http://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-10 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oct16_2014_memories_legion.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="106" height="85" /><p> This week&#39;s photo shows the building that we now know as the two-story Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home at 321 S. Seventh St. in Vandalia. Pictured here, it&#39;s the three-story Fehren mansion.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-139 <p> 25 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1989 &ndash; An estimated $39,000 was raised through the Family Y fundraiser &ldquo;Putting On The Ritz&rdquo; Saturday evening.<br /> Brownstown won the Egyptian-Illini Conference volleyball tournament held in Ramsey last week.<br /> Josephine Flood and Evelyn Faggetti were voting delegates from Vandalia who attended the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference held in Springfield.<br /> <br /> 30 Years Ago<br /> <br /> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-149 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oct16_2014_banks_halford.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> <strong>This week&#39;s photo:</strong> The young man shown with country music star Mickey Gilley is now married and has three children, and is a teacher.</p> Tribute thanks vets for their service http://www.leaderunion.com/content/tribute-thanks-vets-their-service <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/tribute2014_001.jpg" alt="Tribute participants included veterans Keith Techmeier of Stevens Point, Wis., and Patrick Cooney of Bloomington." title="Tribute participants included veterans Keith Techmeier of Stevens Point, Wis., and Patrick Cooney of Bloomington." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> This past Sunday afternoon, as I was heading to my car after attending the Armed Forces Tribute held in Sonnemann and Greer parks, I walked past two ladies in conversation with a veteran.<br /> It was then I heard one of the women say, &ldquo;Thank you for your service,&rdquo; and these words have stayed in my head.</p> Again, beware of all types of scams http://www.leaderunion.com/content/again-beware-all-types-scams <p> How many times have we heard the statement, &quot;If it&#39;s too good to be true, it probably is&quot;? Yet, there are many scam artists out there who continue to have success, despite warnings from law enforcement officials.<br /> The latest of those warnings came from Vandalia Police Chief Jeff Ray on Tuesday, who warned residents of a telephone scam.<br /> Through that scam, the caller tells the person that he or she has won a prize. That caller then asks the person to either provide personal information or to send money to cover taxes or for some other expense.<br /> Vandalia Memories http://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-9 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/smithgasstation.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> This photo shows the store operated by Samuel and Rosa Skane Smith from 1920-50 in the 1400-1500 block of West St. Louis Avenue.</p> <p> The photo was posted by the Smiths&#39; granddaughter, Pat Smith Frost.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Banks of the Okaw http://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-148 <img src="http://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oct9_2014_banks_ballard.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="66" height="85" /><p> <strong>This week&#39;s photo: </strong>This brother and sister were born and reared in Ramsey. He lives in Effingham and travels for his job. She lives in Ramsey and works at school.</p> The Way We Were http://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-138 <p> 25 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1989 &ndash; St. Elmo Plastics received statewide recognition for its use of the Job Training Partnership Act program.<br /> Julius Hunter, news anchor for KMOV-TV (Channel 4), St. Louis, was the keynote speaker for the Tri-County Teacher&rsquo;s Institute.<br /> Tracy Rohlfing was one of 159 people given an award of recognition at the &ldquo;Those Who Excel&rdquo; banquet in Chicago. The Brownstown Junior-Senior High School teacher received her award from the Illinois State Board of Education.<br /> <br /> 30 Years Ago<br /> <br />