Library to hold open house on April 17

LibraryO’FALLON – The O’Fallon Public Library will be hosting an open house on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the O’Fallon Public Library (120 Civic Plaza) to celebrate the completion of the renovation and remodeling of the library. Dedication begins at 2 p.m. in the first floor large meeting room.

“I encourage everyone to attend the open house and check out the new look of the O’Fallon Public Library,” stated Mayor Gary Graham. “The years of planning, and seven months of construction were well worth it!”

Tours and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact the O’Fallon Public Library at (618)632-3783

Vietnam Veterans Day

O’Fallon to celebrate Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Vietnam Veterans Day

Pictured from left: Mayor Gary Graham, Kathy Dice, Dick Spencer, Debbie LaFreniere, Dick LaFreniere, Suzie Haas, Gail Jurgensmeyer, Rhonda Leach, Marion Rose (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Mayor Gary L. Graham has issued a Proclamation declaring March 29, 2016 as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in O’Fallon. The Proclamation is to further extend gratitude and appreciation to all veterans of the Vietnam War and their families.

“This commemoration includes the nine million Americans, approximately seven million living today, who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during this period,” said Mayor Graham. “The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration gives us the opportunity for all Americans to recognize, honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service and sacrifices during the Vietnam War.”

Most states celebrate Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day on March 29 or March 30 of each year, the date of the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. The date commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.

Sunrise Rotary

Sunrise Rotary focuses on local charities

Sunrise Rotary

Melissa Edmiston, VP of Operations for Mavuno with Sunrise Rotary President Joe McKay. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The local Sunrise Rotary Club focused their morning meetings on several local charities during February.

The month started with Melissa Edmiston, Vice-President of Operations for Mavuno.  This St Louis based charity seeks to end poverty and violence in the Eastern Congo.  The name Mavuno is Swahili for “Harvest “ and Mavuno works to create prosperity with local solutions.  Their five-step solution is to listen, develop local leaders, end poverty, create stability and exit.  Most rural Congolese are subsistence farmers so diversifying  crops and increasing yields leads to development of marketplaces helping to end poverty and create stability.  More information is available on their website,

Next, Brett Schuette spoke t the club about the programs and services the American Cancer Society offers to the O’Fallon-Shiloh-Belleville area.  Look Good Feel Better, where a licensed cosmetologist teaches women how to put on make-up during treatment, takes place monthly at the Cancer Treatment Center in Shiloh.  The Road to Recovery program, where volunteer drivers take patients to their cancer treatments, takes place all throughout the Metro-East.  If would you like more information on these services please call 800.227.2345 to talk to a cancer information specialist.

Finally, our speaker for Relay for Life got snowed out, but Sunrise Rotary is moving forward with donors and a team to raise funds for the American Cancer Society at the O’Fallon Relay fro Life on June 18th at the OTHS track.

Rotary focuses on service and February provided the members an insight into local support of charities at home and worldwide.

Shiloh District 85

School districts face uncertain financial future

Shiloh District 85   Spring is a wonderful time of year, and it is finally here. Our kids have grown so much this year physically and academically as we head into the last quarter.

March is also the time of year, due to state law, that personnel decisions need to be contemplated in all Illinois public schools. Unfortunately, we are forced to make decisions right now for projected needs and finances at the start of the next school year.  Fiscal instability at the state level creates great uncertainty for school districts.  Shiloh school district also struggles with that uncertainty. Thirty percent to 40 percent of our funding comes from the State of Illinois. Without a budget passed from the state this year, there is serious doubt as to having any financial information to plan from prior to the next school year.

Shiloh, like last year, has been forced to lay off personnel again this year. This is due to no fault of those affected individuals, our staff, our board of education, fiscal stewardship, and certainly not our taxpayers. In fact, our taxpayers within the Shiloh District are the most reliable source of revenue to our schools – year in and year out.

