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Library group to discuss “Eleanor and Hick”

SALEM–The Adult Book Discussion Group at Salem Public Library will meet at 7 p.m. June 25 in the Quaker Room. The featured book will be “Eleanor and Hick: the Affair that Shaped a First Lady” by Susan Quinn.

The book is a dual biography of the 30-year relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena “Hick” Hickok. Hick was an Associated Press journalist writing about politics, unusual for a woman at that time, when she met soon-to-be White House occupant, Eleanor. The two formed a relationship that lasted until Eleanor’s death. Quinn delves into the privileged but unhappy upbringing of Eleanor on the East Coast and in Europe as well as the poverty-stricken, abusive childhood of Hick in rural South Dakota. Eleanor was normally reserved while Hick was loud and brash.

For years Hick was Eleanor’s emotional anchor, her most trusted correspondent, her eyes and ears throughout Depression era America. She taught the first lady how to handle the press and she encouraged her to write her well received syndicated column which grew up from their correspondence. Eleanor shaped Hick’s later years as much as Hick had shaped her White House Years. She persuaded Helen Keller to meet with Hick, who wrote a best-selling account of her life. Registration is not required to participate in the discussion that is open to the public and free of cost to attend. New participants to the group are always welcome. The book may be borrowed from the library.

Fathers Day Pancake Breakfast planned at Beaver Creek

EAST LIVERPOOL–Friends of Beaver Creek State Park will hold their annual Fathers Day Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. This month will feature buckwheat pancakes, along with buttermilk pancakes, sausage links and beverage. Cost is a suggested donation of $6. The Trading Post will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Program to focus on Kennedy Assassination

SALEM– The Salem Public Library will host a Live from Anywhere program at 6:30 p.m. June 27 in the Quaker Room featuring “Conflicting Evidence: 24 Hours after the Kennedy Assassination.” The interactive online presentation will be generated from The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas.

Film, photographic and documentary evidence found in the first 24 hours following President Kennedy’s assassination have been used to contradict other widely accepted reports of what occurred in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Those attending will become history detectives as they examine primary source material collected following the incident.

This program that is open to the public and free of cost to attend. Registration is required and may be done online at www.salem.lib.oh.us or call the library at 330-332-0042 for registration assistance.

Blood drive planned at SRMC July 20

SALEM — The Salem Regional Medical Center will host an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 20 in the Tower Conference Room located on the hospital’s ground floor concourse. Those who have not given blood since May 15 are eligible to donate. Appointments are not necessary, but can be made by calling 330-332-7227 or online at www.redcrossblood.org.

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