Congratulations to two student winners in this week's News Quiz: Ella Alt, a sixth-grade student at The Fulton School at St. Albans, and Jamie Freeman, a fourth-grade student at St. Bridget of Kildare in Pacific. They each win a $10 gift certificate to Sugarfire Smoke House in Washington, ou…

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Some might call the lower area that runs the length of our ranch-style house a basement or storage area. But to us, it’s the “back room,” the scourge of our existence — a place we shoved everything into when we built our house 28 years ago.

Mr. Chad Kohlbusch and Ms. Amanda Obermark along with his children, Dakotah, Aubrey and Tanner Kohlbusch, all of New Haven, announce their engagement.

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Lots of elves sit on shelves, but at The Missourian Santa’s select troupe has been burning the midnight oil so they could share their top picks from 2017 with area readers.

Steven and Janet Goodman, Union, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan Michelle Goodman, Washington, to Aaron Paul Spurgeon, Washington, son of Steve and Sheilah Schoolcraft.

Jessica (Dyson) Mantle and Kyle Mantle, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Porter Lane Mantle. Born Oct. 10, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 3/4 inches long.

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Come away with me to storyland — bee entertained and delighted with “The Gift of a Good Book.” Newsbee has some honeys to suggest for December. He’s chosen the best of the best for this special time of year, when enchantment reigns and happiness knows no bounds. Step into tales that are sure…

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Standing in the gallery of Sam Stang’s Augusta Glass Studio with sunlight pouring in through the plate glass window feels a little bit like you’re standing inside a rainbow — the brightly colored bowls, platters, pitchers, wine glasses, ornaments and other pieces all around you.

Congratulations to Lexi Y., a 5th-grade student at New Haven Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Lexi's name was selected from 132 students who submitted answers in the Quiz. She wins a $15 gift certificate to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s…

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Approximately 300 pounds of flour, 400 ounces of oil, 100 pounds of shortening, 250 pounds of sugar, 140 pounds of brown sugar;

Earl and Helen Randolph, Union, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, with family and friends. Mr. Randolph and the former Miss Honold were united in marriage Nov. 27, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Beaufort.

Several of the people who write book reviews for The Missourian’s MO Books blog will give a presentation on their favorite new books Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Neighborhood Reads bookstore, 401 Lafayette St., Washington.

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In our family, I’m the pie baker — as such I know each of our family’s favorites. Baking an apple crumb pie, chocolate with whipped cream, cherry and pumpkin at Thanksgiving fills the bill for everyone, except our daughter, Jennifer. For years she’s groused about me not making lemon pie —so …

Amanda Gillette and Jason Klenke, Union, announce the birth of a son, Xander Carl Klenke. Born Nov. 19, 2017, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, he weighed 8 pounds.

What a blessing to have reviews flood the hive this month. It certainly made Newsbee’s antenna twinge with excitement to see how kiddos enjoyed the books he suggested. Without further ado, your bee buddy has reviews to share with you. Congrats to the winners! Keep Paging On!

Congratulations to Alex Nienhaus, a 6th-grade student at The Fulton School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Alex wins a $10 gift card to Sugarfire Smoke House in Washington, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Nov. 18-19 weekend issue of The…

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When the United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, German-American citizens of Washington likely had mixed feelings. Recent immigrants and those several generations removed often felt ties to the old country.

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Dr. Matthew Goers has known what he wanted to do with his life since he was 12 years old, tagging along with his mom, Dr. Kathy Lentz, an ophthalmologist, on humanitarian trips to places like Cuba and Kenya. He saw up close the difference that medicine can make in people’s lives, and knew he…

Mike and Melissa Caruso, Washington, announce the birth of their daughter, Annie James Caruso. Born Oct. 30, 2017, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.

Julia Zieger and Josh Hoeft were united in marriage Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis. Monsignor Patrick Hambrough, bride’s uncle, celebrated the 2 p.m. ceremony.

