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publisher’s note fan fare We kick off our fall issue with an interview with St. Louis Ram’s punter, Donnie Jones, in our cover story (page 10) by sportswriter Ron Clements. Clements also discusses Ram’s current winning streak with Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo and rookie quarterback Sam Bradford (page 13). It’s been a great season so far to be a Ram’s fan and we wish them continued success. Alexander M. Brown, a big fan of the Dave Glover Show, examines the “Serious Side of Funny Business” in his interview with the radio personality celebrating the tenth anniversary of his show (page 50). And fans of “Queen of Rock n’ Roll” Katy Kruze won’t want to miss our interview with her (page 78). I’m a huge fan of this season’s fall fashion and Macy’s delivers with on-trend looks in our spread (page 28). A special thanks to Angela Quinn from Spa WingHaven and to Shirley Vejvoda and Janet Aubuchon from Macy's Mid Rivers for making it all happen. Fall is the perfect time to visit Missouri’s wineries, and we reviewed Missouri's newest, Cedar Lake Cellars (page 16), and the award-winning Blumenhof Vineyards and Winery (page 18). Experience Chef Henry Miller's creations at Kitaro Bistro of Japan through our restaurant review (page 22). You'll want to play the challenging courses of Woods Fort Country Club (page 24) and Eagle's Bluff Golf Course (page 18) after reading our golf course reviews. Our staff toured some of the area's best assisted living and independent living facilities to share their offerings (page 80) and brought you a section of portraits and profiles of local people who are at the top of their game (page 62). We examine the benefits of an energy saving spray polyurethane foam roof coating system (page 56) and geothermal heating and cooling system (page 60) in our green living section. We feature the architecture firm Phoenix Design Group, Inc. (page 76) and focus on what the attorneys of Flynn and Davenport like to do outside the office (page 70). Our travel section features destinations both inside the country and overseas. Dan Neill shares his picturesque trip to Glacier National Park in Montana (page 72) and Diane Picht shares destinations in Ireland you won't want to miss. Thank you to our staff, contributors, advertisers and readers for making this our biggest issue yet. Enjoy!

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contents

reviews

Assisted Living

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Our staff toured eight assisted living and independent living properties to share what each has to offer..

Meagan wearing clothing from Macy's. Photographed by Alexander M. Brown

features

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The Dave Glover Show: Serious Side of Funny Business

We go behind the scenes of the radio show as it celebrates its tenth anniversary.

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Barathaven Alzheimer's Special Care Center

COVER STORY

10 Donnie Jones: A Leg Up

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Ron Clements interviews the Ram's punter.

Interview with radio personality dubbed "Queen of Rock 'n Roll"

Macy's Fall Fashion

Impulse Fashion shoot at Ameristar Casino with hair and makeup by Spa WingHaven

Trend Watch:

Jewelry, Bags, Hair

Impulse fashion editorial at Cedar Lake Farm with jewelry by Three Monkeys Beadery, bags from Always in Style, and hair and makeup by Hair Design Team

13 RAMS: Teeming

With Confidence

Ron Clements interviews the Ram's punter.

Katy Kruz

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on the cover:

St. Louis Ram's player Donnie Jones

Portraits & Profiles

Special section featuring local people you should know.

Photographed by Alexander M. Brown

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Barathaven Alzheimer's Special Care Center

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Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe/Twin Oaks Estate

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Villages at St. Peters

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Park Place Senior Living at WingHaven®

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Caregivers Inn

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Sugar Creek Assisted Living/ The Arbors at Sugar Creek

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Assisted Living at the Meadowlands

24 Golf Courses We reviewed the golf courses and properties of Woods Fort Country Club and Eagle's Bluff.

16 Wineries Review of the new Cedar Lake Cellars near Wright City and Blumenhof Vineyards and Winery near Dutzow.

22 Food FIND US ON facebook

Additional photos, content and more!

We sampled the Asian fusion flavors of Kitaro Bistro of Japan.


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Departments Beauty & Fashion

MAGAZINE

35 Behind the Scenes

Staff at Spa WingHaven share the hair care products used on the models in the Impulse fashion shoot

36 Ready for Red?

Hair stylist Dom Pilla shares tips for the best way to create a fiery hue for your locks.

38 Color That Speaks Louder Than Words

What is your hair color saying about you? Tina Parrish, owner of Luminesce Salon, shares the latest trends in hair color.

Travel 72 Summer Cool

Dan Neill chronicles his trip to Glacier National Park in Montana

48 Big & Bold

Paula Nakajima, owner of Three Monkeys Beadery, anticipates the hottest jewelry design trends for 2010-11.

Architecture/Interiors

Diane Picht shares some stops you'll want to add to your itinerary.

Pet Care 75 Your Dog Can Get Allergies, Too Certified Pet Stylist Ezra Schneider discusses the symptoms to look out for in your furry companion.

Health 90 What to Drink

Jack Val Spencer, LMT, discusses he choices in drinking water

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Interventional Pain Care Expands Practice The practice, which offers treatment for chronic pain, opened a new main location in Troy, Missouri.

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Phoenix Design Group

Photo: Mango Peruvian Cuisine,

Washington Loft District, Downtown St. Louis

Green Living 56 Energy Saving Roof

We examine the benefits of the energy-saving spray polyurethane foam roof coating system offered by R&A Contracting of St. Louis.

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Geothermal Heating & Air Conditioning

Gary Scott of Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning discusses the advantages.

Graphic Design: Alex Brown Tamara See Sara Henderson Advertising Executives: Maqsud Mir Shana Allen Jill Knapp Kathy Kuester Jeanette Brandt Photography: Alexander M. Brown

Invisible Zinc

We feature the article on the physical protection barrier sunscreen.

Spot Light

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Publisher/Editor: Tamara See

75 Experience Ireland

44 Modern Brides

Angie Ruckel from The Wedding Shoppe shares the current trends in bridal gown design and wedding planning.

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14 New Supplement Store

Opens in Wentzville 20 A Day in the Life of a Missouri Wine Culturist 36 Always in Style Boutique expands to offer gently used home decor

55 Home Builders Assoc.

of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri 70 What the Attorneys of Flynn & Davenport do Outside the Office

IMPULSE MAGAZINE Published by FOCUS NEWS, LLC P.O. BOX 32066 ST. LOUIS, MO 63132 (314) 713-2400 impulsemag@yahoo.com The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of Impulse Magazine. The choice of an assisted living facility is an important one. Impulse Magazine does not necessarily recommend the use of the featured facilities.

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ports nutrition New Supplement Store Opens in Wentzville

Supplement Sports Nutrition or SS Nutrition™, is the newest name in sports supplements in the Westplex area. Opened in May by police department partners, Tony Malik and Mark West, this energetic duo is dedicated to helping consumers with their supplements, vitamins and fitness needs. “We believe that every person that walks into our store knows what they are purchasing and putting into their bodies; we are here to sell stuff that works,” said Mark, a self proclaimed fitness fanatic. Serving their passion for fitness, Mark & Tony envisioned a goal to open the supplemental store where customers could affordably buy high quality supplements. “We only carry top brand name products that have been proven to work for years. Our employees are constantly trained to guide our customers in the right direction. Customer service is our #1 priority; helping each and every customer with their individual needs is our goal,” added Mark. At SS Nutrition they carry hundreds of

products at considerably low prices and offer price match guarantee from any supplemental retail store. They believe that their customers should "try it before they buy it.™" Every Saturday and Sunday they offer free samples of different products for customers to "try it before they buy it™." Offering products for such as Fish Oil, Vitamins, Sports Nutrition, Protein, Vegetarian Protein, Pre-workout, Post-workout, Fat Burners, Creatin and many more, SS Nutrition caters to both men and women involved in fitness, athletics or just the health conscious. “Our variety, selection and prices beat our competitors’. Just come and see the amazing difference in price that SS Nutrition has to offer,” added Mark. Special discounts are offered to first responders and military. Members of select gyms in the area also receive additional discounts. You can also use SS Nutrition’s Free Preferred Card to receive discounts with every purchase. Stop by SS Nutrition and experience truly dedicated service. They are located at 1810 Wentzville Pkwy Blvd in Wentzville which is located

just off interstate I-70 and Wentzville Pkwy Blvd in Dierbergs Plaza. To meet the great demand for reasonably priced top brand supplementation, Mark and Tony are planning to open yet another location in the Westplex area. Their store  hours are Monday-Fri 9am-9pm, Saturdays 10am-7pm, Sundays 10am-6pm. For more information, call 636-332-2677 or visit their website at www.ssnutrition.com.

Available brands They offer these supplement brands: 4EVER FIT  5-Hour Energy • ExtenZe • XS Adept Nutrition • DYMANTIZE• MET-Rx Gaspari Nutrition •HCG Diet Drops IDS ISS • LG Science  VPX • M.H.P.  MRI MusclePharm • Muscle Tech • MYOGENIX Nature's Best • Nutrex • NATURE'S HERBS Power Bar • Optimum Nutrition • Promax Redefine Nutrition • TAPOUT • Universal Standard Process • UPSlabs • Performance And many more!


winery review

Cedar Lake Cellars

Winery Opens at Cedar Lake Farm Near Wright City

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ocated in the heart of Warren County amidst ninety five picturesque acres of the destination event venue Cedar Lake Farm, is the latest creation of owner and accomplished businessman Carl Bolm. Cedar Lake Cellars is Missouri’s newest winery experience offering a spectacular array of handcrafted quality wines with its namesake from Missouri and California. When Carl bought the Shreckengast farm and started restoring the 1930’s buildings in 2002 he envisioned Cedar Lake Farm becoming a premier event venue of St. Louis. The opening of Cedar Lake Cellars is the beginning of the second act of an ongoing saga that began with the charming Big Red Barn and the comforting ambiance of surrounding acreage. This meticulously renovated tri-level barn houses a long dining room with hand built tables, chairs, cabinets and a stone hearth that harks back to the glory days of its early 20th century origin; this barn is unlike any you have seen or experienced. With the addition of the winery, Cedar Lake is now the ideal destination for lunch or dinner in the country as well as large corporate gatherings or private events. Surrounded by two serene lakes, one dissected by an expansive wooden bridge that leads to a gorgeous waterfall and a firepit, and a new vineyard of Norton, the Cellar boasts a spectacular tasting room. The forty foot granite tasting bar, the breathtaking wine rack and custom tables made of reclaimed wood and plush chairs provide seating for hundreds. Cedar Lake Cellar offers an outstanding variety from highly regarded wine regions from around the world including Napa, Italy, New Zealand, Chile and more. “Our vignoles,

