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Friday, September 11 The O’Fallon Police Department will be hosting a National Night Out event in cooperation with the O’Fallon Neighborhood Watch Program from 6-9 p.m. at the O’Fallon Com-

will follow the afternoon session. Cost is $600 per foursome or $150 per golfer. Foursomes entered by Monday, August 17, will be entered into a special prize drawing. To sign up to golf, sign up as a sponsor/volunteer, or donate attendance prizes/goodie bags for the tournament, please call the Chamber at (618) 632-3377.

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Shiloh’s annual Homecoming picnic will take place in Community Park. The picnic will take place from 5 p.m. until midnight on Friday and from 4 p.m. until midnight on Saturday.

Enterprise Grange is making Apple Butter on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. until finished. The grange is at the corner of Weil Rd and O’Fallon Troy Rd. Come and watch or even stir the apple butter in several copper or brass kettles over open fires. Call (618) 632-4491 for further information.

Saturday, September 12 O’Fallon Township is holding their monthly rummage sale Saturday, September 12. The sale begins at 7 a.m. and runs until noon. The Township is in need of volunteers after the sale to help box up unsold items to be donated to Conduit of Hope.

Tuesday, September 15 The O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 18th annual golf tournament at Far Oaks Golf Course. Starting tee times are at 7 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 32 teams. Dinner and awards

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Saturday, September 19 St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 111 O’Fallon Troy Road, O’Fallon, will hold its annual “Fleaz Market, Book Fair (3,000 books) and Bake Sale” on Saturday, September 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in our church parking lot. The Bake Sale will feature homemade goodies from our parishioners’ kitchens. A commercial document shredding truck will also be available from 10 a.m. to Noon to destroy any important and private papers. No fee required, just bring canned goods as a donation to the O’Fallon Food Pantry. Food and

beverages will be available for purchase after 10. We are accepting vendors and those who don’t want to have a garage sale at their home. The fee is $20.00 each per rented area (the size of a parking spot in the parking lot). Two spaces cost $35.00. Vendors will be responsible for cleanup of their areas and disposal of unsold items. For space reservation and information, please call the Church office at 632-6168. You may also contact Nancy Machmer at 6641631 or namach9183@att. net.

Friday, September 25 Movies in the park, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A, will show Cinderella at Blazer Field at Community Park in O’Fallon. The movie will begin at 6:45 p.m. Enjoy princesses, contests, and a bounce house.

Sunday, September 27 A ceremony will be held to dedicate a permanent memorial for Capt. Joseph Ogle, an early St. Clair County pioneer and community leader. The Ogle/ Ogles Family Association, the Lewis and Clark Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, and the Belleville Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate the memorial in Shiloh Valley Cemetery, located across the street from Shiloh United Methodist Church at 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 10 The O’Fallon Township High School classes of 1965 and 1966 will hold a joint reunion at the O’Fallon Knights of Columbus Hall. Pre-reunion events begin on Wednesday, October 7, with a lunch at Pere Marquette Lodge in Grafton. On Thursday, October 8, a golf outing will take place at Tamarack Country Club, followed by a gathering at Shooters Sports Bar. A tour of the high school is planned for 10 a.m. on October 10, with the reunion party scheduled for 7 p.m. that evening. Class members who have not received packets, or need more information, can join Facebook pages for O’Fallon Township High School Class of ’65 or O’Fallon Township High School Class of ’66. Or email merrellsue@gmail. com.

Saturday, October 10 The John Wilt Foundation 5K Honor Run/Walk will take place at 8 a.m. stepping off from the O’Fallon Veterans’ Monument. Proceeds from the John Wilt 5K support the USO Fisher House at Jefferson Barracks and the John Wilt Scholarship at O’Fallon Township High School. Sponsors are welcome. To register as a sponsor or as a runner, look for registration forms at Running Start or go online to www. HonorRun.com.

Saturday, October 10 First United Methodist Church of O’Fallon located at 504 E Hwy 50 in O’Fallon (across from O’Fallon HS) is having a Craft Fair on Saturday, October 10th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A variety of crafts, food, vendors, and more will be featured. Free Admission! Contact Carol Moore, (618) 789-6633 after 4:30 p.m. with questions.

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Car broken into at township building topic of discussion at board of trustees meeting O’FALLON - O’Fallon Township Supervisor Gary Ahle took some time during his report at the township board of trustee meeting to discuss a car break in that took place outside of the Food Pantry. On Friday, August 21, three individuals were caught on camera acting suspiciously at the township building. One of the three would stay in their car while the other two would go in and then leave the building. “What they were doing is two of them would come inside and one would stay in the car. Every time they’d go back outside they’d nudge the camera up a bit trying to change its line of sight. They didn’t bump it high enough and we have them on tape,” Ahle said. According to Ahle, the three reached into a car through a rolled down window and stole money, cigarettes, and a winning lotto ticket from a car parked around the back of the building. “We called the police

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O’Fallon to take part in National Thank a Police Officer Day O’FALLON - O’Fallon will take part in National Thank a Police Officer Day on September 19. In honor of National Thank a Police Officer Day, the Illinois Auxiliary of Wives Behind the Badge is asking everyone to help “Paint Illinois Blue.”

Blue items can include a bow, shining a blue light or placing a supportive message on a business message board. Paint Illinois Blue is sponsored by the Illinois Auxiliary of Wives Behind the Badge, Inc.

Police launch new website for Neighborhood Watch Program The car that was broken into was parked at the food pantry, which is located around the side of the O’Fallon Township Building. The Township Building is at 801 East State Street.

and when they finally got out here, we talked to them. We know one of the three. The car was parked at the food pantry but its our property,” Ahle said. The township wants to have the three charged with trespassing once the police identify all of the people involved. Ahle said more than once that the township was familiar with one of the three individuals, but wouldn’t say their name. “We know one individual involved and he’s caused problems before in the past. We don’t want them out here,” he said. According to Ahle, the

owner of the car doesn’t want to get involved and its his understanding that the owner won’t press charges. The O’Fallon Police Department are currently investigating. In other business… u The township trustees approved the appointment of Annie Roberts and Ben Dalman to the Township Youth Committee. u The employees of the road district were commended for filling in the cracks in the sidewalk at the township building. Trustees reported the sidewalks looked great. u Following up on a dis-

cussion from last month’s meeting, it was reported that the senior committee has all but decided to officially raise the fee for the monthly senior dinners to three dollars from its current price of two dollars. The increase is to be used to pay for quality entertainment. Many of the trustees expressed they had talked to residents who all were fine with the increase and were excited to see some good entertainment. u The next meeting of the O’Fallon Township Board of Trustees will be on Wednesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. at the township building.

O’FALLON - The O’Fallon Police Department has launched a website dedicated to the O’Fallon Neighborhood Watch Program. The website can be found at http://www. ofallon.org/criminal-investigations-division/pages/ neighborhood-watchprogram. The Neighborhood Watch website includes information about the program, how to sign up or organize a neighborhood watch group in your neighborhood, and what is expected once a group is established. The program also posts a monthly newsletter to the website that includes upcoming events, recent crime trends, and important contacts. The program stresses two way communication between the residents of

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Local man prepares for third mission trip to Kenya

Kevin Kinsall will teach math to children in Kenya for a year, starting in January Kevin Kinsall is a man on a mission. His third to be precise. Kinsall is preparing for his third mission trip to Kenya next year. He heads over in late December and will be going as part of an outreach to an area northeast of Nairobi called Tharaka, which is one of the poorest regions in the country. He’s teaming with Each One Feed One, International, which has been working in Kenya for more than thirty years providing education, medical care, clean water, and food for the people. Kinsall will be teaching seventh and eighth grade mathematics and technology to students at Mama Linda’s Excellent Academy. The opportunity to go to Africa first came to Kinsall a few years back through his church, First Baptist Fairview. “My church had taken small group of seven or eight the previous year and I didn’t go. I was feeling it out, but I just wasn’t quite ready yet. Then the next year I decided that since I had the summers off, I

Kinsall teaches kids how to do a chant students perform at OTHS football games. (Submitted Photo)

would go. I loved it! We only stayed for about seven days because you kind of start out small and expand as you go. We had a soccer camp and a full blown vacation bible school,” Kinsall said. He said the kids took to soccer very quickly. “They’re big on soccer. We’d play a soccer game almost every evening with the kids,” said Kinsall. Through other activities, Kinsall met Kyle and Victoria McCarter, who run Each One Feed One, International. During his second trip to Kenya, Kinsall spent time at both the mission through his church as well as the Each One Feed One location. He said he had a great time with the Mc-

Carters. “After we were back, the McCarters gave me the open invitation to come back to Each One Feed One any time. I thought about it, and prayed about it, and decided that I’d like to take a full year to come and teach. They need help in math and that’s one of my stronger subjects, so I felt I could do that well,” Kinsall said. Kinsall will also be teaching the students about technology and basic skills, like typing. “Learning to type is huge for them and their prospects of getting a job after school. Just having some hands on time with technology opens up a lot of doors. They can get a desk

job rather than a hard labor job. If they can get those skills, it pays big dividends,” he said. When he was over in Kenya last time, Kinsall set up a computer lab and he said the kids’ desire to use the machines was obvious. “I’d get one computer up and I’d get a huge crowd of kids. Then I’d get a second set up and have more kids. Finally, as I kept going, I had to kick the kids out until they were all set up and ready for them to use.” Kinsall is not taking his responsibilities lightly because he knows the kids have a lot riding on their education. “Kids there take a test right out of eighth grade. Depending on how well

Kinsall with a boy he met wearing a Fulton Jr. High PE Department t-shirt. (Submitted Photo)

they do on that test, determines if they will be put into a good or bad secondary school. The beauty of that is that they know its competitive and its all on them. So they work really hard and study really hard. There’s a higher drive to want to learn,” he said. Classes begin January 4 and run all year long, on a trimester basis. He plans to return home in December 2016.

