St. Elmo News

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By The Staff

Friday, August 24
• Men’s summer Bible study, 6:30-7:30 a.m., St. Elmo Golf Course.
Sunday, August 26
• Registration deadline for entering the Junior Mayor Contest. See info below.
Monday, August 27
• Fayette County Home and Community Education, 10 a.m., Fayette County Extension Office.
• St. Elmo Lions Club, 6 p.m., Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
• Fayette County Republican Women, 7 p.m., National Road Interpretative Center, Vandalia.
• Fayette County Extension Foundation, 7 p.m., Vandalia Extension Office.
Tuesday, August 28
• St. Elmo Unit of Home and Community Education, 11 a.m., at Waltrip Restaurant (several miles north of U. S. 40 on the Avena Road). They will share rides by leaving St. Mary’s Catholic Church parking lot at 10:40 a.m.
Thursday, August 30
• ExxonMobil Annuitants, noon, Vandalia Ponderosa.
Friday, August 31
• Junior Mayor Contest 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 1
• Haley Wilhour Memorial 5K run; registration at 7:30-8 a.m. in the SEHS parking lot. The entry fee is $20 per person. The run starts at 8 a.m. at the high school and will return back to where it started. All proceeds will be donated to Haley’s husband, Justin, and their children, Onna, Graidon, Paylin and Brantly. For information, you can call Monica Wilhour at 217-663-0968.
September 1-3
• Labor Day weekend festivities in the St. Elmo Community Park are listed in the article below.
Fayette County Extension Foundation
“Win a Shopping Spree” at the County Market in Vandalia is a Fayette County Extension Foundation fundraiser. Tickets are $10 each and a drawing will be held at the county Extension Foundation meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27. Three names will be drawn for prizes of  $300, $200 and $100. Winners need not be present.
Tickets are available from the 4-H clubs, Extension board members and the Fayette County Extension Office in Vandalia.
Extension fundraisers help support the county 4-H clubs, Master Gardeners, Home and Community Education and various other Extension programs in Fayette County.     
Junior Mayor Contest-7 p.m., Aug. 31
Any child between 8 and 10 years old in the St. Elmo School District can enter the contest by registering through Aug. 26. Sign-up forms are available at Daryl’s Dine-In, St. Elmo Public Library, T and J Food Mart and Mary Ann’s Restaurant. No entry fee will be charged.
St. Elmo’s Labor Day Weekend Festivities
Saturday, Sept. 1
• 7 a.m.-noon, trunk sale in the St. Elmo Community Park, with spots available on a first-come, first-served basis, $5/car, $10/pavilion (only two pavilions available; contact Kim Baron at 231-2413 for pavilion rental).
• 7 a.m.-noon, bake sale in the park Centennial Building. Donations will be accepted from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday morning.
• 8 a.m., city-wide garage sales will start.
• 1 p.m., chili cook-off in the Centennial Building. Sign up starts at noon, and the entry fee is $10. For more information, call Kim Baron.
• 4 p.m., corn hole tournament (adults only) and team signup during the day until 3 p.m. in the Centennial Building. Entry fee per team is $10.
• 7 p.m., free outdoor family movie in the park. Concessions will start at 7 p.m. and the movie will start at dusk.
Sunday, Sept. 2
• 7 p.m., Gospel Sing, Fourgiven Quartet, St. Elmo Christian Church.
Monday, Sept. 3
• 6-9:30 a.m., pancake breakfast at the St. Elmo Firehouse.
• 10:30 a.m., parade starts at the St. Elmo High School and goes south on Walnut, west on Third to the St. Elmo Community Park (additional info is in a separate article.
• Noon, Games and concession stands open in the park on Third Street.
• 12:30 p.m., a play, “An Abbreviated History of St. Elmo.”
• 1 p.m., parade winners announced in the park by the Lions Club
• 1-5 p.m., SEBA Bingo in front of the Centennial Building on Third Street.
• 1:10 p.m., St. Elmo Story Tellers Q and A. Go armed with questions about the history of our hometown.
• 2 p.m., water fights by the St. Elmo Fire Department.
• 5 p.m., Space Camp Council will perform.
• 5 p.m., Lions Club cake walk in the park.
• 6 p.m., 50/50 drawing winner and announcement of the Citizen of the Year.
• 6-8 p.m., “Soul Roof” will perform.
American Legion
St. Elmo American Legion Post #420 has sold all the 1, 000 gun raffle tickets they were selling as a fundraiser. September 1-30, a gun will be given to that day’s three-number lotto raffle ticket match.
On Labor Day, the Legion will have the annual fish stand that also sells sodas. The concession stands will open at noon in the St. Elmo Community Park.
The August meeting was the evening of Sept. 14 in the Legion Home.
Education Foundation Annual Meeting
The annual meeting of the St. Elmo Education Foundation was held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the District Office. Three Board members were present – Andra Carson, Marcia Heckert and Jill Hill. Also present were foundation members Richard Lowe and Anna Jean Rhodes, so the quorum was met.
After the agenda was adopted, the minutes of the April meeting were approved and the treasurer’s report was accepted for audit.
Directors re-elected are Glenda Bartels, Andra Carson, Marcia Heckert, Jill Hill, Cindy Ireland,  Jo Stine and Linda Wolf.
Officers re-elected are Carson, president; Stine, vice president; and Heckert, secretary/treasurer.
