Community Happenings

Ellsworth reunion held

ELLSWORTH TOWNSHIP – The 80th annual Ellsworth School reunion will be held on Aug. 2 at the Ellsworth Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall on Ellsworth Road.

A coverdish luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m. All teachers and students who attended Ellsworth Township schools before the consolidation with Berlin Center are invited to attend with their families and classmates. Attendees are to bring a coverdish and table service. Beverages will be furnished.

DARE?slate set

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. Upcoming activities include:

Aug. 1: Italian Fest, downtown Youngstown, meet at 6 p.m. near old BW3’s.

Aug. 2: Luau at Tim Novosel Pavilion, Route 170, 6-10 p.m.

August 5, 12, 19, 26: Bocce in Boardman Park, 5 p.m.

Aug. 6: Music at Woodworth Park, “Classic Cruisers,” 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 8: Movie night, behind Poland Library, meet at dusk, “East of Eden.”

Aug. 11, 18, 25: Walking in Mill Creek Park, Meet Dr. Shah’s, Route 224, 6:30 p.m.

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

Aug. 14: Picnic in Boardman Park, Masters Pavilion, 6 p.m.

Aug. 15: Putt-Putt, Route 422 in Girard, 7 p.m.

Aug. 20: Music at Morley Pavilion, “Easy Street,” 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 22: Card night at Denny’s on Route 224, 6-10 p.m.

Aug. 23: Music at River Rock in Warren, meet at Mocha House, 4 p.m.

Aug. 27: DQ for dessert in Cornersburg, 7 p.m.

Aug. 28: Music in Boardman Park, 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 29: Canfield Fair, meet at the big rock, 6:30 p.m.

WP Lions hold meeting

WEST POINT – West Point Lions Club President Marie Amato called the July 21 meeting to order with 25 members present. The club will have a food stand at the Columbiana County Fair from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet was available for members to pick their shift. The Zone Nine meeting will be held Aug. 16. Members are encouraged to attend.

Governor’s night on Aug. 13 at the Lisbon Lions Club features Gov. Barb Sorkin as speaker. The Aug. 4 meeting is clean-up day at the fairgrounds. Sandy Conn won the 50/50.

R-Weigh groups meet

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 various subjects. JoAnne Bogdan was the goalie for the week.

The Salem Sluggers beat the Happy Hitters 7 to 4, winning their fourth baseball game to the Hitters winning three games. The Hitters have to win next week to stay alive or the afternoon baseball contest is over.

Heffinger also presided at the evening meeting with Barb Smith reminding the members of using your hand as a portion estimate. Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration for the week and Jo Carol Gray did a program on “Seven Rules to Lose Weight.” Polly Barton, Jane Schaffer and Jean Tully were the good losers for the week. Sharon Bigalow and Shirley Dias were the goalies. Jesse Rea received the monetary birthday award for losing over her birthday.

The Disney Divas beat Diane’s Diamond Dolls 19 to 18 winning their fifth baseball game to the Dolls winning two games. The Dolls will provide for the picnic on Aug. 11 and the Divas will be treated like queens. It was decided that the teams will play the next two games for fun and the reward for the winning team will be announced next week.

New members are welcome and can visit at no charge. For more information call 330-332-1078.

Community Happenings

Abraham Lincoln visits Winona Historical Society

WINONA- The portrayal of the life Abraham Lincoln was performed by a former resident of Winona, John Paul Brantingham, when the Winona Area Historical Society met recently. The performance was enjoyed by over 100 guests who were also entertained by Rich Russell, banjo player. The evening closed with visiting on the lawn, refreshments of gingerbread cookies, Lincoln’s favorite, and lemonade.

Weingart Cousins meet, next breakfast Aug. 12

SALEM – Thirteen members of the Weingart Cousins breakfast group met recently at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. The next breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 12 at the same place.

Deerfield third Monday dance starts at 7 p.m.