We remain hopeful that the state of Illinois will come to a viable resolution for funding education.  One that perhaps relieves some of the burden from the Illinois taxpayer.  Until that time, our community continues to try to take care of our own.  And, that couldn’t be more important.  I will likely be reaching out to you in the future to help with contacting legislative representatives and understanding our financial picture more clearly.

Educating our children and serving our community families is the reason, we as an organization, exist. We have every reason to be very proud of Shiloh, its families, and its schools. Our educators are some of the very best and that is borne out by our students’ scores academically, but more importantly, the types of wonderful citizens and people they are.

Thank you to our residents and take comfort in knowing the quality of citizens and problem solvers of the next generation that Shiloh Village Schools are producing.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Recent Real Estate Transactions – March 23, 2016

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House

Sold Home For Sale Sign in Front of New House


   1050 Keller Lane; From Mary Stewart; To Brenner Stewart Farm LLC; $200,000

   1413 Nottinghill Drive; From Paul and Susan Yeoman; To Scott and Angelina Sill; $235,000

   315 E. 4th Street; From William and Chasity Radcliffe; To Cartus Fin Corporation; $122,000

   923 Brookdale Court; From Joseph and Michelle Serrano; To Matthew and Ashley Sauer; $214,900

   1310 Bossler Lane; From Mark and Crystal Nestler; To William and Erin Raby; $306,900

   1016 Stillwater Drive; From Stonebridge Estates Dev. Co. LLC; To Blake and Kelly Dintelman; $260,000

   1448 Victoria Square Court; From Kappert Construction Co. Inc.; To Tuan and Anna Nguyen; $300,835

   264 Peona Lane; From Fulford Homes LLC; To Sean and Sarah Fleming; $280,989

   1169 Hearthstone Drive; From SMR LLC; To Joshua and Lisa Reed; $536,813

   804 West Madison Street; From Dennis Ballinger; To Rick Parks; $44,500


2671 London Lane; From TTW LLC; To CNR Inc.; $47,000

   2289 Wellington Drive; From Larry Calhoun, Larry Calhoun Executor, Thomas Calhoun Dec’d, Sandra White; To Gregory and Nancy Bouck; $109,500

   2331 Richland Prairie Blvd.; From 1st City Bank; To Nazmi Nabulsi; $30,000

   2296 Birmingham Drive; From Teresa Morris; To Neil Dusek; $213,000

Travel Your Way

Travel Your Way will take you away to relaxation

Travel Your Way

Owner Denise Hangsleben makes it her personal goal to ensure each of her clients has the best vacation experience possible. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Business Name:                    Travel Your Way

Owner(s) Name:                   Denise Hangsleben

Business Phone:                   618-623-9760

Business Website:     

Year Business Started:        2008

   Tell us more about your business – what products and services do you offer?

We offer travel counseling, which can include anything from advice on which resort is best for you and your upcoming vacation or which cruise line, ship, and cabin is right for you, to a full trip itinerary recommendation including research on where to eat, what to do, history, popular spots, and activities.  These recommendations come from a variety of sources including education, experience, and research from hundreds of travel sites and numerous agents and clients.  Knowing where to go for factual information is key.

   What motivated you to start your own business?

I used an online travel supplier for a cruise, and when our flights were cancelled last minute due to ice in our connecting city, no one contacted us – I just happened to have been checking up times.  I called the online supplier and was told it was my problem to deal with and that they only booked the trips.  I realized there was a need for services such as what I offer.

Anybody can book a trip online, but a travel agent can assist with problems as well as make suggestions based on facts for your personal needs and do the research for you, so you can spend more quality time with your family.

   Do you have any suggestions for people interested in opening their own business?

Travel Your Way

Denise said small business owners must eat, breathe, and live their business. She converted her car into a travelling billboard. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by nick Miller)

Take business classes, do a Business and Marketing Plan, learn everything about the products you are going to propose to a client.  It is important to have personal knowledge or at least where to find the facts so you can be clear about what your client is going to see when they arrive.  This can be difficult due to regular changes to resorts and ships.  Nothing remains the same for long!

