Community Happenings

Damascus Garden Club handles business

DAMASCUS – The Damascus Friends Church was the location for the April 10 meeting of the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. Fifteen members were present as President Rhonda Mitchell called the meeting to order and welcomed new member, Marcia Clarke, with a yellow rose, the symbol of the garden club. Eight club members made the trip to Miller’s Greenhouse in Hartville. Selecting from the vast variety of plants available at the greenhouse members created a number of planters that would be housed at the facility until pick up in April or May. After the activity, members met at the Maize Valley Market and Winery in Hartville for lunch and a brief meeting.

A thank-you was received from the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. for a donation made to their scholarship fund. The Damascus Community Center board thanked the club for donations of candy for the Easter egg hunt.

Committee reports: The club received seven awards at the recent Canton District spring meeting of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. They were a first place to a medium size club for Beautification of a Public Building; a second place to a medium size club for the Garden Therapy Award; a third place for a medium club for a Therapy Award; a second place for a medium club Publicity Press Book Award; a first place for a club of 20 to 29 members Most Outstanding Yearbook Award; a second place for a medium size club for an Outstanding Garden Club Award; and an honorable mention for a medium size club for the holiday project award. President Mitchell thanked the awards committee for their efforts on submissions for the awards.

Conservation: Val Knoedler will be in touch with members for cleanup times in the post office garden.

Community Care: Marty Hollinger provided bud vases for the March community blood drive and will do the same for April.

Ways and Means: The yard sale will be held May 9 in the Pearce House. Items for the sale may be delivered up to 5 p.m. May 8.

Old business:Marilyn Wingett motioned to purchase a new banner for National Garden Week and for funding to add wording to the new and old banners. A seed basket will again be placed at the post office during National Garden Week. Marcia Clarke will acquire the seeds for it. Pat Hoopes motioned to provide funds for the seed purchase. Marilyn Wingett will donate a pot of flowers for display at G’s Pizza for National Garden Week. June Wallace will do a display at the post office.

President Mitchell asked it there were still an interest in a budget committee. It was decided that one would not be formed at this time. The president reported that refurbishing of the post office garden is on hold until the pines at the garden are removed and phase one can continue. Until then, the club will cleanup the garden and shore up the fence. June Wallace discussed the issue of paying for the registration for one member to attend the state convention.

New business: Sandy Kilmer made a motion that the club provides floral arrangements for the West Branch academic recognition banquet. Ken Steer has offered to provide the vases and flowers and the space for the club to prepare the arrangements. The academic recognition banquet committee sent a letter of request for a monetary donation. President Mitchell advised the members that the Canton Garden Center will have a leadership workshop an Aug. 6 that members might be interested in attending.

The hostess for April was Pat Hoopes with Sandy Kilmer and Lee Kuentz as co-hostesses. The program was presented by Karen Santee, manager of the Huston-Brumbaugh Garden Center at the University of Mount Union. She informed the audience about destructive and beneficial garden insects.

The next meeting is May 8 at the home of Carol Kuner. The program will be Environmental “Clean Eating” and “Companion Planting to Avoid Pesticides.”

Seven and One Club welcomes back returning member

SALEM – Mrs. Jack Bruderly was welcomed back from her winter in Myrtle Beach, S.C., when the Seven and One Club met Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. Herb Bott. Tracy Dearth was a guest.

The hostess served a bacon quiche with fresh fruit. Games of 500 were played. Prizes were won by Mrs. Ken Kaufman, first place; Mrs. Larry Dearth, second; and Tracy Dearth, low and travel.

The next meeting begins at 7 p.m. May 21 at the Bruderly home.

R-Weigh weight groups recognize weekly winners

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. It was reported that members lost 18 pounds over the holiday. Gerry Heffinger presided at the afternoon meeting and held an open discussion on “You Can With a Plan.”

JoAnne Bogdan was the goalie for the week and Helen Baker earned the eight weeks of losing monetary award. The $25 Eggcouragement contest winner was Baker and the $4 honorable mention winners were Sylvia Eller, Nancy Hough and Joyce Sanders.

Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting. Barb Smith held a “Hop to it” game night with team two winning the egg full of dollars. Good losers at the evening meeting were Sheril Emch, Candy Penner and Jean Swartz. Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration for the week. Pauline Zirkle, Jeri Hefner, Rose Olson, Emch and Penner won the Eggcouragement contest and received $12 each. Second place winners receiving $9 each were Marian Doerr, Wilma Grams, Patty Pim, Barb Smith and Jean Swartz.

Next Monday will be payday at both groups with members receiving $1 per pound for their April losses. New members are welcome. For information call 330-332-1078.