DEERFIELD – The Deerfield Historical Society’s third Monday dance begins at 7 p.m. July 21 at Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 14. Music will be provided by the Deerfield House Band. Refreshments available for purchase. Admission is $3 per person.

Oesch family to hold 123rd annual reunion

COLUMBIANA – Games and entertainment are planned when the Oesch family attends its 123rd reunion from 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9 at Firestone Park, pavilion four. A buffet meal will be served at 6 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a coverdish and individual table service. Coffee and punch will be provided.

2014 Snyder family reunion scheduled for Aug. 10

SALEM – The 2014 Snyder family reunion will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at Waterworth Memorial Park. Door prizes, children’s games, bingo, and a white elephant are planned. Family members are asked to bring a coverdish or dessert to share and items to donate to the white elephant.

90th Aaron Buxton family reunion set for Aug. 3

SALEM – The 90th Aaron Buxton family reunion will be held Aug. 3 in Centennial Park, pavilion one. Those attending are to bring coverdish, old pictures, family history information and a gift for the raffle. A 50/50 drawing will also be held. Lunch will be served at noon followed by homemade ice cream after the meeting.

Salem High School ’94 reunion set for Saturday

SALEM – The Salem High School Class of 1994’s 20-year reunion begins at 6:30 p.m. July 26 at the Guilford Lake Grille. Reservations may be made by contacting the class Facebook page or by emailing Kara Craig at or 330-277-3079.

R-Weigh support groups hold weekly meetings

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. Jo Anne Bogdan was the goalie and Sandy McGarr and Evelyn Peters were the good losers for the week. Members did a show and tell program on their favorite snacks and shared some with the members as a lunch treat. The Happy Hitters beat the Salem Sluggers 8 to 5 winning the baseball game. The Hitters and Sluggers are tied winning three games each.

Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting. Barb Smith had a question and answer session with the members and Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration for the week. Diane Hart and Barb Smith were the good losers and Angie Reichle was the goalie for the week. Rita Cecil won the $6 can-do drawing. Receiving monetary awards were Shirley Dias for losing over her birthday and Diane Hart for losing over her vacation. The Disney Divas beat Diane’s Diamond Dolls 30 to 22 winning the baseball game. The Divas have won four games and the Dolls have won two games. Three games remain to be played at both groups. New members are welcome at no charge to visit. For more information call 330-332-1078.

Butler Grange meets, learns about ‘geeks’ and ‘dorks’

SALEM – Ida Zepernick presided when Butler Grange met recently. Sally Hays reported on the donation to Columbiana County Fair board grandstand and when the donation records can be viewed by the public. Hays sewed toy animals, which members stuffed after their meeting. Ruth Ann Altenhof presented the program: Embrace Your Geekness Day-July 13 and Be a Dork-July 15. Hays offered “geek”is a slang term originally used to describe odd or non-mainstream people with different connotations ranging from “an expert or enthusiast” to a person heavily interested in a hobby, “one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.” Carol Speece added, “I made a list of things I like that may seem geeky like, science fiction, comic books, Star Wars,video games, computers, the internet. I have learned to balance my yin and yang, so I can enjoy all things from the realm of fantasy and sci-fi,while putting aside social ineptness and bad style choices often accompanying such entertainment. Altenhof added, “The day to be a dork, be proud, wear goofy clothing, don’t brush your teeth, eat yucky food and fall off a swing set.” The poem “Summer is the stuff of dreams” was read by Zepernick. Altenhof offered summer time riddle and jokes. Pomona meets at 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Yellow Creek Grange with judging craft and sewing and photography contests.

