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.

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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?

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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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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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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…

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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…

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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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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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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.

Bill Schwab, book reviewer for The Missourian’s MO Books blog, will host a discussion on the book “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.,” by Danielle Allen, this Thursday, April 19, at 3 p.m. at Neighborhood Reads bookstore, 401 Lafayette St. in Downtown Washington.

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Be careful what you wish for, I’ve always told our daughters. The four of us lived that cautionary statement last week when we arrived in France, the last stop on our trip to Europe.

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On Saturday mornings, members of the Schwarzer Zither Ensemble meet inside the Washington Historical Society Museum at Fourth and Market streets for practice.

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With the memory of fish and chips fresh in our minds, and the stay with our British cousins warming our hearts, our daughters and I left Manchester, England, to fly to Catania, Sicily, and then go by car to Ortigia. It’s the second city we are visiting on a vacation that concludes in Paris a…

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It’s been 30 years, but Russ and Angie Bade can still remember the customer who gave the first dollar for their business, Casco Electric.

The Washington Lions Club will be giving free eye exams to children and adults this Saturday, April 7, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. during the weekly Harvest Table free community meal at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at the corner of Fifth and Market streets in Downtown Washington.

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It will be an Easter to remember, snow on the crocuses and daffodils. Fortunately, we got through the egg hunt in our yard before the bad weather hit, though it was so cold the kids had to wear coats to search for the bounty the bunny left.

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Hearing a poem read out loud, especially by the person who wrote it, can create a completely different experience than reading it quietly to yourself.

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Being in business caring for pets generates a lot of funny stories, especially after 30 years. Margie Berger, owner of Critter Corral pet grooming salon in Washington, has enjoyed remembering some of the funniest ones that customers have been sharing on her Facebook page.

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This column was supposed to be about the glories of spring, my favorite season, of delighting in daffodils dancing in fields of green, of waking, windows open, to the songs of melodious birds and the joy of walking in woods laced by with wildflowers at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit.

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The city of Washington will be featured on the silver screen this weekend when a 33-minute short film by Washington High School graduates Evan McInnis (Class of 2010) and Jordan Heath (Class of 2011) is screened at the First City Film Festival in Leavenworth, Kan.

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Paul Dillon was with his father at a convention for American ex-Prisoners of War (POWs) several years ago when he noticed a young girl, maybe 6 or 7 years old, looking at a POW-MIA (Missing in Action) exhibit that had been set up in the lobby of the hotel.

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There was plenty of St. Paddy’s Day spirit on Saturday when six of us met at Jane and Tom Dill’s house for dinner. We joined Bonnie and L.B. Eckelkamp at the Dills, all of us friends for decades.

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Jeremy Lohan, 14, Washington, wears his tae kwon do black belt with the air of respect, strength and skill that it took to earn it. He also wears it with a great deal of pride.

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Augusta Bottoms Consort will take part in an Irish/American Party being held this Saturday, March 17, from 6 p.m. until about midnight at the American Legion Hall/Harmonie Verein/Community Arts Center in Augusta.

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This weekend, Joette Reidy will welcome Steve Watkins to her home. The Washington gal and Arkansas author haven’t met, but they have a pilgrimage in common — both have made the 500-mile trek to Camino de Santiago in Spain. Also known as The Way of St. James, the pilgrimage concludes at the C…

An exhibit at St. Louis Public Library, which opened Saturday, March 3, celebrates 200 years of continued presence in the St. Louis area by Catholic sisters of numerous religious orders. The exhibit, “Catholic Sisters: The Spirit of St. Louis,” runs through April 28 on the third floor at Cen…

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Kristi Fitzpatrick was working at her laptop one day last fall when she received an email inviting her to be one of the emerging designers featured in the SOCIETY Fashion Week in New York City this past February. She didn’t pay the email much attention; it sounded too good to be true.

In my home office, books are strewn on the floor near the chair where I work. Others are stacked in corners, or on bookshelves. One wall of shelves holds Book Buzz possibilities — books for 9- to 12-year-olds and picture books for little ones. Another bookshelf is packed tight with adult tit…

The choir of St. Francis Borgia Parish will offer a devotional concert this Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. “The Way of the Cross” will be at St. Francis Borgia Church, at the corner of Main and Cedar streets in Downtown Washington.

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Mark Lough, Owensville, will find out later this month if a specialized radiation treatment that he had on his liver, Liver Embolization, to treat his cancer has worked. The waiting is difficult, emotionally excruciating, but Lough knows there is nothing else he can do right now except pray,…

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Christina Pratt, Union, had never heard of the need for pet foster parents when the picture of a dog who had been picked up by animal control in Jefferson County popped up into her Facebook feed. He had some medical needs so if a rescue group didn’t take him, the dog was going to be euthanized.

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