Community news from around the area

Italian American Cultural Club

plans Aug. 2 summer serenade

STEUBENVILLE — The Italian American Cultural Club members held their March meeting at Scaffidi’s Restaurant with plans announced for the summer serenade.

Judy Krenzel, event chairman and club secretary, noted the summer serenade will be “A Traditional Italian Wedding.” The bride and groom, along with the wedding party, will be chosen from the club membership. The Cavaliers, a Pittsburgh band, will be the entertainment for the Aug. 2 event. More information will be announced at a later date, Krenzel said.

She also noted that Festa Del Vino, the annual wine-tasting event, will be held Nov. 8. Proceeds from it and the summer serenade, she explained, enable the club to award five $1,000 scholarships; sponsor CAMPO, the Italian summer camp for children; and help support community activities.

Tami Cashioli, financial secretary and CAMPO chairman, announced that the Italian camp for children will be held June 17-21. The registration forms will be given out at the April meeting and must be postmarked by May 25. Questions can be directed to Cashioli or club President Frankie DiCarlantonio. She also announced that the club has been notified that a “La Bafana” nutcracker application has been accepted.

The 2019 scholarship recipients will be announced at the April meeting and presented at the May meeting. Vice President Lucia Scaffidi, scholarship chairman, noted applications must be postmarked by March 31. Scholarship applications can be obtained by contacting Scaffidi or DiCarlantonio.

Scaffidi and Mariella Pittera were acknowledged for their work on the “Feast of San Giuseppe” altar and to Michele Fabbro for her presentation on the history of the “Feast of San Giuseppe.”

Ettore and Jeanine Scassa were introduced and welcomed as new club members.

Winners for the evening were Cashioli, Doby Piergallini, Mena Potts, Lou Almonte, Toni Dondzila, John Balzano, Roseann Sacco, Maria Settepanella and Doll Giralico.

The April meeting will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mingo Junction with Ohio Valley Catering providing the meal. The May meeting will be held at Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield with Piergallini Catering, and the June meeting will be at St. Florian Center with Undo’s catering. DiCarlantonio reminded members of the importance of making an RSVP in order to have an accurate count for the caterers.

WMC Auxiliary schedules

appreciation dinner April 11

WEIRTON — The Weirton Medical Center Auxiliary held its March 19 meeting in the Starvaggi Boardroom. President Sondra Weigel presided, opening with the auxiliary prayer and pledge of allegiance.

Reports were given by Recording Secretary Elda Weekley; Weigel, the financial report; and Corresponding Secretary Domenici “Minnie” Malloy.

Service chairmen making reports included Paula Billick, payroll deductions, and Weekley, publicity. A special report was given by Flo Jonczak, birth certificates.

The annual observance of Volunteer Week will be marked April 7-13, with April 11 being the auxiliary’s appreciation dinner in conference rooms A, B,C. Reservations must be made no later than April 5 by contacting Weigel at (304) 723-0816.

Upcoming events include: April 16, next meeting; May 9-10, $5 jewelry sale; July 24-25, Robert’s Medical sale; Sept. 4-5, $5 jewelry sale; Oct. 17-18, “Books are Fun;” and Dec. 2-3, $5 jewelry sale.

AA meeting on Thursday

evenings in Bergholz

BERGHOLZ — Alcoholics Anonymous Group 417 meets from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at Faith Community Church, 1500 state Route 524, Bergholz.

Toronto Union Cemetery

Association reminder issued

TORONTO — The Toronto Union Cemetery Association has announced that all Christmas grave blankets and decorations need to be removed by March 31 “if you want to keep the bases, etc., for the next year.”

Effective April 1, workers will start removing what is left on the graves.

According to by-laws, “you can plant 12 inches in front of your headstones. No rose bushes, fences, landscaping stones or trees will be permitted. Our workers will remove them,” a notice reads.

Hancock County Museum to

host Nellie Bly performance

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Museum Commission held its regular meeting March 7 at the museum with President Vivian Weigel presiding.

John Brenneman announced that the museum will be receiving its annual gift from the Natalie and Maynard Smith Memorial fund from the Pittsburgh Foundation. Susan Welch presented a gift of $50 from Diana Magnone and Bobby Koualik, owners of Corporate Cleaning Group.

In committee reports, Alice Mitchell said the library had been cleaned, and next month the parlor will be tackled.

In acquisitions, Doris Cameron noted the museum has received gifts of a silver tray presented to Erma Huff in honor of her founding the Pughtown 4th of July Parade and serving for 14 years as its chairman; a book “Up High and Down Main,” written by Huff; several news clippings relating to the book release; and an old-fashioned doll.

