St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Thursday, September 13
• Embarras River District United Methodist Women fall Annual meeting, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Neoga United Methodist Church.

• The Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Funfest in observance of wine month will be held at the Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James from noon-10 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon to 5 p.m. to attend a concert on Saturday; and the normal hours of 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.
• The St. Elmo District Library Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Friday, September 14
• Happy Hollow Farms opened for the season on Sunday. They are open from 4-7 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
They have a you-pick pumpkin patch, corn and straw maze, and nature walk, and sell local honey, mums, apples and cider. Private parties and events are welcome by calling 292-0984 for more information.
Directions to the farm from the St. Elmo exit: on Interstate Drive (County Road 7) turn south, then turn east on the Brewbaker Road, then turn right on road 2250, proceed two miles until you see the pumpkin patch on your right.
Directions to the farm from St. Peter: take Ill. Route 185 north, turn north on 2100 (County Road 7), turn east onto 1500 North, turn left onto 2250 and proceed two miles until you see the pumpkin patch on your left.
Saturday, September 15
• The Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches will have an annual picnic at 5 p.m. in the Brownstown Park. In case of rain, it will be held across the street from the park in the Brownstown United Methodist Church.
It will be a potluck, with meat and beverages furnished, and those attending are asked to take dishes to share and lawn chairs.
Sunday, September 16
• Following the morning worship at First United Methodist Church, the annual church picnic will be held in the Fellowship Hall.
It will be a catered meal (donations will be appreciated). Also, desserts will be appreciated. All are invited to join in for an afternoon of food, fun for all ages and fellowship
• The first of the Historical Vandalia Inc Season of Events is at 2 p.m. in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
A historical presenter, Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon, will present our country’s first “First Lady.” Dressed as Martha Washington, she will tell what life was like in the mid to late 1700s. Refreshments will be served.
Monday, September 17
• The Board of Historical Vandalia Inc, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• The St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., unit office.
Wednesday, September 19
• Kid’s Klub for ages kindergarten through sixth grade, 7 p.m., First Church of
God S.H.E.D.
Those needing a ride may call 829-3936.
Thursday, September 20
• The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of the First United Methodist Church will have a wiener roast at the rural home of Jack and Marilyn Sproat at 5 p.m., with LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman co-hosts. Hot dogs, wieners, beverages and table service will be provided for the potluck meal.  
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Rowland Retires from Health Department
Home Health Visiting Nurse Ann Rowland of St. Elmo retired on Aug. 29 from the Fayette County Health Department in Vandalia after serving close to 30 years. A retirement party was held for her on Aug. 30.
September Exhibits at Museum
The special exhibits for the month of September in the Fayette County Museum at Vandalia are Mary Todd Lincoln, A Pioneer Woman’s Day and Civil War Letters from the collection donated by the Luster Family.
A fundraiser for the upstairs building restoration is a rummage and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 29. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. in the museum yard. All donations will be appreciated.
Rummage sale donations now can be taken to the museum; it is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on Sundays.
Grand Opening of Summer Breeze Wine House
The Summer Breeze Wine House had its grand opening Sept. 1-3. It is located in old St. James, five miles south of St. Elmo, and is owned by Mark and Tammy Lash.
On Saturday night, Sept. 1, they reported having a packed house. Jazz blues cocktail music was during the candlelight evening.
They also had good attendance the afternoons of Sept. 2-3.
Summer Breeze features Illinois wines and is open from1-5 p.m. on Sundays.
Information can be found at summerbreezewinehouse.com.
Friendly Neighbors
A potluck was held at noon on Sept. 4 at the Phillips Building by the Friendly Neighbors.
Tables were decorated in a fall theme by Mary Smith and Erma Budlove. The meal blessing was given by Jim Budlove.
Others present were Ina Abendroth, Irene Reed, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, R. W. Smith and Marjorie Sarver. They had no program; they just spent the afternoon visiting.
They did collect school items to be given to the St. Elmo Grade School.
Council of Catholic Women
The first meeting for the new club year of the Council of Catholic Women was held the evening of Sept. 4 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, with the following present: President Ann Rowland, Karen Denning, Loretta Heischmidt, Debbie Hough, Lavonne Kramer, Libby Kessel, Lucille Koeberlein, Chic Kuebler, Mary Myers, Pat Porter, Carol Rine and Natalie Stout.
Three members, Denning, Porter and Rowland, were elected to attend Deanery CCW convention at the Litchfield Holy Family Catholic Church on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The date for the annual fall dinner has been set for Sunday, Nov. 11, with serving will from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rine and Kramer were hostesses and served cheese, crackers, chocolate and lemon layered desserts, coffee and tea.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
My daughter, Phyllis Lea, called early Friday morning, Aug. 31, to tell me that she and her family would be here late Saturday afternoon for the weekend. To get a few groceries, I decided to go to town Saturday and eat at Mary Ann’s Restaurant before going to St. Elmo Foods.
I had just finished eating when LeMar and Billye Jo Marchman came in with their son Jay of Hensley, Ark., and his older son, Chris, who is a junior at Rolla S&L, University of Missouri.
Chris ran in a college cross-country race and Jay picked him up at Washington U. I visited with them until their food came.
Jay’s wife, Lori, waited to come to St. Elmo.
Their other son, Timothy, a sophomore at Sheridan, played with the band at the Friday night football game, so they arrived Saturday afternoon.
The afternoon after Phyllis called, I started preparing food for Saturday night.
When I got home from the grocery store, I finished some of the items. Phyllis told me she was bringing barbecue pork.
