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Tracy Smith FFSD Teacher of the Year

Tracy Smith, Teacher of the Year

Tracy Smith, Teacher of the Year

Tracy Smith is the Ferguson-Florissant School District’s Teacher of the Year

Hazelwood Central Girls, Hazelwood West Boys Win Track Invitationals

By Jim Wieners

High School Track & Field teams from the Hazelwood School District and Ferguson-Florissant School District went out of St. Louis County to compete in April 8 Invitationals.

In the end the Hazelwood Central Girls and the Hazelwood West Boys won separate invitationals.

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McCluer High Baseball Classic Is Almost Strictly North County

By Jim Wieners

What is more known as the North County Baseball Classic, the McCluer High Classic is almost all North County with seven out of eight teams from North County, four of them are north of Interstate 270.

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McCluer North Baseball Starts 5-2; Hosts Hazelwood Central Thursday

By Jim Wieners

Coming off a 16-12 season in 2016 McCluer North Baseball opens the season 5-2 and that includes going 3-1 against the Parkway School District, 1-1 playing in Bethalto, Ill., and 1-0 at home prior to April 4.

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Mark Your Calendar

Happenings and Fun Events in North County!

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Thursday, April 6
Classical Pianist John Beckmann will perform at Church of the Master, 1325 Paddock Dr. at 11:15 a.m. Bring a sandwich for lunch, desserts and beverages served. Directions/Info: 314-831-8127.
 
Friday, April 7
Fish Fry at American Legion Post 444, 17090 Old Jamestown Road, every
Friday until April 21 from 4-7 p.m. Eat in or carry out. Baked fish available.
Fish Fry at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 3 p.m. to 7p.m. All profits go to support Veterans. (314) 831-6121.
Fish Fry at Florissant Elks Lodge 2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd., 4 to 8 p.m. every Friday until April 14. Serving cod, jack salmon, shrimp, desserts. 314-921-2316
 
Saturday, April 8.
Trivia Night at the Hazelwood Civic Center-White Birch Park, 1186 Teson Rd. Benefits the Hazelwood Sharks swim team. Doors open at 6 p.m. and games begin at 6:30 p.m. $120 per table of eight. Beer, soda, water and snack included. You may bring any food and drink but no glass allowed. Call Tom at 314-839-1604 for info.
Flea Market at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. To reserve a table or info Contact the Post (314)831-6121
Breakfast at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please join us; all profits go to support Veterans. (314)831-6121
 
Wednesday, April 12
Tai Chi at Garden Villas North, 4505 Parker Rd., every Wednesday through April 12. Classes are free. Call 314-355-6100.
The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Dr., is hosting a Senior Resource Meeting every second Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and pastries. Call 314-831-0988
Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. All profits go to support Veterans. (314) 831-6121
 
Thursday, April 13
Northside Art Association meets on the second Thursday of each month to paint together at the Hazelwood Community Center, 1186 Teson Rd. at 10 a.m. Call J. Frericks at 314-837-5816 for info.
 
Friday, April 14
The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Dr., is hosting a Social Hour & Birthday Cake every second Friday of the month. 2:30-4 p.m. Come celebrate your birthday. Call 314-831-0988.
Fish Fry at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. All profits go to support Veterans. (314)831-612.
Fish Fry at Florissant Elks Lodge 2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd., 4 to 8 p.m. Serving cod, jack salmon, shrimp, desserts. 314-921-2316
The Florissant Bridge Club needs more players over 50. Fridays between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. meet with us for party bridge at the Eagan Center on Parker Rd. If you never played bridge, we can teach you. Call Sonny at (314) 837- 4027
 
Monday, April 17
Northside Art Association meets on the third Monday of every month 7-9 p.m at the Prairie Commons Branch Library.
Men of Harmony Barbershop Chorus practices Mondays at 7 p.m. at 5500 Parker Rd. (the first house on Uthe Ln.) The group is always looking for new members. For info, call Al 993-6134.
 
Tuesday, April 18
Bingo at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., games start at 6. For more information, call 314-921-2316. Offered every Tuesday evening.
 
Wednesday, April 19
Bingo at Florissant Elks Lodge #2316, 16400 New Halls Ferry Rd. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., games start at 9:30. For more information, call 314-921-2316. Offered every Wednesday morning.
Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. Please join us; all profits go to support Veterans. (314)831-6121
 
Thursday, April 20
Marygrove is hosting a Spring Fling luncheon at Norwood Hills Country Club. This year’s event will feature great door prizes, free Marygrove swag and a silent auction that includes Cardinal baseball tickets and airline tickets. Doors open at 10:30 am. Lunch will be served at 12 pm. Tickets are $30 each. RSVP: 314-830-6286.
Flower Valley Quilting Guild meets the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 123 Carson Rd, Ferguson.
 
Friday, April 21
Life Care Center of Florissant, 1201 Garden Plaza Drive in Florissant, holds a Bingo Afternoon the third Friday of the month at 2 p.m. Call 314-831-3752 for info.
Fish Fry at American Legion Post 444, 17090 Old Jamestown Road, every Friday until April 21 from 4-7 p.m. Eat in or carry out. Baked fish available.
Pork Steaks at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us; all profits go to support Veterans. (314) 831-6121
 
Saturday, April 22
Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser for TEAM (The Emergency Assistance Ministry) held in the parish hall of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 751 N. Jefferson St. $200 per table with a maximum of eight people per team. Includes beer, soda, water, popcorn and attendance prizes. “Cash Giveaway” – $10 per ticket. Tickets may be purchased in advance or the night of the event. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., trivia starts at 7. To register, sponsor, or make a donation, please contact Pat Piotrowicz at p.piotrowicz1@yahoo.com or 314-222-1362.
 
Tuesday, April 25
Community Bingo every fourth Tuesday from 2:30-4 p.m. at The Bridge at Florissant, 1101 Garden Plaza Drive, RSVP 314-831-0988.
 
Wednesday, April 26
Karaoke at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. Please join us; all profits go to support Veterans. (314) 831-6121
 
Friday, April 28
Chicken Dinner at Florissant Valley VFW Post 4105, located at 410 St. Francois from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Please join us; all profits go to support Veterans. (314) 831-6121
The Florissant Bridge Club needs more players over 50. Fridays between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. meet with us for party bridge at the Eagan Center on Parker Rd. If you never played bridge, we can teach you. Call Sonny at (314) 837- 4027
 
Saturday, May 13
Trivia Night, sponsored by The Parents Advisory Council at the Child Development Learning Center at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley will at the James J. Eagan Community Center in Florissant. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the trivia following from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 a piece or $160 for a table of eight if purchased before April 14. After April 14 tickets are $25 apiece or $200 for a table of eight. For more information, e-mail CDLC.PAC@gmail.com, call 314-513-4525 or contact Torie (Rocket)
 
 
Mark Your Calendar is a regular feature in The Independent News each issue. Items of a general interest from non-profit and fraternal groups will be published if received at our office by mail, fax or e-mail by 4 p.m. Friday prior to the next edition.

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A Boomer’s Journal: Hanging Around Schools These Days

by Tom Anselm

Since retiring from teaching in 2010, I’ve had a variety of jobs. Working at a golf course, taking people to doctor appointments. I tried shoe sales and that was a serious disaster, given the low pay and lots of bending. Not to mention other peoples’ feet.

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