West Alexandria News

July 4 Celebration in the Park

We have an extensive line-up of food vendors, music and games for kids beginning at 1 p.m. at Peace Park on Saturday, July 4. The Big Bang Boom Cruise-in Car and Bike Show runs from 4-7 p.m. The lighted parade starts at 9:30 p.m. Any lighted motor-vehicle, including golf carts, or bicycles are to meet at the Salem Lutheran Church parking lot at 9 p.m. for line up. Follow the parade to the TVS school parking lot and practice football field for the WA Celebration Committee Fireworks at 10 p.m. Come and enjoy a spectacular day and night of family entertainment!

Birthdays this week: Jason Woodard, Chase Sochaci, Kathleen King, Zoie Rivers, Julie Robbins, Nancy Worely, Marty Paek, Brody Schmanske, Chad Ehler, Todd Baker, Debbie Moore, Lance Mowell, Kelly Spitler, Rylee Sagester

Anniversaries this week: Larry and Judy Corn, Brian and Merrie Nunnally, Scott and Ruth Worley, Jerry and Ann Cooper, Gary and Kathryn Baker

TVS Class of 1965

The Twin Valley South Class of 1965, 50 Year Class Reunion is June 20 at American Legion Post #322 located on Ohio 503 South. Cost is $20 per person which includes your meal and non-alcoholic beverages. There will be a cash bar available during social hour from 5-6 p.m. A class picture will be taken at 6 p.m., prior to the meal, and will be available for purchase at a cost of $10. For more information contact Dr. Steven Shafer at 937-456-5519.

Lanier Alumni To Celebrate 100 Years

The annual Lanier Alumni Banquet is scheduled for Saturday, June 13, at Eaton Church of God, 601 Lexington Road.

Social hour will begin at 4:30 p.m., the meal will be served at 6 p.m. and the cost of the dinner is $16 per person. Deadline for reservations is June 8. Anyone who attended Lanier School and guests are welcome to attend. In 1915, 100 years ago, the residents of Lanier Township voted to build a centralized school which became a reality when completed in 1916. Tickets are available from Ann Sudwischer Cooper at 937-839-5397, George “Butch” Suggs at 937-456-5162, Brenda Miller Ross at 937-272-8358 or June Eby Souleyrette at 937-839-5459.

West Alexandria Farmers Market

The local Farmers’ Market and More is located at Peace Park each Thursday from 5-8 p.m. through the end of August. This family friendly market will showcase local food vendors, local produce, local entertainment, local independent consultants including but not limited to Avon and Tupperware, and many local crafters.

Space is still available if you wish to be a vendor. Spaces are 10 x 10 and are $2 a week or $20 for the whole season. We offer free parking and have public restrooms. All money raised is used by the Celebration Committee to provide the community with fireworks for the July 4 Celebration in the Park. Contact Carol Lunsford at 839-4085 for additional information.

Every Thursday the Celebration Committee will sponsor entertainment during the Farmers Market. Contact Deb Smith for more information at 937-248-5503.

July 4 Schedule:

1 p.m. Parade Line Up at Community Christian Church

1:30 p.m. Parade kick off

Parade route: Community Christian Church left on to Ohio 503 N., right onto US 35 E. to Peace Park

2 p.m. Party in the Park Kick Off

2-3:30 p.m. K-9 demonstration at the back of Peace Park

4-7 p.m. Big, Bang, Boom Car Show

9 p.m. Lighted Parade Line-up at Salem Lutheran Church parking lot

9:30 p.m. Lighted Parade Kickoff, Parade route – Salem Lutheran Church to 35 to 503 to Education Lane

10 p.m. Fireworks at Twin Valley Schools

Anyone can participate in this parade. Decorate your bike, wagon, car, truck, motorcycle, golf cart, yourself, etc. Just show up at Community Christian Church, 11 Dorsey Akers Drive, by 1 p.m. If you want to participate in the lighted parade at 9p.m. at Peace Park, simply add some lights, rope-lighting, Christmas lights, neon lights and so on; the more the merrier!

