West Alexandria news

By Mary Lunsford - West Alexandria correspondent

WEST ALEXANDRIA — Birthdays this week: Jenny Dawson, Amanda Byrd, Elliott Voge, Adam Beneke, Ashton Beneke, Bill Kastens, Donnie French, Everett Lee, Cathy Habekost Snyder, Joe Wall, Mike Miller, Steven King, Brett Sizemore, Joe Webb, Gary Moore, Aaron Cooper, Mason Lee, Jacob Bowermaster, Shirley Lindloff, Donna Beneke, Matthew Lunsford, Jillian Overmyer, Teresa Wysong, Jayna Koeller, Kelsey Creech, Sherri Bostic, Kylie Myers, Gentry Gates.

Anniversaries this week: Eric and Aleesha Voge, Dale and Shelley Spitler, Richard and Phyllis Miller, Dan and Paula Bassler, Devin and Taylor Smith, Sean and Leslie Bassler,

Historical WA Book Available

The History of the First Forty Lots of West Alexandria, written by Audrey Gilbert and Ronald Dafler is now available. The book provides important historical information about the deed transfers for each lot and their purchasers, going back as early as 1818. It includes details of births, deaths, marriages, occupations, military service and civic involvement, plus over 90 pictures telling the story of West Alexandria’s origins, and painting a picture of the lives of its earliest residents. In addition to its important contributions to the preservation of the town’s history, the book will also serve as a vital resource to genealogists researching family histories. This book can be purchased for $25 at The Archive, located in the West Alexandria Library, on Mondays or Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m., or can be ordered at westalexarchives@frontier.com where shipping charges apply, or by calling 937-839-4819. West Alexandria Archive is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We are funded solely by donations. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Your donations may be made payable to: West Alexandria Archive, 16 N. Main St.

WA EMS Blood Drive

The Community Blood Center is having a blood drive Sept. 14 from 9 a.m.-noon at the EMS building, 8 Marty Lane. Give blood to save lives and help those fighting the battle against cancer.

Smoked Chicken or BBQ Pork Chop Dinners

The West Alexandria Celebration Committee is selling smoked chicken or barbecued pork chop dinners on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 73 N. Main Street, next to Subway. All funds raised will be used to help pay for toys purchased for Santa Villa and the July 4 fireworks. Food is prepared by Hog Wild Smokehouse Ribs. Half a smoked chicken with dinner roll, applesauce and choice of green beans or baked beans is $7. A 3/4 lb. smoked pork chop with dinner roll, applesauce and choice of green beans or baked beans is $8. Orders need to be placed by Sept. 16, to ensure you get a dinner. Any extra meals are sold on a first-come first-serve basis. Orders may be called into Carol Lunsford at 839-4085 with your order, name and phone number.

Church of the Brethren

The next Community Meal will be Wednesday, Sept. 4, at the Church of the Brethren 22 East Oak St,. from 5-6:30 p.m. Community Meals will continue the first Wednesday of each month through June.

St. John Lutheran Church, Ingomar

St. John will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 2139 Enterprise Road. We will have home-made ice cream, cake and pie, along with sandwiches, salads and chicken and noodles. There will be a bazaar table where you can purchase unique items. Proceeds will be donated to the Preble County Success Program at TVS, and the Preble County Domestic Violence Shelter. It would be sweet if you could join us for good food and fellowship.

Calvary Baptist Church

Join us each Sunday for Sunday School beginning at 10 a.m., morning worship at 11 a.m., and evening service at 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service begins at 7 p.m. at 3613 Winston Lane.

Salem Lutheran Church

Salem Kids, formerly Junior Lutherans, will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11, meeting every Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. for a meal, then the program from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kids age 3 years up through sixth grade are welcome to be a part of Salem Kids which includes Bible lessons, activities and service projects. For additional information contact Wanda DeVilbiss at 937-361-6865.

Salem Women of the NALC collected backpacks and school supplies for the Preble County students in need, and area children who had lost their supplies in recent tornados. The K-6 Sunday School students packed the book bags with needed supplies.

Salem members helped Emmanuel Lutheran Church, on Wilmington Pike in Dayton, with the POD project for tornado victims. Storage of 110 empty buckets and the contents of donations collected needed moved due to a rental agreement termination. Three truckloads of donations from POD were brought to member Jim Jellison’s barn as a temporary storage site until Labor Day. Assembly will be completed at Jim’s barn and then moved to the next storage area and then transported for NALC volunteers to distribute. Items currently needed are shampoo, comet cleaner, pine sol cleaner, bleach, shovels, brooms and plastic tubs to complete kits with dental items that have already been donated. Thanks are expressed to Salem Luther members Jack and Diane Walker, Linda and Eldon Barnhart and Shirley and Jim Jellison for their labor of love with the POD project.

Widow Project Day is Saturday, Sept. 28, meeting at 8 a.m. for volunteers to work on projects at the home of a recent widow, her four month old baby and two year old child. This project is based on James 1:27 which states believers are to look after orphans and widows.

The Blanket and Bible ministry is collecting new or gently used Bibles to accompany quilts and soap for national disaster relief.

Salem Women will meet for a quilt knotting party on Sept. 10, at 10 a.m.

Adult Bible Study will continue through the Autumn season on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the church Lounge.

Middle School Ministry meets every Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m.

The Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study meets every third Saturday, next on Sept. 21, at 7:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Special offering for September is designated by the Finance Committee to go to Scott and Lindsay Watson for their adoption attempts.

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By Mary Lunsford

West Alexandria correspondent