St. Elmo News

Thursday, February 23
• ExxonMobil Annuitants will not meet until in March.
Saturday, February 25
• See article below on Bridal Snobs Flea Market that is being held this Saturday at the Summer Breeze Winehouse and Barn Venue.
Sunday, February 26
• St. Elmo First United Methodist Sunday Night Live Youth – High school in church parsonage; and grade school and junior high in church fellowship hall.
Monday, February 27
• Fayette County Home and Community Education Board, 10 a.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Tuesday, February 28
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 1:30 p.m., St. Elmo Public Library.
Wednesday, March 1
• 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.
• Ash Wednesday service, 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church.
Thursday, March 2
• St. Elmo Business Association, noon, Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club will take a tour of the Effingham County Museum at 10 a.m. Those going are to meet at 9:15 a.m. in St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot to pool rides.
Bridal Snobs Flea Market
The Bridal Snobs Flea Market set for this Saturday is hosted by the Summer Breeze Winehouse and Barn Venue. Everything needed at discount prices will be wedding decorations, hand-crafted specialty items, wedding gowns, bridal party dresses, wedding vendors and more.
Vendors and sellers still are being accepted. Vendors include Tiger Lily, Complete Occasions by Shari, Pink Anchor Events, MW Carriage Company, Livin’It Up Transportation, Maranathas, Danialle Francois Photography, Action Media, The Cookie Shack, Because of Mom Memorials and Brooke Garden Designs.
Doors will open at 10 a.m. for VIP only; VIP tickets include a complementary beverage and there will be a coffee bar. The VIP tickets are $10 each must be purchased online before the event; VIP gets first pick over the wedding dress pop-up shop and the flea market.
General admission starts at 11 a.m. and general admission tickets are $10 each. Doors will close at 4 p.m.
Blood Drive Quota Made at St. Elmo
An American Red Cross blood drive was held the afternoon of Feb. 6 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall, and the quota of 19 was met by the 26 presenters.
Quinton Moore of Farina received a 3-gallon pin.
Those who have given more than 50 units of blood are: Roger Fulk of Brownstown, 147; Pat Logsdon of St. Elmo, 122; Marie Hopper of Farina, 107; Donna Allen of Brownstown, 102; Paul Sidwell of Brownstown, 95; Carol Rine of Brownstown, 91; Lisa Koberlein of St. Elmo, 83; Dennis Garrison of St. Elmo, 71; and John Krost of St. Elmo, 53.
Chairman Karen Denning recognized: Joe Reck, for putting up posters; Debbie Hough and Pat Porter, for helping with the registration and canteen; and St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club, for covering the canteen expense.
The next community blood drive is set for Monday, June 12, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Friendly Neighbors
Once again, only a few attended the Friendly Neighbors meeting held at noon Feb.7 at Mary Ann’s Restaurant: Irene Reed and Rosemary Owen, with guests Larry Reed and Susan Hollinshead.
St. Elmo Community Park Board
The St. Elmo Community Park Board met at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the park Centennial Building, with the following present: Kim Baron, Daryl Calvert, Janis Russell and Danny Tish. There were no visitors.
Baron is filling out a grant for $200 from IPARK that she had a question which surely a reasonable answer was deduced. She and Tish presented playground equipment ideas and prices. No decision was made in deference to a bid ad being placed in the paper for safety zone work needing to be done. Baron presented an ad for approval for such work, the board reviewed and Calvert made the motion to submit it to the St. Elmo Banner and have the bill made out to the park; it was seconded by Tish and motion carried.
Feller’s Oilfield Service Inc. had issued through their attorney to the park’s attorney, Rick Day, four additional articles to be added to the contract to demolish the swimming pool. Calvert had given copies of the information, along with her email correspondence to the insurance company on Feb. 2, along with the insurance most recent email received and told the group of a congenial conversation that she had had with Feller’s representative, Doug Waldo, that day, and that she had given Doug a copy of the pool specs.
Waldo is favorable to meet with the board, but had other plans for the Feb. 7 evening. Tish read Article I, a lengthy discussion followed, Calvert made a motion to accept the addition to the contract, seconded by Baron and the roll call vote resulted in three voted no and one abstained—motion didn’t carry.
Tish read Article 2, lengthy discussion followed. Calvert made the motion to accept the addition to the contract. It was seconded by Baron and the roll call vote resulted in three who voted yes and one abstained; motion carried.
Tish read Article 3, lengthy discussion followed. Calvert moved to accept the addition to the contract. It was seconded by Baron and voll call vote taken resulted in two who voted yes, one no and one abstained; motion didn’t carry.
Tish read Article 4, lengthy discussion followed. Calvert moved to accept the article. It was seconded by Baron and motion carried by roll call with three voting yes and one abstaining.
Russell abstained voting because of her employment with a Feller related entity.
