Meissner family holds 72nd annual reunion
SALEM - The 72nd annual Meissner family reunion was held Aug. 5 at the Sevakeen Lake clubhouse with 125 relatives attending. Paul Shelko offered the blessing prior to the 1 p.m. dinner. Prizes were awarded to the following: Pete Dangelo, oldest man; Margaret Sabatino, oldest woman; Ricky Linton, youngest boy; Lily Rose Linton, youngest girl; Peggy (Meissner) Martin of Howard, Ind., traveled the furthest to attend; Nick and Maureen Dangelo, newlyweds; and Pete and Alice Dangelo who had the most great-grandchildren present at the reunion. Next year's reunion is slated Aug. 4 at the same place.
Mudgers host Lentz family reunion
SALEM - The 64th annual Lentz family reunion was held recently at the home of Mike and Marcella Mudger in Salem. Nineteen family members and friends attended. A coverdish dinner was followed by a business meeting led by Joe Marks to discuss family news. The day ended with an auction conducted by Al Noble to raise funds for next year's reunion to be held Aug. 11 at a location to be announced.
Butler Grange meets, learns to simplify
SALEM - Ida Zepernick presided when Butler Grange met recently. Myrtle Bailey reported on her observation of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Ruth Ann Altenhof presented the program: Simplify Your Life. A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. "There are really only two steps to simplify. (1) Identify what's most important to you. (2) Eliminate everything else," said Altenhof. Bailey added, "Make a list of your top four to five important things, what do you value most? What things do you most want to do in your life? Evaluate your commitments, which of these really give you value, which ones you love doing; Evaluate your time," she said. Zepernick added, "Simplify work tasks, home tasks, focus on the important tasks. Learn to say no, and limit your communications; set a schedule and stick to it." Readings given included: A man got a parrot with a big vocabulary by Bailey; A 70-year-old man was having his annual checkup by Zepernick; August weather lore by Clyde Zepernick; I dream of simplicity, love, happiness and infinity by Altenhof.
Judging of crafts, sewing and photography was held on Aug. 20 at the Pomona Grange meeting. July card winners were Beverly Flickinger and Jay Lafferre, first place'; and Betty Coy and John Waterbeck, second place. Fawn Smith won the door prize. A special treat of homemade ice cream was provided by Jay Lafferre and Wayne Lafferre. The next euchre party begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the grange.
Garden club hears committee reports
DAMASCUS- After a July hiatus, the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Ohio Garden Club, Inc., met on August 9th at the home of Peggy Stoffer. President Stoffer greeted the 14 members in attendance and opened the meeting. The treasurer's report and minutes from the June meeting were read and approved. Correspondence came from the West Branch Academic Recognition Banquet Committee thanking the club for their generous gift of the flower vases that decorated the tables for the annual banquet. Carolyn Adleman, chairman of the Penny Pines project of the Garden Club of Ohio, sent a thank you note for the club's donation to the program. She noted the club's preference that the funds be used at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Under committee reports, Marilyn Wingett, Conservation Committee chair, reminded every member about the scheduled weeding of the post office garden at 9:30 am on Thursday, August 12th. Members are also reminded to check out their week for watering the garden that is listed on the schedule. Wingett also thanked Sandy Kilmer for her donation of bud vases for the recent blood drive.
Ginny Huffman, Ways and Means chair, set a deadline date of October 11th for submission of photos for the 2013 calendar project. The pictures are to be submitted to her via e-mail; please contact Huffman for the correct address and instructions. Under Old Business, Stoffer thanked Wingett for all the work she put into the successful Sebring Mansion visit. Lee Kuentz distributed the Handbook for Flower Shows manuals and said that members who need them may still purchase them for fifteen dollars.
Under New Business, Stoffer reminded members of the September 19th Canton District Fall Meeting and the Central Atlantic Conference in Cleveland in October. A thank you is to be sent to Chuck Biery for his donation of seeds to our Garden Week basket in June. Stoffer adjourned the meeting and introduced the month's program.
Ginny Huffman presented an informative program on the versatile herb, lavender, known as the flower of devotion. She spoke about the varied uses of the plant and shared information about Day Break Lavender Farm in Streetsboro, Ohio where visitors are invited to walk through fields of lavender and enjoy the beauty of the flower.
