Last updated: July 29. 2014 9:15AM - 102 Views
By Shirley Dubbs

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Calendars don’t lie and the “end” is the truth of July! What a lovely summer so far. Pleasant temperatures and rain when needed. Time is that precious gift that is always slipping away but memories are lasting.

So if you have planned a week end getaway, or special friends lunch or even reading a good summer book, it is ”time” to act.

All of the ads are featuring back to school clothing and kids are getting a little restless. Teachers are getting set to greet new classes. The Tri-Village School calendar shows teacher professional days on Aug. 13 and 14. That seems very near in time. The new teacher orientation will be Aug. 21 and students report on Aug. 26.

The new community calendars were delivered recently and that is always a reminder that August is slipping into our activity plans and meeting dates. That is the month the community calendar begins.

One thing I intended to mention after the fourth of July celebration was the lovely entry to the school. The landscaping was very nice and inviting. And, I can mention again that the community can use donations to help with the costs of the outstanding fireworks display.

The firehouse barbecue is set for Saturday. Don’t miss the chicken! Last time the tasty meals were sold out in record time. The serving line and take out orders begin at 11 a.m. Come early because the line starts forming before the appointed time. My son, Pat, and his daughter, Whitney, were in town the last time. They couldn’t believe the line forming early and they certainly enjoyed the meals before heading home to Cincinnati.

And, the biggest August event in Darke County comes Aug. 15 with the fair. Our community is especially proud of Jenna Cline. She was named Darke County Junior Fair Queen and Jenna is ready for a very busy week. Her partner in royalty is Thomas Shaw, Junior Fair King.

There were 19 candidates for queen but Jenna’s bubbly personality won the crown. She is the daughter of Jeff and Kelly Cline of New Madison. Enjoy the fun and competition at the fair, Jenna.

The Kiwanis is preparing to take the sausage barn back to its traditional spot across from the Grandstand. It is very popular and it uses the proceeds to help community projects and community youngsters.

So time to plan school clothes shopping, enjoying chicken at the firehouse and getting set for the fair. It is nearly August and time to enjoy the late summer activities.

Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at psdubbs@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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