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Peggy Whetzel

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In preparation for the City’s annual Celebration of Lights, Fort Zumwalt Park will be closed to vehicles from Monday, October 13, through late January 2015, so that crews can safely install holiday lights and scenes for the City’s annual Celebration of Lights display. The park’s disc golf course, “The Fort,” also will be closed during this period.

Pedestrians are welcome during daylight hours, but for safety’s sake are required to stay on the paved drive through the park, which has a designated lane for walkers and joggers. And everyone is invited to see the Celebration of Lights, which will be open the day after Thanksgiving at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 28 through December 30, closing only for Christmas, December 25.

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For the fifth consecutive time, the City of O’Fallon, Missouri, has been named one of the country’s “Best Places to Live,” according to Money magazine. O’Fallon ranked 41st on the 2014 list of cities with a population of 50,000-300,000.

O’Fallon’s ranking continues the stream of national accolades that have been bestowed on the City. In addition to Money’s previous rankings in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, O’Fallon was named “one of the best cities in Missouri to live and find a job” by nerdwallet.com, and O’Fallon currently is ranked as one of the 20 “safest cities in America” by CQ Press and the “safest large City in Missouri” (population 50,000+) by the SafeWise Report.

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Come dressed for fun and exercise at the Renaud Spirit Center’s 10th Anniversary Art & Family Festival on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The recreation complex is located in O’Fallon Sports Park at 2650 Tri Sports Circle, O’Fallon, MO 63368.

  • All annual memberships purchased on September 27 will receive a 10% discount.

 

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O’Fallon-area residents and employees are encouraged to enroll in learning practical, hands-on disaster preparedness skills through the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The free training is available to groups as well as individuals. Find out how to involve everyone in your household in responding safely to a range of natural disasters and emergency situations. The 20-hour course,which includes free training materials, will be taught on September 26, 27 and 28. It will cover these topics, and more:

  • Basic medical assessment and treatment for injuries, burns, etc.
  • Disaster preparedness and kits
  • Working as a team to safely to conduct triage, light search and rescue and extinguish small fires
  • Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster

The CERT session will be held 6-10 p.m. Friday (September 26), 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (September 27), and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday (September 28) in the Public Works Building at 1089 Public Service Drive, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Graduates will be invited to learn more and practice their skills and with free monthly training and exercises.

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To honorably dispose of worn U.S. flags, AMVETS Post 106 will hold its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 at the post, which is located at 360 Brown Road, St. Peters, Missouri 63376. The event, which welcomes the public, is held with the assistance of St. Charles County veterans’ organizations and local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America troops. Free parking is available.

Veterans hope that more people will become aware that throwing a flag in the trash is not the correct way to dispose of an American flag.

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To celebrate O’Fallon’s 30th annual Fall Fest on October 10, O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Department is providing City business-owners, organizations and groups with a chance to win a prize of $100, $200 or $300 for the most popular hand-made scarecrow entered in the Scarecrow Decorating Contest.

“The contest is an incentive to encourage our City’s businesses, civic organizations, scout troops, churches, clubs and other groups to create original, hand-made scarecrows to decorate our City,” said Marsha Seymour, O’Fallon’s Tourism and Festivals Manager.

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The O’Fallon Veterans Commission will hold a POW/MIA Remembrance Day Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 19, at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek Road, O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. The public is invited to join in the annual event, which is hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 458 and AMVETS Post 106 on behalf of men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who remain missing in action or imprisoned on foreign soil.

Welcoming remarks will be delivered by O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy, and the keynote speaker will be Benjamin Kramer, an honor student at Fort Zumwalt North High School. Mr. Kramer will be reporting on two Vietnam war POW/MIAs, USAF Colonel Gene T. Pemberton of Cameron, Missouri, and on US Army Captain Steven N. Bezold of McKittrick, Missouri. The ceremony includes the posting of colors, the dressing of the table, the lighting of candles, laying of the wreath, a rifle salute and taps. For more information, call Conan Stott at 636-379-5550, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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The City of O’Fallon, Missouri, will conduct a public hearing that will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014, concerning the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Plan for the O’Fallon Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. The hearing will be held at the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board office, 1025 Country Club Road, St. Charles, Missouri 63303.

Those who need assistance or auxiliary aids for the meeting should contact O’Fallon’s Public Assistance Specialist, Jessica Hawkins, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting at 636-379-5411 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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A free seminar for O’Fallon home-owners who would like to apply for O’Fallon’s zero-interest Home Improvement Loan Program will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, at the O’Fallon Municipal Centre (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon MO 63366.

O’Fallon’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) office provides no-interest loans of up to $5,000 to a limited number of low-to-moderate income O’Fallon homeowners who qualify. The funds can be used to repair or replace air conditioning and furnace units, water heaters, sump pumps, windows, siding and roof repair. The loans can’t be used for new construction, appliances or security alarm systems.

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 Volunteers and donations are needed for O’Fallon’s National Days of Service and Remembrance on September 11 -13. The event features community service projects honoring the everyday heroes and the memory of the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The

  • The Support Our Troops Supply Drive, which began August 11, continues through September 11 for personal care items, batteries, and small packages of snacks for troops. Drop-off sites are listed at . Donations of $15 per box are also needed to cover mailing costs. Called a “Stamp of Support,” the donations can be dropped off at City Hall, with checks made payable to H.E.R.O.E.S. Care.
  • The Patriot Blood Drive will be held on Friday, September 12, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the O’Fallon Municipal Center (City Hall), 100 North Main Street, O’Fallon, MO 63366. Walk-ins are welcome! Take just a few minutes to save a life or three with a donation of blood.
  • Citizens United in Service will be held on Saturday, September 13, from 9 - 11 a.m. at various locations around O’Fallon. Projects have been designed to support first responders and military personnel. Pre-registration is required; register at www.ofallon.mo.us.
    • Clean the monuments and green space at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk
    • Collect litter along Veterans Memorial Parkway
    • Sort and box donated items for shipment to U.S. troops
    • Write and decorate “thank you” cards for military members and their families

Visit www.ofallon.mo.us/volunteer to register or for more information. Or, contact Volunteer Services at 636-379-5517 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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