St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, Aug. 17
• Teacher in-service – no student attendance.

Thursday, Aug. 18
• First day of school, with dismissal at 11:30 a.m.
• Vit-Em-In Class potluck will be held at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.
Friday, Aug. 19
• Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.
• St. Elmo Swimming Pool will be open from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 20
• St. Elmo Swimming Pool, noon-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 21
• The Owen-Miller Reunion will be held at noon at the Good Old Banquet Center, Brownstown. All family and friends are invited.
• The St. Elmo Swimming Pool, noon-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 22
• Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.
• St. Elmo Swimming Pool open from 6-8 p.m.
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board will meet at 10 a.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office.
Tuesday, Aug. 23
• Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.
• St. Elmo Swimming Pool will be open from 6-8 p.m.
• District 6 of Illinois Home and Community Education will have a meeting at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn. Registration starts at 9 a.m.
• The Masonic Lodge #769 will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, Aug. 24
• Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.
• St. Elmo Swimming Pool will be open from 6-8 p.m.
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. RNA members are to take to the meeting items collected for the Vandalia Pregnancy Center.
Thursday, Aug. 25
• Early school dismissal at 2 p.m.
• St. Elmo Swimming Pool will be open from 6-8 p.m.
• The St. Elmo Business Association will meet at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., Effingham Cracker Barrel. Will leave St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 10:30 a.m.
Future Announcements
• The Lilly-Wright family reunion will have a potluck at noon on Saturday, Aug. 27 in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. Fried chicken, beverages and table service will be provided. A white elephant sale will follow a short business meeting. There also will be a raffle of a cross-stitch picture, and tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
• Those wishing to enter the Labor Day parade can register at St. Elmo City Hall. The fee will be $2 through Aug. 3l; registration on parade day will be $5.
Future Event to Mark on Your Calendars
• A Community Consignment Auction, sponsored by the Avena Township Park Board to help with the park and swimming pool, will be held in the St. Elmo Community Park behind the swimming pool starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4.
Accepted for the bidding will be cars, trucks, mowers, etc.; clothing will not be accepted. If you have questions, call Greg Haslett at Bradford Supply, 829-3240, or Tony Porter at 267-9725.
St. Elmo Public Library
to Get New Furnaces and Air Conditioners
At the St. Elmo District Library Board meeting held the evening of Aug. 11, after approving the minutes of the July 6 and July 14 meetings and the July 14 budget hearing and paying the bills, the board voted to adopt the new budget and appropriations ordinance.
The board discussed the offer of the Culbertson Heating and Cooling of Vandalia for furnaces and air conditioners – the ones in the St. Elmo Public Library are old and not working well, and present a liability hazard with wet floors. A motion by Jennings, seconded by Fedrigon, to have Culbertson’s replace the furnaces and air conditioners passed.
Don Crawford is working on the per capita grant. The Gates Grant computers are here and should be finished next week. The Penny Severans Grant is also finished and ready to be submitted.
The 2010 census has been reported to Robert Jones at the Illinois State Library. The census population for the library is 6,168.
The IPLAR report is finished and ready to be submitted with the appropriate paperwork to be mailed.
Wayne Moran is starting on the Digital Divide order.
Ginny Wilbur is planning to start some adult programs in special areas and a 3-4-year-old fall reading program at the Brownstown Branch Library. She also is going to check on some evening or Saturday hours for the library at Brownstown.
The building purchase at Beecher City may close at the end of August.
Thank you letters have been sent to the businesses that donated to the summer reading program.
The St. Elmo Public Library book sale has made $88 so far. Beecher City Branch Library also is going to do a book sale, probably starting the week of Aug. 22.
Cindy Fedrigon is to contact Randy Watson about having the museum in the St. Elmo Public Library open on the Labor Day weekend, with the hours to be determined.
The board voted to go into executive session at 8:45 p.m. to discuss litigation. The executive session ended at 9 p.m.
In regard to the pending court matters, the library board voted that restitution, not incarceration, is their primary concern.
St. Elmo Blood Drive
There were 27 who registered at the American Red Cross blood drive held in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall the afternoon of Aug. 8, but only 21 were able to donate, so the 24 unit quota was missed by three.
Roger Fulk of Brownstown received a 15-gallon pin (120 units of blood) and Dave Hill III of St. Elmo received a 6-gallon pin (48 units of blood).
In addition to Fulk, the presenters who have given more than 50 units (pints) of blood are:  Ina Abendroth of St. Elmo, 129; Andy Lilly of Beecher City, 113; Pat Logsdon of St. Elmo, 109; Leroy Snyder of St. Elmo, 89; Wayne Lovett of Brownstown, 70; and Dale Roll of St. Elmo, 53.
Drive chairman Karen Denning was appreciative of the donors and the following workers:  Ray Morris, who put up the posters; the city workers who unloaded the equipment; the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education for donating the homemade cookies; the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club for covering the canteen expense; and the following who did various jobs during the drive – Ina Abendroth, Helen Koonce, Mary Myers, Pat Porter, Irene Reed, Marilyn Sproat, Max Watson and Ethelyn Williams.
The next Red Cross blood drive that will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be on Monday, Oct. 10, from 1-6 p.m.
St. Elmo Lions Club
Present for the St. Elmo Lions Club meeting held the evening of Aug. 8 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Dave Maxey, Charles Moore, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley and Bob Wells.
President Wells opened with the pledge of allegiance, and Denton gave the meal blessing.
Having a club anniversary is Fulk, who was a member of the Brownstown chapter for nine years when it was organized and has been a member of the St. Elmo chapter for six years.
The Labor Day parade was discussed in further detail, to include registration and categories. The categories will be mostly the same as last year. Early registration of $2, available at the St. Elmo City Hall, started Aug. 5 and will end on Aug.31. Registration on parade day will be $5. Specific parade day job assignments were handed out to individual members. Advertising also was discussed.
