Community happenings

Citywide prayer revival Friday

The House of Prayer Outreach Ministries will host a citywide prayer revival from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Shared Ministries of Simpson United Methodist Church and Phillips Chapel CME, 430 Slack St., Steubenville.

Guest speakers will include Prophet George Delo, Power for Today Prophetic Ministries, Steubenville, and Deacon William Watson, Greater Zion Temple, Steubenville.

Evangelist Clarissa Speaker is the founder of House of Prayer Outreach Ministries.

“Join us as we seek God for forgiveness and healing for our city, our families, our communities and our nation,” reads a promotional flyer.

For information, call (740) 275-7560.

Bereavement support group to meet

Charity Hospice’s bereavement support group will meet from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on March 19 at the Prime Time Senior Center, 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

For information, call Debbie Yoklic at (740) 264-2280.

Mingo Knights event Thursday

The Mingo Knights of Columbus of Msgr. Joseph F. Dooley Council 4361 will host a first and second degree on Thursday.

Candidate call is at 6:30 p.m. with the first degree at 7 p.m. followed by the second degree.

Food will be served afterwards.

There will be no regular meeting Thursday.

There will be a third degree on March 30 at the Mingo K of C with the candidate call at 1 p.m., followed by the third degree at 1:30 p.m.

Questions can be directed to Shawn Zarych, grand knight, at (740) 381-1385.

Alpha Mu Chapter holds meeting

The Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma met at Ponderosa in Carrollton on March 8 with President Darlene Smith presiding.

Jan Primac of the hospitality committee read the poem “Hugs,” and Cicely Worthington, chairman of the committee, gave the invocation before breakfast.

A moment of silence was observed for Helen Mundis, Marjorie Radakovich and Margaret Alice Meyers.

New yearbook pages remain available, it was announced. Smith thanked CarolynLee Barrett and Rose Seck for revisions to the bylaws.

The state convention will be held at the Columbus Hilton on April 4-6. Smith and Barrett will attend, Barrett will be display her flower photo quilt. Barb Carter will join them at the convention.

Smith shared an e-mail received from Jane Meese, state recording secretary, that read, “Wowie, Zowie! Your members rock!” Eleven members had responded to Meese about education matters.

Members reviewed revisions to the bylaws. Voting will be next month. Jan Brower is preparing a list of nominations for new officers to be elected at the April meeting. Brower read the biographies of four prospective new members, and a secret ballot vote was conducted.

Linda Anderson will send support cards to members. DKG received thank-you cards from the Carroll County Animal Shelter, Golden Age Retreat and Martha Manor for December donations.

The project for April is donations for Hounds’ Haven Inc. in Jefferson County and Carrollton’s new animal shelter that is under construction.

Applications for scholarships should be sent to Julie Blanton or Barb Carter before April 18, it was announced.

The next meeting will be held April 12 at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville. Barbara Jean Losey promised a “birthday surprise” as part of the 75th DKG birthday celebration.

The education excellence committee led by Rose Seck presented the program for the meeting.

Toronto Sunrise Senior Citizens meet

Tim Gribben, president, presided when the Toronto Sunrise Senior Citizens met for their Feb. 28 meeting.

Lucy Timko and Mike Timko were 50-50 winners. Door prizes were won by Joe McBride and Molly Merideth.

Tour Director Judy Whyte announced a trip to the Rivers Casino is being organized for April 23. Cost of the one-day trip is $20. Questions can be directed to Whyte at (740) 264-7837.

Joyce Gribben and Dorothy Pavelka reported the mother/father banquet will be held May 23 at the Presbyterian church in Toronto. Dinner at 6 p.m. will follow a social hour.

The summer picnic will be held July 11 at Stratton Park. Questions can be directed to Patti Farnella at (304) 424-2081.

McBride was crowned king of hearts, and Nina Kavanaugh was crowned queen of hearts at the Valentine-themed dinner meeting.

Peg Nordenger closed the meeting in prayer.

Bingo winners were Mary Lou Deku, Elaine Briceland, Nancy Bodrog, Jim Wilson, Gloria Howard, Mike Timko, Brenda Cottrell, Peg Nordenger, Judy Price, Susan Kulstad, Marlene Garrett, John Bodrog, Kathy Samuel, Patty Farnella and Marion Wilson. Card winners were Nancy Bodrog and Patty Roth.

Community happenings

Lenten luncheons at Zion United

Zion United Church of Christ, 139 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, will host a soup and sandwich luncheon on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The menu will feature a choice of chicken noodle soup or tomato soup for $2; a ham salad sandwich or grilled cheese sandwich for $2; Jell-o salad, $1; choice of dessert, $1;chips, 50 cents; and beverage, 50 cents. Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Advance orders can be placed by calling (740) 282-1793.

