Community Happenings

Tickets available for AASC

ladies luncheon Nov. 5

ALLIANCE – Tickets are available for the fall ladies luncheon to be held at noon Nov. 5 at the Alliance Area Senior Center, 602 Vine Ave. Cost is $12 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 330-821-3348.

SPL’s adult book discussion

to feature ‘The Whip’

SALEM- “The Whip” by Karen Kondazian is the book choice for the November meeting of Salem Public Library’s Adult Book Discussion Group at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the library, 821 E. State St.

“The Whip” is inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte “Charley” Parkhurst (1812-1879), who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man. Charley Parkhurst was one of the finest stage coach drivers Wells Fargo had during the dangerous gold rush days. But there’s one thing Wells Fargo never knew about Charley: Charlotte was a woman. In her fiction debut, actress Kondazian dares to imagine the life such a dedicated disguise artist might have lived.

No registration is required. Copies of the book are available in advance of the meeting in the Adult Services Department.

Local author to speak

at Carnegie Public Library

EAST LIVERPOOL-Author Kathryn Blystone Watkins will hold a book signing event from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 11 at the Carnegie Public Library, 219 E. 4th St.

Watkins, a resident of Rogers, will be available to sign copies of her book series, Log Cabin Stories, which includes over 40 books of nonfiction, educational, fun and enlightening stories featuring the animals on Watkins farm.

For information contact 877-727-0697 or Michelle Whitman at

Fairfield-Waterford ’59

to meet for breakfast

COLUMBIANA- The Fairfield-Waterford Class of 1959 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Skyline Diner in Salem.

R-Weigh weight groups

recognize weekly winners

SALEM-The R-Weigh weight support groups met Monday Oct. 14 and Oct. 21 at the First Friends church and lost 24 and 25 pounds below their lowest weight for the weeks.

On Oct. 14 JoAnne Bogdan presided at the day group. The good losers at the day group were Evelyn Peters, Helen Baker and Carol Jules. Rachel Weaver was the goalie for the week. The good loser on Oct. 21 was Helen Baker and Bogdan was the goalie for the week. Annie Katz won the $10 can-do award and Jules reached her one-fourth way to goal weight.

Linda Lude presided at the evening meeting on Oct. 14 and Diane Hart was the secretary pro temp. The good losers for the week were Sara Smith and Hart. Peggy Kurtz was the goalie for the week.

Barb Smith presided at the evening meeting on Oct. 21. Jeri Hefner and Nancy Stryffeler were the good losers for the week. Lisa Jones and Eleanor Billet were the goalies for the week. Kurtz gave the inspiration at the evening meetings both weeks.

Members at both school sessions said the R-Weigh prayer and did an exercise song, did a nutritional quiz and discussed their weeks homework. Goal teachers filled out the student report cards and teachers report and gave all students losing a pound or more $1 and goals who stayed the same or lost got $1. Gainers paid $1. The seventh-grade class in the morning group and the junior class at the evening meetings won the school contest and each classmate losing a pound got $1. The afternoon eighth-grade class and the freshmen class won the school contest at the evening group on Oct 21.

Monday will be pay day. Members will be paid $1 per pound for their October losses. The school contest ends with the losing members sharing the gainers fines. Details will be given for the November turkey contest using the members’ Oct. 28 weight.

American Legion 76 auxiliary holds monthly meeting

SEBRING- The Sebring American Legion Post 76 Ladies’ Auxiliary met recently with President Judy Hubbs presiding. After opening ceremonies, the minutes and treasurer’s report were read and accepted.

Membership dues are coming in for 2014. The dues are $22. One box of coupons was mailed to the Germany Commissary. Thank you cards were read from donations that were given by the auxiliary. Members in distress or ill were shared.

The Legion Kids’ Christmas Party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. We will be wrapping gifts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

It was reported that the weekly 50/50 is going well that is held during the Friday Fish Fry. The Veterans’ Day luncheon will be served on Monday, Nov. 11, at the legion after the Veterans’ Day Service at 11 a.m.

