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Milestones

  • Post Office Retirees

    Two mail carriers at the Vandalia Post Office recently retired. Rick Davino, left, and Mike Hagy, right, have each completed 38 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Birthday

    A card shower has been requested for Margaret Durbin, who will celebrate her 89th birthday on Monday, Jan. 31.
    Durbin is currently in Florida, spending the winter with family and friends.
    Cards may be sent to: Ramada Maingate West, Room 1133, 7491 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, Fla. 34747.

  • Behrends – Andel

    Jennifer Behrends and Timothy Andel, both of Arlington Heights, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Gary and Carole Behrends of Arlington Heights.
    Grandparents are Martin and the late Norma Behrends of Brownstown, and the late Edna and Lloyd Lindquist of Arlington Heights.
    She received her undergraduate English degree in 2008 from University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently employed by The Westin Hotel in Wheeling as the catering coordinator.

  • Birthdays

    Edwin Adermann
    Edwin Adermann of Vandalia will celebrate his 90th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
    He was born on Jan. 7, 1921. He and his wife, Margaret, are the former owners/operators of Higgins Cleaners.
    They are the parents of three children: Genny Matzker, Merle Adermann and Nori Pruitt, all of Vandalia.
    He has six grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild, and one granddaughter and one step-grandson deceased.

  • Brande Dunn receives RN pin

    Brande L. Dunn of Vandalia was among the 16 students in Lewis and Clark Community College's Licensed Practical Nurse Bridge Program who were pinned as they graduated to become registered nurses.
    Dunn is a graduate of Vandalia Community High School, and completed prerequisite and licensed practical nurse courses through Kaskaskia College at both the Vandalia Campus and the main campus. She had been working as an LPN since 2006.
    She and her husband, Michael, have two sons: Joseph and Alexander.

  • Hebron – 50 Years

    Lawrence and Patsy Hebron of Farina will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-4 p.m. this Saturday at the Farina United Methodist Church in Farina.
    Lawrence Hebron and the former Patsy Wagoner were married on Jan. 8, 1961, at the Edgewood Methodist Church in Edgewood. Their attendants were Tom Hebron and Avanell Wagoner Schwengel.

  • Miller – 40 Years

    Eric and Sue Miller of Shobonier celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with a surprise open house on Saturday, Dec. 18, hosted by their children at their home.
    Eric, the son of the late George and Marian Miller, and the former Sue Witbracht, daughter of Ivan and Jeanne Witbracht, were married on Dec. 23, 1970, in the chapel of First United Methodist Church in Vandalia. Their attendants were Barbara Clark McCart and Bill Metzger.
    He is part-owner of Miller Brothers Construction, and she is currently employed at the Fayette County Probation Department.

  • Engagement

    Kelli Brunk and Thomas Channing have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is a 2004 graduate of St. Anthony High School in Effingham and a 2008 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where she earned a bachelor’s degree in medical science.
    She is currently a fourth-year dental student at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton and will graduate in June 2011.

  • Wedding

    Megan Herbord and Kirk Weddle were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, in a 4 p.m. ceremony at Christ Tabernacle in Herrick, with the Rev. Thomas Suey officiating.
    The bride is the daughter of Rick and Sheila Herbord of Ramsey. Grandparents are Jewell Manley and the late Ross Manley, and Harold and Marilyn Behnke and the late Phil Herbord.
    The groom is the son of Aurelia Weddle and the late Todd Weddle. Grandparents are Gene and Sue Weddle, the late Dorothy Weddle,  and Sharon Law and the late Dean Law.

  • Wedding

    Nicole Blankenship and Matthew Elam were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. on July 3, 2010, at First United Methodist Church in Greenville, with the Rev. Darryl Bolen officiating the double-ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Dan and Nelda Blankenship of Mulberry Grove.
    The groom is the son of Ron and Sandy Elam of Smithboro.
    The bride wore an Alfred Angelo, off-the-shoulder, diamond white taffeta gown, with a chapel-length train, and carried a fresh floral bouquet designed by a family friend, Karan Belcher.