St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Thursday, August 29
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants are to go to the Laux home at New Baden.
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• A Disaster Preparedness Program, given by Kendra Craig, head of the Fayette County FEMA, 7 p.m., Fayette County Health Department. The public is invited to attend and it is free of charge. It is being sponsored by the Fayette County Home and Community Education, which will serve punch and cookies for the program.
Saturday, August 31
• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will not be open. It will be open on Monday, Labor Day, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
• Lilly-Wright reunion, noon, First Church of God S.H.E.D. After the meal, there will be a short business meeting and a white elephant sale. Those attending are to take a favorite side dish, main dish, vegetable or dessert to share.
Sunday, September 1
• Gospel Band “Water to Wine,” 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Monday, September 2
• 6-9:30 a.m. – Pancake and sausage breakfast, St. Elmo Fire House.
• 9 a.m. – Concession stands, flea markets and booths will open. Pony rides all day.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• 10:30 a.m. – Parade begins.
• Noon-2 p.m. – Children’s games.
• 13:30 – Parade winners and prince and princess will be announced at Fifth and Main.
• 1-2 p.m. – Non-beauty, hairy leg contest.
• 1-5 p.m.—SEBA sponsored bingo at corner of Fifth and Main.
• 3 p.m.—Watermelon eating and spitting seed contest at bank lot, Fourth and Main.
• 3-5 p.m. – Children’s carnival, children’s tournaments.
• 4 p.m. – Donations of cakes for the Lions Club cake walk are to be taken to Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• 5:30 p.m. – Lions Club cake walk.
• 6:15 p.m. – Announcement of St. Elmo Citizen of the Year.
• 6:30-9:30 p.m. – St. Elmo’s Got Talent show.
• 8 p.m. – SEBA 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Need not be present to win.
In case of rain, all music performances will be held in the S.H.E.D. at the corner of Fifth and Walnut.
Tuesday, September 3
• Friendly Neighbors, noon, Phillips Building.
• The Four Seasons Gardening Program’s second session, 6:30 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office. It will be “Winter Wise Your Landscape: Knowledge to Prevent Costly Mistakes” presented via of teleconference. If planning to attend, call the Extension office at 283-2753.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Wednesday September 4
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
4-H Announcement
Enrollment for the new 4-H year started Sept. 1. To learn more about enrolling in 4-H, call the University of Illinois’s office at Vandalia, 283-2753.
Future Announcement
Fayette County Extension Foundation barbecue dinner will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Rogier Park pavilion in Vandalia. The menu will be a pork burger or butterfly pork chop, bakes beans, applesauce, chips, homemade dessert and drink. Hot dogs also will be available.
The cost is $7 for age 13 on up, $5 for ages 5-12 (children under 5 eat free). Tickets may be purchased from any 4-H member in Fayette County or by contacting Fayette County Extension office at 118 N. Sixth St., Vandalia, 283-2753.
A drive-thru also will be available.
Entertainment will include tickets for carriage rides and a bouncy house for kids.
There also will be a silent auction on various baskets and also on seven homemade pies donated from each of the seven HCE units in Fayette County.
The Fayette County Extension Foundation is a non-profit organization that conducts fundraising in support of Extension and 4-H in Fayette County. Donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
Fayette County Extension Foundation
At the Fayette County Extension Foundation meeting held the evening of Aug. 20 at the Vandalia Extension Office, final plans were made for the barbecue fundraiser that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Vandalia.
Each of the Home and Community Education units in Fayette County – Bingham/Ramsey, Sefton, St. Elmo, St. Peter, Vandalia Day, Wheatland and Wright’s Corner – will donate a homemade pie for the silent auction. Each of the units also will make the desserts – cookies, cakes, cobblers.
Work schedules for 4-H club members, parents and board members were set up.
Those present at the meeting were Unit 21 County Extension Director Rachelle Hollinshead, Brian and Kyra Willenborg of Vandalia, Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey, Kevin Payne of Brownstown, Joan Schaal of St. Peter, Marsha Lilly-Wright of Beecher City and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
The next meeting has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Vandalia Extension Office.
St. Elmo Education Foundation
The annual meeting of the St. Elmo Education Foundation was held the evening of Aug. 20 in the Unit Office. New directors elected were Monica Wilhour of Beecher City and Tom Fedrigon of St. Elmo.
Officers elected were: Andra Carson, president; Ann Hinton, vice president; and Marcia Heckert, secretary-treasurer, all from St. Elmo. Other directors are Dona Engeljohn and Jo Stine, both of St. Elmo.
A fundraiser is planned – a soup supper in January. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund.
Tax deductible donations and memberships to the Education Foundation go to the scholarship fund. Members can join as follows: $20 for an individual, $20 for a family, $20 for a business member. Checks can be made out to the St. Elmo Education Foundation and mailed to: P.O. Box 83, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.
Avena Township Park Board
The Avena Township Park Board had been selling raffle tickets this summer for a rifle, and those present at the meeting the evening of August 20 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building decided to have the drawing that evening, because 61 tickets had been sold.
Several teenagers were on the park’s basketball court. The board asked one of them to draw the winning name. Freshman Malory Nickerson drew the name of Luke Grobengieser.
When Judy Diller had a book signing earlier in St. Elmo, she donated, in memory of her son, Charles, $140 to the park’s Save the Pool Fund.
Amanda Miller asked the board if the Boy Scouts could clean up the park on Nov. 2 to work on badge, and this was approved.
IPARKS refunded some insurance after the removal of one of the unsafe pavilions. The refund will go toward putting rubber matting (rubber fall) around and under the playground equipment. The board will ask for bids for this project.
Discussed were repairs to the Centennial Building – roofing repairs and painting the inside walls.
The board decided to go ahead and purchase tables and chairs to use in the building in place of the bench/tables. They also will get a cabinet that can be locked to store the paper towels, toilet tissue and cleaning supplies.
Because some of the public has been asking questions on how the tax money has been spent, anyone wanting to know can go to the Fayette County Courthouse – records have to be filed there at the end of each year.
Board members present were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Ro Mars and Buddy Mitchell.
St. Elmo Unit HCE
Special August activity for the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education was to eat lunch at the Mennonite Country Store on the St. Peter blacktop.
Those going were Goldie Harris, Noma Moore and Sharon Shelton in Karen Wegscheid’s car, and Karen Denning Mary Myers and Ann Rowland in Anna Jean Rhodes van.
The only business meeting was to get volunteers to make cookies and cake or cobbler for the Extension Foundation’s barbecue fundraiser on Sept. 7 and also a pie for the fundraiser’s silent auction.
After lunch and looking around at the items in the store, they went to the bakery and craft store.