Brush Creek 50+ Club to meet

The Brush Creek 50+ Club’s March meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the senior center.

A meeting will follow the covered-dish dinner.

Women of Moose holding blood drive

The Wellsburg Women of the Moose will sponsor an American Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22 at the Moose Lodge located at 844 Main St., Wellsburg.

All donors will receive refreshments. The drive is open to the public, and all eligible donors are welcome. Donors must bring photo identification.

Walk-ins will be accepted. Appointments can be made by calling Linda Porreca at (740) 264-4286 or (304) 737-1552.

Seniors hear update on Lancaster trip

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting on March 13 where Lester Grimes was welcomed as a guest.

Bob Haught gave the blessing for the covered-dish dinner.

Kenny Woodward led the members in opening ceremonies.

A new list for new officers is available.

Reports were given by Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine. March birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged.

Dobbs won the 50-50 drawing. Door prize winners were Lester Grimes, Deanne Starr, Pat Balser, Judy Bickler and Nancy Taggert. The Irish wreath donated by Monica Dornbusch was won by Becky Swickard.

Lola Swanagan updated members on trips. Seats remain available for the Lancaster (“Moses”) trip on May 20-21, to include a Dutch-style dinner, Kitchen Kettle Village, outlet shopping and Flight 93 Memorial.

Bingo winners were Huck Hanuscin, Terry Mamula, Emma Haught and Dee Fouts. Scat winners were Richard Dobbs, Terry Mamula, Irma Straka, Rose Dials, Marilyn Peckins and Nancy Ludewig.

The next meeting will be March 27 at the Roosevelt Building.

Unionport Grange hosts meeting

The Unionport Community Grange No. 2728 members hosted the Jefferson County Pomona Grange No. 41 meeting recently.

A monetary gift will be sent to Urban Mission for the Feinstein matching hunger program.

Sis Brannon, lecturer, presented a St. Patrick’s Day program.

The next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on May 10 at the Liberty Grange hall in New Alexandria.

Pie sale to benefit Special Olympics

Brooke County Special Olympics will hold a pie sale through April 1.

A variety of pies produced by The Pie Shoppe as well as cherry tarts, pumpkin rolls, nut logs and plain or raisin Easter bread will be sold, with orders delivered on April 13, in time for Easter. To place an order, call (304) 797-1574 or (304) 737-1376.

Sisters of the Garibaldi to meet

The Sisters of the Garibaldi will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the lodge. Annual dues will be taken at the meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.

Library to show ‘The Book Thief’

The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the PG-13-rated film, “The Book Thief,” at 1 p.m. Friday.

The film is based on a best-selling book about a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II in Germany. Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn.

Crocheting group meets Wednesday

The Brooke County Public Library’s Crocheting Group will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The group is for adults, beginners through experts. Participants should bring their own supplies and projects. For those needing help, someone will be available to assist or offer instruction.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.

Craft class offered Thursday

The Brooke County CEOS Tent Club will be holding a craft class at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Brooke County Public Library in Wellsburg.

Members will teach participants how to make a fun fur spring wreath. The wreath and fun fur will be provided by the library. Participants should bring what they would like to use to decorate their wreath, such as plastic eggs, flowers and butterflies.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free class.

Community happenings

Central State University Chorus to sing

The George C. Smith Scholarship Committee and the Hindman family will present the Central State University Chorus in concert on March 24 at Steubenville High School, 420 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, beginning at 6 p.m.

It is free and open to the public.

The chorus performed at the White House and Senate Rotunda in December 2013 and the Clark State Kuss Auditorium on Feb. 14.

“This university chorus has dazzled audiences from New York to California,” a news release notes. “Their contemporary gospel will inspire and entertain.”

It will be a 90-minute free concert, thanks to the support of community leaders and businesses.

Upper Ohio Valley school choirs have been extended invitations along with church youth groups.

Valentino Jackson and the Rev. Calvin McLoyd Jr., pastor of Second Baptist Church, are co-chairs of the event.

The George C. Smith Scholarship Committee that originated out of Second Baptist Church is celebrating its 30th year of mentoring, tutoring and presenting scholarships to the youth of the Upper Ohio Valley. It has awarded more than $80,000 in scholarships in its history.

For information, call (740) 264-0142 or (740) 282-4949.

Baked steak dinner at Hill Top

There will be a baked steak dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hill Top Fellowship Hall at the corner of county Road 46 and state Route 213, Toronto.

The menu will be baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salad bar, pie, and hot and cold beverages. Patrons can dine in or get takeout orders. Donations are accepted.

