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Community Column

April 25, 2008
By LYNNELLEN WINKLER, Community editor
La Bon Vie – Red Hats celebrate

Nearly fifty Red Hat women showed up for the meeting of the ‘reorganized’ chapter of La Bonne Vie (The Good Life). It was a special event in celebration of the tenth birthday of the worldwide Red Hat Society, hosted by Fran Linkesh, Karen Hribal and Ginnie DiAntonio of Weirton. The club itself will soon be celebrating its own fifth birthday.

Ladies planned special birthday party games fit for Red Hat ladies; however, the highlight of the evening was special reminiscences from many of the chapter members.

Sister Pauline Herbert told of an incident from a meeting early in the club’s history which had the ladies laughing. Paulette Johnson reminded the group of the fun they had at "An Evening in Venice," when nearly all of the members participated in the special wine-making event, stomping the grapes with their bare feet. Angie Needham recalled a bus trip taken to the Longaberger Basket Co. where the ladies attended a special tea party which had been arranged by club member Eleanore Welday, who is also a Longaberger consultant. Most of all, the guests agreed that in the past five years, the ladies of La Bonne Vie have made some lasting friendships and that much has been gained by members.

Sadly, members were mindful of the recent loss of club member, Janice Little. They were reminded of her contribution to the club, including her very patient efforts at teaching the ladies line-dancing.

Ruszkowski fundraising walk on Saturday

Walter Ruszkowski, Weirton resident and manager of the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Conway, Pa., will be walking from Conway to Weirton, 44.1 miles on Saturday to benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

After entering Weirton from the north on Route 2 Ruszkowski will be walking to the Weirton’s Elks Lodge #1801 located at 3429 Main Street where they are planning a welcoming reception.

The event will start around 7:30 p.m. with food offered at a nominal price for those supporting Ruszkowski’s efforts as they wait.

Ruszkowski is doing this walk as part of Rite Aid's Children’s Miracle Network’s campaign.

Country Friends meet Monday and?Friday

Country Friends will celebrate the life of Lou Ellen Corbitt at 5 p.m. on Monday at the Get Together Picnic Grounds.

Country Friends have planned events and jam sessions each Friday at the Weirton Masonic Lodge Annex on Knights Road in Weirton and each Monday at the Get Together Picnic Grounds on Kings Creek Road. Open Mic is scheduled from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. These are covered dish events and the public is invited to attend and participate.

Country Friends Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Christianity, friendship and brotherly love through music. All proceeds go to charity.

For more information, call 527-4253 or log on to their web site:

‘A?Message of Life’ set for Saturday

Hope Ministries is a ministry with a desire to share God’s love with the community. “A Message of Life” will be given by Dr. Cherian John and Pastor Jim Rhodes at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Serbian American Cultural Center, Colliers Way, Weirton.

The public is invited to this free event and refreshments will be served.

The Web site for Hope Ministries is

Tri-State Christian Academy honors grandparents

It was a celebration of grandparents at Tri-State Christian Academy on March 15.

A gathering of grandparents visited the school to spend the morning with their grandchildren. A special grandparents’ program was planned that included high school students Katelyn Mick, Hannah Carnes, Mike Ordich and Justin Bradley, who read their free verse poems about their respective grandparents.

Elementary students sang two songs from the Easter play, “The Tale of Three Trees,” created by Dave Clark and Jayme Thompson, directed by Tri-State Christian Academy’s Miss Kiley. Afterward, a spaghetti luncheon was served.

Several grandparents spent time in the classroom participating in academic activities.

Tri-State Christian Academy provides academic excellence for students from preschool through grade 12. For information on the school contact (724) 947-8722.

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