Community happenings

Dillonvale auxiliary to meet March 4

The Dillonvale American Legion Auxiliary No. 529 will meet at 6 p.m. on March 4 at the Legion post on Liberty Street.

All members are urged to attend as discussion items will include Buckeye Girls State selections and County Council scheduled for March 26.

New members from the surrounding villages are welcomed. Information as to qualifications can be obtained by contacting Mary Ulczynski at (740) 769-7773.

Brooke group

meeting March 11

The Brooke County Retired School Employees Association will meet at 11:30 a.m. on March 11 at Brooke High School.

Sharon Cuomo will preside at the business meeting immediately following the luncheon. The Brooke Madrigal Choir will perform.

All members and newly retired employees are encouraged to attend. To make lunch reservations, contact Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 by March 4.

United Way event

is March 13

The United Way of Jefferson County will host its annual campaign recognition reception on March 13 at Hellenic Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The social gathering will get under way at 5 p.m. and be followed by the dinner and recognition event at 6 p.m.

Cost is $20 per person. Attendees should RSVP by March 3 by calling (740) 284-9000 or sending an e-mail to Mail reservation and payments to United Way of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 1463, Steubenville, OH 43952.

Thursday Music Club event set

Ohio County Strings instructor Ben Podolski will bring several of his students from Wheeling Park High School to perform for the Thursday Music Club at 11 a.m. on March 6 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1409 Chapline St., Wheeling.

Student Derek Pavlik is working on a special arrangement for the program entitled “Modern Strings.”

Thursday Music Club President Betty Davis will conduct a business meeting before the strings group performs. A luncheon will be served afterwards.

A reservation is required for the luncheon, and there is a fee for the lunch. For reservations, call Emily Mayer at (304) 232-1714 or Beverly Harrigan at (304) 232-0172 by March 3.

Members Suzie McCormick and Irene Marks will greet and welcome members and guests. Table appointments will be handled by Sandy Nickerson and Nancy Holt.

The study group will meet at 1 p.m. on March 10 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1409 Chapline St., Wheeling. Kathryn Wallington will be the presenter. For information, contact Lois Neitzelt, chairman, at (304) 232-0425.

Despite winter’s snow and ice, members of the Thursday Music Club Chorus, under the direction of Anita Chops and Debbie Breiding, the accompanist, have been practicing most Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at Elm Grove Evangelical Methodist Church.

The spring concert will be held April 3 for the members and guests of the Thursday Music Club. For information, call Chops at (304) 242-1455.

Join foundation,

get free trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is making it easy for everyone to celebrate the arrival of spring by planting trees.

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March and receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees.

“White flowering dogwoods will add beauty to your home throughout the year,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Dogwoods are known for their showy spring flowers, scarlet autumn foliage and red berries that attract songbirds during winter.”

The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting between March 1 and May 31. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the foundation’s bimonthly publication, and “The Tree Book,” which contains information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, by March 30 or join online at

Community happenings

‘Jumble Sale’ donations sought by

Wheeling Civic Garden Center

The Wheeling Civic Garden Center, Oglebay Park, is requesting donations of items for its annual “Jumble Sale,” an indoor yard sale set for March 21-23.

The center is seeking 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 17.

“If you have a ton of items to donate, call the garden center at (304) 242-0665, and they will be happy to help you,” a news release notes.

The sale benefits the garden center, a nonprofit cultural and educational organization.

Tri-State Marine Corps Club

Auxiliary holds meeting

The Weirton-based Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary held met Feb. 10 with President Joan Spano presiding.

Chaplain Mary Ann Smith gave the invocation and read scripture. Marcy Spano read the devotions and “Prayers to Soothe Your Soul.” The group held special prayers for numerous individuals.

Vice President Darlene Kemp led in opening ceremonies.

Shirley Brecht read a thank-you note from 20 military members stationed in Afghanistan, as well as notes from Air Force Master Sgt. David M. Lake, stationed in Afghanistan, and servicewoman Heather Manzies, also stationed in Afghanistan. Barboursville Veterans Home staff sent Joan Spano a list of the residents’ birthdays.

Sunshine Chair Mary Ann Elliott reported on cards sent.

Joan Spano sent five birthday cards to Barboursville Veterans Home residents for February. Joan Spano, Marcy Spano and Tina Spano created more than 400 Valentine cards to be sent to active-duty military members.

