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Today's Features

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Saturday, April 22
    • Earth Day – St. Elmo Community Park Cleanup Day. Volunteers are welcome. Snacks and bottled water will be provided. For more info, see the park article in the St. Elmo News.
    Sunday, April 23
    • Following the 10:35 a.m. worship service at the First United Methodist Church, there will be a Birthday Lunch and Dessert Auction in the Fellowship Hall. Proceeds go to camping and youth funds.
    • Lynn Reznick art show, 1-4 p.m., upstairs in Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.

  • Member Lora Fouch was the speaker for the fifth Lenten Luncheon last Wednesday at the host church, First United Methodist of Vandalia.

  • Ann Stock of Mother of Dolors Catholic Church spoke at the fourth Lenten Luncheon held by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance, held at Mother of Dolors.

  • Cogburn Rooster Busy Bugging
    Cogburn, the banty Homestead rooster, who has usually crowed whenever we drive in (supposedly to let the other critters know we have returned), failed to do so yesterday. Checking to see what was going on, we saw that he was busy scratching in the dirt, obviously doing some early-in-the-season bugging, to please his ladies, Blackie and Rhonda (hens) with a surprise treat.

  • Attend Birthday Party
    Dane and Belinda Harpster attended the fifth birthday party of grandson Owen Harpster in Jackson, Mo., on Saturday. Others attending were: Mitch, Gretchen, Aaron and Henry Harpster, Natalie Stein, Carolyn Stein, Heidi Crowe, Cleve and Rhonda Hunter, Tom, Patti and Brandon Spitzmiller, and Ben, Amanda, Madison and Dru Eller.
    Confirmation

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, April 13
    • First day of school spring break.
    • Fayette County Extension Workshop sponsored by the Fayette County HCE and U of I Extension for 4-H ages 8-18, 9-11 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
    • Fayette County Schools Annual Art Show starts this Thursday in the upstairs on the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. It runs through Tuesday, April 18. The museum is open from 9:30-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and will be open this Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

  • Brody Michael Gould
    Travis and Lauren Gould of Collinsville are the parents of a boy born on Feb. 28, 2017.

    Brody Michael weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 20 inches long.
    Grandparents are Ron and Tena Gould, and John Crocks and Shelley Crocks.
    Great-grandparents are Mary McFarland, Eddie and Ronni Haynes, Becky Barnes, Dorothy Crocks and the late Cathy Haynes.

  • Anna Dickhut of Camp Point and Joshua Frazee of Shobonier have announced their engagement and upcoming marriage.
    The future bride is the daughter of Monte and Karen Dickhut of Camp Point.

  • Jim and Joyce Staff of Vandalia will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 14.

  • The rains came and came, and it’s still coming, and, hopefully, nourishing the morel mushrooms, getting them ready to spring up, to be found and gently plucked from the moist, warm earth, to find their way to the Homestead kitchen to be washed carefully, soaked in salt water, dipped in batter, floured and fried to a crisp, golden, brown in the old black iron skillet … never to be heard from again, which reminds us of a strange, but true, mushroom story.
    Cloudy, the Mushroom Detector