Community briefs

Children’s Book Week under way

Children’s Book Week is being celebrated at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County today through Sunday.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes – wherever young readers and books connect.

Patrons can stop in at any library branch for a chance to win a prize, according to Jennifer Cesta, the library’s public relations coordinator.

WHS Class of 1964 plans reunion

The Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion committee met April 24 to begin planning its 50-year reunion.

Attending were Sandy Sommers Reducha, Signa Carrocci Findlay, Kathy Pyles Furda, Sandy Dameron Wilson, Jerry Boyd, Sherilyn Boughers Townsend and Lola Dornbusch Swanagan.

The reunion will be held Aug. 16, 2014, at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

The next planning meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Zalenski’s in Wintersville. All class members are welcome to attend.

Questions can be directed to Swanagan at (740) 537-4977.

Bridge club results detailed

Tri-State Bridge

Winners in open pairs play May 3 were:

Bill Hope, first; Shirley Roush, second; Donna Hill, third; and Mary Alice Brandt, Claryne Berman and David Hope, tie for fourth.

Winners in open pairs play on April 26 were: Carl Hamill and Mary Alice Brandt, first; and Dianne Slater and James Slater, second.

Ohio Valley Duplicate Bridge

Winners in open pairs play April 30 were: Bessie Chijner, first, and Dianne Slater and David Hope, tie for second.

BV neighborhood plans sale

Although the Buena Vista Residents Group has disbanded, one popular event of the organization remains.

The Buena Vista neighborhood will hold its annual garage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 18.

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‘Hawks’ reunion being planned

Plans are under way for a reunion of the St. Anthony “Hawks.”

A get-together is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 16-18 at the Spot Bar in Steubenville.

A memorabilia auction and a golf outing are being discussed.

Committee members are being asked to contact Joe DiAlbert at (740) 283-9164; Bernie Ravasio at (740) 317-5656; or Rocco Augustine at (740) 264-1975.

All former “Hawks” are welcomed to be a part of the planning committee.

Annual inspection

For OES Chapter

LaBelle Chapter 414, Order of the Eastern Star, held its 94th-annual inspection with Sandy Moxley, worthy matron, and Ben Moxley, worthy patron, presiding.

Inspecting officer was Machelle Miller, deputy grand matron.

Guests included Lawrence Cullifer, past grand patron of West Virginia; Pat Smith, grand representative of Utah; and worthy matrons and patrons from Arbutus, Bolivar, New Philadelphia, Oriental, Unionport, District 13, Carroll and Crystal.

LaBelle Chapter past matrons and past patrons attending were Roberta Gilday, Carol Michael, Clara McClure, Suzanne Enochs, Lou Anne Craven, Carolyn Bickerstaff, Arlene Sue Davis, Sara Joe Peeler, Eileen Alloggia, Arthur Michael, Randall Craven and Howard McClure, also ambassador for District 14.

Also attending were six honored masons; 10 50-year members; officers of the District 14, Paul Moore, secretary, Cathy Barcus, treasurer; District 13, vice president, Karen Jones; grand aide to District 14 deputy grand matron, Jed Miller; grand page to District 13 deputy grand matron, Ingrid Henthorn; and several past grand appointments.

Page was Anne Graham.

Initiation was performed for candidates Lauren Callahan and Amelia Brooks.

Art Beal band at

Country Friends

Country Friends will host Art Beal and the Country Tradition Band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

Country Friends has events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

On Monday and Friday nights, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270. The website is

Kiwanis announce

Speakers for May

The Steubenville Kiwanis Club welcomed Judy Raveaux of CHANGE Inc. in Weirton to its Tuesday luncheon meeting held at the YWCA. Raveaux previewed plans for an additional office to open in Wintersville

Other speakers lined up for the May noon meetings, according to Mike Emmerling, program chair, are:

— May 14: Daniel Pinciaro, counseling, mental health consultation and mental wellness education.

— May 21: Alex Marshall, publisher of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times.

— May 28: State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville.

The Kiwanis spent several April meetings as the guests of their sponsored Key Clubs at Steubenville, Indian Creek and Catholic Central high schools.

The club is planning its annual golf scramble, organizing and accepting teams for the June 9 fundraiser. Brian Scarpone is the event chair.

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Gospel musical stage play nears

The Ohio Valley Acts of Faith will present its annual Mother’s Day weekend gospel musical stage play on May 11 beginning at 7 p.m. at Steubenville High School’s auditorium.

“Calming the Storms,” a gospel comedy written by Wylene Alexander, opens with part of the cast at a local beauty salon discussing the events of their personal lives and deciding to go on a cruise.

