St. Elmo News

Thursday, April 21
• The annual Fayette County School Children Art Show will be held April 21-25. It is sponsored by Artworks Gallery and will be held in the exhibit area above the Fayette County Museum at 301 W. Main St., Vandalia. Hours are 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1-4 p.m. on most Sundays.

• The Vit-Em-In Sunday School Class will have a potluck at 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church.
• Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church sanctuary.
Friday, April 22
• Friendship Manor will have an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m.
• The Ministerial Alliance-sponsored Good Friday service is at 6 p.m., First Assembly of God Church. Dave Altman, youth minister of the St. Elmo Christian Church, will preach, and Tom Fedrigon will be the music leader.
Saturday, April 23
• The Clothes Closet will be open from 9 a.m.-noon. You can take bags and fill them for $1.
• This Holy Saturday, there will be an Easter vigil at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Sunday, April 24
• Easter Sunday.
• Sunrise service, 7 a.m., First United Methodist Church sanctuary. At 8 a.m., there will be a breakfast in the fellowship hall. There will be Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. There will be a 9:30 a.m. continental breakfast for children and youth departments and an Easter egg hunt outside and upstairs. The Easter worship service will be at 10:35 a.m. in the sanctuary.
• Sunrise service, 7 a.m., First Church of God. There will be a breakfast in the S.H.E.D. The worship service is 9:30 a.m., and the children will provide the program. Sunday school is 10:30 a.m.
• SONrise Service, 7 a.m., St. Elmo Christian Church. A breakfast will follow. The church has a contemporary worship service at 8:30 a.m., Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m.
• Lions Club Easter egg hunt, 2 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park for children through the sixth-grade age.
Monday, April 25
• This is the last day for the annual Fayette County School Children Art Show Artworks Gallery above the Fayette County Museum.
• The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education will meet at 10 a.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office.
• At 11 a.m., the past and present officers of Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education will meet at the Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., in the basement of the Vandalia First National Bank.
Tuesday, April 26
• The St. Elmo Masonic Lodge #769 will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, April 27
• Royal Neighbors of America, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, April 28
• Exxon/Mobil Annuitants will meet at noon at the Litchfield Chinese Restaurant.
Word has been received of the death of Josephine Pruett Latham, 89, of Waukegan, and formerly of St. Elmo. Services are pending. Preceding her in death were her parents, Bert and Susie Pruitt; a sister, Donna Salmons; and a brother, Joe Pruett. They were all active members of the United Methodist Church when they lived in St. Elmo.
Survivors include her husband, George Latham. Sympathy cards can be sent to him at 1010 Atlantic Ave., Waukegan, Ill. 60085.
Receiving word of Mrs. Latham’s death was Marilyn Claypool. She said that Josephine grew up in St. Elmo, where her dad was the postmaster. She married George Latham, who was a former basketball coach at the St. Elmo High School. He was the coach the year St. Elmo went to the sectional tournament in Mt. Vernon and lost by one point to the much-larger Decatur team.
Marilyn said, “It was a time of excitement for St. Elmo to make it to the sectional and fans went by train to the game. Mt. Vernon lost by a very slim margin to the state championship team from Decatur.”
American Legion
The American Legion Post #420 has all types of handicapped equipment to loan out – wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes etc. Anyone needing an item can call any Legion member.
The Legion plans to soon have a new small building beside the Legion Home to store the equipment.
The Legion Home can be rented out. You can contact any Legion member. Charles Bosomworth, Xon Hanna or Ernie Myers needs to see if the building is available when it is wanted.
Inside work to spruce up the home will be started soon. The installation of a new furnace, central air conditioner and electrical system has been completed. Most of the outside work has also been done.
The Legion Post #420 met the evening of April 12 at the Legion Home, with the following present:  Doyle Beck, Charles Bosomworth, Xon Hanna, Clement Lilly, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers, Jack Sproat, Max Watson and Laverne Wright.
The 2010-11 officers were nominated and elected for the 2011-12 year, and they will be installed at the May 10 meeting at 7 p.m. at the Legion Home.
The American Legion State meeting will be held July 13-16 at Peoria.
