Quitting is never easy – for smokers, that is.
Adults in Jefferson County who smoke but want to quit can now get help through a research partnership between the Ohio State University College of Public Health and OSU Extension in Jefferson County.
This partnership – called the OSU Quit Smoking Project – will provide telephone support and up to eight weeks of nicotine patches for 60 adult smokers in Jefferson County.
To participate in this project, smokers need to be:
A resident of Jefferson County;
18 years or older;
Have no recent major health issues;
Be a daily smoker; and
Not be pregnant.
Both men and women can participate.
People also must be willing to try and quit in the next month by using telephone support and nicotine patches, which will be provided free of charge as long as they remain in the study.
The purpose of the study is to find out how effective telephone support and patches are for smokers in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Participants will be asked a set of questions before they start the project as well as three, six and 12 months afterwards.
It is important for participants to stay in the study for 12 months, whether they quit smoking or not. Participants will receive a small gift card after each data collection to thank them for their time, according to a project spokesperson.
Jefferson County is one of six counties in Ohio Appalachia selected to participate in this project over the next several years, in part because of high rates of smoking in Appalachia. According to the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey, 34.4 percent of adults in Jefferson County smoke. In comparison, the statewide smoking rate in Ohio 2008 was 20.1 percent.
The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute, which is part of the National Institute of Health. Mary Ellen Wewers obtained the funding and leads the project at the OSU College of Public Health. Amy Wermert and Julianna Nemeth, also at the OSU College of Public Health, manage the project. Janine Yeske, Extension educator at OSU Extension Jefferson County, helps with outreach and recruitment.
Goldia Smurda is the lay health advisor and interviewer from Jefferson County conducting the local project. Anyone interested in participating can contact Smurda at (740) 314-2498.
Council schedules K. of C. degree
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 has scheduled a first degree for Thursday at 8 p.m. at the council hall.
Candidates for the first degree are to be there between 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. All members are asked to attend the degree and welcome the new brother knights.
The degree is open to anyone wanting to become a knight in the Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto and Mingo areas.
Any questions pertaining to the degree can be directed to Don Hall, grand knight of council 472, at (740) 264-6724.
Following the first degree exemplification, refreshments will be served.
The Sunrise Seniors of Toronto met Feb. 8 with President Susan Kulstad introducing new member Diana Hooper.
A moment of silence was observed for Ted Riffle, who recently died.
Peg Nordenger gave the blessing before the pizza, salad and king cake dinner celebrating Mardi Gras were served.
Reports were given by Mary Lou Deku, secretary; Mike Timko, treasurer; and Susan Conaway, social secretary.
Kulstad reminded members that the second installment payment for the Branson, Mo., trip is due in February with payments to be given to John Bodrog.
Joyce Gribben volunteered to chair the summer picnic in July.
Marcella McKnight and Bruce Pertko were selected as the queen and king of Mardi Gras. Eileen Cernanski and Susan Conaway won the gift certificate drawing.
The 50/50 winners were Kitty Roth and Connie Lupushanski. Door prizes were won by Tim Gribben and Patty Roth. Bingo winners were Jim Wilson, Dorothy Pavelka, Mike Timko, Jim Hope, Brenda Cottrell, Karen Horne, Donna Twyford, Beth Clark, Marion Wilson, Mary Lou Deku, Lucy Timko, Cathy Pertko, Judy Whyte, Jo Andrews and Tim Gribben.
Skat winners were Cathy Pertko, Bob Deku, Bruce Pertko, Jo Andrews, Kitty and Patty Roth and Donna Twyford.
Adena Lions Club
During a recent Adena Lions Club meeting, Darrin Young read a letter from Rob Murry, past district governor, about the Ohio Lions District 13G Convention to be held April l5 and 16 at the Marlite/Lewis Center in New Philadelphia, where Gov. Beth Johnson will be ending her year as district governor. The Parade of Checks will be taken to the district convention.
Bill Ralston was welcomed as a new member.
Five Lions attended a visitation to the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Lions Club meeting in January.
Dustin Kinsey reported that the annual minstrel will be April 19 and 20. The theme will be “Viva Las Vegas.” Practice will start March 12.
At the next meeting, Young will have the design plans for the wall at the Village Green.
Members approved a donation and eight folding chairs for the Buckeye Local Performing Arts.
A check will be given to Lynn Sweeney as a donation for the backdrop for the minstrel.
for March 3
A “Zumbathon” to benefit Megan Delleles Green will be held March 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
A flyer regarding the event indicates “all area instructors will join on the stage to show you the passion that makes a difference.”
The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
All proceeds go to Megan Green to assist in the costs of her treatment, according to the flyer, which notes, “support breast cancer research and help us raise money for her upcoming treatments.”
Ticket locations include Sunset VW Jeep in Steubenville and Studio Zumba in Wintersville.
For information, go to Facebook; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (740) 632-1773.
