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8. Random Acts of Kindness 12. Caring for Kids

Dynamic Duo

16. Tom & Molly Dempsey: Two Decades of Community Service

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19. Ask the Expert 20. Heidi's Hints: Sweet Suite Retreat

Fashion 34. Flair for Local Style Recipes

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Random Acts of Kindness

- “When a user does something spontaneous and unnecessarily nice for other users. Sometimes used if someone is offering something free of charge” -urbandictionary.com

Written by Jeff Stahlhut Photos courtesy of The Stout Family

Most people already know about random acts of kindness, but to one local family the words “random act of kindness” - or RAK - took on a whole new meaning over the past few years. On May 15, 2014, Keira Stout - the daughter of David and Robin Stout - was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. After a courageous battle that brought thousands of people together to love and support her through her journey, she lost her battle on May 3, 2017, at only 10 years of age. Keira’s spirit, determination, and heart of gold, though, touched countless people along the way - largely thanks to a Facebook following on her page, #keirastrong, which has over 11,000 followers. Her mother, Robin, knew Keira’s memory would live on in multiple ways - two of which are by way of RAK cards and Keira Strong Forever Wish Days. “After Keira’s passing, you could feel the loss and the sadness by all of her Facebook followers. There were so many people trying to make sense of this tragedy,” said Robin. “One of my friends did a small balloon release with her sons and talked with them about how to carry on a person’s legacy by finding the joy they left behind. Keira’s legacy was easy

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to spot because she was all about kindness and she loved the quote ‘kind is the new cool’.” That sentiment had an impact on more than Keira - those words and Keira herself impacted countless people all over the world. ”My friend’s son wrote out a message that just said ‘I promise to be kind,’” added Robin. He wanted to know if Keira would get the message in Heaven but also if everyone else on Earth would see it as it floated away. It sparked an idea that we wished there was a way that everyone could know Keira’s story of kindness and so the RAK cards were born.” What started out as 2,500 cards to hand out at Keira’s visitation and funeral became something that was highly sought after. “With the help of USA Mortgage, we were able to start sending them free of charge to anyone who requested them,” said Robin. “Six months later, we have printed 153,700 cards. They have been sent to all 50 states and 34 countries around the world.” One of the countries reached - the furthest - is Cambodia.


There, a woman actually translated the cards into Spanish to be given out in Spain. That type of movement, along with the acts of kindness themselves, have moved the Stout family in immeasurable ways. Robin admits she does have a favorite RAK story. "Someone anonymously left me a stuffed panda bear (which was Keira’s favorite thing in the whole world) with little angel wings attached on my front doorstep,” she said. “It has Keira’s unforgettable laugh recorded on it that I can listen to whenever I am missing her or need to hear her voice." While Robin and her family have been touched by the outpouring of love and support, one particular person who was there to offer just that had the tables turned on him when he became aware of and got to know Keira. “I met Keira initially through the St. Louis Ambush,” said Corey Adamson, who plays for the Ambush. “A member of the family reached out to the organization and asked us to make a video for her in the hopes of boosting her spirits after her port malfunctioned and nearly killed her. The day of our home opener against Milwaukee in 2014, I organized a visit and took a bunch of Ambush players to go see her and Robin at Mercy Children's, and that's pretty much when my life changed.” While Adamson and so many other members of the community were rallying around Keira, her impact on others was immediate and often intense. “I felt an instant connection to this beautiful, bald-headed child. I told her I'd score a goal for her if she ate that night, to which she replied by sticking her tongue out at me,” said Adamson with a laugh. “From that night I kept in touch with Robin, Keira, and the family. I would occasionally go over to the house for dinner and just hang out. She came out and cheered me on during Ambush games, and I’d go hang out while she got treatments at the hospital. “She was the type of person who never met a stranger, and never knew anyone that wasn’t a friend or playmate. She effortlessly forced herself into our hearts and nerves and emotions,” added Adamson. “The day after my wife, Melissa, and I got engaged we met with her at Chick-fil-A. She ran out, jumped in my arms, scowled and asked, ‘Are you getting married!?’ After telling her yes and to whom she replied, ‘I better be the flower girl!’ She became such a huge part of our

lives in such a short time (including being flower girl in our wedding). I learned so much about life and what it means to live happily. She impacted more people in her short life than most people do in 80 years. I’m so incredibly lucky and blessed to have been part of her life, and to have her in mine.” Another way Keira’s legacy continues is by way of Wish Days. The Wish Days, which are an extension of the Stout’s families push for awareness for #morethan4 movement - a movement that wants to raise the amount of funding the National Cancer Institute dedicates to childhood cancer – which is only 4%. “The Wish Days are, in addition to kindness, a part of Keira’s legacy,” said Robin. “They actually started with her - she received her wish of a purple moped from Santa just a few days before Christmas last year. She got it early because he told her it was too big to fit on his sleigh.” In order to make the Wish Days work there is a process in place. Each has three components, starting with a ‘wow’ factor. “Keira was bigger than life and always did everything full speed and at 110% and these wish days are a reflection of that,” said Robin. “They all have a ‘jaw drop’ component.” They all also contain family, friends, and supporters who are welcome to join in as there is an effort to keep the events local. Finally, each Wish Day has community members, local business, and local organizations who come together to put them on – with each child receiving a large Random Act of Kindness card from Robin on their Wish Day.

While every Wish Day is special, Robin admits that she does have a favorite. “My favorite moment was from Julia’s wish day,” said Robin. “Seeing hundreds of people come together to recreate a music video of her favorite song from the Descendants 2 movie. Dance teams from all across St. Louis learned the flash mob dance via a video link on YouTube. The dancers hid in the mall corridor and to the battle cry words ‘Let’s go, here we go’ the flash mob rushed the stage to reveal the flash mob as if from nowhere. It was a powerful moment.” To fully appreciate Wish Days – and to see videos as they have unfolded – visit www.keirastrongforever.org/wishdays-1/. For anyone wanting to receive and in turn share RAK cards, there is a contact tab on the website keirastrongforever.org where cards can be requested, or contact Kelly Wittenauer via Facebook Messenger. ¤

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Many years ago, several hundred in fact, a certain group of saints was dedicated to serving Christians, doing good in and around the holy city of Jerusalem. The Knights Templars' outlook was chivalrous, and their hearts were true, as they daily risked life and limb to serve their fellow man. These men were best known as the warriors of the Crusades, and protected pilgrims on the treacherous routes from their homes to the Holy City. While this exact order is no longer in existence, and the mortal danger is past, there is still a group closely related, as far as their goals and outlook, and criteria for member acceptance. The group consists of Christians, and is now called the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (SMOTJ). In the Bible, the New Testament instructs Christians to go into Jerusalem (their local community) for various reasons, including serving each other. While the Christians in that century were referring to the exact town of Jerusalem, this modern version of “Jerusalem” refers to wherever the local communities are. In the case of Marilyn Geery, her Jerusalem is St. Charles. As the Prior X of St. Louis the Crusader, Geery has embodied this charge as she serves her community through the local SMOTJ. Specifically, she recently led her “knights and dames,” as they are called, in a service project designed to help people who are being served by emergency services. To accomplish this, they have provided a few hundred stuffed teddy bears to local police and firefighters, who then pass them along to anyone they are helping in an emergency situation. At first thought, one may assume that the bears would be given just to children. However, Geery learned early

on that even elderly people appreciate the comfort a stuffed animal can bring. One of the first times she donated teddy bears was to Christian Northeast Hospital, where her daughter, Jaclyn Kloecker, worked as a first responder. Geery had assumed that the bears were suitable just for children, but her daughter told her otherwise. Kloecker informed her mother that elderly people especially like having a teddy bear for comfort too, and so now, bears are donated with that in mind. Because the little animals were so well-received at her daughter's workplace, she decided to provide teddy bears for the St. Charles City’s Police Department, Fire Department, and Ambulance District. In the beginning, they purchased the bears in bulk from an online discount store, with the cost covered by the Knights’ preexisting budget, however, a “Silent Knight,” (an anonymous donor) took over the cost. To make sure the bears were clean, and stayed clean, Geery and her team processed each bear very carefully. Specifically, due to mite concerns, the bears were first laundered, and then frozen for a time. To denote who provided the bears, a tag was attached to each. After the bears were cleaned and tagged, they were individually polybagged. The result was about three hundred stuffed bears, ready for police and firefighters to give to anyone who may have found themselves in an accident, a fire, or any other myriad emergency situations. As you can see, the Knights Templar have evolved quite a bit in their nine hundred years. From their dangerous journeys to Jerusalem, to serving people in traumatic situations, the Knights have always been ready to serve. ¤

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Thousands of children become victims of abuse and neglect each year. Those children need someone to look out for them, and some very dedicated agencies are doing just that - caring for kids at risk for abuse and neglect in St. Charles County. The Community and Children’s Resource Board of St. Charles County (CCRB) currently distributes County sales-tax funds and lends its support to 29 local agencies through 44 programs that provide respite services, crisis intervention, and counseling, along with other community programs – all of which are geared toward children and families. The CCRB also assesses the need for programs and monitors outcomes to make sure the programs they fund are having an impact in the community.

The Saint Louis Crisis Nursery (SLCN) is just one of the agencies the CCRB supports, but it’s one that’s having a substantial impact on child abuse and neglect. What started as a desire to provide a safe place for kids, and one nursery in a wing of the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in 1986, has grown to nine Community Outreach Centers and five Crisis Nurseries that offer resources for at-risk families and 24-hour crisis care for children. Since opening their doors, the Crisis Nursery has provided care for over 109,000 children. How is SLCN able to help so many? The key is a unique model of prevention and proactive support for at-risk families. The hope is that families who don’t have resources or support can get the help they need before abuse and neglect enter the picture. According to Bruce Sowatsky, CCRB’s Executive Director, the Crisis Nursery’s approach is working. “They do that very effectively. With 99 percent of the families they work with, they’re able to avoid an abuse hotline call, and the families remain intact. They are a

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Written by Linda Stroud Photos courtesy of Crisis Nursery

model provider locally, and potentially even nationally, for preventing child abuse.” Becoming that model provider has involved the efforts of many. SSM Health in St Charles has been a longtime advocate and supporter of the Crisis Nursery. From the first nursery in St. Charles, SSM Health has not only generously provided space, they’ve also provided ongoing maintenance and security for that space, as well as medical attention, prescriptions, and healthy food and snacks for the Nursery kids. When more funding was needed to care for at-risk kids, CCRB’s Bruce Sowatsky went out with DiAnne Mueller, SLCN’s Chief Executive Officer, knocking on doors to garner support for a St Charles County tax initiative that passed in 2004. And when the need for a nursery in Wentzville was identified, SSM Health was there to donate land on their Wentzville campus. Sowatsky advocated for a local builder to build the nursery at cost, and that valuable resource expanded the Nursery’s ability to serve western St. Charles County, as well as nearby communities. The Crisis Nursery has also been blessed with dedicated staff, loyal volunteers, and generous donors, all of whom understand and remain committed to SLCN’s mission year-after-year. Some of SLCN’s volunteers serve on five diverse boards that assist in setting the vision and goals for the future. These varied resources and supporters allow Mueller to implement the direct-service programs that are making

a difference and keeping kids safe. Through the years, Mueller has implemented highly effective programs that include a 24-hour helpline, strengthbased counseling, case management, home visitation and basic necessities like food, diapers, clothing, and formula. Assistance to prevent homelessness or utility disconnection through SLCN’s Family Empowerment Program are also offered. It is a multifaceted approach designed to meet people where they are at. “Every situation is a little bit different,” says Mueller, who has served with the non-profit for 24 years. “Some families can cope and manage stress better than others, so first we listen. We let them define what the crisis is for them. Then we figure out how we can be helpful. Part of our job is to know every resource there is, and there are a lot of them, especially in St Charles County. We make sure we are the experts in knowing who is available to help.” If that help involves the need for respite services, the Crisis Nursery provides short-term care for children birth to age 12. The children are cared for in a therapeutic setting by trained staff and volunteers while their parents get whatever help they need from the


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Nursery’s network of resources. Intake counselors listen to what that parent’s situation is. They work with the parent to come up with a plan for what the parent is going to do while the kids are cared for. Then the Nursery offers support and encouragement for them as they work to accomplish the goals. They also give referrals where appropriate. Once the initial crisis has passed and parents pick their kids up, social workers follow up with the family within 48 hours as part of the Family Empowerment Program. A social worker visits the home, goes over what brought them to the Crisis Nursery, asks what progress was made, and discusses the parent’s hopes and dreams for the future. They also determine how SLCN can help the family going forward, all of which helps to stabilize the situation and strengthen the family. But the Family Empowerment Program isn’t just for families who have gone through the Nursery. A unique part of SLCN’s preventative model is going out into the community looking for at-risk families who might need services. Mueller explains, “We go out and we knock on doors. We go to the highest crime, highest poverty, and highest child abuse rate neighborhoods. We bring diapers, food and formula with us, because often that’s what they need.” Mueller also says families will often ask how they knew to come by their house that day. They’ll share that they’ve been using the same diaper for two days, didn’t have any formula to feed their child, or have been feeding their baby watered-down milk or water.

