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By The Staff



Wednesday, December 4

• For the Saturday free giveaway, clothing, etc., can be taken to Freedom Reigns in Christ Church from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 

• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Hitchin’ Post in Brownstown. Those attending are to take an item for Caring and Sharing and a wrapped $5 gift.

• Reverb Youth holiday dinner, 6-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.

Thursday, December 5

• Reservations are to be made by this Thursday for people planning to attend the Royal Neighbors of America #5785 Christmas dinner at noon on Saturday at the First Church of God S.H.E.D. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages3-12. Reservations can be made by calling 829-3394 or 217-343-1061.

• For the Saturday free giveaway, clothing, etc., can be taken to Freedom Reigns in Christ Church from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, Christmas party at 6 p.m. at Thelma’s Restaurant in the Effingham Holiday Inn. To carpool, those attending are to meet at 5:20 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot.

Friday, December 6

• For the Saturday free giveaway, clothing, etc., can be taken to Freedom Reigns in Christ Church from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, December 7

• Freedom Reigns in Christ Church east of St. Elmo on U.S. Route 40 will have a clothing give-away from 8 a.m.-noon. There also will be ham sandwiches, hotdogs, cookies, coffee and Kool-Aid provided.

• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.

• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, noon potluck, First Church of God S.H.E.D. Those attending are to take a non-perishable food item for Caring and Sharing. Also, socks, gloves and caps would be appreciated.

• Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois will have a Christmas party at 2 p.m. at Ryan’s Family Steak House in Effingham.

Sunday, December 8

• Santa Claus will be in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building from 2-4 p.m. The Avena Township Park Board will provide oranges, candy, hot chocolate and coffee to those attending. The board will welcome donations of cookies for Santa’s visit; they can be taken to the Centennial Building at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

• Ministerial Alliance Christmas service, 6 p.m., First Church of God. St. Elmo Christian Church. Pastor Tom Fedrigon will preach.

Monday, December 9

• Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Tuesday, December 10

• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Hitchin’ Post, Brownstown.

• Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.

• The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.

• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.

Wednesday, December 11

• 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, December 12

• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.

Holiday Event

The Fayette County Museum Holiday Open House will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. Baroque Folk will perform period music in period costumes, on replica recorders and other instruments.

Recorders are a 14th-century improvement of an instrument played in the Middle Ages. They had an enormous vogue in the music life of the 16th and 17th centuries, and continued their popularity in the first decades of the 18th century.

Today, popular music groups such as Manheim Steamroller use the recorder in their performances.

Baroque Folk was formed in 1979 in Vandalia and is a nonprofit organization with proceeds donated to help support historic sites locally. The recorders used by the group for this performance will include sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

Christmas CD’s of Baroque Folk will be available for purchase at the open house for $15, with all proceeds going toward the restoration of the upper story of the museum.

For more information about Baroque Folk, contact Bunny Brosman at 283-4267 or the museum at 283-4866.

Also available at the open house will be the Fayette County Museum’s 35th Anniversary Cookbook for $15, with all proceeds going toward the restoration of the upper story of the museum.

Santa’s Secret Helpers Needed

The city of St. Elmo is again sponsoring a Santa’s Secret Helpers Christmas Project. This provides Christmas gifts to needy children under the age of 18 and residing within the St. Elmo School District.

The city is asking for helpers who wish to bring blessings and smiles to many children’s faces during this Christmas season.

Those who would like to sponsor a child can do the following:

(1) Take a tag from the Christmas tree in the city hall and purchase the gift(s) labeled on the tag that provides the age and gender of the child, clothing sizes and the desired gift(s).

(2) Return the tag with the unwrapped Christmas gift(s) no later than on Friday, Dec. 13, to city hall.

The tag should be placed inside the gift box or affixed to the top with tape. The tag has to be returned with the gift so the child can be identified who it was purchased for.

If you are able to sponsor more than one child, feel free to take more than one tag from the tree. Over the years ,many children have received toys, clothes and gifts through Santa’s Secret Helpers Christmas Project.

Fayette County Cookbooks Available

Copies of the Fayette County Museum’s 35th Anniversary Cookbooks arrived Nov. 25 at the museum in Vandalia. They sell for $15 to help raise funds for the restoration of the museum’s upstairs. The books now are available at the museum, which is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. They will make good gifts for Christmas.

Fayette County HCE

An Illinois Great American Family will be elected at the Illinois Association for Home and Community Education at the annual conference in March 2014. Each county is asked to submit one nominee family.

At the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board meeting held the morning of Nov. 25 in the Extension Office, the Fayette County family chosen was Matt and Rhonda Howard, Brady, Madison and Maisie of Brownstown.

The treasurer’s report showed the seven units in the county gave $142.62 for Pennies for Friendship. Also, to date the county has given $122 for the Africa water filters.

All county HCE members are reminded that their volunteer hour sheets need to be turned in to President Flo Allen by the end of December.

The “Scarf Lady,” Glenna Taylor of Cowden, will give a program at the county HCE Get-Acquainted Day set for Thursday, March 13.

The HCE board Christmas dinner and party will be on Tuesday, Dec. 17 (because of a conflict, the date was changed from the third Monday) at 11 a.m. at the Vandalia Ponderosa. Instead of a gift exchange, each one attending is asked to take $5 that will be given to Lighthouse Pregnancy Center in Vandalia.

The January/February/March county HCE newsletters were available.

Present at the board meeting were Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing and Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit, Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit, Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit, Joyce Mueller, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit, Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit and Evelyn Probst of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit.

After the meeting, those eating lunch at the Vandalia Denny’s were Allen, Klitzing, Pryor, Rhodes, Segrest, Smith and Probst.

Lions Club

The St. Elmo Lions Club December Christmas dinner date has been changed – instead of being on Monday, it will be on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

At the meeting held the evening of Nov. 25 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, Caring and Sharing was discussed further.

Seventeen members present at the meeting were Dave Cox, Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Pee Wee Denton who gave the meal blessing, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Dave Maxey, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.