St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Thursday, August 8
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

• The Sefton Unit of Home and Community Education will meet at 1:30 p.m. in the Brownstown Golden Years Club building. The guest speaker will be Phyllis Sarver, who will present a history of Home Extension and 4-H left by Ruby Goldsboro in scrapbooks. HCE members from the other units in the county are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
• The 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.
Saturday, August 10
• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-1 noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage. The First United Methodist Church junior-senior high Sunday school classes have collected school supplies for in-need students, and more than 20 backpack bags have been filled. Starting at 9 a.m., they will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to in-need students.
Monday, August 12
• American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, August 13
• Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, Legion Home.
• Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Wednesday, August 14
• The Fayette County Museum, and Artworks Gallery are hosting “Meet the Author” at 6 p.m. in the museum. The featured author is Joanne Hardy, who will talk about her book, “The Girl in the Butterfly Dress.” Joanne grew up in Clay County and now resides in Palm Desert, Calif. This historical novel is about a young girl facing the extraordinary challenges of divided loyalties during the Civil War. It is based on true stories from that area of Southern Illinois.
Thursday, August 15
• The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
The Disaster Preparedness Program was not for July – it is for Thursday, Aug. 29, and will be held at the Fayette County Health Department, Vandalia. At 7 p.m., Kendra Craig, head of Fayette County FEMA, will give the program. The public is invited, and it is free of charge. It is being sponsored by the Fayette County Home and Community Education, which will serve punch and cookies after the program.
Another correction – it is a program on Disaster Preparedness, not Disabled Preparedness as originally stated.
Fayette County Cookbook
The deadline for recipes needed for the Fayette County Cookbook being published in observance of the Fayette County Museum’s 35th anniversary in 2014 is Aug. 15. Recipes are needed from throughout Fayette County, because the museum in Vandalia is a county museum.
There are seven categories – Appetizers and Beverages, Soups and Salads, Breads and Rolls, Main Dishes, Vegetables, Desserts and Miscellaneous (includes candy, pickles, relishes, etc that do not fit in the other categories).
When the recipe is listed in the book, the name and town of the contributor will be included. Also, Recipe Notes – such as anecdotal, historical or personal information – can be included. In case there is a question on a recipe, include your phone number when sending them.
Recipes can be sent to Anna Jean Rhodes at RR 2, Box 205, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458, or they can be emailed to her at cookbookrhodes@frontier.com.
It is planned for the cookbooks to arrive the last of November or first of December, so they can be sold during the holiday season. The sale of the books is a fundraiser to help with the restoration of the upstairs of the old Presbyterian Church in which the museum is located.
Fayette County Museum
The special exhibits in the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia during August are “Books by Local Authors” and “School Artifacts.”
Last year considerable progress was made to the restoration of the old Presbyterian Church sanctuary, now the upper level of the Fayette County Museum.
The damaged portion of the ceiling was restored, new lighting was installed and fans were added to the ceiling. Insulation was installed in the attic, and the south wall below the balcony was restored.
The walls will be restored as soon as sufficient funds are raised.
With the restoration progress, the museum exhibits have been expanded to the upstairs. The restored wall under the balcony is the location of framed artifacts that have not been on display for some time because of the lack of display area.
The items displayed upstairs have all been given restoration using archival materials. On a wall, visitors may see portraits and group pictures of Fayette County people and events. A brief history of the Fayette County Cultural Arts Association (active in the 1970s and 1980s) is included along with seven of their art purchase awards.
Visitors welcome the opportunity to view the display of historical items from Fayette County. All who make the trip up the stairs enjoy seeing the restoration progress, the historical oilcloth ceiling, the organ pipes from 1902 and the displays.
The garden on the museum’s west side gave a good crop of gooseberries this year. To order frozen berries or gooseberry pies, call the museum. Other fruits or vegetables also may be available. Sales of these items also help with the restoration.
The Museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and other times by appointment. The museum’s phone number is 283-4866.
County Extension Foundation
The Ramsey Lions Club in July donated $2,000 to the Fayette County Extension Foundation.
There are many active 4-H members in the Ramsey area, but the donation is not just for them. This donation will help with the more than $9,000 needed for the Foundation budget for the 2013-14 year, which started July 1.
First National Bank in Vandalia, Ramsey, Patoka, Mulberry Grove and Greenville also made a donation in July of $500 to the foundation.
The foundation can have two fundraisers, and the first one scheduled is a barbecue dinner on Saturday, Sept. 7, in the Vandalia Rogier Park pavilion from 4-7 p.m.
