Community Happenings

SCC to host swimming sessions

SALEM – The Salem Community Center will host another session of the American Red Cross Swim Lesson program beginning on July 7 and running Monday through Thursday to July 17. Six learn to swim levels are available, along with a Mommy and Me level for infants and their parent. Cost is $70 for non-members and $55 for members. A multiple child discount is available. To sign-up call 330-332-5885.

Smucker House to host herbs

SALEM – “The Wonderful World of Herbs,” presented by Pat Fuller, begins at 7 p.m. July 2 at the Ruth Smucker House, 271 S. Broadway Ave.

Fuller is a certified Ohio State master gardener volunteer and director of Friends of the Greenhouse Consortium at Packard Park. She will tell the history, myths and lore of herbs, discuss how to grow and use herbs, and touch on their culinary uses and medicinal history.

Fuller planted thousands of herbs this year and sold 25 different types. She lives and gardens in Warren where she has been given the honorary title city of Warren master gardener. This free program is sponsored by the Smucker House Herb Guild.

For more information to to join call 330-332-1632.

Ward Memorial 5K kicks off Aug. 8

HANOVERTON – The second annual Gavin Ward Memorial Run/Walk 5K night run kicks off at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 8 at United High School. Registration will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $20 to all runners registered by July 30. Each runner registered by that time is also guaranteed a dry fit race shirt. Registration is $25 the night of the race. All funds and proceeds benefit the Gavin D. Ward Memorial Scholarship at the high school. There will be a DJ, fruit, water and awards after the race and a raffle during and after the race. Among the prizes are an overnight stay for two at the Spread Eagle, a Walmart $50 gift card, a $25 gift card from Giant Eagle. Ward, the late son of Mike and Denise Ward of Salem, died of an asthma attack after a football practice before entering the seventh grade.

Benefit square dance set July 5

BEAVER TOWNSHIP – A benefit square dance will be held from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. July 5 at Paradise Church, 10020 New Buffalo Road. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the dance and basket raffle will be directed to the donor of the kidney to Neil Maxwell.

Community Happenings

Winona Strawberry Fest today at playground

WINONA – The public is invited to the Winona Strawberry Festival from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Winona Playground. Barbecued chicken dinners will be served along with strawberry shortcake, pies and ice cream. The Kiko auction begins at 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Meeting House restoration.

Strawberry festival slated at Masonic temple July 19

SALEM – Amaranth is hosting a strawberry festival on July 19 at the Salem Masonic Temple, 788 E. State St. The public is invited from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children and free for under 3. The building is equipped with a handicap accessible elevator.

Meals on Wheels to host wine tasting dinner cruise

COLUMBIANA – Meals on Wheels is hosting a wine tasting dinner cruise on Oct. 4. Cost is $100 per person which includes a bus ride to Lake Erie Island Cruises, a four-course dinner, wine tasting, and wine glass. For more information call 330-482-0366.

67th Hanna family reunion set for July 13 at Firestone Park

COLUMBIANA – The descendants of John P. and James L. Hanna will gather for the 67th Hanna family reunion at 12:30 p.m. July 13 in #1 east pavilion at Firestone Park. For more information call Kim Bland at 330-482-9579.

Salem Masons hold annual installation of officers

SALEM – On June 10, Salem commandery of York Rite masonry held its annual installation of officers at the Salem Masonic Building. The following were installing officers: Rich Brady, installing; Gary Ronshausen Sr., marshall.

The new officers are: Eric Forney, commander, Glenn Adams, generalisimo; Don Jugenheimer, captain general; Steve Ronshausen prelate; Clyde Stratman, senior warden; Lou Harstough, junior warden; Bill Stanley, treasurer; Gary Ronshausen Jr., recorder; Sean O’Neil, standard bearer; Andrew Bostwick, sword bearer; Jim Forney, warder; and Gary Ronshausen Sr., sentinel.

