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10. Dianne Garrison: Community Champion
12. Rob & Diane Bazzell
Home Sweet Home
18. Ask the Expert: Outdoor Lighting 20. Backyard Resorts 24. Heidi's Hints: Japanese Gardens
28. Fertility Partnership
29. SSM Health 30. Naturo Health Solutions 31. CenterPointe Hospital
34. Cats from Hell 35. Cat Yoga 36. Petsway
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74. Early Childhood Center 76. Francis Howell School District CAPS 78. Night with the Stars
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Publisher’s Note Happy Summer! Welcome to the Summer issue of StreetScape Magazine. Inside this issue you’ll find inspiration, community, fashion and much, much more. Inspiration is all around us, whether at a festival, boutique, or in your own backyard. Get out this Summer and enjoy. The fashion spread features the popular Streets of St. Charles and new looks for Summer available at local boutiques. Looking to spruce up your backyard with a pool, outdoor kitchen or a yard makeover? Learn more about “Midwest Pool Builders” ( The yard makeover people) and a new local start up business “Grillaholics” that has its roots in the local business start up incubator OPO, a co-working center for digital startups where entrepreneurs can connect, work and collaborate. We recently celebrated the relaunch of Streetscape Studios and a new partnership with Artist United. What this means to you is we can now offer video production and photography for your business or personal needs at an affordable price. As we all know, everything is video these days. We can help you create professional videos or photography with professional messaging and branding. Please email us at Sales@StreetScapeMag.com for more information or to schedule a tour of the studio. As always, we have a lot to celebrate in our community. I look forward to seeing you at the various festivals and events throughout the Summer.
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New Technology in Usually, spending a few hours in the middle of the day visiting with a judge in his courtroom makes for a less than pleasant experience. That wasn’t the case though, on a recent visit to the St. Charles County Courthouse in what was an incredibly educational afternoon on the changing technology in the courtroom. Judge Richard Zerr, District 4 Circuit Judge/11th Judicial Circuit Court Presiding Judge, has been instrumental in changing how business is conducted in local courts. The changes, according to Judge Zerr, can be traced back to around 2011. “Things began to fundamentally change in 2011 when we rolled out e-Filing, with e-Filing, the Court began to receive and process cases as digital records using scanned images in a PDF format,” said Judge Zerr. “The full rollout took more than four years, and now every case in every Missouri circuit court processes in an electronic format.” You may be familiar with the website case.net, where information
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has been available online for several years. “That’s the centerpiece of our effort to make the courts more transparent and accessible in multiple formats. We have also expanded the ability of our citizens to pay traffic tickets without a personal appearance, and to pay almost any fine assessed after disposition without having to appear in court.” In addition to the positive changes for the average citizen, there have also been several changes for attorneys. “The courts are open to attorneys to file cases and pleadings 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the usage records show a large percentage of what we receive is after 5 p.m.,” said Judge Zerr. “Our system now takes care of all the notifications previously made by mail, thereby providing a savings to those who file cases in court, as well as the court that pays the postage for the notices it previously sent by mail.” On top of all of that, all of the records currently taking up space in offices, closets, or wherever anyone can find space are now being put into digital form as well. “The old paper files are now digitized and the paper files are shredded, thereby alleviating the storage problem experienced by most courts,” said Judge Zerr. “On the bench, utilizing the application ‘eBench’ we have access to every file in our system with a few clicks. Previously, obtaining files not on the day’s docket required a trip to the file room to search for the file.” Thankfully for everyone involved, those days are now in the rear-view mirror. Files are no longer buried in storage, at the bottom of a file cabinet, or lost on a desk. Judge Zerr says all of this allows him to be much more efficient. “I’m dramatically more efficient as it relates to my ability to address any case on the Court and have access - almost instantaneously - to any new documents filed in a case,” he said. “With the documents handled by the Court being in a digital format, it seemed that we should begin to expand the ability to present cases to a jury in a digital format. My vision is that we are not too far away from a time
when ‘Court’ will be a concept of dispute resolution and not a ‘place’.” In other words, it may not be long before one can appear in court virtually - from basically wherever you are. Not only will this be more convenient for those who have to “appear,” but it can be cost-effective as well. “In our circuit, we have endeavored to make our courtrooms technologically advanced to the point that we would be able to support participation in ‘Court’ by persons from remote locations,” said Judge Zerr. “We routinely transact plea and sentencing on criminal cases with the defendant at a state or federal correctional institution. By not having to transport prisoners back and forth from prison for resolution of other cases, we save a tremendous amount of expense which would otherwise be paid by our county.” Some of these advances are already in place -- meaning the convenience of virtual appearances along with the cost savings is, in certain cases, already happening. “We are able to conduct routine civil hearings with one or both attorneys appearing by video and they are able to save their clients the cost of the appearance of the attorney from Kansas City, Chicago or even as far away as Vietnam,” said Judge Zerr. “At trial, we have the use of a document camera which can magnify an object many times to give the jury a clear view of the smallest of details. Maps and photographs can be displayed on our two 80" screens and the witness can use our annotation equipment to mark on the photo a location or highlight an item.” The available technology doesn’t stop there. Attorneys have additional new items to utilize as well. “Attorneys can use an application called ‘trial pad’ and connect from their iPad to our system via Apple TV. Our largest courtroom has a media suite which allows the media to capture - with the approval of the trial judge - a feed from the four cameras in the courtroom and control a media camera to unobtrusively take video of trial proceedings.”
All of these exciting technological advances don’t stop in Judge Zerr’s courtroom. “In our other courtrooms we provide a unit called ‘NOMAD,’ which allows a full suite of digital evidence presentation tools to be moved from one courtroom to the next, set up in 30 minutes or less and make all of our courtrooms capable of doing a ‘paperless trial’.” As one might expect, all of these exciting advances in the past few years have not gone unnoticed. “Our statewide applications, ‘Case.net’, ‘Pay by Web’, and ‘Track This Case’ won an International Award for technological excellence following only the Country of Dubai and the State of Arizona,” said Judge Zerr. “Our public access database, Case.net, has 21.1 million documents and gets 679 million hits a year. Track This Case, an application which allows users to sign up for notices of activity on a case and allows criminal defendants to receive e-mail or text notifications of appearance dates and payment dates, has 92,000 users with 3,000 new users and 5,000 new tracking requests monthly. Pay-By-Web, which allows users to pay traffic tickets and court fines over the internet, has had 19,000 transactions and handled payments of over $2.7 million.” Clearly those numbers represent a high rate of success; and Judge Zerr offered even more numbers to verify just how successful all of these advances have been. “The State Court website, Courts.Mo.Gov, provides access to the listed applications along with a tremendous amount of information about the courts, with 23.6 million hits per month,” he said. “In 2017 our e-Filing system handled 3 million filings, saving the filing party, paper, postage and time, and saving the courts paper, postage, storage and labor, as well as providing access to our courts 24 hours a day. In fiscal year 2017, we handled 15 million notifications which would otherwise had to be mailed by the parties or the court.” ¤
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“Our lives are storybooks that we write for ourselves: wonderfully illustrated by the people we meet.” - Author Unknown
Every year the Community Council of St. Charles honors individuals and organizations who live by the words Collaboration and Community. The Frank Martinez Legacy Award recognizes individuals whose life of service and volunteerism reflect his commitment to faith, family, and service to community on behalf of fragile children and families. This year’s award was presented to Dianne Garrison. For the past 14 years, Dianne and George have called St. Charles home. During that time Dianne has partnered with school and community leaders to establish the Career Exploration Alliance Program, the Little Free Library, and a storybook walk on the campus of St. Charles Community College. During the 100th anniversary of parks in the City of St. Charles, a temporary storybook walk was installed in Frontier Park. Dianne spearheaded a partnership between the Rotary Club of St. Charles and Habitat for Humanity St Charles County to establish Little Free Libraries in Habitat neighborhoods in St. Charles County. She also worked with the Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles County Library Foundation along with the City of St. Charles to create in 2017 The Arts and Literary Festival/Daniel Tiger Trolley Ride Event. Dianne is also very active in our communities serving on the following Boards and Committees: • The Economic Development Commission for the City of Saint Charles • The Education Committee for the Economic Development Center (EDC) of St. Charles County's Business and Community Partners (formerly Partners for Progress) • The Saint Charles City County Library Foundation Board • The Executive Board of the Saint Charles Community College Foundation • The Care to Learn Advisory Board • The Saint Louis Zoo Education Committee • Lambert International Airport's Art of Travel Committee • The Executive Board of the Rotary Club of St. Charles • The 2017 and 2018 Arts and Literary Festival/ Daniel Tiger Experience Committee and collaboration between the Foundry Art Centre, the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation, the City of St. Charles and Nine Network, the St. Charles City-County Library St. Charles County is so fortunate to have such a committed and dynamic volunteer serving our community. ¤
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Integrity is a word not taken lightly in the Bazzell family. Rob and Diane Bazzell have spent the last 25 years building up Integrity Mortgage of Missouri into a business that is known for its exceptional and honest service.
“We knew if we kept (the business) just between us, made a good living and took care of people then we would be more available to (stay involved with the kids events),” said Rob. “We’ve been blessed, continuously blessed.”
“It’s a highly competitive business, but I think we’ve stayed out of the fray of promising things we can’t do,” said Rob. “We chose the name Integrity due to its use throughout the bible and it’s how we were raised. We have a responsibility that we abide by our name.” Integrity is a way of life for the couple who was born and raised in St. Charles. Rob and Diane met at St. Charles High School in 1974 when Rob played basketball and Diane was a cheerleader. “Actually the first time I met him I was watching a baseball game at Blanchette Park and some irritating
“Now that they’ve grown and they’re starting to have children of their own, it’s a good time for us to expand a little bit more,” said Rob.
“It was a huge risk because I had a real good job, with a real good income, with a possibility of making more and growing in that company,” said Rob. “But it was something that we always wanted to do—to do something on our own.” So Diane and Rob both quit their jobs, loaded up the four young kids and moved to Texas in 1993. Being born and raised in St. Charles, the couple was entrenched in the area, and had a lot of support back home. “Right when we moved down (to Texas) we had 20 loans from people in St. Charles in the first month. We really hit the ground running,” said Rob. After 10 months, the company started getting business from Dallas, but Rob was still getting inundated with business from St. Charles. The couple questioned staying in Texas if all of their clientele was back in their home town.
little guy was kicking dirt on me on the bleachers, right behind me—it was him (Rob),” said Diane. “That’s how young we were. He was being goofy.” Rob got her attention that day and the couple has been married nearly 40 years. Diane credits humor as one of the secrets to their long-lasting marriage. “And a commitment to one another,” said Diane. “We don’t look at marriage as having options. We committed to one another and we have a family and a business and responsibility to one another.” “We make fun of each other all the time. We don’t take each other too seriously,” said Rob. The Bazzell’s have been married since August 1978 and have four children: Ryan, 38; Jamie, 37; Robbie, 32; and Alex, 27; and five grandchildren Nick, 18; Will, 6; Max, 3; Skyler, 2; and Ella, newborn. “I think in life and in business if you keep God first, your spouse second, family and friends third and fourth, you’ll usually make the right decisions. And if you faltered, you’ve probably changed up that order,” said Rob. The couple hasn’t always worked together. Diane has a background as a dental assistant and office administrator. Rob started his career working at Citicorp, first as a collector and quickly moving his way up to area sales manager over multiple states. Citicorp rolled out auto papers, and Rob started talking to all of the dealers in town. Lou Fusz ended up hiring him away from Citicorp in 1987, to become a general sales manager for Toyota. He was on his way to running his own dealership when his brother Roger approached him to open a mortgage company together—a dream the brothers had from years ago.
“After 10 months we loaded the kids back up and moved back to St. Charles,” said Rob. The couple opened Integrity Mortgage of Missouri after moving back in 1994. Originally the company started as a mortgage broker delivering mostly refinance business. “We’ve both done everything—every day to day operation, sales, processing, preliminary underwriting, you name it,” said Diane. The business has really grown into the purchase business. “In the last seven years we’ve become a banker, which means we handle everything from start to finish,” said Rob. “We fund the loans; we don’t have to rely on someone in Phoenix to do the loans and get the loan papers from the title company. We can control it, to make sure the process goes really smooth.” The company now has five employees, including son Ryan, and is looking to grow.
Along with the dedication to their clients, giving back to the community is also important to the couple. In addition to being active members of their church, Immanuel Lutheran, Diane is a member of Little Black Book: Women in Business, a group of women supporting women in business. Once a month the group has a charitable commitment in the community. “I really have enjoyed that group. Once a month there’s something that everyone can learn, whether it’s self-defense or helping one another in business or daily struggles we might have as women in business,” said Diane. Diane is also a member of 100 Women Who Care, a nationwide organization that meets quarterly to donate funds to a local charity. All of the members kick in $100 each at each meeting, and three non-profits are given the chance to speak about their organization. The members vote for the most deserving non-profit who receives a check. About 10 months ago, Integrity Mortgage of Missouri implemented the HERO loan program, which is offered to teachers, nurses, firefighters and police officers, to name a few. Participants in the HERO loan program can choose a non-profit from Backstoppers, Community Living Inc. or St. Jude’s and Integrity Mortgage will donate $100 to the organization. “It’s a way we can give back to the community,” said Diane. “For the nurses, doctors and military, they get a complimentary appraisal (too).” For fun, the couple loves to golf, travel and attend sporting events and activities for the grandchildren. Some of their favorite trips included a two-week jaunt in Europe visiting Rome, Germany, London and Italy. But even when vacationing for fun, the couple is working for their clients. “Our time is sporadic, because when we go on vacation we’re still working—we take a computer on vacation,” said Diane. “But we love it,” she said. “We’re not the biggest, but we try to be tied for first with the best,” said Rob. “We take the utmost responsibility to take care of our name.” ¤
“We’re really picky about who we choose because it’s our name and we’ve worked really hard over the last 25 years for our reputation,” said Diane. The couple also made a conscious effort to maintain the business at a level which would allow them to be very involved with their kids’ activities and events.
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Kleeschulte Recognized for Lifelong Love of
l l a b e Bas Written by Jeff Stahlhut Photos courtesy of Kleeschulte Family
For generations, the dream of every American boy was to grow up to be a Major League Baseball player. For nearly all of those boys, that dream never becomes a reality. For some, though, baseball is still a part of life for a long time past childhood - whether that be playing in high school, college, or even minor league baseball. For St. Charles native Jerry Kleeschulte, baseball will forever be a part of his life - and his life will forever be a part of baseball.
Baseball Association (EMBA) from 1958-1973. He played at the Cottleville & Harvester Athletic Association (C & H) from 1963-1973 and for Dardenne from 1958-1962. In that time, he was selected to four EMBA All-Star teams with Dardenne and six with C & H. For his outstanding play at C & H, he was presented the Albert Banze Award as well as the Ham Hemsath Award.
