April 16, 2014

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Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 2:18 PM

Ray and Lena Fankhauser were at Henry Fankhauser’s for a birthday lunch for Maranda Fankhauser and Alex Fankhauser on March 29.

An all-day horse show was held March 29 at Reality Farms Arena in New Concord, Ohio.  Three young ladies from the local area were very competitive, that being Seona Kernen, Breeane Gallagher, and Amber (Baumberger) Schafer.  Family members attended and enjoyed the start of another show season.

Congratulations to Aaron and Kayla Fankhauser on the birth of their son, Bentley Richard Fankhauser.  Proud grandparents are Richard and Jeannie Fankhauser and Jeff and Darlene Price. Proud great-grandparents are Ray and Lena Fankhauser. Bentley weighed in at 7 lb. 3 oz. He was born April 2, the day before great-grandma Lena’s birthday.

Congratulations to Jacob and Kelsie Schmidt of Spotsylvania, VA, on the birth of their son, Brayden Michael Schmidt.  Proud grandparents are Tim and Kathy Tisher and proud great-grandmother is Orphie Meyer of Hannibal, OH, formerly of Boltz Hill.  Brayden weighed in at 8 lb. 11 oz. and was 20 inches long; he was born April 3.

Congratulations to Alex Fankhauser and the members of quiz bowl team from River High School who were winners of Mindworks Competition at Paden City. Alex is the son of Henry and Amity Fankhauser and grandson of Ray and Lena Fankhauser and Elizabeth Stauffer. 

Switzer News 3/13/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 2:59 PM

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness month.  MS is one of those diseases that affects the nervous system and muscles in the body. No two people have exactly the same symptoms, and each person’s symptoms can change or fluctuate over time.
March 21 is World Down’s Syndrome Day. Those with Down’s Syndrome were born with an extra chromosome.
March is Women's History Month. It is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
The Baumbergers of German Ridge have been approached by the Friends of Ohio Barns with a request to hold the organization's 2014 picnic at the Stone Barn Farm.  The actual date for the picnic has not been set.  In addition to the picnic, the group will be given a tour of the historic Stone Barn and the large array of masonry and farm tools of that period.
Marjorie Baumberger and Beverly Anderson were in Dublin, Ohio for an AM meeting February 28.  Following the meeting they were treated to lunch at the Olive Garden by Jim and Mary Schnegg.  Later, Jim returned to his work and Marjorie and Beverly continued on to the Schnegg home in Worthington along with Mary. 

Switzer News 2/27/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Thursday, February 27, 2014 8:52 AM

It was good to have some nice weather.  Didn’t have to shovel snow or break up ice for a few days.  We will probably have more, but a little break was good.  It won’t be long; spring is just around the corner.  Are you ready to work in the garden? The garden seeds are in the stores.

A retirement party was held for Fred Smith on Jan. 22 at the Court Restaurant in New Martinsville, WV. Fred served as Switzerland Township Trustee for eight years.  Those attending were Fred and Chris Smith, Ric Smith, Rod and Yvonne Newkirk, Jim and Dorothy Lehman, Jay, Fred and Lamar Anderson, Tom and Joyce Dunn. A good time was had by all.

Ron, Karen and Levi Datkuliak were down to visit with David, Vickie, Adam and Peter Datkuliak in Fayetteville, N.C. They were there for Peter’s 1st birthday on February 1.  When they got there, there was three inches of snow on the ground.

Gilbert and Susie Zink and neighbors of West Chester, PA, were without electric for three days. During the storm that swept the East Coast. They had around sixteen inches of snow and ice, with more snow to come. They were able to get a motel room a couple of the nights.

Elmer and Elvira Datkuliak, Ron, Karen and Levi Datkuliak were at Reuben, Amy and Carma Datkuliak’s for dinner. 

Switzer News 2/13/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:11 PM

This January has been quite cold, having seven days of below zero (official in Steubenville), and we usually only have two or three days of subzero days.

Hoping that February will not follow suit. It doesn't seem that there could be any global warming going on during this extreme cold weather.  I'd say we shouldn't complain this summer when it gets hot. The countdown is on for spring; can't wait.

Enjoying dinner with Rich and Deb Lehman on Jan. 25 at their new home were Vici Alleman and children, Paul, Toby and Elizabeth; Brian and Amanda Tomlin and children Coleman, Kaden and Addason; Troi and Ashley Garey and children Colton, Drew, Holden, Luke and Elliana; and Jen Biedenbach.

Mike and Monica Turner of West Jefferson, OH, and Dani Turner of Athens, OH, were in visiting with Ila Turner, family and friends.

Terri Reynolds of Lizemores, WV, was in for the weekend.  She and I, along with the help of Don Schnegg, put in new water lines under the bathroom.  Yep, the plastic pipes froze and burst.

Dustin, Carrie, Caden and Aubrey Nippert have returned from Arizona where Dustin was for some baseball practice.

Switzer News 1/23/14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Judy Reynolds   
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 2:23 PM

Congratulations to D.J. Thomas, Jr. and Brooke on the birth of their son, Kenneth Carson Thomas, on Jan. 2. Carson weighed 7 lb. 9 oz. and was 20 3/8 inches long.

I received word that my Aunt Patsy Baker had been out and fell on the ice. She has a broken arm, shoulder blade and nose. Because of the weather we did not go out right away. They ended up getting over a foot of snow. I met Butch Baker of Crestline, OH in Columbus and we traveled out to visit Aunt Pat. She is in rehab. We also visited and had dinner with Lance and Sharon Baker of Indianapolis, IN.

Linda and Starling Zink hosted a Christmas dinner for their family. Attending were Marilyn and Irwin Riggenbach of Antioch, Randy and Teresa Zink, Taylor Zink and Katey Dancy, Beau Martin and son Jack Martin. After dinner, gifts were exchanged and folks enjoyed watching little Jack get into everything! Jack is 14 months old.

Ohio's Appalachian Country, an organization whose purpose is the promotion of tourism throughout the 32 Appalachian Counties of Ohio, held its annual meeting at Burr Oak State Park Lodge January 8. Marjorie Baumberger, Central region representative, attended the meeting. She stayed for an overnight retreat spent planning their upcoming projects for 2014. Amy Rutledge of Carroll County was elected president. Ohio's Appalachian Country will play a major part in the roll out of "Bon Appalachia" in the State of Ohio. Each state in Appalachia will conduct a roll out for their state. Heritage Magazine is doing the piece, which features food venues, farmers' markets, produce auctions, etc., for the spring publication.