Community Happenings

Damascus Ruritans learn latest in area drilling

DAMASCUS – Thirty-three members and guests enjoyed a lasagna dinner on Nov. 14, prepared and served by the ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church. All military veterans present were recognized.

Secretary Darlene Snyder introduced Greg New (with Dorfman Production) who talked about the latest in gas and oil drilling in the area. He gave a very detailed power point presentation of the land formation and where the oil and gas is coming from here in Ohio.

A detailed report of the funeral dinner the club members provided for late member Earl Mather in his passing. Dinner was served to approximately 60 relatives and friends. Members provided either covered dishes or money. The remaining money will to go to Millie Mather to help her with funeral expenses along with a list of those contributors.

President Dale Wingett presented an outstanding student award to a former eighth grader, Ashley Weber, now freshmen at West Branch High School. She is the daughter of Randy and Tina Weber of North Benton.

Ohio District fall convention was held Nov. 9 at Colerain, hosted by Zone 7 Clubs (Colerain, Flushing Area, Rolling Hills, St. Clair). Instructors were Frank Kinsey, a national director from St. Clairsville Club and Karl Kiener, Zone Five governor and member of the Washington Club. Live auction, results $1,552.50, and Silent auction results were $466.50 totaling $2,019. These funds will be shared with the Ruritan National Foundation. Reports and 2014 election of district officers included Ohio District Governor Glenn Fish, Lt. Governor Janet Kinsey, District Secretary Barb Fish, District Treasurer Maynard Yho.

It was announced there were 10 people received their flu vaccination, held Nov. 5 at the Damascus United Methodist Church, administered by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, sponsored by the Damascus Ruritan Club as a community service project.

Members will be ringing bells for the Alliance Salvation Army on Nov. 29 at Thornes IGA Market at the College Plaza in Alliance.

The membership voted to receive two new associate member applicants, Henry and Michelle Price. President Wingett installed Matt Manley, Damascus Elementary School principal, as a new regular member of the club and placed him on the Business and Profession committee, chaired by Bill Orend.

The club gave financial support to the Salem Salvation Army, Robert Bycroft Adopt a Class, Quaker Canyon for use of their building, sent money to Ruritan National Foundation in lieu of flowers for Carroll Miles and Earl Mather deceased members, also a monetary gift for the Light Up Damascus project on Dec. 14.

Fairfield Township Ruritans hear about food bank

COLUMBIANA – The Fairfield Township Ruritan Club held its monthly dinner meeting on Oct. 24 at Heck’s Restaurant. President Rick Urmson presided. Zone Governor Wayne Urmsom delivered the invocation. Sixteen members and four guests were welcomed, with acknowledgment to new members Donald Mook and T.J. Setinsek. “Learn and Earn” students Paige Pancake and Spencer Patrick were introduced.

Urmson announced a thank-you card was received from Meals on Wheels for the club’s continued generous report. The boys at the Rogers Correctional Facility also sent a card thanking the members for crocheting scarves and hats for each boy.

Election of officers will take place at the December meeting and their duties will begin at the January board meeting. Urmsom and Wayne and Dennis Holtom will attend the November Ruritan Zone 2 meeting.

The chicken barbecue pit was moved to a permanent location for the 53rd annual chicken barbecue. Assisting at the barbecues will be the boys from the Rogers facility, along with the three Earn and Learn students. Members also voted to purchase an outbuilding to store various possessions in one single location, with the barbecue pit.

The club voted to donate $300 to the Christmas lights at Firestone Park and agreed to volunteer at the park throughout the Christmas season. Program Chairman Ken Nickalo re-introduced new member Mook, superintendent of Columbiana Schools, to explain the need for the bond issue that appeared on the ballot. Tom Kibler, senior from Lisbon High School, discussed his experience at Boys State this summer.

Mike Iberis, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank, was introduced as the main speaker. He told of the many hungry people in the local communities, and how the food bank is trying to handle the program, concentrating especially on children. He also told of the incredible support he had in 2012 in being the winner of a $1 million reward from Walmart last year. The club made donations to his program and continues to support the local food bank program.

