The 11th annual Art Show and Sale at Shaw Nature Reserve will be held Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dana Brown Overnight Education Center on the grounds of Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit.
With her new book, “News of the World,” author Paulette Jiles has outdone herself. It’s my pick for the coveted National Book Award, one of five finalists, the winner to be announced next month. “News” is a tiny treasure, 209 pages of poetic passages and scenes that burst to life with brilli…
The names of various countries were written on the sides of boxes stacked up in the shipping area of Missouri Meerschaum corn cob pipe factory in Downtown Washington. Orders for these world-famous pipes get shipped to all over the globe — Germany, England, South America, Malaysia, China, Sco…
Peace Lutheran Church, Washington, has received a substantial grant to enable its minister, the Rev. Aimee Appell, to participate in the 2016 National Clergy Renewal Program. This competitive grant program is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. and administered by Christian Theological Seminary i…
The weather was crisp last Saturday night, Oct. 8, as the Franklin County Honor Flight was returning to St. Louis from their one-day trip to Washington, D.C., to see and tour the war monuments. It was colder than what bikers would normally want for an extended ride like that, but the forecas…
The annual candlelight vigil to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Franklin County Historic Courthouse in Union.
Twice a month, Brother John Spila and four other Franciscan brothers visit St. Andrew’s at Francis Place, a skilled nursing and medical rehab facility in Eureka, to provide a special meal for the residents. The brothers call it Snack Shack, and the residents consider it a real treat.
The WINGS Educational Foundation provides just that for educators in the Washington School District, the opportunity to fly high. Their acronym aptly describes their mission: Washington’s Investment in Great Schools rewards innovative teachers with grants that help educators bring out the be…
Foundations for Franklin County Inc. will hold a Taste of Franklin County event Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hillermann Nursery & Florist in Washington.
Kenneth Sohn weighed around 173 pounds when he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army infantry in 1943 at age 18. When he was liberated from a German POW (prisoner of war) camp in 1945, he weighed around 70 pounds.
It’s officially fall and there’s a nip in the air, time for some comfort food. My Book Buzz buddy Dawn came by recently with a gift that pleased the palate — a loaf of her homemade bread. For years I’ve made yeast bread off and on, memories of my grandmother kneading loaves in her farmhouse …
Iron Spike Interactive Model Train Museum at the corner of Highway 100 and High Street in Washington will hold its second annual Trunk or Treat Saturday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. (weather permitting).
As a part of a national movement to prevent violence, Franklin County will recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month with several events planned Oct. 4-12.
When the time came for Scott Potter’s adult son to move out of the family’s Washington home because he was no longer abiding by his parents’ rules, there was no screaming or yelling as there had been in the past. They simply came to an agreement.
Alec Ingram’s jaw dropped as he opened the pocket door to his bedroom in Washington Saturday, Sept. 24, after a team of volunteers led by Jenny Diel with Special Spaces, Clayton chapter, had given it a complete baseball-theme makeover.
The 25th annual Franklin County CROP Hunger Walk will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, in Washington, beginning and ending at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, at Fifth and Market streets in Washington. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the walk at 1 p.m.
The Pulliam family of Gray Summit will be participating in the third annual St. Louis Walk for Victory for the Marfan Foundation Sunday, Oct. 9, at Queeny Park in Ballwin. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m.
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…
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.
Lifelong Washington resident Jerry Novak is as excited as anyone to see construction beginning on the new Missouri River bridge at Washington. She was 14 when construction on the first bridge began in 1934.
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.
The Fourth Annual Backstoppalooza fundraiser concert will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at Chesterfield Amphitheater. The concert is free to attend and is open to the public.
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…
Pacific High School senior Savannah Wigger, 17, spent two weeks this summer learning about computer coding with Supermodel Karlie Kloss.
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…
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.
The 2016 Franklin County Silver Games for people ages 50 and older get underway this Saturday, Sept. 10, and will continue through Thursday, Sept. 15.
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.
A ceremony held Tuesday, Aug. 30, at the Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron marked the training and adoption of 4,000 dogs through Missouri’s Puppies for Parole program since its inception in 2010.
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…
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.
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.
The Blue Canyon Boys will perform a concert this Sunday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. on the grounds of Labadie Station Art & Antiques, 128 Front St., in downtown Labadie, across from The Hawthorne Inn restaurant.
The Magic House is teaming up with the St. Louis Blues and the St. Louis Lady Cyclone Hockey Club this Friday, Sept. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. for a special hockey-themed Fit Kid: Free Kid event.
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.
Eight years ago, when Rich Wilson came in ninth out of 11 people to complete the 2008 Vendée Globe solo, nonstop, around-the-world sailing race, he became only the second American in history to finish it.
Forty years ago, the community celebrated the grand opening of the newly constructed St. Francis Mercy Hospital, a modern structure and symbol for advanced health care close to home.
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.
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.
Mrs. Wentzville, Heather Hussey, who was crowned 2016 Mrs. Missouri America at the Missouri America Pageant held earlier this summer, will be competing in the national Mrs. America Pageant being held Aug. 20-27 in Las Vegas, Nev.
There has never been a safer time for young people to play football, say members of the Washington Junior Football League (WJFL).