Not all showers involve rain

Spring is for showers, not just the ones that bring rain and flowers, but for bridal and baby events as well.

The Adena Woman’s Club held a shower at the Harrisville Community Center recently for babies and mothers who might need assistance with baby clothing, baby care items, formula, diapers, baby food and maternity wear for themselves.

All of this assistance is available at the Wellspring Pregnancy Center, 130 N. Main St., Cadiz. Tammy Hosenfeld is the director and is supported by caring volunteers and thoughtful contributions.

She thanked the Adena Woman’s Club for sponsoring the baby shower to bring in baby products, clothing, diapers and baby food. Carol Infante, past president, was in charge of reservations.

A spaghetti dinner was held as a fundraiser for the center by a church in Cadiz, and other organizations have held events as well. One was a fundraiser where 8-ounce formula bottles were filled with dollars and coins and that goes quite well, too, she noted.

“We are a nonprofit group who provides maternal assistance in nine counties and serve between 70 and 80 moms most months. Wellspring Pregnancy Center originated in December 2003,” Hosenfeld related.

“Cribs are needed most and the hardest item to obtain. When there isn’t a crib available right away, it is all right for the baby to sleep in a dresser drawer or a box, but not in bed with the parents. There are too many deaths caused in this way,” she said.

“Moms can come for needed items, such as disposable diapers, formula or clothes, one time a month, and eventually a crib should become available. Mothers can complete a 40-hour work program to buy a crib when it is available. Those wishing to make a donation so we can purchase a crib can donate $140 for the crib that can be converted to a toddler bed and a mattress,” the director said.

“Our purpose is to restore women’s lives and that of their children and family by helping to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs through material assistance, educational resources, referrals and emotional support,” Hosenfeld explained.

“We understand the emotional trauma of a possible unplanned pregnancy and offer a free and confidential pregnancy test as a stepping stone to connect women with area agencies and resources,” she noted.

Hosenfeld got to know the need for help with prospective mothers and young children through her volunteering at the AIM Women’s Center in Steubenville.

“At Wellspring Pregnancy Center, a genuine need is the only requirement. Everything there is donated, and there are no qualifications,” she said.

The stork was used as the theme for the shower and for a game that was played for prizes.

“The reason for the stork is it is connected with bringing babies. How many mothers have told their children that? Legend tells that the long-legged bird would leave Europe and migrate to Africa, returning in nine months to a folk festival. It was recognized as a celebration of life, marriage, family and new beginnings. The white birds always came back to their old nests that could be located on the rooftop of a home,” Hosenfeld explained.

Marjean Sizemore was the winner of the stork game.

There was a Chinese auction to raise funds for the center as well.

The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There is a 24-hour helpline at (740) 942-9735. The toll free line is (877) 942-9735.

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When I was stopped at the roadblock at the Smithfield intersection of state Routes 151 and 152, for the “click-it-or-ticket” campaign, I asked if I could take a picture. Given the OK, I pulled over and ran up to take a picture of Luke Jones getting his information packet from Tommy Thomas, assistant police chief.

I wasn’t happy with the first two pictures, as I was shooting into the sun, and said I had to take some more pictures. I had people in cars yelling for us to hurry up as I was holding up traffic. This is probably the first time the police department was told to get out of the way.

The “click” campaign was held with litter bags, car magnets, badges and material on seat belt usage distributed by the Smithfield Police Department. A motorcycle safety check was held at the same time.

A safety day will be held July 26 at the Smithfield recreation complex, sponsored by the police and fire departments. A rain date of July 27 has been set.

There will be DNA, fingerprints and pictures taken of the children for identification, and a bike rodeo will be held. Fire safety will be stressed as well.

Some features from the Brilliant Haunted House will be on display, there will be a give-away contest with bicycles as prizes, and refreshments will be served, according to Thomas.

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Two reminders for July that need to be considered now:

The Community Vacation Bible School will be held July 8-10 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Piney Fork Presbyterian Church. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and volunteers are needed for each day.

This is a good opportunity for children who do not go to church to learn about the Bible and for those with a few hours on their hands in the summer to lend a hand.

There is also the Smithfield Alumni Sasociation dinner/dance July 12, and reservations are coming in slowly. If you are planning to go, and we hope you are, send in your RSVP soon so we can complete the plans. The cost is $30 each and can be sent to Tony Phillippi, 1341 county Road 15, Rayland, OH 43943

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