Community happenings

Genealogy chapter meets Monday

The Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints Church on Powells Lane in Wintersville.

Chapter officers will present a program on the “interesting things” they have found as they preserved the thousands of records obtained from the Jefferson County Courthouse in recent years. The records included probate packets, wills, naturalizations, coroner’s inquests, mothers’ pensions, grand jury reports, criminal records, military records and many other “treasures of history and genealogy,” according to a society spokesperson.

The program will include a review of all the sources in the office and how they can assist people with their family research.

The chapter’s meetings are open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

In the event of inclement weather, the meeting will be postponed until 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the chapter office.

A 2014 project will involve offering a researcher experienced in genealogy to provide one-on-one assistance to the public. Several meetings will be deemed “research open houses.”

“At each we will select a number of attendees and see what we can find,” the spokesperson said of what will be their version of “Who Do You Think You Are?”

Handling holiday

stress to be topic

The Lupus Support Group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8.m. Monday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center located at 905 Market St., Steubenville.

Angela Suggs will be the guest speaker, discussing “How to Handle Holiday Stress.”

Refreshments will be served.

Pat and Walter Howard are project coordinators, and Iris Callahan is outreach worker.

Country Friends

news detailed

Enjoy an evening of dancing on Saturday with the Country Friends Dance Band at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The Country Friends Band plays once a month exclusively at the Memorial 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) 527-3322 or (304) 479-1270. The 2014 band schedule is listed on the organization’s website at

Drawing winner


The winner of the 50-50 drawing at the Fort Steuben Mall Craft Show held to benefit the Jefferson County Animal Welfare League was Phyllis Sciarra, who won $215.

Community happenings

Brunch with Santa

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park will hold a brunch With Santa Claus Dec. 5.

The cost is $5 for the meal. Reservations should be made by calling (304) 737-1236 by Wednesday.

Holiday party set

FOLLANSBEE – The city’s senior Christmas party will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Follansbee Community House.

The free event is open only to Follansbee residents, and reservations should be made by calling (304) 527-1330.

Discount offered

WELLSBURG – Brooke Hills Park will be offering golf passes for the 2014 season at a 20 percent discount.

The passes make a great Christmas gift for avid golfers, said park officials.

For information, call (304) 737-1236.

‘Turbo’ showing

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library will be showing “Turbo,” a PG-rated animated film about a snail with super speed, at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for the free screenings.

Yarn needed

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is accepting donations of 4-ply yarn to be used to make lap robes for residents of local nursing homes.

The yarn may be brought to the Brooke County Senior Center at 948 Main St. For information, call (304) 527-3410.

Museum needs aid

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Historical Museum and Cultural Center has received various Brooke High School items over the years and is seeking monetary donations to aid it in purchasing a display case for them.

Checks can be made to the Brooke County Historical Museum and sent to the museum at 704 Charles St., Wellsburg, WV 26070. For information, call (304) 737-4060.

Honor personnel

CHARLESTON – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and his wife, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, invite all West Virginians to honor West Virginia’s firemen, police officers and emergency medical service workers by contributing photos for the First Responders Recognition tree at the State Capitol Building during the Christmas season.

“Whether serving our communities or our entire state, our first responders answer the call to duty time and again, continually ensuring our safety, security and well-being. I am grateful for the selfless service of our police officers, firemen and emergency medical service workers, and I am proud of all that they represent,” Tomblin said.

He said hundreds of families submitted photos for last year’s trees.

Photos must be received by today with an information form found at or by clicking on the Military Recognition Tree icon. They won’t be returned.

Community happenings

Country Christmas program for club

The GFWC/Ohio Woman’s Club of Steubenville’s Dec. 2 noon luncheon and business meeting at the Steubenville Country Club will have a holiday theme that will feature musical entertainment for the members.

Country singer Claudette “Miss Jeanie” Slusarek of Weirton, who has recorded with Megalith Records in Nashville, will present a “Country Christmas.”

Greeters and hostesses will be Eileen Krupinski and Marlene Rheuff.

Kathy Mills, president, will preside at the board meeting to get under way at 11 a.m.

Members are reminded to bring nonperishable food items and hats and mittens for donation to Urban Mission Ministries.

Mended Hearts presented plaque

The Mended Hearts Chapter 087 will join with the Prime Time Office on Aging for the annual Christmas party that will be held Dec. 14 at the senior center located on Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

At the November meeting at the senior center, President Jim Thompson presided. There were 13 members attending.

Thompson announced that a new chapter of Mended Hearts in Weirton is being considered.

Guest speakers were Becky and Don Whitt of Lexington, Ky., from the National Mended Hearts Association.

The Whitts are assistant regional directors of the Central Region of Mended Hearts, which has seven active chapters. The Whitts presented the local chapter with a plaque for 35 years of service.

Larry Bauer won the 50-50 drawing.

The October meeting featured Stacie Straughn from the Prime Time Office on Aging who discussed the importance of flu shots and reviewed tips to avoid winter colds and flu bugs.

Betty Thompson reported there were 67 hospital visits in September.

Mended Hearts pillows are on sale in the senior center gift shop for $20. The chapter received a donation of $500 from the Toronto Chamber of Commerce.

It was agreed that dues will be raised beginning in January.

The next meeting will be held on Jan. 15.

