What’s going on throughout the area

Cherry Blossom ceremony Thursday

The Mingo Business Association and Hills Elementary School will join together for the seventh-annual Cherry Blossom Memorial Park Ceremony set to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday at Cherry Blossom Memorial Park.

Each April, children from Hills Elementary School are invited to take part in a ceremony at the Cherry Blossom Park where attendees hear a brief history about it.

This year, fourth-graders were invited to write an essay about what the park means to them. Four winners have been chosen and will read their essays at the ceremony where they also will be presented certificates.

The Mingo Junction Business Association started the project in 2007 when 27 cherry trees were planted at the park, which is located at the bottom of St. Clair Street, with 43 teachers and staff inducted in 2008.

The business association wanted to recognize teachers and staff of Mingo High School and Harmony, Hills, St. Agnes and Mingo Central schools. Mingo High School served the village for a century beginning in 1893.

At the ceremony, students are told about the significance of the trees, the memorial wall, the three flags, the fence and pavers. They also are instructed on how to care for the trees and participate in providing the needed maintenance for that year. The children also participate in the installation of new flags, which are obtained from local congressmen and senators’ offices, and pavers.

The ceremony is open to the public. Food and refreshments will be available.

Safe driving class offered

An AARP safe driving day class will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 9 at the Brooke County Public Library.

Taught by Mel Vorhees, the class is geared to mature adults who may or may not be experiencing problems with diminishing vision, hearing and reaction time.

Rules of the road are viewed along with safe driving techniques. Most insurance agencies offer a discount on vehicle insurance premiums to those who have completed this course. Participants must attend both days to receive a certificate.

There is a $15 fee for members and a $20 fee for nonmembers to cover class materials.

To enroll, call the Brooke-Hancock-Ohio-Marshall RSVP office at (304) 527-3410.

Community prayer breakfast set

A community prayer breakfast will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Wellsburg United Methodist Church, 11th and Charles streets, Wellsburg.

The free breakfast is sponsored by Mayor Sue Simonetti, the Wellsburg Kiwanis Club and Wellsburg Ministerial Association.

Busy time for horse committee

The Harrison County 4-H Horse Committee has a busy May planned, beginning with Saturday set aside as the annual tack, craft and vendor swap starting at 8 a.m. at the Harrison County Fairgrounds-Junior Fair Building, 550 Grant St., Cadiz.

“This year we have added additional items to our usual selection of tack and show clothing,” noted Sherri VanTassel, committee chair. “We are inviting crafters and vendors, including Scentsy, Thirty-One and related items.”

Tables are available for $10 and can be obtained by calling VanTassel at (740) 546-4706 or Tim Tanner at the Extension office at (740) 942-8823.

The committee will host a free educational program at 11 a.m. that day on “Horse Conformation – Form to Function,” and from noon to 2 p.m., Dr. Polly Modransky will provide discounted fecal floats at $10 each. “The conformation program is great with a wonderful DVD,” said Laynette Shively, vice chair.

“The fecal floats are important with the rise in equine resistance to chemical dewormers – you can save money and provide better care to your horse, she said.” Fecal collection kits are available free of charge by calling VanTassel or Tanner.

A food stand will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other May activities will include a work day to clean up around the horse arena at the fairgrounds and do any needed repairs. It will be held May 24 starting at 9 a.m. While 4-H and FFA horse members are expected to attend, supporters are welcome to assist.

The next in the committee’s series of equine education programs will be held on May 25 at 4 p.m. at the Harrison County Fairgrounds, weather permitting, or in the classroom of the Harrison County Hospital. Master Saddle Fitter Bob Schneder of Wilmington, Ohio, will provide a seminar on proper tack fitting for horse and rider. If the weather permits, participants will be able to bring their horses and tack to be fitted directly.

Door prizes and refreshments are provided. Non-4-H members are asked to RSVP to Tanner. The program is free to the public, and 4-H/FFA horse youth are strongly encouraged to attend.

An open horse show will be held at the Harrison County Fairgrounds on May 31, starting at 9 a.m. Vickey Dunn of Moundsville will be judging the show. Show bills can be obtained by calling VanTassel or sending an e-mail to

“The committee has worked hard to improve the quality of the programs and events to help 4-H/FFA Horse Youth learn and grow,” VanTassel said. “The educational programs have been a big hit, and other counties are starting to model the series.”

Mission to hold indoor yard sale

The Holy Family Catholic Mission Altar Rosary Society will hold an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 and 9 a.m. to noon May 10 at the church, which is located at state Route 2 and Church Street, Beech Bottom.

Donations are welcome but no large items or clothing are needed. For information about donating, call (304) 394-5745 or 394-1174.