‘Let’s Fight Together’ fundraiser set

A cabbage roll/meatball dinner set for 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Bergholz Volunteer Fire Department will benefit “Let’s Fight Together.”

The meal will include two cabbage rolls, mashed potatoes, green beans, a drink and dessert for $8. Meatball dinners are $5.

Takeout will be available.

The fundraiser also will include a 50-50 drawing and an auction featuring Pittsburgh Steelers items going to the highest bidder at 5 p.m.

All proceeds benefit the fund, which was launched by Thomas “TJ” Anderson of Annapolis “to help people in need and let them know they’re not alone in what daily struggles they have, that God is with them as well as people who care.” He can be contacted at

64 to Grayson to perform in Unionport

The Christian Church of Unionport is hosting a concert by the group 64 to Grayson on March 30, beginning at 6 p.m.

The concert will be held at the church, which is located at 3488 county Hwy. 39, Bloomingdale.

The concert is free and open to the public with light refreshments to follow.

Lenten services set in Smithfield

Smithfield Community Lenten Services will begin at the Smithfield Christian Church at 7 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Phil Bliss as the guest speaker.

Other services under the direction of the Smithfield Church Council are:

March 23: Smithfield Presbyterian Church with Pastor Wilford Simeral as guest speaker;

March 30: Smithfield Friends Church with the Rev. John Oliver as guest speaker;

April 6: Mount Moriah Church with Walter Jancura as guest speaker; and

April 13: Piney Fork Presbyterian Church with Ron Retzer providing Christian music for the Palm Sunday event.

There will be refreshments served at each meeting, and a collection will be taken for vacation Bible school in July.

Community Lenten services under way

A series of community Lenten services, featuring local pastors serving as guest speakers at several Wellsburg churches, has begun.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

Thursday: New Day Christian Center, with pastor Lori Williams.

March 20: Christ Episcopal Church, with pastor Bryce Grieco.

March 27: Community of Christ Church, with pastor Carl Tribbet.

April 3: Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church, pastor Angel Adams.

April 10: Windsor Heights Church of God, pastor Joy Leasure.

A Good Friday service also will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Wellsburg United Methodist Church, and an Easter sunrise service, led by pastor Mary Jane Knapp, will be held at 7 a.m. at the Brooke Hills Park Clubhouse.

Brothers in Song to perform March 23

Tiltonsville United Methodist Church will host a concert by the musical group Brothers in Song on March 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

Brothers in Song, directed by Marian Martin and accompanied by Linda Steffl, is an all-male choir that performs classic hits and Christian music. The concert is open to the public.

A love offering will be taken.

The church is located at 106 Grandview Ave, Tiltonsville.

Needhams to sing at Carrollton church

The Needhams will perform in concert at 6:30 p.m. on March 29 at the Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Road, S.E., Carrollton.

Based in Murfreesboro, Tenn., the Needhams began their musical journey in the 1990s. They have recorded several albums, including bluegrass gospel and southern gospel.

“With their combined talent of singing, songwriting and instrumentation, the Needhams move ahead with great optimism, never losing sight of their primary goal, to uplift the name of Jesus Christ,” a news release notes.

A love offering will be received. Two food items are requested for admission and will be donated to Loaves and Fishes, the local food pantry.

For information or directions, contact Pastor Chuck Wilson at (330) 627-7376 or Richard and Judy Cunningham at (330) 739-4005 or (330) 323-9253.

Community happenings

Art association events announced

After a long, snowy winter, the Steubenville Art Association welcomes the prospect of spring’s arrival with two events on Wednesday.

There will be an artist workshop held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Fort Steuben, 120 S. Third St., Steubenville.

Marnee Muhleman’s topic will be “Water Media.” The cost is $40. To register, call (330) 340-4577.

The SAA will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the fort. The annual spring exhibit at Eastern Gateway Community College will be discussed, including the entry dates being April 11-12 and the show itself running from May 3-17.

The meeting will include a painting demonstration by member Larry King.

Marilyne Shanks is chairwoman of the social committee that also included Arlene Wells, Nancy Morris and Muhleman.

Library programs are detailed

The following programs of the Public Library of Steubenvillle and Jefferson County have been announced:

“Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie” will be held at both the main library and Tiltonsville branch at 10 a.m. on March 21.

Story Hour (for caregiver and children ages 2-6) will be held at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Babygarten (for caregiver and children ages birth to 24 months) is scheduled at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. and at the Toronto branch on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Watch a cooking demonstration and taste samples of Irish recipes from cookbooks found at the library at 6 p.m. Monday. It is free to those who attend, but seating is limited. Register by calling the library at (740) 264-6166.

