BRADFORD — Summer is in full swing and the business at the ball diamonds prove it. I am not sure if you have made it out to the diamonds, but the new facilities are amazing. They are very nice and a lot of work went into getting them. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked so hard to raise and collect money to bring the new building and restrooms into fruition. It will also make it possible to host more tournaments which will bring in monies for future projects. So if you see kids on the fields, feel free to stop up for a hot dog and a drink and have a seat at one of the picnic tables.
Bradford Public Library
Bradford Public Library is pleased to offer their popular Movie Monday as part of their Summer Reading Program. They will be showing a variety of movies suitable for children throughout the summer. Free popcorn (cooked in peanut oil) and water is available, as well as a variety of inexpensive snacks to purchase. Your child is welcome to bring along their favorite snack, too, if you prefer. They will even be playing a few rounds of B-I-N-G-O after the movie most weeks! Movies will begin at 1 p.m. and children should be ready for pick up by 4 p.m. each week.
Pre-registration is not required to attend. Parents are welcome to stay during the movie, and even watch if they like. Call Bradford Public Library for answers to your questions about this event.
The following movies are on the schedule:
June 20: “The Peanuts Movie”
June 27: “Pups United”
July 11: ” Black Beauty”
July 18: “Monkey Kingdom”
July 25: “Inside Out”
Aug. 1: “The Dog Who Saved Summer”
The Library is offering an oil painting class for our younger patrons! Ostrich and Frog will be here on June 29 from 1-4:30 p.m. to offer two sessions. The first will be from 1-2 p.m. for those in first to third grades. The second session will be from 3-4:30 p.m. for those in fourth to sixth grades. Cost per child is $15 and scholarships are available. You must pre-register your child for this event.
The next council meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23. The public is always invited and encouraged to join.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Movie in the Park on July 20. The movie has not been chosen yet.
The next board of education meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. June 29 in room 404.
The first day of school will be Aug. 15. There will be no school Aug. 19-22 during the Darke County Fair.
A reminder to all Bradford Junior High students and parents: Cheerleading tryouts for junior high will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, June 24, in the elementary gym. Practices are 8-10 a.m. June 20-23.
Please direct all questions to Angie Harrington at (937) 541-1969 or Wanda Roberts (937) 541-6776. Good luck to the students who are trying out.
Manna Ministries and Share Harvest
Manna Ministries are always looking for volunteers to donated an our or two any day of the week. In helping, you would be helping put meals together that are delivered to persons in the area in need of a little help. Volunteers help dish out meals and wash dishes. Or you can donate your time and gas to deliver meals in the immediate area. If you are willing and able to donate an hour or two from your week, I know personally that your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Please call Athena Beachler at (937) 621-4995.
Bradford Church of the Brethren
The Bradford Church of the Brethren is trying to raise funds for a mission trip to Haiti. They are selling pre-sale tickets for chicken dinner (Poultry Days chicken): half chicken, applesauce, chips, and roll for $7.50
per dinner. The tickets must be purchased by July 17, and you will pick dinners up at the Brethren church at 120 W. Oakwood on July 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If interested, call Jenni Reed at (937) 418-7119 or the church office at (937) 448-2215 or email the church at email@example.com.
If you have anything you would like to share or to get the word out about please call or text me a message at (937) 417-4317.
Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford with her husband and twin daughters.