Church to hold gospel meetings

Wellsburg Church of Christ will hold gospel meetings at 7:30 p.m. May 5-9 and at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. May 4 and 9.

The guest speaker will be Joe Shane. The church is at 92 Rose Cottage Lane, formerly Sunset Avenue, Wellsburg.

Those unable to attend can hear the services shortly after they are held at, where visitors also will find information about the church.

Final meeting for CCHS reunion plans

The Steubenville Catholic Central High School Class of 1964 will hold one more planning session for its June 13-14 reunion set to be held at the Steubenville Country Club.

The final meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on May 20 at Lancelot’s Restaurant in Wintersville.

The program for the reunion will be discussed, a list of classmates attending will be distributed, and general business pertaining to the success of the affair will be addressed. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Questions can be directed to Pat Wells by phone at (740) 381-0083 or by e-mail to

Festival holding first-time drawing

The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival is holding its first 50-50 drawing for the 32nd-annual festival.

Tickets are $50 each. The drawing will be held at the close of the festival on July 27. Winner need not be present. The minimum prize is $1,500.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival scholarships.

For information, contact Kim Smith at the festival office at (304) 233-1090 or contact any festival board member.

The festival will be held July 25-27 in Wheeling.

New recruit boot camp planned

The Tri-State Young Marines will be having a new recruit boot camp beginning June 9.

Two informational meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 12 and May 19.

It is required that a parent or guardian attend at least one of the meetings to learn about the program and fill out required documentation.

The group meets in the basement of the Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 200 Preston Ave., Weirton.

Questions can be directed to or call (740) 381-0383 or (740) 632-0817 for information.

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Sock hop dance, karaoke Friday

A 1950s sock hop dance and karaoke event with disc jockey Chelsea Matta will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday at the East Springfield Community Center located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

“Come on out and dance to your favorite oldies songs or sing them on karaoke,” a flyer notes.

Participants are invited to dress in a 1950s costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

Dance band at Country Friends

The Country Friends Dance Band will entertain Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

The Country Friends Band plays once a month at the Memorial Hall exclusively for Country Friends. The doors open at 6 p.m., and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

Mondays and Fridays are jam nights with the last Friday of the month being Gospel Night. It includes the church walk and donation to a church or charity. The doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants may bring a covered dish to the meal that begins at 5 p.m. if they desire.

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 website at

SHS Alumni Association to meet

The Steubenville High School Alumni Association will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern.

Brilliant Lions plan ham dinner

The annual Brilliant Lions Club’s spring ham dinner fundraiser will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on May 4 at the Brilliant Presbyterian Church located at Second and Main streets in Brilliant.

The menu will include ham, scalloped potatoes, cole sale, green beans, roll, cake and a drink.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Patrons can dine in or get carryout.

Fratenity plans rigatoni dinner

The Theta Chi Alpha Fraternity of Follansbee will hold an all-you-can-eat rigatoni dinner from noon to 6 p.m. May 4 at the fraternity club room located at 756 Main St., Follansbee. The menu includes meatball, salad, dessert and ice tea or coffee. Cost is $7. Takeout orders will be available. It is open to the public.

Retirees celebrate Coleman birthday

Steubenville City Schools retirees met April 10 at the Ville for their monthly luncheon get-together, celebrating retired teacher Mary Coleman’s 100th birthday with singing, a cake and cards.

The get-together also included signing cards to be sent.

May’s lunch will be held at Margaret’s in Toronto, and June’s lunch will be held during the Greek Food Festival.

‘Paws for Our Cause’ event set

The annual “Paws for Our Cause” 5K race through Weirton is set for Friday and Saturday and will benefit the Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation.

Activities originating at the Weirton Event Center will include a 1-mile Kids’ Run, at 7 p.m. on Friday with registration beginning at 6 p.m. and the 5K Walk/Run at 9 a.m. Saturday with registration beginning at 7 a.m.

The 5K is a 3.1-mile course through downtown Weirton, professionally timed by the Elite Runners and Walkers organization. Snacks are provided for both events, as well as disc jockey entertainment. Participants can register online at or at the shelter foundation website,

Registration fees for the Kids’ Run are $5 per child and $18 per runner/walker in the 5K race until midnight Friday and $25 thereafter. Dogs also are welcome in the races, but must be leashed, up to date on vaccinations and accompanied by a guardian.

Prizes will be awarded in several categories, plus a grand prize has been added this year. All race participants will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize of a $500 U.S. Airways travel card, to be used for travel anywhere, worldwide.

Traffic through downtown Weirton will be rerouted from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday. Detour signs will be posted.

Community baby shower planned

The Women’s Club of Adena is hosting a community baby shower for Wellsprings beginning at noon on May 3 at the Harrisville Community Center.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about Wellsprings’ facility and availability to pregnant women throughout the Ohio Valley area.

