Club news

Churchtown Community Crew 4-H Club

Churchtown Community Crew 4-H Club held their meeting at 1 p.m. May 15, 2016 at St. John Central Grade School. The meeting was called to order by President Haley Tornes. The American pledge was led by Jackie Tornes and the 4-H pledge was led by Emma Tornes. Roll call was to your favorite candy bar. The song, “Going on a Bear Hunt,” was led by Emma Poulton and Averi Schwendeman. The devotion, “Divine God,” was given by Christopher Ritchie. A treasurer’s report was given by Owen Schaad. Health tips were shared by Erin Hague. A safety report titled, “Livestock Safety,” was given by Emma Tornes. Recreation was, “Red Light, Green Light,” and the Cloverbuds did a lesson on the weather and made “What Would You Wear?” collages.

Old business: Lamb, Goat, and Dairy Feeder tag-in was 8 to 10 a.m. June 4. June 8 was Cloverbud Day Camp, June 8 and 9 was Beginner Camp, and June 14 to 16 was Space Camp. The club held its bake sale on May 7 at AgLand.

New business: The club had a discussion on where to go for field trips. 4-H camp registration and the camp video are available on the 4-H website. The club asked who is attending 4-H camp and/or counseling this year. Pen reservations were due to Washington County Senior Fair Board office on June 15. Goat workshop was June 11 at the Barlow Fairgrounds, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the cost was $20. Call the Extension Office for more information. For poultry pickup, call the Extension Office or check your email for information.

Refreshment were brought by Wells (Madison and Mason) and Lang (Mylee). Refreshments are to be brought next by Schaad (Katie, Mckenzi, and Haiden) and Casto. The meeting was adjourned by Madison Wells and seconded by Owen Schaad. Madison, Haley, Christopher, and Erin did demos. Emma Poulton, Ethan, Mason, Jaslynn, and Dylan are doing demos at the next meeting.

Trail Blazers 4-H Club

The Trail Blazers 4-H Club had a meeting at 6 p.m. June 9, 2016 at the Coon Hunters Building at Barlow Fairgrounds. There were 22 members present.

Demonstrations given: Cloverbuds – about going to COSI and winning metals and trophy; Emily Hoffman – What to look for in the muscles of a pig; Travis Hoffman – Good and Bad areas to tap on a pig; Devin Shutts -rabbits; and Alyssa Deeter- photography. Demonstrations at the next meeting are to be given by Cory Hoffman, Ethan Shutts, Cassie Dennis, and Gayle Allen.

The Trail Blazers welcomed two new members, Courtney Ackman, and Abbe Ackman.

Old business: Equine Educational sessions June 28 and July 21. Annual camping trip will be July 22 to 24 at Mohican Wilderness. T-shirts are being ordered for new members and also for club members that need new shirts. The club pays for all new members’ shirts and one-half on all members needing new shirts.

New business:

PAS Show: none in Washington County. June 28, Non livestock product judging/ evaluation at Washington County Career Center. Fair booth and trash can committees were set up.

Upcoming dates:

June 11, Guernsey County PAS.

June 12, Jackson County PAS.

June 26, Belmont County PAS.

June 28, non livestock judging at Washington County Career Center.

July 7 or 8, pick-up chickens 8-9:30 a.m. at Agland in Marietta.

July 21 or 22, pick-up for ducks 8-9:30 a.m. at Agland in Marietta.

June 15, pen reservations are due for Washington County Fair.

July 14, next meeting at Davlin Lake Pool. Bring covered dish.

Reported by Emily Hoffman.

Muskingum Garden Club

The Muskingum Garden Club of Washington County met on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at the Reno Community Center. Ruth Detlor was the hostess for this month’s meeting and Detlor provided lunch for all of the attendees.

The meeting began with its program. Lyndsay Biehl, master gardener who has a degree in horticulture from Ohio State University, gave a description on the various lectures and programs that she presents to various groups around southeast Ohio. Biehl distributed a list of different greenhouses and arboretums to visit around Ohio and described what each of them has to offer. To request a listing of places to visit, email Biehl at lynds.biehl@gmail.com. In addition, Biehl announced a container gardening class she will be conducting on Saturday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at Jay Huck Greenhouses on Masonic Park Road.

The meeting was called to order at 12:55 p.m. Val Hoover, president, thanked Ruth Detlor for hosting this month’s meeting and providing individual arrangements of holly and pansies to all of the attendees. In addition, Ruth Detlor brought a lovely spring flower arrangement to share with the club. Thoughts of Inspiration were given by Janet Whitney. Whitney distributed verses to the attendees to read aloud. Recognition of members who had birthdays for the month of April was Ruth Stewart, Ruth Detlor, and Janet Whitney. Roll call was given by each attendee describing what is currently blooming in their gardens.

