St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, June 1
• A reminder that youth age 8 and older may enroll in a three-day photography workshop that will be given at the Vandalia Extension Office from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 6; Wednesday, June 8; and Friday, June 10. Reservations have to be made by this Wednesday. There is no cost for 4-H members, and the cost is $10 for non-4-H youth. Call 283-2753 to register.

• The Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
Thursday, June 2
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4
• St. Elmo Historical Society is having a bake sale at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, starting at 7:30 a.m. Donations will be appreciated.
Sunday, June 5
• St. Elmo Historical Society is having a fundraiser brat supper from 4-7 p.m. in the American Legion Home. Brats, hot dogs, homemade potato salad, baked beans, cole slaw, tea and lemonade; $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-10, and age 2 and under eat free.
There also will be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing. Tickets are available at the Devonian, Fayette County Bank, Sperry’s Service, St. Elmo Pet Clinic and at the door.
Monday, June 6
• American Red Cross blood drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. Food and refreshments to all presenting donors. Those who donate will be automatically entered to win a trip to the heartland of country music, Nashville, Tenn.
• The summer reading program will start at the St. Elmo Public Library. Those interested can register on Monday. The library’s hours are noon-7 p.m., Mondays; noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 4-7 p.m. on Thursdays; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, June 7
• Friendly Neighbors potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, June 8
• The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
Thursday, June 9
• The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 5 p.m., in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board meeting, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Library.
• Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #110, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Some Future Events to Put on Your Calendar
• The St. Elmo Christian Church Bible school, 6:30-8:30 p.m., June 10-12.
• The Fayette County Home and Community annual meeting, 11 a.m., June 14, at Vandalia Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
• A Bible school in the St. Elmo Community Park June 17-18; the time will be announced.
• The 2011 Amateur Town & Country and Professional Art Shows at the Artworks Gallery in the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia, June 18-16.
Friendship Manor
Throughout each month, Friendship Manor Nursing Home has many special activities for the residents, and one day observes birthdays. The May birthday party was the afternoon of May 17 in the dining room, which had balloons on the serving table that held birthday cakes, ice cream and punch.
Residents with May birthdays are Ruby Meadows on the 4th, Delores Weaver on the 7th, Julie Dasenbrock on the 13th and Jennie Alice Harner on the 26th.  Employees with May birthdays are the following:  Christopher Jennings on the 6th, Jesika Whitaker on the 9th, Tomisue Stokes on the 11th, Donna Earth on the 14th, Sherri Baker on the 30th and Briana Cain on the 31st.
The Friendship Manor observed National Nursing Home Week, May 9-13, with a Mother’s Day tea, a fiesta, a sports day, a dircus and a pet parade.
Entertainment for May included the Lester White Band, the Beecher City Kitchen Band, Pee Wee Denton, Tom Thoele and Jerry Frailey.
Monthly activities also included a Sundae Monday, a pot-a-plant day, out to eat, balloon ball, squishy ball, remember when, bingo, dominoes, social hours and each Friday, women’s and men’s nails are done. Also, worship services are held Sunday afternoons, an evening and Thursday mornings, and sing-a-longs each Wednesday morning.
Fayette County HCE
At the Fayette County Home and Community Education Board meeting held the morning of May 23 in the Vandalia Extension Office, County Extension Director Rachelle Hollinshead joined them.
She talked about some of the changes Extension is undergoing, and it is anticipated that on July 1, hours will be cut back for the secretary, Debbie Boley, and the community worker/FNP Jo Stine. The Extension Office may only be open three days a week, instead of the five days it always has been.
She asked that HCE members contact their legislators to support the House’s version of the Department of Agriculture’s budget, House Bill 124 House Amendment #1. Let them know there are cuts, but they are cuts we can live with.
Each of the four counties in the district (Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper) is to have two representatives on the executive board that will meet twice a year. President Flo Allen and Second Vice President Anna Jean Rhodes are the representatives and will go to the Sept.15 meeting in the evening at the Effingham Library.
The board opened with the pledge of allegiance. Mary Smith furnished homemade Irish soda bread for all to sample and most of it was given to Panzi Blackwell, who wasn’t the successful bidder for Irish soda bread at the April HCE Get-Acquainted Day.
Plans for the County HCE annual meeting have been finalized. It will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Registration will be at 11 a.m. and the potluck will be served at 11:30 a.m. The business meeting will follow the potluck. Officers will be installed and plaques will be given to the Unit of the Year and the Homemaker of the Year.
Whole hog raffle tickets for the 4-H fundraiser are being sold at $1 each or six for $5. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Fayette County Fair in July. Most of the HCE board members bought tickets.
