PREBLE COUNTY — Birthdays: Kim Deaton, Whitney Hunt, Emersyn Forrer, Madden Eagle, Sue Combs and Tara Davis.
Fact: Gas in Gratis during the sesquicentennial is reported to have been 25.9 cents a gallon compared to over $2.25.9 for the bicentennial.
Trivia answers: MicNicks Carry Out, named after Mick and Nick Wilson, was originally named J.’s after J.D.Newkirk, Doc’s after Dave Brown and used by Dave Ross. The Depot Dairy Bar was opened by Bill Doran in the 70s and is presently owned by son Kelly Doran. Who ran the Pepsi Warehouse in Gratis? What was the name of the grocery in Camden located on S. Main St. next to the bank?
Car Show: The Gratis Bicentennial Committee will have a car and motorcycle show as part of the festival on Saturday, May 10, from 1-4 p.m. $10 entry fee/$15 day of event. Trophies will be awarded. Call 937-787-3728 for info.
Memorial Day: Gratis has announced Memorial Day parade and services will be held Sunday, May 28, with line up starting at 1 p.m. in front of the post office and parade will follow at 1:30 p.m. Grand marshal will be former Gratis Fire Chief and Lions Club Member Daryl Hollenbaugh. All civic organizations, floats, kids on bikes, young and old welcome.
Rain, rain, go away: We want to have opening day! Preble Shawnee Youth Baseball will again try to have opening day parade and festivities on Saturday May 21, with the parade starting at 1 p.m. at the VFW on South Main St.
Missing Dog: Five-month old black lab with white on chest and chin missing from Indian Hill Dr. in Gratis. Info call 937-733-1748.
Library news: Bring a tee shirt to the West Elkton Library on Thursday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m. to make a tie-dye shirt with Sharpies.
Community Garage Sales: Lake Lakengren will hold community garage sales on May 18-20.
WWI Centennial Commemoration: The Preble County Historical Society will WWI celebration on Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m.-5p.m. with a ceremony at 1 p.m. to commemorate those Preble County veterans who served in the war. For more info call 937-787-4256. The Historical Society is located at 7693 Swartzel Rd. just west of Gratis.
Rummage sale: Preble Shawnee Pee Wee Arrows will have their first sale on Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Camden Primary cafeteria. Come out and help the girls purchase new music for half-time. Donations accepted and can be dropped off on May 19, 6-7 p.m., in the cafeteria.