O'Fallon Weekly July 4, 2018

llon a F O’ Y L K E E W Ser ving t he O’Fallo d n an Sh il o Shiloh celebrates the Fourth of July Page 9 Wednesday July 4, 2018 Vol. 4, No. 11 Happy Independence Day! $1.00 VA Clinic opens in Shiloh, five years in the making By Annabelle Knef Weekly Reporter SHILOH - A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in celebration of the opening of the Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Shiloh. The new St. Clair County VA clinic re- placed the previous 5,000 square-foot cli- nic located in west Belleville and doubled in size, according to VA St. Louis Health Care System public affairs and voluntary service manager Marcena Gunter. “This is a beautiful, state of the art faci- lity and is home to our largest outpatient clinic,” Gunter said. During the ceremony, Gunter ack- nowledged guests attending the ribbon cutting including honored veterans and elected officials from the county, state, and the Village of Shiloh. “We survive here through the help of our community and it is obvious that this clinic is going to have wonderful support in the Southern Illinois area,” Gunter said. VA St. Louis Health Care System asso- ciate director of patient care services Patty Hendrickson said that she started to plan the opening of the Shiloh clinic five years ago, “and it’s finally here.” “We knew that we needed to expand our services here on this side of the river for our veterans,” Hendrickson said. Hendrickson said that there has been many people from around the Shiloh area asking for services “closer to home.” “Now we have the capacity to serve an additional 2500 veterans at this clinic,” she said. The Shiloh clinic is expanding its services and going from three teams to five teams. There will be 21 clinic employees, including four physicians, licensed practi- cal nurses, medical surgical associates and one psychologist, a telehealth technician, a pharmacist and a registered dietitian. In This Edition Calendar.................................................. 2 News.................................................... 3-7 Law & Order............................................ 8 Community............................................... 9 Health & Wellness............................... 10-11 Sports................................................ 12-13 Milestones...............................................13 Education................................................14 Vantage Point..........................................15 Lifestyles..................................................16 Fun & Games...........................................17 Marketplace.......................................18-20 Water Leak Detecting Gas Lines l Back Flow Testing l City recognizes Parks Dept. at meeting By Martha Stoffel Weekly Reporter O'FALLON - July has been designated by the U.S. House of Representatives as Parks and Recreation Month, and Mayor Roach issued a proclamation at Monday’s City Council meeting recognizing the O’Fallon Parks and Recreation. Director of Parks and Recreation, Mary Jeanne Hutchison, received the proclamation from the mayor. The Mayor recognized the parks and recreation programs as “a vital and integral part of communities Mayor Herb Roach reads a proclamation honoring the city's throughout this country, important to establishing See "O'Fallon Council" on page 7 Parks and Recreation Department to Parks Director Mary Jeanne Hutchison. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Martha Stoffel) Water Heaters l Faucets Garbage Disposals See "VA Clinic" on page 7 Officials with the Village of Shiloh and Veterans Affairs cut the ribbon on the new VA Clinic located on Fourtune Boulevard in Shiloh. (O'Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef) l l Toilets Sump Pumps Video Camera Inspection Tankless Water Heaters l Drain Cleaning High-Velocity Water Jetting $50 OFF ANY SERVICE Save Time and Money 618-624-1700 With a minimum of $200 purchase. Coupon must be presented at time of service. Cannot be used with any other offer. This coupon does not expire. (OFW) 5903 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, IL 62208