The annual OFE Halloween party is around the corner. Mark your calendar
for Friday, October 31st. This event is open to all OFE residents. We'll
have hot dogs at the pool parking lot from 5:30-6:30pm. If you would
like to volunteer to help, please contact Betsy Waxberg at (314)
542-8319 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
11/12/13 - OFE Amendment Election Results -
352 voting ballots were received. There were 189 yes votes and
163 no votes. Although the majority of voting households
wanted the amendment as in all previous votes, 60% of the yes votes
were not received so the amendment failed.
6/15/13 - Household Hazardous Waste - St. Louis County has opened
up a permanent drop-off site for Household Hazardous Waste. In the past,
they used to have collection events scheduled in the spring and fall but
this is a permanent replacement.
Just go to the website http://hhwstl.com/
to make a reservation to drop off all those old chemicals that are
laying around the house.
4/9/13 - NextDoor Social Site - Take a look at this social site
which is designed for neighborhoods like Old Farm Estates. There
will be more information about it in the coming Gazette.
Ape In Creve Coeur Park - The County Council Approves Go Ape
Contract for Creve Coeur Park on February 19:
7/27/12 - Dog Walking - Please be a good neighbor
Unsightly, smelly, a breeding medium for germs and disease, and a huge
hassle on the sole of a shoe, dog poop is not a desirable feature in any
neighborhood. Dog feces plays a significant role in water pollution,
especially in cities, and the bacteria that makes its way into streams,
lakes and the water table can make people sick. Indeed, a single gram of
dog feces can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria that can cause
cramps, diarrhea, intestinal disorders and kidney problems.
In 1991, the EPA even designated dog poop as a "nonpoint source of
pollution" putting it right up there with oil and toxic chemicals
Yet about 40 percent of Americans don't clean up after their dogs!
Removing dog poop and disposing of it properly is therefore a public
health and safety activity, and one in which every dog owner should
Yet, handling dog poop is not the most pleasant of tasks. Here are some
ways to minimize the unpleasantness of the task. And if you see someone
leaving their dog's mess behind, feel free to educate them on these
methods! Have courage and do your bit to ensure that our
canine friends can live with us in harmony, and not put the dog poop
complainants on high alert!
Bring several bags with you when you take your dog for a walk.
bags work well for picking up dog poop. These bags do
sometimes have a tear or two, so it helps to use two bags - one inside
the other. This way the odds are extremely small that there will be two
holes in the same location and you are almost guaranteed not to get poop
on your hands. Using two bags of whatever kind also has an insulating
effect so that you don't feel the heat from the poop as much. And it
helps to reduce the smell.
There are also pre-made poop bags available for sale that are
self-sealing and strong at
wikihow.com/Pick-Up-Dog-Poop. See note 7. These are
especially good if you're queasy or the quality of the grocery bags in
your area is somewhat flimsy. (You might also be doing your bit to stop
accepting plastic bags!) Some pet supply stores have doggy bags that are
scented. You may want to try some.
If you can't bring yourself to handle the poop even through a plastic
bag, or you cannot bend over for any reason, purchase a commercially
made "pooper scooper." These usually consist of a handle on one end of a
long arm, with a double-sided
on the other end. When looking for a suitable scooper, check that the
size is appropriate for your breed of dog.
For animal violations St. Louis County Ordinance web site
http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientId=11512 and search on
611.210. From the law, "A
dog, ... creates a nuisance if it: a. Soils, defiles, or
defecates, on urban property other than property of a person responsible
for the animal unless such waste is immediately removed by a person
responsible for the animal ...
8. Every person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of
the provision of this chapter shall be fined not more than one
thousand dollars ($1,000) or imprisoned in the St. Louis County jail
for not more than one year, or assessed both such fine and
7/26/12 - Solicitors - ANYONE, with a
couple of exceptions, who solicits door to door in the County MUST
register with the County , MUST carry this registration with them, and
MUST present it when requested. If they don't have it, or won't show it
to you, call the police non-emergency number and report them.
County website for solicitors' permits: