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February 2017

A Royal Residence

Photos by L.G. Patterson Fate was at work when Ron Onwezen was pulled over for driving just a hair too fast on Hwy 163 while out enjoying a morning cruise. It was there, with an idle moment to spare, that he noticed the parcel of land…

Spring Landscaping 101

Pack up your parkas and grab your gardening gloves: Mid-Missouri springs may not be all sunshine and beautiful days, but the darkest depths of winter have finally passed and springtime landscaping might be possible at last. If you’re…

Venture Out

As the weather gets warmer, it’s safe to say we all anticipate entertaining outdoors. No matter what type of space you have, it’s easy to turn any backyard into an ideal place to entertain. We’ve gathered some tips on getting your space…

St. Paddy’s Beers

Of course we are going to talk about my go-to beers for St. Paddy’s day. The beauty of most of the Irish-style beers is that they are usually extremely “sessionable.” What does that mean? It means you can go out and have more than one or…

Pairing Italian Reds

During the final weeks of winter, I deplete our pantry’s jars from last year’s garden. This winter we still have fruit butters, heirloom tomato salsa, pickled vegetables, hot sauce and several jars of tomatoes. This is a good thing for me,…

Making Room

photos by L.G. Patterson Since opening in August of 2008, business has been booming at Room 38, says owner Billy Giordano. “Every year since we’ve opened we’ve grown, pretty substantially, especially over the past I’d say four years,…

Growing Pains

Alex George is a busy man. Author, attorney, husband and father, George is also the director and founder of Columbia’s Unbound Book Festival. As the festival approaches, it promises to be a stellar second-year event…

Bierocks

Bierocks are a traditional dish of Volga Germans, a community of Germans that lived in the southern part of Russia. This is where my mother’s family immigrated from in the early 20th century. Bierocks is a dish that I grew up with and is…

Big Bucks for Columbia

Photo by L.G. Patterson “I don’t believe you.” The legislator glared over his bifocals as I testified. “I can prove it,” I answered, unfazed. “For every dollar you put in our budget, we’ll generate $60 for Missouri’s economy.” The…

Ringing In The New Year

photos by Ashley Turner December 31, 2016 was more than just New Year’s Eve for Caroline Brumfield and Max Dornan. It was also the day they were married at The Tiger Hotel here in Columbia. Max and Caroline met on Tinder. He was an…

Delta Thrash

Photo courtesy of mollygenemusic.com. March is Women’s Month here in the United States. This is funny because it is just one month out of 12 when not only does this noble gender outnumber their male counterparts, they also, judging by…

Georgia On My Mind

Nate Bohon, of Columbia, and Courtney Clay, of Roswell, Georgia will wed on June 17, 2017, at Chukkar Farm Polo Club and Event Facility in Alpharetta, Georgia. Nate graduated from Hickman High School in 2005 and did his undergraduate…

Indispensable Ricotta

If you have ever eaten lasagna or cannolis you know how indispensable ricotta is in many recipes. Ricotta has become common enough to find in most grocery stores, but it might only come in small packages — and might set you back a bit.…

Rewind

Even though the True/False Film Fest is as annual event, now in its 14th year, the documentary film showcase is anything but repetitive. “Every year, we have an entirely new crop of films, and there’s a complete turnover in the filmmaker…

This Is My Story

Dr. Peter Stiepleman has been the Columbia Public Schools superintendent since 2014. Peter is the second generation Stiepleman in the United States. He says that sharing the story of his family often helps him connect with others.…

Going Green

There are several ways you can be more environmentally aware other than just by recycling. While this is a helpful and easy way to be more eco-friendly, there might be other things around the house to help you go green this year. Check out…

Time Traveler

photo courtesy of L.G. Patterson Debbie Furnell gets hired to dig — not into dirt but into the past. Her clients might ask her to squint through the glow of a microfilm reader, scanning records for a great-grandfather’s name. Or,…

Exercising Their Retirement Options

Chuck and JoAnn Wilson are sitting together at 10:30 a.m. in the living room of their villa at Old Hawthorne. Their dogs, Dotty and Coali, are lying down nearby. Outside, a brisk winter wind is blowing across part of the golf course that is…

One Fine Day

photos by Catherine Rhodes Photography Daniel Burke-Agüero and Alicia Trosser first crossed paths seven years ago during a summer internship. But it wasn’t until years later, when they ran into each other at The Crossing Church in…

Intertwined Universes

Rachel Hall and Joseph Polacco do not know one another, yet their intertwined universes are undeniable. Both are celebrating recent publications. Hall is gaining recognition for Heirlooms, a collection of expertly crafted short stories that…