The secretary’s report was read and approved. The treasurer’s report was read and approved as well.

Ruth Stewart announced that there will be a workshop on becoming a judge and/or an exhibitor, which will be held on June 20 and 21 at Deer Creek Reservation near Columbus.

In the category of old business, Hoover reminded the members to read and refer to the Garden Path Newsletter often as a means of staying informed of upcoming meetings, garden shows, and road trips. Ruth Stewart and Judy Van Dyk delivered spring flower arrangements to the county home. Hoover also mentioned the flower bed at Sacra Via looks good thus far, however, Hoover mentioned that spring and summer preparation needs to begin on the plot. Hoover also reminded the members to refer to their handbook often and to know which committee within the club they serve on. The club’s meeting supply bin needs to be checked frequently so that items can be replenished as needed.

New business was discussed and the club was reminded that the regional meeting will take place on Saturday, April 23, in Syracuse. The reservations for the Gardening Road Show on Tuesday, April 26, are at full capacity. It was announced that the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Convention will be June 6 to 8 at Deer Creek State Park Lodge, Mount Sterling, Ohio. In addition, Gardeners’ Day Out will be on Saturday, July 9, at Blennerhassett Island beginning at 10 a.m.

This month’s guests, Caroline Butler and La Trell Ellis, who will become new members to the club, were asked to give an introduction and tell the club about themselves.

Diana Eesley shared the following garden hints:

Place slices of orange peels in flower beds to ward off cats.

Cover hanging baskets to ward off nesting birds.

Buy baskets of annuals and divide plants in lieu of purchasing flats to save money.

Feature an area of the garden for one color-pink, white, or blue.

Use pine needle or fine leaf mulch in lieu of cedar mulch due to cedar becoming more endangered which is destroying wildlife in the south.

Harvest tender greens – dandelion, violet flowers, and leaves – from non-sprayed/animal free areas of the yard as an added nutritional boost to salads.

Use pesticide-free products – beer – to control slugs.

Bring cell phone photos to garden centers to show the staff when indicating problems or asking for advice on planting.

Sharpen kitchen knives using the bottom edge of a clay pot.

Before using clay pots or plastic containers, wash them with 1:10 solution of bleach and rinse.

To ward off mosquitoes, drink 6 oz. glass of water with 2 teaspoons of cider vinegar 30 minutes prior to going outdoors.

If deer are a problem, plant deer-proof plants such as astible, allium, anenomes, etc.

Plant a variety of one species in a garden area as a focal point-hosta, fern, geraniums, grasses.

The club discussed which plants will be planted in the containers at the entrance of the Reno Community Center. Diana Eesley offered to plant the containers. There will be a meeting at the Barlow Library in regards to the Washington County Fair on Friday, July 22, at 10 a.m. Ruth Stewart briefed the club on the different classes and entries that will be offered at the fair. In addition, Ruth announced that the club will have a garden on display at this year’s fair. The theme will be “Hold Fast to Beauty.” There will be a regional meeting at Rockland Methodist Church on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The club discussed having a yard sale and will tentatively have it at Judy Van Dyk’s property on Third Street.

Next month’s meeting will be hosted by Kathy Layman at her home.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:55 p.m.

Muskingum Garden Club

Present: Barbara Garverick, Kathy Layman, Nadine Kasick, La Trell Ellis, and Caroline Butler

The Muskingum Garden Club of Washington County met on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at the home of Kathy Layman. Layman’s home is the “Take Flight Retreat Center” at Sunshine Hill Farm. Layman offered a tour of her home and explained the various groups she has welcomed in her home who have spent weekend retreats. After the attendees enjoyed a potluck lunch, Layman used some of the herbs, which grow on her property, to make oils to be used for medicinal purposes. Each of the attendees were then given samples to take home with them along with handouts explaining the various herbs’ medicinal purpose.

Layman also gave the club a tour of her gardens explaining the many varieties of plants and herbs, which she has planted. In addition, Layman showed her Earthbag House, in which she offers a bed and breakfast package for overnight guests. In addition, Layman offered the attendees individual cuttings of their choice of plants and/or herbs to take with them.

After the visit to the “Take Flight Retreat Center” some of the attendees stopped at Huck’s Farm Market. Since this month’s meeting was a road trip, a business meeting was not conducted and will be tabled for June’s meeting, which will be on Tuesday, June 14, at the Reno Community Center.

