St. Elmo News

Thursday, May 1
• 4-H deadlines enrollments are due by this Thursday at the Fayette County Extension Office – enrollments and projects selections, dog and ownership forms and 4-H Memorial Camp registration.

• National Prayer Day, noon, in the empty lot across from Fayette County Bank. This is being sponsored by the St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 6 p.m., Raintree Restaurant in Effingham. They are to meet at 5:20 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to share rides.
Friday, May 2
• 4-H swine ownership forms are due to the Fayette County Extension Office by this Friday.
Saturday, May 3
• RNA Join Hands Day.
• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church Parsonage.
• Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those to wish to eat lunch together can do so at noon in the hospital cafeteria.
• St. Elmo Historical Society – a Kentucky Derby celebration, 2 p.m., Summer Breeze Wine House in St. James. It will feature fun, food and an opportunity to play the ponies. There will be a derby hat contest. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the St. Elmo Devonian, St. Elmo Pet Clinic and Fayette County Bank.
Monday, May 5
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, May 6
• Friendly Neighbors Potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• Council of Catholic Women will have the annual mother-daughter banquet at 6:30 p.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. All women of the parish are asked to invite a friend to attend with them.
Wednesday, May 7
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Townhouse.
• Reverb Youth, 7-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
• Kids’ Klub will have a Fun Fair 7-8 p.m. in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. This will be the last night of Kids’ Klub until fall.
Thursday, May 8
• 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.
FFA Plant Sale
The St. Elmo High School horticulture class is having its annual plant sale. Items are available in the high school agriculture building from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Available are cabbage, Campbell tomato, cantaloupe, cucumbers, Early Girl tomato, lettuce, okra, summer squash at 75 cents per plant.
Hanging baskets of flowers – pansies, Gerber daisies, pinto red petunias, pink Bacopa, confetti lantana and blue fan Scaevola – $8 for small and $10 for large.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
The St. Francisville Catholic Church has been closed by the bishop and is to be torn down. Because the church members want to preserve some of the items, the Fayette County Museum is being offered the organ and pipes and also the oak hardwood floor.
The Wicks Organ Company at Highland can have a man help museum volunteers take down the organ pipes before they are transported to Vandalia.
The pipes have to be removed within a month and his cost is $6,000 for the estimated 10 days of work.
Historical Vandalia Inc. is asking for immediate donations for this project.
The treasury has been depleted in paying for the upstairs walls plastering, but the board would like to see the pipe organ installed upstairs.
All donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be sent to: Treasurer Mary Truitt, 417 N. Rock Island Ave., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
Measurements are to be taken of the oak floors and if the hardwood can be used for a floor that has to be installed upstairs (this was the next restoration project), volunteers will do the work.
The Ridgeway Catholic Church is to receive the stained glass windows of the St. Francisville Catholic Church.
The Fayette County Schools Art Show held upstairs in the Fayette County Museum April 18-22 had 288 entries from the following schools: St. Peter Lutheran, South Central, Ramsey, Brownstown, Vandalia Junior High and Vandalia Christian Academy. Many visitors went to see the art show.
Ramsey second-graders toured the Museum on April 15. Tours scheduled to be held in the Museum in May are: St. Elmo fourth-graders on May, Nashville fourth-graders on May 6. Altamont Lutheran second-graders on May 13, South Central third-graders on May 14 and Ramsey fifth-graders on May. Ramsey will be in the afternoon; the others will be in the morning.
Items for the museum received since the last meeting includes a framed 1903 St. Elmo baseball picture; books, “Bob: Son of Battle,” “Everyday English-Book One,” “1943 World Atlas,” “1933 Road Atlas” and “1940 Road Atlas;” several garments; two railroad spikes; a wooden peg; a barrel spigot; and a small Madonna of the Trail statue.
Present for the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board meeting held the evening of April 21 in the Fayette County Museum were President Steve Durbin, Donna Blair, Joyce Mueller, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt, all of Vandalia; Jim Brewer and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey; Barbara Buckland of Brownstown; Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro; and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Beyes reported that the museum garden has been beautiful – there are many tulips. She also said the winter killed the roses.
There still are Fayette County 35th Anniversary Cookbooks to sell. Some will be taken on May 10 to sell at the Brookstone Estates event.
Durbin Seamless Guttering of Bluff City, as a donation, repaired the guttering and downspouts at the museum.
At the Ramsey 150th Anniversary celebration in the Ramsey Park on Saturday, May 3, the Fayette County Museum will have a table from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. to display several historical items in the museum and also sell cookbooks.
Historical Vandalia Inc. is going to apply for a USDA grant for an elevator that is much needed in the Fayette County Museum.
Many events are held upstairs, which is not handicapped accessible.
Avena Park Board
Instead of having a regular meeting the evening of April 22, several members of the Avena Township Park Board met in the St. Elmo Community Park to start the park cleanup. Three trees were taken down and limbs were trimmed. Those helping were Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Greg Haslett, Buddy Mitchell and Ro Mars. Also helping were Mitchell’s wife, Lori, and their daughter, Heather.
RNA Lighthouse
Pregnancy Collections
At the Royal Neighbors of America #5784 meeting held the afternoon of April 23 in the Phillips Building, the following items were collected for the Lighthouse Pregnancy Center at Vandalia: Bibs, diapers, wet wipes, Q-tips, ointment, bottles, lotions, blankets, socks and onesies.
A regular meeting slated the April business. Saturday, May 3, is Join Hands Day.
It was discussed that the FFA banquet will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, in the St. Elmo Grade School cafeteria, and RNA members are to donate pies for the auction.
Those attending were Ina Abendroth, Jean Brown, Rosemary Owen, Marjorie Sarver, Shirley Smith, Della Stewart and Leona Wright.
The May meeting will be on Wednesday, May 28, at 1 p.m. at the Phillips Building.
St. Elmo HCE
The pledge of allegiance opened the meeting of the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education held the afternoon of April 24 at the St. Elmo Public Library.
Roll call was answered with “What do you do to keep America beautiful?” Everyone said, “I don’t litter!” Also flowers and keeping the yard in good shape were mentioned.
Karen Denning and Loretta Heischmidt reported on the April Get-Acquainted Day.
Bake sale guidelines were read to the group.
“Preparing for a Nursing Home Visit” was the major lesson given by Anna Jean Rhodes.
Several told experiences of having family members in a nursing home.
Rhodes reported on good experiences when, for several months, she had to be in nursing homes in Chicago and St. Elmo.
Sharon Shelton gave the special feature “Growing Your Own Food.” Gardening is described as one of the most popular hobbies in the world. She showed several containers and told how to have a container garden.
Other types of gardens can be in raised beds and in tower stacks of old tires.
Denning had each one answer a 10-question quiz on Easter. Getting the most right answers was Noma Moore, who received a package of Easter spectacular jelly eggs. She shared them with the group.
In addition to Denning, Heischmidt, Rhodes, Shelton and Moore, the others present were Mary Myers and Karen Wegscheid.

The Royal Neighbors of America Chapter 5784 donated the items above to Lighthouse Pregnancy Center.

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