Thursday Music Club events set

“Sweet Harmony” from St. Clairsville High School and directed by Wayne Berk, will entertain the Thursday Music Club made up of area residents at 11 a.m. Dec. 5 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1409 Chapline St., Wheeling.

Betty Davis, president, will conduct the business meeting before the entertainment. After the performance, the luncheon will be served. Reservations are required by Dec. 2 by calling Emily Mayer at (304) 232-1714 or Beverly Harrigan at (304) 232-0172.

Members DeEtta White and Virginia Fitzsimmons will greet members and guests, and members Peg Coleman and Judi Porterfield are in charge of table appointments.

The Music Study Group will not meet in December or January. Their next meeting will be held Feb. 10 with Mayer as the presenter. For information, call Lois Neitzelt, chairman, at (304) 232-0425.

The Thursday Music Club Chorus has been practicing every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in preparation for its Christmas concerts. The group approximately 35 members from throughout the area.

Upcoming concerts will be held at 2 p.m. on Dec. 6 at WesBanco in Elm Grove; at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the Valley Haven Geriatric Center in Wellsburg; and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 16 at the Country Club Retirement Campus in Bellaire.

The chorus will resume practices in January in preparation for spring concerts.

For information, call Anita Chops, director, at (304) 242-1455.

The Thursday Music Club will not meet in January. The lineup beginning on Feb. 6 will be the Mallet Ensemble, Wheeling Symphony; March 6, Modern Strings, Wheeling Park High School, Ben Podolski, director; and April 3, Thursday Music Club Chorus, Chops, director, with Debbie Barlow, accompanist.

Let’s Fight Together benefit Dec. 7

T.J. Anderson’s “Let’s Fight Together” fund benefit will be held Dec. 7 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner and music at 6 p.m.

The event will feature Fallen Awake with Frontroom as special guest.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Dinner is included with the price of admission. The event is BYOB.

For advance tickets, contact T.J. at (740) 512-3278 or Jake at (740) 792-1104.

Free diabetes workshop detailed

A free diabetes educational workshop featuring presenter Jennifer Springer, a registered nurse, will be held at 1 p.m. on Dec. 5 at the Diabetes Education Learning Center located at 2502 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, in Suite B.

Topics will include what affects blood sugar levels, the importance of meal planning, how food affects blood sugar levels and what is carbohydrate counting.

Refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP by Dec. 3 contact Hope at (740) 275-4936.

Community Happenings

Youth to compete in pageant

Two local youth are set to compete in the National American Miss Pageant which will be held in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week.

They are Lil Smith of Steubenville and Amber Fiala of Bloomgindale.

Smith, daughter of Michael and Mary Smith, earned the title of 2013 National American Miss Ohio at the state pageant held in June.

Fiala, daughter of Lee and Tammy Fiala, earned the opportunity to attend, winning top model honors.

Both will represent the Buckeye State with the opportunity to win their share of more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.

The National American Miss Pageants are “dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders,” according to a press release. Each year, it awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. The pageant program is “based on inner beauty, poise and presentation” with emphasis placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills and good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals.

Fiala, a senior at Buckeye Online School for Success, is a member of the 4-H Ridge Hoppers and works at Burger King as a manager shifter.

Smith, a fifth-grader at Bishop Mussio Elementary School, is involved in volunteering for the Pam Shoemaker Foundation for breast cancer awareness, recently holding “Cheer for a Cure.” She is active in cheering, dancing and tumbling.

Fundraiser sale at Toronto church

The Toronto Nazarene Church M&M Ministry for the Handicapped is sponsoring a Christmas craft, knick knack and bake sale in the church’s fellowship hall from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 30.

WSX Management Club to meet

The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Weirton in the banquet room.

All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Library branch programs announced

Upcoming programs available at the branches of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County have been announced. They include:

An intermediate Internet class will be held at 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Schiappa branch. Call the branch at (740) 264-6166 to participate in one.

Family movie night at the Schiappa branch will be offered at 4 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 29. Popcorn will be provided. Register by calling the library branch at (740) 264-6166.

The book discussion group for the main library will meet on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m. Local author Angel M. will visit the group to discuss her book “The Keeper.” To join the group, call the library at (740) 282-9782.

The Brilliant branch’s book club will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. To join the Brilliant branch, call (740) 598-4028.

The Tiltonsville branch’s thriller book club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday. To join the club that discusses thriller books, call the library branch at (740) 859-5163.

The Schiappa branch’s book club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. To join this library branch’s monthly discussion group, call (740) 264-6166.

Play and Learn for caregiver and children ages birth to 3 will be at the Brilliant branch on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Monday at 11 a.m. They are hour-long play sessions that encourage children to love the library at an early age.

Make and take a craft for ages 5-12 will be held at the Adena branch on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Community happenings

Eldurays at Country Friends

The Country Friends will host the Eldurays Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

Country Friends hold covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Saturday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m.

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

For information, call (304) 797-1270 or (304) 527-3322 or visit

AMVETS Post to meet Saturday

AMVETS Post 275 will meet at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at CJ’s Restaurant in Steubenville. All veterans are welcome to attend the meeting. Questions can be directed to Dan Wilson, commander, at (740) 317-8646.