R-Weigh groups reward weekly weight loss winners

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. The good loser at the afternoon group was Annie Katz and Sue Carver was the goalie for the week.

Gerry Heffinger presided at the meeting and Roni Fauver did a program on “Aspartame, the Sweet Poison” and read testamonials by users of the artificial sweetner that told of the side effects it caused them.

The Turkey Trotters fed their turkeys more quarters than the Turkey Gobblers and are winning the turkey contest so far. Sandy McGarr announced that the Christmas party will be on Dec. 9 and the dinner fee is due on Monday.

Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting and Peggy Kurtz’s inspiration for the week was that there is no quick fix, it takes change in your diet most of all.

The good losers at the evening group were Sharon Bigalow and Barb Smith. Ruth Miller was the goalie for the week. Smith did an enlightning program on “Finding Your Inner Strength.”

Birdie Reinhart announced that in lieu of a gift exchange at the Christmas party, the members will make a donation from a list of needed items for the church’s pantry starting Monday. Next week is the deadline to get your reservation in and pay the dinner fee for the party on Dec. 2 at the church.

The Bright Feathers fed their turkeys more quarters than the Hot Trotters did. Members will be paid $1 per pound for their November losses and the turkey contest will end with the winners sharing the quarters at both groups on Monday.

Weingart Cousins welcome guests, 17 family members

SALEM – Krystal and Pete Howell, June Barnes’ granddaughter and husband, were welcomed when 17 members of Weingart Cousins met recently. The next breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 10.

Christmas Boutique at First United Methodist

SALEM – The women of the First United Methodist Church are hosting a Christmas boutique from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at the church.

A soup and sandwich lunch will be available on Friday. A cookie walk is planned on Saturday. Decorated wreaths, gift baskets, gift items, children’s gift items, centerpieces and decorated trees, etc., will be available. All old and new items have been donated by members of the church. All proceeds from the sale will be applied to the capital improvements fund. For more information call Norma Byers at the church at 330-337-9531.

Holiday bazaar at Salem Memorial Building

SALEM A holiday bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Salem Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Arts and crafts, seasonal items, and candies and baked goods will be available for purchase. Featured vendors, along with other entertainment and attractions, will be live on stage. Lunch will be available for purchase. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will be held on Saturday. All proceeds go to the Salem Memorial Building Association. For more information call 330-332-5512.

Slovak Club sets holiday craft show

SALEM – The public is invited to the annual Christmas craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Salem Slovak Club, 313 S. Ellsworth Ave.

Vendors include Miche, jewelry, crocheted items, candles, Avon, tied blankets, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, water globes, baked items, gift bags, etc.

For information on available table space call 330-337-8426.

Canfield AARP to meet for lunch

CANFIELD – The Canfield Area AARP #3104 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ala Carte.

Reservations may be made by calling 330-533-3528. Steve Fazzini will entertain with musical selections.

The final bus trip of the year is Dec. 11 which includes a stop at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, a luncheon and “A Hollywood Christmas” show at Packard Music Hall.

For reservations call 330-505-0938.

Community Happenings

SHS ’68 to meet

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1968 will meet at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club and order from a breakfast menu. Reservations must be phoned in to Cathy McKinley, by Nov. 26, at 330-881-7222.

SHS ’47 breakfast set

SALEM The Salem High School Class of 1947 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. All class members and guests are welcome.

LHS ’50 to have breakfast

LEETONIA – Members of the Leetonia High School Class of 1950 plan to meet for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 20 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

GHS ’58 to meet for lunch

GREENFORD – The Greenford High School Class of 1958 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. All class members and friends are welcome.

SCH Aux. to host brunch

SALEM – Salem Community Hospital Auxiliary will host its Christmas brunch at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at the Salem Community Center featuring Christmas entertainment.

Deerfield dance slated

DEERFIELD – The “third Monday” Deerfield Historical Society dance is slated from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 14. Admission is $3 per person.

Music study club to meet

SALEM – The Salem Music Study Club will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in the parlor of the Educational Building beside the Emmanuel Lutheran Church to celebrate Red, White and Blue Month which is American Music Month. Program chairmen are Ray Wagner and Mike Newman. Members and guests are welcome to participate in the program.

