Community happenings

Audrey Fuller marks 100th birthday

Audrey Roe Fuller, formerly of Mingo Junction, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 18.

The resident of Lancia Villa Royale in Steubenville was honored with a surprise party held at Aracoma Park in Mingo Junction and hosted by her niece Sandra See and husband, Richard, and attended by family and friends.

She was born on July 18, 1914, to Winnie and Clara Catherine Roe and had one sister, Margaret Redin, who is deceased.

She and her husband, the late Paul Fuller, had two sons, Paul Fuller Jr. and Larry Fuller, both deceased.

There are six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She belonged to the United Methodist Church in Mingo.

She attributes her longevity to living each day as it comes, coping with whatever life hands her, having a positive attitude and looking forward to the next day.

Bergholz museum has new attractions

The Bergholz Area Museum will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday and showcase new material for visitors to see and experience.

Take a journey back in time to revisit the mid-1950s, viewing various Bergholz, Amsterdam and East Springfield townspeople, businesses and schoolchildren in a video made available to the museum by former Bergholz resident Ken Parsons.

A complete collection of Bergholz newsletters, meanwhile, also has been made available by Bergholz resident Bud Johnson.

In addition, a variety of other new materials also have been added to the museum’s permanent collection thanks to the generosity of several current and former area residents.

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

The museum, which is open the first Sunday of each month from May through November, is located at the corner of Second and Jefferson streets across from the town parking lot. Admission is free.

Eldurays band at Country Friends

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

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

Country Friends has events each Monday, Friday and Saturday at the Memorial Hall.

On Monday and Friday, the doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Guests may bring a covered dish if they so desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity. For information, call (304) 797-1270 or (304) 527-3322. The website is

Suicide prevention program scheduled

The program “Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Weirton Salvation Army located at 794 Cove Road, Weirton.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., and refreshments will be available.

The program is worth six continuing education credits for social workers, nurses, licensed professional counselors and addiction and prevention workers. The cost is $20 in advance.

To register, contact Lora Humphrey at or (304) 296-1731, extension 4269.

Car wash fundraiser at Second Baptist

The Christian Brotherhood of Second Baptist Church, 717 Adams St., Steubenville, will be sponsoring a fundraiser car wash in the church parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Refreshments will be sold while patrons wait.

Quarter auction set for Saturday

The Brooke County Federation of Democratic Women will hold a quarter auction on Saturday at St. Francis Centre, 805 Lee Road, ?Follansbee.

Doors will open at 1 p.m., with the auction to start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5, which includes one paddle, with additional paddles available for $1.

There also will be a variety of vendors selling goods, food for sale and a 50-50 drawing.

Information sought from veterans

The Brooke County Museum board will be on hand from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 9 at the museum in Wellsburg to answer questions on its Military Heroes Project.

The project involves a planned series of books containing short biographies and recollections of military veterans of all ages in Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties.

Veterans from all eras, including current service members, are invited to submit information and photos. Survivors of veterans who have died also may submit information and photos.

The board hopes to have the first volume printed by Memorial Day 2015, with plans for others to follow.

Museum board members and other volunteers will be on hand to accept submissions at the event. For information, visit the museum’s Facebook page at Brooke County Museum Wellsburg.

Scholarship award for CCHS graduate

Steubenville Catholic Central High School’s Charles Massie was awarded the OVAC McDonald’s All-Star Band $1,000 scholarship on Sunday night at Wheeling Island Stadium during halftime of the 69th-annual Rudy Mumley All-Star Football game.

Massie will head to Ohio University where he will major in biological science and minor in music.

Community happenings

Class plans ‘Picnic in the Park’

All former Oak Glen High School Class of 1975 classmates and their families are invited to attend a casual “Picnic in the Park.”

It will be held Aug. 9 in shelter No. 3 at Tomlinson Run State Park, New Manchester, beginning at 1 p.m.

Participants should bring their own picnic lunch and beverages for them and their family members. The class reunion committee will supply grills for those who want to bring hot dogs, hamburgers, etc.; condiments; and paper and plastic dinnerware.

Donations and goodies to share are welcome but not mandatory.

Tomlinson Run State Park offers miniature golf, swimming, hiking and boating.

For information, check the Oak Glen High School’s Class of 1975 Facebook page.

Toronto Senior Citizens meet

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held July 24 where new members welcomed were Marjorie Shoaf and Bill and Mary Straka.

Lola Swanagan gave the blessing for the dinner.

Ken Woodward led members in opening ceremonies.

Reports were given by Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine.

The door prize was won by Nancy Stanak, and the 50/50 was won by Emma Haught.

There are seats still available for the beach trip on Sept. 15-19 to Cape May, Wildwood, Rehoboth and a stop at Atlantic City, it was announced.

Bingo winners were Joyce Dobbs, Bob Carroll, Judy Bickler, Doris Martaus, Pat Richardson and Lester Grimes. Scat winners were David Krause, Bill Baier, Pat Simpson, Pat Pfabe, Marjorie Shoaf, Joyce Dobbs, Bob and Sharon Carroll.

Members were reminded that the annual picnic will be held on Aug. 14 at the Stratton Park, beginning at 1 p.m.

Weed Rags to perform in concert

The New Cumberland Veterans of Foreign Wars and Hancock County Arts Council, in conjunction with the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, will present Weed Rags in a free concert beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the New Cumberland Pavilion/Overlook located on River Avenue.

Weed Rags, based in California, Pa., will perform bluegrass. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

Senior center holding rummage sale

The Greater Weirton Area Senior Center will hold an indoor rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Aug. 8 at the center located on Main Street, Weirton.

Donated items are being accepted at the senior center.

Bluegrass in the Hills festival set

Mickey’s Mountain Bluegrass in the Hills is hosting the third and final summer festival this week.

It will be held be Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

For information, visit the website or call (740) 391-5631.

Mickey’s Mountain is located at 88101 Ford Road, Hopedale.

Community happenings

Mary Kay Olashuk attends convention

Mary Kay Olashuk of Follansbee attended the 99th-annual Kiwanis International Convention July 15-20 in Tokyo.

Olashuk, a Weirton Kiwanis Club member, joined 1,200 other delegates, six of whom were from West Virginia, at the Makuhari Convention Center in Chiba.

International President Gunter Gasser of the Austrian District opened the convention with the Japanese Royal Family in attendance. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy welcomed the delegates with a video message.

It was reported $21 million dollars have been raised for the Kiwanis World Service Project to eliminate tetanus in 34 targeted countries by vaccinating mothers to prevent transmission to their babies. Approximately 12 million babies have benefited.

