West Alexandria news


By Mary Lunsford - West Alexandria Correspondent



Mayor Carol Lunsford with Santa and Isabelle Guehring who is receiving a toy during Christmas in the Village.

Mayor Carol Lunsford with Santa and Isabelle Guehring who is receiving a toy during Christmas in the Village.


Erin Utsinger and Carol Lunsford are pictured. Erin is with Alpha Kappa Sorority which hosted a toy drive, resulting in lots of toys being donated for Santa Villa.


WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays: Jenny Roach, Crystal Taulbee, Kip Weaver, Jeff Weaver, Raymond Ross, Boyd Bowman, Danny Ehler, Michelle Niswonger, Marquis Moore, Merian Day, Steve Unger, Charles Gardner, Michael Price, Eldon Barnhart, Alice Habekost, Steve Unger, Scott Worley, Logan Unger, Holly Robbins, Bob Fischer, Jean Beneke, Tommie Byrd, Devin Smith, Michelle Roell, Rhonda Baker, Claudia Studebaker, Braelyn Pemberton, Austin Cole, Lainey Mercer, Michael Fischer, Cody Bryant, Kimberly Rose, and Joshua Hickey

Anniversaries: John and Mary Warrick, Glen and Sheryl Byrd

Christmas in the Village appreciation

The West Alexandria Celebration Committee would like to thank the following businesses and individuals who helped make Christmas in the Village a success on Dec. 2. Please forgive us if we forget someone or a business. Many thanks to: Alpha Kappa Sorority, Preble Count District Library, Twin Valley School District, Buckeye Jake’s, Jamie’s Alley Cuts, TVS Girls High School Basketball, Bratt’s Tasties/Tina Wagers, Jim and Dan’s Comics, Carrie’s West Salon, Subway, Sarah’s Pizza, Mayor Carol Lunsford, WA EMS, WA Fire Department, WA Police Department, Twin Valley, Bank, Roselius Insurance, Dollar General, Stockslagers, Sue and Fred Winters, Gail Collins, Pin Up Beauty Shoppe, Mike and Diane Spencer, WA Kiwanis, Kroger’s, Wilson Footballs, Somerville National Bank, The Eaton Place, Lindloff-Zimmerman Funeral Home, Wayne, Heather, Briana, Brandon Henemyre, Cindy Harrison, Deb Elmore, Troy Lunsford, Melissa Kemerley, Noah Class, All of our craft vendors, The community who donated toys, Santa, LNCB bank, Twin Valley Family and Consumer Science Students and Twin Valley FFA volunteers.

Santa Villa

This year over 385 children visited Santa Villa and received candy canes, gloves, hats, stuffed animals, books, cookies and toys. We could not have done it without all of your support. A special thank you to Alpha Kappa Sorority for their toy drive; helping provide for area children who visit Santa Villa.

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.

Dial-A-Santa

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.

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 Dec. 16, and afterwards 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, sweatshirts/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 for our Annual Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24, including our Handbell Choir Concert at 7 p.m. and Choir Cantata, ending with a traditional, candlelight hymn.

Mayor Carol Lunsford with Santa and Isabelle Guehring who is receiving a toy during Christmas in the Village.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2018/12/web1_SantaVilla-Izzy-2018_ne201812994028970.jpgMayor Carol Lunsford with Santa and Isabelle Guehring who is receiving a toy during Christmas in the Village.

Erin Utsinger and Carol Lunsford are pictured. Erin is with Alpha Kappa Sorority which hosted a toy drive, resulting in lots of toys being donated for Santa Villa.
https://www.registerherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/41/2018/12/web1_walex_ne201812994029753.jpgErin Utsinger and Carol Lunsford are pictured. Erin is with Alpha Kappa Sorority which hosted a toy drive, resulting in lots of toys being donated for Santa Villa.

By Mary Lunsford

West Alexandria Correspondent