St. Elmo News

Thursday, December 4
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club Christmas party, 5:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending are to take items for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
Friday, December 5
• Friday is the last day for Freedom Reigns in Christ to accept items for the clothing give-away. Check the info in the following article.
Saturday, December 6
• The annual Clothing Give-away, 8 a.m.-noon, Freedom Reigns in Christ Church. Ham sandwiches, hot dogs, cookies, Kool-Aid and coffee will be provided.
• Polio Survivors and Friends of East Central Illinois Christmas party, 11 a. m., Ryan’s in Effingham.
• RNA Christmas dinner, noon, First Church of God S.H.E.D.
Sunday, December 7
• Soup luncheon in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church immediately following the 10:35 a.m. worship service. It is being hosted by the children and youth, and all donations will be used for their Christmas mission projects.
• Christmas in St. Elmo on Main Street – Booths open at 5 p.m. and the lighted parade is at 6 p.m. After the parade, Citizen of the Year Tom Fedrigon will light the Christmas tree, teachers will be honored and there will be a community choir and Santa Claus.
Tuesday, December 9
• The Avena Township Park Board, 6 p.m., St. Elmo Community Park Centennial Building.
• American Legion #420, 7 p.m., Legion Home.
• Fayette County Board, 7 p.m., Fayette County Courthouse, Vandalia.
Thursday, December 11
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Those attending can take food or donation for the St. Elmo Food Pantry.
• The St. Elmo 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.
Santa’s Secret Helpers
A Santa’s Secret Helpers Tree is at St. Elmo City Hall with names of needy children in the St. Elmo School District, age 15 and under, who would like to have a Christmas gift.
Each name tag provides the age, gender, clothing sizes and desired gift(s). The name tag has to be included with the gift, which has to be unwrapped and taken to city hall no later than Friday, Dec. 12. The tag can be inside of the box or taped to the top of the box. For more information, you can contact city hall at 829-3319.Those able to sponsor more than one child can take more than one tag.
Monetary donations are welcome and can be taken to or mailed to city hall, North Main Street, St. Elmo.
Red Cross Blood Drive Announcement
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall on Monday, Dec. 15, from 1-6 p.m.
Card Shower Requested for a 90th Birthday
Imogene Dothager will observe her 90th birthday on Dec. 24. Her husband, Otis Dothager, died in January 2008; they had been married 60 years. Their daughters are Denise Springer of California and Teresa Dothager of Texas. There are two granddaughters and a new great-granddaughter.
Imogene is currently with her daughter, so cards can be addressed to: Teresa Dothager, 30410 Linkwood Drive, Houston, Texas 77025.
Fayette County HCE Board
Fayette County Home and Community Education observed the Illinois Association of Home and Community Education HCE Week by donating a quilt to the first Fayette County baby born Oct. 6-12. Oswald was born on Oct. 8 to Christine and Toby White of Vandalia. Born at Greenville Regional Hospital, he weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces.
His siblings are brothers 9-year-old Oliver and 7-year-old Dexter, and a sister, 4-year-old Aiden.
The mother and baby were unable to be at the Oct. 27 HCE Board meeting, but were present at 10:30 a.m. at the Nov. 24 meeting held at the Vandalia Extension Office. Family issues chairwoman Donna Blair presented the quilt to 7-week-old Waldo, held by his mother. Public relations chairwoman Panzi Blackwell took a photo.
The beautiful quilt had been handmade by international chairwoman Shirley Klitzing. Also present was Waldo’s grandmother, Kathy Hall of Ramsey.
President Flo Allen opened the meeting at 10 a.m. with all giving the Pledge of Allegiance. November 24 is the birth date of Allen and First Vice Debbie Segrest – “Happy Birthday” was sung to them.
In the absence of Secretary Joyce Mueller, Anita Smith filled in as secretary. Treasurer Carol Bridges gave the monthly report. In October, units gave $101.01 to Pennies for Friendship: Bingham/Ramsey, $6; St. Elmo, $12; St. Peter, $15; Sefton, $30; Wheatland, $15; and Wright’s Corner, $23.91.