The Kiwanis will celebrate their 100th anniversary at the Indianapolis headquarters, where the first woman president will be elected.

Shoes available for children in need

Although school is out for summer, Wendy’s, WTOV, the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley and Information Helpline are teaming up again through Lace Up for Kids to provide shoes to children in need for new school year.

Children in grades K-12 in Brooke, Ohio and Marshall counties and Belmont County, Ohio, and enrolled in grades K-12 who meet eligibility requirements may participate.Applications will be accepted until Friday. For information, call (304) 233-6300 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Those interested in donating new shoes may drop them off at any area Wendy’s restaurant or at Information Helpline in Wheeling. Monetary donations can be sent to: “Lace Up for Kids,” care of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, Suite 321, 51 11th St., Wheeling, WV 26003 or Lace Up for Kids, WTOV9, P.O. Box 9999, Steubenville, OH 43952.

Angela Goodson, Information Helpline director, said, “The purpose of Lace Up for Kids is to not only keep the kids’ feet warm and dry, but, to also provide a sense of confidence in the kids by having their brand new shoes. We are very aware of the need and desire to fit in at school. Not only do the kids feel better about themselves with their brand, new proper fitting shoes, they do better academically, as well.”

Community happenings

Marian Sutherland turns 100

Marian Sutherland, a resident of Gables Care Center in Hopedale, turned 100 on July 14.

Being raised by her grandparents, Grandpa and Grandma Thompson, she and her sister, Annabelle McCullough, learned to play the piano and organ at an early age, continuing over the years in church. Marian played the organ for 60 plus years in the Piney Fork Presbyterian Church, with her sister across the aisle joining in on the piano.

Marian married John Sutherland, a farmer, and learned to milk and feed cows, put up hay, gather up and take eggs for home delivery and all the things necessary for farm life.

She has four children: Tom, Dave, Mary Ann Boyd and Karen French. The family also includes 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Marian worked for the Buckeye Local School District as a school librarian, with pupils and staff at Smithfield Elementary School affectionately referring to her as “Marian the Librarian.”

She was involved with many organizations over the years, including the Piney Fork Presbyterian Church and its missionary society and Sunday School classes; Liberty Grange; Jefferson Water and Soil Conservation Women’s group; Smithfield Woman’s Club; Jefferson County Farm Bureau; a longtime established group called the Maids and Matrons group that would meet to sew and quilt but later turned to playing cards; and the PTA and other children’s organizations.

She lived at her large family-style home in Piney Fork until approximately six months ago when she went to Gables.

USS Missouri holding reunion

The USS Missouri Association will hold the 41st-annual reunion Sept. 17-23 at the Ramada Gateway Hotel in Kissimmee, Fla.

The nonprofit group is open to sailors, Marines, officers and midshipmen who served on the USS Missouri.

The reunion welcomes veterans and interested family and friends. For information, contact Vice President Bill Morton at (803) 469-3579 or or President Jack Stempick at (203) 281-4693 or

Senior center holding card party

The Greater Weirton Senior Center will hold a “King and Queen” card party at 2 p.m. Aug. 31 at the center located at 3425 Main St., Weirton.

The event will include a lunch, door prizes, table prizes, a Chinese auction and drawings. The cost is $8. For information, call the center at (304) 748-3490.

Kerr reunion held in Follansbee

The 57th Kerr reunion was held July 12 at Follansbee Community Park.

Attendees are the descendants of Frank and Lola Margaret Bell Kerr.

The oldest people in attendance were Jim Kerr Sr. of Dover, Del., and Paul Kolapajlo of Steubenville.

Olivia Ann Hoover, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Hoover, was the youngest in attendance.

Julie Kerr Bernardini was in charge of the event.

WSX Management Club meets Monday

The Weirton Steel Management Club will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the banquet room of Giovanni’s Restaurant in Weirton. All members and former members are invited to attend the dinner and social time.

Auxiliary to welcome social members

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary met July 13 at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton.

President Joan Spano presided, and Chaplain Mary Ann Smith gave the invocation and devotions.

Reports were given by Secretary Carol Lyons; Treasurer Shirley Brecht; and Sunshine Chair Mary Ann Elliott.

Joan Spano sent 11 July birthday cards to the West Virginia Veterans Home in Barboursville. Regent Nancy Valles of the Fort Steubenville Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution donated 21 T-shirts and mini flashlights, which were given to the veterans by Brecht.

Historian Marcy Spano passed out pictures.

Brecht reported the auxiliary officers met at the Spano home and voted to allow social members to join the auxiliary. Social members will not have to be related to a Marine Corps Club member, but they will not be allowed to vote or hold office. Social members will be asked to serve as hosts, assist with the annual picnic and Marine Ball and pay the $15 annual dues.

Brecht won the 50/50 and donated it back to the treasury.

Joan Spano thanked members for their participation in a successful bakeless bake sale.

The annual picnic will be held at noon Aug. 3. Hot dogs will be provided, and auxiliary members are asked to bring a covered dish or dessert. Leroy Bee will be in charge of the 50/50 drawing.

Club member Ralph Gaffoli visited from Florida.

Mary Ann Smith served refreshments. Jo-Ann Johns and Elliott will serve in August.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 11.

Tri-State Senior America Pageant set

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester will hold the Tri-State Senior America Pageant on Aug. 26.

Women aged 60 and older from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are eligible. Contestants will be judged on interview, evening gown and philosophy of life.

A queen will be crowned for each state, and the state queens will be eligible to compete in the national pageant in October.

For information, visit or call (800) 369-1369.

‘Freedom Weekend’ at area church

Amsterdam Covenant Church, 8247 Amsterdam Road SE, is hosting “Freedom Weekend” at 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

It is sponsored by Bethel-Cleveland.

“Are you walking in freedom? Christians want to experience the full life Jesus talks about in John 10:10, but many find themselves hindered,” according to a news release. “Our vision is to transform lives by setting people free from the enemy’s grip, releasing them to lives of joy, peace and victory,” it continues.

For information, contact the church at (740) 543-3602.

Community happenings

Buckeye North All Class Reunion

set for Aug. 2 in Brilliant

Buckeye North High School’s All Class Reunion for the classes of 1973-90 will be held from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the Brilliant Community Park.

There is no charge to attend. Food, beverages and music will be provided.

Annual Hills School reunion held

with 14 in attendance

The annual Hills School, formerly Oak Grove School, reunion was held July 5 at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, state Route 213, Steubenville.

