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In the back corner of the banquet room at Röbller Winery in New Haven, musicians who had pulled chairs into a circle for an impromptu jam session had drawn a crowd of people who were watching, tapping their toes and some even recording the performance with their smartphones.

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An elementary student worries about college and what she wants to be. She wishes she could talk to her mom because she can’t quit obsessing about it. The girl is only a fourth-grader.

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“The Winter Soldier” is a gripping read by Daniel Mason that explodes off the page, a literary love story set in Eastern Europe during World War I.

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One of the things children’s author/illustrator Loren Long is making sure to pack for his visit to Franklin County later this month is his ukulele. It will be integral to his presentations here promoting his newest title, “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake.”

As part of its weekly free community meal, the Harvest Table will be giving away new pairs of socks for people of all sizes, infant to adult, at the dinner on Saturday, Sept. 15.

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More than five years after Gwen Borgmann, Washington, was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, she was still feeling weak from the toll all of it had taken on her body: Eight chemotherapy treatments spread out over 16 weeks followed by 33 radiation treatments.

Haley Green, daughter of James and Merideth Green, Washington, and the late Christine (McClanahan) Green, is engaged to Phillip Linnenbrink, son of Ronald and Kathleen Linnenbrink, Washington.

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As hard as it may be for today’s young people to comprehend, there was a time not too long ago — less than 50 years — that people actually believed women were not capable of running long distances, that it could harm their ability to bear children, among other things.

Brent and Kayla (Forget) Bargen, Washington, announce the birth of a firstborn son, Blake Matthew Bargen. Born Aug. 26, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long.

Old ditties, songs and rhymes connect generations and are a treasure trove to share with little ones. A well-known tune gets new life in “There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake,” by author/illustrator Loren Long. The picture book is the newest Baby Buzz Pick.

Registration is open online at foxpacf.org for all performing arts high school students in the metro area to compete in the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s Ninth Annual St. Louis Teen Talent Competition.

The pediatric cancer experts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital kicked off the 50th anniversary of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Sept. 1 by celebrating the dramatic and record-breaking increase in survival rates over the past five decades and highlighting the hospital’s focus on how…

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It’s rewarding to bask in the glow of a successful event, like last Thursday’s Teacher Appreciation Night that The Missourian and Neighborhood Reads sponsored. The bookstore wasn’t only brimming with books, it was packed with teachers and librarians anxious to learn more about Newspaper In E…

Robert and Linda Beuke, Washington, announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Beuke, to Andy Steenburgen, son of Ivor and Janice Steenburgen, Eugene.

Patrick (Rich) Carr and Shannon Bailey, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Olivia Keeva Carr. Born Aug. 22, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

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This month, Newsbee hurtles round the bases with “Sports Books That Score.” There’s something for every taste in this spectacular trio of stories about athletes on and off the field who participate for the love of the game and the competition, establishing names for themselves, acing serves …

Every year on the second Saturday in September, a “promise garden” of colorful flowers springs up around the Main City Park in Washington as a crowd of more than 800 people take to the streets of downtown for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The Friends of the Washington Public Library speaker series will host Benjamin Hochman this Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation on his book, “The Big 50: St. Louis Cardinals: The Men and Moments That Made the St. Louis Cardinals.”

Richard Frick, Washington, and Karen Frick, Villa Ridge, announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristi Frick, Boiling Springs, S.C., to Andy Glass, son of the late Ron Glass and Emy Gibbar, Jackson.

Jeff and Monica Friedmann, Villa Ridge, announce the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Nichole Friedmann, Union, to Daniel Todd Struttmann, Washington, son of Todd and Jane Struttmann, Washington.

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Every year on the second Satuday in September, a “promise garden” of colorful flowers springs up around the Main City Park in Washington as a crowd of more than 800 people take to the streets of downtown for the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

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Good things come to those who wait. Around the holidays, a new project in town will have people humming tunes under their breath when they swing by Hillermann Nursery & Florist.

Joseph and Kara (Caldwell) Landry, Billings, Mont., announce the birth of a son, Joseph Henry Landry III. Born July 19, 2018, at Billings Clinic, Billings, Mont., he weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces.

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Learning about history can be boring for a lot of people, especially children. One approach to overcome that is storytelling.

Little Man would like to announce the engagement of his mom and dad, Sarah Stafford and Luke Buscher, both of Union. Sarah is the daughter of Gary and Karen Stafford of Union. Luke is the son of Bruce and Neita Buscher of Union.

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Jane Arnold, Washington, never expected that the photos she and a friend posed for last May in the garden of Beatrix Potter’s home while on a nearly month-long visit to England would ever come to anything. It was kind of a fluke that they were even invited to the photoshoot to begin with.

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Spark’s idea of country roads and mine aren’t the same. That’s what I thought recently as we sped down a busy divided highway on our way home from a short cycling trip to Hartland, Wis., population small — a Lake Country town near Milwaukee.

Bob and Barb Haley celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 10, 2018. They spent a week at the Lake of the Ozarks with their family.

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Horror movies send me running, but I relish southern novels with rough characters like those in “The Line That Held Us,” by David Joy. This raw, unpredictable inhale-it-in-one-sitting-read set in Appalachia launches with a tragic accident.

Keith Jackson and Sueann Barnhart-Jackson, Union, announce the birth of a daughter, Sarah Moriah Jackson. Born Aug. 11, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

Even before they left for Seattle, Wash., earlier this summer to represent Missouri in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, Amanda Koch, Washington, and Devin Bock, Union, felt like they had won.

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The craft room at Rainbow Abilities Center in Union was humming with chatter and the sound of a sewing machine last Thursday as participants and staff worked together to make “knot” pillows — long skinny pillows that can be “tied” into different kinds of loose knots.

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When the school bells ring this week, lots of area kiddos will be in for a nice surprise. Their teacher might have an apple on his or her desk, but students will have a book to sink their teeth into — not an academic volume, but a picture book or chapter book to read for pleasure.

Keith and Renee Coulter, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachael Coulter, Los Angeles, Calif., to Ethan Heberer, Los Angeles, Calif., son of Michele Heberer, Washington, and John and Amanda Heberer, Foley.

Al and Cathy Cordia, St. Clair, announce the engagement of their daughter, Pamela Renee Hinson, St. Clair, to Stanley Cain, St. Clair, son of Stanley and Dellavan Cain, St. Clair.

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When Darrell Gentry stepped off the plane from his trip to Washington, D.C., with the Franklin County Honor Flight on June 23, it had been 49 years since he had returned home from fighting in Vietnam.