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  • Have you ever been busy, running errands, shopping (and still need to pick up a unique and special gift),  perhaps needing to check your phone or email  messages or make a quick phone call, meet someone and, most of all, need sit down and have a quick (and quiet) cup of coffee while taking care of some or all of the above things.

  • Wanda Hodson had always liked to sew, making curtains and sewing for her children. A Christmas gift from her husband two years ago led her into creating items of beauty that not only brought enjoyment to her family and friends, but also brought requests for her to make such things as gifts for friends and family of her friends and family.

  • Many know of the many talents of Carol Evaul, and also of her love of Mulberry Grove. An expression of that fondness for the town can now actually be seen … on the wall of Andrew Miller’s community market.

  • It has been documented that on October 25, 1901, a group of ladies in Ramsey that was seeking to “advance the knowledge of literature and promote the art of conversation” started a club that has endured as one of the longest standing women’s groups in Illinois.

  • Fayette County Home & Community Education held a free Alzheimer’s awareness program for the public on Saturday at Northside Christian Church in Vandalia.

  • What began a few years ago as a thoughtful wish to help some citizens of Brownstown do some holiday shopping without having to get out in cold weather and drive to other towns has become sort of a holiday tradition, like Old Tyme Christmas in Vandalia, but on a smaller scale, and especially with seniors’ safety and convenience in Brownstown in mind.

  • The name “Alzheimer’s,” and meaning of it, was practically unheard of by most people in the late 1950s. There was a mention, but very little written about it in most medical books.

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces focused on the Long Term Care gazebo, which is maintained by Sid File through the organization Families That Care of LTC, which keeps the gazebo in bloom and beauty with donations.

  • It has been said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” In this case, the Fayette County Hospital Long Term Care Gazebo is a continuous source of beauty for every season, thanks to the group Familes That Care at Long Term Care, which was formed years ago, and continued to others who picked it up and kept it going, and to Sid File, who maintains the plants, flowers and seasonal décor with funding provided by the Families That Care group.

  • Vandalia’s Little Community Garden’s annual Harvest Festival is this Saturday, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Mother of Dolors Catholic Church Parish Center, located at 705 W. St. Clair St. in Vandalia. The festival is being held there, in case of inclement weather.

  • 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.