The club will be providing lunch and giveaways to those attending.

Organizers request that those attending bring an item or items wrapped for the shower with a tag attached noting the club or person making the donation. A club spokesperson said Wellsprings is in need of new or gently used clothing from 0-3 months and 3-4 months. All clothing from newborn through size 4 toddler is welcome in addition to any baby items such as diapers, cribs, baby wall hangings, nursery pictures, sleepers and aghans, for example.

GFWC club participants in the event might want to do a clothing drive of gently used merchandise, a news release suggests.

Upland Cemetery cleanup May 3

The Warren Township Lions Club and the Warren Township trustees are sponsoring a community cleanup day at Upland Cemetery on May 3, beginning at 8 a.m.

The community is invited to volunteer. Those volunteering are asked to bring rakes, leaf blowers and work gloves.

Tri-State Marine Corps Club meets

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club met April 14 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center in Weirton with 28 members in attendance.

Commandant Edgile Covey presided at the meeting where Chaplin Dan Jones offered the prayer.

Gabe Arlia spoke about the trip to Iwo Jima taken by Young Marine Austin Loppe of Mingo Junction who will be participating in the national event in Washington, D.C., in May. Arlia noted the Young Marine unit was formed in 1997, and Loppe is the seventh Marine from the unit to be sent to the national event.

Charles Green announced the upcoming open house celebration at the Jefferson County Historical Museum which will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Armed Forces Day, May 17. Military items will be on display along with several medals, including medals of honor. The Tri-State Marine Honor Guard will conduct the flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m.

Ruth Coates, a World War II veteran, was congratulated on her 90th birthday.

Dan Lyons reminded members of the Saturday morning breakfast get-together at Ponderosa on Three Springs Drive in Weirton, which is free to club members. The unit is seeking members. To be eligible, members-to-be must be an active duty or honorably discharged Marine or a Navy Corpsman who was attached to a Marine unit.

Jim DiBenedetto won the 50-50, donating it to the Young Marines. The next meeting will be held May 12 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.

Brooke 4-H to hold beef drawing

Brooke County 4-H will hold a drawing for a side of grain/grass-fed beef to raise funds for the 4-H camp.

The side of beef was donated by Ry-Ark Farms of Bethany. The drawing will be held June 23 at the opening assembly of 4-H camp. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20 and can be purchased at the West Virginia University Brooke County Extension Office or from local 4-H clubs. The beef will be butchered at no cost to the winner, who must provide the freezer space. For information, call (304) 737-3666.

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Master Gardeners

event Saturday

The Tri-State Area Master Gardeners Round Robin presentations will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mary H. Weir Library, 3442 Main St., Weirton.

Topics to be discussed will be herbs, perennials, vegetable gardens, annuals, lawns, butterfly and bird gardens, trees and shrubs, deer and other wildlife pests, shade and sun gardens, and ponds and water features.

The 2014 Master Gardener calendars with articles and tips on gardening also will be available.

Cost will be $5 for those pre-registered or $7 at the door.

For information or to register, contact the WVU Extension Office, Hancock County, by phone ar (304) 564-3805 or by e-mail at

Society marks

its 75th birthday

The April 12 meeting of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for key women educators held at Starkdale Presbyterian Church in Steubenville marked the 75th birthday of the organization.

Cicely Worthington and the hospitality committee prepared a bingo game with categories: Presidents, honors achieved by members, important dates and symbols. The last clue was 100 in honor of Mary Coleman’s 100th birthday. Members gave her a standing ovation.

President Darlene Smith presided at the meeting where Coleman’s granddaughter, Mary Ann Freeze, was a guest at the luncheon.

Carole Thorne conducted a necrology service for Helen Mundis, Marjorie Radakovich and Margaret Alice Meyers. Thorne lit a red candle and placed a red rose beside the candle as she read a tribute for these members who passed away this year. Bonita Lucci gave a personal reflection for Mundis, Nancy Shuster spoke about Radakovich, and Barbara Carter spoke about Meyers.

At the DGK state convention this month, the three women and other members throughout the state who had passed away this year were remembered at a special ceremony. CarolynLee Barrett and Smith attended the state convention. Barrett had one of her hand- made quilts on display. Smith and Barrett spoke about the workshops they attended.

Jane Brower prepared a ballot for election of officers with Joyce Ferguson elected president; Darlene Smith, first vice president; Ann Wiley, second vice president, CarolynLee Barrett, recording secretary; and Jane Brower, corresponding secretary. The officers will be installed at the May 10 meeting at Harlem Springs United Methodist Church.

The April service project involved donations for Hounds’ Haven Inc. in Jefferson County and the new animal shelter in Carrollton.

