Survivors, Seekers change meetings
The Survivors and Seekers of the old McCullough Children's Home held their monthly luncheon meeting June 14 at Wintersville United Methodist Church.
Charlie Lash presided at the business meeting with reports given by Mary Pasich and Darlene Pehanich.
The group voted to hold meetings every other month, beginning in August. The next meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Wintersville United Methodist Church.
Orders continue to be taken for the book "The Lost Children of the Ohio Valley," written by the late Gordon Grafton, the group's founder. To order one, contact Lash at (740) 264-4821 or Pehanich at (740) 282-6127.
The group would like to hear from individuals who were either former residents of the children's home at Yellow Creek or who had relatives there.
"We would like to meet you and hear your stories," a group spokesperson said.
Rich Treglia entertains Gadabouts
Rich Treglia performed a variety of Dean Martin renditions for the Gadabouts at the June meeting held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. John Zak presided and recognized those marking birthdays and anniversaries.
Ed Treglia gave devotions. Andy Celestin won the 50/50 drawing conducted by Jennie Avoli and assisted by Frank and Carol Wisnieski.
Door prizes furnished by Ed and Estelle Treglia were won by Claudia Clevenger, David Hunt, Betty Masters, Dorothy Pashke, John Rayburn, Bill Shipe and Wyatt Whanger. The drawing was conducted by Frank and Carol Wisnieski.
Zak announced that the July picnic will be held at 1 p.m. July 16 at the Follansbee Community House. Guests are welcome to attend with a member. Zak encouraged all attending to have their covered dish there no later than 12:30 p.m.
Upcoming trips announced were:
For trip details, contact Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.
All Gadabouts trips are open to non-members. The club is for couples and singles 55 years of age and older.
Mingo Senior Center news detailed
The Mingo Junction Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to Wheeling Island Hotel, Casino and Racetrack on June 26.
The bus will leave the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall at 9 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 which includes the bus trip, $30 in free play and $5 off the buffet.
For information, call the center at (740) 535-1639.
A trip to the Hartville Market, which features 175 indoor shops and up to 800 outdoor and 200 pavilion vendors, is planned for July 15. Cost is $29 with a 7 a.m. departure and 8 p.m. return. Payment is due at the time of reservation made by calling the center.
The center's annual picnic will be held July 25 at Aracoma Park, beginning at 5 p.m. It will include food, entertainment and prizes.
Local youth in teen pageant
Harley Shoulders, 12-year-old daughter of Melissa Shoulders, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National Miss American Miss Ohio Teen Pageant to be held June 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus.
The pageant is held for girls age 10-12
The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Pageants are held for girls age 4-18 in five age groups.
The pageants celebrate American's greatness and encourages its future leaders, awarding thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. The pageant program is based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation.
Encampment time for Young Marines
The Tri-State Young Marines are preparing for their second-annual MSgt. Buffo Memorial Invitational Encampment at Tomlinson Run State Park on July 22-28.
The weeklong event includes an obstacle course, water rescue training, land navigation and basic survival skills. Anyone with specialized skills in those areas who would like to volunteer to help during encampment can call (304) 280-8898 or (740) 381-0383.
The Tri-State Young Marines is a nonprofit youth organization dedicated to strengthening the lives of America's youth.
Organizers say the program would not be possible without the support received from local American Legion posts, a partnership with Howell's Surplus in Wintersville and the "tremendous generosity" of Walmart Distribution Center 7017 which donated $2,500 toward the event.
Sauce contest part of Italian festival
The Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival has held a local homemade wine contest for many years of its 31-year history.
Now, the festival board has decided to offer a new competition for the 2013 Italian Festival on the weekend of July 26-28 - a homemade sauce contest.
No matter if you call it "sauce" or "gravy," cooks in many areas families, whether of Italian heritage or not, have a coveted recipe for pasta topping. Now, area cooks can pit their sauce against many others in the Upper Ohio Valley.
The first Italian festival sauce competition has three classifications - red sauce, white sauce and miscellaneous toppings ( e.g., Bolognese, pesto, puttanesca and others.
Contestants can enter one or more sauces in each category. Medals will be awarded during the festival weekend to the top three sauces in each category.
Only homemade sauces can be entered, and the entry deadline for the competition is July 17. The entry fee is $10 for the first jar and $6 for each jar afterwards.
For a copy of the rules and an official entry form, contact Kim Smith, festival coordinator, during regular business hours at (304) 233-1090.
Chicken blasts every Wednesday
The Serbian Men's Club will hold a chicken blast every Wednesday through Aug. 28 at the Serbian Picnic Grounds located on Kings Creek Road.
Those pre-ordering a chicken between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. are guaranteed a whole chicken. Pick-up for pre-ordered chickens will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Take-out and eat-in will be available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. A whole chicken will cost $6.75.
Beverages also will be available for purchase, and the Serbian Women's Club will be selling fresh-cooked corn on the cob and homemade haluski.
The annual event is the organization's fundraiser.
For information or to place an order, call (304) 748-9866.
Hypnotist to perform at lodge
Hypnotist Jason Christopher will perform his hypnotism and comedy show at 8 p.m. Friday at the Weirton Moose Lodge 688 located at 3963-67 Main St., Weirton.
Only those who volunteer will become part of the show.
A limited number of tickets are available at $10 each.
To purchase tickets, visit the lodge after 3 p.m. or call (304) 748-4707.
The show benefits the lodge and Moose Charities.