Masons to host breakfast

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 23 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.

Quilt group to gather

CANFIELD – That Quilt Group I Belong To will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Fair Park. Doors open from 1 to 5 p.m. for those who wish to work on charity quilts. The “make and take” project this month is an appliqued angel designed from the Dresden plate pattern. Kits are $8 by calling President Ginger Mangie at 330-702-0532.

The group is open to all quilters in the Mahoning Valley, including all skill levels. For membership information call Mangie.

Howell family holds reunion

KENSINGTON- The Blaine and Delphine Howell family held its Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 10 at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church. A total of 71 family members spanning four generations attended, including those from the Washington D.C. and New Jersey areas. Time was spent visiting. Photos were taken of each of their children’s families.

R-Weigh rewards weight loss

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. Gerry Heffinger presided at the afternoon meeting, Sandy McGarr gave the secretary report and Sylvia Eller collected the dues and paid out the award money. Weight recorders Ronnie Fauver assisted by Evelyn Peters gave the weight report stating that Carol Jules was the good loser for the week and Rachel Weaver was the goalie for the week earning $2 each. Peters also shared a baked oatmeal recipe and sample with the group and also earned the $4 can-do award. Patty Mills did a dieting program. The banning of trans fats was discussed. The Turkey Trotters fed their turkey more quarters than the Turkey Gobblers winning the “Fatten Your Turkey” contest so far with two more weeks to go.

Linda Lude opened the evening meeting reading her written poem “This Country Where We Live” in tribute to the veterans on Veterans Day. Karen Pauline presided at the meeting, Wilma Grams gave the secretary report and Patty Pim collected the dues and paid out the award money. Patty Hartman assisted by Janel Anderson gave the group one weight report stating that Jeri Hefner was the good loser for the week. Ruth Miller assisted by Diane Hart gave the group two weight report stating that Barb Smith was the good loser for the week and the goalie for the week was Jesse Rea. Each received $2. Smith also earned the $10 can-do award.

Peggy Kurtz assisted by her daughter Bev Armitage and Jessi Rea presented a program on the health benefit of eating an apple a day plus the history of apples. Kurtz awarded each member with various apple gifts from apple butter, dish towels, corers, magnets etc. Angie Reichle and Chris Learn won the centerpiece baskets of apples.

The Bright Feathers fed their turkey more quarters than the Hot Trotters did and are winning the contest so far with two weeks to go. Reservations and dinner money for the Christmas party to be held on Dec. 2 at the church is due on Monday at the evening group.

Community Happenings

Telephone ladies to meet for breakfast

SALEM – Ladies of Ohio Bell-AT&T Telephone Co. will meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

Greenford HS ’58 to meet for lunch

GREENFORD – The Greenford High School Class of 1958 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. All class members and friends are welcome.

Salem Elk’s auxiliary to host dinner

SALEM – Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of Salem Elk’s Lodge #305 are invited to its “Final Farewell Dinner” and Chinese auction at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 in the Grillroom. The menu offers Jello salad, Swiss steak and hot ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, rolls, beverages and pumpkin pie. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations are due by Tuesday to Dorothy Yakubek.

New Garden Ladies plan craft show, sale

NEW GARDEN – New Garden Ladies Club will sponsor its annual craft show, bake sale, Chinese auction and white elephant sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16 at the New Garden Methodist Church, 7197 state Route 9. Hot foods and homemade pie will be available for purchase.

Elkrun-Fairfield Homemakers to meet

COLUMBIANA – The Elkrun-Fairfield Homemakers will meet at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at Southern Terrace Park. A coverdish luncheon will be served. Those attending are reminded to bring scissors.

That Quilt Group to hold meeting

CANFIELD – That Quilt Group I Belong To will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Fair Park. Doors are open from 1 to 5 p.m. for those who wish to work on charity quilts.

