St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Thursday, December 6
• The St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will have a Christmas party at 6 p.m. at the Vandalia Ponderosa. To pool rides, members are to meet at St. Mary’s parking lot at 5:20 p.m. Those attending can take canned goods for Caring and Sharing.
• The city council meeting scheduled for December 3 was rescheduled to meet at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the Phillips Building.
Friday, December 7
• Items being donated to the Freedom Reigns in Christ Church for the give-away this Saturday can be taken to the church from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. this Friday.
Saturday, December 8
• The annual clothing give-away at the Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will be held from 8 a.m.-noon. Ham sandwiches, hotdogs, cookies, coffee and Kool-Aid will be provided.
• Country Christmas will be held at Happy Hollow Farms from noon-8 p.m.
Sunday, December 9
• Country Christmas will be held at Happy Hollow Farms from 1-5 p.m.
• Santa Claus plans to be in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building from 4-6 p.m. Daryl’s Dine Inn will furnish hot chocolate and coffee. Donation of cookies will be appreciated, and they need to be taken to the Centennial Building by 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11
• All collections for Caring and Sharing have to be collected by next Tuesday. See the article following these announcements.
• The Avena Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
• The Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Wednesday, December 12
• Reverb Youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids’ Klub, 7 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Thursday, December 13
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• The Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Future Announcement
• The American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, Dec. 17, 1-6 p.m., in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Caring and Sharing
The annual Caring and Sharing program is being sponsored this year by the St. Elmo Lions Club that relies on churches, groups and individuals to help in any of the following areas: donate non-perishable food items, Christmas decorations and disposable dinnerware, collect and donate mittens, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, teen items and monetary contributions to help purchase perishable foods and special gifts.
The Avena Township Hall in St. Elmo will serve as the collection point, and arrangements for all collections should be completed by next Tuesday. Arrangements for pick up and delivery to the collection site can be made by calling any St. Elmo Lions Club member or 829-9729 or 829-5151.
Fayette County Museum Restoration Fundraiser
Tickets are being sold for a 100-inch-by-116-inch white and red hand-quilted Christmas quilt. The name will be drawn at the Dec. 17 Historical Vandalia Inc. Board meeting. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and may be purchased from any board member or at the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia.
The museum is in the lower level of the old Presbyterian Church.
Several thousand dollars are still needed to finish the restoration of the upstairs walls and floor.
When the upstairs is restored, future plans will be made to raise funds for an elevator so the upstairs can be handicap accessible.
A name was left out of the report on those going to the Terre Haute Red Lobster on Nov. 20 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Elizabeth Bail – it was Paula Schneider.
County HCE
The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education met the morning of Nov. 26 at the Vandalia Extension Office with the following present: Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell, Shirley Klitzing, Phyllis Pryor and Debbie Swain of the Sefton Unit, Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit, Mary Smith of the Wright’s Corner Unit, Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit, Anita Smith and Debbie Segrest of the Vandalia Day Unit, Evelyn Probst of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit and Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit.
An HCE member death was reported. Freda Willms of the St. Elmo Unit died in November and had been a member for 53 years.
Swain proposed having a sew-in day to make tote bags. The workshop is set for Thursday, January 17 at 9 a.m. at the Extension Office.
The bags are made with 1 yard of pre-washed cotton fabric (denim would be good), half a yard of fusible fleece for the interfacing, thread to match and 4 yards of 1-inch wide webbing for the strap handles. For questions, you can call Swain at 283-2037.
Each unit received a guideline on the cultural enrichment display at the state HCE conference that will be held in March. Each county can have eight entries.
The board elected to go to the Brownstown Hitchin’ Post at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, for the annual board Christmas party. Instead of a gift exchange, those attending are to take $5 for the Vandalia Lighthouse Pregnancy Center and a can of food for the food pantry.
Blackwell had a Christmas centerpiece on the table. Most board members took two dozen cookies that were shared.
Allen gave each one a bag of “Blessing Mix” goodies – bugles shaped like a cornucopia or horn of plenty, a symbol of our nation’s abundance; pretzels, arms folded in prayer, a freedom sought by those who founded our country; candy corn, sacrifice of the pilgrim’s first winter, settlers survived on a few kernels of corn a day; nuts or seeds, a promise of a future harvest; dried fruits, harvest gifts of our bountiful land; M&M’s, memories of those who came before us to guide us to a blessed future; and Hersey’s Kisses, the love of family and friends that sweetens our lives.
After the meeting Allen, Klitzing, Pryor, Swain, Harpster, Hyde, Segrest, Probst and Rhodes ate lunch at the Vandalia Denny’s.
Lions Club
Caring and Sharing sponsored by the St. Elmo Lions Club was discussed at the Nov. 26 meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. All donations of non-perishable food items, new and like-new toys, puzzles, games, mittens, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, Christmas decorations, disposable dinnerware have to be collected by Tuesday, Dec. 11.
The collection site is the Avena Township Hall. Arrangements for pick up and delivery to the collection site can be made by calling any club member, 829-9729 or 829-5151.
The St. Elmo Lions Club planned to ring the Salvation Army bell on Friday, Nov. 30 during the Christmas on Main celebration.
The club will have only one meeting in December – it will be a Christmas dinner party on Monday, Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
After the meeting opened with the pledge of Allegiance, Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing.
Others present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
Royal Neighbors November Meeting
At the regular monthly meeting of Royal Neighbors of America #5784 held on Nov. 28 at the Phillips Building, it was voted to give the Loudon Bunch 4-H Club a donation to help with registration fees.
The Royal Neighbors also will buy the ham for the dinners the Ministerial Alliance will prepare for shut-ins on Christmas Day.
RNA will have a ham and bean dinner at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Phillips Building. In addition to ham and beans, beverages and table service will be provided.
Everyone is invited to join them; take a covered dish to help complete the meal and call 829-3394 or 829-5256 if planning to join them.
Present at the meeting were Jean Brown, Marjorie Sarver, Shirley Smith, Della Stewart, Betty Wright and Leona Wright.
St. Elmo Unit HCE
Noma Moore had the special feature at the Nov. 29 meeting of the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education held at the St. Elmo Public Library. It was “Cookies, Cookies, Cookies,” and she had in the center of the table four varieties of cookies she had made.
One was from the basic recipe and the other three were variations of the recipe – cherry almond jumbles, chocolate peppermint wafers and orange glazed cookies.
After the meeting was opened with the pledge of allegiance, members answered roll call with “Where is your favorite place to shop?”
Moore then served the cookies, along with punch.
During the business meeting the members voted to donate $15 to the Fayette County Extension Foundation for a memorial for 53-year member Freda Willms, who died in November.
After Moore gave the special feature, Anna Jean Rhodes gave the major lesson, “Choosing Reliable Nutrition Information,” and there was discussion on the lesson.
Members were reminded of the Christmas party that will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Old Capital View Restaurant in Vandalia.
They are to meet at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides.
Members took three dozen cookies to share, and this was done at the close of the meeting
 In addition to Moore and Rhodes, present were Karen Denning, Joyce Drees, Loretta Heischmidt and Karen Wegscheid. Mary Myers was unable to attend, but sent cookies to share.