In 1997, Kleeschulte was inducted into the St. Charles Sports Hall of Fame, thanks to his lifetime of success in baseball. Then, in 2017, he was inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame. For Kleeschulte, it’s an honor to be inducted into both.
“I played high school ball, too. I was in the first freshman class at Duchesne High School,” said Kleeschulte. “We had quite a few winning teams.”
“My name came up in 1997 for St. Charles, and it was really neat for me. I’m a baseball nut you might say,” said Kleeschulte. “In my earlier years - in grade school - we got together to play and I spent most of my summers playing ball at Blanchette Park. My aunt lived a mile away.”
From 1960-1961, Kleeschulte played third base in the Ban Johnson League. He went on to serve three years on the Board of Directors of the St. Charles Junior Baseball Association, was president, vice-president, and board member for the Duchesne High School Men’s Club Athletic Association, and was a coach in the St. Charles Baseball Association for eight years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.
His love of the game was evident early on. “I always told my aunt I loved playing ball. It all worked out pretty well,” he said. “When your name is picked (for the Hall of Fame) and everything comes to a head, that felt pretty nice. It’s a good feeling.” Like lots of parents, Kleeschulte’s mother wasn’t sure why he spent so much time playing the game. “She would always ask ‘why do you keep doing that’ until at some point she realized it was all worthwhile,” he said. Success came early for Kleeschulte, who made his mark playing third base in the Eastern Missouri
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And Kleeschulte was a big part of that winning, having been a starter for all four years at Duchesne. He won the league MVP award in 1959 and 1960, and was named to the Catholic All-Star team three times. He also played American Legion from 1958-1960 and was an All-Star in 1959.
Success runs in the family, it turns out. Jerry Kleeschulte was quick to point out that his brother, Dick, was inducted into the St. Charles Sports Hall of Fame in 1999. Dick passed away in 2015. If you’re interested in visiting the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame, head down to Busch Stadium and check it out. There is a display between sections 138 and 140 on the lower concourse. “It’s enclosed in glass and is really top notch,” said Kleeschulte. “We rotate items in there to not let it get stagnant. And right in the middle of it there’s a rotating display of all of the players names who have been inducted.” Kleeschulte is also happy with the display in St. Charles. “That one turned out pretty decent, too,” he said. Kleeschulte said he feels “everything has turned out great for me. I didn’t play ball on a college team, but I married Mary when I was 18 and I kept playing ball. I was the only guy on the team who was married.” To visit the St. Charles Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, you can visit the Heritage Museum, located at 1630 Heritage Landing in St. Peters. ¤
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Home Sweet Home
1. Prices Will Continue to Rise
Buying a Home
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What have home prices been doing? CoreLogicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest Home Price Index reports that home prices have appreciated by about 6.6% (nationally) over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of about 4.3% (nationally) over the next year. The bottom of home values have come and gone and they will continue to appreciate for years to come. If making a move is one of your goals for this summer, waiting any longer may only hurt your purchasing power.
2. Mortgage Interest Rates are Projected to Increase
Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the National Association of Realtors are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by nearly a full percentage point by this time next year. An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.
3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage
There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that unless you are living with a friend or parent rent-free, you are paying a mortgage, either yours or someone else’s.
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4. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate and it appears that both are on the rise.
Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you no longer need that 4th bedroom and it’s time to downsize, or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy! ¤
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Home Sweet Home
Twilight, that lovely period between sunset and dusk, when light is still visible in the sky and one can find their way around the outdoor garden setting. This typically lasts about 20-30 minutes during the Midwest summers (please don’t quote me on that) and would signal the time to head indoors if it weren’t for all the fabulous options available for outdoor lighting.
For those of you lucky enough to have planned ahead with perfectly situated dusk to dawn landscape lighting a good portion of your needs have already been met. Especially the walkways that lead you and your guests into the oasis. But for the rest of us, consider the centuries old tradition of lining those paths with luminarias, wax candles set in sand inside paper bags. I’ve often wondered why the bags don’t catch fire so for the less daring like myself, small outdoor battery operated lanterns will do the trick. If that is not your best option perhaps some strategically placed shepherds hooks along the walkway can be used for those same lanterns. Older guests are most likely to have issues with making sure they are staying on solid footing so pay special attention to this area. Solar lights are easy to set up since they aren’t wired but don’t wait ‘til the last minute to place them because they will need to absorb enough light during the day to glow at night. Check out some of your local nurseries or garden shops for interesting solar powered creatures that can liven up the flower beds or line the walkway.
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Written by April Moxley Photos Courtesy of Mike McManus
Anyone who has been to April’s on Main or just passed by our massive storefront windows will have noticed the set of 5 connected color-changing orbs, the largest of which is 20”, smallest 10”. This would surely be the focal point in any outdoor (or indoor) setting. Just plug into an electric source and place cleverly into the desired area. While there is a controller attached to the set, this product can be accessed via your smartphone, laptop or tablet to create different color effects and speeds. Novelty lights are available in many shapes and themes and can be used to light fencing, pergolas, garden arches or simply hung in trees. The same white lighting used at Christmas time can now become your serenity light in the garden. Stone statuary that is generally grey can be tightly wrapped in battery operated lights so that the silhouette becomes obvious in the dark. At April’s we carry an outdoor set of battery operated lights with multiple functions and a timer which would make it easier to use inside lanterns, vases, or fillable glass blocks. Or perhaps you can make your own novelty lights by inserting glow sticks into balloons. Trees provide a myriad of possibilities to add light other than lighting the tree itself. If you are into a bit of inexpensive crafting try collecting what naturally would end up in the recycle bin - clear glass jelly or sauce jars. The threading at the top of the jars where the lids screwed on provides an easy place to wrap and glue jute for suspending from trees. Fill the jars with battery operated tea lights and load up the
branches with varying lengths and sizes for an enchanting look. Of course for the craft impaired homeowner, there’s always small colorful lanterns or other such hanging candle holders. Luminara brand candles are the best kind of beautiful. The candles feature a battery-powered device that shines a small light on a movable, wafer-thin plastic flame that appears to flicker when turned on. The technology for the moving flame that is so realistic people will think you lit it with a match was actually licensed by Disney at the time they were using it in their Haunted Mansion attraction. Battery life on their outdoor pillars are 500 hours and their functionality includes 5 hour timers or remote operation. Their indoor candles are made of wax so you will want to make certain you are purchasing the outdoor style for your gardens. All in all, the specs on these candles make them ideal for use on your patio tables, in your lanterns, around the pool or set into the potted plants on your deck. Using a remote control will become the go-to task for the children if they can get it away from the parents. When it comes to lanterns, we’ve been informed by all of our customers that the selection in the store far exceeds any other place they have looked. It should come as no surprise that lanterns are here to stay, both inside and outside the home. The convenience and safety of using them with battery operated candles or string lights, coupled with the flexibility of changing their looks by season and special occasions makes lanterns the ideal focus for providing atmospheric lighting for your outdoor events. They are adaptable to all settings – walkways, porches, tabletops, decks, and in trees.You can never have too many lanterns. And in case of power outages they will come in quite handy. Plan on spending lots of quality outdoor time this summer. Create an open air haven that is both inviting and functional with proper lighting so at the first sign of dusk everybody doesn’t express the need to go inside where they can see. ¤
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Home Sweet Home
Written by Sarah Moeller Photos courtesy of Midwest Pool Builders & Stonecrafters
For the past three decades, Terry and Debra Harr have been in the business of beautifying the St. Charles, St. Louis, and surrounding areas with their custom concretes, pools, and other types of yard makeovers. Their company, Midwest Pool Builders & Stonecrafters, offers premium customer service, and an unheard-of guarantee. They have even attracted the attention of a local celebrity who hired them to give her yard a makeover. When Terry started his business, better known as The Yard Makeover People, he wanted to bring something new to the area, and create a way to channel his flair for customer service and his passion for landscape design.
While they can create concrete trees, waterfalls, and pretty much anything one can imagine, their specialty offering is custom swimming pools. Terry classified the pools they offer into three different groups: one-piece fiberglass, modular fiberglass, and gunnite (concrete) pools. The benefits to the first category, the one-piece fiberglass, is that once it’s installed, it is done. Compared to other kinds of pools, it won’t need a replacement liner, for example. However, the size is limited to 18’ by 43’. On the other end of the scale are the gunnite pools, which can be any shape and size, yet develop cracks and have to be resurfaced every few years. The best of both worlds is the modular fiberglass pool, because like the concrete pools, they can be any shape and size, and like the one-piece fiberglass pools, they don’t require regular maintenance. Additionally, the fiberglass pools come with a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty, which is transferable to the new owner if the house is later sold. Midwest Pool Builders is the only distributor in Missouri and Illinois to offer such a comprehensive warranty. The Harrs find great satisfaction in installing pool packages, partly because of the resort feel they can create for clients. Debra, who joined the business later, speaks of those who 20 StreetScape Magazine
aren’t able to travel to a resort, but who could really use a “staycation” of sorts. Perhaps they are dealing with illness, or their work schedules do not allow them to leave too long, but for whatever reason, these clients are not able to travel, and want to give their yard a makeover and bring the resort feel to their backyard, quite literally. This is accomplished by adding such things as palm trees, a wine cellar, outdoor kitchens, waterfalls, fireplaces, or whatever the homeowner has in mind. Using their specialty concrete system, which is a patented process that they have trained to others, nearly anything is possible. According to one client, Monica Adams of Fox 2, "They are amazing! Never in my life have I ever had a company that was so detailed, hardworking, and skilled at communicating. Whatever someone's mind and heart can imagine, they can create. They definitely have that 'wow!' factor!" Interestingly enough, Midwest Pool Builders has no showroom. When a potential client becomes interested in hiring them, the first stop is often another client’s finished yard. Instead of showing homeowners only pictures, allowing them to tour a finished yard is a breathtaking way to display what kinds of things are possible. The way Monica described their approach, they have a close enough relationship with their past customers, and their communication is developed enough, that previous customers are happy to let their yard serve as a life-size recommendation of their products and business. Also included in the pre-construction process would be a tour of the potential customer’s existing yard, so that the Harrs can get to know the people and what kind of topography they are working with. While the builders are scouting out the home’s current landscaping to see what can and can’t be done, they are also paying close attention to the owners
to see what they like and don’t like about their yard, and what changes to suggest. Potential customers aren’t the only ones getting ideas for yard makeovers, however. Terry and Debra themselves are always looking for new concepts and trends to offer to their clients. Debra speaks of her husband’s avid research tendencies, and how they both like to meet people who have new products or processes. They may find another creator who knows how to make a certain kind of free form concrete, or a fellow artisan who can make a kitchen top that looks like outdoor marble, for example. Sometimes their suppliers introduce new tweaks as well. In Debra’s words, they really do like to “get personal” with their suppliers and with their customers. With their suppliers and fellow builders, this helps them learn more about the trends and tricks of the trade. And for the clients, this close communication helps them make changes throughout the whole scope of the process so that every customer gets exactly what they want. For example, when they were working on the Adams’ yard, they would have a basic plan they were following, but would encourage Monica and her husband to give feedback on a daily basis, and adjust wherever needed. This is true of all their clients; however, they want each of them to feel the same sense of involvement and satisfaction, no matter what size of project--large or small. This is yet another major benefit of hiring a small, family-owned company, and the rewards are there for the Harrs too--unlike some people, they love going to work each day. It’s satisfying to be able to create and be artistic, and enrich the lives of others in the process. ¤
To begin considering your own backyard resort, or even a yard makeover on a smaller scale with Midwest Pool Builders & Stonecrafters: The Yard Makeover People, contact Terry at 314-853-8330. Summer 2018 21
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Home Sweet Home
BackyardMakeover Written by Renee Maier
So, it’s time for a backyard makeover. Maybe you’ve got some very specific ideas in mind, like a water feature, fire pit or outdoor kitchen. Or maybe you’re at a loss as to what will best fit your space and serve your needs. Depending on the size of your yard, the possibilities are almost endless. But the most important thing you can do is consult with an expert to develop a plan. There is nothing worse than saying, “What we SHOULD have done...” after your project is complete. Mapping out your vision with an outdoor design consultant can save you from making costly mistakes. And a professionally designed outdoor living space can greatly increase the resale value of your home.
Choosing the right company is key to the success of the project. Make sure the size of the company is well matched to the scope of your project. For a complete backyard makeover, look for a company with experience in a variety of services. Ask for references from past clients and be sure to check websites, social media and review sites like Yelp. “You don’t have to do everything at once,” says Al Futrell, St. Charles resident and owner of Deck and Patio Living. “With the right planning, you can add elements as budget allows.Your contractor just needs to be aware of what projects to prepare for down the road,” said Al. So where do you begin? Start from the bottom up, with the proper foundation and drainage system.
The footprint of your living space can be created from a variety of hardscapes, including decorative pavers, available in many styles and colors. Retaining walls can level out slopes or create multiple tiers to add depth to your space.