Lunch Bunch
Only five were able to attend the Lunch Bunch meeting held at noon on April 14 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. They were Gene and Avis Clark of Salem, Janet Funneman of Teutopolis, Sue Pollack of St. James and Sue Stites of St. Elmo. They had an April Fool’s gift exchange.
Friendship Quilt Club
Officers for the new club year were elected at the April 12 evening meeting of the Friendship Quilt Club held at the St. Elmo Public Library – Peggy Stolte of Farina, president; Joy Edwards of Altamont, vice president; Julie Aderman of Farina, secretary/treasurer; Noma Moore of St. Elmo, historian; and Kris Luster of Ramsey, chairman of the door prizes.
It was reported that six attended the April 9 Sew-In Day at the St. Elmo Public Library.
Hostesses Joan Feldcamp and Carol Roedl, both of Altamont, served pie, dip, crackers and soda. In addition to the hostesses, those present were Joy Edwards of Altamont, Kris Luster of Ramsey, Julie Aderman,  Judy Barnick, Megan Porter, Roselyn Stine and Peggy Stolte, all of Farina,  and Marie Durbin, Mary Eyman, Flossie Glenn and Barb Kelley, all of St. Elmo
Door prize winners were Barnick, Durbin, Edwards, Kelley and Roedl.
Blood Drive
St. Elmo American Red Cross blood drive was held the afternoon of March 11 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and the 30 presenters included 24 donors, one shy of the quota of 25.
A first-time donor was Norman Heiser of St. Elmo. A 5-gallon pin was given to Susan Tackett of Brownstown.
Those recognized for having given 50 or more units of blood are the following:  Ina Abendroth of St. Elmo, 127; Roger Fulk of Brownstown, 118; Andy Lilly of Beecher City, 111; Pat Logsdon of St. Elmo, 108; Bob Vogel of Altamont, 103; John Belden of St. Elmo, 93; Delores Voelker of Altamont, 79; Marie Hopper of Farina, 77; Wayne Lovett of Brownstown, 68; and Dennis Garrison of St. Elmo, 66.
Chairman of the blood drive, Karen Denning, expressed thanks to all the blood donors, the city workers for unloading, Ray Morris for putting up posters, St. Mary’s Catholic Church for the cookies, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club for the canteen expense and the following who helped with the drive: Ina Abendroth, Susie Belden, Helen Koonce, Mary Myers, Irene Reed, Marilyn Sproat, Max Watson and Carol Williams.
The next blood drive in St. Elmo will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Monday, June 6, from 1-6 p.m.
Birthday Party
Dewey Bail observed his 93rd birthday on April 8, and his family had a birthday party for him in the Friendship Manor Alzheimer’s Unit dining room. His family included his wife, Elizabeth, and daughters and son-in-laws, Leatha and Dee Newberry, and Judy and
Pat Leach. Chocolate birthday cake, ice cream, punch and marshmallow chickens were served to the Rev. John Eisfelder, Dave and Joann Maxey, all ofthe residents in the Alzheimer’s Unit and Delores Gillespie and Anna Jean Rhodes, residents at FM.
Fayette County 4-H News
Change brings new opportunities for county 4-Hers. Change isn’t new to the Fayette County Extension program. In the past several months, several changes have brought new faces and new programs to the local office.
Rachelle Hollinshead is the county director, and the newest addition to the county program is Judy Mae Bingman, Extension educator for youth.
Bingman is not new to Extension. She has been in Extension as a volunteer leader, a 4-H community worker and a 4-H youth educator for nearly 30 years. She will be working with the local staff in all four counties – Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper.
If you need to get in touch with her, call Debbie Boley at the Fayette County Extension Office, 283-2753, and she will tell you which office Bingman is working in that day.
In addition to Hollinshead and Bingman, the county staff includes Debbie Boley, the administrative assistant, and Jo Stine, snap-ed community worker.
Change can be a good thing. On July 1, Fayette will be teamed with the three other counties to be able to expand the 4-H Extension program. Already, positive things have been seen from this change:
• Twenty new kids have joined 4-H as part of the Ramsey Cooking Club. Since March, the club has met every week under the leadership of Mary Ann Rhoades.