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Make room readers—if you fell in love with Ove, the crusty senior in “A Man Called Ove,” you’re going to welcome 85-year-old Arthur Truluv with open arms, the lovely gent in “The Story of Arthur Truluv,” by bestselling author Elizabeth Berg.

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Clarice and Larry Loehr, Villa Ridge, gave birth to one boy and three girls, but if you ask them how many children they have, they will probably say a few dozen, counting nearly 35 foreign exchange students they have hosted since the late 1980s.

Congratulations to Elaina K., a fourth-grade student at Campbellton Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Elaina wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Nov. 11-12 weekend…

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Make room readers — if you fell in love with Ove, the crusty senior in “A Man Called Ove,” you’re going to welcome 85-year-old Arthur Trulove with open arms, the lovely gent in “The Story of Arthur Trulove,” by bestselling author Elizabeth Berg.

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Jim McCarty, Union, isn’t old enough to remember “The Day the Lights Came On” in any community across America, but he was able to experience it firsthand in Bolivia last year when a team of volunteers from electric cooperatives in Missouri made a mission trip to a couple of small villages in…

Ralph and Janet Stricker, St. Clair, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Nov. 18, 2017. Mr. Stricker and the former Miss Shofner were united in marriage Nov. 18, 1967, at St. John United Church of Christ in St. Clair. The Rev. Raymond Klasing officiated at the ceremony.

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Our youngest granddaughter Parker, a second-grader and voracious reader, recently said with pride, “I don’t read picture books anymore, Mee Mee. I read chapter books.”

Erik and Leigh (Fuszner) Howard, Pacific, announce the birth of a son, Easton Kenneth Howard. Born Aug. 8, 2017, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, he weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 18 1/2 inches long.

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The 17 days that Othmar “Ott” Jasper’s unit, the 5th Armored Division, 10th Tank Battalion, spent fighting in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest during World War II was among the worst parts of the war for him.

Emily Orrell and Elzie Stogsdill were united in marriage Sept. 9, 2017, at the Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel, Washington. Minister Pam Ray officiated at the outdoor evening ceremony.

Linda Beaver and Andy Beaver, both of the Carthage area, announce the engagement of their daughter, Magen Beaver, Joplin, to Andy Hogenmiller, Joplin, son of Leo and Lisa Hogenmiller, Washington.

Stephen and Kay Beckmann, Sullivan, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Beckmann, Washington, to Scott Justin Price, Washington, son of Kenneth Price, Bourbon, and Rebecca Price, Union.

Todd and Jane Struttmann, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Maria Clare Struttmann, Washington, to Kyle Douglas Riegel, Washington, son of Doug and Ruth Riegel, Washington.

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We all make mistakes — celebrate those messes by sharing the November Baby Buzz Pick with your little ones. “Beautiful Oops!” by Barney Salzberg is certain to oust the shame in blunders, making lemonade of the sour moments in our lives.

Michael and Karen (Schmitt) Betz, Villa Ridge, announce the birth of a son, Kydan Colter Betz. Born Oct. 27, 2017, at St. Clare Hospital, Fenton, he weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces.

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This time of year especially, Michael Yelton, a 79-year-old veteran who is training to run his next marathon, appreciates the fitness services Four Rivers Area YMCA has to offer, particularly the indoor track.

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The battery-operated clock in my office has a second hand that clicks. In the next room, my husband sleeps, quieter than the clock, no snore in his present stage of slumber.

Jeffrey and Candice Krafft, Washington, announce the birth of a son, James Everett Krafft. Born Oct. 26, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

Congratulations to Kaitlyn T., a 5th-grade student at New Haven Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Kaitlyn wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Oct. 28-29 weekend is…

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Tim Grove, chief of museum learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., will visit Neighborhood Reads bookstore, 401 Lafayette St., in Downtown Washington Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his books, including “First Flight Around the World: The Ad…

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As Claire Saucier walks down the an aisle in the Iron Spike Train Museum, surrounded by cityscapes she stops to point out small details in the model train diorama, like a small tire in a river or a woman waiting in line for the restroom.