St. Elmo Area News

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By The Staff

By Anna Jean Rhodes

Wednesday, Oct. 20
• CHILL Youth, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
• Kids’ Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, Oct. 21
• Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class annual fish fry and potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church fellowship hall.
Friday, Oct. 22
• Haunted Trails in the St. Elmo Deken Park, located just west of the high school, will be open from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All proceeds will go to benefit the park. For more information you can check out their Facebook page at Deken Hauntedtrails or contact Christy Hall at 217-689-3717.
Saturday, Oct. 23
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784 Make a Difference Day. The members will collect items for the Vandalia Pregnancy Center. Della Stewart is president of the RNA.
• An open house will be held at the Emmanual Methodist Church to see a brand-new look and addition. The open house will start at 2 p.m. and continue until visitors quit coming. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Directions to the church: turn north at Bluff City and go to the T road; turn right and the church is on the next corner.
• Haunted Trails at Deken Park, 7-10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 24
• The last gospel sing for this year at the First Assembly of God Church will be held from 3-4 p.m. Richard Tucker and Gerald Young will be leading in the music. This is open to St. Elmo and the surrounding area. Anyone who likes the hymns of the church will enjoy this hour of worship and song.
Monday, Oct. 25
• The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• Past and Present Officers of the Fayette County HCE Board, 11 a.m., The Depot in Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., in the basement of the Vandalia First National Bank.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
• St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, Oct. 27
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, Oct. 28
• Fayette County Home and Community Education International Night will be held at the Phillips Building, St. Elmo. Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. and a potluck is at 6 p.m. The program on the Holy Land will be presented by  John Eisfelder, pastor of St. Elmo First United Methodist Church. All interested are welcome to attend.
Future Event
• The St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769 will have a chili supper on Friday, Oct. 29, starting at 6 p.m. to raise funds for the December charities and the scholarship fund.