Janet Keller presented a gift of a donated red glass cream and sugar set; Alice Mitchell presented two old electric irons donated by the Rev. Robert Staub; and Weigel presented a set of 1950s horse shoes donated from the Merill E. Wolff estate by Barbara Ann Miyanaga. They will be used at the museum’s Old-Fashioned Lawn Party this summer.

All gifts will be appropriately acknowledged, it was noted.

In an events report, Weigel explained that preparations are under way for hosting the Nellie Bly performance at the museum on April 6.

Greg Blake submitted a request that docents be available on Aug. 9 to receive guests of the Oak Glen Class of 1964 reunion. It was approved.

The group agreed to dispose of the no-longer-working victrola in the library.

New American and West Virginia flags suitable for the outdoor flag pole will be purchased, it was agreed.

Weigel re-introduced a letter from Tom Zielinsky outlining reforms he advised the Hancock County Museum Commissioners adopt. She asked for the commissioners to review and consider the suggestions for future discussion.

The next meeting will be held April 4 at the museum. All are welcome to attend.

Information to be offered

on RSVP opportunities

STEUBENVILLE — Craig Brown of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program will be at Leonardo’s Coffeehouse and Renaissance Coffee Roasting Co., located at 159 N. Fourth St., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday and April 2.

Brown will be on hand to discuss area volunteer opportunities at Historic Fort Steuben, the Salvation Army of Steubenville, the United Way of Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Urban Mission Ministries and other locations. Free cookbooks and pens will be given away.

RSVP is a volunteer organization that partners volunteers 55 and older with service opportunities at medical facilities, schools and nonprofit organizations. For information, contact Brown by phone at (330) 424-7877 or by e-mail

Brooke County Public Library

book discussion Thursday

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library will hold a book club discussion at 5 p.m. on Thursday on “Tragedy of Brady Sims” by Ernest Gaines. Those attending also will receive the April book “Skeletons at the Feast” by Chris Bohajalian at the meeting. The book club is free and open to the public.

Boy Scout Troop 41 holding

‘Paint and Pizza’ fundraiser

TORONTO — Boy Scout Troop 41 will be holding a “Paint and Pizza” fundraiser on April 13 at Gem City Pizza, located at 901 Franklin St.

It will begin at 4 p.m., and the cost is $30, which includes all supplies and instruction by Diane Trifonoff. A slice of pizza will be provided, and participants also can order from the menu during the class. A second class at 7 p.m. will be added to the evening once the first class is filled.

Checks can be made payable to Gem City Pizza and mailed to 901 Franklin St., Toronto, OH 43964. Participants also may pay in cash at the pizza shop. Reservations are required, and payment is due by April 7. Call (740) 337-4551 for information.

Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 41 as they raise money to send Scouts to summer camp in July.

Bergholz Foundation offers

scholarship deadline info

BERGHOLZ — The Bergholz Community Foundation will offer scholarships for the 2019-20 school year with applications now available.

Students eligible for consideration for the scholarships are 2019 high school graduates who reside in the Edison Local School District. Scholarships also are available to nontraditional students. These applicants must be past graduates of Edison High School or one of the Edison School District’s consolidated high schools, who are seeking a first-time associate or undergraduate degree or technical training.

Edison High Schools students may obtain scholarship applications fro the Edison guidance office. Scholarship applicants also can be received by forwarding a request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Bergholz Community Foundation, P.O. Box 201, Bergholz, Ohio, 43908.

The application deadline is April 5. Completed applications should be returned directly to the Bergholz Community Foundation, c/o scholarship committee, P.O. Box 201, Bergholz, Ohio, 43908.

Wednesday fish frys continue

at Sacred Heart of Mary

WEIRTON — On Wednesdays during Lent, Sacred Heart of Mary Church at 200 Preston Ave., Weirton, will be hosting a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The remaining dates are Wednesday and April 3 and 10. The menu will include baked fish, fried fish, fried shrimp, haluski, macaroni and cheese, french fries, cole slaw, potato and cheese or sauerkraut pierogi, desserts and homemade bread.

Patrons can dine in, and takeout also is available. The phone number is (304) 723-1648.

Jefferson County Retired

Teachers Association to meet

RICHMOND — The first meeting of the year for the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association will be held April 9 at the Richmond United Methodist Church, located at 112 S. Sugar St.

The Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries, will be the guest speaker. The business meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Reservations are due to Ann Wiley by Friday.

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 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 includes fish, shrimp, slaw and fries. The dinners are open to the public.