Community news from around the area

Night at the Races Saturday

to benefit Jefferson County GOP

TORONTO — The Jefferson County Republican Party will host a Night at the Races fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Red Knight Hall, Mama G’s banquet hall located at 206 N. Fourth St.

General admission is $10 per person with tickets available at the door. Tickets include refreshments. There will be a cash bar.

Various sponsorship levels are available. For information, call (730) 381-4352 or e-mail

Weirton Shriners having

pancake breakfast Saturday

WEIRTON — The Northern Panhandle Shrine Club, located at the end of Cove Road by the state highway garage, will be the site of the Weirton Shriners’ fundraiser pancake breakfast to be held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

It is open to the public.

The menu will include pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and orange juice. The cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 6 to 12; and free those younger than 6.

Follansbee pumpkin decorating

contest winners are announced

FOLLANSBEE — Winners of a pumpkin decorating contest held at the Follansbee Branch Library have been announced for the following age groups:

— Preschool: Lydia Glenn, first place; Abe Rhodes and Jackson Kajdos, tied for second place; David Reaume, Jude Buchanan and Violet Kajdos, tied for third place; and Vella Duke and Ariya Rhodes, tied for fourth place.

— Kindergarten to fourth grade: Faye Reaume and Xiaoli Duke.

— Fifth to eighth grades: Amma Fabian, first place; Mikayla Childers, second place; and Abby Fabian, third place.

Retirees of Steubenville City Schools

get update on nutcracker

STEUBENVILLE — Retirees of Steubenville City Schools met Nov. 9 for lunch at Dee Jay’s in Weirton.

Christmas cards were signed. Jeanne D’Anniballe gave an update on the group’s retired teacher nutcracker by Jeanne D’Anniballe. She also encouraged everyone to attend the YWCA of Steubenville’s Women of Distinction fundraiser dinner on Nov. 30 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s Hellenic Hall, as several women from Steubenville City Schools are being honored.

Money was collected for the Christmas charity for four needy adults.

The Christmas lunch will be held at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at J C Wine Cellars in East Springfield. Those who want to participate in a gift exchange should bring a $10 wrapped gift with their name on it.

Spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday

to benefit mission trip to Cuba

WINTERSVILLE — The Wintersville Community Chapel, located at the corner of Bantam Ridge Road and Ward Drive, will hold a by-donation-only fundraiser spaghetti dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the church fellowship hall.

The menu will include spaghetti, a one-trip salad bar, a one-trip dessert and beverage. Meatballs will be available upon request. Patrons can dine in or get carryout.

All proceeds will benefit Pastor Michael Mantos’s mission trip to Cuba in January. For information, contact Mantos at (740) 264-7873.

Toronto Senior Citizens gather

for Thanksgiving dinner

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Nov. 9, welcoming Jocelyn Landis as a guest.

Mary Alice Meyer gave the blessing for the Thanksgiving dinner, gave devotions and led members in opening exercises.

Entertainment was provided by Gary McLeish as disc jockey with Linda Leasure, Sandy and Mark Pierro and Peggy and Mike DeSantis.

Joyce Dobbs announced November birthdays and anniversaries. Reports were given by Fran Sheets and Rosemary Bonofine.

Trips for 2018 will include May 15 and 16, the play “Jesus” at the Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pa.; June 16, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game; July 14, the Amish dinner and theater; Aug 16., Hartville, September trip to Wildwood, N.J., and Cape May. Call (740) 537-2895 or (740) 537-3064 to register for the trips.

Shelby Smith was the 50-50 winner. Door prize winners were Rosemary Bonofine, Dorothy Farrister, Emma Spicer and Mary Scott. Bingo winners were Doris Matyas, Mel Simpson, Lester Grimes, Jo Ann Fogle, Jocelyn Landis and Dee Fouts.

Scat winners were Joyce Zimmerman, Karen Krause and Richard Dobbs.

The Christmas party will be held at Dec. 14 at the Stratton Municipal Building hall, beginning at 5 p.m. Hall.

Follansbee Church of Christ

to hold prom for special needs

FOLLANSBEE — Follansbee Church of Christ will hold a Jesus Prom, a free formal dance for people with special needs of all ages and their caretakers, on Nov. 26 at St. Francis Centre.

Guests may have their hair and makeup done before the prom, where they will be photographed on a red carpet before the event, which will include dancing and refreshments.

Those who would like to be made up for the occasion should arrive at 5:30 p.m., with doors to open at 6 p.m. Reservations aren’t required but are appreciated by calling (304) 914-9948, e-mailing or visiting the church online at

Tool drawings to benefit

Brooke High School Band

WELLSBURG — Brooke Hills Park is selling tickets for 31 drawings for an assortment of power and other tools to be held throughout December.

They are $10 each, which proceeds benefiting the Brooke High School Band, and can be purchased until Dec. 1. For information or to purchase tickets, call (304) 737-1236

Brooke, Follansbee libraries

to close for holiday weekend

The Brooke County Public Library and its Follansbee branch will have shorter hours on Wednesday, with the Wellsburg location open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Follansbee library open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Both libraries will be closed Nov. 23-26.