Butler Grange meets
SALEM - Ida Zepernick presided when Butler Grange met May 4. Myrtle Bailey presented a synopsis on an article "U.S. should not view Mexico as a problem." She said Mexico is now the second largest export destination for U.S. goods, after Canada, (and twice as much as China).
Ruth Ann Altenhof presented the program: National Smile Month May 20-June 20. Mile Branch Grange presented its traveling program at Willow Grove Grange on May 7. Willow Grove will present the traveling program to Bayard Grange at 7 p.m. May 14; and Bayard to Unity Grange at 7 p.m. May 28; and Yellow Creek Grange (make-up) to Lisbon Grange at 7 p.m. June 3.
Creative Clovers meet
SALEM - The Creative Clovers 4-H Club met on April 20. The roll call question was, "What was the best thing you got for Easter?" Angelo Vecchio gave devotions and read John 3:16 from the Bible. Carrie Burns' health report was about heat strokes. Cole Norris' safety report was titled "Don't text while driving." Matthew Sinely's energy report was, "Turn off power while not using it."
For old business, the community service project, the fund-raising project, the field trip, and the 4-H camp were reviewed. Under new business, candy bars were passed out for a fund-raising project and devotions, snack, and demonstrations were assigned for the next meeting on May 18.
CANFIELD - Mahoning County Capriculturists met on April 22 at Mill Creek Farm. The pledges were led by Joe Fagnano and Emily Henderson. The 4-H books are in and the members were able to pick them up after the meeting. Club President Logan Moff talked about the pepperoni roll sale that will be the club's fund raiser. Advisors announced local goat shows that the members could attend to learn more about showing their goats.
The activity for the evening was discussing shots, banding, and hoof trimming. Members were able to practice cleaning and trimming hoofs. To end the meeting the members participated in a skill-a-thon, that covered the parts of a goat and the different breeds of goats.
Ruritans hold meeting
DAMASCUS - The ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church prepared and served dinner to 26 members of Damascus Ruritan Club and eight guests. Zone 6 Governor Eric Augustine was among the guests. President Dave Wingett with several board members and Zone 6 Gov. Augustine explained to the guests what Ruritan is and does to make our community a better place.
Vice President Rick Bell, in the absence of the treasurer, passed out the club monthly financial statement to the members. Bell announced Ruritans had a work day on May 4 at the community center.
Members approved monetary expenditures to the Damascus Historical Society for the use of its printer, to the West Branch Recognition Banquet, to sponsor the West Branch Football Golf Outing at Flying B Golf Course on June 1.
The club will sponsor its bi-annual "Nourish our Community" food drive from 9 a.m. to noon May 25 in the Damascus Post Office parking lot. The bi-annual rabies clinic is slated from 1 to 4 p.m. May 25 at the Damascus Fire Department's meeting room on Route 534.
UHS FFA?officers meet
HANOVERTON - United's new Future Farmers of America officer team held its first meeting on May 6. The team is comprised of President Dawn Berry, Vice President Joseph Kataro, Treasurer James Kataro II, Reporter Taylor Sarchet, Secretary MacKenzie Firth, Sentinel Angelo Sabatino, and Student Advisor Rebecca Bock.
The agenda consisted of laying aside the possible donation of money to the CROP Church World Services and the Children's Hospital for the next meeting. The chapter decided to pay for half of their officers way to go to an officer retreat this summer. Four hundred dollars was set aside for tractor repairs. The field committee reported that fertilizer had been ordered and seed had been delivered.
SHS '47 breakfast slated
SALEM - The Salem High Class of 1947 will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. May 16 at the Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. All classmates and guests are welcome.
Past phone operators to meet
SALEM - Ohio Bell-AT&T Telephone Operators are invited to breakfast at 8:30 a.m. May 16 at Salem Hills Golf and Country Club.
TOPS 1380 holds meeting
SALEM - TOPS Chapter 1380 met April 29 at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Shirley Bullis led members in the TOPS pledge. Margaret Phillips, Audrey Goodballet and Barb May recited the KOPS pledge. Eleanor May presented weekly awards to Nancy Finch, backslider; and Phillips, KOPS. Bullis offered therapy titled "Healthy Swaps." Finch gave an inspirational reading for dieters.
Winona Ruritans meet
WINONA - The Winona Ruritan Club hosted its annual father-daughter -granddaughter night on April 23 at the Winona United Methodist Church. Twenty-six members and 42 guests attended.
A moment of silence was observed to honor friend and fellow member, Donald Sanor, who recently passed away.
During the business session, a six-month leave of absence was approved for Donovan Winn. Jason McDevitt volunteered to take over his monthly calling duties. Dr. Dennis McArthur made a motion, which passed, that the club purchase two new signs from Caron Richey at Printworks to advertise the semi-annual pancake and sausage breakfasts. President Homer Althouse announced that the Winona Memorial Day Parade steps out at 3 p.m. May 19 at Hall Park.