Fourteen attended the covered-dish luncheon.

Arrangements were made by Fred Vogt.

The next reunion will be held in July 2015. Hills School is located in Mingo Junction.

Library programs include perspective

of jobs in the oil and gas industry

The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has announced the following schedule of upcoming programs, including:

“Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie” will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 at the Tiltonsville branch.

Play and Learn the Alphabet (caregiver and children ages 2-6) will be held at the Brilliant branch on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and at the Tiltonsville branch on Monday at 11 a.m.

The Thriller book club at the Tiltonsville Branch will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. To join the discussion, call (740) 859-5163.

Learn about jobs in and related to the oil and natural gas industry, with Mark Butta, adjunct professor at Eastern Gateway Community College, the presenter at the main library on Wednesday, beginning at 1 p.m. Register by calling the library at (740) 282-9782.

Annual Friends of Madonna

picnic scheduled for Aug. 2

The annual Friends of Madonna picnic will be held Aug. 2 at the Madonna High School grounds located at 150 Michael Way, Weirton.

The picnic will begin at 4 p.m. with Mass in the school gymnasium. Concessions will open at 5 p.m., and a Fiesta Ware Quarter Toss will be held at 5 p.m., with opportunities to win Homer Laughlin China Co. pottery. Inflatables, featuring a rock climbing wall, jousting and an obstacle course, will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Inflatables require the purchase of a wristband. State of Mind will perform. An over/under will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m.

For information, contact Jennifer Parker, director of advancement, at (304) 723-0545 or

Imogene Hellock celebrates

her 90th birthday

Ruth Imogene Hellock, formerly of Wintersville and better known as Imogene Hellock – celebrated her 90th birthday on Wednesday.

She was born July 23, 1924, in Hammondsville to Floyd and Ethel Culp.

She married John Hellock on April 18, 1946, who passed away in March.

The couple raised three children: Doug Hellock and Dana Hellock, both of Wintersville, and Diane Kuntzman of Paris, Ohio.

Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren complete the family.

Before marrying John, Imogene attended Tusculum University and graduated from the Ohio Valley Hospital School of Nursing. She began working at Ohio Valley Hospital in 1945, retiring in 1988 as the pediatric head nurse.

In 1989 she received a community service award from the former Jefferson Technical College. Her interests have included traveling and quilting. She is a member of Wintersville United Methodist Church.

She is a resident of Lancia’s Villa Vista.

AARP Chapter 3846 meeting involves

reports, prizes, trip updates

President Joann Bugin presided at the July AARP 3846 meeting where Virginia Kucan gave the invocation and benediction.

Vice President Bettie Williamson introduced Dave Watkins of Martini Time and his wife, Sherry. Martini Time was the evening’s entertainment. Donohue and Son will entertain at the August meeting.

Reports were given by Secretary Barbara Purks, Treasurer Frank Fazio and Sunshine Chair Mary Rose Spano.

Reginia Truax announced upcoming trips. They include: Aug. 21, Nemacolin Lady Luck Casino; Aug. 23, Bloomfield Festival; and Sept. 18, Strip District.

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

Membership Chair Joyce Dobbs introduced new member Dorothy Robinson, making the membership total 125.

Joann Bugin thanked all committees for their work in keeping AARP active. Barb McCoy reported on the penny jar collection. Milt Fabianich has collected 16 pairs of glasses and five cell phones.

Steve Rzepka and Norma Yingst won Undo’s gift certificates; Marie Straight and Patty Beltrame won the 50/50 drawing; Joann Clark won the club check; Virginia Kucan won the quilt; and Mary Rose Spano won the throw. Hospitality Chair Kathryn Hardsauk gave prizes to John Fields, Larry Purks, Nancy Smurda, Regina Truax, Virginia Kucan, Mike Oklok, Carolyn Hill and Eva Fabiznich. The next meeting will be held Aug. 11.

Community happenings

The Tri-State Marine Corps Club met July 14 at the Serbian Cultural Center in Weirton with Commandant Edgile Covey presiding and leading in opening exercises.

Thirty-four members attended the meeting where discussion included the club’s participation in the Follansbee Community Days Parade with many positive comments received from parade observers.

Members were reminded the club’s picnic will be held Aug. 3, beginning at noon at the Fireman’s Field in New Cumberland with games for children, drawings, a white elephant sale and free food and beverages.

Ralph Gaffoli announced the Marine reunion at Yemassee, S.C., will be held Oct. 17. Marine recruits heading for Parris Island would disembark trains at Yemassee where this would be their last moments of freedom for 13 weeks, it was noted.

Jim Thompson announced the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Scio will hold an auto show beginning at 11 a.m. on Aug. 16. The Tri-State Marine Corps Club will have members present with displays to promote the club and solicit new members at the Harrison County event.

Members were reminded of the free breakfasts held every Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Weirton Ponderosa. This has been a club benefit for the past several years, and all club members are welcome.

The annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball was set for Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Serbian American Cultural Center. Advertisements for the event program can be purchased by contacting Dan Lyons at (304) 564-3186.

The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 11.

Community happenings

Nifty Needles reminded about expo

The Nifty Needles Neighborhood Group of the American Sewing Guild held its July meeting at the First Christian Church on Main Street, Weirton.

Leader Nancy Sanders presided, reminding members about a planned field trip to Moundsville to shop for fabric and have lunch.

The Monoreville Sewing Expo, meanwhile, will be held Aug. 14-16.

Middie Freese displayed two fidget quilts, made for those on the autism spectrum, during the show-and-tell segment. Marcie Cooper displayed quilted chair pad covers, throw pillow covers and placemats in matching fabrics. Nancy Linn shared information from the Quick Styles to Sew magazine.

Dale Negle presented a program on fitted coasters for stemware, and each member received a kit.

Negle served refreshments and also received the door prize, a crocheted purse embroidered with flowers and made by Cooper.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 5. Village will present the program.

For information, call Sanders at (304) 527-1405.

Woodland Garden Club meets

The June meeting of the Woodland Garden Club featured a visit to the home of Mary Lou Rupert of Freeport where members participated in a workshop on artistic floral design.

The July meeting was held at the home of Eleanor Drazich, which included a covered-dish dinner and tour of Drazich’s gardens.

Paula Nutter gave the blessing and shared an inspirational message. Drazich led the meeting with the roll call answered by naming a favorite picnic spot. Communications were read from the Mount Pleasant Garden Club regarding its Aug. 4 program to be held at Seeds of Hope Farm in Mount Pleasant, beginning at 6 p.m. Sarah Cross will present a program on butterfly gardens.

