VFW Post 892 Auxiliary to meet Monday
SALEM - Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 892 Ladies Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the post home.
Weingart Cousins mark anniversaries, birthdays
SALEM -Linda Brutz, Betty Weingart and Pam and Roger Bailey were welcomed back when the Weingart Cousins met recently with 21 in attendance. Birthdays and anniversaries were observed. The next breakfast is slated Sept. 10.
Lentz family celebrates 65th annual reunion
ALLIANCE - The 65th annual Lentz family reunion was held on Aug. 11 at Silver Park in Alliance. Thirty-two family members and friends attended the coverdish dinner, Chinese auction and games. A business session followed led by Gene Barnhouse. Next year's reunion will be held on the second Sunday in August at a location to be announced.
Winona Ruritans meet, honor member birthdays
WINONA - Song leader Elmer R. Stamp led members in singing "Happy Birthday" to Rich Mumford and Ryan Sluss when the Winona Ruritan Club met on July 23 at Willow Grove Grange. Grange members served a ham loaf dinner which received a round of applause. Twenty-eight members and six guests attended. Treasurer Bob Doyle gave the monthly accounting report which was approved. John Gamble Sr. made a motion to donate $100 to the United Scholarship Fund for the upcoming Halloween-themed "Monster Dash" which was seconded by Mumford and passed. Vice President John Stamp introduced Amanda Hruby and Kaeleigh Louk. Both girls were representatives to the yearly Girls State convention held at Bowling Green State University.
R-Weigh support groups recognize weight loss
SALEM - The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. Rachel Weaver did a program at the afternoon meeting on the "Healthy Benefits of Drinking Tea" with the help of her granddaughters Brooklyn and Kenzie. Weaver provided a tea party served at round tables using China cups and explained the benefits of drinking healthy teas as her granddaughters served homemade cinnamon rolls with various individual selections of green teas to the members. The goalie for the week was Sue Carver. JoAnne Bogdan and Sandy McGarr won the can-do monetary drawing. The afternoon group held its annual picnic on Aug. 19 at the church with the Jolly Jigglers planning and preparing the event. The evening group had a weigh-in only Monday and enjoyed a picnic at the church served by Base Hit Babes losing baseball team.
Classic rock band, Drift, marks reunion at jam fest
COLUMBIANA - The rock band Drift held its 40th-year reunion at the jam fest on Aug. 17 at the Columbiana American Legion. Original members Randy Strader, Ron Arter, Dave Morgan and Bill Henceroth reunited for the performance, along with Rick Mix who was the original road crew chief. Strader's son, Jeff Strader, represented deceased member Mark Gray, and Lee Campanelli, who could not attend.
The band was popular in the tri-state area from late 1971-74, having released two records at that time. Randy Strader was also the leader of the first rock and roll band to earn national recognition. Randy and the Renegades was part of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars show in 1962 and 1963 and had a hit record "Four-Speed" in 1962.
Victorian Players to hold auditions for 'Specter'
YOUNGSTOWN - The Victorian Players and J&B Production Arts Services have announced auditions for "Specter of Treason-The Oswald Trial" by J.E. Ballantyne Jr. Auditions begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave.
"Specter of Treason" deals with the fictitious trial of JFK accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Since this cast is unusually large, many roles have already been cast so these auditions are for some of the small roles which are still available. Actors who have already been cast need not attend these auditions.
The show opens on Nov. 22 (50 years to the day of the actual assassination of JFK) and will run three weekends through Dec. 8. There is a possibility of extra Saturday matinee performances. Most of these roles are small and will not require much rehearsal time. A full company meeting begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 with full rehearsals beginning shortly thereafter. For more information call the director at 330-799-6176 or 330-402-9273.
Damascus Ruritans host Chesapeake representative
DAMASCUS - The Damascus Ruritan met earlier this month with 30 members and guests in attendance. The July monthly treasurer's report was distributed to the members. Guest speaker was Keith Fuller, representing Chesapeake Energy Corporation based in Oklahoma City, Okla., the nation's second largest producer of natural gas. He gave an operational update of their drilling in Columbiana County and fielded many questions from the members.
The club is sponsoring its second annual Nourish Our Community non-perishable food collection drive from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 28 at the Damascus Post Office parking lot. The club's second annual Community Wide Rabies Clinic is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department's meeting room on state Route 534.
Member Joe Skolosh was installed as the club's new treasurer. Retiring club treasurer Roger Smith is moving out of state. Ohio District Treasurer Maynard Yho from the Smithville Ruritan Club met with Skolosh at his home to give instructions on becoming the officer.
It was announced that the club's 2012 Future Farmers of America Scholarship recipient, Mike Estosk, won the 4-H grand champion hog trophy at the Columbiana County Fair in Lisbon. He is attending Ohio State University studying animal science and hopes to become a veterinarian. The Damascus Ruritan H League (10 year olds) baseball team, which the club sponsored, were the district champions and the state regional runners-up this season. One of the club's outstanding West Branch eighth-grade student awards was presented by David Denny to Michael Minich, son of Anthony and Donna of Salem.
Chicken BBQ slated during Appleseed
LISBON - The public is invited to a chicken barbecue beginning at noon Sept. 21, during the Johnny Appleseed Festival, at the First United Methodist Church, 114 E. Washington St. The meal includes half a barbecued chicken, baked potato, cole slaw, roll, homemade pie and beverage. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under and free for under 3. Carryouts are available. The Johnny Appleseed Festival runs Sept. 20-22 in downtown Lisbon.
SCH Auxiliary to meet Sept. 12
SALEM - The Salem Community Hospital Auxiliary meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 in the small dining room at the back of the hospital cafeteria. The speaker is Dr. Anita Hackstedde, SCH interim president/CEO. The public is invited.
SHS Class of 1955 to meet for lunch
SALEM - The Salem High School Class of 1955 will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at Adele's Place.
Damascus Garden Club tours Alliance nature preserve
SALEM - On Aug. 8, the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., met at the Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve in Alliance. Ten members enjoyed a tour of the center's Amazing Garden and Butterfly House then proceeded to the preserve's visitor center for the club's monthly meeting.
President Marilyn Wingett called the meeting to order and extended birthday greetings to Darlene Lane, Rhonda Mitchell, Pat Hoopes, and Sandy Kilmer. Members remembered Joyce Steer, a Damascus Garden Club member of 45 years, who recently passed away. She was a past president and devoted member of the club, an avid gardener, floral designer, and photographer. She had the distinction of serving as a Canton District director for the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. and was also a lifetime member of the Garden Club of Ohio since 1985. With her husband, Ken Steer, she had owned and operated the Damascus Nursery and had been a nationally accredited flower show judge since 1984. Through her guidance, the Damascus Garden Club was given the title of Garden Club of the Year by the Ohio Garden Club Inc. The club and the Damascus community greatly benefited from her many years of devotion to them. Committee reports: Conservation set a date of Aug. 13 for weeding at the post office garden. Under Community Care, Joyce Steer was recognized for her donation of bud vases for the July blood drive.
Members were reminded about the Canton Flower Show School in September. June Wallace motioned to provide a gas card as the club's prize donation for the Ruritan's August car show. Marjorie Miller seconded and the members unanimously approved.
June Wallace motioned that the club donate to the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. scholarship fund in memory of Joyce Steer. Marjorie Phillips seconded and the members unanimously approved. President Wingett noted that we will need a new club historian. Following the meeting, the club members enjoyed a box luncheon.