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Webster-Kirkwood Times

September 20 - 26, 2013

The Tillman Elementary School student body gathered to form a “T” during a recent “welcome assembly” for transferring and returning students.

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Welcome To All Tillman Students Students from Tillman Elementary School in the Kirkwood School District donned gray Tillman shirts, courtesy of the PTO, during a welcome assembly for transfer and returning students. For a special photo shoot, the students gathered together to form a “T” for Tillman.

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Tillman students Jackson Politte and Woody Munson at the assembly.

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St. Michael’s Wins Own Tourney St Michael’s eighth-grade boys won the annual St. Michael’s Soccer Tournament held Aug. 10-18 at Wehner Park in Shrewsbury. In the championship game, the boys beat the St. Peter’s team from Kirkwood, 4-0. Pictured are St. Michael’s players: front row: Julian Archer, Kevin Drexl, Cavin Smith, Tate Jeffries, Julian Johnson, Jake Streib; back row; Coach Peter Wright, Holden Conaway, Robbie Wright, Jacob Paynter, Michael Schnur, Jack Van Dyke, Jeremy Selkirk, Coach Glen Drexl, Brendon Muldoon, Teddy Gerard, Nathan Langhauser, Michael Berra, Coach Tom Streib.

Foster Parents For Pets from page 15A That’s the case for Ruth Kraemer, 85, of south St. Louis, who adopted a beagle mix dog that Kirchhofer had fostered in 2007. “The dog, then named Alley, was rescued from a hoarder, was extremely shy, didn’t have a lot of hair because she’d had mange, and lost a lot of her teeth because she was bored and had been eating rocks,” Kirchhofer remembered. Kraemer, a widow since 1992, lost her golden retriever, Max, and cat, Miss Kitty, when both died in 2007. Kraemer applied to adopt Alley after a neighbor paid for the adoption as a birthday present.

“It was my birthday on Oct. 17 when I went to the Humane Society,” Kraemer said. “They said the dog was shy, but she jumped right up next to me on the bench I was sitting on.” Kraemer renamed the now 11-year-old dog “Allie Bella,” adding the second word of her name, which means “beautiful” in Italian. “She is the sweetest little thing, very loyal, still a little shy, but very loving,” Kraemer said. “She’s made a difference in my life. She tries my patience sometimes, but I love her to pieces.” For Kirchhofer, that’s what makes fostering worthwhile.

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