By Shirley Dubbs
One thing about this cooler, and wetter summer has been the option to turn off the air conditioning. And the last few days without rain clouds gathering, you feel comfortable about opening windows. When this column is printed the weather may have returned to grey and wet, but as I write, I enjoy the coolness and a promise of sunshine for the day.
Several segments on the morning news shows have highlighted the lack of outdoor fun for children. And I agree that I miss hearing the happy voices at a pick up ballgame in town or pass porches with youngsters setting up play areas. We can blame the weather on this summer’s hiatus from outdoor activity but the key reason seemsrooted in technology and late nights watching television and calling for late morning wake-up calls.
But there have been activities for Tri-Village youngsters, and interesting and fun times are possible. Camps and ball teams have been attracting the sports minded. The library has offered an array of opportunities to explore, share and learn. And churches have providing fun and fellowship.
Camp Growth has been busy at the United Methodist Church with three days each week when children are exploring their community, gardening and a few reminders of school classwork ahead when mental alertness can make starting back to school a bit easier. It lasts through July and you can still enjoy these last days.
In Hollansburg, the lunch program is still going and the New Madison Public Library is helping out with storytimes and a chance for book check out.
The Harrison Street Baptist Church is sponsoring a Bible school experience this week. Children are never turned away and there are classes for age 4 through the seventh grade. Journey Off the Map is the theme of the programming and each evening there are snacks and fellowship along with lessons. This year the main idea is the importance of missions and caring for others. The classes started on Sunday but will continue through Friday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can learn more information by calling 996-4194 but all children are welcomed and encouraged to join in study, singing and games.
The New Madison Public Library is pleased to have worked with 180 participants during the summer reading program.
Adults have their programming too. You can attend “Citizen CPR” by Northern Miami Valley Red Cross on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. Learn what you can do in a medical emergency situation. Brenda Miller, director at the library, also announces that on Sept. 22 the Red Cross will do “Emergency Preparedness” and “Pillowcase Project” for adult learning.
Congratulations to Braxton Bales, 3, son of Lauren and Dustin Bales, and Annabeck Spencer, 4, daughter of Chase and Becky Spencer. They were Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker this year.