Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

A Pleasant, Countryside Excursion
… to the Shobonier area. Having heard rumors of a new Mennonite country store (the previous one which we had enjoyed visiting so much had been closed for some time), we drove through the countryside (which we always enjoy) and onto the St. Peter blacktop road, where we found the just- six-weeks-old country store.
The youthful-appearing owners, John and Christina Horst, were on hand, smiling and welcoming us as we were paying for our candy and bacon sizzlers. (The sizzlers aroma when they are cooking is so mouthwatering!)
As we entered the new building, we saw and heard several men at a table just seeming to be enjoying visiting. It was a relaxing, friendly atmosphere in a cheerful, very clean and neat dining area, with the tables covered in cheery tablecloths.
The adjoining market area was well-stocked with many various items, including groceries; decorative gift items; household needs of all kinds; large, melodic, outdoor chimes; handmade bonnets of all sizes; beautiful and sturdy woven rugs; art objects; beautiful, hand-crafted furniture; trash holders, chests, etc. The shelves and refrigerated meat/dairy sections held just about any staple (soaps, baking needs, sweets, cereals, etc.) needed for a home.    
Although the Horsts look very young, they have four children: Dakota, Tyler, Cassidy and Brendon, ranging from 5 years old up into teens. They serve lunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. daily (except Sunday), and we on the Homestead plan to visit the quaint little-big country store within those hours in the near future.
Blackie Hen’s Egg-Laying, Trauma-Induced Strike …
… is apparently over, as she surprised us with a freshly-laid egg yesterday, and again today. She and Rhonda, the red hen, are settled in like old friends now.
We think that Blackie’s witnessing of the terrible kidnapping by the red fox of her chick-hood friend, Anita Hen, which resulted in the permanent loss of her friend, caused her to go on strike or a grieve leave.
Rhonda has been good therapy for her and has encouraged her to continue with a productive life.
Backie’s comb is once again bright red, indicating she is again laying eggs. However, she still has not resumed crowing in the mornings, which is fine with us.
BES School News
School Closings
• SchoolReach will be used to notify parents of school closings due to weather. Call the school office to update any phone number changes. Local radio stations will also broadcast information.
• Spelling Bee is Friday – A school spelling bee for grades 4-6 is at 8:30 in the school cafeteria. Each classroom will hold a spelling bee prior to this date. The top two spellers from each class will compete in the school bee.
The school winner will then advance to the county bee in Mulberry Grove. Parents and family are invited to attend.
• Box Tops & Printer Cartridges – General Mills Box Tops for Education are being collected again this year. These can be found on many grocery items. Send these anytime throughout the month. On the last day of the month, the class that has collected the most box tops will be rewarded. They are worth 10 cents each, with the money that goes to the library to purchase books.
They are also collecting empty ink cartridges from printers.
Fayette County HCE Board Holds Meeting
Eleven officers were present for the first Fayette County Health and Community Education Board meeting of 2012, held at the Vandalia Extension Office at 10 a.m.
Club President Flo Allen opened the meeting with the pledge to the American flag. Secretary Mary Smith found the following present: from St. Elmo-Anna Jean Rthodes; Vandalia Day-Anita Smith; Wright’s Corner-Irene Reed, Mary Smith; St, Peter-Dorothy Harpster; Wheatland-Karen Hyde; Sefton-Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing, Phyllis Pryor, Panzi Blackwell and Debbie Swain.  
Mary Smith read the December minutes. Treasurer Dorothy Harpster gave the financial report and distributed a copy of the report to all present. Anna Jean Rhodes, second vice president, reported the Bingham-Ramsey Unit’s recent loss of a nursing home member, Geraldine Casey.
Debbie Swain, cultural enrichment, presented the assignments for the FCHCE Get-Acquainted Day, to be held April 12.
Sefton Unit is in charge of auction/entertainment; Vandalia Day & St. Peter-clean up; Wheatland, registration; Wright’s Corner-Bingham-Ramsey; food placement; and St. Elmo-door prizes.
Irene Reed announced she had 11 pounds of soda can tabs to give to McDonald’s. A photograph was taken of Reed and her son, Larry, presenting the tabs to McDonald’s Manager Jill Graumenz.
Allen read a letter regarding the IAHCE Annual State Conference (IAHCE Garden of Volunteers, to be held March 27-29 in Effingham.
Two delegates were to be elected to represent Fayette County HCE – Phyllis Pryor was selected and Debbie Swain volunteered to go.
A detailed agenda of the activities, information, instructions, and forms are in the last (December 2011) issue of the IAHCE newsletter. Allen went over some of the proposals the delegates will be voting on.
Allen also mentioned the April 29 “Women Walk the World.”
Allen also discussed the report to be submitted on the service projects performed by the club.
The letter announced that the HCE clubs will no longer be requested to bring centerpieces. They are encouraged to bring an item for the silent Auction. Fayette County chose to contribute an attractive, handbag with several compartments. Debbie Swain volunteered to make the handbag, with materials furnished by the club.
Anna Jean Rhodes gave two humorous readings. The meeting adjourned at 11 a.m.
Deb Hunter Hired as District Transportation Secretary
Deb Hunter was hired as the district transportation secretary for the 2011-12 school year during the Brownstown Board of Education meeting on Jan. 18. Also employed during the meeting were Ed Hall and Brian Pruett as co-fifth- and sixth-grade basketball coaches for the 2011-12 school year.
Approval was given for the following:
• Employment of the firm of Mose, Yockey, Brown and Kull of Shelbyville  to audit the district’s financial records for the 2011-12 school year.
• Doug Stover was appointed the Freedom of Information officer for the district.
• The board reviewed the tentative calendar for 2011-12.
Brownstown United Methodist Church
Pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship.
Carol Severns served as liturgist. Jarin Evans and Elaine Voelker lighted the altar candles. Pastor Don Thomas greeted the congregation, and shared the announcements and birthdays. The birthday blessings song was sung to Jarin Evans, Marge Harre, Argyle Orr and Marilyn Yakel.
Jeff and Jeffrey Kelly presented the tithes and offerings. Don Thomas delivered the sermon and led the prayer of blessing.
Postlude was by Jarin Evans and Elaine Voelker.
Jenna and Zach Townsend led the children’s worship and Sunday school.
Flo Allen led the adult Sunday school class.
• Wednesday Bible study group (Book of John) at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., led by Jim Green at the Brownstown Church.
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Chuck and Billie Enlow and led in songs of praise by Cathy Smith, Judy Pilger and Adrienne Smith, accompanied by Robin Smith, guitars-Walt Kinney, Chuck Enlow and James Schaible, and drums-Mitchell Smith.
Charlie Watson delivered the message. Morgan Pryor led the Communion meditation.
Also serving: Sunday school nursery-Laura Willms; a.m. nursery-Marcia Pemberton; toddler worship-Barb Tackett, Abby Enlow;  Quest-4-Christ-Larry and Judy Pilger, and team; and Communion to shut-ins-Don Lovett & Charlie Watson.
• Beth Moore ladies study meets Thursday at 7 p.m.
• New Men’s group meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. In a new study, “Courageous Living.” All are welcome.
• Ladies Fellowship January meeting-Sunday at 5:45 p.m. at church.