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For Mueller and the rest of the SLCN team, those encounters are heartbreaking. They see firsthand just how hard life is for some people and how poverty affects children and their families. They see the stress that comes from not being able to feed your child and pay the rent, and how many people have no family support to lift them up and get them through tough times. But those encounters reinforce the need for a proactive, community-outreach model. St. Charles Nursery

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Saving babies’ lives, keeping kids safe, and building stronger families is the mission of the SLCN. Every child whose family has access to SLCN’s services has the chance to grow up to lead a productive, happy life. For Mueller and the Crisis Nursery, that’s the goal. It’s all about hope and a dream that no parent or child should ever walk alone. “Our approach is unique, but it is the right thing to do. The prevention piece works, and we are literally saving lives every day. If we just helped one child, saved one child, that would be enough. But we’ve saved thousands. As a community, we can be proud of that.” If you would like to help the Crisis Nursery care for kids, please go to www.crisisnurserykids.org For more information on the programs CCRB funds, go to www.stcharlescountykids.org Statistics are courtesy of St Louis Crisis Nursery ¤

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Local volunteers are putting their knitting needles to good use in joining with the American Heart Association and The Children’s Heart Foundation for the Little Hats, Big Hearts project. The program that dons newborns with knitted red caps raises awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of Americans, and congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country. All babies born at local participating hospitals during the month of February will receive a hat.   “I’m so excited to help raise awareness of congenital heart disease through the Little Hats, Big Hearts program in St. Louis,” said Heather Norman, Chair of the Go Red for Women Passion Committee and Little Hats, Big Hearts volunteer. “When my daughter was born 12 years ago with congenital heart disease, I was blindsided.  I had never heard of the disease.  My husband and I had to fast-track our learning.  Now that my daughter is doing well, I can focus my passion on educating new moms on congenital heart disease and Little Hats, Big Hearts is the perfect way to do that.  I am able to educate 14 StreetScape Magazine

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new moms and remind them to take care of their own heart.”

All year long the American Heart Association has been receiving hats in anticipation for the February delivery. “We have a goal of collecting and distributing about 3000 hats to about 15 local hospitals, said Jennifer Jaeger, American Heart Association St. Louis Executive Director. “I think part of the success of the program is that it’s driven by volunteers, and anyone can contribute. We have student and youth groups knitting as well as seniors. It is a true testament to the spirit of the giving nature of the St. Louis Community.”

“Little Hats, Big Hearts brings attention to congenital heart defects – a condition that affects about 40,000 babies born in the U.S. each year,” says William Foley, Executive Director of The Children’s Heart Foundation. “We’re proud to be part of this program as it brings together the community to rally around those families affected by CHD. We also would like to thank all the incredible volunteers that share their time and talent to make this program possible.”   Since its inception, the project has grown


to include 660 hospitals in 40 states, handing out more than 100,000 hats. In addition to using red hats to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects, Little Hat, Big Hearts also drives awareness for the American Heart Association’s Support Network, an online forum for families affected by heart disease and stroke.   The American Heart Association accepts hats in newborn and preemie sizes made of red yarn, cotton or acrylic, medium to heavy weight, and machine washable and dryable. Donations of yarn are also accepted. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the American Heart Association’s office at 460 N. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63141.   For hat patterns and more information about the initiative, visit www.heart.org/ LittleHatsBigHearts. ¤ Photo courtesy of Cari Hill

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Tom &Molly DEMPSEY Two Decades of Community Service

Written by Amy Armour Photos courtesy of the Dempsey Famiiy

Serving the community is second nature to the Dempsey family. Whether it’s working in politics to help shape the community or serving on a foundation board to make a difference, Tom and Molly Dempsey have been sharing their time and talents with the St. Charles area for more than two decades. “We've been so blessed to live here and raise our family. Of course we want to give back to the community that has given us so much over the years,” said Molly. Molly said she and Tom also had great role models growing up. “Our parents set great examples for us,” said Molly. “They were very charitable with their time and talent when we were growing up, and they continue to be that way today.” Molly currently serves on the Community and Children's Resource Board (CCRB). “We partner with a lot of the not-for-profit agencies in St. Charles County that assist children and families in need. It's truly been eye-opening to see what a great support system we have right here in our county to help families,” said Molly. Molly also recently joined the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation Board. 16 StreetScape Magazine

“I have such fond memories of my mom taking my sisters and me to the library, and of me taking our children there and leaving with armloads of books. My daughters are both avid readers to this day,” said Molly. Tom is on the Advisory Board of the Crisis Nursery and the Central Bank Board for St. Charles County. He was also the Founding Co-Chair for the Taste of St. Charles as a member of the St. Charles Noonday Rotary Club. Tom also coached his son Jack’s soccer team when he was in grade school. The couple met back in college where they both attended Rockhurst College (now University) in Kansas City. “We met through mutual friends our freshman year, then started dating at the beginning of sophomore year when Tom threw me a birthday party. I've always said he's my favorite birthday present,” said Molly. Tom and Molly got married after college and moved to St. Charles in 1991. The couple has been married for 26 years, and have three children: Meaghan, 25, who graduated from Tulane University in 2015 and now works for Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. Abby, 23, graduated from Mizzou in 2016 and works for Full Stop Management in Los Angeles. Jack, 18, is a senior at Duchesne High School.

When the couple first moved to St. Charles they worked together at The Columns Banquet & Conference Center. “Since I was pregnant, I stopped working for a while when Meaghan was born,” said Molly. “Working together wasn't difficult -- I worked regular business hours, and Tom worked banquet center hours (some office hours but also nights and weekends as needed) so we weren't necessarily together 24/7.” In 1998, after managing the banquet center for several years, Tom was asked by a friend if he was interested in running for the City Council. “With a supportive wife and a young family, I decided it was time to step forward and take an active role in shaping the community where we lived, worked, and were raising our children,” said Tom. “My desire was to hopefully continue to provide leadership that


so many others before me had provided to make St. Charles a great hometown.” Even as a teenager, Tom had a strong interest in public service. Born in St. Charles, Tom is a graduate of DeSmet Jesuit High School and received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Rockhurst University. “I really liked my government-related classes: American History, Social Studies and American Government. At that time, Ronald Reagan was president and his message of American Exceptionalism resonated with me,” said Tom. “I was also fortunate to witness many great examples of service and leadership here in St. Charles, and I liked the idea of working to better my community, my city, and my state.” He was elected to the Missouri State Senate in 2007, where he quickly rose to the rank of

Majority Floor Leader before being unanimously elected by his colleagues to serve as the Senate President Pro-Tem in 2013. Tom’s career in politics grew over the years, gaining extensive experience in issue advocacy, legislative initiatives, and public policy issues. He previously served seven years in the Missouri House of Representatives (2001-2007), where he also held key leadership posts as Majority Leader and Chairman of the Job Creation and Economic Development Committee. Tom works with some of the Gate Way Group, a division of First Rule existing corporate and association clients in energy, transportation, education, and economic development, engaging with policy leaders at the local, state, and federal levels. He is the only person to have served as the Majority Leader in both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives.

“Public service was complemented by my customer service background as a third-generation restaurateur. I have always enjoyed giving people a positive experience. In the restaurant business, it’s providing good food, good service, in a clean, nice atmosphere,” said Tom. “In politics, it’s working with my colleagues to get things done and move Missouri forward for my constituents and all Missouri residents.” Of all of his tenure in politics, Tom said his proudest moment occurred while working as the president of the Senate. “While there, I worked to foster an environment where people worked together, many times across party lines, to get results. We were able to accomplish many things that had only been talked about in previous years. I’m pretty proud of that,” said Tom. During his tenure as Senate President Pro Tempore, the General Assembly adopted the first tax cut in 100 years, addressed the insolvency of the Worker’s Compensation Second Injury Fund, supported a major bonding bill to invest in higher education and workforce development, and handled the largest rewrite of the criminal code in 30 years. The Legislature also passed an initiative to increase transportation funding, two significant education reform bills to spur student achievement, and a successful special session to attract a major economic development opportunity for the Aerospace Industry in St. Louis. Molly, who has a B.S.B.A. degree with a major in marketing, worked for the Columns Banquet Center off and on over the years. Previous experience included a position as the government affairs director and special events planner for the St. Charles County Association of Realtors and the Business Development Manager at the Family Arena. Molly is currently working as the Community Relations Manager for St. Charles County Government. When they aren’t working, the couple loves to travel and check out new restaurants. “Tom is a history buff and I like the beach,” said Molly. We are foodies and enjoy discovering new restaurants, and Tom and I both really like to cook. We are big fans of Cardinals baseball and Mizzou football and basketball. And of course I love a good book.” ¤

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Home Sweet Home

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Whew! You’ve made it through the Christmas season, packed up most of the holiday decorations except perhaps some of the more wintery looks and now your home is back to near normal. But what if “normal” is just a bit of a letdown? Well most everyone has new games to play, warm fuzzy sweaters to wear, fragrant candles to burn and a pile of uneaten cookies and candies. Maybe now that the hurriedness of the season has passed, this would be a fantastic time to throw a party. You have all the ingredients on hand and there are so many friends that get overlooked during Christmas in lieu of spending time with family. Ugly sweater parties are certainly a big hit with adults, but let’s face it, one doesn’t generally get enough wear out of those treasures to warrant the purchase. Unless you incorporate them into an after Christmas party. There’s a good chance you received a mildly unattractive sweater as a gift from your Great Aunt Mildred and this would provide you with an opportunity to wear it. When the subject comes up at your next family gathering as to how you liked your sweater you can happily reply “loved it, wore it right away, got lots of compliments” (even if you actually meant laughs). In more recent times a very hot trend involves ugly socks. An extremely popular line in our store, Blue Q, best described as “sassy, pretty and a little twisted” has a huge offering of men’s and women’s socks, some of which are best hidden under your pants legs, if you know what I mean. Ask your invited guests to wear their most daring socks to go along with their sweaters and when they arrive at the party, have them describe their socks on a piece of paper and put in a bag for a later game. When the time is right, have someone read the sock descriptions and let everyone guess who is wearing which socks. It may surprise you how “twisted” your friends really are. And as long as you are in the mood for a few laughs, consider setting up the spread with some of the most popular serving pieces from the Mudpie collection, ivory stoneware serving pieces with unique phrases. Pretty much everything you need to create a festive Mexican fiesta – a 6 compartment dish naming all the taco fixings, a bowl that says “it’s five o’guac somewhere” coupled with a spoon that says “holy guacamole”, or a bowl of “just in queso” are among the offerings.

So now you have the colorful sweaters, the outrageous socks, the Mexican feast, maybe a few margaritas and a houseful of happy people. Might not be a bad idea to break out the multi-color lights to add to the atmosphere. If your tree hasn’t come down yet (or you purposely left it up for this occasion), leave it bare other than the lights and throw a sombrero on top. There’s quite a few options when it comes to colorful lighting, all of which should be relatively handy following the holidays. Fill up your lanterns with big novelty lights in the shape of C7’s. Colorful battery operated lights can be randomly used in various spots to add a little cheer. The more color the better. Winter doldrums should be banished from this gathering. A great way to involve your guests and keep them from getting bored is to provide some fun activities, other than eating and drinking. Get your game tables set up. Depending on the number of guests you may need several tables. Adults really do like board games so make sure you have a variety of choices available or have your guests bring their own faves. Make sure you have plenty of funny prizes available for the winners at each table. The Blue Q line has its own section in April’s and it’s all very funny, including socks, towels, oven mitts, bathroom sprays, chewing gum, and more (the words might not be appropriate to mention here). I read an article recently that stated (according to psychology experts), that people who put their Christmas decorations up early are happier than those who wait. I don’t know how they would respond to leaving it up long past Christmas, but surely a few colorful lights and decorations are in order to make this celebration a hit. So have fun and get ready to start your own traditions. ¤

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Sweet

Home Sweet Home

SUITE Retreat

Written by & Photos courtesy of Heidi Sowatsky SWAT Design Team | Decorating Den Interiors

You cooked, you shopped, you wrapped, you decorated, you drove, you smiled, you shopped some more, wrapped some more, and kept the smile on our face. Now the holidays are over, the company is gone, the decorations are packed, and it’s back to work. (What! All of that wasn’t work?) At some point, you have probably yearned for a place of tranquil reflections and peaceful repose; a place that lets you get away from the chaos and be quiet for a little while. Everyone deserves at least a little corner of their world to recharge their batteries. Your bedroom is, or should be, that haven! If your bedroom doesn’t offer you a respite from the hustle and bustle of the day, then now is the time to transform it. The time and money you invest now will pay off in big dividends in the future. Especially if it means you will be a little less stressed and better prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. 20 StreetScape Magazine


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Here are three key ingredients of a sweet retreat

DE-CLUTTER Too many things in the room will distract you or overload your senses when you are trying to relax. Your eye will move from one item to another, stimulating your senses even when you aren’t aware of it. De-cluttering can have the biggest impact in creating a retreat, and it costs nothing except time to do it. Review every item in your bedroom and decide if you need it in your retreat. This is not the room you should use for watching the news (when is the last time THAT was relaxing?) or folding the laundry. If your dresser and closet are overflowing onto the floor of your room, it is time to wean the wardrobe down to only what you have room to properly store. You can store off-season clothing in plastic bins, but don’t keep the bins on the floor of your bedroom. Move all unnecessary trinkets off of your dresser. Simplifying the space is the single most important thing you can do for yourself to create that peaceful atmosphere. If you just can’t do it yourself, call a friend or a professional organizer to help you. Now you are ready to personalize your space.

USE A CALM COLOR SCHEME In your search for solitude, you might consider using Mother Nature’s color palette. There’s nothing quite as calming as bringing the outdoors in. Blues and greens from nature are some of the most relaxing colors. Using colors from the sky, water, and plants may be as close as your bedroom will get to a quiet forest or a still pond, or it may just reflect the view out your window. Variations on blue, such as blue-grey or purple, can accomplish the same effect. Try staying away from “hot” colors, such as orange or red, except as accent colors. Since the bed is usually the center of attention, your bedding will set the tone and color scheme for the room. Pick your color and pamper yourself with bedding that provides comfort and fits your sense of luxury, whether that is smooth cotton sateen, plush faux fur or silky soft pleats. If your idea of a cozy retreat is an unmade bed, then invest in a perfectly wonderful set of sheets. If you like lots of pillows to prop yourself up and read, then select an odd number of accent pillows in a variety of textures and shapes.

