Democrat Women of Mercer County

Judy Hines welcomed members and guests to the last regular meeting of 2019. Hines said this was her “swan song” as she chose not to run for another term as president.

Hines won’t be idle. She serves as vice chair of the Mercer County Democratic Party, is Mercer County state committeewoman, and was tapped by Nancy Patton Mills, chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, as her special assistant. On behalf of the assemblage, Carole Starz thanked Hines for her leadership over the years.

Election of DWMC president and treasurer was held. Unanimously elected to two-year terms were Kim Powell, president, and Sue Long, treasurer; they will be sworn in at the January meeting.

Hines recognized Sandy Laurie and Starz for their continued service to the DWMC. Both have been members since November 2005, when a group of women from throughout Mercer County met and formed what would become the Democrat Women of Mercer County. Hines also thanked her present and past executive boards and acknowledged the many strong women who’ve passed away.

Attorney Margaret Lucas, who ran for common pleas judge, was welcomed with a hearty round of applause. She said, “You were so wonderful, you were here for me. I appreciate all your help. It meant more to me than you can possibly understand.”

Hines introduced state Rep. Mark Longietti, who’s been speaking to various groups in the county about Real ID. He encourages everyone to apply as soon as possible to meet the Oct. 1, 2020, deadline. A Real ID driver’s license or identification card is optional, but will be required to board domestic commercial flights or enter a federal facility – unless you carry a valid passport.

Longietti said come Oct. 1, it’s estimated that 78,000 people in airports across the country with an airline ticket will not be able to get on an airplane because they lack Real ID. Complete information can be found at

Hines welcomed Nancy Bires and Erin Kimes, who spoke on the new initiative “When We All Vote.” Launched in 2018 by Michelle Obama and co-chaired by Tom Hanks and an array of others, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization’s mission is to increase voter participation in every election. Bires became a voting squad leader and encouraged others to do the same. Monthly webinars and training are available online at

Deborah Roberson, government and legislative issues chair, was congratulated for her election to the Sharon school board.

The annual DWMC holiday brunch is 10 a.m. to noon Dec 14 at Cravings, 76 Shenango Ave., Sharon.

Toys and books will be collected for children with AWARE, and monetary donations and non-perishable food items for the Community Food Warehouse are appreciated.

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Woman’s Club of West Middlesex

Members of the West Middlesex Woman’s club met in the borough building for a lasagna dinner prepared by Thelma Barnes. Roberta Negrea provided the dessert.

The meeting was called to order by President Stacy Curry after the meal.

Mrs. Curry read the treasurer’s balance for treasurer Janet Crowner who had to leave early.

Liz Curry reported that the Forget-Me-Not Garden Club will carpool from the Park-n-Ride on Route 318 on Dec. 2 to the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Lunch will be eaten on the way and bring your own Christmas gift. There will be no meeting in January or February. Mrs. Anderson will have the March meeting at the Globe in Hubbard and Barb McConnell in April. May will be the banquet for the end of the club year. 

Flower boxes around town will get their pine Thursday at 11 a.m. If you need pine, contact Betty Anderson. Ms. Curry is doing the new bows that Mrs. Curry got the ribbon for discount.

Mrs. Anderson made a pie for a shut-in. Thank you, Betty!

Mrs. Chery Dumars will be the new calling committee. Ms. Curry and Mrs. Crowner brought toys, games, hats, gloves, dolls, stuffed animals, beanie babies and pajamas as donations to AWARE for Christmas.

Cookies are needed Dec. 7 for Light-Up Night to be dropped off at the borough building Friday night or between 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Christmas party is Dec. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Red Lobster.

West Middlesex Woman’s Club is sponsoring a Woman’s Night Out Expo next year in April with a buffet, vendors, Chinese auction, prizes and more.

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