By Panzi Blackwell
Illinois Potpourri Weather
Within a relative short time, we have enjoyed spring-like days and temperatures, and endured bitter cold, winter winds, snow, cold rains, thunder and lightening, warmer weather, more rain, snow and even hail, accompanied by tornado watches.
The wild birds are singing and romance seems to be in the air, Fuzzy, Anita and Blackie (chickens) are laying regularly, and winter clothes are on sale in the clothing sections, making room for summer clothes.
The colorful, tempting packages of flower and vegetable seeds are on display now, encouraging one to get out and make garden.
It is good that spring and summer days are yet to come and not behind us. We noticed the pasture and corner are already “greening up,” although the “Longhorn ladies,” Betsy, Geneva (the Bartels girl) and the two youngsters watch our car and truck as we travel the lane, looking for another helping of Pete’s (LeDuc) good hay.
Some warm weather, sunshine, absence of rain and snow, and gentle winds would soon dry the ground out (so I could get out and pet my pet critters without ruining the boot I still have to wear for my fractured ankle).
Old School Age, New
…and never the twain were meant to meet? Bill gifted me with a new (needed) laptop computer, a (also needed) wireless printer and (finally, at last) wireless (and not understood) Internet, most of which I received on the same day I broke my ankle!
I had realized for some time what a convenience and help Internet would be in our busy lives, but as I am of the old school and drug my feet about succumbing to the wonders of the big “I.” I had been the same way about finally going to the digital camera, but now I wouldn’t want to be without one. (I actually have two of them now.)
As we live in the woods, it took some maneuvering and switching around to get the Internet to work.
Then came the task of comprehending all of these new gadgets at once, without losing the texts I had typed for the newspapers, while trying to keeping my foot comfortable, elevated and iced down…and keep warm with my foot under the ice pack.
But, thanks to the patience, understanding and helpful tips from Rich, Kathy and Clyde, and to Regina Richards for her kindness, patience and expertise knowledge about these mysterious machines and wonders of (what used to be) the future, I have successfully sent several E-mails (after several un-successful ones). Remember Dick Tracy’s radio watch?
…the gals who got the reports of the clubs’ meetings to me when I couldn’t make it to the meetings, namely LaVonne “Bonnie” and Flo, and to all who contribute your news items, organization news, announcements, and the church news so faithfully. You are much appreciated and needed to contribute to this, your column.
St. Elmo Lions Club Pancake & Sausage Breakfast…
…Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Phillips Building; $4 donation; 50/50 drawing, proceeds to go to Caring & Sharing.
Brownstown Sports Boosters Plan Work Day
The “Boosters” will be meeting on Saturday, March 19, at 9 a.m. at the concession stand to clean. Anyone who would like to help clean the concession stand for the spring baseball season is welcome. Take your own cleaning rags.
Birthdays-Bill Stolte, Robin Elam, Jeff Kelly, Laura Gurtner and Gary Watson. Anniversary-Larry and Carol Henna, and Mark and Paula Brunk.
Golden Years Town
& Country Club Meets
Seventeen members and two guests were present for the Golden Years meeting on February 22, at the Golden Years Club building in Brownstown.
Club President Charlie Reece gave the welcome and opened the meeting. He recognized the February birthday of Lavonne “Bonnie” Kramer. Guest Jim Dann asked the blessing for the potluck meal. It was noted that member Helen Shelton had died.
Betty Abendroth and Shirley Klitzing were the winners of the door prizes. Charlie Reece read the financial report in the absence of treasurer Donnie Smail.
A card for Smail was signed by all present. Smail’s friendly personality and upbeat humor is being missed very much at the meetings and his return “to duty” is anticipated by all.
Flo Allen gave two readings, “My Teddy” and “My Old Ford.”
The next Golden Years Club potluck meeting will be held next Tuesday at noon in the Golden Years building. Fayette County seniors are invited to take a dish and enjoy the fellowship.
Love Banquet Held At FCC
The annual “Love Banquet” at the First Christian Church of Brownstown was held Sunday night, Feb. 20. Raelynn Koehler, Kaitlyn Enlow and others prepared the delicious meal of spaghetti and fettuccine with all the trimmings.
Junior high and high school students of the congregation waited tables and served the food. After the meal, everyone enjoyed a program of “Let’s Make A Deal,” with Matthew Smith serving as master of ceremonies.
Board Meets in Special
Session, Employs 4 Personnel
The following personnel were employed when the Brownstown Board of Education met in special session on Wednesday, Feb. 23: Brittany Kraft-math teacher for the 2011-12 school year; Ashley Towler-Jr./Sr. High School secretary; Judy Rine-Jr. High boys track coach for the 2010-11 school year; Harlen Beckel-lawn maintenance person for spring and summer 2011.
The board approved a performance contract with Honeywell.
Fayette County HCE Board Meets
The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education met Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the Extension Office in Vandalia. This was the first meeting of 2011, due to the extremely inclement winter weather.
Club President Flo Allen called the meeting to order at 11 a.m. and led the pledge of allegiance to the American flag
Nine members answered the roll call, taken by club secretary Mary Smith. Smith read the minutes of the November 2010 HCE Board meeting, the last regular meeting held, due to the winter weather. Smith also read the news report of the board’s Christmas party held in December 2010.
Treasurer Dorothy Harpster gave the financial reports of November and December. She did not submit a January 2011 report, due to the club’s inactivity due to the weather. The reports were approved as is.
The recent death of member Helen Shelton was announced, along with the deaths of Ruby Thompson and Jean Frieders, bringing the count to three of members lost recently.
”Get Acquainted Day” assignments were planned as follows: Wheatland Unit-registration; Sefton-drinks; St. Peter-food placement; St. Elmo-award door prizes; Vandalia Day, Bingham and Wrights Corner-clean-up. Each unit is to take a $5 door prize.
