St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Thursday, August 15
• This Thursday is the deadline for mailing recipes to be included in the Fayette County Museum’s 35th anniversary cookbook.
Recipes from throughout Fayette County can be mailed to Anna Jean Rhodes at RR 2, Box 205, St. Elmo, or they can be emailed to her at cookbookrhodes@frontier.com.
When the recipe is listed in the book, the name of the contributor and the town will be included. Also, recipe notes, such as anecdotal, historical or personal, will be included. There are seven categories, so any recipe can be included in the book.
The Fayette County Cookbook will be available the last of November or first of December. Purpose of the fundraiser is the museum’s restoration upstairs.
• The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Friday, August 16
• This Friday is the first day of school. Students will be dismissed at 2 p.m.
Saturday, August 17
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
Sunday, August 18
• The Owen-Miller Reunion, noon potluck, Phillips Building, All family and friends are invited to attend.
Monday, August 19
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 5-7 p.m., First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• Historical Vandalia Inc. meeting, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
Tuesday, August 20
• The IAHCE Districts 6/7 workshop, 9 a.m., Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn.
• The St. Elmo Educational Foundation annual meeting, 7 p.m., unit office. See educational foundation article following the announcements.
• Fayette County Extension Foundation meeting, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
Wednesday, August 21
• Reverb Youth resumes with Bible study, 6-8 p.m., at the St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, August 22
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education for the August activity will meet at 10:45 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to go to the Mennonite Country Store for lunch and then go to the Homestyle Creations Bakery and Craft Store.
St. Elmo Education Foundation
The annual meeting of the St. Elmo Education Foundation is set for 7 p.m. next Tuesday at the unit office.
It is time for the membership per year renewal, which is $20 for an individual member, $20 for a family member and $20 for a business member.
All contributions to the foundation, including membership fees, are tax-deductible. Checks are to be made out to the St. Elmo Education Foundation and can be mailed to the St. Elmo Education Foundation. PO Box 83, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458. State the type of membership you would like to receive.
The agenda for the annual meeting will include the election of directors, election of officers, discussion of fundraising activities and accomplishments, and setting the next meeting date and time.
Registration for Labor Day Parade
Registration for the Labor Day Parade sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club will continue through Aug. 23 on the city’s new website or with a handwritten form available at the St. Elmo City Hall. See the following article.
Labor Day Parade Info
The St. Elmo Lions Club Labor Day Parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 2, and this year’s theme is St. Elmo’s F.I.R.E. (Future-Industry-Recreation-Economy).
There are nine possible categories for the parade ­– religious, business, school, clubs/organizations, bicycles, horses, show vehicles and antique tractors, which will be judged, and the ninth category ­– other – will receive no prize money. This year’s colors are blue and yellow.
Horses, show vehicles and antique tractors have to be ready for judging by 9:45 a.m.
A $2 entry fee is required for all categories. In all categories except “other,” first place winners will receive $50.
Entry forms are available at the St. Elmo City Hall.
Entry forms and fees are to be submitted at the St. Elmo City Hall through Aug. 23. Late entries can be made parade day prior to the start of the parade with a St. Elmo Lions Club member at the high school parking lot, but the late fee is $5.
Parade lineup starts at 9 a.m. in the St. Elmo High School parking lot.
Friendly Neighbors Picnic
Friendly Neighbors had a picnic at noon on Aug. 6 at the Phillips Building. Red checked tablecloths were on the tables. R. W. Smith led in the pledge of allegiance, and Jim Budlove gave the meal blessing.
In addition to fried chicken, the picnic potluck included deviled eggs, pickles and many other picnic foods.
“Happy Birthday” was sung to Andra Curry, whose birthdate is Aug. 6. She was 9 years old.
Rosemary Owen read an amusing article a child had written on retired grandparents.
In addition to the four mentioned, those present were Erma Budlove, Sasha Curry, Kaylie and Peyton, Marybelle Ledbetter, Cora Miley, Malinda Miley and Lucas,  Bob and Joanne Owen, Marjorie Sarver, Mary Smith, Shirley Smith, and Laverne and Leona Wright.
Sasha Curry’s birthday is Aug. 12, and that date is the 58th wedding anniversary for Cora Miley and her husband, Emmet.
For the Sept. 3 noon potluck at the Phillips Building, a school theme will be carried out.
Those attending are asked to take a school supply, which will be given to the grade school.
Wright’s Corner HCE
For the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education special August activity, they went to Ryan’s Restaurant in Effingham on Aug. 7.
Those able to go were Ina Abendroth, Carol Austin, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen, Mary Smith and Helen Wright.
For the meeting, notes were read from the county HCE Board meeting.
Lunch Bunch
Nine were present for the monthly Lunch Bunch social gathering at Mary Ann’s Restaurant at noon Aug. 8: Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown; Gene Clark of Salem; Pat Porter of Farina; and Karen Denning, Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser, Anna Jean Rhodes and Marjorie Sarver of St. Elmo.
Sefton HCE
The Sefton Unit of Home and Community Education extended invitations to other unit HCE members to attend their Aug. 8 meeting held in the Brownstown Golden Years Club Building to hear a program on the early 4-H club in the Sefton area.
The program was on the Busy Bodies 4-H Club, which several Sefton HCE members had belonged to.
It was organized in 1947 by Ruby Goldsboro, and her daughter, Phyllis Sarver, had Ruby’s scrapbooks on the club. Elizabeth Kasten, who had been a member, presented the program with the information Sarver gave to her.
Goldsboro had been known for the many poems she wrote throughout her life and one of them was a long and interesting poem on the members of the Busy Bodies 4-H Club when it was organized – names, projects, awards were included in the poem.
In addition to the 15 Sefton Unit members present, the guests were Phyllis Sarver of Herrick, Wilma Kruger of Brownstown, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit and Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit.
A wide variety of cookies were served from a table that also included mixed nuts, coffee, lemonade and two varieties of iced tea.
Library Board Report
The St. Elmo Public District Library Board met the evening of Aug. 9 in the St. Elmo Public Library. Karen Wegscheid reported that Judy Diller had her book signing and had donated money to the library.
Minutes of the July meeting were approved and bills were paid. The librarians would like to buy some wooden board games and puzzles for all three libraries. The new library website is up and running – www.stelmo.lib.il.us/.
The summer reading program finished about $600 over budget. Natalie Hoopingarner won the bike at St. Elmo.
JoAn Evans reported that Beecher City Branch Library needs a new bike rack and lights outside, and there was a lizard in the drop box. The children’s computer is up and running at Beecher City.
After checking with several libraries, the board will table the CoLibri decision until next month.
The purchase of receipt printers for each library was discussed. Prices range from about $300-500. The board will get more information to discuss these again at the next meeting.
George Ohnesorge will do the floor at the St. Elmo Public Library on Aug. 17. The library will be closed that day.