The Lions Club cakewalk will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Labor Day.The club will help support the “Jump for Joel” marathon to be held on Sept. 24. Details will be forthcoming.
Avena Township Park Board
St. Elmo Swimming Pool Manager Lara Ledbetter gave a very good report on the pool at the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of Aug. 10 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building. The pool will remain open through Labor Day.
The pool hours are noon to 5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. most days, but, because school starts on Aug. 19, it only will be open from 6-8 p.m. weekdays. There will be free swimming on Labor Day.
Plans were finalized for the community auction that will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, just north of the swimming pool. Items for the sale can be taken to the park from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday morning until 9:30 a.m.
Food available at the sale will include pork burgers, hot dogs, chips and sodas.
Board members present at the meeting were Daryl Calvert, Greg Haslett, Ro Mars, Buddy Mitchell, Tony Porter and Janice Russell.
Lunch Bunch
Only a few were able to attend the Lunch Bunch get-together held at noon Aug. 11 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. They were Pat Porter of Farina, Sue Pollock of St. James, Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown and Karen Denning of St. Elmo.
Post-Polio Survivors and Friends
A meeting of the Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois was held the evening of Aug. 11 at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center in Mattoon with the following present: Doris Haberland and Wendy Radtke of Toledo; Betty Anderson, Annie Barber, Glee Helms and Mary Lou Replogle, all of Charleston; Betty O’Dell of Mattoon; John and Teresa Flinn of Wheeler; and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo. Joining them by phone was Dawn Maple of Mattoon.
Barber was in charge of the meeting. There was no meeting in July. She had them tell what they have done and what has happened to them during the summer. They also talked about what they would do at the October “We’re Still Here” meeting to let the community know “We Are Still Here.”
The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Anyone interested in post-polio survivors is welcome to attend.
After the meeting, Anderson, Helms, O’Dell and Rhodes ate at a restaurant in Mattoon.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
I have news to tell about my Chicago visit Aug, 7-10. First, my son-in-law, Prentiss G. Lee of Green Oaks, received his doctorate degree from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn., in May. On Aug. 13, he participated in the graduation ceremony held in the Minneapolis municipal auditorium.
His wife, my daughter, Phyllis, and their children, Soo Jin and Chae Rin, left at noon on Aug.10 to go to Minneapolis.
While I was at their home, Prentiss let me look at his dissertation work: “High School Principal Leadership and Student Achievements: the Effects of Transformational Leadership in the Illinois Prairie State Achievement.”  The dedication of the book included his late mother, Christine Lee, his wife and daughters.
Prentiss is high school superintendent at Libertyville and Vernon Hills.
I left at 8 a.m. on Aug. 7, the first time I have driven to Chicago since August 2009. It is a five hour trip (I-57, I-80, I-294), because Green Oaks is about 30 miles north of O’Hare. After we had lunch, Phyllis took me out to the gardens. They live on almost an acre in a cul-de-sac and Phyllis inherited both of her grandmothers’ green thumbs. They had moved there in November 2008, so when I saw it in 2009, not much has been done yet.
This year I saw beautiful flowers in various gardens that had paths around them. Also planted were many evergreens and trees, including oaks. One area also was a vegetable garden. When in the garden, we saw clouds and almost immediately when we got back into the house, it started raining, and rained for several hours. It rained again on Monday morning. They didn’t need the rain. Prentiss said the rains in that area had set a record.
My granddaughters and I, and sometimes Phyllis, played various games. And, of course, I got to love my granddog, Ginger.
On Aug. 9, my son, Steve Rhodes, and his friend, Scott Edmonds, both of Chicago came for lunch and stayed until evening. The evening meal included a birthday cake for Soo Jin, who will be 13 on Aug. 20. She is in the eighth grade and Chae Rin is in the sixth grade. It doesn’t seem like one is a teenager, but the grandkids grow up very fast!
I left Green Oaks around 9 a.m. the morning of Aug. 10 and ate lunch in Champaign. I had my handicapped van checked after lunch and arrived back home at 4 p.m., safe and sound.
Lighthouse Pregnancy Center
The August newsletter, Lightlines, from the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center reported that the center has been under some much-needed improvements to the building and grounds.
The building and maintenance committee has been busy improving the back entrance, making it a safe entry into the building. A seating area also was put in place as a quiet spot to enjoy lunch or refreshment during good weather.
The front parking lot has been refinished with asphalt. Also planned is to lay down some rock between the buildings that lead to the rear parking area. This drive is overgrown with weeds and needs some attention.
Anyone that would like to donate a load of rock for this project is welcome to do so. Contact the office at 1121 N. Sixth St. in Vandalia, 283-8750.
Another project on the list is to paint the outside of the building and is scheduled for the next six to eight weeks. If anyone is interested in volunteering to help paint or donate to this project, contact the center.
The annual Baby Bottle Campaign will start on the first Sunday in September and end the first Sunday in October. The fundraising committee will make contact with individuals and churches to order the baby bottles.
This campaign helps with the expenses to the end of the year and beyond. The center has been blessed in past campaigns, with donations as high as $14,000, mostly in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, and everyone’s participation in this campaign is appreciated.
Generous donations help keep the Baby Boutique fully supplies for the clients who truly appreciate the opportunity to shop for some much needed items to care for their babies.
Currently needed are: digital thermometers and medicine droppers; pacifiers, bottles and bottle brushes; baby powder; baby bath towels and wash cloths; and baby shoes and socks.
The mission of the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center of Fayette County is a Christ-centered ministry that acknowledges the absolute worth of all human life and exists to provide accurate information, compassionate care and practical assistance to those affected by a crisis pregnancy and related issues.