incentives to support their efforts to be better themselves. We have to keep motivating and developing our younger officers.” • “Sheriff Doug Saulters was instrumental in my leadership development. He supported my attendance to some of the best training programs available to law enforcement professionals.” • “Let people do their jobs. They will make good decisions and make mistakes and that’s okay. You have to let people learn and move forward. Have faith in your people.” • “At this point in my career, I have learned to take a step back and see the whole picture. This was hard for me because I was a hands-on guy. But you have to focus on developing the future.” Chief Todd on St. Charles County Police Department … • We believe strongly in collaboration with other agencies, corporate partners, community organizations and our citizens. We are constantly talking with the other law enforcement agencies about how we can work together, not only to improve our response to crime, but also to educate and maintain a culture of safety throughout our great county. • “We host a Citizen Police Academy once a year and an annual open house. We love to give people the opportunity to see how law enforcement works and the chance to give valuable feedback.” • “On National Boss’s Day (Oct. 16) each year,
we host a child as ‘Chief for the Day’. We are also working on a Safety Town and other community safety initiatives.” • “Years ago we used the DARE program, but we struggled with the fact that we couldn’t change that program to fit our needs. So we collaborated with schools, parents and other stakeholders and through teamwork, we developed our own program called S.T.A.R.T. (Substance Tobacco Alcohol Resistance Training). We have made it so that it fits our community and our children.” Chief Todd on the Life of a Law Enforcement Officer • “This job takes a huge toll on our family. I have received many awards and a lot of recognition throughout my career. But it is my wife Kathy that deserves them all. It takes incredible strength to support family members in law enforcement. When I was a young SWAT supervisor, my daughter was in middle school. I would often get called out in the middle of the night. I didn’t know it until she told me years later, but my daughter would always wake up when I left. She would watch my patrol car leave the driveway. She knew exactly what my car looked like and she knew that if another car returned instead of mine, that something bad happened. She would always stay awake, keeping an eye out her window, until she saw my car return to our home.” • The danger element is real. I have been shot at and stabbed. Being a law enforcement officer comes with an emotional toll. The terrible things we see never leave us. I remember to this day holding a two-year-old while she died after being
in an accident with no car seat. I also remember the teenage girl who died from an accident and her graduation invitation cards were scattered all over the highway. I picked up all of the cards so that no by-standers would see them and know her identity. Her name has never left me. Chief Dave Todd is a proud family man. He has two children and five grandchildren. He speaks vehemently about how his passion for St. Charles County. “All of my kids and grandkids live in St. Charles County. I have long-term investment in helping this place grow and improve for the future.” I finished by asking Chief Todd if he has a personal motto. Without a pause, he responded, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way!”
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Staying Active During the Winter
Do you find it challenging to stay active during the winter months? If so, you’re not alone! The temperatures drop, the hours of daylight decrease, and let’s be honest, these months can be extremely busy! Between holiday gatherings, social events, and traveling, physical activity may get put on the backburner. And if you’re not careful, this can leave you feeling sluggish, and your pants feeling a bit snug, come January 1.