The “make and take” project this month is an appliqued angel designed from the Dresden plate pattern. Kits are $8 and available by calling President Ginger Mangie at 330-702-0532. Meetings are open to all quilters in the Mahoning Valley, including all skill levels. For membership information call Mangie.

Salem Masons to host public breakfast buffet

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Nov. 23 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.

Winona Ruritans host Haltec official

WINONA – Thirty-two members and a guest attended the Winona Ruritan Club’s dinner meeting on Oct. 22 at the Winona Methodist Church. An informational program was presented by club member Brian Bostick, quality control manager at Haltec Corp.

Treasurer Bob Doyle gave his detailed monthly financial report and preliminary report of the recent pancake and sausage breakfast. The next breakfast is March 22.

Elmer R. Stamp, song leader, led the group in singing “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Dennis McArthur. John Gamble made a motion for monetary donations be given to the Goshen-Butler Community Fund, Salem Salvation Army, Hanoverton Salvation Army, United Food Basket, Lone Ranger 4-H Club, Winona Volunteer Fire Department and Willow Grove Grange. Tom Sanor read the slate of officers and a director for the three open positions for 2014: Rob Doyle Jr. for president, Rich Mumford for vice president and Buster Rogowsky for three-year director. President Homer Althouse asked Lee Stamp to check on entertainment for the club’s Christmas dinner on Dec. 17.

Mahoning DAR to host U.S. rep

CANFIELD – Congressman Bill Johnson will be the guest speaker when the Mahoning Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meet on Monday. Lunch will be served prior to the Congressman’s presentation at noon at A la Cart Catering in Canfield.

“We are thrilled that Congressman Johnson has accepted our invitation to be our guest speaker on Veterans Day,” said Mildred Lumley, chapter regent. “We look forward to sharing this time with him and hearing what he has to say.” Johnson represents the Sixth District, which is comprised of 18 counties in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio.

For more information contact Louise Farkas at ldfarkas@yahoo.com.

R-Weigh recognizes weight loss winners

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 at the First Friends church.

The good loser at the afternoon group was Sylvia Eller. JoAnne Bogdan and Rachel Weaver were the goalies for the weeks. Helen Baker and Annie Katz won the can-do monetary drawings. In the “Fatten Your Thanksgiving Turkey Contest,” the Turkey Trotters fed their turkey more quarters than the Turkey Gobblers.

Good losers at the evening meetings were Jeri Hefner, Barb Smith, Edie Sternburg and Patty Hartman. Lisa Jones, Ruth Miller and Eleanor Billet were the goalies for the weeks. The Hot Trotters fed their turkey more quarters than the Bright Feathers at the evening meeting.

The group with the fattest turkey on Nov. 25 at both groups quarters will be doubled by the treasury and shared by the members losing one and two pounds and the goals five pounds below their goal at both meetings.

Gerry Heffinger presided at the afternoon meeting and Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting. Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration for the week at the evening meeting.

Heffinger presented a program on “Did you get your flu shot?” and if not then the seven foods you need to eat to ward off getting the flu. New members are welcome. For more information call 330-332-1078.

Butler Grange holds monthly meeting

SALEM – Ida Zepernick presided when Butler Grange met recently. Myrtle Bailey gave a synopsis of a Thomas Sowell news article.

The grange made 1,772 apple dumplings. Special thanks was extended to Mountain Dew Orchards for the apples and the volunteers who helped make the project a success: Donald Altenhof; Danielle and Doyle Burch; Cork and Dona Hardgrove; Sally Hays; Jay Lafferre; Helen, Emma and Michael McCalla; Janice Ramus; Mary Ellen Rist; Joan Sanor; Joann Sanor; Norm Seely; Caleb and Kevin Swope; Mary Jane Weaver; Calvin and Margaret Zimmerman; a total of 340 1/4 volunteer hours. Bailey provided soup for lunch each day. Also grangers Sue Hippely and Ruth Ann Altenhof added 76 hours.

Altenhof presented the program: “Brain teasers and Riddles.” Zepernick offered cookies and Halloween candy treats. A flock of chickens and a goat was ordered from Heifer International to provide livestock and training to underprivileged people around the world.

