New Madison News: Mother Nature at work


What a great time of the year. Hummingbirds dart in the flower garden and finches flit in for a quick visit at the feeder. It is relaxing to watch Mother Nature at work. We have seen more butterflies this year and honey bees are making a sparse showing around our flowers.

Camp Growth wrapped up and was announced a big success by the most important votes — the children! This is the summer program of the United Methodist Church. The youngsters spent four weeks learning some new concepts and reviewing others. They enjoyed the library time with books emphasizing the theme of “Growing as the Seasons Change.”

Bee hives and starter trees for people in Africa was the lasting gift of the children. They contributed change each morning for the project and the congregation assisted with the jingle of coins on the fifth Sunday of July.

Dates for next summer have been put on the church calendar. The children will meet Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday again. The first week is June 19 and the second is June 26. There will will be a break during the July 4th observance and then ”camp” resumes the weeks of July 10 and July 17. Plan ahead and watch for announcements.

The fair is taking over in Darke County as the time approaches to show livestock, 4 H projects and other traditional displays. Then it will be August 29, opening day for all students, K-12, at Tri-Village. Shop for your supplies and get set. Your faculty will be ready to welcome you back. Teachers will spend two work days in preparation for the new academic year, August 15 and 16. An in service will be held August 28 for all teachers.

Congratulations to Brooke Moore, granddaughter of Buck and Joan Moore of Hollansburg. Brooke has moved to the anchor position for evening and late night news on Channel 2. She most recently had been a morning news anchor. She is the daughter of Tina and Ron Moore (Tri-Village graduate) of Oakwood.

Congratulations to Brenda (Bell) Hale, daughter of Tom and Sharon Bell. Brenda is the new treasurer at Arcanum-Butler Local School District. A graduate of Tri-Village, Brenda received her Associate of Applied Business from Edison State Community College and her bachelor of science degree in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University. Brenda lives in Versailles with her husband, Rodd, also a Tri-Village graduate.

And circle August 17 to visit the New Madison Public Library and talk with Britt Laux, local author. “All Things New” will be discussed from 5 to 6 p.m. She is also a Tri-Village graduate. If you want to learn more about the process of writing and publishing, plan to attend. Football practice is underway with twenty plus Patriots preparing for the program’s second year.

Hmm. Fall is definitely around the corner.

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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