Brownstown-Sefton News

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By The Staff

Smoky, the Little Donkey…
…is wanting attention. His pen is running alongside the bluebell patch, and when I went out to pick some Bluebells for our HCE Board meeting, he came running to the fence to be petted.
After petting his ears for a few minutes, and continuing with my mission, I started back up the path and he ran along side me. Lady, the mini-mare, nickered at me, wanting a treat.
One day must be set aside just to pay attention to them and combing their coats, which are beginning to look shaggy as they are losing the winter version of their all-weather coats.
Smoky has a new halter to wear for Easter, but he needs to be groomed first. He has long shaggy “bangs” over his forehead in the wintertime and looks so cute.
Coming Events
Easter Egg Hunt…
… is set for Sunday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at the Brownstown Park, sponsored by the Brownstown First Christian Church. Ages categories: 2-4; 5-8; and 9-12.
Easter Sunday Services
• Brownstown First Christian Church SONrise service-6:30 a.m.; fellowship breakfast-7:15 a.m.; and resurrection worship-9:30 a.m. An Easter offering will be received during worship and will be used for a new roof on the parsonage. Family Sunday school is at 10:45 a.m., with classes for the whole family.
Note: There will not be a p.m. service at FCC on Sunday.
• Brownstown United Methodist Church and Emmanuel joint sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Brownstown Church, with breakfast to follow. Each will then have its own regular morning services.
ROSES and A TIP of the HAT
 The Brownstown Elementary School staff, leaders, teachers, etc., are to be commended for the interest exhibited for the students in bringing worthy educational and inspiring programs, outings and personalities to them.
Coming & Going
Catching up with the Puleos & Debbie
Ken and Wanda Puleo and Debbie McDonald helped little miss Honora McConkey celebrate her second birthday, which was March 26.
The Puleos and Debbie traveled to Salem on Sunday evening to see the Homecoming Choir at the First Baptist Church. Daughter Connie Meskil joined them there for the inspirational music and singing.
Afterward, they continued their visit over coffee and a bite to eat.
Club Members Eat Out
Following the HCE Board meeting on Monday Sefton Unit HCE members Flo Allen and Shirley Klitzing  joined fellow board members Anna Jean Rhodes, Anita Smith, Dorothy Harpster and Mary Smith for lunch at Denny’s in Vandalia.
Brownstown School News
Athlete Lance Brooks visits Brownstown Elementary
The students at Brownstown Elementary School were treated to an inspirational message that “dreams can come true for small-town kids,” when Lance Brooks visited the school.
He is a New Berlin High School graduate who is working his way to the summer Olympics this summer, with justified hopes of meeting his goal.
He is third in the USE and in the top 24 in the world at throwing the discus.
Students were allowed to purchase T-shirts and have the shirts signed by him to help support his journey to the Olympics.
He spoke to the students on achieving their dreams, even if they come from a small town just like he did.
Photos from the visit are in today's Education section.
Live Baby Chicks visit HCE Board Meeting
Five live baby chickens (originally from Rural King of Vandalia) visited the Home and Community Education Board meeting on Monday, March 26, at the Extension Office in Vandalia.
The chicks scratched, ate, drank their water and tweeted happily in their clear plastic “chicken run” in full view of the members during the meeting. Their visit revived memories of past days when most of the members raised baby chickens, some by the hundreds.
However none seemed inclined to repeat those experiences, in which a lot of work was involved.
Club President Flo Allen called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag.
Club Secretary Mary Smith called the roll and found the following present:  Anna Jean Rhodes-St.Elmo Unit; Anita Smith-Vandalia Day; Dorothy Harpster-St. Peter; Irene Reed, Mary Smith-Wrights Corner; Karen Hyde-Wheatland; and Flo Allen, Phyllis Pryor, Shirley Klitzing, Debbie Swain, Panzi Blackwell-Sefton.
Mary Smith read the February minutes. Treasurer Dorothy Harpster gave the financial report, which stood as read.
