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Today's Features

  • Critters hitting the Waterin’ Hole Hard…
    (or actually, the water tanks), as the grass gets browner, the air gets drier and hotter. The “cowgirls” – Betsy, Geneva (the Bartels girl), “Red” and the two youngsters – are really hitting the waterin’ hole frequently, keeping Papa Bear Bill busy refilling it.
    They are also already supplementing their diet with hay, as the pickin’s are just too lean in their pasture now, but they seem to be doing well.

  • Out of Hospital
    Mary Harpster of St. Peter was released from St. Anthony’s hospital on Tuesday of last week.
    She is now living at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.
    Mini-Vacation
    Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter left on Thursday of last week and went to Hartville, Ohio, to the Hartville flea market.
    They also visited several flea markets and wineries in Sugarcreek, Ohio. They returned home on Sunday.
    Weekend Visit

  • Darel and Mary Hayes recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary, and they remember – with smiles– their first meeting as children, when Darel was a new student at the school Mary was attending.

  • St. James women publish cookbook

    For more than 150 years, the women of St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee have been known for the wonderful food they prepare for church events and fundraisers.
    To help raise money for the restoration of the church's steeple, the women have decided to share some of their favorite recipes. That effort has resulted in the publishing of the "Town and Country Cookbook."

  • By Mary Woolsey
    The drought continues – with Monday's temperature rising to 104 degrees. We keep wondering, “How long can this heat last?” Records have already been broken. Luckily, we were again in Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care with ample air-conditioning.
    Betty Stolte, a very talented pianist, was playing some old familiar music. “Whispering” was a favorite of those singing along.

  • Sometimes, late at night, I have trouble sleeping. Sometimes, I just can’t get to sleep; other times, I may sleep for an hour and then wake up and not be able to fall back asleep.

  • 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.

  • Hospitalized
    Mary Harpster of St. Peter was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham on Wednesday of last week. She still remains a patient there.
    Visitors
    Visitors of Dane and Belinda Harpster this week have been: Bev Wodtka, Pastor Emrick, Larry and Sue Urban, and Helen Limes, all of St. Peter; Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller of Jackson, Mo.; and Mitch, Gretchen and Owen Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo.
    Birth

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, July 25
    • St. Elmo Unit of Home and Communication will leave at 10 a.m. to go to the Highland House of Plenty for lunch.
    • Royal Neighbors of America, 1:30 p.m. School supplies will be accepted at the meeting.
    Thursday, July 26
    • ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, at Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
    Sunday, July 29
    • A Fifth Sunday breakfast potluck will be held at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First United Methodist Church.

  • Rubin
    The 33rd biennial Rubin reunion will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Hall in St. Paul.
    A potluck dinner will begin at 12:30 p.m., with beverages, paper plates, and tableware furnished.
    Family members are asked to take lists of births, deaths and marriages since the 2010 reunion to update the family tree.