Salem library, parks dpt. to host photography class

SALEM – On Monday, the Salem Public Library and Salem Parks Department will offer a nature photography class as part of this year’s “Go Wild at the Parks” programming.

Rich Stelts of Swan Lake Photography will teach, demonstrate and explain basic techniques required and equipment needed to take nature photos at 6:30 p.m. in pavilion #2 at Centennial Park. Participants will be invited to take nature photos at any of the six locations in the Salem Parks system and enter their favorite photo in a contest at 6:30 p.m. July 7 in pavilion #2. The contest is open to all local amateur and beginning photographers and is free of cost. Winning photos will be selected by a panel of judges and published in the Salem News. Prizes will be awarded on July 7.

Registration for the class is required at For assistance with registration call the library at 330-332-0042 or Shane Franks at the Memorial Building at 330-332-5512.

East Palestine July Fourth activity schedule announced

EAST PALESTINE Activities have been announced at East Palestine Park on July 4. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. at the community center. Park Board activities start with the pet parade at 10 a.m., bike parade at 12:30 p.m., games for all ages at 2 p.m. and a basketball free throw contest at 5 p.m.

East Palestine Alumni and Friends will host its annual duck derby contest at 4 p.m. at the entrance of the park. A volleyball tournament kicks off at 4 p.m. To register a team call Zac Dunn at 330-853-4990 or Nate Sugar at 506-8122. Teams will consist of five players at $25 per team. Teams may also register beginning at 3:30 p.m. July 4.

Live music starts with Anthony Monteleone at 2:30 p.m., Ben Flint at 3:30 p.m., Sparo and Marlene Figley at 5 p.m., Passin’ Thru at 6 p.m. and Chub Scouts at 8 p.m. Sounds by Lucian Clewell play throughout the day. There will be concession stands in the park plus Savvy J’s Snack concessions at the pool. Fireworks conclude the evening sponsored by the East Palestine Fire Department.

R-Weigh weight groups reward weekly winners

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 and Patty Miles did a program on “Foods That Beat Bloat.” Sue Carver was the goalie for the week and JoAnne Bogdan earned the monetary vacation award. The Salem Sluggers beat the Happy Hitters 6 to 5, winning the baseball game. Second quarter birthdays will be celebrated next Monday with Roni Fauver, Kay Swanson, Sylvia Eller and Annie Katz bringing low-fat, low-calorie foods with recipes. Members are to bring table service and a beverage.

Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting and Barb Smith did a follow-up to last week’s meeting on snacks in the diet. Members are to bring their favorite 150 to 200 calorie snack to tell about and enjoy at the meeting. Pauline Zirkle and Marty Laut were the good losers and Jesse Rea was the goalie for the week. The Disney Divas beat Diane’s Diamond Dolls 19 to 18, winning the baseball game. New members are welcome at no charge to visit. For more information call 330-332-1078.

92nd Hilliard family reunion set for July 6 at Centennial

SALEM – The 92nd annual Hilliard family reunion begins at noon July 6 at Centennial Park. A coverdish dinner will be served at 1 p.m. All Hilliard family relatives are invited to attend. Cake and ice cream will be served for supper.

Officers are President Anthony Hilliard, Vice President Erven Hilliard and Secretary/Treasurer Peggy Bergman. John Floyd is table chairman and Stephanie Haines and Molly Cunningham are in charge of games.

Community Happenings

Weingart Cousins meet for breakfast

SALEM – The Weingart Cousins breakfast group met recently with 14 in attendance. The next breakfast is slated July 8.

SHS Class of 1969 to host reunion

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1969 will host its 45th-year reunion featuring a weekend full of events and activities on Aug. 1, 2 and 3. There is no charge for events. Donations will be taken at all three to help cover costs and add to a class gift to the Salem High School Alumni Association. Activities kick off on Aug. 1 with a casual evening at 6 p.m. at 1177 N. Lincoln Ave. The meal and beer, sodas and water will be provided. Attendees may bring their favorite beverages.