CREATE YOUR TIME-OUT CORNER Visualize the types of activities you will want to conduct in your personal get-away haven – letter writing, reading, drinking coffee, morning meditation, or a late-night glass of wine – all types of activities that require peace and quiet to enjoy. Then ask yourself….can your bedroom, with the given amount of space you have, accommodate all of these needs? The answer is usually yes, although you may need to take advantage of some clever pre-planning. You may need a reading chair or a chaise lounge. How about a small desk or an electric fireplace? Somewhere in your bedroom you can find the space for your little haven. Decorating your dream bedroom can be fun and special. You deserve to wake up each day to a beautifully appointed bedroom, and to enjoy the end of the day in peace. So, by all means, let your imagination and creativity be your guide. The SWAT Design Team can work with you to provide everything you need to create your very own special retreat. From draperies to bedspreads, accessories to new furniture – we have it all! ¤

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Ready... Set... BUY!!!

So, you’ve been searching for that perfect house to call a ‘home,’ and you finally found it! The price is right, and in such a competitive market, you want to make sure that you put your best foot forward to give you the best opportunity to solidify the deal! What should you consider when making an offer in a very competitive environment?

1. Understand how much you can afford

“While it’s not nearly as fun as house hunting, fully understanding your finances is critical in making an offer.” This ‘tip’ or ‘step’ should really take place before you start your home search process. Getting pre-approved is one of the most important steps that will show home sellers that you are serious about buying, and will allow you to make your offer with the confidence of knowing that you have already been approved for a mortgage for that amount. To have your offer truly considered by the listing agent or seller, having a pre-approval by a quality mortgage professional when you present your offer is an absolute must!

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Act fast

“Even though there are fewer investors, the inventory of homes for sale is also low and competition for housing continues to heat up in many parts of the country.” The inventory of homes listed for sale has remained well below the 6-month supply that is needed for a ‘normal’ market. Buyer demand has continued to outpace the supply of homes for sale, causing buyers to compete with each other for their dream homes. Make sure that as soon as you decide that you want to make an offer, you work with your agent to present it as soon as possible to not miss out.

3. Make a solid offer

Freddie Mac offers this advice to help make your offer the strongest it can be: “Your strongest offer will be comparable with other sales and listings in the neighborhood. A licensed real estate agent active

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in the neighborhoods you are considering will be instrumental in helping you put in a solid offer based on their experience and other key considerations such as recent sales of similar homes, the condition of the house and what you can afford.” Talk with your agent to find out if there are any ways that you can make your offer stand out in this competitive market!

4. Be prepared to negotiate

“It’s likely that you’ll get at least one counteroffer from the sellers so be prepared. The two things most likely to be negotiated are the selling price and closing date. Given that, you’ll be glad you did your homework first to understand how much you can afford. Your agent will also be key in the negotiation process, giving you guidance on the counteroffer and making sure that the agreed-to contract terms are met.”

Bottom Line Whether buying your first

home or your fifth, having a local real estate professional who is an expert in their market on your side is your best bet to make sure the process goes smoothly. Let’s talk about how we can make your dreams of homeownership a reality!! ¤ Winter 2018

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Health &Fitness

2018 YEAR OF

Written by & photos courtesy of Dr. Christy Jenkins

GREAT CHANGES

Jeanne started her health and wellness journey in July 2017. She was extremely ill with a variety of health conditions and was on a slippery slope to the grave.  Her eating habits were out of control, causing increased weight, depression and low self-esteem.  We were able to get her into our office and help her on a successful weight loss program.  In five months, Jeanne lost a total of 62 pounds and several inches.  She is happy and healthy now and wants to encourage others with her story.   Dr. Christy Jenkins is a naturopathic doctor who focuses on diet and lifestyle changes.  2018 is a year of great changes and opportunity. Dr. Jenkins is offering a lifestyle program that consist of:

1. DIET PLAN 2. WEIGHT MANAGEMENT 3. CONSULTATION 4. DETOX/WEIGHT LOSS TREATMENTS 5. HEALTH CLASSES

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THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS

FRIGHTFUL Chestnuts roasting on an open fire is a wonderful Winter vision. So is hot chocolate. Warm cookies. Building snowmen and making snow angels. Snowball fights. Jack Frost nipping at your nose! I mean, who doesn’t love winter? Well, your skin, for one. With the vicious cycle of cold and wind from traipsing around outside and then the dry indoor heat, your poor protective layer doesn’t stand a chance against cracking and drying out this winter. While some consider the winter months, with snow and heavy coats, delightful, there is no denying your skin needs help.

Written by Kate Santellano Photos courtesy of Greater St Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau

We went straight to the source of Winter and reached out to St. Charles’ own Jack Frost, for some winter related tips and tricks on keeping your skin fresh-looking. He is, after all, responsible for frosty weather, nipping the nose and toes in such weather, and leaving fern-like patterns on cold windows in Winter. For more than twelve years, Ryan Cooper has played Jack Frost during the St. Charles Christmas Traditions event and has seen his share of cold, dry weather.

Q. Does Phil consult with you? A. No. Phil does not consult with me. Bill Murray makes one

Since not everybody is as lucky as Jack to have good elf genes, we wanted to share some of his secrets to taking care of your chapped Winter skin:

Q. How do you determine the length of Winter months…and

. Use “cold” cream at night to maintain the blue hue in your

Of course if I had my way, Winter would last all year round, but unfortunately Mother Nature has final say. She is constantly reminding me that "Mother knows best." In terms of snow accumulation, I have a bit of a trollish side. Everyone is always giving me requests for a "white Christmas" (thanks Bing Crosby!) So, I've made it a personal goal of mine to bring snow to people when it is most inconvenient. Have to get to the airport to catch a flight to your Caribbean vacation? Here's a blizzard... Want to get the kids out of your hair? Boom! Have a week of snow days. The North East United States is always a busy place...that's why I essentially nominate them for the Ice Bucket Challenge every year.  

skin.

. Eat well – plenty of iceberg lettuce to keep your energy. . Use a good shampoo to prevent a flakey scalp that could create a snow storm.

The question we always have after a few months of Jack bringing us cold weather is how long it will last. Will we have a long Winter? Or early Spring? Will Jack bring his twenty-degree warriors for another six weeks, or will Susie Sunshine send Jack back to the North Pole? We asked Jack some questions on the subject.

Q. How do you feel about Phil the Groundhog predicting the length of Winter by seeing or not seeing his shadow?

A. I don't blame Phil for wanting to join in the Winter fun...but

we all know who REALLY calls the shots when it comes to how long Winter will last. So, while it's frustrating that he's trying to steal my thunder, one day people will come to appreciate that it is in fact my shadow that he's standing in... literally.

film about you, and all of a sudden, he's too good for everybody else. What a rat!

who gets snow and who doesn't?

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Q. Where do you vacation during the summer? A. My main residence is in the North Pole, but when it comes

time for the summer months, I head down to the southern hemisphere where it's Winter. I have an igloo at the South Pole. So, I guess you could say I'm Bi-Polar. While this information may not be what you wanted to hear, at least you know who to thank for the cold Winter days. ¤

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Health &Fitness

Courtney Tucker, Creator of

5 FAT LOSS MYTHS

Written by Courtney Tucker

Do you have some excess fat you’d like to lose? You are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 70% of adults over the age of 20 are overweight or obese, meaning they have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or greater. Whether to look better, feel better, reduce risk of disease, or just improve overall health, many people want to shed some pounds. Unfortunately, there’s a plethora of misinformation out there that has people confused, overwhelmed, discouraged, and unchanged. This article may challenge some of your long-held beliefs about fat loss, so I encourage you to read on with an open mind. Understand that just because you’ve accepted something as truth for many years, doesn’t mean it’s actually true. Now, let’s break down a few common fat loss myths. MYTH 1 EATING 6 SMALL MEALS A DAY PROMOTES FAT LOSS AND IS SUPERIOR TO EATING 3 LARGER MEALS. Who’s heard this one before? You’ve probably heard, “Eating every 2-3 hours will speed up your metabolism,” but that’s not exactly true. At the end of the day, weight loss (or weight gain) comes down to calories in versus calories out. If you consume more calories than you expend, you will gain weight. Eating every couple of hours can help to control hunger, and may help you to feel satiated throughout the day, but it does not have any significant effect on your metabolism. In fact, depending upon what and how much you eat, “mini-meals” throughout the day may actually cause you to store more fat! Every time you consume food, your blood sugar level rises, causing insulin (the fat storage hormone) to be released. If you eat every couple of hours, this means your body is constantly releasing insulin, so it becomes harder to burn fat. In order to decrease insulin sensitivity in fat cells, it’s beneficial to control insulin spikes during the day. So, if you prefer to eat 5-6 smaller meals in a day, be mindful of the foods you are eating at each meal. Foods high in carbs and sugars have the greatest effect on insulin levels, so I recommend not consuming those with every meal. But if you prefer to eat only 3 meals a day, that’s fine too. I always tell my clients, find what works best for your lifestyle, because that’s what you’ll be able to sustain.

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MYTH 2 LATE NIGHT EATING CAUSES WEIGHT GAIN. Although research has shown correlations between the two, correlation does not equal causation. As mentioned before, we have to look at total calories in versus calories out. The problem isn’t how late food is consumed; the problem is the amount of food that’s consumed. Late night eating is often emotional eating (stress, boredom, sleepiness, etc.), which often leads to overeating. Because our willpower is not as strong in the evening, it’s harder to say “no” or limit ourselves, especially if we are tired or have had a stressful day. It’s important to also consider the types of foods people typically grab in the late night hours. Usually, you’re not reaching for a bowl of steamed veggies at 10:00 PM, right? It’s probably ice cream, cereal, and other carb and sugar-loaded, high calorie foods. Because there’s little nutritional value to these foods, it’s easy to eat and eat without feeling full. Something with protein and/or healthy fat, like a handful of nuts, a hard-boiled egg, or Greek yogurt, would be a better option for a late night snack. Eating before bedtime won’t cause you to gain extra fat, as long as you are within your total calories for the day. MYTH 3 EATING FAT MAKES YOU FAT. The “low-fat” craze still has many people avoiding dietary fats, due to fear of gaining body fat. Our bodies actually require essential nutrients contained in dietary fats. Not consuming enough will negatively impact your hormones, your mood, your body composition, and the way you look and feel. I recommend at least 30% of your total daily calories come from healthy fats. Some of my favorites include avocados, nuts, seeds, nut butter, and coconut oil. Foods that contain healthy fats are higher in calorie because one gram of fat contains 9 calories, while a gram of protein or carbs each contain just 4 calories. For this reason, it is important to watch your portion sizes. But because dietary fats break down slowly in your body, they will keep you feeling full longer. When you opt for a “low-fat” version, you may be saving a few calories, but at what cost? When products are stripped of fat, it’s usually replaced with sugar or ad-

ditives to make the food taste better. Opting for the full fat version will give your body greater nutrients, and you will feel more satiated with a smaller amount. MYTH 4 DOING HIGH REPETITIONS WITH LIGHT WEIGHTS IS THE WAY TO GET TONED. Getting that toned look requires decreasing body fat while increasing muscle. When training, all rep ranges have a purpose, but performing 20+ repetitions of an exercise won’t necessarily “tone” your muscles. To change your body composition, you must gradually increase your training volume (reps x sets x weight). I recommend training with heavier weights in a moderate rep range of 8-12. You want the last 2-3 repetitions to be challenging. If you can complete all 12 reps with ease, it’s time to increase your load. You have to put the right amount of stress on your muscles in order for them to grow. Be aware that in the beginning, your muscle gains may happen faster than your fat loss, causing some initial weight gain. But as you increase your muscle mass, your body will learn to burn fat more efficiently (see Myth #5). This is why it’s important to trust the process. MYTH 5 THERE ARE “FAT-BURNING” EXERCISES. Burning fat comes down to one thing: metabolism. There are a few components that contribute to your total daily calorie burn, but I want to focus on just one - your BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate. Your BMR is the number of calories your body burns at complete rest and is responsible for the vast majority of your total daily calorie burn. So, how do you increase your BMR, or your resting metabolism? How can you burn more calories while at complete rest? It’s actually quite simple! Your BMR is largely determined by the amount of fat versus muscle you have in your body. Fat in your body burns very few calories when compared to muscle. The more fat you have, the more fat you’ll gain. The more muscle you have, the more fat you’ll burn. So, are there special “fat-burning” exercises? No. Through resistance training, you can build muscle, which will help you to burn fat more efficiently. Resources: www.cdc.gov/, www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-insulin, www.active.com/fitness/articles/how-does-your-body-burnfat?page=2 ¤


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WHEN WINTER GIVES US THE

COLD SHOULDER

Written by By Nikki Peters MA, PLPC Kaleo Counseling Services

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Health &Fitness

Winter ushers in the holidays and yuletide greetings. Thoughts of Winter conjure up images of white landscapes and frosted trees. Hallmark and made-for-TV-movies provide us with happy people in warm sweaters, delighting in the shorter, colder days. However, it’s not long before Winter forges on ahead leaving the festive celebrations and joyous tidings far behind. While we may be briefly distracted by the holiday fun/chaos, our bodies are all too aware of the toil this season is taking on us. Soon, life feels like ‘tis the season to be miserable. Our body operates on what is known as a circadian rhythm. This is our body’s natural 24-hour cycle. Our natural rhythm is primarily dictated by the light and dark. When the seasons change, we often find ourselves getting up while it is still dark outside. As

such, the natural light is not available to kick start our brain, body, and hormones as needed to make us feel awake. Similarly, as Winter darkness closes in earlier in the evening, we may feel tired and sluggish at a time that we used to feel alert. In addition, the cold means that we are less likely to be active or to spend time outside, which wreaks havoc on our vitamin D production. Vitamin D is referred to as the “sunshine vitamin” and contributes to a healthy immune system and healthy functioning. A deficiency in Vitamin D can lead to back pain, fatigue, and difficulty with clear thinking, osteoporosis, and insulin resistance. So, the question becomes, how do we maintain our mental and physical health when the elements are against us?