It was decided that there would not be a food drive this year for the Youngstown VA Clinic. The auxiliary gives a monthly donation every month throughout the year. If anyone outside the auxiliary would like to donate to this cause, we will send these donations with our donation.

The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

The meeting ended with the closing prayer.

A ‘Homspun Christmas’ in Leetonia

LEETONIA- Selected area artisans will present their home-crafted wares over the four-day Veterans’ Day weekend in addition to the usual Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving during the 18th annual Leetonia Homespun Christmas Tour. Dates of the tour are Nov. 8 through 11 and Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Each stop on the driving tour, through the Leetonia and surrounding area, will have a wonderful array of imaginative, useful and unique items and decorating ideas for the home or gift-giving. In addition, a delicious homemade lunch will be offered at stop #1. Each stop wll have a door prize drawing, and a gift basket containing samples of each artisan will be given to the winning flier entry drawn from those who stop at each location. Fliers containing a map of the tour can be found at Mr. Darby’s Antique Emporium on the square in North Lima, Wilms Greenhouse in Franklin Square, Off Main in Washingtonville, Family Drug in Columbiana, download from Facebook or email Gerry at

Community Happenings

SHS ’50 to meet

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1950 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

SCH Auxiliary plans meeting

SALEM – The Salem Community Hospital Auxiliary meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in the small room at the far side of the hospital cafeteria. The public is invited. Next month’s speaker is Erica Stacy, program director of SCH Wound Healing Center.

DKG holds meeting

SALEM – The Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met on Oct. 10 at the Salem Historical Society. Members were given a tour of Freedom Hall and the Dale Shaffer Library. The next meeting is Nov. 12 at the Chef’s Table in Lisbon.

Senior Citizens to gather

SALEM – The Salem Senior Citizens board meeting begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 23 at the Memorial Building. The regular meeting follows at noon with lunch and cards. Dues are due. Tickets may be purchased for the holiday dinner. New members 55 and older are welcome.

Salem Masons offer breakfast

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Salem Masonic Building, 788 E. State St.

Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under 2. The menu offers pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee and tea.

The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. Proceeds will be directed to the Salem Masonic Building Fund.

Saxon Club sets dinner event

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club at 1980 Newgarden Road is having “A Taste of Germany” reservation only dinner on Nov. 8. Seatings are open at 5, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. The menu consists of bean puree and green bean soup, wilted lettuce, homemade bread, bratwurst, sauerkraut and pigs, pork schnitzel, spetzle, German potato salad and hunklich/kuchen. German beer and wine are available. Reservations are due by Nov. 1 by calling Flo Spack at 330-337-3652 or Annette Howard at 330-332-1141.

Football moms selling tickets

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana Football Moms are selling tickets for a chance on four different prizes. The two grand prizes are $450 of beef. The third prize is an overnight package at Mountaineer Resort valued at $300. The fourth prize is a gift basket valued at $300. Tickets are available from any Columbiana varsity and junior varsity football player or mom. Tickets are also on sale at all home games. For more information call 330-482-3339. The drawing will be held the last home game versus United on Nov. 11. Winner need not be present.

New Waterford Lions meet

NEW WATERFORD – The New Waterford Lions Club meeting was held recently at the Community Center. Four members of the Calcutta Lions Club were guests.Wayne Christen, a member of the Calcutta Lions Club and Zone 9 promoter, was guest speaker. His message was to encourage clubs to recruit, retain and replace membership.

Guest, Brandon Jayne, a 2013 Crestview graduate, was presented a $600 scholarship. He will attend the STEM program at Youngstown State University. Eye screenings for first and third-grade students at Crestview, Columbiana and Heartland Christian Schools has been done. Heartland Christian and Crestview Leo Clubs have organized and installed officers. The club will visit Uniontown Lions Club soon and deliver glasses that will be recycled. Members plan to attend the Zone 9 meeting at Calcutta on Nov 12.