A casual evening is also planned on Aug. 2 at the Italian Club on Penn Avenue with a meal and cash bar beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in playing golf on Aug. 2 is asked to contact Bob Beeson at 330-332-0991. Anyone interested in taking the Salem Historical Society’s Underground Railroad Trolley Tour on Aug. 2 is asked to contact Jeanette Stone at 330-881-1290. Cost for this is $10 per person. A total of 15 people are needed for this tour in order for Stone to make the reservation. A brunch will be served beginning at 10 a.m. Aug. 3 at 1177 N. Lincoln Ave.

Anyone interested in attending the reunion on Aug. 2 via Skype is asked to contact Georgia Duhan Hopkins at 330-277-7730 so a time can be arranged. Reservations are not required for the events, but are appreciated by contacting Georgia Duhan Hopkins at, SHS Class of 69 Facebook Page or 330-277-7730.

Addresses, phone and/or email addresses are needed for the following classmates: Kathy Aikens Leonard, Rick Alexander, Roger Barnes, Dennis Briggs, Marsha Catlos Stanley, Colleen Cowan Price, Mike Coy, Jerry Filler, Roberta McCartney Morrison, Diane Miller Opinski, Dennis Perry, Colleen Pitts, Walt Simpson, Troy Sowers, Bob Sprowl, Beverly Stoffer and Mike Walker. Contact information may be forwarded to Hopkins at P.O. Box 822, Salem.

Elkton Area Reunion scheduled for July 13

ELKTON – The 12th annual Elkton Area Reunion will be held on July 13 in the Lisbon Presbyterian Church basement on East Chestnut Street. A picnic dinner of meat, salad, dessert and beverages will be served at 2 p.m. Anyone wishing to bring a coverdish is encouraged to do so, but it is not necessary. Reservations are required by calling Penny Harrold at 330-424-5302 before July 9.

Salem Masons to host public breakfast buffet

SALEM-A public breakfast buffet will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. June 28 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.

Church Women United to host clothing drive

SALEM – Church Women United is again hosting its back-to-school clothing sign-ups at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Education Building, 251 S. Broadway Ave.

The program is open to children of low-income families residing in the Salem School District who are entering Head Start through eighth grade this fall. The parent/guardian is required to bring two proofs of income and residency, the child’s name, age, birth date and school grade.

Sign-ups will be held from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. July 23 and 24; from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 to 6 p.m. July 25; and 1 to 3 and 4 to 6 p.m. July 31. Childcare is not provided.

R-Weigh weight groups reward weekly winners

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. A loss of 32 pounds was recorded for the week. Gerry Heffinger presided at the afternoon meeting and Kay Swanson did a program on “Did You Know” about various foods. Swanson was the good loser and Sue Carver was the goalie for the week. The Happy Hitters beat the Salem Sluggers 8 to 5, winning the baseball game. Patty Miles wrote and led the Hitters’ cheer and Carver wrote and led the Sluggers’ cheer. Each team has won a game to date.

Barb Smith presided at the evening meeting and did a program on “Six Ways to Snack Yourself Skinny.” Pauline Zirkle and Marsha Laut were the good losers and Jesse Rea was the goalie for the week. Peggy Kurtz earned the birthday monetary award. Marie Ray reached her goal weight and is a recap goal member. Diane’s Diamond Dolls beat the Disney Divas 25 to 18, winning the baseball game. Each team has won a game to date. Chris Learn wrote and led the cheer for the Divas and Linda Lude wrote and led the cheer for the Dolls. Prospective new members are invited to visit at any time at no charge. For more information call 330-332-1078.

Garden club meets, hears from committees

DAMASCUS – The June 12 meeting of the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., was held in the Canyon Room of the Damascus Friends Church. First Vice President Sandy Kilmer opened the meeting with greetings to the 15 members present. Janie Morkel and Sandy Brewer were welcomed as guests. “Happy Birthday” wishes were extended to Marilyn Brumbaugh. The Wilderness Center in Wilmot sent an announcement of its Founder’s Day Ice Cream Social on June 21. Members of the West Branch Academic Recognition Banquet Committee expressed their appreciation for the club’s donation to the banquet. The National Garden Clubs Inc. sent a “Keeping in Touch” newsletter.

