Community news from around the area

Salvation Army looking for

some spring cleaning help

STEUBENVILLE — The Salvation Army of Steubenville is thinking spring and cleaning and looks to the public help for some sprucing up, according to Lt. Erik Muhs, who serves as pastor/corps officer along with his wife, Barri Vazquez-Muhs.

A spring cleaning day will be held at the Salvation Army at 332 N. Fourth St. from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Friday.

“We would like to invite you to help us get our building aired out, dusted, swept, mopped and overall spruced up for the upcoming Lenten season,” Muhs noted. “If you have some spare time and elbow grease to spare, we could use your help,” he added

Individuals, groups or organizations available to help are invited to contact the Steubenville post at (740) 282-5121.

“With the weather getting nicer, more people are able to come to the Salvation Army for our services,” Muhs said. “We are preparing for the Lenten season and the typically higher numbers of people coming to both our food pantry program and our weekly Shepherd’s Table soup kitchen. As well as cleaning up for more foot traffic, we will be reorganizing the food on our shelves to see what we need to stock up on for the spring months, as well as to plan for Shepherd’s Table,” Muhs explained.

“We want to make sure we are giving our clients and community stakeholders the best of what we have to offer. We always desire to maintain higher standards then what we are stipulated to do by governmental and in-house rules and regulations of the Northeast Ohio Salvation Army,” he added. “This is a time to come together during the Lenten season, a time to roll up our sleeves and give the best back to God and forward to our brothers and sisters of Christ who walk through our doors.”

Donations of sponges, scrubbing brushes, 55-gallon garbage bags, latex/powder-free vinyl gloves in multiple sizes, gardening gloves, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and other cleaning supplies are always welcomed, according to Muhs.

For information on how to assist The Salvation Army during the Lent season or throughout the rest of the year, contact Muhs by phone or e-mail to

Baked steak dinner fundraiser

is Saturday in Unionport

UNIONPORT — A fundraiser baked steak dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wayne Township Community Center, the site of the old Unionport school.

The cost is $10. Patrons can dine in for get take-out. Proceeds benefit the upkeep of the center.

Antonio Meucci Lodge

set to meet March 12

WEIRTON — The Antonio Meucci Lodge No. 2506 met Feb. 12 for its dinner meeting at Undo’s in Weirton.

Tony LaRosa read the invocation and wished everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. Jim Cerra led in opening exercises.

Reports were given by Secretary Rita Orler and Treasurer Norman Henson.

President Regina Truax welcomed new member Mary Salantino. Truax announced that OSIA West Virginia Grand Lodge is looking for recruits for the office of president. Anyone interested should call her. Members voted to meet at 5 p.m. during the winter months instead of 6 p.m.

Members were reminded that the Festival of Nations will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 16 at the Millsop Community Center in Weirton.

Birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged.

Several bus tours were announced, including: April 11, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh; April 27, “Doo Wop,” Capitol Theater, Wheeling; June 9, “Grease,” Benedum Theater, Pittsburgh; May 19, Lettermen dinner show, Palace Theater, Greensburg, Pa.; June 21, Sugarcreek, Ohio; and June 26-28, West Virginia Ride the Rails, Wild and Wonderful Excursion. For information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All tours are open to the public.

The Undo’s gift certificates were won by Truax and Barbara Cerra. Larry Purks won the 50-50 drawing. Door prizes of Valentine candy were won by Cindy Richards, Pauline Tortis, Auggie Lellie, Truax and LaRosa. Bingo winners were Frank Wisineski, Mary Arlia, Dora Ferella, Dino Rossi, Orler and Chris Sklenor. Special thanks was expressed to Chuck Elliott for donating birdhouses, which were won by Gabriel Arlia and Barbara Cerra.

The next meeting will be held March 12 at Undo’s in Weirton. Anyone interested in joining or wanting information can contact Truax.

Kroger retirees dinner

get-together Monday

WEIRTON — All Kroger retirees are invited to the monthly dinner get-together that will be held March 11 at Giovanni’s Restaurant, 3013 Pennsylvania Ave., Weirton, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

To RSVP, contact Regina at (304) 723-0419.

SHS Class of 1959 planning

60-year reunion on July 27

STEUBENVILLE — The Steubenville High School Class of 1959 — the 100th graduating class — will hold its 60-year reunion on July 27 at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern in Steubenville.

The reunion will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner only at the participant’s expense. Attire will be casual. Those wishing to make a reservation should e-mail Bobbi Lee Maddux Wickersham at

Letters should be forwarded to Ginger Newman Roach, 1937 McCauslen Manor, Steubenville, OH 43952. Reservations must be made by July 13.

Blue Water Vietnam veterans

should call local office

STEUBENVILLE — Veterans who served on vessels in the waters off the coast of Vietnam may be eligible for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to Schelley Brooks, executive director of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission in Steubenville.

There has been a recent court decision that expands the definition of “in country” Vietnam to include service members who served on vessels in the waters off the shore of Vietnam, Brooks explained. “If you served in the waters off of Vietnam and have medical conditions that could be attributed to your exposure to agent orange, please call us for more information,” she said.

All veterans who fit into this new expanded category are encourage to contact the office at (740) 283-8571. The office is located in suite 310, 500 Market St.

Toronto Senior Citizens

hear trip updates, win prizes

TORONTO — Doris Matyas presided at the Toronto Senior Citizens meeting held Feb. 28.

The blessing for the covered-dish meal was given by Lola Swanagan. Reports were given by Fran Sheets and Rosemary Bonofine, treasurer.

Nancy Stanak reported on trips. They include: May 30 and 31, Dayton, including The Kitchen Aid tour, Wright Brothers Museum, Murphy’s Books, casino and football tour; June 22, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Padres; July 18, mystery trip; Aug. 17, Hartville; and Sept. 16-19, Ocean City. For information, call (740) 537-2895 or (740) 537-3064.

Mary Scott won the 50/50 drawing. Door prizes were won by John Sims, Terry Elson, Dolly Robinson, Sharon Sims and Jean Barker. Bingo winners were Tim Elson, Pat Ferrell, Chuck Barker, Jack Billham and Mary Koth. Scat winners were Mary Scott, Joyce Dobbs, Terry and Laura Mamula.

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

VFW in Weirton to hold

weekly Friday fish frys

WEIRTON — The Veterans of Foreign Wars Panhandle Post 2716 will be holding a Lenten fish fry on Fridays from March 8 through April 19 at the post, located at 3435 Main St., Weirton.

The weekly dinners will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The menu will include fish, shrimp, slaw and fries. The dinners are open to the public.

Brooke retired school

employees to meet March 12

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Association of Retired School Employees will meet at noon on March 12 at Follansbee Presbyterian Church.

Lunch will be served at noon. Reservations can be made by calling Ruth Lewis at (304) 737-2314 by today.

A business meting will follow lunch. The guest speaker will be Richard Stonestreet, W.Va. AARP president. His topic will be “Identity Theft.”