Imagine how you want to use your space, then make it as functional as it is beautiful. Creating conversation areas around an outdoor kitchen, for example, ensures that the cook is not left out of the party. Another important aspect to consider is shade, essential in hot St. Louis summers. Adding shade to your space can lower the temperature 15-20 degrees, making the difference between an enjoyable or unbearable outdoor gathering. “For shade, retractable awnings used to be very common,” says Futrell. “But today, the motorized pergola is king. The louvered roof lets you control the amount of sun via remote control and also lets you manage airflow, allowing for better cooling.” When designing your yard, engage all the senses with the relaxing sound of a backyard waterfall or Koi pond. And nothing encourages people to gather around in an intimate setting like a fire feature. Choose a custom fire pit, outdoor fireplace or even a unique Blazing Beats fire pit with flames that actually dance to your music tempo. No matter which elements you choose to incorporate into your outdoor living space, be sure to consult an expert before getting started so you can create an overall vision and step-by-step plan. This way, any future additions are headache-free and seamlessly add to the overall beauty and functionality of your backyard oasis. ¤
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JAPANESE Home Sweet Home
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I am not much of a gardener ( I usually tell people that I have a brown thumb), but I still enjoy the beautiful scenery that a well planned garden creates. My husband is the one that spends hours in our own backyard to create our little tropical oasis in the middle of the USA. My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Japan this spring, hoping to see cherry blossoms abundantly blooming all over the country. Unfortunately, the cherry blossoms came early in 2018, but the gardens were still wonderful. Perhaps the gardens were that much more amazing because they didn’t need colorful blossoms to make them pretty. A typical Japanese garden uses few, if any, flowers. Well-made gardens tie in the background scenery such as mountains or hillsides to create an effortless flow for the garden. The garden can be created to walk through, or to enjoy from a sitting position. Some gardens are designed specifically for the view they provide outside a window, creating a picture frame around the outdoor art.
and spaces, are anything but simplistic. Japanese pay a lot of attention to the detail and will work for hours on perfecting a small nuance that most Americans would have given up as “good enough” much sooner. I observed a group of four Japanese men spend two hours perfecting the display of an ancient Samurai helmet in the hotel lobby on our last day in Tokyo. The same attention is evident in the gardens we saw throughout the country. We can learn a lot by observing the Japanese attention to detail, whether creating our own botanical work of art or decorating the interiors of our homes. There is a reason that things look the way they do. I hope you enjoy this collection of my own photography from Japan, including small private gardens, and public gardens and memorials. Maybe it will inspire your own gardening, or at least a visit to the Japanese Garden in the Missouri Botanical Gardens. When we returned home the Missouri cherry trees, pear trees, and dogwood were in full bloom, the one thing I missed seeing in Japan. Home, sweet, home.¤
Historically in Japan, only the rich could afford water features, thus many gardens utilize stones to symbolically represent waterfalls and oceans. A large granite stone can represent a waterfall, while small raked stones can be made to look like waves. At first glance, Japanese design can seem quite simple, but the attention to detail, the placement of the elements, the lines
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Written by and Photos courtesy of SSM Health
In response to the growing issue of addiction in our community, SSM Health has launched a new service line dedicated to substance use disorders that provides patients a pathway to sobriety. Located at SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital - St. Charles, SSM Health Treatment & Recovery utilizes a unique, hospital-based program focusing on addressing the underlying issues and triggers of drug and alcohol dependency. It takes a holistic approach to treating the mind, body and spirit, and provides transitional treatment services that help patients develop skills to confront their individual challenges and achieve lasting sobriety. This is a voluntary program in which patients are expected to demonstrate a willingness to get sober and address the root causes of their addiction. Consisting of an array of inpatient and outpatient services, the program treats individuals over 18 years of age and is specifically geared toward working adults committed to understanding the circumstances of their addiction, preventing relapses, and regaining a functional lifestyle. Because it is a hospital-based program, the facility is equipped to handle acute medical needs while treating addiction in a controlled, comfortable and home-like environment. Patients have access to on-site physicians; professionally licensed pharmacists to assist with medication reconciliation; dieticians to assist with dietary needs that may have been neglected; and pastoral care chaplains to address spiritual needs. In addition to traditional 12-step programs, SSM Health Treatment & Recovery employs cognitive, dynamic, expressive, family and mindfulness therapies conducted by certified, masters-level therapists. Relapse prevention therapies utilize role play to address anger management issues and help patients understand how to connect with AA groups and obtain sponsorships to establish a meaningful program of recovery. One technique known as trauma-informed care addresses post-traumatic stress disorders by exploring triggers in a safe and controlled setting. Individuals who complete the inpatient program have the option of transitioning to an intensive outpatient program for continued treatment. This allows SSM Health therapists to build cohesive, therapeutic relationships with patients based on their individual needs. These ongoing services carry the individual through the recovery process up to 6-8 months beyond their inpatient stay. Managed Medicaid plans cover the full scope of inpatient services for SSM Health Treatment & Recovery. Patients who have either traditional or managed Medicaid will be admitted for an inpatient stay, with appropriate approvals from managed Medicaid and traditional Medicaid. The program's inpatient care encompasses detox and medical stabilization.
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FERTILITY PARTNERSHIP Isn’t it great to know that the top-ranked fertility clinic in the state is located right here in St Charles County? And one of the reasons for that is the attitude of the owner Dr. Elan Simckes and his staff. Dr. Elan Simckes feels that he has more job satisfaction than almost anyone he knows... and with good reason. “When those couples who have been struggling for years to build their families bring in their newborn babies, I am filled with joy and gratification. I know I’ve had a part in fulfilling their dreams. So, of course, I love what I do.” But for Dr. Simckes, the most gratifying part of his practice is knowing that he is making fertility treatment affordable. “It’s pretty simple…I just felt that fertility treatments were way too high, and not accessible to everyone who desired it. One in seven couples deal with infertility and I just wanted to help as many as I could.” Dr. Simckes has owned Fertility Partnership in St. Peters since 2009. Ranked #1 in Missouri by the CDC--for live birth rates in women under 35, and #30 out of 650 fertility clinics in the country, couples come from over the U.S. to be treated at Fertility Partnership, which uses the latest technologies and treatments to help build families. “Since med school, it has always been my passion to be able to solve a problem and make an immediate impact on someone’s life. I am able to do that at Fertility Partnership. And at a cost people can afford.” His aim is also to make the entire experience non-stressful. “I see the pain and anguish many of these women have-- some who have been trying to conceive for up to 14 years-- and I want to alleviate that. Then when I see those beautiful babies and the smiling, happy couples, I feel so blessed. I love my own children so much and am very happy for these families.” Fertility Partnership is located at 5401 Veterans Memorial Pkwy #201, St Peters, MO 63376. Call for a consultation: 636-441-7770. ¤
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Featured! SSM Health welcomes new physicians SSM Health welcomes new physicians Doctors
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Louay Omran, Omran, MD MD Louay Introducing Dr. Omran, board-certified gastroenterologist, Introducing Omran, board-certified gastroenterologist, to the SSM Dr. Health Medical Group at Lake Saint Louis. to the SSM Health Medical Group at Lake Saint Louis. “ My approach to patient care is to think of each patient as family. “ My approach to patient care is to think of each patient as family. This helps make complex decisions relatively simple. I try to This helpsallmake complex decisions simple. tryactive to provide needed information for relatively the patient to be Ian provide all needed information for the patient to be an active participant in the decision making. My medical judgment and participant in the decision making. My interest medicalin judgment advice comes with the patient’s best mind.” and advice comes with the patient’s best interest in mind.” • Provides care to patients 18 years and older • Provides care to patients 18 years and older • Trained and experienced in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) • Trained and experienced in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) • Experienced in performing endoscopy and difficult colonoscopies • Experienced in performing endoscopy and difficult colonoscopies
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Mian Rizwan, Rizwan, MD MD Mian Introducing Dr. Rizwan, board-certified rheumatologist, Introducing Rizwan, board-certified to the SSM Dr. Health Outpatient Center inrheumatologist, St. Peters. to the SSM Health Outpatient Center in St. Peters. “ I believe that honest communication with patients regarding “ I believe that honest communication with patients regarding disease management and prognosis is what wins their trust.” disease management and prognosis is what wins their trust.” • Provides care to patients 18 years and older • Provides care to patients 18 years and older • Interests: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic pain • Interests: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic pain and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) • Fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu • Fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu
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A Holistic Approach: Using
Herbs as Medicine
Dr. Christy Jenkins has over 20 years of experience in the health profession. She has been Board Certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Board and has met all of the qualifications to practice natural health care according to the Committee on Naturopathic Medical Education. She specializes in herbal remedies, detoxification and weight loss management, homeopathic medicine, chronic conditions, and natural health counseling.
Recognizing that people are increasingly seeking answers for their health care needs beyond pharmaceuticals and surgery, Dr. Jenkins has combined her calling to this profession with her passion to see people achieve optimal health. By blending the best modern medical science with natural medical traditions, she hopes to teach her clients how to become ambassadors of their own health.
Dr. Christy Jenkins B.C.N.D. & QRA Practitioner Founder/Owner of Naturo Health Solutions, LLC
cause of an illness in terms of balance. For example, Herbal Medicine is based on the concept of energy. A person’s illness indicates the body’s imbalance of yin and yang (energy forces). At Naturo Health Solutions, we look for deficiency in the energy flow from organ to cell, from cell to tissue, and from tissue to muscle.” “Herbal Medicine is often used in combination with Chinese medicine and Homeopathic remedies, which in many cases, can strengthen the effects of synthetic medication,” says Dr. Jenkins. “Herbal Medicine is intended to reestablish harmony and balance in a person’s body by building up the immune system. When the body’s given back what it’s missing, it will heal itself.”
“The origin of Herbal Medicine goes back to ancient times. Despite misinformation, Herbal Medicine has been known to heal and reverse dis-ease throughout life,” explains Dr. Jenkins.
Dr. Jenkins also emphasizes the principle of synergy…combining two or more herbs to produce a greater effect than using a single herb. “Many people find complete relief utilizing the alternative methods of homeopathic, herbalism and traditional Chinese Medicine.”
“It’s a fact; Herbal Medicine treats the whole person rather than individual symptoms, when compared to synthetic medication. Herbal practitioners such as myself often see the underlying
For more information, Dr. Jenkins offers free health classes. Contact Naturo Health Solutions at 636-724-5605 or www.nathealthsol.com. ¤
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Featured! Featured!Doctors Doctors
Raafea Malik, MD
At The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center at CenterPointe Hospital, patients who are struggling with substance abuse or alcohol dependency are given the tools to move forward with their lives. Surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of St. Charles, CenterPointe Hospital is a place where patients find serenity and a newfound sense of optimism. Raafea Malik, MD, the treatment center’s Medical Director, works with a highly trained and compassionate team to treat substance abuse and addiction effectively and affordably. The Changing Pointe provides a full continuum of addiction treatment including detox, 4 weeks of residential treatment, outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, family support groups and aftercare for life. The program also provides dual disorder treatment that addresses the complexities of addiction as well as underlying mental health issues that often accompany addiction such as depression, anxiety, trauma and other emotional issues. Individuals seeking care have no need to travel out of state or to the coasts in order to find a new lease on life. The path to healing and change begins here. Let this be your changing point in life! To learn more, visit CenterPointe Hospital at 4801 Weldon Spring Parkway in St. Charles, call 636-477-2136 or 800-345-5407, or visit CenterPointeHospital.com. ¤
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s p i T l e 5 Trav to u o Y p e Ke
Do you struggle to make healthy choices while traveling? You’re not alone! Whether traveling for work or pleasure, many people “fall off track” and struggle to get back on. A week long vacation can turn into a month of, “I’ll start tomorrow.” But it doesn’t have to be that way! With a little bit of planning and few tips in your back pocket, you can travel without missing a beat. Here are a few strategies to help you travel smarter.
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1. BE PREPARED WITH TRAVEL SNACKS. There is no need to desperately chow down on fast food in the airport, or dive into 3 bags of chips on the plane, because you’re starving and have no other options. Instead, take your own healthy travel snacks. Some simple options include oatmeal packets (just ask for a cup of hot water), protein powder, rice cakes, individual almond butter packs, nuts, tuna packets, hard boiled eggs, turkey jerky, and protein bars. You can easily pack any of these in your carry-on luggage, or you can pack them into a small cooler for a road trip. Being prepared is the first step to successfully staying on track. 2. PLAN FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. If you go into the trip thinking, “Maybe I’ll get in a couple of workouts…” then you likely won’t. Go with the intention of staying active by having a plan. When selecting a place to stay, choose one that provides access to a gym, or has a gym nearby. If the gym is not part of the hotel or complex, call ahead to be sure they welcome guests, and find out their rates. If you are not able to stay near a gym (like when we stayed in an RV in Zion National Park!), prepare some in-home workouts you can do instead. Believe it or not, you can do a full body workout with just a set of resistance bands, and you can easily throw them in your suitcase!
3. SET YOUR SCHEDULE. Part of the struggle with traveling is that you’re out of your regular routine. And when you’re not in your routine, your regular habits may fall by the wayside. Setting a schedule while you’re away will help you to modify your routines and keep your good habits. Designate time to get in your workouts each day, and make time for anything else that’s important to you and your goals. This might include writing in a journal, reading, meditating, or going for a walk. The more you can stick to a routine, the better you’ll be able to stay on track.
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4. STAY HYDRATED. When traveling, it can be hard to make water a priority, but it’s so important for your progress. Proper hydration helps to regulate digestion and hunger. It’s common to mistake thirst for hunger, which can lead to extra calorie consumption. I recommend consuming at least 80 ounces per day. If you are more active, or if you drink alcohol, you want to increase your intake up to 100-120 ounces. (Sure, you may not enjoy using the airplane restroom 4 times on a flight, but your body will thank you!) Drinking at least 20-30 ounces immediately upon waking is a great way to start each day! 5. MAKE SLEEP A PRIORITY. This one is important always, but especially when you travel. Changing time zones and being away from your cozy bed can result in sleepless nights, but lack of sleep can have major negative effects on your health and your ability to lose weight. Your body recognizes this as a sign of stress, and because it wants to protect you, it responds by slowing your metabolism and storing fat. In addition, when you don’t fully recharge your batteries, your body looks to other sources of energy, like food. If you’ve ever had a bad night of sleep and felt ravenously hungry the next day, that’s why! If you struggle to sleep while away, try taking a natural sleep aid, such as melatonin or magnesium, just before bedtime. The more you can stick to your regular sleep schedule, the better your body will respond. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’re not going to make perfect choices all the time, and that is okay! Go easy on yourself. If you indulge a bit too much on day one, make day two better. You don’t have to wait until you get home to “start over.” Remember, health is not a destination. It’s about developing and improving habits that you can sustain for the rest of your life. ¤
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Written by Jeff Stahlhut Photos courtesy of Five Acres Animal Shelter
Whether you’re a cat person or a dog person - or maybe you’re neither - you’ve no doubt heard stories in your lifetime about pets that may tend to act up a bit from time to time. To that end, you may be familiar with the Animal Planet television show hosted by Jackson Galaxy called “My Cat From Hell.” The premise, as you may imagine, revolves around families or individuals that are home to cats that tend to exhibit aggressive tendencies. At Five Acres Animal Shelter, as is the case at many shelters across the country, they will occasionally take in a feline that could use the help of Jackson Galaxy. While it isn’t possible for Galaxy to visit every shelter in the country, he does offer help through the Jackson Galaxy Foundation via a program called the Jackson Galaxy Project / Cat Pawsitive. It’s mission statement sums up what they do… “To improve the lives of animals at risk by transforming the places they live and helping the people who care for them.”