Running Wild 4-H Club

The Running Wild 4-H Club met at 5 p.m. June 12, 2016 at the Waterford Community Fairgrounds. Mason Antill led the Pledge of Allegiance and Laykyn Jones led the 4-H Pledge. Roll call was taken by Kailee Cline where members responded with the name of their favorite animal. There were 27 members in attendance.

The club is holding a Family Movie Night at 9 p.m. June 25 at the Waterford Community Fairgrounds. The movie Zootopia is being played with an admission of $2. All are welcome. Non-Livestock Project Judging/Evaluation will be on June 28, 2016, at the Washington County Career Center. The club will be hosting a pool party for club members and their families from 6 to 8 p.m. July 24, 2016 at the Beverly-Waterford Community Pool.

Ryleigh Rutter gave a project demonstration on Market Hogs. Will Huck gave a project demonstration on Sports Nutrition. Grace Huck gave a project demonstration on Party Planning and Julia Cooper gave a project demonstration on Genealogy.

Will Huck, Laykyn Jones, and Colten Jones hosted a game of kickball. The next meeting will be held at 5 p.m. July 17, 2016 at the Waterford Community Fairgrounds.

Franciscan Community Meals

The Marietta Franciscan Community Meals board held its monthly luncheon meeting June 9, 2016 at Shoney’s Restaurant. Ten board members were present.

The meeting was opened by Vice Chairman Kathy Bartunek with prayer. The minutes were read by secretary Suzy Walters. Ruth Davis, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report and reported that 73 volunteers (drivers and office workers) volunteered 324 hours to deliver 359 meals in the month of May. Committee reports were given by Mary Offenberger and Jackie Lang. Details for the annual volunteer dinner were discussed. It will be held Sept. 15 at the Marietta Knights of Columbus hall on Gilman Street. Volunteers will be receiving more information at a later date.

Office workers are still needed, especially someone who can do simple ledger bookkeeping (no computer). Office hours are 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a volunteer would be needed at least two days a month. Anyone interested should call the office at 740-373-7998.

Anyone interested in having meals delivered to their home should call the Franciscan Meals office at 740-373-7998 or Mary Rita Offenberger at 740-373-2762. 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). Volunteers provide their own vehicles, gas and time. Food providers are Selby Hospital in Harmar Place.

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Washington County Republican Women’s Club

The Washington County Republican Women’s Club met at noon on Monday, May 9, at First Baptist Church in Marietta.

Vice President Sharon Adams opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord’s Prayer, led by Mark Kerenyi. President Elect Amanda Finn introduced and welcomed her mother to the club. Congressman Bill Johnson then swore Amanda in as the club’s new president. Congressman Johnson also spoke about the presidential election process and how the media is portraying it.

Elsa Thompson made the motion to accept the treasurer and secretary reports, Lee Ann Johnson seconded, motion carried; reports accepted.

The guest speaker was Candy Waite, director of the Gospel Mission Food Pantry, who shared their mission, passion and dedication to this organization that provides for families in need. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Candidate for Washington County treasurer, Tammy Bates, hosted a Meet and Greet on May 13 at the Buzzard’s Place in Lowell, 6 p.m.; everyone was invited.

No update on campaign headquarters at this time. Meeting adjourned at 1 p.m. The next meeting will be held at noon on Monday, June 13, at First Baptist Church.

Respectfully submitted: Cathy Harper, secretary.

Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club

The Oak Grove Explorers 4-H Club met May 24 at the Oak Grove Recreational Center. Recreation was the “3 Bears” game. President Maggie Gottfried called the meeting to order. Pledges were led by Lyanna Smith and Madison Roesch. Members answered role with their favorite summer activity. Maggie read the minutes from the last meeting and they were approved by the club. Treasurer Allen Caltrider reported the candy bars were paid for and all sold. The club sponsored a 5K walk/run race for Camp Hervida which was held June 4. Volunteers were needed to help. Advisors Vicki Schwartz and Darlene Ogeltree completed the Quality Assurance training for Cooks, Food Safety and Preparation. Demonstrations were given by Elizabeth Loughry on “How to Make Yogurt Parfaits”; Carmen Donnelly on “Saddles-English vs. Western and all about Draft Horses”; Lyanna Smith on “Smith Family Treasure”; Lily Sands on “Making a Pillow and Covered Trash Can”; and Trent Anthony on “How to make a Buttercream Rose.” Members were reminded of pre-fair judging and the public speaking contest on June 28. The next meeting will be June 14 at the Oak Grove Recreation Center.

Marietta Junior Reading Club

The Marietta Junior Reading Club met at the Betsey Mills Club on April 12 with 19 members in attendance. A social hour preceded the catered dinner, which was hosted by Josh Smith and Akemi Matsumoto. President Judy Harkness conducted a brief business meeting. Denis Boggs gave the evening’s program, a review of the novel “Childhood of Jesus” by the South African author J. M. Coetzee. The group next met on May 10 at the Betsey Mills Club. The host was Dede Martin and the reader was Roger Bartunek.