Community happenings

Weirton Elks events announced

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will be holding their monthly pasta dinner, Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for members and guests.

The dinner includes salad, pasta, bread, butter, coffee or tea at $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.

The lodge also will be selling hot soup, sandwiches, hot chocolate and snacks during the Weirton Christmas parade on Nov. 30. The food and beverages will be available starting at 4 p.m.

The Weirton Lodge will be closed Nov. 28 in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

Moving On hears Tom Graham

Tom Graham provided musical entertainment when members of Moving On, a group of widows and widowers, met Nov. 10 for their luncheon and meeting at Undo’s in Weirton with Norma Boni, president, presiding.

Jack Davis gave the blessing and closing prayer, and Christine Brown provided a reading about American liberties and one for Veterans Day about soldiers.

November birthdays were acknowledged, with the honorees treated to a cupcake and “Happy Birthday” sung in their honor.

Fall items adorned the tables decorated to an anutum theme, courtesy of Margaret Chapman and Nancy Smurda.

The 50-50 drawing was condcuted by Lucretia “Toots” Ross and David Kramarich and was won by Carol Zagula. Undo gift certificates went as prizes and were won by Barbara Mayers and Delores Proakis. The Applebee’s gift certificate was won by Davis. A group of scissors went to Jeannette Spear. Table prizes were won by Jean Baird, Richard Kimmel, Brown, Mary Jane Lindsay and Mayers. Dinners went to Janet Saner and Kimmel.

Mary Sue Hodovanic volunteered to call members about providing table prizes.

Reports were given by Chapman, treasurer, and Ross, secretarial.

The next meeting will be held Dec. 8 at Undo’s in Weirton. There will be a Christmas card exchange. The cost is $12 for dinner and $10 for dues. Anyone interested in joining can contact Janet Saner at (740) 537-4487.

Line dancing program planned

A line dancing program is on the agenda for the Lupus Support Group outreach program.

It will be held Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Steubenville.

Thanksgiving dinner planned

The Weirton Ministerial Association is planning its annual community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Greater Weirton Senior Citizens Center.

The dinner is free to the public and will include turkey, ham, dressing, yams, green beans and a dessert. Games and activities also will be provided.

To arrange for transportation or a meal delivery, call (304)?748-4422 prior to the dinner.

Community happenings

Four Seasons set holiday dinner

The Four Seasons Senior Citizens met Oct. 16 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton with President Norma Yoho presiding.

A mix of country and western music courtesy of Stone Street Station was the post-dinner entertainment.

Members with October birthdays and anniversaries were singled out.

Judy Sabol won the free dinner.

The 50/50 drawing winners were Carolyn Shaffer and Al Cellini.

Other prize winners were Fran Wenzel, Shirley Brecht, Irene Rupani, Virginia Riley, Cris Sklenar and Jim Oiler. After the meeting, members enjoyed cards and bingo. The group’s next meeting will be a Thanksgiving buffet on Nov. 20.

Quarter auction

to be in Richmond

The Richmond Volunteer Fire Dept. is hosting a quarter auction on Saturday at the fire hall located on state Route 152 south, Richmond.

Doors open at 11 a.m. with the auction beginning at noon. The fire department also will have a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing and food and beverages available for purchase.

There are 23 vendors planning to attend the event “with top-of-the-line merchandise,” an event spokesperson said.

Questions can be directed to the fire department at (740) 765-5390 or Melissa Huggins at (740) 381-1178.

The events benefits the fire department.

Stone Street

Station to perform

Country Friends will host the Stone Street Station band Saturday at the Memorial Hall, 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the dance at 7 p.m.

Country Friends hosts events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall. On Monday and Friday, doors open at 4 p.m., and open mike begins at 6 p.m. Those in attendance may bring a covered dish for the meal, which begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a non-profit 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, or visit

Tree decorating workshop set

Historic Fort Steuben will offer a children’s Christmas tree decorating workshop for children age 6 to 12 on Nov. 23 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Fort Steuben Visitor Center at 120 S. Third St., Steubenville

Under the direction of Marnee Muhleman and Kim Hohlmayer, the children will create their own unique designs. Each child will be presented with a 2-foot artificial tree and a large selection of ornaments, ribbons and beads to create a one-of-a-kind tree.

The cost is $20 per child.

Registration is required by calling (740) 283-1787.

Community happenings

Christmas VBS something new

The Wellsburg Community Vacation Bible School team will be offering a one-evening event called Christmas Vacation Bible School on Dec. 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Wellsburg United Methodist Church located on 11th and Charles St., Wellsburg.

It is open to children ages 4 to 13 years old, but older teens can volunteer to help.

“This special VBS will take children on a journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas,” explained Billie Jo Falcon from the Wellsburg United Methodist Church who serves as the VBS director for nine churches in Wellsburg that join together each summer to offer children in the Wellsburg community a week of VBS.

“Crafts, songs, skits stories and more will help children learn of God’s gift of love to the world when his son was born in the tiny town of Bethlehem so many years ago. Food will be provided as well so parents can have an evening off,” Falcon said.

Pre-registration by Sunday will help planners know how much food to prepare.

Interested participants can obtain a form at one of the nine Wellsburg churches or call and leave a message at (304) 737-0488 or (304) 829-4223.