by: Courtney Tucker
Here are a few simple and practical tips to help you stay active this winter season:
TIP 1: SET A GOAL As simple as this sounds, it makes a tremendous difference! When you have a clear destination to work towards, it becomes easier to take the necessary actions (even if it is cold and dark outside!). This could be participating in an event, such as a 5k race, fitting back into your skinny jeans from last year, or completing ten consecutive push-ups whatever is meaningful to you! Follow this simple 3-step process: - Clearly define exactly what you want to accomplish - Be specific! - Write it down. This takes it from an idea to a commitment. - Set a deadline. A healthy sense of urgency will keep you on track. TIP 2: HAVE A PLAN Failing to plan is planning to fail. If you want to be active throughout the cold and busy winter months, then you must have a plan. First, decide how many days you will (realistically) commit to physical activity each week. Keep in mind, this doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment - something is better than nothing! Next, schedule it on your calendar! You must prioritize your workouts; otherwise, it becomes very easy for other obligations to take precedence. Once they are on your calendar, the key is to treat these commitments as appointments with yourself, and follow through. TIP 3: FOCUS ON QUALITY OVER QUANTITY One of the most common ways people sabotage their progress is by falling into, what I call, the “all or nothing mindtrap.” It goes something like this… “I don’t have time to get in my full workout, so I won’t exercise today.” Something is better than nothing! You can do an excellent workout in just 20 minutes. The quality of movement is more important than the quantity. For example, a 20-minute circuit, focused on compound movements, can be much more effective than a 60-minute workout of simple movements. Compound movements utilize more than one joint, recrute multiple muscle groups, and drive the heart rate up, giving you more bang for your buck. This includes squats, pushups, lunges, pull-ups, deadlifts and dips. These exercises can be done with your own body weight, or you can add resistance to increase the intensity. TIP 4: GET RELIABLE ACCOUNTABILITY If you already know the winter months are more challenging for you to be active, then be proactive! Seek out reliable, external accountability - someone who will support you, encourage you, and help you stick to your plan. This could be a coach, a trainer, or an accountability buddy. Knowing that someone else is counting on you will greatly increase your chances of following through with what you set out to do. So which of these tips will you put into action this winter? You don’t have to wait for the new year to start taking action towards a happier, healthier YOU! focusOn Magazine | 35
medical minute with Cheryl Hohe, MSN, ANP-BC
What are the Health Benefits and Risks of Cannibis? Medical Marijuana is a hot topic. By the time this article goes to print, Missouri voters will have decided on the legalization of medical marijuana. In Missouri, and around the country, medical marijuana has been gaining support. In fact, 31 states now have some form of marijuana legalization, and Missouri could become number 32. What are the pros and cons of this form of drug use? The term medical marijuana refers to using the whole, unprocessed marijuana plant or its basic extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not recognized or approved the marijuana plant as medicine. However, scientific study of the chemicals in marijuana, called cannabinoids, has led to two FDA-approved medications that contain cannabinoid chemicals in pill form. Continued research may lead to more medications. Because the marijuana plant contains chemicals that may help treat a range of illnesses and symptoms, many people argue that it should be legal for medical purposes. Why isn’t the marijuana plant an FDA-approved medicine? The FDA requires carefully conducted studies (clinical trials) in hundreds to thousands of human subjects to determine the benefits and risks of a possible medication. So far, researchers haven’t conducted enough large-scale clinical trials that show that the benefits of the marijuana plant (as opposed to its cannabinoid ingredients) outweigh its risks in patients it’s meant to treat. What are cannabinoids? Cannabinoids are chemicals related to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s main 36| focusOn Magazine
mind-altering ingredient that makes people “high.” The marijuana plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids. Scientists as well as illegal manufacturers have produced many cannabinoids in the lab. Some of these cannabinoids are extremely powerful and have led to serious health effects when misused. The body also produces its own cannabinoid chemicals. They play a role in regulating pleasure, memory, thinking, concentration, body movement, awareness of time, appetite, pain, and the senses (taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight). How might cannabinoids be useful as medicine? Currently, the two main cannabinoids from the marijuana plant that are of medical interest are THC and CBD. • THC can increase appetite and reduce nausea. • THC may also decrease pain, inflammation (swelling and redness), and muscle control problems. Unlike THC, CBD is a cannabinoid that doesn’t make people “high.” These drugs aren’t popular for recreational use because they aren’t intoxicating. It may be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating mental illness and addictions. The FDA approved a CBD-based liquid medication called Epidiolex® for the treatment of two forms of severe childhood epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Many researchers, including those funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), are continuing to explore the possible uses of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids for medical treatment. For instance, recent animal studies have shown that
marijuana extracts may help kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one cell culture study with rodents suggests that purified extracts from whole-plant marijuana can slow the growth of cancer cells from one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that treatment with purified extracts of THC and CBD, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.
