Damascus Ruritans hold Christmas party

DAMASCUS — Damascus Ruritans President Dave Wingett welcomed members and spouses and guests who met at Heritage Oaks in Sebring for the club’s annual Christmas party.

Marilyn Wingett led the group in singing of a verse of “America,” Mahlon Griffith asked the Lord’s Blessing on the meeting, asking those present to remember the reason for the season, and a blessed Christmas to all.

Members birthdays and anniversaries were announced, “Happy Birthday” was sung by those attending to the honorees.

The membership voted to receive David Peterson to become a new club member. The membership also voted to make a monetary donations to the Robert Bycroft Adopt-a-Class, the Salem Salvation Army Christmas Project and the West Branch Damascus Elementary for the needy children fund.

Ohio District Ruritan Governor for 2018 John Biery installed the 2018 officers for the club: President Paul Given, Vice-President Tom Boosz, Secretary Darlene Snyder, Treasurer Roger Smith, 3-year Director Tony Tenzek, 2-year Director Mahlon Griffith and 1-year Director Walter Lautszenheiser.

The program featured Kristin Blackwood, who sang several Christmas songs.

Dave Wingett adjourned the meeting with the members reciting the Pledge of Allegiance the Flag.

Deerfield third Monday dance scheduled

DEERFIELD–The Deerfield Historical Society’s third Monday dance will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Deerfield Town Hall, 1450 state Route 14. The Deerfield House Band will entertain with a variety of music for listening and dancing pleasure. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is $4 per adult.

OSU Master Gardner program available

CANFIELD–The Ohio State University Master Gardener program offers community members a chance to learn about the topic through intensive and fun training in horticulture. Master gardener volunteers then offer their time assisting with educational programs in Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

Volunteers do not need any gardening skills or knowledge; instead just a passion for gardening and a willingness to share with others. Master Gardener volunteers provide educational services to their communities such as answering questions from the public, conducting exciting plant clinics, doing fun gardening activities with children, senior citizens or disabled persons, beautifying the community, developing dazzling gardens for the community and other fun horticultural activities.

Anyone interested in joining the program must first fill out an application online at or call at 330-424-7291. Once that process is complete, volunteers will attend a training day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. between March 22 and May 31.

For information about the program click on the Master Gardener Volunteer tab at

R-Weigh recognizes weekly weight-loss winners

SALEM–R-Weigh met on Feb. 12, 2018 at the First Friends Church with Ruth Miller calling the meeting to order. The meeting was started with the R-Weigh prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Miller led prayer for the group’s family and friends. Patty Pim gave the treasurer’s report and told her jokes.

Miller gave an inspiration on seven keys to losing weight. “Is this body ours? No it is the temple of God. Remind ourselves we can succeed. 2. Keep a food journal, write portions and types of food we like to eat. 3. The concerns of our loved ones about our weight. 4. Check your weight against standards on the weight charts. 5. Instead of following a lot of diets, write down what you will and won’t eat and the portions. 6. Avoid fat phobic people. 7. Stay the course. It takes time for your new discipline to take root and for your will be strengthen. Hebrews 10:36 Persevere.”

There were 23 people present to weigh in. The good loser in Group 1 was Marian Doerr with honorable mention going to Colleen Wafler.

Good Loser in Group 2 was Joyce Hayes with the runner up being Judy Smith and Susan Cain. Honorable mention went to Sara Smith. Green good loser for Group 2 was Peggy Billet.

Calorie Chart winners were Birdie Reinhart, Chris Learn, Marian Doerr and Judy Smith.

Goalie Calorie Chart winners were Janel Anderson and Eugenia Tullis.

There were no winners in the Can Do contest, so it will be $4 next week. Goalie winners were Eleanor Bilsky and Lisa Smith.

Miller gave a program on Women who eat protein for breakfast, don’t eat as much for lunch. “Only eat peanut butter in the morning, it works through your system better. Stick to more protein.”

Birdie Reinhart and Eugenia Tullis gave us challenges– send an encouragement note to someone in the group and measure all your food.

Colleen Wafler ran the Valentine Heart contest with the following winners: Rhonda Moffett, Birdie Reinhart, Janel Anderson, Patty Hartman, Chris Learn, Judy Smith, Joyce Hayes, Susan Cain, Rita Cecil, Jessie Rea, Marian Doerr, Lisa Smith, Eleanor Bilsky, Peggy Billet, Eugenia Tullis, Patty Pim and Colleen Wafler.

The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday evenings at the Salem First Friends Church. Weigh ins are from 4:45 to 5:45 pm. New members are welcome.

Church Women United seeks increase in membership

SALEM–Church Women United met Jan. 22 at the First Baptist Church. Luncheon was served at 12:30 p.m. and a testimony was given.

The group then discussed attendance and ways to get more members to attend. There will be no meeting in February. The next meeting will be held March 26 at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 870 E. State St. Everyone is invited to attend. The program will be presented by Carrie Pennington regarding The Sophia House.

For information about the group contact Ila Paxson at 330-337-8895.