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“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.

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Carol Radford and Joyce Brooks worked together planting flowers in the bed around the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Robertsville on Good Friday afternoon.

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During Lent, I wrote about my buddy Tom’s endeavor to search out the most delicious fish sandwich offered in our area, at fast food or casual eating establishments.

May Friendship Day of Church Women United will be held Tuesday, May 16, at the United Methodist Church, 848 West Main St. in Union.

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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…

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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…

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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For some time, a dear, longtime friend of ours had an idea he wanted to pursue. This year Tom accomplished his food feat.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Noah Kresse, a junior at Washington High School, feels a connection to the Missouri River, which cuts its path just a few blocks north of his house.

Keith Pickus and Deirdre O’Farrell, Wichita, Kan., announce the engagement of their daughter, Maeve Pickus, to Ethan Kleekamp, son of Randy and Lori Kleekamp, Marthasville.

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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…

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The sound of frogs and toads croaking may be a sure sign of summertime, but don’t be surprised if you hear them even now when you’re outside near a body of water.

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It’s hard to believe that our first-born grandson Miles will soon be 15. He towers over me now and isn’t much for hugs. As a high school freshman this is to be expected.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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It was an elk hunting trip in November 2015 that made Tim Buchanan, Union, realize he needed to get serious about losing weight.

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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.

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