City prepares for summer roadwork

By Martha Stoffel

O’FALLON – The Public Works Committee approved to send to council five resolutions for contracts related to various, upcoming road projects. 

A contract with Geotechnology for $25,000 and a contract with Rhutasel and Associates, Inc. for $28,000 were approved for engineering services related to the upcoming, summer project for Simmons Road between the Milburn School Road and Porter Road roundabouts. Because a substantial portion of the construction costs associated with this project are part of a federal grant, there are additional requirements prior to construction. 

Construction is expected to begin in June, shortly after local schools are completed. Curbs and gutters will be added, as well as a left turn lane into the Parcs of Arbor Green subdivision, and the completion of a sidewalk to the roundabout at Milburn School Road. The road will be closed to through traffic until completion, but will be done in two phases so residents of the Parcs of Arbor Green subdivision will have access via a paved road the entire time. The projected completion date is late September. 

The 2019 concrete replacement program went out for bid last week. Six bids were submitted, with Lake Contracting, Inc. being the lowest bidder. The committee approved to send to council a contract for $234,852 for various curb and sidewalk replacements to be done throughout the city. Many of these projects are done prior to the updates to the streets identified by the city’s pavement management program. 

A contract with Christ Brothers Asphalt, Inc. for $1,119,941.80 was approved to send to council from four bids for the 2019 street resurfacing program. Streets that will be resurfaced are the front section of Witte Farms subdivision, Southview Gardens (after the completion of the water and sewer main work), the Howard Place area, the front section of the Thornbury Hills subdivision, Homestead Street and Crestview Road area, and Smiley between Highway 50 and Wesley. 

The final contract approved to send to council by the committee was with Sonnenberg Asphalt Co. for $145,740 for parking lot sealing and striping of sixteen different city properties. Two bids were received for the project. 

OTHS Senior signs to go to Rockhurst University

Front row left to right: Pete Papachrisanthou (Niko’s dad), Niko Papachrisanthou, Sherry Papachrisanthou (Niko’s mom) Back row left to right: Asst. Coach Johnny Connors, Head Coach Erin Thoman, Asst. Coach Mimi Shelton, Asst. Coach Doug Mennerick (Submitted Photo)

By Kate Crutcher

O’Fallon – Following the school day on Wednesday, April 10th, Niko Papachrisanthou, met with teammates, coaches and his parents in front of the Panther Dome, to sign his dedication to attend Rockhurst University, in Kansas City, Missouri. Papachrisanthou has been playing varsity tennis for the past four years and is OTHS’s number 1 singles player. He has also attended state qualifiers three times. Though Niko played sports such as hockey in the past years, tennis was the only sport Niko asked his parents to play, according to his mother. 

“I actually enjoyed playing Wii tennis as a kid. I know it is sort of funny, but that is what really made me get started with the sport. After all the practices that I have with school, I usually practice at least 5 to 7 extra times, on my own, like when I am at home. My dad also played in high school, so he had his old rackets in the garage, so when I saw them, it also inspired me to start playing,” Papachrisanthou said. 

Tennis Coach, Erin Thoman, said, “We are so proud of Niko signing with Rockhurst. Niko has elevated his game through a tremendous amount of hard work and focus. Niko is our captain and is an awesome role model to our young team. Niko is a true scholar athlete. It has been a pleasure to coach Niko and watch him grow into the person and athlete he is today.”

O’Fallon Girls Lacrosse overwhelms Parkway West

The O’Fallon Girls Lacrosse defeated the visiting Parkway West Longhorns team by a final score of 11-5 in Thursday’s match. 

With the win, O’Fallon betters its record to 10-0 for the season. The Panthers will host Lafayette to play the Lancers in a match on Thursday, April 18.

The player of the game for Thursday’s match was Mikaela Trujillo with one goal on one shot, her 100 shooting percentage and for her indispensable work in the transition. 

Photos by Tim Grout

Congressman Bost gives update to area Rotarians

Congressman Mike Bost spoke to the Rotary Club of O’Fallon at their Monday meeting and provided an update on a variety of topics. 
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

Congressman Mike Bost visited the O’Fallon Rotary Club on Monday, April 15, to discuss multiple challenges facing the state and nation – pointing particularly to a strained political climate and rancor over an immigration crisis. 

