Gordon Moore, Washington, announces the engagement of his daughter, Keshan Moore, Washington, to Justin Vogt, Washington, son of Michael and Joyce Vogt, Washington.

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Speakers like the one who came to the Washington Parkinson’s Support Group to talk about his experience with Deep Brain Stimulation are the reason why Carol Weber and others in the group feel so much hope right now for people who have been diagnosed with the chronic neurological disorder.

Joseph and Alice Engbert (Kriete) announce the birth of their baby girl Charlotte “Charley” Frances and baby boy Maxwell “Max” Joseph, both born Nov. 29, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield. Charlotte weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 1/4 inches long, and Maxwell weighed 6 poun…

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We welcome 2017 knowing “Challenges Await” to improve ourselves and the world we share with others. This theme resonates in Newsbee’s January Picks. Take a cue from three marvelous books that drive home the importance of having a good attitude, of being honest and tolerant too. These are tal…

Congratulations to Brooke Leonard, a 6th-grade student at The Fulton School at St. Albans, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Brooke wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington, our sponsor for this Missourian In Education News Quiz.

Elizabeth Ruth Hobbs and J.R. Clay, New Haven, announce the birth of a son, Arthur Jonathan Hobbs-Clay. Born Dec. 24, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds.

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Characters in novels are often puzzling, so intriguing they keep us glued to the page. Like a flower opening, the character’s backstory and motives become clear, as we’re held mesmerized, at the mercy of the author’s pacing.

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The last day of their year-long quest to visit each of America’s 59 national parks ended last July in a more poetic way than Cole and Elizabeth (Sumner) Donelson could even have imagined. And not just because it was happening on their third wedding anniversary (July 27) in one of the most be…

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affected 7.5 million victims in one year. The theme — “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” — challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.

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How quickly the years pass; this spring our grandson Miles will be 15. His birth ushered in a big change in my life, the beginning of grandparenting — what a blessing. Five months after Miles debuted, another buddy was born — Newsbee, the now well-known mascot of Book Buzz, a program that ow…

Duane and Betty Liesmann, Marthasville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kimberly Jo Liesmann, to Mason Robert Adler, son of Lisa Harris, Grandview, and the late Andy Adler.

Ryan and Vanessa (Homeyer) Mayer, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Ava Lucille Mayer. Born Dec. 15, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

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Sleep deprived mommies and daddies are sure to embrace “Nighty-Night,” the newest offering by author Leslie Patricelli, who delights all ages with her light-hearted board books. “Night-Night” is the January Baby Buzz Pick selected by parent educators with the Washington School District.

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PLEASANT HILL, Mo. – Katy Trail State Park just took a giant step toward achieving its longtime goal of stretching across Missouri’s midsection to join the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas.

Sleep-deprived mommies and daddies are sure to embrace “Nighty-Night,” the newest offering by author Leslie Patricelli, who delights all ages with her light-hearted board books. “Nighty-Night” is the January Baby Buzz Pick selected by parent educators with the Washington School District.

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Heritage tourism. That’s what it’s called when the cultural history of an area is promoted to attract visitors.

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Tim Frankenberg admits there were a number of reasons why he was opposed to his son, Braedyn, signing up with the Navy National Defense Cadet Corp Washington (NJROTC) program for his freshman year at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. But the biggest reason was he believed it to be str…

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I’d like to say New Year’s Eve was stellar. It wasn’t. A tummy bug hit on Friday.

Ben Hollander and Alison Conard, Mount Sterling, announce the birth of a daughter, Willow Breeze Hollander. Born Nov. 7, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces.

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In 2003, Jimmy Phillips, 81, Villa Ridge, was asked to fill in for a few months at Washington Regional Airport. Thirteen years later, he’s still there.

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A 70-mile-wide circle of darkness will cross Missouri at midday next summer. With the proper planning, you can achieve what star-gazers call the “totality” of this astronomical experience.

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New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but often hard to keep. How about a resolution that will be both easy and fun to keep? Make a pledge to yourself to spend more time outdoors in the coming year, and kick it off with a First Day Hike.

