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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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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It took about 15 minutes for Nicki Harriman, RN, BSN, to get a new rear-facing convertible car seat for 8-month-old Winston Steffens installed in his mom’s minivan.

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Turtles and tortoises have been on the planet for 300 million years, but today, these animals are in real trouble. They are now the world’s most endangered vertebrates; half of the approximately 330 species of turtles and tortoises are threatened with extinction.

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“The best 2 ½ minutes of your life” — that’s a stellar prediction of things to come, and precisely what Dr. Angela Speck said is in store for us on Aug. 21 with the total solar eclipse.

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The smell of spaghetti and garlic bread wafted through the air as a team of volunteers from Arconic buzzed around the kitchen at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ at Fifth and Market streets in Downtown Washington one Saturday evening early last month.

Brian and Tina Bacott, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Hannah Nicole Bacott, to Masin Patrick Lafferty, son of Mike and Tina Lafferty, Labadie.

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You can tell your adult children about the good ol’ days, but nothing drives home the wonder of modern conveniences like having an appliance go on the fritz. Like most of us, our daughter Rebecca depends on her clothes dryer. When hers broke down recently, it threw her into a tailspin.

James and Sharon Gillison, Washington, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday, May 12. Mr. Gillison and the former Miss Shamulus were united in marriage May 12, 1967.

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Scrapper the robot didn’t live up to its name as much as the students at Four Rivers Career Center, who designed, built and programmed it, had anticipated.

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After 48 years of teaching in Catholic schools, Ruth Noelker has taught more than 1,000 students, maybe as many as 1,500. She hasn’t kept track, but some names stand out.

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We planned to chuck it out. The “seen-better-days birdhouse” had served its purpose, been a trusty refuge for sparrows — not the squatters we’d hope it would attract, but what the heck, everyone needs a spot to crash.

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For the past year, children have had a new activity to enjoy at the All-Abilities Playground near Lions Lake in Washington — reading.

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There is still time to register for the 11th annual Melanoma Miles for Mike 5K run/walk being held this Saturday, April 29, at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School, as part of the school’s annual Borgia Fest celebration.

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Whenever Cindy Frick, Washington, goes on vacation, no matter what her destination, she makes a point of visiting the local pottery shops. She likes to get a look at the kinds of pieces other artists are making to see if she can figure out the technique.

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This column was going to be about Washington Public Library’s Friends of the Library, and that was going to be it.

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ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) is leading a rape prevention education campaign that encourages people to make a social statement by wearing jeans this Wednesday, April 26, as a visible means of protest against the misconceptions that surround sexual assault.

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“The Women in the Castle,” by Jessica Shattuck, is the book I’m talking about this spring. This literary, historical fiction read is captivating, as Shattuck moves forward and back in time to relate the story of three German women before and after World War II.

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Carol Radford and Joyce Brooks worked together planting flowers in the bed around the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Robertsville on Good Friday afternoon.

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During Lent, I wrote about my buddy Tom’s endeavor to search out the most delicious fish sandwich offered in our area, at fast food or casual eating establishments.

May Friendship Day of Church Women United will be held Tuesday, May 16, at the United Methodist Church, 848 West Main St. in Union.

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Dr. Jackie Miller, Washington, can still remember the day about 10 years ago when she knew she wanted to donate one of her kidneys to someone waiting for a transplant.

ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) is leading a rape prevention education campaign that encourages community members, elected officials, businesses and students to make a social statement with their fashion by wearing jeans April 26 as a visible means of protest against t…

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If you peek into the library at Washington Middle School early on Wednesday mornings before classes begin, it probably looks more like a high-tech science lab than a reading space. There are students playing with robotic balls, building electrical circuits using things like a book or a banan…

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It was my fault I couldn’t sleep. I had two margaritas and hit the sack, only to wake at 2:30 a.m. — like a vacuum sweeper plugged into an outlet. The drinks were great going down, but not worth the sleepless night. Saturday had worn me out.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a nationally recognized time dedicated to raising awareness about and promoting prevention of sexual violence. During this month, ALIVE will join with people throughout the state and nation to focus the public’s attention on this important issue.

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Florida wasn’t on our spring-break schedule, but the thought of four beach days with two Maplewood cuties put it on our calendar. Within minutes of hearing our daughter Jennifer ask why we hadn’t mentioned joining them in Florida, we found a rental nearby, and readied our van for the trip.

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When Kim Miller, Lonedell, inherited a single partially knitted sock, she knew exactly what to do with it — bring it to her friends at the Franklin County Fiber Guild. They would be able to help her get started in finishing it.

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For some time, a dear, longtime friend of ours had an idea he wanted to pursue. This year Tom accomplished his food feat.

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Three months before receiving his seventh DWI conviction, which came with a felony charge for child endangerment because his young daughter was in the car, John (whose name has been changed for this story) remembers a conversation he had with God about wanting to quit drinking.

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Before their board meeting last Tuesday, members of The Friends Foundation spent a few minutes visiting with employees at TEMCO, the sheltered workshop in Marthasville, talking with them about how their day was going and asking if there was anything they needed.

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An object of interest in our home is our cumbersome, but infallible, microwave. When we moved to our new house, 27 years ago, we didn’t want to sacrifice counter space to the microwave. So we set it on top of a cabinet in our laundry room, which is right off of the kitchen.

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Sam Doepker, a seventh-grade student at Washington Middle School, admits she hasn’t been very knowledgeable about environmental causes up to this point, but after noticing the amount of trash along the road in some places, she was motivated to get involved.

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