.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Features

  • Name That (Wild) Bird!
    The last few days, we have noticed tiny little birds flying around the Homestead and the lane. They are small, like wild canaries, are in flocks, as canaries fly. But they don’t seem to have the bright colors. They don’t come close enough to get a really good look at them, but seem very tiny.
    The little hummingbirds (all two of them), Rufus and Alice, are hitting the feeder pretty hard. We wonder if they are preparing to go back home early this year.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, August 23
    • The Illinois Home and Community Education Districts 6-7’s annual meeting will be held at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. Registration will be from 9-9:30 a.m.
    Friday, August 24
    • St. Elmo Historical Society will meet at 6 p.m. in the home of Mark and Jennie Ann Heischmidt. Anyone interested in helping save the Elmo Theater is welcome to attend. Those attending can take a dish to share; meat will be provided.

  • The late Clifford Nickels, who lived on the road now known as Ill. Route 185, across from the area on which the 4-Mile Store once stood, shared many of his memories of the long-ago days of his youth.

  • Elam
    The 74th annual Elam reunion was held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Mulberry Grove Community Building. There were approximately 52 in attendance.  

  • Helen Stine
    A card shower is being requested for Helen Stine of Brownstown, who will celebrate her 90th birthday.
    Cards may be sent to: 1667 N. 1625th St., Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
     

  • Blythe McKay Smith and Nathaniel Alan Bergstrom, both of Florissant, Mo., were united in marriage in a 3 p.m. ceremony on June 2, 2012, at North County Community Church in Hazelwood, Mo., with the Rev. Jimmie Montaigne officiating.

  • Bill and Iris Rademacher of Vandalia will observe their 60th wedding anniversary this Friday.

    Bill Rademacher and the former Iris Brooks were married on Aug. 17, 1952, at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with the late Rev. Bill Henderson officiating.
    They are the parents of three children: Steve Rademacher and his wife Barb of Imperial, Mo.; David Rademacher and his wife Leann of Centralia; and Lea Ann and her husband Bruce Rubin of St. Peter.
    They have 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Maurice D. Trexler of Vandalia will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary this Friday.

  • Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.
    She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
    However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.

  • Callie,  the Kitty…
    …seems to be feeling the heat now. She has insisted on going out on these hot days, even running  out between our feet on occasion.
    She seemed to prefer relaxing on the shed roof or on the deck, often in the sun. When we tried to get her in the cool house, she refused.
    However, yesterday, she came in looking like she had burrowed in the dirt, something she had never done before. Her face, chest, and both front legs and feet were dirty.