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Hero Award winner Max Lewis

Vicki Russell, left, associate publisher of the Columbia Daily Tribune, congratulates Max Lewis of Boone County Family Resources as the winner of the 2009 Hero Awards for outstanding public service in the individual adult category. In addition to a crystal trophy, Lewis also received $500 on behalf of the Tribune to donate to his not-for-profit organization of choice.

Ben Askren at American Top Team

Ben Askren, a former MU wrestler and U.S. Olympian who has recently gone professional in MMA, trains at Columbia's American Top Team gym in 2009.

Bruins freshman tennis player Ford Zitch

Rock Bridge freshman Ford Zitch returns the ball during his match against Glendale sophomore Paul Nahon on April 23. Zitch won the match 9-7.

Runaway daughter returned home

Fifteen-year-old Ashley Friel was reunited with her family Wednesday night. The family spread the word about their search for their runaway daughter via online blogs, e-mail and Twitter, a social networking site.

A little to the right ...

Brett Johnson, director, left, guides the actor's into their positions on the stage as they rehearse Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Everybody gather 'round

Brett Johnson, director, center, instructs the actors during the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Constructive criticism

Brett Johnson, director, offers instruction during the rehearsal of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Ryhnsburger theater on April 8.

Shell family sits under the maple tree

Harvey Shell sits on his father Harvey Shell Sr.'s lap along with brother Bill Shell on his mother Dottie Mae Shell's lap. The family is sitting under the maple tree where the book gets its title.

Shell brothers relax together

Harvey Shell, left, and brother Bill Shell relax in the Shell family's yard. Bill's birth is one of the many memories chronicled in the book.

Harvey Shell

Harvey Shell published "Whispers from the Maple on the Hill," as a way to share the memories of his childhood. Shell lives with his wife Joanne in Columbia.

Kacey Rehagen pitches

Columbia College sophomore Kacey Rehagen pitches during the first game of a double header between the Cougars and the Williams Baptist College Eagles on April 22. Columbia College won the game 3-2.

Artist Amy Stephenson

Columbia artist Amy Stephenson works on a part of her her "Facebook" art piece at her studio in the Orr Street Studios on Thursday afternoon. Stephenson's work is currently being displayed for the spring at the Perlow-Stephens Gallery on Broadway.

Amy Stephenson

Amy Stephenson stands in front of her pieces "Facebook," currently on exhibit in the Perlow-Stevens Gallery.

Columbia artist shows "Facebook" at Perlow-Stevens

Ashley Fleming at bat

First baseman Ashley Fleming swings for the ball during the seventh inning of game two of the MU women's softball double header against Iowa State on April 22. Fleming grounded out to shortstop to end the game.

Oil billionaire speaks at energy summit

T. Boone Pickens, an oil billionaire and philanthropist, speaks at the Missouri Energy Summit on Wednesday in Jesse Auditorium at MU. He has started the "Pickens Plan," which is a campaign to reduce dependence on foreign oil. "This is going to be a model in America on how to do something grassroots to Washington...It has nothing to do with politics," he said.

Native redbud in bloom

Columbia Parks and Recreation planted a large grove of redbud trees in Stephens Lake Park two years ago. The native redbud blooms during the spring season.

Cooking a simple meal

A group of participants from Trinity Presbyterian and Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church pooled their resources to prepare a meal of rice, carrots and potatoes in the Thai villiage simulation on March 26, 2009. The group traveled to Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark., to experience global poverty.

Turning compost for the garden

Members of the Trinity Presbyterian Church and Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church turn compost for the garden in the Guatemalan village at Heifer Ranch in Perryville, Ark. on March 27, 2009. Participants wanted to learn what it means to live in poverty, to better appreciate what they have and encourage them to do more to help those in need.

Touring the hut

Olivia Heisner, left, a volunteer at Heifer Ranch, shows members of Trinity Presbyterian Church and Wilkes Boulevard United Methodist Church a Zambian hut during the tour of the global village in Perryville, Ark., on March 26, 2009.
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