Wooster Emblem Club
Wooster Emblem Club No. 374 met Feb. 22 when President Sharon Stevens initiated Arija Brewer and welcomed her into membership.
Correspondence read included a thank you from Wooster Hope Center for the $200 donation over the holidays and from the Elks for the flag for the outdoor pole.
The Americanism reading presented by Connie Kittle was a test of knowledge about the US presidents. Chairman Keri Merickel reported on activities since the last meeting, which included a coloring project at Wayne County Public Library for Presidents Day, awarding two Five Below gift cards and presidential rulers to the winners and coupon clipping at the Elks with 10,000 coupons sent to an overseas military base.
For Salute to National Veterans Patients week, 18 veterans at Danbury were presented with red, white and blue carnations tied with a small flag and a star packet with a thank you for their service card and to a member’s husband who was in the hospital. An Ohio flag was presented to the Wayne County Schools Career Center in observance of Ohio Statehood on March 1, 1803.
Community Service Chairman Martha Hancock reported the club would continue playing cards at The Avenue on the second Monday of the month and contact is being made with Danbury to see if members can play cards there.
The club will resume serving lunch at The Salvation Army in the near future. Plans are underway to sponsor a blood drive at the Elks. Thank you cards were signed by the staff at Wayne Manor. The club is also looking into it might assist the homeless situation in Wayne County through the Wooster Homeless Task Force.
Literacy committee reported taking 116 Valentines with pencils to the Wayne County Public Library for children to give to family and friends. The Club voted to sponsor four students for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
Ways and Means reported a successful luncheon and card party Feb. 16 and announced a Swiss steak dinner will be held March 16 at the Elks. Members, Elks and guests are welcome.
Scholarship applications are due by March 15 to Keri Merickel.
Candidates nominated for state office from Wooster are Carole Norris for State 1st Vice President; Pat Gerber, Dottie Roberts and Sharon Stevens.
The next meeting will be at 7 pm March 22 at the Elks.
Widows, Widowers & Friends
The March Widows, Widowers & Friends meeting was held at The Barn Restaurant with 32 members in attendance, including two new members. Linda Warrington gave the opening prayer.
A sign-up sheet was passed for a May overnight trip to Holmes County. Winner of the 50-50 raffle was Pat Martin. Door prize winners were Elaine Newman, Pat Martin, Gerri Williams, Judi Gallagher, Shirley Morse, Zola Craver, Kim Cain, Peg Dawson, Nancy Taylor and Norma Davidson.
The monthly breakfast will be at 9 am Saturday, March 26 at the Wooster Elks Lodge. The next dinner and business meeting will be 6 pm Tuesday, April 5, at Creston-Canaan United Methodist Church. Reservations are needed and due by March 28 to Gerri Williams.
Widows, Widowers & Friends is a social and support group for those who have lost a loved one due to death or divorce or for those who have never married. For more information, contact Pearl Gasser at 330-201-0336.
Travelers Club met Feb. 15 at First Presbyterian Church. Program Chair Rosanne Burger requested program suggestions for the upcoming year be sent to her via email. The courtesy committee reported it sent condolences on behalf of the Travelers Club to the family of Amelia Hagen. The club will send a gift of $100 in memory of Hagen to The Wayne County Community Foundation, earmarked for the library.
The Nominating Committee presented the following slate of officers to be voted upon at the March meeting: President, Linda Crouch; vice president, Bev Crafton; secretary, Carolyn Amiet; and treasurer, Rhonnie Black.
Darla Campbell read from the “Memory Book” about Harriet Freeman. Described as elegant, energetic and organized, Freeman accomplished even difficult tasks with efficiency and enthusiasm. Her innate kindness de ella endeared her to her friends de ella and to the large family of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren she shared with de ella husband Howard Freeman.
Susan Buchwalter presented the program titled “Two Channels, Two Oceans, and 1000 Penguins.” In January 2020, Buchwalter embarked at Ft. Lauderdale on a 77-day cruise that circumnavigated the entire South American Continent. The itinerary included natural wonders, ancient cultural sites, a transit of the Panama Canal and five days cruising the waters near Antarctica, where she visited several penguin colonies.
Buchwalter also enjoyed side trips to the ruins at Machu Picchu, a city built by the ancient Incan Empire in Peru, Iguazu Falls, the world largest waterfall, in Argentina, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a weeklong adventure on the Amazon River .
Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchison and Captain Blaine Budd gave an update on their law enforcement agency to Exchange Club March 3 when members met for lunch at Schmid Hall. They were introduced by Tim McGuire, who retired 23 years ago from the department as a sergeant, arranged the program. They were welcomed by Dean Sullivan, co-president.
