New Madison: It’s time to give thanks


Time to give thanks for the positive things in our lives. Of course, that is family and freedoms. I also find it time to thank the community we function in daily. Thank you for smiles and greetings to lighten another so-so day. This happens at at the grocery, post office and bank. It happens when we nod across the room, lift our hand to wave and when friends and acquaintances reach out to help when there is special need.

Cheerful greetings meet us when we enter the library and attend school functions.

Churches serve beyond worship by providing charitable responsibility in reaching those who have basic needs.

The familiar and traditional lighting now lines the street to welcome the holiday season. Thanks to everyone who makes this a special part of small town USA!

Community and its cushion of comfort is our daily bond. So thanks to those who live in our hometown and school district because it is enriching and endearing to share events and stand together.

We can express appreciation on Saturday when we mark Small Business Saturday. This is a nationwide appeal to shop and spend money in your home community. Lots of discounts will be offered on this day. Saving money always helps at holiday time.

The arrival of Santa is not far away in the village! One stop is for breakfast at the United Methodist Church on Main Street. The jolly old elf will be stationed in the church’s fellowship room from 8 a.m. to noon on Dec. 5. A warm breakfast and an opportunity to tell Santa every wish awaits youngsters. Come and join in the tradition.

The New Madison Public Library is planning its annual open house on Dec. 8. This will be the time to recognize volunteers who have served with concern and pride in our local library. This year’s recipients are Teresa McLear and Mary Straszheim. Teresa worked long hours on the recent levy committee and Mary has faithful worked with the Friends of Library for many years. Her cookies are always appreciated! The recognition service begins at 6 p.m. The open house is held from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with punch and cookies being served. Please try and drop in to share the holiday. It is also an appreciation for levy support in the recent election when nearly 70 percent of voters supported the issue. Christmas music is planned during the open house.

A chicken supper will be available at the American Legion Post Saturday evening at 5 p.m. Eat at the Legion or take it home.

Basketball is underway at Tri-Village. The boys state basketball team, 2015, will be recognized on Saturday with the unveiling of a new banner at the conclusion of the junior varsity game. The JV team plays at 6 p.m.

The library’s adult programming will be held today at 6:30 p.m. The topic is a senior citizen center for Darke County.

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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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