Water main break

Boil order on for some O’Fallon residents

Water main break

Crews worked through the day Sunday until about 8:45 p.m. to fix the water main break at the corner of Lincoln and State. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Press Release

O’FALLON  Several water customers on State Street and North Lincoln Avenue in O’Fallon are currently under a boil water order until further notice. The boil order is a result of a water main break, that has been repaired, at the intersection of North Lincoln Avenue and State Street.

During a boil water order, water customers should take the following measures to protect themselves from consuming potentially contaminated water:

  1. Bottled water should be used for drinking, cooking, washing fresh fruits / vegetables, hand washing and tooth brushing.
  2. The affected tap water can be used for these purposes but only after it has been brought to a rolling boil for 5 minutes.
  3. The affected tap water may be used for washing dishes if a dishwasher is used.  If dishes are hand washed, boiled or bottled water should be used.  The affected tap water may be used if the clean dishes are immersed for at least one minute in a sink of water to which one full tablespoon of regular household bleach has been added.
  4. The affected tap water may be used for bathing or showering.
  5. The affected tap water may be used for household cleaning.

NOTE:  If the tap water is cloudy and / or contains particles, bottled water should be used.

After the boil water order is lifted or water service resumes, these precautionary measures should be followed:

  1. Flush the building’s water lines and clean faucet screens.
  2. Purge the water-using fixtures and appliances of standing water and ice, such as refrigerator ice makers or coffee makers.

The O’Fallon Public Works Department will continue to monitor its water supply and notify customers when the boil order has been lifted.

Dewey’s Pizza begins serving it up, one pie at a time

Diners can get a show along with their dinner, thanks to the large window giving a view of the kitchen and the pizza makers tossing dough in the air. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Pizza connoisseurs now have a new place to try in O’Fallon.

Dewey’s Pizza has opened their 25th location on Regency Park Drive, across from the Regency Center. But just because they’re a small chain doesn’t mean you should expect sub-par food.

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New ownership re-opens the Medicine Shoppe downtown

The Medicine Shoppe crew, from left: Lydia Weidner, Jackie Howell and Ashley Pfleger (Submitted Photo)

Earlier this month, O’Fallon regained a hometown pharmacy. Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy has reopened under new ownership in the same location where retired pharmacist Sam Aldeman opened nearly 35 years ago.

Pharmacist and owner Jackie Howell has spent nearly 30 years serving the Metro East community, and says opening her own pharmacy has been a long-time dream.

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Two students receive special message at Hinchcliffe Veterans Day assembly

Gavin (left) and Connor (right) were surprised by their mother, Kimberly Smith, with a video greeting from their dad, Adam, who is deployed overseas until the Spring.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The annual Veterans Day breakfast and assembly at Hinchcliffe Elementary School held a special surprise for two students.

Third-grader Gavin Smith and his brother, first-grader Connor Smith, were sitting peacefully among the large group of students, teachers, and guests celebrating Veterans Day when Principal Kristie Belobrajdic called them up to the front. As the two came forward, so did their mother, Kimberly.

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Accepting all patients: St. Elizabeth’s Hospital opens its doors

Daniel Thelen of Belleville was the first patient admitted to the new HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon. He was greeted by Hospital President and CEO Peg Sebastian. Members of the HSHS St. Elizabeth’s clinical staff and Scott Air Force Base personnel assisted with his move.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Patients were welcomed and the work of healing began at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon Saturday morning.

The first patient admitted was 83-year-old Daniel Thelen of Belleville, who had been admitted to St. Elizabeth’s for an open heart surgery earlier in the week. Thelen made the trip to the new hospital at 5:07 a.m., arriving by 5:26. He had nothing but wonderful things to say about the staff and the transition.

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A Creative Fource: Meet the marketing firm who promoted St. Elizabeth’s move to O’Fallon

The founders of the Fource Group strategize on another creative campaign. From left: Rich Salcido, Rick Murray, Tom Faulkner, and Moe Woodrome. (Photo provided)

While the staff at St. Elizabeth’s had the daunting task of preparing to open on Saturday, November 4, the founders of the Fource Group faced a big task of their own chronicling the move in and the first day of the hospital’s operation.