   Do you have any upcoming events you’d like to share with our readers?

We are promoting some exclusive sailings for Alaska cruises this summer, and are going ourselves on one so contact us if you would like to join us or if you want to take your family on an amazing vacation adventure!  We also will be doing our annual winter cruise next year on one of the most exciting ships on the seas that offers zip lines, surfboard simulators, ice skating, rock climbing and full Broadway shows!  Contact us soon to grab a good spot on the ship!  The more the merrier!

If you’re interested in a trip to Alaska, consider attending our Alaska Cruise planning seminar with a Princess Cruise rep on Tuesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m. at Lattawatta Creek in Fairview Heights.   Please RSVP at

A View of the Past – March 23, 2016

B and O water tank Dec 1940

B and O water tank Dec 1940

This week’s view, looking northeast, is from the old O’Fallon water tower which stood just south of the current tanks in the public works compound, east of the State Street railroad crossing.   The photo was taken Dec. 1940 after the steam locomotive had just taken water from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad water tank (on the left) and was preparing to head east.  The building along the tracks heading north was the depot of the Louisville & Nashville (L. & N.) which, at one time, provided passenger service to Belleville. It was also used by the Illinois Terminal.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society.)

First National Bank of Waterloo is Hiring

FNB_logoLooking for a new job? First National Bank of Waterloo is hiring and looking for resumes.

First National Bank is hiring a Financial Service Representative for our Schnucks Banking Center in O’Fallon (located inside of Schnucks Seven Hills). Some of the job duties include, but are not limited to, opening new accounts for customers, conducting teller transactions, cross selling bank products and services and delivering outstanding customer service. If interested, please submit your resume to or mail it to First National Bank, Attn: Human Resources, PO Box 507, Waterloo, IL 62298. Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are a local business in O’Fallon or Shiloh, considering running your help wanted classifieds with the O’Fallon Weekly.

Carol Vance HSHS

Carol Vance of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital appointed to National Infection Control Committe

Carol Vance HSHS

Carol Vance BSN, CIC and Infection Prevention Manager for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been appointed to the National Education Committee for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) for a term of three years.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is pleased to announce that Carol Vance BSN, CIC and Infection Prevention Manager for St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been appointed to the National Education Committee for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) for a term of three years.

APIC is the leading professional association for infection preventionists (IPs) with more than 15,000 members. Their mission is to create a safer world through the prevention of infection through education.

The Education Committee, which includes 12 select members, is responsible for planning, developing and implementing educational courses (e.g., webinars) and programs that address identified educational needs related to infection prevention and control.

“On behalf of HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, I am honored to have been selected to serve on this national committee, which strives to improve infection prevention education by teaching current and future IPs hot to utilize best practices and data for efficiency and improved outcomes,” noted Vance.

“We have a diverse group of infection preventionists from across the United States and Carol brings a broad range of infection prevention experience to our team, shared Lela Luper, RN CIC, APIC 2016 Education Committee Chair. “We are excited to have her volunteer her time and talents to further advance the mission and vision of infection prevention and control.”

Vance joined St. Elizabeth’s Infection Prevention team in October 2015 and since that time has been reinforcing best practices across the hospital, as well as building on this foundation for continued improvement for the future.

“St. Elizabeth’s is currently striving to be at the forefront of infection preventions standards. We are continually moving forward to create the safest environment possible for our patients and families and visitors,” shared Vance. “We want the members of our community and region to know that they can trust St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to keep them safe as evidenced by our quality and safety awards including an ‘A’ Rating in patient Safety from the Leagfrog Group.”

Since her appointment to the National Education Committee, Vance has lead a national educational webinar regarding a program to decrease Central line Associated Infections and Catheter Associated Urinary tract infections. She also is featured in the spring edition of Infection Preventionist magazine, and has been selected for a poster presentation at the 43nd Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Annual Conference in June.

