St. Elmo News

Thursday, June 19
• School board annual budget hearing, 5 p.m., unit office; and regular meeting, 5:15 p.m., unit office.
• The Vit-Em-In class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, June 21
• St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet at 214 N. Walnut, 9 a.m.-noon.
• Tasha Dial book signing, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Elmo Public Library.
• Today has been set for the Wheatland Township Cleanup Day. A dumpster will be available at the Township Building in St. James. No tires or chemicals will be accepted.
Organizations – such as church groups, non-profit organizations, etc. – are needed for assistance to the elderly and handicapped persons who have disposable things to put in the dumpster. Those willing to help can call 829-3805.
Monday, June 23
• The Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Lions Club annual officer installation dinner, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., Vandalia Interpretive Center.
Tuesday, June 24
• Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.  
Wednesday, June 25
• Royal Neighbors of America, birthday celebration for members, 4:30 p.m., Altamont McDonald’s.
Thursday, June 26
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Additional Alumni Report
Last on the agenda of the St. Elmo Alumni Banquet held the evening of May 24 in the high school gym was the awarding of door prizes and drawing of the quilt raffle winner.
In addition to the previously mentioned were the following door prize donor and winners:
• Donated by Susie Hollinshead was a garden stone won by Brenda Little and a singing bird won by Lois Durbin.
To help make money for the Alumni Association (postage, etc.) chances were sold on a quilt made by Fern Moore. It is red, white and blue with the Statue of Liberty in the center. It was won by Gene Ireland.
In the middle of each table was a red, white and blue centerpiece. At each table, underneath one of the nut cups was a flag and the winner received the centerpiece.
Also at each table was a sheet to put the name and address change, especially those with new 911 addresses.
After adjournment, much visiting was done throughout the room.
Blood Drive Quota Met
A Red Cross blood drive was held the afternoon of June 9 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall. The quota of 25 units of blood was collected from the 37 presenters.
There were no first-time donors and no pins were awarded. Donors who have given 50 or more units of blood are recognized: Esther Koberlein of Brownstown, 155; Ina Abendroth of Brownstown, 140; Andy Lilly of Beecher City, 125; Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo, 106; Jack Belden of St. Elmo, 100; Marie Hopper of Farina and Leroy Snyder of St. Elmo, each 98; Glen Summan of Brownstown, 84; Carol Rine of Brownstown, 83; Wayne Lovett of Brownstown, 79; Connie Roll of St. Elmo, 77; Marjorie Winter of Altamont, 66; Dale Roll of St. Elmo, 60; Lillian Grobengieser of St. Elmo, 50.
Blood drive chairman Karen Denning thanks all the blood drive presenters and the following workers: Ray Morris who put up the posters, St. Mary’s Council of Catholic Women who furnished homemade cookies, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, which provided the canteen, and Ina Abendroth, Susan Belden, Esther Koberlein, Pat Porter, Marilyn Sproat and Max Watson, who helped register, worked in the canteen, etc.
The next Red Cross community blood drive will be 1-6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Denning received for St. Mary’s Catholic Church a plaque from the American Red Cross recognizing the church as a blood drive supporter and having the drives in the Parish Hall.
Lions Club
At the June 9 Lions Club meeting, Roger Fulk reported that in the past two years he has collected 221 sets of eye glasses for the Lions Club. Over the past eight years, he has collected 1295 pairs.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting with all giving the pledge of allegiance. Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing.
June 10 was announced as the St. Elmo Food Pantry delivery day. Lions Club members help by getting the food off of the truck and placing it in the food pantry.
Lions Club dues for the 2014-15 year come due in July. New Lions Club shirts were discussed. Next year will mark the 75th year of existence for the club.
The newly elected officers will be sworn in at the Lions Club annual dinner on Monday, June 23, at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
In addition to Fulk, Maxey and Denton, those present were Don Crawford, John Crawford, Holly Huffer, Max Hollinshead, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells and Randy Wolf.
Obituary of a Former St. Elmo Resident
Donna Mathis Hinton, 84, of Mascoutah, died May on 26. The body was cremated and is buried in the Belleville Valley of the Snows. There was a private family service. She married another St. Elmo resident, Frank Hinton, who died November 2006.
Survivors include daughters, Sherri and husband Peter Bakersky of Aurora, Colo., and Jan Hinton of Mascoutah; and sons, Kevin Hinton of Chicago, Brian Hinton and wife Ruth Ann of Atlanta, Ga., and Keith Hinton and wife Janet of Belleville.
Avena Township Park Board
Present for the Avena Township Park Board meeting held the evening of June 10 in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building were Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Greg Haslett, Buddy Mitchell and Janice Russell.
Board members have been frustrated that work on the building has not been done, as was promised. The inside of the building needs to be painted, so the members of the board planned to meet at 6 p.m. on June 17 to paint the inside of the Community Building.
It is hoped that the building soon will have a new roof.
