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’Tis the season of wonder and goodwill — a time to show others we care. This month Newsbee’s doing just that with his “Gift of a Good Book” theme. He has scoured the kingdom to find three superlative titles to share with you. Here’s hoping you’ll find time in this busy season to lose yoursel…

Steve and Kayla (Cox) Pope, Valley Park, announce the birth of a daughter, Kinslee Elora Pope. Born Nov. 21, 2016, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 5 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

Ted and Martha Lewis, New Haven, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, with a family dinner at The Hawthorne Inn, Labadie. Mr. Lewis and the former Miss House were united in marriage Dec. 5, 1956.

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Among the papers Tracy Conway, Union, carries with her on daily visits to the pulmonary rehab department of Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis is a card her grandson Jason made for her 60th birthday. It includes a picture he drew of them at the park together — he is on the slide, and she's …

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This weekend I partook of the joys of the season at Immaculate Conception School in Union. There’s nothing like a good cookie to get you in the Christmas spirit, along with seeing a bunch of do-gooders offering their culinary skills to benefit others.

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Paula Obermark, Washington, hadn’t been retired from her position as executive director of the Franklin County Area United Way for very long when she received a call from Sandy Crider, of Loving Hearts Outreach and the local chapter of Salvation Army. The two had worked closely over the year…

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When Fern Claas’ granddaughter Theresa Borgmann called her late this summer and said “You won, Grandma!,” Claas wasn’t quite sure what she had won.

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With a laptop open, microphone ready and “Shh! Recording” sign taped to the door outside, three sixth-grade students in Melissa Golder’s reading class at Labadie Elementary prepared to begin their assignment.

Gary E. and Karen A. Unnerstall, Washington, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, with a small, intimate dinner for family and friends given by their children.

Craig and Annette Holzem, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Rebecca Holzem, Kirkwood, to Zachary Michels, Kirkwood, son of Mark and Sue Michels, Washington.

Ken “Tweedy” and Rose Strubberg, Washington, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with dinner Friday, Nov. 25, at The Hawthorne Inn and a blessing Saturday, Nov. 26, at 4:30 Mass at St. Francis Borgia Church, Washington.

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  • By Martha Fischer, curator of mammals/ungulates and elephants, and director of the Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa, and Tim Thier, zoological manager, antelope area, Saint Louis Zoo
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What are ungulates?

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The ornaments adorning the two 12-foot-tall Christmas trees flanking the altar at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington do more than just sparkle and shine. They tell a story.

Jacob and Meghan Maddox, St. Clair, announce the birth of a daughter, Sophia Violet Maddox. She was born Oct. 7, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington. She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She joins her big sister Ellie, age 2.

Matt and Jamie (Fink) Borgmann, Union, announce the birth of a son, August Edward Borgmann. Born Nov. 8, 2016, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, he weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

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Tiny beads of white lights illuminate a Christmas tree with ornaments collected over the years, handmade ones, oldies with memories attached and a crystal collection we add to annually.

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Among the many blessings at the hive, Newsbee counts himself lucky to be able to suggest books to young readers — and to get so many reviews in the hive mailbox each month. Here are three stellar reviews for you to enjoy. Thanks, Buzzers and Buzzettes, for continuing to “Page On!”

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From butterflies to bright lights and Broadway-style shows, Branson has it all for the holiday season. Even if you’ve experienced an Ozark Mountain Christmas in the past, there are plenty of new attractions to ring your holiday bells.

Rachel Marie Pezold and Theodore Matthew Stahl, both of Washington, exchanged wedding vows June 25, 2016, at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Dutzow.

Adam Christopher and Katelyn Marie Bennett, Washington, announce the birth of a firstborn daughter, Lacey Mae Bennett. Born Nov. 5, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 18 1/2 inches long.

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Take a trip down the Mother Road via the new documentary film “Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri,” which will air on the Nine Network of Public Media this Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 1, at 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 8:30 p.m.

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We’ve entered the season of goodwill, a time when we pause and give thanks for our blessings and share ourselves in ways that will better mankind. Some good deeds can be small, just listening to the cares of another, but others are major.

Meghann Konczal and Nathan Holt were united in marriage Oct. 7, 2016, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Washington. Deacon Richard Boland officiated at the ceremony.

Steven and Katie (Bleckman) Brand, Marthasville, announce the birth of a son, Bentley Charles Brand. Born Oct. 24, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long.

Alan and Julie Sahm, New Haven, announce the birth of a daughter, Lorelei Jane Sahm. Born Sept. 1, 2016, in Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces.

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There’s nothing better than an awesome audiobook to wile away highway miles, or escape the drudgery of dusting. Edoardo Ballerini’s stellar reading of “The One Man,” by Andrew Gross, is just the ticket, a thriller with heart set largely in Auschwitz during World War II.

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The city of Washington was one of the many high points of a paddling journey down the Missouri River in late September.

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There’s nothing better than an awesome audiobook to wile away highway miles, or escape the drudgery of dusting. Edoardo Ballerini’s stellar reading of “The One Man,” by Andrew Gross, is just the ticket, a thriller with heart set largely in Auschwitz during World War II.

In commemoration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary — which was celebrated Aug. 25 — the superintendents of Missouri’s six national parks sites announced a statewide initiative that encourages park-goers to “Find Your Park” and explore the Show Me State.

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Just minutes into the description of what life with pulmonary arterial hypertension is like for her, Martha Masgai, Washington, was alerted when her medicine pump began sounding. Time for another dose.

Keith and Renee Coulter, Washington, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary Nov. 15, 2016. Mr. Coulter and the former Miss Slemp were united in marriage Nov. 15, 1986, at First Presbyterian Church, Washington.

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Next to turkey and dressing, no other item smacks of Thanksgiving more than pies. Ask foodies what their top favorite is and you’ll probably hear one of the following: pumpkin, apple crumb or pecan pie, mouths watering at the thought of savoring a scrumptious bite of any, or all.

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The Baby Buzz Pick for November strikes just the right note. Across the keyboard, children will adore “I Love Music,” by Marion Billet, the newest book suggested by parent educators with the Washington School District.

John R. and Lori (Busse) Lamke, Union, will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary Dec. 19, 2016, by having a small celebration with their children and family members. Their children are Timothy Lamke and wife Carie, Alton, Ill.; and Brandon Lamke, St. Clair.

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This week marks three months since the lives of Cindy Finder, Washington, and her family were thrown into utter chaos after a trip to the emergency room for what appeared to be signs of a stroke ended with Finder in a coma for 4 1/2 weeks and now living in a nursing home where the widowed mo…

Ron and Cathy Peterson, Washington, and Douglas and Dawn Engel, Jonesburg, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Tallman, to Drew Risley, son of Sandy Wissbaum, Wentzville, and Duane Risley, Edmond, Okla.

Bob and Betty Boyd, Lake Sherwood, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Boyd, Chicago, Ill., to Steven Pinkham, Chicago, Ill., son of Lisa and Ken Pinkham, Springfield, Ill.

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While investigating an upcoming story, I introduced myself to a woman I hadn’t previously met. “I know who you are,” she said, adding that she reads “Sights” all the time. She said she couldn’t believe how big my grandkids are getting, that she could recall when they were small.

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A lot of people are dog lovers. But Washington couple Dick and Kay Guetzloff are dog whisperers.

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The old saying “Friends that play together, stay together” is certainly true for a group of travelers who are about to embark on their 40th weekend adventure together.

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