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CUMBERLAND AREA NEWS Signs of spring popping up in village

John E. LePage Jr./ Correspondent Published: April 3, 2011 12:02 AM

John E. LePage Jr.


Claysville Homemakers

The Claysville Homemakers recently had its March meeting. Roll call was answered by reminiscing about St. Patrick's Day and spring. Bernadine Dingey gave the report from the GCHC's March meeting. Those present discussed several upcoming homemakers' meetings and events around the area.

On April 8, the Spring Festival Craft and Bake will take place at the Christ United Methodist Church in east Cambridge. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Each club that belongs to the GCHC will present a craft and have the opportunity to have a table. This event is open to the public and there is no admission charge.

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The Guernsey County Homemakers Council will meet at 10 a.m. April 11 in the Crossroads Library. There will not be any Leadership Training lesson in April.

The Spring District Meeting will be April 27 at the Woodsfield United Church of Christ. Registration is from 9 to 9:25 a.m. The cost is $10. The reservation deadline is April 20. Contact the GCHC for more information.

The GCHC 2011 Homemakers' Achievement Day will take place on May 4 at the Christ United Methodist Church in east Cambridge. (Claysville is to provide the devotions and Grace.) The theme, speaker, menu and cost will be announced.

The Guernsey County Homemakers' Picnic will be at 11:30 a.m. June 15 at the Kennedy Stone House. Those attending should bring a covered dish and table service.

Members were reminded that the Fall District meeting will take place in Cambridge. More information will be forthcoming.

Sharon Oliver read from Helen Folson's "Did You Know St. Patrick's Secret." Joan Stewart gave the devotions which included "He Lives in Us."

During the afternoon session, those present worked on their craft for the Spring Festival Craft and Bake. Betty Koval presented the lesson on "Healthy Cooking for One" which she had attended the leadership training session at Southeastern Med.

The Claysville Homemakers' next meeting will be April 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the Westland Township Community House. Those attending should bring a covered dish and table service.

Area events and reminders

March 31 -- Leonard and Betty Burson of Cumberland will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. Their children are hosting a card shower for them. Cards and letters may be sent to Rev. and Mrs. Burson, P.O. Box 21, Cumberland, OH 43732.

April 1 -- Ark Spring Cemetery Association is requesting that all floral arrangements, grave mounds, blankets or any other grave ornaments be removed from graves by this date. All articles that are not removed from the graves will be disposed of when the cemetery is cleaned for summer mowing.

April 2 -- Square dance, Meigs Community building, 8 to 11 p.m. There will be $4 admission per person at the door with children 10 and under admitted free. The band for the dance will be Good 'N' Country with Meigs Jr. Pioneers 4-H Club in charge of the dance.

April 3 -- Freeland Valley Antique Power Club, 2 p.m., social hall of the Rix Mills Presbyterian Church.

April 4 -- Cumberland Village Council, 6 p.m., Village Building.

Blood drive -- The Buffalo (Cumberland) and Rix Mills Presbyterian Churches are planning community blood drives for May at each church. The Cumberland United Methodist Church and the Cumberland Pilgrim Chapel are also supporting this blood drive for the Cumberland area. Cumberland area residents who would like to take part in the blood drive may sign up on Sundays at the BPC, at Clark's Grocery on Main Street or by contacting Pastor Jim Gibson at 439-2961, home; (740) 517-1190, cell; or e-mail jimrgibson@yahoo.com. Once there are enough people signed up, then a day and time can be arranged with the Red Cross.

Special collection days in April

For quite awhile, I've been listing the schedule for the recycling trailer in Cumberland. The Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District provides many services for the area. A lot of information can be found on the website, http://www.wasteabate.org/Calendar.htm. Listed below are some special collections that might be of interest to area residents.

April 8 -- "A Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet" collection is scheduled for the Community Health Link, 1204 Clark St., Cambridge, from 8 to 11 a.m. Leave medication in the original container if possible. Mark out any personal information but leave the prescription information visible. Non-prescription drugs accepted as well. Free of cost and open to all.

April 9 -- Muskingum County Appliance Collection Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Muskingum County Recycling Facility, 2215 Adamsville Road, Zanesville.

April 16 -- Guernsey County Appliance Collection Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cambridge Transfer Station, 4217 Glenn Highway (US 40/22), Cambridge.

April 23 -- Noble County Appliance Collection Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Noble County Park and Pavilion, 46047 Marietta Road (Route 821), Caldwell.

As of now, there are no recycling trailer dates listed for Cumberland in April. Check at the website and click on April 2011 to see if there are any changes. Questions about the services provided the Southeastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District can be asked through the contact feature at the website.

Talk around the town

Many in the Cumberland area and around the world were talking about the unusual full moon which occurred close to the spring equinox. There were articles and pictures in the paper and on the television news. Many people seemed to want to say that they saw this rare event. In this area, clouds held off long enough for those who wanted (and remembered) to get a good view of the event. (While I was a little late and missed the early part of the event, I was treated to a very clear view of a visibly larger than usual full moon. It was easy to see many of its features with the naked eye.)

Then on Monday morning (March 21) at most locations in the area, the first thunderstorms of spring rolled in less than 12 hours after the season's official beginning. Some of the lightening was quite lively and some people experienced a power blink or two. Many also heard the pounding of a few minutes of heavy rain on their roofs. There were also scattered showers and thundershowers throughout the rest of the day, lasting into mid-week. Mild temps hung around to mid-week as well, but it's still March, so don't put the heavy coats away, just yet.

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