Lynda Burgman doesn’t believe in coincidence. What most people would call coincidence, she calls “divine timing.”

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The small town of North Falls, Vermont holds secrets, its surroundings echoing with anguish. The dismal cast that can’t be disbursed follows the grisly death of two young teens.

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“Sharp!” Kyle Buescher said loudly enough for everyone to hear as he walked through the culinary arts classroom kitchen at Washington High School while carrying a knife.

Stephen and Leslie (Rothschild) Busch announce the birth of a daughter, Eloise Kay Busch. Born Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 11:37 a.m. at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis, she weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.

Book clubs that meet monthly at Neighborhood Reads bookstore in Downtown Washington are finding creative ways to continue connecting as the COVID-19 outbreak forces people to practice social distancing.

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Owensville is about 45 minutes from Mercy Hospital Washington, but when Judy West was discharged just days after having a heart attack Feb. 8, she didn’t worry about that distance.

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A little girl waits for her big brother to get off the school bus, giving her plenty to look forward to. The child is front and center in the March Baby Buzz Pick, “When My Brother Gets Home,” by bestselling author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld.

Congratulations to Luke Imus, a 4th-grade student at St. Bridgett School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Luke was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. Luke wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Education News …

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As you read your Missourian today, you may want to keep a pencil and paper near by. Or if you’re good at counting, you may not need to.

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Around the hive, every bee is a selfie — gifted with its own talents, personalities and quirks. Humanoids, young and old, would be wise to follow our bee buddies’ lead. To launch us on this path, Newsbee kicks off his March “Bee Who You Are” theme, introducing three stellar books that focus …

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From his desk inside the Washington Historical Society Museum at 113 E. Fourth St., in Downtown Washington, Marc Houseman can hear members of the Schwarzer Zither Ensemble practicing just steps away from his door on Wednesday afternoons.

Congratulations to Cassius Shaw, a 4th-grade student at St. Bridgett School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Cassius was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. Cassius wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Educat…

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If you’re being cared for by a nurse somewhere in Franklin County, the odds are good that they started their career as an LPN student at the Washington School of Practical Nursing.

Alex and Diane Holdmeyer, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Holdmeyer, to Chris Becker, son of Lisa Becker, Union, and the late Donald Becker.

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Jeanne Bandermann has lots of uplifting stories about the students who come to The Dress Room at Pacific High School looking for something to wear for a special occasion. She remembers them all because their reactions are always so heart-warming.

Travis and Rachel Straatmann, Washington, announce the birth of a daughter, Haley Ann Straatmann. Born Jan. 27, 2020, at Mercy Hospital Washington, she weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

David and Kay Scheible, Washington, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodi Scheible, Washington, to Jud Carter, New Haven, son of Bill and Sandy Carter, Washington.

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As she sat down at her kitchen table for this interview, Chris Stuckenschneider pointed to a wood carving she found in an out-of-the-way shop in France several years ago. It shows a person struggling to climb a ladder set against a towering stack of wobbling, bobbling books.

Congratulations to Nathan Rusu, a 7th-grade student at Washington Middle School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Nathan was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. Nathan wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Educ…

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From a distance, the white exterior of the old American Legion Post 262 Hall at 5333 Hackman Road in Augusta looks fairly nondescript, but get up close and you will notice that the brackets along the roofline look sort of like music notes.

Dennis and Judy Pieper, Augusta, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 28, 2020. Mr. Pieper and the former Miss Hinnah were united in marriage Feb. 28, 1970.

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Painting the mural of a Mediterranean scene on the side of Angelina’s Italian Market at the corner of Second and Lafayette streets in Downtown Washington late last year reminded Washington artist Jim Peters a little bit of his days decades ago painting billboards around town, when people wou…

Congratulations to Joseph Zagarri, a student at St. Gertrude School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Joseph was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. Joseph wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Education News Q…

The barnyard gets its fair share of cute with “Five Fuzzy Chicks,” the February Baby Buzz Pick. It’s the most recent book chosen in “The Missourian’s” ongoing Baby Buzz program in which a book for little ones birth to age 5 is suggested in the second weekend issue of the newspaper.

Veteran journalist, Diane Rehm, handles a difficult subject with grace and expertise in “When My Times Comes: Conversations About Whether Those Who Are Dying Should Have the Right to Determine When Life Should End.”

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Children are naturally creative, especially very young children, and many parents, teachers and other adults are eager to provide them with art supplies like crayons, paints, markers and more to encourage that creativity.

Back in the 1980s as Rosalyn Pursley, Port Hudson, and her daughter, KrisAnn, were backpacking across Europe, they occasionally hitchhiked to their destinations.

James Anthony and Patsy Claudean Wilson Turpiano are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married March 9, 1970, at St. Roberts Church of St. Charles.

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Jim Gephardt said it himself, “Washington is a good area for volunteers, whenever there is a need, people seem to step up.” The St. Peter’s United Church of Christ (UCC) Food Pantry provides meals for many local residents in need, and is only made possible by the work of volunteers, many of …

Snow in the forecast doesn’t scare Jim Roman, 67, Washington. He loves it, and the deeper the snow, the better. It means ski season has returned.

Congratulations to James Orf, a 5th-grade student at New Haven Elementary School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. James was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. James wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Educa…

Phillip and Felicia (Skaggs) Lehr, Washington, announce the birth of a son, Wyatt Nicolas Lehr. Born Jan. 30, 2020, at Mercy Hospital Washington, he weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces.

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If the Supermoon that occurred last weekend had you looking up at the sky with interest and curiosity, you may want to make note of the public stargazing schedule offered by the Eastern Missouri Dark Sky Observers (EMDSO) astronomy club.

Last spring when the University of Missouri-St. Louis presented the first Timothy J. Caton Scholarship in Information System in memory of the 2008 Washington High School graduate, his mom, Marlin Heidmann, Washington, couldn’t have been more proud.

Congratulations to Josie K., a 7th-grade student at St. Gertrude School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Josie was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Education News Quiz …

Steve and Cathy Hemmer, Washington, announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lynn Hemmer, St. Louis, to Scott Joseph Erickson, St. Louis, son of Jim and Mary Erickson, Springfield.

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For every melody that Gloria Attoun (Bauermeister) composes and the lyrics that she writes, she has a little movie going on in her head.

Congratulations to Jade Hensley, a 7th-grade student at Riverbend Middle School, for winning this week’s News Quiz. Jade was selected in a random drawing from all entries this week – and had the correct answers! See them below. Jade wins a $15 gift card from one of our Missourian In Educatio…

Chase winter’s gray away with characters “Born to Shine.” Walk in their footsteps as you dive into Newsbee’s February Picks, their optimism and good work a beacon to follow. You’ll meet a dachshund that celebrates individuality, a woman with a lifelong dream and a new girl at school who cont…

Taylor (Rich) Killian and Gene D. Killian, Washington, announce the birth of twin daughters, Norah Killian and Nelli Killian. Born Jan. 20, 2020, at Mercy Hospital Washington, they weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and both were 19 inches long.

Jeremy Joos and Stephanie Rodriquez-Joos, Eureka, announce the birth of a daughter, Penelope Rodriquez-Joos. Born Oct. 14, 2019, at St.Clare Hospital, Fenton, she weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.