St. Elmo News

Thursday, July 3
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.

• The Summer Breeze Wine House will celebrate its three-year anniversary at the new barn venue. There will be hot dogs and brats with chips. Josh Nicolaides, a 26-year-old singer from Vandalia, will provide country music.
Friday, July 4
• Happy 4th of July!
Saturday, July 5
• The St. Elmo Clothes Closet, 9 a.m.-noon, 214 N. Walnut.
• Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois, 1 p.m., Sarah Bush Lincoln Education Center, Mattoon. Those who wish to do so can eat lunch together at noon in the hospital cafeteria.
Monday, July 7
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, July 8
• Avena Township Park Board, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion Post #420, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, July 10
• For the June special activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education will go in the morning to the cheese factory south of Greenville.
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The St. Elmo Public 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.
Town & Country Art Shows
The annual 2014 Fayette County Amateur Town & Country Art Show and the Professional Art Show was held in the Fayette County Museum/Artworks Gallery June 14-22, with 108 pieces entered in the combined shows by 54 people.
First-place awards in the amateur adult and youth divisions may be entered in the state Town & Country show in September.
The Amateur Adult Division judge was a professional artist, John Gabb of Effingham. Five artists entered 13 pieces in this division.
Amateur Art Awards went to Lois Holthaus of Breese for a watercolor titled Partridge and to Jan Clair Mason of Vandalia for an encaustic titled Pink Zinna.
Other ribbon winners in this division were Holthaus, 2 blue; Mason, 2 blue; Sharon Moss of St. Elmo, 1 blue, 1 red; D. Holtzmann of Belleville, 1 blue; and Barbara Smith of St. Elmo, 1 red, 2 white.
The Amateur Adult Photography Division also was judged by Gabb. Twenty-one photographers entered 56 photos.
Judge’s Choice went to Bonnie Noeninger of O’Fallon for photo titled Pioneer Cabin. Also receiving awards were Mary Biggs of Centralia for Silhouette, Bob Erxleben of Salem for Wonderland, Acadia N.P., Yvonne Meckfessel of Troy for Beauty in a Mirror, Jim Noeninger of O’Fallon for Speaking Up, Harry Orr of Salem for A Lonely Road and Joseph Promise of Centralia for Owl Eyes.
Other ribbon winners in the photography division were the following: From Florence, Ky.-Bailey Bernhardt, 1 blue. From Centralia-Mary Biggs, 1 blue, 1 red; Ronald Biggs, 2 blue, 1 red; Joseph Prosise, 2 blue. From Salem-Kay Bunton, 1 blue, 1 red; Dayle Erxleben, 1 blue, 2 red; Bob Erxleben, 2 blue; Harry Orr, 2 blue; Mike Schwartz, 2 blue, 1 red; William A. Snyder, 3 blue. From Vandalia-Dorothy Donley, 1 blue, 2 red; Jesse L. Maas, 3 red; Genny Matzker, 1 red. From Belleville-Debby Holtzmann, 1 blue, 1 red. From Terre Haute, Ind.-Charles A. Maas, 1 blue. From Troy-Yvonne Mackfessel, 2 blue. From Walnut Hill-Donita Morris, 3 red. From O’Fallon-Bonnie Lee Noeninger, 1 blue, 1 red; Jim Noeninger, 2 blue. From Ramsey-Nancy Scribner, 1 red, 1 white. From Ashley-Charlotte Zeman, 2 blue, 1 white.
The Youth Division for ages 7 through 17 was judged by Professional Artist Lynn Louise Reznick of Vandalia. Eight youth entered 19 pieces in this division. Best award of a purple ribbon in the 7-12-year-old division went to Rhegan Riley, age 10, of Shumway for an acrylic titled Dove. Best award of a purple ribbon in the 13-17 division went to Nicholas Wollerman, age 14, of Bingham for a pencil/marker picture titled Zentangle.
Other ribbon winners: From Breese-Chauncy Fowler, age 7, 1 blue, 1 white. From Trenton-Samantha Jones, age 9, 2 red, 1 white; Jullian Takacs, age 10, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 white. From Ramsey-Sierra Bumgardner, age 10, 1 red, 1 white. From Shumway-Rhegan Riley, age 10, 1 blue. From Highland-Kenzie Holzinger, age 15, 2 blue, 1 red. From Lawrenceville—Calandre Donley, age 13, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 white.
The Professional Show was judged by Gabb. Seven professional artists entered 20 pieces. The Judge’s Choice was an oil painting, Fruit Market, by Dee Siegmund of Mahomet. The Professional Award was an acrylic, Roots, by Martha Ller of Greenville.
Other ribbon winners: From Vandalia-Steve Beckman, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 white; Lynn Reznick, 1 blue, 2 red. From Greenville-Martha Ller, 1 red, 1 white. From Mahomet-Dee Siegmund, 1 blue, 1 red. From Altamont-Dona Strullmyer, 3 blue. From Kinmundy-Dale Waggoner, 1 blue, 1 red. From Nashville-Philip Wilson, 3 blue.
Fayette County HCE Board
Fayette County Home and Community Education members will help with the Fayette County Extension Foundation fundraiser scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Brownstown Elementary School cafeteria.
The menu includes chili, vegetable beef soup, hot dogs, peanut butter sandwiches and HCE homemade desserts.
The board of the Fayette County Home and Community Education at the June 23 meeting held in the Vandalia Extension Office voted to provide desserts from members of the seven units.
President Flo Allen reported that the five boxes of tapes were taken to the Effingham Veterans to be used in nursing homes and hospitals.
Second Vice Anna Jean Rhodes reported that to date, four new members have joined HCE – Linda Rickman and Edith Runker, Vandalia Day Unit; and Carol Behrends and 12-year-old Kali Burno, Sefton Unit.
Rhodes also reported that in July she needs the following info from each of the units: names of all the members who paid dues for the 2014-15 year, names of those who dropped out, the address changes for the many members who now are on 911 and any phone number changes. She will update the county membership report.
The board voted to donate $25 to the Fayette County Tools for Schools.
The filing fees of $10 had to be paid in June.
Unit secretaries are reminded that the names of the officers recently elected for the 2014-15 year have to be sent to the First Vice Debbie Segrest. Info has to include the address and phone number.
The District 7 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23, and this year it will be held at Effingham instead of at Mt. Vernon.
A card was signed for Donna Blair, who sustained injuries in a recent car accident.
Present at the meeting were Flo Allen and Shirley Klitzing of the Sefton Unit; Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; Dorothy Harpster of the St. Peter Unit; Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit and Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit.
After the close of the meeting, all but Mueller ate lunch at the Vandalia Denny’s.
Lions Club
Installation of Officers
St. Elmo Lions Club held the annual officer installation at Mary Ann’s Restaurant the evening of June 23, with 15 members and 10 guests present. The club’s most senior member, Lloyd Stanley, was the installing officers.
Officers for the 2014-15 year, which started on July 1, are: David Maxey, president; Roger Fulk, first vice; Stanley, second vice; Max Hollinshead, third vice; Don Crawford, secretary/treasurer; Al Nevergall, tail twister; Randy Wolf, lion tamer; Richard Lowe and Bob Wells, one-year directors; John Crawford and Bob Lowe, two-year directors; Le Mar Marchman and De Newberry, reporters; and membership committee, Chairman Pee Wee Denton, Roger Fulk and Dave Cox.
Unable to be present for the installation were Marchman, Newberry and Wolf.
The club has received Jesse Oldfield and Lewis Crawford memorial donations, which were used to purchase uniform shirts with the Lions Club logo for all the club members.
In addition to those who were installed, the other club members present were Holly Huffer, Mark Lash and Rex Reeder. Guests present were spouses Peggy Cox, Helen Denton, Susie Hollinshead, Tammy Lash, Joann Maxey, Kim Reeder, Mona Stanley and Ellie Wells; Fulk’s guest, Lynn Sefton, and Richard Lowe’s guest, Rosemary Owen.
The July 14 meeting of the club will be at 6 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Fayette County Republican Women
At the June 23 meeting of the Fayette County Republican Women held at the National Road Interpretive Center in Vandalia, the summer parade schedule was passed out.
The Herrick parade will start at 10 a.m. July 4, the Farina parade will start at 3 p.m. on July 4, the St. Peter parade will start at 1 p.m. on Aug. 21, the St. Elmo parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 1, the Ramsey Halloween parade is set for Oct. 26, but the time hasn’t been announced, and the Vandalia Lions Halloween parade will start at 7 p.m. on Oct. 30.
Republican Day at the Illinois State Fair is Thursday, Aug. 14. There will be a free lunch on the director’s lawn at noon. County Republican Chairman Randy Pollard can be contacted for tickets for entry to the lunch.
Tuesday, Aug. 26 ,is Republican Day at the Du Quoin Fair and there will be an evening meal.
At the business meeting, the revised bylaws were accepted.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at the National Road Interpretive Center.


Some of the work on display at this year’s Professional and Town & Country Amateur art shows at Artworks Gallery are shown here.

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