• Marijuana has been implicated in a high percentage of automobile and workplace accidents. • Marijuana is illegal under federal law. It is classified as a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), alongside heroin. • You cannot legally own a gun and have a medical cannabis card
Scientists are also conducting preclinical and clinical trials with marijuana and its extracts to treat symptoms of illness and other conditions, such as: diseases that affect the immune system, including: • HIV/AIDS • Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which causes gradual loss of muscle control • Inflammation • Pain • Seizures • Substance use disorders • Mental disorders What medications contain cannabinoids? Two FDA-approved drugs, dronabinol and nabilone, contain THC. They treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and increase appetite in patients with extreme weight loss caused by AIDS. Continued research might lead to more medications. The United Kingdom, Canada, and several European countries have approved nabiximols, which is a mouth spray containing THC and CBD. It treats muscle control problems caused by MS, but it isn’t FDA-approved. So.....it all sounds great, right?? For every person who advocates for the legalization of medical marijuana, there is another who argues against it. Some of the arguments from the opposition include: • Frequent marijuana use can seriously affect your short-term memory. • Frequent use can impair your cognitive ability. • Smoking anything, whether it’s tobacco or marijuana, can damage your lung tissue. • Marijuana contains cancer-containing compounds. • Marijuana carries a risk of abuse and addiction.
Scientific Evidence Remains Limited In the past, clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of marijuana to treat certain conditions have been restrictive and limited. As medical marijuana becomes more prevalent throughout the world, researchers are doing more studies. However, expert reviews of current research continue to advocate that more studies are needed. Many of the hurdles involve controlling the quality and dosing of cannabis with what is legally available to researchers. Additionally, a number of the current studies are not controlled clinical trials in which a placebo or alternative medicine is used. Without more of these comparative studies, scientific evidence on the therapeutic effects of cannabis will remain in question. Until marijuana is downgraded from a Schedule I drug, widespread clinical trials are unlikely to happen in the United States. If we really want a definitive answer as to whether marijuana is valuable for symptom management, it needs to be evaluated using the same standards as other medications.
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When you get that sushi craving, nothing else will do. When I get the sushi craving in St. Charles I head over to Crazy Sushi, tucked away on Mid Rivers Mall Drive next to Llywelyn’s Pub. The husband and wife owner team of Chong and Rok Yi both serve as sushi chefs while Rok also runs the front of the house at their current location, where they’ve been for the past five years. While the interior is somewhat open and spartan in appearance, their friendly personalities give the place warmth and character. Sushi fans will find a long list of sashimi and nigiri available and the usual suspects on the makimono menu, California Roll, Rainbow Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, etc. In addition, they have several entrees that include tempura battered proteins and vegetables, teriyaki chicken, salmon and steak and a number of other traditional Asian inspired dishes.
spicy tuna and cucumber on the inside, think a spicy tuna roll. On top is a layer of sliced avocado, a beautiful bright piece of white tuna and another dollop of sriracha finishes the job. This roll could be called the opposites roll as the sweetness of the avocado and white tuna battle the spice from the tuna and sriracha to a perfectly balanced tie. It could also be called the Kelly Roll, but I digress. If you’re not in the spice game, I would still try one of their specialty house rolls that don’t include spicy elements. On my last visit, Crazy Sushi had fresh toro (fatty tuna) in house, and I never pass on the filet mignon of fish, it’s decadent and unctuous and melts in your mouth. A person can’t live on rolls alone, after all.
Like I said, however, when I have a craving for sushi I head to Crazy Sushi, and when I get there I immediately go to the Specialty Rolls menu. There are fun names and delicious combinations on rolls like the Monkey Roll, Cardinal Roll, Big Mouth Roll and No Name Roll. The two I keep coming back for, though, are the Volcano Roll and the Shelley Roll. The Volcano Roll has crab, avocado and cucumber on the inside, just like a California Roll. On top, Chong adds a creamy layer of wasabi mayo, topped with a small tower of spicy salmon and a generous addition of sriracha sauce on the top floor. I love this roll! It’s spicy, it’s creamy, it’s delicious. The rolls here are also good size, with eight pieces on this masterpiece. The Shelley Roll (years ago I was unsuccessful in trying to get Chong to change the name to the Kelly Roll) starts with
If you come with a group of friends, small are large, they have wooden sushi boats and sushi boat specials to load up on the wooden boats. It’s fun and whimsical, and just like Chong, Rok and Crazy Sushi, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, it just brings delicious fish to the party. Would you like to your restaurant featured in TopBites? Contact us to for details.
