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John E. LePage Jr./ Correspondent Published: September 26, 2010 12:01 AM

CUMBERLAND -- The 76th annual Homecoming Reunion will take place Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Brookfield Township Hall. The hall is located off Route 340 on Brookton Heights Road (Noble Country Road 11), about two miles west of Hiramsberg.

A covered dinner will begin at 1 p.m. Bring a favorite dish to share. Paper dinnerware and plastic-ware will be provided. There will also be some beverages provided.

A brief meeting and program will follow the meal. The afternoon will be spent visiting and getting reacquainted with old friends. Bring old pictures, family albums, and stories to share. Tell any family members, who may have lived in either township or attended, church, school or Grange there, about the reunion.

Benefit raffle drawing held

The benefit raffle held Sunday, Aug. 29 from Kimberly Hall Scott was drawn following morning worship services at the Cumberland United Methodist Church. The following is the list of winners.

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A $100, donated by the Cumberland Methodist Church Women, was won by Dale Hedge of Hiramsberg. A $100, donated by the Cumberland Valley 4-H Kids, was won by James McDonald of Zanesville. A Goodie Bucket, donated by M&M Feed and Supply, was won by Olivia Schroeder of Sarahsville. A $50 gas card, donated by Vernon Hughes Trucking, was won by Barbara Reed.

The raffle planners would like to thank all contributors who sponsored prizes, community friends and businesses for selling tickets, and the public for purchasing raffle tickets.

Area events and reminders

Sept. 14 -- Ark Angels, 9:30 a.m., Ark Spring Baptist Church. Bring a sack lunch and scissors.

Sept. 19 -- Pickin' in the Pavilion, 7 p.m., Rix Mills Presbyterian Church. Featuring Buddy Larrison's Good Time Band. There will also be a community wiener roast.

Sept. 20 -- Spencer Township trustees, 7 p.m., Township Building. Bills should be given to the fiscal officer by Sept. 15.

Sept. 26 -- The High Hill Presbyterian Church will sponsor a Small and Country Church Celebration. The event will start at 12:30 p.m. with a basket dinner and homemade ice cream. Following the meal, area churches have been invited to share the history of their churches. The program will also include some churches that are no longer in existence. The celebration will be combined with the 112th annual Meigs Township Sunday School Convention. The church is located on High Hill Road off Route 284 and Sugar Grove Road, south of Chandlersville.

Ten years ago

Here is a brief look back at what was going on in Cumberland ten years ago in September 2000. At that time, the major story in the area was that Route 340 south of Cumberland had been reopened. Meanwhile, Route 83 north of Cumberland was still under repairs with motorists having to exercise extreme caution when using the temporary gravel road around the construction.

In September 2000, the major issues before the village council were the ongoing water tower and water lab projects as well as electrical upgrades to the Village Building. For the Spencer Township trustees, the major topic of discussion in September 2000 was junk cars along some of the roads in the township.

Both area Homemakers' Clubs held fall reorganizational meetings in September 2000. At the Cumberland-Spencer meeting, Andrea Gabel demonstrated how to make origami roses. While at the Claysville meeting, Bernadine Dingey presented a lesson on how to get the most out of your microwave oven.

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