Calvert will contact Waldo and Day with the outcome of the votes, so that more consideration of the wording of the contract can be had timely to reduce the delay of the project.
Discussion of the ad for the mowing contact was held. Calvert made a motion to put the standard worded ad used in the part in the St. Elmo Banner and carried after being seconded by Tish.
There was a brief discussion of the Feb. 11 benefit for park board member Greg Haslett, Kim Logue and Crystal Porter of the St. James Horseshoe League, as well as many other enthusiastic and general people are involved.
Because of the length of the meeting, the rest of the agenda was tabled. If the pool contact could be discussed, an emergency meeting might be called before the next scheduled meeting set for Tuesday, March 14. Tabled items were filing of 2016 taxes and discussions on park cleanup, storage room cleanup and Grandparents’ Day and Easter.
Lunch Bunch
Those present at the Feb. 9 Lunch Bunch meeting at noon at Mary Ann’s Restaurant were Pat Porter of Farina and Arlin and Lillian Grobengieser of St. Elmo.
Library District Board Meeting
The St. Elmo Public Library District Board met the evening of Feb. 9 in the St. Elmo Public Library. After the bills were approved and paid, Wayne Moran said the St. Elmo Library needs a new license and software update for the computers. This will allow them to be locked and secure from viruses. He will be getting quotes for a yearly and multi-year contracts. The two children’s computers will be replaced with existing computers and updated with power supplies and hard drives.
Beecher City Branch Library has ongoing Internet provider problems. Moran will look for other options for providers. Four attended the adult book club this week.
At Brownstown Branch Library, a representative from the awning company will come and look at the fraying awning and either repair it or replace a section. It is still under warranty. The St. Elmo Banner newspaper will be ordered for the library.
Director Karnes said that an Eagle Scout is looking for a project to do and would like to have his project at the St. Elmo Library. Ideas were discussed.
Catalog class is Feb. 16 at Forsythe. Karnes is also looking at signing the other librarians up for a serial class training.
The library is still looking for part-time help. Those interested should call the St. Elmo Library at 829-5544 or go online.
The summer reading program is going to be “Reading by Design.”
Lions Club March Public Events
Twenty-one members were present at the Feb. 13 St. Elmo Lions Club meeting held at Mary Ann’s Restaurant. This month’s anniversary members are Pee Wee Denton and Bob Wells, each with nine years.
A pancake and sausage breakfast and annual defensive driving course are two March events being planned by the St. Elmo Lions Club.
The breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Phillips Building. This annual event is to raise funds for scholarships the club provides each year to St. Elmo High School seniors.
The defensive driving course will be held on Tuesday, March 28, and Wednesday, March 29, at St. Elmo Christian Church, from 8 a.m.-noon each day.
More info on both events will be forthcoming.
President Dave Maxey opened the meeting with all giving the Pledge of Allegiance and Dan Laack led in prayer. In addition to Denton, Wells, Maxey and Laack, those present were Charles Brubaker, Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Roger Fulk, Skip Heaton, Max Hollinshead, Holly Huffer, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, Le Mar Marchman, Al Nevergall, Dee Newberry, Lloyd Stanley, Rex Reeder, Will Williams and Randy Wolf.
American Legion
Adjutant Ernie Myers filled in as commander at the American Legion Post #420 meeting the evening of Feb.14 in the Legion Home. Plans are being made for a fundraiser in March.  It will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 17, in the Legion Home. The menu will include chili, vegetable soup, potato soup and various other items; the charge will be a free-will donation.
The Legion voted to donate $50 to the St. Elmo post-prom committee.
A letter was received to ask for a donation to help get a POW-MIA museum in St. Louis and this was tabled until the next meeting.
Plans were discussed on updating the service plaques on Main Street.
The St. Elmo Business Association is not making plans for this year’s Labor Day celebration. The Legion always has a fish stand on Labor Day; this will be discussed later.
Poppy Day will be on the Memorial Day weekend.
Those present in addition to Myers were Dave Cox, Mike Johnson, Richard Lowe, Al Nevergall, R. W. Smith, Will Williams and Laverne Wright.
Wright’s Corner HCE
Wright’s Corner Unit of Home and Community Education met in February on the third Wednesday, March 15, at the Loudon Town House. Chairman Janice Garrison led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Others present were Kate Jennings and Mandy Miller.
The January HCE Board notes were read and passed out were the January, February, March newsletters.
They collected Valentines – 150 – that were taken to the Veterans Administration at Effingham.
The 36 residents at the Aperion Care Nursing Home in St. Elmo each received a Valentine card, a can of soda and a piece of candy for Valentine’s Day.
They didn’t meet in January, but the January lessons were given by Garrison: special feature, “Canning;” and major lesson, “Etiquette.”
February lessons were given by Jennings: The special feature was “Expiration dates, best by, use by,” and the major lesson, “Understanding CVH.”
The March meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, at 1 p.m. at the Loudon Town House.


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