After I finished the salads, etc., I thought, “Why not call the Marchmans to come out to eat supper – I have prepared much more food than my family will eat.” I called them, invited them to come at 6 p.m. and they accepted.
The six Marchmans came about five minutes before Phyllis, Prentiss, Soo Jin, Chae Rin and my granddog, Ginger, arrived from Green Oaks.
It had been several years since Phyllis and family and the Marchmans had been together, and they had a good visit. Marchmans, as young newlyweds, moved from Texas to St. Elmo in 1950, so our families have been friends all these years.
After Sunday church, my granddaughters wanted to eat at the Chinese Buffet in Effingham so we did.  LeMar and Billye Jo’s family left early Monday morning, and my family left at 9:30 a.m. Monday.
I then went to the Labor Day parade – first time in several years I have seen the parade.
The theme “Celebrating St. Elmo’s Black and Gold-1937-2012” was a very good parade.
In the fall of 1938, when I was 9 years old, my family moved from Seminole, Okla., to St. Elmo because of the oil boom, so I have been in Illinois 74 years.
We first arrived in Brownstown and stayed in a cabin on U.S. Route 40, we then found the front rooms of a home in St. Elmo.
We then moved into a cabin behind the Methodist Church, then moved for a couple of months into a cabin in Altamont. Then we lived in Vandalia on Eight Street for the first half of my fifth-grade year, then moved back to St. Elmo.
After staying in a house on Elm Street, we then moved into a new home on Pine Street when I was in the seventh grade.
When I was a senior, we moved into a small house next door, where I lived until I married in 1949, and I have lived in rural St. Elmo ever since.
Wright’s Corner Unit HCE
The new county Home and Community Education program books were partially filled out at the meeting of the Wright’s Corner Unit HCE meeting held Sept. 5 in the Loudon Town House.
Maybe because of the stormy weather in addition to scheduling conflicts, only four were able to attend – Ina Abendroth, Carol Austin Kate Jennings and Helen Wright. Wright gave the major lesson “Choosing Reliable Nutrition Information.”
Library Cookbook Committee
The St. Elmo Public Library District (St. Elmo, Brownstown and Beecher City) is collecting recipes for a fundraiser cookbook, and the cookbook committee meets twice a month at the St. Elmo Public Library to look over the recipes submitted and make any corrections, if needed, before filing them under the various categories.
At least another 100 recipes are needed for the book.
The last day of September is the final date to submit recipes (up to five per person), and they can be taken to any of the three libraries or e-mailed to: sbbcookbook@gmail.com.
The purpose of the fundraiser is to raise funds for the necessary program to loan out e-books.
Present at the committee meeting were Connie Kamnick of Altamont, Sue Hord and Donna Wilke of Beecher City, Billie Enlow of Brownstown and Kimberly Karnes, Anna Jean Rhodes and Karen Wegscheid of St. Elmo.
Wheatland Unit HCE
Sandra Lovett was hostess in her home to the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education the afternoon of Sept. 4, with the following present: Joan Aderman, Karen Hyde, Erna Koontz, Fern Moore, Marilyn Sproat and Ethelyn Williams, and a guest, Joyce Stein.
Roll call was answered with “My favorite HCE lesson this year.”
The August HCE board notes were read, the package lesson, “Choosing Reliable Nutrition Information,” was handed out and most of the meeting was spent filling out the new program books.
For refreshments Lovett served lemon pie, tea, coffee, nuts and candies.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club
After the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club opened with the club collect and the pledge of allegiance, President Pat Porter introduced the speaker – Patsy Wurl of Altamont, a Project PAL area representative, who talked on “Partners in Adult Literacy.”
Sponsored by Lake Land College, Project PAL offers services to adults age 16 and over living within the Lake Land College district.
Through one-on-one tutoring and customized plans, Project PAL helps students achieve educational goals and become more productive citizens in their communities.
PAL tutoring volunteers will receive one hour of orientation, plus 12 more hours of specialized training through the PAL program.
They are matched with a student and agree to meet approximately one hour per week and have regular contact with Project PAL area representatives.
All tutoring services, training and supplies are free.
Porter conducted the business meeting after the program. Three new club members were present and were recognized – Joyce Drees, Anita Pagel and Malia Stephens.
The new program books for the club year 2012-13 were given out. The proposed budget for the club year was approved. The budget includes the annual community projects of $750.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club members worked at the SEBA stand Labor Day to help SEBA sell tickets for the 50/50 drawing. They were Karen Denning, Shelia Himes, Debbie Hough, Libby Kessel, Pat Porter, Ann Rowland and Anna Jean Rhodes.
Norma Engeljohn and Shannon Engeljohn were hostesses and served cupcakes, tiny brownie cakes, candied pecans, candy corn, iced tea, lemonade and coffee.
Of the club’s 22 active memberships, 17 were able to attend the meeting. In addition to Porter, the three new members and the two Engeljohns, who were hostesses, those present were Susan Belden, Neva Carter, Karen Denning, Sheila Himes, Sharon Howard, Lucille Koeberlein, Ann Rowland, Anna Jean Rhodes, Ann Rowland, Peggy Stolte and Elizabeth Stoner.
In addition to Wurl (who was a member of the club known as the St. Elmo Woman’s Club when she lived north of St. Elmo years ago) the guests were Loretta Heischmidt and baby Dawson Engeljohn.
A club honorary member is Lucille Dycus who joined in 2002, but now is a resident at Friendship Manor.
For the Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting the club will meet at 6:15 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides to Happy Hollow Pumpkin Patch south of St. Elmo.
They then will go to the Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James for the meeting and refreshments.