American Legion
At the American Legion Post #420 meeting held the evening of Oct. 12 at the Legion Home, a report was given on the Sept.19 Bass Tournament the post sponsored.
There were five boats on Lake Nellie. The winner was Owen Karnes of Brownstown, and he received $168. Karnes also was the winner of the biggest fish contest and received another $50.
A light has been installed at the end of the American Legion Home to light the flag on a pole and the memorial stones for Short Zander and Harry Zander.
Those present at the meeting were Charles Bosomworth, John Crawford, Xon Hanna, Clement Lilly, Ernie Myers, Jack Sproat, Max Watson and Laverne Wright.
Avena Park Board
Present for the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of Oct. 13 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building were all of the board members – Daryl Calvert, Greg Haslett, Rob Mars, Buddy Mitchell, Tony Porter, Janice Russell and Janni Wright.
When time allows, it will take about another hour to finish the winterizing of the St. Elmo Swimming Pool.
The bid for a Rudd furnace was accepted. The new furnace soon will be installed in the Centennial Building. A new central air system was installed this summer.
After the first of the year, plans call for a new kitchen and bathroom remodeling.
Santa Claus will be in the Centennial Building at the St. Elmo Community Park from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, and refreshments will be served. People in the community who would like to donate cookies or brownies should have them at the Centennial Building by 1 p.m. that Saturday.
Lunch Bunch
A small group was present for the Lunch Bunch that met at noon Oct.14 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. They were Gene and Avis Clark of Salem, Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning of St. Elmo. Porter provided an apple for a treat for each one.
Library Board
The St. Elmo Public Library District Board met the evening of Oct.14 in the St. Elmo Public Library. After approving the minutes of the September meeting and paying the bills, the board was told that the Brownstown Branch Library had received a $1,000 grant from Wal-Mart.
OSHA checked the Brownstown Branch and all was OK except for one outlet that was wired upside down behind the desk. It has to be fixed by Nov. 7.
The Beecher City Branch Library is having a dinner and auction on Nov. 6 as a fundraiser. Many items already have been donated for the auction.
The grant for the Beecher City Branch Library will not be for $50,000. If the library gets it, the amount will be reduced.
The St. Elmo Public Library will host the Bissell Mansion on Saturday, Dec. 4.
On a month-to-month basis, until plans are finalized, the district board will continue to rent the building in Beecher City.
Post-Polio Survivors
Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois met the evening of Oct. 14 at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. There were two new attendees – Pat Holycross of Charleston and Roger Zike of Mattoon. Also attending were Roger and Janet Roney of Champaign, John and Theresa Flinn of Wheeler, Doris Haberland of Greenup and Betty Anderson, Glee Helms and Annie Barber of Charleston.
Joining them by phone were Marian Martin of Altamont, Fred Bumpus of Arcola, and Dawn Maple and Melba Price of Charleston.
The polio awareness campaign, “We’re Still Here,” was held Oct. 10-16. A report was given on the Charleston polio awareness walk, an eight-mile walk-athon, sponsored by Melba Price’s daughter and grandchildren to honor her because she hasn’t been able to walk for eight years.
The walk-a-thon also honored the estimated 770,000 polio survivors nationwide who are alive today.
The group watched a couple of the nine sections of the video “Post Polio Syndrome: Shades of Grey” that was created by Mary-Ann Liethof of Victoria, Australia, after interviewing eminent North American post-polio specialists.
Discussed were the ventilatory needs of polio. Many have sleep apnea, but many more have HYPOventilation (they don’t stop breathing completely during sleep, but they don’t breath deep enough to get enough oxygen.)  Most polio specialists insist that ALL polio patients have a sleep study.
Many also have multiple “random leg movements” during sleep. It is not unusual to get plenty of exercise during sleep, however, these movements, or spasms or twitches, can fatigue the muscles and lead to symptoms of overuse when the person wakes up.
In an e-mail to the group, Liethof told them to wear orange for the World Polio Day on Sunday, Oct. 24.
The e-mail said “The day aims to increase awareness about the polio virus and to encourage further actions to reduce it from spreading.
The commemoration of the day also highlights the success of global strategies in reducing the spread of the disease. However, it is also a time for us to reflect on those people who contracted polio during the epidemics and are now living with the late effects of polio.”
Liethof also said in the e-mail “What do you know about poliomyelitis?  If you think it is gone, then think again. What do you know about life after polio?  If you think everyone who had polio during Australia’s epidemics is gone, the fact is ‘We’re Still Here.’”
Lions Club
Door-to-door Heath Bar candy sales will be done from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25 by the St. Elmo Lions Club. The bags of candy are $4 each or three for $10.
If you want to have the candy reserved for you, you can call a club member.
After the Oct. 25 sale those who were not home but still want the candy can get bags at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Fayette County Bank and Stolte’s Barber Shop.
Applications for the Lions Club-sponsored Caring and Sharing can be picked up Nov. 1-15 at St. Elmo City Hall or St. Elmo Foods.
They have to be filled out and returned by Nov. 15 in the drop box at the City Hall or St. Elmo Foods. President Dave Maxey can be contacted if you have questions. People wanting to donate money for Caring and Sharing can do so at the Fayette County Bank, which has the Lions Club’s Caring and Sharing account.
At the Lions Club meeting held the evening of Oct. 11 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Dave Maxey led in the pledge of allegiance and Dick Lowe gave the meal blessing.
During the business meeting, three club anniversaries were recognized – Lloyd Stanley, 45 years; Don Crawford, 30 years; and Dave Maxey, nine years.
Those present at the meeting were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Bob Lowe, Dick Lowe, Dave Maxey, Charles Moore, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
RNA and Neighborhood Watch
Royal Neighbors of America #5784 and the Neighborhood Watch group of Loudon Township enjoyed a wiener roast the evening of Oct. 9 at the Loudon Town House.
Larry Reed built a fire for everyone to roast wieners to take inside to join two kinds of homemade soup and all kinds of potluck dishes including great desserts. Oliver Wright asked the meal blessing.
Della Stewart thanked the Neighborhood Watch for letting the RNA join them for the event. She also told about the RNA Make a Difference Day on Oct. 23 when RNA will be collecting items for the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center. Anyone wanting to donate such items may give them to any RNA member. In November, RNA will accept items for the veterans.
Fayette County Deputy Sheriff Brent Ellis gave a report of things in the Neighborhood Watch area. For entertainment, take-away bingo was played and Ellis called the numbers.
Those attending were Brent Ellis and Emily of Vandalia; Velma Lilly, Shirley Smith and Mary Thomas, all of Altamont; Nancy Goldstine, Ruth Havener and Nanette, Nola Larimore, Vodith Logue and Rodney, Robert and Audrey Miller, Oaka Wade and Marsha Lilly-Wright, all of Beecher City; Dave and Nancy Arnold of Brownstown; and Ina Abendroth, Payton and Natalie Hoopengarner, Clement Lilly, Karla Lilly, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed, Larry Reed, Marjorie Sarver, Paul and Barbara Shelton, Deana and Dana, Bill and Della Stewart, Betty Wright, Lavern and Leona Wright, and Oliver and Edna Wright, all of St. Elmo.
Rhodes Guests
Visiting with Anna Jean Rhodes Oct. 9-11 were her daughter and granddaughters, Phyllis Lea, Soo Jin and Chae Rin of Green Oaks. Soo Jin is in the seventh grade and Chae Rin is in the fifth grade.
Sunday afternoon, Phyllis took to the girls to the Happy Hollow Farms pumpkin patch south of St. Elmo and to Ballard Nature Center east of Altamont.