St. Elmo News

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.
Saturday, September 3
• See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
Sunday, September 4
• See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
Monday, September 5
• See the day’s complete schedule in the St. Elmo News.
Tuesday, September 6
• Friendly Neighbors, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant. They again will collect school supplies for the grade school.
• Council of Catholic Women, 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Wednesday, September 7
• 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, September 8
• Fayette County Home and Community Education first vice chairman of each unit will meet with county first vice president at 9:30 a.m. at the Fayette County Extension.
• Lunch Bunch, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 7 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
• Effingham Chapter #110 Order of the Eastern Star, 7:30 p.m., Effingham Masonic Temple.
Labor Day 3-Day Activities
Saturday, Sept. 3
8 a.m. – Fun 5-K run and walk starts at St. Elmo High School; $25, registration 7:15-7:45. Checks to be made payable to the St. Elmo Business Association. Six age groups.
8 a.m. – City-wide garage sales.
8 a.m. – Farmers’ market, flea market, crafts and food at the corner of Main and Fourth streets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Barn Daze Wine & Fall Festival at the St. James Summer Breeze Wine House and Barn Venue.
4-8 p.m. – SEBA food booth at the corner of Fourth and Main streets.
4:30 p.m. – Pet Parade starts; goes from the firehouse on Main to corner of Fourth Street.
6-8 p.m. – Second annual Cars on Main Cruise In, intersection of Fourth and Main streets. $5 donation goes to the St. Elmo Educational Foundation. Dash plaques awarded to the first 20 cars. All vehicles welcome. It will be a laid-back evening of cool cars and music.
7-10 p.m. – “Night Moves” band takes the stage under the tent.
Sunday, Sept. 4
2-4 p.m. – C-Bar Rodeo on Tower Lake Road, west of New Horizons Church. Food sales at New Horizons Church Fellowship Hall, 1-4 p.m.
6 p.m. – Gospel band “SLCC Ensemble” at St. Elmo Christian Church.
Monday, Sept. 5
6-9:30 a.m. – St. Elmo firemen’s annual pancake breakfast, in the fire station on Main Street.
7 a.m.-2 p.m. – Bake sale at First Church of God for missions.
9 a.m. – Concession stands and flea markets booths open. Pony rides all day.
10:30 a.m. – St. Elmo Lions Club-sponsored parade starts (lineup starts at 9 a.m.); goes south on Walnut, east on Second, north on Main and east on Fourth, ending at Fayette County Bank. Categories for prizes are religion, business, school, clubs/organizations, bicycles, horses, show vehicles and antique tractors. No dual-wheel tractors. (Other category-if entered receives no prize money).
A $5 entry fee for all categories to be paid Monday. Proceeds go to the club’s scholarship fund.
11:30 a.m. – First Church of God Cookout for missions-pork barbecue sandwiches, nachos, nacho supreme, chips and lemonade/water/tea.
12-3 p.m. – “Heather and Marty” duo.
12-5 p.m. – Dunking booth and inflatables at Main and Fourth.
12:30 p.m. – Parade winners will be announced at Fifth and Main.
1-5 p.m.  –SEBA-sponsored bingo at corner of Fifth and Main.
3-4 p.m. – Power Wheels Cars – bumper cars for small children.
4-7 p.m. – “County Line” band under the tent at the corner of Main and Fourth streets.
5 p.m. – St. Elmo Lions Club cakewalk in front of Mary Ann’s Restaurant. Donated cakes can be taken to the restaurant starting at 3 p.m.
7 p.m. – Announcement of Citizen of the Year.
7 p.m. – SEBA 50/50 drawing (winners need not be present). Tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings on Korea
My daughter, Phyllis Lea, of Green Oaks, took her older daughter, Soo Jin, to Korea for 10 days in July. Soo Jin was born on Aug. 20, 1998, in Korea. Phyllis and Prentiss Lea, who then lived in Crete, went to Korea in March 1999 to get a 16-month-old baby girl and they kept her Korean name of Soo Jin.
Soo Jin graduated on June 3 from Libertyville High School and will go to Knox College in Galesburg. She celebrated her 18th birthday Aug. 20.
Phyllis emailed me this report of the Korean visit.
