https://www.leaderunion.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Isaac Hill map is discovered https://www.leaderunion.com/content/isaac-hill-map-discovered <p> It was three weeks ago when my son brought the telephone to me. &ldquo;Someone wants to know about the Isaac Hill map,&rdquo; he said, as I reached for the phone.<br /> The caller identified himself as Mike Deschais of Lansing, Calif., and he asked what I knew about the Isaac Hill map.&nbsp; Well, as it happens, I know a lot.&nbsp;<br /> I began to tell him of the two maps and accompanying ledgers, and of Jack Cole, in whose custody they had been.<br /> Following Jack&rsquo;s death in the early 1970s, the maps disappeared. I first saw the maps in 1986.<br /> The Way We Were https://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-238 <p> 30 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1989 &ndash; Delbert Maroon was sworn in as regional Superintendent of Schools for Bond, Fayette and Effingham counties.<br /> Trent Kull, a 1985 graduate of Vandalia Community High School, graduated to the rank of second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.<br /> South Central High School personnel were getting ready for their first school year. The South Central District was formed by consolidating the Farina LaGrove and Kinmundy-Alma districts. Joe Ross is superintendent.<br /> Banks of the Okaw https://www.leaderunion.com/content/banks-okaw-285 <p> No photo this week.<br /> This week&rsquo;s Scrambler: trebte ot soel eth hnrcoa atnh eht owelh isph.<br /> Can you unscramble it? If so, call The Leader-Union, 283-3374, by 5 p.m. next Monday.<br /> Last week&#39;s Scrambler: If the idea is good, it will survive defeat. It may even survive victory.<br /> Unscrambling it were: Wanda Green, RuthAnn Garrison, Elizabeth Kasten, Cy Locke, Mary Cripe, Carol Behrends, Wayne Purtilar, Ed and Doris Young, Roger Mosley, Terry Martin, Larry and Joyce Cable, Lyle and Eula Haslett, and Edith Elliott.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Work day good for more than one reason https://www.leaderunion.com/content/work-day-good-more-one-reason <p> Some of our local services clubs have seen their membership numbers decrease in recent years. Other service clubs are no longer in existence. What&#39;s needed is a way of showing the value and importance of community service, particularly to our younger generation.<br /> One way that can be done was on display on Saturday when about 35 Vandalia Community High School students, along with about a dozen parents, worked on the three school campuses.<br /> Recycling not feasible now https://www.leaderunion.com/content/recycling-not-feasible-now <p> While some Vandalia residents are pleased that their water bills have dropped $1 a month, others are disappointed that the service for that surcahrges is gone.<br /> And it doesn&#39;t look like that&#39;s going to change.<br /> The city council&#39;s cemetery and landfill committee held a meeting on the recycling issue after there were concerns about losing the program, to again explain FAYCO&#39;s reasons for discontinuing the program.<br /> This time, they had the city&#39;s trash collector, Doty Sanitation, explain their status with recycling.<br /> Finding location of Hill's Fort https://www.leaderunion.com/content/finding-location-hills-fort <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug1_2019_linda_forthills.jpg" alt="A rendering of Hill&#039;s Fort by John Coleman of Greenville" title="A rendering of Hill&#039;s Fort by John Coleman of Greenville" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> It is the fall of 1812, Hill&rsquo;s Fort, Illinois Territory. The rangers are inside the fort and preparations are being made for the evening meal. It has been a nerve-wracking day. A band of warriors, Pottawatomi maybe, have spent the day harassing the soldiers.</p> Vandalia Memories https://www.leaderunion.com/content/vandalia-memories-124 <img src="https://www.leaderunion.com/sites/www.leaderunion.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/aug1_2019_memories_bridge.jpg" alt="Steve Jerden posted this photo of the bridge over the Illinois Central Railroad tracks on Johnson Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, next to The Leader-Union and United Cities Gas." title="Steve Jerden posted this photo of the bridge over the Illinois Central Railroad tracks on Johnson Street between Fifth and Sixth streets, next to The Leader-Union and United Cities Gas." align="left" hspace="6" /> The Way We Were https://www.leaderunion.com/content/way-we-were-237 <p> 30 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1989 &ndash; The Fifth Saturday Celebration in Vandalia included a Civil War encampment, art show, craft show, Christian music festival, classic car cruise and biathlon.<br /> Robert Burnside was honored for 50 years in the practice of law during the annual meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association.<br /> <br /> 35 Years Ago<br /> <br /> 1984 &ndash;&nbsp; DRGs (Diagnosis Related Group systems) caused changes at Fayette County Hospital, but quality of care was kept the same.<br />