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Gratis Days

The date has been ser for the Gratis Days Festival on the streets in Downtown Gratis. “Happy H” Amusement will line the streets with rides, games and carnival foods such as funnel cakes, cotton candy and caramel apples. The dates are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday May 29, 30, and 31. All funds from this event will be used to celebrate the Gratis Bicentennial in 2017. If you or your Organization would like to be a part of this event, contact the Village office and leave a message.

Got a Message

The West Elkton Gratis Township Fire Association will put a message on their lighted reader board outside the Firehouse for a donation, birthdays, annuversary’s, etc. can be displayed. If interested, call the Firehouse at 937-787-3713 or 513-649-7309.

No Meal

The free meal at the Gratis Church of the Bretheren is cancelled for January and February due to remodeling of the Fellowship Hall. Keep a watch with here and we will inform you when the meal returns, which is scheduled for March.


Gratis Eagles F.O.E. #4289 will host a benefit for Dave Ramsey 43 who is suffering from cancer. Dave’s son, Zach is a senior at Preble Shawnee. Dave is self-employed and needs assistance to pay bills. The event is scheduled for Feb. 22 and will include a Texas Hold ‘em at 3 p.m., dinner featuring pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw, dessert, and chips from 6-8 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. For more information, contact Kim at 513-594-8659 or Nicole at 937-733-7112.

Soccer Camp Planned

The Preble Shawnee Boys Soccer Team will host a one-day youth soccer camp on June 18 from 5-8 p.m. at the Preble Shawnee practice field. Jake Essig from Hunting for College will be on hand to run the camp along with the players and coaching staff from Shawnee. The fee is $25 and includes a camp t-shirt. You may register by calling 513-649-7309 prior to the end of school.


“Do everything with so much love in your heart ou would never want it any other way”- Amrit Desai


Former Gratis resident and Fire Captain Art Springer is in critical condition on life support at Sycamore Hospital with the H1N1 flu. To members of the Phillipsburg Fire Department where Art is a current member, are selling t-shirts to assist in paying medical bills. The shirts are $20 each and can be ordered by going to Phillipsburg Fire’s website. They are also having an all-you-can eat fish or chicken dinner on Saturday, March 1 from 6-midnight. Tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 pre-sale. Contact Lt. Nick Magoteauk at 937-673-8301 or Lt. Justin Saunders at 937-433-1248. There will be a 50/50 raffle, cash bar and other stuff.


Don’t forget Saturday morning breakfast is available each Saturday in Camden on the first and second Saturday at the Research Lodge on S. Main St. and the cost is $5. The third Saturday at the Masons Lodge above the Library on S. Main St. and the cost is $6. The fourth Saturday at the United Methodist Church on Lafayette St. and the cost is $6.

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