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Lunches with Love fundraiser is today

February 12, 2012
By ESTHER MCCOY - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

Lunches with Love is again operating at full speed in preparing hot lunches for the 45 Smithfield residents and others with a need who live outside of the village.

The group was very thankful for the support of the village and had a big thank-you notice on the outdoor sign that announces the special of the day.

Pat Taylor and her kitchen crew of Elizabeth McHugh, Ann Demski and Carol Kourim, with a 12-year combined total of working together at the kitchen, were busy on Friday morning. Doug Marshall, Pat's son, and Mike Ecker, who works at Applebee's also, were putting the food together and getting it out the door.

Lamont and I were on our Hill Street, county Road 15, Hopewell, Plum Run and county Road 18 route, too. I'm only a once-a-week delivery person while Lamont hits the food trail three days a week. Mary Ann Boyd makes deliveries to the Piney Fork area.

Peg Hockenberry was reminiscing about when the LWL program started when I delivered some food to her. She remembers it being 2000, as she had surgery that year. When she recovered, she stepped in to help cook, deliver and support the program, along with her husband.

A fundraiser will be held today to earn money for the expenses of operation. It will be a Sunday brunch from noon to 4 p.m. A combination breakfast and lunch will be served, and it is by donation only. This is great for those coming from church. We get out of cooking. It continues until 3 p.m., so you could even come back for an early dinner.

On Saturday, there will be a Valentine's Dinner at 6:30 p.m. There will be two meats, plenty of side dishes, a tableful of desserts and a beverage for $8. Plus there will be entertainment. This was a great success last year, and the lunches bunch is hoping for a crowd again. Reservations should be made. It helps to judge the amount of food to prepare. Call (740) 733-7543.

Another event that was loads of fun was the Jefferson County Farm Bureau "Slam Dunk" membership campaign. All in attendance were asked to wear their jersey, shirt, hat or any article of clothing depicting their favorite sports team.

There were Buckeye Local Panthers, Jefferson County Christian School Royals, Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Ohio State Buckeyes and even an Indianapolis Colts jersey in a lovely color of pink that was worn by our office administrator, Janene Smith.

I was the only one there sporting Steelers garb. And I really laid it on. I had a Jerome Bettis No. 36 jersey, given to me by my nephew, Garren McHugh, several years after he won it in a selling campaign at Smithfield Elementary; a Roethlisberger badge with the big No. 7; and a gold and black fuzzy head band.

Brian Swickard, one of the Farm Bureau's six Nationwide agents, was a judge to determine the person best depicting his or her team. I didn't know that he was a judge when he came up to me sporting a Browns jersey and said, "You are disqualified." I didn't know what he was talking about, but I did know that those Browns people do not like us!

Later, when he was to announce the winner, he looked at me and I thought I was going to get dissed again but he announced me as the winner of a $25 dinner gift certificate.

We got our picture taken together, and he put his fist up to me in jest. Like I said, those Browns fans just don't like us from the Steelers nation.

Jeanne Roberts and Sherry Finney are the co-chairmen for membership and those ladies are really go-getters and really informed.

Michele Specht, Farm Bureau organization director, held up signs telling about the power of people working together and what can be accomplished by the more than 200,000 in the Ohio Federation.

"The farm bureau has held sessions to get people educated on oil and gas leasing in this area and now this education has progressed out West," she said. There are two workshops on shale gas for landowners. One is at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, and the other is March 6 at 7:30 p.m. There is no fee or pre-registration required.

"We brought Jack Cerra, Jason Wilson and Charles Wilson to our programs, and they attend our Christmas parties. They welcome our knowledge on agriculture and various programs," Specht said.

"Farm Bureau is bi-partisan. If you are for agriculture, we are for you. We explain policies. Farmers don't have time to look into issues. The actions are based on policy, not party, and we support farm friendly candidates," the organization director explained.

Specht explained some benefits of belonging to the organization, such as legislative representation, access to legal and industry information, staying involved with issues when members can't, subscriptions to the Our Ohio magazine and Buckeye Farm News, Nationwide insurance discounts, the $2,500 reward for anyone seeing a crime committed on a member's property, a $5,000 dismember or death policy and Medical Mutual of Ohio heath care plans.

Farm Bureau members are invited to the annual picnic meeting where good food and door prizes are awarded, and the ladies have the Rural-Urban Soiree to look forward to on at 6 p.m. April 26 at Zalenski's. Farm Bureau members receive a $3 discount on the tickets which are $15 for non-members. There will be a wonderful buffet of chicken, beef and all the side dishes, salads, bread and dessert.

Mary Ellen Grafton, chairman, has arranged for a speaker who is very interesting and had pictures of her vintage clothing in the newspaper when she spoke at the Woman's Club of Steubenville. Shirley Griffin will present her "Closets Full of Clothes and Nothing to Wear" program on vintage clothes. She even pulls some ladies from the audience to be her models.

Reservations are needed for the soiree, and the money needs to be sent by April 19. Call the Farm Bureau office at (740) 266-6603.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is a staff columnist and food editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at

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