The club's ladies appreciation steak fry begins at 7 p.m. June 25 at the Saxon Club. Sausage is still available for sale by contacting Althouse. Entertainment was provided by Mark the Magnificent.
EP?Lions install officers
EAST PALESTINE - Three officers were elected when the East Palestine Lions Club met recently at BoJangle's restaurant in New Waterford. President Cindy Fletcher presided. Jim Williams was elected membership chairman, Gene Pasco was elected lion tamer/tail twister and Margo Zuch accepted the position of director for the 2013-14 term.
Installation of officers was set for June 26 and those elected will take office in July. Other officers elected at a previous meeting were Brian Brinegar, president; Chris Brinegar, vice president; Mamie Tollas, secretary; and Tamra Hess, treasurer.
Under old business, the Lions discussed their upcoming participation in East Palestine's Dog Days event and the annual Alice Street sale, as well as talked about their ongoing fund-raising quilt raffle and T-shirts made locally for club members. The Lions also made plans to place special boxes in local businesses to collect unused eyeglasses.
Under new business, Fletcher said she had a message from Terry Hoffman, owner of Uncle Sam's Bar and Grill, who invited the group to hold club meetings at his restaurant. Fletcher said she would speak with Hoffman and report back on what options would be available.
Lions were reminded of the spring conference set in Alliance and then discussed the District 13-D Social being hosted by the Lisbon Lions Club on May 4. They then made plans to participate in a theme basket event at the social to raise funds for club projects. Don Heldman recommended that the club participate in the Ohio Plan and he agreed to invite plan designer Paul Metrovich to attend the group's May 22 meeting at the library to provide more information. The next meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. May 22 at the library, pending information from Hoffman.
St. Paul Seniors meet
SALEM - "Laughter" was the topic of the program presented by Betsy Williams during the recent luncheon meeting of St. Paul Seniors of St. Paul Catholic Church at Salem Hills Golf and Country Club. Williams is a case management employee at Salem Community Hospital.
In discussing "Laughter," Williams said it gives us perspective in our lives and helps us to spread cheer, in addition to making one's self feel better. During her entertaining and educational talk Williams wore a variety of hats to emphasize her messages.
Polly Schaffer gave the welcome, led members in a prayer and, in closing, gave an inspirational reading. The next luncheon/program meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. May 14 at Salem Hills and will feature a surprise guest speaker. Also planned is the group's final meeting of the season on June 11. It will be held at Waterworth Memorial Park. Those attending are asked to bring a coverdish. Meetings are open to guests.
R-Weigh marks 15 years
SALEM - The R-Weigh Day weight group celebrated its 15th year anniversary and 2012 recognition of good losers on April 22 at the First Friends Church with a luncheon prepared by the officers.
Leader Gerry Heffinger gave the history of the group stating that R-Weigh originated as a night group on Sept. 11, 1995, and this sister group started on Jan. 6, 1997. R-Weigh is a non-profit group with members getting paid $1 per pound each month and there is no national organization to answer to.
Rachel Weaver led the members in the R-Weigh prayer and singing of the fellowship song. JoAnne Bogdan read the "Crystal" poem written by Linda Lude and asked members to raise their crystal glass favors while singing the Water, Water, Water song.
Patty Mills wrote a verse honoring the officers, Heffinger, leader; Sandy McGarr, secretary; Slyvia Eller, treasurer; Shirley Dias, weight recorder; and Roni Fauver, weight recorder helper, and presented them with a monetary gift and red carnation.
Heffinger awarded members losing less than 10 pounds an Avon gift. Members received $1 for each 10 pound loss for the year and a $1 for each 10 pound loss they kept off from previous years. Bogdan was the greatest loser and was awarded $5 and a red carnation. Helen Baker was the second greatest loser and was awarded $4. Members sang the Wonderland song to the winners.
The goals of long standing received a red carnation and $1 per year they were at goal. Sue Carver and Fauver, two years; McGarr, three years; Mills, seven years; Rachel Weaver, nine years; and Judy Catlett, 12 years. They have lost 15, 17, 25, 31, 36, 39 and 47 pounds. Bogdan recaptured her goal and received $5 and a red carnation. Dias gave before and after statistics when the goal members modeled their before clothes.
Eller picked the door prizes awarding Avon gifts to Evelyn Peters, McGarr and Bogdan. Fruit baskets went to Baker, Carver and Mills. Heffinger stated that the day group has lost over 5,000 pounds in 15 years and read the Friends poem by Lude. New and return members are welcome at any time. For information call 330-332-1078.