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Thursday, September 19
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, September 21
• The St. Elmo/Brownstown FFA Runs will be held at Happy Hollow Family Farms. Registration will start at 8 a.m. and the runs start at 9 a.m. The cost is $30 per entry. The website is: www.happyhollowfarms.vpweb.com.
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
Sunday, September 22
• The first of this year’s Season of Events to help raise funds for Fayette County Museum’s upstairs restoration will be at 2 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The program on Clara Barton will be presented by Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon. Season tickets, for all three events, are $30 each. Single tickets in advance are $13 or at the door, $15. Tickets for students age 7-18 are half price. Tickets can be reserved by calling the museum, 819-4866.
• St. Elmo Christian Church will hold a fundraiser, a “Three-in-One” road run. Activities will get under way with registration at noon. Participants will leave on the ride at 12:30 p.m. and return between 3 and 4 p.m. The meal will be served at 5 p.m. and entertainment will start at 6 p.m. The cost is $15 for each driver, $10 for passengers age 16 and over, and $7 for passengers age 4-15; passengers age 3 and under, free. For just the meal and entertainment, the cost is $7 per person.
• The annual all-church picnic for the First United Methodist Church will be held at Sportsman’s Lake in St. James, with fishing, games, fun and fellowship for the whole family. It will start 3:30 p.m., with the meal at 5 p.m. Hot dogs, buns, condiments and beverages will be furnished. Those attending are to take picnic style dishes to share.
Monday, September 23
• The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Fayette County Extension Office, Vandalia.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia First National Bank basement.
Tuesday, September 24
• Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, September 25
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
• Reverb Youth, 6-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids Klub, 6:30 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, September 26
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Unit Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Fayette County Museum
Display Cases
Display cases in the Fayette County Museum change for each month. This month, the cases will display “Labor and Industry,” “Early Governors” and “Wood Carvings.”
The museum is located at the corner of Main and Gallatin streets, and is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Available at the museum are tickets for the fifth Season of Events. The first one will be Sunday, Sept. 22; more on this is in the above announcements.
The second one will be Sunday, Nov. 10, on Historical Markers of Illinois presented by William Furry, and the third one will be presented by Dr. Kevin Childers on Pontius Pilate on March 30, 2014.
Royal Neighbors
In August Royal Neighbors of America #5784 collected the following items for the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at Vandalia: four three-piece outfits, two onesies, three receiving blankets, one box of Kleenex, one boy’s T-shirt, one pair of scuff house slippers, one package of underwear, two bottles of cologne, one talcum powder, three bars of soap, one package of Always pads, four bibs, three burp cloths, one pair adult socks, one pair baby socks, two Bibles, two toothbrushes, one toothpaste, one package razors, two deodorant, three shampoo, one body wash, two body lotions, one eye lash curlers and one Dermasil lotion.
Lions Club
A recap of the Labor Day Parade and activities was the major business of the St. Elmo Lions Club Sept. 9 meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. The goal is to make next year’s parade even better, and a few good ideas were mentioned to be considered.
The Lions mentioned the following as contributing to the success of the parade: SEBA, Al Niemeyer, Mary Ann’s Restaurant, media contact, public support, Austin’s Parts.
October 28 is the date to mark on calendars for the Lions Club annual candy sale. It will be held from 5-7 p.m.
This year’s Caring and Sharing Christmas basket program is also upcoming, with the distribution date set for Saturday, Dec. 14. More information will follow.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting with the pledge of allegiance, and Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Others present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
American Legion Request
Because it has been awhile since there has been a local American Legion Auxiliary, the American Legion Post #420 would like to get one started. Members required to start the auxiliary can include wives, widows, mothers, grandmothers, daughters and granddaughters of veterans of any war. Those interested in starting an auxiliary are asked to contact any Legion member.
