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By The Staff

Benefit for Clifford Ray is on Jan. 9

A benefit for Clifford Ray will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9 at the Vandalia Moose Lodge.
A longtime employee of the city of Vandalia and a member of the Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department for more than 25 years, Ray has been diagnosed with multiple brain tumors and is currently traveling to the Barnes-Siteman Center in St. Louis five days a week for treatments.
The benefit will include a spaghetti dinner with all of the sides, a live auction and a silent auction.

Civil War Era Fashion Show is Jan. 7

A Civil War Era Fashion Show will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center, 705 W. St. Clair St., Vandalia.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.
All proceeds will go to the Lincoln Victory Ball Committee, which is planning the Lincoln Victory Ball to be held on Friday evening before Lincoln’s Birthday.
Models for the fashion show are still needed; those wishing to act as models, or to get more information about the show, can contact Connie Bolyard at 283-4206, Brian Garner at 283-2800 or Kati Long at 317-7179.

Fireman's Ball is this Friday at Legion

The Vandalia Volunteer Fire Department will hold the 127th annual Fireman's Ball from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. this Friday at the American Legion Home in Vandalia. "Crazy Horse" will perform. Tickets, $5 each, are available from any firefighter or at the door.

L-U Coloring Contest winners named

The winners in the coloring contest sponsored by The Leader-Union are: Isabel Warner, age 4; Logan Smith, age 6; and Alex Kleinik, age 12. Winners may pick up their prize at The Leader-Union office, 229 S. Fifth St., Vandalia.

March for Life breakfast is on Jan. 9

A pancake breakfast to raise funds for the youth group at Mother of Dolors Catholic Church in Vandalia will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Jan. 9, at the church's Parish Center, located at Seventh and St. Clair streets.
The funds will be used for the youth group's trip to Washington, D.C. , for the National March for Life.

Church goes green; urges other to do so

The First Christian Church in Vandalia has gone "green" by participating in the recycling program offered by FAYCO Enterprises. The congregation of the church is also encouraging the congregations of other area churches to also recycle, both at their churches and their homes.
At its facility at 1313 Sunset Drive in Vandalia, FAYCO is accepting newspapers, newspaper inserts and phone books; magazines, catalogs and books; office paper; stretch wrap; #1 and #2 plastic; cardboard; and aluminum cans.
The hours for the recycling program are: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon.
The Fayette County Soil and Water Conservation District has also resumed its electronic recycling program. Electronic items may be taken to the SWCD office at 301 S. Third St. in Vandalia between 1 and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Glass is no longer accepted as part of that recycling effort.