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This is the third year of my four year term as Mayor.  This site is set up so that I can let you know my thoughts on City government and you can give me feedback on what you like and dislike about my performance as mayor as well as what is going on in the City.  We can talk about anything here. 

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Music Center Financials

Category: Huber Heights City Government

We have new financials for the music center posted on the City Website:

Look for the new numbers on the bottom of this page.

Or go to it directly here

It is much more complete than anything we've seen assemble previously.  Look it over and start a discussion in the comments below.  

Update - April 16, 2016

How is everyone coming along with their review of the Financials?  When I started to

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Where do TIF dollars come from?

Category: Huber Heights City Government

We had a very good discussion about the Carriage Trails Investment/Subsidies at the Council Work session last night.  Looking at the social media discussions I see there are still a lot of questions.  I'll start with one of the basics:  Where do TIF dollars come from?

Then I'll talk about some of the other items I've been asking staff to provide for more than 6 months.  
1.  Is using the TIF dollars

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Carriage Trails discussion

Category: Huber Heights City Government

The first reading of the 17th amendment to the Carriage Trails development occurred at the last council meeting.  There is much interest on this subject from all over the city.  If you don't have any background you can start by reading the Summary that the Assistant City manager and I worked on to document some of the financial benefits we see as a result of the development.  Read the Summary.  You

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Meeting Packet full of information  - Water Softening, Rose Music C…

Category: Huber Heights City Government

The agenda for the Work Session,  this Tuesday at 6:00 pm at City Hall, has good read ahead materials for every agenda item.  I'm very happy council and staff have come together to provide this service for you.  The objective is for the City's website to become the one stop place for residents to reference when they need complete information about the issues of the city.  With the…

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Update on Ward 5 appointment

Category: Huber Heights City Government

Tuesday March 1st, I sent two letters to all members of City Council.  I've posted them below.  



I thought I would provide an update on the ongoing search.  I was attempting to reach out to the elected representative to inquire if she would consider resuming her position.  She declined to contact me personally but

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Older news

February 9th 2016, 12:05 AM Energy Aggregation on the ballot this election 4 comments
February 6th 2016, 12:19 PM YMCA discussion and the Feb 2nd Work Session 0 comments
January 17th 2016, 8:24 AM Water Softening Discussion 1 comment
January 8th 2016, 10:05 PM Controversy, Controversy,  Controversy 0 comments
January 4th 2016, 6:57 AM Anatomy of a Newspaper Article 0 comments
January 3rd 2016, 12:53 PM School Board opening Huber Heights City Schools - apply ASAP 2 comments
January 2nd 2016, 1:05 PM Goodbye 2015, hello 2016 1 comment
December 19th 2015, 2:59 AM Music Center profit loss discussion - this is fun. 2 comments
November 29th 2015, 11:02 PM What does The Impact Group do for the City? 0 comments
November 14th 2015, 10:29 AM Brandt Pike revitalization, Bike paths and Roundabouts 3 comments
November 5th 2015, 11:16 PM Election is over.   0 comments
November 1st 2015, 1:49 PM DDN article concerning staff at General Council Meetings 1 comment
October 29th 2015, 11:10 PM Letter to Ward 6 residents 0 comments
October 25th 2015, 4:32 PM Recent videos from Local 2926 interviews 4 comments
October 15th 2015, 7:12 PM $17 million or $8.5 million council chooses $8.5 0 comments
October 10th 2015, 2:01 PM Election message for the residents of Huber Heights 0 comments
October 3rd 2015, 1:12 PM Ed Lyons - Thank you council for a billion dollars! 0 comments
September 28th 2015, 1:10 AM Update  15  Oct  –  Another $579,000 wasted by Council 1 comment
September 23rd 2015, 9:32 PM Update $651,651 (not $1 Million) dollar deficit in City Budget 0 comments
July 18th 2015, 12:25 AM Family Disc Golf Day August 9th 0 comments

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​Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season preview