Vance received her BSN and RN with a minor in Human Resource Management from California State University Long Beach. She received certification in Infection Control in 2014 and is working on an MSN with emphasis in Leadership from Webster University. She has 13 years of nursing experience in the areas of critical care, infection prevention, diabetes education and kidney transplant and also serves on the local APIC Board for the Greater St. Louis and Southern Illinois Chapters.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is part of the Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System, which also includes HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.

Treasurer Michael Frerichs Announces Online Auction for Unclaimed Property

Treasurer FrerichsLive Auction March 28-April 1, Sale Preview Underway

Silver bars, gold coins, football cards and jewelry are among the 12,600 items worth $57,000 to be auctioned online March 28-April 1, Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

“We have more than one million items that we would like to return to their owners,” Frerichs said. “We consider auctions only after the items have been unclaimed for 10 years to make room for incoming items.”

Auction items include two 1927 St. Gaudens Double Eagle coins, a 10 troy oz. silver bar, vintage Trifari Crown Brooch, and football cards of Johnny Unitas, Bart Starr and YA Tittle.

Auction items have been appraised by an outside vendor. Auction participants can view items at and click on the Unclaimed Property Auction link under the Resource Center on the right side of the website. Other questions can be answered by calling 217.557.8567.

The Illinois Treasurer’s Office is the custodian of more than one million pieces of unclaimed property worth more than $2 billion. Common items are uncashed checks, rebate cards and unpaid life insurance benefits. Items are auctioned after private and public entities tried for at least 10 years to locate the owners. Auction proceeds are kept in perpetuity so they can be remitted to the owners.

Individuals can search by name at and scroll down to the I-Cash link. Residents should check every six months because thousands of items are surrendered each year. Business entities and non-profits also are encouraged to search. Treasurer Frerichs’ office never charges money to search or return unclaimed property.

The Illinois Treasurer is the state’s Chief Investment Officer and Frerichs is a Certified Public Finance Officer. He protects consumers by encouraging savings plans for college or trade school, increasing financial education among all ages, and removing barriers to a secure retirement. As the state’s Chief Investment Officer, he actively manages approximately $25 billion. Currently, the portfolio includes $13 billion in state funds, $7 billion in college savings plans and $5 billion on behalf of local and state governments.

Shane McIntyre AOTW

Shane McIntyre cant be beaten on the draw

Shane McIntyre AOTW

Shane McIntyre AOTW

Nothing seems to be able to get in the way of Panther lacrosse attacker and midfielder Shane McIntyre so far in the 2016 season.
Not even a change to rules has prevented the O’Fallon power house from burying the ball into the other team’s goal. In 2016 a rule change no longer allows players to carry the ball without taking a step on the face off. Despite the rule McIntyre, who wears number 14 for the Panthers, has scored the opening goal of the first four games this season in less than seven seconds.
“The rule change really requires me to communicate more with my teammates around me since I usually have to knock it back to one of them,” said Shane McIntyre.
Any worries that the rule change may slow down McIntyre’s game have all been alleviated quickly. Against Columbia Rock Bridge last week, McIntyre was one win away from a perfect game on the face off draw.
“Normally anything above 50% is a great win percentage. To get anywhere near 100% is just remarkable,” said head coach Jim McIntyre.
Aside from winning face-offs, Shane has been a scoring machine for the Panthers and netted his first hat trick of the season in the opening quarter of play against Francis Howell.
“He is playing with a lot more maturity and composure to his game, “said Coach Jim McIntyre. “Shane is sharing the ball more and has really increased his ability to score with both hands.”
Shane is a four year varsity player for the Panthers and is a golfer for OTHS in the fall. His favorite parts about playing lacrosse are his teammates and the competitive nature of the game.
“The competition is one of my favorite aspects. Every game every team goes out and gives it their 100% to win. But after the game it’s just one big brotherhood. I love coming out on the field every day and hanging out with my team mates. I think this team has been pretty impressive so far and we have our eyes set on a state championship.”

