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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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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.

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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.

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…

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.”

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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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.

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Last Wednesday resort-like weather lured me outdoors with a novel to review. I’d read this summer, weather permitting, on our backyard patio in a comfy chair, the lake clearly visible, as well as the bluebirds in our new bluebird house.

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Excitement mounts for farm kids entering livestock in the Washington Town & Country Fair. These 4-H and FFA members have been busy caring for their animals in hopes of nabbing a blue ribbon, which enables them to put their animal up for auction Saturday.

Fans of the new Kevin Costner TV series “Yellowstone,” which airs on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on the Paramount Network, were treated to a preview of what they can see and hear live and in person Friday night, Aug. 3, at the Washington Town & Country Fair.

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Last Thursday I had to laugh when I asked 17-year-old Luis Ortiz Jr., of Spain, what his biggest surprise was about America.

The author of a book about the Gateway Arch, “The Making of an Icon: The Dreamers, the Schemers, and the Hard Hats Who Built the Gateway Arch,” will be in Washington Thursday, July 26, for a book signing and presentation at Neighborhood Reads bookstore from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Steven P. Kuenzel Sr. has a love for Washington that runs deep — and long. It began in childhood and has only become more rooted as the years have passed.

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In Gerald, my childhood home, a dedicated group of volunteers is fulfilling a goal. They aren’t mighty in number but their spirit is inspiring.

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