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sweet reds, pink blush, pinot noir, pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay are hand-crafted locally in the spirit of Missouri wine country. French-American hybrid and native grapes are blended for superb balance, taste and aroma,” said Scott Sutter, the Cellar’s wine consultant. As an alternative to wine try their fine selection of micro-brewed beers. Enjoy top name entertainers year round in their covered pavilion. Experience Executive Chef Philip Day’s perfect food pairings, specialties and a full menu of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts in the incredible setting of the Cellar’s Wine Country Cafe. Special Wine Dinners are available by reservation only. Enjoy your meal inside in the hearth room, outside under the covered patio or opt for a romantic picnic by the lake with a refreshing picnic basket prepared to your taste. It is a spectacular setting for weddings, engagements, as well as honeymoons. The atmosphere is one of relaxed and classic elegance, unique to Missouri Wine Country. Host you corporate event here. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a tranquil environment where you and your staff can recharge and reconnect. Team building activities, meetings, seminars, and corporate retreats are enjoyed rather than endured. You can book your private event any day of the week. Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation and a banquet, the catering staff can tailor a variety of menus to exceed your expectations and ensure you and your guests have a great experience. Both Cedar Lake Farm and the Cellar lead the industry in maintaining sustainable practices that include recycling receptacles, proper waste disposal signage, use of recycled lake water for irrigation of the vineyard and

grounds, efficient Lutron lighting system with occupancy sensors, and above all, building of the Big Red Barn using 90% original materials and reclaimed barn wood from barns around the area. Located between west Hwy 70 and Hwy 40, only thirty minutes from St. Louis, Cedar Lake Farm and Cellars is far enough to get away yet close enough to create a special day Cedar Lake is cosmopolitan country at its finest. Cellar is open to public Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 9 pm. To book your next fabulous party contact Michelle Tinker at mtinker@ cedarlakecelllars.com or call 636-745-9500. On the web at www.cedarlakecellars.com and Facebook.


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winery review

Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery Nestled along Highway 94 in the historic village of Dutzow (Missouri’s oldest German settlement) is one of the most awarded of all Missouri wineries, Blumenhof Winery. Established in 1987 Blumenhof Winery and Vineyard is operated today by second and third generation family. Dedicated to producing an unsurpassed selection of Missouri-grown wines, Blumenhof’s wines have won scores of awards at prominent national and international wine competitions. Blumenhof takes its name from the Blumenberg family’s ancestral farm in northwestern Germany. Blumenhof, which means Court of Flowers, is a perfect name for this lovely winery. Blumenhof’s wine list includes their perennial award winners like the Chambourcin, Chardonel, Cynthiana, Rayon d’Or, Seyval, Vidal and Vignoles. This year was banner year for their two reds Chambourcin and Original Cyn and their dry white Seyval; all three winning Best Of gold medals at Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. Their amazingly flavored dry rose, 2008 Winegarden Rose was awarded Silver Medal at the 2009 Mid-American Wine Competition. The ever popular semi-dry white wines include the 2009 Rayon d’Or, the new vintage 2009 Femme Osage, and the 2008 Missouri Weinland which received Gold Medals this year at both the Taster’s Guild International Judging and the LA International Wine & Spirits Competition. Blumenhof’s semi-sweets include Katy’s Blush, a 2009 Vignoles, La Charrette, a Silver Medal winner Devil’s Den Red, and their 2008 Valvin Muscat which received a Gold Medal at the 2009 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition. In the winery’s two beautiful vineyards in Dutzow and Treloar, owner Mark Blumenberg grows seven acres of Vidal, three acres of Chambourcin, and two acres of Cynthiana. Blumenhof’s German heritage is apparent in more than their 18 I IMPULSE I Fall 2010

wines and is reflected in the architecture and warm friendly ambiance. With the winery open all year round and the wine garden hosting bands every weekend like Erin Bode, Dick & Jane, Pennsylvania Slim Blues, the fabulous wine and the beautiful music provides unparalleled entertainment spring, summer, and fall. Erin Bode, with her enchantingly melodious voice is one of the biggest acts in St. Louis and has been playing at Blumenhof for nearly five years. “Erin is a sweetheart. She loves being very close to the crowd and the crowd loves her in our wine garden.” stated Mark. Blumen means flowers in German; Mark would like to invite everyone to stop in and smell the flowers, and enjoy their world-class wines. Located in Missouri Wine Country, they are minutes north of Washington, Missouri, on the north side of the Missouri River, at 13699 South Highway 94. They are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years day. To find out what’s happening at Blumenhof every week, visit www.blumenhof.com or call 800419-2245. You can also find most Blumenhof varietals at Missouri Wine and Gift located at the Preferred Outlet Mall in Warrenton. ■


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A Day In the Life of a Missouri Wine Culturist

GRAPE-GROWING & WINE-MAKING FROM BLUMENHOF VINEYARDS & WINERY - IN DUTZOW, MISSOURI. A Year ‘Round Exposé’ for the Wine Enthusiast.

Mark Blumenberg, owner of Blumenhof Vineyards, checks the volume of wine left to bottle in the 725 gal. stainless tank in August.

Whether you have a few grapevines in your backyard or you have acres and acres of grape-producing vines, knowing when and how to harvest the grapes is important. If the grapes are not ready or the harvest is not done correctly, the crop can be a failure. Grapes must be mature before they can be harvested because they will not mature any further after being removed from the vine. Grapes generally mature from late August to late October, depending on the variety of the grapes. Watch for color changes such as green to blue or red to white and seed color changes from green to brown. Grapes will reach full size and also become sweet. The only way to test this is to taste them. After determining that the grapes are mature and ready, weather cooperating, it is time to harvest. Harvesting is done by hand or with machinery. The resulting juice is then chilled to around 40º F and stored in stainless steel fermentation tanks with built in cooling jackets to control heat generated during fermentation. Fermentation takes 2-4 weeks. Aiding fermentation is either ambient yeasts which are naturally present in wine cellars and on the grapes themselves or cultured yeast which are specifically isolated and cultured for this purpose. In wine-making the temperature and speed of fermentation is an important consideration as well as the levels of oxygen present in the must at the start of the fermentation. Based on temperature, different juices will ferment at different times. When fermentation is finished and the wine is stable with enough sulfites (SO2) added to prevent oxidation or spoiling; add fining agents to clear the wine of suspended particle. The last step in winemaking is filling and corking your bottles and few things are more important to the shelf life of your wine than how it is handled at this point. Commercial bottling machines inject nitrogen into the bottle just prior to filling and corking them to evacuate the bottle of any oxygen. When bottling at home and if you are using re-used wine bottles, soak off the label, scrub them well and siphon the wine into them. To help cork them easily, steam the corks for 3-5 minute. Leave bottles upright for 3-5 days; then store them on their side at 55º F for six months for white wine and up to a year for red wine before sampling. Impulse Magazine in affiliation with Blumenhof Winery will bring our readers year ‘round “Grape-Growing & Wine Making” instruction for the interested and amateur Wine Culturists. If you have any fitting questions, you can direct them to Impulse Magazine, and we will ask the expert and report on them in our next installment.


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woods Fort golf course was cut out of winding woods and rolling hills. It has some large, forgiving fairways and nice size greens. Many improvements have occurred in the last two years to any already beautiful course layout. The course is one of the most scenic and challenging courses in Missouri. The facilities at Woods Fort can accommodate tournaments of any size. There is a newly constructed pavilion and BBQ area just outside the pro shop. Hole number 17 is a signature hole. The par 4 hole is a slight dogleg to the right with a lake surrounding the front and west side of the green. As you face the green for your second shot, you face a wall of stacked boulders to an elevated green with mounds in the rear that forces you to select the proper club. It is holes like this one that makes this course a challenging, yet friendly in many aspects. Special pricing for tournaments and outings combined with the convenient accommodations make this a perfect venue to host your next tournament. The facility offers lessons to all levels of golfers and a newly designed range to sharpen your game. If you wish to inquire about lessons, head golf professional Brian Crawford is always available to answer your questions or schedule a lesson. Woods Fort has been host to some popular tour events and regularly hosts high school tournaments and the Special Olympics events. The ownership and management of Woods Fort Golf Course invites you to come play and visit their facility. They are there to make your day as pleasant as possible.


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The common factor in this fall’s hottest trends are an attention to detail. Luxe materials are reigning supreme, as well as military inspired details, ruffled detailing, feminine florals, and sequins for day and night. Leather and exotic furs (please be kind, use faux) are great for layering this season. Jeggings, or jean leggings, are another must-have this year. Pair them with tunic tops, vests or cropped jackets, and you’ll have an ensemble that makes a statement.

Koren is wearing INC Clothing: Grey wool jacket, bolero ruffle trim, blue and black ruched dress, black blue tights, Rampage platform boots, and Style & Co. Accessories. 28 I IMPULSE I Fall 2010


The key to nailing the hottest trends of the season is to pay attention to the details.

Luxe materials are reigning supreme, as well as military inspired accessories, ruffled components, feminine florals, and sequins for day or night. Leather and faux furs are the textures for layering this season. Jeggings, or jean leggings, are another must have this year. Pair them with tunic tops, vests or cropped jackets, and you’ll have an ensemble that makes a statement. Of course, a chic fall wardrobe is not complete without the right boots. Another trend this year is wearing ultrafeminine or tailored pieces mixed with edgier accessories and layers for a modern appeal. Hair & Makeup: Spa WingHaven Clothing: Macy’s Mid Rivers Fashion stylists: Janet Aubuchon, Macy's Mid Rivers Selling Manager Shirley Vejvoda, Macy's Mid Rivers General Manager Location: Ameristar Casino Photography: Alexander M. Brown

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Catalina is wearing INC Clothing: Faux shearling vest, short sleeve tan marble sweater, brown leggings; Rampage platform boots and Macy’s Trend Jewelry.