The event is hosted and staffed by the congregations of Christ Episcopal, Community of Christ, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, New Day Christian Center, St. Johns Catholic, Wellsburg Christian, and Wellsburg and Franklin United Methodist Churches.

For information, contact any of these churches.

Craft show, luncheon in Smithfield

The Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring an autumn craft show and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23 at the fire house.

There will be vendors selling homemade dog treats; salsa and relishes; scrapbooking supplies; western style purses, jewelry and belts; plastic ware; duct tape purses; jewelry; candles; and Christmas decorations.

There will be a hot lunch served, a bake sale, turkey fundraiser and a 50/50.

Donna Ford is heading the event with assistance from Maria Parteli, Julie Marco, Lorri and Cookie Bell and Carissa Emery. Proceeds will go toward the upkeep of the fire house and its equipment.

Kiwanis list November speakers

Edward Littlejohn, a member of the Steubenville City Schools Board of Education, was to be the guest speaker at today’s noon business and luncheon meeting of the Steubenville Kiwanis Club held at the YWCA of Steubenville.

The Rev. Calvin McLoyd is the November program chair with other speakers this month to include:

  • Nov. 19: Renita Lavender, human resources at Walmart Distribution; and
  • Nov. 26: Nita Hughes, Follansbee branch manager of First National Bank.

Wellsburg church to sell lunches

Christ Episcopal Church, at 1014 Main St., Wellsburg, will be selling roast beef sandwich lunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The cost is $6.50, which includes the sandwich, chips, beverage and a slice of pumpkin sheet cake, with individual sandwiches available for $4.50. Take-out is available. Delivery to local businesses and shut-ins also is available by calling (304) 737-3432 after 8:30 a.m. that day.

Craft class offered at Brooke library

The Brooke County Community Educational Outreach Service will hold a craft class at the Brooke County Public Library at 1 p.m. Friday.

Members will demonstrate how to make a Santa tulle wreath. Participants should bring 50 yards of 6 inch wide white tulle, an adult Santa hat, scissors and a tape measure. The library will supply the wreath. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Community happenings

Dillonvale Rosebud Garden Club

scheduled to meet Wednesday

The installation of officers ceremony and a covered-dish dinner kicked off the October meeting of the Dillonvale Rosebud Garden Club.

Jane Elliott, president of the Mount Pleasant Garden Club, installed Caroline Williams, president; Kim Campbell, vice president; Linda Kovach, secretary; and Nina Cleaver, treasurer.

Roll call was taken by answering with a bird name that began with the member’s initial. “Birds of a Feather” is the theme for the year, and all members received a program booklet. The monthly tip was information on the song sparrow read by Lori Abraham.

A display was made by all club members featuring fall nuts and leaves. Jodi Russell presented the program on “Cooking with Herbs,” and all members received a handout with cooking suggestions and instructions on preparing herb bouquet bags.

Plans to decorated the village planters was discussed. Campbell will meet with the village officials and check the condition of all the planters and report back to the club. Decorating will take place at the end of November.

Members also decided to donate $15 at the November meeting to purchase supplies for the annual Shoebox Project. This year, boxes will be sent to the Franklin House in Steubenville and the Atwood house in Dillonvale. A workshop to assemble the boxes will be held at the Dillonvale Presbyterian Church on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.

Nina Cleaver was nominated to enter the OGAC regional contest for Gardener of the Year.

The Christmas party will be held on Dec.11 at the Farm Restaurant in Adena. Members are asked to bring a $10 gift exchange item.

Williams will present a program on holiday container decorations and exhibit a winter fairy garden at Wednesday’s meeting which will get under way at 7 p.m. at the Dillonvale Presbyterian Church.

Wells Township Christmas bazaar

on the calendar for Nov. 23

Wells Township’s annual Christmas bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the Wells Township Community Senior Center located on Steuben Street in Brilliant.

Tables are free.

The event will include crafts, a bake sale and gifts.

For information, contact Liz Cook at (740) 598-3967 or (740) 632-6253 or Cheryl at the township office at (740) 598-9602.

Adena Lions Club announces

Halloween costume winners

Winners in the Adena Lions Club’s Halloween parade party that featured the judging of costumes have been announced.

The competition was open to children age 12 and under. Winners were:

Animal characters, up to age 5: Lynzie Payne, first; Presley Smith, second; and Marley Dimmerling, third.

Animal characters, ages 6 to 12: Mariana Matheson, first; Gracie Smith, second; and Annie Harlend, third.

Scariest and most frightful: Jacob Rinkes, first; Andrew Toto, second; and Adam Blackwell, third.

TV characters, up to age 5: Jamie Clifon, first; Chloe Omaits, second; and Shaylee Bezak, third.

TV characters, ages 6 to 12: Jenna Young, first; Elizabeth Clelland, second; and Seth Richardson, third.

Prettiest: Rilee Dutton, first; Camryn Case, second; and Amylia Howard, third.

Witch, ghost, Halloween characters: Kenna Case, first; Alyvia Bryant, second; and Marley Basich, third.

Occupational: Cooper McPeak, first; Stevie Bartrug, second; and Cayd Snider, third.

Hobo-scarecrow: Mason Omaits, first; John Skatula, second.

Boys sports figures: Carson Dulkowski, first.