Co-hostesses for the month were Sandy Kilmer and Irene Morkel. Vases of fresh herbs decorated the tables and members enjoyed sandwiches and home made potato salad and some of Irene's famous sweet pickles. Dessert was a refreshing berry parfait.
The September 13, meeting will be at the home of Joyce Steer with co-hostesses Betty Bircher and June Wallace.
Damascus Ruritans hold August meeting
DAMASCUS- The Damascus Ruritan Club met Aug. 16 at the Damascus United Methodist Church, with 35 members and guests present. The church ladies served a dinner which included sweet corn on the cob. Club Secretary Darlene Snyder called the roll and read the correspondence to the club and presented the minutes of the July meeting.
The club recognized two eighth-grade students from West Branch Middle School for their outstanding achievements. Dale Morckel, club member and teacher, presented checks to Emily Menegay, daughter of Robert and Kathy Menegay, and Trae Hillyer, son of Bennie and Terry Hillyer.
Mike Halleck, Columbiana County commissioner, was the guest speaker for the evening. He spoke about numerous items regarding the county. He said the commissioners have approximately 50 buildings that they are required to maintain, belonging to the county, and are also responsible for maintaining 189 miles of county roads. He also talked about the influx of workers coming into the county with the shale oil and gas well industry, explaining that it is impacting the county by bringing the opportunity for some local residence to become employed, increasing road traffic and the need for road maintenance and providing more revenue to the county coffers.
The club awarded scholarships to two West Branch graduating seniors. Morkel presented the club's Ruritan National Foundation award of $600 matched by Youngstown State University (for a total of $1,200) to Kayla Coldsnow, daughter of John and Dawn Coldsnow. Club President Dave Wingett presented $500 to Austen ReKolt, son of Jon and Jodi ReKolt, who will be attending Hiram College.
In the absence of the club treasure, his report was presented and excepted as printed.
Action was taken by the members to lay down the Fall Swiss Steak Dinner after 25 years in late October which will be replaced by a breakfast, the date to be announced. The club will continue the Spring Swiss Steak Dinner in March.
Wingett announced the Fall Rabies Clinic will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29. at the Damascus Fire Department meeting room on state Route 534. Dr. Jack Zine will be the veterinarian administering the vaccine.
The members voted and approved membership for Joe and Carrie Skolosh.
SHS?Class of 1940 cancels Tuesday lunch
SALEM - The Salem High School Class of 1940 has canceled its class lunch on Sept. 4 due to the Labor Day Holiday on Sept. 3. The next luncheon will be held at noon Oct. 2 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.
SHS?Class of 1951 to meet for lunch
SALEM - The Salem High School Class of 1951 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Skyline Diner.
Snyder family holds annual reunion
SALEM - The annual Snyder family reunion was held Aug. 12 at the Snyder farm with over 60 in attendance. Family members enjoyed a 50/50 raffle, games, food and a white elephant auction to supplement the Snyder reunion fund.
W. PA Area Corys hold 103rd reunion
CHIPPEWA, Pa. - The Western PA Area Corys held their 103rd reunion on Aug. 12 at the Fire Mountain Restaurant in Chippewa. New members, Myron "Bill" and Carol Kelly and grandchildren from Hanoverton, Ohio, were welcomed.
Current Cory research was shared. President Jim Lisica donated Mark Hester's recent book on the descendants of James and Margaret Allen McCowin (which includes the descendants of Margaret and Matilda Cory) to the Little Beaver Historical Society. It is a two volume set and will be a part of the genealogical collection at the Greersburg Academy in Darlington, Pa. The present officers were reelected: Jim Lisica, president; Gary Lisica, vice president and webmaster; Diana Maye, secretary/treasurer; and Helen Pratt and Marge Chilson, genealogists. The 2013 reunion will be held the second Sunday in August at Fire Mountain.