CEO Moe Woodrome was stationed at the new St. Elizabeth’s with a full staff of camera operators, sound engineers, and photographers. Meanwhile, CCO Tom Faulkner was at the Belleville St. Elizabeth’s documenting its shut down and closure with an equally large group of creative staff.

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O’Fallon receives two grants at council meeting

LEFT: Paula Nixon, Mayor Roach, and Ray Riddle. RIGHT: Mary Jeane Hutchison, Dan Hanna, and Mayor Herb Roach.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller)

The city received two donations at the first scheduled City Council meeting of the month.

The first check presented was from Waste Management, totaling $2,350. The check will be used to partially fund a project at the Family Sports Park to add more receptacles to the new area.

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24-hours later, the Christmas Parade is saved

Santa arrives at the end of the Christmas Parade 2016. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo)

O’FALLON – The annual O’Fallon Illuminated Christmas Parade is back on! After hearing about the cancellation, Beth Spradling Ortega, who runs the real estate agency the Beth Ortega Group Re/Max Preferred, said she knew she had to save it. The parade will be happening as scheduled on November 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Ortega reached out to Mayor Herb Roach, who was also trying his hardest to find a way to save the parade. Together, they have come up with a plan to keep it going.

“I read the Weekly’s article and thought ‘You can’t cancel Christmas,’ it was like a bad movie. So, we’re going to make the parade happen. I’ve pulled off bigger things in less time, we can do this,” Ortega explained.

“We’re meeting tonight to try to figure out what we need, when we need it and how we need it, as well as some sponsorship levels. We’re going to get businesses involved either with sponsoring the parade or with contributing a minimal fee towards the parade, get some funds so we can do this up right as it progresses. After we get things figured out, we’re going to reach out to the public for volunteers so that O’Fallon can come together and save Christmas,” Ortega said.

The City of O’Fallon is involved, and is helping with the acquiring of the float beds. Ortega said she is not sure in what capacity, whether the floats are being purchased or given, but she does know that they will soon have access.

“I think there’s a business that’s going to help us with building the floats, giving time, and then the sponsorships will also help. We will also hopefully have community members, and whatever we can do get people involved will be great. The Seipp family will also be helping.

“We’re so thrilled that it’s going to keep going, and Roger and I are so happy that we will be able to still do a float,” Dee Van Etten said.

“When we learned of the possible cancellation of the Christmas Parade, the City immediately began to take action in order to save the event. In the past 48 hours, I have heard from a number of local companies and individuals that were interested in stepping up to help keep this event alive,” said Mayor Herb Roach, in a City of O’Fallon press release.

“I can’t say thank you enough to those that have volunteered already, and for those who may volunteer in the future for keeping this great tradition alive. Many more volunteers are still needed,” he continued.

“I want to thank the Van Etten Family for the many years of involvement with the parade, homecoming, and many other activities in the community,” states Mayor Roach. “This is why I love this community and why it continues to be the number one community in the area – because of the great people.”

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Beth Spradling Ortega at bethortegagroup@gmail.com, or call her at (618) 616-3241.

Two Cents Worth – The Weekly now offers more than meets the eye

I’m really happy to announce the O’Fallon Weekly has added a new feature designed to allow you to truly enter the stories we bring you each week.

Starting with this edition, the O’Fallon Weekly is enhanced with Augmented Reality, which is a technology that super-imposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world.

What does that mean???

It means, when you see a photo or advertisement with the “AR” logo on it, you can use your smartphone to view an exclusive video on our printed page.

The software being used by the Weekly is powered by Aurasma. This program has an app that is available for both Apple and Android users for free.

To view augmentations in the O’Fallon Weekly…

For iPhone and Android: 

  • Download the free Aurasma app
  • Create a free profile

For iPhones:

  • Press the search icon at the bottom of the screen
  • In the search bar, type “Ofallonweekly” and select the profile with our logo over a black background
  • Follow and like our profile

For Androids:

  • Press the Aurasma logo at the bottom of the screen
  • Select the search icon, which should appear as a plus sign
  • Select “Channels” and type “Ofallonweekly”
  • Follow the O’Fallon Weekly profile with the black background

By following our profile, current and future “auras” will be available on your device.

Once all that is done, with the app open, aim the smart phone camera the specified images and the video will begin playing on your device.

