Thursday, November 27
• Have a happy and thankful Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 30
• The Avena Township Park Board will host Santa in the Park from 2-4 p.m. in the St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• First Advent Service of the Wolf Creek Cluster of United Methodist Churches, 4 p.m., Brownstown United Methodist Church. Ed Wojnar of the Altamont Circuit will speak.
Monday, December 1
• The Freedom Reigns in Christ Church annual clothing giveaway will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m.-noon. Beginning on Monday, clothing, furniture, knick-knacks, etc., will be accepted through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Do not leave clothes outside of the church or they will be disposed of. For questions, call Melissa Carson at 217-663-0795 or the church at 829-9757.
• The St. Elmo City Council, 7 p.m., Phillips Building.
Tuesday, December 2
• Friendly Neighbors, noon, Phillips Building. Ham will be provided for the potluck
• Council of Catholic Women, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Wednesday, December 2
• Reservations for the RNA Christmas dinner have to be made by next Wednesday. See info in Future Events.
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education members are invited to the rural home of Mary Smith at 1 p.m. for the Christmas party.
Thursday, December 3
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club Christmas party at 5:30 p.m. at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending are to take items for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
• Annual clothing give-away at the Freedom Reigns in Christ Church will be from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 6. Ham sandwiches, hot dogs, cookies, Kool-Aid and coffee will be provided.
• The annual Royal Neighbors of America #5784 Christmas dinner will be held at noon on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the First Church of God S.H.E.D. A catered meal will be $5 for adults and $3 for children under age 12; RSVP by Dec. 3 to 829-5156 or 217-343-1061. Everyone is welcome. Those attending are asked to take a non-perishable food or a new toy for the Caring and Sharing program.
• On Sunday, Dec. 7, St. Elmo will have a Christmas celebration with the parade of lights and tree lighting from 6-8 p.m. downtown on Main Street.
Library District Board
After approving the October minutes, the treasurer and librarian reports were presented and the bills were approved at the St. Elmo Library District Board meeting held Nov.13 at the St. Elmo Public Library.
Wayne Moran reported that Internet service at Beecher City and Brownstown is very slow. Cameras and monitor have arrived.
So far, there are two running for board positions. Petitions must be delivered to the Fayette County Courthouse in Vandalia by Jan. 29.
Billie Enlow, JoAn Evans and Kim Karnes attended the Serials in Polaris class.
St. Elmo will keep magazines for two years, and Beecher City and Brownstown for one year.
Employee Christmas party will be on Dec. 16. The next employee meeting is scheduled for February.
St. Elmo fifth-grade classes were at the St. Elmo Public Library on Nov. 10 and met with veterans for a veterans’ celebration. Fifty kids and 12 helpers attended the After-School Club on Nov. 13. The reader was Officer Rich. Family Reading Night was held on Nov. 20. St. Elmo planned for dad-grandpa night, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Boy Scouts plan to go to the museum at 6 p.m. on Dec.11 for a field trip.
St. Elmo librarians are proposing a Family Movie Night with a free-will donation.
An outside light at the St. Elmo Library is not working.
Evans reported that 112 kids now have cards at the Beecher City Grade School. On Nov.14, the kindergarten class will go to the Beecher City Branch Library for a field trip.
There are still problems with the toilet. Evans presented final three drafts of design. The Board liked the red one, but the choice will depend on whether it will fade; they will go with black if fading is an issue.
Motion by Naomi Jennings, seconded by Guy Wegscheid, to adopt the annual levy ordinance for fiscal year July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.
The St. Elmo Library would like to get rid of an old TV and put sign-up sheet for anyone interested in computer classes.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
The Fayette County Museum’s 35th Anniversary Cookbook that sells for $15 is available at the museum. Also available is the Fayette County Game (similar to Monopoly) that was made in 1997 with advertisers from throughout Fayette County in the spaces. It originally sold for $20, but now sells for $5.
To give as a gift, the books and games can be wrapped for only $1.
Present for the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board meeting held the evening of Nov. 17 in the Fayette County Museum were President Steve Durbin, Donna Blair, Joyce Mueller and Mary Truitt of Vandalia, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Jim Brewer of Ramsey and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
The 373 who signed the museum register in October included 264 who attended the treat bag give-away from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.
It was reported that at the Old-Tyme Christmas many people sampled the nine cookbook recipes several members provided and several cookbooks were sold.
Fayette County games also were sold.
Jeff Jones received a thank you for letting the museum use the building just west of Sunshine House. Barbara Buckland also received a thank you for putting up Christmas decorations.
Blair reported that at the Fayette County Hospital bazaar held the next day, several cookbooks and games were sold.
The old bell in the belfry now is working.
An old chandelier has been donated to the museum and will be hung when a place to hang it is decided on. Other donations since the last meeting: 15 bonnets donated by the Ladies of Trinity Lutheran Church (the bonnets are reproductions that can be loaned out), books, two oil paintings, a large spittoon, a 1929 telephone directory, a 1932 wedding dress and jacket, a crocheted cap and two cradle rolls for 1908-1912.
Both “Meet the Authors” at the museum – Yvonne Meckfessel on Oct. 26 and Ron Scherer on Nov. 9 – were successful.
Chili Cook-off Winners
The St. Elmo First Baptist Church had a chili cook-off on Nov. 15, with four participants. Trophy winners were: Blaine Jennings of Woodlawn, first; Jan Dodson of St. Elmo, second; and Jamie Crum of St. Elmo, third. Also participating was Cole Jennings of St. Elmo.
