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Community happenings

July 11, 2012
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Seniors welcome

new members

Doris Matyas presided at the June 28 meeting of the Toronto Senior Citizens where Cecilia Petras was welcomed as a guests and new members were introduced, including James and Dorothy Kliner and Don and Becky Swickard.

Robert Haught gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner. Mayor John Geddis was the guest speaker.

Reports were given by Shirley Rebich, Joyce Dobbs and Donna Worley. The kitchen committee for July is Dee Fouts, Nannette Householder, Virginia Speedy, Buff Shipe, Ida Haynes, Nancy Ludewig and Marge O'Tool.

The picnic will be held Aug. 9 at the Stratton Park. Members are asked to be there at 1 p.m. for games and 3 p.m. for eating.

Irene Miller won the door prize. Donna Worley won the 50/50. Bingo winners were Bill Baier, Pat Rebres, Donna Worley and Dee Fouts. Scat winners were Bill Baier, Joyce Dobbs, Paula Krensavage, Richard Dobbs, Dee Fouts and John Wherry.

The next meeting will be held Thursday at the Roosevelt Building.

BV Residents

recycling Thursday

Although the Buena Vista Residents will not have a formal meeting in July, the monthly recycling pickup will be conducted, and a neighborhood activity is planned.

Recycling will continue Thursday with residents reminded that items should be placed at curbside by noon on those days for pickup by volunteers between noon and 4 p.m. Plastics and cans can be combined, but paper and plastic should not be mixed. Paper should be bundled in paper bags or cardboard. The pickup is not for glass or Styrofoam.

On July 22, shelter B at Jim Wood Park will be the site of a neighborhood activity at 4 p.m., this time a picnic and surprise drawing. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a side dish. Entertainment will be announced.

Ed Looman of Progress Alliance will be the guest speaker at the Aug. 8 meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Buena Vista UMC. "Death by Chocolate" will be the food theme with participants asked to bring a favorite chocolate dessert. The monthly recycle pickup is Aug. 9.

Wells Questers

hold meeting

The Bezaleel Wells Chapter of Questers met at Lala's Diner with Phyllis Foreman as hostess.

Reports were given by Marlene Rhueff, Terri Milliken and Joan Powell, who attended the International Convention of Questers recently in Baltimore. Her roommate was Sally Moser, who is the state president of Questers.

Some of the events they attended included the president's reception, where they met the officers and were entertained by a men's chorus; a luncheon where scholarships were given to students; and a Founder's Day program on steamboats on Chesapeake Bay. Powell also toured three homes, among them Mount Clare Museum House. She returned home with ideas for programs and many pictures.

Members were reminded that the fall state meeting will be hosted by the St.Clairsville chapter on Oct. 11-12.

Foreman's program topic was "Pipes, Humidors and Cigarette Cases and Holders." She reviewed the history of tobacco usages in early America. Tobacco became increasingly popular with the arrival of the Europeans. Following the Industrial Revolution, cigarettes became popular. Apart from smoking, tobacco had a number of uses as medicine. As a pain killer it was used for earaches and toothaches and sometimes as a poultice. John Rolfe is credited as the first settler to raise tobacco. He raised a popular variety from seeds brought with him from Bermuda. When he left for England with his wife, Pocahontas, he had become quite wealthy.

Following the Civil War, there was a desire not only for snuff, pipes and cigars, but cigarettes as well. Famous pipe smokers were Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth I, Mark Twain, Vincent Van Gogh, Babe Ruth, Sigmund Freud and Clark Gable.

Foreman displayed many items from her collection. Among them were a pewter snuff box from Wales belonging to her grandmother; her mother's cigarette case; and various cigarette holders, among them a cloisonne holder with a matching opium pipe. Among the pipes were a meerschaum pipe, a clay pipe, a calabash pipe, a corncob pipe. There were sets with humidors. One had commemorative Delft pipes. Another set had hand-carved pipes, some of which were animal heads.

Other members adding to the display were Darlene Baker with a crescent glass pipe holder; Joan Powell with ashtrays, one of which came from the final firing of Steubenville Pottery; Carlotta Jordan with a silver cigarette case with matching lighters; and Terri Milliken with a miniature Meerschaum pipe in a case, which was her father's.

The next meeting topic will be "Playing Cards" with Jean Turrentine as hostess.

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