Rockwood teacher earns Presidential Innovation Award

Rockwood Summit High School science teacher Darrin Peters has won the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. He was one of only 17 educators from around the country to be recognized. The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. It is sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency. According to the EPA website “Peters developed an innovative curriculum that provides students at Rockwood Summit High the opportunity to ...

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High School Boys Swimming Preview

It’s time to dive into the 2014 high school boys swimming season. Parkway Central finished fourth last fall in the state meet and coach Jeff Spector has three qualifiers back from the team. Spector, who is in his third year on his second stint with the Colts, has a young team but he is confident the boys will improve as the season progresses and make a splash again at state. Marquette and Parkway West are both coming off conference championships. Marquette has two state qualifiers back from last season. Parkway West has five athletes back who went to state. Parkway ...

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High School Softball Preview

Eureka reached the Class 4 Final Four last fall but coach Mark Mosley has just one starter back from the team. The Wildcats went 27-5 but Eureka will depend on its new players to step up. Lafayette, which lost in the district title game to Eureka, has six starters back from a 20-5 squad. Standout pitcher Madison Siefert has verbally committed to play at Penn State. Marquette coach Chris Meador has five starters back from a 20-5 squad that shared the Suburban West Conference title with Oakville. Coach Amy Doyle has eight players back from last year’s 20-8 Parkway North ...

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Marquette student earns bowling scholarship

Marquette’s Troy Brocaw has been named the winner of the United States Bowling Scholarship (USBS). Annually, the St. Louis USBC gives four scholarships, two each to male and female bowlers, recognizing bowling skill, academics and leadership. Brocaw will be awarded his $1,000 scholarship at the St. Louis USBC Hall of Fame dinner on Oct. 26.  

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Editorial: Sumptuous September

The feasting that started with Celebrate Wildwood continues in West County this weekend as the Manchester Homecoming takes over Paul A. Schroeder Park. Oh sure, there will be carnival rides and concerts and even a pool party for your pooch, but there will also be corn dogs and funnel cakes, ice cold lemonade and cotton candy – the holy grail of carnival fare – the food you crave after being spun on a carnival ride like fruit-flavored sugar in a centrifuge. It’s fall festival season in West County and one of the benefits is undeniably the food. You might want ...

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The fire union versus us

To the Editor: In Rick Gans’ letter titled “Security Issues in Monarch” (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 20), he appropriately chastised a Monarch Fire District union captain for revealing confidential security measures to the press and even being disrespectful enough to make fun of the common sense enhancements to protect lives. Chances are if you had an employee who did that, he or she would no longer be employed. One would expect the union to respect the overwhelming mandate of the voters when they elected a board majority dedicated to serving the financial interests of the residents, but the union leaders have ...

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Responding to ‘Flipping Ferguson’

To the Editor: Mr. Alfred Waddell in his “Flipping Ferguson,” letter to the editor (West Newsmagazine, Aug. 27) has  obviously tried and convicted the police officer without benefit of knowledge of the actual evidence. That is unfortunate because I suspect that if this happened to him, he would be screaming about being denied due process; it is no different for police officers. People want to demilitarize police officers, and I agree that overkill is never good, but how would you suggest they defend themselves against Molotov cocktails and gunshots? Armor is the best protection for that. I really think Mr. ...

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Francis Howell to hold public hearing on district property tax rate

Residents of the Francis Howell School District could see a 19-cent decrease in the district property tax rate for the new academic year, according to the district’s top finance officer. During an Aug. 21 Board of Education meeting, district chief financial officer Kevin Supple attributed the projected decrease to expiration this year of a special purpose operating levy. The board is scheduled to set the annual levy during its Sept. 18 meeting. Prior to the meeting, board members will hold a public hearing on the tax rate. The state requires the rate be set by Sept. 30 each year. Supple ...

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