Public Safety committee discusses public parking around high school

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – Preliminary discussions began regarding public safety concerns as it relates to parking around O’Fallon Township High School during the Public Safety committee meeting Monday night. The specific area under evaluation is along Weber Road, from Highway 50 to Third Street, and portions of Agnes Drive and Edna Drive. 

Student drivers are asked to park on the school lots which require a $100 per year or $55 per semester parking pass purchased and distributed through the school. Drivers without a parking pass are often found parking along residential streets close to the high school. The city has regulated, via ordinances, certain parking restrictions along neighboring streets. 

Residents in this area have raised concerns with city officials regarding the narrowing of the driving lane when cars are parked on both sides of the street, vehicles blocking driveways and vehicles being parked too close to trashcans causing their garbage to not be collected. Public Safety has evaluated the area as well and have concerns about the inability of fire apparatuses or other emergency vehicles to pass through the roads when double parking is occurring. 

A recommended ordinance will be presented to the committee at next month’s meeting restricting parking on Weber Road, between Agnes Drive and Third Street, on school days from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The same restrictions will be placed on Agnes Drive and Edna Drive. The section of Weber Road from Highway 50 to Agnes Drive will likely be proposed as a no parking zone.

Time for Spring Cleaning? Get rid of old electronics and more at Electronics Recycling Event June 1

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital invites the public to do their part to support environmental recycling efforts by hosting an E-Recycling Event for electronics on Saturday, June 1, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The collection vehicle will be located in the parking lot in front of the Health Center at 3 St. Elizabeth’s Blvd., O’Fallon, IL. 

“As a Franciscan ministry, we strive to be good stewards of the Earth and proudly offer collection events such as this to the community,” states Donna Meyers, Director of Mission Integration, Spiritual Care and Community Benefit. “It is an opportunity to reduce waste and treat the planet with respect.”

J&C E-Recycling will be managing the electronics recycling collection and will pay for some items including: computer towers, computer components, laptops and wire. Other items accepted include:  

• Printers

• Cell Phones

• Electric Motors

• Monitors

• Floppy Drives

• Keyboards, Mice

• Speakers

• Electronic Motors

• DVD/VHS Players

• Battery Backups

• Modems

• Computer Fans

• Batteries

• LCD Screens

In addition to the above, appliances will be also accepted including refrigerators, washer/dryers, dishwashers, freezers, small appliances (blenders, bread machines, hair dryers, etc.), TVs, lawnmowers, weed eaters, lawn tools and microwaves. 

Please note that there will be a $.50 per pound charge for TVs, (plasma, console, projection-DLP) CRT and monitors.

For specific questions on if an item will be accepted, call J&C E-Recycling at 618-233-5009. 

All donations are tax deductible. St. Elizabeth’s Mission Integration Committee thanks everyone for their donations to help us serve the community. 

Through their Franciscan ministry, St. Elizabeth’s follows in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. Below are a few more simple ways that you can do the same and become environmental stewards to the earth.

Bag it.  When you go shopping, bring your own reusable bags. This preserves resources by cutting down on the huge number of paper and plastic bags that are discarded after a single trip. 

Shop at your local farmers’ market. This will help support farmers in your area and decrease the miles you drive to buy food.

Save on water. Drink water from the tap, instead of buying single-use bottled water, which requires much more energy to produce, store and transport. Use water filters if you are concerned about your local water supply.

Think before you print. With increased access to smart phones, iPads and laptops, oftentimes a hard copy is not necessary. Switching subscriptions and bill receipts to be sent via email is another great way to lessen paper waste.  

To stay informed of this event and other events, visit www.steliz.org/calendar.

Evans announces April Citizens of the Month

O’FALLON – LaVerna Evans Elementary School recently named its April Citizens of the Month. The following students displayed good citizenship: Carter Alexander, Eli Atkins, Alexis Aylor, Brandt Bennett, Blake Brewer, Chloe Bullock, Shane Carr, Kelond Coney, Chance Crogier, Derick Crogier, Alijah Davis, Sami Harris, Danika Heatherly, Greyson Hoffmann, Zoe Hoffmann, Izzy Howard, Will Karius, Elly Lee, Josiah Martin, Gabriel McGee, Yasmeenah Nijmeh, Charlotte Ramseur, Alexis Sarginson, Olivia Schaeffer, Stella Smallheer, Mara Taylor (Submitted Photo)

OTHS places at SWIC Computer Contest

O’FALLON – Students from O’Fallon Township High School recently participated in the High School Computer Contest at Southwestern Illinois College. The teams performed very well and placed in three categories.