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Lisa is wearing INC Clothing: Fatigue green military jacket, green camo metallic tunic, charcoal leggings, Rampage platform boots, and Macy’s Trend Jewelry.

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Sybil is wearing Red Rivit skinny jeans, faux fur trimmed vest, striped tunic top, pearl and chain Macy’s trend necklace, and BCB Generation shoes.

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Maria is wearing INC Clothing: brown bolero jacket with ruffel trim, brown leggings, Port paisley sleeveless tunic, Dolce Via shoes, and Jessica Simpson jewelry.

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Blaze is wearing American Rag clothing: floral sleeveless tunic with ruffel trim and lace bow. AR super skinny denim legging. Macy’s Trend jewelry including pearl and chain necklace. Rampage suede boots.

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HAIR CARE BEHND THE SCENES

Our models prepared for the Impulse fashion shoot “Fall Fashion” at Spa WingHaven in O’Fallon. The hair care experts at Spa WingHaven shared the products they used to make the models picture perfect.

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A complete salon system to deeply repair chemically-damaged hair. The Neofibrine Technology with AHA-Lipid Guard reconstructs and deeply conditions with alpha hydroxy acids, bio-mimetric ceramide, shine perfecting agents, UV filter for hair, and magnesium.

A complete salon system to provide lasting body, substance and nourishment to fine, limp hair. Mineral Expand Technology, featuring Mineral CA & Mineral SI, expands the space between hair fibers for optimal volume with a natural touch.

VITAMINO COLOR sOlar sublime Advanced sun protection haircare for protected, softer and healthier looking hair before, during and after sun exposure. The UV-Protect Haircare Technology provides UV protection for all three zones of the hair.

A complete salon system to preserve, protect and add shine to color-treated hair. The Hydro-Resist Technology with Incell & AHA consolidates the hair fiber and safeguards color with high levels of concentrated cationie silicone, Iogene G, bio-metric ceramide, antioxidant vitamin E, alpha-hydroxy acids, UV filter for hair, and magnesium.

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Red hair color is one of the most coveted of all hair colors, despite the fact that less than 4 % of the world’s population is naturally redheaded. If you aren’t naturally gifted with a fiery hue and want to join the rank of a redhead by dying your hair at home, avoid the temptation; it’s time you make an appointment with your trusted hair salon. It’s the only way to prevent a complete hair color disaster, because your stylist will ensure a certain hue will compliment you and perform a ‘strand test’ before coloring. Whether it’s muted shade or a piercing and eyepopping one, choosing the right red hues might seem like a difficult task but your skin tone can provide valuable insight when it comes to becoming a perfect redhead. As a general rule, women who have a fair complexion should choose light shades of red like ginger, strawberry blonde or light copper shades; those with medium skin tone should choose medium shades of copper or auburn while those who have a darker skin tone can use darker hues such as burgundy or a violet based color. Classy

Always in Style to Offer Home Decor at Both Locations Always in Style boutique is located at #30 Ellis Avenue in Troy, Mo. Their sister store located at 2000 Hwy 61 South in Hannibal has recently expanded. The store carries gently used home decor at very reasonable prices. Considering that women like to ReStyle their home often, the addition has gone over quite well. Always in Style Boutique in Troy would like to announce that they have decided to add the gently used home decor to their Troy location as well. Stop by and see their selection of home accessories and small furniture items. Merchandise changes weekly. Their website is

up and running. Check them out at www.alwaysinstyleboutique. com for info, special announcements, and coupons. Always in Style Boutique LLC 30 Ellis Avenue Troy,Mo 63379 636-528-3070 Hours: Mon-Friday 11-6 ,Sat .11-5 Always in Style ll Boutique LLC 2000 Hwy 61 South Hannibal, Mo 63401 573-221-6500 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11-6, Sun. 12-4


red shades are hyper-popular especially among women eager to try the must have hues of the season. Regardless of the length of your hair, you will have the privilege to pick the right color from an infinite palette of shades. In order to have the desired effect make sure you ask the help of a pro hair stylist especially if you are at the beginning of your hair coloring career. Vamp up your look and choose a style and hue that suits your personality. Whether you adopt a block-colored look or like to experiment with the multi-tonal design, the point is to plan your makeover beforehand. Want to kill two birds with one stone? Then juggle with various layers and proportions. Apply the darker tone to the under layers and the lighter to the top in order to boost the volume of your hair and create the illusion of big hair. It’s important to know that red color needs permanent maintenance, as it is the most sensitive of all. Sun exposure, excessive washing and other external factor can quickly make this color fade without an intensive care routine. Even those who naturally have red hair struggle with keeping their color from fading. Natural red hair has a different structure from the other types of hair, making redheads more prone to hair thinning. An essential step in maintaining the fiery red look is using a shampoo with color enhancers as well as heat protective products and styling tools. An experienced hair stylist will be able to make the best recommendations when it comes to the best products for this hair color. The greatest advantages of red hair is that everyone has a chance to find the right color that suits their skin tone and face shape. Add some sizzle to your long, mid or short crop and make sure you keep an eye on regular touch ups in order to banish beauty flaws and mask the growing roots. To ensure the best results visit a hair pro to grant you some radiant red tresses.

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Color That Speaks Louder than Words By: Tina Parrish, Luminesce Salon What does your color say? If someone would look at your hair color does it say anything about you, about your lifestyle? When was the last time someone complemented you on your color? Well, if it has been a long time a change may be in order. What Does Your Color Say About You? Hair color was designed for two reasons: vanity (to disguise the ageing process), and secondly it is used as a way to express yourself. So if you are not just covering grey, what is your hair color saying? Are you mysterious or bold; does your color whisper or scream; or does it look like every other person you pass in the shopping aisle? If this is the case, a change is really in order. Fall Trends Seasonal changes make the most sense and are the safest ABSOLUTELY

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transition for most of us. With that being said, lets talk about the trends for this fall. If you browse the magazine and the runways you will see some interesting transitions happening. For years we have been reinventing ways to highlight to low light and now color is trending back to solids. This really makes sense because fashion always goes from one extreme to another. Looking at fashion now and what eras different trends are stemming from you are seeing 30’s and 40’s hats, gloves, and soft, romantic hair. Well, look at the color during that time frame. We didn’t have the hair color technology we have today, it was all about one color. Highlighting didn’t come until later in the game.

However, this does separate the men from the boys; just ask your stylist how is my color placement different from your last clients? If nothing else it will let them know that you know the difference in cookie cutter color and something that was designed for them. Couture, because, yes, that is what you should be to your stylist: one-of-a-kind and definitely “worth It.”

This isn’t saying that currently dimension is out, some slight shade and depth variations are still happening. However, they are being balanced and placed with a purpose. Enhancing your color, like changing the tone: if you are ash blonde, than enhance it to a warm blonde. Glosses and Glazes Glosses and Glazes are very much a big part of trend color and a great alternative to a more permanent color. The beautiful thing about glossing or glazing is that the with the Aveda color it will actually improve the condition of your hair with no ammonia and will not permanently alter you natural hair; this means no regrowth. It will last up to eight weeks. It is great for the person who is non-committal or afraid of change. This is great for enabling you to step out of the box without a long term commitment. It will blend grey (not cover); this is why we are able to use this on a lot of men. For some one who is less than 50% grey, man or woman, it is a great option. Trending Color A make up artist will use colors and varying degrees of shading to enhance or to decrease a feature. Trending color is doing the same thing; colorists are taking varying shades of color and changing the appearance on the face shape.

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TREND WATCH:

Jewelry•Bags•Hair Photos by Alexander M. Brown at Cedar Lake Farm near Wright City. The experts at Hair Design Team, Always In Style, and Three Monkeys Beadery in Troy, Missouri, put together great looks with the right accessories and on-trend hairstyles. Hair and makeup by Hair Design Team. 1. Sybil wears a zebra jasper necklace and bracelet with black matte stone spacers. Bracelet is wire wrapped with sterling plate non tarnish wire for wearability. 2. Constance wears a large natural smoky quartz faceted necklace made with flat briolette nuggets and 128 faceted rounds as spacers. Earrings are 128 faceted rounds and 14K gold rondell. A metallic leopard print flowered bag finishes the look.

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3. Morgan displays a coral studded bag. 4. Heather holds a Mini Miche bag in plaid. 5. Audra wears a faceted black sardonxy, antique copper slide on Black Suede Lacing and smoky quartz 128 facet Swarovski crystal earrings with 14K gold fill.

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7. Heather wears an artisan commissioned bracelet made of lampwork beads from Charlotte Hill that evokes the wildlife in Africa with its animal print patterns. Sterling Bali-style beads and Swarovski Crystal complete the bracelet.


This season’s trends include any finish that fools the eye. Satins, mattes, iridescent and animal prints. Urban mixed with rural, natural with man made. This season’s jewelry challenges the eye! -Paula Nakajima, Three Monkeys Beadery

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The new fall trends are animal prints and jewel tones. - Karla Thoroughman, Always in Style

8. Constance is carrying a grey bag with embossed butterflies and is wearing a necklace from the Urban Beat line with long oval antique brass chain links, large faceted smoke AB Czech rounds, antique brass filigree ovals and a large oval twist crackle Carnelian pendant with Pierersite beads paired with a Cha-Cha bracelet formed from 16mm Czech glass faceted beads and round shell frames linked with gunmetal triangular connections. 9. Morgan wears a “Masala Spice” collar made with natural bloodstone/fancy jasper. 10. Audra carries a small patent flowered bag. 11. Deanna is wearing “Cardamom and Honey,” a necklace made of citrine chips spaced with cardamom colored freshwater pearls and tourmaline spacers. Wire-wrapped earrings complete the set.

