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A week of surprises, revelation, windows

March 18, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

Kathy Dombroski has always used the phrase "What goes around, comes around," and I was able to use the same phrase at a celebration for her 60th birthday on March 10.

On my 60th, ages ago, she surprised me with a party and then had a birthday announcement on the sign board at John Domenick's Vend-It business.

Now isn't it right that I should reciprocate in kind? She didn't think so, and the words that I heard when I brought her into the Gathering Place for a small luncheon were, "I'm going to kill you!" Do you think I should be worried?

It wasn't until the next day that she saw the birthday sign and a message appeared on our telephone answering system with another promise of vengeance.

It was a nice get- together for the ladies who came to wish her many more happy years. It is amazing that of the eight who were invited to the secret luncheon, not one spilled the beans, so to speak. And none talked to the other about it.

Actually, they did not know who was invited so they just kept quiet about the whole thing.

They all sang "Happy Birthday," and then Norma McHugh and Donna Cronin broke out in warbling "Red Solo Cup," apparently a country song I had never heard before. And from the look on Kathy's face, she didn't either.

Barbara Vanderborne was leaving the luncheon for a 55th anniversary celebration with her husband, Fred. They were married on March 9, 1957, in the Smithfield Christian Church.

Norma helped me with the birthday cupcakes that I baked. She put a maroon number 60 and a wreath of flowers around the edge of each. They were a big hit and since everyone got both a white and red velvet cupcake, some were taking one of them home. I went to put one of the cupcakes belonging to Patty Wetherell in a Styrofoam clam shell container and she informed me that she was eating both. This tiny gal makes me envious of her eating habits.

Petie Cecil had a sparkling pair of sunglasses with a queen's crown attached in with her gifts and Kathy immediately put them on her face. Lady Gaga immediately came to mind.

Mary Ann Boyd had to hurry back for the party as she had been delivering meals to the Lunches with Love clients in Piney Fork.

I found out from Joann Faunda that her husband was two years ahead of me at Smithfield High School. We both agreed that we had a wonderful time during our high school years in a time that was more mellow and laid back than now.


I received a telephone call from an Eric Gresak, owner of Gresso's on High Street in Columbus, telling me he had heard about my story concerning the Ohio Valley Club and the Dicarlo's Pizza and Coleman's Fish day once each month at his establishment.

He plans to frame and hang up the story I wrote from Robin Yocum's narration of the people from the Ohio Valley who have come to find jobs and a home in the Columbus area.

Our son, Darin, was in our area from his Plain City home and was telling me about going to Ohio Valley Day at Gresso's, and I proceeded to tell him how I knew about the restaurant. He wasn't too impressed that my story would hang in a place that he frequented. Kids just don't get impressed about something their parents do ... unless it's winning the lottery.


Janine Yeske, Ohio State University and Jefferson County Extension educator for 4-H, and I spent much of March 7 driving more than 135 miles around the county looking at windows decorated by 4-H clubs to celebrate Ohio 4-H Week. We started in Wintersville, went to East Springfield, Bergholz, Dillonvale, Adena, Harrisville, Tiltonsville, Empire and back to Steubenville.

I am really impressed with the time and work put into the businesses, offices and school windows.

Each club was to choose an object to describe the character of their group, and it was interesting to see what they had chosen. There were wolves, ants, eagles, penguins, elephants, Wilbur the pig, butterflies, lions, cartoon and sports characters, a zebra, ram, bees, monkeys, the military, Chris Clover the 4-H symbol and a handmade picture of Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Nothing laughable happened on our all-day excursion as it usually does. I think we were too busy to think about anything funny. But it is always fun to be out with Janine.

We are both fans of Janet Evanovich and her Stephanie Plum series. I got to see the movie based on Evanovich's first book "One for the Money," with Mary Emery. Dragana Drazic is another of fan of Evanovich. She tells me that the author is Serbian, much like herself.


4-H members should have a great time with the J-fit Bicycle Rodeo and Day of Play on April 21 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

This rodeo will be part of the ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the fairgrounds trail. This will include safety stations, a rodeo and a safety town. The first 25 to register will receive a free bike helmet.

For those who don't have a bicycle but still want to come out, there will be a Day of Play event to shoot off rockets, fly kites and take part in a scavenger hunt.

Other ceremonies at the fairgrounds on that date include a tractor and car show, antique appraisals, a flea market and a 5K run.

Those interested in the event need to register at the Extension office at (740) 264-2212 ,but if you forget, registration can be done on site.


For those standing in the cold and flu aisle of the drugstore with a lingering hacking cough or a sniffly nose, here are four things you need to notice on the back of the package of meds you decide to take home and be your best friend for a few days.

Watch the acetaminophen amounts as the pain reliever has a toxic effect on the liver. Limit the intake to 1,200 mg. per day and skip formulas that will exceed that total amount daily.

Skip medications that contain dextromethorphan as a cough suppressant for the first few days. A cough is beneficial early on because it gets rid of mucus. This should be used at the end of a cold when it will help relieve the pesky dry cough.

Follow the directions exactly. Phrases such as "don't crush the pill" or "take the meds with a full glass of water" are there for a reason. If a pill should get stuck in your throat or esophagus, the ingredients in some meds could cause irritation or ulcers.

Last, turn down the heat as high temperatures can cause certain ingredients to break down and lose their effectiveness. Keep your meds in a cool dark place away from any heat source or moisture.

This information came from the Woman's Day magazine.


I need to say that I failed to mention the name of Steven Miro's sister, Chaeli, in his story on visiting the "Army Wives" television set. This was his wish from the "Make a Wish Foundation." Dr. Debra Cohen of the Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh had recommended him.

Steven is a great young man who I came to know from attending Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs with Lamont over the years. I saw him grow up and know his greatest wish was to be part of the military, like many in his family.

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

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