Thursday, October 29
• The ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Maverick Restaurant, Litchfield.
Saturday, October 31
• St. Elmo Trick-or-Treat Night, 6-8 p.m.
• Trunk or Treat, 6-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church parking lot.
Sunday, November 1
• Time changes at 2 a.m. on Sunday from Daylight Savings to Standard time; set your clocks BACK one hour.
• Detour Youth, 6 p.m., First Church of God S.H.E.D.
• Amp’d high school youth, 6:30 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Tuesday, November 3
• Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, November 4
• Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education, 1 p.m., Loudon Town House.
• Reverb Youth 56, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Reverb Youth 78, 6:45-8 p.m., St. Elmo Christian Church.
Thursday, November 5
• St. Elmo Business Association
• The Wheatland Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will go to St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 4 p.m. to pool rides to tour the new Effingham library. After the tour, they will go to Joe’s Pizza in Altamont for supper.
• Fayette County Extension Foundation annual chili/soup fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, in the Brownstown Elementary cafeteria. Homemade desserts will be furnished by Fayette County Home and Community Education members. The charge is a free-will offering. Fayette County 4-H clubs will have a bake sale.
• The St. Elmo Veterans will host the annual Veterans Day flag ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in St. Elmo. The services will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Flags will be retired and presented to the donors upon inspection. The general public is invited to attend. Services will be moved inside the Phillips Building if the weather does not cooperate.
The 2015 donors are: Audrey Plum, American flag; Gene and Janet Ireland, POW-MIA flag; the Goodwin family, Army flag; Kay Hanna, Navy; Jeff Murphy, Marines; Kathy Spitler, Coast Guard; and Susan Jennings, Air Force.
Anyone wishing to honor a veteran with a flag can contact Bob Heckert or Ernie Myers for details.
NHS Red Cross Blood Drive
The St. Elmo High School National Honor Society sponsored an American Red Cross blood drive on Oct. 13 in the high school gym. The quota was 30, and 20 units of blood were collected from 30 who registered.
Sixteen high school students registered for the first time: Bo Sapp, Jennie Buie, Madison Carson, Jacob Giffin, Abagail Durbin, Ashlyn Mitchell, Kyton Goen, Daniel Tacker, Cody May, Lucus Underwood, Cody Brooks, Jordon Fedrigan, Nicole Buff, Lucas Behl and Kearstin Scoles. Eight of them were not able to give, but their attempts to do so were appreciated.
Others who registered were returning students: Kyler Wells, Caitlynn Phillips, Taran Duckwitz, Gabi Moore, Robbi Edwards, Morgan Brown, Jenna Long and Malachi Maxey; staff members: Adam Hall, Tina Ashdown, Steven Wright and Lisa Bain; and three people from the community who came in not only to give but to honor a junior high student: Lisa Koberlein, Cynthia Fedrigon and Anna Jean Rhodes.
National Honor Society Sponsor Amy Schimmelpfenning said, “We would like to thank everyone for contributing to the high school NHS Red Cross blood drive. We appreciate all of you.”
The annual meeting of the Ex-Conference Officers of the Southern Illinois Conference United Methodist Women was held Oct. 19 in the Mt. Vernon First United Methodist Church Dycus Hall and 10 were able to attend: Casey Andrew of Lebanon, Irma Bingham of Vergennes, Karol Brown of McLeansboro, Marlene Cummins of Troy, Elouise Hahs of Sunset Hills, Mo.,, Rebecca Hubele of Carmi, Beverly Jones of Collinsville, Trixie Lathrop of Wayne City, Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo and Jeanne Sims of Rochester.
Sims gave the blessing for the lunch prepared by the Mt. Vernon UMW – hot chicken salad, pear salad, muffins, sherbet and cookies.
After the meal, President Andrew presided over a business meeting. Regrets were read from Shirley Wolf of Grantsburg, Mildred Jeffers of Columbus, Ohio, Billie Laumbattus of Lenzburg, Fern De Jarnett of Belleville, Betty Greer of Centralia and Evelyn Shepard of Altamont.
Officers re-elected are Andrew, president; Huebele, secretary/treasurer; and Hahs, Sims and Rhodes, nominating committee.
Jones led in a memorial service for one deceased member, Mary Renfro of Lebanon, who was present at the 2014 meeting. The very active Renfro had made plans for her 100th birthday celebration on Dec.5, but suffered a stroke in September and died a couple of weeks later on Sept. 28. Each one present shared special memories of Renfro.
Sims and her husband, the Rev. Paul Smith, will observe their 64th wedding anniversary onv Nov. 3.
Historical Vandalia Inc.
The Historical Vandalia Inc. Board met the evening of Oct. 19 at the Fayette County Museum, with the following present: President Steve Durbin, Donna Blair, Joyce Mueller and Mary Truitt, all of Vandalia, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro, Barbara Buckland of Brownstown and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
Twenty-seven from the St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia took tours of the museum on Saturday, Oct. 17.