Kinsall is a teacher at OTHS. He said the administration has been very supportive of his efforts. “One of the big risks is taking a year off here, losing all that equity I’ve put in here. But I’ve talked to Dr. Benway and Principal Bickel and they are very supportive. They have

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Kinsall continued from page 4 been for the past few years whenever I’ve left.” Kinsall is reaching out to the community and asking their support in his work. He is in need of donors and sponsors that can contribute $100 per month for the full 12 months he’ll be in Kenya. “It’s an expensive trip overall, but almost all of the cost is getting there. Maybe eighty or ninety percent is travel. Once you’re there, because the dollar is so strong, you’re just fine,” he said. Each One Feed One, International is a non-governmental organization and is registered in the United States as a 501(c)3 organization. Those interested in donating to help Kinsall can do so online by going to www.eachonefeedone.org and then clicking the “Donate” tab on the top right. Make sure to put “Kevin Kinsall” in the moment box on the donation page so that the donations go directly into an account set up for his financial support. “Their big verse is Jeremiah 29:11. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ They’re about giving hope and I want to do my part to help with that,” Kinsall said. “It’s way too good an opportunity to pass up. It’s going to be something to remember forever.” To learn more about Each One Feed One, visit www. EachOneFeedOne.org. To learn more about Kinsall’s previous trips to Kenya, visit www.KenyaMissionTrip.org.

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News

Stooke Family swim their way to Russia

Last month Nathan Stooke embraced a part of his life he thought he had left behind. Stooke, who is the CEO of Wisper Internet Solutions and a former member of the U.S. Mens National Swimming Team, and his wife Kirsty travelled to Russia to compete in the Fina World Masters Championship. “My wife and I are both swimmers. I was on the US Men’s National Team for three years and so I’d told my kids what it was like to go to an elite event. I’d told them what it was like and what I’d used to do. We found out about a year ago that the Masters World Championship was going to be held in Russia, and I’ve always wanted to go to Russia,” said Nathan. After talking it over, he and his wife, Kirsty, decided they were going to try out and attempt to compete in the Fina World Masters Championships, held this past August in Kazan, Russia. The World Championships are like the Olympics in a nonOlympic year. Normally, the Elite World Championships are held one year and the Masters held the next. This year though, the two events were held together for the first time, giving Nathan the elite event he’d always wanted to take his kids to. “We got to stay in the

Athlete’s Village, we got to eat with the athletes, literally sit on the bus next to a gold medal winner, maybe walk into the pool with a world record holder and great international swimmers. And for our kids it was amazing,” he said. However, deciding to try and compete at the Masters was the easy part. Just getting permission to go to Russia was a painstaking task. “Russia is an invite only country. You literally have to be invited. And so I went through an immense amount of work to get our visas, and they said that it was an easy process. They told us they had streamlined the process for the athletes because they had 6,000 of them coming, but it wasn’t easy at all,” said Nathan. From there Nathan and Kirsty had to train to get fast enough to meet the cut off time. To compete in the Masters, a swimmer must be faster than a specified time. If someone can swim fast enough, they can compete. There are age categories, however the oldest people swimming were 98 years old. “We trained for about six or seven months. Unfortunately, you get done with your swimming career, be it college or in my case the national team, and you don’t want to touch a

pool ever again because you spent five hours a day training. Or you say, yeah, I’m going to keep training because I like swimming, but not as much. Then you get married, get a job that takes up time, have kids, and lo and behold you haven’t really worked out in 15 years. So it was like ‘I think I can still swim, let me try’,” said Nathan. “I was, in my group, the fastest out of shape person. The highest place I got was sixth. The top five guys were ripped and you could tell they hadn’t stopped training after their collegiate or olympic careers. And more power to them, I’m glad they were able to do that.” Nathan said he made fast friends with other swimmers in his age category. “We got to know one another pretty well. What else do you have to do when you’re sitting there? ‘Hey do you speak english? I speak english!’ You sit and converse and get to know one another. I met a guy from Greece who said he’d been retired for 15 years and just started training six months ago, which was just like me. We’d compete and he’d out touch me in one race and I’d out touch him in another.” About 3,000 swimmers took part in the Masters event. Typically though

Nathan Stooke took part in the Masters portion of the event, swimming for the first time in 15 years.

the Masters can attract between 6,000 and 7,000 swimmers. Nathan believes the lower attendance is due to Russia being more difficult to get to. He also attributes some of the drop to the event being so soon after the last Masters event in Montreal last year. “Some people may have spent all of their vacation time or money going to Montreal and needed to skip Russia. So it was lower in attendance, but we didn’t care. It was awesome to go,” he said. Nathan has wanted to visit Russia since he was a boy paying attention to his father’s work as an Air Force intelligence officer. “My dad was in the Air Force, which is why we live around here. He was stationed at Scott Air Force Base. I had all of the books about the Soviet

Nathan always wanted to visit Russia. He also wanted to show his children what a professional swimming event was like. Pictured from left, Matthew, Nathan, Samantha, Kirsty, and Michael.

Union and was fascinated by them and their military presence. I always had an idea about Russia and the

Soviet Union in my mind. As hard as it was for us to get our visas, I feared we’d all be over there, discover I hadn’t filled something out right and then ‘BAM!’ be put in the slammer. I had a weird feeling. But then when we got there and the red carpet was rolled out. People were the nicest they could be.” Talking to the Russian people was illuminating for Nathan, educating him about he realities of the Soviet regime. “When we went on a walking tour we had two guides, a younger lady and a slightly older lady. After talking to them we realized the Russian people hated the Soviet regime as much or more than we did. Russia has a thousand year history… way longer than the U.S… and the Soviet regime was only 70

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News Stooke Family continued from page 6 years of it. It was really cool to see that because I grew up military and in the day and age I grew up in, we learned the Soviet Union is bad. The Russian people are bad. But then we got there and learned they’re not bad. They look at the Soviet regime as one part of their long history,” he said. The older guide who took the Stooke family on a driving tour grew up in a four bedroom apartment. Her family had one room and three other families had the other three rooms, and then they shared a bathroom and half sized kitchen. She told Nathan that was the Soviet ideology of equal. She told him about how growing up in it, it was obvious that it wasn’t equal. She said everything the Soviets were portraying was the opposite of what was going on.

Another tour guide was a young lady the family had was a millennial. She didn’t grow up under Soviet control and had only known life after they’d fallen. “She kept saying ‘We don’t have any use for them. We’re not them. They don’t define us, we don’t believe in what they believe, and we don’t have any use for them.’ There is still a soviet party but they’re not nearly as big as they used to be,” Nathan said. Reflecting back, its obvious Nathan had a wonderful time in Russia. But it also seems he had a great time reconnecting to his past as a swimmer. He said he plans to continue to train and swim in two years when the event takes place in Budapest and then in four years in South Korea. He has been keeping in touch

Kirsty and Nathan Stooke’s results from Russia Kirsty Stooke

200m Free 6th 2:28.78 100m Free 9th 1:05.59 50m Free 8th 29.71 100m Back 7th 1:18.62 50m Back 5th 36.03

Nathan Stooke

800m Free 10th  9:45.54 400m Free 8th 4:36.87 200m Free 12th 2:08.47 100m Free 15th 58.53 100m Back 12th 1:08.35 3km Open Water 6th 40.22.4

with his new friends from his age group at this year’s Masters. “A lot of us can’t wait for Budapest and we’re emailing back and forth encouraging one another to stay with it and keep training. This event travels all over. I love to travel and what is a better excuse,” Nathan said.

