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OK, it’s not actually a park, more of a pocket-size nature reserve, but you probably didn’t know it existed. No one tried to keep it a secret; it just sort of happened that way.

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In this summer of COVID-19, a lot has been canceled or changed — vacations, sports, parties and get-togethers ... Before you start thinking there’s nowhere to escape, consider opening one of these books suggested by local readers. These are what they’ve been reading during the pandemic, or w…

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It’s a stretch to imagine the blue spring floor at Planet Gymnastics in Union as a pool, but competitive swimmers from teams across Franklin County have been doing their best this summer.

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Jane* attended Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings in Franklin County four times a week.

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Diane Meyer, Washington, laughed out loud earlier this year when her granddaughter, Melissa, asked her to be a flower girl in her wedding. She thought the young bride was joking.

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Bob Herndon, Washington, knew from the first time he flipped upside down in Melissa Duchatschek’s trapeze yoga class that it was exactly what he needed.

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Driving past the Welcome to Washington sign at the corner of Highway 100 and International Drive always brings back good memories for Bill Schuck.

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The city swimming pool in Washington isn’t opening this summer. Demolition began last month to make way for a new aquatics complex that is expected to open next summer.

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Parking lots for the Katy Trail at Marthasville, Dutzow and Augusta have been filled to capacity many weekends over the last several months, no doubt people looking to stretch their legs amid the social distancing rules and work-from-home situations created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Steve and Evelyn Lucas, Washington, laugh now when they think back to the punishment they handed out years ago to their teenage daughter after she received a ticket for parking on the wrong side of a street.

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Summer unofficially begins this weekend, but there will be no roar of the crowd or crack of the bat at Busch Stadium in Downtown St. Louis. Major League Baseball has yet to announce if or when the 2020 season will begin or the details of how games will be played amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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If there’s one thing gardeners crave more of, it’s time, and with the stay-at-home orders put in place this spring to slow the spread of COVID-19, they got plenty of it.

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Green shoots of life were already beginning to emerge just a few weeks after the last prescribed burn of the dormant season at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit.

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This family of foxes has been seen playing near East Main and Walnut streets in Downtown Washington. They have been running in the area of the riverfront trail and near the train tracks. They have mostly been seen in early morning and early evening hours.

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Reading and math don’t always go together outside of a word problem, but this year they’re like peas and carrots as The Missourian and the Community Literacy Foundation continue their effort to have this area declared “the best read community in America” with the One More Page project. 

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You might never have noticed them before, those mud nests stuck to the exterior walls of several Downtown Washington businesses just under the overhangs .

Janice Meyer, Washington, smiled when she saw a photo that Dr. Raul Ugarte sent to her from Honduras a couple of weeks ago.

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Noah Elbert’s Art of Rome class hasn’t been the same since he was forced to return home from the Loyola University Chicago campus in Rome, Italy, early last month.

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Adrienne and Aaron Bailey, Union, didn’t start out with any grand plan of how they could help feed the coworkers at Mercy Hospital Washington during the COVID-19 pandemic. They were simply looking for a way to feel useful.

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St. Francis Borgia Regional High School students haven’t been in the school’s STEM lab for more than a month now since stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 began, but the lab’s 3D printers are running day and night.

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It wasn’t long after the stay-at-home orders were put in place around the St. Louis metro area that Bill Parmentier, a 2000 graduate of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School who now lives in St. Louis, was already getting antsy.

(Family Features) Many spring celebrations call for fabulous food, specifically dishes fit for brunch, even if your "crowd" is simply your nearest loved ones gathered at the family table. A wide variety of recipes may fit the festivities, but a combination of comforting bites with sweet and …

You have likely seen this image of Jesus all over Washington and beyond. It’s posted outside of churches, along roadsides and at people’s mailboxes.

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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.

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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