Gabby Goerke wins a 1-on-1 battle

Lady Panthers soccer splits first four games

Gabby Goerke wins a 1-on-1 battle

Gabby Goerke wins a 1-on-1 battle

The Lady Panther soccer team had an action packed start to the season and hold on to a 2-2 record after playing four games in six days.
The season kicked off for the ladies last Tuesday in the first round of the Metro-Cup against Waterloo High School. Despite good possession by the Panthers, a lone goal by the Bulldogs separated the teams and sent O’Fallon into the consolation bracket early. OTHS keeper Sydney Brake made eight saves in the 1-0 loss to Waterloo.
On Wednesday O’Fallon traveled back to Edwardsville to face off against the Belleville East Lancers. Wednesday’s match was a bit of déjà vu for the Panthers who once again played a tight game but a goal from East in the second half was enough to make the difference. Claire Hoover was in net for the panthers and made five saves against the Lancers.
After getting a day off on Thursday, the Panthers took to the field for their final match in the Metro Cup against Alton Marquette. O’Fallon played their best game of the tournament against Marquette and picked up a goal in both halves to close out a 2-1 finish. Sam Stutsman got OTHS on the board in the first half with a goal off of a corner kick. Stutsman’s goal was assisted by KK Voelker. The Panthers struck again in the second half on a direct kick goal by Gabby Goerke.
Despite not picking up their first win until three games into the season, varsity head coach Craig Dippel is happy with the way his team played.
“I was pleased overall with the effort. They made good strides from the first game to the last game. We put it together pretty well against Marquette and played good all over the field. The girls are getting used to each other and our style of play,” said Dippel.
On Monday night the Panthers hosted Marion High School in their first home game of the 2016 season. Goerke got the Panthers on top early in the first half for her second goal of the season. Marion struck back with two unanswered goals and put O’Fallon down by one at halftime.
Trailing in the second, the Lady Panthers executed some of their finest play all season long. O’Fallon dominated possession of the ball throughout the second half and got several quality looks at the net. In the 64th minute of play Sam Stutsman tied the game on a long-range blast that tipped off of the keeper’s gloves and into the top corner of the net. Tied at 2-2 the Panthers continued pressuring the Marion defense. Only 13 minutes after Stutsman’s goal, Panther Lauren Cooper nearly gave the Panthers a lead with a hard shot that rang off the inside post. With just minutes left Paige Black found the back of the Marion net and got the game winning goal on a shot down low.
With their win over Marion the Lady Panthers improved their record to 2-2.
“We just want to continue to grow,” said Dippel. “The girls are getting more used to all the different faces and playstyles on the field. We’re just looking to keep improving each game.”

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers slated for an early summer opening

Freddys Building Under Construction in Shiloh Illinois

Construction is taking place at the former Johnny Rockets site, which will soon be home to Freddy’s Steakburgers in Shiloh. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

Fast-casual restaurant franchise, Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, recently began construction on its newest St. Louis metro market location at 3320 Green Mount Crossing Dr., near Target in Green Mount Crossing shopping center in Shiloh. Slated for an early-summer opening, the Kansas-based restaurant serves all-American menu favorites including thinly-pressed steakburgers, Vienna Beef hot dogs and crispy shoestring fries, as well as an assortment of dessert treats prepared with a choice of freshly-churned, chocolate or vanilla frozen custard.

“We chose this site in Shiloh because it’s a prime lot with great visibility from I-64,” said Randy Simon, CFO and co-founder. “It’s proximal to family-oriented residential areas and we feel it’s an all-around great match for our family-friendly restaurant concept. We hope to be an accessible dining option for local residents and area shoppers alike.”

The 3,170 square-foot, free-standing, franchisor-owned location will seat 100 guests, with additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will be available.

