The Missourian News Quiz kicks off its fifth year this week with the first quiz based on news in the Oct. 13-14 issue. A project of the Missourian In Education program, the weekly News Quiz connects local students with their community while teaching them important reading skills like compreh…

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Dan and Marybelle (Drewel) Buescher recently enjoyed celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary at her century-old five-generation farm east of Labadie. Mr. Buescher and the former Miss Drewel were united in marriage July 13, 1958.

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Help little ones grow familiar with common items found in various rooms of a home using “House: First Words Board Books: 5 Books Inside,” illustrated by Michael Slack. This ingenious book has been chosen as the October Baby Buzz Pick.

There’s a snap in the air, in addition to Newsbee’s buzz. Fall brings a plethora of wonderful books, and student reviews that Newsbee is always happy to find in his mailbox at the hive. Fall also ushers in shorter days, making for extra time at night to dig into Book Buzz Picks. Page On, goo…

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Newsbee doesn’t mind it when the bitty bees at the hive ask questions about this and that — how do hummingbirds hum, and what seeds travel the farthest in the wind? They’re just trying to figure things out, and have “Inquisitive Minds,” like the characters in his October Picks, who forge ahe…

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Bernie and Eileen Hillerman, Washington, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, with a family dinner. Mr. Hillerman and the former Miss Schlitt were united in marriage Oct. 11, 1958, at St. Gertrude Church, Krakow. The Rev. Edwin Fallert officiated at the ceremony.

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Neil and Dee Dee Derner, Washington, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, with a dinner at Miller’s Grill in Washington.

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Paul and Debbie Schroeder, Washington, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Schroeder, St. Louis, to Austin Byrne, St. Louis, son of Robert and Rebecca Byrne, St. Louis.

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First off, I’m not going anywhere — not retiring, or moving or leaving our local newspaper. You will continue to see my byline as Newsbee or Chris in book columns in The Missourian. The only change is “Sights and Insights” is ending.



Barry and Laura (Westermann) Gillette, Union, will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Mr. Gillette and the former Miss Westermann were united in marriage Oct. 7, 1978, in St. Louis.

We all get busy. It’s a common lament. But in our hurry-hurry-rush-rush days we often overlook those who impact us in simple yet important ways. We give little thought to everyday things they do in their jobs that make our lives easier and more pleasant.

Bertha and Harry “Lefty” Boland celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 25, 2018, at their home in Clover Bottom with a marriage blessing and Communion. The Rev. Mathew Cheruparambil, pastor of their church, St. Ann Parish, officiated.

Pete and Ginny Gildehaus, Washington, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, April 21, 2018, with a gathering of family and friends at the Elks Auxiliary Room. Their children were hosts of the event.


Several years ago Gene Hunt was camping in Champaign, Ill., when his cellphone rang around 10 a.m. It was a former student calling out of the blue, one from his first year leading the band program at Washington High School in 1964.

Karl and Lauren (Bishop) Kloppe, New Haven, announce the birth of a son, Kyle Rodney Kloppe. Born Sept. 17, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

Andrew and Danielle (Boehm) Rosenkoetter, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Jalynn Marie Rosenkoetter. Born Sept. 10, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

“Rivertowns: 100 Miles, 200 Years, Countless Stories,” the Nine Network special that taps into the social, natural and cultural changes in Missouri River communities over more than two centuries, will premiere on Channel 9 this Wednesday evening, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

This week, I’ll be trekking up and down the steps to put away my summer things. The first to go will be the whites — because everyone knows you can’t wear white pants, shoes or carry a white purse after Labor Day.

Charles “Chuck” N. and Linda Johns, Washington, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 21, 2018. Mr. Johns and the former Miss Williamson were united in marriage Sept. 21, 1968, at First Christian Church, Louisiana, Mo.

Gina Vernaci has been promoted, effective Oct. 1, to the position of president and chief operating officer (COO) of Playhouse Square, a nonprofit performing arts center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirby and Debra Bliss of Union, along with Mr. and Mrs. Derrick and Donna Howard of Union, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Sara Ann Howard, to Troy Robert Frick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Julie Frick of New Haven.

In the back corner of the banquet room at Röbller Winery in New Haven, musicians who had pulled chairs into a circle for an impromptu jam session had drawn a crowd of people who were watching, tapping their toes and some even recording the performance with their smartphones.

An elementary student worries about college and what she wants to be. She wishes she could talk to her mom because she can’t quit obsessing about it. The girl is only a fourth-grader.

“The Winter Soldier” is a gripping read by Daniel Mason that explodes off the page, a literary love story set in Eastern Europe during World War I.

One of the things children’s author/illustrator Loren Long is making sure to pack for his visit to Franklin County later this month is his ukulele. It will be integral to his presentations here promoting his newest title, “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake.”

As part of its weekly free community meal, the Harvest Table will be giving away new pairs of socks for people of all sizes, infant to adult, at the dinner on Saturday, Sept. 15.

More than five years after Gwen Borgmann, Washington, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, she was still feeling weak from the toll all of it had taken on her body: Eight chemotherapy treatments spread out over 16 weeks followed by 33 radiation treatments.

Haley Green, daughter of James and Merideth Green, Washington, and the late Christine (McClanahan) Green, is engaged to Phillip Linnenbrink, son of Ronald and Kathleen Linnenbrink, Washington.

As hard as it may be for today’s young people to comprehend, there was a time not too long ago — less than 50 years — that people actually believed women were not capable of running long distances, that it could harm their ability to bear children, among other things.

Brent and Kayla (Forget) Bargen, Washington, announce the birth of a firstborn son, Blake Matthew Bargen. Born Aug. 26, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Old ditties, songs and rhymes connect generations and are a treasure trove to share with little ones. A well-known tune gets new life in “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake,” by author/illustrator Loren Long. The picture book is the newest Baby Buzz Pick.

Registration is open online at for all performing arts high school students in the metro area to compete in the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s Ninth Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition.

The pediatric cancer experts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital kicked off the 50th anniversary of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Sept. 1 by celebrating the dramatic and record-breaking increase in survival rates over the past five decades and highlighting the hospital’s focus on how…

It’s rewarding to bask in the glow of a successful event, like last Thursday’s Teacher Appreciation Night that The Missourian and Neighborhood Reads sponsored. The bookstore wasn’t only brimming with books, it was packed with teachers and librarians anxious to learn more about Newspaper In E…