I'm already salivating at the thought of attending next week's 16th-annual Taste of the County sponsored by the United Way of Jefferson County.
It's one week from today, scheduled for Oct. 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, an event billed as "a unique culinary experience" given there are going to be 17 different restaurants and caterers on hand to please the palate.
This will be my first time attending the event, and I plan to have Better Half make like a Girl Scout cookie and "tag-a-long" with me. Ditto for my brother-in-law, Buddy Kiaski, who also will be my guest as a belated birthday gift since he turns a year older and wiser on Oct. 11.
I say this is an ideal setting for us since we always struggle with that "where do you want to eat out?" anguishing. Now we don't have to decide. We'll just eat a little bit of everything from everywhere. Perfect.
This year the event has a theme for the first time - "Dining with the Stars," the stars being the vendors. The "red carpet affair" will include more than just food, though, as there will be mystery gift bags (every one of them a winner this year), a gift card tree, a silent auction and a silent art auction.
In line with the Hollywood theme, Taste of the County will feature a People's Choice award as patrons will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for the vendor with the best food, presentation and decorations.
Participants will include Applebee's, Aubrey's, Baker Boys, the Boathouse, University Inn/Damon's, Dolce Pizzelles Cookie Co., Downtown Bakery, Finishing Touches, the Art of Entertaining, Froehlich's Classic Corner, JC Wine Cellars, Piergallini's Catering, Scaffidi's, Una Fontana Dolce, the Ville Restaurant and Bar and Zalenski Family Eatery and Pub.
It's all adding up to what sounds like a great evening out for fun and a good cause.
"This is an extremely enjoyable event and one of our best opportunities to raise money to help support our member agencies and local nonprofits right here in Jefferson County," said Nancy Grim, executive director of the United Way of Jefferson County.
Tickets are $30 with $20 of it tax-deductible. They're available in advance by calling the United Way office at (740) 284-9000 or at the door the day of the event. A cash bar will be available.
See you there.
Mingo Knights to hold rosary
The Mingo Knights of Columbus Council 4361 will hold a rosary on Thursday at 7 p.m. in front of the grotto. The Rev. Janes Dunfee, chaplain, will lead the rosary. The public can attend.
For information, contact Shawn Zarych, grand knight, at (740) 381-1385.
Friendship Night nears for lodge
Naomi Rebekah Lodge 42 met recently with Verna Tarr, vice grand, as hostess and Myrtle Thompson, noble grand, presiding.
Friendship Night will be observed Oct. 11 to the theme "America - Red, White and Blue." All Rebekah lodges are invited to attend the covered-dish event that begins at 6 p.m.
Tarr presented a program on draping the altar with assistance from Marsha Daugherty, Arlene Smith and Hope Daugherty. The altar was draped for sisters Hazel Wallace and Eva Landreth.
It was noted that the district 1 picnic was successful and that the visiting committee sent 26 cards, made 29 calls and logged 19 visits.
Members were reminded to collect items for Veterans Day with names and addresses of servicemen to be gathered.
planned in Jewett
A ham loaf and baked steak dinner will be held at Jewett Volunteer Fire Department on Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dinner includes vegetables, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.
Yard, bake sale
set for Saturday
The Wellsburg Women of the Moose Chapter 1354 will have an indoor yard and bake sale on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the lodge located at 844 Main St., Wellsburg.
Concessions also will be available.
Anyone wanting to donate items for the sale can drop them off at the lodge during its business hours.
Network to meet
The Valley Pastor Network, a group of local pastors who meet monthly, will gather Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Starkdale Presbyterian Church to make plans for the annual Thanksgiving ecumenical service to be held the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving.
All pastors of area churches are welcome to attend.
For information, call (740) 264-5309 or (740) 264-1227.
The group regularly discusses community issues, favorite reading materials and joint projects and services in addition to offering prayer for churches and pastors.
The Wellsburg Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star met Sept. 28 with Elizabeth McCuen, worthy matron, and Floyd Berdine, worthy patron, presiding.
McCuen presented the program on the constitution and laws.
The grand chapter in Charleston will be attended by McCuen, Bonnie Kerr, Ruth Shingleton and Mary Lou Chambers.
Betty Rea and Darlene Gerrard served refreshments.
The next meeting will be Oct. 12 at the Masonic Lodge.
to submit entries
In celebration of the Oct. 15 release of "Red," Carmike Cinema 6 at the Fort Steuben Mall is inviting retirees to detail what they've done "exciting" or "daring" since they've left the workplace.
"Red" is an action-packed feature about retired CIA agents Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman.
Retirees are invited to submit their entries in writing of 100 words or less by Oct. 14 to the cinema at 100 Mall Drive, Steubenville, or drop them off daily after 12:30 p.m.
Entrants will have a chance to win movie passes and "Red" promotional items. For information, call the theater at (740) 264-1680.
Susan Costantini, daughter of Bill and Mary Ann Costantini of Steubenville, recently participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on National Security: Exploring American Diplomacy, Intelligence and Defense.
Costantini was among outstanding high school students selected from across the United States to participate in a unique career development program held Sept. 28 through Oct. 3 in Washington, D.C. It introduced students to careers, for example, in national security, intelligence and the diplomatic corps.
The forum curriculum on national security is based on actual events. Throughout the forum, students used critical thinking, leadership and public speaking skills to tackle the complexity of national decision-making as they examined how the U.S. would plan for peace and crisis. They employed a crisis decision-making process similar to that employed by the nation's top policy makers, according to a press release.
A senior at Catholic Central High School, Costantini is a trainer for the football and basketball teams, senior editor of the 2011 yearbook and treasurer of the pep club. In a recent project for her Girl Scout Silver award, she catalogued the uniform collection of the Jefferson County Historical Museum. She will pursue a degree in history after graduating.
Mingo Lions Club
hears MBA leader
James Freiling conducted the September dinner meeting of the Mingo Lions Club held at the Mingo American Legion.
The invocation was given by Karen Edwards.
Guest speaker was Bob Smith, president of the Mingo Business Association and a member of the Indian Creek School district board of education. Smith updated members on the new Indian Creek Junior High School under construction. It will house pre-school to eighth grade and is tentatively scheduled to open in May 2012. It will be a state-of-the-art school that Smith said will help the community. A question-and-answer period followed.
Correspondence was received from Beth Johnson, the second vice district governor tentatively scheduled to visit the club on March 26.
Club members turned in recycling proceeds and pennies. Freiling gave a report on the zone meeting that he and Leroy and Clara Sue Milewsky attended.
Pee Wee Freiling donated his drawing winning back to the club.
Guests were Scott Fabian, Kathy Freiling, Pee Wee Freiling and Chuck Hickle.
The next meeting will be Oct. 18. The callers are Dr. and Mrs. William Johns.