St. Elmo News

Thursday 9
• St. Elmo Public Library District Board, 6 p.m., with a budget hearing, and the regular meeting to follow.
Friday, July 10
• Grand reopening of three facilities in Vandalia. See the announcement below.
Monday, July 13
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
Three Places in Vandalia Will Start Opening Friday
The Fayette County Museum at the corner of Main and Third streets, Fayette County Art Center at 1408 N. Fifth St. and National Road Interpretative Center at 106 N. Fifth St. will be open from 4-7 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday, the hours will be 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
On July 14, the Fayette County Museum will start being open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club
Because of COVID-19, the St. Elmo Women’s Civic Club has not had a meeting since March 5. The club has meetings on the first Thursday, September through May, when the officers are installed and club dues are collected.
Because there was not a May meeting, a check for the dues is to be sent to the club’s third vice and membership chairman, Mary Jane Mattix, no later than July 15, so the name can be printed in the 2020-21 program book. Her address is 1756 N. 2300 St., St. Elmo, Ill. 62458. Dues are $15 per year.
The Thursday, Sept. 3, meeting will be at 7 p.m. at St. Elmo Public Library. Officers will be elected and installed, and the proposed budget will be voted on.
Each year, the April meeting is a membership drive, but this year it was not held. New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in becoming a member, send a check for $15 to Mattix and include your address and phone number for the club’s program book.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings on 1970 NY City Vacation
Because the news is short this week, I will continue the 1970 family vacation – three weeks ago it was on Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
We got up very early Friday morning, July 26, 1970 from our motel and went to Woodbridge, VA to pick up Mr. Larson who took us on to the Washington National Airport where we boarded the 9 a.m. Eastern Airlines Shuttle Flight to LaGuardia Airport at New York. Airtime is only 17 minutes, but the trip takes at least four hours by automobile.
We had reservations for that night at the Holiday Inn at the LaGuardia Airport. After checking our bags at the Inn, we received much needed assistance from the motel employee who drives the motel bus back and forth in the airport. He took us back to the airport and told us which bus to take and how to take it, then which subway to take and where to get off–it was the fifth stop and was directly under the RCA building. We are glad we took the subway once for the experience, but the rest of the time we stuck to taxis which really weren’t much more expensive.
While in the RCA building, part of the Rockefeller Center, we toured the NBC studios, saw a couple of the television studios. We didn’t get to see the “Tonight Show” studio because the show was being taped while we were there. Tickets for it are given out months in advance anyway. After eating lunch at a restaurant in the building, we walked to the Rockefeller Plaza where the fountain and all the flags are. We walked on to Fifth Avenue and walked a few blocks, arriving back at Radio City Music Hall across from the RCA Building just before 3 p.m. We checked and found we could get tickets for the 3 p.m. performance. We saw about an hour long stage show featuring the Rockettes and the New York premier showing of the movie “Darling Lili” featuring Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson. The stage show was beautiful with the colorful and elaborate costuming and lighting. Tickets for the three-hour production only cost two dollars each.
After leaving the Music Hall we walked about a block to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. We then returned to the RCA building where we went to the observatory of the 70 story high building and spent about an hour and a half looking at the lights of the city at night.
Saturday morning we took a taxi from the motel into Times Square where we joined the 9 a.m. all-day bus tour. The eight hour tour covered Manhattan Island from top to bottom.
Our first stop was at the Empire State Building where we went up to the 86th floor observatory (we had taken two elevators to this and thought we were on the top and found out too late that another elevator went to the 102nd floor;doubt if we would have seen anymore than we did).
The bus drove through the district where 100,000 persons are employed. The buildings where much of the clothing is made do not look like factories, just multi-storied office buildings.
We drove through the Bowery and saw many drunks sprawled on the sidewalks. We drove through Greenwich Village and, because it was in the morning, we didn’t see too many “hippies” but did see a few strange characters.
Oh yes, our cab driver from Queens to Manhattan this morning was Turkish who had been in this country about eight years. He had a bruise on his nose which he had gotten the night before while delivering a passenger to Harlem. He said Harlem is one section of the city everyone wants to avoid, even the colored cab drivers.
We drove past Trinity Church where George Washington worshipped, we saw the Little Church Around the Corner, saw the 22-story Flat Iron Building which was the highest building in the world when it was built in 1902, drove past Wall Street and saw the trade company twin towers which will be 110 stories high when they are completed.
We boarded the Circle Line Ferry and headed for the Statue of Liberty. While en-route it thundered on all sides of us and rain came just before we docked.
Since I had been in the statue when a child, I stayed at the refreshment center and Phil, Steve and Phyllis hiked on to the statue and climbed all the steps to the crown.
They said the temperature was only 100 degrees when they were there, but it had been 110 degrees before the rain.
After arriving back on Manhattan Island we again boarded our bus and drove around the East River to the United Nations building where we took a short tour. We then went back to Times Square for a 2:30 p.m. lunch at Howard Johnson’s Restaurant.
We left lower Manhattan and headed toward upper Manhattan. Drove by and through Central Park, drove by Philharmonica Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, the New York State Theater, the Guggenheim Museum and other buildings. We drove through the Spanish section. Our final stop was at the Cathedral of St. John the Devine, which will be the largest cathedral in the world if it is ever completed.
We drove past the apartment buildings of famous personalities such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Gov. Rockefeller.
We took a taxi from Times Square back to the motel to pick up our luggage, then we went to the airport where we caught the 6 p.m. flight back to Washington, D.C. The Lawsons met us there and we spent the night with them.
The Lawsons live in a circle drive area and their lot slopes to a small creek. There are many children in the neighborhood and they found just enough room between the hill and the creek to make a softball diamond. Phyllis and Steve joined the neighborhood kids in a game Sunday afternoon. Foul balls went in the water and baselines ran uphill, but that didn’t spoil the enthusiasm of the game.
Around 3:30 p.m. we bid farewell to the Lawsons and her mother who resides with them and headed toward Baltimore, Md.
We went in the tunnel under the Patapsco River and headed northward. We drove through York, Pa., and arrived in Lancaster, Pa., in the early evening.
Monday we took a several hour bus tour to several towns in the area. We drove through Elizabethtown on to Hershey, Pa. where we took a tour of the chocolate factory, visited the famous and beautiful Hershey Gardens which consists of 23 acres of roses and other flowers, the Hersey School for Boys and saw other interesting sights in the area. We ate lunch at the Cocoa Inn. The main streets of the town are Chocolate and Cocoa and the street lights look like chocolate kisses, every other one is unwrapped and the others are foil wrapped with the Hershey sign flying out of the top. Enroute to Hershey our bus guide told us the very interesting life story of Milton Hershey. He built the town around the factory and it is well supplied with entertainment – five golf courses, many swimming pools and tennis courts, an amusement park and zoo, a stadium, etc. He wanted his workers to be happy.
We drove to Cornwell to see the old iron mines and furnace. Our next stop was at Lititz where we visited the first pretzel factory in America. The children made pretzels here and have “certificates” indicating that they are pretzel makers now!
We drove through the Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish) countryside. We saw covered bridges, horse pulled buggies and well-kept farms where the Monday washings were hanging out, some on the front porches.
We left Lancaster and drove as far as Bedford, Pa., Monday evening. Tuesday morning we took one side trip which we didn’t plan. Instead of getting on the Turnpike, we took the wrong turn and drove around Pittsburg. We drove through the west edge of Pittsburg, up and down hills and on the winding roads, back to Washington, Pa. We still arrived home about 10 that evening.


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