St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Wednesday, Sept. 14
• Breakthru Youth for all ages, potty trained through high school, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.

• Kid’s Klub for children age 4 through the sixth grade, 7-8 p.m. at the First Church of God S.H.E.D.
• The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
Thursday, Sept. 15
• Vit-Em-In Class wiener roast, 5 p.m., home of Jack and Marilyn Sproat. Wieners, buns, beverages and table service will be furnished for the potluck meal.
• The Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Sunday, Sept. 18
• The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance encourages residents to participate in Back to Church Sunday, so attend the church of your choice.
• The Fayette County Museum’s September special event is at 2 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. The executive director of the Illinois Historical Society, William Furry, will present “The Fall of the Sparrows:  Reverend Francis Springer and his Boatload of Orphans.” Tickets ($15 for adults and $7.50 for students in grades 1-12) are available at the door. Refreshments will be served following the program.
• Prairieland Pickers will perform at 2 p.m. at Park Place, 332 Country Road, Centralia.
Monday, Sept. 19
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Tuesday, September 20
• The Fayette County Republicans will have a central committee meeting at 7 p.m. in the small courtroom upstairs at the Fayette County Courthouse at 221 S. Seventh  St. in Vandalia.
Wednesday, Sept. 21
• Breakthru Youth, 6:30-8 p.m., Freedom Reigns in Christ Church.
• Kid’s Klub, 7-8 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, Sept. 22
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education will meet at 2 p.m. at the St. Elmo Public Library. Today’s meeting time has been changed to 2 p.m.
• Scentsy, 5:30-7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Future Announcements
A Jump for Joel fundraiser will start with a spaghetti supper from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at the St. Elmo Christian Church. The cost will be a donation.
The third annual Jump for Joel marathon will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Pinnacle Foods parking lot south of St. Elmo. The registration fee for the event is $26.20, and the proceeds will go to the Jump for Joel’s work at the Gathiga Children’s Hope Home in Kenya, Africa, with focus on raising money for the food supply.
Happy Hollow Farms Now Open
Happy Hollow Farms opened for the season on Sept. 10 and will continue on Fridays from 4-7 p.m., on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Sundays, 1-5 p.m. On Columbus Day, it will be open from 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
In addition to the you-pick pumpkin patch, and a straw and corn maze, there will be apples, local honey, fresh apple cider and mums available.
A fall festival is planned for Saturday and Sunday, Oct.1 and 2. There will be fall crafts, kettle corn, pumpkin painting and more. Vendors for the weekend still are welcome.
Private parties and events also are welcome. You can call 322-6831 for more information.
Happy Hollow Farms is two miles south on County Road 2250, which is just east of the Pinnacle Factory.
Friendship Manor September Events
The main monthly event at the Friendship Manor Nursing Home is a birthday party for residents and employees. It will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, for the following residents and their birthdates, Kaye Smith, Sept. 2; and Bessie Cole, Sept. 29
Friendly Neighbors
Present for the Friendly Neighbors potluck held at noon Sept. 6 at the Phillips Building were Marty and Edith Kolena and Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, Cora Miley of Beecher City, and Ina Abendroth, Jim and Erma Budlove, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Marjorie Sarver, R. W. and Mary Smith, and Laverne and Leona Wright, all of St. Elmo.
Erma Budlove had the tables decorated with a lighthouse and vases of wild flowers. Jim Budlove gave a history quiz.
The Council of Catholic Women started the new year with a meeting the evening of Sept. 6 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish hall. Roll call was answered with “What did you do in the summer?”
Cards were signed for the ill. Announcement was made for the Diocesan DCCW Convention that will be held from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Effingham Keller Convention Center. Four CCW members are to attend and information and money has to be sent by Sept. 16.
The annual fall dinner will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13. The menu will include turkey or roast beef and all the trimmings.
Instead of having a door prize after each of the meetings, the hostesses will provide $10 (either cash or food) to the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
The serving table was decorated in a red, white and blue patriotic theme with a flag centerpiece and flag plates and napkins. The hostesses, Lavonne Kramer and Carol Rine, served lemon and chocolate desserts, peanuts, M&M’s, mints, tea and coffee to Karen Denning, Loretta Heischmidt, Lucille Koeberlein, Pat Porter, Ann Rowland, Betty Springman and Natalie Stout.
Wright’s Corner HCE
First Vice Chairman Carol Austin presided over the meeting of the Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education held the afternoon of Sept. 6 in the Loudon Town House ,with the others present:  Ina Abendroth, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen, Mary Smith, Helen Wright and Leona Wright.
The major lesson, “Cooking from Your Cabinets,” was discussed. The September special feature is to fill out the new program books, but the books were not available.
District Library Board
At the Sept. 8 meeting, the St. Elmo District Library Board learned that Frontier is supposed to start crediting the St. Elmo bill for unused dial-up charges.
Minutes of the Aug. 11 meeting were approved and bills were paid.
Tax monies should be deposited by the end of September from Shelby and Fayette counties, and by the first week of October from Effingham County.
Don Crawford is expected to finish the per-capita grant by the middle of September. The Penny Severns Grant has been submitted.
