The author of a new photography book on Missouri wildlife will be at Neighborhood Reads bookstore Thursday, Sept. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. to sign copies of “Missouri Wild and Wonderful.”

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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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Earlier this summer, members of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Labadie cleaned out an old cabinet in the fellowship hall so that the floor could be repainted and, in the process, discovered a bunch of old, forgotten books, which they set in the back pew of church for people to take home.

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Marla Frazee doesn’t know how many times family and friends who were at the movie theater this year to see “The Boss Baby” sent her a quick cellphone photo of her name flashing on the screen — “based on a book by Marla Frazee” — but it was a lot, maybe every time they saw the movie. And most…

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The Greenway Network’s annual Race for the Rivers will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, with a 40-mile competitive route for experienced paddlers departing from the Washington riverfront (Mile 68) at 9 a.m. and a 20-mile route for beginners and novices departing from the Weldon Spring boat ramp (M…

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Sue Ewing pauses and thinks. It’s mid-afternoon on a hot July Friday and you can practically hear the wheels in her head turning through the phone. She’s thinking back through the years searching for an answer to a difficult question:

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Sitting upright in a plush recliner in the front room of her Washington home, Judy Huntley placed her upturned hands on her knees and closed her eyes. Silently to herself, she began repeating a single word: Jesus.

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Jessie Cargas, Rosebud, has had a turnaround in her way of thinking over the last four years.

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When the military dog tag that Nathan Pinter, a Washington police officer assigned to the Multi-County Narcotics and Violent Crime Enforcement Unit, had purchased on eBay arrived in his mailbox just weeks before Christmas last year, he was excited to take it out and hold it, this unique piec…

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Twenty years, 1,040 “Sights and Insights” columns, and too many words to count. This week marks my 20th anniversary at The Missourian, the happiest two decades of my working life employed by a newspaper that heartwarmingly serves its community.

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  • By Ray Mueller, Member, Eastern Missouri Dark Sky Observers (EMDSO)
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I was giving an eclipse presentation to one of the local Rotary Clubs in the area and one of the questions asked was, “Would it be safe to view the sun through binoculars if the viewer put solar viewing glasses on first?”

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Missourian columnist and author Chris Stuckenschneider and a special guest will be the readers this Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10:30 a.m. at Neighborhood Reads, 401 Lafayette St., across from Washington Public Library.

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Olivia Dulany, 15 1/2, Washington, has only had her driver’s permit for a few weeks now, but she’s eager to get out on the road as often as she can talk her parents into taking her for practice.

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Swimming in tomatoes or up to your ears in cucumbers? It’s bumper-crop-time, produce ripening on the vine.

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Prior to the start of the Washington Town and Country Fair Queen contest Wednesday evening, Natalie Ruether, Washington, had made plans with a friend to meet after the program so they could watch bull riding together.

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Citizens lined the streets waving flags and cheering as local first responders — firefighters, police officers, EMS workers — and dozens of Freedom Riders turned out Tuesday morning to escort the 9/11 Never Forget mobile exhibit to its place at the Washington Town and Country Fairgrounds.

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With the Washington Town and Country Fair kicking off this week there’ll be an influx of visitors coming to town. Hopefully many will drive along our riverfront and have a look at our historic center.

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The Brothers Osborne, a twang-and crunch duo that blends equal parts country and rock into one of the freshest, most identifiable sounds to come out of Nashville in recent years, will close out this year’s Washington Town and Country Fair with a concert Sunday night, Aug. 6, beginning at 8:30 p.m.

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  • By Brynn Mechem and Autumn Buesking, Missourian Interns
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Behind the lipstick, formal dresses and high heels are 21 unique, professional young women who are all competing for one thing ­— the title of Washington Town and Country Fair Queen.

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We crossed over the Iowa-Missouri border last week on our way back from a short getaway to escape the heat. The weekend in Waterloo was cool, perfect for riding the area’s 100-plus miles of paved bike trails without sweating your pedal pushers off.

The day before George Thorogood is set to perform on the main stage at the Washington Town and Country Fair, the legendary guitarist/vocalist known the world over for his anthemic hit “Bad to the Bone,” will release his first-ever solo album.

Known for merging their country roots with strong melodies and rich vocals, Lonestar has amassed RIAA-certified sales in excess of 10 million album units since their national launch in 1995, and achieved 10 No. 1 country hits including “No News,” “Come Crying to Me,” and their crossover smas…

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Beneath an open canopy of trees in the west savanna at Shaw Nature Reserve, Gray Summit, patches of woodland phlox stand out on the green landscape, while wood thrushes chirp overhead.

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  • By Barbara Gibbs Ostmann, Special to The Missourian
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It’s one thing to learn facts in a classroom. It’s something entirely different to put those facts to practical application in the great outdoors.

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There’s nothing more pleasant and invigorating then spending a 90-plus degree night in a cool theater being entertained by the talents of four lovely young women.

The Most Rev. Robert J. Carlson, archbishop of St. Louis, has designated the Basilica of Saint Louis, King (the “Old Cathedral” at 209 Walnut) and its historic statue of Our Lady of Fatima as a destination for pilgrims in the Archdiocese of St. Louis during the cetennial anniversary of the M…

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“I recently discovered a regular person like me could learn to fly fish. It was always the ‘big sexy’ of fishing. After one day of trying my hand at it, I knew I wanted to learn this the right way. So when I heard about this class, I knew it would be the jump-start I needed.”

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His name is Willie, but you could call him Wonder Horse because of all he’s been through.

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  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
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You don’t have to be a Baby Boomer or Gen Xer to enjoy the hit songs from the ’60s and ’70s featured in the summer musical being staged at East Central College July 20-23, “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On.”

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Some of the most touching displays of patriotism are the naturalization ceremonies highlighted on the evening news, and in newspapers, focusing on people becoming American citizens. This often happens around the Fourth of July.

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A coffee shop with a ministry for bikers will be opening soon in an old church building along Highway 50 in Leslie.

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