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  • Next week is proclaimed as Illinois Association Home & Community Week, and the Fayette County HCE is observing it by presenting a Noah’s Ark baby quilt to the first baby born to a Fayette County resident during the designated week, or after.
    The Fayette County HCE was organized 66 years ago, on May 18,1948, with about 300 women from Fayette and other counties gathering at the American Legion Home in Vandalia for the event.

  • Pictured here is the Do Drop Inn, a popular restaurant located east of Vandalia Community High School.

    This photo is from a 1969 issue of The Vandalia Leader. The photo was posted on the Vandalia Memories Facebook page by Kathy Schultz, the administrator of that page featuring hundreds of photos from Vandalia's past.
     

  • Last week’s Fayette Faces told of Jeanne Lawler Hohlt’s school days, up to and including graduation from Vandalia High School with the class of ’47.

  • Continuing on with the VCHS Class of ’47, this week’s focus is on Jeanne (Lawler) Hohlt.

  • Last week, Fayette Faces remembered Norman Wright, one of the 1947 graduates of Vandalia High School who went on to make a difference in their chosen careers.

  • Mildred Schmid was born on Aug. 26, 1913, and is observing her 101th birthday in the rural home that she shares with her son, Eddie.

  • The Sonnemanns of Vandalia opened the doors of Brownstown Lumber Co. in 1909. Warren Bayles began working there as a truck driver, then bought the business in 1934, and built an addition onto the building.

  • As the congregation and Pastor David Hoehler of St. Paul Lutheran Church prepare for the second of three 150th anniversary celebrations, they are pleased to be hearing from former members and pastors who are planning to attend some of the events.

  • As St. Paul Lutheran Church continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary, it will hold an open house on Sunday, Aug. 17, and has invited area historian Linda Hanabarger, to be the program speaker.

  • Betty Burnheimer has lived in her modest, little home for more than 50 years. The house sits on a corner lot that, apparently, is composed of very fertile soil that has supported bountiful harvests of vegetables since Mrs. Burnheimer put out her first garden more than half a century ago.

  • Two rescue helicopters – Arch from St. Louis and AirEvac of Effingham – participated in Saturday’s display of emergency response equipment at the Fayette County Fair in Brownstown.

    Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs and paramedics showed their rescue equipment, and demonstrated vehicle extrication, on-site care of trauma victims and transfers via emergency vehicles.
    When the two helicopters landed, a lady in a wheelchair was seen making her way over the rough terrain of the field to greet them.

  • One of the often-mentioned, favorite memories of the Fayette County Fair is the fish sandwich stand.

  • This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These six young women are shown in a presentation in the Supreme Court Room at the Vandalia Statehouse several years ago. Do you know them? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374.

  • Born in Vandalia, Sandra Leidner has always been interested in its history.
    Wanting to share that history, and help others learn about it, Leidner – who taught in Vandalia schools for 35 years and served as Vandalia’s mayor from 1997-2001 – created the vision for the Lincoln Heritage Festival.
    The second annual Lincoln Festival will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Vandalia parks along Fillmore Street.

  • The doors to the Golden Circle Nutrition Center were opened Thursday evening as Sharon Harris, the director of the site, honored the volunteers with an appreciation dinner.

  • The Fayette Faces this week are those of the youth in the 4-H clubs and Girl Scouts. They were on the fairgrounds at this time, not to ride the carnival tides or enjoy the treats at the concession stands, but to work at cleaning up their fairgrounds for their county fair, with the supervision of their leaders and other adults interested in putting their best foot forward for the fair.

  • Lucille Fisher always loved to make a garden and she seemed to have a green thumb, as her vegetable gardens have produced enough to feed her family, put up some for the winter and share with others.

  • Laquita Hans has a friendly, personality, accented by a contagious smile. That is just the first impression at first meeting. After a few minutes of conversation, one realizes that is not just a surface, but an indication of her deep compassion for and a sincere desire to help others.

  • William “Bill” Haselhorst, the current president of the Vandalia Lions Club, will be inducted as District 1-L governor and take office July 8, following training in Toronto, Canada, at the Lions’ International Convention.

  • About 10 years ago, Robyn Pontious was home on leave when she attended a meeting of VFW Post 9770 with the thought of joining.