Winona Ruritans host annual steak fry

WINONA – The Winona Ruritan Club’s annual steak fry was held June 24 at the Saxon Club. President Rob Doyle Jr. called the business session to order at 7 p.m. Twenty-five members and 31 guests attended. Dee Fletcher and her family catered the side dishes, desserts and beverages. Each member introduced their guests. Homer Althouse introduced the evening’s entertainment, The Belles of Harmony. Celebrating wedding anniversaries were Gordon and Janet Dawes, 32 years; Wayne and Betty Herron, 52 years; Homer and Gerri Huprich, 50 years; Bruce and Ruth Marhefka, 47 years; Dennis and Carol McArthur, 49 years; and Donovan and Marilyn Winn, 59 years. Gordon Dawes made a motion to donate $100 to the Columbiana County Special Olympics for the annual golf outing. The club is seeking a volunteer to serve as chairman of the U.S. flag retirement program. Alice Gamble was asked to discuss the Winona Area Historical Society’s strawberry festival and the dramatization of events from the life of Abraham Lincoln, by John Paul Brantingham.

110th Greenford High School alumni banquet set for Aug. 16

GREENFORD – The 110th Greenford High School alumni banquet will be held Aug. 16 at A La Carte Catering in Canfield. The social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner served at 6 p.m. Cost is $20. Reservations are due by Aug. 1 and may be made by calling Stevie Kelly Coleman at 330-702-1161. Members of the class of 1964 will receive their dinner free in honor of their 50th year.

Damascus Ruritans meet, approve expenditures

DAMASCUS – Twenty-nine members and nine guests were present for the Damascus Ruritan Club’s family picnic in the Quaker Canyon building. Secretary John Coldsnow announced the names of members having birthdays and anniversaries in July. Darlene Snyder of the scholarship committee presented checks to three of this year’s scholarship recipients: Katelyn Mountain receiving the $600 Ruritan National Build-Your-Dollar Scholarship, daughter of Dale and Kim Mountain of Salem. She plans to attend Ohio State University; Amanda Linhart receiving the $500 Damascus Ruritan annual Ryan Johnson Memorial Scholarship, daughter of Michael and Trisha Linhart of Salem, planning to attend Ohio State University; and Ben Grammer receiving the $500 Damascus Ruritan annual Future Farmers of America Scholarship, son of Bill and Debbie Grammer of Sebring. He will attend West Virginia University. The club’s second antique car show is slated 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15 in the Damascus Friends Church. Public admission is free, car owner’s registration fee is a non-perishable food item or a monetary donation which will go directly to the Friends Church Food Pantry. Hot roast beef sandwiches, potato chips and cold beverages will be available. Coupons will be given out to everyone in attendance for the Bob Evans non-profit organization’s fund raiser from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 20-22. Fifteen percent of the dinner check will go to the Damascus Ruritan Club for community service projects.

The membership voted on several board recommendations of expenditures including monetary gifts to the Ohio Valley Teen Challenge, Damascus Friends Church for assistance with the club’s dinner placemats, to the Damascus Methodist Church for the club’s use of its facility, and to the Damascus Community Center for help with the park maintenance. Nick Morrison requested a change in his membership status, from regular to associate, which was granted. Dale Morckel will present the club’s annual two Outstanding Eighth Grade Student Awards on Aug. 14.

Community Happenings

Salem High School ’69 to plan reunion at meeting

SALEM Members of the Salem High School Class of 1969 will finalize plans for the 45th-year class reunion when they meet at 7 p.m. July 23 at the Italian Club on Penn Avenue.

May family reunion slated for Aug. 9 in Summitville

SUMMITVILLE – The 20th May family reunion is slated Aug. 9 at the Summitville Fire Station. Attendees are to bring a coverdish for the 1 p.m. dinner and an item for the white elephant sale. The meat and beverages will be furnished. Activities include horseshoe pitching, cornhole, a euchre contest and games for children. The new officers are Presidents Julie Mills and Renee May, Treasurer Barbara May and Secretary Lillie Moats.

Salem Masons to host strawberry festival July 19

SALEM – The public is invited to a strawberry festival from 4:30 to 7 p.m. July 19 at the Salem Masonic Temple, 788 E. State St. The menu offers a variety of hot sandwiches, scalloped potatoes, salads, strawberries, ice cream and cake. Sponsored by Amaranth, cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children, and free for under 3. The building is equipped with a handicap accessible elevator.

