• By Monte Miller
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There is an ongoing debate between Gerry Bayless and a few of his lifelong friends about whether they joined the Washington Town and Country Fair Board in 1980 or 1981.

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  • By Tom Uhlenbrock, Missouri State Parks
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Historic photos help tell the story of the first 100 years of Missouri State Parks. One of the most impressive shows the stone castle at Ha Ha Tonka State Park before it was destroyed by fire.

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  • By Keith Domke
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Nestled on top of a hill in a heavily wooded area near Big Indian Creek in southern Franklin County, Jack and Sue Wilhite bring their imaginations to life.

The Alzheimer’s Association holds two caregiver support group meetings the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Washington Public Library, 410 Lafayette St., Washington. A daytime meeting begins at 2 p.m., and an evening meeting begins at 6 p.m.

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The Washington Rotary Club and the Washington Parks Department are beginning plans for the 12th annual Trail Day to be held Wednesday, June 1, at Lions Lake and the Washington fairgrounds for seniors and anyone else who has a physical disability. A rain day has been set for June 8.

  • By Monte Miller
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Don Peters is a man who has worn many hats serving the community for 50 years. Now he is hanging them all up to focus on his family for the next 50 years.

  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
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Help your grandchildren, or youngsters you know, grow a love of reading with “Book Sprouts,” a new book column in Senior LifeTimes. Each month, Missourian Book Editor Chris Stuckenschneider will review books for children of all ages.

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  • By Karen Cernich, feature writer
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Of all the photos that Jan Long, Dutzow, and Patty Koch, LPN, Marthasville, have of their work providing pap smears to women in Honduras through the Washington Overseas Mission, one of the most special is also rather nondescript — them posing alongside a small Honduran woman with two of her …

AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, volunteer run, tax assistance and preparation service, offers its free service to taxpayers with low and moderate income, giving special attention to people age 60 and older.

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  • By Tom Uhlenbrock, Missouri State Parks
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WARSAW, Mo. — Bryan Bethel walked to the edge of the bluff to admire the view from a new hiking trail at Harry S. Truman State Park in west-central Missouri.

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  • By Michael Alvey
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If you’ve attended a St. Francis Borgia Regional High School football game in the past 43 years, you have likely seen Charles Varni. And you’ve certainly heard him.

Standing in the back meeting room at Hagie’s Nineteen restaurant in Union with dozens of her former coworkers from Mercy — men and women who worked for years as doctors, nurses, lab personnel, security guards and more — Vera Haney reflected on the moment.

With the world’s elderly population expected to double by 2050, understanding how aging affects the body is an important focus for researchers globally. Cardiovascular disease, the No. 1 cause of death worldwide, often is associated with aging arteries that restrict blood flow.

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  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
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With November’s cold and gray, fair weather golfers may be putting their clubs away. While their sticks are basement bound, low handicappers and duffers can plan their dream getaway — a trip to St. Andrews, the home of golf, located in Fife, one of the most gorgeous counties in Scotland, set…

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  • By Tom Uhlenbrock, Missouri State Parks
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As curator of the 445 flags in the collections of the Missouri State Museum, Katherine Owens has seen firsthand the emotions connected to the sometimes torn and tattered pieces of fabric.

Here’s more evidence that it’s vital to keep your blood pressure in check. Researchers at Boston University Medical Center report that having high blood pressure in mid-life reduces your ability to successfully complete mental tasks like keeping track of appointments or planning ahead in old age.

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  • By Chris Stuckenschneider
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Midwesterners know the angst of those living on the border of England and Scotland. Tourists tend to rush through Missouri on their way to somewhere else; such is the case with The Borders.

  • By Karen Butterfield
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“Best employee,” “main trainer,” “very dedicated,” and “wonderful attitude” are all phrases used to describe Charlotte West, 73, St. Clair.

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