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Education

A Note from the Superintendent’s Desk

Dale Sauer

Superintendent - District 85 If you can read this….. Research clearly shows that the most important factor in a child’s learning and success in school is the teacher(s) that they encounter during their education. In my years in this vocation, I have seen that teachers truly do make a difference. In this time when the media portrays educators in a less than stellar light and when those of us in the educational field are being blamed for societal ills and failing students as compared to their international counterparts,

I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on these champions of students and my regard for the great work they do. We are fortunate to live in communities such as Shiloh and O’Fallon that value education. Great schools often form the very heart of their community, where students and their families come together to learn, share resources and give their all to their children. Teachers are the educational backbone of this community, creating the classroom and extracurricular experiences around which everything revolves. This is evidenced by an event that took place this past August in Shiloh. Hundreds attended a reunion of their elementary school classmates and teachers. All in acknowledgement of the vitality of the school’s role in their lives and successes. Even in outstanding communities such as Shiloh and O’Fallon, we know that some students struggle

with aspects outside of school that are out of their control. We all wish that the world were safer for our kids. But the truth is that many of our children deal with grown up issues before they should have to. A good teacher is a hero for these children. They are often sanctuary that provides a stable environment for a child with an uncertain life away from school. He or she may notice something’s wrong, provide a sympathetic ear and help children find safe and supportive ways to solve their problems. And it all starts with the teacher. Because no matter what profession or station in life you are at, you utilize tools that were gifted to you inside the schoolroom. Doctors, nurses, lawyers, engineers, teachers, clergy, police officers, paramedics, artists, accountants, musicians, those serving in the armed forces all came through a classroom before they were able to read and

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As an airline passenger, you may experience turbulence. And as an investor, you’ll encounter volatility in the financial markets. But your responses to both events should be similar. For example, you know you can’t “bail out” at 30,000 feet, so you generally don’t panic at flight turbulence. As an investor, you also need to avoid panicky behavior — by not taking a “time out” from investing. If you’re out of the market when a rally begins, you’ll miss out on growth opportunities. When you’ve flown, you’ve probably observed some of your fellow passengers sleeping through turbulence. These types of people may also be the ideal investors — they know that turbulence, in the form of market fluctuations, is normal, because they’ve experienced it many times before. As a result, they maintain a long-term perspective and stick with their investment strategy — and you can do the same. When you fly, fasten your seatbelt and relax. And when you invest, stay calm in periods of market volatility — you’ll help make the journey toward your financial goals a more peaceful one.

write. What would become of our lives if we could not read? How wonderful it is that we are able to “travel” to places through the printed word and never leave our living rooms! Go on adventures that we would never be able to pull off in reality. See history as it unfolds……what value can be placed on the imagination and the mind’s eye? For those suffering from incurable ailments, what is the value of educating the young scientists and mathematicians so that they can unlock the cures to what ails us? Taught by skilled instructors who recognize where students are and moves them to where they need to be. Whether that is the “3 R’s” of reading, writing and arithmetic, or more advanced subjects like calculus and physics. All begin at square one for them, and are brought forward by their teacher. Therefore, the value of a quality teacher is immeasurable. A good education can be received in a 100 year old building with less than state of the art equipment as well as in a shiny new facility with all the technological bells and whistles. In city schools and rural ones as well. Why is that? Because it is the teacher that makes the difference. The teacher that can reach and teach our children. Motivate and inspire them. Challenge and recognize them. Cheer them on to the very best that they can be in school

and out in the world. To achieve academic heights. Athletic prowess. Be a contributing teammate. Civic leader. Employer. Employee. Best citizen and even parenting success. I’m proud that the faculty of Shiloh focuses on the holistic development of each child, so that all may pass through our doors and experience success now and long after they leave us. We strive to recruit and retain the very highest quality of teachers that we can, because it is so vital to the success of our children in all aspects of their adult lives. Most of us can point to a single teacher or coach that made a difference in our lives. (Thank you, BAM.) Provided us with insight. Illuminated our minds with knowledge. Created a thirst for more. Teachers live for that moment! They only wish to know that they have made an impact on those students and families that they serve. It is said in teachers’ circles that they are not in the business of education for the income; they are in it for the outcome. From my vantage point, I can certainly say that is true for our schools. So as we have begun a new school year, my fervent hope is that we all appreciate the good work that is accomplished on a daily basis by those who have invested careers in growing our most treasured resources – our children and future. …..thank a teacher.

Junior Achievement offering new program to O’Fallon High School students O’FALLON – Beginning October 14, Junior Achievement will host local high school students in a unique program – the JA Company Program™. This program provides a relevant and authentic digital learning experience for area youth. The JA Company Program™ teaches students everything necessary for a successful business startup: leadership, marketing, sales, financial management, and supply chain management. This exciting new program delivers the necessary skills and tools needed to be competitive in today’s global knowledge economy, while gaining self-awareness and self-confidence. Students create a personal action plan incorporating entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and other 21st century career readiness skills. Students then have the opportunity to compete at the annual JA USA National Student Leadership Summit. Students who participate will be eligible to apply for several scholarships. All area high school students are invited to register by September 30 to participate in a thirteen-week after-school program that will be held on Wednesday evenings at O’Fallon Township High School, Smiley Campus. Students may register on-line at: www.jastl.org.

Attention Teachers! The O’Fallon Weekly wants to promote the great activities and educational opportunites available to local students. Please consider sending photos and information to Nick@OfallonWeekly.com for publication in future issues.

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Education Fourth grade students cultivate garden at Evans School

The fourth grade class at LaVerna Evans Elementary School plants a garden in the spring and the incoming fourth grade students harvest the vegetables and herbs in the fall each year. The school makes donations from the garden to the O’Fallon Food Pantry. Mrs. Debbie Hargrove, a fourth grade teacher, leads this initiative and utilize the garden for instruction in science. Students in the picture listed from left to right are: Destiny Burrow, Sophia Saldana, Hayden Amenn, Rowan Shockey. (Submitted Photo)

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Delores Moye Character Education Program students of the month

Delores Moye Elementary School is beginning their Character Education Program with the word: RESPECT ~ Treating others/things the way you would like to be treated, including self, property, and authority. Homeroom teachers have nominated the following students for the month of September for demonstrating Respect: Tyler Dubose, Ryan Lotz, Sam Hundley, Lukas Smith, A’Gernie Barlow, Kayla Williams, Jaya Williams, Whitney Milner, Jackson Kloever, Sarah Reed, Dane Hrasky, Teddy Young, Jaden Craig, Isabelle Burton, Anson Stutzman, Marshayla Carraway, Lucas Lind, Tommy James, Bailey Walker, Hayden Gerstenecker, Alia Barcus, Michael Skaggs, Zayne Groetecke, Jayla Brown, Jewel Woodhouse, Anayah Richardson, Gabe Fulton, Irene O’Connor. (Submitted Photo)

Superintendent Darcy Benway, Assistant Superintendent Martha Weld, and Principal Rich Bickel recently attended a meeting of the Sunrise Rotary Club of O’Fallon and answered questions as part of the club’s focus on education.

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Community

Troop 85 scouts conduct local street clean-up

Regency Center to host U of I Extension Master Gardener Conference Sept. 17-19 The State Street Community Gardeners, partnered with the O’Fallon Garden Club, are proud to announce that the 2015 University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener Conference will be taking place at the Regency Conference Center. The conference will take place

September 17 through 19. This is an exciting three day conference to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Illinois Master Gardeners. There are four planned tours to local gardens, Master Gardener and Master Naturalist projects (that includes the State Street Community

Garden partnered with the O’Fallon Garden Club), a bird sanctuary, local orchard, garden center and much more.   Keynote sessions as well as breakout talks will be centered on four tracts:  plant materials, natives, elements of design and edibles.

YMCA to hold open house on Sept. 12

Scouts from Troop 85 cleaned a section of highway they adopted last Saturday. The troop does cleanup on North Lincoln Ave. from in town to all the way up to Bethel School Road. Pictured, from left to right, are Matthew Stooke, Ben Spear, Jackson Smith. The Troop meets at Central Christian Church off Kyle Rd. on Monday nights. (Submitted photo)

O’Fallon YMCA staff would like to invite you to their Open House on September 12 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. They will be demonstrating classes, programs, giving out healthy snacks and giveways. For current YMCA members, if you bring a friend and share the gift of the YMCA with them, you could be eligible to receive a free month membership. For more information, contact the O’Fallon YMCA.

