West Alexandria news

By Mary Lunsford - For The Register-Herald

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: Morgan House, David Ehler, Becky Unger Singer, Linda Seim Coe, Kylie Rice, Roger Voge, Emily Meyers, Tina Rivers, Christopher Keener, Allen Samson, Ryan Shelton, Matt King, Emelia Frei, Mathew Carpenter, Jill Utz, Dave Kincer, BriAnna Webb, Morgan Rosfeld Garrett, Lisa Greathouse, LaKota Pinkerton Hitchcock, Eve Worley Bisard, Jonathan Gardner.

Anniversaries this week: Clinton and Lyndsay House, Forest and Sue Rivers, John and Beth Bassler, Mike and Shirleann Fahrenholz, Phillip and Angie Johnson.

TVS Registration

Twin Valley South High School/Middle School Office is open weekdays from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. beginning July 31. The first day for students will be Wednesday, Aug. 16 and students new to the district may register beginning Wed. Aug. 2 To register a new student, parents need to bring a birth certificate, medical records, Social Security number, two proof of residency and custody papers if applicable. For high school students, please call the school at 839-4693 to schedule an appointment. High school students may pick up schedules now. Schedule changes may be made through Tuesday, Aug. 8.

WA Community Picnic

The West Alexandria Business/Community/School Partnership committee will hold the 26th annual Community Picnic on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 4-8 p.m. in the Commons at the Twin Valley South School. We are very proud of what the picnic has become and what it means to this community and our school children. Since 1992, the Community Picnic has played an important role as a way for people to come together and gather information about local organizations/businesses, learn about TVS schools and its groups, build community spirit and pride, and be a place for people to talk, mingle, and have a good time.

Stop by between 4-6 p.m. to see what impact local businesses and organizations have in our community. Many of these organizations including the HIT Foundation, Preble County Arts Association, Community Action Partnership (CAP) and Preble County Success will also have activities setup for children. Also, Tina Wagers, owner of Bratt Tasties, is sponsoring a coloring contest for grades K-6. Children will color a picture at the picnic for judging. Winners will be announced at 6 p.m. with prizes provided by Bratt Tasties.

As in years past, meal tickets are $1.50. There will be drawings throughout the evening for door prizes donated by businesses and organizations. You can buy additional tickets for the drawing for $1 each. Drawings will begin at 5 p.m.

The last hour of the picnic will feature entertainment by local musician, Eric Loy. Inspired by the sound of the Beatles’, Eric has continued to explore and coerce music of diverse parameters from rock to jazz to classical to new age. The culmination has distilled into an eclectic blend which Loy delivers with humor and panache on solo finger-style guitar and on his custom-built 24-string harp-guitar. On stage, Loy has opened for guitar legends Leo Kottke, Adrian Legg, Preston Reed, Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane), Over The Rhine, etc. In the teaching field, Mr. Loy has been a full-time guitar teacher for the last four decades. Several CD albums of original compositions, both solos and with Hipperoos (jazz-rock fusion power trio), have been recorded and all are available from www.ericloy.com website and at live performances.

Please join us for an evening of fun and fellowship!

Farmer’s Market

Come and support the WA Celebration Committee’s weekly Farmers’ Market every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. through the end of August, held in Peace Park. All funds raised are used by the Celebration Committee to provide the community with fireworks for July 4, and new toys for Santa Villa in December. Funds also will be used for needed repairs at Santa Villa. Contact Carol Lunsford at 839-4085 for additional information or to reserve your space.

Salem Lutheran Church

Aug. 16 the women will meet at 5 p.m. for a Knotting Party to finish blankets for disaster relief. The Annual Ice Cream Social will take pace Saturday Aug. 19 from 4-7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We serve hot sandwiches, Chicken and Noodles, cold salads, cake, pies, coffee and eight flavors of homemade ice cream! Drive-Through service is available and we are handicapped accessible.

The 200 year Church Anniversary Picnic and Worship Service will be held at Fort St. Clair starting at 10 a.m. at the first cabin. Afterwards, meat, buns and drinks will be provided, so be sure to bring lawn chairs, table service and a side dish to share. Come and enjoy games for all ages.Men’s Bible Study will meet Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at Birthright in Eaton for devotions and to provide general landscaping and minor repairs.The Women’s Council are accepting donations for local disaster relief supplies, including blankets, school supplies, health kits, clothing, Bibles and gift cards from major grocery and Home Improvement stores. We are collecting bar soap for Lutheran World Relief and also new stuffed animals or monetary donations for the Stuffed Animal Therapy Ministry, helping children of our county in times of crisis. The Women of the Church are collecting dimes in water bottles for missions, and we are accepting unwanted or recently expired coupons for “Coups for Troops” where coupons up to two months expired are accepted overseas in military commissaries.We need volunteers for “Days for Girls” on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and Wednesday, Aug. 30. If you can trace, cut, iron or sew, your talents will be a true blessing for this worthy cause. For further information, contact Brenda Wright.

Rally Day, for children grades Preschool through 6, will take place Aug. 27 during Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. in the Primary classrooms and outside for the annual ballon launch. The Middle School Ministry meets Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.Adult Bible study meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. We are studying the book of Revelations.Special Offering for August will go to Haiti Missions.

Church of the Brethren

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

St. John Church

We are collecting for needy TVS Elementary Students in the month of August and have collected over $580 in July.We are collecting empty pill bottles with labels removed for the Matthew 25 Project., and are also collecting used shoes for Well of Hope and new or used Christian devotionals for our prison ministry. Youth meet Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.We will provide a meal to the Homeless Shelter on Aug. 31.

By Mary Lunsford

For The Register-Herald