Bingham/Ramsey member Mary Stokes (who had been a member since 1948) died in November. Vandalia Day Unit had a new member, Ruth Smith, join at their November meeting. The Fayette County HCE still has 114 members in the seven units.
Dozens of Christmas cards for veterans were collected at the meeting. Units are reminded that the Volunteer Hour sheets need to be completed and sent to Blair before the end of December.
The HCE Board annual Christmas party will be held on the third Monday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m., at the Vandalia Ponderosa. Guests invited are two officers who retired from the board at the end of May – Phyllis Pryor and Dorothy Harpster, and Extension office personnel. Instead of a gift exchange, those who wish can donate $5 to Lighthouse Pregnancy Center.
Those present at the meeting were Blair of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit, Allen, Blackwell and SKlitzing of the Sefton Unit, Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit, Bridges, Ashley Davis, Segrest and Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit and Karen Hyde of the Wheatland Unit.
After the meeting Allen, Klitzing, Rhodes, Bridges, Segrest and Smith ate lunch at Huddle House.
Stan’s What’s It’s
More than 50 antique tools were on tables for the “Stan’s What’s It’s” program on the afternoon of Nov. 23 in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall.
This was Historical Vandalia Inc.’s second Sixth Season of Events to help raise funds for the restoration of the Fayette County Museum.
Stan Seevers of Argenta for many years has collected tools that were used in the kitchen, bedroom, parlor, anywhere in the home, office, on the farm, work shop, barn, stable, harness shop, confectioner’s shop, dentist’s office, doctor’s office, stork tool, school, elementary school, military, prison camp, and all are more than 100 years old. Some now are worth a few dollars and a few unique ones are worth several hundred dollars.
About 40 attended the program and were divided into two groups that sat around the tables with various tools that were numbered.
To write down the item identification, each person was given a sheet that listed the item numbers.
Each number had a clue – where used.
After all the tools had been passed around, Seevers held each one up for identification—some were correctly identified by those present and some were not. He told interesting facts about each tool.
Seevers said that at his programs, the average identification of the tools by each person is six; those who identify more are above average.
After the program a name was drawn for the door prize, the 35th Anniversary Cookbook of the Fayette County Museum, and it went to Frank Reador of Vandalia. A variety of refreshments was on the serving table.
Seevers is a trustee for the Cisco Fire Protection District, president of Cisco Area Development Corp., director of the Ill. Association of Fire Protection District and has retired from the Seevers Farm Drainage Inc. His antique tool collection is from areas throughout the U.S.
Lions Club
Final planning for this year’s Caring and Sharing was discussed at the St. Elmo Lions Club meeting held the evening of November 24 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Applications are in and have to be screened. The distribution of the Christmas boxes will be on Saturday, Dec. 20.
The club’s annual Christmas dinner/scholarship award will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, at Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting, with all giving the Pledge of Allegiance. Pee Wee Denton gave the meal blessing. Others present were Dave Cox, Don Crawford, John Crawford, Roger Fulk, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Rex Reeder, Lloyd Stanley, Bob Wells, Charles Williams and Randy Wolf.
Ministerial Alliance
Turkey Dinners
The St. Elmo Ministerial Alliance provided turkey dinners for Thanksgiving Day to 44. The St. Elmo Christian Church was host and cooked the turkeys, dressing and gravy, and the boxes were packed at the church. Other churches participated by furnishing the following items: First Church of God, mashed potatoes; First Assembly of God, green beans and corn; First Baptist, cauliflower layered salad; First United Methodist, rolls and napkins; and Freedom Reigns in Christ, pies. Royal Neighbors of America #5784 and a couple of anonymous donors provided the turkeys.
Volunteers from several of the churches delivered the turkey dinners in time for the noon meal.
The First Assembly of God will be the host church for Ministerial Alliance Christmas Day dinners.

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