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by: Darlene Fischer
Chasing the Dragon: The Heroin Epidemic is Here!
“I WISH EVERYONE WOULD JUST LEAVE ME ALONE!”
My name is Jacob Rubinstein and that was the thought in my head day in and day out! I truly meant it! My thought was, “I will always use heroin, because I’m only happy when I’m high.” How wrong I was! My journey with opiates started out after I was involved in a snowboarding accident. I was put on very strong pain pills, too strong for a 17 year old kid. After the pain was gone, I just kept on getting high from the pills. And when they ran out, so did my high! However, I wasn’t ready for the “high” to end, I was already hooked! I began looking and was able to get pain pills for about a year or so until they became harder and harder to find. Then I was introduced to heroin, and there was an endless supply of that! What started out as a here and there chippy habit, quickly spiraled into stealing from family or friends and frequent visits to the pawn shop! A needle hanging out of my arm was now my new normal! I want to go back to the statement that played in my head over and over when I was deep in my addiction, “I wish everyone would just leave me alone!” The reason that was always in my head was because even though I was now a heroin addict, I was also a son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend to many people who loved and cared about me more than I cared about myself. They were ALWAYS on me to get help, or try this, or try that, but the fact remained I wasn’t ready to stop. “Just leave me alone, I’m fine,” I’d say even though my friends were overdosing and dying. My addic42 | focusOn Magazine
tion had brought me to the farthest thing from fine! I was on the brink of death and everyone could see it but me! I will never forget the night I was really dope sick and went to the city, got some heroin and realized, “I don’t have a needle!” I quickly snorted a little of it hoping it would ease the sickness and then rushed home. I ran upstairs and began frantically searching for my bag of needles. They had to be somewhere! The thought came across my mind, “what if they got pitched!” So, I ran outside and began searching through the apartment dumpster. Here I was, 25 years old, searching in the night through trash for a bag of needles. It was then that I looked upwards and cried out, “God, please help me or end me! I can’t do this anymore!”
Shortly after, I ended up in what was to be my last rehab visit! My addiction to heroin had lasted for 6 to 7 years and over the course of time I had been in 15-20 different inpatient, outpatient and detox centers. However, this time was going to be different. This time when my mom picked me up, I just broke down sobbing in her arms. I was so scared I’d mess up again like all the other times! I truly believe God was working in my heart to stay sober this time, no turning back! My mom believed that God would help me too, so we started going to church and even got baptized together. It was such an amazing feeling to surrender my life and turn it all over to Jesus. I began attending a Celebrate Recovery Class and met some wonderful people from Grace Church who still continue to help and mentor me. Then I received some amazing news, I was going to have a beautiful baby girl with my former girlfriend. I had always wanted to be a father and I remember praying to God and thanking Him for my sobriety and new baby. I promised Him that I’d never go back to the drug that had taken so much from me and so many others! I also made that promise to my newborn baby. August 4th, 2013, was the last time I ever used heroin. Today, God continues to bless me. I now have a beautiful loving wife, two adorable baby girls, a precious baby boy, a great job and a nice home to raise them in! I’m able to be present and active in their lives and I’m very thankful that my children will never know that former side of me. I’m not sure why God has allowed me this second chance and has blessed me with so much, but He has, and I intend to make the best of everything I’ve been Given!
