Happenings in local communities

Celebrating the

Constitution now

Historic Fort Steuben and the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the the American Revolution will present “Celebrate the Constitution” Sunday through Sept. 22 at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center to commemorate the 1789 signing of the U.S. Constitution.

“Constitution Day, Sept. 17, was the brainchild of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia who was known to carry a copy of the Constitution with him at all times and was emphatic about making Constitution Day events a requirement for organizations that receive federal funds,” said Fort Steuben Director Judy Bratten.

“The Constitution that has been the foundation of our country for over 225 years was formed through agonizing debate and heated discussion and sacrificial concessions. The ideas and ideals that have become engraved in our national character were first expressed in this amazing document. Composed of only 4,440 words, it is both the shortest and oldest written constitution of any major government in the world,” Bratten said.

The free exhibit includes information on the delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 as well as on the significance of the development of the articles and the Bill of Rights. The display also offers visitors the opportunity to “sign the Constitution.”

“Not every state was willing to adopt the Constitution initially, because it lacked a description of the specific rights guaranteed to citizens in the new country,” said Bratten.

“We take for granted our freedom of speech and the assurance of trial by jury, but only because they are enumerated in the Bill of Rights which was amended to the Constitution and ratified in 1791.”

Bratten added that there will be a daily Constitution quiz question on Historic Fort Steuben’s Facebook page beginning Sunday.

The visitors center is located at 120 S. Third St., Steubenville, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For information, call (740) 283-1787.

Veterans service

panel to meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held as 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the War Memorial Building, 423 North St., Steubenville

All veterans or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Caregiver support

meetings set

The Alzheimer’s Association will hold its monthly Caregiver Support Groups on the following dates:

  • Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Room 1506, Steubenville.
  • Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry.

The meetings are free and open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. For information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at (330) 650-0552 or (800) 272-3900.

Unionport Grange

to host meeting

The Unionport Community Grange No. 2728 will host the Jefferson County Pomona Grange No. 41 meeting at 1 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Unionport.

The Grange members also will hold their officers conference during the afternoon.

A literary program will be presented by Sis Brannon, grange lecturer.

Rotary Club

speakers listed

The Steubenville Rotary Club, which meets at noon on Friday for a luncheon and business meeting at the YWCA, has announced its speakers for the month of September.

Today, Rotarians were to hear a presentation by Steubenville native Robert Bianco, a television critic for USA Today who was to share what’s new in the world of television entertainment.

Other speakers will be:

  • Sept. 13: Joseph Hamrock, a Mingo Junction native and graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School, serves as executive vice president and chief executive officer for NiSource Gas Distribution and will describe what residents of the valley can expect from that industry.
  • Sept. 20: Beth Edwards, director of development for the Mall at Robinson, will offer the mall’s history, present status and future plans.
  • Sept. 27: Bill Phillips, WPXI sports announcer, will update Rotarians on what to expect from the Steelers in the coming season.

Adam Scurti is September program chair.

Mended Hearts

meeting Monday

The Greater Wheeling Chapter No. 280 of the Mended Hearts Inc. will meet Monday at the Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling in conference room B located at the back of the cafeteria.

There will be light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning promptly at 7 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Jim McGlumphy who is with “Seniors Helping Seniors.”

The Mended Heart motto is “It’s Great to Be Alive – And to Help Others!”

Mended Hearts was founded in 1951 by a group of post-surgery heart patients who were in a hospital in Boston at the same time. They wanted to share their experiences with and give supportive encouragement to those about to have heart surgery. Incorporated in 1955, Mended Hearts now not only offers support to patients about to have heart surgery, but to patients about to have a catheterization, angioplasty, angina and any life-altering heart condition.

One of the Mended Hearts’ main goals is to visit heart patients with physician approval and to offer help, support and encouragement to all heart disease patients and their families, according to a news release.

Cub Scout open

house Monday

Cub Scout Pack 415 will hold its annual open house and fall recruitment Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Starkdale Presbyterian Church located at the corner of Sunset boulevard and Efts Lane in Steubenville..

For information, call (740) 632-9108.

Bergholz museum

open on Sunday

The Bergholz Area Museum will be open on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., with this month’s focus on memorabilia from area churches.

Also on display is a collection of pictures provided by Frances Gardner. The photos were taken at community events by her husband, Bergholz photographer George Gardner.

The museum’s permanent collection includes pictures and memorabilia related to area communities, the schools, local mines and various businesses.

The museum is located at the corner of Second and Jefferson streets across from the town parking lot.

Admission is free.

Lupus support group to meet

The Lupus Support Group meeting will hold an exercise center and health program tour at the YMCA Wellness Center (formerly St. John Arena) on Monday beginning at 6 p.m.

A Lupus outreach program will feature line dancing instruction by Trina Lawson on Sept. 20 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center located at 905 Market St., Steubenville.

It will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

9-11 memorial

service Sunday

Jack Ernest, a Marine Corp veteran of the Vietnam War, will be conducting a 9-11memorial service on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the American Legion Post in Brilliant.

The service will be held outside across from the Legion. All are invited and encouraged to participate.