Greenford alumni meet

GREENFORD – The 109th Greenford Alumni banquet was held on Aug. 17 at the Smokehouse restaurant with 130 in attendance. Ralph Witmer, class of 1945, was honored with the first Outstanding Alumnus Award. He received a plaque and a video presentation of some of his achievements done by Susan Less Phillips. To recommend someone for next year’s award contact Stevie Kelly Coleman at 330-277-1388. The 110th banquet will be held on Aug. 16, 2014.

Ballroom boogie planned

GIRARD – A free “Mad Hot Monday Ballroom Boogie” featuring ballroom, Latin, and swing and hustle, is slated from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 at Kuzman’s,1025 S. State St., Girard. The public is invited. For more information contact Kuzman’s at 330-545-8521330 or USA Dance volunteer Stephen Barba at 330-502-5492.

Damascus Ruritans meet

DAMASCUS – Officers for 2014 were elected when 26 members and guests of the Damascus Ruritan Club met Thursday evening. The new officers are Rick Bell, president; Nick Morrison, vice president; John Coldsnow, secretary; Joe Skolosh, treasurer; and Darlene Snyder, three-year director.

A meal was prepared and served by the ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church. Members with birthdays or anniversaries during the month were recognized. Song leader David Denny led the group in singing “Happy Birthday” to those members and one verse of “America.”

The club chaplain asked the blessing, remembering the family of deceased member, Earl Mather.

Secretary Snyder introduced Amber Bates as the guest speaker. She discussed human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, with smuggling and trading of people, for forced labor and or sexual exploitation.

It was reported that 32 members and guests, representing Beloit, Damascus, Goshen Center, Knox and the West Branch Area Ladies Clubs, attended the Zone 6 steak fry on Sept. 17 at the Quaker Canyon building. The Damascus club served as the host club. Results of the Sept. 28 food drive netted 150 pounds of food and $86 in monetary gifts. The food and money will be distributed to area food pantries. Thirty-nine dogs and 18 cats were vaccinated at the rabies clinic on Sept. 28. The clinic was sponsored by the club as a community service project. The club helped contribute to the Zone 6 (including Beloit, Damascus, Goshen Center, Knox, West Branch Area Ladies Clubs) purchase of dictionaries for all the third-grade students in the West Branch District School System. The dictionaries have been received and presented to the students.

Butler Grange holds meeting

SALEM – Ida Zepernick presided when Butler Grange met recently. The charter was draped in memory of Betty Vogelhuber, a 76-year member, who died Sept. 13. The song, “The Old Rugged Cross,” was led by Myrtle Bailey. Bailey discussed the state grange master’s article in the Ohio Granger. For the 2013-14 grange year, he chose the theme, “The Grange: Down to Earth, Up to the Challenge.”

Butler Grange members made apple dumplings Oct. 7, 8, 10 and 11. Ruth Ann Altenhof presented the program: October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month. Poems read were “Pumpkin Pride” by Bailey; “Happy Little Pumpkins” by Clyde Zepernick; and “Ode to a Pumpkin” by Ida Zepernick.

Pomona Grange will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at Mile Branch Grange.

Taste of Salem on Wednesday

SALEM – The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will present the 17th annual “Taste in Salem” at 6 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Salem Golf Club. All proceeds benefit United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County.

Tickets are available at the chamber office, 713 E. State St. Cost is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. The event offers cuisine from various area food establishments, and also the annual Diamond Drop which is sponsored by Troll’s Jewelry. Raffle drawings and auctions will be held with chances to win baskets and gifts donated by area businesses.

For more information contact the chamber at 330-337-3473 (www. salemohiochamber. org).

Saxon Retirees to meet

SALEM – The Saxon Retirees will meet on Nov. 6 at the Saxon Club. Snacks will be served at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:30 p.m., followed by the meeting. Reservations may be made, and cancelled if necessary, by calling 330-533-5154 before Oct. 31.

DARE?events announced

BOARDMAN – Divorce/Death Aren’t Really the End meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road. Activities include:

Nov. 5, 9, 30: Bowling at Boardman Lanes, 7 p.m.

