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Dr. Matthew Goers has known what he wanted to do with his life since he was 12 years old, tagging along with his mom, Dr. Kathy Lentz, an ophthalmologist, on humanitarian trips to places like Cuba and Kenya. He saw up close the difference that medicine can make in people’s lives, and knew he…

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Clarice and Larry Loehr, Villa Ridge, gave birth to one boy and three girls, but if you ask them how many children they have, they will probably say a few dozen, counting nearly 35 foreign exchange students they have hosted since the late 1980s.

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Make room readers — if you fell in love with Ove, the crusty senior in “A Man Called Ove,” you’re going to welcome 85-year-old Arthur Trulove with open arms, the lovely gent in “The Story of Arthur Trulove,” by bestselling author Elizabeth Berg.

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Jim McCarty, Union, isn’t old enough to remember “The Day the Lights Came On” in any community across America, but he was able to experience it firsthand in Bolivia last year when a team of volunteers from electric cooperatives in Missouri made a mission trip to a couple of small villages in…

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Our youngest granddaughter Parker, a second-grader and voracious reader, recently said with pride, “I don’t read picture books anymore, Mee Mee. I read chapter books.”

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The 17 days that Othmar “Ott” Jasper’s unit, the 5th Armored Division, 10th Tank Battalion, spent fighting in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest during World War II was among the worst parts of the war for him.

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This time of year especially, Michael Yelton, a 79-year-old veteran who is training to run his next marathon, appreciates the fitness services Four Rivers Area YMCA has to offer, particularly the indoor track.

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The battery-operated clock in my office has a second hand that clicks. In the next room, my husband sleeps, quieter than the clock, no snore in his present stage of slumber.

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Tim Grove, chief of museum learning at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., will visit Neighborhood Reads bookstore, 401 Lafayette St., in Downtown Washington Friday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. to talk about his books, including “First Flight Around the World: The Ad…

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From the time she was a child attending an elementary school in Alexandria, Va., Aimee Appell, pastor at Peace Lutheran Church in Washington, knew “something was off.”

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It happened again last week — and if you’d been a mouse in my kitchen you’d have wondered about my sanity seeing me laughing and talking out loud to myself.

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Ann Hazelwood, an AQS (American Quilter’s Society) certified quilt appraiser and former president of the National Quilt Museum, will be at Neighborhood Reads to give quilt appraisals by appointment Wednesday, Nov. 8.

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Gary “Doc” Sluyter had only been living in Washington for a couple of years when the owners of the old Calvin Theatre on Elm Street in Downtown Washington had its iconic marquee removed over concerns about its stability.

Haunted houses, costumes and candy are some of the best parts of Halloween, but not everyone will be excited for these festivities. Halloween can be stressful for pets, so it’s important for pet parents to know the top tips for a safe and fun celebration.

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With the first quarter of school under their belts, students have had time to enjoy the wonderful changes in the library at St. Francis Borgia Grade School. What’s not to like in the renovated space with its soft blue-gray walls embellished with bookish murals and wise words, refinished chec…

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For the first three or four months after Michael McIntosh and his father Larry purchased Schroeder Drugs in Downtown Washington last year, Michael was in the store every day working. And his time spent at the cash register was some of the most enlightening, because he was able to interact wi…

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Birds of a feather flock together, and at Washington High School, they also cheer and shout together.

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If Google and Ikea started a school, what would it look like? Andy Robinson, director of the Four Rivers Career Center, imagines it would look something like Four Rivers’ new CAPS program.

“If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond I. Myers.

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There’s one story in particular about the old St. Clair 1953 GMC pumper that perfectly sums up why brothers and volunteer firefighters Larry and Brian Hagedorn purchased the truck from the St. Clair Fire Department in the 1990s and then restored it about five years ago.

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At 7 years old, Ella Mae Konrad can’t yet drive or even sit in the front seat of the car, but she is strong enough to carry a soft-sided cooler, so this past summer, on days that her “Pa Pa The Great” Maurice Hillermann was delivering for Meals on Wheels, she tagged along.

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Just home from Sicily and Great Britain, a scatter shooting of memories replay in my mind. Hopefully the highlights won’t evaporate as quickly as the green isle disappeared in the fog as our Air Bus lifted us home.

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Amanda (Fite) Huff, St. Clair, had been working at the Ulta store in Washington for a year and a half as a part-time beauty adviser when she decided she wanted to apply to be the store’s Clinique skin care and makeup consultant.

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Last week, we bid goodbye to St. Andrews, where Spark joined a former colleague and friend for two rounds on the links. The guys needed protection from the elements, playing golf in typical Scottish weather, pouring rain one day, fog and wind the next.

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The first time Kyle Walz saw people get up to dance to a song he wrote as he was performing it, he almost stopped what he was doing. It both surprised and moved him that much.

Washington Public Library and the Y Literacy program are teaming up to offer free citizenship classes with meeting times on the first and second Wednesdays of the month at 5 p.m. and the first and fourth Fridays of the month at 11 a.m.

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Americana with influences of country and folk is how Duke and Tami (Williams) Sheppard, the music duo known as Pint & a Half, describe their sound.

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The idea of visiting Sicily materialized last year when my Brit cousin Gill invited Spark and me to join her and her husband in Ortygia in September — since we’d be traveling to the U.K., would we like to catch a flight out of Manchester, England, and meet them in Sicily?

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It’s easy to spot a John Deere piece of equipment, even from a distance. The signature green and yellow color combination is a telltale sign of the brand.

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Rich Buckman’s pride for the University of Missouri’s flagship campus in Columbia runs deep. He wears it emblazoned on his chest with Mizzou logo shirts, his head with hats, even the license plate of his pickup truck that reads “PROWL.”

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With a red carnation boutonniere on his shirt pocket and a matching corsage on her wrist, George and Ruth (Pohlman) Russell looked as in love as a couple of young newlyweds Monday, celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary at the Arbors at Victorian Place of Washington. Ruth, 89, is in memo…

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In Prestbury, England, we’re staying in a flat over a circa 1738 pub, the Ye Olde Admiral Rodney, owned and operated by my cousin Gill and her husband Geoff. My mother lived not far from here, in Manchester, where she was born and raised.

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Artist Lisa Frick, Marthasville, has a love for color that goes back to her childhood when she worked hard to keep her crayons inside the lines of her coloring books.

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The Washington High School Winter Guard team is in a competition to win a digitally printed floor tarp valued at $3,000, and it needs votes from the community to win.

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Having known author/illustrator Marla Frazee, of Pasadena, Calif., for a dozen years or so — our paths first crossing at Book Expo in Los Angeles — I knew what to expect of this talented gal, but many in our area didn’t, even though this was Marla’s fifth trip to Washington.

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Behind the Bascom House at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, along the split rail fence that runs down toward the Glassberg pavilions, there’s a long row of butterfly milkweed growing that makes it a perfect place to watch for monarchs.

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It’s fun to interview people, catch up on their lives and hear their stories. Last week, I was anxious to talk to John and Gwen Borgmann of Washington, meet their host daughter from Marbach, Germany, and learn about the Borgmann’s August trip to our sister city.

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