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Franciscan Community Meals

The Franciscan Community Meals board was invited for a Christmas luncheon at the home of Roger and Kathy Bartunek Dec. 14, 2017. A short business meeting was held after a delicious meal.

Office workers and drivers are still needed. Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a volunteer would be needed at least two days a month, except Monday and Friday workers who work only one day a month. Driver’s routes usually take less than 1 1/2 hours at least two not more than three days a month. These are much needed and very rewarding volunteer jobs. Anyone interested should call the office at 740-373-7998 or driver scheduler, Jackie Lang at 740-373-2010.

Anyone interested in having meals delivered to their home should call the Franciscan Meals office at 740-373-7998. Meals can be delivered five days a week at $3 per meal.

The Franciscan Meals Program is a nonprofit organization and a totally volunteer program (no paid employees). They are affiliated with Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Their volunteers provide their own vehicles, gas and time. Food providers are Selby Hospital and Harmar Place.

Lowell Lively Lassiese & Lads

Lowell Lively Lassies & Lads 4-H Club met on Nov. 19, 2017 at St. John’s Church for their Annual Achievement Meeting. The business meeting was called to order by President Ben Wagner. Pledges were led by Meadow Rauch and Raeann Rauch. Roll call was answered by, “What I Want for Christmas.” The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was given. The club received the money for their fair booth exhibit and for members displaying at the fair. The October-December Family News was reviewed.

Advisor Charlotte Wagner thanked all the members and their parents for a successful 2017. Three of the club members attended the Ohio State Fair judging — Madison Butler, Taylor Haines and Logan Wagner. Butler received “Outstanding of the Day” on her project. All of the club members did very well with their Skillathons and project judging. The club received third place on their fair booth display, and their Club Scrapbook received a Superior Award.

End of the year awards were as follows:

Madison Butler – Foods & Nutrition Pin, Pets Pin, & Young Achiever Pin

Taylor Haines – Lamp of Knowledge Pin & 4-H Sea Camp Trip Award

Karisa Lang – Leadership Special Pin

Kasey Lang – Young Leader Special Pin

Logan Wagner – Engines, Tractors & Field Equipment Pin

Karisa Lang – 14-Year Member

Cole Haines, Taylor Haines, and Raeann Rauch – 8 Year Members

Ariane Pollock, Aaliyah Riddle, and Logan Wagner – 5 Year Members

Aurora Barton, Church Barton, Madison Butler, Alyssa Lang, and Levi Wagner – 1 Year Members

All first year and new members were presented with a personalized sash to display their pins on. Fair Certificates of Completion and fair ribbons were presented to all members. Pictures were taken of the award winners. It was announced that the theme for 2018 will be “We Are 4-H Then, Now, and Forever.” Refreshments were served by Cole and Taylor Haines.

Marietta Reading Club

The fifth meeting of the 154th session of the Marietta Reading Club was held Dec. 5 at the Betsey Mills Club. Many of the members were dressed in 1930s attire–some even in character–in anticipation of the evening’s planned homicidal journey. A meal like the one we enjoyed could have been served on the dining car of a romantic passenger train, chugging through the Italian Alps between the great wars. As we dined, reader Jean Leaper set the scene for the fateful evening ahead: John Doe was murdered on a train. Who done it? Along with Leeper, Elin Jones was also a reader, and the two served as questioners for reading club members who were actors in “Murder on a Train.” Earlier in the evening, each actor drew a slip of paper determining who was the murderer. Each had two version of their script: one for if the character was innocent, and an alternative version if the actor drew the slip bearing an indicting X. After several rounds of questions to and answers by the characters, members of the MRC were asked to deduce the murderer. Chris Bennon and Matt Livengood were the only Sherlock Holmes’ to correctly solve the crime.

Marietta Junior Reading Club

The Marietta Junior Reading Club met at the Betsey Mills Club on Dec. 12, 2017, with 25 members in attendance. A social hour preceded the catered dinner, which was hosted by Georgene and Warren Johnson. During the business meeting, led by President Peter Polites, all gave a warm welcome to new member Carl Nelson. Bill Marshall provided the evening’s program, a discussion of the profusely illustrated Wreck of the Naval Airship USS Shenandoah, by Jerry Copas (2017). The next meeting will be on Jan. 9, 2018, with hosts Jann Adams and Dede Martin, and reader Joyce Ditchendorf. Joyce’s topic will be The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin, by Steven Lee Myers.