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Saturday 06/25/2016
WHS Grad Wants to Improve the Lives of Farmers
Posted: June 25, 2016

Washington native Anne Elise Stratton feels a connection to Latin America. It goes back to her childhood and trips her mother, Holly Stratton Schmitt, owner of Washington Healing Arts, would take her on to Peru.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Combined Christian Choir Represents One of Jesus’ Last Commands:‘That We All Be One’
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 8:24 am

The extreme heat won’t be a problem for anyone wanting to take in some fireworks this Sunday, June 26. They’ll be indoors at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Washington as the Combined Christian Choir closes out its 20th year with its annual summer concert beginning at 7 p.m.

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Sights and Insights
Updated: June 22, 2016 - 8:29 am

With hot and humid arriving early, I’m wearing clothes usually reserved for July and August. So goes Missouri weather.

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Wednesday 06/15/2016
Welcome to Wifflers
Updated: June 15, 2016 - 12:18 pm

The backyard area of Bart and Wendy Poepsel’s home off Bieker Road in Washington was merely a wide open space a few years ago. Then their son, Quinton, and his friends got to work and transformed it, at least for the summer months, into Wifflers Stadium, an official wiffle ball field where some three dozen teenage boys from across the area come to play games.

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Sights and Insights
Updated: June 15, 2016 - 12:19 pm

By the time this column appears in The Missourian, our Brit cousins will be home in England. As their nine-day visit drew to a close, Spark and I hosted a get-together on Saturday. Nearly all in our immediate family gathered to meet Gill and Kenneth, her dad, to wish him an early happy birthday and listen to mother and Kenneth reminisce, both having weathered the war in Manchester, England.

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Thursday 06/09/2016
Draft Horses Return to Hermann
Posted: June 09, 2016

Standing outside the barn at Hermann Farm and Museum, Inca, a 2,000-pound Shire mare, scratched impatiently at the ground with her feathered foot.

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Friday 06/03/2016
‘Promoting Health, Hope, Healing’
Posted: June 03, 2016

When Dr. Nisha Full Moon of St. Clair arrives at nursing homes with her rabbits, a goat and St. Bernard dog, it may look more like she’s there to set up a petting zoo than to offer animal assisted therapy, but the joy and benefits she and her animals bring to residents are real and lasting.

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Wednesday 06/01/2016
Goodbye, Dolly!
Posted: June 01, 2016

The only rooms in Martha Stoenner’s Washington home that don’t have dolls lining the walls or stored in closets and under furniture are a single bathroom and the room where her late husband, Oliver Stoenner, played pool. Everywhere else, you’ll find dolls and doll accessories, maybe even a few doll body parts lying around.

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Saturday 05/28/2016
German Teen Enjoys American Hospitality
Posted: May 28, 2016

One of the things that 17-year-old Elena Heinz of Beilstein, Germany, most loves about America is the hospitality, the friendliness of the people.

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Friday 05/27/2016
St. Louis Zoo’s Friday Night Concert Series Begins May 27
Posted: May 27, 2016

The Saint Louis Zoo’s Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers kicks off this Friday, May 27, with a concert by Butchwax & the Hollywoods playing songs from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

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Wednesday 05/25/2016
‘We Call Ourselves Zebras’
Posted: May 25, 2016

Some of the ways Natasha Boyster, St. Clair, can bend her body could be considered party tricks.

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Sights and Insights
Updated: May 25, 2016 - 7:54 am

It may be the official start to summer – kids spilling out of school doors with whoops and laughter. Classes have come to a close, but the good works of area students are still being felt by one little boy and his family, a child who continues to benefit from big hearts in our area, from students modeling behavior they’ve seen from adults in our community.

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Friday 05/20/2016
From Farm to Art
Posted: May 20, 2016

The older a piece of metal is, the more Sherry Day seems to like it, although she doesn’t discriminate. This Union metal artist takes anything, never knowing what will inspire her next creation.

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Wednesday 05/18/2016
Peers Store Open Saturdays, Sundays
Posted: May 18, 2016

Peers Store in the Marthasville area is open every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. now through Oct. 30 with old-time music played on site from noon to 3 p.m.

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This Boy Has Merit!
Updated: May 18, 2016 - 8:01 am

Eagle Scout Evan Searcy of Troop 462 sponsored by V.F.W. Post 2661 in Washington can still remember when he was a new Cub Scout at his first meeting and flipping through the Scout book looking at all of the merit badges available to earn. He must have only been 6 years old, but he made a decision that day to earn every last one of them.

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