July/August Bell Ridge

July/August Chrisman Nite Unit

July/August Redman Nite

July/August Stratton

July 21-24 4-H Fair Foodstand

Don't forget which shift you are working during the 4-H Fair. We need everyone's help working the Foodstand. If you can't stand long, we can find a sit-down job for you. Don't forget your homemade or store bought pie. All pies should be 8"or 9"

Edgar County H.C.E. Board Members

Co-Presidents Pat Brazelton, 217-822-6183

Kate Morecraft, 217-822-4956

First Vice Paula Coombes, 217-465-4057

Second Vice/Secretary/VCH Cindy Bruce, 217-948-1021

Treasurer Carole Halloran, 217-884-2374

Cultural Enrichment/Community Outreach Dona Hoult, 217-822-2419

Edgar County H.C.E. Board Members

We want to hear from your unit. Please send your unit's activity and/or picture to:

Rebecca Schiver, Illinois Extension, or 210 W. Washington St., Paris.

Due date is the 20th of each month. Thank you for your cooperation in making HCE the best it can be!

We want to hear from your unit

Hello to the members of the hottest organization in town at the moment, ECHCE!!

Active, sustaining, and mailbox members combined. We may be small in numbers and we may have problems at the moment, but we are NOT going to let anyone or anything take us down! You all have heart and faith that you have put to work. We have a need coming up and it's going to be a trifle difficult to get things done, but from what the board has been hearing, you all are climbing aboard the FOODSTAND TRAIN. And we THANK YOU. Please, return your work and donation sheets. If you hear (or ask) of an open spot to work, jump in - sustaining and mailbox members, this includes you. Rattle cages if you know of someone, friend or foe, ask them to help. I know there are some of us on the not so physical work side, but there are other things that need to be done. You all are so awesome to come together like this. But that's what we do - fix it! Your presidents – Pat Brazelton & Kate Morecraft

A Message from ECHCE Co-Presidents:
  • The HCE annual books are in the process of being printed. They should be ready for pick-up during the 4-H Fair. Look for your unit's books in the kitchen of the 4-H Multi-purpose Building.
  • Mark your calendar for these upcoming lesson trainings:
    • November, 2019 Lesson - Aging Safe in Place with Technology
    • Training – Thursday, September 5, 1 p.m. Extension Office
    • June, 2020 Lesson – Energy Saving Tips from Ameren Date & time in May TBA
  • Edgar County 4-H would like to send an advanced THANK YOU to all HCE members who are working hard to organize and work the 4-H Fair Foodstand.
  • You can find the 4-H Fair schedule at:
A Few Things From Rebecca at the Extension Office

March 8, 2019 Board Meeting:

The ECHCE officers met for a board meeting March 8, 2019.

Beth Sablotny called meeting to order.

Secretary read roll call, present were:

Pat Brazelton, Paula Coombes, Beth Sablotny

The minutes from the February meeting were read and approved.

Board Reports:

1st Vice: A text was sent to Peggy Cline concerning nominating committee. No reply. Will continue calling members. School supplies delivered to Chrisman and Shiloh.

2nd Vice: Will check on table decorations

Community Outreach/Cultural Enrichment: No report

International: No report

Ways and Means: No report

Treasurer: Beth still going through papers and waiting on electronic files

President: Discussed the annual meeting scheduled for April 10. The theme will be Celebrate Around the Word. Speaker will be Beck Rich. She will provide ice cream. Waiting to hear from Jeannine McDaniel about catering a meal. The Mayo Leadership Club will serve and Mayo boys will set up 8-10 tables.

The next meeting is April 1 at Pat Brazelton's home at 6 p.m.

Meeting adjourned 1:15 p.m.


April 3, 2019 Board Meeting:

The ECHCE officers met for a board meeting on April 3, 2019.

President Beth Sablotny called the meeting to order.

Secretary read roll call. Present were:

Pat Brazelton, Paula Coombes, Beth Sablotny, Dona Hoult, Carole Halloran

The minutes from the March meeting were read and approved.

Board Reports:

1st Vice: Will continue to search for members to be on nominating committee. Will continue to search for 2 more board members by the May 1 meeting.

2nd Vice: Will take care of decorations at the annual meeting

Community Outreach/Cultural Enrichment: No report

International: "Celebrate Around the World" program booklet provided by Carole.

Ways and Means: No report

Treasurer: Beth still going though papers and waiting on electronic files

President: Discussed Annual Meeting being held on May 21 with the theme Celebrate Around the World. Speaker will be Becky Rich who will provide ice cream. Dona will order pies. Mayo Leadership Club will serve and Mayo boys will set up 8-10 tables. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 fee. Meeting will be at 6 p.m. Yearly booklet to be handed out. Three offices opened for nominees: secretary, treasurer, president.

Carole is to send by-laws to all group presidents.

Chelsey LaBaume applied for a scholarship. The board voted to award her the scholarship.

Beth is to send out food stand packets. Beth and Dana will continue with food stand this year.

