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Greencastle Antrim Homemakers Club trains women in home skills

April 13, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - For more than 30 years, the Greencastle Antrim Homemakers Club has met to educate and train women in the skills of making and keeping a home.

Started in 1974 by a group of women looking to help one another be good homemakers, the club aims to promote better homemaking through education and training.

"Homemaking is an important part of family life," said Jean Zimmerman, the club's publicity chair.

In a world of restaurants and fast-food, Zimmerman said knowing what to eat and how to make it is an essential skill.

The club partners with the Cooperative Extension Penn State Capital Region and provides a monthly session geared toward keeping the art of homemaking alive.

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On Wednesday, the group met at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren on South Carlisle Street to discuss organic and natural food.

The club holds meetings from September to May on the second Wednesday of each month, and focuses most of its sessions on cooking.

However, next month, the club will host a special session at which members and first-time attendees can bring items to be appraised, Zimmerman said.

Zimmerman said most of the club's members are retired and many have been with the group from the beginning, but hopes the club will attract younger generations.

"We sponsor a scholarship each year for a young female who is a graduating senior," she said. "I feel the younger generation does not know much about cooking."

The next meeting will be Wednesday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren.

For information about the club, call Zimmerman at 717-597-3507.




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The Greencastle Antrim Homemakers Club meets on the second Wednesday of each month from September to May.

The club's next meeting will be Wednesday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. at the Greencastle Church of the Brethren.

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