“We have a franchise location in Cottleville at 6031 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., and a location in St. Peters at 1365 Jungermann Rd.,” said Simon. “We’re excited to expand into the eastern St. Louis metro market and we look forward to serving the Shiloh community.”

Ricardo Pena stretches out to recover a loose ball

Varsity boys Lacrosse stomps Francis Howell in season opener

Ricardo Pena stretches out to recover a loose ball

Ricardo Pena stretches out to recover a loose ball

Head Coach Jim McIntyre has seen his fair share of O’Fallon lacrosse teams over years of coaching.
But he has seen very few like this season’s O’Fallon High varsity team. Packed to the brim with 13 seniors on the varsity roster, the 2016 Panther boys’ lacrosse team will look to years of cohesion and experience to lead them. The core of the team, made up mostly of seniors, has played together at the varsity level since most of their sophomore seasons.
“The chemistry on this team is unlike any I’ve had since the inception of the program in 2008,”said coach McIntyre. “After sixteen years of coaching, this is probably one of the best chemistries I have seen in a team. Their effort on the field is very solid and the energy since day one of try-outs has been very strong. They know when to work hard but also have fun along the way. It’s really a unique dynamic to be a part of.”
Key players for the Panthers this season are in abundance on both the defense and offensive side of the field. Long stick midfielder Jack Belobrajdic returns in his senior year to help lead the defense. Earlier this year Belobrajdic committed to play lacrosse for the University of Indianapolis. Supporting Belobrajdic are core defensemen Joel Lindsey, Kyle Klausner, Cameron Forgette, and Kade Simmons.
On offense the team will look to returning midfielders to boost the attack, including All-State player Shane McIntyre.
“My whole offense shares the ball very well and moves it very quickly. We have some aggressive dodgers and good finishers,” said coach McIntyre.
In net for the Panthers are goalies Cameron Van Etten, Boomer Johnson, and Sam Burgmann.
With a large group of seniors and familiar chemistry, the team bolsters a unique sense of leadership and direction. The team is yet to name captains but, will look to Belobrajdic, McIntyre, Forgette, and fellow senior Mike Foytlin for a bulk of their leadership.
“Everyone is a leader in different manners,” said coach McIntyre. “The team doesn’t really need a lot of extended guidance and they have all bought in to the same goals both on and off the field. I tell my seniors to set the pace at practice and they just get it done. I’ve never had such a quandary trying to pick captains before.”
The O’Fallon Panthers kicked the season off last Friday when they hosted Francis Howell in a dominant 16-4 victory. Francis Howell, in its first year of varsity level play, was unable to match O’Fallon’s early pressure. Just nine seconds into the game Shane McIntyre got his first goal of the year to give O’Fallon the lead. McIntyre, who nears no. 14 for the Panthers, went on to score five goals and picked up an assist in the season opener. Also contributing big on offense for O’Fallon was Mike Foytlin with two goals and four assists.
Seven different Panthers put up goals against Francis Howell and 12 of O’Fallon’s 16 goals were assisted.
While there is certainly still a long and busy season ahead of them, the Panthers look forward to hosting Belleville Township on March 31st. The 2016 season marks the first time that the combined Belleville squad will compete in the Missouri 2 East conference alongside O’Fallon. Belleville is coached by former O’Fallon head JV coach Zac Bilyeu.
“It’s a huge step in the growth of the sport,” said coach McIntyre. “We are really excited to play them.”

Lincoln and State ca 1910

A View of the Past – March 16, 2016

Lincoln and State ca 1910

Lincoln and State ca 1910

This week’s view, ca. 1910, is of the intersection of Lincoln and State in O’Fallon, looking east down State St.  To the far left, on the east side of Lincoln, was the old Smiley Drug Store.  Next, on the west side of Lincoln, was the First National Bank, then Julius Schalter’s barber shop, the  O’Fallon post office, John Schneider’s jewelry store and, to the far right, George Britsch’s meat market with hitching posts for horses in front.
(Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society.)