Helping hand

Local 4-H club volunteers time to maintain Smucker House

Barry Hippely, adviser of the Just Rite 4-H Club, and club members Alaina Grubb and Olivia Grubb, helped out at the historical Smucker House in Salem. (Submitted photos)

SALEM– The Smucker House at 271 S. Broadway, Salem, was left to the women of Salem but available to clubs, organizations, and individuals to rent. The house is maintained by the Salem Federation of Women’s Clubs. Current members are the Salem Book Club which originated in 1910, the Salem Bridge Club, The Salem Preservation Society and the Salem Mahjong Club. Any club interested in joining or an individual interested in using the house for a one time event can contact the Federation on their Face Book page.

Being resolute in continuing this century old organization and maintaining the National Register listed home, board members have looked outside for progress and improvement and in an effort to give back to the community by using the house and grounds.

Recently the Federation received a grant from the U.S. Dept of the Interior’s Historic Preservation fund administered by the Ohio History Connection, Historic Preservation Office, and the Salem Preservation Society to repair wood and add the decorative period painting touches to the 1800s home.

The Federation of Women’s clubs have partnered with the Ohio State University Extension 4-H Youth Development and Master Gardner Programs. The 4-H youth have helped to remove tree stubs and trimming shrubs and the Master Gardner’s from both Columbiana and Mahoning Counties along with OSU Extension Agent Angela Keshock have helped the board develop a five-year plan to use the back yard for a pollinator garden and raised vegetable bed. The vegetables will be grown to donate to area food banks and the pollinator garden will be an education garden for visitors. Boy Scout Troop 6 from St. Pauls under the direction of Scout Leader Eric Swiger will be gaining community project credit by adopting the back garage for repairs and painting.

Anyone wishing to participate or donate to the projects can visit the Salem Women’s Federation Facebook page. Questions about the project and or donations can be sent to the Salem Federation of Women’s Club or SFWC 271 S. Broadway, Salem, Ohio 44460.


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