West Alexandria news

By Mary Lunsford - West Alexandria correspondent

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: The Reverend Dan Snider, The Reverend Elbert Sorrell, Whitney Kreitzer, Tracy Waymire, Maci Arndts, Liam Bassler, Darlene Bassler, Anna Beneke, Katelyn Wright, Charlotte Nickell and Kate Downs.

Anniversaries this week: Mike and Abbie Steele, Adam and Amanda Beneke, Jim and Amy Pemberton.

Trick or Treat

Trick-or-treat Beggars Night will be held on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the village. Prior to that, at approximately 5:15 p.m., there will be a costume parade through town starting in the Roselius parking lot on East Dayton Street for those who wish to participate. Immediately following the parade, the Kiwanis Costume Contest will take place in the parking lot across from the Town Hall.

Coterie Christmas Auction

The Coterie Club Annual Christmas Auction is open to the public, Saturday, Nov. 6. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and bidding begins at 2 p.m. Located at the American Legion on S.R. 503 S. We look forward to seeing you and yours at our Annual Christmas Auction. All proceeds go to helping those in need throughout our community, yearly scholarships, and community projects. Door prizes are donated by area businesses. This auction helps the Coterie Club support the community in a variety of different ways and you get some cute crafts to take home. We appreciate any and all support.

AKS Nut Sale

Alpha Kappa Sorority is taking orders for this year’s fresh fall harvest of nuts. Place your order today for 16 oz. bags of unsalted pecans (pieces or halves), English walnuts, whole almonds or whole cashews for $10 each. For just $2 more, any variety of nuts can be candied with our special recipe. The result is a crunchy, sweet, delicious treat. Customers use them in recipes, as baked-good toppers, holiday snack mix add-ins, or to eat by the handful. Place your order today for this year’s harvest/mid-November-Delivery by email with your name and contact information to alphakappa1941@gmail.com, skyelab62@aol.com, walexwendy@yahoo.com or you can text or call order with name and contact information to either 937-336-2027, or 937-248-4166. Confirmation of your order will be sent to you within two business days.

Small Business Saturday

Alpha Kappa Sorority will be hosting Small Business Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Salem Lutheran Church, 70 E. Dayton Street.

Local ladies with lots of unique crafts, home decor, wooden signs, custom tumblers, Thirty One, holiday items, a children’s activity table will be there, and much, much more. AKS will be selling bagged nuts and taking orders for the infamous home-made candied nuts. We have cashews, almonds, pecan pieces, pecan halves, and walnuts. Each bag is $10. For additional information contact Bevin Huffman Hager on Facebook.

Turkey Shoot

Twin Valley Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring their 39th Annual Turkey Shoot at 1 p.m. each Sunday through Nov. 21. 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 program is on-going. Anyone who takes a deer can donate all or part of the meat for the Food banks. 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 West Alexandria Fire Dept. BINGO is back every Thursday. 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.

Farmers’ Market

The Farmers’ Market assembles the second Tuesday of every month from 4-8 p.m. in the Salem Lutheran Church parking lot at 70 E Dayton St. Anyone can participate as long as all goods are homegrown, homemade or handmade.

Coffeehouse Conversations

Kierston’s Coffeestop, located at 12 S. Main Street, is hosting Coffeehouse Conversations every Monday evening from 7-8 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop in for complimentary coffee, a cookie, and baked-goods. Bring a friend and pull up a chair for an open, honest and friendly conversation about faith, life, and today’s social issues and how they relate to the Bible with the Reverend Mark May from Community Christian Church.


The Foodbank continues to be open regular hours from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays 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 are thankful for the continuing support of our community and look forward to serving you.

St. John Church

We offer in-person worship each Sunday at 10 a.m. at 22 E. Oak St. or on facebook @stjohnwestalex.

Church of the Brethren

A free Community Meal is open to all to attend the first Wednesday of every month from 5-6:30 p.m., next on Nov. 3 at 22 E. Oak Street.

We offer Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday Worship at 10:30 p.m. Services can be also be attended online at Facebook or at the church website http://www.westalexcob.org

St. John Lutheran, Ingomar

Worship starts at 9 a.m. on Sundays with the Rev. Timothy Swanson at 2139 Enterprise Rd. Air-conditioned and handicap-accessible.

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

Marie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Applications are available in the Church Secretary’s door, or on a shelf at the back of the Sanctuary. Completed application and required documents are due no later than Oct. 30 by mail to 70 E. Dayton Street, or delivered to the Church Secretary’s Office. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Finance Committee and awarded in early January. For additional information contact Wendy Chesney at (937) 336-2027.

Salem Kids meets every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. for a meal, then a program from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kids aged tjree years through sixth grade are welcome to be a part of Salem Kids which includes a meal, Bible lessons, fun activities and service projects. For additional information contact the church at 839-4210.

Jr. Choir rehearses every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. Performances will be the second Sunday of every month during 10:30 a.m. Worship services.

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. Sunday services are live-streamed on YouTube at Salem Lutheran Church – West Alexandria.

First Communion Classes take place at 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Contact the Rev. Dan Mershon if your child will be participating.

Confirmation Classes meet every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Dan’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the church Lounge or via Zoom. High School and Middle School Ministry meets every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.

High School and Middle School will meet for Paintball on Saturday, Oct. 30.

By Mary Lunsford

West Alexandria correspondent