WHAT TO DO WITH THE

WINTER

1. IF YOU CAN’T BEAT ‘EM, JOIN ‘EM.

Get outside! Yes, it’s cold. Yes, it’s mostly cloudy. But, that is what gloves, hats, and Winter apparel is for. You don’t need to stay outside all day to reap the benefits. So, try to get outside once in awhile, even for just a short time.

2. EXERCISE.

Weight loss often finds its way into many New Year’s resolutions. While setting intensive exercise and weight-loss goals is helpful, even exercising for just 20 minutes can release the chemicals responsible for boosting our mood and lifting our spirits.

3. BEEF UP THE VITAMIN INTAKE.

While the sun is the best option for our much-needed Vitamin D, the reality is that outside time in the Winter is limited. In addition, there are other nutrients that affect our mood and we can all benefit from supplements of vitamin B, vitamin D, and omega 3s.

BLUES

4. HIT THE TO-DO LIST.

It is so easy to feel stir crazy when we are stuck inside during the Winter months. Starting a new project and creating a sense of purpose keeps us moving and feeling productive when all we want to do is hit the couch. Cleaning out those closets, organizing the garage, and making improvements to the home are just a few things we can take on when we can’t take it outside.

5. PHONE A FRIEND.

Embrace the opportunity to spend time with the positive people in your life. Find new activities to do together, plan a movie night, start a book club, meet for coffee and laugh until your sides hurt.

We cannot avoid Winter but we can avoid being a slave to the negative effects of this dreary season. Try hard to avoid excessive sleep, binging on comfort foods, and staying continually indoors. It is possible to find sunshine even on the cloudiest of days. If professional counseling services are needed, please call Nikki Peters at Kaleo Counseling at 219-765-5651. ¤ Winter 2018

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Light

IN THE DARKNESS

Hope

FOR DEPRESSION & MEDICATION-RESISTANT DISORDERS Written by Nikki Peters, MA, PLPC

Medical treatments and interventions for mental health have come a long way from the elaborate surgeries, drugs and controversial interventions introduced in the 1900’s. In addition, there are a variety of organizations, centers, and hospitals committed to continuing advancements in technology and improving treatment modalities. CenterPointe Hospital is one such hospital that prides itself on being a “leader in behavioral health treatment and services.” These leaders are necessary, as struggles such as depression and anxiety increase in frequency and occurrence among individuals in our familial and social circles. Presently, depression rates among adult Americans are as high as 9% and continue to climb. Those diagnosed with clinical depression may seek treatment from medical professionals and find some relief with the aid of antidepressants. Sadly, the negative side effects from ongoing treatment with pharmaceuticals often make it impossible for individuals to continue treatment. In addition, 25% of individuals that seek pharmaceutical interventions never experience relief from their pain, despite trying multiple medications. However, for depression, anxiety, and other medication-resistant disorders, there is hope. CenterPointe offers rTMS , or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Medical professionals in the latter part of the 1990’s began to conduct trials and studies on the possibility of transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment for depression utilizing the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System, which is non-invasive and classified as an outpatient procedure. Performed under the supervision of a doctor, this treatment requires no sedation so that the patient may remain awake and aware the duration of the procedure.This system is the first of its kind to have the seal of approval from the FDA.The

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technology involved, with relation to the non-invasive magnetic field, is comparable to that of an MRI and just as safe. If after consulting with a physician it is deemed that this is a beneficial treatment course, the patient can anticipate a four-six week treatment sequence. Each treatment lasts roughly 40 minutes in the outpatient setting, with normal activity able to continue immediately following treatment. The NeuroStar TMS Therapy System begins by placing a treatment coil over the prefrontal cortex (the part of the brain recognized for affecting mood).Through this device, magnetic fields create small electric currents.These currents pinpoint the underutilized parts of the brain functioning poorly due to depression. Painlessly, these electric currents pass into the brain to stimulate the intended area. Stimulation in this region increases blood flow and raises glucose metabolism, which is believed to improve disposition. The NeuroStar System boasts “significant, long-lasting improvement.” In an independent trial, it was discovered that those provided the “clinical trial version of the NeuroStar TMS System were four times more likely to achieve remission” from symptoms when matched against those receiving an imitation treatment. One of the first patients at CenterPointe cleared for this treatment method suffered from extremely debilitating depression leaving her incapable of caring for her children and working. After a full course of the NeuroStar therapy, she could resume working and found herself in remission from depression even after eight months removed from the program. Insurance coverage for this procedure varies, with some commercial plans providing coverage. If you or a loved one battles depression or other medication-resistant disorders, do not hesitate to contact CenterPointe Hospital for evaluation and screening. Additionally, if you feel this treatment is the right course for yourself or someone close to you, discuss this treatment option with your physician. If this approach is agreed upon, CenterPointe will accept referrals from other medical professionals for evaluation and screening. As the days advance, so do the possibilities for advancements in technology and new treatments.There is hope available and opportunity for debilitating mental illnesses to become a thing of the past. For more information on this treatment option or to inquire about a free consultation, call CenterPointe at (314) 210-7508. ¤


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American Ambulance Association

Honors

for Work on Opiate Epidemic

ONTACT: yle Gaines h: 636.262.2696 Growing increasingly alarmed by rising call volume for heroin and opiate overdoses, St. Charles County Ambulance mail: kgaines@sccad.com District [SCCAD] Paramedics rolled out a multi-pronged

program designed to combat the opiate epidemic in the area. This Fall, the American Ambulance Association [AAA] honored SCCAD's efforts with a 2017 AMBY Award in the category of Community Impact Program. Paramedics and leadership staff from the District accepted the honor at the AAA's annual meeting.

In less than a decade, SCCAD has seen call volume for heroin and opiate overdoses more than double. Paramedics responded to 192 such calls in 2008, and last year responded to 426. This year, the problem has continued to grow: currently, year-to-date opiate overdose call volume is up 23 percent over 2016.

American Ambulance Association Honors St. Charles County Communities throughout the nation have experienced Paramedics' Work On Opiate Prevention, Treatment Referral

opirowing SCCAD's increasingly alarmed by rising call volume for heroin and opiate overdoses, St. Charles ate-related programming began ounty Ambulance District [SCCAD] Paramedics over the past 18 months rolled out a multilast year with ronged #stopheroin, programa predesigned to combat the epidemic. This week, the American Ambulance vention campaign ssociation [AAA] highlighted by a honored SCCAD's efforts with a 2017 AMBY Award in the category of powerful video ommunity Impact showing a re-en- Program. Paramedics and leadership staff from the District accepted the actment of a heroin onor at the AAA's annual meeting. overdose call. In

March 2017, in cooperation with an CCAD'sever-growing opiate-related programming began last year with #stopheroin, a prevention campaign network of treatment ghlighted by a video showing a re-enactment of a heroin overdose call. In March partners, the powerful Substance Use Recov017, in ery cooperation Response Team with a ever-growing network of treatment partners, the Substance Use [SURRT] debuted, Team [SURRT] debuted, and directly links those successfully revived ecoveryandResponse directly links successfully with treatment if they want help. SCCAD’s Paramedics have successfully llowing those an overdose revived following aced nearly 63 with percent of those referred after an overdose in treatment programs. Finally, in an overdose treatment if they uly, the want District partnered withhave the National Council ongrowth, Alcoholism Drug Abuse [NCADA] to help. SCCAD’s Paramedics successfully placed similar prompting and President Trump, in October, to nearly 63 percent of those referred after an overdose in declare the problem a National Emergency. rovide families who have a loved one struggling with addiction with free Narcan to be treatment programs. Finally, in July, the District partnered with theprior National Alcoholism Drug Abuse Theby American Ambulance Association promotes health dministered toCouncil EMSonarrival; aand program funded the MoHope grant awarded to NCADA. [NCADA] to provide families who have a loved one strugcare policies that ensure excellence in the ambulance gling with addiction with free Narcan to be administered services industry and provides research, education and prior to EMS arrival; a program funded by the MoHope communications programs to enable members to effecWe're fortunate serve a community that has demonstrated the incredible power of grant awarded to to NCADA. tively address the needs of communities they serve. Their AMBY awards program is designed to showcase creativity ollaboration treatment school districts,andmedia, groups and others "We're -fortunate to serve apartners, community that has demoninnovation civic in the industry by fostering a culture ofhave been strated the incredible power of collaboration treatment collaboration, cooperation and a passion excellenceChief in holly supportive of these efforts, greatly contributing to our success," said for SCCAD Taz partners, school districts, media, civic groups and others patient care. have beenhumbled wholly supportive these efforts, eyer. "We're andof proud to greatly be recognized at this national level, and share this honor contributing to our success," said SCCAD Chief Taz Meyer. If you would like additional information about SCCAD's ith our partners throughout region." "We're humbled and proud to the be recognized at this naprograms or would like to schedule an interview, please tional level, and share this honor with our partners throughcontact Kyle Gaines at 636.262.2696 or email kgaines@ out the region." sccad.com. ¤

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St.Louis FAMOUS F O O D S

Written by Kate Santellano

St. Louis natives are faithful to their home teams, to their beloved Arch…and to keeping toasted ravioli in the freezer. There are many things that make St. Louis a city rich in traditions and notable in the culinary arena. The food scene in St. Louis dates back way before such notables as the Arch and the Cardinals were created. Some of the dishes that make St. Louis notable came from humble beginnings. Others were inspired by a former presidents’ promise of a bright future. Some of the most notable include a soup, a sandwich and a mixture of ingredients that make it suitable for any time of the day. It was the first air-conditioned department store in the United States. Famous and Barr Co. opened in Downtown St. Louis in 1914. If you grew up or lived in St. Louis before 2006, odds are you have one or more memories of buying something or having been inside a Famous-Barr store. For almost a century, Famous-Barr offered spectacular window displays and legendary luncheons. It was a voyage into sophistication for many. Ladies in hats and gloves, young gentlemen in ties, and girls in scratchy party dresses sat up straight. Models swirled by, stopping at tables to explain what they were wearing and tell diners where it could be found in the store. They had signature dishes, chief among them the French Onion soup. Chef Manfred Zettl’s version—thick with long-simmered onions and topped with slices of baguette and gooey Swiss cheese—is the bestknown. It must have been incredibly exotic when it was introduced. Zettl brought in a crew of bakers just for the French bread, another unusual item, sold in the stores’ bakeries.

FAMOUS BARR FRENCH ONION SOUP INGREDIENTS (recipe credit: myrecipes.com) 3 Pounds sliced onion, 1/8” thick • 4 ounces unsalted butter 2 tablespoons paprika • 1 ½ teaspoons coarse-ground black pepper 2 teaspoons salt (or to taste) • ¼ cup flour • 3 quarts beef stock 1 cup dry white wine • 1 bay leaf • 24 slices crusty French bread 2 cups Swiss cheese, grated Peel onions, cut in half, then in half again, then in 1/8" slices (usually a 5lb bag of onions peeled will equal 3lbs). In large soup pot, melt butter. Add onions and sauté over low heat, until translucent, about 1-1/2 hrs. Add paprika, salt & pepper to onions, blend well. Add flour and stir constantly to combine to roux. Add beef stock, wine & bay leaves, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 2hrs. (optional). Add kitchen bouquet for rich brown color. Check for seasoning and adjust to taste. Put in icebox overnight. Heat soup. Fill individual fireproof bowls with 8oz of soup, top with three slices of French bread and 1-1/2oz grated Swiss cheese. Place under broiler approximately 550° until cheese starts to brown and soup bubbles.

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The slinger is considered to be a St. Louis late-night culinary original. It is described as "a hometown culinary invention: a mishmash of meat, eggs, hash browns and a hamburger patty topped with chili, cheese and onions.” If you’re pulling an all-nighter in St. Louis, make sure to stop into the nearest 24-hour diner for a slinger.

THE SLINGER

INGREDIENTS (recipe credit: Courtesy Diner) 1 Tbsp unsalted butter • 1 cup shredded hash brown potatoes (refrigerated or frozen) 1 3-oz hamburger patty, cooked to desired doneness 2 eggs, fried or cooked in preferred style 2 Tbsp diced yellow or white onions 1 cup prepared mild chili with beans (such as Edmond's Chile), heated through (see variation below) ½ cup grated mild cheddar cheese 2 slices buttered toast Melt butter in a 6-inch skillet; add hash browns and panfry until crispy and browned. Spread hash browns in a layer on a large plate or oval platter. Place hamburger patty in center of hash browns. Set two cooked eggs over hamburger. Sprinkle with raw onions. Cover everything with chili, then top with grated cheese. Serve with buttered toast.

Born in the roaring '20s, this St. Louis hometown special is a hot gooey cheesy wonder. Prosperity Sandwiches are good, straightforward food, with a name that is apparently a snide joke. History says that President Hoover's constant Depression-era promise that "prosperity is just around the corner" provided the jokey title. The Prosperity Sandwich was created at the Mayfair Hotel by chef and executive steward Eduard Voegeli shortly after the hotel opened. These are knife-and-fork sandwiches, open-face concoctions layered with meat, tomato and cheese sauce.

PROSPERITY SANDWICHES

INGREDIENTS (recipe from KCET) Serves 4 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and sliced thin 1 shallot, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) all-purpose flour 2 cups whole milk 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (2 cups) 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/2 teaspoon pepper 4 (3/4-inch-thick) slices rustic white bread 8 ounces thinly sliced roast turkey 8 ounces thinly sliced deli ham 2 tomatoes, cored, cut into 8 (1/4-inch-thick) slices, and patted dry How to make it: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, shallot, and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in now-empty saucepan over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 4 to 6 minutes. Off heat, stir in 1/2 cup cheddar, mustard, Worcestershire, and pepper; set aside. Adjust oven rack 5 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil spray. Arrange bread slices on prepared baking sheet and broil until toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Divide mushroom mixture among toasted bread slices. Arrange 2 ounces turkey, 2 ounces ham, and 2 slices tomato over mushrooms on each slice of toast. Spoon 1/2 cup cheese sauce evenly over each sandwich and sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 cups cheddar. Broil until cheddar is browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve.