He said that security at the border is a “very big problem.” 

“I voted twice to fully fund the security at the border,” he said. “Not only the security as some form of structure, I don’t care if you call it a wall or a fence — but we have a problem.” 

Bost said the wall will not stop people from coming into the nation, but rather that “it allows for control.”

“Immigration at the border is a crisis — it’s not a new crisis, but its a growing crisis,” he said. 

Bost said the wall is a sensible, organized way to deal with the massive flow of immigrants trying to cross the border. He remarked that it was a positive thing that the U.S. is a nation that “people want to get into and not get out of.”

“Whenever someone says it’s just like the Berlin Wall — the Berlin Wall was to keep people in. This isn’t to keep people out, it’s to keep people organized on their way to getting in.”

Bost, a Republican from Murphysboro, said the committees he serves on do not create the kind of partisanship that dominates daily national headlines. 

“Thank Heaven because we actually get things done,” Bost said. 

Bost serves on three key committees: Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and Transportation & Infrastructure.  

He also serves on the following subcommittees: Conservation and Forestry; and General Farm Commodities and Risk Management under Agriculture; Oversight and Investigations, and as Chairman of Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs under Veterans’ Affairs; and Highways and Transit; Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management; and Water Resources and Environment under Transportation and Infrastructure.

“We are in a time right now that our economy is booming,” Bost said. “Even in the state of Illinois when many times our state government does everything it can to chase business from the state, we still see expanding business and growth.” 

He said the biggest concern he has seen is many employers in the state cannot find people to hire with with trade skills. 

“Right now, the unemployment rate is the lowest it has been in years,” Bost said. “Things are good from that standpoint.” 

Despite the booming economy, Bost said that anger on both sides of the political spectrum needs to improve. 

“I believe in a bipartisan manner we can work together to really achieve a lot,” he said. “It can change.” 

“The anger and frustration that’s been in the last year — it’s not ‘I disagree with you, it’s ‘I hate you,’” he said. “It’s very dangerous.” 

“In my job, conflict is inevitable, combat is optional.” 

Bost then referenced the shooting of Republican member of Congress Steve Scalise of Louisiana at a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. Scalise was shot by a left wing activist from Belleville, James Hodgkinson, and a citizen from Bost’s district. 

“With a person in my district targeting my friends while they were playing baseball — it was horrible,” Bost said. 

In spite of the many issues that divide the country, Bost said there also are a tremendous amount of people that want to work together.

He said it’s necessary for radicals on the right and the left to try and find common ground. 

“When I first started running for state office I had someone come up to me and say ‘when you get there, don’t compromise,’” he said.

“I’m pro- life, that’s something I’m not going to change — but for the most part it was the idea of our fore-fathers that we would have all different ideas and we would find common ground,” he said. “The common ground would be the best place for the nation as a whole. We have to continue to try to work together.”

Prior to his election to the 12th Congressional District, Bost served for two decades in the Illinois House of Representatives, rising to the leadership position of House Republican caucus chair.

City honors departing aldermen

Mayor Herb Roach presented plaques to outgoing alderman at the beginning of Monday night’s city council meeting. Pictured from left to right: Ward 7 Alderman David Cozad, Ward 4 Alderman John Drolet, Ward 6 Alderman Ned Drolet, Mayor Herb Roach, Ward 1 Alderman John Distler and Ward 2 Alderman Robert Kueker. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel)

By Martha Stoffel

The Advanced Veterinary Center, LLC, to be located at 706 and 800 East Highway 50 received its final approval at Monday night’s council meeting. 

The applicant, Dr. Jim Bollmeier, addressed the council during public comment requesting a variance from the ordinance requiring the construction of a six-foot, vinyl fence along the south side of the property. The requirement for a fence has been changed a couple times since the filing of the application. Staff’s original recommendation was for a six-foot fence to be installed, per city ordinance. The Planning Commission removed the fence as a condition when they approved the project on March 12. The Community Development Committee later added the fence back in as a condition which was approved by council on first reading on April 1. Dr. Bollmeier spoke at last week’s Community Development Committee meeting, but no action could be taken by the committee due to a lack of quorum. 

