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The holiday season is the perfect time to stop and think about the things we are thankful for. I for one am very thankful for the men and women of the Wentzville Police Department, the Wentzville Fire Protection District and St. Charles County Ambulance District who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect and serve the residents in our community. It is with great pride that I work side by side with many of these heroes and I can’t say “thank you” enough.

Many times, while we are comfortable in our homes, sitting down to dinner with our families, or enjoying a night’s sleep, first responders are out risking life and limb to help others in our community.

While we cannot remove the dangers that come with serving in these capacities, our local first responders know this, accept this and still continue to serve. Wentzville’s first responders are humble public servants and they don’t ask for much, but we must continually think of them and their sacrifices and offer our thanks. So, thank you to the firefighters. Thank you to the police officers. Thank you to the paramedics and EMS teams. Thank you for protecting me, my family, my constituents, my friends, my staff and each other. Above all, thank you for putting the lives of others above your own. 

Swing by the Law Enforcement Center at 1019 Schroeder Creek Blvd., and thank the police officers; make a quick stop at a local fire station or ambulance district station and get to know the men and women who sacrifice their safety to protect yours. You don’t have to empty your wallet to show them you care — a simple “thank you” will have a bigger impact than you might think. When you see your local first responders, give them a wave because without them the world would be a much different place.

Once again, on behalf of myself as Mayor of Wentzville, my constituents and my staff, I would like to give a big “THANK YOU” for all you do for our community!

Holiday Hours and Collection Schedule/City Hall Holiday Hours:

• Christmas, Dec. 24 & 25, closed

• New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, closed

Progress Park Recreation Center Holiday Hours:

• Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, open 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Christmas Day, Dec. 25, closed

• New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, open 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

• New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, closed

Wentzville Ice Arena Holiday Hours:

To view public skate and Stick ‘N’ Puck hours, special events and more, please visit www.wentzvilleicearena.com.

Trash/Recycling Collection Schedule:

There will be no trash/recycling collection on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. For the weeks of Dec. 23 and Dec. 30, collection will be as follows:

• Trash collection will remain the same on Monday and Tuesday.

• Wednesday’s collection will move to Thursday, Thursday’s collection will move to Friday, and Friday’s collection will move to Saturday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 4, respectively. 

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