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New Douglas News for the week of Oct. 22

John Ernest, Emalee Knop, Loren Knop and Anita Reising were a few of the reunited New Douglas School alumni who attended the celebration at the former school building on Saturday. The event was put on by the American Legion,w hich currently uses the building for its post home. Ernest attended high school in the building from 1945-47. Loren Knop attended high school there from 1945-46. Reising attended first through third grade. The Legion is looking for volunteers and donations to continue to renovate the building. For more information, contact Walter and Viola Butler at (217) 456-8411.
John Ernest, Emalee Knop, Loren Knop and Anita Reising were a few of the reunited New Douglas School alumni who attended the celebration at the former school building on Saturday. The event was put on by the American Legion,w hich currently uses the building for its post home. Ernest attended high school in the building from 1945-47. Loren Knop attended high school there from 1945-46. Reising attended first through third grade. The Legion is looking for volunteers and donations to continue to renovate the building. 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.

Village to hold sealed-bid auction

The village of New Douglas will hold a sealed-bid auction from noon to 4 p.m. at the Old New Douglas Fire House, 109 N. Main St. The money will go toward expenses accrued by the village through the result of condemning an abandoned property.

There will be more than 50 lots for sale, including, but no limited to: antiques and collectables, household items, tools, toys, baseball cards, wooden trucks; two claw foot tables, cookware, a cedar wardrobe, crocks, tins, chairs, dressers, antique wooden mirrors, outdoor items, sporting goods, a guitar, kick-knack shelf, baseball memorabilia, antique meat grinder, metal cookware, porcelain top cabinet, some construction materials (nail, screws, tar paper, some wood), antique fishing gear (rods, reels, tackle), and rocking chairs.

Bids must be accounted for at 4 p.m., sharp. Payment is cash only a the time of the sale.

Pictures of some of the items can be seen on the New Douglas Community Center Facebook page.

3-on-3 basketball tournament set at Rec Plex

A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held at the New Douglas Rec Plex Dec. 5, 12 and 19. Games will start at 11 a.m. all three days. Cost is $10 per team ($5 goes to the Rec Plex). Names and money must be turned in by Nov. 21. For more information, call Jeremy or Mike at (217) 456-1069.

Legion holds 110th birthday celebration for the building

The Restoration Team for the longevity of the American Legion, which was the original New Douglas school, built in 1905, hosted a 110th birthday celebration for the building on Oct. 17.

Donations and door prizes were given away during the day’s festivities which also included a very detailed sheet cake made by New Douglas Mayor June Ridens, food and drinks, and music preformed by the Second Shift band (Kevin Heim and Richard Siegner).

The celebration was for all to see how the restoration is progressing and what has been done to date. Alumni were reunited: Loren Knop (high school 1945-46) and Anita Klenke-Reising (1st-3rd grade) and John Ernest (high school 1945-47) were a few of the School Alumni to attend the celebration. The The team is hoping to promote additional funding and donations to continue restoring this great old building.

So far, they have installed a new roof, furnace, replaced the floors and updated the restrooms. They have also replaced some of the windows, installed one room’s drop ceiling, restored one room’s metal ceiling, added new plaster and paint and the wheelchair ramp has been repaired.

Future projects include tuck-pointing the building, gutters, kitchen refurbishment and additional paint and plaster.

The team would love to see this building restored to its former glory and continue to be an integral part of the New Douglas Community.

Volunteers are always welcome.

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

Donations can be mailed to:

American Legion

P.O. Box 37

New Douglas, IL 62074

Flyers Grill plans grand opening

Flyers Grill grand opening is set for Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a bounce house for kids 12 and under, sodas and all ice cream items  1/2 off, and 25 different drawings for gift certificates. Visit Flyers on Oct. 31 after the Halloween parade for trick-or-treating.

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.

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.

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