“The play is a comedy, but the message is that there are going to be times in our lives when our faith is tested,” Alexander said. “God can keep us calm during these raging times and has promised to guide us safely through the storms.”

Cast members are Arletta Reed, Gloria Terry, Rhonda Parrish, Melvin Creech Jr., Brenda Ware, Ronni Edwards, Horace Hampton, Dauwud Abullah, Trina Lawson, Manard Reed, Michael Jett, Eddie Alexander, Michael McIntyre, Karla Martin, Eliza Kelly and Sharron Cain.

The Acts of Faith is a joint venture by a group of individuals who have combined their talents, gifts and abilities to spread the word of God in an entertaining and spiritual manner, with dramatizations of religious themes as well as moral and ethical issues of today, according to Alexander.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Ronni at “Things We Grow” Hair Salon located at 178 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, or by calling June Beal (740) 264-9028; Alexander at (740) 282-9207; Sandi Rue at (740) 283-2832; or Bunswella Brown at (740) 284-2766. Tickets also can be purchased from cast members.

Benefit dinner for

Terry A. Dear Sr.

A benefit spaghetti dinner for Terry A. Dear Sr. of Toronto will be held May 11 at the Belvedere Volunteer Fire Department from noon to 7 p.m.

The cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Carryout will be available. The fundraiser also will include a Chinese auction and a 50-50 drawing.

A graduate of Edison High School, Dear is a single father and Army veteran who served in Iraq where he suffered a spinal cord injury in July 2012, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

He has been approved for stem cell therapy, which costs approximately $30,000. “His hope is that this therapy will enable him to live his dream of walking with his children again,” according to a promotional flyer.

All proceeds from the benefit will be used for medical expenses.

An account also has been established in Dear’s name at Chase Bank, Wintersville, for donations.

Questions can be directed to Chrissy Dear at (740) 314-2446 or Tina Dear at (740) 792-0311.

Tri-State Writers

Society to meet

The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning author, Karen Majoris-Garrison, will meet at 6 p.m. on May 14 at the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum located at 426 Franklin Ave., Steubenville.

Published and aspiring writers are encouraged to attend. The meeting will include a free tour of the museum and complimentary refreshments.

For information, call (740) 424-1243 or visit and click on TSWS page.

Weirton Elks

plan scramble

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will hold its four-man golf scramble with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. May 11 at Mountaineer Woodview Golf Course.

Registration will be accepted at the Elks Lodge until time of the event.

The cost is $18 for members of Woodview Golf Course and $40 for non-members, payable at Woodview the day of the scramble.

Prizes will be determined by the number of participants. Food and beverages will be provided at the Elks Lodge after the scramble.

For information, call the lodge at (304) 748-0565 or Richard Pannett, house chair, at (304) 748-7731.

JHM Heritage

Trail meeting set

There will be a John Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department hall.

“We are seeking relatives of ancestors who had any connection with the raid,” said Virginia Glenn, committee chairperson, who can be contacted at (740) 768-2365.

“Many family histories tell stories of the Confederate Raiders, or the pursuing Union Forces, staying in their homes and feeding them or having their horses taken. We invite them to come to this meeting and tell your story and plan to be a part of the July 27 commemoration,” Glenn said.

Library details

future programs

Upcoming programs organized through the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County include the following:

— Story Hour will be offered at the main library on Wednesdays, May 8-22 at 6 p.m. Story Hour is for children age 2-6.

— Babygarten will be offered at the main library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Thursday at 11 a.m. It is for caregiver and children age birth to 24 months.

— Take your children (age birth to 3) to Play and Learn at the Schiappa branch on Thursday at 6 p.m. or Friday at 10 a.m. for an hour-long play session. Encourage children to love the library from a young age.

— Take the family to see a movie at the Tiltonsville branch at noon on Saturday.

— Promote early learning with Pinterest workshop for parents and childcare providers of young children on Saturday at 10 a.m. and on May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Schiappa branch.

Participants will be introduced to Pinterest and learn tips about how to use this virtual pin board to promote early learning. Participants will receive free books. Register by calling the library at (740) 264-6166. The workshop is funded by the Alfred and Lillie Dunlavey Charitable Trust.

— Gaming For Kids in grades kindergarten through six will be at the Schiappa branch on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants can stop in any time to play their favorite games.

— Get Tech Help on downloading ebooks and more from the library’s website to your hand-held device on Wednesday at the Schiappa branch. Call (740) 264-6166 to make a 15-minute appointment from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

— Make and take home a craft from the Toronto branch on Saturday any time from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children also can make a craft at the Adena branch on Tuesday any time from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

— The cookbook club for the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch will eat and discuss on Thursday at 5 p.m. Join by calling the library at (740) 769-2090.