When Dana Widmer of Five Acres Animal Shelter learned about this program, she didn’t hesitate to dive right in. “I found it online and there was an application process,” she said. “It was very detailed, and of the 29 that applied to be a part of the program only 10 were picked - including Five Acres.” Being selected for the program is not only unique, but it is a lot of work. “We’re the only shelter in Missouri in the program and are the first one to be in the program in the state,” said Widmer. “There is a detailed training process, but you start the cats with really simple commands.You put your hand out, they head bump you.You reward them for doing those kinds of things.” Of the eight cats that started out in the program, three have 34 StreetScape Magazine
already been adopted. For Five Acres, that’s a great accomplishment. “Some of the cats that enter the program are just terrible, and it tends to get worse in a shelter environment. We hope to calm them down,” said Widmer. “It’s not natural to live with 40 other cats with people coming in all day, poking you, waking you up, it can be a stressful place for them.” As the cats grow in the program, the tricks-for-food portion idea slowly turns into the cats following the commands without needing any treats. Then the commands get more difficult, they continue to adapt, and the cats feel better and become more adoptable. “Cats can be trained just like dogs - not everyone really knows that. We had one of our cats learn to high five, he’s an amazing little cat. Hopefully we can get him to jump through hoops eventually,” said Widmer. “Every shelter team has mentor has a weekly webinar, and we sent multiple pics and videos. It’s all documented in a behavior journal - we do two training sessions a day. We all see the results.” The program goes for two and a half months, but Widmer says they will continue to implement what they have been taught. “When this ends we hope to continue the training,” she said. “We want to talk to other shelters and teach them some of what we have learned. The very best part of it is when the cats get adopted. We like to show people what they can do and then they say ‘wow we want that cat.’” For more information on the Cat Pawsitive Project, visit /www. thejacksongalaxyproject.org/About-Us/Programs/Cat-Pawsitive. For more information about Five Acres Animal Shelter, go to www.fiveacresanimalshelter.org. ¤
Yoga has been taken to the next level in St. Charles County. Yoga lovers can take a class with cats or strap themselves to a wall to improve a pose. Five Acres Animal Shelter has invited its resident kitty cats to participate in monthly yoga classes called Cat Yoga. Lauren Borgmeyer, development director at Five Acres Animal Shelter, had originally seen Cat Yoga on Facebook done in Canada. “I knew as soon as our kitty cottage construction was completed I wanted to start doing it,” said Borgmeyer. “Our building opened in June 2016, and we had our first class that September. The response was great, and after a year we had so many inquiries for evening classes we started offering an additional class in the evening.” Cat Yoga is simply yoga with the adoptable cats at Five Acres Animal Shelter. “Guests bring their own mat and follow an instructor that is donating their time,” said Borgmeyer. “We let the cats decide if they want to participate. Whoever is available for adoption and able to free roam can participate if they want.” While none of the yogis have returned to adopt the kitties yet, many have returned to the shelter to volunteer. “Yoga is a great way to relax and treat your mind and body, but it’s also a fantastic workout for anyone, no matter your abilities. Add in some adorable cats, and it’s even more enjoyable,” said Borgmeyer. Sometimes yoga classes can be very serious and quiet—not Cat Yoga. “We won’t judge if you giggle when a cat zooms through your downward dog or if you pause to snap a picture of a cat laying on your mat,” said Borgmeyer. “Cat Yoga is all about fun and it’s all about the cats!” Cat Yoga sessions are beginner classes, and anyone is welcome. “We do ask that anyone between the ages of 13 and 15 comes with an adult,” said Borgmeyer. Five Acres Animal Shelter offers Cat Yoga classes the first Monday of every month in its Katy Favre Kitty Cottage. The cost is $12 per person and reservations can be made online at www.fiveacresanimalshelter.org/events.
Written by Amy Armour Photos courtesy of Jane's House of Well Being and Five Acres Animal Shelter
“We use the free roaming area in our shelter and push aside all towers, beds, etc. so we can fit up to 16 guests,” said Borgmeyer. “We would love to do yoga or Pilates with dogs, but right now we do not have the facility to do that. If we could visit a studio offsite to offer those classes, that would be fantastic! We are always looking to partner with local business and animal lovers.” Jane’s House of Well Being in St. Charles offers Wall Yoga where participants can deepen their poses utilizing a belt which is attached to a wall. “The belts support the students and places the joints into an aligned position to deepen the stretch as well as give the students the opportunity to feel the resistance and enjoy the time held in postures,” said Robin Buck, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, Director of Jane’s House of Well Being. Wall yoga provides resistance as the body weight moves away from the wall into the belt and so it creates a "traction" to the joints. “It counterbalances the force of gravity, inversions support the return of blood flow to the heart in a way that doesn't work in normal day to day routine,” said Buck. “It also makes most students aware of places that they can collapse in without the resistance, it teaches a new felt relationship to better alignment.” While the class has been offered since 2009, Buck said it's gaining more attention and once it is experienced, students love it. The class, which is open to all levels of yoga-lovers, is held on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. “You can also find it being used in some of the All-Levels practices or on request in smaller classes,” said Buck. “It's good for all ages. It is great for people who have a fear to overcome!” New Students are offered two weeks of unlimited classes at Jane's House of Well Being for $20. Beyond that, class cards—that have a one year expiration date—are available for 5 classes for $60 or 10 classes for $108. Students can also purchase an unlimited 30 day card for $92. There are no membership fees, and Jane’s House offers student and senior discounts. For more information on Wall Yoga, or other yoga options, visit www.janeshousestudio.com. For more information on Five Acres Animal shelter, visit www.fiveacresanimalshelter.org ¤
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Child Entreprenuer Turns Passion into Profit at Written by Sarah Moeller Photos courtesy of Petsway
The Petsway story starts, like many other stories, with a very determined mother, and a caring little boy. In this case, however, the mother was not of the human variety, but rather from the fish family. She was a very fortunate guppy that Karl Keller had purchased as an eleven-year-old boy, after reading a book about them while visiting a friend’s house one day in early 1951. This research led to him purchasing a guppy, which would later produce more guppies that would provide additional capital for his blossoming business venture. The fish almost didn’t survive the trip home, however. After purchasing the fish, which was placed in a glass mustard jar, young Karl went to see his dad at work. The mustard jar with its small, pregnant occupant was set aside, and at one point during the evening, the cause was nearly lost. While someone was opening the sliding-lid cooler where the jar was resting, the jar crashed to the floor, spilling everything inside, and dashing the boy’s hopes. Even worse, the guppy had slipped between some wooden floorboards, and the closest water available was in the cooler, and much too cold for a tropical fish. However, Karl and his dad were able to save the pet--one found a toothpick and scooped the fish from the floor, while the other fetched some warmer water. Amazingly enough, the fish survived, and lived to give birth to many offspring. Karl was able to sell some of them back to the hardware store (where he had bought the original fish), and to his friend who had owned the fish tank that first captured his fancy. Out of his home in Ava, Missouri, a small business was spawned. Karl’s Aquarium and Pets was very successful, and after half a dozen years or so, and like a well-fed goldfish, it outgrew the family home. It just wasn’t feasible or comfortable for customers to be trafficking in and out of the house anymore to buy products, which now included fish supplies as well as fish. At the age of 17, Karl opened his first brick and mortar store, which was located in Springfield. By this time, the family had moved to that town, so it was a natural fit. With suppliers located in St. Louis, Keller’s father would take him on regular trips there to restock his store. Over the years, Karl and his business have undergone several major changes. In the 1980s, the name was changed to Pet Warehouse, and in the last five years, to Petsway. Not unexpectedly, more and more products and pets were added, and several other locations across the state were opened. All of them feature the same down-home, family values that Karl was raised with. Speaking of family, in the year 2,000, Karl’s son Karl II joined the company after a successful career with McDonnell Douglas. The industry has changed a bit too. Karl II cites the “humanization” of pets as one of the biggest trends nowadays. People are treating their pets more and more like family members, and less like an old dog they would just leave outside all the time. They are taking them on trips, and to spas, and the like. The products available have reflected these changing values, and Karl says that the quality of pet foods has really increased over the years. While some brands are newcomers to the industry, or have always been considered high quality nourishment, other brands that weren’t considered high quality are stepping up their game and are sometimes even changing their recipes to offer better food. Also, while dogs and cats used to be more widely sold at pet stores, at Petsway, these furry friends are only available during special adoption events held in conjunction with local animal shelters. The Kellers themselves have made some changes to reflect the needs and wants of their customers. In spring of this
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year, they opened another store, this time in St. Peters, MO. While it has many offerings similar to their other stores, such as a wide array of furred, feathered, and finned pets, along with corresponding supplies and foods, it also boasts a feature that not all stores have--a dog wash. This allows a dog owner to give their dog a thorough cleaning without the cleanup. Fur moms and dads will purchase a session, which includes a caddy containing shampoo, conditioner, a bandana or bow, comb, brush, ear wipes, towels, and an apron (for the person bathing them). Like a car wash, users can purchase upgrades, but instead of adding wax, those upgrades include specialty shampoos or conditioners. If you want to bathe more than one animal, the second one can be washed at a discount. Tethers are available to stabilize the pets, and when they are clean, driers are available to finish the process. In addition to the dog wash, the rest of the store has other amenities and perks available in addition to their wide product selection. For example, they have a customer loyalty program, where you can get 3-5% percent back on your account. Some pet food manufacturers also offer frequent buyer cards for their brand, a feature that’s only available at independent stores like Petsway. Also, if there is a pet or pet food you want that is not typically in stock, usually, it can be special ordered for you. While there is currently an informational website available, www.petsway.com, by the end of the year, it will have a shopping cart so that customers can purchase items to be sent to their home or picked up in the store. Naturally, shoppers are free to bring their pets inside the store with them. To participate in the local Petsway experience, and fetch some goodies, just swim, fly, or slither to 32 Harvester Square, St. Peters, MO 63303, and don’t forget to bring your human parents. Monday through Saturday 9:00am–8:00pm Sunday10:00am-6:00pm. Good boy! ¤
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the Missouri Animals Written by Kate Santellano
We all recognize the bald eagle as a symbol of the United States. Symbols such as this represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state or the entire USA. States also recognize icons and emblems like state flags, seals, flowers and animals. Did you know Missouri designated the North American Bullfrog as the official state amphibian in 2005? Here are some known and little-known facts about the state symbols of Missouri, according to the State Symbols USA organization (www.statesymbolsusa.org).
State Bird: Eastern bluebird
In 1927 Missouri designated the eastern bluebird as the official state bird. The Eastern bluebird is a medium sized songbird, with a short tail, chunky body, large round head, short black bill, a reddish-orange chest, and blue wings and tail (the female is a drab gray-blue with duller reddish chest, and juveniles have a spotted chest and back). The bluebirdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s song is a rich warbling whistle broken into short phrases (Tu-wheet-tudu) or a dry chatter.
State Animal: Missouri Mule
On May 31, 1995, Governor Mel Carnahan signed a bill designating the Missouri mule as the official state animal. The mule is a hybrid--the offspring of a mare (female horse) and a jack (male donkey). After its introduction to the state in the 1820â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, the mule quickly became popular with farmers and settlers because of its hardy nature. Missouri mules pulled pioneer wagons to the Wild West during the 19th century and played a crucial role in moving troops and supplies in World Wars I and II.
State Aquatic Animal: Paddlefish
Missouri designated the paddlefish as the official state aquatic animal in 1997. Paddlefish are one of the oldest fish known to man. Missouri has paddlefish in the slow-flowing waters of the Mississippi, Missouri and Osage rivers.
State Game Bird: Bobwhite quail
The bobwhite quail was designated the official state game bird of Missouri in 2007.
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If you're like me, when the temperature starts rising, it puts me in the mood for a yummy salad. I hosted a small gathering recently and decided, what the heck, take a risk and serve salad for dinner. I know what you're thinking; a salad is an add-on, not a meal, but the two I chose were meals in a bowl! Time to fire up the grill and get chopping! I decided on a steak salad with a Mexican flare and a chopped Asian BBQ chicken salad. Both are full of flavor and make a beautiful presentation in the bowl. The only other menu item I made was some cheesy garlic bread which was the perfect compliment to the salads. Typically my guests never know what I might be serving for dinner. Admittingly, I was a bit nervous how it might go over as just a main dish, but let me tell you, it was a hit! I would encourage you, for those warm summer evenings, to try these salads.You will wish for leftovers for the next day! Gather some friends for dinner and enjoy your summer!
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Chopped Asian BBQ Chicken Salad 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (about 2 breasts) ½ cup hoisin sauce ¼ soy sauce ¼ cup sweet thai chili sauce 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp honey 2 tsp dijon mustard ½ tsp crushed red pepper 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 clove garlic minced or grated ½ lemon juiced 4 cups butter lettuce - chopped 2 carrots - chopped ½ head cabbage - chopped 3 green onions - sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp poppy seeds 1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 inch whole wheat tortillas (about 8) 1 ½ tbsp hoisin sauce 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp honey 2 tsp sesame seeds
Preheat the grill to medium heat.You may also bake or sear the chicken, if you prefer. Make the Asian BBQ sauce--in a small bowl whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, sweet thai chili sauce, sesame oil, honey, dijon mustard, crushed red pepper, ginger, garlic and lemon juice. Add the chicken to a bowl or gallon-size ziplock bag and toss with half the asian BBQ sauce (save the remaining sauce for later). I like to marinate overnight for better flavor. Grill the chicken for 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through. Once the chicken is finished, let cool and then cut into chunks. While the chicken is cooking, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the tortillas into whatever shape you prefer. I chose squares. Place the tortillas on a greased baking sheet. In a small bowl, whisk together the 1-½ tablespoons hoisin sauce, 1 teaspoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon honey. Brush the sauce all over the upside of the tortillas, sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake for 5-8 minutes. Keep a close watch; they are easy to burn. To make the salad, combine lettuce, cabbage, carrots and green onions in a large bowl and toss well with olive oil, rice wine vinegar, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. Add in the chicken and drizzle the salad with the remaining Asian BBQ sauce and serve with the Honey Sesame Crackers.
Mexican Grilled Flank Steak Salad With Honey Lime Dressing For the Flank Steak 1 flank steak - about 1-½ pounds 1 tsp chili powder 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cumin ½ tsp kosher salt ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper ¼ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp garlic powder Mix together the spices and rub evenly over both sides of the steak. Allow the steak to sit at least 15 minutes or longer before grilling.
For the Honey Lime Dressing ¼ cup fresh lime juice ¼ cup olive oil 2 tsp honey 1 garlic clove pressed or minced Pinch of red pepper flakes 1/8 tsp kosher salt 1/8 tsp pepper Combine all the ingredients in a jar with a tightly sealed lid. Shake until fully combined.
For the Rest of the Salad 6 cups mixed baby greens (I used baby romaine and arugula) 1 cup cherry tomatoes - sliced or whole 2 ears corn - grilled and cut off the cob 1 large sweet onion 1 avocado - sliced Baby portabella mushrooms Shredded mexican cheese Grill the steak to your liking. Grill the onions until tender.When steak is done, let it rest about 10-15 minutes before slicing. I sliced mine long ways. To assemble the salad, fill the bowl with the mixed greens. Top with corn, onions, tomatoes, avocado, steak slices, mushrooms, and cheese. Drizzle with the dressing and serve immediately.
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Trell Tompkin, chef of The Lost Whiskey, describes his Pork Steak dinner as “24 ounces of cotton candy (melt in your mouth) meat.” And when asked how he became so skilled at preparing it, his explanation was (as only Trell could tell it): ”Some say you have to put in 10,000 hours to become an expert at something... well, I’ve got like 100,000 hours into this.”
partnership and now the trio own and run The Lost Whiskey.
Trell is part of the 3-owner team at The Lost Whiskey, a new restaurant that opened recently at 142 North Main Street in St. Charles. Trell was previously the Chef and General Manager at The Lou Eats & Drinks (formerly Joey B’s), which is owned by Paula Zingrich. Paula also owns Peppers in St. Louis, where she started as a bartender, worked her way to GM, then owner. She bought The Lou Eats & Drinks a year later, where she met Trell, who had been there 14 years as a chef and more recently, the GM. She also met and worked with Tory Knight, a young waitress and bartender, whom she continued to develop and help learn the ropes of the food & beverage industry.
