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American Soybean Association teams with FarmLink

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

The American Soybean Association (ASA) and FarmLink are teaming up to help farmers close the $11 billion gap between what they harvested in 2013 and what they could harvest annually. The two organizations are launching a first-of-its-kind partnership called “Operation Benchmark” that gives producers the opportunity to benefit from FarmLink’s unique benchmarking capability and at the same time supports ASA and state association grower initiatives. The program is available nationally

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  • Wenzel to receive top award from MoSGA

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Teresa Wenzel

    The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) announced Teresa Wenzel, member of the Vandalia Area Historical Society, will be a recipient of the MoSGA Director’s Award to be presented at the state’s annual conference in Columbia on August 1-2, 2014. The MoSGA Director’s Award is given to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the field of genealogy and family history over an extended period of time. Webster defines genealogy

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  • Two oil paintings donated to VAHS by Morris family

    Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Shown, from left: Charlene Teague (Museum Director), Paul Ray,  and Karen Morris.

    The Vandalia Area Historical Society recently received a generous donation from Ron and Karen Morris of Vandalia –two framed oil painting portraits of Ron’s uncle and grandfather; Rual and Roz Morris.  These two stunning portraits once hung in the Vandalia State Bank located at 200 South Main.  Ronald Roz Morris is the son of Raymond and Murryl Morris. Rual and Roz were former Presidents of the Vandalia State Bank from

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Sports

Gatson, Westminster named No. 1 in the nation

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Last year, the Lady Jays basketball team from Westminster College set a goal of being number one in the nation academically. Today, the team was notified by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) that they achieved this high honor. The Lady Jays achieved a 3.642 combined grade point average – the highest GPA for any NCAA Division III women’s basketball team in the country – for the 2013-14 school year.

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  • Students complete swimming lessons

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    SPORTS---SWIM

    The second session of swim lessons took place from July 4-10 with the following students: Jordan Trainor, Emily Smith, Royce Wilkinson, Bryanna Stanich, Ronnie Stanich, Emma Francis, Gunnar Long, Jaykob Green, Erin Childs, Ty Evans, Dalton Dameron, Dalton Trainor, Arianna Shuck, Ryen Hanson, Aaron McBride, Jayden Kurz, Jackson, Andrew Myers, and Ennis Childs.

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  • Tri-County Saddle Club

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    The Tri-County Saddle Club hosted two horse shows during the month of June. The Youth Round Up was held on Saturday, June 14. Many participated making for a very successful day. The monthly show was held on Saturday, June 21 at 2 p.m. There was a good turn out, but due to weather conditions, the show was cut short. Class placings were as follows: Senior Halter 1 tie) Jessie Meyer;

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Lifestyles

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Calcaterra – Peloquin Wedding

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Kathryn Noel Calcaterra and Kurt Nelson Peloquin were married on June 15, 2014 at Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, N.Y. The service was officiated by the couple’s close friend Colin Sims. The bride is the daughter of Ruth and Dennis Calcaterra of Vandalia, Mo. She is the granddaughter of Mary Jane Lane and the late Noel P. Lane of Edwardsville, Ill. and of Grace Calcaterra and the late Attilio

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  • Births

    Posted on August 6, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Annabelle Paige Davis was born on June 23, 2014 to Joe Davis and Liz Shinn at Hannibal Regional Hospital. She is the granddaughter of Janice Davis, of Vandalia, along with Terry and Ann Shinn, of Philadelphia, Mo.

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  • Seeley Reunion

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    The Seeley Reunion was held Sunday, July 27. Members of the Seeley family met on Sunday, July 27 for their annual reunion. The group shared a carry-in lunch at the Farber Community Building. Those attending were Peggy and Payton Warfield; Ruth Caldwell; June Caldwell; Dorothy Moore; Randy Moore; Cassidy Moore; Jalin and Parker Moore; Lawrence and Frances Troesser; Bonnie and Gene Seeley; Alma Mitchell; Stacie Smithee, Jaden, Kylee, and Lydia;

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Pet Stories

Mick Hayden with a young barn owl.

Effort with barn owls bearing fruit in Vandalia area

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

-submitted by Mick Hayden During the summer of 2013 I was greatly encouraged that our initial attempt at re-establishing barn owls in the surrounding area was bearing fruit. Four young owls were born in a nest box on the Rachel Kohl farm southeast of Vandalia. Jeff Meshach, the director of the World Bird Sanctuary, and I were able to band the youngsters before they fledged. The bands are lightweight aluminum

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  • Squirrel uses flag for nest

    Posted on March 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    PHOTO---SQUIRREL

    Vandalia’s Ted Hesse had been missing a large portion of an American Flag that was once on a pole attached to the front of his porch. Apparently, a squirrel removed the flag when it was laying on his porch’s roof and it now resides inside a nest at the top of a tree in his front yard.

