Community news from around the area

Piney Fork to hold Memorial

Day services on May 26

PINEY FORK — The Gwyn Allen Post 735 American Legion Piney Fork will hold Memorial Day services at noon May 26 at the Legion hall.

Participants in the service will include officers, auxiliary members, sons of the Legionnaires and Girls and Boys State delegates sponsored by Post 735.

All deceased members of Post 735 will be recognized at the service.

A lunch in the Legion hall will follow.

“All are encouraged to join us for this service to honor our fallen heroes, visit with friends and enjoy good food,” noted Joyce Rensi, Legion Auxiliary 735 secretary.

TIMET retirees to gather for

luncheon meeting Tuesday

STEUBENVILLE — Retirees of TIMET in Toronto will have occasion to chat, reminisce and stay connected at the next get-together luncheon scheduled for Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at CJ’s Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, Steubenville.

It’s open to all TIMET retirees. For information, contact Bob Olexia at (740) 535-0937.

Book signing on Wednesday

at Paris Presbyterian Church

BURGETTSTOWN — Annette Dashofy, author of the Zoe Chambers Mysteries, will be at Paris Presbyterian Church at noon on Wednesday for a book signing of her latest novel, “Fair Game.”

The church is located at 127 Steubenville Pike. The phone number is (724) 729-3450.

Toronto Sunrise Seniors

honor mothers, fathers

TORONTO — The Toronto Sunrise Seniors celebrated Mother’s and Father’s Day with a banquet held at Karaffa Elementary School on May 10.

President Barbara Pritts welcomed guests, including Mayor John Parker and his wife, Tracey, and Don and Cheryl Clarke. Pritts thanked the guests for their financial support and donations of door prizes.

Chaplain Mary Edwards offered the blessing for the meal catered by Connie’s Corner of Chester. Ruth White and the kitchen committee were thanked for providing the table decorations. Pritts read two poems celebrating mothers and fathers.

The 50-50 drawing was won by Gloria Boley and Frank Marino. Floral prize winners included Marino, Debbie Luvisi, Lucy Timko, Dave Trudick, Judy Sabol, Rex Mossor, Bill Black and Bill Edwards. Gift cards were won by Judy Whyte, Helen Lindsay, Kenny Mossor, John Lash and Sandy Smith.

Edwards gave the benediction.

Bingo winners for the evening were Kenny Mossor, Helen Lindsay, Shirley Rebich, Peggy Nordenger, Marion Wilson, Marsha McConnell, Gloria Boley, Betty Mossor, Don Pritts and Judy Sabol.

The next meeting will be held May 24 at the Toronto Roosevelt Center. Any senior interested in joining is welcome to attend the meeting.

School of Bright Promise

raising funds for autism

STEUBENVILLE — The School of Bright Promise is lending its support to a cure for autism by raising funds and participating in an upcoming event.

A team will join in the Autism Speaks Walk at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh on June 9, and organizers also are raising money for the cause.

Teacher Ashlee Sias, who joined the staff this year, created Team Bright Promise after taking part at her previous school for seven years. Sias said it was a good way to support the community and particularly the students she and the School of Bright Promise help.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to start since I’ve done it in the past, and it’s a good cause to find a cure,” Sias said.

So far, the team has raised its $1,000 goal, but Sias is increasing the amount since another fundraiser is under way with a staff-only benefit car wash set for May 21.

“The staff and kids will wash the cars and take and count the money,” she said. “It’s a fun way to raise money, and it’s hands on. We’ve already raised our goal so I had to up it. It’s not over yet.”

Twenty people are registered for Team Bright Promise, including several preschool students and their families. The Autism Speaks Walk has drawn thousands of people and also will include fun children’s activities and characters such as Kenny the Kangaroo from Kennywood Park.

Community members also may join Team Bright Promise and meet at the school that day at 7:30 a.m. to travel to the event. Registration gets under way at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies and the walk to follow at 10 a.m. Registration and donations also are being taken online at AutismSpeaks.org under the School of Bright Promise team page.

