Special guest at
There will be a special guest at the book discussion of the book club for the Schiappa branch of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County on Tuesday.
Local author William David will share his writing experiences and the challenges of finding and working with a publisher. His newly released book is "A Child's Adventure, Tragedy to Triumph." His discussion will begin at 7 p.m. following the regular monthly discussion that gets under way at 6:30 p.m.
The Tri-State Marine Corps Club Auxiliary held the monthly meeting Dec. 9 at the Serbian American Cultural Center with President Joan Spano presiding.
Marcy Spano led devotions, and Elizabeth Shipe led in opening ceremonies.
Secretary Carol Lyons read a thank-you letter from Boatsie's Boxes for 26 stockings and 540 Christmas cards sent to active-duty military members. The group received a thank-you letter from Barboursville Veterans Home for 88 Christmas cards sent to the residents at the home.
In her reports, Toys for Tots Chair Darlene Kemp said signing up families in need has been slow. Christmas Chair Shirley Brecht rescheduled the Christmas party for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Undo's, weather permitting.
December birthdays were acknowledged.
Shipe won the 50/50 and donated it back to the club.
Joan Spano sent a total of 540 Christmas cards to veterans, including Tri-State Marine Corps Club, Barboursville Veterans Home, Wyngate, Weirton Geriatric Center, Serra Manor, Heritage Place, Paris Presbyterian Church, Beckley Veterans Home and Barboursville Veterans Home.
Joan Spano also made Lance Cpl. Wendy Wells a Christmas stocking. Wells is the daughter of Marianne Cunningham and was to return home in December.
Members who participated in making the cards and stocking for Boatsie's Boxes included Mary Ann Elliott, Shirley Brecht, Barbara Spinella, Maxine Ragan, Tina Spano, LaVonne Balint, Marcy Spano, Joan Spano, Judy Hucik, Barbara Mermon, Mary Ann Smith, Leroy Bee, Marianne Cunningham and Peg Dawson.
Following the meeting, the auxiliary joined the Marines Corps Club for its Christmas party, where Joan Spano passed out flashlights.
The 2014 officers include President Joan Spano, First Vice President Darlene Kemp, Second Vice President Maxine Ragan, Secretary Carol Lyons, Treasurer Shirley Brecht, Sunshine Chair Mary Ann Elliott, Chaplain Mary Ann Smith, Historian Marcy Spano and Sergeant-at-Arms Leroy Bee.
The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.
for Moving On
Christmas poinsettias, lights, trees and packages decorated the room where widows and widowers of Moving On met Dec. 8 at Undo's in Weirton with Christine Brown, vice president, presiding.
Fred Vogt gave the blessing.
A holiday scene of poinsettias decorated the tables made possible by Margaret Chapman, Betty Ann Jeffries, Helen Parrish, Delores Proakis and Nancy Smurda.
Brown provided the reading, and Ingrid Koenig wrote a poem about the meaning of Christmas.
December birthdays were acknowledged with a song and a cupcake.
Afterwards, a Christmas card exchange was held and a gift given to all.
Lucretia "Toots" Ross and Koenig conducted the 50-50 drawing won by Anita Spadaford. Undo gift certificates went to Peggy Sweeney and Richard Kimmel, who also won the jewelry case.
Table prizes of poinsettias were won by Jack Davis, Koenig, Herbert Simms, Jim Barrett, Carol Ann Zagula with dinners for Fran Parsons, Simms and Margaret Ashbee.
Entertainment was provided by Jim and Jimmy Donahue, who performed down-memory-lane songs. Members participated with songs.
Mary Sue Hodovanic provided the information on those members who would sponsor the table prizes and what months were provided for the club.
There will be no meetings in January and February.
The next meeting will be March 9 at Undo's in Weirton. Carol Zagula discussed 2014 tours available.
The cost is $12 for dinner and $10 for dues. Anyone interested in joining can contact Janet Saner at (740) 537-4487.
for Toronto seniors
The Toronto Senior Citizens held their Christmas party at the Stratton Municipal Hall on Dec. 12 with entertainment provided by David and Sherry Watkins.
Lola Swanagan gave the blessing for the dinner.
Gas card winners were Pam Dunlap, Patty Rose and Lea Bickerstaff. Rosemary Bonofine won the gingerbread house. Pat Richards won the blanket.
Door prize winners were Terry Mamula, Violet McClain, Rosemary Bonofine, Dolly Robinson, Frances Keenan, Pat Simpson, Sharon Carroll, Ruth White, Linda Ragsdale, Agnes Rohal, Jeff Foster, Sherry Chase, Karen Krause, Phil Cicone, Don Clarke, Lea Bickerstaff, Huck Hanuscin, Sally Bauman, Theresa Troski, Louie Nelson, Jack Doran, Mary Petras, Deanne Starr, Mafalda Rochio, Mary Ann Smith, Tony Farrister, Irene Sabados, Patty Rose, Mary Ann Parker, David Krause, Irene Miller, Angie Kurty, Lola Swanagan, Eileen Emery, Pat Richardson, Duke Pfabe, Carole Eddy, Mary Koth, Bob Carroll, Nancy Stanak, Frances Sheets, Pam Dunlap, Pat Pfabe, Cheryl Clarke, Dee Fouts, Pat Ferrell, Shirley Rebich, Jane Hanuscin, Grant Starr, Joann Fogle, Cathy Grimes, Dorothy Farrister, Nancy Taggart, Libby Conrad, Monica Dornbusch, Sophia Radvansky, Bob Richards, Joyce Zimmerman, Marilyn Peckens, Doris Matyas, Laura Mamula, Debbie Custer, Blanche Williams, Paul Koltz, Larry Williams, Bill Baier, Glenna DeBacco, Judy Bickler and Arlene Zahniser.
Cathy Grimes won the 50-50 drawing.
The next meeting will be held Jan. 9 at the Roosevelt building.