Ward 4 Alderman John Drolet made a motion to amend the ordinance removing the fence requirement. A couple of aldermen spoke in favor of removing the fence requirement, citing concern they received from residents south of the property that a fence would create further drainage issues for the ditch between their homes and the proposed development. Clarification was provided that removing the fence requirement along the south of the property line would not affect the fencing Dr. Bollmeier will be installing behind the building at 800 East Highway 50 for dog walking. 

Mayor Herb Roach presented Carriel Jr. High student Delaney Hall with the President’s Volunteer Service Award gold medal at Monday night’s council meeting. This is a civil award bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals for their volunteer service. Roach also read a letter from President Donald Trump commending Hall for her years of volunteer efforts with her birthday donations. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel)

City Council also approved on second reading the fiscal year 2020 budget. A public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting. No one from the public came forward for comments regarding the budget. The FY20 budget will begin May 1, 2019 and run through April 30, 2020. The proposed budget reflects a twelve percent increase from the previous year totaling $84,102,168, primarily due to several, planned public works projects

In other council news:

• Approved a contract between the City of O’Fallon EMS and Mediclaims, Inc. The company’s primary responsibility is handling the third-party billing for EMS services. The contract is for five years and included a rate decrease. 

• Approved a resolution between the City of O’Fallon and the Village of Shiloh for dispatch services was approved to send to council. This is an annual contract payable by the village in four installments of $35,000 for dispatch services for the fiscal year 2020.

• Approved an intergovernmental agreement between the City of O’Fallon and the City of Fairview Heights for services provided by the Metro-East Communications Center (MECOMM). An assessment of the previous year’s calls was done to split the costs between the cities. Quarterly billing for fiscal year 2020 will have O’Fallon responsible for fifty-one percent of the costs, and Fairview Heights responsible for forty-nine percent of the costs. 

• Approval of an amendment to an ordinance regarding the administrative hearing procedure to determine eligibility under the public safety employee benefits act of Chapter 32 regulating police and fire. The amendment was adding definition to the ordinance of a “catastrophic injury,” per the recommendation from the Illinois Municipal League. 

•A special event permit approved for Country Lane Produce for flower sales at 1790 W. Highway 50 for multiple dates in April, May and June. 

• A special event permit approved for the business, Eagle TG, located 1728 Corporate Crossing for a weekly food truck through the end of the year, pursuant to the mobile food vendor ordinance set in place late 2018. 

• A special event permit request approved for the Marie Schaefer PTO for the Fun Fest scheduled April 26, 2019 in which they are requesting road closure north of the school on Fifth Street for rides. 

View of the Past: Willard’s Station in the early 1900’s

This week’s view is of Willard’s Station (also called Willardsville or Willard) in east O’Fallon, present day Willard Drive and Betty Lane, taken about 1910 or shortly before.  Constructed with tin said to be from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, the houses, some of which survive, were originally homes for the employees of William G. Willard’s Steel Range Company, just to the west, from where the photo was taken.  What looks like a railroad to the left is the electric interurban which provided streetcar service between Lebanon, O’Fallon and East St. Louis.  

Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society

Local girl scout earns Gold Award for Summer of STEM project

Katherine Buchanan has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is pleased to announce that Katherine Buchanan has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she hosted a “Summer of STEM” to help area children – especially girls – become more interested and engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math.  

“Science, technology, engineering and math are fields that are mainly dominated by men. Through my Girl Scout Gold Award project, I hoped to encourage more girls to participate in STEM activities and eventually major in STEM fields in college,” she said. 

First, Buchanan planned and ran an activity room at the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo, which is an exhibition held for more than 30 robotics teams made up of six to ten year old students. Activities she planned included simple machines, science experiments, simple electrical circuits and LEGO build challenges.  

Next, she facilitated STEM sessions as part of the O’Fallon Public Library summer reading program, which ran for six weeks, included two age groups and educated up to 75 children per day. During the sessions, she led hands-on activities that explored topics like weather, physics, chemistry, electricity, space, and robotics. At each session, she also provided a take-home packet with experiments for children to conduct with their parents. She noted that some of the children she worked with had never participated in STEM activities before, and that she felt the outreach through the library was successful. 