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Winter

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Written by Sandi Caro Photos courtesy of JHarder Photography

Winter is here, and if I'm honest, it's my least favorite season. But while I don't enjoy the season very much, I appreciate the food and drinks that go well on a cold, snowy, blustery day. There's something about the warmth and glow of a fire and a warm blanket to wrap up in with a hot drink in your hand. Recently, I decided to have some girlfriends over to hang out. This was a very informal evening. So much so I told each friend if they wanted to wear their favorite winter pajamas or sweats it was perfectly fine. I also decided there wasn't going to be a meal. Just some snacks so we could all just spend real time together sharing life. My husband started us a great fire in the fireplace, I made a few snack trays, and for this particular night, I decided the drinks of choice for the evening were only going to be hot, decadent, and yummy! Sort of like dessert, except no forks or spoons, were needed. Just girl time spent in front of the fire. When I planned this evening, I thought it would be fun if I let each girl pick their mug for the night along with which drink they wanted. So I headed to 48 StreetScape Magazine

Walmart and bought six cups from the Pioneer Woman collection. Each cup was different and very feminine. Perfect for what I wanted this evening to be. When the girls arrived, I had the mugs set out on a tray and told them to choose one and give me their drink order. The drinks I decided for the evening were a White Chocolate Latte, Creamy Hot Buttered Rum, Spiked and Spicy Hot Chocolate and Caramel Hot Cider. I made a point to tell the girls to chose their mugs wisely, and while they didn't understand, they found out later they would keep their cup to take home. I don't always send a gift home with guests, but I thought this was a great idea, and each time they used the mug they may think of our fun evening together. It turns out this was one of my favorite evenings. No frills, just a fun night with some great friends. I encourage you for this winter season, invite your girlfriends over for a pajama party and a warm drink and while you're at it send that cup home with them! It might end up being their favorite hang out time! Happy Winter and stay warm! ¤


1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, softened 1/4 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. powdered sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. nutmeg 1 c. vanilla ice cream, slightly softened Spiced Rum (like Captain Morgan or Rum Chata) Whipped Topping and Nutmeg for toppings In a small bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir. Add softened ice cream and beat until fully combined. Add 2 Tbsp. of ice cream mixture to a mug. Pour over 1 oz. (a shot) of Rum. Add 6-8 oz of boiling water.

Creamy Hot Buttered Rum

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1 Cup milk 2 oz. Milk chocolate 1 oz. Semi-sweet chocolate 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar 3/4 Tsp. cinnamon ¼ Tsp. ground ginger 1/4 Tsp. nutmeg Pinch of cayenne pepper Pinch of salt 1 ½ oz. Spiced rum Marshmallows for garnish Add the milk, sugar and chocolate to a small pot and cook on a low heat, stirring constantly, until the chocolate and sugar have dissolved. Whisk in the spices. Remove from the heat, stir in the rum and pour into a mug or glass. Stir in the marshmallows and they will begin to melt and enrich the cocoa. milk White Chocolate 2 c.1lowtsp.fatVanilla 1 c. half and half tsp. Almond extract Latte 2/3 c.¼white chocolate chips

2 Tbsp. instant coffee ¼ tsp. Almond Extract can of Reddi-Whip In a medium size saucepan heat milk, half and half, white chocolate chips and instant asionally. Stir in vanilla and almond extract. Pour into coffee mugs and top with Reddi-Whip and a dusting of cocoa.

Caramel Apple Cider 64 oz. of Apple Cider / Apple Juice 1 cup of Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Syrup Whipped Cream Caramel Sauce Crockpot Pour a 64oz. container of Apple Cider into your crockpot and then add 1 cup of Cinnamon Dolce syrup. Turn on the crockpot to low and slowly heat the apple cider stirring every 30 minutes or so. I like to let the apple cider marinate with the syrup for at least a couple of hours but if you don’t have that kind of time you could heat the ingredients on the stove or in the microwave. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce. Winter 2018

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“IN BUSINESS AND LIFE, CONTEXT IS CRUCIAL” A Conversation About Context and Empowerment with Erin Joy

A strategic consultant, trusted confidant, and honest advisor, Erin Joy is an experienced navigator for business owners seeking clear direction. She founded the consulting and executive coaching company, Black Dress Partners, in 2011 to help guide businesses facing a variety of challenges. Constantly striving to provide value, Erin and her team conceived Black Dress Circle®--facilitated, member-driven roundtables exclusively for female business owners--and, in 2015, the Midwest Women Business Owners’ Conference. Currently, Erin is pursuing her Ph.D. in business psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. We asked Erin a series of questions to learn more about those experiencing success.

Q Most “successful” people are empowered people. How do you define empowerment? EJ Empowerment is defined as the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one's life. Empowerment is derived from a specific context you give to situations and to life. Empowered people have very specific conversations with themselves; they frame things positively, take responsibility for (and believe they are responsible for) their actions, and have conversations with their network about what they want versus what they don’t want or why they can’t.

Q What characteristics or habits do you think empowered people share? EJ I’ve worked with more than 1000 clients— male and female—and those who achieve success

both professionally and personally are those who are genuinely hungry for a specific outcome. They want to pull their resources and network, they want to galvanize their tribes around their purpose, and they want to (and do) produce results.

Q Do you think creating a positive context is an innate or learned skill? EJ Either/or. People can be born positive thinkers; in fact, I think most of us are. Some of us maintain that context through-

out life and others get sidetracked. Context creation can absolutely be learned, though. Like any change we make in life, it requires work and constant repetition before it becomes habitual. In business and life, context is crucial.

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Q Is there a tool that people can use to help with reframing? EJ I call this simple one the “turn it around exercise.” Take a piece of paper and fold it in half. On the left side, make a list

of things you don’t want (i.e., “I don’t want a low balance in my checking account.”; “I don’t want pain in my body.”). On the right side, simply write the opposite of that in a positive way (i.e., “I want more money in my bank account.”, “I want a pain-free body.”). Then, take the left side and throw it away. Take the right side and bring it to coffee or lunch with a trusted friend, advisor, or coach to discuss plans of actions for making those statements realities. Engage in this exercise once a month to keep yourself on track.

Q How can you train yourself to create an empowered context? Q Is there anything else you would like to add? EJ Think about something you hear people say everyday: “I need to make more money.” That context comes from a place of EJ Americans define success pretty linearly—through matedesperation, which breeds negative emotions. Think about how rial things and the number of zeroes in their bank accounts. Sucyou might reframe that statement that fills you with energy instead of depleting you. It may be something like “I want to impact more people”—see how those two statements feel very different in your body? Notice the actions you are inspired to take when you ask yourself that question?

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BusinessScape Profile

Written by Sarah Moeller Photo courtesy of Championship Catering

An All-Star Team

While Larry Gerstein , or “Chef Larry,” has mastered the art of putting together fabulous food dishes, he is also highly skilled when it comes to managing an all-star team of men and women to help run his catering business. Serving the likes of the Cardinals baseball team, their opponents, and nearly all the rock ‘n’ roll stars who have passed through St. Louis, Gerstein and his team have formed a delightful blend of personalities that are always fresh and in season. While their current focus is now on catering events and weddings, their accounts have always included everyone from local brides to big names in the entertainment industry.

As part of his recipe for success, Larry employs a handful of hand-picked people that are as dedicated to the business’ success as he is. One of those employees, Rich David, describes the way things run as being like a “silent symphony”--everyone knows their part, and plays it well. In addition to David, about five other people make up Gerstein’s team. With a combined experience of over fifty years, Chris Kortum, Debbie O’Hara, and Janet Jones keep things running behind the scenes in the office. In the kitchen, Larry cooks and serves clients alongside his colleagues Doug Bullerdick, Andy Karakasis, (and Rich). Besides the basics--good ingredients, good recipes, and good techniques--Larry also emphasizes customer service. His fellow chefs know that the customer comes first. It is their joy, and the lifeblood of his business. He tells of the time that his team was serving at an event, where they had just finished cooking and were cleaning up and putting everything away. About that time, a couple more guests came in, obviously very late, but his chefs already knew what to do without consulting Larry. While other places may have cordially turned the guests away, or told them they could choose from what was left over, Larry’s team instantly went into action to cook more food for “just” those two latecomers. Larry speaks with pride about this incident, as it is that sort of initiative that he seeks and cultivates in anyone who would want to work for him. This effort, besides looking good in the kitchen, looks good at the table too. Larry’s guests are constantly dishing out praise for his work. Compliments such as, “This reminds me of Grandma’s cooking” or “This was the best dinner!” are frequently heard. To these chefs, such compliments mean as much to them as being able to cater to world-famous music bands who are passing through the area. While events such as weddings or corporate luncheons usually have food bars (such as the much-loved pasta bar) or menus 52 StreetScape Magazine

that a few organizers develop with Championship, serving music stars, or visiting sports teams and their entourage is a whole different ballgame. Larry says that many of these contracts are quite lengthy--up to twenty-five pages at times. Among other things, they contain a list of food the bands will and won’t eat, what special things they request (for example a British group may want a certain kind of tea), and sometimes, a clause used to test whether or not their contract has been fully read and implemented. For example, Chef G said that sometimes a group will make an odd request such as “only green M&M’s”, or a certain brand of water at room temperature, or a special kind of hot sauce. He said that when the group arrives and sees the right color of candy, or the right kind of water or hot sauce, it’s a signal to them that the caterers have been diligent to follow their instructions. Other groups have also had other unusual requests one group, for example, are vegetarians who don’t eat vegetables. While the particulars of this menu weren’t clear to me, it did serve to underscore the skill it takes for Larry and his team to constantly be creative and come up with meals that adhere to the clients’ varying and sometimes unusual guidelines. Believably, Larry says his job is never boring! As you can see, Championship Catering could refer to the sports clients that Larry serves, but after getting to know them a little better, it’s clear that Larry and his team are themselves the champions! He is always looking for good people, so if you are interested in joining an award-winning team, contact Larry at 314-606-9520. ¤


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“The size, color and format can vary a bit depending on one’s career focus,” said Werhli. “For example, a graphic design major may wish to incorporate a colorful logo to showcase design skills. And a photograph can be a nice addition that allows your network to “put a face with a name.”    Local owner of Thomson Printing, said business cards are still a good business for him.

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“Believe it or not business card quantity has not decreased that much throughout the years,” said Mike Thomson. “We print a lot. For anyone doing sales of any type that requires meeting people directly, most prefer to have a card to leave.” But the format and style of the business card has changed over the years, Thomson said. “In the 80s it was common to see most business cards on a light weight stock. Clients now want heavier stock,” said Thomson. More colors, fancier effects, and multiple sizes are not only acceptable now, but encouraged. “It’s not uncommon now to see a one or two color card, but cards are trending to 4 color,” said Thomson. “We are also producing a lot of cards with foil and coatings. You can get some great effects which will separate you from the crowd.” Business cards have also changed in size. The standard size of a business card is 3 1/2 x 2, which was originally designed to fit in a Rolodex. Written by Amy Armour

Even in this age of technology, local experts share that one of the most basic business tools is still a hot commodity.. “I believe that business cards are still a great networking tool,” said Dana Wehrli Director of Career Services, Student & Academic Support Services Lindenwood University. “Business cards are an introduction, like a handshake, and provide a tangible artifact for new contacts and potential clients to follow up with you.” Wehrli said business cards are also great way to help leverage a brand or to promote an organization’s mission, products, and services. “Let’s face it, our memories are not always reliable and smart phones are sometimes inaccessible,” said Wehrli. “Business cards can be shared on an airplane, at a job fair, and whenever you find yourself in a cell phone dead zone.  When a person’s first or last name isn’t spelled in a traditional way, a business card makes it so much easier to find and connect with that person on LinkedIn or to follow up with an email.”   Wehrli recommends that her students use business cards as a networking tool.  54 StreetScape Magazine

“Today, size is not as important and we see clients making cards slightly larger or smaller to stand out more,” said Thomson. Fax numbers are no longer a must-have piece of information, and technology can now be incorporated in the business card with the addition of a QR code. “We are seeing less fax numbers on cards,” said Thomson. “Some clients are putting QR codes on backs of card.” Regardless of the choice a business makes with its cards, Thomson said simplicity is always best. “Some clients try to make a business card a brochure. The less crowded a business card is the more effective it is. You want the company name to stand out,” said Thomson. ¤


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their language knowledge for a decent price and in a convenient location, as well as to feel excited about what they’re learning. The company strives to offer education of Foreign Languages by providing new ways to learn. And affordability and convenience being a crucial part to the company’s foundation, it offers a variety of ways to pay its low rates. The company also believes in giving back to the community. It donates toys to kids fighting cancer through the charity, Friends of Kids with Cancer and the Good Meets World community. Aside from charities, they

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The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries has announced its 2017 Annual Award winners in the categories of Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Community Servant of the Year, and the Sue Proost Person of the Year. The Glass Guru of O’Fallon has been named as the Small Business of the Year, for their exemplary customer service and growing customer base. Owner Gregg Merkel opened the company in 2014 and in that time, has served over 1,800 homes and businesses. Gregg Merkel has also been named the 2017 O’Fallon Chamber Ambassador of the Year. He is known for going above and beyond to share his insights and support fellow Chamber members and business owners. Merkel has served as an Ambassador for two years and as a Co-Chair for the 2017 Membership Drive. Honored as the Business of the Year is Baue Funeral Homes. As a centerpiece in the O’Fallon area, Baue Funeral Homes continues to go above and beyond by offering community programs such as the Hospice Caregiver Award, Silver and Gold Club, and Grief Support. True Manufacturing was honored as the 2017 Large Business of the Year for their continued excellence, investment in the community through employment and physical expansion, as well as their key involvement and dedication to Manufacturing Day and skilled-trade workforce initiatives.

