Wednesday, August 27
• Royal Neighbors of America #5784, 1 p.m., Phillips Building.
Thursday, August 28
• Exxon Mobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
• In the afternoon, maps for the city garage sales will be available at city hall, Casey’s, Dollar General, St. Elmo Pet Clinic, St. Elmo Foods and Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Friday, August 29
• City garage sale maps will be available.
Saturday, August 30
• St. Elmo Labor Day Weekend Celebration starts.
-F.I.R.E. 5K run/walk will start and end at Deken Park on the corner of 12th and Elm streets. Registration at 7:30 p.m., race at 8 a.m. The $15 registration fee includes a T-shirt.
-City-wide yard sale, farmer’s market, flea market start at 8 a.m. Maps are available at Casey’s and Dollar General.
-At the Fayette County Bank lot vendors, there will be flea market, crafts and food. Groups can rent a 12-foot-by-15-foot space for $5. Food vendors – food stand, bake sale, etc. – can be only not-for-profit St. Elmo organizations. To get a space, call city hall at 829-3319 or Anita Pagel at 829-5432.
-As a participant in the community garage sales, the St. Elmo Community Clothes Closet will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Check the porch, driveway and all around for sale items.
-The inaugural Miss Labor Day pageant, 4 p.m., in the high school gym. Open to all girls eligible to enroll at St. Elmo High School. Contestants have to be at the gym by 2 p.m.
• Pet Parade at 7 p.m.; lineup is at 6th Place by Bradford Supply.
Fireworks kick off at 9 p.m. at Tower Lake (in case of rain, will be Sunday night at 9 p.m.).
Sunday, August 31
• St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration continues.
-4-5:45 p.m. at St. Elmo Christian Church – pulled pork meal (pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad/chips, dessert and drink); donations will go to CAPS (the summer feeding program).
-The gospel band “Water to Wine” will perform at St. Elmo Christian Church on 6th Street at 6 p.m. The free-will offering will go to the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
Monday, September 1
• St. Elmo Labor Day Celebration continues.
-Firemen’s pancake breakfast starts at 6 a.m. at the St. Elmo Firehouse.
-Annual Lions Club-sponsored Labor Day parade lineup at 9 a.m. in the high school parking lot. The themed “Flower Power” parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Entries can include religious, business, school, clubs/organizations, bicycles, horses, show vehicles, antique tractors, which will receive $50 for first place (the other category will receive no prize money). Horses, show vehicles and antique tractors have to be lined up by 9:45 a.m. for judging. Late entries made on the parade day will cost $5.
-Parade winners will be announced at 12:30 p.m. at 5th and Main streets.
-From noon-6 p.m., Main Street will come alive with concession stands, games, flea markets, giant inflatables, pony rides and a dunk tank. SEBA selling tickets at $10 each for a gun raffle or $500. SEBA also selling tickets for a 50/50 drawing: $1 each or six for $5.
-Bingo sponsored by SEBA, 1-5 p.m., at the corner of Main and 5th streets.
-Cake donations for the Lions Club cake walk can be taken to Mary Ann’s Restaurant after 3 p.m. All cake walk proceeds go to the Lions Club scholarship fund.
-Lions Club cake walk will start at 5 p.m.
-Citizen of the Year will be announced at 6:15 p.m.
-“St. Elmo’s Got Talent” starts at 6:30 p.m.
-The SEBA 50/50 raffle and gun raffle drawing will be held at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 2
• Friendly Neighbors Potluck, noon, Phillips Building.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, September 3
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Township Building.
Thursday, September 4
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., in the home of Sandra Lovett.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Jim and Erma Budlove drove to O’Fallon, Mo., to visit with Ben and Grace Holcomb and their daughter, Beth. Earlier this year the Holcombs moved to Missouri from San Diego, CA. He had been Rev. Jim’s co-chaplain for 17 years.
Weekend guests of the Budloves were Nancy Bond of Peoria and Jean Moran of Tinley Park. They had not seen each other for 40 years and had a delightful time reminiscing. They had been next-door neighbors when the girls were young.
