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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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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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