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Marietta Community Dog Park Volunteers

Twelve Marietta Community Dog Park volunteers met on Jan. 9 at Lookout Park. This meeting was held to gather feedback from people who are using the park. There will be another meeting on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Community Room of Lookout Park, 801 Lancaster St., Marietta.

Ideas were brought forth about trees, benches, water fountains, fund raising events, and advertising. There was discussion on the current parking situation as well as ideas on how to best remedy the situation. Also discussed were current drainage issues and how they were addressed earlier in the year.

The Dog Park is a community project, constructed and maintained by volunteers. The group needs volunteers for ideas and time to carry the construction and improvement of the Dog Park forward into 2013. Many hands will make for light work in the coming months so that we may all enjoy the park. Anyone is invited to the Jan. 23 meeting. More information can be found at, or call (740) 350-6249.

If you are interested in making a donation, please make your check payable to The Marietta Community Foundation, Dog Park Fund, and mail it to P.O. Box 77, Marietta 45750.

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Belpre Garden Club

The January meeting for the Belpre Garden Club was held in the Belpre City Council Chambers with hostess, Leslie Pittenger. Janelle Perkins read the quote from Oliver Goldsmith given in the program booklet which states: “Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall.”

At the suggestion of Pauline Collett, plans are being made for a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Belpre Garden Club to be held in March.

Leslie Pittenger advised that the color scheme for Belpre in Bloom for 2013 will be red, white, and blue with an emphasis on red. The concrete planters placed in the city park last summer will be replaced with tiered recycled and decorated tires. The city fire hydrants will be painted blue with a vine design over it.

The next meeting will be with Sue Beatty on Feb. 11 as the meeting day has been moved back to the second Monday. Location to be announced.

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Marietta Morning Rotary Club

Marietta Morning Rotary Club presented more than $8,000 to the Washington County Free Clinic during their regular weekly meeting on Friday, Dec. 7. The Clinic was also honored with Rotary International’s Family and Community Service Award in recognition of their commitment to families in need within Washington County. Accepting on behalf of the Washington County Free Clinic were board members Dixie Vaughn and Kevin Malcomb.

The Washington County Free Clinic is a volunteer organization that provides medical care and preventative health services free of charge to individuals in Washington County between the ages of 19 to 64 who have no form of health insurance and whose income falls within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The clinic is open the first and third Tuesday’s of the month, from 6 to 9 p.m. For appointment information call the Clinic at 374-1750. They are located at 208 Third Street in Marietta.

Marietta Morning Rotary hosts an annual benefit auction aboard the Valley Gem Sternwheeler each fall. All proceeds from the event go toward the benefit of a local organization within the Marietta community that strives to make a difference in the education, health and well-being of those in our community. The Club meets at the Marietta Country Club every Friday morning at 7 a.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 64

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 64 met on Dec. 5 with 14 members present. After the opening ritual, reports were given and approved. Members had refreshments after the meeting.

Unit 64 is trying to find ways to get spouses, children, step children, and grandchildren of veterans to join our organization. Anyone eligible to join should contact the organization.

The American Legion does many things for local charities and for veterans in hospitals and nursing homes.

Contact the post anytime to find out when meetings are held. The public can attend anytime.

The next meeting will be Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Marietta Photographic Society

The Marietta Photographic Society President, Carole Wigal welcomed members and guests to the annual Christmas dinner and competition and wished all a Merry Christmas at the Gilman Avenue United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Paul Van Horn gave the blessing for the dinner. Attendance was 33 and a welcome back was given to Verna Jean Warren.

Wigal reminded members of the exhibit in March at the Parkersburg Art Center. Guests were welcomed and Dewayne and Jennie Lowther presented the club with a surprise showing of old photos displayed on seven easels from the 1950’s of Parkersburg High School and its students they had prepared for their 60th reunion. Dewayne Lowther used a Graflix camera and developed the photos in the high school dark room, which is now a closet at the school. His display was from 2-1/4 X 2-1/4 negatives. “Every photo is a slice of history to someone. “

Judges for the evening competition were Dottie Bibbee, Jayne DeLancey, Gene Hilton, and alternate Steve Minardi. Paul Frye presented the slide entries and Carole presented the print entries and the winners.

Winner of the Slide Category was Ken Wyant with a Montana photo of a mountain scene taken with his Konica camera (before digital) in the 1970’s .

Winner of the Print Category was Laurie Cowart’s photo of the Neuschwenstein Castle, Bavaria , Germany in 1980 on film.

Mark Abbott then presented all the prints and opened discussion about the photos. People spoke of the time the photos were taken, the cameras and film used, and the story behind the old photo.

Door prizes were given out and calendars were given to members for the new year.

History books and memorial key chains were presented to members who had not been in the club during the celebrations of 50 and 60 years.

The next meeting of the Marietta Photographic Society is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at Gilman United Methodist Church in Marietta. Competition subject is “Table Top”.

Photographers of any skill level are invited to attend.