Signup sheets were circulated for programs and hostess duties in preparation for the new program year.

Plans for the Aug. 7 progressive garden tour were discussed. The tour will include the gardens of Elaine Wukelic, Juanita Welsh and Nancy Liggett.

Plans for the Jefferson County Fair were discussed. A work day will be held Aug. 5 at the fairground building with the Master Gardeners assisting. It was suggested that information and applications for garden club membership be made available for people inquiring about joining a garden club.

School retirees meet for lunch

Steubenville City Schools District retirees met for lunch at Legends in Wellsburg on July 10.

A collection was taken for the American Cancer Society.

The next lunch will be held Aug. 7 at JC Wine Cellars in East Springfield.

‘Back to School Bash’ to be held

Cup of Life Ministries will hold the annual “Back to School Bash” Friday at the Follansbee Community Center and Swimming Pool.

Picnic food will be available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and swimming will be available from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

School supplies will be distributed to those children in kindergarten through 12th grades.

For information, contact JoAnne Redd at (724) 573-0333 or

‘Fall into Fashions’ set for Aug. 15

The Wheeling Civic Garden Center will host its annual style show and luncheon entitled “Fall into Fashions” on Aug. 15, beginning at 11 a.m.

Fashions will be provided by Anna-Kay’s Unique Fashions of Steubenville.

The cost is $12 and includes lunch. There will be opportunities to take a chance on prizes.

Tickets are on sale at the Wheeling Civic Garden Center or by sending a check mailed to the center at Oglebay Park, Wheeling, WV 26003.

Advance tickets are required as no tickets will be sold at the door. Space is limited. Proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit educational organization. For information, call (304) 242-0665.

YMCA holding diabetes program

The Young Men’s Christian Association Wellness Center at St. John Arena, Steubenville, will hold a diabetes prevention program from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning Aug. 6.

The classes are open to those at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

To register or for information, contact Michelle Wilson at (740) 264-7183 or

Weirton VFW Auxiliary meets

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2716 Auxiliary in Weirton met July 14.

Post Commander George Ash was introduced before the meeting and held a question-and-answer session.

President Gloria Jerrel presided, and Chaplain Pro-Tem Edith Truax gave the opening prayer. Reports were given by Secretary Richelle Crow and Treasurer Dawn Young.

Jerrel appointed 2014-2015 committee chairs. They include: Frances Dennison, Veterans Administration Hospital committee; Dawn Young, membership committee; Sandy Pawlock, Americanism committee; Sherry Hornick, youth activities and scholarship committee; Karen Kruger, legislative committee; Edith Truax, cancer aid and veterans and family support committee; and Jerrel, publicity committee.

The VFW will hold a dinner at 6 p.m. Aug. 2 at the post located on Main Street, Weirton. The meal includes city chicken, potatoes, corn and dessert. Tickets can be purchased from members or by calling (304) 748-9674.

Truax gave the closing prayer. The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Country Friends events detailed

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

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

Mondays and Fridays are jam nights, and the last Friday of the month is gospel night with donations designated for a church or charity. Doors open at 4 p.m., and open mic begins at 6 p.m. Participants can bring a covered dish if they desire for the meal that begins at 5 p.m.

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

For information, call (304) 527-3322 or (304) 479-1270. the website is

Library offers fun with science

The Brooke County Public Library, Wellsburg, will hold an ultra-fun science afternoon in keeping with its summer reading program “Fizz, Boom, Read!” at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Children will explore, experiment and discover the world of science as they create their own bouncing balls and more. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Community happenings

WHS Class of 1964 continues plans

The Wintersville High School Class of 1964 reunion committee met June 27 with six members present to work on the souvenir booklet under the direction of Janet Terpenning Sharp and Sandi Thorn Rue.

Another meeting to finish the booklet has been set for Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Stratton Municipal Building library. The meeting also will involve discussion regarding door prizes and finalizing other plans, including the menu.

All class members are invited to attend the meeting in preparation for the 50-year class reunion to be held Aug. 16 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. There are 114 reservations so far, and class members can still RSVP until Aug. 1.

Questions can be directed to Lola Dornbusch Swanagan at (740) 537-4977.

Local teen competing in pageant

Shayla Garman, 14, daughter of Lisa Allender of Mingo Junction, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Pageant being held today at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. The pageant is held for girls age 13-15.

The newly crowned Miss Junior Teen Ohio will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. She has the opportunity to represent Ohio for the entire year, tour Hollywood and receive a modeling scholarship.

National American Miss encourages future leaders and awards thousands in scholarships and prizes “to recognize and assist in the development of young ladies nationwide,” according to a news release.

Garman, who will be a sophomore this fall at Indian Creek High School, lists her activities as the marching band and Key Club with interests in photography, writing and listening to music.

Beta Delta Master Sorority meets

The Beta Delta Master Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi, an international women’s social, cultural and service organization, met at the home of Linda Cole on July 15.

All members were present.

Kathy McKenna collected pop can tabs from members for Cleveland Children’s Rainbow Hospital.

Arrangements for the group’s Octoberfest for members and guests will be finalized at the August and September meetings.

Cole gave a cultural program on “Using the Software Stompers” to create CD/DVD labels to create Jewel Case information.

Crew House open for summer series

The Crew House Museum on Main Street, Richmond, and operated by the Richmond Community Historical Society will continue its summer open house series from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Visitors can tour the facility that features a variety of Richmond memorabilia and check out the Jefferson Union High School room of school items, including yearbooks, uniforms and trophies.

There will be Richmond crocks and mugs on sale in addition to Richmond history books and T-shirts bearing the logo “In Richmond, We Remember.”

The open houses will continue on the second and fourth Sundays in August also, according to Phil Judy, president of the historical society.

For information, call (740) 765-4534.

Community happenings

Emmanuel Church

to host dinner

Emmanuel Church of God in Christ, 128 S. Fifth St., Steubenville, will host a charitable fundraiser to pay for final expenses for 5-year-old Amari Pratt, who died June 8.

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser, organized by her grandmother, Mary Jeter, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on July 26. The menu will include spaghetti, salad and dessert. Cost is $7 for adults and a $4 “Amari Special” for children ages 3 to 5.

Patrons can dine in or get carryout.

For information, call (740) 283-2216.

Donations also can be made to the Memorial Fund for Amari Pratt at PNC Bank, Fourth Street, Steubenville.