So what else is The Lost Whiskey known for? You’ll know when you visit and try the Lost Whiskey burger, which sits between 2 pretzels, loaded with its special sauce. Or try the Whiskey Peppercorn Steak, with the Main Street Mac & Cheese, which is the “Chef’s Special,” varying ingredients daily.
When Paula was ready to buy her third restaurant, on Main Street in St Charles, she invited Trell and Tory to form a business
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“Paula is the hardest-working woman I know,” said Tory. “She’s been my friend and mentor and she’s just awesome. She’s given me so many opportunities to grow and learn, and now to own my own business at a very young age.”
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While for some, the American Dream-the ability to decide what you want out of life, envision it, plan it, then pursue it--may remain just a dream, for husband and wife, Katie and Devin Dorosh, that dream turned into a reality when they started a company specializing in products for the outdoor barbecue. It’s called Grillaholics. “I had always had a desire to become an entrepreneur and tried to be a DJ in high school, then tried a multi-level marketing gumball machine business in college, but none of that was the right fit,” said Devin. “I studied finance and accounting in school and knew the traditional workforce was not for me. I wasn’t excited about college, either, so I started as a CPA, then consulting, all the while trying to pursue other things.” Then, in April 2014, Devin learned of an online course that gave instructions on how to build a brand utilizing Amazon while working in the corporate workforce. That opened up a new world for Devin. “Basically, the model was to find a top-selling product on Amazon, create your own vision of that product, build your brand, and go from there,” he said. “At the time, we were evaluating many options that were top sellers on Amazon - including a non-stick grill mat.” Having always been an avid griller, Devin decided that would be a great first product and he and Katie ran with it. “It all started right there,” he said. “We went live with that in October of 2014 while on our honeymoon.We sent the inventory to Amazon and hit ‘go’ from there.”
Nearly four years later, both Devin and Katie have left their day jobs. “Now, we basically have a desk and a remote setup at the OPO - but everyone works from home. Occasionally, we will meet at the OPO to maintain a team connection.” Devin acknowledges the numerous benefits of utilizing what the OPO has to offer. It can be much more that just a place to go when you need a desk and Starbucks is closed. “Working there - in a coworking space - is a good way to connect with other people that are trying to do what you are doing. There’s an entire startup scene,” he said. “There are lots of people working there every day trying to build a business. It’s great for camaraderie and morale to have people around to support each other. And obviously having a dedicated working space to focus helps, too.” As the only two owners of Grillaholics, Devin and Katie are continuing to grow the Grillaholics product mix and are up to 14 different products and some bundles. “Those are our core products, but we are in the process of developing at least 12 more this year,” said Devin. “One of our big projects is trying to dominate the online space for grill brushes, so our goal is to try and offer any and every sort of grill cleaning product a person could want.”
Devin and Katie both still had day jobs at that time, so they leased space at OPO Startups (in the St. Charles Old Post Office on Main Street).
Included in their business growth plan is connecting with a larger manufacturer in order to get what is being created at Grillaholics into the marketplace. “Those manufacturers view it as a strategic relationship. They want to prove concepts, move items into retail and get branded,” said Devin. “The goal is to show that a product can do well - on Amazon for instance - and then ask retailers ‘do you want something like this?’ ”
“We felt like we needed to be out of the house to get work done.We started out at Starbucks but they closed at 10 p.m. and I wasn’t done working,” said Devin. “So we started working at the OPO where we could come and go as we needed. It’s available 24 hours a day with certain membership levels.”
For now, Grillaholics products are being sold only via private labels. “We are working on some things that others do not have - we are after unique designs with this manufacturer, “ said Devin. “You have to be willing to try different things.With social media and the internet in this day and age, there is a wealth of opportunity
to create something and build your own business.” And that’s exactly what Devin and Katie Dorosh have done. After starting out at OPO Startups, the Dorsh’s have seemingly gained enough traction to stick around a while (after starting out by selling nonstick grill mats... pun intended). But that didn’t happen without paying their dues. “We would not have started this one without trying the other things I attempted - not everything will necessarily be the right thing. You have to be willing to try and fail and get to the point where you find the right fit,” said Devin. “A lot of people have taken the same course we did. What separates the people that succeed on Amazon from those who don’t is having a ‘whatever it takes’ attitude,” said Devin. Devin emphasizes just how important it was to him to make Grillaholics work. “For me, this was the opportunity to have the freedom to do the job that I wanted. Once you find the thing that seems like a good fit, you have to be willing to go through the challenges that come when you’re doing it. Too many people quit when small roadblocks come up, when just on the other side of that roadblock things were going to start moving for you.” A good indicator that things are indeed “moving” for Grillaholics - or for any company - is to have your products featured on the Rachael Ray Show. When Chris Kimball, the past host of America’s Test Kitchen, went on her show to demonstrate products - and reached out to Grillaholics - Devin knew that was a great opportunity. “He was doing his favorite barbecue products and they reached out to us because they liked our branding and how we connect with our customers,” he said. “They wanted to feature our grill mat and asked us to send in gifts for the audience. It aired in July 2016, and was really great exposure. We talk about it as much as we can!” For more information on Grillaholics or to view their product line, visit Grillaholics.com. Summer 2018 55
BusinessScape: Business Profile
Fratelli’s For some creatives, their self-expression is mainly visual. For others, their art is auditory. And for brothers Joe and Tom Alagna, their creativity is culinary...manifesting in the kitchen. Now celebrating their 35th anniversary in business, these ratelli (“brothers” in Italian) have served fresh-made meats, sauces, and desserts to thousands of Missouri patrons who have come to depend on the high quality and warm atmosphere the restaurant--aptly named “Fratelli’s”--offers. While the restaurant, or “ristorante” is currently located in St. Charles, that wasn’t always the case. The men’s first place was in Dellwood, which was a natural fit, since they were raised in nearby Jennings. When they first opened in 1983, the building was just a small, ten-table pizzeria. Over the next thirteen years, however, the restaurant, the menu, and the clientele grew, necessitating three remodels/expansions during this period. After a while, though, a move to St. Charles was discussed, and eventually, enacted. It was the second fastest growing county in the nation, and the time was right to move their business westward. When they moved, in 1996, they said it felt like starting the business all over again. Acquiring new equipment, new supplies, and learning the tastes of a new clientele were part of the learning curve they faced. For example, people in Dellwood tended to like more meat dishes than people in St. Charles, who preferred more pasta and salads. However, this didn’t faze them. Undaunted, the brothers rose to the occasion to once again create a unique family dining experience for their new clientele. While we have probably all heard horror stories of families who go into business together, and end up with a major falling out, such is not the case with the Alagnas. Joe says that he and Tom have been successful at co-owning a business because they share the same goals and duties, and because they are flexible when it comes to meeting the needs of the business. Besides having each other as a business partner, other family members have also had a positive influence on the men’s success. Their mom and dad are two of those people. After immigrating from Sicily to pursue the American Dream, for several decades, Tommaso and Francesca Alagna also owned and operated a restaurant in Ferguson, called Tomasso’s, for many years. This is part of what inspired the boys to open their own place, and since they had grown up working in 56 StreetScape Magazine
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the family restaurant, they were clearly well-suited to the role. Additionally, their dad maintains a low-key presence in the day-to-day aspects of the business. At 100 years old, Tommaso often comes to visit his sons’ restaurant, watching the customers flow in and out, and sometimes offering pointers. It must be quite satisfying for him to see some of the family recipes from his homeland, and from his own restaurant, being used to make food for another generation of patrons in the twenty-first century. While some aspects of the business remain timeless, such as their inclusion of family recipes, Joe and Tom have crafted some of their own recipes to reflect the desires of a changing culinary landscape. Other aspects of the culture have also changed since 1983, and the impacts on the gastronomic industry could be felt. For example, when Fratelli’s first opened, the internet was a vague concept relegated to government applications, and print media such as newspapers and magazines were more utilized as far as information on restaurant reviews was concerned. If you had a noteworthy restaurant experience, good or bad, it would take a while for the general population to know, should you even decide to share. Only a select few people were true restaurant critics, making their rounds to the various establishments, and they had some degree of fame for this. Nowadays, however, the landscape has vastly and obviously changed. They cited the rise of the internet, and sites like Yelp, for example, as one of the biggest ways his industry has changed over the years. While in the past, restaurant staff would recognize a critic, and “step up their game” when he or she entered the house. In recent years, “everyone with a smartphone is a restaurant critic,” according to Joe. Someone could, conceivably, write an Internet post that “goes viral” within minutes of their posting, and they wouldn’t even have to wait to go home to post it. The person wouldn’t necessarily need to have fame or a following to be heard, and the “critic’s” integrity wouldn’t be as valued as it once was. Even so, the brothers don’t seem to mind the added pressure; they have faith in their staff and business, and know that Fratelli’s will continue to stand the test of time. In addition to the expansion of the information highway, another trend to impact the industry in recent years has been the health-food movement. Health conscious patrons are often looking for organics, gluten-free, and nonGMO options. While it’s impossible for any restaurant to chase every single trend and whim of the market, Fratelli’s core values of making their food fresh will always be in style, and they believe that this practice “sets them apart” from other places. (Fratelli’s does offer gluten-free items.)
Italian Food While many other restaurants buy food pre-made, and simply heat it and assemble it, it has always been important to Joe and Tom to avoid this. They make their sauces (about 50 gallons a week) from scratch. They bread the meat and make the meatballs themselves. They grind their cheese in-house, and they make fresh pizza dough every day. Additionally, their foods are made with fresh ingredients, and all this keeps customers young and old coming back regularly--sometimes more than once a day. Imagine all that foot traffic! After nearly two dozen years of customers coming in and out, thousands upon thousands of footsteps must surely have been taken there over the years. And like an older, hard-working person in the prime of life, the building was ready for a facelift. While fresh paint is a normal and expected part of a remodel, the updates didn’t stop there. The layout was modified to allow for more efficiency and more natural flow of movement. The waiting area was enlarged, and the hostess desk was moved closer so guests know whom to approach.
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While guests are waiting, they can watch a flat screen TV with a ten-minute loop that talks about the family history, displays the menu, and discusses desserts. (The tiramisu and cannoli are signature desserts which are made in house!) Inside the dining area, tables have been arranged to offer a more seating than before, and the lighting has been updated as well. Fans of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ “Fixer Upper” show will notice the shiplap that has been used as well. Overall, it was designed to have a better flow of traffic, more clear direction in the waiting room, and an updated look throughout. Even with the updates in place, some things will never need remodeling. The friendly faces of Joe and Tom are still there, and food is always made with care and with fresh ingredients. And, if you want Fratelli’s food brought to your home, business or event, contact them about catering. Straight from the shores of Sicily, to our own St. Charles...you can count on Fratelli’s for fresh, friendly, authentic Italian food! ¤ Summer 2018 57
BOGEY HILLS Country Club
Written by Sarah Moeller Photos courtesy of Bogey Hills Country Club
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GENERATIONS of Family Fun
Over half a century ago, a young, visionary couple took a chance to fulfill some of their hopes and dreams when they bought an old, abandoned golf course. Charles “Doc” Walters, an optometrist, and his wife, Doris, bought the property just south of Highway 70 and near Highway 94. They wanted to build something that would provide socialization and recreation for theirs and other families in the area. It was the early 1960’s, and a little over fifty-thousand people claimed St. Charles County as their home.
At the time of the purchase, the grounds were simple but adequate; the golf course, for example, consisted of nine holes and was a previously public course. The clubhouse was a mere 1,200 square feet, but it was satisfactory. At this time, the building, which was built in 1926, was just a dance floor with a screened-in porch. It included a fireplace, which was a focal point, and which remained throughout future renovations. There was a small pro shop and food and beverage area on the lower level, but the club was not yet allowed to serve alcohol. Instead, they operated as a bottle service, allowing members to bring their own alcohol. However, despite the property’s humble beginnings, Charles and Doris were determined to work hard to make their dream of providing a private club a reality. Within a year or so of purchasing the grounds, in May of 1962, the club had reopened and over the course of the next decade, they began offering semi-private memberships. During this time, the population in St. Charles County exploded, nearly doubling by the end of the decade. Entire families and individual golfers continued to frequent the club, and about ten years after their first tee time in the early sixties, the course was expanded to eighteen holes. The 1972 renovation also included the addition of locker rooms, a swimming pool, dining areas, and a lounge. Food and beverage dining areas were added upstairs. In another ten years, the club membership would become fully private, although there were still some areas of the clubhouse that are open to the public for weddings, banquets, and meetings. The final expansion was in 1989-90, replacing the pool with a larger one in place of the tennis courts., and replacing the older, dark, Spanish-like interiors with a more traditional club feel. The exterior went from Spanish style to the Cedar shingles everyone remembers. Although the membership has been fully private since about 1980, the club has maintained an open and inviting relationship with the community. There are dining areas, both casual and more formal. Community groups and corporation are all welcome to rent areas for their events and business meetings. Wedding receptions and other like gatherings can find beauty and hospitality in the clubhouse, and the food is top quality. President and General Manager Angel Walters Likens describes their facilities as a unique offering to the community. Angel isn’t the only Walters to continue the family tradition of working at the country club. While it was her grandparents that purchased and began the establishment, her father, Dennis Walters, and brother Dennis Walters Jr. both have a hand in the operations. While the elder Walters serves as chairman of the board, the younger is the Head Teaching Professional. This truly is a family operation. Whole families are invited to enjoy all activities from baby to parents to grandparents. While the Walters’ commitment to the community is unwavering, it has never been put the to the test like it was over the past year. In February of 2017, tragedy struck. A roaring blaze, with flames fifty feet high at times, tore through the clubhouse, ravaging nearly the entire structure. Firefighters from four separate companies responded, working over three hours to put out the main fire, and then continuing well into the night to curb hotspots. Gratefully, while the response was quick and professional, unfortunately, the building was a total loss. Many memories
were turned to ash that night as well, but the Walters family and the board of directors were determined to build an even better clubhouse for their members and the community. Even before the first nail was placed, they applied their tradition of family-driven quality into the process. Angel recalls the “extensive research” that she and the board undertook, regarding the whole design process. For example, they closely studied the trends in the golf club industry, and took into account both the members’ needs and the community’s needs. Based on their findings, the actual building project commenced a few months later.