Images that have augmentations with them will be tagged with an “AR” logo.

For example, our front page is an augmented reality image. Simply load the app, view the front page through your smart phone camera, and watch VFW Post 805 Commander Ed Martinez talk about the second annual BaconFest.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at the Weekly for assistance. We’re really excited about this and feel it offers us a great way to really put you into the story and add more dimensions to our printed product.

Let us know what you think of this addition to the paper. Send me a message at Nick@OFallonWeekly.com.

St. Elizabeth’s cuts the ribbon, prepares to open in less than a month

Hospital officials, medical staff, local officials, and residents all were invited to participate in the ribbon cutting at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital on Saturday to symbolize how the facility will be for everyone. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The rain held off allowing hospital officials, medical staff, local dignitaries, and members of the public to take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital off of North Green Mount Road Saturday morning.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital President and CEO Peg Sebastian enthusiastically explained what the day meant for her and her staff.

“It truly is a gift that the Hospital Sisters have given to us. And its more than just bricks and mortar, it really is the opportunity to continue the healing ministry of Christ and expand our reach to greater numbers of people that need us and to be able to keep people on this side of the river. Not because its a competition, but its because care should be local. You should be able to stay home. Your family should be able to get to you quickly in an emergency. That’s what region leading healthcare is about and that’s what we’re presenting today,” Sebastian said.

Sebastian explained why the O’Fallon location made so much sense to HSHS and why the property fit their needs.

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Two Cents Worth – October 11, 2017

Two Cents Column

I belong to an organization called the Southern Illinois Editorial Association. Its a group made up of different newspapers in the southern half or third of the state.

The Board of Directors, of which I am a part, met recently. Mind you, I’m only on the board because I’m fresh meat. That’s what happens in most (arguably) struggling organizations when a new guy joins. They immediately give that person some authority to get them invested in the future of the club. What typically happens though is they burn them out and the new blood hits the bricks, but I digress.

At our meeting we discussed a handful of things, but one topic fascinated me. How do we inform our communities of the importance of local news and journalism? Obviously, if you are reading this, you have purchased a subscription or have bought a copy off of the newsstand, of which I am deeply thankful for both. So you’re not who I need to talk to.

No, I need to talk to the many thousands of people who live in O’Fallon and Shiloh and don’t read my paper and see why they aren’t. I need to find out what we aren’t offering that is making them uninterested in what we are offering.

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A look inside the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital

The new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is located along North Green Mount Road. Plans to build the $300 million facility was first announced in June 2014 and a Certificate of Need was approved by the state in April 2015. A ground breaking ceremony was held that following June.

O’FALLON – Opening day at the new St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is fast approaching.

Set to open to patients on November 4, the five story facility has begun letting in the public to view everything she has to offer. Featuring state-of-the-art medical technology, St. Elizabeth’s staff isn’t bashful when stating they feel it will be the health and wellness destination for the region.

Situated on 120 acres, the hospital has a large area to use for future growth and expansion.  While the facility is new and modern, there are significant nods to the previous location in Belleville, specifically in the Chapel, located on the fifth floor.

You can tour the hospital yourself at one of the public open houses to be held on October 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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The 17th Annual St. Clare Oktoberfest

O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller.

 

Two Cents Worth – Let’s talk off the record

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is both a public service announcement and a one-time warning. From here on out, no one can say they weren’t given a clear picture of our policy regarding “the record.”

Two Cents Column

It is generally human nature to want to talk and interact with other human beings. Additionally, its human nature that when we know something potentially interesting or salacious, we want to tell everyone we know so we appear to be in the loop. So needless to say, my reporters and I tend to have a lot of people wanting to talk to us about a variety of different things.

But then they say THAT phrase. “This is off the record.” <shudder>

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District 203 Board of Ed approves FY18 budget

The District 203 Board of Education unanimously approved a budget for Fiscal Year 2018 at their September meeting.

According to Chief School Business Officer Tammy Steckel, the projected revenue for FY18 will be $32,727,750, while the expenditures will total $32,394,750. The revenue includes a fund transfer from district reserves totaling $1,200,000 in order to cover projected expenditures.

The budget is made up of nine funds, of which the largest is the Education Fund, where 86 percent, or $16,805,900, goes towards salary and benefits for district staff.

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