WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays: Rylee Ray, Carolyn Studebaker, Elliot Ulrich Papczun, Logan Tyler Ulrich, Jake Sarver, Carl Petelle, Shelley Spitler, Bill Voge, Erika Brownlee, Chris Wentlender, Cassidy Stacy
Anniversaries: Jim and Julia Jones, Sean and Angie Maggard, Harold and Mary Maxson, Steve and Katie Sizemore, Paul and Rhonda Wright, John and Kayleen Dunker
This Saturday, July 16, James E. Ryan, Post 322 is sponsoring a cruise-in at 3 p.m., hog roast at 5 p.m. and live band “Justified” at 8 p.m. at 1477 Ohio 503 South.
Enjoy Old-time country and western music and dancing every Thursday from 1-4 p.m. with the Senior Fun Bunch.
A Family Fun Day is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 7 from 1-6 p.m. Hamburgers and hot dogs are provided; please bring a side to share.
Baked Steak Dinner
The West Alexandria Celebration Committee is selling baked steak dinners for $7 each on Sunday, July 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the police department, next to Subway on Ohio 503 N. Preorder by Wednesday, July 13 to ensure your order. Orders can be made by phone to Carol Lunsford, 839-4085, be mailed to Celebration Committee c/o Michelle Laughlin 41 West Second Street or dropped off at the Pin Up Shoppe at 50 W. Second Street. Thank you for your support!
The Celebration Committee would like to congratulate our Big Bang Boom! Car and Bike Show winners and thank all who turned out for the July 4 events, despite the rain! Please visit our weekly Farmers’ Market in Peace Park every Thursday from 5-8 p.m., May through September.
Class of 1958
Don Eby, West Alex graduate of 1958, will be in Ohio in July and would like to visit with folks who knew him then. Arrangements are being made for lunch at Rob’s in Brookville, Ohio, at noon on Friday, July 15. If you want to join us you are welcome. It is appreciated if you are included in the reservation by contacting Karen (Ledwell) Buriff at 937-456-9523 or Karen (Vogue) Cottingim at 937-452-3325 on or before Wednesday, July 13. Please leave your name and preferred number to reach you if there is no answer when you call. There is no telling when we will have our last gathering, so you should plan to come to this time, if you can at all. We look forward to being surprised by some who have rarely or never attended.
North American Wild Game Cook-off
A Wild Game Cook-off will be held Sunday, July 31 at 6 p.m. in the Toney Building at the Preble County Fairgrounds in Eaton. This event is sponsored by Spic’n Span Pots’n Pans 4-H Club and the Preble County Fair Board. Register by 5 p.m., July 31 and set up between 5 and 6 p.m. May enter more than one class, but only one entry per class. All game animals must be native to North America or have a hunting/trapping or fishing season in North America. Entries will be judged on taste and presentation. Seventy percent of the dish has to be comprised of the game animal or fish for the entry. Food will need to be cooked prior to arrival for the contest. There will be limited area to keep dishes warm while waiting for judging. Entry must have enough for five samples; one per each of the five judges. Entrants must pay for own entrance to the fair. Prizes for classes are: $25 to each class winner, $100 for Grand Champion winner. Classes include Big Game: Whitetail Deer, Bear, Moose, Pronghorn, Caribou and Elk. Small Game: Squirrel, Rabbit, Raccoon, Groundhog and Beaver. Fish: Any wild game fish. Bird: Any wild game bird. Exotic: Turtle, Lynx, Armadillo, Frog-legs, Rattlesnake and Alligator. Contact the Preble County Fairgrounds by calling 456-3748.
S&S P&P 4-H Club
Spic’n Span Pots’n Pans 4-H Club, established in 1970, is in their 46th year meeting on Mondays at 4 p.m. in the Salem Lutheran Fellowship Hall. Club members have been selling Butter Braids and Sarah’s pizza sub vouchers to raise fund for shirts, project books, and misc. costs for those entered in the Preble County Jr. Fair. We cover all domestic, animal and miscellaneous projects. We complete several community projects, as well. Contact Carol Lunsford, Founder and Head Advisor, for additional information at 937-839-4085.
The annual West Alexandria Community Picnic will be Thursday, Aug. 11, 4-8 p.m. Come meet the new school superintendent, your teachers, the football team, cheerleaders, and the marching band while enjoying your meal of $1.50 for hot dog or burger, chips and a drink! There are door prizes galore, plus buy chances to win two airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S.!
