Wayne Choral Union

The Board of Directors of the Wayne County Choral Union met recently at the home of Kim Hartman. The upcoming spring concert was the main topic of conversation. The concert will be May 6 at 3 p.m. at Wooster High School's Performing Arts Center. The theme is "American Music 101," a history of America through music by American composers. Tickets are $8, with students 17 and younger admitted free. Tickets will be on sale at Buehler's Wooster Markets starting in mid-April.

Also discussed was the upcoming music scholarship applications. There is one applicant so far, with application deadline being March 31. A one-time $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Wayne County high school senior who will be pursuing a music-related field in college. Applications have been sent to the choir directors and guidance counselors in all Wayne County high schools.

For more information about the Choral Union, check out the website or Facebook page.

Torchbearer Pi

Torchbearer Pi of Beta Sigma Phi met at El Campesino for its regular March meeting with Valerie Wobster as hostess. Wobster had the Torch Moment from the second Torch ever printed, in 1947. A thank you was read from Kathy Martin, chosen Queen for 2018.

Gift of the month was won by Shelby Spradley. Wobster had the program, Beauty of Sisterhood.

Next meeting will be a social March 17 at Henry Station in Wooster.

Friday Afternoon Bridge

Average score after seven rounds of play March 2 for Friday Afternoon Bridge was 24. Pairs above average were 30.50, Kay Wagner, Gale Metsker; 27, Cheryl Backstrom, Gwen Gerber; 24.50, M.J. Toole, Pat Finn.

Widows, Widowers & Friends

Danbury Senior Living catered the March meeting of Widows, Widowers & Friends. The meeting was at New Hope Church. Lois Oligee gave the opening prayer. Danbury’s representative, Rachel Chisnell, shared with the group the many amenities Danbury has to offer.

The 50-50 raffle was split between two winners, Pearl Gasser and Linda Warrington. Door prizes were won by Rhea Schmale, Dorothy Majors, Mary Ellen Ketler, Cheryl McConahay, Roger Bevington, Karen Johnson, Marge Baker, Oligee and Gasser.

Upcoming events include breakfast at Buehler’s Milltown at 9 a.m. March 17. The group will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. March 22 at Flamingo Jack’s Market St. Grill & Pub. Dinner and a movie will be March 27, meeting at 5 p.m. at Applebee’s for dinner. You can attend the movie of your choice either before or after dinner. Reservations and the $10 fee is due to Gerri Williams by March 23 for the April 3 business meeting at 6 p.m. at Creston-Canaan United Methodist Church. Please take items to be used as prizes for that evening’s bingo games.

A new activity booklet will be distributed at the April meeting. Some of the future activities include going to the Amish Door for "A Tribute to the Andy Griffith Show" May 2. Cost is $35, with reservations needed to Schmale by April 3; enjoying an Akron Rubberducks game from a loge June 2. The cost will be $45; Ohio Star Theatre in Sugarcreek June 28 for "The Home Game." The cost is 63; and going for a dinner cruise on the Goodtime III July 21 with a cost of $38. Activity costs include your meal and transportation.

Closing prayer was by George Topovski.

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.

Wooster Emblem Club

Wooster Emblem Club No. 374 met at Wooster Elks Lodge Feb. 27.

The Americanism reading was facts about Abraham Lincoln by Vice President Dottie Roberts. Americanism activities reported included members providing a dinner and bingo with cash prizes for the veterans at Hilltop Villa. Each resident received a $5 and $1 bill in observance of Presidents Day. Lunch is being planned for the Oasis Group Home March 20. The club presented a U.S. and Ohio flag to the Valley College Grange in March in observance of Ohio’s statehood on March 1, 1803, this year being 215 years.

Literacy Chairman Vera Rouhier held a workshop Feb. 20 to make bookmarks for the Wayne County Public Library and the local elementary schools to keep up with the demand. Over 1,000 bookmarks were made that day. The club voted to give the Wayne County Library $200 to purchase books that are given to local physicians to give to newborns at their check-up. Over 15,000 coupons were clipped by members in February and sent to military bases overseas.

Nominations for state officers for 2018-2019 were: Flo Oldaker, state president; Sharon Stevens, chaplain; Pat Gerber and Dottie Roberts for trustees.

A luncheon and card party will be held March 14; menu will be sloppy joe, hot chicken sandwich or chili with tossed salad and dessert. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $8 for lunch, an afternoon of cards of your choice, and prizes. Please call Nancy Rastetter at 330-264- 8710 to reserve a table.

Next meeting will be March 27 at 7 p.m.

Tuesday Book Club

Almost like a visit back in time, was the book review given by Connie Miller at the last meeting of Tuesday Book Club. Miller told of the life story of Margaret Wise Brown, the author who wrote those favorite childhood stories such as "Goodnight Moon" and "Runaway Bunny."

Miller reviewed this from the book written by Amy Gary, "In The Great Green Room," which told of West’s interesting, often surprising, life story. Miller then passed out some published books of Margaret Brown, some of which had pictures of her life.

Sonya Eshelman presided at the meeting held at T.J.’s in Wooster. Hostesses were Donna Dale Davis, Rosemary Drickhammer and Judy Kropf.

Wooster Music Club

The Wooster Music Club met March 6 in Wesley Hall of Wooster United Methodist Church. After the opening hymn, a prayer was given by Meg Litteral. Characteristics of traditional Scottish music, along with lyrics to several songs, were given by Cheryl Anderson (harp) and Annie Gerig (English horn). They then played two sets of Scottish music. The Scottish theme continued with duets by Anderson and Kathy Helmuth (flute). Charlotte Marsh sang two contemporary gospel songs. Meg Litteral (violin) accompanied by Stephanie Musselman (piano) presented 'Csardas' by V. Monti. Litteral then played two piano solos. The program concluded with clarinet solos by Hope Long. Musicians were announced by Chuck Craig and Irish-themed refreshments were served by Judithe Craig.

Visitors are welcome to the club's meeting on April 3 in Wesley Hall, Wooster United Methodist Church. The program begins at 7 p.m. after a short business meeting (6:45 p.m.).

Wooster Exchange Club

The youths of the month from the Village Network (Feb. 6) and Christian Children's Home (Feb. 13) each were presented a plaque, gift certificate and polo shirt to designate being chosen for outstanding performance.

On Feb. 20, the club met at the Martin Cabin for a chili supper.

Preparations are being made for the second chance reverse raffle, to be May 11 at the American Legion on Sylvan Road. Profits go to the Wooster Fireworks and Exchange Club projects.