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What Christians Do: Mel West Leads the Charge in Helping the Developing World

An afternoon spent talking with Lenoir Woods resident Mel West isn’t nearly long enough. You could listen to him talking about his career for hours and walk away with the impression that you’d barely scratched the surface. “I was in Atlanta a few months ago to help celebrate house number 800,000 for Habitat for Humanity,” […]

No Password Required to Get into the Hidden Lake Speakeasy

The joint was swinging all afternoon long as the Riverbend Brass brought their big band sound to Hidden Lake’s first-ever Speakeasy. Fortunately, bathtub gin wasn’t on tap for the event, but champagne sure began to flow…at least until the “cops” showed up to bust the revelers for breaking Prohibition. Click below to see photos from […]

Heel, Toe, Do-Si-Do: Boot Scoot Boogying on the Bluffs

If you hear the sounds of shuffling cowboy boots and country music coming from the multipurpose room at Heisinger Bluffs, you know it’s probably Donna Linnenbrink from the Show Me Bootscooters running another of her six-week line dancing courses. Click below to see photos from one of her recent classes. (And click here to check […]

Jim and Sharon are Lutheran Royalty, and They’re Not Even Lutheran

You may not know Jim and Sharon Clayton, but those in St. Louis’ Lutheran community probably know their son, John. “John used to be a broadcaster on KFUO AM,” says Jim. With KFUO being the radio arm of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, the Claytons are the next best thing to being Lutheran royalty […]

Family Ties: Emma Bonnot Cares For Her Family… and For Yours

“Family means so much to me,” says Emma Bonnot. And she’s not just talking about her own family. A mother of four, a grandmother of eight, and a great-grandmother of six (so far), Emma spends some of her free time helping other people’s families as well through the Afghans for Angels ministry. “I love to […]

The Urge to Embellish: The Illinois State Museum’s Talk on Art and Furnishings

“In our house when I was growing up,” said Jim Zimmerman, director of art and history for the Illinois State Museum, “my parents decorated with Danish modern furniture, which has a very simple, very spare style. That’s sort of the point of Danish modern furniture. But after a week, a pillow appeared in our living […]

Dick Doherty Dances: High Times at Concordia Village

“I had my 90th birthday in 2012, and we partied for a week or two,” says J.R. “Dick” Doherty. “I like to dance. Especially with the young kids. I like their kinds of dances.” If you can picture a nonagenarian pop-and-locking, then you can get a good idea of Dick Dougherty’s larger-than-life personality. “I’ve had […]

Hometown History: Kathie Shreves Has Watched Columbia Grow Up and Out

A longtime Columbia resident, Kathie Shreves has seen her adopted hometown change a lot over the years. “I was working at Hickman High School back when it was the only high school,” she says with a laugh. The secretary for the guidance office, Kathie was there when the school went through integration in the 1960s […]

Nazi Painting on a Pup Tent: Dorothy Eden Comes to Meridian Village

Dorothy Eden has a portrait painted by a Nazi POW to remember her wartime years It’s rare nowadays for people to have hand painted portraits of themselves hanging in their homes. It’s rarer still to have such a portrait painted by a Nazi. But that’s just what you’ll find in Dorothy Eden’s apartment at Meridian […]

How Hard Could It Be? Arm Knitting Comes to Lenoir Woods

Get a roomful of ladies who have been knitting since they were kids. Hand them a roll of yarn, tell them to make a scarf…and then take away their knitting needles. That’s what Lenoir Woods Activities Director Megan Lau did recently when she held a class on Arm Knitting — an unusual form of yarnwork […]