Village Matters

Wedding bells  

Resident Donna DeWeese and Dr. Jeffrey (Jeff) Cornelius tied the knot last month with family and friends in attendance. Capt. Bob Phillips conducted the ceremony at Farley’s.

Donna’s dad, Peter Durante of Florida, walked her down the aisle and sang a heart-warming rendition of “I will love you always.” Donna is from New York City and Jeff hails from Swarthmore, PA. Both serve on Historic Elsah Foundation’s board — she as president, he as Treasurer. Jeff is Professor of Chemistry at Principia College and has contributed to the College’s Solar Car success. The couple has purchased and moved into a stone house on LaSalle Street.

Welcome, new neighbors!

It’s a joy to welcome Beth and Patrick Blechle to Elsah. Beth writes,

“We currently live in Grafton and will be using our home in Elsah as

a second home. We love the town and named one of our dogs Elsah!

We have two grown children. I am an Occupational Therapist and Patrick is a Pharmacist.”


Abigail DeWeese and Samuel Keller recently announced their engagement. Abigail works at the Principia College Library as Systems, Acquisitions, & Accounting Manager, Interlibrary Loan. She has been a volunteer at the Museum and for HEF events and Elsah History. Both are recent graduates of Principia College. Samuel is from Germany and works remotely for a think tank in the DC area. We are so happy for you, Abigail and Sammy!

Government contacts

For information regarding local government matters, please contact Village Clerk Barb Ostrowski at 618-374-1568, [email protected] or Mayor Mike Pitchford at 618-616-4948, [email protected]. The Civic Center is located at 51 Mill Street. Darr Hall is available for private rentals.

The Zoning Board meets the first Thursday of the month, 7 pm. The Trustees meet the second Tuesday of the month, 7 pm. These meetings are open to the public. The Trustees’ agenda is posted on the outdoor bulletin board at the Post Office 48 hours prior to the meeting.