Buffalo Sabres 2015-16 season preview - 2015-2016 Season Preview
It's been awesome. I think everyone's excited; everyone should be excited, Sabres forward  said. I think Tim did a great job putting together a lot of great pieces that we needed. He was aggressive and knew what he wanted and got some pieces. The guys look really good out there right now and we're kind of jelling, getting to know each other. At the same time, we know that there's a lot we need to improve on. There's a lot we need to get better at. It's not just going to happen. Adding Kane, O'Reilly and Eichel to a forward group that already included Ennis, , , who played in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game, and , the second pick of the 2014 draft, has the Sabres feeling good about the potential of their offense. It's an exciting time, Sabres defenseman  said. I think the moves we made [have] made us a stronger team, but a more character [driven] team. I think that's going to go a long way. We brought in some guys who are real professionals that have been around the game. They know what it takes to prepare, they know what it takes to win, and I think that those sorts of things, they go a long way. Not to mention they're pretty good hockey players on top of it, which will help as well. Important for the Sabres is their depth at forward. Captain  leads the way, and , , ,  and newcomer  give new coach  a lot to work with entering the season. Just from skating with the guys here, our top six, maybe even our top nine, look really good, defenseman  said. We've got a lot of skill and a lot of elite talent, and that's a great thing to start with every year. The Sabres will have several players competing at training camp for a few spots on defense. Gorges, , 20-year-old  and  return from last season, and  was signed to a two-year contract Sept. 10.Franson, 28, who played for the  and  last season, provides something a bit different than most of the incumbents.SABRES PREVIEW STORIES I would like to sit here and say he's a complete defenseman and he's going to excel at all aspects of the game, but what we want him to excel at is moving the puck, skating the puck and shooting the puck, Murray said. Whatever he does after that, to me, is a bonus, because we have some guys that are hard to play against, we've got some guys that are good defensively, block shots. So I think he adds to the mix that we have on the blue line. The competition figures to be stiff throughout training camp to see who else will make the opening-night roster. In addition to Franson, ,  and Colaiacovo were signed as free agents

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J.T. Miller Jersey, and 2010 first-round pick (No. 23) , 2012 second-round pick (No. 44)  and  also will be in camp. It's always good to have competition; it brings the best out of players, Colaiacovo said. We've got some really good players here. It's a long season. Things change all the time during the season, whether you start with it, or you go to the middle of the season, or you finish with it; things always change. Goaltender has been a fluid position in Buffalo the past two seasons, with  ,  and , among others, taking starts. So Murray acquired a player familiar to him to try to solidify the position, getting 24-year-old  from the  on June 26. He fits with what we're trying to do, said Murray, who was an assistant GM with the Senators when they drafted Lehner in the second round (No. 46) in 2009. And if it takes this year only to get his feet back under him, I'm fine with that. Because if we become a competitive team in two years or three years and he's found his game and becomes what we think he is

ERROR: A link was posted here (url) but it appears to be a broken link., it's the perfect fit. Lehner sustained a concussion Feb. 16 and didn't play again last season. He's since been cleared to return and is eager to prove himself in Buffalo. When I got traded I had a lot of emotions running through [me], Lehner said. I'd been with the guys in Ottawa for a few years and had a lot of good friends there. Coming here and talking to the organization and seeing the changes they're making and how much they're putting into a fresh start, it's really exciting. Lehner and backup , 29, should give the Sabres a steady tandem. Johnson, who was acquired at the NHL Trade Deadline last season from the  for Neuvirth, will push Lehner to stay on his game.Fixing special teams will be vital to the Sabres' success this season, but it also won't be difficult to improve on their 2014-15 performances.Last season the Sabres had the worst power play in the NHL (13.4 percent), scoring on 30 of 224 man-advantage chances; they also allowed eight shorthanded goals, tied for the third-most in the League. The penalty kill also was the worst in the NHL (75.1 percent).Bylsma had great success coaching special teams with the . From 2009-10 through 2013-14

