Sweet & Sassy: Recycling becomes hobby


One thing I am proud to say I am doing is recycling and I’ve been doing it for quite a number of years. It makes me feel better about myself because I am helping preserve our environment.

Since my apartment is small, I combine my recyclables; I put the paper and cardboard in one bag; and bottles, plastic and aluminum in another bag. I also save egg cartons for a local pantry and plastic bags for whomever needs them.

I have been saving drink bottle caps for a long time and recently learned that a person can also recycle medicine bottle and caps.

According to the Ohio State University Extension, the collection of plastic caps helps provide benches for public use. Tri-Village School can attest to that as it is benefiting from the drive down there last year.

Extension reports indicate the following are acceptable caps and lids, in addition to the ones I’ve already mentioned, for recycling: milk jug caps, detergent caps, hair spray caps, toothpaste tube caps, deodorant caps, cottage cheese container lids, mayonnaise jar lids, yogurt lids, peanut butter jar lids, ice cream bucket lids under eight inches, flip-top caps on such condiments as ketchup and mustard, spray paint caps, ointment tube caps, caps with recycle numbers [2, 4 and 5], Cool Whip container lids, coffee can lids, cream cheese container lids, butter container lids and prescription bottles with labels removed.

I have plenty of medicine bottles but have a hard time getting off all of the labels.

Not acceptable for recycling are: Metal of any kind, drink bottles, plastic type Zip-lock bags, trigger sprayer, fast food drink lids, food containers, soap pumps, lotion pumps or grocery bags.

It was noted that caps may be dropped off at the Extension Office, 603 Wagner Ave., Greenville, during normal business hours or by special arrangement.


Like so many people who no longer have their parents around, their loved ones are missed.

Kelly Fliehman is one of those people. Her father, Jim Crotcher, died May 23, 2016, following a three-year battle with cancer. While going through things, she found a message he wrote. It reads: “I would like to thank all the people who prayed for me, sent cards, phone calls, greetings and food during my journey to fight cancer.”

She and his other family members — wife Shirley, daughters Kim, Kristi and Kelly — and grandchildren share that expression of appreciation that he penned.

A family member also written this poem in memory of the patriarch of the family, entitled “My Dad.”

A husband, a father, a grandpa, a friend,

A sheepherder, a Realtor, a feed salesman

My dad was many things throughout his life,

But most of all he loved humor, just ask his wife.

Many times we would laugh until we cried.

I laughed so hard it would hurt my side.

So many funny things you would do,

Like scaring your nurses at night, saying “Boo!”

So much laughter and joy you have brought.

We will NEVER forget how hard you fought!

The most important lesson you have given,

Is the word of God to our children [Abby, Lexi, Milan, Marybeth, Alex, Caleb, Luke and Ben].

They are your pride and joy, your grandchildren.

We have now conquered one year without you,

And all of the wonderful memories continue to flood through.

There is an empty space where you once stood.

But you would remind us that you are with Jesus and now ALL IS GOOD!

I thank God for blessing my life with you,

I love you so much Daddy, I will see you soon.


Don’t forget:

• There will be a Treaty City Seniors dance Monday at the VFW Post on North Ohio Street in Greenville from 1 to 4 p.m.

• Ansonia Community Garage Sales are set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8-10. The $3 registration fee can be mailed to Betty Burnfield, P.O. Box 758, Ansonia, OH 45303 or, for everyone’s convenience, drop the fee along with an address in an envelope marked “Community Garage Sale” in the water department drop box. Deadline is May 31. Maps will be available at most area businesses and city building by June 7.


Happy birthday to:

• May 23 to Tonya Hartrum Hines and Vi Klackner.

• May 24 to Jean Eastridge, Carla Cothran and Ruth Page.

• May 25 to Josh Miniard, Bruce Schuette, Darrell Jones, Connie Brumbaugh, Bob Hartzell, Dylan Riffell, Doug Cothran, Brittany Leeper, Amy Schlarman, Carol Littman, Brian Phillips, and Jana DeBord.

• May 26 to Ben Studabaker (50), Judy K. Middleton, William Kammer (12), Carolyn Hartzell-Waymire, Don Waymire, Pam Pratt and Donna Harter.

