Brownstown-Sefton News

Callie the Kitty, under the Weather
Calico Gal (AKA Callie) deemed to have an excessive thirst lately and, although she has been eating more than usual, she was not gaining weight. Also, her thirst seemed unquenchable, with the to-be-expected results.
Recognizing the symptoms as those of a human with diabetes, but not sure if a cat has the same symptoms, a call was made to Dr. B’s clinic, and Callie was on her way to the vet.
Dr. Jennifer was consulted, several tests and an exam were performed, with the diagnosis that she is diabetic and a urinary tract infection, both treatable, but the diabetes requiring much more attention in the long run.
We estimate Callie to be approximately 12-14 years old. She was grown and in “the family way” when we found her in the woods in a deep snow.
We call her our “woods’ cat,” and she is a good kitty, affectionate, quiet and behaved in the house, and stays pretty close to the house.
She is now on antibiotics for the UTI and will soon begin insulin injections for the diabetes. We have read that cats with diabetes can sometimes go into remission and eventually not even need insulin. We are in hopes this will be the case for Callie.
Roses to …
… Brownstown 1st Christian Church for the following announcement:
Bicycle Rodeo…
… hosted by Brownstown First Christian Church, First and Poplar streets, Brownstown, this Saturday from 10 a.m.- 1p.m. It will include bicycle repair, bicycle safety course, door prizes and free lunch. Bicycles will be given away every hour (must participate in safety course to be eligible). Contact Brent Keyes at 780-9311. The rain date May 17.
Note to Sefton Unit HCE
The Mother’s Day Potluck will be held Thursday. Be there (Golden Years Club building in Brownstown) at 11-11:30 a.m. to eat at noon.
Brownstown Elementary School News
• Last day of school-Students attend classes on Wednesday, May 28, and will be dismissed at1:50 p.m. That is the last day of regular attendance.
• Report Cards may be picked up Monday, June 2-Friday, June 13, in the office during office hours. Report cards will not be mailed out.
• Lunch negative account balances should be paid up, all library books and textbooks returned to clear accounts before the end of the year.
• Positive lunch account balances will be carried over to the next year.
• There is no summer school program this year.
• Looking ahead to next year – registration day is Aug. 4. The first day of student attendance is Aug. 15.
End of the Year Awards Ceremony …
… will be held on Friday, May 23, at 9 a.m., in the high school gym.
All parents, family and friends are invited. Students in grades K-6 will be awarded for perfect attendance, honor roll, perfect spelling and to A.R. readers in the school. Sixth graders will be awarded with a promotion certificate to celebrate entering junior high next year, and students who qualify for the President’s award will be awarded a certificate and pin. An end-of-the-year video will be shown to remember this school year.
BES Dates to Remember
• Thursday-SCC meeting in cafeteria at 5 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 27-End-of-the-year fun day and cookout.
• Thursday, May 29-No school; teacher Institute.
Coming & Going
Catching Up with the Puleos & Debbie
Ken and Wanda Puleo were happy to see Mike McDonald and Matt McConkey drive up April 20 with sleeves rolled up and ready to take care of some outdoor work that was much needed.
The house was washed down, trimming done around the trees, and pried up and stacked landscape timbers.
They made quick work of it and avoided the rain predicted that afternoon. Needless to say, the Puleos really appreciated the work done by their son and son-in-law. Ken hadn’t been feeling well for about two weeks.   
On Sunday, the Puleos and Debbie went to Sandoval and visited with daughter Connie Meskil for awhile, then went on to Dix, where they visited the Pleasant Hill cemetery.   
They also stopped at the former home of Wanda’s mother. Wanda’s brother, Phillip Bruce, has spent the last few months remodeling and landscaping the home and now has it ready for the son of a lifelong friend to move into. The Bruces and Puleos then went to supper at Salem.
Fayette County HCE Board Meeting
The Fayette County Home and Community Education met Monday, April 28, with 15 members in attendance. =
The club president, Flo Allen, called the meeting to order and led the pledge to the American flag. The club secretary, Joyce Mueller gave the roll call and followed with the reading of the March minutes, which were approved.
Allen displayed the SPA gift basket for the Relay for Life auction. A photograph was taken of the basket with the attending.
Allen reminded all that the FC HCE club dues of $15 are to be paid in May. She also said that the state raised the amount of the dues.
Dorothy Harpster, treasurer, gave the financial report and gave a copy of the report to each unit present.   
Anna Jean Rhodes second vice president, reported that the FC HCE membership count is 117 members. She also announced that the money for the IAHCE cookbooks ordered by members was due that day.
Rhodes also announced that nominations for the Homemaker of the Year needed to be made.     
First Vice President Phyllis Pryor announced the office of first vice president will be vacant as of June, as she tendered her resignation. Allen suggested that Debbie Segrest be nominated to fill the office of first vice president. Segrest, who holds the office of cultural enrichment, suggested that Ashely Davis to be nominated to the office of cultural enrichment.  
The official nominations and elections will be held at the annual potluck meeting to be held Tuesday, June 17, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Vandalia.
Pryor reported that the dates of the Fayette County Fair are July 12-19. She encouraged all to participate in the fair with entries in the various categories/competitions/ judging in support of the fair. She said the new fair books would not be out until the end of May. She has copies of last year’s book.
Community outreach, Anita Smith, and cultural enrichment, Segrest, gave reports on their offices.
Segrest reported on the status of the HCE Honey’s upcoming auction to be held for the benefit of relay for Life. The HCE Honeys Team have held three fundraisers for the cause (chili supper, soup dinner and bake sale) and have raised over $1,400 to date for Relay for Life. The Honeys are all members of the Vamdalia Day Unit.