Intermediate Internet Searching class will be held at the Schiappa branch at 1:30 p.m. and at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Choose one class by calling the library at (740) 264-6166. Participants will be shown a wide range of search engines such as Google and Bing and how to use specific search terms to their advantage.

Teen Game Night will be held at the Schiappa branch on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wii and other popular games will be available for teens to play.

Watch a movie with family members at the main library on March 22 at 2 p.m. or at the Toronto branch on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Drop in for Play and Learn the Alphabet (caregiver and children ages 2-6) at the main library on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and at the Schiappa branch on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. The hour-long play session with toys promotes alphabet knowledge and other early literacy skills.

Book Club will meet at the Adena branch on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Monday at 10 a.m. Join by calling the Adena branch at (740) 546-3782 and the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch at (740) 769-2090.

Adults can make a craft at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant branch on Monday at 5 p.m. Find out what’s being made by calling the library at (740) 769-2090.

Children will make a craft at the Brilliant branch on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

There will be a program about Arch Angels at the Schiappa branch on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Carol Borkoski will discuss these angels and how they help. Register by calling the library at (740) 264-6166.

TIMET retirees to meet Tuesday

Retirees of TIMET in Toronto will have occasion to chat, reminisce and stay connected at the next get-together luncheon scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at CJ’s Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville.

It’s open to all TIMET retirees. For information, contact Bob Olexia at (740) 535-0937.

Tri-State Marine Corps Club meets

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club members met for their regular monthly meeting on March 10 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center in Weirton. The meeting opened with a prayer by Dan Jones, and opening ceremonies involving Tom Styles and Edgile Covey.

Members were reminded of the 9 a.m. breakfast at the Weirton Ponderosa which is held every Saturday and is free to club members.

Bruce Hornick discussed a new book on the Korean War that is available to purchase by contacting him at (304) 797-0185.

Dan Lyons reported that the 25th anniversary coins have been ordered and will be available by year’s end.

Two new members were inducted.

Charles Green gave a brief discussion on the Medal of Honor. He showed one signed by Greg “Pappy” Boyington, a Marine WWII aviator.

Club membership is open to any Marine or Navy Corpsman who served with a Marine unit. Dues are $15 per year. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 14 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center in Weirton.

Community happenings

Funseekers enjoy dinner, games

President David Hunt presided at the Funseekers’ March meeting held at the Steubenville Country Club.

Joann Bugin offered the invocation and benediction and led in opening ceremonies.

Following dinner, Mary Beth Bauer led games. Wendy Mosslander, Beverly DiBiase, Boyd Barker, Roberta Antinone, David Hunt, Edith Cooper, Frank Bernarek, Tim Thomas, Clyde Morelli, Rosemary Gaynor and Chris Sklenar won.

Reports were given by Secretary Mary Beth Bauer and Treasurer J. DeFall, who announced dinner reservations must be in the Saturday before the meeting and those who don’t cancel will be charged for dinner.

Tour Director David Krause announced the following trips scheduled:

March 29, Capitol Theater, Wheeling;

April 23, Pure Gold Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh;

May 12-15 Atlantic City.

For information call Krause at (740) 264-6886 or Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Rose Chappano won the club dinner.

Roger and Jean Manfresca presented door prizes to Mary Beth Bauer, Peggy Barber, Beverly DiBiase, Larry Purks, Chris Barker, Larry Basil, Edith Cooper and Nick Smarella.

The next meeting will be held April 2 at Undo’s in Weirton.

Marine Corps Club Auxiliary meets

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary metMarch 10 at the Serbian American Cultural Center with President Joan Spano presiding at the business session.

Marcy Spano gave the invocation and read “When I Praise God Through Music,” Psalm 147:1, devotions and “The Irish Blessings.”

Maxine Ragan led in opening exercises.

Secretary Carol Lyons read a thank-you letter from Barboursville Veterans Home for birthday cards and calendars the group sent.

Sunshine Chair Mary Ann Elliott reported on cards sent.

Shirley Brecht announced the Christmas party will be 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Undo’s.

Joan Spano, Marcy Spano and Joni Hobart made 466 Easter cards for the troops. The group is collecting healthy snacks for the troops.

Members acknowledged March birthdays.

Joan Spano ordered an afghan for the group’s adopted veteran for the group picnic at noon Aug. 10.

The group will have a no-bake bake sale in June.

Mary Arlia won the 50/50 drawing, which she donated back to the club.

Brecht served refreshments. Marcy Spano will serve at the April meeting.

Following the meeting, the auxiliary and corps club held a surprise birthday party for club member Dan Jones, who turned 93 on March 8.

The next auxiliary meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 14.