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REHAB AND SPORTS THERAPY

Game of the Week

Lady Panthers take third at Edwardsville Tiger Classic By Nathan Poignee

Weekly Sports Editor

The Lady Panther volleyball squad took to the courts in Edwardsville for their first taste of tournament play this weekend. OTHS competed against Motron, Carlinville, Mascoutah, Eureka, and Edwardsville to capture the third place title in the Edwardsville Tiger Classic. O’Fallon started the tournament out strong with group wins over Motron, Carlinville, and Mascoutah. In the first set of the tournament, the Panthers battled a tough Morton team in a close two game match. Eventually defeating Morton 25-19, and 25-18. The second match wasn’t quite as close for the 6-1 OTHS team. Two quick games against Carlinville ended in a 25-17,

and 25-9 victory for the Panthers. Preparing for their early group matches was difficult for the Panther team. “Every team we played was so different,” said head coach Melissa Massey. “No two teams were really comparable at all. They all play different volleyball and we had little idea what to expect from each match.” The first big test of the tournament for OTHS came during the early morning match on Saturday against Mascoutah. Game one of the set was close battle resulting in a two point victory for O’Fallon, 25-23. O’Fallon locked in for the second game and managed to clinch a 25-17 win. “We blocked very well and came together as a team against Mascoutah,” said Massey. O’Fallon suffered their

The Lady Panthers played well over the course of the Edwardsville Tiger Classic, losing only to the Eureka Wildcats in the semi-final round. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

first defeat of the season against the Eureka Wildcats in the semi-final round. Despite solid defense, the Panthers were unable to keep up with the Wildcats offense and strong hitters. “I’d like to say it was be-

cause we were fatigued, but we need to come ready to play no matter what,” said Massey. “We started to adjust as the game went on but we couldn’t catch up. It was a great experience for us to face the team who went

Athlete Spotlight Bohnenstiehl and Dumstorff bring friendship to the court Best friends on and off the court, seniors Bailey Bohnenstiehl and Kate Dumstorff have had great success as the No. 1 O’Fallon doubles pairing so far in the 2015-16 season. Bohnenstiehl and Dumstorff have been quite the duo, most recently helping the team place fifth in the Edwardsville High School Heather Bradshaw Memorial Invitational. Varsity head coach Erin Thoman has coached the pair as varsity players since they were both freshman. “Kate and Bailey have really strong chemistry,” coach Thoman praised. “They have excellent work ethics during the off season and they’re really consistent players. “ Kate, the daughter of Debby and Steve Dumstorff, and Bailey, the daughter of Lynn and Robert Bohnenstiehl, are 8-3 so far this season.

on to win.” In the third place match, O’Fallon faced off against host team Edwardsville Tigers. In an exhausted battle, the Panthers were able to squeeze out a big victory against an always tough rival Tiger team. “Neither team played their best,” said Massey. “But I was very impressed with the girl’s ability to keep playing and get the win.” Senior Anna Strake and junior Mackenzie Koester had stand out weekends, earning spots on the AllTournament Team.

Getting the opportunity to play in the Edwardsville Tiger Classic was a big deal for Massey’s Panther squad. “We are really trying to step it up this year. Getting to play in a tournament where you never know what to expect really helps us raise the level of our competition and prepare for the rest of the season. The girls did a great job of adjusting and they did everything I asked for. It was a really fun tournament to see where we are,” said Massey.

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OTHS Sports Calendar

Thursday, September 10 HOME

Boys Varsity Golf at Home, versus Collinsville HS – 3:30 p.m. Girls Tennis at Home, versus Centralia HS - 4 p.m.

AWAY Boys Soccer at Alton HS - 5 p.m.

Friday, September 11 HOME

Girls Tennis continues early season success By Nathan Poignee

Weekly Sports Editor

Several wins during the last week has continued to boost the OTHS girls tennis team. The ladies first took to the courts last Wednesday in Granite City where they continued their dominating performances. In 9 matches, the varsity Panthers managed to only lose six games collectively leading to a 9-0 win. The Panthers travelled the following day to Highland where they re-

peated their overpowering performance. Against the Bulldogs, O’Fallon scored another 9-0 shutout victory. On Friday the Panthers competed in the Edwardsville High School Heather Bradshaw Memorial Invitational. Although it was a varsity tournament, O’Fallon had two teams compete in each separate flight. Team A (varsity) finished in 5th place out of 16 teams with a 3-1 record. The Panthers defeated Peoria Richwoods, Cha-

O’Fallon 9

Girls Varsity Golf at Home, Lady Panther Invitational – 1 p.m.

AWAY

Boys Golf at Carbondale Community HS - 1 p.m. Girls Varsity Volleyball at Lincoln Tournament - 5 p.m. (11th &12th) Football at Belleville West HS - 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 12 HOME

Girls Tennis at Home, versus O’Fallon Quad – 8 a.m.

AWAY

Cross Country, Forest Park Forest Park CC Festival - 8:50 a.m. Girls Swimming at Springfield Invitational - 9 a.m. Girls Varsity Golf at Alton HS - 1 p.m.

Monday, September 14 AWAY

Girls Varsity Golf at Alton HS - 4 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15 HOME

Girls Tennis at Home, versus East St. Louis - 3:30 p.m. Girls Varsity Golf at Home, versus Belleville West HS - 4 p.m. Girls Volleyball at Home, versus Belleville East - 4:30 p.m. Boys Soccer at Home, versus Belleville East HS - 5 p.m.

AWAY

Boys Varsity Golf at Granite City HS - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 16 AWAY

Girls Tennis at Collinsville HS - 3:30 p.m.

tham Glenwood, and St. Joe. The Panthers were defeated by New Trier. Team B (JV) finished in 11th place out of 16 teams with a 2-2 record. The B team defeated Waterloo and Metro East Lutheran. They lost to Marion and Highland. Next action for the Panthers will take place at home on Thursday against Centralia and they will host the O’Fallon Quad tournament this weekend. Scores from this week’s tennis action can be found below.

Granite City 0

Singles: 1. Mackenzie Shelton (O) def. Bailee Warsing (GC) 6-0,6-0 2. Bailey Bohnenstiehl (O) def. Mikayla Kingsley (GC) 6-0,6-0 3. Kate Dumstorff (O) def. Dani Magana (GC) 6-0,6-0 4. Katie Halwachs (O) def. Kayla Myers (GC) 6-0,6-0 5. Mady Schreiber (O) def. Kourtney Singleton (GC) 6-3,6-0 6. Grace Lindsay (O) def. Ashley Peck (GC) 6-0,6-1 Doubles: 1. Bohnenstiehl/Dumstorff (O) def. Warsing/Kingsley (GC) 6-0,6-0 2. Halwachs/Lindsay (O) def. Magana/Myers (GC) 6-0,6-0 3. Shelton/Schreiber (O) def. Singleton/Kayla Bridick (GC) 6-2,6-0

O’Fallon 9

Highland 0

Singles: 1. Mackenzie Shelton (O) def. Kirsten Plocher (H) 6-1,6-0 2. Kate Dumstorff (O) def. Stephanie Olivares (H) 6-0,6-0 3. Bailey Bohnenstiehl (O) def. Beth Meadows (H) 6-1,6-0 4. Katie Halwachs (O) def. Liz Arend (H) 6-1,6-1 5. Mady Schreiber (O) def. Anjuli Kampwerth (H) 6-2,6-2 6. Grace Lindsay (O) def. Mallory LaFrance (H) 6-1,6-0 Doubles: 1. Bohnenstiehl/Dumstorff (O) def. Plocher/Meadows (H) 6-1,6-1 2. Halwachs/Lindsay (O) def. Olivares/Arend (H) 6-3,7-5 3. Shelton/Schreiber (O) def. Ariana Kampwerth/Katie Casillo (H) 6-0,6-0

Edwardsville High School Heather Bradshaw Memorial Invitational Team A (Varsity) O’Fallon 5 Peoria Richwoods 0 New Trier A 5 O’Fallon 0 O’Fallon 3 Chatham Glenwood 2 O’Fallon 3 St. Joe’s A 2

Team B (JV) Marion 3 O’Fallon B 4 Highland 4 O’Fallon B 3

O’Fallon B 2 Waterloo 1 O’Fallon B 1 Metro East Lutheran 2

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Second road trip to Chicago area ends in second loss for Football Panthers

Coach Joggerst keeping hopes high coming into match against Belleville West By Nathan Poignee

Weekly Sports Editor

A three game road stretch is nearly complete after the O’Fallon Panther football team traveled north for the second week in a row. Last Friday the young O’Fallon Panther team (0-2) clashed with the Benet Academy Redwings (2-0), in what ultimately resulted in a 41-3 loss. Benet opened up the scoring after forcing Pan-

ther running back Kentrail Moran to the ground in his own end zone for a safety. The Redwings defense added support to their first-quarter lead by running in a Panther fumble. “We didn’t come out of the gates strong,” said Coach Brandon Joggerst. “It’s hard to win when you spot them nine points that early in the game.” The Panthers got on the board with a field goal to end the half. However, the Redwings continued their offensive barrage in the second half, scoring three additional touchdowns to finish the game at 41-3. O’Fallon’s offense has been struggling early in the season, but Joggerst is keeping his team’s hopes high. “Our defense continued to play well this week. We

are banged up in a few spots, but as the season goes we will find some continuity that will lead to successful plays,” said Joggerst. After two trips up north, the team will conclude their opening three game road trip this Friday against Belleville West. The Maroons (0-2) will certainly provide the Panther team with a conference challenge. Coach Joggerst isn’t overlooking the Maroons, but is focusing the team’s efforts on internal improvements. “We’re not worried about our opponent right now,” said Joggerst. “Instead we are focusing on ourselves and making sure we are prepared to play. We need to execute better and create more opportunities with longer drives.”