Ferguson and Smith will attend the leadership workshop on June 24 in Wilmot, Ohio.

Jan Primac gave the invocation before lunch.

Toronto Sunrise Seniors meet

President Tim Gribben presided at the Toronto Sunrise Senior Citizens bi-monthly meeting on April 11 where Tour Director Judy Whyte said all is on track for the group’s Wednesday trip to the Rivers Casino.

Whyte also is planning the trip to Myrtle Beach in September. John Bodrog reported the Washington, D.C., trip is on schedule.

Gribben expressed appreciation to the kitchen committee for serving the meal.

Wade Steele and Wilma Elder were 50-50 winners. Door prizes were won by Joe McBride and John Bodrog.

Reports were given by Diana Hooper, secretary, and Rex Mossor, treasurer.

Joyce Gribben and Dorothy Pavelka circulated a sign-up sheet for the mother/father dinner to be held May 23. A sign-up sheet also was passed around for those interested in helping with the annual picnic to be held July 11 at Stratton Park.

Hooper and Tracey Wade will handle plans for the Christmas party.

Peggy Nordenger closed the meeting with prayer.

Bingo and card winners were Peg Nordenger, Judy Price, Mary Lou Deku, Pete Graceffa, Paul Pavelka, Rose Gibson, Nina Kavanagh, Brenda Cottrell, Janet Blaschak, Tracey Wade, Edna Riffle, Marcella McKnight, Darlene Carter, Jay Smith, Gloria Howard, Helen Lindsay and Harry Andrews.

Fundraiser to

benefit relay

Team Radioactive, one of the teams participating in the Steubenville Area Relay for Life sponsored by the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society, is planning a “Shop ‘Til You Drop For A Cure” fundraiser on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Glenn Mills Senior Center located at 7576 state Route 152 South, Richmond.

Vendors will include Pampered Chef, Creative Memories, Buttons’nBows, Knot.Sew.Perfect, Tupperware, Tinkers Handcrafted, Jewelry, Scentsy, Danielle’s Designs, Oragami Owl, Thirty One and others.

The event will include a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing, food and bake sale. All proceeds benefit Relay For Life.


show Saturday

The Ohio Valley Mopar Club will hold its 15th-annual Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday at Eastern Gateway Community College.

Registration will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with judging for best of show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 to enter and dash plaques will be presented to the first 100.

Twenty trophies will be awarded for best Ford, best street, bed rod, best General Motors, best mopar, best truck, best bike and best vehicle after 1985.

Disc jockey the Spikeman will serve as master of ceremonies.

In the event of rain, it will be moved to May 3.

Class of 1964

plans continue

The Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion committee recently met, prepared and sent reminder letters to classmates who had yet to return their RSVPs for the 50-year reunion being planned.

All class members are encouraged to send in their deposits, information and pictures for the souvenir booklet being prepared.

All classmates are invited to attend the next meeting, which will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at CJ’s Restaurant. Questions can be directed to Lola Dornbusch Swanagan at (740) 537-4977.

Vertical gardening

topic for club

The River’s Edge Garden Club, Toronto, met April 10 at the home of Gail Saner with 11 members in attendance answering roll call by naming their favorite ground cover.

Saner read two poems as her devotions – “Just Be Tender” and “Garden Time.”

Reports were given by Ginny Popson, secretary, and Betty Stewart, treasurer.

Saner and Ruth Sutherin led the program on “Vertical Gardening.” They discussed the advantages and showed slides of examples where vertical gardening is used, including trellises, A frames, teturs, ladders, shoe organizers and book racks. They also offered insight on the “flora felt system” that can be bought commercially.

Saner and Sutherin displayed several vertical gardening structures they had made, including wooden skids lined with landscape fabric; textured webbing made into a cylinder with a pot as the base; and a container with a picture frame top with wire mesh to hold the plants.

Discussion was held on Newburg Landing. New tables are being purchased by the City of Toronto, and the club will meet there next month for the annual cleanup and planting.

Refreshments were served by Saner and Sutherin.

Betty Stewart will be the hostess for the May meeting.

Spaghetti dinner at Unionport lodge

The Unionport Masonic Lodge No. 333 located on county Road 39, Unionport, will host a benefit spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The menu includes spaghetti and meat sauce, salad, bread and butter, and cake and ice cream. Cost is by donation. Carryout will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Dyslexia Center at the Masonic Temple at 227 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

Mingo Knights

dinner May 2

The Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361 will have its 57th Anniversary-Past Grand Knights Awards Dinner on May 2.

It is open to the public.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the large hall.

The cost of the dinner is $15 per person and includes chicken parmesan, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and cake. A 50/50 drawing will be conducted.

Those planning to attend should RSVP by April 29 by contacting Shawn Zarych at (740) 381-1385 or the hall at (740) 535-8037.

