Wednesday, Jan. 5
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., at the Loudon Town House.
Thursday, Jan. 6
• Epiphany day.
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m. Erna Koontz is hostess.
• The Fayette County Extension Foundation, 6 p.m., at the Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., at the St. Elmo Public Library. The program is to be a magic show by James Schaible.
Sunday, Jan. 9
• The administrative board of First United Methodist Church will meet in the overflow room following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. Members of the board are Pastor John Eisfelder, Chairman David Maxey, Richard Lowe, Joni Springman, Delva Krost, Brandi Maxey, Kay Hanna, Helen Koonce, Leatha Newberry, Cathy Flowers and a trustee representative.
Monday, Jan. 10
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, Jan. 11
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., at the St. Elmo Public Library.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., at the Legion Home.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Wednesday, Jan. 12
• The Avena Township Park Board, 7 p.m., in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
Thursday, Jan. 13
• Lunch Bunch, noon, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Fayette County Livestock Committee, 6:30 p.m., at the Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., at the St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., in the Effingham Masonic Temple.
Illinois State Fair 4-H Changes
Each county had been notified by the Illinois State Fair and Department of Agriculture that the Junior Home Economics Building has essentially been condemned and that 4-H will not have use of any of that space for the 2011 State Fair.
At this time, the announcement includes the Junior Department Dormitory. The continued deterioration of the roof and mold issues in various parts of the building has finally taken its toll on the primary 4-H exhibit space.
At this point, they are working with the State Fair manager and competitive events office to find adequate space in which to hold the judging and general 4-H exhibits. This may involve separating projects to a number of different locations throughout the grounds.
While multiple locations may not be ideal, State Fair management really does not wish to decrease the number of exhibits that are allowed to be at the state fair because of this issue. So, they are all working together to solve this problem.
At this time, the counties are anticipating that there will not be any type of sleeping arrangements for 4-H exhibitors.
Fayette County Director Rachelle Hollinshead will try to keep the public informed as details unfold for this 2011year.
Donnie and Norma Engeljohn met at Zion Lutheran Church in Loogootee, when they grew up going to the church.
On Jan. 1, 1961, Donnie Engeljohn and Norma Jean Albright were united in marriage. On Jan. 1, 2011 their family had an open house for them to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
They are parents of: Doug Engeljohn of St. Elmo; Dona Engeljohn Oakes of Fall River, Kan.; and Dr. Daryl Engeljohn of Belleville. There are two grandchildren: Dillon and Taylor Oakes.
The open house was held at Zion Lutheran Church, where they were married. In the decorations, the family used paper bells that had been used at the wedding. On display were Norma’s wedding gown, shoes, ring-bearer pillow and dried bridal bouquet.
Refreshments included cake, cookies, candies, chocolate-dipped strawberries, punch and coffee, and at the serving table were Dona and Taylor Oakes. Daryl Engeljohn took pictures.
In addition to many friends who attended and the mentioned family members, other family members who attended were: Doug’s wife, Shannon; Dona’s husband, Jeff; Norma’s sister, Karen Wright of LeRoy, who was maid-of-honor at the wedding; a brother, Charles Albright of Springfield, who was a groomsman; a sister-in-law, Darlene Albright of Kokomo, Ind.; Donnie’s sister-in-law, Oma Russ of Altamont, who is the widow of Carol Engeljohn, who was Donnie’s best man; and several nieces and nephews.
Donnie has owned and operated Engeljohn Trucking Service for 55 years. Norma, a registered nurse, recently retired after working at the Fayette County Hospital for 48 years.
After the reception, a family dinner was held at the church. It was catered by Joe’s Pizza of Vandalia.
The Fayette County Museum, Vandalia, has changed the cases displays for January.
There will be vintage calendars, a Civil War display and a display on the three Illinois state capitols that were at Vandalia and the governors who served in them.
The museum, located at the corner of Kennedy Blvd. and Main, is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. It will not be open on Sunday afternoons until March.
My daughter and family, Phyllis and Prentiss Lea, Soo Jin and Chae Rin of Green Oaks were with me from Dec.28-30.
We had a gift exchange Tuesday evening. The girls like to eat the French fries at the Hilton Garden Inn, so we all went there at noon on Wednesday and had the main Christmas dinner at home that evening.
The Leas returned home around noon on Thursday. (My granddog, Gingersnap, a cocker spaniel, didn’t come with them this time.)
The girls brought a game with them, and I gave them three for Christmas so we had a good time playing games and not watching TV.
The last week of 2010, I was not by myself. Ariel Crum helped me on Monday, my family came Tuesday-Thursday, Joyce Drees, who lives close to me, visited with me Wednesday morning, Lois Propeck helped me Friday morning, and Richard and Carol Edmonds of Carlinville visited with me Friday afternoon.
It is the first time since I came home from the nursing home that I have had people in my home every day in a week.
The new year of 2011, started with no visitors, but I caught up on some reading.
I collect recipes and cookbooks and thought you might like to have some short, good recipes since there is not a lot of news for this paper.
Easy Cookies – 1 box cake mix (regular size and any flavor), 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 4 ounces softened butter. Mix altogether, shape walnut-size balls, put them of a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
More Easy Cookies – 1 regular size cake mix with pudding, 1/3 cup oil and 2 eggs. Mix altogether, shape in 1-inch balls and flatten. Bake on ungreased sheet at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. If desired, frost with canned frosting.
Melt-Away Biscuits – Blend 1 cup melted butter and 1 cup sour cream. Mix in 2 cups self-rising flour. Fill lightly greased muffin cups two-thirds full and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
RNA New Year’s Dinner
Royal Neighbors of America Camp #5784 held a ham and beans potluck dinner at the Phillips Building at noon on Jan. 1.
Irene Reed made the ham and beans. Other foods enjoyed included sourkraut and sausage, green bean casserole, cucumber and onions, taco dip, cooked cabbage, cole slaw, cornbread, black-eyed peas, Harvard beets, potato casserole, chips and dip, pizza, pies, cookies and an assortment of other desserts.
Following the dinner, a short business meeting was held, and all enjoyed a few rounds of bingo.
Attending were Marsha Wright, Peyton Hoopingarner, Natalie Hoopingarner, Corey Hoopingarner, Della Stewart, Jill Stewart, Irene Reed, Shirley Smith, Leona Wright, Laverne Wright, Oliver Wright, Edna Wright, Ina Abendroth, Sandra Braasch, Harry Braasch, Margie Sarver, R. W. Smith, Mary Smith, Brad Smith, Larry Reed, Clement Lilly, Rosemary Owens, Richard Lowe, Bill Stewart, Velma Lilly and Nancy Arnold.