Peregrine (lornakismet) - I have a private blog as well as my public ones. I just tried out Skeptical theme to see what might be happening and you're quite right: the three most recent posts appear in the footer area. I looked at all the settings, including theme options, widgets, and looked also on the all posts page and the post editor pages for them to see if any were set to sticky, and they're not.
So... either they are meant to be there because that's how the theme has been designed, or it's a problem with the theme that could be sorted out by staff. What I would suggest is that you contact staff about it when they come back after the weekend. Alternatively - just change to a different theme.
By the way, I tried Raincoaster's suggestion of putting a widget in there to see if it would clear it and it didn't. I tried it in the footer widget areas and I tried it in the side panel. Same three recent posts still show. I think it's the theme itself, because it's actually above the footer widget areas.
This is a link to WordPress's demo of Skeptical theme: http://skepticaldemo.wordpress.com/ If you scroll down the page there you'll see the featured posts. Bear in mind that it's only a demo blog with that theme. (You can find demos of all the other themes via the Themes Showcase: http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/
I know that in the theme description for Skeptical it says one can set a maximum of three featured posts, but I can't personally see anywhere that these can be changed, unless it has to be done via CSS and, if so, then I can't advise you.
By the way, all the people who are helping you on this forum, apart from any staff who might help later, are volunteers. And volunteers are not going to give you their email addresses, particularly not on the forum.