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Sunrise service at

Bell Chapel UMC

Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, state Route 213, Steubenville, will host a sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday in addition to its worships at 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Revival services

at Mount Zion Baptist

Mount Zion Baptist Church, 221 N. Seventh St., Steubenville, will hold spring revival services Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the church beginning at 7 p.m. each night.

The guest revivalist will be the Rev. Joe L. Brown of the Faith Baptist Church in Hempstead, N.Y.

The services will feature guest choirs from the Tri-State Area with songs of praise. For information, call the church a (740) 282-9244.

The Rev. Norries A. Hood Sr. is the church’s pastor.

Evening of Easter

music at Sugar Grove

The Sugar Grove United Methodist Church Choir will present an evening of Easter music on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the church, which is located on county Road 68.

The evening will include scripture readings, congregational singing and special numbers by the choir.

It is open to he public.

Colliers UMC to hold

sunrise service

Colliers United Methodist Church at 318 Pennsylvania Ave., Colliers, (across from the post office) will hold an Easter sunrise service Sunday.

Individuals wanting to attend should meet at the church at 6:15 a.m. to walk or ride to the place where they will be held at 6:30 a.m.

A light breakfast will follow.

The church choir will perform the Easter cantata “Alive In Christ” during the regular Easter service at 9:30 a.m.

Women of Harmony plan

banquet, rummage sale

Two May events were planned when the Mingo Junction Women of Harmony held its April meeting in the church’s social hall with President Mary Joy VanDyne presiding.

The annual Mother-Daughter Banquet will be held May 8, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It will be catered by Manfred’s, and Rachael Beck, a country Christian singer, will be the entertainer for the evening program.

The church’s two-day rummage sale will be held in the church’s social hall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 2 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 3.

The meeting was opened with prayer with Ethel Kerwood reading from Billy Graham’s devotional book entitled, “Hope for Each Day.”

VanDyne, program leader, distributed an article entitled “Holy Week” and detailing Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

VanDyne reported that Urban Mission Ministries’ Feinstein Challenge will continue through the end of April; the Easter lilies were delivered to the shut-ins; and the church members ordered Easter lilies to decorate the church on Easter Sunday.

Ginny Howell was the hostess.

No meetings will be scheduled during the summer months. The next scheduled meeting will be in September when VanDyne will be the leader and Kerwood, the hostess.

Colliers church to hold ramp dinner on April 26

Spring is here, and lovers of ramps know that’s the time to harvest the wild onion.

It’s also time for Olde St. John’s Episcopal Church’s annual Ramp Festival, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 26.

Visitors to the church, which is at the intersection of Eldersville and St. John’s roads, Colliers, will find ramps served with ham, bacon, potatoes, beans or cornbread; and on sausage sandwiches or hot dogs.

Plain hot dogs also will be available for those who aren’t adventurous, and a variety of deserts will be available to all.

Darcy Riggs, who coordinates the event with the help of many church members, encourages everyone to try the ramp dishes.

Riggs admitted she “avoided ramps for a long time because they had such a bad reputation among kids I grew up with. But when they’re cooked, they have a slightly sweet taste. They’re still peppery and garlicky but they’re not as harsh when cooked.”

Riggs said she has used ramps in a variety of dishes, often as a substitute for garlic, including spaghetti, potato soup and a grilled flatbed pizza.

She noted ramps are a staple in Appalachian cooking and are known as wild leeks in Pennsylvania.

Visitors can partake of the meal at the church or order it to go. Take-out orders may be made that day by calling (304) 527-4747.

History of the Easter egg

topic for Kum Joyne Us

The Kum Joyne Us Class of Kolmont Church met April 4 in the fellowship hall with Shirley McCartney, president, presiding and offering the blessing for the covered-dish dinner.

Sharlene Wade read a poem entitled “The Third Man.”

Maureen Black led devotions, explaining the history of the Easter egg. Eggs, in general, were symbols of fertility and rebirth. The hard shell symbolizes the sealed tomb. “They are dyed red to remind us of the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins. The cracking of the egg symbolizes His resurrection. It is hollow just like they found the tomb. For Christians it symbolizes Jesus rose from the grave so that we can have eternal life,” Black said.

Black read scripture from Matthew 28:6 and read “Ring Happy Bells.”

Prayer requests were taken, and Ruby Grimes opened the meeting with prayer. There were eight members present who answered roll call with scripture.

Wade, Alice Brandon, Sara Peeler and Grimes gave monthly reports.

The mother/daughter banquet will be held in the fellowship hall on May 9 at 7 p.m. Peeler, chairperson, said the prices for the dinner will be $15 for adults and $5 for children age 10 and younger. Michelle Trinkonis will cater the dinner.