Committee reports were as follows: Conservation: Val Knoedler, Rhonda Mitchell and Marilyn Wingett prepared the post office garden for Memorial Day and National Garden Week. June 23 will be a workday at the post office garden. Members are to meet there at 9:30 a.m. A rain day make-up will be on June 25.

Community Care: Marty Hollinger provided the bud vases for the American Red Cross community blood drive on June 15. Wingett thanked all members who worked to make National Garden Week, the week of June 1-7, a success. Dual proclamations of recognition for the National Garden Clubs Inc. celebratory week were issued by Butler Township and Goshen Township.

Ways and Means: Peggy Stoffer reported on the proceeds from the yard sale and thanked all who participated. Yard sale proceeds will go to the purchase of a replacement fence at the post office garden. June Wallace motioned to change the date of the flower show from Aug. 16 to Aug. 15 which was approved. Sandy Kilmer distributed flower show schedules and discussed requirements for the exhibit.

Members were reminded about the Garden Club of Ohio Inc.’s leadership seminar at the Canton Garden Center on Aug. 6. The program for the month was Flotsam and Jetsam a Guest Day Workshop presented by Sandy Kilmer and June Wallace. Co-hostesses were Wingett, Marjorie Phillips and Ginny Huffman. There will be no July meeting.

Damascus Ruritans hear from war veterans

DAMASCUS – Twenty nine members of Damascus Ruritan Club and two guests enjoyed dinner prepared and served by the ladies in the fellowship hall of the Damascus United Methodist Church. Secretary John Coldsnow announced the members having birthdays and anniversaries in the month of June. Members sang happy birthday to those members. Several thank-you notes and other correspondence was read.

The guest speakers were two Vietnam War veterans, Kenneth David who received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and Gary Gutelius, who both served with the 101 Airborne Division. They spoke of their experiences during their tour of duty. Gutelius now serves as the Trumbull County Veterans Assistance Program coordinator.

Recommendations from the board of directors approved by the membership were donations to the Damascus Historical Society, Sebring Fourth of July fireworks, Habitat for Humanity, West Branch National Honor Society, and the purchase of 25 flags.

Lori Wallace announced the next American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. July 15 at the Damascus United Methodist Church. The drives are co-sponsored by the Beloit, Damascus, and Goshen Center Ruritan Clubs as community service projects.

The July 10 regular meeting will be held at the Quaker Canyon Building, featuring the club’s annual family picnic. The club will provide everything including table service. Members will receive a call on July 6 for reservations.

The club’s second annual antique car show will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the front parking lot of the Damascus Friends Church at the corner of U.S. Route 62 and Route 534. The club welcomes those with cars older than 25 years to display. Entrance fee is a non-perishable food item, which will go to the Damascus Friends Church Food Pantry to help families in need. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Hot roast beef sandwiches, chips and cold beverages will be served. The West Branch Area Ladies Ruritan Club will have a bake sale and the Damascus Garden Club will have a flower show at the Pearce House during the car show.

WBHS Class of 1971 to meet for breakfast

BELOIT- The West Branch Class of 1971 will meet for breakfast at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 at Perkins’ Restaurant at 20040 Harrisburg Westville Road. Reservations are not required, and all classmates are welcome. Those attending will order from the menu.

DARE?announces July activity slate

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

Upcoming events include:

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Play bocce in Boardman Park, 5 p.m.

July 2: Music at Morley Pavilion, 6:30 p.m.

July 4: Picnic in Boardman Park, Chester Long Pavilion, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

July 5: Bowling at Boardman Lanes, 7 p.m.

July 6: Music in Boardman Park, U.S. Army Band, 7:30 p.m.

July 9: Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, 5-7 p.m.