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12. Madalyn wears a hand-dyed silk ribbon decorated with antique copper filigree tubes and an antique copper filigree pendant. Antique copper filigree earrings complete the look. 13. Morgan is wearing a slide necklace with a 14mm natural freshwater pearl nestled in a filigree setting dangled from an antique copper filigree slide. The slide is strung with copper and carnelian beads. 14. Madalyn wears a vintage-look filligree butterflies choker with accent filigree tube beads on black suede lacing and sports a bag with pink raised roses. 15. Karla wears a Cassia Two Ways necklace from the “Tamara Spice” collection. Bronze and blush large, textured freshwater pearls have a special glow, emphasizing inner beauty. A Miche bag completes her ensemble. 16. Sybill wears a 19” mixed metals necklace from the Urban Beat Line and a red flowered tote.

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Modern Brides

By: Angie, The Wedding Shoppe, Photo by Lisa Nikole Photography Brides today are influenced by the past. Old Hollywood looks with a modern twist is hotter than ever. These styles are of soft ivory and creamy whites, and pale golds and beige are popular for the fall and evening weddings. Wedding gowns are fitted with drop waist, made of soft shimmer satin or stretch satin providing a sleek silhouette reminiscent of the 40’s and higher waist and fuller skirts made of satin or taffeta draped in tulle or chiffon with a 50’s flair, but the bride of today prefers favor strapless gowns instead of the covered shoulders of the past. 2011 brides are choosing gowns with lower backs and more lace, and trains pour into gorgeous balloon hems. Embellishments are breath-taking jewels and many encircle empire waists. Brides like putting their personal touch on their weddings, always looking for a way to make their wedding unique and yet traditional. One of the ways is with color by dying their shoes or slips to match wedding décor or blue for “something blue” is a surprise pop of color. Vintage-style netting over the face in place of veil, or hair adorned with feathers and handmade flowers. Popular colors of the upcoming season are grays mixed with yellow or shades of blue and purple. Grooms are sporting suits of light grey and black ties or tuxes with bow ties and cummerbunds and one button coats and shinny black shoes. This look, again, is an old Hollywood trend.

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“Brown

Big & Bold Jewelry

Trends for 2010-2011

will stay an important color for fall/winter, with orchid, yellow, a purplish blue and jade green as accent colors.

By: Paula Nakajima, Three Monkeys Beadery Photo by Alexander M. Brown Twice each year I check a variety of sources to see what the new color and jewelry trends for the upcoming seasons are. This autumn/winter the colors are dramatic, saturated jewel tones with soft neutrals for contrast. Some of the hot neutrals are Hematite that not quite black, gunmetal blue gray color, Chocolate bronze and Topiary Green. Light changing and iridescent finishes on jewel tone beads are very popular.

The upcoming jewelry trends are all about color, dye, tint, hue and finishes. Embellishments are complex; the curious clash of vintage and futuristic, the combination of precise pattern and texture. Beads and finishes that play with light and shine, special effects applied to glass and stone, wood and metals allow you to play with design and materials. Merging and mixing the natural and industrial in design and material brings to life our true world relationship with Urban and Rural, natural and manmade. Using natural materials with material inspired by high tech and military industry in graphic patterns to express embracing the small imperfections in life, adding interest and texture to your style. For those special occasions when luxury and elegance is the order of the day (or night), only the best in material and finish is acceptable. Hard bright crystals, natural or manmade, combined with the soft glow of natural stone or pearls in deep saturated colors or traditional neutrals set the accent for your total look. Fall/Winter 2010 According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and the head of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, buyers may want to look to the past, present and future to get a sense of coming color trends. “The big picture theme is a Mosaic of Color and Style,” she says. “This reflects cultural, universal time frames and seemingly disconnected elements. Though new technologies continue to reinvent the future, we may notice some things have a vaguely nostalgic feeling.” According to Leatrice Eiseman, Brown will stay a very important color for fall/winter, with orchid, yellow, a purplish blue and jade green as accent colors. Included in the mix for this fall/winter are; metallic, shimmery gold, rich reds, vibrant blues and purples conveying modernized nostalgia. The focus will be more on neutrals, grey, gunmetal and cream. Ochre, brown and black are accented with topiary greens and lipstick red. The blues, irises

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and browns we see in eye color and the pink browns and roses we see in skin tone will be included in the colors you will see this fall. *WSATODAY Spring 2011 Pantone’s color described

pallet for Spring/Summer 2011 can be with the key words Excite, Soften and Energize! Colors are transformed by treatment and finishing! Artisan craftsmanship in Jewelry is the new buzz. Feel good luxury sense is essential for choices! Decoration will be lively and fancy. Brilliant, bright, passionate, rich and sparkling describe the new spring fashion colors like Geranium, Blueberry, and Daffodil, Poppy and Iris. Coatings, pigments, texture and embellishments add abstract elements to colors like Full Turquoise, Slate, Yellow Green and Maroon. The new classic colors bring back old favorites in a fresh way! Colors like Orchid, Brick, Lawn, Gold, Orange Sorbet and Sea Green are presented in deeper, richer, softer tones with a twist on blends that get attention with a whisper not a shout. Cool, clean colors and textures like water in a mountain stream, Air, Mist, Azure, and Dark Cyan mix with Aqua and Silver to bring a fresh, cool depth of statement jewelry designs. Pearl finishes on colors like Ghost, Golden, Jet, Mint Cream, Ivory and Blush bring a softness, radiance and glow to surfaces to show off elegant, classic luxurious designs. Designs for 2010/2011 make a dramatic statement! Angular, industrial, strong and forceful, large chunks or rounds 10mm-22mm in faceted color or soft, shimmery beads strung singly, graduated or in multi size strands will be the new look of 2010-2011. Mixing Stringing elements, chain, suede, ribbon, links and filigree is very hot! Keeping with the above-mentioned trends for natural and urban mix, large tribal natural elements mixed with urban style beads inspired by military metals will keep you on the cutting edge of fashion. For more information, call Three Monkeys Beadery in Troy at 636528-7786. ■


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Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri By Sean Flower, 2010 President, Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern Missouri

When you see the Homebuilders Association of St. Louis & astern Missouri (HBA) logoin use by a business, what should you assume? A safe assumption is that active HBA members have ha d extensive opportunities to learn the latest about industry trends, customer service, how to design new communities and new homes that will best meet the consumer’s needs and how to run a successful business. This is because the HBA might be thought of as sort of an Industry-specific educational institution for higher learning. Membership dues are charged to those who choose to join. Those dues might be thought of as a sort of educational tuition being paid by the builder or other contractor. Being an HBA member means that a home builder or remodeler has made the decision to identify with the official not-for-profit association representing the home building industry.

That is a good sign, for the consumer working with an HBA member. Often it is the least informed, least trained least innovative, least financially stable contractors who make the choice not to join the HBA. The HBA provides many services to its members. Among those services are: Educational Seminars A steady stream of classes on customer service; land use and home construction environmental regulations; home design and energy efficiency trends; green hone building techniques; and even “in-the-field” classes such as proper techniques for finishing concrete flatwork; and much more. Every aspect imaginable in home building is available through educational training with the local NBA and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHS). Information There is a constant flow of information both from the local HBA and NAHB. A local HBA member automatically becomes an NAHB member too. Specialty publications of an kinds, as well as technical help centers; provide HBA members with all of the latest available information intended to help them provide technically superior homes that deliver good value for the money. Government Contact It is important to efficiently wade through government bureaucracies and their rules and regulations involving home building and remodeling. This helps to minimize unnecessary

costs and delays that ultimately could be problems for the buyer. The HBA and NAHB work to facilitate dialogue with governments throughout the St. Louis region, in the state capitol in Jefferson City and in Washington, D.C. to help keep housing affordable and housing policies favorable for home buyers. Together, these HBA services mean that builders and others who belong to the HBA are exposed to a wide variety of tools, technology and technique which can be of great value to the homebuyer. And the HBA is more than just home builders. Leading remodeling companies in the St. Louis region also belong to the HBA and are classified as builder members. There also are associate members of the HBA which include many lumber suppliers, building products suppliers and many more that provide services such as painting, electrical, plumbing, roofing and concrete. Many professional businesses such as law firms, banks, engineers and architects also are associate members. So, next time you are looking at a newly-built home with all the excitement that goes along with it, look also for the MBA logo. Ask if the builder is an NSA member, It is yet another of the many reasons to make a decision that will be right for you and your future. You can search for BRA builders and new homes by visiting www.stthba.com. ■


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Roof Coating System Spray Polyurethane Foam is an eco-friendly roofing system that provides a waterproof seal, insulation barrier and sun-reflecting surface.

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&A Contracting, a St. Louis company, has brought the cutting edge of today’s roofing solutions to the area with a revolutionary eco-friendly roofing system utilizing Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF). The closed cell foam technology provides a seamless watertight seal and insulation barrier, while the top coatings reflect the sun’s energy thus significantly cutting energy consumption. In most applications, the return on investment with energy savings alone can by less than six years.

