Life's a dance

Alton Dance Academy performance underscores Dowling's impact on the community

ALTON — Last Saturday, the Prospect Mountain High School auditorium featured an epic performance of "Mary Poppins" by Alton Dance Academy dancers whose work ethic and execution exemplified the notion, "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun." ADA's 10th annual production under the directorship of Ashley Dowling, lovingly known as Miss Ashley, featured about 175 girls and boys, aged 3-18 who performed before an audience of 1,400 attending over two shows on June 18. While not necessarily a personification of Poppins herself, Miss Ashley endeavors to inspire students to work hard and have fun at the same time....more>

Robots take over New Durham School

Kingswood, Effingham, library teams help create excitement for robotics

NEW DURHAM — If you want to get kids excited about a new project, the best way to do so is to let them see for themselves what's involved; and in the case of New Durham School's (NDS) recent robotics assembly, how much fun it is. Robots have always been big with kids, but no major coordination for working with them existed until Dean Kamen got involved. He founded For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League (FLL), and a Junior FIRST LEGO League. The Governor Wentworth Regional School District jumped on board, with the idea of having a robotics program in each of its schools. NDS needed one, and second grade teacher Kyra Dulmage was the natural pick to lead the charge....more>

Alton Legion splits doubleheader with Lebanon

ALTON — After a tough loss in the opener of a doubleheader with Lebanon on Saturday, the Alton Post 72 Junior Legion baseball team bounced back with a hard-fought win in the second half of the twinbill. "It was good to bounce back," said Alton coach Bubba Noyes. "It was big going into next week." Lebanon scored two runs in the top of the first inning against Alton starter Dylan McCann, getting a base hit, a bloop hit to right and a double for the first run and after a walk, a squeeze play plated another. Zack Thoroughgood made a nice grab in center to end the inning....more>
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