To the addict still suffering I want to say, “There is a way out! You don’t have to take the hard way out, or stay stuck in the vicious cycle of addiction to such a deadly drug!” Romans 8:28 says “God promises to make something good out of the storms that bring devastation to our lives.” Please step aside, let God make good out of the mess you are in! He is willing, able and waiting! As I continue to highlight the various organizations and individuals seeking to make a difference and help families during this opioid crisis, I would be amiss and even negligent, if I failed to mention the help that is being made available through many local churches in our area. Though I can’t mention them all in this limited article, I would like to shine a light on one local church who is offering help and hope to both the addicts and their parents or loved ones. Grace Church, located in Maryland Heights, offers several strong programs. “Overcomers” and “Parenting and Praying for Addicted Loved Ones” are two such programs available free of charge to anyone needing help within the community. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please reach out for help. There is a saying in the 12 step fellowships, “if you share your pain, you cut it in half. If you don’t, you double it.”
Support Groups designed for those dealing with loved ones struggling with substance abuse. Learn skills specific to addiction, community resourses available, signs and symptoms to watch for, biblical strategies and how to pray & believe in God for divine intervention. Meets every Friday at Grace Church from 6:30 - 8:00pm. Fpr more informationcontact: Darlene @ 314-292-8300 Ext. 3017 focusOn Magazine | 43
by: Stephen Thompson
PJ Randhawa is Redefining...
INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM For many decades, American journalists have used their craft to call government and corporations on wrongdoings, which sometimes even transformed to public outcry and changes. PJ Randhawa, an Emmy winning Investigative Reporter with NBC KSDK TV St. Louis, takes the craft to a fresh side and no wonder her stories are full of thrills, excitement, and sometimes danger. PJ is a creative journalist, who stands apart through her humble and discreet leadership persona. She has been featured in more than forty magazines and newspaper around the world- from India, UK, Malaysia and Australia. I for sure think, her career story will encourage, especially, minorities to pursue opportunities in the media business.
When I first requested her interview, she promptly asked me to keep in mind that investigative journalism is not glamorous. PJâ€™s passion for investigative reporting was a natural progression from journalism that simply reported what had happened to journalism that also explained why.
PJ Randhawa was born to Punjabi immigrant parents in Winnipeg, Canada. She moved to Chicago at eighteen and has been able to live all around the country ever since. PJ is a graduate of DePaul Universityâ€™s journalism program. She began her career as a Morning News Anchor at the ABC TV affiliate in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2013, she became an investigative reporter for the NBC TV in Columbia, South Carolina. Since 2015, she has been an investigative reporter in St. Louis. PJ is a four-time Emmy Award nominee, and was also nominated for a Missouri Broadcasters Award. And she has interviewed many prominent politicians. 44 | focusOn Magazine
“I’ve always been painfully shy” (smiles) and it seems she never thought she would pursue a career in front of the camera. “I wanted to remain behind the camera when I began studying journalism in graduate school. But the subjects I was covering inspired me”. She started to focus on crime and investigative topics because “those are some of the hardest stories to tell”. PJ tells, “Through my reporting, I try to make sense of some of the darkness I see in the world”.
rector, threatened to shoot me. I was investigating a claim that he wouldn’t release a woman’s body because of non-payment from the family”. In 2014, PJ was sent to France to report on the seventy anniversary of D-Day! “I went with twenty two WW2 veterans and we toured the beaches of Normandy and significant war sites. It was such an emotional trip, and it gave me a first hand look into a chapter of history we should never forget. It was amazing how much love the French people still have for American soldiers. They were treated like celebrities!” Her advice for aspiring young journalist are, “Work on being a good listener. Be polite. Treat the people you meet while reporting with dignity and respect. It’s a good thing to be known for. Also- you don’t have to be the loudest person in the room to be heard”.
