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Today's Features

  • A Pleasant, Countryside Excursion
    … to the Shobonier area. Having heard rumors of a new Mennonite country store (the previous one which we had enjoyed visiting so much had been closed for some time), we drove through the countryside (which we always enjoy) and onto the St. Peter blacktop road, where we found the just- six-weeks-old country store.
    The youthful-appearing owners, John and Christina Horst, were on hand, smiling and welcoming us as we were paying for our candy and bacon sizzlers. (The sizzlers aroma when they are cooking is so mouthwatering!)

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 25
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. Those attending are asked to take ideas for this new year.
    Thursday, Jan. 26
    • Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
    • The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • A self-defense class for women 18 and older will be taught by the Illinois State Police from 6:30-8 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library. There is no charge for class.
    Sunday, Jan. 29

  • The homebound and disabled in the community can still enjoy hot, nutritious meals in their own homes, and also enjoy seeing the face of the friendly,caring people delivering their food.
    Thanks due to the Meals on Wheels program, which began in 1995.

  • By Mary Woolsey
    Evergreen Outreach met at Fayette County Hospital's Long Term Care this week.
    Bemie Ray was seated at the piano playing beautiful songs from a list she had made. She needed no music sheets, but played the following from memory: “Love Letters in the Sand," "Alice Blue Gown," "Ole Shanty Town" and "Down Mexico Way."

  • Jesus broke new ground for religion when he welcomed the Wise Men of the East to his dwelling (Matthew 2).

  • Russell 'Burwin' Merriman
    Family members and friends are invited to an open house on Saturday, Jan. 28, to celebrate the 90th birthday of Russell "Burwin" Merriman.
    The open house will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. at St. Agnes Parish Center in Hillsboro. The parish center is located next to St. Agnes Catholic Church.
    The family requests no gifts, though cards are welcome and may be sent to: 509 N. Main St., Fillmore Ill. 62032.

  • Ellery Kate Laue
    Jen and Jay Laue of Shrewsbury, Mo., are the parents of a girl born on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo.

  • Return from Vacation
    Rev. Bill and Roxanne Emrick of St. Peter vacationed in San Antonio, Texas, last week.
    They returned on Monday of this week. While there, they visited Bill’s brother Tom Emrick.  
    Birth
    Jeremy and Danielle (Drewes) Chasteen of Kinmundy are the parents of a daughter, born on Jan. 15, 2012. She has been named Claire Anna. She weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

  • Smoky, the Little (Adorable) donkey…
    …seems to have a touch of claustrophobia (or maybe cabin fever).
    As he had chewed on the shutters of his barn until they were destroyed, Bill had put a piece of tin over his window to protect him against the cold wind until new shutters could be made.
    Smokey likes to stand and look out his north window, although he has another opening, a doorway, on the east side. The north window gives him a good view of the driveway, and he seems to like to watch who is coming and going.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, Jan. 18
    • The monthly birthday party at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home, 2 p.m.
    Thursday, Jan. 19
    • At the St. Elmo Public Library, an Excel computer class will be held at 10 a.m., and the eBay/Craig’s List class is at 6:30 p.m.
    • The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class will have a potluck at noon in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church. All interested persons are invited to attend the potluck.
    • The Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.