St. Elmo Area News

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By Anna Jean Rhodes


Wednesday, Sept. 1
• Wright’s Corner Unit HCE, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, Sept. 2
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., home of Sandra Lovett.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., rural home of Tammy Lash. Members can meet at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church to share rides. The program will be given by Lash on Kitchen Designs.
Friday, Sept. 3
• Items for the Community Consignment Auction can be taken to the St. Elmo Community Park, starting at 7 a.m. Cars, trucks, mowers, everything will be accepted except clothing. If you have questions, you can call Greg at Bradford Supply, 829-3240.
Saturday, Sept. 4
• Community Consignment Auction, 10 a.m., St. Elmo Community Park (Avena Township), behind the swimming pool.
Sunday, Sept. 5
• Hopper Reunion at the Loudon Town House. Beverages and table service will be provided for the potluck meal at noon. If you have questions, you can call Barb Shelton at 217-821-8203.
• Gospel band, 6 p.m., Fourth and Main streets, across from the Fayette County Bank.
Monday, Sept. 6
• Firemen-sponsored pancake and sausage breakfast, 6-9:30 a.m., St. Elmo Firehouse.
• First Church of God bake sale (cakes, cookies, candies, pies, breads, etc.), 8 a.m., in the S.H.E.D. Complimentary coffee. Barbecue sandwiches, brats, hot dogs, nachos, nachos supreme, chips, water and tea will be available after the parade.
• The concession stands, flea market and booths will open at 9 a.m. There will be pony rides all day.
• Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. – from high school south on Walnut, east on Second, north on Main and east on Fourth. Parade ends at bank.
• Children’s games, beginning at noon.
• Parade winners, and prince and princess will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at Fifth and Main.
• Bingo, sponsored by the St. Elmo Business Association, 1-5 p.m., corner of Fifth and Main.
• Singing Strings at Fourth and Main bank lot, 1-2:30 p.m.
• Watermelon and pumpkin weigh-in, 1-3 p.m., at Fourth and Main bank lot.
• Watermelon eating and seed spitting contests, 3 p.m., Fourth and Main.
• Effingham County Sportsman’s Club Cowboy Re-enactors at the bank.
• Cake walk held by St. Elmo Lions Club, 5:30 p.m.  The club will appreciate all donated cakes (money raised will go to a St. Elmo High School scholarship). Cakes can be taken to Mary Ann’s Restaurant after 3 p.m., or contact a Lions Club member for pickup, if necessary.
• Citizen of the Year will be announced at 6:15 p.m.
• Jeff Higginson Band, 6:30-9 p.m., on the corner of Fifth and Main.
• SEBA 50/50 drawing will be held at 8 p.m.; winner need not be present. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each or six for $5.
• In case of rain, all musical performances will be held in the S.H.E.D. on the corner of Fifth and Walnut streets.
Tuesday, Sept. 7
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p. m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall.
• St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Wednesday, Sept. 8
• Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building. This is the set meeting date for September for the board.
Thursday, Sept. 9
• Lunch Bunch, noon, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5-6:30 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Educational Center, Charleston.
• St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110, Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
St. Elmo Swimming Pool
The St. Elmo Swimming Pool will be open for the last time this season on Labor Day afternoon, and there will be free swimming.
The pool has had a successful summer this year, even though, because of work having to be done on it, it opened about the middle of June.
Bail Obituary
Kent Bail, age 80, of Leavenworth, Kan., and formerly of St. Elmo, was found dead in his home Aug. 21. His body is to be cremated and the remains to be buried in the National Cemetery at Leavenworth. A memorial service for this area will be announced later.
Kent was born Jan. 12, 1930, to Fred and Harriet (Fletcher) Bail and is a 1947 graduate of the St. Elmo High School.
Survivors include: sons, Randall of Leavenworth, Kan., and Dennis of Missouri, and sisters, Mrs. R.W. (Mary) Smith and Mrs. Ronald (Karel) Ragsdale, both of St. Elmo.
Previously deceased family members were his parents and his brothers, Dale Bail and Dean Bail.
Newberrys Visit in Indiana
Dee and Leatha Newberry went to Carmel, Ind., to help their granddaughter celebrate her first birthday. Her birthdate is Aug. 23, but a party, with cake and ice cream, was held for her at her home the afternoon of Aug. 22. She is the daughter of Sam and Amy Newberry, and has a half sister, Payton, age 13; stepbrother, Joseph, age 10; and stepsister, Caroline, age 8. Also present were Amy Newberry’s sister, Christy and her family.
RNA Achievement Dinner
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 held an achievement dinner at Mary Ann’s Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 25.
Oliver Wright of St. Elmo asked the meal blessing. Others present were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Clement Lilly, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Larry Reed, Marjorie Sarver, Bill and Della Stewart, Betty Wright and Laverne and Leona Wright, all of St. Elmo; Shirley Smith of Altamont; and Marsha Lilly-Wright of Beecher City.
For having a birthday closest to the day of the dinner, Brown won the door prize of a manicure set.
Discussion was on the Labor Day parade. Also discussed was the Nation to Neighbors program. All requests are to be mailed by Sept. 30.
RNA will join with Neighborhood Watch for a wiener roast at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Loudon Town House. RNA will furnish hot dogs, buns, beverages and table service. Everyone attending is asked to take a covered dish to share.
The next RNA meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the Phillips Building.
Fayette County HCE
Several hundred people attended the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education District 6 and District 7 all-day meeting held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.
District 6 has 17 counties and District 7 has 18 counties. State HCE officers did the officer workshops on the state theme “Unmasking the Possibilities.”