We talked about many of her unforeseen experiences, and few times I even wonder why she puts herself through such events. In South Dakota, she was part of a courtroom riot. It started when a young man had just been sentenced to twenty-five years in prison for firing a gun from a moving car. He was being led away by deputies when he threw himself through a glass door. The courtroom erupted in chaos, and his family and friends started smashing chairs. It turned into a full-blown riot, with family members of the defendant and his “baby mama” fist fighting. “I took out my phone and started filming the whole thing from a safe vantage point. It took about twenty minutes for police to detain everyone”, she explains. My anxiety, kind of went higher, when she talked about receiving death threats and etc. “One man who owned a derelict property saw us filming from the street. He approached us and threatened to shoot us and smash our camera. Another person, a funeral di-
You can often find PJ picnicing at the Forest Park. When asked about her leisure time activities, “I love true crime shows like Dateline and 20/20. I am obsessed with my pug Yogi. I love playing tennis, pool and running indoors”. To follow PJ, visit www.facebook.com/PJRreports ************************* focusOn Magazine | 45
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MOVIE REVIEW with Kevin Ziegemeier
A Star is Born Starring: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga Rated PG-13
For years, Hollywood has been remaking motion pictures. Often times the remake is like eating leftovers out of the fridge. The original meal could have been quite satisfying, but after getting cold and reheated, it loses it’s original flavor. Even with the addition of a new side or some extra seasoning, it just is not the same as the original. A Star is Born is not only a remake of a movie from the past, this is the 3rd remake of the original movie from 1937. The movie has also been remade in 1954 and 1976. I, like many others in my generation (I am 52), never had any knowledge of the 1937 and 1954 versions of this movie and probably never saw the 1976 version. Before watching the 2018 release, I read the plot of the previous three movies. Although there are some minor changes, the stories are pretty much the same. I was very interested going into the theater to see whether this was going to be a fresh recipe or just another plate of reheated leftovers. Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) is a popular country music singer and guitar player. After his latest performance, he takes off to get a drink. While sitting at a bar, he is mesmerized by the voice of Ally Campana (Lady Gaga), who is performing onstage. After the show, Jackson gets the opportunity to meet Ally backstage. While Ally knows who he is, it is obvious that Jackson is more impressed by not only her talent, but her looks and personality as well. He asks her to come back to his room to talk music. Jackson feels like her talent needs to be heard and invites her to come on tour with him. Ally accepts his invitation and while backstage during his concert, he invites her on stage to perform a song she wrote and sang to him during their initial meeting. Along with the music he composed, the performance was a huge success. The two eventually fall in love and get married. However, excessive drinking and drug use brought on by a troubled past is starting to take a toll on Jackson’s ability to perform. This coincides with Ally’s newfound success and eventual stardom. Not liking Ally’s music and new image, Jackson is falling deeper and deeper into a drug and alcohol abyss. Jackson finally hits rock bottom while attending the Grammys where Ally has been nominated for Best New Artist. After Ally wins the award and is onstage giving her acceptance speech, Jackson, drunk and barely coherent, stumbles on stage and causes an embarrassing scene. Jackson admits himself to rehab to try to rebuild his life and relationship to Ally. Ally, still very much in love and not willing to give up on him, cancels the rest of her world tour to be with
Rating scale 50 | focusOn Magazine
EXCELLENT, A MUST SEE
him. Knowing that Ally’s love and loyalty to him will eventually jeopardize her career, Jackson ends the relationship. Heartbroken, Ally pays tribute to Jackson by singing a song he wrote but never performed. The unconditional love shown by both characters was inspiring, but this is not just a chic flick. Like millions of men out there, this is a movie that I would normally never admit enjoying. No worries fellas, there is enough chest hair, beer drinking, and country music to keep your man card. I was very impressed by the performance of Lady Gaga. Just like Madonna, Cher, and Jennifer Lopez, her transition from music to the big screen seemed effortless. She was not intimidated by being the star of the movie and to steal a quote from the movie Crazy, Stupid Love, she is the perfect combination of cute and sexy. Furthermore, even if you are not a fan of her music, you would have to admit that her voice is nothing short of amazing. Bradley Cooper also was excellent in his roll. The ladies may be disappointed with his scruffy beard, disheveled hair, and addiction to drugs and alcohol. However, his ability to portray a sweet and totally devoted, if not flawed, person still has much appeal to his female audience. Overall, this is a must see movie. The fact that it is a remake is of no consequence. It has been 42 years since the last one was released and for many current moviegoers, this version was not just a plate of warmed up leftovers. The music was good, the story was entertaining, and the ending was unexpected. It is a movie worthy of being considered an original. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I give A Star is Born...
Good, Wait for video release
Average, Wait for Netflix release
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