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Today's Features

  • The first impression of Boaz Haveman is one of a friendly, courteous young man, who is very tall and good-looking with a sincere, “glad-to-meet-you” smile.

  • Faye Watson has long been on a self-appointed mission – to help others learn about God by offering encouragement, understanding and information, through her church and her life.

  • The sixth Lenten Luncheon was held at the Unity Baptist Church, with Al Schumacher presenting the last Lenten message of this year and proposing a challenging – but very good – suggestion.

  • Ricky Cox, the speaker at the fifth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, began by expressing thanks for the opportunity to participate in the Lenten Luncheons and complimented the ladies who had prepared the food.

  • Faithful Lenten Luncheon attendees, supporters and friends gathered at the Mother of Dolors Parish Center last Wednesday for the fourth Lenten Luncheon to hear Winifred “Bud” Morrison speak of the wondrous love of God that He has for His children.

    The tables were decorated uniquely and colorfully with dainty spring bouquets, some were refreshingly simple with a freshly harvested carrot, adorned with tiny sprigs of greenery and flowers. 

  • The third Vandalia Ministerial Alliance Lenten Luncheon was hosted by Northside Christian Church last Wednesday, and the faithful Lenten Luncheon followers gathered in the fellowship room to sit at the tables decorated with colorful spring nosegays and bearing Northside’s luncheon trademarks, plates of homemade cookies already placed at intervals within each of all.

  • The Vandalia Ministerial Alliance’s first Lenten Luncheon of the year was held at First Christian Church in Vandalia, which opened the doors to a faithful gathering that filled the fellowship room to enjoy fellowship, a good lunch prepared by the ladies of the church and an inspiring program.

  • When Todd McKellar heard mention of Bill Runyon, a conductor on the Pennsylvania Train – and, more importantly,  the one who had the power to stop the train in Vandalia for the Santa Claus visit every year – he was quick to respond with some memories.

  • Golden Circle Nutrition Program, located at 616 W. Jackson St., Vandalia provides meals in a comfortable setting to people 60 years and older and their spouses. There are no income guidelines or any type of restrictions besides the age limit.
    Meals are prepared by Deb’s Catering of Altamont and delivered fresh daily. The suggested donation for meals is $3. Call the site  at 283-1040 between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. the day before you wish to eat there.

  • Life on the Homestead …
    … is getting back to normal and coping with the hot weather. Although the head homesteader (namely Bill) is still recuperating from his recent bout with pneumonia in the hospital, he is taking his medicine and following doctor’s orders and trying to stay in out of the hot sun, helped a great deal by “the kids” with the mowing, trimming and a special weed-killer sprayer-wielder.
    The critters are coping also, in spite of their furry or hairy coats.