Hancock County Museum

Commission holds meeting

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Museum Commission met May 2 at the museum with President Vivian Weigel leading in the pledge to the flag.

Treasurer Bob McNeil presented the financial statement, which was placed on file for audit.

Under old business, John Brenneman will continue to pursue water heater options.

McNeil said he is making arrangements to work with Jim Ewing on the car show planned for June 9.

Under maintenance items, McNeil reported the filling and lawn repair of the hole in the back yard has been completed.

Immediate repair of the front and back porch was urged. Two new flags were purchased and displayed, and an update on West Virginia University architectural plans for the carriage house is being sought.

McNeil suggested the group seek help in funding the completion of the roof-line restoration project.

The museum received a donation of early American indigenous people artifacts from Laura Greathouse.

The group’s next meeting will be held June 6 at the museum, beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in sharing the history of Hancock County is welcome to attend.

WVU Extension, Hancock 4-h

prepare for a busy summer

NEW CUMBERLAND — WVU Extension Service and Hancock County 4-H are planning for a busy summer.

The Energy Express Summer Reading Program is taking applications for six weeks of activities geared to increasing a child’s reading ability while expressing themselves through art, writing and drama. Children get to add to their home library with a new book every week. Breakfast and lunch are included each day. There is no cost to attend.

Children who will enter grades one to six or repeat kindergarten in fall 2019 are eligible. Energy Express will be held Monday through Friday from June 17 to July 24 at two locations: Oak Glen High School and Weirton Elementary.

“We are recruiting volunteers to assist us with Energy Express activities,” a spokesperson explained. “Our volunteers are the ‘young to the young at heart.’ Volunteers are those who will be attending grades seven and up this fall. We are happy to provide documentation for hours served.”

Hancock County 4-H Camp will be held July 16-20 at Tomlinson Run State Park. Campers will experience “a medieval, magical, fantasy-themed week.” The cost is $140 per camper and is open to youth ages 9 by Sept. 30 to 19. “We will be inviting our Cloverbud campers, ages 5 to 8, to spend Thursday afternoon, July 18, with us,” the spokesperson added.

A Cloverbud Day will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on July 31 in the multi-purpose room in the New Cumberland Building. The event is for children ages 5-8. While there will be no cost to attend, attendees are asked to bring a packed lunch. A snack will be provided.

The Hancock County School’s Storybook Cafe is June 17 through July 25, Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “When we are on site, we will be offering STEM activities for all children present,” the spokesperson noted. For information, check the Hancock County Board of Education website for locations. No registration is needed for the Storybook Cafe.

For information and registration on any activity, stop at the WVU Extension Office or call (304) 564-3805.

Dungeons and Dragons

class offered at local library

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Library will be holding a Dungeons and Dragons class for middle and high school students on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

The next one is May 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Library volunteer Game Master Daniel Melching will be instructing the classes.

Students will learn how to create characters,” battle evil creatures and save the day.”

No experience or equipment is needed. Gaming dice will be on hand as well. Contact the circulation desk at (304) 737-1551 to register.

Retired railroaders having

monthly breakfast meetings

CHESTER — A monthly meeting welcoming all retired railroaders and crafts meets on the last Thursday of the month.

Retirees are encouraged to meet at 11 a.m. for breakfast at EJ’s Restaurant, located at 807 Carolina Ave. A spokesperson noted any retired railroader is invited. It doesn’t matter from where or what company, division or department.

A spokesperson noted any retired railroader is invited. It doesn’t matter from where or what company, division or department.

The purpose of the meetings is to help protect railroad pensions and help keep an eye on legislation that may affect them. It also is to foster a sense of solidarity. The average meeting time will be “an hour or so.”

The meetings will be held at 11 a.m. on the last Thursday of the month at EJ’s Restaurant.

Questions can be directed to Rocco at (330) 853-3045.

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