By Anna Jean Rhodes
Wednesday July 28
• Royal Neighbors of America #4784 will meet at 1 p.m. in the Phillips Building.
Thursday, July 29
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
Friday, July 30
• Family Fun Night, 6 p.m. First Baptist Church.
Saturday, July 31
• Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, on Third Street, in the block just west of the grade school.
• Worship service by the Rev. John Eisfelder at 5:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
Sunday, August 1
• Lovett Reunion, noon, Phillips Building. Family and friends are invited to attend.
Monday, August 2
• St. Elmo Junior High baseball practice, 8-10 a.m., Deken Park. Jeff Maxey can be called at 780-3540 with questions.
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Wednesday, August 4
• The Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Vandalia Los Amigos.
Thursday, August 5
• St. Elmo Business Association, 12 noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 11:30 a.m., Effingham Niemerg’s Restaurant.
St. Elmo on NBC
On the 10 p.m. news on the St. Louis NBC television channel July 22 was a story about Zachary Irvin, a 22-year-old St. Elmo man, whose dismembered body was found burning in East St. Louis on June 22.
An abandoned warehouse was found and it looked like a torture chamber, with blood on the walls and also cult scriptures on the walls. Law officials think that other murders possibly were done in the warehouse.
In the TV story, pictures of downtown St. Elmo were shown. It is unusual that a small community like St. Elmo makes major news.
Avena Township Board
The Avena Township Park Board met in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building the evening of Wednesday, July 14. The meetings have been scheduled for the second Tuesdays of the months, but, because a quorum was not able to attend the July 13 meeting, it was held the next night.
Those present were board members President Greg Haslett, Rob Mars, Buddy Mitchell, Tony Porter and Janie Wright.
Because it is hard to get all seven board members to a Tuesday or Wednesday night meeting, the board decided to change the meeting date to the second Monday each month. The next meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m., in the Centennial Building at the St. Elmo Community Park.
Work at the swimming pool area is almost completed, with just a little work left to be done. Also, most of the work on the Centennial Building is complete.
Because of a couple of little leaks, the roof will be recoated. The old poles around the tennis courts are being removed and the holes filled.
Mitchell is working on the auction flyers for the Avena Township Park Board. The auction will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4, in the park, and items can be taken to the park the day before and on the day of the sale until the sale starting time.
Anyone wanting to rent the Centennial Building for $50 each time it is used can do so by contacting Daryl Calvert.
Because several of the officers had other obligations the evening of July 13, the American Legion Post #420 meeting was canceled. The next meeting scheduled is for Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in the American Legion Home.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
Tickets for the Historical Vandalia Inc. fundraiser, “Seasons of Entertainment,” were given to the board members at the board meeting held the evening of July 19 at the Fayette County Museum.
Tickets cost $30 each and include the following three performances: “Life of Harriet Tubman, an American Abolitionist,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19; “Life of Amelia Earhart, an American Aviator,” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7; and “History of the DeMoulin Factory” in Greenville at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23.
All the performances are presented in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church large fellowship hall. Refreshments will be provided after the programs.
Tickets can be purchased at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia and from board members.
Also usually available at the museum are tomatoes, green peppers, etc. Those wanting to order gooseberry and/or seedless blackberry pies can call the museum at 283-4866.
Present at the board meeting were President Jim Brewer and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Barbara Buckland of Brownstown, and Betty Aderman, Donna Blair, Steve Durbin, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt, all of Vandalia.
It was reported that there were 366 visitors at the museum in June. There were two tour groups – 45 senior citizens from Springfield and 15 from the Harrisburg basketball team.
As a fundraiser, a yard sale was held July 17 in the museum garden. For sale were aloe plants, cookies, pies, vegetables and other items donated for the museum to sell.
The museum newsletter is being compiled and soon will go out.
St. Elmo HCE
The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education on July 21 went to Stauffer’s Country Store on the St. Peter/Shobonier blacktop.
They had lunch, shopped at the store then went to the Amish greenhouse. The greenhouse was closed, but driving to it, they enjoyed seeing the many fields of tomatoes, green peppers, melons, etc.
Going with Karen Denning were Loretta Heischmidt, Noma Moore, Karen Wegscheid and Freda Willms. Meeting them there were Goldie Harris and her guest, daughter Sandy Sickles.
Retirement and Parties at Friendship Manor
Versie Baucum worked at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home in St. Elmo for 39 years, and a retirement party was held for her at Friendship Manor the afternoon of July 21.
It was well attended by most of the residents of the home, and Baucum’s two daughters, Michelle Burke and Sandra Evans, were there.
A farewell decorated cake, ice cream and punch were served.
Following the farewell, a birthday party was held for eight residents and seven employees of the home who have July birthdays: residents Grace Hunt (who is 95 and the oldest one at the home), Stanley Brady, Donna Laker, Louise Low, Helen Shelton, Mary Jane Wills, Bernice Hoover and Edna McElroy; and employees Jessica Gilsinger, Laura Nall, Robin Logsdon, Jill Mason Mike Warner, Tanja Ervin and Justy Ward.
Birthday cakes, ice cream and punch were served.
It was noted that July 21 also was the 70th birthday of Bugs Bunny; he became a cartoon in 1940.
July 19 was designated as Sundae Monday, and that afternoon Administrator Chuck Hutson made two large freezers of homemade ice cream that were cleaned out and enjoyed very much by the residents. On another afternoon during the week, watermelon was served to the guests.