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The Community Servant of the Year goes to an organization whom not only supports the person and the family, but advocates and researches to create a better tomorrow. The O’Fallon Chamber is proud to honor the Alzheimer’s Association as its Community Servant of the Year. The Alzheimer’s Association is more than support for patients, families, and the medical community. It is an organization that offers a wide variety of resources, including legal advice, information, research, and advocacy, so that families and patients facing the disease have a trusted partner on their side. In St. Charles County, the annual 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s generated $455,000. The Sue Proost O’Fallon Chamber Person of the Year was awarded to someone who has a proven track record of community service and leadership. This year’s winner is Greg Kinder. As the former owner of Autotech Auto Center, Greg put programs in place to donate to toy drives, Soldier Supply drives, and food drives. He also donated auto repair services to families in need of reliable transportation. As a retiree, Kinder has continued that service by volunteering at his church, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity Restore, and serving as a Director for the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce & Industries. Congratulations to all of these deserving honorees. For more information about the O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce, call 636-240-1818 or visit OFallonChamber.org. Winter 2018

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Written by Amy Armour Photos courtesy of Academy of Sacred Heart

The Academy of the Sacred Heart had its start nearly 200 years ago in a log cabin in Saint Charles, with just three boarding students and 20 commuting students in 1818. At present, the Catholic elementary educates 250 students on a 10-acre campus that encompasses a full city block.

700 students in the 1990s. The school also introduced block scheduling for middle school students in grades 6 through 8. Block scheduling uses 70 minute blocks of learning every other day, so students focus on six core subjects throughout the week.

The Academy of the Sacred Heart’s founder is St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart in France. St. Madeleine Sophie Barat founded the Society of the Sacred Heart in France in 1800.

“This provides more robust and in-depth learning compared to the 40-minute classes every day. That was significant in the 90s,” said Renken. In the early 2000s, Renken added, the Academy became a school of computers and wireless technology. The school also started single-gender classes for the seventh and eighth graders. Two years later, sixth grade also went to single-gender classrooms.

“They believed that if you educated (particularly) women and children, you could change the world,” said Dr. Susan Dempf, head of school for the Academy. “Fast forward 200 years, and we still believe that. it’s through education, as well as helping children become sensitive to the needs of others, that they will one day be able to shape their world and make it a better place.” The Academy had its start as a school for girls from the ages of kindergarten through high school. “(Madeleine Sophie) really believed that there was more for females to know than to sew or paint or needlepoint, but (also) knowing the sciences, and math, and knowing and understanding and reading great literature (was important),” said Marcia Renken, principal at the Academy of the Sacred Heart. In 1972, a difficult decision was made to close the high school. In order to grow and continue to thrive, the school opened its doors to boys in kindergarten and first grade in the fall of that year. “It was meant to be two distinct schools—the Academy of the Sacred Heart for the girls and Perier Elementary for the boys,” said Renken. “In the beginning it was separate education, and each year following that we added boys to an additional grade level until all classes K-8 consisted of both girls and boys. Then, at that time, we started having more co-educational classes.” In 1986, the Academy expanded again to include a pre-primary school for four-year-olds. The Academy hit its enrollment peak with a little more than

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Dempf said the single-gender classrooms present students with opportunities that allow them to learn and grow without the social piece that sometimes gets in the way. “The separate setting allows them to be better at being who they are in a less intimidating way,” said Renken. “They demonstrate a freedom to make mistakes, to own their voice, to speak their truth, to test the waters, without worrying about what the opposite sex may be thinking or doing.” Renken said the separation also made sense because boys and girls learn differently, and single-gender classrooms allowed teachers to design the classrooms to benefit the different learning styles. This school year, the Academy is offering math and language arts in single-gender classrooms for the fifth-grade students. One of the hallmarks of the education programs at the Academy are the International languages that start in primary grades. The school offers both French and Spanish classes. “It has always been highly respected, and there’s always been an intrigue about how we get these young kids to test into advanced language,” said Renken. “I think it’s the quality of the program and the teachers who have been able to execute it.”


Upon graduation, many Academy graduates are testing into second-year language courses as freshmen. Last year one of the students tested into a third-year language program. Along with the option of taking an international language, the school added global studies in 2002-2003. “We felt it important to begin to acknowledge and teach that the world was becoming a smaller place,” said Renken. “We want our children to understand that different isn’t wrong; different is just different.” The global studies program for K through fourth grade exposes students to four different continents and a single country in each continent. Renken said it was designed to give the children a flavor of the world, while acknowledging the world was at their fingertips. This fall, students learned about South Korea, as it is the location for the 2018 Winter Olympics. “That proved to be a very positive experience,” said Renken. The students are learning about the country, speaking some of the language, dancing, singing and cooking some of the traditional foods, she said. The school will also continue to foster the emerging areas of science and technology for its students. The Academy introduced a new designated space for a science lab with a dedicated science teacher for the lower school. “We have little children who are learning to code. We have a group of girls who are developing an app in support of the firefighters in St. Charles,” said Dempf. The school also has a 1:1 laptop program for grades 6-8, and thanks to a community grant from Boeing, the school was also able to expand its robotics program. Dempf said of the top 10 in-demand careers of today, eight of them did not exist in the last 5-10 years. “As we look forward to the future for these children…we have to consider what skills are needed,” said Dempf. The school also added a pre-primary class for three-year-olds this year, three days/week. The pilot program, called Little Acorns, is open only

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to current families this year, but it will open to the public for the 2018-19 school year. The program will offer both three-day and five-day/week options. The Academy also offers scholarships and tuition assistance for all grade levels. Dempf believes students who graduate from the Academy are well prepared and ready to take on high school. “There isn’t a big transition period where they have a rocky start. When they go, they are confident that they’re prepared and they have the skills to do high school work successfully,” said Dempf.

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after-school enrichment programs, especially in the areas of music and arts.

“We are ultimately looking to add a summer program to meet the needs of our families during the off-season of our school,” said Dempf. The Academy has many plans for the upcoming bicentennial. Visit www.ash1818.org for more details. ¤

Simple skills like organization and time management are taught at a very young age at the Academy. “Our students are consistently noted by admission directors, principals and heads of school, for their organizational skills which are highly stressed here. Time management skills are built in from the time they’re in first grade,” said Renken.

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Courtesy and respect are also hallmarks of the school. “They know how to present themselves. They have good eye contact, solid handshakes, and know how to speak and introduce themselves,” said Renken. Serving the community is also a core philosophy at the Academy. All ages of students participate in community service throughout the school year. “We gradually increase their awareness and knowledge. So, when they enter high school they are ready to act,” said Renken.

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Starting in fifth grade, the students will leave campus six times a year to volunteer. Whether it’s visiting with seniors at Mount Carmel or volunteering at the Special Olympics, students at the Academy are being taught not only the basics like math and English—but also about giving back and taking care of those who cannot help themselves. “We want to inspire our students to be courageous and confident leaders who know and share the love of God. And they share it through service,” said Renken.

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My father was a hotel chef. Along with visits to the Chase Park Plaza to witness big-time acts like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr, Dad would sometimes invite me to his kitchen. There I watched a master chef use techniques we all want in a master teacher. What I took away from these occasions (along with a fondness for lobster bisque!) was the importance of constant feedback. While he was an Escoffier- trained French chef from Paris, Dad never paid too much attention to recipes. He knew them backward and forward but, as he was always fond of saying, “le beurre américain se distingue complètement de beurre français,” (American butter is completely different than French butter). Recipes were made to be altered depending on the ingredients, the skills of the kitchen staff, locale, and clientele. He rarely stayed in his office for more than ten minutes at a time, choosing instead to be in the kitchen working with everyone from the pastry chef to the dishwasher. And every step of the way, he made sure that the components of the meals tasted good enough to make it to the final plate… which he rarely tasted. He knew that if he stayed on top of the culinary process step by step, the final product would be “fantastique!” He also knew that the meals would get even better if he provided constant feedback to his employees. I didn’t know it at the time, but he was a firm proponent of formative assessment, a proven andrews_HP_bright_12_17.pdf 12/8/17 2:54 PM way to improve1student learning.

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Think back to when you learned to drive. You read a book to prepare for the written test, but you really learned to drive by being in a car with someone who gave you constant feedback in real time, first on a big parking lot, then eventually, on the road. The same goes for sports. A baseball coach would show you the fine points of pitching by standing right next you, correcting stance, delivery and release point--skills you can’t learn from a book. The best teachers are really master chefs and seasoned coaches. In a school setting, formative assessment moves teachers away from their desks, as they roam around the classroom to provide immediate feedback on comprehension, neatness, attention to detail, etc. The formative approach is a research- (and kitchen-) driven method to improving performance. Achievement tests are a form of what we call summative assessment, sort of a “proof is in the pudding” test. This is where we find out whether the daily formative assessment and feedback make a difference over the long term. Research has shown that there is a statistically significant improvement in student achievement in classrooms that focus on the formative approach. As assessment educator Paul Black once wrote, “When the cook tastes the soup, that’s formative assessment. When the customer tastes the soup, that’s summative assessment.” Bon appétit!

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Written by William Ray Lead Interpreter The Historic Daniel Boone Home Photos courtesy of The Historic Daniel Boone Home

The water was cold, the air crisp in December 1799. Daniel Boone was 65 years old, and, with his family, once again on the move. Fall had found them leaving their homes in northeast Kentucky for an unsettled territory in present day Missouri. It was a long journey, but opportunity beckoned. He accepted an invitation from the Spanish government to move to Upper Louisiana, for which he was to receive 850 acres. Attracted by the prospect of good land, the Boones were ready to leave Kentucky behind them. It also was getting crowded in Kentucky; the population was close to 220,000 when he left in the fall of 1799.

What Daniel had earlier said about Kentucky, “Nature here was a series of wonders, and a fund of delight,” could easily be applied to southern St. Charles County. Standing on the banks of the Femme Osage Creek, he would have appreciated the natural beauty all around him. It is not difficult to see what drew the Boones to this region. In fact, if you ever drive to Defiance, Matson, Augusta, or Marthasville, you are in Boone Country.You still can find traces of this remarkable family everywhere; in the road names, in old cemeteries, down back lanes, in the cultural landscape, and in the history of this region.

In what is now southern St. Charles County near Defiance, Daniel had the benefit of being surrounded by family, plentiful hunting and trapping, and vast wilderness; all of this, a benefit of representing the Spanish government in the Femme Osage District. Never in one place for very long, it’s surprising that Daniel lived in this area longer than any other one place in his life – almost 21 years. After a hero’s welcome when they arrived in St. Louis, Daniel and his family worked their way to the river valley where the Femme Osage runs free until emptying into the Missouri.

Today, the most tangible connection to the legendary pioneer can be found by visiting The Historic Daniel Boone Home, part of the St. Charles County Park system. Donated by Lindenwood University in 2016, St. Charles County is the latest in a long line of responsible stewards for the land and the Boone’s story. You can walk where Daniel walked and, like him, appreciate the unspoiled splendor on the property of his youngest son, Nathan. It was in Nathan’s magnificent stone mansion that Daniel spent a majority of his time. In fact, the bedroom on the north side of

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the house is where Daniel, just shy of his 86th birthday, passed away peacefully in September 1820. It was a busy place back then, in the uncertain and complicated time before statehood, but it was a refuge for the aging pioneer. Daniel’s story lives on, and still is relevant today. Admission to the park is free, and visitors are encouraged to explore, stand on porches, gaze through windows, and indulge their curiosity. A paid tour of the home provides a more comprehensive glimpse into the lives of the Boones. It is difficult to fully comprehend the complexities of their world, but continuing research helps those of us in the 21st century understand 19th century Missouri. Walking down the path from the house, where once there was cropland, now stands a collection of historic buildings. Wandering amongst these old buildings, one is struck by the robust log construction, the waviness of the old glass, and the revelation that these buildings were built without power tools. These stout reminders of the past have been dismantled from their original locations and rebuilt on the site. Like the fine wines from the Missouri Valley, all of the buildings are of good vintage, ranging from as early as 1804 to as late as 1865. Visitors find a general store, gristmill, one room school-house, church, blacksmith’s forge, and a carpenter’s shop mixed in with historic homes. It was truly a local economy, where neighbors knew each other and pulled together for the common good. For a broader view of the pioneers in Missouri, visitors can take

a guided tour of the “village,” participate in one of the many historic events, and discover for themselves what life was like “back then.” It is just as quiet today as it was in the 19th century on the banks of the Femme Osage Creek, looking up at the Boone Home from the foot of the park. The creek winds and meanders its way through this valley in its purposeful, but unhurried, path to the Missouri River. It seems improbable that any place so quiet could be so close to the city. The valley surrounding the

park is just as serene now as it was 200 years ago, and to visit is to step back into a quieter pace of life. The park is beautiful in all seasons and rewards repeat visits for the young and young at heart alike. This time of year, one might see deer, wild turkey, or even a bald eagle. For nature lovers, there is always much to behold. People have been traveling through this valley for thousands of years. The clear water and abundant hunting grounds would have made it desirable for the ancient people who inhabited this valley. The Native Americans, such as the Osage, made good use of this land we now know as Missouri. The French also were here, then the Boones, followed by the Germans. This valley has sustained life; both native and settlers, free and enslaved, for at least a millennium. Visiting The Historic Daniel Boone Home allows visitors the opportunity to literally follow the footsteps of those before us. Some were legendary and larger than life, others less so. But all contributed their stories, making this park the historic landmark it is. Come, blaze a trail of your own, and add your story to this special place. Learn more at danielboonehome.com, and discover all that St. Charles County Parks have to offer at stccparks.org Winter 2018

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ROLLING

Written by Amy Armour Photo (r) courtesy of Jenny Haferkamp

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Lyle Woodruff remembers watching the trains come through Rochester, Illinois when he was just six years old. And he’s been captivated with trains ever since.   “Some people like trucks, or race cars or hunting. I’m fascinated with trains,” said Woodruff, who is retired from Nestle Purina.    His love of trains brought him to the Kirkwood Amtrak Station three years ago, where he volunteers once a week. The 77-year-old loves to ride the trains, help customers figure out the schedules, and watch the trains go by. Back in 1949 when Jerry Boshears was just 12-years-old, he, too, fell in love with trains. “Back then (trains) were the fastest thing that was around,” said Jerry, 80. “I always liked trains. They were so powerful.” He remembers seeing his first diesel train on the Missouri Pacific Line. “It had a massive light on it. It floored me. It was so magnificent and so powerful,” said Jerry. His love of trains grew as he started collecting model trains many years ago. When a hobby shop in Frenchtown closed its doors, Jerry was able to score a great deal on boxes and boxes of trains. He was able to transform his small display into a collection that now encompasses most of his basement. “We had to move the washer and dryer upstairs so he could have more space,” said his wife, Dorothy. “He gave me a little space for the deep freezer.” Jerry currently has his display divided into four separate and unique settings including a farm scene, a 1950’s stretch of highway, old Victorian houses, and the Northern lights. However, part of the fun of collecting the trains is changing it up. “He likes to change up the layouts from year to year,” said Dorothy. Jerry, who volunteers at the Frenchtown Heritage Museum, also helps set up a train display at the museum. The Christmas train display has grown so large that it is now featured in the little red caboose in Frontier Park. The display will be open to the public until Christmas Eve.