Girls sports figures: Madison Young, first; Kristen Hercules, second; and Marley Basich, third.

Miscellaneous: Alyia Kellas and Amelia Kellas, first; Braden Pastor and Hagan Hopkins, second; and Jayme Chittenden, Catherine Konkoleski and Kendal Hercules, third.

Meridian Green association

members to host bake sale

Meridian Green of Wintersville’s association members will host a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Hot dogs, beverages and chips will be sold.

There will be a drawing for a basket. Tickets are three for $1 or 50 cents a piece.

Mingo Senior Center announces

several upcoming trips

The Mingo Junction Senior Center, 663 Commercial St., is sponsoring a trip to Wheeling Downs on Wednesday.

The cost will be $20 with $25 in free play and $5 off the buffet. There will be a polka band playing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A Cleveland Connection trip is planned Nov. 23. The cost is $48 and covers the bus and admission, A trip to the strip district is set for Dec. 11.

Trips for 2014 include Amish country, Columbus, Wildwood, N.J., and Nashville.

45th-annual Jewett craft show

to feature more than 80 crafters

The 45th-annual Jewett Craft Show sponsored by the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 30 at the Jewett Fire Station, Jewett Wildcat Community Center.

There will be more than 80 crafters offering “many unique Christmas gifts” and “new prims.”

There also will be various food stands.

Admission is $2, good for all buildings all day. There is free parking.

Community happenings

Rivers Edge Garden Club meets

The hostesses for the October meeting of the Rivers Edge Garden Club in Toronto were Karen Thompson and Janet Saner, at whose home the meeting was held.

Ten members attended.

Mary Bilchak, president, presided at the meeting where Thompson read devotions entitled, “Autumn Fires” by Robert Lewis Stevenson.

Beth Cooper, secretary, and Betty Stewart, treasurer, gave reports.

Members were reminded to drop their items off for the Hutton House at Stewart’s home the week of Nov. 17 or members also can bring their items to the next meeting.

The club elected to make a donation to Coats for Kids.

In committee reports, photographer Gail Saner shared pictures she had taken at the club picnic, and Stewart, beautification committee, gave a report on Newburg Landing. It was determined that the club will no longer plant geraniums on the hill side, as it can be dangerous when trying to water them. The club discussed flowers to plant as an alternative. Stewart will contact members to schedule the fall cleanup at Newburg Landing.

Stewart gave the program on deadheading perennial and annual flowers.

Saner and Thompson served refreshments. The November meeting will be held at Bilchak’s home.

Veterans Service Commission to meet

The regular monthly meeting of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at 500 Market Street, Suite 310, Steubenville.

All veterans or interested parties are welcome to attend.

Library programs are detailed

The following programs are planned through the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County:

— Visit the library for coffee, doughnuts and a movie on Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the main library or the Tiltonsville branch. Reservations are not needed.

— Play and Learn (caregiver and children ages birth to 3) are invited to an hour-long play session at the Schiappa branch on Nov. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. The program encourages children to love the library from a young age.

— Book club for the branches of Tiltonsville and Toronto will meet on Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. To join, call the Toronto branch call (740) 537-1262 and to join the Tiltonsville branch, call (740) 859-5163.

— Tot Time (caregiver and children ages 2 and 3) will hear stories, songs and do an art activity at the Brilliant branch on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. Register by calling (740) 598-4028.

— Babygarten (caregiver and children ages birth to two) can participate in this lap-sit program that involves activities to help babies with language development and early literacy skills. It will be offered at the Brilliant branch on Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. and at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch on Nov. 14 at 11:15 a.m.

— Movie will be shown at the Tiltonsville branch on Nov. 16 at noon and at the main library on Nov. 16 at 2:30 p.m.

— Story Hour (caregiver and children ages 2-6) for the main library will be held on Tuesdays, Nov. 12-26 at 6 p.m.

— Children can make a craft at the main library on Nov. 13 any time from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

— Get tech help at the Schiappa branch on Nov. 11 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. to download more than 150,000 eBooks and other e-materials from the library’s website to your computer or hand-held device. Call the library at (740) 264-6166 to make a 15-minute appointment.

— Beginner’s Internet class will be held at the Schiappa branch on Nov. 13 at 1:30 p.m. or at 6 p.m. Call the library at (740) 264-6166 and register for one class.

— Cookbook club will be at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch on Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. Participants bring in a covered dish from selected cookbooks. Join by calling (740) 769-2090.

— Adults can make a pumpkin craft on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch. Call to register for the supply list at (740) 769-2090.

— Local author Kaylee Owen will read and sign copies of her newest book, “Just One More, Pretty Please!,” at the main library on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Copies of the book can be purchased at the library that evening.

St. Paul’s hosting luncheon Sunday

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 Adams St., Steubenville, will hold its monthly soup and sandwich luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Featured will be both luncheon and brunch items including breakfast casseroles, made-to-order omelets, potato and wedding soup, ham salad and barbecue sandwiches and desserts.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under. Carry-outs are available during the same hours.

Community happenings

Class continues reunion planning

The Steubenville Catholic Central High School Class of 1964 will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at Lancelot’s Restaurant in Wintersville to continue plans for the 50-year reunion to be held June 13-14 at the Steubenville Country Club.

