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Initially, there’s little to like about Susan Green, the 45-year old British protagonist in “The Cactus,” Sarah Haywood’s debut novel.

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Phyllis Edler, RN, MA, doesn’t try to sugarcoat her message to teens about the realities of having a sexual relationship at such a young age. She is brutally honest, because she knows it can save their lives.

Al and Marge Wildt, Washington, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 25, 2018, with a private party. Mr. Wildt and the former Miss Straatmann were united in marriage May 25, 1968, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Washington.

Derald and Sheila Deppe, Pershing, announce the engagement of their daughter, Julianna Deppe, to Jon Meyer, son of Jon and Peggy Meyer, Washington.

The Melanoma Miles for Mike 5K run/walk will be held Friday, May 18, beginning at 6 p.m. at Four Rivers Area YMCA in Washington. Registration will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and the run/walk will begin at 6 p.m. Participants have the choice of a 5K run, 5K walk or 1-mile walk.

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A series of square nails is still intact on a wooden crate top from a shipment headed to S.H. Voltmann’s store through Miller’s Landing (New Haven) sometime in the mid-1800s. Written across the top in large, old-fashioned script are the words “S.H. Voltman — Millers Ldg” (sic).

Colleen Winning, Labadie, participated in the Silo District Marathon Sunday, May 6, in Waco, Texas, and found herself running alongside HGTV Star Chip Gaines for the first 10 miles of the race.

Congratulations to Megan Kersting, a 4th-grade student at St. Bridget of Kildare School, for winning the final News Quiz of the school year. Megan wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the April 2…

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What was your favorite book to read as a child? Was there just one or did you love a series or character?

Nick and Pat Baravik, Augusta, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 11, 2018. The couple were united in marriage May 11, 1968, in Hawaii.

Lisa Breer, Washington, and Walter “Vinny” Pearson, St. Clair, announce the birth of a son, Lonnie Joseph Pearson. Born March 21, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Chesterfield, he weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Linda Orrell, Washington, is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Erin Orrell, to Marc Murray, son of Michelle Murray, South Carolina state.

Michelle Ann Guehne will marry Luke Donald Otten on May 12, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven.

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Had a real upper the other day — an invitation to lunch from two juniors at Washington High School. I joined Samantha Hymer and Katrina Weiss in the school library, along with WHS librarian Ann Loesing, who provided sandwiches followed by yummy cupcakes.

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It’s mucho, magnifico May, and Newsbee’s flying high about his theme for this month, “One World Many Stories.” As you “Page On” you’ll learn about children from different countries, their cultures and customs, and realize we share heartfelt commonalities that draw us close, despite our far-f…

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The Saint Louis Zoo’s eight 5-month-old cheetah cubs and their mother will begin to have access to the public habitat in River’s Edge Friday, May 4, during operating hours; however, there will be no set viewing schedule.

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The Harvest Table will have a spring/summer Clothing Giveaway during its free weekly community meal Saturday, May 19, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Washington. Items will be adult sizes donated by the Washington Elks Club and other individuals.

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During the 20-plus years I have practiced ophthalmology, many patients have told me how little attention they paid to their eyes until they began having problems with their vision.

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In the short time he has lived in the area, Edward Maher has made an impact on the Christian community in St. Clair.

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The third time’s the charm, according to the proverb. It worked for me last spring, when I was trying to get to Italy to join a group of pilgrims to walk the Way of St. Francis of Assisi.

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There’s no more prettier place to be than Missouri this time of year — trees heavy with blossoms, redbud purple contrasting with lime green in the woods, crab- apples rosy pink and full, lilac bushes in white and lavender perfuming the air, tempting me to “snaff” a few, a bad habit I’ve been…

Bobby and Alicia (Bleckman) Ferkel, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Titan Jacob Ferkel. Born April 25, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces.

Newsbee happily announces the Book Buzz review winner for this month is Natalie Vogel, a third-grader at Immanuel Lutheran School, Washington. Her review of “The Word Collector,” by Peter H. Reynolds was superlative – and her efforts will earn her one of next month’s Book Buzz Picks, complim…

Congratulations to Gracie Deters, a 4th-grade student at St. Bridget School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Grace wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the April 21-22 weekend issue of …

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Spring is just starting to really take hold here, but Marsha Kyle is already looking ahead to late summer when she will raise and release hundreds of monarch butterflies from the backyard of her Washington home. Earlier this spring, Kyle started several tropical milkweed plants from seeds so…

Mr. and Mrs. David Gieselman, of Corder, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Chelsea Gieselman, to Quinton DiNovi, son of Mr. and Mrs.Tom DiNovi, of Villa Ridge.

Ryan and Amanda (Kriete) Polston, Marthasville, announce the birth of a son, Bryce Charles Polston. Born March 20, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces.

Nick and Katie (Mishler) Straatmann, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Madelyn Marie Straatmann. Born March 22, 2018, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces, and was 17.5 inches long.

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April always signals a celebration at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch — it’s the month Twist of Fate, the darling of Longmeadow, has his birthday. On April 18, the miracle horse turned 11.

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For the 2018 finalists at The Bee, experience mattered.

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As executive director for Franklin County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), Glenda Volmert spends most of her days helping children who have experienced abuse or neglect.

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“The Recovering, Intoxication and its Aftermath,” Leslie Jamison’s impeccably researched, 520-page book leaves no stone unturned as it opens our eyes to the devastating effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

The Missourian In Education program is publishing a series of four financial literacy features in the weekend issue of The Missourian beginning in the April 21-22 newspaper. In addition to the Newspaper In Education feature published in print, a collection of additional correlated activities…

Congratulations to Isabelle Hale, a 7th-grade student at New Haven Middle School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Isabelle wins a $15 gift card to Imo’s Pizza in Washington and Union, our sponsor for this week’s Missourian In Education News Quiz, based on news in the April 14-15 weekend i…

David and Marie Scheiter will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend with family and friends. They were united in marriage April 20, 1968, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Louis.

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This Saturday night, Union firefighters and EMS workers will be looking to even the score against Franklin County law enforcement in a battle that began on the basketball court last year.