St. Elmo News

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Thursday, October 17
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class regular potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, October 19
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• Royal Neighbors of America potluck, 5 p.m., Loudon Town House. Meat, beverages and table service will be provided. All are welcome to attend, but reservations should have been made by this Tuesday. Items for the veterans will be collected – socks, Kleenex, big handkerchiefs, snack foods or any personal items. Items are needed for 18 men and two women, and they will be delivered on Oct. 26.
Monday, October 21
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Tuesday, October 22
• Fayette County Health Department flu clinic for adults age 19 and over, 9-11 a.m., Phillips Building.
Wednesday, October 23
• 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, October 24
• Exxon-Mobil Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
Wright-Victory School Reunion
Only 13 attended the Wright-Victory School reunion held Oct. 5 at the Vandalia Ponderosa Steakhouse in Vandalia. School attendees were Clement Lilly, Irene Badman Reed, Della Bartimus Stewart, Lavern Wright and Oliver Wright of St. Elmo; Shirley Wright Smith of Altamont; Mary Cummings Swarm of Decatur; and Jerry Weaber of Moweaqua.
Others present were Larry Reed, Edna Wright and Leona Wright of St. Elmo, Mary Slaymaker of Decatur and Bonnie Weaber of Moweaqua.
Door prize winners were Shirley Smith, who received a Wright’s Corner sign; Clement Lilly, Lavern Wright and Oliver Wright, who each received a gift card from McDonald’s; and Irene Reed and Mary Swarm, who each received candy.
Oliver Wright was given a picture of him cleaning the school sign that he has taken care of at Wright’s Corner.
Each one also received a colored picture of the sign, in memory of the one-room school.
This was scheduled to be the last reunion, but a vote was held to try again next year, if all prevails. The time and place will be given later.
Park Board
Present for the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of Oct. 8 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Ro Mars, Buddy Mitchell and Janice Russell.
The sale of Krispy Kreme donuts made $338, which will go toward paint needed for the Centennial Building.
Several board members plan to paint the inside within the next couple of weeks.
The remodeling of the kitchen was put on hold.
Santa will be the park in December, and plans and date for his visit will be determined at the Nov. 12 meeting.
American Legion
At the American Legion Post #420 meeting held the evening of Oct. 8 in the Legion Home, $50 was donated to the Trees for Troops.
The trees will be from a Greenville area and shipped to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., for the troops’ Christmas.
Next year, the Legion plans to have two dinner fundraisers.
Charles Bosomworth, Bill Goodwin and Ernie Myers are on the building committee, and plans are underway to redo and update the inside of the Legion Home.
Jake McWhorter and Ronnie Myers had asked the Legion to help sponsor a 10-12-year-old traveling baseball team, and this was tabled until the next meeting.
Present at the meeting were Charles Bosomworth, Dave Cox, Bill Goodwin, Clement Lilly, Wayne Lovett, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers and Lavern Wright.
Lunch Bunch
Only five were present at the meeting of the Lunch Bunch held at noon on Oct. 10 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant – Gene Clark of Salem, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning, Jennie Ann Heischmidt and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
A card was signed for Eric Grobengieser, who is in a Chicago hospital.
Library Board
After approving the minutes and paying the bills at the St. Elmo Library District Board meeting held the evening of Oct. 10 in the St. Elmo Public Library, JoAn Evans reported that the Beecher City Branch Library had 37 kids and three helpers for the after-school craft on September 19.
Evans also said a windowsill at the library still needs some work, and she would like the post and railing by the big doors removed, if possible.
The library still needs retaining walls by the fence for the Eagle Scout project.
The name of the library in black letters will be put on the library wall. The lights still need repaired and the flagpole ordered.
Billie Enlow said there is a need for cameras in the back room of the library at St. Elmo. Wayne Moran will check on them.
Enlow also is going to get information and a sign-up sheet to see if there is interest in a foreign language class.
At Head Start on Oct. 1, there were 17 in each group.
Enlow said the Brownstown Branch Library thought adding Saturday hours might increase circulation.
Wayne Moran reported that the receipt printers are in and working.
The board voted to join the digital magazine consortium for Zinio for one year, based on interest shown in a survey.
The library will purchase a 2013 model CoLibri Book Covering System for $2,199, with a two-year warranty on all parts, including the heat bar.
The librarians plan to attend the World Share webinars at the St. Elmo Library on Oct. 21-22.
Kathy Spitler will get forms from Tom McCarty for bonds for the board.
Dona Jo Henry was added as a signatory at First State Bank of Beecher City for the Beecher City Branch Library.
The 2014 holidays for the three libraries in the district will be the same as 2013.
Brodart book leasing is now on a yearly basis from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 20, 2014.
Mediacom is offering a faster package, but their representative was not as the meeting to discuss details.
The St. Elmo Library is planning to apply for a construction mini-grant to replace the roof on the front part.
The board entered into a closed session at 8:20 p.m. to discuss personnel, and returned to regular session at 8:33 p.m. and the meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.
Meet the Author
A “Meet the Author” presentation was held in the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia on the afternoon of Oct. 13.
Yvonne Scherer Meckfessel of Troy talked about her 2013 book “Pickle Pots, Stupid Hats and Other Stories” about life in rural Southern Illinois in the 1900s.
This was her second book. Her first one was titled “Only On Loan, Notes From A Journal Edged In Black.”
Fayette County Museum board member and Artworks Gallery Chairman Marilyn Beyes, introduced Meckfessel. Beyes had on display the photography Meckfessel had entered in the Fayette County Town and Country Art Show in June.
After receiving a first place, she got to enter the photograph of an Indian in the State Town and Country Art Show at Champaign in October and received a purple ribbon for having the Best of Show in Illinois in the adult division.
Meckfessel signed books for those who bought them.
After the program, the museum served a variety of refreshments.
Another “Meet the Author” presentation will be in February at the museum. More will be given on this later.