Don Hall, Grand Knight of Immaculate Heart of Mary Council, has announced that Sunday is Special Olympics "Prom" day at the council hall with local athletes who participated in the Special Olympics games Saturday as the honored guests. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m.
Knights of Columbus members and their families will be providing hot dogs, chips, snacks and soft drinks for all attending.
Mary Kay Schuetz, Special Olympics coordinator for the School of Bright Promise, along with chaperones from the school will recognize the special athletes attending. A disc jockey will provide music for the "prom".
This marks the 13th year for this event that began when two friends were talking at a local grocery store in 1999. Dick Sperry, Area 9 Director for the Special Olympics, and D.L. Romel, then the grand knight of Council No. 472, were just talking when Sperry wanted a new location for the Special Olympics awards program. He asked Romel about renting the Knights of Columbus hall. Romel declined the rental, telling Sperry, "The hall is yours, free of charge, and we'll even provide refreshments." The rest is history. The "prom" for these special athletes is now a tradition.
The Knights of Columbus has been involved with Special Olympics at the local, state, national and international level since its inception in 1980. It's "Measure-Up" Program for individuals with developmental disabilities is worldwide.
As chairman of the local prom, Romel said he considers this just "icing on the cake."
"The council considers this a privilege to host these special athletes," Romel said.
Doris Matyas presided at the April 26 meeting of the Toronto Senior Citizens where John Wherry was welcomed as a guest.
Bob Haught offered the blessing for the covered-dish dinner.
Bob Carroll won the 50-50 drawing, and door prizes were won by Phil Cicone and Gertie Morris. Bingo winners were Huck Hanuscin, Tony Farrister, Gary Grimm and Nan Householder. Scat winners were Doris Matyas, Marilyn Peckens, Laura Mamula and Paula Krensavage.
Reports were given by Shirley Rebich, Violet McClain and Rosemary Bonofine.
Officers were finalized with Terry Mamula becoming the parliamentarian and Joyce Dobbs the social secretary.
Lola Swanagan gave updates of the trips. The bus will leave Stratton at noon and Toronto at 12:15 p.m. Saturday for the Midland, Pa., play.
The kitchen committee for May is Glenna DeBacco, Lea Bickerstaff, Irma Straka, Theresa Troski, Rosemary Cieslak, Joyce Dobbs and Elvera Mihalik.
The anniversary dinner will be held May 10 at 5 p.m. at the St. Francis Church.
The Stanton Ruritan Club will hold a barbecue chicken dinner fundraiser on Saturday beginning at noon.
It will be held in the parking lot of the old Sunny Stop Restaurant in Hammondsville on state Route 213. Proceeds will benefit the Stanton Ruritan scholarship fund.
Jazz concert is at
The Women's Ministry of Second Baptist Church will present an "inspirational" jazz concert on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Vinson's at 711 N. Fifth St., Steubenville.
The featured saxophonist will be Derek Redd of Aliquippa, Pa. Intermission entertainment will be provided by comedian Joey Blangor doing a special Christian comedy act and gospel and soul soloist Melanie Wares.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (330) 506-3633, (740) 283-1327 or (740) 282-4949. Tickets also will be available at the door. Refreshments will be served.
The Rev. Calvin McLoyd is pastor of the church, and Connie Vinson is president of the ministry with Peggy Ingram serving as assistant. Byrdie Owens is co-chairman of the event. The ministry consists of all women members of the church.
Museum to open
The Bergholz Area Museum will be open for the summer beginning Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Following the opening, the museum will be open the first Sunday of each month through November.
Many additional items have been donated through the winter for display.
"Join us to see that's new at the museum," a spokesperson said.
The museum's permanent collection includes pictures and memorabilia related to area communities, the schools, local mines and various business.
Admission is free.