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Commemorative bricks way

to honor, remember veterans

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Veterans Association reminds area residents of a tangible way to honor and remember military active or veterans by purchasing a commemorative brick on the Honor Wall, shown above.

Constructed and maintained by the JCVA, the Honor Wall is located adjacent to Fort Friendship Military Park in Friendship Park, Smithfield. It originally was constructed to accommodate 90 bricks but now supports 600 bricks bearing the names, dates and service of honored military members.

“We are planning to conclude the expansion of the wall with the addition of two sections next summer,” explained association member Barry Bardone. “We are offering on a first-come, first-served basis 94 available spaces at $50 each,” he said, noting bricks can be purchased through May 31 and suggesting “what better gratifying Christmas or holiday season gift than one that recognizes and honors our active and veteran military daily all year?”

For information and application forms, contact Tony Phillippi at (740) 733-8484 or by mail at 1341 county Road 15, Rayland, OH 43943,

Bardone explained how the wall came to be.

“JCVA member Paul Greene came up with the concept to honor killed in action Vietnam veterans in remembrance of his buddy, Bill Hicks, who was killed next to him on a mission Feb. 23, 1969. He presented the idea to the group six years ago. The JCVA decided to broaden it to honor all military active or veterans. Jay Kolenc and Ed Waldman, both Korean War veterans, determined the best location for the wall,” Bardone noted.

The Jefferson County Joint Vocational School assisted with the wall design with computer animation. Most of the wall labor was done by association volunteers. Morelli Brick produces the individual bricks, according to Bardone.

“We have installed an additional four sections over the last two summers and filled them,” Bardone noted. The inscription on the Wall of Honor reads: “Dedicated with reverence and gratitude to all U. S. military who have honorably served and are serving our nation under God.”

Bardone said he got involved when he purchased bricks for three friends killed in action.

Jefferson County commissioners supported the construction of the wall, according to Bardone, who noted spring will bring the installation of new sections and bricks, a reflection bench, new lighting and parking balusters.

Tickets remain available for

guild’s ‘Simply Strings’ event

WINTERSVILLE — Tickets remain available for “Simply Strings,” the theme of the Ohio Valley Music Guild’s final offering of the 2017 season — the organization’s annual membership event and performance by the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra String Quintet.

It will be held Nov. 19 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville with doors opening at 5 p.m.; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.; and entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person with an RSVP due by Monday. It is open to the public.

The evening of “cocktails, dinner and harmonic compositions” involves the planning of guild members Debbie Elias, event chair and second vice president, and her committee that includes Judi Gaynor, president; Toni Jean Dondzila, assistant treasurer; and board members Carlotta Jordan and Joe Buchmelter.

The five musicians will perform a mix of classical, light classical, pops, Broadway, opera and film music.

The guild welcomes new members with $20 being the annual fee, although other donor membership levels are available, from $50 on up. Questions can be directed to Lil Ferguson, membership chair, at (740) 264-2232. Checks can be made payable to the Ohio Valley Music Guild and mailed to the guild at P.O. Box 2158, Wintersville OH 43953.

Other guild officers are Marie-Helene Wilson, first vice president; Josephine Irvine-Groves, secretary; and Kathy Antinone, treasurer.

For ticket information, contact Elias, (740) 266-2203; Buchmelter, (304) 374-2943; Dondzila, (740) 266-6347; Gaynor, (304) 224-1319; or Jordan, (740) 283-1630.

Four Seasons Seniors to

have Thanksgiving buffet

WEIRTON — The Four Seasons Senior Citizens held their October meeting at Undo’s with President Chris Sklenar presiding.

Mary Rose Spano gave the opening and closing prayers and led in opening exercises.

After dinner members played bingo. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read. Reservations Chair Josie Cekinovich reported there were 48 reservations.

Entertainment at the next meeting will be provided by D’eja’ Vu, and plans for the Christmas party will be discussed

Members were reminded that dues are due. A report was given on cards sent and anniversaries being celebrated. Norma Yoho won the free dinner; 50/50 drawing winners were Margery Burskey and Martha Varitek; and other prize winners were Barbara Libengood, Carolyn Shaffer, Virginia Riley, Betty Wamsley and Marie Scarfo.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 15 and will be a Thanksgiving buffet.

Richmond UMC’s Counted hosting

barbecue, jam session Saturday

RICHMOND — Counted, a new ministry at Richmond United Methodist Church, 112 S. Sugar St., invites the public to a blacktop barbecue and jam session in the church parking lot on Saturday.

Free chili dogs, chips, drinks and desserts will be available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a jam session featuring live music to follow. The food will be served indoor in the event of inclement weather.

Bergholz Ruritans having fundraiser dinner Sunday at Bergholz Fire Station

The Bergholz Ruritans will host a stuffed chicken breast fundraiser dinner from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bergholz Fire Station.

The menu will include mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll, dessert and beverage. Take-outs will be available Cost is by donation. There also will be a 50-50 drawing. Proceeds will go toward various community projects.

Crochet group to meet Wednesday

at Brooke County Library

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

It’s open to people of all levels of experience, with help available to newcomers. Attendees should bring their own materials and projects. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.