July 11: River Rock at the Amp, meet at the Mocha House, 4 p.m.

July 12: Mastropietro Winery for Rib Fest, 4 p.m.

July 16: Meet at DQ in Cornersburg, 7 p.m.

July 23: Music at Woodworth Park, Doral’s, 6:30 p.m.

July 25: Movie night behind Poland Library, at dusk.

July 27: Music at Morley Pavilion, Rudy and Professionals, 6:30 p.m.

July 30: Music at Woodworth Park, Mule Face Bros. 6:30 p.m.

July 31: Music in Boardman Park, 6:30 p.m.

United HS Class of ’82 to mark 50th birthdays

HANOVERTON – The United Local Class of 1982 will celebrate turning 50 on July 5 at the Hickory Hollow Golf Course in Winona. The social hour starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations include a catered dinner consisting of mystique chicken breast, Swiss steak, red skin mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, corn, salad, bread and dessert. Tea, punch, and beer are included. Guests are welcome to bring their own beverages.The reservation deadline is June 30and limited to the first 100 reservations. All UHS alumni are welcome. For more information contact Sue Cooper at 330-831-5828.

Guilford Lake Civic Assoc. hosts trainer

GUILFORD LAKE – Adam Newbold, director at Advanced Training Worldwide, was the guest speaker when the Guilford Lake Civic Association met recently. He explained they train using military and law enforcement tactics. They sell equipment, do private investigations and consult with the government. They teach self defense and survival; scuba diving, rock climbing, and how to protect yourself and your family.

The 31st annual Guilford Lake boat parade begins at 2 p.m. July 4 at the state public swim beach on the north side of the lake and will encircle the entire lake. Judges will be stationed at the handicap dock on Shore Lane (south side of lake). This year’s theme is “Honor the Military.” The Tracy and Todd Winn family will ride in the parade and be honored for their service. All five members of the family: Tracy, Todd, and their children Mathew, Josh, and Rachel, are members of the Ohio National Guard. Tracy, Todd and Rachel have all served in active duty and were stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tracy is due to be discharged this fall with a medical discharge from the injuries and illness she encountered in her last deployment. She has been stationed at Walter Reed Medical Hospital in D.C.

Robin Campf of Forever Safe Farm will speak at the next meeting at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Guilford Lake Ruritan Hall on Route 172. She will discuss the educational programs she offers to schools and tours and relate new information on the proposed chimpanzee sanctuary. The annual Guilford Lake Civic Association’s picnic is slated at 2 p.m. July 20 at the state pavilion on Teegarden Road.

Community Happenings

Deerfield Historical Society to host dance Monday night

DEERFIELD – The third Monday Deerfield Historical Society Dance will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. June 16 at the Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 14. Refreshments are available for purchase. Admission is $3 per adult.

West Point Lions Club to install officers June 25

WEST POINT – The West Point Lions Club met on June 2. President Pat Tressler presided and Jane May gave the invocation. The club received a donation from the Lisbon Lions Club for providing assistance with its Easter egg fund-raising project. The club also received a Chevron for our club banner from the Lions Club International Foundation. Members are reminded there is no meeting on June 16. Installation of 2014-15 officers begins at 6:30 p.m. June 25 at the Lisbon Lions Club. Tressler thanked all members for making her year as president successful. Joyce Hillberry won the 50/50.

Columbiana Women’s Club plans for tea and garden tour

COLUMBIANA – Columbiana Women’s Club board met on May 27. Planning was reviewed for the yearly Alice in Wonderland Tea and Garden Tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 11 and 12. This year’s tour will include two flower gardens, a park, an organic farm and a vegetable garden. Tickets will be available on July 30 at Vivian’s for $15 and may also be purchased at the clubhouse or garden sites on the days of the tour.

The board also voted to close the Next-to-New Shop, a clothing consignment business, which it has operated for many years. The shop will close on Aug. 30. Clients are asked to contact the shop at 330-482-2832 regarding items left for sale or sold.

