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  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Update on Mother Robin’s “Squatter’s Rights”
    Mother Robin is firmly ensconced on top of the Homestead back porch light, on the porch wall, right next to the door.
    We figured she would be moving on, as we come and go through that door, but we noticed her taking flight off the nest only a few times at first.
    It concerned us that her eggs many not hatch if she continually left them, but now she seems be used to us and stays on the nest.

  • Frogtown News

    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 164.
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Alex Hawkey served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Paul Reynolds and Brien Guy.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Carl Benning
    -Haven Mueller
    -Harry Busse
    -Floyd Oertwig
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Randy Dorr
    -Stefan Goolsby
    -Donna Oertwig
    -Keith Manley

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 27
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.                            
    Friday, April 28
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.
    Saturday, April 29
    • Reznick art show, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fayette County Museum.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Farewell to Saundra, A Special Friend
    Saundra Motycka-Helm, a faithful, loyal and caring friend to many, left us to take her place in Heaven on Saturday, April 8, leaving a void in our lives. As a young woman, she chose to care for others and made it her life’s work doing so.
    Saundra became a registered nurse, but she went beyond caring for others’ physical well being, as she went the extra mile, in ministering to others’ heartbreaks, struggles and problems, emotional and otherwise.

  • Frogtown News

    Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent the weekend with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. Ben, Amanda, Madison, and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo., visited them on Saturday. On Sunday evening, Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin joined them for dinner. Jan Jameson also stopped in for a visit.
    Confirmation
    Upon completing adult instruction classes, David Henderson, Angela Mace, and Brian and Aime Sigrist were confirmed during Sunday’s service at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, April 22
    • Earth Day – St. Elmo Community Park Cleanup Day. Volunteers are welcome. Snacks and bottled water will be provided. For more info, see the park article in the St. Elmo News.
    Sunday, April 23
    • Following the 10:35 a.m. worship service at the First United Methodist Church, there will be a Birthday Lunch and Dessert Auction in the Fellowship Hall. Proceeds go to camping and youth funds.
    • Lynn Reznick art show, 1-4 p.m., upstairs in Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    Cogburn Rooster Busy Bugging
    Cogburn, the banty Homestead rooster, who has usually crowed whenever we drive in (supposedly to let the other critters know we have returned), failed to do so yesterday. Checking to see what was going on, we saw that he was busy scratching in the dirt, obviously doing some early-in-the-season bugging, to please his ladies, Blackie and Rhonda (hens) with a surprise treat.

  • Frogtown News

    Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster attended the fifth birthday party of grandson Owen Harpster in Jackson, Mo., on Saturday. Others attending were: Mitch, Gretchen, Aaron and Henry Harpster, Natalie Stein, Carolyn Stein, Heidi Crowe, Cleve and Rhonda Hunter, Tom, Patti and Brandon Spitzmiller, and Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller.
    Confirmation

  • St. Elmo News

    ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 13
    • First day of school spring break.
    • Fayette County Extension Workshop sponsored by the Fayette County HCE and U of I Extension for 4-H ages 8-18, 9-11 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Fayette County Schools Annual Art Show starts this Thursday in the upstairs on the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. It runs through Tuesday, April 18. The museum is open from 9:30-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will be open this Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Brownstown-Sefton News

    The rains came and came, and it’s still coming, and, hopefully, nourishing the morel mushrooms, getting them ready to spring up, to be found and gently plucked from the moist, warm earth, to find their way to the Homestead kitchen to be washed carefully, soaked in salt water, dipped in batter, floured and fried to a crisp, golden, brown in the old black iron skillet … never to be heard from again, which reminds us of a strange, but true, mushroom story.
    Cloudy, the Mushroom Detector