Spotlight continued from page 11 The duo’s most impressive win so far, took place during the Champaign Invitational. In the semi-final round, Bohnenstiehl and Dumstorff defeated Belleville East’s No. 1 pairing in a tie-breaker. They finished second place overall and helped lead O’Fallon to a second place finish out of sixteen teams. In the No.2 and 3 spots, the pairing has been successful in singles as well. Both have started the season out undefeated, with 3-0 records against Highland, Gibault, and Granite City. Although they host impressive singles records, both feel more at home on the court together. “Playing doubles is a big

stress relief,” said Dumstorff. “Knowing you have a teammate to back you up makes it more fun.” A large part of Kate and Bailey’s success comes from years of friendship. Having been friends since the third grade, the chemistry on the court between the two was natural. “Knowing each other so well has really helped us,” said Bohnenstiehl. “We are always able to figure out what need to do and talk things out on the court. In their last season with O’Fallon, the duo has high expectations. Both have their sights set on winning the Southwestern Conference and making it to state.

As captains of the team, coach Thoman places a lot of trust in the leadership the two provide for the team. “They’re great role models for the team. We have a positive group of girls, but I can always rely on them to keep that going, especially in big matches,” said coach Thoman. Next fall, Bohnenstiehl is undecided if she will continue to play in college and Dumstorff is still deciding between several schools, including McKendree, Southern Indiana, and ISU. The top level doubles pair will next take to their home courts on Thursday against Centralia.

During the loss to Benet Academy, only kicker Tucker McCann would put up points for the Panthers with a field goal to end the first half. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nathan Poignee)

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OTHS Boys and Girls Golf teams keep swinging to success

By Nathan Poignee

Weekly Sports Editor

A big conference win over Belleville West has the O’Fallon boys golf team swinging in the right direction. O’Fallon defeated West last Wednesday by ten strokes, winning 156166. Leading the way for O’Fallon were Chase Holland (38), Lucas Hackmann (38), Elliot Walkington (38), and Logan Harris (40). West was the first conference match for the young O’Fallon team. The away test was a big key indicator for Kellermann’s inexperienced team. “Getting the win and performing well on the road for our first match is good to see,” said coach Kevin Kellermann. “For a lot of our players, it was their first varsity conference match.” Next the Panthers competed on the local links of Tamarack against

Triad and Highland. Logan Harris carded O’Fallon’s top score with a 37. Right behind Harris were David Broussard (38), Zach Hess (42), and Elliot Walkington (43). The Panthers defeated both Triad and Highland with a score of 162. Triad placed second (179), and Highland finished in third (184). “We didn’t play as well as we could have,” said Kellermann, “But we squeezed out the win and I’m happy with our start. I’m pleased with our progression so far but, it’s still too early to tell. It’s a long season and there are improvements to be made.” Gaining confidence at the varsity level will be a huge factor for the Panther’s to continue their success throughout the season. Kellermann wants his to team to continue to capitalize on conference play, preparing them for

the post season early and keeping up with their winning effort. While the boys swung to victory last week, coach Chris Eddy’s girls team found equal success on the course. With wins over Highland, Granite City, and Collinsville, the OTHS lady Panther golf team continues to impress. Against Highland, O’Fallon was led by sophomores Brooke Boatman (40), Emily Marrs (42), Alyssa McMinn (45), and Savannah Schuhardt (46). The Panthers defeated Highland by a significant 33 strokes, winning 173206. For Schuhardt, it was the first time she contributed in the top four, and she carded her best score (46) to date. Granite City was a considerably closer match for O’Fallon, only defeating the Warriors by two strokes and a final score of 174-176. Once

again leading the way for the Panthers were Marrs (37), Boatman (40), senior Natalie Fix (49), and McMinn (49). In their final match of the week, the Panthers defeated Collinsville by 8 strokes in a final score of 167-175. Emily Marrs set a new school record, carding a score of four under par for a 32. Supporting Marrs, were Boatman (42), McMinn (44), and Fix (49). While the team has been rolling forward with success, coach Chris Eddy doesn’t was his young team to get complacent or lose focus. “With a busy week ahead, we have had some shorter practices,” said Eddy. “We are really focusing on the girl’s short game. Most of the time we tend to gain a lot of strokes there, and some of these close one or two stroke matches have been decided in the short game.”

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Obituaries James Howard Braatz

November 24, 1929 - September 1, 2015 James Howard Braatz, Lt Col, USAF (retired), age 85, of O’Fallon, born November 24, 1929 in Fond du Lac, Wisc. passed away Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Ill. Jim graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, N. C., in 1951, and earned his graduate degree in Physical Therapy at the Medical College of Virginia in 1952. His lengthy military career began in 1952, and he retired as Chairman, Department of Physical Therapy in 1979 from Scott AFB. He then worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in East St. Louis as Director of Physical Therapy, retiring in 1994. Jim was a member of O’Fallon First United Methodist Church and O’Fallon A.F. & A.M. Lodge 576. He was a life member of American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. He was also a life member of Military Officers Association of America and Toastmasters International. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed restoring bicycles, and often donated these bikes to underprivileged children. He was a generous and caring husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents Emmett and Ina, nee Stockley, Braatz; his first wife Rebecca; and his brothers John and Elwood. Surviving are his wife, Karen, nee Hooper, Braatz, of O’Fallon; his sons John C. Braatz of Charlotte, N. C., Michael D. (Stacy) Braatz of Wellesley, Mass., step-daughters Megan (Ajay) Pant of Ellicott City, Md., and Lauren (Jay) McElhaney of St. Albans, Mo.; his grandchildren Abby and Theo Braatz; step-grandchildren Arun and Kiran Pant, Evan and Cameron McElhaney; his sister-in-law Pat Braatz of Richmond, Va.; nephew Barry (Susan) Braatz and niece Sharon (Wayne) Whitlock. Memorial donations are suggested to O’Fallon First United Methodist Church (www.ofallonmethodistchurch.org) or Lewy Body Dementia Assoc. (www.lbda.org) Memorial Visitation was held on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home, 102 W. Washington St., O’Fallon, Ill., and at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church. Memorial Service was held at 11:00 am, Friday, September 4, 2015, at O’Fallon First United Methodist Church, O’Fallon, Ill., with Pastor Ron Dickinson. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois

James Edward Taylor

December 26, 1929 - August 31, 2015 James Edward Taylor, age 85, of Lebanon, Ill., formerly of O’Fallon, born December 26, 1929 in Batesville, Arkansas, passed away Monday morning, August 31, 2015 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, Illinois.   Jim was an avid pool player and was well-known as a Friday-night regular at the Outdoorsman Tavern in O’Fallon, and had too many friends to count. He was a Teamster most of his life. Jim loved fishing, guitars, and joking around. He was an Army veteran, serving 1947-50.   He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Gloria Mae, nee Hook, Taylor; his daughter Donna Taylor Weber, his son, James R. Taylor, his granddaughter Stacey Taylor, and his parents Lee and Minnie Taylor.   Surviving are his daughter Linda Taylor Sonsoucie; grandson Zachary Johnson, granddaughter Casey Weber (Todd) Voegtle, his brother-in-law Bill (Andrea Nozick) Crisel, and three great grandchildren Codey, Cole, and Lisa.   Memorial donations would be appreciated to Spencer Pet Rescue or Spencer Kennels. Condolences may be extended to the family by visiting  www.wfh-ofallon.com.   Funeral: Military Graveside Service will be at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois.   Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois

Raymond Haeffner

October 13, 1918 - August 28, 2015 Raymond P. Haeffner, 96, of O’Fallon, born October 13, 1918 in East St. Louis, Illinois, died Friday August 28, 2015 at his residence. Raymond was a veteran of United States Army serving during WW II, where we earned battle stars for his participation in the Falise Gap, Battle of the Bulge, and Rohr Pocket. He was a member of the International Painters and Allied Trades Local 215 in East St Louis, Illinois for over 45 years and served as president for 25 years. He was a member of St. Clare Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Illinois and Knights of Columbus Council 4239, O’Fallon, Illinois. Mr. Haeffner enjoyed playing cards, fishing, gardening, wood working, whittling, and ceramics. He was a former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in East St. Louis, Illinois where he coached his son’s basketball and baseball teams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Haeffner, nee Krul, his parents; Walter and Lillie, nee Roark, Haeffner, a grandson, Tom Haeffner, and two sisters; Mildred Shankle and Fannie Huff. Surviving are his children; Walter (Vickie) Haeffner of O’fallon, Illinois, and Vicki Haeffner of Smithton, Illinois, two grandchildren; Laura (Chris) Coulter and Melissa Haeffner, two great grandchildren, Logan and Luke Coulter, nieces, nephews and other relatives. Memorials are appreciated to St. Clare Catholic Church Building Fund or hospice of Southern, Illinois. Memorials and expressions of condolences maybe made at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com

Susan M. Dolton

August 11, 1955 - August 27, 2015 Susan M. Dolton, age 60, of O’Fallon, died at 7:07 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born August 11, 1955 in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of the late Virgil and Lila Auen. She married Gary Dolton January 24, 1994 in Newbury, England. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Adam Dolton of O’Fallon; one step-daughter, Bonnie Evans of Spokane, Washington; and three grandchildren. Mrs. Dolton was retired from the United States Air Force after a 20 year career. She also worked for the Department of Defense, and was a member of the O’Fallon VFW. According to her wishes, her remains were cremated, and were intered at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis at 11:30 a.m. Monday, September 7, 2015. Arrangements entrusted to Kalmer Memorial Services.