ERROR: A link was posted here (url) but it appears to be a broken link., the Penguins were in the top five in the League in power play and penalty kill three seasons each. During that span the cumulative power-play efficiency was 19.6 percent, and the penalty-kill rate was 84.9 percent. If the Sabres can come close to those numbers, wins will happen more frequently.COMING AND GOING2014-15 record: 23-51-8 (54 points)2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Did not qualifyKey additions: C , C , LW , G , D , D , D ,  (coach)Key subtractions: C , D , C , D , G ,  (coach)Bylsma was hired May 28 to replace  and help lead the Sabres out of its rebuild and into the postseason. In his five-and-a-half seasons with the Penguins, he won the Stanley Cup in 2009 and led them to the playoffs every season. He's been through it, Murray said when Bylsma was hired. Stanley Cup Final as a player, winning the Stanley Cup as a coach. To me, he's a winner. He knows what it takes to get there, how to perform when you are there. So there's a lot of lessons he can give to young players

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Kevin Hayes Jersey. That's part of the culture. We've been trying to change the culture here every day, but this is a big swing to the positive. The Sabres' 37.5 shot-attempt percentage (SAT%) last season at 5-on-5 was the worst in the League since the 2002-03 season, according to In Bylsma's first three-and-a-half seasons with the Penguins, their SAT% was at least 52.0 percent at 5-on-5; in his final two seasons it was at least 48.0 percent. Bylsma's system should help turn around that aspect in Buffalo.Bylsma's staff also has experience. He hired former NHL coach , longtime NHL assistant  and , former coach of Kelowna of the Western Hockey League. That group will look to change not only the Sabres' style of play, but also adjust their culture. The developing, the winning, the culture of winning and developing that with your group and your team is going to be something I learned with the , something you developed, Bylsma said in May. It wasn't something that we had because you had certain players on your roster, and that's something that we have to immediately get into the  organization, get into our DNA, get into who we are and how we play and develop that culture with this group. TOP HEADLINESNHL GREEN    |     |   Back to the Future: Players on time travel         |     |  |  It's a huge milestone. I have to thank my teammates. It's hard to do by yourself in this league. It's a special moment for me and this team. Now we just have to keep going. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on reaching the 900-point mark with a goal on TuesdayTONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK

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​The goal of every coach is to get his best

The goal of every coach is to get his best 11 players on the field

ERROR: A link was posted here (url) but it appears to be a broken link. For Chip Kelly that will be tricky in 2015 with a loaded backfield.     DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews should take up at least 80 percent of the tailback snaps this season, so Kelly must find a way to get the shifty Darren Sproles on the field in other areas.     Play NFL Fantasy Football!    During Eagles training camp, Sproles has seen more time working in the slot.      "Just another versatile player," Kelly said,  per the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's Year 2 for him, so I think he feels really comfortable in terms of what our running backs are doing. So we are just kind of cross-training him like we do some other guys in terms of how do we get our best players on the field and put them in different situations."     Sproles made some big plays for the Eagles last season, but saw just 29 percent of the team's offensive snaps.     Getting the shifty playmaker outside the box would add another dimension to Philly's offense, especially when he gets a mismatch against a linebacker.     "We're just trying to get more stuff for me to do

ERROR: A link was posted here (url) but it appears to be a broken link.," Sproles said. "We're going to get me out wide and stuff like that."     With a lot of mouths to feed in the backfield, Kelly will get creative to ensure all his backs get fed in 2015.     The latest Around The NFL Podcast covers the latest on Aldon Smith's release and breaks down the training camp stories flying under the radar.

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Najlep{~s}ie dámske nike roshe spustiť sú horúce predaj

Vzhľadom na to, že počiatočné obuvi fit cítil ako trochu dusí, zmenil som z môjho normálneho hlboké ponožky (potrebné, aby mnohí womens nike roshe run for sale zmestia aj) s tenšie pár ponožiek, spolu s fit sa dramaticky superior - pohodlne pohodlný okrem bezpečné v midfoot, jemné priestor okolo prsty, s nulovou päty sklz.