One thing they decided to do was to split the clubhouse into two parts. This divide allows for greater privacy for members, who now have a section that is more separate from the areas designed for community gatherings. Also, their research indicated that casual and outdoor dining were some features that would be popular, and so areas designated for those functions were added. In keeping with their family-friendly theme, the kids room was added. The pool was upgraded to add a pool bar as well as kitchen and dining areas. While the banquet ballroom is visually stunning, it also boasts state-of-the-art audio and video systems to satisfy other senses. The renovations also include a fitness center for members and a simulator that helps golfers improve their game. It can adjust the wind and elevation, offering the player an endless quantity of playing conditions, and users can use the same clubs as they do on the actual course. This new clubhouse, which opened in May, is something for the Walters family, the board, club members, and the community to be proud of. While the fire may have temporarily slowed operations,the redesign has resulted in an even better experience for all attendees. Usually, a project of this magnitude would require 18-24 months to complete. Angel and her team, along with Brinkmann Constructors, rallied together to reduce the timeframe by well under half, taking only nine months from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting. While the golf course was still open during construction and the members utilized a temporary clubhouse, they will be able to once again use their beloved clubhouse. “The Walters family is really pleased to have done this for the community,” says the elder Dennis, “and I am thankful to my parents for starting the club and giving me this opportunity. I am proud to have run the club for 20 years, and am confident in handing the torch off to my daughter Angel and my son Dennis Jr. to continue our family legacy for the next 40-50 years.” The family would like to thank the members for their patience and the community for their support during the construction. And the staff for helping to create a new state-of-the-art facility that everyone can be proud of. While non-members are welcome to reserve banquet space, those interested in membership have several options available. From packages covering all amenities for the entire family, to just the social amenities, or something in between. There is an option suitable for everyone! Bogey Hills Country Club is glad to be fully back in the swing of things, and looks forward to seeing members and guests once again enjoying the Club. ¤
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Linda Didion literally grew up in the promotional products business in Saint Charles county. Her father, Tom Brown – former Mayor of Saint Peters, founded Motivational Concepts in (1979). Linda followed in his footsteps, bringing creative promotional solutions to clients across the country through their family business. Many years later, Didion joined RLK & Associates, Inc., another family-owned and Saint Charles-based promotional products business founded in 1992 by Rick and Vicky Kuhn. RLK had the infrastructure of warehousing, distribution, corporate web stores and in-house embroidery that would allow Didion to expand the products and services she could offer to her clients. The organization also had the family dynamic and commitment to comprehensive client service that were important to her.
RLK provides hundreds of thousands of products from manufacturers around the world, including traditional promotional products such as mugs and pens, but also custom corporate apparel, American-made and Union decorated products, premium gifts, safety awards and trophies, meeting supplies, displays, and much more.
Many clients rely on RLK to inventory, store and distribute their logo merchandise through a corporate webstore program. Whether interested in RLK’s capabilities for inThe commitment at RLK is to bring big, comprehendividual orders or sive promotional solutions to clients with the personlooking toE-Stores them for • Award Promotional Products • Decorated Apparel • Corporate al attention of a small business. fulfillment services, In-House Embroidery • Corporate Fulﬁllmentclients Programs • Warehousin find RLK’s “Our staff is still a small, dynamic group of very crewarehousing, reative, resourceful ceiving, distribupeople,” said Dition and inventory dion. “We realize storage facilities that personal sercapable of meeting vice has allowed their needs. our organization to grow and that In her partnership continuing to with RLK, Didion found an orprovide that level ganization that felt like home to of service, comher. If you know Linda Didion, bined with quality you know animals are near and products, is the dear to her heart. And that’s most important something she shares with aspect from our many at RLK. RLK’s office is clients’ prospecdog-friendly...just ask Oreo, their tive.” resident client-greeter and staff morale-booster! ¤
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Meet St. Charles County Judicial Candidate BusinessScape: Business Profile
and Cindy have been long time residents of Q:“You St. Charles County, where did you spend your early years.”
A: I was born in Michigan and lived there till age 9. I was raised in a musical family. My father was a pianist and voice teacher and my aunt Katherine received her Masters Degree in voice and piano pedagogy from Michigan State University. I began piano lessons with my aunt at age 4. My brothers all studied classical guitar, piano and percussion as well. After moving to Texas I continued my piano studies and, at age 14, I debuted with the Ft.Worth Symphony Orchestra under the baton of John Giordano. My father performed with the Ft. Worth and Dallas Civic Operas and he would take me along to have me accompany the performers in practice. I studied with Luis Carlo Demuro Castro at TCU my junior and senior years at high school as well as master classes with Alexander Uninsky at SMU. It was a great musical childhood.
Michael & Cindy Fagras with family Photo by Erin Doty
After high school I had an opportunity to go to Los Angeles and study jazz composition and performance but I was concerned about the opportunity to earn a living out there and decided against it. Cindy was raised here in Bridgeton and went to school in the Pattonville School District. She was in jewelry sales with national retailer for 35 years before retiring. Since her retirement Cindy and her friend, Kim DeJong, work creating custom signs and repurpose vintage furniture, teaching classes as well as consulting.
your background in music what led you into your Q:“With career in law enforcement?”
A: Interesting turn of events. I had moved to Missouri, was newly married and had a keen interest in criminal justice. I applied for the St. Charles City PD and was accepted and graduated from the academy in 1979. I was studying jazz piano with Ken Palmer in University City for about 6 years while working as a police officer and performing at different venues in the St. Louis area. Mostly private parties, weddings, and sitting in at different venues such as Hillary’s in Soulard, Cheshire Inn, and different country clubs. I found that I had a desire to take my law enforcement career in a different direction and applied and was accepted at St. Louis University School of Law. you find it to be a hard transition from police officer Q: “Did to attorney?”
A: No, surprisingly I found that law school prepared me for the transition. After graduation I hung out a shingle but was soon working for Charles Lampin and, thereafter, became his partner. I was sworn in at the Eastern District Federal Court and became a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel of attorneys that are selected by the federal judges, due to their experience, to handle indigent clients. From the beginning a part of my practice involved representing women that were victimized as a result sexual abuse or assault. I worked to bring their cases to the attention of authorities when their case involved a predatory family member. There were those cases involving abuse or assault in the workplace. I wanted to be a voice for them. In addition, I handled religious freedom issue, generally involving the Amish community, as pro bono work.
Q: “Why do you want to become a judge?”
A: I have had a wonderful career in law enforcement and as an attorney representing the people of St. Charles, and those throughout the state of Missouri. In my mind it is a natural progression, or matriculation, from law enforcement to attorney, to the role of Circuit Judge. None of this would be possible without the encouragement and support of my wife, Cindy. I believe that I am certainly qualified with the experience that I have earned throughout the last 24 years that I have been practicing. This is a great way to serve the people of St. Charles County. Cindy and I love our community and this is and will always be our home.
Q: “What are the qualities that you look for in a judge?” A: A thorough knowledge of the State and Federal Constitution, an understanding of Missouri State Statutes and knowing the Rules of Evidence are paramount. Patience, respect for litigants and defendants as well as discernment are essential as well. It also helps to have a sense of humor.
Q: “What do you do for hobbies or relaxation?”
A: Cindy and I like to hunt antiques and travel. Usually we will head out to Estes Park to spend a week in the Rocky Mountain National Park or head to Pensacola Beach for a week. Spending time with family now is really important as well.
It would be accurate to say my career was litigating both criminal and civil cases in federal and state courts. This practice required a knowledge and application of constitutional and state law. I have tried a great number of jury trials as well as contested matters and divorces. I’m currently representing a death eligible defendant in a federal court case. That experience took on a whole new dimension.
We both like to be involved in our church, Harvester Christian, and have funded our own charity providing winter clothing for students who are in need. We are also involved in “All Among Us”, a battered women’s shelter in Ferguson, Missouri as well as Ninos de Mexico, a Christian orphanage with 5 locations in Mexico. Last year I started beekeeping and really love working the hives. It really is a fascinating and very rewarding hobby.
I also teach criminal law on behalf of the Missouri Bar to other attorneys in their Continuing Legal Education classes.
Finally, I’d like everyone to remember the primary election is August 7th.
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The Educated Child : A Case for Private School
Written by Dr. Jaime M. Dodd
The greater St. Charles region is unusually rich in educational opportunities. Interestingly, though, the educational choices that we, as parents, make for our children tend to be intertwined with our own life experiences. So, regardless of the fact that many alternatives for schooling may exist, our own educational history, our social and financial circumstances, and the expectations of family and friends often lead us to enroll our children for “more of the same” – whatever that happens to be – and to give the multitude of educational alternatives little more than a cursory glance.
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Children who attend private school find themselves immersed within a community of families who share similar values about the importance of education. These families value education for the opportunities it affords – not for the diploma of attestation that accompanies it. Education among this select group of people is a means, not an end; it is viewed as preparation for our
If our goal is not the diploma, but the ability to provide our children with opportunity, there is no substitute for private education, and a family’s investment dollars could not be more wisely placed. Interestingly, this fact has nearly as much to do with the population of families and students who opt for private education, as it has to do with the private school itself - and contrary to popular belief, it is not about social status. It is about social values.
children that enables them to embrace the opportunities which inevitably arise in life. The fact of the matter is that education has no absolute value. It exists along a continuum. But “education” has long been equated with “opportunity,” such that where one exists, the other is known to follow. Opportunity is what private schools are all about. Consider carefully your objectives for your children’s education. The choices you make now will have a lasting impact on their future. Dr. Dodd serves as Director of Operations – Missouri for the Hope Educational & Research Center. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology, a Master’s degree in Educational Counseling and a Doctorate in the Behavioral and Developmental Processes of Children and Adolescents. Dr. Dodd is Montessori certified and is a member of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, the American Counseling Association and the American Montessori Society. For topics in education that you would like to have addressed in this publication, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Middle School Matters
Written by Dr. Susan Dempf Head of School Academy of the Sacred Heart
The middle school years are a special time in the development of a child, when he or she is old enough to enjoy some independence while still fully provided for by the family. Ideally, the experience blends the excitement and fun of learning associated with the elementary classroom and the seriousness of purpose required in high school. Middle school is when a student’s attitude toward a subject is established and likely confirmed. As such, it is essential that the learning opportunities presented are engaging, relatable and allow for collaboration among these young learners. Even more significantly, the middle school years are the time during which a student establishes perceptions about his or her own abilities. Comments such as “I’m no good at math” or “I can’t write” can become self-fulfilling prophecies if a student is overlooked or shies away from those areas in which he or she may initially struggle. Dr. John Lounsbury, noted by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) as one of the founders of the middle school education movement, summed up the significance of the middle school experience: "No other age level is of more importance to the future of individuals, and, literally, to that of society; because these are the years when youngsters crystallize their beliefs about themselves and firm up their self-concepts, their philosophies of life, and their values—the things that are the ultimate determinants of their behavior." Middle school is not just a placeholder for the years between elementary school and high school. These are “the wonder years”—a time when a world of possibilities should be open. It is through the curriculum and co-curricular activities (athletics, band, community service, drama, engineering, etc.) that discovery, exploration and growth occur. Who a child will become depends upon it…how that child will shape our world is resting upon it.
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Ear ly C hild hood Center
Written by by Chris Bennett Photos courtesy of St. Charles School District
As the well trodden African proverb states, it takes a village to raise a child. In the case of the City of St. Charles School District Early Childhood Center, it took a community to construct a building. On April 4, 2017, District voters approved, by a 75% majority, Proposition KIDS, a $47 million no tax-rate increase bond issue. This paved the way for the erection of the Early Childhood Center, the flagship project of Proposition KIDS. A few months later, on June 22, the District broke ground on the Early Childhood Center and construction of the building was under way. Yet, the genesis of the Early Childhood Center precedes Propositions KIDS. It’s been a labor of love for many within the district including Dr. Danielle Tormala, associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the City of St. Charles School District. “Providing a dedicated preschool building has been a dream of the District and the St. Charles community for many years,” Tormala said. “It was our goal to be able to provide all students, especially those deemed at-risk, with a solid early childhood education experience so they would leave for kindergarten on equal footing with their peers.” Eight years ago, the District began offering a half-day preschool program with two teachers and a total of 60 students. Since then, the program has grown to include half-day, full-day, extended-day and early childhood special education options for students and now serves over 200 students. With such growth came the necessity of a building strictly for early childhood education. Located at 1301 Boone’s Lick Road, the Early Child Center features 16 early childhood and early childhood special education classrooms with attached bathrooms, multiple therapy rooms to serve the needs of all students. The building of the Early Childhood Center provides approximately 320 spaces for students to enroll in the District preschool program.
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The building also includes a studio classroom for singing, dancing and creating; a library for developing a love for reading; a culinary arts space to learn about making and trying new foods; a gymnasium that can also be used for large group meetings and is designed to be a shelter for the students and community in the event that it is ever needed; and a well-designed inclusive playground specifically created to help students of all abilities to learn, explore and play together. In addition, there will be testing rooms, a nurse’s clinic, conference rooms, and office and work spaces for support staff, administration, Parents as Teachers and early childhood special education. “While the Early Childhood Center is beneficial to the students who attend it, it will also benefit our six elementary schools by freeing up some space where our current preschool classrooms are housed,” said Dr. Jeff Marion, superintendent of the City of St. Charles School District. One of the features that makes the City of St. Charles School District Early Childhood Center stand out from others is the “Our Town, St. Charles” developmental indoor playspace. Built in conjunction with Cunningham Recreation and Play 4 ALL, Our Town is designed to be a miniature version of Main Street St. Charles. The learning area features markets, shops and buildings that allow for students to play restaurant keeper, fire chief, police officer, medical professional, mayor, trolley conductor or whatever else their imagination can dream up.
Through guidance by Victoria Schmitt Babb from the Play 4 All campaign, this incredible room is made possible by businesses and sponsors throughout the St. Charles community. “Play teaches children critical social skills like conflict resolution, team-work, patience, and empathy” Babb said. “Play is universal. It’s a common ground that builds confidence, yields joy, and fosters memories that last a lifetime.” Our Town’s tagline “Building Community Begins with Play” is even more applicable today as the need to bring people together, connect and listen to one another becomes greater. “Finding common threads that connect us paves the way to more kindness and empathy,” Babb said. What makes the “Our Town, St. Charles” unique are the direct community ties the playroom contains; it’s a child-sized community that is supported and sponsored by the actual St. Charles community. The town hall is sponsored by the St. Charles Noonday Rotary Club. The park is sponsored by St. Charles Jaycees. The bistro is sponsored by the Chartwells School Dining Services. Every item in the room has direct support from the members of the St. Charles community. “It was important to us to bring the community into our preschool, especially since the community overwhelmingly supported our early childhood center through Prop KIDS,” Tormala said. “Together, we can support each child and their family to positively shape the future of the St. Charles community.” While financial contributions have been made from these sponsors, the District is most excited about the services to the community these partnerships will provide. In addition to sponsoring the hospital, SSM Health plans on providing health related parent education for the school community. St. Charles City Firefighters Outreach is sponsoring the firehouse and intends to provide classes on topics such as emergency preparedness and child/ infant CPR. First State Bank will sponsor the bank and offer financial seminars and information to parents on saving for college and teaching children how to manage money. The St. Charles Noonday Rotary Club plans to volunteer at the school and will serve as monthly guest readers of books on topics like friendship, service to others and the importance of community, which are ideals aligned with the mission of the Rotary Club.