Never Alone founder to speak

The Chapel Hill Wesleyan Church Women’s Group will host the founder of Never Alone West Virginia in an effort to share information, answer questions and raise awareness.

Patti Barnabei’s presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the church located at 139 Gilson Ave., Weirton.

Never Alone West Virginia is a nonprofit organization supporting a drug-free community. Its mission is to raise awareness of the substance abuse problem in the community and support those who are in the battle against addiction, according to a news release.

For information, call (724) 729-3421.

Hear a ‘Chalk-Talk’


Chalk-Talk Evangelist Ray Dombeck will be speaking and drawing during the 11 a.m. Sunday service at Truth Baptist Church located at 708 Lincoln Ave., Steubenville.

For information, call (740) 264-2389.

Salvation Army street fair July 26

The Salvation Army of Steubenville will be having its annual street fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 26.

It will be set up on Dock Street between Third and Fourth streets, Steubenville.

There will be games, food and inflatables. There also will be face painting and tattoos (not permanent).

This is a free event and open to the “whole community,” according to a news release.

For information, contact Capt. Steven Griffin at (740) 282-5121 between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Christmas in July Festival July 26

The Voice of Pentecost, 106 Mendenhall St., Weirton, will hold a Christmas in July Festival from noon to 5 p.m. on July 26.

The event will feature face painting, carnival-type games, food, a bounce house and dunk tank. Vendors will include Pampered Chef, Miche Handbags, Gold Canyon Candles, Origami Owl, Pretty Little Things, Odds & Ends by Lynne, Just Divine Wreaths and Thirty-One.

Patrons who bring a donation for Urban Mission Ministries will receive a 15 percent off coupon for any non-food or game vendor booth.

For information, contact Matt or Sarah Keenan at (304) 748-5400.

Community happenings

‘Memorial Lantern Release’ July 29

Charity Hospice is organizing its first “Memorial Lantern Release” on July 29 at the Pointe at Friendship Park, Smithfield, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

July 31 is the rain date.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and light refreshments will be served, according to a promotional flyer.

Attendees wishing to purchase a lantern must prepay $5 for lanterns. Checks can be mailed to Charity Hospice at P.O. Box 2483, Wintersville, OH 43953 or dropped off at the office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 500 Luray Drive, Wintersville.

Farmers Market vouchers available

A limited number of farmers market vouchers, for seniors 60 and older who meet income qualifications from the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, are available at the Brooke County Senior Center at 948 Main St., Follansbee.

The vouchers may be used at any designated markets in the state, including those held on alternating Wednesdays in Follansbee and Wellsburg beginning Wednesday and on designated Thursdays and Fridays in Bethany beginning Saturday.

A full schedule of the local markets will be announced. For information, call (304) 527-3410.

Weirton Elks announce golf results

Results of the annual golf scramble held June 25 at Red Oaks Golf Course in Bloomingdale by Weirton Elks Lodge 1801 were announced by Golf Chairman Shawn Rybka.

The scramble had 11 teams with four players to a team for a total of 44 golfers.

The results were:

  • First place: Shawn Rybka, Brad Crow, Steve Crow and Aaron Buterbaugh.
  • Second place: P.T. Duffy, Dennis McGraff, Corey Hellock and James Speece.

Closest to the pin: Steve Crow, Hole No. 4; Danny Riddle, Hole No. 6; Bruce Trushel, Hole No. 15 and Andy Jersey, Hole No. 17. Jersey was the winner on the Money Hole.

  • Long drive winners: Aaron Buterbaugh, Hole No. 5, and Sean Beaman, Hole No. 8.
  • Longest putt: Mike Reardon, Hole No. 13 and James Speece, Hole No. 18.
  • Closest second shot: Aaron Buterbaugh, Hole No. 9 and Corey Hellock, Hole No. 16.

Scoring in the skins play were: Danny Riddle, Brian Paul, Austin Paul and Charlie Ashbee, Hole No. 6; Shawn Rybka, Brad Crow, Steve Crow and Aaron Buterbaugh, Hole No. 14 and P.T. Duffy, Dennis McGraff, Corey Hellock and James Speece, Hole No. 16.

The presentation of awards and prizes was held during the dinner at the Weirton Elks Lodge.

Three Score Seniors get trip info

Three Score Seniors President Marlene Hare presided at the June meeting where Tony LaRosa gave the invocation and led the group in opening ceremonies

Vice President Bettie Williamson introduced the evening’s entertainment, Donahue and Son.

Reports were given by Winnie Kemp and Treasurer Ida Haynes.

Tour Director Regina Truax announced upcoming tours. They include:

  • Aug. 23, Italian Festival, Bluefield, Pa.;
  • Sept. 10-12, Seneca Casino, Niagara, N.Y.; and
  • Sept. 22-26, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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

Membership Chair Nancy Smurda reported the club has 145 members. For information on the group or to join, call Smurda at (304) 748-4624.

Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp reported on cards sent and received.

Members recognized birthdays and anniversaries.

Reservation Chair Vivian Weigel announced 87 members in attendance. Guests were Earl and Liz Edwards, Gloria Sutchko, Betsy Watson and Karen Welsh.

Historian Lee Edwards displayed photo albums from 2004-07.

Hospitality Chair Jim Hare gave gifts to Al Daugherty, Ruth Daugherty, Pat Deletka, Winnie Kemp and Jeannette Meriwether and Undo’s dinner certificates to Ernie Andrews and Josephine Scott.

In honor of Father’s Day, jars of snacks and candies were given to Chuck Elliott, John Fields, George Kucan, Lou Tassey, Joe Veltri and Bill Wetzel. Jack Cummings awarded the 50/25/25 drawing to Ruth Daugherty and Betty Gianni.

LaRosa gave the benediction.

The next meeting will be held July 24.

Community happenings

Gadabouts hold annual picnic

John and Betty Zak served as hosts and directed committee functions for the Gadabouts’ annual covered-dish picnic held at the Follansbee Community House.

Jenny Avoli, Gloria Tripodi and Peg Frederick served as the reception committee. Edna Michetti led in opening ceremonies. The 50/50 conducted by Jenny Avoli and Ron Fallert was won by Bob Rawlings. Guests attending were Mike and Beverly DiBiasi, David and Karen Krause, Lola Swanagan, Gloria Tawaskey and Betty Christopher.

Cathy and Rich Petrella were introduced as new members.