The district library census was amended to 6,139, subtracting for Dry Point Township in Shelby County.
The IPLAR report (Illinois Public Library Annual Report) was submitted with the appropriate paperwork mailed.
Wayne Moran is starting on the Digital Divide order and Kathy Spitler is to call regarding the timeline for the grant.
The board voted to pay $50 for a notary application for Cindy Fedrigon.
Fedrigon has called IDOT (Illinois Department of Transportation) about signs for Beecher City and Brownstown, and is waiting for a return call.
The new air conditioner and furnaces were installed. The air conditioner is programmed to the library hours and is working well.
Two thank-you letters from the summer reading program bike winners were read.
Dollar General tax exempt status has been filed and the library board is waiting for them to send paperwork.
The St. Elmo Library will be used for the St. Elmo 1960 class reunion on Saturday, May 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Beecher City Library building is waiting on an appraisal from the bank.
The board signed the renewal agreement with ILLINET/OCLC (an automatic computer service).
The museum in the library was open from noon-3 p.m. on Labor Day, but attendance was minimal.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2012 the employee vacation policy is that employees receive one paid vacation day per year of service.
The St. Elmo Library has raised more than $120 in book sales that are winding down, and so far, the Beecher City Library has raised more than $80. The monies will be used to sponsor various programs.
Books that are not sold will be donated to nursing homes, veterans’ hospitals, etc.
The librarians proposed the following:  A Saturday American Red Cross blood drive at St. Elmo that would not compete with those already on rotation (those interested in a Saturday blood drive should sign up at the library to see if enough people are interested in having a Saturday drive); a food drive for the St. Elmo Food Pantry; a toy drive where the toys collected by each library would stay in their own area; an Adult Book Club – the librarians will do an interest survey; and a monthly story time for preschool children, perhaps even lunch and a story.
As of January 2012, all patrons must have their library card with them to check out their books.
Scentsy will be holding a monthly meeting on the fourth Thursdays of each month, from 5:30-7 p.m.
The library will be collecting Coke reward points to be used for new magazine subscriptions. Lisa Koberlein will coordinate the program.
Lunch Bunch
Attending the Lunch Bunch meeting held at noon Sept. 8 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning of St. Elmo.
Post-Polio Survivors and Friends
The Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois met at 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon, with the following present:  John and Theresa Flinn of Wheeler, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and Betty Anderson, Annie Barber, Glee Helms, Dawn Maple and Mary Lou Replogle and Jim and Kay Wells, all of Charleston.
Some of them first went to the new physical therapy facilities (that includes a warmed therapy pool) to take a tour that was given by Karen Dyer. The new facility, located just east of the main Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, is one of the two new buildings, and the sign says Prairie Pavilion II. It opened just a couple of weeks ago.
At the post-polio meeting, they discussed, “We’re Still Here” plans for the Oct. 13 meeting which will be held at 5 p.m. at Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center.
They voted beginning in November to start meeting in the afternoons, and the November meeting possibly will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5.
First United Methodist Church
During the Sunday School hour on Sept, 11 at the First United Methodist Church, the children’s Sunday School class gave each adult a bag of cookies and candies. In the bag was a hand-made flag card with “I Remember 9-11” and “God Bless America” on it.
During the worship service that morning, the organist was Kathy Spitler. It was the first Sunday since spring that the Chancel Choir sang. Itsang “This is My Country” directed by Spitler.
For the Children’s Moments, Anna Jean Rhodes read an article, “The Necklace.”  It was about a 5-year old girl who treasured her $2 pearl necklace. At night, after reading to her, her dad said “Do you love me?”  She said, “Daddy you know I love you.”  Daddy said, “Then give me your pearls.”  She didn’t want to and offered him other things she had.
Several nights later, when her dad went into her room, she was sitting on the bed. She lifted her little hand up to him and said, “Here, daddy; this is for you.”  He reached out to take the dime store necklace, and with the other hand, he reached into his pocket and pulled out a blue velvet case with a strand of genuine pearls and gave them to Jenny.
He had them all the time. He was just waiting for her to give up the dime-store stuff so he could give her the genuine treasure.
So it is, with our Heavenly Father. He is waiting for us to give up the cheap things in our lives so that he can give us beautiful treasures. God will never take away something without giving something better in its place.
85th Birthday Open House
Marian Martin of Altamont observed her 85th birthday on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11, an open house was held in the afternoon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont and many people attended from various communities.
Birthday cake, cup cakes, nuts, mints and punch were served.
Martin is a member of the Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, but because of an illness has not been able to attend for a few months.
The Post-Polio Survivors were told to send birthday cards to her.
Her caregiver, Vicki Robinson, asked anyone who wished to do so to write a letter about a special memory shared with her, why something she has done is special or a funny story about her. About 60 letters were sent or e-mailed to Robinson, who put them in a special book and presented it as a surprise to Martin at the open house.
Post-Polio Survivors and friends who attended were John and Teresa Flinn and their son James of Wheeler, Betty Anderson, Annie Barber and Glee Helms of Charleston, and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.