West Alexandria news

By Mary Lunsford - West Alexandria Correspondent

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: Mia Rose Wentlender, Jayden Bassler, Jimmy Robbins, Jacob Hickey, Tom Ehler, Tiffany Bassler, Andy Eck, Karen Ehler, Randy Ehler, Clinton House, Jay Unger, Phyllis Miller, Jacob DeVilbiss, Tami Good, Christopher Mullins, Dana Hora, Ralph Lunsford, Curtis Early, Claire Napier, Rex Wysong, Heidi Marie Sollenberger, Mindy Daniel, Courtney Clayton, Joyce Northern, Brandon Henemyre, Alexis Spencer, Easton Wick, Tracy Johnson, Claire Napier, in memory of Mary Wilcox-Reid

Anniversaries this week: Jim and Sandra Robbins, Jim and Shirley Jellison


The Kiwanis Club will again be sponsoring “Dial-A-Santa” on Thursday, Dec. 13, and Monday, Dec. 17. Children can talk to Santa by calling 839-4688 between the hours of 6-8 p.m. The telephone line will be active to the North Pole only during those hours. We ask that children only call Santa once. The Kiwanis Club is happy to provide this service to the children. If you want further information, or would like to join Kiwanis, please call Wanda DeVilbiss at 937-361-6865. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

American Legion Post 322

Euchre is open to the public every Wednesday at 7 p.m. $5 entry fee, 50/50 raffle and Ladies Night.

The Senior Fun Bunch meets every Thursday from 1-4 p.m.

Rock the Jukebox Friday, Dec. 21, from 7-11 p.m. includes a 50/50 raffle.

New Year’s Eve Open Jukebox is Dec. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. Bring an appetizer to share. There will be pork and sauerkraut at midnight, at James E. Ryan, Post 322, 1477 Ohio 503 S.

The Canteen will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

Santa Villa

Santa will be waiting to speak to all the boys and girls at Santa Villa, E. Dayton Street, on Dec. 8 and 9 between 5-7 p.m. Each child may receive a gift, a candy cane, a stuffed animal, choice of book, coloring book/dvd and a pair of gloves. Feel free to bring your camera to capture this moment with your child. Monetary donations or new toys are appreciated and accepted through the West Alexandria Celebration Committee, which can be contacted on Facebook, or by contacting Mayor Carol Lunsford at 839-4085.

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.

St. John Lutheran, Ingomar

Join us for midweek Advent services on Dec. 12, and 19. A carry-in meal begins at 6:15 p.m., followed by the service at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome! All are invited to our Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carol service, featuring our church choir and other musicians. The service begins at 7 p.m. and ends with the beloved lighting of candles. Invite others to hear that the world has been changed forever through this gift we receive.

Salem Lutheran

Salem Kids will have their End of Year Party on Wednesday, Dec. 12, starting with a meal at 6 p.m. There will be a blessing of the blankets and cookies during the Sunday Worship service on December 16, then Salem Kids will have a Christmas meal and go Christmas Caroling. Salem Kids will resume meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The Women of the Church are collecting mittens, hats, sweat shirts/pants and socks of all sizes for the Adopt-a-Family outreach this holiday season. Any hats or mittens not used for Adopt-a-Family will be given to Twin Valley Schools where they are needed. A tree is located in the Fellowship Hall and another is located in the Library where these items can be placed.

Pastor Mershon and his family will have an Open House at the parsonage on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 6-9 p.m.

The Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study will meet Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Join us every third Saturday.

Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24, including our Handbell Choir Concert at 7 p.m. and Choir Cantata Production, ending with a candlelight hymn.

Every fourth Monday, Salem provides a meal for the Homeless Shelter in Eaton.

Salem Haiti Team is collecting new, solid color visors or hats with bills. These will be taken to Haiti and decorated there.

Salem is still accepting your unwanted coupons, up to two months expired, to send to military families overseas.

By Mary Lunsford

West Alexandria Correspondent