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Sticky solution to problem aims to help environment

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The eye-level stack of plastic foam to which Sydney Gralike pointed will make a few bottles of EcoGLOo, an adhesive solution that was developed by Sydney and five junior high school friends.

In 2016, the girls announced their invention that could minimize a pressing global environmental problem. Since then, sought a patent for the process and made 3.5-ounce bottles of the product, which they sold at a plastic foam recycling event Jan. 11 at the Sunset Hills Community Center. They described the invention as an idea "that will really stick."

Filling bellies and minds

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Kim Davis came home one day last spring to find three neighborhood kids sitting on the front steps of her home in the Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis.

She didn't know them. They got up to scatter, and she told them, "You don't have to go anywhere." After a few minutes of conversation, the youngest asked for a nickel. The kids didn't have much food in the house, and they wanted something to eat. An older sibling chimed in, and asked if there was anything they could do to earn a little bit of money.

American Heritage Girls growth continues on upswing in archdiocese

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A new American Heritage Girls troop at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish launched just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

This was good timing, as the American Heritage Girls' National Catholic Committee recently announced a new Our Lady of Fatima patch for girls to earn as they learn about the historic and spiritual significance of the events at Fatima.

Chaminade student exudes calm, peace found in example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Miles Williams served breakfast to residents of Father Dempsey’s Charities as part of his service work through Chaminade College Preparatory. Williams is one of 32 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice honorees who were recognized Jan. 15.

The first time Miles Williams made breakfast for homeless men at Father Dempsey's Charities, he took his time neatly lining the bacon on the pan, much to the annoyance of his fellow volunteers.

It was a first-timer's mistake, he later acknowledged with a grin, and it earned him the nickname "Rookie." Now a senior at Chaminade College Preparatory, Williams knows the routine — pile on the bacon, and get it done quickly.

GOOD STEWARD | Advent is the season of hope, Mary is the star

Dan Conway

Advent is the season of hope, a time of eager anticipation or longing for Christ. During this blessed season, we have a chance to connect with our deepest desires. Above all else, whether we recognize it, we human beings long to be united with God, the source and summit of our aspirations, the joy of our desiring.

This longing, which we try to hide or suppress most of the year with no great success, bubbles to the surface in Advent. The hymns, prayers and readings evoke our heart's deepest desires like no other time of year.

THE GOOD STEWARD | October is Mary's month, a time to reverence and respect life

Dan Conway

In the month of October, we celebrate Respect Life Month. We also honor in a special way the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was obedient to God's will and chose life above all else.

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