Alumni Return to Participate in Hazelwood West Holiday Concert

Approximately 80 former members of the Hazelwood West High School Orchestra will return to their alma mater to participate in the Holiday Concert Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. The alumni will join current orchestra members on stage for a reunion performance as part of the annual event.

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Monument to James (Jay) Russell Dedicated near Tank He Moved to City

tank with monumentStory and Photo by Carol Arnett

Hundreds of children have climbed on it through the years, and thousands of people have driven by and seen it from Florissant Rd. Now the Sherman Tank at Bangert Part has a new monument identifying its origins and telling the story of how the tank came to be in Florissant fifty years ago.

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County Health Department Advises All To Be Vaccinated Against Seasonal Flu

The Saint Louis County Department of Health is strongly advising that all residents be vaccinated against the seasonal flu. The flu has arrived earlier in the St. Louis area this year; the number of cases has more than tripled over the last three weeks.

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Donation to Allow FFSD 5th & 6th Graders To Learn Classical Guitar

Fifth and sixth graders from Central and Johnson-Wabash Elementary Schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will soon be strumming melodious sounds thanks to the Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society.

The Augustine Foundation of New York City is donating $20,000 to the Guitar Society to launch Phase One of its Ferguson Guitar Initiative. Funding will provide for high quality classical guitars, additional compensation for participating classroom teachers, and educational specialists in the classrooms compliments of the Guitar Society.  The students will meet twice weekly, in groups of up to 15, to learn to play the classical guitar and perform beautiful music with their peers.

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The Homesman: Not a ‘Feminist Western’

By Sandra Olmsted

“People like to talk about death and taxes, but when it comes to crazy, they stay hushed up,” says a character in Tommy Lee Jones’ second foray into feature film directing. Like The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The Homesman bends the Western genre. This time Jones, who also co-wrote and stars, explores the effects of the harsh frontier life on the gentler sex. When three neighbor ladies of Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) loose their minds and suffer rejection from the men who brought them to the dangerous isolation of the Western frontier, Mary stoically takes the job of transporting them “East” to Iowa. Mary, a lonely 31-year-old spinster, refuses to be a tragic figure even when her neighbor rejects her offer of a marriage that is more a partnership. According to him, she’s “bossy” and “plain,” and he will go East to find a pretty wife. This statement resonates when one of the three husbands talks about how pretty his wife once was.

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Mark Your Calendar

Thursday, Dec. 4

Blood Pressure Clinic at St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. at 10 a.m. Refreshments served. Also offered on Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. RSVP by calling 314-838-3877.

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