Sportsman's Club to hold Kids Day
LEETONIA - The Leetonia Sportsman's Club will hold its 37th annual Kids Day on Sept. 22 at the club grounds along East High Street in Leetonia. There will be shooting, archery, and fishing events for all children from ages 6 to 15 years. Trophies will be awarded to contest winners and raffle prizes will be given away. A wiener roast will also be held. Everything is free of charge.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. and runs continuously throughout the day. Kids Day is held annually in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day. For more information about National Hunting and Fishing Day go to www.nhfday.org. For information call Tom Butch at 330-337-8444.
Sitlers host picnic for Leetonia Ruritans
LEETONIA - Richard and Annabell Sitler hosted a family picnic during the August meeting of the Leetonia Ruritan Club. There were 14 members and 14 guests present. It was announced that the annual Pizza Challenge has been postponed to a later date. Dictionaries have been ordered to be distributed to third-grade students in the Leetonia School District. Members were invited to the 60th anniversary of the Ruritans in Ohio dinner on Oct. 13 at the Columbiana County Career Center.
Committee meets to discuss Peddler Days
HANOVERTON - The Peddler Days Committee met recently at Jane Blazer's home to review plans for the July 2013 event. In attendance were Linda Beadnell, Joyce Carnes, Megan Miller, Frances Thompson and Blazer. Several activities and entertainment are being planned.
SHS Class of 1946 announces meetings
SALEM - The Salem High School Class of 1946 has announced its meeting schedule for the remainder of the year. Classmates will meet for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and Nov. 27 at Adele's Place.
TOPS 1380 honors weight loss winners
SALEM - Twelve members of TOPS 1380 met on Aug. 27. The TOPS prayer and pledge was led by Nancy Finch. Cora Jean Briggs, Margaret Phillips and Dorothy Mussler recited the KOPS pledge.
Best losers were Barb May, TOPS; Phillips, KOPS; and Barb Baughman and Finch, honorable mention. The Rolling Cash Five was won by Briggs.
Eleanor May read for the "circle of light" and Shirley Bullis discussed TOPS rules for therapy. Keith and Margaret Phillips celebrated their 54th anniversary. There will be no meeting on Sept. 3 due to Labor Day. The next meeting is Sept. 10.
UHS?Class of 1963 to meet Wednesday
HANOVERTON - The United High School Class of 1963 will meet for lunch at noon Sept. 5 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.
Coupons distributed during WIC celebration
LISBON - Distributing WIC Farmer's Market coupons during a breastfeeding celebration proved to be successful. On Aug. 1, WIC participants received a $15 booklet to purchase produce from participating farm markets. Catalpa Grove and Dillion Fruit Farms were available at the WIC location for immediate redemption. WIC Pregnant and Breastfeeding women also had a chance to win door prizes in celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. WIC distributed 500 farm market booklets to participants during August which must be redeemed before Oct. 31 at the following locations: Catalpa Grove Farm, Dillion Fruit Farm, Peace Valley Orchards, Stouffer's Farm Market or Willian D. Woolf's D.E.W. Orchards.
Pomona Grange to host Swiss steak dinner
ALLIANCE - Columbiana County Pomona Grange will host its annual Swiss steak supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at Mile Branch Grange. The grange is located on Knox School Road, three miles east of Alliance, and a half mile south of U.S. Route 62. Carryouts will be available. Cost is $9 for adults, $4.50 for ages 6 to 10 and free for 5 and under. There also will be a country store available featuring fresh baked goods.
R-Weigh recognizes weekly weight loss
SALEM - Angie Reichle was honored for reaching her goal weight at the evening meeting of the R-Weigh weight group on Monday at the Faith Chapel. A loss of 27 pounds was recorded for the week.
Good losers for the week at both groups were JoAnne Bogdan, Rene Haver, Susan Cain, Rita Cecil, Jeni Alwood and Mary Hefner. Sandy McGarr, Catherine Baird and Peggy Kurtz were the goalies for the week. Rachel Weaver won the can-do drawing and Hefner earned the eight weeks of losing monetary award.
There will be no meeting on Sept. 3 because of the holiday. If the members lose a pound or more and the goal members stay the same or lose on Sept. 10, they will get $1.
School classes will be assigned for the school contest to begin on Sept. 17. New or previous members are welcome.
For more information call 330-332-1078.