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  • New generation of Barn Owls make home in area

    Posted on August 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Barn owl close up.

    In May of 2012, four young Barn Owls were released in an attempt to re-establish a population of birds that are all but gone from eastern Missouri. This was done with the help and cooperation of three parties. The World Bird Sanctuary of Valley Park, Mo. raised the young owls from captive breeding pairs and brought them, three females and one male, to the farm of Rachel Kohl in rural

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Citizen's Journalism

Lilley finishes CAGA course work

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Nathan Lilley, Clarksville, has just returned from St. Louis, having successfully completed coursework in personal property appraisal at the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA). Certification was awarded to Lilley, along with a number of fellow appraisers from the United States and Canada. The concentrated course is conducted by CAGA, North America’s largest trainer of personal property appraisers. Training included lectures and workshops featuring prominent appraisers from America and Canada.

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  • Vandalia Rotary Club holds Tractor Cruise

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    Brian Snodgrass at the beginning of the event.

    Thirty-five tractor drivers braved dusty roads and fresh blacktop to participate in the Annual Rotary Tractor Cruise. The cruise left the Vandalia Area Fairgrounds going east to Amish country. They stopped at Waggler’s Bakery for hot cinnamon rolls and then on to Eicher Brothers Cabinet Shop for a tour. They then headed west to Eicher’s Store and Footwear (middle photo) for a group photo in front of the store (top

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  • Mel Elzea to be guest speaker for VAHS

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Mel Elzea

    Mel Elzea, a native Vandalian, will be the guest speaker at the Vandalia Area Historical Society meeting on Friday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. Elzea says that he has fond memories of his hometown and has written a book entitled “All About m.e.” His career includes 14 years in the broadcast television industry, nine and a half years in pioneering broadcast FM radio and 25 years originating mobile units for

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Education

Genealogical Society Meeting

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm

The Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society will hold their third meeting of the year on Saturday, August 23 at 10 a.m., at the Mexico-Audrain County Library, Mexico. The Library is located at 305 W. Jackson Street. Nancy Brummer, president of the Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society, will bring the meeting to order at 10 a.m. on the lower level of the Library.  The room can be found by using the front door

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  • Laddonia holds All-School Reunion

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    On Saturday, July 26, 2014, at the American Legion Hall south of Laddonia, 45 were in attendance for the 12th All-Class Reunion of the “old” Laddonia School. Twenty-eight were former students and 17 were guests. This may seem like a small number but is quite impressive since the school closed in 1953. Dorothy Ross Sisson was the organizer. With the help of her two nieces, Vera Ross Hayden, of Vandalia,

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  • Exchange Student Information

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Vandalia for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. as part of the International High School Exchange. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year. Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate

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Volunteering

Historical Society to sponsor Corn Husking Contest for Prairie Days

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 1:25 pm

President Paul Ray opened the August 15 meeting of the Vandalia Area Historical Society by asking each of those present to name their “must see” TV program. This was unexpected and generated some interesting answers and comments. Then Charlene Teague reported the following donations. Carolyn McBride donated a copy of “The History and Families of Ralls County.” Vicki Hopke donated a centennial dress worn by her mother, Betty Davis. Theresa

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  • Agape House Meeting Minutes

    Posted on July 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    The board of directors of Agape House in Vandalia, in its July 22 meeting, set Sunday, October 12, as the date for the 10th anniversary celebration and open house. Former managers, board members, construction team, and donors are to be invited, along with the public. A brief program will review history of the facility, as well as recognition of those significant in its construction and operation. In other business, the

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  • Davis attends 123rd Congress

    Posted on July 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Joy Davis

    “Joy Davis, Susanna Randolph Chapter Regent, attended the 123rd Continental Congress of the National Daughters of the American Revolution, June 23-29, in Washington, D.C. Mary Davis Petersen, associate member of the Susanna Randolph Chapter and member of the Priscilla Alden Chapter in Iowa, attended as well.  Both ladies served as delegates of their chapters. Attended events included the National Vice Chairmen’s Association Dinner, the Heritage Club Luncheon, the Junior Membership

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