Nov. 8, 29: Lobby of Movies 8, Shops of Boardman Park, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 12, 19: Dance classes, Judy Conti’s, Austintown, 7 p.m.

Nov. 13: Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 15: Card Night at Denny’s, Boardman, 6-10 p.m.

Nov. 20: DQ Night in Cornersburg, 7 p.m.

Nov. 23: Road Trip to Kraynak’s in Sharon, meet at church, 2 p.m.

Nov. 25: Meet-Up at Mocha House, 7 p.m.

For more information call 330-793-5856, 330-533-7062 or 330-793-1484.

Salvation Army Christmas assistance sign-ups continue

SALEM – Applications for Christmas assistance will continue from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday; and 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Those attending are reminded to bring their current photo ID (drivers license, Ohio ID, or human services ID); proof of all children and adults in the household (birth certificates, medical cards or custody papers required); a picture ID for all other adults in the household; proof of income (pay stubs from the last 30 days, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services print outs, child support papers, SSI/SSD letters, worker’s comp paperwork, rent subsidy/utility allowance stubs, any other income verification); proof of all monthly bills (lease/rent agreements, utilities, car payment, insurance, child care, etc).

According the Salvation Army, you may only register once for Christmas help with one agency.

Community Happenings

Salineville church to host trunk or treat

SALINEVILLE – Salineville United Methodist Church Youth Groups are holding a trunk or treat/car show from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Kiwanis Park. For more information call Nicole Grimm at 330-679-2351.

Quilt group to learn about holiday crafts

CANFIELD – That Quilt Group I Belong To will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Fair Park. Doors are open from 1 to 5 p.m. for those who wish to work on charity quilts. The speaker is Sandy Lord from The Gallery in Mercer, Pa. She will discuss new holiday quilting and crafting projects. All quilters in the Mahoning Valley are invited.

R-Weigh recognizes weight loss winners

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. Good losers for the week were Edie Sternburg, Jennifer Walker, Sara Smith and Jeri Hefner. Shirley Dias, Eleanor Billet and Judy Catlett were the goalies. Clip award dollars went to Diane Hart, Linda Lude, Walker and Billet.

The afternoon eighth-grade class and the evening junior class had the most losses and each received $1. All members losing a pound or more and goals staying the same or losing receive $1 during October in the school contest. New members are welcome. For more information call 330-332-1078.

Saxon Club to host ‘Taste of Germany’

SALEM – The Salem Saxon Club at 1980 Newgarden Road is having “A Taste of Germany” reservation only dinner on Nov. 8. Seatings are open at 5, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. The menu consists of bean puree and green bean soup, wilted lettuce, homemade bread, bratwurst, sauerkraut and pigs, pork schnitzel, spetzle, German potato salad and hunklich/kuchen. German beer and wine are available. Reservations are due by Nov. 1 by calling Flo Spack at 330-337-3652 or Annette Howard at 330-332-1141.

Weingart Cousins observe milestones

SALEM – Salem Hills Golf and Country Club was the setting when 17 members of the Weingart Cousins met earlier this month. Birthdays and anniversaries were observed. The next breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Nov. 12.

Winona Ruritans to hold elections

SALEM – Elections will be held when the Winona Ruritan Club meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Winona United Methodist Church. At a previous meeting at Willow Grove Grange, 26 members attended. Treasurer Robert Doyle Sr. gave the monthly financial report which was approved as given. Songleader Elmer R. Stamp led the group in singing “Happy Birthday” to the following members: Jim Coy, Gordon Dawes and Bob Lance. Tom Sanor gave a report from the nominating committee for officers and directors for 2014.

Whispering Pines to host cancer event

COLUMBIANA – A breast cancer awarness program begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Whispering Pines Village, 937 E. Park Ave. A representative from the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center in Boardman will speak.