McCartney closed the meeting with prayer.

The next meeting will be held May 2.

An auction was held by Peeler.

Hopedale churches plan

Easter sunrise service

The Hopedale Presbyterian, United Methodist and Sacred Heart Catholic churches will join together for a 7 a.m. sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 20, at the Presbyterian church.

A breakfast will follow in the church basement.

It is open to the public.

For information, call Alen Sparrow at (740) 937-2703.

Driven Quartet set to

perform at Carrollton church

Driven Quartet of Indian Trail, N.C., will present a Southern gospel concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 27 at the Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Road, S.E., Carrollton.

Driven’s members have been singing professionally for more than 20 years, including with Danny Funderburk and Mercy’s Way, the Anchormen and Lumber River.

The members created Driven Ministries in 2006, beginning a full-time career to present the gospel through music. They will perform a blend of contemporary and old favorites.

Driven Quartet has performed in churches, arenas, county fairs and on cruises and in auditoriums throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

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

For information, call the church at (330) 627-7376 or Richard and Judy Cunningham at (330) 323-9253 or (330) 739-4005.

E.S. Center site of Let’s Fight Together service

A rally church service at the East Springfield Community Center will be held April 28 beginning at 6 p.m.

It is organized by T.J. Anderson of the Let’s Fight Together charity and will feature Denise McCourt discussing teen challenges. Musical selections will be performed by Chelsea Matta, Adam Kiaski and Mariah Mantos.

Admission is by donation.

The center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

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St. Stephen’s announces

Holy Week services

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 284 Lovers Lane, Steubenville, has announced its services for Holy Week, including a Maundy Thursday service tonight at 7 p.m.

The sermon title will be “Actions to Remember.”

“Personal Glimpses – Passover Echoes” is the sermon topic for the Good Friday service that begins at 7 p.m.

The 10 a.m. Easter Sunday sermon title will be “From Memory and Mystery – Moving On!”

Northern District GFWC spring

workshop scheduled April 26

The Northern District of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs will hold its spring workshop April 26 at the Presbyterian Church in Moundsville.

Registration will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The board and council will meet from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The general meeting and workshops will be held from 10 a.m. until noon with lunch to follow.

Dorothy Hawkes, Northern District president, will preside during the meetings. Hawkes, a past president of the New Cumberland Woman’s Club, recently was installed as the 2014-16 district president during the state federation’s convention held at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.

The president of the Tuesday Arts is Norma Schoene, and Susan Janiszewski is the workshop chairman. Lexie Hanket is the registration chairman and can be contacted at (304) 845-0078.

The nine clubs that comprise the district are Bethany, Chester Arts, Follansbee, McMechen, Moundsville, New Cumberland, Warwood, Weirton and Wheeling.

New Beginning Baptist organizing

Easter Passion play starting Friday

New Beginning Baptist in Toronto will hold an Easter Passion Play, starting Friday at 6 p.m. where participants will walk through town back to the church while “Jesus” is riding on a donkey.

The play will continue in the church with the Last Supper followed by the prayer in Gethsemane. Saturday, the “crucifixion” will be at noon on the lawn where “Jesus” will hang on the cross and the two thieves on both sides, ending Sunday at 11 a.m. with the resurrection.

There will be a sunrise service at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday in addition to 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. services.

New Beginning Baptist is located at 1202 Lincoln Ave., Toronto.

Husband-wife team entertains

Gadabouts with dance favorites

At the April meeting at St. Florian Hall, the Gadabouts were entertained by the husband-wife team of Dave and Sherijo Watkins and their selection of dancing favorites from the 1950s through the 1970s.

John Zak presided, acknowledging birthdays and anniversaries. Mary Alice Meyer led devotions.

Rich Treglia won the 50/50, which was conducted by Jenny Avoli and Ron Fallert.

The summer picnic will be held July 9 at the Follansbee Community House.

Zak announced that he will retire as club president effective with the November elections. He welcomed new members Frank Vostatek, JoAnne Calfa and Mike and Pattie Valero.

Door prizes furnished by Bob Rawlings and Mary Alice Meyer were won by Becky Hersko, Ellen Hunt, Meyer, Betty Owens, Mary Allen Sadler, Ed Treglia and Jerry Williams.

Tour Director Regina Truax announced the following bus trips:

May 12-15, Atlantic City Bally’s Casino;

June 6, Sugar Creek;

June 18-19, Seneca Allegheny Casino;

June 22-28; Branson, Mo., morning and evening shows and dinner on showboat Belle;

July 4, Pittsburgh Gateway Clipper Cruise, including fireworks at the Point;

July 13; West Virginia Theater, Morgantown, “Dames at Sea” musical dinner and show;

July 25; Hartville, Ohio, flea market;

Sept. 10-12; Seneca Niagara Falls, N.Y., casino;

Sept. 22-26; Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and Smoky Mountains featuring shows, meals and tours;

Oct. 5, “Una Bella Festa,” Lincoln Park Arts Center Italian festival;

Oct. 25; Rock and Roll Doo Wop, Capital Theater, Wheeling; and

Nov. 21; Oglebay Resorts Festival of Lights dinner at Wilson Lodge.