Bike ride, chili cookoff Saturday
American Bikers Aimed Toward Education of West Virginia’s Upper Ohio Valley Chapter will host its annual Blue Buns Ride and Chili Cook-off Saturday at the Across the Street Club, 3356 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton.
Registration will start at noon, with the bikes leaving at 1 p.m. The motorcycle ride will depend on the weather, but the chili cook-off will happen regardless of the weather.
The following programs are planned by the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County:
- Babygarten for caregiver and children ages birth to 2 will be at the Adena branch on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. and at the Toronto branch on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
- Alphabet toy collection is available for children ages 2-6 and their caregiver during Play and Learn the Alphabet at the Schiappa branch on Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Brilliant branch on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Monday at 11 a.m.
- Story Hour for children ages 2-6 and caregiver will be offered at the Adena branch on Monday at 11:15 a.m.
- There are several book discussion groups set to meet. The thriller book club at the Tiltonsville branch will be held on Tuesday at 6 p.m. To join, call the library at (740) 859-5163. The Brilliant branch’s book club will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. For information, call (740) 598-4028. The men’s book club at the main library will meet on Wednesday at 6 p.m., and the main library’s book club will meet on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
To join either book discussion group at the main library call (740) 282-9782.
The Schiappa branch’s book discussion group will meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Join by calling (740) 264-6166.
- Register now for Tot Time that will be offered at the Schiappa branch on Mondays, March 11-25 at 6 p.m.; Tuesdays, March 12-26 at 10 a.m.; and Wednesdays March 13-27 at 11 a.m. Tot Time is for caregiver and child ages 2 and 3.
- Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss at the library with a Dr. Seuss movie at the Brilliant and Tiltonsville branches at noon on March 2.
On March 4, his birthday will be celebrated at the main library and the Schiappa branch. The main library will begin at 5:30 p.m. with stories, movie and a craft. The Schiappa branch will have a variety of activities, including crafts from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., stories from 5:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a movie at 6 p.m.
Register in advance for the movie that will be shown at the Schiappa branch by calling (740) 264-6166.
Stilettos & Steel
aids Easter Seals
Stilettos & Steel, a “fun-filled evening complete with music, food, cash and prizes,” is an upcoming fundraiser to benefit Easter Seals.
It will be held March 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino & Racetrack.
Tickets are $25 for one drawing entry; $50 for one drawing entry, one party entry and one drink ticket; and $100 for two drawing entries, two party entries and two drink tickets.
Checks can be made payable to Easter Seals. For information, call (304) 242-1390.
Club to meet
The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Giovanni’s Restaurant in the banquet room.
All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.
The Antonio Meucci Lodge held its Feb. 12 meeting at Undo’s at the Holiday Inn – Weirton.
President Regina Truax opened the meeting by welcoming guest Earl Wentz and new members Elaine Richards and Walter and Sheila Angeline.
Mary Rose Spano led the opening prayer, and Boyd Barker led in opening ceremonies.
Reports were given by Angie Veltri, Carol Valentine and Linda Pfabe.
Dominic Potts administered the oath of office to the board members.
Truax announced new club trips.
March 9, murder-mystery tour;
April 11, Branson’s Ozark Jubilee; and
April 22, Bally’s in Atlantic City, N.J.
January and February birthdays were acknowledged.
Anthony Guglielmo was the 50/50 drawing winner; Chris Barker won an Undo’s gift certificate; and Nick Iannetti, Chris Barker, Katherine Hardsock, Grace Corona, Lola Starvaggi, Armond D’Amico, Marylou Rossi and Alvera Guglielmo won Valentine hearts.
The next meeting will be held March 12.
at Oglebay Park
“Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers” is the title of a free program the Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Olgebay Park, will host on Feb. 28, beginning at 1 p.m.
Ron Boron, Allegheny County and Penn State master gardener, will discuss container gardening, speaking to its advantages, selection of appropriate containers and soil, proper watering, fertilizing and selection of plants for sun and shade conditions.
The event is open to the public. For information, call (304) 242-0665.
The Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, is requesting donations of items for its annual “Jumble Sale,” an indoor yard sale scheduled for March 15-17.
The center is accepting donations of jewelry, books, kitchen articles, odd dishes and glasses, games and puzzles, tools, and odds and ends.
Items can be brought to the garden center through March 11 or if individuals have “a ton of items to donate,” contact the garden center at (304) 242-0665 for assistance.
The sale benefits the garden center, a nonprofit cultural and educational organization.
Wellsburg Lenten services detailed
The Wellsburg Ministerium has announced that Wellsburg area churches and their clergy will again participate in a series of Lenten services through Easter.
The services are open to people of all denominations. Many are led by a clergy member visiting from another Wellsburg church.
The schedule follows:
Thursday at 7 p.m., Wellsburg First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Gene Sheppard.
Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, the Rev. Angel Adams.