Renowned watercolor artist to speak at metroparks

YOUNGSTOWN – Internationally renowned watercolor artist Gary Bukovnik returns to Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek MetroParks. Eternal Spring, a collection of his vibrant, not-so-still-life botanical watercolors are on exhibit in the Weller Gallery in the Gardens through Nov. 10. This exhibit comes to Youngstown courtesy of the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland. As part of the exhibit four pieces were painted by Bukovnik specifically for this exhibit in Youngstown. Magnolia, Narcissus, Witch Hazel and Tulips were created from photo images of flowers growing in the Gardens. These paintings were generously donated by him for the purpose of fundraising and will be sold at auction on Oct. 10 during the fundraising event “Watercolors at the Gardens: An Evening with Gary Bukovnik.” Paul Boucherle, master of ceremonies for the evening, will preside over auction activities.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens, Fred Martin Ford and Mercedes Benz, Ohio Structures, RT Vernal Paving and Excavating, Liberty Steel, The Murphy Contracting Company and Michael and Lin Qing Bruno. For information about the Bukovnik exhibit or reservations for Oct. 10, call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116.

Portraits offered for families with disabilities

CANFIELD – Autism Society of Ohio and Mill Creek MetroParks are offering a caring, patient Family Portrait Session for families with disabilities thanks to the generous offer of Positive Light Photography.

The 20-minute per family session will take place outdoors weather permitting, from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 19 at Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, 7574 Columbiana Canfield Road. A seasonal indoor session will be set up in case of inclement weather.

Reservations will be taken for the three 20-minute slots per hour. The barns will be open and complimentary hayrides offered to participants. Families receive a free sitting and a best choice 5-by-7 inch to be mailed to them within two weeks.

For $10, they will be mailed not only their photo, but a disc of all the professional-level photos taken during their session allowing for personal use and reproduction.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot call 330-501-7553.

Western CC Historical Society meets

HOMEWORTH – The Western Columbiana County Historical Society met at the Middle Sandy Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Homeworth for a business and planning session. President Tiffany McQuilkin called the meeting to order.

Secretary Polly Offenbecher read a letter from the Salem Historical Society. The western museum group donated a brass door knob and hinges that had been given to them. The items were part of the Emeny Mansion in Salem, which had been torn down several years ago. WCCHS curator Pat McArtor reported that the society made it a priority to donate items to other museums where the relics were of more value.

Evaluations of the successful 2013 garden tour were shared. Mr. and Mrs. Bill Johnson were the prize drawing recipients. The award, donated by Barry Kridler, was a night’s stay in the cabin at Kridler Gardens in Homeworth. A tentative date for the 2014 garden tour is Saturday, June 12. Offenbecher has been contacted by three people who are interested in participating in next summer’s garden tour.

The open house at the WCCHS museum located in Homeworth in August was well attended. One new display was a scrapbook and notebook, created by McArtor, in which World War II soldiers from the area were pictured in their uniforms.

Work has been completed in the basement of the museum building, where walls and doors were removed. The water problem has been mostly eliminated. Painting of the steeple and exterior of the building is now a necessity. Discussion was held about how funding can be procured so the project can move forward.

Some WCCHS members were in attendance for the 200th anniversary celebration of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in North Georgetown on Sept. 29. A tour of the historical St. Michael’s Cemetery, located east of the North Georgetown Cemetery, on Gilson Road was part of the day’s events. Church and society members, assisted by workers from Knox Township and funds from Butler Township, cleaned the area and improved the roadway. Donald Schneider of North Georgetown, now deceased, initially worked to restore the site, where ancestors from the 1800s were buried.

McQuilkin is updating the society’s website. It can be viewed at The next meeting will be held at the home of Phil and Linda McQuilkin in Homeworth, the exact date to be announced in the newsletter.

Salem Masons to host public breakfast

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Salem Masonic Building, 788 E. State St.

Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children under age 10 and free for children under 2. The menu offers pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, homefries, toast, fruit cocktail, orange juice, coffee and tea.

The building is equipped with a handicapped accessible elevator. Proceeds will be directed to the Salem Masonic Building Fund.

Canfield Area AARP to meet Monday

CANFIELD – Canfield Area AARP #3104 will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Canfield Presbyterian Church. Blood pressure screening will be available from noon to 12:45 p.m. Richard Scarsella will present a program on Idora Park’s heyday and eventual demise.

