The St. Louis Skating Club will host the US National Championships at the US Ice Sports Complex, October 14-21, featuring nearly 500 competitors.

Skaters from Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin will compete in the Upper Great Lake Figure Skating Competition, followed by the sectional competition. Sectional winners then advance to the US National Champships. Medal winners at the national level are chosen for the World and Olympic teams.

Two ice surfaces will be used for the entire week at the US Ice Sports Complex, located at 125 S. Ruby, north of Longacre Park. Special platforms have been installed for aproximately 40 judges. Audio systems have been checked and rechecked for the events will will include singles, pairs and ice dancing.

Local competitors include Nathan Raymond, age 11, of Barnhart, MO, who finished 2nd in the Juvenile Men’s event at the Gateway Invitational Figure Skating; Amber Wehrle, age 14, of St. Peters, MO, who placed 1st at the Gateway Invitational Figure Skating held in August; and Kelsey Trankler, age 11, of Wildwood, MO, who placed 4th at the prestigious Skate Detroit competition. Kelsey will be skating to the music of Alpengeist, composed by St. Louisan Alan Stein for the grand opening of the Busch Garden’s newest roller coaster ride.

Reminder on Leaf Burning

Residents of Fairview Heights are reminded that the burning of leaves and yard waste in Fairview Heights is restricted to the months of October through March only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

This type of burning is also restricted from taking place upon any drainage easements, ditches, curbs and gutters or on City streets. All yard waste that is burned must be burned on the property which it is generated, kept under control and attended while it is burning.

Anyone wishing further information may call (618) 489-2080 during weekday business hours and speak with Bill O’Brien, Ed Frawley, Jr., or Bill Finley, Jr.

Snowfighters Roadeo Coming

The Illinois Chapter of the American Public Works Association will present its 13th Annual Illinois Chapter A.P.W.A. Snowfighters Roadeo on Friday, Oct 13, at Longacre Park.

The event will feature competing teams using standard configuration dump trucks equipped with a minimum 10 ft. snowplow in a series of competitive tests to determine each team’s knowledge of “Rules of the Road,” safety alertness and efficiency, as well as skill in handling a snowplow equipped vehicle through a marked course.

In addition to a written test and a circle of safety, the teams will maneuver through a timed obstacle course which will include two parked vehicles and markers. Trophies and plaques will be awarded for the competition. The event is sponsored by the City of Fairview Heights. For more information, call (618) 489-2020.

Bulk Item Pick Up Scheduled for November 6.

Residents of the City of Fairview Heights may have unwanted items picked up free of charge on Monday, November 6, by calling 489-2000 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to make an appointment.

The following items will be picked up as part of this program:

Any major appliance, refrigerators (remove doors), hot water heaters, stoves, trash compactors, dish washers, washing machines, dryers, televisions, videocassette recorders, air conditioners, microwave ovens, bathtubs, toilets, vanities, sinks, basins;

All furniture such as: couches, chairs, tables, beds, mattresses, bed springs, chest of drawers, dressers, desks, night stands, rugs (must be cut and rolled, not longer than six feet or three feet around), benches;

Miscellaneous items such as: disassembled metal buildings (capable of being handled by two people), furnaces, barbecue grills, lawn mowers, guttering (tied in bundles of not longer than six feet), disassembled swing sets or other playground equipment.

The items to be picked up must be placed at the curbside prior to the morning of November 6 and nothing will be picked up without a telephone appointment as described above.

Guidelines for Yard Sales

Yard sales, garage sales and similar events conducted in the City of Fairview Heights are regulated by a city ordinance.

Residents are reminded of the provisions of this ordinance which applies only to private residential locations. Businesses are covered by other regulations and yard sale-type events conducted at or by churches, schools, charitable groups or non-profit organizations are also not covered by this regulation.

A permit is required for any residential yard, garage, moving or tailgate sale or event of a similar nature.

There is no charge for the permit. It is available in person only from the Administrative Services Department at the Fairview Heights Municipal Complex, 10025 Bunkum Road between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

The permit must be filled out by the person responsible for the sale, the owner of the property or someone designated as taking responsibility for the sale such as a family member or neighbor.

The city will provide with each yard sale permit two signs which may be placed on right-of-way off the sale premises as a means of providing direction to the sale site. These signs are made of durable white plastic, include two mounting posts to stick them in the ground adn also come with a top piece to record the address of the sale on for further clarification.

Any homemade signs or signs other than those provided by the city which are placed off the premises of the sale are not allowed and will be removed by the City of Fairview Heights Administrative Services personnel. “Homemade” type signs are permitted only on the property where the sale is taking place.

The city-provided signs MUST be returned to the city hall Administrative Services Department by no later than four (4) working days after the final day of the sale. Failure to return the signs will result in a citation being issued to the responsible party.