Calendars are filling up with happy events in May. The graduations are underway and here at Tri-Village tassels will turn on June 4.
The local graduates will begin the ceremony at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium. I never fail to enjoy seeing a graduate’s smile as the long road to commencement concludes with hugs and good wishes.
Our granddaughter called from the parking garage to say she was finished at Sinclair. She was tired and ready for the drive home. It wasn’t celebration at that moment; it was satisfaction. Last weekend we shared the celebration with happy hugs!
Take a few minutes to share a graduate’s joy. Just a handshake or pat on the back is encouragement to continue the next chapter of life. Locally the seniors will wrap up academic work on May 27. Other students conclude this school year on June 3 with an early release at 1:15 p.m.
The junior/senior choir concert will be held on May 24. Plan to enjoy the music.
This is a big month at the American Legion as Memorial Day activities take place around the Tri-Village community. The New Madison Memorial Day observance is scheduled May 29, with times as follow: Otterbein Cemetery, 11 a.m.; Fort Jefferson Cemetery, noon; Greenmound Cemetery, 2 p.m. The local post has arranged for Ted Bruner of the Darke County Veterans Commission to speak. A special closing will have Del Braund Jr. on the bagpipes.
The May 30 schedule includes Palestine Cemetery at 10 a.m., Longtown Cemetery at 11 a.m. and Hollansburg Cemetery at 1 p.m.
To launch this special recognition of valor and bravery, the Laroy Farst Post #245 will be offering Poppy Day around the community. This is a two-day event, May 27 and 28. Veteran needs are provided with these funds. Be ready for the local Legion members to greet you at the door of downtown businesses.
Plans are underway for the 5k race on June 4 at the United Methodist Church. The race is inviting those under age 14 to participate without charge! Look for forms to be available at the school and around town. This healthy and fun event is a good way to celebrate the conclusion of this school year.
Congratulations this week to Kaylor Pearson. She is the Girls State delegate sponsored by the local American Legion auxiliary. This long established program presents a week-long opportunity to practice government activity. Girls from around the state will gather to share this experience.
And success was acknowledged at a recent Tri-Village MVCTC FFA program. The 2026 TV-MVCTC FFA accomplishment award recipient was Riley Hollinger. Outstanding members were Tabitha Watern, freshman; Kara Hollinger, sophomore; Tyler Martin, junior; and Wesley Murphy, senior. And FFA Star Members: Michael Marcus, star greenhand; Keith Hunt, star ag business; Jared Godown, start greenhand, and Brittany Brewer, star ag business.