The third in the series of Lunch and Learn Programs on June 16 begins with lunch at noon at the clubhouse. Regina Rees will present a historical program on McGuffey Readers. Reservations are needed by calling 330-207-1470. Cost for CWC members $7 and $10 for guests.

R-Weigh weight groups reward weekly winners

SALEM – The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. the past two Mondays at the First Friends Church. Good losers for the weeks were Kay Swanson, Roni Fauver, Pauline Zirkle, Mary Ray, Candy Penner and Diane Hart. The goalies for the weeks were Sue Carver, Patty Miles Lisa Jones, Linda Lude, Angie Reichle and Jo Carol Gray. Annie Katz earned the birthday award and Diane Hart won the $4 can-do drawing. Zirkle reached her goal weight status and received $5.

The afternoon group’s Salem Sluggers beat the Happy Hitters 9 to 5 and the evening group’s Disney Divas beat Diane’s Diamond Dolls 16 to 13 winning the first of nine baseball games to be played. The losing teams will plan prepare, set-up and clean-up for the annual picnics in August.

New members are welcome. For more information call 330-332-1078.

Winona Ruritan Club meets, discusses natural gas growth

WINONA – Twenty-six members of the Winona Ruritan Club met May 27 at Willow Grove Grange. Guests included Tim Weigle, Ralph Davis and Ethan Stamp. Weigle presented an aerial tour of the growth of the natural gas industry in Columbiana County and neighboring areas. President Rob Doyle Jr. reported that 1-pound packages of sausage are available for purchase at $3.50 per pound. To arrange for pick-up contact Homer Althouse. Gordon Dawes made a motion to add $55 to the Build Your Dollar College Scholarship for a total of $600. Althouse made a motion to send $175 to the local Salvation Army for its Send-a-Kid-to-Camp program. Tom Sanor will be in charge of the flag retirement ceremony. Collection tubs will be located inside the Winona United Methodist Church and Winona Friends Church. The date and time will be announced.

The annual steak fry will be catered by Dee Fletcher and family at the next meeting at 7 p.m. June 24 at the Saxon Club. Members are to bring their own table service. “Happy Birthday” was sung to members born in May: Russell Loudon, Bruce Marhefka, Paul Lease, Jack Schuller, John Stamp, Mike Bryan, Dean Sidwell and Brian Bostick. A special congratulations was extended to Bob and Judy Doyle Sr. who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

J. Charles Norman marks 80th with open house

COLUMBIANA – J. Charles Norman of Columbiana, formerly of East Palestine, was honored at an open house for his 80th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. June 14 at the Free Methodist Community Church, 9900 Youngstown-Poland Road, New Middletown.

Mr. Norman worked at Adamson Tank in East Palestine, W.B. Pollock in Youngstown and Reichard Industries in Columbiana.

Bayard Grange presents program at Unity Grange

EAST PALESTINE — Bayard Grange presented the Traveling Program to Unity Grange with Tammy Carle, Bayard lecturer, presenting the program. The theme of the program was “Seasons.” Christopher Brown led the song, “Drink Milk.”

Carle gave several facts comparing costs of weddings, wedding dresses and cakes from 1958 to cost the current. A Fourth of July word scramble game was played with Jami Bates of Lisbon winning the prize of a hanging basket. After the song, “In the Good Old Summertime,” the poem “Zucchini” was read. Members sang “Shine on Harvest Moon” with Brown giving history of the song. Janet Cassidy read about canning and the fall harvest. Linda Brown read what you can do to prevent falls and Carle read a poem, “It’s Further Than You Think.” Linda, Rodney and Mason Brown presented a skit about mistaken identity. The song “God Be With You” was followed by a closing thought: “Life isn’t always wrapped in a ribbon, but it’s always a gift.” Eight granges in the county were represented at the Traveling Program. Unity and Willow Grove granges are working on projects for the display at the Columbiana County Fair in Lisbon.