The final part of Buchanan’s project was to host a three day FIRST LEGO League Jr. camp for more than 30 area youth. With the help of a volunteer team she recruited, she led sessions exploring the engineering design process, building solid structures, and programming motors and sensors using LEGO WeDo software. The students put on a small expo at the end of camp to show their parents what they learned during the week. She also created an evaluation system to help measure the outcomes of the camp. These evaluations showed that 83 percent of the girls who participated were excited to learn more about STEM following the day camp. 

Throughout her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Buchanan also updated a website sharing her progress using Wix, so that she could share the importance of STEM education and Girl Scouts’ valuable role in these fields. To help make her efforts sustainable, she recruited Girl Scouts to help run the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo activity room in the future, and enlisted local FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team The Worm Gear Warriors to continue hosting STEM sessions at local libraries and during summer day camp. 

“Throughout my project, I had the ability to connect with a diverse group of children all looking to do the same thing, which was to have fun with science and electronics,” she said. “The audience was able to gain a better understanding of what STEM really entails and that it is just as important for girls to be involved as it is for boys.”  

Buchanan added that earning her Girl Scout Gold Award also helped her feel more confident being in charge of a large project, as well. 

“Since my Girl Scout Gold Award project lasted from April until the middle of August, it was a very intense process for me in which I learned a lot about myself,” she said. “Something new to me was being able to plan events and really take the lead. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award has definitely given me the chance to improve my leadership skills.”  

Katherine is the daughter of Larry and Mary Buchanan She is completed her Girl Scout Gold Award during the summer following her senior year at O’Fallon Township High School, where she will graduated in 2018. Currently, she is a freshman at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she studies criminal justice and forensics. 

Panthers lacrosse fights back to earn win against John Burroghs

Goalie Tommy Fulford (#34) tracks the incoming shot as James Randolph (#25) and Ryan Ritchie (#28) defend.
(Photo by Scott Gaab)

The O’Fallon Varsity Boy’s Lacrosse team played an exciting home game Friday night, coming from behind to beat a tough John Burroughs team 10-9.  

John Burroughs got off to a quick 3-0 lead in the first half before Braden Gaab put two scores on the board for the Panthers to start chipping away at their lead.  The first half ended with John Burroughs leading 5-2.  The second half saw an offensive explosion from the Panthers with Captain Nolan Bradley scoring three goals, David Tady scoring three, Josh McIntyre scoring one, and Beau Carney coming up with his first goal of the season.  

On the defensive side of the ball, Goalie Tommy Fulford played some gritty defense saving about 50 percent of the shots on goal.  The defense bent but didn’t break and came up strong in the fourth quarter.  Friday night’s win put the Panthers at 8-4 for the season with four games left until playoffs.

Area churches host Easter Egg hunts

Two area churches held Easter Egg hunts on Saturday, April 13.

The first was held at Crossview Church, and was co-sponsored by Schnucks and First National Bank of Waterloo. The Easter Bunny was on hand, along with a bounce house, and the O’Fallon Fire Department. 

The second event was held at Shiloh United Methodist Church and featured a variety of games, activities, and food in addition to the indoor egg hunt. 

Crossview Church Easter Egg Hunt (O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller)

Shiloh United Methodist Church Easter Egg Hunt (O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller)

OTHS students excel at SWIC academic challenge

(Photo by James Bressendorff, SWIC)

O’Fallon Township High School students recently won first place in the Unlimited Division of the Academic Challenge sectionals held at the Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Campus. 

O’Fallon team members include: from left, first row, Stephen Monson, Julia Gundlach, Lucas Biehn, Nick Spihlman, Hannah Caraway, Sara Rizzoli, Connor Bleisch; second row, James Kelly, David Hur, Grant George, Blaine Gittner, Milee Patel, Kathryn Kim and Jen Zhao. 

Monson won first place in Varsity Biology and second place in Varsity Physics; Rizzoli won second place in Varsity Biology and third place in Varsity Mathematics; Zhao won third place in Varsity Biology; Biehn won first place in Varsity Chemistry and Varsity Physics; Kim won second place in Varsity Chemistry; Spihlman won third place in Varsity Chemistry; Bleisch won first place in Varsity Computer Science and first place in Varsity Engineering Graphics; Gittner won second place in Varsity Mathematics; Kelly won first place in Varsity Computer Science; Hur won second place in Varsity Computer Science and third place in Varsity Physics; George won first place in Varsity English and Varsity Mathematics; and Patel won second place in Varsity English. 

