St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

By Anna Jean Rhodes

Wednesday, Nov. 17
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
• CHILL Youth Group, 6 p.m., fellowship hall of the First United Methodist Church.
• Kids’ Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, Nov. 18
• Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class annual turkey potluck, noon, in the First United Methodist Church fellowship hall. Furnished will be turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy and beverages. Those attending are to take a potluck dish to complete the meal.
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants, noon, at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• St. Elmo Historical Society, 6 p.m. potluck, at the St. Elmo Devonian.
Saturday, Nov. 20
• “Christmas in St. Elmo.” It is co-sponsored by the St. Elmo Business Association and the Ministerial Alliance, and Main Street will remain open. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., businesses will be open and most churches will have open houses.
The St. Elmo community Christmas tree will be lit at 6 p.m., and the raffle drawing will be held.
People are required to visit all participating businesses and churches, and get a card stamped in order to be eligible for the prizes to be awarded – a room for two at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham, dinner at Firefly Grill in Effingham, a $100 gift certificate for the Effingham Performance Center and a $100 gift certificate to be used at any St. Elmo business.
From 6-9 p.m., non-profit young groups and other church groups are encouraged to have booths to raise money; there will be no charge to have a booth.
Monday, Nov. 22
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Extension Office in Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, Nov. 23
• St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple
Thursday, Nov. 25
• Happy Thanksgiving Day!
American Legion
Two visitors, Paul Sarver of Herrick and Bob Heckert, were present at the American Legion Post #420 meeting held the evening of Nov. 9 at the Legion Home.
A new flagpole has been installed at the Legion Home, and the old flag pole has been installed at the Wren Bridge fountain. Sarver talked about the pole, saying it has a sign in memory of those who have served, and he showed a picture of it.
Heckert was present to ask for the Legion to help at the Veterans Day ceremony. He also told about being an escort the first of November for World War II veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C. A group of 56 flew from the St. Louis airport.
The St. Elmo Legion each year donates trees to Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and three or four Legion members will help at the tree farm near Greenville to get the trees ready for a semi to take them to Ft. Leonard Wood.
This is the 74th year for the Haven Jubilee, the veterans’ home between Marion and Carbondale.
The business meeting included: a letter from the MIA-POW that thanked them for donations; the trees around the Legion Home have been trimmed by Doyle Beck; and letters for the building will be checked on.
Those present were Doyle Beck, Charles Bosomworth, Xon Hanna, Clement Lilly, Dick Lowe, Ernie Myers, R. W. Smith, Jack Sproat, Max Watson and Laverne Wright.
Veterans Day Ceremony
The Veterans Day Ceremony in honor of past and present veterans was held at 11 a.m. at the Memorial Wall, and a good crowd attended. American Legion members who assisted Bob Heckert were Doyle Beck, Charles Bosomworth, Xon Hanna, Dick Lowe, Ernie Myers, R. W. Smith and Max Watson.
Flags that had been donated by individuals, families or organizations were flown the past year, and a flag retirement/dedication ceremony was held.
The American flag donated in honor of Jennie Bosomworth was presented to two of the sons, Charles and Eric.
The Navy flag donated by the St. Elmo Lions Club in memory of Forrest Fritz was presented to Lions Club member LeMar Marchman.
The Air Force flag donated in memory of Louis Aldridge was presented to his wife, Margaret.
The Army flag donated in memory of Jim Aldridge was presented to his wife, Betty.
Lions Club
The Caring and Sharing program sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club was discussed at its meeting held the evening of Nov. 8 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
The application deadline was Nov.15. The boxes distribution date is Dec. 18 at the Avena Town Hall in St. Elmo, and all applicants will be notified by mail prior to Dec. 18.
President Dave Maxey led in the pledge of allegiance, and Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing. Randy Wolf was recognized for his eighth anniversary as a club member.
The Heath Bar candy sales were once again an overwhelming success.
The Lions Club will have another meeting this month, Nov. 15, and only one meeting in December. The Dec. 20 meeting will be for the Christmas dinner and scholarship awards.
In addition to Maxey, Lowe and Wolf, those present for the meeting were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, LeMar Marchman, Charles Moore, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley and Bob Wells.
Lunch Bunch
Present for the Lunch Bunch held at noon on Nov. 11 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were: Gene and Avis Clark of Salem, Janet Funneman of Teutopolis, Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Paul and Brenda Little of Metropolis, and Susie Pollack and Pat Porter of Farina.
For the Dec. 9 meeting at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, those attending are to take a $10 gift eligible for a man or woman.
St. Mary’s Annual Fall Dinner
A total of 362 attended the annual fall dinner held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Nov. 14. Betty Springman of Brownstown won the 50/50 drawing.
The church appreciates all who attended and those who helped with the fundraiser.
Avena Township Park Board
Santa Claus will be at the St. Elmo Community Park from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Centennial Building, and hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served. People wanting to donate cookies or brownies for this should have them at the park by 1 p.m. that day.
The Avena Township Park Board meeting was held the evening of Nov. 9 in the Centennial Building.
They discussed decorating the park on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Also discussed were the final winterizing of the swimming pool and waiting for the gas furnace to be installed.
At the October meeting, the board voted to purchase for the Centennial Building a Rudd gas furnace, and thought it would be installed by this month’s meeting. Some parts had to be ordered, but the furnace should be installed soon.
As a non-profit organization, Larry Stine reported that the Avena Township Park Board received credit on an Ameren electric bill.
Present for the Board meeting were Daryl Calvert, Greg Haslett, Buddy Mitchell, Ro Mars, Tony Porter and Janni Wright.
Post-Polio Survivors & Friends
Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois met the evening of Nov. 11 in the Education Center of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital, Mattoon and saw a DVD program, “Post-Polio Syndrome – Shades of Grey.” Dr. Lauro Halstead, author of “Managing Post Polio – A Guide to Living and Aging Well With Post-Polio Syndrome,” spoke on pain. “Listening to Your Body” was by Dr. Richard Bruno, author of “The Polio Paradox – What You Need to Know.”
The PPS&F has a librarywith copies of these books and most of PPS read them, but, those present thought it was interesting to see and hear the men who wrote the books.
At the meeting, PPS members updated each other on the illnesses, recoveries and special needs of absent members.
It was decided to have the Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m. at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Effingham. Those attending are to take special assistive devices to “show and tell” to perhaps help each other meet needs.
Present at the meeting were the following:  Marian Martin of Altamont, Vicki Robinson of Effingham, John and Theresa Flinn of Wheeler, Tom and Sandy Breese of Marshall, Dawn Maple and Betty O’Dell of Mattoon, Betty Anderson, Glee Helms and Annie Barber of Charleston, Fred and Sue Bumpas of Arcola, and Byron and Chlora Little of Tuscola. Seven went to Paglacci’s in Mattoon for dinner after the meeting:  Martin, Robinson, Helms, Anderson, O’Dell and the Flinns.