O'Fallon Weekly December 26, 2018

llon a F Wednesday December 26, 2018 O’ Y L K E E W h Se r vin g th e O ’Fa ll d on an Sh ilo VFW Post 805 hosts holiday dinner, recognizes O’Fallon first responders O'Fallon-Shiloh EMS host annual Christmas for Kids event Page 5 Vol. 4, No. 36 $1.00 Reflecting on 20 years of service Former St. Clair County Board Members Craig Hubbard and Dave Tiedemann look back over their careers in local politics By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'Fallon Firefighter Richard Palmer was presented with the prestigious 2017 VFW Department of Illinois Firefighter of the Year Award by Jeffrey Hastings, the VFW Department of Illinois State Commander for 2017. Pictured from left: Police Chief Eric Van Hook, EMS Supervisor Tim McClain, Palmer, and Hastings (Submitted Photo) By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - Nearly one hundred visitors enjoyed a com- plimentary holiday meal held by VFW Post 805, where the post also recognized the city’s top first responders. Many of the attendees were invited and provided transpor- tation to and from area Veterans Homes so they could take part in the dinner, which was held on Thursday, December 13. The OTHS Air Force Junior ROTC was also present to assist with the event, chaperone visitors and pass out tokens of gratitude.  After the holiday meal, and after introductions by O'Fallon Chief of Public Safety Eric Van Hook and Interim Fire Chief Tim Claxton, VFW Post 805 Commander Ed Marti- nez recognized and presented annual awards to one winner in each of three categories of community First Responder personnel.  Supervisor Tim McClain received an award for being the VFW Post 805 2018 Emergency Medical Services Professi- onal of the Year; Police Detective Brian Gimpel received the award for the VFW Post 805 2018 Law Enforcement Pro- fessional of the Year; and Fireman Pete Maclaughlin received the award for the VFW Post 805 2018 Firefighter of the Year.  All three will now compete with other first responder nominees from throughout the state for VFW Department of Illinois-level awards, with selected nominees then advancing For the first time in two decades, the St. Clair County Board held a regular meeting in December where neither Republicans Craig Hubbard or Dave Tiedemann were elected members. Hubbard, who was narrowly defeated in the March primary by Matt Smallheer, and Tiedemann, who chose not to run again for his Shiloh area seat, sat down with the Weekly to reflect upon their time in county politics. For Craig Hubbard of O'Fallon politics has always been a way of life. Looking back on 20-plus years in See “20 Years of Service” on page 6 Santa visits Schnucks for last minute greetings See “VFW Dinner” on page 7 In This Edition Calendar..................................................2 News................................................... 3-7 Education.................................................8 Health & Wellness ������������������������������������9 Sports.................................................... 10 Milestones.............................................. 11 Vantage Point......................................... 12 Lifestyle.................................................. 13 Fun & Games.......................................... 14 Marketplace........................................... 15 Bon Appétit............................................ 16 Former County Board Members Craig Hubbard and Dave Tiedemann Shoppers at the O'Fallon Schnucks location were greeted by Santa Claus making a last minute stop in town Saturday morning. Kris Kringle was brought to the store courtesy of Schuncks, while free photos and giveaways were provided by First National Bank of Waterloo. Did you get your photo taken with Santa on Saturday? You've probably made our full gallery of photos, available on OFallonWeekly.com. O'Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller