Wednesday, July 16
Thursday, July 17
• Vit-Em-In Sunday school class potluck, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Saturday, July 19
• The St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet at 214 N. Walnut, 9 a.m.-noon.
• 4-H show at Fayette County Fair – Dairy cattle at 9 a.m.
Monday, July 21
• Corn Crib, west of Shawneetown, will host the second summer twilight meeting, 6-8 p.m. It will highlight and demonstrate diverse farming enterprises across Southern Illinois. The U of I Extension is teaming up with farmers. Anyone involved or interested in local food production is invited to attend.
The program is provided at no cost, but pre-registration is required no later than July 20 at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ahhpsw/.
For more information or to register by phone, call Bronwyn Ally at 383-2662 or email [email protected]
• Historical Vandalia Inc. Board, 6:30 p.m., Fayette County Museum, Vandalia.
Tuesday, July 22
• Masonic Lodge #769, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Temple.
Wednesday, July 23
• Royal Neighbors of America #5783, 1 p.m., Phillips Building. RNA will collect school supplies at this meeting.
The Avena Township Park Board meeting scheduled for July 8 had to be rescheduled. It was held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
Due to work being done in the American Legion Home, the American Legion Post #420 met the evening of July 8 in the Phillips Building. Work on the Legion Home includes rewiring, new bathrooms and redecorating.
The kitchen possibly will have a new range.
There also will be a new rental contract for those renting the building to sign.
Post #420 puts flags on veterans’ graves in the Maplewood and Spring Hill cemeteries for the Memorial Day observance. They discussed possibly putting flags in other area cemeteries if no other organization does.
Present at the meeting were Charles Bosomworth, Dave Cox, Bill Goodwin, Bob Heckert, Bud Himes, Wayne Lovett, Richard Lowe, Ernie Myers, Jack Sproat and Clarence Williams.
For the special July activity, the Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education went to Marcoot Jersey Creamery, south of Greenville, on July 9. They received a tour of the dairy and got to sample several of the various types of cheeses.
For lunch, they went to Copper Dock, north of Pocahontas, and enjoyed the weather while eating outside.
There was no business meeting, but former lessons not given and the quarterly July, August, September newsletters were passed out.
Those attending were five members and three guests: Karen Hyde, Sandra and Wayne Lovett, Fern Moore, Joyce Moore, Ethelyn and Melvin Williams, and Joyce Black.
When returning to St. Elmo, Karen Hyde, Joyce Moore, and Ethelyn and Melvin Williams went to the home of MaryEllen Lovett to present her with the HCE Senior Homemaker of the Year plaque. MaryEllen was unable to attend the Fayette County Home and Community Education annual meeting held in June.
For the August special meeting, the Wheatland Unit plans to go to the Flesor’s Candy Kitchen in Tuscola on Thursday, Aug. 7.
Twelve attended the Lunch Bunch gathering held at noon July 10 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Eating together were Wayne and Sandra Lovett of Brownstown, Gene Clark of Salem and Karen Denning, Mary Harrison, Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser, Martha Pankey, Anna Jean Rhodes, Marjorie Sarver and Sue Stites, all of St. Elmo. Pat Porter of Farina visited with them after lunch.
Clark suggested that sometime in October, the Lunch Bunch spend a day visiting at Giant City State Park and other areas in Southern Illinois. The day, etc., will be decided on at the Aug.14 meeting at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
After the budget hearing, the St. Elmo Public Library District Board approved the minutes and paid the bills.
D. Henry and N. Jennings audited the secretary’s book for the 2013-14 year.
The Brownstown Branch Library reported at their Summer Reading Program held July 8-15 checked out 42 books. They issued three new cards. The Friends of the Library would like the Brownstown Branch Library to have Saturday hours. They will begin on July 26, from 9 a.m.-noon.
Beecher City Branch Library reported that are using a McDonald’s reading program along with its Summer Reading Program. Those who read 12 books get a bookmark and Happy Meal. J. Evans showed the Board samples of signs for the library for the Eagle Scout project.
St, Elmo Library reported that it will be using the McDonald’s program also.
The St. Elmo High School English teacher would like to take each of her English classes to the library and then have the librarians go to the classes to teach the students about how to order books.
The Scholastic Book Fair is set for the week of July 14. The back door needs repaired, and the back air conditioner is not working properly. The University of
Illinois Food Smart Families program was a success and the Vandalia Extension Office has offered to help with the library with their school programs. The librarians will man a booth at the Effingham County Fair from 4-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday to hand out library information. The library will close early on those days.
On Oct. 16, there will be a program for grades 5-6 called “Rockets to the Rescue.”
The board voted to rescind the smoke-free campus motion of May 8 and return to a policy of no smoking within 15 feet of all doors, windows or ventilations systems, to comply with the state law effective immediately.
The Back to Book Grant report is due July 15, and cameras were tabled until next meeting.
B. Enlow and K. Spitler will attend the meeting in Edwardsville on Aug. 21 about the Edge Initiative as required for the per capita grant.
The board voted to discontinue the Zinio digital magazine service.
There was a discussion about an election officer, but action was tabled until the August meeting.