St. Elmo News

Thursday, March 24
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Friday, March 25
• Prairieland Pickers will perform at 10 a.m. at the Hillsboro Rehab and Health Care at 1300 E. Tremont, Hillsboro.
• Prairieland Pickets will perform at 2:30 p.m. at the Tremont Ridge Assisted Living at 1200 E. Tremont, Hillsboro.
Saturday, March 26
• Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon. Winter clothes sell for a $1 a bag.
• Council of Catholic Women Deanery Day of Recollection, 8:30-11:30 a.m., at the Effingham Cross. The theme is “Bread of Journey.”
• A local children’s author, Nichole Dilley, will be at the St. Elmo Public Library from 1-3 p.m.
• The St. Elmo Parent-Teacher Organization will have the annual PTO auction in the evening.
Sunday, March 27
• The Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches Lenten service, 4 p.m., at the Haley Chapel United Methodist Church, with Ed Wojner the speaker.
Monday, March 28
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, March 29
• There are no monthly activities scheduled for the fifth Tuesdays.
Wednesday, March 30
• There are no monthly activities scheduled for the fifth Wednesdays.
Thursday, March 31
• Next Thursday is the deadline to receive names to add to the Veterans’ Wall. Names received by that date will be put on the wall before the Memorial Day weekend. Contact Xon Hanna at 829-9754 or stop by the St. Elmo Public Library for more information.
• ExxonMobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
Future Announcements
• St. Elmo High School presents Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, in the high school gym. Tickets are $5 each. For tickets, call 829-3327.
Friendship Manor
Six women in the Beecher City Kitchen Band played about 45 minutes the afternoon of March 17 at Friendship Manor Nursing Home: Betty Ann Clark, Nelda Kline, Louise McKay, Peggy Smith, Madonna Tipsword and Oaka  Wade. Their ages are 73-93.
Lunch Bunch
At Mary Ann’s Restaurant at noon on March 10, only a few attended the Lunch Bunch monthly meeting. They were Gene and Avis Clark of Salem, Pat Porter of Farina and Karen Denning of St. Elmo.
Those planning to attend the April 14 meeting at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant are reminded to take a wrapped April Fool’s gift for a gift exchange.
Post-Polio Survivors
Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois met the evening of March 10 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Educational Center, Mattoon.
Because of the weather, no meeting was held in January and February, and, only four attended the March meeting. They were Annie Barber and Mary Lou Replogle of Charleston and John and Theresa Flinn of Wheeler. Dawn Maples of Mattoon joined them via the conference phone.
They started the meeting by discussing everyone’s health and the many falls that were experienced the past several months.
Replogle reported on getting a new seat for her scooter, a Synergy Solution Cushion. With a doctor’s prescription, Medicare paid for it when she was purchasing her scooter.
Since many have lost loved ones, a question was raised about making their own funeral arrangements. It is never too early and is very important to find a plan that guarantees that your funeral will be covered, even if the funeral director/parlor goes out of business. One discussed how disheartening it was to find that the funeral parlor demanded all the money up front, instead of wanting to wait for the insurance policy to be accessed, and said this is important for everyone to think about.
A question also was raised if a person who has a history of polio could be an organ donor or maybe not because maybe the nerves were potentially damaged throughout the body. This will be checked on before the next meeting.
Several questions were brought up of the differences between respirators and bi-pap machines that help a person breathe at night and one asked what a V-pap is. The group needs to get more details from an expert, possibly before the next meeting, which will be on Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m. at the Sarah Bush Lincoln Educational Center.
Vit-Em-In Potluck
Joanne Owen decorated the tables in a St. Patrick’s Day theme for the Vit-Em-In Class potluck held at noon March 17 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.  Rev. John Eisfelder gave the meal blessing.
A short business meeting was held after the meal. Starting in April, the potlucks will be held at 6 p.m. Delva Krost gave a quiz on the Irish and St. Patrick’s Day.
The 17 present included Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Doris Jones, Helen Koonce, Frank Krost, Ed and Barb Lane, MaryEllen Lovett, Richard Lowe, Bob Owen, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat and guests, Leatha Newberry and Richard Tucker.
Cemetery Notice
As spring is here, could everyone take time to tend to the graves of their loved ones at Spring Hill Cemetery?  It was a rough winter with high winds and ice.
People are asked remove any seasonal and unsightly flowers. Many of the headstone saddles are missing, and hanging baskets have fallen from the shepherd hooks and blown across the cemetery. Mowing season is quickly approaching.

Anna Jean Rhodes

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