A total of 100 students on 24 teams from five area high schools participated in the Software Applications, Computer Programming and Web Design categories of the contest held at the SWIC Belleville Campus.

Pictured, from left, are Team Coach Julie Knutson; students Paige Zywicki, Brigette McCormick and Sydney McAuliffe; and SWIC Business Division Dean Janet Fontenot, Ed.D. (Submitted Photo)

FIRST IN SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS – O’Fallon Township High School Team 2 students claimed first place honors in the Software Applications division of the 27th Annual High School Computer Contest sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College. Pictured, from left, are Team Coach Julie Knutson; students Paige Zywicki, Brigette McCormick and Sydney McAuliffe; and SWIC Business Division Dean Janet Fontenot, Ed.D. (Submitted Photo)

Pictured, from left, are Team Coach Julie Knutson; students Dominique Maddalino, Andrew Simmons and Coby Blaylock; and SWIC Business Division Dean Janet Fontenot, Ed.D. (Submitted Photo)

SECOND IN SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS – O’Fallon Township High School Team 1 students claimed second place honors in the Software Applications division of the 27th Annual High School Computer Contest sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College. Pictured, from left, are Team Coach Julie Knutson; students Dominique Maddalino, Andrew Simmons and Coby Blaylock; and SWIC Business Division Dean Janet Fontenot, Ed.D. (Submitted Photo)

Pictured, from left, are Team Coach Cheryl Clark; students Katie Storck and Amber Smith; and SWIC Business Division Dean Janet Fontenot, Ed.D. (Submitted Photo)

FIRST PLACE IN WEB DESIGN – O’Fallon Township High School students claimed first place honors in the Web Design division of the 27th Annual High School Computer Contest sponsored by Southwestern Illinois College. Pictured, from left, are Team Coach Cheryl Clark; students Katie Storck and Amber Smith; and SWIC Business Division Dean Janet Fontenot, Ed.D. (Submitted Photo)

Moye names May Character Students

O’FALLON – Delores Moye Elementary School recently named their Character Students for the month of May. The Character Word for May is Citizenship, making your community a better place to live by being a person of character. The following students were recognized for being good citizens: Ar’Qaya Smith, Ben Persons, Mark Maalouf , T.K. Schutt, Sam Livingston, Ryan Pfershy, Kylee Lemasters, James DeCicco, Mason Hoy, Rylee Callahan, Emily Scott, Aubrey Burrow, Claire Twenhafel, Carson Kaiser, Sam Hundley, Tyler Babcock, Xander Fields, Stevie Power, Mackenzie Kohlberg , Sarah Maalouf, Quinn Cornell, Olivia Pfershy, Alana Johnson, Analise Tydinco, Logan Farmer, Justin Hairston, Grace Ewing, Armani Shumpert, Elizabeth Millender, Rocklynn Best, Tyler Northcutt, Ian Dunn (Submitted Photo)

Local Girl Scouts honored

O’FALLON – Local Girl Scouts were honored at a recent ceremony.

Pictured are Silver Award Recipients Caila Riggs and Anna Erickson who attended the “All That Glitters” ceremony hosted by the Girl Scout Council of Southern Illinois on Saturday, April 27, which celebrated the success of Girls Scouts in the Southern Illinois region. 

Also honored, but not pictured from the local service unit that includes Fairview Heights, O’Fallon and Shiloh are Jacquelyn Simpson, Outstanding High School Graduate Scholarship Award and future Trifecta award; Katherine Buchanan, Clarissa Pavao and Leah Walton, Trifecta Award Recipients (Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards); Mia Laing, Gold Award; Brooke Bynum and Willow Bynum, Silver Award.  

The Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are the highest level awards that can be achieved while a Junior, Cadette or Senior/Ambassador level Girl Scout. These young ladies have planned, worked on and completed projects that have improved their community.