Other sponsors of the “Our Town, St. Charles” playspace include City of St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith who will sponsor the trolley, St. Charles Optimists who are sponsoring the food truck, St. Charles School District Foundation, Barnes-Jewish St. Peters & Progress West, the Freymuth Family, the Charles and Judy Beckman Family, and Youth in Need. In addition to the “Our Town, St. Charles” indoor play space, the Early Child Center will prominently feature a “Giving Tree” donor wall that will allow for members of the public to show their support for early childhood education and to the students who attend the school by sponsoring tree leaves, apples, butterflies and flowers. The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation has generously sponsored the trunk of the Giving Tree, making the piece rooted by another important educational cornerstone in the community. “The Giving Tree will not only create a really nice, decorative piece for the building, it will also function as a tapestry of love and community support.” Tormala said. To celebrate and to say thank you to everyone in the St. Charles community who helped make this building possible, the District is hosting a grand opening for the Early Childhood Center on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 10am - 2pm. The City of St. Charles Arts & Culture Commission provided a generous grant to ensure that the celebration of the Early Childhood Center will be an event for all to enjoy. Children’s activities, character appearances, music, building tours and food will be provided. The event will be staffed by volunteers from the We Love St. Charles philanthropic organization, among other community volunteers. “Making this dream become a reality would have been impossible had it not been for the support of the entire City of St. Charles community,” Tormala said. “We should be extremely proud to live in a place where our children have the backing of the entire village.” To learn more about the Early Childhood Center, preschool enrollment or donation opportunities, please go to www.stcharlessd.org/preschool. ¤
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CAPS Written by Liz Wagner and Brett Wells | Photos courtesy of FHSD CAPS Program
Most teenagers spend their last few years at home attending high school, taking their core classes and a few fun electives. Caught up in pep rallies and school dances, the farthest teens think into the future is Prom at the end of the school year. The juniors and seniors enrolled in the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), however, have something else in mind. CAPS is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program which takes students out of the typical classroom and provides them with real world learning experiences. Students fast forward down their career path and are fully immersed in the professional culture. In the Francis Howell School District, 13 student CAPS associates have taken on this challenge, and used it to give them an edge in their career advancements. “The Center for Advanced Professional Studies has helped me see what actually happens in a work environment, and how people work and collaborate with each other. Now I will know what to expect in the future,” said Howell Central Senior and CAPS Associate Dimitry Robertson. “It prepares me for what I will need—the tools and the knowledge I will need to get into a career I would like.” Planning to go into cyber security, the Technology Solutions strand of CAPS has helped Robertson gain an edge in his career going into college. “Having a mentor has helped me realize how advanced I am in my field of choice. I always thought I was behind the curve, but I’ve come to find out I’m learning relevant things,” said Robertson. “Having a mentor has helped me get more inspiration to do what I want to do.” It’s not every day that a place of business has high school students as associates. But, for Charter Communications, they see this out of the ordinary program as an extraordinary opportunity. “I think it’s absolutely fantastic having high school students in our office. They make us think differently, and this program helps provide them with great opportunity,” said Senior Program Manager and CAPS Mentor Alyson Horn. As a mentor, Horn is tasked with college and career guidance, resume and LinkedIn reviews and regular meetings with her mentee. “Being a mentor has made me appreciate the challenges that young individuals face. It
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has given me a new understanding that young kids are looking for jobs in business already,” said Horn. Being based out of Charter is a unique opportunity for not only the CAPS associates, but also the corporation. “This has all been far more rewarding and better than we ever anticipated. The opportunity to build the next generation of talent is something we all strive for. It usually starts in college, but we all believe that needs to start much earlier,” said Group Vice President of IT at Charter Communications Craig Lalumandier. CAPS Technology Solutions associates can also take advantage of regular business projects with industry partners. “Having these business projects has helped me learn stuff I would not make a point to teach myself on my own. I thought I really had no business learning the language of html, but through this project with MarketVolt, I have learned it. It's just another language to add to my tool arsenal; you can never know too much,” said Robertson. Aside from partnering with business for projects, companies such as MasterCard, Enterprise Holdings and HydroMat will also open their sites for visits, tours and job shadow opportunities for the program.
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“Having this career exploration piece is necessary; connecting with business professionals and onsite visits are critical,” said Center for Advanced Professional Studies Instructor John Omoresemi.
field, we know these soft skills will be transferable. Technical aspects of a job can be taught, these are the skills employers are looking for.”
A class this exceptional has to have a unique curriculum. Designed by current business professionals, what the students learn is guaranteed to be relevant in the workplace.
“Learning these skills now will definitely help me in the future because if I waited to learn them until I needed to use them I would not be as successful,” said Robertson.
“Our curriculum here is dynamic, developed in connection with business partners. It is based around where the industry is going and is much more than just learning from a textbook,” said Omoresemi. The CAPS syllabus contains three weeks of professional skills boot camp, in which students learn about the professional skills of communication and collaboration, time and project management, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving and integrity and trust. To fully understand these concepts, associates learn through the process of the five C’s: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication and choice. “The biggest benefit of the CAPS program is the opportunity for students to develop their soft skills,” said Omoresemi. “We know these skills are valuable in any career setting. Whether a student decides to pursue a technology-related career, or business, or even in the medical
Robertson said he has learned professional skills like how to talk to an adult and properly shake a hand.
Though associates are honing in on future career opportunities, they are also ruling out areas that haven’t peaked their interest—which has proven to be just as beneficial. “If kids know what they want to do we can expose them to that career field they are interested in early on in high school. Associates get a sense of whether or not they even like the profession or want to do it,” said St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies Director Nicole Whitesell. Currently, Technology Solutions is the only CAPS strand available in the Francis Howell School District Center for Advanced Professional Studies program. Other CAPS districts, however, offer Medical Advancements and World-Wide Business Strands, which will be incorporated in the coming year. In the 2018-19 school year, five school districts including FHSD CAPS will combine to form the St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies Program. Adding these additional aspects of strands and school districts will expand the CAPS program and open up more opportunities for associates. With the program enrollment looking to expand, the current associates have been the biggest advocates for this alternative education. Robertson would recommend the CAPS program to other students. “Yes, it’s fun, but it’s something you have to be interested in. It helps students learn what they actually want to learn rather than sitting in classes they are not engaged in,” said Robertson. Looking five years out, the St. Charles County Center for Advanced Professional Studies Program looks to keep expanding through adding strands and increasing enrollment. Though this alternative education expects substantial growth, the program is committed to never losing its roots of 30-second elevator pitches and professional skills handbooks.¤
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Night with the
Written by Melissa Whitwam Photos courtesy of Don Adams Jr.
I have to admit, I had a privileged backstage look at the fantastic event that was “A Night with the Stars” presented by Lindenwood Track and Field. As I am the Executive Director at the Foundry Art Centre, where the event was held, it was a pleasure for me to attend the event without having to even leave my workplace. Friday, March 30th, a team of volunteers and committee members started unpacking what would be “A Night with the Stars.” The day’s set up went so smoothly as to go unnoticed, all organized by Scott Froidl and a committee of ten invaluable members. And though the day leading to the event was fairly calm, by evening, the hall was full of activity; including Social Hour, Silent Auction, EJ & Gallo Tastings, Spiro’s Catering, and Awards for Honorees and Special Guests. Doors opened at 6:00pm to welcome Corporate Sponsors and Special Guests. For the next hour and a half, visitors trickled in steadily, finding friends to mingle with, grabbing a plate of Spiro’s delicious gyros, and watching the inspirational videos of Lindenwood athletes stationed intermittently throughout the hall. I personally spent a great amount of time in the Silent Auction area where there were 32 wonderful auction items to choose from. Through Biddingforgood.com, guests could support the Lindenwood Track and Field Team by bidding on everything from autographed jerseys, tickets to games of all stripes, and backpacks bursting with Lindenwood Under Armor gear. Everyone agreed that the success of the evening was dependent on one thing above others, and that was the generosity of spon78 StreetScape Magazine
sors and donors. Specifically, the tasting tables of wine and scotch provided by EJ & Gallo gave unity and purpose to the event. With the logistics of a party decided, who to honor was no problem with a talented community like this! Booklets for the evening are placed on every table. The first page is a proud and inspiring letter from Brad Wachler, Lindenwood University Vice President of Athletics. Here, I first saw what I would later consider the thesis of the evening: “There is no doubt that track and field instills traits among our youth that lead to success later in life. We hope that events like this... will enable us to impact many more lives and help us all build the champions of tomorrow.” Naturally, the focus of the evening was on the “Stars” of Track and Field, so after another grateful nod to the event’s sponsors (Stifel Financial Corporation, EJ & Gallo Winery, USA Youth Track and Field, The Amateur Athletic Union, Circle of Life Animal Hospital, all of the area businesses that donated items to the auction), Senior Associate Athletics Director at Lindenwood, Tom Wagganer, and MC Frank Cusamano introduced some of those stars. They reiterated, the reason for the night was to celebrate champions, and all around us were some of the greatest track and field athletes in the world! Nickesha Anderson – NCAA All American, NAIA Champion and Olympic 4x100 finalist, Ray Armstead – Olympic 4x400 Gold Medalist, Dick Cochran – Lindenwood assistant coach and Bronze medalist in the discus, Mason Finley –
Bronze medalist in the discus at the World Championships, Dawn Harper Nelson – 2 Time Olympian and Olympic Gold Medalist 100m Hurdles, Nikkita Holder – Olympian in 100m hurdles and was bronze medalist in the Pan Am Games, and David Lee – 1980 Olympic team in the hurdles and Congressional Gold Medalist all joined us. And while I admit I didn’t know all those names and honors at the beginning of the evening, I have nothing but respect for them now. One athlete I was star-struck by was the unequaled Jackie Joyner Kersee. If my accidental interruption of her salad, asking to shake her hand and standing there dumbly, was as awkward as it felt, she made no sign of it. She and the other athletes introduced all mingled with laughter, grace and confidence, and not a bit of arrogance. When Wagganer introduced the Olympians in our midst, he said “look around – some of the best athletes in the world are around us,” he was not exaggerating. In fact, it bore repeating as the people around us were humble and grateful, and would not be the ones to champion their own excellence in athletics. It was obvious again that though the night was meant to honor the stars of Track and Field, what makes them successful as athletes are the traits instilled in them as people. This is, after all, a fundraiser for the benefit of student athletes – in that order. In addition to recognizing the athletic champions of track and field, “A Night with the Stars” also celebrated the Lifetime Achievement of three individuals that have gone above and beyond for the athletes and sport of track and field. Robin Beamon Brown, Director of Outreach and Grass Root Programs at USA Track & Field received the first Lifetime Achievement Award. Gussie Crawford, the first female President of AAU, received the next, and last but not least, Dr. Richard Leham, Founder and medical director of US Center for Sports Medicine took the stage to receive his Award. The honorees were pleased and had an easy
way of thanking the attendees. They all had clearly comfortable and long-standing relationships with the athletes in the audience, and the comradery of the evening demonstrated the collective sportsmanship on and off the track. The last group to be honored this evening was a very special group of student-athletes and coaches from the 1998 Lindenwood track and field team. In 1998 the Lindenwood men’s indoor track and field team won the men’s and women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor conference championship and NAIA National Championship, the first ever team championship in the Lindenwood history. To see these student athletes now is to see a greater version of the same people that raced together two decades ago. While of course not everyone on the team could come together, those that were seemed to treat each other as if no time had passed. One team member publicly thanked his coaches for the experiences – and not just for the athletic training. He thanked coaches and teammates alike for building characteristics in him that he wanted to see in his children. All throughout the night, this was the recurring theme: work ethic, tenacity, commitment, teamwork, sportsmanship, and healthy competition are the true trademarks of a successful athlete. An athlete is first and foremost a person, and seeing student athletes become the best versions of themselves is the greatest joy for educators. When I was lucky enough to have a few moments with Tom Wagganer, he rightfully bragged that last semester’s track and field team had an average GPA of 3.3. The ultimate goal is for Lindenwood students to have a positive and total academic experience, so while it may sound unoriginal, what nights like Lindenwood’s “A Night with the Stars” accomplish is truly to support the champions of tomorrow. The students facing their college experience deserve the best training available, and that is a complicated challenge. Fortunately, the student athletes at Lindenwood have an example of excellence and tradition of success to follow. We wish them all the success in the world – Go Lions! ¤
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This spring’s weather has been unpredictable at best, but I was lucky the day I met Sherilyn Blair at her business on North Second Street. The sun shone through the clouds for the first time in days, and most brightly on the sign welcoming us to Historic Frenchtown “A National Historic Register District.” It turns out, this sign is on the side of the very business I had come to visit, Frenchtown Secret Garden. Since I was a little early, I realized from the sidewalk bench how much of Frenchtown I could see peeking down the street. The giant Lamborghini Gold Coast Athletic Centre on the east side of Second Street sits just behind Sherilyn’s shop, and looking around, I am reminded of all the businesses in this section of town I haven’t visited recently enough. Fortunately, the day was nice enough to wander. First, I visited Driftwood Music next door to Sherilyn, which is actually owned and operated by her husband, Colin Blair, and Pete Buncher. It has only recently opened and is already gathering a lot of positive attention. At their Grand Opening in February, musicians and listeners packed the shop from open to close, celebrating the new store/venue/studio. Colin explains that he and Pete were ready to work for themselves, and are guided by a focus on the music. They sell, repair, teach lessons, and can educate you on any number of instruments including banjos, mandolins, fiddles, dulcimers, and guitars. They also turn the store into a venue to showcase musicians like themselves.
I quickly see a similar community emphasis when I enter Frenchtown Secret Garden. Sherilyn has prepared coffee roasted by local vendors, Course Coffee, and we have a seat at the DIY station in her shop. The first thing you notice in Sherilyn’s store (which used to be called “Crafty” in a different incarnation) is the variety of work by local artists--over 80 to be exact! And with the classes and workshops they host, they produce artists as well as sell artwork. Even the table where we sit is brimming with baubles, plants, containers, and earth to make your own creative décor. I feel like this is the creative spirit of Frenchtown. While we’re talking, many guests come into the shop. Sherilyn warmly welcomes everyone and made the day of two young guests she invited to help feed the fish. Yes, in the corner of Frenchtown Secret Garden, there is a magical little fish pond that was created with the help of other Frenchtown business owners and residents. Naturally, the children were delighted to help, and Sherilyn’s natural engagement with her guests, listening to stories and serving coffee, is a delightful reflection of her neighborhood.
