Thursday, August 25
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Friday, August 26
• Brownstown-St. Elmo Sports Boosters all-you-can-eat fish fry, 4-7 p.m. See additional info following the announcements.
Thursday, September 1
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Sports Boosters’ All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry
The Brownstown-St. Elmo Sports Boosters all-you-can-eat fish fry is from 4-7 p.m. on Friday in the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door: $11 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and under. Carry-outs will be available at $11.
Excellent food prepared by County Rhodes: walleye, mini-shrimp, chicken strips, steak fries, cole slaw, applesauce, baked beans and drink.
There will be a basket raffle, 50/50 drawing and a silent auction.
American Legion Post #420 finalized plans for the annual Labor Day fish stand at the Aug. 16 meeting held in the Legion Home. They will order 120 pounds of fish and 30 pounds of hot dogs to sell this year; in previous years they usually sold out.
The quarter-pound deep-fried hot dogs are $2, the fish sandwiches are $4 and sodas sell are $1; prices are the same as they have been for the past several years.
The St. Elmo Business Association will use the American Legion Home on Sunday, Sept. 4. SEBA is sponsoring the rodeo that will be across from the building.
A propane tank is being installed for the stoves, hot water heater and furnace in the Legion Home.
Ernie Myers served as acting commander and opened the meeting with all giving the Pledge of Allegiance.
The 2016-17 club year started in July and the annual dues are now due.
Others present at the meeting were Doyle Beck, Charles Bosomworth, Bud Himes, Clement Lilly, Wayne Lovett, Richard Lowe, Al Nevergall, R. W. Smith, Dave Stewart and Will Williams.
Fayette County Museum’s Restoration Fundraisers
Tickets are available at the Fayette County Museum and from the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors for the three Season of Events focused drama activities scheduled for Sept. 25 and Nov. 6 of this year and March 12 of next year.
All will be held on a Sunday afternoon in Wesley Hall of the Vandalia First United Methodist Church.
A season ticket for all three events is $30 and a ticket for a single event is $13 if purchased ahead of time or $15 at the door; school-age children are half price.
The museum is open from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, Stan Seevers of Argenta, known as “ The Tool Man,” will have examples of many farm and home tools on tables. Each attendee will be given a sheet of paper that will list where each tool was used and can try to identify it as it is passed around the tables. Prizes will be given to the audience members who can recognize and identify most of the tools.
Seevers gave a similar program a couple of years ago for Historical Vandalia, Inc. but he has several hundred antique tools, so this program will be different than the previous one. His presentations are always a lot of fun, and he tells about our ancestors and how they lived their lives.
Seevers is very involved in his community and the neighboring area. He is a trustee in the Cisco Fire Protection District, president of the Cisco Area Development Corporation, director of an Illinois Association of Fire Protection District and retired from Seever’s Farm Drainage Inc.
The Nov. 6 event is Annie Oakley, which will be given by Barbara Kay of Glen Carbon, and the March 12 will be “Lincoln Boys in the White House,” given by Kevin Kaegy of Greenville.
These three events are fundraisers for the museum’s restoration fund.
Antique Appraisal Show
Historical Vandalia Inc., doing business as the Fayette County Museum, is now undertaking a major improvement at the museum – an electric lift elevator, so all people may enjoy both levels of the Museum.
Over the years, the board of directors has used the restoration fund donations to reroof, tuckpoint, paint, remove the dropped ceiling downstairs, uncover a hand painted ceiling up stairs, improve the heating system, add air conditioning, cover upstairs stained glass windows for protection and replace the outdated electrical system.
Because an elevator costs thousands of dollars, an elevator fund has been started, and money designated for it will be used only for a new elevator.
The first fundraiser for the elevator will be an Antiques Appraisal Show on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in Wesley Hall of the Vandalia First United Methodist Church.
This will be similar to the Antiques Roadshow on PBS. For the purchase of a $10 ticket, two items may be taken to be appraised – 50 people will have this opportunity. For those who just want to watch and enjoy all of the antiques brought by others, tickets are $5.
Phil Lewis, owner of an antique shop in Teutopolis, will be the appraiser. Phil and his wife, Jeri, travel all over the country purchasing, pricing and learning about the artifacts of citizens and all cultures in all regions.
Phil is a retired German language teacher from the Teutopolis School System. He is very interested in history, is a member of the board of directors of the Edgar County Historical Society, on the board of directors on the Effingham old courthouse museum, a docent at the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library in Springfield and president of the Historic National Road Association of Illinois. It will be a wonderful afternoon of fun and learning.
Tickets soon will be available at the Fayette County Museum and from the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board of Directors.
The August meeting of the Historical Vandalia Inc. Board was held the evening of Aug. 15 in the Fayette County Museum in Vandalia, with the following present: President Steve Durbin, Donna Blair, Joyce Mueller and Mary Truitt of Vandalia, Jim Brewer of Ramsey, Marilyn Beyes of Smithboro and Anna Jean Rhodes of St. Elmo.
It was reported that the museum had 144 registered visitors in July.
Artifacts donated to the museum in July were: a 1953 team signed St. Louis Cardinals baseball; 1964 Fayette County farm plat book; eight books copyrighted from 1896-1955, including three Bobbsey Twins books; early 1900s black dress; black hat with ribbons from early 1900s; framed 8½-by-11 Save Vandalia Prison color photos, framed 16-by-20 poster of Vandalia’s 1985 Industrial Expansion Photo Day; 46-inch long chain made out of wood; and an outside wall light from the old Presbyterian Church, which now is the Fayette County Museum.
Educational Foundation Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the St. Elmo Educational Foundation was held the evening of Aug. 18 in the unit office, with the following present: Linda Bartels, Andra Carson, Marcia Heckert, Richard Lowe, Jo Stine and Marcia Wilhour.
Directors re-elected were Bartels, Carson, Heckert, Stine, Wilhour, and Jill Hill and Linda Wolf who were absent.
Officers re-elected are Carson, president; Stine, vice president; and Heckert, secretary/treasurer.
A Steve Orr memorial scholarship will be given in 2017
A fundraiser for the scholarship fund will be the annual soup supper that will be held on Friday, Feb. 10.
It is time to renew membership in the St. Elmo Educational Foundation. Contributions are tax-deductible and also go into the scholarship fund that provides scholarships for St. Elmo High School graduates.
Memberships are $20 per year for individuals, $20 a year for a family member and $20 per year for businesses. Checks are to be made out to the St. Elmo Educational Foundation and sent to the Foundation at P.O. Box 82, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.
Fayette County Food Bank
St. Elmo, for the second time this year, had the Fayette County Food Bank in the Pinnacle Foods parking lot. On Saturday, 540 people received 11,520 pounds of the various food items.