West Alexandria news

By Mary Lunsford - West Alexandria correspondent

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: Larry Pegg, The Reverend Edwin Peterman, Rob Belvo, Liberty Chesney, Bill Deleranko, Jeff Studebaker, Shirley Johnson, Danielle Mohr, Amy Benton, Shannon Latvala, Trey Sagester, Joyce Deeter, Jennifer Denlinger, Rebecca Jennings, Mandy Hall Turner, Tony Rosfeld, Bonnie Fleming Crabtree, Macey Wells, in memory of Ruth Harry and in memory of the Reverend J. Herman Bassler

Anniversaries this week: Jeff and Tina Rivers, Jonathan and Heather Clymer, Duayne and Sue Sewell, and James and Heather Pemberton

EMS Blood Drive

It’s time to save lives, be a hero and donate blood at West Alexandria EMS at 8 Marty Lane on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please use link http://www.donortime.com or call 1-800-388-GIVE to register.

Lion’s Club Apple Butter

The famous Lion’s Club Apple Butter is now available from any Lion’s Club member, the Twin Valley Bank, Farmersville Barber Shop and the Rowes Feed Store in New Lebanon.

Town-Wide Community Garage Sale Days

The West Alexandria Celebration Committee is sponsoring Town-Wide Community Garage Sale Days from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10 in the village. No garage sale permits are needed during the Town-Wide Garage Sale dates. Feel free to post your address on the Facebook Event if you are having a garage sale.

Turkey Shoot

Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring their 38th annual Turkey Shoot at 1 p.m. each Sunday starting Sept. 27 through Nov. 22. The public is welcome. There is a lunch stand in the Clubhouse. Contact Floyd Weimer at 336-1618, Curtis Early at 533-3226 or Paul Price at 248-1083.

Venison for Food Banks

The Venison for Food Banks of Preble County program is on-going. Anyone who takes a deer can donate all or part of the meat for the Foodbanks. We have sponsors who will take care of the processing fees. You may contact Brad Turner, Preble County Game Warden, or Curtis Early from Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club at 937-533-3226.

Youth Pheasant Hunt

Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring a Youth Pheasant Hunt at Ulrich’s Hunting Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with complimentary lunch at noon for both sessions. The Hunt is open to youth, 12-18 years of age who have completed a Hunter Education Course. Proof of Certification is required.

The hunt is free but limited to 20 young participants with two rooster pheasant per hunt. Ulrich’s Hunting Preserve is located at 4964 Enterprise Road. Contact Curtis Early, 533-3226, Paul Price at 248-1083 or Floyd Weimer at 937-336-1618 for more information.

Kiwanis Oktoberfest Cancelled

The Kiwanis Club of West Alexandria regrets to announce that the 2020 Kiwanis Oktoberfest, scheduled for Oct. 10-11, has been canceled. Although we would like the festival to go forward as planned, Preble County is currently at risk Level 3 for COVID-19 and health department guidelines do not permit us to have the festival.

This would have been the 53rd year for the event. In addition to the festival, all contests, the Antique Car Covered Bridge Run, and the Scarecrow Scamper running event have been canceled. The Kiwanis Club is now working on plans for next year’s Annual Kiwanis Oktoberfest to be held in Peace Park on Oct. 9-10, 2021. We hope to see everyone at the festival next year.


The Foodbank continues to be open regular hours during the current pandemic from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, located at St. John Church, 20 E. South Street. Contact the Foodbank at 839-1615 for additional information. Anyone in need of food may come to the Foodbank and remain outside in your vehicle. We will come out to you and bring your food to you.

School supplies are now also available. When you come to the Foodbank let us know for what grades you need supplies. Also, the Foodbank is now open for people in need of clothing.

Due to our limited space and for your safety and that of our volunteers, we are implementing the following requirements: Only two shoppers may enter at a time. Shopping time is limited to 20 minutes for each visit. Masks are required to enter the Foodbank. We are thankful for the continuing support of our community and look forward to serving you.

Church of the Brethren

Community meals will be offered the first Wednesday of each month, next on Oct. 7, from 5-6:30 p.m. Meals will be available for carry-out in the back of the church. We will deliver to the cars and walk-ups for the first 100 people at 22 E. Oak St.

St. John Church

Community Meals, next on Oct. 14, are currently offered the second Wednesday of each month between 5-6 p.m. We offer in-person worship each Sunday at 10 a.m. or on facebook @stjohnwestalex. Masks are recommended but not required at 20 E. South St.

Calvary Baptist Church

Calvary Baptist Church doors are open for services every Sunday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at 3613 Winston Lane. Visit our website at www.cbcwalex.com.

Marie Reynolds Scholarship

Marie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Applications are available at Salem Lutheran Church on the Secretary’s door, as well as on the shelf at the back of the Sanctuary. The completed application and the required documents are due no later than Oct. 30 and can be returned to the Church Secretary’s office or mailed to Salem Lutheran Church, 70 W. Dayton St. The Finance Committee will review the completed applications. Awards will be made in early January. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Chesney at salemchurchtreasurer@yahoo.com

Salem Lutheran Church

Our doors are open for Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. with provisions to allow for social distancing. We will also continue to offer services on YouTube and Facebook. Masks and gloves are encouraged but not required. Hand sanitizer will be available at each entrance.

Sunday service is available on YouTube at bit.ly/SalemLutheranNALCYouTube

Pastor Dan’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the church Lounge or via Zoom.

High School Ministry meets at the Parsonage every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Men’s Bible Study meets every third Saturday at 7:30 a.m., next on Sept. 19, in the Fellowship Hall for breakfast, fellowship, Bible study and prayer.

Coups for Troops accepts your unwanted coupons up to two months expired for families using military commissaries overseas. Please no pet supplies or local restaurants. A basket is provided in the Church Library.

By Mary Lunsford

West Alexandria correspondent