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By The Staff

Thursday, May 19
• Reservations for the annual Alumni Banquet are to be made by this Thursday. Tickets for the banquet, set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, in the high school gym, cost $12 per person.

• The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck will be held at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.
Saturday, May 21
• Poppy Day in St. Elmo.
• High school graduation, 7 p.m., in the gymnasium.
Monday, May 23
• The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m.., Vandalia Extension Office.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, May 24
• St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, May 25
• Royal Neighbors of America $5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, May 26
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
Lions Club
The Diabetes Awareness Day was sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club on May 7 and the collection went very well.
At the June 9 meeting, held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, other announcements included the following: The scholarship awards have been chosen, and they will be presented at the May 21 graduation; the newly elected officers will be installed at the June 27 meeting at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, with guests invited; and Dave Maxey conducted a safety driving class recently at Altamont for the Altamont Lions Club.
The U. S. Post Office sponsored Stamp Out Hunger collected on May 14 and the Lions Club was to help with the collection.
Discussed was the Labor Day parade, and that the Lions Club needs to start planning early and decide on a theme and parade marshals.
Maxey called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. by leading the members in the pledge of allegiance. Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing.
After the business meeting closed, Randy Wolf presented a program on the different aspects of power lines at his house.
Others present were John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Kent Denton, Roger Fulk, Bob Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Charles Moore, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley and Bob Wells.
C. C. Club
Century Culture Club held its first meeting this year at 12:30 p.m. on May 11 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Only four were able to attend – Marilyn Claypool, Doris Jones, Billye Jo Marchman and Anna Jean Rhodes. LeMar Marchman was a guest.
Billye Jo decorated the table with a pink carnation centerpiece, light pink placemats and dark pink napkins. The club’s flower is a pink carnation and the colors are pink and green. She had several kinds of candy in dishes and favors of small jars of candles. Jones took apricot balls, and Rhodes took chocolate covered almonds.
President Marchman had very short business meeting. Jones read the Lois Fritz memorial she had written for the club.
After the meal, Billye Jo furnished the restaurant’s fresh strawberry pie.
The club was organized in 1900, but now has only eight members and three, Delores Gillespie, Valda Paradee and Iris Orr, are in Friendship Manor. Mary Olson is the other member.
They decided to eat together once a month. The next social will be at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Wheatland HCE
Ethelyn Williams was hostess the afternoon of May 5 to the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education. Those present were Joan Aderman, Karen Hyde, MaryEllen Lovett, Vonella McEndollar, Fern Moore, Joyce Moore and Marilyn Sproat, and a guest, Myrna Manley of Windsor.
Roll call was answered with “My best housekeeping tip.” Two members, Aderman and Williams, were presented a volunteer certificate from the state IHCE.
They voted to donate $25 to the VA hospital and $25 to the St. Elmo veteran’s memorial committee, to help with the flags. Aderman gave a report on the Civil War clothing.
Joyce Moore gave the special feature, “Adjusting Recipes for Healthier Living,” and Hyde gave a major lesson, “Breathe – Exercises that are Beneficial.”
The hostess served chocolate cake, ice cream, tea and coffee.
American Legion
The St. Elmo American Legion will have the veterans’ memorial service at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 30, at the Veterans’ Memorial on U.S. Route 40. The speaker will be David “Perp” Lavender of Harrisburg. Several high school students who are slated to go into the service this summer and Boy Scouts will help with the flag-raising and presentation of those being taken down.
Bob Heckert, who is on the memorial committee, was a guest at the meeting and told about the arrangements for Memorial Day.
The American Legion slate of officers will be installed at the June 8 meeting.
Those present were Charles Bosomworth, Doyle Beck, Clement Lilly, Xon Hanna, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers, R. W. Smith, Max Watson and Laverne Wright.
National Nursing Home Week
Friendship Manor Nursing Home observed the National Nursing Home Week May 9-12. On Monday afternoon, the home had a Mother’s Day Tea at 1:30 p.m. Mothers were given corsages. After a brief Mother’s Day program, a luncheon was served and photos were taken of the moms.
Tuesday afternoon, a Mexican Fiesta Day was held and they celebrated Cinco De Mayo with a fiesta-themed party. The room and tables were decorated in the theme, and some of the employees were dressed Mexican. About 12 residents were given large Mexican straw hats to wear. Non-alcoholic frozen strawberry margaritas were served in blue margarita glasses with Mexican decorated straws. Refreshments also included four dips and tostado chips. During the afternoon recorded Mexican music was played.
Games included pin the tail on the donkey and pass the hot potato – they made a large circle around the room and (instead of a hot potato) a large straw hat was passed quickly to the right, and the person who had it when the music stopped had to drop out; the last one to hold the hat was the winner. Everyone received prizes such as pens, pencils, etc.
Manager Chuck Hutson did a Mexican dance for a couple of minutes wearing a very large hat.
