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If Google and Ikea started a school, what would it look like? Andy Robinson, director of the Four Rivers Career Center, imagines it would look something like Four Rivers’ new CAPS program.

“If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond I. Myers.

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There’s one story in particular about the old St. Clair 1953 GMC pumper that perfectly sums up why brothers and volunteer firefighters Larry and Brian Hagedorn purchased the truck from the St. Clair Fire Department in the 1990s and then restored it about five years ago.

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At 7 years old, Ella Mae Konrad can’t yet drive or even sit in the front seat of the car, but she is strong enough to carry a soft-sided cooler, so this past summer, on days that her “Pa Pa The Great” Maurice Hillermann was delivering for Meals on Wheels, she tagged along.

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Just home from Sicily and Great Britain, a scatter shooting of memories replay in my mind. Hopefully the highlights won’t evaporate as quickly as the green isle disappeared in the fog as our Air Bus lifted us home.

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Amanda (Fite) Huff, St. Clair, had been working at the Ulta store in Washington for a year and a half as a part-time beauty adviser when she decided she wanted to apply to be the store’s Clinique skin care and makeup consultant.

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Last week, we bid goodbye to St. Andrews, where Spark joined a former colleague and friend for two rounds on the links. The guys needed protection from the elements, playing golf in typical Scottish weather, pouring rain one day, fog and wind the next.

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The first time Kyle Walz saw people get up to dance to a song he wrote as he was performing it, he almost stopped what he was doing. It both surprised and moved him that much.

Washington Public Library and the Y Literacy program are teaming up to offer free citizenship classes with meeting times on the first and second Wednesdays of the month at 5 p.m. and the first and fourth Fridays of the month at 11 a.m.

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Americana with influences of country and folk is how Duke and Tami (Williams) Sheppard, the music duo known as Pint & a Half, describe their sound.

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The idea of visiting Sicily materialized last year when my Brit cousin Gill invited Spark and me to join her and her husband in Ortygia in September — since we’d be traveling to the U.K., would we like to catch a flight out of Manchester, England, and meet them in Sicily?

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It’s easy to spot a John Deere piece of equipment, even from a distance. The signature green and yellow color combination is a telltale sign of the brand.

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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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