St. Elmo News

Thursday, May 15
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, May 17
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, First United Methodist Church parsonage.
• St. Elmo Horticulture plant sale, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the high school agriculture building.
Monday, May 19
• The Fayette County Board of Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• Parenting 101 Telenet lesson, 1:30 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• Historical Vandalia Inc., 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
• St. Elmo Board of Education, 7:30 p.m., Unit Office.
Tuesday, May 20
• Reservations for the alumni banquet need to be made by Tuesday.
Thursday, May 22
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Phillips Building.
Alumni Banquet
The St. Elmo High School Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, May 24, in the high school gym. The event is open to all who have attended St. Elmo schools, including family, friends, teachers and support staff.
Registration will be at 5 p.m. and the dinner served at 6 p.m. The cost of the meal is $12. Reservations need to be made by May 20 and can be made at the Fayette County Bank or by calling Laura Feezel at 427-3310.
Church of God Activities
Matt Andrews is the summer pastor of the First Church of God. He is from Southern California, and he graduated May 3 from the Mid America Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. After the May 4 church services, he was given a welcome dinner in the First Church of God S.H.E.D.
He is engaged to be married in August to a woman from Moore, Okla.
The Kids’ Klub had a Fun Fair the evening of May 7 in the S.H.E.D. and there was good attendance. There was a magic show, several inflatibles, face- and hair-painting and a variety of games. Food included hot dogs, brats, chips, nachos, cup cakes and ice cream cups.
The Kids’ Klub will not meet again until September.
Friendly Neighbors
Teddy bears decorated the tables at the Friendly Neighbors noon potluck May 6 in the Phillips Building. After the pledge of allegiance, R. W. Smith gave the meal blessing. Others present were Shirley Smith of Altamont, Marybelle Ledbetter of Brownstown, Cora Miley of Beecher City, and Malinda Miller, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, Irene Reed and Mary Smith of St. Elmo. There was no program, just visiting.
Larry Reed opened the building and set up chairs.
Wright’s Corner HCE
After Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education opened the May 7 meeting at the Loudon Town House with the pledge of allegiance. Roll call, “What is your favorite way to cook hamburger?” was answered by Ina Abendroth, Carol Austin, Janice Garrison, Kate Jennings, Rosemary Owen, Mary Smith, Shirley Smith, Una Tish and Helen Wright. Favorites included meatballs and casseroles.
Dues for the 2014-15 year were collected. The special feature, “Let’s All Go to the Fair,” was presented by Mary Smith, and the major lesson, “Finance Tips for Retirees in Today’s Economy,” was given by Jennings.
CCW Mother/Daughter Banquet
The annual Council of Catholic Women Mother/Daughter Banquet was held the evening of May 6 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, with 45 members and guests (included 10 children) attending.
The tables were decorated in a spring theme with potted flowers as centerpieces and there were nuts and candies at each place setting.
After the potluck, a guest, Panzi Blackwell of Brownstown gave the program. She told about her mother and read a couple of poems she had written about mothers.
CCW presented Ann Rowland with a blessed Mother Mary statue for a going away gift. Rowland has served several years as the CCW president, but recently has moved to St. Louis.
Names were drawn for the door prizes, the table centerpieces, and the winners were: Lamina Buzzard and Arlene Reopke of Altamont;  Blackwell, La Vonne Kramer, Carol Rine, Betty Springman and Jennie Wellier of Brownstown; Helen Bergman of Farina; Rhiannon Duckwitz, Lois Durbin, Libby Kessel, Lucille Koeberlein and Mary Myers of St. Elmo; Jennifer Rowland of St. Louis; Kay Breer of Teutopolis; and Brandi Oakley of Vandalia.
Others present were the following: Jennie Osseck of Altamont; Barb Karnes, Brittany and Sydnee of Beecher City; Lola Gehle, Kaitlyn Kramer, Keely Kramer, Evelyn Miller, Connie Oakley, Alana Page, Allison Page, Angie Springman, Brianna Springman of Brownstown; Shasa Althoff and Harper, Stacie Koeberlein and Susan Murphy of Effingham; Mona Durbin and Pat Porter of Farina; Karen Denning, Loretta Heischmidt, Dorinda Myers and Zachery, Samantha Myers and Anna Niemeyer of St. Elmo;  Jordyn Rowland of St. Louis; Alberta Pruett of St. Peter; and Hayden Buie and Peggy Tippett of Vandalia.
Lunch Bunch
Present for the meeting of the Lunch Bunch at noon May 8 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Gene Clark of Salem and Karen Denning, Gary Graham, Mary Harrison, Pat Porter, Anna Jean Rhodes, Marjorie Sarver and Sue Stites, all of St. Elmo.
Library Board
After approving the minutes and paying the bills at the St. Elmo Public Library District meeting held May 8 at the St. Elmo Public Library, Wayne Moran presented quotes on several different security camera systems. The board decided to purchase a 16-camera system from GW Security for $1,581.99.
Billie Enlow said a table in the back room of the St. Elmo Public Library was broken and that the new light switch didn’t work properly. The library is planning a Scholastic Book Fair in July. The fenced-in backyard’s condition was discussed and it was noted that the compressor area needs cleaned out. The volunteer party is May 18 and the May after-school craft had 42 kids.
JoAn Evans reported that the Beecher City Branch Library’s volunteer party is May 17 from 2-3 p.m. They had 42 kids and six adults at their April after-school craft and would like to put a booth at the Corn Festival on July 26. She learned that the epoxy for the concrete would cost about $6.50 per foot.
Brownstown Branch Library will have their reopening celebration on May 17.
The board passed motions to advertise in the sports calendar, make all library campuses smoke-free as of July 1, advertise for a temporary position at Brownstown Branch Library when Tanea takes her maternity leave, to use the tax bill method for non-resident fees and 15 percent of a month’s rent for non-resident renters effective from June 1, 2014, and to have the budget hearing at 7 p.m. on July 10, before the regular board meeting.
The board adopted Ordinance 2014-1 to set meeting dates for the 2014-15 year and Ordinance 2014-2 to pay prevailing wage.

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