“If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond I. Myers.

Donald and Lucille Piontek, Washington, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, Oct. 14, with a special Mass at St. Francis Borgia Church and a family dinner at Hagie’s in Union.

Cindy (Duffer) and Nathan Flagg, Union, announce the birth of a son, Logan Howard Joseph Flagg. Born Sept. 19, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

Matthew and Rebecca Derr Feltmann, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Josephine Joy Feltmann. Born July 29, 2017, at Mercy Birthing Center Midwifery Care, St. Louis, she weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces.

The setting was ideal Saturday, Oct. 14, for the 12th annual Run to Read. Temperatures were in the 70s, and the crowd of more than 225 gathered at the Washington Public Library to run, walk and dash – all for the cause of literacy.

Missourian In Education, The Missourian’s award-winning youth literacy program, will kick off a STEM-focused curriculum this week with a visit from Ed Steckley, Reuben Award-winning illustrator of the book, “Rube Goldberg’s Simple Normal Humdrum School Day.”

Congratulations to Emma W., a 7th-grade student at Washington Middle School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Emma 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 Oct. 7-8 weekend issue of The …

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There’s one story in particular about the old St. Clair 1953 GMC pumper that perfectly sums up why brothers and volunteer firefighters Larry and Brian Hagedorn purchased the truck from the St. Clair Fire Department in the 1990s and then restored it about five years ago.

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At 7 years old, Ella Mae Konrad can’t yet drive or even sit in the front seat of the car, but she is strong enough to carry a soft-sided cooler, so this past summer, on days that her “Pa Pa The Great” Maurice Hillermann was delivering for Meals on Wheels, she tagged along.

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Just home from Sicily and Great Britain, a scatter shooting of memories replay in my mind. Hopefully the highlights won’t evaporate as quickly as the green isle disappeared in the fog as our Air Bus lifted us home.

Congratulations to Addison Proffitt, a 4th-grade student at St. Bridge of Kildare School in Pacific, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Addison wins a $15 gift card Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the Sept. …

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While the majority of folks retire at 65, St. Clair resident Shirley Bay is still working at age 82.

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Amanda (Fite) Huff, St. Clair, had been working at the Ulta store in Washington for a year and a half as a part-time beauty adviser when she decided she wanted to apply to be the store’s Clinique skin care and makeup consultant.

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The ABC’s get a rollicking roll-out compliments of “The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His A,B,C’s (the Hard Way).” This wordless wonder is the October Baby Buzz Pick, chosen by The Missourian for children birth to age 5.

Reading and running enthusiasts, lace up your sneakers and prepare to join Newsbee on Saturday, Oct. 14 for the annual Run to Read. The event will begin and end at the Washington Public Library.

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In Washington, a local group of hobbyists has been gathering every Tuesday to learn how to play an ancient game that pits players together in a dual of chance and wits.

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Herb Tobben’s business card lists his title at Clemco Industries as “Sample Processing Coordinator, Technical Services.” His actual title should probably be “Problem Solver.”

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Union resident Lee Parks, DO, has spent her personal and professional life trying to make sure people don’t fall through the cracks. Whether it’s through helping provide women with an education, helping low-income people get the medical care they need or mentoring osteopathic medical student…

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Velma Wachter, St. Clair, learned from a very young age that helping those in need is the most important thing somebody can do.

Samantha Zumsteg and Joshua Wissmann were united in marriage May 27, 2017, at St. Francis Borgia Church, Washington. Father Joe Wormek officiated at the ceremony.

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Last week, we bid goodbye to St. Andrews, where Spark joined a former colleague and friend for two rounds on the links. The guys needed protection from the elements, playing golf in typical Scottish weather, pouring rain one day, fog and wind the next.

Alta and Earlwood Towne, Villa Ridge, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 4, 2017. They were married at Kingshighway Baptist Church, St. Louis, Oct. 4, 1957.

Matthew and Tracy Bacott, Union, announce the birth of a son, Lucas Alexander Bacott. Born Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 21 1/2 inches long.

Eric and Anglea (Redhage) Nance, Washington, announce the birth of their second son, Lucas Jonathan Nance. Born June 6, 2017, at 12:44 p.m. at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, he weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 21.75 inches long.

Stefan and Julie (Taylor) Rechtlich, University City, announce the birth of a daughter, Magnolia (Maggie) Grace Rechtlich, born June 1, 2017, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Creve Coeur.

The Missourian News Quiz kicks off its fourth year this week. A project of the Missourian In Education program, the weekly News Quiz connects local students with their community while teaching them important reading skills like comprehension, skimming, scanning and quoting accurately.

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The first time Kyle Walz saw people get up to dance to a song he wrote as he was performing it, he almost stopped what he was doing. It both surprised and moved him that much.

Washington Public Library and the Y Literacy program are teaming up to offer free citizenship classes with meeting times on the first and second Wednesdays of the month at 5 p.m. and the first and fourth Fridays of the month at 11 a.m.

Kyle and Erica Wolfe, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Arden Rose Wolfe. Born Aug. 25, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, she weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 19 1/2 inches long. Arden joins three brothers, Hayden, 10, Greysen, 5, and Dawson, 2.

Phillip and Felicia (Skaggs) Lehr, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Liam Michel Lehr. Born Sept. 8, 2017, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce.

There are special books that have staying power, stories that hold a place of honor on our bookshelves and in our hearts. Like new friends that become old dear friends, they captivate us when we’re first introduced to them, and continue to delight us in rereads. This month Newsbee is honored…

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Americana with influences of country and folk is how Duke and Tami (Williams) Sheppard, the music duo known as Pint & a Half, describe their sound.

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The idea of visiting Sicily materialized last year when my Brit cousin Gill invited Spark and me to join her and her husband in Ortygia in September — since we’d be traveling to the U.K., would we like to catch a flight out of Manchester, England, and meet them in Sicily?

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It’s easy to spot a John Deere piece of equipment, even from a distance. The signature green and yellow color combination is a telltale sign of the brand.

Danny and Laura Hillerman, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Beth Anne Hillerman, Washington, to Andrew Nicholas Cunningham, Washington, son of Darrell and Karen Cunningham, Washington.

Brett and Elise Scott, Chicago, Ill., announce the birth of a daughter, Isla Jane Scott. Born Sept. 1, 2017, at Rush Medical Center, Chicago, Ill., she weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 1/2 inches long.

Another trio of reviews to share this month — congrats to the students who took the time to read my Book Buzz Picks and put pen to paper to write about what they thought of them. Their efforts will be rewarded with a prize book presented to each of them by the Washington Optimist Club. Until…

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Rich Buckman’s pride for the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbia runs deep. He wears it emblazoned on his chest with Mizzou logo shirts, his head with hats, even the license plate of his pickup truck that reads “PROWL.”

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With a red carnation boutonniere on his shirt pocket and a matching corsage on her wrist, George and Ruth (Pohlman) Russell looked as in love as a couple of young newlyweds Monday, celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary at the Arbors at Victorian Place of Washington. Ruth, 89, is in memo…