Community news from around the area

Woodland Garden Club

celebrates 60th birthday

STEUBENVILLE — The Woodland Garden Club met July 5 at the home of Eleanor Drazich in The Barn for their annual picnic and celebration of the organization’s 60th birthday.

President Verna Smolinsky presided at a brief business meeting where committee reports included discussion of preparations for the Jefferson County Fair flower show in August. Several members displayed practice floral arrangements demonstrating artistic designs from the flower show schedule.

Elaine Wukelic gave a brief report on the state Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Convention held in June at Deer Creek State Park Lodge. She also announced that the Mount Pleasant Garden Club will host the Fall Region 12 meeting on Oct. 20. It will feature programs on hydrangeas and water gardens.

The Woodland Garden Club was organized in 1958 and is affiliated with the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs Inc. The club has 20 members and meets monthly at the Shorac Family Center in Wintersville.

In recent years, members of the club have volunteered their time and shared plants and flowers from their gardens for various projects throughout the area such as the Pocket Park in downtown Steubenville, flowers and plants for the Welcome to Steubenville signs on the north and south end of town, some nursing home projects, the Jefferson County Fairgrounds and cleaning and beautification of a monument at the Union Cemetery.

Paula Nutter, a founding member of the club, was given the honor of cutting a special anniversary cake. A lapel pin hand painted by Susan Guskea and commemorating the club’s anniversary was presented to each member.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 2. Carole Patton will present a program developed by Nancy Liggett on “Button Bouquets.”

Nominees for Follansbee Steel

Magnolia Award sought

Nominations are now open for Follansbee-area residents to be considered for the 10th-annual Steel Magnolia Award, the Middletown Community Foundation has announced.

Women who have overcome obstacles to positively impact the greater Follansbee community have the opportunity to earn recognition as Steel Magnolia Award recipients in the program funded by the AK Steel Foundation.

Up to 13 awards are given annually, limited to no more than one recipient per AK Steel U.S. location per year. Each recipient designates a $2,500 donation to an eligible charity of her choice.

The award honors women of all ages who have faced personal adversity and have shown exceptional strength, courage, compassion and leadership through their work in support of their communities.

“The AK Steel Foundation is proud to fund the Steel Magnolia Awards to honor women who have overcome adversity and serve as a shining example to others,” said Roger K. Newport, chief executive officer of AK Steel.

Middletown Community Foundation Development Officer Amy Berlean added, “It’s hard not to be overwhelmed by the stories of the nominees and how they turned their hardship into something beautiful for the community.”

Nominations, which should take the form of an essay of 500 words or less, must be submitted to the program administrator, the Middletown Community Foundation, no later than Aug. 31. Nominees must live in the vicinity of an AK Steel facility. Association with AK Steel is not a requirement for nomination and will have no bearing on the nominee’s consideration. Other eligible communities are Ashland, Ky.; Butler and Friedens/Somerset County, Pa.; Columbus and Rockport, Ind.; Dearborn, Mich.; and Coshocton, Mansfield, Middletown, Walbridge, West Chester and Zanesville. Visit to view complete requirements and obtain a nomination form. For information, contact the Middletown Community Foundation at (513) 424-7369.

Steubenville Saddle Club

meeting set for tonight

RICHMOND — The Steubenville Saddle Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the club grounds at state Route 152 North.

The club’s third show of the season will be held July 15, getting under way at 9 a.m. with halter/showmanship classes followed by English/Western performance classes and ending with contest classes that will not begin before 3 p.m. The final show of the season will be held Sept. 16.

The shows are open to the public, and admission is free. The club kitchen will be open and offers a variety of food for sale.

New Cumberland Lions plan

next pulled pork take-out sale

NEW CUMBERLAND — The New Cumberland Lions Club’s pulled pork take-out will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 28 in the parking lot of the Swaney Memorial Library.

The pork sandwich will cost $5.50. Coleslaw topping on the sandwich will be an additional 25 cents. Smoked chicken halves are $6. Both are available as dinners with two side dishes — baked beans and potato salad or coleslaw — for an additional $1.50.

Whole smoked pork butts will be available for $26 by advanced order only. To ensure receiving the half chicken or to order a whole pork butt, advance orders must be phoned in by 6 p.m. July 26 to Lion Andrew Keefer at (304) 564-7160.