CANTON SOUTH NEWS
• Dec. 6, St. Nicholas' Day, is the traditional gift-giving day in some countries, recalling the reputation of a fourth century Christian bishop for acts of charity. Santa Claus and the American custom of Christmas giving is derived from it.
• Birthdays this week are Lela Burk, Grace Thomas, Norm Stropki, Debbie Bodkin, Michele Gill, Frank Kruger, Ben Kohring, Edie Hamilton, Kay Kovesci, Tiffany Roush, Diane Storch, Carrie Hussar, Gayle Clugston, Vicki Wilson, Onita Frank Carl Hookway and Bonnie Brinkman.
• Twenty years ago this week Congratulations was given to Patty Larkins who won a Thanksgiving Turkey from WHBC after impersonating a turkey on the radio!
• Ten years ago this week, Canton South Junior Guild's 24th annual Christmas Craft Show was held at Faircrest Middle School on Dec. 7 and 8.
• Thought for the week…Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. - Albert Camus
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• Birthday wishes to Winston Owens, Jim Martin, Neil Bole, Michael Rae, Branyn Gerber, Ryan Vaughn, Heather Carson, Karren Kandel, Tom Loy, Timothy Erickson, Lisa Temesy, Jody Adams, Tara Davis, Tony Humes, Joyce Stevens, Jennifer Clapper, Nathan Miller, Charles Cather, Vanessa Snyder, Jack Wottle, Sheryl Bialota, Jackie Roudebush, Penny Carpenter, Jay Kaser, David Hampton, Jacob Preston, Francis Aquino, Marjorie Kitchen, Maria Snellenberger, Lori Rankin, Dorothy Smith, Paul Nichols, Micah Butler, Nathaniel Oberly, Cliff DeWees, Dean Griffith, Mike Griffith, Connie Johnson,Tim Anothony, Brock Sanders, Evelyn Gearhart, Ruth Kaser, Melissa Hudy, Jackson Gomez, Bailey Makenna Puskarich, Lauren Josephine Morris, BrookLynn Donaldson, Jeremy Hamilton II and Erica Robinson.
• Happy anniversary to Don and Sharon Ackerman, Jim and Cindy Rarric, Tim and Carla Ward, Scott and Julie Sanders, Gary and Missy Wellendorf, Allen and Sharon Nennig and Rich and Carrie Little.
• Wishing a very special happy birthday to James Eugene Davis Jr., who will be celebrating his 50th birthday. His parents, Jim Sr. and Janey Davis invite you to come to an open house at the Foltz Community Center, 224 N. Wood St, on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 2-4 p,.m. Those who know Jim or (Eugene) as he likes to be called, remember the tragedy when he was injured in a car accident, caused by a drunk driver, just before his 18th Birthday. Eugene is in reasonably good health and his attitude, spirit and faith are truly amazing and a blessing to all. The family asked "No gifts please." Your presence will light up his life. Even if you have never met Eugene, know you are invited and encouraged to stop by and say "Happy 50th Birthday." That is the best present you can give him.
• A line-dance party will be held at the Foltz Center on Friday, Dec. 21, from 8-11 p.m. The cost is $6. Attention to all those who meet for line dancing lessons on Monday evenings: there will be no classes held in the month of December. Classes will resume in January 2013.
• Can you name who makes the best yummy desserts? Mom, Grandma, Uncle Charlie, the church ladies, or the neighbor next door? All the great bakers in the Community will be busy baking all their favorite goodies for the Incredible Edible Auction, being held at the Foltz Center on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 a.m. Yep, you read the time right. Get up bright and early and bid on your favorite dessert. Buy a couple extras and give them as gifts. The event is sponsored by the East Canton Rotary. For more information, call 330-488-6500.
