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  • Vandalia Mayor Ricky Gottman visited the Fayette County HCE Board meeting on Monday, presenting the club a certificate proclaiming the week of Oct. 2-8 as National Illinois Association Home and Community Education Week.

  • Embedded in the floor of the gazebo at the Rogier Park on West Fillmore Street in Vandalia is a plaque bearing the words: “Success lies in what we do for others.” Those are seemly appropriate words so near the site of the Fayette County Cancer Fund's “Party in the Park,” a fundraiser to help cancer patients fight their battles against the disease.

  • The Fayette County HCE program to promote public awareness of ovarian cancer was attended by 34 women who were given enlightening and important information concerning the symptoms and signs of ovarian cancer.

  • “Listen, It Whispers” are the words Sid File, an ovarian cancer survivor, opened her story with as she talked about the ovarian cancer awareness program being held this Saturday by Fayette County Home and Community Education.

  • September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the Fayette County Home and Community Education organization wants to help in the effort to make women more aware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer.  

  • Our People in Uniform,
    Brown, Tan, Black, White or Blue,
    No matter the uniform’s color or hue,
    Within the cloth beats a courageous heart,
    That they lay on the line to protect me and you.

  • This week’s Fayette Faces feature two members of the Fayette County Home & Community Education organization, one with HCE longevity (from the first meeting) and the youngest, who is attending with her grandmother.

  • The name Lawler has been a very familiar and respected name in the Vandalia, as Nelson Lawler was the first school bus driver for the Vandalia schools, and he was very well liked by all who knew him, including the students on his bus routes.

  • Lucille Fisher, now 103 years old, recalls when her husband Grover’s father, Homer Fisher, worked on the railroad in Vandalia many years ago.

  • As we continue with our readers’ memories of Vandalia and the railroad, other aspects of the history of the railroad are being shared, with memories of World War II’s young soldiers passing through Vandalia, taking a brief break when the train stops for a while to take on water, and including the true story of one of Vandalia’s long-lived romances, which began on one of those train water stops.

  • In an effort to make people aware of the dangers of eating disorders, 16-year-old Rachel Zimmerman shared her battle with an eating disorder in the form of a speech for the Fayette County Fair 4-H speech competition.

    On Monday, June 27, Zimmerman delivered her speech before the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board to be judged.

  • If you have noticed some young people picking up trash and sweeping grass off the sidewalk around the Vandalia Statehouse, you saw members of the Vandalia Leo Club. This service to our community was suggested to the Vandalia Lions Club by the mayor, Ricky Gottman, when he spoke at one of their meetings.

  • Since beginning this journey into the past of the trains and their cabooses traveling on the tracks through Vandalia, many stories, memories, experiences, and even inspirations, have surfaced.

  • Mark Miller’s massive train setup has more new tracks in place, and more new stops along the line, including Mayberry, everyone’s favorite town, with Sheriff Andy Taylor, Deputy Barney Fife, Aunt Bea, Opie and Gomer Pyle standing under the water tower, around the Mayberry Christmas tree.

  • When Todd McKellar heard mention of Bill Runyon, a conductor on the Pennsylvania Train – and, more importantly,  the one who had the power to stop the train in Vandalia for the Santa Claus visit every year – he was quick to respond with some memories.

  • Rod Rogers serves as pastor of the 137-year-old Arm Prairie Church, located south of Brownstown. And he and his wife, Sissy, join the congregation in holding a cookout at 3 p.m. on June 4 to revive the little church structure.

  • In keeping with Vandalia’s honoring of veterans this Saturday and Sunday, the Fayette County Museum has a military section of various items, such as uniforms and various things that were actually used on the battlefield, such as a medic’s kit.

  • Thirteen years ago, a youth center for kids to gather was started to provide a safe place for kids to meet. Phyllis Rame had  begun the search for citizens interested enough in the youth of Vandalia and surrounding area to help get the project off the ground and rolling.
    People responded to the need and, perhaps the most difficult task – getting the youth interested, was also successful.

  • During an interview in 2009, at age 96, Lucille Fisher said that she was,
    “Just glad that I lived long enough to get acquainted with my little great-grandchildren.”

  • The first impression of Boaz Haveman is one of a friendly, courteous young man, who is very tall and good-looking with a sincere, “glad-to-meet-you” smile.