The annual oyster dinner and long-term membership recognition begins at noon Dec. 7.

Choir practice set

DAMASCUS- A community choir practice in preparation for “Light Up Damascus” will be held at 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at the Damascus United Methodist Church.

Piano students present recital

SALEM- The students of Jaccie Samu presented a Halloween Piano Recital Oct. 20 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Recitalists included Kennedy Close, Emily Manski, Olivia May, Ryan Harris (first recital), Olivia Hoffman, Elizabeth McCune, Brendan Cole (first recital), Andrew Wilson, Sydney Penick, Jaiden Hancock, Max Skidmore, Madeline Hinkle, Cory Penick and Samantha Wilson. Samu presented certificates following the recital.

United FFA attends convention

HANOVERTON – Members of United Local Future Farmers of America attended the 86th national FFA convention over the weekend of Nov. 2. The national FFA convention is the largest convention, bringing in 62,998 attendees this year. Students, teachers and guests stayed in 136 hotels within a 75-mile radius of Louisville throughout the week. United had several graduates receive their American degrees. The American degree is the highest degree awarded with in the FFA organization. Degree recipients from United are Alex Hull, Chance Ramsey, Rebecca Swope and Abram Zehentbauer.

Whispering Pines achieves excellence

COLUMBIANA-Whispering Pines Village achieved excellence in a deficiency-free annual survey with the Ohio Department of Health for the fourth consecutive year. This achievement could not have come without the dedication and team effort from the compassionate and caring staff.

WB grad takes top honors in Indiana music competition

MUNCIE, Ind. -Carson Weingart, a senior piano performance major at Ball State University in Muncie, recently won first place in the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Competition for the State of Indiana. The competition was held on Oct. 5 at Ball State University. He is the son of Dr. Scott and Shelley Weingart of Salem and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Salem.

Carson won the competition in his age division (19-26 years old) and will now represent the state of Indiana in the Divisional Competitions to be held on Jan. 10, 2014, at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.

Last spring, Carson took first-place honors in the Ball State University Concerto Competition and won an opportunity to spend a week performing in Osaka, Japan. He also performed a solo piano concert for the Alliance Concert Association last March.

This past June, Carson and fellow pianist and West Branch High School graduate Jarred Walker performed a duo piano concert of music from movies and Broadway musicals in the style of legendary pianists Ferrante and Teischer. “An Evening with Carson and Jarred, Act II” was held two nights at the West Branch Community Auditorium and drew crowds of over 700 people.

At Ball State University, Carson is a double major in piano performance and business administration and currently serves as president of the Ball State Students Honors Council.

Community Happenings

Salem High School ’56 will meet for lunch

SALEM – Salem High School Class of 1956 will meet for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

Former (Fisher) Big Wheel employees to meet

COLUMBIANA – All former (Fisher) Big Wheel employees are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at Das Dutch House in Columbiana.

Reservations may be made by calling Sue Douglas at 330-482-2788 or Eugenia Tullis at 330-337-6544. Last minute walk-ins are also welcome.

Columbiana Christian Women to hear about dolls

COLUMBIANA – Community Christian Women will meet on Nov. 11 at the First Christian Church. Marcy Patton will present “Dolls.” The subject “All Dolled Up” will include “God’s lessons from my childhood.” Everyone attending is encouraged to bring their favorite doll.

The 12:30 p.m. meeting begins with a luncheon. Cost is $6. Reservations should be made with your church representative by Thursday, Nov. 7. All others may call Carolyn Beck at 330-482-2155, Helen Winegord at 330-482-2152 or Lois Weyman at 330-482-2776. All area women are invited to attend.

42nd Christkindl Markt slated for Nov. 8-10

CANTON – The 42nd annual Christkindl Markt on Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, a premier fine arts and fine crafts show, draws artists from across the country offering unique and handcrafted items in all price ranges. There will be new exhibitors plus past favorites. Markt hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 8; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10.

Admission to the Markt is $6 in advance, $7 at the door, and free for children 12 and under. Strollers are not permitted. A door prize of a $1,000 shopping spree donated by Andreas Furniture of Sugarcreek can be won with a purchased entrance ticket.