All class members are invited to attend to contribute. Details of the Friday night mixer, Saturday night dinner and Friday golf outing will be discussed. All class members have been contacted by either e-mail or regular mail with the exception of several whose whereabouts are unknown. Inquiries can be directed to

Toronto Sunrise Seniors meet

The Toronto Sunrise Senior Citizens met Oct. 25 with Vice President Harry Andrews presiding and Tim Gribben being sworn in as the group’s new president by Jay Smith.

Five guests were welcomed, including Patty Moorehead, Bobbie Rowan, Patty Farnella and Paul Pavelko’s daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Chuck.

Peggy Nordenger gave the blessing for the dinner provided by the October kitchen committee comprised of Ray and Karen Horne, Lois Baker, Madge DeJulio, Marge Kane and Darlene Carter. Covered dishes were provided by the membership.

Mayor John Geddis and Dorothy Blaner reminded the members to vote in November. Reports were given by Mary Lou Deku, secretary; Judy Sabol, treasurer; and Tracey Wade, social secretary.

Andrews and Beth Clark won the 50-50. Door prizes were won by Connie Lopashansky and Eileen Cernansky, and special door prizes, provided by Blaner, were won by Elaine Briceland and Patty Farnella.

The membership was asked to bring a canned good to the Thanksgiving dinner to be held on Friday. Turkey will be provided by the kitchen committee, and the membership will provide the side dishes. The kitchen committee for November is Harry and Betty Jo Anderson, Pete and DoDo Graceffa, Mary Ann Ohalek, Peg Nordenger, John and Nancy Bodrog and Ralph Noonan. There will be no second meeting in November.

The Christmas dinner will be held Dec. 13 at the American Legion. The last day to sign up or cancel is Dec. 7. Joyce Gribben is in charge of the event. There will be no second meeting in December.

A trip to Washington, D.C., on May 2-5 has some remaining seats. The first payment will be due in January.

Bingo winners were Marcella McKnight, Judy Sabol, Jack Lesnick, Judy Lesnick, Jim Hope, Judy Price, Peg Nordenger, Mary Lou Deku, Sherry Sine, Pete Graceffo, Carolyn McCart, Bobbie Rowan, Nina Kavanaugh, Kitty Roth, Lucy Timko and Joyce Gribben.

Skat and card winners were Patty Roth, Judy Sabol, Helen Lindsey, Harry Andrews, Nina Kavanaugh and Joan Nance. Meetings are held the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Roosevelt School. New members are accepted.

‘Vineyard Education Night’ detailed

The Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District, in conjunction with Black Sheep Vineyard, will host a “Vineyard Education Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Black Sheep Vineyard located at 1454 state Route 250, Adena.

The cost is $10 with attendance limited to 50 people. The evening will cover how grapes are grown; how wine is made; five sample flights of wine; and take home a Black Sheep Vineyard glass. Registration is required by Nov. 13 by calling (740) 942-8837.

Sisters of the Garibaldi meet

The Sisters of the Garibaldi met on Oct. 15 at the lodge where members enjoyed a Halloween party hosted by Emelia Recchio, Sylvia Wendt, Vickie Ross, Mary Santangelo, Anna DiVenanzo and Mary Arlia.

Prizes were awarded to Mary Arlia, Cathy Tripodi, Edna Michetti, Joyce Parrish, Santa Tripodi, Mary Santangelo, Angela Rinaldi, Lucy Takach, Rita Ficca, Yolanda Mannella, Toni Boyd, Ada Pulice and Teresa Lamantia.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the lodge. Members are encouraged to attend. The Christmas party will be discussed.

Community happenings

Dance away with

Country Friends

Enjoy an evening of dancing on Saturday with the Country Friends Dance Band at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The Country Friends Band plays once a month exclusively at the Memorial Hall.

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 Fridays, 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

Tri-State Writers

Society to meet

The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning local author Karen Majoris-Garrison, president, will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at Eastern Gateway Community College, Room 1502, on the lower level.

Aspiring and published writers of all genres are welcome to attend.

For information, contact Majoris-Garrison at (740) 424-1243; Susan Guy at (740) 632-9507; or visit

Knights hosting

spaghetti dinner

The Knights of Columbus Council 472 is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include spaghetti, meatballs, regular bread, garlic bread, salad, desserts and coffee. Soft drinks also are available.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and under. Call (740) 264-0092 for carryouts.

IACC presented

officer nominees

Carm Gentile, president, presided at the Oct. 14 dinner meeting of the Italian American Cultural Club held at St. Florian Hall and attended by 130 members. Louise Donofe opened with prayer and led in opening exercises.

Vince Talarico gave a lengthy explanation on the revised amendments to the club’s by-laws with changes made and accepted by the membership.

Gentile reported on the Memorial Mass held at St. Agnes Church in Mingo. She extended thanks to the Rev. James Dunfee, who said the Mass in Italian. Thanks also was extended to the women’s club for its hospitality in serving the dinner afterward.

Robert Palladino reported on Campo Club, which began Oct. 19. It will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Franciscan University of Steubenville. The children will socialize and learn Italian language and culture with games and music. A Halloween party is planned for November.

In a nominating committee report Todd Piergallini announced the nominees, who are: President, Jane Antonucci; vice president, Lewis Piergallini; secretary, Tami Cashioli; and chaplain, Carol Almonte.

