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As Claire Saucier walks down the an aisle in the Iron Spike Train Museum, surrounded by cityscapes she stops to point out small details in the model train diorama, like a small tire in a river or a woman waiting in line for the restroom.

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  • By Elizabeth Barmeier
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While the majority of folks retire at 65, St. Clair resident Shirley Bay is still working at age 82.

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In Washington, a local group of hobbyists has been gathering every Tuesday to learn how to play an ancient game that pits players together in a dual of chance and wits.

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  • By Joe Barker
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Herb Tobben’s business card lists his title at Clemco Industries as “Sample Processing Coordinator, Technical Services.” His actual title should probably be “Problem Solver.”

  • By Karen Butterfield
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Union resident Lee Parks, DO, has spent her personal and professional life trying to make sure people don’t fall through the cracks. Whether it’s through helping provide women with an education, helping low-income people get the medical care they need or mentoring osteopathic medical student…

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Velma Wachter, St. Clair, learned from a very young age that helping those in need is the most important thing somebody can do.

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  • By Karen Butterfield
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For St. Clair resident Debbie Hinz, preserving veterans’ history is as much about America’s future as it is its past.

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Despite many different trials and tribulations, Don Brinker, Villa Ridge, always wears a smile.

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A “hands-on” history lesson and flying museum will be at the Branson Airport (BKG) when “Yellow Rose,” the Commemorative Air Force’s B-25 Mitchell bomber, visits Sept. 13-17 along with seven other historically significant aircraft that changed American history.

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The Franklin County Silver Games will begin this weekend. Events will be held Sept. 9-14 at various locations around Franklin County.

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We crossed over the Iowa-Missouri border recently on our way home from a getaway to escape the heat. The weekend in Waterloo, Iowa, was cool, perfect for riding the area’s 100-plus miles of paved bike trails without sweating your pedal pushers off.

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Outside of St. Clair, on property mostly hidden from view, sits a farm seemingly from another century, and a woman who tries to spend everyday living the life of a bonafide pioneer woman.

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Registration for the 2017 Franklin County Silver Games is open now through Aug. 26. Registration forms are available at local libraries, online at http://franklincosilvergames.com under Forms, or by contacting Barb Gardner at 636-584-4172

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  • By Karen Butterfield
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When you mention Paul Cockrum’s name around Franklin County, people’s lips begin to curl into a smile, most likely at the nostalgia that his name brings back.

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Bill Whittaker, 73, Union, stood before more than 230 doctors and nurses at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at a recent conference to share his miraculous experiences with proton beam therapy at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

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Branson is a one-of-a-kind family vacation destination nestled in the lakeside beauty of the Ozark Mountains with dozens of live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, family attractions and museums, a Historic Downto…

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Krakow native Ken Schlitt is mostly retired from the American Red Cross, both in terms of working for the organization and in volunteer work — but that doesn’t stop him from his continual recruitment for the platelet donation program.

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“Skunked: Calpurnia Tate Girl Vet,” by Jacqueline Kelly

  • By Monte Miller
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In 2003, Jimmy Phillips, 81, Villa Ridge, was asked to fill in for a few months at Washington Regional Airport. Thirteen years later, he’s still there.

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