Many articles the museum has received since the last meeting include three bonnet reproductions that can be loaned out, 20 photos that include tintypes-late 1880s sepia tones and black and white, a Fayette County 1879 marriage certificate, a Fayette County 1888 marriage certificate, many World War II military items, three baby bonnets and a baby dress from the late 1880s, a white binder of St. James Lutheran Church that has the church quilt picture on the front and the names of the quilters and businesses inside, and three old sample pieces of knitting.
Beyes gave a report on the 59th annual Illinois Town and Country Art Show (the info will be in a separate news article).
Blair gave a report on the successful Color Splash Fun Run/Walk held on Sept. 26 to help with the Fayette County Museum restoration fund. Approximately 150-160 of all ages participated; they were from several Illinois towns and from a couple of states. Volunteers manned four color stations for the colors splashed on the white T-shirts of the runners/walkers
Blair was thanked for all the work she did in sponsoring the fundraiser and Blair thanks all the participants, the businesses that donated items for the participant’s names drawn as winners and the many volunteers who helped.
Historical Vandalia Inc. will participate in the Vandalia Olde Tyme Christmas on Friday, Nov.13, in the store next to the Sunshine House. It will be decorated for Christmas and open from 5-9 p.m. that day. For sale at the event will be the Museum’s 35th anniversary cookbooks, the Fayette County (Monopoly style) Game and other gift items. Also, samples of refreshments made from the cookbook recipes will be served.
Fayette County Museum’s second Season of Entertainment restoration fundraiser will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. It will be in honor of our service men and women and the subject they all fought for, “Old Glory,” our nation’s flag.
atty Winn, a history teacher from Effingham, will portray Betsy Ross. She takes a very deep and complete look at Betsy as our forefathers requested her experience in building our flag.
It will be held in the Vandalia First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall. Refreshments will follow the program.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the museum: $13 for adults and $6.50 for youth 6-18. At the door, tickets are $15 and $7.50.
State Town & Country Art Show
The 59th annual Illinois State Town & Country Art Show was recently held in Champaign; it ended Oct. 3. This year, 85 pieces of art were received from blue winners in Fayette County and six other counties in Town & County Art shows
Thirty-four entries were from the Fayette County T&C show sponsored by Artworks Gallery and held in June in the Fayette County Museum upstairs.
Best of the Youth Division was a watercolor titled “Protea (Open)” by Megan Hodge, a grade 10 student from Effingham who was a participant in the Fayette County show.
In the Adult Division, the following, all participants in the Fayette County show, received awards for photography entries: first place was “Unfurled” by Charlotte Zeman of Ashley; second place was “San Savier Del Bac” by Harry Orr of Salem; and third place was “Hoodoos, Bryce Canyon” by Gayle Erzleben of Salem.
The state show was judged by Joan Stolz and Matthew Watt. Both are associate professors at Parkland College in Champaign.
Unit 21 Extension Council
Unit 21 Extension Council of Clay, Effingham, Fayette and Jasper counties met the evening of Oct. 22 in the Effingham U of I Extension office, with the following present: Carl Bakers Unit 21 director; Ken Larimore, Unit 21 community and economic development educator; Tabitha Welch, Unit 21 extension educator for 4-H and youth; Tom Haarmann, Marilyn Shaefer and Joe Zerrusen, of Effingham County; Mark Hartrich and Donna Richards of Jasper County; and Mandy Miller, Kevin Payne, Anna Jean Rhodes and Kyra Willenborg of Fayette County.
Officers elected are: Haarmann, chairman; Zerrusen, vice chairman; and Shaefer, secretary.
Welch’s report on youth development included sew simple workshops, 4-H food smart families, Ag in the Classroom, 4-H teens as teachers, national youth science day, discover Chicago trip, 4-H leader volunteer training program and Altamont High School etiquette luncheon.
Larimore’s report included East Central Illinois Development Corporation, Effingham Regional Incubator Network, Local Government Information Education Network, Economic Development Tools Program and a facilitating meeting for the lieutenant governor and local officials Oct. 23.
Clay/Effingham/Fayette/Jasper Unit ranked second in the state for six months (Dec. 2014-May 2015) in U of I web usage statistics with page views of 360,952.
Champaign/Ford/Iroquois/Vermillion Unit ranked first with page views of 870,728. Cook County Unit ranked fourth; Bond/Clinton/Jefferson/Marion/Washington Unit ranked 16th.
The next meeting of the Unit 21 Extension Council is set for Thursday, Jan.21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Effingham Extension Office.
FUMC Members Report on Mission Trip
Judy Fasnacht and Mindy Healy in September were with Volunteers in Mission 10-day trip to Panama. A report on the trip, with slides, was given during the Oct. 25 morning worship at the First United Methodist Church.
The volunteers, from several states, took medical supplies in their luggage for the clinic, where they helped with various duties. Some helped in the doctor’s office, dentist’s office and eyeglasses office, with prescriptions, etc. Judy and Mindy helped with the children who were there with their parents or were waiting as patients.
It was interesting to hear about how the Panama people were being helped. They closed the program will all repeating the Hispanic Creed on the screen.
The church hymns were “Pass It On,” “Here I Am, Lord,” and “Blessed Be Your Name.” The Chancel Choir, accompanied by Kathy Spitler on the clavinova sang “Take Now My Voice.”