New Madison News


Students are ready for school!

Vacation days have closed down. Time quickly passes with summer vacations, family gatherings and the fair. Meeting and greeting friends, classmates and teachers fill the halls and classrooms once again at Tri-Village.

A new weekend event will be football for the first time at the school. Playing a junior varsity schedule, lots of excitement has been generated already by the members of this team.

Not greeting students on the opening are these longtime educators and staff members. They are the retirees from last year and I think they slept through the early call to duty! Thank these people for time and devotion to the Tri-Village school community: Jim Stacy who started at Tri-Village in 1984 and spent 31 years with the district; Karen Friar, who started her career at Tri-Village in l987 and spent 28 years with the district; Becky Middleton, starting at Tri-Village in 1987 and staying for 28 years; Kathy Kutter, who spent 25 years in the district after starting in 1990; John Wise, who spent 21 years at Tri-Village after joining the staff in 1994; and Karen Chronister, who wrapped up 15 years in the district, having joined the staff in 2000.

Among the new staff members will be a familiar face to the community as Brandon Moore becomes a mathematics instructor. He will also coach eighth-grade boys basketball. A local graduate in 2002, he was hired by Twin Valley South after graduating from Ohio University in 2007. Married to Meggan (Falknor) Moore, and the father of two girls, it is great to find Brandon back in the Patriot program.

The New Madison Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The grant of $19,745 will enable the department in obtaining necessary equipment and training. Congressman John Boehner pointed out the department as being totally volunteer. He stated, “For the safety of their community and for our families and farmers in Darke County, it is critical that they have the resources they need.” This is a competitive grant program based on merit. Congratulations to our New Madison Community Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.

It is always fun to share memories and stories from school days. The Tri-Village class of l995 will celebrate its 20th high school reunion on Oct. 3. The class members will be gathering at Schlechty’s Sports Bar and Grill in New Madison. The gathering is set to begin at 4 p.m. This also will be the first football game under lights. You can RSVP by texting Marcy (Bruner) Jackson at 513-515-9811 or Beth (Eley) Reed at 937-529-6240. You can also e mail Beth at [email protected] check out facebook. Teachers during this group’s trip through school are invited as guests of honor.

Be sure and plan for the community garage sales. The scheduled event is Sept. 17-19.

Chicken dinners are on the menu again at the American Legion. You can enjoy the popular week end dinner on Saturday. Serving begins at 5 p.m.
Preparing for school

By Shirley Dubbs

Shirley Dubbs is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her New Madison column. She can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article 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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