“I loved the book, The Polar Express and I wanted my children to experience the magic first- hand on the train ride at Union Station,” said Haferkamp. This is the third year that the Polar Express at St. Louis Union Station has taken families on an enchanting train ride to the North Pole. “We saw an opportunity to bring a great community event to the St. Louis area and with the help of our partners with Rail Events and Warner Brothers, were able to make that happen. Bringing the trains back to St. Louis Union Station has always been a goal for us,” said Cameron Schoeffel, Train Sales & Events Manager at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel. The Polar Express uses a wide variety of Pullman rail cars to transport children and their parents to North Pole—with entertainment along the way. “We loved the train ride to the North Pole,” said Haferkamp. “The staff was full of energy and provided great entertainment. They danced and sang songs with the children. The children loved seeing the lights at the North Pole and getting a visit from Santa himself on the train.” But Christmastime isn’t the only time for great train displays. On Saturday, January 20, the St Charles Model Railroad Club presents TrainFair 2018 at The Heart of St Charles Banquet Center from 10am-3pm. You can find more information at www.stcharlesrailroadclub.org. The National Museum of Transportation’s 3r Annual Train Show, free to the community, is Saturday, January 6 from 9am-2pm, at the Orthwein Visitors Center at 3015 Barrett Station Rd. And, on October 13-14, the 28th Annual Greater St Louis Metro Area Train Show comes to the Kirkwood Community Center. Sponsored by the Mississippi Valley N Scalers LLC, it’s known as the “best home-grown ALL SCALES show in the country.” So, no matter your age or time of year, trains of all types are magical and to be enjoyed by all. ¤

Jerry said thousands of people usually come through to check out the train display each Christmas. And meeting the visitors and seeing the wonder as they watch the trains chug along the tracks is the best part. “The people we meet, who are kids of all ages, is the most fascinating part,” said Jerry. The fascination with trains seems to have no age range. Jenny Haferkamp, 34, loved the book The Polar Express when growing up. The children’s book features a young boy who is taken on a magical train ride to the North Pole on Christmas Eve night. When Haferkamp learned about the Polar Express in Union Station, she knew it was an experience she wanted to share with her three little girls—Ella, 7, Sophie, 5, and Lexi, 2.

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jill kimmel She may be the little sister of Jimmy Kimmel, but Jill Kimmel can hold her own on the comedy stage.

Jill Kimmel was one of the featured comedians participating in the Laugh Off To A Cure, a benefit for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and the St. Louis community. The event at the Pageant in St. Louis was held on November 16.

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As a first time visitor to St. Louis, Jill, who lives in Phoenix, AZ, made sure she tried the toasted raviolis and saw the Arch. “I used to get the toasted raviolis when Jack in the Box sold them,” said Jill. “I was literally, emotionally upset when they stopped selling them. In the first 24 hours in St. Louis, I ate them twice.” Jill said she was not sure of Imo’s Pizza, another St. Louis must-have, because a friend of her compared it to Costco Pizza. But she plans to check out some St. Louis ribs and visit the City Museum downtown while in town. The 47-year-old mom of two teenagers, started her career as an actor.

When Jimmy got his own late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC, Jill said the family was not shocked at all. She compared his success to a slow weight gain—he steadily moved up the ranks, so it was not a surprise when he reached his current level. Jill said Jimmy has always been a hard worker. He got his start calling radio stations begging them to let him write jokes. He then got his own radio show and transitioned into television on Win Ben Stein’s Money and the Man Show. In 2003, Jimmy got his own late night talk show on ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live! “We were so happy and excited for him, but it was a natural step to the next level,” said Jill.

But the hard part of being an actor is that someone has to cast you in a part, Jill joked.

Jill has not done any stand-up comedy on her brother’s show, but she has participated in a couple of sketches—including dancing with Richard Simmons. Jill said performing on his show would be great for her career, but it makes her so nervous she would throw up.

“I’ve always enjoyed making people laugh,” said Jill.

“Everyone wants to impress their big brother,” said Jill.

Her friends encouraged her to share her stories on a different stage—as a comic. So, nearly 12 years ago, Jill took a chance and attended her first open-mic night—and she absolutely loved every minute of it.

This Christmas the whole Kimmel family will be together. Jill said as a Catholic and Italian family, Christmas is the biggest holiday gathering. The Kimmel family, who is spread out in Arizona and both the east and west coasts, will travel to California where mom Joan and brother Jimmy will whip up a feast.

“I loved having a creative outlet,” said Jill.

Jill considers her style of comedy ‘relatable’ storytelling. She said 98 percent of her jokes happened to her. The other two percent happened to friends, and it was too funny not to share on stage. Many of her jokes in the early stages were related to her marriage, her weight (she’s lost 100 lbs) and raising two small children. Now divorced and 100 lbs lighter, Jill tells stories as a newly dating divorcee with two teenage kids. “I tell stories about stuff that’s happening in my life,” said Jill. Since starting her stand-up comedy career in July 2006, Kimmel has worked with Tom Papa, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jim Norton, Jeffrey Ross, Tig Notaro and many other great comedians at Stand-Up Live, the Improv clubs, The Laugh Factory, Catch A Rising Star and several additional venues around the country. Comedy just seems to run in the Kimmel family—and it all started with mom Joan Kimmel. “You can’t say something without my mom having a witty remark,” said Jill. “My mom’s very outgoing, very warm and very witty.” And Grandpa Sal has always has a clever remark or a pun ready, she said. According to Jill, all three Kimmel kids—Jimmy, 50, Jill, 47 and Jonathon (a director), 41—didn’t really fully find their comedic side until their late teens. There were no pranks or funny jokes in the family as kids. “Jimmy’s three years older than me, so when we were growing up I was like OMG, boys and makeup,” said Jill. “Jimmy was super smart and he was off being funny with his friends. I was absorbed in hair products.” Jill said her little brother Jonathon, who is now a director, was really quiet in his teens. But now, Jill said he’s the funniest of the three siblings.

“The rest of us will pitch in to clean up,” said Jill. Jill has been part of several groups of comedians who were selected by Armed Forces Entertainment to perform for the U.S. military. Since the spring of 2013, Jill has traveled to bases in Germany, Belgium, England, Italy, Turkey, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Egypt and Jordan. She performed on her fifth tour this past December, spending Christmas and New Year's Eve with our American troops overseas. Jill said she looks up to a lot of comics, but some of her alltime favorites include: Anthony Jeselnik, Chelsea Peretti and Bo Burnham. “Anthony is so dark, and says terrible things, but he is so funny,” said Jill. “And I sat through two shows for Chelsea in one night.” Jill has appeared on the website SheKnows, and has filmed multiple commercials for companies such as Vocera, Sit N Cycle, Presto Loans, George Brazil, Plexus, and ThinOptics. She regularly hosts lifestyle TV segments on various morning shows, for the PR company Orca Communications. Jill also appeared on Comedy Central's, "Kevin Hart: Hart of the City” in November. “It was really fun and a great opportunity,” said Jill. Up next for Jill? She said she has several projects she’s working on right now, including a pitch for a TV show. “You have to keep juggling all of the projects in the air because someone could love you in casting, but the funding could fall through,” said Jill. “That’s an exhausting part of the business, but you can’t take it personally.” For more information about upcoming shows and projects, visit www.jillkimmel.com. ¤ Winter 2018

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I was trying to think of some good news to start the year off right, so I popped in my new go-to feel good movie, Wonder Woman. Then the Golden Lasso of Truth showed me what I needed to know. Is 2018 going to be The Year of the Woman? Other years have claimed that title, but the cultural changes and shake-ups of 2017 have certainly provided an amazing amount of fuel to launch a new renaissance of female domination. What do we have to look forward to in 2018, the year after Wonder Woman conquered the box office? With sex abuse scandals continuing to topple iconic male figures in politics, entertainment and sports, and as Malala continues her transformative efforts to bolster girls’ education around the world? A lot, actually. Wonder Woman was a joy from beginning to end— and while not necessarily the best movie of the year, it was a decidedly transformative film in that it broke the long-standing industry belief that a woman couldn’t open a superhero movie. In the sure hands of director Patty Jenkins and the perfectly cast Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman broke more than a few records and opened up new possibilities in genre gender-bending (and landed Jenkins, for the sequel, the most lucrative deal ever given to a woman). This year, we’ll see the retooled Lara Croft (with Alicia Vikander playing a young, more innocent but no less tough tomb raider that Angelina Jolie originally created for the screen). Natalie Portman leads a team of women explorers into mysterious lands in the sci-fi thriller Annihilation (February). Also in February, director Whitney Cummings gives us The Female Brain, a documentary (based on Louann Brizendine’s bestselling book) about the unique differences of female behavior. By Christmas, we’ll have our own brandnew Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt). Several television shows have either been cancelled or are being retooled after the departures/firings of their male leads: Netflix’s House of Cards, Amazon’s Transparency, and NBC’s Today Show. CBS cast their new Star Trek: Discovery series with several strong female leads. Are we finally casting off the empowered brutes and their enablers? Probably not; there will always be misogynistic men driven to abuse who belittle the women in their orbit, but there is a shift in awareness, in the shame of enabling these Neanderthals, that can have a lasting effect. Most promising, women aren’t just asking for opportunities in an industry

once dominated by men--they’re making them and taking them. Fed up with a lack of good roles for women, many influential Hollywood actresses have started their own production companies, among them Angelina Jolie and Reese Witherspoon (this is not an entirely new development—in 1919, Mary Pickford was a co-founder of United Artists). Women directors are making their mark on the cultural landscape, including Ms. Jolie and the recently anointed Greta Gerwig, who helmed the much-praised Lady Bird. Michelle McLaren has given us some of the most exciting episodes of iconic shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and The Walking Dead. Shonda Rhimes, showrunner of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy, is a top Hollywood power player. You could say they are building upon a well-laid foundation of smart, powerful women including Lucille Ball, Mary Tyler Moore, Jane Fonda and Oprah. But new energies are afoot in the cultural landscape. Not least of which is the famous Tardis of Dr. Who is now driven by a woman. Even in the last two seasons, the Doctor’s arch nemesis, The Master, gender-bended into a female incarnation (Michelle Gomez). The longest running science fiction show ever, Dr. Who has enjoyed thirteen incarnations from 1962 to 2017, all men. Now, actress Jodie Whitaker will transform the role forever. Who better (pun intended) to take us into a bold new future of empowerment and equality? The Wayward Critic reviews movies, television, and culture. For current reviews and general snark, follow The Wayward Critic on Facebook and Twitter @waywardcritic. ¤ Winter 2018

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experience in filmmaking in Hollywood brought a professionalism to the script. “I think we went back and forth writing the script for a good six months,” Wyatt says of the creative process. “There were basically five cooks in the kitchen, and you would think that would make for a horrible situation, but it’s amazing how well everyone clicked creatively. It was a process, but the writers and the creative talents gelled so well. Sometimes you get people together on a project and they zig and zag at the wrong times. This team zigged and zagged in unison. They say ‘lightning in a bottle’ - we caught lightning in a bottle. Four Color Eulogy is about Chris, a 30-something aspiring comic book creator, who grew up the son of a single mother. Chris and his girlfriend, Anne, return to the Midwest when his mother, Carol, is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Chris is forced to face his mother’s mortality and that nagging childhood question: Who was his father, and why wasn’t he around? With the help of his buddy Brian (a pop-culture geek) and family friend/mentor Rich (a bartender with a creative secret), Chris will have to determine what is more important: the hero’s origin, or his ongoing journey. Once the script was fleshed out, Wyatt brought on the rest of his team, the St. Charles-based film production company Pirate Pictures, including lighting and computer tech Robert Clark and producer Gayle Gallagher. “Once we got the script green-lit, the production team met every week for about six months, sorting out all of the details of what would be needed to create this film - locations, actors, props, and financing,” explained Gayle. “To fund this film, we decided to test the waters of crowdfunding, and see how much money we could raise. We were blown away by how many people were willing to donate money to this project. They were so supportive. Despite that, we still had a very low budget to work with, and it was amazing to know that many local people and businesses were willing to help us out with donations of equipment and with letting us use their homes and offices for free.” The film takes place in South St. Louis, and the city is practically a character in the film itself, but several of the locations were in different parts of the St. Louis area and ‘cheated’ as being in the neighborhood where the family in the film lives. Written by Gayle Gallagher | Photos courtesy of Four Color Eulogy