Hutchison, who started with the department when he was 19 has a total of 43 years; Captain Doug Hunter, 41 years; Budd 30 plus years. They have seen many changes within the department. Hutchison said he went from being a jailer to now the administrator. “I was told what to do and now telling them what to do,” he said with a chuckle.
The jail as built in 1976 to accommodate 50 inmates. With some modification they have 120 daily inmates. Today they have a total of 85 employees. Years ago they started with 10 cars on the department using hand held radios. Today they have personal walkie-talkies. Radio communication has improved with their MARCS, a digital program that operates from four repeater towers in New Pittsburg, Interstate 71, Marshallville and Wooster locations. Deputies operate with a communication system that runs off a lap top inside their cars. The GPS runs off a TV like screen.
Hutchison said they were first in the state to have body cameras for deputies. This caused them to upgrade their computer system for communication, too.
Hutchison said they have good cooperation of other departments with everyone working together when there is a need to assist each other.
Captain Blaine Budd said their response time for calls has gone from answering a domestic related call in 13 minutes to now six minutes in time. He said when jail inmates go above 120 they place prisoners in neighboring jails at a cost of $40 to $70 per day which is a lot of expense to house the inmates. He said a lot of the inmates have mental issues and previously would have lived in the Apple Creek Developmental Center, which closed years ago.
Years ago the department had a helicopter operated by former Sgt. Dale Shetler, who trained to be the pilot. Today they have received a drone with several deputies currently being trained to operate it.
In business, Lisa Reusser requested continuous prayers for Jim Clymer, co-president.
Donna Dale Davis, guest of her husband Jim Davis, gave a blessing for Travis Hutchison, who was an Orrville High School graduate and personal friend.
Sullivan read a note from Isaac Hullinger who stated that he pavilion for the Exchange Club was chosen as Buckeye Council’s Eagle Scout Project of the Year. “I could not have achieved this without you and the club’s support of the project,” he sent in an email to Scott Gold, who coordinated the project.
Orrville Nomad Meeting
Hostess Lisa Reusser and co-hostesses Linda Tibbitts and Esther Leggett welcomed 13 Nomad members to their March 3 meeting at Trinity United Methodist Church in Orrville. After enjoying a cheesecake dessert, President Linda McHenry presided over the business meeting. The slate of officers for the 2022-23 year was presented and approved. The group also voted to approve membership for Donna Dale Davis. Details for Guest Day on April 7 at Dutch Kitchen were discussed.
Program Chairman Linda Tibbitts introduced Caroline Markley, who presented a program on Technical Progress in the Kitchen. Caroline was dressed as an 1840 pioneer wife, and she showed the items she would use to prepare her family’s supper: the fireplace, a bowl of rising bread dough, a utensil for pounding cornmeal, a grater to make sauerkraut, and a large, heavy pot for stewing the fresh rabbit her husband had provided from his recent hunt.
Today’s cooks are thankful technology has advanced since those primitive days. Innovations have continually changed how we store and prepare food, as well as how we clean up afterwards. In 1914, the refrigerator was patented, replacing the ice box. Freezers began being mass-produced after World War II, and the 1950s and 60s produced frost-free freezers. Side-by-side refrigerators have become very popular, as have those with the freezers on the bottom. “Insta-view” refrigerators allow one to view what is inside without opening the door. Today, smart refrigerators’ contents can be “read” by a person’s cell phone and create a shopping list!
Ben Franklin’s “Franklin Stove” was invented in 1742 for the purpose of heating a room or cabin using wood fuel. About 50 years later, the cooking stove came into fashion, followed by gas stoves in 1850. It wasn’t until 1912 that electric stoves were invented. In the 70s, smooth, induction cook tops became the rage because they were so efficient. Today, dual ranges — cook with gas burners but electric ovens — are available. Warming drawers, warming ovens, and steam-assist and steam-cleaning ovens are also popular choices today.
One of the largest changes in cooking methods occurred in the 1940s when the microwave oven was invented. The Radar Range followed in 1947, and the countertop microwave, in 1967. The biggest growth in microwave sales took place between 1970 and 1975. Today, choices can include table-top models, those in drawers, and some with grilling elements. Some microwaves today have smart sensors that adjust to cook food perfectly.
Dishwashing — the bane of most family members — began to improve in 1850 when the first automatic dishwasher was patented, featuring sprayed water. In 1893, Josephine Cochran improved that idea by inventing a wheel that sprayed water around and around. Fifty years later, dishwashers were available that would also dry the dishes. By the 1970s, dishwashers were common in American homes. Today, modern dishwashers offer soil sensors, water savers, energy savers and high-tech self cleaning.
A few other modern kitchen options available today include back-up generators, backsplashes with computer screens, smart hoods that will video you cooking, instant boiling water taps, hydration stations and kitchen composters that turn food scraps into soil in four to 20 hours!
Caroline decided she prefers the modern-day kitchen over the one of her pioneer days.