Saxon Retirees to meet March 5
SALEM - The Saxon Retirees will meet on March 5 at the Saxon Club. Snacks will be served at 11:30 a.m. with a coverdish lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by the meeting. Reservations may be made by calling 330-533-5154 before Feb. 27.
DARE releases March activity schedule
CANFIELD - Activities are set for Divorce/Death Aren't Really the End which meets at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road.
March 1: Mardi-Gras party, Ciminero's Banquet Centre, 7:30 p.m.
March 4, 11, 18, 25: Dance class, Judy Conti's, Austintown, 7 p.m.
March 5, 8, 19, 22: Bowling, Wedgewood Lanes, 7 p.m.
March 7: Meet for fish dinner, St. Michael's Church, Canfield, 6 p.m.
March 12: Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank, 5-7 p.m.
March 14: Meet for Fish Dinner, St. Christine Church, Youngstown, 6 p.m.
March 20: High school picture night at the church, 7:30 p.m.
March 21: Meet for fish dinner, St. Maron's Church, Youngstown, 6 p.m.
March 28: Card night, Denny's in Boardman, 6-10 p.m.
March 29: Movie Night, Cinema South, 6:30 p.m.
For more information call 330-793-5856, 330-533-7062 or 330-793-1484.
R-Weigh weight groups recognize weekly weight-loss winners
SALEM - Winners were recognized when the R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church on Jennings Avenue. A loss of 23 pounds was recorded for the week.
Carol Jules and Nancy Hough were the good losers at the afternoon group. Kay Swanson read the label to the cereal box she displayed stating the healthy fruit and nuts content. Sylvia Eller passed out a cracker chip snack to the members which allowed more chips per the calorie count than other cracker snacks. The winners of the basketball X and O contest for the week was Team One.
Susan Cain and Pauline Zirkle were the good losers at the evening group. Sharon Bigalow and Lisa Jones were the goalies for the week. Patty Hartman announced that group two had a "no gainer" week. Karen Pauline presided at the meeting.
Linda Lude demonstrated and passed out samples of how many chips allowed for the calorie count using fat-free sour cream and salsa for the dip. The winners of the basketball X and O contest for the week was Team Two.
On Monday, members will be paid $1 per pound for their February losses. Members losing four pounds for the month will have their March $10 dues paid.
New members are welcome. For more information call 330-332-1078.
Weingart Cousins meet
SALEM - Birthdays were observed when 11 people recently attended the Weingart Cousins breakfast meeting. The next breakfast begins at 9 a.m. March 11.
Animal hospital starts memorial fund
COLUMBIANA - Fairfield Animal Hospital has started a "Laurie Wilms Furry Friends Memorial Fund."
This fund was started to honor the legacy of their late, beloved friend and employee. Wilms had a passion for animals and was dedicated to nurturing and caring for all types of furry and feathered creatures.
With this fund, clients can apply for funds to help defray costs when their pets are having a veterinary medical emergency.
Donations can be made at Fairfield Animal Hospital or at Farmers Bank. For more information contact the hospital at 330-482-9755.
Damascus Garden Club hears about butterflies
DAMASCUS - The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., met Feb. 13 in the Canyon Room of the Damascus Friends Church. President Rhonda Mitchell opened the meeting with 13 members present.
Committee reports: Lee Kuentz has mailed the 2013 yearbook for competition.
Conservation: Light Up Damascus Christmas decorations have been put away. Thanks were extended to all who helped.
Community Care: June Wallace and Marty Hollinger did bud vases for the January blood drive. Hollinger will also do the vases for the March blood drive.
Audit: The committee reported the 2013 audit was finished and the books were in good order.
Historian: Carol Kuner is working on organizing the club scrapbook and asked for pictures and news articles.
Sunshine: Members signed a valentine card for Hollinger.
Ways and Means: Peggy Stoffer suggested that the club conduct a yard sale to raise funds.
