Albert Keeder marks 100th birthday
World War II veteran Albert Keeder, formerly of Toronto, celebrated his 100th birthday on July 13 with more than 80 family members and friends at Undo's restaurant in Weirton and again on July 15 with fellow residents of Freedom Place 1 in Weirton.
He was born in Toronto in 1914 and served in Gen. George Patton's Third Army Railroad Operating Battalion in Europe. Keeder spent most of his life living in Weirton, where he worked at Weirton Steel and was a carpenter.
He has one surviving sibling, Shirley Keeder Bailey of Weirton. His other eight siblings are Silvia Keeder Starn, Earl Keeder, Nora Keeder, Dorothy Keeder, Florence Keeder Gormley, Bobby Keeder, Helen Keeder Harris, Betty Keeder Morgan and Donald Keeder, all of whom are deceased.
Keeder had two wives, the late Mary Hickman Keeder and the late Ethel Long Gardner Keeder.
He has two stepdaughters, Joy Gardner Brady and Pat Gardner Suciu, both of Ohio. He has seven stepgrandchildren, 21 stepgreat-grandchildren and eight stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Rodney Ruthem, staff sergeant from the Army 411 Engineering Brigade, presented him with a certificate of appreciation and a Warrior Ethos Metal from the Army.
Scholarship award for SHS graduate
Charles Massie, a graduate of Steubenville High School, was awarded the OVAC McDonald's All-Star Band $1,000 scholarship on July 27 at Wheeling Island Stadium during halftime of the 69th-annual Rudy Mumley All-Star Football game.
Massie will head to Ohio University where he will major in biological science and minor in music.
Incorrect information was provided on Massie's high school.
Workshop on scams, identify theft
Melissa R. Evick, client services manager in the St. Clairsville office of Jarvis Law, Estate & Elder Law, will present a workshop on scams, fraud and medical identity theft at the Healthy Life Workshop to be held Thursday in the cafeteria at Harrison Community Hospital, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
"With today's rapid advancement in communication technology, it is almost effortless to find information and to conduct business. However, this same technology has spawned a vast network of criminal activity that encompasses the entire world," according to a news release. "As information becomes easier to access for honest people, it is likewise just as easy for others who engage in fraudulent activities to abuse it," it notes.
"From ads that promise miracle cures to free medical supplies, the crooks work every angle to lure in trusting and uninformed consumers. Sadly, many of these victims are older people. These scams can be done over the Internet, the telephone, by mail and even door to door. Here are a few 'red flags' that may alert you:
-- "Recognize and Report Phone Fraud: Fast talkers who use high pressure tactics could be hiding something. If it's free, why are they asking you to pay? Are they asking for private account information such as bank, credit card and Social Security numbers? Never give this information to anyone you don't know regardless of what you are told," the Federal Trade Commission advises.
-- Don't Be a Target of Healthcare Fraud: "Never give out your Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security numbers to anyone. Medicare doesn't call or visit to sell you anything. Don't carry your Medicare or Medicaid card with you unless you need it. Take it to doctor appointments, visits to your hospital or clinic and trips to your pharmacy. Record these visits, tests and procedures on your calendar or in another place so that you can verify bills when they come in." (Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol - Empowering Seniors to Prevent Healthcare Fraud).
Other tips and strategies to avoid scams and fraud will be discussed.
The free, educational Healthy Life Workshops are held the first Thursday of each month and feature physicians, nurses, dieticians and other health care professionals covering a wide range of topics such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and other health issues.
Light refreshments are served, and reservations are not necessary.
Library details various programs
The Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County has announced the following programs:
-- Play and Learn the Alphabet (caregiver and children ages 2-6) will be at the Dillonvale-Mount Pleasant Branch on Tuesday at 11:15 a.m.
-- Play and Learn (caregiver and children ages birth to five) will be at the Schiappa Branch on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
-- Play and Learn (caregiver and children ages birth to 5) will be at the Schiappa branch on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
-- Register for Tot Time (caregiver and children ages 2-3) at the Brilliant branch for Tuesday at 11 a.m. Call (740) 598-4028 to register.
-- "Coffee, Doughnuts and a Movie" will be at the Brilliant branch on Friday at 10 a.m.
Youth knitting group to meet
The Brooke County Library's Kid's Knitting Group will meet from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Children who are in third grade or higher can learn to knit with help from instructor Nora Bell. Participants should bring their own yarn and needles or loom. Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free group.
Summer reading party set Thursday
All children who participated in the Brooke County Public Library and Follansbee Branch's summer reading program, "Fizz, Boom, Read!", are invited to a party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Brooke County Library.
There will be pizza, games and prizes. To gain admission, children must turn in their reading logs to either library by Tuesday. Because of limited space, children and guardians must register no later than today by calling (304) 737-1551 or (304) 527-0860.
Three Score Senior Club meets
President Marlene Hare presided at the July meeting of the July Three Score Senior Club meeting where Tony LaRosa giving the invocation and benediction.
Vice President Brenda Edwards organized card games, which Joe Veltri called.
Reports were given Secretary Barbara Purks; Marlene Hare; and Sunshine Chair Winnie Kemp.
Tour Director Regina Truax announced the following tours:
Sept. 10-12, Seneca Casino, Niagara, N.Y.;
Sept. 22-26, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; and
Oct. 12, Una Bella Festa.
For information, call Regina Truax at (304) 723-0419.
Membership Nancy Smurda introduced new members Dom and Jean Frio and Bob and Lea Shirer. To join, contact Smurda at (304) 748-4624.
Patty Holt gave the reservation report, noting 100 members and three guests, including Mary Ellen Groves, Carla Glover and Rose Mary Griffin, were present. Historian Lee Edwards distributed albums.
Marlene Hare announced the traveling Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibition will be at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center Aug. 17-Sept. 27. The exhibit examines local and national sports history.
Hospitality Chair Jim Hare gave prizes to Minerva Gutwald, Joan Villa, Josie Elliott, Irene Roach and Carol Irvine. Sonny Marino and Jack Cummings awarded the 50/25/25 drawing to Nick Smarrella and Larry Purks. Pat Delekta gave the Undo's dinners to Carol Irvine and Irene Mervis. The next meeting will be Aug. 28 and have a picnic theme.
Steubenville Saddle Club changes
date of August meeting
The Steubenville Saddle Club, which normally meets on the first Tuesday of the month, will meet instead on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the club grounds located on state Route 152 north, Richmond.
President Dale Holcomb will preside for the meeting that is open to members and prospective members who need not own horses to be involved.
The club has one remaining show for the 2014 show season, which will be held Aug. 31, beginning at 9 a.m. with halter classes and finishing with a variety of contest classes that do not begin before 3 p.m.
The contest portion of the club's July 13 show was canceled because of inclement weather, officials said, and class money that would have been awarded will be carried over to the Aug. 31 show.
The shows are open to the public. There is no admission, and a variety of food is available in the concession stand.
Membership in the club is open to anyone. An annual membership for a family is $25; $15 for an individual; and $10 for a youth. Checks can be made payable to the Steubenville Saddle Club and mailed to SCC, P.O. Box 431, Richmond, OH 43944, or brought to a meeting.