New Madison News: Summer vacation arrives


Time for a new month of activities and time for school youngsters to feel ”free” because summer vacation has arrived! Soon the youngsters will be looking for things to do. That’s when the New Madison Public Library, Hollansburg lunch program and Camp Growth at the United Methodist Church will keep young minds involved.

The summer reading program at the library is following the theme BUILDING A BETTER WORLD. Brenda Miller, director, has scheduled an interesting calendar of events. Ecology, engineering, volunteering, imagining, reading, leading and learning makes a happier and healthier world. The library has added two visits from the staff at Neil Armstrong Air and Space Museum. They will help the Lego Club and other visitors to learn about the engineering process and to build a load-bearing tower. This visit is set for June 27 at 3 p.m. They will return to guide children through a program on space exploration and a possible outpost on Mars. This second event is at 2 p.m. on July 11.

Plan to spend an afternoon with naturalists from Brukner Nature Center at 1 p.m. on June 15. This is the annual Robert Bennett Memorial Wildlife Encounter. Ronald McDonald comes at 11 a.m. on June 23. Ronald will share how to be a leader.

Hollansburg will have its lunch program again this summer. Besides sharing food and fun, the New Madison Public Library is again planning to provide stories and books for check out every Wednesday.

Camp Growth is planned as a four-week experience this year at the New Madison United Methodist Church. Meeting on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the curriculum provides classes to enhance academic skills, problem solving, community involvement, art, music environmental studies, landscaping, cooking, S.T.E.M., and Bible studies as well as sharing fun times and lunch.

The kickoff for Camp Growth is July 2 with pony rides, face painting, bounce house and more. It is free and it covers children from kindergarten through grade 6. Stephanie Baumgardner, local teacher, will be in charge of the program. Parents you can check those school backpacks and probably locate a registration and information form. Otherwise contact the church, Stephanie Baumgardner (937-459-2616) or Pastor Carol Duffield (614-551-4815).

The United Methodist Church is having a special worship service June 11. Local residents, Don Drew and Sharon Laux, will witness at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

This week’s congratulations is the senior class of 2017. Congratulations to the 61 graduates. Valedictorians were Kaylor Pearson, MakenzieStucky, Emma Campbell, Shelby Holzapfel, Alexandra Downing and Carson Shahan. Salutatorians were Jared Quigney and Tyler Martin.

The following local scholarships were awarded: Civic Organization, Emma Campbell; TV Foundation Scholarship, Emma Campbell and Tyler Martin; Kiwanis, (five) Shelby Holzapfel, Rachel Miller, Gavin Richards, Kaylor Pearson, Emma Campbell; MarilynHolfackerMemorial, Emma Campbell and Makenzie Stucky.

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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