Panthers celebrate Senior Night with 13-6 win over Villa Duchesne

O’FALLON – OTHS Girls Lacrosse finished out their regular season play on  Wednesday, May 8, with Senior Night festivities and a 13-6 win over Villa Duchesne.

OTHS will host an IHSA Sectional Quarterfinal Monday, May 20, at 5:30pm, at the O’Fallon Sports Park.  OTHS, who is the number one seed, will play Minooka High School, the number eight seed.  Then, at 7pm, Lockport Township, the number four seed, will play Belleville West High School, the number five seed. The winners of these games will play in the IHSA Sectional Semi-Finals on May 22 at Washington High School.

(Photos by Tim Grout)


The Weekly runs a race in Paducah, Kentucky

This week we travel to historic downtown Paducah, Kentucky, where Patrick Stoffel ran in the Mercy Health Iron Mom half marathon on May 11. He is pictured with his copy of the Weekly outside of the Market House Theatre just before he ran. Thanks for bringing us along for the trip!

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VanAlstine named Memorial Foundation Scholar Athlete

Will VanAlstine of O’Fallon has been named a Memorial Foundation Scholar Athlete of the Month for April.

A senior at O’Fallon High School, Will VanAlstine has a 3.6 GPA and participates in cross country and track. A 2019 MVP in cross country, he is a four-time state qualifier in cross country as well as a member of the all-conference and all-Metro teams for four years.  VanAlstine is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club Officer and Athletic Leadership Council. He was a volunteer track coach for Holy Trinity Middle School.  He plans to attend Xavier University where he was offered a position on the Cross Country and Track teams and received an academic merit scholarship.

The scholar athlete program, sponsored by Memorial Foundation in cooperation with Memorial Rehab and Sports Medicine and BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine recognizes senior scholar athletes from a high school in Memorial’s primary and selected secondary service area. The monthly award winners from September 2018 through April 2019 will be eligible for one of two $1,500 scholarships to be awarded in May 2019.

Panthers defeat Ladue Horton Watkins 10-9 in close battle

O’FALLON – The final Boys Varsity Lacrosse regular-season home game was held last Wednesday, May 8.

The team took on Ladue Horton Watkins and came away with a close win, 10-9.

Josh McIntyre led the scoring with five goals and Braden Gaab followed with three. David Tady and Beau Carney each added one.  

Braden Gaab won 72 percent of the faceoffs while Josh Bjornson led the defense with six ground ball pick-ups.  

Tommy Fulford held Ladue’s offense at bay and came on strong in the late quarters, saving 72 percent of the shots on-goal in the second half.  

The team had a solid season finishing 11-5 and locking in the #1 seed for the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association (MSLA) 2019 Show Me Cup Tournament. As a result, the Panthers got a first-round bye and will play Kirkwood in Round 2 at home on Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. on the OTHS Panther Stadium turf.   

 (Photos by Scott Gaab)



Panthers baseball racks up four wins

Vonner Panek started and threw five innings, allowing four runs on four hits, and
striking out five in a recent game against Granite City. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The OTHS baseball team had a very successful week adding four wins and improving their overall season record to 21-7.  

It was also another record breaking week for senior Josh Gibson, who set the single season stolen base record. The record had been held since 1987 by Steve Vollmer with 40 stolen bases. Gibson, who has also broken the career stolen base record and career varsity games played record, currently has 42 stolen bases for the season and leads the St. Louis area.

The Panthers started the week with a 4-0 victory over Granite City. Two freshman pitchers, Mike Larson and Corey Quintal, combined to throw the shutout. Larson started and threw five innings, allowing two hits, no runs and struck out three. Quintal entered in relief and threw two innings, allowing one hit, no runs and struck out two.  

Cody Bauer led the Panthers with two hits in three at bats and Wes Collins hit a home in the third inning, bring his total home runs to five on the season.

The team battled Waterloo on Tuesday and came out on top with a 7-6 win in extra innings. Gibson and Collins each collected multiple hits with Gibson going 3 for 5 with a home run, bringing his total home runs to five on the season. 

Kaden Joggerst started on the mound with Drew Tebbe and Logan Lowery in relief.  