In March and April, members will collect healthy snacks for the troops. Members are encouraged to bring them to the next two meetings. The group welcomes donations from the public. The snacks will be sent to the troops through Boatsie’s Boxes. Joan Spano sent the auxiliary’s adopted veteran Wayne Kemp a Valentine card with a Marine emblem key chain.

The club picnic will Aug. 10 at the New Cumberland park. The auxiliary plans to present Kemp with an afghan made by Marge Porchiran.

Mary Ann Smith won the 50/50 and donated back to the treasury.

Shirley Brecht and Marcy Spano served the refreshments.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 10. Marcy Spano will serve refreshments.

Harrisville Fire Hall to host

Friday fish fries starting Feb. 28

The Harrisville Fire Hall will be the site of Friday fish fries every Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 through April 18, according to Pam Kinsey, president of the Harrisville Volunteer Firemen Ladies Auxiliary.

There also will be a fish fry on Ash Wednesday, March 5, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be a bake sale on April 18.

For takeout orders call (740) 546-3242.

Community happenings

‘Music, Spaghetti & Love’ benefit scheduled at Manfred’s

Manfred’s Lounge at 4535 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, will host a “Music, Spaghetti & Love” Tommy Vankirk benefit weekend on Sunday (Feb. 23).

The spaghetti dinner will be held from noon to 4 p.m. with the menu including spaghetti, break, drink and dessert. Cost is $10. Patrons can dine in or get carryout orders.

There will be a karaoke night on Thursday (Feb. 20); Black Sunday, an Ozzy/Black Sabbath tribute band, on Friday; and Wicket Biskits on Saturday (Feb. 22).

Donations can be made at Mosti Funeral Home, 3435 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.

Tri-State Marine Corps Club makes plans for annual picnic on Aug. 3

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club met Feb. 10 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

In spite of the bad weather, 28 members were in attendance.

The annual picnic was discussed, and it is tentatively planned for Aug. 3 at the park near the Fire Hall in New Cumberland. The event includes food, a Chinese auction, children’s games and a drawing.

Members voted to donate $100 to Young Marine Austin Loppe, who will be participating in the national event in Washington, D.C. in May. Loppe lives in Mingo Junction and is a student at Indian Creek High School.

The design of the new Marine coin was approved, and prices will be obtained for its mintage. It likely will be available by the end of the year.

It also was announced members and their guests are welcome to attend the Saturday morning breakfast get-togethers at the Weirton Ponderosa on Three Springs Drive. They begin at 9 a.m., and there is no cost for club members for the buffet, but non-members will be asked to pay.

Tickets are available for the gun drawing at $10 dollars per ticket with the drawing held scheduled for May 12.

The organization meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month, and all Marine veterans are invited to attend. Any honorably discharged Marine or Navy Corpsman attached to a Marine unit is eligible to join, and there is no membership fee.

Community happenings

Unionport lodge to host benefit

UNIONPORT – The Unionport Masonic Lodge No. 333 located on county Road 39, Unionport, will hold a benefit spaghetti dinner on Feb. 22 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The menu will include spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, bread and butter, cake and ice cream.

Carryout will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Dyslexia Center at the Masonic Temple located at 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville. The center provides reading remediation for those children who learn differently because of dyslexia. The group also provides Orton-Gillingham training for teachers and other qualified people. The tutor-training program is internationally accredited. Pilot training programs also are available to any interested school district, a spokesperson explained.

Parents, teachers and school districts can contact the dyslexia center’s office for information at (740) 282-4875.

Crochet group seeks members

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Public Library’s crochet group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The group is open to adults at all levels of sewing skill. Help will be available to those who need it.

Participants should bring their own supplies and projects. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Sci-fi film showing at library

WELLSBURG – The PG-13-rated science fiction film “Ender’s Game,” based on books by Orson Scott Card and starring Harrison Ford, will be shown at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Brooke County Public Library.

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

Transportation offered to veterans

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Senior Center offers free transportation to veterans’ medical facilities in Pittsburgh to all area veterans, including those who aren’t seniors, through the Disabled American Veterans program.

A van transports veterans from Brooke and Hancock counties, leaving for the earliest appointment in a given day and remaining in Pittsburgh until the last appointment is completed.

