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Samantha Welch doesn’t remember tagging along with her grandfather, the late Vern Krimmel, when he took pizza lunches to employees at the Sheltered Workshop in Washington, a work place for people with special needs. She was probably only a couple of years old.

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Officer Matt Onken and Officer Cody Boone, two of the newest members of the Washington Police Department, will be guest readers during the weekly story time at Neighborhood Reads bookstore this Saturday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m.

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When Dr. Elizabeth Clary watched her daughters perform their dance recital last month on the stage at East Central College, she got a little teary-eyed. That stage is where her life came together.

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Gone but not forgotten could be Leroy the Rooster’s epitaph, or his bragging rights as he wanders the woods in rural St. Clair.

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If you’re looking to get away this summer, but you don’t have a lot of time or money to go very far, a trip to Klondike Park in Augusta — whether for just a few hours, a whole day, a weekend or longer — can provide you with that vacation feeling just minutes from home.

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I’ve decided not to grouse about the heat, and get on with life this summer, appreciate the lush green and accept sweating my face off. Because it’s been so oppressive, I get up early to bike and walk the Katy Trail, beautiful always, but especially serene just after daybreak.

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It was a rare treat for Tim and Janet Hubbard, Berger, to have all seven of their children home for a weekend last month to attend a cousin’s wedding. Most days, the seven are spread out across the country — from California to Maryland, and the youngest now in Italy with the U.S. Navy.

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St. Louis Cardinals fans of all ages will enjoy this weekend’s Saturday morning story time at Neighborhood Reads Bookstore in Downtown Washington. Author Ed Wheatley will share his new picture book, “Incredible Cardinals,” highlighting the wall of heroes in Busch Stadium’s left field.

Coincidences abound, but some are more surprising than others. Recently our local bookstore Neighborhood Reads celebrated its first anniversary. In the shop, I struck up a conversation with a reader looking for an adventure/travel story, something like “Wild,” by Cheryl Strayed, she said.

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For Gade Raftery, a 2017 graduate of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, his lifelong dream has been to have a career as a musician. He enrolled last year at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with that in mind.

Many pet owners are familiar with Take Your Dog to Work Day, which is this Friday, June 22, and while the Humane Society of Missouri loves to encourage puppy play dates in the workplace, cat owners shouldn’t feel left out. Take Your Cat to Work Day is the following Monday, June 25.

Neighborhood Reads bookstore in Downtown Washington will welcome young readers into the magical world of Harry Potter with a party Tuesday, June 26, celebrating new cover illustrations and the 20th anniversary of the U.S. release of the books by J.K. Rowling. The Harry Potter party will be h…

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Whether it’s your first trip to the Gateway Arch, or your 20th, you are in for a treat.

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It’s a diligent group — an organization and staff with a love of Downtown Washington at heart, a board of directors, who assure that DW Inc.’s mission is fulfilled and goals are met, and four working committees, promoting Washington and maintaining historical preservation through economic de…

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It’s nice to see a friend succeed — to see them step out of their comfort zone, take a big risk on a new business and make a go of it.

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The “1875” stone marker hanging high above the doorway at St. John’s Mantels Church hints at the longevity of this congregation, but a short walk around the grounds with the historian reveals so much more than just the church’s age.

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Our family has made lots of trips to my parents’ Jensen Beach condo with the wraparound porch, a stone’s throw from the crashing Atlantic. We always return to spots like Bathtub Beach and restaurants with nautical names, Captain’s Galley and King Neptune.

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Tom Harrawood, 76, has never been too interested in books, although he has always been keen on learning and, over the course of his life, he’s proven himself a quick study.

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They say the family that prays together stays together. I say the family that cooks together needs prayers when supper comes via a meal delivery service.

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No one who saw the house that Tim Glastetter, Washington, purchased along the Bourbeuse River some 10 years ago would recognize it today — save for the railing design on the side porch.

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Some 300 bicyclists will begin a 232-mile journey from St. Charles to Clinton on the Katy Trail State Park for the 18th Annual Katy Trail Ride Monday, June 18. This year’s participants range in age from 8 to 89 and come from 29 states and one Canadian Province.

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Peers Store, located along the Katy Trail at 16011 Concord Hill Road in Marthasville, will hold an open house this Sunday, June 3, from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate the building being placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

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When Betty (Schulze) Bruno was a young girl growing up on the farmland that became Schulze Industrial Park in Washington, she remembers people coming by the farm every once in a while to ask her father, Henry, about some of the trees on their property. Would he be interested in selling any of them?

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Our neighbor up the street, Pam Rufkahr, had a memorable trip to Europe this month, one that sent her heart back to the Netherlands over Memorial Day weekend. After a barge/biking trip with six friends that began May 3, Pam struck off on her own, traveling from Bruges, Belgium, to Margraten,…

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The children of the Schuenemeyer brothers will spend Memorial Day as they always do — at the American Legion Hall in Union, where photos of their fathers hang on the front wall.

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With graduations in full swing, proud families gather to celebrate accomplishments of their loved ones. But once the hoopla and parties subside, graduates often succumb to “what now?”

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Jim Derner knows how to get people to lift their arms over their heads, or at least make the attempt, and do it with ethusiasm and a smile on your face. Turn on the 1970s hit song “YMCA” by the Village People.

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Phyllis Edler, RN, MA, doesn’t try to sugarcoat her message to teens about the realities of having a sexual relationship at such a young age. She is brutally honest, because she knows it can save their lives.

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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Mother’s Day was an uneven walk in the park kind of day that actually started with a walk in the park — a hot one, to be sure. Because my mom, our daughters and their families had gathered the Sunday before at our house to have dinner and share memories of the recent trip the girls and I too…

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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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