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  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
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People who live along the Missouri River Valley probably all know some of its historical details — like the Lewis and Clark expedition that came through in 1804 and 1806 or the German immigration in this area or the steamboats that went up and down the river — but what was it like actually t…

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It had been years since I’d seen Rich and Doris Boland of Washington, who used to live up the street from our old house. Imagine my surprise when I was hip-deep in Sinking Creek, no makeup on, pink swimsuit clashing with my red creek shoes. That’s how I looked when I happened onto the Boland…

The Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge returns to Purina Farms, 200 Checkerboard Drive in Gray Summit, next weekend. Canine athletes from across the country will travel here to compete in the national finals Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1.

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Stephanie Craig can still remember her reaction to seeing a Young Life summer camp for middle school students for the first time as a volunteer chaperone back in 2004.

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Sometimes a magazine article just hits home. That’s the way I felt when I read “One Size Fits None” in the Sept. 12-19 issue of Time magazine.

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There are countless books written about slavery, both fiction and non-fiction. Colson Whitehead adds “The Underground Railroad,” a brilliant novel with an ingenious premise. The book imagines the Underground Railroad as an actual tunnel with trains that provide a means for slaves to gain the…

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If learning how to draw sounds hard and too intimidating, try doodling. That’s way more fun! Even the word itself is sort of silly to say.

For the second year in a row, Brianna Brown, a 12-year-old Irish musician from Union, has returned home from the All-Ireland World Music Championships with a first place trophy. This year Brianna came in first place in the Under 12 Mouth Organ (harmonica) competition. Last year, she won firs…

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Even before Monica Lawrence became an official member of the Union Lions Club a few years ago, she had been volunteering to design T-shirts for the group’s annual Fright for Sight 5K run/walk held each October.

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A family photo from April 1938 stands atop a bookshelf in Sister Marilyn Chall’s office at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington, where she has served as pastoral minister for the last 21 years. She’s the youngest one, just 4 months old and being held by her father in the back row.

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Librarians in Reykjavik, Iceland, now know where Union, Mo., is. They probably had no idea before this spring, when Diane Disbro, the branch manager for Scenic Regional Library in Union, visited the country on vacation with her son and took steps to establish a sister library program between…

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An upcoming family celebration sent us on a trip down memory lane, the mission — to find photos for a project our daughter Kate is working on. Most of the photos she needed were from the 1980s, which seemed recent, until I started going through our albums, many now with loose pages.

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Wood from trees that were standing at the time Lewis and Clark passed through this area saw sunlight for the first time in perhaps as much as a century, maybe more, last week when the roof was taken off of New Port Presbyterian Church west of Washington.

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A getaway by myself seemed daunting, especially going to New York City, from one airport to another. That was the plan when I met Gill, my cousin from England last week at John F. Kennedy Airport where a driver picked us up for a two-hour drive to Simsbury, Conn., where Gill had business meetings.

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Life can be gratifying when you have a new project to consume you. In this case Spark and I are the consumers. We have turned into side-yard farmers, and are currently over the moon about our bumper crop of tomatoes.

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Washington High School social studies teacher Allison Graves has heard news reports and read articles about the refugee crisis in Europe, but this summer she learned about it from a new source — student-age refugees living in Germany and the German teachers who are helping to educate them.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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There’s something irresistibly cute about young wildlife — baby raccoons, kits, fawn . . . People who come across them in Missouri parks and woods, maybe even on their own property, want to protect them, so they sometimes pick them up and bring them inside if they don’t see the animal’s moth…

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Ever wonder why pet food companies don’t make something like ice cream flavored cat food? Wouldn’t cats run to gobble it up?

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Vacations are learning experiences. We returned home smarter than we started after a week in upper Michigan. In the past, we’d visited Traverse City, and knew how beautiful the area is, but this time we went further north to a very nice Vacation Rental By Owner cottage in Harbor Springs.

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Meg Engelhardt has two different work spaces — a quiet lab inside the Edgar Anderson Center at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit and the wide open spaces of parks, prairies, roadside patches, basically anywhere native plants are growing across the Missouri Ozarks. Where you will find her on…

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As education coordinator at Shaw Nature Reserve, Karen Bryan has watched dozens of kids each year discover and deepen a love of nature, conservation and science, but there are a few moments that stand out to her, like when a middle school girl in the H2O club asked her mom if they could get …

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