On the surface, Four Color Eulogy is a film about friends, family and comic books but in reality it is about much more. Jason Contini and his father, John Contini, are icons in the St. Louis Theatre community, having both been professional actors in town for decades. “The initial concept of Four Color Eulogy originally came about in 2011,” Jason Contini explains. “They say to write what you know, and at the time I was self-publishing my own comic book, so I decided to write a story about three very good friends who were going to write their own comic book.” “The secret origin of the film,” chimes in John, “is rather twofold. The idea for the screenplay that Jason came up with dealt with the world of comic books, and he was looking for something to add to humanize it. I had the idea for a play that took place in South St. Louis about two neighboring families and the inter-relationship between the families. So adding that concept to the comic book storyline, we came up with Four Color Eulogy.” Once Jason and John had a first draft, Jason reached out to his longtime writing partner and fellow Archlight Studios comic book geek, Nicholas J. Hearne, who helped to add some of the humor to the script; and writer/director Wyatt Weed, who Jason had previously worked with as an actor on the film Shadowland. Wyatt’s years of

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“We used Melrose Bar in South City, New Castle Comics in Maryland Heights, and a U-Gas station in Wentzville. But we were most blown away by the fact that we were allowed to use SSM St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis. The story involves a woman with cancer, so the fact that SSM was so willing to help us and show us how a cancer patient would be treated was fantastic.” “Casting was also key to this film. One of the great things about Jason and John co-writing this story is that they were also going to be acting in the film together, Jason playing Chris and John playing Rich. Although they had been in several stage plays together (the first time when Jason was only three years old), they had never actually been on screen together in a film. Nick, who in real life is one of Jason’s best friends, was cast as the buddy (Brian) in the film.” Of the casting process, Weed said, “The next step was to find actors for the other roles. With Jason and John being so tied into the theatre community in St. Louis, they knew a lot of great actors in town, invited them to audition, and it worked great - we ended up with a cast of professional actors who played the roles perfectly.” The cast was filled with award-winning actors who have been on the stage professionally for years, including Jessica Winingham (Anne), Amy Loui (Carol), Taylor Pietz (Katie), Zachary Farmer (Kirby), Dean Christopher (Jerry), Whit Reichert (Bud), and Jon Hey (Jack King Fan). “Film actors really have the technical side down,” explained Weed. “They know how to move in a certain way for camera, speak at a certain volume, find their light. But man, nobody knows their lines and


nobody comes to set more prepared than a stage actor.” “The fact that most of these actors have also known each other and worked together for years also made their relationships on screen as people who have known each other forever much more realistic.” In real life, Amy Loui, who plays Carol (Chris’ mom) and John Contini went to college together and have been close friends ever since. Because of this special history, it was an easy transition to portray their characters, Carol and Rich, as being long-time friends in the film. “We had known each other for years. It was family coming together. In fact,” John remembers, “Amy was even a babysitter for Jason when he was only three or four years old.” “Transferring that to the script was so natural,” says Amy Loui. “It happened in a way that wasn’t fabricated, that wasn’t forced. It was very sincere.” “When I read the script for this film,” says Gallagher, “I immediately liked this story. But when we got on set and the actors became the characters and made them their own, I realized that I loved this story! I’ve produced several feature films in the St. Louis area, and this is the first family comedy/drama that we have done, and I’m really proud of it. The physical shoot took about 24 days throughout the summer of 2014. The production would shoot for several days in one location, take a few days to regroup, and then move on to the next location. This allowed for a little rest and recovery time in between, and also allowed for actors and crew to continue to work their full-time regular jobs. Soon after editing began in the fall of 2014, an early milestone was achieved when the film was invited to screen at the prestigious St. Louis International Film Festival - before it was even finished! “The festival had screened many of our other projects in the past, and they had faith in us,

so they invited us to screen sight unseen,” Weed recalled. “It was a real honor, but also scary - from the time we accepted the offer to the day we screened we only had about 6 weeks to finish the film!! In fact, it wasn’t REALLY the final film - we actually cut several more minutes out the film, and did quite a bit more audio work the following year. Another strong St. Louis connection is the use of many local musicians and recording artists on the film’s soundtrack. “One of the aspects of the film that was really important to me was the music,” said Gallagher. “We approached some local musicians and were pleased when some other bands in the Midwest area reached out to us to see if we wanted to use their music. Locally, we were thrilled to have music by Abigail Stahlschmidt (who also makes a cameo in the film). Abby then introduced us to the band Clockwork who let us use a couple of their songs. I had recently reconnected with Patrick Conway, who I knew years ago from working in radio, and we included four different tunes by him in the film, including the end credits song, “Bodhi Tree.” The band who has the most music in the film is a group out of Tennessee called Manitoba Rock N Rolla, who approached us and asked if we needed any music for the film. Their style fits perfect in the South City bar scenes. They in turn introduced us to to 14-year old Rhyan Sinclair and her group, All The Little Pieces. And finally, our title track, “Color Me,” which was written for the film and performed by Taylor Pietz, who in the film plays Katie the bartender.” “I had this idea about using concept of ‘color,’ said Pietz, “and I pulled ideas from the script and made it from the point of view of the main character.” Once the film was completed, the long and arduous task of distribution began. Always a difficult process for an independent film without “name” actors, Jason Contini and Wyatt Weed finally managed a meeting with local theater chain Wehrenberg Theaters. “That was an amazing meeting”, Weed

explained, recalling the day. “It had taken us months to get in to see them, and we really went for it - we told them that we wanted to screen at Ronnie’s 20, which is their big showplace theater. And they said yes!!” “We screened Four Color Eulogy for a week at Ronnies, and the opportunity to see it with an audience and to hear their reactions, it was really touching,” remembered Gallagher. “The crowds all laughed when they were supposed to, and they cried when they were supposed to. It was so amazing to have hundreds of people watching our film, and ‘getting’ it!!” “Now we are finally going to release the movie to digital, streaming, and DVD, and we’re really excited about it. People think you just dump a DVD into the market, but it’s really a process - you have to research the timing, see what else is being released, if it’s the right season, and then you have to put together all the special features. Wyatt, Jason, John and Nick recorded the commentaries, Jason put together an extensive and amazing “behind the scenes” piece, and we pulled together bloopers, alternate takes, trailers, and music videos.You build and produce the DVD, create the packaging, ship and upload to your various distribution outlets - it’s really a huge amount of work that never seems to end!” With Four Color Eulogy having been released in December of 2017, Archlight and Pirate are looking to the future. “Jason wants to do a proper Western, and has written a script, so the fundraising for that project has begun,” Gallagher explained. “Wyatt has a project that he really wants to do as well, so we should be doing a lot more filming over the next few years, in St. Charles as well as the entire St. Louis area. This is a great place to make films - when it comes to being creative, this is such a supportive community.”

Four Color Eulogy film, soundtrack and behind the scenes clips are available at www.FourColorTheMovie.com as well as Vimeo.com and Amazon.com. ¤

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Health, Healing & Hope Gala

October 21, 2017 • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters • Photos by Michael Schlueter Nearly 350 guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening that raised almost $130,000 to support patients at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters, both BJC Hospitals in St. Charles County, and the Advanced Wound Care Center. Funds will be used to assist with transportation for patient appointments, stress-relieving programs like music and massage therapy for both patients and care givers, as well as community health initiatives like #CommunityStrongSCC. This year’s theme of Hope for All Seasons featured a full display of beautiful decorations representing each of the seasons. There was also a special appearance by the Patt Holt Singers as they kicked off the program by singing Seasons of Love. Dr. Lannis Hall, Director of Radiation Oncology, received the Legacy Award, inspiring the crowd with the amazing service she provides. A great evening was had by all!

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Beyond the Best Awards

October 23,2017 • Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles • Photos by Michael Schlueter Fifty top business and community leaders were honored at StreetScape Magazine’s 8th Annual Beyond the Best Awards at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa October 23rd. Mark Hollander, Executive Director for Vision St Charles County Leadership, was the Emcee for the evening. Zach Tucker, Founder of Good Meets World, was the Keynote Speaker. Abigail Stahlschmidt led off the evening with the playing of the National Anthem.

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Masquerade Ball for Care to Learn St. Charles October 28, 2017 â&#x20AC;˘ Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles â&#x20AC;˘ Photos by Michael Schlueter

Care to Learn St. Charles held their 3rd annual fundraising gala where over 300 people attended to support efforts to help the emergent health, hunger & hygiene needs of students in the St. Charles School District. The night was a smashing success raising over $60,000. The evening included the Care to Learn Board of Directors and St. Louis Advisory Board recognizing Superintendent, Dr. Jeff Marion, with the inaugural 2017 "A+ Award," for advocates and ambassadors that go above and beyond for kids and Care to Learn. This award will distinguish individuals that have shown outstanding compassion, dedication, and impact in their community by reducing health, hunger, and hygiene barriers for under-resourced students. The Boards commend and humbly thanks Dr. Jeff Marion for his enduring empathy, Chapter support, and authentic commitment to helping kids, be kids. Care to Learn is honored to partner with The School District of the City of St. Charles and acknowledge Dr. Marion as the first-ever recipient of the A+ Award. His tenure and service sets an enduring bar and legacy for this future honor.

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Over the Top for Tots

November 3, 2017 • Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles • Photos by Michael Schlueter Support from the St. Charles community help make the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery’s Over the Top for Tots event a huge success--$115,000 was raised to support the Crisis Nursery’s mission to prevent child abuse and neglect. Over 500 participants browsed 30 vendor booths: mingling, shopping, and tasting, before enjoying an excellent lunch, exciting live auction, and inspiring stories from Crisis Nursery social workers.

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Imagine Gala

November 4, 2017 â&#x20AC;˘ Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles â&#x20AC;˘ Photos by Michael Schlueter & ST. Charles Library Imagine Gala On November 4th, the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation hosted its fourth Imagine Gala, themed Alice in Wonderland. The community came together for one cause, to raise awareness for the importance of literacy. Thank you to all of our volunteers, Foundation Board members, and Host Committee. Without them, we would not have been able to raise over $128,000.

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2017 Celebration of Trees

November 11, 2017 • Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa • Photos by Michael Schlueter

Habitat for Humanity of St. Charles County hosted its 17th Annual Celebration of Trees Gala. This event celebrates their accomplishments throughout the year. This year was special, as it marked the anniversary of their affiliate. At the gala, they celebrated 20 years of providing safe, decent, and affordable housing for partner families in St. Charles County. This year’s sold out Celebration of Trees gala was attended by 440 guests and included stories from Habitat homeowners, silent auction of professionally decorated Christmas Trees, live entertainment, dinner, drinks and more. All proceeds benefited Habitat St. Charles’ home building program. For more information, visit habitatstcharles.org

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Taste of St Charles

November 16, 2017 â&#x20AC;˘ St. Charles Convention Center â&#x20AC;˘ Photos by Josiah Long The Taste of St. Charles is The Rotary Club of St. Charles' largest charitable fundraiser. This year was the 23rd Annual event at The St. Charles Convention Center with over 30 restaurants, wineries and micro brews ... truly a sampling of the best St. Charles County has to offer. For over 23 years, The Rotary Club of St. Charles has awarded over tens of thousands of dollars annually to needy charities. This year's recipients are First Steps Back Home (homeless & near-homeless support), Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Boys and Girls Club of St. Charles County and the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation. A shout-out to the restaurants that have participated over 10 years ... some since the beginning ... Trailhead Brewing Company, Lewis and Clark's Restaurant, Madison's Cafe, Pios Restaurant, Concetta's Italian Restaurant, R.T. Weiler's, Bella Vino Wine Bar, Quintessential Dining & Nightlife. Come join us next year on Thursday, November 15, 2018 (always the Thursday before Thanksgiving). It's a great way to kick off the Holiday Season!

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BrrrBASH

December 8, 2017 • PFEM Hall & Banquet Center • Photos by Eichelberger Photography

Little Black Book: Women in Business has been working with the US Marines Toys for Tots Foundation since 2013 to bring Christmas to children in need right here in our community. For the past 2 years, the BrrrBASH campaign has represented 20% of the toys distributed annually in the Greater St. Louis area. This year the collaborative toy drive included the St. Charles City County Library District, the fire districts in Wentzville, St. Charles City, Lake St. Louis, and New Melle, the cities of O'Fallon, St. Peters, Lake St. Louis, and O'Fallon and 75 independent business owners throughout St. Charles, Lincoln, Franklin and St. Louis Counties. In total, 5,000 toys and $10,000 was donated to Toys for Tots.

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Bluesy, Boozey, BBQsy

Hendricks BBQ & Moonshine Blues Bar make the perfect pairing for dinner to impress & live music that’s the best! 1200 S. MAIN STREET, ST. CHARLES • 636.724.8600 HendricksBBQ.COM • MoonshineBluesBar.COM •  Winter 2018

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UPCOMING EVENTS For more information, call 636-255-0270 or visit our website | www.foundryartcentre.org

COMEDY NIGHT with David Graham, Chris Smith, & Mike Marvell Ticketed event | Discounts for FAC members

January 19 | 6:00 PM/Artist Hour | 7:00 PM/Show begins

“PHOTOGRAPHY 6” OPENING RECEPTION Free & open to the public

February 2 | 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM/Gallery Talk 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM/Exhibition Reception

POETRY OUT LOUD Free & open to the public

February 7 | 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

FILM SERIES | VIEWER’S CHOICE! Free & open to the public

February 9 | 6:00 PM/Art activities | 7:00/Movie begins

THURSDAY GRAND LUNCHEON Catered by Spiroʼs $12 all-inclusive

Every Thursday | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

FOUNDRY WORKSHOP SERIES & CLASSES

For more information on the workshop series, visit our website:

520 N. MAIN CENTER | ST. CHARLES, MO 63301 WWW.FOUNDRYARTCENTRE.ORG | 636.255.0270

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StreetScape Winter 18  

Welcome to StreetScape Winter 2018! Publisher’s Note Found...

StreetScape Winter 18  

Welcome to StreetScape Winter 2018! Publisher’s Note Found...