The menu includes a pork burger or butterfly pork chop, baked beans, applesauce, chips, homemade dessert and iced tea or lemonade.
Tickets are $7 for age 13 and up and $5 for 6 to 12 years of age; children under the age of 5 eat free.
Tickets may be purchased from county 4-H members, Extension Foundation members or at the Extension Office at 118 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia. Tickets also will be available in the park that evening. Drive-thru also will be available that evening.
Entertainment will include carriage rides, bouncy house for kids and a silent auction of donated items. Also, there will be a homemade pie auction.
The Fayette County Extension Foundation is a non-profit organization that conducts fundraising in support of Extension and 4-H in Fayette County, and donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
Plans for the barbece fundraiser were discussed at the Extension Foundation meeting held the evening of July 29 in the Extension Office, with the following present: Unit 23 County Extension Director Rachelle Hollinshead and Brian Willenborg of Vandalia, Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey, Joan Schaal of St. Peter, Kevin Payne of Brownstown and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
The next foundation meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, in the Extension Office.
Reverb Youth Fishing Derby
About 20 fishers were in St. Elmo Christian Church Reverb Youth Fishing Derby held 5-7 p.m. on July 31 at Lake Nellie.
Josh Ledbetter caught the most fish, six, and the smallest, 3.6 inches.
Makayla Osmon caught the angriest fish.
Jimmy Logue caught the largest, 10.7 inches.
The Reverb Youth will not meet on Aug. 7 and 14, but meetings will resume on Aug. 21 and 28, with Bible study from 6-8 p.m.
Wheatland HCE
Joyce Moore was hostess to the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education in the Phillips Building the afternoon of Aug.1. Others answering roll call to “Do you like picnics” were Joan Aderman, Erna Koontz, Sandra Lovett, Fern Moore and Ethelyn Williams, and a guest, Marilyn Sproat.
The July board notes were discussed.
Aderman gave a history of the Constitution and told that the oldest university in the nation is Harvard that started in 1636.
Williams explained that dry hand cleaner is not as good as soap and water to clean the hands. She also told about different oils used in home remedies, such as for sinus infection.
Joyce Moore gave a former special feature lesson, “Coping with Food Allergies.” From the lesson sheet, she made gluten-free power bars she served to the group. She also served apple cake and lemonade.
Polio Survivors and Friends
Present for the meeting of the Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois held Aug.3 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center were Mike Green of Arthur, Betty Anderson, Glee Helms and Mary Lou Replogle of Charleston and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo. The meetings are from 1-3 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, unless announced otherwise.
Joining them by phone was Tom Rapasy of Danville. Those who cannot attend can call 800-300-2164 and when asked for a pin number, enter 4227 and take part in the discussions.
When you do call in on the conference line, use the mute button on your phone. This will enable you to hear everything going on and will prevent the meeting from hearing your voice or sounds from your home; but, anytime you want to comment or get involved in the conversation, unmute the phone.
There was no speaker at this meeting, but much discussion on various topics. Some polio survivors have post-polio symptoms of back pain. Helms, who serves as chairperson for the organization, passed around two rice bags that can be warmed in the microwave to place on pain areas. One was a manufactured one and the other was homemade from a cotton sock.
A two-page sheet “Ask Dr. Maynard” was given to each one about how sitting for eight or more hours in a wheelchair – or any chair – can lead to lower back pain. Discussed are three primary management strategies: how stretching exercises can help; taking posture breaks every one or two hours, even for five minutes each; ergonomic seating that may require a certified seating specialist to evaluate your sitting position in your usual chair.
Three pages on “Improving Communication with Our Doctors” (from Post-Polio Health) were given to each one. The info states it is essential and extremely important to have a doctor who will listen to you.
The diagnosis of post-polio syndrome is one of exclusion – such as weakness, fatigue and pain that are very similar to other conditions. Therefore, your physician must exclude these and other possible disorders as an explanation for your symptoms. The most important initial factor is to make sure that your physician knows of the history of polio in your life.
The best outcome is to find a doctor who knows about post-polio syndrome or is willing to learn, is a good listener, is not obviously hurried, respects all of his/her patients and takes a genuine interest in you as a patient with a problem and as a person. You will know when you have found a doctor with whom you can relate.
Another four pages given out told about the following” “Getting the most out of health care visits,” “What to expect during a health care visit” and “Tips for your health care visit.”
The seventh annual Disability Resource Expo has been set for Saturday, Oct. 12, at a new location – Fluid Events Center, County Fair Drive, Champaign (old Hundman Lumber).