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Today's Features

  • The annual Lenten Luncheon series kicked off this week, with the opening event being held Wednesday at First Christian Church. John Glennon, pastor of Parkview Free Methodist Church, was the speaker.
    Following is the list of locations and speakers for the upcoming weeks:
    March 23 – First Church of God; Dan Ricketts, youth minister at First Assembly of God.
    March 30 – St. James Lutheran; Al Schumacher.
    April 6 – Mother of Dolors; Don Arndt of First Baptist Church.

  • By Joyce Mueller
    There was a “hint of green” on Monday. Those attending Evergreen Outreach  enjoyed participating in the St. Patrick’s Day program. Donna Smith was at the piano, accompanied by Jerry Brugoto on his guitar, as they entertained with Irish songs.
    The Rev. Jim Fackler, assisted by Genelle Hachat, led the group in the “Welcome" and "EO” songs, as volunteers served refreshments of cookies, iced tea, water and coffee.

  • We are now at the beginning of Lent. The first Sunday of Lent was on March 13.

  • Evelyn A. Chatham Talbott of Vandalia will celebrate her 86th  birthday this Sunday.
    Cards may be sent to her at: 1019 N. Fourth St., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
     

  • The annual Soroptimist Awards Banquet will be held at 6:30 pm. on April 8 at Days Inn in Vandalia.
    Reservations should be made by calling Judy Wasmuth, 283-2989, no later than April 1. Limited seating is available, so reservations should be made soon.
    Soroptimist International of Vandalia is honoring three ladies in the Soroptimist International of Americas programs: Kathy Critcheloe, Women’s Opportunity Award; Gabrielle McNutt, Violet Richardson Award; and Brenda Benton, Ruby Award.

  • Betty Schaub of Vandalia is celebrating her 80th birthday with an open house hosted by her family from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia.

  • Jill R. Engel, MS, ACNP, FNP, ANP and CCRN-CSC, was selected by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to receive the 2011 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence.

  • Samantha Conrath and Matthew Adermann, both of Taylorville, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.

  • Stacey Sarchet and Jason Carpenter, both of Vandalia, have announced their engagement and upcoming wedding.
    The future bride is the daughter of Laura Jurmann and the late Brad Sarchet of Vandalia.
    She is currently employed at Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care as a certified nurse's assistant.
    The future groom is the son of Tony and Betty Summers of Vandalia.
    He is currently employed at ADS Electric as an electrician.
    The couple are planning a noon wedding on Wednesday, April 20, at Bethel Baptist Church, Vandalia.

  • Patti Van Uytven was climbing up to a sewing machine as soon as she was big enough … and has now climbed all the way to the top of a “fabrics and all the trimmings for sewing and quilting” business, known in Ramsey as  “The Quilt Top Shop.”