Adena Lions Club celebrates 70 years

I know that a 50-year celebration of anything is golden, but I am not sure what something lasting 70 years would earn.

Well I am wrong on that – it has earned loads of respect in Adena for the work done in the community by the Lions Club. You can’t ask for more than a group of men and women interested in improving the area where they live.

They do it by helping those who cannot make it on their own to get glasses, needed food and Christmas presents for their children and encouraging children to read through the summer, with a nice party being the carrot hanging over their head toward reading lots of books.

Their gigantic accomplishment each year is the minstrel show that has gone on for 60 or more of their years. Dustin Kinsey has been the show director, musical director and an actor in some of the skits. I don’t think he ever will top his French dancer role in 2014. He and some of his flamboyant members and friends danced and kicked their way into a frenzy.

There is much more, but those are the niceties that come to the top of my mind right now.

As a backward glance has shown, this is the first year for a female to serve as president of the club. Laura Konkoleski started with the job of one of the vice presidents in 2014 and made the leap in a short time to the one pounding the gavel.

And speaking of the gavel, she was presented a new one in a lucite or some clear material with gold trim and had to try it out to see how it would sound. John Lengyel, immediate past president, made the presentation.

The financial aid given to many of the graduating seniors in their area each year is amazing. Tiffany Lengyel, who graduated from Buckeye Local High School four years ago, came back to give encouragement to John Rutan and Joshua Long, Buckeye Local graduates. She noted there will be low times, but the high times are the ones that will carry you on.

“Just like a saying in Charles Dickens, ‘These are the best of times and worst of times,’ you just need to keep pushing ahead and don’t get discouraged,” she said.

Rebecca Kinsey and Bill Packer were added to the membership role after being inducted into the club with nearly 50 members. R.J. Konkoleski was recognized for serving as district governor by Lengyel. Beth Johnson DiDonato, past district governor, installed the officers.


The Jefferson County Fairgrounds should look very festive after all the county 4-H clubs get their flowers planted in their assigned areas. Then the trick is to keep them watered and weeded until the Aug. 17-23 fair.

The Free Spirits Club sent its meeting report for May and announced that there would be a planting in June. Hunter Johnson presided at the meeting held at the fairgrounds.


I am pleased to see a new 4-H club in town – the Steubenville Blast. It meets on a Monday morning at the JFK Apartment Building.

There will be 4-H pigs coming to the apartment complex to meet with the members, it was noted. Let’s hope they are courteous.

The members planted flowers at JFK apartments, at the instruction of Sarah Cross, Ohio State Extension agriculture and natural resources educator. See you at the fair, girls.


I planted kale and special baby leaf lettuce in a gigantic tub on our patio several weeks ago and have a big crop of both. Now, I am putting kale in everything. No, Lamont, none got into the apple pie I made recently.

I did chop up kale as you would for parsley and put it in my meat loaf, used the small leaves in a salad and tore it up and put it in vegetable soup – of course on the hottest day of the year.

I cleaned out the freezer in our fridge, mainly to cool off on one of the hot days that came before the rainfall that made wading pools of our yards and puddles in the gardens and on roads.

In the process, I found lots of vegetable left from meals that were too good to go to waste, so I put them in small containers. All of these, plus the kale, fresh parsley, a pint jar of canned whole tomatoes and a small chunk of roast beef left from another meal, were put into a kettle to boil.

That steamed up the kitchen nicely on such a humid day, and then the steam rolled from the bowls as we sat and ate the “stone soup,” as I call it when there it a bit of this and that put together. I never have added a stone yet, though. Just don’t let me find one in the freezer sometime. It might go in the broth.

I wanted to say that the kale and lettuce seeds were from Renee’s Garden in Felton, Calif. She sends me seeds each year, and they do so well. And believe me I do not have a green thumb.


Norma Scott sent me a picture of her husband, Willard – no, not from “The Today Show,” but from the Laurels of Steubenville, where he was selected as the featured guest of the month.

He went there for the therapy program and is making exceptional gains and looking forward to returning home. And he could be there by now. He did say that he enjoyed the Big Red band pep rallies, karaoke in the dining room and playing bingo.

The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 11, and he set a goal of dancing with his wife on their special day. I didn’t hear if this happened or not. If not, it will soon, I just know that.

Norma – Dottie to many – is the busy lady who enters great dessert recipes for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times Holiday Cookbook Contest each year. Keep them coming, Norma. It is so nice to hear from you. And Willard, I want to see you dancing soon.


I love the stories and sermonettes at the bottom of our church bulletins each Sunday. This is the job of Anna Simeral, wife of our pastor, Wilford. Some time ago, she had tips for a beautiful life that I found to be thought-provoking. Here goes:

— Take a 10-to-30-minute walk each day and smile while doing it. It is the ultimate antidepressant. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your purpose today.

— Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli and almonds.

— Try to make at least three people smile each day. Don’t waste precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest in the positive present moment.

— Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid who has maxed out his or her charge card.

— Life isn’t fair, but it is still good. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

There are some I am going to have to work on to see the beauty of the day each day.


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