• A $1,000 grant has been received which will allow more cooking clubs to be established in the 4-county unit. That means kids can be reached that were never reached before.
• New workshops are being planned, including a photography workshop in June.
• High school 4-H’ers will be invited to join a 4-county leadership training club which will kick off in early September.
The 4-H enrollment deadline to exhibit at the Fayette County 4-H show is May 1. May 1 is the last day to add or drop a project. The 4-H’ers should check their enrollments with their leader prior to May 1 to ensure they are in the correct projects.
All members must attend at least four club meetings prior to July 1 to be eligible to participate in the 4-H show.
Fayette County HCE Get-Acquainted Day
The Fayette County Home and Community Education annual Get-Acquainted Day was held March 14 at the Brownstown Golden Years Club.
The 44 who registered included eight guests:  Sandra Braasch of St. Elmo; Mary Arnold and Bill Blackwell of Brownstown; Phyllis Richards, Bonnie Ellison and Clarice Perry of Vandalia; and the speaker and her husband, Susie and Anton Koberesky of Highland.
HCE members attending from this area were:  Karen Denning, Goldie Harris and Karen Wegscheid of the St. Elmo Unit, Joan Aderman, Karen Hyde and Marilyn Sproat of the Wheatland Unit and Ina Abendroth, Kate Jennings and Irene Reed of the Wright’s Corner Unit. Other units represented were Sefton with 19 members, Vandalia Day with five members, Bingham/Ramsey with two members and St. Peter with one member.
HCE county president, Flo Allen, attended the meeting in a clown suit. She had decorated the tables with clown dolls.
After the potluck brunch, Susie Koberesky gave a program on the Civil War women. She was dressed in a Civil War dress and her accessories included items for morning, noon, tea time, shopping and a ball gown.
She gave much history, even about some of the women who disguised their sex to serve in the army.
The annual Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It auction was held and made $387 for the county HCE budget. The Sefton Unit was in charge of the auction, with Elizabeth Kasten the auctioneer, and Phyllis Pryor and Debbie Swain holding the items up. Working at the collection table were the treasurer, Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit, and Shirley Klitzing of the Sefton Unit.
Units in charge were Wheatland for registration, Sefton for beverages, St. Peter for arranging food on the tables, St. Elmo for the drawing for the door prizes (each unit took a wrapped gift) and Bingham/Ramsey, Vandalia Day and Wright’s Corner for cleanup.
Library Board
After approving the minutes of the March meeting and paying the bills at the St. Elmo District Library Board meeting held the evening of April 14 at the St. Elmo Public Library, the board decided to continue the sign up of those interested in the e-book services.
The board discussed repairs and replacement of siding on the library building at St. Elmo.
The library has received a $4,800 Penny Severns Grant for the Summer Reading Program and will receive a $7,632 per capita grant.
Present were Don Crawford, Rod Crawford and Tony Koberlein, who have been re-elected to the board; Kathy Spitler, who was voted in as a trustee; Cindy Fedrigon, Norma Tipsword and Director Terri Gillespie. The other board member is Naomi Jennings.
Lions Club
St. Elmo Lions Club will have an Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Easter Sunday in the St. Elmo Community Park for ages through the sixthgrade.
On May 7, the Lions Club will sponsor the annual diabetes awareness program, and it will be at various locations in town.
The St. Elmo High School has requested the St. Elmo Lions Club sponsor a post-prom donation.
Randy Wolf will make the scholarship certificates the club will present to the winning students.
The property that houses the Clothes Closet has been sold and it is having to move or close.
If the tables are no longer needed, the Lions Club will pick them up.
Officers were elected and will be sworn in at the St. Elmo Lions Club meeting after the dinner at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 27, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Those present at the meeting held the evening of April 11 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were John Crawford, Lewis Crawford, Kent Denton, Roger Fulk, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, LeMar Marchman, David Maxey, Lloyd Stanley and Bob Wells, and a guest, Rex Reeder.
Maxey had opened the meeting with all giving the pledge of allegiance. Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing.
Avena Township Park Board
St. Elmo Swimming Pool work will be started soon after Easter. This was discussed at the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of April 13 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building. Board members will work evenings when time allows to get the pool ready for opening. Work also will be done on the outside bathrooms.
