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What’s going on throughout the area

March 5, 2013
By JANICE R. KIASKI - Community editor ( , The Herald-Star

Toronto Senior

Citizens meet

Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Feb. 28, with Lola Swanagan offering the blessing before the covered-dish dinner.

Reports were given by Shirley Rebich, Joyce Dobbs and Ross Dye.

Swanagan discussed future trips, announcing that payments are due at the next meeting.

The 50/50 was won by Ross Dye. Door prize winners were Pat Pfabe, Linda Dye, Shirley Rebich, Arlene Zahniser, Irene Miller, Barbara Lyons, Eileen Emery, Theresa Troski, Irma Straka, Dolly Robinson, Laura Mamula, Duke Pfabe and Joyce Dobbs.

Bingo winners were Doris Matyas, Barbara Lyons, Richard Dobbs and Debbie Custer.

The next meeting will be held March 14 at the Roosevelt Building.

Scat winners were Dee Fouts, Mary Ann Parker, Pat Pfabe, Richard Dobbs, Huck and Jane Hanuscin, Bob Carroll, Arlene Zahniser, Doris Matyas and David Krause.

Pork loin dinner

at E.S. center

The East Springfield Community Center will host a fundraiser roast pork loin dinner on Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The center is located on county Road 39 next to the East Springfield Volunteer Fire Department.

The menu will include roast pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, applesauce, rolls, dessert and drink. Cost is $7.

Patrons can dine in or get takeout orders by calling (740) 543-3700.

First degree at Mingo Knights

The Mingo Knights of Columbus of Msgr. Joseph F. Dooley Council No. 4361 has scheduled a first degree for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the council hall.

Candidates for the first degree are to be there between 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Members are asked to attend the degree and welcome new brother knights.

The degree is open to all Catholic men 18 or older, wanting to become a knight in the Mingo Junction, Richmond, Brilliant, Steubenville, Toronto and Wintersville areas.

Questions can be directed to Shawn Zarych, grand knight of Council 4361, at (740) 535-8037.

Following the degree, refreshments will be served.

Committee plans

upcoming events

The Jefferson County Promotion and Education Committee held a surprise going-away party for Janene Smith, who has served as the bureau office administrator since Nov. 1, 2001.

The event was held at the home of Joy Sargeant and was planned by Mary Ellen Grafton, chairman; Jeanne Roberts, membership chairman; and Ellen Swickard.

Grafton read the devotions, and Roberts gave the invocation.

The March Agriculture Week Baby presentation was discussed with a layette, food gift cards and gift cards to McDonald's if there are older children in the family planned. A baby shower will be held in April for the child at the gym of the former Bantam Ridge School, where the office is now located.

The annual cupcake war at the Jefferson County Fair was discussed. Half of the money from the auction of the cupcakes goes to the winning participant, and the remainder goes toward college scholarships, it was noted.

More teens are needed to participate in the contest. The rules do stipulate that one member of the team must have a parent who is a Farm Bureau member.

Roberts explained that the organization has until March 15 to get new members signed up for the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Jennifer Barnett, new office administrator, was introduced at the party. She has assumed her duties effective March 1.

Pancake, sausage

dinner March 16

A fundraiser all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. March 16 at the Unionport Masonic Lodge located on county Road 39, Unionport.

Cost is by donation, and carryouts will be available.

Dinner includes a choice of regular or buckwheat pancakes, sausage, cake, ice cream and a drink.

School employee

retirees to meet

The Belmont, Guernsey, Harrison, Jefferson and Monroe counties of Chapter 33 of School Employee Retirees of Ohio will meet at 10 a.m. on March 13 in the meeting room of the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

All school employee retirees are invited to attend to learn about SERO and stay current on retiree issues and pending legislation.

For information, contact Joyce Rensi, chapter president, by phone at (740) 733-7047 or by e-mail at or call Jim Fisher at (740) 535-0771.

Meeting on water, drilling issues

The West Virginia University and Penn State University extension services will team to hold a program on gas well drilling and private water supplies at 6 p.m. March 18 at the Mollohan Center in New Martinsville, W.Va.

The program will cover regulations that protect water resources, water testing strategies, understanding water reports and solving water quality problems.

Those interested in participating should pre-register by calling (304) 455-0934.

Brooke County WVU Extension agent Norm Schwertfeger said he will attempt to hold a similar program closer to Brooke County if there's interest. He can be reached at (304) 737-3666.

Tri-State Writers

Society to meet

The Tri-State Writers Society, led by award-winning author Karen Majoris-Garrison of Steubenville, will conduct its monthly meeting on March 12, beginning at 6 p.m. in the rear dining room of the Steubenville Eat'n Park.

Historical author Kerry George will discuss his coal mining book, "Black Damp Century."

Aspiring writers are welcome to attend.

For information, call (740) 424-1243 or visit and click on Tri-State Writers Society.

Iron Chef Clinic

deadline at hand

Iron Chef Clinic, the event that allows 4-H members to show off their culinary skills, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

The 4-H chefs prepare dishes using a common main ingredient to see who can come up with the best product. On the menu this year is the sandwich, so named long ago by its originator, the Earl of Sandwich.

The sandwiches will be judged in three categories - appetizer, main dish or dessert. The category must be listed on the required registration form. The categories may be divided into sub-categories based on the number of entries as well.

Clubs competing will prepare a dish ahead of time and bring a recipe to serve to six judges. All sandwiches will be judged on creativity, presentation and taste. In addition, teams also must bring enough for at least 20 samples for the tasting session following the judging.

Anyone can attend to check out the cuisine after judging is complete.

Tasters will be charged $1 and will be given three tickets to taste three different sandwiches. Proceeds go to the Still Project Sub-Committee to help make a 2014 event possible.

A card with the written recipe listing the ingredients is required. Power will be provided to keep dishes safe until tasting time. A food thermometer is to be used for quality and safety of the food.

The still project committee will provide drinks, paper products and prizes.

A welcome will start the event at 1 p.m., along with introductions until 1:30 p.m.

There will be classes and judging until 3 p.m. Tasting will take place until 3:30 p.m., and awards will be awarded.

The registration deadline is Wednesday for the contest.

No late registrations will be accepted. For information, contact Janine Yeske at (740) 264-2212.

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