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Today's Features

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces focused on the Long Term Care gazebo, which is maintained by Sid File through the organization Families That Care of LTC, which keeps the gazebo in bloom and beauty with donations.

  • It has been said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” In this case, the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Gazebo is a continuous source of beauty for every season, thanks to the group Familes That Care at Long Term Care, which was formed years ago, and continued to others who picked it up and kept it going, and to Sid File, who maintains the plants, flowers and seasonal décor with funding provided by the Families That Care group.

  • Weekend Visitors
    Mitch, Gretchen, Owen, Aaron and Henry Harpster of Jackson, Mo., spent Friday to Sunday with Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter.
    On Saturday, Belinda, Gretchen, the boys, and Mahala and Harper Jacquin went to Greenup to Grissom Lost Creek Orchard. They enjoyed the petting zoo, had lunch at Dairy Queen and returned home.
    Upon returning home, Owen and Aaron went to the field to ride in the combine with Papa Dane, and ride in the grain truck with their dad.
    That evening, the Harpsters and Jacquins enjoyed dinner at Schaefer’s.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, October 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., Beecher City Branch Library.
    • Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Monday, October 17
    • Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
    • St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
    Wednesday, October 19

  • Homestead Critter Talk …
    … is varied on the Homestead, from early morning until night.
     “Rooster Cogburn,” the little banty rooster, wakes everyone up around 5 or so in the morning with his wake-up crowing. The “girls,” Rhonda and Blackie (hens), talk to each other, clucking and cackling, and it almost sounds like singing sometimes.

  • Vandalia’s Little Community Garden’s annual Harvest Festival is this Saturday, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, located at 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia. The festival is being held there, in case of inclement weather.

  • Talking About The Weather & the Critters …
    …or  he reaction of the critters – usually when inclement weather is coming, or taking place, the Longhorn Cowgirls, do not pay much attention to it. It seems their breed prefers the wide-open spaces, rather than the protection of a building.
    Several years ago, we rented the late neighbor Gwen Sapp’s pasture, just so our longhorns would have the shelter of the big shed on it – not so.

  • Visit Children
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter spent Friday to Sunday with Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo. Ben competed in the MGA Golf Tournament at the Cape Girardeau Country Club, winning first place. Amanda, Belinda, and Madison shopped on Saturday, while Dane and Dru hung out. On Sunday, they attended Dru’s doubleheader baseball game, where he pitched, was the catcher for an inning and played shortstop.
    Baby Shower

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, September 29
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
    Sunday, October 2
    • Central Illinois Wedding Show, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James.
    Tuesday, October 4
    • Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Elementary school supplies will be collected again.
    • Meals for a Healthy Heart, 5:30 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office. See info at end of Announcements.

  • Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman visited the Fayette County HCE Board meeting on Monday, presenting the club a certificate proclaiming the week of Oct. 2-8 as National Illinois Association Home and Community Education Week.