New Madison News: An active week ahead


The village will be active this weekend! You can stay busy all day on Saturday, June 3.

Start the morning at the 5K run/walk and stretch those muscles and work up a good appetite because the town is having garage sales and the fire department is holding its June chicken barbecue.

The race, sponsored by the United Methodist Church, will bring lots of visitors to New Madison as the event has grown and is popular with the regular participants in the Darke County Wellness Challenge. Also you can cheer on local residents who join in the fun and healthy activity. Youngsters under 14, or any student at Tri-Village, can run or walk without paying a registration fee. The same is true for anyone over age 65.

All proceeds support the church’s summer outreach program for children. Camp Growth will be held in July. Kids wanting to do a half mile race start at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K has a starting time of 9 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. behind the Methodist Church.

Chicken barbecue at the local fire house is very popular here in town and the line forms early! Serving begins at 11 a.m. This event helps support our volunteer fire department.

You can shop around town for items pulled from closets or maybe stored in boxes in the basement or garage. It has become a good time for many to empty storage areas by offering bargains. The town sales actually begin June l and continue through June 2 and 3.

And you can stop at the New Madison Public Library where a big bargain on books is being offered by the Friends of the Library. This is an unscheduled book sale that actually takes off on Wednesday, May 31, and ends Monday, June 5. There is a wide reading choice as the library is overstocked with mysteries, Christian romances, children’s picture books, and much more. You can browse and pick up your summer reading! All donations will be used by Friends of the Library to enhance the programming and facility. You can be a Friend of the New Madison Public Library for only $2 a year. Interested? Contact Brenda Miller, director, at 937-996-1741.

And with all of that happening, Tri-Village seniors will be ready for that important day. Graduation is set for Saturday, June 3.

Everyone will need to watch the sidewalk construction. It will be a great addition to the community when complete but for now there are spans of walk removal.

Later in June the alumni of Palestine, Hollansburg and Westmont will gather at the Fraley Farm (one and a half miles of Palestine on Route 36) for a meal and reunion. June 17 is the date to circle. You can pre register at 4:30 and enjoy the meal at 5:30 p.m. The meal is centered around a hog roast. The staff of the Golden Eagle Christian Center is preparing the food.

Lowell “Bud” House, a Palestine graduate, will entertain. Special class anniversaries will be marked by 1967 (50 years) and 1957, 1947, 1942 and 1937.

The committee includes Cindy Barr Sink, Dixie Ritz Robbins, Margaret Hiatt Ayette, Herb Saylor, Barbara and Robert Fraley, Jim and MarthaLea Hill, Betty Jo Wilcox, Duane Richards, Carolyn Dill Eubanks, JoAnn Hammontree Hollinger and Mary O’Dell Webb. If you are part of the alumni and didn’t receive an invitation, please contact Dixie Robbins at 937-802-3079.

This week’s congratulations nod: Dr. Justin T. Huntington, 2003 Tri-Village graduate. He recently matched into the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus. This program begins in August. According to the news release he will spend these fellowship years focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of surgical diseases in children. Justin is married to another Tri-Village graduate, Leesa Folkerth Huntington. He is the son of Wayne and Paula Huntington of New Madison.

By Shirley Dubbs

New Madison News

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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