Community Happenings

Weingart Cousins meet, observe milestones

SALEM Fourteen members of Weingart Cousins met recently and welcomed Bryan Weingart and his fiancee, Dacia Louk. Birthdays and anniversaries were observed. The next breakfast is May 13.

Saxon Retirees to hold anniversary lunch

SALEM – The Saxon Retirees will hold its annual anniversary lunch on May 7. Snacks will be served at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. The meeting and installation of officers follows. Everyone planning to attend must have a reservation for the meal. Reservations may be made by calling330-533-5154 before May 1.

BC-WR alumni banquet set for next month

BERLIN CENTER – The Berlin Center-Western Reserve alumni banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at Western Reserve High School. Reservations may be made by calling 330-935-2196 or 330-547-7145. Cost is $10 per person. Reservations are due by May 3.

‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ set for May 2 in Niles

NILES – The General Federation of Women’s Club’s Warren Junior Women’s League’s fifth annual Taste of Trumbull’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” fundraiser will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. May 2 at McMenamy’s Banquet Center, 325 Youngstown-Warren Road (Route 422). Attendees are invited to go back in time to a roaring ’20s speakeasy, dressed as a gangster, silent screen star, flapper, or as you are. The event features several vendors, live entertainment, a cash bar, 50/50 and chance auction. Proceeds will be directed to the Life Enrichment Activities Program. Tickets are available by calling CaryAnn Koren at 330-856-5228 or Kellie Pope at 330-398-9986.

West Point Lions Club receives award patches

WEST POINT – The West Point Lions Club met April 7. President Pat Tressler opened the meeting with 23 in attendance. Janice Wylie gave the invocation. Tressler announced that the club received two award patches at the district convention in March. One was for membership growth and the other was for our support of the diabetes foundation. Member Charolette Davis won the Governor’s Award at the convention. The award is given by the Association of Past District Governor’s to a Lion who is an outstanding member of their club.

Seven members of the club attended the spring conference on April 26 in Alliance. The slate of officers for the 2014-2015 year was read. Linda Billingham made a motion to approve the slate with Janice Wylie seconding the motion. The annual tea party was held April 21. Sandy Gallo won the 50/50.

DARE announces May slate of activities

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

May 6, 13, 20, 27: Play bocce in Boardman Park, 6 p.m.

May 9, 16: Movie Night at Regal Cinema, Austintown, 6:30 p.m.

May 10: Road trip to Grove City Outlets, meet at church, 10 a.m.

May 14: Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, 5-7 p.m.

May 19: Meet-up at Mocca House, Boardman, 7 p.m.

May 21: Practice bowling night at Wedgewood Lanes, 7 p.m.

May 23: Card night at Denny’s, Boardman, 6-10 p.m.

May 24: Bowling at Boardman Lanes, 7 p.m.

May 26: Picnic at Master’s Pavilion, Boardman Park, noon-4 p.m.

May 28: DQ Night, Cornersburg, 7 p.m.

May 30: Putt Putt, Sports World, Boardman, 7 p.m.

May 31: Road trip to Hartville, meet at church, 10 a.m.

Host families sought for exchange program

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning, Columbiana, Portage, and Trumbull County families will have the opportunity to welcome a young person from Japan into their home for one month this year, as part of an international exchange program being offered by the County OSU Extension 4-H. Last year, six youth and one chaperone were hosted in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.

Statewide, host families are needed for 100 Japanese youngsters (ages 12-18) and their adult chaperones, who will visit Ohio from July 23 through Aug. 18. Host families provide the exchangees with room and board and a chance to experience daily life in America. Families are urged not to alter their daily routines or lifestyles during their visitor’s stay.

Exchangees provide their own spending money, and the sponsoring organization furnishes comprehensive medical insurance. The young Japanese visitors belong to the Labo Foundation, an organization which promotes the study of English culture and language in Japan. The other youth belong to organizations similar to 4-H in their country. Ohio 4-H has been conducting international exchange programs with these groups since 1949.

All types of families are welcome to apply to become hosts, including urban, rural, single-parent,childless, and non-4-H families. The only requirement is that for the Japanese month-long exchange, hosts must have a family member of the same gender and approximate age of the exchangee, three meals a day, and a separate bed for the visitor.

Those interested should contact Gretchen Kalinay at 330-799-8407 or Gary Reel at 330-533-7712 for an application form or

R-Weigh weight groups reward weekly winners

SALEM – A loss of 30 pounds was recorded for the week when 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. JoAnne Bogdan was the goalie for the week and Helen Baker won the can-do $10 drawing. Sue Carver did a program on “Six Super Snacks For Seniors.” Baker said that you can make 10 low-fat cakes for breakfast by using a slice of bread and an egg and adding different fruit, veggies and spices. She also passed out an low-fat apricot muffin to sample.

