The first day Phyllis Aston, Marthasville, volunteered at TEMCO, a sheltered workshop in Marthasville employing adults with developmental disabilities, she ended the day feeling proud of herself for completing 400 hardware packages. She had filled three tubs with 125 packages each.
“The Women in the Castle,” by Jessica Shattuck, is the book I’m talking about this spring. This literary, historical fiction read is captivating, as Shattuck moves forward and back in time to relate the story of three German women before and after World War II.
Dr. Jackie Miller, Washington, can still remember the day about 10 years ago when she knew she wanted to donate one of her kidneys to someone waiting for a transplant.
ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) is leading a rape prevention education campaign that encourages community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans April 26 as a visible means of protest against t…
If you peek into the library at Washington Middle School early on Wednesday mornings before classes begin, it probably looks more like a high-tech science lab than a reading space. There are students playing with robotic balls, building electrical circuits using things like a book or a banan…
It was my fault I couldn’t sleep. I had two margaritas and hit the sack, only to wake at 2:30 a.m. — like a vacuum sweeper plugged into an outlet. The drinks were great going down, but not worth the sleepless night. Saturday had worn me out.
The Peers Store, just west of Marthasville on the Katy Trail and Highway 94, will open for its third spring/summer/fall season on April 15.
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized time dedicated to raising awareness about and promoting prevention of sexual violence. During this month, ALIVE will join with people throughout the state and nation to focus the public’s attention on this important issue.
Carol Gruber, Union, smiles when she thinks about the 3-year-old boy she has most recently been helping as a CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocate.
Florida wasn’t on our spring-break schedule, but the thought of four beach days with two Maplewood cuties put it on our calendar. Within minutes of hearing our daughter Jennifer ask why we hadn’t mentioned joining them in Florida, we found a rental nearby, and readied our van for the trip.
Bruce Ludwig took it as a sign when, about a month after his girlfriend, Michel Otten, died in January 2015, the horse show that their friends were trying to get him to attend as a way to boost his spirits was the inaugural St. Jude Barrel Jam in Cordova, Tenn., near Memphis.
When Kim Miller, Lonedell, inherited a single partially knitted sock, she knew exactly what to do with it — bring it to her friends at the Franklin County Fiber Guild. They would be able to help her get started in finishing it.
Three months before receiving his seventh DWI conviction, which came with a felony charge for child endangerment because his young daughter was in the car, John (whose name has been changed for this story) remembers a conversation he had with God about wanting to quit drinking.
Two Sisters of Mercy who have been living in Washington for many years, Sisters Michaelanne Estoup and Reine Marie Martin, have decided to move permanently to Catherine’s Residence in St. Louis, which provides round-the-clock nursing care and support for daily activities.
Before their board meeting last Tuesday, members of The Friends Foundation spent a few minutes visiting with employees at TEMCO, the sheltered workshop in Marthasville, talking with them about how their day was going and asking if there was anything they needed.
An object of interest in our home is our cumbersome, but infallible, microwave. When we moved to our new house, 27 years ago, we didn’t want to sacrifice counter space to the microwave. So we set it on top of a cabinet in our laundry room, which is right off of the kitchen.
Sam Doepker, a seventh-grade student at Washington Middle School, admits she hasn’t been very knowledgeable about environmental causes up to this point, but after noticing the amount of trash along the road in some places, she was motivated to get involved.
It began early Saturday with a look-see at Facebook; my brother had posted a photo of his wife’s glorious bed of daffodils in Gerald. The post included a poem our mom recited when Gloria went to visit her, a bunch of daffodils and granddaughter Ava in hand.
Anyone with a desire to learn more about Pacific history will want to attend the Local History Class at East Central College this Thursday evening, March 16. Both speakers will address aspects of Pacific history in their presentations.
Honey has been used as both a food and a medicine. It’s very high in beneficial plant compounds, and offers several health benefits. Honey is particularly healthy when used instead of refined sugar, which is 100 percent empty calories.
Luella Pehle could be considered the unofficial historian for the Washington Garden Club, since she is the keeper of the group’s two scrapbooks. But she shrugs off that title.
Shape Note / Sacred Harp singers from many states and from Canada will gather this Saturday and Sunday at St. John’s United Church of Christ on Highway 94 in Pinckney Township for the 32nd annual Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention.
For years, I’ve repeated a saying incorrectly, which isn’t a saying at all, but a proverb that’s evolved. How intriguing to do research and realize it’s the opposite of what I thought. I’ve always said, “The road to heaven is paved with good intentions,” but actually it’s “The road to hell i…
Sydney’s Closet, designer and manufacturer of plus-size special occasion dresses, will hold its first-ever open casting call for full-figured women ages 16 to 26.
Reading together just before bedtime as a way to wind down is a tradition for many families with young children. For best-selling children’s author Sherri Duskey Rinker, the habit also inspired her career.
Union High School senior Josie Arens, 18, was around 5 years old when she saw a homeless person face-to-face for the first time. Her family was driving in St. Louis at the time and, on the side of the road, there was someone who appeared to be homeless.
I’m a creature of habit. For years, I’ve eaten yogurt with fresh blueberries and walnuts for breakfast, which we buy in oversized packages. On Saturday, I couldn’t find the walnuts anywhere, not in the pantry or in the usual places where I put them.
World Day of Prayer will be observed in worship Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, 115 S. Washington, Union.
This time of year, Cheryl Barkhurst spends a lot of time at high schools across the St. Louis metro area. As the director of blood donor recruitment for Mercy, she brings blood drives to the students hoping not just to get them to donate that day, but as a regular habit from that point forward.
With the Middle East consistently in the headlines, fiction as well as non-fiction serves to educate us. “The Girl in Green, a Novel,” by Derek B. Miller instructs but also entertains, largely because of its main characters, the proverbial odd couple, a staid English journalist with The New …
Blue Morpho butterflies have arrived at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House at Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, to celebrate the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, is a day that Major Trevor “T.J.” Wild Sr. of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department thinks about often, arguably every day.
Four Rivers Area Family YMCA is in the early stages of establishing a youth mentoring program, where area children in second- to seventh-grade will be paired with adult mentors from the community.
Talk about a beautiful weekend! While the East was being inundated with snow, Washington and surrounding communities were basking in golf weather. My husband had been waiting for this — and he hit the course, while I headed for St. Louis, to go to the zoo.
When you fill your bird feeders and put fresh water in the birdbath this season, you are giving your feathered friends a helping hand. But you could also be serving the greater good!
Spring is offically more than a month away, but Peace Lutheran Church, 5 Scenic Drive in Washington, is looking for gardeners interested in planting plots in its community garden.
At Montelle Winery just outside of Augusta, owner Tony Kooyumjian walked along the expansive wooden deck overlooking Highway 94 and the Missouri River bottomland, recalling how the property looked when he and his wife, Cindy, purchased it nearly 20 years ago.