Sonia Leslie and Steve Leslie, Labadie, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Christine Leslie, Labadie, to Ian Michael Smith, Washington, son of Rusty and Angela Smith, Washington.

Robert and Meagan (Lee) Robins, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Aurora Lillian Faith Robins. Born Aug. 14, 2016, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, she weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long.

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Author Laura McHugh gained enthusiastic fans with her debut, “The Weight of Blood,” previously reviewed in “Novel Ideas.” The Columbia, Mo., author scores again with “Arrowood,” an atmospheric read that’s being touted as a modern-day “gothic” novel.

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Over the weekend, Spark and I found ourselves in the kids’ section of a shoe store overrun with parents and grandparents buying school shoes. We stopped in to treat Parker before we went to the “Dolls and Desserts” event at the Magic House with her cousin Phoebe, who’s going into second grad…

Dan and Syndie Griffith, Belle, and Kim and Randy Hix, Gerald, announce the engagement of their daughter, Erica Leigh Griffith, Washington, to Jared Timothy Flauaus, Washington, son of Richard and Connie Flauaus, St. Charles.

Kyle and Erin (Strothcamp) Smith, Sullivan, announce the birth of a daughter, Katherine Anna Smith. Born July 5, 2016, at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital, Sullivan, she weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long.

Youngsters excited about the new experiences that starting school brings are sure to be taken with “Ming goes to School,” a picture book by Deirdre Sullivan, with illustrations by Maja Löfdahl. This book with a timely storyline is the August Baby Buzz Pick, chosen by parent educators with th…

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It’s here — start-up friendships at bus stops, new tennis shoes and backpacks, sharpened No. 2 pencils, erasers intact, and books rich with the scent of fresh ink. Newsbee anticipates the joy and challenges of another school year with his August “School Days, School Days” theme. Celebrate hi…

Craig and Annette Holzem, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Catherine Holzem, Boulder, Colo., to Nicholas Arthur Rancis, Boulder, Colo., son of Art and Sue Rancis, Boulder, Colo.

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Hunting season started back up last Wednesday when the cable TV show “Outdoor Vigilantes” began airing new episodes of footage they filmed on hunts last fall.

Mike and Jessica (Howell) Peters welcomed Lyla Rose on July 29, 2016. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

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A Missourian reader was telling me she wanted to write a Letter to the Editor about the “wonderful photographs in the newspaper.” Others, I know, have praised Jeanne Miller Wood’s uncanny ability to capture our area in photographs, to highlight events, present natural wonders she happens ont…

Devon and Alyssa (Noelker) Ward, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Annabelle Rose Ward. Born July 26, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces.

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There is an ongoing debate between Gerry Bayless and a few of his lifelong friends about whether they joined the Washington Town and Country Fair Board in 1980 or 1981.

Richard and Joan Maune will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Aug. 13, with a dinner and reception at the KC Hall in Washington hosted by their children.

Carolyn Davis-Reed, St. Clair, announces the engagement of her daughter, Summer Davis, Brunswick, Ga., to Adam Rogers, Brunswick, Ga., son of Dwight and Rita Rogers of Jesup, Ga.

Jim and Judy Doehring, O’Fallon, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 4, 2016. They were united in marriage June 4, 1966, at Redeemer Evangelical Church in St. Louis.

Vernon and Carol Eckstein, Beaufort, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a special anniversary dinner given by their children. Mr. Eckstein and the former Miss Mueller were married Aug. 27, 1966, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Washington.

Margaret and James Dittmann, Festus, announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Dittmann, Festus, to Matthew Struemph, Festus, son of Linda Struemph and the late Dennis Struemph, Washington.

Brad and Stacey Nelson, Union, announce the engagement of their daughter, Brooklyn Nelson, Webster Groves, to Jesse Morris, Webster Groves, son of MaryJo and the late Keith Morris, Washington.

Stephen and Anna Mae Voss, Washington, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday, July 23, 2016. They were married Aug. 4, 1956, at St. Francis Borgia Church, Washington. A celebration of family and friends was hosted by their children at the home of Diane Borovic.

Tom and Lori Kimminau announce the engagement of their daughter, Kayla Rose Kimminau, Washington, to Christopher Lawrence Eckelkamp, Washington, son of Jeff and Glenda Eckelkamp, Surprise, Ariz.

Ronnie and Tina Million, St. Clair, are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary Aug. 3, 2016. Mr. Million and the former Miss Bingham were united in marriage Aug. 3, 1991, in Rolla by the Honorable Ralph J. Haslag.

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If you thought a pogo stick was just a fun child’s toy, you have to make it out to the Washington Town and Country Fair this week. You’ll be amazed at the high-flying flips and stunts a pair of XPOGO athletes will be performing three times a day for the Fair’s annual chairman’s event.

Barb Deimeke and the late Dan Deimeke of St. Louis announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Deimeke, to Samuel Hayes of Davenport, Iowa, son of John and Lynne Hayes, Davenport, Iowa.

Adam and Colleen (Molner) Sahm, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Rylan Richard Sahm. Born March 11, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8.1 pounds.

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Washington draws its fair share of visitors, even when it’s not Fair Week, and the Katy Trail, like the river, spawns a unique breed of explorers.

Troy and Elizabeth (Hellebusch) Kloppe, New Haven, announce the birth of a daughter, Molly Ann Kloppe. Born July 7, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

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Summer may be winding down, but Newsbee hopes your reading is ramping up. There are plenty of Book Buzz Picks at your local libraries – so “Page On,” like the young people who wrote the winning reviews this month.

Rick and Dani (Anderson) Robertson, Washington, announce the birth of a son, William Reed Robertson. Born July 12, 2016, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces.

Chris and Laura (Willming) Allen, Republic, announce the birth of a son, Barrett Stephen Allen. Born July 26, 2016, at Cox South Hospital, Springfield, he weighed 10 pounds.

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If someone asked you to draw the sun, would you make a little yellow circle with lines coming out of it? That’s fun, but what does the sun look like up close? We can see the shapes and outlines of craters and mountains on the moon, but what about the sun? Does it have rocks and dust and hill…

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In an article about the Top 10 songs by Alabama, “the most successful band in country music history,” Taste of Country notes that this is the group that paved the road for so many of today’s top country groups.

Earl and Ruth Ann Gleeson, Washington, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 18, 2016. They were united in marriage June 18, 1966, at St. Francis Borgia Church in Washington.

Bill and Clare Huber, Washington, celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary Tuesday, July 26. Dr. Huber and the former Miss Fick were united in marriage July 26, 1952, at Sacred Heart Church in Rich Fountain.

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What’s been the best year of your life? That’s an interesting question and one that came up in an interview with a former journalism student of mine, Tobias Johansson, from Lund, Sweden.

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Adoration of someone with an evil bend can take root in a gullible teen with few friends, a bullied child whose parents aren’t available, themselves experiencing delayed adolescence.

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Paige Plaisted, daughter of Harry and Ruth Plaisted and a student at Meramec Valley Middle School in Pacific, who was crowned 2016 National American Miss Missouri, 10-12 Cover Girl at the state pageant last month, will hold a fundraiser this Sunday, July 24, to benefit the Ballwin Police Off…

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