Local schools seek solutions to America’s ‘trades deficit’

America is suffering a trades deficit. While the problem of fewer skilled workers entering the labor pool is not new, it is reaching a critical point. Data collected by staffing expert ManpowerGroup estimates that approximately 60 percent of all skilled laborers – defined as welders, electricians and machinists – are age 45 and older. In as little as five to 10 years, retirement and natural attrition could leave the country wanting unless local schools and others step in. Rockwood and Parkway are doing just that. Both local districts have expanded their technology and engineering course offerings at the high school ...

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‘Shark Tank’ for Colonial times

Dirty water? Waste in the streets? Uncomfortable beds? These were some of the problems facing American colonists and English citizens living in the 1600s. Recently, Chesterfield Day School fourth-graders were able to apply their understanding of life in the 1600s to the development of a new product that would have enhanced the quality of life in that era. After researching and identifying a specific need, students worked in small groups to compile information about the time period, better understand the materials that were available in the 1600s and craft a solution to a particular problem. Inventions varied from ways to ...

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Moten, late blocked kick pushes John Burroughs into state title game

  John Burroughs running back John Moten had another huge day for the Bombers on Saturday (Nov. 22) as Burroughs knocked off Monett 24-23 in a Class 3 semifinal game at Burl Fowler Stadium in Monett, Mo. It wasn’t just Moten that came up big as the Bombers also got a big hand from the their special teams late to ensure Burroughs got to make the trip to the state title game next weekend. Nathan Van Slyke blocked an extra point with 1 minute, 16 seconds left after the Cubs threatened to tie it off Zack Hammond’s 2-yard touchdown run. ...

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Business: New location in Chesterfield

New location in Chesterfield Owners Dan and Nancy McGee have opened a second location in Chesterfield of their downtown Kirkwood store Fun in the Sun, which offers a unique assortment of men’s and women’s apparel in a casual, beach-themed atmosphere. The new store is located at 1654 Clarkson Road, and can be reached at 778-1310. Store hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. PEOPLE Alexandra Ballet has named CiCi Houston as its co-artistic director. Houston has performed with professional ballet ...

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Health Capsules: Good news for runners

Good news for runners Runners are not at increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis and may even be at a lower risk than the general population, according to research presented this month at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful disease involving progressive damage to joint cartilage. Known risk factors for knee OA, which is common, include age, being overweight, injury or stress to joints and a family history of the disease. Speculating that regular running might contribute to OA but noting also that runners typically have a body mass index (BMI) on the lower ...

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Pet Corner: New in the neighborhood

New in the neighborhood A grand opening celebration was held on Nov. 8 for the newest Casey Ray’s STL Dog Trainers location, 16528 Manchester Road in Wildwood Crossing. A graduate of the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers, Casey Ray has been training dogs in the St. Louis metro area for more than 10 years using his “Balanced Training” philosophy, which emphasizes the use of veterinarian-recommended obedience training, behavioral modification, dog psychology and overall education. Ray founded his business based on the understanding that dogs and their owners achieve their greatest success through training programs designed for their individual needs. ...

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Chesterfield, West County malls open Thanksgiving night

Five St. Louis area shopping centers – Chesterfield Mall, Mid Rivers Mall, St. Clair Square, South County Center and West County Center – will open their doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. Select department stores including Macy’s and Sears, as well as some specialty stores will be open at 6 p.m.; JCPenney opens at 5 p.m. Additional stores will open throughout the evening and into the early morning. Shoppers are encouraged to visit the malls’ websites for a complete list of stores opening times. • Chesterfield-Mall.com • ShopMidRiversMall.com • StClairSquare.com • ShopSouthCountyCenter.com • ShopWestCountyCenter.com “Shoppers are always looking ...

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Editorial: To add big personality to your holiday gifts – shop small

Remember when Black Friday was an actual day – specifically the Friday after Thanksgiving? Sales, respectfully, didn’t start until the leftover turkey, dressing and pumpkin pies had grown cold. Then, in the wee hours of the morning, die-hard holiday shoppers would head into the cold to grab up gifts at “deeper than deep” discounts. Now Black Friday sales start popping up even before the Halloween decorations are back in the attic. Black Friday had personality when it was one crazy day. And the people who braved sleep deprivation, often freezing weather and limited quantities to get the last Cabbage Patch ...

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Protests

To the Editor: Yesterday (Nov. 16), once again, protestors shut down traffic in Clayton. It is ridiculous that the lawbreakers can disrupt regular citizens with no parade permit and suffer no consequences in the name of “political correctness.” When are the law-abiding citizens going to wake up and stand up for law and order regardless of race or ethnicity. John Schroeder Wildwood   

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Free fish

To the Editor: Each week I look forward to the delivery of West Newsmagazine in my mailbox free of charge. West gives me the opportunity to learn what is going on in the communities and schools and what is being discussed in terms of changes, developments and legislative issues. I also enjoy most of the letters to the editor, and Thomas Sowell always makes me think about things in a way I may not have done otherwise. I assume that the reason the paper is free is because the people who advertise realize that the publication is widely read by ...

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