Business: The Little Gym under new ownership

Under new ownership Spouses Devi Devarajan and Suresh Jegadeesan have assumed ownership of The Little Gym of West County, located at 15825 Manchester Road in Ellisville. The Little Gym offers a variety of physical development classes and programs for young children, including gymnastics, dance, sports skills and karate, and also hosts parties, camps and Parents Survival Nights. The location may be reached at 256-6500. PEOPLE Pulaski Bank has announced the appointment of Denise DeRousse, senior vice president, retail banking operations, to the EPCOR (Electronic Payments Core of Knowledge) Board of Directors.  DeRousse has more than 30 years of banking experience ...

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Health Capsules: Windows in the workplace

Windows in the workplace Working in an office illuminated by natural daylight is associated with a healthier lifestyle, recent research revealed. A study at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that compared to those whose workplaces lacked exposure to natural light, people with windows in their workplaces slept an average of 46 more minutes per night, tended to be more physically active and scored better on quality of life measures related to physical problems and vitality. “There is increasing evidence that exposure to light during the day, particularly in the morning, is beneficial to your health ...

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Manchester Homecoming

Watercolor exhibit features local artist   As an extension of Homecoming 2014, Manchester Arts will sponsor an exhibit featuring the work of Manchester resident Bill Vivrett, a retired educator and active artist. The show, titled “The Good Ride: A Journey into Metaphor,” includes mainly watercolors created by the lifelong teacher, mentor and student of fine arts. Spanning more than 60 years, Bill’s education and art experience includes several years of teaching English and Studio Art to middle and high school students. After earning his M.A. in painting, Bill taught multiple sections of Arts Appreciation; and as an assistant professor of humanities, he ...

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Ryan Rosburg represents Mizzou on mound at Busch, on court in Columbia

Playing in front of huge crowds is old hat for Missouri basketball standout Ryan Rosburg but throwing off the mound at Busch Stadium is another matter. The 6-foot-10 forward, a Marquette graduate who will be a junior this season for the Tigers, threw out the first pitch at Mizzou Night at the ballpark before a recent game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Diego Padres. “It was awesome. Oh my gosh, yes,” Rosburg said about the honor. “I’ve been going to Cardinals games for so long. You never think about getting to do something like that. I certainly ...

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Wildwood’s Teddy Jones reflects on 2014 Metropolitan Amateur win

Wildwood’s Teddy Jones showed he had the right stuff by winning the area’s top amateur golf tournament. Jones began the final round of the 24th Metropolitan Amateur at Westwood Country Club six shots behind leader John Anderson. When the day ended, Jones captured the tournament with a playoff victory that will put his name on the prestigious Jim Tom Blair Trophy. Jones, a Eureka graduate who is a junior at the University of Central Missouri, shot a final round 4-under 67 to complete 54-holes at 1-under. He ended the 54 holes tied at 212 with Anderson and Pat Riordan. “This ...

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SSD, Parkway discuss future of technical career education

The Special School District and Parkway are among school districts being encouraged to expand and improve the region’s focus on career and technical education. That recommendation came as the result of a SSD review committee. State law mandates a Public Review Committee be appointed every four years. Among its charges, the committee must conduct a thorough review of how effectively SSD is delivering services to students needing special education in cooperation with component districts like Parkway, said Bruce Major, a former Parkway board member and former board representative to SSD’s Governing Council who serves  on the SSD public review committee. ...

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Recognized for hiring heroes

The First Student Bus Company has been awarded the Flag of Freedom Award through the Show-Me Heroes Program for its dedication to hiring veterans in the Rockwood School District. “The veterans we’ve hired have great work ethic, good attendance and are reliable,” said Mike Heyman, First Student location manager. In January 2010, Gov. Jay Nixon launched the Show-Me Heroes initiative to help Missouri’s Veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve reconnect with meaningful careers and to showcase Missouri employers who have pledged to do so. Since the program’s inception in the Rockwood School District, more than 13 veterans ...

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High school boys soccer preview

 High school boys soccer has new district assignments this fall and also a new class. Missouri now has four classes instead of three as the member schools of the Missouri State High School Activities Association voted on the annual ballot to add a fourth classification to boys and girls soccer. The MSHSAA is dividing Classes 2, 3 and 4 evenly with 64 teams in each classification. Class 1 has the remaining teams. As a result, there will be 16 district tournaments across the state in Classes 2, 3 and 4. Class 1 will have only eight district tournaments.  That means ...

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Parkway trains bus drivers for active shooter situations

Parkway school bus drivers got a crash course in safety on Tuesday, Aug. 26, receiving training for active shooter situations around their vehicles. Gary Moore, a retired Missouri State Highway Patrol officer, led the training session at South High. Moore, who is now working with the Missouri Center for Education Safety, said that situational awareness was one of the topics on which drivers were educated. Moore said he schooled the drivers on ‘Just Doesn’t Look Right,’ or JDLR. “If you’ve got someone hanging around your bus stop, that has no business being there and has no connection to the school, ...

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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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