Take the plunge this summer, give your pen a workout, or let your fingers walk over the keyboard to create a Book Buzz review. Bee informed, bee entertained with Newsbee’s Picks. They can be found at Washington Public and Scenic Regional Library, and its branches, as well as at Neighborhood …

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Once upon a time in a small city on the banks of the Missouri River, a dream crystallized and Neighborhood Reads, a bookstore, put down roots in Washington in a fading old home. The structure was resurrected by the Kitchell family — with love, care and creativity.

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Spots and swaths of color, vivid annuals, paired with native plants and perennials, patches of flowers and greenery grace our small city. Sometimes the caretakers of these kaleidoscopic beds are visible — glove-clad, their faces shaded by straw brims. Members of the Washington Garden Club pl…

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  • By Martha Fischer, curator, Mammals/Ungulates and Elephants; and Director of the Center For Conservation, Horn of Africa.
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Who doesn’t love giraffes? Their grace, their markings that are as unique as human fingerprints, their long, tough tongues that can extend a foot or longer to navigate sharp acacia thorns, and even their hair-covered “horns” (called ossicones) —all these traits are endearing. 

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Recently our grandsons, Reed, 13, and Miles, 15, came to spend the night. I had plans previous to them coming, so PaPa took them to dinner and a movie. Over catfish and steak, Spark hatched a plan for National Doughnut Day, which is always the first Friday in June. They’d take a doughnut tou…

Alan Campbell and Marsha Campbell announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Rae Campbell, to Christopher Michael Melies, son of David Melies and Laura Lahm.

Mary Lee Luecke, daughter of Felix and Leona Luecke, and Robert “Buzz” Kliethermes, son of Art and Isabel Kliethermes, exchanged wedding vows June 10, 1967, at Assumption Catholic Church in New Haven.

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From the very beginning, Dawn Kitchell’s plans to turn the “little yellow house” across from Washington Public Library into a bookstore seemed poetic.

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It didn’t take long for word to spread around the community that the massive bur oak tree that stood along Bluff Road between Marthasville and Dutzow had fallen suddenly on or around May 11.

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Laura Vilela and her 5-year-old son, Luke, who has developmental disabilities, were among the participants in the Cinco de Mayo 5K run hosted by Four Rivers Area Family YMCA last month. They arrived wearing matching bright green T-shirts for their group, All Abilities Athletics, and she expl…

Sarah Toybes and Dennis Pohlmann, St. Louis, were united in marriage June 18, 2016, at Four Seasons, St. Louis. Rabbi Howard Kaplansky officiated at the ceremony.

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If anyone deserves martins, those marvelous mosquito-eating, sky-swooping songsters, it’s my sister. For years, Jackie would phone when the first scout arrived at her home, located not far from ours.

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Bill Whittaker, 73, Union, stood before more than 230 doctors and nurses at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at a recent conference to share his miraculous experiences with proton beam therapy at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

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In between dips in the pool, running the bases and hanging out with your friends, pack some pleasure reading into your school break. For starters dive into Newsbee’s “Splendid Summer Reads.” You’re sure to get hooked on the story of a lonely bird, the tale of a friendly lake creature and the…

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The 492nd meeting of The BookClub was smaller than usual. A couple of members were out of town, and another was recovering from an illness. Others were just not able to make it.

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will host their first-ever pop-up cookie booths at all 54 Schnucks locations in eastern Missouri this Saturday, June 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nathan and Kathryn (Tod) Riegel, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Hilda Rose Riegel. Born April 24, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Stephen and Leslie (Rothschild) Busch announce the birth of a daughter, Cameron Ann Busch. Born Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 2:46 p.m. at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, she weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 21.5 inches long.

Throughout the remainder of the year, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department, along with St. Louis Area Mountain Bikers (SLAMB) and Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC), will host mountain bike night rides at county parks known for great biking trails.

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An intricately detailed scale model of the solar system will be on display at the St. Gertrude Parish Picnic this Sunday, June 4, as a preview of what will be set up at the Washington Fairgrounds for the total solar eclipse occurring Monday, Aug. 21.

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How fitting. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Mom, who lives a few blocks from us, showed me some of my late father’s war mementos, news clippings and such, and I read over the bits and pieces of treasured history from World War II.

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The only thing that says summer more than fun reading might be Cardinals baseball, and this summer, The Missourian is bringing both of those things together for its annual Summer Reading Program.

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“Louchfest,” a concert, fish fry and fundraiser to support the documentary film project “Path of the Past,” will be held Saturday, June 10, beginning at 1 p.m. at Brandt’s Farm, 444 Bethel Church Road in St. Clair.

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The 13th annual Riverfront Trail Day for senior citizens and anyone who is physically disabled will be held Wednesday, June 7, at the Washington Fairgrounds. A rain date has been set for June 8.

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It’s been 25 years since Jackie Post Miller, Washington, was paired up with Rosemarie Winter, Marbach am Neckar, Germany, on the first Sister City trip between the two communities.

Nicole Swoboda and Spencer Vaughn, Rosebud, announce the birth of a son, Haiden Cole Vaughn. Born May 2, 2017, at BJC Missouri Baptist Hospital, Sullivan, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Jason and Alexandria (Gildehaus) Linkinhoker, New Haven, announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Paige Linkinhoker. Born Jan. 30, 2017, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces.

Erick and Morgan Bush (Briggs), Washington, announce the birth of a son, Talon Joseph Bush. Born April 17, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces.

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to provide comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally ill patients and their families in their homes, in assisted living facilities and nursing facilities.

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The Saint Louis Zoo’s Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Mid-America Chevy Dealers will kick off Friday, May 26, with a performance by Retro Boogie (rock, R&B, disco, soul) from 5 to 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

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We learned new words, discussed politics, laughed ’till tears rolled down our cheeks, traded little gifts of affection and checked the Sister City Partnership agenda daily, to keep up with all the activities the committee had arranged for us.

Missouri State Parks will be offering motorized tram rides on the 3.5-mile stretch of the Katy Trail between the Marthasville trailhead and the Peers Store this Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Evening hours for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s summer exhibit, Garden of Glass, which opened last weekend, will begin next Thursday, May 25.

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Kailey Robinson, who is now finishing up her junior year at Washington High School, is excited about a mission trip she will be taking with two of her sisters and their mom, Shannan Robinson, to Caldwell, Ohio, in a few weeks.

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Quirky, considered a “nutter” by some, office worker, Eleanor Oliphant, is sure to captivate readers in a marvelous, gutsy debut by British author Gail Honeyman.

Michael and Ashley (Colbert) Rodgers, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Amelia Ann Rodgers. Born May 10, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

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