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June 14, 1932 - September 3, 2015 Jack A. Titterington, 83 years young, of O’Fallon, IL, was lovingly taken into the Kingdom of God to share eternal life with Jesus on September 3, 2015. Jack was born on June 14, 1932 in Aledo, IL. Jack successfully served 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, traveling throughout the U.S. as a distinguished marksman. Jack took home the Appreciation Cup, presented to the High Marine in the President’s Match in 1963; was the General Shepherd Trophy winner in 1965, awarded to the Marine Competitor with the highest aggregate score; received the National Trophy Individual Rifle Match & the National Rifle Team Match; and in 1971, he also received the 10th Annual InterService Rifle Team Championship Trophy Bowl for Division “A” Long Range Match. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Jack had a successful career with the Illinois State Drivers and Motor Vehicle Division for 20 years. Jack was a devoted husband and loving father. An avid polka dancer, Jack and his beloved wife of 57 years, Wanda, could often be found on the weekends polka dancing anywhere from Illinois, Missouri, Maryland, to Wisconsin. He thoroughly enjoyed gardening, working in the yard, and cooking gourmet meals. Jack was a member of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church. Always one for having fun, Jack was known for his tender hearted acts of kindness towards people and animals. Jack is survived by his wife, Wanda Titterington, nee Daniels, of O’Fallon, IL; three daughters, Gaye (Tim) Radford of O’Fallon, IL, Sue (Steve) Cummings of Huntsville, AL, and Lisa (David) Vazquez of O’Fallon, IL; brother, James (Anne) Titterington of Bainbridge Island, WA; three grandchildren, Allison Vazquez, Abigail Vazquez, and Zachary Zeigler, all of O’Fallon, IL; niece, Amy Titterington of Buena Vista, CO; and sisters-inlaw, June Justice of Shawnee, KS and Gay White of Little Roc, AR. He will also be greatly missed by his and Wanda’s kitty, Kit Kat. Forever in our hearts, we have all been changed by you, your unfailing love, and your precious life. We will forever miss you until we are reunited again in heaven. In honor of Jack, his family has requested memorials to be made to St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, www.stclarechurch.org. Condolences may be extended to the family online at www.schildknechtfh.com. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon, IL and on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 10:00am-11:00am at St. Clare of Assis Catholic Church, 1411 Cross St. O’Fallon, IL. Funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the church with Fr. James Deiters officiating. After the service, Jack will be cremated. Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

David Lee Ebert

March 4, 1944 - September 3, 2015 David Lee Ebert, age 71, of O’Fallon, born March 4, 1944 in Belleville, Ill., died in his home September 3, 2015. Mr. Ebert was an Army veteran. He lived and farmed on the family farm. He was a member of American Legion Post 137, St. Clair County Farm Bureau, Teamsters 50, and the NRA. Dave enjoyed the occasional opportunity to farm using his draft horses, and was a member of the Belgian Draft Horse Corp. of America and the Illinois Trappers Association. He was preceded in death by his parents William and Lucille, nee Hagemann, Ebert and infant sister, Pauline. Surviving are his wife Joyce Ebert, nee Obernuefemann, whom he married December 14, 1971, son Michael (Connie) Ebert of Mascoutah, Ill., and son Matthew (Martha) Ebert of O’Fallon, Ill.; grandchildren Austin and Brenden Herberts; Josiah, Eliana, Amelia, Madalyn, and Luke Ebert; his sister Ruth (Billy) Johnston of Winnsboro, La.; brother-in-law Joseph Obernuefemann; many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. In lieu of flowers and other gifts, memorials be made to Calvary Church of O’Fallon to support God’s work or to a charity of donor’s choice. Visitation was held Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Wolfersberger Funeral Home. Funeral was held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the funeral home, with Rev. Chad Townsley, officiating. Burial followed at Keppler’s Cemetery, O’Fallon Township, Ill. Arrangements entrusted to Wolfersberger Funeral Home, O’Fallon, Illinois


rather have working on their behalf to find them by Nick Miller homes than Tabitha. She’s You may have noticed energetic and passionate that each week we feaabout helping each and ture two animals availevery animal that passes able for adoption at the through her doors. St. Clair County Animal This past week the Adoption Center. Animal Adoption Center When we launched the posted a photo to their O’Fallon Weekly, one of Facebook page showing my first priorities was to the names of all of the have a “Pet of the Week” dogs and cats that had section to help homeless been adopted in August. I pets find families. My recognized a lot of names wife and I are big animal from our Pets of the Week people and have adopted section and reached out our own collection of crit- to Tabitha to see how ters (one dog and three many featured pets had cats). Homeless animals found forever homes. are a big problem everyI’m thrilled to report that where and I wanted to all but four of the animals take a small part of the we have featured since paper to help in whatever we launched the Pets of small way I could. the Week have been adEach week I receive opted to their new famiphotos and descriptions lies. Only Cora (a kitten of pets available for adop- featured July 22), Robyn tion from Tabitha at the (a kitten featured August Adoption Center. While 19), Rascal and Waino (a I’ve actually never met dog and cat featured just Tabitha in person, we’ve last week) remain at the spoken on the phone and Adoption Center. Since emailed back and forth, we started featuring pets, and I can tell there is no we have spotlighted 27 one those pets would different dogs and cats.

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Vantage Point Pets provide so much more to a family and household than can be quantified. They love you unconditionally and bring joy and happiness into your life. Even cats, which sometimes get a bad reputation for being aloof and haughty, can be extremely affectionate and loving. So if you don’t have a family pet or are considering getting a pet but don’t know where to get one, head down to the St. Clair County Animal Adoption Center. Or you can wait just a bit and head over to their Adopt-A-Thon on Sunday, September 27, at Silver Creek Saloon.The third annual event will run from 1-4 p.m. at 2520 Mascoutah Avenue in Belleville. Trust me, they’ll have a pet that’s just perfect for you. The following former Pets of the Week have found forever homes… Frank, Cole, Gucci, Leonard, Bernard, May Belle, Savannah, Rudder, Margarita, Catcher, Scribbles, Morgan, Paytin, Monkey, Milkshake, Mika, Cali, Joker, Sharkey, Alaska, Milo, Axel, and Cheshire. Check out this week’s Pets of the Week on page nine.

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O’Fallon Mayor Gary L. Graham The old saying that the older we get the quicker time flies by is very true. It seems as though the summer season just began and now it’s almost over. The children are back in school and Labor Day is here. On Monday, September 7, Americans across the country celebrated Labor Day. While many citizens relaxed, traveled and spent time with their families, it is also important for us to reflect on the historical significance of this holiday. Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. Over the years, the holiday has evolved from a purely labor union celebration into a general last fling of summer festival. The legislation, signed into law by President Grover Cleveland, which enacted Labor Day as a national holiday was forged amid labor unrest in which people lost their lives. The events that led to the enactment of the legislation began in Pullman, Illinois. Pullman was founded in 1880 by George Pullman, presi-

dent of the railroad sleeping car company. Its residents all worked for the Pullman Company. Unfortunately, in 1893, a nationwide economic depression affected the company and George Pullman was forced to lay off hundreds of employees. Those who remained endured wage cuts, while rents in Pullman remained consistent. Eventually, the employees walked out, demanding lower rents and higher pay. The American Railway Union (ARU), led by young Eugene V. Debs, came to the cause of the striking workers and railroad workers across the nation boycotted trains carrying Pullman cars. Rioting, pillaging, and burning of railroad cars soon began. President Grover Cleveland, faced with nervous railroad executives and interrupted mail trains, declared the strike a federal crime and deployed 12,000 troops to break the strike. Violence erupted and two men were killed when U.S. Deputy Marshalls fired on protesters in Kensington, near Chicago. On August 3, 1894, the strike was declared over. Debs went to prison, his ARU was disbanded, and Pullman employees signed a pledge that they would never again unionize. Aside from the

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already existing American Federation of Labor and the various railroad brotherhoods, industrial workers’ unions were effectively stamped out and remained so until the Great Depression. After the events surrounding the Pullman strike, protests against President Cleveland’s harsh methods made the appeasement of the nation’s workers a top political priority. In the immediate wake of the strike, legislation was rushed unanimously through both houses of Congress, and the bill arrived on President Cleveland’s desk just six days after his troops had broken the Pullman strike. President Cleveland seized the chance at conciliation, and Labor Day was born. Today, Labor Day is generally regarded simply as a day of rest. Political demonstrations are rare. Modern day forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water activities, and public art events. Families with school-age children frequently take advantage of the long weekend to make that last trip of summer. I hope that you and your family took advantage of the last long weekend of summer and had a safe and pleasant Labor Day. The strong working relationship between City Hall and the residents we serve is yet another example of why O’Fallon is such a great community in which to live.