After Bond and Moran left on Sunday, the Budloves drove to Alton to attend a Carillon Concert in the Gordon F. Moore Community Park. They enjoyed the concert and seeing the beautiful park and rose garden.
St. Elmo HCE
A tour of the Hodgson Mill at Effingham was the special August activity for the St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education. It was from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, with the following attending: Karen Denning, Mary Myers, Anna Jean Rhodes and Karen Wegscheid and her husband, Guy. Joining them for lunch at Cracker Barrel was Noma Moore.
The Mill produces all-natural, whole grain milled products from the nation’s heartland—natural, organic and gluten free foods for the whole family. Items include cereals, baking mixes (breads, cakes, muffins, pancakes, pizza crust, etc), flours, corn meals, baking aids and a variety of pastas. They usually have about 100 workers.
A woman named Hope conducted the tour of the large factory. A very large new edition was installed with Italian equipment for pastas.
Each one in the group was presented with a large bag that said, “Have a Grain Day!” The bag held several boxes of mixes and a catalog from which items can be ordered.
The only business meeting during the lunch at Cracker Barrel was the reading of the July minutes.
Avena Township Park Board
The Avena Township Park Board has received many good comments from people who use the St. Elmo Community Park and rent the Centennial Building. The tables, chairs and air conditioning are much appreciated.
Two of the walls inside the Centennial Building have been primed and it is anticipated that the walls soon will be completed. The electrician and plumber so far have not been available to do what needs to be done. The swimming pool has been drained. Two pieces of the playground equipment needs to be taken down and replaced.
Those present at the Aug. 19 board meeting were President Greg Haslett, Daryl Calvert, Jim Caraway, Buddy Mitchell and Daphane Oldfield.
The September meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
St. Elmo Educational Foundation Annual Meeting
The St. Elmo Educational Foundation annual meeting was held Aug. 19 in the unit office. Retiring from the board are Donna Engelman, Ann Hinton and Tom Fedrigon, and elected to fill the positions were Glenda Bartels, Jill Hill and Linda Wolf.
Others on the board are Andra Carson, president; Jo Stine, vice president; Marcia Heckert, secretary/treasurer; and Marsha Wilhour.
The educational foundation presented more than $7,000 in scholarships this year.
To help provide the scholarships, an individual can join the foundation for $20, a family member for $20 and a business for $20.
A scholarship fundraiser will be a supper sometime in February.
Fayette County Extension Foundation
The Fayette County Extension Foundation had a meeting August 19 in the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following board members present: President Brian Willenborg and Kyra Willenborg of Vandalia; Joan Schaal of St. Peter; Joi Eddy and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey; and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo. Also present were Tabitha Welch of Farina, the four-county 4-H and youth educator, and guests Kyle Eddy and Brock Willenborg
Unit 21 County Extension Director Rachelle Hollinshead of Vandalia retired at the end of July. It may be a few months before her replacement is hired.
Most of the business was planning the fundraiser soup dinner that will be held on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria. The menu will include vegetable beef soup, chili, hot dogs, peanut butter sandwiches, celery, carrots, tea and lemonade. Fayette County Home and Community Education members will provide the desserts. The cost of the meal is a free will donation.
Fayette County 4-H clubs are asked to donate baskets or donated items that can be bid on for fundraiser donations.
The next Fayette County Extension Foundation meeting is set for Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Vandalia Extension Office.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
The Historical Vandalia Inc. Board met at 6:30 p.m. August 18 in the Fayette County Museum with the following present: President Steve Durbin, Allison Magnus, Joyce Mueller, Phil Shroyer and Mary Truitt of Vandalia; Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro; Barbara Buckland of Brownstown; Jim Brewer of Ramsey; and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
The organ dedication held Aug. 10 was a success. The more than 60 in attendance included three carloads from the St. Francisville Catholic Church and also all of the above board members, plus Donna Blair of Vandalia and Mary Ann Rhoades of Ramsey.
Truitt reported that 174 visitors signed the museum register in July.