Ak máte top priehlavku, hrubé, plné množstvo stôp, alebo širšie nohy, táto topánka je nebude možné opísať ako vhodná. Zatiaľ čo toe box je plytká, je tu ďaleko väčší priestor okolo konce vaše prsty ako ostatné Voľný topánky a topánky a pointy, super krátke Lunárny Tempo. Podobné ďalšie nike air yeezy 2 buy Voľný REGISTROVANÁ zdravotná SESTRA Vzdialenosť má blízko-na-nohy-v tvar. Midfoot a loptu z nohy sú plytké a poskytuje pohodlné nosenie na médium, ktoré bude úzke chodidlá. Váš typický beží obuvi veľkosť by mala sú veľmi efektívne pri tejto obuvi.

Okamžite presný topánky sa cítila veľmi ponuky pod nohami. Horná cítil dosť priliehavé v midfoot a aj na päty, ale päty boli pocit voľné a tam bola hojnosť dĺžka pre moje nohy. Prechádzky okolo cítila som sa zosúlaďovanie štruktúry obuvi. Ich nebolo nepríjemné, jednoducho viditeľné, čo je niečo, čo sa mi páči. Presnénike free 3.0 running stále sa cítil dosť mäkké chôdza v nich, najmä päty nemal sklzu, ako aj hornej presťahoval aj spolu s nohy bez toho, aby nejaký kmeň bodov alebo prehlbovať problémy.

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Carriage Trails discussion

I am a resident of Carriage Trails and also a resident of Huber Heights, as Carriage Trails is in Huber. With that being said city council is doing their due diligence by gathering as much information on this subject as possible. From what I have seen and gathered over the past couple weeks; are people seem to reacting with a lot of emotion, which in my experience can cloud critical thinking and ideal perception from sound decision making. Looking at this as a big picture standpoint as the City of Huber Heights, not just Carriage Trails, it is imperative to take into account whether or not the government subsistence is needed to further the development of Carriage Trails. The reason being; if the money is not needed to further develop and sell lots in Carriage Trails then the reality is the City could use that money for many other important things such as paying off debt for the aquatic center, the rose music center, and for water & sewer. However, if the research shows the sale of homes will diminish, slow, or stop if the subsistence is not paid then it may be a benefit for the City to pay the subsistence.  With all of that being said, things I would like to know; are there other developers; or has the city entertained the idea, to look at other developers to see if there is any interest to take over the project if DEC pulls out? Is $199,000 the minimum DEC would take to continue to develop the 25 lots or has the city thought about offering a $50,000 or $100, 000 as a counter offer to DEC? That is not to say they can't pay the full asking price of $199,000 but this is simple negotiating tactics. As a citizen who has to manage my family budget if I can save money somewhere I am going to take advantage of it and do it. City council, in my opinion, has the same mentality which is why they are looking into this in order to make an informed decision. Other things I've heard from others representing some of Carriage Trails residents is if the developer pulls out the home values will drastically drop, HOA fees will quadruple, and the current residents will lose horrifically. This could all be true; however, I have not seen any facts to back up those comments. Dry Run LLC is the current company who cuts grass for the HOA, owned by Ken Conaway, who also is a stakeholder in DEC, to my understanding. I would be confident if the HOA were turned over to the residents and the mowing bid was publically open for contracts the free market system would prevail and a company would be willing to cut grass for less; therefore, not quadrupling the HOA fees. These are simply my thoughts and opinions. I do not want to see Carriage Trails fail as I have a vested interest; however, I do not want to see Huber Heights fail because we are all Huber residents. I will stop with this; if the new lots being developed are sold for more money than what earlier residents paid for their lots then in the long run this can/will raise property value for the residents of Carriage Trails. Obviously, this assumes the lots would still be sold at a higher price; however, if the lots would sell then not only does create a higher value for the existing homes already built it increases the revenue stream for the city…

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Open Letter to Council - It's time to do all of our debate in public

Why don't you ask Janell why she changed her mind rather than speculate that it was due to discussion with other council members.  Too much speculation of other people's motives in this whole situation.