Barb Smith presided at the evening meeting and stated “You Can With a Plan” and held a group discussion. Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration. Good losers were Candy Penner, Pauline Zirkle and Wilma Grams. Eleanor Billet was the goalie for the week.

Heffinger announced that the 2013 recognition will be held on May 12 at the church for the night group. Smith told the members next week’s meeting will be a surprise meeting and the Easter egg winners will select their money eggs. Members staying the same or losing a half pound will get $1; members losing a pound or more will get $2 and goals will get $1 for staying the same or losing as an after Easter bonus. New members are welcome. For information call 330-332-1078.

Ladies’ Night Out to feature buffet meal, author

CANFIELD – Ladies’ Night Out begins at 6 p.m. May 3 at Canfield Christian Church, 123 S. Broad St. The presentation by Hope Wozniak is titled, “The Faces of Jesus in Art.” A buffet-style meal includes chicken, potatoes, buttered noodles, green beans, fruit and a variety of desserts. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for children , available through April 28, by contacting Beulah Eastman at 330-270-0920.

AL Post 76 auxiliary nominates ’14-’15 officers

SEBRING – The Sebring American Legion Post 76 Ladies Auxiliary met April 9 with President Judy Hubbs presiding. Thank-yous were received from the Alliance YMCA, Sebring Veterans Memorial Maintenance Committee and the Department of Veterans Affairs for donations.

Joan Schafer reported on coupons that she mails to the German Commissary. She mailed a box that weighed 12 pounds and 12.4 ounces. To date, 603 pounds and 15.8 ounces have been mailed. The legion Easter egg hunt on April 19.

Paulette Jadlowski recently joined the auxiliary. She transferred from Maryland. There was discussion about May as Poppy Month. The “Poppy Girls” will be collecting donations at the monthly legion breakfast on May 4. All members helped in completing the yearly state reports which Hubbs will send in. Hubbs shared a document that was found above the kitchen ceiling when repairs were made. It was a certificate regarding the first charter of the auxiliary dated 1922.

Officers nominated for 2014-15 include President Hubbs, First Vice President and Historian Carey Meissner, Secretary Jadlowski, Treasurer Carolyn Green, Chaplain Schafer, Sergeant at Arms Connie McFeely. The next meeting is May 14.

Community Happenings

Cope’s set to recognize retiree

ALLIANCE – Cope Farm Equipment Inc. is hosting an open house retirement reception for Butch Eicks. Friends and customers are invited from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15.

Mr. Eicks will be recognized for 50 years of hard work and dedication to Cope Farm Equipment Inc. and John Deer.

Salem Music Study Club to meet April 23

SALEM – The Salem Music Study Club will hold its final regular monthly meeting of the season at 7 p.m. April 23 in the parlor at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Educational Building. Guests and members are welcome. Topics to be discussed include scholarship dates and officer appointments for next year. Jeff Smith will be in charge of the program following the meeting. The club is affiliated with the American Federation of Music Clubs and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Salem Masons to host buffet

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. April 26 at the 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.

Alpha Iota DKG holds meeting

COLUMBIANA – Election of officers was held when Alpha Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met April 8 at the Columbiana Public Library. A program was presented by Lou Reynolds, “The Music Box Man.” The next meeting will be held May 14 at the New Waterford Methodist Church.

Winona Ruritans announce scholars

WINONA – “Happy Birthday” was sung to members with birthdays in March when the Winona Ruritan Club met March 25 at Willow Grove Grange. The honorees included Chip Althouse, Robert Doyle Sr., John Gamble Sr., John Heinbuck, Fred Pamer, Larry Sanor, Tom Sanor, Jim Drotleff and Jim Zimmerman. Twenty-eight members attended. It was noted that 543 people were served at the pancake and sausage breakfast on March 22; 201 pans of scrapple were sold and 1,050 pounds of sausage. The next breakfast is Oct. 11. Lee Stamp reported that he and Dan Sanor, commander of Lepine Rush Post of American Legion, have interviewed Ricci Polen and Alexandra Barker for representatives to Girls State and Andrew Martin an Ben Sell as representatives to Boys State in June. Three hundred dollars will be sent to the Ruritan National Foundation as down payment for the 2015 Build Your Dollar College Scholarship. Another $300 was earmarked to the grange for the use of its facilities.

President Rob Doyle Jr. announced that the scholarship winners for 2014 are Tommie Jackson, granddaughter of Tom Sanor; Zack Cannon, grandson of Buster Rogowsky; and Bridgette Kelly, granddaughter of Homer Althouse.