MAKE GREEN The top coatings are Energy Star approved and reflect over 80% of the sun’s energy. The “R” value of the foam (insulating property) is the highest of any roofing system on the market at up to 7 per inch applied. Most roofs have 1 ½ inches applied, giving it an additional “R” value of approximately 10. Texas A & M, which used 8,000,000 square feet of SPF on hundreds of their buildings in the last 22 years calculates that the energy savings will pay for the roof in four and a half years. Ford Motor Company which also uses the same system estimates their SPF roofing saves them $464,000.00 per year. Since 2007, in Iraq alone, the U.S. Army has used SPF to insulate over 5.5 million square feet of tent and temporary structure roofs. The payoff was immediate & the benefits extraordinary with incredible cost differential by using SPF instead of conventional roofing materials. Last year, the Army used SPF to coat 500 to 600 tents and temporary structures in Afghanistan. There was 85% to 90% reduction in power usage within the year. The Army wanted to reduce the number of trucks delivering fuel to feed the generators supplying power to the air conditioning units that ran 24/7. With outside temperatures near 140° F, the un-insulated tent fabric was about 138° F and inside the tents was around 100° F, the A/C’s ran constantly. Once the spray foam was applied, the

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inside temperature stayed around 70° F and when cooled, it stayed that way without constant A/C thus increasing the life expectancy of the cooling units. A 50,000 square foot metal roof has about 40,000 screws causing ‘thermal shorts’ & decreasing insulation efficiency by roughly 38%. This issue is eliminated with SPF’s seamless property. WATERTIGHT SPF is made of billions of minute closed cells expanding approximately 30 times during initial application, thereby sealing unseen cracks. It seals HVAC units, parapet caps, pitch pockets, and is ideal for flat roofs with multiple protrusions thus eliminating joints where the majority of leaks occur. SPF roofing can also eliminate ‘ponding water’ effect by adding an increased thickness of polyurethane foam in low areas and sloping the roof to allow water to drain efficiently which also reduces load factor due to accumulation. With no deck penetrations, its ability to coat flashings and any type of roof substrate by conforming to irregular shapes, SPF makes for a roof with amazing waterproofing ability. National Roofing Foundation surveyed 140 SPF roofs all across the nation that were at least 12 years old. The roofs had less than 1% moisture content. Only 3 owners reported leaks. Texas Instruments surveyed twenty roofs covering some

3,000,000 square feet. They stated, "Not a single incidence of leaking occurred." ROOF RESTORATION vs. TEAR-OFF AND REPLACE Restorations can usually be performed without tear off and disposal of the old roof, thus not adding to the landfills. While sprayed polyurethane foam is very light weight (approximately 10 oz. per square foot) and will not pack down or sag, it adds to the rigidity of the roof structure and reduces surface stress due to limited expansion and contraction of the roof. Because of the indefinite life expectancy with maintenance and recoats, normally a roof restoration can be expensed in the current tax year versus a new roof being capitalized, spreading out the costs over many years. LONGEVITY AND LOW MAINTENANCE COSTS In addition to substantially lowering cooling and heating costs and having the lowest applied costs, it offers the lowest ongoing maintenance costs due to its outstanding durability. In the event the foam becomes damaged, a simple caulk gun and tube of polyurethane caulk is all that is generally needed for the repair. SPF is a sustainable roofing system, which means the foam does not need to be replaced; regular re-coating and spot maintenance can help keep the roof under constant warranty from the installers thus bringing peace of mind to a commercial facility owner. APPLICATIONS Use of SPF is almost universal for all flat roofs. Whether it’s a new construction or an existing building SPF roofing offers one of the best solutions to all roofing applications. Other types of roofs can be restored and a reflective coating applied which will also extend the life of the roof and reduce the temperature. This includes metal, single ply and asphalt restorations.

For additional information, see the R& A Contracting ad on the next page, go to their web site at www.raroofing.com, or call them at 314-770-2414.


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Geothermal Heating & Cooling

By: Gary Scott, Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning

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our own backyard has the potential to be an energy source for heating and cooling comfort. Outdoor air temperatures fluctuate throughout the year with the changing seasons. In contrast, ground temperatures about four to six feet below the Earth’s surface remain relatively moderate and constant all year. That’s because the Earth absorbs 47% of all the heat energy that reaches its surface from the sun. A geothermal system circulates a water-based solution through a buried loop system to take advantage of these constant temperatures. A single piece of equipment has the ability to heat and cool your home, while providing some or all of your home’s hot water as well. Geothermal systems can save you 30% to 70% on your monthly utility bills. According to the EPA, Geothermal systems are the most energy efficient, environmentally clean and cost-effective space conditioning systems available today.

To learn how you can save on your energy bill, call Gary Scott or Billy Woolf, owners of Schraer Heating & Air Conditioning. Established in 1954 and located in Warrenton, Schraer is a full line Lennox and Geo Comfort dealer and has been providing a wide array of services including furnace repair for both electric & gas (natural and

LP), oil, boilers, air conditioner repair, heat pump repair, installation of conventional and geothermal systems, replacement and new construction, duct cleaning, sheet metal fabrication, HVAC & refrigeration comfort. Call 636-456-3435 or on the web at www.schraerheating.com

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Installing a Geothermal system has some compelling advantages over other systems: -Superior comfort year round -Payback from energy savings (cash model) -Positive cash flow from energy savings (financed model) -Most energy efficient system available -Cleanest way possible to heat, no greenhouse gases -Greenest system, no fossil fuels burned -Quieter system-no noisy outdoor condenser - Architecturally aesthetic -Safer: no flame or chimney required and no volatile odors- no fill up or delay In addition to the above mentioned reasons, the longevity and durability of Geothermal system is much greater than conventional systems. Though Geothermal systems require a higher initial investment than other systems due to the installation of the earth loop, most homeowners are eligible for a 30% tax credit, and the system cost is typically recovered by energy savings payback in a few short years. Members of local electric coops can save even more by availing substantial residential heat pump rebates where available. So, if you’re building a new home or replacing your existing furnace or air conditioner, you owe it to yourself to check out the economics of the clean, renewable energy used in geothermal heating and cooling.

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Travel

Summer Cool Glacier National Park, Montana

One of the many lakes surrounded by mountains.

“Did ya see any grizzly bears?” Was the first question

Glacier National Park

By: Dan Neill

on everyone’s mind upon our return. I’ll get to that in a minute. We began the 1,850 mile trek on Saturday, July 10. Tuesday, July 13, around noon, we entered Glacier Park. After settling in, we took a drive along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, which bisects the park west to east for 53 miles. It crosses the Continental Divide at Logan’s Pass (an altitude over 6,600 feet). There,

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we discovered we had not only travelled to another state, but another season as well. Winter! The 38° temperature was complemented with a 40 MPH wind. Wind-chill factor in July? About 20°, I’d say. And the grounds were covered with one-to-three feet of snow. What to do? Snowball fight, of course! And an hour or two of acting like kids. We returned a few days later and hiked 1.5 miles up the snowy slope to Hidden Lake. A winter wonderland, the lake filled with ice and the mountains all around were coated in white. They received record snows in May and June! So much for global warming. In ten days we hiked 57 miles, slept in tents, ate supper around a campfire every evening, and went in to town ev-


Above: McDonald Creek. Below: Lake Josephine with Mount Gould and Grinnell Glacier in the distance. Cracker Lake. Below, left: The author relaxing atop the most comfortable rock he could find overlooking Cracker Lake. They hiked 7 miles to the lake and gained in altitude approx. 3,000 ft. During the hike they climbed the height of nearly 5 Gateway Arches stacked on top another. Below, right: One of the park’s thousands of summer waterfalls.

ery three days and bought a shower. It got dark every night about ten-thirty and light every morning around five. Grizzly bears were sighted at Cracker Lake the day before our 14 mile hike there, up and back. We saw none. The next evening around seven, a howling thunderstorm blew through camp. Inside my two-man tent, I crawled into my insulated sleeping bag, fully clothed, plus a jacket. The nylon tent walls heaved in and out and rain machine-gunned every square inch. I hoped it wouldn’t leak, but I was too tired to really care. I slept twelve hours and crawled out in the morning to a blue-skyed 32° and a cup of Steve’s scalding camp coffee. Life is good. By our last day, we had viewed a kajillion mountain landscapes, drank out of every stream we came to, and spotted an awesome array of animals: a buffalo herd, horses, prairie dogs, a deer ate out of my hand, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, ground squirrels, marmots, ravens, hawks and eagles. (And guys, plen73 I IMPULSE I Fall 2010

Above: Hidden Lake. Below: The author points out a peak near Hideden Lake.


ty of pretty and very in-shape ladies like to camp and hike too.) But no grizzlies. On our final hike, returning from Grinnell Lake, a grizzly was spotted ten minutes ahead, on the trail! Eyeballs on swivels, the four of us anxiously made our way. Apparently, so many hikers, cameras snapping, had converged on the animal that the poor beast escaped back into the forest for some peace.

The author’s future dream cabin.

Pictured to the left is a grizzly sow and cub from Yellowstone. A week after we arrived home, a grizzly with three cubs mauled three campers near Yellowstone. Killed one man, injured one man and a woman. Perhaps missing our grizzly sighting wasn’t such a bad deal after all. Besides, in a respite from Missouri’s summer swelter, we were blessed to indulge in ten full days of Summer Cool! This article is sponsored by: Apple Hearing SOLUTIONS. Where to go for all your hearing needs!

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from the tunnel-like entrance into the cobbled parliament courtyard enclosure is the University Chapel, built in 1798. Dublin’s literary connections are abundant, from old masters James Joyce to Sean O’Casey. Lovely music flows through the city from cheery pubs.

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Dublin, Kildare, Limerick and Ennis is horse-racing country with an interesting past. Drive across the Curragh to visit the Irish National Stud at Kildare. In 1902 rich and eccentric Scots brewery heir Colonel William Hall-Walker established the Irish national stud on the southern outskirts of Kildare. The Colonel was fascinated by astrology and exotic religion. Stallions and mares were paired off according to the compatibility of their birth signs. The boxes in which they were accommodated had lantern skylights to allow the entry of influential rays of moon and stars. But there’s lot more to see: the Rock of Cashel, where St. Patrick preached, is astonishing at first sight. Perched spectacularly on a high rock outcrop is a walled cluster of historic ecclesiastical buildings, one of Ireland’s most important centers in medieval time, from which powerful kings and churchmen ruled for nearly a thousand years. Visit Tipperary, which was made famous in a wartime marching song and then drive on to Limerick and take in the beauty of St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691.

