Veterans events and other special ones upcoming

Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner set

This is the 21st year for the Clinton County Community Thanksgiving dinner held at Wendy’s Restaurant on Rombach Avenue on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, nearly 1,800 dinners were prepared and delivered to Clinton County residents.

This would not be possible without the help of many volunteers and monetary donations. Volunteers can help by donating money, volunteering at Wendy’s, and delivering the meals to residents. To volunteer, call Arlafaye Carnahan at 937-382-2706, Tari Mabry at 937-382-2217, or Lorry Swindler at 937-218-6119. Donations can be sent to Jo Ann Bartram in care of Wilmington Savings Bank, 184 N. South St., Wilmington, OH 45177.

Meals are served at Wendy’s Restaurant from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To make reservations (delivery or eat-in), please call Arlafaye at 937-382-2706, Denise at 937-382-6272, Terri at 937-527-6627, or Kosta Hairdresser’s at 937-382-3652.

Learn about K9 cops at New Vienna library

The public is invited to a presentation at the recently-built New Vienna Library to learn about police dogs and how they’ve helped fight crime in the Wilmington area. Officer Ron Fithen from the Wilmington Police Department will share his experiences in working with police dogs, describe how our area has benefited from these K9 helpers, and review the story of local celebrity Karson, who continues to gain attention for the department.

The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 at the New Vienna Library. In addition to educating the public, the goal of the event is to encourage membership in the Friends of the New Vienna Library. There are two ways to participate: Attend the Nov. 19 event and purchase a $5membership (and be entered in a prize drawing), or stop in anytime during the week of Nov. 16-20 and buy a membership.

Copies of the book “Karson Comes Home” will be available Nov. 19 for purchase ($12) with all proceeds going to the Wilmington Police Department and their K9 unit.

The library will stay open until 8 p.m. Nov. 19 for latecomers who wish to hear the presentation again.

The New Vienna Library is located on Main Street (Rt. 28). Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday noon to 7 p.m.; Friday noon to 6 p.m. and and Saturday 10 a.m. to noon.

Visit to learn more. Questions can be directed to members Linda Compton at 987-2355, Cathy Fox at 987-2128, or Kim & Richard Hiatt at 987-2724. The New Vienna Library phone number is 987-4200.

CC Veterans Day event Wednesday

A tribute to veterans will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, in Wilmington beginning at 10 a.m. at the Clinton County Veterans Memorial at the courthouse square in Wilmington. The event begins at 10 a.m. and includes music and several guest speakers including Cliff Rosenberger, Steve Stivers and Terry Habermehl as well as an American Legion firing squad and playing of “Taps.”

Veterans invited to ECHS event

The East Clinton FCCLA and FFA will be holding a Veterans Day Assembly at East Clinton High School Thursday, Nov. 12, and they formally invite any local veteran that would like to attend the assembly. Those who attend will be served lunch immediately following the assembly.

Those who wish to attend are asked to arrive at the school starting at 1:15 p.m. The actual program will start at 1:30 p.m., the end time will vary. The FFA and FCCLA thank all veterans for their service to our country and hope to see many attend.

Amnesty International meeting at WC

There will be a statewide Amnesty International meeting Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wilmington College Pyle Center, Dining Room C and D

This meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Amnesty International encourages people to come who may want to start an AI chapter in their community or school.

The agenda will include: Local and national speakers on Syria and the international refugee crisis for Syrians; the state of the death penalty in Ohio (includes a speaker from Ohioans to Stop Executions); and workshops on how to lobby your representatives and how to organize a great human rights event; the latter will focus on the International Write for Rights letter-writing program which is Amnesty International’s signature annual event in December.

Holly Berry Craft Fair at Cape May

The Holly Berry Craft Fair featuring holiday and gift items, baked goods and more from local crafters will be Saturday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cape May Retirement Village, 175 Cape May Drive, Wilmington. For more information, call 937-382-2995.

Soil & Water District hosts group meeting

The Clinton Soil & Water Conservation District will host a Local Work Group Meeting at the Soil & Water office, 111 S. Nelson Ave., Suite 5, on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of the LWG is to provide guidance to NRCS field offices concerning the implementation and delivery of conservation programs.

The LWG supports the locally-led conservation effort by coordinating USDA programs with other Federal, State, Tribal and local conservation programs to provide an integrated solution to addressing natural resource concerns.

Local people, conservation district leadership, and USDA will assess their natural resource conditions and needs, set goals, identify ways to solve resource problems, utilize a broad array of programs to implement solutions, and measure their success. Locally-led conservation is based on the principle that local people make the best decisions for their own communities. They will develop and implement conservation programs that fully reflect local needs and priorities.