The next HCE Board Meeting is scheduled for May 6 at Pat Brazelton's home

Meeting Adjourned.


June 3, 2019 Board Meeting

The ECHCE Board met at the home of Pat Brazelton.

Secretary read roll call. Present were:

Kate Morecraft, Pat Brazelton, Paula Coombes, Carol Halloran, Dona Hoult, Marge Houghland and Cindy Bruce.

Minutes of the April board meeting were not available. Paula will make any corrections to the May minutes of the annual meeting and get them to Cindy. They will stand as approved.

Board Reports:

1st Vice: Paula has the lessons for each unit for next year and they are ready for delivery.

2nd Vice: Cindy said she would do the best she could and would ask for help when needed.

International: Marge has recipes for India and a speaker lined up for October.

Treasurer: Carol and Kate gave gone to FirstMid Bank to change names on the account and to sign a new signature card. Current balances as of May, 2019:

Premier Account - $6422.845

Checking Account - $361.36

A motion was made by marge to transfer $2500 from the premier account to the checking account for the trust fund payment and the Edgar County 4-H Fair Foodstand. 2nd by Paula. Motion carried.

Carol is to write and take a letter to Beth Sablotny asking for a full return of all treasurer materials, the tax exempt card and food stand records/notes. She is also going to check to see how the scholarship money is to be given.

No other members had any reports.

Two copies of the new by-laws are being given to each unit and the Extension Office has a copy if anyone else want a copy. A copy is with the board secretary.

A copy of the CVH form will be put in the newsletter.

There is a bill for postage that is to be paid and Carole will take care of that.

Foodstand: Carole passed out schedules for each unit to fill for working and goodies for the fair. The fair is Sunday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 24. Workers are needed. One sheet is to be at the Extension Office by June 30 and the other copy is to be kept by the unit president to remind each member of when they are to work and what they are to take.

Carol is to see about putting Marge's name in the newsletter for publicity. She is also going to check about meal tickets for various officials.

The next ECHCE Board meeting will be June 17 at 1 p.m. at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

The district meeting is August 8 at Southern View Chapel in Springfield.

The 4-H BBQ is Saturday, June 22. Please remind your unit.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Bruce, ECHCE Board Secretary

Edgar County HCE Board Minutes

The 82nd Annual Meeting of ECHCE was held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the 4-H Multi-Purpose Building in Paris, IL. The theme was "Celebrating Around the World" with decorations provided by board members.

1st Vice, Paula Coombes, opened the event. Invocation was given by Kathleen Emery, IAHCES Director. Homemade pies and drinks were enjoyed by those attending.

Carole Halloran led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Kathleen Emery leading the Homemakers Aim.

Roll call by Paula Coombes, secretary, was held with the following units represented:

Stratton 3, Chrisman 5, Redmon Nite 3, Bell Ridge 2, Happy Homemakers 1, Mailbox 5, Guest 1

The 2018 Annual Meeting minutes were read and approved.

There was no audit, treasurer's report or budget to report as President Beth Sablotny was waiting to receive electronic files from former treasurer, Dana Stites. Amount of $1250 in trust. Kate Morecraft moved and Marge Houghland seconded to leave in bank. Motion carried.

Kate Morecraft moved pertaining to budget. Need new president and treasurer elected so they can get signature cards and get account statements past and present. Marge Houghland seconded. Motion carried.

Election followed with the following nominated:

Co-Presidents Pat Brazelton and Kate Morecraft

1st Vice Paula Coombes

Treasurer Carole Halloran

Secretary/2nd Vice/PC/VCH Cindy Bruce with Cindy Muchow being the substitute secretary.

International/Public Relations Marge Houghland

Cultural Enrichment/Community Outreach Dona Hoult

All were elected unanimously.

Past Membership Certificates were presented to:

Doreen Irish 75 years Joan Mattingly 65 years

Maxine Cochran 66 years Marilyn Daughhetee 50 years

Alberta Steiner 65 year Barbara Switzer 50 years (deceased)

Memorial given by Marge Houghland. Marge read a poem "Comfort Living of Life:

Those remembered were:

Barb Dickerson Paris Nite Rosemary Elsberry Stratton

Leila Lorenzen Chrisman Barbara Switzer Stratton

By-laws as revised were gone over by Carole Halloran. Majority votes carried and all units were presented copies.

Kathleen Emery announced the Annual District Meeting will be held August 7 in Springfield. She reminded everyone to use the IAHCES and ECHCE websites. She would very much appreciate support of NVON. A special thank you to guest Kathleen Emery.

With no other business, meeting adjourned.

Paula Coombes, secretary

Edgar County Annual Meeting Minutes


4 cups water
6 salmon fillets, 4 ounces each
1 tablespoon margarine
2 cups asparagus, cut in 1-inch pieces
3 cups cooked rice
1 cup thawed frozen peas
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper


  1. Use 4 cups of water in a skillet to steam or poach salmon until salmon flakes with a fork. Remove salmon and discard water.
  2. Heat margarine in skillet and add asparagus, cooking until tender.
  3. Stir in rice, peas, salmon, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cook about one minute, just to heat, stirring to prevent sticking.