Durbin reported that items donated to the museum since the last meeting were a pair of ladies brown high top shoes and a heart-shaped wreath made of human hair. The wreath is under glass in a 2-foot-by-3-foot frame and includes a picture of the sisters whose hair is in the wreath; they are from the St. Elmo Vogel family.
Beyes reported that the museum newsletter is being written and will be mailed soon—it will tell of the restoration fundraisers, the “Sixth Season of Events,” and also the dates for the two book signings at the museum this fall.
Beyes also reported that the 48 blue ribbon winners in the June Town and Country Art Show can enter the State Town and Country Art Show, which will be in Champaign in September. Winners who need Beyes to take the art items to Champaign have to have them at the Fayette County Museum by Sept. 6.
To help with the museum operating fund, the board voted to have a rummage sale during the Grande Levée, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, October 4.
Donated items for the rummage sale cannot be taken to the museum before Saturday, Sept. 27; they can be taken to the museum through Friday, Oct. 3. The museum will not be open Sunday, but the Monday through Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
The only clothes that will be accepted are for babies and toddlers. It is hoped that all donated items will be in good condition.
HCE District Workshop
The Illinois Home and Community Education had the District 6 & 7 Workshop August 21 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham. The 158 registered included the following from the Fayette County HCE: President Flo Allen and Publicity Chairman Panzi Blackwell, from the Sefton Unit; First Vice President Debbie Segrest, Secretary Joyce Mueller, Treasurer Carol Bridges, Community Outreach Anita Smith and Cultural Enrichment Ashley Davis, all of the Vandalia Day Unit; Second Vice President Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit; and Karen Hyde, chairman of the Wheatland Unit.
Jefferson County provided name tags. Because this year’s IAHCE theme is “Been Cookin’ for 90 Years,” names were put by a food mixer. After Effingham County did the registering, doughnuts and beverages were served in the dining room.
At 9:30 a.m. a welcome was given by District 6 Director Marilyn Schaefer of Effingham and District 7 Director Janel Kassing of Red Bud. All gave the Pledge of Allegiance, the Aim for Homemaker and Collect. The officers of the state board then were introduced.
After State President Marilyn Daughhette of Chrisman gave greetings, Jenna Smith, liaison for University of Illinois to IAHCE, gave a program “Tell Your Story.” She gave an example of her story and how to tell the beginning, middle and end in a short story.
Next on the agenda, officer training was held in various areas of the church. At noon, a catered lunch was served in the dining area.
After lunch, the nominating committee report was given by Donna Richards of Newton who is the state secretary, and Jenna Smith gave the U of I liaison report.
The 2015 annual conference was extended; it will be held at the Decatur Convention Center March 17-19.
The IAHCE officers entered the room dressed in shirts had the 2015 theme printed on them – “Come Together and Walk with HCE.” They extended hands to HCE members to walk with them in the room. Information will be given later on how the shirts can be ordered.
HCE members who attend the first day of the conference, on Tuesday, March 17, are to wear the shirts with dark pants or skirts and tennis shoes.
Last on the agenda were the district meetings. Marilyn Schaefer was re-elected for the District 6 director.
Vit-Em-In Class Potluck
The Vit-Em-In Sunday school class of the First United Methodist Church had a potluck at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21 in the Fellowship Hall. Teacher Richard Lowe gave the meal blessing.
After the meal, President Delva Krost presided over a business meeting. Minutes of the May and June meetings were approved as read; the July potluck was cancelled. The class is donating money to help buy wrapped candies that will be thrown from the church float in the Labor Day parade.
Anna Jean Rhodes read a story on how Stuart Hamblen wrote “This Old House” and “It Is No Secret.”
Others present were Elizabeth Bail, Bob Cox, Helen Koonce, Frank Krost, Ed and Barb Lane, Bob and Joanne Owen, Rosemary Owen, and Jack and Marilyn Sproat and a guest, Leatha Newberry.
Because the church picnic is scheduled for September, the Vit-Em-In class will not have a September potluck.