The September meeting of the Legion was held the evening of Sept. 10 at the Legion Home, with the following present: Doyle Beck, Bob Bosler, Abe Cox, John Crawford, Bill Goodwin, Bud Himes, Clement Lilly, Wayne Lovett, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers, R. W. Smith, Max Watson and Laverne Wright.
They discussed the fish fry held Labor Day. The fish stand did well, selling out 120 pounds of fish. Also, Legion members participated in the parade by carrying the colors as they do every year.
Avena Township Park Board
The Avena Township Park Board has received the new heavy duty tables and chairs for the Centennial Building – 10 tables and 60 chairs. Eight of the tables are set up with the chairs. In addition to the two other tables to use for food, in the building are six smaller tables.
The board members are planning to paint the inside of the building before the Christmas holidays. Also, the board is going to ask for bids to paint the outside of the building so it also can be done by the Christmas holidays.
Rent for the Centennial Building is $50, with a deposit.
To help raise funds for the painting, Heather Myers, a guest at the meeting, suggested the sale of Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee. Orders will be taken on sheets at the Bradford Supply, and all orders have to be in by Saturday, Sept. 27. The donuts are $7 per dozen and the coffee is $9 for 12 ounces; the coffee is available in house blend, dark roast and decaffeinated.
Another guest, Mayor Ernie Myers, discussed the swimming pool issues with some suggestions.
The board is to seek bids for the rubber matting around the playground equipment according to specifications.
Members present at the meeting held the evening of Sept. 10 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building were President Greg Haslett, Jim Caraway, Buddy Mitchell, Ro Mars, Dalphne Oldfield and Janice Russell.
Lunch Bunch
Present for the Lunch Bunch that met at noon on Sept. 12 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Gene Clark of Salem, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning, Mark and Jennie Ann Heischmidt, Anna Jean Rhodes and Marjorie Sarver of St. Elmo.
District Library Board
The St. Elmo Public Library District Board meeting was held the evening of Sept. 12 in the St. Elmo Public Library.
After approving the minutes and paying the bill, JoAn Evans reported that the Beecher City Branch Library’s restroom has been painted, Wayne Moran is fixing computers two at a time and the lights are still not fixed. The Eagle Scouts are meeting Sept. 13, with the Woodmen of the World who will help with the flagpole. Their after-school craft will be Sept. 19.
Kim Karnes reported that at the St. Elmo Library after-school craft on Sept. 12, there were eight kids and many helpers for Eagle Pride hours.
Also at the St. Elmo Library, Arab had fogged the back and motion sensor light didn’t work properly.
Moran is going to call Frontier due to the slowness of the Internet at Beecher City. The board discussed alternate providers for Internet at Beecher City.
The Optiplex computers are developing motherboard issues, shutting down unexpectedly. There is one at each of the three libraries in the district so far and they are under warranty until November 2014. He talked with Dell and they sent him the parts needed to rebuild the one from St. Elmo and he wants it to be used frequently and observed.
Google Anaytics shows 53 hits for the first month. Donna Jo Henry is going to make a poster to advertise website.
Zinio is an online magazine service that IHLS libraries may belong to for a yearly fee. They currently have subscriptions to 99 magazines. Henry will conduct a survey to see if enough patrons are interested in the libraries joining this group.
The board voted to purchase one CoLibri book covering system and three Epson receipt printers depending on their compatibility with the library’s system.
Librarians need to sign up for World Share webinars.
Don Crawford will look into ISAC for programs about colleges.
IPLAR and Capital Needs Assessment Survey have been finished and emails.
The board adopted the budget and appropriations ordinance for July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.
The board voted to pay the Brodart lease yearly if they could start near Oct. 1 and get the discount.
They entered a closed session at 8:20 p.m. to discuss personnel and returned to open session at 8:50 p.m.
Head Start begins Oct. 1. The board voted to set Head Start hours for employees at 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., with Karen Wegscheid to cover circulation desk from 2-4 p.m. and Billie Enlow having a break from 11-11:30 a.m.