Having an Olympian in our midst has been very exciting for this village and all of Darke County. Maybe the push of Darke County Spirit helped move Clayton Murphy along Monday night in Rio as he finished an amazing run with the bronze medal waiting. The town sent ”go-go-go” in a collective voice as his blue outfit found its way through the other runners.
Some gathered at the school to cheer for the former Patriot and others stayed glued to the home screens. It is a memory to savor and pride that brings a community together as we enjoy his success.
A delightful August indeed. And on a personal note, our granddaughter has given birth to a boy, Cooper. It is a happy family event since he nestled into our lives on Aug. 3. It never fails to fill your heart when tiny fingers wrap around yours. The family is settled in Loveland.
A great summer at the New Madison Public Library leads to autumn and new literary discoveries for all ages. Brenda Miller, director, was pleased with the Summer Reading Program success with many of the 180 young people finishing 10 hours of reading. Success earned a prize for those finishing, and, for two youngsters who chose to enroll in the “Go the Extra Mile” Challenge, there was a prize of a Samsung tablet and a bicycle! The enrolled readers included early readers, elementary students and teens.
Lego is still a fun event and the Olympics were featured last month and club work is on display. The next meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 3 p.m. The meetings will now be held every fourth Tuesday of the month. The project this time involves paper and Legos and children who are five and over are welcome.
Back to School is the current theme at the library and the “Simple Machines” book display can encourage children to delve into a reading adventure. Both adult books clubs read through the summer. Currently the Femme Fatales are reading “The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend” and the Page Turners are enjoying “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah.
Upcoming events to mark on your calendars for important dates after the Darke County Fair: School will open Aug. 30, welcoming students back for another academic year. An open house is planned on the 29th from 5:30 to 6:30.
The American Legion is planning a chicken supper on Sept. 3. Don’t forget breakfast five mornings a week with plenty of coffee.
The United Methodist Church will offer a beef pot pie supper on Sept. 10. Everyone is invited to enjoy the meal and fellowship.
The United Methodist Church will be collecting school supplies through Aug. 28. Anyone wanting to help students get a good start with pencils and pads can contact the church.
Congratulations this week to Fred Worch. The local farmer will be the Parade of Champions parade marshal for the 160th Darke County Fair. He was a fair board member for 12 years. He and Dorothy have three children, Kathy Royer, Dave Worch and Kim Cooley. They have nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
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