Susan not only has a strong historical bond with the community, she remains active in actualizing its potential for investment and improvement. Together with Sherilyn and some key City professionals, including Director of Community Development Bruce Evans, Director of Economic Development David Leezer, and President of the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Scott Tate (to name only a few), a committee has formed to begin making more tangible steps towards progress.
At this point in our conversation, Susan brings up a study Sherilyn had emphasized – the 2003 HyettPalma Economic Enhancement Strategy. This survey of the community presents a clear evaluation of the neighborhood. It helps identify collective demographics, zones, and action items for the community, and helps plans become actions. The obvious problem is that it is severely outdated. Until a similar current study is conducted, the players involved are continuing to meet and strategize about how to continue uplifting their community. As well as, the committee is looking at The Loop, The Grove, and Cherokee as local models of inspiration for FrenchTown. There are none of these types of neighborhoods in this part of the St. Louis region. These neighborhoods promote diversity, creativity, and target to a different population. Remember at the beginning of this article, I was sitting on a wrought iron bench on Second Street thinking about all the Frenchtown gems I miss out on. That feeling is much stronger now, and I begin making a list of all the places to see in Frenchtown. Before long, I’ve filled a day and then some. I’ll refer you again to the HFA website (www.historicfrenchtown.org). Not only is it easier to browse the pages (of Antique Galleries, Studios, Salons, Florists, Bridal Houses, Accommodations, Community Centers, Hiking Stores, Catering, Services, and more) yourself, you’ll also have more time to spend in the parks just off the Katy trail. As I said before, the Revitalization of Frenchtown is not antithetical to the current neighborhood culture. Rather, it is an embracing of the bohemian, modern, creative, and historical mélange that is Frenchtown St. Charles. Next time you’re having brunch at the Streets, enjoying one of St. Charles’ many festivals in Frontier Park, or having dinner on Main Street, ride the Trolley a few blocks further and browse Frenchtown. Like me, I’m sure you’ll begin planning your next trip before you’ve even left. ¤
I know I’m going on about the details, but I see them as an accurate microcosm of the Frenchtown community culture. Over the course of a few hours, Sherilyn and I discuss the revitalization work that is going on in the community, and we are easily distracted; brainstorming of fun ways to further engage the public. Her main hope is to see more experiences like the one we just witnessed, only on a much bigger scale. It doesn’t have to be Sesame Street, she says, but we have all the building blocks of a cherished neighborhood. Like all of our St. Charles neighborhoods, Frenchtown has its own unique culture. Our community values, promotes, and honors our heritage. This is best evidenced by the Historic Frenchtown Association (HFA). The non-profit organization describes itself as featuring “an up-and-coming antique and art district, a treasure trove of French-colonial-style architecture, with a vibrant small-town feeling.” Guests are welcomed to their website “whether you’re here to search for vintage goods and local handcrafted ware, to stroll through a neighborhood in search of beautifully preserved 19th century houses, to play and picnic at one of the nearby parks, or to connect with neighbors at a meeting or potluck – welcome!” Easily accessible is the “Events Page” and lists of what to explore in the area, including 47 Frenchtown businesses and attractions! It’s a great reference for the many things to do in the neighborhood and I recommend you bookmark it. Sherilyn excitedly talks about the HFA meetings. As the current president, she has seen attendance grow so large in the last few years that they’ve had to relocate to a larger space in the Frenchtown Heritage Museum. These meetings sound like community potlucks, with a large group of people engaged in making their neighborhood even more attractive and recognized. A persistent interest in revitalizing Frenchtown is motivating new and veteran residents alike. Sams Carpet Cleaners and Repairs has been in business for 33 years, and Susan Sams took some time to talk with me about her perspective on the Frenchtown revitalization. First and foremost, she stresses that revitalization is the word! There is no need for rehabilitation or recovery, as some synonyms may suggest. Not only is Frenchtown home to viable and vibrant businesses, its residents are proud of their home and history. Revitalization implies an addition of life and liveliness, not a lack thereof.
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How’s the movie experience going for you? Are you still going to movies once a month, once a week, a couple times a year? Do you find it more pleasant (more comfy seats) or more obnoxious (hello, neighbors with smartphones)? Do you prefer a night at home with Netflix, or do you still like the culture of viewing a new movie with all your favorite coughing, text-checking strangers? Here’s my annual rant with suggestions for movie producers and theatre owners to make our moviegoing experience peachier: Really, why do we need a ten-minute long credit scroll that lists every caterer, dog whisperer, assistant to the assistant and Starbucks gopher? I understand there may be some union rules regarding screen credits, which were drafted in the days when that screen credit was the only time their name would be displayed in conjunction with that film, but in the age of the internet, those who want to delve deeper into the credits can go to IMDB or the movie’s website. Considering that you play twenty minutes of ads-n-pads before the start time, then yet more ads, teasers, PSAs and trailers until the twelve production company logos come up and the movie actually begins, you could shave nearly 45 minutes off of a run time and squeeze a whole other showing or two in a day. Isn’t that better than more ads and needless credits? The fancy new theatres with heated recliners are very nice, thanks. The loyalty programs seem to work pretty well in terms of getting a free ticket or popcorn every now and then, which is good. But can you review the popcorn containers and those bag/box handouts you provide for those who share the big tub o’ corn? Some of them crinkle and make awful noise, as do many candy wrappers. It grates against the soul, of course, but in a movie like A Quiet Place, where a silent audience is essential, it drives us homicidal. Speaking of noise, thanks for the mega ultra-sonic THX Dolby surround sound blasters— but honestly, you can bring the volume down a bit. I’ve been in too many theatres that pump it up to painfully loud extremes, rendering moot any entertainment value the movie might otherwise have. Louder never makes it better. Special showing events (such as old movie marathons, operas, series binging) are great
and bring fans together in a bigger way, but to charge so much more for this content is disingenuous. It’s not a live concert. Bring those prices a bit closer to the ticket price please. How’d that last wave of 3D movies go? Yes, for some movies it boosted revenue (3D ticket prices are higher), but most movies are still not filmed for a 3D format, and the conversion does little more than muddle the waters. I know you invested some serious dollars in upgrading your digital state of the art projection systems, but it’s already tapering off because films still aren’t being made specifically for the format. I’ll shell out the extra $$ to see a great movie that wisely uses the format in its visual storytelling, but it looks cheap to do a flat conversion. Lastly, and most importantly, when people in the theatre take out their phones and start scrolling through Facebook and Instagram during the “talky” parts of the movie, please stop the film, put a spotlight on them, and develop technology that transmits their phone data straight onto the screen, so we can all see what’s so important. Let’s continue this discussion on The Wayward Critic Facebook page or Twitter—what are your moviegoing pet peeves? Drop them on us @waywardcritic and let’s commiserate! The Wayward Critic reviews movies, television and streaming and occasionally rants about other things. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for new movie reviews, snarky commentary and sage wisdom. @waywardcritic, email firstname.lastname@example.org ¤. Summer 2018 83
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Community Living, Inc. hosted its 18th Annual Legacy Ball, March 3rd at the St. Charles Convention Center. This year’s gala also served as a 40th Anniversary Celebration for the agency and featured special activities for guests such as the chance to win a real ruby and being able to leave their legacy by making their mark on a special 40th Anniversary coloring wall. Over 500 guests enjoyed a signature four-course wine dinner, live & silent auctions, and ended the evening with dancing to live music by Mirage Entertainment. During the event, Community Living supporter Rick Leach received the Legacy Award,while Dave Bazzell was presented with the Community Volunteer of the Year Award. The event grossed over $210,000 and proceeds will benefit the more than 1,000 individuals and their families served by Community Living.
A. A strolling table from Vivant Entertainment welcomed guests into the ballroom, serving up hors d'oeurves B. Charlotte Sneed and her daughter Angie, a participant of Community Living, volunteered as door greeters, welcoming guests to the event C. Cort Smith, Community Living Board Member, and wife Laura D. Guests left their legacy on a coloring wall featuring the organization's special 40th anniversary logo E. Margaret Connolly and her son Alex, a participant of Community Living, volunteered as door greeters F. Mary Leach, Rick Leach (Legacy Award Honoree) and Barb Griffith (President and CEO of Community Living) G. Mirage Entertainment provided live music H. Over 500 guests were welcomed to the event held at the St. Charles Convention Center I. Pictures of kids served by Community Living lined the entrance to the event J. Sue Bazzell, Dave Bazzell (Community Volunteer of the Year Honoree) and Barb Griffith (President and CEO of Community Living
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St. Charles County Mayors' Charity Ball April 14, 2018 • St. Charles Convention Center • Photos courtesy of Alyssa Schwalm
The Mayors from St. Charles County are pleased to announce that the annual Mayors’ Charity Ball had another successful year when their event was held on April 14th at the St. Charles Convention Center. Proceeds from the event was awarded to six non-profit organizations: The Child Center, Connections to Success, Eagles Wings, Family Forward, St. Vincent de Paul Society, & Youth In Need. The official hand-off of $60,000 to representatives of these local area charities was made by Mayor Sally Faith, City of St. Charles; Mayor Len Pagano, City of St. Peters; Mayor Bill Hennessy, City of O’Fallon; Mayor Kathy Schweikert, City of Lake Saint Louis; Mayor Jim Hennessey of Cottleville; Mayor Nick Guccione, City of Wentzville; and Mayor William Richter, City of West Alton.
A. St. Charles County Mayors' Charity Ball Committee B. Mayors Hennessy, Pagano, Guccione, Faith, Schweikert, Hennessey, Zucker, Richter C. Mayor Sally Faith D. Mayor Bill Hennessy, County Council Member Mike Elam and Mayor Jim Hennessey E. Sheriff Scott Lewis with wife Amy F. Italian Maseratis with Mayors Sally Faith, Dave Zucker, Len Pagano, Jim Hennessey, Nick Guccione, Bill Hennessy and Kathy Schweikert G. Performer Dean Christopher H. Ryan Keys, Bill Balsengame and West Nettles I. Susie Henry, Mayor Len Pagano and Julie Smith
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April 20, 2018 â&#x20AC;˘ Spencer Road Library â&#x20AC;˘ Photos courtesy of Tiffani Stewart The St. Charles City-County Library Foundation held the 9th Annual Art Uncorked on Friday, April 20th at the Spencer Road Branch. More then $13,500 was raised to support the Library Foundation's literacy initiatives including Ready to Read, Books to You, Take 20 and Read and the Storybook Walks. Thanks to the amazing artists, restaurants, breweries and wineries for making it a wonderful event! See a full list of artists, vendors and sponsors at stchlibraryfoundation.org/ArtUncorked
J A. Aaron and Katie Eller enjoying pizza from Papa Murphy's and beverages from featured vendors B. Beautiful prints by featured artist, Photographic Art by Karen Tambyrajah C. BeerSauce Shop providing samples of their whiskey series sauces and dry Irish Stout beer D. Fuzzy's Taco Shop serving samples of their delicious nachos-a guest favorite! E. Guests bidding on unique silent auction items donated by featured artists and local businesses F. Guests enjoying wine samples from Lake Creek Winery G. Guests shopping beautiful handmade papers and copper jewelry by Lois Jacobs H. Michelle Pohl with Joy Tea Gifts sharing tea samples I. Steven Walden embellishing an autographed canvas print of Ozzie Smith J. Third Wheel Brewing providing samples from their wide range of beer styles from pilsner to crazy big stouts.
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Walking Cradles Spring Fashion Show April 29, 2018 • St. Louis Bridge Center • Photos courtesy of The Walking Cradles Company
Fenton, MO based women’s shoe company, Walking Cradles, produced its first community fashion show on Sunday, April 29 at the St. Louis Bridge Center. The very successful fundraising event featured all local boutiques and businesses, with 100% of donations raised going to Lydia’s House. Walking Cradles Creative Director, Lisa Schmitz, explained the fashion show as “an opportunity for community to come together at a fun event, promote local businesses, and helping provide support to a very worthwhile community cause.” Walking Cradles is located in Fenton, MO. Their mantra “It’s a Matter of Fit!” is evident in all marketing materials, special events and across their website and social media platforms. Walking Cradles believes that every woman is beautiful, special and unique and that every woman deserves to wear beautiful, great fitting and comfortable shoes to enhance her active and busy lifestyle!
A. Model, Bethany Rosenthal B. Model, Lauren Percich C. Model, Allison Schmitz D. Models, mother and daughter, Joy and Annina Christensen E. Walking Cradles employees Jamie Wells and Lisa Schmitz F. Models and guests during the raffle announcements G. Models, sisters (from left to right) Amy Evans, Janice White, Denise Johnston and Nancy Raymond H. Models, Malana Mayhew (L) and Susan Rollins (R) backstage I. Walking Cradles shoes backstage before the fashion show. J. Models Amy Evans having her hair styled by Bethany Flores and Bethany Rosenthal having her makeup done by Madison Climaco K. (left to right) Walking Cradles Shoe Designer, Jamie Wells, Walking Cradles Creative Director, Lisa Schmitz; Lydia’s House Executive Director, Karen Kirk; Walking Cradles President, Mark Lemp
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Society Academy of the Sacred Heart Chemin de Fer Auction
May 5, 2018 • Academy of the Sacred Heart • Photos courtesy of Academy of the Sacred Heart, Nathan White & John Storjohann The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s annual Chemin de Fer auction May 5 was a nod to the school’s Bicentennial and a celebration of 200 years of Love and Learning. More than 300 Academy parents, alumni and parents of alumni, faculty, staff and friends turned out to celebrate and support the school that was founded by St. Rose Philippine Duchesne on Sept. 7, 1818. The Academy of the Sacred Heart was the first free school west of the Mississippi River and the first school in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Chemin de Fer Chairs Jeff and Heather Locker and Co-Chairs Jean-Marc ’88 and Andriana Thro steered a very successful event. The evening’s Honorary Chair was Mrs. Jane Cannon, who captured Sacred Heart history in a book published last summer, entitled Two Hundred Years: A Legacy of Love and Learning. The transformation of Rauch Memorial gym into a starry St. Charles night in 1818 was led by Kathleen Carroll Parvis ‘85 and pointed out the impact of one--one vision, one dedicated community, one brave woman, one shining star. The Academy’s Bicentennial auction was a memorable one that will long be remembered!
A. Chemin Teachers B. Eighth grade students helped serve dinner to more than 300 guests. C. Becky and Dick Albrecht, Angela and Richard Albrecht ‘84 D. Academy dads Dan Valle, Jeff Kinney ’95, Fred Gattas, Kerry James and Jamie Westerson E. Honorary Chair Jane Cannon, author of Two Hundred Years, A Legacy of Love and Learning, with her daughters, Carol Cannon ’77 and Erin Cannon Chave ‘85 F. Auction guests were immersed in the ambiance of a starry St. Charles night at the time of St. Philippine Duchesne’s arrival in September 1818. G. Auction Chairs Jeff and Heather Locker and Co-Chairs Dria and Jean-Marc Thro (Academy Class of ’88) with Academy Head of School Dr. Susan Dempf.
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