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Site Purpose

I've found that when people talk to our current city council they listen. I also believe council both needs that scrutiny and they don't like it. In fact, they proclaim they want public input but then their actions discourage it. I’ve been trying for a year and a half to get more people to learn about what council is doing because I know with our feedback the city will end up with better government. This website is new online and I have a great vision on where it can go! Right now you can review the beginning of the Aquatic Center or “The Heights” or you can create a profile and start adding content to this site. This is a great project and I look forward to working with you to ensure we get good government here in Huber Heights.



If you've come to this website because of a flier you probably want to see the City Lawyer's opinion paper first. At the very bottom of that page you can find a link to the flier for you to download it and pass it out yourself. 
Tom McMasters


​Jakub Vrana, Madison Bowey among Washington

Jakub Vrana, Madison Bowey among Washington Capitals' top five prospects -'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16
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Robert Bortuzzo Jersey.22.2015 / 3:00 AM / By  - CorrespondentE-mailShare with your FriendsTo:From:Message:Vrana, Bowey among Capitals' top five prospectsForward Jakub Vrana and defenseman Madison Bowey are among the Washington Capitals' top five prospects, according to, Va. – The  bulked up their prospect pool by selecting goaltender  in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, a surprising move considering how deep they are at the position.Several prospects, notably  and , will play for Hershey of the American Hockey League this season, on what could be the youngest Bears team in 10 years.Young talent in the AHL means the Capitals will have options for recalls.Here is a look at the Capitals' top five prospects, according to , RWHow acquired: 1st round (No. 13), 2014 NHL DraftLast season: Hershey, AHL: 3 GP, 0-5-5; Link pings HC, Swedish Hockey League: 44 GP, 12-12-24Vrana, 19, scored six points (two goals) in 10 Calder Cup games with Hershey after his season in Sweden and represented the Czech Republic at the 2015 World Junior Championship, scoring two goals with an assist in five games.Vrana (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) is known for his skating and goal-scoring.Projected NHL arrival: 2016-172. , DHow acquired: 2nd round (No. 53), 2013 NHL DraftLast season: Kelowna, WHL: 58 GP, 17-43-60Bowey, 20, has been compared to Capitals defenseman , and they are hoping he turns out to be that type of player. A right-handed shot, Bowey is the next generation of offensively skilled defensemen drafted by Washington. The American league is not an easy league and he's going to have his challenges, no doubt about it, Hershey coach Troy Mann said. But if we're patient with him and we work with him all year, is he recallable? We'll see. The captain for Kelowna, which won the Western Hockey League championship, and the league leader among defensemen in playoff points (19), Bowey (6-foot-1, 195), is mirroring Carlson's career path. I think overall it was a pretty good season

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Blake Comeau Jersey, Bowey said. Obviously, I got a lot accomplished and I was fortunate enough to play on some great teams and over Christmastime with (Canada's) World Junior team (one goal, three assists, plus-8 in seven games), and also back with my home club Kelowna Rockets. I think it prepared me well for this next step and this year coming up