For details, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All Gadabouts trips are open to the public. The Gadabouts club is for couples and singles 55 years of age and older.

Stone Street Station to perform

Saturday at Country Friends

Country Friends will host Hank Vincent’s Stone Street Station dance band on Saturday at the Memorial Hall located at 67 Old Police Lodge Road, Colliers.

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

On Monday and Friday nights, doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish 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 website is

New members, guests attend

Toronto Senior Citizens group

New members and guests were welcomed when Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held April 10.

Guests were Alice Robinson and Don and Shelby Smith. New members are Joyce Berdine and Sandy Olexia.

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

Lola Swanagan reviewed upcoming trips, noting a few seats remain available for the September beach trip.

Reports were given by Shirley Rebich and Rosemary Bonofine.

Choir students from Edison, under the direction of Dani Carroll, provided the entertainment.

April birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged.

Sol Robinson won the 50-50 drawing. Door prize winners were JoAnn Fogle, Mary Alice Meyer, Irene Miller, Rose Dials, Deanna Starr, Cathy Grimes and Doris Martaus. Bingo winners were Mary Koth, Doris Matyas, Rose Dials, Arlene Zahniser, Pat Balser and Sandy Olexia. Scat winners were Bob Zahniser, Doris Matyas, Irene Miller, Irma Straka, Mel Simpson and Mary Alice Meyer.

The next meeting will be held April 24 at the Roosevelt Building.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks

scheduled for May 17 in Warwood

Autism Speaks’ 10th-annual Walk Now for Autism Speaks will be held May 17 at Warwood Elementary School.

Registration, activities and a service providers resource fair begins at 9 a.m. The noncompetitive walk begins at 10 a.m. Participants can walk individually or form teams made up of family members, friends and co-workers. All proceeds benefit Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization. The group funds research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism while increasing awareness of the autism spectrum disorder and advocating for those with autism and their families.

For information or to register an individual or team, call (412) 367-4571; e-mail richele.ward@; or visit the website at

What’s going on throughout the area

Knights anniversary dinner Sunday

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Council No. 472 has scheduled its 114th anniversary dinner Sunday with doors opening at 4:15 p.m. and the dinner getting under way at 5 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person.

Joe Lancia, anniversary dinner chairman, and his committee have finalized plans for the council’s annual, primary event of the year. Bishop Jeffrey Monforton will be the keynote speaker. Ken Girt, state deputy for the Ohio Knights of Columbus, also will offer remarks.

The council will present special recognition awards to local veterans organizations from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Vice Supreme Master Donald Hall, a member of council and a Vietnam veteran, will present the awards.

Local council awards also will be presented, including Chaplain of the Year, Religious of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Bluecoat of the Year, Youth of the Year, Lady of the Year, Family of the Year and Knight of the Year.

State officers and local dignitaries will be in attendance at the event where Toronto county court Judge Joseph Corabi will serve as toastmaster.

Bill DiMarzio, grand knight, said the event is open to all members and their families and guests of the honorees.

Did you go to St. Al’s dances?

For Catholic Central High School classmates who would have gone to the St. Al’s dances held at the Catholic Community Center during their high school years, this news item is for you.

Members of the different classes are planning events for June 13-14. If interested, contact Patty Ravasio Cramblett by phone at (740) 632-1683 or by e-mail at or Linda Pinciaro Staffilino at (740) 264-7689.

Rotary Club programs listed

The Steubenville Rotary Club, which meets at noon on Fridays for business luncheon meetings, will welcome Service Above Self award-winnings students to Friday’s meeting along with their families and school representatives.

The students will discuss service and its impact on them.

The Rotarians will not meet on April 18 as the YWCA will host its Good Friday service and luncheon at 11 a.m. Reservations should be made with Marlyn Neely, executive director.

Charity Hospice’s founder will discuss the work of this Wintersville-based community service at the April 25 meeting.

Robin Flohr is the April program chair.

Mended Hearts Chapter to meet

The Greater Wheeling Area Chapter No. 280 of the Mended Hearts Inc. will meet April 14 at East Ohio Regional Hospital, Martins Ferry, in the Father Mulhearn Room.

Glen Trudo will discuss “Fire Prevention” at 6:30 p.m., and Dawn Noble will address “Spiritual Heart Disease” at 7 p.m.