Students competed in timed tests in Math, English, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering Graphics and Computer Science.  

Telesto Group celebrates ribbon cutting

CEO Telesto Group Soren Hastrup cuts the ribbon (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce joined the Telesto Group as they celebrate their new location at 475 Regency Park Drive, Ste 200 in O’Fallon. They celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 18.

Telesto Group is a technology solutions provider and SAP Partner focused on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) support for the Department of Defense, primarily in the Army with recent significant expansion at USTRANSCOM. Headquartered in West Palm Beach, FL, Telesto has a long history of federal projects (including DOI, USDA, Navy and Army) along with projects in state governments and the commercial sector.  

Telesto opened their O’Fallon, IL location after being selected to create a prototype to upgrade USTRANSCOM’s Transportation Management (TM) solution. This important project will support the mission to provide functional, secure, fully-auditable and global solutions that move people, supplies, and equipment to customers during peace and war. The long-term goal of this initial implementation is to retire a series of transportation legacy systems and create a long-term operational TM solution for USTRANSCOM.

“Telesto Group is proud to be the Lead Systems Integrator for this innovative, global, joint forces project,” said Soren Hastrup, Telesto Group CEO. “We are also pleased to join the business community here in O’Fallon.”

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Commission approves senior living facility, church in Vetta Sports

Gary Dial of Community Bible Church. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

O’FALLON – At a planning commission meeting on Tuesday, April 9, the commission approved recommendations for a senior living facility along Frank Scott Parkway and Community Bible Church in the Vetta Sports building on Hartman Lane. 

The senior living facility known as Keystone Place at Richland Creek would be located at 1050 Fountain Lakes Drive on the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Frank Scott Parkway and Fountain Lakes Drive. 

The applicant, Fernando Casey of Nascon, LLC, filed an application to the city of O’Fallon requesting a zoning amendment and planned use approval to construct the 152-unit, four story and 167,874 square foot facility. 

The applicant is requesting the property be rezoned from “B-1(P)” Planned Community Business District to “MR-2(P)” Multi-Family Residence Dwelling District. 

The 4.9 acre site is currently vacant and was previously approved for a retail center and restaurant but was never constructed. 

The senior living facility would offer three different unit types, including independent living units, assisted living units and memory care units. It would have 53 independent living units with 34 one-bed and 19 two- bed units, 75 assisted living units with 60 one-bed and 15 two-bed units and 24 memory care one-bed units. 

The O’Fallon planning commission approved staff recommendation for approval of the Keystone Place at Richland Creek project with the following conditions: 

• Parking requirements for the senior living facility move from 186 spaces to 115 spaces, per ITE recommended parking calculations for retirement facilities.

• If the cross-access easement is obtained, the easement and joint maintenance agreement/covenants will be required for the access points with the apartments and senior living facility. 

• There will be a park land dedication requirement of 0.528 acres, with the requirement being fulfilled through a fee in lieu of land in the amount of $26,928.

• The building will need to be constructed with fiber cement siding, not vinyl siding. 

Nick Burrus of Milano and Grunloh Engineers. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

Nick Burrus of Milano and Grunloh Engineers was present at the Tuesday meeting to show support for the senior living facility project. 

The commission then oversaw the application from Community Bible Church requesting a planned use authorization for a parcel of land at 590 Hartman Lane for a church in a B-1 (P) Planned Community Business zone district.

The building located on the property is currently used for Vetta Sports. The application indicates the proposal is for the reuse of the existing structure and parking lot for the church, including the use of the building for church services, offices and meetings.

Gary Dial of Community Bible Church said the intent of the church is renovate the inside for use and meet city requirements as well. “And to hopefully make improvements to the structure itself and provide benefits to the community.” 

Dan Polites, who owns property south of the Vetta Sports building, attended the April 9 meeting to show support for Community Bible Church and said it’s a “nice addition” to the O’Fallon community. 

