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Meeting briefs

Published: December 24, 2016 5:00 AM

Moreland Garden Club

The December meeting of Moreland Garden Club was held at Deborah's Garden Market. President Paula Huffman welcomed everyone and thanked Deborah Singer for hosting the meeting. Fifteen members and a guest answered roll call by humming their favorite Christmas Carol.

The December garden therapy committee, consisting of Jeanne Durkalski, Michele Oliver, Barb Moore and Paula Huffman, met with the residents of the Wayne County Care Center. The club provided Christmas stockings with the resident's names stitched on. The men's stockings included hats and socks while the women's stockings had scarves. The residents also received Christmas candy and a Christmas card.

It was announced at the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Region 14 meeting, that the club had received superior ratings on the three contest books program book, club publicity book and garden therapy book, entered in the regional contest.

Michele Oliver had designed the arrangement of the month, "Silver Bells." She had used a red container filled with assorted evergreens, hypericum berries, white flowers, silver balls and featured a single large red rose.

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Anita Roller presented the horticulture tips on growing and caring for holiday cactus. The main difference between the Thanksgiving, the Christmas and the Easter cactus is the time of bloom. However, Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus may bloom at the same time but can be told apart by the type of leaf segments. Thanksgiving cactus has pointy, jagged segments while Christmas cactus has smooth, round leaf segments. Flower bud initiation in the Thanksgiving and Christmas cactus starts in response to cool temperatures and shortened day length. Easter cactus begin to produce flower buds in February. A handout was distributed.

Deborah Singer, owner of Deborah's Garden Market, presented the evening's program on "Williamsburg Style Wreaths." Williamsburg style, working with things from the garden, was started in 1926 when Better Homes & Gardens featured the use of evergreens and fruit. Boxwood and taxus wreaths feature fresh fruit and natural materials. When fresh fruit is used on a Williamsburg style wreath, it will need to be replaced during the season. She demonstrated how to make a boxwood wreath using a wire wreath form and small bunches of boxwood wired to the frame. When using cinnamon sticks in a wreath, scrape the cinnamon stick with an emery board to bring out the fragrance.

Michele Oliver gave each member a handmade tree ornament. Hostesses Marnie Paumier and Linda McFalls served refreshments.

The January meeting will be at the home of Jean Flickinger. Jeanne Durkalski will present a slide show, "Flower Gardens of France." Michele Oliver will have an educational display of Herb/Food Pairings. Anita Roller will create the arrangement of the month, "Paris in Springtime."

Friendsof the Library

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Holmesville/Prairie Township Friends of the Library met Dec. 12 with seven in attendance.

John Gingerich, of Prairie Lane Furniture, presented his plans for additional shelving. The new ones will be 6 feet long, double-sided, oak units, similar to the current shelving. It appears three units will be sufficient , and will cost about $1,800, for all three. He will have time to build them in January.

Stacey Stallman brought more information on the joint preschool story hour to be held with the library and Holmesville grade school. It will be at the grade school on Thursdays, Feb. 16, March 16 and April 20. There will be crafts and stories adapted to the age level present.

Some of the dropped ceiling in the library had fallen earlier this month. The gentleman who repaired it, did it for $125. In the process, he also checked all the attachments for soundness.

A letter was sent to Tom Lauber, thanking him for the donation of the about 700 books. Included with the letter was a listing of the donated books, and a thank-you card signed by the officers of the library.

The next meeting will be Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. in the library.


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