A brief discussion was held on the upcoming Get-Acquainted Day fundraiser meeting on April 12.
Also discussed were the preparations for the annual meeting and potluck at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia on June 19, with registration at 11 a.m.
Allen read an inspirational Easter poem, “Good Friday Dawning.”
Anna Jean Rhodes read a memorial notice for Patricia L .King, daughter of R.W. and Mary Smith.
Debbie Swain displayed the purse she made for the club’s contribution for a coming event.
Rhodes announced that the Fayette County Museum Open House is on Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Brownstown Teacher Talitha Wiedman Granted Tenure
The following personnel were employed for the 2012-13 school year:
Talitha Wiedman was granted tenure, and non-tenured teachers employed were: Kendra Houghtailing, Travis Redden, Vincent Rohr, Lisa Beck, Elizabeth Hastings, Brittany Kraft, Matthew Harris, Erin Drone and Emily Dees and Shannon Claycomb.
Also approve were: district bookkeeper/secretary/treasurer-Jacy Schaub; junior-senior high school secretary-Ashley Tower; elementary secretary-Shelly Thomason; full-time custodians-Evelyn Wells, Steve Waltrip and Jodi Winkler; full-time maintenance/custodian-Dave Arnold; full-time cooks-Linda Herrmann, Karen Portz and Diana Smith; part-time cook-Nikki Sidwell; bus Drivers-Danny Barker, David Portz, Mike Sefton, Robert Newcomb, Paul Parkison and Deb Hunter; school nurse-Sara Konrad; elementary library aide-Verla Reed; Title I aide-Kathy Brown; pre-kindergarten Aide-Heather Biggs; technology specialist-Randy Curll; and part-time secretary-Deb Hunter.
During the Brownstown Board of Education regular session on Wednesday, March 14, approval was given for the 2012-13 school year for: membership in the Illinois High School Association and the Illinois Elementary School Association; renewal of the intergovernmental agreement with SEPCO; and the proposed school calendar, with a starting date of Aug. 15 and an ending date of May 31, 2013.
Approval was also given for: intergovernmental agreement for Bond-Fayette-Effingham Regional Office of Education Programs (New Approach, ASPIRE, Focus and Tri-Star Schools, and Freshman Academy); and agreement with Go Solutions fee for service.
A first reading was conducted on the school board policy updates.
Brownstown United
Methodist Church
Pianist Bette Stolte played the prelude, “Were You There?,” as the congregation of the United Methodist Church gathered for Sunday morning worship. Bradley and Jaren Evans lighted the altar candles. Hubert Williams and Bradley Schwarm presented the offerings.
The birthday blessings song was sung to Marlys Thomas. Pastor Don Thomas delivered the sermon.
Jenna Townsend and Renna Kelly led the children’s fellowship and worship. Flo Allen led the adult class.
• Easter Sunday – Brownstown and Emmanuel Churches combined sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., with breakfast to follow. Each church will have its own regular church services.
• April 15-at 5 p.m. – Free Community potluck dinner at Brownstown UMC. Open to the public.
• April 19-7 p.m. – United Methodist Women meet.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church was greeted by Toby and Barb Tackett, and opened the service with songs of praise. Special music was contributed by the Sunday school kids. John Robinson delivered the message. Morgan Pryor led the Communion meditation.
Also serving: Laura Willms-Sunday school nursery; Marcia Pemberton-a.m. nursery; Billie and Abby Enlow-toddler worship; Brent & Janet Keyes-Quest-4-Christ; Toby Tackett, Bill Smith and Don Lovett.
• Sunday at 11:45 a.m.-Leadership (elders and deacons) potluck meal for the men and their families.
• April 7-Easter egg hunt for ages 2–12.
• Easter Sunday sunrise service and breakfast-6:30 a.m.; worship at 9:30 a.m.
• Bond Christian Camp needs 100 bags of chocolate chips, and the chapel needs cleaning. Donations may be left at the Welcome Center. Let Don Lovett know if you can help clean.