Highland News Leader

New Douglas News for the week of Oct. 15

American Legion plans birthday bash for post home

The Committee for the Restoration of the American Legion is planning a 110th birthday celebration for the building, located at 405 N. 4th St., on Saturday, Oct. 17 to showcase what it has already accomplished and ask for the public’s help in its quest to do more.

The building was constructed in 1905 and originally served as the community’s school. It has been home to the Tobias Bilyeu American Legion Post 710 since 1953.

The celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be food, drinks, door prizes and music by Kevin Heim and Rich Siegner of 2nd Shift. Organizers are also hoping to reunite alumni who attended when it was school at the building.

Items are also being gathering for a time capsule, which will be interred during the celebration.

Attendees can see how restoration of the building has progressed to date. However, donations will also be needed to continue the restoration.

Donations for the restoration of the New Douglas American Legion can be mailed to: American Legion, P.O. Box 37, New Douglas, IL 62074.

The committee is also looking for donations for door prizes to be given away during the Oct. 17 celebration.

Volunteers are always welcome, too.

For more information, contact Walter and Viola Butler at (217) 456-8411.

Entries, volunteers sought for Halloween parade

Parade entries, volunteers and donations are being sought for New Douglas’ third annual Halloween Parade & Part at the Park.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31. Parade lineup will be at 4:15 p.m. at the American Legion, 405 N. 4th St. Floats will be judged in the line.

A costume contest for children and adults will be held at the American Legion from 4 to 4:30 p.m.

The parade route will run from the American Legion down W. Douglas Street to Main Street and end at New Douglas Township Park.

Cash prizes will be awarded at the Party at Park, which will follow the parade. The festivities at the park, which will include hayrides and music, will run until 10 p.m. There will be a goodie bag for each child. Drinks, caramel apples and hot dogs will be served at the park as well. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest at 6 p.m. Bring your carved pumpkin to the park to be judged. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Contact Rachel at rtevis1@hotmail.com to enter a float, donate candy, or volunteer to be a judge or organizer. For more information, go to New Douglas’ Annual Halloween Parade on Facebook.

Masonic Lodge plans chili supper

Masonic Lodge 560, 104 Main St. in New Douglas, next to the Post Office, will hold its annual chili supper from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24. The menu will include all-you-can eat chili and vegetable soup (all made from fresh vegetable). You also get a sandwich, ham or peanut butter and jelly, a beverage and dessert. Cost is $7.

NDVFD plans fall breakfast fundraiser

On Sunday, Nov. 8, the New Douglas Volunteer Fire Department will have a breakfast fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire house, 105 E. Allen St. in New Douglas. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, bicuits and gravy, homemade donuts and drinks. Cost is $7 for adults; $5 for children ages 5 to 10; and children 4 and under eat free. Carry-outs will be available at adult price.

Advance sausage orders (Ron Hemann’s recipe) are also being taken. Sausage is only available in five-pound packages for $15 ($3 per pound). Orders must be made no later than Oct. 23.

Call (217) 456-6221 for more information or to place a sausage order. Leave your name and phone number for your order, and you will be called back. You may also email orders to newdouglasfire@gmail.com.

Sausage can be picked up at the New Douglas Firehouse from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 7, or from 7 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Local Meetings

The New Douglas Fire Department meets every Monday (except the third Monday) every month. The department is actively looking for new members. Minimum age requirement to join the department is 18. Contact Chief Danny Robertson at (217) 456-6221 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.

Community Center

The New Douglas Community Center Hall can be rented for events. Contact Linda Huntsinger (618) 402-1726 to reserve a time.

Contact New Douglas reporter Rachel Beckett at (618) 971-6687 or email rtevis1@hotmail.com.