The O’Fallon planning commission approved staff recommendation for approval of Community Bible Church with the following conditions: 

• The occupancy of the church shall not exceed the city’s minimum parking requirements for spaces provided on the property.  Based on the current 131 parking spaces — the maximum occupancy is limited to 327 people.  If at any time the church were to construct additional parking on-site, the city would reevaluate the maximum capacity.

• No expansion of parking or the building is permitted with this planned use.

• The property must be cleaned up and restored prior to occupying the building, including; street trees along Hartman Lane, all lighting standards shall be repaired and operational and the drainage ditch present along the southern property line will need to be cleaned up to ensure the parking space depths are achieved.

• No parking shall occur off-site.

• If the area to the east of the building is to be used for parking, it must be upgraded to new parking lot standards.

• Due to the nature of the nearby drainage ditch, encroachment could occur on the ditch; however, if the riparian area of the ditch is encroached upon by future development additional best practices for stabilizing and maintaining the ditch will need to be constructed in accordance with the Public Works Department. 

Holistic Journey serves community with massage and positive energy

The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce joined owner Jennifer
Deschene as she opens her massage and wellness business, Holistic
Journey, on March 20. (Submitted Photo)

O’FALLON – Holistic Journey opened its doors in January and owner Jennifer Deschene is ready to serve the O’Fallon community with massage therapy and positive energy. 

Deschene first started her business out of her Belleville home in January 2010. At the same time, she was working as a contractor out of Scott Air Force Base. 

“After a year I was ready to transition into a store front,” Deschene said. “I started off in downtown on Main Street in Belleville.”

A few years passed and Deschene decided to close her store because of overhead costs and begin massage therapy school in Swansea. 

“That’s when it all came together for me,” she said. “I could use all of what I had learned from having this business that was promoting health and wellness and different complimentary therapies like reiki and put it altogether with massage.” 

Deschene said her business primarily centers around massage therapy with various techniques from Swedish to deep tissue and also what she likes to call “integrative.” 

“I love Myofascial release,” she said. “It is working with fascial to release restriction that has built up over a long period of time. It is also similar trigger point work.” 

Deschene’s love of body work came about after she sustained a hip injury during active duty.  

“My own personal experience has really guided my interest level and taking better care of myself has helped me understand the approach with other people that are dealing with pain and restriction of motion.”

Deschene entered the Army Reserves out of Belleville in 1998, having been activated right after September 11, 2001. Her injury occurred during a stateside activation to Virginia where she was a transportation coordinator. It was there that she tore cartilage in her hip while carrying heavy equipment on her back, an event that led to chronic back pain. 

“Unfortunately, the military didn’t find it and diagnose it,” she said of her injury. “I had to find out backwards many years later.” 

Deschene said she turned to massage therapy and reiki for relief. 

“It wasn’t one of those things that became very regular for me until 2006 but I did try it and reiki,” she said. 

Deschene described reiki as working with the energy system of the body. “It’s very subtle but it can have a calming effect.” 

Reiki, a form of alternative medicine, also promotes oxygenation of the tissue and is complementary of massage therapy. 

Deschene said she moved herself and her son to O’Fallon in part due to the school system. She worked in a chiropractor’s office while steadily growing clientele for her business. 

After finally opening her business in January, Deschene said she joined the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce. 

While Holistic Journey primarily focuses on massage, she also plans on offering reiki classes where people can learn to do it for themselves. She also plans on offering guided meditation classes. 

Deschene said an ideal client at Holistic Journey is “pretty much anybody that wants to take care of themselves a little bit better.” 

“I do like to see people that are willing to really improve their lives and their health and wellness overall,” she said. 

For more information about her services and classes, visit

Estelle Kampmeyer names March Character Students

(Submitted Photo)

Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School recently named their March Character Builder students. The Character Builder trait for March was patience. The following students showed great patience. 

Front row, from left: Desean Edwards, Sofia Chelbi, Gwen Privett, Vaida Blasdel, Chloe Armstrong, Charlotte Blazier. Middle row, from left: Jordanne Summers, Tyler Privett, Nic Dercks, Selena Dalechek, Delaney Klier. Back row, from left: Lily Crader, Liya Memani, Cameron White, Micah Runswick.