Experience

Ireland By: Diane Picht, Four Season Travel If you’re going to Ireland and expect to see leprechauns in the countryside... you’re in for quite a shock. These days Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast are four of the most vibrant cities in all of Europe. But just to make sure the gentle paced country life thrives, turn off the main road and in five short minutes up a lazy country lane will be the beautiful countryside of the emerald isle. Beginning in Dublin, one of the most exciting and fun capital cities in Europe, Irish hospitality is genuine and should be enjoyed to the hilt. You will see a few highrise blocks that overshadow the historic Trinity Church, the Custom House, St. Peter’s Cathedral, but Ireland’s best Georgian architecture are in the streets and squares around St. Stephen’s Green, north of the Liffey and off O’Connell street. At Trinity College see the most beautiful book in the world, the Book of Kells, which lies in a glass display and pages are changed every two months. Emerging

Make an excursion to Ennis and the west coast along Ireland’s spectacular Atlantic coastline with a drive to the 688 foot Cliffs of Moher and savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. A scenic route across the limestone plateau of The Burren takes you to Galway, a vibrant city with great seafaring tradition. While there don’t forget to see the Lynch Stone and hear its chilling tale. A short drive south via Clonderlaw Bay to Killimer and crossing the Shannon estuary by ferry will offer you photo ops all the way. Continue on to Killorglin on Dingle Bay to the spectacular Ring of Kerry for a 100 mile panoramic drive around the Isle’s southwestern tip. Take some great photos of the lakes of Killarney from Ladies View and spend the night in the popular of resort of Killarney. Cross the Kerry Mountains through County Cork to Blarney and experience the magical Kissing Stone. A visit to Waterford on east coast is incomplete without a stop at the world famous Waterford Crystal Factory. Make your way back to Dublin by the way of Avoca and Enniscorthy, the historic site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798. At Avoca, visit Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill, the picturesque Wicklow Mountains and the 6th century Christian monastic site founded by St. Kevin. The best weather for a trip from April to June; May is sunny and the average temp is 59 degrees. It’s also when the countryside looks its best. The cities are great to visit at any time. It will almost certainly rain at some time during your visit, so be prepared for an Irish wet blessing. For a thrilling experience of the Emerald Isle or any other destination, call Diane or Cheryl at Four Season Travel & Cruises at 636-456-8116; they may just let you join them on their Introduction To Ireland from May 24 – 31, 2011. Very limited seats are available, so book fast.

Your Dog Can Get Allergies, Too By: Ezra Schneider, owner Noah’s Bark and Certified Pet Groomer

Canine allergies are a lot like human allergies. Dogs can react to things in the air, in their food or on their skin. Learn to recognize canine allergy symptoms

and provide your dog with needed relief. The most common signs of inhalant allergy or fleas are frequent itching, chewing and biting, especially on tail, stomach, and insides of the hind legs, as well as licking and chewing of paws. Inhaled allergies can

result in sneezing, coughing and watery eyes. Vomiting and diarrhea are usually symptoms of food allergies. Hives and rashes can be symptoms of various types of allergies. If you suspect an allergy to inhalants, vacuum and dust frequently. Culprits include dust, mold spores, pollen grains, and household chemicals such as carpet cleaner and air fresheners. Your veterinarian may recommend antihistamines to keep the itching at bay while the skin heals and the allergen is diminished. Check your dog for fleas, as your dog could be suffering from flea bite dermatitis, an allergy to flea’s saliva. It only takes one or two flea bites to set off a dog’s allergies to fleas. Never apply flea products to irritated or broken skin; the chemicals could further irritate and injure the skin. Careful grooming and frequent examinations, not only for fleas but flea droppings, can help alleviate this allergy. Ask your vet about flea products such as sprays, shampoos, topicals and pills.

If you suspect an allergy to food, realize that typical canine food allergens include corn, beef, dairy products, wheat and soybeans. Talk to your veterinarian about a special diet and food allergy tests to find the allergen. Consider the possibility of contact allergies. Some dogs are allergic to their bedding like cedar wood chips and wool are two possible offenders. Grass and plastic food bowls are others. If your dog has acne on his chin and uses a plastic feeding bowl, consider switching to a steel, glass or ceramic feeding bowl. Like a human being, your dog may also have outdoor allergies, in which case you may need to keep its outdoors activities to a minimum. Bring your dog to the veterinarian when the itching first manifests itself to avoid the possibility of secondary skin infections, which can be caused by excess chewing and scratching. Early detection and remedy of the symptoms will keep your dog healthier and make you happier as well.

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Putting Functionality First: Phoenix Design Group, Inc. I asked my twelve year old son why he aspires to be an architect and not a doctor or a lawyer. “A doctor saves lives and a lawyer can protect your freedom, but an architect’s work is everlasting. My buildings will endure long after I am gone,” he said. I was stunned by his reply. That same week when I interviewed Robert Teller, a licensed architect with forty years of experience, and highly regarded builder Roberto Chacon, I understood what my son was trying to say. Bob, who owns Phoenix Design Group, Inc., is a soft spoken gentleman whose level of refinement and experience was evident from our brief conversation. He reflected on the numerous relationships that evolved over the years as a direct result of his working closely with the clients throughout the design and construction phases of work. Regardless of the size or type of project, Bob is committed to designing with the client’s needs as the driving element in the process. Projects such as the atrium/education build-

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ing addition for the St. Charles First United Methodist Church, the nursing home renovation at the VA Teller’s renovated kitchen. Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks and the awardwinning Datamax Headquarters facility located in south St. Louis are all examples of client-focused problem-solving in an effort to create a new environment that is both functional and exciting. “When we leave a project, we are out of the picture. The client lives with what we have created. We want that lasting impression to be a good one; everything about the project should be a positive experience. A home is even more personal. You are dealing with somebody’s inner sanctum,” he stated. “I feel that it’s our job to pay attention to detail.” Both say the phrase cannot be overused. “That’s where the genius of our work comes in. To build a wall, hang a ceiling, a door or a window requires knowledge of those items, but to accessorize, flush out or manipulate space so that it all blends into creating the built environment is the true testimony of our combined talents. There are many subtleties that architects and builders fre-


quently miss, but with our mental checklist you sure know when it’s there and when it’s not.” So what differentiates Phoenix Design Group, Inc? “I truly believe that we are perceptive listeners, that we go the extra yard and that we deliver a product that exceeds the client’s expectations. We want repeat customers, and the only way to achieve that is to satisfy your clients’ needs fully,” replied Roberto, who has been working with Bob in a truly synergistic relationship for several years. He balances Bob’s design skills with a no-nonsense practicality born from years as a contractor. The duo’s mantra is to make a positive difference by rendering a service that combines space, design, color and acoustics to give birth to incomparable functionality. Designing a second location for the famous Peruvian restaurant, Mango, required insight. Beautifully done, the restaurant features aesthetic decor that complements chef Jorge Calvo’s masterful creations dubbed by RFT as “Good as Inca Gold.” As with any project, an ongoing dialog is essential in finding nuances that could make the design extraordinary and we were able to do that at Mango,” proudly stated Roberto, who holds a degree in Architecture from Washington University and is a member of CSI and AIA. In his 20 plus years of building spec homes, subdivision and commercial buildings, Roberto has amassed a wealth of experience in creating attractive environments with keen attention to his clients’ needs. Buildings like the Law Offices for Klar, Izsak and Stenger, Cook Medical Offices, Farm Bureau in Moscow Mills, S-Kay Pools, Sprint store, Garden Gate Party Rental and Lincoln County Ambulance District reflect his passion.

Roberto Chacon (left), builder, and Robert Teller, architect, owner of Phoenix Design Group.

A recent project that both men enjoyed overwhelmingly was updating the kitchen at Bob’s Wildwood home. Like most houses today, they visualized the hearth as the heart of their home. Bob’s design literally integrated three rooms of the 35 year old residence into one extended living area, including a vaulted wood ceiling, cantilevered hammer-beams, and picturesque windows that not only added a cozy living area but effectively enlarged the modernized kitchen. With beautiful cherry cabinets, multiple lighting sources, built in wall ovens, gas grill cook top, an expansive granite island and patio doors leading out to the tri-level deck overlooking the vista of Babler State Park, the small kitchen was transformed to an entertainer’s dream. It is a testimony to the team’s expertise in problem solving and utilizing available resources to make a design exceptional. “I guess that is the true nature of architecture, realizing dreams can become works of art with right use of wood, bricks and mortar,” concluded Bob. Phoenix Design Group can be contacted at 314.401.4078 or phoenixdzn@ yahoo.com

Datamax Corporate facility in south St. Louis.

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arathaven Alzheimer Special Care Center offers a new option for those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia and need 24-hour supervision. Operated by JEA Senior Living, the company was started by Jerry Erwin after his own mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. While well taken care of, Jerry realized that there was a need for quality care specific to Alzheimer’s. In 1994 he opened his first Alzheimer special care center. Barathaven is the nineteenth of these highly specialized care centers that offer a building prototype specially designed for space and comfort. The philosophy of care at Barathaven is focused on the knowledge that to provide the care and support necessary, it is first important to understand dementia and the ever changing impact it has on each resident’s ability to understand their world. It is also important to know each resident’s unique life story in order to create moments that are meaningful to them personally. Programming is designed to add meaning and value to resident’s lives. Aroundthe-clock care and attention is given in this environment. A nurse is always there as well as other specially trained professionals who are responsive to individual needs and preferences. Barathaven’s innovative and highly functional design has clearly set the standard among Alzheimer care centers. The décor has the flare of a chic western lodge with a robust palette dominating everything from the lavishly upholstered leather chairs and mahogany tables to expansive bookshelves. It almost feels opulent but the designer hit her mark with comfortable elegance. The wide hallways make a full circle to assist residents find their room and the Biography Boards that hang on the wall outside each resident’s room reflect the meaningful moments in their life story and offer the staff and visitors a connection to their history. Elegantly furnished and attractively decorated living, dining and activity rooms bolster comfort. Rooms are spacious enough to accommodate favorite pieces of furniture and are furnished with linens, full-size bed, night stand and lamp with housekeeping and laundry service available at no extra charge. Enclosed courtyard and outside walking areas are beautifully landscaped with a fountain, manicured lawns and colorful flowers in season. Activities for residents span from supervised, individual and group outings to local points of interest, music, holiday parties, family events, visits with

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pets and children to exercise programs and other multi-sensory activities. Three nutritious meals are prepared by a professional chef and served in a supportive dining environment. Snacks are available throughout the day and special diets are provided as required. An in-house salon can provide haircuts, shampoos and sets, perms, color and manicures. Barathaven’s commitment to providing nursing care that meet the ever changing needs of the residents include administration of medication and treatment, 24 hour clinical management, assistance with medical appointments, communication with physicians on need basis, frequent nursing assessment, scheduled care conferences with family participation and care coordination with hospice, podiatry and dieticians. This brand new yet already renowned Alzheimer’s Special Care Center has surpassed others with its brilliant care. The center is currently taking new residents, but the center will soon be full. Call Felieta Boaz, Administrator of Barathaven at 636-329-9160 to take a tour of this fabulous community & experience first-hand the philosophy behind “Meaningful Moments.” Barathaven is located at 1030 Barathaven Boulevard in Dardenne Prairie, MO. For more information, visit them on the web at www.jeaseniorliving. com. ■


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Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe/Twin Oaks Estate

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win Oaks at Heritage Point in Wentzville and Twin Oaks Estate in O’Fallon are two remarkable assisted living communities that epitomize the vision of their founder Mary Ann Huber whose dream was to provide an inviting place for residents to enjoy their friends, family and their independence. Built in 1981 in a seven acre wooded lot, Twin Oaks Estate grew rapidly from 12 residents and 4 staff to its current occupancy of 95 residents with 75 staff. Over the years they have rendered full time care to over a thousand seniors. Twin Oaks Estate is dedicated to serving its residents as a whole person; physically, spiritually and mentally. Its success lies in the contribution of excellent nursing care team, a full dietary staff, daily housekeeping & maintenance departments and a top notch activity program.