R-Weigh groups honor weight loss

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 for the week. Helen Baker was the good loser and Sue Carver was the goalie at the afternoon meeting. Gerry Heffinger presided and did a program on “Not So Sweet Study on Sugar.”

Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting. Linda Lude did a program on “The Effects of Eating Sugar.” Pauline Zirkle, Jean Swartz, Chris Learn and Jeri Hefner were the good losers for the week. Jo Carol Gray and Lude were the goalies. Ruth Miller congratulated Jesse Rea, Zirkle and Swartz for being the good losers for the month of March and presented them with a bouquet of flowers.

Heffinger announced at both meetings that the current membership has lost 1,467 pounds since joining the groups. The Eggcouragement contest will end on April 14 with all members losing a pound or more for the four week contest taking as many money-filled eggs from the Easter basket as they earned for their losses for the four weeks. Goal members will receive $1 for each egg they have earned for being below goal for the four weeks. New members are welcome. For information call 330-332-1078.

Former phone ladies to meet

SALEM – Ladies of AT&T/Ohio Bell Telephone will meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. April 17 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

Community Happenings

Jr. women’s league recruiting vendors

CANFIELD – The Junior Women’s League of Canfield is recruiting vendors for the 45th annual fall market event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 on the Village Green. Participating vendors may range from home-based businesses to arts and crafts merchandise to non-profit organizations. Proceeds from the fall market benefit the community and also provide scholarships for local high school students. For more information call 330-506-4347.

La Leche League group to meet

LISBON – The Salem-Lisbon La Leche League, a breastfeeding support group, will meet at 7 p.m. April 8 at the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Chestnut St. The discussion topic will be “Nutrition and Weaning.” All pregnant or nursing mothers and their babies are welcome. For more information call 330-821-2585, 330-420-0822, or 330-406-0053 or visit

R-Weigh groups hold meetings

SALEM – Francie Tuel, Sue Carver, Patty Miles, Sandy McGarr, Carol Jules and Nancy Hough celebrated their birthdays by serving a low-fat low-calorie luncheon at the afternoon meeting of R-Weigh on Monday at the First Friends Church. A loss of 36 pounds was recorded for the week. Rachel Weaver opened the meeting with a prayer. Miles was the goalie for the week. Shirley Dias announced the monthly good losers and Sylvia Eller paid the members $1 per pound for their March losses.

Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting and Chris Learn was secretary pro temp. Patty Hartman and Ruth Miller announced the good losers and Gerry Heffinger, treasurer pro temp, paid the members $1 per pound for their March losses. The good losers for the week receiving monetary awards were Pauline Zirkle, Renea Olson, Sherril Emch and Candy Penner. Jean Swartz received a monetary award for losing weight over her vacation.

The Eggcouragement contest members at both groups kept their eggs for their weekly losses or placed their eggs in the Easter basket if they gained. Gainers read a note of “eggcouragement” to the members. New members are welcome. For more information call 330-332-1078.

CCW to learn about parasols

COLUMBIANA – Community Christian Women will meet April 14 at the Zion Hill Brethern Church in Columbiana. Shirley Griffen will present “Meeting New Friends” using Victorian parasols. A luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m.. Cost is $6. Reservations should be made by April 10 with your church representative or by calling Carolyn Beck at 330-482-2155, Helen Winegord at 330-482-2152 or Lois Weyman at 330-482-2776. All women in the area are invited to attend.

Family tree study set for Salem Historical Society?meeting

SALEM – The Salem Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. April 8. The program, “Climbing Your Family Tree” will be presented by Cassie Bailey Yarsky.

Yarsky, a 1968 Salem graduate with a degree from Kent State University, first became interested in genealogy after going through her grandmother’s photos and mementos. For the last 10 years, she has worked on her family’s genealogy every day. Yarsky has traced and documented both sides of her family back to the 1600s in America and one side of the family back to England in the 1500s. She is a member of the Pickaway Plains Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, where she is the current registrar, a member of the Pickaway County Historical Society, and a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society. A township fiscal officer in central Ohio, she volunteers transcribing records for the Ancestry World Archives Online Project and is a contributing member to Find a Grave.

The meeting is open to the public at the Dale Shaffer Library, 239 S. Lundy Ave. For more information call 330-337-8514.

SRMC to offer CPR, AED class

SALEM – A free Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class, provided by Salem Regional Medical Center, will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. April 15 in the medical center’s second-floor classrooms. Instruction will be provided on basic CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use and techniques to relieve choking for adult, child and infant victims. A certification card is not provided for this class. Pre-registration is required by calling 330-332-7636.