Attending from Fayette County were county HCE Board members President Flo Allen of the Sefton Unit, Co-First Vice Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit and Irene Reed of the Wright’s Corner Unit, Treasurer Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit, family issues chairwoman Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit, and international and cultural enrichment chairwoman Shirley Klitzing and public relations chairwoman Panzi Blackwell, both of the Sefton Unit. Other HCE members attending were Carrie Hill of the Vandalia Day Unit and Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit.
The afternoon speaker from the University of Illinois extension gave a lesson on credit.
District 6 Director, Debbie Borries of Effingham, had a meeting with the counties.
Before the meeting adjourned, a door prize was given to each county. Shirley Klitzing won a chip dish that had a jar of homemade salsa in the center, two jars of dips and two bags of chips all wrapped in purple cellophane.
Each county took a door prize and they were used for centerpieces on the round tables. Fayette County took a basket of greens holding a comic jester – Fayette doesn’t know what county won it.
The state HCE theme for the next year is “Circus Extravaganza.”
At the county board meeting held the morning of Aug. 23 at the Vandalia Extension Office were Allen, Pryor, Harpster, Smith, Klitzing, Blackwell, Hill, Hyde and Joyce Moore of the Wheatland Unit and Karen Denning of the St. Elmo Unit.
Officers who went to the district meeting gave reports on their workshops.
Discussed was a county HCE raffle. Each unit will be given tickets to sell and the winner’s name will be drawn before Christmas. More will be given on this later.
Each unit was given a simple dress pattern to make very simple little dresses for African children age 3-12.
Sefton Unit reported it has signed up to help the Vandalia Rehabilitation Center with bingo gifts. The unit will donate small inexpensive items for bingo.
Klitzing announced that the annual International Potluck will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the St. Elmo Phillips Building. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. and the meal at 6 p.m. The Rev. John Eisfelder, pastor of the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church, will give a program on Israel.
Committees are as follows:  Decorating, St. Elmo Unit; registration, Sefton Unit; beverages, Wright’s Corner Unit; arrange food on the table, Vandalia Day Unit; and cleanup, St. Peter, Bingham/Ramsey and Wheatland units.
Allen is to co-sign the treasurer’s card at the Vandalia First National Bank.
Announcements:  the second week in October is HCE Week; the past and present officers of the board will go to The Depot at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 25, for the fall get-together.
Quarterly HCE county newsletters for October, November and December were given to the units to give to each HCE unit member.
Allen, Klitzing and Harpster stayed after the meeting to audit the county office books, then they joined Pryor, Smith and Denning at the Vandalia Los Amigos for lunch.
Friendship Manor
August birthdays were celebrated at Friendship Manor Nursing Home the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 18, with balloons, birthday cake and ice cream. Residents having August birthdays are Don Hall, Harold Hall, Nina Oertwig, Annabelle Shelton and Jay Welker. There also are 10 employees with August birthdays.
A special activity this month was “By the Sea.” Residents went out by the pool and from a tape heard sounds of seagulls and ocean breezes, had mist sprayed on them, etc., and felt like they were in another era.
Activities this month also included the following:  Courtyard conversing, fun with food,  Sundae Monday, bingo (Tuesdays and Saturdays mornings), balloon ball (each Tuesday afternoon), word search (each day), watermelon Wednesdays, salad bar one day, dominoes (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays evenings), pet visits several mornings each week, gazebo gab, social hour (each Friday afternoon), shopping cart one afternoon, sit and be fit (three mornings each week before breakfast), and residence council.
Each Sunday afternoon, there is a worship service from a church, Thursday mornings there is a devotion service, Pastor Vail gives a program the second and fourth Thursday evenings and Tom Thoele the fourth Thursday afternoon. There also is a sing-along each Wednesday morning.
Entertainment in August was by the following: Mary Ann Price sings and Pee Wee Denton at the piano, each on a different afternoon, and the Prairieland Pickers one evening.
Also, residents do enjoy having area friends, and family, visit with them during the afternoons.
St. Elmo HCE
Several members of the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education thought they could go to the House of Plenty at Highland for lunch on Aug. 26, but, for various reasons, some could not make it, so only three went. They were Karen Wegscheid (who drove), Karen Denning and Noma Moore.
After having a good meal, they visited the nearby Chocolate Shop and Rosemary’s Fabrics and several shops downtown.
Whitler Obituary
Eugene Louis Whitler, age 72, of St. Charles, Mo., and formerly of Vandalia, died on Aug. 21 at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles, MO. A private family funeral and burial was held Aug. 26 at Jefferson Barracks.
He was the first child born to Gene and Mary Whitler and was born June 14, 1938, in San Diego, CA when Gene was in the Navy. Gene and Mary Whitler are deceased, but were been former St. Elmo residents.
He is survived by his wife, Judy of St. Charles, Mo.; and children, David of Silex, MO, Lisa and Paul of Phoenix, Ariz.
Lions Club
On Labor Day, the St. Elmo Lions Club will have the annual cake walk, and all proceeds, as in the past, will be used for the St. Elmo High School scholarship. The walk will start at 5:30 p.m. on Main Street.
Any cake donation would be greatly appreciated and can be delivered to Mary Ann’s Restaurant after 3 p.m. on Sept. 6 or contact a Lions Club member for pickup, if necessary.
Lions Club Labor Day Parade update also was part of the business during the club meeting held the evening of Aug. 23 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. President Dave Maxey opened the meeting by leading in the pledge of allegiance.
August 30 was the cutoff date for the $2 entry fee for parade participants. Registration will be available the day of the parade for a fee of $5.
The eight categories will be judged with a first place in each category receiving a $50 cash prize. The parade theme is “United in Labor” commemorating the Labor Day celebration. Dewey and Elizabeth Bail will be the parade marshals.
In addition to Maxey those present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Pee Wee Denton (who gave the meal blessing), Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Charles Moore, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.