• May 27 to Jerry “J.T.” Tingley, Joann Fowler, Rick Gibbons, Penny Stawser, Marc Litten and Doug Whittington.

• May 28 to Linda Cochran Maier, Zak Niekamp and Ron Kremer.

• May 29 to Mildred Turner (94), Don Hampshire, Ruby Walls, Matt Barnt, Delbert Braund and Zailey Schauer.

• May 30 to Pete Grillot, Phyllis Gibbons, Bob Seale, Kathy Swabb, Pat Hufford, Josh Hines, Kendrick “Taco” Bell (8), Colleen McKnight and Morgan Aultman.

• May 31 to Toni Elliott Howell, John Burkett, Randy Rhodeheffer, Bruce Knick, Marcella Ryder, Ashley Hoggatt and Jayne Miltenberger Johnson.

Happy belated birthday to: Donna Thomas (90) on May 13.

Happy anniversary to: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Grimes, Chris and Mel Stikeleather on May 24; Randy and Sue (Anderson) Byrd on May 25; Rick and Nancy (Riffle) Moody and John and Missy (Johnston) Widener, all on May 27; and Tom and Kathy Ording on May 30.


Don’t forget to pray for: Tom Brumbaugh Jr., Mason Osterloh, Marilyn Peterson, Irma Stewart, Ruby Fenstermaker, Keith Holton, Judy Peters, Carl Francis, Harry Moody, Gary Foureman, Kent Clark, Kyndal Wynk, Ron Kreitzer, Vickie Martin, Betty Kremer, Jeff Stump, Stacy Dorko, Charlotte Metzcar, Vicki Wilker Gibson, Evan Boggs, Rhonda Rodeheffer Rismiller, Janet Bolin, Shirley Miller, Roger Flory, Albert Duncan, Jack Good, Bill Duncan, Keith Starks, Darla Bowman Miller, Cheri Antrobus Davis, Scott Clark, Steve Schafer, Tom Hawkins, Greg Moody, Connie Apple, Jodie Glick, Kohen Thwaits, Jerrod Pratt, Dawn Oldiges, Judy York, Lowell Elsass, Linda Johnston, Tracy Bailey, Shannon Peters Hall, Jack Riegle, Bruce Knick, Aiden Turner, Brody Wilson, Carol Bollheimer, Roger McEowen, Al Bliss, Tim King, Gary Poor, Layna Best, Jean Eastridge, Alishia Clark Funk, Glenna Curry, Mike Bale, Phyllis Gibbons, Carmen Sanders, Michael Allen Clark, Elmer Long, Shirley Mead, Kathy Magoto,

Also, Wanda and Joe Bailey, Shelly Hoffman, Lisa Hall, Tammy Shapiro, David Magoto, Phil Clark, Sonny Hunt, Don and Nina McDaniel, D’Arleen Waymire, Pappy Harshman, Delores Duncan Bridges, John Klipstine, Elsie Svajda, Sue Chitty, Phil Chilcoat, Christine Pipenger, Paul Barton, Terry Ungericht, Gracyn Blackburn, Dave Starline, Bob Hiestand Jr., Kathy and Tom Hamilton, Joanne Sharp, Ivan Miller, Cindy Elson, Cary Van De Grift, Teresa Mayo Amspaugh, Tina Kiser Deaton, Tonia Thompson, Fred Monnin, Faye Schlecty, Sheila Reed, Bill Beasley, Kody Ketring, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Kevin Dickey, Margaret “Peg” Bundy, Kevin Hemmerich, Penny Starns, Tim Heck, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Addie Henderson, Samantha Smith, Todd Walls, Ron Kramer, Dana Holzapfel, Kara Didier, Carla Welch and Bill Schuette.

And, pray for all those others who suffer from the many debilitating diseases, and may God bless all of our military people serving and protecting this nation, as well as rescue, fire and law enforcement personnel who put their lives on the line to protect us.


Jamie and I send our condolences out to the families of: Terry Hall, Melissa Strosnider and Eileen Hocker.


Think about it: “No matter how humble your start might be, remember every winner was once only a beginner.” — Unknown



By Linda Moody

Sweet & Sassy

Linda Moody is a staff writer for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Saturday. She can be reached at [email protected].

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