The panel of judges was Larry Stolte, Doug Engeljohn and Bernita Cameron.
At 5:30 p.m., everyone was welcome to taste the participants’ talents, and 30 did so.
St. Elmo HCE
The St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education monthly meetings are on the fourth Thursday. Because of Thanksgiving, the November meeting was changed to Wednesday, Nov. 19. It was held in the afternoon at the St. Elmo Public Library, and only three were able to attend.
After giving the Pledge of Allegiance, roll call was answered with “Have you ever been on a train?” Karen Denning, Mary Myers and Anna Jean Rhodes each answered “yes.”
Rhodes conducted the business meeting in the absence of the chairman. The September minutes were approved as read. The unit did not have an October meeting. Those who went to the County HCE International Night the evening of Oct.21 at the Phillips Building were Denning, Myers and Rhodes.
The County HCE October board notes were read.
The special feature lesson sheet, “Much Ado about the Holidays,” was passed out, and then work was started on filling out the new 2015 program books.
The December Christmas party will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Vandalia Chuckwagon.
Hostess Denning served pumpkin cheesecake pie, nuts, candy corn and Sprite cranberry beverage.
Church Thanksgiving Dinner
The Vit-Em-In class of the First United Methodist Church for the third year sponsored a dinner for the church congregation. It was held the evening of Nov. 20 in the Fellowship Hall, and the class members were pleased with the attendance.
Class President Delva Krost welcomed all and had the class teacher, Richard Lowe, give the meal blessing.
November 20 is the birthdate for two. Pastor Dan Laack observed his 60th birthday, and the class presented him with a card and a monetary gift. Class member Elizabeth Bail observed her 92nd birthday. “Happy Birthday” was sung to each of them.
The dinner included the following foods the class furnished: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy (they were from Mary Ann’s Restaurant), bread and beverages. Those attending took a variety of potluck dishes – cranberry sauces and salads, other salads, several different vegetables and pies, cakes, cookies, etc.
Rene Edwards and Marilyn Sproat decorated the tables in a Thanksgiving theme. Those who helped in the kitchen, etc were Vit-Em-In members and Pairs and Spares members.
Those who attended were the following: Lloyd and Mona Stanley, Randy and Linda Wolf, Joni Springman, Holly Huffer, Andra Carson and Aubrey and Kinley, Dalynn Teets and Joey, Dan and Pat Laack, Megan Taplin, Thomas Followell, Shannon Burgess, Art Batson, Kara LaMar and Aidan, Rick Schoenhoff, Jeffrey and Summer Maxey and Brady and Colin, Sherry Wagner, Elizabeth Bail, Jack and Marilyn Sproat, Delva Krost, Helen Koonce, Anna Jean Rhodes, Rosemary Owen, Rene Edwards, Dick Lowe, Bob and Joann Owen, Ed and Barb Lane, Le Mar and Billye Jo Marchman, and Nick and Jenny Anderson and Alannah, Jaden, Brayden, Chase and Wade.
There was no business meeting or program, just visiting and fellowship.
The Ladies’ Thursday Bridge Club usually meets the first and third Thursdays at Mary Ann’s Restaurant in St. Elmo. November 20 was different, but was very nice.
Member Kate Dickens of Effingham also is first vice chairman of the Effingham Unit of Home and Community Education and is a past second vice president of the Effingham County HCE Board.
Effingham County’s annual HCE International Program was set for Nov. 20 with a noon luncheon at the Effingham Extension Office.
Kate wanted to do both, so she invited the Ladies’ Bridge Club to go to Effingham to the Extension Office to play bridge, have luncheon there and attend the program. Shirley Muchow was hostess and said that was okay with her.
Those able to go were Charlotte Brauer, Lorene Frederking, Vicki Milam and Ginny Ossack, all of Altamont, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and Eileen Wall of Effingham. The two-table bridge played a four-game round before lunchtime.
They went into the lunch area and joined more than 40 others for a German lunch buffet. The menu included kartoffelsuppe (soup), rouladen hausfrauenart (beef), German spaetzle, kartoffelsalat (German potato salad), apfel-rotkohl (red cabbage & apples), ingwer-marinade gurkin (German style marinated cucumbers), brotchen (German yeast rolls), schwarzwalder kerschtorte (black forest cake), kase kuchen (authentic German cheesecake), apfelstrudel (German apple strudel), wasser, koffee and eistee. A cookbook pamphlet with all the German recipes was given to each one attending.
After the meal, the program on Germany was presented by Bill and Bev Elving of Effingham. Bev started with a quiz on the Federal Republic of Germany. Bill showed slides of various areas of Germany. They both had been in Germany this year, but previously had lived there for three years.
At 2:15 p.m. the Ladies’ Bridge continued for three more rounds. The first-place winner was Dickens, second-place winner was Brauer and Milam received the booby prize.
Hostess Muchow had bowls of candies and nuts, but didn’t have to furnish a dessert.
Sometimes there are three bridge tables. Other club members are Pat Belden and Billye Jo Marchman of St. Elmo and Paula Devore, Rosemary Hardaway and Konnie Smith of Altamont. There also are several bridge players who sub.
I will be hostess in my home for the Dec. 18 meeting
My husband Phil’s brother and wife, Don and Phyllis Rhodes, who lived in St. Elmo, taught Phil and me how to play bridge before we went to college at Charleston the fall of 1947. I joined a bridge club before I was married in February 1949 and have been in several bridge clubs over the past 66 years.