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Shortly after launching the O’Fallon location, 1998 Missouri Nurse of the Year, Mary Ann enlisted the help of Tim Blattel. Their combined wealth of industry expertise is reflected in the building of the largest assisted living community in Wentzville, Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe; where state of the art and streamlined design has created an inviting space for a 50 bed licensed facility, a 60 unit independent apartment building and 32 senior friendly garden homes. Impressive in its outer magnitude and elegant in its interior décor Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe is brought to life with faux finishes, amazing design, beautiful portraits and judicious use of space. Family member, artisan Melodie Shocklee, was responsible for the choice of fabrics, colors, and accessories that helped create spaces that are one of a kind and timeless. The independent apartments are scheduled to open this spring and will offer one and two bedroom units, fully equipped kitchens, washer and dryers and 24 hour security. Daily breakfast and dinner, an activity program specially designed for on the go seniors, bi-weekly housekeeping, utilities and scheduled transportation are all included. Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe will also offer Garden Homes that can be purchased or leased. These spacious 1200 sq. ft. two bedroom homes are specially designed to offer easy access, large bathrooms with walk in tubs and showers, washer and dryer hook ups, attached garages and a call button in case of emergency. Packaged amenities include daily breakfast and dinner, bi-

weekly housekeeping, scheduled transportation and community activities. Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe offers 40 large assisted living suites that include a bedroom, living room, kitchenette, easy access walk-in shower, and an optional covered balcony or porch. In addition, 10 special care studios share amenities like Garden Café, sunroom, family movie theatre, activity center, chapel and elegant community dining room. Daily housekeeping and laundry service, three home cooked meals, medication distribution, bathing assistance and a fun filled activity program are included in the monthly rate. On a beautiful day, the outdoor patios offer a great place to gather and relax or take a walk on the walking trail. Together as a family, Mary Ann, her daughters, Kathy & Kim, Tim and his parents Leon and Louise currently manage the daily operations of both communities. Their love and care for serving the seniors and family ownership and operation has been the key to success for Twin Oaks. Take a tour both communities: Heritage Pointe, with all its splendor, and Twin Oaks Estate, where it all began. They will be happy to help you in your search for what type of care is best for your loved ones. Twin Oaks Estate is located at 707 Emge Road in O’Fallon and can be contacted at 636-240-6152 and on the web at www.twinoksestate.com Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe is located at 228 Savanah Terrace in Wentzville and can be contacted at 636542-5400 and on the web at www. twinoksheritagepointe.com. ■


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Villages at St. Peters

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illages of St. Peters is a remarkable senior living community where refined lifestyle meets comprehensive and professional care. Built in 2008, the Villages offers assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and memory care services in a distinctively designed community that is dedicated to the spirit of the individual. Located in the heart of St. Peters near Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital, Villages of St. Peters is designed, equipped and staffed to address varied senior health care needs. Under the Medicare program’s 5 Star Rating system, Villages of St. Peters boasts a 4 Star Rating – higher than 88 percent of nursing homes in Missouri. The Villages rehabilitation and nursing community accepts Medicare and Medicaid programs, and provides resident counseling services. Assisted living residents at Villages of St. Peters enjoy an independent lifestyle and peace-of-mind in knowing that professional assistance is nearby if they need it. The Villages “Dining Your Way” meal service offers flexible dining so that residents can enjoy delicious meals on their preferred schedule. LifeWorks Senior Wellness provides dynamic

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and enriching programs tailored to the wants, needs and expectations of residents. Assisted living services are designed based on individual needs and preferences, so that just the right amount of personalized attention is provided. Villages of St. Peters’ state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym is equipped to meet the needs of individuals rehabilitating after a hospital stay. Licensed therapists – physical, occupational and speech – develop rehabilitation programs based on individual capabilities and limitations. The rehabilitation gym includes a fully-functional apartment where residents can work on therapy that addresses activities of daily living, which aids in the transition back to their home environment. Villages of St. Peters memory care community provides the nurturing support of a professional hands-on staff, and its exclusive CALM™ (Comfort and Life Memories) program uses sensory stimulation to create a soothing experience, while helping residents connect to their memories and emotions. The Villages’ person-centered care focuses on the abilities, emotions and cognitive capacities of the individual. Comprehensive services available at Villages of St. Peters include skilled nursing care, medication administration and personal care assistance, physical, occupational and speech therapy, safe and nurturing Alzheimer’s care,

specialized daily programming, activities, exercises and cognitive stimulation. Villages of St. Peters offers an abundance of specialized community areas, which provide ample opportunities for fun and socializing. Some of these areas and services include: Thimble & Threads Crafts Room, The Wine Cellar, Sports Page sports bar, two libraries, Audrey's Place Activities Center, movie theater, and beauty-barber salon. There is even a community dance floor, a chapel and a private dining room that can be reserved for special family meals or parties. Whatever your need may be, assisted living, rehabilitation, skilled nursing or Alzheimer's care, the highly skilled professionals at Villages of St. Peters are committed to serving you. Call Lequeshiah Young at 636-922-7600 and stop in for a visit at this striking community. Villages of St. Peters is located at 5400 Executive Centre Parkway in St. Peters. Visit them on the web at www.vofsp.com or email them inquiries@vofsp.com. ■


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Park Place Senior Living at WingHaven

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ark Place Senior Living is nestled in the community of WingHaven®,, located in O'Fallon, MO. They offer Independent Living, Independent Living with Supportive Services, and Assisted Living. The community is locally owned and managed by First Capitol Group, which has over 30 years of experience in the senior housing industry.

“Experience life at its best at Park Place, where you can create a lifestyle of meeting new people, enjoying socializing and friendships of those with similar interests and stay active with our social, recreational, and cultural programs," said Janie Gammon, Executive Director. “Do what you want, when you want, and we will help you make it all possible.” Amenities include a heated indoor pool and spa, 24 hour concierge service, full service restaurant, beauty and barber shop, fitness center, wellness programs, movie theatre, club room, general store, bar and grill area, beautiful views from patios/ balconies, scheduled transportation, emergency response system, housekeeping services, indoor and outdoor maintenance, and more. The Assisted Living is a state licensed ALF community. Amenities and services include three nutritious meals a day, daily housekeeping, personal laundry, medication management and administration, and assistance with all activities of daily living by their professional, caring staff. They offer a social center, beauty and barber shop, movie theatre, unique activities, scheduled transportation and much more. Stop by soon to see what makes Park Place different. Call today at 636-561-7275 or visit their website at www.ParkPlaceSeniorLiving.com. ■

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Caregivers Inn

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aregivers Inn, located at 1297 Feise Road in O’Fallon, Missouri, offers the warmth of a small home to seniors who no longer are able to live alone. The interior of this facility offers 29 private and semi-private beds with one independent living apartment upstairs. The building has the look and charm of a country-style house with a large front porch and a beautiful gazebo in the courtyard. Decorated with lacy curtains and ornate lamps, the living room is complete with a fireplace for friends and family to gather and visit.

The Inn has captured something special that no other senior living facility has; it not only looks like home, but feels like one too. “We think smaller is better; our size is what makes the home feel more intimate,” said Robyn Schaber, owner. Ms. Schaber has been a RN for over 30 years and a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator for 18 years. Caregivers Inn first opened its doors in March of 1990; and since then, they have been providing a high standard of living, a broad range of scheduled activities, and round-the-clock personal care to its residents. Ms. Schaber states people choose Caregivers Inn for the friendliness of its staff, cleanliness of the facility and the small, personal size of their home. She will be celebrating 15 years as owner of the Inn this upcoming January. Residents at the Inn enjoy many of the pleasures of independent living without the worries that accompany it. Its cozy setting lets them enjoy the company of neighbors, yet maintain privacy within a protected and welcoming environment. Safety and quality of care are hallmarks of this facility, and both state inspections in 2010 found them Deficiency Free! Caregivers Inn offers an array of services designed to bring comfort and lift the hearts of its residents giving special attention to personal dignity, and individual physical and emotional needs. With flexible meal times in a gracious dining room and amenities like in-room mail delivery, satellite TV, outdoor walk areas, and raised garden boxes, the comforts of home are not far away. Each bedroom with full bathroom has an emergency call system and the proximity of Caregivers Inn to three reputable hospitals is a plus. Residents with physician approval to drive may park their own vehicles at the facility’s ample parking lot. At no extra charge, the on-site beauty shop allows ladies to get their hair shampooed & set weekly while gentlemen receive a hair cut monthly. If that is not enough to make you start packing maybe the old-fashioned Ice Cream Parlor with a 24-hour Nutrition Station offering sandwiches, baked goods, fruit, pudding cups, etc. around the clock will. The Inn is a perfect choice for seniors with mild Alzheimer’s disease or mild dementia, those recovering from surgery or stroke, and those needing personal care after a medical event that is unavailable at home. Rehab services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy are all available to residents as needed. Going on vacation and need care for your loved one? Caregivers Inn offers short term respite stays of two weeks or longer. Think of it as an all-inclusive vacation for your loved one while you are away.