Avena Park Board
The Avena Township Park Board still needs lifeguards for the St. Elmo Swimming Pool and applications are available at the Bradford Supply.
Because of the rains, the pool has filled with water, and the board is going to ask the fire department if it will pump it out. Board members will check the pump house and different mechanisms to see if the pool can be opened at the end of May, but the opening also will depend on the weather.
The board discussed the filing of the 2010 taxes, but the accountant was absent from the meeting.
Also discussed was the Saturday, Sept. 3, Labor Day Weekend Community Auction scheduled to be held in the St. Elmo Community Park. The board would like for those interested in supplying items for the auction to put the date on their calendars and start
thinking about what they want auctioned.
Those present were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Ro Mars, Buddy Mitchell, Tony Porter and Janni Wright.
Claypool CTA President
A Chicago resident, Forrest Claypool, has been elected president of the Chicago Transit Authority. He is the son of Marilyn Claypool and the late Jim Claypool, and graduated from the St. Elmo High School in 1975.
The Chicago Sun Times Blog reports: Forrest Claypool served two terms as Cook County commissioner. As commissioner, he spearheaded whistleblower legislation to help crack down on fraud, led the fight against waste and excessive taxes and championed healthcare reforms that are making primary care more accessible to Cook County residents. Claypool is also a former superintendent of the Chicago Park District. At the park district, he successfully streamlined the budget, rooted out waste and abuse, lowered taxes and increased programs for families and kids across the city. During his long career in public service, Claypool has served as Illinois’ deputy state treasurer, deputy commissioner of the Cook County Board of (Property Tax) Appeals and chief of Staff to Mayor Richard M. Daley. Claypool graduated from Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois College of Law.
Post-Polio Survivors
Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois had the monthly meeting the evening of May 12 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center in Mattoon, with the following present: Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo; Marian Martin of Altamont; Vicky Robinson of Mason; Betty Anderson, Annie Barber, Glee Helms, and Mary Lou Replogle, all of Charleston; Dawn Maple and Betty O’Dell of Mattoon; and Fred and Sue Bumpus of Arcola.
The meeting this month had those attending share about something personally helpful such as procedures, devices, etc. Martin’s part-time caregiver, Robinson, who has learned therapeutic message, demonstrated how she faithfully massages Martin’s legs, ankles and feet to loosen the muscles and guides her through exercises to counteract the painful feeling of her legs being drawn up. Martin said the tension/pain has virtually gone because of the past six week’s therapy.
Barber demonstrated another exercise routine, to help with a stiff neck or to prevent having pain in the neck.
Items talked about included a hand-held battery can opener, using a vice-grip needle-nosed pliers for just about anything that requires special hand strength, the life saver that is worn around the neck, walkers, having the blood checked for Vitamin D deficiency for a low count may cause muscle pain, a pedestal that can be installed underneath a toilet  to raise it (before it is installed), two plastic bags on top of each other can facilitate movement on a seat or bench, etc.
Helms gave each one a booklet, “S. O. S. Save Our Shoulders:  A Guide for Polio Survivors.”
After the meeting Rhodes, Martin, Robinson, Anderson, Helms and O’Dell ate at the Mattoon Italian restaurant.
Library Board
After approving the April minutes and paying the bills, the newly elected board members of the St. Elmo District Library were sworn in at the board meeting held the evening of May 12 at the St. Elmo Public Library; they are Don Crawford, Rod Crawford, Tony Koeberlein and Kathy Spitler. The board then appointed Norma Tipsword for a two-year term.
Ordinances to set meeting dates for the 2011-12 fiscal year and for prevailing wages were adopted by roll call vote.
A public hearing for the budget and appropriation ordinance will be held on July 14 at 7 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library.
The USDA grant for the Beecher City Branch Library has been approved for $40,000, and the board voted to accept the contract for the grant funds from the USDA for the Beecher City Branch Library.
The district library also has been awarded a $27,000 technical grant that will be used for all three libraries.
The summer reading program at the St. Elmo, Beecher City and Brownstown libraries will begin on June 6.
United Methodist Graduation Sunday
Graduates were recognized and given gifts during the First United Methodist morning  worship service May 15.
Those present were: Sherri Scholes from college, Britani Beasley, Garrett Buzzard and Brooke Maxey from high school, Darby Moss, Baylee Scholes and Megan Taplin from eighth grade, and Kinley Carson, Odie Heltsley, Collin Maxey and Kelly Moss from the Frog Pond/preschool.
Absent were Kaitlin Buzzard, Dylan Myers, Taylor Schaal and Blake Wright, college graduates, and Mitchell Buzzard, a high school graduate.
Kathy Spitler was the organist. For the anthem, the chancel choir sang a cappella “Bound for Jubilee.”  At the worship dismissal, the choir sang a cappella “Blessing of Aaron.”  The choir, which is directed by Spitler, will not sing again until after Labor Day.
Joann Owen had to be on dialysis for a year, but prayers must have been answered, because on May 3, she was taken off dialysis. She is being monitored.