Special Olympics-police game set

The Brooke County Special Olympic Bears will face the Enforcers, a team comprised of members of the Brooke County Fraternal Order of Police and Deputy Sheriffs Association, in a basketball game on March 21 at Wellsburg Middle School.

Admission is free to the game, which will start at 7 p.m., following a game at 6 p.m. between area firefighters and employees of Lyle’s Auto and Reasner Funeral Home.

There will be door prizes, drawings and refreshments, with proceeds going to Brooke County Special Olympics.

Dinner to raise funds for scholarships

The eighth-annual Derek “Ike” Eisenhauer will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 28 at Bethany College’s Harder Hall.

All proceeds from the event help fund three $1,000 college scholarships given annually to Brooke High graduates. A 2004 Brooke graduate, Eisenhauer died unexpectedly from a heart attack and was known for his easygoing nature and desire to help others.

More than $24,000 in scholarships have been awarded over the years.

The cost of the dinner, which includes a make-your-own-pasta bar along with soup, salad and dessert, is $12 per adult and $6 for children age 6-12, with children 5 and under eating for free.

Take-out will be available. Each purchase of dinner includes entry into door prize drawings.

Donations to the fund also are welcome and may be sent to: Derek “Ike” Eisenhauer Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 143 Bethany, WV 26032.

Fundraiser breakfast in Unionport

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be held from 7 a.m. to noon on March 22 in Unionport at the fromer school turned community center.

Along with the pancakes and sausage there will be sausage gravy and biscuits, coffee, tea and juice. Cost is by donation.

Proceeds will go toward current expenses and building repairs at the community center.

Community happenings

Round Robin rescheduled for April 26

The Tri-State Area Master Gardeners Association’s annual Round Robin event that was set for Jan. 25 but was canceled because of inclement weather is now on the calendar for April 26.

The workshop will be held at the Mary H. Weir Library at 3442 Main St., Weirton, beginning at noon and lasting until 4 p.m.

Subjects to be covered will include herbs, perennials, vegetable gardens, annuals, lawn maintenance, butterfly and bird gardens, trees and shrubs, deer and other pests, shade and sun gardens and ponds and water features.

Cost will be $7 at the door or $5 if pre-registered by contacting the WVU Hancock County Extension Office at (304) 564-3805 before April 21.

Programs and activities offered by the West Virginia University Extension Service are available to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, political beliefs, sexual orientation, national origin and marital or family status.

Caregiver support group meetings set

The Alzheimer’s Association will be holding its monthly caregiver support groups on the following dates:

March 20 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Room 1506, Steubenville; and

March 25 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry.

The group sessions are free of charge 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.

Stone Street Station to perform

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

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

Country Friends hosts 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 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

Free breakfast at Gables

Gables Care Center, 351 Lahm Drive, Hopedale, will host a free pancake breakfast, complete with giveaways and door prizes from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. It is open to the public. For information or to RSVP, call (740) 937-2900.

Blood drive scheduled in Chester

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. March 21 at Sacred Heart Center located at Fourth and Indiana Avenues,. Chester.

For information, visit

Bingo Cash Bash set for April 6

The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold a Bingo Cash Bash at 1 p.m. April 6 at the senior center on Main Street, Weirton.

To purchase a ticket for $40 or for information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Tack auction to benefit facility

A tack auction will be held at 4-H Camp Aura, Ross Road, New Cumberland, on March 30.

Food concession and numbers will open at 11 a.m. with gift cards, items and services donated by local sponsors to be auctioned at noon.

The tack auction will begin no sooner than 1 p.m. and is being sponsored by the Sundowners 4-H Saddle Club. Proceeds will benefit the horse show facility at Camp Aura.

Name-brand tack, grooming supplies, barn supplies, riding gear, horse care, wormers, saddle pads and saddles will be available. All new tack will be provided by Steve Armstrong of Salem. Used tack consignments also will be taken.

Auction services will be provided by Reed’s Auction Co. with Col. Larry Reed serving as auctioneer.

For information, contact Racheal Paris at (304) 564-5958 or Megan Walker at (304) 564-3598.

Community happenings

‘Delicious Dessert Challenge’ set

The Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 will be holding the first “Delicious Dessert Challenge” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 15 at the lodge located on Main Street in downtown Weirton.

Both members and guests may enter, and those planning to enter are asked to sign up at the club. There is no fee to enter the challenge.

To taste desserts and cast votes for the best dessert costs $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Elks House Committee Chair Richard “Dick” Pannett and committee are in charge of the event.

For information, call (304) 748-0565.

