Reading together just before bedtime as a way to wind down is a tradition for many families with young children. For best-selling children’s author Sherri Duskey Rinker, the habit also inspired her career.
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.
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.
World Day of Prayer will be observed in worship Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Zion United Church of Christ, 115 S. Washington, Union.
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.
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 …
Blue Morpho butterflies have arrived at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House at Faust Park, 15193 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, to celebrate the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras.
Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, is a day that Major Trevor “T.J.” Wild Sr. of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department thinks about often, arguably every day.
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.
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.
When you fill your bird feeders and put fresh water in the birdbath this season, you are giving your feathered friends a helping hand. But you could also be serving the greater good!
Spring is offically more than a month away, but Peace Lutheran Church, 5 Scenic Drive in Washington, is looking for gardeners interested in planting plots in its community garden.
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.
Takin, camels and, of course, the Saint Louis Zoo’s polar bear love the cold — they romp around snow-blanketed habitats and snack on snow and even enjoy chilly snowless days. These animals have certain adaptations — thick fur or layers of blubber — that help them handle harsh conditions.
Each year, approximately 1.5 million high school students, or one in three students nationwide, will experience dating abuse from a partner in their lifetime. It is also known that three in four parents have never talked with their children about domestic violence.
In a china dish that belonged to my English grandfather, I have a treasured letter he wrote to congratulate Mom on the birth of her first grandchild, Jennifer, our daughter, who now has children of her own. The letter is written on blue airmail stationery, the type Mom and Grandpa used back …
When you see Paula Nykiel, Washington, on TV Tuesday evening, Feb. 14, judging the sporting group at the 141st Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, she’ll be wearing black. She didn’t have to think twice about it.
There’s a universal thrill that comes from receiving a card or handwritten letter in the mail. For soldiers who have been away from home for some time or for their families who do not have regular contact with them, that “Mail Call” thrill is even bigger and more special.
We closed out January by leaving my parents’ beachside Florida condo, the ever-present roar of the surf rushing to the shore. Three weeks on Hutchinson Island tied our record-length stay — and though we were ready to return to Missouri, and talked of how we’d relish being home, we knew we’d …
Looking closely at the 105-year-old white cotton wedding dress worn by Helene Catherine Laumeier when she married August Carl Becker Aug. 15, 1911, at the Femme Osage church parsonage, it’s hard to see any signs of its age — maybe a slight pull in the lace here or there that left a tiny hole.
Engaging in rumors and gossip, especially when it divulges private information about someone else, can be destructive. Gossip and rumors can be devastating to the person the rumors are about, the community and even to the person gossiping.
In 2015, 44 frogs, including Marsupial frogs, Sun’s glass frogs and Pinchincha Poison frogs, arrived in St. Louis to make the Saint Louis Zoo their home. They joined a collection in the Zoo’s Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium that includes 23 species of frogs and two species of toads.
Word spreads fast around Pimienta de Cortes, Honduras, and the surrounding area whenever a team of volunteers with Primero Agua (Water First), the nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing clean water to the people of Honduras, arrives to drill new wells.
Just as the “Icemaggedon” storm was hitting this area last week, 30-somethings Katie and Jeremy Jones were returning to Washington after three months on the island of Útila, Honduras. Their airplane landed just one hour before flights were grounded.
Local families and physicians are among those featured in a new documentary on the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease raging in America. The documentary will debut on the Nine Network this Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 9 p.m.
Speakers like the one who came to the Washington Parkinson’s Support Group to talk about his experience with Deep Brain Stimulation are the reason why Carol Weber and others in the group feel so much hope right now for people who have been diagnosed with the chronic neurological disorder.
What would you say about a dog that could identify trees, could match cars with their correct owners and find cars based on their license plate numbers?
The last day of their year-long quest to visit each of America’s 59 national parks ended last July in a more poetic way than Cole and Elizabeth (Sumner) Donelson could even have imagined. And not just because it was happening on their third wedding anniversary (July 27) in one of the most be…
January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to focus on a crime that affected 7.5 million victims in one year. The theme — “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.” — challenges the nation to fight this dangerous crime by learning more about it.
How quickly the years pass; this spring our grandson Miles will be 15. His birth ushered in a big change in my life, the beginning of grandparenting — what a blessing. Five months after Miles debuted, another buddy was born — Newsbee, the now well-known mascot of Book Buzz, a program that ow…
PLEASANT HILL, Mo. – Katy Trail State Park just took a giant step toward achieving its longtime goal of stretching across Missouri’s midsection to join the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan areas.
The Y Community Adult Literacy Program is in need of volunteer tutors to teach students in Hermann, Owensville, Pacific, St. Clair, Union and Washington.
Tim Frankenberg admits there were a number of reasons why he was opposed to his son, Braedyn, signing up with the Navy National Defense Cadet Corp Washington (NJROTC) program for his freshman year at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. But the biggest reason was he believed it to be str…
New Year’s resolutions are easy to make, but often hard to keep. How about a resolution that will be both easy and fun to keep? Make a pledge to yourself to spend more time outdoors in the coming year, and kick it off with a First Day Hike.
While the world’s fastest land mammal may be racing toward extinction, the Saint Louis Zoo and its partners have been working diligently to slow and, ultimately, reverse this process.
On Christmas Eve, after going to our granddaughter Avery’s 11th birthday party in St. Louis, I returned to our kitchen to get back to cooking. Spark hit the sack at 11 p.m. leaving me to happily make pies I hadn’t gotten to earlier in the day, chocolate, cherry and apple crumb, the grandkids…
It was all hustle and bustle inside the United Bank of Union branch on Main Street Wednesday afternoon as employees began sorting all of the wrapped presents that had been donated by people around the community for their neighbors in need.
Moments after he’d fired the shot to bring down a 900-some pound moose on the second day of a hunting trip to Vermont last October, Ray Hoeft, a senior at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, was in disbelief. Standing in the woods of Bloomfield, Vt., with a team from the nonprofit group…
They offer lists verbally and in writing. Kids are all about telling you what they want for Christmas. Though we try repeatedly to teach children it’s better to give than receive, the reminder often falls on deaf, young ears. But not always.
The Saint Louis Zoo’s bull elephant, Raja, will receive special presents to celebrate his 24th birthday Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. in River’s Edge at the Zoo, weather permitting. Visitors are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” and cheer for Raja.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Amaryllis is the perfect last-minute gift for young and old, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.
Among the artifacts and items on display inside the Washington Historical Society Museum at Fourth and Market streets is a uniform worn by a member of the Washington Cornet Band, along with a photo of the band and even one of the batons used by the band conductor.
There’s an old story that many people in Labadie know or have heard about Sylvester Labaddie Jr. fighting a bear in Labaddie Cave sometime in the early 1800s. There’s even a Bryan Haynes mural depicting the imagined scene over the bar at the popular downtown Labadie restaurant, The Hawthorne Inn.
Webster University Film Series Presents will present a free showing of “Scrooge” Thursday and Friday, Dec. 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Auditorium/Webster Hall, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves.
George Hearst was born Sept. 3, 1820. His parents were William G. Hearst and Elizabeth, nee Collins. They lived on the land purchased by William’s father in Section 20, Township 41, Range 1 East. The property was located along the Meramec River about 5.5 miles south and west of St. Clair.