Today's Features

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Worship attendance on Saturday evening was 124.
    Worship attendance on Sunday morning was 85.  
    The organist was the Rev. Alan Holtz.
    Collin Miller served as acolyte.
    Attending elders were Allen Magnus and Mark Wollin.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Larry Guerrettaz
    • Those with long-term health concerns
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Mark Dunaway
    -Madison Lash
    -Dennis Lee
    -Carolyn Maske
    -Ed Morton

  • (Most) Homestead Critters
    Enjoying Lazy Summer Days
    Some of the barn critters are enjoying the summer days, namely Madricka, the mother donkey, and her young son, Buckwheat (aka baby Bucky).  
    They can often be seen stretched out in the sunshine, usually on their sides, soaking up the sunshine.

  • Vandalia Little Community Garden has a new feature this year ­ an area designated as “The Educational Garden.”

    That new area has been created through local gardeners’ creativity, commitment and desire to make the garden an attractive, pleasant and serene place to visit. It’s also their love of gardening and just plain willingness to dig in the dirt, plant, weed and do whatever else is necessary to turn out the delicious fruits and vegetables to put on kitchen and dining tables.

  • The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board is presenting a free seminar on awareness of the sordid practice of human trafficking – the bondage, bartering and selling of humans for profit.

  • The Raccoon Visitors
    A friend, Donna (Mrs. Joe) Langley, shared a “critter story” with us, and I asked her permission to share it with our readers.
    If you have ever seen a baby raccoon, you can picture how cute these little guys were and how concerned their (probably-sleep-deprived) mother raccoon surely was, as you read this raccoon story as Donna shared it:
    “A mother raccoon had been bringing her baby up on our deck each evening to look for food. One night when I closed the garage door, a large raccoon ran out.

  • Attend Concerts
    Belinda Harpster and Amy Reiss of St. Peter spent Friday and Saturday nights at the home of Nathan, Mahala and Harper Jacquin of Villa Ridge, Mo. On Friday night, they attended the Bret Michaels concert at the Town & Country Fair in Washington, Mo. They attended the Boston concert on Saturday night.
    St. Peter Prairie Days
    In commemoration of its 40th anniversary, the Prairie Days Committee is inviting businesses, civic organizations and area churches to enter floats in the Prairie Days parade on Aug. 22 this year.

    Thursday, August 13
    • See the Tools for School article following the announcements.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant,
    • All teens and adults are encouraged to attend the human trafficking program from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Northside Christian Church at 1845 W. Jackson St., Vandalia. It is being sponsored by Fayette County Home and Community Education.

  • Callie’s Story
    As has been her nightly routine for a long time, on Saturday evening, Callie, the kitty, left her private retreat/room to join us in the living room as we relaxed, except I was busy and had not yet sat down.
    Callie’s routine was to lie in my lap for a while, then lie down at Bill’s feet, often resting her head on his foot. Saturday evening, I was busy and hadn’t sat down yet.

    Thursday, August 6
    • The Sew Simple workshop for youth ages 8-18 will have two sessions at the Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia – one at 9 a.m. and one at 1 p.m.

  • By Charlene M. Jett
    Where was everyone? The sun was shining, only a rare cloud, the cookies and lemonade all made, but no one came!