Highland News Leader

New Douglas news for the week of Feb. 18

Event will help African children get needed shoes

Old blue jeans will turned into shoes during an event planned in New Douglas to help children in the East African country of Uganda.

“We will be cutting pieces of old denim according to patterns, to be sewn together into shoes, for children suffering from a very painful and debilitating condition caused by Jiggers,” said Stephanie McNealy, who is helping organize the event.

The event helping to support the Sole Hope (www.solehope.org) and will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 at the New Douglas Community Center, 123 South Main St.

Children 9 and under are welcome to help trace and/or cut denim when accompanied by an adult. Drinks will be provided, and snacks are being worked on. There may even be a door prize or two.

McNealy will be collecting supplies for this event, for those who would like to donate, however it is not a requirement to attend and participate.

Supplies that are needed:

▪ Denim jeans,

▪ Plastic milk or detergent bottles ,

▪ Scissors for cutting denim,

▪ Sharpie markers, and

▪ Gallon Ziploc bags.

If you would like to help sponsor shoes monetarily, here is what $10 per pair of cut shoes will cover:

▪ $3 to pay the Ugandan tailor;

▪ $3 to pay the Ugandan shoemaker;

▪ $2 to purchase supplies to finish the shoes; and

▪ $2 to get shoes to Uganda.

To donate, or for more information, call Stephanie McNealy at 217) 456-6161.

Fire department to host spring breakfast

The breakfast will be held on March 20 at the Fire Hall on E. Allen Street. This event is still in its planning stages, but as always, plan on enjoying signature sausage, pancakes, scrambled eggs, homemade doughnuts and biscuits and gravy. Carry-outs will be available as are bulk sausage orders. More details to follow. For inquiries, contact Dan Robertson at (217) 456-6221.

Spaghetti dinner

New Douglas Lutheran Church will hold a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Many more details to be announced soon.

Community Center Rental

The New Douglas Community Center can be rented for events. Contact Mary at (618) 541-2259 to reserve a time.

Local Meetings

Senior Citizens Club: The Senior Citizens Club is looking for new members ages 55 and up. Visiting seniors are asked to stop by on Feb. 9 at 11:30 a.m. for a free lunch and bingo at the Community Center. Please consider joining.

Village Board: The next monthly meeting will be Feb.15 at the Community Center at 7 p.m.

New Douglas Township: The Township Board meets every second Thursday at 310 S. Main St. (Rec Plex) at 7:30 p.m.

Fire Department: 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.

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