The Jefferson County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, is inviting the community to attend a meeting Sunday at 3 p.m. to discuss the preservation and cleanup project for Island Creek Pioneer Cemetery, located at the intersection of state Route 213 and county Road 46 in Island Creek Township.
The meeting will be held in the historic community building, formerly the old Presbyterian church, that sits on the cemetery grounds.
A walking tour of the cemetery will be included, if the weather permits, at the end of the meeting. Refreshments will be served.
Anyone interested in preserving Island Creek or Jefferson County history should attend. Volunteers are needed for various aspects of the project, including reading and recording tombstone inscriptions; taking digital photos of tombstones; cutting trees, brush and grass; leveling, resetting and making repairs to tombstones and using archival materials provided by the chapter.
Heavy equipment is needed, as well as monetary donations to purchase cement, archival glues and epoxies. Donations can be sent to: JCC OGS, PO Box 2367, Wintersville, OH 43953, Attn: Island Creek Cemetery Fund.
The genealogy society also is extending an invitation to Toronto residents interested in organizing a historical society in Toronto to attend the session. A spokesman said those same citizens are historically minded individuals and are usually the type of people interested in preserving area history, buildings and cemeteries throughout Jefferson County. Anyone who has an ancestor buried in the Island Creek old or new section of the cemetery is invited.
For information or directions, contact Gail Komar at email@example.com or chapter president, Flora L. VerStraten, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-765-4049.
Kum Joyne Us holds dinner
Kum Joyne Us Class of Kolmont Church held a covered-dish dinner at its May meeting.
Angel Nixon and Shirley McCartney were hostesses and McCartney said the blessing.
Sara Peeler presided and McCartney opened devotions with prayer.
Readings were given by Sharon McGraw, Susie Fluharty and Yvonne McGraw. McCartney held a “Christian Chat Room” on conversations between people in the Bible. Members discussed what those conversations might have been and why. Angel Nixon closed with a recording of “One Mother to Another.”
Deanna Price prayed for requests. Roll call was answered with favorite Scriptures.
Reports were given by Sharlene Wade, Shelly Bateman, Florence Hammack and Ruby Grimes.
Bateman gave an update on progress of the mother/daughter banquet. Nixon was in charge of games. Maxine Townsend won the door prize. Wilda Williamson conducted an auction.
The next meeting will be June 5 at 7 p.m. Members are to bring a covered dish.
Fundraiser planned for Pearson
There will be a pasta dinner to raise funds for Zyaire Pearson’s trip to Australia Friday at the Spot Bar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dinners are $7. All proceeds are to benefit her travel expense.
She will represent Ohio, the Tri-State Area and Steubenville High School in a swim meet Sponsored by DownUnder Sports.
McGowan Circle holds luncheon
Laura E. McGowan Circle of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons held its monthly luncheon meeting at the YWCA.
Barbara Thermes welcomed members with “A Song of Praise” and presided.
Marlene Rheuff was hostess and decorated in a spring theme. She presented devotions with a prayer, “Live the Way You Pray.”
The program was based on a book called “All Night All Day Angels Watching Over Me.” She closed with “A Scent of Flower” by Pam Kidd.
Betty Sparr will serve as hostess and Lesa Costlow will lead devotions and present the program at the next meeting.
Library to show action film
The Brooke County Public Library will show the Walt Disney film “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets” at 11 a.m. May 24.
The PG-rated film stars Nicholas Cage as treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates, who this time seeks the truth behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He finds John Wilkes Booth’s diary and is determined to uncover the mystery within the 18 missing pages in the action adventure.
Reserve your seat and popcorn for the free screening by calling (304) 737-1551.