Community Happenings

R-Weigh groups recognize weekly winners

SALEM – Karen Pauline was the mistress of ceremonies when the evening R-Weigh weight support group held its 2013 recognition of good losers on May 12 at the First Friends Church.

Ruth Miller led the members in the R-Weigh prayer and singing the fellowship song. Linda Lude read a caring poem honoring the officers and presented monetary appreciation gifts to Leader Gerry Heffinger, Co-Leaders Pauline and Registered Certified Dietician Carol Held, Secretary Wilma Grams, Treasurer Patty Pim, Weight Recorder Shirley Dias, Assistant Weight Recorders Miller and Patty Hartman and Weight Recorder helpers Janel Anderson and Diane Hart.

“Change” was the 2013 theme created by Peggy Kurtz who was surprised with a post card shower from the members for the many inspirational sayings and post cards she sent to the members all year. Chris Learn, Lude and Edie Sternburg sang a new “Change” song dedicated to Kurtz and thanked her with a bouquet of red carnations.

Lude, Learn and Sternburg sang Lude’s written “You Will Be Rewarded” to the award winners opening the awards program. Heffinger presented the greatest loser monetary award to Sara Smith, second place to Sternburg and third place to Barb Smith. “Hang In There” clothes hangers went to six members; Avon lip balms went to eight members; $1 for each 10 pound loss went to six members and “Keep It Off” dollars went to 15 members for each 10 pounds lost previously to 2013.

Renea Olson entertained reading “It is Spring Time To Plant” and the “Journey On The Train of Life.”

Hart honored longstanding goal members Ruth Ann Hall and Angie Reichle, one year; Jesse Rea and Eleanor Billet, three years; Lisa Jones and Kurtz, four years; Anderson and Dias, five years; Lude and Held, seven years; Jo Carol Gray, nine years; Pauline, 11 years; Vi Woodall, 12 years; and Miller 18 years plus.

The goal members were awarded $1 for each year they were a goal member and a red carnation. The members have lost and kept off 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 38, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 51, 52, 72, 77 and 82 pounds. Hart displayed a photo album of the goal members’ before and after pictures and introduced each goal member who told of their losing history and showed their large “before” clothes and revealed their new figures.

Door prize winners were Pauline, Jones and Heffinger winning a fresh pineapple and Gray and Pim winning a Whitehouse fruit basket. Lude created a “Roll Off the Pounds” favor and gave it to each member. Lude, Learn and Sternburg led the members in singing the 2014 “Power Of Women” ending the program.

Afternoon group

The afternoon 1 p.m. R-Weigh weight support group held its recognition of 2013 good losers on May 19 at the church. Rachel Weaver led the members in the R-Weigh prayer and singing the fellowship song.

Jo Anne Bogdan read a poem honoring the officers and Patty Miles presented monetary appreciation gifts to Leader, Heffinger, Secretary Sandy McGarr, Treasurer, Sylvia Eller, Weight Recorder Dias and Assistant Weight Recorder Roni Fauver.

Sue Kinirons was invited as a guest entertainer singing songs and leading the members in singing the reward song opening the awards program. Heffinger presented the greatest loser monetary award to Helen Baker, second place to Annie Katz and third place to Carol Jules.

“Hang in There” clothes hangers went to four members; Avon lip balms went to three members; $1 for each 10 pound loss went to three members; and “Keep It Off” dollars went to seven members for each 10 pounds lost previously to 2013.

Kinirons led the members humming the graduation song when Katz entered the room wearing a graduation cap and carrying a diploma being the new 2013 goal member. Katz was awarded a marlar balloon, card shower, fruit basket and bouquet of red carnations.

Eller presented a $1 per year monetary award to longstanding goal members Bogdan, one year; Sue Carver and Fauver, three years; Miles, eight years; and Weaver, 10 years. The members have lost and kept off 11, 20, 24, 35, 39 and 58 pounds.