• A special note to all readers: It will soon be the new year, and I will start something new, concerning birthday and anniversary wishes. I have copied that information over from one year to another. But in the meantime, folks have divorced and some have passed away. Thanks to many of the readers, I have been informed when a name needed to be removed. I have decided to start fresh and will not use the old list. Several of the local churches send me their birthday/anniversary list with their newsletters, and I thank them. Others tell me in person, or call or send an e-mail. Any one of those ways will be put to use this year. E-mail me, with "Press News Birthday or Anniversary" in the subject box or phone 330-488-2622. I will need at least a two week notice to get it in the paper before their birthday/anniversary. Please continue to advise me when a name should be removed.
• Please keep these folks in your prayers: Laura Anderegg, Glen Motts, Wilda Motts, Goddfried Lehmann and Andrew Kennedy, as well as all our military men and women who are serving our country at home or abroad.
• Hey kids, Santa is coming to the Werner Inn (See Santa visit list.)
• Animal talk: What's better then a talking parrot? Answer: A Spelling Bee.
• What did the duck say when he ordered room service? Answer: "Just put it on my bill."
• What's gray and has four legs and a trunk? Answer: A mouse going on vacation.
• Sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of Harry Humrighouse and Floyd Tyree.
Congratulations to Jojh Haidet, Marlene Gray, Austin Dye, Brandon Muir, Alyssa Sickafoose, Shaun Greene, "Red" Williams, Stephen Jacoby, Jr., Karen Moriarty, Macie Faigley, Bob Michael, Michelle Miller, Laura Dotson, David Hampton, Terri Longo, Larz Roush, Tonya Hawk, Ed Maurer and Wayne Wood.
• Happy anniversary to Dan and Sandy Selby and Bob and Candy Carroll.
• The American Legion of East Sparta will meet on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the East Sparta Community Building.
• The East Sparta Civic Association and the American Legion will be having a monthly public supper on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Community Building. Serving time is 4-6 p.m.
• On Dec. 8, Santa will wish a Merry Christmas to East Sparta and Sandyville children. Santa will travel by the East Sparta Fire Department fire truck. This will start at 6 p.m.
• The East Sparta Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary is selling hard tack candy and peanut brittle. Call 330-866-3142 to purchase some.
• The Pike Grange annual Christmas party will be held on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. (See Santa visit listing.)
• Happy birthday this week to Brittani Gintz, Scott Sickafoose, John Little, Brett Stoffer, Gloria Junkins, Peggy Hysong, Darlene Myers, and Mike Murphy.
• Happy anniversary to Mark and Sherry Blumenauer, John and Vicki Herstine, and Dave and Carolyn Loomis.
• Wishes of good health and God's healing go out to Alix Crim, Rose Marie Shine, Lori King, Nancy Pressutti, Chey Schubert, Nancy Tolfo, Rose Mary Techi, Sam Medley, Gloria English, Patsy Bowman, Justynne Hodge, Walker Gonzalez and George Long.
• Sandy Valley High School held Heart Healthy Week, Dec. 3-7. A spirit week along with a change collection helped to promote healthy heart awareness and to raise money for the American Heart Association.
• Sandy Valley Youth Basketball officially began last Saturday. Check out www.leaguelineup.com to find schedules, updates, and directions to the games. Thanks to Tim Costello for once again organizing the Sandy Valley League and to all coaches for volunteering their time. Come out and catch a game any Saturday at the Sandy Valley Wellness Center.
• Sandy Valley Alumni will hold ta monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the alumni meeting room at the Sandy Valley Wellness Center.
• The next Sandy Valley Middle School Parent Community meeting will be held on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. The topic is how to get more parents and community members involved in our schools. Please plan to attend and share your ideas.
• Come and help celebrate Sandy Valley Wrestling Coach John Groff's, 38-year career at the only home wrestling match on Thursday, Dec. 13. The match begins at 6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. All former wrestlers are encouraged to attend.