“We first flew from O’Hare to Seoul where we joined other adoptive families, 90 people total, for the 10-day tour of Korea. We saw the Gyeongbok Palace, a traditional palace with multiple buildings depicting ancient Korean culture; visited Dongdaemun (east-gate) Market, a traditional Korean market for shopping, where you can buy anything from clothing to frying pans; and went to the Korean Folk Village, an interactive, open-air museum of folklore and customs, and while there, we saw performed the traditional Farmers Dance.
“We visited the Holt’s Children’s Services, our adoption agency, and Soo Jin had a reunion with her foster mother, who cared for Soo Jin for her first six months of life. We took a walking tour through Bukchon village, where people still live in the houses built in the style of the Joseon Dynasty. At the Korean school visit, we saw classrooms and enjoyed a traditional Korean dance performance.
“We took KTX high-speed train from Seoul to Busan and saw scenic hills, valleys and rice paddies. Visits were to Port of Busan and Jagalchi Fish Market, where all types or fish are available for purchase to eat. We did shopping at the International Market, one of the largest shopping centers in Korea. We had a visit to Gyeongiu (prior capitol of the Silla Dynasty and World Heritage site), famous for Tumuli Park, Bulguksa Temple and Sokkuram Grotto.
“We flew to JeJu Island, known as the Hawaii of Korea, hiked up to the tallest peak, an active volcano, to see beautiful views of the ocean and enjoyed an afternoon at the beach.
"We saw a stage performance called Nanta, the longest running play in Korea since 1997. It has been performed on Broadway and more than 53 countries.
“During our visit, we enjoyed many great meals, including Korean BBQ, bulgogl and kimchi, a spicy cabbage dish.”
I am sure my granddaughter was thrilled to see all the interesting things in the country where she was born.
Fayette County HCE
Fayette County Home and Community Education Board had its monthly meeting on Aug. 22 at the Vandalia Extension Office, with the following present: President Flo Allen, Panzi Blackwell and Phyllis Pryor, member-at-large, of the Sefton Unit, Carol Bridges, Ashley Davis, Joyce Mueller, Debbie Segrest and Anita Smith of the Vandalia Day Unit, Donna Blair of the Bingham/Ramsey Unit and Anna Jean Rhodes of the St. Elmo Unit.
A charter member, Ilene Sidwell, age 93, of the Sefton Unit, died on Aug. 20 at Aperion Care Center. The county has only one other charter member who has maintained membership since Home Bureau was organized in May 1948 – Martha O’Dell of the St. Peter Unit, who is a resident at the Altamont Lutheran Care Center.
Vandalia Day Unit has a new member: Kim Reeder of Ramsey. In June, Fayette County started the 2016-17 year with 102 members; Sefton Unit got a new member in June so now the membership is 103 (two new members, minus the deceased member).
September is Ovarian Cancer Month – little turquoise colored ribbons were given to the units to give one to each member to wear during September.
Each unit first vice chairman is to meet with the county first vice president at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Extension Office to work on the 2017 programs.
A free ovarian awareness program is being sponsored by the Fayette County HCE. It will be 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Fayette County Hospital old conference room. Speakers will be a survivor, Donna Blair of Vandalia, and Dawn McDaid, OB/GYN. There will be free refreshments and literature provided.
The Illinois Association of Home and Community Education International Week is Oct. 2-8.
Fayette County HCE will have a basket with baby products for the first baby born Oct. 2-8 to a Fayette County mother, who will be presented the basket at the County HCE Oct. 24 board meeting. Each unit is to provide a baby product for the basket.
Fayette County HCE International Night is set for Monday, Oct. 10, in the St. Elmo First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, with registration at 5:30 p.m. and the potluck at 6 p.m. Earl O’Kuly of Brownstown will give a program on Ecuador.
Past and present officers of the county HCE will meet at 11:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at the Vandalia Los Amigos.
Fayette County HCE members will again provide desserts at the Fayette County Extension Foundation annual soup dinner from 11 a.m-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Brownstown Elementary Cafeteria.
After the meeting, Allen, Bridges, Rhodes, Segrest and Smith ate lunch at the Vandalia Denny’s.

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