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Area News

  • Frogtown News

    Death
    Helen Stine, 90, of Brownstown, died on Sept. 22. The funeral was held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on Thursday of last week.
    Benefit
    Several people from St. Peter attended the benefit for Rita Siemer, mother of Amy Reiss of St. Peter, in Sigel on Saturday.
    Among those attending were Dane and Belinda Harpster, Larry and Sue Urban, Jed and Lori Goeckner, Shannon Brauer, Robbi Meade, John and Judy Schnarre, Leland and Amy Reiss, and Braden Will.
    St. Peter Church
    Sunday morning worship attendance was 190.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky, the (adorable) Little Donkey …
    … enjoyed the weekend very much, as the great-grandchildren from Decatur were on the Homestead over the weekend, and spent a lot of their time petting him.
    When he would see one (or more) kids coming towards his barn, he would run to his window and stick his head out to be petted. He especially enjoyed running alongside his fence, racing with Gage.
    He looked very debonair and handsome in his new, red halter and beautiful long ears, as Emily, Cheyenne, Savannah and Austin petted him and talked to him.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, October 3
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, October 4
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club members will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to the Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch and Summer Breeze Winery, both south of St. Elmo. The first stop will be at the pumpkin patch; club business meeting and refreshments will be at the winery.

  • Reunion

    Richards
    The 55th annual Richards family reunion was held on Sept. 16 at the Rogier Park pavilion in Vandalia, with 90 in attendance.
    The business meeting was called to order by Vice President Mike Richards.
    Jamie Elmore gave the 2011 minutes and treasurer’s report.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Trauma on the Homestead
    (Or ‘A Close Encounter of the Worst Kind’)
    Katy, the new Homestead (puppy) Critter, seems to have a talent for escaping her pen (which is plenty roomy, has a gazebo, and a good view of the house and the goings-on, thereof).
    The first time, she learned to unfasten the gate. The second time, she dug a hole under the fence. The good thing is, both times she stayed near the house, although we weren’t home and as she hadn’t seemed to bother anything or anybody, there seemed to be no real problem … we thought.

  • Frogtown News

    Open House
    The children of Lloyd and Joan Schaal of St. Peter hosted an open house for their parents’ 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Several friends and family were in attendance.
    Baptisms
    Kaly Grace and Ella Karyne Benning, daughters of Matthew and Tina Bennin of St. Peter, were baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
    Kaly’s sponsors are Mike and Tammy Sasse, and Ella’s sponsors are Lucas Benning and Sally Emerick.
    Weekend Visitors

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 27
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    Saturday, September 29

  • Frogtown News

    ID Theft Workshop
    Protect Yourselves Against Identity Theft:  It’s a growing problem that threatens us all.
    Come and learn about how identity theft can occur, obtain valuable tips as to how you might protect yourself and learn about what steps can be taken if you fall victim to this crime.
    Everyone is invited to participate in this educational workshop at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Sunday, Oct.  21, at 7 p.m., in the Augsburg Church fellowship hall.
    Attend Festival

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Smoky (the adorable) Little Donkey…
    … either has ESP or ESH (extraordinarily sharp hearing).
    We have noticed this happening in times past and marvel at his ability to know when Bill is pouring and/or sitting down with his morning cup of coffee.
    Bill had just poured his coffee this morning and started to sit down (at 5:15 am) when Smoky brayed his musical “Good Morning,” a reminder to Bill that he and his stable-mates hadn’t had their breakfast yet.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, September 19
    • Kid’s Klub for ages Kindergarten through sixth grade, 7 p.m., First Church of
    God S.H.E.D. Those needing a ride can call 829-3936.
    Thursday, September 20
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of First United Methodist Church will have a wiener roast at the rural home of Jack and Marilyn Sproat at 5 p.m., with LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman co-hosts. Hot dogs, buns, beverages and table service will be provided for the potluck meal.