Highland News Leader

New Douglas news for the week of May 11

Saturday’s storm ripped the roof off of this storage shed in New Douglas.
Saturday’s storm ripped the roof off of this storage shed in New Douglas. For the News Leader

Storm damage in New Douglas

The American Legion, along with many other buildings in New Douglas, suffered some damage due to the storm on Saturday.

A storage building just north of the Dawg Haus tavern had the roof completely ripped off and thrown into an ajacent tree.

At the Legion, there was window damage and excessive tree damage.

While volunteers have assisted in the cleanup process, there is much yet to be done.

New Douglas resident Rick Juarez, an eight-year Army veteran who served from 1978 to 1986, and his son Richie, along with fiance Maria, were glad to help the organization.

“I’m a proud veteran,” said Juarez. “And I am glad that there is something like this for me to help with.”

Juarez had already been volunteering his time and skills at the Legion recently. He has spent the past month repainting the cannon that rests on the lawn, as well as a few of the other historical artifacts on display.

“The next project that we have planned is to repaint the flagpole” said Juarez, “Walter Butler has planned for a large new flag to be raised.”

Community Garden to host ribbon cutting

The New Douglas Community Garden & Market will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on May 26 at 3:30 p.m. Rec Plex.

The grant for this program is from Madison County's Planning and Development Sustainability Program and is the first awarded for a project like this that includes the garden, the village outdoor market, rain barrel program, and an education program for children in the garden.

For more information, contact Peggy Dunn, garden coordinator/market manager/educator, at (217)960-6343 for visit the website prairieafire.wix.com/newdougvillagemarket.

Town Yard Sales

New Douglas Town Wide Yard Sales will be held Saturday, June 11. More details to be provided at a later date.

Churches start new youth group

A new youth group to be started by the churches of new Douglas. The group is for ages 1-18. Gym activities, field trips and more are being considered. Many more details to come. For more information contact George Grindstaff through the New Douglas Baptist Church at (217) 456-6161.

Rec Plex calendar available online

The New Douglas Rec Plex calendar is available on their Facebook page. Included on this calendar is a complete set of dates available for the use of the gymnasium, park pavilion and baseball diamond. Visit https://www.facebook.com/NewDouglasTownship for all inquiries as well as (618) 946-7223.

Meals on Wheels needs drivers

The New Douglas Meals on Wheels program is looking for substitute drivers for the summer. Currently, there are five very dedicated drivers that need a bit of a break. Just by volunteering once or twice a month helps out tremendously. Call Linda at 618-402-1726, or send an email to Linda.hunsinger@gmail.com. Help bring smiles and food to Meals on Wheels New Douglas clients.

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.