Big Bang Boom! Cruise-in Car and Bike Show

The July 4 Big Bang Boom! Cruise-in Car and Bike Show runs from 4-7p.m. as part of our July 4 Celebration in the Park. Be sure and enter soon, only earliest entries will receive a T-shirt. Prize money for the top 10+ cars and trucks, Best of Show and top motorcycles is sponsored by Rodney Cobb and other sponsors. We are still seeking sponsors for the car show. Entry Fee is $15. Entries are available on site, at The Pin Up Shoppe or at the Farmers’ Market at Peace Park from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday evenings. Contact Debbie Smith for additional info. at 937-248-5503.

WA Community Cookbooks

Get your WA Celebration Cookbook voucher before the price goes up! A discount price voucher for advanced purchase is available at the WA Library, the Pin Up Shoppe at 50 W. Second Street, or at the Farmers Market at Peace Park every Thursday at 5 p.m. Discounted, advanced, pre-sale price will be $15 each. Once the cookbooks have arrived for the July 4 Celebration, the price goes up to $17 each. These are hard-bound, three-ring cookbooks that lie flat, while open, for your convenience, and contain 600 recipes submitted by our residents! Proceeds will help fund the Fourth of July Fireworks for the village.

American Legion Post 322

We will Rock the Juke Box, again, Friday, June 19 from 8 to midnight with a 50/50 raffle and open juke box.

Enjoy Old-time Country and Western music every Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. with the Senior Fun Bunch. This includes coffee and snacks with no cover charge and is open to the public at James E. Ryan Post 322, 1477 SR 503 S. Call the Canteen at 839-4825 or watch Facebook for any updates.

The next Steak Fry will be Saturday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. and will include a 50/50 raffle at Post 322.

WACOCA Community Service

W.A.C.O.C.A. Annual Fourth of July Community Church Service will be held Sunday, July 5, beginning at 10 a.m. in Peace Park. A community church choir will meet to practice a patriotic anthem at 9 a.m. The Salem Church Sanctuary will be used if the weather doesn’t permit an outdoor service that day. The offering has been designated for the West Alexandria Food Bank.


Items needed are tuna, pancake mix, jelly, pork & beans, shampoo and toothpaste. The Foodbank is open from 10a.m. to 12p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and is located at St. John Church, 20 E. South Street. Contact the Foodbank at 839-1615 for additional information. Non-perishable donations can also be dropped off at Salem and St. John Lutheran Churches on the first Sunday of each month.

Grace Brethren VBS

Grace Brethren Community Church will be holding their Vacation Bible School for children in preschool through sixth grade, Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, from 6-8:30 p.m. located at 3110 SR 35 East. Children will be visiting Egypt to Decode the Mystery of Life! Contact VBS Director, Johnathon Hutchings, at 937-733-8228.

St. John Church

Join us for our Church Picnic on Sunday, June 28 at the home of Joe Smith. The Youth Group meets every Wednesday at 6:30p.m. St. John Church is located at 20 E. South Street.


Community Christian Church is hosting a Vacation Bible School Monday through Friday, June 22 through 26, from 6 to 8p.m.. Parents of children in first grade through sixth can pre-register by calling 839-4988. Come ‘Journey Off The Map’ at 11 Dorsey Akers Drive.

Salem Lutheran Church

Marie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Applications are available for members in the Church Office Secretary’s door. Completed application and required documents are due no later than July 15 and can be returned to the Church Secretary’s office or mailed to Salem Lutheran Church, 70 E. Dayton Street.

A Family Outdoor Camping Trip is planned for Friday, June 19 at 7p.m. through Saturday at 10a.m.

LYO in grades 6 and up will have a Taco Game Night Friday, June 26, from 7-9:30p.m.

The Men’s Breakfast and Bible Study will meet Saturday, June 20, at 7:30a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.Salem’s Summer Schedule: Sunday School classes for all ages at 9 a.m. and Worship at 10 a.m. “Like” our facebook page to get the latest news related to our congregation, listed as Salem Lutheran Church of West Alexandria. Church office phone is 937-839-4210.