West Alexandria News


WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: Rylee Sagester, Judy Bassler, Katie Paek, Eileen Washington, Amy Pemberton, Tim Bassler, Audrey Suchland, Mabel Kruszynski, Lex Woodard, Kupur Weber, Debbie Moore, Lance Mowell, Kelly Spitler, Irene Graham, in memory of Jim Johnson

Anniversaries this week: Jerry and Ann Cooper, Gary and Kathryn Baker, Richard and Sarah Pickerell, Randy and Karen Ehler, Brad and Melissa Davis, Dick and Jean Campbell, James and Heather Pemberton

Car Show

King Hiram Masonic Lodge #88 is sponsoring its Annual Car Show on Saturday, June 25, from noon-4 p.m. at Peace Park. Entry fee is $10 and registration begins at noon. There will be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Trophies and dash plaques, sponsored by Weber’s Body & Frame, include: Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Motorcycle and Best Golf Cart. Proceeds will benefit veteran charities.

Rubber Duck Regatta, Silent Auction

The WA Celebration Committee is holding their annual Rubber Duck Regatta and Silent Auction on Saturday, June 25, from 5-8 p.m. at the American Legion. Come support our organization, cheer for your favorite rubber duck and bid on items in the silent auction. Money raised is used to provide the community with fireworks for July 4, and new toys for Santa Villa. Contact Carol Lunsford at 839-4085 for additional information.

July 4 Celebration in the Park

The WA Celebration Committee is sponsoring their annual July 4 Celebration in the Park at Peace Park, beginning with the parade at 12:30 p.m. There will be food vendors, music, games, contests and prizes! The parade will line-up at the TVS School parking lot at noon. The Big Bang Boom Car Show runs from 4-7 p.m. Put on your red, white and blue and come out to the Preble County Idol Round 1 Auditions (a-capella only) from 2-4 p.m. There are cash prizes for the top three Idol finalists! The Lighted Parade will line up at 9 p.m. in the Salem Lutheran Church parking lot and will begin its route for the TVS School parking lot at 9:30p.m. The Sensational Fireworks Display will begin at 10 p.m. at the Twin Valley South School parking lot.

Big Bang Boom! Cruise-in Car and Bike Show

The July 4 Big Bang Boom! Cruise-in Car and Bike Show runs from 4-7 p.m. as part of the WA Celebration Committee July 4 Celebration in the Park. Registration fee is $10. Prize money to be awarded. Entries are available on site, at The Pin Up Shoppe or at the Farmers’ Market in Peace Park on Thursday evenings. Contact Deb Smith on Facebook for additional info. or by calling 937-248-5503.

Farmer’s Market

Support the WA Celebration Committee’s weekly Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 5-8 p.m., May through September. We showcase local food and produce vendors, local entertainment and independent consultants, including but not limited to Avon and Tupperware, and many local crafters who offer incredible deals! Space is still available if you wish to be a vendor. We offer live music, hot food, cold beverages, free parking and have public restrooms. Community Cookbooks are available at the Farmer’s Market and the Pin Up Shoppe at 50 W. Second Street. All money raised is used by the Celebration Committee to provide the community with fireworks for July 4, and new toys for Santa Villa. Contact Carol Lunsford at 839-4085 for information or to reserve your space.

American Legion

The next Steak Fry will be Saturday, June 18, from 5-7:30 p.m. with a 50/50 raffle.

Euchre night is Ladies Night every Wednesday at 7 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee, prizes, a 50/50 raffle and it is open to the public at James E. Ryan Post 322, 1477 Ohio 503 South.

Enjoy old-time country and western music every Thursday from 1-4 p.m. with the Senior Fun Bunch. This is open to the public and includes coffee and snacks with no cover charge.


The Foodbank served 59 families during May. This includes 31 seniors, 72 children and totals 219 individuals. Needs are ramen noodles, pancake mix, syrup, shampoo, and toothpaste. 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.

July 4 Community Worship

A 40th Anniversary W.A.C.O.C.A. Community Worship Service will be conducted in Peace Park on Sunday, July 3, beginning at 10 a.m. There will be a balloon launch to commemorate the 40th anniversary of W.A.C.O.C.A. and a worship service with patriotic hymns. The Rev. Jerry Carter will deliver the message during worship. Offering is designated for the W.A.C.O.C.A. Good Samaritan Fund. If desired, you may bring your own folding lawn chairs.

St. John Church

St. John will hold Sunday Worship and a Church Picnic on Sunday, June 26, at Joe Smith’s home, 745 Lakengren Cove in Lakengren.

We will supply supper to the Homeless Shelter at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 30.

We received thanks from the Dayton YWCA for our donation of $430, and appreciation from Habitat for Humanity for prayers, time and donations on their seventeenth build in Preble County.

Church of the Brethren

The next Free Community Meal will be Wednesday, July 6 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, 22 E. Oak Street.

Salem Lutheran Church

Men’s Bible Study and Breakfast meets the third Saturday of each month, and will meet June 18 in the Fellowship Hall at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast, fellowship, Bible study and prayer.

The Women of Salem are compiling recipes for a 200 Anniversary Church Cookbook. Recipe forms are located in the Church Library.

Coups for Troops collects unwanted or recently expired coupons and sends them to military families where coupons up to two months past due are accepted at the commissaries. Place in designated basket in the Church Library.

St. John Lutheran, Ingomar

Holden Prayer Around the Cross services will be held from 7-7:30p.m. once a month on Wednesday, June 15, 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 9-11 a.m. for six sessions, ending July 24. There will be no classes July 4 weekend. 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 9-11 a.m. and are accepting donations of brightly-colored grocery bags.

We will have a Carry-in Breakfast and Outdoor Worship Service on Sunday, June 26.

By Mary Lunsford

For The Register-Herald

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