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Santa’s mailbox wasn’t the only one with mail this month– Newsbee had kid correspondence to read too – reviews he welcomed with a “Buzz, Buzz, Buzz,” rather than a “Ho, Ho, Ho!” Thanks, young readers, for offering your take on my Book Buzz Picks. Hope the holidays afford you time to “Page On!”

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A slight angle was enough to get people’s attention. A turn of just six degrees.

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  • By Steve Bircher, Saint Louis Zoo Curator of Mammals/Carnivores, Director of WildCare Institute Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa
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While the world’s fastest land mammal may be racing toward extinction, the Saint Louis Zoo and its partners have been working diligently to slow and, ultimately, reverse this process.

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On Christmas Eve, after going to our granddaughter Avery’s 11th birthday party in St. Louis, I returned to our kitchen to get back to cooking. Spark hit the sack at 11 p.m. leaving me to happily make pies I hadn’t gotten to earlier in the day, chocolate, cherry and apple crumb, the grandkids…

John Carle and Kathleen McGowan celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Hawthorne Inn with family and friends Nov. 23, and again with family at Sybils, St. James, on Nov. 26.

Daniel and Ashley (Lane) Brunjes, Labadie, announce the birth of a son, Liam Blane Brunjes. Born March 11, 2016, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, he weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces.

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It was all hustle and bustle inside the United Bank of Union branch on Main Street Wednesday afternoon as employees began sorting all of the wrapped presents that had been donated by people around the community for their neighbors in need.

Congratulations to Justice Pohlmann, a 5th-grade student at New Haven Elementary School, for winning week #13 of the Missourian In Education News Quiz. Justice wins a $10 gift card to Sugar Fire Smokehouse in Washington, our sponsor for this Missourian In Education News Quiz.

Shara Willming and the late Stephen Willming, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Dianne Willming, Washington, to Tyler Paul Bailey, Washington, son of Stephen and Dana Bailey, Washington.

Bryan and Michele Zumsteg, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Christine Zumsteg, to Joshua David Wissmann, Washington, son of David and Michele Wissmann, Washington.

Brock and Linda Hohman, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Hohman, Denver, Colo., to Aleck Watkins, Denver, Colo.

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Moments after he’d fired the shot to bring down a 900-some pound moose on the second day of a hunting trip to Vermont last October, Ray Hoeft, a senior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, was in disbelief. Standing in the woods of Bloomfield, Vt., with a team from the nonprofit group…

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They offer lists verbally and in writing. Kids are all about telling you what they want for Christmas. Though we try repeatedly to teach children it’s better to give than receive, the reminder often falls on deaf, young ears. But not always.

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The Saint Louis Zoo’s bull elephant, Raja, will receive special presents to celebrate his 24th birthday Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. in River’s Edge at the Zoo, weather permitting. Visitors are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” and cheer for Raja.

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Among the artifacts and items on display inside the Washington Historical Society Museum at Fourth and Market streets is a uniform worn by a member of the Washington Cornet Band, along with a photo of the band and even one of the batons used by the band conductor.

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There’s an old story that many people in Labadie know or have heard about Sylvester Labaddie Jr. fighting a bear in Labaddie Cave sometime in the early 1800s. There’s even a Bryan Haynes mural depicting the imagined scene over the bar at the popular downtown Labadie restaurant, The Hawthorne Inn.

Jeremy and Ruchelle (Roehrig) Couch, Marthasville, announce the birth of a daughter, Brooklyn Marie Couch. Born Nov. 9, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Adam and Becky (Kleekamp) Brune, New Haven, announce the birth of a son, Eli Matthew Brune. Born Nov. 4, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces.

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Snow globes and good books provide scenes to awaken our imaginations, replacing daily life with fantastical realms that delight.

Christopher and Karen Graham, of Union, would like to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana Elizabeth, of Union, to Theodore (Ted) James Brinker, of Washington, son of Doug and Mary Brinker, Washington.

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