Valley of Flowers Festival Performances and Events

Rides, games, entertainment and plenty of food and beverages will be included at the 53rd annual Valley of Flowers Festival in Florissant May 1-3.  The theme of this year’s event is “Valley of Flowers Celebrates Those Who Serve.”

Events and activities throughout the weekend will be held at five locations: The James J. Eagan Community Center at the intersection of Parker and Waterford; the Duchesne Knights of Columbus grounds on Washington Street between St. Charles Street and Lindbergh Blvd; Old Town Florissant along Rue St. Francois; Koch Park at Howdershell and Charbonier; and Saint Ferdinand Shrine on Rue St. Francois next to the Knights of Columbus grounds.

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John Ortwig Honored as Business-person-of-the year

GNC Chamber Honors Several

Businesses at 60th Anniversary

           By Bob Lindsey

The Greater North County Chamber of Commerce 60th anniversary event on April 16 included special presentations to chamber volunteers, honors to long-time chamber businesses and the presentation of the 2015 Business Person of the Year award to John Ortwig, owner of Florissant Glass and the Old Town Chapel. The event was held at Norwood Country Club.

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O’Mara was leader in North County Labor movement

Services Held for Former County

Councilman James O’Mara, Dead at 78


Former St. Louis County Councilman James O’Mara 78, died unexpectedly on Wednesday April 15, 2015. The funeral was April 20 from the Stygar Mid Rivers Funeral Home & Crematory, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. (St. Charles) to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1355 Motherhead Rd. (Cottleville) for a Celebration of Mass. Interment was at Ste. Philippine Cemetery (St. Charles).

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1st City Council Meeting since Election

Enthusiastic Crowd Greets New

Ferguson City Council Members

With the swearing in of three newly elected City Council members Tuesday night, the

City of Ferguson opened the door to an era full of hope and promise. Before an overflowing and enthusiastic crowd at City Hall, Ella Jones (Ward 1), Brian Fletcher (Ward 2) and Wesley Bell (Ward 3) officially took their seats in the council chambers and cemented their place in Ferguson history. With Jones and Bell joining Councilman Dwayne T. James, Ferguson now has three African-Americans serving on the City Council.

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North County Inc. Names Leadership Winners; Honored at Breakfast May 29


North County Incorporated (NCI) has announced its annual Business Development, Community Development, Elmer Belsha Leadership, Excellence in Partnership, Public Service, Special Recognition, and Sustaining Our Community award recipients. The 2015 award recipients will be honored at NCI’s 38th Annual Breakfast on Friday, May 29, 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.

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Florissant Summer Kids’ Program Registration


On March 16, registration began for the Florissant children’s outdoor summer program, which runs from June 8 to July 17 at the James J Eagan Center or JFK Community Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is for children age 6 to 12 years.

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