Dias introduced each goal member and told of their losing history and each showed their “before” clothes and revealed their new figures. Each member received a red carnation for each award they received. Eller and McGarr awarded $5 door prizes to Evelyn Peters and Katz, $10 to Gloria Judy and $20 to Bogdan. Eller won the Whitehouse fruit basket. Kinirons was thanked with a bouquet of red carnations for leading the songs and ended the program leading the members in reciting the “Power Of Women” song.

Heffinger founded the successful R-Weigh weight support groups on Sept. 11, 1995, with the help of Dias and the late Tillie Smutko. There is no national organization to answer to or get diet information from. R-Weigh stands for My Weigh, Your Weigh, R-Weigh, and is the only non-profit volunteer group with monies paid in going back to the members through monetary weekly awards, contests and paying members $1 per pound for their losses each month.

R-Weigh meets at 1 and 5 p.m. every Monday at the First Friends Church. New or past members are always welcome to start over with no fines imposed for gaining back weight they lost previously. For more information call 330-332-1078 or 330-337-6889.

Damascus Garden Club holds meeting

DAMASCUS – The Damascus Friends Church was the site for the May 8 meeting of the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. President Rhonda Mitchell opened the meeting with birthday wishes to Hilda Spack and greetings to the 15 members present. Correspondence from the Damascus Community Center was read.

Committee reports: Val Knoedler has been working on the post office garden by checking on plants and doing clean-up.

Community Care: Marty Hollinger has provided bud vases for the May community blood drive.

Ways and Means: Peggy Stoffer reported on the progress of the yard sale.

Table decorations for the Goshen Alumni Association Banquet will be prepared on June 14 at the home of Ken Steer. Members are to meet there at 9:30 a.m. to help prepare the vases. Marilyn Wingett presented the new banner for display during National Garden Week, which is June 1-7, 2014. Any club member who wishes to donate a pot of flowers for display during the week may do so. Marilyn Brumbaugh is donating a flower pot for display at the bank. President Mitchell reminded members of the rules and deadlines for participation in the club’s Aug. 16 garden club show. Sign-ups for a trip to Miller’s Greenhouse were taken. Members will pick up the containers they created there for the club’s March project.

President Mitchell advised the members that the Alliance Carnation Festival board is seeking volunteers to work on preparing and selling carnations at the summer event. It was announced that the club’s June meeting will be held at the Damascus Friends Church.

Kim Lewis, program manager with the Mahoning County Green Team, presented the program for May. She spoke about environmental clean eating and companion planting to avoid pesticides. Hostess for the month was Carol Kuner with Val Knoedler and Marcia Spack as co-hostesses.

Seven and One Club meets at home of Mrs. Jack Bruderly, honors birthday

SALEM – The Seven and One Club met May 21 at the home of Mrs. Jack Bruderly. In honor of Mrs. Ken Kaufman’s birthday, she was treated to a shower of cards by the members for her special day. The guest for the evening was Mrs. Keith Keslar.

Mrs. Bruderly used an Hawaiian theme featuring chicken salad served on a quarter of a pineapple accompanied by sticks of fresh fruit and pineapple-shaped sugar cookies.

Cards were played and prizes went to Mrs. Larry Dearth, first; Mrs. Herb Bott, second; Mrs. Kaufman, low; and Mrs. John Hively, travel.

The hostess served an ice cream cake for dessert. The next club night begins at 7 p.m. June 25 at the home of Mrs. Fred Weingart.

West Point Lions Club presents Key Award

WEST POINT – Pat Tressler welcomed 23 members to the West Point Lions Club’s meeting on May 19. Members discussed the new policies and procedures manuals distributed May 5.

It was announced that 2014-15 officers will be installed on June 25 with the Lisbon Lions Club. The club will not meet on June 16 as previously scheduled. Four members attended the New Waterford Lions Club’s charter night.

Arla Ehrhart was presented with a Key Award. The award was received from Lions International for her commitment to club growth by bringing in two new members. Brandy Anderson won the 50/50. The next meeting begins at 7 p.m. June 2 at St. Agatha’s Church.