St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Thursday, March 27
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Chinatown Restaurant, Litchfield.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Saturday, March 29
• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet now has spring and summer clothes. It will be open from 9 a.m.-noon in the First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• The Fayette County Extension Office in Vandalia will be open from 1-4 p.m. to accept baked goods (fruit pies, cakes, cobblers and cookies) from members of Home and Community Education. The baked goods are for the Extension fundraiser spaghetti dinner and bake sale on Sunday.
Sunday, March 30
• A Fayette County Extension spaghetti dinner is being held to support 4-H programming in the county. It will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria. The meal will include spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, breadsticks, homemade dessert and drink. A free will donation will be accepted.
Homemade baked goods donated by the Fayette County Home and Community Education ladies will be provided for the dessert and also available at a bake sale for a suggested donation.
If you need more information, contact the Fayette County Extension office at 118 N. Sixth St., Vandalia or 283-2753.
The Fayette County Extension Foundation is a non-profit organization who conducts fundraising in support of 4-H and Extension in Fayette County. All donations to the Foundation are tax-deductible.
• The Fayette County Museum’s last Fifth Season of Events, 2 p.m., Vandalia First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall. Dr. Kevin Childers of Vandalia will present the program “Pontious Pilate.” Refreshments will be served following the program. Tickets are $13 at the museum in Vandalia or $15 at the door.
• The Wolf Creek Cluster of UM Churches Lenten Service, 4 p.m., Bluff City Haley Chapel UM Church.
Monday, March 31
• Today is the final date for adding a veteran’s name to the St. Elmo Veteran’s Memorial. New names will be added to the memorial stones prior to this year’s Memorial Day service. Applications can be obtained from Bob Heckert, Ernie Myers or the St. Elmo Public Library and completed applications must be mailed to the American Legion Post #420, P O Box 132, St. Elmo, Ill., 62458.
Tuesday, April 1
• Friendly Neighbors Potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, April 2
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Townhouse.
• Reverb Youth, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kid’s Klub, 7-8 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, April 3
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will not meet until April 10.
• The Fayette Water Co. annual meeting, 7 p.m., First Church of God at 3002 Thrill Hill Road in Vandalia.
Cemetery Announcement
Take time to remove flowers from the Spring Hill Cemetery gravesites by April 15.
Historical Vandalia Inc. Annual & Board Meetings
Because of bad weather, the annual meeting of Historical Vandalia Inc. was not held in February. It was held March 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Fayette County Museum, Vandalia. Board members present were President Steve Durbin, Donna Blair, Joyce Mueller, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt, all of Vandalia; Barbara Buckland of Brownstown; Jim Brewer of Ramsey; Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo; and Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro.
Financial operation and restoration reports on the 2013 year and activities and events held during the year were given.
The current board members were re-elected. In addition to those present, the other board members are Betty Anderson and Allison Magnus of Vandalia and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey.
After the annual meeting closed, the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board meeting convened and the following officers were re-elected: Steve Durbin, president; Jim Brewer, vice president; Anna Jean Rhodes, secretary; and Mary Truitt, treasurer.
The board approved renewing memberships in the IAM (Illinois Association of Museums) and the Preservation Leadership Forum.
The last of the 2013/14 Season of Events will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall. Dr. Kevin Childers will present “Pontius Pilate.” Single tickets are $13 at the museum and $15 at the door.
Refreshments will be served following the program. Funds go toward the upstairs restoration.
Next at the Fayette County Museum is the County School Art Show, and the upstairs plastered walls have been completed. Students are to have their art to the museum by 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14.
The show will be open to the public Friday-Tuesday, April 18-22.
The Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and the Sunday hours are 1-4 p.m.
The board voted for the museum to participate in the Ramsey 150th Celebration on Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be a display of museum items. The Fayette County Museum’s 35th Anniversary Cookbook will be available for $15.
The museum will have a Garden Party on Saturday, June 14, from 1-4 p.m. Baroque Folk will perform. Historical Vandalia Inc. members will furnish samples of food made from recipes in the 35th Anniversary Cookbook.