Various card games were played. Bingo was directed by Mike DiBiasi, assisted by Betty Zak. Winners were Barbara Purks, Beverly DiBiasi, Norman Moore, Sena Benos, Richard Dobbs, Ellen Garies, Barbara Cerra, Sandra Drylie, Jim Drylie, Ron Fallert, Tim Thomas, Laura Mamula. The cover-all winner was Norman Moore.

Eight teams of 32 members took part in a corn hole tournament directed by Ed Treglia. The winning team was Mary Alice Meyer, Bob Rawlings, Janet Haverfield and George Glikes. Second-place winners were Ted Walaszyck, Roberta France, Okey and Sandra Nestor.

Former Tour Director Claudia Clevenger is co-sponsoring a Gadabouts trip to the Western Mediterranean. Departure will be Sept. 22, and the cruise will be Sept. 24 to Oct. 3; Rome, Naples, Sicily, Florence in Italy; Provence and Nice in France; and Corsica following Ajaccio.

A passport is required. For details contact Claudia at (740) 264-5678, 101 Meridian Way, Apt. 212, Wintersville, OH 43953-7661.

David Krause reported on the following day trips.

— Aug. 21: Nemacolin Lady Luck Casino;

— Aug. 23: Bloomfield Festival;

— Sept. 18: Pittsburgh Strip District;

— Sept. 10-12: Seneca Niagara Falls Casino;

— Sept. 22-25: Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains

For information, contact tour directors Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419 or David Krause at (740) 264-6886.

All Gadabouts trips are open to the public. The club is for couples and singles 55 years of age or older.

Bereavement support group to meet Wednesday

Charity Hospice’s Bereavement Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Prime Time Senior Center at 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

Toronto Seniors welcome Charity Hospice speakers

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting on July 10, welcoming guests Mary Ann Reese, Cathy Cich, Lisa Grimes and Marjorie Shoaf.

Lola Swanagan gave the blessing for the dinner. Ken Woodward led the members in the opening ceremonies.

Speakers for the meeting were Mary Ann Reese and Cathy Cich from Charity Hospice.

Reports were given by Joyce Dobbs and Rosemary Bonofine. The Aug. 14 picnic will be at the Stratton Park, with eating beginning at 1 p.m.

Birthdays and anniversaries were announced.

The bus for Riverside on July 30 will leave Stratton at 8:30 a.m. and Toronto at 9 a.m.

Arlene Zahniser won the door prize. The 50/50 was won by Emma Haught. Bingo winners were Mel Simpson, Terry Mamula, Laura Mamula, Angie Kurty, Dolly Robinson, Dee Fouts and Blanche Williams. Scat winners were Terry Mamula, Rich Dobbs, Laura Mamula, Bill Baier, Joyce Berdine and Mel Simpson.

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

Fun Seekers gather for summer picnic

The Fun Seekers held their annual summer picnic on July 6 at Aracoma Park in Mingo Junction.

President David Hunt welcomed those in attendance. Joann Bugin gave the invocation, which was followed by a meal that included hot dogs, hamburgers and a covered-dish lunch.

The wooden stick horse races were won by Judy Gaynor, George Zrinyi and Larry Thomasille.

Bingo was called by Mary Beth Bauer, and winners were Barbara Losey, Joyce Dobbs, Richard Dobbs, Jerry Mulrooney, Karen Krause, Terry Manula, Grace Huber, Regina Truax and Donna Balzano.

Door prizes of fruit baskets were given by Chuck and Joann Bugin to Rose Mary Gaynor, Virginia McMenamin, Rose Barnsack, Larry Bauer, David Krause, Mary Cox, Phil DeStefano, Edith Cooper, Ellen Hunt and Judy Gaynor. A special basket was won by Joyce Dobbs.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Barbara Losey.

Trips announced by David Krause are:

— July 23, Rivers Casino;

— Aug. 21, Nemacolin Lady Luck Casino;

— Aug. 23, Bloomfield Festival;

— Sept. 19, Strip District, Pittsburgh;

— Sept. 10-12, Seneca Niagara Falls;

— Sept. 22-26, Pigeon Forge and

— Oct. 12, Una Bella Festa.

For trip, reservations or information contact David at (740) 264-6886 or Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.

For the second year, corn hole champions were John Balzano and Chuck Pearce.

The Fun Seekers’ next meeting will be held on Aug. 6 at the Prime Time Senior Center, 300 Lovers Lane, Steubenville.

WHS Class of 1989 planning reunion

The Wintersville High School Class of 1989 will hold its 25-year class reunion on Sept. 27 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Steubenville Shrine Club on Kenwood Road.

This is a free event, according to organizers. It is BYOB and bring a covered dish. Children are welcome to come but it is adults only after 7:30 p.m.

Questions can be directed to Matt Peters at (602) 621-6019.

Mended Hearts Chapter meeting tonight

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

A social time with light refreshments at 6:30 p.m. will be followed by the 7 p.m. meeting where Dr. Michael Blatt, a pulmonary speciality at EORH and the Ohio Valley Medical Center, will be the guest speaker. His topic will be “Sleep Disorders.”

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

For information, contact Mary Maguire at (304) 280-5221.

Sisters of Garibaldi to meet Tuesday

The Sisters of Garibaldi will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the lodge. All members are encouraged to attend.

A recent event for the membership was an evening of “food, fun and recreation” at the spring banquet held June 17 at the lodge.

Community happenings

Crocheting group meets Wednesday

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

The group is for adult beginners through experts. Participants should bring their own supplies and projects. For those who need help, someone will be available to provide assistance. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.

Weirton farmers’ market returns

The Weirton Farmers’ Market will open for the year Monday at 3 p.m., and continue each Monday through October at 308 Penco Road, Weirton, by the Goodwill parking lot.

“Our vendors work to provide high quality, locally grown and baked goods to area residents,” said Carole Scheerbaum, West Virginia University Extension agent in Hancock County. “Our produce is picked fresh, often on Monday morning just before the market opens.”

Scheerbaum said all participants in the market are within 50 miles of Weirton.

Many vendors accept the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Senior Farm Market vouchers and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources WIC Farm Market vouchers.

Postal Service warns of scam

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has warned that some postal customers are receiving fake e-mails about a package delivery or online postage charges.

The e-mails contain a link or attachment that, when opened, installs a virus into the recipient’s personal computer and could make personal information from the computer available to the scammer, officials said.

The e-mails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and contain false information about an attempted or intercepted package delivery or online postage charges.