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Vantage Point The Fitness Fanatic by Laura Miller

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Perfectly Average If you read my article last week you know I recently attended an exercise instructor convention in Chicago. There were 1800 people from all over the country just as passionate about fitness as I am there. I made an observation while I was there. There were all sorts of people there, ages, races, genders, but specifically body types. What’s the stereotype you think of when you think of a female exercise instructor? Jillian Michaels, right? Tall, six-pack abs, working out in the bra top? That’s not the reality. Sure there were girls like that there, but the majority weren’t. To me it proves that fitness comes in all shapes and sizes. It made me proud of the steps we are taking in this industry. I mentioned the observation of all the different body types to my manager, Donna. She said something to me that I found somewhat profound, “See Laura, you’re perfectly average.” Don’t take it the wrong way. I found it to be a true compliment. Donna has known me for many years now, and known me when I was much heavier (a story I plan to tell in a later article). So, for me, to be “average” is a blessing. And to see more people like me, that Have a question for

are “average” is telling about how accepting the industry is becoming. When we look at the research there are three basic body types. Ectomorphs, people that are naturally thin, tall, and have that ravenous metabolism; Mesomorphs are people that are lean and muscular; and Endomorphs are the people that have that metabolism that is like molasses in January and tend to gain weight easily. Most people are not a pure version of any of these body types, but more of a hybrid. Even so, most people can likely identify with one of these body types, and so can people that come to group fitness classes. This is why I think the variety of sizes and shapes of instructors is great. We represent the variety of people coming into our clubs. Hopefully this is an encouragement to them. No matter what you look or feel like, you can still be awesome and meet your fitness goals. All you need is determination. Just remember you too are “perfectly average.” Laura Miller is a certified group fitness instructor for Gold’s Gym in O’Fallon. *You should consult your physician or other health professional before starting any fitness program.*

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The Weekly takes a trip to Yellowstone National Park! Ed and Marcia McGinley recently took a trip out west and visited Yellowstone National Park. Ed and Marcia brought their copy of the O’Fallon Weekly along with them and posed for a picture at the park. We wonder if they met Ranger Smith... Are you going on a trip? Take the O’Fallon Weekly along with you! Just take a photo of the Weekly while away from home and email it to us for the Weekly Traveller. Please include who is pictured and where the photo was taken. Email photos to Nick@OFallonWeekly. com and please mark them “Weekly Traveller.”

Seems like a lot of weirdness comes out of California. There was a story on the wire today about a guy in San Diego County who agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a complaint that he had put “raw chicken manure” on his golf course. I don’t know if you can buy cooked chicken manure, but this was reportedly raw. And, he spread 5 tons of the stuff. Where do you buy 5 tons of chicken manure? Does it come in a bag? Chicken poop is not that heavy. It would take a crapload of chickens to

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generate 5 tons of waste, pun intended. It doesn’t compare in size to cow or pig manure. Nor does it smell as bad, in my experience. Granted, I haven’t been around chickens enough to know what 5 tons of the stuff smells like. There are a lot of things in the wire story that didn’t quite add up. The defendant claimed the manure was a soil enhancer. But the golf course had been closed for more than a year. Do you spend money on 5 tons of manure to treat a course nobody is using? The guy owns the course; seems like he ought to be able to fertilize it if he wants to. There’s an old saying, though, that your right to wave your fist

falls somewhere short of my nose. The neighbors were not happy about the chicken poop, which they said stank for a month and caused breathing problems. They logged nearly 70 complaints among 40-some residents; apparently, some people complained more than once. Turns out, the course owner and the residents were at odds already because he wants to build 270 homes on the defunct course. The neighbors want it to remain “open space.” After all, they built or bought their homes on a golf course for a reason. (The reason probably being more about prestige and class than open air.) The neighbors asserted that the owner spread the chicken waste to irritate them. If he did, then I reckon it worked. Personally, I would have opted for pig manure, if I was inclined to make a stink. Pig stink permeates and has admirable hang time. San Diego County has an air quality agency that went after the case of the chicken coop poop. I had

never heard of the stink police, but they have ‘em out there in Cali. They have a lot of things we don’t have, mostly because we don’t want ‘em. Back to the beginning of the story -- the golf course owner agreed to pay $100,000 to the agency but admitted no wrongdoing. I don’t know about you, but 100 large seems like a lot of money. It’s about $20,000 for every resident along the golf course. Here in Illinois, I pass by two hog farms every week. I wonder what that smell is worth. Can you imagine if Illinois had stink police? The entire city of Decatur would have to shut down. I’m sure the chicken manure was unpleasant as well as unexpected. But it seems like a first-world problem to me. © Copyright 2015 by David Porter who can be reached at porter@ ramblinman.us. I actually don’t mind Decatur’s soybean stench. It makes me hungry every time I drive through there.


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A WALK IN THE WOODS – Rated R Director and fellow Belleville native Ken Kwapis, brings to the BIG SCREEN a tale of two old friends…living out their LAST HURRAH by taking on the task of hiking the Appalachian Trail from start to finish ~ as we venture to take A WALK IN THE WOODS!!! Having returned from spending 20+ years across the pond in England, Writer Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) is searching for a way to reconnect with “his home-

land”, while also trying to come to grips with his own mortality, as we are all not getting any younger, you know! So Bill comes up with the profound & glorious idea to take on the trekking the entire Appalachian Trail - ALONE! Distressed over the fact that her husband barely walks around the block, and now he has hatched the ingenious plan to hike over 2,000 miles, Bill’s wife Catherine (Emma Thompson) thinks exactly what we all do…. that he has gone stark raving mad!!! Unable to talk him out of this grandiose idea, Catherine puts her foot down, insisting that if he must go, he cannot go all by himself... Bill starts to reach out to many of his friends and acquaintances to invite them to join him on his

Entertainment QUEST FOR FUN~ but he soon finds that they too, think he has lost his mind! That is, until one of Bill’s long lost friends named Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) catches wind of his plan, and decides it’s time to for them to reconnect. As our inexperienced trekkers take on the wilderness ~ and each other’s issues ~ they become even more determined to rekindle their friendship, and to show everyone that this idea of Bill’s might not have been SO CRAZY after all… I give A WALK IN THE WOODS a rating of: WAIT & CATCH THIS ONE ON NETFLIX or PAY PER VIEW… I was really excited to see REDFORD & NOLTE together in this film, and was hoping that between their “friendly chemistry” together and the beautiful landscape of the Appalachians, this would end up being a classic film, that I could send everyone to

the theater to see. But, sadly, once again Redford is erasing all of the fond memories I have of seeing him in such fantastic films as BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, THE WAY WE WERE, THE NATURAL, or even his part in CAPTAIN AMERICA ~ WINTER SOLDIER, with taking on roles that are mundane and mediocre AT BEST… anyone remember ALL IS LOST? I thought not. In all fairness, there were a few funny scenes that took place ~ I did chuckle a few times, and I was happy to see Nolte back on screen again too ~ but the chemistry between Redford and Thompson was absolutely non-existent, and even the periodic scenic view couldn’t stop me from giving this film such an unremarkable rating. Suffice to say, A WALK IN THE WOODS wasn’t the worst film I have viewed all year…but it wasn’t, by far, THE BEST either…

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Verizon IndyCar News 2015 Indy Car Season in Review By Jim Miller