Sponsoring this fundraising event is Canton Fine Arts Associates, a volunteer and affiliate organization of the Canton Museum of Art. Since its inception in 1971, Christkindl has raised over $1.6 million Museum. Proceeds have provided sculptures, exhibits, scholarships, outreach programs, art experience for school children and much more.

To obtain more information or purchase pre-sale tickets online visit www.cantonchristkindl.org or call 330-453-7666 Ext.105 Free parking is available.

TOPS 777 weight group enjoys fall fun night

SALEM – Members of TOPS 777 enjoyed Fall Fun Night on Oct. 30.

A trivia quiz and purse scavenger hunt were conducted. Door prizes of cups of soup and cider were presented to Carol Oliver, Pat Sheen, Linda Straub, Joan Cole, Mabel Pasco and Debbie Phillips. Winners from Oct. 2 were Carrie Toy, quarterly best loser; Phillips, special award; Peg Mix and Brenda Adams, weekly best losers; and Frances Valentino, KOPS of the week.

Monthly winners included Adams, best loser; Toy, runner-up best loser; Joann Sanor, backslider award; Dorothy Ward, KOPS; and Shirley Johns and Valentino, KOPS at goal or below. Phillips gave the contest report. Adams offered the inspiration titled “Hopes and Dreams.”

Toys for Tots program under way

SALEM – The Toys for Tots program has donation boxes set up in over 25 locations throughout Columbiana County. New, unwrapped toys can be donated through Dec. 11. Toys for Tots in conjunction with the U.S. Marine Corp has been collecting and distributing toys since 1947.

The local collection sites are: Huntington Bank (Salem, New Garden, Washingtonville, Sebring, Columbiana, Lisbon and East Palestine); Farmers National Bank (Salem, Leetonia, Damascus); J.C. Penney and Big Lots in Calcutta; Dunkin’ Donuts (Salem, east and west, and Columbiana); Giant Eagle, Lyle Printing/Farm and Dairy, Dollar General stores, downtown and East End, and State Farm Insurance in Salem; Whispering Pines, Fairfield Machine and Edward Jones in Columbiana; and Dairy Queen Leetonia.

For questions about the program contact Wayne Hays at 330-277-1003 or stop in at Phantom Auto Works on South Broadway Avenue which is also a drop-off point; or visit www.toysfortots.org.

ACH to host blood drive Nov. 7

ALLIANCE – Alliance Community Hospital will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 7 in conference room 1-A.

Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years with parental consent), weigh no less than 110 pounds and be in generally good health. A photo ID or their Red Cross donor card is required at registration.

Donors are encouraged to drink additional fluids at least 24 hours prior to the drive and eat a meal before donating.

To schedule an appointment go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 330-596-7822 or 330-596-7821.

R-Weigh weight groups recognize weekly weight loss winners

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met Oct. 14 and 21 at the First Friends Church. A loss of 24 and 25 pounds below their lowest weight for the weeks were recorded. On Oct. 14, JoAnne Bogdan presided at the day group. The good losers 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. 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. Good losers 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 was 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 students report cards and teachers report and gave all students losing a pound or more $1 and goals who stayed the same or lost earned $1. Gainers paid a dollar. 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.

Mrs. Jack Bruderly hosts Oct. Seven and One Club meeting

SALEM – The Seven and One Club met Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. Jack Bruderly. Mrs. Dave Hanna was her guest.

Members played cards following the lasagna dinner. Prizes in 500 went to Mrs. Larry Dearth, first place; Mrs. Hanna, second; Mrs. Ken Kaufman, low; and Mrs. Gerald Mincks, travel.

While enjoying dessert, members drew secret names for the Christmas gift exchange. Gifts are limited to $20.

The group’s progressive dinner starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Bruderly.

Two club members were recognized in observance of their 50th wedding anniversaries. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dearth celebrated their golden anniversary on Oct. 27 and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mincks celebrated theirs on Nov. 2. Each couple received an anniversary mantel clock from all the members and their spouses.

The next meeting begins at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the home of Mrs. Fred Weingart.