Community news from around the area

Fundraiser dinner

Thursday at E.S Center

EAST SPRINGFIELD — The East Springfield Community Center will host a fundraiser dinner from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The menu will be baked ham, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and gravy, green beans, bread, dessert and drink. The dinner cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Children under age 6 eat for free.

Patrons can dine in or get take-out. The phone number is (740) 543-3700. The community center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Paint ‘n’ Punch scheduled

for Friday in Weirton

WEIRTON — Those interested in learning some basic painting are invited to a Paint ‘n’ Punch, a non-alcohol fundraiser where participants will complete a St. Patrick’s Day painting with an Easter painting on the other side, Friday.

It will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network’s office at 1300 Potomac Ave.

The cost is $35 for the event, which includes canvass and other painting supplies and refreshments.

Those interested should make reservations no later than 4 p.m. Thursday by calling (304) 748-7850.

Three Score Seniors

updated on festival

WEIRTON — The Three Score Seniors February meeting included an update on the Festival of Nations set to be held March 17 at the Millsop Community Center.

President Kathy McCarrick introduced Dr. Kal Gupta, festival chair, who noted this is the 10th year since the festival was reintroduced. There will be additional nations represented and food, she said.

Mary Margaret Klepadlo gave the invocation and benediction and led in opening ceremonies,

McCarrick introduced singer-musician Marvin Whiteman, who provided the evening’s entertainment. Dave Watkins will perform at the March meeting.

Barbara Purks gave the secretary’s report. The treasurer’s report also was given.

Pat Evano read “Sharing of Marriage,” and McCarrick, “My Friend.”

Membership Chair Nancy Smurda reported 88 members paid dues for 2018. Anyone interested in joining Three Score can contact any member. The group welcomed eight new members in 2017.

Regina Truax reviewed trips, including: April 19, “Jersey Boys;” April 20, Rivers Casino; May 14-16, “Jesus,” two shows, Lancaster, Pa.; May 17, Meadows Casino; and June 16, “On Your Feet,” Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.

Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp reported on cards sent. A moment of silence was observed for Marian Lammers. Birthdays were acknowledged.

Reservations reported by Vivian Weigel were 54 this month.

Social Chairs Joe and Cookie Veltri will start bingo in April.

Prizes given by Winnie Kemp, Regina Truax, Sonny Marino, Jack Cummings and Betty Virtue were presented to Josi Elliott, Larry Purks, Mary Ann Elliott, Nick Smarrella, Cil Fridley, Pauline Korzi, Jane Watson, Dolores LaRosa, Joe Veltri, Tony LaRosa and Ernie Anderson.

Two farmland tax

workshops scheduled

WINTERSVILLE — Ohio State University Extension is hosting two two-hour farm tax workshops on March 13.

The first will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Carroll County Extension Office at 613 N. High Street in Carrollton. The second will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Jefferson County Joint Vocational School, 1509 county Road 22A, Bloomingdale

David Marrison, OSU Extension educator who specializes in agricultural tax, will discuss information in order to complete 2017 tax returns. Topics covered include tax law updates, recent issues, and what to know about taxes associated with oil and natural gas.

The cost of the event is $10 per person, and pre-registration is required. Register by contacting the OSU Extension office at Carroll County Extension office at (330) 627-4310 or the Jefferson County Extension office by phone at (740) 264-2212 or by e-mail to For questions about farm taxes or getting a 2017 tax guide, contact Erika Lyon at (740) 264-2212, extension 203.

OSU Extension will provide accommodations to handicapped persons needing assistance to participate in Extension programs. Those requiring such accommodations to attend programs or access information should call the Jefferson County Extension Office at (740) 264-2212.

For information on Harrison and Jefferson Extension programs, visit or Sign up for the Agriculture & Natural Resources Newsletter to receive information and updates on agricultural interests and issues by contacting OSU Extension in Steubenville.

Toronto Senior Citizens

name Valentine royalty

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the Feb. 22 meeting of the Toronto Senior Citizens where Dick Balser was named Valentine king and Crissy Cunningham, Valentine queen.

Guests were Leona Woods and John and Sharon Sims.

Joyce Zimmerman gave the blessing for the pizza party. Members exchanged Valentines.

Joyce Dobbs announced January and February birthdays. Reports were given by Fran Sheets and Rosemary Bonofine.

Nancy Stanak reviewed trips, including: May 15 and 16, Lancaster, Pa., for the play “Jesus;” June 16, the Pittsburgh Pirate vs. the Cincinnati Reds baseball game; July 18, the Amish dinner-theater; Aug. 16, Hartville; and Sept. 17-21, a tentative trip to Wildwood, N.J. For information, call (740) 537-3064 or (740) 537-2895.

Emma Spicer won the 50/50 drawing. Door prize winners were Peg Miller, Mary Petras, Tim Elson, Joyce Dobbs, Irma Straka, Sharon Sims and Nancy Stanak. Bingo winners were Leona Woods, Jo Ann Fogle, Laura Mamula, John Sims, Mary Scott and Lisa Rex. Scat winners were Mary Scott and Rich and Joyce Dobbs.

The next meeting will be held March 15 at the Roosevelt building.

Author to appear Thursday

at Brooke County Library

WELLSBURG — Local author JoAnn Davis will be reading at the Brooke County Library’s Dr. Seuss Celebration at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Davis has written children’s books and performed for many years at WWVA’s Jamboree USA with her husband, the late Jimmy Stephens.

The celebration also will include crafts and other activities.

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

Smithfield Senior Citizens

plans ‘luncheon on the road’

SMITHFIELD — The Smithfield Senior Citizens met with Bernice Francis presiding.

Plans were made for the April 17 “luncheon on the road” at Frank’s Place in Bloomingdale, beginning at 1 p.m. It is one of two meetings out of town with the other being the Christmas dinner.

Betty Ruttencutter was in charge of an art project with Francis and Gilbert Powell the winners. Rita Boyd, Sis Dowdell and Esther McCoy were door prize winners.

Ruttencutter and Francis were in charge of the program on “Human Trafficking: What Can You Do About It?” They suggested learning more about the status of Ohio law related to human trafficking and to make contact with a state representative or senator about its enforcement.

“Many think it is only in the big cities such as New York, but it is here in Ohio. Young people running away from home and living on the street are grabbed up for prostitution,” Francis said. She urged teachers to watch for a nervous, depressed or malnourished student. Some other things to watch for in class are avoiding eye contact, not having command of the English language well and not speaking up.

“Many parents in foreign countries are approached about taking their daughter to America where she will be cared for and learn the language, and money will be sent to the parents. These things do not happen. They are put on the streets in prostitution,” Ruttencutter said. “Keep an eye on the youth you see and stay alert to the signs.”

Weather permitting, the next meeting will be held March 20 at the Smithfield Presbyterian Church.