Features http://www.leaderunion.com/features/todaysfeatures en Community garden gives Brownstown produce http://www.leaderunion.com/content/community-garden-gives-brownstown-produce <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-312mrs._burnheimer_with_the_community_gardeners_don_thomas_donnie_smail.jpg" alt="The Rev. Don Thomas, left, and Donnie Smail, right, have created and maintained the Brownstown Community Garden on property owned by Betty Burnheimer, center." title="The Rev. Don Thomas, left, and Donnie Smail, right, have created and maintained the Brownstown Community Garden on property owned by Betty Burnheimer, center." align="left" hspace="6" width="91" height="85" /><p> Betty Burnheimer has lived in her modest, little home for more than 50 years. The house sits on a corner lot that, apparently, is composed of very fertile soil that has supported bountiful harvests of vegetables since Mrs. Burnheimer put out her first garden more than half a century ago.</p> Jane Scott offers thanks to emergency personnel http://www.leaderunion.com/content/jane-scott-offers-thanks-emergency-personnel <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-21jane_scott_arch.jpg" alt="Jane Scott is shown with an Arch Air Medical crew on Saturday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown." title="Jane Scott is shown with an Arch Air Medical crew on Saturday at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> Two rescue helicopters &ndash; Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham &ndash; participated in Saturday&rsquo;s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.<br /> <br /> Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.<br /> When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.<br /> Knights keep fish stand tradition going http://www.leaderunion.com/content/knights-keep-fish-stand-tradition-going <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/2014fushstand_workers.jpg" alt="Working at the Knights of Columbus fish stand earlier this week were, from left, Bob DePaolo Sr., Joe Shields, Tim Diaber and Mike Mars. " title="Working at the Knights of Columbus fish stand earlier this week were, from left, Bob DePaolo Sr., Joe Shields, Tim Diaber and Mike Mars. " align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> One of the often-mentioned, favorite memories of the Fayette County Fair is the fish sandwich stand.</p> Leidner heads up Lincoln Heritage Fest http://www.leaderunion.com/content/leidner-heads-lincoln-heritage-fest <p> Born in Vandalia, Sandra Leidner has always been interested in its history.<br /> Wanting to share that history, and help others learn about it, Leidner &ndash; who taught in Vandalia schools for 35 years and served as Vandalia&rsquo;s mayor from 1997-2001 &ndash; created the vision for the Lincoln Heritage Festival.<br /> The second annual Lincoln Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street.<br /> Golden Circle center volunteers honored http://www.leaderunion.com/content/golden-circle-center-volunteers-honored <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7-1-14debbieweber_alan_schmid_15_years_vol_gc_nutritioncntr.jpg" alt="Allen Schmid, who has delivered Golden Circle Nutrition Center meals for 15 years, is recognized by Project Director Debbie Weber. " title="Allen Schmid, who has delivered Golden Circle Nutrition Center meals for 15 years, is recognized by Project Director Debbie Weber. " align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> The doors to the Golden Circle Nutrition Center were opened Thursday evening as Sharon Harris, the director of the site, honored the volunteers with an appreciation dinner.</p> Youth help get fairgrounds ready for '14 fair http://www.leaderunion.com/content/youth-help-get-fairgrounds-ready-14-fair <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6-24_special_1.jpg" alt="Mackena Duke helps with the painting at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown on Saturday morning." title="Mackena Duke helps with the painting at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Brownstown on Saturday morning." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> The Fayette Faces this week are those of the youth in the 4-H clubs and Girl Scouts. They were on the fairgrounds at this time, not to ride the carnival tides or enjoy the treats at the concession stands, but to work at cleaning up their fairgrounds for their county fair, with the supervision of their leaders and other adults interested in putting their best foot forward for the fair.</p> Son, grandson build self-watering planter for Brownstown women http://www.leaderunion.com/content/son-grandson-build-self-watering-planter-brownstown-women <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/616lucpointcab_tomato.jpg" alt="Lucille Fisher&#039;s garden has thrived due to the self-watering planter installed by her son and grandson." title="Lucille Fisher&#039;s garden has thrived due to the self-watering planter installed by her son and grandson." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Lucille Fisher always loved to make a garden and she seemed to have a green thumb, as her vegetable gardens have produced enough to feed her family, put up some for the winter and share with others.</p> Hans leads free Fit Club at Center Point Church http://www.leaderunion.com/content/hans-leads-free-fit-club-center-point-church <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6-2faces_laquita_hans_001.jpg" alt="Laquita Hans" title="Laquita Hans" align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p> Laquita Hans has a friendly, personality, accented by a contagious smile. That is just the first impression at first meeting. After a few minutes of conversation, one realizes that is not just a surface, but an indication of her deep compassion for and a sincere desire to help others.</p>