Community news from around the area
Mingo Class of 1979 finalizing
plans for reunion on July 27
MINGO JUNCTION — The Mingo High School Class of 1979 reunion committee is finalizing reservations for the 40-year reunion to be held July 27 in the large shelter house at Mingo Aracoma Park.
Reservations are open until Monday. For information contact Penny Hazelip-Olmstead by phone at (740) 317-4810 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks can be made out to MHS Class of 1979 and mailed c/o Wendy Knight DeAngleles, 218 Highland Hills Drive, Follansbee WV 26037.
The cost is $20 per person with entertainment by DJ Jeff Recinella and food by caterer Baby Boyz BBQ. Teachers can attend free of charge and are asked to contact a committee member. Other committee members include Dee Hyde Kovach, Jim “Jaggers” Huggins, Laurie Penman Littlejohn, Maggie Fithen Thompson, Diane Sogan and Fred Vella.
Jewett VFD to host
fundraiser dinner Sunday
JEWETT — The Jewett Volunteer Fire Department will host a baked steak and baked meatloaf dinner fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The menu includes salad bar, bread, dessert and beverage. The meal cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
Chicken blasts continue
for summer on Wednesdays
WEIRTON — The Serbian Men’s Club chicken and beer blasts are continuing each Wednesday this summer through the end of August.
Chickens cost $8 each, and may be ordered by calling (304) 748-9866 on Wednesdays between 6 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Chickens must be picked up by 6 p.m. on the day they’re ordered at the Serbian picnic grounds, located at 36 S. Kings Creek Road in Weirton.
The chicken blasts continue a tradition that’s been held each summer since 1971 as a fundraising project for the men’s club and the Holy Resurrection Serbian Church in Steubenville.
Summer open house Sunday
at Crew House Museum
RICHMOND — The Richmond Community Historical Society is continuing its schedule of summer open houses at the Crew House Museum on Main Street.
The next one will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The open houses will be held on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from June through August.
There is no admission to visit the museum, but donations are welcomed. There are new items available to see, and the Jefferson Union High School memorabilia space has proven to be a popular attraction, according to a spokesperson.
The historical society has various items for sale, including pottery mugs for $12 and salt crocks for $20. There also are Richmond history books for $10.
The group typically meets at 7 p.m. every other month on the third Tuesday at the Crew House Museum. Anyone interested in local history is welcome to attend meetings or join the historical society. Annual dues are $5. For information, contact Phil Judy, president, at (740) 765-4534.
Friends of refugee to host
fundraiser dinner July 31
STEUBENVILLE — Friends of Pauline Okonkwo will host a benefit dinner on July 31 at Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 2608 Hollywood Blvd.
Okonkwo is a refugee in Nigeria whose home was attacked by Boko Haram in 2015. She is the sister of Steubenville resident Christiana Achebe. A small group of donors has been supporting Okonkwo’s family since they fled to Lagos four years ago.
The purpose of the free dinner, according to information submitted, is to raise awareness of Okonkwo’s need “as well as the persecution of her particular Christian tribe and other factors of persecution in Nigeria. We will share some of the inspiring triumphs the family has experienced in the midst of their lives being turned upside down.”
Donations for the family will be accepted, and a report of past funds raised will be available as well as how the money was spent.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at Eventbrite.