News briefs: Martel alumni, TOPS, Morrow County Hospice

TOPS chapter celebrates

GALION — Mary Lou Marek won first-place in Division 3, having lost 12.5 pounds and Gloria Shifley won in Division 4, having lost 13.25 pounds. Sue Eshbaugh was recognized for perfect attendance and Sharon McNeal and Jean Wise for only having missed one meeting. Nancy Weaver was recognized for being a KOPS. Sharon also gave gifts to those who helped her last year: Mary Lou Marek for doing the loser gifts each week; Nancy Cozad for doing paperwork and copying things when needed; Sue Eshbaugh for opening up the church and setting up each week; and Judy Breault for furnishing gifts and prizes. Everyone got a coaster — made by Sharon McNeal — for doing programs through the year.

TOPS Chapter 1367 meets every Monday for weigh-in from 4-4:30 and the meeting is from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Grace Point Church, 683 Portland Way North. All are welcome. For information, call Sharon McNeal at 419-405-4027.

Hospice of Morrow County fundraiser

CARDINGTON — The 25th “Hearts for Hospice” benefit dinner and auction is Saturday, April 22, at Cardington High School. Tickets can be purchased for the buffet-style dinner at the Hospice of Morrow County office, 228 South St., Mount Gilead or online at

Meal tickets are $15. Kids 5 and younger eat free. The program starts at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. Advance tickets are required for the meal. Anyone can take part in the auction. “An Evening of Elegance” is the theme for the event that includes a silent auction and a live auction.There also will be a 50/50 raffle and bake sale. Organizers say the theme does not require the wearing of “fancy duds.” This is the only fundraising event hosted annually by Hospice of Morrow County.

Martel Alumni Banquet is Apr. 23

23WALDO — The annual Martel Alumni Banquet is Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. at All Occasions Catering, 6989 Waldo-Delaware Road. It costs $13 for the Sunday buffet.

Honor classes this year are 1942 (75 years); 1947 (70 years) and 1957 (60 years). Officers are William Gardner, president, 419-864-6229; Everett Douce, vice president, 419-845-2566; and Nancy Weekes, secretary/treasurer 419-562-9115.

Anyone — and their spouse or guest — who graduated from Martel, or was ever on the staff at Martel, aneanyone who attended Martel but graduated elsewhere after the consolidation is invited and encouraged to attend.

Please send reservations by April 15 to William Gardner, 5367 Tittlebaugh Road, Marion OH 43302.