Oktoberfest a success
EAST LIVERPOOL The East Liverpool and Calcutta Rotaries held their 2nd annual Oktoberfest on Sept. 29. The event was held in Thompson Park and ran from noon until 8 p.m.
Aided by perfect Fall weather, Oktoberfest was attended by an estimated 2000 people, many of whom were children. The day featured a variety of events. Children's activities included a bounce house, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin painting and many games. Adults were able to visit close to 40 arts and craft vendors featuring a variety of items. Everyone enjoyed horse carriage rides around the top of Thompson Park which were available all day. Everyone was able to listen to music provided by a DJ playing from noon to 4 p.m.. and a polka band from 4-8 p.m.
During the event, those in attendance were able to eat a variety of foods, many of which were authentic German. Along with soft drinks, a wide choice of beers and wines were available.
Sponsors helping make the event possible were gold Homer Laughlin China Company, silver Chester VFW, 1st National Community Bank, Heritage WTI, Kent State University (East Liverpool Campus) and bronze Phil Irwin Insurance, Dr. Lee Rice, Home Savings, Jane Telzrow Appraisals, Attorney Charles Payne, United Rentals, Chester Sparkle, East Liverpool Country Club, D&R Sanitation and Thompson Park. Helping with children's events were 18 members of the Beaver Local Interact Club.
The whole day was enjoyed by everyone attending. Pictures taken during the event can be seen on the East Liverpool Rotary's Facebook Page, under the page name "E L Rotary". Plans are already underway for the 2013 Oktoberfest.
NEW CUMBERLAND - The Tri-State Area Master Gardeners held their annual Harvest Banquet on Aug. 26, at the Weirton Marina. Five new members were recognized as certified Master Gardeners. Congratulations go to Gene Summers, Josh Rhome, Mike Hagwood, Lanny Stewart and Carl Thompson. Doris Musselman was voted the Master Gardener of the year. She is currently serving as Vice President of TAMGA, sharing her experience, energy, and creativity with the community with over 100 hours of education and volunteer work.
The Master Gardeners completed over 700 hours of continuing education while enriching their community with over 1900 service hours through their time, talent and passion for gardening, by holding workshops, and sharing information with the public throughout the year. One main project is the annual Master Gardener calendar with over 2000 calendars
being dispensed to the public, offering information on gardening and flowers and planting schedules.
One of the new projects taken on by the Master Gardener group was "Don's Garden," a vegetable garden in memory of Don Keeder provided by his wife, Mildred. More than 46 pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh herbs were donated to a new local soup kitchen, Table of Hope.
Our Master Gardeners offered information on topics of gardening and education classes at the Hancock County Oldtime Fair at Tomlinson Run State Park from Sept. 14-16.
A members only plant share was held at the regular meeting on Oct. 8.
November's meeting will be the annual club potluck dinner.
For information, call the WVU Hancock County Extension Service at 304-564-3805.
Daughters of the American Revolution
EAST LIVERPOOL National Society Daughters of the American Revolution held their September 2012 meeting at the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton. Regent Heidi Blosser presided. Guest speaker was U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson. He spoke about the design of our U.S. Constitution and the brilliance of it's simplicity. He challenged members to be passionate, good civic stewards who have the power to choose their destiny. After an update about current issues before congress, he answered many questions.