Oops, dinners, royalty and more

Apparently last week was vacation time for my brain when I wrote my column. I made two name mistakes, both for great people who work hard for their organizations.

I called Allison Pizzoferrato, who is a really enthusiastic reporter for the Country Classics 4-H Club, by the name of Allison Lamantia. There is no excuse for it. Don’t know why I put down the wrong letters to spell a name. Just want to shout a big “sorry, Allison.”

Then I renamed the tiny, quaint church with a dignified cemetery the New Somerset Methodist Church when it is the New Somerset Christian Church.

Mary Murphy called to tell me about my mistake. She is one of the ladies who always provided the Jefferson Ruritan Club with delicious meals for their ladies night dinners. Their ham loaf is terrific as are their pies.

I also should have listed the hard-working women who provided the sumptuous meals last week. It could not have been an easy job bumping their way around in the dark, putting bowls of food on the table and pouring coffee and water.

Mary gave me the names of the volunteers who made the dinners so special, and I will name them now:

Of course, there is Mary Murphy, plus Virginia Tharp, Marsha McConnell, Linda Hoover, Juanita Hoover and Hazel Williamson.

Ladies, you accomplished something that seems to be fading away – church ladies coming together to provide a nice fellowship dinner for the community.


The Purple Circle 4-H Club will hold its annual spring spaghetti dinner at the East Springfield Community Center from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

There will be pasta, salad, wonderful homemade desserts and a drink for $7 for those age 10 and older. The cost is $4 for those under age 10.

There will be a silent auction with some very nice items as another fundraiser for community projects.


It is spaghetti time as the Smithfield United Methodist Church also will have a pasta dinner, with theirs on April 6 from noon to 4 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children. This is a fundraiser to generate money for needed projects in the church. There will be take-out dinners, too.


I had the pleasure of judging candidates for the Queen of Queens competition at St. John Central High School in Bellaire last Sunday and met with four well poised and talented young ladies competing for the school title.

There was Micaela Conners, who performed a well planned jazz dance; Lindsee Perry, who sang “Seeing Things” by the Black Crowes;” Halli Richards, singing “Live Out Loud” from “A Little Princess;” and Kaitlyn Santinoceto, performing “Innocent” by Taylor Swift and accompanied by Angel Regel on the piano.

Halli Richards of Dillonvale was crowned the Queen of Queens candidate for the school by Jessica Bethel, 2013 queen winner.

Halli and her sisters, Tara and Brandy, have attended Catholic schools in the Martins Ferry and Bellaire vicinity throughout their school years.

She has a keen interest in the Civil War era and received a scholarship from Wheeling Jesuit University to study history and theology.

Four “aha” moments occurred while at the judging session. I was introduced to the two judges I was to assist. I say assist because they had done the critiquing of the interview, talent, and evening gown presentations before and had won the contest in years past. They were Mallory Zenke and Jill Stromeyer.

I was introduced as Esther McCoy, and Mallory said, “Do you know Darin McCoy?” I explained that I was his mother and found that she was the cousin of his wife, Missy, therefore knowing Darin well.

When Jill learned I was from Smithfield, she asked if I knew the Coronas. I actually knew the older Corona relatives well and knew of the younger members. She is married to a Stromeyer, who is related to the Corona’s. Her family comes to Smithfield to go swimming in the private Mill Road pool in the summer, she noted. Jill has adorable twin boys, Benedict and Christopher, who are 14 months old.

I walked over to the seats to tell Lamont about the connection we made as judges. He listened and then said, “Ethel Todoroff is here.” She and I have been friends and cohorts in the Buckeye Central Boosters Club in Dillonvale for seven years and seldom get to see each other.

He told me that Ethel’s sister, Charlotte Pavlovic, was with her. She is married to Ron Pavlovic, someone who lived next door to the McHugh family when we were both young. I found a picture of Ron and me on swings in our backyard, had a copy made and sent one off to him. We sure have changed from the time that picture was taken though.

Charlotte and Ron are the grandparents of Halli, the Queen of Queens representative for the school. It was like old home week in the two and a half hours I spent in the gymnasium in Bellaire.

Marcie Jarman was the go-to person who suggested me as a judge at the last minute when the original member had to cancel out. I enjoyed working with Beverly Haynes, coordinator, and understand the stress she was under trying to get the event together in a short amount of time.

She did a great job, and it reminded me of me at the Holiday Cookbook contest and when I worked with the Taste of Home event. I took off my shoes and padded around in my stocking feet because the shoes were cramping my style. With the little time she had, Beverly Haynes still baked loaves of banana bread and wrapped them in white and green decorations, the Fighting Irish colors, for the judges. along with a long-stemmed rose.

Beverly said she felt intimidated to give a homemade dessert to a food editor. But believe me, it was delicious. I would give her a blue ribbon for her baking skills and for handling the program in the auditorium that was a bit chilly, and a few problems with the sound system occurred. It went off very well.


I’m hoping for better weather on April 12 or 13 when the Old Stark Antique Faire is held at the Stark County Fairgrounds in Canton. I go not looking for anything special and then find something of interest.

It is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 12 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 13. There is free parking and admission is $5 to wander around taking in the antique furniture, silver and brass, vintage clothing, quilts and linens, crystal, old toys and dolls, vintage books and prints and sports memorabilia.

Dave Morris, auctioneer and appraiser, will do free appraisals at the indoor show featuring more than 100 dealers and collectors.

For information, contact Barbara Garduno at (330) 794-9100.


Roz and Lynn will be performing at the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee Spring Soiree at the Steubenville YWCA at 6 p.m. April 8.

The mother/daughter act will be singing and wearing costumes from the 1950s and 1960s and will sing an Andrews Sisters song or two.

Tickets can be obtained at the Farm Bureau office at 587 Bantam Ridge, the former school, in Wintersville. The cost is $12. There will be a buffet dinner and door prizes.


My Boomer story about Bradley was a big hit. I have heard from those still living in Bradley and from other locations.

Lena M. Corona Cingolani Bell wrote to say she saw her uncles, Harry Corono and Joe Pilney, in the Crow Hollow picture. She was born in Bradley at the home of her grandparents, Angelo and Mary Corona, delivered by a company doctor.

Her parents, Tony and Pearl Corona, lived at the top of the hill, near the Company Store, where her dad was a meat cutter and manager for the meat department.

Lena Mae was a custodian of sorts for the school house, located next to the Kertoy home, and she worked filling coal buckets, dusting erasers and sweeping floors.

Her best memory is sled riding down Palinchak’s hill and spending time with her best friend, Helen Palinchak. Other names she mentioned were Irene Toth, Merril Welday, Mary Ann Paolucci, Pat Malone, Emily Hajny, Robert Captor, the Kovarick family and Charles Jeffers, superintendent of the mines, and his two daughters.


Frances Roman e-mailed to say that her mother and uncle had lived in Bradley when their grandfather worked in the Crow Hollow Mine in 1930. William Yensell or Yensule was diagnosed with throat cancer and became a patient in the Jefferson County Home. But there is a mystery over where he was buried.

Yensule was well educated, spoke several languages and was a court interpreter. He allowed no picture to be taken with a camera. There was an oil painting, but a fire in the home destroyed the portrait.

She is anxious to know if a record of coal miners employed in 1930, with a concentration on Bradley, exists.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is a staff writer and food editor with the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at emccoy@heraldstaronline.com.)