The annual Amateur Art Show will be held upstairs at the museum and will be open to the public starting June 14.
Even with bad weather, visitors in the museum in January were 91 and in February, 112. The museum has received a number of articles including jewelry, pictures (some framed), books and a Vandalia Dairy glass bottle.
Truitt reported on recently receiving two long distance phone calls. She was told how impressed they were with the museum and one said, “Most unique little museum I have ever been in – most outstanding in the country.” One of the callers was a bicycle rider who had stopped in Vandalia and is writing a book; maybe the Fayette County Museum will be included in it.
Meet and Greet
Extension supporters were invited to a meet and greet with Dr. George Czapar, associate dean and director of Extension, the evening of March 18 in the Lifespan Center, Mattoon. Czapar began his role as eirector of Extension in the fall of 2013 and was available to meet with individuals to discuss the future direction of Extension and the successes of reorganization.
University of Illinois Extension Units in Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie, Shelby, Clark, Crawford and Edgar provided the opportunity for extension supporters to have casual conversation with Czapar.
Those participating were invited to share comments on what they believe is working well, what they believe could still be improved and what programming they believe could be offered both locally and statewide.
After registering, those attending were provided light refreshments from the serving table. Czapar gave a short speech at 6:30 p.m. He commented that the 4-H program needs more projects on science and health concerns. What is working well are more programs with a lot more interest. What needs to be improved are better communication and technology.
Those representing Fayette County were County Extension Director Rachelle Hollinshead and Brian Willenborg of Vandalia and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
Three hundred and sixty-six were registered for the 90th Illinois Association of Home and Community Education annual conference held March 18-20 at the Decatur Convention Center. The theme was “Been Cookin’ for 90 Years!”
Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit went with me Wednesday, March 19, to attend the luncheon, afternoon sessions and the Elsie Mies Banquet that evening.
At the luncheon those present who had been members 50 or more years were asked to raise their hands. I was the only one who raised her hand for being a member 65 years and no one there had been a member longer; several have been members 60-64 years. March was my anniversary month; I was married in February 1949 and in March my mother-in-law, Alice Rhodes, took me to Home Bureau and I became a member.
Fayette County HCE delegates attended the three-day conference – Donna Blair and Anita Smith, both of the Vandalia Day Unit.
In Fayette County Blair is Family Issues, Smith is Community Outreach, Pryor is first vice and I am second vice, and at the luncheon we sat at tables with our officers from throughout the state.
The afternoon sessions I attended were “Stan’s What’s It” and “Fun With Fresh Flowers.”
Stan Seevers shared 28 unusual antique items rarely seen or known by those attending. We had the opportunity to touch, feel and guess what it is. After we all had put our guesses on our papers, he picked up each item, identified it and told it use and purpose, and also the value.
Lori Barrett, owner of The Secret Garden, demonstrated several types of floral arrangements that included simple, yet elegant, centerpieces to hand tied bouquets ready for your favorite vase.
Emcee for the banquet was Conference Co-Chair Marilyn Shaefer of Effingham County. One of the speakers was Assistant Dean of Family & Consumer Services Jennifer McCaffrey.
Officers elected at the morning business meeting were installed. Marilyn Daughhetee of Chrisman was re-installed as president and Marilyn Shaefer of Effingham was re-installed as District 6 director. Fayette County HCE is in District 6.
Available was the “Been Cookin’ 90 Years” cookbook that is celebrating 90 years of IAHCE. In the book, Fayette County HCE history is included with the county histories from throughout the state.
The more than 650 recipes in the book include three from Fayette County: Grandma’s buttermilk pie from Martha O’Dell of the St. Peter Unit, the only 1948 charter member with continuous active membership; red eye gravy from Lucille Fisher of the Sefton Unit, the oldest member who was 100 when the recipe was submitted last year and is a 50-year member; and asparagus oven bake from MaryEllen Lovett of the Wheatland Unit, the next oldest county member, who was 99 when the recipe was submitted last year and is a 50-year member.
The books sell for $18 and include recipes from the counties throughout Illinois.