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Samantha Welch doesn’t remember tagging along with her grandfather, the late Vern Krimmel, when he took pizza lunches to employees at the Sheltered Workshop in Washington, a work place for people with special needs. She was probably only a couple of years old.

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Officer Matt Onken and Officer Cody Boone, two of the newest members of the Washington Police Department, will be guest readers during the weekly story time at Neighborhood Reads bookstore this Saturday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m.

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When Dr. Elizabeth Clary watched her daughters perform their dance recital last month on the stage at East Central College, she got a little teary-eyed. That stage is where her life came together.

Brian and Shelley Moore, Villa Ridge, wish to announce the wedding of their daughter, Savanah Rae, to Jared Robert, son of Jeff and Lisa Delmain, Villa Ridge.

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Gone but not forgotten could be Leroy the Rooster’s epitaph, or his bragging rights as he wanders the woods in rural St. Clair.

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This time of year, things are heating up, it’s scorching, and we’re wishing for a world with “Water, Water Everywhere.” Submerge yourself in Newsbee’s July Picks. They’ll float your boat on hot summer days — dip into 1, 2 or 3. You can find Book Buzz titles, past and present, at Washington P…

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If you’re looking to get away this summer, but you don’t have a lot of time or money to go very far, a trip to Klondike Park in Augusta — whether for just a few hours, a whole day, a weekend or longer — can provide you with that vacation feeling just minutes from home.

Sean and Rachel Griesheimer, Olathe, Kan., announce the birth of a daughter, Eloise Ann Griesheimer. Born May 14, 2018, at Overland Park Region Medical Center, she weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 19 inches long.

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I’ve decided not to grouse about the heat, and get on with life this summer, appreciate the lush green and accept sweating my face off. Because it’s been so oppressive, I get up early to bike and walk the Katy Trail, beautiful always, but especially serene just after daybreak.

Fredrick and Anna Mae Mantels, Villa Ridge, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary July 7, 2018, at a private dinner with family and friends.

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It was a rare treat for Tim and Janet Hubbard, Berger, to have all seven of their children home for a weekend last month to attend a cousin’s wedding. Most days, the seven are spread out across the country — from California to Maryland, and the youngest now in Italy with the U.S. Navy.

Michael and Sharon Chilovich of Washington were united in marriage July 6, 1968, at the First Presbyterian Church, Sullivan. Sharon is the daughter of the late Andrew and Beulah Gullet, formerly of Sullivan. Mike is the son of the late Frank and Virginia Chilovich, formerly of Gray Summit.

Samuel Aufmuth and Andrea Aufmuth, née Florence, announce the birth of a son, Ryder Nathaniel Aufmuth. Born April 17, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces.

Adam and Becky (Kleekamp) Brune, New Haven, announce the birth of a daughter, Emma Elizabeth Brune. Born June 1, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

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St. Louis Cardinals fans of all ages will enjoy this weekend’s Saturday morning story time at Neighborhood Reads Bookstore in Downtown Washington. Author Ed Wheatley will share his new picture book, “Incredible Cardinals,” highlighting the wall of heroes in Busch Stadium’s left field.

Bob and Cindy Hieston, Jamestown, Ind., announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Hieston, Marthasville, to Alex Meyer, Washington, son of Jon and Peggy Meyer, Washington.

Robert and Debbie Thomas, Marthasville, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Thomas, New Haven, to Elliot Whitcraft, New Haven, son of Charlie and René Whitcraft.

Gary and Ann Replogle, Washington, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, June 22, 2018, with a dinner party given by their children. The couple will continue their celebration aboard an Alaskan cruise with their sister and brother-in-law from Springfield, who will be celebrating …

Jaxon Scott Bennett was born June 15, 2018, to Katelin Schafler and Scott Bennett. He was 8 pounds exactly and was born in Mercy Hospital Washington at 6:40 p.m.

Congrats to Ava Fischer, a third-grader at Clearview Elementary School. Ava wrote the following review on Newsbee’s May Book Buzz Pick, “Alma and How She Got Her Name,” by Juana Martinez-Neal.

Coincidences abound, but some are more surprising than others. Recently our local bookstore Neighborhood Reads celebrated its first anniversary. In the shop, I struck up a conversation with a reader looking for an adventure/travel story, something like “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed, she said.

Jesse Duncan and Hannah Kessels would like to announce their upcoming wedding Oct. 20, 2018, in Villa Ridge.

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For Gade Raftery, a 2017 graduate of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, his lifelong dream has been to have a career as a musician. He enrolled last year at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with that in mind.

Ronald and Caroyln Bierbaum, Augusta, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lea Bierbaum, Augusta, to Luke Hasenjaeger, Marthasville, son of Darrell and Linda Hasenjaeger, Marthasville.

Many pet owners are familiar with Take Your Dog to Work Day, which is this Friday, June 22, and while the Humane Society of Missouri loves to encourage puppy play dates in the workplace, cat owners shouldn’t feel left out. Take Your Cat to Work Day is the following Monday, June 25.

Ronald and Sara (Thomas) Roemer, St. Clair, joyfully announce the birth of their son, Finnley Mitchell Roemer. Born Feb. 11, 2018, at 2:31 a.m. at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, he weighed 8 pounds and was 20 1/4 inches long.

Neighborhood Reads bookstore in Downtown Washington will welcome young readers into the magical world of Harry Potter with a party Tuesday, June 26, celebrating new cover illustrations and the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of the books by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter party will be h…

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Whether it’s your first trip to the Gateway Arch, or your 20th, you are in for a treat.

Fletcher and Colleen Simons, Union, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary by taking an Alaskan cruise with their children, grandchildren and other family members.

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It’s a diligent group — an organization and staff with a love of Downtown Washington at heart, a board of directors, who assure that DW Inc.’s mission is fulfilled and goals are met, and four working committees, promoting Washington and maintaining historical preservation through economic de…

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It’s nice to see a friend succeed — to see them step out of their comfort zone, take a big risk on a new business and make a go of it.

Brian and Allissa (Wilson) Abbott, Springfield, joyfully announce the birth of a son, Finnick Stark Abbott, born June 5, 2018, at Cox Medical Center. Finnick, weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, is welcomed by siblings Keira Lynne Abbott, age 5, and Jameson O’Brien Abbott, age 2 1/2.

Joe and Amanda (Biermann) Leesmann, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Adeline Sue Leesmann. Born June 7, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

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The “1875” stone marker hanging high above the doorway at St. John’s Mantels Church hints at the longevity of this congregation, but a short walk around the grounds with the historian reveals so much more than just the church’s age.

Robert and Beth (Kuenzel) Lee, Overland Park, Kan., announce the birth of a son, Parker Thomas Lee. Born June 7, 2018, at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan., he weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 21 1/4 inches long.

Brent and Leslie (Rose) Glover, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Clara Rose Glover. Born June 1, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

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Our family has made lots of trips to my parents’ Jensen Beach condo with the wraparound porch, a stone’s throw from the crashing Atlantic. We always return to spots like Bathtub Beach and restaurants with nautical names, Captain’s Galley and King Neptune.

Reading Rocks this summer inside The Missourian. Complete the entry form inside the Summer Reader Booklet and submit it by July 16 for a chance to win prizes!