ERROR: A link was posted here (url) but it appears to be a broken link. Projected NHL arrival: 2016-173. , RWHow acquired: 3rd round (No. 86), 2010 NHL DraftLast season: Capitals: 2 GP, 1-0-1; Hershey, AHL: 67 GP, 25-20-45After scoring a career-high 25 goals for Hershey last season, Galiev, 23, signed a two-year, $1.15 million contract July 1. He played two NHL games in 2014-15 and is expected to make the Capitals roster out of training camp.The 6-foot-1, 187-pound forward is known for his scoring ability and puck-handling skills. He impressed coaches with his improvement over the past year and would likely fit in as the Capitals' fourth-line right wing.Projected NHL arrival: 2015-164. , DHow acquired: 5th round (No. 137), 2012 NHL DraftLast season: Hershey, AHL: 73 GP, 8-34-42Carrick, a right-shot defenseman, played 34 NHL games in 2013-14 but wasn't quite ready. After spending last season with Hershey, Carrick (5-foot-11, 185) looks better prepared to play NHL minutes.The 21-year-old will be among several defensemen competing for an NHL roster spot at training camp, and if he doesn't win one, he will be at the top of the list for recalls from Hershey.Projected NHL arrival: 2015-165. , GHow acquired: 1st round (No. 22), 2015 NHL DraftLast season: Stalnye Lisy, MHL: 18 GP, 2.66 GAA, .908 SV%Samsonov is expected to be a backup for Metallurg in the Kontinental Hockey League after a successful junior season with Stalyne Lisy. There's no rush to bring him to North America; the Capitals have enough goaltending depth to allow the 18-year-old to play out his contract in Russia. I know that he's a talented goalie, Capitals goaltending coach Mitch Korn said. I know that anybody at [age 18], to get a chance to play in the KHL, which he's done and is going to do, makes him special. Ranked the top European goaltender by NHL Central Scouting

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Bryan Trottier Jersey, Samsonov (6-foot-3, 200) is known for his imposing size, puck-tracking skill and quick reflexes. He's an ominous body, and for a big man he moves exceptionally well, Korn said. And there's a thing that we call goalie sense. It's not where the puck is, it's where the puck's going, and the guys that are really good know where the puck's going. He seems to know where the puck's going. Projected NHL arrival: 2019-20TOP HEADLINESNHL GREEN    |     |   Back to the Future: Players on time travel         |     |  |  It's a huge milestone. I have to thank my teammates. It's hard to do by yourself in this league. It's a special moment for me and this team. Now we just have to keep going. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on reaching the 900-point mark with a goal on TuesdayTONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK

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Web Designers, Authors, Ideas Wanted

This website theme has great potential especially since it is open source and free but I can see I'll need help to make it work. If you believe in the vision and you can write code for a website as sophisticated as this contact me. As useful as this site seems it loads pretty slow so if you know of another open source theme that does the same things contact me.
Also, I think if there are 8 of us willing to rotate through the committee meetings and then write about the key events we can improve this city. Contact me if you are interested.

Finally, if you have pictures of City events, construction, public areas or services I'd like to show them. Send them to me and I'll incorporate them into the site. Tom McMasters

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Model airplanes / Drones

I think it is because I was a test pilot for the X-45 and a safety officer for Global Hawk and Predator and I've also belong to a model aircraft club that I have a different idea of UAV than what we see in the news.  Most of the drones we see in the news are really just more sophisticated model airplanes and we would be a lot safer if people realized this and operated them as if they thought…

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Cookies with Santa - Christmas Concert.

I received these two Huber Heights Christmas announcements for Thursday Dec 3rd Cookies with Santa at the Athletic Foundation and Sunday Dec 6th Christmas Concert at the Eichelberger Amphitheater.

A reminder of the annual Huber Heights Athletic Foundation "Cookies with Santa" event for 2015!

The event will be held this Thursday, December 3, 2015, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Huber Heights Athletic

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Housing to Youth

I was looking at the procedures to start an llc and found this interesting in the context of all the questions about Concept 1.  I wonder if they have the referenced letter and if they do why they didn't provide it.  It certainly would have helped their credibility. 

Some of the reasons to add an attachment would be in the following situations:
* The business name you have selected is already in

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Older blog posts

October 8th 2015, 10:56 PM 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan 0 comments
January 3rd 2015, 12:30 PM Information from the mayor needs to be accurate 0 comments
December 3rd 2014, 6:58 AM Young Marines meet @ St Peters 0 comments
November 6th 2014, 12:11 PM Vectren is running gas into our streets. 1 comment
October 26th 2014, 3:20 PM Ebola will give science a bad name 0 comments


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