The Foodbank served 64 families during June. This includes 28 seniors and 65 children and totals 216 individuals. Needs are pancake mix, syrup, ramen noodles, shampoo and toothpaste. Fresh garden produce is welcome and school supplies are being collected. The Foodbank is open from 10a.m. to 12p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and is located at St. John Church, 20 E. South Street. Contact the Foodbank at 839-1615 for additional information. Non-perishable donations can also be dropped off at Salem and St. John Lutheran Churches the first Sunday of each month.
GBCC Ladies Retreat
Grace Brethren Community Church, 3110 St. Rt. 35 East, is holding their Sixth Annual Ladies Retreat on Saturday, July 23, 2016. Mark your calendar, save the date and plan to come join us for a day full of fun, laughter, singing and praising in the Lord. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. A Coffee/Pastry Bar will be offered in the fellowship hall during Registration for all who arrive before 9:50ca.m. The retreat begins promptly at 10 a.m. Guest Speaker, Sister Bertha Grauman, will be speaking to us on Making a Difference. There will be several breakout sessions facilitated by: Sister Melissa Owens (Table Talk), Sister Marnita Sorrell (Stress Free with Jesus), Sister Betty Glander (‘Let Your Light Shine’ DIY craft), and Sisters Bonnie Anderson and Toni Gilbert (‘Christmas in July’ DIY craft). Lunch will be provided along with a silent auction table having a variety of items to bid on. A Love offering for our speakers and workshop workers will be taken. For more information you may contact Sister Stephanie Lanthrop, GBCC retreat coordinator at 937 437-0474 or Sister Marnita Sorrell, GBCC pastor’s wife at 937 733-8172. Send your name, address (city, state, & zip), phone number and home church affiliation to the address above or email this information to: email@example.com
Next week the W.A.C.O.C.A. Community Churches are sponsoring Bodyworx Laboratories Vacation Bible School July 18-22 from 6-7:30p.m. at the First Brethren Church, 28 E. Third Street. Children from Preschool through sixth grade will enjoy amazing activities, games, crafts, music and great Bible lessons. Parents can register their children online at walexvbs.doodlekit.com. For additional information, call the church at 839-4159.
St. John Lutheran, Ingomar
Dayton Women of the ELCA are hosting “Advance -Don’t Retreat” at Golden Gate Park in Brookville, Ohio, July 16 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Our purpose is to raise awareness of the issues of human trafficking of women and children in our communities, celebrate those who’ve survived and thank God for our caring community of Christian women. Early deadline cost, by June 25 is $15. June 25- July 10, registration will be $20. Registration includes continental breakfast, box lunch and snacks. Registration forms can be found on our church website: http://www.stjohningomar.org/
Holden Prayer Around the Cross services will be held from 7-7:30p.m. once a month on Wednesday, July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14. These evenings of prayer are held outside under the picnic shelter so we can end our days on a positive and peaceful note. Lorey Collins is holding dog obedience classes for beginners behind the church on Saturday mornings from 9-11a.m. for six sessions, ending July 24. St. John Lutheran members are offered half price, at $50 for all six sessions. Non-member price is $100 for all six sessions. Former attendees may have a refresher course for free. For additional information, contact Lorey at (937) 787-4026.
We will be making sleeping mats for the homeless at the church on Saturday, June 18 from 9-11a.m. and are accepting donations of brightly-colored grocery bags.
Salem Lutheran Church
Sunday, July 17, we will meet immediately following Worship in the Fellowship Hall for A Trip to the Holy Land, presented by Pastor Phil. As you are able, bring a salad or dessert as meat and drinks will be provided.
The Women of the Church invite women from area churches to their Summer Splash, Tuesday, July 19 at 6p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Contact the church at 839-4210 or SWNALC President Brenda Wright at 456-3018 to RSVP no later than July 14. Come and enjoy fun, fellowship and food together!
The Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study invites others to join them for breakfast, Bible study, fellowship and prayer the third Saturday of each month, this July 16, in the Fellowship Hall.
A Congregational Workshop will be held July 23 from 8:15a.m. to 2:15p.m. with lunch provided. NALC Ohio Mission District Dean, Pastor Daniel Powell, will present an exciting opportunity for members to participate in the call process and prepare for a new pastor.
Salem Women are compiling a 200 Church Anniversary Cook Book. Please submit recipes on forms located in the Church Library or contact Polly Voge at 839-4721 or Clara Wienhoff at 937-715-2200.
Our Mission for the month of July is for W.A.C.O.C.A. providing for emergency needs in the area.
Applications for the Marie Reynolds Scholarship are due to the Church Secretary’s Office by July 15.