Highland News Leader

New Douglas news for the week of Jan. 14

Rec Plex sets winter schedule

The New Douglas Rec Plex, 310 South Main St. in New Douglas, has announced its Winter 2016 class schedule.

All classes are eight weeks and will begin the week of Jan. 18 and end the week of March 7.

Fitness Classes

▪ Rise & Shine (16 & Older): Combination of high- and low-impact aerobic and resistance exercises for all levels. Instructor is Elizabeth Loy. Only nine students will be allowed in each class due to equipment. Class will be on Mondays and/Wednesdays from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

▪ Evening Stress Buster (16 & Older): Combination of high- and low-impact aerobic and resistance exercises for all levels. Instructor is Elizabeth Loy. Only nine students will be allowed in each class due to equipment. Class will be on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 7:15 to 8 p.m.

▪ Get Fit, Have Fun Fitness Group (15 & Younger): Class is centered to promote weight loss through aerobics, resistance training and stretching. Instructor is Elizabeth Loy. Only nine students will be allowed in each class due to equipment. Class will be on Thursdays from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.

Tumbling & Dance Classes

Note: All dance and tumbling classes this session will be practicing for a spring recital, date to be announced later. Ballet or jazz shoes are optional for dance classes, but recommended to execute moves easier, Leotards or form-fitting tank tops must be worn under T-shirts. No jeans or sweatpants. Skirts must have leggings, leotards or shorts worn under them.

▪ Toddler Tumbling (2 to 4 years old): Introduction to basic tumbling utilizing the balance beam, mats and bar in the Toddler Room. Instructor is Jennifer Ruschhaupt. Classes are Wednesdays from 5:30 tto 6 p.m.

▪ Basic Tumbling (5 to 6 years old): Introduction to basic tumbling utilizing the balance beam, mats and bar in the Toddler Room. Instructor is Jennifer Ruschhaupt. Classes are Wednesdays from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

▪ Toddler Dance (3 to 5 years old): Students will learn to follow directions while learning basic tap, jazz, ballet and cheerleading in an informal setting. Instructor is Elizabeth Loy. Classes will be on Tuesdays 6 to 6:30 p.m.

▪ Basic Dance (6 to 12 years old): Students learn basic dance steps and memorization in the studies of ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern and creative movement. Instructor is Elizabeth Loy. Classes will be on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

▪ New Douglas Dance Team (6 to 16 years old): Students must schedule an audition to be allowed in this class. The audition will consist of a three-minute piece the student choreographs themselves. Members of the Dance Team will already have a grasp of basic steps and memorization but need help learning technique in how to put all the steps together. Those on the dance team must be able to perform in events and parades in the area as representatives of the New Douglas Rec Plex. Before each performance a contract will be signed where the student and the parent agree to the rehearsal terms. Instructor is Elizabeth Loy. Classes will be on Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Registration/More Information

Rec Plex hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

To register for classes or purchase a membership, contact New Douglas Rec Plex manager Elizabeth Loy at (618) 946-7223 or email ndrecplex@gmail.com.

For more information, visit facebook/NewDouglasTownship or newdouglastownship.org.

Board: Dogs must not be allowed to roam

The New Douglas Village Board would like to remind everyone that allowing pets to roam freely in town is against village ordinance and will result in a fine. The Village is at liberty to catch strays. Those animals that are caught will be sent to Madison County Humane Society and cannot be released without paying their fine.

County sells car to village for $1

Village Trustee George Grindstaff contacted Bill Meyer, Madison County Board member for District 3, in regards to acquiring a vehicle for the village employees. Meyer was able to find one, and the county sold it to the village for the total sum of $1.

The graphic company owned by Grindstaff designed and donated the decals for the car. Lawn crews and village employees will now be able to utilize this vehicle, and in turn, save wear and tear on the dump truck. The car is currently parked at the “S” curve across, from Mucho Yummy on W. Deck Street.

“We have already seen traffic speeds improving on that road alone just by parking the car there,” said Grindstaff. “We plan to move the car to different locations across town. I have received many calls asking if we have a new cop in town. I tell people, ‘Who knows? One day we might just do that.’”

Gridstaff mentioned that he hopes that in the new year the village will be able to acquire a second car in the same manner.

Fire department had 68 calls in 2015

The New Douglas Fire Department responded to 68 calls last year.

“Our men and women of the New Douglas Fire Department continue to train, learn and prepare ourselves to safely respond to incidents in and around our community,” said fire chief Dan Robertson. “We would like to take this moment to thank all of our first responders and their families for their commitment to serving their community yesterday, today and tomorrow.”

The call breakdown for 2015 was:

Medical Calls, 52

Mutual Aid Calls, 7

Vehicle/Equipment Fire, 3

Vehicle Accident, 2

Structure Fire-1

Brush Fire, 2

Anhydrous Leak,1

Total, 68

“Remember, please call 911 in the event of an emergency and be prepared to tell the dispatcher your emergency and your correct address or location so that we can safely get to you,” Robertson said.

Robertson also reminded district residents that, if needed, firefighters will assist anyone in need of smoke alarms.

“We are also always accepting applications for the position of probationary firefighter,” Robertson said.

For assistance with smoke alarms or applying you can contact the New Douglas Fire Department by phone (217) 456-6221, email newdouglasfire@gmail.com or message the department’s Facebook page, and someone will reply as soon as possible.

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.

Rec Plex Class Prices

Senior Prices (65 & Older)

Non-Member: 8 weeks for $12

Member: 8 weeks for $10

Regular Adult Prices (16 & Older)

Non-Member: 8 weeks for $24

Member: 8 weeks for $22

Children (15 & under)

Non-Member: 8 weeks for $20

Member: 8 weeks for $18

*All prices are per class, per person. There is a 25 percent multiple child discount and a 20 percent multiple class discount.

Scholarship

For children 16 years and younger, there is a Rec Plex Scholarship that will cover the cost of eight weeks of classes in either tumbling, dance or aerobics. The recipients will only be able to win a scholarship twice a year. Those wanting to apply for a scholarship must contact Elizabeth Loy, manager, at (618) 946-7223.

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