Touring the Gateway Extrusions Ltd. factory in the Union Industrial Park, big is a word that comes to mind over and over again — from the size of the plant to the size of the equipment to the size of many of the products.

Zachary and Laura (Roettering) Campbell, Russellville, announce the birth of a son, Austin Joseph Campbell. Born Oct. 12, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City he weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

Bruce and Marvis Templer, Beaufort, wish to invite friends from the community to join in celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at an open house reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, 115 S. Washington St., Union.

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Roger Gildehaus didn’t go to college, at least not in the conventional sense, but he has found more success in business than he ever could have imagined.

Jason and Erin (Phelan) Webery, Farmington, announce the birth of their daughter, Morgan Claire Webery. Born Nov. 1, 2018, at 1:28 p.m. at St. Clare Health Center, Fenton, she weighed 7 pounds and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Heather Carey and Kurt Vollmer were united in marriage June 28, 2018, in Estes Park, Colo. Adam Johnson officiated at the noon double-ring ceremony.

Congratulations to Elsie S., a 4th-grade student at Campbellton Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz.

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The 4-inch scar at the base of Cole Boland’s skull doesn’t seem to faze him much. Neither did his diagnosis with medulloblastoma, a fast-growing cancerous brain tumor that can spread through the cerebrospinal fluid to other locations on the surface of the brain and to the spinal cord, last January.

One of America’s greatest blessings is its diversity. Our friends and neighbors have faces of many shades and eyes of different shapes, but our gifts combine and give birth to “A Glorious Mosaic.” We are a land of immigrants; our roots may be far-flung, but we join hands as “ . . . one natio…

Thomas E. and Sharon Joy (Olsen) Fenner celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, after services at the Presbyterian Church of Washington.

Michael and Barbara Piontek, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brittany Piontek, to Robert Struckhoff, son of Kenneth and Sally Struckhoff, Washington.

Jimmy Dale and Connie Rinne celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at the St. John’s Lutheran Church Auditorium. Their children hosted a wonderful afternoon of celebration and memories with family and friends.

Randy and Lisa Jokerst, Union, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Trisha Jokerst, Union, to Tim Tayon, Union, son of Cara Collins, Wright City, and Tim and Karen Tayon, Granite City, Ill.

Bob and Norma Dean Hoemann, Union, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Oct. 7, 2018, at St. Clair Nursing Center, St. Clair. About 50 friends and family members attended the celebration which was hosted by their daughters. Many others sent cards and best wishes.

Adam and Jamie Knight, Villa Ridge, announce the birth of a son, Will Jerome Knight. Born Oct. 22, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

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Even before he and his wife bought the historic Thias house on Elm Street in Downtown Washington, Marc Houseman had heard stories that it was haunted. And after living in the house for several years now, he admits there are things they have heard (and smelled) that are unexplained.

A nod of Newsbee’s antennae goes to Allison Gildehaus, a sixth-grader at Clark-Vitt Elementary School. Allison wrote a review on Newsbee’s September Middle Pick, “Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams,” by Lesa Cline-Ransome.

Bryan and Kristin Seitter, New Haven, announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Corinne Seitter, DPT, New Haven, to Bradley Wayne Ridings, Maryland Heights, son of Terry and Tammy Ridings.

Clark and Lorna Edwards will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at their home in Eldon.

Steven and Wendii Jobe, St. Clair, announce the birth of their son, Henry Edward Jobe. Born Oct. 13, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, he weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Dan and Jodi (Ballmann) Sheets, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Emily Grace Sheets. Born Sept. 28, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

It’s been 12 years since Marcus Zusak’s gift-of-a-historical novel, “The Book Thief,” hit bookstores. It was my good fortune to interview Zusak in 2006, and his words have stayed with me. “I wanted to write a book people would remember,” he said. So he did, and they do.

Michael and Kathy Feth celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Sept. 22, 2018, with a special 5 p.m. Mass and blessings by the Rev. Donald Henke at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Neier, followed by a family dinner celebration.

Matthew and Tracy Bacott, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Emmalina Marie Bacott. Born Oct. 15, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 9 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Anne Pollock (Freeman) and Todd Pollock, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Lucy Margot Pollock. Born Sept. 24, 2018, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

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.

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Missourians can take pride in the state’s role in the development of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. The 1968 act helped protect free-flowing rivers around the country for the enjoyment of future generations.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.