A bus trip was held for Oct. 9-12 for a fall foilage trip to Kentucky Horse Country which included sight seeing venues, a dinner cruise on the “Spirit of Jefferson” and two shows at Renfro Valley.

Nov. 5 is a mystery trip. For information call 330-533-4413. Guests and non-members are welcome at the meetings and the bus trips.

Community Happenings

La Leche League to meet

LISBON – The Salem-Lisbon La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Chestnut St. The discussion topic is “Baby Arrives: The Family and the Breastfed Baby.” All pregnant or nursing mothers and their babies are welcome. For more information call 330-821-2585, 330-420-0822 or 330-406-0053 (

SCH Auxiliary to meet

SALEM The Salem Community Hospital Auxiliary meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the small dining room at the back of the hospital cafeteria Dr. Anita Hackstedde, SCH interim president/CEO, will discuss electronic medical records. The public is invited.

Getting Crafty to make cards

SALEM – Attendees of the Getting Crafty adult craft class will create holiday cards when the group meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Quaker Room at the Salem Public Library. All materials will be provided and the class is free of cost. Registration is needed either online through the library’s website at or 330-332-0042.

YBPW president to speak

CANFIELD – Lisa Dickson, president of Youngstown Business and Professional Women, will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Canfield Historical Society Bond House, 44 W. Main St. Dickson will share the history, and speak about the various events, scholarships and awards offered through YBPW. The lecture is free an open to the public. No pre-registration is necessary. For more information call 330-533-3458.

Deadline for booster trip

SALEM – Tuesday is the reservation deadline for the Salem High School Choir Booster’s fundraising trip to New York City.

Attila Samu, Salem High School Choir director, has announced that the NYC Express will depart by motor coach from the Salem High School parking lot at 11 p.m. Dec. 13 and travel all night with rest stops made en route. Arrival time is approximately 7 a.m. Dec. 14 for an entire day for visitors to enjoy some of the sights and activities available in NYC including the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, shopping on Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Times Square, and strolls through Central Park. Departure from NYC is 9 p.m. with return to Salem at approximately 6 a.m. Dec. 15. Cost is $90 per person. An additional tour protection fee of $10 is optional. Reservation forms are available from Samu by calling the high school at 330-332-8905 Ext. 58332 and leave a message. This is a “first come first served” trip. Proceeds from the trip will benefit the choir.

R-Weigh holds meetings

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. A loss of 27 pounds was recorded. The night group had a “no-gainer” week and month. Good loser for the week was Jeri Hefner and the goalies for the week were Judy Catlett, Jo Carol Gray and Jesse Rea. Patty Pim received the monetary award for losing over her birthday. Catlett won the goalie can-do drawing. Carol Held did the program and presided at the evening meeting. Jesse Rea led the members doing exercises and Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration for the week. Members sang “Happy Birthday” to Judy Catlett, Shirley Dias, Gloria Judy, Annie Katz and Sue Carver who served the members a low-calorie, low-fat luncheon at the afternoon group. The members at both groups were paid $1 per pound for their September losses and will earn another $1 per pound next week if they stay the same or lose. Goals were paid $2 for being at goal or below all month and will get another $1 if they stay the same or lose next week. Next Monday starts the school contest at both groups. Members will be paid $ for a one pound or more loss each week of September for the school contest. Goals will get a $1 if they stay the same or lose. New members are welcome with no charge for visiting. Call 330-332-1078 for more information.

CCW to hold meeting

COLUMBIANA – The Grace United Church of Columbiana will host Community Christian Women’s first meeting of the fall season. This marks the beginning of their 42nd year. Doris Ogle of New Waterford will speak. She was a nurse for Dr. Zeigler at Salem Community Hospital and retired after 30 years with the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association. She is very active in the affairs of New Waterford and has just been inducted into the Crestview Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Ogle has been raising Monarch butterflies for five years. Her title will be “God’s Creation: Monarch Butterflies.” The meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 14. A luncheon will be served for a $6 donation. All reservations should be called in to your church representative by Oct. 10. All others may call Carolyn Beck at 330-482-2155, Helen Winegord at 330-482-2152, Lois Weyman at 330-482-2776. All area women are invited.