Recipients are instructed not to click on a link, open the attachment, or print the label but should ignore the message and delete it without taking further action. For questions about a delivery or to report spam, call (800) ASK-USPS or e-mail

Free meals offered for children

Officials with C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc. have announced sites for its Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for area youth up to 18 years of age.

The sites are:

Follansbee Park, through Aug. 1, and closed today. Lunch is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wellsburg 4th Ward Park, through Aug. 1. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Dunbar Center, Tuesday through Friday ending Aug. 1. Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m.

The program also is providing breakfasts and lunches to children in the Energy Express summer reading programs being held at Follansbee, Weir and Oak Glen middle schools and the Cloverbuds group at Mercy Baptist Church in Weirton.

In 2013, the program provided 12,136 meals to 861 area youth.

Caregiver support group meetings set

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

— July 17 at 6 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College, 4000 Sunset Blvd., Room 1506, Steubenville.

— July 22 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Walnut St., Martins Ferry.

The sessions are free and open to all caregivers, family members and friends with a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

For information, call the Greater East Ohio Area Alzheimer’s Association at (800) 272-3900.

Karaoke offered for youth

Children 10 and older can enjoy an evening of singing and snacks as they learn about karaoke at the Brooke County Public Library, Wellsburg, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday with the help of True Heirs.

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

Community happenings

Lupus support

group to meet

The Lupus Optimum Health support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Hampton Inn, 820 University Blvd., Steubenville.

Tammy Gregory will be the speaker.

The group offers support for patients and their caregivers on living and coping with lupus.

The Lupus Outreach Program’s line dance class will be held July 21 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 905 Market St., Steubenville. All classes are free.

It is funded by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health and sponsored by Urban Mission/NCDC.

Walter and Pat Howard are program coordinators.

Country Friends

to host Eldurays

Although Country Friends has canceled its July 4 session today because of the holiday, the dance will be held on Saturday.

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

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

Country Friends Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Christian friendship and brotherly love through music, according to a news release.

All proceeds go to charity.

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

Life Line screening

scheduled July 12

Residents living in and around Steubenville can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture as St. Mark Lutheran Church, 133 Lovers Lane, Steubenville hosts a Life Line screening on July 12.

Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease.

A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk also is offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60 to 90 minutes to complete.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 237-1287 or visit the website at Pre-registration is required.

Comcast honors

area students

The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and to empower and enrich lives, has awarded $1,000 scholarships to seven Ohio Valley high school seniors through its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

One of the foundation’s signature community investment initiatives, the program recognizes students’ leadership skills, academic achievement and commitment to community service, according to a news release.

“The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, are catalysts for positive change in their communities, are involved in their schools and serve as models for their fellow students,” the news release notes.

“The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the value placed on civic involvement by the business community,” it notes.

The recipients include: Gianna Marie Anile, Weirton Madonna High School; Carly DiCola of Wheeling Park High School; Tanner Filben, John Marshall High School; Zachary Kaiser, Buckeye Local High School; Alexander Reed, Linsly School; Hemali Shah, Steubenville Catholic Central High School; and Alexa Tweedlie of Bishop Donahue High School.

“Comcast recognizes the importance of fostering leadership and excellence in the next generation,” said Jim Samaha, senior vice president for Comcast’s Keystone Region, which includes the Ohio Valley and which awarded a total of $194,000 in scholarships this year.

“These students are role models in their communities and at their schools. We commend them for their exceptional achievements, and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”

Community happenings

Bergholz Area Museum open on Friday before parade and Sunday, too

The Bergholz Area Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday before the Fourth of July parade begins.

Because of the holiday weekend, the museum also will be open from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The museum usually is open the first Sunday of each month, May through November, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The featured display for July is a collection of memorabilia of nearly Mechanicstown, Ohio. A variety of new materials also has been added to the museum’s permanent collection.

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

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

Jefferson County Retired Teachers updated on museum, insurance

The June meeting of the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association was held at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church with a welcome offered by President Dave Nicholson.

Diane Neptune, information and protection chairman, informed the group about some updated information regarding Aetna Insurance.

Avis Henry reported the e-mail address is up and running.

Members heard an update on the Pleasant Hill School House Museum, which 50 second-graders from Stanton Elementary School visited on April 25. Connie Crawford and Karen Lundquist taught old-fashioned games to the children; and Henry and Joyce Zimmerman taught arithmetic and reading, using a McGuffey reader. Half the day was spent at the museum with the other half involving a visit to Historic Fort Steubenville, where the pupils learned about the Ohio River, the wildnerness and area wildlife.

Crawford encouraged second-grade classes in the area to plan to visit the museum.

Bill Jabs, district director, reported the cost of living was reduced from 3 percent to 2 percent. He encouraged retired teachers to join JCRTA. Gloria Renda can be notified about retired teachers in order to send information to them.

Vice President Jane Wittmer introduced Capt. Steven Griffin of the Salvation Army of Jefferson County, which has had a presence in Steubenville for 131 years. He discussed its programs for children, women, men and senior citizens. November nad December are especially busy months, and volunteers are always needed and appreciated, he said.

After lunch, Don Ullman of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association addressed the membership.

Donations were collected for the WEBA Food Pantry that serves the communities of Wolf Run, East Springfield, Bergholz and Amsterdam.

The next board meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 at the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. The next regular meeting of the JCRTA will be held Sept. 9 at the First Presbyterian Church in Toronto.

SHS Class of 1954 making plans for 60-year reunion this summer

Plans are being completed for the 60-year reunion of the Steubenville High School Class of 1954.

An informal mixer will be held at the Steubenville Country Club on Aug. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. On Aug. 2 beginning at 1 p.m., those interested can take a private tour of the Jefferson County Historical Association Museum on Franklin Avenue, Steubenville.

The final reunion event will be the banquet at the Steubenville Country Club on Aug. 2 with the social hour beginning at 6 p.m., the class picture at 6:30 p.m., and the banquet served at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with listening and dancing to music of the 1950s provided by disc jockey Dave Hunt.

A pre-reunion dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on July 31 at Naples Spaghetti House on North Street, Steubenville, for all classmates who would like to attend.

Tri-State Writers Society to meet in Froehlich’s patio area on Tuesday

The Tri State Writers Society, led by award-winning local author Karen Majoris-Garrison, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the patio area of Froehlich’s Classic Corner in Steubenville.

Published and aspiring writers of all genres are welcome to attend.

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

Jewett Volunteer Fire Department

to host fundraiser dinner July 13

The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will host a baked steak and baked chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 13.