Theresa Metcalf, chair, reported on the upcoming fundraiser Festa del Vino to be held Nov. 15 at St. Florian Hall beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $30 per person in advance and $35 at the door. Event proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund.

Lou Gentile won the 50-50 drawing. Mary Conroy and Donna Shalvis won the free dinners.

Donofe shared information about Christopher Columbus.

Drawing winners

are announced

Winners of drawings held at Follansbee Christmas in the Park have been announced.

They are: Marci Colantoni, 50/50; Genny Dobroski, holiday basket; Pete Nice, Penguins tickets; and Jack Taggart, Steelers package. Cheryl Fox won the drawing for free vendor space in next year’s festival held for vendors who donated an item for the holiday basket.

Community happenings

Bergholz Ruritans planning dinner

The Bergholz Ruritans will host a roast beef and roast pork dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Bergholz Fire Station.

The menu will include choice of meat, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, dessert and beverage. Cost is by donation.

Carryouts will be available.

Proceeds will be used for the Christian Emergency Fund for the coming year.

Knights to hold Memorial Mass

Immaculate Heart of Mary Council No. 472 will hold its annual Memorial Mass for deceased members at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. John Fisher Church, state Route 152 South, Richmond.

The Rev. John McCoy, council chaplain, will celebrate the Mass in memory of all deceased Knights. There will be special mention of members who passed away since last November.

“All members, their families and friends are welcome to attend this solemn event,” a spokesman said. Members and their families are invited to meet at the council hall at 6 p.m. to car pool to the church.

The Mass is open to the public. Coffee and doughnuts will be served afterwards.

Noah Long benefit set for Sunday

A quarter auction to benefit Noah Long and his family will be held Sunday at the Knoxville Volunteer Fire Department with doors opening at noon and the auction getting under way at 1 p.m.

Long, a second-grader in Toronto City Schools and the son of the David and Katie Long of Wellsville, recently was diagnosed with AML, an acronym for acute myeloid leukemia.

The event also will include a Chinese auction and a 50/50 drawing with food and beverages available for purchase.

Admission and a paddle is $5 with extra paddles available for $2 each.

For information, call Ashley Wilson at (740) 314-2352 or Melissa Huggins at (740) 381-1178.

Chicken, baked steak dinner Sunday

A chicken and baked steak dinner will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Jewett Volunteer Fire Department.

The menu will include vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. The dinner cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Three Score Seniors officers named

The Three Score Seniors October meeting was led by President Cookie Veltri.

Tony LaRosa gave the invocation and benediction and led members in opening exercises.

House Chair Kathy McCarrick decorated in a Halloween theme.

Regina Truax led table games, and each table had a prize winner. Vice President Rosemary Gaynor announced guitarist Chuck Lucas will perform at the November meeting. Secretary Pat Delekta and Treasurer Joan Villa gave reports.

Regina Truax announced the following trips:

Nov. 20, Rivers Casino, Frank Valli performs;

May 9-10, Lancaster; and

May 23-27, New York City.

For information, call Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Reservation Chair Vivian Weigel announced 101 members and three guests in attendance, including Gloria Jean Suchko and Stan and Mag Haynes.

Membership Chair Nancy Smurda collected dues and will continue to do so through November. Those interested in joining the group can call Smurda at (304) 748-4624.

Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp reported on cards sent and acknowledged birthdays.

With no nominations from the floor, Enola Romanelli introduced officers for 2014. They include President Marlene Hare, Vice President President Brenda Edwards, Secretary Barbara Purks and Treasurer Ida Haynes.

Ida Haynes, Sam Lescallette, Joan Villa, Margaret Chapman and Alma Wansack won prizes.

Mary Margaret Klepadlo, Mary Fazi and Iona McColloch received decorated pumpkins. Carl Cross and Mary Orecchio received dinners. Virginia Kucan and John Fields won the 50/25/25 drawing.

The group’s next meeting will be held Nov. 21, because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Menopause topic of Thursday event

A discussion and slide presentation on menopause led by Dr. Nila Sayat, certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will take center stage at the Healthy Life Workshop scheduled for Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Harrison Community Hospital.

“Menopause, or the ‘change of life,’ is different for each woman. It is not a disease that needs to be treated, but you might need help if symptoms are bothersome. Due to changing hormonal levels, symptoms can last for years,” a news release notes.

The monthly Healthy Life Workshops are open to the public. The free educational sessions are held the first Thursday of each month featuring physicians, dieticians and other healthcare professionals covering a variety of topics, including diet and nutrition, exercise and flexibility, women’s health issues, and other health topics. Light refreshments are served, and reservations are not necessary.

Community happenings

Women of the Moose plan event

The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will hold their final quarter auction on Sunday at the Wellsburg Moose Lodge at 844 Main St., Wellsburg.

Doors will open at noon, with the auction to begin at 1 p.m. There also will be food and drinks for sale. Proceeds will benefit Moose-supported charities.

New members for Toronto group

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Oct. 24 where guests were Linda Ragsdale and Frances Keenan, and new members were Bonnie Vance, Joyce Dye, Glenn and Monica Dornbusch.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing, read devotions and led members in opening exercises.

