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Today's Features

  • First United Methodist Church in Vandalia is again hosting Operation Christmas Child for this year, with collections being accepted beginning on Monday.
    The church, located at 127 N. Fouth St., is the Vandalia Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, through which shoe boxes from both Fayette and Montgomery counties are accepted.
    Operation Christmas Child is a worldwide children’s project of Samaritan’s Purse that used gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting boys and girls know that they are loved and not forgotten.

  • Death
    Irma Jean Kruenegel, lilfelong resident of St. Peter and business owner, died on Friday of last week.
    Baptism
    Drew Riann Kraemer, daughter of Ryan and Kristi Kraemer of St. Peter, was baptized on Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Her godparents are Danielle Chasteen and Scarlett Jameson.
    Turkey Supper
    The annual turkey supper will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23, in the St. Peter’s Lutheran School gym. Serving begins at 5 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults and children, $5; under 3, free.

  • Arctic Air on the Way – Critter Barn is Ready for It
    With fresh new straw on their floor and all cracks and openings filled in, the barn critters, namely, Lady, the senior mini-horse, Madricka, the mini-donkey, and her young son, Baby Buckwheat, should be snug as bugs in a rug.
    It sounds like Bill will have to break ice on the watering holes for them, as we don’t have tank heaters in yet, but that won’t be too much of a problem, (and I have a plan).

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Thursday, November 13
    • Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
    • The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
    Saturday, November 15

  • ‘Chick’ Lawler
    Charles “Chick” Lawler, of Morton and formerly of Vandalia, marked his 95th birthday on Tuesday.
    The occasion will be celebrated with a family dinner on Sunday.
    For anyone wishing to send birthday wishes, his address is: 730 W. Jefferson St., Apt. 236, Morton, Ill. 61550.
     

  • Visits Parents
    Mitch Harpster of Cape Girardeau, Mo., spent Wednesday through Friday with his parents, Dane and Belinda Harpster of St. Peter. He helped on the family farm with harvest. On Saturday, Mitch, Gretchen, Owen and Aaron Harpster returned so that Owen, age 2½, could get the “farm experience.” They all returned home on Sunday.
    Death
    Lois Meyer, lifelong resident of St. Peter, died last Thursday. She had been living in a nursing home in Wentzville, MO.
    Veterans Day Service

  • Unexpected Volunteer Helpers (?) Joined Barn Raising Project
    As the “barn builders” (namely Bill and Panzi) worked on the south doors within the pen and in the doorway of Madricka and baby Bucky Burro’s side of the barn, we were joined by Madricka. We thought she just wanted petted (which she did), but she stayed with us as we tried to work.
    She sniffed at the tools as Bill picked up different ones to use and sometimes stood so her head was right between us.

  • ANNOUNCEMENTS
    Wednesday, November 5
    • Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
    Thursday, November 6
    • St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
    • The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Erna Faye Koontz.

  • YES – Lady, the Little Senior Mini-Horse …
    … now has not only one, but two new stable friends. The unknown, little jenny donkey that I knew was just waiting for us was found at the caring home of Ron Groennert and his sister Rhonda’s home in Okawville.
    When we saw their ad in the Trader paper to sell a jack donkey, we called to see if they would happen to know of a little mini-jenny, and there she was (among several other nice little jennies), waiting for us with a baby donkey by her side – a double blessing!

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
    Sunday morning attendance was 177.
    Rita Yagow was the organist.
    Collin Miller served as acolyte.
    Charles Wachholz and Paul Reynolds were attending elders.
    Remember in Your Prayers
    • Those with health concerns:
    -Kevin Courson
    -Ann Dunaway
    -Roxanne Emrick
    -Irma Jean Kruenegel
    -Ed Morton
    -Dorothy Vogus
    • Those with long-term health concerns:
    -Mary Brimberry
    -Mary Dierks
    -Maria Oswald
    -Carolyn Quade