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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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  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
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If you think you’ve witnessed a total solar eclipse, but you’re not sure, then you haven’t seen one. It’s that memorable of an experience, said Angela Speck, professor of astrophysics and director of astronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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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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Megan Wood’s time in the Peace Corps ended before the biggest project she helped villagers in Ghana, West Africa, achieve — a health clinic — was fully realized. That’s a little sad, she admits, wishing she could be there when the clinic finally opens.

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Fourth of July and the holiday weekend are right around the corner, bringing backyard barbecues, fantastic fireworks and plenty of opportunities to get outside and soak up the sun. However, for pets, the heat, noise and human treats are not ingredients for a fun party.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
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Thirty-three-plus miles in four days — and my new sandals did me proud, though my knees were knackered from climbing steps to our third-story condo.

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  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
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Janelle Dimmett, Union, has her name on the front of dozens of products — from an iPhone case to adult coloring books to puzzles, notecards, sticker books, even a children’s picture book — but it never ceases to amaze her.

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Once upon a time in a small city on the banks of the Missouri River, a dream crystallized and Neighborhood Reads, a bookstore, put down roots in Washington in a fading old home. The structure was resurrected by the Kitchell family — with love, care and creativity.

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  • By Chris Stuckenschneider, Book Editor
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Spots and swaths of color, vivid annuals, paired with native plants and perennials, patches of flowers and greenery grace our small city. Sometimes the caretakers of these kaleidoscopic beds are visible — glove-clad, their faces shaded by straw brims. Members of the Washington Garden Club pl…

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  • By Martha Fischer, curator, Mammals/Ungulates and Elephants; and Director of the Center For Conservation, Horn of Africa.
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Who doesn’t love giraffes? Their grace, their markings that are as unique as human fingerprints, their long, tough tongues that can extend a foot or longer to navigate sharp acacia thorns, and even their hair-covered “horns” (called ossicones) —all these traits are endearing. 

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Recently our grandsons, Reed, 13, and Miles, 15, came to spend the night. I had plans previous to them coming, so PaPa took them to dinner and a movie. Over catfish and steak, Spark hatched a plan for National Doughnut Day, which is always the first Friday in June. They’d take a doughnut tou…

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  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
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From the very beginning, Dawn Kitchell’s plans to turn the “little yellow house” across from Washington Public Library into a bookstore seemed poetic.

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It didn’t take long for word to spread around the community that the massive bur oak tree that stood along Bluff Road between Marthasville and Dutzow had fallen suddenly on or around May 11.

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Laura Vilela and her 5-year-old son, Luke, who has developmental disabilities, were among the participants in the Cinco de Mayo 5K run hosted by Four Rivers Area Family YMCA last month. They arrived wearing matching bright green T-shirts for their group, All Abilities Athletics, and she expl…

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If anyone deserves martins, those marvelous mosquito-eating, sky-swooping songsters, it’s my sister. For years, Jackie would phone when the first scout arrived at her home, located not far from ours.

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The 492nd meeting of The BookClub was smaller than usual. A couple of members were out of town, and another was recovering from an illness. Others were just not able to make it.

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To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies, the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will host their first-ever pop-up cookie booths at all 54 Schnucks locations in eastern Missouri this Saturday, June 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Throughout the remainder of the year, the St. Charles County Parks and Recreation Department, along with St. Louis Area Mountain Bikers (SLAMB) and Gateway Off-Road Cyclists (GORC), will host mountain bike night rides at county parks known for great biking trails.

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An intricately detailed scale model of the solar system will be on display at the St. Gertrude Parish Picnic this Sunday, June 4, as a preview of what will be set up at the Washington Fairgrounds for the total solar eclipse occurring Monday, Aug. 21.

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How fitting. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Mom, who lives a few blocks from us, showed me some of my late father’s war mementos, news clippings and such, and I read over the bits and pieces of treasured history from World War II.

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  • By Karen Cernich, Missourian Feature Writer
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The only thing that says summer more than fun reading might be Cardinals baseball, and this summer, The Missourian is bringing both of those things together for its annual Summer Reading Program.

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“Louchfest,” a concert, fish fry and fundraiser to support the documentary film project “Path of the Past,” will be held Saturday, June 10, beginning at 1 p.m. at Brandt’s Farm, 444 Bethel Church Road in St. Clair.

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The 13th annual Riverfront Trail Day for senior citizens and anyone who is physically disabled will be held Wednesday, June 7, at the Washington Fairgrounds. A rain date has been set for June 8.

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It’s been 25 years since Jackie Post Miller, Washington, was paired up with Rosemarie Winter, Marbach am Neckar, Germany, on the first Sister City trip between the two communities.

Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to provide comfort, companionship and a helping hand to terminally ill patients and their families in their homes, in assisted living facilities and nursing facilities.

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The Saint Louis Zoo’s Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Mid-America Chevy Dealers will kick off Friday, May 26, with a performance by Retro Boogie (rock, R&B, disco, soul) from 5 to 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage in the Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo.

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We learned new words, discussed politics, laughed ’till tears rolled down our cheeks, traded little gifts of affection and checked the Sister City Partnership agenda daily, to keep up with all the activities the committee had arranged for us.

Missouri State Parks will be offering motorized tram rides on the 3.5-mile stretch of the Katy Trail between the Marthasville trailhead and the Peers Store this Sunday, May 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Evening hours for the Missouri Botanical Garden’s summer exhibit, Garden of Glass, which opened last weekend, will begin next Thursday, May 25.

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  • By Karen Cernich, Feature Writer
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Kailey Robinson, who is now finishing up her junior year at Washington High School, is excited about a mission trip she will be taking with two of her sisters and their mom, Shannan Robinson, to Caldwell, Ohio, in a few weeks.

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