West Alexandria news

By Mary Lunsford - West Alexandria correspondent

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: Lyndsay House, Eliana Warrick, Ed Gallman,Tina Strong, John Coffman, Connie Coffman, Gus Ross, Christine Bitner, Meagan Gwin, Bob Stacy, Suzi Wetzel, Les Maggard, Dalton Cornett, Dany Smith, Douglas J. Schmidt, Phillip Johnson, Alexis Chapman, Matt Griggs, Emily Ray and Chris Woods.

Anniversaries this week: Wayne and Heather Henemyre, Nathan and Paige Holthaus.

Library News

Children’s Winter Reading Program

When you sign up for our Winter Reading program, you will be given a time log sheet. For every 15 minutes of reading, color a star. Once you have completed five hours of reading, visit the library to receive your choice of prizes from the glass case!

Teen and Adult Winter Reading

This year instead of “bingo,” we will have challenge boards like we did for Summer Reading. Complete one letter row of each challenge board by completing all five activities in that column. For each letter column you complete, show us your board at the West Alex Branch to earn a grand prize entry.

Teen and Adult Winter Reading Bingo Boards: https://bit.ly/winterreadingteensadults

Weekly Themed Crafts

Each Monday we will add a different theme of crafts for you to pick up from our “Grab and Go” center. Some crafts are limited due to the number of supplies we may have on hand. While most of the crafts are geared toward children, we will have crafts for all ages including crafts for adults! Visit our event calendar to see this week’s theme and get more information.

Jan. 4: Snowflakes; Jan. 11: Penguins; Jan. 18: Polar Bears; Jan. 25: Snowmen; Feb. 1: Hot Cocoa; Feb. 8: Valentine’s Day; Feb. 15: Snow Owls; Feb. 22: Snow Globes.


The West Alexandria Fire Dept. BINGO is held every Thursday. Observing social distancing, doors open at 5 p.m. with open seating; first come, first served. Early Bird Games start at 6 p.m. to help those coming after work. All players must be 18 or over. We have several progressive games going on at 25 E. Dayton Street.

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 Rowe’s Feed Store in New Lebanon.

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.


The Foodbank continues to be open regular hours during the current pandemic from 10a.m. to 12p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, located at St. John Church, 20 E. South Street. Contact the Foodbank at 937-839-1615 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. When you come to the Foodbank let us know what grades you need supplies for.

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

Join us for socially distanced services at 10:30 a.m. indoors, on 99.5 FM in the church parking lot, live on the WACOB Facebook page, or on the WACOB podcast on iTunes.

St. John Church

We offer in-person worship each Sunday at 10 a.m. at 22 E. Oak St. 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.

Salem Lutheran Church

Our doors are open for Sunday School at 9:3 0a.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. 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.

St. John Lutheran, Ingomar

We have in-person worship every Sunday at 10 a.m. with the Reverend Paul Heine presiding. Jan Spitler is still heading up the Sleep Mat Project for the Homeless each month in our fellowship area.

By Mary Lunsford

West Alexandria correspondent