The board is accepting applications for a pool manager and lifeguards. Applications are available at Bradford Supply.
The board also discussed the annual auction the Saturday before Labor Day. The board plans to do early advertising for the event.
Present for the board meeting were Daryl Calvert, Greg Haslett, Buddy Mitchell, Roe Mars, Tony Porter and Janni Wright, and a guest, Barb Kilzer.
Post-Polio Survivors and Friends
The Post-Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois met the evening of April 14 in the Sarah Bush Lincoln Educational Center in Mattoon with the following present:  Marian Martin of Altamont, Vicki Robinson of Mason; Dawn Maple and Betty Odell of Mattoon; and Betty Anderson, Annie Barber, Glee Helms and Mary Lou Replogle of Charleston.
In March, there had been a lively discussion on matters concerning end-of-life decisions. One of the main carry-over questions from that meeting was: “Can a polio survivor be an organ donor?”
Annie Barber conducted the meeting and did some research, but in spite of the wealth of information available, could not come up with a positive answer except that one guideline stated that if one hasn’t had a live infection for a year, life-saving organs can be donated. The biggest need seems to be for corneas and kidneys. (Two web sites filled with information are and
A presentation and discussion regarding living wills and power of attorney for health care followed.
Barber summed up all of the information concisely by pointing out that the living will states, “I am speaking for myself,” while the health care power of attorney states, “I want to designate this person to make decisions for me when I am unable to.”  This document would probably give some of your preferences, too.
Discussion on Hospice Care followed and a handout was supplied.
The last discussion was about funerals. The web site was suggested for further information. And thus ended the end-of-life presentation and discussion period.
Update on Frank Zajicek
Anna Jean Rhodes received the following e-mail on April 13 from Frank and Luz Zajicek who are missionaries in Columbia, South America. In the 1970s and early 1980s ,Frank was the agronomist at the U of I agriculture farm south of Brownstown. He then became a South America missionary. He married a South American woman, and they have a daughter and son. His e-mail follows:
“Hi, first of all, thanks for your prayers for us in both ministry and family.
Marie had several evaluations at the foundation (called FIRE for its name in Spanish) in Cartagena and is doing ok, but very behind in school work and speech. The Good News is that she is adjusted almost to her age in social and awareness stuff. We continue to ask for your prayers and know that we are working a lot with Marie as she gets home from school with Stevie around 1 p.m. each day. Luz does most of the tutoring.
We recently had a successful health brigade in the Gaira community. Mostly children had a medical exam, hair cleaned of lice, dental cleaning with fluoride paste, and several parents saw a cardiologist friend. There were several assigned to present the gospel of Jesus Christ and we are now doing follow-up visits.
The OANSA kid’s club is doing OK. We are a bit down in attendance to around 25 last Saturday.
Both Marie and Stevie celebrated birthdays recently, and Luz and I have now been married over 120 months, mostly blissful, with a few less-blissful moments.
Luz and I began tutoring 5 OANSA kids on Tuesday PM’s. Lack of reading skills is all-too-common. And there is need for improvement in math.
Stevie is a normal 5-year old boy, Praise the Lord!  He is more organized than most boys his age and likes to see things in their places and is good about turning off the lights. He likes to play kickball and puzzles.
Marie has been showing signs of interest in modeling (not sure where that came from—they go to a Christian school….) and is our helper around the house.
Tonight we have our Wednesday prayer time in Gaira and also are beginning a series on Stewardship (Mayordormia) as a short Bible study.
We are finally on the brink of buying a vehicle to help solve our local transportation needs. Likely a Renault Logan with a few extra safety features. We also looked at Chevrolets and Nissans as well as a few others within our budget.
Blessing upon you and the peace of God. Frank and Luz.”
The e-mail also included photos of a dentist with kids at a health event, a doctor checking out a patient’s problems, haircut before the lice cleaning, gospel talk, lice out, Stevie calmly accepting the hype of birthday No. 5 and Marie at 7 years.
The Zajiceks email address is: [email protected]

Anna Jean Rhodes

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