March 7 at 7 p.m., New Day Christian Center, the Rev. Jerome Anderson.
March 14 at 7 p.m., Henderson Chapel AME, the Rev. Bryce Grieco.
March 21 at 7 p.m., Windsor Heights Church of God, the Rev. Carl Tribbet.
March 29 at noon at Wellsburg Christian Church, Good Friday service with the theme “Seven Last Sayings of Christ” and featuring Adams, Joy Leasure, Anderson, the Rev. Dan Pisano, Grieco, the Rev. Aaron Miller and the Rev. Carl Terry participating.
March 31 at 7 a.m. at Brooke Hills Park Clubhouse, Easter sunrise service with the Rev. Carl Tribbet.
Weir Class of ’58 planning reunion
The Weir High School Class of 1958 Reunion Committee will meet at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at Undo’s.
All classmates are welcome to attend.
For information, call Harry Brown at (304) 748-0783, George Payne at (304) 748-3291 or Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.
Wells seniors to meet Friday
Wells Township Senior Citizens will be holding its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Friday at the Wells Township Community Center located on Steuben Street in Brilliant.
The lunch will be salad and Capri sausage sandwiches. Participants can bring a dessert to share if they so desire.
The meetings are held on the last Friday of the month with a $5 annual membership fee. The monthly event includes lunch, door prizes and a 50-50 drawing
Occasionally there will be a speaker.
Questions can be directed to Liz Cook, Wells Township recreation director, at (740) 598-3967 or (740) 632-6253.
KidneySmart classes detailed
The Mary H. Weir Public Library located at 3442 Main St., Weirton, will be the site of two free, community-based educational and informational sessions about kidneys.
The KidneySmart classes will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 28.
Participants can learn how their kidneys function, recognize early signs of kidney disease, learn ways to better manage their diet and health and get an overview of treatment options should a chronic kidney disease be diagnosed.
The classes are taught by certified educators.
To register, visit KidneySmart.org/Class or call (412) 770-7210.
group meeting set
The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support group meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, Room 1500. For information, call the Alzheimer’s Association at (330) 650-0552 or 1 (800) 272-3900.
Shakespeare Club to meet Saturday
The Shakespeare Club will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brooke County Museum and Cultural Center and invites all lovers of “the Bard of Avon” to join them.
The group, which is nearing its 120th anniversary, also will tour the museum at its new location at 704 Charles St.
The former G.C. Murphy building has been renovated by the museum board and volunteers to feature a wide variety of displays depicting various aspects of life in the county over the last 200 years.
Library programs are announced
Upcoming programs through the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include the following:
— Book discussion group for the Adena branch will meet Monday at 6 p.m. and at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
— Cookbook club for the Tiltonsville branch will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. Participants bring in a recipe for all to try from a selection of cookbooks. Join by calling (740) 859-5163.
— Teen gaming night will be at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
— Tech help on how to download e-materials from library’s website to computer and mobile device will be offered at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call the library at (740) 264-6166 for a 15-minute appointment.
— Caregivers and children ages birth to 24 months are invited to attend Babygarten at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. It will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. Stories, songs and rhymes are shared.
— Boss Bison Ranch will be at the main library on Tuesday at noon to discuss health benefits of eating bison with samples provided. Register by calling the library at (740) 282-9782.
— Cooking club at the Schiappa branch will be on Monday at 6 p.m. Watch a cooking demonstration and then try samples. Cost is $10 to participate. Call (740) 264-6166 to register.
— Enjoy a movie with the family at the Schiappa branch on Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. or at 6:30 p.m. Register by calling (740) 264-6166. There will be a family movie shown at the Brilliant branch on Feb. 23 at noon. There also will be a movie for the family shown on Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m.
— Coffee, doughnuts and a movie at the Tiltonsville branch will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. and at the Brilliant branch on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m.
— Caregivers and children ages 2-5 can attend Story Hour at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Elks to host
The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 Past Exalted Rulers will hold their monthly pasta dinner for members and guests from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the lodge located on Main Street in downtown Weirton.
The dinner includes salad, pasta, bread, butter, dessert and coffee or tea. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children age 10 and under. A ticket will be selected for a free dinner at next month’s Pasta Sunday.
Ash Wednesday service set
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 284 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, will be holding an Ash Wednesday service tonight at 7 p.m. led by Pastor John Zimmann.
‘Man to Man’ Thursday
The “Man to Man” cancer support group meeting set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center in Steubenville will feature a roundtable discussion. For information, contact Brother John Paul McMahon, regional coordinator, at (740) 283-3771.The meeting is open to the public.
Fish dinner at Irondale UMC
Irondale United Methodist Church will host a fish dinner on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The menu will include fish, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cole slaw, roll, dessert and drink. Cost is by donation with carryouts available.
Support group meeting set
The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its monthly caregiver support group meeting Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, in Room 1500.