Sands of Time at Country Friends

Country Friends will host the Sands of Time band Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance begins at 7 p.m. The group holds covered-dish dinners and open mic nights Mondays and Fridays. 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 dedicate to promoting Christianity, 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

Mended Hearts Chapter to meet

The Mended Hearts Chapter 087 will meet at 1 p.m. on March 13 in the library of the Prime Time Senior Center on Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

Annette Fleming of the Prime Time Office on Aging will be the guest speaker.

Members are invited to have lunch at the senior center prior to the meeting.

Reservations are required by calling the center at (740) 314-5197. The cost is $2.

Guests are welcome at the meeting.

The Jan. 9 meeting where President Jim Thompson presided was held at the center and featured Christine Gampolo as guest speaker. A clinical education specialist with Trinity Health System, she presented information on heart-healthy eating and reading food labels. In response to questions about diet choices when multiple medical conditions exist, she offered several tips and food exchange suggestions.

Larry Bauer won the 50-50, donating the proceeds back to the treasury.

The business meeting included a report by Betty Thompson that 13 visits for December were logged and that the number of visits has been steadily on the decline.

The club has about 80 pillows left for assembly.

Members agreed to staff an informational table at Heartland in February.

The March meeting will include nominations and the election of officers.

Questions can be directed to Jim and Betty Thompson at (740) 282-0740.

Community happenings

Fish and chicken dinner

Friday at Irondale UMC

A fish and chicken dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Irondale United Methodist Church. The menu will include fish, chicken, macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, rolls, desserts and drink by donation. Carryout will be available.

Spaghetti dinner

benefit March 16

A spaghetti dinner benefit for Cameron Kerkuta will be held March 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit medical bills for Kerkuta, the 4-year-old son of Ryan Long and Shelby Kerkuta.

Cameron was taken Jan. 9 to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh with a rare frontal sinus infection that spread to his brain, according to a promotional flyer. “The infection formed an abscess causing him to have seizures and become unresponsive. Cameron has undergone a sinus surgery and three brain surgeries, all in the month of January because the infection is so hard to treat,” the flyer reads. “He is a strong boy but has a long road of recovery ahead of him.”

The benefit also will include a 50-50 drawing and auctions.

Cost is $15 per tickets. Monetary donations can be made to US Bank. For information, call Erin Authier at (740) 424-4313; Jessica Wilt at (740) 827-5319; or Jody at (740) 632-6632.

Group hears about

Festival of Nations

Barbara Purks presided at the February Three Score Seniors meeting where Tony LaRosa gave the invocation and led members in opening exercises.

Dennis Jones, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center president, and Pam Makricostas, museum board member, spoke about the Festival of Nations set for March 15 at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton.

Program Chair Brenda Edwards introduced Bud Simmons, who provided the evening’s entertainment by playing the dulcimer, guitar and singing.

Reports were given by Josie Elliott, auditing committee; Membership Chair Nancy Smurda; Reservation Chair Vivian Weigel; Treasurer Ida Haynes; and Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp.

A moment of silence was observed in memory of member Maggie Stewart.

Birthdays were acknowledged.

Thank-you cards were received from Mary Ann Lammers and Minerva Gutwald.

Tour Chair Regina Truax announced upcoming trips:

  • March 29, doo-wop concert, Capitol Theater, Wheeling;
  • April 23, Pure Gold, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh; and
  • May 9-10 Sight and Sound Theater, Lancaster, Pa.

Truax, Reg Dietz, Mary Tyson, Barbara Libengood and Ilse Pulice won door prizes. Jack Cummings and Sonny Marino awarded the 50/25/25 drawing to Tony LaRosa and Alma Wansack. Mary Ann Lammers and Mary Hvizdak won Undo’s dinners. Alma Wansack, Winnie Kemp and Chuck Elliott won gift cards.

Night at the Races

March 15 at CCHS

The Catholic Central High School Alumni Association will host the second-annual Night at the Races to benefit the school’s athletic department.

It will be held March 15 at the high school cafeteria with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the first race getting under way at 7:30 p.m.

The evening will include horse-racing, table-style games, a 50/50 drawing, drawings for prizes, a progressive drawing, food and beverages and a disc jockey.

For information contact the school office at (740) 264-4484.

Community happenings

Fundraiser dinner Thursday in E.S.

The East Springfield Community Center located on county Road 39 across from the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department will host its monthly fundraiser dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The roast chicken dinner will include roasted chicken breasts, thighs and legs, mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, green beans, applesauce, rolls, dessert and drinks.

The cost is $7. Those under age 6 can eat for free.

Takeout orders can be placed by calling (740) 543-3700.

The community center’s website is

Christian Women’s Coffee House set

Cup of Life Ministries will hold its monthly Christian Women’s Coffee House on Friday at Marland Heights Community Church located at 3900 Brightway, Weirton.

