Brownstown firefighters not soliciting

The Brownstown Fire Department has learned about a scam in which callers say that they are representatives of the BFD and are soliciting donations.
Anyone receiving phone calls seeking donations to the department should not agree to make donations.
A representative of the department said that the BFD does not solicit  donations.

VFW Auxiliary raffling quilt

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary at Old Capitol Post 3862 in Vandalia is holding a raffle for a patriotic quilt made by one of its chairwomen.
Tickets for the 72-inch-by-50-inch quilt are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the VFW Home on West St. Louis Avenue.
The drawing for the quilt will be held on Friday, July 4.

Reading program under way

Evans Public Library and McDonald’s invite local youth to sign up for the library’s summer reading program, "Paws to Read."
"Paws to Read" offers two reading programs this summer – one for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade, and one for students in junior high through newly graduated high school seniors.
Prizes will be awarded for reading throughout the summer, and three special programs will be offered during June at the library.
Sign up will run until school resumes in August. Children may sign up at any time throughout the summer.
For more information, call the library, 283-2824.

Pet supplies accepted for library fines

In celebration of its summer reading program, “Paws to Read,” Evans Public Library will be accepting donations of pet supplies in place of fines or lost book charges.
The library will collect donations through Aug. 19. All items will be donated to Second Chance Animal Rescue.
For every item donated, $1 in fines or charges will be removed. New or gently used items accepted include blankets, rawhides, food bowls, treats, leashes and collars.

VPD tells of electricity bill scam

The Vandalia Police Department notified residents on Tuesday of a scam in which people are told that they are behind on their electricity bills and that their power will be shut off if payment is not made.
The VPD reports that a number of local residents have received such calls.
Ameren has stated in the past that it does not try to collect overdue bills over the phone.

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