Canfield Area AARP 3104 to meet for luncheon

CANFIELD – Canfield Area AARP #3104 met for a luncheon on July 7 at A La Carte. An overnight bus trip for a guided tour of Columbus and Schmidt’s German Village with a local guide is slated July 17-18. Overnight accommodations then a visit to Dayton Air Force Museum with an IMAX film are planned. For information call 330-332-4791. Aug. 24 offers a trip to Mentor Performing Arts Center for a show direct from Branson, Mo., featuring Shoji Tabuchi. For this trip call 33-337 -7133.

A board meeting begins at 10 a.m. July 21 at the Canfield Presbyterian Church. The next regular meeting starts at 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the church with Regina Reese as speaker. Guests and non-members are welcome to the meetings and bus trips.

Memberships are open. For information call 330-654-3337.

Church Women United to hold clothing sign-ups

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.

Butler Grange meets, discusses future projects

SALEM – Ida Zepernick presided when Butler Grange met in June. Carol Speece gave a report titled “Internet telephones can help those with hearing problems.” Members made a donation to the Columbiana County Fair Board toward the new grandstand. Several suggestions for consideration were discussed regarding future community service projects. Members plan to “stuff toys” at the July meeting. Pomona Grange met on June 16 at Willow Grove Grange and presented the memorial program (included Betty Vogelhuber of Butler Grange.)

Salem Masons to host public breakfast buffet

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

West Point Lions Club holds picnic meeting

WEST POINT – Thirty members of West Point Lions Club and a guest were welcomed to the picnic-style meeting on July 7 by First Vice President Violet Mellon. Janis Mundy gave a report on the Lions Den food stand for the Columbiana County Fair stating July 23-25 will be clean-up with set-up on July 27. Sign-up sheets will be available at the next meeting at 7 p.m. July 21 at St. Agatha Church.

R-Weigh support groups recognize 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 presented a program on “Snacking to Lose Weight.” Members are to bring a sample of their favorite snack to the July 14 meeting for discussion. JoAnne Bogdan was the goalie for the week. The Happy Hitters beat the Salem Sluggers 7 to 4, winning the baseball game. The Sluggers have won three games to the Hitters’ two games with four games remaining to be played.

Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting and Peggy Kurtz gave the inspiration for the week. Polly Barton Jane Shafer, Candy Penner and Jean Tully were the good losers and Jo Carol Gray was the goalie for the week. The Disney Divas beat Diane’s Diamond Dolls 26 to 25, winning the baseball game. The Divas have won three games to the Dolls’ two games played. New members are welcome to visit at no charge. For information call 330-332-1078.

Local Ruritan clubs to co-sponsor blood drive

DAMASCUS – The Damascus, Beloit and Goshen Center Ruritan Clubs are cosponsoring an American Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. July 15 at the Damascus United Methodist Church on Valley Road.

Leetonia High School ’76 to hold informal picnic

LEETONIA – The Leetonia High School Class of 1976 will hold an informal picnic at 6 p.m. July 26 at the home of Cheryl Dudick-Newhouse, 12528 Lisbon Road. Attendees should bring a coverdish, lawn chair and swim suit. For more information contact Jill Farmer Weikart at 330-429-2674 or

Columbiana chamber to host summer business showcase

COLUMBIANA – The Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce invites residents and business owners to attend the summer business showcase at 5:30 p.m. July 24 at Whispering Pines Village, 937 E. Park Ave. The event offers refreshments, networking and brief presentations by Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce members: Southern Care Hospice, Boardman Steel, Gallagher, Clark & Carney Realty Group and East Fairfield United Methodist Church. For more information contact the chamber at 330-482-3822 or Reservations are not required.

Community Happenings

Can-Do Country Kids discuss booth ideas, animal showings

LISBON – The Can-Do Country Kids hosted its 4-H meeting on June 25. They discussed booth ideas for the upcoming fair, and talked about rabbit and turkey showing. Demonstrations were also given for projects such as home design, creative writing and welding.