The coffee house will begin at 6 p.m. with complimentary sandwiches, beverage and dessert. At 7 p.m., women’s worship will begin with music provided by worship music leaders Judi Baldwin and Angel Pevich.

Tina Schoolcraft, bible teacher, will share God’s word.

Free babysitting will be provided for children ages pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

Knights to host spaghetti dinner

The Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 will host a spaghetti dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the council hall on Two Ridges Road, Wintersville.

The menu will include spaghetti, meatballs, plain bread or garlic, salad, desserts and coffee.

Soft drinks also will be available.

The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under.

For carryouts, call (740) 264-0092.

Rotary Club speakers listed

The Steubenville Rotary Club which meets for a noon luncheon and business meeting on Fridays at the YWCA of Steubenville will welcome Rob O’Hara as the guest speaker Friday.

O’Hara is the chief executive officer of the Upper Ohio Valley YMCAs.

Other speakers for March are:

March 14: The Rev. Jason Elliott, pastor of First Westminster Presbyterian Church at North Fourth Street., Steubenville, will discuss downtown ministry and church relevance in 2014.

March 21: State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, will focus on “up-to-the-minute” information about state government.

March 28: Cynthia Bougher, chief executive officer of Valley Hospice, will discuss services provided to families in this time of need.

Andrea Stoll is program chair for March.

Community happenings

Pancake dinner today in Richmond

The Richmond United Presbyterian Church at 310 E. Main St., Richmond, will host a free community pancake dinner today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The church will hold a traditional Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The sermon title will be “Three Tasks.”

WIAACC to meet Wednesday

The Women in Action Against Cancer Coalition will meet at noon Wednesday at Manfred’s Restaurant to continue planning future projects.

The combined January and February meeting included a review of 2013 events, some of which were providing services for more than 200 men and women; the annual poker run benefits and fundraisers; the wreath ceremony at the Fort Steuben Mall in October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month; informational bingo at Urban Mission Ministries; and “adopting” children at Christmas to provide gifts.

The group also considered an agenda of events for 2014.

The fall issue of Appalachia Community Cancer Network included an item on the coalition, which is comprised of more than 50 women “dedicated to making a difference in Jefferson County.”

The article noted that the coalition provides education on cancer prevention and early detection and raises fund to help address the gaps in breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services available through other programs. The coalition operates on a budget generated through fundraisers and community support to provide mammograms, clinical breast exams, pelvic exams, Pap smears, and colostomy and ultrasounds for under- and uninsured women.

The article included a photograph of Judy Manfred, coalition chair, having her head shaved as part of a Shave-A-Thon fundraiser that raised more than $2,000 during “Community for a Cure” Week in partnership with the Fort Steuben Mall. Overall, more than $5,000 was raised through daily activities.

WIAACC provided more than $19,500 in paid services to more than 240 women in 2012, according to the most recent statistics.

New members are welcome to join the coalition. For information, call (740) 264-2710 or (740) 282-5676.

Lenten dinners at Sacred Heart

Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Weirton will begin offering its Lenten dinners on Wednesday and continuing throughout Lent except during Holy Week.

The dinners will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Prom fashion show Sunday

The Brooke High School Dance Team and J. Jones Evening Wear will present “Desserts and Dresses,” a prom fashion show, on Sunday at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

Doors open at 2 p.m. with the fashion show beginning at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 with all proceeds to be used to purchase warmups.

The fashion show also will include drawings and vendors. For information, call (304) 794-6440.

AMVETS Post 275 to meet Saturday

AMVETS Post 275 will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at CJ’s Restaurant on Sunset Blvd., Steubenville.

The upcoming Vietnam Veterans Day program will be one of several topics. All area veterans are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Questions can be directed to Commander Dan Wilson at (740) 317-8646.

Ash Wednesday service scheduled

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 284 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, will hold an Ash Wednesday service beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The sermon topic will be “Ashes of Forgiveness.”

YWCA to host card party March 13

The YWCA of Steubenville will host a card party on March 13 beginning at noon.

Lunch is an $8 donation.

Ash Wednesday service at Harmony

Harmony United Methodist Church at 2119 Commercial Ave., Mingo Junction, will host an Ash Wednesday service of ashes and holy communion at 7 p.m.

Ministry teaching dates scheduled

Global Awakening School of Supernatural Ministry (GSSM) of Mechanichsburg, Pa., will teach Friday at 6 p.m. on “Lifestyle Sharing the Gospel” and Saturday at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on “Hearing God’s Voice, Words of Knowledge, Praying with Others.”

The events are free and for individuals age 11 and older. They will be held both days at Mama Nita’s Ministry at 401 N. Fifth Street, Steubenville. There is a suggested $5 donation per day.

