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Clear Spring seniors trade treasures through auction

October 06, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

alician@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - "Somebody's trash is somebody else's treasure" was the premise for the Clear Spring Senior Citizens Club Auction at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at the Clear Spring American Legion activities building, said Betty Renner, president of the club.

Judging by the consistent bidding and high spirits of the roughly 25 people gathered, along with the many overflowing armloads of goodies people juggled on their way out, treasures were found.

Renner, 71, of Indian Springs, Md., said all the bidders who attended brought something along with them to auction off, creating a plethora of items up for bids, including homemade potato candy, homegrown turnips, crocheted crafts and many things in between.

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Margaret Cornett, vice president of the club, came up with the idea for an auction last year. Cornett, 70, of Clear Spring, said she goes to auctions a lot and thought it might be a fun moneymaker for the senior citizens club.

"Everybody in the club makes something or has something to contribute," Cornett said. "Sometimes you just need to work on them, so they know what they make is good."

With the auction led by John E. Grove, a retired professional auctioneer from Williamsport, lulls in the bidding were few. Grove playfully donned hats and handbags that were up for bids and recruited an assistant to take baked goods around the room to lure bidders. Grove teased the few attendees who were slow to bid, telling them, "Your money is just as good as hers."

Pat Chaney, 66, of Clear Spring, treasurer of the senior citizens club, said she was pleased to be going home with a Currier and Ives framed copper and brass foil depicting a country setting. But items that Chaney baked were a big draw for some other bidders.

Though Edith Myers, 79, of Clear Spring, balanced many items on her way out the door, she said her most prized acquisition was a tin bucket full of pecan pie muffins.

"The gal who made the muffins, Pat Chaney, is a really good cook," Myers said.

Joan Kershner, 72, of Clear Spring, seconded that as she picked up her package of fudge.

"The fudge was made by my neighbor, Pat Chaney. Everybody knows her fudge is excellent," Kershner said.

T. Salome Clopper, 87, of Clear Spring, appeared to be the most fruitful bidder, filling an entire tabletop with newly acquired belongings that included a lamp shade, a fabric wreath, a silk floral arrangement, crystal dessert bowls and a tissue cover. Clopper, who along with the help of her friend made several trips to her car to load her possessions, said she planned to give most of the things away to friends and family.

Pat Chaney said proceeds from the auction were $255, which will go toward club projects such as Christmas luminarias at Little Rose Hill Cemetery, charity memorials for deceased members of the senior citizens club and a scholarship for a worthy student from Clear Spring.

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