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Caregivers Inn is a state licensed facility that can give you peace of mind at a price you can afford. And, they qualify for Long-Term Care Insurance and Veteran’s Benefits. Your loved one deserves a warm, peaceful place to live just as they have had all their lives. Caregivers Inn offers simple, healthy living, where your loved one will feel safe and comfortable. Visit the Inn and experience the difference for yourself. You’ll find there’s no place like home, unless it’s Caregivers Inn! For more information call 636-2407979 or visit their website at www. CaregiversInn.com. ■


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Sugar Creek Assisted Living/The Arbors at Sugar Creek

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ugar Creek Assisted Living and The Arbors at Sugar Creek located at 161 Professional Parkway in Troy are the areas’ newest facilities offering 24 rooms of assisted living while The Arbors at Sugar Creek provides 14 rooms of assisted living for Alzheimer’s and Dementia residents once only found in large, metropolitan cities or skilled nursing centers.

Sugar Creek and the Arbors is owned and operated by Americare, a leading healthcare company with 100 adult care communities in KS, MO, TN, MI and IL, Americare offers a variety of lifestyle options including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Alzheimer’s Care, and Skilled Nursing and has extended care to senior citizens in the Heartland for over twenty five years. “At the heart of every Americare community is a philosophy of person-centered care. This philosophy guides every decision we make. Person Centered care comes alive in our communities and truly makes a difference in the lives of our residents, their families and our direct line care givers,” said Eileen Nickish, Administrator of the communities, who commands over 35 years of experience in the field of Nursing. Sugar Creek calls itself an all inclusive residency because they provide every service a resident would need as they age. The staff assists residents with bathing & other activities of daily living while encouraging them to exercise their greatest level of independence. The team is trained to provide signature service and personalized care following their service program called Hometown Hospitality. The community offers a variety of types of rooms to meet individual needs. Their special amenities include a luxurious spa with a relaxing Jacuzzi tub, an exercise area, beauty shop, resident kitchen, and several activity areas including a big screen TV. Equipped with a full service kitchen, an excellent cook and a bevy of courteous servers, their residents enjoy superb quality meals in a well appointed dining room. A baby grand piano and the elegant dining tables with real table linens exude the charm of an upscale hotel lobby yet offer a home like atmosphere. The residents are served three home cooked meals a day. Breakfast is made to order and is ready when they want; allowing them to get up according to their own routine. The main meal is at noon, with a lighter meal in the evening. Families are encouraged to visit at meal time. Alternative choices are available to cater to individual tastes and preferences at each meal. A creative activity department keeps the residents busy with daily activities like jigsaw puzzles, card games, board games, bingo, bunko, jewelry making, painting, knitting, crocheting, ceramics and even pajama parties. Sugar Creek offers an extended exercise program tailored to the residents’

ability level. A yoga instructor comes to help residents improve their balance and sense of well being. The Arbors at Sugar Creek offers specialized memory care for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The caring and passionate staff enjoys individualized activities that engage the resident at their level. Their wonderful residents, families and volunteers have made Sugar Creek and the Arbors at Sugar Creek a very special place. The new facility, the passionate service, the camaraderie between the staff and residents and the food is what makes this operation top notch.

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Assisted Living at the Meadowlands

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ssisted Living At The Meadowlands, located in O’Fallon, offers the latest innovations in assisted living and memory care while keeping local quality and charm in mind. The community, which opened in August 2009, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with residents and their families at an indoor barbecue. The Meadowlands is located directly across the street from T.R. Hughes Ballpark and is only minutes from shopping, area conveniences and medical centers. The community is the brainchild of Kevin Kast and Stephanie Harris, Esq., CEO of Arrow Senior Living Management. Kast is a managing member of New Covenant Health Care, LLC., an investment group consisting of prominent local community members inspired to create innovative changes in senior living. Members include Shawn Saale, Dr. Carlos Seuc, Grace Harmon and Bob Wamhoff, among others. Surrounded by inviting courtyards and grounds, this intimate community offers seniors amenities such as comforting, home-cooked meals served in

the all-day, restaurant-style dining room, the security of 24-hour nursing care and emergency response, an active and engaging resident services program that includes complimentary scheduled transportation to doctors’ appointments, shopping and other trips, weekly housekeeping and linen service, on-site maintenance and inclusive utilities. Meadowlands’ residents are encouraged to enjoy their days with friends and hobbies instead of filling them with everyday chores and hassles. They are provided an extensive, well-planned, dignified schedule of social, educational and recreational programs designed to appeal to varied interests. Events and services are offered daily. A unique Dream Manager program is offered to encourage volunteerism and enhance vitality. Available for use is an abundance of common areas for friends and families to meet, in addition to a multi-media chapel, creative childrens’ room, country kitchen, private dining, Wall Street room and cozy parlors. Assisted Living At The Meadowlands is located within 15 minutes of three hospitals, SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, Progress West and Barnes Jewish St. Peters. The community, whose mission is to provide exceptional, loving and healing care to seniors, was the first of its kind in O’Fallon to offer a memory care neighborhood for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Assisted Living at the Meadowlands works closely with the Alzheimer’s Association to structure appropriate memory care programs. Respite Care offers participants days filled with therapeutic and meaningful activities that stimulate the mind and body while allowing those caring for their loved ones a necessary break for themselves. For more information, please call (636) 978-3600, email info@meadowlandsestates.com, or stop by the community located at 135 Meadowlands Estates Lane, O’Fallon, Missouri, at any time. ■

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What to Drink?

By: Jack Val Spencer, LMT In the last issue we discussed "WATER: The Wonder Drug" - and said that we would continue that discussion in this issue with “What is the best kind of water to drink?”

There is an ongoing battle over which kind/ kinds of water are best to drink. Is bottled water any better than tap water? What about distilled water? Or ‘softened’ water. Should I filter my water? What kind of filter is best? These are just a few of the questions that need to be addressed if you want to obtain and maintain maximum health and longevity. On every inhabited planet, centenarians attribute their health and longevity to native water. And scientists agree with them. What they all have in common is pure water sources located far from any city and free from chemicals and toxins. So what are city dwellers supposed to do? Well there are a few good options. Your safest bet is filtered water. The best kinds use activated charcoal which removes the impurities but leaves the water soluble minerals. DO NOT use a water softener for your drinking water! Hard water may not be good for your water heater and household plumbing but it is VERY GOOD for your own personal plumbing! Water softeners remove the essential trace minerals that your body needs to function well. You should also avoid distilled water unless you are doing it short term for a specific detoxification regimen. Distilled water pulls

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minerals out of your system and is an active absorber of such things as carbon dioxide which will increase the acidity of your body. It might also be mentioned that the most toxic commercial beverages are made with distilled water - namely soft drinks! One of the best ways to filter water is through reverse osmosis - but it is expensive. It can cost anywhere from $160 to $450 plus installation fees. But it is the ONLY way to remove dangerous fluoride from your water. Just a note on that subject: although fluoride is effective in treating dental caries and thus MIGHT be recommended in such products as toothpaste and mouthwash - it should NOT be consumed and thus should not be added to drinking water! Unfortunately there is a dangerous trend at present to even add additional fluoride to special waters and it is being marketed in the BABY section of stores!

If you have concerns about your public water supply there are ways to test your water at home. These home test kits are available for a minimal cost. And your local city should provide you with information on the water supply. Lastly, bottled water has several down sides. Often it is not regulated even as well as the public water supply especially if it is local. And then there is the issue of the bottles themselves. Some plastics leach into the water and

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Dr. Suresh Krishnan, M.D. Interventional Pain Care is located at 1165A E. Cherry Street in Troy and 600 Medical Drive, Suite 106 in Wentzville.

hronic pain is a largely undertreated and misunderstood disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is defined as moderate to severe pain that persists for one or more months longer than would generally be expected for recovery to a specific disease, injury or surgery. The National Institutes of Health estimates that chronic pain affects more than 90 million people in the U.S., while the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates that chronic pain costs the U.S. economy $100 billion a year in lost work time and medical expenses. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) devices are approved by the FDA as a method of pain control for the treatment of chronic pain of the arms, legs and trunk, or pain resulting from failed back surgery. Although it is not a cure, SCS therapy can be successful in reducing pain that is the result of dysfunction or damage to the nervous system caused by injury, disease or localized trauma. A physician in the forefront of the treatment of chronic pain is renowned pain care specialist Dr. Suresh Krishnan, M.D. Dr. Krishnan recently expanded his practice, Interventional Pain Care, to a new main location in Troy, MO. Recognized for their multi-disciplinary approach, the physicians at Interventional Pain Care specialize in providing patients with advanced therapies such as spinal cord stimulation (SCS), Dorsal column stimulators, Epidural steroid injections (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Caudal), Facet nerve blocks, Sympathetic blocks, Interacostal nerve blocks, Discography, Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty, Nucleoplasty, Discography, Trigger point injections, Intrathecal infusion

pump, Radiofrequency Denervations and more. Offering a specialized approach to diagnosing and treating back, neck and leg pain, Dr. Suresh Krishnan M.D. A.B.A designs each patient’s program around the mission of improving function, alleviating pain, and enhancing the quality of life for people living with chronic pain. “The new facility in Troy allows our practice to extend advanced services to a larger base of patients who suffer with chronic pain,” said Dr. Krishnan. “The recent advancements in pain management treatments have given us the opportunity to offer our patients more options and targeted solutions.” Dr. Krishnan is board certified in Anesthesiology and has extensive pain management experience. Interventional Pain Care offers some of today’s most innovative treatment methods for a host of painful conditions and injuries where patients are treated with the highly personalized and supportive care the patients want and deserve. “Ninety-five percent of all my new patients are sent to me by other doctors. These referring doctors know we have access to the latest innovations and discoveries due to my strong academic background,” Dr. Krishnan is fellowship-trained in pain management and has a background as a board certified ENT surgeon. He also has more than 10 years of experience in the field of pain management. What all of this means is that he can often find solutions to painful problems when others fail to remedy. “It is indeed a wonderful feeling when you hear your patient say that they are able to do things they could not do for the past few years.” Interventional Pain Care can be reached in Troy at (636) 528-3060 and (636)-614-1231 and in Wentzville at (636)465-2597. Visit them on the web at www.ipaincare.com.


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