American Legion
At the June 10 meeting of the American Legion Post #429, Bob Heckert gave a report on the Memorial Day service at the Veterans’ Memorial. The featured speakers, George and Colleen Nuxoll, were impressed with the Veterans’ Memorial.
The American Legion recognized those who helped make the Poppy Day sales a success. Legion members who worked at the Poppy Sale were Doyle Beck, Chuck Bosomworth, Dave Cox, Richard Lowe and Clarence Williams.
The members discussed ways on how to get younger members to join the Legion.
Members recognized Doyle Beck who, for the Memorial weekend observance, put up the flags at veterans’ graves and took them down in Maplewood and Spring Hill cemeteries. It is planned to expand this to other cemeteries in the area next year.
American Legion donated $200 to SEBA for the Labor Day fireworks.
Lash Construction Co. received the bid for the inside remodeling of the American Legion Home and it is to be completed by the end of July. Because of the remodeling, the July 8 Legion meeting will be held in the Phillips Building.
Present at the meeting were Doyle Beck, Chuck Bosomworth, Dave Cox, Bob Heckert, Bud Himes, Clarence Lilly, Wayne Lovett, Richard Lowe, Jack Sproat and R. W. Smith.
Two busloads of soldiers visited the St. Elmo Veterans’ Memorial on June 11.
Lunch Bunch
The Lunch Bunch met at noon June 12 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant, with the following present: Gene Clark of Salem; Pat Porter of Farina; Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown; and Karen Denning, Mary Harrison, Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser, Anna Jean Rhodes, Marjorie Sarver and Sue Stites, all of St. Elmo.
Clark had served in the Vietnam War. He passed around a poem from an old notebook he carried at the time. The poem he wrote was entitled “Christmas at Na Trang.”
Library District Board
The St. Elmo Public Library District Board met the evening of June 12 in the St. Elmo Public Library.
After approving the minutes and paying the bills, Ginny Wilber reported that the Brownstown Branch Library bake sale raised $300 and that they had a small refrigerator donated.
Their first Summer Reading Program had about 18 kids. Hinckley Springs has not been delivering water and they will be called about that.
JoAn Evans reported a leak in the roof at the Beecher City Branch Library in the same spot as before. They had eight kids at their first Summer Reading Program, with nine helpers. The ceiling fans need cleaning and the library will close at 1 p.m. on June 28.
Kim Karnes said the St. Elmo Library had 28 kids for the first Summer Reading Program. The cooking classes from the extension office had eight kids the first day and 17 on the second day. Jim and Erma Budlove donated and planted the barrels at the front of the library. St. Elmo will have two book signings in June – Tasha Dial from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 21, and Cameron Vail from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 28.
All books and supplies have been ordered for the Back to Books Grant and nearly all have arrived and have been processed.
The cameras were tabled until the next meeting.
The insurance has made a first payment for the Brownstown roof. The new book drop and copier at Brownstown are working well.
Timmerman & Co. will do an audit review for the fiscal year of 2013-14.
The library’s website from Plinkit will be migrating to Enfold Systems at the end of the year.
Beecher City Branch Library needs more rock, gutters and flooring. There was some discussion, but was tabled until the next meeting.
A motion by Naomi Jennings, seconded by Don Crawford, to enter a closed session at 7:35 p.m. to discuss personnel. A motion by Kathy Spitler, seconded by Jennings, to return to regular session at 8:03 p.m.
Motion by Rod Crawford, seconded by Jennings, to hire Karen Underwood as a temporary librarian at the Brownstown Branch to fill a maternity leave and motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.
Museum Garden Party
A Garden Party in observance of the Fayette County Museum’s 35th anniversary was held the afternoon of June 14 in the garden on the west side of the Museum, 301 W. Main St., Vandalia. Baroque Folk – Bunny Brosman, Lisette Ehrat and Dana Smith – played a variety of period music for three hours.
Two canopies were in the park – one over Baroque Folk and one over the refreshment tables. The perfect summer day with a light breeze was much appreciated.
Those who went to the party were invited to take samples made from recipes in the museum’s 35th Anniversary Cookbook. The samples included a variety of appetizers, cookies, cupcakes, desserts and candy.
Helping with the garden party in addition to Historical Vandalia Inc. board members were friends of the organization and members of the Vandalia Woman’s Club. Refreshments also included tea, lemonade and bottled water.
Donations were for the restoration of the museum.
In the museum, there is a map to loan to those who walk around the garden to see where the dozens of varieties of herbs, vegetables, fruits, annuals, perennials, bulbs and bushes are planted. There are many beautiful flowers in bloom.
Gooseberries raised in the museum garden are available at the museum by the quart. Also gooseberry pies can be ordered according to sizes. These sales help with the garden expense.
Fathers Honored at First UMC
During the First United Methodist Church morning worship, the Rev. Dan Laack honored the fathers present. Two received gifts from the church – Tim Fasnacht for having the youngest child present, and Richard Lowe for having the oldest child present. After the service, the youth remembered each father with candy

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