Culinary demonstrations were given by Kody Myler and Dakota Nalette taught by Angie Angie Allison from the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

Reports were given by Joyce Dobbs, Rosemary Bonofine and Mayor John Geddis.

Cathy Grimes won the 50/50. Door prize winners were Dolly Robinson, Ben Cicone, Terry Mamula, Rosemary Bonofine, Arlene Zahniser, Becky Swickard, Joyce Zimmerman, Nancy Stanak, Sharon Carroll and Angie Kurty.

Bingo winners were Sharon Carroll, Patty Rose, Nancy Stanak and Joyce Dobbs.

Scat winners were Dee Fouts, Monica Dornbusch, Paula Krensavage, Sharon Carroll, Joyce Zimmerman, Richard Dobbs, Bill Baier and Glenn Dornbusch.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 14 at the Roosevelt bBuilding.

Community happenings

Bergholz museum open Sunday

The Bergholz Area Museum will be open for the final time this season on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with area coal mining as the focus of the November special exhibit.

The museum is open the first Sunday of each month from May through November.

The Forrest Buchanan display remains on view, featuring items of interest regarding Buchanan, a well-known area naturalist, educator and world traveler.

The museum 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.

Benefit spaghetti dinner Saturday

A benefit spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the East Springfield Community Center for 5-year-old Keagan Call, the son of Jordan and Casey Kohler Call.

Call was diagnosed with DMD, an acronym for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive muscle disorder that only affects boys, causing a loss of both muscle function and independence.

DMD only affects approximately one out every 3,500 boys born worldwide, according to a promotional flyer. Boys with DMD generally lose their ability to walk between the ages of 8 and 12 and are wheelchair dependent. There is no way to stop the progression of DMD. It is the most common, lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during early childhood. Nearly all boys with DMD die by their late teens or early 20s from respiratory and/or cardiac complications.

Cost of the dinner is $9 for adults and $5 for children age 4 to 12. Children 3 and under eat for free.

The dinner will include spaghetti, salad, roll, beverage and dessert. Takeout will be available for a flat rate of $9 per meal.

Donations also are being accepted with checks made payable to Keagan Call and mailed to: Chase Bank, 3000 N Wooster Ave., Dover, OH 44622. Questions can be directed to

All proceeds and donations are to benefit Call for his medical expenses.

Library programs are announced

The following programs are being offered through the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County:

Gaming For Kids will be held at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday any time from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Play and Learn the Alphabet (caregiver and children ages 2-6) will be at the main library on Monday at 11 a.m. and on Wednesday at 6 p.m.; the Adena branch on Monday at 11:15 a.m.; and at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. Letter-learning toys are set up for children to play with and interact with other children.

Play and Learn (caregiver and children ages birth to 3) will be at the Schiappa branch on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. This is an hour-long play that encourages children to love the library at a young age.

Family movie will be shown at the Toronto branch and at the Brilliant branch on Saturday. The Toronto branch will show its movie at 1 p.m. and the Brilliant branch’s will be shown at noon.

Story time will be at the Brilliant branch on Tuesday and Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m., and the Tiltonsville branch will have it on Monday and Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Stories, songs and rhymes are offered to children ages 4-6. Register by calling the Brilliant library at (740) 598-4028 and the Tiltonsville library at (740) 859-5163.

Babygarten (caregiver and children ages birth to 2) will be held at the Tiltonsville branch on Thursday at 11 a.m. This is a lap-sit program that will help babies with language development and early literacy skills through books, songs and rhymes.

Tot Time (caregiver and children ages 2-3) will be at the Tiltonsville branch on Thursday at 6 p.m. This is an interactive program that offers books, songs and tips to promote early literacy. Register by calling the library at (740) 859-5163.

Adults can make a pumpkin craft at the Adena branch on Thursday at 5 p.m. Learn by calling the library at (740) 546-3782.

A beginner’s Internet genealogy class will be offered on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Schiappa branch. Learn about online resources to find your family roots. Call (740) 264-6166 to register.

Learn about natural healing using essential oils with Susie Weiss of Young Living on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Schiappa branch. Call (740) 264-6166 to register.

Children in grades kindergarten through six can go to the Schiappa branch after school to make a craft on Thursday any time from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Photographs from the “Steel Industry in Jefferson County” project will be on display at the main library through Jan. 2.

Country Friends to host Sands of Time

Country Friends will host the Sands of Time band Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 402 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance starts at 7 p.m. On Mondays and Fridays, the group holds covered-dish dinners and open mic nights. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. For information, call (304) 527-4253 or (304) 479-1270 or visit

Rotary club speakers detailed

The Steubenville Rotary Club was to welcome Dane Summerville, an operation specialist and dive coordinator for the Locks and Dams Branch on the Allegheny River, as its guest speaker at today’s noon luncheon meeting at the YWCA of Steubenville.

Bruce Trushel is the program chair for November with other speakers lined up, including:

  • Nov. 8: Mark Bevilacqua, fire chief of the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department, who will describe the equipment and protective clothing used.
  • Nov. 15: Local entrepreneur Stephen “Steve” Zdinak has owned and operated several businesses and is an account executive with the Business Resource Network in Steubenvlle.
  • Nov. 22: Trushel will present the program himself, entitled “Have 10 Will Travel.”