The auction will be held on Friday at the VFW in Vandalia, starting at 6 p.m.  Segrest said that donations are still needed and that donations are tax-deductible.
Donna Blair, family issues office, displayed a frame holding a  2013 Certified Volunteer Award to Fayette County for the county with the highest percentage of members participating in District 6.
Shirley Klitzing, international office, passed a thank you card around to be signed by all for Glenna Taylor, “The Scarf Lady,” who made a presentation at the recent HCE Get-Acquainted Day.
Panzi Blackwell, public relations, said that the fundraising projects for the Relay for Life by Vandalia Days’ HCE Honeys were putting the name of the Fayette County HCE in the press and radio, which lets the public know who the FC HCE is and what they do.
Blackwell also said that Sew Sisters in Vandalia made and donated the chef’s hats used at the Get Acquainted Day meeting and other HCE meetings, both past and to come. The hats are used along with this year’s IAHCE theme, “Been Cookin’ 90 Years.” Sew Sisters are long-time members of Sefton HCE, Rita Miller and Carol Oldham (who, according to Rita, did all the work on the chef’s hats).
Allen said that five boxes of audio cassettes had been donated to the club, to be donated further to a cause. Segrest is to check to see to whom or what project the cassettes can be given.
Donna Blair said that she had taken 50 calendars to the veterans’ home in Effingham.
The individual units were named for the responsibilities for the annual potluck meeting in June: Wheatland-registration; Sefton-decorations; Vandalia Day-drinks/food placement; and Wright’s Corner, St. Peter, Bingham/Ramsey and St. Elmo-clean-up /all units helping.
The Golden Circle senior lunches schedule was discussed. It was decided that 12 HCE members will have lunch there on May 19 following the board meeting. (The meeting will be held the third Monday of the month instead of the fourth Monday, due to Memorial Day on May 26).
Sunday, May 18, at 11:30 a.m., a fundraiser for the Senior Citizen Golden Circle will be held. The menu will include beef and noodles, chicken, and ham.
On May 22, a senior citizens dinner will be provided by the First National Bank in Vandalia.
Attending the meeting were Phyllis Pryor, Flo Allen, Shirley Klitzing, Dorothy Harpster, Anna Jean Rhodes, Anita Smith, Carol Oldham, Panzi Blackwell, Debbie Segrest, Ashley Davis, Evelyn Probst, Karen Hyde, Joyce Mueller, Donna Blair, Debbie Swain.
1st Baptist Church
The congregation of the First Baptist Church of Brownstown were welcomed and led in prayer by their pastor, Dr. Olen Evans. Jerry Reed shared the announcements .
Dan Crothers, Tim Donnals, Matt Howard and Brady Howard served as ushers.
The praise team of Ann Robertson, Rhonda Howard, Ed Wiekert, Jerry Reed, Tammy Barker, Sara Portz, Maisie Howard, Earl Crothers, Pierce Strobel and Angela Strobel led in songs of praise.  
Angela Strobel played the offertory music. Dr. Evans delivered the morning message.  
• May items are being collected for the Baptist Children’s Home. Place items in the basket in the foyer      
• The next VBS meeting will be May 18, after the morning service.
• Those who have participated in the men’s cookoff are asked to submit their recipes, so a recipe book can be made. Give the recipes to Deb Evans or Sara Portz as soon as possible.
• Baptist Women will meet on Monday, from 6-8 p.m.
• Vacation Bible school is June 15-20 and will run Sunday-Thursday this year, with a program and carnival on Friday evening.
• The church is collecting gently used children’s/youth clothes for the Clothes Closet. Let Sara Portz know or put donations in church basement.
To listen to the Sunday morning sermons, visit
Brownstown First Christian Church
The congregation of First Christian Church were greeted by Charles and Faye Watson as they gathered for Sunday morning worship and were led in songs of praise by Susan Smith, Matthew Smith and Karen  Underwood, accompanied by Robin Lovett, pianist; guitarists Chuck Enlow and Walt Kinney; and Mitchell Smith, drums.
Charlie Watson led the Communion meditation and Matthew Smith contributed special music, followed by the morning message, delivered by Kevin Bonifacious.  
• VBS will be June 8-13. Those who can help can contact Billie Enlow.
• Graduation recognition is on Sunday, May 18. Those who have any eighth-grade, high school or college graduate can notify the church.
Liberty Christian Church
Jessica Sefton greeted the congregation of Liberty Christian Church as it gathered for Sunday morning worship and were led in prayer by Jack Durbin. Vernon Brazle and Duane Carson served as ushers.
Harlan Beckel and Jim Dann served at the table. Serving the congregation were Greg Tomlison, Tommy Beshears, Bob Buzzard, Craig Daugherty, Tom Mayes and Aaron Miller, assisted by Luke Robison and Tony Bearden.
Also serving were; Jack/Dorothy Durbin-welcome center; Vernon and Judy Brazle-nursery; Erin Klug and Cole Harner-Kids worship assistants; Ruth Ann Stewart-pre-K worship; Dana Dann-PowerPoint; Tom Mayes-sound system; Leah Washburn-Communion preparation; and Bill Robison and Matt Stonecipher-Communion rounds.
• Graduation recognition is on Sunday, May 18. Those who have any eighth-grade, high school or college graduate can notify the church.
*VBS is June 16-20. Sign up to be a part of the Zoo Crew and register your kids as soon as possible.
New this year – the first 10 Kids to register for VBS will get a free WEIRD Animals T-shirt on the first day of VBS. T-shirts will be available for all kids starting Monday, June 16 at a cost of $5 per shirt, two for $9 or three for $12.50.
• June 22-All-church picnic, a laid-back morning of outdoor worship in the pavilion, VBS program and picnic. Take lawn chairs and food to share.

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