New Madison News: Readying for Christmas


Still wondering why you had the extra piece of Thanksgiving pie? Worn out from joining early shoppers in a rush for bargains? We have a couple of days to rewind and then hit the Christmas season with renewed vigor.

Community churches are planning a live nativity scene on Dec. 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The public can enjoy the presentation in the lot adjoining the bank on Main Street. Be sure and schedule this event. The combined work of area churches will give all of us a special holiday event. Choirs will sing, and cookies will be served. Children will enjoy the live animals.

You can join in the holiday spirit by giving non-perishable items to food drives at the local churches and the school. Make a call and get details. Christmas can be a happier time for those giving and those receiving pantry items.

A reminder of events coming up:

Santa will be at the New Madison Methodist Church for breakfast on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. All community children are invited to visit with St. Nick.

The New Madison Public Library will be having open house Dec. 8 with cookies and punch. Holiday music is planned. This will be a special night for two volunteers who have served library needs. Teresa McLear and Mary Straszheim will be recognized with the annual Phyllis Cole Dubbs award for service and time. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and the recognition program begins at 6 p.m.

The New Madison United Methodist Church welcomes the LightReaders on Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Joyous music and stories of the Holy Birth will enrich your Christmas season. The church is at 149 N. Main St. More information is available at 996-5341.

Plastic caps from bottles, jugs and food containers are being collected in town to provide funds for two memorial benches. The benches will be placed in the memorial garden at the school and will honor Susie Midlam, long-time teacher, and Mitch McCabe, student. You can contact Shawn Thomas at the school, 996-1511, and Brenda Miller at the New Madison Public Library, 996-1741. The benches are offered through Greentree Plastics in Evansville, Illinois. It takes 400 pounds of plastic recycling material and $200 for each bench. Drop off points for clean, metal free caps and lids, would include the school office, the library on Main Street, the Mini Mart and the Tri-Village Rescue Services.

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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