Servings per recipe: 6 Total time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Information amount per serving:

Calories 380 Calories from fat 144

Total fat 16 g Cholesterol 71 mg

Sodium 419 MG Carbohydrate 28 g

Dietary Fiber 3 g Protein 29 g

Exchange 2 starch 3 medium fat meat

Carbohydrate units 2

Salmon and Asparagus Salad

Taken from Garden Style magazine

All About the Base:

Whether you are planning on planting sun or shade-loving plants or those that favor acidic soil conditions, make sure you get the potting mix right.

As with anything in life, it's best to start with the right foundation to increase your chances of success and that is especially true with potting plants in the right soil.

Get the mix right and they will delight you with exquisite blooms, vibrant foliage or great crops of fruit, veggies and greens.

But if you use tired, old potting mix, don't be surprised if your plants reflect the soil they've been challenged to thrive in.

Some plants that love the shade, such as Japanese maple, Camellias, Rhododendrons and ferns, need acidic soil, whereas salad crops, fruits and vegetables crave a nutrient-rich mix. Plants that love dry conditions want a light, free draining soil.

If you follow our guide, your container plants will provide you with a vibrant show of color. So get the right mix and get potting!

Summer loving…..

If you are planting annuals for summer, mix some water-retentive gel crystals into the soil to help keep them from drying out.

Deep purple…..

Hydrangeas just love acid-based soil. Pay attention to this and they will bloom with deeper colors.

Dry Spell…..

You can buy specific soil for plants that like dry conditions or adapt your potting mix by adding perlite or fine gravel to create free draining potting soil

Food, Glorious Food!

Add slow-release fertilizer granules or nutrient-rich compost if you are growing container crops such as fruits, vegetables or salad greens.

The Right Mix…..

Once you get the all-important soil combo right, your plants will have the best chance to thrive.

Handy Hint…..

Be sure to buy only as much potting soil as you need. Old soil degrades in the bag if you leave it lying around for too long.

Tool Time:

You don't need a big budget to create beautiful planters but it helps if you buy some good quality tools to get the job done. They will last longer and cost you less in the long run.

Look for stainless steel, which shouldn't set you back too much. Then, be sure to take good care of your investment. Store your tools indoors or plunge the metal ones into a bucket of sand in the shed or greenhouse to keep them clean and dry.

Don't Be a Drip…..

Buy a galvanized metal watering can rather than a plastic one. Metal will last longer, plus plastic can contaminate your water – not good if you're watering veggies

Can You Dig It?

Prevent the wooden handles on your garden tools from splintering by wiping them down with a rag and some linseed oil once a year.

Once Scoop or Two?

Metal ice scoops are really useful for filling pots quickly and with less mess. They also easily break up clumped potting mix.

Pliable Partner…..

Flexible tubs have many uses: pouring compost, collecting garden waste or holding water when you need to soak plants before sinking them into containers.

Don't Forget Your Gloves….

Cotton gardening gloves will keep your hands clean and blister free. If working with plants that have thorns, get gloves that have rubber coating. While working in bushes, wear gloves that have the rubber coating and come up to the elbows, which prevents scratches to the skin.

Give Tender, Loving Care

Feed Them…..

No matter how much you try, love alone won't ensure that your plants survive. However, applying granular feed to the potting mix will help them to reward your adoration.

Keep it Moist…..

Apply a mulch of decorative stones or chips on top of the potting mix to ensure your plants don't dry out too quickly.

Second Chance…..

So you didn't add feed to the potting mix when you planted your blooms? Apply a liquid feed during the growing season, following the instructions on the product package.

Don't Be a Drip…..

If you want to save time but need to be sure that your planter has enough water, invest in a drip system. Or you can do it the old-fashioned way: a watering can.

Garden Information

Dadism's on Life

  • Who said life was supposed to be fair?
  • Always say please and thank you. That way, you get more.
  • If you forget, you'll be grounded till the end of the world.
  • Shake it off. It's only pain.
  • A little pain never hurt anybody.
  • Don't take yourself so seriously, take what you do seriously!
  • You're always a winner if you lose with a smile.
  • Four things come not back: time past, the spoken word, the sped arrow and a missed opportunity.
  • Life is a journey and you've just reached one of many speed bumps to come.
  • If you want to do something, do it because you want to. Don't do it because someone else did.
  • As long as you tried your hardest, that's all that matters.
  • If if's and but's were candy and nuts then we would all have a merry Christmas.
  • Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.
  • If you're gonna be dumb, you've gotta be tough.
  • Worrying about things you can't change is like a rocking chair….it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere.
  • It's hard to be good and easy to be bad.
  • Don't tell on anybody unless you tell on yourself first.
  • The first liar don't stand a chance.
  • Laugh at yourself first, you'll take the bite out of others doing so for you.