Highland News Leader

New Douglas News for the week of May 7

New Douglas firefighter Matthew Schallenberg applies water to an area of the anhydrous ammonia spill alongside a member of Alhambra Fire Department. The fertilizer was spilled during transport on Rockwell Road, just outside of New Douglas around 6 p.m. on May 4. Alhambra firefighters was called on scene and requested mutual aid from New Douglas. No one was injured. The driver took on too much of the shoulder while avoiding oncoming traffic and the load tipped over, spilling into the ditch. The scene was cleared just before 9 p.m.
New Douglas firefighter Matthew Schallenberg applies water to an area of the anhydrous ammonia spill alongside a member of Alhambra Fire Department. The fertilizer was spilled during transport on Rockwell Road, just outside of New Douglas around 6 p.m. on May 4. Alhambra firefighters was called on scene and requested mutual aid from New Douglas. No one was injured. The driver took on too much of the shoulder while avoiding oncoming traffic and the load tipped over, spilling into the ditch. The scene was cleared just before 9 p.m. For the News Leader

Memorial Day Service

The Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710 will host a Memorial Day Service Monday, May 25 at 10 a.m. Local Girl Scout Troop 426 will provide refreshments.

Clean-up Days

New Douglas Clean-up Days will be on June 5-7. A Dumpster will be available those days. New Douglas township and village residents must get a pass to enter the area. Passes will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. on May 18 at the Community Center

Pet Clinic

A pet Clinic on will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at New Douglas Township Park.

Rec Plex programs to be added

Get fit and have fun. The New Douglas Rec Plex offers a stress-free, safe environment for all ages. Monthly memberships include access to an open gym, two fitness rooms, toddler play area and computer lab.

Coming soon will be a game room with pool table, air hockey, fuseball and ping-pong table, plus an indoor/outdoor pitching machine and batting cage.

Monthly memberships are $20 for a family of five, $15 for single adult, $15 for senior couple 65-plus, and $10 for senior single 65-plus.

Summer workshops for all ages coming soon.

For more information call (618) 946-7223 or find the Rec Plex on Facebook or www.newdouglastownship.org.

Senior Citizens

New Douglas Seniors met April 14 with a ham dinner at 11:30 a.m. and side dishes furnished by members.

The meeting was called to order after dinner with every one saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer. There were 15 members present and one visitor, Peggy Dunn.

Elizabeth Loy will play dance music after the next meeting.

No one was elected vice president.

Having an April birthday was Charles Burnes, who was absent.

Happy Anniversary was sung to Larry and Linda Duckworth.

The attendance prize was won by Hazel Gaston. The 50-50 was won by Alfrieda Bolis and Linda Duckworth.

The meeting adjourned with everyone playing bingo with Leslie Vannoy calling the numbers.

Farmers’ Market

New Douglas Farmers’ & Flea Market opening day is May 6. Ther market will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Vendors are still needed; call Rachel at (618) 200-8150 and leave message.

‘Community Day’ will showcase village

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 linda.hunsinger@gmail.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 newdouglasfarmersmarket@gmail.com 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.

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.

Meetings

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 rtevis1@hotmail.com.

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