Board members present were Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing and Phyllis Pryor of the Sefton Unit, Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit, Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit, Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit, Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit and Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit. All except Blackwell and Mary Smith ate lunch at the newly opened Capital View Restaurant across from the Vandalia Statehouse.
St. Elmo Lions Club
This year’s St. Elmo Lions Club scholarship certificates were awarded at the St. Elmo High School graduation on May 21. The recipients were Kevyn Ray and Kase Stolte. Andrea Carson made the certificates.
The Lions Club meeting opened the evening of May 23 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, with President David Maxey leading the pledge of allegiance and Pee Wee Denton giving the meal blessing.
Lions Club members helped with the Stamp Out Hunger collection sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service on May 14.
The Labor Day Parade was discussed further to include early registration planning, categories, possible themes and parade marshals.
In addition to Maxey and Denton, those present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Charles Moore, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
Classes of 1975 and 1976 Reunion
The St. Elmo High School graduating classes of 1975 and 1976 and families and friends were invited to a reunion at Daryl’s Dine-In the afternoon of May 29.
Music from the 1970s was played, some wore 1970s clothes and there was a table holding three poster collages of pictures and an electronic collage showing 100 pages of the 1975 Elmonian yearbook. The room was decorated with blue and white balloons, and red, white and blue flowers.
Tables had on them papers that had the 1975 yearbook wills and prophecies, and pictures and headlines from kindergarten (1963) through the 1975 graduation year.
The food buffet held many items including four salads, relishes, several varieties of cheeses, crackers, chips and dips, two kinds of chicken, hot poppers, egg rolls, nachos, chili and homemade rolls from Daryl’s aunt, Mary Duffey. There also were various soda pops, coffee, iced tea, cake, cupcakes, blackberry cobbler and ice creams available.
Those attending were the following from the class of 1975:  Steve Rhodes of Chicago; his mother, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, his sister and family, Prentiss and Phyllis Lea, Soo Jin and Chae Rin of Green Oaks, and a friend, Scott Edmonds of Chicago; Charlie Durbin of St. Elmo and his wife, Nancy, and son, Clifton; Lyndon Willms of Murphysboro and his wife Rita; Teresa Dothager of Houston, Texas, and her mother, Imogene Dothager of St. Elmo; and Linda Dial Hubbartt of Windsor.
Those attending from the class of 1976: Daryl Calvert Reed of St. Elmo and her husband Don and son Revis; Ronnie Hinton of St. Elmo; and Pam Fair Johnson of Mulberry Grove.
Linda Thorton Brown, of the class of 1976, called that afternoon from Bowling Green, Mo., and spoke with several alumni. Given as door prizes were CD’s with 1970s music.
The party’s organizers were Steve Rhodes and Daryl Calvert.
Assisting at the restaurant were waitresses Channing Dial, Taylor Carson and Shelby Scoles.
RNA #5784
Because of a conflict, the Royal Neighbors of America #5784 had the Wednesday, May 25, meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Loudon Town House, instead of 1 p.m. at the Phillips Building. After the meeting, a bereavement dinner was served at the Loudon Town House to the Nellie Logue Family.
The RNA will have a Mother’s/Father’s Day dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Loudon Townhouse.
The next RNA meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, at the McDonalds in Altamont.
Those present for the meeting were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Ruth Lilly, Raymond Lilly, Irene Reed, Marjorie Sarver, Della Stewart and Betty Wright.
St. Elmo HCE
“My best housekeeping tip” was the roll call answered by members of the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education meeting held the afternoon of May 26 in the home of Anna Jean Rhodes. Those present were Karen Denning, Goldie Harris, Loretta Heischmidt, Noma Moore, Sharon Shelton and Karen Wegscheid, and a guest, Joyce Drees.
A report of the May County HCE Board meeting was given. Members were reminded of the annual meeting that will be held on Tuesday, June 14, at the Vandalia Holy Cross Lutheran Church.
The April special feature lesson, “Breathe – Exercises That Are Beneficial,” was given by Moore. The April major lesson, “Better Car Care,” was given by Wegscheid.
The May special feature lesson, ”Adjusting Recipes for Healthier Living,” was given by Rhodes and the May major lesson, “Outdoor Cooking (Summer Grilling),” was given by Shelton.
Members were reminded that dues are due by the June 23 meeting that will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library, and officers will be elected at the meeting.
Refreshments included recipes from both June lessons – chocolate lovers light brownies and marinated lemon thyme chicken, both made by Shelton, tropical trail mix and 7-Up.