Discussed was having the annual soup supper after the last home basketball game; it is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 15, in the school cafeteria.
The next Education Foundation meeting is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the district office.
For those interested in becoming a member of the Extension Foundation that provides $500 scholarships to St. Elmo High School graduates (as many as the dues and fundraisers provides), fees are individuals, $20; family, $20; and business, $20. Checks should be made out to the Education Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 82, St. Elmo, Ill. 62458.
Rhodes-Side Gleanings
Saturday morning, I went to First United Methodist Church to visit with Mary Belle McLean’s family a little while. She was a 1950 graduate of the St. Elmo High School she died in January this year at Creve Coeur, Mo., where she had lived for many years.
I didn’t stay for the 11 a.m. memorial service, because I left to go to the Alumni Reunion.
When I was leaving, I was asked if I had seen good friend Marie Pankey who now lives in Henderson, NV. This was when I found out her brother’s funeral was 11 a.m. that day at Pagel Funeral Home and visitation had been Friday evening.
The St. Elmo C&A Pagel Funeral Home neglected to send me an email; I give the complete obits on my WPMB news Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
I was the only one in my class of 1947 at the reunion, but I stayed at the reunion until after 2 p.m. so I could visit with many I knew Marie’s brother, J. R. Bell and wife, had lived in St. Elmo for many years, but last year moved to Altamont. I went to the Bell home in Altamont to extend my condolences and visit with Marie; she is two weeks younger than I am but graduated a year ahead of me (she lived in the Carter Camp north of St. Elmo and went to a country grade school). One of her sons, Brian, was with her.
In 1991, Marie moved to St. Elmo from the Bloomington area and was there until December 2002, when she moved to Nevada to be near her other son.
I flew out to visit with her once a year for six years; the last visit out there was August 2009. That fall was when my brace broke, my leg broke and after surgery I had to be a nursing home for nine months.
The summer of 2010, I could not use my three-wheel walker and decided it was time to get a wheelchair and handicap van; they arrived in December.
If a wheelchair person flies on a plane, the chair has to be stored and possibly would be damaged, as some of the luggage is damaged. It is a long trip to dive to Nevada. Marie visited here several times over the years; one time she got to spend a week with me.
First United Methodist
For the morning worship at the First United Methodist Church Aug. 19, Pastor Dan Laack gave the sermon. Hymns carried out the morning theme, as did special music.
Two of Max Atwood’s grandchildren are visiting here from Tucson, Ariz. Ava Addleman, age 18, sang “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” and was accompanied on the piano by her 22-year-old brother, Azlan Addleman. The service ended with the praise song.
St. Elmo Lions Club
The St. Elmo Lions Club Aug. 13 meeting at Mary Ann’s Restaurant opened with Dave Maxey leading in the Pledge of Allegiance and Pee Wee Denton giving the meal blessing.
Lions Club members anniversary years recognized were: Roger Fulk, 22 years, with nine years with the Brownstown Lions Club; and Al Nevergall, five years.
The application forms for entries in the Labor Day parade have been made and are ready for distribution. The parade route was discussed.
Parade marshals will be Ken Thomason, representing the St. Elmo Police Department, and Don Engeljohn, representing the St. Elmo Fire Department. There is 90 years of service represented by the two men.
The Lions Club cake walk will be held at 5 p.m. on Labor Day in the St. Elmo Community Park. Cake donations should start at 3 p.m. by leaving them in the blue Centennial Building in the park. Lions Club members are to take three cakes, but all other cake donations will be greatly appreciated. This fundraiser helps with the yearly scholarships.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, Lions Club members will assist with the distribution of food at the Pinnacle Foods. This is sponsored by the Fayette County Farm Bureau.
In addition to Maxey, Denton, Fulk and Nevergall, the 14 members present included Dave Cox, Don Crawford, Skip Heaton. Holly Huffer, Mark Lash, Bob Lowe, Richard Lowe, LeMar Marchman, Rex Reeder and Bob Wells.
Labor Day Parade Participant Info
This year’s theme of the St. Elmo sponsored Labor Day parade is “American Pride – Honoring Our First Responders,” and the colors are red, white and blue.
This is the 200th anniversary of Illinois becoming a state, so red, white and blue is a good color scheme.
The application form has been in the Aug. 14 edition of the St. Elmo Banner, and they are available at the St. Elmo City Office and Mary Ann’s Restaurant.
The categories will be judged at 9:45 a.m. and first prize in eight categories will be receive $50. The categories and their sponsors are religious (New Horizons Church); business (New Horizons Church); school (Richardson Brothers Inc.); clubs/organizations (Sperry Service); bicycles (St. Elmo Pet Clinic); horses (United Fidelity Bank); show vehicles (Dieterich Bank); and antique tractors (Lash Construction Inc.).
There is another category called other, and it pays no prize money.
Applications have to be filled out with the name of the parade entrant – example: church, school, organization, vehicle owner, etc., and put down a contact phone number. Next, put down a narrative/commentary to be read by the parade announcer; for example, describe or identify your church, school, organization, etc.; owner/driver of vehicle, vehicle year and make, etc.; persons participating in the parade entry; any other info you wish to share.
A $5 entry fee is required for all categories to be paid the day of the parade. The forms have to be taken, and the fee paid, prior to the start of the parade; give them to a St. Elmo Lions Club member at the high school parking lot. Parade lineup starts at 9 a.m. at the high school parking lot.
No dual wheel tractors will be accepted.