On Saturday at 6 p.m. GSSM will share at Urban Mission Ministries Mission Rejoice and again on Sunday at 10 a.m. at Tower of Power Church.

Tri-State Writers Society to meet

The Tri-State Writers Society, led by local award-winning author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. March 11 at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County Schiappa Branch located on Mall Drive.

Published and aspiring writers are welcome to attend. For information, call Majoris-Garrison at (740) 424-1243 or Susan Guy at (740) 632-9507 or visit

Harrisville hosting Friday fish frys

The Harrisville Fire Hall will be the site of Friday fish frys every Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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

American Legion Legion Auxiliary Unit

to discuss events at March 6 meeting

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 33 will meet at 6 p.m. on March 6 to discuss upcoming events, including a bake sale at the Fort Steuben Mall, reading essays from Buckeye Girls State candidates and holding Poppy Day at Wal-Mart.

Bea Johns, Mary Alice Mitchell and Mary Louise Boka will serve as hostesses.

Dunbar Recreation Center to host

‘United in a Positive Way’

Dunbar Recreation Center in Weirton is holding a program entitled “United in a Positive Way” on March 16 at 1:30 p.m. Speakers for the free event are Bob Kelley, Duane Jennings and Linda Spencer.

All parents and children are invited to this event.

Ash Wednesday luncheon

planned at Zion United

Zion United Church of Christ, 139 N. Fifth St., Steubenville, will host a soup and sandwich luncheon on Ash Wednesday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The menu will feature a choice of homemade3 beef vegetable soup or potato soup, $2; choice of chipped ham barbecue or egg salad sandwiches, $2; Jell-O salad and dessert, $1; and coffee, tea, bottled water or pop, 50 cents.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout.

Advance orders can be placed by calling (740) 282-1793. The sanctuary will be open from noon to 12:30 p.m. with meditational music being played.

World Day of Prayer celebration

scheduled for Friday in Weirton

The World Day of Prayer celebration will be observed at 1 p.m. Friday at the Cove Presbyterian Church located 3404 Main St., Weirton.

The Egyptian World Day of Prayer Committee developed the theme “Streams in the Desert.” World Day of Prayer is an international movement taking place in 170 countries, with the goal of having public group prayers follow the sun across the globe the day of the celebration.

The Weirton Church Women United’s first-year delegates will participate in the worship service. President Karen Tate is the coordinator, and Mary Ellen Groves is the music director.

As part of the celebration, those attending will be asked to bring a donation of snack food for the Weirton Christian Center’s afterschool program.

A tea will follow the celebration in the church’s fellowship hall. The Presbyterian women will host.

Local pastors and the public are invited to attend.

Toronto Senior Citizens welcome guests, enjoy pizza party

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Feb. 27 where guests included Geri Duke, Sharon Burracchio and Shirley Shannon.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing for the pizza party, read devotions and led members in opening ceremonies.

Valentine royalty was crowned belatedly since the Feb. 13 meeting was not held.The Valentine king was Richard Dobbs, and Pat Richardson was the queen.

February birthdays and anniversaries were announced.

Reports were given by Shirley Rebich, Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine.

Lola Swanagan discussed new trips, including: April 6, “Little Shop of Horrors” play at Midland; May 20-21, Lancaster, Pa., “Moses;” June 1, “Singing in the Rain;” July 30, “Life Could Be a Dream;” Sept. 15-19, beach trip; and October, Capital Theater. Anyone interested in trip information can call (740) 537-4977 or (740) 537-3064.

Laura Mamula won the 50/50. Door prize winners were Judy Bickler, Dick Balser, Wanda Woodward, Lea Bickerstaff, Mary Petras, Debbie Johns and David Krause. Bingo winners were Nancy Taggart, Mary Koth, Bob Zahniser and Sol Robinson. Scat winners were Doris Matyas and Robbie France.

The next meeting will be held March 13 at the Roosevelt Center.

Stratton Seacats schedule annual

Swim-A-Thon for March 9

The Stratton Seacats Swim Team will hold its annual Swim-A-Thon Mini Relay for Life on March 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stratton Indoor Pool.

The Seacats are challenging all local teams and the public to come and participate in the Ohio Valley Swim-A-Thon to recognize the sport of swimming and bring awareness for the cause while raising money for the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society. All proceeds will benefit the ACS.

New this year is a “Survivor Lap.” Individuals who has survived their battle with cancer or are fighting and would like to participate are welcome to do so, according to a press release. Those interested in the survivor lap should send their name and times available to swim. Other options are to walk or have a proxy take their place to walk in the water or walk the perimeter of the pool.

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Sperry at (740) 740-317-9837 or visit Stratton Seacats Swim Team on Facebook for registration information.