Mended Hearts is a national support organization for patients, families with a heart disease history or anyone with a general interest in heart disease.

For information, contact Mary at (304) 280-5221. Reservations are not necessary.

Bereavement support group to meet

Charity Hospice’s bereavement support group will meet from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 16 at the Prime Time Center, 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

It is open to the public. For information, contact Debbie Yoklic at (740) 264-2280.

Sunrise Senior Citizens meet

President Tim Gribben presided at the March 28 meeting of the Sunrise Senior Citizens, expressing thanks to the kitchen committee for serving the carry-in dinner.

Betty Mossor and Dorothy Graceffa were 50-50 winners, and the door prize winners were Beth Clark and Donna Twyford.

Reports were given by Secretary Diana Hooper, Treasurer Rex Mossor and Judy Whyte, tour director, about the upcoming trip to the Rivers Casino.

John Bodrog announced that he should have itineraries for the Washington, D.C., trip by the next meeting.

The club is planning a mother/father dinner on May 23 at the Toronto First Presbyterian Church of Toronto. Questions can be directed to Joyce Gribben at (740) 537-1069 or Dorothy Pavelka at (740) 537-9308.

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

The kitchen committee for April is Jim and Marion Wilson, Bob and Molly Meridith, Phyllis Smith, Helen Lindsay, Henry Portocarrero and Janet Morrow.

Chaplain Peggy Nordenger closed the meeting with prayer.

Bingo and card winners were Sherry Sine, Jack Lesnick, Judy Sabol, Mike Timko, Gloria Howard, Wade Steele, Patti Farnella, Donna Oleson, Dorothy Graceffa, Joyce Gribben, Rose Gibson, Lucy Timko, Tracey Wade, Judy Price and Rusty Roth.

Veterans park group plans events

The Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation made plans for its upcoming dinner dance and Memorial Day services during its quarterly meeting at the Brooke Hills Park Clubhouse.

President Ryan Weld presided at the meeting.

The annual Veteran of the Year Dinner Dance will be held May 10 at the Wellsburg Banquet Hall. Final plans are in the works with more information to be announced.

Plans for a Memorial Day service on May 26 at the park also were discussed.

Annual expenses for maintenance of the park and plans to offer a scholarship to a graduating Brooke High School senior also were discussed.

Weld welcomed two new members, Margie Ferrari and Jack Zwicker.

Member Janice McFadden provided refreshments.

Art association accepting entries

The Steubenville Art Association reminds area artists that spring show entries for the annual art show will be accepted at Eastern Gateway Community College from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The spring show opening reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on May 3 at EGCC.

In other SAA news, the next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 16 at Historic Fort Steuben visitors center. Robert Van Natta will give a demonstration, and officers will be nominated. Hosts will be Chairperson Jim Watson, Paul Hornung, Jim Gorney, Bob Martin, Larry King and Steve Glyhas.

Bill Rhetig will lead a pencil workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21. The cost is $40.

Sisters of Garibaldi to meet April 15

The Sisters of Garibaldi will meet at 7 p.m. on April 15 at the lodge to begin making plans for the spring banquet.

All members are encouraged to attend.

The March 18 meeting was led by Gina Marchetti, president. Pauline and Cindy Thomaselli served refreshments. Prizes were awarded to Rita Robinson, Santa Tripodi, Mary Santangelo, Lisa Caruso, Fil DiCarlantonio, Teresa Lamantia, Anna DiVenanzo and Betty Rea.

Men’s cancer support group tonight

The Trinity Prostate Cancer Support Group will host its second meeting of 2014 at the Tony Teramana Cancer Center on Johnson Road, Steubenville, today beginning at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s meeting will be a roundtable discussion regarding the concerns of prostate cancer survivors.

For information, contact Brother John Paul McMahon, the group facilitator, at Franciscan university at (740) 283-6514. The meeting is open to the public.

Sands of Time at Country Friends

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

Country Friends has events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at the hall. The doors open at 6 p.m. each Saturday, and the dance starts at 7 p.m. On Monday and Friday nights, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants may bring a covered dish 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 website is

Church selling fish dinners

St. Thomas Episcopal Church at Three Springs Drive, Weirton, is continuing its Lenten fish dinner sale from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Friday through April 18.

The cost is $8, which includes coffee or tea. Desserts are 50 cents, each and pop and bottled water are $1 each. Take-out is available. For information, call (304) 723-4120.

Volunteers sought for summer program

C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. will participate in the federally funded summer food service program, providing breakfast and lunch to any child aged 18 or younger who wants to participate.

The agency will announce meal sites at a future date. Those interested in volunteering or who would like to assist with a site in their neighborhood or want information about the program can call (304) 797-7733.