AASC sets Halloween event

ALLIANCE – A Halloween dinner/dance will be held on Oct. 25 at the Alliance Area Senior Center, 602 W. Vine St. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by the dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Music will be provided by the Rex Taneri Orchestra. Admission is $14 per person, or $7 for the dance only. Dinner tickets must be purchased or reserved in advance by calling 330-821-3348.

Vet speaks to CABPW

COLUMBIANA – Dr. Alicia Boyce from Adamson Veterinary Services in Salem was the guest speaker for the Columbiana Area Business and Professional Women’s monthly meeting on Sept. 24. Dr. Boyce spoke about women in veterinary medicine. She explained that there are still barriers for women in medicine today, especially in large animal medicine. She said most females are practicing in small animal medicine, more and more women are entering the veterinarian world and currently 80 percent of students in veterinarian school are female.

According to Boyce, in 2011 women outnumbered men in veterinary medicine. There are approximately 45,000 women in veterinary medicine today. She also spoke on the history of veterinary medicine and how it is a very adaptable profession. The changes in livestock as well as pets, has changed rapidly over the years.

Boyce received her DVM at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and her undergraduate degree in pre-veterinary medicine, biology and chemistry was earned at the University of Findlay in Findlay. She has worked in multiple veterinary clinics while pursuing her DVM degree, as well as having spent time studying elephants and other exotic animals in Thailand.

The CABPW ‘s goal is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information; to be the leading advocate for working women; to elevate the standards for women in business and professions; to promote the interests of business and professional women; to bring about a spirit of cooperation among business and professional women of the United States; and to extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industry, scientific and vocational activities. To join CABPW contact Lori Everly at 330-853-5896 or The group meets the fourth Tuesday of most months. Dues are $43 per year.

Damascus Ruritans honor late national president

DAMASCUS – For the first time in the organization’s 85 year history, Ruritan National is facing the death of a sitting national president. Dennis Clemmer, 2013 national president, passed away Sept. 29 at the University of Virginia Medical Center with his family and close friends by his side. Clemmer was a self-employed farmer and beef producer. He and his wife, Betty Jo, have a daughter JoAnna Clemmer Nichols, son-in law Garrett and grandson, Alex, who are also members of the Middlebrook Ruritan Club. Clemmer and his wife are members of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The 2013 National Vice President Elliott Hogge has assumed the position of national president in accordance with Ruritan’s governing documents. Hogge, of Hayes, Va., is a member of the Abingdon (Va.) club and has served on many levels of the Chesapeake District including District Governor. He was the 2012 president of the Association of Virginia Ruritans. He was a Ruritan National Director from 2003 to 2005 and was elected vice president in Covington, Ky., in January 2013. Hogge served at Naval Weapons Station from 1966 to 2005. During this time he was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Medal for Valor. From 1968to 1970 he served in the U.S.Army in Vietnam, and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal.

Ruritan National is a civic organization with 29,000 members in 25 states. These clubs work to improve more than 1,100 local communities and through community service, make America’s communities a better place to live and work Ruritan members across the country represent a cross-section of the communities they serve. Since the organization’s beginning in Holland, Va., in 1928, Ruritan clubs have served America with fellowship, goodwill, and community service.

Clemmer was also an active member of the Middlebrook Ruritan Club in Middlebrook, Va. He has also served on the Woodrow Wilson District Cabinet in many positions including 2006 District Governor. Clemmer was also an associate member of the Wadlow Gap Ruritan Club in Gate City, Va. In 2008, he was elected to the Ruritan National Board of Directors in Nashville, Tenn., and served a three-year-term. In 2012, he was elected Ruritan National vice president in Raleigh, N.C. Clemmer was a Tom Downing Fellow and had earned Ruritan Forever status.