The new year moves forward as new calendars have been placed in convenient areas and thoughts begin to focus around tax forms that will soon itemize the business of 2015. Here in our village we have seen new housing and we still smile at the attention brought to this area by our 30-0 basketball state champions. All in all in appears to have been a good year for many.
The Tri-Village MVCTC FFA members had a worthwhile year and 12 members from the local school district attended the four-day National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Two Tri-Village members were recognized at the convention. Gabe Watern was a National Proficiency finalist in the area of outdoor recreation. Dylen Price was among those teens receiving the American FFA Degree, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member. It is a special award as it is earned by less than 1 percent of FFA members. Congratulations to our local FFA students.
This academic year is moving into the second semester. Students will be out on the 15th for a teachers work day and then the school will recognize Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 18. The new semester is then underway on Jan. 19.
It is a good time to order a yearbook from the school. It is still $55 but the window of opportunity is closing!
If you are thinking that winter can interfere with social time, think about joining one of the adult book clubs at the New Madison Public Library. The Page Turners meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Members have been reading “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel. If you read the book but haven’t joined the discussion, now is a good time to start enjoying the lively talk of this group. And the Femme Fatale club meets at 5 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. They are reading “The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty. You are also invited to participate in this group’s discussion.
A fish supper is planned at the Legion. Mark Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. for Pollock, hush puppies, slaw and hand cut French fries. The meal is $7 and you can order take out. Plan ahead to Valentine’s Day when the Legion will again offer the Sweetheart Supper. This meal includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes and pan gravy, buttered corn and bread and butter. You also will have fruit cocktail. This is $8 and includes carry out orders. Call 996-0095.
The auxiliary reminds everyone to help a vet at the VA hospital. New clothing, socks and underwear with tags attached and in sealed packages are welcome gifts. Also consider hygiene items like tooth brushes, deodorant, body wash, denture adhesive and cleaner. You can give in the name of a loved one who served. It is nice around birthday remembrances.
Chicken suppers will be the first Saturday of the month and “burger nite” continues to beheld on Thursdays. There is euchre on Friday and karaoke on Saturdays. You won’t have to leave town on a cold winter evening.
When this appears it will be a win or loss in the Bengal pursuit of a playoff victory. As this column is written it is with anticipation of the week end’s outcome.