• A benefit dinner will be held for Sandy Valley second grader, Walker Gonzalez, on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 4-7 p.m. at Tozzi's on 12th. Walker was diagnosed with dilated cardiomiopathy when he suffered a stroke in October. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for ages 10 and under. The dinner consists of sausage, peppers, pasta, salad, rolls and dessert. There will also be a basket raffle and silent auction items. To purchase tickets, please contact Ashley Watkins at 330-447-7754.
• A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held at the Sandy Valley Eagles on Jan. 12 for Alix Crim. Alix is a graduate of Sandy Valley and daughter of Joel and Lori Collinsworth. She is suffering from a disease known as Krohns. Anyone wishing to donate a basket to a raffle being held the night of the dinner, please contact Lori at 330-209-7502.
• Mark your calendars now and please plan to attend and support the annual Sandy Valley Alumni Scholarship banquet. It will be held at the high school on Saturday, May 4. Gold and silver classes to be honored include 1963 and 1988. This is held each year to raise money for the scholarship fund.
• Any deer hunters who are interested in donating their excess processed deer meat to the less fortunate in our area, should contact the Helping Hands Network at 330-866-2005.
• Jamie and Lisa Altimore and their family recently held an event at The Dock in Dellroy to celebrate and thank family and friends for their support when a year ago, Jamie suffered a brain aneurism. Food and monetary donations were collected to support Helping Hands Network in the Sandy Valley area and to Share a Christmas in the Dellroy area as a way for them to say thank you and to give back to the communities who had given so much to them in their time of need.
• The Cat's Meow's of the Magnolia bandstand and the cobbler shoppe among others are available from the Historical Society and would make great Christmas gifts. Contact Paula Tolin at 330-866-5300 or Janet Rogers at 330-866-9744 to complete your collection!
• Sandy Valley band fruit delivery is this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8, at the high school. Limited quantities are still available for purchase by calling the band room at 330-866-9371.
Have a great week, Magnolia! Please call or email your news for next week so you can be the Talk of the Town.
• Happy birthday to Randy Motts. We hope you have a wonderful day!
• Happy anniversary to Randy and Kandy Stanley.
• Tickets are still available for the Haiti Foundation Against Poverty Fundraiser at Sandy Valley High School this Saturday. (See related article.)
• The American Legion Auxiliary is having a membership drive. If anyone would like to join that has had a family member serve in any of the wars please contact Betty Fallot at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and more information. God Bless America and those that serve our country!
Have a great week, Waynesburg. Please send your holiday news my way!
•I was a guest of her son Denny and Peggy Willis in Coshocton, Nov. 21-27. On Thanksgiving day, we attended a family turkey/ham buffet dinner at the home of my son and grandson Chris and Shiloh Willis of Apple Valley, Howard. Fourteen adults and children were guests, from Conesville, Robertsville, Coshocton and Apple Valley. During the day, everyone enjoyed the phone call received from the hosts son, Justin Dean Willis, who is stationed in Kanoahar, Afghanistan, with the Army Reserve.
• Ms. Frances Shearer of Robertsville flew to Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 18 and overnighted with her son Scott in Morrow, Ga.
On Nov. 19, the two travelers flew to San Francisco, Calif. and then by car traveled to Vallejo, Calif. While there, they visited with friends and toured the many canyons of the Napa Valley, Sonomo Valley and Bay areas. On Thanksgiving day, they crossed the bay to Crochett, Calif., to enjoy dinner at the famous "Dead Fish" Restaurant overlooking the bay, before returning to their respective homes Nov. 23.
• Dale Munk was honored with a birthday party on Nov. 24, given by his wife Betty. Guests were Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cafaro and sons, of Lake Mohawk; Mr. and Mrs. Dick Blake, of Alliance; Mr. and Mrs. Tom Shelt, of Sebring; Mr. and Mrs. Greg Coast and sons, of Tallmadge; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stewart and sons; Richard Beck and Lilian Munk, of Paris; and Betty Smith, of North Canton.