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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation recently held its 2012 annual meeting, and individuals that volunteered this year to help the agency achieve its mission were honored.

  • Myron and Della Pontious recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.


    Myron Pontious and Della Brooks were married on July 27, 1952, near Bible Grove, in her parents’ yard.
    They celebrated their anniversary with a dinner at Old Capitol View Restaurant in Vandalia, attended by their children and grandchildren, and their spouses; friends; and one great-grandchild.
     

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    You can tell it’s football season, because on Monday we had to PUNT! More about that later.
    Betty Schulte played the piano as we started our meeting. We had a full 10 tables, and caught up on the past week as we had our refreshments. Cindy Hunter, our program manager for the day, set the stage for the Rev. Ernie Flowers. Let me tell you a little about him. He has two children (both around 60 years old), which, according to his own words, makes him "older than dirt." Ha!  

  • Archery clinic is Saturday at Bethel
     
    An archery clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church.
    The clinic, sponsored by the Nimrod Squad, includes archery games, prizes and lunch. The cost is $5 per person, and all ages are invited.
    The church is located seven miles northwest of Vandalia on Ill. Route 185.
    For more information, call Steve Bowen at 339-5244 or Tony Flowers, at 337-967-4482.
    To register, e-mail Bowen at: stevebo64@ymail.com.

    Life Chain rally planned for Oct. 7

  • I have never been one to predict a date for the second coming of Jesus Christ. We all know of those who have made predictions, and ended up looking rather foolish!

  • 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.

  • 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