Correspondance – Flo Allen read a letter addressed to county presidents and county officers received from District Director Debbie Borries.
The letter was in regard to a brunch hosted by District 6 for Alison Burnett, ACWW treasurer from Scotland, who will say a few words and socialize with HCE members.
The “Pennies for Friendship” go to ACWW, of which Alison Burnett is the treasurer. HCE officers and county members are invited to attend.
The letter stayed that it will be held on Friday, April 1, at 11 a.m. at the U of I Cooperative Extension Office basement at 1209 Wenthe Drive, Effingham.
It will be handicapped accessible. A plate or tray of cookies or muffins should be taken to share with others. Effingham County will provide the beverages and some breakfast casseroles.
Some counties have asked about a gift for Alison from their county. Due to restrictions on luggage weight, limit her gift to something that will fit into an envelope, i.e., a bookmark, a pin, postcards or a poem – use your imagination.
Borries must be contacted by March 26 with the number of people who will be attending from each county. She will also be attending IAHCE annual conference. It is not too late to sign up to attend.
•Allen requested Panzi Blackwell to write a poem for Ms. Burnett.
•A card was signed by all present for member Anna Jean Rhodes.
•Allen reported that the Feb. 3 library meeting in Effingham with three other counties was cancelled due to the weather and will be rescheduled. The meeting is to exchange ideas with the other counties.
•Allen told of the production of “God’s Favorite” by Neil Simon, to be presented by FACE of Effingham on March 10-13.
•Allen also presented information on a tour offered by Kate Jennings to a Dogwood and Azalea Festival in Charleston, Mo., which features arts, crafts and quilt shows. The tour will be on April 15 with reservation deadline April 8.
First Vice President Phyllis Pryor noted that the March HCE special feature lesson was on the HCE club’s “Aims for the Homemaker,” a guideline in providing a wholesome and healthy environment in the home.
In the absence of the officers, there were no reports from second vice president or community outreach.
Irene Reed of “Family Issues,” reported that her nephew took care of cards, etc., to be sent to the military.
Allen reported that HCE can still make the dresses for children in need, but due to the high cost of postage involved, an outlet, “Encore” can take care of the dresses if they can be taken to Chatham. The meeting adjoined at 11:15 a.m.
First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church gathered for worship celebration on Sunday, Feb. 27 and were led in songs of praise by Cathy Smith and Adrienne Kinny.
They were accompanied by Susan Smith, pianist; Rick Cox, Walt Kinney, and Chuck Enlow-guitars; and Mitchell Smith, drums.
Special music was contributed by a ladies trio. John Robinson delivered the sermon. Delbert Miller led the Communion meditation. Don Lovett led the offering meditation.
•Xtreme Zone-Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. (grades 4-5).
•Wednesday Night Lights 6:23 p.m. (gardes 6-12).
•Ladies “Beth Moore” Bible Study-Thursday, 7 p.m. at the church. “The Life and Ministry of Paul.”
•BFCC Open Mic Night- Saturday, 5-8 p.m. If you play an instrument, sing, (solo or group), in a band or just like to eat and listen, this night is for you. Two grand prizes to be given away-a mandolin and acoustic guitar. Free spaghetti supper, everyone is welcome.
Liberty Christian Church
The congregation of Liberty Church was greeted by Vicki and Tony Bearden. Buffy Chandler, Katie Carson and Erin Schaub led in songs of praise, accompanied by Connie Largent, Kim Miller, Dick Childress and Eddie Carson; Special music was contributed by Brittany White, Shelly Rine, and Barb Morrison.
Dave Morrison led the Communion meditation and prayer. Ken Lamb led the offering prayer. Also serving: welcome center-Josh and JaLana Robison; Vernon Brazle-prayer; at the table: Del Miller, Dave Morrison; assistants-Jack Durbin, Tom Mayes; ushers: Junior Carson, Duane Carson; servers-Ken Lamb, Aaron Miller, Charlie Moore, Brad Smith, Mark Schaub, Duane Carson; sound-Dan Largent; Power Point-Josh Robison; nursery-Deb and MaKenzie Parkison; Communion preparation-Barb Morrison; snacks-Linda Doehring; Communion rounds-Dave Morrison, Dan Largent; and junior church-Katrina Wollerman, Allison Brunk.
•Beginning Sunday, Pre-K worship during the regular Sunday morning service for kids ages 3 – 5. If you are interested in volunteering, see Erin.
United Methodist Church
The congregation of the United Methodist Church met for morning worship following Sunday school classes.
Pianist Betty Miller, opened with “Peace In Our World.” Bradley Schwarms lighted the altar candles.
Pastor David Bigley greeted the congregation, reviewed the announcements, birthdays and anniversaries, and led in prayer. Carol Severns served as liturgist. Hubert Williams and Bradley Schwarms presented the tithes and offerings.
Bigley delivered the sermon, following the children’s time. He closed with the benediction. Jenna Townsend led the children’s Sunday school fellowship. Flo Allen led the adult class.
•Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m.- Bible Study, led by Jim Green at UMC.
•March 7: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.-Embarras River District UMW/Personal Growth Seminar at Watson UMC. Theme-“Joy of Mission-From Our Door to the World.”
•March 17: 7 p.m.-Brownstown UMW will meet with Shepherdess Shirley Harder of Altamont will bring the program.
•March 13: 4 p.m.-Wolf Creek Cluster Lenten Services begin at Altamont First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John O’Dell preaching.
Host churches provide finger foods, desserts and drinks. Offerings go to Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House, E. St. Louis and Cunningham Children’s Home, Urbana. The March 20 service will be held at the Brownstown UMC.