Old business: Mitchell addressed the question of a donation to the Garden Club of Ohio annual scholarship appeal. Sandy Kilmer motioned to send a contribution, Pat Hoopes seconded, all members approved.
Mitchell reminded the members that March is Seeds of Friendship for Rwanda month.
The Ohio State Land Trust Conservancy funds request tabled from the previous meeting was discussed. It was decided not to proceed with a donation. Kuentz has submitted a schedule for the August flower show to the Garden Club of Ohio. The Pearce House has been reserved for the Aug. 16 show.
Marilyn Wingett proposed that thank-you notes be sent to Ben Metts and Francis Meissner for providing electricity for the post office garden Christmas lights. Kilmer motioned to include a donation toward the cost of the electricity which was approved.
New business: Kilmer discussed the plans for the March program at Miller's greenhouse. Members are reminded to bring containers to the session. She will contact members later with more details. Hoopes suggested that for June's National Garden Week observation club members each create a container of yellow flowers that would be donated to various Damascus merchants for display.
Members accepted Marcia Clark's application for membership and hope to welcome her at the March meeting. Wingett requested that members bring bagged candy to the March meeting for the Damascus Center Community Park Easter Egg Hunt.
The post office garden's renovation project was discussed. Mitchell said that the work could be considered a multi-year project and that members should think about plans of improvement at the garden.
Mitchell closed the meeting and introduced speaker Jim Nero, a naturalist, master gardener, and author. His program "Bring Back the Butterflies" informed the members about the special plight of the monarch butterfly.
Hostess for the meeting was Val Knoedler and co-hostesses were Hilda Spack and Kuentz.
Damascus Ruritan Club learns of tax changes
DAMASCUS - The Damascus Ruritan Club met Feb. 13 with 26 members and a guest. A ham and scalloped potato dinner with homemade cherry pie was prepared and served by the ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church.
Secretary John Coldsnow announced the members birthdays and anniversaries.
Roy Johnson introduced Earl Trimmer, CPA, member of the West Branch School Board and Alliance Fire Department who spoke about tax filings and tax changes.
Lori Wallace reported the January blood drive went well, receiving 34 pints of blood from community donors. The blood drives are co-sponsored six times each year by the Beloit, Damascus, and Goshen Center Ruritan Clubs. The next drive runs from 1 to 7 p.m. March 18 at the church.
Raphael Oliveira and Vice President Nick Morrison serving as dinner co-chairmen, passed out tickets and work sheets for the club's upcoming 49th annual Spring Swiss steak dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 15 at the West Branch High School cafeteria. Tickets are per-sale at $9.50 or $10 at the door. Children 12 and under half-price, under 6 free. Carryouts are available. All members are encouraged to sell advance tickets and to do their part to help prepare and to serve the dinner. Proceeds from the dinner help support the scholarships to be awarded in May. The West Branch Area Ladies Ruritan Club will hold a bake sale during the evening.
Prospective new member guest night is April 10. Each member is asked to seek out a prospective new member to bring with them.
President Rick Bell announced the annual Ohio District Spring Banquet will be held April 12 at the Amish Door Banquet Center in Wilmot. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person. Reservation must be in by April 1. Ruritan National President Elliott Hogge and his wife Sandra from Hayes, Va. will attend.
Club members will be soliciting ads from area businesses for the spring banquet booklet, which are due to Rich Burton by March 1.
The club will be serving the West Branch FFA Banquet, date to be announced, and the Goshen High School alumni banquet on June 14, both at the West Branch High School cafeteria. The Social Development Committee will soon be reviewing the scholarship applications to determine who the students will be to receive the scholarships the club will be awarding again this year, including the Ruritan National Foundation "Build Your Dollar Scholarship."
The speaker for the March 13 meeting will be someone from the Mahoning County Air Quality Control Department.
Members voted to again sponsor the grand champion chicken at the Columbiana County Fair in August and made a donation again to the Special Olympics.