OTHS was the visiting team at Blazier Wednesday night, after the game was moved from Granite City due to weather. The Panthers took an early lead with seven runs in the second inning to defeat Granite City with a final score of 8-4. Vonner Panek started and threw five innings, allowing four runs on four hits, and striking out five.

The team ended the week on Friday on the road with a 11-5 win at Freeburg. Down by four runs after the fourth inning, the Panthers took the lead with five runs in the top of the fifth. Luke Gasser started and threw six innings, allowing eight hits, five runs, striking out five and walking none. Quintal entered in relief in the seventh inning. The OTHS Panthers combined for a total of 14 hits, including multiple hits by Drew Tebbe, Tyler Stanton, TJ Morgan, and Logan Lowery.  

The Panthers end their regular season this week with two games against Edwardsville, Senior Night on Friday versus Breese Central, and final regular season game Saturday versus Triad.

O’Fallon comes out for first Vine Street Market

By Annabelle Knef and Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – O’Fallon Stations’ Vine Street Market held its grand opening on Saturday, May 11, and many residents were in attendance.

Residents shopped from various vendors selling plants and flowers, culinary items and artisanal products. Despite the rain and gloom, many stopped to enjoy live music available at the market. 

During the Parks and Environment committee meeting on Monday, the aldermen received an update on the first weekend of the Vine Street Market. 

Despite dreary weather, event organizers estimated 2,200 people attended the opening day of the market. 

Director of Parks and Recreation, Mary Jeanne Hutchison, mentioned a couple of the vendors sold out of their products early in the market.  

“The guys that had the lettuce ran out three times. The bread guy ran out in about two hours,” she said. 

The market has thirty-five culinary, grower and artisan vendors each Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon through October 19th. As the area gets further into the growing season, visitors will see a larger selection of produce available. A sponsorship from Avenue Realty Associates will also bring live music to each market day, a performance schedule is located on the O’Fallon Station website.

(O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Annabelle Knef)

View of the Past: Brice McGeehon in front of his shoe store in 1910

This week’s view is of Brice McGeehon standing on the doorstep of his shoe store that was located in a building, now long gone, at 119 W. First Street in O’Fallon. He purchased the business about 1904 from Frank M. Vogt.  Prior to that, he served as O’Fallon Postmaster during the administrations of Presidents Benjamin Harrison and William McKinley.   The photo was taken about 1910.  

Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society

For more, stop by the O’Fallon Historical Museum, located at 101 West State Street. The Museum is open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and by appointment.

Illinois bill to require changing tables for most public bathrooms advances

By Cole Lauterbach, Illinois News Network

Businesses in Illinois that are open to the public may soon be required to have diaper changing tables available to both mom and dad.

State lawmakers are close to sending a bill to the governor’s desk.

“House Bill 3711 requires all public restrooms in a public building to have a baby changing facility that is physically safe, sanitary and usable for the purpose with certain exemptions and requires signage at or near the entrance to the baby changing station indicating the location,” said state Sen. Ram Villivalam, D-Chicago, in the Senate Public Health Committee this week.

The legislation would only apply to new construction and remodels where more than half of the facility is updated. The bill would exempt smaller businesses and those that prohibit people younger than 18 years old.

Commercial changing tables vary in price, ranging from just over $100 to more than $1,000. Those prices don’t include the cost of installation.

The sponsor of the bill says it’s a step toward making changing stations more accessible to all families across Illinois.

“I have often heard from parents that safe and sanitary spaces to change young children are not always readily available in public restrooms,” said state Rep. Delia Ramirez, D-Chicago. “I am proud to support this policy change to make the lives of parents of young children in our state a little easier.” 

State Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford, raised concerns about whether small shops, like Subway, that have open areas, but don’t seat many people would have to comply.

“It’s not the same thing as a dining-in restaurant, but it looks like they may fall under this category,” he said.

So far, the bill has passed unanimously and now only needs a Senate floor vote before it could be sent to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk.

The Weekly visits Royal Gorge in Colorado

The Appels recently visited their son over Easter Weekend in Colorado Springs, CO.  He is attending the United States Air Force Academy. The family is pictured at The Royal Gorge with their copy of the O’Fallon Weekly.  

Pictured in the front row, from left: Grant Appel, Cristinia Noble, Grace Appel. Back row: David and Gayle Appel

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