Seven and One Club meets at home of Mrs. Fred Weingart

SALEM- The Seven and One Club met June 25 at Mrs. Fred Weingart’s home. Her guests were Mrs. Dave Hanna and Tracy Dearth. Those present played cards after a taco salad luncheon. Prizes were won by the following: first place, Mrs. Larry Dearth; second place, Mrs. Dave Hanna; law, Mrs. Herb Bott; and travel, Ms. Tracy Dearth.

The club made plans for its yearly night out while enjoying a fruit and pudding dessert. On July 16 the group will meet dinner at the new Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Boardman Afterwards the group will shop and take in a movie.

The last gathering until September will be the family picnic on July 20 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dearth. Special notes are being sent to all the members’ families since it the the 50th anniversary year.

Former telephone ladies to meet for breakfast

SALEM – Ohio Bell/AT&T Ladies plan to meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. July 17 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.

R-Weigh support groups reward weekly winners

SALEM- The R-Weigh weight support groups met June 30 at the First Friends Church.

Gerry Heffinger presided at the afternoon meeting. Sue Carver, Sylvia Eller, Roni Fauver and Annie Katz prepared a birthday luncheon and the members sang the birthday song to them. Evelyn Peters was the good loser and JoAnne Bogdan was the goalie for the week. The Salem Sluggers beat the Happy Hitters 7 to 3 winning the baseball game. The afternoon members losing over the 4th of July holiday on July 7 will receive $1 and gainers will pay $1. Goals staying the same or losing will get $1.

Barb Smith presided at the evening meeting and asked the members to tell about their 150 to 200 snacks they brought to enjoy at the meeting. Marty Laut, Renea Olson, Candy Penner and Jane Shaffer were the good losers and Peggy Kurtz and Eleanor Billet were the goalies for the week receiving a monetary award. Janel Anderson earned the monetary birthday award. Patty Hartman presented a bouquet of red, white and blue carnations to Ruth Ann Hall, Laut and Shaffer for being the good losers for the month. Diane’s Diamond Dolls beat the Disney Divas 21 to 18 winning the baseball game. The evening members will get paid $1 for each pound they lose up to 3 pounds and pay $1 a pound for each pound they gain up to 3 pounds over the 4th of July holiday on July 7. Goal members at goal or below goal will receive $2. Absent members will pay a fine of $2. New members are welcome and can call 330-332-1078 for information.

Vendor spaces remain open for Firestone art festival

COLUMBIANA-Vendor registration for the Harvey S. Firestone Festival of the Arts will remain open through July 15. Any artisans, crafters or antique dealers who would still like to attend this year’s event can call the chamber office at 330-482-3822 for information.

The Harvey S. Firestone Park Festival of the Arts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at Firestone Park. There will be a wide variety of juried arts and crafts offered by local and regional artisans as well as antique dealers, food concessions and a farmers market. Throughout the day local performers will showcase their talents at the gazebo. A steam engine display will be added to this year’s attractions. This event is sponsored by the Columbiana Area Chamber of Commerce with proceeds benefitting various projects within Firestone Park.

Crafters, artisans sought for Pioneer Craft Days

EAST LIVERPOOL- The Friends of Beaver Creek State Park is seeking crafters and artisans for the 36th annual Pioneer Craft Days Oct. 4 and 5. This is an outdoor festival held on the grounds of Beaver Creek State Park and Pioneer Village. The cost of a 20-foot by 15-foot space is $60 for the entire weekend. Only quality handcrafted merchandise is accepted. Crafts must be at least 80 percent handcrafted. Antique vendors are also encouraged to set up. All items sold by antique vendors must be authentic antiques. No home party business will be accepted.

Demonstrators of handcrafted items of the past are also welcome to attend. Basket makers, candle dippers, broom makers, woodworkers, dulcimer and other musical instrument builders. Also there will be an area for an antique farm equipment display.

Crafters from last year are reminded that Aug. 31 is the deadline to pay your site fee to keep the same site as last year.

For information call 724-573-9109, e-mail or visit