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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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It took about 15 minutes for Nicki Harriman, RN, BSN, to get a new rear-facing convertible car seat for 8-month-old Winston Steffens installed in his mom’s minivan.

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Turtles and tortoises have been on the planet for 300 million years, but today, these animals are in real trouble. They are now the world’s most endangered vertebrates; half of the approximately 330 species of turtles and tortoises are threatened with extinction.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Weiser will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this month. Joe and Darlene (Brautigam) were united in marriage May 20, 1967, at Bethany United Church of Christ near Berger.

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“The best 2 ½ minutes of your life” — that’s a stellar prediction of things to come, and precisely what Dr. Angela Speck said is in store for us on Aug. 21 with the total solar eclipse.

Tom and Jessica (Parmentier) Cronin, Union, announce the birth of a son, Thomas Michael Cronin III. Born April 16, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 9 pounds.

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The smell of spaghetti and garlic bread wafted through the air as a team of volunteers from Arconic buzzed around the kitchen at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at Fifth and Market streets in Downtown Washington one Saturday evening early last month.

Brian and Tina Bacott, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Olivia Ashlynn Bacott, to Todd Aaron Reiker, son of Robert and Patricia Reiker, Union.

Brian and Tina Bacott, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Nicole Bacott, to Masin Patrick Lafferty, son of Mike and Tina Lafferty, Labadie.

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You can tell your adult children about the good ol’ days, but nothing drives home the wonder of modern conveniences like having an appliance go on the fritz. Like most of us, our daughter Rebecca depends on her clothes dryer. When hers broke down recently, it threw her into a tailspin.

James and Sharon Gillison, Washington, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, May 12. Mr. Gillison and the former Miss Shamulus were united in marriage May 12, 1967.

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Scrapper the robot didn’t live up to its name as much as the students at Four Rivers Career Center, who designed, built and programmed it, had anticipated.

Scott and Chelsea (Doerr) Webb announce the birth of their son, Olin Bradley Webb. He was born Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 12:56 a.m. He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 20 inches long. He was born at Mercy Hospital Washington. Everyone is doing well!

Jason Wilson and Ashley (Barry) Wilson, Kansas City, announce the birth of a daughter, Lyla Jane Wilson. Born April 24, 2017, at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., she weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces.

Steven and Wendii Jobe, St. Clair, announce the birth of a daughter, Hattie Louise Jobe. Born March 27, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, she weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Make May memorable with Newsbee’s “Way-Great Reads.” Your literary buddy is buzzing about a wordless wonder of a read with art that dazzles, an inspirational true story about a girl with grit and an engaging chapter book about a boy who becomes a neighborhood do-gooder. There’s plenty in sto…

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Spot on reviews – that’s what Newsbee received this month. Thanks to all who offered their take on my book suggestions, and to the teachers, librarians and parents who continue to encourage young people to participate in Book Buzz.

Magen Elizabeth Williams and Nicholas Drew Laurence, both of St. Louis, were united in marriage Jan. 7, 2017, at the Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis. Father Dale Wunderlich officiated at the ceremony.

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After 48 years of teaching in Catholic schools, Ruth Noelker has taught more than 1,000 students, maybe as many as 1,500. She hasn’t kept track, but some names stand out.

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We planned to chuck it out. The “seen-better-days birdhouse” had served its purpose, been a trusty refuge for sparrows — not the squatters we’d hope it would attract, but what the heck, everyone needs a spot to crash.

More than 100 students from area schools submitted answers to the Week #30 Missourian In Education News Quiz. Two winners were selected at random to receive the final prizes of the school year, $15 Imo's Pizza gift certificates!

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For the past year, children have had a new activity to enjoy at the All-Abilities Playground near Lions Lake in Washington — reading.

Reymundo and Pam Rodriguez, Dutzow, announce the engagement of their daughter, Cecilia Rodriguez, to Dustin Alderks, son of Robert and Linda Alderks, Chana, Ill.

Robert and Brittney (Foley) Jasper, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Henry George Jasper. Born March 8, 2017, at Mercy Hospital, Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces.

Spot on reviews — that’s what Newsbee received this month. Thanks to all who offered their take on my book suggestions, and to the teachers, librarians and parents who continue to encourage young people to participate in Book Buzz. Reading and writing rocks, at the hive and bee-yond! Page On!

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There is still time to register for the 11th annual Melanoma Miles for Mike 5K run/walk being held this Saturday, April 29, at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, as part of the school’s annual Borgia Fest celebration.

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Whenever Cindy Frick, Washington, goes on vacation, no matter what her destination, she makes a point of visiting the local pottery shops. She likes to get a look at the kinds of pieces other artists are making to see if she can figure out the technique.

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