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This year’s IndyCar season was a cauldron of highs, lows, and extreme lows. Let’s rewind the past six months for a brief look at a few things: Highs: u The Season Championship came down to the final race with six drivers in mathematical contention. The uncertainty of who would win came down to the last 3 laps and a 1.2 second difference. u There were nine different drivers who won races this year which demonstrates the close margin of competition. u At the time of this writing both Chevrolet and Honda had come to terms with IndyCar on a 5-year extension of their contracts, although Honda has yet to finalize it due to their special request that would allow them to identify and correct issues with their aero-kit design outside of the regulations in place. Honda had originally sought a 2-year agreement, but outgoing INDYCAR President of Competition Derrick Walker stated both engine manufacturers will continue

through the 2020 season pending final approval of the contracts. u The new aero-kit designs for the cars could be viewed with mixed reviews, however, the cars looked fast even when parked, they were faster than expected, and even though there were hiccups and challenges with the new designs they were a successful step for the series. u Compared to Formula One thus far this year where 64% of the races have been won by the pole sitter, and 21% in NASCAR, only once did the pole winner take the checkered flag in an IndyCar race (Will Power at the Indianapolis Grand Prix) this season. The unpredictability of the race finish makes this racing series exciting. Chevrolet dominated qualifications this year by sweeping the pole positions. But even though Honda failed to win a single #1 spot on a starting grid, they won 6 races by virtue of smart pit strategies, fuel management, and better tire wear. u The roster of young drivers is one of the deepest talent-wise this series has seen in years. Josef

Newgarden, Sage Karam, Carlos Munoz, and Gabby Chavez to name a few all showed their abilities. Looking at IndyCar from an international viewpoint, many tremendous drivers are seeking rides here rather than Formula One or other racing series’. This says a lot about the quality of IndyCar, and it indicates the sport is in great hands on the track towards the future. u 2015 was the second consecutive year of overall television viewership growth for IndyCar. Since the 2013 season, average TV ratings and viewership has increased by 36 percent and 38 percent, respectively. Now if only more people would fill the stands. u The return of Road America and the hotly rumored return of Phoenix International Raceway to the 2016 schedule are welcome additions. Lows: u A short 16- race schedule that started too late (end of March) and ended too soon (end of August). Hopefully 2016 has at least 18 races and goes into September as in past years. u The new body aerokits unveiled with unique

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designs for both Chevrolet and Honda. Each experienced mixed results and problems. In the first race of the season cars lightly brushing against each other caused fragile body parts to fly off. Design changes were made before the next race and they did better. Problems continued in May at the Indianapolis 500 when the aero-kits for oval tracks were first unveiled. During qualifying speeds were immediately reaching nearly 227 mph and cars (Chevrolets) went airborne, so while solutions were being designed the teams were instructed to qualify with race-day set ups slowing them down to a safer speed. As the season went on it became apparent Honda was struggling with achieving competitive speeds against Chevy. This factored into difficult contract extension negotiations between Honda and IndyCar. u James Hinchcliffe suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash during Indy 500 qualifying when his car’s suspension broke and a piece pierced his legs and penetrated his pelvis. After surgeries and rehabilitation he is well on

1237 Central Park Drive O’Fallon, IL 62269 (618) 271-3000 www.GatewayClassicCars.com his way to a full recovery. His presence on the track was missed as he is a fan favorite personality. u The unexpected resignation of Derrick Walker as IndyCar President of Competition. He brought sorely needed practical experience to the role. Team owners and drivers will especially miss him as he has paddock experience. u The often misguided and clumsy authority of Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company who owns IndyCar. Implementing a gag order on drivers regarding negative comments in June accomplished nothing in benefit to the series. He needs to be in the paddocks more. u The series seems to be trending towards road and street courses rather than ovals. This poses an issue with young drivers as oval racing is a different beast which many have limited or no experience in taming. The foundation of IndyCar is the premier race in May in Indy. Let’s hope more oval races are brought to the 2016 schedule, otherwise, with Fontana out and Milwaukee and Pocono still undecided, the series

could only have 3 oval races. u Double points awarded at the season finale proved to be a silly gimmick that cost the season-long points leader the championship. Lowest of Lows: u The worst moment imaginable came on August 24th with the loss of Justin Wilson in what can only be called a freakish accident. As a result IndyCar has already begun studying Wilson’s accident and are discussing ways to make the cars even safer. 2015 was an attentiongrabbing year for IndyCar fans. With additional car improvements, expected driver/team changes, going back to a couple of old classic tracks, and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 next year is shaping up to be even better.


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This Week In History Sept 10 1897 - 25 year old London taxi driver George Smith was the first person arrested for drunk driving. 1977 - Hamida Djandoubi, a Tunisian immigrant convicted of murder, is the last person executed by guillotine in France. Sept 11 1941 - Ground is broken for the construction of the Pentagon. 2001 - Terrorists use hijacked airliners to attack the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC. Another plane was forced down by defiant passengers and flight attendants in Pennsylvania before it could reach its intended target. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost. 2002 - The Pentagon is rededicated after repairs are completed, one year after the attack on the building. 2012 - The US embassy in Benghazi, Lybia is attacked, resulting in four deaths. Sept 12 1940 - A collection of prehistoric cave paintings are found in the Lascaux grotto in France. 1953 - John Kennedy marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, a photographer for the Washington Times-Herald, in Newport, Rhode Island. 1953 - Nikita Khrushchev is elected the first secretary of the

Communist Party six months after the death of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Sept 13 1788 - The first national elections are ordered to be held in the United States. 1814 - Francis Scott Key pens a poem that would later be set to music and become the national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner.” 1956 - IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305. 1985 - Super Mario Bros. is released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan. 1989 - The largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa takes place in Cape Town, led by Desmond Tutu. Sept 14 1901 - President William McKinley dies after being shot eight days earlier by an anarchist during the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, NY. 1994 - The Major League Baseball season is cancelled due to a strike. Sept 15 1914 - The first trenches are dug along the Western Front in World War I. 1928 - Alexander Fleming first notices bacteria in his lab that would later be used to create penicillin

1954 - The famous picture of Marilyn Monroe, laughing as her skirt is blown up by the blast from a subway vent, is shot during the filming of The Seven Year Itch. 1963 - A bomb explodes during Sunday morning services in the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young African-American schoolgirls. 1978 - Muhammed Ali defeats Leon Spinks to win the world heavyweight boxing championship at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. 2004 - National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman announces the lockout of the players union and the cessation of operations by the NHL front office. Sept 16 1620 - The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers. 1908 - Buick Motor Company head William Crapo Durant spends $2,000 to incorporate General Motors in New Jersey. 1932 - Gandhi begins his fast in protest of caste separation. 1940 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Selective Service and Training Act, which requires all male citizens between the ages of 26 and 35 to register for the military draft, beginning on October 16.

During the evening of July 31, 1915 a thunderstorm with frequent lightning passed through O’Fallon. One of the casualties was a barn on the farm of Mike Keller, Sr. off of Seven Hills Rd. The building was completely destroyed, laying waste to 29 loads of hay, 350 bushels of wheat, plus harness and farming implements. The loss, partly covered by insurance, was calculated at $2000. The barn was soon rebuilt the same year. This week’s photo from late 1915 shows the brand new structure on the Clay Model Farm, as the Keller farm was also known back then. Not surprisingly, reconstruction included lightning rod which was installed Nov. 5, 1915. Cost was $35. The “new” bright red barn still exists on the Keller Farm to this day. (Contributed by Brian Keller, O’Fallon Historical Society)

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Triple Vanilla Cupcakes True vanilla fans, this one’s for you. How do silky vanilla buttercream, tender vanilla cake, and smooth vanilla cream filling sound? These cupcakes are a triple vanilla inspired treat sure to please. Cake Ingredients 1 box white cake mix ½ cup oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 4 egg whites ¼ cup sour cream 1 cup water 1 whole vanilla bean split and de-seeded (or add another teaspoon of vanilla) Cake Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans with paper liners. Sift the cake mix into a large mixing bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds then on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 15 to 17 minutes. Cupcakes are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.

Frosting Ingredients 1 stick unsalted butter, softened 1 lb. powdered sugar ¼ cup whole milk or cream, as needed 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 whole vanilla bean split and de-seeded (or add another teaspoon of vanilla) Pinch of kosher salt

Frosting Directions In a large mixing bowl, beat softened butter until fluffy. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar, vanilla, vanilla bean seeds, and salt. Beat until well combined. Continue to gradually add remaining powdered sugar and milk or cream, as needed, until desired consistency is reached. If frosting is too dry add milk, or too thin add more sugar. Transfer frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a large 1M tip.

Filling Ingredients 13/4 cups heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 3.4 ounce box for instant vanilla pudding mix

Filling Directions Pour cold whipping cream into a small mixing bowl. Using a wire whisk, blend pudding mix and vanilla into cream. Continue whisking until pudding is smooth and thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated until ready to use. When ready to fill cupcakes, transfer filling into a small piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Assembly Using a sharp paring knife or cupcake corer, make a hole in the center of each cooled cupcake reserving cake pieces. Fill each cupcake with the vanilla cream filling and replace cake pieces over filling. Pipe a tall swirl of vanilla buttercream frosting on each filled cupcake. Store completed cupcakes in a covered container until ready to serve. Place leftover cupcakes in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature before serving. Recipe makes about 18 cupcakes.

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