Trail Blazers 4-H Club

On May 12, the Trail Blazers 4-H Club held a meeting. They met at 6 p.m. at Barlow Fairgrounds in the Coon Hunters Building. There were 25 members present. Cassie Dennis led the American Pledge and Leann Trippett led the 4-H Pledge.

Old business included: Equine Educational sessions May 14, June 28, July 21. On May 14, the session was held at Claudia Sims’ barn. Topics included showmanship, tack, grooming, and vaccinations by Dr. John Groah. You must attend one session to be in the fair. There is no PAS in Washington County this year.

Skillathon is Aug. 6 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for hogs, goats, lambs, and rabbits; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. beef, dairy, poultry, and horse. Make-up days are Aug. 8 and 9. New business: 5K run/walk for Hervida on June 4, register starts 7 to 7:45 a.m.; race is 8 a.m. Approved T-shirts for new members and to pay part on old members shirts if need a new one. Demonstration was given by Sara McDonald. She is working with her dog so can take it to the nursing home. Deadlines: June 4 – Lamb, goat, dairy feeder tag-in 8 to 10 a.m. at Washington County Fairgrounds; June 6 – Hog tag-in at Waterford Fairgrounds from 6 to 8 p.m.; June 15 – Pen Reservations due to Washington County Senior Fair Board office for market beef, beef breeding, dairy, dairy feeder steers, lambs, sheep breeding, goats, fancy poultry, market chicken, turkeys, rabbits and rabbit breeding. The next meeting is 6 p.m. June 9 at Barlow Fairgrounds in the Coon Hunters Building.

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Belpre Garden Club

Martha Clark was hostess to Belpre Garden Club when it met Monday, April 11, at The Churn. The club prayer was read by Trish Sample and roll call was answered by members mentioning what they plan to plant this spring. Plans were discussed for the garden display at the Washington County Fair Flower Show and also enlargement of the Depot Park flower bed. The color of choice for Belpre in Bloom this year is pink. The club voted to purchase a hanging basket for display in Civitan Park. It was announced that the OAGC Gardener’s Day Out will be held Saturday, July 9, on Blennerhassett Island. The hostess gave the program on “Bees.” Bees are pollinators and 86 percent of flowering plants and trees rely on pollinators for survival. Trish Sample received the hostess gift.

The May 9 meeting of Belpre Garden Club was held at the home of Janelle Perkins. President, Janet Robinson, opened the meeting and read a saying attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” Barbara Corazzi read the club prayer. In the absence of the secretary, the president gave the roll call. The treasurer gave her report and accepted bills that were turned in for the purchase of various materials including a hanging basket for Civitan Park.

Pat Chambers presented the program on the topic of the Master Gardener trip she had taken to the Cincinnati Flower Show. There were garden plantings near the entrance to the show. The tent in the center provided a place for speaker presentations and for lunches to be served. Table settings were an element of the show and many vendors displayed items. Pat especially liked the iron works, which were constructed by an individual in Lancaster, Ohio.

The hostess served refreshments and presented a geranium to the recipient of the hostess gift. The next meeting will be June 13 at the home of Sue Beaty.

Marietta Junior Reading Club

The Marietta Junior Reading Club met at the Betsey Mills Club on May 10 with 21 members in attendance. A social hour preceded the catered dinner, which was hosted by Dede Martin. Following dinner and the business meeting, Roger Bartunek spoke on a number of books, dwelling primarily on Good Talk, Dad, which was co-written by father and son Bill and Willie Geist. The group next meets on June 14.

Franciscan Community Meals

The Marietta Franciscan Community Meals board held its monthly luncheon meeting at Shoney’s Restaurant on May 12.

The meeting was opened by Vice Chairman Kathy Bartunek with prayer. The minutes were read by secretary Suzy Walters. Ruth Davis, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report and reported that 76 volunteers (drivers and office workers) volunteered 297 hours to deliver 349 meals in the month of April. Committee reports were given by Mary Offenberger and Chuck Kurner.

Office workers are still needed; especially someone who can do simple ledger book keeping (no computer). Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a volunteer would be needed at least two days a month. Anyone interested should call the office at 740-373-7998.

Anyone interested in having meals delivered to their home should call the Franciscan Meals office at 740-373-7998 or Mary Rita Offenberger at 740-373-2762. 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). The volunteers provide their own vehicles, gas and time. Food providers are Selby Hospital and Harmar Place.