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By The Staff

Pete, The Missouri Dog, Update
In answer to inquiries by our readers:  A phone call from Missouri was received by the Homestead this week from Pete’s owner and buddy, Bill’s brother, Joe Blackwell.   
As our readers know, Pete, the Missouri dog, stayed with us recently when Bill’s brother Joe traveled out west to visit relatives. Joe seemed a little hesitant when leaving, and he said several times, “Now don’t spoil my dog – he is an outside dog,” a caution that we felt was totally unnecessary. Would we do that?
Happily, Joe returned safely, and the reunion between him and Pete was touching, as man and his best friend, his dog, were together again.
Pete jumped into the car, and the two headed out for their Missouri country home, arriving back home safely.
However, this week’s telephone  conversation began with Joe’s  words, “I thought you were kidding” (referring to the this newspaper’s column, in which updates of Pete’s stay on the Homestead (i.e., coming into the air-conditioning, his fondness  for sitting on the couch, in the air conditioning, and watching “Lassie” on TV,  Denny’s Restaurant steak meals deliveries to Pete, scented bubble baths in our bathtub and Pete’s preference for heated bath towels, etc., etc. ) were provided to Joe faithfully.
This was done with a little added, imaginary, picturesque embellishment, so Joe would know his dog was being well-taken care of and that, although Pete  missed his master, he was doing fine.
After the phone call opening remark, Joe continued, telling of Pete’s changed personality and behavior.
Joe had left his front door ajar while going outside. He came in to find Pete sitting on the couch, apparently watching television in the coolness of the air conditioning. (If Lassie wasn’t on TV at the time, he was probably watching King, the Alaskan dog, or Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.)
As Pete had never before entered the house, naturally Joe thought we had spoiled him. We assured Joe that we had not let him watch TV, nor did he come in the house, but we feel our credibility was questioned.
We just think that Pete loves Joe and wants to be near him. We did assure Joe that Pete’s “motel quarters” had been cleaned by the upstairs maid and ready for him should he return for a visit.
News Needed
We know the churches are busy with their Vacation Bible Schools right now, and we are looking forward to receiving your VBS activities and programs.
“Coffee in the Courtyard” …
… at Brookstone  Estates in Vandalia is next Thursday at 8 a.m.
Tables and chairs will be set up in the courtyard amidst the serene garden setting of lovely flowers. Coffee, fruit juice, fresh fruit and doughnuts will be served. The public is invited by the residents and staff.   
First Baptist Church Presents …
“Stars and Stripes,” a patriotic musical program, on Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Supper at 4:30 p.m. at the church, followed by a puppet show, “Puppets for Jesus,” by the First UMC of Peoria this Saturday. Open to public for all ages.
Area Vacation Bible Schools
First Christian Church
June 4, 4-6 p.m., and June 5-9, 6 to 8:15 p.m. nightly.
Special activities for grades 6-8. Contact Ashton Smith for more info, 367-5185.
Liberty Christian Church
“Maker Fun Factory” – June 19-22, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For ages pre-K (potty trained)-age 5, through sixth grade.
The van will pick up and drop off in the Brownstown High School parking lot every evening at 6:15 and 8:45 p.m.
Brownstown Alumni Reunion 2017 …
… at the Vandalia Moose Lodge 1448, Saturday, July 15. Get your reservations in; the last day will be July 8.   
Due to phone scams in the area, if you call for information about the reunion, leave a message; scammers have out-of-state numbers, so if the number is not recognized, the call won’t be answered.
Dinner is $15 per person; make checks payable to: Brownstown Alumni Association. Return reservation in envelope addressed: Brownstown Alumni Association, PO Box 344, Brownstown, Ill. 62418.
Evening program (subject to change) – 3:30 p.m., visitation; 5:30 p.m., be seated; 5:45 p.m., Presentation of colors by Brownstown VFW Post 9770, introduction of Brownstown Fire Department, Pledge of Allegiance and prayer; 6 p.m.-Dinner
7:30-8 p.m., business meeting; 8 p.m., class pictures, with visitation after. Band has been canceled due to lack of interest.
Alumni Committee – Bettie Dowell Scott, ’61, 267-3637 bi6scott@gmail.com; Carleen (Washburn) Bingaman,’61; Deanne (Holding) Miller, ’59; and Joellen (Stine) Frailey ’59.     
Food Pantry for June
Items needed are two cans of any kind of soup, one box of crackers, one jar of peanut butter. Anything would be appreciated.  
If you have any extra jars with lids, and quart and gallon plastic bags, Helping Hands Ministry Food Program could use some.
Special request – The last Sunday of each month, each church is asked to donate canned goods for the food pantry, as they are greatly needed.  
Brownstown United
Methodist Church Announcements
• Saturday at 6:15 p.m.-United Methodist Day at Busch Stadium. Sponsored by United Methodist Men.
Golden Years Building Update
The walls are in place and awaiting the “raising of the roof,” which in this case, will be good (not the trouble-making meaning), and the members are enthused about the progress.
Golden Years Met …
… on Tuesday, June 13, for its potluck meeting, with 25 members and guests present. The club president, Pastor Don Thomas, welcomed all and asked the Reverend Budlove to ask the blessing for the potluck meal.
Thomas then invited those celebrating June birthdays and anniversaries to be served first from the potluck tables.
Following the meal and completion of the kitchen cleanup, Thomas called the meeting to order and asked the club treasurer, Donnie Smail, to give the financial report.
Smail reported on bills received and paid, of donations toward the new building and of the club’s financial standing regarding the building fund and club’s finances.
Progress on the new building was given, of accomplishments so far and of future jobs to be done as scheduled, pending weather or possible unforeseen delays.
All present seemed pleased with developments and progress thus far.
Thomas then invited any comments, announcements, stories, jokes or poems.
Thomas invited all to a supper and puppet show at the  Brownstown UMC. Loyce Becker read several items from a humorous book, and Thomas read several jokes.
DeeDee Diveley was presented with a special award for her care for a wild creature family by providing food for them.
Thomas recognized Flo Allen for being the recipient of the Fayette HCE’s award as Homemaker of the Year.
The next Golden Years potluck meeting will be Tuesday at noon.