Interested veterans should call (304) 527-3410 to schedule an appointment.

Mike Craig of the Wheeling Veterans Affairs office also is available to answer questions from veterans at the center from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

The center is at 948 Main St., Follansbee.

Senior center to hold dance

WEIRTON – The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a dance, featuring music by Not 1/2 Bad, on Thursday.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. A $5 donation is requested. In the event of inclement weather, the dance will be canceled and rescheduled. For information, call (304) 748-3490.

Friends to host Hank Vincent

COLLIERS – Country Friends will host Hank Vincent and the Stone Street Station Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road.

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

Country Friends has covered-dish dinners and open mic nights every Monday and Friday. The doors open at 4 p.m., the meal begins at 5 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 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 or visit the website at

Ministry holding event Saturday

WEIRTON – The Teens Teaching Truth ministry welcomes area residents for food, games, worship and learning from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Weirton Heights Memorial Baptist Church located at 121 Ivy St.

Local author to sign book

WEIRTON – Van Horn of Weirton will sign copies of his book, “Zeppy Riley,” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. The book involves a group that removes government-secured modules at a Pennsylvania power plant.

Post hosting benefit dance

CHESTER – The American Legion Post 121 will hold a benefit sweetheart dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the post located at 404 Carolina Ave.

Uptown Saturday Night will perform. It is open to those 21 and older. Tickets are $10.

All proceeds will benefit the Butcher, Rice and Snow families, whose children were killed in an automobile accident Jan. 18.

Food handling class scheduled

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Health Department will hold a food handler class at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Sacred Heart of Mary Church located at 200 Preston Ave., on Weirton Heights.

The class is open to the public. Any person involved in food service in Hancock and Brooke counties is required to possess a current food handler card. The class is for volunteers as well as those employed in the food service industry.

Food handler cards are free to volunteers working for a nonprofit organization. For those employed in food establishments, the cost is $7 for a one-year card, $12 for a two-year card and $17 for a three-year card.

Food Handler training may also be obtained by taking an online class by going to to take the class.

Payment for the online class can be made by using a credit card or Pay Pal. Participants also may print the completion verification and pay the fee from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department. For information, call the health department at (304) 564-3343.

Community happenings

Story hour has snowman theme

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be holding a snowman-themed evening storytime, with Kim Harless, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Children are invited to enjoy snowman stories, craft and other activities. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Library to screen ‘Captain Phillips’

The Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg will be showing the PG-13-rated film, “Captain Phillips,” at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The film is based on the true story of Capt. Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

The real Captain Phillips, the man about whom the Academy Award-nominated movie starring Tom Hanks was made, will be the third speaker in the Herald-Star, Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series.

Richard Phillips, who was captain of the Maersk Alabama when the seafaring cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates in April 2009, is scheduled to appear at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in the Steubenville High School Auditorium. For ticket information and copies of Phillips’ book, “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea,” call the Herald-Star at (740) 283-4711. Tickets also are available at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce at (740) 282-6226.

Brightway holding candy gram sale

Officials with the Brightway Center are making and delivering candy grams on Feb. 14, but orders must be received and paid for by Tuesday, according to Cathy Takach, project manager.

The cost per candy gram is $10, and money can be delivered to the county 15 Road center or mailed to 2511 county Road 15, Rayland, OH 43943.

A Bible verse about love can be added to each basket if desired, including Corinthians 13:13, Ephesians 4:2, Peter 4:8 or John 4:7.

Mingo Center planning outings

The Mingo Senior Center is organizing a trip to Wheeling Island Casino on Tuesday.

Pickup will be at 9 a.m. at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall. Cost is $20 per person with $25 in free playback. The return time is estimated around 5 p.m.

For information, call the center at (740) 535-1639.

Other trips planned include: Wildwood in May; Bourbon Trail in April; Oct. 13-15: Nashville, featuring the Opryland Hotel; Sugarcreek in June; and Hollywood Casino in September.

Weekly activities at the center include 10 cent bingo on Mondays; women playing 500 on Tuesdays; Shanagu meeting on Wednesdays; special activities on Thursdays; and regular bingo on Fridays. Prime Time lunches are served at 11:20 a.m. Monday through Friday. Dues are being accepted for 2014. They are $12 per person or $20 per couple. The newsletter is an additional $5.