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  • Dave and Sue Denning are long-time health care professionals. Dave is the program director of therapy services at Vandalia Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, and Sue had served as a director of nursing for 25 years. A registered nurse, she is also employed at the Vandalia facility.

  • Elizabeth “Beth” Smith had an enjoyable history of working with seniors before she joined the staff of Brookstone Estates of Vandalia ... and she loves her job now.

  • This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This young man, born in 1947, grew up here, married a local girl and had three children.

  • “I’m just glad that I lived long enough to get acquainted with my little great-grandchildren.”

  • It seems like God gave Arika Craig a love of music when she was very young. Her taste in music is eclectic – she likes all kinds, and she wants to study and pursue a career in music.

  • Lorene Hoffman Brown was born on a Vandalia farm 94 years ago, “right across from where I live now,” she said, referring to the Hoffman land that was designated a Centennial Farm a few years ago.

  • Five miles north of Brownstown, on the southwest corner, stands a landmark familiar to Brownstown-Sefton people, but also to anyone who had to have their truck tested or who needed a mechanic.

  • When one walks into the Rev. Lawrence Becker’s apartment at Brookstone Estates, a unique and pretty scene greets them in the form of a painting on the wall.

  • Vincent “Vinnie” Thull will celebrate his 101st birthday on July 19, 2013. He remembers the Great Depression and many, almost-forgotten facts and places in Fayette County like they were yesterday.
    Displaying his sense of humor, he said with a grin,  “Trouble is, I don’t remember yesterday very well.”

  • “We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”
    -Girls on the Run website

  • Pastor Kevin Bonifacius and his wife, Connie, arrived in Brownstown in January to minister to First Christian Church.

  • The sixth and last Lenten Luncheon of this season will be hosted by Mother of Dolors Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 27, with the noon meal and program held in the Parish Hall building just across the street.

  • This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: This team of sixth-grade basketball players is pictured more than 40 years ago.

  • Christi Smith is the scheduled speaker for the Lenten Luncheon, the fourth of the season, next Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Vandalia.

  • The Rev. Krista Stokke, who began her ministry at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia and Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee in January, will be the speaker at the third Lenten Luncheon, which will be held at St. James Lutheran Church.

  • He works at McCarty’s Auto Body by day. He likes his job and enjoys the “music” of his daytime occupation.

  • Next Wednesday at noon, the first Lenten Luncheon of the season sponsored by the Vandalia Ministerial Alliance will be held at First Christian Church, continuing a tradition of years past.

  • Robin Lovett was originally born in New York and lived in different places during her young years, because her dad was in the military. They settled down here when she was young, and she graduated from Brownstown High School.

  • Earl Hovious is a quiet man, not one to talk about himself, but his life has been lived so that the village of Brownstown, neighbors, and friends voted him as the first-ever Citizen of the Year a few years ago.

  • The good news is that new opportunities for shoppers and those needing services and/or information continue to grow in downtown Vandalia, as previously vacant storefronts are filling up with displays.