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Tuesday Local Election Results

Florissant Fire District 40¢ Levy Passes;  English Beats Sharma in 68th District 

A second attempt this year to approve a tax levy of not more than 40-cents per $100 assessed valuation passed this time in the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District in Tuesdays elections. The vote was 11,238 to 8,356 with a simple majority needed.

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Halloween Rituals Have Changed

Mr. Fuddy-duddy Longs for Yesteryear’s Halloween

   By Tom Anselm

Tom Amsel. pg 2jpgLike most holidays in our post-modern society, Halloween has become very complicated. There are elaborate and ghoulish haunted houses, Six Flags Fright Fest, full blown retail-outlets with aisle upon aisle of spooky paraphernalia and every conceivable costume known to man and zombies. And the gruesomeness-meter hits ‘tilt’ in every neighborhood with a yard display that makes “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” look like “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” And so at the risk of sounding like Mr. Fuddy-duddy, I gotta say this just ain’t right.

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Mark your Calendar

Friday, Oct. 31

Project Hands at St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. at 2 p.m. Volunteers needed to knit, crochet and quilt for various children’s organizations on the last Friday of every month. RSVP by calling 838-3877.

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Operation Christmas Child Collection Week

Churches, businesses, and homes in the St. Louis area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). These drop-off locations hope to collect 40,325 gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 17–24.

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Haunted Tours in Alton Continue in November

The haunting happenings in Alton don’t stop with Halloween. The following upcoming tours are offered.

Full Moon Haunted Tour Saturday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.

Tour includes visits to several haunted buildings as well as an exclusive guided tour of the most haunted building in Alton, the Mineral Springs Hotel. Tour includes light refreshments. Bring cameras, recorders, flashlights, and any ghost hunting equipment you may have.

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Ferguson residents are offering a “Pumpkin Walk” for area children celebrating
Halloween. The event was created to offer a safe trick-or-treat activity
amid the ongoing unrest in Ferguson. It will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26.

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