Wednesday, October 17
• Reverb Youth Group (for grades 6-12), 6:30-8:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kid’s Klub (for grades K-6), 7 p.m., First Church of God.
Thursday, October 18
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
• Friendship Quilt Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Sunday, October 21
• This is the last day for items to be collected at the First United Methodist Church for college students and military personnel. See the announcement below concerning the care packages.
Monday, October 22
• Home and Community Education Fayette County Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• HCE past and present officers, 11:30 a.m., Old Capital View Restaurant, Vandalia.
• Red Cross blood Drive, 3-7 p.m., St. Elmo Elementary gym.
• St. Elmo Lions Club annual Heath Bar candy sales, 5-7 p.m. Club members are to meet in the First United Methodist Church parking lot to pick up supplies for the candy sales.
• Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia First National Bank basement.
Tuesday, October 23
• Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, October 24
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. Those attending are to take items for Veterans Day and Make a Difference Day.
Thursday, October 25
• Exxon/Annuitants, noon, Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
The Odds’N Ends Sunday school class of the First United Methodist Church is preparing care packages to send to the church college students and military personnel later this month, and the congregation is being asked to help fill the boxes.
Suggestions include microwave popcorn, macaroni/cheese, Pop Tarts, hot chocolate mix, Ramen noodles, Slim Jims, fruit snacks, small packages of cookies and/or crackers, Chex mix, etc. The goodies will be packaged and mailed. The items have to be collected by Sunday. Donations can be left on a table in the Fellowship Hall.
The St. Elmo Lions Club annual Heath Bar candy sales will be next Monday, from 5-7 p.m. The price is $4 per bag.
Lions Club member anniversaries were recognized at the Oct. 8 meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant: Lloyd Stanley, 47 years; Don Crawford, 32 years; and David Maxey, 11 years, making a total of 90 years of service.
Maxey opened the meeting with all giving the pledge of allegiance. Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing.
Club members were reminded to meet in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. on Monday to pick up the supplies for the candy sale.
A discussion was held on Caring and Sharing, and the club will be represented at a coordination meeting in Vandalia.
There will be a free driver’s training class held in Vandalia for the veterans and their spouses, with the date, time and place will be given later.
In addition to Maxey, Denton, Don Crawford and Stanley, those present at the meeting were John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Roger Fulk, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Rex Reeder, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
I am going to tell why I am now seeing one of my good friends that I haven’t seen for over three years.
For several years I went to Henderson, Nev., to visit with Marie Pankey, a former St. Elmo resident, who moved to Nevada 10 years ago.
My last visit in Nevada was in August 2009. That fall when my polio brace broke, my leg broke, I spent nine months in the nursing home and ended up getting a wheel chair and van. I haven’t been able to visit her since then.
She came to my home the afternoon of Oct. 7, and I now will tell why she is here.
Her brother in St. Elmo, J. R. Bell, had to go to Iowa Park, Texas, to attend his high school graduation 70th reunion (with six other classmates) on Sept. 22. J. R. and his wife Nancy were driven to Texas by their son, Jay Bell of Beecher City.
To help her brother celebrate, Marie flew to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sept. 18 to go with her other brother, Ray Bell and wife Kathryn, also former St. Elmo residents, to Texas. They all visited several days with their cousin, Judy Wells of Iowa Park.
On Oct. 1, Ray and Kathryn left for Phoenix and Marie came to St. Elmo with J. R., Kathryn and Jay.
We have been doing a lot of catching up on news of family and friends. Marie’s flight to return to Nevada is scheduled for Oct.16.
Avena Township Park Board
The #1 pavilion in the St. Elmo Community Park is to be torn down and a new pavilion put up.
Several trees in the park are going to be cut down.
This was discussed at the meeting of the Avena Township Park Board on Oct. 11 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
It was a short business meeting. Those attending were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Buddy Mitchell and Janice Russell.
At the meeting of the American Legion Post #420 on Oct. 9 at the Legion Home, two cups were presented to Bob Heckert ,who has been a big help to the Legion. One had on it airplanes and aircraft carriers, and one had on it helicopters.
The organization donated $200 to help a St. Elmo family with a health problem. They also donated $75 for Trees for Troops. It will go toward the shipping expense to Fort Leonard Wood for the trees that are being donated from a tree farm in the Greenville area.
Matt Chancey, a candidate for Fayette County state’s attorney, was present to talk to the group.
Leaf guards on the building’s guttering were installed by members.
On Friday, Nov. 9, fifth graders will be at the Veterans’ Memorial to hear Legion members explain about the memorials for the different wars, info on the back of the stones, and the raising and lowering of the flags.
The Veterans Day service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the memorial.
Present for the meeting in addition to Heckert and Chancey were Doyle Beck, Bob Bolsler, Charles Bosomworth, Dave Cox, Xon Hanna, Clement Lilly, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers, R. W. Smith, Jack Sproat, Max Watson and Laverne Wright.