The menu will include vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

Community happenings

Local DAR Chapter representatives attend Continental Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Fort Steuben Chapter Regent Nancy Valles of Paris, Pa., and Secretary Vickie Joseph of Wheeling recently attended the 123rd- annual Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress.

The keynote speaker for the opening night ceremony was author and historian Alexander Rose, who discussed his book, “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring,” and the ordinary people who did extraordinary things to help secure American independence. The ceremony also welcomed executives from AMC’s television show, “TURN,” who were presented with the DAR Media and Entertainment Award. The DAR Medal of Honor was presented to historian and well-known battlefield tour guide Ed Bearss.

On National Defense Night, an evening that honors the nation’s military personnel and veterans, the speakers were Navy Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, and retired Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Claude “Mick” Kicklighter, director of Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, spoke about the efforts of the commemoration program.

Additional awards that evening were presented to the Army Nurse of the Year, the Margaret Cochran Corbin Award for distinguished women in military service and outstanding volunteers for veterans.

Other honorees recognized during the week-long event included exceptional students and those committed to education such as the national American History Essay Contest winners, the DAR Good Citizens, the American History Scholarship winner and the Outstanding Teacher of American History.

“It’s inspiring to see more than 3,500 members travel to Washington to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year to honor our heritage, focus on the future and celebrate America,” said DAR President General Lynn F. Young.

“Attendees show great enthusiasm to participate in forums during the conference to enhance their work of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism back in their communities. The reports given at our Continental Congress make it clear that the DAR is playing an important role in cities and towns across America,” Young said.

While at Congress, they attended the DAR Schools supper, Units Overseas Committee Luncheon and International Bazaar, as well as a variety of business sessions, opening night and Celebrate America! night.

The DAR Continental Congress has been the annual national meeting of the membership since the organization’s founding. National, state and chapter leaders meet at the DAR National Headquarters to report on the year’s work, honor award recipients and plan future initiatives. The week-long convention consists of business sessions, committee meetings and social functions.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. For information, visit

Amsterdam High School Classes from 1923-54 having reunion Aug. 16

Classmates and teachers of Amsterdam High School Classes of 1923 through 1954 will celebrate their annual reunion on Aug. 16 at the East Springfield Community Center, which is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department. It is handicap accessible.

There will be a social time at 3 p.m. followed by dinner at 5 p.m. The buffet-style menu will include baked steak and chicken. Cost is $23 per person, which includes gratuity.

Checks can be made payable to Amsterdam Class Reunion and returned to Norma J. Smith, 9229 Snug Harbor Road SE, Amsterdam, OH 439303, or call Smith at (740) 543-3967.

Anyone who has not received an invitation should contact Smith. The reservation deadline is Aug. 10.

Oak Grove Reunion is Saturday

at Bell Chapel UMC shelterhouse

The annual Oak Grove (now Hills School) Reunion will be held at the shelterhouse at Bell Chapel United Methodist Church, state Route 213, Steubenville, on Saturday, beginning at noon.

It is a covered-dish meal. Attendees are asked to bring their own drinks.

For information, contact Fred Vogt at (740) 282-4278 or Jean Barker at (740) 264-1448.

Mingo Junction Senior Center picnic

is July 24 at Aracoma Park

The Mingo Junction Senior Center’s annual picnic will be held on July 24 at Aracoma Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The cost is $10 per person. There will be food, prizes and entertainment provided by Ron Retzer.

There are seats still available for the center’s planned trip Sept. 15-18 to Ocean City, Md., and the eastern shore.

For information, contact Suzie Zorbini at (740) 632-1716.

Community happenings

Satellite veterans office to be open in Dillonvale

The satellite office of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Dillonvale American Legion, Liberty Street, Dillonvale, to assist veterans, dependents of veterans and/or veterans’ widows with Veterans Administration pensions, compensations, burials, schooling, medical assistance and other veterans’ benefits.

For information or assistance, call the Veterans Service Office at (740) 283-8571 or visit the office at 500 Market St., Suite 310, Steubenville. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It is closed every Wednesday afternoon to the public.

Smithfield auxiliary hosting

spaghetti dinner Sunday

The Smithfield Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 396 will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Legion post in Smithfield from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Patrons can dine in or get carryout. Delivery also will be offered.

Orders can be placed by calling (740) 733-8116.

Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Those under age 5 eat for free.

Mingo Knights of Columbus

announce July events

The Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361 has announced events for July.

The meeting that normally would be held on Thursday has been canceled because of the Fourth of July holiday. Thursday, however, is the deadline for reservations for the July 7 installation dinner that begins at 5:30 p.m. Those planning to attend should call (740) 535-8037.

Also on the calendar this month are:

July 17, Knights of Columbus meeting at 7 p.m. with food served afterwards.

July 22, last day to make reservations for the Family Day. Call the hall at (740) 535-8037. Family Day will be held at the hall on July 27, beginning at 1 p.m. Council will supply the hot dogs, hamburgers, pop and paper products but those planning to attend are asked to bring a side dish, vegetables, salad or fruit.

There is no admission, but reservations should be made by calling the hall, according to Shawn Zarych, grand knight.

Class plans homecoming dress extravaganza July 12

The Weir High School Class of 2017 will host a homecoming dress extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 12 at the Weir High gymnasium located at 100 Red Rider Road, Weirton.

Dresses in a variety of sizes, colors and styles, shoes, jewelry and accessories will be available.

Sales are cash and carry.

Toronto group welcomes

new members, guests

Guests and new members were introduced when Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held June 26.

Guests were John and Joyce Grodhaus, and new members are Lisa Rex and Bill and Mary Straka.

The blessing for the covered dish dinner was given by Bob Haught. Ken Woodward led the members in opening ceremonies. Rosemary Bonofine gave her report.

Clark Crago was the speaker.

Deanna Starr won the 50-50 drawing. Door prize winners were Linda Ragsdale, Pat Pfabe, Dolly Robinson and Laura Mamula.

Clark Crago was the speaker.

Lola Swanagan discussed remaining trips.

The kitchen committee for July is Dee Fouts, Ida Haynes, Nancy Ludewig, Marge O’Tool, Pat Rose and Geri Duke.

Bingo winners were Paula Krensavage, Pat Pfabe, Laura Mamula, Dee Fouts, Doris Matyas and Joyce Berdine.

Scat winners were Bob and Arlene Zahniser, Irene Miller, Doris Matyas, Pat Pfabe, Judy Bickler, Mary Straka and Laura Mamula.

The next meeting will be held July 10 at the Roosevelt Building.