Memorial Day Service
The Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710 hosted a Memorial Day Service Monday, May 25.
Local Girl Scout Troop 426 provided refreshments. Guest speakers included the Scott AFB Coast Guard Commander Scott Ogan, as well as Madison County Board member Brad Maxwell.
Maxwell, a 20-year veteran who retired as a master sergeant, said Memorial Day should be a day of observance dedicated to memories of those who did not come home.
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“We were fortunate. We came home,” he said. “I have many friends who did not. I’m lucky. I came home after every tour. I’m very fortunate to have a wife and two very beautiful children here with me today.”
Veterans signed their name, date, rank and military branch on a “Veterans Wall.”
Thank you to all who volunteered and to all who attended the service.
Sign up now for town yard sale
The Town-Wide Yard Sale day is now “New Douglas Community Day.” The June 6 “Community Day” is a town-wide effort to support local organizations and businesses and showcase what they have to offer.
Participating organizations include the New Douglas Volunteer Fire Department (NDVFD), the New Douglas Old Firehouse Restoration Crew, the New Douglas Rec Plex, and the New Douglas Girl Scouts, Masons, American Legion and Senior Citizens Club. The New Douglas Christian School and Baptist church will have an information booth at the Community Center.
Community Day is being organized by the New Douglas Annual Yard Sale Committee, and yard sales will still be part of the day’s events. They will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to list your yard sale on our map and event flier, contact committee chair Linda Hunsinger at (618) 402-1726, by text or phone. You can also send an email to email@example.com.
The New Douglas Rec Plex has plans to offer a rummage sale in the old school gym during yard sale hours. Contact Tonya Yetter at (217) 456-1234 to set up inside the gym.
The New Douglas Farmers Market will have room for those who live out of town, but would like to be included in the sales. Contact Rachel Beckett at (618) 823-8944 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to rent an area of the outdoor market for the day.
Daytime shoppers can enjoy Krispy Kreme doughnuts, for breakfast and pork burgers, hamburgers, chili and hot dogs for lunch at the Community Center, where they can also pick up a yard sale map. There will also be numerous displays at the community center with all the exciting events that New Douglas hosts throughout the year.
NDVFD will serve as a cooling station with free water, blood pressure readings and will also have an open house for children to get up close to the fire trucks and equipment.
In the evening, from 5 to 9 p.m., there will be a free concert at 103 S. Main (the Farmers’ Market), sponsored by the owners of the upcoming “Fliers Grill” opening later in the summer. The band Hard Drive will be playing. There will be giveaways, like T-shirts, cup coolers, and gift certificates to concert-goers. NDVFD will host a beer tent. Soft drinks, water, grilled hot dogs and barbecue pork steak sandwiches will also be available for purchase.
Farmers’ & Flea Market
The New Douglas Farmers’ & Flea Market is open every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and every fourth Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon at 103 S. Main St. Vendors are still needed. Call Rachel at (618) 200-8150 and leave message or email email@example.com.
New Douglas Clean-up Days will be on June 5-7. A Dumpster will be available those days. It is only for New Douglas township and village residents. You must get pass to enter the area.
A pet clinic on will be held Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Township Park.
Meals on Wheels driver needed
If you would like to volunteer three to four hours a month, consider being a substitute Meals on Wheels driver for the New Douglas area. Call Linda at (618) 402-1726.
Christian school registering students
The New Douglas Community Christian School is accepting pre-K, age 4, and kindergarten students for classes that will begin in September. The current registration fees hold through April, with increases May 1 and June 1. Contact the school by email at ndccs15@gmail or call (217) 456-7833 for more information.
Community Center Rental
The New Douglas Community Center can be rented for events. Contact Linda Huntsinger (618) 402-1726 to reserve a time.
Center Schools Girl Scout Troop 426 will meet every second and fourth Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Douglas Community Center. Contact Rachel Fogg at (603) 205-2433 for more information. Grades K-12 are welcome.
The New Douglas Volunteer Fire Department will meet every first, second and fourth Monday.
The Wednesday Women Book Club will meet every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a weekly book study group focused on Christian faith. Refreshments are provided. Contact Stephanie McNealy (217) 456-6161 for more information.
The American Legion meets every second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
The Masonic Lodge meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m.
New Douglas Township meets every second Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the township building, 104 S. 2nd St.
The New Douglas Senior Citizens meet every second Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at the New Douglas Community Center. New members are being sought, anyone 55 and up.
The New Douglas Village Board meets every third Monday at 7 p.m. at the New Douglas Community Center.
Contact New Douglas reporter Rachel Beckett at (618) 971-6687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.